How even one bad disciple can ruin an institution

May 30, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

SB 1.18.25-Purport—The Supreme Lord is so kind to His pure devotees that in proper time He calls such devotees up to Him and thus creates an auspicious circumstance for the devotee. Mahārāja Parīkṣit was a pure devotee of the Lord, and there was no reason for him to become extremely fatigued, hungry and thirsty because a devotee of the Lord never becomes perturbed by such bodily demands. But by the desire of the Lord, even such a devotee can become apparently fatigued and thirsty just to create a situation favorable for his renunciation of worldly activities. One has to give up all attachment for worldly relations before one is able to go back to Godhead, and thus when a devotee is too much absorbed in worldly affairs, the Lord creates a situation to cause indifference. The Supreme Lord never forgets His pure devotee, even though he may be engaged in so-called worldly affairs. Sometimes He creates an awkward situation, and the devotee becomes obliged to renounce all worldly affairs. The devotee can understand by the signal of the Lord, but others take it to be unfavorable and frustrating. Mahārāja Parīkṣit was to become the medium for the revelation of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam by Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, as his grandfather Arjuna was the medium for the Bhagavad-gītā. Had Arjuna not been taken up with an illusion of family affection by the will of the Lord, the Bhagavad-gītā would not have been spoken by the Lord Himself for the good of all concerned. Similarly, had Mahārāja Parīkṣit not been fatigued, hungry and thirsty at this time, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam would not have been spoken by Śrīla Śukadeva Gosvāmī, the prime authority of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. So this is a prelude to the circumstances under which Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam was spoken for the benefit of all concerned. The prelude, therefore, begins with the words “once upon a time.
SB 1.18.31 purport…By placing Arjuna and the Pāṇḍavas in frustration due to the intrigue of their cousin-brothers, the prelude of the Battle of Kurukṣetra was created by the Lord. This was to incarnate the sound representative of the Lord, Bhagavad-gītā. So by placing King Parīkṣit in an awkward position, the incarnation of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam was created by the will of the Lord. Being distressed by hunger and thirst was only a show, because the King endured much, even in the womb of his mother. He was never disturbed by the glaring heat of the brahmāstra released by Aśvatthāmā. The King’s distressed condition was certainly unprecedented. The devotees like Mahārāja Parīkṣit are powerful enough to forbear such distresses, by the will of the Lord, and they are never disturbed. The situation, in this case, was therefore all planned by the Lord.
 
SB 1.18.32 purport….
Due to Mahārāja Parīkṣit’s good government, even a boy of tender age, who was playing with other inexperienced boys, could become as powerful as a qualified brāhmaṇa. This boy was known as Śṛṅgi, and he achieved good training in brahmacarya by his father so that he could be as powerful as a brāhmaṇa, even at that age. But because the age of Kali was seeking an opportunity to spoil the cultural heritage of the four orders of life, the inexperienced boy gave a chance for the age of Kali to enter into the field of Vedic culture.Hatred of the lower orders of life began from this brāhmaṇa boy, under the influence of Kali, and thus cultural life began to dwindle day after day. The first victim of brahminical injustice was Mahārāja Parīkṣit, and thus the protection given by the King against the onslaught of Kali was slackened.
 

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The highest realization is–to save your self

May 29, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Jan 9 1973 SP letter…
Understanding is one thing, and practical application of that understanding is another. But as devotees of Krsna, being engaged in the practical work of spreading Krsna consciousness, that is already the highest realization. That’s all right, that is our real mission, to deliver the world by preaching Krsna’s message to others, but even higher realization, the highest realization, is to save oneself.
May 17 1975 Perth
Paramahaṁsa: But even if we can’t stay here, we all have to die, our sons and their sons, if we do something now, then maybe they won’t have to suffer so much in the future.
Prabhupāda: So why you are thinking of your son’s future, your grandson’s… Why don’t you think of your future?
Paramahaṁsa: It makes me happy to think that they’ll be happy.
Prabhupāda: That is madness. That is madness.
Paramahaṁsa: If I get insurance policy then they will have some money after I go…
Prabhupāda: No, no, that is natural, that you think of future. But the foolishness is you don’t think of your future. That is foolishness. This is natural. Because every living entity is eternal, therefore he has future. But for himself he is thinking, “There is no life, next.” And he is thinking of the life which will come as his grandson or son, what will be their future. And he is blind about the own future. This is fourth-class man.Suppose some danger is coming. So shall I take care of you: “How you will be saved? How you will be saved?” How I will be saved—that is my first business. That he does not know. There have been many cases. There is all of a sudden fire. The man has left everything, and his baby was there. He was crying, “Oh, I have left my…” The natural tendency—”First of all save me.” Self preservation is the first law of nature. So why did he forget about his baby? Now, when he comes out, he is thinking about baby. This is natural, that he does not think about himself; he is thinking about future generation.
“What nonsense will come as my son or grandson?” Just see. This is fourth-class man.
Amogha: So he should first save himself, then think about how to save others.
Prabhupāda: Yes. First of all he must know what will actually savingThat he does not know.He is thinking of his country. Suppose next birth he becomes a cow and his countrymen will send him to the slaughterhouse. So what is the use of having your country? The same country, the national… The cow is also national, you are also national, but the law is the cow is to be sent to the slaughterhouse. Therefore they have been all described as mūḍhāḥ, rascals, only rascals. Except a Kṛṣṇa conscious person, all persons are rascals.Do you admit or not?
 Paramahaṁsa: Yes.
 

