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Pranams.

I’m tempted to make a monthly donation but I notice that you only have PayPal subscriptions set up on your site for a minimum of US$31 a month. What if I want to only give $10? I wish you could made that easier for us.

Also do you have any goals and plans in place to turn this center into a financially self-sustainable entity or are you just hoping that you’ll get enough donations to keep it afloat on a long term basis?

I don’t know the specifics there so I can’t be more specific myself, but surely there is a way to generate funds, engage the devotees, and maintain the situation as other preaching centres do around the globe?

Your servant,
Ekendra das

Comment Posted By ekendra das On 01.11.2011 @ 09:38

Double-voice amplification kirtans in Iskcon Mayapur

More specific to Chandrashekara Prabhu’s point, as lovely as these kirtan duets can sound, it isn’t quite the same as a proper call and response group kirtan. Sometimes I feel like I should applaud and clap afterwards which isn’t really the best way for temple kirtans to go in my humble opinion.

Comment Posted By ekendra das On 02.05.2011 @ 00:54

Here’s an iPHone app that has a dB meter. It isn’t 100% accurate but it does give some indication of how loud a room gets.

http://goo.gl/Zd6vW

I like a decently loud kirtan but sometimes passion enters in and I think we can sometimes mistake volume for love of God. Djembes and whompers tend to accelerate this.

Comment Posted By ekendra das On 02.05.2011 @ 00:28

Twenty Foot Flames: Lord Nrsimhadeva

Intersting topic. If we are in a threatening situation should we:

1. Follow in the footsteps of the Vrajabasis and cry out for Krishna’s deliverance?

2. Refrain from bugging Krishna and be content with the truth that Krishna protects his devotees?

3. Remember the maxim: “Rakhe krishna mare ke mare krishna rakhe ke” and think “If Krishna wants to protect me nothing can harm me. If Krishna wants to kill me nothing can save me.”?

4. All of the above?

I’m interested to hear other Vaishnavas thoughts on this topic.

Comment Posted By ekendra das On 07.01.2010 @ 02:14

From a Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.8.37 class given in Los Angeles on April 29, 1973:

apy adya nas tvaṁ sva-kṛtehita prabho
jihāsasi svit suhṛdo ‘nujīvinaḥ
yeṣāṁ na cānyad bhavataḥ padāmbujāt
parāyaṇaṁ rājasu yojitāṁhasām
[SB 1.8.37]

“O my Lord, You have executed all duties Yourself. Are You leaving us today, though we are completely dependent on Your mercy and have no one else to protect us now, when all kings are at enmity with us?”

Prabhupāda: So this conversation was going on between Kuntī and Kṛṣṇa when Kṛṣṇa was going home after establishing the Pāṇḍavas in their kingdom and finishing the battle of Kurukṣetra. Kṛṣṇa is going back home, Dvārakā, and was taking leave, farewell, from the aunt. At that time, Kuntī offered this prayer. Now she’s asking directly that “After finishing Your duty, is it a fact that You are going away, leaving us alone?”

This is the devotee’s position. Here it is said, yeṣāṁ na ca anyad bhavataḥ padāmbujāt: “We have no other means of protection than Your lotus feet. This is our position.” Anyat. Anyat means “anything else.” This is full surrender. Just like Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura sings, hā hā prabhu nanda-suta vṛṣabhānu-sutā-juta. “Nanda-suta, Kṛṣṇa, You are present here with the daughter of King Vṛṣabhānu. Both of You are here.” Hā hā prabhu nanda-suta vṛṣabhānu-sutā-juta. We don’t want to see Kṛṣṇa alone.

Anyway… So Kuntīdevī says, yeṣāṁ na ca anyad bhavataḥ padāmbujāt. This is called full dependence. In the śaraṇāgati, in the surrender process, there are six things. The six things is that completely, one of the…, completely dependent upon Kṛṣṇa. Ānukūlyasya saṅkalpaḥ. The first śaraṇāgati is to accept everything favorable for Kṛṣṇa’s service. Ānukūlyam. Ānukūlyena kṛṣṇānuśīlanaṁ bhaktir uttamā [Cc. Madhya 19.167].

Devotional, first-class bhakti means accepting everything which is favorable for devotional service. And prātikūlyasya varjanam. And reject everything which is unfavorable to the procedure of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. So we forbid that “You don’t do this,” because they are unfavorable. And we say something, “You do this, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa sixteen rounds,” that is favorable. Śaraṇāgati means to give up the unfavorable things and to accept the favorable. Ānukūlyasya saṅkalpaḥ prātikūlyasya varjanam. And believe that “Kṛṣṇa will give me protection.” Full faith. And to count oneself as one of the servants of Kṛṣṇa. In this way, śaraṇāgati.

(Continued in next post.)

Comment Posted By ekendra das On 07.01.2010 @ 02:05

Sweet.

I searched Vedabase for Srila Prabhupada’s words surrounding this topic and found some very nice excerpts.

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From a Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.3.16-17 class given at Gorakhpur, India on February 10, 1971:

Unless one is convinced that “Kṛṣṇa will give me protection,” so how he can surrender? There is no question of surrender. Avaśya rakṣibe kṛṣṇa vivaśa-pālana. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has said to be firmly convinced: “Then Kṛṣṇa will give me all protection.” Therefore surrender is perfect.

Ānukūlyasya saṅkalpaḥ prātikūlyaṁ vivarjanam. Surrender means one should simply accept favorable service to Kṛṣṇa and reject anything which is unfavorable, and then next is avaśya rakṣibe kṛṣṇa viśvasa-pālana: “And to be firmly convinced that ‘Kṛṣṇa will give me all protection.’ ”

Therefore, instead of “trying to protect myself,” a devotee should always remain dependent on Kṛṣṇa. That is śaraṇāgati. And to consider oneself that “Now I am in the association of Kṛṣṇa,” these are different items of śaraṇāgati.

So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is the best contribution to the human society. There is no comparison with this movement, any other welfare activity of the whole world. There is no comparison. Can you suggest any better welfare activities than this Kṛṣṇa consciousness, that “Here is another item which is better than Kṛṣṇa consciousness?” What is that? Who will suggest?

(Continued in the next post.)

Comment Posted By ekendra das On 07.01.2010 @ 02:01

Down in the Pits

What a perfectly beautiful bhajan by Srila Narahari Dasa. I’m so glad you shared it here.

Comment Posted By ekendra das On 19.01.2009 @ 22:23

Original table used by Srila Prabhupada for sale

Prabhu,

Did you mean that this table held the dictaphone that Srila Prabhupada used to speak the Krishna Book? As far as I understand, Srila Prabhupada used that method - not that he sat down and wrote Krishna Book.

ys.

Comment Posted By ekendra das On 14.12.2008 @ 22:47

Radhanath Prabhu Left his body

Jaya Sadhu!

Comment Posted By ekendra das On 01.11.2007 @ 16:28

THE CZECH WOODSTOCK 1987-2007

Punya Palaka Prabhu,

you wrote: “please contact me if you are willing to come.”

but there are no contact details.

ys, ekendra dasa

Comment Posted By ekendra das On 02.10.2007 @ 23:50


 


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