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The process of celibacy as given to us by Srila Prabhupada is rather simple

Please accept my humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
and all pure devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead!

Hare Krsna!

I have been studying all the helpful notes presented here. Getting absolute control of the potential for sex desire appears to be the goal.

Celibacy should be simple, but I’m afraid that some spiritual aspirants are up against some issues in today’s modern society.

This is not for those who are already married. But, Srila Prabhupada did dissuade male devotees from marrying a woman who was older. The recommendation was that the man should be at least five years older than the woman. The problem here could be the potential for some unnatural emotions regarding sexuality between the couple. Those who are already married like this may have to be careful about associating with each other so as not to be too much involved in sex that may be contrary to the principles of Vaisnavism. But, generally, it may be difficult for some couples to realize a natural control of their sexuality. Educational programs may help.

We may have some karma in the lower modes from previous lives. It is possible to attract the birth of a human being who has better karma through the Garbhadana Samskara. But, otherwise, there is a need for Krsna conscious programming that over-rides any bad karma from previous lives.

The norm in ancient Vedic culture is for the child of five to move into the house of the Gurukula. Good Krsna conscious programming early in life can help when the child becomes an adult. Adults have the inner child of childhood conditioning as well as the inner child of karma from previous lives. The adult that did not get very good Krsna conscious programming early in life, must now use Krsna conscious programming to over-ride any inclination to maha-maya in their adult life.

The majority of society today is supportive of illicit sex it seems. We must be strong enough not to be bewildered by this modern trend. At the same time we can now very easily access the “adult book store” through the internet. For some it is like an alcoholic having access to alcohol with a few clicks of the mouse.

Your servant in Krsna consciousness,
Citraketu dasa

DHARMA
yajnaya-dharma@yahoo.com

Comment Posted By Citraketu dasa On 20.06.2009 @ 23:20

A request for help in starting a new website "For Struggling Devotees"

Please accept my humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
and all pure devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead!

Even Lord Krsna has clearly indicated that lust is a primary obstacle on the path of Bhakti Yoga. Bhagavad Gita 3.37

We must surrender to a Guru and other advanced devotees as much as possible. In the extreme we should practically become a slave to our Guru. The guiding light in this regard is the ancient tradition of the absolute surrender the brahmacaris would demonstrate towards their Guru. But, we should at least surrender to the Guru in his Vani form as he may appear with the Vani of other pure devotees in the authorized Vaisnava Sastra.

See: (Brahmacarya in Krsna Consciousness -
Bhakti Vikas Swami; BIKC 11: Training)

In the beginning work is said to be the means. The idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Srila Prabhupada often said don’t be idle. Try to choose a career according to our Varna and Karmic inclinations. In a situation of employment try to choose work that is not too difficult on our Krsna consciousness and offer the results of our work to Krsna. If you have hopes of being a more full-time preacher, then work part-time and study to be a preacher or move into a Hare Krsna commune if you believe you are qualified. To accept a wife means having one or more children and offering reasonable shelter and living facilities for them. Therefore, we should approach someone for marriage with this in mind and with this promise as well as a vow.

The beginning of Sadhana-Bhakti in Bhakti Yoga is to remember Krsna somehow or other. Keep trying to find ways to remember Krsna.

“This verse is a quotation from the Padma Purana. There are many regulative principles in the sastras and directions given by the spiritual master. These regulative principles should act as servants of the basic principle-that is, one should always remember Krsna and never forget Him.” Madhya 22.113, Purport by Srila Prabhupada

Chanting the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra is recommended and considered the ideal method of always remembering Krsna.

harer nama harer nama
harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva
nasty eva gatir anyatha
[Cc. Adi 17.21]

If we are able to then study the Sastra using Vedabase software and other types of media. There are many helpful notes in the Sastra.

Your servant in Krsna consciousness,
Citraketu dasa

DHARMA
yajnaya-dharma@yahoo.com

Comment Posted By Citraketu dasa On 19.06.2009 @ 03:12

Please accept my humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
and all pure devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead!

Hare Krsna!