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Our Eternal Friend within our Heart

May 28, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

KB 2-31…Although You are constantly with the conditioned soul, only when he becomes purified by devotional service do You become revealed to him. Others, who are bewildered by fruitive activities, either by Vedic injunction or customary dealings, and who do not take to devotional service, become captivated by the external happiness of the bodily concept of life. You are not revealed to such persons. Rather, You remain far, far away from them. But for one who, being engaged in Your devotional service, has purified his heart by constant chanting of Your holy name, You become very easily understood as his eternal constant companion.
“It is said that Your Lordship, sitting in the heart of a devotee, gives him direction by which he can very quickly come back to home, back to You. This direct dictation by You reveals Your existence within the heart of the devoteeOnly a devotee can immediately appreciate Your existence within his heart, whereas for a person who has only a bodily conception of life and is engaged in sense gratification You always remain covered by the curtain of yogamāyā. Such a person cannot realize that You are very near, sitting within his heart.
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not held accountable for bad thoughts in kali yuga-but can get liberation simply by thinking about Krsna

May 26, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

SB 1.18.7-Mahārāja Parīkṣit was a realist, like the bees who only accept the essence [of a flower]. He knew perfectly well that in this age of Kali, auspicious things produce good effects immediately, whereas inauspicious acts must be actually performed [to render effects]. So he was never envious of the personality of Kali.
PURPORT-The age of Kali is called the fallen age. In this fallen age, because the living beings are in an awkward position, the Supreme Lord has given some special facilities to them. So by the will of the Lord, a living being does not become a victim of a sinful act until the act is actually performed. In other ages, simply by thinking of performing a sinful act, one used to become a victim of the act. On the contrary, a living being in this age is awarded with the results of pious acts simply by thinking of them. Mahārāja Parīkṣit, being the most learned and experienced king by the grace of the Lord, was not unnecessarily envious of the personality of Kali because he did not intend to give him any chance to perform any sinful act. He protected his subjects from falling prey to the sinful acts of the age of Kali, and at the same time he gave full facility to the age of Kali by allotting him some particular places. At the end of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam it is said that even though all nefarious activities of the personality of Kali are present, there is a great advantage in the age of Kali. One can attain salvation simply by chanting the holy name of the Lord. Thus Mahārāja Parīkṣit made an organized effort to propagate the chanting of the Lord’s holy name, and thus he saved the citizens from the clutches of Kali. It is for this advantage only that great sages sometimes wish all good for the age of Kali. In the Vedas also it is said that by discourse on Lord Kṛṣṇa’s activities, one can get rid of all the disadvantages of the age of Kali. In the beginning of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam it is also said that by the recitation of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, the Supreme Lord becomes at once arrested within one’s heart. These are some of the great advantages of the age of Kali, and Mahārāja Parīkṣit took all the advantages and did not think any ill of the age of Kali, true to his Vaiṣṇavite cult.
NOD chapter 11–In the Nāradīya Purāṇa there is a statement of how this servitorship is transcendental. It is said there that a person who is constantly engaged in devotional service by his body, mind and words, or even a person who is not practically engaged but is simply desiring to be so, is considered to be liberated.
 
