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Will you join me to campaign for a safe Vrindavan?

The girls facing persistent and potentialy dengerous stalker, in uncotrollable or hostile environment can use the evasive tactic - to drastically change the appearance - means to shave the head and dress very austere, for example in rough cotton, one colour (white, grey, brown) nun-like garments.
It is hard on false ego, but effectively decrease sexual impression - giving away a message: I’m a spiritual person, not a sexual object.

your humble servant
Dhamesvara Gaura das

Comment Posted By Dhamesvara Gaura das On 28.05.2008 @ 01:16

Death Penalty: A Potential PR Nightmare?

Dear Vaishnavas!
PAMHO! AgtSP!

1.There is no question: are we for, or against death penalty. ISKCON is build on sastra, sadhu and guru.
So relying solely on Srila Prabhupada quotes is not a proper process - those quotes has to be supported by other quotes from sastra (such as Bhagavata Purana or Manu Samhita) and opinion of a live guru, which is sincerely following Srila Prabhupada.
Our laws are Vedic law and are described in details in Manu Samhita and interpretations of those laws are Srila Prabhupadas commentaries in his books. So anybody truthfully identifying himself with ISKCON automatically is for capital punishment - we are not making up our opinions, we heve to follow opinions of sastra, sadhu and guru. As in modern days there is a strong tendency in politics to delegalize death penalty worldwide, the question really means: are we for death penalty to remain as a possibility of punishing criminals, not: are we for death penalty to be apply in every case of murder or such.
We have to be conscious of a fact that opposition to death penalty is a direct consequence of philosophies of materialism and exclusivism of humans. No person understanding the laws of
karma will be against capital punishment in extreme cases, such as - for example -a child homicide by sexual predator. Also very often a murderer who is not executed, but sentenced to life in prison, commits another murder in jail on other inmates, not neccesarely as bad as him, on prisoners sentanced for theft and such. The role of government and its members (such as judges) is to protect its citizens, including prisoners, not to wash hands from responcibility and move it forward - as often happens in cases of child predators and child murderers are killed in prison by other prisoners.In other words justice is done and executed by unauthorised persons, while authorised ones are refusing to execute their duties in the name of modern day philosophical speculations.

2. “…that also shows that there have been many more cases where an innocent person had been sentenced to death and were killed unjustly…”No, thats not a truth. There is no even one case in Western Democracies (such as USA, Canada, Australia and EU) that innocent person was executed. Althou parties who are against death penalty often saying that innocent people was executed in past, still they fail to produce example. Also, if such a case exist, it can not be use as an excuse to abolish death penalty.
It is like trying to delegalize driving cars, because they cause death of innocent peoples. You not delegalize driving than - you regulate it according to time, place and circumstances to minimize or eliminate accidents. Similarly with capital punishment - you do not delegalize it, you only regulate its application according to kala, desa and patra.
We have right to adjust application of principle, but we do not have right to change the principle itself.
So, if anybody ask ISKCON devotee,the correct answer is yes, we are for death penalty.

Comment Posted By Dhamesvara Gaura das On 11.12.2007 @ 02:04

Sastra Dana - Congregational Book Distribution

Dear Mahat-tattva Prabhu!

Well, now you have a little bit from me, donated online. Please ,use it for libraries :)

yhs. Dhamesvara Gaura das

Comment Posted By Dhamesvara Gaura das On 14.09.2007 @ 14:07

Hare Krsna!
PAMHO! AgtSP!

“We used to donate to libraries,but we stopped because we found it much more productive to place books in coffie stores and such places…”

Why stop? Use both methods in the same time - donate to libraries and distribute by other means!

yhs Dhamesvara Gaura das

Comment Posted By Dhamesvara Gaura das On 11.09.2007 @ 21:08

When Bad Chanting Becomes the Norm, You’re in Trouble

Hare Krsna!
PAMHO! AgtSP!

For anybody who want to improve chanting and can’t attend japa retreat, I humbly recommend two books:
“Hari Nama Cintamani” by Bhaktivinode Thakur;
“Reflection on sacred teachings - Hari Nama Cintamani” by Bhakti Tirtha Swami
also you can dowload excellent short seminar by HG Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu on “Hari Nama Cintamani” from his web site www.rsdasa.com
If you study them, your devotional life is going to be taken to new hights for sure.
Also, I would like to share my one little realisation on chanting:
if I’m not listening and focusing on Maha Mantra during my japa, I’m listening to my mind - and that’s what I’m doing anyway for the rest of my day, so if I’m already chanting let me do the best.
Stop thinking, start listening.

yhs Dhamesvara Gaura das

Comment Posted By Dhamesvara Gaura das On 02.09.2007 @ 19:38

Constitution Committee Update

Hare Krsna!
PAMHO! AgtSP!

