In the market you cannot get fresh. All three hundred years old. -SP

January 31, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna–Winter seems over here for us, bulbs and flowers are popping out of the ground, rhubarb is coming up, the weather is mild, and I am beginning to clear out from the gardens what is left from over wintering plants.
Below is a tray of purple  brussel sprouts (very high in anti oxidants)and the other tray is some of the remaining turnips and rhutabagas. These will get cooked soon, and offered to Sri Krsna for His Transcendental pleasure.
DSCN0081.JPG

“Don’t bring all rotten. In the market you cannot get fresh. All three hundred years old. Anything fresh, that is full of vitamin. Grow fresh, take fresh. In India there is no system to purchase three hundred year old bread and eat. It must be freshly made. Wife is preparing in the simple oven, husband is eating, children are eating. (Conversation at New Mayapur Farm, Paris, August 3, 1976)

DSCN0088.JPG

This process is not at all difficult but is actually very blissful

January 31, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Philosophy discussions-Srila Prabhupada about Bergson-with Symasundar 
Śyāmasundara: So someone can understand, someone can know what the life force is going to do in the future, how it will manifest itself in the future?
Prabhupāda: The future, because he is eternally servant of God, so now he has forgotten. He wants to become master, and the material nature is kicking him, life after life. So one day he’ll come to his senses and become again, renovate himself to become servant of God.
Śyāmasundara: So we can predict that everyone will…
Prabhupāda: Oh, yes. Everyone will be. Somebody sooner, somebody later.
Śyāmasundara: So that the purpose of the life force then is to eventually go back…
Prabhupāda: Just like when a man becomes a prisoner, he will be freed, he’ll be a free man at the end of his term, and within this term he is simply kicked by the police, so that he may not come back again to prison house.
Śyāmasundara: But we can’t predict that the process of punishment will have permanent effect, can we? Can we predict that? Many prisoners leave the prison, but some come back.
Prabhupāda: No, there is no permanent effect because we have got little independence. There is nothing as permanent. You can misuse your independence at any time.
Śyāmasundara: And come back.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Otherwise there is no meaning of independence. Independence means you can do this, you can do that. “All right. Whatever you like.”
Chanting in the Process- to be effective
Feb 25 1977
Prabhupāda: No, no. They may chant, but they must understand that the chanting process, that will be more effective. That they must know. Chanting is open. Anyone can chant, but they must know it, that “If I chant in the proper process, then it will be effective.”
Rāmeśvara: We want then to chant more.
Prabhupāda: Yes. But we must… They must know the science also.
Rāmeśvara: Just like this Alice Coltrane. She has done her small part. She made this record album with Govinda Jaya Jaya and Hare Kṛṣṇa.
Prabhupāda: That is… That will be a good thing. But when he (she) does it properly it will be more effective, because there is… If one does not chant in the process, then gradually it degrades. The offense will increase. There is chance.
 
DSCN0021.JPG

Read the rest of this entry →

Disappearance day of Srila Madhvacarya

January 26, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Image result for images of madhvacharya

Compiled by Yasoda nandan das

Today is the disappearance day of Sri Madhvacarya, who is the sampradaya-acarya of our Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya.

Srila Prabhupada: “Srila Madhvacarya is the original acarya for those who belong to the Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya.” (Srimad Bhagavatam, 6.1.40.purport

“… This Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya is also known as the Brahma-sampradaya because the disciplic succession originally began from Brahma. Brahma instructed the sage Narada, Narada instructed Vyasadeva, and Vyasadeva instructed Madhva Muni, or Madhvacarya…” (Krsna Book, Introduction)
Inline image

CC Adi 1.19 pp. — The devotees of Orissa are called Udiyas, the devotees of Bengal are called Gaudiyas, and the devotees of southern India are known as Dravida devotees. As there are five provinces in Aryavarta, so Daksinatya, southern India, is also divided into five provinces, which are called Panca-dravida. The four Vaisnava acaryas who are the great authorities of the four Vaisnava disciplic successions, as well as Sripada Sankaracarya of the Mayavada school, appeared in the Panca-dravida provinces. Among the four Vaisnava acaryas, who are all accepted by the Gaudiya Vaisnavas, Sri Ramanuja Acarya appeared in the southern part of Andhra Pradesh at Mahabhutapuri, Sri Madhva Acarya appeared at Pajakam (near Vimanagiri) in the district of Mangalore, Sri Visnusvami appeared at Pandya, and Sri Nimbarka appeared at Mungera-patana in the extreme south.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu accepted the chain of disciplic succession from Madhva Acarya, but the Vaisnavas in His line do not accept the tattva-vadis, who also claim to belong to the Madhva-sampradaya. To distinguish themselves clearly from the tattva-vadi branch of Madhva’s descendants, the Vaisnavas of Bengal prefer to call themselves Gaudiya Vaisnavas. Sri Madhva Acarya is also known as Sri Gauda-purnananda, and therefore the name Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya is quite suitable for the disciplic succession of the Gaudiya Vaisnavas. Our spiritual master, Om Visnupada Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja, accepted initiation in the Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya.

