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Where Do Our Departed Vaisnavas Go?

Thank you very much for having shared these very interesting quotes from Sri Gitamrita.

However, coming back to your introduction, we have to remain aware of the fact that only a liberated soul and a pure devotee can testify, by Krishna’s grace, that a departed soul has reached the ultimate destination, be it in Gokula or in Goloka.

The rest, from the part of still conditioned souls, may just be wishful thinking…

Comment Posted By Puskaraksa das On 09.02.2014 @ 10:48

Have the same problem as Bhakta John?

Isn’t there a better choice than this dull, impersonal and repetitive music…?

Isn’t there a more personal approach than this stupid-looking nobody, whom you called bhakta John…?

Come on, we know ISKCON Communications can (should) do better than that…!

Comment Posted By Puskaraksa das On 19.01.2014 @ 00:55

Master Plan for the Gita Nagari farm project

Even though the style of this presentation, said to be written by Parijata Devi dasi, is pretty confusing (jumping from “they”, “she and her husband”, to “we”, along with puzzling sentences such as “currently, we have developed relationships between - their ? - farm communities and city temples…”), we have to salute any positive initiative which is aiming at fulfilling Srila Prabhupada’s vision, be it partially and gradually.

I have personally been fortunate to visit Gita Nagari farm and appreciated the hospitality.

This is certainly an important project which requires the attention of our Movement and will be able to expand and blossom, if more devotees choose to come and serve at the lotus feet of Sri-Sri Radha-Damodara.

Srila Prabhupada wanted to create an alternative to this self-destructive materialistic civilization and promoted “simple living and high thinking”. In this way, he gave us an opportunity to set a sustainable example for the rest of society to draw some valuable inspiration from…

May we measure up to his expectations!

Hare Krishna

All glories to the assembled devotees
All glories to your service

Comment Posted By Puskaraksa das On 18.01.2014 @ 11:34

Krishna and Christ: Are they same or different?

Simply Repeat

Prabhupada says, “Speak what I have said. This is preaching. You are not the preacher. I am the preacher. You simply repeat my words”.

Comment Posted By Puskaraksa das On 12.01.2014 @ 18:35

Thank you, Pusta Krishna Prabhu, for your introductury note, to the kind attention of the readers. Indeed, it is a fact that I often prefer to quote our Acaryas, who are Spiritual Authorities accepted by all the devotees, rather than add my own purport, when they have already stated authoritatively what needs to be understood in a given context.

Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, June 28, 1974, Melbourne:

“Who will not respect Jesus Christ? He sacrificed everything for God, even his life. So who is that rascal that he’ll not respect to Jesus Christ. What did he do wrong to the human society? He did everything for the good of the human society. Oh, I have got very, very, great respect for Lord Jesus Christ.”

Srila Prabhupada Letter to Sivananda, April 19, 1968:

“Regarding the Christian’s Trinity, I believe it is called God, the Holy Ghost, and the son. Person in Krishna Consciousness accepts this by the name Visnu, Paramatma, and Jiva. God is a Person, the holy spirit or the supersoul is a person, and the living entity is also a person. Also, Mary is the representation of the energy of God. Either as internal energy Radharani or as external energy Durga, the energy of Godhead can be considered the mother of the living entities. But there is no clash between the Bible and the Vedas, simply some people formulate their personal ideas and cause quarrelings. Nobody can say the Bible was meant for the same class of men as the Bhagavad-gita. And Bhagavad-gita is the ABC’s of Spiritual knowledge. Beyond that is Srimad-Bhagavatam. How great Srimad-Bhagavatam is nobody can imagine. And beyond that is Caitanya Caritamrta. But beginning from the Bible or Koran, on up the principle remains the same. Just like beginning from the pocket dictionary”

Srimad Bhagavatam 6.5.20:

“In the Bible, which is also sastra, one will find the same advice: one should cease materialistic life and return to the kingdom of God.”

