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Letter From New Mayapur France GBC

“This terrible incident should also be taken as a lesson that ISKCON Europe’s devotees must start to seriously consider what we need to do in order to provide proper facilities for our devotees who have served for a lifetime, but who can no longer do so. Aged and sickly devotees should not become so isolated that they become overwhelmed by the idea of themselves being a burden.”

It is not just ISKCON Europe’s devotees, but all ISKCON devotees, myself and leaders included. Somehow or other we have to remedy this situation. Devotees are valued when they are doing service but when THEY need service it seems like we are all “too busy.” The movement now is so large it is too easy to be impersonal, to just hide and turn a blind eye.

Perhaps members of each ISKCON community and temple can band together and endeavor to make those infirm devotees feel wanted and encouraged rather than isolated or neglected.

Comment Posted By Madhusudana On 20.08.2010 @ 16:21

HG Aindra Prabhu

Thank you for this. It is well spoken and true. I follow your advice to pray for a drop of his attachment to the holy names.

Comment Posted By Madhusudana On 21.07.2010 @ 13:35

How Will the Forthcoming Eclipses Affect You?

Sankarsana prabhu,

Thank you for expressing exactly what I would have liked to say but didn’t.

Patita Pavana prabhu,

You dazzled me with your astrological descriptions. I did not have the knowledge to pick apart (as others may) whether every detail was correct or not. But you always enliven me with how you quickly connect what you say to some Krishna centered context. It is purifying to hear and pleasing to the heart.

Varnadi and Somayaji prabhus,

You both dazzled me with you sharp intellect and knowledge. I did not have the knowledge to pick apart whether every detail was correct or not. But you did not enliven me in Krishna Consciousness. Rather, it aroused my anger at the way you were so intent to “tear apart” the person of Patita Pavana prabhu. Where was the Vaisnava etiquette? Many of the other prabhus’ comments painted a picture of PP prabhu as someone who was not a “Marketer” but a “Servant of the Servant.” Did that make any impression? I think you have misjudged PP prabhu, and harshly at that. Might that be taken into consideration? Or, are your criticisms, and being right, the only things you are interested in?

Hoping to be your humble servant,
Madhusudan das (ACBSP)

Comment Posted By Madhusudana On 22.12.2009 @ 06:19

For a devotee who is convinced that their dependence on the Holy Name is all they need and are prepared to accept whatever circumstance Krishna arranges, perhaps they can do without any astrological guidance. As for myself, I would not reject a simple astrological reading from an devotee Vedic astrologer when embarking on any serious, potentially life-changing, situation, i.e., travel to India, starting a new business, investing a large sum of money, etc. And I still pray to Radha and Krishna to kindly engage me in Their service.

While Sri Patita Pavana has dazzled us with his astrological erudition, the concluding portion of his article (and his subsequent comment) shows he is a serious devotee at heart, and one who knows that the goal of life is pleasing the Lord of us all. Then he ends with a simple entreaty: If anyone would like some reassurance of proper timing to start some event, his services are available. I thought his purpose was quite clear.

Comment Posted By Madhusudana On 12.12.2009 @ 04:09

Gita Changes Online Soon

It seems that what Locanananda is asking is not too “off base.” Why not make the judged changes, whether obviously grammatically incorrect or bring in the original manuscript version, BUT have them all annotated so that it is clear what is being changed? That seems reasonable; both in the scholarly sense as well as for the reference of devotees.

Comment Posted By Madhusudana On 25.08.2009 @ 20:02

Siddhanta’s Das’ “Memories” Series: Sacred Recollections of Shri Guru

If I was as eloquent and articulate as Sri Patita Pavana das I would have written a similar entry as he. Srila Prabhupad was (is) such a huge spiritual gem that none of us could view all his amazing facets. But Siddhanta prabhus “Memories” allows us to view SO MUCH more than any of us has seen–through the descriptions of his disciples who were present in all the various places he visited. And the words of love from some of his grand disciples, who did not have his vapu association further expands the view of his greatness.Anyone who wants to spend some intimate time with Srila Prabhupada will relish these dvd’s.

We all owe Siddhanta prabhu a debt of gratitude for taking the time and energy to record all those recollections.

Comment Posted By Madhusudana On 05.07.2009 @ 15:08

Syamapriya devi dasi’s return to Godhead

Thank you all so much for being there for her. It is so sweet. She is lovingly in our thoughts and prayers.

We love this family of ours–Srila Prabhupada’s family. We never want to leave it. All glories to the assembled devotees.

Always begging to remain your humble servants,
Madhusudan and Kanchanbala

Comment Posted By Madhusudana On 17.04.2009 @ 16:44

The departure of Puri Maharaja

A few years ago I had the great fortune of being introduced to BB Puri Maharaj by my godbrother Guru Kripa prabhu (who I owe a debt to for that). He was very kind towards me and I felt he was like a loving spiritual uncle. When he gave a talk in the courtyard of his temple in Vrindavan he had me sit right in front of him at his feet. He began by wholeheartedly glorifying what Srila Prabhupada had done. I felt greatly benefitted by his association.

The day before hearing about his passing my wife, my daughter, and myself watched him on the Memories CD’s of Siddhanta prabhu. Just from that my daughter had some affection for him and when she heard he had passed away became very sad. Such is the potency of a moments association of a pure devotee.

Aspiring to be the servant of the Vaishnavas,

Madhusudan das

Comment Posted By Madhusudana On 13.03.2009 @ 02:32

Prayers for Yamaraja prabhu

To my old friend and BBT buddy Yamaraj,

I offer my humble obeisances. He is one of the unsung heroes of the Krishna Consciousness movement. He has done untold amount of service, and is worthy of MY worship. I unreservedly offer my heartfelt prayers for his wellbeing. I am sure that both Srila Prabhupad and Krishna are pleased with him. He doesn’t need my prayers for his spiritual welfare, but I offer them for my own purification. I pray that any discomfort he may feel is minimized. And if Krishna decides to take him back soon, I hope that he will take my good wishes with him. It was an honor to serve side by side with him.

Your humble servant,
Madhusudan das

Comment Posted By Madhusudana On 15.02.2009 @ 00:52

Can somebody put a stop to this before its too late?

Nrsimhananda prabhu,

Now I see how I misunderstood. Even though I copied the segment below from your entry I had STILL read it as “simple living, high thinking,” instead of what you wrote, “simple thinking, high living.” Hence my confusion. Sorry. What is that saying, “Even seeing they still don’t see? Or, as Prabhupada says, imperfect senses, tends to make mistakes.
Nice to hear from you and see your cheshire grin.

ys
Madhusudan das

>My obeisances hundreds of times to Bhaktimarg Swami for resisting the temptation to live a simple thinking, high living life enjoyed by those who are attempting to compromise his preaching example.

Comment Posted By Madhusudana On 20.09.2008 @ 15:42


 


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