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A professionally produced documentary which lays out the uncompromised Krishna conscious scientific perspective in an easy-to-follow visual imperative. I’m sure Srila Prabhupada and HH Bhakti Swarupa Damodhar are pleased with Vrajendra Kumar and his collaborators’ efforts. I understand what it takes to produce a program combining script, image, narration, music, and “The Cosmic Laws” is a magnus opus in the history of Iskcon Cinema and Television productions. Congratulations to all involved.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Oct 31, 2014 @ 2:33 pm
Please provide information on where to send donations both of laksmi (bank account) and of goods (surface address).
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Oct 18, 2014 @ 5:28 pm
Having endured the New York winter of Harinam and BTG distribution in 1971, I am awed and encouraged by Abhiram prabhu’s glowing account of the sankirtan efforts that are fructifying so transcendentally on the streets of Manhattan. Dhoti, tilok, sari, books – what a concept! It worked then, so why not now and why not everywhere. And with older devotees bringing their experience and expertise to the table, a Hare Krishna skyscraper in the city may not be such a far-fetched idea. Krishna West take notice! Glories to the sankirtan army of New York City!
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Jul 5, 2014 @ 3:39 pm
Certainly the Lord favored Srila Prabhupada to expand the preaching in the West. However, we should note that there were others like Eidlitz who previously took up the great task with dedication, conviction, and enthusiasm. As a sadhaka, he left the comfort of pre-war Austria to search for the meaning of life in India, and he was eventually blessed to gain the association of the Vaisnavas – as did Sadananda. Internment in the detention camps along with every shade of German, Austrian, Italian, etc., survival was difficult at best during the years of WWII. Yet, Eidlitz, by Sadananda’s influence and Krishna’s mercy, became more enlivened in spiritual life. Eidlitz returned to the West imbued with the wisdom of Krishna consciousness but without any of the support system that Iskcon and other Vaisnava branches offer the neophyte. Imagine, he returns to a family as a transformed person. He has no one who can understand his experience. Yet, he finds the strength to balance his material life with spiritual aspirations – pretty much by himself. Amazing. India has been beckoning seekers for millenniums. Satyaraja p. has done a great service by bringing the life work of the courageous Eidlitz to our attention with such detailed context.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Jul 12, 2014 @ 10:40 pm
Extraordinary! Srila Prabhupada must be very pleased by HH Radhanatha Swami’s representation of his mission to such influential personages. Of course, the glories extend to all the devotees whose intense desire to spread Lord Caitanya’s message has fructified in such a magnificent venue. I’m thinking of changing my account to HSBC unless the same kind of event happens with Axis and Bank of America. Maharaja is preaching a new currency – love of Krishna. May the world adopt that universal exchange.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Nov 29, 2013 @ 3:33 am
That’s cool. Prabhupada wanted devotees of Krishna (he didn’t specify the institution to which they were associated) to hold public office. Perhaps the umbrella of Krishna consciousness can be seen to be ever more inclusive of other paths that carry the essential message of understanding Krishna as the Supreme Person. Tulsi’s prayer is heartfelt and direct. May it resonate in the hearts of others so that more people can open up to the treasure house of the Holy Names.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Nov 5, 2013 @ 3:58 pm
All glories to the ingenuity of Preneshwar p., Mahaman p., and all those involved in this creative preaching venue. This is a prime example of “taxing our brains” to broadcast the message of Lord Caitanya. Theatrical movies provide an abundant platform for preaching; there have been uncountable missed opportunities throughout the years. Decades ago, LA devotees used to distribute small books to the big movie crowds outside such films as “The Exorcist” (Sri Isopanisad), “Star Wars” ( “Easy Journey”), and others. Business was brisk. That was in the day when book distribution was practically every devotee’s occupation. In Los Angeles, we were looking for ways to expand the field. Unfortunately, the practice waned. Now HG Caitanya Caran p. has exploited the popularity of the insidious message of OMG, and his idea has had a ripple effect. Hopefully, more Indian temples will pick up the tempo of using this blockbuster to bust the myths that the film perpetrates. In fact, Janardradi p. and I have obtained the remake rights to “Yehi Hai Zindagi”(This is Life),” a 1977 hit starring Sanjeev Kumar. OMG has provoked parallel’s between the two films – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0276628/. In the updated script of “Yehi Hai Zindagi,” we engage the protagonist in the vocation of software development and have one of his sons become an Iskcon devotee – much to the distaste of his father. We are currently looking for a professional scriptwriter to rewrite the old version according to our ideas. Just imagine what a megabit feature film in India would do for increasing the demand for Srila Prabhupada’s books! Our Indian company, Uplifting Cinema Pvt Ltd., has a number of projects in development to accomplish the goal of exponentially multiplying the interest in the proper understanding of Krishna consciousness. Anyone interested in our efforts can contact me for further information, business plans, etc.: email@example.com
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Sep 8, 2013 @ 4:40 pm
The filmmaker saw the essence of spiritual life: free will. He is a keen observer of the human spirit that yearns, even as a youngster, to find his own way. Parents (I speak from my own experience) would do well to heed and nuture that call for individuality throughout the maturation process. This “little student film” has many big things to say in a very understated manner. Domen Martincic is a budding talent. And Bhagavat Dharma p. and Mother Jambavati-priya dd have beautiful fruit growing on their family tree.
