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Not male or female, the real question is who is qualified?

Yes Guru should be an uttama adhikari that is stated by Srila Prabhupada so many times like quoted above by Sita Rama Prabhu in Nectar of Instruction vers 5 purport , otherwise one will not advance very much in KC…due to insufficient guidance

» Posted By Paramananda das On Jan 29, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

BB Govinda Swami οn the death of the young Indian girl who was gang raped in Delhi

well sometimes it turns out better…

» Posted By Paramananda das On Jan 5, 2013 @ 5:43 am

There is no need for reformers so we should let the rapists run free? This is not a good quote here…
It is the duty of any gentleman to defend a lady that is attacked in such a brutal way ,I like to share how on Indian soldier recently brawely protected a woman in India from beinfg rapped on a train , killing 3 and fighting 40 single handedly

» Posted By Paramananda das On Jan 5, 2013 @ 5:35 am

Vegans in ISKCON

yesterday I saw a posting that stated an ISKCON temple was doing abhiseka with Soymilk …..this is a deviation ….

» Posted By Paramananda das On Jan 7, 2013 @ 11:58 am

Locan Prabhu’s daughter Rasa Priya passed away

I remember mother Rasa Priya from our ISKCON Padayatra in 1989 when we walked from SF to Tiruana and she was always blissfully engaged in Kirtana rasa that I know she liked so much ,she was a natural devotee born in a devotee family.Srila Prabhupada often stated that demigods line up to take birth in ISKCON, I am sure she has entered Krsnas nitya lilas for futher advancement in KC…I am praying to Giriraja Govardhana to keep her safe at His lotusfeet and engage her in eternal service to Radha Krsna and Lord Caitanya,and Srila Prabhupada

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 25, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

Varnasrama: Protection or Exploitation!

Women are not objects to mens sensegratification or visa versa this is not our KC philosophy ,it has all been very nicely explained in the 7th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam chapter 11 text 25 to 30 this is the duty of women.And everythng else is not stri dhama…has one single vers in Srimad Bhagavatam stated that womens duty is to be a diksa Guru….no never ever ever. In Caitanya Caritamrta? Never. In any of Srila Prabhupadas books? Never.
Besides this diksa is not a cheap matter, many take a vow to chant even minimum 16 rounds and fail to do
that and follow 4 regulative principles.

What is the duty of a woman ? SB 7 canto chapter 11 text 29 states it very clearly …so no matter how it is turned and twisted without referring to sastra these arguments if not based on sastra has zero value..Womens duty is never as diksa Guru, this is adharma

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 28, 2012 @ 9:51 am

Bhagavata-Bhakta Christ

Mahatma Prabhu what reference is that ? The Bhavisya Purana states that Jesus encouraged chanting of the holy name , the sermon on the mount he stated about so many persons that was blessed :

5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

He said:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

» Posted By Paramananda das On Jan 5, 2013 @ 5:25 am

you doubt as you please I have no problems with any statements in Bhavisya Purana ,I see no prove of any tampering, only hearsay

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 29, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

Some scholars doubt the mention of Adam and Eve ,Noahs ark etc, however the part about Jesus Christ in India is not in doubt by any major scholar and it is musch in line with the Hemis Manuscripts from the same time period tell the same story of Jesus Christ

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 29, 2012 @ 2:03 am

Interpolations can happen it is certainly there in the Mahabharat, HH Hrdayananda Maharaja send me a nice email about interpolationes in Mahabharata . However I see no prove of the interpolationes in Bhavisya Purana ,though many talk of them. If there is any prove of it I am interested to hear about it but we have to be careful otherwise to doubt sastra.
But I think it is a subject that should be looked into futher .Nandananda Prabhu has written soemthing very detailed on this subject:

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 28, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

The Hemis Manuscripts are a set of ancient documents hidden away in a remote monastery high in the mountains along the Tibet India border. The documents states Jesus of Nazareth visited India between the ages 12 to 30, his so called missing years of the Bible

The indian Goverment has released a very important movie about Jesus Christ in India:

The BBC also has released a series of documentaries of Jesus Christ in India.\\

The Bhavisya Purana quotes are authentic and shows the same as the Hemis Manuscripts that Jesus was indeed in India

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 28, 2012 @ 11:02 am

Actually Bhavisya Purana is one of the 10 Mahapuranas…

SB 12.13.4-9: The Brahmā Purāṇa consists of ten thousand verses, the Padma Purāṇa of fifty-five thousand, Śrī Viṣṇu Purāṇa of twenty-three thousand, the Śiva Purāṇa of twenty-four thousand and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam of eighteen thousand. The Nārada Purāṇa has twenty-five thousand verses, the Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa nine thousand, the Agni Purāṇa fifteen thousand four hundred, the Bhaviṣya Purāṇa fourteen thousand five hundred, the Brahma-vaivarta Purāṇa eighteen thousand and the Lińga Purāṇa eleven thousand. The Varāha Purāṇa contains twenty-four thousand verses, the Skanda Purāṇa eighty-one thousand one hundred, the Vāmana Purāṇa ten thousand, the Kūrma Purāṇa seventeen thousand, the Matsya Purāṇa fourteen thousand, the Garuḍa Purāṇa nineteen thousand and the Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa twelve thousand. Thus the total number of verses in all the Purāṇas is four hundred thousand. Eighteen thousand of these, once again, belong to the beautiful Bhāgavatam.

Bhavisya Purana also talks about Mohammed and many other things ,it is certainly not fabricated ….it is sastra ..Sitalatma Prabhu you think the british also promote Islam? Bhavisya Purana is also compiled by Srila Vyasadeva

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 28, 2012 @ 10:34 am

I think it is very nice to see Kavicandra Swami give respect to the holy Bible:

Here is some other important teachings of Jesus Christ:

Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Mark 10:15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Luke 18:17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

Matthew 5:32
And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery–unless his wife has been unfaithful.”

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 26, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

Thus by following rules, speaking truthful words, by mental harmony and by meditation, Oh descendant of Manu, one should worship that immovable Lord’.”
Text 30
isha muurtirt-dradi praptaa
nityashuddha sivamkari
ishamasihah iti ca
mama nama pratishthitam
“Having placed the eternally pure and auspicious form of the Supreme Lord in my heart, O protector of the earth planet, I preached these principles through the Mlecchas’ own faith and thus my name became ‘isha-masiha’ (Jesus the Messiah).”
Text 31
iti shrutra sa bhuupale
natraa tam mlecchapujaam
sthaapayaamaasa tam tutra
mlecchasthaane hi daarune
“After hearing these words and paying obeisances to that person who is worshipped by the wicked, the king humbly requested him to stay there in the dreadful land of Mlecchas.”
Text 32
svaraajyam praaptavaan raajaa
hayamedhan ciikirat
raajyam kriitvaa sa shashthyabdam
svarga lokamu paayayau
“King Salivahara, after leaving his kingdom performed an asvamedha yajna and after ruling for sixty years, went to heaven. Now please hear what happened when the king went to svargaloka.”
Thus ends the second chapter entitled, “the age of Salivahara” of the story of Kali Yuga of the Caturyuga Khanda also called pratisarga-parva of the wonderful Bhavishya Maha Purana.

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 26, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

By the way I think these quotes from Bhavisya Purana will make devotees very happy:

“Ruling over the Aryans was a king called Salivahana, the grandson of Vikramaditya, who occupied the throne of his father. He defeated the Shakas who were very difficult to subdue, the Cinas, the people from Tittiri and Bahikaus who could assume any form at will. He also defeated the people from Rome and the descendants of Khuru, who were deceitful and wicked. He punished them severely and took their wealth. Salivahana thus established the boundaries dividing the separate countries of the Mlecchas and the Aryans. In this way Sindusthan came to be known as the greatest country. That personality appointed the abode of the Mlecchas beyond the Sindhu River and to the west.”

