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Live From Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir! HG Urmila Mataji

Urmila says:
“We only have so much energy and we spend our energy fighting with each other what will be the point.”

And this comment thread is proof!! I am completely saddened and shocked that Urmila Mataji addressed such an important point in our society, but no one is addressing this point, but uselessly arguing! Meanwhile our children and our society are suffering!

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Apr 12, 2011 @ 2:12 am

Kartik Vandanam 2

The program was a grand success. I took devotees on a parikrama of the seven Goswami Temples of Vrindavan, the Yamuna, and Imli Tala, all by the tongue. It was complete with a monkey stealing someone’s glasses (just my acting). The performances by the Second Generation were very moving and inspiring and some even moved me to tears. The International School let us use their courtyard as the temple management refused to let us use their big pandal since there were girls dancing.

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Oct 24, 2009 @ 10:11 am

Radharaman Rides Silver Elephant

My Dear Sikhi Mahiti,

Padmanbha Goswami explained to us that there was a Radharani Deity installed next to Radharamanji, but she mysteriously disappeared. After that, a golden yantra representing Srimati Radharani was installed next to Him. You can see on His regular altar there is a saree and chandrika where She would be.

On a table near the altar are the eleven other Shalagram Shilas that Gopal Bhatta brought back from Muktinatha. Twice a year on the appearance day of Radharaman and Janmastami at the Raj Bhog darshan and evening darshan, once may get darshan of a chadar and a wooden sitting place used by Sriman Mahaprabhu and sent to Gopal Bhatta Goswami from Puri. The story goes that sometimes Mahaprabhu called Rupa or Sanatan to visit Him in Puri, but never called Gopal. So Gopal sent word through one of them, that he should be invited. Mahaprabhu sent these articles and said he should worship them as nondifferent than Himself and should never leave Vrindavan.

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Oct 14, 2008 @ 10:12 am

A reply to concerns about the current design of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

Thanks for taking the time for answering the arguments. But these arguments are really just symptoms of the real disease, which is a lot of people simply don’t like the design. It is very uninspiring as others have pointed out. Rather squat looking, looks more like a giant version of the mosque than that you can see on the muslim side of any small Indian village than the US Capitol.
Very unoriginal and certainly does not inspire one to go to the steamy jungles of Bengal when one can see better domes in more convenient places. Simply painting it gay colors did not help either. I talked to one devotee who had the 3d program on his computer and when they asked him to paint it gayly, he told them to get someone else to do it.

Several devotees from Mayapur were just here for parikrama and not a single one had anything nice to say about it. In fact I have not met a single person who likes this design and a lot of people come thru Vrindavan.

You can read in the Lilamrita how Srila Prabhupada was asking everyone about the domes of the Krishna Balaram temple. So he was ready to take opinions from the devotees also. And many are disturbed by this unimaginative design.

I understand that we have waited a long time, but all good things take some time. We also complained a lot about Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi in Vrindavan taking a long time. But the fact was that carving marble nicely takes a long time and now we have a very beautiful building that I think rivals the Taj, which except for it’s size, I never found very inspiring. And looking at the presentation on the website, we can see the road running right by the temple and we all know what nightmares Indian roads are. This will create tons of sound pollution.

I understand that we are squeezing it on to the land that ISKCON actually owns, but how long can the communists go on? They’ve already failed in Soviet Union. And we’re already seeing the cracks in their grip on Bengal. Better to wait and do it properly. In the future, our children and their children, our disciples and their disciples will ask why we squeezed it in between everything else.

Everyone I’ve talked to liked the previous design much better, very soaring, inspiring, and original. I think we have to listen to what the devotees are saying.

