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Hare Krishna Maharaja. Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Your message is certainly to the point under the circumstances. Your message makes absolute sense. In God consciousness, there is absolutely no room for quarreling. Paramo nirmatsaranam satam (SB 1.1.2).
What will happen lies in the hands of political leaders who are above the average common people’s influence. And God’s sanction must be in the background within an inconceivable plan behind it. Nothing happens by chance. Not a blade of grass moves without the will of the Lord.
One thing for sure, on either side we can observe the bodily concept of life in action, which twarths everything in the eyes of most men.
The bodily concept of life is not meant for persons who are conscious of being spirit souls. The mentality based on the bodily concept of life will not, or at least, should not affect persons who are cautious to remain above the swirls of the bodily concept of life. I am this, I am that. I am pro this, I am anti that. In Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna says that all living entities are overwhelmed by the dualities of delusion from birth, namely desire and hate. “O scion of Bharata, O conqueror of the foe, all living entities are born into delusion, bewildered by dualities arisen from desire and hate.” -Bg.7.27 Today we see it in practical life, and interestingly with an international flavor. The consequences might prove to be far reaching many populations.
Is there a Kurukshetra cooking up? God knows. In the end some historian could write that the whole thing was sparked for the sake of a peninsula. But the real reasons behind this whole stage play cannot be told to the public. They are not what either side will present them to be. All parties far too much know that they pursue the same objectives of advantageous military power and control, just from a different point of view. Each are as bad, or as good at it as any other country in the past. It is not worth to lose one’s soul over that. Chant Hare Krishna and try to remain undisturbed.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Mar 8, 2014 @ 12:19 am
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!
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Jun 6, 2013 @ 9:56 pm
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!
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Feb 4, 2013 @ 12:42 pm
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.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Jan 29, 2013 @ 11:48 pm
“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.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Jan 21, 2013 @ 12:35 pm
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 — “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
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Dec 30, 2012 @ 1:35 pm
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!
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Jan 22, 2013 @ 1:11 pm
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.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Aug 14, 2012 @ 12:22 pm
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.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Aug 12, 2012 @ 2:59 am
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.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Aug 12, 2012 @ 2:58 am
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 —without knowing him personnaly— 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.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Aug 12, 2012 @ 2:56 am
Answering Sitalatma. PAMHO and AGTSP.
Quoted from above: “Srila Prabhupada went to America without a plan, after all. ”
I beg to see things differently. Srila Prabhupada knew what plan to follow: to preach in English, to print books, open temples, train disciples in the West to help spread the mission of Lord Caitanya back in India and all over the world, not diluting the message of KC, etc.
It is the same as the battle of Kurukshetra. The plan was there, grandiose. Krishna had already made the plan. Arjuna was told that he had just to be an instrument of Krishna, fitting in His plan.
So Srila Prabhupada knew far too well that he would be an instrument to establish an International Society for Krishna Consciousness all over the world; and this movement is authorized he said so many times. He wrote somewhere in SB that the activities of ISKCON are going exactly according to Lord Caitanya’s plan.
So SP had a plan. The plan of the disciplic succession.
And as far as we are concerned, we should dive in the sankirtan yajna plan that Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada have for us. If we are sincere we will desire intensely to be part of it and finally get some act of ours together in all respect in order to play an active role in the sankirtan movement. This will fill us up with ecstasy. Until we are ready to sacrifice dull ways of doing things half good, half unfinished, then we will remain unachieving anything substantial worth pleasing significantly our spiritual master. A plan for this is needed.
After all is it not Srila Prahbupada who put the book distribution to on-going higher target level year after year by saying “Now double it.” This is a plan. This is intelligence. This is adios amigos to complacency. This is tapasya. Good tapasya. Voluntary tapasya. Intelligent tapasya whereby every move is targeted at only one goal: pleasing guru, Srila Prabhuapda or his representative in disciplic succession. Therefore, a plan is most welcome and it has its very utility in the spreading of Krishna consciousness all over the world. When one has sound plan, in humble but determined mood sustained by yoga, then there is no time for anything nonsensical sticking with it. It is self-propelling.