PS How is it that the grass is green and the trees are laden with snow? I thought that I was seeing some special effects!
» Posted By nrsimhananda On May 14, 2013 @ 3:14 am
Prayers for HH Bhakti Vrajendranandana Swami full recovery. I’ve had Singles three times. It is a nasty disease. I know one devotee who had it in the muscle sheath in his face; he was in agony. I had it in my back, but didn’t know what was causing the pain because the rash didn’t show up for two weeks. I couldn’t sleep. My health deteriorated. Only the vaccine relieved the symptoms. After the third time, I got a Shingles vaccine. It is 90% effective. I haven’t had the disease since. If the disease does return, it is reduced in its intensity if you’ve taken the vaccine. The vaccine is recommended for bodies over 55 years of age. Again, prayers for Maharaja. May the kind Lord Dhanvantari heal you quickly.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Feb 7, 2013 @ 2:32 am
The trailer looks very professional and profound; can’t wait to see the movie. Glad to see the media used to broadcast the message. Prabhupada said, “Make Krishna conscious films the most popular.” Congratulations!
» Posted By nrsimhananda On May 6, 2012 @ 8:04 am
Thank you, Tukarama prabhu, for your eloquent eulogy. Though Nitai was my “junior,” I looked up to him as my “senior” because he was the emblem of enthusiasm for spreading Krishna consciousness in America. At Bhaktifest this year, I told him that Iskcon would expand like wildfire under his management; I had great hopes for his generation due to his determination and capability to share Srila Prabhupada’s gifts to young and old. Who can understand the mind of the Lord to have taken him from the preaching field? He was so confident, knowledgable, and “wildly” in love with guru and Gauranga. His spirit was active and alive; he was a sparkler amongst devotees. I was comforted knowing that he was leading the charge for the next generations. Now I feel the world vacant by his absence. I pray that I can honor him by doing something that is a speck as wonderful as what he accomplished in his short stay with us. Jaya Nitai das prabhu!
