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Romeo, Rama - and the rebelious Riff-Raff

Thorough write by Niscala Dasi, and some parallels with Tom May’s “ The Cry for Myth” in his own life, some of his observations were quite accurate. Defining things on familiar terms is an art in itself, here’s Webster’s take on this:
myth ; n : mythos

Comment Posted By caitanya caritamrta On 06.02.2010 @ 17:51

Thorough write by Niscala Dasi, and there are some parallels with Tom May’s “ The Cry for Myth” in his own life, some of his observations were quite accurate. Defining things on familiar terms is an art in itself, here’s Webster’s take on this:

myth ; n
mythos

Comment Posted By caitanya caritamrta On 02.02.2010 @ 19:33

My experience in Auschwitz Birkenau

Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!

The sober reality in the walls of such prisons is stark and sinister, it reflects cruelty beyond the animal world and it reveals the extreme difference between humanity and corrupt illusory power. Karma unknown, invoked by past cruelty was there, the only lesson could be is to surrender to God, for the vision of futility in guise of flesh would be overwhelming.

As Radharadhya das revived the power of purity through the Holy Names, dissipation of that evil and dark grave had started. Until other slaughter-houses are neutralized there still will be more death at the hands of ignorance. Regardless, such personal practice in Vedic terms set the example of the alternatives (which was originally reality) and even if modern society does not take to heed, at least the devotee will succeed, for they’re planting the Spiritual seed and that is what we need.

All Glories to the Vaisnava’s!

Comment Posted By caitanya caritamrta On 08.09.2009 @ 04:43

Say NO! to vaccines

All this concern is refreshing, but it is the nature of the true Vaisnava’s to be so compassionate. As far as vaccinations go, we are most fortunate that Srila Prabhupada has “boosted” us with the innoculation formula for the age of Kali: “Hare Krsna Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare”. Inject as often as possible!

Comment Posted By caitanya caritamrta On 12.08.2009 @ 20:38

Joy and bliss of Ratha Yatra in San Francisco

Apologies for misrep on HG, I am only a servant in training. My writing partner was too gracious.

Hope you enjoy the article!

sincerely,
caitanya caritamrta das, das anudas

Comment Posted By caitanya caritamrta On 28.07.2009 @ 23:27

Preaching in Mid-Air

Jai! All glories to the Sankirtan Devotee’s! Even the ones who don’t know they are!!

As Akruranath Prabhu confirms Prabhu Vaisesika’s rule of “exposure”, you can be anywhere and sincerely practice “Bhakti Yoga”, others will automatically be drawn to your connection to the Spiritual World.

Just by Radhikakrpa Devi Dasi’s example she has rekindled another Soul’s original interest in Spiritual enlightenment.

If we at least maintain our personal practice and sadhana, the Lord is so kind that we become instruments in His mercy. This is something that fulfills the heart so well that it self-perpetuates our desire for more preaching, sometimes to the point we have to “curb our enthusiam” or we’ll over-whelm innocent by standers (which sometimes is needed).

Personal experience myself, when shopping in a ware-house store. Wearing a t-shirt with an illustration of Maha-Visnu and my japa-mala around my neck, brought forth a comment from a couple of customers who had not seen any “Hare Krishna’s” for years. All I had with me was a K.C. CD and they happily took it and I let them know how to get connected again. Such is Srila Prabhupada’s movement, even a fool like me could preach, what to say of those who actually endeavor?

I know there are many examples, each unique and amazing, we just have to keep the faith and other will also enjoy that space, keep up the great work all you Sankirtan Devotees, undercover and otherwise!!

Comment Posted By caitanya caritamrta On 23.06.2009 @ 17:31

"That was close!" Avoiding danger at Ratha Yatras

Please accept my humble obeisances, All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!

It is always better to error in safety when dealing with people. Had the good fortune to attend the Jacksonville Rathayatra (RY) and found it most enthusiastic and for some, also ecstatic (me, being one of them). Adi Kavi Dasa you did a fine job and it is good you’re reflecting on some of the potential problems.

When Jayananda Prabhu did the first RY, he used a flatbed truck and paraded down Haight Street in San Francisco. Later on he built chariots and also some had problems. But the Spirit of RY was there at Jax beaches and hope to see the continued growth of this festival. As Vrindabansvari d.d. mentioned we, we could use more site tents and displays, in time, with faith it will just get better.

