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Dandavatts Radhavallabha Prabhu!

Hari! Hari! Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga Jayate! All Glory to Srila Prabhupada!

Many thanks for your kind words of encouragement upon this lowly soul! Any and all credit must go to my Teachers, Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga! And to the good influence which the Vaishnavas have mercifully showered upon my hard heart. May I at least not become a burden to Them or a cause for dishonor. Or a trouble to others.

Humbly,

Jagabandhu das

Comment Posted By jagabandhu dasa On 29.11.2008 @ 12:56

Discard All This Quibbling

Very nice answers by Sripad Pusta Krishna, Akruranath and Amara Prabhus! Dear Sirs: all of you are most certainly a credit to your spiritual master and it’s a great honor to hear your mature insights so kindly expressed for everyone’s real benefit! May Srila Prabhupada kindly bless you more and more!

Possibly we might harmonize by considering that mundane sense gratification of all diversity is specifically discouraged and service to Guru, the Saints and God are particularly encouraged for those who are truly devoted in their hopefully sincere attempt to practice positive spiritual life eternal, without hatred towards anyone. For anything.

Comment Posted By jagabandhu dasa On 22.11.2008 @ 02:40

I most certainly do not believe that people should be abused for their political, racial or sensual orientation. In fact, I’m not even curious about what others may do “behind closed doors” between consenting adults. But I’m tired of having it constantly shoved in our faces by the media and pop-”culture.” Nonetheless, I was wondering how the issue of same-sex “matrimony” has anything at all to do with real spiritual life, the Vedic conception or Varanashrama-dharma (or any other kind of dharma)?

Comment Posted By jagabandhu dasa On 20.11.2008 @ 11:59

The Solution to the Puri Situation

Dandavatts Bhagavat Maharaj(and to all present)!

Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga Jayate! All Glory to Srila Prabhupada!

I very much like your suggested solution for hopefully rectifying the great offense to Srila Prabhupada in Puri. Vaishnavas (the servants of Lord Vishnu) are naturally compassionate to the suffering of other living entities and therefore are always seeking to proffer spiritual upliftment as a means for relieving their distress. Punishment is in the province of Sri Yamaraj and sometimes Sri Sudarshan Dev as in the unfortunate case of Durvas Muni’s great offense to the lotus feet of Maharaj Amburish. The present unfortunate incident is very analogous in this regard. Just as Lord Vishnu gave advice to Durvas Muni on how to rectify his offense. We should know that Lord Vishnu’s devotees would represent Him with similarly compassionate advice towards hopefully effecting a solution for overcoming offense which is agreeable to all concerned parties.

My own letter to the Puri Venerables initially appeared in rough draft on Dandavats.com as comment to Professor Provost’s nice article on Saturday morning. When I wrote it I was thinking of how this terrible incident might hopefully be ameliorated so that the offenders might not have to suffer for their grave insult to Srila Prabhupada and his worldwide followers. The incident of Durvas Muni immediately came to mind.

I was very interested to hear from Sripad Pusta Krishna Prabhu and your Holiness more detailed information about Srila Prabhupada’s own mood and feelings regarding Sri Puri Dhama. I also saw on another webpage where Sripad Ksamabuddhi Prabhu mentions that Srila Prabhupada had said that when the ISKCON Bhuvaneshwar temple was built, Lord Jagannath would leave Puri to reside there instead. We might also remember the consideration that Srila Saraswati Thakur himself had disagreements with way kirtan was performed in Puri, which were apparently never resolved, even with the intervention of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur himself. It would be good for us to know more about these things in terms of sourcing quote veracity, etc. When seeking to harmonize opposing elements without compromising ideological integrity—always consider everything, if possible, simultaneously.

Humbly,

Jagabandhu das

Comment Posted By jagabandhu dasa On 19.11.2008 @ 13:30

ISKCON’s Four Movements

Dandavatts to all!

Hari! Hari! All Glory to Srila Prabhupada!

Wow! What a great question! For our panel of experts.

Comment Posted By jagabandhu dasa On 25.11.2008 @ 01:32

Very nice article. Unfortunately, it seems that enthusiasm for Varnashrama-dharma has waned, at least in America. I recently heard that Gita-nagari scarcely has any full time members and in Alachua, they consider themselves a “temple” and not a farm per se. How do we overcome inertia wrought by lack of inspiration in order to proceed with full enthusiasm to fulfill the final fifty percent of Srila Prabhupada’s perfect vision for harmonious human life? Can we please start at once? For everyone’s sake.

Comment Posted By jagabandhu dasa On 20.11.2008 @ 11:04

Academic responds to effigy burning

Dandavatts to all! Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga Jayate! All Glory to Srila Prabhupada!

I’m concerned that other ideological bullies in the world may now think that if they wish to impose demands on ISKCON, the need only threaten to burn an effigy of the beloved Founder-Acharya, in order to achieve their misguided objectives. It amounts to conceding to bullyism, which should not be tolerated. It also worries me that some might consider it their considerably misguided privilege to respond in kind by burning an effigy of the Lord of Puri.

This morning I noticed a report on another webpage about some of Srila Prabhupada’s followers congregating in Puri for a protest and Harinam around the Sri Jagannath Mandir. I was very disturbed to read that some of the Harinam particpants had to be forcibly prevented from immolating themselves as a protest in front of the temple.

The same article mentions that one of the offenders made a facsimile of apology claiming they didn’t intend to insult Srila Prabhupada(or his position as a Guru) by burning his effigy. Durvas Muni also did not intend to offend Maharaj Amburish. Unfortunately, the path to hell is often paved with good intentions.