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Pictures below–San Francisco Ratha Yatra 1975- L-R…Revatinanda swami, Sudama Swami and Vishnujana Swami—that was probably the best ratha yatra-ever !!! Remember that picture of Srila Prabhupada standing up on the stage with arms outstretched and thousands of hippies all chanting along??? There was so much prasadam, that we, the devotees from seattle yatra took back with us back in our van a half filled (garbaga can sized) tub of gulab jamuns !!! Do think anybody back then worried about sugar shock?
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The Perfection Of Life

May 25, 2018 in Articles, Hasti Gopala Dasa by Laksman dasa

The Perfection Of Life
by Hasti Gopala dasa

This quote is from the purport of Srila Prabhupada’s sixth canto part three chapter 16, text thirty nine from his commentaries on the Srimad Bhagavatam, the 1975 edition. Page 128.
We will see just how merciful Srila Prabhupada is to the whole universe and how
Lord Caitanya cares about and loves all of us miserable living beings. They have the door wide open for us. We need not even knock, just dance forward with the
holy names on our tongues. Here it is.

“The perfection of life is to be uninterested in attachment to material enjoyment and interested in Krsna. If one comes to Krsna consciousness somehow or other, even for material gain, the result is that he will be liberated. Kamad dvesad bhayat snehat. Whether for the satisfaction of material desires, because of the influence of envy, because of fear, because of affection or because of any other reason, if one comes to Krsna  his life is successful. “

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

He lives forever by his divine instructions and the follower lives with him.

YS  Hasti Gopala Dasa

Harming others

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

Harming others, by Haripada dasa

People believe that true happiness is in harming others, the more harm you do to others, the happier you are, as 99’99 percent of people, parents and educational institutions think today. They have no interest in people living without harming others, people do not know how to live without harming others. Now there is bullying, a student with no reason to harass him to make life impossible, and sometimes the child is so desperate that he commits suicide, I have heard that in Spain they are introducing meditation in schools, because they have seen that children so small and they are full of anxieties. Let’s not forget that we live in the world of envy, all the activities of people are based on envy, Srila Prabhupada always said that people eat meat because they are very envious of animals, and it also says in the books that nobody can get to be a devotee of God or Krishna, without practicing nonviolence and morality.
The message of the Vedic literature is that come out of the darkness and come to light, I remember that when I distributed the first canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam, I showed the parents the painting that the activities of Kali yuga, animal killing, games of chance, illicit sex and drinking alcohol and getting high, and next to that darkness comes the light of godly life. Chanting the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama , Hare Hare (the H is read as J de jota), devotional festivals, respect maha prasada, food offered to God or Krishna, etc., and I asked the parents you that you choose that life or the other for your children, and most stayed with the book. Srila Prabhupada says that the cause of all the chaos that we are living now is the lack of devotees of God or Krishna. The hypocritical people feel that they are good people, they go to the Churches, Temples and Mosques, but we see in practice that nobody knows neither loves God, and it is all pure deception. They have no interest in knowing and loving God.
The difference between a true devotee of God or Krishna and an ordinary person is that the devotee suffers when he sees others suffer. He leads a pure life and does not engage in sinful activities. He is always making arrangements to help people get out of the dark ignorance. But  an ordinary person is happy when he sees others suffering, from getting up until he goes to bed only he is doing sinful activities. The greatest suffering for that person is when he sees the devotees of God or Krishna happy chanting Hare Krishna and dancing full of devotional love. I share this message from the 7th chapter of the Nectar of devotion that says no pain to any living entity.
This is a comment found in The Mahābhārata: “A person who does not bother or cause pain in the mind of any living entity, who treats everyone as a loving father treats his children, whose heart is very pure, certainly he will very soon be favored by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. ” In the so-called civilized society, there is sometimes agitation against cruelty to animals, but at the same time regular slaughterhouses are always maintained. The devotee of God or Krishna is not like that. A devotee of God or Krishna will never be able to support the killing of animals, nor will he cause pain to any living entity.

More bytes of nectar from 3rd Canto SB

May 23, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Bits of Nectar from first canto part 3
 
 
SB 1.13.2 purport-…Like Vidura, an inquisitive conditioned soul must approach a bona fide spiritual master like Maitreya and by intelligent inquiries must try to know everything about karma (fruitive activities), jñāna (philosophical research for the Supreme Truth) and yoga (the linking process of spiritual realization). One who is not seriously inclined to put questions before a spiritual master need not accommodate a show-bottle spiritual master, nor should a person who may be a spiritual master for others pose to be so if he is unable to engage his disciple ultimately in the transcendental loving service of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa.Vidura was successful in approaching such a spiritual master like Maitreya, and he got the ultimate goal of life: bhakti unto Govinda. Thus there was nothing to be known further about spiritual progress
 
SB 1.13.3-4 purport...She [Gandhari]was the most beautiful girl of her time, and she was equally qualified by her womanly qualities, which endeared every member of the Kaurava court. But despite all her good qualities, she had the natural frailties of a woman, and she was envious of Kuntī when the latter gave birth to a male child. Both the queens were pregnant, but Kuntī first gave birth to a male child. Thus Gāndhārī became angry and gave a blow to her own abdomen. As a result, she gave birth to a lump of flesh only, but since she was a devotee of Vyāsadeva, by the instruction of Vyāsadeva the lump was divided into one hundred parts, and each part gradually developed to become a male child. Thus her ambition to become the mother of one hundred sons was fulfilled, and she began to nourish all the children according to her exalted position.
 
