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It’s Kartika, Damn It!

I don’t feel it necessary to harp on the usage of the word “damn”. That word prompted me to read the article. While I might have chosen a different word, I am able to understand M. Tulasi’s intent as a literary device. Rather than nitpicking over the use of one word, perhaps we can try to focus on the essence of the article. If we do that, we may be able to take a lot from it to help us get the most out of this holy month. Thank you Mother Tulasi. Your article was very timely for me.

Comment Posted By Tamal Krsna dasa On 26.10.2010 @ 17:12

Significance of performing/attending mangal aroti

While this article does discuss the “significance of performing/attending mangala arati”, it seems like it places more emphasis on how to perform mangala arati and why it is not being performed properly in ISKCON.

I have heard Srila Prabhupada’s views on kirtan standards and can understand how they have regressed (even in my short time in ISKCON) and I appreciate the author’s realizations on this subject. Jayadvaita Swami tackles this topic very nicely in a seminar from 2004 (http://jswami.info/seminars#kirtan). However, it is a bit disappointing to hear another broad generalization of how younger devotees have supposedly butchered the kirtan standards (as well as others) that Srila Prabhupada established.

Some newer devotees (including myself) happen to appreciate Prabhupada’s protocol for kirtan and other aspects of devotional service, and aren’t so ready to see things diluted for the sake of a “good show”. My views are neither conservative nor liberal—I just try to follow the examples of my Guru and Srila Prabhupada.

I look to disciples of Srila Prabhupada for guidance and leadership. Perhaps instead of wearing earplugs and declining to lead kirtan, a more productive approach might be to offer some loving assistance and training to younger devotees who may have things a bit skewed. There is a possibility that this advice may be rejected, but there are also sincere devotees who will listen. I am sincerely hoping that as a society, we can be a bit more objective in the labels we place on devotees, as I am quite certain that not every young devotee is a “know-it-all”.

Comment Posted By Tamal Krsna dasa On 13.02.2009 @ 14:18

Protecting Our Future

In response to Sita Pati Prabhu’s comment (#18), although Srila Prabhupada did mention the ideal arrangement according to Vedic culture, he himself gave diksa initiation to women. Why would we change what our founder-acarya has instituted?

Comment Posted By Tamal Krsna dasa On 20.12.2007 @ 02:09

Hm. So how you are spending that money?

Would anyone care to comment on financial situations where devotees’ bills and legitimate expenses are more than 50% of their income? Sounds like poor financial planning but it’s a reality nonetheless.

Also, can one suggest how (and when) the 50% policy should be presented to people that one is preaching to? A lot of Christian churches demand 10% of earnings and many people are actually turned off by that. How can we share that householders should give 50% without having people fleeting for the exit door?

Tamal Krsna dasa

Comment Posted By Tamal Krsna dasa On 19.01.2007 @ 01:09

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