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Puri priests up in arms against ISKCON

The email address for the Gajapati of Puri gajapati@dte.vsnl.net.in was returned as undeliverable. Reason: No response from server

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Nov 17, 2008 @ 1:11 am

gajapati@dte.vsnl.net.in
November 14, 2008

Dear Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb,

My respects to you. Jaya Jagannatha!

My name is Danavir Goswami, a member of ISKCON and disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

You may recall that a few years ago I organized the tour of Druze leaders that journeyed from Israel to Jagannatha Puri to meet you. They enjoyed their visit very much.

I have heard that under your jurisdiction an effigy of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was recently burned by those claiming to be followers of Lord Jagannatha. I find it almost unbelievable.

Millions of persons around the world, such as myself, had never heard of Lord Jagannatha before Srila Prabhupada and his ISKCON movement brought the Rathayatra Chariot festivals to our cities. Now we worship Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra with great devotion and love.

Srila Prabhupada was a great devotee of Lord Jagannatha in modern history—how then could such a saintly person’s image be defamed in Puri itself?

I do not suspect that you were a party to the effigy burning, however since this great atrocity has taken place under your supervision, I urge you to use your powers to the fullest extent to punish those who are responsible for the act. The world awaits your decision and action so that this heinous act is rectified.

May Lord Jagannatha guide you and empower you to take the correct action in this matter. I will be very thankful to hear it and see it so that such a demoniac action is never performed again in Jagannatha Puri.

Wishing you well,

Danavir Goswami
(Rupanuga Vedic College Inaugural President)

Rupanuga Vedic College/Polestar
5201 Paseo, Kansas City, Missouri 64110
Tel: (407)413-9406, Fax: (816) 924-5640, Mob: (407) 407-575-7187
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» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Nov 15, 2008 @ 4:23 am

Preacher’s concession

In response to Comment #9: Yes, we have begun arranging for the translation work of the cantos not translated by Kusakratha Prabhu. Thank you.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Oct 24, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

“I think the word ‘allusive’ in the text should be changed to ‘elusive’. ”

Correction noted with much thanks.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Oct 16, 2008 @ 2:56 am

• “The confidential science of pure devotional service is taught explicitly only in a few Vedic scriptures little known to the public. Amongst these rare texts are the Gopala-tapani Upanisad, the Narada-pancaratra, the Garga-samhita, the Visnu Purana, the Hari-vamsa Upapurana, the Uttara-khanda of the Padma Purana, and the Bhagavata Maha-purana.”

— (Srila Sanatana Gosvami’s Dig-darsini Commentary
on Brhad-bhagavatamrta: 1.1. 21-23)

• “Mayapura is the Lord’s yogamaya potency. It is filled with ever-increasing bliss. In the Garga-samhita it is described as ‘the destroyer of sins.’”

maya mayapuri saksat
sarvananda-vivardhini
sri-garga-samhitayam sa
kirtita papa-nasini

—(Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chapter 3; Text 19 by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura)

• “Parvati said, ‘O lord Siva, Please describe to me the most wonderful character and confidential activities of the One on whom you meditate and adore with great devotion. Previously I heard from your mouth the thousand names of Lord Krsna, now please tell me His story.’
Siva (Mahadeva) replied, ‘O Goddess who provides welfare to all, the life story of Lord Krsna has been included in the Garga-samhita.’”

—(Garga-samhita Mahatmya, taken from Sammohana-tantra)

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Oct 14, 2008 @ 8:04 am

Good Science, Bad Science – A response to Rupanuga prabhu’s paper

In the beginning of the article it was forcefully established that BBT editorial changes carried out during Srila Prabhupada’s presence on earth were, in principle, authorized. Later in the article, Hayagriva dasa’s editorial work was strongly censured although he was a BBT editor during Srila Prabhupada’s presence on earth.

The article states:

“‘Nor having once been does he ever cease to be” says that the soul comes into being at a certain point and then it is eternally existing.”

Some persons may understand it in that way but others understand, “Nor having once been does he ever cease to be” to mean “nor existing does he ever cease to be.”

The article states,

“I wonder if Rupanuga prabhu, given his sustained isolation from the main stream of devotees, has submitted his treatise to such peer review.”

Rupanuga Prabhu’s analysis may be receiving its peer review here in the columns of the in-house family news site Dandavats.

