Why Should We Compromise? | BHAKTIN JANE



Yoga is becoming a so-called breakthrough preaching method in some devotee circles. It seems to be attracting some souls to Krishna Consciousness. Many devotees who are advocating this type of preaching are sincere and hardworking in their attempts to spread Krishna Consciousness.

Most have limited funds and are without the financial support from the wider ISKCON community. I think it’s important for devotees across the globe to share their experiences in the hopes that the instructions of our beloved Acarya, Srila Prabhupada, will be taken to heart.

That’s why I’m submitting this article, certainly not to criticize other devotees and their sincere preaching attempts, but to share my own humble experiences and realizations with the yoga trend, and to highlight what I think is a deviation from Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental instructions.
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Re: The Tiny World of Modern Science

Dr. Singh, April 1973, Venice Beach, Los Angeles: […] Of course, so much is being written about Darwin’s theory. In any library there are hundreds of books on his theories.

Srila Prabhupada: Do they accept or reject them?

Dr. Singh: Generally they accept him, but there are some who are very critical.

Srila Prabhupada: Darwin speaks about the evolution of the species of life, but he has no real information about spiritual evolution. Be knows nothing about the progress of the spirit soul from lower forms of life to higher forms.

He claims that man has evolved from monkeys, but we can see that the monkey is not extinct. If the monkey is the immediate forefather of man, why is the monkey still existing?

Dr. Singh: Darwin says that the species are not created independently but are descended from one another.
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If your old car is changed into new car, will you not accept it?

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel introduces new cars at the opening of the Frankfurt Auto Show”

Civilized Evolution Details [AUDIO]

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Prabhupada, April 22, 1976, Melbourne: […] Now, suppose I am old man. If by some medical process, if I am given a young man’s body to be more enthusiastic for working, is it not benefit for me? Similarly, in old age, when the body is changed, he gets another new body. That is a profit. There is no loss.
The old body, it cannot work nicely. It cannot move nicely. Just old car…. If your old car is changed into new car, will you not accept it? So it is just like machine, car.
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Darwin has simply taken information from Vedic literature, but he has no conception of the soul

“Because the soul is part and parcel of God, it has godly qualities”

The Science of Self Realization
by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

[…] The sage does not make any distinction on the basis of color, intelligence, or species. He sees every living entity as a small particle of spirit soul. It is stated:

satamsah sadrsatmakah
jivah suksma-svarupo ‘yam
sankhyatito hi cit-kanah

“There are innumerable particles of spiritual atoms, which are measured as one ten-thousandth of the upper portion of a hair.”

Because we have no instrument to measure the dimensions of the spirit soul, the small particle of spirit soul is measured in this way. In other words, the soul is so small that it is smaller than an atom.
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So I See Your Temple Is the Best

Arrival Address [AUDIO]

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Prabhupāda: So I am very glad to see you, and I am coming first of all Mexico City?
Devotee: Yes.
Prabhupāda: So Mexico City, then Caracas, then…
Devotee: Miami.
Prabhupāda: Miami. So I see your temple is the best.
Devotees: Jaya! Hari bol! [Read More…]

Radha Kunda Snana at Bahulastami (avirbhava – appearance day)

I was very fortunate to take bath in Radhakunda on Bahulastami, the appearance day of Sri Radhakunda.

Thousands of pilgrims bathe in Radha-kunda at  midnight on Bahulastami, the appearance day of Radhakunda. But should Gaudiya Vaishnavas bathe at midnight?

There is no pramana in Gaudiya sastra prescribing midnight snana. Sri Rupa Goswamip in Mathura Mahatmyam (verse 439, 441) and Sri Sanatana  Goswami in Hari Bhakti Vilasa(16.207, 210) both quote the Padma Purana, Karttika mahatmyam which says, anyone who BATHES ON THE DAY of Bahulastami in Radha-kunda becomes very dear to Hari, karttike bahulastamyam, tatra snatva haripriya.

I came in the evening to Radhakunda and already so many people sitting around the kund, all waiting for midnight, making it difficult to go down to the water.

In Bhagavad Gita (16.23), Sri Krsna says that perfection comes when one acts according to sastra pramana

Sri Karttik Bahulastami ki Jai!
Radha-kunda snana ki Jai!
Jai Jai Sri Radhe!

Yes! Live and Bathe in Radha Kunda!

