Rasa Lila

January 2, 2017 in Damaghosa Dasa by Damaghosa dasa

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RASA LILA
Compiled by Damaghosa dasa
 
Has anybody seen this happen lately? I mean, Krsna ,when He dances with His thousands of gopi friends? No, I don’t think so and if anybody tells you different you should know you are most likely looking at a madman and a fool.
 
The highest form of religion or dharma is to engage in or even witness the Rasa lila of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Bhagavan Sri Krsna. Today it has become common place to want to hear about Rasa Lila,and that is why we have so many sahajiyas doing Bhagavat Saptaha-reciting Srimad Bhagavatam in 7 days, and usually they just skip right to the parts everybody wants to hear about-the apparent sex affairs of the Lord.
 
This business of so called “gopi lila” is very dangerous for the materialistic kanistha devotee. Why is it dangerous?  It is dangerous because Maya devi makes one think he or she is engaging in the highest rasa or mellow possible with God-the conjugal affairs. Or even worse, that he is in fact God himself and that he can take any woman and call it rasa lila. Not only is it dangerous to think like that, but its even more dangerous to even want to hear about it-as long as one is a conditioned soul.
 
Srila Prabhupada put some of these pastimes in his Krsna book just to show the ultimate of dhama, which is Krsna Rasa Lila. But he also warned us to be careful. Better to put this one on the back burner and wait for the time that Supersoul and Srila Prabhupada grants us some mercy in this arena of Dharma.
 
Below we have three different passages where our Srila Prabhupada explains that this Gopi lila business was never discussed by Lord Caitanya in public- even with His own Panca Tattva !!  Only three devotees, out of thousands were privy to this very confidential discussion.
Please read below to find out more on this matter.
 
Hare Krsna
damaghosa das
 
Nov 16 1968 LA
Srila Prabhupāda: (pause) Kṛṣṇa’s rasalīlā should not be discussed in public 
meeting. It is most confidential. Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu never discussed. He discussed Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes, līlāwith gopīs, with His confidential, very confidential circle. Or those who are… Lord Caitanya had many thousands of followers, and… He was not discussing even within these five persons, śrīkṛṣṇacaitanya prabhunityānanda śrīadvaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi, NityānandaAdvaitaGadādhara, Śrīvāsa, and Himself, these five persons. So when He was at Navadvīpa, He was not discussing even with them, what to speak of others. He set up this example so that in future people may be very cautious. Because unless one understands what is Kṛṣṇa, how he can understand Kṛṣṇa’s pastime? So this discussion of rasalīlā is the summit of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. It is not ordinary thing. They’re purely spiritual. There is nothing material. But because we are not completely free from material concept of life, we may think that Kṛṣṇa’s līlā is something like this material. So that is offense. But that is the ultimate goal, to understand Kṛṣṇa’s rasalīlāBut you have to wait for relishing that Kṛṣṇa’s rasalīlāto become more perfect in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Anarthāpagamam. Anartha means when one is freed from all anarthas. But it is so nice, even those who are with anartha, misgivings, if they are devotee, if they have got full surrender unto Kṛṣṇa, so they also will derive benefit. Kṛṣṇa’s rasalīlā means that Kṛṣṇa was adopted or foster child. Is that foster child? Yes. So, of Nanda Mahārāja. His father exchanged. His father Vasudeva wanted to save Kṛṣṇa, and he brought from Mathurā to VṛndāvanaGokula. And Nanda Mahārāja had a daughter. So he placed Kṛṣṇa on the lap of Yaśodā and took away the daughter, and this daughter was given to Kaṁsa for killing. Just see, there is selfishness. He wanted to save his own son and wanted to kill Yaśodā’s daughter. (chuckling) You see? So this is not selfishness; therefore we shall misunderstand. That daughter was not ordinary child, she was the material energy herself, Durgā. So when Kaṁsa took that child by the leg and wanted to, what is called? Slash? Smash, yes. Smash on the stone, the daughter slipped from his hand and appeared as Durgā, that “You fool, you want to kill me. The boy, the child who will kill you, is already born. Don’t try for killing me. He’s already born.”
 
