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Humble inquiry

most of the best alters in Iskcon were carved in Bombay by Ranchorbhai.
5 mtrs is a gigantic alter,got any plans,or budget.
ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Apr 4, 2007 @ 10:14 am

Hm. So how you are spending that money?

Make your own home a temple,organise your own sunday program ,invite folk round,
distribute prasadam to everyone,
Why wait for or expect someone else to do it for me.
live within your means and be happy.
that way you are giving 100%

mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Jan 17, 2007 @ 11:49 am

Protecting Vaisnavis

Why stop at the abuse of women ?
ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Dec 29, 2006 @ 2:23 pm

Television: The No. 1 Public Enemy of Devotion

Nice article,i found theatre to be a medium to channel my desires for entertainment.
Start your own temple drama group,you will always be in demand,you will have a lot of fun.
Srila Prabhupada approved of Krishna conciouss theatre
ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Dec 29, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

The Amish, Learning From ‘The Plain People’

a nice article prabhu,we could learn a lot from the Amish people,
do we need to keep trying to reinvent the wheel ?

» Posted By mahavidya das On Dec 18, 2006 @ 10:44 am

Walking on the Moon..?

I feel honoured,nay ,privilaged that my hard earned taxes are going towards such a worthy enterprise,i shall be encouraging all my family and friends to wholeheartedly and enthusiastically support the present administration that is persuing the conquest of new frontiers and pushing mankind forward to new dizzy heights of acheivment.
ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Dec 16, 2006 @ 11:36 am

Out of the Woman Comes the Man, Spends the Rest of His Life Getting Back When he Can

As a father to 2 grown up daughters and a grandfather to a granddaughter ,it is an ongoing education to watch them grow up and see how they relate with the world around them.
To watch them continuosly have to struggle ,and struggle.
My perception of members of the opposite sex now is seriously different than when i was a younger man.
I used to see them as objects for my gratification,
Now all my old girlfriends must be in their 50s ,and getting older and closer to death every day,
My belated apologies to all of them,for simply using them.
I see the way other men look at my family members,and can see the wisdom of protecting those weaker than ourselves.
It seems we all choose to become involved in household life.
I often ask myself ,why do we get involved in this business in the first place?
ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Nov 27, 2006 @ 11:51 am

BEAUTIFUL KRISHNA, RADHA, NRISIMHADEVA AND AN ASSORTMENT OF DOLLS OF DEVOTION

One of my granddaughters has on of your dolls ,
they now wear matching saris,
ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Nov 24, 2006 @ 10:53 am

THE PERILS OF BEING OVER-INTELLIGENT

Dear Keshava Krsna dasa,
While i appreciate your stress on Vaisnava etiquette,
my point is ,
do you as an individual , or do we as a society,sufficiently teach the process of discrimination?
to say,one simply has to see the good in others,is not the same as prefering to see the good in others,
Also time does tell,if left to its own devices,it usually degrades to a mode of ignorence situation,
so my point is ,does not Krsna give us the intelligence to recognise the symptoms of the mode of ignorence and redirect.
If we are not trained to recognise symptoms other than the mode of goodness one is simply heading for disaster.
I have read in Srila Prabhupada’s books (Forgive me ,i cannot remember exactly where),that one has to also understand nescience so we do not fall prey to it.
ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Nov 25, 2006 @ 10:50 am

Dear Keshava Krsna prabhu,
So how do you recognise who is “proud,not so advanced etc”
After all i am trained to” simply see the good in people”
Another point that comes to mind is that, we all depend on Krsna for our daily maintainance,do we not?
but does that mean i have Him cooking and feeding me ?

» Posted By mahavidya das On Nov 24, 2006 @ 10:46 am

Thank you for your reply Keshava Krsna prabhu,
And when the alarm is raised in a humble and intelligent way,and then ignored ,
what then?
we have many collective historical experiences of instances when many senior members of our Iskcon leadership have had to be presented with a very severe ultimatum ,in order to rectify very serious situations.
Of course we could have gone our own happy way and let them go theirs, simply seeing the goodness in them.
My question to you is ,would you be prepared to venture outside of your happy zone to do the sometimes unpleasent neccesary action to keep Iskcon on track…?

» Posted By mahavidya das On Nov 21, 2006 @ 11:19 am

Dear Keshava Krsna das,
thank you for your reply,
Yes ,Iskcon is going on ,but harsh experience has taught that in various times and places it did go off the track ,we are still experiencing the repercussions.
In fact in can go off track anywhere at any time again and again.
The nature of the material world sees to that.
So what keeps it on track?
Does not Krsna give us the power of discrimination ,with proper reference ?
That when we see danger ahead ,the alarm gets raised,
That we redirect ,
unfortunatly ,the problem in Iskcon is that when devotees with experience raise an alarm ,or a challenge,they are percieved as a threat to our comfort zone.
But if one is trained only to see the good ,rather than reality,
or should i say ,the good ,the bad ,and all the shades in between,
then does that not amount to simply sentimentalism or fanaticism ?
Yes ,ultimately every thing is sanctioned by the Lord ,but are we not supposed to be part of His plan?
For ref ,try CC Mahdya lila ch 19 verses 159 ,160,
Are we not supposed to uproot unwanted creepers ,
or do we ignore them and choke to death.
but of course that is our choice.
ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Nov 20, 2006 @ 11:25 am

