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Are there different sizes of infinity?

Before we entertain mathematics in relation to scripture we should consider the simple alternative.

eka pad means 1 out of 4.

1. Material World
2. Brahmajyoti
3. Vaikuntha
4. Goloka

I think we don’t need complex mathematics here.

There is a place for such complex mathematics though. I would like to refer you to a book by a devotee who does discuss such complex mathematics in relation to Vedic wisdom and material creation.

» Posted By amalagaura On Nov 15, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

The Fall/ No-Fall Debate Boiled Down

In the conclusion the author quotes a letter to Jagadisha Das. Why not continue the conversation and see Prabhupada’s subsequent reply. It suggests we did not have an active relationship with Krishna before we came here.

letter to Jagadish dasa, Los Angeles, April 25, 1970

“Regarding your questions about how and from where did the conditioned souls fall, your first question if someone has a relationship with Lord Krsna on Krsnaloka, does he ever fall down? The souls are endowed with minute independence as part of their nature and this minute independence may be utilized rightly or wrongly at any time, so there is always the chance of falling down by misuse of one’s independence. But those who are firmly fixed up in devotional service to Krsna are making proper use of their independence and so they do not fall down.

Regarding your second question, have the conditioned souls ever seen Krsna? Were they with the Lord before being conditioned by the desire to lord it over material nature? Yes, the conditioned souls are parts and parcels of the Lord and thus they were with Krsna before being conditioned. Just as the child must have seen his father because the father places the child in the womb of the mother, similarly each soul has seen Krsna or the Supreme Father. But at that time the conditioned souls are resting in the condition called susupti which is exactly deep sleep without dream, or anesthetized state, therefore they do not remember being with Krsna when they wake up in the material world and become engaged in material affairs. I hope this will satisfy your questions.”

Your ever well-wisher,

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

» Posted By amalagaura On May 29, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

Sound Systems Guideline

What we really need is a monitor which flashes a red light when sound is about 85db. 3M makes monitors like that, they cost around $40 for a handheld one. It is ok to see the sound levels on a phone, but one hanging on the microphone stand which is flashing red is much better.

» Posted By amalagaura On Apr 26, 2014 @ 11:55 pm

Is the term ‘Dhoti’ in the Vedas? – Part 2

The discussions about sanskrit words are taking a western perspective on how the words are formed. Please read this article about how sanskrit words are formed:
http://uttishthabharata.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/sanskrit/

This is why there is a huge emphasis on grammar in Sanskrit teachings. If one knows Sanskrit grammar, one does not need a dictionary. So dhauta as the root word of being cleansed means that dhoti could be something that is cleaned, i.e. a piece of cloth. I don’t know Sanskrit to know if that grammar is correct.

» Posted By amalagaura On Apr 17, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

Documentary Children of God

A very nice film. Nicely shows the dynamic between the material inclinations in the son and his parents strict following. The film was very positive to the devotional upbringing given by the parents and one could appreciate what home schooling gave him. The part about past lives was really nice too, brought out that difference in the two children, even though one was younger, you could see the dancing at the end and how the younger one was more involved in the temple kirtan. Anyway, great work materially and spiritually.

» Posted By amalagaura On May 15, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

A Tale of Two Zodiacs

Antardwipa Prabhu

Thank you for your response. I didn’t get a notification, but just saw it.

I have no scholarship in this department, I was only involved with Danavir swami’s movie (I did some of the video graphics and animations).

This central axis which the sun revolves around also passes through the earth? The earth is the plane a planet at the center of the plane? So we do depict the sun revolving around the earth? To me it is very interesting because scientists use the motion of the earth around the sun to deduce trigonometric calculations for the distances to the observed stars. (vastly simplified of course)

I suppose a simple question to ask is, why do we have day and night? Is the earth is stationery and the movement of the sun causes day and night? Or does modern science have it correct and the earth is spinning? Curious if there is a consensus amongst at least our scholars. I know Maharaj’s research did not agree with some previous research.

