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  12. ISKCON Vedic Literature Says Caste by Birth is Unjust
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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Saturday 26 March 2011--and--On the Road Again for Krishna--and--Religion and Spiritualism

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course(tm) Saturday 26 March 2011 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, and His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani are enjoying transcendental pastimes in the topmost planet of the spiritual world, Sri Goloka Vrindavan. They are beckoning us to rejoin them. (Click on photo to see a larger image.) Our Mission: To help everyone awaken their original Krishna consciousness, which is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. Such a global awakening will, in one stroke, solve all the problems of the world society bringing in a new era of unprecedented peace and prosperity for all. May that day, which the world so desperately needs, come very soon. We request you to participate in this mission by reviving your dormant Krishna consciousness and assisting us in spreading this science all over the world. Dedicated with love to ISKCON Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, our beloved spiritual master, and to you, our dear readers. Today's Thought: On the Road Again for Krishna Uploaded from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA After a spiritually invigorating two months hiatus at our home base in Austin, Texas we are back on the road again today to resume our travelling and preaching. Our first stop is in London where I will be giving the Sunday feast lecture at ISKCON's Hare Krishna temple on Soho street in downtown London. From there we will proceed to India to Sri Vrindavan dhama to purify our hearts in the Lord's transcendental abode and to New Delhi for a series of lectures at the ISKCON temples there. Then it will be back to eastern Europe for many ecstatic weeks of distributing the nectar of Krishna's mercy to many eager recipients there. If you would like to see the complete details of my lecture schedule for 2011 go to: Why do we do this at such great inconvenience? Srila Prabhupada describes that a sincere devotee after his initiation by the Lord or His bona fide representative, takes very seriously chanting of the glories of the Lord and traveling all over the world so that others may also hear the glories of the Lord. Although I consider myself to be lacking in sincerity and also lacking in so many other good qualities, still I am trying my best to please my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, by propagating the Krishna consciousness movement as far as possible all over the world. On this auspicious day of resuming our traveling and preaching, I am humbly falling at the feet of my most beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, begging for his mercy that my feeble efforts to please him by spreading this movement may be crowned with glorious success. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Answers According to the Vedic Version: Question: Religion and Spiritualism I have been reading regularly Thought for the Day and firmly believe in God, Krishna. In a friendly debate my friend argued with me that spiritualism has nothing to do with religion. Only religion is God and following religion is God. My plea was that spiritual wakefulness or development leads to the attainment of God. Your advise on this subject will enhance my knowledge. Your devotee, K.N. Answer: The Means and the End Since, according to the dictionary, spiritualism is the quality or state of being spiritual, and since according to it's Latin word origin religion is the process of re-linking with or reviving one's intrinsic spiritual nature, religion is the practical technique for attaining the state of spiritualism. In short, religion is the means, and spiritualism is the end. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Transcendental Resources: Receive the Special Blessings of Krishna Now you too can render the greatest service to the suffering humanity and attract the all-auspicious blessings of Lord Sri Krishna upon yourself and your family by assisting our mission. Lectures and Kirtans in Audio and Video: Link to High Definition Videos Link to Over 1,000 Lecture Audios Lecture-Travel Schedule for 2011 Have Questions or Need Further Guidance? Check out the resources at: or write Sankarshan Das Adhikari at: Get your copy today of the world's greatest self-realization guide book, Bhagavad-gita As It Is available at: Know someone who could benefit from this? Forward it to them. Searchable archives of all of course material: Receive Thought for the Day as an RSS feed: Unsubscribe or change your email address Follow us on Twitter: Copyright 2005-2011 by Ultimate Self Realization.Com Distribution of this material is encouraged. Simply we request you to acknowledge where it is coming from with a link to our sign up page: Our records indicate that at requested to be enrolled to receive e-mails from the Ultimate Self Realization Course at: This request was made on: From the following IP address:

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Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Bhajan - 24hr Kirtan - Rupa Madhurya das - 10/26

Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Bhajan - 24hr Kirtan - Rupa Madhurya das - 10/26

Rupa Madhurya das (hey, thats me!) singing a Hare Krishna bhajan for Dallas' New Year's 24hr Kirtan. 

Dallas, TX

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New Vrndavan, USA: Musical Preformance Sunday

Devananda Pandit Prabhu will do an Informal Singing and Musical Performance this Sunday.

From 12:00 Noon till 12:45 in the Lower Level of the Guest Lodge.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana

We are fortunate to get a very clear view of Lord Nityananda Rama's glorious feet.

Immediately the song of Narottama Dasa Thakura comes to mind:
                             "nitai pada kamala"


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The lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are as cooling as million moons...
...if the world wants to have real peace, it should take shelter of Lord Nityananda. Unless one takes shelter under the shade of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, it will be very difficult for him to approach Radha-Krsna. If one actually wants to enter into the dancing party of Radha-Krsna, he must firmly catch hold of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda...

Under the scorching sun of this Kali yuga, let us at least catch the refreshing and readily available
darsana of those celebrated feet of Nitai Gosai.

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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: GiveAway : Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

eggless chocolate peanut butter cupcakes made with cow milk, non-bromated flour, organic sugar and natural peanut butter


Headed out to a Saturday evening social? Why not bring along a dozen, plus or minus a few, cupcakes. These chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are packed up and waiting for a new home. To win, live locally, leave a comment by 4 pm and await the random selection of the champion.

Please comment. Please relieve me of this cake burden.

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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: GiveAway : Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Yet another GiveAway! This one is an experiment. Would love your feedback. Gluten-free flourless chocolate cake! Six full inches of fudgey chocolate topped with chocolate ganache. Should serve 6-9 people. Oh, and although eggless, this cake is *not* vegan. It does contain cow milk. Moo.

To enter: be local, leave a comment by 4 pm tomorrow and stay tuned for the winner.


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Bhakta Chuck, CT, USA: Friday Night Oxen #49

Hello Everyone,

…just wonderful pictures…

Have a nice weekend, in service to the Oxen

ys, Chuck


Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): 260–Poem for March 25th SDGonline Daily updates

5:03 A.M.

A Writer of Pieces

New format–I will begin with a poem written on the day of its printing. Then I will print random excerpts of books I have printed over the last 30 years. I hope this variety will be pleasing.

Poem for March 25th

A headache and stomach
ache and constipation
combined to obstruct the deep
flow of my japa, reduce it
to a rapid saying of names.

I would enter the sacred realm
of harinama-suddha but I
cannot today, but I chanted
swiftly and said all the names
so that is something.

I pay my obeisances to the Deities
with humility and incense
asking to be accepted despite
my physical maladies.
I am faithful towards
Lord Hari as a real
person, the Purusa,
the enjoyer of my
offering of prayer.

May He accept me,
though damaged goods,
may He see the pure
intentioned covered with woes
and weaknesses.

He is bhava-grahi-janardana,
He takes the good out
of a mixture of
devotion and failure.
I count on Him to
do this today.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): OLD FRIENDS SDGonline Daily updates

From Reading Reform

“In many letters of 1976, Prabhupada discusses the examination system, stressing that brahmanas in particular should take the bhakti-sastri exam. Upon reading these letters, some devotees became anxious, thinking that only those devotees who passed the exam could be brahmanas. Some wanted to study the books for many hours a day, even to the point of neglecting other duties. I wrote Prabhupada a letter asking about this, and he replied as follows:

“‘Regarding the examinations, the idea is that anyone, after studying the books, who wants to gain the title of bhakti-sastri can take the exam. This is academic—just like a brahmana with sastric knowledge and a brahmana without. It is optional—one who wants may take. The real purpose is that our men should not be neglectful of the philosophy. The examinations will begin on Gaura-Purnima 1977, not this year, so there is no reason who any of the devotees should give up their normal engagements.’ (Letter, February 3, 1976)

“In this letter and in his letter to Svarupa Damodara, Prabhupada clarifies the issues by stating that brahmanas are not required to pass the exam. Prabhupada makes the further point that advancement in Krishna consciousness goes beyond academic study to include such activities as chanting Hare Krishna and attending the morning program. Certainly the daily reading of Srila Prabhupada’s books is as basic to the prosecution of Krishna consciousness as any other activity, but the conscientious reader does so within the context of a well-rounded Krishna conscious life. Some brahmanas are sastric and some are not, but all devotees should read the books and then supplement that reading by practical work for Krishna.