Your servant,
Deena Bandhu dasa

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Jul 19, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

Chanting Siva mantras

As someone mentioned earlier, that in Mururi Gupta’s Kadaca there is a Sivastakam composed by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself upon entering Lord Purari (Siva) in the place known as Ekamraka in South India. In fact it contains my favorite verses to chant for Lord Siva, the param Vaisnava.

sri rama govinda mukunda sauri
sri krishna narayana vasudeva
ityadi namamrita panamatam
bhringadi payakhila duhkahantrye

Lord Siva who takes away the sorrow of the world is always absorbed like the king of the bumble bees in the nectar of these names of Krishna: Sri Rama, Govinda, Mukunda, Sauri, Sri Krishna, Narayana, Vasudeva, and more.

sri gauri netrotsava mangalaya
tat prananathaya rasa pradaya
sada samutkantha govinda lila
gana pravinaya namo’stubhyam

He’s the auspicious festival for the eyes of Gauri and the Lord of her life. He’s the giver of rasa as He’s always engaged with great enthusiasm in expertly chanting Govinda Lila. Unto that Lord Siva I offer my obeisances.

You can get the whole thing from Nectar books in Atlanta from Dasaratha Suta Prabhu.

All glories to Sambu the parama vaisnava!

Deena Bandhu dasa

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Jun 18, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

Concerns Raised over the production of Ghee


» Posted By Deenabandhu On Jul 30, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

Iskcon Tirupati – A wonderful beacon of Krishna Consciousness

I don’t know where Amitachara Prabhu got his information that there are only 2 Radha Krishna and Astha Sakhi temples in the world. But I would like to humbly present that there are at least 3 others.
In Vrindavan a disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Srila Prabhupada, Sri Raja Ram Ranjan Chakravarti, King of Birbhum in Bengal, established an Astha Sakhi Mandir just in front of Sanatan Goswami’s Madan Mohan Mandir. In Radha Kunda just before Mahaprabhu’s Baithak on the Parikrama path there is another Astha Sakhi Mandir on the banks of Sri Shyamakunda. And at Varsana at the bottom of the stairs of Sriji Temples there in an Astha Sakhi Mandir. I’m sure in Bengal there may be others.

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Feb 24, 2007 @ 4:02 am

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

Sridhar Swami personally told me, “I didn’t vote for that one.” And he went back to Godhead!

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Feb 1, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

Steve Jobs loved Prasadam at ISKCON Temple

I remember him coming to the Sunday Feast in Portland. And our Portland Prasadam and especially Sunday Feast was very memorable. I remember Vishnujana Maharaja coming and telling me that this is the first temple, and I’ve been to over 35 so far, that has nice prasadam.

He also had a friend named Sita Rama das, who was very dear friend of mine, who also came every Sunday. He was the disciple of Neem Karoli Baba, but had met Srila Prabhupada in Vrindavan. He’s now in the Forbes list of billionaires. I was one time in Soho Street nad Sri Chand Hinduja was there. I had taken him and his brothers around Vrindavan so he knew me. He was with another billionaire friend who knew the former Sita Ram das. He told Sri Chand that his friend is now a billionaire. Sri Chand looked at him and said, yes, and looking at me said, but he’s a billionaire in spiritual life!

Srila Prabhupada Ki jaya!

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Dec 28, 2006 @ 12:26 pm

Rudrani Devi Dasi Leaves Her Body… Gloriously!

We’re praying to Vrinda Devi to bestow her mercy and take Rudrani’s soul to the lotus feet of Radharani. Also someone donated for us to do a feast at Vrinda Kunda in her honor, so we will organize that in the next few days.

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Nov 13, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

Radha Kunda Samadhi for Bhaktisvarup Damodar Maharaja

One thing in my distress I forgot to mention was that my dear godbrother, Bhojadeva Prabhu, who had taken the brunt of the grenade blast in Manipur and had been critically injured, travelled with great trouble to be there in Radha Kunda to put Maharaja in Samadhi. Later he made gave us a very deep realization in the Smriti Sabha organized in Krishna Balarama Mandir. Everyone in their sraddhanjalis had been asking why Maharaja had been taken away just when his preaching work was bearing fruit. He had meditated on this and his realization was that his work was complete since the perfection of our lives is to carry out the order of our spiritual master and his whole life was dedicated to that so his work was perfect.

