Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Science of Supreme Pleasure (by Srila Prabhupada)


What Kind of Guru are You? (Gauridas Pandit das)

What Kind of Guru Are You?

Many of the devotees are claiming to be guru's but what kind of guru are they? What did Srila Prabhupada say about it?

Some say only Srila Prabhupada is the guru and that's it. There are various opinions about the guru in and out of ISKCON. Many have left ISKCON because of the guru issue. It remains a controversial subject matter. This subject needs to be considered again by the GBC members. Otherwise, the arguments remain with the mass of devotees where it shouldn't be. Due to a lack of knowledge and improper preaching from the movements leaders offenses are being committed against sincere devotees and Srila Prabhupada himself! This needs to stop and the GBC needs to do their jobs for all our good.

My understanding is that Srila Prabhupada instructed us all to be Siksa guru's while he is both our Siksa and Diksa delivering guru. We should be training all the devotees how to be good disciples of Srila Prabhupada by following him through his books, talks and disciples. We will all leave our bodies in a few more years but Srila Prabhupada will remain the main guru of ISKCON at least throughout this Golden Age of Lord Chaitanya.

I am qualified to speak on this subject because I was serving Srila Prabhupada when he decided to leave his body and made his final arrangements for how his movement would run after his physical departure. When Srila Prabhupada first announced that he went to Vrindavan to leave his body, devotees started to wonder if he would appoint a successor so Tamal Krsna Maharaja asked Srila Prabhupada that question.

Srila Prabhupada answered that he would appoint Ritvik Representatives who would initiate disciples on his behalf. Hearing that TKG knew what Srila Prabhupada instructed. At the GBC meeting on May 28th 1977 Satvarupa Maharaja asked Srila Prabhupada how initiations would go on after his departure to which Srila Prabhupada said he would appoint Officiating Acharya's. TKG asked if that was the same as a Ritvik to which Srila Prabhupada replied, "Ritvik, yes."

Later on July 5th 1977 I was fanning Srila Prabhupada in his garden in Vrindavan as the secretary Tamal Krsna Maharaja was reading letters from devotees to Srila Prabhupada to him. They were asking for permission to initiate devotees. Srila Prabhupada had put a hold on initiations due to his ill health. He said he would soon appoint Ritvik Acharya's who would initiate disciples on his behalf. 

Two days later on July 7th he dictated a letter that was typed up by the secretary and heard and signed by Srila Prabhupada on July 9th 1977. That letter was addressed to all temple presidents and GBC's. That is a major policy document and Srila Prabhupada's final instructions on initiations for his ISKCON Movement henceforward as he said. He never appointed any guru's. That was confirmed by his secretary Tamal KG, in 1980 in his famous Pyramid House talks on this subject.

It's really a simple subject but has been misunderstood and misinterpreted for 39 years now!

Dear GBC Members,

Let's do something substantial for Srila Prabhupada and his most precious movement on this 50th Year Anniversary Celebration. Let's meet and discuss the facts like gentlemen and women should. Let's come out of the dark ages and into the light of this Golden Age of Lord Chaitanya. I am ready to meet with you at your convenience and help resolve this matter once and for all.

Your servant,

Gauridasa Pandita Dasa

'On My Behalf'

http://www.harekrsna.de/reform/e_pr_omb.htm

Monday, February 8, 2016

Shankara das: The Dark Truth Rises

ISKCON 50 Year Anniversary

From Shankara das: The Dark Truth Rises


What a joke. This is a mainstream version of ISKCON nowadays and their malicious 50th anniversary. Showbottle-plays from the so called dignitaries-self proclaimed gurus. Real celebration of 50 years of ISKCON when you carefully look back of all the history of the movement since 1966 & particularly the 1978 era onwards.

So many questions left unanswered and ignored till this very day. The rise of child & women abusers and molester-gurus. Devotees beaten-up. Murdered, pedophile-gurus on a high, farm communities are extincting out in most of ISKCON society today.

Sickly managed gurukulas (the guru's school) and showing-off gurukulis, while most of ISKCON's previous ex-gurukulas are now neglected, maybe starving, and some are even dying with improper care.

