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The essence of Krishna consciousness is glorification of the Lord and His devotees.
Ananta Santi Prabhu glorified the Lord in an exceptional way, now the Lord will in His own way return the favor to such a very dear preacher devotee for generations to come. Let us all rejoice upon seeing this courageous devotee become more and more famous as time goes by. Ananta Santi Prabhuji ki jaya!
A Prabhu who was blessed by his spiritual master from day one. See how wonderful Srila Prabhupada’s mercy can be so transforming! One drop of it, and you become aware of what your real duty is, and you get the inspiration, the enthusiasm, the bliss carrying out. Ahaituky apratihata. No material conditions can check the intense desire of a fixed up devotee to serve the Lord. Ananta Santi was a role model in this regard despite all hardships. His example speaks for himself so loud. His example is so encouraging, so inspirational!
Hoping to get one day a tiny drop of dust from his lotus feet upon my prostrated body.
All glories to the sankirtan movement! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Comment Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On 06.06.2013 @ 21:56
Krishna consciousness is above the material plane, and our ability to give a clear understanding to people in general how it is that simple to achieve by understanding our true self and our common relationship with one God is a great service to humanity. Deep understanding of the philosophy of KC is required for this on the part of a preacher.
Usually humanity is at loss with so many unworthy misidentifications based on the bodily platform; if a devotee can bring this into light and give the proper position of all souls, then again, that is practically the greatest act of charity one can perform for the benefit of all human beings. For this purpose innovative, imaginative or cultural concepts can be put to contribution provided the proper message of the Vedas can come trough as very clear to people in general, then it is a great service. Devotees can preach, but they should try to make sure that their audience do understand the message clearly. On the first hand, if devotees themselves have a clear understanding of what they preach, then chances are that their audience will catch on such understanding too. Preaching KC is not just a question a repeating verbatim, it is a question of deep realization of the subject matter by dint of revelation/realization of the import of Vedic knowledge. If one’s heart is surcharged with KC, then it will reflect on others as one speaks.
Communication is a two-way street. As far as KC is concerned it is the street of heart. One devotee preacher must know how to let his heart reach an audience’s heart too. This is a most pleasing and in great demand service to be done. Namaste to Indradyumna Maharaja who is one preacher of this kind. Purity and sincere desire to preach go hand in hand. The reward of such service is a die-hard desire to preach more and more. It is way too satisfying to the heart to ever consider to stop such an act out of love for the sake of Lord Caitanya’s movement and the whole line of acharyas and guru. There is no contamination of fatigue on this path. This is the nectar that we are always hankering for.
Hare Krishna. Jaya Srila Prabhupada who has turned so many sincere followers into such beneficent preachers for the uplifting of the whole world. All glories to Indradyumna Maharaja’s service and all his surrounding servants on this wonderful tour of Gujarat. It is truly glorious. Hari hari bol!
Comment Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On 04.02.2013 @ 12:42
How many times that Srila Prabhupda said that “KC is practical”? Some of Srila Prabhuapda’s main points in preaching: 1) KC is a science; 2) KC can be propagated through leaders in society; 3) when a devotee gets a service it is an opportunity to come up with qualification for the service, and qualification will come by Krishna’s grace; 4) emphasis on love and trust amongst devotees and cooperation of course.
So within ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada would no doubt use these principles as well in managing and engaging devotees. Including the 11 eleven disciples who could take on their own disciples after Srila Prabhupada’s departure from this world. It was an opportunity as for any other service to try to please Guru and Krishna in humility and dedication. But it did not seem to quite turn out that way… In any case the conclusion is no doubt going to this direction: humility and dedication to fulfilling guru’s instructions. Then the whole thing works despite flaws along the way. Simply by Krishna’s grace. In this world, no fire without smoke. This is practical.
Now the question: how long will it take anybody to come up to par, being an uttama-adhikary? While the movement of Lord Caitanya is picking up speed having been set in motion throughout the world by Srila Prabhupada. The more people read Srila Prabhupada’s books, they eventually come to understand the necessity of accepting a spiritual master. Then what? “Who are you going to call?” Better have some individuals who can deserve the faith and service of sincere aspiring devotees. And I believe very firmly that there are such souls in ISKCON by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Gaura Nitai. Too bad for the those who are cynical about this perspective.
We have in ISKCON all of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, so much of it, still available. That is “the uttama-adhikary” that one needs to find, but without neglecting either to apply oneself into following Srila Prabhupad’s teaching that one should find and accept an initiating spiritual master down the road. I appreciate the system of ISKCON for its practicality. The saintliness of individuals is to be appreciated by those taking on the path of saintliness as well. After all, even when Krishna was here, many people thought He was an ordinary man. This is the vision of the ordinary man. And ISKCON is meant to turn ordinary men into extraordinary men going forward through leaders who are dedicated to Srila Prabhupada’s mission. Pleasing guru is key.
