Thursday, April 24, 2014

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How My Guru Became A Guru

From ***** Many times I think why do I not spend a lot of times glorifying my gurudeva like many other grand disciples of Srila Prabhupada do. Yesterday I was going through old magazines and I found a copy of my guru's address to his disciples at his 1999 vyasa puja and I would like to share a few words from it that will explain why I don't and he would I think prefer that I don't glorify him as a "pure devotee"

He speaks quite a bit about "guru reform" and the change it made to ISKCON in 1986 and that as a leader, the personal change it made to his role in ISKCON. From now on this will exact quotes from his address to us his disciples, He says, "At any rate our policy was that the GBC should make the process of authorizing people to initiate much more liberal. So, we had an emergency meeting of the GBC and also an istha ghosti of Prabhupada disciples at New Vrndavan. During this emergency meeting, the GBC agreed to our new proposal, and they said that any Prabhupada disciple who got the approval of three GBC members could become an initiating guru. That, in effect, eliminated the "property requirement." (zonal guru). Before this, I think, you had to have a two thirds vote of the whole GBC body -- so very few people were becoming initiating gurus.

After the GBC passed this resolution, there was a meeting of our Prabhupada's disciples' group and the North Amerian Temple Presidents and they said, "They've done it. They've opened it up. Now some people have to immediately take advantage of this and become initiating guru." Then everybody looked at me, as if to say "you have to do it" because I was the leader.

I hadn't really thought about this very much. I said, "Well, you know I have to think about this" The -- this is one of those things where you just "open a book" -- I opened to a purport in Bhagavatam, Fourth Canto, in which Prabhupada said, in essence that the qualification for being a guru is that one has to be a strict follower:

"This Krishna consciousness movement directly receves instructions from the Supreme Personality of Godhead via persons who are strictly following His instructions. Although a follower may not be a liberated person, if he follows the Supreme, liberated Personality of Godheard, his actions are naturally liberated from the contamination of the material nature. Lord Caitanya therefore says: "By My order you may become a spirtual master." (Bhag. 4.18.5 purport)

I realized, first of all, that I did not have to go around thinking of myself as some big, maha-bhagavat or something like that, but I had to be a strict follower. The other thing was, as long as I could understand that guru means a teacher, I was comfortable with that. I knew didn't have what it takes to do something like write Prabhupada's books, but I could teach them.I'd already ben doing that, and I knew I could teach Prabhupada's books.

So I said, ok.

This is how my guru became a guru. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Re-incarnation Explained with Great Graphics

Gospel Song Saves Child From Kidnapper

Kirtanananda "has caused me much pain"

“this has caused me much pain”—SP‏

April 23, 2014 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by KHD

Hare Krsna to all

Pranams
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Below are a few points about the basics of Krsna Consciousness.This means we are originally servants, and to regain this mentality one must chant Hare Krsna mantra. The problem arises when we add our “own” twist to the tune….

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67-10-14. Letter: Brahmananda

“Swami Kirtanananda has returned to the United States and is causing quite a stir among the devotees. Following his suggestions, we have stopped wearing robes and have cut off our flags. He said these appurtanences are too strange-looking to outsiders and only make it more difficult for them to consider chanting Hare Krishna. Swami Kirtanananda has said we must avoid appearing to be Orientalists if we are to have 108 centers in the US.”

This is very much disturbing to me; has caused me much pain. Please therefore stop Kirtanananda from making his mental concoctions. Do not be misled by him. I have never advised him to act like that. If he is causing such disturbances he should not be allowed to indulge in such nonsensical activities. I have already written you to inform you that somehow or other he has become crazy; otherwise he would not have disobeyed me to go directly to N.Y. For the time being he has cut all link with me, therefore any instruction given by him is unauthorized; should at once be rejected. He has no right to dictate as he has without my sanction. Whatever is to be done will be executed when I return.

He is too much puffed-up nonsensically…

67-09-23. Gargamuni

I entrusted this matter to Kirtanananda but he has disobeyed which has given me a shock. Once he disobeyed my order and we lost $1200.00 in connection with Mr. Payne. This time he has again disobeyed me. If he sets such example in the Society it will be a great impediment. Obedience is the first law of discipline. We are thinking of a great world wide organization which is not possible to be executed if there is disobedience.