SB 1.13.4 purport...Draupadī: The most chaste daughter of Mahārāja Drupada and partly an incarnation of goddess Śacī, the wife of Indra.
 
SB 1.13.7 purport…
King Yudhiṣṭhira was expert in reception also, even in the case of his family members. Vidura was well received by all the family members by exchange of embraces and obeisances. After that, bathing and arrangements for a sumptuous dinner were made, and then he was given sufficient rest. After finishing his rest, he was offered a comfortable place to sit, and then the King began to talk about all happenings, both family and otherwise. That is the proper way to receive a beloved friend, or even an enemy. According to Indian moral codes, even an enemy received at home should be so well received that he will not feel any fearful situation. An enemy is always afraid of his enemy, but this should not be so when he is received at home by his enemy. This means that a person, when received at home, should be treated as a relative, so what to speak of a family member like Vidura, who was a well-wisher for all the members of the family. Thus Yudhiṣṭhira Mahārāja began to speak in the presence of all the other members.
 
SB 1.13.9 purport...This preparatory stage is called vānaprastha-āśrama, or retired life for traveling and visiting the holy places on the surface of the earth. In the holy places of India, like Vṛndāvana, Hardwar, Jagannātha Purī, and Prayāga, there are many great devotees, and there are still free kitchen houses for persons who desire to advance spiritually. Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira was inquisitive to learn whether Vidura maintained himself by the mercy of the free kitchen houses (chatras).
SB 1.13.10 purport...If anyone visits a holy place, he must search out the pure devotees residing in such holy places, take lessons from them, try to apply such instructions in practical life and thus gradually prepare oneself for the ultimate salvation, going back to Godhead. To go to some holy place of pilgrimage does not mean only to take a bath in the Ganges or Yamunā or to visit the temples situated in those places. One should also find representatives of Vidura who have no desire in life save and except to serve the Personality of Godhead. The Personality of Godhead is always with such pure devotees because of their unalloyed service, which is without any tinge of fruitive action or utopian speculation. They are in the actual service of the Lord, specifically by the process of hearing and chanting. 
 
SB 1.13.13 purport..According to Nīti-śāstra (civic laws) one should not speak an unpalatable truth to cause distress to others. Distress comes upon us in its own way by the laws of nature, so one should not aggravate it by propaganda. For a compassionate soul like Vidura, especially in his dealings with the beloved Pāṇḍavas, it was almost impossible to disclose an unpalatable piece of news like the annihilation of the Yadu dynasty. Therefore he purposely refrained from it.
 
SB 1.13.17-Insurmountable, eternal time imperceptibly overcomes those who are too much attached to family affairs and are always engrossed in their thought.
Purport…Because the living being is eternal, he can be happy only in the eternal abode of the kingdom of God (paravyoma), from which no one returns to this region of repeated birth and death, disease and old age.Therefore, any comfort of life or any material happiness which does not warrant an eternal life is but illusion for the eternal living being. One who understands this factually is learned, and such a learned person can sacrifice any amount of material happiness to achieve the desired goal known as brahma-sukham, or absolute happiness. Real transcendentalists are hungry for this happiness, and as a hungry man cannot be made happy by all comforts of life minus foodstuff, so the man hungry for eternal absolute happiness cannot be satisfied by any amount of material happiness.
SB 1.13.22-You have been blind from your very birth, and recently you have become hard of hearing. Your memory is shortened, and your intelligence is disturbed. Your teeth are loose, your liver is defective, and you are coughing up mucus.
PURPORT-The symptoms of old age, which had already developed in Dhṛtarāṣṭra, were all one after another pointed out to him as warning that death was nearing very quickly, and still he was foolishly carefree about his future. The signs pointed out by Vidura in the body of Dhṛtarāṣṭra were signs of apakṣaya, or dwindling of the material body before the last stroke of death. The body is born, it develops, stays, creates other bodies, dwindles and then vanishes. But foolish men want to make a permanent settlement of the perishable body and think that their estate, children, society, country, etc., will give them protection. With such foolish ideas, they become overtaken by such temporary engagements and forget altogether that they must give up this temporary body and take a new one, again to arrange for another term of society, friendship and love, again to perish ultimately. They forget their permanent identity and become foolishly active for impermanent occupations, forgetting altogether their prime duty. Saints and sages like Vidura approach such foolish men to awaken them to the real situation, but they take such sādhus and saints as parasites of society, and almost all of them refuse to hear the words of such sādhus and saints, although they welcome show-bottle sādhus and so-called saints who can satisfy their senses. Vidura was not a sādhu to satisfy the ill-gotten sentiment of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. He was correctly pointing out the real situation of life, and how one can save oneself from such catastrophies.
 