The article states,

“Srila Prabhupada instructed his editors to present his books so that they are recognized as definitive.”

One important dictionary definition of “definitive” is, “Supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement.” In that sense, any editorial changes made after an author’s demise could lessen a book’s definitiveness.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Oct 12, 2008 @ 4:20 am

There’s More Than One Kurma dasa

Kurma dasa Prabhu has nicely expressed his desire to be known as a faithful ISKCON devotee. There is merit in this, he is not boasting but just distinguishing.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Sep 22, 2008 @ 3:09 am

Brighton Rath Yatra 2008 – Does it get better than this?

No, with HH Mahavisnu Swami on accordian and HG Kripamoya Prabhu singing while playing mrdanga surrounded by a group of blissful devotees, all under the transcendental gaze of Lord Jagannatha, Subhadra and Baladeva…it does not get much better than this.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Sep 22, 2008 @ 2:42 am

Nrsimha Devi Passes Away

Nrsimha devi dasi expressed her great devotion for Srila Prabhupada by maintaining his home in Vrndavana for years. She was grave and did not speak whimsically as far as I could see. The only interaction I had with her other than in Srila Prabhupada’s house took place on the morning when HH Tamal Krishna Goswami was involved in a car accident while departing from Mayapur to Kolkata. We both rode in a big bus along with other devotees. Upon entering the hospital room we saw Tamal Krishna Maharaja’s body lying white and motionless on the bed. She burst out in tears and ran to him placing her head on his feet—-sobbing for a long time.
It seemed to me that Nrsimha devi had no attachments to the material world and that her heart was drawn to join her spiritual masters with their Lords in the spiritual world.
All glories to her example of steady devotional service and detachment from matter.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Jul 15, 2008 @ 3:11 pm

Mahabharata – A Work-In-Progress

Fascinating presentation! Please continue with your very important service.

“The idea of theater, based on Bhagavatam topics is also a very good way to introduce the philosophy to the people in general.” (Letter from Srila Prabhupada to Danavir: — Bhuvanesvara 26 January, 1977)

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Dec 26, 2007 @ 9:09 am

Protecting Our Future

In reply to comment #19: When he was a householder, Srila Prabhupada desired that his wife take initiation from his Guru Maharaja and his sister, Bhavatarini, did take initiation from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura.
The prinicple of the husband acting as the spiritual master for the wife is desirable yet it does not mean he must be the initiating spiritual master. Rather, the qualified husband should be seen as an instructing spiritual master for his wife. Srila Prabhupada indicates this in a letter as follows:

“Married life is serious business. If you have taken wife, you must be completely responsible for her throughout your life. She shall always serve and obey you without fail, and you shall instruct her in Krishna Consciousness and act as her spiritual master. Otherwise, without husband, women have great difficulty to make spiritual advancement.” (Dec. 17, 1972)

We can understand that the husband is supposed to act as the direct assistant to the spiritual master in guiding the wife in Krishna consciousness. As mentioned in Comment #21 above, we would do well to follow Srila Prabhupada’s example, by encouraging women (both married and unmarried) to take Vaisnava initiation within ISKCON.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Dec 23, 2007 @ 12:18 am

DAIRY KRISHNA

Clarification: At the end of the paper, in the last section titled “Boycotting Dairy Products:” point number 2 reads:

” Disregards God’s and nature’s arrangement of cooperation between humans and animals as pronounced in the Vedas, the Bible and the Koran, etc.”

Before I submitted the paper, I removed the words: “the Bible and the Koran, etc.” for the reason that modern day advocates of the Bible and Koran support cow slaughter. Somehow that change was not registered in the version sent to Dandavats.

The original reason the words were included in the paper were to express that in both the Bible and the Koran the relationship between man and animal was one of cooperation based on the understanding that man had the right and duty to engage animals in a fair and caring manner.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Nov 14, 2007 @ 4:00 am

Govardhana’s Sinking

Another reason why Govardhana’s height diminished is described by Srila Sanatana Gosvami in his Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta 1.6.121:

tatratya-yamuna svalpa-
jala suskeva sajani
govardhano ‘bhun nico ‘sau
svah-prapto yo dhrtas tvaya

In Vraja the river Yamuna has turned so dry she has hardly any water. And Govardhana, who when You held him up touched heaven, has now become short.

