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School Blossoms in New Talavan

We have attracted to our school the following professional volunteers:

one retired physics teacher (M.A.)

one registered nurse

one certified English/Social Studies teacher (B.S.)

one MD/PhD (pediatrics and counseling)

one geneticist (Dr.Sc.)

two geologists (B.S.)

one chemist (Ph.D.)

one PhD in religious studies

an accomplished artist

an accomplished musician

a veterinarian

one social scientist (B.S.)

four teachers from the former school

one PhD in mathematics education

Most of these professionals are already in the area. Some are expected to move within the next year or two.

We will be having a fundraiser on August 3rd. Get your checkbook ready!

» Posted By anantaramdas On Jun 14, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

The Great Moon Landing Hoax

WiliamV and Kulapavana, it’s always refreshing to read your intelligent comments among so much nonsense. I admire your tolerance in continuing these discussions on Dandavats. Devotees would be better off if they decided to seriously study Bhaktivinoda Thakur, including his autobiography and Shukavak’s “Hindu Encounter with Modernity.” A main problem in these discussion is the confusion stemming from taking faith and belief to be identical. Shukavak does a great service explaining the difference and how one can maintain faith in the holy name and Krishna, and yet disregard certain beliefs.

» Posted By anantaramdas On Jan 5, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

Radha Kunda tilak – Bonafide or not?

Thank you prabhuji. Perhaps you can take your article a step further and discuss the problems in ISKCON about bathing in Radha Kunda.

» Posted By anantaramdas On Nov 19, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

Proper Gender Roles in ISKCON Must be Authoritatively and Clearly Defined

Sita Ram Prabhu writes:

“Or a couple may be essentially equal, spiritually.”

May you kindly provide the reference substantiating this claim?

» Posted By anantaramdas On Nov 19, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

Astronomical Models of Lunar Position

SD Muni Prabhu, I think you misunderstood my mood. When I wrote about my experience as a mathematics professor, I did it not because I am enamored with what I do (and in fact I plan to resign to this university professorship in a few months so I can open a small gurukula in New Talavan), but simply to establish some credibility in terms of how to preach to people I talk to on a regular basis. Nevertheless, you are right that humility is important. However, humility is the distinguishing quality of a Vaisnava.

» Posted By anantaramdas On Dec 8, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

As a mathematics professor with some experience in scientific preaching, I can only say that Sruti Prabhu’s account of Danavir Maharaja’s research team has no chance of being effective preaching.

Srila Prabhupada’s quote in the letter to Madhava Prabhu is quite revealing. “So whether Sukadeva Goswami or the modern scientists are right or wrong, it is nothing interesting to us.”

This is interesting because Madhava was, and still is, involved with the Bhaktivedanta Institute. As such, he and others concern themselves with these topics.

One important point we have to understand is that “modern scientists” (whatever that means) are not opposed to the Bhagavatam version BECAUSE, for the most part, they are unaware of its existence, especially in America and Europe. If the first introduction to the Bhagavatam that a “modern scientist” gets is a puranic cosmology shot, we will have done a tremendous disservice to that human being because most probably he or she will deride the Bhagavatam. Instead, we should focus on honoring prasadam with them and inviting them for harinam sankirtan. If we need to exchange philosophical ideas, we can talk about life and death, karma, and so many other subjects. Why are some devotees obsessed with presenting something they cannot present in a convincing way? For instance, if a modern scientist watches either Sadaputa Prabhu’s or Danavir Maharaja’s DVD’s on the cosmology of the universe, they will be turned off from devotional service, at least for this lifetime.

» Posted By anantaramdas On Dec 3, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

Among other things, Mother Abhaya Mudra wrote:

“Did the co-called Moon rascal astronauts see ice on the Moon? No, they don’t even remember seeing stars in the sky. And stars are closer to the Moon than to bhu Mandala. They should have seen them very bright.”

If this is a genuine sample of our best approach to convince intellectual and scientific non-devotees about the glories of the Bhagavatam and devotional service, I fear we are headed toward destruction. We should better share some prasadam with them and invite them to join us in Harinam sankirtan.

» Posted By anantaramdas On Nov 11, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

The Final Wish

Our plans to start our first gurukula are becoming a reality faster than we thought. An ISKCON farm community is a likely candidate. To find out more information, “friend” us on Facebook.