Dear Keshava Krsna prabhu.
so we are agreed that discrimination has to be there .
How or who will decide when there is an excess or lack of it ?
What constitutes a disturbance ?
ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Nov 18, 2006 @ 11:19 am

Please exscuse this naive person,
So ,what are you saying prabhu?
that one shoudn’t discriminate ?
If that is the case ,
how do you know you are not being cheated ?
but that of course is your choice.
It could be argued that one possesed of such a mentality is simply asking to be exploited.
ys mvdas ACBSP

» Posted By mahavidya das On Nov 15, 2006 @ 10:54 am

Unnecessary Sporting

In 73 when we got Bhaktivedanta Manor ,one of Srila Prabhupada’s first requests was that we provide a playground for the children,
I remember installing ,swings,a slide and roundabout on which i had great fun…….
but i think i was expected at some point to grow up.
ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Nov 15, 2006 @ 11:11 am

Constant Practice and Detachment

So ,why do we marry in the first place ?
and when the time comes will we be able to separate ?
then what constitutes a successful marriage ?
ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Nov 15, 2006 @ 11:22 am

Tory leader to visit Hindu temple

The following is an extract from one of Srila Prabhupada’s lectures,
given on Oct 26 1975.
A full transcript is available in the Sept/Oct issue of BTG 2005.

We must come to the bramha bhuta platform by giving up our material designations.What are these designations?”I am Hindu,I am Muslim,I am Christian,I am African ,I am Indian,I am European ,I am a woman ,I am a man”—- so many designations.You have to give these up.”
and
Not that”I remain a Christian,I remain a Hindu——–No, not that .You have to give up your designation.”
” That requires practice.And that practice means this:param vijayate sri Krsna-sankirtana”
and
” Everyone- each of us living entities– has a heart full of dirty things.That means we are thinking “I am this ,I am that,I am that ,I am that.” We have to cleanse these dirty things .I am European ,I am American ,I am Hindu,I am Muslim,I am this , I am that,.
These are all dirty things”
Ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 27, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

Dear Jan Ardan prabhu,
You raised a good point,does anyone really know what being a Hindu means ?
I think you will find that many Hindus will not be able to answer you,
and if they do ,you would find an extremly diverse range of conclusions,
they may even study Bhagavad Gita and other sastras but not nessecarily come to the same conclusions as our Founder Acharya AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
If people wish to be refered to as Hindus that is there choice,i have no objection,
If you should wish to be refered to as a Hindu that is your business,
Should you wish to go to a Hindu temple that is also your business.
Should they wish to label me as Hindu ,so what ?
it is not a question of racial stereotypes as some would wish to make it,
Srila Prabhupada never preached Hinduism to us,and if one purports to represent Him,surely it could be expected they would be following in His footsteps.
I wonder how Srila Prabhupada will be depicted in let us say 100 years ?
One has to be very carefull that in the name of “preaching” the substance of the message may not become so diluted as to be ineffective or unrecognisable.
Once again i say, as does Srila Prabhupada,let the Hindus come ,but also the Christians,Muslims,Jews ,Bhuddists ,atheists and all, whatever sex or colour.
Why do we have to advertise otherwise ?

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 26, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

So once again i raise the point,if one constantly advertises as a Hindu temple ,Hindu shrine ,A Hindu seminary ,holding Hindu festivals,
does it follow that HDG AC Bhaktivedanta Swami is in fact a Hindu guru?
Is Bhagavad gita a Hindu Scripture ?
Does Krishna advocate we become Hindus ?
Should we also print Srila Prabhupada’s other veiwpoint of Hinduism as being “third class”?
As for those who use the “race card” ,experience has taught me ,they tend to be most involved in the bodily concept.
Once again i ask ,did not HDG wish us to unite under the non sectarian banner of Caitanya Mahaprabhu ?
ys mahavidya das

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 26, 2006 @ 11:56 am

Dear Krishna Dharma prabhu,you have said,
” i have no influence there at all”,
Yet i have seen and heard you give classes at the Manor,
You also never answered the question,
If the Manor constantly advertises itself as a Hindu temple would this be pleasing to HDG AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,knowing his teaching on this matter,and that the Manor is supposed to be representing Him?
If the answer is NO then as a regular preacher at Bhaktivedanta Manor i would asume you would preach accordingly.
That in fact this line of advertisement is a misrepresentation of the teachings of HDG.
If your answer is YES ,for our benefit ,please explain

