I AM A BEGGAR FOR PRABHUPADA’S MERCY

I am a beggar for Prabhupada’s mercy
now begging to engage in Prabhupada’s service
only by the mercy of Prabhupada’s grace
I am praying to enlighten the whole human race.

O most auspicious guru of the universe
O Ac Bhaktivedanta Swami Shrila Prabhupada
I beg you to impart your transcendental knowledge
to this weak minded, lame and lost dog.

I must know what I’m seeing
I must know what I’m doing
I must walk the safe and spiritual path
and not the path for ruin.

For that I need your intervention
O most rare soul in life’s perfection
come here by your pure loving affection
for Lord Shri Krishna under Krishna’s protection.

O most dear servant of Bhakisidhanta Saraswati
pure devotee son of Bhaktivinoda Thakura
I have fallen into most dangerous water
In forgetfullness of life’s very Father. [Read More…]

Srila Sanatana Goswami tirobhava tithi [disappearance day]

anupama-vallabha, śrī-rūpa, sanātana

ei tina śākhā vṛkṣera paścime sarvottama

 

SYNONYMS

 

anupama—of the name Anupama; vallabha—of the name Vallabha; śrīrūpa—of the name Śrī Rūpa; sanātana—of the name Sanātana; ei—these; tina—three; śākhā—branches; vṛkṣera—of the tree; paścime—on the western side; sarvottama—very great.

 

TRANSLATION

 On the western side were the forty-third, forty-fourth and forty-fifth branches-Śrī Sanātana, Śrī Rūpa and Anupama. They were the best of all.

 

PURPORT

 Śrī Anupama was the father of Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī and youngest brother of Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī and Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī. His former name was Vallabha, but after Lord Caitanya met him He gave him the name Anupama. Because of working in the Muslim government, these three brothers were given the title Mullik. Our personal family is connected with the Mulliks of Mahatma Gandhi Road in Calcutta, and we often used to visit their RādhāGovinda temple. They belong to the same family as we do. (Our family gotra, or original genealogical line, is the Gautamagotra, or line of disciples of Gautama Muni, and our surname is De.) But due to their accepting the posts of Zamindars in the Muslim government, they received the title Mullik. Similarly, Rūpa, Sanātana and Vallabha were also given the title Mullik. Mullik means “lord.” Just as the English government gives rich and respectable persons the title “lord,” so the Muslims give the title Mullik to rich, respectable families that have intimate connections with the government. The title Mullik is found not only among the Hindu aristocracy but also among Muslims. This title is not restricted to a particular family but is given to different families and castes. The qualifications for receiving it are wealth and respectability [Read More…]

Blessings

 

BLESSINGS

SB 10.7.13-15 The Killing of the Demon Trnavarta
WHEN BRAHMANAS ARE FREE FROM ENVY, UNTRUTHFULNESS, UNNECESSARY PRIDE, GRUDGES, DISTURBANCE BY THE OPULENCE OF OTHERS, AND FALSE PRESTIGE, THEIR BLESSINGS NEVER GO IN VAIN. Considering this, NANDA MAHARAJA SOBERLY TOOK KRSNA ON HIS LAP AND INVITED SUCH TRUTHFUL BRAHMANAS to perform a ritualistic ceremony according to the holy hymns of the Sama Veda, Rg Veda and Yajur Veda. Then, while the hymns were being chanted, he bathed the child with water mixed with pure herbs, and after performing a fire ceremony, he sumptuously fed all the brahmanas with first-class grains and other food.