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Feb 7, 2012 @ 2:31 pm
When I produced the first edition of “Hare Krishna in the Movies,” I appeared on-screen in an end comment in which I expressed the hope that KC and the devotees would be taken more seriously by Hollywood (and the entertainment industry) in the coming years. Those years have come and gone, and we continue to be not taken seriously in the mass media. In the second edition, I updated it with twice the number of film and television appearances, but only a handful took a deeper view. Now I am embarking on a project to bring Krishna consciousness to the screen ourselves. The Christians, Mormans, Muslims, Buddhists, New Agers – they all have done it successfully. Yadubara, Janardradhi, and myself have a business plan for making five feature films including a political thriller, comedy, drama, and classic remake. Anyone interested in investing can contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org. The “Hare Krishna in the Movies” (updated through 2008) can be obtained via http://www.itvproductions.net in the “Iskcon” category.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Oct 13, 2011 @ 6:53 am
Gopiparanadhan prabhu lived at the Pyramid House here in Topanga in 1980 working on translations. Ramesvara had moved him here out of the hectic pace of the city because Gopi liked the tranquility of the country/forest. He prospered in a peaceful atmosphere which he found in Goverdharn years later. He was like a lamp in a windless place – perfectly steady in his service. He spoke eloquently at our Sunday feasts, and he attracted many newcomers to become devotees. When he left here, we felt vacant in his absence though we understood that his service had called him away. Now we feel the same again only with much more intensity and finality. He remains an exemplary grhasta sadhu and has shown what was thought to be impossible for Westerners to achieve, to, indeed, be possible.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Sep 17, 2011 @ 3:05 am
Some of the best preaching that I’ve seen/heard since I last talked to somebody. No, really, prabhus, this is funny stuff, and Caru’s proximity to the mic gives a clear signal that he enjoyed every joke, too, or was he just being polite? I disagree with the reviewers that Hindi subtitles would have made the jokes more understandable though Sanskrit with diacritics would have lent some authenticity. When my children grow up, I’d like them to take initiation from Yadunath. After all, a parent just wants his kids to be happy. I’m looking forward to Yadu’s appearance on what should be an upcoming talent competition – America’s Got Standup. I’m sure that he’ll take the house down and make it into one in which everybody can live. He can’t help but be more successful than we were with Iskcon. Hard to believe that he writes all of his own material; he must get the bulk of his inspiration from his guru. He did capture the essence of devotional service – it’s joyfully performed. And he did look like he was having a good time despite no shots of the audience. Was anyone else laughing or even there? Maybe this was the rehearsal? My favorite part was about his wife. Apparently, she was too shy to appear on stage with him or was busy in prayer: “Please, Krishna, make people laugh.” Like any good performer, he left me wanting more – but, apparently, he wasn’t able to give it. Anyway, he had me in stitches; thank God for the Bhaktivedanta Hospital. He delivers his lines like a seasoned sankirtan devotee. Check how much you’ve changed after the show. I would be available to write more material, but, on principle, I can’t. I only do spiritual. In conclusion, a big round of applause for the best male comedian in Iskcon – in fact, the only one. :) :) :)
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Oct 13, 2011 @ 7:56 am
Dear Indradumnya Swami,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I re-read your diary entry, “A Greater Reward,” and hasten to take the humble position. I wrote, “Re the idea that the man was somehow immediately reciprocated with by the SPG at customs, I find such speculation rather reckless. Ajnata sukriti results in spiritual reciprocation, not material (as in saving the man from incarceration (or, more likely, an expensive bribe)” However, you, in fact, were in agreement with the idea that there was no material reciprocation involved. You said to Uttama-sloka p.:
“Yes,” I said, “but he doesn’t understand the real benefit he has achieved.”
“What’s that?” said Uttama-sloka.
“By giving up his seat,” I said, “he performed devotional service. That little service will reap a far greater reward than all his money. It guarantees he’ll get another chance for devotional service in the future, that he’ll take a human birth again.”
“As you know,” I continued, “the greatest danger is to lose the chance to become a human being, because only in a human form can we revive our lost relationship with Krishna:
“nehabhikrama-naso ’sti pratyavayo na vidyate sv-alpam apy asya dharmasya trayate mahato bhayat
‘In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear.'”
Internally, I had even questioned the idea that the man giving up his seat to Uttama-sloka prabhu was actually ajnata sukriti. However, you rightly state that the man performed service to a devotee. You never said that he rendered service to yourself. You looked upon Uttamasloka p. as a Vaisnava, and the service offered to him to help him in his service was certainly transcendental. I saw the situation from the standpoint that you were considering service to yourself as ajnata sukriti, but, in fact, you never expressed such an idea.
Therefore, I am certainly guilty of not reading carefully enough and considering your words “as it is.” I apologize for that. Anyway, I should have questioned you privately; I could have learned my lesson with much less embarrassment.
YS, Nrsimhananda das
PS I certainly could not have realized my mistake without the enlightened help of friendly counsel in the form of an insightful devotee who spoke with truthfulness and compassion. I thank him, too.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Sep 2, 2011 @ 6:23 am
I have a different perspective on this anecdotal experience illustrating ajnata sukriti, and I’d like to know if anyone else had the same considerations after reading this story.