Comment Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On 29.01.2013 @ 23:48
“The legislation business and the rubber stamping business is a erroneous approach from the get go. That is not standard sampradayic system. The real question is who is qualified.”
This is the kind of statement that should not be misunderstood that legislation and rubber stamping are of no value at all. Srila Pabhupada wanted the GBC body to manage ISKCON. And it is by far a no easy task because all you have to deal with is a great number of individuals who from day one and individual one the whole thing is based on voluntary willingness to cooperate. And mixed with false ego here and there, the whole thing is far from being that easy. But when false egos let go and the spiritual discipline has become voluntarily embraced by individuals, then cooperation in that spirit can be a fantastic factor to achieve wonderful things in the mission of Srila Prabhupada and the acharyas. (It is the order of Srila Prabhupada that we cooperate with each other.)
So the point is that ISKCON guru has to be approved by some authority. Do it the way you want, but is has to be there. Someone has to give the green light somewhere, sometime. That is required. And then we will consider that ISKCON is bound for a world-wide impact, so it is simple to understand that organization, intelligence and again discipline and enthusiasm, patience have to there for this objective to be achieved.
The opinions of one or few individuals are less important that intelligent well-thought strategic approaches with the purpose of achieving repeated, manageable success in the mission of Srila Prabhupada. Standard this, or standard that. With Lord Caitanya’s movement there are a lot of adjustments that are not standard that have to be implemented, just for the sake of making the process of KC practical. One cannot just keep comparing with past standards. Srila Prabhuapda was not tied up that way.
It is not the first time that these word of rubber stamping are circulating around… but it should not be an excuse to see as unworthy the process that has been set into place by the GBC body in regards to the guru approval.
I surely agree with Aindra Prabhu’s points of due qualification by dint of suddha nama. That is very nice, and that is the proof of qualification. But an organized system has to be there too in relationship with ISKCON gurus.
We owe a whole lot of our KC on the very basis that ISKCON is organized. May not be perfect, but there is something there and it works. We are very grateful.
Comment Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On 21.01.2013 @ 12:35
There is always room for a revolution in the material world because fundamentally the root of the problem is squarely that nobody knows their real identity as a spirit soul. And the second natural step henceforward is to have one act as a spirit soul.
If one studies most of Srila Prabhupada’s classes, one will see how much Srila Prabhupada so compassionately preached over and over the same basic message: so simple â€” “You are not this body, you are a spirit soul”. All of Srila Prabhupada’s books hammer down the same message with more philosophy, but basicically it is all aimed at making one not only to know one’s position but to act accordingly. This is simple enough, is it not?
And even amongst practicing devotees, there is a whole lot of room to check out if one has understood or not this very simple message. In a class in Australia, Srila Prabhupada said about one not being a body but a soul: “This you must realize”.
So people need direction. The whole world needs direction. And it is with devotees who rise above the bodily platform that useful instructions may be given according to place and circumstances and individuals or communities. On a one to one basis there is hope to bring about a change if to begin with, the desired change we would like to see in others we can back it up with our own on-going personal example.
Maharaja, I relish so much your wonderful kirtans. Everyday, I like so much to repeatedly play the kirtan you had at bhakti sangama 2012. No doubt that you are a very sincere devotee and the world needs thousands of such devotees. Thanks so much to express your spirit of compassion in this wonderful, simple and sincere, straight to the point article.
Your humble servant. PVd
Comment Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On 30.12.2012 @ 13:35
There are individuals who really believe that whatever goes through their minds is as solid as the Absolute Truth. This is the same mentality as artists who believe as so valuable whatever imagined twist in the name of Art for the sake of Art. Manifestation/expression of some thing but no substance for the soul there. Empty bubbles of forgetfulness in comparison with real absorption in KC.
I sincerely appreciate Akrunanatha’s comment. Bravo!
Comment Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On 22.01.2013 @ 13:11
Hare Krishna Mahatma Prabhu. PAMHO and AGTSP.
Two thumbs up for your furthering comments. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment in this way.
Srila Prabhupada said that KC is 50% common sense. And making a plan in trying to achieve anything is simply common sense. I don’t see where is the difficulty to figure this out in order to improve our service. Moreover, this is an incentive to surpass ourselves in the service of the Lord. It is tapasya. And there is no question of unlimited transcendental happines, brahma-saukyam tv anantam, without necessary tapasya to purify the heart and then attain it, as thought by Lord Rishabadeva to his sons (SB 5.5.1). It is not necessarily easy, but when one follows a specific plan envisioning the possible results, of course depending all the way on Krishna’s mercy for results, then the end result is further satisfaction, further advancement in KC. And if we are further Krishna conscious we can become better servant of the servants of the Lord, and that includes all living beings. Hare Krishna.
