Friday, June 29, 2012

Hare Krishna song by Manish

Why are we in the material world?

PADA: By Srila Prabhupada. ys pd

RE: Rupanuga dasa

PADA: In sum, Rupanuga has never explained his idea: (a) Srila Prabhupada is no longer the current diksha guru, while (b) he supported that Kirtanananda IS the current diksha guru. Meaning, (c) Rupanuga has been exalting Kirtanananda to a post higher than Srila Prabhupada by saying KS is the current diksha guru and Srila Prabhupada is not. 

By this type of over glorification of KS by people like Rupnauga, (d) We Prabhupada devotees were being banned, beat and assassinated. Thus (e) Rupanuga (and his ilk) were the persons creating the violent atmosphere in ISKCON by saying Kirtanananda is a diksha guru, i.e. KS is absorbing sins like Jesus. 

Thus we dissenters are offending another Jesus by opposing KS. Rupanuga ilk thus created this atmosphere, it did not evolve from a vacuum. Also, (f) Most of us older devotees also knew that Kirtanananda was part of a homosexual household on Mott Street, and in the early days I and others heard him being called "Queer-tananda" around 1970. We all ALSO knew KS had opposed Srila Prabhupada by wanting devotees to dress in Western clothes etc. Thus, (g) Why did Rupanuga and his pals make this self-evidently flawed man into their next diksha guru, simultaneously, kicked Srila Prabhupada out of that position? No answer from Rupanuga since 1977, none, zilch, zip, nada. ys pd

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hare Krishna stops war video

How ISKCON alienates its second generation

Michael Madhumangala Das Boyer:  ... I have zero tolerance for Iskcon ... And unfortunately you are unable to move forward so there is little more to be said. My mother wouldn't send me away to a foreign country where she couldn't be close enough to help me if needed. My mother was and is a very responsible woman. She knows how to exercise common sense. It is easy to label me, this means nothing to me. I am not hear to discuss Sandusky, the law is dealing with him. 

How many devotees worry about Sulocana having been killed by the order of the New Vrindavan leaders? 

How come people are not repulsed to see that Radhanath Maharaj is a regular visitor to see Tirtha in jail (Thomas Drescher, the murderer of Sulochana)? How is it that those involved in the process of tracking and killing Sulocana have fingered Radhanath Maharaj as having been the one who funded his killing? Yet so many people STILL worship him as good as God? 

I want nothing to do with Iskcon. 

I have seen it all. I was asked to carry a gun to protect one of the original 11 gurus. I am in no way "acting" as you put it. More Iskcon. I am simply endeavoring to be a better human being and a devotee and forgiveness is crucial in life. Coercion was and still is a very prominent element within Iskcon. I have all respect for Srila Prabhupada but beyond that I want nothing to do with the institution. I am not a blind follower. I am and always have been a free thinker. I don't in any way condone the actions of Maharaj or any ither abuser for that matter, but I believe that in order for the victims of any injustice to hold onto hatred is not a healthy thing. 

Lastly, as a teenager in high school I was assaulted by a gang of 50 black kids for the theft of a basketball uniform that I had nothing to do with. I was beaten repeatedly and had a gun put to my head ... we are talking about an article of clothing. So should I hate all of these people or all black people as a result of this even though it happened 30 yrs ago? The answer is absolutely not ... I saw the guy who held the gun to my head 10 yrs ago and he didnt even recognize me even though he was standing right next to me. He could easily have become my victim, however I felt sorry for him because he lacks genuine intelligence. I try to be forgiving to the best of my ability because in the end resentments and hatred are like pissing on yourself because you are the only one that feels it. I wish you the best Kamesi didi and I truly admire your fire and wish you unlimited joy... Radhe Radhe 

GBC gurus: repent BEFORE meeting Yamaraja

What did Srila Prabhupada say about trying to use our intelligence and depending upon Krsna at the same time? We should try to use our intelligence to serve Krsna. We can endeavor to change things as best we can. But if things don’t always work out we just have to pray to become pure ourselves.

Think of all the devotees who left, some of them from the very first day Prabhupada left the planet, because they did not want to serve under a group of charlatan meditators who were destined to take over as kanisthas posing as uttama adhikari gurus. Many spoke out, one by one in protest as they left, knowing they might never be able to come back when they did, but having had enough they felt they had to do something toward the end. They had served Prabhupada faithfully, as best they could, but how can one compete with the new establishment who claimed they were the only direct links with Prabhupada for his own disciples, what to speak of the grand disciples? 