Thanks! I hope that I am not stepping outside the topic of this thread too much. There are just so many sastra passages that are helpful in regards to this topic. Perhaps sex problems could be discussed on this bulletin board. I have selected a few interesting passages below.

[The word anta-gatam means “finished.” One can engage in devotional service if one has finished with his sinful life. Who can finish with sinful life? Those who engage in pious activities. One must have activities, and if one engages in pious activities one’s sinful activities will naturally vanish. On one side, one should voluntarily try to break the pillars of sinful life, and on another side one must engage himself in pious life.]
TQK 13: The Vital Force of the Universe

“One should work hard and worship the Supreme Lord by the fruits of one’s hard labor for existence, and that should be the motto of life. One should be careful to execute occupational service with faith in God in the proper way, and that will lead one gradually on the progressive march back to Godhead.”
SB 1.2.27, Purport by Srila Prabhupada

I have come to believe there are three types of inner child. All sex desire must have to do with the inner child. The first inner child we encounter is that developed during our childhood. The second inner child is conditioning from previous lives. The third inner child is our immortal soul which is child of God. There is a need for counter-programming if we find ourselves prone to any kind of sinful activity.

With modern technology it may seem that we can enjoy so much illicit sex. But, one funny thing about illicit sex is that this so-called pleasure is available not just to animals, but to residents of so many different hellish conditions. With sexual gratification there may be hellish existences where the fear and pain are unbearable. With so many artificial amenities we are temporarily protected from these hellish existences.

Your servant in Krsna consciousness,

Citraketu dasa

DHARMA
yajnaya-dharma@yahoo.com

Comment Posted By Citraketu dasa On 17.06.2009 @ 03:43

Please accept my humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
and all pure devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead!

Thanks Prabhu!

I ran across this passage in the Teachings of Queen Kunti.

“If one takes to Krsna consciousness, in the beginning there will be many disturbances caused by Mäyä, the material energy of illusion. Mäyä will test us to see how firmly we are fixed in Krsna consciousness. Because she is also an agent of Krsna, she does not allow anyone the freedom to disturb Krsna. Therefore she tests very rigidly to see whether we have taken to Krsna consciousness to disturb Krsna or are actually serious. That is Maya’s business. So in the beginning there will be tests by Mäyä, and we shall feel so many disturbances while making progress in Krsna consciousness. But if we follow the rules and regulations and chant regularly as prescribed, then we shall remain steady. If we neglect these principles, Mäyä will capture us immediately. Mäyä is always ready. We are in the ocean, and at any moment we may be disturbed. Therefore one who is not disturbed at all is called paramahamsa.”
Teachings of Queen Kunti
TQK 3: The Most Intelligent Woman

We can think of so many ways of describing it, but either we turn to Krsna or we turn to Maya. We are only interested in Vaikuntha liberation and higher.

The Brahmacari books tend to suggest some very serious if not extreme standards. These books can be found on the Maha Vedabase. Most should get inspiration about controlling sex desire by studying these Brahmacari books even if they cannot surrender to a Hare Krsna commune for life.

But, the intelligence must be purified of any inclination to turn to maha-maya in any way. The intelligence must completely turn to Krsna. When our intelligence is turned to Krsna then our intelligence is actually intelligence.

“Therefore it is a rigid principle in every temple of our Krsna consciousness movement that there must be a daily class for hearing and chanting. Our movement is meant for training spiritual leaders, but without hearing and chanting it is impossible to become a leader.”
TQK 5: The Vision of Lotuses

This is the note that can get over-looked in Hare Krsna centers where there are so many services needed. The devotees need plenty of opportunity to drill on the scientific details offered in the Sastra.

Your servant in Krsna consciousness,
Citraketu dasa

DHARMA
yajnaya-dharma@yahoo.com

Comment Posted By Citraketu dasa On 15.06.2009 @ 18:14

Please accept my humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
and all pure devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead!

I believe that controlling all sex desire is a very serious concern deserving all kinds of focus. Some of our greatest leaders in ISKCON have encountered sex desire issues.