“In society at large, we do not expect everyone to receive an M.A. degree or a Ph.D., and neither should this be expected within the Krishna conscious society. Nevertheless there is the scope for academic qualification within the society of devotees, and those devotees who desire such qualification—especially brahmanas and sannyasis—should earn their degree by transcendental study.”

From Prabhupada Meditations, Volume II

Sticking to the Point

“Prabhupada insisted on repeating the point that we are all servants. We may serve our bodies or families or our nation, but it is best to serve the Supreme Lord, and that is our constitutional position. In the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna asks Arjuna, ‘O son of Prtha, O conqueror of wealth, have you heard this with an attentive mind, and are your ignorance and illusion dispelled?’ (Bg. 18.72). Arjuna replies, ‘My dear Krishna, O infallible one, my illusion is now gone. I have regained my memory by Your mercy, and I am now firm and free from doubt and am prepared to act according to Your instructions.’ In the purport, Prabhupada emphasizes that we are all in illusion thinking we are someone other than the servant of Krishna. We may even think that we do not have to serve anyone. But we do serve—either the illusory energy or the Lord.

“This morning when I read this, I recalled a criticism I had heard that Prabhupada is a fundamentalist who does not deal with the esoteric interpretations of Vaisnava philosophy. As I read the purport, I saw that Prabhupada was being very basic and was repeating his theme. He says, for example, ‘The living entity’s constitutional position is to be a servitor; he has to serve either the illusory maya or the Supreme Lord. And only when this illusion is overcome can one understand Krishna.’

“The illusion that Arjuna refers to was mentioned by Lord Krishna when He said, ‘Is your illusion gone? Is your doubt gone?’ Arjuna replied, ‘Yes, my illusion is gone; my doubt is gone, thanks to You.” But in these verses of the Bhagavad-gita, the Lord does not specifically state what the illusion is. Prabhupada tells us what it is.

“Srila Prabhupada says that almost all conditioned souls are in this state of illusion. If it were not so, then we would be liberated; we would be pure devotees. Prabhupada is not wrong to insist on this. Because he is such an essential preacher, he wants to deliver us just as Krishna delivered Arjuna. He is not speaking as an academic exercise or in a theoretical way. He wants to save the soul, guide it to the lotus feet of Krishna.

“Prabhupada wants us to actually transform ourselves, in all our activities and thoughts, into bhaktas of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So his proposal is the heaviest, and it is also the most relishable. He is the most existential preacher, moving us to action. If we take this action, then all the esoteric truths of Krishna consciousness rasa will be revealed to us. If we do not do what Prabhupada says, then although we may find another teacher who will freely talk about esoteric topics, how will it move us to surrender ourselves actually to Krishna? How many readers are so advanced that they have already done what Prabhupada has asked us to do?

“I think, in most cases, if anyone is not satisfied with Prabhupada’s writing, it is because they want to discuss something else, not because they have already complied with what he said. Rather they sometimes feel disturbed that he is asking them to surrender to Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. They want to discuss something else.

“Even if one wants to hear discussion of something else about Krishna—to hear about Krishna and the gopis, or hear a symbolic interpretation of the meaning of surrender—this can only be done in a meaningful way when one has already grasped his constitutional identity. Prabhupada is sticking to his point, which is Krishna’s point and the point of the previous acaryas. He is offering the reader enlightenment and a plan of action. Our illusion is that we are thinking we do not have to serve anyone, or we think that we ourselves are the masters. But Krishna consciousness means to accept Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead …

“Unless we hear submissively what Prabhupada says, we cannot accept Krishna. If we do not accept Krishna, then we cannot be happy. And for the science of surrendering to Krishna, Prabhupada, as a pure devotee, is the best teacher. If he sticks to the point while teaching the basics, it is because we need it. And when we are ready, Prabhupada, and Krishna in the heart, will indicate to us how to advance further in spontaneous devotional service.”

From Living With the Scriptures

Do or Die

“‘As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.’ (Bg. 2.13)

“‘How can you say that!’ the young man challenged. ‘How can you say the self doesn’t change? It does!’ The visitor, a typical Lower East Side American hippie, sat near me on the floor. About thirty other people were also seated facing Prabhupada, who sat on the raised dais. It was an evening program, and Prabhupada was taking questions after his lecture on Bhagavad-gita. He had been explaining the meaning of the dehino ’smin verse: the body goes through changes from boyhood to youth to old age, but ‘I,’ the spirit self, remain the same throughout those changes.

“‘It’s just not true! I have changed. I have actually changed, not just my body. Like, before I took LSD, I was a different consciousness. No, man, I can’t accept that. My identity is changing.’

“Prabhupada pointed out that the man had said ‘my’ identity, implying that he was the same person, but only covered in different ways. In a child’s body he had had a child’s consciousness. Later he had a young man’s consciousness or sometimes an LSD consciousness. But the sense of ‘I,’ the awareness of self, remains, whether for the young, old, or deranged.

“‘No. No way.’ the rebel stuck to his guns. I  could empathize with his point of view; I had also doubted like that. I understood what he meant. But I saw that he did not really understand what Prabhupada, speaking on behalf of Lord Krishna, had meant.

“I had come to accept that the self is permanent, and I felt sorry that the visitor could not take it. There was no way he would come to Krishna conscious unless he accepted the dehino ’smin conclusion. In the tension of this challenge to Srila Prabhupada, I felt my own loyalty and conviction aroused. I thought, ‘This guy is just stuck in his own mental perception of the self,’ and I knew that there were many others like him. Often guests would hear Prabhupada’s ideas, consider them for a little while, and then reject them. It happened night after night; they would go on living their lives in the temporary bodily concept, without definite answers.

“Later that evening some of us tried talking more with the challenger, but he had other things to do, other places to go. After he had left, a few of the  devotees talked about the qualifications for accepting and realizing transcendental knowledge. It is not just a matter of logic or scholarship but requires service to the guru and hearing with submission.

“It was not unusual for Prabhupada’s dissertations on this verse to provoke discussions. Right from the start it separates the aspiring transcendentalists from the die-hard agnostics. If there is no spirit soul within the body, then everything is only a mass of ignorance, a lump of dead matter created by ‘chance’ in a universal void. We who were following Srila Prabhupada had heard him sufficiently to at least accept the basic presentation of Lord Krishna: aham brahmasmi, ‘I am not this body.’ Prabhupada had stressed it from the very first day. And under his guidance we were at least convinced that it was a worthwhile, serious program to go on reading and hearing and trying to understand the message of Bhagavad-gita.

“‘How do you accept that there is transmigration of the soul in the next life?’ Advaita dasa asked me. This was no formal inquiry in a lecture hall, but a confidential, personal encounter with an honest brother. We were walking through the streets of the Lower East Side on our way to an afternoon of chanting in Tompkins Square Park. Advaita was a new devotee. He wanted to know why I believed and how he could believe in the soul. I replied in the same, natural way that he had inquired in by giving an example which Srila Prabhupada had given.

“‘Just like the mother is the one to tell you who your father is. You can’t speculate on your own.’

He had heard it before, but he knew it was meaningful.

“‘You mean because Swamiji and the Gita are saying it’s so?”

“‘Yes. Otherwise, how can anybody know?’

“And that was that. We went to the park and chanted all afternoon.”

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Bhakta Prabhu

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.14 - Now, its time to spread Krsna consciousness.