Some children are being charmed in tantric-rituals. There is show bottling of certificate courses of Shastri programs.

Most of Srila Prabhupada's brahminical varnashrama-based devotees back in the 1978 and onwards were kicked-out for the sake of the leader's greed and power.

Taking unauthorized advices from Prabhupada's severely offending and untrustworthy godbrothers (gaudiya math). Factory-making sannyasis on the rise today, when Srila Prabhupada emphasizes more on Varna-ashrama qualified individuals & its practice.

More real qualified sannyasis is good, but not on the basis of rubber-stamping & factory-making sannyasis to greed over power & dakshinas (donations). Womanizer-gurus, illicit-affairs gurus, homosexual gurus, unecessary editing of Prabhupada books, devotees committing suicide, what kind of Vedic society is this.

The Guru Business and the list will go on!!! Clearly there is widespread guru avajna, guru avikya or guru aparadha (disobedience & offenses to the spiritual master) in ISKCON today! Simply semanticism and politics of ISKCON. Sorry to the devotees of ISKCON

if I had to say this... at least today most of Srila Prabhupada disciples are starting to wake up to the ongoing brainwashing version of present-day ISKCON. Most of us want a complete change & reform in ISKCON, and we'll do anything to keep our foremost-Acharya in the centre of the movement; to annihilate the hidden atrocities of ISKCON today.

I'm not trying to say we're the so called branded ritviks. We're just the faithful followers of the Hare Krishna tradition set by His Divine Grace, and we want back our ISKCON days in the 60's & 70's as it is. If the resolution of the celebration is set as "The True Awakening of Devotion" rather than "The Joy of Devotion", then it is truly a genuine glorious celebration of the 50th anniversary of ISKCON. Otherwise ISKCON of today will be a forgotten ISKCON of tomorrow. History don't lie. Wake up and look back to realize!


Hare Krishna. A special-most tribute to the true heroes of ISKCON back in the 60's & 70's.


[PADA: Agreed, more and more people are waking up. We said at the outset in 1978 that this "appointed guru" program is a fraud -- and yes it is true -- more and more people are now joining on board with us. Its spreading. ys pd]

Sunday, February 7, 2016

ISKCON Turns 50 (TOI article)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/defaultinterstitial_as.cms

MUMBAI: Empowering the young with a new level of spirituality will be one of the foremost missions of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon), as it gears up to celebrate its fifty years. Iskcon, also known as the Hare Krishna movement, has expanded widely since it was founded by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in New York City in 1966.

Although Mumbai is home to three temples, Juhu, Girgaum and Mira Road and the under-construction temple at Kharghar, a mammoth rath yatra is being planned so that all devotees can culminate at one place. Also, preparations are rife as a three-day spiritual and cultural festival is scheduled to be held on February 5, 6 and 7.

"There will be a Lord Jagannath rath yatra from Lokhandwala to Juhu on February 5 which will be followed by two days of spiritual discourses, cultural and musical programs," explained Shri Sura Das, national convener of the celebration committee.

Alfred Ford, heir to the Ford empire, and his wife Sharmila will share the dais with a number of dignitaries that include CM Devendra Fadnavis, actor-MP Hema Malini, artistes Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Anup Jalota, Pandit Jasraj and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, and industrialists Ajay Piramal and Ashok Hinduja, philanthropist Rajashree Birla and cardiologist Dr B K Goyal.

Iskcon will also launch an Android phone app Krsna that will enable users to view darshans, chants, music and hear chapters from the Bhagwad Gita. "Spirituality has to be taken to another level and given what the world has come to, it is delightful to see the young interested in it and keen to understand," Das said.

The golden jubilee celebrations have been planned over the year and will end with an event at the DY Patil Sports Stadium in Nerul, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to grace.

At present, completing the Kharghar temple is foremost for Iskcon. "Almost 75% has been completed but there has been a slight dip in funding. We are hopeful of sailing through," Das said. The temple is an elaborate structure—a replica of 12 villages of Vrindavan and is spread over 9 acres.

