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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?
Comment Posted By ekendra das On 01.11.2011 @ 09:38
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.
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
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 ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam 1.8.37 class given in Los Angeles on April 29, 1973:
apy adya nas tvaá¹ sva-ká¹tehita prabho
jihÄsasi svit suhá¹do ‘nujÄ«vinaá¸¥
yeá¹£Äá¹ na cÄnyad bhavataá¸¥ padÄmbujÄt
parÄyaá¹aá¹ rÄjasu yojitÄá¹hasÄm
“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?”
PrabhupÄda: So this conversation was going on between KuntÄ« and Ká¹á¹£á¹a when Ká¹á¹£á¹a was going home after establishing the PÄá¹á¸avas in their kingdom and finishing the battle of Kuruká¹£etra. Ká¹á¹£á¹a is going back home, DvÄrakÄ, and was taking leave, farewell, from the aunt. At that time, KuntÄ« 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, yeá¹£Äá¹ na ca anyad bhavataá¸¥ padÄmbujÄt: “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 dÄsa á¹¬hÄkura sings, hÄ hÄ prabhu nanda-suta vá¹á¹£abhÄnu-sutÄ-juta. “Nanda-suta, Ká¹á¹£á¹a, You are present here with the daughter of King Vá¹á¹£abhÄnu. Both of You are here.” HÄ hÄ prabhu nanda-suta vá¹á¹£abhÄnu-sutÄ-juta. We don’t want to see Ká¹á¹£á¹a alone.
Anyway… So KuntÄ«devÄ« says, yeá¹£Äá¹ na ca anyad bhavataá¸¥ padÄmbujÄt. This is called full dependence. In the Åaraá¹Ägati, in the surrender process, there are six things. The six things is that completely, one of the…, completely dependent upon Ká¹á¹£á¹a. ÄnukÅ«lyasya saá¹ kalpaá¸¥. The first Åaraá¹Ägati is to accept everything favorable for Ká¹á¹£á¹a’s service. ÄnukÅ«lyam. ÄnukÅ«lyena ká¹á¹£á¹ÄnuÅÄ«lanaá¹ bhaktir uttamÄ [Cc. Madhya 19.167].
Devotional, first-class bhakti means accepting everything which is favorable for devotional service. And prÄtikÅ«lyasya varjanam. And reject everything which is unfavorable to the procedure of Ká¹á¹£á¹a consciousness. So we forbid that “You don’t do this,” because they are unfavorable. And we say something, “You do this, chant Hare Ká¹á¹£á¹a sixteen rounds,” that is favorable. Åaraá¹Ägati means to give up the unfavorable things and to accept the favorable. ÄnukÅ«lyasya saá¹ kalpaá¸¥ prÄtikÅ«lyasya varjanam. And believe that “Ká¹á¹£á¹a will give me protection.” Full faith. And to count oneself as one of the servants of Ká¹á¹£á¹a. In this way, Åaraá¹Ägati.
(Continued in next post.)
Comment Posted By ekendra das On 07.01.2010 @ 02:05
I searched Vedabase for Srila Prabhupada’s words surrounding this topic and found some very nice excerpts.
From a ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam 6.3.16-17 class given at Gorakhpur, India on February 10, 1971:
Unless one is convinced that “Ká¹á¹£á¹a will give me protection,” so how he can surrender? There is no question of surrender. AvaÅya raká¹£ibe ká¹á¹£á¹a vivaÅa-pÄlana. Bhaktivinoda á¹¬hÄkura has said to be firmly convinced: “Then Ká¹á¹£á¹a will give me all protection.” Therefore surrender is perfect.
ÄnukÅ«lyasya saá¹ kalpaá¸¥ prÄtikÅ«lyaá¹ vivarjanam. Surrender means one should simply accept favorable service to Ká¹á¹£á¹a and reject anything which is unfavorable, and then next is avaÅya raká¹£ibe ká¹á¹£á¹a viÅvasa-pÄlana: “And to be firmly convinced that ‘Ká¹á¹£á¹a will give me all protection.’ ”
Therefore, instead of “trying to protect myself,” a devotee should always remain dependent on Ká¹á¹£á¹a. That is Åaraá¹Ägati. And to consider oneself that “Now I am in the association of Ká¹á¹£á¹a,” these are different items of Åaraá¹Ägati.
So this Ká¹á¹£á¹a 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 Ká¹á¹£á¹a consciousness, that “Here is another item which is better than Ká¹á¹£á¹a consciousness?” What is that? Who will suggest?
(Continued in the next post.)
Comment Posted By ekendra das On 07.01.2010 @ 02:01
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
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.
Comment Posted By ekendra das On 14.12.2008 @ 22:47
Comment Posted By ekendra das On 01.11.2007 @ 16:28
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