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Meaninglessness in Omaha

I want to point out that the last two pages or so of this article were not transmitted by my computer, so the article ends rather abruptly. I am not going to try and reproduce them here, but add a few remarks.

A senior devotee said in his evening lecture once, that we Hare Krishnas are “flying below the radar” of the greater society. If we get to the point that society has to become aware of us, then the real fight will begin==we “aint seen nothin yet”. About all people know about us is that we sell books at airports–what we believe, what we want to contribute–nobody knows. The question is, for whom, for what are we to take all the trouble of preaching and picking a fight with maya? Srila Prabhupada wanted to revolutionize the world–a big anarchist said, “the revolutionary is a doomed man”–he has no prospects here. Of course, Srila Prabhupada was not doomed–he saved others from doom, but the principle is that he has no separate self-interest to satisfy.

I think guys like this Omaha shooter end up so much in darkness that they contact a greater darkness and Shaitan enters them and conducts their affairs–one of the names of Shaitan is “the Slayer”. If we can “catch” them before they go that dark route, we may be able tro save society from so much suffering. Harinam “raises the tone” of wherever it is conducted, and hearing the holy names, taking a little prasadam, buying a book–we do not know the results of these things, but a study was done on TM meditationwhich showed that it reduced crime in neithborhoods where practiced. If this nonsense TM can do that, what to speak of the benefits of sankirtan, which have never been studied!

Comment Posted By Sri Clayton On 24.12.2007 @ 03:00

How Your Beliefs Affect Your Commitments

My Dear Mahatma das: I agree with your approach, but the soul is not made of faith–I dont know where you get such an idea !Faith is changeable, and is developed by contact with the three modes–the soul is not changeable–it is a spark of spirit as described elaborately in Gita 2. Neither Krsna nor Srila Prabhupada have ever said the soul is made of faith, certainly not from Gita 17:3. If we can identify with soul and the accompanying Supersoul, we will not place designations on ourselves causing us to “fail”, apparently, in our devotional endeavors–we have the power to simply not entertain negativity, because that is our real birthright.-faith and belief are different–faith, as St Paul says, is the “evidence olf things unseen”, whereas one might believe anything. “Trust in something sublime” is how Prabhupada defines faith, so we can trust in our own nature as part and parcel of Krsna–one may have faith, but he is not faith.

Comment Posted By Sri Clayton On 21.06.2007 @ 02:25

Support for 1st Ratha Yatra in Iraq

My Dear Partha-sarathi das: Please accept my humble obesiances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Partha-sarathi is a beautiful name–the Charioteer of Arjuna–what an Image! “In every town and village”, Lord Chaitanya’s prophecy, you are helping to make come true–and a military encampment is an apt place for it, as the Bible says, “the Lord ouor God is a Mighty Man of War”. You need little else to serve Lord Chaitanya than the impulse of your heart. I am not a “money guy” so cant send any donation, but I will keep you and your fellow soldiers in prayer when I address the Lifter of Govardhan Hill, my personal favorite Form of the Lord. Best wishes to come home safely with mission accomplished, Your friend and servant, Sri Clayton

Comment Posted By Sri Clayton On 13.05.2007 @ 19:31

IF THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD WHY ARE THERE SO MANY RELIGIONS?

This topic, of why there are so many religions if there is only one God, has been of great interest to me for a long time. It is plain that the “God” of the Old Testament is different from Sri Krsna, and the Buddha is not a god at all! Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all trace their origin from Prophet Adam, and the religions which come from India, preaching reincarnation and liberation,have various different origins. The bhakti cult of pure devotion originates from the Gopis. Hindus are always trying to say “it is all One”, but only if you pointedly ignore the many differences. I did not start out with a plan to study “comparative religions”–I was brought up with the Bible, became interested in Buddhism, studied a great deal of occultism and theosophy, ran with pagans and Crowley people, and after taking initiation from a hodge-podge, landed back in the domain of Krsna Consciousness and Srila Prabhupada. The idea that “we alone are the real religion” is not unique to the devotees of Krsna—Christians feel that way, too, as do Muslims–my pagan friends say it is better not to say anything about the High God, lest we take to killing each other
over who has the One True and Only Way. These different religions are meant for crtain mentalities of people–thus if you have the primitive mind-set of a first century Palestinian, you will become a Christian—if yur mentality is that of a Bengali in Jagganath Puri in the l5th century, you will become a Hare Krsna–we are all trying to gain that unselfed love spoken of in every scripture, and we need to respect others who are seeking in a different way, respectful of the differences. We may not “need” to know everything about the other guy’s faith, but we need to know enoough to speak with him intelligently.

Comment Posted By Sri Clayton On 15.05.2007 @ 03:39

Kirtan in America: An American Perspective

Real devotees are not interested in ‘pleasing the public”–the public’s taste is fickle and ever-changing, whereas Lord Sri Chaitanya’s sankirtan movement has changed very little since the time of Lord Chaitanya–mrdanga, kartals, and flowing robes–flowing robes were considered “cool” in the l960’s and 70’s, and now they are not–so what! We are not trying to please the public, but to please the Lord, Srila Prabhupada has said, “rather than adjust ourselves to accomodate the public, let the public adjust itself to accomodate us!”
Sure, we can do harinam dressed in business casual, or we could wear suits with little bow ties like the Black Muslims but the closer we stick to what has been given to us in disciplic succession, the better off we are. Sometimes the public is captivated, sometimes not, just like “winter and summer seasons”, which we must tolerate without being disturbed.
The Mayavadis also do kirtan sometimes, because silent meditation becomes too tedious for them, but that kirtan is not real–they simply want to use glorifying Krsna, or Durga, or whoever, as a means of realizing “Oneness”–we need not concern ourselves with such New Age antics, but simply continue to serve the pure devotee without false prestige.

Comment Posted By Sri Clayton On 13.05.2007 @ 22:15

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