Radha Ramana Hari Bol Bhajan (video)


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sita Rama Song (Narad and Sheev)


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Govindam by Klabx
 

ISKCON GBC's Crooked Messiahs Program (NYC temple sale update)



[PADA: Of course this begs the question, why does the GBC seem to make their "hand selected acharyas" and messiahs out of -- businessmen, gangsters, liars, crooks, thieves, rascals and persons who ban devotees and have devotees threatened with violence? 

And their crooked messiahs might steal not only money but also manpower; and / or various women "disciples" as their "help mates"; and worse, sometimes their crooked messiahs might even steal entire yatras, zones and / or buildings? And why can't the GBC ever answer? 

What kind of Governing Body allows all this to go on, year after year after year after year after year? And why does the GBC almost never report this type of dubious activity to the government authorities and have the culprits charged with fraud etc.? ys pd] 

The Sale of ISKCON's Brooklyn Radha Govinda Mandir

BY: MUKUNDA DAS

Dispelling the lies of Romapada Swami and Ramabhadra Prabhu regarding the sale of ISKCON's Brooklyn Radha Govinda Mandir.

While devotees worldwide are celebrating the 50 year anniversary of ISKCON , nobody is celebrating with enthusiasm in Brooklyn NY's Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, other than Romapada Swami and Ramabhadra prabhu. Soon Radha Govinda will be moved once again to where and for how long only the two so called leaders know for sure. They have yet to inform the congregational members that they have entered into a contract to sell the Temple and are in a mad scramble to complete the sale before the annual GBC meetings in Mayapur.

The devotee community should also be made aware that Romapada Swami had told Sivarama Swami as well as Bhakti Caru Maharaj that he would wait until after the Mayapur meetings to sell the building. However Romapada Swami had already entered into contract to sell the temple. Maharaj's deceptive behavior has angered many and the congregation itself is no longer sitting by and going along with the plan to sell. Devotees are being threatened with banishment from the Temple if they voice opposition to the sale.

Chandrashekar Maharaj was dispatched to Queens to confront a West Indian devotee that was petitioning the community there to not support the sale and to voice their displeasure. The devotee responded to Maharaj's threats by saying that he was entitled to voice his displeasure and to rally opposition against the sale.

Another long time Indian congregation member who had been doing service for years on end was also informed by Ramabhadra that his services had all been taken away due to his not supporting the Temple sale. Ramabhadra told this devotee that he would be best served by visiting the temples in New Jersey, and to take his sons with him. Both sons have been Sunday school teachers at the temple for years. The Attorney General has been notified of this abusive behavior and is now reviewing this matter.

Threats can't silence the mass of devotees. What genuine Vaisnava believes that it is a good thing to banish devotees? Romapada Maharaj has been known to engage in this very activity for years on end. Ramabhadra has also banished many devotees and repeatedly threatened others with physical violence. These are not the actions of a truly Krishna Conscious leader.

What a way to thank Srila Prabhupada for all of his endeavors. Srila Prabhupada instructed the devotees to never leave the 55 Street Temple, yet they sold the building anyway. The 55 Street Temple was sold in the same secretive manner that the sale of the Brooklyn temple is taking place. Brooklyn ,much like Hell's Kitchen where 55 Street Temple was located, is a neighborhood on the rise. The area is safer than it has ever been and it is flush with new hotels and apartment buildings. Developers are salivating while waiting for the opportunity to purchase the extremely valuable real estate in the downtown Brooklyn area. And in a world where God consciousness isn't of top importance to most, these same developers are buying churches and now temples as well to line their pockets with profits.

After having endured years of gentrification in the area and the upheaval that it brings, the area is the place to be. Why move the Deities once again? Why allow the two devotees that have completely destroyed the NY sanga to have any say whatsoever about what is best for the Deities and the devotee community? After all, preaching has been on the decline since Romapada Maharaj and Ramabhadra prabhu took charge of the Brooklyn Temple. There has been no mention that the Deities could be moved at any moment, and this is a disgrace.

