Bhakti Yoga-Devotional Service to the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna

Bhakti Yoga-Devotional Service to the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna
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Inspired!!!

Inspired by paramatma to remember and forget the desirable and undesirable things based on the past karma the living entity wanders here and there, everywhere but resides nowhere. Even though a person may be good how he relates to us depends on the inspiration Krsna gives from within his heart.

So if we make friends with Krsna, we are making friends with everyone in the universe easily. Get inspired and inspire others.....keep fanning the spark of devotion within all our brothers and sisters to help us each other.

Yours
Dinesh
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Beauty is In the eye of beholder




Srila Prabhupada said, Beauty is In the eye of beholder. He said he was a very old man who was loved by young boys and girls from all over the world. How is it possible in a world where people abandon old people in oldage homes? Because Prabhupada had love for Krsna and spiritual love for all the living entities which naturally attracted everyone to him.



Yours
Dinesh

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Fwd: [granthraj] Cooking should be Vedic


Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva. 

In the recent offering titled "Secret of Good Health", we heard from our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Maharaj about the benefits of natural medicine and Vedic cooking. Maharaj's words are very informative and it is really and eye-opener. In this offering I would like to share some more words of Maharaj on Vedic cooking.

Srimad Bhagavatam says that our medicine must be our food and our food must be the medicine. Great Rishi Charak mentioned in his Charak Samhita that any food cooked without air and sun light is poison. But now in modern days most of the vessels are made of steel and we cook the food without exposure to sun-light. The body does not need aluminum. And aluminum is neither innocent nor benign  participant. Aluminum accumulates in the kidneys, brain, lungs, liver and thyroid where it competes with calcium for absorption and can affect skeletal mineralization. Aluminum is an attacker and its target is our central nervous system. Other hand Silver is non toxic and exhibits low toxicity in the human body. Aluminium plates were introduced in India by British to serve food to jail mates so that due to effect they will die early but in due course of time aluminum pots came to poor and now in every house. Refrigerators were first introduced in Canada to preserve medicine for soldiers at specific temperature, to get rid of extreme climate. But now we are using refrigerator for keeping food which is fully hazardous and difficult to digest. 

Maharaj said that clay pots are best for cooking. Maharaj always use to tell us that we should stop cooking in aluminium pots and refrain from using refridgerator and microwave. He used to advise that instead of that we can invest little money and buy clat pots for cooking some silver plates to eat. Being an acharya Maharaj practised what he preached. He used earthen vessels for his cooking and silver plate to take prasadam. He was also appreciative of the way food is served in banana leaves in the South. He said that all these natural ways are very simple and have a nice impact on our health. Even till date, Sri Sri Jagannathaji prasadam in Puri is prepared and offered in mud pots only. Our ancestors lived a long healthy life as their life-style, cooking etc all were Vedic. Diseases related to heart, cancer, blood-pressure, diabetes, infertility, insomnia were all unknown in their times because they led a simple and natural life style. But unfortunately since we have completely ignored Vedic cooking and life-style, we find large portion of the world's population is suffering from these ailments. 

Maharaj was also not appreciative of the standing kitchen style being adopted these days. He said that standing kitchen is a real punishment. He used to recollect how his mother, grandmother used to sit and cook, and how lovingly they used to serve hot prasadam. He said that this intimacy is not possible in standing kitchen. Maharaj's words are indeed true. When we have to stand for longer hours and cook, naturally we feel tired and irritated and disturbed. And in that mood, we would neither be able to cook joyfully nor serve them to others with love. In Srimad Bhagavad Gita verse 15.14 Lord Krishna states.

aham vaishvaanaro bhutvaa / praninaam deham aashritah 
pranaapaana-samaayuktah  / pacaamy annam catur-vidham

"I am the fire of digestion in every living body, and I am the air of life, outgoing and incoming, by which I digest the four kinds of foodstuff."
 
Being Krishna conscious and keeping our self-healthy is our prime duty to cooperate with Lord's instruction as He is the digestive force for all four kinds of foodstuff.  When cooking is Vedic, then there won't be indigestion because all the diseases, come mainly from undigested food. Though longevity is not our goal, we should ensure to do the bare minimum things necessary to keep our body fit, so that we are able to render proper service to Guru and Krishna in this life time. By embracing artificial standards of life, we are inviting more trouble in our already troublesome life. Srila Prabhupada in his wonderful purport to verse 1.1.10 says, "Overeating, over-sense gratification, over-dependence on another's mercy, and artificial standards of living sap the very vitality of human energy". So let us lead a simple life.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Tushta Krishna Das.
Sharjah
__,_._,___

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10 Types of prayers



(from Gaudiya Vaisnava Abhidhana)

1. Samprarthanatmika - direct prayer glorifying the Lord. We have many examples of this type of prayer in Narottama Dasa's Prarthana.

2. Svadhainyabodhika - expressing humility and embarrassment, informing the Lord: I am very fallen.

3. Manah-siksa - examples are Bhajahu Re Mana by Govinda das or Manah-siksa by Raghunatha das Gosvami. In this type of prayer the mind becomes a disciple and we teach it how to deal with the senses and relate to intelligence. We consider the mind a separate entity and tell it: Pull yourself together! Meditate on Krsna! The challenging spirit of intelligence becomes manifest. One function of the intelligence is to challenge the mind.

4. Vilapatmika - statements of supreme lamentation. This may be confusing; we hear the devotees are always happy, so how can a devotee lament? But this kind of lamentation is a type of devotional ecstasy - it draws a devotee closer to Krsna.