The only way is to hold your tongue and tolerate offenses against the new devotees, the older devotees, and Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krsna. And worship devotees you know are bogus as pure devotees. One day they are ordinary devotees like the rest of us, and then the next day they suddenly became pure devotees, fully ripened, just because they say Srila Prabhupada appointed them as the only gurus for as long as they wanted to be gurus (or for their lifetimes)?

We know that was a lie. Prabhupada said add more (ritvik) gurus as needed. We know the “uttama adhikari gurus” also lied about their uttama statuses, thinking they had to pretend to be pure in order to fool the new devotees into serving they themselves as uttamas instead of kanisthas. What a bunch of fools and rascals.

Prabhupada took his followers as far as he could. He never claimed he was perfect. Why his descendents felt they had to say they were perfect is beyond me. But they have suffered for it. And who knows what more suffering awaits them in the future? Isn’t it about time some (of them) actually confesses for a change about what they did in the past -- ahead of time, before the agents of Yamaraja drag them off to the hellish planets, wailing they didn’t know any better? What do they have to lose? 

Their false pride must already be destroyed, when they end up living at their mommy’s house as sannyasis because nobody else will take them in, and let them (continue to) lead the lives of sense gratification that they truly wish and all the devotees spread rumors about them anyway. When they get caught with their pants down, arm and arm with prostitutes walking down the street, high (on drugs) in the temple while giving classes about not taking intoxication, giving classes on not having illicit sex when the devotee women in the class have had illicit sex themselves with some of the “gurus” and “advanced devotees” giving the classes.

So if they still have any feelings for Lord Krsna, Srila Prabhupada or any sense of remorse for what they have done at least before they die they should confess they have cheated all of their disciples. It is an old English custom that before a man dies he apologizes for all the wrongs he has done throughout his life. Even Srila Prabhupada (apparently) apologized for having offended his Godbrothers in Krsna’s service when he told his disciples to stay away from them. But it was for his disciples own good. 

There was no offense on Prabhupada’s part. There is no offense if a devotee tries to follow Prabhupada’s orders to become a guru on his own merit because Prabhupada ordered him to, but there is an offense to force everyone to worship THEM instead of Prabhupada, since no one can serve Prabhupada -- except by serving them, the GBC gurus. It was an offense to say that they are too busy serving Krsna to get to know their disciples but whoever comes to the temple as a result of any devotional activity in the movement was actually directed to come in contact with the resident guru due to the mercy of that guru, and therefore you are lucky to have him as your guru, since he is the most advanced devotee on the planet, Srila Prabhupada said so! 

And who are you to try to get to know your guru since he is so important he has to spend all his time in his own private apartment watching TV (like Satsvarupa does), I mean, chanting his rounds with Krsna dancing on his tongue while he is hoping for hundreds of mouths and thousands of ears with which to purely hear and chant the holy names, something you will never be able to do in this life ever!

Since those "GBC guru pure devotees" have all fallen for the most part, isn’t it time the rest of them finally admits this is false? We all know it is or was false. Don’t the “gurus” know it simply more breeds contempt and hatred for them wherever they go because they still stupidly stick to these kinds of ideas? First they were all uttama adhikaris, then when they started falling down they all became madhyama adhikaris. Anything but admit they were all KANISTHA ADHIKARIS! Better a sincere sweeper in the street than a CHARLATAN MEDITATOR!

What do they have to lose? Do they think they will end up in jail for telling the truth? Will they lose the disciples they cheated? No. Their blind followers will still “follow” them, just to have a guru to dump all their karma on, there is no problem with that. They won’t go to jail for saying they are so humble now they are not uttama adhikaris. Did Srila Prabhupada for one moment ask the movement to worship him as an uttama adhikari, and if the devotees didn’t believe him did he start begging, “At least worship me as a madhyama adhikari guys, I have to pretend to be better than you somehow. After all you are all so rich and famous in America and have such naturally beautiful bodily features…”. No, I haven’t heard such stories.

But it all comes down to what the “gurus” want. Do they wish to hang on to their artificial positions until the time of death? Of course they do. 