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Oct 6, 2006 @ 6:11 am

Disappearance of Srimati Gauri dasi, Yamunangi dasi and Sri Hari dasa

Gauri was such a serious and dedicated devotee. Very humble and not at all thinking that she was something special being Srila Prabhupada’s granddaughter. Sujitendriya is also a wonderful devotee. I pray to Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Krishna Balarama, Radha Shyamsundar, and Srila Prabhupada to give him the strength to bear this great loss.

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Oct 2, 2006 @ 5:26 am

Book distribution in my home town

My mother, who lived in Rancho Palos Verdes in the LA area, would never let me in the house with dhoti and kurta. I would always have to change in the taxi kindly sent by Virabahu Prabhu, the driver Rupa Raghunatha being his disciple. I don’t mind, but what will the neighbors think? was always her excuse.

Well three years ago I came for her funeral as she left her body before I could get back from India. Now she was gone so I wore my dhoti and kurta. When I got to the funeral home again by Virabahu’s grace, I was early as by Krishna’s mercy the flight had come in an hour early. No one was there except my brother who asked me if I wanted to see mom. He said he wasn’t sure, but thought it was ok as they hadn’t embalmed her as her last desire was to be cremated and have her ashes sprinkled in the Pacific Ocean. She had been in the Navy and lived most of life on the Pacific Coast.

I was shocked to hear she wanted to be cremated, as she was a Catholic. Anyway, he opened the casket and beyond my wildest dreams, my mom was lying there wearing a harer nama chadar! Just then my sister Sue arrived and she had saved a garland from the Radha Krishna Deities of LA in her refrigerator. Sue explained that all the brothers and sisters were there except me. These things had been brought by Nirantara Prabhu from LA temple who had driven an hour out of his way to deliver them, for which I’m eternally indebted to him. Sue said these things represented your presence so we put the Krishna shawl on her and sprinkled her with Ganga water and hung the garland above her head. Thus my mother left this world embraced by the Holy Name!

I asked all my brothers and sisters if I could have some portion of the ashes to be put into a sacred river Yamuna where I lived, and they all agreed. Then later while I was seeing off Mark, George, who lived next door and was 70+, pulled out his garage to go somewhere. Then seeing me standing there in a dhoti and kurta, he shoved into reverse and came up to me, rolled down his window, and said that I looked like I was from India. Mark explained that I was the eldest son of our mother. Then he said he’d like to come back and talk to me as during the war, their ship had docked in Bombay. India was a fascinating place and I’m sorry I never got back there.

The next day George came over. When their battleship had docked in Bombay, they had given them two sheets of paper telling them how to behave. After what must be 60 years, he still had thoses papers and made photocopies of them! They had the ususal things about not arguing with the ricksaw walas. Look here, George said, they told us not to look at the women or talk to them as it’s considered an insult.

We talked for a while and then he excused himself. Then suddenly turned and came back and said to me, you probably need this over there and, to my surprise, put $100 bill in my hand. Later he told me his doctor was from India, by her name I could understand South India. He again asked what was that place you stay and I can’t remember, Vanderbee? Vrindavan, I corrected. He would even call me up and tell me, hey there’s an Indian movie on channel 11. Before I left he again gave me another $100 bill. Now I know what my mom’s neighbors think about me wearing a dhoti and kurta!

I made a feast for the Brijbasis at Vrinda Kunda with George’s donation. A couple of month’s later, my brother Matt emailed me that George had passed on. Just see by wearing my dhoti, George was able to do some devotional service just at the end of his life.

Of course the most amazing thing was putting my mom’s ashes in the Yamuna. That was beyond even the wildest of my wildest dreams. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada, by whose mercy all our relatives are being benefited by the Sankirtan Movement of Lord Chaitanya!

