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Letter to: Surasrestha, (new98)
14 June, 1972
My dear Surasrestha,
Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated May 25, 1972, and I have noted the contents. The article you have sent which was published in the newsletter there is very nice. The interviewer asked intelligent questions and you have given very nice answers also. It is apparent that you have understood our philosophy nicely so you continue to read our books regularly and preach vigorously, and help to distribute this great transcendental knowledge to all the distressed souls of this Kali yuga.
In answer to your questions, the red incarnation who appeared in the Treta-yuga is Yajnapati. Lord Mohammed is accepted by us as Saktyavesa Avatar, but we do not recognize the Bahai faith. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu appears once in the day of Brahma or whenever He is required to come. So far attending pujas at the houses of the Hindus there we can go and hold our kirtana but we should not take prasadam there. We can accept raw materials and take them to our temple but we should not accept any prasadam prepared by them. However, if they insist then we can take fruits and milk and offer them to Krishna. Cocoa and chocolate are not to be taken as they are intoxicants.
I am leaving for London on July the 4th and am returning to New Vrndavana for Janmastami celebration and at that time we can make further plans on my coming to Trinadad. In the meantime, continue to distribute this great message of Krsna Consciousness to all the people there and work hard to make the whole country into devotees. Hoping this will meet you in good health.
Your ever well wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Srimad Surasrestha das Brahmacary c/o ISKCON Trinadad
Comment Posted By vikram108 On 28.01.2007 @ 04:21
The modern material way of life involving the use of sophisticated technology is in widespread use today. Kali Yuga is called the age of quarrel and hypocrisy. I’ve also heard it being described as the age of Science and Technology by H. H. Bhakti Swaroop Damodara Maharaj. ISKCON devotees find themselves in situations of life where they are involved in a lifestyle which involves the use of modern means. However, this present system is under perpetual crisis and it is not clear how long and in what fashion it could be maintained. To protect our spiritual life, devotees should consider how to consciously get rid of the modern life style and live in better harmony with Krsna’s creation by cultivating a simpler life style involving the use of non sophisticated means. This would mean that our devotional life would not be dependent on the leaders of modern day society. Self sufficient devotee farm communities was one of the ideals of our founder acarya. Agreeably, devotional service is a potent force which is independent our circumstances in society, however the only viable excuse for maintaining a modern lifestyle is that of yukta-vairagya - using all the available means in the service of the lord and sharing the principles of devotional service with those around us. Constant self analysis is needed to determine whether one’s lifestyle is a modern addiction or yukta-vairagya.
Krsna conscious culture can only maintained by establishing a cow protection program. The life style devotees need to consciously cultivate is Krsna’s cow protection culture as He demonstrated in Vrindavan. By doing this the sadhaka’s internal and external meditation would become one, conflicts and strife of modern day life would be avoided and Goloka obtained.
The modern day cow slaughter houses present a great threat to the devotees’ spiritual life and it is extremely perplexing to live in a modern Western world where our mother Cow is slaughtered and eaten so mercilessly. Is this not a greater threat than insconsequential condition of roads?
Comment Posted By vikram108 On 13.12.2006 @ 06:13
This article says it is extracted from a newspaper. It states the following:
ARTICLE X Vaikuntha may be obtained through the head-on crash.
Does the newspaper indeed claim this or has been edited by the devotee who posted this?
It is my humble opinion that Vaikuntha is not a cheap thing which can be easily obtained by a head-on crash.
I do agree that the traffic situation in India is not ideal. However, why post these things on Dandavats? What has a certain material situation got to do with spiritual life?
India is a holy place which Caitanya Mahaprabhu has traversed on foot. Those who do not wish to use modern means of tranportation in the service of the lord could follow His example….
Comment Posted By vikram108 On 12.12.2006 @ 12:43