» Posted By anantaramdas On Jul 23, 2010 @ 12:07 am

A Teacher’s Humility

Dandavats Akruranatha Prabhuji. I’m humbled to have such a short reply from Dandavats’ most prolific commentator. :)

» Posted By anantaramdas On Jun 30, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

Gurukula Project Team Weekly Reflections [23 June 2010]: Slaughtering Chastity

The second part of this article, “Twilight of Destruction,” is located on the blog section. The third part will be published next week.

» Posted By anantaramdas On Jul 8, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

More Nirjala Ekadasi

Thank you Prabhu. The BBT Calendar will improve by removing Halloween and other such festivities that are not part of our Vaisnava tradition. Also, adding again the full and new moons might give a Vedic touch to the calendar. Haribol.

» Posted By anantaramdas On Jun 17, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

Nirjala Ekadasi

Yugal Kishor Prabhu,

Hare Krishna. According to Hari Bhakti Vilasa (if I recall correctly) children should begin observing ekadasi at age 8. Haribol

» Posted By anantaramdas On Jun 17, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

The Gurukula Project: from 1968 to 2010 and beyond

The Gurukula Project Team welcomes participation from devotees who want to constructively engage in discussing Srila Prabhupada’s ideas about education and to help in establishing schools. Talking without action is useless. Hence, we expect to have an actual school running by next year. At present, there are three alternatives being considered in the State of Florida. If you want to be part of the team, just email us with your spiritual and legal names, a short bio, and a short statement as to what gurukula means to you.

This group was formed with the intent of getting devotees to talk about gurukulas in a constructive way. We DO NOT want to hear about someone else’s mistakes or crimes, but we DO want to hear about your realizations, experiences or mistakes as a parent or teacher. It’s easy to point to other people’s faults, but it is more enlightening to look at our own, admit them, reflect upon them, and share them with others for our own purification and learning.

We will send a weekly reflection based on Srila Prabhupada’s teachings. As a starting point, we emphasize that we have to be flexible with others, yet strict with ourselves. Let us follow Srila Prabhupada and teach by example.

Hare Krishna!

The Gurukula Project Team (Find us on Facebook.)

Here’s the list of initial members. We will update it regularly.

Vishnupriya Devi Dasi (Verónica Rosario)
Gaura Keshava Das (Greg Jay)
Basu Ghosh Das
Ishvari Devi Dasi (Ishtar Rosario)
Ramanya Das (Héctor Guzmán)
Ananta Ram Das (Dr. Héctor Rosario)

» Posted By anantaramdas On Jun 13, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

Why not store bought milk

We can look at mini zebus as an alternative for small farms (or even for larger ones). The Utah Krishnas have at least three. I’d like to read how they or other devotees with mini zebus are doing.

» Posted By anantaramdas On Jun 18, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

Devotee wins soccer championship!

I was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and I just found out about a soccer team here. Not that I ever cared about sports, but I’d like to get in touch with this devotee. What is his legal name and where was he born?

I have a devotee friend who played volleyball for the national team in Puerto Rico and got in trouble for removing the sponsors’ logos from his jersey. He also played with a sikha during his last season and the reporters would ask him about this, which gave him an opportunity for preaching. Again, I don’t care about sports, but if devotees who do can use it as a preaching ground, then that is great.

Hare Krishna.

» Posted By anantaramdas On Sep 11, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

Srila Prabhupada was not alone to claim the monlanding was a hoax

Dear Akruranatha Prabhuji,

Dandavats. I was just praising you and asking my wife to read your post when I came across your kind words about a struggling soul like me. My only qualification is that I strive to follow the only one direct instruction I received from the holy mouth of my Guru Maharaja, who you hosted in your house in his advanced age. That instruction was: “Be honest.” If we are honest about our doubts, shortcomings, understanding and misunderstandings, perhaps we will be able to one day realize the absolute truth. However, if we deceive ourselves claiming to understand or to have faith, when deeply we neither understand nor believe, that will make our devotional progress very difficult.

