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Can somebody put a stop to this before its too late?

Tuesday, 16 September 2008 / Published in Editorial, Praghosa Dasa / 9,251 views


By Praghosa Dasa

We are now in serious danger of ruining our long practiced and much cherished reputation of our 21st century sannyasi!

What are we talking about? Well a couple of weeks ago a certain member of the sannyasa order all but snuck into the emerald isle unnoticed. Usually a visiting sannyasi’s arrival is known well in advance and there is at least a modest welcoming party to greet him. However not this time, rather it was a very humble entrance at a regional port and from there, almost immediately into a walking tour of the country. This is where things really began to deteriorate, you see walking in and of itself is quite a sattvic activity, not least because it is so environmentally friendly and of course healthy to boot. It is also an excellent way to focus on the concept of simple living and high thinking, what to speak of developing tolerance due to the constant battle against the elements, particularly the wind and rain.

But that is only the beginning, this Swami then had the audacity to stay over at various persons homes along the way, encouraging them in their spiritual life, taking a little prasadam and then leaving at the crack of dawn the next day and never staying over in any one home for more that one night! There is little doubt that a little prasadam in the evening is hardly going to sustain you for the duration of an eight hour, forty kilometre daily walk right? So what does our trend-setting Swami decide to do? Struth, he only goes and starts eating the fruits and berries growing on the wild bushes along the roadside! That really was the straw that threatens to break the back of the 21st century sannyasa dharma. Hence my rallying cry to all right minded thinking devotees out there who care passionately about protecting and preserving the unique sannyasa dharma we have developed over the last few decades – stop this man by hook or by crook before his odd behaviour catches on and we become a laughing stock!

You can help by sending him a cell phone, the latest laptop computer, an electronic personal organiser, a blueberry, the latest digital camcorder, an ipod or all of the above! You could also write to him at the below address impressing upon him that you get no financial benefit from ‘walking miles’ and then introduce him to the wonderful world of ‘air miles’ and all the perks that flow from them. His address is:
The walking Swami,
The Shack,
Bally-go-backwards,
The Back of Beyond,
Planet Earth

Ps Physician heal thyself! I guess I’ll send him some of my own electronic collection first :-)

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9 Responses to “Can somebody put a stop to this before its too late?”

  1. nrsimhananda says :

    Praghosa prabhu is obviously trying to sabotage the simple living, high thinking lifestyle of this itinerant sanyassi by overloading him with 21st century technology certain to burden his load and distract him from the his exemplary mission. In the photos, the renunciate is untethered from even the smallest backpack. He ambles down the road less traveled without so much as a chadder or raincoat. But the envious Irish GBC is trying to stop the purity of purpose by a clever plot to garland him with electronic baggage of all varieties. I implore all devotees that “Praghosa Must Be Stopped!” I have read reports of his mischief in his own prabhu datta desa and other lands, but I never understood the gravity of his subterfuge until now. No wonder the sanyassi did not announce his visit to the management of that yatra; he was afraid of being corrupted by the politics of power and influence. My obeisances hundreds of times to Bhaktimarg Swami for resisting the temptation to live a simple thinking, high living life enjoyed by those who are attempting to compromise his preaching example. I am confident that HH Bhaktimarg Swami will prevail and leave Ireland as he came – unannounced and with nothing more than the his abiding faith in Krsna with which he came :-)

  2. NityanandaChandra says :

    Hare Krishna
    Please accept my humble obeisances
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada

    I am little confused, Nrisimhananda Prabhu are you simply going along the with the joke placed by Pragosh Prabhu?
    Your humble servant,
    Nityananda Chandra Das

  3. Madhusudana says :

    Nrismhananda prabhu,

    I know you were going along with the tongue in cheek article by Praghosh, but your statement near the end of your entry (below) confused me. Did you make a mistake in what you wrote, or is there something in the humor I’M not undertanding? Were you being doubly facetious?

    >My obeisances hundreds of times to Bhaktimarg Swami for resisting the temptation to live a simple thinking, high living life enjoyed by those who are attempting to compromise his preaching example.

  4. Akruranatha says :

    I am not sure what the top photo depicts. Is Maharaja holding a “blackberry”?

    Maharaja, may the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, and may the sun shine warm on your face. Irish walking sounds like great sankirtan!

  5. Praghosa says :

    Yes it is a blackberry and he was just about to eat it but fortunately I caught him just in time and put a stop to it. Can you imagine a sannyasi living off wild berries, phew what a cheek!

  6. Akruranatha says :

    Isn’t an iPhone better than a blackberry? Doesn’t a MacIntosh or some other Apple provide more calories?

  7. nrsimhananda says :

    Dear Nityananda Chandra Das and Madhusudana das prabhus,
    PAMHO AGTSP
    See that little :) at the end of my posting. It matches the cheshire grin on my photo. I suggest that you purchase the “First Vaisnava Film Festival” DVD taped at the Mayapur festival from ITV ( US$10 from itvproductions.net) to experience the full monty of humor between the two mc’s – myself and Praghosa prabhu.
    YS, Nrsimhananda das

  8. Madhusudana says :

    Nrsimhananda prabhu,

    Now I see how I misunderstood. Even though I copied the segment below from your entry I had STILL read it as “simple living, high thinking,” instead of what you wrote, “simple thinking, high living.” Hence my confusion. Sorry. What is that saying, “Even seeing they still don’t see? Or, as Prabhupada says, imperfect senses, tends to make mistakes.
    Nice to hear from you and see your cheshire grin.

    ys
    Madhusudan das

    >My obeisances hundreds of times to Bhaktimarg Swami for resisting the temptation to live a simple thinking, high living life enjoyed by those who are attempting to compromise his preaching example.

  9. Bhakta Randy says :

    Please accept my humble obeisances.
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!

    I am so glad to see His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami featured on here.
    As someone “just looking into things” a few years ago, I was fortunate to come into contact with Maharaj as I was looking for any Hare Krishna devotee at all to email. I didn’t know for a few months exactly WHO I had come into contact with. All praises to Lord Krishna for steering me into Maharaj’s direction.
    He was the perfect teacher for me to meet. He is so down to earth and approachable. That last description really needs to be emphasised. Approachable. On my first visit to the temple in Toronto, I was sooooo nervous. Maharaj, though, melted away that nervousness very quickly. He does the same thing on the road with the people he meets on his walks too.
    What a wonderful way to spread the word of Lord Krishna, for a large part to people who really never would have come into contact with it before. People outside of the city I mean.
    His warm and friendly personality leaves these folks with a whole new view of Hare Krishnas. Far different from any misinformation most people see in the media. I am sure that this has lead many people to at least look into Krishna Conciousness. Maharaj’s personality can’t help but make one want to learn more.
    All blessings to you my dear Maharaj! Thank you for all you have done for me and for this world you walk!
    Hari Bol!!

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