No Contradictions

March 20, 2012 in Articles, Mahesh Raja by Nityananda Rama dasa

In Buddhimanta das prabhu’s article:
he is confused by apparent contradictions he points out:
“I have always understood that the two Pandava twins, Nakula and Sahadeva were conceived in the womb of Madri, wife of Maharaj Pandu, from the Asvini-Kumara twins as a result of her using the mantra(s) given to Kunti devi from Durvasa Muni, and that King Pandu could not impregnate either of his wives due to a curse he received while hunting (see translation to Srimad Bhagavatam 9.22.27-28 is below).
However, I read this morning in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.3-4 what seems like a contradiction to this. In the purport, Srila Prabhupada clearly indicates that Nakula and Sahadeva were fathered by King Pandu in the womb of Madri. There is no mention of the Asvini- Kumara twins. Could anyone please shed some light on this seemingly differing account by Srila Prabhupada on the subject of the impregnating of Madri?
Following are the references, the seemingly contradictory statements are in bold italics. “
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.3-4 Purport:
“Mahārāja Pāṇḍu later wanted to retire from family life and adopt the renounced order of life. Kuntī refused to allow her husband to adopt such life, but at last Mahārāja Pāṇḍu gave her permission to become a mother of sons by calling some other suitable personalities. Kuntī did not accept this proposal at first, but when vivid examples were set by Pāṇḍu she agreed. Thus by dint of the mantra awarded by Durvāsā Muni she called for Dharmarāja, and thus Yudhiṣṭhira was born. She called for the demigod Vāyu (air), and thus Bhīma was born. She called for Indra, the King of heaven, and thus Arjuna was born. The other two sons, namely Nakula and Sahadeva, were begotten by Pāṇḍu himself in the womb of Mādrī. Later on, Mahārāja Pāṇḍu died at an early age, for which Kuntī was so aggrieved that she fainted. Two co-wives, namely Kuntī and Mādrī, decided that Kuntī should live for the maintenance of the five minor children, the Pāṇḍavas, and Mādrī should accept the satī rituals by meeting voluntary death along with her husband. This agreement was endorsed by great sages like Śataśṛṅga and others present on the occasion.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 9.22.27-28, Translation:
“Pāṇḍu was restrained from sexual life because of having been cursed by a sage, and therefore his three sons Yudhiṣṭhira, Bhīma and Arjuna were begotten through the womb of his wife, Kuntī, by Dharmarāja, by the demigod controlling the wind, and by the demigod controlling the rain. ṇḍu’s second wife, Mādrī, gave birth to Nakula and Sahadeva, who were begotten by the two Aśvinī-kumāras. The five brothers, headed by Yudhiṣṭhira, begot five sons through the womb of Draupadī. These five sons were your uncles.”

God is non different than His photograph

March 18, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

 

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You can get the same benefit from  the

photograph picture of Krsna as you get benefit  by directly meeting

Him. Therefore, meeting this photograph  Deity of Krsna is as good as

Krsna. Advaya-jnana, nonduality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the parampara system?-SP No one has the right to change it !

March 14, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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The parampara system means… Just like we claim parampara system from  Krsna. So whatever Krsna says or He said 5,000 years ago, we are repeating  the same thing. That is called parampara system. Not that “The world has changed. Scientific advancement is very great. Now we can interpret  in this way and that way.” This is all nonsense. All nonsense. You cannot  change a single alphabet. They are all unmistakable. They cannot be  changed. So that is niscayam atmanah.     If  you want to know positively, what is God, then we should take lesson from a  self-realized soul who has understood, who has seen. Jnaninas  tattva-darsinah. Just like here it is tattva-niscayam atmanah. So  tattvam, the truth, so one must have seen the truth, realized the  truth. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet. That is guru. Means  one who has seen the truth. How he has seen the truth? Through the  parampara system. Krsna said this, and then Brahma said the same thing,  then Narada said the same thing, Vyasadeva said the same thing, and then  disciplic succession, Madhvacarya, Madhavendra Puri, Isvara Puri, Lord  Caitanya, Sad-gosvami, Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami, Srinivasa Acarya,  Narottama dasa Thakura, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura. In this way.  Jagannatha dasa Babaji, Gaura Kisora
dasa Babaji, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati. Then we are speaking. The same thing. Not that “Because we are modernized… Your modern  science has changed.” Nothing has changed.  It is all  foolishness.

