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..who perform joyous pastimes in Vraja-dhama, I offer obeisances unto you time and again.
Distinction of the position of Lord Siva is clear as is Sri Sri Radha Krsna’s from 3 considerations ( vicaras) from which to understand the relationship between Lord Krsna and Lord Siva
One is called tattva-gata-vicara, the relationship by established philosophical truth
Another is the aisvary-gata-vicara, the relationship of Lords Krsnas pastimes of Majesty and another is the naravat-gata-vicara which is the consideration of their relationship in the Supreme Lords sweet-human-like pasttimes .
Narada Muni and Lord Siva have many dialogs, one in particular Lord Siva compares himself to Srila Prahlada Maharaja, he told Narada Muni that Prahlada is superior to me, and it is he who is the dear devotee of the Lord, Even though Lord Siva is superior to Prahalad, he said this to encourage people to follow Prahlada Maharja’s Ideal character and teachings. the distinction is however Prahlada cannot enter the transcedental abode of Sri Krsna, Vrndavana, wheres as Lord Siva resides there eternally as Gopisvara, Siva Serves Sri Krsna personally in numerous ways, he and his wife Parvati-devi meditate on the asta-kaliya lila, Lord Krsna’s confidential eight fold daily pasttimes
We can reconcile the position of Lord Siva and Prahlada, In our line there are countless expressions that Prahlada is greater and in another sense he is not.
We can see Siva from the point of view of his post, and from the point of view his personality. Seporate from his post he appears as an associate of the supreme Lord, such as Gopisvara eternally in Vrndavana, as Hanuman he resides with Lord Ramachandra and as Bhima he always serves Lord Krsna and when Hanuman and Bhima combine together in our present age of Kali they become Madhavacarya, our Sampradaya-guru.
Our great saint Tulasi dasa in his Sri Rama-carita-manasa writes that we should accept Sri-Siva Parvati as Guru in the matter of devotion to the Supreme couple.
There is so much detail we can discover in this truth, I love one of Srila Prabhupadas lila in particular, though I cannot remeber exactly, a shivite perhaps a vaisnava now, either way he came and the devotess expressed concern that he would chant only om sivaya namah, prabhupada stated to let him chant, eventually Lord Siva will tell him to chant Hare Krishna, if anyone knows this lila please reply, I couldnt find the lila as it happened
Jai Radha Raman, jai Prabhupada
Comment Posted By Abhay Caran Das On 23.06.2008 @ 06:41
Dear Maharaja, Dear Devotees,
The principals of Lord Siva is extremely complex, he has many apparently contradictory qualities. He is the destroyer and simultaneously the ingredient cause of creation, he is the predominant deity of the mode of ignorance and simultaneously the reservoir of absolute knowledge, he is the clever cheater and at the same time the giver of mercy. He is not a finite soul as is Lord Brahma, unless Lord Vishnu fills this postof Lord Brahma if no qualified jiva is available. Lord Sivas associates are ghosts, hobgoblins, and witches, and at the same time he associates with most exalted demigods and sages, and even god himself. The topic is so vast I can only glorify a few qualities. In our Gurudeva Krpa-Bindu Diya, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura writes in the 2nd verse “Give me the power to honor all living entities according to what they are due, and all vaisnavas as befitting their platform, then I will be able to chant the holy names blissfully, and all my offenses will be vanquished!”
Once Narada Muni traveled to the abode of Lord Shiva and began to glorify him, saying ” you are very near and dear to the supreme Lord Krsna, not only that you are Krsna’s manifestiation; you are non different from him. You can give liberation and also krsna-prema. the rare jewel of transcendental love for krsna” and we see Lord Siva expressed to Narada Muni regret over having given benedictions to Lord Krsna’s enemies, to fulfill Lord Krsna’s desires, he had given benedictions to demons like Ravana, Vrkasura, Salva and Jayadratha, and thus he had perfromed many activities that were seemingly opposed to Krsna and krsna-bhakti.
If one is fortunate to study our 6 goswamis and their writings, under proper gaidance, such as Srila Rupas Vraja-vilasa stava, revealed there-in is a beautiful prayer to Lord Siva, Srila Sanatana near the old Sri Madana-Mohana temple would go daily to see Sri Gopisvara Mahadeva at this tmeple in his old age, Keyur has outlined some history for us in his repsonse above. In his Hari-bhakti-vilasa he writes that all vaisnavas should observe Siva-caturdasa(Siva-ratri). In The Sankaalpa-kalpadruma 103 we offer obeisances to Lord Siva with prayers, O Gate keeper of Vrndavan, O soma, all glories to you! O you whose forehead is decorated with the moon and who is worshipale by the sages headed by Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Narada, O Gopisvara! Desiring that you bestow upon me prema for the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava.