5. Vaisnava Mahimaprakasika - revealing the greatness of the Vaisnavas. Krsna doesn't want to be considered separately from the Vaisnavas, therefore we can please Him by glorifying them.

6. Sri-Guru-Vaisnava-vijnapti-rupa - statements of submission and glorification of the Vaisnavas, especially of the guru. The example is Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Ohe! Vaisnava Thakura.

7. Sridhama-vase-lipsatmika - expressing the desire to live in the holy places. There are many prayers of this kind, composed by Prabodhananda Sarasvati, glorifying Sri Vrndavana. In one of them he says: Anyone who desires to leave Vrndavana I consider to be a madman.

8. Sadhaka-dehe-lalasa-sucika - expressing the desire to practice devotional service.

9. Siddha-dehe-lalasamayi - desire to attain siddha-deha and serve Krsna in this spiritual body.

10. Aksepabodhika - lamentation again: extreme grief and sorrow that we have fallen to this material world.--
Yours
Dinesh

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Life is Short


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Senapati Bhakta Srila Prabhupada Predicted in the Scriptures



nama-guna-sankirtana vaisnavera shakti

prakasa karibe ami nija prema-bhakti



Chanting of the name & qualities of Krsna is the life & energy of the

Vaisnavas. I will reveal these activities & rejuvenate pure devotional

service

unto Myself.



ei mate kali-papa karibe sanhara

sabe cala age pache na kara vichara



In this way I will destroy all the sins in Kali Yuga. So all of you, My

associates, go ahead and take birth on the earthly planet before My advent

and don't remain behind.



ebe nama sankirtana tikshna khadaga laiya

antara asura jivera phelibe katiya



Taking the sharp sword of the congregational chanting of the Hare Krsna

mantra, I will root out & destroy the demoniac mentality in the hearts of all the

conditioned souls.



yadi papi chadi dharma dure dese yaya

mora **senapati-bhakta** yaibe tathaya



If some sinful people escape and giving up religious principles go to far

off countries, then my Senapati Bhakta will come at that time to give them Krsna

consciousness.



From Caitanya Mangal by Srila Locana Dasa Thakura

--
Yours
Dinesh

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The Material Creation


The material creation in its very first stage is called pradhana the eternal, subtle, undifferentiated sum total of all material elements, the unmanifested eternal combination of the three modes of material nature.
Pradhana is sometimes also related to as saguna Brahman, since it is basically Brahman but with the presence of the three modes of material nature. Nevertheless, these modes do not yet clearly manifest causes and effects (SB 3.26.10). The pradhana contains the following 24 elements in a dormant state:


5 subtle elements (sound, touch, form color, taste)
5 gross elements (ether, air, fire, water, earth)
5 knowledge acquiring senses (ears, skin, eyes, tongue, nose)
5 working senses (tongue mouth, hands, legs, genital, and anus)
4 internal, subtle senses (mind, intelligence, ego, contaminated
Consciousness)

Time is considered to be the 25th element; it is the mixing and agitating Element. The Supreme Personality of Godhead can be perceived as time (SB3.26.1118)

The pradhana or saguna Brahman becomes then agitated by the time factor which represents the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Thus and by the influence of the three modes of material nature the creation comes to the level of mahat tattva, or prakrti, where the elements actually can manifest themselves. The mahat tattva is the breeding source of all varieties and brings forth all the different material bodies and material objects; it contains all the universes and is the root of all cosmic manifestations. The mahattattva is annihilated at the time of the annihilation, the end of Brahma's life.

Next the Supreme Personality of Godhead impregnates the mahat tattva with His internal potency which is the living entities. Agitated by the destinations of the contitioned souls the material nature, or mahat tattva, delivers the cosmic intelligence (Hiranyamaya). The mahat tattva is thus "lit up" by the sum total of the consciousness of all the conditioned souls (SB 3.26.1920).

The Caturvyuha expansions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, namely Sri Vasudeva, Sri Aniruddha, Sri Pradyumna and Sri Sankarsana occur and take charge of various aspects of the material creation.

In the beginning pure goodness, the vasudeva stage of consciousness, prevails within the mahat tattva. This point of creation is controlled by Sri Vasudeva, the Superknower. Due to the pure goodness the consciousness has the qualities of complete serenity, clarity and freedom from any distraction; one is free from the infringement by material desires.
Therefore one can see a reflection of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and
if one worships Sri Vasudeva one can come to the platform of pure goodness
(suddha sattva), thus understanding the Supreme Personality of Godhead (SB 3.26.21).

Through the desire to enjoy and control separately from Krsna, the misuse of Independence by the living entities which are impregnated into the material nature, material ego or false ego is caused to spring up from the mahat tattva in pure goodness. This false ego is endowed with active power of three kind good (serene), passionate (active), ignorant (dull). From the false ego in different modes of material nature mind, senses, elements as well as all the other ingredients and objects of the material nature are produced. Therefore every object within the material creation is seen as identical with false ego since it has the false ego as its source. Sri Sankarsana controls that false ego and in order to become free from it one is advised to worship Sri Sankarsana. He is worshipped through Lord Siva; the snakes which cover the body of Lord Siva are representations of Sri Sankarsna, and Lord Siva is always absorbed in meditation upon Sri Sankarsana (SB 3.26.23©24).