I’m afraid I have had to challenge this whole issue. I have started and have been maintaining some related free forums for a number of years. All these forums are censored and moderated for the protection of the subscribers. I can send you more information or perhaps the moderators will allow me to post web addresses regarding this program.

Apparently, at the root of the homosexuality issue is the control of sex desire. It is probably simply due to sex desire that the whole complex of issues regarding homosex has arisen. If we can completely understand and correct all sex desire problems then this should uproot all problems with homosexuality, illicit sex, and the issues of sex in marriage.

Ultimately, controlling all sex desire is one in Bhakti Yoga. And, we see that already Bhakti Yoga engagements have already been recommended. But, in today’s society we cannot take any chances. And, some are involved in engagements or employment that exposes them to temptations.

Of course, we would like to be engaged in Bhakti Yoga 100%. But, many people are still learning the Hare Krsna belief system or may have little or no knowledge of Krsna consciousness. What a lot of people have turned to over the centuries is hard work and prayer to overcome all sex desire. And, we basically see this in the Hare Krsna movement where hard work and prayer is required.

In Krsna consciousness there is feasting, but we know there can be ill side effects from feasting if we are not careful. Similarly, in Krsna consciousness there is a literal feast on transcendental philosophy, but there can be side effects from so much philosophy. In Krsna consciousness we can chant and dance unlimitedly, but will our minds remain free from all other notions and desires?

Perhaps we just need to be engrossed in all three of the above-mentioned items. We should only eat Krsna prasadam, drill on the philosophy of Krsna consciousness, and always chant and dance in ecstasy.

Your servant in Krsna consciousness,

Citraketu dasa

DHARMA
yajnaya-dharma@yahoo.com

Comment Posted By Citraketu dasa On 14.06.2009 @ 11:02

David Carradine

Please accept my humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
and all pure devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead!

As a teenager I was initially moved by the “Kung Fu” TV show. I was naive to historical notes and whatever private problems Mr. Carradine may have had. I ran across a couple of movies by Mr. Carradine that were kind of raunchy. The death race movie was particularly bad at least in that it suggested too much violence.

Perhaps he did not fully understand the Krsna Conscious Yoga methods on how to control Kama, Krodha, and Lobha. Was he confused in some other way?

Otherwise, we desire the mercy of the Lord upon his soul that he will get better opportunity for spiritual advancement in Krsna consciousness.

Your servant in Krsna consciousness,

Citraketu dasa

DHARMA
yajnaya-dharma@yahoo.com

Comment Posted By Citraketu dasa On 09.06.2009 @ 02:39

In need of sincere help to run food for life program and FOLK program

Please accept my humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
and all pure devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead!

I visited San Francisco about 15 years ago and we had Harinama around old Haight-Ashbury. I sensed a need for preaching in that area like the old days.

Yes, this is very nice that you are trying to develop a preaching center. I wish that I was more qualified to help you. I am presently tied down for different reasons. And, the devotees in New Orleans apparently need my help sometimes.

Of course, there is the old way, the ancient way, and that is Hari Nama collecting some donations and inviting people to participate in the programs at the preaching centers. Then, there is dealing with issues of Varnasrama for those who are not ready for full time preaching.

When Srila Prabhupada opened up the new “Matchless Gifts” he simply led Hari Nama and educational programs. He apparently instructed and mentored people day and night. More and more people got convinced. Similarly, perhaps the full-time preachers could also give instruction and guidance day and night.

Your servant in Krsna consciousness,

Citraketu dasa
yajnaya-dharma@yahoo.com

Comment Posted By Citraketu dasa On 02.06.2009 @ 08:46

Urban farming and self-sufficiency

Please accept my humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
and all pure devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead!

I believe Urban Gardening and Farming is a great idea. Here in New Orleans the devotees from New Orleans ISKCON try to grow some things in what little ground space they have around the Temple at 2936 Esplanade in New Orleans. They also commute to the New Talavan Farm in Mississippi to manage a small piece of ground set aside specifically for New Orleans ISKCON. But, the land in Mississippi will need constant maintenance. They are short-handed and lacking funds in this regard. There is a great need for development at the New Talavan Farm and so it is difficult to consider another alternative. Another alternative would be to purchase suburban land closer to the New Orleans Temple for growing flowers and vegetables. Otherwise, it would seem up to the individual to decide how much they can afford regarding gardening and farming. Isn’t home-grown food a better offering at the feet of Lord Krsna?

