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More Nirjala Ekadasi

Dear Dravida prabhu,

I have a question regarding your research into the Pandava Nirjala ekadasi.

You state that nowhere in the Vedas does it say that this ekadasi negates the ill effects of having broken other ekadasis.

You point out that shastra actually says it gives the benefits of all the other ekadasis put together. Shastra also says that observing nirjala ekadasi destroys all accumulated sins.

So would you like to elaborate on the difference? Isn’t the destruction of all sins and the reaping of all beneficial effects from all the other ekadasis the equivalent to saying that observance of nirjala on this ekadasi will compensate for breaking other ekadasi?

I would also like to know if your research included checking the Gaudiya Panjika? Whenever Srila Prabhupada was asked a technical question about feasts and fasts, his first reaction would generally be to ask “What does it say in the Panjika?” Since our ISKCON calendar was based on the Panjika, could it be that our understanding that nirjala ekadasi observance to counter mistakes in observance of other ekadasis actually came from the Gaudiya Panjika?

Your humble servant,
Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Jun 25, 2010 @ 5:26 am

A Rare Discovery: Early Research in Vrindavana

Great story Patita Pavan prabhu. Here’s my own little experience with that photo and Srila Prabhupada, on Oct. 5 1976 in Vrindavan:

This morning I showed Srila Prabhupada a photo taken of him on the day he accepted sannyasa. He is standing to the right of the photo, a Godbrother seated in the center, and another sannyasi is standing to the left. Prabhupada smiled when he saw it, but he didn’t think it was such a good photo. He told me that he had taken sannyasa from the Godbrother in the center, Kesava Maharaja, who was the same age as himself. The other devotee was older and had also taken sannyasa on the same day.
It was an opportunity for me to relish Prabhupada’s earlier pastimes, which I love to do, and I took as much advantage of it as I could. I asked whether, as Harikesa Maharaja had told me, Prabhupada had been gored by a cow the day before he took sannyasa.
Prabhupada laughed and shook his head. That incident he said, had occurred in Delhi in 1956, three years before. Prabhupada was in an amenable mood, and shared a few details of his struggles in the 1950s. He said he was living in Delhi as a vanaprastha. “But my paper was going on, Back to Godhead. In Delhi I was alone. I was doing everything — editing, selling, collecting, cooking.”
I asked if his Godbrothers were helping in any way.
“I did not take. They wanted. I did not like.”
I asked, “Did you ever think at that time that you would be able to expand or …”
“I was trying to do. It was a struggle at that time. At that time, I lived with some of my Godbrothers, but I did not like, and I left their temple, and I was living alone. Then in Imlitala you know here? Imlitala, Seva-kunja there is my Godbrother’s temple. He had a temple in Delhi, Karol Bagh. I left Jhansi and came to Mathura. I lived there for few months. Then I went to Delhi. In this way, here, there.”
I told him that Aksaya has been reading one of his original India-printed Bhagavatams, the 1.1. “And I was looking at the front and it gives your residence in Vrndavana at Radha-Damodara and your office in Delhi.”
Prabhupada tipped his head from side to side. “It was not unpleasant. When I was living alone, doing everything, it was not unpleasant, very nice. Alone everything I was doing. Rather, I had not so much anxiety for management.”

You can read the rest of this story in Transcendental Diary Vol. 4

Your humble servant, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Sep 22, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

Hare Krishna Convention-2009 In Bangladesh

Pusta Krishna prabhu’s comments are well taken. In fact, as it was mentioned at the festival, he was one of the first ISKCON devotees to go into Bangladesh. There was one particular incident where he and the devotees he was with were obliged to leave the country and were put at high risk.

None of us at the festival knew all the details of this incident although I recall him telling something about it when we were traveling together on Srila Prabhupada’s party. It would be great if he could narrate it here, for posterity.

Yhs, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Apr 19, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

Changing the Design of the TVP: Reply to Ambarisa

Thank you Pusta Krsna prabhu for your positive endorsement of Ambarish prabhu’s efforts to please Srila Prabhupada and fulfill the instruction he received directly from His Divine Grace to finance the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.

