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Yes Prabhu, definitely we must have creative element and also understand all the criticism is in good faith not intending to hurt anybody but also important is to follow the ‘Law Of Maryada-vyatikrama’ in our devotional life.
SB text 3.4.25 & 26 (read also Purport)
Scene: Vidura has left home & set out for self-realization comes in contact with Uddhava. Uddhava said to have received confidential knowledge not imparted in Bhagavad Gita from Sri Krsna during His fianl pasttime. So Vidura requested Uddhava to describe him the precious knowledge. To this Uddhava directed Vidura to Maitreya Rsi.
purport : “ The rule is that in the presence of a higher personality one should not be very eager to impart instructions, even if one is competent and well versed” .
1) The science we all are learning is 5000 years old & given the current state of affairs in the world, it clear it wont get outdated for the next 10,000 years as said by Srila Prabhupada. Who is a scholar of this science & upto date no one within our society or the world at large has come close to his example of devotional standards, dexterity or dept. of understanding. In other words we are unfit to check his vision & alter with our immaturity.
2) The project is strugglingly desired by the heart of Iskcon which consists of Renunciates, Devotees and most experienced & capable disciples of Srila Prabhupada. The whole concept of Bhakti-Yoga is based on “Pleasing the Spiritual Master”. Srila Prabhupada has quoted several times “If you simply try to serve the Spiritual Master with Pure Devotion, your life is successful”. He himself followed it & managed to serve His spiritual master decades after his disap. Service to Spiritual Master is Service To Krsna.
3) Its not a case of “Coca cola company sponsoring a Soccer Stadium” nor is it we are buying a “grand chandelier from the market & wondering whether it will fit in our home nicely”. Obvisouly it’s planned for good, generously funded & executed by devotees who have work-on-hand of bigger projects than the TVP in scale, in their professional lives. So don’t worry about the teething problems.
There are 6 billion souls on earth, so a BIG service awaits for “those earnestly wanting” to serve the Lord. Let us practice more seriously in the science of God and then Let us construct more temples everywhere with “our creative” elements to save the fallen souls with common cause to serve our Spiritual Master & the Lord.
» Posted By amolwa On Aug 28, 2008 @ 12:17 pm
Yes, there is every practical reason to follow what Sri Ambarisa Das Prabhu has said. Actually the simple logic is the correct base: “Srila Prabhupada Wished it”, there is no need of any kind of speculation on this, our father & spiritual master has said it & we simply follow it.
We ourselves should not have any verdict with the taste or preference for the structure, Our loving father & spiritual master wished for it & its the duty of every follower to strive for it. Had the design being english, french, Indian Or something else that does not matter, Srila Prabhupada wished it, thats final. He has better understanding of all things & is the best well wisher for his Society & followers.
There are many mundane architectural wonders as palaces, forts, tombs & many exotic temples for the eye-candy lovers in India & abroad. For us within Iskcon our values & ideas should be based on the “Srila Prabhupada Conciousness”. Even the part of Juhu temple Twin Tower Design has idea borrowed from some luxury hotel abroad. Srila Prabhupada revealed the vedic philosophy is such way to accomodate “anyone from anywhere” in his society. The breath & width of cultural diversity is very broad for Iskcon as desired by Srila Prabhupada & it is very bad to associate His thoughts with any particular regional identity or associate Him with any particular design or sect.
When father has indicated, the sons & grandsons should do it, if the sons differ, their wives differ and also the grandsons & their wives differ on wish of the family head, then thats like going nowhere, the family cannot run like that. And espcially when we consider the family head as Srila Prabhupada, then there is no need of second thought. Also, notable is when some sons are taking the major lead of fulfilling the wish is to be greatly appreciated considering the complexity & size of the project, where millions have been spend only on designs.
It will be esctasy doubled for the devotees to witness the TVP finally coming up & that too on the line of Srila Prabhupada’s wish. It is greatly inspiring to live around Srila Prabhupada Conciousness. We must have such place where inspiration will help produce pure devotees. Only the pure devotees can save the world & show the right path for actions to be done. Hence to do this project as-it-is in Prabhupada Consiouness is in greater benefit to Iskcon society & future prospective devotees.
» Posted By amolwa On Aug 25, 2008 @ 1:26 pm
All Glories To Srila Prabhupada.
That is wonderful practical understanding, and surely would set reinforcing example for neophytes and beginners that how by following sincerely Srila Prabhupada’s teachings one can get complete bliss in our life’s journey, in all situations, by being on the highest platform of knowledge, purity and simplicity.
