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BACK TO THE BASICS
interesting article by Kaunteya Prabhu…look at the top
Competing brands of Gaudiya-vaisnavism at times claim that Srila Prabhupada only gave the basics, and that ISKCON people need to take shelter in their representatives to accede to higher dimensions of bhakti.
I beg to disagree. Besides the insulting and indefensible remark that ISKCONâ€™s Founder-Acarya didnâ€™t provide his followers with enough directions to achieve whatever is there to achieve, I would propose that ISKCONâ€”or at least a good percentage of its membersâ€”need to go in the different direction. My observation is that devotees would tremendously benefit by absorbing themselves in the narrations of Mahabharata and Ramayana, thus imbibing the fundamental ethical values presented therein……
Comment Posted By sajjanasraya On 08.08.2008 @ 16:12
I listened many times a seminar on Varnasrama held in Belgium by H.G. Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu.I think it was 1996.I liked it very, very much, and he said that in ISKCON at least we should start to have a brahmana class of people and this means people of real good character.
People that knows well philosophy and practice it; ready to forgive, honest, generous, good hearted, people of a sweet and loving character.
People that posses knowledge and also love.
I am little ’suspicious’ about varnasrama because I donâ€™t think ISKCON is ready yet.
I think we should really establish brahminical culture. and also use what is useful coming from Varnasrama and vedic culture.
I think, we should use what is good to our advancement and surrender. In particular I think we neglected the treasures coming from the vedic culture.
In other words, some of my ideas are to stress the importance of a very good, attentive japa, of Bhakti sastri, the practice of prayer, and vaisnava etiquette, and devotional service in practice, but also basic knowledge of vedic pshycology, Ayurveda, vastu, vedic astrology, Hatha yoga and so on.
Also creating job opportunity for devotees: astrologers, pshycologists, cooks, spiritual counsellors, farmers, vastu consultant, editors, phisychian ,teachers, writers, and so many others.
Writing a book about the extreme importance of braminical culture and cow protection. A best seller, sold in millions copies. Why not?!
In other words giving more importance to real good sadhana, give importance to one’s health, and please now is the time to speak also about the ‘normal’ good qualities like honesty and friendship, responsibilityâ€¦
to the importance and even the glory of a spiritual family, of taking care of one’s children….
If somebody wants to became devotee he/she has to follow a very good and satisfying training. A person that joins our movement should be helped at all levels he/ she should see that the movement really takes care of his health, the eating habit in ISKCON are very sattvic, he finds many new friends, learns a lot from vedic wisdom about (as I said basics of ayurveda, astrology, vastu and so on) temple life is alive with seminars and talks and most important he is understanding and practicing the real Truth.
Comment Posted By sajjanasraya On 07.08.2008 @ 12:16
Dear Karnamrita Prabhu, please allow me to offer you my sincere obeisances, glories to Srila Prabhupada..
Nice to meet you and thank you for your comments…
I was inspired by the words and ideas of Arcana Siddhi Prabhu to write WIF, also the folloing passage from THE PILLARS OF SUCCESS (by HG Ravindra Svarupa P) impressed and moved me so much. Since years it looks to me as a most essential reading for devotees.
It is a picture of an healthy spiritual movement
I give more ideas next comment (:
Bhakti is at once personalistic and social, for it is a philosophical truth that the personal and the social cannot be separated. What a ‘person’ is can be fully manifest only through interactions with other persons. This principle is exemplified at the highest ontological level in Krsna, whose supreme personhood entails that He is also supremely social. The fullness of the Godhead entails that the supreme, transcendental Absolute is equally the supremely, transcendentally relative. Krsna, therefore, is never alone but always in the company of his devotees. He is constituted by relationships, and many of His proper and eternal names include those of his nearest and dearest â€” as, for example, Radha-kanta (Radha’s sweetheart), Yasoda-nandana (Yasoda’s darling boy), Partha-sarathi (charioteer to Prtha’s son) and so on. For this reason, bhakti â€” devotional service â€” is pre-eminently a social activity, and that social principle attains its fullest exfoliation in the idea of sankirtana, the congregational glorification of God’s name, fame, activities and so on. Therefore, Prabhupada’s founding a society of devotees was not simply a tactical expedience; it was a metaphysical necessity.
The effort of Prabhupada, then, was to establish the community or communion of devotees, a communion that, out of the natural overflowing of its own joy, would be ever increasing. That communion is one in which certain kinds of personal transactions would take place among the devotees; by them, the devotional consciousness of the participants would ever increase; and, in a spirit of compassion for those suffering outside this community, the members would always be initiating others into their circle to share in the felicity of their communion.
Comment Posted By sajjanasraya On 04.08.2008 @ 12:35
Dear Akuranath Prabhu, Please accept my sincere obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada
Thank you or your nice comment….just beside my article I saw ‘THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS‘ the title had something in common to WILD LITTLE FLOWERS (: so I out of curiosity I red it and well…it really showed the deep kindness of devotees, it looked like an answer, I liked it very, very much! it melted my hard heart…it is just as you said:
“Devotees can bestow â€śsmall acts of kindnessâ€ť like no one else can. Only they can show the world what real love is like…..
Comment Posted By sajjanasraya On 30.07.2008 @ 09:26