We are already used to SP’s plan: daily regulated sadhana, ponctual so we can hang to the higher taste of KC. 16 rounds a day, 4 reg. principles. If this is not a plan, I don’t know what it is.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Param vijayate sri krishna sankirtan!
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Aug 9, 2012 @ 2:12 am
Very interesting. Thanks for taking the time to put this story online. Your reaction is laudable.
We cannot react on the same grounds as of stupid behavior to begin with. We have to remain sober and be courageous enough to inject the philosophy as best as we judge appropriate according to time, place, and individuals. A devotee is always in knowledge of Who is in supreme control and Who can make wonders into rendering small events into meaningful ones for the benefit of all concerned. This is the beauty of Krishna consciousness at all times. By Krishna’s mercy, always.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Mar 20, 2012 @ 1:03 pm
Abuse, abuser, abused.
Just see after all how hell can brake loose sparked on simple misuse of one’s free will by certain individuals. Misuse of one’s free will is the undermining disease of material reasoning at the very root of material existence. All in forgetfulness of one’s true function as a soul.
What can we expect in the material world? We are not in the spiritual world. We are in the material atmosphere and that means that souls will misuse their free will. It is unfortunate and the cause of reactionary work. God knows who has perverted illusions, who wants what and who will be involved. It is far from pleasant from A to Z for all concerned to say the least. This is how strong the power of illusion can be over the living entities who can be so easily bewildered at times. This is nothing new in the material world and the same will prove to repeat itself over and over in the material world.
But still, despite all the sufferings involved, we have nothing left except to look at where we stand in relationship to our soul, abuser or abused. Where are we heading? The spiritual values of the soul are our only true and everlasting treasure. How much successful are we as far as these are concerned? In all humility we should look for them. Ahaituki apratihata. No material conditions can hamper our will to find them if we at all are serious to look for them despite our conditional life.
The spiritual values of the soul are to be discovered and realized throughout the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and past acharyas. This is our only solace for our yearning soul, hankering for ultimate shelter at Lord Krishna’s lotus feet in a spirit of revived honest use of one’s free will.
Care is provided by Providence in its own way, but especially if we are caring to take care of our soul. Everything else can be favorably adjusted and rectified for oneself over time. And then we can start thinking being an instrument to provide care to others. A doctor must know how to heal himself before healing others. That is healthy understanding. Similarly the mission of Srila Prabhupada is of caring for the whole world, and we have to be real clean individuals to be helpful in his great mission.
Thanks to the author of the article and Veda for both of your straightforward writings. Hare Krishna.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Apr 13, 2012 @ 1:08 pm
Dear Godbrother Prabhavisnu,
Hope things turn out for the best as you expect. However, as you may know already the association of devotees is so important and avoidance of the association of asat persons is as important too, if not even more because this leaves us no other choice but to look forward to associate in a very appreciative mood with devotees. I take for granted that you will always consider this.
I am sure Krishna will protect you under all circumstances anyhow as you have rendered such valuable service for a long time to Srila Prabhupada’s mission. Wish you all the best in KC in your future endeavors.
Your humble servant,
Prabhava Vigraha dasa
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Jan 9, 2012 @ 2:03 pm
Well this one of the most ecstatic thread I have read on this site!
This is the cream of the cream preaching. This is SB 5.18.12 in action. This is the proof of the pudding as George Harisson would have said. This is such nice transformations of the heart as a result of sincere souls having taken the process of chanting the maha-mantra, and sravanam and kirtanam seriously. This is actually what all prison life should bring one to.
And actually we are all different individuals undergoing our respective terms of imprisonment within our very body. How many kicks in the “you know where” do we need to come to match up the sincerity of some of these inmates turned into bhaktas?
All glories to your most relevant service, Bhakti-lata. Sureley, Srila Prabhupada is most please by such a transcendental service. All glories to the mercy of the sankirtan movement devotees!