CC Adi 1.19 pp

The Life of Sri Madhvacarya
Inline image
CC Madhya 9.245-278 pp. — Sripada Madhvacarya took his birth at Udupi, which is situated in the South Kanarada district of South India, just west of Sahyadri. This is the chief city of the South Kanarada province and is near the city of Mangalore, which is situated to the south of Udupi. In the city of Udupi is a place called Pajaka-ksetra, where Madhvacarya took his birth in a Sivalli-brahmana dynasty as the son of Madhyageha Bhatta, in the year 1040 Sakabda (A.D. 1119). According to some, he was born in the year 1160 Sakabda (A.D. 1239

In his childhood Madhvacarya was known as Vasudeva, and there are some wonderful stories surrounding him. It is said that once when his father had piled up many debts, Madhvacarya converted tamarind seeds into actual coins to pay them off. When he was five years old, he was offered the sacred thread. A demon named Maniman lived near his abode in the form of a snake, and at the age of five Madhvacarya killed that snake with the toe of his left foot. When his mother was very much disturbed, he would appear before her in one jump. He was a great scholar even in childhood, and although his father did not agree, he accepted sannyasa at the age of twelve. Upon receiving sannyasa from Acyuta Preksa, he received the name Purnaprajna Tirtha. After traveling all over India, he finally discussed scriptures with Vidyasankara, the exalted leader of Srngeri-matha. Vidyasankara was actually diminished in the presence of Madhvacarya. Accompanied by Satya Tirtha, Madhvacarya went to Badarikasrama. It was there that he met Vyasadeva and explained his commentary on the Bhagavad-gita before him. Thus he became a great scholar by studying before Vyasadeva.

By the time he came to the Ananda-matha from Badarikasrama, Madhvacarya had finished his commentary on the Bhagavad-gita. His companion Satya Tirtha wrote down the entire commentary. When Madhvacarya returned from Badarikasrama, he went to Ganjama, which is on the bank of the river Godavari. There he met with two learned scholars named Sobhana Bhatta and Svami Sastri. Later these scholars became known in the disciplic succession of Madhvacarya as Padmanabha Tirtha and Narahari Tirtha. When he returned to Udupi, he would sometimes bathe in the ocean. On such an occasion he composed a prayer in five chapters. Once, while sitting beside the sea engrossed in meditation upon Lord Sri Krsna, he saw that a large boat containing goods for Dvaraka was in danger. He gave some signs by which the boat could approach the shore, and it was saved. The owners of the boat wanted to give him a present, and at the time Madhvacarya agreed to take some gopi-candana. He received a big lump of gopi-candana, and as it was being brought to him, it broke apart and revealed a large Deity of Lord Krsna. The Deity had a stick in one hand and a lump of food in the other. As soon as Madhvacarya received the Deity of Krsna in this way, he composed a prayer. The Deity was so heavy that not even thirty people could lift it. Madhvacarya personally brought this Deity to Udupi. Madhvacarya had eight disciples, all of whom took sannyasa from him and became directors of his eight monasteries. Worship of the Lord Krsna Deity is still going on at Udupi according to the plans Madhvacarya established.

Madhvacarya then for the second time visited Badarikasrama. While he was passing through Maharashtra, the local king was digging a big lake for the public benefit. As Madhvacarya passed through that area with his disciples, he was also obliged to help in the excavation. After some time, when Madhvacarya visited the king, he engaged the king in that work and departed with his disciples.
Often in the province of Ganga-pradesa there were fights between Hindus and Muslims. The Hindus were on one bank of the river, and the Muslims on the other. Due to the community tension, no boat was available for crossing the river. The Muslim soldiers were always stopping passengers on the other side, but Madhvacarya did not care for these soldiers. He crossed the river anyway, and when he met the soldiers on the other side, he was brought before the king. The Muslim king was so pleased with him that he wanted to give him a kingdom and some money, but Madhvacarya refused. While walking on the road, he was attacked by some dacoits, but by his bodily strength he killed them all. When his companion Satya Tirtha was attacked by a tiger, Madhvacarya separated them by virtue of his great strength. When he met Vyasadeva, he received from him the salagrama-sila known as Astamurti. After this, he summarized the Mahabharata.

Madhvacarya’s devotion to the Lord and his erudite scholarship became known throughout India. Consequently the owners of the Srngeri-matha, established by Sankaracarya, became a little perturbed. At that time the followers of Sankaracarya were afraid of Madhvacarya’s rising power, and they began to tease Madhvacarya’s disciples in many ways. There was even an attempt to prove that the disciplic succession of Madhvacarya was not in line with Vedic principles. A person named Pundarika Puri, a follower of the Mayavada philosophy of Sankaracarya, came before Madhvacarya to discuss the sastras. It is said that all of Madhvacarya’s books were taken away, but later they were found with the help of King Jayasimha, ruler of Kumla. In discussion, Pundarika Puri was defeated by Madhvacarya. A great personality named Trivikramacarya, who was a resident of Visnumangala, became Madhvacarya’s disciple, and his son later became Narayanacarya, the composer of Sri Madhva-vijaya. After the death of Trivikramacarya, the younger brother of Narayanacarya took sannyasa and later became known as Visnu Tirtha.

