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We have got a situation in this material world, repetition of birth, death, old age and disease. But śāstra says, “One should not become a guru, one should not become a father, one should not become a mother, one should not become a relative, one should not become a friend,” in this way, he says, “if one cannot give relief to his friend or son or disciple, relief from the impending birth, death, old age, and disease.” This is real contraceptive method. If you think that “If a child is born, I shall educate him in such a way that this birth will be his last birth. Next he is going to back to home, back to Godhead,” then produce a child. Otherwise don’t produce. This is spiritual contraceptive. This is real father and mother. Otherwise a dog is also becoming a father. The such kind of father-becoming is not recommended in the Vedic civilization. Now, just become a real father to give the real benefit to the son. Then you become a father.
Lecture Bhagavad-Gita 9.4 — Melbourne, April 22, 1976
There would not be difference between preaching to one’s child or one’s disciple if the mission is to deliver them from repeated birth and death. According to ones position, no matter what it is, one should preach. If one can deliver a family it is glorious and if one can deliver a nation it is also glorious.
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Dec 5, 2012 @ 11:47 pm
Thank you, Sita Rama Prabhu for the nice explanation you have given to Mohana Monini dd. I would have written something very similar: Consider that as great the Satya Yuga was it did not have the mercy of Lord Chaitanya.
…And Shrimad-Bhagavatam is like the body of the Supreme Lord. The Bhagavata Purana progresses gradually from the feet to the lotus face of Shri Krishna. It is meant for spiritual progress. When someone has finally arrived at the 10th canto he or she can taste the higher forms of devotional service. This devotion can only be experienced by giving up the dharma allotted to one by society and thus surrendering his or her life solely to Shri Krishna.
“O dear Krishna,” they continued, “You are the supreme instructor. There is no doubt about it. Your instructions to the women to be faithful to their husbands and to be merciful to their children, to take care of homely affairs and to be obedient to the elderly members of the family, are surely just according to the tenets of shastras. But we know also that all these instructions of the shastras may be observed perfectly by keeping oneself under the protection of Your lotus feet.” (Krishna Book, The Rasa Dance: Introduction)
In our society there are devotees on different levels. According to ones level of realization there are instructions and duties that have to be performed for further progress on the path of devotion. Everyone has to be treated according to their level of devotional service not according to their body. Thus some devotee women need to be guided while others have progressed and can guide others. Same thing applies to devotees in male bodies. It is only natural and personal for a devotee to see everyone as individual.
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Dec 4, 2012 @ 12:43 am
In Kali Yuga, it appears as though qualified gurus may have come in the bodies of females. And however much this subject is debated amongst us, it is only a matter of time before such things are recognized. There are ideas whose time has come despite a flurry of opinions to the contrary, and the ascent of spiritual masters who happen to have been born as women appears to be one of them. As Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says:
kiba vipra, kiba nyasi, sudra kene naya
yei krsna-tattva-vetta, sei ‘guru’ hay
“Whether one is a brahmana, a sannyasi or a shudra–regardless of what he is–he can become a spiritual master if he knows the science of Krishna.”
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Dec 2, 2012 @ 12:30 am
There are women who have proven that they are capable of taking on more responsibility not because that is their desire but due to some emergency situation. And Shrila Prabhupada was among the first to appreciate the capabilities of lady devotees who were a little bit qualified in this way. He gave not only diksha to women but His Divine Grace also blessed qualified female devotees with second initiation. Where in shastra is that mentioned? Gayatri mantra was given to vaishyas, kshatryas and brahmanas but not to shudras. But by his causeless mercy Shrila Prabupada made mlecchas into gurus. If you think those boys who came to Shrila Prabhupada were anything but shudras raise your hand. Now in the 21st Century some of these qualified mleccha mahajanas have become exemplary brahmanas and gurus.