Srila Sanatana Gosvami’s coomentary: When Krsna left for Mathura, Govardhana began sinking into the earth out of disappointment, and hunks of its peaks fell off and tumbled down its sides.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Nov 16, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

4 NEW BOOKS ON COSMOLOGY

In reply to #5: For the layman, I might suggest first to read Commentaries, then Puranic Cosmology, then Bhugola Tattva and then Surya Siddhanta.

For a mathematician or astronomer, it might begin with Surya Siddhanta.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Nov 19, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

In reply to comment #2: The Vedic Cosmos DVD does and does not contain the same information in the new cosmology books. It does in the sense that the essential aspects from the books are captured and correlated together in an easier to understand systematic presentation on the DVD.

The 52 minute DVD does not and could not include all the details found in the 2700 pages comprising the four new books. The new books represent the major resource material supplimenting that already given by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in his writings and talks.

I would say that for those with a moderate interest in the subject of Vedic cosmology, the DVD would be satisfactory. And for those whose interest is avid, the books would be most welcome.

Respectfully submitted,
Danavir Goswami

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Oct 26, 2007 @ 3:07 am

A prayer for Nirguna das, ACBSP

Dear Nirguna Prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
It seems that Krsna is taking you into His merciful lotus arms and all we can do is watch with appreciation at the reciprocation between the servant and the master. You have selflessly served Him and He has not forsaken you. He personally comes as the swift deliverer for His pure devotees. If it is your time to depart, it will be perfect because you did not create any enemies but rather distributed hundreds of thousands of Srila Prabhuapda’s books.
I apologize for any offenses I may have committed to you and pray that everything auspicious comes to you during these difficult days. Thank you for setting such a wonderful example for all ISKCON devotees to follow.
Hare Krishna.
Your servant,
Danavir Goswami

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Sep 23, 2007 @ 5:49 am

Nando Reis with devotees – DirecTV Music Hall

All Glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga!

Dear devotees of Brazil,

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

I have just watched the video of the devotees chanting with Nando Reis and the crowd’s overwhelming response. It is miraculous. The potency of the holy names and the devotees’ sincerity combined with the famous musician has created a tidal wave of bliss. It is so inspiring. Please continue to flood the world with this wonderful chanting. All glories to the sankirtana devotees in Brazil!

Hoping this finds you in the best of health.
Your servant,
Danavir Goswami

PS. Allow me to share a purport I have written today: The verse is from Sri Garga Samhita, Second Canto, Chapter 9 (translated by HG Kusakratha Prabhu) entitled Brahma’s Prayers. It takes place after Brahma stole the calves and cowherd boys and Krishna expanded Himself to replace them—Brahma is speaking.

Text 13

vaktais caturbhis tv aham eva devah
sri-pancavaktrah kila panca-vaktraih
sahasrasirsas tu sahasra-vaktrair
yam stauti sevam kurute ca tasya

vaktaih-with mouths; caturbhih-four; tv-indeed; aham-I; eva-indeed; devah-the lord; sri-pancavaktrah-Siva; kila-indeed; panca-with five; vaktraih-mouths; sahasrasirsah-Ananta; tu-indeed; sahasra-with a thousand; vaktraih-mouths; yam-whom; stauti-praise; sevam-service; kurute-do; ca-and; tasya-of Him.

TRANSLATION

Ananta praises Him [Krishna] with a thousand mouths, Siva with five mouths and I with four mouths. We serve Lord Hari.

PURPORT

There are songs chanted occasionally by Vaisnavas as follows:

Brahma bole catur-mukhe
Krsna krsna hare hare

Mahadeva panca-mukhe
Rama rama hare hare

Or another version by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in his work “Sri Nama, Song 7, verse 3″ reads:

e nam siva jape panca-mukhe re
(madhur e harinam)
e nam brahma jape catur-mukhe re
(madhur e harinam)

The meaning of both songs is the same:

Lord Brahma chants the maha mantra, Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare with his four mouths and Lord Siva chants the maha mantra with his five mouths. They find these names of God so sweet that they are never satiated. Brahma is famous as having four heads, one for each direction and Lord Siva sometimes exhibits five heads.
There is an expression used several times in the famous biographical epic called Sri Caitanya Caritamrta which refers to “speaking as if one has five mouths.”

haridasera guna sabe kahe panca-mukhe

Everyone there began to speak of Haridasa Thakura’s great qualities as if they had mouths. (Antya 3.175)

dui sloka kahi’ prabhura haila maha-sukha
nija-bhaktera guna kahe hana panca-mukha

When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu recited the two important verses, He felt great pleasure; thus, as if He had five mouths, He began to praise His devotee. (Antya 1.105)

Ananta sesa is the expansion of Sankarsana in the form of a divine naga snake with one thousand hoods and each mouth glorifies Lord Krsna constantly. Chanting the Lord holy names is so relishable that even if one has a thousand tongues, he will find it ever increasingly enjoyable.

