Sunday, August 30, 2015

More false Godmen caught in India


Another related case --

Sounds familiar?

Sources in the locality said the ashram Trustees, after setting up the ashram, have fraudulently acquired nearby agricultural land from farmers and later converted these land into gharabari category with the help of some tehsil and Revenue staff.

Though there was resentment among the people of the locality against the fraudulent activities of the ashram authorities, the matters were allegedly hushed up by some influential political leaders, senior bureaucrats and police officers.

Allegations of criminal activities have also been levelled against the ashram authorities by local people. Locals have said on condition of anonymity that the ashram authorities, through the help of their goons, have permanently driven out some families from Jhiinti village. These homeless families have brought the matter to the knowledge of the district administration and the police, but to no avail.

In a revelation that speaks volumes about the clout that the Baba enjoys with the government of the day, it has been found that the state Tourism department has provided Rs 28 lakh for the infrastructure development of the ashram for which tendering process has been completed since June this year.

The Tourism department has also listed the Ashram as a premier ‘tourist destination’ in Khurda district. The people of Jhiinti area, who had lost all hope of ever stopping the Baba from his nefarious activities, now see ray of hope after ‘Sambad’ turned the spotlight on the Trahi Achyuta ashram in the wake of the arrest of the two Bihari criminals. The phones at ‘Sambad’ have not stopped ringing since then with people volunteering information about the shady goings-on in the ashram.

Atheistic "Idol Worship Critic" Assassinated

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Los Angeles' Svavasa Das on Guru Issue

PADA: One of the main reasons we worship Srila Prabhupada is -- that the GBC's gurus keep falling down ... oh really! That is what we said to the GBC -- in 1979, we cannot worship people who are falling down. Of course Los Angeles ISKCON is still putting GBC guru's photos on their altars, so they are still worshiping conditioned souls -- on their altars, and on Krishna's feet. Anyway, all this is a day late, and a dollar short, but hey some improvement is better late than never! ys pd

Pilgrims Prepare for Kumbha Mela

Sunnyvale Balarama Jayanthi Aug 30th

Today is the Holy Appearance of Supreme Godhead Sri Balaram. We know Him as Sevaka-Bhagavan (God-servant). He never challenges Krsna`s position, unlike we are, although He is fully qualified. He is God Himself & Krsna`s elder brother. 

"May Lord Balarama, who is the master of Goloka, who is the supreme controller of all controllers, and whose fame is spotless, protect me. May Lord Balaraama, who on His head holds the earth as if it were a single mustard seed, protect me in this world."

Sri Balarama Kavaca Stotra

Srila Prabhupada: So Balarāma… In the Vedic literature it is said, nāyam ātmā bala-hinena labhyaḥ; na bahunā śrutena. So bala means strength. Sometimes some rascal philosophers, they take it that bala means bodily strength. They propagate this philosophy that "Unless you are bodily stout and strong, you cannot achieve spiritual salvation. You must be very strong and stout and eat meat and fight, and then you'll get next spiritual birth" No. This bala, this strength, is different. This is spiritual strength.
The difficulty of the present situation is that actually we are moving on account of spiritual strength, but they have no information of the spiritual strength. They are thinking of material strength. That is expressed here (by Narottama dasa Thakura in his bhajan about Lord Nityananda), that
ahaṅkāre matta hoiyā, nitāi-pada pāsariyā,
asatyere satya kori māni
This is due to ahaṅkāra. Ahaṅkāra-vimūḍhātmā kartāham iti manyate [Bg. 3.27]. Those who are vimūḍha, especially rascal… Mūḍha, rascals, and vi means viśeṣa, viśeṣanam, particularly. Ahankara-vimudhātmā. The same thing which is spoken in the Bhagavad-gītā, Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says the same thing in a plain Bengali language. Ahaṅkāre matta haiyā, nitāi-pada… By the spell of māyā-ahaṅkāra-vimūḍhātmā kartāham iti manyate [Bg. 3.27]— they are thinking that "We are independent. We can do whatever we like." This is called ahaṅkāra-vimūḍhātmā.
Under false pretext, false prestige, everyone is thinking that "We are independent. We can find out the solution of the problems of life by material adjustment," so on, so on. So that is our material disease. Ahaṅkāra-vimūḍhātmā. Bewildered, they do not understand that the real strength is spiritual strength. We see daily, see daily that a very strong man, very powerful man, very good brain, very good scientist…
So where is the strength? The strength is ātmā. As soon as the ātmā, or the soul, goes out of this body, so intelligent, so strong, and so many things, that is nothing. That is the difference between dead man and the living man. A living man is very powerful, very good position, everything. As soon as he lies down, he is lying down on the floor, and if you kick him on his face, he'll not protest. So where is that strength? The strength is gone. That is spiritual strength.
On the spiritual strength, the body moves. Suppose you have got a very good car, Mercedes car or Rolls Royce car. But when there is no petrol, how the car will move? It is not possible. There is spirit, petrol spirit. Similarly, real strength is spiritual strength. That spiritual strength is Balarāma. Bala means strength. Therefore we have to take shelter of the lotus feet of Balarāma, guru-tattva
Balarāma means guru-tattva. Balarāma represents guru. Yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādaḥ. If we want to understand Caitanya Mahāprabhu, if we want to understand Kṛṣṇa, then we must take shelter of Balarāma. Nāyam ātmā bala-hinena labhyaḥ. This bala-hinena labhyaḥ, this Vedic injunction, means "Without the mercy of Balarāma you cannot understand, you cannot realize your spiritual identification." So that Balarāma comes as Nityānanda Prabhu. Balarāma hailā nitāi. Therefore we must take shelter of Balarāma.
(Lord Nityānanda Prabhu's Āvirbhāva Appearance Day, Bhubaneswar, India February 2, 1977)

Village Temple in India

Friday, August 28, 2015

Los Angeles ISKCON vs Jayadvaita swami (Sura lecture)

This is Sura's response to Jayadvaita swami's lecture ...

PADA: Sura Prabhu sauces Jayadvaita swami's idea that we no longer need to chant the pranam prayers to Srila Prabhupada. Good job. It appears that some of the "ISKCON moderates" can no longer tolerate the increasingly harsh diatribes from Jayadvaita swami. Of course this begs the question, how can such a wrong headed person like Jayadvaita swami then be entrusted by the GBC to re-edit all the books? Its self-evident he is not qualified for the job, nor is this job required.

There are some folks who say, "PADA's ideas are not being accepted, he is the lone wolf in the woods, he thinks the sky is falling," etc. Well jeepers, sorry to have to reports this but -- the sky really has been falling, just as we reported. And when we said that ISKCON would eventually revert back to chanting the pranams of Srila Prabhupada, even we did not expect that to happen as soon as it has, but its another prediction that is factual. Its happening, despite everything else, and that's the main thing. ys pd

Feeding Pilgrims at ISKCON Bangalore

Help Fund the ISKCON-spiracy folks!

New Zealand Recognizes Animals as Sentient Beings

Vaishnava Calendar For September 2015

(Saturday -- August 29th, Purnima / Appearance of Lord Balarama)


01 Tuesday
02 Wednesday
03 Thursday
04 Friday
05 Saturday. Sri Krsna Janmastami (fast till midnight)
06 Sunday. Nandotsava / Appearance Day of Srila Prabhupada (fast till noon)
07 Monday. Labor day USA
08 Tuesday. Annada Mahadvadashi Ekadasi
09 Wednesday.