It was reputed that there was no limit to the bodily strength of Purnaprajna, Madhvacarya. There was a person named Kadanjari who was famed for possessing the strength of thirty men. Madhvacarya placed the big toe of his foot upon the ground and asked the man to separate it from the ground, but the great strong man could not do so even after great effort. Srila Madhvacarya passed from this material world at the age of eighty while writing a commentary on the Aitareya Upanisad. For further information about Madhvacarya, one should read Madhva-vijaya, by Narayanacarya.

The acaryas of the Madhva-sampradaya established Udupi as the chief center, and the monastery there was known as Uttararadhi-matha. A list of the different centers of the Madhvacarya-sampradaya can be found at Udupi, and their matha commanders are (1) Visnu Tirtha (Soda-matha), (2) Janardana Tirtha (Krsnapura-matha), (3) Vamana Tirtha (Kanura-matha), (4) Narasimha Tirtha (Adamara-matha), (5) Upendra Tirtha (Puttugi-matha), (6) Rama Tirtha (Sirura-matha), (7) Hrsikesa Tirtha (Palimara-matha), and (8) Aksobhya Tirtha (Pejavara-matha). The disciplic succession of the Madhvacarya-sampradaya is as follows (the dates are those of birth): (1) Hamsa Paramatma; (2) Caturmukha Brahma; (3) Sanakadi; (4) Durvasa; (5) Jnananidhi; (6) Garuda-vahana; (7) Kaivalya Tirtha; (8) Jnanesa Tirtha; (9) Para Tirtha; (10) Satyaprajna Tirtha; (11) Prajna Tirtha; (12) Acyuta Preksacarya Tirtha; (13) Sri Madhvacarya, 1040 Saka; (14) Padmanabha, 1120; Narahari, 1127; Madhava, 1136; and Aksobhya 1159; (15) Jaya Tirtha, 1167; (16) Vidyadhiraja, 1190; (17) Kavindra, 1255; (18) Vagisa, 1261; (19) Ramacandra, 1269; (20) Vidyanidhi, 1298; (21) Sri Raghunatha, 1366; (22) Rayuvarya (who spoke with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu), 1424; (23) Raghuttama, 1471; (24) Vedavyasa, 1517; (25) Vidyadhisa, 1541; (26) Vedanidhi, 1553; (27) Satyavrata, 1557; (28) Satyanidhi, 1560; (29) Satyanatha, 1582; (30) Satyabhinava, 1595; (31) Satyapurna, 1628; (32) Satyavijaya, 1648; (33) Satyapriya, 1659; (34) Satyabodha, 1666; (35) Satyasandha, 1705; (36) Satyavara, 1716; (37) Satyadharma, 1719; (38) Satyasankalpa, 1752; (39) Satyasantusta, 1763; (40) Satyaparayana, 1763; (41) Satyakama, 1785; (42) Satyesta, 1793; (43) Satyaparakrama, 1794; (44) Satyadhira, 1801; (45) Satyadhira Tirtha, 1808. (For approximate Christian era dates, add seventy-nine years.

After the sixteenth acarya (Vidyadhiraja Tirtha), there was another disciplic succession, including Rajendra Tirtha, 1254; Vijayadhvaja; Purusottama; Subrahmanya; and Vyasa Raya, 1470-1520. The nineteenth acarya, Ramacandra Tirtha, had another disciplic succession, including Vibudhendra, 1218; Jitamitra, 1348; Raghunandana; Surendra; Vijendra; Sudhindra; and Raghavendra Tirtha, 1545.

To date, in the Udupi monastery there are another fourteen Madhva-tirtha sannyasis. As stated, Udupi is situated beside the sea in South Kanarada, about thirty-six miles north of Mangalore.

Most of the information in this purport is available from the South Kanada Manual and the Bombay Gazette.
CC Madhya 9.245-278 p

Why aren’t the devotees in Vrndavana India and New Vrndavana following Srila Prabhupada’s advice?

January 26, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna
Below we have two separate letters from Srila Prabhupada regarding how Vrndavana and New Vrndavana should be developed. Both should be a village like atmosphere where simple living goes on, just the it was 5000 years ago when Krsna and Balaram was there.
Today we have a totally different picture developing and even by the ones who are supposed to be Krsna’s devotees. The devotees in N Vrndavana have opened their land there for gas fracking which destroys the water tables below and makes the water non drinkable.  And In Vrndavana India, more of the same by building skyscraper buildings and bringing in high tech apartments and other such dwellings-and still calling it- Vrndavana.
 
So the question  should be asked–why do these devotees do these things???
 