I mentioned in my response to point one of the ‘9 points’ that the first thing the authors should have done, if they really wanted to understand what Srila Prabhupada wanted, is interview those persons who were on the scene at the time. I was one of them, and I contacted Yadubara and Vishakha prabhus and all of us were of the same opinion. Now Pusta Krsna prabhu, who was Srila Prabhupada’s secretary at the time, has also confirmed the same–that Srila Prabhupada liked the Capitol building design and wanted it for Mayapur.

This debate should be based first and foremost on what we know of Srila Prabhupada’s desires for the project. All too often the authors have expressed their own opinions at the expense of Srila Prabhupada’s own stated desires and adopted a disingenuous tack of trying to show that Srila Prabhupada was either ambiguous or unclear in order to justify their own repugnance for the Capitol building design.

He wasn’t, as Pusta Krsna prabhu has resoundingly affirmed here.

Ambarish prabhu has done his best to understand the mood and intent of Srila Prabhupada, and now he is doing his best to fulfill the instruction he received. He deserves everyone’s support and encouragement.

Your humble servant, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Sep 17, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

Reply to point one of nine reasons to change the TOVP

Dvarakadisa prabhu asks:

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?

Ans:
This is a very valid point. The acoustics in the Puspa Samadhi are so bad that its almost impossible to hold a program in it. The design team are aware of this and one of the top acoustic engineers in India has been consulted and will be working with our team to ensure that the TVP acoustics will be first class.

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.

Ans:
When the Puspa Samadhi was opened in 1995 the crowds attending Mayapur increased by a factor of at least 10. During 1998 we kept attendance figures and over 1.5 million visitors were recorded through the gates. There is no question that the TVP will be a magnet for millions. The maintenance of big buildings is always hard work, but in India it will be no problem, as we have seen in our other big projects. The resources are available, the manpower is available–we simply need good managers.

Yhs, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Sep 7, 2008 @ 1:44 am

A reply to concerns about the current design of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

Deena Bandhu prabhu wrote:

“I understand that we have waited a long time, but all good things take some time.”

We have actually waited far too long in mine, and many other devotee’s, opinion. There is a reason why nothing eventuated from nearly 30 years of endeavor and millions of dollars spent. As Srila Prabhupada himself said, “The plans and contemplations are going on in different phases, now when Caitanya Mahaprabhu will be pleased it will be taken up.” Without intending any criticism towards the devotees who have worked on past designs, somehow none of that endeavor resulted in anything tangible. Yet within a very short time, at a fragment of the cost, we are now on the verge of actually beginning the work.

I know at least a few devotees who think that previous designs were not successful because they were not what Srila Prabhupada wanted. It may be premature to say that this design will be successfully built, but at least we know it is what Srila Prabhupada himself desired. I think that is a good premise to proceed on.

DBd further states:
“We also complained a lot about Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi in Vrindavan taking a long time. But the fact was that carving marble nicely takes a long time and now we have a very beautiful building that I think rivals the Taj, which except for it’s size, I never found very inspiring.”

That says it all right there prabhu. You never found the Taj very inspiring. It happens to be one of, if not, the most famous buildings on the planet. That you don’t find our TOVP design very inspiring may be a sign…

DBd’s final point:
“And looking at the presentation on the website, we can see the road running right by the temple and we all know what nightmares Indian roads are. This will create tons of sound pollution.”

Of course the computer animation is just that. It shows the existing road. In the future we may well have a different road system and the main entrance to our ISKCON compound may be elsewhere. We have a city for 50,000 to build. Of course there will be noise and other kinds of pollutions and we will do our best to minimize that. Maybe we will have a restricted area where combustion engines are not allowed and we only use bullock carts for transportation. This has been discussed and will continue to be a focus of attention.

Yhs, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Jul 22, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

Akruranath prabhu wrote:
“It does seem to me that if we are setting out to build something of such significance, which we expect to be the central building of ISKCON for years to come, we would want to get the feedback of respected architects. If Prabhupada really gave such an instruction, it would not suprise me (even though Prabhupada often surprised me). I mean, it only makes sense that we should consult talented architects. Right?”

