Experience of God

Prabhupada, Room Conversation with Christian Priest, Paris, June 9, 1974: […] Arjuna says that: param brahma param dhama pavitram paramam bhavan [Bg. 10.12], “You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Not only You are saying, but You are accepted by these authorities.” That is all.

I cannot get my experience of God; that is not possible. God comes, He says, and Krishna comes and He is accepted by all the great acaryas, then our business is perfect. So give them prasada. Full Conversation
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“Experience of God”

“Renowned singer Anuradha Paudwal offers prayers at Sri Krishna Janamsthan temple on the occasion of Janmashtami in Mathura.”

THE HINDU | CHENNAI | Lord Krishna’s birth heralded a season of continuous celebrations. The term, Krishna, implies one who has the power to attract. Lord Krishna’s childhood is replete with incidents that endear Him to us and easily evokes the subtle experience of devotion as much as admiration for the way in which He, a mere child, dealt with the enemies who were intent on taking away His life, Sri Srivatsa Jayarama Sarma said in a lecture.
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NEW LARGE-SCALE COPYRIGHT SCAM OF BBTi

NEW LARGE-SCALE COPYRIGHT SCAM OF BBTi

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NEW LARGE-SCALE COPYRIGHT SCAM OF BBTi

ATTENTION ALL DEVOTEES WORLD WIDE – be aware there is a new large-scale SCAM of Gupta das together with BBTi to destroy Srila Prabhupadas original BBT, by trying again to have the copyrights transferred to the BBTi.

Gupta is already telling every one that he can no longer print original books, because he had to give up his printing licence to the De family (Prabhupadas family members) who allegedly claimed copyrights, which is, of course, total bullshit.

Gupta das (a paid BBTi agent) secretly works for the BBTi to undermine Srila Prabhupada’s legally established BBT. Gupta and BBTi try to pull up a new court case in which to contest Srila Prabhupada’s BBT.

The claimants in this planned court case are:

Copyright Claimant: Brindavan Chadra De, Bhaktilata De, Mathura Mohan De, -2004 (C), BBTi (Bhaktivcdanta Book Trust International Inc.) (As)

Basis of Claim: New Matter: pages 9 through 41 new except for scattered quotations; translations of balance 6f text:

Please see above United States Copyright Office Public Catalog.

This is a new scam of the BBTi along with Gupta das who secretly works with them.

We are asking all devotes to expose the Gupta/BBTi fraud and protect Srila Prabhupada’s original BBT and original Books.

In the last court case of Gupta/Hansadutta/BBTi Iskcon gave the following statement:

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The agreement reaffirms the validity of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust formed by Srila Prabhupada on May 29, 1972. This was a legal California trust into which Srila Prabhupada conveyed the copyrights to his books. All sides agree that this trust is still legal and alive, and that it is the true owner of Srila Prabhupada’s copyrights, as Srila Prabhupada desired.
END QUOTE

“reaffirms the validity of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust” – So how can it suddenly be claimed by the De family, which is, of course, Guptas latest scam and bullshit.

We are asking all devotes to please help exposing these rascals scheming and butchering Srila Prabhupada’s book for the sake of Money, Politics and Power Control.

Please carefully read below the latest article of VASTAVIKA DAS:

Dey Family Claims BBT Copyrights

BY: VASTAVIKA DAS 
Aug 12, 2018 — USA (SUN)

On June 8, 2015, the ownership of the 60 titles of Srila Prabhupada’s books published through 1977 were claimed by the Dey family – Prabhupada’s sons and relatives. Also claiming the copyrights (of 65 titles) is the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International. Hmmm. In 1998, a Los Angeles Superior Court probate judge ruled that the copyrights belonged to the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust – the original Trust established by His Divine Grace. Both the Dey family and the BBTI are now claiming those rights, but there is no court order removing the copyrights from the BBT.  [Read More…]

Bhū-maṇḍala and its seven islands

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STUDYING THE STRUCTURE OF THE UNIVERSE

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

From the Bible:God has divided Earth into regions, and made some regions higher and others lower; and He made the constitution of the inhabitants of each region to correspond with the nature of the region.

