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Gita Changes Online Soon

I always ask the complainers what they will do about the translation of Srila Prabhupada’s books into other languages. They never seem to have an answer.

» Posted By sarvo On Aug 5, 2009 @ 10:51 pm

Stumbling blocks and steping stones

At the risk of sounding incredibly simplistic and even possibly mentally deranged, I’ll go ahead and say that in my not so humble opinion the main problem in ISKCON today is the de-emphasis on, and even built up resistance to going out in public and chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra. I’m convinced that, to the degree this process is revived we can expect real spiritual power and momentum to once again develop throughout the institution. Srila Prabhupada asked us to go out and chant every day. When we followed that instruction we had great success. The devotees need to be “like lions on the chase and lambs at home.” Without Hari Nama that has reversed.

» Posted By sarvo On Jul 18, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

Crimes Against India by Stephen Knapp, Book Review by David Frawley

Before their beautiful temple in Tehran was ransacked and many of them were slaughtered no one knew much about the Baha’i. After they were attacked and their temple destroyed there was an outpouring of international sympathy. I’m not saying that we want that to happen to Hindus or members of ISKCON but at the same time I see from my own experience that whenever people attack me I receive so much sympathy from unexpected sources and end up in a better position than before. Hari Nama is a good example of this. Typically we see a situation where a few vocal antagonists seem to cause some trouble as they challenge the Hari Nama party but then the larger witnessing crowd is naturally drawn to the side of the devotees. Over the long haul our tolerant, kind, patient and long suffering demeanor and mood will work well for us. Any group that becomes self righteously indignant or defensive is much easier to squelch and quickly becomes its own worst enemy.

» Posted By sarvo On Jul 31, 2009 @ 6:06 am

Do I Dare Eat A Peach

Brilliant, Prabhu. Sankirtana, I suspect you are a genius. That’s really excellent. T.S. Eliot is even pleased and impressed. I have no doubt of it.

» Posted By sarvo On Apr 11, 2008 @ 6:11 am

Women, ISKCON, and Varnashram

What it really all comes back around to is whether or not the men are willing to manage ojas shakti properly. Seminal continence is not a very popular topic but if understood and implemented can make a world of difference. Do you need scriptural references for this? If so, you can google “discharge semen” in the VedaBase and you’ll find fourteen convincing sections in the Srimad Bhagavatam where Srila Prabhupada is very clear about this.

» Posted By sarvo On Feb 27, 2008 @ 5:14 pm

The value of wearing saris and dhotis in the execution of our devotional activities

Nearly three years ago I threw any non-devotional clothing in the dumpster in back of the temple. I’ve never regretted that decision. People know who I am and I also have a better idea who I am. I feel more like a devotee. They’re looking at me as if I’m a “man of the cloth” so I have to see myself in that way also. Beyond that I’m also convinced that over the course of so many nearly unlimited lifetimes everyone’s been dressed in saris and dhotis at one time or another. When I first saw a Hari Nama party in Times Square back in 1970, not only did the Hare Krishna mantra seem to ring a bell, I had a real experience of déjà vu. Now after thirty-six years of hearing others describe similar experiences I’m convinced that not only has everyone been a devotee before but also that everyone’s hankering for a chance to experience the same incomparable sense of freedom and peace that brings ecstatic happiness. When people see us in devotional garb it pierces through so many layers from millions and billions of lifetimes and helps them remember in their heart of hearts the time that they too were devotees. That’s a powerful message. Call it subliminal. Call it whatever you want. I’m convinced it works. It works for me. I especially love it when people come up to me and say, “Hare Krishna! Where have you guys been anyway?”

» Posted By sarvo On Dec 3, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

ZOMBIE JAMBOREE

Does anyone else remember the incredibly effective blissful yoga of Hari Nama Sankirtana? As inaugurated by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu over five hundred years ago, we would go out in groups from all temples and chant in public. As a result many people became attracted to Krishna Consciousness. Is there any chance we could do that again?

» Posted By sarvo On Jun 13, 2007 @ 5:12 am

There’s No Other Way

Gouranga! Love to travel with you. What’s your contact info?

» Posted By sarvo On May 24, 2007 @ 3:53 am

My dear good friend and Godbrother, Antaryami. I hadn’t seen you in around 30 years and the first thing you did was threaten to kill me. It may be of some interest, however, to note that you gave me really good advice that I neglected to follow and as a result I experienced severe trouble and lost $3000. Once again I need your help. If you can’t come to Vrindavan, then at least respond to or If that’s not possible, then go to http://www.care2.com, register and send me a Network Message through their system. While there you can go to my two favorite groups, Care2Guru and Kill Your TV. If you’re interested in posting any kind of comments, I will be exceedingly grateful. Please note my material about the erotic energizing dyanmic of the juxtaposition of the Sacred and the Profane. The Protestan Puritanical ethic has been brought lock, stock and barrel into ISKCON and until that is effectively dealt with, we can expect any chances for effective healing to diminish and dwindle at an accelerating rate.

» Posted By sarvo On May 17, 2007 @ 4:26 am

A Vyasa puja offering to Srila Prabhupada

Thanks Braja Sevaki,
I stand corrected. This is good news. I’m very much encouraged by you. All glories to your service. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Hari Bol!
Yours in Their service,
Sarvopama dasa ACBSP

» Posted By sarvo On Aug 23, 2006 @ 11:37 pm

Under Srila Prabhupada’s direction we went out and rescued thousands of people. He didn’t ask us to stay in some temple until we were “ready”. Then he left the planet in ’77 and ISKCON was quickly and easily infiltrated and Hari Nama Sankirtan came to a screeching halt. Now we have lots of meetings and crisis management.

» Posted By sarvo On Aug 22, 2006 @ 8:46 am

We most effectively rescue ourselves by rescuing as many others as possible. Otherwise why would Srila Prabhupada cross the ocean and come all the way around the world?

Am I now a lion in the temple and a lamb on the chase?

Hare Krishna,

Sarvopama

» Posted By sarvo On Aug 20, 2006 @ 7:29 pm

Memories of Tamal Krishna Maharaja

I was working for Brown & Sharpe in North Kingston, RI as an Engineer and was just returning from a two week vacation in Hawaii when, on the spur of the moment, I decided to visit the Boston temple. Instead of going straight back to Rhode Island I jumped on the subway at Logan airport and zoomed into Harvard Square with the idea that I’d visit the Hare Krishna temple before heading back to North Kingston. I’d been to the temple a few times for the vegetarian feast and even stayed over night for awhile. When I emerged from the subway in Harvard Square there were devotees everywhere and they were distributing books and prasadam and there was an all out Hari Nama going full blast. Some devotees talked briefly with me and almost immediately they took me to see Vishnu Jana and Tamal Krishna. In the course of my conversation with them I mentioned that I hadn’t been able to join the Boston temple and they both reassured me that that was OK and that I would be much better off traveling with them on their bus program. I spent the day with the devotees and then headed back to Rhode Island and my job with Brown & Sharpe. My first day back at work I had a brief talk with Gene Cilanto my boss, who I was very greatful to. He’d hired me and helped me negotiate a few promotions. I told him I was going to join the Hare Krishnas and he said when he’d been my age he was thinking seriously about becoming a Catholic priest but then he gestured to the pictures on his desk and indicated that other things had developed in his life. That was it. I was free. I packed up a few belongings. Stashed a few things in a garage and headed for Boston and Radha-Damodar. The rest is history. Srila Prabhupada ki jai!

» Posted By sarvo On Aug 26, 2006 @ 1:00 pm

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