This is of course very complicated work because we are trying to reconcile descriptions of different realms and dimensions with physical laws and measurements but curious what is happening with the understanding.

your servant,
amala gaura das

» Posted By amalagaura On Nov 9, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

I apologize for interjecting in this. There is a lot of scholarship here and I think it is a very useful discussion by the devotees.

I have a unrelated question for Antardwip prabhu regarding the Mayapur planetarium. Is their some preview of the model which will be used in the Mayapur temple? Will it be earth centered or sun centered? I was following some of Danavir Maharaj’s publications and know that there are different opinions on this more important topic.

» Posted By amalagaura On Oct 30, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

As soon as there is comet, there will be some disaster

It is difficult to make a 1-1 correspondence between significant comets and world disasters or wars. We have visible comets regularly http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Comet but we don’t have world wars at those times or even significant world disasters. The comet of 2011 was in December but the large Japan earthquake was much earlier in the year. Maybe the 2013 comet is a larger one.

» Posted By amalagaura On Oct 8, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

The 12 Signs of The Zodiac

Vraj Kishor Prabhu

Since you think the lack of responses proves your point. I read Shyamasundara prabhu’s articles and found them far more complete discussions of the topic which do address your queries. I think your approach is simplistic and does not befit someone with your experience in devotional service. The vedas contain variegated discussions and simple references to zodiac signs do not prove a point of not using sidereal astrology. The topic is complicated and I think Shyamasundara prabhu’s articles give a more complete discussion including the differences between the types of shastras involved. I didn’t want to chime in because it is a complicated topic and I do not study these topics (just someone with an interest in astrology), but I find your article to be very unconvincing and humorous the way you wish to have a new form of astrology based on these new conclusions. I do think it is a symptom of one who is self-taught.

humbly,
amala gaura das

» Posted By amalagaura On Jul 19, 2012 @ 11:15 am

The discussion of the zodiac is interesting and important but it is actually more important to ascertain whether the earth or the sun are moving. Saying that the Bhagavad Gita says “everything is moving”, is simplistic to say the least.

The movement of the earth around the sun is used by modern astronomy for the distances to the “stars” (we consider them planets) because they use simple trigonometry to estimate the distance to them based on the minute distance that they move and come up with the phantasmagorical millions of light year calculations.

So the vedic statements that the earth is the center of the universe is revolutionary. In modern circles it is common to think the sun revolving around the earth as one of the breakthroughs in not only astronomy but the modern approach to the heavens. There are statements of Prabhupada on this which should not be dismissed, and I can only hope the Mayapur temple of the vedic planeterium will remain faithful to this. I know research was commissioned to find the best model to present.

I know that in modern ISKCON many of our learned scientifically minded devotees, deceased and with us, wished to validate the modern scientific opinion of the sun revolving around the earth. I am curious to what opinion will prevail in ISKCON.

» Posted By amalagaura On Jul 16, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

Mongolian yatra

Congratulations to all the hardworking devotees living in Mongolia. Wonderful to see the progress and enthusiasm. I have a comment that the land purchased has interesting dimensions and a southwest entrance. These things can not always be controlled, but perhaps devotee Vastu consultants could do a consultation service for the yatra. There are devotees in Germany who take it quite seriously, http://www.veda-academy.com/articles/vasati/vasati_vasati.htm and could have guidance to align the project with Vastu principles.

» Posted By amalagaura On Mar 8, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

Limit the volume of kirtans in ISKCON Temples?

Thank you to the good doctor for giving a presentation. This is very much required. Whompers especially I think should only be used outside. Temples can install a red flashing light when sound levels go above a threshold, they only cost about $50.

As part of a presentation, it will be nice to present some action items which temples can adopt.

» Posted By amalagaura On Jun 30, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

US President Mr. Barack Obama meets H.H. Radhanath Swami

This is really a historical event for the Krishna Consciousness movement in America. The first time a sitting President formally talked with a representative of ISKCON? If it has happened before please forgive me, but this is great news and hopefully opens more doors for our leaders.

