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The Jaladuta Diary – August 31

The transcendental journey of Srila Prabhupada on the Jaladuta.

Tuesday, August 31, 1965

“Passed over a great crisis on the struggle for life and death. A separate statement has to be written on this crisis area.”

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August 31, 2007 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

More Scientists Doubting Darwin’s Theory

BY DISCOVERY INSTITUTE

Aug 29, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (WED) — By February of this year, another 100 scientists had joined the ranks of scientists from around the world publicly stating their doubts about the adequacy of Darwin’s theory of evolution.

“Darwinism is a trivial idea that has been elevated to the status of the scientific theory that governs modern biology,” says dissent list signer Dr. Michael Egnor. Egnor is a professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook and an award-winning brain surgeon named one of New York’s best doctors by New York Magazine.

Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture today announced that over 700 scientists from around the world have now signed a statement expressing their skepticism about the contemporary theory of Darwinian evolution. The statement reads: “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.” (more…)

August 30, 2007 at 7:30 am Leave a comment

Krishna’s Boyhood Friends

Krsna and the Cowherd Boys Praise Balarama

“Among the groups of different friends of Krsna, some are well known from various scriptures, and some are well known by popular tradition. There are three divisions among Krishna’s friends: some are eternally in friendship with Krishna, some are elevated demigods, and some are perfected devotees.

In all of these groups there are some who by nature are fixed in Krishna‘s service and are always engaged in giving counsel; some of them are very fond of joking and naturally cause Krsna to smile by their words; some of them are by nature very simple, and by their simplicity they please Lord Krishna; some of them create wonderful situations by their activities, apparently against Krishna; some of them are very talkative, always arguing with Krishna and creating a debating atmosphere; and some of them are very gentle and give pleasure to Krishna by their sweet words. All of these friends are very intimate with Krishna, and they show expertise in their different activities, their aim always being to please Krishna.” (more…)

August 28, 2007 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

Transcendental Associates in Madhurya-rasa

Rasa-lila – Krsna’s Most Confidential Pastimes

Five moods of transcendental relationship with the Lord.


Conjugal Love

Madhura-rati, or attachment in conjugal love, is described as follows: The conjugal relationship is experienced between the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the young damsels of Vrajabhumi, and due to their conjugal love they continuously exist in eight kinds of remembrances called madhura-rati. This intimate relationship brought about by conjugal love produces movements of the eyebrows, glancing, sweet words and exchanges of joking words.

The gopis, the young girls, serve Krsna in conjugal love. Above all of these are Srimati Radharani and Her assistants, the gopis Lalita, Visakha and others, who embody conjugal love. In this way all five mellows – santa, dasya, sakhya, vatsalya and madhurya – exist eternally in Vrajabhumi. They are compared respectively to copper, bell metal, silver, gold and touchstone, the basis of all metals. Srila Kaviraja Gosvami therefore refers to a mine eternally existing in Vrndavana, Vrajabhumi.

In the madhurya-rasa, one can become like Srimati Radharani or Her lady friends such as Lalita, and Her serving maids (manjaris) like Rupa and Rati. In conjugal love there are the damsels of Vraja, Vrndavana, and the queens and goddesses of fortune in Dwarka. No one can count the vast number of devotees in this rasa. (more…)

August 27, 2007 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

Transcendental Associates in Vatsalya-rasa

Krsna, Balarama and Friends Playing with Nanda

Five moods of transcendental relationship with the Lord.


Parental Affection

Vatsalya-rati is described as follows in the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (2.5.33): When a living entity is situated on the platform of vatsalya-rati, he thinks of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His childhood feature. In this feature, the Lord has to be protected by the devotee, and at this time the devotee takes the position of being worshiped by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The feelings of paternal love are called vatsalya-rati. When the devotee is situated on this platform, he wants to maintain the Lord like a son, and he desires all good fortune for the Lord. He offers blessings to the Lord by touching His feet and head. As a parent of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the devotee sometimes chastises the Lord and considers himself to be the Lord’s maintainer. This transcendental sense of being the maintainer of the supreme maintainer is very pleasing both to the devotee and to the Supreme Lord.

On the platform of parental love, the qualities of santa-rasa and dasya-rasa are fully developed in another form-the sense of maintaining the Lord. Therefore on the platform of parental love there exists a combination of four transcendental qualities-santa, dasya, sakhya, and the qualities of paternity, which put the devotee in the position of a maintainer. Thus on the platform of parental love the four qualities of transcendental love are present. (more…)

August 26, 2007 at 8:23 am Leave a comment

Transcendental Associates in Dasya-rasa, Part 2

Sri Sri Radha-Krsna and Their Personal Servants

Five moods of transcendental relationship with the Lord.

Followers of the Lord

“Those who are constantly engaged in the personal service of the Lord are called anugas, or followers. Examples of such followers are Sucandra, Mandana, Stamba and Sutamba. They are all inhabitants of the city of Dwarka, and they are dressed and ornamented like the other associates. The specific services entrusted to the anugas are varied. Mandana always bears the umbrella over the head of Lord Krsna. Sucandra is engaged in fanning with the white camara bunch of hair, and Sutamba is engaged in supplying betel nuts. All of them are great devotees, and they are always busy in the transcendental loving service of the Lord.

As there are anugas in Dwarka, so there are many anugas in Vrindaban also. The names of the anugas in Vrindaban are as follows: Raktaka, Patraka, Patre, Madhukantha, Madhuvrata, Rasala, Suvilasa, Premakanda, Marandaka, Ananda, Candrahasa, Payoda, Bakula, Rasada and Sarada. (more…)

August 26, 2007 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

The Jaladuta Diary – August 25


Aug 25, USA – Between Wednesday, August 25 and Monday, August 30, 1965, Srila Prabhupada’s Jaladuta Journal falls silent for six days. On the seventh day, August 31, the silence is broken with these simple words, “Passed over a great crisis on the struggle for life and death.”

 

 

 

 

“Passed over a great crisis on the struggle for life and death. A separate statement has to be written on this crisis area.”

An excerpt from a room conversation recorded June 8, 1976 in Los Angeles offers us some insight into this period of Srila Prabhupada’s historic journey on the Jaladuta.

    Prabhupada: Hmm. So it is a great history. (laughs) There was two days I was attacked in heart on the ship. So hardship.

    Guest: Then you had a dream?

    Prabhupada: Hmm.

    Guest: What was that, Srila Prabhupada? (more…)

August 25, 2007 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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