The mother of Dhruva, the exalted Queen Suniti, was not a mere woman. She was a kshatriya which means she knew was acquainted with various kshatriya sciences as well as shastra. She possessed unlimited wealth and managed countless servants. Shrila Prabhupada explained what was the situation in Satya Yuga. But he himself initiated women and even trained some of them to personally perform the function of gurus personally by leading class, giving public lectures, writing books and articles, and public preaching accompanied by the distribution of sacred literature. His Divine Grace never pointedly ordered that women should not be gurus. In fact His Divine Grace repeatedly emphasized that all his disciples should become gurus. And if someone is inspired spiritually by an elderly woman and wants to be initiated by her, it is my contention that preventing such a circumstance constitutes nothing less than a form of spiritual violence. After all, according to the rules of initiation it is the guru who is supposed to have the supreme authority over the initiation process. Nowhere it is stated that a qualified guru should be prevented from initiating a disciple. That relationship must exist between the qualified Shri Guru and the qualified disciple. True, there shouldn’t be a “woman guru” because a guru knows that he or she transcends this material body.
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Dec 2, 2012 @ 12:29 am
Dhruva Maharaja lived in Satya Yuga or the Golden Age. The difference between Satya Yuga and Kali Yuga is like the summer and winter seasons. During Satya Yuga all good qualities of human beings were inevitably present whereas in Kali Yuga hardly any good qualities decorate humankind. In Satya Yuga the people practically equaled paramahamsas while now in the Iron Age practically everyone has become a mleccha.
Women are considered shudras and they may have preserved their qualities better than men which makes them the last soldiers to fall in the battle with the demonic forces of Kali Yuga. When men arbitrarily abandon their family and social responsibilities, at such times it is the women who are left behind to take on the duties of both men and women alike.
The situation in Kali Yuga is so desperate, so perilous, that it merited special mercy which is why Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu descended with His tsunami of mercy. Shrila Prabhupada says that He is golden on the outside, and blue on the inside, so in this way Lord Shri Krishna appeared to celebrate his female counterpart Shrimati Radharani. He brought the message that without Her mercy no living entity can experience the highest and purest love of Godhead. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is both Shrimati Radharani and Shri Krishna combined. The Supreme Lord has shown us wayward living entities that both aspects of His personality have to be respected and worshiped to achieve pure devotion unto the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
So much did Shri Krishna appreciate His consort Shrimati Radharani that He appeared in Her mood (in order to understand Her devotion). If the Lord Himself can appreciate His female counterpart why shouldn’t we as His devotees also be appreciative? Shri Krishna and Shrimati Radharani expand simultaneously in the spiritual and material worlds. Shrimati Radharani is the compassionate aspect of the Supreme Lord and this aspect of Her personality is also present in lesser (minute) degrees in Her own expansions.
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Dec 2, 2012 @ 12:28 am
Dear Sita Rama Prabhu,
I know that you have some ongoing interest in the topic. Thank you for coming along.
The main idea of the article is to compel an understanding about the invaluable role of the mother. Giving her respect as our first guru is only right. The addressing of women as “matajee” is often perceived as an insult which is contrary to the meaning imbedded in the word.
If we want to come to some conclusion whether a woman diksha guru will be filling a gap in our society оr her role as such is really necessary we should start from the concept of the mother and her role as a guru of her children.
A mother can expand her qualifications of rising devotee children to others and take on the initiation role in society once her offspring are grown up. That is possible if the disciples perceive her as caring and compassionate mother whose only duty is to nourish them to spiritual maturity.
And when there is war with Maya every soldier counts. Women can and should become initiating gurus for the sake of winning the war. In peaceful times they can stick to their allotted duties. But unfortunately we are not living in peaceful times; the world in on the verge of utter distinction.
If devotees are able to give respect to devotee women then the necessary protection that the women’s body needs will be there. In such conditions qualified women can also fight effectively the war with Maya by becoming initiating gurus and delivering the fallen conditioned souls back to Godhead. Just see how many devotees are there in the world and how many living entities are waiting to be delivered. Wouldn’t we wise to use all of our power and energies and try to help the billions of lost souls?