Vaisnava can do any kind of work for Krsna- and is expert at it–SP

March 13, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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 So the conclusion is the expert manager, the bank manager, so, if some  man in the establishment, is absent, he can do the work immediately  because he has learned all the things. Bank manager becomes from the lower  clerk. When I was manager in Bose’s laboratory there was a strike. So  there was no packer. So I asked all the clerks to, “Come on. Let us  pack.” As soon as we begin packing, the strike was broken. So a  man claiming to be in the high position, he must be expert in everything. He  must be expert in everything. So therefore a Vaisnava is called daksa,  expert. Expert. So our, this Krsna consciousness movement being the  highest, topmost quality, so in case we require to do the work, some lower quality, we cannot say that “I do not know.” We must do  it.

Why deity worship is essential and not optional-SP

March 12, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Devotee (1): Srila Prabhupada, if Krsna is   everywhere, why do we

stress the importance of living a very strict life   in the temple

atmosphere?

Prabhupada: But have you got the eyes to see Krsna   everywhere?

Devotee (1): No, Srila   Prabhupada.

Prabhupada: Then you must attention give to   temple. When you have got

the eyes to see Krsna everywhere, you may   not require temple worship.

But why do you try to imitate that? You have no eyes to   see that. Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Srila Prabhupada’s SB classes-summary file–VOLUME 5 P:III

March 11, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

 

Hare Krsna to All

Pranams

All glories to Srila Prabhupada

 

Below we have part 3/4 from Vol 5 of the Srimad  Bhagavatam lectures series by Srila

Prabhupada. I just love reading these lectures every day  and want to share the nectar

I get from him to all who also want to listen to the  illuminating words of a pure devotee

of  Lord Krsna. These are only short snipets of  lectures where I have taken out only part

of a part of what is contained within them. I do hope all  who receive this series enjoys them

as much as I do.

If you want off this list, please let me know.

thanks

Hare Krsna

Damaghosa das

 

Some topics covered below:

* Process of going back to Home means the 26 pure  qualities manifest

* Go to mangal arotik- or sell one Krsna book that day if  you miss..

* Guru means simply repeating

* understanding SB-1 verse takes 7 months or 1,500 years  for whole thing

* Street kirtan is all auspicious for all

* How he began in NY with a tom tom drum-no prasadam at  all

* Benefit of selling one book

* How to see God everywhere

* When we see God everywhere then we dont need a  temple

* Having this body is like piling up garbage

 

Go ahead and dive in…..

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Why we choose to remain in this material world, life after life-SP

March 10, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Hare Krsna to All
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Below is one of my favorite lectures delivered by Srila Prabhupada.
Why is that ?
Because he explains so clearly, so nicely, in such a way that  practically
anyone can understand-WHY we remain in this material world-even as  devotees.
Spend a little “quality time” here with the Lord’s empowered representative  and
see what I mean..
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
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Karandhara:  Translation:  (SB 2.9.1) Sri Sukadeva  Gosvami said: O King, unless one is influenced by the energy of the  Supreme Personality of Godhead, there is no meaning to the relationship of  the pure soul in pure consciousness with the material body. It is  just like the dreamer seeing his own body working.” Prabhupada:  So, purport? Karandhara: “Purport. The question of Maharaja Pariksit is  perfectly answered as to how a living entity began his material life,  although he is apart from the material body and the mind.” Prabhupada: It is a very important question. Pariksit Maharaja inquired… Many  people inquired that “How the living entity was with Krsna, he became  fallen in this material world?” Is not done? This question is raised? So  this question is answered here, that “How the living entity who was with  Krsna became fallen down in contact with this material qualities?” So this is  the answer. Read the translation. Karandhara: “Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said:  O king, unless one is influenced by the energy of the Supreme Personality of  Godhead…” Prabhupada: It is simply the influence of the material  energy, nothing. Actually he has not fallen. Another example given is  given. Just like the moon is covered with scattered cloud, the passing  cloud.

