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A request for help in starting a new website “For Struggling Devotees”

Very interesting idea. I might suggest a change in title… For Vaishnavas struggling to follow the four regulative principles. Srila Prabhupada wanted us to follow very stricly but I wonder how many brahmacaris are perfectly celibate or how many householders are completely celibate if they are not trying to have children? I know for myself that controlling the senses is always a struggle. It will be interesting to see what kind of response you get and even more interesting to see what your website will be offering. Good luck. HARE KRISHNA.

daso ‘smi,
Nama prabhu dasa

» Posted By Namaprabhu On Jun 13, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

Some Thoughts on Japa

We have put together a small booklet, “My Dear Nama-prabhu…”, to help become free from offensive chanting. Here is the introduction:

Introduction

In the purport to the famous verse, sravanam kirtanam visnu (Srimad Bhagavatam, 7.5.23), in what is the second largest purport in all of his books, Srila Prabhupada says:

“In the book Nama-kaumudi it is recommended that if one is an offender at the lotus feet of a Vaisnava, he should submit to that Vaisnava and be excused; similarly, if one is an offender in chanting the holy name, he should submit to the holy name and thus be freed from his offenses. One should be very humble and meek to offer one’s desires and chant prayers composed in glorification of the holy name, such as ayi mukta-kulair upäsya mänam and nivrtta-tardair upagiyamanad. One should chant such prayers to become free from offenses at the lotus feet of the holy name.”

This small booklet is a humble attempt to expand upon this instruction from Srila Prabhupada. It is a common practice in ISKCON temples to recite the ten offenses to the holy name (from the Nectar of Devotion) or the Sri Siksastaka after mangal arti or tulasi puja before beginning japa. In this booklet we will find the ten offenses from a number of Srila Prabhupada’s books as well as the Sri Siksastaka along with many additional verses glorifying Lord Caitanya and the holy name. These have been divided into seven sections with each section taking only a few minutes to read. In using this booklet, one suggestion would be to read section one on Sunday, section two on Monday and so on. This would provide some transcendental variety for the devotees and perhaps help to improve the quality of their japa chanting. Another way to use the booklet would be to read the first section for one week, then the next section for a week, and so forth. This would be more advantageous for memorization of the verses. In any case, in whichever way it is used, or whoever uses it, be it a temple, a bhakta program, or an individual devotee, we hope that the Vaishnavas will find this booket helpful for deepening their relationship with the glorious and all-merciful holy name of the Lord.

Krsna-nama bhulibe na
Never forget the name of Krsna.

(Svarupa dasa Babaji to Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur)

If anyone is interested in the booklet, you may contact me at: Namaprabhu@aol.com.

» Posted By Namaprabhu On Sep 8, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

Kali yuga Japa Counter!

Srila Prabhupada chanted on beads. End of discussion. Mahajano yena gatah sa panthah.

» Posted By Namaprabhu On Aug 8, 2006 @ 6:10 am

Rashomon: A Few Words on Perspective

For anyone interested in the child protection/abuse issue, I highly recommend seeing the film “Capturing the Friedmans.” This is a current and true version of Rashomon.

Srutadeva das

» Posted By Namaprabhu On Aug 4, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

The Bhajan Kuti case – Disturbed Krishna bhaktas start sankirtan yatra

Dear Dandavats.com,

This is the first I have heard of this situation. Please inform me / your readers in detail about this extremely important news.

Your servant,
Namaprabhu dasa

Moderator’s note: For more details please contact Basu Gosh prabhu: Basu.Ghosh.ACBSP@pamho.net

» Posted By Namaprabhu On Jul 29, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

Srila Prabhupada said that women are less-intelligent than men. Can we support this?

Dear Prabhus,

Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Here are some interesting letters from Srila Prabhupada to different disciples which I hope will shed some light on the subject of “women in Krsna consciousness.” Please try to understand Srila Prabhupada’s mood, which is also Lord Caitanya’s mood and the Supreme Lord Krsna’s mood – that everyone can equally take to this wonderful path of bhakti-yoga and develop love of God. Remember, Srila Prabhupada was actually revolutionary as a sannyasi in his preaching to men and women alike. He was heavily criticized by many in India who held a stereotyped view of women and the rules and regulations of a sannyasi. Srila Prabhupada rejected such criticism and continued to freely distribute Krsna consciousness to one and all. That was due to his soft heart and extremely compassionate nature to all the fallen souls.
Jaya Prabhupada!!