Abhaya Mudra Dasi
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 27, 2012 @ 11:47 pm
We should understand that a devotee on the Bhagavan platform and another on the Paramatma level see Paramatma differently. The yogis, or those who specifically are attached to the Supersoul realization, are those who see the Lord in shanta rasa and that rasa is essentially impersonal as described by Shrila Prabhupada (in the quote I gave in my previous posting). A devotee who knows Shri Krishna sees Him everywhere, in the heart, and also acknowledges His separate personal existence. This is because essentially all three features–impersonal, localized and personal– of the Supreme Lord are inseparable for one who has achieved the Bhagavan platform of realization. The Supreme Lord is perfect and complete and everything exists within Him. It is not surprising that you, Pushta Krishna Prabhu, as a devotee of the personal form of Shri Krishna do not accept that He can be perceived in an impersonal way in the heart. But we should understand that there are different grades of living entities in this material world and they are by no means pure. In other words, they have no ability to see the ever blissful Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna as a person sitting within their own hearts. As Vaishnavas we have to be merciful upon them. We need to be able to explain the different features of the Lord, and in this way apply the knowledge of Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita practically for the pleasure of our previous acharyas.
Abhaya Mudra Dasi
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 23, 2012 @ 10:49 pm
Dear Pushta Krishna Prabhu,
You are correct that Shri Krishna is always the Supreme Personality of Godhead and He shares different relation with every living entity. Yet, the conditioned living entity cannot see Him although he is right there in the heart.
When the conditioned jiva purifies himself of the dust covering his heart for countless births, he can see Shri Krishna in one of His Chaturvuha forms or as the original Shri Krishna. You, me and all devotees from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, who are followers of Shri Chaitaya Mahaprabhu, purify our hearts by chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra. By doing so we may become privileged to see Paramatma within the heart as Shri Krishna Himself. As Lord Chitanya Mahaprabhu has instructed (Shikshastaka 1)
anandambhdhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamritasvadanam
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate shri-krishna-sankirtanam
“Glory to the Shri Krishna sankirtana which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years and extinguishes the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death. That sankirtana movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge. It increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious.”
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 23, 2012 @ 10:47 pm
As the material world is covered Brahmajyoti, so to a great extent is the Deity of this material world. It is not that we feel that Lord Vishnu is impersonal. That is out of the question. But the knowledge of the living entities in this world about Vishnu is limited. He exists in the heart of all living entities in this world, but they are unaware of His existence (until they become devotees). Shrila Prabhupada explains the difference between between Paramatma and Narayana:
“When He is realized in His impersonal form He is called the Supreme Brahman, when realized as the Paramatma He is called antaryami, and when He expands Himself in different forms for material creation He is called Kshirodakashayi Vishnu, Garbhodakashayi Vishnu and Karanodakashayi Viṣṇu. When He is realized as Vasudeva, Sankarshana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha—the Chaturvyuha, who are beyond the three forms of Viṣṇu—He is the Vaikuntha Narayaṇa. Above realization of Narayana is realization of Baladeva, and above that is realization of Kṛṣṇa.” (-SB 6.9.33, Purport)
Devotees, who are all personalists, meditate on the Paramatma as Shri Krishna or another personal form of the Lord. For the devotee the material world is not exactly material anymore. Such mahabhagavatas have crossed the border of impersonalism to personalism. Thus they see Paramatma according to their personal realization.
Abhaya Mudra Dasi
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 21, 2012 @ 3:33 pm
“Impersonal Brahman is incomplete realization of the absolute whole, and so also is the conception of Paramatma in the Twelfth Chapter.” (Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Introduction)
Dear Pushta Krishna Prabhu,
You have presented your point intelligently.
Now, how Paramatma is a partially impersonal and partially personal is explained by Shrila Prabhupada thusly:
“The shanta-rati realization of Krishna is in the neutral stage between the conception of impersonalism and personalism. This means that one is not very strongly attached to the personal feature of the Lord. An appreciation of the greatness of the Lord is called shanta-rati. This is attachment not to the personal feature but to the impersonal feature. Generally, one in this stage is attached to the Paramatma feature of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” (-CC Madhya-lila 19.183-184, Purport)
And to further elaborate on the subject of your comment, of course you are correct that there are many planets in the spiritual world that are controlled by the Chaturvyuha form of the Supreme Lord. However there Chaturvyuha are forms (expansions) of Lord Narayana. Those who worship them are personalist. Shri Vishnu is an expansion of Narayana and is the predominating deity of the material world.