Comment Posted By Abhay Caran Das On 23.06.2008 @ 05:56
and give all that you are, with love and tenderness towards all. You will discover that happiness is something very important and distinct. It is not something you can buy in a supermarket. This security cannot even be found in material wealth, nor in beauty, nor in the health of our body. But it is an internal, superior wellbeing; unreachable by greediness, envy, lust and other negative impulses that keep us tied to this material world and acting under its influence.
In this way, the Temple is a school of preparation. Solving the solution to repeated birhtSpending a week or a month in a Yoga Monastery, depending on the mood and heart of temple leaders and devotees, one learns to serve, one learns to give. And that is the most important thing one has to know. And nowadays persons do not know what to do, even when they have grown old, In that golden age, they can also come to Yoga Monasteries, or they can travel from one Yoga Monastery to another. That too is a very fortunate life. It is called the life of a sannyasi, of a renunciant; who travels and visits persons, knocking on their doors and begging them to take up this life.
The Yoga Monasteries are places that exist so that people can learn the beauty of their being, the development of their individual consciousness and our relationship with the supreme consciousness. That is what we are trying to create, this kind of atmosphere in our Yoga Monasteries. Though some in Srila Prabhupadas movement today are trying to stop ashrama living in the temples and develop namahata centeres, here is not a place for me to expand on this, nor it is timely to do so, but Srila Prabhupada created a model which can be repeated; hopefully infinitely. Your consciousness will expand towards the divine love, this world, its beauty, the sounds of nature, the sound of rivers and the waves of the ocean, the wind in the flowers and plants, our spiritual relationships, all we see here, are places to be very close to the Supreme Lord in his universal form. Appreciate it, feel Mother Earth giving her benedictions. In reality our life is exactly for this purpose: to learn about the divine spiritual love and to become an instrument of that love.
Be careful who you reveal your mind and heart to, though be sure to give your heart and love to all, if any humble advice I wish to give any new bhakta is learn to be hard on yourself when it comes to your spiritual life and merciful to others.
Abhay Caran Dasa
Comment Posted By Abhay Caran Das On 20.06.2008 @ 05:46
Temple life is a very elevated vision of the acharyas in our Sampradya. Srila Prabhupadas vision and for those who follow this vision the goal is that people have the possibility to purify themselves, they can learn the sacred Vedic scriptures, vegetarian cooking, and importantly “eat prasadam”, and many others of the 64 known arts of Vedic Culture, like flower garlands, making of the clothes for the deities, flower arrangements, organic agriculture, etc. In other words, one takes care and cultivates everything that the Lord gives us.
Srila Prabhupada has intended the temples to be an oasis, places of shelter from the material pangs we experience in the mind and body, places of peace and harmony, where one can redefine in our minds and hearts once again what the goal of his life is. Why are you here? What do you want to achieve in your stay on Planet Earth? We are all traveling souls. We have to fulfill many things, we have to learn a lot of things, but we are travelers. The visit is temporary, and later we have to continue our journey, and we have to take our wealth of consciousness, as well as the burdens, or committed mistakes, with us, so our company and leaders have to be chosen carefully, as I equally encourage you to pray for the right association.
In this way, the Temple is a place of purification. It is a place to open your heart. It is a place where you can find yourself, and get to know who are your brothers and sisters in this world. A true embassy of the eternal world, Simple living, high thinking; with relations in harmony, where one learns to serve. Spiritual science is being perfected when one learns to serve. Normally, in this material world, everybody is very expert in serving him/herself, in the right care one learns to serve the Lords devotees and Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Lord in the heart of everyone, the creator and maintainer of everyone
That is what our spiritual masters tought us. In practice, these are places where one can participate and follow Vedic ideals. There is no need to be in anxiety. One can live a beautiful life, in a spiritual setting and surroundings. Of course, in this world there are lots of duties to fulfill, to make oneself fit in human society. But that is often also the cause of agitation and uncertainty in people. Therefore, in the temple one learns to live and to be happy as a spiritual family,
Comment Posted By Abhay Caran Das On 20.06.2008 @ 05:32
Jai, I remember Sriman Guru Dasa Prabhu talked about Srila Prabhupada encouraging us to distribute these type of Deities along with his books, I believe he said that they are Hare Krishna Dolls, “Lucky dolls”, and the quote Sriman Guru dasa gave was that Srila Prabhupada said that “they will even enter the house of meat eaters” Gaur Nitai are so mercyful, and that we should encourage those who purchase the Deities that they offer a cup water, flower and incense and all they’re wishes or dreams will come true, something to that effect, Guru dasa prabhu can shed more light on this for this, thank you Bir Krishna Goswami for making them so available,a great service to all of us and to the planet. Hare Krishna!
Comment Posted By Abhay Caran Das On 20.06.2008 @ 01:58
Thank you for sharing this with us, so very touching and moving for me. My wife new the family well, we truly value your experiences and dreams, very transedental and in their own perspective very encouraging.
Comment Posted By Abhay Caran Das On 22.06.2008 @ 16:20