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Silk - should we wear it or not?

Dear prabhu

Although the topic of “himsa” and “ahimsa” silk has been discussed countless times among devotees, I want to thank you for bringing up again. It is an interesting and important aspect of the way we view things and living entities in light of Scripture. And yet again we tend to carry on without paying too much attention to it, or placing more importance on the trend, the looks and the standard of dressing others follow.

Srila Prabhupada wore silk and so do most ISKCON leaders. Eating chocolate has created more waves then silk garment wearing. So where do we draw the line. After reading your posting I have decide to stop wearing the only silk kurta I own. Not that I never knew about what silk is made of. I just did not think about it. I recently watched a 4 part series from the BBC called “Wild China.” One of the series explored the silk making in China. It is amazing how many silk worms die for the sake of making silk.

So, pretty much all men and women who wear “himsa” silk should be aware of what it took to get this dhoti or that saree on their bodies. Just as we could discuss the fact that so many devotees wear leather. Now, that’s a much heavier topic since here deal with cows.

What about using silk for making deity dresses? do the silk worm die for a “good cause” ? Devotees may argue, “Wearing silk at a preaching engagement is more presentable and therefore used in Krsna’s service.” Similarly some will say, wearing leather shoes is better for Harinam and last longer. I recently gave a program in Beijing and made a strong point against wearing leather and walks right in, a devotee with a leather jacket on.

Where do we draw the line in regards to wearing silk? Or do we just carry on and brush the issue aside as irrelevant to our spiritual progress and virtuous human-ness?

your servant
Radhacaran das

Comment Posted By radhacaran On 07.03.2009 @ 03:52

Ratha yatra - Taipei

All glories to the Taiwan yatra and thumb up to the devotees who have worked hard to organize this event, namely Dayal Nitai prabhu and his team. Ys Radhacaran

Comment Posted By radhacaran On 02.11.2008 @ 01:23

Sriman Sundararupa prabhu

I am sad to hear of Sundararupa prabhu’s departure. Not that I was a close friend but more of a remote admirer. I was in France in the late 70s when he came to work with Bhagavan in Italy. Sundararupa prabhu was the brain, the eyes and the vision of the Italian yatra. He had such an amazing foresight for the preaching and achieved results beyond expectations, both as a householder and as a sannyasi. I still remember his kirtans and I have always loved his deep strong and warm voice. Nothing could stop Sundararupa prabhu from pushing the preaching. He pushed and pushed and pushed until he would drop out of exhaustion. He only had concern for the welfare of the devotees and the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada. If someone, to my eyes, was empowered by Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya, to spread Krsna consciousness in a very intelligent manner, Sundararupa prabhu is the name that comes to my mind. What a powerful and humble vaisnava.
Your servant
Radhacaran

Comment Posted By radhacaran On 25.09.2008 @ 13:43

Happy Dolls

Hare Krishna everyone and thank you to Maharaj for posting this promotion of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai.

May I introduce my godsister Vishakha Priya and myself, Radhacaran, the two persons behind this project and hundreds of other beautifully painted Vedic gods and goddesses, including Radha and Krishna. Our company, Velina Designs, has been set up in the heartland of China since 1999 and we have ever since, supplied the large and increasing hindu community worldwide, some ISKCON temples and other yoga/spiritual institutions. There is much more behind the “Happy Dolls” then we think. At our China factory we take the time and energy to cultivate the artists, feed them prasad, give them books to read, maha from the Hong Kong temple, DVDs about Krishna consciousness. Many have turned vegetarians and even chant. That is the miracle.

Many years ago Dhananjaya prabhu told me about Srila Prabhupada’s desire to mass distribute Gaur Nitai and we are attempting to fulfill his desire. Bir Krsna Goswami has been very kind to take on some of the distribution and we hope it will meet with success.
Locanananda prabhu, my old friend, is asking about other designs such a personalities from the Caitanaya lila and another prabhu about the changing body. One rule that runs our business and for that matter all businesses based in China, whatever design you come up with, mass production is expected. Therefore unless we have a clear marketing plan of action, we are not keen to design something that will sit in our warehouse. If anyone has connections to market any vedic-related designs with assurance of large orders, we are more than happy to work together for production.

Just to give you an example, we have recently signed contracts with catholic institutions to produce millions of kits containing rosary beads and a small prayer book. We would be very interested to produce a kit with chanting beads and a vaisnava prayer book for mega distribution. Believe me, in China, the sky is the limit.

Thank you for your comments
Your servants, Radhacaran and Vishakha Priya (www.velinadesigns.com)

Comment Posted By radhacaran On 28.05.2008 @ 12:13

A French Revolution?

Pragosh prabhu, thank you for the photos of the new place. I had darshan of Sri Sri Radha Parisivara last July 4th and cooked the raj bhoga offerings for Them. I hope next time I see Them it will be in Their new abode. They have patiently waited through the most difficult situation to be reinstated in a comfortable new home and I have no doubts They will attract many new comers and many preachers. I joined in Paris at the Rue Lesueur Temple and Radha Parisisvara where the first deities I served. I pray I can be of service to Them again in a not too distant future. Your servant Radhacaran.

Comment Posted By radhacaran On 30.09.2007 @ 12:42

Glimpse into the World of India’s Gods and Goddesses

Dear Yugala Kisor

Thank you for your comments. There are many ways to bring people to Krishna consciousness. My books is entirely based on Srila Prabhupada’s books and teachings and has already brought more than one person to our temple. They have been buying Prabhupada’s books and experienced devotional activities.
Terminologies, wordings and the rest are not as important. I hope you will get to read this book. You will be pleasantly surprised.
regards
Radhacaran

Comment Posted By radhacaran On 20.12.2006 @ 02:39

Unnecessary Sporting

This is a great photo?

Yes we do need excercise, especially when you are in your 50s. There are very senior devotees who swim regularly, others walk, run, bushwalk. Some join a gym, ride bikes etc. anything to keep the body in good shape so they can serve Krishna with full energy. I am not sure how many devotees in their 50s and 60s would have the stemina to go on Harinam to keep fit, but it’s worth a try, if anything, to keep the soul jumping toward Krishna.

What is more mentally involving and a real concern is when someone who is considered an examplary sadhaka is addicted to watching sport, world cups, olympic games and being an avid reader of the sport page in the paper.

Ys Radhacaran

Comment Posted By radhacaran On 14.11.2006 @ 04:12

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