From the false ego in goodness come the controlling demigods as well as the mind. The mind has the quality of not being fixed; due to different kind of desires for sense gratification the mind rejects something as bad and accepts something else as good. The false ego in goodness is controlled by Sri Aniruddha. If one wants to get free from mental disturbances, one has to worship Sri Aniruddha. For this purpose, worship of the moon planet is also recommended in the Vedic literature (SB 3.26.26©27).

From the false ego in passion intelligence, living energy (prana), the five knowledge acquiring sense and the five working senses are created.
Intelligence has five qualities: doubt, misapprehension, correct apprehension, memory and sleep. The function of intelligence is to ascertain the nature of an object and thus help the senses to make choices. The intelligence is supposed to control or guide the senses. By intelligence one can understand how things are and if intelligence is properly applied one's consciousness becomes expanded. This begins with doubt, the first quality of intelligence. One doubts whether ones existence is spiritual or material. Doubt is a very important factor in developing intelligence, even though doubting is improper after receiving information from an authoritative source. Through proper analysis one then finds that things are different from what they seemed to be so far; thus misapprehension, the second quality of intelligence, is detected. Next, after eliminating the wrong understanding one can come to the proper conclusion; this is called correct apprehension, the third quality of intelligence. In this way by intelligence one can understands that one is not the body and one's consciousness becomes expanded; expansion of consciousness culminates in pure Krsna consciousness.
Beyond the intelligence's 3 qualities of doubt, misapprehension and correct apprehension there are also the qualities of memory and sleep. In order to keep the intelligence working properly one must sleep. For being fixed in one's intelligence one has to worship Sri Pradyumna, who is reached through the worship of Lord Brahma.

Directly related to intelligence in their function are the knowledge acquiring senses which are: Ears, skin, eyes, nose and the tongue.
With the working senses action are performed; there are five working senses as well: Tongue (mouth, speaking), hands, legs, genitals and the anus.
Both, the knowledge acquiring senses and the working senses are depending on the living energy (vital energy, prana), which is also created from the
false ego in the mode of passion. The more a person is influenced by the mode of passion the more he can accomplish and acquire. The Vedic scriptures recommend that if one wants to encourage a person in acquiring material possessions, one should also encourage him in sex life. Thus one can see that those who are addicted to sex life are also materially advanced. Sex life or passionate life is the impetus for the material advancement of civilization (SB 3.26.29).

From the false ego in ignorance the five subtle and gross elements, from whom all (perceivable) objects within the material world are made, become manifested; it is presided over by Sri Sankarsana. Therefore persons who are very dull and very much absorbed in the gross material world worship Lord Siva who is connected with Sri Sankarsana, in order to obtain gross material sense objects. When the false ego in ignorance is agitated by the sex energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, first the subtle element sound is manifested. The original and very first sound within the creation is the omkara, "OM", being the sound representation of the Supreme Personality’s Brahman aspect. From sound comes the gross element ether as well as the sense of hearing. Sound has the quality of conveying the idea of an object; therefore it is considered to be the subtle form of an object. Further sound indicates the presence of a speaker, eventually screened form our view, and it also constitutes the subtle form of ether (SB 3.26.32©33).

Ether has the qualities of accommodating the room for external and internal existences of all living entities, the field of activity of the vital air, the senses and the mind.
Ether means room or space, and it evolves from sound vibration. Thus form the original sound vibration "OM" the room was created within which the manifestation of the gross elements like air, fire, water and earth (the universe) can take place. In general the ether or sky gives accommodation to the room which the various material bodies of the living entities need for their external and internal existence. The internal existence of a living entity in the material world comprises of vital air (prana), senses and the mind. These ingredients require for their functioning subtle forms which are invisible and rest within ether. In this way ether accommodates the internal existence of the living entities within the material world. With external existence everything is meant that stands in relation with material objects which are external to the material body. By means of sound vibration, talking about a particular object, the subtle form of that object, which sound carries, is created within the mind. These subtle and invisible forms of material objects are given a room within the ether and this is called the external activity of ether. That within ether subtle, invisible forms of material sense objects can exist has been proven by modern science by transmission of television where forms as pictures are transmitted from one place to another by wireless means (SB 3.26.34). Thus it is seen that mental activities or psychological action in terms of thinking, feeling and willing are activities on the ethereal platform. This is very important in relation to the moment of death. On the basis of its reflections (which are influenced by sound vibrations) the mind generates desires for obtaining various sense objects. In fact these desires are unlimited and they all subtle forms within ether. An of course, they all result in various bodies in order to enjoy these desired situations (desiring a sense object indirectly means desiring all the tools to enjoy it) which are accommodated in their subtle form within ether as well. In this way one can, and in fact by every minute's desires one actually does create an unlimited number of bodies within the ether, all well equipped to become manifested on the gross level. At the moment when one particular body perishes the opportunity for one of all the subtle forms kept within ether arises to become manifested on the gross plane. This happens according to the level of contamination or desire which was most prominent within the mind at the moment of death. All this is described by Sri Krsna in the Bhagavadgita (8.58).

From the above it becomes clear that the evolution of various material elements is not something that takes place only once, at the moment of creation. The description of the primary creation is rather a general scheme by which matter is manifested in general, at the moment when creation starts as well as at any stage of the existence of the material manifestation. The difference is, however, that at the beginning of creation the sum total of each element was taken from a dormant state, the pradhana, and made available by the direction of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whereas later, when the living entities "create" while pursuing various desires they simply receive supplies from that sum total of the material elements.

