Mar 8 2014 The Spirit of Sannyasa
On the occasion of the acceptance of the renounced order of life by Badrinarayan Swamiâsome relishable instructions from Srila Prabhupada.
On the occasion of the acceptance of the renounced order of life by Badrinarayan Swamiâsome relishable instructions from Srila Prabhupada.
Forgiveness involves our cultivating virtue independent of the other person, whereas trust is our reciprocation conditional to that personâs cultivating virtue. By carefully understanding the difference between the two, we can transform unfortunate episodes in our relationships into spiritual growth opportunities at least for ourselves â and possibly even for the other person.
Models of the Pancha-tattva were made after researching the scriptures on the exact dimensions, proportions and qualities of each member, who were made in accordance to the descriptions found. It was decided that each deity should have an individual pose. Thus each is holding His hands differently. Lord Chaitanya with His hands wide open worships Lord Krishna to teach all the conditioned souls how to take shelter of Him.
This beautiful neem Deity of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu is the Deity that Srimati Visnupriya, wife of Lord Gauranga worshiped for 80 years after Lord Caitanya took sannyasa.
In 2012-13, as I was bringing my book â Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest - to completion, I kept asking myself: what about the Mahabharata would be most relevant to todayâs readers. The book has endured for thousands of years. Itâs revered by millions of Hindus all over the world. But what does it have to say to anyone else? Is Mahabharata just for Hindus or does it have a place in world literature, or in the very fabric of our diverse cultures?
All of us undergo times when our mind just doesnât let us do what we need to and want to do. We try to study, but the mind goes blank. We try to work, but the mind doesnât focus. The mindâs obstinacy that troubles us when we are meeting our worldly obligations often rises to scary heights when we engage in devotional activities like chanting.
(For nytimes.com) You Canât Take It With You, but You Still Want More! The study show that even when people know clear boundaries â that they absolutely canât take the candy with them when they go â they still earn more than they can possibly use.
âI am my worst enemy.â Some of us may have felt like this when we came under the grip of sudden, irrational impulses, and spoke and acted in ways that hurt others or ourselves or both. We make plans and efforts to change our illogical, uncongenial behavior, yet the heat of the moment often overpowers us. When we repeatedly succumb to the same self-defeating behavior, we may become possessed by the gloomy thought: âMaybe this is just the way I am; maybe this is my unchangeable nature.â
It was a momentous winterâs day when Descartes sat down with the sole intention of demolishing all of his opinions. Descartes began by rejecting all knowledge gained from the senses, as the senses sometimes deceive. He concluded that whereas the empirical sciences can be classed as dubious, the abstract sciences such as arithmetic and geometry cannot. However, so determined was he to call into question all of his knowledge, that he conceived of a cunning and powerful demon, who was exerting all of his power to deceive him, even in matters related to the abstract sciences.
"A bhogi (one who attempts to enjoy this world) considers himself the seer(drasta), and everything else, including the Supreme as the seen (drsya), his object of vision(darsana). Due to their bitter experience of this world, so-called renouncers wish to deny the plurality of drasta, drsya and darsana and thus regard them as one. Only devotees have the proper vision to appreciate that Krishna is the Supreme enjoyer and alone is fully independent and no one's servant, being the drasta, should be served by all, for the jivas and all else that be are drsya, objects of His darsana."
The pure devotee of Krsna cannot bear to watch the unfortunate souls of this world squander their lives in the useless pursuit of temporal, painful enjoyments. Seeing such âenjoymentsâ as the binding karmic links to an endless chain of births and deathsâŠ.The pure devotee cannot bear to see their suffering.
Thank you, Gadadhara Pandit Dasa for being an authentic human being. Gadadhara Pandit Dasa is the first Hindu to be part of the campus ministry at Columbia University through the Union Theological Seminary. Pandit gave a lecture on Feb. 14, 2014 at Yoga on High in Columbus. The goal of the lecture was to relate some of the philosophical questions raised in The Matrix movie to traditional Hindu beliefs as expressed in the Bhagavad Gita, which is considered to be the major Hindu holy text.
Before passing judgment on Krishna, we need to understand the application of humility in the context of the philosophical reality and compassionate necessity that underpins the Gita.
