Comments Posted By Vimal Prabhu
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Thank you Varahanarasimha for providing links to the videos that clearly and beyond reasonable doubt lays bare the real facts. Only somebody blinded by ignorance and nationalistic ferver would keep on denying.
One of the clinchers was the fact that not only the flag flaps as if it had caught a wind but the end of the flag actually raises upwards (observe that this means it is going up against gravity - however less it is) and folds upon itself… this happens several times. You cannot compare a flag moving back and forth in absence of air with a flag that is violently flapping and rising upwards and getting clurled upon itself. Clearly only an external force can cause such a thing. And that force has to be the wind in the absense of any other external visible agent.
More SCIENTIFIC evidence that the whole thing was fudged:
Comment Posted By Vimal Prabhu On 30.07.2009 @ 05:58
A few people (devotees?) on this post have choosen to believe versions and statements of atheist Scientists and the Governments that have time and again lied to public. Cover ups and lies especially emanating during the pressures of cold war era are far too many to list. Also their ignorance is laid bare when they extol such wasteful moon missions as advancement of mankind (mode of ignorance). There are two things here: Where do you want to put your faith in? In your own personal conclusions that inherently arise out of your false ego and imperfect senses or the Sastras, revealed to the extent that one can make progress and go back to Godhead in this lifetime itself. It is not important that the vedas explain everything to us. The process of photosynthesis can alone constitute enough information to write several voluminous books which is unimportant when it comes to our day to day spiritual advancement. So personal realizations here means that we see the effects of chanting in our lives and see the anarthas being destroyed within us. This should be enough proof for us then to put full faith in the words of Guru and Sastra. One cannot keep speculating whether Guru and Sastra is right or wrong his entire life. But at the same time it should not be blind faith as well. We have all gone through the phase where we doubted everything we heard from the scriptures. But gradually by chanting and by experiencing that what Sastra says is correct and with the guidance of Krishna within our heart our faith become stronger and stronger.
Also, we should have enough intelligence to discriminate between atheistic Science and scientific advancement that has to some extent helped mankind. Everything in this material world can be used in 3 modes of material nature. Computers can save lives (mode of Goodness) but can also proliferate pornographyand crime (mode of ignorance). But unfortunately almost all advancements in the sceintific field has being used in the mode of ignorance. This is the reason why we are today facing global disasters in epic proportions (global warming and melting glaciers) and nature has reached a tipping point.
All this has lead to recession of not just the economies but also a severa spiritual recession. It does not take so much intelligence to realize that things are only going from good to bad to worse as the days go by as we have seen within the last few hundred years.
Comment Posted By Vimal Prabhu On 29.07.2009 @ 07:01
Prabhupad said it perfectly. He clearly says “May be they went, may be not” so let us leave that debate as the only way to really find out is to go back to Moon looking for footprints.
The point is despite their grandiose idea of going to moon they stayed hidden inside suits and scurried back within a few hours. The great achievement was to bring back a few rocks that they collected on. A classic example of wasteful expenditure of human effort, time and resources. The only true way of planetary travel is by performing right karmas and rituals which will give one the right body and access to distant planets where the native can go and live.
All other attempts are if not hoax, are as good as hoax because they achieve absolutely nothing.
Comment Posted By Vimal Prabhu On 23.07.2009 @ 13:49
avrtam jnanam etena
Thus, a man‚Äôs pure consciousness is covered by his eternal enemy in the form of lust, which is NEVER SATISFIED and which burns like fire.
When it somes to sense gratification let us remember the one golden rule:
Ever fed, never satisfied; never fed, ever satisfied.
Comment Posted By Vimal Prabhu On 26.06.2009 @ 09:08
Hare Krishna, pamho, agtsp, agtsgasg.
I feel very insignificant to be speaking here but as a neophyte who is struggling to achieve fixed determination to not violate the orders of my Eternal Spiritual master I try to remember the following teachings from the sastra. Krishna says in the BhagavatGita that there are 2 categories of people - one with spiritual qualities and the other with demoniac qualities. We should consciously make a choice to exhibit our spiritual qualities all the time.
It is mentioned in the scriptures that demons or asuras are able to undertake severe austerity like pure devotees and Ravana and Hiranyakashipu are good examples. Ravana used to worship millions of shiva lingas before Sunrise. Such is their determination but there is an important difference. The demons seek power whereas the devotee seeks the powerful (the one who gives power). The demons seek sexual gratification or sense gratification whereas the devotees seek the master of the senses, Hrikesh.
So we have to be mindful that we should not fall into the same trap that demons fall into for the one insignificant reason that the (so-called) rewards of pleasures are instantaneous (and does not involve surrendering to Krishna). Demons just don’t get it that if power is so good then how much better is it to seek the giver of the power - of all the power in the entire universe. Same goes for sense gratification. Imagine the pleasure of association of Krishna who is the master of all the senses in all the 3 worlds. So we should have this prespective and we will avoid the mistake of making the wrong choice.
It is already mentioned that the book by HH Bhakti Vikas Swami is a great aid in helping us stay on the right path. I also found the following e-book by Swami Sivananda (founder of Divine Life Society and a staunch Brahmachari) on this very topic very helpful in developing a distaste for instant sense gratification:
Also on this very topic HH Radhanath Swami maharaj mentions that we should chant the holy names with helplessness and pray for Krishna’s help and then the creeper of bhakti would grow within our hearts. Now we have to fence this creeper and guard it as if it is the most precious thing in the world. we should be very very careful about what we let into our minds through our eyes and ears. So chanting the holy names purifies us and we should protect that from garbage and filth of this material world.
Comment Posted By Vimal Prabhu On 26.06.2009 @ 08:37