From ethereal existence, under the influence of time, the subtle element touch and thence air and the sense of touch become manifested.
After creating subtle forms in the mind which are accommodated in the ether, time separates us from the manifestation of gross forms which we can touch.
By the influence of the mode of passion, which is related to air (movement)? We endeavor to manifest the form on the gross level. Our sense of proprietorship over action (= passion) is due to the activity of air within the material body. Consequently, we will "get in touch" with the gross form of what now is a wishful thought in the mind in due course of time.--

Yours
Dinesh

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Ghost Stories


Once when Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati was opening a new center in a house that had been given for the use of the Gaudiya Mission, a ghostly incident occurred.

He was staying in a room on the second floor. One brahmacari was in attendance, reading Srimad Bhagavatam while he worked at his desk. That brahmacari suddenly saw a bone‑hand float in through the window. He cried out and fainted. When Srila Bhaktisiddhanta inquired the cause for his alarm, the brahmacari told what he'd seen, but Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati didn't seem to take it as very important. He told the brahmacari to chant Hare Krishna, not cry unin‑ telligibly.



Thereafter the hand again appeared and floated into the room as if to grasp the neck of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. This time the brahmacari chanted Hare Krishna and then fainted. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati revived the brahmacari, saying, "Don't faint. Chant and read Srimad Bhaga‑ vatam." When the hand came again, the brahmacari did just that. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta saw the hand and chanted, "Haribol!", and the hand disappeared. He then said to the brahmacari, "No need to worry, that ghost is now delivered."

--
Yours
Dinesh

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THIS WICKED MIND

By His Divine Grace 
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura


"This wicked mind, which is never to be trusted, should be broomsticked every morning with such warnings as, "be not anxious to find fault with others, or to declare thyself a true sincere, bonafide bhakta, which certainly thou art not!" There is an adage to the effect that para-carccakera gati nahi kona kale, "a man who is habituated to criticize others' conduct will never prosper!" Let others do whatever they like, I have no concern for them. I should rather find fault with my own damned mind and think like the Vaisnava mahajana who sings:


amara jibana, sada pape rata,
nahiko punyera lesa
para-sukhe duhkhi, sada mithya-bhasi.
para-duhkha sukha-karo

“Ever engaged in vicious activity ... and without the slightest trace of virtue in me. A liar as I am, always sorry at others pleasures and merry at others’ sorrows, troubles and cares.We should always remember this song and engage our mind ceaselessly in hari-bhajana. We should not run about attacking others with dissuading policy; such conduct behooves only deceitful persons and not preachers."

From an English lecture given at the Calcutta Gaudiya Math the evening of 7/12/1936-- 


Yours
Dinesh

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Duty of Grihasta-2

A grhastha's first duty is to be fully dependent on Vasudeva, Krsna, and to try to satisfy Him in all respects by executing one's prescribed devotional service. 

This devotional service will depend on the instructions of authorities and the association of devotees who are actually engaged in devotional service. 

The beginning of devotional service is sravanam, or hearing. One must hear from the mouths of realized souls. In this way the grhastha's attraction to his wife and children will gradually be reduced.

Should earn what is required and not over-endeavor simply to accumulate money and unnecessarily increase in material comforts.

Although a grhastha should externally be very active in earning his livelihood, he should internally be situated as a fully self-realized person, without attachment for material gains.

Grhastha should be engaged in occupational duties advised by the spiritual master and sastra.

Specifically a grhastha should engage in agricultural activities to earn money. 

Whatever a grhastha may possess he should equally distribute to all living entities, without discrimination. The best process is to distribute prasada. 

A grhastha should not be very much attached to his wife; he should engage even his own wife in serving a guest with all attention.

Whatever money a grhastha accumulates by the grace of God he should spend in five activities, namely worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead,receiving Vaisnavas and saintly persons, distributing prasada to the general public and to all living entities,offering prasada to his forefathers, and also offering prasada to his own self.

The grhastha should also visit the holy places of pilgrimage mentioned in the puranas. 

In this way he should fully engage in worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead for the benefit of his family, his society, his country, and humanity at large.

--
Yours
Dinesh

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DUTY OF GRHASTHA-1

First Srila Bhaktivinoda quotes SB 11.18.42] grhino bhuta-raksejya, "The main duties of a householder are to give shelter to all living entities and perform sacrifice."

What is proper occupation? To know this, one should see the behavior of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's followers. As far as possible I will try to briefly compile them in this essay. First I will write about the behavior and occupation of the grhastha, as found in the character of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His devotees.

* As a support for his devotional service, a householder should find a suitable wife. (CC Adi 15.26-27)

* While maintaining religious family life with one's wife, sons and daughters born in the form of Krsna's servants and maidservants, to nourish them is called maintaining the family. In these activities there is a need for piously accumulating wealth. (CB Antya 5.41, CC Madhya 15.96)

* One must be educated at a proper age. But he should not study atheistic literatures. (CB Adi 12.49, Madhya 9.241-242)

* Serving guests is the principal duty of a grhastha--this is the Lord's instruction. (CB Adi 14.21, 26)

* A grhastha should act with simplicity in his dealings with people; he should not allow any kind of cheating or duplicity in his heart. (CB Adi 14.142)

* It is the principal duty of a grhastha to serve superior persons. (CC Adi 15.21)

* A householder should take the principles of renunciation to heart; but he should not dress as a renunciant. (CC Madhya 16.237-239)

* A householder is dutybound to work for the benefit of everyone. (CC Adi 9.41, 7.92)

* A householder should fully depend on the will of the Lord in all his activities. (CB Madhya 28.55)

* A householder should cautiously give up the association of nondevotees, women, and uxorious people. (CC Madhya 22.87)