“Krishna expands as Sankarshana, Narayana, Vishnu, Maha-Vishnu, Garbhodakashayi Vishnu and Kshirodakashayi Vishnu.” (-Teachings of Lord Kapila Vs 3, Purport)
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 21, 2012 @ 3:32 pm
The elevated position of one’s guru does not make the disciple automatically elevated. I do respect your guru His Holiness Shrila Gour Govinda Maharaja. He also had his transcendental marks on his body. Just by looking at him a trained eyes can see them. But I won’t go into this because you get offended by the subject. I am also not going to measure your qualifications only on the fact that you are a disciple of a great soul. I may be lucky to be called kanishta adhikary but I have not asked your opinion about my status either. In fact, nobody asked you to come and play the role of a guru in this or any other discussion. When someone’s opinion is not welcome he may be very elevated but he is throwing his gold in the mud. This much you should be wise to know. You seem to have a personal problem addressing others by name. I want to be sincere and tell you that this is a form of impersonalism.
For example Patita Pavan das Adhkary who happens to be my husband was a senior devotee at the initiation of your Gurudev but he would be the first to admit that mere seniority by diksha is no spiritual qualification or measure of advancement. As for me, I am officially a devotee since the 80’s. When you come to someone you can conduct a nice discussion by addressing them by name. Who won’t be welcome in such a way in the midst of Vaishnavas? It is not the quotes you quote. They are all nice. They all come from scripture (except the few that are especially yours). But it is your attitude that concerns me. Do you know how to be pleasing to others? This is very important in personal relations. Look how Akruranath Prabhu always makes nice comments. He is gentle in his approach even when he has to state an opposite opinion. But whatever the case with you, thank you for making this article the one of the most commented on the page. You have my best wishes for your devotional service and advancement in Krishna Consciousness.
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 11, 2012 @ 11:35 pm
Dear Pushkaraksha Prabhu,
If I indeed was guilty of what you are saying, that I have envisioned the divine form of the spiritual master with material vision, then there would be some merit to your many quotes and admonishments. However, I have explained to you in so many ways that I do not look upon the pure devotee in such a way. I have further explained that samudrika shastra is a bona fide Vedic science which Shrila Prabhupada and indeed all the great Vaishnava writers have resorted to in glorifying the Mahabhagavatas.
Shrila Prabhupada has unique features that are one of kind. There is no question of applying the same description pertaining to everybody else. Shrila Prabhupada’s characteristics are unique. It is same with astrology. We may find that the position of Shrila Prabhupada’s Jupiter matches the position to one million other people on the planet but the sum total of his chart (seeing all planets and their aspects) is different and one-of-a-kind revealing the unique characteristics of the World Acharya Shrila Prabhupada…
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 11, 2012 @ 11:33 pm
Neither Nanda Maharaja nor Pournamasi or other elderly devotees had youthful bodies in the pastimes of Shri Krishna, but that does not mean were not transcendental. Thank you for looking for the unborn in Shrila Prabhupada but the world acharya is an eternal associate of Lord Chaitanya and his body is beautiful, transcendental and complete even when he appears to be elderly.
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 11, 2012 @ 11:31 pm
“A Vaisnava does not take birth under the jurisdiction of karmic law. His birth and disappearance are transcendental. The wise have declared that the servants of Visnu are eternally engaged in the liberated service of the Lord and hence are free from the laws of material nature.”
Read what you have quoted. A vaishnava is not his body. His body is transcendental, his lips are transcendental. They have a shape that emanates the transcendental truth.
You seem not to put two and two together. Unlike you, I am not attached to being known as an elevated devotee. I am not impersonal and therefore I addressed you by name, dear Pusharaksha, Prabhu. And only for the sake of some innocent devotes I have presented the philosophy in such a way that they can see your point but also see where you are coming from. I have the right to do so because this is my article. This is not offensive and I have certainly quoted Shrila Prabhupada all along the way. If you have been offended, then this is your interpretation of what is going on here. I am sorry for this impression in your mind but this was not my intention.