“Within the universe the Lord is situated in different spiritual manifestations. These are situated on seven islands in nine sections. Thus Their pastimes are going on.” (cc/madhya/20/218)

The Cosmic Lotus Bhū-maṇḍala

The planetary system known as Bhū-maṇḍala resembles a lotus flower, and its seven islands resemble the whorl of that flower. The length and breadth of the island known as Jambūdvīpa, which is situated in the middle of the whorl, are one million yojanas [eight million miles]. Jambūdvīpa is round like the leaf of a lotus flower. (sb/5/16/5)

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Bhū-maṇḍala is like a lotus flower, and its seven islands are compared to the whorl of the lotus. The place known as Jambūdvīpa is in the middle of that whorl. In Jambūdvīpa there is a mountain known as Sumeru, which is made of solid gold. The height of this mountain is 84,000 yojanas, of which 16,000 yojanas are below the earth. Its width is estimated to be 32,000 yojanas at its summit and 16,000 yojanas at its foot. (One yojana equals approximately eight miles.) This king of mountains, Sumeru, is the support of the planet earth. (sb/5/16/16_summary[Read More…]

Jayadvaita’s Grammatical Embellishment program — Truth or Deception?

By Yasoda nandana dasa, Los Angeles, California

According to Jayadvaita Swami’s own convenient interpretation in the Sampradaya Sun on August 22, 2010:

“…In the mid 1970s I extensively revised the first Canto, especially the first two chapters. Srila Prabhupada explicitly approved of this work, and the revised version was published in 1976…… In 1976 I also lightly revised the second Canto, already edited by Hayagriva Prabhu and published. After the “Rascal Editors” conversation, Radha-vallabha Dasa, then the BBT production manager, sent Srila Prabhupada samples of my second-Canto editing, and this is what led to Srila Prabhupada’s statement, in a letter dated September 7, 1976, “Concerning the editing of Jayadvaita Prabhu, whatever he does is approved by me. I have confidence in him.” The revised second Canto was also published before Srila Prabhupada’s departure…”

Accuracy does seem to occur in his revised edited dictionary. The “rascal editors” conversation occured on June 22, 1977. But Jayadvaita claims that after this date [June 22, 1977] “Radha vallabha…sent Srila Prabhupada samples of my second-Canto editing”. Subsequent to this event the Grammatical Embelishment Acarya [JAS] now reveals that this led to the following “this is what led to Srila Prabhupada’s statement, in a letter dated September 7, 1976, “Concerning the editing of Jayadvaita Prabhu, whatever he does is approved by me. I have confidence in him.”
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Deciduous Philosophies

On and on and on they go about the planet of the trees

Of all the Transcendental Knowledge contained in the Gita, somehow, this is all they see

But wait, don’t they understand this universe is varied unlimitedly

With oceans of liquor, oceans of oil and even oceans of ghee

There are planets of eaglemen, planets of ghosts, and even planets of fairies

In the topmost Spiritual Planet, Goloka Vrndavana, there is even a Transcendental Dairy

Where the Surabhi cows flowing milk constantly wets the grass

And where everyone is 100% dedicated to Sri Govinda, not letting a moment pass

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, Sri Sukadeva Gosvami confirms the different planets and the oceans

He heard this from His father Srila Vyasadeva, and we trust Them if we have any devotion

So if there are unlimited planets and many oceans in this tiny material creation

Is a planet of trees really that much of a show stopping revelation? [Read More…]

The Base of Mount Meru

Jambudvipa - the great round flat earth plane, with the nine varshas and separating mountains, Sumeru in the center

Jambudvipa – the great round flat earth plane,
with the nine varshas and separating mountains, Sumeru in the center

The Base of Mount Meru
BY: MAYESVARA DASA

Nov 10, 2017 — IRELAND (SUN)
Part Two
: What’s Below the Earth?