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Sep 25, 2011 @ 8:35 pm
He did tons of service. Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri RadhaVrindavan Chandra will certainly not forget him. It is a time to comfort him by constant chanting the Holy Names, the only tangible shelter for one’s heart, in this desolate world.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Aug 28, 2011 @ 3:02 am
Very nice article. Simple, direct, to the point and sincere.
Srila Prabhupada has given us the understanding that the chanting of the maha-mantra can bring about the adjustments that society needs.
What is impossible to figure out by our tiny brain, is how the curtain of maya can be lifted by Krishna’s mercy. The sankirtan movement has the power to bring this about. We have to carry out our duty of being fully Krishna conscious ourselves and at the same time doing good to others. If we have an army of such serious and sincere devotees, fully convinced of being Krishna conscious, wonderful things can be made possible. Nothing can be achieved successfully without this basic formula. Chanting is the beginning, the middle and the end of our individual and collective success.
Sri Sri Gaura Nitai ki jaya! Srila Prabhupada, ki jaya!
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Jul 20, 2011 @ 11:08 pm
At a certain point in KC there are some barriers that the mundane logic and ordinary intellect cannot cross. There is a curtain that one can break trough on the basis of purity due to accumulated devotional service. Then things become revealed to the devotee. The devotee knows this is slow but it is so satisfying. This is the way Krishna does everything in the natural order of things. Everything slowly but surely in order to respect the free will of individuals and their slowness to understand spiritual matters. Impatience is out of place for such understanding.
The mercy of the spiritual master is the ingredient by excellence to have one’s eyes opened on spiritual reality just beyond the external features of the material energy. Without such predisposition of purity (practical Bg. 7.28; SI 7) no such vision is allowed. If a devotee is blessed in this way, he/she is peaceful and assured of the reality of KC as being absolutely relevant and true for anyone and everyone provided one follows the standard, scientific process of true, bona fide practice of KC.
Without purity, it is so easy to be misled even on spiritual grounds that one may think he/she has understood but actually he/she has mostly misunderstood. That is why satam prasangam is so important. To see and realize where we stand in the association of devotees who by their association will protect us from what we need to be protected from.
In Krishna book there is a pastime of males and females splashing water on each other. Srila Prabhupada writes that those who were not pure were experiencing lusty thoughts at such event. That is the test of our KC. How much we stand absorbed in the sincere loving mood of serving Krishna, undisturbed by the dualities of temporary delusions offered incessantly by the illusory energy of the Lord. KC can be understood, or should I write, misunderstood through the prism of personal attachment. Otherwise, when Krishna has been made for real the center and goal of our life, sacrificing personal attachment by the way, Krishna reveals Himself slowly but surely to a devotee. Then KC can be understood in its most satisfying light. And this is the gift a true devotee may want absolutely to share with anyone and everyone he may elect to make that fortunate as well. That is the bliss of the sankirtan movement. We need and there is room for all kinds of devotees in the waves of the ocean of transcendental bliss of Lord Caitanya’s movement. Yhs.
Srila Prabhupada, ki jaya!
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Jul 10, 2011 @ 12:41 pm
A spiritual master is naturally merciful to his disciples, instructing them what he is inspired on the moment for their benefit. Srila Prabhupada preached so many times that we are not this body. Actually, this very basic understanding is the fundamental reason as to engage in devotional service. This instruction applies not only to his disciples but to the whole world. Actually, in this world there is no lack of anything except for KC, which actually begins with this very basic primary understanding: I am not this body, I am an eternal spirit soul. Let me use my free will properly to act as expected of a spirit soul under proper guidance, reducing thus so much unwanted service to superfluous bodily demands.