PURPORT
NANDA MAHARAJA WAS VERY CONFIDENT ABOUT THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE BRAHMANAS AND THEIR BLESSINGS. HE WAS FULLY CONFIDENT THAT SIMPLY IF THE GOOD BRAHMANAS SHOWERED THEIR BLESSINGS, THE CHILD KRSNA WOULD BE HAPPY. THE BLESSINGS OF QUALIFIED BRAHMANAS CAN BRING HAPPINESS NOT ONLY TO KRSNA, THE SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD, BUT TO EVERYONE. BECAUSE KRSNA IS SELF-SUFFICIENT, HE DOES NOT REQUIRE ANYONE’S BLESSINGS, YET NANDA MAHARAJA THOUGHT THAT KRSNA REQUIRED THE BLESSINGS OF THE BRAHMANAS. What then is to be said of others? In human society, therefore, there must be an ideal class of men, brahmanas, who can bestow blessings upon others, namely, upon the ksatriyas, vaisyas and sudras, so that everyone will be happy. Krsna therefore says in Bhagavad-gita (4.13) that human society must have four social orders (catur-varnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah); it is not that everyone should become a sudra or a vaisya and human society will prosper. As enunciated in Bhagavad-gita, there must be a class of brahmanas with qualities like satya (truthfulness), sama (peacefulness), dama (self-control) and titiksa (tolerance).
Here also, in the Bhagavatam, NANDA MAHARAJA INVITES QUALIFIED BRAHMANAS. There may be caste brahmanas, and we have all respect for them, but their birth in brahmana families does not mean that they are qualified to bestow blessings upon the other members of human society. This is the verdict of the sastras. In Kali-yuga, caste brahmanas are accepted as brahmanas. Vipratve sutram eva hi (Bhag. 12.2.3): in Kali-yuga, simply by putting on a thread worth two paise, one becomes a brahmana. Such brahmanas were not called for by Nanda Maharaja. As stated by Narada Muni (Bhag. 7.11.35), yasya yal laksanam proktam. The symptoms of a brahmana are stated in sastra, and one must be qualified with these symptoms. [Read More…]

Iskcon Imbecile Yoga

Devamrita Swamis Bhakti Lounge Preaching

Devamrita Swamis Preaching Poster

Please note that the “Marilyn Monroe”-Poster pictured here
is for real. It is one of the Swami’s “Preaching” posters
!

Who is Devamrita Swami?

http://www.harekrsna.org/gurupoison/support/devamrita.htm

Devamrita and his “toilet” Declaration

10 verses proving the unique and special position of Srila Prabhupāda

10 verses proving the unique and special position of Srila Prabhupāda

 “I do not know what is illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating or gambling. So far, my present
life is concerned, I do not remember any part of my life when I was forgetful of Kṛṣṇa
.”

10 verses proving the unique and special position of Srila Prabhupāda
Compiled by Damaghosa dasa

1) Śrī Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-līlā 22.14-15:  The Process of Devotional Service
Generally ever-liberated personalities live in the spiritual world as associates of Lord Kṛṣṇa, and they are known as kṛṣṇa-pāriṣada, associates of the Lord. Their only business is enjoying Lord Kṛṣṇa’s company, and even though such ternally liberated persons come within this material world to serve the Lord’s purpose, they enjoy Lord Kṛṣṇa’s company without stoppage.

2) Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.25.24 Purport: The Glories of Devotional Service   
Similarly, those who are sādhavaḥ, or devotees engaged in Kṛṣṇa consciousness in the transcendental service of the Lord, do not feel the contamination of material miseries, whereas those who are not devotees in Kṛṣṇa consciousness actually feel the miseries of material existence.

3) Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.13.55 Purport: Dhṛtarāṣṭra Quits Home   
A pure devotee of the Lord does not live on any planet of the material sky, nor does he feel any contact with material elements. His so-called material body does not exist, being surcharged with the spiritual current of the Lord’s identical interest, and thus he is permanently freed from all contaminations of the sum total of the mahat-tattva. He is always in the spiritual sky, which he attains by being transcendental to the sevenfold material covering by the effect of his devotional service. [Read More…]

Prayers for Nikhilananda das from Germany

Prayers for Nikhilananda das from Germany

Prayers for Nikhilananda das from Germany

Prayers required for Nikhilananda Prabhu, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada from Germany, who is in a very serious health condition.

[PADA: Yes, its a serious situation for many of the “original disciples of Srila Prabhupada.” They seem to be departing from their bodies left, right and center. Which is why we cannot understand how some people still say, “the original disciples should all become gurus, that will fix things.” Really?

And its a little sad that so many of these “original devotees” are either leaving their bodies in a somewhat or maybe very isolated situation, with only a few associates in a hospital, or they are leaving in the company of various GBC friendly folks, which is not an ideal environment either. This is clearly not what Srila Prabhupada would have wanted for his children.

OK but lets be honest, making these people into gurus at this stage, that is just not going to work is it?

They won’t be here much longer, but the vani of Srila Prabhupada? It will still be here. I believe we put our money on the right side of this issue by betting on the vani continuing, whereas the “living guru project” — not so much.

Anyway, lets hope for the best for him. As one devotee commented, if he is suffering too much in this body, then its maybe better to move on to the next plane in any case. We shall see what Krishna arranges.