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 9, 2012 @ 1:14 pm
“The pure devotee does not make the distinction that some activities of the Lord should be heard and others should be avoided. There is, however, a class of so-called devotees known as prākṛta sahajiyā who are very interested in hearing about Kṛṣṇa’s rāsa-līlā with the gopīs, but not about His fighting activities with His enemies. They do not know that His bellicose activities and His friendly activities with the gopīs are equally transcendental, being on the absolute platform. The transcendental pastimes of Kṛṣṇa described in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam are relished by pure devotees through submissive aural reception. They do not reject even a drop.” Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, 1-51 / Krsna, the Ranchor
We should not merely appreciate the form of Shri Krishna in Vrindavan and reject His kshatriya feature in which He spoke the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna. And since Shrila Prabhupada is the authorized representative of the Supreme Lord, any selectiveness regarding his form is non different than saying that one form of Shri Krishna is better than another one. In this way an immature devotee does not consider that all forms of the Lord and his pure devotees are transcendental and complete. Do you understand?
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 8, 2012 @ 6:11 pm
Dear Pushkaraksha Prabhu,
Shrila Prabhupada is perfect and complete in the form he appeared as the world acharya. For me, the form of the world acharya is beautiful. He may reveal his svarupa to some or he may choose not to do so. Is our appreciation of his appearance as the world acharya now exhausted? We should try to appreciate not only his svarupa form that may never be revealed to us but to also understand who he is as the empowered representative of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Do you understand that His form of the world acharya is worth glorifying? That is how he came to deliver us and we should be grateful. It is the duty of the disciple (and the grand-disciple ad infinitum) to glorify the spiritual master of mankind in every possible way and each one according to his or her own realization. This is the means of advancement in Krishna consciousness, glorification of the pure devotee.
Similarly, when dealing with the Supreme Lord we should appreciate all of His transcendental forms. Shri Krishna may grant His devotees the vision to see His original beautiful Shyamasundara form or appear as the the wonderful form of Lord Varaha or other form He may choose. A true devotee will accept the pastimes of Shri Krishna as Vasudeva on the battlefield of Kurukshetra as well as His pastimes in Vrindavan. If there is selectiveness in appreciation of the different forms of the Lord, this reveals immaturity of devotional perception. As Shrila Prabhupada says:
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 8, 2012 @ 6:10 pm
Dear Pushkarajsha Prabhu,
As per my previous reply, please understand that I do not have anything against your cutting and pasting, something that you are very expert at. I have understood that you have submitted nice quotes all along. Yet I understand that you I have missed the point of my article. I understand that you tend to debate against imaginary omissions in the article by creating straw men arguments. I further understand that you appear to expand into two person with two contradictory points neither of which touches upon the essence of what I have written and that you are expert in debating with your own self.
This is quite remarkable indeed.
Abhaya Mudra Dasi
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 8, 2012 @ 2:21 pm
My dear Pushkaraksha das Prabhu,
Yes, I have understood clearly. Thank you!
Abhaya Mudra Dasi
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 5, 2012 @ 2:10 pm
Dear Pushkaraksha das Prabhu,
As it is said: Vir sapit qui pauca loquitor – It is a wise man who speaks little.
Truth does not fear brevity. Even cutting and pasting the entire Vanipedia does not assure arriving at the truth. Actual shastric evidence must arrive at the correct conclusion without which it is mental speculation. The pithy precepts of the acharyas are often the most condensed.