As a point of information, last year our TOVP team did visit Mr Hiranandani. He is not an architect but one of the biggest developers in India. His son is constructing the tallest building in the world in Dubai. He is a partner in Mr. Hiranandani’s co.He is also on the board of the Sri Nathji Temple and is redeveloping that temple and guest houses and
grounds and paying for it himself.

He appreciated the design very much and said,”Yes this is very beautiful and most important, it is do-able.”

So at least one developer has given his enthusiastic stamp of approval. I don’t doubt that when our building goes up it is going to be very much appreciated. It will be fairly unique in India and the world because of it housing the Vedic Planetarium and its design is going to be a large part of its attraction simply because it is different from other ‘Hindu’ temples in India. Its an east west fusion and that is what Srila Prabhupada wanted.

It is not very credible to argue that it is not an attractive design or that it won’t attract large numbers of visitors. Buildings with similar domes are visited by many millions per year around the world-St Peter’s, St. Paul’s, US Capitol etc. etc. I haven’t heard that anyone has ever called these buildings ugly. They make a very positive statement, and that is what our building will do also.

Yhs, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Jul 22, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

Kulpavana wrote:
“Personally I am more concerned about the Vedic planetarium exhibit this temple is supposed to showcase. Do we actually have something to show inside this building? There are tens of thousands impressive buildings in this world, one more will hardly make a difference. Not so with revolutionary concepts of the Universe – they are rare and can potentially inspire millions of people to take a serious look at the Vedic culture.”

I think this is the real point. One can hardly build anything that has not been built before. The use of the building is what will attract people. For example, in Delhi the Bahai’s built their Lotus temple; right next door is our ISKCON temple. By comparision, our temple comes off a distant second best architecturally. Once you have been to the Bahai place you don’t want to go again because there is no life. But due to its usage our temple is always packed up, the exhibits are visited by approx. 1,000 per day and the project is a huge success.

Yhs, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Jul 22, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

A quick reply to ccd who posted the first comment:

Since you give weight to Srila Prabhupada’s instructions to build a Vrndavana style, or Bombay-style temple, why don’t you give the same weight to his instruction to build a Capitol-building style in Mayapur? Is it because you personally prefer the Vrndavan or Bombay temple designs that you generously give Srila Prabhupada your ‘OK’ on those? And because you don’t personally prefer the design that His Divine Grace picked for Mayapur you therefore want to call for an opinion poll?

If you want an opinion poll then why not take the two opinions that matter the most–Srila Prabhupada’s and Ambarish prabhu, the person who founded the project and the person who is going to pay for it? Or do their opinions not count?

Personally I think that once Srila Prabhupada has expressed his preference, we need not look any further. His vision was transcendental and if he said, and he did say, that if we build such a building it will attract people from all over the world, then that’s good enough for me.

Yhs, Hari-sauri dasa

PS I will also add that to throw open the question of the design now, would be to delay the project many years, probably beyond the life span of most of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples. Its not an option we have. Our duty is to get this building up because we were instructed to do so by His Divine Grace. We now have the means and ability to see it manifest both in terms of constructing the building, and presenting powerful exhibits within that will challenge the false notions of a purely mechanistic world.

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Jul 13, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

Gratitude from Anandalila’s family

Dear Jamal Arjuna, Subhangi, Yaso and all the family,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to our all-merciful gurudev, Srila Prabhupada.

Many thanks for this wonderful account of the successful completion of Lila’s material existence. Sometimes out of the darkest sky a flash of lightning appears and illuminates everything. It is often in the most desperate of times that we experience the greatest mercy, if we but pray for it. Lila’s passing has proved to be a singular event, invoking the personal presence and compassion of the greatest of Vaisnavas, Srila Prabhupada.

Everything that happens in Vrndavana is under the direct control of Srimati Radharani and Her servants. It is clear that whatever little dross of material entanglement Lila had, was cleared up in one dramatic event, leaving her free to complete her onward journey home.