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
710215SB.GOR Lectures

There is a Bengali proverb that how God works, that one man, a householder is praying to God, “My dear Lord, there may not be any theft case, burglary, in my home this night. Please save me.” So one man is praying prayer, praying like that. Another man is praying, the thief, “My dear Lord, this night I shall commit burglary in that house. Please help me to get something.” Now, what is Krsna’s position? (laughter) Krsna is everyone’s heart. So Krsna has to satisfy so many prayers. The burglar and the thief and the householder, so many prayers. So Krsna’s adjustment… But He’s still… That is Krsna’s intelligence, how He adjusts. He gives everyone freedom.

And everyone is given facilities, but still He’s in botheration. Therefore Krsna advises to his devotees that “Don’t plan anything. You rascal, you nonsense, you don’t give Me trouble. (laughter) Please surrender unto Me. Just go under My plan; you’ll be happy. You are making plan, you are unhappy; I am also unhappy. I am also unhappy. (laughter) So many plans are coming daily, and I’ll have to fulfill.” But He’s merciful. If a… Ye yatha mam prapadyante tams… So except the [pure] devotee of Krsna, everyone is simply giving Krsna trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble. Therefore, they are called duskrtina. Duskrtina, most miscreant, the miscreants. Don’t make any plan. Accept Krsna’s plan. That will be simply giving trouble to Krsna. Therefore, a devotee does not pray even for his maintenance.

That is pure devotee. He doesn’t give trouble to Krsna even for his bare maintenance. If he has no maintenance, he’ll suffer, fasting; still, he’ll not ask Krsna, “Krsna, I am very hungry. Give me some food.” Of course, Krsna is alert for His devotee, but a devotee’s principle is not to place any plan to Krsna. Let Krsna do. Simply we have to do according to the plan of Krsna.

690221BG.LA;Lectures

Devotee: Prabhupada, I heard it said that the spiritual master will always come back until his devotees, his disciples, have achieved God realization. Can you explain that?
Prabhupada: Yes. But don’t try to take advantage of it. (laughter) Don’t try to give trouble to your spiritual master like that. Finish your business in this life. That is especially meant for those who are slack. His devotee, his disciple should be serious in serving spiritual master. If he is intelligent he should know that “Why should I act in such a way that my spiritual master has to take the trouble to reclaim me again? Let my business be finished in this life.” That should be the right way of thinking. Not that, “Oh I am sure my spiritual master will come, let me do all nonsense.” No. So if you have got any, I mean to say, affection for the spiritual master, then you should finish your business in this life so that he may not come again to reclaim you. Is that all right? Don’t take advantage of this business. Rather, be serious to finish your business. That is a fact.

710211SB.GOR Lectures

In this life we want to finish this material existence for good. That should be the responsibility, that “We are going to finish this material existence for good. No more coming.” Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti. If you take responsibility in that way, then everything will be adjusted. Serious. My Guru Maharaja used to say like that, that “Finish this business in this life. Don’t delay for the next life.” He was telling also that “Don’t give me trouble again to come here to deliver you.” That is the responsibility of spiritual master. Spiritual master responsibility is to take the disciple to Krsna, until he is able to do, to help him, to help him, to help him. That is the verdict of the sastras.

SB 4.18.5    A foolish person who manufactures his own ways and means through mental speculation and does not recognize the authority of the sages who lay down unimpeachable directions is simply unsuccessful again and again in his attempts.

PURPORT At the present moment it has become fashionable to disobey the unimpeachable directions given by the acaryas and liberated souls of the past. Presently people are so fallen that they cannot distinguish between a liberated soul and a conditioned soul. A conditioned soul is hampered by four defects: he is sure to commit mistakes, he is sure to become illusioned, he has a tendency to cheat others, and his senses are imperfect. Consequently we have to take direction from liberated persons.

Conclusions: When one gives us the mentality of wanting to serve his spiritual master and the Vaisnavas, he becomes asara, or useless. Prabhupada tells us there are three kinds of “disciples”. Guru bhogi, gutru tyagi and guru sevi. The disciple who wants to enjoy the assets of his guru maharaj is useless as he only wants to imitate Krsna as enjoyer, completely forgetting his actual position as servant.

For example, -the “devotee” who comes to regular programs,likes prasadam and kirtan, but refuses to do things when asked,or finally does something after being badgered a hundred times. This person has not understood the servant mentality, even though he or she may have a dasa or dasi after their name. The guru tyagi renounces the orders of his guru because he thinks there is something “else” better, or that what his own guru has given him is no longer relevant in so called modern times. For example, all the Prabhupada book changes currently going on is an example of one who has renounced the order of his guru because he thinks he knows better than his own guru.

