George Harrison's lyrics to My Sweet Lord drew many to the path of Krsna Consciousness and also provide insight regarding states of mind conducive to steady advancement - patience and confidence. The advancing bhakta [sadhaka] must remain equipoised when confronted with the realization that meaningful spiritual advancement "takes so long" on the one hand, and fully confident that mercy is forthcoming through Krsna's pure devotees, "it wont take long" on the other.
Consider the experience of seeing a beautiful sunset. We can directly experience the beauty of the sunset. But can any scientific experiment measure that beauty? Science could perhaps measure some parameters like the intensity of the sunlight, but such measurements would do little to convey or explain the actual experience of the beauty.
At the present moment, society is in a chaotic condition, and everyone has given up the cultivation of spiritual life, which is especially meant for the brÄhmaáčas. Because spiritual culture has been stopped all over the world, there is now an emergency, and therefore it is now time to train those who are considered lower and condemned, so that they may become brÄhmaáčas and take up the work of spiritual progress. The spiritual progress of human society has been stopped, and this should be considered an emergency.
Sri Tota Gopinatha is exquisitely beautiful self-manifested Deity of Lord Sri Krishna. Sri Tota Gopinatha is also a most unique Deity because He is the only Krishna Deity in the world âsitting downâ and playing His flute. Sri Tota Gopinatha has such a charismatic bewitching quality that draws one to His darshana over and over again. Srila Vrindavana Thakura extols His power: âEven an extreme atheist will be changed upon seeing the Deity of Gopinatha.â
Apr 16 2014 The Iskcon Cow Protection Culture
Because Iskcon is a spiritual holistic society it means Iskcon can demonstrate the alternative to capitalism. When defining the original and conclusive purposes of Iskcon Srila Prabhupada also included a lifestyle principle as well as many other spiritual practices. The 6th purpose of Iskcon is aimed and directed to all members of Iskcon towards their lifestyle so that the whole of Iskcon is single pointedly and united to gaining these goals of life.
Apr 15 2014 Real Self or Iskcon Self
For instance, a âstrictâ brahmacari gets into managerial positions and manages for the betterment of ISKCON, but in doing so also polarises a number of devotees and congregation members with his âtake-it-or-leave-it approach. Later, the brahmacari is awarded the sannyasa order. At his sannyasa ceremony, he apologises for any hurt he might have caused. Would that apology be an institutional apology or a self-apology? It is an institutional apology. Are we to expect that this type of apology will absolve him of all offences committed on a personal self-level? In the meantime he might feel safe knowing he is âexoneratedâ, but Vaisnava realisations teach us that the offences will remain until they are forgiven on a person-to-person self-level.
Lord Chaitanya, the Kali-yuga incarnation of Krishna, inaugurated this golden age and Srila Prabhupada expanded its golden influence all over the world by his tireless outreach efforts. Each one of us has the fortune to receive and share this divine legacy and thereby become models and messengers of integrity amidst this age of perversity.
Apr 13 2014 The Qualification to Hear
In this age of instant communication, we expect immediate answers to our questions. From nearly anywhere in the world we can google from our cell phones and in seconds find out whatever facts we are interested in. Moreover, there are hundreds of translations of vaiáčŁáčava literatures available today, including descriptions of intimate and esoteric pastimes of Krishna and the gopÄ«s.
Apr 12 2014 Toward Krishna Conscious Governance
A clarion call for devotees and like-minded people to come together and, by Krishna conscious governance, save the world from its precarious condition - before it is too late.
Apr 5 2014 Is the Ramayana relevant today?
Perhaps the most relevant example for us as spiritual seekers is that of Sita when separated from Lord Rama and held in captivity in Ravanaâs Lanka. All of us are also separated from the Lord of our hearts and are held in captivity in material existence which is the arena of Ravana-reminiscent materialism.
Myths and fantasies are an essential part of ordinary human culture. Through science fiction, legends, and fairy tales, the mundane imagination soars, unfettered by reality. But here's one daydream Krishna's devotees, in the real world of bhakti, can do without: we spiritually benefit the condemned cow by offering its milk to Krishna.
This seventh verse from the 2nd cloudbank of Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti's Madhurya Kadambini delineates two kinds of devotional service, the unsteady practice [anistha] of one just beginning and the steady practice [nistha] of one who has attained eligibility to easily tread the path of sadhana bhakti by prolonged and steadfast practice.