Email to a friend Bhakti Vikasa Swami: see Krishna in every state of daily activities

This Krishna Consciousness Movement is sublime in the sense that if simply people see Krishna in every state of daily activities, they become perfect. As stated in Bhagavad-Gita, we can remember Krishna when drinking water, when seeing the sunshine and moonshine, when smelling a flower, when hearing the transcendental sound vibration, when chanting Vedic mantras, when seeing something beautiful or when seeing something wonderful done by a personality. Even in sex-life also we can appreciate Krishna, as He says that begetting children just in terms of principles of shastras, is Krishna. So in each and every state we can become Krishna Conscious and that is the success of life.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Rupanuga, 26 May, 1971

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ISKCON Vedic Literature Says Caste by Birth is Unjust

By Stephen Knapp for on 23 Mar 2011

When it comes to the sensitive topic of Varnashrama, or what many people call the caste system of India, we have seen so many talks over this issue. We all know that the Vedic system of Varnashrama has been mentioned in the Vedic literature in many places. But it seems that many people still don’t understand how it was meant to be implemented.

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Japa Group: Japa Retreat - Sri Radha's Presence

Here Sacinandana Swami brings us into the realm of Srimati Radharani and her presence in the Maha mantra.

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ISKCON An Apple A Day Really Does Keep The Doctor Away

By Megan Heimer for Natural News on 23 Mar 2011

One might be quick to dismiss the age-old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," as a mere attempt to get children to eat their fruits and vegetables, but what if this simple fruit really can prevent that trip to the doctor's office?

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Sutapa das, BV Manor, UK: Life changing moments

A recent funeral service for one of our dedicated devotees really made me think. The heartfelt appreciation, inspirational life-example, and wonderful memories created a deep impression within me. As I walked around the crematorium seeing the different messages commemorating loved ones who had passed on, I felt my life slowly coming back into perspective. Being face-to-face with death forces you to think out of the box. Such moments of insight remind us of what really matters, where we have to focus our attention, and how pressing problems and issues are insignificant in the bigger scheme of life.

But how long does it last? Unfortunately, within days we seem to get covered over again, settling back into old routines, bad habits and the same deep-rooted struggles. It’s so hard to change. It reminds me of intermittent windscreen wipers. The drops slowly gather on windscreen, but with one wipe all the rain is removed and everything becomes crystal clear. Within a few moments, however, the rain drops again build up and blind our vision. Without another wipe, the driver is susceptible to going seriously off course. Wouldn’t it be great if we would wipe just once, the rain would stop, the sun would come out and we could cruise on without further distraction. Unfortunately, life is not as simple as that.

While flashes of inspiration and insight are undoubtedly essential to our ongoing spiritual growth, they have to tempered with dedication, perseverance and regulated endeavor. Such experiences should lead to tangible changes in our life, changes which need to be sustained until they become habitual and second nature. In this way, each experience contributes to the gradual evolution of our spiritual personality. In this way, we see that great spiritualists may not be products of overnight miracles, but rather gradual and step-by-step transformation.

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ISKCON International Vaishnavi Retreat in Govardhana

By Prasanta Dasi for ISKCON News on 25 Mar 2011

Fostering a spirit of love and care between vaishnavis and generating peer support between female devotees dedicated to Srila Prabhupada's mission, the International Vaisnavi Retreat was held at the foothills of Giriraj Govardhan, Jatipura, India on March 6-9.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Real Defence

Toronto, Ontario

Trekking starts quite early for me these days. 2 AM is about the time after jet-lag rest. A blanket of snow lay out over streets yet the blanket is reducing its thickness to that of a bed sheet. Surya, the sun-god, insists on seeing it that way. Winter should soon go to sleep.

There are many godly representations that do act in our favour. For instance, we read in the Bhagavatam today that God in the form of Rsabha protects us from fear that arises from the duality of heat and cold. An example could be the turbulence created by high and low pressures when flying in space. That creates fear no doubt.

To protect us from illness we can pray to the avatar, Dhanvantari, who delivered to the world, Ayur Veda, the ancient medical healing sciences.

Then we have God in the incarnation of Yajna, who protects us from defamation of character. This is very relevant since everyone that I know of has had to endure character assassination usually as a result of petty gossip.

Protection or defense plays such an important part of our lives and occupies a large percentage of a single day's affairs. When you put on a thick coat it is to shield you from the cold. When you say, "Sorry, I'm late but I got held up in traffic," you are defending yourself. When you cross the street walking you look both ways to protect yourself.

The verse of today Bhagavatam 6.8.18 brings to light the prayerfulness that goes behind those seeking protection from those who can give it.

10 KM

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Walk Before the Storm

Toronto, Ontario

It was told to me that weather was rather tame while I was away to India. Then Sam, an Iranian born novice to Krishna Consciousness, said, "They're expecting snow with several centimetres." Another person talked about a storm.

With mind gravitating to thoughts of turbulent weather, I thought of the tsunami, Japan, the tragedy. On my desk was an envelope from Hillsborough, North Carolina. I had opened it just minutes before. The contents were actually forwarded messages of appeal for help. Some devotees from Japan are desperate because of what nature's wrath had brought on. It was a response to the nasty earthquake and the subsequent wave of destruction.

I also was receiving messages that at least two of our temple ashrams in Canada are undergoing financial tightness. I could feel the wonder panic that the treasury reps were experiencing. How did this turn come about? This is the time of the lean months and with certain unavoidable circumstances it is what it is. My immediate response was "Cut! Cut!" There is a storm in my mind now.

Then "walk it off" I thought. "Walk before the actual storm hits." So I submitted to the self suggestion of walking off the storm. I had slept a good six hours and woke at 12:30 AM. I walked. Places were closing such as bars. Drug marts and Sobey's Foods remained open for their 24/7 public catering. People were inside purchasing and getting ready for eating, medication or make-up.

We are always getting ready for something. For the next life? No! Few are. Some are waiting for storms to come and will seek shelter once it arrives and then wait for things to settle.

There is always anticipation. Without that you are dead.

The storm did come, much later, but it came.

8 KM

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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: Hiding the Kitchen in Plain Sight

solaro modern kitchen from schiffini : wall of walnut


It’s official! Because a big newspaper ran an article declaring it as such. The big trend in kitchens right now? Hiding your kitchen from guests, from yourself, from everyone! Keep reading…

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ISKCON Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Appreciates Srila Prabhupada

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, which aims at relieving both individual stress and societal problems and violence, and which is an NGO with UNESCO consultative status. In 1997 he also established a Geneva-based charity, the International Association for Human Values, an NGO that engages in relief work and rural development and aims to foster shared global values.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Appreciates Srila Prabhupada

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Madri dd, South Africa: Next Harinam's advert Part 1

Harinama Part 1 5th March

Subido por  el 29/03/2011 Our first attempt to making a video of our Maha Harinama. Please comment so that we can improve. It was a wonderful learning experience. Part 1

With prayers to double it!
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ISKCON UN Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Freedom of Belief That Drops "Defamation of Religion" Concept

By Haward Friedman for on 25 Mar 2011

The UN Human Rights Council unanimously adopted a Resolution on Freedom of Religion or Belief which omits any reference to the concept of "defamation of religion" and instead focuses on the individual's right to freedom of belief. It is a huge achievement, since Muslim countries set aside their 12-year campaign to crate the "defamation" concept and joined in approving the resolution.

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Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: iPad 2 Launches in Canada today!

No this is not a technology blog. It remains a personal spirtual blog at the feet of our spirtual master, Srila Prabhupada. So why is the launch of the the iPad 2 on this blog? It is to share a quote from Steve Jobs about Prasadam and more importantly Srila Prabhupada's vision of how technology can be used for Krishna Consciousness.

Prasadam fuels innovation...okay...well sort of...
Steve Jobs: "... I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on..."

Srila Prabhupada February 21, 1975:
"If the telephone and the telegraph, television is used for propagating Krishna consciousness, then it is all right. But they are not doing that. We are utilizing the modern press facilities for printing Vedic scriptures. But they are utilizing the press for sex literature, Freud's philosophy."