In an interview by Danavir Maharaja about the 5th Canto, Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Maharaja prophesied that an empowered personality would come who would be able to explain it to scholars. Keep in mind that Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Maharaja received Srila Prabhupada’s direct instruction about presenting a “working model of the universe” based on the 5th Canto that would serve as “great propaganda.” If Prabhupada requested his disciple to do it, it is only because he himself did not present such a working model. I find Sadaputa Prabhu’s and Danavir Maharaja’s attempts are simply unconvincing, unless you happened to be uneducated about mathematics and science. But it is precisely the community of those educated in science and mathematics that Srila Prabhupada wanted to convince! I’d rather humbly accept that I cannot please Srila Prabhupada in that regard and that no one as of yet has pleased him.

That is why I prefer to focus on chanting the holy names. The holy name is the means and the end. The rest are details.

Just one more thing,when my faith in bhakti yoga is challenged, I take refuge of Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s life and example. He gives me hope that one day I might be able to become a devotee.

» Posted By anantaramdas On Aug 9, 2009 @ 1:55 am

I think it is important to keep in mind the advice that Bhaktivinoda Thakur gives in the introduction to Krsna Samhita. I will not quote directly, but feel free to verify the source. He states that most acharyas, due to their extreme mercy, write their commentaries with kanishta-adhikaris in mind. Preaching to kanishta adhikaris and to madhyama-adhikaris requires different styles because their needs are different. Bhaktivinoda Thakur himself says he is writing that book for madhyama adhikaris, and that kanishtas should not be presented the knowledge contained therein. Hence, it is not that Bhaktivinoda Thakur was simply accommodating his preaching to Indians influenced by British influence, but that his most revealing books were written to help madhyama adhikaris go beyond their limitations. One exception is Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya, where Nityananda Prabhu reveals to Jiva Goswami (via the samadhi of Bhaktivinoda Thakur, just like many pastimes of Radha and Krsna were revealed to Rupa Goswami) the glories of the names, pastimes, and abode of Gauranga Mahaprabhu. This book, written in 1889-90 reveals what some have termed “the secret of all secrets” to attain perfection in devotional service: the chanting of the name of Gauranga, which does not consider offenses like other names of Krsna. Unfortunately, the book has not received the attention it merits, whose content will benefit all souls throughout the universe, regardless of their adhikari.

Jiva Goswami establishes in Tattva-sandharba that sastra is the ultimate pramana (evidence). However, Bhaktivinoda Thakur reveals in several of his writings that even beyond sastra is the direct perception received in samadhi. He invites all his readers to confirm the absolute truth in such way. For that to happen, however, there are certain prerequisites, like developing attachment for the chanting of the holy name in the form of 64 rounds daily and up. Unfortunately, often we are too timid to pay the price.

I’d like to close agreeing with Akruranatha Prabhu’s advice to appreciate devotees, regardless of their faults, and be careful of not associating with those who scorn devotees because some of our claims may seem unreasonable. As a university mathematics professor, I try to preach in a very sober way. In particular, I like to preach with the example. The way I conduct myself and live my life say much more to my colleagues and students than any philosophy I may try to present.

Obeisances to all.

Hare Krsna

» Posted By anantaramdas On Aug 4, 2009 @ 1:22 am

Suresh das states:

“Modern science states that the sun is 93,000,000 miles from the earth. So if the moon is 1,600,000 miles farther away, you add that distance to the sun’s distance from the earth, and then you travel in your Apollo spacecraft at 17,000 miles per hour, you reach the moon in 231.86 days. NASA claims to have reached the moon in roughly 3 days. Why the discrepancy, and who is right?”

The answer to this question is easy. NASA accepts that the moon’s distance from earth is approximately 238,855 miles. If you redo the calculation, it should take about 14 hours to reach the moon at a constant speed of 17,000 miles per hour. However, for that to happen, the moon and the earth would have to be stationary.

It is troublesome to accept as valid the distance from the earth to the sun, as given by modern technological measurements, but reject those same methods when applied to calculating the distance from the earth to the moon. Let us not mix the two.

If you want to believe that the moon is farther than the sun to the earth, that is OK. If you want to believe the sun revolves around the earth, that is OK too. If you want to believe that eclipses are the result of Rahu swallowing the moon, that is also OK. But for preaching purposes, those arguments will not attract too many people. Hence, many will be deprived of the treasure house of bhakti simply for advancing arguments we can neither understand nor defend outside the realm of Srimad Bhagavatam. Instead, we should encourage everyone to chant the holy names. That will be of benefit to them, as well as to us.