* By following his prescribed duties a grhastha Vaisnava should accumulate wealth for his maintenance. He should not accumulate wealth by sinful means. (CB Antya 5.685-688)

* A householder should not hanker for another's wife or prostitutes. (CC Madhya 9.227-228)

* There is no difference between smartas and Vaisnavas regarding following the codes of religion. (CB Antya 9.388-389)

* It is the duty of a grhastha to constantly chant the holy names of the Lord and serve the Vaisnavas and the Lord with the help of his relatives and by the wealth he has earned through his pious life. Regarding serving the Vaisnavas, one should know that there are three types of nonduplicitous devotees. SErving such Vaisnavas is called vaisnava-seva. (CC Madhya 15.104)

* There is no need to gather many Vaisnavas by invitation [for prasada --VGD]. Whenever a Vaisnava comes for any purpose he should be properly served with care. By gathering many Vaisnavas, one may commit offenses. (CC Madhya 15.198)

* It is the duty of the grhastha Vaisnava to show mercy on the poor and the fallen. (CC Antya 3.238)

* A grhastha Vaisnava should not desire to give up his body merely out of some sentiment or anger. (CC Antya 4.57)

* There is no consideration of superior or inferior status due to social position in regard to worshipping Krsna. In worldly occupations there are different activities according to the different social divisions, which are due to superior and inferior grades of intelligence. There are no such distinctions in the process of devotional service. (CC Antya 4.66-67, 5.84)

* A grhastha Vaisnava should feel satisfied with whatever food and clothing he gets without difficulty. (CB Antya 4.293)

* A grhastha Vaisnava should perform devotional service with undeviated attention, knowing Krsna as the Lord of all. He should not disrespect the demigods worshipped by the smarta-sampradaya. (CB Antya 2.243)

* It is the duty of a grhastha to work for the benefit of others even by giving up his own self-interest. (CB Antya 3.365)

* A grhastha Vaisnava should respect and worship tulasi. (CB Antya 8.159-160)

* A householder with devotion is glorious, while a householder without devotion is insignificant. Whatever social dealings a householder has to perform should be done while taking shelter of the holy name of Krsna. (CC Antya 16.6-7)

* Everyone is prohibited from corrupt earning or spending, and workers are prohibited from accepting bribes. (CC Antya 9.90, 142-144)

* A grhastha should accept a spiritual master who is full of devotion and of pure character. (CB Madhya 21.65)

* A householder should be particularly careful not to commit offenses against the Vaisnavas. (CB Madhya 22.33)

* Serving devotees is a householder's main duty. (CC Antya 16.57, 60)

* In the SB 11.20.27-28 Lord Krsna describes how a householder should act until his natural propensity for enjoying sense objects is overcome and he fully attains the characteristics of a pure devotee: "Having awakened faith in the narrations of My glories, being disgusted with all material activities, knowing that all sense gratification leads to misery, but still being unable to renounce all sense enjoyment, My devotee remains happy and worships Me with great faith and conviction. Even though he is sometimes engaged in sense enjoyment, My devotee knows that all sense gratification leads to a miserable result, and he sincerely repents such activities."

* When a householder has faith, he should take initiation into the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. (CC Madhya 22.64)

* A grhastha Vaisnava must gradually acquire all the qualities mentioned in the Caitanya Caritamrta (Madhya 22.78.80): "Devotees are always merciful, humble, truthful, equal to all, faultless, magnanimous, mild and clean. They are without material possessions, and they perform welfare work for everyone. They are peaceful, surrendered to Krsna, and desireless. They are indifferent to material acquisitions and fixed in devotional service. They completely control the six bad qualities---lust, anger, greed, and so forth. They eat only as much as required, and they are not inebriated. They are respectful, grave, compassionate, and without false prestige. They are friendly, poetic, expert and silent."

* A grhastha Vaisnava should be eager to associate with advanced devotees. (CC Madhya 22.83)

* Out of all the processes of devotional service, one should give earnest attention to the five limbs mentioned in Caitanya-caritamrta (Madhya 22.128-129): "One should associate with devotees, chant the holy name of the Lord, hear Srimad Bhagavatam, reside at Mathura, and worship the Deity with faith and veneration. These five limbs of devotional service are the best of all. Even a slight performance of these five awakens love for Krsna."

* A grhastha Vaisnava should not endeavor for any knowledge or renunciation other than knowledge of one's relationship with the Lord in devotional service and renunciation born from devotional service. If one begins the worship of Krsna with special care and eagerness, then he achieves all auspiciousness. (CC Madhya 22.145)

* A grhastha Vaisnava should constantly chant the holy names while carefully giving up the ten offenses. (CC Antya 4.70-71)

* A householder should accept pure devotional service that is not based simply on religious sentiments. (CB Madhya 23.41)

* The mood of servitude is proper for a living entity, and the mood of being lord is detrimental. (CB Madhya 23.480, 482)

* A grhastha Vaisnava should model his character after that of Lord Caitanya and His followers. A householder should follow the ways of life and obtain his means of livelihood as exhibited by Lord Caitanya and His followers. If one desires Krsna in all his activities, then those activities are auspicious. By endeavoring to gratify one's senses and attain irrelevant fruits, one becomes a materialist... Srila Ramananda Raya, Sri Pundarika Vidyanidhi, Sri Srivasa Pandita, Sri Sivananda Sena, Sri Satyaraja Khan, and Sri Advaita Prabhu were all grhasthas and have shown us the way of faultless living. The difference between a householder and a renunciate is due to their different means of livelihood. If the home is favorable for a devotee's devotional service, he then becomes eligible to leave home. At that time the detachment he develops for his house through his devotional service is accepted. For this reason, Srivasa Pandita did not leave home. For this reason, Svarupa Damodara took sannyasa. All genuine devotees have remained either at home or in the forest due to this consideration. Whoever has left home due to this consideration is called a genuine renunciate. He is always careful to not commit offenses against the holy name.