36 years later the same options remain, technology such as the iPad can be used for sense gratification or for reseaching, storing and sharing Krishna.We can share Krishna Conscious pictures, scripture and video with newbies and the next wave of devotees. Krishna apps and channels can be created and eventually as we distribute books or meet people we can "bump" phones and share our temple address, next kirtan hot spot or even some inspiring quotes to help people begin their jouney back home, back to Godhead!  
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Mukunda Charan das, SA: So Long As We Are Not Enlightened

‘Now, in the Bhagavad-gita you have read that mahad-yonir mahad-brahma tasam…it is stated there that aham bija-pradah pita: “I implant the seeds of living entities into the matter.”  So, in the matter the living, the seeds of living entities, as we are, they are impregnated.  As the father impregnates the mother, similarly, this material nature is just like mother, and therefore material nature is worshiped as mother, goddess, mother goddess.  Durga, Kali.  yes.  And this worship of the country, nationalism, that is also the same matter-worship.  Yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke. So long we are not enlightened, we are worshiper of this matter, energy.  And when we are advanced in knowledge, then we are worshiper of the Supreme’

[A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, lecture on Sri Caitanya-caritamrita M 20.255-281, 17 December 1966]

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1966 March 25:
"Panchami. Today one letter received from Brindaban Chandra De, Calcutta, India. Meeting in the evening seven ladies and gentlemen attended the meeting. Captain and Mrs. Pandiya also were there. Everyone brought some fruits and grains. There were two newcomers. Address taken."
Prabhupada Journal :: 1966

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1967 March 25: "There are so many Sanatana Dharma establishments in India but no body has tried to preach the principles of Bhagavad-gita in the Western countries. Swamis who came to the West before me manufactured their own ideology not in conformity with Bhagavad-gita. I am trying now to implement the truth of Bhagavad-gita in the Western countries and it is the duty of all Hindus and Indians to help me in all respects."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 March 25: "There is no cause for being disappointed because of the demons being condemned by the Lord. I thank you very much for being compassionate upon the demons. The preaching work of Krishna Consciousness Movement is specifically meant for delivering the demons. And the Lord is so powerful that through His pure devotee anyone can be delivered, never mind how fallen or condemned they are."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 March 25: "Krsna Book is so nice that everyone will like it, either as a story book or history or philosophy, they are sure to be attracted. Simply it depends on your presentation. Be very enthusiastic for distributing our books to schools, colleges, and libraries. So do it nicely and Krsna will help you."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 March 25: "It is so important that we distribute our books in the schools and colleges, because anyone who reads them is sure to become Krishna Conscious. So make your program in that way. These college students have all been misguided. Without Krishna Consciousness, all their book learning amounts to zero."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 March 25: "We have gotten an invitation from from my Godbrother at Sri Gaudiya Math Bangladesh. If possible you can make some program and go there at our own expense. He is now a ruined man so if possible we can utilize his center as our branch."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 March 25: "Please continue this program of Hindus and Muslims taking prasadam together in Mayapur. For the last 50 years our Godbrothers were there but could not make any arrangements for the Hindus and Muslims to take prasadam together. Kindly send reports to whatever center I may be staying at least twice monthly."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 March 25: "Since a long time I did not hear from you, but I am very anxious to see you. Here we have a nice spot. It is just like a garden house. I shall be glad if you come here and live with me for some time."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: “Returning Native” by John Updike

What can you say about Pennsylvania
in regard to New England except that
it is slightly less cold, and less rocky,
or rather that the rocks are different?
Redder, and gritty, and piled up here and there,
whether as glacial moraine or collapsed springhouse
is not easy to tell, so quickly
are human efforts bundled back into nature.

In fall, the trees turn yellower—
hard maple, hickory, and oak
give way to tulip poplar, black walnut,
and locust. The woods are overgrown
with wild-grape vines, and with greenbrier
spreading its low net of anxious small claws.
In warm November, the mulching forest floor
smells like a rotting animal.

A genial pulpiness, in short: the sky
is soft with haze and paper-gray
even as the sun shines, and the rain
falls soft on the shoulders of farmers
while the children keep on playing,
their heads of hair beaded like spider webs.
A deep-dyed blur softens the bleak cities
whose people palaver in prolonged vowels.

There is a secret here, some death-defying joke
the eyes, the knuckles, the bellies imply—
a suet of consolation fetched straight
from the slaughterhouse and hung out
for chickadees to peck in the lee of the spruce,
where the husks of sunflower seeds
and the peace-signs of bird feet crowd
the snow that barely masks the still-green grass.

I knew that secret once, and have forgotten.
The death-defying secret—it rises
toward me like a dog’s gaze, loving
but bewildered. When winter sits cold and black
on Boston’s granite hills, in Philly,
slumped between its two polluted rivers,
warmth’s shadow leans close to the wall
and gets the cement to deliver a kiss.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Skype conference with Russian disciples

H.H. Sivarama Swami: Skype conference with Russian disciples

Sivarama Swami
March 25th, 2011
Maya or Kali, sva-dharma and nuclear war in 2012 (Russian/English)
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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Skype conference with Russian disciples

Maya or Kali, sva-dharma and nuclear war in 2012 (Russian/English)

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Anonymous asks about ghosts

H.H. Sivarama Swami: Anonymous asks about ghosts

Sivarama Swami
March 25th, 2011
Caitanya-priya about snow in Goloka, Rohini dd about children offering Tulasi leaves to make-believe silas, Henrik Hagnell why the left hand is not holy and Nayika about steadiness v:s gentlemanliness.
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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Anonymous asks about ghosts

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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: The books may take time, but they work

Submitted by : Bhakta Milind

A young man who comes to the temple ever so often, but has been reserved and kept to himself recently came up to the book table. He has taken many books by Srila Prabhupada, but hasn't read them yet. But just having the books at home and flipping through the pages, reading a few words now and then... this had an effect! One Sunday he came to the book table, took the Bhagavad Gita As It Is, and asked me which chapter he should read for maximum benefit. I told him that in the Bhagavad Gita Arjuna is asking questions and Krishna is answering... it is important to get the full picture. I also explained that Srila Prabhupada, the translator is expanding on Arjuna's questions and Krishna's instructions, and giving us context. It was important to read the full book, starting from the first page, and down to the last word, then start over again and keep doing this. He emailed me this week, saying he has started reading, and that he looks forward to implementing the instructions in his life. Prabhupada's books have an effect, even if they may apparently take a little time, and even if initially someone doesn't read them. Just as water carved the Grand Canyon, Srila Prabhupada's books make an impact on the heart.

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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: Friend to all - Krishna conscious warriors

Devotees are always equal to everyone, seeing no distinction between lower and higher classes. panditaù sama-darshinau [Bg. 5.18]. They look upon everyone as a spirit soul who is part and parcel of the Supreme Lord. Thus they are competent to search for the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Understanding that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the friend of everyone (suhrida sarva-bhütänäm [Bg. 5.29]), they act as friends of everyone on behalf of the Supreme Lord. Making no distinction between one nation and another or one community and another, they preach Kåñëa consciousness, the teachings of Bhagavad-gita, everywhere. Thus they are competent to see the lotus feet of the Lord. Such preachers in Krishna consciousness are called paramahaasas. As indicated by the word vimukta-saìga, they have nothing to do with material conditions. One must take shelter of such a devotee in order to see the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Marcos López Fernández, says

H.H. Sivarama Swami: Marcos López Fernández, says

Sivarama Swami
March 24th, 2011
“Having studied Judaism, Christianity and Islam I have become insecure of what to believe. In these traditions the concept of God and the way of worship is very different, even opposite of what Hinduism represents. How can i resolve my conflict? I was getting attached to Krsna, but these questions made me doubt very seriously?”
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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Marcos López Fernández, says

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Vraja Kishor, JP: What is it Like to be in Love with the Divine? (10.9)

The previous text (10.8) said, “I am the source of everything, everything comes from me. Wise people who understand this develop love for me and express that love.”

Then Arjuna (a.k.a. the reader) wants to know: “How do they express that love?”

This text (10.9) answers by defining the behavior of a wise person who is in love with Kṛṣṇa.

mac-cittā mad-gata-prāṇā
bodhayantaḥ parasparam
kathayantaś ca māḿ nityaḿ
tuṣyanti ca ramanti ca


Mat means “me” and citta means the mentality, the inner self, the “mind”. So, mac-cittā means that the first and foremost quality of a devotee is that his or her heart is focused on Kṛṣṇa. Mac-citta means that our minds are in Kṛṣṇa, we are completely absorbed in contemplating him.