I always wondered why Srila Prabhupad said we are Krishnaâs dog. This thought always bothered me why he chose a dog. Few days ago one of a very old friend of my family engaged himself and me in a long conversation. This uncle mentioned about qualities of Dog. He said a dog has up to 40 qualities; out of which one of the most important qualities is his humility. No matter how much you hit your dog, scold them, be rude to them they will still wag their tails on seeing you.
Unlike high school's there is no direct learning outcomes set by SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education) which frees the primary teachers to explore in their own unique manor; those requesting visits have asked me to cover festivals. Which raises a unique challenge, I cannot just put together one presentation that covers all; (a one size fit's all approach which many feel comfortable with) but a multiple layered approach given the vast age range.
I have been collecting clippings and articles written by His Holiness Radhanath Swami maharaj from the Mumbai edition of âThe Free Press journal newspaper, I collected his writings for a few months and to share them with everyone, so here I present this compilation named âGems of Wisdomâ.
I met her on a leading social networking website, her name was Nazia Mujeeb and she had a picture of Krishna in her profile, it surprised me that how a young muslim girl living in Mumbai had Krishnaâs picture on her page. I sent her a friend request which she accepted as even I had Krishna in my profile, I started telling her more about Krishna and ISKCON on that website.
Magnitude: The sheer magnitude of the mercy was mind-boggling, even for Yamaraja. To have two people whose sins were so numerous, even mountainous, as to be impossible to even keep track of, being freed from all their sins in one moment of mercy was so astonishing, so historical, so utterly unprecedented that, as the Chaitanya Bhagavata mentions, Yamaraja on coming to know about it fainted in sheer ecstasy.
When the community was first established under the guidance of ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada in 1968, it became, for many years, a shining example of the best that ISKCON had to offer. Prabhupada would often direct devotees from other newly emerging communities to study what the devotees at New Vrindaban were doing and to follow their lead in areas such as cow-protection and Deity worship. Meanwhile the cooks, jewelry makers, craftsmen and seamstresses were among the best in ISKCON.
Mantra meditation is like a workout for the mind. It strengthens us by first straining our mental muscles. We need to willingly go through the strain to get to the rewards of peace and joy.
Some years ago in Bangalore I met an elderly Indian woman in love with London. She had been living there for a long time and could not wait to go back. Seeing the Vaisnava tilak on my forehead she told me about âa wonderful bookâ sheâd just read: âMy conversations with God.â Therein, âGodâ tells the author there is nothing wrong with sex and moneyâand so many other things in support of hedonism. âIn any case, the woman concluded, âall scriptures are manmade, so there is no meaning to all these restrictions weâve been brought up with.â
According to religious principles, a female guru must be chaste assistant/helpmate to her husband. She is thereby called dharma-patni. If her husband is a diksa-guru brahmana, she becomes a brahmani/guru-patni/dharma-patni. Therefore, the term FDG for Female Diksa Guru is more aptly named Female Dharma-patni Guru for there is no authorized system in a bonafide Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya for a Female to supercede her husband as Acarya.
I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda, the root of the tree of Krishna-Bhakti, who wandering around in Bengal approached the door of every home. With upraised arms he exclaimed: "O Brothers! Please constantly chant the holy names of Hari. If you do so, I will take the responsibility to deliver you from the ocean of material existence."
Doesnât renunciation indicate an absence of the will to keep fighting amidst frustration? Not necessarily. Renunciation can also be a sign of realization; it can indicate the presence of the insight that there is more to life than fighting futilely for perishable material pleasures.
I recently received an email from one of our Godbrotherâs. It was a copy of some excerpts from a talk you gave on November 14, 2013 regarding "The Glorious Position of Srila Prabhupada". The paper was seven printed pages long and gave amazing vijnana realizations of the appearance and pastimes of Srila Prabhupada supported by appropriate shastras. This was very clear, relevant and accurate forecasting of HDG by the shastras themselves.
At a recent farewell gathering for a departed Vaisnava, God brothers spoke. One sannyasa-guru Godbrother said that his Godbrother has gone Back To Godhead. Another sannyasa-guru Godbrother said that his Godbrother has gone to take another birth in Krishna or Gaura-lila, which seemed to put a dampener on things. Are they saying two different things?
