Srila Prabhupada discussed KC with scientist devotees over origins of life

August 20, 2015 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

Article by: Damagosha dasa
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Hare Krsna–

This is a very nice presentation by some of the devotee scientists (all Phd’s in chemistry, math, and physics) to Srila Prabhupada regarding laws of nature and the origins of life. They show that the “laws” the material scientists know of are too limited to produce complex development in living things. Simply put, no matter how many times you drive a volkswagen beetle around the block, it will never become a Cadillac Escalade .  They showed to Srila Prabhupada by mathematical theorems that cellular evolutionary theory is simply, statistically, impossible-and even a small celled organism would take more years to evolve (if it could) than the lifetime of Lord Brahma ! Which from our standpoint, in years of time, is beyond our imagination, and according to them (the scientists)  longer or older than the age of this universe!  So who is going to wait around for that to- supposedly happen?

They also showed by quantum mechanics that to observe something, when you take the observer and the observed back further from the microscope, back to eyeball, and further back, that still to explain something, you still needed the “observer”.,or something non physical- the  consciousness or the soul . It is a very good presentation on the “science” of God Consciousness as opposed to atheistic theory.

Hare Krsna

damaghosa das
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July 3 1976 Wash DC-Life comes from Life

Prabhupāda: So you are searching, you are surprised how this direction is coming. Here is the answer, mattaḥ, “from Me.” The answer is there.

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The weather gets better by chanting Hare Krsna

June 25, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

Hare Krsna to all
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Below is a short conversation with Srila Prabhupada about rain, food, and  chanting.
He says the karmis (and we see that today even the devotees) dont like  the idea of producing their own food.
He calls it “their disease”. He then talks about the former great Roman  empire which was started
with so much hard labor and today all that is left is some piled up bricks.  Where are the people today
that built this “empire”? Nobody knows, and what benefit do they get today  from all that hard labor?
Its all karma bandana-work which binds one to samsara, the wheel of birth  and death.
Probably the most interesting point is how the weather in New  Vrndavana had gotten better there because
of so many devotees all chanting Hare Krsna mantra. Then Srila  Prabhupada says yes, and he wants to buy land in Mayapur and Vrndavan for  becoming self sufficient.
So there it is folks–
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
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 Prabhupada:  Yajna means to satisfy the Supreme Lord. That is yajna. So in the Kali-yuga  the yajna is made very easy. Chant Hare Krsna. So anywhere you go, chant  Hare Krsna, and see that there will be clouds, there will be rainfall, and  just work little, you get your foodgrains, and chant Hare  Krsna.
Yogesvara: They won’t like that  idea.
 Prabhupada: That means their… That is their  disease. The same thing, that “Why you are sitting here? Come with  me, work.” “What shall I do by working?” “You get money.” “Then you’ll  enjoy.” “And I am already enjoying.” That the… This is called maya.  Maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan. These rascals, simply for little  temporary so-called benefit, they have created this working civilization,  “Work very hard, very hard.” That’s all. Whole history… In this Rome  city you can see. There are evidences. These buildings are constructed  with hard labor. Now those rascals have gone, and they are  maintaining, that “They worked so hard.” Those who worked very hard  they have gone away. Now nobody knows where they are and what they have  become. But they are maintaining their bricks. That’s all. Brick  civilization. (break)
Devotee: Why is it that the rains come in certain parts of the  world and in other parts people do not have enough?
Prabhupada: No, no  part of the world is nowadays sufficient rain. Because they are not  performing yajna. Sometimes it is seen that over-rain, overflood, not  systematic. But if you perform yajna, there will be systematic rainfall,  which you can utilize properly. Yajnad bhavati  parjanyah.
Devotee: Kirtanananda Swami says that in New Vrindaban the weather  is changing every year. It is getting nicer there. Much more sun and  the winter is not so hard.
Atreya Rsi: In New Vrindaban it’s getting better.
Prabhupada: Yes. Because there are so many devotees. The people  are still being maintained on account of our chanting Hare Krsna  mantra.
Devotee: By the grace of pure devotee.
Prabhupada: Yes.  (break) …encouraging in our society to take to agriculture to support this  center. I am purchasing land in Vrndavana and Mayapura to become  self-sufficient. Whatever production you make, you be satisfied.  Little vegetable, little grain and little milk. That is sufficient.