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 3, 2012 @ 10:40 pm
So having eyes with particular shape is in fact very personal and discussing and glorifying the exceptional qualities that reflect the shape as memory is actually a form of worship. Shrila Prabhupada indeed had a superhuman memory. He could quote innumerable Sanskrit verses in such a way that sometimes it was impossible to find out where the verse comes from. We can also say that his eyes have the form of lotus petals. That means they are big and they curve on one side as on the other they are extended. They can also can be compared to the eyes of a deer because they are deep and warm. These comparisons are all found in many places of the revealed shastras including Gaudiya grantha. Pushkaraksha Prabhu is welcomed to quote as many verses as he likes to express his own mood of reverence towards Shri Krishna’s pure devotee. But he and others of that frame of mind should bear in mind that shastras are not one-sided. As it is said, “Different shlokas for different folks.” The Gaudiya shastras which describe the physical features of worshipful Vaishnavas also have their equivalents in the samudrika shastra. Shriman Pushkaraksha Prabhu is certainly entitled to his opinion. However, devotional service is multi-faceted and no devotee can prohibit another from worshiping the pure devotee according to that devotee’s unique vision. Which would include those observations regarding the exalted status of a nitya-siddha who walks amongst us as they are found in the myriad vedic sciences such as vedic astrology and samudrika shastra.
Abhaya Mudra Dasi
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 2, 2012 @ 1:39 pm
Dear Akruranath Prabhu,
Thank you for your post that shows the proper understanding regarding the value of the article.
Regarding Pushkaraksha Prabhu who gives several nice quotes of shastra, he is of course correct that a disciple should never look upon the pure Vaishnava with the same offensive vision as a mere materialist. Therefore it is best to keep one’s eyes focused only on the dust before the lotus feet of the pure devotee of the Lord to avoid the karmi’s mentality of misunderstanding that Krishna’s pure representative is subject to the laws of material nature as we are.
However, those much-appreciated devotional sentiments do not obscure the fact that Samudrika Shastra is a genuine Vedic science, the value of which Shrila Prabhupada discussed on many an occasion as we have shown above. He even once allowed Haimavati dasi along with her husband to sit next to him and examine the lines on his palm. Shrila Prabhupada was transcendental although at the same time His Divine Grave moved amongst us mere humans for our ultimate deliverance. Appearing amongst humans endowed him with all the attributes of humans: eyes, mouth, nose. In this way the world savior could never be some impersonal void. No, like the lotus he appeared almost as a part of this world yet transcendental to it as described by Shri Krishna Himself in Bhagavad Gita As It Is (5.10).
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 2, 2012 @ 1:37 pm
I do love Shrila Prabhupada which means that I do not just merely appreciate His Divine Grace. I worship him and by the grace if my Guru Maharaja His Holiness Suhotra Maharaja I am bound to do his bidding and serve his mission. I have his deity sitting right here next to me as the inspiration for this article. The instructions of Shri Param Guru are my life and soul. By the grace of Shri Guru he as the bona representative of the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna is the one who has delivered me from material bondage and continues to show me the way back to Godhead.
Now, Pushkaraksha Prabhu, where did shastra say that we should not describe the auspicious marks of a pure devotee when Shrila Prabhupada has given us the example and techniques how to do so in his transcendental books?
Abhaya Mudra Dasi
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 1, 2012 @ 1:59 pm
Thank you for you comment Keshava Krishna Prabhu.
Physiognomy is linked to astrology as given in the quote by Shrila Prabhupada in my previous comment. The combination of planets in an infinite variety produces always different features, each of which is unique. Since in the material world we do not have entirely positive circumstances some features like the puffy eyes can indicate kidney problems on the negative side but also a good memory on the positive side. In Shrila Prabhupada’s case the bags were formed not only due to his years, but due to his protruding eyes. We can observe his eyes from early photos when His Divine Grace was younger. His eyes are the eyes of a person who has good memory and does not miss a fact from his observation. This conclusion is in accordance with Gull, a man who became interested in samudrika shastra being urged by other discoveries in the Vedas during his time. This you can follow in the other article I wrote “ How the Scientists stole the Vedas”.
