Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Narendra Modi's Policies Have Failed India?

http://www.atimes.com/how-modi-has-failed-as-prime-minister-of-india/

[PADA: I knew there was going to be big trouble when they said that there was going to be a "cash-less society" where people would only use credit cards and smart phones for financial transactions, when many poor and rural people have neither, in fact there may not even be a bank nearby at all for many folks. Industrializing and modernizing India more extensively is simply creating bigger problems for example: the traffic nightmare, the smog, the polluted rivers, the copper mines -- that are causing riots for allegedly polluting ground water etc. India needs to go back to a more simpler style of living, or face a catastrophic environmental and social mess. Of course Mr. Modi cannot probably do that even if he wanted to, there are powerful Westernizing forces there that are not going to be changed easily -- by anyone. ys pd]  

Original Books Commemorate Sulochana's Departure (Copenhagen)


Sankirtan revisited. Book distribution coming back after 20+ years. Together with Caitanya Candra and Krishna Avatara prabhus in inner Copenhagen with Srila Prabhupada's original books. Curiously, this is on the historical day of the commemoration of Sulochana's tragic demise.

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Prayer About Sulochana by Anubhavananda das

MORE PRAISE OF SULOCHANA NOW THAT I CAN WRITE

Now that I can write
I must write whats eternally right
from our only eternal guiding light
God's Servants at the highest height.

Yes now that I can speak
I must speak to all I meet
and just perfectly repeat
him at Krishna's lotus feet.

We are eternally divine servants of God
we may know by the grace of Shrila Prabhupada
most recently come from God's eternal kingdom
to enlighten everyone from where did they come.

We do not belong to this place
all fallen from Shri Krishna's grace
to be nothing but a disgusting disgrace
no this can hardly be called a human race.

So we must learn again the proper example
for every creature and human kind
by hearing everything from his grace divine
repeating sinless sages in a pure disciplic line.

His divine grace Shrila Prabhupada
made himself available for everyone
for the next ten thousand years
living in his books is all we need to hear.

So I'm begging you Shrila Prabhupada
you living forever in your perfect translations
of the womb of all scriptures the eternal vedas
the highest wisdom from all the greatest sages.

Yes all must beg you Shrila Prabhupada
to keep forcing open our tightly closed eyes
to the Lord always in the greatest sages eyes
unlimitedly youthful attractive, powerful,wise.

Dearest Shrila Prabhupada
everything is resting on your grace
with out all your rarest blessings
no one may know Krishna or leave this place.

For thy blessings come from God's servant's blessings
from thy complete obedience to thy guru
who was obeying his guru who obeyed his guru
all the way back to Krishna the supreme original guru.

So with all the seriousness we possess
we must with full determination seek only the truth
and Lord Krishna will send you the perfect sinless guru
Shrila Prabhupada in his lawbooks for me and for you.

We must be Prabhupada's surrendered servant like Sulochana
and give up our lives so Prabhupada's importance may survive
so we must point out to the ignorant the greatest cheaters
who entered Prabhupada's society to be leaders.

These persons are most dangerous
to all of planet earth
they simply want to destroy
all that has eternal worth.

All that can bring to all peace
freedom from repeated birth,
death, old age and disease
all that will make God pleased.

It all comes from complete obedience
to the instructions of God through His Servants
now purely and perfectly translated in Prabhupada's texts
that must remain unchanged to make everyone blessed.

As with out light we must remain in darkness
with out God's torchlight of knowledge
flowing perfectly from Prabhupada's books
humankind must remain blind everywhere it looks.

These pretenders are destroying Prabhupada's mission
to spread only pure and unalloyed love for Krishna
by changing all he worked for to a perverted abomination
of the perfect example and words to form a real civilisation.

But behold Prabhupada's original books still exist
its our duty to see they remain perfect as they are
we must set the example of God's brightest star
living sinless lives to manifest love for Shri Damadara.

And like Sulochana we must lay down our lives
to make the perfect human sacrifice
by just obeying God's Servant all wise
only repeating the Supreme Lord's advice.