She had deep attachment for Vrndavana, for Radha and Krsna, and for Srila Prabhupada, and that can only have come from lifetimes’ of seva and surrender.

One can speculate that in her past life she must have been a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, and she returned for a brief sojourn in the family of another disciple, just to sustain her connection and complete her journey home.

Another way of looking at it is that Krsna benedicts the entire family of a devotee for many generations in the past and in the future and that He sent Srila Prabhupada to fulfill that promise.

In any scenario, whatever the case, we can’t argue with the will of the Lord, Who is in the heart of all living beings and directs their wonderings, what to speak of His devotees. For anyone who has spent any time in Krsna’s service, and any time in the association of Srila Prabhupada and his associates, the result is always wonderful.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Your humble servant and friend,

Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Feb 13, 2008 @ 9:05 am

Realizations of a Departing Vaisnava

Dear Bhaktirasa prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances_/\ò_. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I just read about your impending departure on Dandavats.com, including your interview with Sangita dasi. I haven’t contacted you since 2006 and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity for a final goodbye.

I am very impressed with your realizations and extremely happy that you have such clarity of thought. You are setting a wonderful example for all the devotees. Your attachment to the kirtana of the Holy Names is your saving grace, as it is for all of us.

It is very good that you are not lamenting about past times spent being diverted. What’s done is done, we are all fallible and subject to distraction and we have had many lifetimes of that. But now we have the means to break clear of that cycle. Srila Prabhupada has given us the philosophical realization and the means. Somehow if we can cling on to the lotus feet of Guru and Krsna then the superficial attractions and tastes for material life are easily washed away by the waves of devotional service.

This is it, this is now the time you can finish up this futile business and regain your real life.

There is nothing to fear in death. I just witnessed the passing away of one of my godbrothers, Nirguna Krishna prabhu here in Mayapur. I saw practically how any little attachments were removed as he took progressive shelter in Krsna. He focused exclusively on hearing and chanting and at the end he departed most gloriously. On his last day with us, Krsna personally invited him into His company and his eyes were shining with delight as he looked forward to his entering into the company of the Lord.

I have no doubt that you are also qualifyng yourself for the same destination. It is not fanaticism to reject everything not connected with Krsna, but it is our natural state. Krsna, Srila Prabhupada and your Guru Maharaja Srila Tamal Krsna Goswami are waiting for you. Don’t hestitate to go–and please pray for this fallen soul that I may join you at some point in the not-to-distant future.

It was a pleasure to know you, although we didnt get much association together. I hope that we can maintain our contact in the eternity to come.

Your humble servant, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Jan 31, 2008 @ 11:21 am

Guru? He will find you…

>>>>>>Hari Sauri prabhu, hari bol.. All glorious to our wonderful and merciful Srila Prabhupada This story I have heard a few times, some devotees suggested it may have been Subala dasa, the Negro devotee, I do not really know. I heard the story second hand.

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Jan 7, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

This is a very inspiring story. I joined in Sydney FEb. 1972 when Mohanananda prabhu was the temple president. What is the name of this hippie from Ken Kesey’s bus that met Srila Prabhupada in New York?

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Jan 5, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

Part 2 What the College Students Really Thought

While I appreciate most of the answers to the students comments, I think your comment “There has been, and perhaps still is, some confusion about the role of women because of the contradictory quotes found in Prabhupada’s writings” is inaccurate and misleading.

Srila Prabhupada’s statements on the role and position of women are not contradictory although they may appear so to an uneducated eye.

They are no more contradictory than Krsna’s statements in Bhagavad Gita:

“According to the three modes of material nature and the work associated with them, the four divisions of human society are created by Me. ”
Bg 4.13

“The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater [outcaste].”
Bg 5.18

To a cursory glance Krsna is contradicting Himself. He is speaking about every living entity being equal, and He is also saying He has created divisions. A devotee knows that these two statement are perfectly complimentary because He knows that there are two states of being: spiritual and material. Similarly, Srila Prabhupada’s statements about women are not contradictory, they simply have to be understood in the correct context.

