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Bhugola Varnanam – An ancient book on Puranic Cosmology

Hare Krishna! There is some criticism of Srila Prabhupada and also of book Surya Siddhanta by the editor there. Do we have an answer to this? Otherwise very nice book indeed!

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Oct 4, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

OPEN LETTER TO Bhakti Vikasa Swami

Hare Krishna! Namo namah! There are obviously good points from both sides and both sides should be heard. I am just wondering, which normal organization would tolerate that a prominent member is attacking other prominent members and their projects in public, without proper personal communication in first place? And especially that a prominent member is calling the other non-members names, non-members actively involved in campaigns of the institution and by that ruining good reputation of the whole institution? These public attacks and criticism are in my opinion great disgrace for the whole institution! But for many years now it is obvious that we have more than one ISKCON and it is a sad fact and that some prominent members don’t see others as belonging to the same society, with the same interests. In many ways we are very disfunctional society with leaders not appreciating each others and by this giving very bad example to other members. There is a lack of proper communication between these different ISKCON societies and this is coming down to the mass of their followers, which are taking sides, where no sides should be taken. It is similar like in wars. Instead that two leaders fight themselves in person and decide who is stronger (or to check who is more advanced devotee in this case and then surrender to him), they are agitating their followers by feeding them political stuff. Normal people shouldn’t take sides in such cases because it is very displeasing for Srila Prabhupada that his disciples are fighting against each other, making big circles and continuing now for many years. I am writing in general, so I hope I didn’t offend anyone by putting them where they don’t want to see themselves.

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Oct 18, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

Secrets of the Bible

“Today in Kashmir, in the town of Shrinagar one can visit a tomb called Rozabol upon Shankaracharya Hill. This is the place where Jesus, who lived to the age of 120, lies buried.”

I can appreciate the sentiment of Mother Abhaya Mudra for writing such an article. But after I studied the topics of Jesus visiting India myself since few years now I must say that many comparisons in the article are pretty stretched and many informations like the one quoted above have no solid proof but are still mere speculations.
In my humble opinion, such articles are causing more harm then doing good to our relationships with our Christian brothers.

For those who want to study the topic of Jesus travelling to India, you might find this article helpful: http://web.archive.org/web/20080621040307/http://www.westarinstitute.org/Periodicals/4R_Articles/Tibet/tibet.html

I would like to humbly request devotees to please always carefully check the sources which are dealing with topics such as this. You will find that most of these sources are impersonal or even mayavada and finally in their inner depths atheistically oriented, such as a book by Kersten Holger: Jesus Lived in India. As a young devotee I was amazed by this book, but now I find it a big fraud and actually a dangerous book for any theistic person. It is especially detrimental to use informations from this book in preaching to our Christian brothers.
Such sources should be rejected as unreliable and unbonafide by the devotees, what to speak of using them in trying to establish “Vedic truths”!?

Finally I must side with many arguments Mr. Carlos Reis wrote in his commentary. I would like to apologize to all sincere Christians for my Vaishnava brothers who are naively getting trapped into such controversies and like that causing disturbances between our two great religions. Nobody will gain anything out of that, that I am sure!

Your humble servant
Dhira Nitai das

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Jun 6, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

My Last Conversation with Aindra Prabhu

There is one important point and that is that Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur first finished his vow of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra a billion times. Then he started his preaching mission. It took 30 years for Srila Prabhupada to perfect his chanting (I heard this was his personal statement) and then he started his preaching mission. My observation is that importance of having the taste for the Holy Names, perfecting personal sadhana and attaining genuine realizations “by hook or by crook” and then going out to preach is not stressed enough for our leaders. Aindra Prabhu is doing great service in this matter to our society. Only then will our preaching be really accepted by Krishna and common people at large.
Your humble servant
Dhira Nitai das

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Feb 19, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

Dear Pustakrishna prabhu, please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to the years of your dedicated service to our Founder-Acarya!