10 Thursday.
11 Friday.
12 Saturday.
13 Sunday.
14 Monday.
15 Tuesday.
16 Wednesday.
17 Thursday.
18 Friday. Srimati Sita Thakurani Appearance Day
19 Saturday. Lalita Sasti : Appearance of Sri Lalita Devi
20 Sunday.
21 Monday. Radhastami : Appearance of Srimati Radharani (fast till noon)
22 Tuesday.
23 Wednesday.
24 Thursday. Parsva Ekadashi
25 Friday. Sri Vamana Dwadashi : Appearance of Sri Vamana Deva
Appearance Day of Sri Jiva Goswami
26 Saturday. Appearance Day of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
27 Sunday. Ananta Caturdasi Vrata : Appearance Day of Padmanabha
Disappearance Day of Srila Haridasa Thakura
28 Monday. Acceptance of sannyasa by Srila Prabhupada
Sri Visvarupa Mahotsava
29 Tuesday. Third Month of Caturmasya Begins (fast from milk)
30 Wednesday.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ajit Krishna / Torben Nielsen / Kim Moller / Phantom Guru?

Kim Moller: No Kim is not in favour of JAS, this is propaganda, we have to behave and act like gentlemen. This PADA on the other hand is notorious for lying and inventing stories. So when it comes to quote we follow Prabhupada and shastra who says "Kṛṣṇa is the first spiritual master, and when we become more interested, then we have to go to a PHYSICAL spiritual master. Lecture on BG 4.34 -- New York, August 14, 1966" However PADA is rejecting Srila Prabhupada's clear instructions regarding guru and parampara.


PADA: Fine except Ajit Krishna, Torben Nielsen, Kim Moller  -- and Jayadvaita and company -- still have not named their "physically present" guru who -- actually exists? Kim and Jayadvaita's programs both say that we need to surrender to "the principle" of the living guru, but then they fail to tell us who that is? Its the no name, no photo, no books, nobody, non-existing acharya, again! A phantom.     

Of course this begs the question, why are Kim, Ajit and Torben quoting the exact statements and ideas of Jayadvaita, i.e. that there is a "living guru" out there somewhere or other, but we cannot give his name? Many of you living guru folks, including Jayadvaita swami, are combinedly telling others to surrender to your non-existing phantom guru. 

Meanwhile our Prabhupadanugas are moving ahead because we have hundreds of "living persons," aka shiksha gurus, who are doing actual real time preaching all over the place, and we can identify our guru. Meanwhile you folks cannot identify the worshiped person or persons in your program, but we can identify ours?

What we are simply asking all you folks -- including your hero Jayadvaita -- is that if you folks have a physically present spiritual master on the planet now, why can't he be identified? Kim, you and your pals like Ajit Krishna, Torben Nielsen, Jayadvaita swami and others have told us that there is no need for an actual "named" guru, rather "guru is only the principle." 

Where do we find in Vedic culture that there is no actually identified guru, there is only "the principle" of a guru? Where does Srila Prabhupada say we do not need to worship any actual guru, we only need to worship "the principle" -- or idea -- of a non-existing guru?

It seems that the "principle" of surrender to a guru has no meaning -- if there is no guru to surrender to? Of course, worship and devotion to a non-existing person makes no sense to anyone. We have to surrender to, and worship, a person -- who does not factually exist? That is not the teachings of the Vedas. All glories to -- nobody? You are saying we are wrong to have people offer their bhogha to Srila Prabhupada, nope, they have to offer their bhogha to -- no one? What is that?

*** Can we buy actual things with no actual money but "the principle" of money?

*** Can we drive to Los Angeles with no actual car, but "the principle" of a car?
*** Can we drink no actual water but drink "the principle" of water?

*** Can we not show up for work and tell our boss that we are no longer going to be engaged in real work, but only engaged in "the principle of work" -- while staying at home?

More importantly, how can we base a religion on the idea that we have to worship a person who MAYBE exists somewhere, but we do not know any of the details -- whom, how, when, or even the whereabouts of this alleged person? We have a guru out there somewhere, maybe, but who knows for sure, thus we cannot tell you if our guru actually even exists. Then you guys wonder why we are making progress and you are not?

This is exactly what Jayadvaita Swami says, there is a no named physical person we have to worship and not Srila Prabhupada. We have to worship a person who cannot be named, that is what JAS says and that is what Kim's team says. No we did not invent anything, JAS says we have to worship the unspecified living person and Kim is his topmost disciple, he says the same thing.

Why does Kim repeat JAS? And Ajit Krishna, Torben Nielsen are thus disciples of Jayadvaita, since they repeat JAS saying we need to worship the unspecified living person, and so so these guys. Why are they repeating JAS as their living guru? Sorry, Srila Prabhupada says we have to give the name of our guru or we are mayavada. 

And of course Kim cites the HKC Jaipur / Dayalu Nitai / Prahlad das / Mukunda das program's support for Bhakta das, a big cheer leader of the GBC's gurus and their "living guru" idea. Ummm, they just do not get it do they, we are not going to worship debauchees as our messiahs? 

This is just not going to fly anymore, its over and out for this program. Its been exposed too much, not only by us but the public medias and etc, its amazing to us that anyone thinks their illicit sex pooja program can be revived? People keep asking us, why is the HKC Jaipur party surrendering themselves to the biggest promoters of the illicit sex messiahs program, meanwhile, artificially making pretend they are against this program?

The good news is that the big writer for this team, Sanat das (Steve Voith), has insisted that a devotee associate has to place a photo of Bob Dylan on his altar. Is this their living guru? So we would rather have this, they have at least identified their living guru as Bob Dylan. To us that's good because it more honest, and we appreciate that. At least these guys have a living guru! Whether or not their idea will be accepted in Vaishnava circles is another thing ...

Anyway, Jayadvaita swami told me personally, we have to worship the living person, but he would not identify this living person, and Kim's program does the same exact thing. That would make JAS the authority of Kim's team, they are repeating him. Sorry! We are supposed to act as the agents for the pure devotee, and not as the replacements and successors for the pure devotee, that's all there is to it. And as for your idea that we have to worship nobody, well, even a kindergarten child knows this is as bogus as it gets, "worship no one and nothing" is not a religion, its atheism aka mayavada. ys pd

Lord Jagganath Street Art by Citizenkane

Tulsi Maharani (by Krishna Prem Dasi)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Today is Ekadasi (26 Aug 2015)

Pavitropana Ekadasi on 26 - Aug - 2015

Shri Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "Oh Madhusudana, Oh killer of the Madhu demon, please be merciful to me and describe to me the Ekadasi that occurs during the light fortnight of the month of Shravana (July-August)."

The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, replied, "Yes, Oh king, I shall happily narrate its glories to you, for just by hearing about this sacred Ekadasi one attains the merit of performing a horse sacrifice.
"At the dawn of Dvarpara-yuga there lived a king by the name of Mahijita, who ruled the kingdom of Mahismati-puri.

Because he had no son, his entire kingdom seemed utterly cheerless to him. A married man who has no son gains no happiness in this life or the next. The Sanskrit word for 'son' is putra. Pu is the name of a particular hell, and tra means 'to deliver.' Thus the word putra means 'a person who delivers one from the hell named Pu.' Therefore every married man should produce at least one son and train him properly; then the father will be delivered from a hellish condition of life. But this injunction does not apply to the serious devotees of Lord Vishnu or Krishna, for the Lord becomes their son, father, and mother.

