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This is not only a philosophical point, it’s a social consideration. Having spent the last 20 years in India, I can say that in the village areas, and homes of cultured city people there, it’s simply what is done. If you go to someone’s home they will come out and insist (insist!) that they wash your feet. It’s generally not a big ritual, they just throw some water on your feet, or have you put them under a faucet, and sometimes rub them. Generally, I’ve found it more strange if you refuse or fight against them. On the other hand when visiting devotees in the west it’s never come up, and frankly I would very very uncomfortable if someone wanted to do that.
Our Vaishnava culture is different in different places.
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 21.04.2013 @ 18:12
Nice points from Gaura Keshava Prabhu. Someone may say that we only need to chant and that purifies us both internally and externally. That is a fact, however it does not purify the items we offer.
I have a few questions connected to this topic that I wonder if Gaura could address: If all bhoga and other items are considered contaminated by the eclipse does that contamination go away after the eclipse or do the items need to be purified afterwards? And in that case what about the grains growing in the farmer’s field etc? I’ve heard that some temples place kusa grass over the bhoga.
If you have any further comments or information on this topic I would appreciate it.
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 28.05.2012 @ 16:48
THANK YOU! Nice article. Good common sense points. Srila Prabhupada often said that his only qualification was that he didn’t change anything. No matter how noble our intention is, why should we concoct a new name and position for Srila Prabhupada? If we do, we may end up making some offense.
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 15.04.2012 @ 08:29
The following statement was given by Dhristadyumna Prabhu, when he was relating his remembrances of Srila Prabhupada. The circumstances at the time Srila Prabhupada made this statement were in 1976, when Madhudvisa had disappeared and given up sannyasa. Srila Prabhupada said:
“Actually I have not given any of you sannyasa. But I am in a war with Maya, the material energy, and I need leaders.” He said, “It is called in wartime ābattlefield commission.’ There are no qualified leaders, but someone has to lead the charge. So you take every fifth man, āYou are now lieutenant of the squad.’ He is really a private, but we make him lieutenant for the day and he leads the charge.” Then Prabhupada said, “It is to be understood that you are not sufficiently equipped for this fight and most of you will go down.”
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 23.03.2012 @ 04:58
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Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 20.02.2012 @ 17:20
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Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 17.02.2012 @ 15:09
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Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 03.02.2012 @ 16:03
āThere but for the grace of God go I.ā
Well said. Sadhu! Sadhu!
Thank you Bhakti Vikasa Maharaja for an article that brought some happiness to my heart. Prabhavishnu Prabhu did so much for Srila Prabhupada! I take the dust of his feet on my head. I pray that whatever his situation, he continues to progress on this path. There are many lessons from this incident both for us as individual devotees and as a society.
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 13.01.2012 @ 07:06
Dear Mother Yamuna, thank you so much for everything you have given us. Even though I only had your sanga a few times, your association penetrated my hard heart. Thank you for all of your encouragement. You are a great example for all of us.
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 21.12.2011 @ 06:16
Beautiful handwriting. It looks almost like printed text. Thanks for posting this Maharaja.
Comment Posted By Madhavananda Das (Orissa) On 16.12.2011 @ 16:05