Thank you for emphasizing the importance of following rules. I think that every serious member of ISKCON is aware of its importance. Moreover, even the devotees that are emphasizing importance of raganuga-sadhana, like Radhakunda and Aindra prabhus, never broke the rules and never preached against the rules. The rules and regulations are called sadhana in sanskrit. Raganuga-bhakti is as much a sadhana as vaidhi-bhakti is and not a perfected stage that you are perhaps refering to. It has its clear rules, which are not against the rules of vaidhi-bhakti. The problem is, that the vaidhi-bhakti is not giving the same result as raganuga-bhakti, i.e. it is not giving Krishna prema as far as my understanding. Please correct me if I understood NOD or CC wrongly on this matter. The other problem is that ragatmika and raganuga-bhakti are often taken as same thing by ISKCON devotees, because of the problems of early Nectar of Devotion editions (it has been corrected in newest edition by BBT). The example you are giving with gopis responding to Krishna flute falls into category of ragatmika-bhakti and not raganuga-sadhana. Raganuga-sadhana means trying to reach the same perfection (raga) as one of the eternal associates of Krishna. So it is a way, not the goal. My understanding is that raganuga-sadhana is sadhana with rules and regulations as much as vaidhi-sadhana, but motives and goals are different, to put it very simple. In raganuga-sadhana there is drive from within, not from outside as in the vaidhi-bhakti. That means that disciple is becoming more mature, independently thoughtful and responsible and that is what Srila Prabhupada wanted, isn’t it? Some taste is already there.
Our raganuga-sadhana comprises not of siddha-pranali, but of intense chanting (certainly more then 16 rounds) and remembering Krishna. So it means more intense sadhana with a specific goal in relationship to our eternal service in Goloka-dhama which will be revealed only by that sadhana and not vaidhi-bhakti. I am not preaching against vaidhi-bhakti and its importance. I would just like to see that both paths are put in right perspective. Thank you very much for considering these points.

With Love
Your humble servant
Dhira Nitai das, Croatia/Germany

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Feb 5, 2011 @ 9:32 am

Debunking the Equity Myth

“Read this article about a university in Germany that discriminates against men. The Department of Political Science of the University of Mainz has an open assistant professor position reserved exclusively for women.”

Dear Atmavidya prabhu, the article is just quotation and is not saying the whole story. There is new rule in Germany and Austria that tells, when there is inbalance in gender equality in the university, then the next new post will be reserved for the woman, until the gender equality is achieved.
That means that there are more men then women working at that university at the moment. Of course, the solution per se is stupid (balance of 50:50 male and female workers), because there may be more qualified male person for the post, or there may be much more graduated male candidates.

Your servant
Dhira Nitai das

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Jan 25, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

Srila Prabhupada May Be Correct Although He Seems to Contradict Empirical Data

Dear Sita Ram prabhu, PAMHO! AGTSP! Thank you for very much for your thoughtful insights. Perhaps you could expand your research to the other controversial points, this would be greatly appreciated. Your servant Dhira Nitai das

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Jan 16, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

Rethinking Darwin – New from the North European BBT!

Dear SDMUNI Prabhu,
PAMHO. AGTSP!

Could you perhaps back up your interesting statements?
I have found these statements from the morning walk in the Vedabase:

“Darwin is a rascal. What is his theory? We kick on your face. That’s all. That is our philosophy. The more we kick on Darwin’s face, the more advanced in spiritual consciousness. He has killed the whole civilization, rascal.”
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk — May 12, 1973, Los Angeles

Is this also a misquotation? And how comes?

Thank you
Your servant
Dhira Nitai das

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Jan 12, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

No man can run a family the way a commander runs an army

The best way to control a sobber woman or man is by love and affection. Even Krishna is controlled by love, so what to speak of us?

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Nov 14, 2010 @ 7:26 am

Myth Creation Begun

Hare Krishna! Interesting and important discussion. I would just like to add that HH Bhakti-tirtha Swami wrote also many devotional books, not only Spiritual Warriors series following the commentaries of our great acaryas. We will serve these great souls in the best way by keeping their spirit alive amongst us, not by contradictory proclamations.

