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Thank you for the story and clear purport.
I have recently read the past time of Advaita Acharya praying for the appearance of the Lord. The purport of this story is that the Lord descends “only” in response to the desire of his sincere devotee.
I am convinced that this is what I need to focus on in my life, and perhaps others would also find this a valuable lesson. If we really want Krishna in our life, we only have to sincerely ask (and be prepared to receive Him).
The thinking of what material arrangements and plans need to be put in place are not what works. What works is very simple and direct and honest–We simply need to possess and express the sincere desire to please Srila Prabhupada, Lord Caitanya and Lord Krishna.
Comment Posted By Dvarakadhisa das On 24.07.2010 @ 18:26
All glories to Srila Prabhupada and your determination to please him.
For what it’s worth, it seems obvious to me to allow those who are trully inspired and committed to this service to have the final say. They seem to have been very willing to hear all kinds of suggestions, and now want to move ahead with construction. They have experienced the paralysis through analysis phenomenon and are are now giving it their best effort rather than waiting for the perfect design and the perfect arrangement. There will always be critics.
Anyone who has done some form of sankirtana knows that you do your best and depend on Krishna. If you wait for the perfect material arrangement, you will never begin anything. If you try to please everyone, you will end in stalemate. All you can do is try to please guru and Gauranga.
I would like to add two comments I have heard regarding this project which I feel are constructive considerations.
1) Could the designers please consider the acoustic design of the kirtan areas, so that kirtans are supported by the hall rather than it being an environment antogonistic to hearing and being heard?
2) Is there truly a demand for the TVP? By this I mean to say, Will there be sufficient interest and capability to maintain the TVP once it is built? We have the experience of obtaining buildings without a realistic idea about how to maintain them.
Comment Posted By Dvarakadhisa das On 03.09.2008 @ 21:06
Please create the site you mentioned. It will be very inspirational. Just seeing Janananda’s smiling face reminds us, “Why aren’t I out on harinam right now?!”
It will give the gentle nudge to initiate or expand our local harinam, and it will bring a sense of personal belonging to the worldwide sankirtan movement to everyone who goes out on harinam.
Instead of hearing “Where have you guys been?” Maybe people will start saying, “Man, how many of you are there, I see you guys everywhere!”
PS. If people do make videos, they can tell the onlookers to go to the site to see themselves.
Comment Posted By Dvarakadhisa das On 06.06.2008 @ 20:14
I attended a japa retreat this past August and wholeheartedly recommend that devotees attend. I also hope that those who attend share their experience with as many people as possible.
Please continue to share your valuable and honest realizations with us.
Please keep the “Japa Reform” mission alive.
I fail regularly to chant properly, but I know that this is where hope for my spiritual life lies. It is very helpful to know that devotees are striving to continually improve their chanting no matter what level they are at. It is very encouraging to know that devotees take the goal of pure chanting very seriously as their ultimate mission in life.
Just as overweight people can lose weight and regain their health and their lives, unconscious chanters can become conscious and regain their spiritual health and lives.
Comment Posted By Dvarakadhisa das On 05.10.2007 @ 17:09
Love and Trust!
Can we expect that?
Love and trust is reciprocal. We get that from Srila Prabhupada and we get that from Lord Krishna and Lord Caitanya. Do we get it in our ISKCON experience?
Srila Prabhupada points out that we are in the material world after all and we cannot expect utopia even within the society of devotees. So we should not be too thin skinned about our expectations, but we are personalists after all and that means if we love one another we care about one another and care to work things out to mutual satisfaction.
Devotional service is to be unmotivated and uninterrupted. Therefore we need to check our motivation and attention. Similarly, ISKCON as an organization as a “culture” needs to check its motivation and attention. Does the typical ISKCON experience support you to be unmotivated and uninterrupted, or are you left to take care of yourself and often distracted away from your service?
I s the average devotee inspired and learning, rightfully engaged? or cleaning up the mess and bailing out the sinking ship while those who created the mess have moved on?
You can ask for love and trust and point to Srila Prabhupada’s request that we build our society on that. It is a two way exchange–you have to be loving and trustworthy to extract love and trust.
So yes we can expect something from ISKCON–the purity which Srila Prabhupada demonstrated and instructed us to aspire for. Purity will yield more purity. False personas will yield the ugly truth once the mask falls.
