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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!

Comment Posted By Deenabandhu On 12.04.2011 @ 02:12

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.

Comment Posted By Deenabandhu On 24.10.2009 @ 10:11

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.

Comment Posted By Deenabandhu On 14.10.2008 @ 10:12

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

Comment Posted By Deenabandhu On 19.07.2008 @ 16:32

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

Comment Posted By Deenabandhu On 18.06.2008 @ 21:34

Concerns Raised over the production of Ghee

1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8Wjkhf4T-g
2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFih4HEg6DM

Comment Posted By Deenabandhu On 30.07.2007 @ 12:50

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.

Comment Posted By Deenabandhu On 24.02.2007 @ 04:02

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!

Comment Posted By Deenabandhu On 01.02.2007 @ 13:56

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!

Comment Posted By Deenabandhu On 28.12.2006 @ 12:26

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.

Comment Posted By Deenabandhu On 13.11.2006 @ 13:23


 


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