One of the keys to pysiognomy is seen in the old adage which Shrila Prabhupada himself quoted. And that is, “The face is the key to the mind.” When an intelligent and experienced person sees the face of a person, he is able to read the features and link them to the mind of that person. I have researched what people who have studied samudrika shasta in some depths have written about the different features according to the face’s shape, form, size and color. Next I have applied those studies to the face of Shrila Prabhupada in my humble attempt to glorify the unique features of ISKCON’s founder-acharya. There is no other face like his in the whole universe. As, I mentioned in the article, it is in no way complete, because the features of Shrila Prabhupada carry so much more meaning that I have been able to describe. But as a practitioner of astrology and a person who is involved in analyzing psychology vis a vis the physical forms as they are manifested due to individual past karmas, the journey of discovering more about the auspicious features of Shrila Prabhupada has been a revelation that I wanted to share. Thanks to Dandavats for allowing that, and once again to you for reading the article, Prabhu.
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Oct 30, 2012 @ 11:29 pm
From the Bhagavata SB 4.21.15 we find this example glorifying the prominent features of a great personality:
“King Pṛthu’s body was tall and sturdy, and his complexion was fair. His arms were full and broad and his eyes as bright as the rising sun. His nose was straight, his face very beautiful and his personality grave. His teeth were set beautifully in his smiling face.”
Bhaktivedanta Purport: Amongst the four social orders (brāhmaṇas, kṣatriyas, vaiśyas and śūdras), the kṣatriyas, both men and women, are generally very beautiful. As will be apparent from the following verses, it is to be concluded that not only were Mahārāja Pṛthu’s bodily features attractive, as described here, but he had specific all-auspicious signs in his bodily construction.
As it is said, “The face is the index of the mind.” One’s mental constitution is exhibited by his facial features. The bodily features of a particular person are exhibited in accordance with his past deeds, for according to one’s past deeds, his next bodily features—whether in human society, animal society or demigod society—are determined. This is proof of the transmigration of the soul through different types of bodies.
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Oct 29, 2012 @ 6:44 pm
Thank you, Pushkaraksha Prabhu for the comment but if I an not mistaken, your quotes seem to indicate that you have misunderstood the basis of the article. Glorification of the auspicious marks and bodily features of exalted personalities is found throughout shastra, including the very words of Shrila Prabhupada himself.
Here you may see for yourself this science of samudrika shastra described by Shrila Prabhupada in a nutshell:
“The law of nature is so subtle that every part of our body is influenced by the respective stars, and a living being obtains his working body to fulfill his terms of imprisonment by the manipulation of such astronomical influence. A man’s destiny is therefore ascertained by the birthtime constellation of stars, and a factual horoscope is made by a learned astrologer. It is a great science, and misuse of a science does not make it useless. Mahārāja Parīkṣit or even the Personality of Godhead appear in certain constellations of good stars, and thus the influence is exerted upon the body thus born at an auspicious moment. The most auspicious constellation of stars takes place during the appearance of the Lord in this material world, and it is specifically called jayantī, a word not to be abused for any other purposes. Mahārāja Parīkṣit was not only a great kṣatriya emperor, but also a great devotee of the Lord. Thus he cannot take his birth at any inauspicious moment. As a proper place and time is selected to receive a respectable personage, so also to receive such a personality as Mahārāja Parīkṣit, who was especially cared for by the Supreme Lord, a suitable moment is chosen when all good stars assembled together to exert their influence upon the King. Thus he took his birth just to be known as the great hero of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. This suitable arrangement of astral influences is never a creation of man’s will, but is the arrangement of the superior management of the agency of the Supreme Lord. Of course, the arrangement is made according to the good or bad deeds of the living being. Herein lies the importance of pious acts performed by the living being. Only by pious acts can one be allowed to get good wealth, good education and beautiful features.” SB 1.12.12 : PURPORT
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Oct 29, 2012 @ 6:43 pm
Dear Akruranath Prabhu,
We definitely should give credit to modern scientists when they start giving credit to Vedic literature and history. We often refer to the idea of “Vedic” as pertaining to India. This is because due to much scientific endeavor the Vedic history of other regions of the world has been overwritten by modern theories about the past. But if we pay tribute to India Vedic we can easily find Vedic roots all over the world. In the region where we live we have much evidence for Vedic history. Here is only one written example:
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Nov 1, 2012 @ 2:19 pm
Interesting fact for those who are further interested how the Vedas are linked to modern science:
Shivkar Bapuji Talpade first created an airplane according to vimana shastra. Details can be seen in this presentation:
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Oct 24, 2012 @ 9:28 pm
I have not seen Nitai for some years now, but I remember his enthusiastic and friendly disposition when we worked together restoring art projects. He was always dressed in clean clothes, he behaved like a brother and he had was always inspired. He had the rare technique of getting everyone engaged in the Lord’s seva. He used this skill in preaching Krishna’s message. He has left at young age but he did not waste his time. Born under the star of Shrimati Radha (Anuradha) he left for the Spiritual Kingdom under the star of Shri Krishna (Rohini nakshatra). This speaks volumes abut this rare and gentle soul. In life, it is not how long one lives but how that life has bee lived. Shriman Nitai das Prabhu has made his life a success because he has captured the attention of Shri Krishna. What remains for us his spiritual family is to pray that we achieve such causeless mercy.