Hare Krsna-“these things are going on”….
damaghosa das
——————————-
 
1.) June 14 1969 Letter to Hayagriva–
 
Vrindaban does not require to be modernized because Krishna’s Vrindaban is transcendental village. They completely depend on nature’s beauty and nature’s protection. The community in which Krishna preferred to belong was Vaisya community, because Nanda Maharaja happened to be a Vaisya king, or landholder, and his main business was cow protection. It is understood that he had 900,000 cows and Krishna and Balarama used to take charge of them, along with His many cowherd boy friends, and every day, in the morning He used to go out with His friends and cows into the pasturing grounds. So, if you seriously want to convert this new spot as New Vrindaban, I shall advise you not to make it very much modernized. But as you are American boys, you must make it just suitable to your minimum needs. Not to make it too much luxurious as generally Europeans and Americans are accustomed. Better to live there without modern amenities. But to live a natural healthy life for executing Krishna Consciousness.It may be an ideal village where the residents will have plain living and high thinking. For plain living we must have sufficient land for raising crops and pasturing grounds for the cows. If there is sufficient grains and production of milk, then the whole economic problem is solved
 

Read the rest of this entry →

the business man who tried to cheat the yogi–SP story

January 26, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-This is a very instructive story Srila Prabhupada tells to us about a yogi and a businessman who tried to cheat him. It is directly related to sadhana bhakti and how we cannot light the fire of KC by having only smoke-instead of fire. In other words, if we cheat, change the process, or are just lazy, we will never get the good result—Krsna, or in this case-fire.
Damaghosa das
———————————
July 1 1974 Melbourne
Prabhupāda: That is sense. Otherwise nonsense, that’s all. It is up to us to take up the sense or nonsense. The direction is there. What Arjuna said?
Satsvarūpa:”Arjuna said, My dear Kṛṣṇa, O infallible one, my illusion is now gone. I have regained my memory by Your mercy, and I am now firm and free from doubt and am prepared to act according to Your instructions.”
Prabhupāda: This is sense.
Bhūrijana: Prabhupāda, I think my illusion is not yet dispelled.
Prabhupāda: Then unfortunate.
Bhūrijana: Yes.
Prabhupāda: Continue. (laughter) Who can check?
Bhūrijana: I want to understand in this sense though, exactly how far your instructions are because I know I want to do it, what you say, but I am not exactly…
Prabhupāda: You are old student.
Bhūrijana: Yeah.
Prabhupāda: If you still cannot understand what is my instruction, then how can I help you? New students may say like that. You are intelligent, educated, old student. If you say… (long, silent pause) Our movement is that beginning of spiritual life is to surrender. If there is no surrendering, then it is no advance. Sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja [Bg. 18.66]. This is the beginning. If that thing is lacking, there is no beginning even, what to speak of advancement. That is discussed already. Na siddhiṁ sa avāpnoti na sukhaṁ na paraṁ gatiḥ. This is the beginning of spiritual life. The word is called disciple. Disciple means who accept discipline. If there is no discipline, where is disciple? And “disciplic succession.” We have used this word. Not that discipline is finished by one man, no. It will continue to go by succession. That is perfect.
Find out this verse. As soon as the disciplic succession is missing, then everything is lost.
Satsvarūpa:evam paramparā-prāptamimaṁ rājarṣayo viduḥsa kāleneha mahatā
yogo naṣṭaḥ parantapa
Prabhupāda: Naṣṭa, this word is used.
Satsvarūpa: “This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost.”
Prabhupāda: That’s it. As soon as the discipline broken, then everything is lost. Now you can dance like a dog. That will not affect. Nobody can do that unless there is spiritual strength. Now, last night Madhudviṣa Mahārāja was singing, and so many men became enthused to dance. So unless there is spiritual strength, it cannot be done. Others cannot ask and dance. No, that is not possible. That is not possible. Unless there is spiritual strength, you cannot enthuse others. 

Read the rest of this entry →

Greatest danger to our Movement-SP

January 26, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

1. Do not create your own process for worshipping Deities
“The greatest danger to our movement will come when we manufacture and create our own process for worshiping the Deities. So don’t ask any more new questions, whatever is going on, follow it just to the exact standard as I have given you, that’s all…”
Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Dhruvananda, Bombay 4 January, 1973
 
2. Do not bring personal motivation
“In my books I have tried to explain clearly this simultaneously one and different philosophy acinta beda beda tattva propounded by Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. But sometimes it happens that this philosophy is given a self-interested interpretation. As soon as personal motivation comes in it is not possible for one to understand our Krishna Consciousness philosophy.”
Srila Prabhupada in a letter to Isana and Vibhavati 21 September, 1970,   Calcutta
 
3. Bhoga offering order
“Yes, it is nice that you are worshipping Lord Chaitanya along with Radha Krishna. That is alright. Lord Chaitanya should be placed to the right side of Krishna. There is nothing special for His worship, but you may continue as you are doing now. The order of worshipping is first Spiritual Master, and then Lord Chaitanya, then Radha Krishna (as in the mantras or vande aham prayer).Your confidence to do whatever you are instructed by the Spiritual Master is very encouraging. Yes, this is the method of the Vedic injunction, staunch faith in Spiritual Master and Krishna makes one perfect in spiritual understanding.”
Srila Prabhupada in letter to Himavati April 1, 1970  Los Angeles
 