Once upon a time the subduer of the Sakas went towards Himatunga and in the middle of the Huna country (Hunadesh – the area near Manasa Sarovara or Kailash mountain in Western Tibet), the powerful king saw an auspicious man who was living on a mountain. The man’s complexion was golden and his clothes were white.

ko bharam iti tam praaha
su hovacha mudanvitah
iishaa purtagm maam viddhi
kumaarigarbha sambhavam
“The king asked, ‘Who are you sir?’ ‘You should know that I am Isha Putra, the Son of God’. he replied blissfully, and ‘am born of a virgin.’ ”

” ‘I am the expounder of the religion of the Mlecchas and I strictly adhere to the Absolute Truth.’ Hearing this the king enquired, ‘What are religious principles according to you opinion?’

“Hearing this questions of Salivahara, Isha putra said, ‘O king, when the destruction of the truth occurred, I, Masiha the prophet, came to this country of degraded people where there are no rules and regulations. Finding that fearful irreligious condition of the barbarians spreading from Mleccha-Desha, I have taken to prophethood’.”

“Please hear Oh king which religious principles I have established among the mlecchas. The living entity is subject to good and bad contaminations. The mind should be purified by taking recourse of proper conduct and performance of japa. By chanting the holy names one attains the highest purity. Just as the immovable sun attracts, from all directions, the elements of all living beings, the Lord of the solar region, who is fixed and all-attractive, attracts the hearts of all living creatures.

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 24, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

Varnasrama and Bhakti

In ISKCON it is very simple all varnas and asramas duty is to preach pure KC, if this is done ,Harinama, bookdistribution and prasadam distribution ,college preaching etc then all duties of the Varna asrama is performed as Krsna is pleased ..if everything is done in the mood of preaching pure KC not sensegratification …..

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 28, 2012 @ 10:43 am

Vraja-prema only increased by knowledge of Krsna’s position

Lord Brahma who is the most intelligent person in the univers understood how exalted Vraja prema is we see this in his glorification in the 10 Canto chapter 14.

SB 10.14.30: My dear Lord, I therefore pray to be so fortunate that in this life as Lord Brahmā or in another life, wherever I take my birth, I may be counted as one of Your devotees. I pray that wherever I may be, even among the animal species, I can engage in devotional service to Your lotus feet.

SB 10.14.31: O almighty Lord, how greatly fortunate are the cows and ladies of Vṛndāvana, the nectar of whose breast-milk You have happily drunk to Your full satisfaction, taking the form of their calves and children! All the Vedic sacrifices performed from time immemorial up to the present day have not given You as much satisfaction.

SB 10.14.32: How greatly fortunate are Nanda Mahārāja, the cowherd men and all the other inhabitants of Vrajabhūmi! There is no limit to their good fortune, because the Absolute Truth, the source of transcendental bliss, the eternal Supreme Brahman, has become their friend.

» Posted By Paramananda das On Jan 7, 2013 @ 11:54 am

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura emphasized to attain Vraja bhakti was determined by the greed to chant the the Maha mantra and attain to suddha Nama , and gradually be absorbed in Krsnas astakaliya lilas 24 hours a day this in line with Srila Rupa Goswamis instructiones in Nectar of instructiones…he empahzised the need to chant one lahk daily , 64 rounds.Srila Prabhupada also tried to introduce this standard of Lord Caitanya into ISKCON.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada has stated in his commentaries to Caitanya Bhagavad:

Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata Madhya Khanda 15.5,

ushah kale ganga-snana kariya nirjane;
dui laksha krishna-nama laya pratidine.

Purport by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada:

kathita ache, shri haridasa thakura pratyaha tina-laksha nama grahana karitena. jagai-madhai u pratyaha dui laksha nama grahana karitena. yanhara pratyaha laksha nama grahana karena na, tanhadera nivedita kona vastui shri chaitanyadeva grahana karena na. shri caitany-carananucara-gana pratyaha atyalpa pakshe laksha-nama grahana avasyei kariya thakena, natuva shri krishna tanhadera naivedya grahana na karaya bhagavad-ucchishta praptira vicare vyaghat ghate.