That is what they have been doing all along. However, this of course does not apply to all the pure devotee uttama adhikaris in the movement, devotees who are so pure that when you plop them in front of a TV they see it only as Krsna’s energy, so they don’t even bother to get up and change the channel. In fact they are so pure they don’t even bother to NOT go to a porn shop to buy some porn and when they start to watch it and get caught it takes them several minutes to realize they are watching something they should not be, to come down to the madhyama platform, and turn it off. 

Neither does it apply to those who are so advanced they look at porno mags directly in front of their disciples because they too are being uttama adhikaris and don’t care a fig who knows about them looking at the magazines because they see everything as Krsna’s mercy, so Krsna must have given them His laxmi to use in their own service to prove how advanced they are to their own disciples. And to think these foolish disciples actually think their guru is fallen just because he is looking at porn? Or having sex with a prostitute, or an entire room full of them, because he is advanced enough to be in a room full of naked women? If the gurus can’t admit they are kanistha adhikaris then they should preach more about how they are manifesting their divine lila when they fall down because otherwise all the devotees they kicked out will commit offenses for criticizing such pure devotees and Krsna doesn’t like that. He "likes" the GBC pure devotees who are pure enough to have illicit sex and not even care? ys us

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Srila Prabhupada poisoning confirmation?

"Few days after Prabhupad left, my dear friend Pritu Putra Maharaja (I am sure your good husband new him well) met me in the South of France.The town of Aix- En- Provence. He just came from Vrindavan, to tell me that the dream is over. He told me who poisoned Prabhupad, and who only wished to kill him, but did not participate in the act. They all went to the carpenter he said, and they are building their big (vyasa) chairs ….. so said Pritu Prabhu. (Then) He was FINISHED. GONE MAD, and soon left with Malati for a different life style. Within 3.5 years, new mayapur turned to a concentration camp."

- Shaul Shalagram Porat

Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh VIDEOS

PADA: This user has many other videos, this is just one of them, so you can find the whole collection by viewing this one section. ys pd

Harikesh / Robert Campagnola videos

PADA: Yes, sounds a little nutty. ys pd

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Land of Vrndavana video

GBC gurus stopping disciples progress

PADA: Dear ****** prabhu,  Thanks for your question about your "struggle to become free from material desires," and how you feel totally hopeless in this regard. Its quite possible this is connected to your worship of a GBC guru for so many years. You need to weed out all the misconceptions these folks taught you. 

In current corrupt ISKCON their leaders openly state that even the Lord's parampara acharyas are falling down, so it makes the whole process appear as hopeless, since even the highest acharyas and residents of Krishna Loka are prone to become debauchees. No wonder then, the rank and file people lose enthusiasm, not a surprise at all. There is no perfectional stage, even the highest stage is faulty, or is likely to be so. 

Actually most of their gurus fell, so what they are really saying is: most of the time the acharyas are falling into material desires. This is very sinful to preach like this, it makes people give up. If even the acharyas are attracted to debauchee's life, then how can the neophyte ever have a chance of advancing? So they are stopping people from advancing with this bogus preaching. There is no higher stage to attain, because even the highest stage is filled with illusion.

Of course, I know personally that there is a factual and eternal higher stage. I know its real because that is how I learned the process in the first place. These people are giving the exact opposite teaching of Srila Prabhupada, he says its an offense to say the acharyas are conditioned souls. Mad elephant offense too! These GBC people are also not really supposed to be sannyasa in the first place since the order was suspended in 1977. Now they are acharyas? And so they say acharyas are falling left, right and center? They are making the whole process seem hopeless: If the Lord's pure associates and acharyas are falling down left, right and center, so what hope is there for us neophytes? They are making the whole thing appear as a hopeless endeavor. Very sinful. ys pd

Locanananda on officiating acharyas

LOCANANADA DASA (June 2012): It is said that one must choose a spiritual master and that by mutual examination, the disciple will be accepted by the guru when the guru sees that the disciple has surrendered to Krishna.