“You cannot eat anything , even grass without the sanction of God”—SP

June 23, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

Hare Krsna to all
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Below is a very interesting conversation wherein Srila Prabhupada explains  the difficult
situation all kali yuga inhabitants find themselves.
Machines and so called “easy living” vs. working hard in a rural  setting and producing your own food. The first is easier for that kind  of work only requires one sit at a desk for many, and push some buttons/shuffle  some papers-not very physically taxing. But as we see from that kind of inactive  sedentary lifestyle all kinds of very serious health and mental problems  ensue.  On the other hand, when one operates his or her body in a moving  physically active way, that is the way God intended us to live-by working hard  to produce our necessities. And tremendous health and mental benefits  come  from this type of satisfying work which one does not get by pushing  buttons.
And finally just to be fair, Srila Prabhupada points out that to stop ones  kind of city occupation in this age and go live in the country is almost  impossible to do  So he recommends that one keep his job, but add the  chanting of Hare Krsna maha mantra to that work. And if one does this, he will  get purified of so many anarthas, or unwanted things in his heart. So much so  that he may even want to give up city living and the fat pay check and simply go  and live more simply so that his pursuit of God consciousness is made easier by  living in the mode of goodness instead of the mode of passion and  ignorance.
Hari bol,
Damaghosa das
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740524r2.rome                 Conversations                Richard Webster: What civilization there is comes chiefly from  the television, I’m afraid. I mean the public opinion is made by  the television. Atreya Rsi: The television today is setting up the  standard for the civilization, for today’s civilization. Richard Webster:  But they talk about nothing but name war (?) and… Prabhupada: (indistinct)  pictures. Richard Webster: It’s much easier. They’re producing more  television sets (indistinct) Yogesvara: It’s a great science. My mother  is an executive in a public relations firm. Her business is to show products,  goods, to people that otherwise they have no need for and to convince them  that there is some value. It’s a very big industry, especially in the  United States, public relations, advertising. It’s very psychological  too. They use all kinds of psychological techniques for inducing people  to take things they have no need for. Prabhupada: All right  but thing is that after all our prime necessity is food. So why people  are not engaged to produce food? Richard Webster: Well, in Italy  they don’t like to work on the land any more. They all want to live in  town.

What does it mean to be Surrendere​d to God?–SP

June 3, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

740502mw.bom                 Conversations
Prabhupada:  Yes. When Krsna… Therefore we shall fully surrender to Krsna. As  Bhaktivinoda Thakura says, marobi rakhobi yo iccha tohara: “Now I  surrender. Now if you want to maintain me, that is all right, and if You want  to kill me, that is also all right.” This is surrender. It is not business, “If You maintain me, then I surrender. If You kill me, then I do not.” It is  not like that. Marobi rakhobi yo iccha tanhara. “As You like. If You  want to maintain, that is also good; if You want to kill, that is also good.” This is devotee’s view. Satsvarupa: Someone might say, “But if one is  surrendered why should Krsna give him trouble?” Prabhupada: Yes, it is  because he is always free. Why do you make Krsna dependent on your  so-called good-will, that “Krsna must give me always pleasure”? This is sense  gratification. This is sense gratification that you approach  Krsna for your comfort, sense gratification. That is not bhakti. That is  sense gratification. Prahlada Maharaja was given suffering by his  father so harshly, but he never said, “Oh, I am devotee and Krsna giving  me so much trouble? Oh! Give it up.” He never said that. Neither he  asked Krsna to come and save him. That is Krsna-bhakti. The Pandavas. The Pandavas, they were always with Krsna and they were suffering.  They never asked Krsna that “You are the Supreme, and why we are suffering?” Never said.  Never said. That is Krsna-bhakti.
Giriraja: “Because You are the  Absolute Truth, there is no difference between Your mercy and  punishment.”
Prabhupada: Yes. This is to be understood. If we understand  the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Absolute Truth, then this  is understanding, that either suffering or enjoying, it is all  Krsna’s mercy. There must be some purpose. When Krsna puts me into  suffering, there must be some purpose. So we should welcome because  it is Krsna’s mercy. Tat te ‘nukampam susumiksamano bhunjana evatma-krtam  vipakam. (Hindi) (break) “…misdeeds. It is Krsna’s mercy that He is  reforming me, slightly suffering. I would have suffered very greatly on  account of my past deeds, but He is kindly accommodating me by giving  little suffering. That’s all.”

Rags to riches story-and then some

May 31, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

A rags to riches story-and then  some

A  jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at Microsoft. The HR  manager interviewed him then watched him cleaning the floor as a test.   ‘You are employed’ he said. Give me your e-mail address and I’ll send you the  application to fill in, as well as date when you may start.
The man  replied ‘But I don’t have a computer, neither an email’. ‘I’m sorry’, said the  HR manager. If you don’t have an email that means you don’t exist. And who  doesn’t exist, can’t have the job.’
The man left with no hope at all. He  didn’t know what to do, with only $10 in his pocket. He then decided to go to  the supermarket and buy a 10Kg tomato crate.
He then sold the tomatoes in  a door to door round. In less than two hours, he succeeded to double his  capital. He repeated the operation three times, and returned home with  $60.
The man realized that he can survive by  this way, and started to go every day earlier, and return late. Thus, his money  doubled or tripled every day. Shortly, he bought a cart, then a truck, and then  he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.
5 years later, the man is one  of the biggest food retailers in the US. He started to plan his family’s future,  and decided to have a life insurance.
He called an insurance broker, and  chose a protection plan.
When the conversation was concluded the broker  asked him his email. The man replied, ‘I don’t have an email.’
The broker  answered curiously, ‘You don’t have an email, and yet have succeeded to build an  empire. Can you imagine what you could have been If you had an e mail?!!’ The  man thought for a while and replied, ‘Yes, I’d be an office boy at Microsoft!’ 