Two questions confound many devotees:
1) Can we live in Radha Kunda?
2) Can we bathe in Radha Kunda?

As there are many devotees and many minds, there are many different viewpoints and answers regarding these questions. So how to establish the final word, the correct answer, and the proper path of action?  [Read More…]

Radha Kunda – Sacred bathing place of Srimati Radharani

Radha Kunda

Krishnasyoccaih pranaya-vasatih preyasibhyo ’pi radha
kundam casya munibhir abhitas tadrg eva vyadhayi
yat presthair apy alam asulabham kim punar bhakti-bhajam
tat premedam sakrd api sarah snatur aviskaroti

“Of the many objects of favored delight and of all the lovable damsels of Vrajabhumi, Srimati Radharani is certainly the most treasured object of Krishna’s love. And, in every respect, Her divine kunda is described by great sages as similarly dear to Him. Undoubtedly Radha-kunda is rarely attained even by the great devotees; therefore it is even more difficult for ordinary devotees to attain. If one simply bathes once within those holy waters, one’s pure love of Krishna is fully aroused.” (Srila Rupa Goswami’s “The Nectar of Instruction,” by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, verses 9-11)


Radha Kunda

“The holy place known as Mathura is spiritually superior to Vaikuntha, the transcendental world, because the Lord appeared there. Superior to Mathura-puri is the transcendental forest of Vrndavana because of Krishna’s rasa-lila pastimes. And superior to the forest of Vrndavana is Govardhana Hill, for it was raised by the divine hand of Sri Krishna and was the site of His various loving pastimes. And, above all, the superexcellent Sri Radha-kunda stands supreme, for it is overflooded with the ambrosial nectarean prema of the Lord of Gokula, Sri Krishna. Where, then, is that intelligent person who is unwilling to serve this divine Radha-kunda, which is situated at the foot of Govardhana Hill?” [Read More…]

Vaishnava Calendar November 2018

Vaishnava Calendar: November 2018



Make the car; break the car; again make the car; again break the car

Massive freeway pileup: “..But then they are smashed and again melted and again crushed”

Tamala Krsna, June 28, 1977, Vrndavana: […]The cars.
Prabhupada: Whole cars, useless, piled up. But then they are smashed and again melted and again crushed.
Satadhanya: They build them so that in one year, two years, they break. Then they can sell more.
Prabhupada: Because they have no other business. Punah punas carvita-carvananam [SB 7.5.30] Chewing the chewed. Make a car, break it, and again melt it and again make another car. That’s all. This is their civilization, car-making civilization. No spiritual idea, no ambition for spiritual life. But they’ll do. They’ll do something. So therefore they are making, breaking more. Make the car; break the car; again make the car; again break the car. Therefore you are habituated to change. Full Conversation

New York Times: How Hummingbirds Get Their Nectar With Tiny ‘Straws’


Prabhupada, Mexico, May 4, 1972: […] Here is God’s credit, a small fly, near water. You create it. You see? You can create a big, but you cannot a small. Therefore you are incapable. But God can create the biggest and the smallest. Anor aniyan mahato mahiyan. He can create the greater than the greatest and the smaller than the smallest.  (Full Conversation)

How Hummingbirds Get Their Nectar With Tiny ‘Straws’

New York Times — It is harder to suck liquid through a thin straw than a wider one because of viscosity.

Yet a hummingbird is able extract nectar from a flower by wrapping its tongue into a hummingbird-size straw. How?
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Hansadutta Das: How to be linked up with Srila Prabhupada

“Hansadutta das is famous amongst the devotees for his ecstatic kirtans. From the beginning he pushed harinama-sankirtana (the congregational chanting of the holy names in public) with great enthusiasm and expertise. Srila Prabhupada especially appreciated his singing, and called him “King of Kirtan” (“Krishna Kirtan Thakur”).”

A devotee in Texas wrote in, asking what to do, how to be properly connected with Srila Prabhupada. He is certainly not the only one. There are many devotees like him all over the world, so I hope this helps others who likewise want to understand their situation in relationship to Prabhupada.

Dear Bhakta Ronnie, obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you for your nice letter. You have asked, “What exactly is a
devotee like me supposed to do? How do I get linked up with Srila
Prabhupada?” This is the question that plagues you, right?