In a a seven-act play called Vidagdha-madhava (1.15), Srila Rupa Gosvami writes:

tunde tandavini ratim vitanute tundavali-labdhaye
karna-kroda-kadambini ghatayate karnarbudebhyah sprham
cetah-prangana-sangini vijayate sarvendriyanam krtim
no jane janita kiyadbhir amrtaih krsneti varna-dvayi

“I do not know how much nectar the two syllables ‘Krs-na’ have produced. When the holy name of Krsna is chanted, it appears to dance within the mouth. We then desire many, many mouths. When that name enters the holes of the ears, we desire many millions of ears. And when the holy name dances in the courtyard of the heart, it conquers the activities of the mind, and therefore all the senses become inert.”

Anyone who tries the chanting of Hare Krsna will experience its transcendentally pleasing effect, even today. To prove this, I would like to tell the readers of a video I viewed last night that showed Hare Krsna devotees chanting with a famous musician onstage a very large, fully-attended music hall in Brazil. The audience was comprised of ordinary persons who were not devotees of Krsna yet they became so ecstatic as the chanting progressed that the the entire hall erupted in a unison of singing, dancing, roaring and clapping which was scarcely conceivable.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Sep 20, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

Let’s Dance in France and Go into Trance

Regarding the acquisition of a new temple for Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Paris-isvara in Paris… this is some of the best news for our movement and for the souls of Paris we have heard in a long time. It is a cause to rejoice and appreciate the wonderful cooperative effort that went into such an impressive accomplishment. All glories to Their merciful Lordships and to Srila Prabhupada!

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Sep 10, 2007 @ 2:48 am

A brief overview of the history of the process of initiation in ISKCON.

Regarding comment #6: If the theory of “facilitator guru,” is correct, one must wonder why Srila Prabhupada failed to mention such a thing—ever. Instead, near the end of his presence, he reiterated what he had stated many times prior, i.e. that his qualified disciples would become “regular gurus” upon his departure from this world.

“When I order, ‘You become guru,’ he becomes regular guru. That’s all. He becomes disciple of my disciple. That’s it.” (GBC Meets with Srila Prabhupada—May 28, 1977, Vrndavana)

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Sep 10, 2007 @ 3:06 am

Front line preaching

August 19, 2007
All Glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga!

Dear Maharaja, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila
Prabhupada.
Yes I am doing better. Thank you for the prayers and please pray that I
can give others this great gift of KC.
your servant
Partha-sarathi dasa

(This is in response to comment #1)

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Aug 19, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

All Glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga!

Dear Partha Sarathi Prabhu,

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

I heard that you were shot recently.

We are praying for your quick and full recovery.

Your servant,
Danavir Goswami

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Aug 15, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

THE PASSING OF CAITANYANANDA DASA of FINLAND

This was a young Finnish man with great material opportunities ahead of him, but he sacrificed everything and threw himself totally into Krishna consciousness. He was so exuberant and grave in rendering his extraordinary services. He didn’t waste a second. Even though he departed this world still in his twenties or early thirties, he was mature, exemplary and never looked back. It was a privilege and pleasure to know such a sincere devotee. The benediction, muni putra ma jiva (oh brahmacari, don’t live) is appropriate here. Krishna took him back early and saved him so much trouble. All glories to the wonderful devotee Caitanyananda dasa Prabhu! All glories to Srila Prabhupada’s glorious follower!

