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Srila Prabhupada Puja and Murti Care Standards

Once I heard from HH Mahanidhi Swami that there are two types of silk – ahimsa and himsa. Ahimsa silk has a “rough” texture as they wait for the silkworm to exit the cocoon. Smooth silk is obtained by boiling the cocoons with the worms still alive inside, they then unwind the cocoon from a single thread. It would seem proper to use the non-violent alternative.

» Posted By bhakta piyush On May 2, 2008 @ 6:12 am

Why I am not vegan

Maintaining a dairy herd for milk will never be profitable, We have to understand the real value of the cow, bull and calf and that is in its dung and urine, even the “karmis” are coming to this re-discovery. This is what Lord Krishna did as a cowherd. He had 12 forests and rotated his cows over these, thus sustaining the forests and earth. Cows eat grass give fertilizer which grows grass and plants which sustains the earth. The ultimate machine better than any tractor. This is the ultimate ecosystem. It is how we are supposed to live. Old cows, young cows, milk or not, they are all most valuable.

One Man, One Cow, One Planet

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vErQWRIV4Fw
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» Posted By bhakta piyush On May 13, 2014 @ 9:50 am

The Hot Issue – Female Diksa Guru

Why become a “servant of the servant” when you can become master of the master (over Guru and eventually the Supreme Master, Lord Krishna) and then lord it over material nature (even spiritual?) Back to the material condition again…and again…what to do? I am a conditioned victim too, so my opinion is just my opinion.

Basically, any point can be argued to win, just like in junior debate clubs… sometimes those who shout loudest, do the most propaganda or print books more expensive and glossy than most books around, can win. Vox populi, Majority wins. Get with the times… Common sense is very uncommon. C’est la vie.

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Dec 3, 2013 @ 6:59 am

Response to Bhaktarupa and Madhavananda prabhus recent post on “Education and Guruship of Vaishnavis”

I assume that comment No.1 above suggests that we should think “out of the box” and view scriptural books with some degree of reservation.
We must remember that Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur revived the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition which had fallen into shahajiyism and other misdirections, he was that authorised person to re-establish the truth.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur was the next in line and after him was Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, all are in unison, with common purpose to revive the Bhakti cult. Indeed in the Bhagavad-Gita As-it-is, Srila Prabhupada clearly mentions that there are so many commentaries of Bhagavad-Gita and asks/answers the question as to why there is need for another there and then.
If comment no.1 is referring to our very recent acharyas writings and teachings then that is a direct contradiction to the statement “Books are the Basis.” Therefore the comment above cannot be taken out of context and be used as a singular philosophy to live by in this age.

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Jan 16, 2013 @ 3:05 am

Ironing T-Shirts With Spiritual Images On Them

Yes, this seems to be one of those things that is not really given that much attention these days in the age of easy printing and production of anything within a few days or even seconds.

Even many years ago in a temple compound I saw poster pictures of Sri Sita Rama Laxman Hanuman on the ground and later I was surprised to see pamphlets of SP on the ground, but how to reconcile this with preaching, perhaps taking a “not so easy” method of broadcasting a program through television or radio or word of mouth through street preaching. Maybe we don’t have the time these days?

Nowadays it is more and more prevalent. Alot of printing and pictures all over the place. I have seen key-rings with spiritual images tossed around, put in back pockets and sat on, dropped on the ground without touching to ones head after. Ironically I see immediate touching to the head if any Laxmi or money is dropped, why not the same for the Lord’s other paraphernalia?

If you put an image on a commonly used item or article of clothing it becomes a case of familiarity breeds indifference. Not ideal at all. However on “flip” side I have heard that the Mahamantra being distributed on popcorn packets being approved by Srila Prabhupada, as well as Krishna’s name in a newspaper article even though it was “unfavorable.”
Here in India the images and names are in newwspapers etc virtually everyday.. Just as we speak, in Mayapur there are ads by a certain company for “underwear” with Radha-Krishna images, simply put there for commercial advertising.

In many temples we see the images or the holy names used on incense packets and throw-away prasada packaging. I once witnessed a temple visitor absolutely livid about “us” in temples using the images in this way. Perhaps some careful consideration on our use, overuse or even abuse of the Lords name and paraphernalia. How can one do this to someone who is dear to them? It said that “Attention to detail is sign of love.”

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Nov 26, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

To Be Heavy, Without The Weight

There is one word sadly missing from this article which is kindness. Sometimes you may have to be “heavy” to be kind. It is not black and white preaching either this or that. Each circumstance is different.