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These rascals, they do not know what is Kṛṣṇa. They think Kṛṣṇa is ordinary man. “Why He is engaging Arjuna in the fighting? Why He is dancing with others’ daughter and girls? These are immoral things.” Therefore, this rasa dance should not be discussed among the fools and rascals. They’ll misunderstand. Although the professional reciters, they take part, whenever they speak of Bhāgavata, they immediately jump over the rasa dance. That is not to be done. CaitanyaMahāprabhu never indulged in such thing. For mass of people He engaged Himself in saṅkīrtana. And when Kṛṣṇa’s dealing with the gopīs were discussed, He was discussing amongst three selected devotees: Rāmānanda Rāya, Svarūpa Dāmodara and Śikhi Māhati. He had thousands and thousands of devotees, but He never discussed Kṛṣṇa’s rasa-līlā in the mass of people, never did it. Therefore it is restricted. Because they will misunderstand. These rascals, they do not know what is Kṛṣṇa, and they will misunderstand. They will be polluted. Of course, not polluted. Because after all, they will hear about Kṛṣṇa. But they may misunderstand. That is against their making progress to the spiritual life.
 
Room Conversation — August 16, 1976, Bombay : 760816rc.bom
Similarly, these rascals are giving evidence of Rūpa Gosvāmī’s advice, that “Here is Rādhā-kuṇḍa…” But whether you have followed other things.
Guest: Vāco vegaṁ manasaḥ…
Srila Prabhupāda: Yes. Vāco vegaṁ manasaḥ krodha-vegaṁ, pṛthivīṁ sa śiṣyāt. Etān vegān yo viṣa… You are manipulated by the udara-vegam, upastha-vegam. First there is test: etān vegān yo viṣaheta dhīraḥ [NoI 1]. Then for him Rādhā-kuṇḍa. Dhīras tatra na muhyati [Bg. 2.13]. He has got three dozen sevā-dāsī, and living in Rādhā-kuṇḍa.
My Guru Mahārāja wanted to publish Govinda-līlāmṛta. He asked permission of Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura. So first of all Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, “I’ll tell you some day.” And when he reminded, he said, “Yes you can print one copy. If you are so much anxious to print it, print one copy. You’ll read and you will see that you have printed. Not for distribution.” So we are printing all these books for understanding properly. Not that “Here is Rādhā-kuṇḍa. Let us go.” Jump over like monkey. “Here is rāsa-līlā. Immediately…”
Acyutānanda: Even in Kṛṣṇa book rāsa-līlā should not be told in public.
Srila PrabhupādaNo, why? Kṛṣṇa book must be there, in the book must be there.
Acyutānanda: But in public…
Srila Prabhupāda: But you should go gradually. You should go gradually. You first of all understand Kṛṣṇa, then kṛṣṇa-līlā. If you have not understood Kṛṣṇa, then you’ll think Kṛṣṇa’s rāsa-līlā is just like we mix with young women. And that becomes as polluted. Because they do not understand Kṛṣṇa. Manuṣyāṇāṁ sahasreṣu kaścid yatati siddhaye yatatām api siddhānām [Bg. 7.3]. Kṛṣṇa understanding so easy? If you do not understand Kṛṣṇa how can you go to the Kṛṣṇa’s confidential activities?
Acyutānanda: Some of the devotees, they said that it is for liberated souls. So they said, “Well, we are all liberated.”
Srila PrabhupādaYes. Liberated for going to hell.1976 Conversations : August, 1976 : Room Conversation — August 16, 1976, Bombay : 760816rc.bom

Sri Jagadisa Pandita Tirobhava Tithi [disappearance day of Sri Jagadisa Pandita]

January 2, 2017 in Yasoda nandana Dasa by Yasoda nandana dasa

Srila Prabhupada explains the unique position of Jagadisa Pandita
Sunday, January 1, 2017, [Mayapura, West Bengal, India time]
compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa
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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.
 