I was at the chariot when the 3 point turn had to be done, and as mentioned, some devotee’s do not cooperate in “Chariot etiquette”. There was a Mataji with two children riding in the bottom middle shelf of the Chariot and I suggested they get off until the turn was complete ( heard a wheel fell off last year), no response. Watching the wheels and frame stress and strain as the turn was negotiated I was very relieved to see the noble Chariot returning safely.

Getting back to the logistics and safety issues though: Did note the rear hubs at the wheel and axle seemed quite small for the Chariot size, but was relieved when Krsna Keseva Prabhu informed me it was just a housing cover for the axle rod. The front steering was efficient and did notice that there were drums for brakes which would be a good idea to implement. The over-all design of the Chariot was well done and is very similar to Abhay Charan Dasa’s 3 Chariots from Canada ( you might want to talk to him). As far as security around the Chariot goes, the San Francisco and LA RY will designate wheel guards with restraining ropes at the wheels; have heard decorated long poles of bamboo or rattan may be used too.

Keep up the good work, just keep it safe! Lawyers and insurance companies are out chasing any liability they can find…so keep ahead of them. On future routes, you should secure a parameter to work with, boardwalks or streets are safer. If you’re using the beach there should be a cone-zone or a rope-line to keep bystanders aware and away from danger.

And as said…Keep up the good work, seva is nectar too!

Your servant in training,
caitanya caritamrta das, das anudas

Comment Posted By caitanya caritamrta On 09.06.2009 @ 02:00

ISKCON Inaugurates Motel Bhagavad-Gita Project

Jai! All Glories to the Book Distributers!!

This renewed innovative technique was targeted specifically for the Christian market, now as U.S. demographics diversify this is a perfect time for more Spiritual education. The Hotel/Motel industry is ready for this. In fact I even was involved in a Motel in Turlock, Ca. and we have added 35 more Gita’s to the count….much more to come by the mercy of Lord Caitanya’s movement!

Comment Posted By caitanya caritamrta On 07.05.2009 @ 01:05

Just A Sesame Seed Of Doubt

Please accept my humble obeisances, All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Again, Dandavats has stimulated some extrordinary discourse! My false-ego has been beaten down again. The article by “Anata Ram” I missed (64 rounds) and in reading confirmed my lowly position, then “Pusta Krisna Prabhu” re-vitalized my desire to continue.

These transcendental exchanges are most beneficial for us neophytes, as to not waste any more of your valuable time, am just conveying appreciation of the assembled Vaisnava’s and am looking forward to more nectar….but first a better grip on Tulsi-Mala!

All glories to your Service!!

yr servant n training,
ccd

Comment Posted By caitanya caritamrta On 26.05.2009 @ 18:20

(from prior page)

are late comers, old habits will not just go away, but the way is in training and the practice will re-secure our short comings.

As Kulkapavan Prabhu wrote, “Our faith will always be susceptible to doubt, even as big as the Himalaya’s. Doubt can squeeze through tiny loopholes of our defense mechanism of sraddha, and embed itself manifold on clumps on clumps of our anarthas”. Then Brahma Das confirming the accurate use of “Metaphor–a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, esp. something abstract–is used throughout Vedic literature for the sake of conceptualization”. These two comments almost convey confirmation of each other in application.

One thing we also may keep this in mind, from the Brahma Samhita 5.33: Advaitam acyutam anädim ananta-rüpam ädyaà puräëa-puruñaà nava-yauvanaà ca, vedeñu durlabham ätma-bhaktau; The Supreme Personality of Godhead is difficult to be approached by simple understanding of the Vedas. One has to become a devotee.

So, in my personal and hopefully, practical application, I have found to grasp the essentials through out the day to maintain faith, such as 16-4 (four regulative principles and sixteen {good} rounds) and good association (Srila Prabhupada’s books and Vaisnavas) to keep connected to the anchor of our Sampridiya. In doing so I try to recall what it was like before I surrendered to the Lotus feet of the Acarya’s. Once done the ocean of material confusion may be crossed like a puddle in the hoof-print of a calf.

Now will I remember this tomorrow? Maybe not, but there is one guarantee:

“But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form—to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have.” (BG 9.22).

So there is hope for a fool like me, then so much for more senior devotee’s!

Please excuse any offenses I may have committed in this meager note and thank you all for the privilege of your association.

your servant,
caitanya caritamrta das, das anu das.

Comment Posted By caitanya caritamrta On 18.05.2009 @ 17:06


 


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