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The greatest book distributors – Bhakta Carl & Radhika Ramana Prabhus

Nice article!
Preaching is the essence of this ISKCON Movement.
It would very nice to have book distributors from any part of the world to submit their stories, however brief, to Dandavats so that we all can benefit by hearing about this most sublime devotional service that is going, on everyday, quietly in unheard of corners of this world…

Yugala Kishor dasa
Alachua, FL

Comment Posted By Yugal Kishor Dasa On 27.02.2012 @ 16:14

HH Romapada Swami in hospital

Our prayers go to the lotus feet of Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu on behalf of our senior ISKCON Vaishnava, HH Romapada Swami. We are sure that given his dedication to Srila Prabhupada’s Movement, years of service, and current services, Romapada Swami is well sheltered no matter the outcome of this temporary illness.

Yours in the service of Srila Prabhpada,
Yugala Kishor dasa
Alachua, FL

Comment Posted By Yugal Kishor Dasa On 19.02.2012 @ 15:40

Our Petition!

ISKCON devotees should realize that the world in which ISKCON operates is still a very divided world. What ISKCON Hungary is going through is not a surprise at all. Hungary is a former communist country but its political leaders, it seems, still have the flavor of communism by resorting to the “rule of man” rather than the “rule of law,” in dealing with the ISKCON there.

Those of us who were born and raised in the West (Western world) should be grateful that, at least, we enjoy freedom of religion that enables to spread Gaudiya Vaishnavism, under the spiritual leadership of HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Once again, another Eastern European nation has displays its true colors. We can only hope that they will reconsider their medieval mentality and speed up their cultural growth to come attuned to the 21st century.

Hare Krishna.
Yugala Kishor dasa
Alachua, FL

Comment Posted By Yugal Kishor Dasa On 15.12.2011 @ 21:38

Response to Priyavrata Prabhu’s open letter

It is interesting to see that Maharaja hasn’t defended himself on this issue.

Devotees in general, and sannyasis and gurus in particular, should be very careful of what they say, how they say it and also what they do. The lesson to be learned in that sannyasis and gurus are under scrutiny about what they say and what they do. Perhaps Maharaja didn’t intend to offend the other party, but the damage is already done.

Distributing prasadam (even if done with no other preaching program alongside) is definitely NOT a mundane undertaking. If it is done under the guidance of ISKCON leadership, it should be encourage and promoted!

Yugala Kishor dasa
Alachua, FL

Comment Posted By Yugal Kishor Dasa On 19.10.2011 @ 01:47

Limit the volume of kirtans in ISKCON Temples?

Prabhus,
Thanks for this excellent article. I am presently suffering from hearing loss. In fact I just a surgery yesterday!
I joined ISKCON in Sep 1977 and for all my brahmacary years and about 10 years as a grhastha (total of 21 years), I was in kirtanas during mangala artik, Deity greetings, and Sundara artika.

As the writer clearly points out, the sweetness of krishna kirtana doesn’t have to damage our ears. So approrpriate measure should be taken at all ISKCON Temples to ensure that our congregational members are informed of the problem.

Something that the articles didn’t mention is that devotees SHOULD have a medical exam at least once a year with a specialist (ENT doctor). It does pay off in the long run to prevent rather than to wait to last minute, when you hearing is GONE.

I regret that I didn’t early enough and that this is my second ear surgery.

Your servant,
Yugala Kishro dasa
Alachua, FL

Comment Posted By Yugal Kishor Dasa On 02.07.2011 @ 16:43

Simple Living - the Path to Happiness and Personal Fulfillment?

We wish you all the best in your efforts, Dhanesvara prabhu, in your efforts to establish a rural community in Ukraine.

It is interesting that you tried first in a former Soviet country. Why was it launched in a socialist country? Any plans to establish one in the USA?

I have read your first book “Spiritual Economics.” My first impression was that even though your conclusive remarks do tie to Srila Prabhupada’s line of theological thinking, many of your premises (macroeconomic), built all along the book, seemed somewhat vague, and do not address the pragmatic and complex nature of the modern economic system. This question is valid, since this economic system has worked so far.

In your book, you seemed to go on a rampage against the capitalist mode of economics, even though it survived the socialist and communist economics of Eastern Europe, China and any of the few remaining communist nations.

It seems to me that you will to do a lot more refined thinking and writing (within the realm of macroeconomics), in order to convince the peoples in capitalist nations, that their system is flawed. Your philosophical foundation is quite fine, as it is based on Srila Prabhupada’s philosophy. Your theories of economic discourse, however need improvement.