This is not technical or philosophical it is simple and quite romantic. When you are truly in love with someone your heart and mind (citta) becomes fully immersed in them. You are so thirsty and hungry to hear, see, feel and experience more of your beloved that you cannot withdraw your mind from him. That is the foremost quality of a real devotee.

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swāmī  Prabhupāda comments: “Their minds cannot be diverted from the lotus feet of Krishna.”


Gata means goal. Prānā means the life-breath. So mad-gata-prana means that the very goal of their life’s breath is Kṛṣṇa! How beautiful!!! Prāṇa is the force that brings life to our body, it is the type of air that oxygenates and invigorates our blood and keeps us alive. Ordinary people feel like they cannot live without breathing. In space or underwater, people feel very alarmed because they are suffocating. Suffocation means they are getting no prāṇa. Ordinary people therefore desire to breathe, and to get prana from food and water too.

A devotee does not suffocate in outer space, or drowning underwater. A devotee suffocates when they cannot find Kṛṣṇa. When Kṛṣṇa is absent the devotee experiences a sensation of suffocation – they lose their prana, because mad-gata-prana, Kṛṣṇa is their prana.

This is so beautiful and romantic. Kṛṣṇa describes his devotee in such a romantic and richly emotional way.

Bodhayantah parasparam

Bodhayantah is related to the word budhi which we saw as a very important word in the previous text, 10.8. Budhi means wisdom. Bodhayantah means “creating enlightenment.” Interestingly, Srila Prabhupāda’s transliteration of bodhayantah is “preaching” indicating that his idea of “preaching” is not a Christian-style pulpit thumping, but an process of generating enlightenment.

Parasparam roughly means “back and forth.”

So bodhayantah parasparam means that the devotees enlighten one another. That is a very important quality of a devotee, they enlighten one another!

The devotee is undergoing suffocation due to not being satisfactorily in contact with Kṛṣṇa. Naturally they act in an urgent manner to rescue themselves. How? By enlightening one another. How do they enlighten one another? The next phrase answers:

Kathayantas ca mam nityam

Devotees enlighten one another by katha! Katha means kirtan. Kirtan means amplifying the wonderous qualities of Kṛṣṇa – his name, beauty, qualities, and activities.

How often do they do it? Nityam. As often as you breathe. Nityam –They always do it, because for them it is their breathing. It is what gives them oxygen and saves them from suffocation in the void world.

Prabhupāda comments, “Their talks are solely on the transcendental subjects… Devotees of the Supreme Lord are twenty-four hours daily engaged in glorifying the qualities and pastimes of the Supreme Lord.”

So – Devotees do three things, mainly –

1.       Smaranam – Remembering beloved Kṛṣṇa (mac-citta)

2.       Sravanam – Hearing about beloved Kṛṣṇa (bodhayanta parasparam)

3.       Kirtanam – Speaking about beloved Kṛṣṇa (kathayantas)

Again, it is all very beautifully romantic. The devotee is so deeply in love with Kṛṣṇa that their mind is entangled with him. As a result, they feel suffocation without Kṛṣṇa. To alleviate this suffocation they get together with others who are similarly smitten and discuss with one another how wonderful their beloved Kṛṣṇa is.

What is the result?

Tusyanti ca ramanti ca

Tusti means “satisfaction.” Rāma means “bliss.” As a result of talking about, hearing about, and remembering about their darling, Śrī Kṛṣṇa – the devotee first of all feels very satisfied and relieved (tusyanti). It is like you would feel if you were deep under the ocean, swimming a long way to reach the top, not sure if you would make it, you finally get there and you breath in the air. That sort of satisfaction is what a real devotee feels by getting the opportunity to talk about, hear about or even just think about Kṛṣṇa.

Surpassing even this satisfaction, the devotee actually feels bliss. Why? Because when they hear about their beloved Kṛṣṇa their hope to surely one day attain his direct company becomes a source of incalculable bliss.

Those stuck in vaidhi-sadhana (which is a practice of devotion that is only motivated by a sense of morality and rightness) only get tusyanti, satisfaction. But those who have specific hopes to attain a relationship with Śrī Krsna, they are in raganuga-sadhana. These devotees experience both tusyanti and ramanti.

Prabhupāda calls raganuga-sadhana the “mature postion” of devotional practice. “In the preliminary stage of devotional service they relish the transcendental pleasure from the service itself, and in the mature stage they are actually situated in love of God. Once situated in that transcendental position, they can relish the highest perfection which is exhibited by the Lord in His abode.”

Other Meanings

There are endless additional ways to mine exquisite jewels of meaning from this paramount text of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. It is impossible to exhaust that mine, so one has to pick a point to stop.


Vraja Kishor, JP: ¿Como Enamorarnos de Dios, o como Enamorarnos del Divino Kṛṣṇa? (10.9) 

El texto anterior (10.8) dice, “Soy El más fuente de todos, todo viene de Mí. La gente sabia que entiende esto desarrolla el amor por Mí y expresa ese amor.” 

Entonces Arjuna (a.k.a. el lector) quiere saber: “Cómo podemos expresar ese amor?” 

 Este texto (10.9) responde definiendo el comportamiento de una persona sabia que está en amor con Śrī Kṛṣṇa. 

mac-cittā mad-gata-prāṇā 
bodhayantaḥ parasparam 
kathayantaś ca māḿ nityaḿ 
tuṣyanti ca ramanti ca


Mat significa “mi” y citta significa la mentalidad, el uno mismo interno o ser interno, la “mente”. Así pues, mac-cittā significa que la primera y principal cualidad de un devoto es que su corazón esté centrada en Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Mac-citta significa que nuestras mentes (que nuestros pensamientos) están en Kṛṣṇa, nos absorben totalmente en la comtemplación de Él. 

Esto no es técnica ni filosofía es simple y absolutamente romántico. Cuando usted está de verdad enamorado de alguien su corazón y su mente (citta) se sumerge completamente en dicha persona. Usted está así de sediento y hambriento de oír, ver, sentir y experimentar más de su querido amor, de tal forma, que usted no puede retirar su mente de él. Ésa es la primera cualidad de un devoto verdadero. 

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swāmī Prabhupāda, dice: “Sus mentes no se pueden alejar de los pies del loto de Śrī Kṛṣṇa.” 


Gata significa meta. Prānā significa el alito de vida, la respiración. Asi, mad-gata-prana significa que la misma meta de su respiración de vida (la meta del aliento viviente) es Kṛṣṇa! ¡Qué hermoso!!! Prāṇa es la fuerza que trae la vida a nuestro cuerpo, él es el tipo de aire que oxigena y vigoriza nuestra sangre y nos mantiene vivos. Las gentes normales sienten como no pueden vivir sin la respiración. En el espacio o en un medio subacuático, las personas, se alarman porque tienen la sensación de sofoco, les falta el aire. La sofocación o la asfixia es debido a que no consiguen nada de prāṇa. Las gentes normales por lo tanto desean respirar, y de conseguir prana del alimento y del agua también. 

Un devoto no se sofoca (asficia) en el espacio exterior, o se ahoga bajo el agua. Un devoto se (asficia) sofoca cuando no pueden encontrar a Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Cuando Kṛṣṇa está ausente el devoto experimenta una sensación de la asfixia - pierden su prana, porque mad-gata-prana, Kṛṣṇa es su prana. 

Esto es tan hermoso y romántico. Kṛṣṇa describe a su devoto en una manera tan romántica y tan rica emocionalmente. 

Bodhayantah parasparam

Bodhayantah se relaciona con la palabra budhi dicha palabra ya la vimos como palabra muy importante en el texto anterior, 10.8. Budhi significa la sabiduría. Bodhayantah significa “crear la aclaración o crear la iluminación.” Interesante, la transcripción de Śrīla Prabhupāda de la palabra bodhayantah “está predicando” indicación de que su idea de la “predicación” no es al estilo Cristiano, sobre un púlpito que habla estruendosamente a los feligreses, sino un proceso de generar la aclaración. 

Parasparam significa áspero “hacia adelante y hacia atrás.” 

Así, bodhayantah parasparam significa que los devotos se aclaran unos a otros. ¡Ésa es una cualidad muy importante de un devoto, ellos se predican  o aclaran unos a otros! 

