WHEN I Order
BY: MAHESH RAJA
In response to Tamohara Prabhu’s recent article, “Pertinent to the Directives of Srila Prabhupada“, regarding the hybrid gurus you propose, I do not see how that is feasible. Let’s consider the following:
1) From the year 1966 to 1977 Srila Prabhupada did NOT give ANY order to anyone SPECIFICALLY “YOU become guru,” so HOW can you say that they are diksa guru?
IF Srila Prabhupada would have ordered BEFORE 1977 then there would be no point in 1977 of him stating in 1977 WHEN I order.
It was SPECIFICALLY in the year 1977 that Srila Prabhupada said “WHEN I order” NOT before, so AFTER the year 1977 WHERE is the evidence of THAT order?
Prabhupada: “When I order, “You become guru,” he becomes regular guru. That’s all. He becomes disciple of my disciple. That’s it.”
“When I order”– NO ORDER WAS GIVEN. On the contrary, the ONLY instruction that followed TWO months AFTER was as per 9th July 1977 Letter, that they were to act in the capacity of Ritvik Representative of Acarya and the disciples initiated would be Srila Prabhupada’s, NOT theirs.
Prabhupada, August 12, Teheran, 1976: […] Now analyze everyone. Everyone is thinking that “I am this body.” “I am American,” “I am Indian,” “I am Hindu,” “I am Muslim,” “I am this,” “I am that,” all in the bodily concept of life. So if you continue this bodily concept of life, then you remain animal. Full Lecture
BG 15.15 – I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas am I to be known; indeed I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.
PURPORT BY SRILA PRABHUPADA
The Supreme Lord is situated as Paramatma in everyone’s heart, and it is from Him that all activities are initiated. The living entity forgets everything of his past life, but he has to act according to the direction of the Supreme Lord, who is witness to all his work. Therefore he begins his work according to his past deeds. Required knowledge is supplied to him, and remembrance is given to him, and he forgets, also, about his past life. FULL PURPORT
“Secrets of the Brain: The Mystery of Memory”
by Tonia E. Chrapko, B.Ed.
Even though science continues to give us ever increasing insights into what memory is, much of it remains a mystery. Researchers consider memory a process, and when you remember you are actually reconstructing the event from bits of information stored in various parts of the brain.
But the mystery is, what initiates the reconstruction? Is it, as some suggest, directed from outside the physical body, from the energy body? That remains to be seen. In the meantime, let’s look at what science can tell us about some of the chemical activity in the brain.
Gauridasa Pandita Dasa | Ter Kadamba is a very important place in Vraja Mandala, Vrindavan. This is near Nanda Grama. Anybody in the village can tell you about the location of Ter-kadamba. Ter means to call, Krsna used to call the cows, gopis and gopas from the Kadamba tree at Ter Kadamba.
On the day of Gopashtami, Mother Yasoda first sent Krishna to herd the calves. She dressed Him as a prince with jeweled ornaments, beautiful turban and silken clothes. When the friends of Krishna saw Him, they started making fun of Him. They said, “Look at Him. He has come dressed, as though He has come to take care of the kingdom.
6 October, 1970
My Dear Krishna das,
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your two letters dated August 31st, 1970, and September 28th, 1970.
I am very encouraged to hear of your Sankirtana Party activities and your program of visiting different cities weekly is very nice. Krishna is giving you very good intelligence. In the future you may maintain a permanent Sankirtana Party that will regularly visit in the cities all over Germany and in this way you will be able to distribute our literatures without any difficulty.
The following was written by Bhajahari Das and gives us a glimpse into the heart of this special and sincere Vaishnava:
WHAT MIGHT HE SOUND LIKE?
I speak this truth in earnest.
and hopefully not with pride,
But each and every day now,
I keep Prabhupada by my side.
I listen for hours to his divine recorded chanting, his lecturing, his discussing intimately with his secretaries the problems facing the Krsna Consciousness movement.
I become exhilarated while out with him on morning walks, I relish his fighting talks… He always preaches so boldly and without any fear….. at all.
I have not always listened so attentively, but just over 4 years ago I was brought to my knees during the agony of a severe heart attack.
Jiva Jago Jiva Jago
Gaurachandra bole ….
