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Dear Dhanesvara Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you for your sincere note above. I have recognized oftentimes that ‘I am not the doer’ and that simply I am the vehicle in this body. That is why it is very important to constantly meditate on Srila Prabhupada, who is directing me in my life. As well as to focus on the instructions of Srila Prabhupada by reading his books and attending classes in the temple.

When Srila Prabhupada came to the West, his goal was to deliver the fallen souls and preach Krsna Consciousness. He simply landed in New York City with only a few dollars, and attracted a handful of sincere souls. Chanted with his karatals under a tree in Tompkins Square Park and made more devotees. Little by little, many others became attracted. That is the beauty and potency of a pure devotee. That is the potency of the Holy Name.

I am a useless without Srila Prabhupada. My only credibility is that I am serving my Gurudeva as best I can. If we all try to serve our spiritual master and endeavor sincerely, it all is to our individual purification. I pray that Krsna blesses you, and all our Godbrothers, God sisters — Iskcon as a whole — since this is Srila Prabhupada’s desire. That Iskcon remain strong, and Krsna Consciousness grows throughout the entire world. Preaching is the essence. Book distribution is the most important thing for Srila Prabhupada. As well as ensuring that these temples remain strong, with many disciples that support — with unity, dedication, service attitude and preaching stamina.

Your servant, Omkara devi dasi

Comment Posted By soma108 On 08.04.2010 @ 13:55

Dear PatitaPavana Prabhu,

Thank you for your kind post. I have come to realize at this stage in life that everything I do is because of the mercy and blessing of Srila Prabhupada, my beloved Gurudeva. Srila Prabhupada has been so kind to initiate me, give me this connection to Lord Sri Krsna, and the golden opportunity to go Back to Godhead in this very lifetime. I am interested and desirous to go Back to Godhead in this lifetime. Therefore, I am applying myself as best as I can. I know Srila Prabhupada said we can go Back to Godhead simply by desire. Simply by: following the 4 regulative principles, by chanting at least 16 rounds a day and by preaching Krsna Consciousness, in the best way we can. That is all it takes to go Back to Godhead. Simple yet sublime. Always think of Krsna and never forget Him.

This is the blessing of Srila Prabhupada. Therefore, I hope to share the Mercy with other’s as I oftentimes feel ’stingy’ when I am so happy and so blissful serving the Lord. I look at some living entities and how they are suffering. In the past I have suffered a great deal — in many ways. In my heart I knew it was a lesson in detachment. I knew it was a learning experience and an opportunity to turn to Sri Krsna and Srila Prabhupada. And this gives me the strength to just lift up my hands and say “I surrender my dear Lord, my dear Srila Prabhupada”. Because yes, in this material world we are all helpless beings…. all the time. We have no control of when we will leave these material bodies. No matter what the best doctors, what the best practitioners can say or do.

Therefore, I try my best to share, in my own way. I pray for further strength and for further encouragement. I realize I am a human being and in this material body. I am fallible. That is why it is important to constantly pray. I take shelter of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Krsna. Finally, it is so important to have association of Godbrothers, Godsisters and a local temple. Srila Prabhupada emphasized association. He always wanted us to associate with the deities, the temple and Godbrothers and Godsisters. He did not want us to isolate or live alone. So I urge everyone to please associate properly. And most of all to read his books. Distribute his books. Give Krsna and receive Krsna.
All for Srila Prabhupada

Your humble servant,
Omkara devi dasi

Comment Posted By soma108 On 05.04.2010 @ 14:30

Vyasa Puja Offering to Jayapataka Maharaja from (Godsister - Omkara devi dasi ACBSP)

Jayapataka Maharaj’s Vyasapuja New Dwaraka celebration ( on Friday) was extraordinary. In the morning Suavasa, Temple President, led with an opening speech before the official offerings from the Prabhupada disciples for Jayapatake Maharaj.

It was heartwarming to hear Suavasa honor Jayapataka Maharaj with respect, as a Godbrother and Iskcon Guru. Then other Godbrothers and Godsisters read their offerings in the temple room.

I was rather disheartened to notice that there were no other temple presidents, no GBC and no sannyasis in attendance. In view of the extraordinary services that Maharaj has performed, his immense dedication for Srila Prabhupada and many years of service for Sri Mayapur Dhama — this really gave me something to reflect upon.

As I participated in most of the events during the day, and observed all the ecstatic festivities that Jayapataka Maharaj’s disciples were engaged in, it reminded me of how it was when we greeted Srila Prabhuapada coming to the temple.

How we were so happy to see Srila Prabhupada, offer him a garland, hear him speak, serve him and just be in association of Prabhupada. Be it only for a few days, for a few weeks, get a glimpse, get his smile, get a cookie…. Just anything from Srila Prabhupada. So I felt some similar taste from these younger disciples of Jayapataka Maharaj — and it made me smile — because it made me feel that Srila Prabhupada was right there, enjoying the celebration, for his disciple Jayapataka Maharaj.