Furthermore, Chanakya Pandita says,

satyam mata pita jnanam
dharmo bhrata daya sakha
santih patni ksama putrah
sadete mama vandhavah

"Truth is my mother, knowledge is my father, my occupational duty is my brother, kindness is my friend, tranquility is my wife, and forgiveness is my son. These six are my family members."
Among the twenty-six leading qualities of a devotee of the Lord, forgiveness is the topmost.

Therefore devotees should make an extra endeavor to develop this quality. Here Chanakya says "forgiveness is my son," and thus a devotee of the Lord, even though he may be on the path of renunciation, may observe this Ekadasi and pray to attain this kind of "son." For a long time this king tried very hard to obtain an heir, but to no avail. Seeing his years advancing ever onwards, King Mahijita became increasingly anxious.

One day he told an assembly of his advisers: 'I have committed no sin in this life, and there is no ill-gotten wealth in my treasury. I have never usurped the offerings to the demigods or brahmanas.
When I waged war and conquered kingdoms, I followed the rules and regulations of the military art, and I have protected my subjects as if they were my own children. I punished even my own relatives if they broke the law, and if my enemy was gentle and religious I welcomed him. Oh twice-born souls, although I am a religious and faithful follower of the Vedic standards, still my home is without a son. Kindly tell me the reason for this.'

"Hearing this, the king's brahmana advisers discussed the subject among themselves, and with the aim of benefiting the king they visited the various ashrams of the great sages. At last they came upon a sage who was austere, pure, and self-satisfied, and who was strictly observing a vow of fasting.
His senses were completely under control, he had conquered his anger, and he was expert at performing his occupational duty. Indeed, this great sage was expert in all the conclusions of the Vedas, and he had extended his life span to that of Lord Brahma himself. His name was Lomasa Rishi, and he knew part, present, and future.

After each kalpa passed, one hair would fall out of his body (One kalpa, or twelve hours of Lord Brahma, equals 4,320,000,000 years). All the king's brahmana advisers very happily approached him one by one to offer their humble respects. "Captivated by this great soul, King Mahijita's advisers offered obeisances to him and said very respectfully, 'Only because of our great good fortune, Oh sage, have we been allowed to see you.'

"Lomasa Rishi saw them bowing down to him and replied, 'Kindly let me know why you have come here. Why are you praising me? I must do all I can to solve your problems, for sages like me have only one interest: to help others. Do not doubt this.' Lomasa Rishi had all good qualities because he was a devotee of the Lord. 

As stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam (5:18:12),

yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akinchana
sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah
harav abhaktasya kuto mahad-guna
manorathenasati dhavato bahih

"In one who has unflinching devotional service to Krishna, all the good qualities of Krishna and the demigods are consistently manifest. However, he who has no devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead has no good qualifications because he is engaged by mental concoction in material existence, which is the external feature of the Lord."

"The king's representatives said, 'We have come to you, Oh exalted sage, to ask for your help in solving a very serious problem. Oh sage, you are like Lord Brahma. Indeed, there is no better sage in the entire world. Our king, Mahijita, is without a son, though he has sustained and protected us as if we were his sons. Seeing him so unhappy on account of being sonless, we have become very sad, Oh sage, and therefore we have entered the forest to perform severe austerities. By our good fortune we happened upon you.

Everyone's desires and activities become successful just by your darshan. Thus we humbly ask that you tell us how our kind king can obtain a son.' "Hearing their sincere plea, Lomasa Rishi absorbed himself in deep meditation for a moment and at once understood the king's previous life. Then he said, 'Your ruler was a merchant in his past life, and feeling his wealth insufficient, he committed sinful deeds. He traveled to many villages to trade his goods. Once, at noon on the day after the Ekadasi that comes during the light fortnight of the month of Jyeshtha (Trivikrama - May-June), he became thirsty while traveling from place to place.

He came upon a beautiful pond on the outskirts of a village, but just as he was about to drink at the pond a cow arrived there with her new-born calf. These two creatures were also very thirsty because of the heat, but when the cow and calf started to drink, the merchant rudely shoved them aside and selfishly slaked his own thirst. This offense against a cow and her calf has resulted in your king's being without a son now.
But the good deeds he performed in his previous life have given him rulership over an undisturbed kingdom.' "Hearing this, the king's advisers replied, 'Oh renowned rishi, we have heard that the Vedas say one can nullify the effects of one's past sins by acquiring merit. Be so kind as to give us some instruction by which our king's sins can be destroyed; please give him your mercy so that a prince will take birth in his family.'

"Lomasa Rishi said, 'There is an Ekadasi called Putrada, which comes during the light fortnight of the month of Shravana. On this day all of you, including your king, should fast and stay awake all night, strictly following the rules and regulations. Then you should give the king whatever merit you gain by this fast. If you follow these instructions of mine, he will surely be blessed with a fine son.'

"All the king's advisers became very pleased to hear these words from Lomasa Rishi, and they all offered him their grateful obeisances. Then, their eyes bright with happiness, they returned home.
"When the month of Shravana arrived, the king's advisers remembered the advice of Lomasa Rishi, and under their direction all the citizens of Mahismati-puri, as well as the king, fasted on Ekadasi.
And on the next day, Dvadasi, the citizens dutifully offered their accrued merit to him. By the strength of all this merit, the queen became pregnant and eventually gave birth to a most beautiful son.

"O Yudhisthira," Lord Krishna concluded, "the Ekadasi that comes during the light fortnight of the month of Shravana has thus rightfully become famous as Putrada ["bestower of a son"]. Whoever desires happiness in this world and the next should certainly fast from all grains and legumes on this holy day. Indeed, whoever simply hears the glories of Putrada Ekadasi becomes completely free of all sins, is blessed with a good son, and surely ascends to heaven after death."

Thus ends the narration of the glories of Shravana-sukla Ekadasi, or Putrada Ekadasi, from the Bhavishya Purana. Joy can only be experienced when we offer our love to Krishna.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Always think of the Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna and you will find no difficulties in executing the tasks allotted to you by Krishna. The holy name of Krishna has extraordinary spiritual potency because the name of God is non different from God Himself
Chant these names with love and you will feel ecstasy:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare ...
Hare Krishna ... Jay Jagannath ...

Song From Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura

Song From Srila Bhaktivinoda
jñānī jñāna-yoge, koriyā jatane, brahmera sākṣāt kore
brahma-sākṣātkār, aprarābdha karma, sampūrna jñānete hare
1) The learned man, endeavoring in the practice of jñāna-yoga, eventually achieves direct perception of the Supreme Brahman. That realization of Brahman awards one with fully complete transcendental knowledge, which removes all of one’s aprārabdha, or unfructified karmic reactions accrued in previous births.
tabu to’ prārabdha, nāhi hoy kṣoy, phala-bhoga binā kabhu
brahma-bhūta jīva, phala-bhoga lāgi’, janama-maraṇa labhu
2) However, by dint of Brahman realization one’s prārabdha, or karmic reactions that are presently fructifying, are not diminished unless one actually undergoes the suffering of those reactions. Therefore, despite being a Brahman-realized soul, one must still experience the present reactions of his karma and thus be implicated in the cycle of birth and death.
kintu ohe nāma, tava sphūrti ha’le,ekāntī janera āro
prārabdhāprārabdha, kichu nāhi thāke, vede gāya bāro bāro
3) But, O holy name, if You are manifest on the tongue of Your unalloyed devotee, then all of his sinful reactions of both past and present lives are completely destroyed. This truth is sung by the Vedas again and again.
tomāra udaye, jīvera hṛdoya, sampūrna śodhita hoy
karma-jñāna-bandha, saba dūre jāya, anāyāse bhava-kṣoy
4) O holy name, when You arise within the living being’s heart, it becomes completely purified. The shackles of materialistic activities and intellectual knowledge are cast far away, and the soul’s worldly existence comes to an end without any difficulty.
nāma-ḍaṅkā-dhvani, koriyā jāibe, nāmera niśāna dharo
nāma-ḍaṅkā-dhvani, koriyā jāibe,bheṭibe muralīdharo
5) Bhaktivinoda raises his arms and says, “Take up the banner of the holy name and walk along sounding the drum of the holy name. In this way you will surely obtain the direct audience of Lord Muralīdhara, the holder of the flute.”