A few weeks earlier, during a particularly sweet japa period late at night before our beautiful Sri Sri Nityananda Gaura, I was feeling a desperate need to come closer to Srila Prabhupada.
I was feeling bad that, whatever I had previously done for Prabhupada was mostly a long time ago, during the vigour of my youth. [Read More…]
In an interview with India’s Bhavan’s Journal in August 1976, Śrīla Prabhupāda asked, “How can there be happiness or peace in animal society? They want to keep people like animals, and they are making a United Nations…. simply a dog’s race. The dog is running on four legs, and you are running on four wheels—that’s all. And you think that the four-wheel race is advancement of civilization!”
Interviewer: […] Still, isn’t it usually considered honorable to work hard, to struggle, and eventually “get ahead” in life?
Srila Prabhupada: The karmis, fruitive workers, have been described in the Bhagavad-gita as mudhas, asses. Why are they compared to the asses? Because the ass works very hard with loads on his back, and in return his master gives him only a little morsel of grass. He stands at the door of the washerman and eats grass while again the washerman loads his back. He doesn’t have the sense to think, “If I go out of the cottage of the washerman, I can get grass anywhere. Why am I carrying so much?”
Interviewer: That brings to mind some people I know.
BY: GAURIDASA PANDITA DASA (ACBSP)
Here are some pastimes of Srila Prabhupada from Vrindavan in the summer of 1977 regarding Prasadam. Srila Prabhupada had not been eating for quite some time due to his health. When his lunch was brought to him he said to distribute it to the devotees. Sometimes I would do the distribution. On one such occasion Srila Prabhupada noticed some of the devotees pointing at the particular preparations that they wanted.
Srila Prabhupada called me over and told me to mix the Prasadam all together and said that the devotees should not discriminate with Maha Prasadam. I mixed it up and continued distributing to the devotees. Now they were looking a bit confused and taking a more humble amount.
8 October, 1974
My Dear Karandhara das,
please accept my blessings. I am very pleased to receive your letter dated 9/11/74 and have noted the contents with great delight.
The thing is where is the question of making any conspiracy. The materialistic man creates diplomacy and conspiracy for sense gratification. Everyone wants in the material world some reputation, profit, and some adoration. But so far we are concerned we are being trained up by following the footsteps of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu:
na dhanam na janam na sundarim
kavitam va jagadisa kamaye
mama janmani janmanisvare
bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvayi
“My Lord I do not want any monetary gain, neither any number of followers, or wife, but simply I want to be engaged in Your causeless devotional service, which means I do not even want salvation.”
So if actually we follow the footsteps of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, where is the question of conspiracy?
The passing of Sriman Gopinath Acharya Prabhu.
I offer my most humble, prostrated obeisances unto the lotus feet of His Grace Sriman Gopinath Acharya Prabhu, who departed this mortal world on the Bhaima Ekadasi day in the first week of February 2017, at Murwillumbah New South Wales, Australia.
I am sure that he is now in the divine company of The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna and the cowherd boys, fully engaged in The Lords eternal loving pastimes (as he was when he was with us) with the exception of the trials and sufferings the material world inflicts upon us all.
Sriman Gopinath Acharya Prabhu was like a diamond and his light was too bright for this world. Like a diamond his strong realization and purity was ‘tempered’ by austerity (tapasya) and the uncompromising belief in the instructions (vani) of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. [Read More…]
Karandhara dasa, April 1973: Then the relativity is based upon our individual situation.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes. Therefore it is said that what is food for one is poison for another. People are thinking that because they cannot survive on the moon, no other living entities can. Everyone thinks of things in a relative way, in his own terms. This is the meaning of “frog philosophy.” The frog is always thinking of things in relation to his well.
He has no power to conceive of the Atlantic Ocean, because his well is his only experience. God is great, but we are thinking of God’s greatness in our own terms, in terms of relative greatness. Some insects are born at night; they grow at night, have their children at night, and die at night. They never see the sun; therefore they conclude that there is no such thing as day.
Srila Prabhupada in Atlanta
Hare Krishna to all the devotees around the world. We happily announce the beginning of Sri Sri Radha Madan Gopal Temple Construction at Hare Krishna Village. Thus we are going to add the most important feature of our devotees’ farm community project. We have already established:
Bhaktivedanta International Gurukul & Varnashrama College
Welcome to Sri Sri Radha Madan Gopal Temple (Hare Krishna Village), spread over 4 acres of land. It will offer a complete spiritual experience. These are some of the highlights: [Read More…]
> Here is a good topic for a istagosthi with plenty of food for thought and comments.