El devoto está experimentando la asfixia debido a no estar satisfactoriamente en contacto con Kṛṣṇa. Actúan naturalmente de una manera urgente para rescatarse. ¿Cómo? Aclarandose o predicándose los unos a los otros. ¿Cómo se aclaran o se predican los unos a los otro? 

Las respuestas siguientes de la frase: 

Kathayantas ca mam nityam

¡Los devotos se aclaran (se predican) los unos a los otros a través de katha! Katha significa kirtan. Kirtan significa la amplificación de las Maravillosas Cualidades  de Śrī Kṛṣṇa - su nombre, fama, belleza, cualidades, y actividades. 

¿Cuantas veces lo hacen? Nityam. Tan a menudo como usted respire. Nityam - lo hacen siempre, porque para ellos es su respiración. Es qué les da el oxígeno y los salva de la asfixia en el mundo vacío. 

Prabhupāda comenta, “Sus charlas está solamente en los temas trascendentales… Los devotos del Señor Supremo están las veinticuatro horas diaria dedicadas a glorificar las cualidades y los pasatiempos del Señor Supremo.” 

Así - los devotos hacen tres cosas, principalmente:

1. Smaranam - Recordando a Su querido Śrī Kṛṣṇa (mac-citta
2. Sravanam - Audiencia sobre Su querido Śrī Kṛṣṇa (bodhayanta parasparam
3. Kirtanam - hablando sobre Su querido Śrī Kṛṣṇa (kathayantas

Una vez más es todo tan maravillosamente romántico. El devoto siente tan profundamente el amor de Śrī Kṛṣṇa que su mente está enredada (inmersa) con Él. Por consiguiente, sienten la asfixia sin Su Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Para aliviar esta asfixia los devotos se reúnen con otros devotos, que se sientan violentamente la atracción por Su querido Amigo Śrī Krishna y discuten los unos con los otros cómo de maravilloso es Su querido Śrī Kṛṣṇa. 

¿Cuál es el resultado? 

Tusyanti ca ramanti ca

Tusti significa la “satisfacción.” Rāma significa “dicha.” Como resultado de hablar, de la audición alrededor, y de recordar sobre a Su querido, Śrī Kṛṣṇa - el devoto en primer lugar se siente muy satisfecho y releva (tusyanti). Es como se sentiría si usted estuviera sumergido en el profundo océano, nadando (o viviendo bajo el mar, como si del aire se tratara), esa es una manera dificil de alcanzar el tapa, no seria segura si usted la haría por si mismo, pero si con la ayuda del Señor Sri Krishna, y usted finalmente lo consigue y respira como si estuviera en el aire. Esa es la clase de satisfacción qué un verdadero devoto siente consiguiendo la oportunidad de hablar, oir a su alrededor o aún apenas pensar en Sri Kṛṣṇa. 

Sobrepasando incluso esta satisfacción, el devoto siente realmente dicha. ¿Por qué? Porque cuando oyen hablar de Su querido Sri Kṛṣṇa tiene esperanza de que seguramente un día logre su compañía directa, siente una fuente de dicha incalculable. 

Ésos pegados en el vaidhi-sadhana (que es una práctica de la dedicación que es motivada solamente por un sentido de la moralidad y de la rectitud) solamente se consiguen a través del tusyanti, satisfacción. Pero los que tengan esperanzas específicas de lograr una relación con Śrī Krsna, están en raganuga-sadhana. Estos devotos experimentan ambas satifacciones tanto tusyanti como ramanti

Prabhupāda llama raganuga-sadhana la “posición madura” de la práctica piadosa. “En la etapa preliminar del servicio piadoso disfrutan con el placer trascendental del servicio en sí mismo, y en la etapa madura se sitúan realmente en el amor de Dios. Situado una vez en esa posición trascendental, pueden disfrutar con la perfección más alta que es exhibida por el Señor en su Morada.” 

Otros significados 

Hay muchísimas formas adicionales la mía las joyas exquisitas del significado  de este texto Supremo del Śrīmad Bhagavad Gita. Es imposible agotar esa mina, así que uno tiene que escoger un punto para parar.

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Vraja Kishor, JP: The Result of Knowing the Supreme (10.8)

ahaḿ sarvasya prabhavo
mattaḥ sarvaḿ pravartate
iti matvā bhajante māḿ
budhā bhāva-samanvitāh

The Text

Aham means “I.”

Sarvasya means “all.”

Prabhavo means “the origin.”

So the first line of this text means, “I am the origin of everything.” As Srila Prabhupāda puts it: “I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds.

Mattah means “from me.” (Another grammar for aham)

Sarvam means “all.”  (Another grammar for sarvasya)

Pravartate means “emanates.” (Another variant on prabhavo)

So the second line of this sloka means, “Everything comes from me.” Or, “Everything emanates from Me.” The two lines together are just like mirror images of one another: “I am the origin of everything; everything emanates from me.”

Iti means “thus” and is used like a quotation mark or a pointer.

Matvā means “knowing.”

Bhajante means “love, devotion, worship, devotional service.”

means “mine.”

So the third line means, “Those who understand this [that I am the origin of everything] develop love for me and engage in my devotional service.”

Budhā – means the wise / enlightened

Bhāva – means very deeply with ones heart and soul

Samanvitāḥ – means “completely.”

“The love those wise persons have for me is very deep and completely from their heart and soul.”

All four lines together:

I am the origin of everything
Everything comes from me
Knowing this makes one very wise,
full of very deep heartfelt devotion for me

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swāmī  Prabhupāda translates it thus, “I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who know this engage in my devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts.”

Who is “Wise” (Budhā)?

Srila Prabhupāda’s purport on this text addresses the word budhā – the wise. The point of the text is that a person who is really wise is one who understands that everything comes from somewhere. There is a “singularity” at the origin of all things. A person who is still even more wise realizes that a cause is not greater than its effect. In fact, the effect is always lesser than the cause, unless the effect is amplified by other causes. Since there is no other cause at the time of the “singularity” this cannot be the case. Therefore the effect generated from the singularity cannot be greater than the singularity itself. A wise person gets this simple point (“2 liters of milk cannot come from a single 1liter carton”) and therefore understands that the “singularity” which is the origin of all things cannot be an impersonal blob of energy. It must contain everything within the effect, and more: colors, sounds, personalities, emotions, etc.

Therefore the singularity must ultimately be connected to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The connection is allowed by logic to be remote. That is, the singularity can first be connected to the brahmajyoti (an undifferentiated spiritual energy field emanating from the Supreme Person), because the brahmajyoti is itself connected to the Supreme Person (brahmano hi pratishthAHAM).

So the real budhā (“wise man”) understands that the ultimate singularity of all singularities is a transcendental personality containing and surpassing all the traits found in the effect of the singularity (creation) without being tainted by any of its flaws (which arise due to independence of their direct connection to the transcendent person).

Knowing that the origin of everything is a personal being is absolutely essential for the development of bhakti – which we have already (chapters 6-9 of Gita) understood to be the most desirable and efficacious path of self-realization (yoga). Knowing the ultimate origin of all things to be a wondrous person allows me to develop feelings) for that person. In this text Kṛṣṇa uses the word bhāva to indicate these feelings for him. Bhāva means that something is so deep and heartfelt that it is a part of your very being (bhava means “being”, bhāva means something that comes from the being; a.k.a. heartfelt and soul-deep).

The result of having feelings for someone is that you act on those feelings. Kṛṣṇa indicates the action in this text by the word bhajante. This is a grammatical form of “Bhajan.”

Bhajan is a terrifically rich and complex word. The root is bhaj which means “to share” – and indicates the condition where one shares one’s very existence with another. Bhajan is the verb formation of Bhakti as a noun. In other words if love is a noun (a thing), then Bhajan is the verb-form of “love” – it is love as an action: to share your everything with your beloved.