Can we trust leaders that act on their own? Should we as devotees function as a bunch of blind sheep? Definitely not. How many NY devotees either know of or have even heard of Adi Kesava prabhu? He was the president responsible for selling the 55 Street Temple. It would seem that both Srila Prabhupada and Radha Govindadev didn't approve of the sale. 

Almost all of Srila Prabhupada's disciples have been alienated by the NY Temple authorities through the years. Srila Prabhupada's disciples are the ones with the most knowledge of how Srila Prabhupada handled matters and the devotees. After the sale of the 55 Street Temple, it was moved to 7th Avenue. The Towaco, New Jersey temple as well as the Lake Huntington properties were bought with the money from this sale. Not long after Lake Huntington was bought it was foreclosed on, and the 7th Avenue Temple was moved to Brooklyn .

Just how far will we need to travel to see Radha Govinda in the future, and when exactly will be able to see them? Only Romapada Swami and Ramabhadra know the answer. Why has everyone been kept in the dark if these two devotees can be trusted? If there was financial transparency, which there isn't, then and only then could we place faith in their abilities to act in an honest manner on behalf of the congregation. 

Why are Tamohara and Kuladri prabhus on a board approving the temple sale when they are not part of our yatra, and are never present at Radha Govinda Mandir? How can they possibly know what's best here in NY? Why have previous board members always been denied the ability to see the Temple finances?

How did Romapada Swami buy a building in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and also afford to open a center near the Van Wyck Expressway in Richmond Hill, Queens? Why did Maharaj previously lend money with interest to both the Brooklyn and Hartford temples? And just where did Maharaj get this money from? How has he been paying lawyers for years in the case regarding the Freeport Long Island temple? What did Maharaj do with all of the money he made from selling prasadam at street fairs located in NYC? 

What happened to the $50,000 donation that Maharaj was given to start a restaurant in NYC, which he instead invested in real estate in North Carolina? That money was lost and no restaurant was ever opened in NY by Maharaj. Why did Maharaj try to pressure Radhanath Swami to turn over the Bhakti Center because it isn't a registered ISKCON property, when the Brooklyn temple for which he is the GBC is listed as being owned by the Bharati Vedic Society? 

Why did Maharaj try to take the Krishna Balaram temple in Richmond Hill from Sunanda prabhu after Sunanda had endeavored for years to develop a congregation? Why did Maharaj try to stop the Queens Ratha Yatra? Why did Maharaj try his best to destroy the congregations that Dasarath Suta prabhu and Sandamani devi endeavored to open on their own in Arizona?

Do these sound like the actions of a devotee? Of a sannyasi? Of a GBC? And lastly, of an initiating Guru? If you believe they do then you must re-evaluate your knowledge of the qualities of all.

New York has been systematically destroyed by this power hungry non leader. His 'partner in crime' is Ramabhadra prabhu. When was the last time anyone has seen Ramabhadra at the morning program? He hasn't been seen in an eternity. There hasn't been a Bhakta program in NY in over 20 years. 

Why are there no temple devotees going out on a daily basis on book distribution? Why is there no Food for Life program, no harinam and a dwindling congregation? All can be understood by looking at the leaders. They are like human sleeping pills. They lack the leadership qualities needed to guide and inspire a community of devotees.

Why do the leaders need to import devotees from India to cook, especially when we live in a city of 8 million plus people and a large community of devotees? Why is there a non-devotee paid to wash dishes in the temple kitchen for the restaurant? What happened to Temple standards? And most importantly, how has the GBC body allowed Romapada Swami and Ramabhadra to destroy the NY sanga? Srila Prabhupada would never allow this incompetence to take place year after year.

Srila Prabhupada possessed the unique ability to inspire everyone. He was thrilled when the 55 Street Temple building was bought. He instructed the devotees to never lose the 55 Street Temple. When there was talk of needing repairs for 55 Street, the BBT gave $100,000 and was prepared to give $200,000 more. Srila Prabhupada instructed Tamal Krishna Maharaj to send 50 devotees from the Radha Damadar traveling party to NYC to do sankirtan daily. Srila Prabhupada was never at a loss for manpower. 

