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Bhagavad Gita Class – Part 2

Dear Akruranatha Prabhu,

Thank you for noting the powerful verse
(* with a typo corrected):

tad-vag-visargo janatagha-viplavo
yasmin prati-slokam abaddhavaty api
namany anantasya yaso ‘nkitani yat
srnvanti gayanti grnani sadhavah

“On the other hand, that literature which is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, forms, pastimes, etc., of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a different creation, full of transcendental words directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world’s misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though *perfectly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.”

*should read “imperfectly composed”

Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation Including Discussion on SB 1.5.11
Jaipur, January 19, 1972

Prabhupada: These people or this revolution is meant for killing the sinful resultant actions of the people. This revolution. Janata agha, agha means resultant action of sinful life. Janata agha viplavah. Viplavah means revolution, this very word is used. Tad-vag-visargo janatagha-viplavo yasmin prati-slokam abaddhavaty api[ SB 1.5.11].
Such revolutionary literature, even they are not properly composed. Yasmin prati-slokam abaddham. Not according to the grammatical rules and other rhetorical rules, but the, I mean to say, thoughts and the effects of such revolutionary literature is required. Not the grammatical. The so-called rascals, they are concerned with the grammatical. But those who are actually worker, they are concerned with the thoughts. What is the thought is there? ………. Yes. Grnanti srnvanti, hear with attention, and gayanti, and chant also. This is the principle. The only center is whether it is meant for awakening God consciousness. That is the central point, not the language(?). But it does not mean that it should not be correctly written. Correctly or incorrectly, if it is spoken by realized soul, that is important.”

As you said Prabhu, this is a wonderful verse, with Prabhupada’s comments / purport to meditate on, on so many levels.

The revolution first takes place within our own hearts. If by the grace of Guru, we can first purge our own demoniac qualities (or starve the bad dog as Maharaj mentions), then we may eligible to be utilized to some degree as an instrument in the hands of Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga. This is my hope, against all odds, as Srila Prabhupada is an ocean of mercy

» Posted By Bhojadeva dasa On Sep 26, 2008 @ 8:19 am

Dandavats Prabhus. Thanks very much for posting this wonderful class. It’s transcendentally refreshing to be reminded so eloquently of the mood of real devotion beyond any externals, as exemplified and taught to us by Srila Prabhupada, and also revealed by the other examples given in Maharaj’s class.

When Maharaja mentioned they were talking about the determination of the participants during the U.S. revolutionary struggle, it’s also interesting to note that Srila Prabhupada first arrived at Boston harbor, a very significant site in revolutionary history.

As you may recall, the Boston Tea Party sparked the revolution, as it was the first revolt against the British. The colonist, dressed as Indians (so they couldn’t be identified), created havoc at the harbor, in protest of excessive British taxation.

It’s interesting that Srila Prabhupada first arrived at Boston Harbor about 200 years later, to spark a transcendental revolution.

This revolution was to be felt and heard around the wolrd (like the first shot of the american revolution), aimed at rejecting the heavy tax toll taken on the pure soul who identifies with matter. Prabhupada also had his soldier’s dress in devotional clothing, which externally appears to be “Indian” to wage the first battle. ;-)

Transcendental revolutionaires ki jaya!
Gaura Bhakta-Vrinda Ki Jaya!
Bhojadeva dasa

» Posted By Bhojadeva dasa On Sep 24, 2008 @ 6:03 am

My response regarding the design of the TVP

Dear Ambarisa Prabhu,

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada. Please accept my humble obeisances.

As common knowledge tells us, you cannot please all the people, all of the time.

Srila Prabhupada taught us that preaching is the essence. The grand TVP structure you have proposed, will definitely increase the preaching in Mayapura, and throughout the world.

Although the external form of the temple is certainly important, the internal purpose of the temple is to spiritually educate and inspire as many people as possible. This internal purpose holds a higher priority and surpasses any other relatively minor considerations, such as the degree of Indian-ness the external walls may display.

It’s simple enough, if your TVP project goes ahead, preaching is increased. If the present plans are not implemented, the TVP may not manifest for an indeterminate number of years or generations.

I believe Prabhupada would bless the starting of this project, immediately. The fact that it actually could start very soon, indicates a blessing in itself, compared to the alternative conception proposed by Tattvavit Prabhu, which at present has no verifiable means of manifesting at any given date in the future.

To axe your project which is already funded and well thought out, in favor a group of subjective opinion holders who have no approved alternative design, or any funding whatsoever in place, actually hurts our preaching mission.

Mayapura is already a tourist haven, as indicated by the fact that it’s not always easy to book a room, even in non-festival times.

To speculate that people won’t be interested to come to the TVP because it’s not Indian-looking enough, may not be very scientific, or objective.

Can anyone say with certainty that a fixed percentage of people, will or will not visit or appreciate the TVP experience, because of one type of architectural design or another? What can be said with certainty is that no one will benefit if the construction is delayed indefinitely.

As you mentioned, there are many huge Vedic style temples that we have seen in south India and other places, which are mostly empty, because there is very little preaching going on, if any. Preaching remains the essence, whether in a park or a palace.

I would hope your internal desire to make this offering to Srila Prabhupada will be implemented by the GBC and accepted with great appreciation from our Vaishnava community.

Your servant,
Bhojadeva dasa

» Posted By Bhojadeva dasa On Aug 28, 2008 @ 11:51 am

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