Hare Krsna!

» Posted By anantaramdas On Jul 26, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

Easing Into the 5th Canto

How is bhakti advanced by pushing arguments that we can neither understand nor defend outside the realm of Srimad Bhagavatam?

In April 27, 1976, Srila Prabhupada wrote Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Maharaja, “So now all you Ph.D.’s must carefully study the details of the Fifth Canto and make a working model of the universe. If we can explain the passing seasons, eclipses, phases of the moon, passing of day and night, etc., then it will be very powerful propaganda.”

However, have we succeeded? Do we have a “working model of the universe” based on the 5th Canto that we can present to the intellectual class and they can readily accept? We cannot even explain eclipses without invoking an invisible planet (Rahu) that swallows the moon. I don’t think this is what Prabhupada referred to as “powerful propaganda”.

If we cannot do it, we should humbly accept it. If you want to believe that in the future some empowered personality will be able to provide this “working model of the universe”, fine. But for now, we should accept our shortcomings and instead vigorously preach about the chanting of the holy names. That will be of benefit for humanity at large.

Hare Krsna!

» Posted By anantaramdas On Jul 26, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

Just A Sesame Seed Of Doubt

Dear Akruranatha Prabhuji,

Dandavats. Yes, I am the same Ananta Ram das (Hector Rosario) who has written three articles on Godel, Mathematics, and Spirituality. They were prepared for the Bhaktivedanta Insitute’s conferences in India in 2006, 2007, and 2008. However, although a mathematician and educator by training (not a philosopher), scientific preaching is merely a tool I use to survive in the academic world. Somehow or other, Krishna has been merciful to have my university administrators consider this preaching proper academic work. :) Nevertheless, I prefer to discuss nama-tattva and the importance of increasing one’s attachment to the holy name in the form of increasing the quality and quantity of rounds one chants. In his book “Art of Chanting Hare Krishna,” Mahanidhi Maharaja convincingly presents this is very pleasing to Srila Prabhupada. I wrote an article about this topic in 2006, published here

Although numerically speaking, 58 rounds approximate 100,000, Bhaktivinoda Thakur and Sarasvati Thakur, along with the entire parampara starting from Srila Rupa y Srila Raganatha Das Goswamis, establish that one must finish 64 rounds (16 granthis; 1 granthi (knot) equals 4 rounds) to fulfill the vow of chanting 100,000 names.

Bhaktivinoda Thakur was a grihasta with a demanding job and large family, who completed his vow of 64 rounds daily. Chanting 64 rounds is consistent with being a grihasta with many children, even in today’s world. We have practical experience of this.

I would also like to add that Brahma Prabhu has made some of the best comments in this discussion and I would like him to stay a bit longer. In particular, Brahma Prabhu, kindly tell us where Srila Jiva Goswami establishes that “experience is the ultimate pramana.” My understanding was that in Tattva Sandarbha, Srila Jiva Goswami establishes that shastra is the ultimate pramana. Thank you.

Ananta Ram dasanudas

» Posted By anantaramdas On May 26, 2009 @ 12:48 am

Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata, Antya Khanda 9.122

(122) “se janera nama ami bali ‘lakshesvara’

tatha bhiksha amara, na yai anya ghara.”

“Lord Gauranga continued-I call such a person a laksheshvara. I only accept meals in such a person’s house. I never go anywhere else.”

shri chaitanya bhaktagana abhaktera sahita sambhashana karena na. jini bhaktivyatita karma, jnana o anyabhilashara kathaya pradatta tahara sahita bandhutva karibe na.

“The devotees of Lord Shri Chaitanya never talk with such non-devotees. They never do friendship with those who are engaged in the cultivation of karma, jnana or other desires which are devoid of bhakti.

pratyah laksha-nama grahana na karile patita vyaktiganera visaya-bhoga pravritti vriddhi paya, takhana ara tahara shri gaurasunderarera seva karite pare na.

“Those who don’t accept this vow of chanting 100,000 names daily, fall down even more although they were fallen in the first place (due to the contamination of Kali-yuga). Thus their propensity for enjoying the senses and sense-objects continually and steadily increases and ultimately they are not able to render any kind of service even to the most merciful Lord Gaurasundera.

