Interviewer question- Why have you written Bhagavad-gītā as it really is? Why?

January 13, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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—————————————————————————Reporter (1): Why have you written Bhagavad-gītā as it really is? Why?

Prabhupāda: As it is, because there are many foolish rascals, they interpret unnecessarily. Just like Kurukṣetra. Kurukṣetra is a place in India, still existing. So in the Bhagavad-gītā it is said, dharma-kṣetre kuru-kṣetre samavetā yuyutsavaḥ (BG 1.1). The meaning is clear, that “Kurukṣetra is a religious place and there, the Pāṇḍavas and the Kurus, they assembled together for fighting.” But many so-called leaders, political leaders, scholars, they have interpreted, “Kurukṣetra means the body.”
[Interviews with Macmillan and various English Reporters — September 12, 1973, London]
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Entire interview below:(Interview at Macmillan with various English Reporters and (25:10) Professor Gombrich)

(much background noise throughout)

Prabhupāda: I have no spoon.

Haṁsadūta: Someone’s bringing it. Mukunda’s bringing it.

Prabhupāda: Where is? Give me little water.

Revatīnandana: Pardon me?

Prabhupāda: Water.

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Kool-Aid vs. Nectar

January 13, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Sri Mahesa Pandita Tirobhava Tithi (disappearance)

January 13, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Monday, January 11, 2021 (Mayapur, West Bengal, Bharata Bbhumi time)
Sri Mahesa Pandita Tirobhava tithi (disappearance day)
Sri Uddharana datta Thakura Tirobhava tithi
Compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa and Damaghosa dasa

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Srila Prabhupada expains the glories to Sri Mahesa Pandita

jagadīśa paṇḍita, āra hiraṇya mahāśaya

yāre kṛpā kaila bālye prabhu dayāmaya

SYNONYMS

jagadīśa paṇḍita—of the name Jagadīśa Paṇḍita; āra—and; hiraṇya—of the name Hiraṇya; mahāśaya—great personality; yāre—unto whom; kṛpā—mercy; kaila—showed; bālye—in childhood; prabhu—the Lord; dayāmaya—merciful.

TRANSLATION

The thirty-first branch was Jagadīśa Paṇḍita, and the thirty-second was Hiraṇya Mahāśaya, unto whom Lord Caitanya in His childhood showed His causeless mercy.

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Sri Devananda Pandita tirobhava tithi [disappearance] Sunday, December 22, 2019 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi]

January 13, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Srila Prabhupada explains the glories of Sri Devananda Pandita
compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa

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bhāgavatī devānanda vakreśvara-kṛpāte

bhāgavatera bhakti-artha pāila prabhu haite

SYNONYMS

bhāgavatī devānanda—Devānanda, who used to recite Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam; vakreśvara-kṛpāte—by the mercy of Vakreśvara; bhāgavatera—of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam; bhakti-artha—the bhakti interpretation; pāila—got; prabhu haite—from the Lord.

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Srila Prabhupada: Service is the constant companion of the living being and that the rendering of service is the eternal religion of the living being.

January 13, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Srila Prabhupada: Service is the constant companion of the living being
and that the rendering of service is the eternal religion of the living being.

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When Sanatana Gosvami asked Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu about the svarupa of every living being, the Lord replied that the svarupa or constitutional position of the living being is the rendering of service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. If we analyze this statement of Lord Caitanya, we can easily see that every living being is constantly engaged in rendering service to another living being. A living being serves other living beings in two capacities. By doing so, the living entity enjoys life. The lower animals serve human beings as servants serve their master. A serves B master, B serves C master and C serves D master and so on. Under these circumstances, we can see that one friend serves another friend, the mother serves the son, the wife serves the husband, the husband serves the wife and so on. If we go on searching in this spirit, it will be seen that there is no exception in the society of living beings to the activity of service. The politician presents his manifesto for the public to convince them of his capacity for service. The voters therefore give the politician their valuable votes, thinking that he will render valuable service to society. The shopkeeper serves the customer, and the artisan serves the capitalist. The capitalist serves the family, and the family serves the state in the terms of the eternal capacity of the eternal living being. In this way we can see that no living being is exempt from rendering service to other living beings, and therefore we can safely conclude that service is the constant companion of the living being and that the rendering of service is the eternal religion of the living being.  [Introduction to Bhagavad Gita As It Is,1972 Edition]

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Gita Jayanti Special -108 Quotes on Spreading the importance of the Original 1972 authorized Bhagavad Gita As It Is

January 13, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

Gita Jayanti Special -108 Quotes on Spreading the importance

 of the Original 1972 authorized Bhagavad Gita As It Is

(The authorized edition of Bhagavad-gita will help to stop the terrible cheating of ‘gurus’ and ‘yogis’ who are false and unauthorized.)

Hare Krishna. On the occasion of Gita Jayanti, an article that aims at re-establishing the Original Bhagavad Gita that is written by Srila Prabhupada. This article has many quotes that contain the importance of reading the Gita “AS IT IS”, ways of receiving the transcendental instructions, how the Gita has been taken as a way for unscrupulous men to advertise their dubious philosophies, etc.

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Original books

January 13, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Please find a link to a Google drive with Srila Prabhupada’s first edition unrevised, non adulterated, original books.https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1nHm72gVwAeei95WDkSLf2aw5x-jRXDoF?usp=sharing

CULTIVATING FEELINGS OF SEPARATION

January 13, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

CULTIVATING FEELINGS OF SEPARATION

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By isana dasa

In the 34th chapter of the Krishna Book, entitled The Gopis Feelings of Separation, Srila Prabhupada writes:

When Kṛṣṇa went to the forest with His cowherd boyfriends and cows, the gopīs did not physically take part, but their hearts went with Him. And because their hearts went, they were able to enjoy His company through strong feelings of separation.

This is Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental poetry.  The gopis did not physically take part.  They could not walk to the forest along with Krishna and His cowherd boyfriends; but their hearts went with Him.   This is a lovely image.  As Krishna and His friends walked into the forest, the hearts of the gopis moved with Krishna, side by side.  And in this way, they were able to enjoy His company through strong feelings of separation.

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Srila Prabhupada says – “The guru must be situated on the topmost platform of devotional service.”

January 13, 2021 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out – “The guru must be situated on

the topmost platform of devotional service. “When one has attained the topmost position of mahā-bhāgavata, he is to be accepted as a guru
and worshiped exactly like Hari, the Personality of Godhead. Only such a person is eligible to occupy the post of a guru

guru-lakṣaṇa, śiṣya-lakṣaṇa, doṅhāra parīkṣaṇa
sevya–bhagavān, sarva-mantra-vicāraṇa

SYNONYMS

guru-lakṣaṇa—the symptoms of a bona fide spiritual master; śiṣya-lakṣaṇa—the symptoms of a bona fide disciple; doṅhāra—of both; parīkṣaṇa—the testing; sevya-bhagavān—the Supreme Personality of Godhead is worshipable; sarva-mantra-vicāraṇa—consideration of the different types of mantras.

TRANSLATION

“In your book there should be the characteristics of the bona fide guru and the bona fide disciple. Then, before accepting a spiritual master, one can be assured of the spiritual master’s position. Similarly, the spiritual master can also be assured of the disciple’s position. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, should be described as the worshipable object, and you should consider the bīja-mantra for the worship of Kṛṣṇa, Rāma or any other expansion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

 PURPORT

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