Comment Posted By Puskaraksa das On 08.01.2014 @ 23:17

“If one examines the different religions, one will see different rituals. One will also see different conceptions concerning the object of worship. Some people, overcome with devotion in their hearts, establish the form of the Lord in their soul, in their mind and finally in the external world. Understanding that the form is non-different from the Lord within, they worship that form. In some religions, because the greater emphasis on logic, the worshipper simply forms a conception of God in the mind, and worships it. They do not accept an external form of God. In reality, however, all these conceptions are forms of the Lord.

According to language differences, different religions call God by different names. The religions have different names, and the languages used during worship are also different.

Because of these differences, it is only natural that various religions will appear quite different. However it is improper and detrimental to argue over these differences. If one goes to someone else’s place of worship one should think, “The people are worshipping my Lord, but in a different way. Because of my different training, I cannot quite comprehend this system of worship. However, through this experience, I can deepen my appreciation for my own system of worship. The Lord is only one, not two. I offer respect to the form I see here, and pray to the Lord in this new form that he increase my love for the Lord in His accustomed form.” Those who do not follow this procedure, but instead criticize other systems of worship and show hatred, violence and envy, are worthless and foolish. The more they indulge in useless quarreling, the more they betray the very goal of their religion.”
~~Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Comment Posted By Puskaraksa das On 06.01.2014 @ 23:55

Srila Bhaktisiddhnata Sarasvati Thakur - From the book Brahmana & Vaishnava:

“One who can ascertain the forefathers of his family beginning from Lord Brahma without any break, who can confirm that they have all properly undergone the ten purificatory processes, who can prove that there was never any intercaste marriages in his family, and who can establish that before each pregnancy the appropriate samskaras have been performed—he is a seminal brahmana. The Vedic statement asta-varsam brahmanasm upanayeta—“a brahmanas boy should be brought to an acarya for sacred thread ceremony at the age of eight” and the smrti statement garbhastame ‘bde kurvita brahmanasyopanayanam—“a brahmana should be awarded the sacred thread at the age of eight” refer only to the above-mentioned brahmanas, not to the sons of brahmanas who have been accepted as brahmanas only from a few generations.

In other words, it does not refer to those in whose family an intercaste marriage took place, to those who have undergone garbhadhana-samskara only once, or to those who have improperly or imperfectly undergone samskaras. “Brahmanas from a few generations” means either the descendants of those who have taken birth in other varnas yet qualified themselves as brahmanas or those who were qualified brahmanas according to the process mentioned in the Vedic literatures. Just as the Gargya brahmanas were descendants of Shini, the son of Garga; the Maudgalya brahmanas were descendants of Mudgala; the Vasistha brahmanas were descendants of sage Vasistha, the son of Mitra from the womb of Urvasi; and so on—inumerable such brahmanas families, though not shaukra brahmanas, will remain glorified as brahmanas as long as they continue to remain qualified, which is the root foundation of brahmanism.”

Comment Posted By Puskaraksa das On 30.12.2013 @ 00:08

Prabhupada: “Jesus Christ was such a great personality-the son of God, the representative of God. He had no fault. Still, he was crucified. He wanted to deliver God consciousness, but in return they crucified him-they were so thankless. They could not appreciate his preaching. But we appreciate him and give him all honor as the representative of God.

Of course, the message that Christ preached was just according to his particular time, place, and country, and just suited for a particular group of people. But certainly he is the representative of God. Therefore we adore Lord Jesus Christ and offer our obeisances to him.

Once, in Melbourne, a group of Christian ministers came to visit me. They asked, “What is your idea of Jesus Christ?” I told them, “He is our guru. He is preaching God consciousness, so he is our spiritual master.” The ministers very much appreciated that.

Actually, anyone who is preaching God’s glories must be accepted as a guru. Jesus Christ is one such great personality. We should not think of him as an ordinary human being. The scriptures say that anyone who considers the spiritual master to be an ordinary man has a hellish mentality. If Jesus Christ were an ordinary man, then he could not have delivered God consciousness.”

