“All that is needed for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.”
31 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
31 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
Let me first offer my prostrated obeisances unto the lotus feet of that supreme swan-like devotee of the Lord, our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, by whose mercy the fallen souls of Kali Yuga may taste the sweetness of the narrations of the pastimes of the Lord and His pure devotees. As the bonafide representative of Sri Vyasadeva, he composed a mountain of transcendental literature to enlighten the entire human society, explaining even the most confidential truths regarding vaisnava philosophy.
His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada displayed all of the symptoms of an empowered jiva soul, working tirelessly to distribute the transcendental message of love of Godhead throughout the world. It is therefore the duty of his followers to preserve the legacy and protect the honor of such a great spiritual personality whose every moment was dedicated to the spreading of Krishna consciousness.
30 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
“A conditioned soul cannot deliver another conditioned soul. Only Krishna or His bona fide representative can deliver him.” (King Prithu, The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 9)
Most of us are familiar with the term “the blind leading the blind.” This refers to a person who has no vision directing others on where to go. The people that are lost are considered blind in the sense that they cannot see the light, the true path in life. When they ask for help, directions to the supreme destination, they are led astray by someone who is also blind. In order to find the proper path, we must seek out someone who has eyes, a vision which allows them to see things as they are. The Vedas tell us that only God possesses this vision and that He is kind enough to grant these spiritual eyes to His faithful adherents, the bona fide spiritual masters.
What are the prescriptions given by the liberated souls? In this age, the primary recommendation is that we should constantly engage in Krishna’s service. This discipline is known as bhakti-yoga, and its primary component is the regular chanting of God’s names, “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare”. We shouldn’t mistakenly take bhakti-yoga to be a passing fad or a part-time activity. The liberated souls are free from conditioned life because they spend all their time working for Krishna. Obviously this is a very high level of devotion which can’t be achieved overnight, but the desire to reach this end must be there. The reason that chanting is the foremost spiritual practice is that it can be performed anywhere and at any time of the day. Moreover, there is no time limit to this chanting. We can take up the various gymnastics exercises that are part of hatha-yoga, but after half an hour we’ll get tired and move on to something else.
Bhakti-yoga, or devotional service, is meant to take up all of our time. The key is to always be conscious of God, no matter what we are doing. This is the difference between bhoga/tyaga and bhakti. Bhakti also brings about enjoyment and involves things that we like to do, but the difference is in the area of consciousness. With bhoga, we think of ourselves as the lord and master, and the same with tyaga. Many people take great pride in their renunciation capabilities. “I can go without eating anything for days; I only sleep four hours a day; I don’t eat meat”, etc. These things are certainly very nice, but our renunciation must have a purpose, otherwise the false ego kicks in and we start taking ourselves to be the masters of everything.
Bhakti-yoga involves service. We can’t see God in our conditioned state, so we are advised to consult with those who can. Our first business is to serve the eternally liberated soul, the spiritual master. How do we tell who is a bona fide spiritual master? Aside from being liberated, the spiritual master is a pure devotee of Krishna. What does it mean to be a pure devotee? This is actually quite easy to figure out. To gauge whether or not someone is a devotee, simply ask yourself what their aim in life is. What is the driving force behind that person’s activities? If the answer to these questions is love for Krishna, then you know the person is a devotee. A spiritual master may rub us the wrong way from time to time, saying things that offend us, but if their intention is to make Krishna happy, then we must take them to be liberated.
The liberated souls are so kind that they don’t want to hog the glory for themselves. Their business is to make other people liberated as well. In this way, they are the greatest freedom fighters, helping the distraught living entities out of the ditch. A spiritual master that all of us can approach is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He lives forever through His countless books and recorded lectures. We should all make good use of these resources and fix ourselves up to the highest position.
30 Dec 2010 1 Comment
The Hare Krishna Explosion
The Birth of Krishna Consciousness in America 1966 – 1969
by Hayagriva das
tad viddhi pranipatena
upadekshyanti te jnanam
Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth. (Bhagavad-gita 4.34)
The first draft of The Hare Krishna Explosion was written in July, 1969, just after Srila Prabhupada’s first visit to New Vrindaban. At that time, I realized that the details of the beginnings of the Krishna Consciousness Movement had best be recorded while events were still fresh. Working from notebooks, diaries and memory, I compiled the first draft within a month. Then the manuscript remained packed away, until Srila Prabhupada left this mortal world in November, 1977. During those interim years, both the manuscript and my mind had accumulated some dust, but convinced of the value of anything dealing with Srila Prabhupada, I began again, and completed the second draft in 1979. For the next five years, as the Hare Krishna Movement continued to expand, I kept polishing and expanding the manuscript. Clearly, the Hare Krishna explosion was not about to fizzle. “Just as Krishna is always expanding,” Srila Prabhupada had said, “anything related to Krishna is also expanding.” In 1966, unknown to us, Prabhupada had truly launched a dynamic world religion.