In Part One of this series of papers we looked at the seven subterranean realms within the Earth that go down down for 560,000 miles below the surface. In this Part Two we will look at the depth of Mount Meru below the Earth’s surface, but in the context of two related issues:

(1.1) Mount Meru
(1.2) The Size of the Earth (Bhu-gola/Bhu-mandala)
(1.3) The Three Dimensional Universe

Although we have looked at topics 1.2 and 1.3 in previous papers, I will re-present the arguments here in the present context of a discussion on Mount Meru. I wish to repeat the arguments here because there has been a consistent failure on the side of those writing and lecturing on the topic of Vedic cosmology to appreciate the description of the Bhu-mandala Sas a description of reality. The Srimad-Bhagavatam’s description of the Earth (Bhu-mandala) has so far been treated more as an intellectual concept or curiosity—a concept without any immediate relevance or consequence to our present way of thinking about the otherwise seemingly unquestionable and unchallengeable idea that the Earth is a globe in space. We wish to impress upon the reader the very opposite conviction, namely that the Earth described in Srimad-Bhagavatam is a description of reality with profound implications and challenges to our present understanding of the Earth we live upon. Is the Earth a small globe-shaped planet in space, or is our Earth area (as described in Srimad-Bhagavatam) part of a much greater Earth that forms a huge circular landscape spanning the center of the universe? This question is set to become a historic controversy that will inevitably affect the world-view of the entire Hare Krishna movement, and eventually the rest of the world.

The shape of the Earth is a very big deal, especially now since the Srimad-Bhagavatam’s version is to be presented to the rest of the world via the Mayapur Temple of Vedic Planetarium. The Earth described in Srimad-Bhagavatam is completely different from what we’ve been presented by the modern education system and media, and this obviously presents a very big challenge to the belief system of the devotee community who have grown-up believing (like everyone else) that we live on a globe-shaped planet. The description (or revelation) of the Earth contained in Srimad-Bhagavatam marks the beginning of a new spiritual paradigm, regarding our beliefs about the size, nature, and purpose of the Earth we live upon. But will the present generation of leaders of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness be willing or capable of making the transition from a belief system implanted by scientism (that the Earth is a small globe-shaped planet floating in space), to that offered by Srimad-Bhagavatamthat the Earth is an immense, vast circular plane, and that our own Earth area is surrounded by more lands and more oceans that have yet to be discovered? It will undoubtedly be a test of faith for many devotees.

Bhumandala - the shape of the Earth

Bhumandala – the shape of the great round flat Earth circle with all the Dvipas

We previously wrote a paper to the devotee community, and specifically to the gurus and GBC of ISKCON, requesting that they look at this question of the Earth philosophically, and not participate in a culture of dogmatism simply out of obligation to an official party line. The paper can be found here[Read More…]

O DEAREST GURU OF THE UNIVERSE

O dearest guru of the universe
it seems I’m under the greatest curse
for there can be nothing worst
than not knowing what my life is worth.

Dearest Ac Bhaktivedanta swami Prabhupada
please force open the eyes of this blindest dog
so may I see clearly who I really am
and be thy perfect helping hand.

Dearest Senapati captain
of the perfect ship back home
beyond repeated births and deaths
and the illusion I am blood and bone. [Read More…]

Build Your Nation on the Spiritual Platform | University of Nairobi


Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for kindly coming here to participate in this meeting for spreading Krishna consciousness. The Krishna consciousness movement is trying to bring human society to the point where everyone’s life can become successful. The subject today is the real meaning of human life. We are trying to instruct the entire world about this meaning.

Human life is attained after many, many millions of years species of life according to the Padma Purana. Life began with the aquatics, for we can understand from Vedic literature that at the beginning of creation the entire planet was merged in water. This material world is composed of five gross elements—earth, water, fire, air, and ether. Besides these there are three subtle elements—mind, intelligence, and ego. Behind these curtains is the spirit soul, which is covered by these eight elements. This information is given in the Bhagavad-gita.
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Perspectives on BBT Editing

Perspectives on BBT Editing - Revisions Only With the Consent of the Author

Perspectives on BBT Editing

BY: PARATRIKANANDA DAS

Podcast with Garuda das PhD
Episode 1: The Heart of the Matter (pt. 1)

Please click below to listen to our first Internet podcast. In this episode Garuda is joined by Bhutatma das (PhD, UC Irvine), to discuss the fundamental issues of post-disappearance editing.