The time I spend chanting the Maha-mantra in the quiet early mornings is one of my most favorite times of the day. It is that special time spent in direct association with our dear Lord Sri Krsna. But there are days when I donât feel anything special, that even in this most auspicious transcendental activity, I feel alone, and oh, so far from my dear Lord. When this happens, it is easy to wonder if I am actually receiving His mercy; if there is purpose to my chanting or if I am just wasting my time.
Action is what catches our attention. For example, in a cricket test match, when the action slows down as the batsmen start playing defensively, our interest sags. But when the action rises â the bowler delivers a googly that clean bowls the batsman or the batsman hits a huge six, for example â then our attention peaks effortlessly.
My gratitude now flows to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada who painstakingly laid the foundations of the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness with the authentic conclusions of the past acharyas of the Gaudiya Vaishnava parampara
For many devotees, and especially for non-devotees, a doubt may arise as to the authority of the Vedic scriptures over the body of scientific evidence produced by the social sciences. Over the years, the hard sciences have produced many discoveriesâpowered flight, heart transplants, telephones, cars, computers, and so forth. In previous eras these would have been considered miraculous. For the social sciences, the expectation is held that if science is applied to the study of humanity similar miracles will be produced.
Love is our innermost longing. Gita wisdom declares that our longing for love is best fulfilled when we learn to love Krishna. Let's understand this central Gita teaching in five parts: Loving Krishna enables our love to break free from all limitations, Krishna is eminently lovable, Krishna loves all of us impartially, Krishna's love for us is unconditional and Krishna engages his omnipotence to help us when we choose to love him.
During a recent visit to one of the Sanga's held in London I was asked by one of those attending if it was possible to visit their terminal ill farther in many ways an continuation of the request made to me by my Guru Maharaja.
I could hardly imagine Food for Life being so successful when I first became a volunteer way in 1984. Back then I worked as an assistant cook and server at a free food cafe called, Gopals in Parramatta, Australia. That was one of the first free food cafes set up by the Hare Krishna movement in Australia and it was a forerunner to other Food for Life projects throughout Australia.
Srimad Bhagavad Gita being aimed at elevating souls on different levels of conditioning by the three modes of nature and with different spiritual proclivities gives instructions on different levels to ultimately bring them to the pure devotional platform.
Many times we speak insensitively or act indiscreetly on the spur of the moment and later regret: âIf only I had thought a bit before doing like thatâŠâ How can we avoid such rash impulsive behavior?
As the rising moon dispels darkness, spreading its soothing rays in all directions, so too did the Golden Avatar Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appear in this world to bestow infinite light, hope, and love. Day by day, the worldwide bhakti revolution He ignited accelerates, as the background noise of doubt and fear is drowned by the vibration of sacred mantra. Entrance Into Eternity is a multi-part film series tracing this sankirtan movement back to its divine source, the epicenter of devotional ecstasy, the kirtan capital of the universe, Sridham Mayapur.
This year, ISKCONâs Congregational Development Ministry is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Srila Bhaktivinda Thakura's disappearance. The legacy left from his missionary work is still prevalent in our society due to his systematic preaching methods revolutionizing the preaching field in his days and setting a universal perspective in spreading Krishna Consciousness.
Suppose that we invest our hard earned money in a companyâs share which promises to give a very high return at the end of the year. But we find that throughout the year the market value of the share keeps depreciating and at the end of the year we have lost all our money. Next year the same company again launches a new scheme and asks us to purchase its share. How many of us would ever think of buying the share from the same company again? Probably no one because the company would have lost its goodwill, credibility and our trust.
While most of us were relaxing at home on New Year's Day, we heard a very shocking news that our Ratha Yatra stalwart had a heart attack. Although we live in a muslim country, we have the good fortune to have Ratha Yatras without a problem. And not only that we have almost 40 Ratha Yatras in a year and definitely the most in the Iskcon world.
The saddest thing is that people explain or justify terrorism in the name of God. From time immemorial, people did just that - used God to justify the most heinous acts.