From his servant and admirer,
Danavir Goswami

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Aug 9, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

Los Angeles Harinam

New Dvaraka (Los Angeles temple) has been a vanguard of Krishna consciousness in North America for nearly four decades. In New Dvaraka, there is no debate whether book distribution is more important or deity worship is more important or Rathayatra is more important——for the New Dvarakans, all these services are executed with the same extraordinary devotion and expertise. I don’t think we can thank New Dvaraka enough for standing firm and flying Srila Prabhupada’s flag of victory.
Gaudiya Vaisnavism enthusiastically spreads harinama all over the world making it special among all spiritual groups. As far as the immediate article and photos of the regular harinama in Los Angeles, it is another very positive and blissful service that New Dvaraka renders. My respectful obeisances to the harinama parties and since we are speaking of harinama, we cannot forget our foremost American public harinama kirtaniya, His Grace Siddhavidya Prabhu, who has been charming the souls of Miami on harinama every day for eons.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Jul 26, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

Concerns Raised over the production of Ghee

Regarding the belief that modern milk contains fish oil, here is some information I personally gathered nine years ago. Footnotes are supplied with references below.

I spoke with Mr. Paul Freeman of the Freeman Company, considered one of America’s leading authorities. He states that American dairies began using fish liver oil (two parts per million) in the early 1930’s to replace vitamin D3 which was stripped away during milk separation. At that time, fish oil was the only source of vitamin D3 available and it was used widely in commercial liquid milk. After World War II, a cheaper source of vitamin D3 was discovered which began to replace the more expensive and fishy tasting fish oil vitamin D3.(1) By the late 1950’s, fish oil vitamin D3 had, by and large, perished in commercial dairies across the country. (2)
Today less than one per cent of America’s milk uses vitamin D3 obtained from fish oil d this is only to be found in specially-labeled “organic” or so-called “natural” vitamin D milk sold in health food stores (primarily in Vermont).(3) Mr. Freeman explains that there is only one company in America which produces vitamin D3 from fish oil, Garelik Farms located in Massachusetts, however it is quite possible that they have discontinued by this writing since it is no longer lucrative economically. (4)
Commercial liquid vitamin D3 milk that everyone purchases in the United States does not contain fish oil, nor did it during Srila Prabhupada’s stay with us.

(1). This statement was confirmed by a highly-regarded specialist, Lauraine Rosenberry, formerly working at Cornell University.
(2).Vitamin D3 from fish oil has been replaced in practically all United States dairies. I confirmed this information with three leading persons at Cornell University, as well as with Mr. Freeman, and Mr. Borgschulte at Givadaun-Roure Company. Givadaun-Roure is America’s largest distributor of vitamin D3 to the dairy industry. Further I contacted several large national dairies such as Land-O-Sun Dairies, Highland Dairy, Kroger, Suiza and Dean who confirmed that they use the vitamin D3 supplied by Givadaun-Roure. The vitamin D3 now used in liquid milk is an extract from wool and involves no violence.
(3). I gathered this information through direct telephone conversations with the chief persons at Cornell University’s Milk Quality Program. Note: Cornell University is the milk industry’s authority on such matters.
(4). A few people within the health food business feel that the vitamin D3 obtained without fish oil may not have fully synthesized all the isomers, therefore they prefer the fish oil vitamin D3 to be more complete or “natural.”

To see the entire article I wrote on the subject, entitled “Miracle Food” please go to:
http://www.iskcon-network.com/blog/_archives/2007/7/30/3129731.html

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Jul 31, 2007 @ 9:35 am

IS COMPETITIVE SANKIRTANA GOOD FOR US?

Here is a nice piece which captures the importance of reporting the book distribution scores for Srila Prabhupada’s pleasure and approval:

“Every day we were in a different town; sometimes in Wales or Scotland, and quite often we’d load up the van so we couldn’t fit anything more in and catch the ferry from Liverpool over to Ireland. Our first few days in Ireland would involve sleeping with heads one inch from the ceiling! Our inspiration was that somewhere in the world Srila Prabhupada was translating the Bhagavatam, and we were helping him to distribute the books he’d translated. Not only that, but we also knew that he would be given reports of our book sales and make satisfied remarks on our endeavours. The thought that we were pleasing him kept us going through all weathers. He had already written to express his pleasure at our service and we wanted to make him even more pleased. From time to time he would come to England and we got the chance to assemble before him and to hear from him how important it was to distribute his books.” (From Van Ashram: ‘Vaikuntha on Wheels’ by Kripamoya dasa Adhikari,/ACBSP)

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Aug 24, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

Reply by Danavir Goswami:

With reference to comment #8, probably most of us have also made the mistake of trying to get too much money or too much surrender from persons on sankirtan, even if they were not VIP’s. Mostly however, it should be attributed to our immaturity and not to the fault of transcendental competition. If someone mistakenly misidentifies the activity as being a chance for fruitive reward, Krsna will gently slap some sense into the devotee.