PURPORT
Jagadīśa Paṇḍita was formerly a great dancer in kṛṣṇalīla and was known as Candrahāsa. Regarding Hiraṇya Paṇḍita, it is said that once when Lord Nityānanda, decorated with valuable jewels, was staying at his home, a great thief attempted all night long to plunder these jewels but was unsuccessful. Later he came to Nityānanda Prabhu and surrendered unto Him/ Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 10: The Trunk, Branches and Sub-branches of the Caitanya Tree : Adi 10.70 :

Sri Uddharana dasa Thakura tirobhava tithi [disappearance day]

December 31, 2016 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa, Yasoda nandana Dasa by Damaghosa dasa

Monday, December 26, 2016
Mayapura, West Bengal, India time
Sri Uddharana dasa Thakura tirobhava tithi [disappearance day]
Sri Mahesha Pandita tirobhava tithi
compiled by Damaghosa dasa and Yasoda nandana dasa
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mahā-bhāgavata-śreṣṭha datta uddhāraṇa
sarva-bhāve seve nityānandera caraṇa
Uddhāraṇa Datta Ṭhākura, the eleventh among the twelve cowherd boys, was an exalted devotee of Lord Nityānanda Prabhu. He worshiped the lotus feet of Lord Nityānanda in all respects
Purport
The Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā, verse 129, states that Uddhāraṇa Datta Ṭhākura was formerly the cowherd boy of Vṛndāvana named Subāhu. Uddhāraṇa Datta Ṭhākura, previously known as Śrī Uddhāraṇa Datta, was a resident of Saptagrāma, which is situated on the bank of the Sarasvatī River near the Triśabighā railway station in the district of Hugalī. At the time of Uddhāraṇa Ṭhākura, Saptagrāma was a very big town, encompassing many other places such as Vāsudevapura, Bāṅśabeḍiyā, Kṛṣṇapura, Nityānandapura, Śivapura, Śaṅkhanagara and Saptagrāma.
Calcutta was developed under British rule by the influential mercantile community, and especially by the suvarṇavaṇik community who came down from Saptagrāma to establish their businesses and homes all over Calcutta. They were known as the Saptagrāmī mercantile community of Calcutta, and most of them belonged to the Mullik and Sil families. More than half of Calcutta belonged to this community, as did Śrīla Uddhāraṇa Ṭhākura. Our paternal family also came from this district and belonged to the same community. The Mulliks of Calcutta are divided into two families, namely, the Sil family and De family. All the Mulliks of the De family originally belong to the same family and gotra. We also formerly belonged to the branch of the De family whose members, intimately connected with the Muslim rulers, received the title Mullik.

In the Caitanyabhāgavata, Antyakhaṇḍa, Chapter Five, it is said that Uddhāraṇa Datta was an extremely elevated and liberal Vaiṣṇava. He was born with the right to worship Nityānanda Prabhu. It is also stated that Nityānanda Prabhu, after staying for some time in Khaḍadaha, came to Saptagrāma and stayed in the house of Uddhāraṇa Datta. The suvarṇavaṇik community to which Uddhāraṇa Datta belonged was actually a Vaiṣṇava community. Its members were bankers and gold merchants (suvarṇa means “gold,” and vaṇik means “merchant”). Long ago there was a misunderstanding between Balla Sena and the suvarṇavaṇik community because of the great banker Gaurī Sena. Balla Sena was taking loans from Gaurī Sena and spending money extravagantly, and therefore Gaurī Sena stopped supplying money. Balla Sena took revenge by instigating a social conspiracy to make the suvarṇa-vaṇiks outcastes, and since then they have been ostracized from the higher castes, namely, the brāhmaṇas, kṣatriyas and vaiśyas. But by the grace of Śrīla Nityānanda Prabhu, the suvarṇavaṇik community was again elevated. It is said in the Caitanyabhāgavata, yateka vaṇikkula uddhāraṇa haite pavitra haila dvidhā nāhika ihāte: there is no doubt that all the community members of the suvarṇavaṇik society were again purified by Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu.