29 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
BY: NARASIMHA DAS
Dec 28, 2010 — USA (SUN)
Srila Sukadeva Gosvami has answered our questions and concerns regarding the status of those who support the idea of changing Srila Prabhupada’s books. Srila Sukadeva Gosvami specifically predicted Srila Prabhupada’s original books from India — books “meant to bring about a revolution in the impious life of a misdirected civilization.”
As predicted, these editions exhibited some “irregularities” in composition due to Srila Prabhupada’s letting a sincere yet unqualified editor finish his proofs in New Delhi. This was His causeless mercy on one sincere soul and the fulfillment of Sukadeva Gosvami’s prediction. Srila Sukadeva Gosvami predicted that these books would be “heard, sung, and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.11). In fact, these editions were all we had in the early days when the genuine Krishna consciousness movement was spreading like wild fire all over the world. Sincere devotees relish these unique editions even today, never complaining about apparent “irregularities”.
29 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
pratyavāyo na vidyate
sv-alpam apy asya dharmasya
trāyate mahato bhayāt
na—there is not; iha—in this world; abhikrama—endeavoring; nāśaḥ—loss; asti—there is; pratyavāyaḥ—diminution; na—never; vidyate—there is; svalpam—little; api—although; asya—of this; dharmasya—of this occupation; trāyate—releases; mahataḥ—of very great; bhayāt—from danger.
In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear.
Activity in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, or acting for the benefit of Kṛṣṇa without expectation of sense gratification, is the highest transcendental quality of work. Even a small beginning of such activity finds no impediment, nor can that small beginning be lost at any stage. Any work begun on the material plane has to be completed, otherwise the whole attempt becomes a failure. But any work begun in Kṛṣṇa consciousness has a permanent effect, even though not finished. The performer of such work is therefore not at a loss even if his work in Kṛṣṇa consciousness is incomplete. One percent done in Kṛṣṇa consciousness bears permanent results, so that the next beginning is from the point of two percent; whereas, in material activity, without a hundred percent success, there is no profit. Ajāmila performed his duty in some percentage of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, but the result he enjoyed at the end was a hundred percent, by the grace of the Lord. There is a nice verse in this connection in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam:
tyaktvā sva-dharmaṁ caraṇāmbujaṁ harer
bhajan na pakko ‘tha patet tato yadi
yatra kva vābhadram abhūd amuṣya kiṁ
ko vārtha āpto ‘bhajatāṁ sva-dharmataḥ
“If someone gives up self-gratificatory pursuits and works in Kṛṣṇa consciousness and then falls down on account of not completing his work, what loss is there on his part? And, what can one gain if one performs his material activities perfectly?” (Bhāg. 1.5.17) Or, as the Christians say, “What profiteth a man if he gain the whole world yet suffers the loss of his eternal soul?”
Material activities and their results end with the body. But work in Kṛṣṇa consciousness carries the person again to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, even after the loss of the body. At least one is sure to have a chance in the next life of being born again as a human being, either in the family of a great cultured brāhmaṇa or in a rich aristocratic family that will give one a further chance for elevation. That is the unique quality of work done in Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
28 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
Fellow Kulis, friends and associates
With only a couple of days till we kick off week 1 of the Mela we would like to give you a quick checklist of things to bring for the week or 2.
Firstly it is important that you bring any spending money you anticipate needing over the period you are attending in cash as there is no ATM facility on the farm. We will have the internet set up for registration fees via Paypal or direct deposit but please bring cash money if you intend to purchase anything on site such as snacks, merchandise or souvenirs.
The weather here lately has been temperamental so please prepare for both extremes – hot sunny days, and cold rainy ones. We have been getting a lot of rain in the area this summer to please be prepared for that eventuality.
Apart from that a few basics that will get you through the week/s are:
Bedding – sleeping bag, foam mat
Towel and swimmers/boardies
Any required medication
Short and Long Sleeve pants and shirts
Hiking shoes or decent joggers – for bush walks and climbing mount Warning
Spiritual clothing and beads for temple programs
Travel insurance and copies of travel and legal documents
A big smile and an open heart
We know that this will be an amazing festival for all if you come in to it with an open heart and a positive attitude. We have dedicated a lot of time and money to making this happen over the past two years and we have done everything in our power to make this event a success. What you take out of it is now up to you.