Yes, we should honor these Gurus — they are pushing forward ISKCON. They are initiating disciples on behalf of Srila Prabhupada. For without the Gurus where will ISKCON be? And without new disciples what will happen with ISKCON? These Gurus need the support of their Godsisters, Godbrothers, other Gurus, sannyasis, temple presidents and GBC. So please, I urge you — make your presence and your spiritual love known. Do not be absent and do not ignore your Godbrother or Godsister. Please do this for Prabhupada. We are all a spiritual family. Your servant, Omkara devi dasi

Comment Posted By soma108 On 27.03.2010 @ 04:39

I place a big emphasis on Vyasa Puja Celebrations for the gurus in ISKCON and hope that all the Godbrothers and Godsisters can support and take part. It is very important to pay respects to present gurus in ISKCON as well as future gurus in ISKCON. It is a matter of honor, reverence and courtesy. I feel this is in line of what Srila Prabhupada would want.

In order to have a united ISKCON and to make ISKCON strong the senior disciples (such as myself and others) need to set and example to the younger new generation of disciples who take initiation from the present gurus. We have to show respect and honor and unity. How can ISKCON remain strong if we do not unite and pay homage to the gurus? We must pay respects and show support by words and action. Senior disciples can teach these young new devotees many things such as cooking, deity worship, how to serve their guru, etc.

So do not feel you are too high of a devotee or too above the level to offer a Vyasa Puja offering to a guru within ISKCON. It behooves me if someone questions this. We can never ever offer enough obeisances and pranams to our fellow Godbrothers and Godsisters (including gurus). We can never ever serve each other enough. I ask that we reflect upon this and become a little more humble. Please look upon all these ISKCON gurus and see they are serving Srila Prabhupada and helping ISKCON grow by making disciples, on behalf of Srila Prabhupada.

Your servant, Omkara devi dasi

Comment Posted By soma108 On 26.03.2010 @ 13:36

How Much Can You Tolerate?

Dear Trivikrama Maharaj,

Thank you for your comment and posting, as well as for your acknowledgment.

I would like to add to Giriraj Swami’s wonderful article as follows: As long as we are in this material world and in this material body, we will need to tolerate. That is necessary.

This morning, in New Dwaraka, I attended Srimad Bhagvatam class and Srila Prabhupada gave a lecture. He said: Krsna is non different than His Name. When you are chanting Hare Krsna, you are associating with His Name. When you are reading Bhagavad Gita, you are associating with Krsna. Krsna is non different than Bhagavad Gita.

Prabhupada had oftentimes emphasized association. Being in proper association. Association of devotees — this is what I most commonly thought of. Now I will more so think of association of the Holy Name and Bhagavad Gita too. Krsna is everywhere — so it can be very easy to surround our self with this association. This is our safekeeping from the grip of Maya.

Tolerating gives us the opportunity to become humble. We learn from scripture how to surrender to the Lord. We learn that by surrender we can be happy. And if we give up these mundane attachments our attachment for Krsna will fructify.

If we struggle and give into material attachment then we only increase our suffering. It is not worth it. Our life is so short and this struggle is useless. Better to be happy and chant Hare Krsna.

I beg to remain. Your servant,
Omkara devi dasi

Comment Posted By soma108 On 25.10.2009 @ 23:42

Dear Maharaj,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I thank you for your article. I would like to comment, since this has opened up my eyes in many ways & has encouraged me very much. Since I am 55 years old now & have gone through years of trials and tribulations one of the positive things is that I have learned to grow through personal experiences. Those various periods I have been ‘tested to tolerate’ conditions beyond my control & have suffered emotional or physical pain. I have made it my personal focus point to never ever be upset with Krsna, but to be humble and pray. To pray for patience and understanding. To have knowledge that everything is meant to be a lesson in life & for a spiritual purpose. To make me a stronger devotee.

That guideline and that focus point has carried me through many tough times. I also make it a point to go before the Lord, to attend aroti, and to simply fold my hands & pray before the Lord. The be humble & try not to ask for anything except Mercy, Blessings and Spiritual Strength.

One of the biggest lessons in my life was when I took care of Sudama Prabhu when he left his body. I learned that at the time of death nothing else matters except seeing Krsna & Prabhupada. Leaving this material body and praying for Prabhupada to come & take his disciple back to the spiritual world. To beg and pray for this special mercy. To pray for the spiritual eyes to see Krsna at the time of death. Nothing matters in the material world any more. It is so so unimportant. These desires, these needs, this family, it is all gone at the time of death.

So at age 55 from personal experience & having gone through some trials and tribulations — I pray now for more mercy & more spiritual strength. Now that I see, hear & know some of my Godbrothers & Godsisters being ill, or having left their bodies, I too myself think- how much time do I have? This year in 11 months I have been sick a total of over 32 weeks & it is a big wake up call for me. I am increasing my chanting & praying. I am increasing my desire to pray to Prabhupada for his shelter & protection. I know this is the most important thing in my life.