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The most intelligent people

December 19, 2016 in Haripada dasa by Yasoda nandana dasa

The most intelligent people, by Javier Figuerola or Haripada dasa
At the end of Srimad Bhagavatam it is said that this era of kali, the age of hypocrisy, quarrels, sinful activities, arguments, where you will see defects and errors, 80 percent of the population are bad people, people They live full of doubts, anxieties, fears, fanaticisms, envy and selfishness, and the most intelligent people of this age will be those who will always be chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama , Rama Rama, Hare Hare, the meaning of this Maha – Mantra is very simple, the word Hare is the way to address the energy of God or Krishna, and the words Krishna and Rama Are ways of addressing the Lord in Person, both Krishna and Rama signify the Supreme Pleasure, chanting is a spiritual call to the Lord and His inner energy, Hare, to protect the conditioned soul, in other words, it is a prayer to God or Krishna and His energy asking them to engage us in His service. In this song there are three stages, the offensive stage, there are ten offenses against the Holy Name, the stage in which offenses are purified and the pure stage.
In a magazine of the Hare Krishna Movement the devotees put a caricature or joke, there was a lady sitting in front of her husband, and the lady said to her husband Hare Krishna sings and be happy, and the husband answered, I can not, no I can, I can not … Srila Prabhupada always said that people are very unfortunate, they could sing Hare Krishna and obey the laws of God, but they do not want to, they like to suffer and be deceived.
Thought to meditate:
“My friend, those who do good will never be overcome by evil.”

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta’s Disappearance

December 16, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Yasoda nandana dasa

Saturday, December 17, 2016 [Mayapura, West Bengal, India time]
His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada Tirobhava Tithi [disappearance day]
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THE PRABHUPADA CONNECTION
compiled by Padmapani dasa
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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s Disappearance
By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
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(Delivered on December 9, 1968, Los Angeles)

So today is the Disappearance Day of my guru maharaj. As I told you, that sadhava jiva ma maro va. There was a nice story, the other day I told you that a sage is giving different kinds of blessings to different types of persons. So to a king’s son, a prince, he blesses: raja putra ciran jiva. You are a king’s son, a prince. You live forever. And muni putra. A son of a saintly person, he blesses him: ma jiva ma jiva. You don’t live. Raja putra ciran jiva muni putra ma jiva. And sadhu, devotee, he blessed him: jivo va maro va. Either you live or you die, as you like. And there was a butcher, he blessed him: ma jiva, ma mara. you don’t die, you don’t live.
 
These words are very significant. That I have already explained, and still I am explaining. The prince is enjoying sense, that is all. He has got enough facility for sense enjoyment. So his next life is hellish because if you indulge in sex life then Krsna will give you facility to have sex life three times in the hour. Just like the pigeons, the monkeys, the sparrows, they are very sexually strong. You have seen it, so that facility is given. So, the princely order are after sense enjoyment; so his blessing is that better you live forever because after your death you do not know what is going to happen to you — you are going to get a hellish life. Better you live for some time. Go on with your enjoyment.
 
And muni putra ma jivabrahmacari working under strict disciplinary guidance of his spiritual master, he is blessed: ma jiva. You better die because you are so trained to enter into the kingdom of God, so why should you take so much trouble? Better you die and go back to Godhead.

Respecting Srila Prabhupada

December 15, 2016 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

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(Srila Prabhupada holding a copy of his original Srimad-Bhagavatam in the Butler Eagle, 1965.)
 
Over the years I’ve come across various articles, statements and websites which have been critical or even downright offensive towards Srila Prabhupada. As a disciple — or should I say an aspiring disciple since being a true disciple is no easy thing — I find these writings to be intolerable and I’ll tell you why.
 
At great personal inconvenience, Srila Prabhupada left the peaceful and holy village of Vrindavan at the advanced age of 69 (almost 70) to travel by steamship across the Atlantic Ocean to fulfill the order of his beloved spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, to preach Krishna consciousness in the Western world. He suffered two heart attacks on board the freighter (not airplane or cruise ship) and arrived in New York City with less than seven dollars in his pocket, completely dependent on the mercy of the Supreme Lord Krishna for the success of his great mission.
 
Prabhupada wasted no time. After more than 30 days at sea, Srila Prabhupada began his preaching work almost immediately by lecturing at the YMCA in Butler, Pennsylvania. The local newspaper, the Butler Eagle, published an article along with the above photo on September 22, 1965, only five days after Prabhupada arrived in Boston and wrote his famous poem, “Markine Bhagavata-Dharma.”
 