One situation, preaching in Orlando yatra to a newcomer who had been exposed heavily to Mayavadi influence. We did not compromise we were extremely forthright in our preaching, dispelling all his “mayavadi gibberish” You could say we were very harsh from one perspective. Last year that same person came to Mayapur and got initiated he specifically thanked me for that particular day where we smashed his misconceptions. Our intentions were not to be superior or heavy but it was a no compromise mood, we wanted to help him but not allow his foolish philosophy.

So just black and white may not work, other incidents required delicate handling. One young American boy, he was materially well situated he would come regularly to the temple at lunchtime when no-one else was around. Simply by kind words and generous prasadam with mild preaching he kept his interest, he eventually joined full time. I knew he was perplexed by some personal problem and sincerely explained to him in detail how we all exploit each other for sense enjoyment and that there is no real love and there is a need to take care of the person fully,which is actually original traditional caring culture I could see that he was touched by that.
We had UCF students coming over they just liked the prasadam and kirtan and cooking classes and that was it, we would not inject too much philosophy, some devotees take a long time to get the message

It appears to me *personally* that your article paints a black and white picture that we should only go soft but kindly consider what you already know, that preaching is dynamic. Time place and circumstance, and I am sure that you apply different techniques to different situations
It is also my perhaps misguided opinion that your article is somewhat directed towards HH Bhakti Vikas Swami. My wife has personally witnessed him gently singing “Jaya Radhe, Jaya Krishna…” and gently caressing, as one would to a sick child, the head of elderly former Muslim mataji disciple who was gravely ill in hospital. Strong does not mean heartless.

In any case the preacher decides on how to preach under direction of guru,sadhu, shastra It is a dynamic, intelligent process, each case different. We can accommodate both strong and soft, your view and others too.

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Oct 23, 2012 @ 2:32 am

…Continued from previous post…

When I am no longer present, take care to serve your dear Sri Mayapur-dham. This is my special instruction to you. People who are like animals can never attain devotion; never accept their advice. But do not let them know this, either directly or indirectly.

I had a special desire to propagate the importance of such books as Srimad-Bhagavatam, Sat-sandarbha, and Vedanta-darshan. Now you must assume that responsibility. Sri Mayapur will prosper if you inaugurate an educational institution there.

Never try to amass knowledge or money for your own sense gratification; they should be acquired only for Krishna’s service. Never take bad association, either for money or any personal interest.”

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Oct 6, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

“Even Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, serious and ‘heavy’ as he was, was full of humour.”

Reminds me of the time the author of Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhav, H.H. Bhakti Vikas Swami Maharaj when he sent a mail (maybe 10years ago) to all his disciples with a list of hollywood movies he recommended them to watch. (which may have some abstract Krishna conscious theme or philosophical similarity)
I was with one disciple when he received the mail, after scrutinizing the mail several times for the actual list, speculating on failed attachments, looking for followup mails we figured the meaning, with much amusement.

From HHBVKS….etc.

Below is a list of movies that my disciples can watch;
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Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada
H.H. BVKS

Just came across this article below since we are mentioning Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur found on the official ISKCON site http://www.divinecows.com. (An excerpt from SBV)
In 1914, just a few weeks before passing away, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura had expressed his mano-‘bhishta (heart’s desire) to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, instructing him to establish daiva-varnasrama, preach shuddha-bhakti, develop Sridham Mayapur, and publish Vaishnava writings in the following words:

“Worldly people who are proud of their aristrocratic birth cannot attain actual aristocracy. Therefore they attack pure Vaisnavas, claiming that they have taken birth in low-class families because of their sins. Thus they commit offenses. The means to rectify this situation is to institute daiva-varnasrama-dharma. You have started to do that. Know it to be real service to Vaisnavas.

Due to lack of shudha-bhakti-siddhanta prachar(preaching), all manner of womanish bad theories and instructions are being called devotion by pseudo-sampradayas such as sahajiya and ativadi. Always crush these anti-devotional conceptions by bhakti-siddhanta prachar and proper achar(personal conduct). Try to begin the parikrama of Sridham Navadvipa as soon as possible. Thereby everyone in the universe can receive Krishna-bhakti. Diligently endeavour to ensure that service to Sri Mayapur becomes permanently established and more resplendent each day. Genuine service to Mayapur is not nirjana-bhajan, but to establish a printing press and to propagate devotional books and Nama-hatta. Do not for your own sake undertake nirjana-bhajan and thus impede preaching and service to Sri Mayapur.
Cont…

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Oct 6, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

Hate Mayavada to Love Krishna

As per comment no 28.