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Feb 4, 2012 @ 12:42 pm
Endeavor executed with intelligence in Krishna consciousness is called utsaha, or enthusiasm. The execution of devotional service is not a matter of idle meditation but practical action in the foreground of spiritual life. These activities must be executed with patience. Indeed, this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement was started single-handedly, and in the beginning there was no response… Unless the karmis and jnanis become interested in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, they will simply continue to waste their life in fruitless activities. Devotional service, however, not only puts an end to all nonsensical mundane activities, but also engages one in meaningful devotional activities. Those interested in Krishna consciousness should not be eager to accept rules and regulations for economic advancement, yet they should very faithfully accept scriptural rules and regulations for the advancement of Krishna consciousness.
One should also avoid association with Mayavadis, who simply blaspheme Vaishnavas (devotees). Bhukti-kamis, who are interested in material happiness, mukti-kamis, who desire liberation by merging in the existence of the formless Absolute (Brahman), and siddhi-kamis, who desire the perfection of mystic yoga practice, are classified as atyaharis. To associate with such persons is not at all desirable. According to Shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, “Characteristically, a Vaiṣṇava is one who gives up the association of worldly people, or nondevotees.” Neglect of the regulative principles will destroy devotional service.
For a devote it is not necessary to over-endeavor and accept the rules of materialistic society even for the sake of preaching. We should behave in such a way that the population of the world would be eager to come and join our establishment.
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Jan 5, 2012 @ 1:51 pm
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Dear Kesava Krsna Prabhu,
Thank you for your comment. It is very true that democracy can be utilized in spreading Krishna Consciousness. This is the bright and positive side of it although; it can never be compared to the efficiency of varnashrama system.
Democracy gives opportunities for preaching not only because it makes everyone “equal” but because it provides an essential dissatisfaction level. Today, we can see where democracy has led the world. People are unhappy with their lives. The more people realize they are unhappy the more effective our preaching can be.
One big pitfall of Democracy is facilitating the chase after instant gratification. Just as in the democratic society everyone can become a leader without training, people in general think that they can enjoy without much labor. Today, due to technology, everyone lives like a royalty with hundreds of servants. The consequences of such exploitation of nature paints dark picture for the future.
The frivolous attitude is not limited to the individual. The economy is supported by the bank system. The “vaishyas” of today think that they can manufacture money out of thin air and do this magic over and over again. They make us all believe that money have value that holds and controls our lives. Encouraged by the example of their leaders many people think that they can do the same. The little dog wants to be equal to the big dog. He thinks that work is not required for the magical money production. Some of the activities which the big and small dogs agree on are drug dealing, money laundering and human trafficking.
“O learned one, in this iron age of Kali men have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed.” SB 1.1.10
If devotees are eager to effectively preach to people of this age they have to overcome the all encompassing feeling of laziness. And we need to be current with political events and follow the example of Shrila Prabhupada. He knew how to dis-sect the present day news from Krishna Conscious perspective.
Abhaya Mudra Dasi
» Posted By Abhaya Mudra Dasi On Jan 2, 2012 @ 12:24 pm
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