Srila Prabhupada is always the Initiator

SRILA PRABHUPADA IS ALWAYS THE INITIATOR

1. Srila Prabhupadas transcendental books are non-different than himself. They appear before the external senses of a fortunate conditioned soul, who was wandering aimlessly throughout the universe and plant the seed of devotional service in his heart (Bhakti lata bija) THUS HE IS THE INITIATOR.

  1. . Srila Prabhupadas transcendental books are his loud chanting of the holy name. Such loud chanting is giving the people of the world Harinama diksa (T.L.C. Chapter 18). THUS HE IS THE INITIATOR
  2. . Srila Prabhupadas transcendental books contain the nectarine words from his lotus mouth. Such words penetrate the hearts of the fallen souls, injecting transcendental knowledge, which alone can deliver them from material existence. This is the purpose of initiation. “The spiritual master initiates the disciple to deliver him.” (C.C. Mad., 1.218) THUS HE IS THE INITIATOR.
  3. . Srila Prabhupadas transcendental books are non-different than himself, thus they give the conditioned souls his direct association (sadhu sanga). By such association they receive a process of spiritual activities (Bhajana kriya) (B.G. lec., 2-58-59, N.Y. 27th April, 1966). THUS HE IS THE INITIATOR.
  4. . Srila Prabhupadas transcendental books transmit transcendental knowledge which vanquish all material contamination caused by our previous sinful activities and thus bring us to pure love of God, where we can directly worship Krsna. This perfectly corresponds with sastric definitions of diksa. (C.C. Mad. lila, 15-108, 9-61, 4-111). THUS HE IS THE INITIATOR
  5. . Srila Prabhupadas transcendental books contain his instructions about chanting the holy name. If we accept such instruction and follow them, he is with us as the initiator. (S.P.L. Letter to Tamal Krsna, 19th September 1968) THUS HE IS THE INITIATOR

7. Srila Prabhupada in the form of his books (instructions) is taking everyone back to home, back to Godhead. This is the purpose of initiating a disciple, to deliver him.”The spiritual master initiates the disciple to deliver him (C.C. Mad, 1.218) THUS HE IS THE INITIATOR

In my books the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness is explained fully so if there is anything which you do not understand, then you simply have to read again and again By reading daily the knowledge will be revealed to you and by this process your spiritual life will develop. (SPL to Bahuru-pa dasa, 22nd November, 1974)

The first point to note in this letter, is that there is no need for a “living link” to understand Srila Prabhupada’s books. If there is anything we do not understand that thing will be understood by reading again and again. Srila Prabhupada describes our daily reading of His books, as a process of revealing or awakening transcendental knowledge. This process is described in the sastra as diksa.  [Read More…]

BBTI’S NEW FRONT COVER OF ISOPANISAD REVISED EDITION

BBTI's new front cover of Isopanisad revised edition

BBTI’s new front cover of Isopanisad revised edition

Instruction from Srila Prabhupada regarding cover change:

“No, the printing of the Gitar-gan cover this fashion is not at all approved by me. You have done most nonsensically. Why change the cover? When people look to see the Bhagavad-gita they expect to see Krishna and Arjuna, not the picture of Krishna with cow. You have done a great mistake by changing the front picture and it will hamper the sale. In future you don’t do any changes without asking me first.

Simply because there is no stock of books, we can do anything whimsically???
 Is this logic? Gita is not spoken in Vrindaban, it is spoken on the battlefield of Kuruksetra, but this is Vrindaban picture. That chariot driven by 4 horses, that is the real Kuruksetra picture. It is not that because there is no stock we can do whimsically as we like and lose the idea, that is rasa-bhasa. Because there is no bread, you take stone to eat? There is no stock of bread so you will take stone??? The front picture is most important thing and you have changed it. It must remain standard, and not change. Also, the lettering is not nice on the cover. You could have taken a color picture of Krishna and Arjuna and used it black and white (one color) on the front cover. Just as you did with the inside back cover of the Bhagavat darsana, the original picture of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was in color but you have printed it in black and white. You could have done this on the front cover with Krishna and Arjuna on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra, but the cover must not be changed.
[Letter: Bhargava, May 29, 1976]

Analysis of Book Changes: Thousands of changes found in Isopanisad 1974 and 2001 editions 

Hare Krsna. All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and all Vaisanvas.
The link below contains a detailed list of 1000s of changes made to Srila Prabhupada’s Original Sri Isopanisad 1969 edition in the 1974 edition.
BBTI editors claim that the 2001 edition is closer to Srila Prabhupada. But we find no such restorations have been made(i.e, it is almost the same as the 1974 edition) and only a handful of even more changes were made in the 2001 edition. We can therefore conclude that the 2001 edition also has the same unauthorized changes as the 1974 edition.

Link containing these changes:
https://draftable.com/compare/XHqtwOJumUmc
(Left side has 1969 edition and the right side has 1974 edition)

“P.S. Our Isopanisad is now published. This excellent book of God-Consciousness should be introduced as study book for school and college students because it is so nicely explained about God-Consciousness. Any sincere gentleman serious about knowing God-Consciousness must read this book. A little education will make every one aware what is meant by God. It is a challenge to the atheists, agnostic, skeptics and gross materialists. Please get this book in quantities from Boston and try to introduce it.”
[Letter to: Kirtanananda—Los Angeles,18 February, 1970]

We have our new book, “Isopanisad,” published. It is very attractive and instructive also. Try to get them from Boston center.
[Letter to: Harer Nama—Los Angeles, 23 February, 1970]