Nikhilananda das (Nikolay Jankowsky) left this world on July 11, 2019, around 4 pm.

http://www.prabhupada.de/gemeinde/memorial/Nikhilananda.htm

Who or what is a Guru?

Westernized so-called Brahmanas

Qualified brāhmaṇas” drink beer and “qualified brāhmaṇīs” wear bikini.

Who or what is a Guru?
by Advaita dās

Q: Can a non-Hindu become a Guru in this life?

A: Non-Indian Vaiṣṇava Gurus are falling down from Vedic and Vaiṣṇava principles much more often than their Indian counterparts do. The Vaiṣṇava scriptures show us why. Proponents of casteless Gurus quote this verse from Caitanya Caritāmṛta (Madhya 8,128):

kibā vipra kibā nyāsī śūdra kene noy;
yei kṛṣṇa tattva vettā – sei guru hoy

Whether someone is a brāhmaṇa, a sannyāsī or even a śūdra – whoever knows the truth about Kṛṣṇa is a Guru.”

However, the context in which this verse was spoken is as follows: Although Himself a brāhmaṇa and a sannyāsī, Caitanya Mahāprabhu considered the śūdra and gṛhastha Rāmānanda Rāya to be His śikṣā guru, since He was on the receiving end of all the enlightenment passed on by Rāmānanda Rāya. In the preceding verses Caitanya Mahāprabhu said about His personal āśrama-status: [Read More…]

Long Hair or Beard in the Krsna Consciousness Movement

IF ANYONE WITH LONG HAIR OR A BEARD WANTS TO JOIN THIS KRSNA CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT AND LIVE WITH US, HE MUST SIMILARLY SHAVE HIMSELF CLEAN.

Madhya 20.70 Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Instructs Sanatana Gosvami in the Science
The words bhadra karana are significant in this verse. Due to his long hair, moustache and beard, Sanatana Gosvami looked like a daravesa, or hippie. Since Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu did not like Sanatana Gosvami’s hippie features, he immediately asked Candrasekhara to get him shaved clean. IF ANYONE WITH LONG HAIR OR A BEARD WANTS TO JOIN THIS KRSNA CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT AND LIVE WITH US, HE MUST SIMILARLY SHAVE HIMSELF CLEAN. THE FOLLOWERS OF SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU CONSIDER LONG HAIR OBJECTIONABLE.

76-07-17. Letter: Dhrstaketu
Unless absolutely necessary, one should keep head shaven and not allow the hair to grow long. If absolutely necessary, one can dress like an American gentleman, with short hair, but long hair is prohibited. The reason that one with long hair is not my disciple is because he is against the principle. Unless absolutely necessary one should keep hair short, and if necessary one can dress like an American gentleman with short hair. IT IS NOT EXPECTED THAT EVERYONE WILL JOIN. FOR THAT REASON WE CAN’T COMPROMISE. THE TENDENCY IS THERE TO BE HIPPY. WHEN THE ACARYAS ARE SEEN WITH BEARD, THAT IS DURING CATURMASYA, JULY-SEPTEMBER. IF OBSERVED STRICTLY THERE IS NOT SIMPLY A BEARD. THERE ARE SO MANY RULES AND REGULATIONS. ONE CAN’T EAT A VARIETY OF FOODS. ONLY KITRI PREPARED AND POURED ON THE FLOOR, AND THEN LICKED UP. THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER RULES ALSO. THAT IS NOT ALWAYS THAT THEY KEPT BEARD. [Read More…]

Srila Prabhupada explains Gundica marjana

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ei-mata puradvāra-āge patha yata
sakala śodhila, tāhā ke varṇibe kata
 
SYNONYMS
 
eimata—in this way; puradvāra—of the gateway of the temple; āge—in front; patha yata—as many avenues; sakala—all; śodhila—were cleansed; tāhā—that; ke varṇibe—who can describe; kata—how much.
 
TRANSLATION
 
Outside the gateway of the temple, all the roads were also cleansed, and no one could tell exactly how this was done.
 
