HOW TO SEE THROUGH AN ILLUSION

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Srimad Bhagavatam (SB 1.7.6) Class by Srila Prabhupada on
All Problems Are Illusion – given at Geneva, May 31, 1974

WHAT IS AN ILLUSION?

Prabhupāda: Illusion means taking one thing for another. That is called illusion. Just like in the desert, accepting the sand as water. That is called illusion. Similarly, every one of us who are identified with this body, he’s under illusion. That is a false thing, but he has no knowledge.

Prabhupāda: Misconceiving one thing for another thing is called illusion. For example, accepting a rope as a snake is illusion, but the rope is not false. The rope, as it exists in the front of the illusioned person, is not at all false, but the acceptance is illusory. Therefore the wrong conception of accepting this material manifestation as being divorced from the energy of the Lord is illusion, but it is not false. And this illusory conception is called the reflection of the reality in the darkness of ignorance. Anything that appears as apparently not being “produced out of My energy” is called māyā. The conception that the living entity is formless or that the Supreme Lord is formless is also illusion.

Simply put, it’s when we have a goal or focus based on an incorrect perception. That perception is usually based on our senses. “From rags to riches” and “The American Dream ” are such illusions. Just because a handful of people were fortunate, we want to believe it will happen to us too, because the other 5 senses: eye, ear, nose, tongue and genitals, want to enjoy more and better sense gratification. Another classic example is gambling, just because somebody (supposedly) wins the jackpot, millions of people in the hope of also winning, buying lottery tickets. – The illusory truth effect is the tendency to believe false information to be correct after repeated exposure (Wikipedia) –

All ordinary transactions and dealings became polluted with cheating, even between friends. And in familial affairs, there was always misunderstanding between fathers, mothers and sons, between well-wishers, and between brothers. Even between husband and wife there was always strain and quarrel. (S.B. 1.14.4) [Read More…]

Rama Navami – Appearance of Lord Sri Ramacandra

Rama Navami - Appearance of Lord Sri Ramacandra

April 14, 2019 – Rama Navami
Appearance of Lord Sri Ramacandra
(Fasting till sunset)

FASTING

68-03-12. Letter: Balai
SO FAR THE ADVENT DAY OF LORD CAITANYA IS CONCERNED, I HAVE WRITTEN A FULL SUGGESTION TO MONTREAL, IN WHICH THE MAIN POINTS ARE THAT WE SHOULD ALL OBSERVE STRICT FASTING UP TILL MOONRISE, AND AT THAT TIME, AN OFFERING IS MADE TO LORD CAITANYA OF EKADASI FOODS, FRUITS, PEANUTS, MILK, AND SO FORTH. THEN, ON THE NEXT DAY, FRIDAY THE 15TH, A FULL-SCALE FEAST IS HELD TO CELEBRATE HIS ADVENT DAY. On the 14th, chanting, reading of Srila Bhaktivinode’s book, Life and Precepts and Caitanya Caritamrta, Introduction to Bhagavatam, may be held all the day in the Temple.

69-02-20. Letter: Satsvarupa
Lord Caitanya’s advent day is on the 4th of March 1969. ON THAT DAY YOU SHOULD KEEP FASTING UP TO THE MOONRISE IN THE EVENING, AND THE WHOLE DAY MAY BE UTILIZED IN PERFORMANCES IN KIRTANA AND READING OF LORD CAITANYA’S TEACHINGS. IN THE EVENING AFTER CEREMONY OF KIRTANA IS OBSERVED, LIGHT REFRESHMENTS LIKE FRUIT AND MILK, BOILED POTATOES MAY BE TAKEN AND THE NEXT DAY GENERAL FEASTING AND DISTRIBUTION OF PRASADAM TO PUBLIC MAY BE OBSERVED. [Read More…]

Editing Srila Prabhupada’s Books

Editing Srila Prabhupada’s Books

Editing Srila Prabhupada’s Books

By Narasimha das

Before Srila Prabhupada’s first revised editions of Srimad-Bhagavatam were complete, we used to study and have classes from Srila Prabhupada’s India editions of the first three cantos. The devotees loved these editions, even though it seemed they were “irregularly composed” and contained some obvious typos. We thought Srila Prabhupada’s English was exotic and beautifully poetic, but perhaps dated or influenced by British prose from the 1800s. We later learned that these editions were edited by an old man in India connected with Srila Prabhupada’s first book publisher in New Delhi. This man must have been a great soul to be blessed by Srila Prabhupada with this service. Srila Prabhupada had obviously wanted to engage him, by His causeless mercy. Yet, as we later learned, Srila Prabhuapda’s English was perfect, even from a contemporary American point of view. This became clearly obvious when devotees discovered His early writings in Back to Godhead Magazine, His poems, and His first editions of Sri Isopanisad and Easy Journey to Other Planets.  Thus, it would seem, there may have been another reason why Srila Prabhupada allowed an unqualified man in India to edit or proof His first editions of Srimad-Bhagavatam: to glorify the prediction of Srila Vyasadeva Himself.