Rather than focus on preaching to the wealthy or privileged class of society, Srila Prabhupada, an educated scholar of Vedic wisdom, chose to deliver his message to the poorest of the poor in the Bowery and Lower East Side of New York. In spite of his exalted position as an authorized representative of the highly esteemed Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya-Vaisnava Sampradaya in direct disciplic succession from Krishna Himself, Srila Prabhupada always remained humble and respectful to everyone.
 
“A Krishna Consciousness person thinks always about himself as the lowest creature in the world, and the more one thinks like that he becomes elevated more and more. A Krishna Conscious person is never falsely puffed-up; he is satisfied with his humble position as the servant of the servant of the servant of Krishna.”
 
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, June 1, 1968)
 
Despite his humility, Srila Prabhupada set the standard by his impeccable Vaisnava behavior. Prabhupada always practiced what he preached. There was never any discrepancy between what he instructed and how he lived his life. That is the meaning of acarya, or one who teaches by example. Srila Prabhupada was the first to rise in the morning, and no one could keep up with his incessant devotion and service — day after day, month after month and year after year. In all his dealings with thousands of devotees and members of the public during his numerous preaching tours around the world, there was never a hint of scandal or controversy surrounding Srila Prabhupada or his personal behavior.
 
Prabhupada never accepted anything for himself, nor did he ever enjoy the facilities offered to him by his disciples and followers. Those who had the good fortune to personally serve or spend time with Srila Prabhupada all attest to this fact. He was cent percent engaged in the service of Krishna 24 hours a day. It was his total surrender and dedication to the Lord’s service which inspired so much love and adoration in the hearts of his followers. Srila Prabhupada not only talked the talk, but he walked the walk. Everyone respected Prabhupada, even those who didn’t agree with his philosophy. Poet Allen Ginsberg said it well:
 
“The main thing, above and beyond all our differences, was an aroma of sweetness that he had, a personal selfless sweetness like total devotion. And that was what always conquered me, whatever intellectual questions or doubts I had, or even cynical views of ego. In his presence there was a kind of personal charm, coming from dedication, that conquered all our conflicts.”
 
George Harrison, who had reached the pinnacle of material success and popularity as the lead guitarist of the world’s most famous rock band, always offered Srila Prabhupada full dandavats (falling flat on the floor) whenever he entered Prabhupada’s room or came into his presence. George spoke the following about Srila Prabhupada:
 
“The thing that always stays is his saying, ‘I am the servant of the servant of the servant.’ I like that. A lot of people say, ‘I’m it. I’m the divine incarnation. I’m here and let me hip you.’ You know what I mean? But Prabhupada was never like that. I liked Prabhupada’s humbleness. I always liked his humility and his simplicity. The servant of the servant of the servant is really what it is, you know. None of us are God — just His servants. He just made me feel so comfortable. I always felt very relaxed with him, and I felt more like a friend. I felt that he was a good friend.”
 
If one takes the time to really understand who Prabhupada is and what he is saying, there can be no mistake that he should be regarded with the highest respect and admiration. It is not blind fanaticism or sectarianism to honor the pure devotee of Krishna. Lord Krishna Himself recommends that we approach the bona fide spiritual master in disciplic succession (B.G. 4.34). Because he is the transparent via medium to the Lord, the spiritual master is qualified to accept service on the Lord’s behalf. Therefore it should be clearly understood that when we worship the spiritual master we are not worshiping a common ordinary man. He is the authorized representative of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The worship of Srila Prabhupada is therefore the worship of the entire parampara, and ultimately, the worship of the Supreme Lord Krishna. It should always be understood that the pure devotee never takes the glorification for himself, and this can easily be concluded by studying Prabhupada’s books, hearing his lectures, and reading his letters and essays. Srila Prabhupada repeatedly emphasized his status as a humble servant only.
 
“Personally I have no credit for myself, but I am trying to act as faithful servant of my predecessors and just presenting without any adulteration the message which I have received from my Spiritual Master.”
 
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, June 1, 1968)
 
A pure devotee of Krishna is not an ordinary man of this world. Sometimes it might appear to our limited sense perception that his behavior is on the mundane platform just like the rest of us. But we are cautioned not to make a foolish mistake in this regard. Lord Caitanya has warned us not to commit the “mad elephant offense” which can destroy the delicate garden of devotion in our hearts. The pure devotee is acting solely on behalf of the Supreme Lord for the benefit of one and all. He has no personal motivation or selfish desires.
 