“It is well-known that Namacharya Shrila Haridasa Thakura used to chant 300,000 names daily. Jagai-Madhai also used to chant 200,000 names daily after being delivered by the Lord. Lord Chaitanyadeva does not accept any kind of offering (or vastu) from those who don’t chant 100,000 names of Krishna daily, The followers surrendered to the lotus of Lord Chaitanya compulsorily chant a bare minimum of 100,000 names daily. If they don’t do so Lord Shri Krishna will not accept any of their offerings and thus they will be obstructed or remain unsuccessful in their attempt to obtain the transcendental remanants (prasadam) of the Lord.”

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 28, 2012 @ 10:16 am

Vraja Bhakti is not determined by knowledge or even divya jnana alone , the only prize is love and spiritual greed to serve and love Krsna. In his Ragavartma Chandrika ,Srila Visvanath Chakravati Thakura
” Shrila Rupa Goswami has personally given the following definition of lobha (sacred greed). “When the heart yearns for the sweetness of the moods of Krishna and His eternal associates in Vraja, and one is not prompted by scriptural injunctions or logical arguments, then that is the definition of ‘sacred greed’. If one thinks ‘let such greed arise in me also’, after hearing about moods such as the transcendental conjugal mood toward Krishna of His associates the gopis in Vraja, then one need not wait for suitable sanctions from the revealed scriptures or logical arguments. If such impetuses are there, then it cannot be justly called greed. This greed never arises in anyone on such bases, nor does the candidate ever consider whether he is qualified for the path of raganuga bhakti or not. Rather, simply after hearing about the subject matter, or seeing it, that greed will arise in him.”

Thic raganuga bhakti is not a cheap thing nor is it mundane on any level

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 27, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

Life is difficult only without Krsna

this is a nice meditation on Vraja, Srila Raghunath das Goswami has also helped us meditate on Vrindavana in his Vraja Vilasa Stava :

» Posted By Paramananda das On Jan 8, 2013 @ 11:02 am

Govardhan Retreat – “No doubt of success for worshippers of bhaktas!”

Actually worship of Giriraja is higher than worship of Salagrama Sila , because it is only done by those in the mood of Vraja Bhakti and the result is Vraja Bhakti.Srila Raghunath das Goswami was more qualified than millions and billions of brahmins ,but his humble mood is befitting his exalted status as Rati manjari.

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 14, 2012 @ 1:00 am

Locan Prabhu and His Daughter Rasa Priya Need Your Help

Is there a phonenumber for Locan Prabhu ,I remember them both fondly from our ISKCON Padayatra in 1989 in California

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 14, 2012 @ 1:07 am

Tulsi Gabbard: Living The Gita, Beyond The Photo Op

ISKCON is a Patriarchy where men are supposed to take the leading roles, and modern society is more and more Matriarchy ,because so many nonsense men are not responsible in family life, and due to men not controlling their senses they are becoming womanizers and controlled by women ,and thus divorce is huge .Of course many women also divorce their husbands neither is very good. Srila Prabhupada said if there is divorce there should be no remarriage. Women can certainly be siksa Gurus, and behind every great man there is a great woman ,vedic culture is not woman hating ,but a question of protecting women

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 20, 2012 @ 11:52 am

Akruranath Prabhu you have failed to carefully study Srila Prabhupadas teachings, Srila Prabhupada had a different role for women though that may seem old fashioned, and that is for temples and ISKCON, I humbly advise you to study for example Sb 7 canto that describes the role of women

» Posted By Paramananda das On Dec 19, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

The Woman as Guru: Words of Silence

with one stroke of his pen Srila Prabhupada has defeadet the idea that women can be Gurus:

..Suniti, however, being a woman, and specifically his mother, could not become Dhruva Maharaja’s diksa-guru.” (Bhag. 4.12.32 purport)

