Srila Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji tirobhava tithi -Disappearance day- `October 31, 2017 – Mayapura, West Bengal, India time

November 27, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada – “Simply by offering obeisances, falling flat for the time being, that is not surrender.”

November 27, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Srila Prabhupada explains the meanng of surrender
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Devotee (1): A devotee becomes more surrendered because the influence of the modes, the three modes, becomes diminished, or is the influence just changed from ignorance and passion to goodness?
Srila Prabhupāda: The surrender means surrender to whom?
Devotee (1): To Kṛṣṇa and to Your Divine Grace.
Srila Prabhupāda: So that surrender means to accept his orders. The spiritual master trains the disciple in the way of goodness quality. So if you do not abide the orders of spiritual master, what is the use of your surrender? Surrender means ānukūlyasya saṅkalpaḥ prātikūlyasya varjanam (Hari-bhakti-vilāsa 11.676). Anukūla, favorable things, should be accepted. And you do not know.
Therefore spiritual master will direct you, “This is favorable. This is unfavorable. Don’t smoke—this is unfavorable.” But if you don’t accept the instruction, what is the meaning of surrender? Simply by offering obeisances, falling flat for the time being, that is not surrender.
Devotee (2): Daṇḍavat.
Srila Prabhupāda: Daṇḍavat class. Surrender means you must abide strictly the orders, sad-dharma-pṛcchā, ādau gurvāśrayam. To accept a guru means . . . Śiṣya means one must agree to be governed by the spiritual master. That is called śiṣya. Śiṣya . . . Śās-dhātu. From śās-dhātu all these terms—śāstra, śastra, śiṣya, śāsana—these are words derived from the root śās-dhātu.
Śās-dhātu means śāsana, governing. The governing is done by military, governing is done by law books, governing is done by personal instruction, so many things. So śiṣya means who voluntarily accepts to be guided or being governed by the representative of God. That is śiṣya.Srila Prabhupada’s Lecture on SB 6.1.41-42 — Surat, December 23, 1970

Let us understand why Srila Prabhupada named Chapter 2 of BG as “Contents of the Gita Summarized” and Chapter 6 as “Sankhya Yoga”

November 27, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Let us understand why Srila Prabhupada named Chapter 2 of BG as “Contents of the Gita Summarized” and Chapter 6 as “Sankhya Yoga”

In the 1972 Macmillan Original Bhagavad Gita, we know that Chapter 2 is named as “Contents of the Gita Summarized” and Chapter 6 as “Sankhya Yoga”.
This is contrary to the chapter names of all other Bhagavad Gita translations found today where Chapter 2 is called “Sankhya Yoga” and Chapter 6 is “Dhyana Yoga”.
Even in 1983 onwards revised editions, the have followed suit by changing the names of these 2 chapters.
It appears that these editors while doing their “so called corrections”, did not even understand why did Srila Prabhupada name these 2 chapters in that way. The Macmillan edition is the only edition in English that has these 2 chapters named in this way, contrary to other editions including the 1983 onwards revised Gitas.
Let us hear from Srila Prabhupada himself why he named them like this.
1. Clarification regarding chapter 2:Original 1972 Macmillan Gita name of chapter 2: “Contents of the Gita Summarized”
Changed 1983 Gita name of Chapter 2: “Sankhya Yoga”

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Sri Vijaya dasaru aradhana [tirobhava tithi- disaappearance day] 1682 -1755

November 27, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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1682 -1755

Sri Vijaya dasaru Aradhana [Tirobhava tithi – Disappearance day]

November 24, 2020

Srila Prabhupada:  This verse indicates that oṁkāra, or praṇava, is a direct representation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, if at the time of death, one simply remembers oṁkāra, he remembers the Supreme Personality of Godhead and is therefore immediately transferred to the spiritual world. Oṁkāra is the basic principle of all Vedic mantras, for it is a representation of Lord Kṛṣṇa, understanding of whom is the ultimate goal of the Vedas, as stated in the Bhagavad-gītā (vedaiś ca sarvair aham eva vedyaḥ). Māyāvādī philosophers cannot understand these simple facts explained in the Bhagavad-gītā, and yet they are very proud of being Vedāntīs. Sometimes, therefore, we refer to the Vedāntī philosophers as Vidantīs, those who have no teeth (vi means “without,” and dantī means “possessing teeth”). The statements of the Śaṅkara philosophy, which are the teeth of the Māyāvādī philosopher, are always broken by the strong arguments of Vaiṣṇava philosophers such as the great ācāryas, especially Rāmānujācārya. Śrīpāda Rāmānujācārya and Madhvācārya break the teeth of the Māyāvādī philosophers, who can therefore be called Vidantīs, “toothless.”  https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/adi/7/128

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I am very thankful- for devotee association

November 27, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna to all

Over the years we have had hundreds of programs both here on our farm and back in Seattle. I am very grateful and thankful to Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krsna for arranging all these events to take place because without devotee association, this material world is a very miserable place.

Hare Krsna

damaghosa das

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