We wish you all a safe and hassle-free journey and we look forward to your association soon.
The Kulimela Australia Team.
Sri Sri Radha Govardhanadari Ki Jai!
27 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
For those who saw the Hare Krishna movement spread from city to city and from country to country, it was clear that the original version of Srila Prabhupada’s books was full of spiritual potency and did not require to be changed in any way for his words to act upon the hearts of the conditioned souls.
The question as to whether the writings of the acarya may or may not be revised by his disciples after his disappearance is answered by the rule of “arsa prayoga”. This principle states that one should not see mistakes in what the spiritual master has written or think that his writings may be changed to make them more effective or politically correct. To preserve his teachings in their originally published form is the way by which the acarya is honored, and to do otherwise is to dishonor him. That is the rule of “arsa prayoga”, a principle that devoted followers of a bona fide spiritual master must adhere to without deviation.
27 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
While Kṛṣṇa was engaged in tending the cows in the forest of Vṛndāvana or on Govardhana Hill, the gopīs in the village were always absorbed in thinking of Him and discussing His different pastimes. This is the perfect example of Kṛṣṇa consciousness: to somehow or other remain always engrossed in thoughts of Kṛṣṇa. The vivid example is always present in the behavior of the gopīs; therefore Lord Caitanya declared that no one can worship the Supreme Lord by any method which is better than the method of the gopīs. The gopīs were not born in very high brāhmaṇa or kṣatriya families; they were born in the families of vaiśyas, and not in big mercantile communities but in the families of cowherd men. They were not very well educated, although they heard all sorts of knowledge from the brāhmaṇas, the authorities of Vedic knowledge. The gopīs’ only purpose was to remain always absorbed in thoughts of Kṛṣṇa.
24 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada’s Disappearance Day
Lecture by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada at Los Angeles on December 9, 1969
So today is the disappearance day of my Guru Maharaja. As I told you that sadhavo jiva va mara 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 blessed, raja-putra ciram jiva: “You are a king’s son, a prince. You live forever.” And muni-putra, the son of a saintly person, he blessed him, ma jiva ma jiva: “You don’t live.” Raja-putra ciram muni-putra ma jiva. And sadhu, devotees, he blessed him, jiva va mara 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, don’t live.” So these words are very significant. That I have already explained, still I am explaining. A prince, he’s enjoying sense, that’s 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 an hour, just like the pigeons, the monkeys, the sparrows, they are very sexually strong. You have seen it. So the facility is given. So princely order, they are after sense enjoyment. So he’s blessed 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 jiva. Brahmacari, working under the guidance, under strict disciplinary guidance, of a 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.” Ma jiva. And a devotee he blessed, jiva va maro va: “My dear devotee, either you live or die, the same thing.” And the butcher, he blessed him, ma jiva ma mara: “You don’t live, don’t die.” What he’s to do? His living condition is so abominable. From the morning, he has to slaughter so many animals, see the bloodstain, the ghastly scene. That is his livelihood. So what a horrible life this is. So “Don’t live. And don’t die also.” Because after death, oh, he is going to be in so much hellish condition, nobody can describe. So both lives, living condition and death, after death, his condition is very horrible.
22 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
Srimad Bhagavatam Set
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22 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
As Kunti approached the Lord’s chariot and began to address Him, her immediate purpose was to persuade Him to remain in Hastinapura and protect the Pandava govemment from reprisals:
O my Lord… are You leaving us today, though we are completely dependent on Your mercy and have no one else to protect us, now when all kings are at enmity with us? (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.37)
From this supplication we should not mistakenly conclude that Kunti’s prayers were self-serving. Although her sufferings were far greater than those any ordinary person could endure, she does not beg relief. On the contrary, she prays to suffer even more, for she reasons that her suffering will increase her devotion to the Lord and bring her ultimate liberation:
My dear Krsna, Your Lordship has protected us from the poisoned cake, from a great fire, from cannibals, from the vicious assembly, from sufferings during our exile in the forest, and from the battle where great generals fought…. I wish that all those calamities would happen again and again so that we could see You again and again, for seeing You means that we will no longer see repeated births and deaths. (SB. 1.8.24-25)
Kunti’s words — the simple and illuminating outpourings of the soul of a great and saintly woman devotee — reveal both the deepest transcendental emotions of the heart and the most profound philosophical and theological penetrations of the intellect. Her words are words of glorification impelled by a divine love steeped in wisdom: O Lord of Madhu, as the Ganges forever flows to the sea without hindrance, let my attraction be constantly drawn unto You without being diverted to anyone else. (SB. 1.8.42)
“I wish that all those calamities would happen again and again so that we could see You again and again, for seeing You means that we will no longer see repeated births and deaths.” [SB 1.8.25]
Therefore Kuntidevi says, vipadah santu: “Let there be calamities.” Vipadah santu tah sasvat: “Let all those calamities happen again and again.” Because she knows how to remember Krishna at times of danger, she is welcoming danger. “My dear Lord,” she says, “I welcome dangers, because when dangers come I can remember You.”