Harinaam Sankirtan Ki Jaya !
» Posted By amolwa On Feb 11, 2008 @ 10:55 am
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada !
As we read in Bhagavad Gita, Krsna consciousness is full with Sat-Cit-Ananda.
Truthfulness, Knowledge & Hapiness.
Srila prabhupada discouraged the use of pressure or any trick for attracting people into KC, as we read Srila Prabhupada’s view on book distribution & devotees using persuvasion & tricks for selling books, he chastised for such practice and had said that people should be attracted by the natural beauty of vedic wisdom, honesty & truthfulnes and hapiness that is reflected in the behavior of devotee. At that time people were complaing that they are being harassed & bugged by the devotees to buy Krsna books.
Same way, the street kirtans or public dance by devotees is done in true loving service to Lord Caitanya & his (devotees) true wish to serve the mission of Srila Prabhupada. Hence we should stick to the genuine practise of displaying true love to the Sankirtan Movement & not frame up the display which has any sly angle or any gimmick. If sex attraction is used in spreading the movement its a faulty idea & can bring only complications in the long term. Sex is the strongest bond of the material nature & the mind is so complex, that it can even cheat the devotee if he is living on two planes of Krsna consiousness & sense enjoyment.
Just as Srila Prabhupada says ” we are selling Diamonds & everybody cannot afford to buy diamonds”, so we need not use desperate means, we should follows the policy of previous acharyas & gurus in spreading the sankirtana movement. Creating sincere devotees from the present pool of devotees is very important, as a purified and advanced devotees automatically chanelizes resources and atttracts further devotees by mere his Vani- (speech) and Vapu (personality).
The people of demonic nature will never be attracted to Ksrna Consiousness nor people who continue to live sinful life even after coming into krsna consiousness will sustain the love of God for long time. srila Prabhupada says ” When a person wants to go to school, he must know what the school is, if he goes to the grocer stores & asks for school, its foolishness. The person must know what the school is & what the grocer store is” . So getting into the proces of kowing or following the Science of God is a priviledge and meant for the select few whom the lord grants mercy.
We should never attempt or think about using non-standard process of calling people or diluting the integrity of pureness of the process. Its like the dangers of DNA clonning, if we shift from the standard process, the next generations will take to higher steps of deviations & eventually it may again be like the so many Gods & processes we see in the world of following the process of self-realization.
Krsna Consciousness is such an rare & priceless gift a human can get. Its liberation granted by Mukunda straightaway on the Earth to his dear Devotee. We must keep it pure, simple and followed with rock-solid conviction. In Srila Prabhupada’s words keep the process and the Word Of God “AS – IT – IS”.
Its understandable the anguish sometimes we all feel that the Earth of 6 billion people only a miniscule percent is in Krsna Consiousness, but the moral & ethic has to be pure & genuine. Srila Prabhupada has aproved the use of technology for preaching purpose, so the resources for spreading is abundant, the lack is in the number of front-runners for the spreading the message of Godhead.
» Posted By amolwa On Dec 10, 2007 @ 8:53 am
The article is cent percent genuine hearted & highly appreciated for its “behind the scene” analysis of the consciousness of mind. As Srila Prabupada always said that life should observed as if performing in the Nine Processes of Devotion. Hence be it any kind of work, it should be done in the Consciousness of work for Lord Krsna, only then can all sorts of devotional activities be enjoyed by our soul. Be it our personal work or work by the order of our Guru, it should always be done in spirit of Devotion & Love to Krsna, the consciousness should be non different & the mind must be trained to enjoy the activity with Krsna in mind.
It should not be people in ignorance say “work is worship”. Our work, worship & chanting is at the same spiritual level if it is done in pure Consciousness, If we do the work of Guru as a physical activity of the body & chanting as spiritual activity, then its not that harmonious situation for the mind.
All work in pure devotion will yeild the sweet mellow of Krsna Prema & the devotee shall always look for opportunity for doing the devotional work. So if work in devotion is so pleasurable than why not chanting? Either the convictions regarding for chanting is weak or the knowledge of soul & material is weak, only then can one lose interest in chanting.
Always remember, chanting is not an work, its pure Love. Just as one calls his kins on the telephone when one is situated away from his home to express his concern & affection of those at home, Similarly, chanting is a direct call the the Supreme ! You are in direct contact & association with God. I think there is no other sure shot way to do this, so the question of completing the rounds, or how many rounds or what kind of rounds is not a good sign of weak convictions & obstacles in spiritual understanding & self realization.