“Bhakta Piyush posed some questions. The first one asks about people or mayavadis engaging in Krishna’s service by “just” helping to cut vegetables. As if to say, “Is that all?” Please Bhakta Piyush, but devotional service is the most rare and glorious of all human activities….Please associate with wise experienced devotees to help clear up your confusion.”

It is odd that you infer all of the above when all i asked was “When they visit the temple only to help with festivals etc.” It simply means that their only business would be to help out with a festival, how you interpreted it was completely off. Perhaps you should also practice what you have been trying to preach all this time. I could literally feel the negativity in your comment, that must be also because I am just an inexperienced bhakta I guess.
My possible misinterpretation of this whole agenda is that you are trying to paint some devotees who preach “strongly” as “bad”. I am sorry if you think that is wrong or inexperienced. I humbly exit from this discussion for the lack of maturity.

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Oct 30, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

How then we should deal with Mayavadi’s or their philosophy?

1. When they visit the temple only to help with festivals etc.

2. When they preach the Mayavadi philosophy to us.

3. If they insult our Acharyas, Lord or devotees?

Should we be tolerant to a certain limit, what is that limit if any?

What is the most expert way to deal in such situations? Perhaps some prepared guideline is available, or someone can prepare it?

How to reconcile controversial topics?

Or should we avoid all discussions on philosophy and just be friends for better understanding? I am confused, I hope the learned devotees can guide me.

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Oct 27, 2012 @ 3:50 am

Nectar of Devotion Lectures
Sanātana Gosvāmī has, in his Hari-bhakti-vilāsa, has very strongly recommended that, “Don’t hear anything from, about Kṛṣṇa, from the Māyāvādīs or the avaiṣṇavas.”
The Nectar of Devotion — Bombay, January 8, 1973:

Kṛṣṇa is unknown, a black thing. A Māyāvādī, great philosopher of this city, he has explained like that. The Māyāvādī philosopher, Dr. Radhakrishnan, “It is not to Kṛṣṇa.” So the Māyāvādīs’ only business is—because they’re avaiṣṇava not Vaiṣṇava—only business is to kill Kṛṣṇa. Sanātana Gosvāmī has, in his Hari-bhakti-vilāsa, has very strongly recommended that, “Don’t hear anything from, about Kṛṣṇa, from the Māyāvādīs or the avaiṣṇavas.” Those who are follower, those who are advanced in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, they can protest. They can immediately chastise the rascal, “What you are nonsense speaking?”

But a kaniṣṭha-adhikārī, he cannot challenge, therefore it is forbidden for them.
Not to hear, kaniṣṭha-adhikārī. For an advanced devotee, this Māyāvādī cannot do anything, but those who are neophyte, they become sometimes victim. Therefore, it is better to forbid them, not to hear. So Sanātana Gosvāmī has said, as Kṛṣṇa has said, satāṁ prasaṅgān mama vīrya-saṁvido bhavanti hṛt-karṇa-rasāyanāḥ kathāḥ (SB 3.25.25). In the association of pure devotees, kṛṣṇa-kathāḥ becomes very relishable. Hṛt-karṇa-rasāyanāḥ. It is relishable, it is very pleasing to the ear, and to the heart.

For the Māyāvādī philosopher there is no question of love. They merge. They want sāyujya-mukti, to become one.
Philosophy Discussion on Jacques Maritain:

Śyāmasundara: He says that this is…, because of this spiritual personality that he can know and love God.

Prabhupāda: Yes. Without person how there can be love? There is no question of love. You cannot love air or sky; you must find out a man or woman in the, under the sky. So therefore if you want to love God then you must accept God is a person; otherwise there is no question of love. Therefore for the Māyāvādī philosopher there is no question of love. They merge. They want sāyujya-mukti, to become one. They have no other conception, because they cannot conceive personal God. So there is no love. Therefore they manufacture an idea that in the material condition of life, you just imagine any form of God and love Him, and ultimately you become one. That is their philosophy…

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Oct 21, 2012 @ 3:44 am

In the Padma Purana there is a conversation between Lord Shiva and Parvati and Lord Shiva says:

mayavadam asac chastram pracchannam bauddham uchyate
mayaiva kalpitam devi kalau brahmana rupina