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

When Will That Day Be Mine? (video)

Narayan Maharaja vs Ananta Das Babaji

[PADA: A number of ISKCON devotees, including a few leaders, have been associating with "Ananta das babaji" for "rasika discussions." However, we have also heard that he is one of the "babajis" who is critical of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas guru lineage. 

This is an interesting exchange from the Narayana Maharaja folks, where they are discussing Ananta das babaji. And this seems to be the main problem everyone is having with Ananta das babaji, he attacks the Gaudiya line and its acharyas. 

Meanwhile I am not so sure what Ananta das' lineage is? Anyway this is not an endorsement of NM, but its sort of what we have said all along, the GBC is taking on all sorts of dubious "outside advisors" and this is simply another example. ys pd]   

Syamarani dasi: He also wants to know what you think of Ananta das Pandita. The one at Radha Kunda.

Srila Gurudeva: Ananta dasa Pandita. I only know that there is an Ananta dasa Babaji. He lives in Radha Kunda and he has published some books. I know only this. What has your Prabhupada spoken about Ananta Dasa?

Syamarani dasi: I don’t know what he said about him. But he rejects sahajiyas…

Gurudeva: I know that Ananta dasa Babaji tells that Mayapura is not the real Mayapura. He says that Pracina Navadvipa (Old Navadvipa, Sriman Mahaprabhu’s birthplace) is on the western side of the Ganges; he says that is the real Mayapura. [Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, with the help of Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja, found and established Mahaprabhu’s birthplace on the eastern bank]. So you can understand what type of person he is. 

[Then, after a few words describing Ananta das Babaji’s physical appearance and apparel:] What does he want to know about him?

Syamarani dasi: He wants to know what you think of his lineage and publications. It seems you have answered.

Srila Gurudeva: There are so many things to say about him. I know that his intelligence is misguided. Even though he cannot understand whether Mayapura is here or there, he makes propaganda against Gaudiya Vaisnavas, like Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura and others. He is hankering for so many disciples and yet he preaches against Gaudiya Vaisnavism. If any ISKCON member goes to him, he will say, “Oh, come on come on, I will give you babaji vesa.” And if you go, he will give you babaji vesa. [With affectionate sarcasm] Do you want? I will recommend you.

If your Prabhupada were here, he would have fully…what is the word?

Syamarani dasi: Condemned him?

Srila Gurudeva: Condemned him. And then he would have done his sraddha ceremony. Do you know the meaning of Sradha ceremony?
Syamarani dasi: The ceremony after death.
Gurudeva: Ah, yes. Your Prabhupada would surely have done this. What more can I say?

Original Gita in Spanish (?)

Jain Religion Death Ritual Constitutional?

San Francisco Rathayatra (thanks Gauridasa Pandit das)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Krishna's Departure / Srila Prabhupada's Departure

PADA: Its is strange that as Krishna was leaving the earth, all sorts of inauspicious events began taking place. And when Srila Prabhupada was leaving the earth, all sorts of inauspicious events began taking place. And many of the devotees began to fight among themselves in both instances.  

And the overall society suffered from all the inauspiciousness / infighting and so forth in both cases. And a number of the devotees died untimely, in both cases. Krishna was allegedly killed by being hit with an arrow, and Srila Prabhupada complained he was being poisoned, hence -- there was mystery surrounding both departures. 

Some of Krishna's family members thought he was an ordinary man, some of Srila Prabhupada's family members thought he was an ordinary man, etc. Anyway, its something to think about. ys pd


Srila Prabhupada: Some of Lord Krsna's pastimes are mentioned in the Mahabharata as mausala-lila. These include the stories of the destruction of the Yadu dynasty, Krsna's disappearance, His being pierced by a hunter's arrow, the story of Krsna's being an incarnation of a piece of hair (kesa-avatara) as well as mahisi-harana, the kidnapping of Krsna's queens. Actually these are not factual but are related for the bewilderment of the asuras, who want to prove that Krsna is an ordinary human being. 

They are false in the sense that these pastimes are not eternal, nor are they transcendental or spiritual. There are many people who are by nature averse to the supremacy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Visnu. Such people are called asuras. They have mistaken ideas about Krsna. As stated in the Bhagavad-gita, the asuras are given a chance to forget Krsna more and more, birth after birth. Thus they make their appearance in a family of asuras and continue this process, being kept in bewilderment about Krsna. Asuras in the dress of sannyasis even explain the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam in different ways according to their own imaginations. Thus they continue to remain asuras birth after birth. 