And the guru sevi disciple the one who actually tries to understand and serve his gurus orders, without concoction,he is disciple, and no others. Srila Prabhupada gives a nice example above about the position of the Supersoul who has to “adjust” the position of those who pray to Him for all kinds of material things. The thief and the householder, both want something and Krsna is being troubled by this constant wanting wanting wanting of Himself by these people. The same principle can be applied to aspiring devotees, if we have not learnt or have forgotten, that when we chant Hare Krsna maha mantra,we are supposed to be praying for selfless service—not this— Dear Lord Krsna, Hare Krsna Hare Krsna, please give me this or that, or remove this or that.

The more we understand our actual position as servant, the less pain or bother we will be giving to Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krsna. After all, pure devotional service is supposed to be without mental speculation or fruitive desire and that which is favorably rendered to please Sri Guru and Sri Krsna. Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das

BBTI prints 100,000 Original Gitas!

BBTI India prints 100,000 original Gitas with "Original Edition" on the front cover!


New Articles on Kanhaiya Das's Site

Hare Krsna Dear Devotees of The Lord

Please accept my humble obeisances with all glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Here are some latest articles posted on our website for your benefit by Prabhupadaanugas all over the world. Please take some time to read them. Thank you.

  

Hari Bol
Your Humble Servant
-Kanhaiya DasAnudas

"He reason ill who tells that Vaisnavas die, When thou art living still in sound!
The Vaisnavas die to live, and living try, To spread the Holy Name around !"

(Poem by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura)

"I will never die. I shall live from my books, and you will utilize."
His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
(Interview, July 16th, 1975, Berkeley, California)
                                               

Karnamrta sings at Sunnyvale Project (Sat April 26th)


Can Anyone Recommend? (Vrndavana travel agents)


PADA updates: Mad gurus / Ram Mohan / Christians /



PADA: Yep, the GBC program is having a meltdown. They cannot control their wayward acharyas any longer. Hrdayananda was banned from going to Europe, so he just moved into Bir Krishna's North Carolina program and they started to move the entire Bir Krishna program off to the "Krishna West" process.

Now the GBC has two of its bigger gurus running off to the Krishna West-ville, if not more. Krishna West says Srila Prabhupada has -- over stepped his authority, dhotis look like big diapers, devotees look foolish worshiping a plant, devotees need to use toilet paper, gay marriage is ok, etc. Even the GBC knows they have to curb that or else look compromised and implicated.

But what can they do really? That means the main body of GBC, whatever that is nowadays, is no longer followed or respected even by their own members, and they have no power to correct deviations.

Ravindra Swarupa was told to ditch his younger female companion, ok he did not listen to that either. Of course Satsvarupa did not listen to them when they warned him about his female companion many years ago, and so on and so forth, thus there is no authority. Bhakti Vikas came out swinging against Radhanath swami, but he was forced to retreat and apologize. There is no line of authority.

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As soon as he thinks that "I am independent," that is another insanity. He is under control. Just like the same man. He is thinking, "I don't care for state laws." He is insane. He will be forced to accept state laws in the prison house by the police. But he thinks, "Oh, I am free man." Still... He is slapped by the police. He says, "Oh, I am independent. Go on slapping." This is insanity. Is it not insanity? The police slaps him, and he says, "I am independent." Do you think independence? So that sort of independence we are having. We are kicked by māyā always, and we are thinking, "independent." This is insanity. He does not think, "Why I am independent? I am servant of my senses. I cannot remain, enjoying senses, for an hour, and I am thinking I am independent." That means insane. He cannot think properly. Where is his independence? Cannot be independent. He is born dependent because part and parcel of God. His constitutional position is dependent.


Srila Prabhupada


Room Conversation 
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PADA top list of readers last 24 housr

01) United States
02) India
03) United Kingdom
04) Russia
05) Australia
06) Malaysia
07) Singapore
08) Sweden
09) Moldova
10) Ireland
11) Colombia
12) Luxembourg
13) Cyprus
14) Germany
15) South Africa
16) Ukraine
17) Canada
18) Brazil
19) Spain
20) China

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Christians?

Why do we praise some Christians (my neighbor) and also criticize them (some of the leaders)? Well ummm, some of them are are sincere and some of their leaders are causing problems, ok like ISKCON. Duh! ys

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Yes, there is one ex-devotee in LA who ran back to the Christians, he is thinking we devotees are all going to start eating beef steaks again, so we will all get coronary heart diseases, like his folks are doing. Yep, not going to fly is it? He wants to give other people coronaries to "save" them? Sheesh!