“This is the precise reason why the real Gaudiya-bhaktas do not accept any other ideal (adarsa) in Gaura-bhakti or Krishna-bhakti except the process of chanting 100,000 names of the maha-mantra daily.

adhapatita va adhapete gana eka-matra bhajana-sabda-vacya shri-nama-bhajane vimukhata-vasata laksha-nama grahana karibara parivarte anya bhajanera chalana korena, taddvara tahadera kona mangala haya na.

“Those spiritual aspirants who are already fallen or will fall down from spiritual life in the future are averse to this sole means of deliverance called nama-bhajana, which is the worship of the sound incarnation of God in the form of chanting 100,000 names of the the Holy Names daily. Coming under the sway of their averseness to chant laksha-nama daily, they duplicitously invent (chalana) other means of devotional service (bhajana) to justify their not chanting 100,000 names daily but it is to be clearly understood that by this action they will not achieve anything auspicious (mangala) in their spiritual life.”

» Posted By anantaramdas On May 24, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata, Antya Khanda 9.121

(121) prabhu bale,-“jana, ‘lakshesvara’ bali kare?

prati-dina laksha-nama ye grahana kare”

“Do you know who is a laksesvara? He is someone who chants one laksa or 100,000 holy names (64 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra) everyday.”

Purport by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada:

shri gaurasundera balibena-“jini pratidina laksha-nama grahana karibena, tanharai grihe bhagavan sevita hana.

Shri Gaurasundera spoke as follows-“The Supreme Personality of Godhead accepts service only in the home of those who chant one hundred thousand names daily.

“bhagavan tanharai nikate bhoga-dravyadi grahana karena.

“The Lord accepts bhoga (foodstuffs) and other ingredients only from such personalities.

“jini laksha-nama grahana karena na, tahara nikate haite bhagavan naivedya svikara-dvara seva-saubhagya pradana karena na.

“Those who don’t chant 100,000 names (64 rounds) daily, are never awarded the great fortune of rendering service to the Lord by offering Him naivedya (bhoga). This is because the Lord never accepts (svikara) their offerings.

“bhagavad-bhakta matrei pratyaha laksha-nama grahana karibena natuva vividha visaye asakta haiya bhagavad-seva karite asamartha haibena.”

The Lord continued-“Those who consider themselves devotees of the Lord must compulsorily chant 100,000 names of Krishna everyday otherwise they will gradually but surely become attached to varieties of sense-objects and thus become incapable to rendering any kind of service to the Lord.”

tajjanyai shri chaitanyadevera ashrita sakalai nyuna kalpe laksha-nama grahana kariya thakena. natuva gaurasunderera udeshya pradatta naivedya tini grahana karibena na.

(Shrila Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada continues) “Therefore all the devotees who have taken shelter of Lord Chaitanyadeva perform the chanting of a minimum of 100,000 names of Krishna daily as their first and primary duty. Because they know that if they don’t do so then Lord Gaurasundera will never accept the very bhoga (naivedya) which they cook for Him daily.

» Posted By anantaramdas On May 24, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

KK Dasa wrote: Devotees often wonder how if Lord Chaitanya is ‘freely’ giving Krishna prema, then why haven’t I got it yet?

Sarasvati Thakur answers this question in his commentary to Chaitanya Bhagavata, Antya Kanda 9.121-122:

“Those spiritual aspirants who are already fallen or will fall down from spiritual life in the future are averse to this sole means of deliverance called nama-bhajana, which is the worship of the sound incarnation of God in the form of chanting 100,000 names of the the Holy Names daily. Coming under the sway of their averseness to chant laksha-nama daily, they duplicitously invent (chalana) other means of devotional service (bhajana) to justify their not chanting 100,000 names daily but it is to be clearly understood that by this action they will not achieve anything auspicious (mangala) in their spiritual life.”

Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata Madhya Khanda 15.5,

ushah kale ganga-snana kariya nirjane;

dui laksha krishna-nama laya pratidine.