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Although this story is fictitious, it  illustrates a good point.  That point is that if one learns how to
“think out of the box” as the karmis say, then a  whole new world unfolds for us. If we take the same old path trodden by   the majority of work people of this world, then we will most probably have our  9-5 job, possibly some security, and more remotely, even some retirement  benefits-maybe, although in todays financial world, none of these things are  100% for sure. 
On the other hand, if we are learning some  things from the great world Acarya Srila Prabhupada, then he will inform us that  taking the road traveled by millions isnt necessarily the best one, the safest  one, or the one sanctioned by Lord Krsna Himself.  Srila Prabhupada is  trying to get us all to start becoming more “independent” in our  thinking  and living patterns. And we all know to break old habits is  almost impossible to do. But break them we can do, if we submissively hear the  words of the Lords representative.
Let’s hear what he has to  say-
1. Hari-sauri: Should we try to make an effort to have  our householders go and live  on the farms, a special effort? If it’s ready  to do that? Prabhupada: Why   householders? Everyone.
2…” Indian people are little clever. They would come  from  the village to the city alone, not with family. They earn money and  send  to the family. And whenever they like, they go away. They’re not  dependent. And if you bring family, you have to  work. That system  is still going on. The village men, they come but  they do not bring their  family. Family remains in the village. He earns,  he lives some way or other  and sends money there, and the wife who is  intelligent. He (she) accumulates  the money and when there is enough money he (she)  purchases  land,investment. So… In after few years, when they  have got enough  land, they do not come back. They produce their own  necessities. Very  nice. Hare Krsna. As soon as they are self-sufficient from the  land they  no more work. That’s a good idea. Remain  in the village with  family…
3…  750514mw.per                  Conversations                 Prabhupada: The solution is  there. They won’t take it. Solution  is there, that everyone produce your  own food. There is so much  land; utilize it. The solution  is there. No. They want to sit down on  the table, chair, in a very nice  compartment, and making solution.
Amogha: He was saying that your solution was too simple. He   said that people will not accept it because it is too simple.
Prabhupada:That is his ignorance. They will say it is  primitive.That is the only solution.
4..Simple living and high  thinking is the solution to economic  problems. Therefore the  Krsna consciousness movement  in engaging devotees in producing their own  food and  living self-sufficiently so that rascals may see  how one can live  very peacefully, eat the food grains one has grown  oneself, drink milk,  and chant Hare Krsna.
5..Therefore I am asking so much here and…,  “Farm, farm, farm, farm…” That is not  my program–Krsna’s program. Annad bhavanti  bhutani. Produce greenness everywhere, everywhere.  Vrndavana. It is not this  motorcar civilization.
6..This  is our education. Don’t be after these motorcars, television, and all nonsense  things, sporting, wine, women. Don’t be after these.Simply eat sufficiently, keep your health nicely, chant Hare  Krsna,
realize Krsna, and go  back  to home This is our philosophy
7.. A little labor in  agriculture will be sufficient to produce the  family’s food stock for the whole year. You can stock. You work only three months, and you get sufficient  food for your whole family. And less nine months, you chant Hare Krsna.  But these rascals will not do that. They will work hard like ass  simply for eating.
8..We want two favours. One from guru, one from Krsna.That’s  all. We don’t want anyone’s favour.————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Below is some  spring pictures right now of the garden fields and basically getting it all  ready

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No more upadhis-material designations

May 20, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

Jaya Srila Prabhupada

 Na Jayate  Mriyate va kadacinFor the soul,  there is never birth nor death, Nor having once been does he ever  cease to be. (Bhagavad Gita 2.20)