But once a living being does understand that he or she is not this body, the door is open to have a sound understanding that there is a definite and specific purpose to this human form of life: to understand and engage in our eternal relationship with the Supreme Person, the One all kind Personality of Godhead Who has been satisfying everyone’s desires since time immemorial. This Supremely Kind Person is waiting to enjoy our loving devotional service again. Eternity and knowledge go hand in hand in this revived relationship. It is up to us to want this relationship by all means and to act accordingly. Hari bolo. Hare Krishna.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Jul 7, 2011 @ 11:10 am
Unnecessary and undesirable things happen all the time on the material platform. If we can raise ourselves to the spiritual platform by hearing properly and following properly sruti with great respect for Srila Prabhupada, then all problems can be solved. Otherwise, if devotees don’t grab this essential point of view and yearn to put it into practice daily, it is just a question of time before some other unnecessary and undesirable situation will happen again.
Where there is a will to act truthfully, there is a way. Where there is the sun of Krishna, there can’t be the darkness of maya.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On May 26, 2011 @ 7:02 pm
Reply to # 45
Dear Locananda, pamho and agtsp. I am almost embarassed to accept any kind of apologies from such an older Godbrother as your good self. But I appreciate the transcendental almost humorous mood. I still recall this accident, that very grey colored car which had such weird so-called flashers in the shape of little metal arms coming down to indicate in which direction it will move next.
In any case, as they say: we win as a team and we lose as a team. It is the same for our movement. There was no fault on your part. Neither did I find any. Tricks of destiny happen sometimes.
My admiration and gratefulness go back to when you were deputed by Harivilas to come down and settle the leasing for the center we were to open in Marseilles. Other than that, I still recall your playing the harmonium on Sunday nights in the (Rue Le Sueur) temple room for the last arati, singing with guests and devotees a night tune that you would prefer to use for the samsara prayers. Nice memories. Nice taste for chanting. Nice devotion. The best way to spend one’s youthful years.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada and your service.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Jun 1, 2011 @ 11:08 pm
In reference to comment # 38.
Dear Locananda, please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Missing your kirtans, rather I should say your sankirtans.
Excellent! It is so nice to observe or be reminded how Srila Prabhupada did things according to time and circumstances.
A long-time admirer,
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On May 28, 2011 @ 7:26 pm
Material happiness — as explained by Srila Prabhupada in his comments to the song of the poet Govinda dasa, Bhaja hure mana — is just like a drop of water on a lotus leaf. At anytime it can fall.
No drop of water will stand indefinitely on a lotus flower. This is the law of nature. There is no point into carrying any other expectations.
Similarly, collective material happiness can be revealed in its utter fragility in the matter of seconds. How many natural disasters are needed to scratch off such illusory hopes for permanent happy residence anywhere in material nature? Under the spell of material education and economic progress, the general populace can easily be misled into believing otherwise, mocking at times at those who voice their recommendations otherwise. However, once disasters strike, this same populace under the shock of material bewilderment or disillusion about material progress of life can be made aware that there is shelter in the chanting of prayers or the Hare Krishna mantra for immediate and permanent solace from all problems related to material existence. This is the only bright side to material upheavel.
Bhutva, praliyate. Creation and destruction are going on all the time since time immemorial in the material world. It is the case with even our own material body. But a wise man is not bewildered by such a change, so says the Bhagavad-gita. The human form of life is meant to become educated in spiritual knowledge coming from spiritual authorities since the beginning of creation. Such teachers go on teaching that relief for the body is one thing, and relief for the soul is another; yet, the latter is the most important need of any living being. For such purpose the Bhagavad-gita as It Is is readily available for fulfilling such a need in book shape or through so many sites on the Internet. One should ensure finding Bhagavad-gita as It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in order to receive clearly the orginal message, without alteration.