» Posted By amalagaura On Apr 13, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

Double-voice amplification kirtans in Iskcon Mayapur

One issue is it can be subjective, what is loud for you may not be loud for me. A simple solution costs around $40: http://bit.ly/kKc8iU . Industrial noise monitors which flash above 85db. I am very curious as to noise levels in kirtans. It does matter of course where you put the meter, how close to the speaker or kartals.

Personally I think whompers are the main culprit and should not be used indoors. I find that they drown out the kirtan. But some of our gurus and sannyasis use them, so many people will continue to do so.

Another related topic is what mantras are chanted. In Mayapur if you listen to Mayapur.tv you can hear a wide variety of mantras. This is directly against Srila Prabhupada’s written instructions in the Chaitanya Charitamrita where he desired that only the Hare Krishna mahamantra and Nam Kirtan mantra be chanted. Especially the Monday mataji kirtan has a wide variety of concocted mantras. And devotees regularly embellish the Gaura arati with lines not from the acharya authors.

None of these seem to be a priority for the managers. I can understand they have other important things to deal with, but these things are important too. Especially since Mayapur has international visibility.

» Posted By amalagaura On Apr 28, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

Raghava’s Reincarnation Myth

I don’t know why Dandavats is continuing to publish articles on this. Publishing the first article was controversial enough, and now there is just a flame-fest.

This article has even more speculation than the first and is like a lawyer making arguments for Raghava prabhu’s going back to Godhead. Then we have comments in the other article with calculations by the day on how long it takes a soul to incarnate.

All really ridiculous. The editors should not encourage all this. I personally think it is more than likely that the reincarnation took place. But such discussions are just odd.

» Posted By amalagaura On Oct 12, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

Outer Space or Inner? – De Ville with an Aura

Thank you to Praghosa prabhu and the other ISKCON members who visited the other ashrams. There needs to be some serious thinking about how ISKCON will go about developing their communities. Mayapur will rapidly become a vast commercial enterprise with the smart capitalists making a lot of money. There are hundreds of thousands of local Bengalis and thousands of ISKCON devotees visiting who want land and amenities. Local rents and land prices have increased a lot.

Will we start seeing Mayapur slums soon? On the order of Mumbai & Delhi?

ISKCON will have to think about how it goes about the development. If the goal is to be ideal, what compromises will ISKCON accept?

I think the ISKCON GBC members should visit the Ruzizzi project in the Congo where Hare Krishna Dasi’s son has built a non religious community to solve these problems. http://www.workingvillages.org/main.html

They are still in the beginning stages, but he has garnered academic attention.

» Posted By amalagaura On Apr 1, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

A BG perspective on Avatar movie

Madan Mohan Prabhu

Congratulations on this wonderful article. It addressed the ‘avatar’ misnomer, and also gave a succinct and thoughtful summary of relevant points of the movie. You tied it in with Krishna conscious themes from the Bhagavad Gita very relevantly. I hope other devotees can also make such inroads into the world with such relevant commentary.

your servant,
amala gaura dasa

» Posted By amalagaura On Jan 1, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

In the Dungeon With Shridhar Swami

Thank you for sharing that with us! Is there any other publication where this writeup has been published? BTW, loved your motorcycle book, I think more devotees would like to read that, but don’t know how available it is .

» Posted By amalagaura On Sep 19, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

The price/cost of cow-protection milk

I have heard from devotees that for 1 cow producing milk you will need to maintain 10-12 other cow/bulls. Males, calfs, old cows, cows which have not been pregnant, cows which are pregnant, sick cows, etc.

The points raised above are nice, but what do about this simple formula? Taking care of 10 cows to get milk from one cow? The only solution is to have sufficient use for the bulls so they are not a burden. If you maintain a goshalla, it is all just extra expense. You will see many goshallas without bulls. How is that possible?