Mayavada or Advaita philosophy is an impious, wicked belief and against all the conclusions of the Vedas. It is only covered Buddhism. My dear Parvati, in Kali-Yuga I assume the form of a brahmana (Adi Shankara) and teach this imagined philosophy. – Padma Purana 6.236.7

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Kṛṣṇa is unknown, a black thing. A Māyāvādī, great philosopher of this city, he has explained like that. The Māyāvādī philosopher, Dr. Radhakrishnan, “It is not to Kṛṣṇa.” So the Māyāvādīs’ only business is—because they’re avaiṣṇava not Vaiṣṇava—only business is to kill Kṛṣṇa.
Srila Prabhupada’s Lecture. The Nectar of Devotion — Bombay, January 8, 1973:

Kṛṣṇa is unknown, a black thing. A Māyāvādī, great philosopher of this city, he has explained like that. The Māyāvādī philosopher, Dr. Radhakrishnan, “It is not to Kṛṣṇa.” So the Māyāvādīs’ only business is—because they’re avaiṣṇava not Vaiṣṇava—only business is to kill Kṛṣṇa. Sanātana Gosvāmī has, in his Hari-bhakti-vilāsa, has very strongly recommended that, “Don’t hear anything from, about Kṛṣṇa, from the Māyāvādīs or the avaiṣṇavas.” Those who are follower, those who are advanced in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, they can PROTEST.
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» Posted By bhakta piyush On Oct 21, 2012 @ 2:52 am

Brainwashed!

Below is a YouTube link to George Harrisons final album – “BRainWASHED”

“An album that as the stylus hits the vinyl immediately strikes you as being vibrant and upbeat. All the more remarkable when it was recorded in the last couple of months before George’s passing.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObRexobAxOI

Kindly note that after the video is played, links to other vide0s and unrelated content may be displayed, as a general rule, it is advisable not to follow those links as it may take you down a long journey of forgetfulness of Krishna Consciousness.

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Mar 10, 2012 @ 1:50 am

Please sign the petition to bring the Yamuna River back to Vrindavan!

It is very wonderful that the devotees have taken up this most worthy cause. It would also be nice to document investigations into the health of down-streamers for possible legal action against the offending industries, municipalities, government, and other polluters/diverters. There are organizations in India like Greenpeace who can also take up this cause to some degree. I often receive emails from them regarding environmental issues such as these. They have a large database which can boost the petition signings.

“Whereas only sewage and runoff which comes from upstream Delhi flows in the Yamuna River bed at present. The sewage is partially treated and is extremely dangerous for humans to come in contact with. There are many credible and official studies verifying the contamination
Whereas any contact with the water in the River Yamuna bed is hazardous for health of devotees and general public. The water carries several antibiotic resistant bacteria which can be the cause of death. In addition many viruses, toxic chemicals, and toxic metals are carried by the water.”

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Feb 26, 2012 @ 8:12 am

My Brief Against Feminism

…continued…
Is some service inferior or material? Can anyone say what the best
specific service is? There is a story of Vidura’s wife – Parshavi who
was so overwhelmed with love of Krishna when she fed Him bananas, she
was actually throwing away the fruit and feeding Krishna the peels
instead but Krishna ate these peels with great affection. The mood
in which any service is done is always more important, we all know
that.

Coming back to the influence of feminism: Following the example of
the wives of the Brahmins, we find that they were simple, humble and
had an attitude of unconditional service, whereas their husbands were
ritualistic and proud.

We are not arguing inferior or superior positions of males and
females, to do so is counter-productive . As for attaining the level of
great personalities like Srimati Jahnavi Devi, Srimati Kuntidevi or
other great associate devotees of the Lord -that is no easy task for
anyone male or female bodied. One thing we may have a tendency to do
is take the example of some great historic spiritual personalities and
use it to exemplify the whole gender species, what I mean to say is
that if a great man or woman did something wonderful in the past, that
glory, in the true sense cannot be used as a basis for promoting any
individual man or woman in the present. If we are to be proper, this
premise can only be used in a very general sense. We are all
individuals, independent living entities and are judged on our own
merits.

An expansion of this peculiarity is to take one of those pure devotee
examples which is often set in a traditional/subservient atmosphere
and use it for the promotion of a modern ideal which is in fact quite
the opposite in nature.