So somethimes our ISKCON experience is quite wonderful, and somethimes it is wonderful inspite of the difficulties; but sometimes it is quite mundane and discouraging because it is so far from genuine devotional service.
We should have extremely high expectations from our guru, and our spiritual path. A child expects compassion from their parents not an instruction to get tough, to grin and bear it. A little tough love is one thing, neglect and indifference is another.
Comment Posted By Dvarakadhisa das On 03.10.2007 @ 02:34
I viewed your video yesterday and was a little disturbed by it. I don’t know you or your husband, so I felt it was not my place to comment on your video. However, this morning, I still felt some responsibility to respond. (I was initiated in 1979).
I am currently reading Srutakirti’s inspiring book “What’s the Difficulty?” Throughout the book there are several recurring themes. One is that Srila Prabhupada was very caring and compassionate in his dealings with his devotees. The other is that Krishna consciousness is common sense.
By chance there were references to the topic of your video. One incident was that there was a cobra somewhere in the Mayapur building they were staying in, and the devotees were about to take rest. Srila Prabhupada said “Well, we are not afraid of snakebite. We’ll not worry about it. If it comes, it comes. We will just chant Hare Krishna.”
Another incident is described as follows: “Once on a morning walk in Mayapur when everyone was discussing their fears and concerns about nuclear war you said, “If the bomb comes we will look up in the sky and say, ‘Hare Krishna.’”"
The purport of Srutakiriti’s next story is “If Krishna wants to protect you, no one can harm you and if He wants to kill you, then no one can save you.”
I feel that your assessment of the world as a very dangerous and mad place is rational, as is your desire to try to do something about it. However, I am concerned for your welfare because it appeared your plan of action was to sell all of your belongings and just start driving away. This seemed irrational and the product of fear and panic. Please talk about this with your close friends and family and your trusted well-wishers.
Something Srutakirti’s book has reminded me of is that “everything” should be offered to Srila Prabhupada. So that if we have some idea of a service to perform, or a better way to perform it, we should present that to Srila Prabhupada first to see if it really would please him or not.
I was inspired by your attempt to be thoughtful about the continual degradation of societies throughout the world. I am worried that you’re mind and emotions have got the best of you and you have not developed a thoughtful proposal. Your video was reminiscent of a suicide bomber’s farewell tape. Please make decisions in moments of clarity, peace and strength, rather than fear and confusion.
I apologize for my comment if it is presumptuous, judgemental or in any other way offensive to you. My intent is to empathize with your fear and frustration about the current consiousness and circumstance of the world, but to caution you to be thoughtful about your reaction, and maybe try to comfort you in your distress. You are definitely not alone in your fear and frustration and desire to make things better. My intent is that I see you are suffering and I did not want to ignore you.
As usual, even though we resist it, the solution is to chant Hare Krishna, and if possible chant Hare Krishna with others. Attentive chanting forces us to be in the moment, and it allows us to be with Lord Krishna directly. That’s pretty great!
“My dear King,although Kali yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom.” Sukadeva to King Pariksit(SB 12.3.51)
Comment Posted By Dvarakadhisa das On 07.04.2007 @ 16:08
It would be intersting to analyze the circumstances coinciding with the trends of the book distribution graph. Some explanation would come from world politcal socio-economics, some from ISKCON expansion and decline in general and geographically, some from BBT emphasis and book distribution methods … .
I encourage those involved in Book Distribution “management” to take a look at these trends like any good business manager would and apply it to designing a better way of doing business.
Comment Posted By Dvarakadhisa das On 06.03.2007 @ 18:00
Well put prabhu. Let’s make it our heart and soul to give Krishna and Krishna kirtan as transparent via mediums. Let’s give everyone a taste of Krishna’s bliss, by getting out of the way.
We had this experience last fall. A few of us were chanting (bhajan style/picnic style) on a university campus open space. Students were coming up to us telling us that “compared to us, the Christian “preachers” down the way were like hell.” Many were eager to learn what we were doing. It was sweet for us and apparently tasteful for many of them.
Preaching in America to Americans, what next?
Comment Posted By Dvarakadhisa das On 18.02.2007 @ 23:30