SB 1.13.23 purport…sādhu should never flatter kings or rich men to live comfortably at their cost. A sādhu is to speak to the householders about the naked truth of life so that they may come to their senses about the precarious life in material existence. Dhṛtarāṣṭra is a typical example of an attached old man in household life. He had become a pauper in the true sense, yet he wanted to live comfortably in the house of the Pāṇḍavas, of whom Bhīma especially is mentioned because personally he killed two prominent sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra, namely Duryodhana and Duḥśāsana. These two sons were very much dear to him for their notorious and nefarious activities, and Bhīma is particularly pointed out because he killed these two pet sons. Why was Dhṛtarāṣṭraliving there at the house of the Pāṇḍavas? Because he wanted to continue his life comfortably, even at the risk of all humiliation.
SB 1.13.24 purport…The system of varṇāśrama religion sets aside a part of one’s life completely for the purpose of self-realization and attainment of salvation in the human form of life. That is a routine division of life, but persons like Dhṛtarāṣṭra, even at their weary ripened age, want to stay home, even in a degraded condition of accepting charity from enemies. Vidura wanted to point this out and impressed upon him that it was better to die like his sons than accept such humiliating charity. Five thousand years ago there was one Dhṛtarāṣṭra, but at the present moment there are Dhṛtarāṣṭras in every home.
 

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more info on karma and how to dovetail our work

May 23, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna
Below we have several purports explaining the beginnings of Krsna Consciousness.
Working and dovetailing our work for God, Krsna is in the beginning of this process of extricating ourselves from the wheel of Karma. We should know and believe that anything done, if it is not done to please Guru and God, is still an entangling karmic act. Pure devotees do not perform any fruitive acts, therefore they qualify themselves to go back to Godhead.
Damaghosa das
 
SB 1.13.2 purport-…Like Vidura, an inquisitive conditioned soul must approach a bona fide spiritual master like Maitreya and by intelligent inquiries must try to know everything about karma (fruitive activities), jñāna (philosophical research for the Supreme Truth) and yoga (the linking process of spiritual realization). One who is not seriously inclined to put questions before a spiritual master need not accommodate a show-bottle spiritual master, nor should a person who may be a spiritual master for others pose to be so if he is unable to engage his disciple ultimately in the transcendental loving service of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Vidura was successful in approaching such a spiritual master like Maitreya, and he got the ultimate goal of life: bhakti unto Govinda. Thus there was nothing to be known further about spiritual progress
 
BG 4.16-Even the intelligent are bewildered in determining what is action and what is inaction. Now I shall explain to you what action is, knowing which you shall be liberated from all sins.
PURPORT-Action in Kṛṣṇa consciousness has to be executed in accord with the examples of previous bona fide devotees. This is recommended in the 15th verse. Why such action should not be independant will be explained in the text to follow.
… Otherwise even the most intelligent men will be bewildered regarding the standard actions of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. …By mental speculation one cannot ascertain what is religion or self-realization. Therefore, out of causeless mercy to His devotees, the Lord explains directly to Arjuna what action is and what inaction is. Only action performed in Kṛṣṇa consciousness can deliver a person from the entanglement of material existence.
 
BG 3.9-“Work done as a sacrifice for Viṣṇu has to be performed, otherwise work binds one to this material world.”
 
SB 1.9.44 purport- The Lord is served by all His parts and parcels, as the complete machine is served by its parts and parcels. Any part of the machine removed from the whole is no longer important. Similarly, any part and parcel of the Absolute detached from the service of the Lord is useless.When the living being becomes conscious of this fact, he tries to go back home, back to Godhead, and thus the spiritual urge of the living being begins. This spiritual urge is called brahmajijñāsā, or inquiry about Brahman..
 