Transcendental competition is, as the name states, transcendental. If it is made into material competition then it cannot be transcendental. It reminds me of the interview where Srila Prabhupada was asked about “bad gurus.” Srila Prabhupada replied, in essence, that no one can be a guru and be bad at the same time because a guru is good by definition. I appreciate the concern for devotees who might become discouraged if they do not have high scores and do not become overtly recognized. But that problem simply requires the correct counsel of an experienced devotee who understands the actual meaning of “transcendental,” namely that the act of attempting to distribute transcendental literature should be executed for Krsna’s pleasure without attachment to the results. In my opinion, transcendental competition in the field of transcendental literature distribution, as inaugurated by His Divine Grace, should continue, for a number of reasons.

A) Firstly, because Srila Prabhupada established it as an institution of its own within ISKCON, if you will, and gave elaborate explanations supporting its validity. Aside from the philosophical justifications, just the following sentence from a letter is enough to convince me of the importance of sankirtan newsletters forever: “The sales figures, this is the only solace in my life. When I hear that my books are selling nicely, I become energetic like a young man.”

B) Transcendental competition helps to generate enthusiasm for selling books, an activity which pleased Srila Prabhupada immensely. More literature goes out, more funds come in, then more books are produced, ISKCON projects are supported locally and internationally, devotees make advancement by the endeavor, the public gets more chance to learn about Krsna, some readers become devotees and distribute more literature etc. It is a wonderful cycle.

C) Most of us are not on the advanced platform of spiritual realization which functions through spontaneous attraction to Krsna. We are motivated by intelligence, duty, proper guidance, encouragement, social influences and the opportunity to please the spiritual master.

The example used in the article about Hanuman and the spider supports transcendental competition because Lord Rama recognized both devotees’ efforts as equal in quality (they both tried their best) yet different in quantity (Hanuman had greater capacity). In Krsna consciousness, whether they distribute large amounts of literature or small amounts, all participants triumph and when those sales figures are presented to Srila Prabhupada, the victory becomes complete.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Jul 17, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

With reference to comment #8, probably most of us have also made the mistake of trying to get too much money or too much surrender from persons on sankirtan, even if they were not VIP’s. Mostly however, it should be attributed to our immaturity and not to the fault of transcendental competition. If someone mistakenly misidentifies the activity as being a chance for fruitive reward, Krsna will gently slap some sense into the devotee.
Transcendental competition is, as the name states, transcendental. If it is made into material competition then it cannot be transcendental. It reminds me of the interview where Srila Prabhupada was asked about “bad gurus.” Srila Prabhupada replied, in essence, that no one can be a guru and be bad at the same time because a guru is good by definition.
I appreciate the concern for devotees who might become discouraged if they do not have high scores and do not become overtly recognized. But that problem simply requires the correct counsel of an experienced devotee who understands the actual meaning of “transcendental,” namely that the act of attempting to distribute transcendental literature should be executed for Krsna’s pleasure without attachment to the results.
In my opinion, transcendental competition in the field of transcendental literature distribution, as inaugurated by His Divine Grace, should continue, for a number of reasons.

A) Firstly, because Srila Prabhupada established it as an institution of its own within ISKCON, if you will, and gave elaborate explanations supporting its validity. Aside from the philosophical justifications, just the following sentence from a letter is enough to convince me of the importance of sankirtan newsletters forever: “The sales figures, this is the only solace in my life. When I hear that my books are selling nicely, I become energetic like a young man.”
B) Transcendental competition helps to generate enthusiasm for selling books, an activity which pleased Srila Prabhupada immensely. More literature goes out, more funds come in, then more books are produced, ISKCON projects are supported locally and internationally, devotees make advancement by the endeavor, the public gets more chance to learn about Krsna, some readers become devotees and distribute more literature etc. It is a wonderful cycle.
C) Most of us are not on the advanced platform of spiritual realization which functions through spontaneous attraction to Krsna. We are motivated by intelligence, duty, proper guidance, encouragement, social influences and the opportunity to please the spiritual master.

