Archive for November, 2006

Gita Jayanti and Christmas Book Distribution Marathon

BY MADHUDVISA DASA

Nov 30, USA (SUN) —

Gita Jayanti and the holiday season are coming at the same time. So it is a great opportunity to give the Bhagavad-Gita to others as a gift. It is the most sublime and valuable knowledge. The perfect gift.

This is Srila Prabhupada’s original 1972 edition of “Bhagavad-Gita As It Is,” the most authorized and popular edition of Bhagavad-Gita throughout the whole world.

“And I declare that he who studies this sacred conversation worships Me by his intelligence.” BG 18:70

For more than twenty years this book was unavailable as ISKCON released a “Revised and Enlarged Edition” in 1983 and stopped printing Prabhupada’s original book. (more…)

November 30, 2006 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Tattva Sandarbha – Section 3

BY SRILA JIVA GOSWAMI

All glories to Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami in the land of Mathura. They have engaged me in writing this book to broadcast the essential truth about the Supreme Lord.

Sri Jiva Toshani Commentary

According to Sanskrit grammatical rules, the pronoun imam (this) is used for objects near at hand, to indicate proximity. Since the book is not done yet, use of imam “this book” in this verse may seem a defect. Baladeva Vidyabhushana comments, however, that because the book already exists within the mind of Srila Jiva Gosvami, he speaks of it as having already come into existence. (more…)

November 30, 2006 at 4:19 pm Leave a comment

Prabhupada Padma-vakya – Nov 28

November 28, 1966, New York
Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 20.137-138
“…you must always remember. In the spiritual, absolute sense, God plus me is also God, and God minus me is also God. When I am minus, that does not mean God has lost some of His capacity. No. He is full.”
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November 28, 1972, Hyderabad
Bhagavad-gita 2.24
“We are trying to make a permanent settlement here. Making very nice building, spending millions of dollars, making it very strong so that it may not, may not be destroyed. So everyone is trying to keep himself permanent.”
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November 28, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.28
“We do not die after the annihilation of this body, but you are so dull by the influence of maya, we think that death is inevitable.”
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November 28, 1975, Delhi
Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.1
“This is a bag of three elements: kapha, pitta, vayu. Or if we don’t understand kapha pitta vayu, we can understand that this body is made of flesh, bone, mucus.”
Audio Text
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

November 29, 2006 at 9:01 am Leave a comment

Tattva Sandarbha – Section 2

 

BY SRILA JIVA GOSWAMI

In Kali-yuga, we take shelter of Sri Krishna Caitanya by congregational chanting of the holy names. He is blackish within but golden without and He manifested the opulence of His beautiful bodily limbs to the common people.

Sri Jiva Toshani Commentary

Here Srila Jiva Gosvami explains the meaning of the opening verse. Lord Krishna, whose color is blackish, covered Himself with the golden color of Srimati Radharani to appear as Krishna Caitanya in Kali-yuga. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but His purpose is to show us how to be a devotee. For this reason, it is not readily apparent that He is the Supreme Lord, thus Srimad Bhagavatam describes Him as the “hidden incarnation.” (more…)

November 29, 2006 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

The Krishna Consciousness Movement Illustrated History Page

Nov 28, USA (TUE) — See this excellent new website, conceived by Rasala das, the founder of the Protectacow website. The new site, the Krsna Consciousness Movement Illustrated History page, is filled with many historical images. “Click” on each image and you’re shown a caption that describes the scene or moment in time.

The site developers have gathered together an excellent collection of pictures that illustrate the timeline of Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental activities. Many of the early photos are seldom seen online, and will be especially pleasing to the Vaisnavas.

November 29, 2006 at 8:25 am Leave a comment

Tattva Sandarbha – Section 1

BY SRILA JIVA GOSWAMI

Sri Jiva Toshani Commentary

In Vedic culture every undertaking begins with an invocation, technically called Mangalacarana. The purpose is to invoke the blessings of the Supreme Personality of Godhead for removing any obstacle to the completion of the work. This book, Sri Shat Sandarbha, being a detailed treatise on the Lord’s name, fame, abode, qualities, pastimes, and associates, is already all-auspicious. As such it needs no invocation. Following in the footsteps of the previous acaryas, however, and to set an ideal for his reader, Srila Jiva Gosvami performs Mangalacarana.