The destruction of the Yadu dynasty

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, as well as His powerful brother, Balarama, executed the killing of many demons. The Yadu dynasty also helped in this regard. To further remove the burden of the earth, the Lord arranged for the great battle of Kurukshetra, which suddenly erupted in violence between the Kurus and the Pandavas. Previously, before the appearance of the Lord, He had ordered that the demigods appear in the pious families of the Yadus. However, some members of the Yadu dynasty still saw the Lord as an ordinary human being. 
Because of their mundane vision of the Supreme Person, they considered themselves on the same level as the Lord. Because they took their birth in the Yadu dynasty, they had inconceivable strength, and thus they misunderstood Lord Krishna's supreme position. Having forgotten that Krishna was the Supreme Personality of Godhead, they constituted a great burden. 
Consequently, it was then necessary for Lord Krishna to remove that burden from the face of the earth. Although many members, who were devoted to Krishna, died in this fratricidal war, they were returned to their original positions as universal demigods. Others, who were eternal associates of the Lord, returned to His Own abode. Thus the Lord fulfilled his promise in Bhagavad-gita that His devotee never perishes.
After the battle of Kurukshetra, Gandhari had cursed the Yadu dynasty to be destroyed by fratricide. She did this because she considered Lord Krishna to be the cause of her sons' death. This curse satisfied the Lord because He was considering how to remove His family from the face of the earth. The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, used the Yadu dynasty, which was protected by His own arms, to eliminate the kings, who with their armies, had been a burden to this earth.
Then the unfathomable Lord thought to Himself, "The abatement of the earth's great burden, eighteen akshauhinis, has now been effected with the help of Drona, Bhishma, Arjuna and Bhima. But what is this? There is still the invincible strength of the Yadu dynasty, born of Myself, which may be a more unbearable burden. 
No outside force could ever bring about the defeat of this family, the Yadu dynasty, whose members have always been fully surrendered to Me and are unrestricted in their opulence. But if I inspire within the dynasty a quarrel, it will act just like a fire created from the friction of bamboo in a grove, and then I shall achieve My real purpose and return to My eternal abode."
When the Supreme Almighty Lord, whose desire always comes to pass, had thus made up His mind, He withdrew his own family on the pretext of a curse spoken by an assembly of brahmanas. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the reservoir of all beauty. His personal form is so attractive that it steals the eyes away from all other objects, which then seem devoid of beauty in comparison to Him. When Lord Sri Krishna was on the earth, He attracted the eyes of all people. 
When Krishna spoke, His words attracted the minds of all who remembered them. By seeing the footprints of Lord Krishna, people became attached to Him, and thus they desired to become His most obedient servants. In this way Krishna very easily spread His glories, which are sung throughout the world by the most sublime and essential Vedic verses. Lord Krishna considered that simply by hearing and chanting those glories, conditioned souls born in the future would cross beyond the darkness of ignorance. Being satisfied with this arrangement, He left for His desired destination.
Once upon a time, the sages Visvamitra, Asita, Kanva, Durvasa, Bhrigu, Angira, Kashyapa, Vamadeva, Atri and Vashistha, along with Narada and others, performed devotional rituals that award abundant pious results, bring great happiness and take away the sins of Kali-yuga for the whole world by merely being recounted. The sages duly executed these rituals in the home of the chief Yadu, Vasudeva, the father of Lord Krishna. After Lord Krishna, who was staying in Vasudeva's home as time personified, respectfully sent the sages off at the conclusion of the ceremonies, they went to the holy place called Pindraka. 
While in that holy place, the princes of the Yadu dynasty had Samba, the son of Jambavati, dress up in a woman's garb. Playfully approaching the great sages gathered there, the princes grabbed hold of the sages' feet and impudently asked them, with feigned humility, "O learned brahmanas, this black-eyed pregnant woman has something to ask you, She is too embarrassed to inquire for herself. She is just about to give birth and is very desirous of having a son. Since all of you are great sages with infallible vision, please tell us whether her child will be a boy or a girl."
While the princes were thus joking in this way, the sages became angry. Narada then cursed them, "Fools! She will bear you an iron club that will destroy your entire dynasty." Narada could never have any ill feeling toward the members of the Yadu dynasty, since his Lord was Sri Krishna. Narada is never influenced by the modes of nature like passion or ignorance. Therefore, in cursing the Yadu dynasty, he was simple acting as an instrument of the Lord.
Upon hearing the curse of the sages, the terrified princes quickly uncovered Samba's belly, and indeed they observed that there was an iron club. The young men of the Yadu dynasty exclaimed, "Oh, what have we done? We are so unfortunate! What will our family members say to us?" Speaking thus and being very disturbed, they returned to their homes, taking the club with them. The luster of their faces completely faded. The Yadu princes brought the club into the royal assembly and described what had happened to King Ugrasena in the presence of all the Yadavas.
When the citizens of Dvaraka heard about the infallible curse of the brahmanas and saw the mace, they were astonished and fearful. King Ugrasena thought to himself, "Samba and others should not feel any shame or fear." Thus without consulting Lord Sri Krishna, he ordered the club ground into fragments and thrown into the water, along with a small iron lump that remained. 
A certain fish swallowed the iron lump, and the bits of iron, carried to the shore by the waves, implanted themselves there and grew into tall, sharp canes. The fish was caught in the ocean along with other fish in a fisherman's net. The iron lump in the fish's stomach was taken by the hunter Jara, who fixed it as an arrowhead at the end of his shaft. Knowing fully the significance of all these events, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, though capable of reversing the brahmana's curse, did not wish to do so. Rather, in His form of time, He gladly sanctioned the events.
While the Vrishnis and the Andhakas were thus endeavoring to avoid the impending calamity, the embodied form of eternal time (Kala) wandered every day about their houses. He was terrible to behold. His head was bald, and his complexion was blackish. His eyes were fierce like fire. Sometimes he was seen by the Yadus as he peered into their houses. The mighty bowmen of the Vrishnis shot hundreds and thousands of arrows at him, but none on these succeeded in piercing him, for he was none else than the destroyer of all creatures. Day by day strong winds blew, and there were many awful, evil omens that arose, foretelling the destruction of the Yadu dynasty. 
The streets swarmed with rats and mice. Earthen pots were broken from no apparent cause. At night, the rats and mice ate away the hair and nails of sleeping men. Crows uttered inauspicious sounds within the houses of the Vrishnis, and they did not cease day or night. Many birds, impelled by death, appeared that were pale in complexion. Asses took birth from cows, and elephants took birth from mules. Cats were born of dogs, and mice took birth from the mongoose. 
The Vrishnis committed sinful acts and did not feel any shame upon doing so. They showed disregard for the brahmanas, demigods and the deities. They insulted and humiliated their seniors and preceptors. Only Lord Krishna and Balarama acted otherwise. Wives deceived their husbands, and husbands deceived their wives. The sun seemed surrounded by headless trunks of human form.
Beholding the inauspicious omens, Hrishikesha, the Lord, understood that the thirty-sixth year had come, and that the curse of Gandhari and the brahmanas was now taking effect. He then ordered an assembly of the Yadus in the Sudharma imperial court. The Yadus fixed their eyes upon the transcendental form of the Lord and were unable to withdraw them. 
Once that form entered their hearts and became fixed there, it would never depart. What to speak of acquiring fame, the great poets who described the beauty of the Lord's form would have their words invested with transcendentally pleasing attraction. And by seeing that form on Arjuna's chariot, all the warriors on the battlefield of Kurukshetra attained the liberation of gaining a spiritual body similar to the Lord's.
When all the Yadus had gathered in the Sudharma royal court, Lord Krishna spoke the following words, "O leaders of the Yadu dynasty, please note all these terrible omens that have appeared in Dvaraka just like the flags of death. We should not remain here a moment longer. The women, children and old men should leave this city and go to Sankhoddhara. We shall go to Prabhasa-kshetra, where the river Saraswati flows toward the west. 
There we should bathe for purification, fast, and fix our minds in meditation. We should then worship the demigods by bathing their images, anointing them with sandalwood pulp, and presenting them various offerings. After performing these pious rituals with the help of greatly learned brahmanas, we will worship those brahmanas by offering them cows, land, gold, clothing, elephants, horses, chariots and dwelling places. 
This is indeed the appropriate process for counteracting the evil omens we see, and it is sure to bring about the highest good fortune. Such worship of the demigods, brahmanas and cows can earn the highest birth for all living entities."