Comment Posted By Puskaraksa das On 28.12.2013 @ 16:48

Christian, Muhammadan, Hindu-it doesn’t matter. If he is simply speaking on behalf of God, he is a guru. Lord Jesus Christ, for instance. He canvassed people, saying, “Just try to love God.” Anyone-it doesn’t matter who-be he Hindu, Muslim, or Christian, is a guru if he convinces people to love God. That is the test. The guru never says, “I am God,” or “I will make you God.” The real guru says, “I am a servant of God, and I will make you a servant of God also.” It doesn’t matter how the guru is dressed. As Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, “Whoever can impart knowledge about Krsna is a spiritual master.” A genuine spiritual master simply tries to get people to become devotees of Krsna, or God. He has no other business.
(Science of Self Realization Chapter 2: Choosing a Spiritual Master)

So Lord Jesus Christ said, “My Lord, hallowed be Thy name.” He wants to glorify the name of the Lord. And some people says that there is no name of God. How? If Lord Jesus Christ says “Hallowed by Thy name,” there must be name. The name is there, but he did not pronounce it because the people at that time will not be able to understand or maybe some reason, but he says there is name. So we are making this propaganda, Krsna consciousness movement, the “Hallowed by Thy name. My Lord Krsna, the Personality of Godhead, let Your holy name be glorified.” This is our movement. It is not a sectarian…
(Lecture: Bhagavad Gita 3.27 Melbourne June 27, 1974)

Sometimes Sri Krsna descends Himself, and sometimes He sends His representative. The major religions of the world-Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Moslem-believe in some supreme authority or personality coming down from the kingdom of God. In the Christian religion, Jesus Christ claimed to be the son of God and to be coming from the kingdom of God to reclaim conditioned souls. As followers of Bhagavad-gita, we admit this claim to be true. So basically there is no difference of opinion. In details there may be differences due to differences in culture, climate and people, but the basic principle remains the same-that is, God or His representatives come to reclaim conditioned souls.
(Raja Vidya Chapter 6 :Knowledge of Krsna’s Appearance and Activities)

Comment Posted By Puskaraksa das On 28.12.2013 @ 12:30

To try and bring an (additional) answer to the question: “Krishna and Christ, are they same or different…?”, I would like to state that Jesus never claimed to be the Father; he only claimed to be the Son of God.

Hence, when Krishna says “Aham bija prada Pita”, “I am the seed giving Father of all living entities”, Jesus states “My Father is much greater than me”.

He also calls out to His Father, at the time of need and says ” Father, don’t abandon me…”. So, clearly Jesus the son and devotee of God and God Himself, are two different Persons.

Nevertheless, Jesus promises, “If you follow me, I will take you to our Father”.

So, Jesus is acting both as a devotee and as guru, in the same way that Srila Prabhupada did… As a matter of fact, Srila Prabhupada acknowledged Jesus’ position, stating “He is our guru”.

When Jesus went to India, he is said to have had some disagreement with some smarta-brahmins, who were promoting the cast system and the idea that God consciousness was reserved to the twice born (by birth), whereas Jesus, as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu did later on, promoted that love of God was for one and all, without establishing any discrimination…!

Similarly, during his pilgrimage to Bharat-varsa (India), Jesus also became known as Isa-putra, the son of God.

This is how Jesus of Nazareth became known as Jesus Christ, that is to say Jesus, the son of Krista or Krishna.

As a matter of fact, this is how persons were designated in the past, before family names came into use. People were designated after their father… So-and-so, the son of so-and-so. This tradition translated into some languages, such as in Russian where, if someone is for instance called “Ivan Denisovitch” (as in the edifying book “A day in the life of Ivan Denisovitch” by Soljenitsyne), it means that he is Ivan - the son of Denis. Similarly, Petrovitch means the son of Peter, etc.

In this way, Jesus went by the name of Jesus the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Isa putra…

So, even if they are different Persons, altogether by nature They are one. This is the meaning of the Holy Trinity. They are Three - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - but in essence They are one… This is acintya-bheda bhedha tattva… simultaneously and inconcevably one and different.

Here, the Son is understood to be a pure devotee, a Sat Guru. So, he is one with God, yet different, and we worship him as saksad-Hari…

All glories to Jesus Christ
Merry Christ-mas…!

Comment Posted By Puskaraksa das On 25.12.2013 @ 23:26


 


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