4. Offering goes through Spiritual Master
“Regarding your question about offering Prasadam, whatever is offered to the Deity actually it goes through the Spiritual Master.  The Spiritual Master offers to Lord Chaitanya, and Lord Chaitanya offers it to Krishna. Then Radha Krishna eats, or Jagannatha eats, then Chaitanya Mahaprabhu eats, then the Spiritual Master eats, and it becomes Mahaprasadam. So when you offer something, you think like that and chant the Gayatri mantra, and then everything is complete. At last, ring the bell, take out the plate and wipe the place where the plate was kept.”Letter to Arundhati, 16 June, 1969, New Vrindaban
5. Slight change will spoil
“One who understands and appreciates the disciplic succession is certainly advanced, and we should always be very careful to give full respect to those who have so carefully handled this Divine Fruit of transcendental knowledge before us. Even a slight change will spoil it. That is why I have always been so careful to give you only those things which I have heard from my Guru Maharaja.”
– Letter to: Devotee & Hamsaduta, Vrindavana, India August 1967

Read the rest of this entry →

Discipline and association

January 23, 2018 in Articles, Haripada dasa by Laksman dasa

Discipline and association, by Javier Figuerola or Haripada dasa
By the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and of God or Krishna I practice Krishna consciousness since 1984, the spiritual life is very simple, one has a spiritual master representative of God, follow his instructions and the result of this is that one lives with him and God or Krishna is very satisfied with that person and reveals everything necessary to advance in the spiritual life, Srila Prabhupada always said that the spiritual life is easy for people with a simple heart and it is very difficult for the twisted ones , the example that always put to illustrate the simple heart is that of Jesus Christ, the envious people of his time were against his preaching and they asked him if you are the son of God, and he answered yes, and they told him that if you say that, we’re going to kill you, and he told you to do whatever you want but I can not change the philosophy, Srila Prabhupada always said that a person with a simple heart is one who always goes With the truth in front.
Disciple means one who practices a discipline, in Krishna consciousness we follow 4 regulative principles, we have abandoned illicit sexual life, gambling, drugs and the consumption of meat, fish and eggs and we sing every day the Hare Maha-Mantra Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare (the H is read as J de jota) 16 rounds, this is every day 27,648 names of God, with practice this takes you one hour and a half to two hours. Srila Prabhupada always said that he who obeys these principles I personally will take him to the spiritual world, and the other point is the association, the desires and aspirations of a person are developed according to the company that maintains, must be associated with serious devotees and sincere in the spiritual life, and that you feel that they appreciate you.

Śrīla Prabhupāda, our eternal Dīkṣā guru

January 23, 2018 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Śrīla Prabhupāda, our eternal Dīkṣā guru

I am the Spiritual Master of this institution, and all the members of the Society, they’re supposed to be my disciples. They follow the rules and regulations which I ask them to follow, and they are initiated by me spiritually.” (Śrīla Prabhupāda Radio interview – San Francisco, March 12, 1968)
“Just like Krishna can be present simultaneously in millions of places, similarly the spiritual master also can be present wherever the disciple wants. A spiritual master is the principle, not the body. Just like a television can be seen in thousands of places by the principle of relay monitoring.”
Śrīla Prabhupāda Letter – May 28, 1968

Read the rest of this entry →

Immortal Charity

January 23, 2018 in Narasimha Dasa by Laksman dasa

Immortal Charity:
Srila Prabhupada’s Gift to the World
By Narasimha das
Text 41
O spotless one, your answers to all these questions will grant immunity for all material miseries. Such charity is greater than all Vedic charities, sacrifices, penances and so on.  (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 3.7.41)
Purport
“The highest perfectional work of charity it to give people in general immunity from the anxieties of material existence. This can be done only by performing activities in devotional service to the Lord. Such knowledge is incomparable. Cultivation of knowledge in the Vedas, performance of sacrifice, and distribution of munificent charities all together cannot form even a part of the immunity from the pangs of material existence that is gained from devotional service. The charity of Maitreya not only will help Vidura, but, due to its universal nature, will deliver all others in all times. Thus Maitreya is immortal.” (SB.3.7.41, Purport)
In this section of Third Canto Bhagavatam, Vidura puts forward many questions to Maitreya Rishi. His aim was to point out the principles of transcendental loving service to the Lord. He knew that by this understanding anyone, past, present or future, will be liberated from the miseries of material existence and return to the spiritual world via the methods of pure devotion.
In this age Srila Prabhupada has adjusted and prescribed methods of devotional service, as described in the Vedas, the Puranas, the Upanisads and Vaishnava commentaries, in a way suitable not only for highly intellectual sadhus of Vedic times but for people in general—even those of this present degraded age.
The charity of Srila Prabhupada is meant not only for a small group of disciples that he personally met and guided but, due to its “universal nature, will deliver all others in all times”. Thus Srila Prabhupada, like Maitreya Rishi, is immortal. This mystery can never be appreciated by posers whose ulterior aim is to exploit the eternal mission of the Supreme Lord for material profit, or personal ambition.  Nor can it be understood by mayavadis, impersonalists, sahajiyas or, in many cases, the prakrita-bhaktas, who deliberately remain attached to this material world in spite of all good instructions for detachment.
“The demigods in the heavenly planets, and many devotees on this planet also, want to remain in the material world as devotees of the Lord and take advantage of material happiness. They do so at the risk of falling down to the lower status of existence, and this makes the Lord dissatisfied with them.” (SB.3.9.12, Purport)
 