If someone joins the Hare Krishna movement, he will seriously hear and assimilate the philosophy and apply it in his daily life. He or she will follow the four regulative principles, chant sixteen rounds a day and engage in Sankirtana activity on a regular basis. Bowing down to offer obeisances, reciting prayers and worshiping the Deity form of the Lord — all in the association of other like-minded devotees — these are the characteristics of a sincere student of a bona fide spiritual master. It is my understanding that when someone comes to this point, he or she has accepted Srila Prabhupada as the worshipable spiritual master. In other words, when someone seriously takes to the process of Krishna consciousness, as taught by Srila Prabhupada, that student has recognized and chosen Srila Prabhupada as his eternal spiritual master.

The arrangement made by His Divine Grace for initiations to be conducted after he would enter samadhi was to leave these formalities in the hands of the senior disciples he named in the July 9th, 1977 letter.
There was no mention of them receiving worship either during or after the end of Srila Prabhupada’s lifetime. Neither was it mentioned that future disciples would have to choose the person who would perform the formalities of their initiation, or that the person performing the initiation would be the ultimate spiritual authority of the initiate and was empowered to take the initiate back to Godhead.

The choice of spiritual master is made when one accepts Srila Prabhupada as his deliverer and eternal guide. When the symptoms of surrender are present, the representatives of the spiritual master such as the temple president, GBC secretary or other senior devotees will recommend the disciple to the officiating acarya who will formalize the connection with the guru parampara by conducting the initiation.

I believe that when devotees say “Srila Prabhupada is my siksa guru and so-and-so Swami is my diksa guru,” they have not properly cultivated their relationship with Srila Prabhupada. They should have the same sense of gratitude and commitment towards Srila Prabhupada as those who were initiated by His Divine Grace during his lifetime. In fact, they may become greater servants of Srila Prabhupada than we ever were.

So if a new initiate is asked, “Who is your spiritual master?” he or she can reply, “Srila Prabhupada is my eternal spiritual master and I am his eternal servant.” “And what about your initiation?” “My initiation was performed by Srila Prabhupada’s representative acting as officiating acarya.” This is the ritvik initiation system phase two in practice. It glorifies Krishna’s pure devotee as the Lord’s empowered emissary. It also does not deny that the link to the eternal spiritual master is solidified by the formal process of initiation performed by the officiating acarya.

Let us remember that any vaisnava can be seen as guru, according to the Caitanya caritamrita. But the vaisnava must always remain meek and humble if he is to act as the representative of the great acarya. I have heard ISKCON gurus say at initiation ceremonies, “I will take you to Prabhupada and Prabhupada will take you to Krishna.” In this way, the initiator is taking credit for having powers greater than other vaisnavas as if only he could take the initiate to Prabhupada’s lotus feet.

How does a newcomer connect with the Founder Acarya? First of all, Srila Prabhupada said, “If you want to know me, read my books.” Secondly, according to sastra, a devotee can have many siksa gurus and all of them can and should help you attain the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada. The ISKCON gurus have for all intents and purposes excluded their godbrothers from preaching to their disciples by implying that their services are not required, thus turning the movement into a personality cult jubilee.

The initiation system followed in ISKCON may appear to some to be bona fide, but how could it be, considering there has never been a discussion about the role of the officiating acarya, which is what Srila Prabhupada said he wanted instituted in ISKCON thirty-five years ago. ys LD


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sannyasa candidates list

PADA: Wowsers, I too can be another sum total of the demigods acharya, by a vote from Badrinarayan dasa, Bir Krishna and Prahladhananda? Sign me up! Hee hee. Makhanlal is well on his way to his "voted in sainthood" already, since he has passed the walking on water test, of course he was walking through a mud puddle. ys pd

Krishna land artist

Summary of recent Prabhupadanuga progress

PADA: There are also Prabhupadanugas in Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Cincinatti Ohio, New Jersey, Long Island NY, Oregon, Radha Krishna dasa's program in Mexico, Costa Rica, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, some new folks in Germany, new folks in former Yugoslavia, and many other places. Bottom line is, our idea is expanding. Jaya Srila Prabhupada! ys pd

1) Prabhupadanugas Russia expanding:

[In Russia we have 10-15 Prabhupada centers now]

2) Prabhupadanuga Organic Farm in Mexico:

3) Prabhupadanugas Brazil:

4) Prabhupadanugas Hawaii:

5) Prabhupadanugas New Zealand:

6) Prabhupadanugas Singapore:

7) Prabhupadanuga centers India:

8) Prabhupadanugas West Indies:

9) Prabhupadanugas Vrndavana, India:


10) Prabhupadanugas Mangalore:

11) Prabhupadanuga program is expanding:

12) Prabhupadanugas "Akshaya Patra" program delivers smiles:

13) Prabhupadanugas eu

14) Prabhupadanugas Sunnyvale:

1235 Reamwood Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Ph:             408-657-8485      

15) ISKCON Times

Friday, June 22, 2012

Recent PADA videos



PT. 1

PT. 2

PT. 3

Bhakti Vikas Swami reform:

ISKCON Guru's future births:


Letter to a Russian devotee

Dear Bhakta Nikolai:
Hare Krsna! Jaya Srila Prabhupada.
You wrote a very nice article. Do not worry, you have the proper attitude and will succeed. Just follow Prabhupada’s instructions in his books and Krishna will make the proper arrangements.
You wrote “But when I ask question of my devotee friends they say we cannot understand guru but we must be humble follower. They say the authorities know what is right and what is wrong and our duty is to listen to our authorities.”
You are correct in rejecting this advice. The guru must follow the sastric injunctions, just as Srila Prabhupada did.
Perhaps we cannot fully understand the guru, but it is easy to make sure that he is following the 4 regulations, chanting 16 rounds and teaching only what is in sastra. If he is not, then he is not bona fide.
Many devotees of ISKCON followed the advice of just listening to the authorities and are very, very sorry that they did. Do not be misled.
I wish you and your family all success in your devotional service.
All glories to the assembled devotees!
Your servant,
Prayag das

Sunnyvale temple program 6/22/12

BV Puri confirms NM boycotted Prabhupada meeting

PADA: BV Puri describes that BV Narayana Maharaja boycotted the 1971 meeting with Srila Prabhupada, as we described in our video here: 

Jaya, this is a confirmation, we were right. ys pd


ISKCON copies Akshaya Patra food program

Yoga madness covers Times Square

Puri Rathayatra web site

Prabhupadanugas Russia expanding!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Early ISKCON history pt.2 by PD

Note from Naveen Krishna

Saturday, 10 March 2012


[Comments by Naveen Krishna dasa.]
Dear Maharajas and Prabhus, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Today is Gour Purnima, a very auspicious day. I have been meaning to share my thoughts on the statements about Rama and Ravana on Nov 10th, 1977 by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada in Vrindavana. Since Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu also manifested his Sadbhuja form as Lord Ramachandra, Lord Krishna and Lord
Caitanya, I thought it may be all right to write about this matter today.

We know that there are always hinderances in the mission of the Lord and his devotees. It is just part of the manifest pasttimes of the Lord. So in the mission of Lord Rama, the hinderance, for the glorification of the Lord and to show the mercy of the Lord, we have the presence of Ravana.

In Srila Prabhupada's mission, he writes about the presence of envious persons in the garb of devotees in Iskcon, and how we may deal with them. But first we have to know who they are.

On Nov 10th 1977, Srila Prabhupada made the most direct statements about such persons. This was within 48 hours of his stating several times, in different ways, that he thought it possible that somebody was poisoning him. As you know by now, the servants present there confirmed that Srila Prabhupada thought he was being poisoned.

Here is a recap of that section, as directly quoted from the Bhaktivedanta Archives Conversation books volume 36, page 378.

Jagadisa: Srila Prabhupada, can you tell us why you want to go on the parikrama?
Tamal Krsna: This seems like suicide Srila Prabhupada, this program.It seems to some of us like its suicidal.

Page 380..After so many statements by others that he should not go on parikrama.
Prabhupada: BUT I THINK I SHALL BE CURED...(by removing myself from my caretakers and going on parikrama).