A farming situation without tractors where bulls are used is the only practical thing. I have talked to farmers in ISKCON and they said that bulls are also not used in all field situations, they are very heavy. You can see that the Amish do not use bulls, they use horses. They are practically farming for a few hundred years and must have considered it. In the USA, the short growing season probably necessitates some different kinds of techniques.

» Posted By amalagaura On Sep 6, 2009 @ 11:42 am

Urban farming and self-sufficiency

Thank you for the post. As mentioned by the comments above there are a few points:
1. some do not even have a lawn for a garden because they live in apartments
2. small scale urban farming does not live up to the dream of a self-sufficient farm community

These are certainly true, but they do not take away from your points of the importance of small scale gardens. Some devotees may have gardens, but there are of course many who do not and are content to just spend some time to mow the lawn.

It is certainly becoming natural all across the USA to maintain a garden (ask the Obamas) but I do hope ISKCON members become a part of it as well

» Posted By amalagaura On May 25, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

Want to buy Srila Prabhupada Deity (Life Size)

From what I understand, the “official” Prabhupada murtis are being made in Ujjain now, you can contact the Ujjain temple president: Ganga Narayana Prabhu: ganga.narayan.bcs@pamho.net

» Posted By amalagaura On Dec 15, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

Computer at Gita Nagari decides it is time to leave

Everyone should use some sort of backup. Used to be difficult, but now a lot of places give free space and programs to help you sync your data.

https://mozy.com/registration/free

http://www.idrive.com/

microsoft: https://www.mesh.com/Welcome/howto/setup.aspx

http://www.adrive.com/static/storageplans_basic

Hope you are able to recover your information though.

» Posted By amalagaura On Nov 25, 2008 @ 4:41 am

Who’s To Blame?

Thank you for this post Mahatma Prabhu, I think this is very thoughtful and inspiring.

I think one thing we really need to think about is the number of devotees who continue to follow their vows after initiation. As we all know from our favorite mantra, svalpa punya vatam rajam, vishvas naiva jayate, unless one has great pious credits, it is difficult to continue with devotional service strictly. And in my limited experience we see that devotees from good upbringings and childhoods do better in the long term with devotional service than those with a lot of emotional and other issues.

To me this is confusing since devotional service is supposed to be for the most fallen. So devotional service is for the most fallen but it is easier for the pious to practice.

Anyway my point is I think devotees need to be creative with how to help others. This topic can get a bit controversial.

hare krishna,
amala gaura dasa

» Posted By amalagaura On Apr 6, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

Beef recall in USA

In India & England there is a vegeterian green dot for certified vegeterian products. I don’t think this is a government program. A private company in USA can certify products with a green dot and take enough money to carry out the investigation/inspections. In the USA especially most products have animal products, but because of people with allergic reactions they do note on the packaging “contains wheat, milk,” etc.

Anyway, devotees hardly have a monopoly on vegeterian food nowadays but someone can organize the green dot and make a lot of money. Requires a brand name or some clout though.

» Posted By amalagaura On Feb 23, 2008 @ 6:01 pm

Bhaktivedanta Manor community betrayed by RSPCA – Update 2

This is a great opportunity to make a big stinker out of this in the media. Lets face facts, the media loves a big stinker of a story and the foolish actions of the government is fodder for it. Britain is much more favorable for stories such as this than in USA where I think people are much more callous. Hopefully this will raise in people’s mind the question of how much rights animals have. This is such an unfortunate act but hopefully it can be raised and questioned at higher levels.

» Posted By amalagaura On Dec 15, 2007 @ 1:25 am

We’re looking for a few good vaisnavas

By the mercy of the devotees I have been involved in writing to inmates. I use the temple address and collect letters from the temple so that noone in my family can object. The inmates are innocent in some ways, they are not usually too sophisticated. They just know nothing about Krishna consciousness and are inquisitive. It is important for us to respond to people who are asking about Krishna consciousness. I do my best to try to explain some philosophy to them. Even they are busy in their prison life but they are forced to be thoughtful about their situations.