Self realization means to be able to see the soul. I look at you and  see your body, you look at me and see my body. This is not self  realization.
Aham brahmasmi means I am soul, not this body. ..”Dehino’ smin yatha  dehi… Deha and dehi means this body and the owner of this body. When  we  are able too see the soul we are on the brahma bhuta platform. This is  self realization.
If we want to be free of this material bondage and see ourselves as we  are, then we must purify our self of all the upadhis or material  designations.
Prabhupada writes…”Krishna consciousness is  actually a purificatory process. Its purpose is to make people free from  all designations. When our consciousness becomes purified of all  designations, the activities we carry out with our purified senses make us  perfect. Eventually, we reach the ideal perfection of human life. Krishna  consciousness is also a very simple process. It is not necessary to become a  great philosopher, scientist, or whatever. We need only chant the holy name of  the Lord, understanding that His personality, His name, and His qualities are  all absolute.”
Most everyone thinks that if he or she gets a nice  birth in a nice family, has good looks, education and some wealth, then all this  has been Divinely bestowed upon him by God. But from the spiritual  perspective all these things are no more than gifts of the illusory energy,  Maya. These things keep us trapped in the bodily conception of  life.  We see that is true when we hear the story of Nalakuvera and  Manigriva, the sons of Kuvera. They were both devas or demigods, and they were  devotees of some sort of the Supreme Lord, but because of the easy life their  material benedictions gave them, they condemned themselves to a life of  debauchery. They misused their material assets which is quite natural for one in  that position.This is what naturally happens for most if one takes to the field  of material piety instead of trying to purify the heart, thru bhakti  yoga, of all the (unwanted) anarthas present.
Prabhupada gives an example-when we are sitting comfortably in our easy  chair, we have the remote in one hand, our cell phone in the other, some chips  and fizz nearby , and we think , now I am comfortable!
But then somebody comes along and tells us NO, you have to come with me.  You MUST come with me dragging you off, and then your comfortable position  is now ruined. This is called Death. Nobody wants it, but it has to come to us  all. Yet how many of us are ready for this? How many of us are ready to get  ripped out of our comfortable situation and not even complain about  it? Only one who knows without any doubting that he or she is not this  material body.
He gave another nice example-once while on a train ride somewhere in India,  a few others were fighting over their train seat. He mentioned that even though  they know they will only be there a couple of hours, they are taking that seat  as some permanent arrangement and that is why it is worth fighting  over.  And we as kids, also had a similar situation while traveling  with parents in the family car. We would all fight over who got the window  seat !.
So how is this  child like fighting different than what we do as  adults on a daily basis fighting with others over some meager  material gains? Like the childs game of musical chairs whereby a group of kids  will circle a row of chairs which are one short of the number of participating  kids. When the music stops, everyone has to grab a chair. One kid is always  out of a chair ! This is how material life works. Its always a struggle for  everything. Nothing in this material world comes without some sort of  struggle-either with others or with our own limitations to accomplish  something.
Self realization means this material struggle for things related to this  body is over- because we realize without any doubt, that we are not matter,  not this body, not connected to any so called material family or race, do not  belong to some country and in fact have absolutely nothing to do with this  material world. Unfortunately for most of us we think we are free to do what we  like, but at any moment,  if the Devas disagree, we could lose motion  in our arms  hands or legs and become paralyzed. Yet we  all will  say, this is MY body. If its our body then why cant we make it do what WE want  it to do?
This conditional life always will be a source of problems to us.  In  this verse from BG it says we are never born and we never die, so if we  are eternal and believe it, why do we then bother so much- with the  temporary? BG says we dont take birth, yet all of us will say we were born on  such and such a date, and if we consult astrologers,  they say we will die  at such and such time as well. This is body consciousness only- because  according to BG we dont take birth and we do not die.
So the next question would be, then if we were originally with Krsna in the  spiritual world, how did we get ourselves into this present predicament? How did  we become so fallen?

This Saturday-h​ere, 2pm

May 14, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

Hare Krsna Prabhus
Obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
And a good morning to you all–
just finished inspecting the “fields”, chanting for a while, serving
the Silas, send out some mail then will read SB for class-
this is the life and I dont know why more dont take to it. Actually  yesterday some fellow, who works over in Oak Harbor for the Navy stopped by,  heard about us from somewhere, and he remarked after looking over the fields of  green along with the mtns, said this place is really beautiful  ! I think he was transcendentally stunned by everything he saw here.
So he said he will attend the program this coming Saturday here. He has  been to India and finds it very
attractive-.
see you all Saturday for some chanting dancing and feasting.
Hari bol
Damaghosa/Daria
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Prabhupada: This means these things, these  sentiments–anxiety, grief, anger, all these things–they are constant  companion with the living entity. You cannot give it up. But when they are  used for Krsna, that is perfection. That is upadhi-sunya, without  any designation. Satsvarupa: Prabhupada, we are only neophytes. How we can  know if our anxiety is still material when we feel anxiety in devotional  service? Prabhupada: No, no. If you feel anxiety for Krsna, then  it is not material. That anxiety is not… That is love. That is pure  love, that… Why you become anxious for our children? Because there  is love. So whole scheme is that you have to transfer your  attachment to Krsna. Dr. Patel: All bhakti should be directed  to the sacred feet of Krsna. Prabhupada: Yes, yes. Mayy asakta-manah partha  yogam yunjan. This is called bhakti-yoga. Mayy asakta. The asakti, the  attachment, is for so many things. Now we have to concentrate it on Krsna.  This is bhakti-yoga. Mayy asakta manah partha yogam yunjan mad-asrayah. Simply by this concentration of an attraction to Krsna, you become  liberated. This is the process. Dr. Patel: First you must perfect  your thinking of Krsna. Prabhupada: Yes. When you think of Krsna, you  are on the transcendental position. You are not in the material  world. Mam ca vyabhicarini bhakti-yogena yah sevate, sa gunan  samatitya etan. He is immediately transcendental to all the qualities of  material world. Dr. Patel: Then he becomes brahma-bhuta. Prabhupada: Yes. So if continuously