He was an unparalleled inspirational force. The current leaders have ruined everything that Srila Prabhupada began and the ultimate slap in the face to Srila Prabhupada is moving Sri Sri Radha Govinda once again. What a way to thank your spiritual master for enduring two heart attacks on a steamship while endeavouring to bring the Holy Name to the Western world. Happy 50th Year Anniversary, NYC.

We should all as members pray for the removal of these completely inept leaders. We should exhaust all efforts to ensure that the sale of the Temple is stopped. We should let everyone know what these men have been doing without the knowledge of the devotees. We should let them know about all of their nefarious activities. Let it be known these men previously sold the parking lot to the left of the temple, which would have been worth a fortune given that the cost of real estate has been on a steady rise for years. 

Ask to see the bank accounts of Ramabhadra prabhu and Satya dasi, both of whom have never held a job since becoming devotees. Ask for an explanation regarding all of their travel expenses, computer and video equipment purchases. Ask what was the $10,000 monthly rent paid by the bingo hall and the never ending stream of cash from the Daily lunch program used for, and to see proof of these finances. 

Ask Romapada Maharaj why Hemalatta dasi, his former secretary, found a personal bank account of Romapada Maharaj's with millions of dollars in it during the mid 1990s and how much money he has made over the twenty years since then? These men are not acting as trustworthy devotees, or even remotely Krishna conscious. They aren't concerned with the desires of the devotees and this is evidenced by their outright refusal to reveal that they have a contract in place to sell the Temple and have denied the request of the GBC to postpone the sale until after the Mayapur meetings. 

There is a presentation to be made at the Mayapur meetings in February. We must not sit on our hands and act as if all is well. There is a serious stink emanating from this sale…It is dishonest at best and in reality has been presented in a fraudulent manner to both the GBC and devotees.

The devotee community should know that Romapada Maharaj and Ramabhadra are saying relocation will be better for preaching. A new building will not change anything as long as these men are in charge. Devotees are tired of seeing Ramabhadra lead every Sunday lecture as well as kirtan. They are equally tired of being fed kichari for the Wednesday and Sunday feasts. And how can anyone be inspired to attend the morning program when the Temple President and his wife don't do so themselves.

Let's exhaust all our energies to voice our disapproval of the temple sale and of the temple management. There are many social media outlets at our disposal, there are also attorneys at work as well as other sannyasis and senior devotees engaged in a tireless fight to prevent uprooting Radha Govinda once again. We don't need to act like a flock of defenseless fools. we must fight to show our love for the Deities and for the tireless efforts of Srila Prabhupada to establish ISKCON in NYC. If we simply allow Romapada Maharaj and Ramabhadra to do as they wish we have failed Radha Govinda as well Srila Prabhupada.

The sincere desires of all devotees opposed is to see this sale stopped and to put new management in place that is able to inspire the community to work together as one big family for the benefit of humanity at large. Srila Prabhupada realized the significance of having his ISKCON being centered in New York. He always upgraded and never acted under a veil of financial secrecy, and this is why he was and is so beloved by millions worldwide. This is the reason that so many young men and women abandoned everything to help establish ISKCON. We are in dire need of a trustworthy leaders(s) here in NYC.

We have a voice and must make it heard. We should demand honesty and transparency. Srila Prabhupada didn't create a society so it's future leaders could pillage all of its funds constantly and sell off Temple properties. All of the Temples that Srila Prabhupada opened in India are still in place. Why should things be any different here in NY? Radha Govindadev deserves better caretakers and to remain in Their current home, and not be constantly moved.

Srila Prabhupada has made a home for the whole world to live in. Let's fight to insure that unqualified leaders don't move Radha Govinda and make them homeless, especially not while the world is celebrating the 50th Year Anniversary of ISKCON.

