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World Food Day – How about a new perspective?

Sitalatma your argument is not strong milliones of people take prasadam at ISKCON restaurants, at Ratha Yatras , at temples at ISKCON festivals , no one sees it as “food “for only beggars, often they pay for taking prasadam

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Nov 3, 2012 @ 5:42 am

Wherever there is the most need is the best place to distribute prasadam ,,,,,Srila Prabhupada told us to focus on the poor also: Letter to Dhrstaketu: 74-03-16

Now I am especially concerned to distribute grains, rice, wheat in the form of dahl and rice prasadam to hungry people all over India. The people here are very disturbed because, partly due to the punishment of Nature, and partly due to the mismanagement of the demon class of men, food is not available. If the people do not even have sufficient food they will not even be able to receive spiritual instructions. So I am hopeful that if we can widely distribute free foodstuffs to the people of India, by giving it out at our centers as well as by traveling parties to villages, we will win over the whole country and the whole world by this activity on Krsna’s behalf.

Letter to: Tamala Krsna Maharaja : 74-01-11

Yes, I fully agree that “What is the use of a temple if there is no prasadam distribution?” Prasadam distribution on a large scale must be resumed. Such a temple where there is no such distribution has no value, I agree.

Conversation Allahabad, January 13, 1977

In all our temples the prasada distribution should be so random (?), that within ten miles nobody should remain hungry. There are many persons in India, they are half time hungry. So if you distribute prasadam, “Come over here. You are hungry, take prasadam. If I cannot supply daily, I’ll supply at least two days, three days weekly.”

In this lecture of 73 ,Srila Prabhupada says :Temple worship means to distribute the prasadam to the poor

Prabhupada’s Lectures Initiation 1973

Temple worship means to distribute the prasadam to the poor. That is temple worship. Temple worship does not mean that vou, you bring some rice from the neighborers and cook it and eat yourself and sit, sleep down, nice. No. Temple worship means you must distribute prasadam…. The sannyasi should worship the Deity in the temple and feed the poor. Poor does not mean that one who has no legs, no ears, or no… Poor… Everyone who is spiritually poor, he should be given, prasadam. ….

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Oct 31, 2012 @ 4:47 am

Actually prasadam distribution to the poor and rich is actual charity, and the poor need it more , a vaisnava is compassionate not a selfish monster, Srila Prabhupada stated no one should go hungry in the radius of 10 miles of a temple ,that is one of many instructiones for prasadam distribution.I have been distributing books and sometimes prasadam since 34 years, why not do both.Harinama, bookdistribution and prasadam distribution is the 3 weapons against maya….Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada wanted all grhasthas to give charity to the poor there is no better charity than giving them prasadam and books so dear Murari join us if you are not already doing this..do not be idle

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Oct 29, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

Money is the Honey (when used in Krsna’s service; managing money in Iskcon)

We are born with nothing in this material world and leave with nothing at death, and everything in between is given to us to worship Nitai Gaura and Radha and Krsna

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Nov 1, 2012 @ 10:48 am

Srila Prabhupada did not allow salary in ISKCON or that it should be used for anyones personal business:
Morning Walk “Varnasrama College”- March 14, 1974, Vrndavana

“Brahmana cannot accept any salary. Just like you have accepted me as your acarya, but you do not pay me any salary. This is forbidden. The teacher will not accept salary. Then he comes down to the sudra platform. The sudra accepts salary. I serve you, you pay me. And the brahmana will distribute knowledge freely, and the ksatriya will give protection to the brahmana. This is the Vedic system. Even in fifty years ago, education in India, there was no charges. A learned brahmana will sit down in corner of a neighborhood and all the children will come there. They will learn primary education. And the parents of the children will send, somebody will send rice, somebody will send dal… Just like we are maintaining, by collecting. Not here, but in Bombay, our centre is collecting and distributing.