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“My Take” on the ‘Book Changes’

May 22, 2018 in Articles, Sarvopama Dasa by Laksman dasa

By Sarvopama Dasa, for your consideration:

In the science of Nutrition there is a principle, “Fractionalized, adulterated, or Processed” food, in the long run has the opposite effect of it’s intended purpose.”

I believe the same principle applies to religion, or the process of transcendence.
Food is meant to nourish and maintain ultimate health of the material body, while spiritual practices are for the health and the “ultimate” benefit of the soul [experiencing pure love of God].


For a person who has been deprived of food for a long time [perhaps due to having gotten lost in the wilderness], and who is therefore suffering from extreme weakness, if such a person by chance encounters some ‘hiker’ who shares with him a bunch of candy bars [Hostess Twinkies] that he happens to carry with him, I am certain, that even such “junk/adulterated food” will provide that hungry person not just a delight to his palate, but also a substantial energy boost [due to the carbohydrates]. However, no one would suggest that one should take this as an argument in favor of going on a permanent diet of Hostess Twinkies/Junk Food, as in the long term such a diet will have an ill effect on the physical health of a person. 

Similarly, a person/jiva who has been deprived of spiritual sustenance for perhaps lifetimes, if such a soul comes in contact with even an adulterated “spiritual” process, or message [literature], that soul will experience some initial spiritual “rush”. However, just like a diet of adulterated/junk food’ will maintain or nourish a material body for a period of time, so will adulterated/junk religion nourish the soul for some time, while, again, in the long run both practices will be detrimental to either the body or the soul, and will have the opposite effect of it’s intended purpose. Toxins have an accumulative effect to both, the material as well as the spiritual body.
We see this even in other “religious” practices, either in Christianity, Islam, or various “Eastern [Mayavadi]” disciplines. Although all these “teachings/religions” I just mentioned have been heavily adulterated over time [the Bible and the Koran], people are still deriving enough “spiritual” taste/sustenance from their practice to seduce them into thinking that they have found “the light and the Truth”, only to be disappointed again at the time of death, having to take another birth again!


And may I point out, in the verse you quote above, “Such transcendental literature’s, even though imperfectly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.” [SB 1.5.11] , the words ‘imperfectly composed’ is not referring to “changes” made by conditioned and disobedient “disciples” who think they know better than their spiritual master, but rather to the unadulterated [even at times “apparent imperfect”] words of the pure devotees of the Lord.

The ‘unauthorized and un-impowered editor’ is not just changing or adding words, but he is injecting his very consciousness into the literature, he is contaminating Srila Prabhupada’s books with his envious and most toxic mentality.

The differences

May 18, 2018 in Articles, Haripada dasa by Laksman dasa

The differences, by Haripada dasa

I will try to expose the differences between the materialistic people and the devotees of God or Krishna. The materialists think badly of others and you will be right, they think so because they are full of envy, fear, doubt, fanaticism, speculation, prejudice and are full of sinful activities. The devotees of God or Krishna think that if I think badly of another devotee, then Krishna will kick my head with his lotus feet just as he did with Kaliya to take out all my poison. The materialists are scammers and deceivers, a man tells a woman that I love you very much, I would give my life for you. He has sex, the woman becomes pregnant and the man tells the woman that I’m not ready to be a father and leaves. That’s where everything is pure deception. Marriage in Krishna consciousness, man and woman help one another to please Krishna and His devotees, thus creating an atmosphere of peace and harmony, the most.
The politicians, here in Spain, there is a party that says that if they sent people to retire at age 60, they know that this is not possible, but they say it so that people vote, that is cheating. Devotees of Krishna do not deceive themselves or others, they are honest people and live with a lot of inner peace because they know that everything is of Krishna. Because He has created everything, they use everything to satisfy Krishna and His devotees, and have full faith that Krishna and His devotees are my best friends. The materialists do not know how to relate to each other, because the basis of their relationships is envy.  The devotees of Krishna relate to love and trust through these 6 transcendental activities: 1.- Offer gifts as charity, 2.- Accept charitable gifts, 3.- Reveal the mind confidentially, 4.- Ask confidentially, 5.- Accept prasada or food offered to Krishna and 6.- Offer prasada. (Upadesamrita, verse 4).
The materialists criticize the devotees of Krishna saying that because they do not eat meat, fish or eggs, because they do not engage in sexual activities like monkeys, because they do not play games of chance and because they do not take alcohol and drugs. We tell them thta to pursue a life full of sense gratification is like drinking poison W have already experienced before being devotees, but now we are experiencing a higher happiness. Therefore we have had two experiences in life, one is leading a full life of complacency of the senses and the other is a life full of love and devotion for Krishna and His devotees.