My Dear Himavati,
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated December 9, 1969, along with Deity clothes and my cap. I thank you very much for this. I have learned the story of the delivering of the Berkeley Jagai-Madhais. Although it is surprising, yet it is possible to happen in this Krishna Consciousness Movement. Sri Narottama das Thakura says all sinful persons and suffering persons were delivered by the Sankirtana Movement inaugurated by Lord Caitanya, Who was formerly the Son of Nanda Maharaja, accompanied by Nityananda Prabhu, Who was formerly Sri Balarama. If we keep ourselves purely on the standard of Lord Caitanya’s order, then chanting by us of the Holy Names of Krishna will descend as powerfully as He acted previously, during the time of Jagai and Madhai. So I am very glad that you both, husband and wife, are executing the mission of Lord Caitanya so nicely and faithfully. Please continue to act like that and certainly Lord Caitanya will bestow all His blessings and power upon you. Personally I am so much engladdened that the pairs of young boys and girls whom I have placed in householder life are doing so nicely in the Western world. When Lord Caitanya delivered Jagai and Madhai He was also a householder, but when Jagai and Madhai were actually reclaimed, His wife, Visnupriya, was not there. But in this case and in many other cases also, I find that my disciples combined together, husband and wife, are doing this preaching work so nicely. So I am especially proud how my householder disciples are preaching Lord Caitanya’s Mission. This is a new thing in the history of the Sankirtana Movement. In India all the acaryas and their descendants later on acted only from the man’s side. Their wives were at home because that is the system from old times that women are not required to go out. But in Bhagavad-gita we find that women are also equally competent like the men in the matter of Krishna Consciousness Movement. Please therefore carry on these missionary activities, and prove it by practical example that there is no bar for anyone in the matter of preaching work for Krishna Consciousness.
Hope you are well.
Your ever well-wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

New York
My Dear Jaya Govinda,
Please accept my blessings. I beg to thank you very much for your letter dated Feb. 5. Your attitude of humbleness is praiseworthy. A devotee should always remain humble and meek especially to the authorities and devotees. Lord Caitanya’s philosophy is not to become God, but to become servant, servant, servant of God. The more one becomes the lower grade servant of the Lord, the more he is devoted nearer to the Lord. This is our philosophy. I have all my hearty blessings upon you, please do your duties nicely, and Krishna will be pleased to shower His Blessings upon you. He is very kind to sincere souls, and He gives intelligence from within to sincere devotees. We require only to become sincere in the service of the Lord, then everything is there ready for our convenience.
Regarding lecturing by woman devotees: I have informed you that in the service of the Lord there is no distinction of caste or creed, color, or sex. In the Bhagavad-gita, the Lord especially mentions that even a woman who has taken seriously is also destined to reach Him. We require a person who is in the knowledge of Krishna, that is the only qualification of a person speaking. It doesn’t matter what he is. Materially a woman may be less intelligent than a man, but spiritually there is no such distinction. Because spiritually everyone is pure soul. In the absolute plane there is no such gradation of higher and lower. If a woman can lecture nicely and to the point, we should hear her carefully. That is our philosophy. But if a man can speak better than a woman, the man should be given first preference. But even though a woman is less intelligent, a sincere soul should be given proper chance to speak, because we want so many preachers, both men and women.
Hope you are well.
Your ever well-wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