“The whole system was that. Love exchange. I give you some service; you give me something, out of your love. Dadati pratigrhnati. Love means six . I give you something, you give me something. I give you something for eating, you also give me something for eating. Dadatipratigrhnati bhunkte bhojayate, guhyam akhyati prcchati. If I am in trouble, I express my mind, I open my mind before you, and you also try to help me. These are the six signs of love. That is Vedic civilization.Everything exchange of love. No business, mercantile. All right, let us have kirtana. Hare Krsna.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.24-Los Angeles, June 22, 1972

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Oct 29, 2012 @ 4:00 am

Bhanu Swami translated the Isopanisad with the commentaries of Vedanta Desika an acarya in the Sri Sampradaya line and there in the purport to Isavasyam idam sarvam sloka, he states that those who worship Krsna for money are not actual devotees of Lord Vasudeva..this always comes to mind…when there is discussion about money…

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Oct 26, 2012 @ 2:36 am

What a nice discussion, I like to add Srila Prabhupadas : “In our society, everyone, either a brahmacari or sannyasi or grhastha, who has dedicated his life and soul for this movement, they are all on the same level of sannyasi….Nobody should try to claim any extra honor on account of an official position.”
(8-30-69) And yes there is such a thing that devotees not being properly treated GBC’s also sometiems makes mistakes
and are not infallible, but yes there is no alternative to having a GBC.But I would like to see a ministry of Justice and ISCKON resolve that deals with internal issues…for example when presenting all sastric evidences about Janmastami fasting a few years back ,I was dealt with very harshly though Srila Prabhupada wanted strict fasting in Janmastami..I am just giving this as an example in some ways there can be improvements…..on an issue like this I do believe the GBC should want devotees to be educadet to do the right thing and understand why…….hope this does not sound like holier than though ,which is not the case at all.

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Oct 21, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

Thanks for clarifying this: (this is the letter you are referring too)

Letters, 1967

My Dear Hamsaduta,

Please accept my blessings. I have received your letter of Oct. 5. “Money is the honey goes so far as it is employed for Krishna consciousness. The body is undoubtedly a material vehicle but when it acts for Krishna Consciousness it becomes spiritualized. By the grace of Krishna material energy can be transformed to spiritual energy & spiritual energy is never deteriorated. To be in Krishna Consciousness means to be in Spiritual energy. More in my next. Hope you are well.

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Srimad Bhagavatam has stated:

SB 2.2.3: For this reason the enlightened person should endeavor only for the minimum necessities of life while in the world of names. He should be intelligently fixed and never endeavor for unwanted things, being competent to perceive practically that all such endeavors are merely hard labor for nothing.

SB 2.2.7: Who else but the gross materialists will neglect such transcendental thought and take to the nonpermanent names only, seeing the mass of people fallen in the river of suffering as the consequence of accruing the result of their own work?

Srila Rupa Goswami has quoted some verses in his Padyavali about real wealth:

brahmandanam koti-sankhyadhikanam

aishvaryam yac cetana va yad-amshah

avirbhutam tan-mahah krishna-nama

tan me sadhyan sadhanam jivanam

If the opulence or knowledge of many millions of universes were clustered together, they would hardly equal a small fragment of the glory of Krishna’s holy name. Krishna’s holy name is my life. It is the goal of my life. It is the means I will employ to attain the goal of my life.

—author unknown

krishna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita matih

kriyatam yadi kuto ‘pi labhyate

tatra laulyam api mulyam ekalam

janma-koti-sukritair na labhyate

Pure devotional service in Krishna consciousness cannot be had even by pious activity in hundreds and thousand of lives. It can be attained only by paying one price—that is, intense greed to obtain it. If it is available somewhere, one must purchase it without delay.*

—Shri Ramananda Raya

I think devotees will love this one:

viceyani vicaryani

vicintyani punah punah

kripanasya dhananiva

tvan-namani bhavantu nah

O Lord, just as a miser continually collects, counts and remembers his money, in the same way let us continually collect, count, and remember Your holy names,

—Shri Bhavananda

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Oct 19, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

Actually Krsna is the honey not money:

na dhanam na janam na sundarim
kavitam va jagadisa kamaye
mama janmani jamanisvare
bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvayi

“O Lord of the universe, I do not desire material wealth,
materialistic followers, a beautiful wife or fruitive activities
described in flowery language. All I want, life after life, is
unmotivated devotional service unto You.”

