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Dear Jagabandhu Prabhu,
my dandavats to you!

Very, very nicely spoken!

Daso’smi
Radhavallabha.

Comment Posted By Radhavallabha On 29.11.2008 @ 11:38

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Dear Kesava Krsna Prabhu,
my dandavat pranams to you.
all glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!

Thank you for your wise and nice words.

I too believe that anybody who practices KRISHNA consciousness is a winner.
If we try to take that what Lord Caitanya’s movement is meant for -namely that what helps us to become a lover of Sri Sri Radha Krishna and Their devotees- and overlook the material impurities that may still be there in the not yet fully purified hearts of the practicing devotees (I tend to say: by allowing them to be human) we can become so happy and make so much spiritual progress.
By not confusing KRISHNA consciousness with society consciousness, body consciousness or UNconsciousness (…)
Unfortunately I know too many devotees who identified the institute with the sadhya, or spiritual goal, and by experiencing the natural shortcomings that go along with human existence in this world - they became dissapointed and gave up Krishna consciousness.

You discussed faith, and yes, I fully agree that deep faith is required to remain a devotee.
Just happily “haribolling” on the social surface of the ocean of devotion will not do.
The waves on the surface will toss us from here to there, till we are back on the shore, back in material life.
One has to dive deeper into the ocean to get steady at least on the level of vaidhi-sadhana bhakti, what to speak of other levels leading to real bhakti-rasa.

Your servant,
Radhavallabha d.

Comment Posted By Radhavallabha On 08.07.2008 @ 16:39

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Dear Om Prabhu,
please accept my humble obeisances
all glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!
all glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Thank you for pointing out what certain people propagate as being “the true religion”.
To me, Dr.Zakir Naik seems to be not the most cultured person by his trying to defeat others’ beliefs, instead of encouraging them.
That he -with or without proof of ANY religious scripture- cannot realise that it is rather unpleasing to have a knife in ones throat (even if you are a goat or chicken), is in itself nullifying all his preaching.

I have been doing a lot of interfaith preaching over the years and my personal conclusion is that there are definitely many very nice devotees of God belonging to other faiths than Gaudiya Vaisnavism.
By our enthusiasm and proper example they can become very favourable towards Krishna consciousness (as a result of some meetings I have longtime friends from other faiths).
However, to get converted into devotees is usually not what most members of other religions are waiting for, just as we may be favourable towards other religions without us necessarily wanting to become a Muslim or Christian, etc.

I suppose many devotees can help you in your preaching efforts.
From my side, I would only like to advise you not to get overly involved into arguing with people like Dr.Naik.
Lord Caitanya could defeat the most staunch mayavadi’s, but most of us can not.
I would rather focus on inspiring those innocent people who are willing to hear about Krishna from you, and try to avoid those who are determined to stay atheist or mayavadi’s.

“The madhyama-adhikari is a devotee who worships the Supreme Personality of Godhead as the highest object of love, makes friends with the Lord’s devotees, is merciful to the ignorant and avoids those who are envious by nature”.(S.B.11.2.46)

My experience is that when we try to please Guru and Krishna by preaching on Their behalf, They will give us all support.
So please continue your valuable preaching activities with increased enthusiasm!

Your servant,
Radhavallabha dasa.

Comment Posted By Radhavallabha On 13.03.2008 @ 20:13

Practicing Krishna Consciousness at Home

Dear Padmapani Prabhu,
my respectful obeisances unto you,
all glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!

simply wonderful! Such a nice and encouraging article.

I think that exemplary, enthousiastic devotees living in “regular” society are very, very important, since the majority of people will not be living in ashrama’s and they like examples of how to practice krsna-bhakti “outside”.
And the majority of devotees who are now living in ashrams will ultimately move out and go living and working outside, and at that point, they have to find their ways to somehow practice in ways different than used to in the temple.

I have been living in temples for many years, so I am acquainted with the “regular” worship of the Lord in the temple as well as with the glorious preaching activities done by temple residents.
However, living outside again, far away from any temple, I am dependent again on making my surroundings into little temples (like I used to do before living in an ashram).
It definitely has its sweetness too; at work, in the midst of non-devotees, putting my Radha-Krishna statue next to my computer.
Taking strength from the Lord in that way and at the same time invoking curiosity from my collegues, opening the doorways for preaching.
“There are no hard and fast rules….”

Once again, thank you for your nice article.
Param vijayate sri krsna sankirtanam!

Your servant,
Radhavallabha.

Comment Posted By Radhavallabha On 25.01.2008 @ 00:30

When guru worship gets sentimental

Dear Kesava Krsna Prabhu,
thank you for your nice article on guru worship. I really appreciate it.
I especially like how you explained the difference between arcana and bhajan.
It seems indeed easy to jump and shout “jaya Prabhupada!” or “jaya Gurudeva!”, whereas it is rare to see people sticking around year after year and serve the guru-parampara on a modest but steady basis.
I remember that I used to envy many new devotees who seemed to have more appreciation of Srila Prabhupada (or other vaisnava’s) than I have, but by now I have become more sober and pray they may one day come back again to Krishna consciousness, since I am not convinced anymore that one month of sentiment is sufficiant to go to the spiritual world.

In addition I would like to confirm Madhava Gosh Prabhu’s words: “The true importance of a guru is his/her connection to the sampradaya”.
I think there is no harm in having sentiment for ones guru, but if not backed up by trying to understand the siksa he is giving and how he is representing the guru-parampara (at least he should be…) it may be a very painful experience for the disciple if his/her gur gives up the process of krsna-bhakti.

Your servant,
Radhavallabha d.

Comment Posted By Radhavallabha On 22.12.2007 @ 13:51

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