Your humble servant, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Dec 11, 2007 @ 4:37 am

The value of wearing saris and dhotis in the execution of our devotional activities

Akuranath prabhu’s points are well taken, Srila Prabhupada was not insistent that householders who have to work everyday should wear devotional dress. But it would really be wonderful if someday we see Akruranath sitting on the judge’s bench with shaved head and tilak! Bhaktivinoda Thakura longed to see that day, may be Akruranatha can fulfill that desire.

Urmila’s quotes are welcome and very useful. We should especially note that even if we wear karmi clothes outside, Srila Prabhupada several times stresses wearing devotional clothes within the temple.

Yhs, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Nov 28, 2007 @ 5:51 am

HG Sanjaya Prabhu ACBSP passed away

Many thanks Rambhadra prabhu for your remembrances of Sriman Sanjaya prabhu. Like you I was surprised to hear of his sudden passing. I didn’t know that he was ill. I last saw him at the Manor last summer and he was his usual exhuberant self.

Although I never did any service with him we had a good friendly relationship. He was so enthusiastic to hear about Srila Prabhupada and to inform others about him. His book distribution exploits were renowned, he was one of the best to be sure. We have lost the association of a Godbrother who did wonderful and significant service for many years, and I am sure that Srila Prabhupada and Krsna have suitably rewarded him for his dedication and surrender.

Your humble servant, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Nov 22, 2007 @ 3:42 pm

Reading About Writing

Thanks for these qoutes Madhava Ghosh prabhu, very insightful. I especially liked the one by Thomas Mann.
Here’s another one from a letter Srila Prabhupada wrote to the GBCs in May of 1976, requesting them to relieve him from management so that he could finsh the Srimad Bhagavatam:
” It is document, I have to choose each word very soberly, and if I have to think of management then I cannot do this. I cannot be like these rascals who present something mental concoction to cheat the public.”

And from a press interview on July 14, 1976 in New York:
“‘A fool is so long beautiful as long as he does not speak.’ When he speaks, then you can understand what he is. So my speaking are there in the books, and if you are intelligent, you can understand. You haven’t got to ask. Just like in a court. A big lawyer is known when he speaks, otherwise everyone is a good lawyer. But when he speaks in the court, then he is known, whether he is good lawyer or not. So you have to hear, you have to read; then you’ll understand.”

Your humble servant, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Nov 2, 2007 @ 2:37 am

24 hour Kirtan Vrndavana

Just a small correction — the saying is “resolution, revolution, dissolution–no solution.” This is a quote from Srila Prabhupada after the GBC meetings of 1976. In this article it is in the wrong order.

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Oct 26, 2007 @ 4:36 am

Ragatmika’s surgery

I will be phoning him today and see if we can figure something out. He may have a US bank account which could be used. I will give more info. in a few hours.
Yhs, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Oct 8, 2007 @ 3:41 am

I just got off the phone with Karnapura prabhu. Spiritually they are receiving a lot of help and support, but the monetary side is a bit desperate. He has had to get a loan from his mother to guarantee the operation costs. So far they have had to come up with Rs. 90,000+ and that’s without the post-operation expenses, room costs etc.

If anyone would like to make a contribution please send by Western Union to his karmi name:

Rodson Tewksbury

His Indian Bank info:

Axis Bank (UTI)
Acct number: 005010100369404
Kolkata Main Branch
West Bengal

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Oct 7, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

A glimpse of hell and then the mercy of Lord Krishna and His devotees

I have to apologise to Shyamasundara prabhu and the readers of this article. After Shyama and his wife had dictated the article, and it was written up by a friend in Delhi, I was supposed to edit it. I did so, and then sent it along to Dandavats.com for posting. And now to my surprise, it is the original un-edited version, and try as I might, I can’t find any sign of the edited one, which I spent many hours working on. Oh well, computers!

Just for the record, Shyama is not an Indian citizen, he is of course a Canadian one.