Purport by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada:

kathita ache, shri haridasa thakura pratyaha tina-laksha nama grahana karitena. jagai-madhai u pratyaha dui laksha nama grahana karitena. yanhara pratyaha laksha nama grahana karena na, tanhadera nivedita kona vastui shri chaitanyadeva grahana karena na. shri caitany-carananucara-gana pratyaha atyalpa pakshe laksha-nama grahana avasyei kariya thakena, natuva shri krishna tanhadera naivedya grahana na karaya bhagavad-ucchishta praptira vicare vyaghat ghate.

“It is well-known that Namacharya Srila Haridasa Thakura used to chant 300,000 names daily. Jagai-Madhai also used to chant 200,000 names daily after being delivered by the Lord. Lord Chaitanyadeva does not accept any kind of offering (or vastu) from those who don’t chant 100,000 names of Krishna daily, The followers surrendered to the lotus of Lord Chaitanya compulsorily chant a bare minimum of 100,000 names daily. If they don’t do so Lord Shri Krishna will not accept any of their offerings and thus they will be obstructed or remain unsuccessful in their attempt to obtain the transcendental remanants (prasadam) of the Lord.”


» Posted By anantaramdas On May 23, 2009 @ 6:50 pm

—–Akruranatha wrote:
I really admired Sadaputa’s book “Vedic Cosmography and Astronomy.” In it, Sadaputa effectively dispenses with the notion that the Bhagavatam is to be taken allegorically as suggested in some writings of Bhaktivinoda Thakur. There are some passages that are clearly allegories, such as the story of King Puranjana (referred to in Prabhupada’s letter to Krishnadas), Narada Muni’s teachings to the sons of Daksha, etc., but Prabhupada did not go so far as Bhaktivinoda Thakur in referring to other explanations as allegories.

They are accurate descriptions of things we cannot perceive in our current conditioned state. But as you say, when we become steady we will attain genuine taste and realization by spiritual experience.

Are you suggesting that Sadaputa Prabhu had a deeper understanding than Bhaktivinoda Thakur about the cosmological aspects of the Bhagavatam? Or are you saying that Bhaktivinoda Thakur referred to some parts of the Bhagavatam as allegories because, in his “conditioned state”, he could not “perceive” the “accurate descriptions of things”?

» Posted By anantaramdas On May 11, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

“We must think for ourselves and try to get further truths which are still undiscovered. In the Bhagavatam we have been advised to take the spirit of the shastras and not the words. The Bhagavatam is, therefore, a religion of liberty, unmixed truth, and absolute love.”

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, “The Bhagavatam: Its Philosophy, Ethics, and Theology”

» Posted By anantaramdas On May 7, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

I Never Saw This On The Vedabase

2 December, 1970

My Dear Puri Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances. I am in due receipt of your letter dated on November 24, 1970. Perhaps you are my only Godbrother who has appreciated my humble service to the cause of Guru Gauranga. All my other Godbrothers are very much envious, as I can understand from their behavior.

In your letter dated November 10, 1970, you have written to say that I should inaugurate the installation ceremony. So I am very much obliged to you for your kind invitation, and my program will be as follows: Tomorrow I am going to Indore; from Indore I shall come to Surat. From there I shall go
to Gorakpur. From Gorakpur I shall go to Allahabad, and most probably from Allahabad I may go to Vrndavana.

So far as Mayapur is concerned, I do not think I shall be able to attend the Gaura Jayanti celebrations at there. The reason is that I have no place on my own, and certainly there will be too much crowd during the occasion. Therefore, I want to avoid this occasion. Sometimes after we may visit.

I shall go to your place from Vrndavana or from Allahabad, and we have to arrange in that way. We are thirty men and women all together. Whether you want us all to visit? Perhaps if we go from Vrindaban we shall have to take advantages of the Grand Trunk Express. Of course there is sufficient time now, and I shall be in regular correspondence with you on my tour, but I accept to visit all the places mentioned by you when I go by that side.

Hope this will meet you in good health.

Yours affectionately,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

» Posted By anantaramdas On Jun 1, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

The departure of Puri Maharaja

Dear Payonidhi Prabhu,

Dandavats. I will paraphrase the lila as recounted by Guru Maharaj’s most senior disciple, B.V. Bishnu Maharaj. (Spelling Visnu with “B” is common in Orissa.)