O Krishna, those who continuously hear, chant and repeat Your transcendental activities, or take pleasure in others’ doing so, certainly see Your lotus feet, which alone can stop the repetition of birth and death.
22 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
Is Bhakti-yoga Too Simple?
BY: VRINDAVAN DAS
Is Bhakti-yoga Too Simple?
Devotee: …too simple.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes. Therefore they do not take it. Just like homeopathic medicine. You know homeopathic medicine?
Devotee: Oh, homeopathic medicine.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes, simply water. So they do not like to take it. Actually, they do not want God. They want maya. Otherwise, if anyone wants God, Krsna there is no difficulty. Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru, mam evaisyasi asamsayah (Bg. 18.65). Four things. “Just always think of Me,” man-mana. Mad-bhaktah: “Just become My devotee.” Mad-yaji: “You worship Me. And offer your obeisances unto Me. If you do simply these four things, then you are coming back to Me without any doubt.” These four things. But they cannot do it or will not do it. Otherwise, very simple. We are thinking of something always. Simply we have to replace Krsna. No. They’ll think so many other things except Krsna. This is the difficulty. Otherwise, it is not at all difficult. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru (Bg. 18.65). This is Krsna consciousness. (Morning Walk June 9, 1974, Paris)
Srila Prabhupada: So, Krsna philosophy is little difficult to understand. If they are understanding so easily, that is not understanding. It is easy, it is easy, if you accept Krsna’s words, it is very easy. That is the difficulty. Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhakta, mad-yaji mam namaskuru, always think of Me. So where is the difficulty? You have seen Krsna’s picture, Krsna’s Deity, and if you think Krsna, where is the difficulty? After all, we have to think something. So instead of something, why not think Krsna? Where is the difficulty? But he does not take seriously. He has to think so many things, except Krsna. And Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhakta. There is no difficulty to take to Krsna consciousness. Not at all. But people will not take it, that is the difficulty. They will argue simply. Kutaka. Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhakta, where is the argument against it? You are saying that, they may not think of Krsna, they may not say about Krsna. And Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhakta. This is argument, this is not philosophy. Philosophy is there, direct, you should do like this, that’s all. You do it and get the results. You go to purchase something, the price is fixed, you pay the price and take it. Where is argument? If you are, if you serious about that thing, you may pay price and take it away. That is the advice of Srila Rupa Gosvami. Krsna-bhakti rasa-bhavita-mati kriyatam yadi kuto ‘pi labhyate. If you can purchase somewhere the thinking of Krsna, krsna-bhakti rasa-bhavita mati. That is, we have translated into “Krsna Consciousness.” If you can purchase this consciousness, Krsna consciousness, somewhere, immediately purchase it. Krsna-bhakti rasa-bhavita-mati, kriyatam, just purchase, yadi kuto ‘pi labhyate, if it is available somewhere. And if I have to purchase, then what price? Tatra laulyam ekam mulam. Na janma-kotibhih labhyate. If you want what is the price, he says the price is your eagerness. And that eagerness to obtain it, takes many millions of births. (April 12, 1975 Hyderbad)
Srila Prabhupada: Similarly big, big scholars like Dr. Radhakrishnan, he says when Krsna says man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru (Bg. 18.65), he said, “This is not to the person Krsna.” Just see. Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita, clearly it is stated, bhagavan uvaca. Find out this verse. Please, you find out, somebody. Bhagavad-gita here. Find out.
Devotee: Eighteenth Chapter.
Srila Prabhupada: Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji, Ninth Chapter.
Devotee: Ninth Chapter. Also Eighteenth.
Srila Prabhupada: He directly says that, that “Just become My devotee, always think of Me, offer your respectful obeisances unto Me, and I guarantee that you will come back to Me.” Read it.