Having heard these words from Lord Krishna, the enemy of Madhu, the elders of the Yadu Dynasty gave their assent, saying, "So be it." After crossing over the ocean in boats, they proceeded on chariots to Prabhasa. There, with great devotion, the Yadavas performed the religious ceremonies according to the instructions of the Supreme Godhead, their personal Lord. They also performed various other auspicious rituals. 
When their intelligence had been covered by Providence, they liberally indulged in drinking the sweet Maireya beverage, which can completely intoxicate the mind. Then Satyaki, intoxicated on wine, began laughing and insulting Kritavarman in the midst of the Yadu assembly. He scorned him as follows, "What kshatriya is there who, armed with weapons, would slay men locked in the embraces of sleep and, therefore, already dead? Hence, O son of Hridika, the Yadavas will never tolerate what you have done."
When Satyaki had spoken these critical words, Pradyumna, the foremost chariot fighter, applauded them expressing his disregard for the son of Hridika. Highly incensed at this, Kritavarman spoke harshly with Satyaki, "You are professing yourself to be a hero, but you have slain the defenseless Bhurishravas, who was sitting in meditation."
Hearing this criticism of Satyaki, Lord Krishna cast an angry glance at Kritavarman. Then Satyaki reminded Lord Krishna that Kritavarman had taken part in the assassination plot of Satrajit, the father of Satyabhama. Remembering her father's death, Satyabhama came to her husband's side and began shedding tears. 
Rising up in rage, Satyaki pointed at Kritavarman and exclaimed, "I swear by truth that I shall soon cause this one to follow the path taken by the five sons of Draupadi, Dhristadyumna, and Shikhandi. Your period of life and fame has come to an end!" Having taken this oath, Satyaki rushed at Kritavarman and severed his head with a sword in the very sight of Keshava. Satyaki then began to strike down others present, and Lord Krishna ran to stop him.
The Bhojas and Andhakas were furious that Kritavarman was slain, and they attacked Satyaki intending to kill him. Pradyumnya rose to help Satyaki but it was too late. Both of them were slain by superior numbers. Infuriated, the Yadus seized their bows, arrows, swords, ballas, maces, lances and spears and attacked one another on the shore at Prabhasa. Completely abandoning their natural friendship, the members of the various Yadu clans, the Dasharas, the Vrishnis, the Andhakas, the Bhojas, the Satvatas, Madhus, the Arbudas, the Mathuras, the Surasenas etc. all slaughtered one another. 
Thus bewildered, sons fought with fathers, brothers with brothers, nephews with maternal and paternal uncles, and grandsons with grandfathers. Friends fought with friends, and well wishers fought with well wishers. In this way intimate friends and relatives killed one another. When all their bows and weapons had been exhausted, they seized tall stalks of cane on the shore of the ocean. When they did, these stalks of canes turned into iron rods as hard as thunderbolts. With these weapons the warriors began attacking one another again and again. 
When Lord Krishna tried to stop them, they attacked Him as well. In their confused state they also mistook Lord Balarama for an enemy. With weapons in hand they ran toward Him to kill Him. Lord Krishna and Balarama became furious, and picking up stalks of cane, they killed the remnants of the Yadu dynasty. When the slaughter was finished there was approximately 560,000,000, members of the Yadu dynasty lying dead at Prabhasa. The only two left were Babhru and Daruka. They approached Lord Krishna and spoke to him the following words, "O Lord, a large number of men have been slain. Let us leave this area and follow the path of Lord Balarama."
Then Lord Krishna, Babhru, and Daruka began to search for Lord Baladeva, the son of Rohini. They found him sitting under a tree near the ocean. After finding His elder brother, Lord Krishna ordered Daruka, "Go to the Kurus and inform Arjuna of this great slaughter. Arjuna should come here as soon as possible." After Daruka had gone away, Lord Krishna said to Babhru, "Go quickly to the city of Dvaraka and protect the ladies from robbers and thieves. Offer protection to the old and the young." Thus commanded by Lord Krishna, Babhru, still intoxicated from wine and depressed from the slaughter of his kinsmen, started for Dvaraka. As soon as he had gone a short distance, an iron bolt attached to a hunter's mallet struck Babhru, who was included in the curse of the brahmanas.
Beholding Babhru slain, Lord Krishna said to Balarama, "Wait here till I place the ladies of Dvaraka under proper protection." Lord Krishna then entered Dvaraka and informed the remnants of His family of the fratricide at Prabhasa. Lord Krishna addressed His father, "Please protect the ladies of our house till Arjuna comes. Just near the ocean in a forest Balarama waits for Me. I shall practice penances and austerities with Him. This massacre of the Yadus was similar to the slaughter of the Kurus at Kurukshetra. It is impossible for Me to live without the Yadavas as My companions."
Lord Krishna touched the feet of His father, and left the palace to the sounds of crying women. Lord Krishna then proceeded to the ocean and saw His brother sitting in meditation. Suddenly, a great white snake issued from His mouth, and ascending that snake, He went back to the spiritual world. Lord Krishna, witnessing the ascendence of His brother to Vaikuntha, sat down under a nearby Pippala tree. 
The Lord was exhibiting his brilliantly effulgent four armed form, the radiance of which, just like a smokeless fire, dissipated the darkness in all directions. His complexion was the color of a dark blue cloud, and His effulgence the color of molten gold. His all auspicious form bore the mark of the Srivatsa. A beautiful smile graced His lotus face. Locks of dark blue hair adorned His head. His lotus petal eyes were very attractive, and His shark shaped earrings glittered. He wore silken garments, an ornamental belt, sacred thread, bracelets, and arm ornaments, along with a crown, Kaustubha jewel, necklaces, anklets and other royal emblems. 
Around His neck were flower garlands, and His personal weapons were next to Him in their embodied forms. As He sat He held His foot with its lotus red sole on His right thigh. At that time a hunter named Jara had approached that place, and mistook the Lord's foot for the face of a deer. Thinking that he had found his prey, Jara released an arrow which he had fashioned from the remaining iron fragment of Samba's club. 
The arrow did not actually pierce the Lord's foot but merely grazed it. Seeing the four armed form of the Lord, the hunter became terrified that he had made some kind of offense, fell down at the lotus feet of the Lord, and prayed, "O Lord Madhusudana, I am a most sinful person. I have committed this act out of ignorance. O purest Lord, O Uttamasloka, please forgive this sinner. O Lord Vishnu, the learned say that for any man constant remembrance of You will destroy the darkness of ignorance. O master, I have made a great offense. 
Therefore, O Lord of Vaikuntha, please kill this sinful hunter of animals, immediately, so he may not commit offenses against divine personalities again. Neither Brahma, nor any of his sons headed by Rudra, or any of the great sages who are masters of Vedic mantras, can understand the function of your mystic power. Because your illusory potency has covered their sight, they remain ignorant of how Your mystic power works. Therefore, what can I, a low born person, possibly say."
Replying to the hunter the Supreme Personality of Godhead said, "My dear Jara, do not fear. Please get up. What has been done is actually my desire. With my permission go now to the abode of the pious, the spiritual world." So instructed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna, who assumes His transcendental body by His own will, the hunter circumambulated the Lord three times and bowed down to Him. The hunter then ascended a Vaikuntha airplane which took him to the spiritual world.
After this incident, Daruka suddenly appeared because he could not bear separation from the Lord. As he approached that place where the Lord was sitting, he could perceive the aroma of Tulasi leaves in the breeze, and followed the direction of the scent. Upon seeing Lord Krishna sitting under a banyan tree, surrounded by His shining weapons, Daruka could not control the loving affection he felt in his heart. 
Tears fell from his eyes as he descended from the chariot and fell at the Lord's lotus feet. Daruka said, "Just as on a moonless night people are plunged into darkness and cannot find their way, now that I have lost sight of Your lotus feet, my Lord, I have lost my vision and am wandering blindly in darkness. I cannot find my direction, nor can I find any peace."
While Daruka was speaking, the Lord's chariot, horses, and emblem, which was marked with the sign of Garuda, ascended into the sky. All the Lord's divine weapons also ascended following the path of the chariot. Daruka was most astonished to see all this, and the Lord compassionately spoke to him, "O Suta, go to Dvaraka and tell our family members how Lord Baladeva has dissappeared. Also tell them of my present condition. You and your family members should not remain in Dvaraka, because once I have abandoned that city, it will be inundated by the ocean. 
Whatever family members are left should be gathered together, and under Arjuna's protection leave for Indraprastha. My dear Daruka, you should be firmly fixed in devotion to Me. Remain fixed in spiritual knowledge and unattached to material considerations. Understanding these pastimes to be a display of My illusory potency, You should remain peaceful." Thus ordered, Daruka circumambulated the Lord and offered obeisances to Him again and again. He placed Lord Krishna's lotus feet on His head, and then with a sad heart went back to the city.