Society is putting so much pressure on devotees to surrender to the system. The system today is still predominantly punching a clock and a 40 hour work week. The more money we need the more we are faced with having to accept 40 hour work week and even employment that more or less involves the prohibited activities. This is difficult for young people who may be trying to raise a family. But, it may be possible to own some inexpensive property even near urban areas and hold a part-time job to take care of living expenses. Otherwise, there is simply collecting some donations during Hari Nama to possibly pay the bills.

Your servant in Krsna consciousness,

Citraketu dasa
in New Orleans

yajnaya-dharma@yahoo.com

Comment Posted By Citraketu dasa On 27.05.2009 @ 20:16

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The whole idea of agricultural self-sufficiency is nonprofit in nature. Of course, some kind of marketing program could come out of agrarian self-sufficiency just as the Amish sell their products. But, there are many concerns in making agrarian self-sufficiency happen. In the beginning devotees may not be prepared to live without any and all machinery and artificial amenities. This is going on at New Talavan. They live with certain austerities and inconveniences, but they do turn to machines and artificial amenities. But, we would need a plan of advancement to more and more freedom from machines and artificial amenities in agricultural self-sufficiency.

Of course, Srila Prabhupada was trying all kinds of ways to have everyone fully engaged in Sadhana Bhakti. We have to find some way to maintain basic concerns for the body, the family, country and the world and still keep up with at least minimum standards in Sadhana Bhakti. Those who are spiritually advanced may try to make their career more specifically concerns for full time Sadhana Bhakti.

In conclusion of this message, we need to work out our ideology with ourselves, within ISKCON, and for the whole world. Then, there should be motivation, inspiration, and greater potential for successful plans.

Your servant in Krsna consciousness,

Citraketu dasa

yajnaya-dharma@yahoo.com

Comment Posted By Citraketu dasa On 26.03.2009 @ 12:53

Hare Krsna!
Thanks!

The four legs of Dharma are godly virtues such as self-control, education, mercy, and charity. Apparently, the foundation of Dharma regards all godly virtues. We see so many godly virtues mentioned in the authorized Vaisnava teachings. The twenty-six qualities of a devotee is suggesting godly virtues. Just mentioning the Gita there is Bhagavad-Gita 13.8-12.

Therefore, these godly virtues are sought, developed and maintained throughout our understanding of both Varna and Asrama. Varna is regarding career or employment. Choice of career begins as early as possible. Educated parents carefully ascertain the exact birth time of their child and then an accurate Natal Astrological chart is helpful to get some idea of a child’s inclinations regarding employment. A child could also be tested regularly, at least every year, to discern their potential, aptitude, and inclinations regarding employment and career. If all goes well a young person is convinced about their career before turning eighteen years of age.

Those who did not get too much of the methods mentioned above may have trouble deciding on a career, their Varna. They may have potential that won’t come out without special training and testing programs. It would probably help for people like this to research at libraries and get help from colleges to make a better discernment regarding their Varna or career.

The other issue in this regard is discerning a devotees Varna while living in a ISKCON Hare Krsna commune. Apparently, the management of an ISKCON commune should make every effort to give all necessary direction to devotees surrendered to an ISKCON commune.

We can choose a for-profit career or a nonprofit career. A nonprofit career does not have to be completely within the ISKCON center confines. However, there is much about an ISKCON commune that is normally nonprofit in nature. If a devotee wants to become more and more advanced as a preacher then that is more or less a brahminical path. But, those who choose this path of preaching must understand austerities they will have to endure.

The whole idea of agricultural self-sufficiency is nonprofit in nature. Of course, some kind of marketing program could come out of agrarian self-sufficiency just as the Amish sell their products. But, there are many concerns in making agrarian self-sufficiency happen. In the beginning devotees may not be prepared to live without any and all machinery…

Comment Posted By Citraketu dasa On 26.03.2009 @ 12:52


 


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