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Zambia’s President HE Dr Kenneth Kaunda gets Srila Prabhupada’s books and Bhagavad Gita

Dr. Kaunda, when he was the President of Zambia in the 80’s has long being an acquaintance of ISKCON devotees. He had a state dinner with His Holiness Bhakti-tirtha Swami around 1985. He has been a vegetarian for a long time. Iskcon was flourishing in Zambia in the 80’s to the early 90’s, and we had few local devotees who later got initiated. I was part of the initial pioneer devotees who preached in Zambia in 1982-1983.

By the way, Dr. Kaunda has since cease to be the President of Zambia. That was a long time ago when he was the president.

Comment Posted By isvaradas On 30.07.2014 @ 11:02

My Initial Response to the Concerns of HH Bhakti Vikash Swami

The premise that divorce among ISKCON householders is more than the outside world is an empty assertions. One would ask as to what demographics such surveys were based on? Perhaps we have forgotten that ISKCON memberships is currently concentrated within the Indian communities. Basing the assumptions of the high divorce rate among the non-Indian devotees and apply that to be overall ISKCON is not a good justice and is infact insulting to the largest group of devotees that constitutes ISKCON membership.

Now lets assume, this is true about the ISKCON divorce rate being higher than the outside world: doesn’t this show failure of our own practice? Why would a person wants to be part of a religious organization that cannot hold a family together? What is our teaching? Where are our moral stands towards family life? Many of us who have been in the movement for long time know that in most household situations, the wives are usually more devoted to the guru than to the husbands. That’s why a man would often ask to whom does his wife married to? Is it to him or the guru? The wife would often see herself in competition with the husband in trying to be a better-devoted disciple to the guru rather than be a devoted wife to the husband. With such prevailing environments where the wives would rather see the devotion to the guru as paramount, marital life becomes untenable. Thus the proliferation of divorces within ISKCON.

In Vedic system, a woman is never independent. As young girl, under the protection of the father, and as a woman under the protection of the husband. In this case, being a protector means the husband is the guru of the wife, as he gives protection in all circumstances such as moral guidance and physical protection. The only valuable person in the whole world in a woman’s life is her husband. The only person more valuable is the Lord Himself. The story of Vrinda Devi is a testament to this. Draupadi gave instructions to Lord Krishna’s wives how a wive should satisfy a husband using her own experience as the wife of five husbands. When men see a devoted wife, they are ready to fight the whole world just to give her protection. Ravana was killed because Sita was insulted and Kuruksetra battle was waged because Pandava’s wife was insulted.

Comment Posted By isvaradas On 01.07.2014 @ 07:02

Sriman Ramakeli das Passed Away

I will really miss Ramakeli Prabhu. His passing is so unexpected. We were talking several months ago about the plans to go back to Africa and establish preaching centers in few countries that had not being touched with Krishna consciousness before. Well, Krishna has His plan. Krishna knows what is better for His devotees, and He has taken proper care of Ramakeli Prabhu.

I pray to be similarly fortunate to receive the mercy of the Lord and His devotees at the time of my passing.

Jaya Srila Prabhupada, isvara dasa

Comment Posted By isvaradas On 28.09.2012 @ 09:04

Srila Prabhupada’s Appearance Predicted in the Scriptures

Its much better if we don’t speculate without a valid proof our declarations. Such declarations as made in the article will simply invite unnecessary controversies and arguments. Other members of the Gaudiya sampradayas especially Srila Bhaktisiddhanta followers will not accept such interpretations of the scriptures, not to talk of other sampradayas. We can say that they are envious, but Srila Prabhupada himself would not condone such declarations. Srila Prabhupada said the secret of his success was because he followed his spiritual master one hundred percent. The greatness of Srila Prabhupada is not determined by how much we, his followers, make any kinds of declarations, but how much we actually followed and lived his teachings. A pure devotee is known by how many pure devotees like himself he created.

Comment Posted By isvaradas On 09.08.2012 @ 06:16

Self-Identity, Conflict and Commonwealth within ISKCON

Lots are being said about differences among the devotees that are often irreconcilable. Babhru Prabhu explored deeply on this issue in his article. However Krishnakirti Prabhu’s response and suggested solutions seems far-fetched, at least to me. Krishna consciousness is about devotees’s association. But of course such associations must be made with those who are like-minded. On that respect, commonwealth principles as suggested by Krishna Kirti Prabhu may be adopted. However that suggestion is not on the higher principles. A devotee on the second and third class platforms may be suited for that. However the topmost class of devotees, the uttama bhaktas see things differently. An uttama devotee sees the whole world as connected and serving Krishna. Thus they have no problem associating with anyone. The song to the six goswamins states that they were dear to the gentle and the ruffians. A devotee who has reached this level of advancement and has developed love of Krishna becomes dear to everyone. The whole world is his/her house. Srila Prabhupada came to build such house.

Being intolerant of other’s view and positions are all symptoms of all the materialistic tendencies among the devotees. It will be wonderful if devotees could just take a moment and reflect within themselves if their currently inclinations are pleasing to Srila Prabhupada, our founder-acarya. One of the qualities of a devotee is that he is a well-wisher of all. But how can one be a well-wisher when there is a consideration of what is pleasing to one’ self? Being well-wishing is based on the love principle. Well-wishing does not denote superiority over others. In the spiritual world, every devotee is a well-wisher to another devotee. Every devotee encourages other devotees to be more of servant of the Lord than his/herself. Therefore the talks of commonwealth or separation among the devotees, in my opinion, really belong to kanistha category if not outright mayavada.

I think if devotees really becomes more internal and soul-search in terms of relationships among fellow devotees, most of the problems we are facing today in ISKCON can be minimized. As they say, “it has to be a spiritual solution.” Not a material one. Srila Prabhupada said all these resolutions, revolutions, resolutions and ultimately no solutions will not help.