My comments:

First, on Nov 8th, Srila Prabhuapda, with his servants confirming, has stated that it is possible that he has been poisoned by somebody. Hours later, forensic experts confirm the whispers.."Its going down...the
poisons's going down". Now Srila Prabhupada states that he is being killed by "Ravana", and that to stay there in the current situation is like committing suicide, or being killed by Ravana. Instead if he is able to
leave the situation, even if he dies, then that is prefered because then he would be die in the care of "Rama" .. instead of in the care of "Ravana".
He confirms again a few minutes later that he will be cured by leaving that situation and getting away on parikrama. Here are the blatantly obvious questions:

-Who is the Ravana that Srila Prabhupada is stating will kill him?
-Why was TKG so cool and quick in his understanding that, "NOW YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE WHICH SUICIDE"? Such an astonishing statement! And why wasn't he, as Srila Prabhupada's caretaker, not immediately concerned as to why Srila Prabhupada thought that staying there was suicide; or to find out WHO WAS THE RAVANA?
-Is the RAVANA connection to the previous discussions about being poisoned not obvious?
-Why does Prabhupada compare himself to Marica? Does he know that his name will be used to mislead others by the Ravana in the future just like Marica was used to mislead Sita? Have we been mislead for years by the "Ravana" and his followers?
Note some of the pasttimes and ambitions of Ravana: 
1.Meaning of the word Ravana.."One who makes others cry"
2.Dresses as a sannyasi to mislead Sita.
3.Performs great austerities to achieve his purposes.
4.Steals Sita...but only the false Sita.(Is there a false Iskcon in a similar way...stolen by Ravana?). Then what and where is the real Iskcon?
Note by Mukunda dasa: ANSWER = GOING ON INTERNALLY - ORIGINAL BOOKS and Followers:
They are now feeling the weight of this movement. Formerly they thought these people come and go, but now they see we are staying. Now we have set fire. It will go on, it cannot be stopped. You can bring big, big fire brigades but the fire will act. The brainwash books are already there. Even if they stop externally, internally it will go on. Our first class campaign is book distribution. Go house to house. The real fighting is now. Krsna will give you all protection. So, chant Hare Krsna and fight.
(S.P. Letter to: Tamala Krsna, Vrindaban 30 October, 1976)

5.Uses Marica to mislead Sita? (Has Prabhupada's name been used over and over again to cheat and mislead thousands of devotees?)

Finally, what would YOU have done if Srila Prabhupada was saying that by leaving that situation with "Ravana" HE WOULD BE CURED? Beg him to stay where he was? Why? Did the Kaviraja know better than Srila Prabhupada that Srila Prabhupada desires were protested so strongly? Was there another

I hope you have had a nice Gour Purnima festival....whatever your situation may be...and that you are resolved to help Srila Prabhupada save his mission.

Your servant,
Naveen Krishna dasa.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Book distribution web site

PADA: This is an official ISKCON site. ys pd

Early Days of ISKCON 1970 pt. 1

Why were Srila Prabhupada's documents hidden?

PADA: The July 9th letter was also not circulated as was ordered, indeed many folks complained they never saw a copy until we began to publish it widely in 1985. The May 28, 1977 "appointment tape" was also not circulated, until we began to publish that in 1984. The ENTIRE COLLECTION of letters were also not being circulated, and when we got a microfiche of the letters in 1984, Sulochana told me he got a call from Ramesvara saying we (me and Sulochana) would be “dead meat on a hook” if we published. Well we went ahead and published the letters, and Sulochana was then assassinated for doing that, just as they said he would be. And without the help of the police, I would have been assassinated too, they arrested the person who killed Sulochana who was “doing surveillance” on my car. I also got a copy of "the will" out of Hansadutta’s safe, and the will was ALSO not being circulated. None of the 1977 conversations were being circulated AT ALL until a limited edition came out in 1990, and there were many gaps in the tape sequences. In sum, the words of Srila Prabhupada were being suppressed. I read in the 1990 edition of the BBT archives conversations “conversation about poison in hindi,” I had to pray to Krishna for 7 years to get those tapes, these tapes were not being circulated at all, ok until I circulated them. Locananda’s biggest problem is, these things were all being suppressed violently, so how could the people doing that have any authority at all? ys pd

Prabhavishnu makes a comeback as guru?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Srila Prabhupada's School in Calcutta

Prabhupadanugas Rathayatra Singapore

The Jagannatha Ratha Yatra is a 3,000-year-old annual chariot festival that originated in a small town, called Jagannatha Puri, on the eastern coast of India in the state of Orissa. It is a hallmark of Indian heritage and culture.

This extraordinary festival encompasses all the facets of the ancient and profound Vedic civilization, namely music, dance, food, art, colors, apparel, poetry, architecture, grandeur, wisdom and compassion, all of them harmoniously culminating in glorifying the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Jagannatha (Krishna).