My Dear Silavati,
Please accept my blessings. I thank you very much for your letter dated June, 1969, and I have carefully noted the contents therein. Regarding the suggestion that you remarry, I have never suggested such thing, so you need not trouble yourself with this. As I have told you in Los Angeles, I wish that the mother’s who have no husband at present should not remarry, but should dedicate their time to seeing that their children are brought up very nicely in Krishna Consciousness. Your boy, Birbhadra, has just arrived here, and he will be taken care of by Kirtanananda Maharaja. Satyabhama Dasi is in charge of educating the children in New Vrindaban, and she is very qualified to do this because she is educated and works very nicely with the children. So there is no difficulty at present in this regards, and as you are so nicely engaged in your activities in Los Angeles, you should continue as you are now doing. Your description of the course you are giving to the interested girls about the role they play in Krishna Consciousness is very nice, and I am pleased that you have begun this project. Actually the role of all conditioned souls is the same; to chant Hare Krishna, tell others to chant, perfect our lives in Krishna Consciousness, and to go back to Godhead when this body is finished. Now if you can induce all the women of Los Angeles to place an altar in their homes and help their husbands have peaceful, happy home life in Krishna Consciousness, that will be very great service for you. The actual system is that the husband is Spiritual Master to his wife, but if the wife can bring her husband into practicing this process, then it is all right that the husband accepts wife as Spiritual Master. Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said that anyone who knows the science of Krishna, that person should be accepted as Spiritual Master, regardless of any material so-called qualifications; such as rich or poor, man or woman, or brahmana or sudra. So if you can show the women of the community how to help their husbands and children to perfect their home life, and all aspects of life, in Krishna Consciousness by chanting, aratrik ceremonies, and eating Krishna prasadam, then you will improve the conditions of the neighboring communities to an incalculable extent. So try for this as far as possible. I already have practical experience that many of the American girls and boys are very intelligent and qualified to take up this sublime movement. We simply have to instruct them nicely, and surely many will understand that here is such a nice thing and they must take to it. So I am very pleased with the nice efforts you are making. I hope this will meet you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher.
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Brooklyn
My dear Ekayani,
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated November 1, 1972, and I have noted the contents with great concern. I do not know why these things inventions are going on. That is our only business, to invent something new programme? We have already got our Vaisnava standard. That is sufficient for Madhvacarya, Ramanujacarya, it was sufficient for Lord Caitanya, six Gosvamis, for Bhaktivinode Thakura, for my Guru Maharaja Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, for me, for all big big saints and acaryas in our line–why it shall be inadequate for my disciples so they must manufacture something? That is not possible. Who has introduced these things, that women cannot have chanting japa in the temple, they cannot perform the arati and so many things? If they become agitated, then let the brahmacaris go to the forest, I have never introduced these things. The brahmacaris cannot remain in the presence of women in the temple, then they may go to the forest, not remaining in New York City, because in New York there are so many women, so how they can avoid seeing? Best thing is to go to the forest for not seeing any women, if they become so easily agitated, but then no one will either see them and how our preaching work will go on?
They should not simply, husband and wife, live in the room together in the temple, otherwise there is no restriction. How it can be? It is not possible.
Hoping this will meet you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

London
My dear Malati,
Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated 21, Dec. 74 and have noted the contents carefully.
So you please continue your devotional service, cooking etc, and you can also keep giving Bhagavatam class if you like. Women in our movement can also preach very nicely. Actually male and female bodies, these are just outward designations. Lord Caitanya said that whether one is brahmana or whatever he may be if he knows the science of Krsna then he is to be accepted as guru. So one who gives class, he must read and study regularly and study the purport and realize it. Don’t add anything or concoct anything, then he can preach very nicely. The qualification for leading class is how much one understands about Krsna and surrendering to the process. Not whether one is male or female.
I hope this meets you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

In conclusion, when asked if women were less intelligent Srila Prabhupada replied: “Yes. If they think they are women they are less intelligent!” Hare Krishna!!

Your humble servant,
Namaprabhu dasa

» Posted By Namaprabhu On Jul 29, 2006 @ 11:53 pm

But Badri — Isn’t Truth Many-Sided?

Dear Prabhus,

I humbly request the help of the Vaishnavas. After reading the articles by Badrinarayana and Satyaraja I have many questions. Badrinarayana prabhu mentioned in his article that there are photos showing victims covered with black and blue welts. This is the first I have heard of such “hard” evidence. He also states that Dhanurdhara Swami admits to this abuse. I didn’t realize that he had admited to beating the children so severely. Is there someone besides Badrinarayna and Satyaraja who can confirm the existence of these photos and the confession? And if such photos do exist, then why has it taken over twenty years for them to surface? And why aren’t there other teachers besides Dhanurdhara being prosecuted? He couldn’t be the only one responsible for all the abuse in all the gurukulas. I think it would be helpful to get come clarification on these points. Thank you.

Your humble servant,
Namaprabhu dasa

» Posted By Namaprabhu On Jul 21, 2006 @ 7:02 am

Ask a GBC

Great idea! Have a different GBC or sannyasi every week. That would be very nice. Thank you for your wonderful service!