Srila Prabhupada​-the one whose blessings- never fail

May 11, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

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Prabhupada:  (break) …social divisions. Catur-varnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah.  The other varnas, they would give simply to the brahmanas charity. And the brahmanas were so advanced that simply by their blessing,  they will get all benefit. So there must be a class of men who  can actually benefit simply by blessing and the society must maintain them.  This is real society. And everyone is sudra, engaged  in technology–then what benefit you will get? Kalau  sudra-sambhavah. There must be a brahminical class, a  ksatriya class, a vaisya class, a sudra class. Not that all sudras. Then what  will be going on? That is the condition. Everyone is being educated as sudra.  Then what benefit you will get? That is the defect. Hare Krsna.  (break) Therefore there must be a brahminical class.
SB 10.7.13-15 P    The blessings of brahmanas who  are not envious, disturbed or puffed up with pride and false prestige and who  are fully qualified with truthfulness will be useful. Therefore a  class of men must be trained as brahmanas from the very beginning.  Brahmacari guru-kule vasan danto guror hitam (▼Bhag. 7.12.1). The word dantah  is very important. Dantah refers to one who is not envious, disturbing or  puffed up with false prestige. With the Krsna consciousness movement,  we are trying to introduce such brahmanas in society. Brahmanas must  ultimately be Vaisnavas, and if one is a Vaisnava, he has already acquired  the qualifications of a brahmana. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma (▼Bg.  18.54). The word brahma-bhuta refers to becoming a brahmana, or  understanding what is Brahman (brahma janatiti brahmanah). One who is  brahma-bhuta is always happy (prasannatma). Na socati na kanksati: he is never disturbed about material necessities.  Samah sarvesu bhutesu: he is ready to bestow blessings  upon everyone equally. Mad-bhaktim labhate param: then he becomes a Vaisnava. In this age, Srila  Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura introduced the sacred thread ceremony for  his Vaisnava disciples, with the idea that people should understand  that when one becomes a Vaisnava he has already acquired the  qualifications of a brahmana. Therefore in the International Society for  Krishna
Consciousness, those who are twice initiated so as to become  brahmanas must bear in mind their great responsibility to be truthful,  control the mind and senses, be tolerant, and so on. Then their life will  be successful. It was such brahmanas that Nanda Maharaja invited  to chant the Vedic hymns, not ordinary brahmanas. Verse thirteen  distinctly mentions himsa-mana. The word mana refers to false prestige or  false pride. Those who were falsely proud, thinking that they were  brahmanas because they were born in brahmana families, were never invited  by Nanda Maharaja on such occasions.
SB 7.7.17 P   In this verse the word bhuyat may be  understood to mean “let there be.” Prahlada Maharaja offers his  blessings to his class friends, saying, “Also become faithful like  me. Become bona fide Vaisnavas.” A devotee of the Lord desires for everyone  to take to Krsna consciousness. Unfortunately, however, people sometimes  do not have staunch faith in the words of the spiritual master who comes by  the disciplic succession, and therefore they are unable to  understand transcendental knowledge.