This article is a compilation of several conversations between Hindu intellectuals (HI) and ISKCON scholars (IS) on various occasions. To cover the various issues in a systematic way, all these conversations are presented here as one, continuous conversation between two individuals.
In Srimad-Bhagavatam culture, there is not such a breakdown between prosaic reality and poetic metaphor. Actual reality is far more enchanted and magical and strange than our modern scientific, mechanistic, deracinated conception. Things that we think of as concepts -- like fear, love, intelligence, decay and so on -- are actually living beings who can interact with other, similar beings. The universe is full of demons, demigods, ghosts, goblins, sages, yogis, siddhas, gandharvas, caranas, apsaras, humans, animals, plants, and all kinds of mystical beings.
Religion without philosophy is sometimes fanaticism: Just as people can be healed by different treatments, people can become lovers of God by practicing different religions: Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, for example. The decisive test for a religion is whether it enables its followers to become spiritually healthy, to become lovers of God. In this light, religious fanatics are like narrow-minded proponents of a particular medical therapy who are ready to destroy the books and the infrastructure associated with other therapies.
When one studies the life and works of several prominent scientists, such as Newton, Planck, Pasteur, Einstein and SchrĂ¶dinger, one discovers that they were inclined towards spirituality in comprehending their worldview of nature and reality. Their reflections are thus great assets to the works of Bhaktivedanta Institute that focuses on 'Theistic interpretation of empirical observation'.
Mar 19 2014 Why I will never leave ISKCON
Narayani Mataji is a devotee of Lord Krishna since 40 years. Her guru is Srila Prabhupada. She speaks on how she continued to stay in ISKCON inspite of so many problems. She talks about women in ISKCON and about the devotees in ISKCON. She talks about the organisation and about the devotees. She talks about splinter groups and controversies in ISKCON. Srila Prabhupada said that ISKCON is my body. She also tells us what to do if we see something in ISKCON that is not appearing right.
I know no one but Krsna as my Lord, and He shall remain so even if He handles me roughly by His embrace or makes me brokenhearted by not being present before me. He is completely free to do anything and everything, for He is always my worshipful Lord, unconditionally.
While treading the path of sadhana-bhakti, scorching rays of contrary mentalities burn in our head; our feet stumble on pebbles of misconception; thorny bushes of material desire obstruct our passage. Although our mind screams with good reason to retreat, we somehow push on. Stumbling to the ground we notice something shimmering on the roadway. Reaching out we grasp a polished gemstone - Is this meant for me? Suddenly the entire pathway is paved with such gemstones, fragrant flowers line our path and a cloud bank of amazing sweetness shades us. How magical. How has this happened? Who has manifested this mystical oasis?
Mar 14 2014 What does the Bhaktivedanta Institute Do?
His Divine Grace saw Krishna Consciousness as a 'science" in the sense material scientists define science too.Thus, there is a place within our siddhanta for a scientific study of matter to be in the contemporary sense of the word, as pointed out by Srila Prabhupada. We have taken it that the Bhaktivedanta Institute has to fulfil this instruction. This point needs to be fully grasped to adequately understand the work of Bhaktivedanta Institute as a truly scientific institute, presenting the scientific basis of Krishna Consciousness in a rigorous manner, as Srila Prabhupada wanted.
Mar 13 2014 The Blue Ticket
Once upon a time, a youth in the prime of his stupidity, was given a sum of money by his father and told, âYou are old enough now, go on, go out and start a fine business on your own and prosper.â
Mar 13 2014 New finds take archaeologists closer to Krishna
CHENNAI: The conch and the Sudarshana Chakra are unmistakable. Although the figures do not match popular images of Kirshna sporting a peacock feather, archaeologists are convinced that the coins are of Krishna, revered as an avatar of Vishnu.
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.
Mar 4 2014 Is forgiveness practical?
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.
Mar 2 2014 Mahabharata & Our Generational Challenge
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
Feb 21 2014 I am
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."
Feb 21 2014 The compassion of the liberated soul
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.
Feb 16 2014 Why is God not humble?
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.
Feb 16 2014 Dog of Krishna!
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.
Feb 16 2014 Festivals to primary schools
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.
Feb 16 2014 Gems of Wisdom
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.
Feb 16 2014 That Muslim Girl
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.