Devotee: “Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, offer obeisances and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.” (Bg. 9.34)
Srila Prabhupada: Now, Radhakrishnan says “Not to Krsna.” So there are so many wrong directions by big, big men, taking Bhagavad-gita. This is going on. And we are poor fellows. We are neither big scholar nor politician. We simply teach our disciple the same thing in Krsna’s service. Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto; we are teaching, “You just become devotee of Krsna.” That’s all. No addition, no interpretation. And people are coming. And for the last two hundred years the so-called scholars and politicians published their books, and it is widely read, and not a single devotee of Krsna. Not a single. Just see practically. We have no magic. We don’t play any magic, prepare gold or jugglery. We simply say that you become devotee of Krsna, and these young men have become devotee of Krsna. (Feb 28, Atlanta)
Srila Prabhupada: They have not blindly accepted. So this is the process, that if you accept the pure path as accepted by the authorities,then it will effective. Svayam eva… That is the Vedic principle. Svayam eva sphuraty adhah. Spiritual realization is revealed. That is also stated in the Bhagavad-gita. Buddhi-yogam dadami tam yena mam upayanti te. So if we adopt the right principle, then other things will automatically come and help us. And the process is very simple if we accept it. Man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. Find this verse.
Nitai: “Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, offer obeisances and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.”
Srila Prabhupada: A simple formula. Anyone can think of Krsna always. Anyone can offer obeisances. Bhava mad-bhaktah. Anyone can serve Krsna. Krsna is open to everyone. So four principle: man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru. Even a child can do that. And by doing these four things he becomes perfect. (March 14, 1975 Iran)
Guest (3): Yeah, but, the thing is…
Srila Prabhupada: There is no “but.” This is the instruction of Krsna. You have to accept it. Otherwise, you don’t read Bhagavad-gita. That’s all.
Guest (3): The question is…
Srila Prabhupada: It is, it… There is no question of “but,” Krsna says that man mana bhava mad bhakto mad yaji mam namaskuru (Bg. 18.65). If you do not do that, then what is the use of your reading Bhagavad-gita? Krsna says, sarva-dharman parityaja mam ekam saranam vraja, mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te (Bg18.66). If you do not follow these instructions of Krsna, then where do you, why do you waste your time reading Bhagavad-gita, and mislead others? That is our protest! All these misleaders… Perhaps, throughout the whole world, it is the first time—we are preaching Bhagavad-gita as it is. We are the only institution in the world that we are preaching Bhagavad-gita as it is, and people are liking it. Before that, for the last two hundred years, so many swamis, yogis and…, they tried to preach Hindu philosophy, Vaisnavism. Not a single person was a devotee of Krsna, not a single person. Now you see so many young men. Why? Why this difference? Because we did not present Bhagavad-gita adulterated. Presented as it is, that’s all. What is the use of preaching adulterated things? Everyone wants… That appeals as it is. Therefore we present Bhagavad-gita as it is. Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad yaji mam namaskuru (Bg. 18.65). We are preaching the same thing—”Always think of Krsna. Chant Hare Krsna. You remember Krsna always.” This is the simplest process. (April 12, 1975 Hyderbad)
Srila Prabhupada: Yes, you can see. You can go to Krsna and see Him. That requires qualification.
Paramahamsa: That’s not as easy.
Srila Prabhupada: No, it is very easy. It is simply, as we are teaching our students, just become a devotee, offer namaskar, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto, always think of Him, and you will go to Him. It is not at all difficult. Bahavo jnana-tapasa puta mad-bhavam agatah. Bahavo, many, did come to Me. How? Jnana-tapasa, by knowledge and tapasya, being purified, they come to Me. Krsna says. Why you are disappointed? You can go. Krsna is open. Te ‘pi yanti param gatim. Striya sudra tatha vaisya, even the women, less intelligent, the sudra, vaisya, they can come. Where is the difficulty? Even if you are born very lowest, you can go. Krsna is open to everyone. Simply you become qualified. That’s all. And what is the qualification? Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru (Bg. 18.65), just always think of Me, become My devotee, offer your respects to Me, and man-mana, worship Me. Four things. That… We are opening this temple (in Melbourne) for this purpose, that you always think of Him, you worship Him, you offer obeisances to Him, and become His devotee. And then? Mam evaisyasi asamsayah (Bg. 18.65), without a doubt you will come to Him. What is the difficulty? There is no difficulty. (May 8, 1975 Perth)
Srila Prabhupada: No. God’s will is open. Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru [Bg. 18.65). God says that “You always think of Me. You just become My devotee, worship Me, and offer your respect to Me.” This is Gods will. “And if you do this, then you are coming back to Me.” It is clearly said. God’s will is declared. There is no secret. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad… Find out this ninth verse, er, Ninth Chapter. Yes. Read it.