4 seasons harvest-how to do it

May 7, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

Hare Krsna to all
Pranams
All glories to Prabhupada
Below is some photos of cauliflowers which over wintered in our  greenhouse and now
are giving us some food in springtime-the hardest time of the year to  have fresh food.
Srila Prabhupada has told us repeatedly to grow our own food and  thereby we will
become independent or at least somewhat self sufficient of the Karmi  rat race civilization.
Who doesn’t want to be free or have as much freedom in is life as possible and not be under
someone’s economic thumb all the time ?? I would guess almost  everyone.
As devotees we know nobody can ever be totally independent, but as  devotees, we should be as independent as possible of the materialistic  civilization at least in the food for eating department. Our dependence should  be  directly upon Krsna and His material energy for our sustenance-and that  one does
when one grows food for him self and family.
In the pictures below this particular variety of cauliflower has a  ripening time of about 210 days which is a
very long time to wait for some food. Like 7 months !  And being  somewhat impatient
I really dont like waiting that long. But in this case I had to wait.
So Krsna has kindly arranged other varieties of this same type plant  that can yield its
fruit (or vegetable in this case) in differing times of a growing  season.
For example just in the cauliflower species alone, one can plant 7  different kinds of
cauliflower and harvest them from sept thru may of the next spring.  Thats 9 months you
can have fresh vegetable subjis to offer to Krsna ! And then we  have the other 3 months in the actual
summer here where we grow all kinds of other things. So just with  cauliflower alone, one can have it fresh all year. This assumes of course,  that you  like cauliflower , which I do.
The types available here  are Amazing,  Cassius   Cheddar, Needles (the one below), Purple Cape, Galleon, and  Maystar. Each variety has a different germination time or staggered so  that if one plants them at the correct times, and is a little bit lucky as well,  he or she can have fresh cauliflower all year long.
So what I have given here is a brief look at just one vegetable and  how thru 4 seasons , you can have it.
And there are also many others which will give you fresh food all year  long. For example- beets, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, spinach, brussel sprouts,  cabbage, all kinds of lettuce, radishes, etc etc etc.
One adds these fresh vegetables to one’s already harvested and stored  foodstuffs  like potatoes squash and beans, and you can make what  seems like unlimited varieties of delicious meals to offer to the Lord and then  honor that meal, savoring every morsel of that fresh food that Krsna has nicely  provided for you.

How to solve all ones economic problems-SP

April 23, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

Hare Krsna
Pranams to all
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Below are some excerpts from various conversations wherein Srila Prabhupada explains
very nicely how anyone can live easily without much anxiety  in this world, grow his or her
own food for his family, and have more than ample time for spiritual life.
This lifestyle is contrasted with modern city living where one has to work  most of the day, drive for hours back and forth to work, be in total anxiety all  the while, and in the end get ulcers, headaches, or some
other serious disease for your reward for all this work.
Krsna does not want His part and parcels to suffer like this. He gives us  the recommendations
for how to live in this or any age.
Every once in a while I get some negative feedback where a devotee will say  to me-so I am in ignorance if I dont grow my own food? How can I possibly live  in the country if I have so many obligations here in the city?
Who is going to afford this place?
All these questions are answered below by Srila Prabhupada.
One who thinks a little soberly about these things will ask  himself-what does it mean to live simply with high thinking? Isnt this  supposed to be the motto of all Hare Krsna devotees? If so, then why do the  majority of them not do it? Do we just read these words from our Acarya and  think they are meant for someone else?
They will say-I am not a farmer, I am an engineer, or a Doctor, or a  technologist, or whatever. I have so many responsibilities in this city. How can  I possibly leave all this? And furthermore, why should I ? I can hear them  all now.
One point Prabhupada is trying to make in all these talks is this- we, as  spirit souls really dont belong here, and the work we do to sustain  ourselves for the most part does not further the betterment of human society  towards the goal of liberation. Present day society is a nuts and bolts  conglomeration of humanity which produces unfit humans for any kind of  progressive path towards ultimate liberation of the soul from the material  tabernacle. Nobody knows the actual goal of human life, except for the devotees  of the Lord. And what do the devotees do as work which practices what we  preach? We work right along side of the karmis whom we will criticize in our SB  classes.
And yet we have all the answers to all the problems. Prabhupada many times  has said, that any question you may encounter in preaching about Krsna  Consciousness can be answered from Bhagavad Gita.
OK, do we accept that?
Yes?
Then what does Krsna tell us about how  to solve all our economic  problems? Annad bhavanti bhutani
750524BG.FIJ                    Lectures                      Nowadays they are facing a scarcity of food. The solution is there in the  Bhagavad-gita. Krsna says, annad bhavanti bhutani: “Bhutani, all living  entities, both animal and man, they can live very nicely without any  anxiety provided they have got sufficient food grains.” Now what  is your objection to this? This is the solution. Krsna says, annad bhavanti  bhutani. So it is not utopian; it is practical. You must have  sufficient food grain to feed the human being and the animal, and everything  will be peaceful immediately. Because people, if one become hungry, he is  disturbed. So give him food first of all. That is Krsna’s injunction. Is  that very impossible, impractical? No. You grow food more and distribute.  So much land is there, but we are not growing food. We are growing or  busy in manufacturing tools and motor tires. Then now eat motor  tires. But Krsna says that “You grow anna.” Then there is no  question of scarcity. Annad bhavanti bhutani
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So to sum up what you will read  below–
Srila Prabhupada  tells us  —
….how to make the transition from city to  rural life.
….tells us    that everybody should grow  food
…shows us how important and sacred are  grains
…self preservation is the first law of nature  and the fear of not having food, or being unable to afford it for daily  sustenance is eliminated by growing owns own
…having owns own food source means you become  independent of the karmis rat race
..growing owns own food is “our  mission”
…how to start this? he  started his movement under a tree!
..everyone should live on farms, not just  householders
..Indian farmers are clever-they move to city,  get a job and send
most of the money back to the family, Then when  they have enough money-quit their
job, buy land and start to grow their own  food and become independent !!
…and  more….
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
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1)  740418mw.bom                 Conversations
Prabhupada: (Sanskrit) From our childhood, if there was a rice  grain on the floor, my father, er, my mother would ask me, “Take it  and touch it on your head.” Dr. Patel: We were advised not to tread on the  grains. (break) Prabhupada: Because by chance, if the grain is struck with  the leg, she asked, “Take it and you touch it on the head.” Dr. Patel:  That is the culture. That is real culture. Prabhupada: Means from the  very beginning he understands anna-brahma. Dr. Patel: Even it is not  spoken, you practice it. Prabhupada: Yes, practice it. According to Vedic  culture, the higher class, in every home there is narayana-sila for worship,  especially of the brahmanas.