My wife Sitala visited Shyama and Sundari a few days back. Her comment to me was, “I read about it, we talked with them on the phone about it, but to actually see the condition they are in was really shocking.”

Shyama and Sundari also asked me to convey his sincerest thanks to all those well-wishers who wrote to express their prayers and best wishes, or who donated their hard earned laxmi to help with their medical expenses. He is still unable to answer emails yet, because having two broken arms is a bit of handicap for typing. Plus he has to lay down all day so he can only see his computer with it lying on its side. Its a bit difficult….

Your humble servant, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Oct 2, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

A French Revolution?

Its great news that Sri Sri Parisisvara have a new home. Is it in Paris or in a suburb or where? Are there any pictures of the Deities in their new abode?
Your humble servant, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Sep 29, 2007 @ 11:44 am

Ratha-yatra Baghdad

I can’t agree at all with Cidananda prabhu’s comments on the preaching that Partha Sarathi prabhu is doing in Iraq. Partha Sarathi’s efforts have nothing to do with the polictics of the situation. Devotees are transcendental to such things. He is distributing prasadam and books, chanting and holding festivals and that has nothing to do with anything other than distributing the mercy of the Lord where it is most needed.
Iraq is probably one of the toughest but most receptive places on earth right now for spreading Krsna consciousness and Partha Sarathi is doing the most wonderful service possible.
Srila Prabhupada often said that dead men cannot preach. Even though he is in the ‘dead zone’ Partha Sarathi prabhu is very much alive and he is giving real life to all those who he comes in contact with. According to the report, one solider that was killed chanted Krsna’s name as he died. This is the highest fortune. It reminds me of the story Srila Prabhupada told George Harrison in 1976 about Kartikeya’s mother:
July 26, 1976–Bhaktivedanta Manor meeting with George Harrison:

“Our one students, Karttikeya, his mother was very fortunate. So his mother had nothing to do with this Society, but the boy was attached, and she heard several times ‘Krsna,’ that this boy is attached to Krsna. At the time of her death, she asked her son, ‘Is your Krsna here?’ — and died. Just see how fortunate she is. She simply uttered this word, ‘Is your Krsna here?’ then she died. Very fortunate. So on account of her son she got salvation.
“Otherwise, Karttikeya told me that he went to see his mother, and the mother was going to ball dance, and the mother did not receive him well. ‘All right, you sit down. I’ll come again.’ She was such lady. But by Krsna’s grace, at the time of death, she inquired her son, ‘Is your Krsna here?’ Very fortunate.”
Prabhupada’s narrative inspired George to describe his own experience of dealing with death. “When my mother died, I had to send my sister and father out of the room because they were getting emotional. And I just chanted Hare Krsna.”
“Oh, very nice,” Prabhupada said. “So she could hear?”
“I don’t know,” George said. “I don’t know, she was in like a coma or something. It was the only thing I could think of. In 1970. It was the only thing I could think of that may be of value, you know.”
“Anyway,” Prabhupada told him, “if she has heard Hare Krsna, she’ll get the benefit. Either she chants, or somebody chanting, if she hears, sravanam kirtanam, both the same thing. Little chance, sv-alpam apy asya dharmasya trayate mahato bhayat. So let us practice in such a way that at the time of death we may remember. That is success.”

Ref. VedaBase => TD 3-4: London

Although I can’t do much, I am happy to donate to the cookie prasadam team and I hope all devotees who read this will do the same.

Your humble servant, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Sep 23, 2007 @ 5:20 am

Jayananda Prabhu’s Mother

What a great story. How wonderful to see how Krsna arranges for the
spiritual care of His devotees. Jayananda’s mother was undoubtedly some kind
of a devotee otherwise how could she have had such a great soul as her son.
And she was happy her son was a devotee.

In a conversation on the train to Allahabad on January 11, 1977
Srila Prabhupada mentioned the following:

Prabhupäda: … And when Brahmänanda was initiated, his mother was standing.
I asked Brahmänanda, “Take the dust of your mother’s feet first. Then you
offer me obeisances.” Ask Brahmänanda. So he first of all offered his
obeisances to his mother. I told him like that, “You have got good mother.”
I told him like that, “Otherwise how she has got a son like you?”