Srila Prabhupada very humbly writes in His Preface to Srimad-Bhagavatam: “I must admit my frailties in presenting Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, but still I am hopeful of its good reception by the thinkers and leaders of society on the strength of the following statement of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.5.11:

tad-vāg-visargo janatāgha-viplavo
yasmin prati-ślokam abaddhavaty api
nāmāny anantasya yaśo ‘ṅkitāni yac
chṛṇvanti gāyanti gṛṇanti sādhavaḥ

‘On the other hand, that literature which is full with descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, form and pastimes of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a transcendental creation meant to bring about a revolution in the impious life of a misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though irregularly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.’ ” (Srimad-Bhagavatam, Preface, 12/15/1962) [Read More…]

We Must Declare War On Maya – {Poem}

 

WE MUST DECLARE WAR ON MAYA

We must declare war on maya
war against that which is not
we are not these material bodies
we are eternal servants of God.

We must declare war against maya
this world is not our home
Lord Krishna is always with us
we are never ever alone.

We must declare war against maya
God or Krishna is our love
Krishna is the supreme person
all souls are part and parcel of.

We must declare war against maya
with in all the living are pure souls
in quality the same as Krishna God
most all here forgot their real roles.

We must declare war against maya
we must accept Vedic education
knowledge of the eternal truths
and our eternal loving relations.

We must declare war against maya
stop the slaughter of mother cow
and protect brahminical culture
we must know the truth right now.

This is the only path of peace
all kinds of violence must cease
to every one of the living entities
or worse wars will only increase.

We must take shelter of God’s holy names
in this most dull and ignorant age
we must find the ways to end all disgrace
and surrender to Prabhupada his divine grace.

He lives most strongly in his books
to put and end to all this disaster
his divine grace Srila Prabhupada
the world’s bonafide spiritual master.

He revived Lord Gaura’s Sankirtan movement
now the only hope for world peace
is the universe comming together
to sing Krishna’s names to never cease.

There is but one solution
to end all of this illusion
it’s Lord Gaura’s contribution
this Sankirtan revolution.

The world revolution
for Prabhupada’s book distribution
to put an end to all this maya
all this deluding material desire.

So I put my life on the line
because so strong is all this maya
that big demons want to kill me
for just preaching the Lord’s desire.

And therefor Lord Krishna is here
as His most merciful Avatara’s
Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda
come to deliver you who ever you are.

They must deliver every one
with out any descrimination
They must return all back to Godhead
by reviving Vedic civilization.

Vedic civilization
means real civilization
meant for self realisation
in every kind of nation.

Love rules all in Vedic civilization
a king who brings happiness to all
and bonafide spiritual realisation
that all the living are servants of Gopala.

We must declare war against maya
or maya always done win
war means chant loudly Krishna’s names
to cleanse all of all sinful ways.

Most unfortunately
we have no attraction to Krishna’s holy names
so we must fight to ignore maya’s claims
and push on despite all odds
to surrender to the God of all gods
and chant chant chant
do not say you can’t
do not say you can’t chant.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Anubhavananda das (Allen Boyer)

 

Main events in the life of Sripada Ramanujacarya and citations from Srila Prabhupada about Sripada Ramanujacarya

 by Sri Anbil Ramaswamy (forwarded by Yasoda Nandana Prabhu)

Sri Ramanuja (1017 – 1137 CE), the most important philosopher-saint of Sri Vaishnavam and one of the most dynamic characters of Hinduism. He was a philosophical as well as a social reformer, displaying a catholicity that was nearly unparalleled in Hindu religious history before him. He revitalized Indian philosophy and popular religion so much that nearly every aspect of Hinduism has been influenced by his work. His life and works show a truly unique personality, combining contemplative insight, logical acumen, catholicity, charismatic energy, and selfless dedication to God.
The less known fact even among Srivaishnavas about this well known Acharya by whose name Srivaishnava philosophy is called ‘Ramanuja Darsanam’ and who is hailed as “Sri Vaishnava Siddhanta Nirdhaarana Saarva bouma” is that he was a ‘Vadama’ by birth.(Authority :” Periya Thrumudi Adaivu, Pazhanadai Vilakkam and Visishtaadvaita Catechism” – quoted in GLE

HIS AVATARA AND EARLY DAYS
Ilaya Perumal was born to Kesava Perumal Somayaji Dikhsitar and Kanthimathi Ammal at Sriperumpudur. Just as Sage Vasishta on seeing the brilliance in the face of the child named him as Lakshmana saying “Lakshmano Lakshmi Sampannaha”, Periya Thiru malai Nambi struck by the Tejas of the child, named him after Lakshmana as Ilaya Perumal. (PPM) aka Ilayalwar.
There is a sloka in Yadhavaachala Mahatmyam which says:
Ananthah Prathamam Roopam Lakshmanascha Tathah Parah |
Balabadram Thritheeyasthu Kalou Kaschit Bhavishyathi ||
(meaning) It is the same who was Adhisesha first, Lakshmana after and Balarama in the third who is born as Sri Ramanuja in the Kali yuga. This Kaschit is taken by our Poorva Acharyas as referring to Ramanuja (PPM)
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