Nobody Knows Krishna (Srila Prabhupada video)


Priests and Businessmen Protest Vrindavana Plan



http://news.vrindavantoday.org/2016/02/massive-protest-vrindavan-traffic-plan-weekends/

[PADA: There has been some complaints recently that Bangalore should not build a big temple in Vrndavana, because "its a farm village." Have any of these folks ever even visited Vrndavana? Apparently, nope, because its being developed anyway, and badly, because its not a very well organized and planned development. So we have a car problem, water supply problem, electrical supply problem, toilet problem, river pollution problem, monkey problem, sewer problem etc.

Thus! Its getting a lot of out of control road traffic and it needs infrastructure repairs and development, not only for the road traffic but in other areas. Well guess what? The government is now taking an interest in: cleaning up the rivers and ghats; financing temple building repairs; improving roads; getting the wi-fi and electrical up to date; getting the water supply and sewer up to date; making toilets; and recently -- there was a big announcement that Vrndavana will host the biggest "homeless widows" building in India, which is being built -- by the government. That is because they do not want all sorts of homeless widows living out on the street -- so the tourists will not see them living out there. OK that is a good thing for these widows.

OK and guess what? All this improvement has happened because the devotees went there and starting attracting big crowds of visitors. Its amazing to me that there are some devotees who oppose developing Vrndavana, which means, they want it to continue to be a messed up place where no one is fixing anything properly, and it just deteriorates. Ooops, sort of like ISKCON leader's plan. Hee hee! Sorry, that plan does not work.

We need to fix things everywhere in the material world, or it will deteriorate. And the development and traffic is coming anyway, so its better that the government gets involved in trying to sort things out. Anyway, as soon as there is a plan to restrict traffic, the biggest people in the town are up in arms, they want traffic, they want development, because, they are not "farm villagers" anymore.

They want the place developed, so its better to get behind a PROPER plan of developing it and help them organize that, rather than "dream on" that this place is simply a farm village. Its going to be a tourist city in any case, and we should want people to visit the holy dham and get some focus on Krishna.

Of course, if someone wanted to make a farm there that would be nice, we do not see that happening. The devotees who think there are simple farm village folks living in Vrndavana are simply dreaming. The big leaders, priests and business people there want the place developed and its either going to be done with a good plan and government help, or chaotic and piece meal as has been going on there up to now. ys pd         

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Coldplay - Hymn for Weekend (Filmed in India)




[PADA: Some of this video are scenes from India. Looks like more people are interested in India these days. ys pd] 

Why Krishna lifted govardhan (Zeenews)

About Sat Tila Ekadasi



Happy Sat-tila EKADASI 

Feb. 4th in the USA 

Sat-Tila Ekadasi (Trisprisha Ekadasi) Sri Dalbhya Rishi said to Palastya Muni, "When the spirit soul comes in contact with the material energy, he immediately begins to perform sinful activities, such as stealing, killing, and illicit sex. He may even perform many other terrible deeds, such as killing a brahmin. Oh purest of personalities, please tell me how these unfortunate souls may escape the punishment of being sent to hellish regions of creation. 

Kindly inform me how, by giving even a little in charity, one may be easily be released from the reactions of his sins." Pulastya Muni replied, "Oh fortunate one, you have asked me an important and confidential question, which not even Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva or Indra has ever asked. 

Please listen very carefully to my answer. "With the arrival of the month of Magh (January - February), one should bathe, carefully control his senses by giving up lust, anger, pride, jealousy, faultfinding, and greed, and meditate on the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna. 

One should then gather up some cow dung before it touches the ground and after mixing it with sesame seeds and cotton, form 108 balls. This should be done on the day when the constellation of Purva-ashadha nakshatra arrives. Then one should follow the rules and regulations of Sri Ekadasi, which I shall now explain to you. 

"After bathing, the person who intends to observe Ekadasi should worship the Supreme Lord. While praying to Lord Sri Krishna by chanting His holy name, he should promise to observe the Ekadasi fast. He should remain awake overnight and perform a homa (fire sacrifice). Then the devotee should perform an Arati ceremony for the pleasure of the Lord - Who holds a conch, disk, club, and so on in His hands - offering Him sandalwood paste to his feet, incense, camphor, a bright ghee lamp, and delicious food preparations. 