What ever happened to the idea that one should be in a humble state of mind, should think himself lower than the grass on the street, should be more tolerant than a tree, and should be devoid of all sense of prestige and ready to offer all kinds of respects to others? (Śikṣāṣṭaka) Shouldn’t Uttama Sloka prabhu have immediately given up his seat to its rightful owner?
“I’m very sorry, sir. Please take your seat next to my guru. If I can be I any help to you, I’ll be in seat number such and such in economy glass.” Perhaps he could have thought how fortunate is that man who will be spending time in association with an advanced Vaisnava instead of relegating him to the back of the bus. In fact, I am surprised that Indradyumna Swami didn’t intercede and provide that instruction. “No, please, sit in your seat, sir. I will be very honored to be next to you.”
Though I understand Uttama’s desire to please his guru by his actions (and, thus, on the absolute platform, very commendable), I don’t understand why he was allowed to impose upon the gentleman.
Re the idea that the man was somehow immediately reciprocated with by the SPG at customs, I find such speculation rather reckless. Ajnata sukriti results in spiritual reciprocation, not material (as in saving the man from incarceration (or, more likely, an expensive bribe), and, anyway, who are we to know? What if the man had been killed by a rival on the way out of the airport; would the association of devotees then be deemed a “bad thing?” Guessing about the purpose of events in this material world is like gambling – sometimes you’re right but most of the time you lose.
I still give up my seat to women and children, the elderly and the infirmed. I was taught to be that way from my childhood. Though it’s a material consideration, a devotee wearing tilak and robes who willingly gives up his seat sets an exemplary action admired and respected by others. They generally look on the devotee very favorably in that circumstance. Thus, the guru is pleased by even the common courtesy of the disciple.
But, who am I to know? I am not finding any fault – especially with such exalted devotees as IDS and Uttamasloka. I just remember how I was trained as a young devotee – to be the servant of the servant of the…..
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Jul 17, 2011 @ 2:26 am
Saved” does not mean that our material bodies are preserved. .If the plane crashed, we are also saved by chanting the names of the Lord.
“Only the material body of the indestructible, immeasurable and eternal living entity is subject to destruction; therefore, fight, O descendant of Bharata. BG2.18
The material body is perishable by nature. It may perish immediately, or it may do so after a hundred years. It is a question of time only. There is no chance of maintaining it indefinitely. But the spirit soul is so minute that it cannot even be seen by an enemy, to say nothing of being killed. As mentioned in the previous verse, it is so small that no one can have any idea how to measure its dimension. So from both viewpoints there is no cause of lamentation because the living entity can neither be killed as he is, nor can the material body, which cannot be saved for any length of time, be permanently protected.
At the same time, we learn to credit all “good” things that happen to the Lord’s mercy, and all “bad” things to our own karma. But how do we know what is “good”, i.e. in the best interest of the Lord (and, ultimately, therefore, ourselves)? The king had his finger cut off during a hunt and blamed his minister who was sent to jail. That same “misfortune” saved the king’s life from being offered to Goddess Kali and saved the life of the minister who had been absent during the King’s abduction.
When I am (very) occasionally asked to bless someone, I wish them courage, compassion, faith, etc – ineffable qualities. I don’t ask Krishna to give them wealth, power, longevity, etc; these, in my understanding, our material considerations.
As the winds heavily buffet each individual plane we alone are piloting, may I pray not for bodily welfare, but for surrender to the will of the Supreme. HH Indradumya Swami was present, along with me, at the Detroit airport in 1971 when Srila Prabhupada arrived to a throng of devotees in the arrival lounge. He walked silently to a dais and addressed the hushed assembly. The first words he uttered were, “You are not this body.” Then he paused. Everyone felt the shakti as a wave of realization inundated our hearts and minds. Devotees starting crying in ecstatic relief. Everyone who was there remembers that moment. I pray that we all never forget it.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Jul 3, 2011 @ 4:49 pm
ITV has a newly released 4- hour dvd, “How to Select a Guru in Iskcon – A Seminar at Bhaktivedanta Manor.” It is presented by veteran devotees Kripamoya, Sitaram, and Sruti Dharma prabhu’s to a group of aspiring devotees whom interact with the leaders and in groups. The seminar took place in 2009. The dvd can be purchased from ITV ($15) via the website http://www.itvproductions.net and through authorized distributors (who will have it in stock in the near future).