Bhajan is also the verb associated with bhakti-yoga. The Sadhana (practice) of bhakti yoga is “bhajan.” There are 64 recommended ways to do this bhajan. Of these, 5 are particularly effective. Of those five, 1 stands out above all others as the most effective bhajan: hari-nāma-sankīrtan: coming together in a group of bhaktas to sing / amplify the lovable sound of the sweet name of Śrī Hari. The most efficacious mantra formation for the performance of that hari-nama-sankirtana is the “mahamantra”:

Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa,
Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare

Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma,
Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare

Thus the conclusion of the 8th text of the 10th Chapter of Bhagavad Gita is that the only person who is fit to be called “Buddha” is the person who engages wholeheartedly in deeply soulful hari-nama-sankirtana (and other forms of bhajana as supplemental support). This is a resounding echo to the statement in the 9th chapter of the Gita that the only person fit to be called “Mahatma” is the person who does constant Kṛṣṇa Kirtana (satatam-kirtayanto mam).

Who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead?

The rest of Srila Prabhupāda’s purport addresses this question. As described in the logic of the above section, the “singularity” from which all things emanate must be a transcendental personality. But who is that transcendental personality?

On our own, we are not entirely capable to know the answer to this questions because what is behind the singularity is by definition outside the purview of the mind and senses that the singularity generates in front of it. Still, since even our mind and senses are of a common substance with the singularity and the origin of the singularity – it is possible for us to comprehend the answer, particularly when we receive assistance from the personality/personalities beyond the border of the singularity event horizon.

Thus the mass of Prabhupāda’s purport quotes directly from shabda Brahman – the singularity in the form of sound – the “scripture” (as the English term so limitingly terms it).

Gopala-Tapani is an Upanishad attached to the Atharva Veda. 1.24 of that Upanishad states that “Kṛṣṇa” (by name) is the transcendental personality that is the ultimate singularity point.

Narayana Upanishad (1) says that Narayana is the original generator of all things. In text 4 this Upanishad states that Kṛṣṇa (by the name “Devaki-putra” – the son of Devaki) is the ultimate Narayana.

Other texts are given showing that all the personalities who are themselves the creators or singularities of other personalities (Shiva, for example, Brahma, the prajapatis) are themselves created by the ultimate singularity, Narayana, who himself is a form of the ultimate of all singularities, Śrī Kṛṣṇa Svayam Bhagavan. This Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the self-causing, cause of all causes (sarva-karana-karanam)

By the scriptural method, an example of which was just suggested, one arrives at the conclusion that Kṛṣṇa is the ultimate singularity and therefore the point towards whom we should direct our heartfelt existence. However also by the path of common sense (provided it is blessed and lucky) this conclusion is also clear. Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the being who embodies the highest unrestricted enjoyment of pure bliss. Therefore nothing can be greater to or prior to this person. It is a sound logic even without the support of scripture.

The Point

It is not for other people to become wise, and for us to remain salary men or housewives dilly dallying on facebook games. It is for us to become wise. What then, is wisdom? Wisdom is to seek the cause of all causes. Wisdom is to know that the cause of all causes must be the highest unrestricted experience of pure bliss, because there is nothing greater than that. Wisdom is to seek guidance from within and without (guru and Supersoul) as to exactly who this personality who enjoys unrestricted bliss really is. Wisdom then is to SOAK YOUR MIND in the nectar that is he.

When your mind is soaked in that nectar your inner being comes alive and experiences the same unrestricted bliss. It then flows all-powerfully and unstoppably towards the magnetic pole of bliss – Śrī Kṛṣṇa – and you are always in Bhava Bhajan of Śrī Śrī Rādhā Govinda Ji.

Looking Forward and Back from Here

Looking forward from here, know that this text, 10.8, is the beginning of the catur-sloki gita – “The Bhagavad Gita in four Verses.” The entire summary of Gita is here in these four verses.

Looking backwards, here is a summary of what has happened so far in this chapter.

Kṛṣṇa: I will tell you more about this wonderful yoga of devotion to you! (1)

Arjuna: Yes, please explain what the foundational principle of such devotion is.

Kṛṣṇa: The foundation is that I am the origin of everything that anyone could possibly love. Therefore I am the best object of your love. I am beyond all the demigods, beyond all the sages (2). I am the beginningless beginning of everyone and everything (3). I am the origin of all saints and saintly qualities (4-6). I am the origin of all the wise. (6) Therefore I am beyond the comprehension of anyone, but one who appreciates this develops feelings of respect and affection for me (and in reciprocation with that affection I gift myself to them) (7).

And then today’s 8th text: One who knows me to be the cause of all causes develops heartfelt affection for me and therefore expresses that

Vraja Kishor, JP: El Resultado de Conocer al Supremo (10.8) 

ahaḿ sarvasya prabhavo
mattaḥ sarvaḿ pravartate
iti matvā bhajante māḿ
budhā bhāva-samanvitāh

El texto 

Aham significa el “Yo.” 
Sarvasya significa “todos.” 
Prabhavo significa “el origen.” 

De esta forma la primera línea del texto significa, “Yo Soy el origen de Todo.” Como Srila Prabhupāda puntualiza: “Soy la Fuente de Todos los Mundos Espirituales y Materiales.” 

Mattah significa “de mí.” (Otra forma gramatical para la palabra aham)
Sarvam significa “todos.” (Otra forma gramatical para la palabra sarvasya
Pravartate significa “emanan.” (Otra forma gramatical para la palabra prabhavo

Por lo tanto la segunda línea de este sloka significa, “Todo Viene de Mí.” O, “Todo Emana de Mí.” Las dos líneas juntas son apenas como las imágenes de espejo que se reflejan la una a la otra: “Soy el Origen de Todo; Todo Emana de Mí.” 

Iti significa “así” y se utiliza como una marca de cita o un indicador.

Matvā significa “saber.” 

Bhajante significa el “el amor, la dedicación, la adoración, el servicio piadoso.” 

Māṁ significa la “mina.” 

Por lo tanto la tercera línea significa, “los que entiendan esto [que Soy el Origen de Todo] desarrollan el amor por Mí y se enganchan (y son atraidos) a Mi Servicio Piadoso.” 

Budhāsignifica el sabio/iluminado 

Bhāvasignifica muy profundamente con un corazón y alma 

Samanvitāḥsignifica “totalmente.” 

“El amor que esas personas sabias tienen (sienten) por mí es muy profundo y totalmente de su corazón y de su alma.” 

Las cuatro líneas juntas: 

Soy el Origen de Todo 
Todo viene de Mí 
Saber esto hace a uno muy sabio, 
por la completa dedicación (devoción) sentida muy profunda por Mí 

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swāmī Prabhupāda lo traduce así, “Yo Soy la Fuente de Todos los Mundos Espirituales y Materiales. Todo emana de Mí. Los sabios que saben esto enganchan a mi servicio piadoso y me adoran con todo su corazón.” 

¿Quién es “sabio” (Budhā)? 

Srila Prabhupāda da el significado de este texto trata la palabra budhā - como el sabio. El punto del texto es que una persona que es realmente sabia es una quién entiende que todo viene de alguna parte. Hay una “singularidad” en el origen de todas las cosas. Una persona que sigue siendo aún más sabia llega a saber que una causa es mayor que su efecto. De hecho, el efecto es siempre menos que la causa, a menos que el efecto sea amplificado por otras causas. Puesto que no hay otra causa a la hora de la “singularidad” éste no puede ser el caso. Por lo tanto el efecto generado de la singularidad no puede ser mayor que la singularidad en sí misma. Una persona sabia consigue este punto simple (“2 litros de leche no pueden venir de un solo cartón de 1 litro") y por lo tanto entiende que “la singularidad” que es el origen de todas las cosas no puede ser una gota impersonal de la energía. Debe contener todo dentro del efecto, y más: colores, sonidos, personalidades, emociones, etc. 

Por lo tanto la singularidad se debe conectar en última instancia con la Suprema Personalidad de Dios. La conexión es permitida por la lógica estar alejada. Es decir, la singularidad se puede primero conectar con el brahmajyoti (un campo espiritual no diferenciado de la energía que emana de la Persona Suprema), porque el brahmajyoti por sí mismo, está conectado, con la Persona Suprema (brahmano hi pratishthAHAM). 

