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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

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On Feb 6, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

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

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On Feb 2, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

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!

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On Sep 8, 2009 @ 4:43 am

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!

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On Aug 12, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

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!

caitanya caritamrta das, das anudas

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On Jul 28, 2009 @ 11:27 pm

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!!

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On Jun 23, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

“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

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On Jun 9, 2009 @ 2:00 am

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!

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On May 7, 2009 @ 1:05 am

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,

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On May 26, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

(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.

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On May 18, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

Dear Assembled Vaisnava’s,

Please accept my humble obeisance’s, All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Again, Kesava Krsna Prabhu has written another stimulating article in this case it maybe a “seed of clarity” opposed to “doubt”. The responses are excellent for with them many of the incongruities of faith may be stabilized thus confirming the infallible nature of the Veda’s.

More self-imposed dilemmas seem to stem from the empirical standpoint and the Vedic foundations and on the surface it may seem obvious there are anomalies in the latter. Yet, as we are now seeing that the actual ascending system of knowledge is revealing its defects and even some credence is now being given to our descending system in modern academia ( but don’t hold your breath).

In “Mysteries of the Sacred Universe”, the late and great Richard L.Thompson (Sadaputa Dasa), has given some elaboration on the misconceptions of the delineations of the Himalayas and other related subjects. As Prabhu Kulapavana was mentioning in the conversations with Srila Prabhupada , the Himalaya’s vast measurements did not correspond to the modern measurements conveyance. Summarizing Sadaputa Dasa’s one explanation of ”stereographic projection” the astronomical references using planes from the north and south pole, as opposed to direct physical deductions . He also notes the Earth’s position in Vedic cosmology too. These elaborate techniques are definitely on a scientific level not for the “weak” and in my humble position I cannot properly utilize nor explain them competently. In actuality there are answers for most scientific quandaries, but another question is, who will be accepted as an authority?

Point being, interpretation is subject to observation and modern quantum physics have dissected some of the older scientific theories and the ascending cycle goes on. For those who need some ‘mental floss’ to stabilize their conclusions this is where Akrurnath Prabhu has mentioned, “Science and technology can be used in devotional service. However, to really understand the true face of God and nature does not require knowledge of the details of chemistry, physics, astronomy, biology, etc.” Of course the obvious does not always work for the minds in Raja or Tama-guna.

Again, reflecting on the Vedas, we need our foundation to build on and that’s the fundamentals that we, as westerners, were just introduced to by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta. Since some of us (next page)

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On May 18, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

Jayapataka Maharaja doing the impossible

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

Yes, Pusta Krsna Prabhu is confirming what is conveyed in the “Upadesamrta”, Text 6, in context of the superficial appearances of a Devotee are not relevant to their actual Spiritual position. The tolerance of the immense trails and tribulations of Maharaja Jayapataka Swami are exemplary for all of us!

Met Maharaja the first time in 2001 in Sri Dham Mayapura. While paying my respects to him and the Vaisnava’s he approached me and simply asked, “How may I serve you?” Considering my insignificance and his sincerity, my confidence was restored with ISKCON’s leadership.

In November 2008, I was at Mayapura during at the beginning of his Grace’s medical complications and was astounded by all the support and prayers going out for him. When greeting his God brother, Maharaja Bhakti Caru Swami, I mentioned how nice it is of him to assist the Devotee’s in Mayapura while Maharaja was at intensive care. Maharaja Bhakti Caru Swami gave me the most sobering look. I realized it is the Good Lord’s mercy we get any association and we are really caring for each other. My prayers went out immediately for Maharaja Jayapataka Swami and another in gratitude of Maharaja Bhakti Caru Swami.

As a Grhasthra, I’m learning that the Sannyasi’s are most important for our advancement. Their stabilized consciousness is a fulcrum that will assist in moving all of our obstacles in devotion service.

Thank you for your valuable time.

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On Apr 15, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

Too Proud To Hear

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

Would like to thank all the devotee’s who’ve participated in this particular “b.l.o.g.” (bhakti love on grid) for they all are “Karuna Sindu” an, ocean of mercy.

Prabhu Pusta Krsna has a good point on watching our words ( no offenses: with our minds, words and body) and am grateful for his advice. My neophyte stage has become puffed-up with attachment to the Arcana process. Will be more humble when discussing this or better to say: “hold the reins of my enthusiam”. Thank you for your valuable time!

Prabhu Akruranth has honored me again and am sincerely grateful for his association. Yes, there is no comparison of the Holy Names, in any practice for they are self-evident. It is difficult to fully convey these sentiments in writing.

Thanks to Kesava Krsna Dasa who started this with the seeds of sravanam and also produced arcana ,smaranam, sakhyam, dasyam and our acts of sevanam. An excellent gardener indeed!

Prabhu Praghosa dasa whose accurate reminder of using our preaching poignantly and also Gangamata Goswamini dd who knows the value of sadhana.

Now, am looking forward to “virtual” association with ALL of you!

All glories to the assembled devotee’s! All glories to the assembled devotee’s! All glories to the assembled devotee’s!

your servant in training,
caitanya caritamrta das, das anu das

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On May 6, 2009 @ 6:12 pm

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

May the Flames engulf me! 2 weeks later and the fire is still burning!! The dialogue on this particular “blog” has amazingly expanded, if not to elaborate on “Sankirtan-Katha” or for “personal-anartha” dissolving, either way it seems that some very practical exchanges are being offered. Personally speaking, as a householder, this on-line format does give a chance to get some advanced association, for physical location does place limits.

Although, would also like to remind those, like myself who are distanced from Vaisnava’s, to remember to practice some form of “Arcana”, whilst away from the Mandhir’s. It was also recommended by Srila Prabhupada, and from what I’ve experienced this practice certainly has increased my attraction to the Lord’s form.

Japa is good, with Deities even better, certain personal exchanges begin and this simple process will strengthen our sadhana and protect us when we are surrounded by so much illusion. Plus, you can increase your prasadam distribution from home!

Thank you for your valuable time,
your servant in training,
caitanya caritamrta das, das anu das

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On Apr 29, 2009 @ 9:59 pm

Esteemed Akrurnath Prabu,

Pamho, AgtSP!

You are a Maha-Bhakti-Philosopher incarnate. Am still amazed at your mental agility, as demonstrated in your very concise dialogues.

Agree in a “complete as possible” conveyance in the academic presentation of all scientific faucets of knowledge. The Bhaktivedanta Institute has been covering some of this, as far as my limited understanding goes and I believe the Vedic Planetarium it is still being finalized.

The aspects of scientific applications both empirical and Vedic have always been intriguing. In the last epistle you have covered a lot of ground, in fact we may need to dedicate another article towards this.

Based on your ascertaining skills and precise penmanship, you may want to expand your field of expertise in some of these projects you’ve been speaking of, your competency is needed!

All glories to your service,
your servant in training, ccd.

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On Apr 9, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

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

After relishing the dialogue between these veteran devotee’s the conclusion of sadhana-bhakti is reinforced in my mind. So much goes into our ears, to the mind and ultimately to our hearts. Now experiencing the benefits of written “sravanam” symptoms of ecstacy are trickling in. With this much knowledge being exchanged I am a bit over-whelmed, yet just having good association, even via “technology’ signifies there is hope.

The good fortune to even touch Srila Prabhupada’s books brings so much happiness…just to turn the pages renews my faith every day, what to speak of the possibilities of Spiritual awareness.

With dialogues such as these one should be very careful, for the waves of Krsna Katha may drown us.

» Posted By caitanya caritamrta On Apr 1, 2009 @ 7:17 pm

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