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My humble pranams to Urmila Prabhu. I would like to share my 2 cents on this topic.
1) When you call some one prabhu, you mean you are uplifting them above Stri/Shudra category. Prabhupada have few times called his senior female disciples as prabhu and that uplifts them from the female figure. Urmila Prabhu is above stri/prusha/varna boundaries as she is a Shri Krishna devotee and hence she can be called Prabhu and when we call some one prabhu we must be ready to hear them too!!
2) I think way back we have come above the debate of Bhakti is above any Varna based rules and regulation. A pure devotee does not care about Varna based restrictions. A pure devotee is always eager to speak about Shri Krishna. Here in Urmila Prabhus scenario she was asked to speak and she spoke about her eternal love to Krishna, her service to Prabhupada and her service to devotee community by serving children devotees to make them Krishna Conscious.
3) Even according to Varna samstan a women should speak when asked to speak, here Urmila Prabhu is speaking from Vyasasana only when asked by senior men and Sanyasis. If she had rejected offer to speak then again she would have committed offense of not obeying senior men and sanyasis!! VS man senior vaishnavis are speaking here even without any invitation and infact arguing with some senior men too!! Even by their own philosophy, women is less intelligent then men, they should never argue with men as no matter what men does women will always remain less intelligent and hence should simply follow their stri dharma :/ (Personally I do not agree with women or men discrimination in Bhakti Yoga).
Thats it… rest debates will always go on… they have happen in past too when ladies of Bhramanis were not following their husbands and they will go on for ever… Again my humble obeisances to Urmila Prabhu.
Comment Posted By omdas On 24.07.2011 @ 06:00
Please accept my humble obeisances,
All glories to shrila prabhupada,
Please forgive me if I by any chance offend any one.
I just want to say that even Gopis and Bhaktisiddhanta have worshipped Lord Siva and there is no harm in respecting this great Vaishnava Acharya (Rudra Sampradaya) for any reason. Yes as the Padma Puran shloka says that we should not worship him considering him as equal to Krishna but yes offering him respects by singing his glories.
Gopisvara pranama-mantra (from Sivaâ€™s Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Sri SaÃ¬kalpa-kalpa-thakuraâ€™s , text 103) is:
vrindavanavani-pate! jaya soma! soma-maule!
prema prayaccha nirupadhi namo namas te
O gatekeeper of Vrindavana! O Soma, all glories to you! O you whose forehead is decorated with the moon, and who is worshipful for the sages headed by Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Narada! O Gopisvara! Desiring that you bestow upon me prema for the lotus feet of Sri Radha-Madhava, who perform joyous pastimes in Vraja-dhama, I offer obeisances unto you time and again.
Comment Posted By omdas On 15.06.2008 @ 19:21
No no prabhuji I was not offended at all from what you said. Infact that made me think…… is passion to preach more powerfull or desire of soul to learn truth is more powerfull. I dont know the answer as per you said that we need to grow yet!
My only view towards India is…. as few days before there was a tittle for one topic, it was some thing like this or may be I have mistaken but any ways…… While the Ship of Hinduism is sinking in India, we (ISKCON) might fill up our boat but will that be enough.
Comment Posted By omdas On 16.03.2008 @ 06:21
Very nice points raised by Akrura prabhuji, yes we should definately accept social responsibilities that follows Sanatan Dharama, but prabhuji my only question is that if we dont clarify our position then how will people know about us?
Sankirtana is good but I still believe in need of Knowledge as much or may be littel lesser. I am just saying 2 things here 1) We should not wait for fire to start before we can start digging well 2) No answer means we dont have answer.
Atlast it is not only about this Dr Naik or one Christian website but we need to see the larger senario of this. Any ways krishna is the supreme controller so I will let him decide!
Comment Posted By omdas On 15.03.2008 @ 12:21
Dear Radhavallabh,Gourgopal & “Aspiring Vaishnava” prabhu,
please accept my humble obeisances
all glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!
all glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Thansk for your feed back. I will just like to clarify my point of view.
Yes Radhavallabha prabhu you are right, we can not convert any one and that is not even our aim to do. Krishna is the supreme controller and Gouranga Mahaprabhu is the supreme preacher, but prabhuji I am only requesting that we should put a website which specifically focuses on the questions that neophyte, religionist and fanatics pose towards Sanatan Dharma. This website should only focus on answering such odd questions as:
â€¢ Why do we eat plant if they also have life?
â€¢ What happens after death?
â€¢ Who was Jesus as per Vedas? And if he was recommended as scholar then why should we not follow him?
â€¢ Who was Prophet Mohammed as per Vedas? And if he was recommended as scholar then why should we not follow him?
â€¢ Did Rama eat meat?
â€¢ Why did Krishna marry so many girls?
â€¢ Does God have any form?
â€¢ Why does Vedas so many times refer formless Bhraman to be God?