 
 

Vasanta Panchami festival – Monday, January 22, 2018 Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata bhumi time]

January 23, 2018 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

Srila Visvanatha Cakravari Thakura Tirobhava Tithi [disappearance]

Sri Pundarika Vidyanidhi Avirbhava Tithi [appearance]
Sei Raghunatha dasa Goswami Avirbhava Tithi [appearance]
Sri Raghunandana Thakura Avirbhava Tithi [appearance]
Srimati Vishnupriya Avirbhava Tithi [appearance]
Compiled by Yasoda Nandana dasa

Srila Prabhupada glorifies Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura

 
Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 7: Lectures : SB 7.12: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.12.6 — Bombay, April 17, 1976 : 760417SB.BOM :
Dakṣa śraddadhānaḥ: faithful. Faithful to whom? To the spiritual master. Whatever he says, the brahmacārī should take it: “Yes, it is my life and soul.” That is the explanation given by Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura. He is explaining with reference to the verse vyavasāyātmikā buddhir ekeha kuru-nandana [Bg. 2.41]. He very nicely explains. You have perhaps read it, Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura’s… Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura has taught very, very nicely about guru. Therefore he has written in Gurvaṣṭaka, yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādaḥ **. He is example, practical example of guru-bhakti, Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura. He accepted his guru, Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura. So he said that “I am not interested for my salvation or going back to Godhead. I am not interested.” Interested means it may come; it may not come. “That I don’t mind. But I am interested only with the words of my guru.” Viśvanātha Cakravartī said. “That is my life. Whether I will be successful or not successful, it doesn’t matter. I must take the words of my Guru Mahārāja as my life and soul.”
Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures : Canto 7: Lectures : SB 7.9: Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.28 — Mayapur, March 6, 1976 : 760306SB.MAY :
We should not jump over. There are so many literatures. They place Rādhārāṇī as ordinary baladar(?) woman because they do not understand. So therefore Sanātana Gosvāmī has forbidden strictly that avaiṣṇava-mukhodgīrṇaṁ pūta-hari-kathāmṛtam, śravaṇaṁ na kartavyam: “Don’t hear from the professional men who are not situated in the Vaiṣṇava behavior.” One must be…, behavior in Vaiṣṇava. Sadācāra-sampannaḥ. Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura has warned that “Don’t mix it with Vaiṣṇava who is not well trained up, well behaved.” You can offer him respect. A Vaiṣṇava offers respect even to the ant. That is another thing. But he has warned, “Don’t mix with them, these professional, so-called Vaiṣṇava, sahajiyās.” This is warned. Avaiṣṇava-mukhodgīrṇaṁ pūta-hari-kathāmṛtam, śravaṇaṁ na kartavyam: “You should not hear.” “Eh? Huh? What is the wrong there? The Kṛṣṇa-kathā is there.” No, Kṛṣṇa-kathā is there just like milk is there, but if it is touched by the lips of a serpent, it is no more to be taken. It has become poison. Unless one is situated as pure Vaiṣṇava in his dealing, in his behavior, inside and outside, he should not become a preacher because it will not be effective, neither one should hear from such person. But people in general, they can not understand, but those who are preaching, they must be very sincere, the same way. Rūpa-raghunātha pade, haibe ākuti. They should read the literatures, the instruction, just like Upadeśāmṛta, The Nectar of Instruction. We should follow, strictly follow. Then pṛthivīṁ sa śiṣyāt. Then you’ll be able to preach and make disciples all over the world. This is the injunction. That is called gosvāmī. Don’t be cheap preacher, cheap guru. No, no. That is not good. It is not possible Read the rest of this entry →

What do you mean by the word Maya?–SP

January 17, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

What do you understand by the word-Maya ?
June 13 1974 Paris
Prabhupāda: What do you understand by the word “māyā”?
Yogeśvara: That which is not.
Puṣṭa-kṛṣṇa: Things which we place value on that have no relation to Kṛṣṇa.
Prabhupāda: The māyā is explained very nicely in the Bhāgavata, yathābhāso yathā tamaḥ. Just like sun is reflected in the water, and the light is reflected again on the wall. This is the exact explanation of māyā. Reality, this material world, the man who manufactured all these things, nobody knows where he has gone, but these things are taken as reality. This will be also finished. It will remain as relics, as Rome, relics, but when it was…, the houses were prepared with great enthusiasm as reality. And now it is as relics. So the energy expended for manufacturing those house, that is also māyā, and now they are being visited as relics. That is also māyā. So all these things are māyāra vaibhava, expansion of māyā.So if somebody says that you don’t appreciate these things? No, we appreciate, very much appreciate intelligence. But if you, for this appreciation, if you forget, then it is māyā. Forget Kṛṣṇa.
Puṣṭa-kṛṣṇa: Kṛṣṇa.
Prabhupāda: Then it is māyā. Otherwise, it is reality. If they would have installed Deity worship in these buildings, how much nice it would have been. People chanting, dancing, and taking prasādam, twenty-four hours. Then it is no more māyā. It is reality. Such big, big, nice houses, they should have been places of worshiping Kṛṣṇa. But they’re worshiping bones, keeping some dead bones, and…

