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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!

Comment Posted By Dhira Nitai das On 04.10.2013 @ 14:34

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.

Comment Posted By Dhira Nitai das On 18.10.2011 @ 21:54

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

Comment Posted By Dhira Nitai das On 06.06.2011 @ 20:40

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

Comment Posted By Dhira Nitai das On 19.02.2011 @ 12:40

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

Comment Posted By Dhira Nitai das On 05.02.2011 @ 09:32

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

Comment Posted By Dhira Nitai das On 25.01.2011 @ 19:35

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

Comment Posted By Dhira Nitai das On 16.01.2011 @ 15:24

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

Comment Posted By Dhira Nitai das On 12.01.2011 @ 19:35

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?

Comment Posted By Dhira Nitai das On 14.11.2010 @ 07:26

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

Comment Posted By Dhira Nitai das On 29.06.2010 @ 19:46


 


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