Now we must surrender to God's names
they are the only deliverance for this age
just by always chanting them all the way
with this greatest maha mantra we must pray.

We will be praying directly to God
give us all thy protection
and just give us life's perfection
always absorbed in thy loving service
with all our attention, love and affection.

HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE

Thus the books of Shrila Prabhupada
must be the lawbooks for all
especially his Bhagavad gita as it is
for all must hear Shri Bhagavana's call.

God's most wise song to Shri Arjuna
to remove from his heart all his gloom
and the gloom of all me and you
by just hearing what is eternally true.

That we are not these gross and subtle bodies
we are eternally unchanging pure souls
with one function to serve the Supreme Whole
the one person in Supreme control.

Bhakti Vikas Swami followers chastise GBC's "gurus"



[PADA: Bhakti Vikas swami (BVKS) with Radhanath swami, a big supporter of the sexual predator Kirtanananda's acharya's samadhi program in Vrndavana. Why is BVKS helping promote the sexual predator's samadhi advocates program as "gurus and acharyas"? And why aren't the followers of BVKS addressing this deviation? Notice below that BVKS is training his followers and disciples that acharyas are generally mundane men who need to be chastised, censured and corrected for deviating and making false statements, and / or statements that are against shastra, and even that acharyas are offensive aparadhis who offend Vaishnavas and need to apologize for being such vicious offensive aparadhis and so on. Why is BVKS training his people that acharyas are generally and often -- offensive aparadhis?]

1 st Letter to the GBC From: Murari Das Date: Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 12:13 PM Subject: Letter from HHBVKS Disciples to the GBC To: ananda.tirtha.das@pamho.net, ananda.tirtha.pvs@pamho.net 

Dear Ananda Tirtha Prabhu, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada The following is a letter sent by some disciples of HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaja to the GBC. Please note my contact email and phone number for any replies or communications that may need to be made to this group of disciples. Your servant, Murari Das (+91) 9159 484 378 

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Dear Respected GBC members, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. 

We are a group of concerned, senior disciples and followers of H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami who are formally requesting to discuss with the GBC its resolution 313 from this year's "Minutes of the Annual General Meeting," concerning Maharaja's book Women: Masters or Mother? (WMM). In this regard, we have summarized in this message our views and concerns about this resolution and the GBC's subsequent statements and actions around this. 

Furthermore, as senior students of Maharaja, we are confident that the view expressed here represents the view held by the majority of the more than 1500 disciples of H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami and innumerable followers. Given that this is a non-trivial number of ISKCON members, we suggest that it would be in everyone's best interests that you give careful consideration to the view expressed herein. As members of ISKCON, loyal to the Founder-Acarya; His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, we are taught to accept the authority and rulings of the GBC and see them as the ultimate managerial authority of ISKCON.

[PADA: OK so the BVKS GBC program says acharyas are often deviating; and acharyas are being "2/3 show of hands" GBC voted in, voted out; censured, suspended for deviations; "monitored" to see if they are chanting their rounds; and worse -- acharyas are sometimes watching porno, eating chicken salads, gambling in Reno, drinking vodka, watching football cheerleaders on TV; dating minor aged female disciples; taking psychotropic drugs for their headaches; and so on and so forth. And when acharyas reach a certain level of deviation they are removed by GBC votes. Why is BVKS teaching his followers that these are the activities of acharya successors to Krishna?]   

And according to the conclusions of our disciplic succession, we are enjoined to consider our guru the direct representative of the Lord-saksad-dharitvena samasta-sastrair uktas tatha bhavyata eva sadbhih, acaryam mam vijaniyan, etc. 

[PADA: Wow! The GBC's position paper writer, spokesman and main editor Jaydvaita swami says that the ISKCON GBC's gurus are prone to "illicit sex with men, women and children." And the BVKS disciples think that means: these GBC acharyas are "saksad hari" -- "as pure as God." What is BVKS teaching here? Persons prone to illicit sex are the saksad representatives of God? And BVKS is as pure as God, because he is voted into this illicit sex guru parampara? Amazing, the GBC gurus are simultaneously prone to being engaged in illicit sex with men, women and children, and they are the shaksat hari direct representatives of God. Why is BVKS program juxtaposing illicit sex and saksat hari tvena acharyas?] 