Read the rest of this entry →

Become a Grhastha Mahatma–SP

January 16, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Grhastha Mahatma-become one, by hearing
Lecture Oct 22 1975 JOH
 

So this material energy is… Every energy is woman. The spiritual energy is also woman, material energy is woman.The material energy is tamo, darkness, and the other energy is the light. Therefore Vedic injunction is tamasi mā jyotir gamaḥ. Don’t remain under the darkness material energy. … This is material energy. So if we keep ourself within the material energy, that will lead us more and more in the darkest region of hellish condition of life. Tamo-dvāraṁ yoṣitāṁ saṅgi-saṅgam. Those who are too much materially affected, to associate with such person means you remain within the material energy. And if you associate with persons who are great souls, who have taken the shelter of spiritual energy, your path of liberation will be open. This is the purport. Mahat-sevāṁ dvāram āhur vimuktes tamo-dvāraṁ yoṣitāṁ saṅgi-saṅgam mahāntas te sama-cittāḥ.
And how I can understand who is mahat, or great soul? So that description is given.
…So we have to approach such person. As it is described here, mahat-sevām. I have to give my service to the great soul. And these are the symptoms of great soul. So as we are finding out so many things for our satisfaction, so our real business is how to get out of this material disease, and to get out of this material disease, the prescription is given here, mahat-sevām: “Just try to serve a great soul.” And who is a great soul? That is described here. Mahāntas te sama-cittāḥ praśāntā vimanyavaḥ suhṛdaḥ sādhavo ye.

Read the rest of this entry →

Saints and Psychopaths-what to look for in each

January 16, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-below is a short summary of a book by William Hazlitt given by Chota Haridas das where he gives some important information that any sane devotee should not ignore.
dd
———————-

Saints and Psychopaths

Psychopaths pretending to be saints present a very serious problem for all spiritual traditions. There are many more psychopaths pretending to be saints than there are real saints.
If you have a true saint for a teacher, then you have a real possibility for spiritual attainments, including enlightenment. If your teacher is a psychopath, then you may become a programmed puppet, and you risk being sexually or financially abused. You also may lose your job, family and possibly even your sanity. Eventually you risk disillusionment from pursuing any spiritual quests.
In his book, Saints and Psychopaths, William Hazlitt gives a checklist of saintly and psychopathic qualities. With some word changes so they fit better within the frame of more common Krishna conscious usage I include both lists below. In as much as Srila Prabhupada has cautioned in Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita that there are mundane men in the dress of Vaishnavas in the Krishna consciousness movement and that we should practice upekshaand “neglect” these persons, I thought it would be helpful to post this checklist with the possibility that it may help saragrahis to gain perspective on this aspect of things.

Read the rest of this entry →

The 26 qualities of a pure devotee of God or Krishna, 3rd Part

January 15, 2018 in Haripada dasa by Laksman dasa

The 26 qualities of a pure devotee of God or Krishna, 3rd Part, by Javier Figuerola or Haripada dasa
I’m going to put this message in three parts
17- He does not eat more than he needs: Srila Prabhupada said that if one eats too much, he will have to sleep more, and if one sleeps more than 6 hours a day is influenced by ignorance, most Hindus are skinny , but they have an inconceivable energy.
18- He is always prudent: In the Sriman Bhagavatam, ninth chant, chapter 16 it is said that Parasurama’s father, Jamadagni, told his younger son Parasurama to kill his brothers, for having disobeyed his order and his mother for having been infidel mentally, Lord Parasurama knowing the power of his father, teacher in the art of meditation and austerity, immediately killed his mother and his brothers, Jamadagni, the son of Satyavati was very pleased with Parasurama and invited him to ask Whatever blessing you desire, Lord Parasurama asked that my mother and my brothers live again and not remember that I killed them, that is the blessing that he requested and Srila Prabhupada in the meaning says that it does not matter if we are Kartavyryarjuna, Jamadagni or Parasurama , or whoever, we must act with great prudence and sagacity, otherwise, we will have to suffer the results of sinful activities, that is the lesson we receive from the Vedic scriptures s.
19 – He is always respectful of others: Srila Gaura Kisora ​​das babhaji always said that all living entities are worthy of my adoration.
20- He does not demand respect for himself: Srila Prabhupada said that we should not demand respect from others, but inspire respect.
21- He is serious: It is said that the devotee of Krishna is so grave that it is very difficult to know his plans and his mentality, even the most intelligent people get confused when they see the words, activities and thoughts of the pure devotees of God.
22- He is merciful .: The symptom of a merciful person is that he is very tolerant.
23- He is friendly: A nickname of Maharaja Yudisthir is that he never created any enemy, the devotee of God or Krishna is so friendly that he even prays to God for his enemies and Srila Visvanatha Cakravatti Thakura says that this is the sign of a paramahansa , who wishes good even to his enemy.
24- He is poetic: Srila Prabhupada says in a class that poetry is not that he writes poetry, but writes spiritual literature.
25- He is an expert: I remember that in the Nectar of devotion he says that the expert person is the one who does the most difficult thing, the most difficult thing to do in this world is to convert people to devotees of Krishna, once they asked Srila Prabhupada that the great saints always perform miracles and what is your miracle, Srila Prabhupada replied you see all these people, before they were crows, now they are swans, I convert crows into swans, that is why Srila Prabhupada said that only one Pure devotee can make pure devotees, the pseudo devotee can not, worldly people envy the pure devotee of Krishna, seeing him so expert in everything.
26- He is silent: Srila Prabhupada said that the silent person is the one who sings the 24 hours of Hare Krishna day and preaches the glories of the Lord.