At this time Lord Brahma arrived at Prabhasa along with Lord Shiva and his consorts, the sages, the Prajapatis and all demigods headed by Indra. The forefathers, Siddhas, Gandharvas, Vidyadharas and great serpents also came along with the Charanas, Yakshas, Rakshasas, Kinnaras, Apsaras, and the relatives of Garuda, greatly anxious to see the departure of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Approaching Prabhasa, they all glorified the Lord Sauri, Krishna. Crowding the sky with their many airplanes, they showered flowers with great devotion. 
Seeing Lord Brahma and the other demigods before Him. Lord Krishna closed His lotus eyes, and fixed His mind within Himself, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Without employing the mystic meditation to burn up His body, Lord Krishna entered His own abode. As soon as Lord Krishna left the earth, truth, religion, faithfulness, glory and beauty immediately followed Him. Kettledrums resounded in the heavens, and flowers showered from the sky. Most of the demigods and higher beings lead by Lord Brahma could not see Lord Krishna as He was entering His own abode., since He did not reveal His movements. But some of them did catch sight of Him, and they were extremely amazed.
After the Lord had disappeared, Daruka returned to Dvaraka and threw himself at the feet of Vasudeva and Ugrasena. He drenched their feet with his tears, lamenting the loss of Lord Krishna. Daruka delivered the account of the total destruction of the Vrishnis, and upon hearing this, all became deeply distraught in their hearts and stunned with tears and sorrow.
Meanwhile, in Hastinapura, Yudhisthira had sent Arjuna to find out the next plans of the Lord. Upon reaching Dvaraka, Arjuna learned of the destruction of the Yadu Dynasty and the disappearance of the Lord. Proceeding to the city of the Vrishnis, Arjuna saw the city to be like a woman bereft of her husband. Seeing that Partha had come to protect them, the ladies sent up loud wails. Arjuna became greatly afflicted upon seeing the many wives of Lord Krishna without their protector. 
Rukmini and Satya fell down on the ground next to Arjuna and uttered loud cries of grief. Arjuna then began to glorify the superhuman activities of the Lord, and thus he managed to pacify them to some extent. He then proceeded to see his maternal uncle Vasudeva. Arjuna found the father of Lord Krishna lying on the ground and burning in separation from his son. Upon seeing Arjuna, Vasudeva embraced him and wept aloud remembering Lord Krishna. Vasudeva said, "Without beholding my son who subjugated the whole earth and defeated the Daityas a hundred times, I do not desire to live. 
No doubt the curse of the rishis is the cause of the destruction of this dynasty. How could the slayer of Madhu look on with indifference at the slaughter of His kinsmen. Yourself, Narada and the rishis know Him to be the eternal Lord Vishnu. My son must have allowed all this to happen. He is the Lord of the universe. He did not, however, wish to falsify the curses of Gandhari and the rishis. Thinking of My two sons and of the destruction of my Kinsmen, I am abstaining from food or drink. I shall neither eat nor live. You should now accomplish all that Krishna wanted you to do. This kingdom with all its wealth and women is now yours. As regards to myself, I shall follow the path of my son for I cannot bear His separation."
Arjuna then replied to his uncle, "O Vasudeva, I am unable to look upon this earth without the presence of my friend Krishna. King Yudhisthira, Bhima, Nakula, Sahadeva and Draupadi have the same mentality as I do. The time for our departure from this world is at hand. However, I shall first of all remove the women of Dvaraka to the city of Indraprastha." Arjuna then addressed Daruka, "I wish to see without delay the remnants of Vrishni house." 
Arjuna then entered the Sudharma assembly house. Very soon the leading heroes of the Yadu dynasty, who were left alive, entered the assembly hall. There also came many brahmanas, leading citizens and ministers of state. Surrounding the son of Kunti, they cried in deep separation from their master. With great effort Arjuna addressed them, "I shall take away the remnants of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas. The sea will soon engulf this city. Equip your chariots and place upon them all your wealth. The great grandson of Krishna, Vajra will be the King of Mathura. We shall depart from Dvaraka on the seventh day from today."
After hearing the instructions from Partha, the Vrishnis and the Andhakas began to make preparations to leave with Arjuna. Arjuna spent that night in one of the palaces of Lord Krishna and was overwhelmed with grief and lamentation. When the morning dawned, it was learned that Vasudeva had left his body and attained the spiritual world. A loud and heart rending sound was heard in the palace of Vasudeva. Devaki, Bhadra, Rohini and Madira threw themselves on the body of their lord. Arjuna then arranged for the last funeral rites to be performed and the four wives of Vasudeva ascended the funeral pyre to attain the same destination as their husband.
Arjuna then proceeded to Prabhasa where the fratricide of the Yadu dynasty took place. Seeing the slaughter of so many men for whom he had such great affection, he became despondent. He then arranged for the proper funeral rites to be performed for all those dead heroes. He found the bodies left by Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama, and he caused the shraddha rites to be performed for those two Personalities of Godhead. The body that was left by the Lord was considered by great saintly persons to be the Universal form of the Lord. Lord Krishna left a body like an ordinary mortal to satisfy those atheistic men who looked upon the Lord as an ordinary human being.
After the seventh day had passed, Arjuna led the procession of the Vrishnis and Andhakas out of the city of Dvaraka. Most of the procession were women, the aged and children. Arjuna personally took care of the sixteen thousand wives of Lord Krishna. The widows of the Vrishni, Bhoja and Andhaka heroes numbered many millions. When all had left Dvaraka, the ocean suddenly engulfed the whole city. The waves of the ocean smashed the walls of the beautiful city and completely engulfed the celestial mansions, parks, palaces and market places. The place of pastimes of the Supreme Lord was now removed from the face of the earth.
As the great procession was passing through the various provinces, a group of robbers numbering many thousands attacked the caravan and began to abduct the beautiful women and plunder the wealth. Urged on by the course of time, they fell upon the procession frightening it with loud shouts. The son of Kunti, Arjuna, seeing the situation at hand, ordered the robbers, "You sinful persons, stop this action if you desire to live! I will sever your limbs and send you to the abode of Yamaraja." 
Enraged, Arjuna endeavored to string the Gandiva bow. However, he did so with great difficulty. The robbers disregarded Arjuna's command and continued to plunder the women of Dvaraka and its wealth. Arjuna then began to think of his celestial weapons, but they would not come to his mind. Beholding the loss of his strength and the non appearance of his weapons, he became ashamed. The Vrishni warriors were also not able to stop those robbers from taking away the women and the wealth. 
Arjuna managed to strike the robbers with arrows from his Gandiva bow, but soon his arrows became exhausted. In former days his shafts had been inexhaustible. Now, however, they proved otherwise. The son of Indra then began to strike the robbers with the horn of his bow, but the mlecchas, in the very sight of Partha, took away those ladies of the Vrishni and Andhaka dynasties. Regarding all of this as the work of destiny, he breathed heavily. He then proceeded with the remnants of that procession and soon reached Kurukshetra. 
He established the son of Kritavarman in the city of Marttikavat with the remnant of the women of the Bhoja King. On the banks of the Saraswati, Arjuna installed the son of Satyaki and handed over to his care many of the old men and women of Dvaraka. The sovereignty of Mathura was given to Vajra, the great grandson of Lord Krishna. Rukmini, Saivya, Himavati, and Jambavati ascended the funeral pyre unable to tolerate the separation of their Lord. Satyabhama and many other queens of Lord Krishna entered the forest to practice austerities.
Arjuna then went to the ashrama of Vyasa and offered his obeisances unto the great sage. He explained to his grandfather about the disappearance of the Yadu dynasty and about the departure of the Lord. He also informed Vyasadeva about the robbers who had stolen many of the women from the procession, and how he was powerless to stop them. Arjuna said, "Thinking repeatedly of the carnage of the Yadava warriors and of the departure of Lord Krishna, I do not desire to live in this world. Alas, bereft of Govinda, I have nothing left to live for. O best among men, please tell me what I should do now, for I wander aimlessly with an empty heart."
Vyasadeva replied, "The mighty chariot fighters of the Yadu dynasty have been consumed by the curse of the brahmanas. O chief of the Kurus, you should not grieve for them. It was ordained by providence. It was Govinda who removed them from the face of the earth. 
Do not think otherwise. The Lotus-eyed Lord Krishna, having lightened the burden of the earth, has ascended to His own abode. You and your brothers have also assisted the Lord in killing many demons and establishing world peace. O foremost of the Kuru race, I consider you as crowned with success. The time for your departure from the world has now come. O Bharata, the time has now come for you to attain the highest goal of life. You should now follow the Lord to His Own abode. In my opinion this is the most beneficial course of action." Having heard the advice of Vyasa, Arjuna left that place and entered the city of Hastinapura.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Moon Landing: A Hoax?