El budhā verdadero (“hombre sabio") entiende de esta forma que la última singularidad de todas las singularidades es una personalidad trascendental que contiene y que sobrepasa todos los rasgos encontrados en el efecto de la singularidad (creación) sin la corrupción por cualesquiera de sus defectos (que se presenten debido a la independencia de su conexión directa a la persona trascendente). 

Saber que el origen de todo es un Ser Personal que es absolutamente esencial para el desarrollo del bhakti - que se encuentran en (los capítulos 6-9 del Gita) que hemos entendido ya que es la trayectoria más deseable y más eficaz de la Autorealización (yoga). Saber que el origen último de todas las cosas proviene de una Persona Maravillosa permite que desarrolle sensaciones) por dicha Persona. En este texto Kṛṣṇa utiliza la palabra bhāva para indicar estas sensaciones hacia Él. Bhāva significa que algo es tan profundo y sentido que es una pieza de su propio ser (bhava significa “ser”, bhāva significa algo que viene del ser; a.k.a. algo sentido y profundamente por el alma). 

El resultado del tener sensaciones para alguien es que usted actúa en esas sensaciones. Kṛṣṇa indica la acción de este texto por la palabra bhajante. Ésta es una forma gramatical de “Bhajan.” 

Bhajan es una palabra fabuloso rica y compleja. La raíz es bhaj que significa “a la parte” - e indican la condición donde uno comparte su misma existencia con otro. Bhajan es la formación del verbo de Bhakti como sustantivo. Es decir si amor es un sustantivo (una cosa), entonces Bhajan es la forma verbal de “amor” - es amor como acción: para compartir Su Todo con Su Querido. 

Bhajan es también el verbo asociado a bhakti-yoga. El Sadhana (la práctica) del yoga del bhakti es “bhajan.” Hay 64 maneras recomendadas de hacer este bhajan. De éstas, 5 son particularmente eficaces. De estas cinco, 1 se destaca sobre todas las demás como el bhajan más eficaz: hari-nāma-sankīrtan: el venir junto en un grupo de bhaktas cantar/amplifica el sonido adorable del nombre dulce de Śrī Hari. La formación más eficaz del mantra para el funcionamiento de ese hari-nama-sankirtana es el “mahamantra”: 

Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, 
Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare

Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, 
Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare

Así la conclusión del 8º verso del 10º capítulo de Bhagavad Gita es que la única persona que se cabe para ser llamada “Buddha” es la persona que engancha (se une) sinceramente a hari-nama-sankirtana con emoción profunda (y a otras formas de bhajana como ayuda suplemental). Esto es un eco rotundo que se declara en el 9º capítulo del Gita que la única persona que se llamará “Mahatma” es la persona que hace constantemente Kṛṣṇa  Kirtana (satatam-kirtayanto mam). 

¿Quién es la Suprema Personalidad de Dios? 

El resto del significado que da Srila Prabhupāda para tratar esta pregunta. Según lo descrito en la lógica de la sección antedicha, la “singularidad” de cuál emanan todas las cosas debe ser una personalidad trascendental. ¿Pero quién es esa personalidad trascendental? 

Por nosostros mismos, no somos capaces completamente de saber la respuesta a dicha pregunta, porque cuál está detrás de la singularidad está por definición fuera del articulado de la mente y detecta que la singularidad genera delante de ella. No obstante, puesto que incluso nuestra mente y sentidos son de una sustancia común con la singularidad y el origen de la singularidad - es posible que comprendamos la respuesta, particularmente cuando recibimos ayuda de la personalidad/de las personalidades más allá de la frontera del horizonte de acontecimiento de la singularidad. 

Así la masa de significado de Prabhupāda cotiza directamente del shabda Brahman - la singularidad bajo la forma de sonido - la “escritura” (mientras que el término inglés tan limitingly la llama). 

Gopala-Tapani es un Upanishad que se encuentra en el Atharva Veda. En el texto 1.24 de ese Upanishad indica que “Kṛṣṇa” (por nombre) es la Personalidad Trascendental que es el último punto de la singularidad. 

El Narayana Upanishad (1) dice que Narayana es el Generador Original de Todas las cosas. En el texto 4 de este Upanishad indica que Kṛṣṇa (conocido como “Devaki-putra” - el hijo de Devaki) es el último Narayana. 

En otros textos se dan la demostración que todas las personalidades que son ellos mismos los creadores o las singularidades de otras personalidades (Shiva, por ejemplo, Brahma, los prajapatis) ellos mismos son creadas por la última singularidad, Narayana, que Él mismo es una forma de la Ultima de todas las singularidades, Śrī Kṛṣṇa Svayam Bhagavan. Este Śrī Kṛṣṇa es el Ultima Causa, Causa de todas las causas (sarva-karana-karanam

Por el método escritural, un ejemplo que se sugiere, es que uno llega a la conclusión de que Kṛṣṇa es la Última singularidad y por lo tanto el punto hacia los cuales debemos dirigir nuestra sentido existencial. Al menos poniéndonos de lado del sentido común (proporcionado de bendición y fortuna) esta conclusión está también clara. Śrī Kṛṣṇa es el que incorpora el disfrute sin restricción más alto de la dicha pura. Por lo tanto nada puede ser mayor o  estar antes de esta Persona. Es una lógica sana incluso sin la ayuda de la escritura. 

El punto 

No está para que la otra gente llegue a ser sabia, y para que sigamos siendo hombres del sueldo o fenómeno de las amas de casa dallying en juegos del facebook. Está para que lleguemos a ser sabios. ¿Cuál entonces, es la sabiduría? La sabiduría es buscar la causa de todas las causas. La sabiduría es saber que la causa de todas las causas debe ser la experiencia sin restricción más alta de la dicha pura, porque no hay nada mayor que esto. La sabiduría es buscar la dirección de dentro y de fuera (gurú y Superalma) en cuanto a exactamente quién esta personalidad que goza dicha sin restricción es realmente. La sabiduría entonces está en EMPAPAR SU MENTE en el néctar que es Él. 

Cuando su mente se empapa de ese néctar su ser interno viene vivo y experimenta la misma dicha sin restricción. Entonces fluye todo-de gran alcance e imparable hacia el polo magnético de la dicha - Śrī Kṛṣṇa - y usted está siempre en Bhava Bhajan de Śrī Śrī Rādhā Govinda Ji. 

Mirando hacia delante y hacia atrás desde aquí 

Mirando hacia adelante desde aquí, sepa que este texto, el 10.8, es el principio (comienzo) del catur-sloki gita - “el Bhagavad Gita en cuatro versos.” El resumen entero de Gita está aquí en estos cuatro versos. 

La mirada al revés (hacia atrás), aquí está un resumen de lo qué ha sucedido hasta ahora en este capítulo. 

Kṛṣṇa: ¡Yo te diré más sobre este yoga maravillosa de la dedicación! (1) 

Arjuna: Sí, expliqueme por favor cuál es el principio fundacional de tal dedicación (devoción). 

Kṛṣṇa: El fundamento es que Soy el Origen de Todo por lo que cualquier persona posiblemente puede amarme. Por lo tanto Soy el Mejor Objeto de Su Amor. Estoy más allá de todos los semidioses, más allá de todos los sabios (2). Soy el principio y el fin de cada uno y de todo (3). Soy el origen de todos los santos y de las calidades santas (4-6). Soy el origen de todos los sabios. (6) por lo tanto estoy más allá de la comprensión de cualquier persona, pero aquel que aprecia esto desarrolla sensaciones del respecto y del afecto hacia Mí (y en reciprocidad con ese regalo del afecto Yo me doy a Mi mismo a ellos) (7). 

Y entonces 8º texto de hoy: Uno que me conoce como que soy la causa de todas las causas desarrolla el sentimiento de afecto hacia Mí y por lo tanto expresa eso.

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This morning is stood on the little bridge and looked down into the rushing creek. I heard the water over the rocks chanting and I thought, “Should I really try to answer more questions about japa?” I felt reluctant to go to the discursive level, and I was also afraid of presumption. I wanted to stay a simple villager, or even as simple as water running over rocks. I wanted to chant unconsciously, the way water flows down rocks or the way breath goes in and out without conscious effort.

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