If our reader is victim of collective disaster and anxious to find a permanent solution to individual or collective suffering, please hear our begging for giving a sincere try to this chanting of the maha-mantra: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Because now than ever it is most appropriate to do so, taking into account the state of the world. Please remember the analogy of the drop of water on the lotus leaf.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Mar 15, 2011 @ 9:40 pm
Srila Prabhupada was so special not only to us but to everyone he met because he had this universal compassion for the whole world including each and every living entity he would come in contact with, from the first to the last, until his very last breath. Didn’t he tell some devotee to serve prasad to the assembled devotees right before his leaving this world? His spirit was fully appreciative and immersed into serving everyone else as a devotee of Krishna. To love Krishna means to love and serve His devotees, and even moreso when they are covered over by the material energy. And how can one transmit that mood if he does not have the vision to see the spiritual being or spark in all bodies? By regular and prolongated practice of Krishna consciousness, one can appreciate that Krishna consciousness is the original consciousness of every living entity, the original energy of all living entities. And it all begins with understanding, realizing that we are not this body but a pure spirit soul, and acting as such, thereby proportionate to our self realization relinquishing all kinds of attachments for material, sinful activities because that is the condition to come and stay on the spiritual platform. It is all rendered possbile by the causeless mercy of trying to chant the Holy Name offenselessly.
There are interesting philosophical points in this thread. And they should not be debated at the cost of psychologically discouraging any devotee. Everything in the service of the Lord should be seen as positive by those who know the very nature of devotional service. There is no other perspective from a spritual point of view. A devotee is always in a patient and satisfied mood, expecting Krishna’s mercy at every step. Whatever happens around him/her is greeted as a manifestation of the Lord’s mercy: tat te nukampam su-samikshamano, bhunjana evatma-kritam vipakam…
All glories to Srila Prabhupada who thaught by example and still continues through his books and followers to teach the whole world how to be Krishna conscious.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Jun 1, 2011 @ 10:47 pm
So many of Srila Prabhapada’s classes were so oftentimes on preaching that we are not this body and that we should realize it. In a class given in Australia about this very point, Srila Prabhupada said emphatically: “And this, you must realize”. (re: one of the Remembering SP DVDs, SP in Australia)
This is the simple principle upon which our whole KC should be laid upon, in full awareness and profound conviction. A strong adherence to this bare fact of spiritual identity. A solid understanding of dehino’smin yatha dehe in our daily surroundings, preparing ourselves all along to be what we should be when bearing such vision: dhiras tatra na muhyati, having become absorbed all along in the reality of our eternal constitutional position.
Can one see that? When millions people from around the world will come to the world-class temple of Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, so many people, influential or not, and rest assured that many people will inquire about man’s and woman’s position in the Hare Krishna movement? My goodness, it is about time to put our act together as mahatmas, generous, open minded personalities who are eager and ready to preach to the masses. Personalities who see first from the spiritual platform, who are not scared by anyone or of anyone because there is simply nothing to be scared about: everyone is a soul, not a body. In this world, everyone in any shape or form is in essence a soul servant of Krishna in need of his/her own true relationship with the Supreme God, All-Attractive Personality, Bhagavan Sri Krishna.
Such vision is far from being artificial and cannot be imitated. But the premises to get there can be thought. That is accomodated in the association of devotees. And these premises are thought in Srila Prabhupada’s books. With time, this vision matures into compassion for all other living entities, including one’s own fallen self. This vision supersedes the bodily platform once and for all. Then it really does not matter who gives a class as long as there is genuine and sincere exchange of krishna-katha with the audience, perceived as well from the same angle of vision. (cont’d)
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Jun 1, 2011 @ 10:46 pm
No doubt about it.
No doubt about it that Srila Prabhupada would be so pleased.
No doubt about it that when the spiritual master is pleased, that is the perfection of one’s human form of life.
Begging to touch to my head a little parcel of dust from the lotus feet of these so-hard working wonderful devotees.
Your humble servant,
Prabhava Vigraha dasa
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Feb 25, 2011 @ 8:27 pm
Dear Prabhus, pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Please accept our following comments wth a pinch of simplistic humor and… seriousness.
Just like learning any profession or craft, we have to learn our basics, or the fundamentals of our intended trade. Same applies to our practice of bhakti. Remaining humble and eager to hear, we may be ready for our first three lessons.
