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Demons in the Guise of Devotees

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» Posted By Gopal Jiu On Jan 3, 2010 @ 7:40 am

Update on Rasajna Dasi’s Health

I would like to send Rasajna a gift. Could someone please inform me of a proper postal address for her.

You could write me at:

katha @ gopaljiu.org

Delete the spaces before and after the @ sign.

Thanks!

Madhavananda Das

» Posted By Gopal Jiu On Nov 6, 2009 @ 5:49 am

Observing Janmastami

Payonidhi wrote publicly to Madhavananda, and I am replying on behalf of Gopal Jiu Publications.

>  dear Madhavananda Prabhu
> Please accept my humble obiasences
> All glories to Srila Prabhupada
> You was quoting in your article on dandavats.com:
> asucir-vapyanacaro manasa papam-acaran
> prapti matrena bhoktavyam natra karya vicarana
>
> Even if one is in an unclean state of body or mind, or engaged in
> irreligious acts, he should eat maha-prasada whenever it is available to him.
> There is no need to deliberate on this.
>
> Are you saying it is ok to take Maha  grains on Janmastami at midnight?

The point we were making was that it is ok to take prasadam grains on Janmastami if one has not taken a vow to fast on that day. Someone who has taken a vow of fasting should know how to respond if prasadam grains are offered to them. They should offer pranams and carefully keep the prasadam until the next day for honoring fully.

If someone is an initiated devotee or is aspiring for initiation then they have taken a general vow to follow the Gaudiya Vaishnava fasting days according to the instructions of guru, sadhu, and sastra. We consider that the conclusion of those instructions are that on Janmastami such devotees should fast from grains and beans, just like ekadasi, until the following day, and if they can avoid eating entirely until after the midnight puja, all the better. However, other devotees and temples may have concluded differently and have different standards for fasting. We consider this to be a detail and not worth arguing about. We share our realizations on the topic and others share their realizations, and we leave the rest up to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. The main principle is to be always glorifying Krishna, and honoring his prasadam is in the category of such glorification.

Your servant, Bhaktarupa Das

» Posted By Gopal Jiu On Aug 13, 2009 @ 8:51 am

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