“It is said, therefore, by Vaisnava authorities that even the most intelligent person cannot understand the plans and activities of a pure devotee. The exact words are vaisnavera kriya mudra vijne na bujhaya. A person who is thus always engaged in the service of the Lord or is always thinking and planning how to serve the Lord is to be considered completely liberated at present and in the future. His going back home, back to Godhead, is guaranteed. He is above all materialistic criticism, just as Krishna is above all criticism.”
 
(Bhagavad-gita As It Is 9.28, Purport)
 
Srila Prabhupada has also warned against a disciple becoming “over-intelligent.” He gave the example of the mouse who requested the blessing of a sage to make him a cat in order to protect him from being harassed by a cat. Later he asked to become a dog to save him from the unwanted attacks of a dog. Finally he desired to become a tiger to avoid being chased by tigers. Upon receiving this final blessing he approached the sage who had bestowed the benedictions and boldly declared that he now wanted to eat the very benefactor who had blessed him in the first place. So the sage finally cursed him, punar muniko bhava: “Again you become a mouse.”
 
Here we learn not to bite the hand that feeds us. Almost every Vaisnava and aspiring Vaisnava in the Western world is indebted to Srila Prabhupada who made the ultimate sacrifice for us all. We might not always understand everything Srila Prabhupada has said or done, but at least we can afford him the honor and dignity which Prabhupada so rightly earned for his selfless service and dedication to the spiritual upliftment of all souls. That alone is worthy of our undying respect.
 
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
 
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Srila Prabhupada; The True Acarya

December 13, 2016 in Padmapani Dasa by Yasoda nandana dasa

THE PRABHUPADA CONNECTION
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The True Acarya
(Srila Prabhupada at the Family Dog auditorium, July 27, 1969)
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“The true acarya, the spiritual master of the entire world, must be considered an incarnation of Krishna’s mercy.”   (Caitanya-caritamrta Antya 7.12, Purport)

The most beneficial

November 28, 2016 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

The most beneficial, by Javier Figuerola or Haripada dasa
By the mercy of Srila Prabhupada we understand and accept that there is nothing more beneficial as associating with the pure devotees of God or Krishna, association with the pure devotees of God or Krishna is more valuable than all the riches of the Universe and more valuable than going To the heavenly planets, a moment of association with the pure devotees of God or Krishna can liberate you from birth, death, old age and disease and go back home to God or Krishna. If the association with the pure devotees of God or Krishna is so valuable because people do not associate with them, the answer is that the generality of the people, or heads of families, think that their primary duty is to give in to solving family problems , And that self-realization or enlightenment in spiritual knowledge is a secondary matter, and it is also that such people are very poor in heart so they do not associate with the pure devotees of God or Krishna. I remember a class from Srila Prabhupada who said that people think that as long as I’m going to be listening to a Bhagavad Gita or Bhagavatam class, that time is best spent in the office or at work and earn money. It is a very practical fact that one’s desires and ambitions develop according to the company one has. If one maintains association with the devotees of God or Krishna, he will surely develop love for God or Krishna.
I share this beautiful verse Srimad-Bhagavatam (3-25-25) which says: “Talks about the pastimes and activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the company of pure devotees are very pleasing and satisfying to the ear and heart. The one who cultivates this knowledge gradually advances along the path of liberation until it is liberated and its attraction is fixed. Then true devotion and true devotional service begin. “
Evil people who think that great Masters like Srila Prabhupada and others die, they live eternally in their instructions and those who obey them live with them.

DEATH ? No it will never happen to ME

November 14, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Damaghosa dasa

    Death?? No-it will never happen, to ME !!

1.)New York, November 23, 1966

Srila Prabhupada…”At least every day we see so many death list. If you go to the crematorium ground, you can see. So ahany ahani lokāni gacchanti yama-mandiram, śeṣaḥ sthitam icchanti. But those who are still alive, they think, “Oh, death will not take place. I’ll live. I’ll live.” He does not think that he… You are also subjected to this principle of dying.