This simple devotional attitude of the wives of the Brahmanas was not
found in the men, and the men were lamenting that they did not attain
the level of their wives. The men learned from their wives the need
to be simple and humble.
Ultimately aren’t we are all supposed to be females serving only
one Purusha, Krishna? Can we say that all females would act in the
way the wives of the Brahmins did? Does that mean we must all be
female for females’ sake or was the traditional modest subservient
attitude pleasing to Krishna. Feminism does not promote service
attitude, rather it creates a sense of pride for having a particular
type of body. Just another –ism to add to the list.

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Apr 30, 2011 @ 6:21 am

The wives of the brahmanas replied, “Dear Lord, this sort of
instruction does not befit You. Your eternal promise is that You will
always protect Your devotees, and now You must fulfill this promise.
Anyone who comes and surrenders unto You never goes back to the
conditioned life of material existence. We expect that You will now
fulfill Your promise. We have surrendered unto Your lotus feet, which
are covered by the tulasi leaves, so we have no more desire to return
to the company of our so-called relatives, friends, and society and
give up the shelter of Your lotus feet. And what shall we do,
returning home? Our husbands, brothers, fathers, sons, mothers and our
friends do not expect to see us because we have already left them all.
Therefore we have no shelter to return to. Please, therefore, do not
ask us to return home, but arrange for our stay under Your lotus feet
so that we can eternally live under Your protection.”

The Supreme Personality of Godhead replied, “My dear wives, rest
assured that your husbands will not neglect you on your return, nor
will your brothers, sons, or fathers refuse to accept you. Because you
are My pure devotees, not only your relatives but also people in
general, as well as the demigods, will be satisfied with you.” Krsna
is situated as the Supersoul in everyone’s heart. So if someone
becomes a pure devotee of Lord Krsna, he immediately becomes pleasing
to everyone. The pure devotee of Lord Krsna is never inimical to
anyone. A sane person cannot be an enemy of a pure devotee.
“Transcendental love for Me does not depend upon bodily connection,”
Krsna said further, “but anyone whose mind is always absorbed in Me
will surely, very soon, come to Me for My eternal association.”

After being instructed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, all the
wives again returned home to their respective husbands. Pleased to see
their wives back home, the brahmanas executed the performances of
sacrifices by sitting together, as it is enjoined in the sastras.
According to Vedic principle, religious rituals must be executed by
the husband and wife together. When the brahmanas’ wives returned, the
sacrifice was duly and nicely executed. One of the brahmanas’ wives,
however, who was forcibly checked from going to see Krsna, began to
remember Him as she heard of His bodily features. Being completely
absorbed in His thought, she gave up her material body conditioned by
the laws of nature..

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Apr 30, 2011 @ 6:11 am

Within comment #14 it is stated “The husband’s service to Krishna is
substantial and the wife can share the benefits of it by assisting
him. But the service of being a mother is not spiritual, it is
material.”

We can serve Krishna in many different ways, being a mother can be in
itself spiritual –

Prabhupada wrote a letter to Arundhati, and he said “For you child
worship is more important than deity worship. If you cannot spend time
with him, stop pujari duties. These children are given to us by
Krishna. They are not ordinary. They are Vaikuntha children…. This
is a very great responsibility, do not neglect it or become
confused…”
Ref: http://iskconcommunications.blogspot.com/2007/05/mothers-day-bhagavatam-class.html

Our teacher, Srila Prabhupada, explained how the love between mother
and child is the purest form of love found in this world. How
wonderful if we could take that spirit, foster a mood of gratitude,
and share that same spirit with the entire world.
Ref: http://news.iskcon.org/node/3315

A woman can serve her husband and raise her children in Krishna
consciousness serve Krishna in her home and still attain the highest
goal even before her husband, that example we have seen in the wives
of the Brahmanas

Ref: Krishna Book: Delivering the Wives of the Brahmanas.

“My dear wives of the brahmanas,” Krsna said. “You can now return to
your homes. Engage yourselves in sacrificial activities and be engaged
in the service of your husbands and household affairs so that your
husbands will be pleased with you, and the sacrifice which they have
begun will be properly executed. After all, your husbands are
householders, and without your help how can they execute their
prescribed duties?”

continued….

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Apr 30, 2011 @ 6:08 am

A question arises: Two major regions where Krishna Consciousness is spreading rapidly, namely India and Russia are following the current guru system, will female guruship affect this growth, if so in what way? What representation do those regions have in the descision making process?

