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News flash — kindly pray for Subhag Maharaj – updated

HH Subhag Maharaja is the humblest of devotees, the epitome of one who positions himself lower than the straw in the street. He is also a saint and a scholar and a powerful preacher who is hard to find because he is always fully engaged in the missionary work of ISKCON. Caitanya dasi and I have been fortunate enough to have his association and we pray for his speedy and full recovery.
Subhag Maharaja ki Jai!
Your servants,
Paradhyeya Das & Caitanya Dasi

» Posted By Paradhyeya das On Nov 19, 2009 @ 8:54 pm

A Rare Discovery: Early Research in Vrindavana

Prabhuji, dandavats! You have given us a wonderful glimpse into an important piece of ISKCON history regarding that memorable photo of Srila Prabhupada with his sannyas guru Srila Keshava Maharaja.

Perhaps that day when you had a bad experience at the Keshavji Gaudia Math you had forgotten to calculate the auspicious moment to begin your research that day, according to the formula you presented in an earlier post.

It is evident from the beautiul verse you quoted, penned by Srila Prabhupada in glorification of BhaktiPrajnana Keshava Maharaja, that Prabhupada had so many wonderful divine attributes and abilities that were never manifested to us during his lifetime, and that he hid those qualities from us in order that he might devote time to his main work, namely his translations of the major Vaishnava texts, training his diciples and developing ISKCON for the salvation of the whole world and its Kali-yuga inhabitants.

Please keep up with your writing Prabhu. Starting with Motor-cycle Yoga and now stories such as this I look forward to your future articles.

» Posted By Paradhyeya das On Sep 12, 2009 @ 7:38 am

Ratha Yatra Festival of ISKCON Dhaka-2009

Wonderful achievement. Srila Prabhupada would be (is) so pleased. All glories to all the Bangladeshi devotees.

» Posted By Paradhyeya das On Jul 17, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

Vaisnavism in Sikhism

Wonderful article. Thank you. From what we learn here Sikhs are natural candidates for participation in Mahaprabhu’s Sankirtan movement.
Your servant,
Paradhyeya Das

» Posted By Paradhyeya das On Jul 16, 2009 @ 8:10 pm

Beyond Religious Barriers

Congratulations to Arjuna Prabhu and Sundara Lal Prabhu and all the devotees of Mauritius for welcoming the Sufi congregation to facilitate bridging the gap between religious traditions. Evidently the event was a genuine expression of mutual opening of hearts and minds to to the point of bonding on a spiritual level beyond any material conception. One is reminded of BG 10.9 “My devotees…. derive great satisfaction and bliss from elightening one anther and conversing about Me.”
Your servant,
Paradhyeya Das

» Posted By Paradhyeya das On Jul 14, 2009 @ 8:04 pm

Catching car rides to and from the dhams

I am glad that Radhacaran Prabhu has written this letter urging the leaders in Mayapur and Vrindavan to try to impose regulations regarding hours of service, proper licensing and training on the taxi drivers that are used regularly by the devotees. The job of making travel to and from places of pilgrimage safe is as important as putting on the festivals which attract the pilgrims in the first place.
I and my party of 4 experienced a near fatal incident a year ago on our journy to Kolkata airport from Mayapur. The driver was trying to pass a long line of trucks but couldnt make it past the final truck before an oncoming truck blocked him. Fortunately all the vehicles locked up their brakes simultaneously and our Tata Sumo screeched to a halt just inches from the oncoming truck ‘s front bumper. We questioned our driver later and he complained of being forced to drive continuously without enough break-time between trips.
I hope that management addresses this matter with the utmost urgency, particurly in the matter of driver licensing, vehicle registration, insurance and maintenance, regular safety training, and the use of drivers’ log-books from which a page has to be turned in to dispatch every day. The devotees who run taxi-businesses at our temples have a serious responsibility for instituting these safety precautions. Their responsiblity does not end with simply arranging a car and taking some commission.

» Posted By Paradhyeya das On Mar 15, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

Was Shrila Prabhupada a Prophet? Read His Letter to Gandhi and See for Yourself!