PURPORT
 
In commenting on the cleansing of the Guṇḍicā temple, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura says that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, as the world leader, was personally giving instructions on how one should receive Lord Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, within one’s cleansed and pacified heart. If one wants to see Kṛṣṇa seated in his heart, he must first cleanse the heart, as prescribed by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu in His Śikṣāṣṭaka: ceto-darpaṇamārjanam. In this age, everyone’s heart is especially unclean, as confirmed in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam: hṛdy antaḥ-stho hy abhadrāṇi. To wash away all dirty things accumulated within the heart, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu advised everyone to chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra. The first result will be that the heart is cleansed (ceto-darpaṇamārjanam). Similarly, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.2.17) confirms this statement:
 
śṛṇvatāṁ sva-kathāḥ kṛṣṇaḥ
puṇya-śravaṇa-kīrtanaḥ
hṛdy antaḥ-stho hy abhadrāṇi
vidhunoti suhṛt satām
 
“Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Personality of Godhead, who is the Paramātmā [Supersoul] in everyone’s heart and the benefactor of the truthful devotee, cleanses desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee who relishes His messages, which are in themselves virtuous when properly heard and chanted.”
 
If a devotee at all wants to cleanse his heart, he must chant and hear the glories of the Lord, Śrī Kṛṣṇa (śṛṇvatāṁ svakathāḥ kṛṣṇaḥ). This is a simple process. Kṛṣṇa Himself will help cleanse the heart because He is already seated there. Kṛṣṇa wants to continue living within the heart, and the Lord wants to give directions, but one has to keep his heart as clean as Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu kept the Guṇḍicā temple. The devotee therefore has to cleanse his heart just as the Lord cleansed the Guṇḍicā temple. In this way one can be pacified and enriched in devotional service. If the heart is filled with straw, grains of sand, weeds or dust (in other words, anyābhilāṣa-pūrṇa), one cannot enthrone the Supreme Personality of Godhead there. The heart must be cleansed of all material motives brought about through fruitive work, speculative knowledge, the mystic yoga system and so many other forms of so-called meditation. The heart must be cleansed without ulterior motive. As Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī says: anyābhilāṣitā-śūnyaṁ jñāna-karmādy-anāvṛtam. In other words, there should not be any external motive. One should not attempt material upliftment, understanding the Supreme by speculative knowledge, fruitive activity, severe austerity and penance, and so on. All these activities are against the natural growth of spontaneous love of Godhead. As soon as these are present within the heart, the heart should be understood to be unclean and therefore unfit to serve as Kṛṣṇa’s sitting place. We cannot perceive the Lord’s presence in our hearts unless our hearts are cleansed.

[Read More…]

Cult Survivors Handbook

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Cult Survivors Handbook:
Seven Paths to an Authentic Life

Cult Survivors Handbook
 by Nori Muster

If you enjoy reading this book, and get something out of it, please leave me a five star review at Amazon.com!

Amazon Product Review Page – click here to see the one star review I got, and where you can write your review. The book (47 pages) is based on my graduate work at Western Oregon University after leaving the Hare Krishna temple and moving to Oregon in 1989. I wrote the Handbook for other people who leave a coercive group.

If you don’t like the book, please refer your comments to the complaints department!

Copyright revised edition 2016; first publication 2000. Nori Muster retains all rights to all versions of this book.


Contents

Author’s Preface
Family Therapy
The Twelve Steps
Abuse Recovery
Depth Psychology
Art Therapy and Gestalt
Mind-Body Healing for Post-Cult Blues
Post-Cult Spirituality
Endnotes
Bibliography
About the Author

Each chapter of the Cult Survivor’s Handbook describes a different school of psychology. Some are specialized fields, while others are standard in most counseling departments. The ultimate goal of all the healing paths is to connect us back to our own hearts. The paths are simply different frames for reality. The frames I’ve chosen are from the humanist, modern psychology schools that blossomed in the mid-twentieth century.


Author’s Preface

It is a welcome chore to prepare this book for the new edition. The first publication of Cult Survivors Handbook was in May 2000 at Surrealist.org. Since then, cults have continued to harvest people’s fears following Y2K, 9/11, and the 2008 economic collapse. Although scholars don’t like the word cult, it is practically the only word everyone recognizes to describe the phenomenon. People under the influence of a cult act like they’re hypnotized. It can start within days of getting attached to a charismatic leader or newfound philosophy.
Other words for the phenomenon include new religious movement (NRM), cultic, cult-like, controlling, dangerous, coercive, manipulative, and totalistic. Authoritarian is another way to describe it, and that’s the word scholars use for the Nazi regime of the 1940s. The word brainwashing came into use during the Korean War in the 1950s. In the 1960s and 1970s, authoritarian cultish groups swept America, including the Hare Krishnas, the Jesus Freaks, and others.
In this book, I characterize cultic groups as dysfunctional organizations. Dys-function means “bad-function,” in other words, a thing has ceased to function right. Think of a functional aquarium. The water is crystal clear and the fish are happy. But consider a dysfunctional tank: the water is cloudy, the filter is clogged, and the fish are floating near the top. It got like that because the leader was doing something wrong. Some tanks like that can go on forever, vacillating between bad and worse. However, when it goes too far, you may have to bury the fish, clean out the tank, and start over.
Cult Survivors Handbook is for people looking for information on how to detoxify after exiting a dysfunctional group. It’s a handbook on seven relevant paths: [Read More…]