Next the devotee should offer the 108 balls of cow dung, sesame seeds, and cotton wool into the sacred fire whilst chanting such holy names of the Lord as Purusha sukta, and other names. Throughout the whole day and night he should also observe the standard Ekadasi vrata (fast, which in this case is a fast from all kinds of grains and beans). 

On this occasion one should offer the Lord - pumpkin, coconut, and guava. If these items are unavailable, betel nut may be substituted. "The devotee should pray to Lord Sri Janardana, the benefactor of all living beings, in this way: 'Oh Lord Sri Krishna, You are the most merciful Personality of Godhead and the giver of liberation to all fallen souls. Oh Lord, we have fallen into the ocean of material existence. Please be kind to us. 

Oh lotus-eyed divinity, please accept our most humble, affectionate and respectful obeisances. Oh protector of the entire world, we offer You our humble respects again and again. Oh Supreme Spirit, Oh Supreme One, Oh source of all our forefathers, may You and Your eternal consort, Srimati Laxmi-devi, please accept these humble offerings.' "The devotee should then try to please a qualified brahmin with a warm welcome, a pot full of water (purna kumbha), an umbrella, a pair of shoes, and clothes (cloth - dhoti, and anga vastra), requesting him at the same time to bestow his blessings, by which one may develop unalloyed love for Lord Sri Krishna. 

According to one's ability, one may also donate a black cow to such a brahmin, particularly to one who is very well versed in all the injunctions of the Vedic scriptures. One should also offer him a pot full of sesame seeds. "Oh exalted Dalbhya Muni, black sesame seeds are especially suitable for formal worship and fire sacrifices while white or brown ones are meant to be eaten by a qualified brahmin. 

One who can arrange to give both kinds of sesame seeds (black and white or brown) especially on this Sat-tila Ekadasi day will be promoted to at least the heavenly planets after leaving this present body, for as many thousands of years as the number of seeds that would be produced if the seeds he donated were sown in the ground and grew into mature, seed bearing plants. 

On this Ekadasi a faithful person should : (1) bathe in the water mixed with sesame seeds, (2) rub sesame seed paste on his body, (3) offer sesame seeds into the fire in sacrifice, (4) eat sesame seeds, (5) give sesame seeds away in charity, (6) accept charitable gifts of sesame seeds. These are the six (sat) ways in which sesame seeds (tila) are utilised for spiritual purification on this Ekadasi. Therefore it is called Sat-tila Ekadasi. "The great Devarishi Narad Muni once asked the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, 'Oh mighty armed Lord, Oh! You who are so affectionate to Your loving devotees, please accept my most humble obeisances. 

Oh Yadava, kindly tell me the result one obtains by observing Sat-tila Ekadasi.' "Lord Sri Krishna replied, 'Oh best of the twice born brahmins, I shall narrate to you an account of an incident I personally witnessed. Long ago on earth there lived an old female brahmini who worshipped Me every day with controlled senses. 

She very faithfully observed many a fast, especially on special days honouring Me (My various appearance days Janmasthami, Rama-navami, Vaman Dwadasi, Nrisimha Chaturdasi, Varaha Dwadasi, Gaura Purnima, etc.) and served Me with full devotion, devoid of any personal motive. Her rigorous fasting made her quite weak and thin. She gave charity to brahmanas and to young maidens (kanyas), and even planned to give away her house in charity. 

Oh best of the brahmanas although this spiritually minded woman gave charitable donations to worthy people, the odd feature of her austerity was that she never gave food to brahmanas or the devas (demigods). "'I began to reflect on this curious omission: "This fine woman has purified herself by fasting on all the auspicious occasions and by offering Me strict devotional worship. Therefore she certainly has become eligible to enter My personal abode, which is unattainable by ordinary persons." 

So I came down to this planet to examine her, disguising Myself as a follower of Lord Shiva's, complete with a garland of skulls draped around My neck and a begging pot (kumandalu) in My hand. "'As I approached her, she said to Me, "Oh respectful one, tell me truthfully why You have come before me." "'I replied, "Oh beautiful one, I have come to get some sacred alms from you" whereupon she angrily threw a dense lump of mud into My begging pot! 