Lesson no 1: we are not the center. Krishna is the center. We are meant to serve Him, appreciating Him as the Supreme Enjoyer. We enjoy only when we satisfy Him always first.
Lesson no 2: keep practicing bhakti-yoga untill you grasp lesson no 1 right. Then and only then, move on to lesson no 3 if you think yourself fit to handle it.
Lesson no 3: Marvel that there is no need of any more lessons other than lessons 1 and 2 as ever. From that point on it is on-going causeless mercy taking place on the spiritual platform. Yours to discover.
“The spiritual entities are meant for enjoyment, as stated in the Vedanta-sutra (1.1.12): ananda-mayo ‘bhyasat. By nature and constitution, every living being — including the Supreme Lord and each of His parts and parcels — is meant for eternal enjoyment. The living beings who are encaged in the material tabernacle are constantly seeking enjoyment, but they are seeking it on the wrong platform. Apart from the material platform is the spiritual platform, where the Supreme Being enjoys Himself with His innumerable associates. On that platform there is no trace of material qualities, and therefore that platform is called nirguna. On the nirguna platform there is never a clash over the object of enjoyment. Here in the material world there is always a clash between different individual beings because here the proper center of enjoyment is missed. The real center of enjoyment is the Supreme Lord, who is the center of the sublime and spiritual rasa dance. We are all meant to join Him and enjoy life with one transcendental interest and without any clash. That is the highest platform of spiritual interest, and as soon as one realizes this perfect form of oneness, there can be no question of illusion (moha) or lamentation (soka).” —Srila Prabhupada’s purport of Sri Isopanisad, mantra 7.
The whole idea it to get off the bodily platform and on to the spiritual platform. Then we may be fit for higher service. In any case, we will only remain eternal servants. That alone is the basis of our satisfaction in all humility.
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Feb 6, 2011 @ 1:35 pm
Dear Dhanesvara Prabhu, pranams.
Thank you so much to share this most fortunate conversation with all the readers of Dandavats. It is one of those posts that deserve the mention “MUST READ”.
We remain hungry for more of such nectarean exchanges. Million thanks.
May you realize all that you heard. Thanks again. Hare Krishna.
Your humble servant,
Prabhava Vigraha dasa
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Feb 1, 2011 @ 1:02 am
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Srila Prabhupada was thoroughly honest and niskincana, without material possessions even though surrounded by resounding success. This was the secret of his success and we are meant to follow in his footsteps in the same mood as his.
The fixation of the mind in the service to our guru, in our humble understanding, is the secret to stay out of touch by the material energy and the practical proof of one’s desiring to repay one’s eternal debt towards one’s eternal spiritual master. It is that simple and sublime. Acting in such consciousness, there is no reason for any kind of mistrust or malice in life. Krishna is everything and everything is related to Krishna for the devotee, He is present as the Supreme protector and everything is well meant to be by His will within His overall plan of life. The devotee is ever thoughtful that somehow or other Krishna consciousness is always the prevailing path to be followed, in obedience to guru. Such prescribed path is the true light of life. As taught by guru, the goal of one’s actions is ever whether the Supreme Lord is satisfied. This, he has learnt from guru, sadhu and sastra. The disciple never loses touch with his spiritual master’s heartfelt presence by ever serving his instructions throughout his lifetime. By the mercy of guru and Krishna, there is a way to loosen up the otherwise ever tight knot of false ego which binds one to material existence. This is why surrender to guru is so scientifically important if we at all want to be permanently happy. Surrender is surrender. There cannot be split opinions over the process of surrender and the result thereof. The result is the Absolute Truth being pleased revealing Himself to a surrendered meek and humble disciple by the power of the mercy of the spiritual master. And, as Srila Prabhupada would say: “I have given you everything.” It is up to us to chant Hare Krishna and become truly happy.
Begging the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and of all the assembled vaishnavas,
your humble servant, Prabhava Vigraha dasa
» Posted By Prabhava Vigraha das On Dec 28, 2010 @ 11:42 am
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