Ratha-yatra 2019 Jagannatha Puri live (July 04th)

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Recordings from Jagannatha Puri 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dfYTC4jLW4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFiQwPW7zpk

Prabhupāda: Jagannātha svāmī nayana-pathagāmī bhavatu me. (crowd repeats) Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. (crowd repeats) Thank you very much. Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you very much for your kindly participating in this great Ratha-yatra festival. I have already explained what is this Ratha-yatra festival. It is in commemoration of a grand visit by Lord Kṛṣṇa along with His elder brother, Balarāma, and His younger sister, Subhadrā, in a solar eclipse ceremony at Kurukṣetra. This occasion is the subject matter of this Ratha-yatra festival. Apart from these historical references in the matter of Ratha-yatra festival, there is another spiritual meaning, that the Lord is situated in everyone’s heart, and this body is just like ratha, or car. He is sitting in everyone’s heart. It is stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, sarvasya cāhaṁ hṛdi sanniviṣṭaḥ: “I am sitting in everyone’s heart.” Mattaḥ smṛtir jñānam apohanaṁ ca: [Bg. 15.15] “I am giving everyone the intelligence as well as I am taking away the intelligence from everyone.” This double work is being done by the Supersoul. In one side He is helping how to realize self, how to realize God, and other side He is helping also to forget God. How is it that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as paramātmā, is doing this double work? The sense is that if we want to forget God, God will help us in such a way that we’ll forget God life after life. But if we want to reestablish our relationship with God, from within He will help us in every way. [Read More…]

Mysteries of the Sacred Universe

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How the Universe Works
– From The Big Bang To The Present Day –
Space Discovery Documentary –

Vaishnava Calendar July 2019

Vaishnava Calendar: July 2019

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THE ORBITS OF THE PLANETS

THE ORBITS OF THE PLANETS

This scale drawing shows a basic cross-section of the universe in which we live. For simplicity, the planets are represented in a straight line, one above another, although the Bhāgavatam describes that the sun, the moon and the other planets are actually revolving around the polestar in their own orbits and at various speeds. These planets are revolving in obedience to the will of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, for the great machinery of the universe is all working according to His order. The area between the planet Saturn and the Garbhodaka Ocean has also been depicted in a larger scale in the box on the right of the illustration. The drawing does not attempt to represent accurately the relative sizes of the planets, nor does it show the full depth of the Garbhodaka Ocean — 249,800,000 yojanas (nearly half the universe). The total height of the universe, from top to bottom, is 510,000,000 yojanas. This is but one of the innumerable universes in the material world, which constitutes only a small fraction of the creation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Since one cannot understand the details of even one universe in the vast material creation, certainly one cannot estimate the expansiveness of the spiritual world.

THE ORBITS OF THE PLANETS

Description and Quotes from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 
Compiled by: Pariksit Das

SUMMARY – SB Canto 5: Chapter Twenty-two

Above the rays of the sunshine by a distance of 100,000 yojanas [800,000 miles] is the moon, which travels at a speed faster than that of the sun. In two lunar fortnights the moon travels through the equivalent of a saṁvatsara of the sun, in two and a quarter days it passes through a month of the sun, and in one day it passes through a fortnight of the sun. The moon is situated 100,000 yojanas above the rays of the sunshine. Day and night on the heavenly planets and Pitṛloka are calculated according to its waning and waxing. Above the moon by a distance of 200,000 yojanas are some stars, and above these stars is Śukra-graha (Venus), whose influence is always auspicious for the inhabitants of the entire universe. Above Śukra-graha by 200,000 yojanas is Budha-graha (Mercury), whose influence is sometimes auspicious and sometimes inauspicious. Next, above Budha-graha by 200,000 yojanas, is Aṅgāraka (Mars), which almost always has an unfavorable influence. Above Aṅgāraka by another 200,000 yojanas is the planet called Bṛhaspati-graha (Jupiter), which is always very favorable for qualified brāhmaṇas. Above Bṛhaspati-graha is the planet Śanaiścara (Saturn), which is very inauspicious. Above Saturn is a group of seven stars occupied by great saintly persons who are always thinking of the welfare of the entire universe.  These seven stars circumambulate Dhruvaloka, which is the residence of Lord Viṣṇu within this universe. [Read More…]