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Vaishnava Calendar August 2018

Vaishnava Calendar: August 2018

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ANANTA-SESHA – THE SUPPORT OF THE EARTH

Ananta-Sesha bears the Earth on his Head

ANANTA-SESHA – THE SUPPORT OF THE EARTH

Ananta, or Śeṣa, is the source of the power which sustains all the planets in their different positions. Materially this sustaining power is known as the ‘law of gravitation’, but actually it is a display of the potency of Saṅkarṣaṇa. The entire material world is situated on the hoods of Lord Saṅkarṣaṇa.

FROM THE MAHABHARATA – Ananta-Sesha bears the Earth
The Mahabharata, Book 1: Adi Parva: Astika Parva: Section XXXVI

“Lord Brahma said, ‘O Sesha, I am exceedingly gratified with this thy self-denial and love of peace. But, at my command, let this act be done by thee for the good of my creatures. Bear thou, O Sesha, properly and well this Earth so unsteady with her mountains and forests, her seas and towns and retreats, so that she may be steady. Hold on your head stationary this earth which is shaking with the weight of great mountains, valleys, oceans, and cities.’ “

“Sesha said, ‘O divine Lord of all creatures, O bestower of boons, O lord of the Earth, lord of every created thing, lord of the universe, I will, even as thou sayest hold the Earth steady. Therefore, O lord of all creatures, place her on my head.’ “

“Brahman said, ‘O best of snakes, go underneath the Earth. She will herself give thee a crevice to pass through. And, O Sesha, by holding the Earth, thou shalt certainly do what is prized by me very greatly.’ “

“Sauti continued, ‘Then the elder brother of the king of the snakes, entering a hole, passed to the other side of the Earth, and holding her, supported with his head that goddess with her belt of seas passing all round.’ “

“Brahman said, ‘O Sesha, O best of snakes, thou art the god Dharma, because alone, with thy huge body, thou supportest the Earth with everything on her, even as I myself, or Valavit (Indra), can.’ “Sauti continued, ‘The snake, Sesha, the lord Ananta, of great prowess, lives underneath the Earth, alone supporting the world at the command of Brahman. And the illustrious Grandsire, the best of the immortals, then gave unto Ananta the bird of fair feathers, viz., the son of Vinata, for Ananta’s help.’ “

So ends the thirty-sixth section in the Astika Parva of the Adi Parva, Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli.  [Read More…]

Nearly Everyone Is Ritvik | Bhaktisiddhanta Dasa


Has everyone forgotten what happened in the past? In the early ‘70’s Srila Prabhupada started his own ritvik system, surprise! At some point it became too much to chant on everyone’s beads and give the new spiritual names so what to do? He appointed some of his senior men to cover these details so he could go on with his writing and management of a world organization.
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THE POLESTAR – DHRUVA-LOKA

THE POLESTAR -DHRUVA-LOKA

THE POLESTAR – DHRUVA-LOKA

Established by the supreme will of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the polestar, which is the planet of Mahārāja Dhruva, constantly shines as the central pivot for all the stars and planets. The unsleeping, invisible, most powerful time factor causes these luminaries to revolve around the polestar without cessation. It is distinctly stated herein that all the luminaries, the planets and stars, revolve by the influence of the supreme time factor. The time factor is another feature of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. (sb/5/23/2)

The seven stars revolving around the polestar at the zenith are called saptarṣi-maṇḍala. On these seven stars, (Little Dipper – Seven-Star formation) which form the topmost part of our planetary system, reside seven sages: KaśyapaAtriVasiṣṭhaViśvāmitraGautamaJamadagni and Bharadvāja. These seven stars are seen every night, and they each make a complete orbit around the polestar within twenty-four hours. Along with these seven stars, all the others stars also orbit from east to west. The upper portion of the universe is called the north, and the lower portion is called the south. Even in our ordinary dealings, while studying a map, we regard the upper portion of the map as north. (sb/9/16/24)

Śiśumāra circle

The polar star of the universe and the circle thereof is called the Śiśumāra circle, and therein the local residential planet of the Personality of Godhead (Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣṇu) is situated. Before reaching there, the mystic passes over the Milky Way to reach Brahmaloka, and while going there he first reaches Vaiśvānara-loka, where the demigod controls fire. On Vaiśvānara-loka the yogī becomes completely cleansed of all dirty sins acquired while in contact with the material world. The Milky Way in the sky is indicated herein as the way leading to Brahmaloka, the highest planet of the universe. (SB 2.2.24-pp).