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Essence of the four Vaisnava philosophies.


[Gauracandra to Nimbarka:]“`Later, when I begin the sankirtana movement, I Myself will preach the essence of the four Vaisnava philosophies.

From Madhva I will receive two essential items: his complete defeat of the Mayavada philosophy [kevale-advaita-nirasana], and his service to the Deity of Krsna, accepting the Deity as an eternal spiritual being [krsna-murti-sevana].

From Ramanuja I will accept two great teachings: the concept of bhakti unpolluted by karma and jnana [ananya-bhakti], and service to the devotees [bhakta-jana-seva].

From Visnusvami's teachings I will accept two main elements: the sentiment ofexclusive dependence on Krsna [tadiya-sarvasva-bhava], and the path of raga-bhakti [raga-marga].

And from you [Nimbarka] I will receive two excellent principles: the necessity of taking shelter of Radha [ekanta-radhikasraya], and the high esteem for the gopis' love of Krsna [gopi-bhava].

-'”Sri Bhaktivinod Thakur "Navadvipa-dhama Mahatmya", Chapter Sixteen-- 


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My devotee sincerely repents such activities...

In the SB 11.20.27-28 Lord Krsna describes how a householder should act until his natural propensity for enjoying sense objects is overcome and he fully attains the characteristics of a pure devotee: "Having awakened faith in the narrations of My glories, being disgusted with all material activities, knowing that all sense gratification leads to misery, but still being unable to renounce all sense enjoyment, My devotee remains happy and worships Me with great faith and conviction. Even though he is sometimes engaged in sense enjoyment, My devotee knows that all sense gratification leads to a miserable result, and he sincerely repents such activities."

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Kamsa's moment of doubt

Kamsa’s moment of doubt

14 Aug 2014 by  Leave a Comment

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 09 May 2014, Bhaktivedanta Manor, England, Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.23.36)

kks_serbia_RY_2014In the Nectar of Devotion, we have a description of Kamsa’s moment of doubt. I like it! Kamsa sits on his throne in Mathura, in his ultimate mood of demoniac nature, and he is thinking, “Hah, what can Krsna do to me? Nothing! I have powerful malice. So many. I mean Keshi, you know Keshi, the ultimate personification of power. What is this Krsna going to do to me?”

Just then, the messenger runs into the court, “Your majesty, your majesty, your majesty. Tragic news!”

Kamsa, “WHAT?”

“Your majesty… Keshi!”

 Kamsa, “Noooo, not Keshi!

“Your majesty, Keshi is no more.”

Kamsa, “No, he (Krsna) is too powerful, he is inconceivable! How is it possible? Maybe, maybe I should just surrender unto him? But what would people say, imagine me, Kamsa! No, I could not do that! Maybe then I should just go to Vrindavan and inflict pain on the residents. But how can I go when I’m too afraid to leave the palace because of Krsna.”

Isn’t it nice that even Kamsa, for a moment, was thinking, “Maybe I should just surrender!” Just see, that gives us hope. If that can come up in Kamsa’s head and heart then anybody has a chance. That is nice. Even the demons are touched by Krsna. Krsna is Bhagavan.


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Oh my Lord, make me dance!

Oh my Lord, make me dance!

15 Aug 2014 by  Leave a Comment

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 11 April 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, Lecture at House Program)
Sp_smilingPrabhupada danced on so many occasions! But the most importance statement about Srila Prabhupada's dancing is not his dancing in the Avalon ballroom, in the San Francisco concert, nor is it in London at the famous London Ratha Yatra where Prabhupada went up and down in love and ecstasy.

The real dancing that Srila Prabhupada did is described in the Markine Bhagavata Dharma. When theJaladuta had just landed in New York, Prabhupada began to write about how he was just a kāṣṭhera puttali– a puppet, a wooden doll, a marionette, just a puppet on strings, "Make me dance. Oh my Lord, make me dance." In other words, to become the willing instrument of Krsna, in Krsna's hands, as Krsna desires it! There, Prabhupada really danced! And the amazing thing that happened is that the puppet itself turned into a puppeteer and subsequently, so many puppets danced in the hands of that puppeteer. Prabhupada made so many men dance according to his will!

He made them go to remote places. He made them really do something very substantial. That was Prabhupada, he was a general undoubtedly, driving a mission to go forward, to conquer the world. There is no doubt about that. Prabhupada said he had no problem except one problem which was that he could not think small, and that was a fact! He never could think small. He would always think big, so big that it would blow the mind of all. There is no one who does not feel that Prabhupada's big thinking exceeds anything that they ever thought; that is a fact!

But that is Guru; he has a greater vision about our life than we have ourselves. He wants something greater from us than what we would do on our own. Therefore, Guru is always challenging us to do more, to go beyond our limits.


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Pride takes away love

It is our false pride that keeps Krishna and other living entities far from us. We have not only false ego but also egotism(pride in having accomplished something).