Removing the steel from our hearts by chanting Hare Krsna-SP

April 17, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

 

 

720622SB.LA Lectures

Prabhupada: So here is one word, “steel-framed.” Nowadays, the medical

science is changing the heart, steel-framed. So this modern science is

making steel-framed hearts, but we can understand that formerly, also,

there were steel-framed hearts. Otherwise how this word comes? Tad

asma-saram hrdayam batedam. So just like stone or steel does not melt

very easily, similarly, anyone’s heart which does not change after

chanting Hare Krsna mantra regularly, then it is to be understood that

it is steel-framed, made of stone or iron. Actually, harinama… Harer

nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam. It is especially meant for

cleansing the heart. That every… All misconception is within our

heart, beginning from the wrong identification, that “I am this body.”

That is the beginning of all misconception. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu

says, ceto-darpana-marjanam. So as you go on chanting, gradually the

heart will be cleansed, and you’ll be able to understand that you are

not this body.

… So this verse suggests that if a person is chanting Hare Krsna

mantra, but his eyes are not tearful or there is no ecstatic shivering

of the body, then that means he’s not coming to the perfectional

point.

So if we chant this Hare Krsna mantra without offense, according

to, and observing the regulative principles and numerical strength …

Sankhya-purvaka-nama-gana-natibhih. The Gosvamis, in Vrndavana, they

used to chant keeping in numerical strength. They were all liberated

persons; still, for teaching us an example, they also used to chant

keeping a numerical strength. Haridasa Thakura, he used to chant Hare

Krsna mantra keeping a numerical strength–300,000 times. 300,000

times. So our prescription is only 25,000. Not 100,000. So it is not

very difficult; it takes utmost 2 hours. We can find out, out of 24

hours, 2 hours. We can find out time. So if we actually follow the

rules and regulations and chant Hare Krsna mantra, then these symptoms

will come. Netre jalam gatra-ruhesu harsah. When this comes then you

know that “I am coming to perfection.” And if it is not coming, then

it is to be understood the heart is steel-framed. Steel-framed. So it

is steel only. Stone. Stone, if we keep our heart stone or

steel-framed, then it cannot be melted. This… These symptoms mean

heart is melting or changing…

…disturbance. So such things are happening. Now anyone is manufacturing

his own way of self realization, and there are rascals who are

supporting, that “Everyone, we are independent. We can find out our

own way of worship.” But Rupa Gosvami says, “This is simply creating

disturbance.” That is very natural to understand. Suppose here, in our

temple, we have got some regulative principles. But if everyone says

that “I can manufacture my own way of worshiping the Deity,” then what

will be the condition?

It will be simply pandemonium. You see? So that is going on.

…(not)authorized by the disciplic succession. We reject immediately. There

is example that in India there is a tree, sagu, sagu(?) tree. I do not

know whether it is in your country. That, that tree has a very, I mean

to say, thick trunk. But a little jerking, it will break. A little

jerking. Sagu. And there is another tree which is called tamarind

tree. So even a fingerlike stem, you cannot break. It is so strong. So

our policy should be that when we are falling down, we must take

shelter of this tamarind tree, not that sagu tree. The tamarind tree

is Vedic instruction, infallible, without any mistake. As I have given

you several times the example that Vedas says that stool of animal is

impure, and in another place it says that stool of cow is pure….

