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After writing my previous comment, a friend made me realize I you could have made positive comments rather than the ones that I did. The way I made my comments might not encourage anyone to raise their standards, which should have been my purpose in writing the comment. I guess I was frustrated after reading the article because it seemed to confirm a hunch I had. Three weeks ago, when we celebrated my
daughter’s birthday at the temple, my in-laws bought a lot of junk food. I told my wife that I felt ashamed to take those things to the temple (Cheetos and other unofferable items). She asked some devotees and all were in agreement that it was fine to bring those things as part of the birthday party. I don’t blame my wife or the devotees for the decision, but I can’t help feeling very ashamed about it. Reading the article made me realize what a mistake I made. Perhaps I was speaking as a parent chastising a child. The problem is that I wasn’t addressing my children. I guess I sometimes improperly “enter” the mood of a guru and criticize things, but I should instead focus on correcting my own flaws and on learning how to be a disciple. I should be very harsh with myself, yet very lenient with others (especially those not under my care). I thank my friend for helping me realize my mistake by his sincere words. I pray the devotees will forgive me and collectively help to raise our eating standards.

Your servant,
hector

Comment Posted By hrosario On 19.10.2006 @ 15:59

Dear Caitanya Nitai Prabhu,

Dandavat pranams.

Thank you for your wise and direct words. I am a mere bhakta in training, but sometimes feel dismayed when I go to the temples and find devotees eating Cheetos, Coke or sandwiches prepared at bakeries. They say that they don’t directly offer those things to the Deity but that they “throw a mantra” at the food. (I guess this is the mantra-ball game, which we are certain to lose.) Obviously they are eating bhoga. The sad part is that it has become acceptable. Mahaprabhu’s standard, as given in Caitanya Bhagavata, is that He does not accept any bhoga from those who don’t chant 64 rounds daily of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Srila Prabhupada was so kind that he is letting us offer things to him with a mere 16 rounds (although he says that chanting 64 rounds is the “only remedy” for curing the material disease). Still, we don’t value his mercy enough and instead shamelessly continue with our bad habits. Brahmacarya anyone?

With regard to breads, though, a well-known pujari in ISKCON told me that when Srila Prabhupada was around, devotees wouldn’t even offer grains prepared with yeast. That standard seems to have also been forgotten. It shouldn’t surprise us though, when other more important principles like sannyasis not associating closely with females is neglected by many in saffron. Is this a sign of falldown?

Your servant,
hector

Comment Posted By hrosario On 19.10.2006 @ 02:39

Chant (at least) One More Round: Increasing our attachment to the Holy Name

Dear Prabhuji,

Thank you for your kind words. I’m assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Puerto Rico. I got my PhD from Columbia University in New York. I am currently preparing a talk that I’ll give at the Bhaktivedanta Institute’s “Science and Spirituality” to be held this December in Jagannatha Puri. The title of the talk will be “Kurt Godel: Key to Undertanding God and the Universe in a Scientific and
Mathematical Way.” I will address Godel’s ontological argument on the existence of God, which is an improvement on St. Anselm’s, Descartes’, and Leibniz’s arguments. I will also address Godel’s conception of the material universe, which he developed in Princeton while enjoying the company of his friend Einstein. I will attempt to conect it to the fifth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam.
If you wish to corresponde, please email me at hrosario@math.uprm.edu.

Your servant,
hector

Comment Posted By hrosario On 11.10.2006 @ 17:44

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