The 26 qualities 2

January 15, 2018 in Haripada dasa by Laksman dasa

The 26 qualities of a pure devotee of God or Krishna, 2nd Part, by Javier Figuerola or Haripada dasa
I’m going to put this message in three parts
11- He is peaceful: A person can be peaceful when he is free of material desires, I remember a song of an acharya or bona fide spiritual master who said that the symptom that I will have obtained the mercy of Sri Nityananda is that I will be free from material desires and When Lord Nrisimhadeva told Prahlada Maharaja to ask for a blessing, he asked me in the depths of my heart that I have no material desires.
12- He always finds himself delivered to Krishna or God: In my blog are all the songs of the saranagati or the surrender to Almighty God by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, in Harinama Chintamani chap. 13 it is said that the six principles of surrender to Krishna or God they are: 1- the vow to accept everything favorable to the service of the Lord, 2-reject anything that is unfavorable, 3-be convinced that Lord Krishna will always give protection, 4-depend completely on Krishna for everything, 5 – always feel meek and humble and 6 – throw yourself at the lotus feet of Lord Krishna.
13- He has no material desires: I remember a meaning of Srila Prabhupada that said there was a corner and a devout desire that there is a temple and now that temple is visited by millions of people, those are the wishes of the devotees, Srila Prabhupada said that you only have to desire and Krishna will make the arrangements, the only way to subjugate material desires is to have spiritual desires and always making plans to please Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.
14- He is very humble: Srila Krishna das kaviraja gosvami says in the Chaitanya Charitamrita that he is lower than the worms in the excrement, he is more sinful than Jagay and Madhay, that he who says his name will leave all the activities pious, that is humility, in the Kartika vrata of the year 1972. Srila Prabhupada said in the Radha Damodara in Vrindavana that we should always be ready to offer respect, not only to the devotees, but to all, because each living entity is originally a devotee of Krishna, but circumstantially, being covered by maya, he is acting like a demon, but his original nature is that of a devotee of Krishna, that is humility.
15- He is always fixed in his purpose: From faith to love for God there are 9 states of perfection, nistha or being fixed is the fifth, the 1 is faith, the 2 is the association with the devotees, the 3 is the spiritual initiation, 4 is the cleansing of the heart of undesirable things, 5 is to be fixed, 6 is to feel a taste in devotional service, 7 is to feel an attachment, 8 is to feel spiritual emotions when rendering devotional service and 9 is the goal of human life, prema pumarto mahan, pure love for God or Krishna.
16- He has triumphed over the six material qualities: Lust, anger, greed, envy, madness and illusion, in Srimad Bhagavatm 7,9,1 it is said that the Supreme Personality of Godhead and his devotee know properly use lust, anger, greed, illusion, pride and envy, lust is spiritualized when we use everything in the service of Krishna, the example of this are the gopis of Vrindavana, anger is spiritualized when we use it to defend Krishna from his enemies, the example of this are Arjuna and Hanuman, greed is spiritualized when we use it to buy the ticket back home to God, I remember a meaning of Srila Prabhupada that says that the desire to go with Krishna is not a desire that shakes the mind, we use the illusion very much the sankirtaneros, I told a man that you have the face of a very good person, you look like the Pope, he immediately took out the wallet and gave me 100 dollars of donation , I gave To a mother who has the face of a saint, she immediately collaborated with me and told me that I help you because you told me holy, pride, Srila Prabhupada said that the words of the spiritual master are the disciple’s pride, pride is also spiritualized when we we become proud of our acharyas or spiritual teachers who form our disciplic succession, what great personalities! They come from the spiritual world, we should not imitate the acharyas, but follow in their footsteps, I remember reading in the Nectar of devotion that the devotee mahabhagavata is in raganuga, but to give an example to the neophytes, acts as a neophyte and envy, I remember in the centenary of Srila Prabhupada in 1996 the bbt of Spain promised before the Deities and 500 devotees that would print the Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita , there are very small countries that have all of Srila Prabhupada’s books translated and printed in their languages, that is transcendental envy.