Wednesday March 7th -The appearance day of Lord Gaurahari

March 6, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Adi 4.40   Thus He spread kirtana even among the  untouchables. He wove a wreath of the holy name and prema with which He  garlanded the entire material world.
Adi 4.41  In this way, assuming the sentiment of a devotee, He  preached devotional service while practicing it Himself.
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   When Rupa Gosvami met Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu at  Prayaga (Allahabad), he offered his respectful obeisances by submitting  that Lord Caitanya was more magnanimous than any other avatara of  Krsna because He was distributing love of Krsna. His mission was  to enhance love of Godhead. In the human form of life the highest  achievement is to attain the platform of love of Godhead. Lord Caitanya  did not invent a system of religion, as people sometimes assume.  Religious systems are meant to show the existence of God, who is then  generally approached as the cosmic order-supplier. But Lord Sri  Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s transcendental mission is to distribute love of  Godhead to everyone. Anyone who accepts God as the Supreme can take to  the process of chanting Hare Krsna and become a lover of God.  Therefore Lord Caitanya is the most magnanimous. This munificent broadcasting  of devotional service is possible only for Krsna Himself. Therefore  Lord Caitanya is Krsna. Read the rest of this entry →

8 different forms of Lord Gauras Names

March 5, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Hare Krsna to All
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
As Most of you know this Wednesday is the appearance day of Lord  Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Below is some more nectar that can be realized from His  inexhaustible glories.
damaghosa das
Eight Forms of Gaura’s Name by Sri Raghunandan  Goswami
The following verse gives Gaura’s name in the eight cases of  Sanskrit Grammar:

gauraù sac-caritämåtämåta-nidhir gauraà sadaiva stuve gaureëa  prathitaà rahasya-bhajanaà gauräya sarvaà dade gauräd asti kåpälur atra na  paro gaurasya bhåtyo ’bhavam gaure gauravam äcarämi bhagavan gaura  prabho rakña mäm

(1) Gauraù — Gaura’s ecstatic transcendental pastimes are  like an ocean of nectar. (Gaura as the subject)
(2) Gauram — It is Lord  Gaura who is eternally worshipable. (Gaura as the object)
(3) Gaureëa — It  is through Gaura that the confidential secrets of krsna-bhajana  were revealed. (Gaura as the instrument of action)
(4) Gauräya — Unto  Gaura everything should be given. (Gaura as the recipient of action)
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Srila Prabhupada’s SB classes-summary file–VOLUME 5 P:II

February 29, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Hare Krsna to All

Pranams

All glories to Srila Prabhupada

 

Below we have part 2/of 4 parts of Vol 5 of the Srimad  Bhagavatam lectures by Srila Prabhupada.

I am sending this out in 4 parts so as not to overwhelm  anyone by the sheer masiveness of the siksa contained in our Jagat Gurus bhasyas  of this sacred and ancient text.

So here it is…..

Damaghosa das

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Some topics covered below:

 

* Scientists dont pray to God for permission to go  to moon planet,

  but when in personal danger-THEN they  pray.

  German women  prayed to God for their menfolk  to come back from the war-but did

  not come back, so they became atheists.

* car civilization they think is so advanced, but comes  with millions of major problems.

  Happy  village life with pracically no  problems they call that “primitive”. 