I would like to point out that such document as constitution - or at least the closest to that definition - already exist in our sampradaya. It’s Srila Bhaktisiddhanta’s “Sixty-four Principles for Community” translated by HH Bhakti Caru Maharaja and commented by HH Bhakti Tirtha Maharaja, recently published by HariNama Press. In my humble opinion; anybody who wants to draft, contribute or influence the upcoming constitution of ISKCON, should study this work.

yhs Dhamesvara Gaura das

Comment Posted By Dhamesvara Gaura das On 25.08.2007 @ 15:35

The Disappearance of the Ganges - 2007 Update

Dear Kulapavana Prabhu,
with all do respect, I disagree. You mistaking the yugas. When all humans fallow the Vedic culture and if they don’t, they have four legs and tail, you can think about infrastructure.
In this age, for example, USA is facing shortages of water more often - unerground lakes are drying, rain is less sufficient, just read gov. reports - and there is no shortages of money or infrastructure.
It’s the consciousness. Wasting water on meat processing and heavy industry. Wasting oil on mindless commuting, just to make some more money in “better job”. Importing goods from far distances to “improve” yor life. Start simple living, cut on sense gratification, everything change. And if devotees behave “socially irresponcible”, means they don’t understand their own philosophy. Happens.
In this age the sacred ghee is Srila Prabhupada’s books, sankirtan devotee is the spoon and conciousness of Earth inhabitants is sacrificial fire.
If you’d like to sacrifice some money, I humbly suggest, better buy set of Prabhupada’s books and donate them to your local library. I bet bucket of your favouirte sweets, it will have much stronger ecological effect than anything else.
Let’s distribute some more books!

your humble servant
Dhamesvara Gaura das

Comment Posted By Dhamesvara Gaura das On 16.08.2007 @ 22:55

Yes! Finally some voice with the reason. Thank you very much Dayananda Prabhu. When devotees try to blame so called “global worming” for such fenomena, it’s like preaching mayavada philosophy.
Climate depend on demigods, not on CO2 or CH4 emission! If the Lord is satysfy, they are satysfy.
Look what is happening in Bharata Varsha from karmic point of view. Inhabitants giving up dharma, accepting Muslim religion (Pakistan was India once and Pakistanis are Hindu by race, aren’t they?), Western materialism and so on. Now we have the results.
So, would you like to do something to improve global situation?
Distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books.
You want to stop global worming?
Distribute books.
You want cow protection?
Distribute books.
You want to stop animal slaughter?
Distribute books.
You want to stop war?
Distribute books
You want to stop crime?
Distribute books.
This list can go on and on and on and on….
Once people embrace chanting and vedic philosophy their conciousness and karma will change and we start have some hope to have peaceful living for spiritual perfection, without much disturbance.
Let’s distribute some more books :)

your humble servant
Dhamesvara Gaura das

Comment Posted By Dhamesvara Gaura das On 14.08.2007 @ 22:06

NOT VEGANS, COW PROTECTORS

Hare Krsna!
There is also the point of view of the living being as cow which is giving milk and then to be slaughter.
If we stop think about ourselves: ‘what reactions I will get for offering milk products contaminated by cruelty’, but think: ‘ what kind of blessings and benefits will this cow receive for giving her milk to the Lord ‘ ; whole situation looks very different. They will be slaughter no matter what we do at present, by our preaching we can and should affect the future and hopefully stop that abominable cruelty, but in the mean time the choice is: if I offer some milk product, those living beings as poor cows will do some service and improve their future fate and destiny or I can choose not to offer and they will not benefit at all. Is such offering will be accepted?
That depend on conciousness and attitude of a devotee and our merciful Lord Krsna Himslef.

your humble servant
Dhamesvara Gaura das

Comment Posted By Dhamesvara Gaura das On 12.08.2007 @ 14:01

KAZAK AUTHORITIES ORDER DEMOLITION OF HARE KRISHNA PROPERTIES

Hiranyakashipu style!

Comment Posted By Dhamesvara Gaura das On 07.06.2007 @ 17:57


 


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