But on Easter Sunday, he sent us maybe ten messages all through the day, meaning he is not at Church worshiping Jesus on Easter, rather he is mediating on us, while all the rest of the bona fide Christians are in church, this fellow is writing to and about PADA.

Yep, he claims he wants us to join him in worship of Jesus, but he is not even worshiping Jesus on Easter, he is simply another fraud. We hate to have to break it to this guy, but Jesus is more important than PADA, as all our ACTUAL Christian friends know already. So he is another version of frauds, he is not even worshiping Jesus, even on Easter, while writing his holier than thou pontifications to us. Another fraud. If someone want to go back to Jesus, fine, we encourage that if that's your path, but do not write us ten messages on Easter because you are not really interested in Jesus either? That is sometimes called "false flag-ism." ys pd

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Thanks ****, You want us to quit Krishna and be Christians? Your friends told us you are now promoting your "Christian nation's" "progressive USA politics." That means you support their abortion and gay sex marriage agenda. You are telling us you are for the babies, and you support killing them? The Krishna devotees, even the bad ones, do not support your program. Unfortunately, the Christians support that agenda because the majority of them voted to make and keep these abortion laws, and now they are voting in gay marriage all over the USA.  

You also want us to go back to the Christian diet, and that is the same diet that killed your girlfriend. You want us to join you in -- dying? You want us to support your progressive kill babies, support gay marriage, and die from your diet program? All this, after you wrote a public message that you have nothing to do with the Krishnas, then you started writing us 5000 messages, even on Easter Sunday, because PADA is more important to you than Jesus? 

Sorry, your abortion, gay marriage, meat diet program, we are not buying it! You also need to get a job so you can pay your rent and fix your car, and quit living in your mother's garage smoking dope, which is why you forgot you told us you had nothing to do with us, then started writing us. Real Christians are not dope heads who cannot hold a job, except the fake ones, just like the fake Krishnas do not follow. ys pd

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Radhanath Swami Breaks Meditation to save the world!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

35 New Prabhupada Disciples!



PADA: 35 new devotees took shelter of Srila Prabhupada by taking diksha formally from him as per the July 9th Letter, May 28th tape, the Will, and hundreds of conversations regarding continuing the society "without changes." The ceremony took place on 18th April during the auspicious Brahmotsava festival. 
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Christian's Pat Robertson Predicts Asteroid Hit

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/21/pat-robertson-doomsday-asteroid_n_5189084.html

[PADA: Asteroid hit will "wrap it all up," could be next week? Apparently the post-1977 Hare Krishna's are not the only people with fake gurus who make paranoid predictions to terrify their flocks. Pat Robertson has a TV show seen by millions of Christians in the USA, and actually around the world. Another Christian preacher we had over here, with big billboards and radio ads, who predicted the end of the world three different times -- giving three dates and times (and he got everyone to sell their houses and etc.) recently died, and yet the world is oddly, still here? Heh heh heh.  ys pd] 

What Is Real Freedom?

Gold Theft at Padmanabhaswamy Temple? 04/22/14

Hare Krishna,

Krishna doesn’t like what you offer with pride
Amogha das: So we used to try to think of some gift to give to Srila Prabhupada. What can we think of? So one morning in the Saint Kilda temple in Melbourne, which was quite small and all the devotees from all over Australia were crowded in there, Prabhupada entered the room and we all offered obeisances. 

Jai Srila Prabhupada!

Maha Pallakki Utsava: A treat for the eyes
The ninth day of Brahmotsava celebrations on April 21, 2014 at Sri Radha Krishna temple, ISKCON, Bangalore featured the Maha Pallakki utsava wherein Their Lordships Sri Radha Krishnachandra were carried on a grand pallakki by the devotees.

Hema Malini: I want to stay here and work for Braj Bhoomi
“I am a devotee of Lord Krishna. I want to stay here and do work for the Braj Bhoomi. A deal for purchasing a house in Mathura is almost in the final stage,” Hema told reporters.

SC official finds serious lapses in Padmanabhaswamy temple treasure
There are "serious lapses" in management of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple and the invaluable wealth its underground vaults contain, according to a report submitted in Supreme Court by the amicus curiae that favoured a direction for scientific audit of the treasure.

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Narendra Modi wants Vrndavana as Tourist Destination

Monday, April 21, 2014

Balaram das: On the Hansadutta episode

[PADA: Srila Prabhupada knew that he was being betrayed at the time in 1977, since he was saying things like, please do not torture me and put me to death. Some are now arguing that he could have -- or would have -- handled it differently. And by that same argument, then Jesus could have left town, etc. but that's not really our call, what these saints do is up to them. 