Thank you
Your humble servant
Dhira Nitai das

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Jun 29, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

Was this article written by ITV Nrsimhananda das, ACBSP, or some other Nrsimhananda das? Thank you.
Your humble servant
Dhira Nitai das

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Feb 25, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

Srila Prabhupada was not alone to claim the monlanding was a hoax

There is another interesting controversy and that is that Srila Prabhupada was also saying how Jesus went to India. Here is the quote: “Even in some literatures of your Christian religion I find that Lord Jesus Christ also went to this Jagannatha temple and lived there for some times. Of course, how far it is true, that is to be judged by you, but I have read this information in a Christian book, Aquarian Gospel. ” >>> Ref. VedaBase => Arrival Lecture and Press Conference — San Francisco, July 4, 1970, (Ratha-yatra)
Now it is rather interesting that this book was written in 1908 and what is more there are many instances there where Jagannatha murti and His worship is directly and heavily criticized: http://www.burningcross.net/crusades/aquarian-gospel-jesus.html

So this example shows us clearly how Srila Prabhupada sometimes used relative truths or even untruths for preaching or teaching purposes. And please also note how he is saying: “…how far it is true, that is to be judged by you…” He was highly aware of the time and place and trends and tendencies in the contemporary society he was preaching to.
I would be interested to know why a pure devotee quoted from a book which is offending Krishna and Jesus, calling it even a Christian book?

There is another book “Jesus Lived In India” by Holger Kersten. This book is also a total hoax. So if you look both the authors, they are clearly “mayavada” oriented, from the 20th century and usually their thesis are highly embraced by devotee community in West.

That is why I agree with Varnadi Prabhu that we should be careful where do we get our information from. We should check the source and see what is the real agenda there.
And in these 2 examples I gave, there is clear mayavada agenda there.
Often devotees do not have right discrimination by reading and using such a literature
for the preaching purposes.

My suggestion: there are enough religious scientists that are not “blindly” following and that do not have hidden agenda. Please try to consult them on different issues, even if they are not vaishnavas by rituals but Catholic for example.
And please try to avoid popular so called scientists that have more or less hidden mayavada agenda, mostly from different evangelistic or Muslim sects. They are in my opinion more “dangerous” than the “normal” atheistic scientists. And what is worse, they are sometimes quite popular in devotee society and are often used and quoted for preaching purposes.

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Jul 31, 2009 @ 10:42 pm

Building Bridges Conference at ISKCON of DC, April 10-12, 2009

Yes, finally! We need such conferences all around the world. I hope that Atmananda Prabhu from Atma Yoga was also invited. Dasanudasa Dhira Nitai das

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Mar 24, 2009 @ 10:35 am

Woodstock: A New Direction

All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga!
Yes it is pure preaching because the motivation is pure. Not imposing but just wanting to share. And also no pratistha. Just wanting to be friend of all.
Plus it is done really very intelligently and organised. And the most important: there is this steadiness in the mood of yajna year by year by year. I was meditating for years to serve at the festival and I finally made it this year.

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Aug 22, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

Love Yourself!!!

Hare Krishna!
Thank you Maharaj for this wonderful and important posting with practical suggestions for resolution. Recently this saying comes often to my mind: “Humility is not the same as humiliation!” Humility is and should be our free conscious choice out of our own spiritual realization. Humiliation is a product of maya and karma. Which is often not a free and conscious choice, but it is a choice.

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Jun 17, 2007 @ 9:26 am

ZOMBIE JAMBOREE

Hari Hari!

It would be even more interesting to know why this particular instruction was not followed? Prabhupada even named prospective teachers?!

Now we are trying to establish preaching program through Atma-yoga even without official ISKCON support and outside of ISKCON facilities. Especially in Croatia it will not cost ISKCON a cent.
But bring laksmi and followers.
Although it is not what we as Mahaprabhu’s followers are actually aspiring for, isn’t it?

Your servant
Dhira Nitai das

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Aug 10, 2007 @ 8:02 am

This is how Atma-yoga advertise itself:

ATMA YOGA philosophy

It used to be that there were just a few seekers, a few people that were attracted to the spiritual and mystical path. But lately, it seems that everyone has become a seeker, a seeker for the ultimate spiritual experience. Most people already believe that we are more than a body and mind, and that we each have a soul. Most people also believe that there is benefit to a consistent yoga or meditation practice. But as more and more people delve into their spiritual paths, practice meditation, and sign up for yoga classes, it seems that there are more people who are disappointed with the results. Most yoga classes will be beneficial for the body and mind but does little for the soul that is still craving for the ultimate experience. It is for these mature souls that ATMA YOGA was created.