According to astronomical calculation, along with the polestar there is another star, which is called Śiśumāra, where Lord Viṣṇu, who is in charge of the maintenance of this material world, resides. Śiśumāra or Dhruvaloka can never be reached by anyone but the Vaiṣṇavas, as will be described by the following ślokas. The associates of Lord Viṣṇu brought the special airplane for Dhruva Mahārāja and then informed him that Lord Viṣṇu had especially sent this airplane. The airplane sent by Lord Viṣṇu to carry Dhruva Mahārāja to Śiśumāra was a completely spiritual, transcendental airplane. (sb/4/12/27[Read More…]

Sri Sanatana Goswami Madan Mohan temple

Sri Advaita Vata

HISTORY OF THE MADANA-MOHANA TEMPLE

Sanatana Gosvami established this temple. It is one of the first temples built in Vrindavan. The Deity of Madana-Mohan was originally known as Madana Gopala. Madan Mohan Temple on the riverside is the oldest structure in Vrindavan.

Advaita Acarya discovered the original Deity of Madana-Mohan at the base of an old vata tree, when he visited Vrindavana. He found this Deity at Advaita Vata, which is the place where he did his bhajana. This place is just below the hill on which the Madana-Mohan temple is located. He entrusted the worship of Madana-Mohan to his disciple, Purusottama Chaube, who then gave the Deity to Sanatana Gosvami. Worshiped along with Madana-Mohan are Radharani and Lalita, who were sent to Vrindavana by Purusottama Jena, the son of Maharaja Prataparudra.

 

This 20m (60 ft) high temple was opened in 1580 on Aditya Tila, a 16m (50 ft) hill next to the Yamuna. Ram Das Kapoor of Multan (Punjab) paid to build the temple. One day a ship he owned, loaded with salt, went aground in the Yamuna. He was advised by Sanatana Gosvami to pray to Madana-Mohan for help. The ship came free and the owner of the ship made a big profit, which he used to build this temple. Ram Das Kapoor built another temple dedicated to Madana-Mohan in his hometown and installed a replica of Madana-Mohan. This Deity is still being worshiped. His entire family was initiated as Vaishnavas and they were followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

 

Krishna Dasa took care of worshiping Madana-Mohan after Sanatana Gosvami left his body. This temple is considered a historical site and is under the care of the Indian government.

 

This is the oldest temple in Vrindavan. The temple is closely associated with the saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was a monk and social reformer eastern India in the 16th century … which is the incarnation of the Supreme Lord Krishna in the iron age of Kaliyuga and spreading the congregational chanting of the holy names. [Read More…]

Aloo Matar Ka Samosa | Sanjay Patel


Prabhupada: […] Samosa. Where is samosa? There is only one left?
George Harrison: I’m okay, actually.
Conversation with George Harrison
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
July 26, 1976, London

Ingredients

  • For the cover:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • water to knead dough
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • pinch of salt
  • For Stuffing:
  • 3-4 medium or large potatoes (boiled, peeled & mashed)
  • ½ cup green peas (boiled)
  • 1-2 green chili (finely chopped)
  • ½ tsp ginger (crushed)
  • 1 tbsp coriander (finely chopped)
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • salt to taste
  • red chili powder to taste
  • ½ tsp. dry mango powder (Amchur)
  • 1 tbsp chopped cashews (optional)

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Only With the Consent of the Author

Srila Prabhupada: Revisions only with the consent of the Author

Only With the Consent of the Author
BY: GARUDA DAS, PhD
Jul 21, 2018 — USA (SUN)

Śrīla Prabhupāda has been consistent over the years in his instructions on editing, that they should be, as he wrote in a letter to Rupanuga Prabhu in 1970: Our editing is to correct grammatical and spelling errors only, without interpolation of style or philosophy (Los Angeles: February 17, 1970). Almost exactly two years later, Śrīla Prabhupāda had his publishing contract with Macmillan Publishing Company modified under the revisions clause, no. V. to say that revisions were allowed only with the consent of the author, and he initialized this. Below is a copy of the actual contract:

Srila Prabhupada: Revisions only with the consent of the Author

From the original 1972 contract with Macmillan, Śrīla Prabhupāda insisted on the following modification of contract (typed words within red rectangle), which he initialized (surrounded by orange-colored circle): Revisions: “only with the consent of the Author.”
Did Jayadvaita Das Brahmacari ever have Śrīla Prabhupāda’s “consent” to edit and revise his Bhagavad-gTtà As It Is into a second edition? NO!