Bali-mardana: “Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, offer obeisances and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.” [Bg. 9.34)
Srila Prabhupada: That’s all. This is God’s will. It is not secret. It is open. But the thing is that everyone has got his different God.
Yogi Bhajan: Well, question is very fundamental. Everybody has his own God, so let everybody bring one’s own God in understanding. It’s not… God is…
Srila Prabhupada: God… you have got own God. God says, “Always think of Me.”
Yogi Bhajan: Um hm. That’s true.
Srila Prabhupada: So that’s all right. The followers may think of Him. Man-mana. “You become My devotee, become My devotee and worship Me and offer respect to Me,” that’s all. So we are teaching our student, “Here is God, Krsna. You chant Hare Krsna, always think of Him. You just offer your respect and worship Him. In this way become His devotee.” We do not… Spiritually, thing is (?) (indistinct) That’s all right. And they are doing that and they are getting the result. We do not say that “Sit down, press your nose, and meditate and this, that,” or, no. Simple thing. There is God, we have got our temple… (Aside:) Don’t make now this sort of thing…. Simple thing. We have got our temple. We say that “Chant Hare Krsna. Here is God. And think of Him.” As soon as you chant “Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna…” Everyone has got the beads. That means you are thinking of Krsna, man-mana. And then we are offering respect, go to the temple and offer our obeisance, very simple thing. So we accept Krsna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So if you don’t accept, then you must have your own God. Do that. But the followers of Vedic principle, they will accept Krsna the Supreme Lord. Krsnas tu bhagavan svayam. (June 7, 1975 Honolulu)
Srila Prabhupada: Why one should not think of God always? God says that “You think of Me.” But if you have no idea of God, how you’ll think of? We have God, Krsna, here. We can think of His form. We are busy in His service. We are not only thinking; we are trying to become His devotee. We are serving, trying to serve Him. Rising early in the morning, offering mangala-arati, then prayers, then reading His message, trying to apply in our life as far as possible. We are not perfect, but we are trying to follow the instruction of God. This is our life. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakta mad-yaji mam namaskuru. (July 31, 1972 London)
Srila Prabhupada: In the Bhagavad-gita you understand that Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Mattah parataram nanyat kincid asti dhananjaya (Bg. 7.7). So we are teaching them that “Here is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna.” So they are accepting. Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru (Bg. 18.65). So we are teaching that “Just always think of Krsna, chant Hare Krsna mantra, and you will remember Krsna.” Man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. “And just become devotee. Worship the Deity of Krsna. Become His bhakta.” Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji. “Worship Lord Krsna.” Mam namaskuru. “Offer your obeisances to Krsna.” So we are teaching this arcanam. We have got hundred temples like this all over the world. And hundreds and thousands are joining. So this is practical. So they are accepting. Now it is our duty to give the actual Vedic culture which is concise, summarized in the Bhagavad-gita. Sarvopanisad-gavah, the essence of all Upanisad teaching. So there is very good demand for this culture, but unfortunately we give some rubbish things, and they come. Sometimes they go, that he becomes himself God. What is this nonsense? God is so cheap? So they have been frustrated, and our people go and still more frustrate them by giving some cheating type of… But here Bhagavad-gita is very simple. There is no need of great education. What is the difficulty to understand? If Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru (Bg. 18.65), where is the difficulty? “You always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me, offer My obeisances.” (April 18, 1974 Hyderbad)
Srila Prabhupada: As long as they will not take to Krsna consciousness, they have to tolerate. They must suffer. That is nature’s law. That is said in the Bhagavad-gita, daivi hy esa gunamayi mama maya… (Bg. 7.14). You cannot escape all these miserable conditions of… Mam eva ye prapadyante. If you become Krsna conscious, then you escape. What is the difficulty to become Krsna conscious? Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru: (Bg. 18.65) “Simply always think of Me.” We have got nice Krsna. And attend the temple, and we see. And what is the difficulty to think of Him always? Or chanting, hearing His name. So there is no difficulty in remembering Krsna always. Man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. To become devotee, worship the Lord in the temple, prepare food for Him, and take the prasadam—where is the difficulty? The program which we have introduced, where is the difficulty there? But the rascals will not take. That is the difficulty. (May 25, 1974 Rome)
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We should simply depend on Krishna consciousness, because if we live Krishna consciously under all circumstances, we shall not return to this material world (apunar bhava-darsanam). If we repeatedly think of Krishna, see Krishna, read of Krishna, work for Krishna, and somehow or other remain in Krishna consciousness, we benefit in such a way that we shall be saved from taking birth again in the material world. That is true benefit. But if we become a little comfortable because of other, materialistic engagements and we forget Krishna and have to take birth again, then what is our benefit? We should be very careful about this. We should act in such a way that our Krishna consciousness can under no circumstances be disturbed, even if there is heavy suffering. That is the instruction of Kuntidevi.