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Apr 20, 2010 @ 10:53 am
Dear Praghosa prabhu,
A visitor coming to Mayapur taking an introductory, cursory view may be as impressed as you were by the Aurovillians (that looks like Auro villians!!!) in regards to the community organization. After all, like them, we have a community temple, kitchen, service, etc. Though we have a grhasta area which has privately owned residences, it is still under the authority of the Mayapur management and subject to regulation. So a person could walk away after a day’s visit and be quite convinced that we were a working example of a healthy community spirit and practice. Is there a chance that the rosy picture presented to you and your colleagues might have a darker side that wasn’t shown? That what they told you is not exactly what is practiced? Though I didn’t have an official reception when I visited, I got an eerie feeling as I walked around the place. I felt like I had stumbled into a cult operating on certain unstated agreements based not so much on generosity of spirit and freedom from ego, but more on the power of personalities and fear of being too different. Anyway, what’s the possibility that you didn’t get the whole picture?
YS, Nrsimhananda das
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Mar 22, 2010 @ 5:59 am
Dear Praghosa pr.
I think that is called “transparency.” Combined with “accountability” there is a good chance of successful participation.
What checks and balances exist in the Auroville model? What are the mechanisms for change of leadership? Perhaps we can learn from their organizational structure and dynamics.
On a personal note…
I visited Oroville about ten years ago. I was also amazed that the model promoted by the “mother” was still an intact community not fractionalized by fracidal wars. What’s the secret of their capacity to work in such apparent unity? On the other hand, I was completely uninspired by their hippie commune. There was a distinct aura of ignorance of the spiritual reality.
On the fringes of Auroville, a large community of expats dwell amongst the indigenous village people. Those on the “outside” like the low cost of living, camaraderie, and illusory freedom that accompanies their “independence.” The same demographics is already manifesting in Gaudadesha. Goes with the territory, I guess.
Most people do not find communal living a very attractive lifestyle. Srila Prabhupada certainly never lived like that even when in Vrndaban. He had his own rooms at Radha Damodhar; did his own cooking, etc. The model of varnashram does not promote any ideals of communal living. I lost many pairs of foot apparel in the Brooklyn temple and in New Vrndaban in the earlier days. Forget cow protection; I needed shoe protection.
A family is sort of a commune – for a while – until you come back home after college with your girlfriend, claim back your old bedroom, and raid the refrigerator nightly. Parents know when to end the communal dream and boot their kids into the “real” world. Don’t be surprised if Auroville gets privitized someday into a senior citizens retirement community and that giant golf ball temple gets an 18 hole park built adjacent to it.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Mar 14, 2010 @ 11:34 am
HG Dhruva Maharaja das stated re suicide (and other serious topics):
“It is regretful that everyone reading this knows someone who has committed suicide, unless you’re very young….
Answers to these questions are just tips of the iceberg of wisdom lying in the Bhagavad-gita and other Vedic literature. Yet our society, as a whole, seems to consider deeper understanding of such topics not so important. The proof? Read the first sentence again.”
Not so important? Au contraire, in my 39 years in Iskcon. Devotees, in my experience, are not afraid to tackle the most vexing issues – more than any other people in the world. I, unfortunately, had a beloved stepson who committed suicide at 18. The willingness of devotees to explore the ramifications of such an event was limitless. Srila Prabhupada gives very cogent instruction regarding the taking of one’s own life. The siddhanta is black and white – or is it? Prabhupada embellishes the sastric condemnations with lessons of how the soul who has chanted Hare Krishna or served the pure devotee even slightly can be saved from the most hellish of destinations. Many devotees weighed in with their understandings (and this before the Folio or Internet). I appreciated all of their observations.