Mangalacarana is of three types and it may have one or more verses. The three types are:

    Namaskriyatmaka: paying obeisances to one’s worshipable deity, to one’s teacher(s), or to both.

    Asirvadatmaka: praying to the Lord for His blessings or bestowing blessings upon the readers, or pronouncing “All glories to the Lord.”

    Vastu-nirdesatmaka: summarizing the subject matter of the book. (more…)

November 28, 2006 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

Lord Jagannath’s Mystic Visitors

BY SOMANATH KHUNTIA [ Click for larger image ]


Nov 27, PURI, ORISSA (MON) — Lord Jagannath is a mystic Deity, and there are many phenomena surrounding Him which cannot be explained by modern science. Not only do sages, seers and people from different parts of the world come to see Him, but inhabitants of other spheres come as well. As He is considered the Master of the universe, He attracts all. There is documented evidence to support many of these occurrences in the form of eyewitness reports and objects left by divine beings when they came. These events are also documented in ancient epics, palm-leaf scripts, and in texts written by scholars and sages of the past. Some are as follows:

1) Manima Daka Sloka from Niladri:

Mahodaya
Rajadhi Rajarajeshwar
Ishwara Thakur, Manima
Anantakoti Brahmanda
Ishwara Thakur, Manima
Chaturdasha Bhubana
Ishwara Thakur, Manima

In the daily rituals of the temple this sloka is recited at the time when Lord Jagannath retires to bed. The meaning is this:

“Oh Lord Jagannath
You are king of kings
You are master of many universes
You are the controller of all creations”

The khuntia worshipper who recites this sloka then scatters flower petals up into the air to welcome all the divine beings who have come that evening to observe this ritual. (more…)

November 28, 2006 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

Offering Bhoga to the Great Lord Jagannath

BY DILLIP KUMAR SAMANTARAY

Nov 26, PURI, ORISSA (SUN) — The kings who were ruling over Orissa since the Ganga Rule (13th century A.D. onwards) were considering themselves as the servant (Rautta) of the great Lord Jagannath. The same paraphernalia as is found in a royal household is also discernible in the temple of Jagannath Mahaprabhu with much splendour and magnificence. The items of Bhogas that are offered daily to the deities are many and varied and they are offered with royal dignity and ceremonial purity.

Bhogas are of two kinds: – (i) Those that are cooked and prepared inside the temple kitchens are called “sankhudi“. They are prepared out of rice, black gram and other vegetables (ii) Those that are prepared outside the kitchen but inside the temple specified for the purpose are called Nisankhudi Bhogas. These constitute Bhogas made out of flour, wheat, ghee, candy etc. This divine kitchen of Lord Jagannath is one of the biggest and most splendid kitchens of the world which can feed one lakh people at a time.

There is a popular proverb that:

    Sada rasa vyanjana nana yati | chhapana Bhoga lage dinarati

    “Multifarious dishes of six-fold tasters, fifty-six bhogas are offered day and night”

(more…)

November 27, 2006 at 8:55 am Leave a comment

Three Component Parts of the Lord’s Internal Energy – Part 2

BY BHAVA DASA (ACBSP) 

The second of the three “internal modes” is samvit-sakti (cit) – the Lords “knowledge” potency.

It is between this energy and the external energy (maya), that the marginal energy-the living entities (jivas), exist [1]. It is understood that the marginal energy is emanating from the samvit-sakti. It is this potency through which the Lord “knows Himself and causes others to know Him” [2] as well. When the jivas are covered by maya, they forget the Lord and their eternal relationship with Him, and become eternally conditioned (nitya-baddha) [3] in the darkness of her existence.

Because the Lord is omnipotent, He is fully cognizant without restriction-knowing everything everywhere. The jivas on the other hand, are limited in their cognition, due to innumerable impediments. “The cognition of the living beings has three divisions: direct knowledge, indirect knowledge and perverted knowledge.” [4]  (more…)

November 27, 2006 at 8:49 am Leave a comment

Odana Sasthi

Nov 26,  (SUN) – Today is the obsevance of the Odana Sasthi

Srila Prabhupada briefly described the ritual of Odana Sasthi in his purport to Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya lila 16-78:

    “At the beginning of winter, there is a ceremony known as the Odana-sasthi. This ceremony indicates that from that day forward, a winter covering should be given to Lord Jagannatha. That covering is directly purchased from a weaver. According to the arcana-marga, a cloth should first be washed to remove all the starch, and then it can be used to cover the Lord.”