The material world is full of suffering. The transcendentalist sees everything with spiritual vision — not being affected by heat or cold, happiness or distress. Knowing these things simply come and go — like the seasons.

Your humble servant,
Omkara devi dasi

Comment Posted By soma108 On 20.10.2009 @ 13:39

Update on Rasajna Dasi’s Health

Dear Phalini dasi
(and my Godsisters & Godbrothers),

Thank you for your message regarding Rasajna and your prayers. I remember you when you were here in New Dwaraka — and wish you well.

I am asking everyone to continue to pray for Rasajna, presently and in the upcoming weeks, and visit her website. I am also encouraging devotees to post their prayers and reflections here so that we — as a family — can help each other be reminded how important it is to think of Krsna. How we prepare ourselves for not taking birth again in this material body.

This is the purpose of Krsna Consciousness. This is the value of chanting the Hare Krsna Mantra. This is the value of taking initiation and having your relationship with your Guru. To go Back to Godhead. And Prabhupada said — yes — you can go Back to Godhead by desire. So by sincerity, purity, prayer, service and — desire — this is possible. Thank you Srila Prabhupada.

Govinda dasi has posted some very nice pictures of Rasajna on her Facebook photo album. I invite you to look at them.

Your servant, Omkara devi dasi

Comment Posted By soma108 On 20.10.2009 @ 13:17

Thursday, 10/15/09

Hare Krsna to my Dear Godsisters & Godbrothers,

I spoke to Greg, Rasajna’s husband today, and would like to briefly update everyone. With all due respect to both Rasajna and Greg I appeal to everyone as follows:

Rasajna had her surgery on Wednesday, and she is in the hospital for a few days recuperating. Greg and Rasajna have received an overwhelming amount of emails, letters, voice mails and appreciate all your concerns. Please continue to pray, especially in the following weeks. This is so important. Your support is needed at this time. Please pray to Lord Krsna, Radharani, Srila Prabhupada and Lord Nrsinghadeva.

Due to the surgery, her stage of illness, and the combined situation please respect that they need some private time. It is important to honor this and extend our prayers to them — at the same time, maintain a distance for a short while, so they can recoup and build their internal strength.

Rasajna and Greg will pick up and move forward. I will not go into details, however, Rasajna’s physical health is very, very serious. This is a fact. You may contact me on Facebook if you have a dire need (Ann Di Nicola). Hare Krsna.

Comment Posted By soma108 On 16.10.2009 @ 05:59

India Bans Smoking

I am very glad to hear about this ban and hope that some day in the future a similar ban would be approved in the United States. Little by little we are seeing this implemented, for example in Los Angeles on some of the beaches you cannot smoke, nor in restaurants, airplanes and work places.

The smell of cigarettes is so offensive, what to speak of inhaling second hand smoke. Sometimes when I wait for the bus to go to work someone is smoking and even if I stand six feet away from the person I can smell it. Other times if a person has smoked recently you can smell it on their clothing and person. It reeks.

At least in the U.S. there are small steps toward this goal. Since the price of cigarettes is going up and people are becoming more aware about cancer, hopefully this will circumvent and encourage people to stop smoking.

Comment Posted By soma108 On 06.10.2008 @ 16:14

The Importance of Friendship and Association

Dear Karnamrita Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you for your thoughts and insight on relationships and their various facets. Association is very important. One time Govinda dasi wanted to live alone and left the temple in Hawaii and Srila Prabhupada was not encouraging this. He did not want her to live alone and he always emphasized the importance of association. He said we are not meant to live alone.

I myself have to work a regular job and in my daily activities have various relationships. There are a few people I have come to know who are receptive to Krsna Consciousness and the process of meditation and devotional service. However, there are others that I maintain a respectful friendship, however, more distant.

Yes, we are in these human physical bodies and are full of desires. By association we can be encouraged spiritually and emotionally, therefore, to choose who we associate with is very important. We can become energized, grow and flourish by the proper spiritual association, or we can be drained and disillusioned by the wrong association.

Since I am older now and have survived through the years, my past experiences remind me of my real focus points and what is more beneficial and long term to me wherein I can gravitate more so to positive association. To share one’s experiences and help another person is important. I believe that just as it is important to preach to people about Krsna it is very important to give of our self to others what we have learned in our personal experiences. To be an encouragement and impetus for growth, knowledge and strength.

I like your comment that “friendships are about giving and receiving….”. That is so true. By giving and receiving (and sharing) we help each other genuinely grow. It gravitates from sincerity. If someone is sincere and honest by their endeavors all positive things fructify.

Hare Krishna.
Your servant,
Omkara devi dasi

Comment Posted By soma108 On 03.10.2008 @ 16:26


 


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