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Rtvik Representative Of The Acharya

The Rtvik Representative Of The Acharya

Temple Presidents may HENCEFORWARD send recommendation for first and
second initiation to whichever of these eleven representatives are nearest their temple.
After considering the recommendation, these representatives may accept the devotee
as an initiated disciple of Srila Prabhupada by giving a spiritual name, or in the case
of second initiation, by chanting on the Gayatri thread, just as Srila Prabhupada has done.

The following is an article, I have wanted to include for some time now, which was written by Krsnacandra Prabhu and posted on his page Prabhupadvision.com. In light of our recent post entitled Sri Madhu Pandit’s Official Reply to the EC we feel it is timely, and of utmost importance to our society that we understand the issues. Although our page is not intended as a political forum, it is a tool in the mission of our spiritual master, for the propagation of The Hare Krishna Movement or Krishna Consciousness.

Now that Śrīla Prabhupāda has named these representatives Temple Presidents may henceforward send recommendations for first and second initiation to whichever of these eleven representatives are nearest their Temple.

After considering the recommendation, these representatives many accept the devotee as an initiated disciple of Śrīla Prabhupāda by giving a spiritual name, or in the case of a second initiation, by chanting on the Gāyatrī thread just as Śrīla Prabhupāda had done.

The name of a newly initiated disciple should be sent by the representative who has accepted him or her to Śrīla Prabhupāda, to be included in Divine Grace’s “Initiated Disciples” book. (from July 9th letter)

The Rtvik Representative Of The Acharya

by Kṛṣṇacandra Dāsa – Vṛndāvan:

Shortly after His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda entered into his Samādhi līlā in 1977; 11 of his senior disciples and members of the GBC who held the official position of representatives of His Divine Grace in 1st and 2nd spiritual initiations [as per July 9th Document], without authority and without an order by His Divine Grace announced themselves to be pure devotees of the Lord and forcibly seized the titles, roles and functions of acharyas and Initiating Spiritual Masters of ISKCON.

Several months prior to Śrīla Prabhupāda’s departure he signed a document to formalize the initiation process and granted some of his disciples to act on his behalf as representatives in the initiation process for his ISKCON society. This document is known as the July 9th Document. [Read More…]

KRSNA Book: Description of Autumn

KRSNA Book, Ch 20 — […] During the autumn, the lotus flowers in the lakes grow in large numbers because of the absence of lilies; both the lilies and the lotus flowers grow by sunshine, but during the autumn season, the scorching sunshine helps only the lotus.[…]

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A human being must put the question of why am I suffering?

“Simply saying there is scarcity, that everyone knows. We must give the solution.”

1 October, 1974


My Dear Jagannatha Suta dasa:

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated September 12, 1974 with enclosed copies of issue No. 6 of the New World Harmonist.

Simply to criticize what is gong on in the material world, what is the profit? Nature is working, and unless one is a devotee he will be disturbed by nature; daivi esa guna mayi/ mama maya duratyaya. The rascals are such that they do not even ask why they are suffering. So if we discuss the food shortage, what is the benefit for us?
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I shall first of all become very rich man; then I shall preach

Krishna Obliged Me to Come With Only Seven Dollars [AUDIO]

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Prabhupāda: Thank you very much. Everything all right?
Devotees: Jaya.
Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa. (chuckles) Ārādhito yadi haris tapasā tataḥ kim [Nārada-pañcarātra]. Govindam ādi-puruṣa is known as Hari. Hari means “who takes away all your miseries.” That is Hari. Hara. Hara means taking away. Harate. So just like thief also takes away, but he takes away the valuable things, material consideration, sometimes Kṛṣṇa also takes away your material valuables just to show you special favor. [Read More…]


The Failure of Gaudiya Matha / Iskcon

The Failure of Gaudiya Matha / Iskcon

The Failure of Gaudiya Matha / Iskcon
Compiled by: Prabhupadanugas

Srila Prabhupada explains why Gaudia Math / ISKCON failed after he left:

“Why this Gaudiya Matha failed? Because they tried to become more than guru.”