Rice Scam in Bangalore ISKCON Temple

ISKCON RICE SCAM - City police bust a rice scam in mid day meal at ISKCON Vizag

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Rice Scam in Bangalore ISKCON Temple

BANGALORE:  The ISKCON temple in Bangalore stands accused of selling rice it was given free by the Karnataka state government, meant for the midday meal scheme for school children. (more here)

‘No truth in Iskcon’s rice donation claims’
TNN | Updated: Jun 22, 2019, 19:32 IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: Officials of vigilance and enforcement department on Friday refuted the ‘rice donation’ claims of Iskon authorities, saying there is no truth to their claims. Iskcon authorities have claimed that the seized ricke stock was donated by devotees, and that the stock was supposed to be exchanged for good quality rice for preparation of prasadam. Vigilance officials, however, said Iskcon has been getting donations through cash and cheques from donors for the past many years, and not in the form of rice bags.

Speaking to TOI, K Sravani, regional vigilance and enforcement officer (in-charge) of Vizag, said they have information that no one donated rice to Iskcon. “We seized 19.8 tonnes of rice meant for mid-day meal (MDM) scheme from Iskcon premises at Sagarnagar in Vizag city. The rice was being shifted in gunny bags issued by the civil supplies department into plastic bags and the stock was ready to be transported to Kakinada. How can devotees donate MDM rice to Iskcon when it is not available in the open market?” Sravani asked.

Iskcon has been supplying mid-day meals to over 10,000 students of 69 government schools within Vizag city limits. “The rice is supplied by the civil supplies department and is solely meant for MDM scheme. Our teams also visited Kakinada and have gathered some concrete clues about the diversion of MDM scheme rice. Iskcon people are definitely involved in the rice scam,” she added.

The vigilance officials are waiting for district collector Vinay Chand’s nod to register criminal cases against Iskcon authorities, she said. [Read More…]

ISKCON endorsing the killing of western cows?


Cow Culture Conference 2018 with Dr Subramanian Swamy

Dr. Subramanian Swamy was the Keynote Speaker at the conference.
ISKCON GBC member Bhakti Charu was Chief Guest at the conference.

Subramanian Swamy at TV Debate, “First of all you must know there are two types of cows. One is called Bos Indicus which is our Indian cow. The Meghalaya cow is not Bos Indicus, it is Bos Taurus. You can eat as much as you want.”

Comment: Typical politician, at 2:37:30 (before and after) he is just talking about exploiting Cows (for India’s economic gain) and says and suggests Cows that aren’t from India can be killed and he won’t be bothered? This man is not Krishna Conscious, he may be in some respects working to protect cows but from a lowly platform of understanding. I wish true knowledge and compassion finds him by Krishna’s mercy, perhaps somebody will suggest he reads Prabhupada’s Srimad-Bhagavatam… Hare Krishna

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Govinda dasi: Truly, this is outrageous propaganda. The most outrageous propaganda I have ever read.

Rajesh ramburun: This man is lost.He is a big disservice to Shrila Prabhupada teachings that came down from thousand of years to today’s devotees.How can this ignorant man say that there is a difference between the cows of one kind to the other kind..a cow is a cow whether it is of a different kind.If not we can differentiate between the different kind of Hindus.can we?Can we say that a Hindu from Bihar is different than a Hindu from Maharashtra or from Banaras,or from Ayodhiya or from Bombay or Chennai or a northern Indian or a southern Indian ?What a nonsense is this man talking about?All hindus are Hindus and so are all cows.This man is a disgrace to the Hindu society.Where are the sadhus,The sanyasis,the swamis,The devotees of Hare Krishna movement,the real followers of swami Prabhupada.Wake up you all and put this ignorant man in shame.If he is distinguishing among the cows then he will soon distinguish among the Hindus .Kick him out .He is no good.WAKE UP ISCKON DEVOTEES.