PHALGUN KRISHNA PANCAMI
By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
[Five prayers glorifying special characteristics of Srila 108 Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakura. Presented on the commemoration of his appearance, by His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, at Radha Damodar Temple, Vrindavan, India in 1961]
1. On this day, O my master, I made a cry of grief; I was not able to tolerate the absence of my guru.
2. On this auspicious day I have come with this offering just to worship you, remembering your lotus feet.
3. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s judgment is that renunciation is most important. Not only that, but such knowledge of renunciation must be delivered to every conditioned being.
4. The beginner in devotional service has no ability to solve this dilemma, but you are a maha-bhagavata, you have given us direction.
5. One bewildered by ignorance, what kind of renunciate can he be? He will only be a “phalgu-vairagi”; renouncing externally.
6. Renunciation is actually the result of real spiritual emotion. Without such feeling it is simply known as “show bottle”.
7. But there is another “show bottle” for the purpose of preaching. That is the Lord’s sannyasa by which the mayavadis are defeated.
8. Lord Chaitanya’s philosophy is beyond Varnasrama; it is Bhagavata dharma, for putting an end to all cheating processes of religion.
9. Performing dry renunciation, there can be no real preaching. Therefore “yukta vairagya” is given as the highest essential understanding.
10. “That sannyasa which I have given you” is for preaching in devotion. The faithless sense enjoyers are unable to understand this.
of Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja Prabhupāda
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Praṇati
नम ॐ विष्णु-पादाय कृष्ण-प्रेष्ठाय भू-तले
श्रीमते भक्तिसिद्धान्त-सरस्वतीति नामिने
nama oṁ viṣṇu-pādāya kṛṣṇa-preṣṭhāya bhū-tale
śrīmate bhaktisiddhānta-sarasvatīti nāmine
I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī,
who is very dear to Lord Kṛṣṇa, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati was born in the holy pilgrimage place of Jagannatha Puri to Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the great Vaishnava acharya in the line of succession coming from Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Although employed as a government magistrate, Srila Bhaktivinoda worked tirelessly to establish the teachings of Lord Chaitanya in India. He envisioned a worldwide spiritual movement and prayed for a son to help him achieve his dream.
On February 6, 1874, in the sacred pilgrimage town of Jagannath Puri, where Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura served as superintendent of the famous Jagannatha temple, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta appeared in this world. He was given the name Bimala Prasada. At the age of seven, Bimala Prasada had memorized the more than seven hundred Sanskrit verses of the Bhagavad-gita and could speak illuminating commentaries upon them. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the author of many important books and other writings on Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy, trained his son in printing and proofreading.
By the time he was twenty-five years old, Bimala Prasada had acquired an impressive reputation as a scholar of Sanskrit, mathematics, and astronomy. His astronomical treatise, Surya- siddhanta, won him the title Siddhanta Sarasvati in recognition of his immense learning. In 1905, following the advice of his father, Siddhanta Sarasvati accepted spiritual initiation from Srila Gaurakishora Dasa Babaji. Although Srila Gaurakishora Dasa Babaji was illiterate, he was renowned throughout the continent as a great saint and Vaishnava acharya. Siddhanta Sarasvati, although a great scholar, exhibited humility and dedication in the presence of Srila Gaurakishora. Satisfied with such humility and dedication of his highly educated disciple, Srila Gaurakishora gave Siddhanta Sarasvati his full blessings and requested him to “preach the Absolute Truth and keep aside all other work.” Upon the disappearance of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in 1914, Siddhanta Sarasvati became editor of his father’s spiritual journal, Sajjana-tosani, and founded the Bhagawat Press for the publication of Gaudiya Vaishnava literature. In 1918 Siddhanta Sarasvati accepted the renounced order of spiritual life, assuming the title Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja. For purposes of propagating Gaudiya Vaishnavism throughout India, he organized the Gaudiya Math, with sixty-four branches throughout the country. The headquarters of his mission, the Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, is located in Sridhama Mayapura, the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta adjusted ancient traditions to conform to technological and social conditions of the twentieth century. He considered the printing press a most effective means of spreading this message throughout the world and was himself the author of many important translations, commentaries, and philosophical essays. He was the first spiritual teacher in this line to allow his renounced preachers (sannyasis) to wear Western clothes and travel in modem conveyances rather that on foot. Throughout the 1930s, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta expanded and increased his missionary work and succeeded in reestablishing Gaudiya Vaishnavism as the leading force in Indian spiritual life.