Festival Programs Include:

• Chariot Procession (Everybody can participate by pulling the chariot)
• Sankirtana (Musical congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra)
• Dance Performance
• Prasadam Feast (Sumptuous 10-course pure spiritualized vegetarian meal for everyone)

Date: July 1, 2012
Time: 5pm to 9:30pm
Venue: Toa Payoh Stadium

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sri Gadhadhara Pandit Tirobhava Tithi -- June 19th 2012

Srila Prabhupada explains the divine position of Sri Gadadhara Pandita

In the beginning of the Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī writes, "I offer my respects to my spiritual masters." He uses the plural here to indicate the disciplic succession. It is not that he offers obeisances to his spiritual master alone but to the whole paramparā, the chain of disciplic succession beginning with Lord Kṛṣṇa Himself. Thus the guru is addressed in the plural to show the author's highest respect for all the Vaiṣṇavas. After offering obeisances to the disciplic succession, the author pays obeisances to all other devotees, Godbrothers, the expansions of Godhead and the first manifestation of Kṛṣṇa's energy. Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu (sometimes called Kṛṣṇa Caitanya) is the embodiment of all of these; He is God, guru, devotee and the expansion of God. As His associate Nityānanda, He is the first manifestation of energy; as Advaita, He is an incarnation; as Gadādhara, He is the internal potency; and as Śrīvāsa, He is the marginal living entity. 

Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta - 1975 Edition : Cc. Introduction : In the beginning of the Caitanya-caritāmṛta

Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta - 1975 Edition : Cc. Introduction :

Thus Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī discusses Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu as Śrī Kṛṣṇa Himself, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and Lord Nityānanda as Balarāma, the first expansion of Kṛṣṇa. Advaitācārya, another principal disciple of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu's, is accepted as an expansion of Mahā-Viṣṇu. Thus Advaitācārya is also the Lord, or, more precisely, an expansion of the Lord. The word advaita means "nondual," and His name is such because He is nondifferent from the Supreme Lord. He is also called ācārya, teacher, because He disseminated Kṛṣṇa consciousness. In this way He is just like Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Although Lord Caitanya is Śrī Kṛṣṇa Himself, He appeared as a devotee to teach people in general how to love Kṛṣṇa. Similarly, Advaitācārya appeared just to distribute the knowledge of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. 

Thus He is also the Lord incarnated as a devotee. In the pastimes of Lord Caitanya, Kṛṣṇa is manifested in five different features, and He and His associates appear as devotees of the Supreme Lord in the form of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya, Lord Nityānanda, Advaitācārya, Śrī Gadādhara, and Śrī Śrīvāsa. In all cases, Caitanya Mahāprabhu is the source of energy for all His devotees. Since this is the case, if we take shelter of Caitanya Mahāprabhu for the successful execution of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, we are sure to make progress. One devotional song by Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura states, "My dear Lord Caitanya, please have mercy upon me. There is no one who is as merciful as You. My plea is most urgent because Your mission is to deliver fallen souls, and no one is more fallen than I. I beg priority.
Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta - 1975 Edition : Cc. Introduction :

Lord Caitanya always chants the holy name of Kṛṣṇa and describes it also, and because He is Kṛṣṇa Himself, whoever meets Him will automatically chant the holy name of Kṛṣṇa and later describe it to others. He injects one with transcendental Kṛṣṇa consciousness, which merges the chanter in transcendental bliss. In all respects, therefore, He appears before everyone as Kṛṣṇa, either by personality or by sound. Simply by seeing Lord Caitanya one at once remembers Lord Kṛṣṇa. One may therefore accept Him as viṣṇu-tattva. In other words, Lord Caitanya is Lord Kṛṣṇa Himself.