Sri Srivasa Pandita tirobhava tithi [disappearance day]

Srila Prabhupada explains the glories or Srivasa Thakura
 
After this incident the Lord began to preach and propagate His Bhāgavatadharma, or saṅkīrtana movement, more vigorously, and whoever stood against this propagation of the yugadharma, or duty of the age, was properly punished by various types of chastisement. Two brāhmaṇa gentlemen named Cāpala and Gopāla, who also happened to be maternal uncles of the Lord, were inflicted with leprosy by way of chastisement, and later, when they were repentant, they were accepted by the Lord. In the course of His preaching work, He used to send daily all His followers, including Śrīla Nityānanda Prabhu and Ṭhākura Haridāsa, two chief whips of His party, from door to door to preach the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam All of Navadvīpa was surcharged with His saṅkīrtana movement, and His headquarters were situated at the house of Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura and Śrī Advaita Prabhu, two of His chief householder disciples. These two learned heads of the brāhmaṇa community were the most ardent supporters of Lord Caitanya’s movement. Śrī Advaita Prabhu was the chief cause for the advent of the Lord. When Advaita Prabhu saw that the total human society was full of materialistic activities and devoid of devotional service, which alone could save mankind from the threefold miseries of material existence, He, out of His causeless compassion for the age-worn human society, prayed fervently for the incarnation of the Lord and continually worshiped the Lord with water of the Ganges and leaves of the holy tulasī tree. As far as preaching work in the saṅkīrtana movement was concerned, everyone was expected to do his daily share according to the order of the Lord.   Srimad Bhgavatam Introduction
 
śrīvāsa paṇḍita, āra śrī-rāma paṇḍita
dui bhāi–dui śākhā, jagate vidita
 
SYNONYMS
 
śrīvāsa paṇḍita—of the name Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita; āra—and; śrīrāma paṇḍita—of the name Śrī Rāma Paṇḍita; dui bhāi—two brothers; dui śākhā—two branches; jagate—in the world; vidita—well known.
 
TRANSLATION
 
The two brothers Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita and Śrī Rāma Paṇḍita started two branches that are well known in the world.
 
PURPORT
 
In the Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā, verse 90, Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita (Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura) is described as an incarnation of Nārada Muni, and Śrī Rāma Paṇḍita, his younger brother, is said to be an incarnation of Parvata Muni, a great friend of Nārada’s. Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita’s wife, Mālinī, is celebrated as an incarnation of the nurse Ambikā, who fed Lord Kṛṣṇa with her breast milk, and as already noted, his niece Nārāyaṇī, the mother of Ṭhākura Vṛndāvana dāsa, the author of Śrī Caitanyabhāgavata, was the sister of Ambikā in kṛṣṇalīlā. We also understand from the description of Śrī Caitanyabhāgavata that after Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s acceptance of the sannyāsa order, Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita left Navadvīpa, possibly because of feelings of separation, and domiciled at Kumārahaṭṭa/ Sri Caitanya caritamrta Adi Lila 10.8.

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Why New Nandagram has sued the BBT acting Trustees and the GBC members

Live stream video explaining why New Nandagram
has sued the BBT acting Trustees and the GBC members.

I just made a live stream video explaining about the lawsuit that New Nandagram Society for Krishna Consciousness has served on the BBT Trustees and GBC members.  This effort is for any devotee who has been chased away from ISKCON due to draconian GBC policies such as banning devotees with different philosophical understandings, promoting child abuse, covering up fall-downs, changing the books, changing the philosophy and being unaccountable with money.

We need help!  Yes, we are probably going to ask for money eventually, but right now we need devotees all over the world who are willing to step outside their comfort zone (in some cases, some devotees will enjoy it:) and personally serve the lawsuit to the defendants.  It just means that you hand them an envelop containing the printed lawsuit and cover letter,  tell the defendant, “you’ve been served”, and the send me a DECLARATION (I’ll provide the form) stating that you personally served the defendant and are willing to testify that you gave it to him/her.

You can download the PDF of the lawsuit at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1omWnjPCQVtXx4UJAYO_9OlfzNv7Ze_7C

The cover letter is at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1EXgGCmH14_3QyP8jCKFY7A56uNARJMtg

Please let me know if you are willing and able to serve the lawsuit to one of the 44 defendants. I also need personal e-mail addresses for most of them and snail mail addresses. Here is a list of defendants that need to be served (I’ll keep this list updated): [Read More…]

THIS EARTHY PLANET IS CALLED VASUDHĀ

 

Reply to Mayesvara das Prabhu

(by Mahesh Raja)

 

VASUDHĀ MEANS PLANETS OR GLOBES. THIS EARTHY PLANET IS CALLED VASUDHĀ.