When we were new to Krishna consciousness we were sooooo blissful because we were humble and never wanted to take any credit for ourself nor took pride in our accomplishments. Over a period of time we gained a lot of knowledge all from other Vaishnavas and Prabhupada and Guru. Later we thought now I know everything and started becoming complacent. This is when we loose ecstasy in spiritual life. As long as we have our false pride in our heart, Krishna never comes closer to us.

He has His own ways to shatter this thick wall of false pride in our heart to make us better devotees with more humility and love for Krishna and His devotees.

The moment we start thinking, "oh I have been in the movement for so and so long and serving nicely, accomplished such and such things. I am the best and others are neophytes", it's actually we who are neophytes to think so. The best attitude towards being humble is to think that I am a new Bhakta everyday.

Forget all the past and Krishna remembers His devotees' every single service and we don't have to worry about recognition or cheap adoration which is shallow and at the utmost pleasing for the material element our false ego. At one point Krishna will allow Himself to be conquered by our love, and gives Himself but it's not so easy to get to that point without unalloyed pure constant devotional service to Him. The price to pay is very high but is possible.

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Dinesh
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Srila Prabhupada Samsara Davanala Sri Gurv astakam

Check out this video on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/WMiyGh2elHU


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Krishna Is Behind Everything

Krishna Is Behind Everything

19 Apr 2010 by  Leave a Comment

Srimad Bhagavatam is designed to help us see how Krishna is close to us. Bhagavatam begins to explain, how the creation is emanating from Krishna and how everything in this world is depending on Krishna. It says that, without Krishna, we cannot see and without Krishna we cannot hear… 
He controls all our essential functions. So in this way, everything relates to Krishna…
We see that the Supreme Lord is ultimately behind the sun. He supplies that unlimited energy! How can a thing be possible for the sun to keep on shining, shining, shining, shining, shining? and it never becomes diminished! and it’s heat – How’s it possible? 
It is the unlimited energy of the Supreme Lord!

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05/04/2010)


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Amazing mercy!


Amazing mercy!

01 Aug 2014 by  Leave a Comment

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 27 June 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.13.17)

lord-jagannathIn my travels, I visited a devotee’s house and he had quite an amazing altar. On his altar, he had deities of Radha Krsna which were from Vrindavan and 250 years old. In those days, there were a lot of details in the deities – they were very beautiful, they were very ecstatic. They were like in some sort of dancing pose but that was not everything. This devotee he had gone to India, and he had done some service in some of the places where Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had performed his pastimes and some families in India, they still have some things that were used by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu directly.

He helped those families to clean these things and to make arrangements to preserve them better. As a result, they gave him little pieces; a piece of a the chadhaar of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, a piece of a kaupinaof Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and a little chip off the shoes from Lord Caitanya which are in the temple inDhameswara. In Navadvip, there is a temple and we know that when Caitanya Mahaprabhu took sannyas, he left his shoes for Visnupriya, his wife. She worshiped those shoes and those shoes are still there. The shoes are made of wood and they are in a silver casing. In order to preserve the shoes, they took them out of the silver casing and there were a few tiny pieces of the wood and this devotee got some of those. So he has all kinds of things like that – paraphernalia that were directly used by Caitanya Mahaprabhu and a piece of a turban of Lord Nityananda, directly Nityananda’s turban.

book distribution_durbanIn Jaipur, there is a jacket of Madhu Pandit which made up of tulasi beads, it is very famous. This devotee has a little piece of it. This devotee has some shakti (power) to collect all these things. What an amazingamount of mercy is there on his altar! In this way, coming closer to Krsna. When we are eager to collect mercy, then we are eager in spiritual life. Everyone has some ability, someshakti – something that they can do. Some people distribute books. Some may say, ‘Ah, what will my seven books do?’ But it is not just about the seven books. We go out every day and because the books are distributed through personal contact, a person gets touched by that book and that is meaningful!

In the beginning of spiritual life, we get a little taste and then when we build it up more and more with service; and then Krsna, who is otherwise invisible to us, becomes more visible. If you make such an altar and you have so many holy places, Krsna becomes more manifest. So this is our business, to somehow or other, make arrangements through service – by serving Krsna to make him more manifest in our life then everything becomes meaningful! Otherwise it is difficult you know. Otherwise people look at us and think,‘Look at them, they give up everything.’ Then we ourselves feel, ‘Look at ourselves. We are giving up everything.’ And all our focus is about giving up, then it is very difficult, how could we give up everything, for how long? But, if we are actually getting absorbed in serving Krsna and we discover more and more about Krsna, then everything gets quite amazing! 

Also on this altar, this devotee had a deity of Lord Jagannatha, just Jagannatha. In Jagannatha Puri, they worshiped Lord Jagannatha in quite a special way – very elaborately! Lord Jagannatha is made of wood and in India there are termites which eat the wood. So anything made of wood is difficult to keep over the years as it just gets destroyed. So, deities of wood are more temporary than deities of stone, obviously. Therefore, there is a practice that approximately almost every nineteen years, a new deity of Jagannatha is carved which replaces the old deity and the old deity is put to rest in the ground by performing a ceremony. And what they do, is that inside Lord Jagannatha, in the region of the heart, somewhere in the trunk, there is a space, a hole, and inside there is what they call a brahma padartha. The brahma padarthais actually a salagram sila which is inside the deity. When the new deity is re-carved, the brahma padarthafrom the old deity is put inside the new deity.

kks_radhadeshSo then this devotee had Jagannatha and inside there, was this Govardhana sila. So it was quite an altar. Not just some pictures of Krsna and everything is fine to offer something! No, everything was quite filled with special mercy and with special arrangements. That kind of effort is what makes the difference. When we do that then we live with Krsna. It is said in theUpadesamrta or The Nectar of Instruction, that the devotee must always live in Vrindavan by hearing, chanting, remembering and being constantly engaged! In that way, we are entering deeper into the spiritual realm until that becomes our reality and only then can we be peaceful in devotional service, when we live in the spiritual world!