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Apr 29, 2011 @ 5:32 am

With regard to comment no. 4, and 5 how can it be implied that the author is rejecting preaching by women when the article itself is “preaching” In addition the letter to Mother Himavalati was clearly to a householder it may be incorrect to use it to support female “guruship” or in other words an independent woman taking to the renounced order.

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Apr 12, 2011 @ 5:25 am

Gita Memorization Broadcast

Update on live broadcast : The session is currently beginning at 1:45 am EST(-5 hr GMT) and ends 3:45 am EST -5 hrs GMT

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Feb 12, 2009 @ 3:25 am

Seeking Assitance for a Project

Hare Krishna! Please leave a comment on this article if you have any information or send an email to gauranitai@gmail.com.

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Dec 16, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

Puri priests up in arms against ISKCON

Is there any history of such an act being performed in India?, i.e. one religious group publicly offending a faultless saintly leader of another in such a way?
I have heard of such acts only in the political arena, are they trying to set a precedent to destroy whatever little religious culture and decency that remains, under the pretext of following ritual? Have we become so degraded in this age of Kali? An unspeakable heinous act was performed which can only be viewed as demoniac madness, upon the faultless personality of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.
Is the glorifying of Lord Jagannatha, the Lord of the universe, within this tiny tiny world, a bad thing according to them? Is it not that the pastimes of the Lord are happening simultaneously throughout creation? Is blind dogmatic ritual all they know? Is there no shame, no embarrassment? Have those they call brahmanas, priests and spiritual leaders become hard hearted and politically minded? Where has the culture of gentle men gone?

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Nov 19, 2008 @ 1:40 am

Within You, Without You

Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obesisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I had read your article and later came across this information. I am not sure but it may help?

http://the-moneychanger.com/articles_files/health/vitamin_B12.phtml

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Oct 23, 2008 @ 12:22 am

My response regarding the design of the TVP

Working in a spirit of co-operation is (obviously) better than challenging the whole idea. If anything I noticed probably the pyramid draws alot of criticism/attention, could be in the wrong place (it does not bother me that much though), and I guess to some minor degree people walking around the simulated project dressed in modern attire might have a small subtle influence on the mind too (due to the softwares limitations of course.) As would the apparent lack of vedic sybolism in the grounds immeditely surrounding the temple.

Upon reading H.G. Ambarish Prabhu’s reply which gives the facts and details the situation on ground zero, also considering H.H. Sivarama Swami’s statements esp. abt how Srila Prabhupada wanted projects completed quickly, and H.H. Giriraja Swami’s clarification/support, I don’t think there is much room or time for debate. It is going to be built in any way shape or form and we will get used to it, hopefully, otherwise we might lament forever and/or create a schism among our good devotees. No use beating a dead horse as they say.

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Aug 30, 2008 @ 7:04 pm

Srila Prabhupada Puja and Murti Care Standards

Once I heard from HH Mahanidhi Swami that there are two types of silk – ahimsa and himsa. Ahimsa silk has a “rough” texture as they wait for the silkworm to exit the cocoon. Smooth silk is obtained by boiling the cocoons with the worms still alive inside, they then unwind the cocoon from a single thread. It would seem proper to use the non-violent alternative.

» Posted By bhakta piyush On May 2, 2008 @ 6:12 am

New ISKCON Temple in Orlando, Florida

For pictures of the ongoing renovation please click the link below.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/20202856@N08/page2/

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Mar 19, 2008 @ 2:40 pm

Tulasi Devi

Cont…
9. Vidyä dasi: In the manual, it states that Tulasi should not be pruned. Does this also mean trimming the branches which no longer have leaves or life fluids flowing through them?
Prabhupada: You may cut the dead branches but what is the necessity?
10. Vidyä dasi: We were told you once spoke the “4 regulative principles of Tulasi care” which will keep her from getting sick: a) keep her moist; b) keep her clean; c) give her morning sunlight (at least); d) give her two arotikas a day. Is this bona fide?
Prabhupada: I never said that.
11. Vidyä dasi: May Tulasi be made into a tea after she has been offered?
Prabhupada: No.
12. Vidyä dasi: May devotees carve Tulasi wood for Deity paraphernalia?
Prabhupada: Yes.
13. Vidyä dasi: When Tulasi leaves her body and the body is too soft for carving beads, how should she be used? Should a small fire sacrifice be performed?
Prabhupada: Use the wood for beads as far as possible, the balance may be placed within the earth.
14. Vidyä dasi: We have a letter from you requesting that no sprays be used on Tulasi Devé. May we use a spray of buttermilk, whole wheat flour dissolved in water which coats her leaves to keep spider mites from causing Tulasi to leave her body?
Prabhupada: I said no chemical sprays.
15. Vidyä dasi: Does Tulasi sleep? Should she be left undisturbed after nightfall?
Prabhupada: Undisturbed means what?
16. Vidyä dasi: Is it permissible to use scissors to cut her manjaris, and when transplanting, to use knives to loosen her from her pot?
Prabhupada: Use common sense, and if you have none, then consult with others.
17. Vidyä dasi: Is it an offense to step on or across her shadow (or the shadow of any pure devotee)?
Prabhupada: Yes. [originally, Srila Prabhupada had answered "No", however, in a subsequent letter he corrected himself and replied Yes.]