* vedic civilization had no petrol or food  problems

* Evolution means evolution of consciousness

* devotees who preach are the Lords weapons

* How to overthrow the govt

* before coming to KC look at a photo of your face and  compare to now

* Vedic life-regulated-now nobody is regulated therefore  so many diseases, problems

* Vedic life was one of independence.

* material opulence not good for spiritual  life

* namabhasa stage(without offense in canting) is  mukti

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Part 2 : Comment upon ISKCON Law – GBC Elections & Term Limits: Detrimental Or Beneficial

February 27, 2012 in Articles, Hasti Gopala Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

More than enough here in part two!! Now being printed and filed!! Will ROB, Read On Bus! 🙂 The demonic presence is now suffering from scattered reception, their atomic vibrational cohesion is slowing and at the point that during interface with the fourth dimension they will dissipate in their bodies in the same manner that the sun dissipates urine in the street. That is a fact and is happening NOW! 🙂 The fun part is that, even reading this they have no idea what I am talking about. Nice, then they will be caught by surprise, the most valuable part of any attack.

Ys  Hasti Gopala Dasa

 

Srila Prabhupada’s Works Are Conclusive.

By Hasti Gopala Dasa Toronto Canada

All of Srila Prabhupada’s original literary works are conclusive, in other words their content puts an end to doubt, questions or uncertainty, they inform decisively. Any illegal changes to these literary works leaves them inconclusive, or not finally settled, interminate. Logically that is a fact because the presence of literary changes without reference to the original texts leaves the readers unknowingly abandoned. This we know from the perspective of the original texts and their pundits. This reality is observed by those engaged in surreptitious changes disguised as a benefit to humanity. Their observations we suspect, are then used to perpetrate an alternative path of reality for the reader once the former path has been revealed as false. Unfortunately, for them the simple act of constant changes themselves reveals an activity with no purpose when viewed in the light of the Hare Krsna movements original successes.

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When Lord Krishna Garlanded Prabhupada

February 25, 2012 in Articles, Bahushiras Das Adhikary by Nityananda Rama dasa

 

 

The following narration is from the visionary Memories series of Shriman Siddhanta das Adhikary. It is the remembrance of Shriman Bahushiras das Adhikary given in DVD 44 and in vol. 3, p. 334 of the book Memories-Anecdotes of a Modern-Day Saint.

 

After Shrila Prabhupada’s disappearance, [Patita Pavana das] asked if I’d like to assist Satswarupa’s Lilamrita project by interviewing people in India who had known Shrila Prabhupada. One of them was Acharya Prabhakar Misra, Prabhupada’s first disciple. Acharya Prabhakar Misra was clean-cut, well-behaved and articulate. His demeanor impressed me. He held a MA and PhD and was a very cultured Sanskrit scholar and teacher. In Jhansi, Prabhupada had told Acharya Prabhakar. “I met you because I saw you in a dream and I knew that I was supposed to come here.” Prabhupada and he would do bhajan together. They’d hold Rathayatra festivals and they’d have programme in villages in the area.

 

Acharya Prabhakar said that on Shri Krishna Janmashtami in 1954, he had to go to Delhi. When he returned to Jhansi, he took a little rest, woke up at 1:00 am and heard Shrila Prabhupada ecstatically playing mridanga in the temple room. Prabhupada was chanting in total bliss. Acharya Prabhakar went upstairs and saw Shrila Prabhupada bouncing around the temple room performing kirtan. Prabhupada was wearing a kadamba flower garland that went all the way down to his feet. Kadamba flowers are very rare in Jhansi and when they are available they are usually the size of a golf ball. But the ones Prabhupada was wearing were big, the size of tennis balls. And he said that the atmosphere right down to the atoms in the room was not material, aprakrita. The place was surcharged with the fragrance of the heavenly planets. Acharya Prabhakar wanted to ask Shrila Prabhupada, “Where did this garland come from? It is not available from the market.” But Shrila Prabhupada would not answer. His Divine Grace just kept on performing kirtan, bouncing round the room and chanting. The next morning Acharya Prabhakar asked Shrila Prabhupada, “Where did you get the garland, why did it have such a rich fragrance, and why were you feeling so blissful?”