Sāṅgopāṅgāstra-pārṣadam further indicates that Lord Caitanya is Lord Kṛṣṇa. His body is always decorated with ornaments of sandalwood and with sandalwood paste. By His superexcellent beauty He subdues all the people of the age. In other descents the Lord sometimes used weapons to defeat the demoniac, but in this age the Lord subdues them with His all-attractive figure as Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī explains that His beauty is His astra, or weapon, to subdue the demons. Because He is all-attractive, it is to be understood that all the demigods lived with Him as His companions. His acts were uncommon and His associates wonderful. When He propagated the saṅkīrtana movement, He attracted many great scholars and ācāryas, especially in Bengal and Orissa. Lord Caitanya is always accompanied by His best associates like Lord Nityānanda, Advaita, Gadādhara and Śrīvāsa.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta - 1975 Edition  The External Reasons for Lord Caitanya's Appearance  Adi 3.52

advaita ācārya, nityānanda, śrīnivāsa
gadādhara, dāmodara, murāri, haridāsa
āra yata caitanya-kṛṣṇera bhakta-gaṇa
bhakti-bhāve śire dhari sabāra caraṇa
advaita ācārya—Advaita Ācārya; nityānanda—Lord Nityānanda; śrīnivāsa—Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita; gadādharaGadādharaPaṇḍita; dāmodara—Svarūpa Dāmodara; murāri—Murāri Gupta; haridāsa—Haridāsa Ṭhākura; āra—other; yata—all;caitanya-kṛṣṇera—of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya; bhakta-gaṇa—devotees; bhakti-bhāve—with a devotional attitude; śire—on my head; dhari—I take; sabāra—of all of them; caraṇa—the lotus feet.
Bowing down with devotion, I hold on my head the lotus feet of Advaita Ācārya, Nityānanda, Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita,GadādharaSvarūpa Dāmodara, Murāri Gupta, Haridāsa and all the other devotees of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya..
The author of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta teaches us that we must offer our respectful obeisances to all such pure confidential devotees of Lord Caitanya if we indeed want to know Him in truth.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta - 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 4: The Confidential Reasons for Lord Caitanya's Appearance : Adi 4.227-228

  In his Anubhāṣya commentary Śrī Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura describes the Pañca-tattva as follows: The supreme energetic, the Personality of Godhead, manifesting in five kinds of pastimes, appears as the Pañca-tattva. Actually there is no difference between them because they are situated on the absolute platform, but they manifest different spiritual varieties as a challenge to impersonalists to taste different kinds of spiritual humors (rasas). In the Vedas it is said, parāsyaśaktir vividhaiva śrūyate: "The varieties of energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead are differently known." From this statement of the Vedas one can understand that there are eternal varieties of humors, or tastes, in the spiritual world. Śrī Gaurāṅga, Śrī Nityānanda, Śrī Advaita, Śrī Gadādhara and Śrīvāsa are all on the same platform, but in spiritually distinguishing between them one should understand that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is the form of a devotee, Nityānanda Prabhu appears in the form of a devotee's spiritual master, Advaita Prabhu is the form of a bhakta (devotee) incarnation,Gadādhara Prabhu is the energy of a bhakta, and Śrīvāsa is a pure devotee. Thus there are spiritual distinctions between them. The bhakta-rūpa (Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu), the bhakta-svarūpa (Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu) and thebhakta-avatāra (Śrī Advaita Prabhu) are described as the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, His immediate manifestation and His plenary expansion, and They all belong to the Viṣṇu category. Although the spiritual and marginal energies of the Supreme Personality of Godhead are nondifferent from the Supreme Personality of Godhead Viṣṇu, they are predominated subjects, whereas Lord Viṣṇu is the predominator. As such, although they are on the same platform, they have appeared differently in order to facilitate tasting of transcendental mellows. Actually, however, there is no possibility of one being different from the other, for the worshiper and the worshipable cannot be separated at any stage. On the absolute platform, one cannot be understood without the other.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta - 1975 Edition : Cc. Lord Caitanya in Five Features : Adi 7.5 

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sivarama swami on GBC guru system

Sivaram Swami speaks out that he is thankful he became a Guru before the crazy Iskcon law book on Gurus came out, such as their "5 year No Falldown period for being a Guru," yet he crazily says he supports it fully. Really gone mad. ys DD

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Female babies "unwanted"

[PADA: Srila Prabhupada says India will suffer reactions for not following Vedic culture. So this is another sign that they need to go back to the basics, and the suffering is already there in India for falling away from the Vedas. We sometimes post these articles to show how in fact India is falling away from Vedic standards, big time! "Varna-sankara" sometimes means "unwanted progeny," so when people reject their own babies, this is a great sign of social deterioration. ys pd]  

Prabhupada project in Ahmedabad

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