As long as we live in the material world and are practicing a spiritual life, then it will be a struggle. But, we should try to live in a spiritual world and try to serve Krsna nicely there. Like the altar is the spiritual world, so when we serve on the altar, we are serving in the spiritual world. The Bhagavatam is Krsna and when we are reading the Bhagavatam then we are in the spiritual world. The name of Krsna is non-different from Krsna so when we chant the name then we are with Krsna. So, all these things are giving us access to the spiritual world. Sri Vrindavan Dham is the spiritual world. The essence is that we must somehow or other live in the spiritual world and then this Krsna consciousness will be blissful. Then our renunciation, our so called renunciation, will be no renunciation at all it is simply a means of staying free from material entanglement so that the material energy does not take too much of our time!

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The glories of Srimad Bhagavatam

The glories of Srimad Bhagavatam

08 Apr 2014 by  Leave a Comment

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, December 2013, Pretoria, South Africa, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture)

bhagavatam_bigThe nature of Srimad Bhagavatam is that it is ever fresh. It is never old; it is never stale but ever fresh! It is going on right now – Bhagavatam. There is no limit to the Bhagavatam. The demigods have a Bhagavatam of 100 000 verses. We have 18 000 verses and they have a 100 000. There is more and more… and more will be revealed. Bhagavatam will be revealed from within the heart because dharmasya tattvaṁ nihitaṁ guhāyāṁ (Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 25.57) – true religious principles are not found within the scripture alone but they are hidden within the heart. Within the heart these things will be revealed.

So we read Srimad Bhagavatam and then we live by Srimad Bhagavatam and then Srimad Bhagavatam becomes revealed to us, gradually. This is the system of how to change our lives. That is the idea. Only then will we know Srimad Bhagavatam. You cannot know the Bhagavatam just by reading. By reading, you scratch the surface but you cannot know; just as you cannot know Vrndavan by just buying a ticket, going there and walking around. One may say, "Radhe Radhe," but we cannot know. We cannot penetrate into Vrndavan unless we live like the eternal residents of Vrndavan, unless we become pure devotees then we can perceive Vrndavan.



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Dinesh

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Need a shortcut?


Need a shortcut?

07 Aug 2014 by  Leave a Comment

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 September 2013, Durban, South Coast Hall Program, Class "Living in truth")

srimad-bhagavatamIn one verse, the whole message of Srimad Bhagavatam is summarized. So, I am saving you from the trouble because the Bhagavatam is 18 000 verses long. So you pay attention, just for one moment, to catch this one. This is a shortcut to 18 000 verses. So that helps. It has been identified like that: as the one verse that sheds light to all the other verses – paribhasa-sutra – in a condensed form.

ete cāḿśa-kalāḥ puḿsaḥ
kṛṣṇas tu bhagavān svayam
indrāri-vyākulaḿ lokaḿ
mṛḍayanti yuge yuge (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.28)

 

"I appear again and again, millennium after millennium, in so many forms, as so many avatars, but in this form of Krsna I am bhagavan svayam. I am – svayam – the Supreme Lord Himself – the Original Supreme Personality of Godhead, from whom everything emanates, who is the origin of all other forms and the origin of everything that exists. That original personality am I – Sri Krsna."

That is the essence of Srimad Bhagavatam; the conclusion of all the 18000 verses.

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Keep it real!

Keep it real!

11 Aug 2014 by  Leave a Comment

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Bhagavad-gita 9.9)

krsna in vrindavanKrsna is full of love and full of kindness. We are too focused on the reality of the body, on this life we are going through… Whereas Krsna is not illusioned by the material forms, Krsna is seeing the soul. He is interested in the service the soul has rendered because that is actually blissful activity. Anything else is never blissful.Any material activity is never everblissful! Sometimes we are hoping that it is going to be. We hope that the material energy will be fulfilling our desires and as soon as there is a little enjoyment we say, “Yes, yes, yes! Now I am happy. Now I am so happy!”

But how happy are you really? Are you really happy? Who are you trying to convince? Material happiness is not going to be possible.

This verse (BG 9.9), takes us to this aspect of the material world, that Krsna has nothing to do with the material world. He is not interested in the material world; he did not want the material world. He does not particularly want to do anything with the material world. It is not his design, his plan. It is all the plan of the living beings. Krsna’s plan is something totally different – it is the spiritual world, and Krsna makes endless efforts to bring all living beings back to the spiritual world, in someway or other but to become a resident of spiritual world requires a certain quality, so Krsna does make many arrangements for us to learn.

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Poking mind - you stupid stop it

Our mind is like a baby poking us every time. We tolerate for most of the times but sometimes the poking gets too annoying to finally get our attention on it's cravings. If we give way to what is being asked it may turn us to ditch and at that time the same mind says, you stupid why did you do this? You don't have any sense?

In the Bhagavatham 11th canto it is mentioned that a horse rider will go in the way of horse initially to get it to full control. The horse rider will give way to the different things that a horse does in the beginning to understand the horse and eventually gains full control of the horse. Similarly the Vedic samskaras from birth to death help us to control the horse like or baby like mind in a protected safe way so that we don't get totally lost!!!
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