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Is it proper to touch a sannyasi’s feet?

I’m much too fallen to qualify as a saint and therefore need not worry about anyone trying to touch my feet. Nevertheless there have been times when, probably because I stumbled into the presence of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and received initiation from him, people sometimes do try to touch my feet. Whenever this happens I try to, in as polite and mannerly a way as possible, indicate that I’m not ready for that. I have a hard enough time dealing with my own karma, what to speak of taking on the karma of another. At the same time though I take it as a great compliment and real encouragement and feel much indebted and grateful to anyone who would be so kind as to see someone like me worthy of such attention.

Comment Posted By sarvopama dasa On 14.12.2013 @ 19:24

Ρemembrances of Siddha Vidya das from about 40 devotees

I was lucky to spend a half a year with Siddha Vidya Prabhu. Since then I’ve gone out every day on Hari Nama Sankirtana. While with Siddha Vidya I became convinced that our only real business is going out in public and chanting the Holy Name. I’m so much happier now than I ever would have imagined possible. My feeling of gratitude to Siddha Vidya grows every day.

Comment Posted By sarvopama dasa On 11.04.2013 @ 15:39

Please Pray for Siddha Vidya Prabhu

I’m eternally grateful to Siddha Vidya. If I can claim to be happy today it’s only because I go out every day and chant Hare Krishna. That is because I had the great good fortune of spending a half a year in Miami and going out with this great and remarkable devotee every day. He is a true mahatma and great saint. He is very dear to Srila Prabhupada.

Comment Posted By sarvopama dasa On 04.03.2013 @ 20:01

Who is Intelligent?

One time Narada Muni arrived at Dwaraka and he had a question for Queen Satyabhama. He asked, “What is it like to be the queen of Lord Krishna?” Queen Satyabhama replied, “Oh, yes indeed, Krishna is the Controller of all the Universes and the almighty Supreme Being but I know the name of every servant here in the palace and I know the names of all of their family members and there’s not a paisa (fraction of a penny) that goes in and out of here that I don’t know about.”

Interestingly enough there is also a standard experiment in Sociology course work that bears out this response. A room is assembled to look like a standard typical room in any house and subjects are asked to sit in it for ten minutes. Then they are taken to another room, given a pencil and paper and asked to write down everything they can remember from the other room they were in. The men generally draw a blank while many times women will fill up the page and ask for another sheet of paper.

“As far as the women class are concerned, they are accepted as a power of inspiration for men. As such, women are more powerful than men. Mighty Julius Caesar was controlled by a Cleopatra. Such powerful women are controlled by shyness. Therefore, shyness is important for women. Once this control valve is loosened, women can create havoc in society by adultery. Adultery means production of unwanted children known as varna-sankara, who disturb the world.”
S.B. 1.9.27 Purport.

Comment Posted By sarvopama dasa On 11.07.2012 @ 15:22

An Indian State Commits to Srila Prabhupada’s Vision

This is wonderful news! There will come a day (sooner than later one can now hope) when people will say, “They were burning coal and oil for transportation and energy? What were they thinking?” Will people scale back voluntarily or will it take some major catastrophe? This fossil fuel based culture is a momentary aberration against the greater span of time making up the entire history of man. A cow centered culture could reduce our carbon footprint dramatically. Now there are actually places where it is considered criminal to become pregnant. In China many people go to Hong Kong to have a second child since they may be persecuted for it otherwise. The general mentality is that seven or eight billion people is overtaxing the natural resources. While it’s true that the “American Dream” is unsustainable, a cow based society could support ten times the present global population.

Comment Posted By sarvopama dasa On 08.05.2012 @ 14:01

OPEN LETTER TO Bhakti Vikasa Swami

How can we determine whether our motive for distribution is directed by a desire for either material or spiritual benefit? Do we trust the power of the Holy Name or do we feel we have to do something to make it possible to chant the maha mantra? I’ve been asking a lot of the devotees here in Vrindavan questions like this during Kartik and nearly without exception they are all predicting a grand and glorious revival of the public chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra all around the world. In this way we can dissolve all the apparent conflicts and see our faith manifest more and more even as our efforts to reduce suffering also increase on a grand scale.

