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2010 GBC Resolutions and Zonal Assignments

Spiritual degrees – Bhakti Sastri, Bhakti Vaibhava, and Bhaktivedanta (when available) – shall be a strongly recommended qualification for being granted no objection status to serve as a guru in ISKCON.

How can I find out more about the spiritual degrees? Where are they taught?

Comment Posted By Suresh das On 01.04.2010 @ 01:27

Brihaspati in the Horoscopes of Devotees

Akruranath Prabhu:
Debating ideas is what the Brahmanas (the intellectual class) do by nature. The Ksatriya class fights with their weapons, jousting and sparring sometimes to the death, historically even at such happy occasions as family wedding ceremonies, for the purpose of finding the strongest person to lead and rule society. The Brahmans similarly fight with their words. Why? They must argue and debate to try to discover the absolute truth. Lord Krishna states that He is in fact the conclusive truth in Bhagavad-gita. It may be disconcerting to hear devotees constantly arguing and bickering, but they must, to better understand ideas, which can often be deeply complicated and potentially subject to more than one answer, interpretation, and conclusion. Hopefully by debating amongst ourselves, in a respectful manner, it will make us stronger in the end, and better able to face our real opponents, the various types of atheists, impersonalists and voidists, all opposed to the progress of the Krishna Consciousness Movement. As a lawyer you can certainly appreciate that the law is always open to interpretation and sometimes strong debate, not only in the courts, but also in the halls of legislature.

Comment Posted By Suresh das On 06.04.2010 @ 05:20

Actually, at this time, I am living through a Debilitated Jupiter period, astrologically. I am not exactly sure why, perhaps because the last couple of months I went through were so horrific and hellish (I am living through a major Rahu period for 17 years, Rahu sub period for two years, and yearly Rahu period as well), but this next yearly period, although Debilitated Jupiter, has actually been easier and at times more peaceful. Of course, Krishna’s mercy must be at play. Perhaps, because I daily wear a yellow sapphire, the period has been surprisingly easier for me. Or maybe it is as Srila Prabhupada stated, happiness in the material world is not really happiness at all, but just the temporary absence of distress.

Comment Posted By Suresh das On 27.03.2010 @ 04:44

Influence of Yellow Sapphire

If Jupiter is well placed in your horoscope:
The influence will be toward humanitarianism, spiritualism, optimism, faith, and good judgment. One will be powerful, respected, and a leader of men, although susceptible to anger.

If Jupiter is ill-placed in your horoscope:
The influence will be toward greed, pessisism, egotism, and selfishness. One will be uncaring, unhappy, and have a negative outlook.

Comment Posted By Suresh das On 22.03.2010 @ 04:19

According to the Garuda Purana, Brihaspati’s (Jupiter) stone is Yellow Sapphire.

Charity to appease Brihaspati: Donate a yellow sapphire or another yellow gem like yellow topaz, a peepal sapling, saffron, turmeric, sugar, a horse, or yellow flowers to a brahmana on Thursday morning.

Brihaspati’s day is Thursday.

Comment Posted By Suresh das On 22.03.2010 @ 04:12

Lessons from the Road

Thank you Maharaj for helping lead the festival at Laguna Beach this last Saturday. We really enjoyed your down-to-earth lecture, especially your quotes from Srila Prabhupada’s books, and the ecstatic kirtan.

Comment Posted By Suresh das On 16.03.2010 @ 04:10

Should you sign a Petition?

I was also happy to see Nitya-trpta Prabhu associated with the Bhaktivedanta Archives as well. When I knew her in the past, she always struck me as very dedicated to Srila Prabhupada’s mission.

The crux of this controversy probably lies more in a lack of funds, lack of help, time, and energy to finish the project, rather than an attempt to withold Srila Prabhupada’s teachings.

None of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples are getting any younger.

Comment Posted By Suresh das On 12.03.2010 @ 16:53

I personally did not sign the petition, although I agree with fully releasing Srila Prabhupada’s lecture to the devotees, in an unedited condition. I have personally known Ekanath Prabhu, and Parama Rupa Prabhu from the past. I believe they are hard-working and sincere in their service, and are on the right path in their intentions.

Comment Posted By Suresh das On 12.03.2010 @ 06:28

Myth Creation Begun

We remember Jayananda Prabhu on the Vaishnava calendar. Perhaps days can be added to remember similar powerful contributors to the Sankirtan Movement as well who have now passed away. Although I personally am not inspired by TKG, having many painful and unpleasant experiences in relationship to him, I can at the same time understand that others might feel inspired by him and his service, and wish to remember him.

Comment Posted By Suresh das On 24.02.2010 @ 06:07

GBC Meeting Report #4

For myself, I can no longer chant 16 rounds per day. I no longer feel qualified to represent ISKCON, so I don’t for instance distribute books anymore, or do temple services like Akruranath alluded to,since I don’t chant all my rounds. At the same time, I believe that nice quality rounds should be chanted, so each day, after work, I perform a ritual in my home temple room. I light candles for all my Deities. I offer fresh flowers from the garden. I offer the Deities fresh water to drink in silver cups. I burn nice incense. I bath and put on clean cloths, tilak, etc. I play a CD of Srila Prabhupada singing in the background. Then I sit down and chant as many rounds as I can, but it is usually just one or two. I am much older now, and my life has slowed way down. When I chant japa now, I like to chant along with the older japa recording of Srila Prabhupada. According to Parama Rupa Prabhu who recorded the Japa CD, Srila Prabhupada used to chant one round with the devotees, either each day, or for the Sunday feast. They would all chant very slowly together. That’s how I chant my rounds now, very slowly and carefully.

I think it is important to encourage devotees who have left ISKCON to continue chanting. In speaking with Akruranath Prabhu, he stated to me that there can be no compromise in the chanting 16 rounds by initiated disciples, and yet at the same time there are many initiated devotees who have completely given up all japa, because they can’t chant 16 rounds any more. I like to encourage devotees to continue. Start with one round each day, and go from there. It should be a pleasurable, non-forced service.

I knew one initiated disciple of Srila Prabhupada and former head pujari, who was living only one block from the temple, but who never went again, because she was widowed in her early 20’s, when her husband took sannyasa, and she could not accept being a widow, so she left ISKCON. She could not go to the temple, even though it was only one block away out of embarressment and resentment as well. I always tried to encourage her just to do her best, however small and not give up.

Comment Posted By Suresh das On 04.03.2010 @ 02:51


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