But he does not take it seriously. This is called illusion, māyā. He thinks, oh, that “I shall live forever. Therefore let me do whatever I like. There is no question of responsibility.” Oh, this is very risky life, very risky life. And this is the most covering part of illusion. One should be very serious that death is waiting. “As sure as death.”

2.)Nov 23 1966 NY
When Yudhiṣṭhira Mahārāja was asked, “What is the most wonderful thing in the world?” he replied, “The most wonderful thing is that every day, every moment, people are dying, and yet everyone thinks that death will not come for him.” Every minute and every second we experience that living entities are going to the temple of death. Men, insects, animals, birds—everyone is going. This world, therefore, is called mṛtyuloka—the planet of death. Every day there are obituaries, and if we bother to go to the cemetery or crematorium grounds we can validate them. Yet everyone is thinking, “Somehow or other I’ll live.” Everyone is subject to the law of death, yet no one takes it seriously. This is illusionThinking we will live forever, we go on doing whatever we like, feeling that we will never be held responsible. This is a very risky life, and it is the densest part of illusion. We should become very serious and understand that death is waiting. We have heard the expression, “as sure as death.” This means that in this world death is the most certain thing; no one can avoid it. When death comes, no longer will our puffed-up philosophy or advanced degrees help us. At that time our stout and strong body and our intelligence—which don’t care for anything—are vanquished. At that time the fragmental portion (jīvātmā) comes under the dictation of material nature, and prakṛti (nature) gives us the type of body for which we are fit. If we want to take this risk, we can avoid Kṛṣṇa; if we don’t want to take it, Kṛṣṇa will come to help us.

The brahmana constructs his character, thats all–SP

November 14, 2016 in Damaghosa Dasa by Damaghosa dasa

Mauritius Oct 5 1975
Guest (3) (Indian man): Car is a necessity, Swamijī, don’t you think so? Car is a necessity.

Prabhupāda: Not necessary. What is the use of car? If you locate yourself to get everything, your necessity, then where is the use of car? If you require car, you have a bullock cart. That’s all. Why should you hanker after petrol, mobile (Mobil?) oil, machine, this, that, so many things. Why?

Guest (3): Yes, but don’t you think that it would be impossible for you to come mostly?

Prabhupāda: No, no. So long it is not available, we must take the best advantage. That is another thing. But gradually we shall develop a society that all these unnecessary rubbish things should be rejected. That is the idea. Or those who are interested, let them manufacture car; we take advantage. We don’t bother ourself how to manufacture carAjagara-vrttiajagara vrtti the idea is… Ajagara means the snake. So a mouse makes a hole in the field to live very peacefully. So, and he enters the hole, and a snake gets the information and he comes, enters the hole. He eats the snake… The snake eats the mouse and lives peacefully. So let this rascal manufacture motorcar. When we require, we take from them and ride away. We are not going to manufacture. There will be some rascals. Let them do that, mouse. We enter as snake. (laughter) That’s all. We are doing that. We are doing that. I did not manufacture this house, but somebody, some mouse, has done. (laughter) And we have entered it, that’s all. That’s all. This is going on all over the world. You know George Harrison? He has earned money with so great hard labor, and he has given us a house in London, fifty-five lakhs’ worth. Another boy, Alfred Ford, he’s the great grandson of Mr. Henry Ford. He has given. He is giving still money. He is prepared with all his money. So those who are after money, material things, we have to induce them that “Spend for me,” that’s all, and let him earn. So far we are concerned, we shall live very simple life, simply in Krsna consciousness. That is brahmana, brahmana does not go to construct big, big house. He simply constructs his character, and the other kṣatriyas and vaiśyas, they offer him, “Please come here and sit down.” Therefore the division is… One who is unable to become a  brahmana ,let him become ksatriya. If he cannot become ksatriya, let him become a vaisya. Otherwise let him remain a sudra. But there should be ideal class. So we are trying to create an ideal society of brāhmaṇas. Then people will be benefited. And if everyone is sudra, rascal, then what people will be benefited? They do not know how to live. The brāhmaṇas will give idea, “Live like this. You will be happy.”

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