Now we have published our Isopanisad and you must try to sell it as far as possible. I have tried to explain in this book the preliminary knowledge of God-consciousness so any layman who reads it will be able to understand our Krsna Consciousness movement to their great benefit. If you simply present our program before them with great sincerity of purpose, they will be influenced by the seriousness of our Krishna Consciousness movement, and you can further impress them to join with us.
[Letter to: Rudra—Los Angeles, 9 March, 1970] [Read More…]

We Are Not Famous – {Poem}

WE ARE NOT FAMOUS

 

we are not famous,
nor,
do we aspire to be.
our desire for name, fame and privileges have been beautifully crushed.
there will be no pranams mantras eulogizing our acts.
there will be no murtis delegating our position.
there will be no memory of our identities.
who we are
is just a scattered bunch of Vaikuntha Loka rejects,
but our desire for pure devotional service has left the cosmos
we will
always
be known as unknowns,
but,
we are attempting to do the perfect thing.
this spreading of Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtana Movement
by
surrendering to Srila Prabhupada and His Requests.
following the four principles of freedom.
diligently chanting our japa.
distributing His Books.
sharing Sri Krsna Prasadam.
radiating the Holy Names of Sri Hari.
it is Srila Prabhupada and Sri Krsna Who will be duly remembered,
not the complete unknowns.
no,
we are not famous,
we never aspire to be,
but
our unknown cups overflow with willingness.
willingness to execute His orders.
cheerfully staying determined.
pleased to be awake.
voluntarily giving everything,
and,
we
are here. *

Long Live Lord Caitanya ! Long Live Lord Nityananda ! Long Live Srila Prabhupada !

All-ways inspired by His
Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada,
a nobody named jason walter

Infinite Glory, Victory and
Allegiance to Srila Prabhupada !!!

* adapted and revamped from a kia commercial

The Demoniac Always Disturbs The Divine

THE DEMONIAC ALWAYS DISTURBS THE DIVINE

THE DEMONIAC ALWAYS DISTURBS THE DIVINE

santatrasuḥ sma tad vīkṣya
gopā gopyaḥ kalevaram
pūrvaṁ tu tan-niḥsvanita-
bhinna-hṛt-karṇa-mastakāḥ

The hearts, ears and heads of the cowherd men and women were already shocked by the Rākṣasī’s screaming, and when they saw the fierce wonder of her body, they were even more frightened. (SB 10.6.17)

The law of this world is that the demoniac always disturb the divine because the philosophy of the demoniac is opposite to that of the divine. Both logically insist and prove that they are right. There can be no reconciliation if both the parties think they are right; therefore there is always a disturbance.

TWO KINDS OF CREATED BEINGS

dvau bhūta-sargau loke ’smin
daiva āsura eva ca
daivo vistaraśaḥ prokta
āsuraṁ pārtha me śṛṇu

O son of Pṛthā, in this world there are two kinds of created beings. One is called the divine and the other demonic. I have already explained to you at length the divine qualities. Now hear from Me of the demoniac. (BG 16.6)

ahaṅkāraṁ balaṁ darpaṁ
kāmaṁ krodhaṁ ca saṁśritāḥ
mām ātma-para-deheṣu
pradviṣanto ’bhyasūyakāḥ

Bewildered by false ego, strength, pride, lust and anger, the demon becomes envious of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is situated in his own body and in the bodies of others, and blasphemes against the real religion. (BG 16.18)

THERE IS ALWAYS A CONFLICT BETWEEN
THE DIVINE AND DEMONIAC IN THIS WORLD

Demons are very much disturbed when devotees worship the Lord in the prescribed ways recommended in the scriptures. Demons do not like such activity. They are always envious of God and His devotees. Their propaganda not to worship in the temple or church but simply to make material advancement for satisfaction of the senses is always current.

The demon wants to uproot the worship of God because if the root, God, were to be checked, the activities of the Lord and the devotees would automatically stop. The demon would be very much satisfied by such a situation in society. Demons are always anxious to have a godless society for their sense gratification.

There are two classes of beings, human being, in the human state: the devatā and asura. So devatā means God conscious, Kṛṣṇa conscious. Anyone who is Kṛṣṇa conscious, he is devatā, demigod. And anyone who is not Kṛṣṇa conscious, he’s demon. This is the difference. So that demon may be very big or small, it doesn’t matter, but… Asuras tad-viparyayaḥ. Viparyayaḥ means “just the opposite.” The devotees, they are demigods, and asura means just the opposite number of devotee; that means nondevotees. Those who are nondevotees, those who are not devotees of the Lord, they are all demons. [Read More…]

Devotion Bestowed by the Mercy of the Spiritual Master

The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the only way by which we can attain pure devotional service. I bow to his lotus feet with great awe and reverence. By his grace one can cross the ocean of material suffering and obtain the mercy of Kṛṣṇa.” (Śrī Guru-vandanā Verse 1, Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura)

DEVOTION BESTOWED BY THE MERCY OF THE SPIRITUAL MASTER

Compiled by Isana dasa

But when you get chance of a bona fide spiritual master, a great soul, if you try to please him, to satisfy him, that will make you eligible to have taste for kṛṣṇa-kathā, on the topics of Kṛṣṇa

So, it is the duty of the student to offer respect to the bona fide spiritual master three times respect. So, serve, mahat-sevā, because that will, I mean to say, help me in making advance in spiritual knowledge. Syān mahat-sevayā viprāḥ puṇya-tīrtha-niṣevaṇāt. And also, by visiting sacred places. So, it is not always possible to visit sacred places. It may be very distant place. But when you get chance of a bona fide spiritual master, a great soul, if you try to please him, to satisfy him, that will make you eligible to have taste for kṛṣṇa-kathā, on the topics of Kṛṣṇa. SB 1.2.14-16 March 24, 1967 San Francisco EXCERPT: [Read More…]

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