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Feb 23, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

Vedabase Quotes.

Letter No. 36 To Jagamohini Dasi
…whether we may prune the leaves of Tulasi, no, there is no question of pruning. But you can take for worshiping Krsna leaves from the Tulasi. First utilize the dead leaves or leaves which have fallen down, and if more leaves are required for worshiping Krsna, you may take them from Tulasi plant in this way: First approach Tulasi Devi and offer your obeisances, requesting her that for worshiping Krsna you want to take some leaves. Then if she allows you may take. There is no question of pruning in the manner of gardeners just to make nice beautiful plant for ornamental purposes. And if there are any dead branches, these may be made into beads, like neck beads, and if they are large branches you can make japa beads. There is no need to keep candle burning all night, but you can burn candle in the evening for one hour for Tulasi Devi, that will be nice.

30. Tulasi may never be pruned, to shape her, as is done with ordinary plants, except when doing so will save her life. According to the Padma Purana, it is offensive to cut a living Tulasi branch, and Lord Krishna feels this as a pain in His heart.

The following questions were asked by Vidyä Dasi in her September 27, 1976 letter to Srila Prabhupada and answered by him as follows:-
1. Vidyä dasi: Is each Tulasi plant a separate jiva soul or an expansion of one pure devotee?
Prabhupada: Tulasi is one devotee who appears wherever there is devotion to Krishna.
2. Vidyä dasi: Where does her spirit soul go when she leaves this body?
Prabhupada: Tulasi’s body is spiritual.
3. Vidyä dasi: May we place jewelry in her soil or just moon stones?
Prabhupada: Yes, jewelry is all right.
4. Vidyä dasi: When Tulasi is being cared for by householders in their home, must two arotikas still be offered?
Prabhupada: If possible.
5. Vidyä dasi: When Tulasi is being cared for by householders in their home may they use her leaves and maìjarés on their home offerings or should they take them to the temple?
Prabhupada: Tulasi leaves should be offered to the Deity.
6. Vidyä dasi: When Tulasi is being offered arotika by the householders must she have a ghee lamp?
Prabhupada: If possible.
7. Vidyä dasi: Is it offensive to turn the baby Tulasis back into soil when they appear?
Prabhupada: Yes.
8. Vidyä dasi: There have been questions concerning Tulasi’s arotikas. We have always offered her incense, ghee lamp and flower. Is this correct?
Prabhupada: Yes.
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» Posted By bhakta piyush On Feb 23, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

Does Sex Attraction Bring People to Krishna?

In my comment #65 above the following sentence was posted in error. It clearly make no sense.

“This can also be true if someone is dancing in the temple of standing right before the Lord and thinking of something unrelated.”

It should read as follows:

“This can also be true if someone is in the temple of standing right before the Lord and thinking of something unrelated.”

I am also of the opinion that the story was related to something specific. It may point to an individuals desire for thier own name, fame and glory.

I appreciate the letters in #66 They confim that Srila Prabhupada wanted the expert dancers and performers to have organized staged programs to glorify Lord Krishna. If someone distracts another from this point it will be dis-service.

I have extracted the references to dancing from one letter for convenience.

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“Because your wife is fully trained as a classical dancer, even she taught in such big university, so she can organize classical dancing to portray stories about Krishna and his Pasttimes and that will be a very nice proposal. Recently in Bombay we have held a benefit charity perfromance called “Hare Krishna Benefit” performed by the Javeri Sisters, a famous classical dancing group from Manipur.