There are so many questions but just they need to be presented in systematically and with full of references from Sanatan Dharama scriptures.
Yes we do book stands and sell magazines, but Prabhuji you know that we can not answer all the questions again and again in every edition, plus for those people who freak out from picking up other religionâ€™s scripture they will never know about it! There is many more reason to put such website.
Plus there are lots of Hindus (I will not call them Devotees) who want instant answers just to defend their own religion, I mean when they are questioned they need answers, they donâ€™t want to spend time reading hundred of pages to find one answer! Such people will be very favorable to us when we provide them all the answers with proper references and proper philosophy so that can be a preaching tool as well. Please do not misunderstand me, I am not against any other form of preaching and I think book distribution was, is and will be the best preaching tool for ever, but still there are lots of other reasons to put up a website like this.
I recently saw Nandanandan Prabhujis website, it was very informative but still we need some thing more organized and easily accessible with particular topics and references.
Comment Posted By omdas On 14.03.2008 @ 19:05
Here are some of the links; they are from different Muslim organizations. One organization I am really worried about is Dr Zakir Naiks www.irf.net he is the master mind behind challenging Sanatan Dharma. Now the thing with him is he has studied most of the Sanatan Dharma scriptures and he can quote verses after verses just to justify his motives to propagate Islam! I would have not mind reading him if he was analyzing all this Vedic scriptures with purity and honesty but his motives are wrong. Please check the links and you will realize what I mean.
Plus now what he does is he invites different Hindu gurus and scholars (mostly mayavadis) in the name of interfaith debate and then he will smash them in front of thousands of people by quoting from Vedas and different scriptures and we know how much these mayavadi gurus are educated about scriptures so in total all these people who come to see this debate goes with the impression that YES ISLAM is the only right religion and even Vedas recommend accepting Prophet Mohammed as the real guru!!
Just to clarify I am not racist person and I have full respect towards Islam but this is not the right way how Dr Zakir Naik and some other does.
Please check this video for sure and you will realize what I was talking about. Only problem is this is in Hindi!! http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8457665130451146736&q=zakir+naik+ravi
To see the involvement of Christian missionary please see the link below. My one mistake in writing the original article was, Christians donâ€™t go on such websites and donâ€™t fall in such debates they rather go home to home of poor people (I donâ€™t want to mention all that caste system of India) and systematically propagate against Vedas and Sanatan Dharma.
There are lots of more sites but I am sure from this you will get the idea of what I am talking about.
Comment Posted By omdas On 12.03.2008 @ 22:08
Firstly I will clarify that I drink milk (including commercial milk).
I have heard lots of arguments from KC point of view but to be honest I am still not able to accept drinking commercial milk on basis of these arguments.
The best argument so far on the issue of drinking commercial milk is that it does lots of Good for Cow to offer her (can be commercial) milk to krishna, so spiritually she gets benefit and she also gets liberated by us doing so. And as it is offered to krishna it is ok if we drink it. Still to be honest I am not able to justify this argument!
Second best argument is based on shastras that milk helps bhramacharya and also helps mental developement on spirituall path, but again I am not able to accept this argument for commercial milk!
Also I have heard that Organic milk carries fish oil. Normally they put chemicals to substitute Vitamin D but organic milk needs natural product and hence they use fish oil to substitute Vitamin D. I might be wrong on this still cow killing is done even in the organic industry which puts organic milk in commercial milk only.
Hence even though I drink milk I am not able to justify drinking commercial milk!
I will be very happy if some one can show me better understanding for drinking commercial milk.
As for vegan also I try and explain them as written in comment #4 most of times it works but some sentimental Vegans dont accept that.
Comment Posted By omdas On 20.02.2008 @ 22:34
Regarding the dove thing…. comment #4
In India till today (previously this was more common) it happens that poor people (traditionally hunters and such people who dont have land or job to do) will keep birds caged outside temples and devotees visiting temple will pay some money to this seller and release a bird. Devotees think it to be a good deed for the day and releases one bird.
I also hope that Jewish people offered bird in this way.
Comment Posted By omdas On 07.02.2008 @ 22:28
I think it takes around 1.5 to 2 hours to make ghee from seprated cream….. Also if one temple or farm is producing ghee then it can be transported to different temples and then different temples can sell it.
Also I personally dont mind if any milk (i.e. milk from shopping malls) is used in making ghee, as far there is no animal fat or any thing unedible for us is in there!!
I am looking forward for this to happen some time….. hare krishna
Comment Posted By omdas On 04.12.2007 @ 18:49
Yes this is a very good idea for a devotee or for a temple business…. we allready sell lots of food items from our temple stores then why not ghee as well….. ghee can easily be stored for months withouth going out of date!! so yes I request temples to start selling ghee from there…. Iwill love to be first customer even if it is bit expensive…. Thanks and hare krishna
Comment Posted By omdas On 30.11.2007 @ 19:01