Humbly,

Jagabandhu das

Comment Posted By jagabandhu dasa On 19.11.2008 @ 13:53

Respected Venerables,

Please excuse me. Sorry to bother you all.

I was very sorry to hear of the Sri Ratha-yatra scheduling disagreement that has taken place between the various sevaites of Sri Jagannatha Dev.

If we consider the story from Srimad-Bhagavatam about Maharaj Amburish and the offense against his lotus feet by Durvas Muni, along with Lord Vishnu’s advice to Durvas Muni: cannot the offense to Srila Prabhupada and his worldwide followers possibly become ameliorated by the earnestly appealed for forgiveness by the offenders, who voluntarily with enthusiastic repentance escort the palanquin-carried murti of Sri Jagannatha Dev’s exalted dearmost servitor Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada into His (Sri Jagannatha Dev’s) temple for a maha guru-puja offering to His Divine Grace in the presence of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladev and Lady Subhadra, thereby giving opportunity for the offenders to become rectified and redeemed by recompense fulfilled ?

In this way the global family of Sri Jagannatha Dev, regardless of particular specific institutional affiliation, might be re-united in concerted action for that one aim of prolifically promulgating truly universal love of God throughout the world.

To give dishonor, honors no one.

Humbly,

the lowly Jagabandhu das

Comment Posted By jagabandhu dasa On 15.11.2008 @ 12:41

Effective, Mature Outreach

Dandavatts Pandu Prabhu!

Apologies. Please excuse me for letting you think that my vulgar/offensive “asoul” reference was somehow directed towards your Grace. What I expressed was intended in a general way about the psychology of “conversion,” but because it appeared consecutively after your own comments I can see how you might think my thoughts were more specifically directed towards you. Also, it wasn’t intended as discouragement for anyone to discontinue their earnest preaching efforts. Actually, what I had in mind was that proselytizers of all traditions seem to be unable to account for or tolerate others to have different faith than their own, which seems very spiritually immature and possibly an indication of their own real dearth of actual sublime conviction.

My situation is that I’ve actually had employers who liked my work at first, but when they found out I was a “Hare Krishna,” they became very put off because the bad experience they had with “Hare Krishnas” in America raising money. Eventually, I was able to regain their affectionate trust and friendship.

I live and work in the Florida backwoods wherein I am surrounded by many simple people who aren’t likely to ever become vegetarian or listen to Eastern philosophy or even “new age” ideas—what to speak of Krishna consciousness per se. Nonetheless, they remain souls beneath the illusory veil. I see this aspect and reach out to it. Rather than condescend, I affectionately befriend them while encouraging them to sincerely approach the Divinity they know as the souls they are. After years of sincere and affectionate friendship with them, they have affection and trust for me and the sublime philosophical suggestions that I patiently spoon-feed them with in my humble attempt to be a kindly friend to all.

Generally, the people I mostly deal with are a “rough’ bunch who wouldn’t cotton to the untrustworthy insincerity of sweet flattery (which I don’t use in my dealings with anyone). In fact, they’re tired of being cheated time and again by insincere preachers and politicians of all variety. Therefore, I take the circuitous (non-confrontational) or long approach in my hopefully affectionate, hopefully mature outreach to them. And many of them have grown to trust my unusual insights into whatever severely challenging circumstance Providence places before us which might require harmonizing through scrutinizing essence.

Humbly with affection,

Jagabandhu das

Comment Posted By jagabandhu dasa On 26.11.2008 @ 13:36

When I look about me in the world I can see many jivas professing particular affiliation with the many attempts to socialize the apparent ideology initially expressed by great spiritual thinkers of antiquity. Regardless of external manifestation of official faith, what I perceive beneath is a diversity of souls seeking in varying degrees of sincere supplication to achieve a semblance of Divine Understanding in order to make sense of their own unique individual circumstantial strife. If others do not share my particular subjective preference or Divine flavor of Faith, I am not in the least bit threatened by cosmetic ideological variance. I am a jiva. They are also jivas. Neither of us can be anything but a jiva. The ultimate purpose of all religion is for us to become re-awakened to this irrevocable primal fact and pursue a sincere and honest progressive relationship with the Supreme Soul. And then help others to do the same.
The very idea of conversion is itself an external contrivance pandering to the collective misconceptions of institutional religiosity. A soul always remains a soul and cannot be converted into anything else. Although it appears that sometimes because of fundamental misunderstanding and ego distortion a ruinous mood may occur which can make souls behave like asouls. And then feel it is their “Divinely Sanctioned” obligation to force others to subscribe to their particular ecclesiastical subjective preference. As if God were in competition with Himself. And as if the “converters” were unable to believe in their own ideology if others do not, thereby causing their conversionary attempts to be little more than facilitation and external validation of ostensible convictions which they themselves do not truly possess at any real depth and subsequent genuinely positive environmental influence.
May we kindly remember that Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur himself boldly expresses that individual liberty is God’s greatest gift to all souls. Please consider how Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada himself once cautioned about preaching to “Christians” to get them to “give up” their “Christianity” and take to Krishna Consciousness instead, that if they “gave up” their “Christianity” but did not take to Krishna Consciousness, then they might be left with no faith at all. Like a riven cloud. With no position in any sphere of faithful association and hopefully spiritually positive influence.

Humbly,

Jagabandhu das

Comment Posted By jagabandhu dasa On 25.11.2008 @ 01:41


 


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