Atma Yoga provides a set of principles and practices for a holistic total yoga lifestyle for the modern yogi and urban mystic. Many other yoga systems were designed to be practiced in solitude, in isolation, or as an exclusive engagement in order to obtain the complete benefits. Yoga practices based on these systems may be able to offer partial benefits, such as increased health and physical well being, but in a modern urban context these systems cannot deliver the profound benefits that are the true goal of Yoga practice.

Different yoga practices are prescribed in the Vedic texts for different eras. Over 5000 years ago, in 3102 B.C., Vedic sages predicted the appearance of an industrialized ìAge of Ironî (Kali Yuga), and recommended the practice of bhakti yoga for the people who would live in this cultural environment.

Atma Yoga addresses the need to harmonize mystic and bhakti yoga, which have become separated in the modern age. Atma Yoga raises the understanding of Yoga above the valuable but incomplete conception of Hatha Yoga alone.

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Jun 6, 2007 @ 10:46 am

We are very happy to have approval and support for Atma-yoga program from our GBC HH Bir Krishna das Goswami Maharaj from the very beginning of Atma-yoga programs in Croatia and this is since last June. We are regularly sending reports to him about our progress. In 6 months of active preaching through Atma-yoga we have made 3 new community devotees through this programs and encouraged many new and old devotees to take the KC practice seriously, although it is mostly one man show without using ISKCON facilities on regular basis and when, then it is bringing certain profit to ISKCON. It is just one of many projects I am doing for Srila Prabhupada and my Guru Maharaja and I hope to be able to dedicate more time to it which will naturaly bring more results.

Your servant
Dhira Nitai das

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Jun 2, 2007 @ 10:57 am

Dear Suresh Prabhu, don’t underestimate the association of Vaishnavas, prasadam and chanting of mantras and Holy Names, especialy Gauranga, which we chant in Atma-yoga programs along with Om namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya and Siksastaka prayers. This program is designed for the most fallen! And that is why I am myself getting great benefit teaching it. I wasn’t able to learn all Siksastaka by heart until I visited Atma-yoga teacher training. The program includes most powerful bhakti elements but introducing them in the way that is “digestable” and “palatable” for the most of the people. But even then some of them object that our program is “too spiritual” (chuckles). So we want to give association and reach the people which we usualy wouldn’t be able to reach so easily. That is the core thing: just to be around the people as devotees as they practice some nice yoga, hear bonafide yoga philosophy, chant mantras, offer prema-dhvani (!) and take prasadam. The rest is on Srila Prabhupada and Sri Krisna.

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On May 31, 2007 @ 9:01 am

“Why not, with a level head, find ways to encourage people, in a positive way to add bhakti to their hatha-yoga, so that they may eventually graduate from hatha-yoga, and at last come to bhakti?”

Thank you Suresh Prabhu for this posting, it is exactly what Atma-yoga is designed for. It is not some gymnastic, but powerful yoga psychology, preparing people for bhakti.

Srila Prabhupada nicely states in the purport tp SB 3.28.1: “Astanga-yoga is therefore part of Vaisnava practice because its ultimate goal is realization of Visnu.”

Of course, it is not possible to practice astanga-yoga in full in this age, but some practices are very helpful in bringing people to bhakti. Even devotees arrive great benefit by practicing this system as preparation before chanting the Holy Names.
So this experience is real for me and it works!

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On May 28, 2007 @ 10:10 am

These photos are from special program for MARRIED devotee couples. There was NO unproper mixing or touching at that single course from which the photos were taken, as I personaly know most of the devotees on the pictures. It would be very bold to accuse these devotees of not knowing or braking the Vaishnava etiquette or siddhanta.
I myself teach Atma-yoga programs and I am not doing any partner programs or anything similar.

It is not a common Atma-yoga program and it was done as far as I know only couple of times by Atmananda Prabhu. So the statement by HH Danavir Goswami Maharaj: “All the photographs pictured in this paper are taken from promotional material by one of the hatha-yoga-related courses being offered at ISKCON temples today.”, needs further explanation and qouting from Maharaja where and when such courses were being offered and if they are offered at ISKCON temples today at all?! As far as I know, it was the case in past with only a few such courses for married grhastha couples and not on regular basis.