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Srila Prabhupada’s SB classes-summary file–VOLUME 5 P:I

February 24, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Hare Krsna to All

Pranams

Glories to Srila Prabhupada

 

Below you will find a quick summary  of some nectar  pulled from the Srimad Bhagavatam (SB) lectures by Srila Prabhupada contained in Volume 5. As each of  these books in the 11 book series is about 675 pages long, it is impossible to  understand everything he tells us in  such a short summary. But below as all the previous ones, we have sent out,  is just some of the “cream’ of  the nectar which emanates from the lotus mouth of Krsna’s pure devotee. I hope  some of you will enjoy them.

 

Hare Krsna

Damaghosa das

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Some topics covered in below  lectures:

* if not careful, one who keeps dogs could become one  next lifetime

* if any of my daily activities have no  connection with Krsna-then its all Karma

* time, like this time yesterday cannot be brought back  no matter how rich we are

* no literature like SB throughout entire  universe

* brahma bhuta (liberation) doesn’t mean getting 4  hands and a dozen arms

* deathlessness begins at initiation-dont waste this  opportunity

*some sampradayas dont accept Mahaprabhu as  God

* better to make a learned man your enemy than a  fool

* if asked who is your president and dont know-this  similar to

   asking one who is God and they say dont  know-no meaning

   to their so called religion

* the Origin  of all must be cognizant and  animant

* when offenseless-then Krsna accepts our  service

*origin of the word Bombay

* unless we drink milk, our brain unable to understand  spiritual topics

* and more…..

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GBC Elections & Term Limits : Detrimental Or Beneficial?

February 23, 2012 in Ameyatma Dasa, Articles by Nityananda Rama dasa

 

[Part Two of 2 articles written by Ameyatma das (Nov-2011) regarding the Direction Of Management]

When Srila Prabhupad was physically present the system of management for his society was:

The rank and file members Subordinate Temple Authorities (Treasurer, Vice President, Temple Commander, etc) Temple President Sannyasis (not managers, but social advisers) GBC members – individually for their zone GBC – as a body for the whole society Srila Prabhupad Sri Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead (and Radharani, the Controller of the Supreme Personality of Godhead)

The intrinsic nature of this system provided a functioning and effective system of checks and balances.  Srila Prabhupad was and is (via his teachings) the absolute authority of His mission and  could only be checked by Radharani or Krishna.  As a pure empowered devotee and authorized representative of The Supreme Personality of Godhead, he required no other checks or balances to his authority.

Srila Prabhupad had appointed the GBC to represent him, to execute his instruction in his absence.  While Srila Prabhupad remained physically present he often needed to keep the GBC men in-check.  Srila Prabhupad formed the GBC 7 years prior to his departure and during those 7 years there were many times where he needed to remind them of their duties, admonish them for straying off the path, insist that they abide by the rules, etc. (both individually and as an entire body also). Srila Prabhupad was there to keep them in-check.

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The Living Disciple

February 22, 2012 in Articles, Hasti Gopala Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, his books and lectures are understood by all bona fide Vedic authorities to be non different from his physical presence. Srila Prabhupada’s formally initiated disciples prior to his physical departure can and do continue to relate to him non differently in the same manner as when he was physically present. To deny this fact is to deny the existence of an original bona fide relationship presently taking place with their guru Srila Prabhupada, confirming this fact means to confirm that the disciple is relating to Srila Prabhupada in the present therefore confirming the present existence of Srila Prabhupada on an equally valid level. That the first generation of disciples are living in relation to Srila Prabhupada also indicates the presence of a living Srila Prabhupada in relation to his disciples. Those to whom the disciples are willing to relate a living Srila Prabhupda to, are representing a living Srila Prabhupada. One cannot remove the non different Srila Prabhupada from the vapu of a living disciple.

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