Devotees have been forced by dire circumstances to research and study Srila Prabhupada’s books on various perplexing subjects. We are still exploring whether the soul came from Krishnaloka or from the Brahmajoyti, whether gurus can be authorized by ecclesastical bodies or must be accepted only on the basis of the relationship with the aspiring disciple, whether Srila Prabhupada wanted his books – and pictures in those books – to change slightly, dramatically, or not, etc. Both philosophical and managerial discussions are a hallmark of Vaisnava life. The conversations continue amongst Srila Prabhupada’s disciples, granddisciples, and chelas today. In my opinion, the devotees consider things profoundly; that’s probably why we argue so much with each other on various issues. It’s healthy and normal for people. I’ve never met a group of people – in this case, devotees – who consider so deeply.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Jan 12, 2010 @ 4:22 am
HH Bhakti Marg Swami, you have redefined the material aphorism, “Go take a hike” into a spiritual one. All glories to your lotus feet!
YS, Nrsimhananda das
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Sep 5, 2009 @ 6:33 am
Dear Patita Pavana prabhu,
Dandavats. The article read like a poem. No wonder. You are ever the lyricist in rhetoric. I missed seeing you at SF Rath this year. You are one of the personalities to whom I look forward to associating. Guess I’ll have to make plans to join you next year in Poland in order to catch the nectar. I believe that, like our gurudeva, we Prabhupada disciples will do our best work in our third act of life. Certainly, in your case, the best is yet to come. I remind you of Joni Mitchell’s memorable ode to Woodstock; she says it all if you know that the garden is Goloka Vrndaban:
I came upon a child of god
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, where are you going
And this he told me
Im going on down to yasgurs farm
Im going to join in a rock n roll band
Im going to camp out on the land
Im going to try an get my soul free
We are stardust
We are golden
And weve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe its the time of man
I dont know who l am
But you know life is for learning
We are stardust
We are golden
And weve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
By the time we got to woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation
We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devils bargain
And weve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Aug 25, 2009 @ 6:36 am
Though there are now many Rathayatra’s worldwide, none can claim fame to being the first outside India except San Francisco – 1967, “summer of love.” The beginning of deity worship in Iskcon can be traced this manifestation of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balaram, and Subhadra in the Rathayatra, and those deities are still worshipped in the Berkeley temple today. Therefore, the SF Golden Gate Park Rathayatra is an event of special significance for all Prabhupadanugas. It will forever be valued for its historical significance. Gadadhara das and all the organizers and supporters in the Bay Area are staunch devotees dedicated to the mission of His Divine Grace, Srla Prabhuapda. Dandavats to all of you. Thank you for a wonderful festival.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Jul 29, 2009 @ 6:09 am
It takes a remarkable godbrother to recognize, so eloquently, another remarkable one. Thanks, Patita Pavana prabhu, for your appreciation of an esteemed godbrother whose transcendental qualities are becoming recognized more after his departure than before. Much to my discredit, when I visited the site of the future Bhubaneswara temple many decades ago before its completion, all I saw was a dusty outpost attended to by an inscrutable old man. If only I had the eyes to see…. Later I had the good fortune to not only visit the completed temple, but also to make a pilgrimage to Gadeigiri – a trip that every Iskcon devotee should put on their wish list.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Aug 10, 2009 @ 3:28 pm
Praghosa prabhu has unearthed wonderful quotes from Srila Prabhupada who was no stranger to English, philosophy, and economics. He had majored in all three at Scottish Churches College (and was also a member of the Sanskrit and English Societies there).
Though he graduated, he refused to accept his diploma in an act of protesting the British rule of India. So Srila Prabhupada was no stranger to the vicissitudes and theories of economics. Therefore, he writes and speaks from doctrinal, theological, and empirical experience in that field.
Beginning in 1965, I attended the University of Michigan for four years with a major in economics, but I didn’t graduate in 1969. I need the credits of two more courses to qualify. Nevertheless, I was accepted in a film-study MA program at the London Film School where I spent two years earning my graduate degree. I got a Back to Godhead during my last three days in the U.K. Upon landing in Chicago, I went directly to the preaching center and signed on. I did, however, sign up for a couple of economics courses at the very prestigious University of Chicago graduate department in economics (think Milton Friedman) to complete my degree requirements. A few months later, before I finished the second course, I ditched school and journeyed to New Vrndaban where my education was desperately needed to grow tomatoes and milk cows. I never returned to Chicago. However, I was somehow inspired to write my final thesis for my class by generously quoting Srila Prabhupada’s translations and purports regarding “an acre and a cow.” I explained how such an arrangement solves all economic problems. I thought I was just preaching to my sophisticated teacher. I mailed the hand-written pages torn from a spiral notebook to my professor who probably wondered why I wasn’t attending class anymore. He might have gotten a hint by the fact that I used to show up with a shaved head, sikha, and orange, sometimes, yellow robes even in the frigid windy city winter. As Winter turned to Spring, I heard nothing and forgot about it. I figured that getting my degree wasn’t very important anyway. Then, one fine April day, the postman placed a letter from the University of Chicago in the rural postbox located two miles down a muddy dirt road from where we stayed in Bahulaban. My paper had been graded: B-. I had passed! I sent my transcript to the University of Michigan, and I officially graduated in 1972.