Namaprabhu dasa

» Posted By Namaprabhu On Jul 7, 2006 @ 8:36 pm

Was the head of our sampradaya a child abuser?

Dear Tamohara and Visakha Priya prabhus,

Thank you for your very nice article and response. Yet, just for the sake of clarity and accuracy please allow me to make some comments. Tamohara prabhu, in your article you say, “Srila Prabhupada very clearly states in one of the first purports that this was NOT the Brahma who was instructed from within by Krsna, and became the founder of our sampradaya…” However, in the actual purport Srila Prabhupada says:

“This extraordinary immorality on the part of Brahma was heard to have occurred in some particular kalpa, but it could not have happened in the kalpa in which Brahma heard directly from the Lord the four essential verses of Srimad-Bhagavatam because the Lord blessed Brahma, after giving him lessons on the Bhagavatam, that he would never be bewildered in any kalpa whatsoever. This indicates that before the hearing of Srimad-Bhagavatam he might have fallen a victim to such sensuality, but after hearing Srimad-Bhagavatam directly from the Lord, there was no possibility of such failures.”

So Srila Prabhupada is making the point that the indiscretion of Brahma must have occurred in a different kalpa, before hearing from the Lord, not that it was a different Brahma. Srila Prabhupada goes on to say:

“They knew very well that even though their father committed a mistake, there must have been some great purpose behind the show, otherwise such a great personality could not have committed such a mistake. It might be that Brahma wanted to warn his subordinates about human frailties in their dealings with women. This is always very dangerous for persons who are on the path of self-realization.”

Here Srila Prabhupada explains the real reason behind the apparent lustfulness of Brahma. Visakha Priya please take note. Lord Brahma is not a child abuser. As Srila Prabhupada points out in these two conversations:

Devotee: So, Srila Prabhupada, isn’t Lord Brahma the original spiritual master in our sampradaya?
Prabhupada: Yes. But we should take that it was his lila to show that “Even I am subjected. How much you should take risk here.” We should take like that because he’s our guru. We should not take him that he was subjected to lusty desires, but he made a show that “Even I am also subjected.” And he gave up this, changed the body for that.

Devotee: I was recently told by one devotee that the acarya does not have to be a pure devotee.
Prabhupada: What?
Devotee: That the acarya does not have to be a pure devotee.
Prabhupada: Who said? Who is that rascal? The acarya does not require to be a pure devotee?
Devotee: He said it in this context. He said that Lord Brahma is the acarya in the Brahma-sampradaya, but yet he is sometimes afflicted by passion. So therefore he is saying that it appears that the acarya does not have to be a pure devotee. So it does not seem right. So there’s no doubt that Lord Brahma is a pure devotee?
Prabhupada: Whatever he may be, he is acarya. These things are to be seen in this way, that “Such exalted person, he sometimes become passionate, so how much we shall be careful.” This is the instruction. Then we petty things, petty persons, how much we shall be careful. It is not that “Acarya has become passionate, therefore I shall become passionate. I am strict followers of acarya.” These rascals say.
Indian man: In this world this is our disease. This is our disease.
Prabhupada: Yes. That disease… Brahma… Lord Siva also, he was attracted to the Mohini. So they are acarya. They are controllers. So the instruction is that even such personalities may be sexually attracted, so how much we shall remain careful. This is the instruction.

So I think that it is clear from these conversations that the Lord Brahma who became apparently lustful towards his daughter is the same Lord Brahma who is the head of our sampradaya. But rest assured Tamohara prabhu, the foundation of our disciplic line is not threatened by his actions but rathered strengthened by it.

Now also in the above conversation and in Tamohara’s article it is mentioned that Brahma gave up his body. However in another purport Srila Prabhupada clarifies this:

“According to Sridhara Swami, Brahma’s constant dropping of his body does not refer to his actually giving up his body. Rather, he suggests that Brahma gave up a particular mentality. Mind is the subtle body of the living entity. We may sometimes be absorbed in some thought which is sinful, but if we give up the sinful thought, it may be said that we give up the body.”

So in closing I would just like to say that we must be constantly on guard against the temptations of maya, whether subtle or gross. We should not think that we are so advanced that we are above lusty thought or activities and we should be prepared daily, to give up our bodies in the constant struggle to advance in Krsna consciousness.

» Posted By Namaprabhu On Jul 1, 2006 @ 8:49 pm

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