The example used in the article about Hanuman and the spider supports transcendental competition because Lord Rama recognized both devotees’ efforts as equal in quality (they both tried their best) yet different in quantity (Hanuman had greater capacity). In Krsna consciousness, whether they distribute large amounts of literature or small amounts, all participants triumph and when those sales figures are presented to Srila Prabhupada, the victory becomes complete.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Jul 14, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

Suresh Prabhu wishes a happy birthday to Dandavats!

Several years back, a need developed to provide a forum for ISKCON Vaisnava discussion and Krsna conscious news—primarily due to disturbing dissident sites. Consequently, Vipramukhya Prabhu and Umapati Swami inaugurated internet sites Chakra and then later Dipika which proved very helpful.

Since then, Dandavats has emerged as the most effective effort to date and I certainly concur with Prithu Prabhu’s comment (#1) that it informs and safeguards ISKCON’s sincere devotees from having to hear irreverent philosophies, etc. found elsewhere on the net. Dandavats is without a doubt, one of ISKCON’s brightest achievements of the year. Congratulations and thanks to the staff and may Dandavats continue its excellent quality of service for a long time. Haribol!
Sincerely,
Danavir Goswami

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Jun 27, 2007 @ 5:57 am

Palace of Gold Makeover

Heartfelt appreciation, humble obeisances and millions of thanks to all involved in that impressive restorational service. Hare Krishna!

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On May 25, 2007 @ 4:43 am

If Krishna does not accept my Chocolates, Who should I offer them to?

“So far attending pujas at the houses of the Hindus there we can go and hold our kirtana but we should not take prasadam there. We can accept raw materials and take them to our temple but we should not accept any prasädam prepared by them. However, if they insist then we can take fruits and milk and offer them to Krishna. Cocoa and chocolate are not to be taken as they are intoxicants.” (Letter from Srila Prabhupada to Surasrestha 1972; From the new Veda Base; 1998)

Some devotees still consider chocolate acceptable for consumption based on the information that Srila Prabhupada had eaten some. Here is an interesting anecdote from Hari Sauri das Prabhu about chocolate:

From Hari Sauri:

Dear Shyamasundara prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Thanks for your enquiry on Dec. 17 about chocolate.
As it happens, we did specifically ask Srila Prabhupada about chocolate. In late October or November 1976 in Vrindavana, the devotees had opened a snack bar to the right of the front gate, where the Samadhi exhibition building now stands. They were selling hot drinking chocolate. I questioned the wisdom in this but some said it was OK.
So I took the matter directly to Prabhupada. His first response was to ask, “Where does chocolate come from?”
So we replied that it was made from the cocoa bean. As soon as he heard that, he said, “Oh, then you may not take it. Anything made from the cocoa bean cannot be taken.” So that was it. The drinking chocolate was taken off the menu. There was some short discussion about caffeine in the cocoa bean, and it is probably significant that Prabhupada asked first what chocolate was made from before he answered. His not knowing this in late 1976 would account for his taking it in early years. Its likely he just thought it was a harmless sweet and never questioned it until we came with the controversy and when he had to give a definite decision he decided against it.
I don’t think eating chocolate is a major crime but I do recall reading in a health book, one by a proponent of a strict vegetarian, non-fat diet and weight training (I just forgot his name now) that a bar of chocolate has as much caffeine in it as a cup of coffee.
Hope this helps.
Yhs, Hsd

ISKCON’s current position on consumption of chocolate is:

That, as it contains various stimulants like caffeine (contained in coffee), theine (contained in black tea) and theobromine (contained in cacao), chocolate should not be eaten by ISKCON devotees. (GBC Resolution 31, 1993)

From Giriraja Swami:

“In about 1978 a Swiss director of the Cadbury confection company came to Bombay ISKCON temple. He spoke to Amoghalila Prabhu. The man asked, ‘do the Hare Krishna devotees eat chocolate?’ Amoghavirya replied no. The man asked why. Amoghavirya replied that chocolate contained an ingredient similar to caffeine which was a mild stimulant. The man agreed and added that it is also addictive.”

Coffee, tea and chocolate may not contain sufficient intoxicants to cause a man to stagger but they do affect consciousness and are addictive. These facts have been proven by numerous investigations and confirmed by a Swiss Cadbury chocolate company director.

» Posted By Danavir Goswami On Jan 27, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

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