Oh Narada Muni I simply turned around and went back to My personal abode, astonished at this fine brahmani's peculiar mixture of great magnanimity and stinginess. "'At last this austere lady reached the spiritual world in her self-same body, so great were her efforts at fasting and charity. And because she had indeed offered Me a lump of mud, I transformed that mud into a beautiful home. However, Oh Naradaji, this particular house was just like that mud completely devoid of any edible grains, as well as any furniture or ornamentation, and when she entered it she found only an empty structure. 

She therefore approached Me and said with great anger, "I have fasted repeatedly on so many auspicious occasions, making my body weak and thin. I have worshipped You and prayed to You in so many different ways for You are truly the master and protector of all the universes. Yet despite all this there is no food or wealth to be seen in my new home, Oh Janardana, please tell me. Why is this?" "'I replied, "Please return to your house. Sometime later the wives of the devas (demigods) will pay you a visit out of curiosity to see the new arrival, but do not open your door until they have described to you the glories and importance of Sat-tila Ekadasi." 

"'Hearing this, she returned to her house. Eventually the devas' wives arrived there and in unison said, "Oh beautiful one, we have come to have your darshan. Oh auspicious one, please open the door to your house and let us see you. "'The lady replied, "Oh most dear ones, if you want me to open this door, you will have to describe to me the merit one obtains by observing the sacred fast of Sat-tila Ekadasi." But to this request, not even one of the wives responded. "'Later, however, they returned to the house, and one of the wives nicely explained the sublime nature of this sacred Ekadasi. 

And when the lady at last opened her door, they saw that she was neither a demigoddess, a Gandharvi, a she-demon, nor even a Naga-patni. She was simply an ordinary human lady. "'From then on the lady observed Sat-tila Ekadasi, which awards all material enjoyment and liberation at the same time, as it has been described to her. And she finally received the beautiful furnishings and grains she had expected for her home. 

Moreover, her once ordinary material body was transformed into a beautiful spiritual form made of sac-cid-ananda (eternality, knowledge, and bliss), with a fine complexion. So, by the mercy and grace of Sat-tila Ekadasi, both the lady and her new home in the spiritual world were at last radiantly splendid and lustrous with gold, silver, jewels, and diamonds. 

"'Oh Naradaji, a person should not ostentatiously observe Ekadasi out of greed, with the hope of attaining wealth dishonestly. Selflessly, he should simply donate sesame seed, clothes, and food according to his capacity, for by doing so he will achieve good health and exalted spiritual consciousness, birth after birth. Ultimately, he will be given release from the bonds of this world (liberation) and admittance into the Lord's supreme abode will be his to enjoy. 

That is my opinion, Oh best of the demigods deva-rishis).' "Oh Dalbhya Muni," Pulastya Rishi concluded, "one who properly observes this wonderful Sat-tila Ekadasi with great faith become free from all kinds of poverty - spiritual, mental, physical, social, and intellectual - as well as all kinds of ill luck and evil omens (sakuna). Indeed, following this Ekadasi fast by donating, sacrificing, or eating sesame seeds frees one of all past sin, without a doubt. 

One need not wonder how this happens. The rare soul who properly performs these acts of charity in the right devotional mood, following the Vedic injunctions, will become utterly free of all sinful reactions and go back to Godhead, back home to the spiritual world." Thus ends the narration of the glories of Magh-krishna Ekadasi, or Sat-tila Ekadasi, from the sacred Bhavishya-uttara Purana of Srila Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Vrndavana "self-governing village" proposal



http://www.brijabasispirit.com/2016/01/30/community-dialog-presents-plan-for-new-vrindaban-village-association/

[PADA: Self governing, ok that means they are fed up with "GBC governing." This idea is spreading more and more. Of course, we will still need to weed out the GBC's pschophants, clones, lackeys and co-exploiters -- and get some fresh people into overseeing things. ys pd] 

You Are Always Dependent on God (Srila Prabhupada)