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Sep 13, 2006 @ 10:34 am

Temporary Vrindavan Hospice Update:Vani Seva Prabhu Leaves Body

Actually it was her daughter Nandimukhi who sponsored the feast. And Nandimukhi told me at the last moment her mother was crying that I’m missing Radharani’s abhishek. I want to see Radharani’s abhishek. And then she opened her eyes wide as if seeing something wonderful. It took a moment or two before they realized that she had left. Perhaps she did see something wonderful, the abhishek in Goloka Vrindavan.

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Sep 9, 2006 @ 9:44 am

Failing to offer all articles first to Srila Prabhupada on the temple Vyasasana

Although it may be an actual fact that Prabhupada is actually sitting on the Vyasana, the article was just offered to him on the altar. How can he take his own prasada. This has always struck me as curious.

The question I ask you, is that if Prabhupada was personally present, if after offering him artika, would you offer the article to him to take prasada/

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Aug 10, 2006 @ 3:41 pm

“Come Out With Your Samosas Up!”

Param vijayate Sri Krishna Sankirtanam! Let’s have more postings like this!

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Jul 26, 2006 @ 5:26 pm

Interim decision from the GBC executive commitee concerning Dhanurdhara Swami

My dear Chris,

North America is not the whole world, although they’d like to think so. There are many places in the world where ISKCON is flourishing. There are also many places that are not. It’s not going to sink. Dhanurdhar Swami is a very nice devotee who made some horrible mistakes the result of which had horrible consequences, that nobody knew about at the time. When I grew up we thought that child abusers were old guys in black raincoats who hid behind trees and offered children candy.

Today we know that the vast majority of them are people that the child knows and trusts and the community trusts as well. If you’ve ever seen the educational film about child abuse, the abusers admit that they were able to get away with what they were doing for so long, because no one wanted to believe that such a nice person could do such things. Children were to embarrassed or intimidated to talk about it and even coming to adulthood they supressed it.

It’s only in the last decade that we know so much more and the abused have begun to talk about it. We have also clinically researched the permanent damage that occurs. We can’t judge things then by what we know now. Most of us myself included did not know such abuse was going on, or it’s consequences. This is not to say DS is not responsible for the things he did, as normal person even in those “less aware” times could not condone the type of behavior that was going on. DS will have to pay for his actions and part of that may be not being able to initiate in ISKCON. But I don’t think he should leave ISKCON. And the question also arrises that there were many people in the gurukula and knew what was going on and remained silent. Why?

I’ve known him, however, for a long time and he’s not the same person and has to a large extent reformed himself. He has also, to the extent possible, tried to bow down and apologize and help those who suffered. And he continues to do so. Unfourtunately, we never hear about that, and I felt very sorry for him that he had to toot his own horn. I personally know persons who were either abused or know about his abuse, who having interacted with him personally, have come to forgive him. One person I know did not want to even hear his name. But after he helped that person in their life, have changed their opinion of him altogether.

I want to make one last point and that is we only know half the story of what went on in India. I talked to one Indian ex-gurukuli who told me that the vast majority of the Indian boys have never talked about what happened. It’s still not their culture to talk about it. He himself told me that till now he’s never even told his parents what happened, but he was smart enought to get his two brothers out of the school. It took him till about 3 years ago to even talk openly with DS about what happened. And he has also forgiven DS.

So the ISKCON ship definitely is in some hard seas, and too slowly learning from the past mistakes, but it’s not about to sink. Come on over to Vrindavan some time and refresh yourself from the heavy environment there in the states.

Your well wisher,
Deena Bandhu das

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Jul 9, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

This is very good news. I also don’t want to see him leave ISKCON, but it is not possible that he be an initiating guru in ISKCON. As far as giving up sannyas, well sannyas means a dead man. How can he be made more dead! Although we make a big hallabaloo about sannyas, it is not a title, or position, but one of the 4 ashrams of life. It is true that sannyasis are respected, but it is not just a title you give and take away.

» Posted By Deenabandhu On Jul 8, 2006 @ 12:20 pm

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