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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.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Aug 20, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

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.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Jul 21, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

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)

» Posted By Madhusudana On Dec 22, 2009 @ 6:19 am

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.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Dec 12, 2009 @ 4:09 am

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.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Aug 25, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

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.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Jul 5, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

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

» Posted By Madhusudana On Apr 17, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

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

» Posted By Madhusudana On Mar 13, 2009 @ 2:32 am

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

» Posted By Madhusudana On Feb 15, 2009 @ 12:52 am

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.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Sep 20, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

Nrismhananda prabhu,

I know you were going along with the tongue in cheek article by Praghosh, but your statement near the end of your entry (below) confused me. Did you make a mistake in what you wrote, or is there something in the humor I’M not undertanding? Were you being doubly facetious?

>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.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Sep 19, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

TVP–A Personal Reflection

I’m really sorry Akruranatha prabhu; when I saw the title “cell phone story” I assumed that it was the whole lecture. But it was only the short middle part of his talk. I’ve asked Mahat Tattva if anyone recorded the lecture, and I’m still waiting to find out. I try to ask around a bit. It’s the lecture in it’s entirety that was REALLY amazing. We’ll see….

» Posted By Madhusudana On Sep 9, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

Regarding Radhanatha Swami, I would highly encourage everyone to listen to his lecture from last night in San Diego about the “cell phone story.” I am still “soaking wet” from swimming in bliss from hearing that talk.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Sep 6, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

Memorial for Sudama

Dear Omkara dd,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We thank you over and over again for the wonderful memories of our godbrother Sudama prabhu. Yes, he was sweet devotee an amazingly charismatic personality–beautiful bodily features and a creative dancer and actor. I remember watching him in awe, dancing in the harinam party in NY. His love for Prabhupada was inspiring. We are honored to have been his friend.

Just reading your account was very purifying. I had many layers of realization. One of which was that I hope to never take any devotee for granted–considering someone to be “just a woman,” or “just a mother,” or “just a temple devotee.” Your own part in this story is also very inspiring. After reading I felt a renewed faith in, and connection with, Krishna, as I gazed at my Jagannath Deities.

As we were honored to know Sudama prabhu, we are also honored to know you, that we were there when you joined in Brooklyn, and served together in Los Angeles. We were so happy to read your memories.

We beg to remain your humble servants,
Madhusudan and Kanchanbala

» Posted By Madhusudana On Aug 9, 2008 @ 4:06 pm

Passing of yuga dharma

I loved Yugadharma because he was so loyal to Srila Prabhupada. He loved Prabhupada so much. He always treated me with respect and affection as his godsister. He was just so honest. “What you see is what you get.” Madhusudan and I had very sweet dealings with him and wonderful wife Srisa and family.

We’ll miss him.

Kanchanbala dd

» Posted By Madhusudana On Feb 18, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

My first recollection of Yugadharma prabhu was around 1975 in Los Angeles when Srila Prabhupada was there. I noticed that he managed to always be right near Prabhupada during the lectures. I thought, “who is this guy, he’s just a new devotee, how does he get to be so close?” He knew where the nectar was.

Yuga had a very strong, muscular body and could have a bit of a tough demeanor. But beneath that shell he had a soft, emotional, sweet side. I experienced that first hand as I got to know him during the last 5-6 years of his life here.

We met in Vrindavan a few years ago and everyday he would relate to me, with great pleasure, his experience of being with the Deities on the altar for Mangal Arotik. He absolutely loved to be with the Deities. During that visit he took me under his wing because he knew his way around Vrindavan, and I felt protected by him. He took me to a wonderful spot in the Yamuna where we bathed in her silky waters. He knew where and when to get nice prasadam, or Mahaprasadam.

As Janaka Rsi related, during any ecstatic kirtan Yuga could always be found in the middle—where the action was. He loved to dance. And during the LA Rathayatras we would always see him up on the cart there with the Deities that he had such genuine affection for.

He often expressed his friendship and appreciation for me and I valued his in return. I feel benefited to have known him.

Jai Yugadharma prabhu.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Feb 18, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

Realizations of a Departing Vaisnava

Dear Bhaktirasa prabhu,

Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Jayate!

Thank you so much for sharing your realizations as you approach departure from this world. Your strength and determination of purpose has given me added inspiration to take my chanting that much more serious. This is preaching to devotees. And that we know is VERY pleasing to Krishna. I pray for your constant remembrance of Krishna, and am honored to considered among your devotional family members.

Your servant and well-wisher,
Madhusudan das (ACBSP)

» Posted By Madhusudana On Jan 30, 2008 @ 6:43 pm

Jayo Das ACBSP Hospitalized in University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, Colorado

Dear Jayo Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Although we didn’t have much interaction, we were at the same temple briefly, many years back, perhaps NY or maybe LA. I remember you as an enthusiastic and jovial, powerful and imposing, devotee and preacher. I was pained to hear of your physical difficulties. I would like to add my good wishes, along with all the other devotee well wishers, for your spiritual and material strength to get through it successfully. May you always remember Krishna.