What happened after the departure of Lord Krsna ?

May 17, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

These verses and purports are describing what happened after the departure of Lord Krsna(similar things could be said of when Srila Prabhupada also left)

SB 1.14.5- In course of time it came to pass that people in general became accustomed to greed, anger, pride, etc. Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira, observing all these omens, spoke to his younger brother.
PURPORT
Such a pious king as Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira at once became perturbed when there were such inhuman symptoms as greed, anger, irreligiosity and hypocrisy rampant in society. It appears from this statement that all these symptoms of degraded society were unknown to the people of the time, and it was astonishing for them to have experienced them with the advent of the Kali-yuga, or the age of quarrel.
When the Lord, however, appears in His person as Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, His other plenary portions also join in Him by His inconceivable potency called yogamāyā, and thus the Lord Kṛṣṇa of Vṛndāvana is different from the Lord Kṛṣṇa of Mathurā or the Lord Kṛṣṇa of Dvārakā. The virāṭ-rūpa of Lord Kṛṣṇa is also different from Him, by His inconceivable potency. The virāṭ-rūpa exhibited on the Battlefield of Kurukṣetra is the material conception of His form. Therefore it should be understood that when Lord Kṛṣṇa was apparently killed by the bow and arrow of the hunter, the Lord left His so-called material body in the material world. ..That the Lord left His body means that He left again His plenary portions in the respective dhāmas (transcendental abodes), as He left His virāṭ-rūpa in the material world.

SB 1.14.11–The left side of my body, my thighs, arms and eyes are all quivering again and again. I am having heart palpitations due to fear. All this indicates undesirable happenings.
PURPORTMaterial existence is full of undesirables. Things we do not want are forced upon us by some superior energy, and we do not see that these undesirables are under the grip of the three modes of material nature. When a man’s eyes, arms and thighs all quiver constantly, one must know that something is going to happen which is undesirable.

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Srila Prabhupada explains- surrender to God- and how to do it

May 17, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Surrender means that “I am surrendering to Kṛṣṇa with full faith that He is quite competent and able to give me protection.” This is called surrender. Not that hesitation: “Oh, I will surrender to Kṛṣṇa, and in case of danger, He may not be able to give me protection.” That is not surrender.
– Bhagavad-gītā 1.2-3 — London, July 9, 1973
Surrender means to accept favorable things, how I can make progress towards Kṛṣṇa, and prātikūlya, pratikūla means rejecting unfavorable things which are not very congenial for my progress to Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
– Bhagavad-gītā 18.67 — Ahmedabad, December 10, 1972
The śaraṇāgati means, surrender means that “Kṛṣṇa will save me. I, I’ll not do anything against the devotional service. Even there is torture…” Just like Prahlāda Mahārāja. He was tortured by his father. He had… Kṛṣṇa’s mother was tortured by his brother. Not outsider. So the demons are so rascal, they don’t care for son, sister, mother. No. “As soon as it is against my personal sense gratification, I must finish this.” But be sure that Kṛṣṇa will save.
– Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.3.28 — Los Angeles, October 3, 1972
Surrender, means… Kṛṣṇa says that “You surrender unto Me,” sarva-dharmān parityajya [Bg. 18.66]. Let us believe this, that “Kṛṣṇa is asking to surrender. Let me surrender. He must protect me in danger.” That is called surrender.
– Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.16.26-30 — Hawaii, January 23, 1974
Surrender means he has finished his all material business. No more.
– Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.5.16 — Vṛndāvana, November 4, 1976
Surrender means you surrender and work as Kṛṣṇa says. That is surrender.
– Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.1.3 — Melbourne, May 22, 1975
Surrender means I must be prepared to execute the will of Kṛṣṇa; not my whims, but Kṛṣṇa’s will.
– The Nectar of Devotion — Vṛndāvana, November 6, 1972
Compiled by Raghav Pandit Das
taken from vedaveda.com
 
(here below is what can be added to the above-how we can begin to learn how to surrender)
 

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Srila Prabhupada on Varnashram and becomming Vaisnava which is not so easy

May 15, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-below we have a very instructive discussion whereby Srila Prabhupada is telling us that to become an actual “Vaisnava” is not so easy and therefore Varnashram system is necessary. And while working within this system, one should go on chanting Hare Krsna Maha Mantra and hearing from Krsna’s bona fide pure devotee representative. 

Feb 14 1977 Mayapur conversations.

Hari-śauri: But in Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s practical preaching He only induced them to chant.