My beloved Gurudeva was in Jagannatha Puri planning to go to Mayapur Dhama the 3rd of March. On March 1, Guru Maharaja had trouble eating and drinking, so his servants took the decision to take him to Vishakapatnam to see his doctor. Guru Maharaja’s health improved and he was able to take food again the next day. At 4PM on March 4 things seemed fine and his servants thought Guru Maharaja might be able to go to Mayapur. Then Guru Maharaja said he was feeling different and laid on his bed. He brought Radha-Krishna’s picture and Prabhupad Bhaktisiddhanta’s picture, which were always near to him. He offered his obeisances. At the end, he prayed to his Gurudev’s photo and started to speak, even though he rarely spoke during this last year. Then his breathing was going to stop and his face was brilliant. Immediately his servant Brajendra Nandan prabhu gave some charanamrita and the devotees started loud Nama Sankirtan. In the evening Arati Kirtan time, at 8:05PM, he entered in the Goloka lila and went away from our eyes.

In the morning of March 4, his holy body was taken to Jagannatha Puri. Manay devotees gathered for a great Nagar Sankirtan, including ISKCON’s Radhanatha Maharaja, Basu Gosh Prabhu, and Jagajivan Prabhu. By 4PM, the samadhi ceremony was complete.

There is an ongoing festival in Puri. The grand festival will be on 14th ,15th and 16th March in Puri Chaitanya Chandrasram. Everyone is invited to attend.

Thank you for letting me share this beautiful lila with you. May ISKCON preaching efforts worldwide flourish.

At the service of Hari-Guru-Vaishnava,
Ananta Ram das

» Posted By anantaramdas On Mar 10, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

Dandavats. Thank you for this homage to my beloved Gurudev. I pray that the departure of Srila Prabhupada’s dear Godbrother will help to strengthen the cooperation between the different branches of Mahaprabhu’s sankirtan movement.

My Gurudev loved Srila Prabhupada very much and considered him one of his siksa gurus. Srila Prabhupada’s picture beautifies his temple in Jagannatha Puri and his japa tape is heard every morning at a small altar next to Tulasi Devi.

I share with you the three instructions I received from my Gurudev, which exemplify the simplicity of his preaching.

1) Chant the holy name.
2) Respect everyone and never offend Vaisnavas.
3) Be honest.

The regulative principles and all good qualities will follow one who sincerely adheres to these instructions.

Srila Prabhupada ki! Jaya!

At the service of Hari-Guru-Vaishnava,
Ananta Ram das

» Posted By anantaramdas On Mar 8, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

Vaishnava Ontological Argument

Dandavats Akrutanatha and Ajit Prabhujis,

Thank you for your kind words and appreciation. The language of the argument itself is technical and one must learn the language to fully grasp it. There is no need for that, though. Prabhupada wanted a scientific proof of the existence and personality of Godhead. Here it is. For someone who has faith in Krishna, this argument is irrelevant. It is meant to attract scientifically inclined disbelievers. However, I have been thinking of a general argument against ontological arguments that the conclusion motivates the proof. In a way, it’s true because the conclusion does motivate the axioms. However, the problem is much more fundamental: it resides in our belief that axioms must be “self-evident” or “inherently true” to tell us something about truth. In actuality, I argue that our faith in logical truth is misplaced. It is nothing but an invention, just like mathematics. This, of course, is a high philosophical price to pay for it essentially renders useless the deductive process. Well, the deductive process has its value: it helps us to make life a little more comfortable or a little less, but there is another epistemological process which is much more important. It is the impulse behind creativity and invention and has often been misconstrued as revelation. I may write an article about this process later. Ironically, I will have to defend my position using deductive reasoning! But avaroha pantha (the descending process or parampara) must be explained and defended, and aroha pantha (the deductive process) should be used to assist in this task.

Hari bol,
Anantaram das

» Posted By anantaramdas On Oct 13, 2007 @ 3:39 am

Dear Prabhuji,

Dandavats. Please, kindly read the entire document to understand the mood and content. It was Srila Prabhupada who requested a “scientific proof” of the existence and personality of Godhead. I simply tried to please him. If you read thoroughly, you will notice a frontal attack to the very basis of scientific knowledge: faith in logical truth.

Humbly in service,
Anantaram das

» Posted By anantaramdas On Oct 10, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

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