Chanting is the life & soul of Devotional life, faltering on this is serious defect in the process of Devotion one is following and one should analyze for corrective changes is ones activities to get the “desperate-need-to-chant” feeling. Ofcourse, it can happen only after a sincere effort of practising. Sixteen rounds is the minimum & discounted rounds that
Srila Prabhupada has mentioned. So its no good for your own Bhakti & to the honour of vow of the Spiritual Master to act in negligence for chanting.
Hari Nam Sankirtan Ki Jaya,
» Posted By amolwa On Oct 24, 2007 @ 12:12 pm
The soceity is made of a very very big cluster of devotees, as we can make out that the degree of devotion varies between a person to person, the more purified, the more humble. So if you meet some very humble elevated devotee of the soceity, you cannot expect the same level of maturity & understanding from each of the members, there will always be variations.
Srila Prabhupada has erected this institution so that there is cultivation & elevation of bhakti among its members. Practising Krsna Counsciencousness is a countious process. All the senior members are therefore correctly fixed in doing the real thing that is preaching & training the students & giving service to this soceity is part of process of spirtitual elevation for members of krsna cousciencousness.
Secondly for expecting care from society, the senior leaders, devotees & Gurus are always there to help us in acheving the goal of life i.e. pure Krsna Bhakti. We must take example from the life of previous great devotees & acharyas how they lead their life. We must understand the very cause & meaning of renunciation, it must be like Srila Prabhupada states ” Renunciation through Wisdom”. It is not like you run away from the world & take shelter of the society, just because all the facility is available with the society & it is cash-rich to take care of all the followers.
As we study shastras, A renunciate leads his life by Madhukari (begging for alms) & the lord’s pure devotees will hapily do this without a second thought for the rest of his life & here we have got so many facilities made available by Krsna’s mercy through Srila Prabhupada for leading a auster life & enjoying the association. Asking for other things may be like being in maya. Comparing & competion has to be there for devotion, not for who is getting how much cash or facilities, that is not the business of bhakta. HIs every desires automatically ceases when he starts getting the transcendental sweet mellows of bhakti, rest all is immaterial for him.
Relating the society for bodily concept of life is not appropriete, If you strieve to be first class bhakta, others will be inspired & this inspiration will gather & form the pure devotees- that is the aim of this society. & there is no question of deasease, death or hunger. It is all understood when one takes up renunciation. All the sincere devotees have, will & continue to definitely feel a great fortune to have material death while being in Krsna Conscienousness & among the sat-sanga of devotees. The death in an ICU of hospital or on the street or under a tree or in one’s place of stay is the same, the glory is not in death or diesease its in the mind counscienousness at the time one left his body.
Grumbling for not receiving “care”, “attention” is not the business of renunciate, its of least concern for him. Krsna Prema is so potential, that these type questions & discussions is not felt required.
» Posted By amolwa On Oct 3, 2007 @ 2:23 pm
This article is highly appreciated, it describes the very important nerve centre of sincere counscience & dedication. One must get the above principle of dedication firmly drilled in the head otherwise bhakti will remain superficial.
The mellows of pure bhakti is far, far, far higher & no material misery infliction can be made to be realised to a bhakta, it just cannot. The devote is always thirsty for lord’s unalloyed bhakti, even the thought of soliciting any facility in return is an volunteered contamination to one’s bhakti.
as Srila Prabhupada writes in is Vrindavana Bhajana….
Everyone has abandoned me, seing me peniless,
wife, brother, family everyone, this is misery,
But it gives me laugh, I sit alone and laugh….
So, a sincere bhakta is automatically always immersed in mellows of devotion & is seldom bothered with minuscule bodily discomforts. Everyone must keep attempting for being in the state of conscience that is mentioned in the above article.
Kesava Krsna dasa has wonderfully put to words the mind frame a dedicated devotee has to keep in mind always….
Hari Naam ki jay.
» Posted By amolwa On Oct 2, 2007 @ 12:28 pm
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Srila Prabhupada ki Jay – that’s good that you made it as Srila Prabhupada’s representation to the meet. Never mind, the meat eating habit of these illusioned souls but it was even more important that those souls present there got the opportunity to hear about Srila Prabhupada & Bhagavat Gita. Srila Prabhupada, Krsna, Bhagavat Gita & the vaisnava impression shall sure remain somewhere in the minds of these society people. If they r fortunate enough, they shall hear more of Krsna in future & improve their position in this life !
Hari Nam Sankirtan Ki Jay
» Posted By amolwa On Sep 2, 2007 @ 5:35 pm
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