By going out *every day* and chanting Hare Krishna in public we can turn the tide both within ISKCON and in the society at large. Srila Prabhupada did it. Why can’t we do it?

Comment Posted By sarvopama dasa On 02.11.2011 @ 06:17

Every devotee needs to do a personal inventory and examine his own consciousness. Am I motivated by love of God or love of money? Do I want Laxmi without Narayana? Am I trading away love of God for personal power?

I think these are simple, up front, basic questions that some devotees may be neglecting. What’s my motive? Are there ways I can simplify my life and in that way make it easier to engage in activity that will more directly promote God consciousness? Whatever else I feel I need to do every day, is there any chance I can also engage in some direct preaching activity or has the very word “preach” become an anathema?

Can I go out every day and chant the Holy Name in public or would that be too embarrassing for me and am I afraid that someone might not think I’m cool or they might even think I’m crazy? How much does the idea of a “comfortable arrangement” matter to my mindset?

Am I unwilling to surrender to Krishna and tolerate the austerities that might go along with that decision? If I go back and carefully examine the nature of Srila Prabhupada’s mood and mission, how much will it justify my present lifestyle?

Comment Posted By sarvopama dasa On 16.10.2011 @ 23:40

Krishna Kirti Prabhu makes some really excellent points. I would only add that being popular may not always be the best thing. Over the long haul your success may prove to be less than spiritual. Bhakti Vikasa Maharaja is offering some very solid real info there. I was in Chicago when we switched from books to record albums back in the 80’s. It was easier but everyone fell away in so many different directions. I’d really like to think we can somehow or another get back to the days when everything was a labor of love and no one required a salary. Some people say that’s not possible. They think they are telling the truth but I’m convinced you can’t prove the truth by a show of hands. There’s even resistance built up against going out on Hari Nama Sankirtan every day. It’s what Srila Prabhupada asked us to do and it’s simple, straight forward and it works. Somehow no one seems to believe that anymore. There’s been a real move towards big and mechanized. Why is that?

Comment Posted By sarvopama dasa On 14.10.2011 @ 18:54

"Karmi clothes" and "devotional clothes" - Getting the definitions right

What example did Srila Prabhupada offer? What did Srila Prabhupada want? What did Srila Prabhupada tolerate?

Comment Posted By sarvopama dasa On 27.09.2011 @ 01:27

SB 10.90.1-7: Sukadeva Gosvami said: The master of the goddess of fortune resided happily in His capital city, Dvaraka, which was endowed with all opulences and populated by the most eminent Vrishnis and their gorgeously dressed wives. When these beautiful women in the bloom of youth would play on the city’s rooftops with balls and other toys, they shone like flashing lightning. The main streets of the city were always crowded with intoxicated elephants exuding mada, and also with cavalry, richly adorned infantrymen, and soldiers riding chariots brilliantly decorated with gold. Gracing the city were many gardens and parks with rows of flowering trees, where bees and birds would gather, filling all directions with their songs.Lord Krishna was the sole beloved of His sixteen thousand wives. Expanding Himself into that many forms, He enjoyed with each of His queens in her own richly furnished residence. On the grounds of these palaces were clear ponds fragrant with the pollen of blooming utpala, kahlara, kumuda and ambhoja lotuses and filled with flocks of cooing birds. The almighty Lord would enter those ponds, and also various rivers, and enjoy sporting in the water while His wives embraced Him, leaving the red kunkuma from their breasts smeared on His body.

So frivolous sports are all OK? During their exile the Pandavas killed animals. Does that mean we can do that also?

Also it may be worth noting that Jagai, Madhai and Hiranyakasipu and Hiranyaksa were actually incarnations of Jaya and Vijaya, the gatekeepers of Vaikuntha. Kamsa was directly killed by Krishna and achieved liberation. I can only pray that I will be as fortunate as these “deamons” [sic]. So yes, thank you, Paramshreya Dasa. My wife and I are now even more convinced that we are making a good choice and pleasing Srila Prabhupada by simply wearing our saris and dhotis.

Comment Posted By sarvopama dasa On 21.09.2011 @ 22:45


 


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