It seems that Prabhupada’s take on this issue is that any political/economic system would be fine as long as it support – or at the very least does not impede – the spreading of Krishna Consciousness. America, a capitalist nation from the start, indirectly supports the spreading of the Krishna Consciousness Movement, by not “impeding” our missionary work, nor infringes upon our religious freedoms. To a lesser or greater extent, the same is true for many of other Western countries. However, you will not find the same in most other countries. In fact, both politically and culturally, Ukraine probably has its own history of infringement upon religious groups that are not Eastern-Christian Orthodox.

Is capitalism in and of itself inherently evil, as you seem to assert?
I may be wrong, but I do not recall ever reading, within Prabhupada’s books, any statement confirming such assertion.

In preaching Krishna Consciousness, we would be fine in either a socialist or capitalist nation, as long as culturally and politically we are not hampered in our missionary work.

Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada,
Yugala Kishor dasa

Comment Posted By Yugal Kishor Dasa On 06.12.2010 @ 15:47

Why Cow Protection does not work in Iskcon

Dusyanta prabhu, the gist of your article is what I have observed for the last several years.
Protection of cows and bulls does not mean what we practice prominently in ISKCON. Your analogy of the zoo is quite appropriate.

We need to get the bulls to work and the cows to produce milk, abundance of milk. To what extent are we doing that in ISKCON? No one knows, or no one seems to know. The Cow Protection office is silent on this issue. Where are the stats that indicate to us, how many bulls, cows, and calves that ISKCON have? Where is the info from the CPO about the economic output from bulls and cows? …. Food for thought…

Your servant,
Yugala Kishor dasa

Comment Posted By Yugal Kishor Dasa On 09.10.2010 @ 17:52

Nirjala Ekadasi

Good article! It reminds that we need the association of devotees to keep us sheltered in devotional service. Over the years that I have observed Ekadasi, I realized that I had done it sort of “mechanical,” to some extent.
This article by Dravida prabhu gave me, or reminded me of the proper vision or perspective of observing this holy day.

I have a question for either Dravida or anyone else: When do children or minors should begin observing Ekadasi?

Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada,
Yugala Kishor dasa

Comment Posted By Yugal Kishor Dasa On 16.06.2010 @ 14:59

Leadership Crisis

Maharaja, thanks for the time you take to address this important issue that Srila Prabhupada wanted us to implement. Your article does spark the much needed discussion about daiva-varnashrama.

The way it looks to me, daiva varnashrama necessarily involves the politico-social dimension as well as the theological dimension of the human condition.

Varna corresponds to the politico-social dimension of societal life, and ashrama to the theological aspect of human life.

To make the theme clearer to your readers, I would recommend that you define beforehand the terms brahmanas, kshatriyas, vaisyas and shudras from both dimensions or realms of discourse, i.e., the socio-political and the theological.

Overall, your article does not give any credit to the shudra class. This is more evident in your Leadership and Dependence paragraph, wherein you omitted (consciously?) to mention that members of the shudra class also function (today) as “natural leaders,” when they take up the role of parents and/or elders of their own shudra clans or families.

A lot of the time, especially in ISKCON, we use the term shudra mostly in a pejorative sense. Thus, consciously or unconsciously, we strip the shudras off of any good qualities they may indeed possess; natural leadership being one of them.

I do not see and cannot reason that all shudras are always bad and in darkness, so much so that they must be told what to do at all times.

Being a shudra does not necessarily mean that they are scoundrels, and so bad that they can’t be natural leaders of their own families or dependents. After all, Sri Krishna (Gita 9.32) has stated that shudras are also candidates for self-realization.

I would even add a third dimension to the discussion of finding and defining appropriate terms and meanings to the four varnas: that is the psychological dimension.

Consider the following scenarios: Someone can be a brahmana by birth and even by initiation and by psychological disposition, but work in a shudra occupation (socio-political dimension).

Or someone else can be a brahmana by birth and by initiation, and have the occupation of a brahmana, but his psychological disposition and behavior points to the attributes of a shudra.

Ideally the psychological and the theological dimension should reflect the true nature of a man who is brahamana.

Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada,
Yugala Kishor dasa

Comment Posted By Yugal Kishor Dasa On 25.03.2010 @ 14:43

How Will the Forthcoming Eclipses Affect You?

Mithuna Twins Astrological Services,
Prabhus,
PAMHO. Hare Krishna! All glories to Srila Prabhupda.

After reading your article, this is my two-cents worth observation:

Most of the philosophical statements you made are found in the Srimad Bhagavatam.
Moreover, you have quoted Srila Prabhupada in your article; that was quite nice. However, one does not need resort to astrology to find out how bad the material world is; nor to find the ultimate solution to our material existence.

Having said that, What is the use of the astrological technicality your article mentions throughout? It makes it hard to read. It would have been better to directly address the relevant issues of philosophy to enlighten us, your readers.

What is the purpose of this article?

Your servant, Yugala Kishor dasa (Alachua, FL)

Comment Posted By Yugal Kishor Dasa On 11.12.2009 @ 18:38


 


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