Prabhupada’s letter to Gandhi is indeed remarkable from so many angles yet there is one strange anomaly, and that is that Churchill did not die until 1965, yet Prabhupada wrote to Gandhi in 1947. I wonder if anyone has any explanation?
Your servant,
Paradhyeya Das

» Posted By Paradhyeya das On Mar 5, 2009 @ 2:45 am

ISKCON Juhu host GBC Meetings

I have never quite understood why the position of initiating spiritual master was ever considered or talked about as a line of authority ‘parallel’ to GBC. It is a position of authority surely, but only in relation to a guru’s initiated disciples. In all other respects he is a servant of ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada like everyone else. Initiating spiritual master is a service position and must be conducted in the best interests of ISKCON as a whole, otherwise there will be so many competing groups and the transcendental atmosphere of Vaishnava seva will be spoiled.
Your servant,
Paradhyeya Das

» Posted By Paradhyeya das On Oct 18, 2008 @ 3:15 am

HG Sanjaya Prabhu ACBSP passed away

I had the good fortune to witness Sanjaya Prabhu’s bubbling enthusiasm for book distribution during a brief stay at the W55th temple in NY in 1979. I truly envied his dedication as a book distributor. Later on during a visit to the Manor, I heard Sanjay Prabu recounting a sankirtan story of his in which he was held up at gun-point by some crazy fellow in the New York Port Authority bus station. He thought that this was his last moment and he began chanting the Holy Names with great intensitywhen all of a sudden he heard the word “Freeze!” coming from the side. It was a cop who had spotted the incident and had his gun pointed at the crazy man’s head who after some tense moments surrendered. The way Sanjay Prabhu recounted the story had all the devotees doubled up in laughter. Sanjay Prabhu was exemplary as a book distributor and will always remain as an inspiration to all the devotees.

» Posted By Paradhyeya das On Nov 23, 2007 @ 8:58 pm

Hinduization of Iskcon: another view

I share Phanisvara’s positive thoughts about preaching within the Indian community. Even though the average temple situation in North america looks a little bleak in terms of manpower and financial base, the Indian community provide ISKCON with the best preaching opportunities available and serve as a potential source of maintenance revenue. Srila Prabhupada himself advised the devotees in the UK that if we would treat the Indian community properly, then they would maintain our Bhaktivedanta Manor for us, and this has come to fruition today.

What has happened in ISKCON is that the demographics have changed from an ashram-based institution to a congregational institution. ISKCON still has the ashrams but most of the preaching is being done within and by the congregational members.
Srila Prabhupada used to say the the hippies are our best customers. That may have been true 40 years ago but the fact is that the Indian community are our best customers today. They learn how to chant easily, they study Prabhpada’s books eagerly, recognise the importance of initiation and sadhana-bhakti, and they mostly live with their families outside the temples. They are well educated and earn substantial salaries or are in business. For many of them, following the 4 regulative principles was a standard lifestyle that they grew up with. Now as western values and corrupt politics are shrinking and eroding the traditional Indian culture and lifestyle, they are looking for answers and opportunities to get back to the source of their heritage. Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON is the perfect solution for those Indians who are serious about rediscovering their fast-disappearing culture and religion and making it the foundation of their lives. The problem with devotees who are stuck in the past is that they do not want or find difficulty in learning how to share Krishna consciousness with Indian families and become mentors to these innocent and willing participants in the Krishna conscious experience.
As far as the green-card seeking Indian brahmacari goes, lets welcome him and help him on his path to a mature and dedicted life in ISKCON where he can get married live with his family and dedicate himself to a lifetime of service to one of Srila Prabhupad’s temple communities. We simply can not afford to live with our nostalgia for the so called good old days. Today’s preaching is all about relationship and community building. Temples serve as the central magnet but the the real fruits of ISKCON’s growth are being experienced in our communites and congregations, and this is a healthy trend. This trend totally puts the spotlight on the grhasta ashram, the target of so much misunderstanding and neglect in ISKCON in days gone by. It also opens up a vision of Varnashram as we learn to engage in occupational duies and dedicate them for the pleasure of Lord Krishna.

» Posted By Paradhyeya das On Jun 18, 2006 @ 3:16 am

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