“These dancers were depicting stories from Krishna’s Pastimes, and the dancing was very nice. So this art of dancing, as any art can be employed in the service of glorifying the Supreme Lord. If she is an expert dancer, your wife can organize a dancing group to depict very exquistely stories from our Krishna Book.”

Letter to Prajapati, February 25 1972
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The following is taken from Bhaktivedanta Vedabase. In the letter above we see that the aim above was to glorify Lord Krishna. That is the whole purpose and aim of applying this art or any art for that matter. Immediately when the “backs are to the Deities” there is a problem. The purpose is to keep Krishna in the center.

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18. “Why Are Their Backs To the Deities?”
The scene: Mäyäpur Gaura-Purnima festival, 1976. Prabhupäda is seated in his room, talking with Prajäpati däsa and his wife, who are leaders of a Krishna conscious dance and theater group. They are showing Prabhupäda pictures of one of their performances in a temple.
“Why are their backs to the Deities?” Prabhupäda asked.
“Because Jayatirtha said … ”
“Jayatirtha?” Srila Prabhupada said it in a way that obviously rejected their reply. He then asked that whatever GBC men were nearby should come at once to his room. When the men had gathered, Srila Prabhupada began lecturing to them on the point of not turning one’s back to the Deity. “Rüpa Gosvämi has said, ‘Do not turn your back to the Deity,’ but now they say someone has said it is all right.” Prabhupäda looked around heavily to the devotees in the room. “This is the problem,” he said. “We have so many big, big äcäryas.”
When a devotee began speaking and mentioned another one of Srila Prabhupada’s leading disciples, Prabhupäda immediately cut down, with a few words, both the devotee in the room and the person he had referred to. Then everyone was silent.
Finally a devotee asked, “Srila Prabhupada, what about women dancers onstage?” Earlier that day, a group of young women from a Bengali village had been dancing and playing mrdanga in the temple and some of the devotees had questioned whether it was proper to watch them.
Srila Prabhupada replied that women should not appear onstage for dramatic performances. Men should play the women’s roles. He said that in India it was done that way previously; women’s parts were played by boys. Only later were women introduced in the women’s roles. Prabhupäda said no respectable woman would do that, so they used prostitutes. Prabhupäda continued speaking, outlining the history of Bengali drama.
He then told the devotees about the time he had played in a drama about the life of Lord Caitanya. It had been directed by a prominent figure in Bengali theater. Prabhupäda described how when the play was finished, all the actors stood there but there was no applause. They looked out at the audience to see why there was no applause, and they saw that everyone was so moved by the story that they all had tears coming from their eyes.
“That’s because you were in the play, Srila Prabhupada” remarked a devotee.
Prabhupäda shook his head and made a typical wave of his hand, as if to dismiss the notion that the play was important because of him.
SPN 4-19: Little Drops of Nectar
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» Posted By bhakta piyush On Dec 17, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

The purpose and focus of the Ratha-Yatra Festival has and always will be for the people to see Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra on the cart. Pulling attention away from the focus of the Lord defeats the purpose of the event. Dancing is not for the purpose of attracting anyones attention to any individuals, but for the pleasure of the Lord and the focus should be towards Lord Jagannatha so that persons may be saved from the cycle of birth and death.

I have heard two incidents in this regard. One is the comment by Srila Prabhupada that while one is pulling the cart they are liberated, but as soon as they stop and partcipate in other activities, meaning that they go about their normal day to day actvities forgetting Lord Krishna they are again in maya.

This can also be true if someone is dancing in the temple of standing right before the Lord and thinking of something unrelated.
I heard this second story a long time ago in Vrindavan SB class, I cannot remember the whole incident but the point of the story was well taken. Once Srila Prabhupada was asked by a devotee if his wife could dance in the temple as she was an expert dancer. Srila Prabhupada said no, again the wife insisted and the husband went once more was told that SP would arrange for the dance before the Deities while no-one was around, only the altar doors would be open, without any pujari. Again the wife insisted that she would like to dance in public, this time Srila Prabhupada chastised the husband saying “Neither do I want to go to hell, nor send you or your wife.”

So care, attention and thoughtfulness are required to present this movement in a nice way so that the actual result is that all are benefited without being ostracized. An overall picture is needed as to what the purpose is and then after thinking and “making a very nice arrangement “things will go on in a very nice way.”

I am grateful to our senior leaders who are concerned about our spiritual welfare.

» Posted By bhakta piyush On Dec 16, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

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