I believe that Jayadvaita Swami has honestly admitted his revisionist editing of the MAC 72 edition was never ordered by Śrīla Prabhupāda, nor did Śrīla Prabhupāda ever give his consent to Jayadvaita Swami to conduct such editing and revisionist work on the BBT books. [Read More…]

The Gravity Hoax

The Gravity Hoax

The Gravity Hoax

BY: PARIKSIT DAS

Gravitation-as-attraction (in short: ‘gravity’) is nothing but a Hoax! The so-called law of gravitation is a fake – it is nothing but a mental concoction, a theory propagated by Sir Isaac Newton. Newton’s view of Gravity as Srila Prabhupada says is wrong.

Srila Prabhupada: The scientists, they say the law of gravitation… How far it is true

Everyone can understand that this big airplane is floating in the sky because the pilot has entered within it. Similarly, if this planet is floating, then somebody, either you or somebody, God, has entered it. And that answer is there in the Bhagavad-gītā, that “I enter into these planets and therefore I keep them floating.” That is our answer. And the scientists, they say the law of gravitation… How far it is true… (Iso Mantra 1 — LA, April 29, 1970)

NASA’s 45 Year Gravity Hoax EXPOSED
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The Gravity Hoax

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7eT2QpEtfU

The materialists try to explain that the planets are floating by the law of gravitation, but the so-called law of gravitation works under the control or direction of the Supreme Lord, who is situated even within the atoms. That is the version of Bhagavad-gītā (15.13) which confirms, by the Lord’s statement, that behind the material laws or nature’s laws and behind the growth, maintenance, production and evolution of all the planetary systems—behind everything—is the Lord’s direction. The so-called law of gravitation which sustains the planets is described herein as the potency of the Lord[Read More…]

Life Comes from Life | The Sixth Morning Walk, May 7, 1973

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Srila Prabhupada, May 7, 1973: […] God exists, and His acintya-sakti also exists. Where does a bird’s power to fly come from? Both you and the bird are living entities, but the bird can fly because of its acintya-sakti, and you cannot.

To give another example, semen is produced from blood. A man has mystic power in his body so that because he is sexually inclined, blood is transformed into semen. How is this done unless there is some mystic power involved? There are many mystic powers in the living entities.

The cow eats grass and produces milk. Everyone knows this, but can you take some grass and produce milk? Can you? Therefore there is mystic power within the cow. As soon as the cow eats grass, she can transform it into milk. Men and women are basically the same, but as a man you cannot eat food and produce milk, although a woman can. These are mystic powers.
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History of ISKCON Appointed Diksa Gurus 1978 – 2014

History of ISKCON Appointed Diksa Gurus 1978-2014
History of ISKCON Appointed Diksa Gurus 1978-2014

This is a history of GBC resolutions, gurus approved, gurus suspended, and other key events in ISKCON as specifically related to diksa and siksa gurus. Although compiled carefully over many years, and in consultation with many ISKCON members, some historians and some former members, there are undoubtedly a lot of errors and omissions in this document due to a lack of information. There are especially errors in terms of the specific years that some persons were approved or disapproved to act as diksa guru in ISKCON. Such errors are due to a lack of record-keeping on the part of any official ISKCON body. This is intended to be a public document, for the view of anyone interested in ISKCON history; it is not an internal document.

(Note: most GBC resolutions are here in a summary form; some are in the exact wording).

