Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Updates from Bangalore ISKCON July - 31 - 2013

Hare Krishna,

A Philosophy of Frustration
This exchange between His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and an existentialist-socialist priest took place in Los Angeles during December of 1973.
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Thirumangai-alwar is imprisoned by the Chola King
In his efforts to fulfill his vow to appease the devotees by feeding them, Thirumangai-alwar started to spend all the money that he had collected in the form of taxes and he even forgot to pay the annual tribute to the Chola emperor who had appointed him as king. As Thirumangai-alwar had not paid the annual tribute within the stipulated time, the Chola emperor sent his officials to recover the dues from Thirumangai-alwar besides deputing spies to gather information about the day-to-day activities of Thirumangai-alwar. Thirumangai-alwar sent back the officials who had come to collect the tribute with a promise to remit it to the emperor’s treasury within a few days
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Srila Lokanatha Goswami–Disappearance – July 30,2013
Lokanatha was disinterested in worldly affairs from his childhood. He left home and came to Navadvipa to have darshan of Mahaprabhu. Sri Gaurasundara very lovingly embraced Lokanath and instructed him to go to Vrindavana as soon as possible. Lokanath could understand that Mahaprabhu would renounce His family life within a few days and he was aggrieved at this. Mahaprabhu consoled him and told him that they would meet again in Vrindavana.
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Who are our real enemies? (Part -1)
The Sanskrit word is yogesvara the master of mystic powers. A person who has this mystic powers he can exhibit powers like becoming smaller than the atom or lighter than a feather, all these powers one can achieve by being a mystic yogi. Lord Siva is the greatest yogi and he can perform wonderful things, just like the ocean of poison, he just took it and kept it in his neck. Therefore he is called Neelkant. It is not an ordinary feat, if we were to take a drop of poison, we will die. But because he is yogesvara he has this mystic powers he can do these feats.
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Who are our real enemies? (Part -2)
Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad gita 15.7 verse mamaivamso jiva-loke jiva-bhutah sanatanah manah-sasthanindriyani prakrti-sthani karsati we are all amsas of Krishna, we are blissful parts, sat chit ananda, but why we are in a precarious situation suffering the threefold miseries of material existence, undergoing birth, death, old age and disease, because of the mind and the senses. manah-sasthanindriyani prakrti-sthani karsati we are engaging in a vicious battle with material nature.
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Thirumangai-alwar meets Kumuda-valli
Being an excellent administrator, Nila had deployed highly trained spies all over his kingdom to discreetly gather information about the day-to-day activities in his kingdom. As Kumuda-valli was very beautiful, the news of her beauty reached Nila through his spies. Being a pleasure seeker, Nila decided to go to Thiruvali in disguise along with a few of his trusted soldiers to see Kumuda-valli. Nila was captivated by the beauty of Kumuda-valli as soon as his eyes fell on her as he had not seen such a beautiful lady in his life.  He decided to marry her at any cost.
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