Your humble servant, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Sep 8, 2007 @ 8:54 pm

SALTED BREAD

This is an important history of the beginnings of Krsna consciousness in the eastern European countries. It is a simple, deeply moving account of two young men’s determination to become devotees despite the constant danger of governmental censure and abuse. It traces their lives from the time they first contact the Krsna conscious devotees to the ultimate sacrifice of Sacisuta prabhu leaving his body in prison.
Sarvabhavana prabhu has done a great service to all Vaisnava’s by presenting his story of extreme self-sacrifice in appalling conditions for the sake of Guru and Gauranga. One would have to have a heart of stone to not be permanently affected by his story. Any follower of Srila Prabhupada should read this book and become inspired. It is a truly potent account of real surrender.
Your servant, Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Sep 13, 2007 @ 7:31 am

A brief overview of the history of the process of initiation in ISKCON.

RE: Comment #4 from Krsna Krpa prabhu:
Haribol,

Very well written article, I really appreciate your words.

Only one point, you mention that few months after first initiations Srila Prabhupada started giving brahmana initiation, but according to other sources (mainly Satsvarupa Maharaj) First brahmana initiations took place in Boston in 1968.

My reply: Yes, I put “a few months” because I didn’t have the information on hand at the time I wrote the article. Its deliberately nebulous but indicates it wasn’t so long after the first hari nama initiations that the diksa initiations began.

By the way, Prabhuji when you will bless us with your new volume of your Transcendental Diary? waiting very eagerly.

HSd: I am working on volume 6 right now. I have about 200 pages done. I am aiming for a Gaura Purnima 2008 release date.

Yhs, Hsd

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Sep 13, 2007 @ 7:39 am

Who says Sri Sri Radha Partha-sarathi is rasa-bhasa?

This is from a morning walk in Nellore, S. India on January 7, 1976 — extract from Transcendental Diary Vol 1:

Acyutananda Mahraja asked about two sets of Deities, one within ISKCON and another elsewhere. At our New Delhi center the Deities are called Sri Sri Radha-Partha-sarathi. Since Partha-sarathi means ‘the chariot driver of Arjuna’ he wanted to know how Radharani, who is only present in Vrndavana-lila, could be included when Krsna is in that role.
Prabhupada answered, “When Krsna is Partha-sarathi, Radha is out of Him? Does it mean? Radha krsna-pranaya-vikrtir hladini saktir. When He is fighting, the hladini sakti is there. It is not manifest.”

Your humble servant,
Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On May 30, 2007 @ 2:12 am

In Prabhupada We Trust

Dear Tamohar prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Thanks for your kind words about Transcendental Diary. The final volume isn’t written yet. I have five out at the moment with two more to come. Vol. 5 is available from the Bhaktivedanta Archives, or from Krishna.com. I will also be selling them at the Prabhupada Festival in LA on May 26-27 and the Panihati festival in Atlanta June 1–3.
Your humble servant,
Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Apr 9, 2007 @ 5:06 am

Rudrani Devi Dasi Leaves Her Body… Gloriously!

What a wonderful result! Rudrani kept full faith in Srila Prabhupada’s words, tolerating a life time of disease and pain and she has been well rewarded for her dedication.

Your humble servant,
Hari-sauri dasa

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Nov 11, 2006 @ 8:14 pm

Disappearance of Srimati Gauri dasi, Yamunangi dasi and Sri Hari dasa

The account information is as follows:

Capitol City Bank
Alachua Fl.
Acc. name: Denis and Susan Harrison
bsb (tracking): 063100688
ac. #: 9605601506

You can please also add that Sujitendriya is reachable by email on Pamho.net — “Sujitendriya (das) (New Matchless Gifts, Mayapur – IN)”
so if anyone wants to send him some words of encouragement, which he needs, it would be much appreciated.

» Posted By Hari Sauri dasa On Oct 6, 2006 @ 8:19 pm

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