So the theme here is not the unproper intermingling of sexes (as one could falsely conclude seeing the pictures and reading the article and the comments) – which is totaly out of question and should not be allowed as we all know – but if special programs for grhastha couples (with the aim to create more balance and stronger bond between couples) should be advertised and conducted in a group or should be banned to the privacy of four walls?
Are we going to introduce Vedic model of social life by proclamations and banning without social structure, traditional culture or community support which was injoyed in traditional Vedic society? Or do we need special programs addressing special issues of modern society and marriages which are widely present even in our devotee communities?

Before we overreact over pictures and article presented here, we should look more closely to this particular case or ask Atmananda Prabhu for his comment. Like this, I am afraid that the whole thing has been taken (probably even with best intentions!) totaly out of context and any further negative comments, before the whole thing is clearly presented, are in my humble opinion out of place.

Sometimes what we see is not what and how it realy was and we should be very careful in this Kali-yuga times not to take visual things (pictures, film material) for granted and make our opinions and views based only on visual information or comments that go along.

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On May 27, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

20,000 to celebrate Diwali in a blaze of Lights

Well, Hare Krishna is written 3 times… I suppose it was general announcement for general public, not only devotees and not written particularly for dandavats.com

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Oct 19, 2006 @ 4:59 am

From Hinduism to Krishna Consciousness: Steven J. Rosen’s New Book Bridges the Gap

Well said Akruranatha Prabhu, well said!

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Oct 19, 2006 @ 5:01 am

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

Hare Krishna! As young pujari in our temple I am confused by the logic things are offered to different personalities. I beg the assembled Vaishnavas to please shower their mercy and wisdom on me.
In our temple we have small murti of Srila Prabhupada on the altar.
When we follow the procedure of offering all the maha-items to Srila Prabhupada on the vyasasan, we are perhaps (as far as my knowledge on Pancaratrika rules goes) commiting following “mistakes”

1. Offering item already offered (to Srila Prabhupada on the altar and then on the vyasasan). According to Pancaratrika rules, there is no need for that.
2. Offering to Srila Prabhupada item offered to our respective Guru through picture before that. No Guru will accept the offering which is then going to be offered to Srila Prabhupada!
3. Offering item to the assembled Vaisnavas by pujari in circles and THEN bringing it to Param Guru on the vyasasan! No Vaisnava would accept something which is going to be offered after that to his Param Guru or Guru! So what is the point of offering it to the Vaisnavas?

Under 1: I could personaly live with that but I would under 2:

– offer the item to small murti, offer the item to big murti of Prabhupada and THEN back to the picture of Guru on the altar and to the Vaisnavas. But the item doesn’t go PHYSICALY to murti of Srila Prabhupada!

Under 3: with that I realy have a problem, because we don’t do it in Guru puja for example (circle a flower around assembled Vaisnavas and then stuck it into the hands of Srila Prabhupada is concidered as far as I know improper). Either we offer it to Prabhupada and then stuck it in his hands without offering it to the Vaisnavas or we offer it to the Vaisnavas but then we do not stuck it in Prabhupada’s hands. The same goes for Tulasi puja.

My question: are we doing things based on very nice sentiment (but still a sentiment) or are we having sastric background?

Because when Prabhupada was on the planet, there was no other Gurus and he was sitting on the Vyasasan, so everything was very easy and clear.

But now pujaris are offering items first to Prabhupada and Gurus on the altar, then to Prabhupada on the Vyasasan (which is already not correct as far as I understand it if already offered and accepted by Gurus), then to assembled Vaisnavas and lastly it is brought physicaly again to Prabhupada on the vyasasan (which is, if first not correct, even more incorrect).

So in my humble opinion we should:

1. Offer items to small murti on the altar, offer to big murti of Prabhupada on the vyasasan and THEN to Guru’s picture on the altar.
2. Not offer it by pujaris to the assembled Vaisnavas in circles but bring it first physicaly to Prabhupada on vyasasan and then take it to senior devotees.
3. Or offer all items to Prabhupada’s murti on the altar and only Guru puja to big murti of Srila Prabhupada.

Please shad some light on this!
Srila Prabhupada ki jay!

Your humble servant
Dhira Nitai das

» Posted By Dhira Nitai das On Aug 10, 2006 @ 11:29 pm

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