Comment Posted By isvaradas On 28.03.2012 @ 06:26

Letter of Bhakti Vikasa Swami

Hare Krishna Vrindavan Chandra Prabhu
Criticism maybe there, but it shouldn’t be something that will divide the devotees. If we are unable to change a situation, whats is the point of criticizing. Normally one criticizes because of sanctimonious feeling. The feelings of knowing what is right better than others. Only Krishna is the decider of one’s activities. If we are not in agreement with devotees method of preaching or methods of activities, then the best way to serve such devotees is to let the organizations management deal with the situation. In this case, the GBC. That is why Srila Prabhupada created the GBC. And if the GBC feels its not something that is worth considering, then we should remain humble and be mindful of our own bhakti. We should not be attached to our ideas and be creating all kinds of confusions among the Vaisnava community.
What will make us dear to the Lord is not so much how we try to correct others, but rather our own sincere efforts in serving guru and Krishna.

Comment Posted By isvaradas On 24.11.2011 @ 17:35

Though many of us may have differing views on range of issues pertaining to propagation of the Krishna consciousness movement, it is highly important that devotees learn to appreciate and glorifies the activities of other devotees. The assumption of holding to the views that our method of following the directions given by Srila Prabhupada as the only proper way and that all other views are wrong simply invite dissensions within the Vaisnava community.

Every devotee who is executing their devotional activities be it in the form of Mid-Day Meal programs, operating hospitals, holding medical camps, food for life accompanied by kirtans, etc., are all trying their best in serving Krishna. Criticizing such devotional activities just because we feel they are not direct preaching can itself be termed as committing offenses against the devotees who have dedicated their lives in spreading the holy names of the Lord.

It is better to appreciate and glorify what others are doing. Public condemnations of other devotees’ activities do no good to anyone, but rather dissatisfaction.

Comment Posted By isvaradas On 21.11.2011 @ 16:20

Intellectual Simplicity

Scriptures are full of details that may not be necessary for the pure execution of Krishna consciousness. The intention of the shastras is to arose faith in the humanity about the greatness and nature of the Supreme Being, so that a person can eventually serve the Supreme Lord as his rightful duty. As we delve more deeply into the scriptures, there has to be a point when certain areas of shastric descriptions may be fit to be cast aside. Mind-boggling descriptions such as King Ugrasena having four billion bodyguards may not worth repetiting by a deep thinker. My point is Vedic scriptures provided us with lots of details, but the same time, our acaryas have impressed upon us to be thoughtful. What is really matter for the devotee is the essential principle of Krishna consciousness, which is to develop love of Krishna. Intellectual acumen is not required on this point. As they said, ’simplicity is Vaisnavism’, so a devotee casts aside all speculations regarding the rationalization behind all shastric descriptions and simply focus on developing his love of Krishna following the footsteps of the Vrajabasis.
Uddhava was a great pandit, being the disciple of Brhaspati. But when he went to Vrindavan to try to convince the Vrajabasis to stop feeling separations from Krishna, he found himself defeated, and thus prayed to be born as a grass in Vraja so the Vrajabasis could step upon him as they walk.

Comment Posted By isvaradas On 27.01.2011 @ 04:37

‘Realizations on the jiva’s ‘fall’ from Vaikuntha

Even though Srila Prabhupada had written in the Srimad Bhagavatam that “it is a fact no one falls from the spiritual world”, you however keep on pontificating that the jivas in the material world have indeed all fallen from the spiritual world. You are indeed contradicting Srila Prabhupada and all the Vaisnava Acaryas who had taught on the subject. Perhaps you can suggest to us how it is possible to leave the loving association of Lord Krishna.
I would suggest you re-read the Adi-lila Chapter 4 and Madhya-liila Chapter 8 of Sri Caitanya Caritamrta,where Srila Prabhupada wrote extensively on the subject of love of Krishna.

This whole idea of fallen from the spiritual world had risen due to our unshakable impersonalistic mentalities.

Comment Posted By isvaradas On 27.12.2010 @ 04:21

Bangkok - The city to invade

I do applaud the efforts of Radhakrpa Mataji in her preaching while in Thailand. Such preaching efforts can be seeing all over the world that are targeted to the immigrant people of Indian origins. Such people of Indian origins have revived their dormant Krsna consciousness through the preaching efforts of ISKCON devotees coming from all over the world. However the truth of the matter is preaching to those audience does not pose any real challenge to a preacher. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta said it takes more than a pint of blood to convince someone in taking up Krishna consciousness. In reality it will take more than 10 gallons of blood to convince a non-Indian person in taking up Krishna consciousness. Any preacher can attest to that fact.

Apart from Eastern European countries which include Russia and now China, that are seeing vibrancy in people taking up Krishna consciousness, every other places in the world has become dormant. Devotee preachers have taken their comforts in preaching to the people of Indian origins. Preaching to Indians is the easiest. All one has to do is to open his mouth, do some kirtans and say something about Krishna, then one will be surrounded by throngs of Indians. Indians are naturally pious and religious-minded people, so seeing a preacher in their adopted country provides a relief for them, for having seeing something that they left at home. Because of this easy acceptance and adulation that devotee preachers receive from the immigrant Indian population, the real preaching mandate that was given to us by Srila Prabhupada has been abandoned. I was told when devotees asked Srila Prabhupada in England if they should preach to the Indians, Srila Prabhupada replied “no”, saying that the Indians are naturally Krishna conscious, rather the effort should be directed to the local people. Unfortunately this order of Srila Prabhupada is not being followed today.

Comment Posted By isvaradas On 04.12.2010 @ 16:02


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