Prabhupāda: That is not possible for ordinary man.

Hari-śauri: What, to simply induce people to chant?

Prabhupāda: Hm?

Hari-śauri: He only introduced just the chanting.

Prabhupāda: But who will chant? Who’ll chant?

Satsvarūpa: But if they won’t chant, then neither will they train up in the varṇāśrama. That’s the easiest.

Prabhupāda: The chanting will be there, but you cannot expect that people will chant like Caitanya Mahāprabhu. They cannot even chant sixteen rounds. (And) these rascals are going to be Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

Satsvarūpa: No. But if they at least will chant and take some prasāda…

Prabhupāda: Chanting will go on. That is not stopped. But at the same time the varṇāśrama-dharma must be established to make the way easy.

Hari-śauri: Well, at least my own understanding was that the chanting was introduced in the age of Kali because varṇāśrama is not possible.

Prabhupāda: Because it will cleanse the mind. Chanting will not stop.

Hari-śauri: So therefore the chanting was introduced to replace all of the systems of varṇāśrama and like that.

Prabhupāda: Yes, it can replace, but who is going to replace it? The… People are not so advanced. If you imitate Haridāsa Ṭhākura to chant, it is not possible.

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The books of Srila Prabhupada

May 14, 2018 in Articles, Haripada dasa by Laksman dasa

The books of Srila Prabhupada, by Haripada dasa

Srila Prabhupada’s books are no different from Srila Prabhupada, when one reads his books one is associating with Srila Prabhupada. He always said that one who obeys his instructions given in his books, one  will live with him. Some very strange people say that one should be having a living guru. I tell you, what happens when Srila Prabhupada and all the gurus of the parampara system are dead gurus? What happens is that when one goes to Vrindavana and prays to Srila Rupa Goswami in his samadhi, he does not listen your prayers?
Srila Prabhupada’s books are like the Sun that dispels all darkness. Srila Prabhupada’s books dispel all the ignorance of Kali yuga. Kali yuga is the sinful age, the dark age, the age of arguments, the age of hypocrisy and the era of quarrel. There is a prophecy that says that Srila Prabhupada’s books will be the law books for all mankind for the next 10,000 years. I remember a class in Los Angeles, USA, Srila Prabhupada said that the philosophy of the Krsna consciousness Movement is very easy, since we do not have to invent anything. We just repeat the message of the guru-parampara, that’s all. The message of the guru-parampara is eternal and is practiced with joy.
I will try to expose those eternal truths that Srila Prabhupada taught us. The first lesson to be understood and accepted is that we are not the temporary material body, but eternal spiritual souls. We are parts and portions of God or Krishna, and our happiness is in serving God or Krishna and His devotees. Srila Prabhupada, taught us that God is Krishna and he gave us a process to awaken our latent love that we all have for God or Krishna, As there is only God or Krishna and His energies in a natural way, when we love God or Krishna, we will love everyone and everything. He taught us that everything is from God or Krishna, because He created everything, and that a person becomes honest and wise when he uses everything to serve God or Krishna and His devotees.
He taught us that there is the spiritual world, and that the goal of human life is to go back home, back to Godhead. He taught us that the real problem are to become liberated from birth, death, old age and diseases. He taught us that the only spiritual process that exists in Kali yuga or the present era, is to chant the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna , Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare (the H is read as J de jota), and taught us that the pure and intimate devotees of God or Krishna never die, they live eternally in their instructions, and those who obey his instructions live with them. When humanity obeys these eternal truths there will be peace and prosperity in the world.

A pure devotee has the power to deliver the entire universe

May 12, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura has sung that the devotees of Lord Caitanya are so powerful that each one of them can deliver a universe.
 
The Ganges water is celebrated as being able to eradicate all kinds of sinful reactions. In other words, when a person takes his bath in the Ganges, he becomes freed from all life’s contaminations. The Ganges water is celebrated in this way because it emanates from the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.Similarly, those who are directly in touch with the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and who are absorbed in the chanting of His glories are freed from all material contamination. Such unalloyed devotees are able to show mercy to the common conditioned soul. Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura has sung that the devotees of Lord Caitanya are so powerful that each one of them can deliver a universe.In other words, it is the business of devotees to preach the glories of the Lord and deliver all conditioned souls to the platform of śuddhasattva, pure goodness. Here the word susattva means śuddhasattva, the transcendental stage beyond material goodness. By his exemplary prayers, Lord Śiva teaches us that our best course it to take shelter of Lord Viṣṇu and His Vaiṣṇava devotees. Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/sb/4/24/58

 

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