Jyestha Australia Needs Medical Funds

PADA: Well what can I say? When it comes to paying for big shot lawyers, there always seems to be millions on tap, but when it comes to helping the devotees of Krishna, then the well usually ends up being dry. We hope this lady gets the funds she needs for her surgery, and beyond, since medical treatments often require (expensive) follow ups. 

We also heard that some devotees were being encouraged by a local Australia guru to go to the "Sterling Program" week end retreats in Australia, which costs a bundle. Maybe that money would be better used to make a fund for devotee care and treatment. 

We also hope that the leaders of ISKCON start to discuss making a better health care policy for each and every one their devotees so that the devotees are covered by some form of group insurance, government assisted care programs, or whatever it takes to get them covered etc. ys pd 

San Francisco Rathayatra Aug 23

Has ISKCON -- Gone Ritvik?

[PADA: Right, we cannot have our self-made acharyas constantly falling down left, right and center without eventually saying, ok lets join the ritviks, and have our people take shelter of Srila Prabhupada. This is pretty much self-evident; if our "mahabhagavata acharyas" cannot remain steady, and in most cases they cannot even get themselves on any semblance of firm footing on the path back to Godhead, then -- they cannot deliver their followers. Who will deliver them?

Hence! Srila Prabhupada is sort of "winning by default" due to the failure of this bhogha fried messiahs project. Its almost amazing that its taken this long for some people to grasp this fact.
Of course, there are a few hold out guys still saying we cannot worship Srila Prabhupada [because he is dead and gone?] and therefore the "ritviks are all bogus."

So its unfortunate but there are still a few self appointed gate keepers / hold outs who have dedicated their lives to blocking the door to the house of Krishna, by trying to stop anyone who dares enter the house of Bhakti, but we are gradually exposing their position as false and harmful to the process of Krishna consciousness. Padmanabha maharaja decries the system of GBC gurus falling and then their folks are getting reinitiated, ad infinitum, but he forgets it was his Gaudiya Matha folks who advised the GBC to set up this reinitiation system.

Yep, more and more the Krishna society is moving in the direction of our idea, lets revive the worship of the actual acharya Srila Prabhupada, and its an inevitable slide towards our idea that cannot be stopped at this point. Sorry, most people do not think this Padmanabha maharaja is the next messiah of ISKCON either, he is not being taken too seriously.

I was watching a video of Sudheer Krishna swami, another follower of the Gaudiya Matha / Sridhara Maharaja, and he says that Krishna will send you a messenger when you need one. Right, but as soon as Krishna sends that messenger, then the Sridhara Maharaja crew kicks him out the door saying his worship is the bogus ritviks idea. They are trying to block people from worship of the pure devotee, which is why Srila Prabhupada says the Sridhara Maharaja folks are "the severe offenders." Sorry, their "tradition" of promoting false messiahs and kicking out the worship of the pure devotee is collapsing under its own weight. ys pd]

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Robyn Beeche Departs Her Body

Robyn Beeche spent some 25 years living more or less permanently in Vrindavan. Clearly she was deeply immersed in the culture. Robyn’s grasp of the spiritual truths of India meant that she was very capable of fusing the profound with the everyday, and simply being. That is an abiding contentment that few achieve.

Robyn moved to London from Sydney, Australia in the mid-1970’s. She became a renowned professional photographer in the commercial world of advertising, beauty and fashion, while also known for her iconic documentation of the 1980’s. That was an era rich with experimentation and creativity, and her images have bequeathed a photographic tour de force of the aesthetics of underground London, especially in that decade. Robyn was equally celebrated for her ground-breaking photographs of painted bodies.

Robyn worked in the pre-digital age and therefore without any manipulation of images. “Nothing is collage, nothing is retouched–it is all done in the camera” she said. “In those days we had to carefully manipulate film through its processing to get different effects and there was plenty that could go wrong.”

Robyn’s approach to commercial and fashion photography raised the stakes for those who followed. She looked beyond the brand and the market, and instead catalysed creative collaborations, with invention and a robust sense of humour, which translated her fashion and beauty photography into an art form.

From 1983, Robyn began photographing the yearly rituals and the festivals of Vraja, the area of Krishna’s birth and youth. She made the move to live most of the time in India in 1992, becoming a vital participant in and contributor to the life of Jaisingh Ghera ashram, in service to Radharaman temple in Vrindavan. Robyn was an enduring presence at Jaisingh Ghera. “She was always there to help one and all, to facilitate the stay of countless scholars who spent time there in the last quarter of a century. Everyone who knew her was immediately and indelibly impressed by her kindness, caring nature, artistic sense, which seemed to follow her like fairy dust, and of course her photographic record,” wrote Dr. Frederick Smith, Sanskrit Professor at the University of Iowa.

Robyn applied the skills she had developed in her London work to documenting the many subtle nuances and significant aspects of Krishna worship, through which she captured the essence of the culture of Vraja. She produced several books on Indian arts and sacred architecture. Her major book, a delight for anyone to see, is ‘Celebrating Krishna’, with Shrivatsa Goswami ji, who wrote the text to accompany Robyn’s photographs.

Jack Hawley, Professor of Religion at Barnard College, praises Beeche’s work for not only capturing the moment, but “she records people at worship and is a chronicler of how the deity appears and the art that surrounds him,” he says. “This is a way of performing seva, the Hindu concept of service, for the community and the deity. She’s an artist but she’s also recording the art of others.” Middlebury College Art History Professor Cynthia Packert says that Beeche brings to life how people view religious darshan. “The heart and soul of darshan is to attain connection – the sensuousness of the visual experience. It’s like you’re experiencing darshan yourself.”

In 1989, she directed the film ‘Holi – Festival of Colours’, and in 1995 held her first photographic exhibition on the Culture of Vraja, at the Piramal Gallery, NCPA, Bombay. About that exhibition Robyn noted, “I see this exhibition as a way of the viewer being able to experience this living space of Vraja, of appreciating these age-old traditions which are being kept alive for generations to come. It is by documenting them that I wish to help perpetuate their existence within a rapidly changing society.”

Her work and life have captured the attention of many, including filmmaker Lesley Branagan, who made ‘A Life Exposed’, a 2013 documentary about Robyn. While her talent speaks for itself, it is her trajectory from the secular West to the noisy, even overwhelming, pluralistic India that most captures attention. “My life is like green traffic lights – I’ve just gone through them. I’ve just accepted everything and had a go.”

Surely her beloved Radharaman ji, whom she photographed so extensively, was well engraved in her mind at the time of her passing.