Your servant and godbrother,
Madhusudan das

» Posted By Madhusudana On Jan 26, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

Update 2 on Shyamasundara Dasa and Mother Sundari Radhika Devi Dasi

My wife and I are happy to hear that you are both gradually making a recovery. Just reading about your account of the accident and the aftermath was painful, what to speak about living through it. We are so glad that devotees have stepped up and offered so much helping service, and we thank HH Gopal Krishna Maharaj for facilitating that help.

We pray that you both will soon be able to enjoy your service to Sri Sri Radha and Krishna in a more and more comfortable state.

ys
Madhusudan das and Kanchanbala dasi (ACBSP)

» Posted By Madhusudana On Dec 7, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

Bhakta Program in San Diego

Akruranath prabhu,

Yes, somehow I jumped to conclusion when quickly looking for something missing. I guess it was a case of “expectant psychology.” I had a preconceived notion–and then I found it–or in this case MISSED the photo that was always there. Wow, the power of illusion!

Yes, I’m that Madhusudana, and Kanchanbala and I are always looking forward to your and Jagarini’s association too.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Nov 1, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

I think Suresh is referring to the missing picture of Srila Prabhupada.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Oct 31, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

Radhanath Prabhu Left his body

Dhanesvara prabhu,

Thank you for your beautiful eulogy for Radhanatha prabhu. It was like the unfolding of another lotus petal of his wonderful devotional mood.

It was inspirational for both Kanchanbala and I.

Where are you these days?

ys
Madhusudan and Kanchanbala

» Posted By Madhusudana On Nov 1, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

Radhanatha Prabhu

I have visited him twice. It is not possible for him to speak on the phone. He can receive visitors if you are in the San Diego area. For information about his condition you can call Arya Siddhanta on the phone number above.

It is true that although Radhanatha prabhu has been in just about the most difficult and uncomfortable physical condition you could imagine he has always remained fixed in his Krishna Consciousness. He’s been continually distributing books while in a wheelchair.

A while ago I was having a difficult time between jobs, out of nowhere Radhanatha called with some suggestions, as he was thinking about my welfare. He continued to ask about my job situation each time I saw him.

Amidst his difficult and uncomfortable condition he has been compassionate and kind, not only to the general public, but also to his godbrothers.

He reminds me of what a devotee is supposed to be like.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Oct 21, 2007 @ 6:29 am

Update on Ragatmika dasi’s surgery

It’s 11:00 pm, October 9th. We just an email confirming that the money sent through Payal was received.

ys
Madhusudan and Kanchanbala

» Posted By Madhusudana On Oct 10, 2007 @ 7:04 am

It’s 7:25 am, October 9th. We just sent $30.00 US through Paypal. It is so amazingly simple, and ideal especially for smaller amounts of monies. We thank all of those help this sincere soul.

ys
Madhusudan and Kanchanbala

» Posted By Madhusudana On Oct 9, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

Ragatmika’s surgery

Any possibility he could set up a Paypal account? That way those would can only afford to send a more humble donation wouldn’t have to spend something like a $20.00 fee to send $20.00–it doesn’t make sense.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Oct 7, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

AN INTERVIEW WITH PARTHA SARATHI DASA

Partha Sarathi prabhu has my utmost admiration. He is among that rare breed of devotees that actually exist in an atmosphere that is constantly life-threatening, yet he takes all opportunity to serve Krishna, openly, and not only that preach! I pray for his good wishes towards me, and if I have any blessings to offer him, THEY’RE HIS!

Madhusudan das (ACBSP)

» Posted By Madhusudana On Oct 4, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

Temporary hospice in Vrindavan

I give a regular donation each month through Paypal, and although it is very small it gives me great joy to know that I have contributed to the service of a devotee in Vrindavan. By the way, the web address listed it spelled wrong. It should be http://www.buddhiyoga.org.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Aug 7, 2007 @ 6:07 pm

Yamuna’s Leftover Rice

Just so as not to scare anybody, my comment about leprosy concerns mixing milk and salt, as in the quote from Prabhupada I found on the Vedabase below:

“Milk and salt should never be mixed, it is improper, and will cause leprosy. But salt can be mixed with yogurt.”

I couldn’t find anything about reheating rice.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Jul 12, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

I don’t know if it’s “bonafide” but when I ran Jagannath’s Cart restaurant in San Francisco we found a way to not waste the leftover prasadam rice. We would refridgerate it then the next day put the rice in a colander and place it in a big pot with water on the bottom and steam the rice, thereby cooking it with water as opposed to drying it by cooking out the moisture–which is what I understood to be the cause of the rice becoming unhealthy (was it leprosy or something that it caused?). All I know is the rice was fluffy, not crisp, and tasted wonderful.

» Posted By Madhusudana On Jul 10, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

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