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Jan 5, 2009 @ 5:56 pm
Dear Nityananda Chandra Das and Madhusudana das prabhus,
See that little :) at the end of my posting. It matches the cheshire grin on my photo. I suggest that you purchase the “First Vaisnava Film Festival” DVD taped at the Mayapur festival from ITV ( US$10 from itvproductions.net) to experience the full monty of humor between the two mc’s – myself and Praghosa prabhu.
YS, Nrsimhananda das
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Sep 19, 2008 @ 7:39 pm
Praghosa prabhu is obviously trying to sabotage the simple living, high thinking lifestyle of this itinerant sanyassi by overloading him with 21st century technology certain to burden his load and distract him from the his exemplary mission. In the photos, the renunciate is untethered from even the smallest backpack. He ambles down the road less traveled without so much as a chadder or raincoat. But the envious Irish GBC is trying to stop the purity of purpose by a clever plot to garland him with electronic baggage of all varieties. I implore all devotees that “Praghosa Must Be Stopped!” I have read reports of his mischief in his own prabhu datta desa and other lands, but I never understood the gravity of his subterfuge until now. No wonder the sanyassi did not announce his visit to the management of that yatra; he was afraid of being corrupted by the politics of power and influence. My obeisances hundreds of times to Bhaktimarg Swami for resisting the temptation to live a simple thinking, high living life enjoyed by those who are attempting to compromise his preaching example. I am confident that HH Bhaktimarg Swami will prevail and leave Ireland as he came – unannounced and with nothing more than the his abiding faith in Krsna with which he came :-)
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Sep 17, 2008 @ 3:28 pm
Thank you, Annutama prabhu, for the wise perspective on “The Love Guru.” Though I haven’t seen the movie, I agree that good-natured humor, whenever employed, is not generally designed to antagonize or irritate its targets. If we were to react to every satire, we would might soon be liable to declaring “fatwahs” against the perpetrators! :) Usually, knee-jerk reactions to religious “insults” are motivated by insecurities on the part of the offended. A person who is secure in their faith doesn’t have problems when people poke fun at them, especially when they shave their head sans a small ponytail, dress in wrinkled robes, bang on a tamborine or drum in congested cities, and sing words foreign to most passerby’s. I recently updated the ITV release, “Hare Krishna in the Movies,” which includes (as far as we know) every film (worldwide) that included some encounter with the devotees (through 2006’s, “The Bee Season” with Richard Gere). The movies begin with Visnujana Swami in 1970 and the presentation progresses in chronological order to the present. (I omitted my commentary in our first and second editions so you don’t have to endure my pontificating mug again.) There is plenty to laugh and chuckle at in this montage of devotee/faux devotee appearances. Even the nondevotees find it entertaining – and it always encourages questions of a more serious nature – like, did Eliot Gould get prasadam or is Julia Roberts really nice? (available at http://www.itvproductions.net) Of course, we know who is the real “love guru,” he’s the one who started the “love feasts” and taught WHO to love forever, His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – kijay!
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Jun 21, 2008 @ 9:42 pm
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Dear Yuga Dharma das prabhu,
Please accept my most fallen obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Your smile. I’ll miss your blissful countenance that proved the promise of joyful spiritual life – Krsna consciousness. You gave and bestowed hope for me and every devotee that came into contact with you. You had a heart of gold, and you always made me feel that I had special place in it. I never realized how much I adored you until you were gone.
YS, Nrsimhananda das, ITV
» Posted By nrsimhananda On Feb 20, 2008 @ 6:43 am
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