It takes some time and attention but I think Mahaprabhu will definitely be pleased that I am making some endeavour to preach to some people. It is a nice service and we need people to take some time to write to these inmates. Right now the prison ministry is taking care of sending them books & newsletters. I just write to them and printout a few articles. I also printed photos of the deities from an online photo printing shop and I send them photos.

On our website we have some articles and a donation page: http://www.iskconpm.org

» Posted By amalagaura On Dec 4, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

Letters on how prisoners are being changed by Srila Prabhupada’s books

Please visit our website: http://www.iskconpm.com

Currently hosted at namahatta.org.

We are updating further and will be posting more and more articles and our financial reports very soon along with links for donations.

» Posted By amalagaura On Nov 15, 2007 @ 6:14 pm

Constitutional position of the soul

I apologize for my earlier comments, I should not have been sarcastic and yes with the quotation marks it is clear.

» Posted By amalagaura On Sep 17, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

Has Shrila Prabhupada given purports that only this devotee is aware of because it certainly does not show up in Vedabase. The first paragraph of the “Purport” he quotes about is a verse translation and there is nothing beyond that in Vedabase.

What is the source of the last two paragraphs?

» Posted By amalagaura On Sep 15, 2007 @ 10:02 pm

Our constitutional body is eternal, could it be that we are presently dreaming?

Bhakta Rod, your points seem to be a valid way of understanding Shrila Prabhupada’s teachings and we should leave it at that. Trying to enforce a particular point of view on this issue is not ideal, particularly when Prabhupada says in the same letter you quoted: “Brahma-sayujya and Krishna lila—both may be possible.” He makes the point that we are always in Krishna lila, even now. So even if the Jiva has origin in brahmajyoti, that is also Krishna’s lila, that should be clear.

Your point is interesting that since the jiva’s spiritual body is eternally with Krishna prema how could it not be with Krishna.

As a point of Vaishnava etiquette I do not think we should consider other Gaudiya Vaishnava traditions and learned acharyas to “foolishly misled others” There are also many exalted disciples of Shrila Prabhupada who are in a position of guru to us and who clearly went back to Godhead who may not agree with your interpretation. Not to mention other Gaudiya Vaishnava acharyas even more senior. Maintaining some Vaishnava etiquette will help us to understand these subtle spiritual subject matters which mere exercises in logic will not allow us to attain.

Quotes are below, primarily from Shrila Prabhupada’s purports:

Vaishnava Siddhanta Mala – Bhaktivinod Thakur

QUESTION: Where do the nitya-baddha, baddha-mukta and nitya-mukta souls reside?
ANSWER: The nitya-baddha and baddha-mukta souls reside in the material world. The nitya-mukta souls reside in the spiritual world, Vaikuntha (the place of no anxiety).

According to Visnu Purana, Bhagavad-gita and all other Vedic literature’s, the living entities are generated from the tatastha energy of the Lord. (Bhag. 3.7.9, purport)

The conclusion is that the origin of all life is the bodily effulgence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is confirmed in Brahma-samhita: yasya prabha prabhavato jagad-ananda-koti. (Bhag. 4.30.5, purport)

The all-pervading feature of the Lord which exists in all circumstances of waking and sleeping as well as in potential states and from which the jiva-sakti (living force) is generated as both conditioned and liberated souls-is known as Brahman. (Isopanisad, Text 16, purport)

As we have learned from previous mantras, the brahmajyoti emanating from the transcendental body of the Lord is full of spiritual sparks that are individual entities with the full sense of existence. Sometimes these living entities want to enjoy their senses, and therefore they are placed in the material world to become false lords under the dictation of the senses. (Isopanisad, Text 17, purport)

As spiritual sparks of the beams emanating from the transcendental body of the Lord, we are all permanently related with Him and equal to Him in quality. (C.C. Madhya-lila 5.22)

» Posted By amalagaura On Sep 15, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

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