On January 1, 1937, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura passed from this world.
[Text from the eight-volume Harmonist (As It Is) Magazine]
madyaiva visatu me manasa-rajahamsah
kanthavarodhana-vihau smaranam kutus te
“O Krishna, let the swan of my mind enter into the stem of
Thy lotus feet (while I am youthful), for at the time of my death,
when my throat is choked with mucus, air and bile, how can I
possibly remember thee? (Mukundamala 40)
This verse, composed by the vaisnava saint, or alhvara, King Kulasekhara, was often recited by His Divine Grace, Srila Prabhupada (A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada). King Kulasekhara appeared in year 27 of the Kali Yuga (@2,975 bc), in Travancore, South India. He is said by the sri vaisnavas (followers of Vishnu) of that region to be the incarnation of the kaustubha gem of the Supreme Lord.
Dr. Singh, Los Angeles, May 7, 1973: […] So do you mean to say that science has started from an intermediate point–not from the original point
Srila Prabhupada: Yes, that is it exactly. They are ignorant of the origin. The scientists start from one point–but where does that point come from? That they do not know, in spite of vast research. One has to accept that the original source is God, who is full of all mystic powers and from whom everything emanates.
He Himself says in the Bhagavad-gita (10.8): aham sarvasya prabhavo mattah sarvam pravartate, “I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me.” Our conclusions are not based on blind faith; they are most scientific. Matter comes from life. In life–in the origin–there are unlimited material resources; that is the great mystery of creation.
BY: SWARUP DAS
Kanka and I were married in June of 1971. The following month I bought a car with some money that my mother told me I had in a savings account. Toward the end of September ’71, I decided to take my car and my new wife down to Miami, c. My sister Manmohini and her husband Sridam had recently opened a center there, and Manmohini had just had a baby daughter on Sept. 6th, and named her Nimai dasi. I decided that I wanted to be closer to my sister and little niece and help my brother-in-law Sridam get the new temple organized in Coconut Grove.
The fact that now ISKCON is attempting to ban Srila Prabhupada’s original books is indicative of the toxic affects of the changed books. ISKCON and the BBT themselves are suffering from the toxic affects of their own unauthorized book changes. Srila Prabhupada being non different from his original books is banging on their temple doors demanding entry with the whole world at his side.
How much potency do these constantly changing books have? Srila Prabhupada in The Yoga System tapes talks about the fact that in the world there are so many religions. The world has created so many religions but what is the best religion. The best religion is that religion in which one develops his dormant love of God. So how do we know which Gita for example is the Gita with the most spiritual potency that will help the prospective devotee develop their love of God, Krsna?
Srila Prabhupada cites Sri Narottama dasa Thakura
Letters : 1968 Correspondence : February : Letter to: Upendra — Los Angeles 13 February, 1968 : 68-02-13 :
My Guru Maharaja was in the 10th generation from Lord Caitanya. We are 11th from Lord Caitanya. The disciplic succession is as follows: 1. Sri Krishna, 2. Brahma, 3. Narada, 4. Vyasa, 5. Madhva, 6. Padmanabha, 7. Nrihari, 8. Madhava, 9. Akshobhya, 10. Jayatirtha, 11. Jnanasindhu, 12. Purusottama, 13. Vidyanidhi, 14. Rajendra, 15. Jayadharma, 16. Purusottama, 17. Vyasatirtha, 18. Laksmipati, 19. Madhavendra Puri, 20. Isvara Puri (Advaita, Nityananda) 21. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, 22. (Svarupa, Sanatana) Rupa, 23.(Jiva) Raghunath, 24. Krishna dasa, 25. Narottama, 26. Visvanatha, 27. (Baladeva.) Jagannatha, 28. (Bhaktivinode) Gaura-kisora, 29. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, Sri Barshabhanavidayitadas, 30. Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta.
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