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Oct 19, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

To Be Heavy, Without The Weight

strong or soft preaching lets first remember that Srila Prabhupada wanted all ISKCON memebers to distribute his books, in SB purport 7.9.44 purport he writes: “Rather, every member of the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is interested in going door to door to try to convince people about the teachings of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, the teachings of Lord Caitanya. That is the purpose of the Hare Kṛṣṇa movement. The members of the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement must be fully convinced that without Kṛṣṇa one cannot be happy.”

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Oct 14, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

Sriman Ramakeli das Passed Away

I recall one time when on sankirtana in 1995 with Ramakeli Prabhu in New Orleans and two British young ladies was lamenting that their purse had been stolen and they did not know what to do until they where catching a flight back to London. Ramakeli Prabhu was TP at the time for New Orleans .He talked with them and understood their grief, and allowed them to stay in the ladies asrama telling them about the 4 regulative principles. They aggreed.They did some service in the temple for the few days they where there and chanted on beads and attended the temple programs and dressed in Saris that was provided for them by Ramakeli Prabhu and his wife.They left the temple thankful a few days later.A year later on Oxford street in London while distributing Srila Prabhupadas books with other devotees in front of a famous record store, I met the one of the ladies that came up to me. She asked if I remembered her, and reminded me, she was surprised to see me in London. I smiled : ” This is the international society for Krsna consciousness….”.She laughed and asked about Rama Keli Prabhu ,she bought some of Srila Prabhupadas books, and later visited the ISKCON Soho street temple along with her friends. Later when I told Ramakeli Prabhu about these 2 ladies how I had met them again..he was very happy..he said :” Just see the mercy of Srila Prabhupada”. But I do not forget his kindness on these ladies and they never forgot him….

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Oct 1, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

Today I called Yogindra Vandana Prabhu in New Talavana who told me of the peacefull passing of Ramakeli Prabhu…I know he went straight back to Godhead and perefected his life

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Sep 28, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

dear devotees
Please accept my humble obaisences
All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga , andNitai Gaura,Krsna Balarama and Radha Shyamasundara
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
I called Ramakeli Prabhu this morning after I read the postings on Dandavats.com that he has only short time to live.
He said Hari bol and tried to speak something but was not abel too.I can tell he was very happy to hear from me.As I was to talk to him.
Ramakeli Prabhu being reduced to this state is mind blowing.Such a strong bodied tall devotee with an “eternal smile on his face”.
I paraphrased SB 1.6.27

This is the actual vers and purport

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.6.27
evaḿ kṛṣṇa-mater brahman
nāsaktasyāmalātmanaḥ
kālaḥ prādurabhūt kāle
taḍit saudāmanī yathā

TRANSLATION
And so, O Brāhmaṇa Vyāsadeva, in due course of time I, who was fully absorbed in thinking of Kṛṣṇa and who therefore had no attachments, being completely freed from all material taints, met with death, as lightning and illumination occur simultaneously.
PURPORT
To be fully absorbed in the thought of Kṛṣṇa means clearance of material dirt’s or hankerings. As a very rich man has no hankerings for small petty things, so also a devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa, who is guaranteed to pass on to the kingdom of God, where life is eternal, fully cognizant and blissful, naturally has no hankerings for petty material things, which are like dolls or shadows of the reality and are without permanent value. That is the sign of spiritually enriched persons. And in due course of time, when a pure devotee is completely prepared, all of a sudden the change of body occurs which is commonly called death. And for the pure devotee such a change takes place exactly like lightning, and illumination follows simultaneously. That is to say a devotee simultaneously changes his material body and develops a spiritual body by the will of the Supreme. Even before death, a pure devotee has no material affection, due to his body’s being spiritualized like a red-hot iron in contact with fire.
Krsna does not forget a sincere devotee like Ramakeli Prabhu.
In the end of Isopanisad the personified Upanisads pray:
Iso 15: O my Lord, sustainer of all that lives, Your real face is covered by Your dazzling effulgence. Kindly remove that covering and exhibit Yourself to Your pure devotee.
Iso 16: O my Lord, O primeval philosopher, maintainer of the universe, O regulating principle, destination of the pure devotees, well-wisher of the progenitors