» Posted By Paramananda das On Nov 30, 2012 @ 10:00 am

“Actually, Dhruva Maharaja’s mother, Suniti, was his patha-pradarsaka-guru. Patha-pradarsaka-guru means “the guru, or the spiritual master, who shows the way.” Such a guru is sometimes called siksa-guru. Although Narada Muni was his diksa-guru (initiating spiritual master), Suniti, his mother, was the first who gave him instruction on how to achieve the favor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is the duty of the siksa-guru or diksa-guru to instruct the disciple in the right way, and it depends on the disciple to execute the process. According to sastric injunctions, there is no difference between siksa-guru and diksa-guru,and generally the siksa-guru later on becomes the diksa-guru. Suniti, however, being a woman, and specifically his mother, could not become Dhruva Maharaja’s diksa-guru.” (Bhag. 4.12.32 purport)

» Posted By Paramananda das On Nov 29, 2012 @ 10:29 am

Female Diksha Gurus – “Yes. But, Not So Many.” Sp

Television Interview — July 9, 1975, Chicago

Woman reporter: There is one question I have for you. You say that a woman’s brain is smaller than a man’s.

Nitai:Woman’s brain is smaller than a man’s brain.
Prabhupada:Yes, that is a fact. In the history there is no woman who is a big philosopher, a big mathematician, big scientist, big educationist. We don’t find. They were all men.
Woman reporter:What about women who are leaders of countries such as your own country?
Prabhupada:Well, according to Vedic conception woman is never offered leadership. But experience has shown that woman’s leadership has not been successful.
Woman reporter:Do you think Mrs. Gandhi’s leadership has not been successful?
Prabhupada:Well, there is already trouble. There are many big, big men, they do not agree with her and she has taken emergency steps. So on the whole, the country is in trouble.
Woman reporter:What about Mrs. Meir, president of Israel?
Prabhupada:I do not say of any particular woman, but according to Vedic civilization, we have never seen in the history that woman has become a leader.
Woman reporter:Women have been leaders.
Prabhupada:They were not selected. The leader–formerly it was monarchy–the monarchs were selected by the advisory board of the first-class men. So they never selected any woman to become the leader of the society.
Woman reporter:What about women who are elected by the people?
Prabhupada:Well, people election… Just like you elected Nixon and then you wanted him to come down. So this kind of election has no value. Sometimes you elect and sometimes you pull down. So what is the value of this election?
Woman reporter:So a leader should not be elected.
Prabhupada:Elected, but not by this general public. They have no intelligence. They sometimes elect a wrong man, and again they try to drag him down. So what is the use of such election? Because that election is not sober, not mature. If the election was mature and sober, then there was no need of dragging him down again.
Woman reporter:We have talked to scientists who say that the size of the brain has nothing to do with intelligence. Do you believe that?
Prabhupada:I think that the scientists do not think like that. They keep the brain of a particular scientist to study. They keep the heart of a particular noble man. Why they try to study the heart and the brain if there is no difference?

» Posted By Paramananda das On Nov 25, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

How Pain Can Motivate

Bhagavad Gita 13.8-12 comes to mind:

Humility, pridelessness, nonviolence, tolerance, simplicity, approaching a bona fide spiritual master, cleanliness, steadiness and self-control; renunciation of the objects of sense gratification, absence of false ego, the perception of the evil of birth, death, old age and disease; nonattachment to children, wife, home and the rest, and even-mindedness amid pleasant and unpleasant events; constant and unalloyed devotion to Me, resorting to solitary places, detachment from the general mass of people; accepting the importance of self-realization, and philosophical search for the Absolute Truth–all these I thus declare to be knowledge, and what is contrary to these is ignorance.

» Posted By Paramananda das On Nov 27, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

A small step for ISKCON UK, a big step in following Srila Prabhupada’s Instructions

I find this very confusing when did Srila Prabhupada ever write such a thing, now all temples are free to do as they please and act without guidance from the GBC?

» Posted By Paramananda das On Nov 23, 2012 @ 6:49 am

World Food Day – How about a new perspective?

Prasadam is like medicine even if one does not know who gave it or why or devotees are incongnito it still has the same effect of purification, many or most still know very little abotut Hare Krishna, we have to educate them …ajata sukriti good it creates more interest in KC

» Posted By Paramananda das On Nov 5, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

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