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Self Compassion

SB 11.20.27-28

jata-sraddho mat-kathasu
nirvinnah sarva-karmasu
veda duhkhatmakan kaman
parityage ‘py anisvarah
tato bhajeta mam __pritah__
sraddhalur drdha-niscayah
jusamanas ca tan kaman
duhkhodarkams ca garhayan

Having awakened faith in the narrations of My glories, being disgusted with all material activities, knowing that all sense gratification leads to misery, but still being unable to renounce all sense enjoyment, __My devotee should remain happy__ and worship Me with great faith and conviction. Even though he is sometimes engaged in sense enjoyment, My devotee knows that all sense gratification leads to a miserable result, and he sincerely repents such activities.

Comment Posted By Adi On 04.06.2014 @ 21:51

2014 Bhakti-shastri course at our Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education

A far out quote:-) (Some people seem to have a special liking for it:-)
Ultimately, this is the choice, indeed, - spiritual life or material indriya-seva…

Comment Posted By Adi On 22.01.2014 @ 14:37

Query to the Vaishnava Community

Hare Krsna!
Not only one is gambling - one is gambling AGAINST oneself:-), that is, a person who buys insurance profits only if he gets very sick or gets a bad injury. And the insurance companies gamble FOR us, they bet on our good health. Weird. But the modern medicine in most of the world is ridiculously expensive, so in case of an actual injury, one is helpless or dependent on one’s community, all one’s savings/possessions, relatives, debt etc., if one wants to get a treatment and is not ready to fast to death:-( .

In 1993 there was a GBC resolution:
“47. That the Health and Welfare Ministry should conduct an adequate survey of all those who are fully active in ISKCON. The survey should determine what services the devotees feel the temple should
provide so the devotees can be secure and enthusiastic in their devotional service as life-long dependent members of ISKCON. Life insurance, health insurance, basic lodging and food, old-age programs, etc. are some of the areas that could be covered.”

Then in 1996 the GBC describes TP’s duties:
“To ensure all dependent devotees are provided with adequate health care and health insurance except in those countries where health insurance is provided by state authorities.”

So the blessings from the authorities seem to already be there.

Comment Posted By Adi On 18.12.2012 @ 07:19

Iskcon Cultural Divide, Or Unity?

Thank you, Kesava Krsna Prabhu, for your answers!

You wrote: “(6) To acknowledge that promoting lady guruship is as ‘radical’ as traditionalists imposing stern female restrictions. We are not ready for either, as they are culturally too sensitive.”

It is already ISKCON law since many years. Except for a few (revered) ISKCON members in South India, lady guruship does not seem to evoke any special feelings in anyone in India - in our own Gaudiya line, either soft or hard versions, there are many examples of lady gurus (http://gbc.iskcon.org/2012/01/26/female-diksa-guru/), even in the more smarta-type of lines. Bhaktivinoda Thakura did not disrespect Bipin Bihari Gosvami on the basis of his diksa-parampara, starting from Sri Jahnava Ma and including other women gurus. So the present development (”ban lady gurus” - of whom we don’t have even a single instance:-) strikes me as something bizarre, since it imposes a restriction quite foreign to either Lord Caitanya’s movement or even larger Indian tradition. “Male gurus born in the West” are a much much more radical idea and Indians accept it. But now, after at least 500 years of “legal precedents”, some ISKCON members propose, in fact, to be more radical than the radicals!

Comment Posted By Adi On 23.12.2012 @ 11:18

Dear Kesava Krsna Prabhu, PAMHO AGTSP!
Your articles always attract me by your deep analysis of essential points. Thank you, they delight me! This one also reads as a balanced in-depth analysis. Except I cannot figure this passage: “A practical solution would be to allow our women devotees to live as talented, educated and versatile Mothers and Sisters. Such ability can still be presented on major preaching fronts. If these terms and roles are adopted without questionable Guru Titles, this can at least appease both sides.” — Where is the concession or compromise from the side of “conservatives” here? “Get educated but only be a mother and sister” - how is that different from the taliban/syrian type “She can own a car but cannot publicly drive it?”

I must be missing something here.

And it is not that many women wouldn’t like to be protected and stay home, but protection is not their responsibility - putting the onus on them is very effeminate from the side of ‘patriarchs’, as you also seem to note.

Comment Posted By Adi On 18.12.2012 @ 07:51

Hearing Krsna-katha as the new sadhana

Respected Radha Kunda Mataji,
PAMHO AGTSP!

The retreats are held immediately after Kartik (Kartik is totally packed in Vraja) - and this year was the rare ‘late Kartik’ year, due to Purusottam mas…

Comment Posted By Adi On 23.12.2012 @ 10:50

:-) Thank you, Maharaj!
PAMHO AGTSP
Yes, these titles may come out a bit provoking :-) Krsna-katha is our eternal sadhana, even though we often manage to find so many other topics, “srotavyadini rajendra nrnam santi sahasrasah” (2.1.2)…
Your servant,
Adi Purusha Das

Comment Posted By Adi On 16.12.2012 @ 07:18

Govardhan Retreat - "No doubt of success for worshippers of bhaktas!"

Thank you very much, Paramananda Prabhu, for filling in this important and tasteful information about Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami, whose position might otherwise be misunderstood from my hasty and somewhat patchy notes taken on the fly.
BTW, in Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda temple they still worship this Govardhan Sila in the line from Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu - one can get a darsan every day.
And now - Srila Prabhupada Marathon ki jay!
Humbly,
Adi Purusha Das

Comment Posted By Adi On 17.12.2012 @ 18:01

Govardhan Retreat: concluding words and the video of the wonderful drama presentation

Dear Devotees, pamho, agtSP!
Hare Krsna!

All the audio recordings, thanks to Mahabhagavata Prabhu, Devaprastha Prabhu and other kind souls, are now available for download at

http://vihe.org/audio_lectures.html

Just open the page, scroll down to the line saying:

“HH Sacinandana Swami, HG Bhurijan Prabhu, HG Jagattarini Mataji
Seminars on Holy name, Bhagavatam and Dhama”

then click on the “Retreats” to unfold the separate years, then click on 2011 and click to listen or right-click to download the recordings.

Comment Posted By Adi On 13.12.2011 @ 12:14

Japa & Kirtan Retreat at Varsana days 1-6

Dear Nama Prabhu,
PAMHO AGTSP

The answers to this question accounted for different angles, so please wait till the recording from that day is edited and I can relisten to it and give the points here. One point that stuck in my mind was that someone like the LA leader Svavas Prabhu, who diligently chants all his rounds BEFORE the Mangala-arati (because later he may already be drawn into solving some managerial challenges), indeed, may have no need to try and improve or refresh his chanting practices in a retreat like this. When I get the full edited recording (within a week, I hope), I shall try to find this question and the other points in the answers.

Your servant
Adi Purusha Das

Comment Posted By Adi On 24.11.2011 @ 04:39


 


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