 

KB 82  Lord Krsna and Balarama Meet the Inhabitants of Vrndavana

  

The WHOLE philosophy is considered on the basis of inconceivable, SIMULTANEOUS ONENESS AND DIFFERENCE.

 

Note: The words Bhu Mandala reference to Bhu: earth.  Mandala: group

 

bhū—the earth;

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maṇḍala-group;

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To say that Bhu mandala only refers to Jambudvipa planet is false. The Bhu mandala is a PLANETARY system. Hence, PLANETARY system has to have PLANETS in it:

Sometimes the PLANETS in outer space are called islands. We have experience of various types of islands in the ocean, and similarly the various planets, divided into fourteen lokas, are islands in the ocean of space. As Priyavrata drove his chariot behind the sun, he created seven different types of oceans and planetary systems, which altogether are known as Bhūmaṇḍala, or Bhūloka. In the Gāyatrī mantra, we chant, oṁ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ tat savitur vareṇyam. Above the Bhūloka planetary system is Bhuvarloka, and above that is Svargaloka, the heavenly planetary system. All these planetary systems are controlled by Savitā, the sun-god. By chanting the Gāyatrī mantra just after rising early in the morning, one worships the sun-god.

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Note: There ARE other earthly planets ALSO: not only just one earth planet Jambudvipa. The reference to the seven Islands(dvipas) are explained further on to refer to PLANETS. [Read More…]

MODERN MAN IN THE SOCIETY OF DOGS, HOGS AND ASSES

MODERN MAN IN THE SOCIETY OF DOGS, HOGS AND ASSES

श्वविड्वराहोष्ट्रखरैः संस्तुतः पुरुषः पशुः
न यत्कर्णपथोपेतो जातु नाम गदाग्रजः

śva-viḍ-varāhoṣṭra-kharaiḥ
saṁstutaḥ puruṣaḥ paśuḥ
na yat-karṇa-pathopeto
jātu nāma gadāgrajaḥ

SYNONYMS

śva—a dog; viṭ-varāha—the village hog who eats stool; uṣṭra—the camel; kharaiḥ—and by the asses; saṁstutaḥ—perfectly praised; puruṣaḥ—a person; paśuḥ—animal; na—never; yat—of him; karṇa—ear; patha—path; upetaḥ—reached; jātu—at any time; nāma—the holy name; gadāgrajaḥ—Lord Kṛṣṇa, the deliver from all evils.

TRANSLATION

Men who are like dogs, hogs, camels and asses praise those men who never listen to the transcendental pastimes of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the deliverer from evils. (SB 2.3.19)

PURPORT

The general mass of people, unless they are trained systematically for a higher standard of life in spiritual values, are no better than animals, and in this verse they have particularly been put on the level of dogs, hogs, camels and asses. Modern university education practically prepares one to acquire a doggish mentality with which to accept the service of a greater master. After finishing a so-called education, the so-called educated persons move like dogs from door to door with applications for some service, and mostly they are driven away, informed of no vacancy. As dogs are negligible animals and serve the master faithfully for bits of bread, a man serves a master faithfully without sufficient rewards.

Persons who have no discrimination in the matter of foodstuff and who eat all sorts of rubbish are compared to hogs. Hogs are very much attached to eating stools. So stool is a kind of foodstuff for a particular type of animal. And even stones are eatables for a particular type of animal or bird. But the human being is not meant for eating everything and anything; he is meant to eat grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, sugar, etc. Animal food is not meant for the human being. For chewing solid food, the human being has a particular type of teeth meant for cutting fruits and vegetables. The human being is endowed with two canine teeth as a concession for persons who will eat animal food at any cost. It is known to everyone that one man’s food is another man’s poison. Human beings are expected to accept the remnants of food offered to Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and the Lord accepts foodstuff from the categories of leaves, flowers, fruits, etc. (Bg. 9.26). As prescribed by Vedic scriptures, no animal food is offered to the Lord. Therefore, a human being is meant to eat a particular type of food. He should not imitate the animals to derive so-called vitamin values. Therefore, a person who has no discrimination in regard to eating is compared to a hog. [Read More…]

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