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Sep 27, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

Prayer Request For Ramakeli Dasa (ACBSP)

Ramakeli Prabhu used to be the TP for ISKCON New Orleans for many years, and is in an African american body, if you see and meet Ramakeli Prabhu, you will not forget him, he always have a huge smile on his blissfull KC face and a kind word for everyone,He also did preaching in Africa.
He has been distributing tons of prasadam for years in New Orleans, he is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada..and as far as I recall he did join in Chicago .Bhusaya Prabhu can maybe give us more details.Anyhow he is my dear goduncle and I pray for his recovery to good health ,,,,I would like a number to call him at but will try New Talavan

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Sep 23, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

Hate Mayavada to Love Krishna

Mayavadi Philosophy is offensive to Krsna as it denies his personality and Lord Caitanya did not tolerate any of His associates to even touch this mayavada philosophy slightly…

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Oct 20, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

My Visit to Mother Isa

Thank you Madhava Prabhu ,I miss your offerings of Maha prasadam to Radha Gopijana Vallabha.Boston is world famous for having the best prasadam in ISKCON, you made this happen especially when you was there..your words brings back so many blissfull remembrances of ISKCON Boston , Radha Gopivallabha , Mother Isa, kirtana, book distributing and many loving devotees including Mother Isa and our dear Goduncle Nirajana Swami

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Sep 17, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

One devotee called me yesterday to ask me if Isa Mataji is getting prasadam daily , or even vegetarian food, as US old folks home are notorious for not providing that and often very poor care of the elderly

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Sep 9, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

Mother Isa is one of my best memories of ISKCON Boston ,where I spend almost 3 years distributing Srila Prabhupadas books. And I remember so often how she would tell me how pleased Srila Prabhupada was that I was distributing his book, and her sweet comforting words , made me forget all the troubles there might have been,her kindness and compassion for all has endeared all devotees in ISKCON Boston to her.
Being an old ISKCON Boston sankirtana devotee, I am very moved by this and I often wondered where she was and how she was doing. She is always in my prayers, because she has always been like a mother to me .Mother Isa ki jaya….I am very happy to see that Niranjana Swami has kept her close to his heart also over these many years..she deserves all the love and prayers of all devotees…I am very thankful for this article and video of mother Isa..

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Sep 8, 2012 @ 5:55 am

A Question Of Empowerment

Srila Prabhupada encouraged not only to chant minimum 16 rounds but chant 64 rounds as well avoiding the 10 offences to the holy name this empower all devotees:

Morning Walk, May 14, 1975, Perth:

Devotee (1): Shrila Prabhupada, how can the position be reconciled if in Krishna consciousness one of the two, the husband or the wife, wants to enjoy sense gratification, but the other does not? Should there be separation then?

Prabhupada: No… They should be trained up. Sense enjoyment means not advanced in Krishna consciousness. As soon as one is advancing in Krishna consciousness, his sense enjoyment spirit will be reduced. That is the test. Bhaktih pareshanubhavo viraktir anyatra ca [SB 11.2.42]. The test is, how you are advancing in Krishna consciousness is the proportionate diminishing of sense enjoyment. That is the test. Just like cure of the disease means diminishing the fever, temperature. This is the test.

Devotee (1): What if that (material) fever is not being diminished?