Before winning the Battle of Kuruksetra, all the Pandavas were put into many dangers, as already described in the previous verses. They were given poison, they were put into a house of lac that was later set afire, and sometimes they were even confronted with great man-eating demons. They lost their kingdom, they lost their wife, they lost their prestige, and they were exiled to the forest. But throughout all those dangers, Krishna was there. When the Kauravas were trying to strip Draupadi naked, Krishna was there supplying cloth to protect her honor. Krishna was always there.
Therefore, when the Pandavas went to see their grandfather, Bhismadeva, on his deathbed, Bhismadeva began to cry. “These boys, my grandsons, are all very pious,” he said. “Maharaja Yudhisthira, the oldest of the brothers, is the most pious person. He is even called Dharmaraja, the king of religion. Bhima and Arjuna are both devotees, and they are such powerful heroes that they can kill thousands of men. Their wife, Draupadi, is directly the goddess of fortune, and it has been enjoined that wherever she is, there will be no scarcity of food. Thus they all form a wonderful combination, and moreover, Lord Krishna is always with them. But still they are suffering.” Thus he began to cry, saying, “I do not know what is Krishna’s arrangement, because such pious devotees are also suffering.”
Therefore, we should not think, “Because I have become a devotee, there will be no danger or suffering.” Prahlada Maharaja suffered greatly, and so did other devotees like the Pandavas and Haridasa Thakura. But we should not be disturbed by such sufferings. We must have firm faith, firm conviction, knowing, “Krishna is present, and He will give me protection.” Don’t try to take the benefit of any shelter other than Krishna. Always take to Krishna.
In Bhagavad-gita Lord Krishna says, kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati: “My dear Arjuna, you may declare to the world that My devotee is never vanquished.” Now, one may ask, why did Krishna advise Arjuna to declare this? Why did He not declare it Himself? The answer is that if Krishna Himself made this declaration, it might be suspect, because Krishna sometimes violates His own promise. But the promise of a devotee will never be violated. This is Krishna’s concern. “Oh, My devotee has declared this. I must see that his word is kept.” This is Krishna’s position because of His affection for His devotee. Therefore Lord Krishna said, “You declare it. If I declare it, people may not believe it, but if you declare it they will believe you because you are a devotee.” Even though Krishna may break His own promise, He wants to see that the promises of His devotees are fulfilled.
Therefore, we must take to Krishna consciousness and adhere to this consciousness under all circumstances, even in the most dangerous position. We must keep our faith in Krishna’s lotus feet, and then there will be no danger.
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13 Dec 2010 1 Comment
Dear Yashoda Dulal Prabhu,
Pamho. Yes, the BBT always gives that one worn-out example of cattle, and of course the other one, planet of the trees. Yes, those are typos, mistakes. They fail to mention the other four thousand and nine hundred and ninety eight changes they made!
And had these two errors been corrected, along with any misspelled words, etc. there would have been no cause for alarm–or for a million dollar lawsuit with bbt defending the edited version–one which they lost in the courts. That court case is the only reason that now the world has an option to read Prabhupada’s original words. But the 5000 changes that were made, and changing the “writer’s voice” was unwarranted and factually criminal.
In a meeting at Honolulu temple some years back, Jayadvaita M. actually stated, “Oh, those (original) books were horrible!” Those “horrible” original books, filled with Srila Prabhupada’s divine mercy, made thousands of devotees in the ’70s. More books were distributed then than now.
It seems you believe the propaganda that Hayagriva was never around Prabhupada much, and there were many editors etc. What can I say? This is simply not true. I knew Hayagriva from the time I joined Prabhupada in San Francisco, January of 1967. Hayagriva was there, and was already editing the Gita, and spending hours every day with Srila Prabhupada going over every verse!
12 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
Photo taken by Hasti Gopal Prabhu
The Srila Prabhupada photo Chicago 1975 is my favorite of all. I took this and was initiated on July 26th 1975. Srila Prabhupada was waiting for his car to pick him up and take him back to his place of residence. The car was late so Srila Prabhupada joked to Brahamananda Swami that he take the Visnu Jana Swami Sankirtan bus that he was standing near. Then some devotees saw that Srila Prabhupada was exposed to the sun too much ( in their hearts ) so they spread one Hari Nam chader over him and themselves. That was Krsna and the devotees protecting Srila Prabhupada. It is tearfull with joy to remember that eternal moment.