Comment Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On 14.08.2012 @ 12:22
The means and the goal are within reach by Guru’s and Krishna’s causeless mercy. We have the choice to stand in the light or to remain in darkness. Tamasi ma jyoti gama.
Begging for the mercy of all reading Prabhus. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Comment Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On 12.08.2012 @ 02:59
And his article I feel is the fruit of inspiration while getting realizations as a consequence of a very meditative chanting of the Holy Names. I would even dare to say that his article is the mercy of the Holy Names in some respect.
But there is an unveiled, direct goal to one’s life that is simply hinted at. There is some sugar coating in this article just to get one started into looking if he can get into the habit of getting himself or herself into following a plan. But the real plan is no joke. And the plan is the same for every single spirit soul rotting in this material world. It is param gatim, the ultimate goal, the lotus feet of Krishna in Person. And it happens that such Krishna has His own abode and entourage. So there is a whole change of consciousness that is involved. A thorough overhaul of consciousness in order to achieve this goal. And one may say: how am I to have a plan to achieve that goal? This goal and parameters are already set in Bhagavad-gita 18.55. The goal of entering in the kingdom of God is achievable only after completly become fully conscious of Krishna through bhakti, or pure devotional service. By serving Krishna you achieve Him. Devotional service is non diffferent from the kingdom of God Srila Prabhupada has explained in Bhagavad-gita. So the conditions to go BTG are clear and the process is clear. What makes the difference is the will power of the living entities to achieve and pursue that goal. So Mahatma Prabhu’s article may be helpful into setting up our frame of action. Calling for a plan. But the first step, the real goal that supersedes any other plan is Bg 18.66 to begin with and then getting to the gist of surrender and attaining therewith the goal by engaging oneself fully in devotional service. Being absolutely, and fully desiring to pay the price, and knowing and taking all of the steps, one at a time, being helped, guided and fulfilled within in order to achieve the lotus feet of Krishna. And for that purpose, gradual progress from offensive chanting en route to offenceless chanting is absolutely a must. And that means changing our heart and lifestyle totally into consequence. Then it is really fun to practice KC, knowing that finally getting oneself to agree to follow, to surrender to each and every single and least instruction pertaining to bhakti will effectively help you achieve the supreme goal.
Comment Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On 12.08.2012 @ 02:58
Dear Prabhus, PAHMO and AGTSP.
Here is something interesting. I had the chance of finding myself all by myself alone with Srila Prabhupada on the occasion of a morning walk with Srila Prabhupada in Paris in 1972. While waiting for devotees to come, I had been told to remain with Srila Prabhupada. And was I waiting for that moment! Over the last two years or so, I had three philosophical questions that I kept for Srila Prabhupada would I ever have the chance to ask him. I had asked at least one such question to the GBC at the time, and he could not answer it. So I concluded that I would be proper to go higher and ask the question to Srila Prabhupada.
So when that occasion came, I had my three questions all lined up and I did start to ask them to Srila Prabhupada.
So when Srila Prabhupada started answering I had literally a hard time hearing well and understanding all that he was saying (but without going into the details of the exchange) I finally could begin understanding some bits which I never forgot since then. And then I asked my second question, and he answered. And then as I was to ask my third question, he cut me off and said: “Why do you bother your mind with all these questions? Just chant Hare Krishna.” And that was it. I kept silent and chanted on beads. And by that time, other devotees came and the morning walk took its normal course. Perfect timing.
So this very instruction I remember since then, oftentimes. And afterwards I had been wondering of course “Why did Srila Prabhupad say that?” And I knew that it was no chance at all that he answered that way. I have been knowing since then, that if I follow this instuction, I will get my answers to any question I may have asked and that I could have. I have come to the conclusion that the chanting of the maha-mantra was far superior than my having asked these questions and that by chanting all perfection would be yet to come. So whenever I may have questions, I keep them in that perspective. And this has helpled me a whole lot to have a whole lot of realizations. And actually, that if the way mostly that I get realizations.
As far as I can see having read some other articles of his, our Godbrother Mahatma â€”without knowing him personnalyâ€” is making a great effort into inspiring others to chant well the Holy Names. That is the very least I can say. There is more to that, such as being an inspiration to others because of chanting with great attention the Holy Names. This is the very least I can say.
Comment Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On 12.08.2012 @ 02:56