Prabhupada: Then he should try to chant Hare Krishna mantra, instead of sixteen rounds, sixty-four rounds. That is the way. Sixteen round is the minimum. Otherwise Haridasa Thakura was 300,000. So you have to increase. That is the only remedy. If one has got determination, he will make progress without any trouble. That determination is very difficult, that determination, “I must be Krishna conscious fully.” That determination. Dridha-vratah.

Letter to: Indira (Iris Mendoza), Ekayani (Esther Mendoza), San Francisco, 17 December, 1967:
“I am very glad to learn you are chanting 48 rounds. Actually it is all right that one should chant 64 rounds, even 16 rounds, so if one is able to chant more than 16 rounds up to 64, it is very good. You fix up your rounds. Try to increase it but never decrease it.”

Letter to: Hamsaduta, Hawaii, 23 March, 1969

“Yes, it is very good if you can chant 64 rounds; this is very nice if you can do it.”

Letter to: Bhaktijana, Los Angeles, 12/2/1968:

“I shall advise you again to chant always, increasing the counting, namely, 16 rounds is generally prescribed, but for the time being you can stop all other activities and increase the chanting to 64 rounds.”

Srila Prabhupada has stated in order to be a real member of ISKCON one must strictly chant minimum 16 rounds and follow all 4 regulative principles

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Sep 8, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

Update From NA EC

yo hi bhagavatam lokam upahasam nrpottama
koroti yasya nasyanti artha dharma yasah sutah
hanti nindati vai dvesti vaisnavan na abhinandati
krudhyate yati no harsam darsane patanani sat

(Hari Bhakti Vilasa 10.310,312, from Skanda Purana,
conversation between Markandeya Rsi and King
Bhagiratha)

Oh King, anybody who makes fun out of the devotee of
the Supreme Personality to Godhead, his religiosity,
wealth, fame and family members all reach ruination or
are destroyed. Any person who kicks a Vaisnava,
criticizes him, angers him, envies him, who is not
pleased to see him or disrespects him, Mother Nature
becomes very angry with him and is not happy with him.
They are sent to the hellish planets. These six things
are meant for his degradation. (Therefore one should
avoid these six demonic activities).

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Aug 4, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

Bill Clinton Gets a Bhagavad-gita

I went back in my old notes and found this:

On the 14th July (1998) I met Chelsea Clinton (the daughter of president Clinton) at the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. I gave her a copy of Science of Selfrealization and a copy for her father. She has read Sri Isopanisad, which she purchased at a previous occasion (from me)
. She also received Tulsi neckbeads.

Your servant
Payonidhi das

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Jul 11, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

Srila Prabhupada allowed devotees to dress in western cloth for book distribution many persons will sadly be biased in the west when you are in a Dhoti and not take books, and I am talking abut 33 years of every day experience being on the streets in differetn parts of the world.But I also have many great experiences distributing books in devotee dress. The real factor is one being KC.
I distributed SSR to Chelsea Clinton in 1998 and gave her a copy for her father Bill Clinton, who was the president at the time. Previously I met her in 1997 at the Air and space museum and sold her some small books of Srila Prabhupada , that was an accident because she was the last person I stopped at it was a winter evening and it was getting dark (december) so I could not clearly see her.As shongne walked away , I saw her better in the light and I recognised her, that wait this is Chealsea Clinton. Then again 4 month later I met her again at the Air and space museum and this time she was with secret service (Bill Clinton was still the president at the time),so I walked up to her and her friends sitting outside and she told the secret service she knew me, so we talked for a while.And I gave her and her friends books (without asking for donationes of course) and some beads I had from Vrindavana and a Jagannatha Sticker.