-Hasti Gopal Das
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Excerpt from Preface; “Radha and Krishna have guided this book, a glorification of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the kindest, wisest, most determined, noncompromising, open-minded personality I have ever come in contact with. This book is also for and in glorification of all the devotees who have embarked on the path of Krishna consciousness. My heart goes out to all devotees, you who have become tender-hearted by hearing ancient, transcendental sounds and by accepting Sri Sri Radha Krishna’s benediction and effulgence” -Gurudas
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by HG Srutakirti Prabhu
Entering Srila Prabhupada’s quarters was always an enlightening experience. Sometimes Srila Prabhupada sat and read His books. Whenever He read it seemed as if someone else had written His books because He didn’t read with the mind of an author who might be looking for editing mistakes or grammatical errors. He read them with the relish of a pure devotee reading the pastimes of the Supreme Lord to whom He was completely attached.
One day in Los Angeles I went into His room to perform my duties and He was sitting and reading “Bhagavad Gita As It Is”. After I offered obeisances He looked at me and said, “If you just read this one book and understand, you will become Krishna Conscious in this very life.”
A few months later when I went into His room, He was reading “Nectar of Devotion”. He looked at me and said, “This book is so nice. Just by reading this one book you can become Krishna Conscious.”
Srila Prabhupada teaches us by example. He does everything He asks us to do. He requests us to read His book and He does, too.
11 Dec 2010 Leave a Comment
Virtual Hari Nam Choir
by Hasti Gopal Prabhu
Please accept my humble obeisances all glories to Srila Prabhupada! The Hari Nam Intitiative was a title I came up with for a song or poem which has not been put on paper…yet. :) While driving to work this morning I was listening to Toronto’s CBC station and they played “Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir – ‘Lux Aurumque’. He is the lead conductor for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Alberta Canada. He put together a choir that, well was very very large. The participants sent in via computer their singing parts to a main web site. Then he orchestrated the whole world wide team to sing “Lux Aurumque”. I have no idea what the piece is but some of you may.
It is the largest virtual choir ever assembled to perform. I envision the same for the world’s largest virtual Hari Nam ever performed and we have literally thousands of devotees who could participate. Someone or some few would have to organize and set up the receiving of those participating, a proper metronome pace must be set for the participants so that everyone is close to or on the same rhythm. As for being in key that is not a problem as when mass kirtans are done there is obviously no chance of having everyone on key and that is “not of key importance” :)
Now I have included the actual performance of the said choir and the web site that has a section on it’s main page that tells you how they did it. “How we did it”.
I have just got home from work and have not myself read the web site article on how it was done. So we are all starting off new into this.
As for the murdungas, kartalas and perhaps a few more simple perccusion instruments there should only be a select few devotees to play these. If more instruments are required then several more tracts can be made of those same instruments. It is not necessary to film the participants. The voices are all that is needed so it will be strictly an audio project.
Please take the time to listen, hear and read what is presented. Lord knows I cannot do this myself but getting it going asap for release world wide asap would be a first class gift to Srila Prabhupada, and Lord Caitanya. This Hari Nam is to be performed by all devotees regardless of so called political and philosophical positions. It will automatically include everyone and anyone on the planet who would like to participate. Solo leads of course are to be there so that the participants can answer and we may have several solo leads both male and female.
This may spaun a whole multitude of virtual mass kirtans by hundreds of devotees and guests.
There may need to be a web site set up to organize this but all efforts must be voluntary. If we get into fund raising for this then we get bogged down into adminstration and funds hassles.
The whole world is Srila Prabhupada’s temple, the preaching centres, small temples and web sites to mention a few are simply rooms off to the side of the main building. So let’s talk. Let’s not talk about how it can’t be done but let’s talk about how to do it. The process and the finish will make history to last 10,000 years.
Let’s attempt this, the meditation by dicussion will help us spiritually, if we fail then it will be done in Srila Prabhupada’s house with no loss, if we succeed then we will fill his house with the glory of the Holy Name for all the world to hear. Millions upon millions will hear this kirtan and millions upon millions may enter Prabhupada House to take shelter.
All glories to your service.
Ys Hasti Gopala Dasa
Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir – ‘Lux Aurumque’
Eric Whitacre Composer Conductor