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Springtime–a time for hope

March 30, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

Hare Krsna to all
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
For those of you who read that dire report sent yesterday from the  Indian writer about the degraded conditions present now in India, this  report will cheer you up !
Most people can understand and see that the governments of the world are  corrupt and getting worse as we speak. But most people don’t see any  solution to these complex problems thinking, “what can I do?”
(that answer at the end of this report)
Fortunate for those who are fortunate and listen to the perfect words of  advice given by the Lords pure representatives, such as Srila Prabhupada His  Senapati Bhakta, for those of us who do listen to his instructions, we will get  the material and spiritual benefits-right now in this lifetime and the  next one for sure.
I was reading over some past articles this morning and saw two that caught  my eye because it totally related to the one sent yesterday. Doom and gloom  yesterday and today- how to solve it. There is only one sure way to  solve material problems. We have to go to the only One who can alleviate  these problems which we create.
Isvara parama Krsna-that supreme controller, Lord Brahma says is Krsna,  Govinda, Shyamasundara, our only real friend in times of need. So please  consider these words of advice from Srila Prabhupada and the photos I have  included at the end are one major way we can solve these problems.  Practical, simple and a lot of fun doing it.
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
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Prabhupada on importance of SB and reading SB

March 28, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

Hare Krsna to all
Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
For those of you who receive these nectar emails-they will be seen  as poison if
one has little or no taste for hearing the words received from  the Lord’s pure devotee.
But for one who has gotten a little mercy, these words from the lotus
mouth of a pure devotee are pure nectar for they relieve the burning  of the heart.
See below what Prabhupada says about Srila Vyasadeva and how he got  chastised by
his guru Narada Muni for writing so many “nonsense books”-called the Vedas  !!
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
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720413SB.MEL                    Lectures
 That is advised by Narada Muni to his disciple Vyasadeva: “What you are  writing, all these nonsense books? You…” What is called? Jugupsitam.  Jugupsitam. He instructed Vyasadeva that “Whatever literatures you  have produced…” Means up to that time he produced Vedanta-sutra. He wrote  up to Vedanta-sutra, which is considered to be the topmost philosophical  thesis in the world, Vedanta-sutra, all over the world, the Vedanta  philosophy. So he finished that Vedanta-sutra. Still, he was not happy. And  his spiritual master Narada chastised him, “What nonsense books you have  written?” First of all he was not happy, so Narada came, and he  asked him that “Why you are not happy? You know everything, but why you are  not happy?” So he submitted, “Yes, my master, I know everything, and I think  I have done everything, writing all these books. But still, I am not  happy. So why I am not happy, that you can tell because you are my  master.”    So, “Yes, I can tell you.” And then he said that “You have labored so much for writing all these nonsense books, but  you have not said anything of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore  you are unhappy. Therefore I advise you that now you write one book which  is simply the transaction of the Supreme Personality, nothing  else, nothing of this material world, sacrificing, this religious,  and this unreligious, ‘this is good, this is bad,’ nothing of the sort. Simply write about the pastimes of the Supreme Lord. Then you will  be happy.” Then he wrote Srimad-Bhagavatam. And when he wrote,  began writing Srimad-Bhagavatam, he writes in the beginning,  dharmah projjhita-kaitavo ‘tra: “All these cheating type of religious  system, I kick it out, this ism, that ism. I kick out all them.It is this book, especially meant for paramo nirmatsaranam satam,  those who are simply paramahamsas. It is meant for them. It is not for the  ordinary men. I have kicked out all the  so-called religious system, dharma artha kama.” People are very much Nowadays  they are not even for dharma or artha. They are simply kama, sense  gratification. Sense gratification because every one of us, we come  here for sense gratification.

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

March 26, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

Hare Krsna to All

Pranams

All glories to Srila  Prabhupada

 

Below you will find the final  part of Vol 5, SB class nectar summary.

 

Some points summarized-

 

*If you love Krsna you can love  all humanity

*A naughty child now means  very intelligent later

*A photo of Krsna is same as  Krsna Himself

*Too lusty to serve Krsna? then  serve Indra

*Dont put salt in the  caranamrta

*Money given in charity comes  back in this way..

*How to defeat the Sun

*Real education means  Independence

*General mass of people are  animals-why? dog is best friend

*Ravana built a subway from S  America to Lanka

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Why it’s important to meet regularly with devotees for kirtan

March 21, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa

Hare Krsna to all
Obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
I was reading over some past articles I have sent out the past two  years from one notebook I have at my
prasadam table and below is what came from it today.
Here are 4 very good reasons (from Prabhupadas books) why the sincere  and intelligent devotees meet regularly for  sadhu sanga, arotik,  kirtan, class, discussion and prasadam. We may say we know and understand the  “philosophy” of Krsna Consciousness, but if we do not apply it regularly, then  it is exactly like not knowing it at all. It remains theory only and the  material and spiritual benefits of the chanting will not be  forthcoming.
Hari bol
Damaghosa das
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1)  690619SB.NV                     Lectures
 Maya  is already there, side by side, Krsna and maya. Just like this light. This  side is light; this side is darkness. Take this example. This light, the  one side is very bright; another side is dark. So this darkness and this  light is always side by side. Similarly, Krsna and maya…  So as soon as you become little slack in Krsna  consciousness, immediately maya is ready to capture you.  Maya is always going side by side. As Krsna is all-pervading, the maya is  also all-pervading. As soon as there is lack of Krsna consciousness, there is  immediately maya.