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Jul 11, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

What We Eat, And What Our Lordships “Eat”

devotees are more concerned with what Krsna eats and how He accepts their offerings that is the most important thing,

dvija-strinam bhakte mriduni viduranne vraja-gavam

dadhi-kshire sakhyuh sphuöa-cipita-mushöau mura-ripo

yashodayah stanye vraja-yuvati-datte madhuni te

yathasid amodas tam imam upahare ‘pi kurutam

dvija—of the brahmanas; strinam—of the wives; bhakte—in the foodstuff; mriduni—palatable; vidura—offered by Vidura; anne—in the foodstuff; vraja—of Vraja; gavam—of the cows; dadhi—the yogurt; kshire—and milk; sakhyuh—of Your friend Sudama Vipra; sphuta—manifested; cipita—of chipped rice; mustau—a handful; mura—of the Mura demon; ripo—O enemy; yasodayah—of Yasoda; stanye—in the breast-milk; vraja—of Vraja; yuvati—by the young gopis; datte—presented; madhuni—palatable foods; te—to You; yatha—just as; asit—was; amodah—happiness; tam—this; imam—this; upahare—in the offering; api—also; kurutam—may be done.

O Lord Murari, as You enjoyed the palatable food presented by the wives of the brahmanas, the meal offered by Vidura, the milk and yogurt of the cows in Vraja, the handful of chipped rice from Your friend Sudama Brahmana, the breast-milk of Mother Yashoda, and the delicious foods prepared by the young girls of Vraja, I hope the offering I now place before You, You will also enjoy in the same way.

—Shri Ramanuja
this vers is found in Srila Rupa Goswamis, Padayvali ,translated by Kusakrata Prabhu

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Jun 21, 2012 @ 11:46 am

Mother Saci used to cook the most healthy and best offering for the household Salagrama Sila and offer it to her son Lord Caitanya ,she was always concerned for His ” health” ,so why should we not be in offering the best possible for Lord Caitanya and Krsna..if devotees only eat what Krsna has eaten,prasadam then that makes sense..

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Jun 5, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

Looking for evidence to convince my family that eating eggs is bad for health

Pustakrishna Prabhu has given the perfect answer, eggs can not be offered to Krishna.Besides this,
The yolk of just one large egg contains 186 mg of cholesterol, a waxy, fatty compound that builds up as plaque on the walls of your arteries. The recommended maximum daily consumption of cholesterol for a healthy adult is only 300 mg, so that leaves little room in your diet for other cholesterol ,basically it puts on at higher risk for stokes and other heart problems. Well for the egg white , many chickens are given antibiotics that is not good for anyones health, plus Salmonella is a risk. Anyhow eggs are such a nasty thing, who in their right mind would eat this? It is bad karma, bad for health and nasty nasty nasty…Krsna
will not accept the socalled devotion of anyone that takes eggs

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On May 29, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

What to do during an eclipse

Actually many vaisnavas in the different vaisnava sampradayas often chant Visnu Sahasra Nama, do Sudarshan homas during eclipse etc ,but we Gaudiya vaisnavas simply chant Hare Krsna as Krsna’s holy name has all transcendental potiencies. Nama Cintamani Krsnas ……

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On Jun 6, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

You asked Gaura Kesava Prabhu on this issue, but here is my understanding anyhow, it is just the time period that gets contaminated with the influence of Rahu. So the constant chanting of the Maha mantra has to be done.Actually Kali yuga is constantly shadowed by irreligious activities, so to constantly stay uncontaminated we should constantly chant Hare Krishna .Kirtaniya sada Harih.Lord Caitanyas and Haridas Thakura chanted 192 rounds daily and Lord Caitanya advised to chant at least 100.000 names, 64 rounds…Srila Prabhupada made it minimum 16 for his struggeling disciples.
There is a nice vers in Narayana Kavacha:

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.8.27-28

yan no bhayaḿ grahebhyo ‘bhūt

ketubhyo nṛbhya eva ca

sarīsṛpebhyo daḿṣṭribhyo

bhūtebhyo ‘ḿhobhya eva ca

sarvāṇy etāni bhagavan-

nāma-rūpānukīrtanāt

prayāntu sańkṣayaḿ sadyo

ye naḥ śreyaḥ-pratīpakāḥ

May the glorification of the transcendental name, form, qualities and paraphernalia of the Supreme Personality of Godhead protect us from the influence of bad planets, meteors, envious human beings, serpents, scorpions, and animals like tigers and wolves. May it protect us from ghosts and the material elements like earth, water, fire and air, and may it also protect us from lightning and our past sins. We are always afraid of these hindrances to our auspicious life. Therefore, may they all be completely destroyed by the chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra.