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 24, 2006 @ 10:24 am

Dear Krishna Dharma prabhu,you have said,
“None of our own literature presents the Manor as a Hindu Temple”
yet should you choose to read the recent article posted by ISKCON communications on this website entitiled “20000 to celebrate Diwali for a festival of lights” the manor is described as being the largest Hindu seminary in the country ,
Perhaps you should reread many of the articles presented by that particular dept.
You also say”I have personally been involved in writing much outreach propaganda and,except in certain rare cases to specific publics,i never refer to the Manor or any other temple as a Hindu shrine”
Yet in your opening sentence
“All i wanted to do was point out what i percieve to be the positive effects of the Manor being seen as a major Hindu shrine”
And yes,credit should be given where credit is due,but once again i bring this point to your attention and a staightforward reply would be appreciated,
This is not a slander on the Hindu community amongst whom i have many friends,and whose support i and ISKCON appreciate,however,
If your Temple is advocating you embrace Hinduism,you advertise as a Hindu shrine,you hold Hindu festivals,you are a Hindu seminary etc,does it follow that The Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is in fact a Hindu ?
And consequently are you prepared to sacrifice His integrity for your financial support?
As an after thought,did anyone ever think that ,considering we have been distributing HDG’s books,having Harinams ,distributing Prasadam and having festivals in the UK for over 30 years ,Mr Cameron may have met a devotee ,read a book,and actually wanted to see if the temple lived up to what was written and advocated in the literature?

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 23, 2006 @ 10:11 am

Yes ,i would agree that Mr cameron made contact ,as do many others who are all just as impotant from the spiritual platform,
It would be wonderfull indeed if every visitor recieved the same special treatment.
There are many souls who visit in all shapes and sizes ,is it we take into account their temporary material position before we are respectfull ?
but we are non sectarian,Srila Prabhupada expressed this time and time again,
By constantly advertising ourselves as Hindus ,do we exclude jews ,christians ,muslims,or any one else from Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission.
Of course the Hindus are also welcome just like anyone else ,
Sorry to sound boring ,but once again i ask ,just when did we become a Hindu shrine ?
Of course all these other theological issues are relegated to a minor issue in the name of political expediency.
It would appear that in the name of “preaching”,we are quite prepared to sacrifice the integrity of our Founder Acharya,
I once again ask,and this to me is was counts,
What would HDG Srila Prabhupada think of this?
If you are a Hindu temple ,with a Hindu shrine ,with Hindu festivals,what next?
Is it only a matter of time before Our Founder Acharya becomes a Hindu guru?

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 21, 2006 @ 1:39 pm

Just what , i wonder would the Founder Acharya His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada think about refering to His Temple as a “Hindu Temple”,
From reading His books and listening to His conversations i believe this is a direct contradiction to what He was teaching.
Those in Iskcon who continue to propogate such a situation would be well advised to reread His teachings.
ys mvdas ACBSP

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 19, 2006 @ 12:19 pm

20,000 to celebrate Diwali in a blaze of Lights

Sorry to sound boring ,but just when did we become Hindus ?

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 18, 2006 @ 12:38 pm

GBC special meeting report

I am encouraged to hear what is long overdue,especially the revival of the istagosti system,
hopefully this can be re-implemented asap.
this would certainly help give the community members a voice and thereby ultimately help us progress.
ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 14, 2006 @ 10:25 am

There is no need to give up the fight!

Thank you Srila Prabhupada.

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 14, 2006 @ 10:28 am

FIVE REASONS NOT TO FIGHT

I can cite many instancies where Srila Prabhupada told us to have armed devotees.
I know because i’ve done it.
Srila prabhupada told us to have a 24 hr armed guard on the deities at Bhaktivedanta manor,
why was that i wonder ?
Yes ,the pen is mightier than the sword,but sometimes its neccesary to have a sword.

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 11, 2006 @ 9:35 am

Krishna consciousness in Korea

Haribol Patanjali prabhu,i was wondering how you were getting on,
my regards to you and your good wife.
ys mvdas

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 11, 2006 @ 9:24 am

Keeping the Faith

I was around in those days when His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami was present with us ,
most of us were incredibly naive,
we had to learn many lessons the hard way,the painfull way .
yes ,there is much to appreciate in the positive aspect of Krishna concioussness but the nature of the material world is a tendency to deteriorate to the lowest common denominator.
HDG also taught us to be familiar with the science of nescience ,otherwise how will you recognise it?
Read Srila Prabhupada’s books,Krishna concioussness is a science not merly sentiment.
If one is not willing to see the pitfalls on the spiritual path then be prepared to fall into them.

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 9, 2006 @ 11:21 am

5th European Leaders Meeting – October 2006 – Participants

How will the rank and file hear or have access to what is being discussed ?
I havn’t heard of an istaghosti (as set up by HDG ACBSP our Founder Acharya ) happen at my local temple for many years .
I Can’t ever remember the community endorsing these chosen representatives as my leaders ,
Would it be considered offensive to ask what is the process wherin these prabhus are in these positions of leadership ?

» Posted By mahavidya das On Oct 5, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

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