Odana Sasthi is also described in Caitanya Bhagavata, Antya lila:

Around this time, the festival of Odana Sasthi began at Puri and Lord Jagannatha was dressed in new clothes–all starched. Although starched cloth is considered improper and impure, the purjaris nevertheless dressed Him in this way. On this day the ceremony of ‘wearing new starched clothes’ was being celebrated with pomp and grandeur. Sri Gaurasundara watched the ceremony along with the devotees. Lord Jagannatha was dressed in various bright colored starched clothes (white, pink and green), and was decorated with garlands and flowers. Varieties of festive music played and Mahaprabhu enjoyed the festival with great pleasure until late in the evening. He then returned to His residence along with His devotees. On the way home the two friends, Svarupa Damodara and Sri Vidyanidhi, raised a discussion regarding the Lord’s starched clothes. (more…)

November 27, 2006 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

Three Component Parts of the Lord’s Internal Energy – Part 1

BY BHAVA DASA (ACBSP)  

There are three spiritual modes of internal energy called sandhini-sakti, samvit-sakti, and hladhini-sakti. Over the next few weeks each of these component parts will be presented, beginning with this paper on sandhini-sakti.

Eternality, or sat, is conducted by the sandhini potency, and is the impersonal Brahman (brahmajyoti) feature of Godhead. Being limitless, it extends in all directions-three-fourths in Vaikuntha, and one-fourth as the resting place of this cosmic manifestation, or mrtyu-loka (the place of death). Juxtaposed to the sat feature, Mrtyu-loka is known as asat, or nonexistent, being impermanent. (more…)

November 26, 2006 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

Temple Razed in Almaty, Row Starts

BY NEELU VYAS

Nov 25, NEW DELHI, INDIA (CNN-IBN) — The demolition of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple in Kazhakstan has snowballed into a raging controversy. ISKCON devotees, protesting the incident, went on a rampage outside the Kazakhstan Embassy in Delhi.

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While the Kazhakh authorities claim the temple was built illegally, devotees call it a religious persecution.

Life could not have taken a more ugly turn for Rati Manjari, an ISKCON complex devotee, from Kazakhstan who was on a pilgrimage to India, when Khazakh authorities bulldozed her house in the ISKCON complex.

“I have no roof over my head in this winter time. It’s not only me, there were mothers with children. Where will they go?” Kazak Hindu devotee Rati Manjari said. (more…)

November 26, 2006 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

Brahma Samhita on YouTube

Nov 25, (SAT) — Here is another excellent video montage by YouTube user ‘Romapada’, featuring Srila Prabhupada’s introduction to Brahma Samhita, along with a beautiful collection of collaged pictures of Krsna and Srila Prabhupada.

November 26, 2006 at 5:58 pm Leave a comment

Will Rest of Hare Krishna Commune in Kazakhstan be Destroyed?

BY IGOR ROTAR

Nov 24, OSLO, NORWAY (FORUM 18) — With almost a quarter of the Hare Krishna-owned homes in their Sri Vrindavan Dham commune on the outskirts of Almaty already destroyed, community members are afraid that the rest of the 66 homes – including their temple – could be next. “The community is in shock, but they are determined to defend their homes and place of worship,” community member Govinda Swami told Forum 18 News Service. He says destruction of the temple would be “devastating”.

Neighbouring houses owned by non-Krishna devotees have not been touched and sources have told Forum 18 that President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s brother has designs on the property. Local administration chief Bagdad Akhmetayev refused to say why the homes were being destroyed when the court merely ordered the devotees’ eviction, telling Forum 18 “I simply came to watch the demolition and I am not prepared to make any comment. Please ask the court bailiffs directly.” (more…)

November 25, 2006 at 6:42 am Leave a comment

Kazakhstan Human Rights Violation on YouTube

BY SUDARSHAN DASA

Nov 23, HONG KONG (THURS) — Here is a video of the Kazakhstan government’s destruction yesterday of one of eleven devotee homes, filed on YouTube by ‘NDByers’.