In the following quotes, we find Srila Prabhupada’s clear condemnation of acarya/guru by GBC appointment/no objection. And Srila Prabhupada’s clear instruction that the ‘appointment of gurusnot be followed within ISKCON. Unfortunately, by the quotes we are left to conclude that all the diksa-gurus appointed by the GBC and the GBC themselves are being disobedient to Srila Prabhupada. Thus, their eventual gross falldown is practically unavoidable, because their initial assumption of “diksa-guruship by GBC appointment” is in itself the falldown of disregarding the order of one’s spiritual master, the 3rd offence against the Holy Name:

As Srila Prabhupada stated in a letter to Rupanuga P. on 28th April 1974:

“In the latter days of my Guru Maharaja he was very disgusted. Actually, he left this world earlier, otherwise he would have continued to live for more years. Still he requested his disciples to form a strong Governing body for preaching the cult of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He never recommended anyone to be acarya of the Gaudiya Math. But Sridhara Maharaja is responsible for disobeying this order of Guru Maharaja, and he and others who are already dead unnecessarily thought that there must be one acarya.

“If Guru Maharaja could have seen someone who was qualified at that time to be acarya, he would have mentioned, because on the night before he passed away he talked of so many things, but never mentioned an acarya. His idea was acarya was NOT to be nominated amongst the governing body. He said openly you make a GBC and conduct the mission. So his idea was amongst the members of GBC who would come out successful and self-effulgent acarya would be automatically selected. So Sridhara Maharaja and his two associate gentlemen unauthorizedly selected one acarya and later it proved a failure. The result is now everyone is claiming to be acarya even though they may be kanistha adhikari with no ability to preach. In some of the camps, the acarya is being changed three times a year. THEREFORE, WE MAY NOT COMMIT THE SAME MISTAKE IN OUR ISKCON CAMP. Actually amongst my Godbrothers no one is qualified to become acarya. So it is better not to mix with my Godbrothers very intimately because instead of inspiring our students and disciples they may sometimes pollute them. This attempt was made previously by them, especially Madhava Maharaja and Tirtha Maharaja and Bon Maharaja but somehow or other I saved the situation. This is going on. We shall be very careful about them and not mix with them. This is my instruction to you all. They cannot help us in our movement, but they are very competent to harm our natural progress. So we must be very careful about them.” [Read More…]

Purujit and Makhancora Display Signs of Defeat


OCTOBER 12, 2018

In the Rascal Editor’s conversation, specifically when Srila Prabhupada gives the order that the next printing should be again to the original way, it is very clear that the discussion is on unauthorized changes made to reprints of books. That is not to say that no reference – direct or indirect – is made to original printings of books in the discussion, but there is no denying the fact that when Srila Prabhupada does give the order, it is within the context of reprinted editions of books.

The simple logic and context of this order has been broken down in a very detailed way in my article titled The Rascal Editors Conversation: Context Defines the Order. There is no fancy use of word jugglery or a false display of logic. Even a simple order can and should be explained in a very detailed, logical manner to shield it from false interpretations. Srila Prabhupada utilized the basic principles of logic to explain Lord Krishna’s clear and simple instructions in the Bhagavad-gita. This is not word jugglery, but a necessary defense against word jugglery and bogus interpretations.

After 3 months of silence, Purujit and Makhancora have come back with yet more word jugglery and rhetorical evasion, this time rejecting the notion that the order given by Srila Prabhupada should be understood according to its context. They have titled their reply: “CONTEXT DOES NOT DEFINE THE ORDER; SRILA PRABHUPADA’S SELF-EVIDENT ORDER TO EDIT OUT CHANGES IN HIS BOOKS.”

Makhancora wants to isolate Srila Prabhupada’s order and interpret it however he wants. He wants to discard the real self-evident aspect of the discussion – the context – because it clearly stands in the way of his false interpretation.

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Real Peace




Prabhupada; Front and Center

follow follow follow, this we shall always do
but who is the leader ? the escapees from the zoo ?
are we doing a baboon waltz, lost in the sauce ?
are the convicts in the prison who we have accepted as the boss ?

well not everyone has sold out to the creatures of the night
a few rare souls are following Sri Krsna’s most recent Acolyte
His cent percent mahatma who clearly is still here
His Name is Srila Prabhupada, and He will NEVER disappear

yes He is the one continuously visible in our minds eye
and He is our only Chief and Who we are trying to satisfy
because the only way to please The Master of all our senses
is to please His Representative Whose Instructions He dispenses

so then here is a question that sometimes gets asked
how do we please Srila Prabhupada, while belonging to the lowest caste ? [Read More…]


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