1978 – SADHU-SASTRA-GURU RESEARCH

“The Process for Carrying out Srila Prabhupada’s desires for Future Initiations” –a paper compiled by the GBC in consultation with higher authorities. This paper has a few references to sastra, and gives a general outline of the way in which the process of initiation would go on in ISKCON. It is more a summary of GBC policies than it is a scholarly paper. Some aspects of it—such as saying that disciples have a choice as to whom they take as guru—were not instituted. It explains that new gurus will be chosen by the group of existing gurus, in order for the process to have “spiritual characteristics.”
Pradyumna dasa, Prabhupada’s Sanskrit editor, writes a letter to the GBC explaining how there were many discrepancies in ISKCON’s guru system in relation to sastra and tradition (he did not reference very much sastra—mostly tradition and sadhus).
Result: Pradyumna dasa was removed from translating the Bhagavatam, and his letter ignored.

GBC RESOLUTIONS

•   March19 resolution: Starting in 1979, gurus would need a ¾ vote of GBC.
•   March 21 amendment: GBC committee of existing gurus would select new gurus once a year.
•   Zonal Acharya system.
•  For each zone, guru would be like Srila Prabhupada was to the world.
•  3 vyasasanas, Gurupuja was offered simultaneously.
•  Srila Prabhupada disciples should treat the eleven gurus almost like own spiritual master.
•   Gurus who fall or leave ISKCON lose their post and can come back as regular devotees.

GURUS APPOINTED AND SUSPENDED

Approved:

Bhagavan Das
Bhavananda Das
Hansadutta Swami
Harikesa Swami
Hridayananda Das Goswami
Jayapataka Swami
Jayatirtha Das
Kirtanananda Swami
Ramesvara Das
Satsvarupa Das Goswami
Tamala Krishna Goswami

EVENTS

•   Disciples had to take initiation from the guru of his or her zone; those who wanted a different guru had to relocate.
•   Each guru had his own seat in temples in his zone, there was another seat for visiting guru, and other Bhagavatam speakers used a third seat (sometimes a fourth seat was used for Bhagavatam speakers who were Prabhupada’s grand-disciples).
•   The local guru’s picture was permanently on the altar, and his pranam mantra was chanted in every kirtana (in the temple, on harinama, etc.) before Prabhupada’s pranama mantra, the name of the local guru was added to the premadvani prayers, each guru was given an honorific title which had to be used by everyone when addressing him, and all temple residents had to attend a simultaneous guru-puja daily to Prabhupada and the local guru.
•   At GBC meetings, the gurus sat on seats higher than that of the other GBC members. [Read More…]

THE STATIONARY EARTH

The stationary earth from 1893 published by Orlando Ferguson

Famous map of the stationary earth from 1893 published by Orlando Ferguson
Citing Four Hundred Passages in the Bible That Condemn
the Globe Theory or the spinning Earth Space Ball.

THE STATIONARY EARTH
and circling luminaries above

Description from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam

There are many things we do know as facts from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. As far as the earth is concerned the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam does not describe it as a ball spinning in space.

In the Bhāgavatam the earth is described stationary with the luminaries circling above. We can say that for an absolute fact. It is certainly not spinning or moving in any way. Because all the movements we see in the sky are explained in the Bhāgavatam as movements of the wheel of time [sisumara chakra, which has all stars fixed on it in the constellations and that whole thing is rotating in the sky] and the sun, moon and planets move with the sisumara chakra but have their own independent movements also.

The wheel of time, a gigantic wheel consisting of all the stars, constellations, etc, all fixed in their respective places is connected to the wheel of the chariot of the sun god. It has an axle that rotates once every twenty-four hours. That causes the whole wheel of time to rotate 360 degrees in 24 hours. And this is the rotation that scientists mistakenly presume is the earth rotating. That is what makes the sun and moon and stars rise and set every day.

The axle of the sun god’s chariot is resting on the top of Manasottara mountain, which is a huge ring of mountains circling the whole Bhu-mandala island complex. In 360 days the axle of the sun god’s chariot moves all the way around the 360 degrees of the Manasottara mountains. This movement accounts for the different rising and setting positions of the sun, moon and stars, and also accounts for the seasons. So these two movements of the wheel of time, sisumara-chakra, prove that the earth is stationary and everything else is moving around the earth. So that accounts for all the movements we see in the sky that the scientists presume are caused by the earth rotating.

Śiśumāra Chakra - wheel of time  Śiśumāra Chakra - wheel of time

Śiśumāra Chakrawheel of time

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