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Double-voice amplification kirtans in Iskcon Mayapur

“Alienating” people? I doubt that very much. I’m with Akruranatha prabhu: a far, far more important issue is the volume. So what, there are two mikes—-personally I think it’s wonderful and festive, but it should be restricted to Gaura-arati, where it has always happened. But the real problem is the volume.

Comment Posted By Braja Sevaki On 01.05.2011 @ 23:42

Editorial Comment about the GBC paper titled “The Last Conversation”

Thank you for FINALLY pointing out the errant use of the word “senior” in relation to Narayan Maharaja. While he may be older in years, he is the same generation as all Prabhupada’s disciples: they are, in fact, peers.

Comment Posted By Braja Sevaki On 11.06.2010 @ 23:55

VISHNU at the Thailand Airport

Akruranath prabhu wrote:

> I was very impressed by this large diorama. It must be in Bangkok (I do not know any other large Thai
> airport).

It’s in Bangkok’s new airport, Suvarnabhumi. There is a lot of evidence of Vedic culture in their tradition, and in fact their king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, (who is also referred to as “Maharaja”) is known as Rama IX. His name and titles are all derivates of Sanskrit words, and in fact Wikipedia gives the following translation breakdown, which I found interesting:

# Phra (”sacred,” cognate of the Indian word vara, “excellent”)
# Bat (”foot,” from Sanskrit pāda, English “foot”)
# Somdet (”lord, excellency”)
# Phra (”sacred,” cognate of the Indian word “vara”, “excellent”)
# Poraminthara (”the great,” from Sanskrit parama+indra)
# Maha (”great,” from Sanskrit, “maha”)
# Bhumibol (”Strength of the Land,” from Sanskrit bhumi+bala, “bhumi” means land and “bol” means strength)
# Adulyadej (”Incomparable power,” from Sanskrit atulya+teja, “adulya” means incomparable and “dej” means power)

Besides this, there are murtis all over Bangkok of the Lord and demigods: murtis of Visnu, Brahma, and Siva, Visnu on Garuda, Ganesa, and even Umadevi. Although they’re in public places like the front of malls and 5 star hotels, they’re not just colorful cultural additions or beautiful “statues:” people actually come and worship them. But the most popular is Lord Brahma. On one of the longest main streets in Bangkok, Sukhumvit Road, there is a beautiful golden deity of a 4-headed Lord Brahma on one corner of a large intersection. Every evening thousands of people come and worship him, offering him flowers and fruit, and praying to him. There are traditional Thai dancers also who perform nightly for Brahma: it’s a real spectacle to see.

Comment Posted By Braja Sevaki On 14.09.2008 @ 15:35

ccd wrote:

> There is a notion that Prabhupada wanted a western style, dome planetarium. However there is no record of > this.

I’m sorry to have to say this, but this comment is, to be blunt, daft. Surely you can’t be serious? If so, where have you been!

Comment Posted By Braja Sevaki On 14.09.2008 @ 15:05

Changing the Design of the TVP: Reply to Ambarisa

It’s refreshing to see intelligence prevail in the common sense and realistic comparisons offered by Sikhi Mahiti prabhu and Syamasundara prabhu. These aren’t “opinions,” but down-to-earth and tangible realities. Thank you both for your postings.

Your servant
Braja Sevaki dd

Comment Posted By Braja Sevaki On 10.09.2008 @ 03:49

My response regarding the design of the TVP

Rasasthali: While the TVP is the name of this construction, I believe the actual design is three “separate” inner sections in the temple: one the Planetarium, one the main deity chamber, and one Nrsimhadeva’s altar.

While you may not be ready to present the final Planetarium to the world, I hardly think it’s a reason to stop the entire project. Construction–when it ever finally gets off the ground–will take 6-10 yrs, realistically, and after that, I understand the work inside will be ongoing.

And what greater inspiration for you all than actually seeing the building going up….

Your servant
Braja Sevaki dd

Comment Posted By Braja Sevaki On 29.08.2008 @ 23:52

Samba, I find your comments perhaps a little in the category of “lip service.” I recall trying to discuss a planning issue with you here in Mayapur, and got nothing but a brush-off. The feeling I was left with was that it didn’t concern me, I wasn’t on the Mayapur Masterplan (whatever that is), and so what I thought didn’t count — despite having worked with the SMPDC for some years, despite knowing Ambarisa’s plans and mood quite well, despite living in Mayapur, and despite so many other factors that might give me the right to say I know a little of what I’m speaking.

And I will say to you what I said to Tattvavit pr: unless someone has spent some years here, worked with the Mayapur Project, is privy to “what Srila Prabhuapda” said moreso than those involved, or has experience in design/architecture or any other such field, then their opinion is merely an opinion. If you want to support a democratic process, then please show me anywhere that Srila Prabhupada said this was an option. Please. Anyone. Anywhere. I’m waiting.

Your servant
Braja Sevaki dd

Comment Posted By Braja Sevaki On 29.08.2008 @ 05:43

PS: And a simultaneous standing ovation and full dandavats to Pusta Krishna prabhu….thank you for a most essential reminder.

Your servant
Braja Sevaki dd

Comment Posted By Braja Sevaki On 28.08.2008 @ 14:14

Tattvavit Prabhu:

This is not a democracy. Neither you nor your team of nay-sayers have a jot of experience or history with the TVP project, but have waltzed into the arena at the 11th hour bandying your opinions around—and let’s call a spade a spade: they are opinions and nothing more.

I know you are a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and have done many years of wonderful service to his mission: but not a single hour of it in this area. I doubt very much that Srila Prabhupada would even entertain your opinions on this matter. In fact, I would be inclined to think he’d say something along the lines of “Mind your own business.” From what I’ve seen of Srila Prabhupada’s written histories, purports, and spoken word, he had a trusted team of people he relied on for advice, direction, and input. He didn’t leave the most important decisions in this movement to some mundane “poll” started by people who have no history or experience with the Project.

Perhaps you might consider how to be a useful tool in the execution of Srila Prabhupada’s desire to see this Temple built, rather than yet another obstacle.

All of these things, of course, are merely my opinion….everyone has one, right? :)

your ever-humble servant :)
Braja Sevaki dd in Mayapur and yes, many of us want the temple built so Deena Bandhu is way wrong :)

Comment Posted By Braja Sevaki On 27.08.2008 @ 15:25

Latest 3D Animation Model of the Vedic Planetarium Temple

Yasomati-nandana(?): One is Vivekananda. Another is Gandhi.
Prabhupada: They have spoiled India’s culture. All these… Rabindranath Tagore. All misleaders. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the real leader, and Krishna.

Comment Posted By Braja Sevaki On 05.04.2008 @ 02:24


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