November 25, 2006 at 6:40 am Leave a comment

Amazing fire display at Iskcon Manipur’s Sri Sri Prahlad Nrisimhadeva installation

Different aratis were performed and then the fire Yajna started. The brahmanas told the devotees to look carefully at the flames during the fire sacrifice. They said that Lord Nrisimhadeva will appear in the flames of the fire. They instructed those with cameras to take lots of photos. Later they were very happy to see these photos and showed the different forms of Lord Nrisimhadeva in the flames to the devotees.

nrisimhadeva.jpgThen the brahmanas performed a small abhishek for Sri Sri Prahlad Nrisimha. Water, milk, turmeric, flowers and honey were poured over the Lord. He was cleansed and then dressed in new clothes.

There was a final arati and then the Lord was put to rest. It was at Mangal Arati time that this first part of the installation ceremony came to an end. Everyone present felt great joy from seeing the wonderful installation ceremony of Lord Nrisimhadeva.

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November 24, 2006 at 9:07 am 1 comment

The Pattern of Hinduism and Hindu Temple Building in the U.S.

BY KAREN PECHILIS PRETISS

 Srila Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold, West Virginia

Nov 22, USA (WED) — Hinduism has become increasingly established in the U.S. through a series of encounters over the past 150 years. These encounters are emblematic of Americans’ increasing familiarity with Indian, and Asian, traditions; of contact between Americans and Indian immigrants, and of relationships among cultural traditions in a society that is self-consciously pluralistic. Two distinct forms of Hinduism have contributed to these encounters. In recent public lectures, Professor Vasudha Narayanan of the University of Florida has classified Hindu institutions in America today into two categories from Hindu tradition: 1. organizations that promote self-help practices (e.g. yoga, meditation), and 2. organizations that provide the means for formal ritual worship (e.g. temples). (See also her website on the Pluralism Project Affiliates page.) (more…)

November 23, 2006 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

Prasadam Addict

BY TARU DAS

The Agony and the Ecstasy

In this material world everyone needs some-thing to look forward to because generally no one is satisfied with his present condition. They are hoping that in the future, in some other situation or with some other person, they will experience happiness. The working man is always waiting for payday, the student is looking toward summer vacation, the lover is wishing to meet his beloved, the little boy can’t wait to grow up. (more…)

November 22, 2006 at 11:41 pm Leave a comment

Prabhupada Padma-vakya – Nov 22


November 22, 1966, New Yorkvani1.gif
Bhagavad-gita 9.2
“So out of the moving entities, very small number are human beings. There are 8,400,000′s of species of life. Out of that, only 400,000 species of life are this human body.”  Read full article

November 22, 1966, New York
Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 20.97-99
“Now, those who are actually perfected, out of them, out of millions of them, one can understand Krsna.”  Read full article
 
November 22, 1972, Hyderabad
Bhagavad-gita 2.17
“Their proposition is that this consciousness is a symptom of combination of matter. That is Buddhist philosophy. They do not accept the existence of soul.”  Read full article
 
November 22, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.22
“Just like we are taking milk from the cows, service from the bull, from the horse, from the ass — even cats and dogs. So we are also indebted to them.”  Read full article
 
November 22, 1976, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.33
“Here is sastra, that the incarnation of God, even He passes stool, it is fragrant. He can do it. That is God. That practically you can see, that the cow dung… Cow dung, you can make a stack of cow dung here. It will never disturb you. You’ll, rather, feel pleasure, passing through that portion of field where cow dung is stacked.”  Read full article
 
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

November 22, 2006 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

Hail, Seitan

BY CAITANYA BHAGAVAT DAS

Nov 21, USA (TUES) — Not too long ago I was shopping at an Asian supermarket when I noticed an interesting fact printed that I had never heard before. A blurb on the label of a can of mock pork, made from seitan, wheat gluten “fake meat”, claimed that such vegetarian treats were developed in China by Buddhists centuries ago in observance of the vow of vegetarianism. I have been a vegetarian for sixteen years and have grown to take the world of easily accessible, veggie-friendly food for granted. I feel confident that I have vegetarian options comparable (if not better!) than any non-vegetarian dinner out there. It wasn’t until I discovered this tidbit of information on the side of canned “mock pork” did I ever wonder where the idea of fake meat came from, or even begin to think it might have an interesting history.

(more…)

November 22, 2006 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

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