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On May 29, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

Dusta Mana

Srila Prabhupada has sung the Dusta Mana http://audio.iskcondesiretree.info/index.php?q=f&f=%2F06_-_More%2F10_-_Bhajans_and_Kirtans_-_Categories%2FBhajans_by_Bhaktisiddhanta_Saraswati_Thakur%2FDusta_Mana_Tumi_Kiser_Vaishnava

The translation done by Nimai Pandita Prabhu is good and little different than the one of Jayapataka Swami, personally I find great happiness in reading the different translations of different devotees

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On May 18, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

Respecting Our Women In Iskcon

lets look at the section in Bhagavatam about Puranjana:

SB 4.25.32, Translation and Purport:

Nārada continued: My dear King, when Purañjana became so attracted and impatient to touch the girl and enjoy her, the girl also became attracted by his words and accepted his request by smiling. By this time she was certainly attracted by the King.

By this incident we can understand that when a man is aggressive and begins to woo a woman, the woman becomes attracted to the man. This process is described in the Bhāgavatam (5.5.8) as puṁsaḥ striyā mithunī-bhāvam etam. This attraction is enacted on the platform of sexual life. Thus the sex impulse is the platform of material engagement. This conditional life, the platform of material sense enjoyment, is the cause of forgetfulness of spiritual life. In this way a living entity’s original Kṛṣṇa consciousness becomes covered or converted into material consciousness. Thus one engages in the business of sense gratification.

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On May 17, 2012 @ 10:05 am

Varnasrama – Why Now!

the problem is not with Varnasrama the problem is not to become a grihamedhi:

SB 4.25.39, Purport:

In this verse the woman is advocating pravṛtti-mārga only and is discouraging the path of nivṛtti-mārga. She clearly says that the yatis, the transcendentalists, who are concerned only with spiritual life (kaivalya), cannot imagine the happiness of pravṛtti-mārga. In other words, the man who follows the Vedic principles enjoys the materialistic way of life not only by becoming happy in this life, but also in the next life by being promoted to the heavenly planets. In this life such a person gets all kinds of material opulences, such as sons and grandsons, because he is always engaged in various religious functions. The material distresses are birth, old age, disease and death, but those who are interested in pravṛtti-mārga hold various religious functions at the time of birth, old age, disease and death. Without caring for the distresses of birth, old age, disease and death, they are addicted to performing the special functions according to the Vedic ritualistic ceremonies.

Factually, however, pravṛtti-mārga is based on sex life. As stated in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (7.9.45), yan maithunādi-gṛhamedhi-sukhaṁ hi tuccham. A householder who is too much addicted to pravṛtti-mārga is actually called a gṛhamedhī, not a gṛhastha. Although the gṛhastha desires sense gratification, he acts according to Vedic instructions. The gṛhamedhī, however, who is interested only in sense gratification, does not follow any Vedic instruction. The gṛhamedhī engages himself as an advocate of sex life and also allows his sons and daughters to engage in sex and to be deprived of any glorious end in life. A gṛhastha enjoys sex life in this life as well as in the next, but a gṛhamedhī does not know what the next life is about because he is simply interested in sex in this life. On the whole, when one is too much inclined toward sex, he does not care for the transcendental spiritual life. In this age of Kali especially, no one is interested in spiritual advancement. Even though it is sometimes found that one may be interested in spiritual advancement, he is most likely to accept a bogus method of spiritual life, being misguided by so many pretenders.

» Posted By Payonidhi Das On May 30, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

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