We are not saying that Srila Prabhupada knew for sure that us PADA folks would be the persons to get these tapes later on (and we'd expose the issue) or not, but he did know the tapes were being made -- and thus it was at least possible that someone (ok like us) would get the tapes and expose the story later on, as happened. 

As for the person who wrote to tell us, if the GBC knew PADA editor would get the tapes, they would have killed us a long time ago, well ok maybe, but if they knew these tapes were going to cause all this trouble for them, then they would have destroyed the tapes a long time ago, and then we never would have got them. In any case, the tapes are now out and most of our Prabhupadanuga people, as well as many Gaudiya Matha people etc. accept the tapes. Here is a nice comment from Balaram das:]   

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Hansadutta states.. "….. I don’t think so, that was never Srila Prabhupada’s attitude never, he was full of determination, and TRIKALAGNA, knower of Past-Present and Future. Srila Prabhupada could not specifically identify who is doing what? Hard to believe."
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Ultimately Krsna is ‘trikalagna’….Bhagavad-gita 4:5 > “The Blessed Lord said: Many, many births both you and I have passed. I can remember all of them, but you cannot, O subduer of the enemy!

Again in Bhagavad-gita 15:15 > “I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness…..”

Even though being a fully surrendered maha-Bhagavat soul, Srila Prabhupada during his manifest lila was not some kind of mystic for-teller of all things past, present and future. Whatever knowledge, remembrance or forgetfulness required for his preaching mission was supplied directly by Krsna to his unalloyed, pure devotee.

Although Srila Prabhupada’s knowledge of the workings of the material energy were vast, there were still many times when he inquired about seemingly mundane things from his disciples. Small example when in 1974 we were following Srila Prabhupada on the morning walks on Juhu Beach. A very loud plane had just taken off from Santa Cruz Airport and was overhead…Srila Prabhupada stopped abruptly, (as usual) and turned towards me and stated with a quizzical tone “747″?

As I knew the plane was a “707″ I hesitated, but then thought Srila Prabhupada is asking for confirmation, so why not show my totally insignificant material knowledge. I blurted out “Srila Prabhupada, that’s actually a 707″, then suddenly realizing I might have to go and disappear into the ocean for being so impudent. Srila Prabhupada then looked back at me nodded and simply said…”ahh, 707″, smiled and resumed his walk.

Just as the rain falls indiscriminately, Srila Prabhupada delivers his mercy for all souls, although he knew many would betray him, steal from him and attempt to usurp his divine position. That’s the misused, minute independence of the conditioned souls and he didn’t interfere with that, but just kept showering his mercy regardless, personally during his manifest lila and now personally through his original books, lectures, conversations and the like.

Srila Prabhupada Ki Jaya!

Yhs,
Balaram das

10 Predictions of Kali Yuga (slideshow)

Samosa House Restaurant (LA)

ISKCON Times News (04/21/14)

Hare Krishna,

Beyond Sexism, Beyond Tokenism
Reporter: The Krishna consciousness movement has been what some would consider sexist, because certain propensities for women have been defined, by the devotees or the Vedic scriptures -- I'm not sure which -- and I wondered if you would comment on that. The allegation is not necessarily that the movement is against women, but that it defines inferior roles for them by their natural traits.

Jai Srila Prabhupada!

The Satyabhama Krishna alankara portrays the Parijata story
The eighth day of Brahmotsava celebrations on April 20, 2014 at Sri Radha Krishnachandra temple, ISKCON, Bangalore, was a memorable day for the devotees participating in the various festivities.

Lord Rama - an exemplification of an ideal human life
The 17th Brahmotsava festival at Hare Krishna Hill, ISKCON, Bangalore entered the seventh day on April 19, 2014. Apart from vahanotsava, nritya seva, sangeeta seva and dolotsava which are the regular festivities during Brahmotsava, there was also Kalyanotsava, the divine wedding ceremony of Lord Krishna with Srimati Rukmini and Satyabhama in the morning.

Triveni Ensemble to donate proceeds to Akshaya Patra
There are countless legends told about the great Lord Krishna. While these stories are larger than life, they are dwarfed by tales of the great women that he loved. Neena Gulati and the Triveni Ensemble this month presents "The Sacred and the Sensuous," a show that captures the spectrum of love for Lord Krishna, from longing, to desire, to surrender.

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