Yet ISKCON's Founder-Acarya also taught that authorities are no longer to be followed if they disregard or abandon the regulative principles of devotional service, give misguidance, or go against the will of the Lord.[1] The salient point here is that as disciples, when some doubt arises as to the validity of guidance being offered to us by some authority, we are supposed to use our own discrimination. 

[PADA: Where is your discrimination if you think BVKS is bona fide because he is voted into an illicit sex with men, women and children guru parampara, which buries sexual predators in samadhis in the holy dham?] 

The sastras enjoin us not to be blind followers. This applies not only to the guidance coming from one's guru, such as our own guru Sri Bhakti Vikasa Swami, but also to the guidance of learned assemblies such as yours. On account of your public admonition of Maharaja and his book, and your subsequent, silent withdrawal of your ban, it is now our prerogative, sanctioned by sastra, to judge whether our Gurudeva's guidance is bona fide or your guidance is bona fide. 

[PADA: How can BVKS be bona fide if the party that certified him as an acharya is not bona fide?] 

Our assessment is that however imperfect Sri Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaja's efforts to present the will of Srila Prabhupada might have been seen in writing WMM, he has followed the process given by our acaryas. But in publicly attesting to the allegation:  

1) The fact that the GBC at no time has offered any reason based on sastra, previous acaryas, and guru-either for their initial ban or for the amended resolution with the ban removed. 

2) The current (and highly amended) form of resolution 313 continues to besmirch both the book and its author. 

3) The GBC passed and amended resolution 313 without due process or proper communication. 

4) The GBC failed to communicate their removal of the ban to the rest of ISKCON and even to the author. 

5) Bans still in place by GBC sub-institutions such as the still standing NA GBC's ban, the UK ban, and bans by individual temples such as in Vrindavan. 

[PADA: The BVKS followers are basically saying the entire GBC's guru's body is bogus. OK, they are bogus and they are also simultaneously -- the gurus of ISKCON. That means the entire GBC program is promoting bogus people posing as gurus. Good, except BVKS says our idea of worship of Srila Prabhupada as the acharya is the bogus ritvik idea. So he wants us to worship the GBC's deviants as gurus process, and not Srila Prabhupada. Why does he block the worship of the bona fide acharya and he promotes that we need to worship his deviated GBC's gurus process instead?]

Here is why our protest is justified: 

[PADA: Why would anyone have to protest the statements of a group of acharyas? BVKS followers are proud that he corrects and chastises the other GBC's gurus, but that means, gurus are conditioned souls who need correcting. Why is BVKS saying gurus are conditioned souls who need censure, suspending and removal and so forth?]

a) Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaja's book is a transcendental work that represents the will of Krishna. Yes, we know you disagree that it is, but to be fair, in writing his book he has followed the standard process prescribed by our acaryas whereas in criticizing it you have not. 

The example of Sri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami in CC Antya chapter 5, in which he extensively quoted sastra to show the disqualification of a work purporting to be transcendental, is the standard that should be followed-especially by the GBC, whose members are supposed to be exemplary in matters such as this. 

b) While some of you who emphasize your personal experiences with Srila Prabhupada may feel Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaja's book is improper, your say-so without the support of sastra is against the principle of guru, sadhu, and sastra. That is not the way Srila Prabhupada taught us to understand these matters. In this case, you have quoted none of them, hence your transgression of this principle is extreme. 

c) We are not defending Maharaja merely because he is our guru, and we're just fanatics. We are defending him because he has followed the standard process prescribed by our acaryas in composing a sacred work whereas in criticizing it you have not. Why should we believe you over Maharaja when he has made a goodfaith effort to follow sastra and the acaryas and you have acted independently of them and whimsically (niyamagraha)? 

[PADA: Right, the GBC is acting independent of shastra, how could they have voted in more gurus if they are themselves not authorized? And how could they have voted in BVKS himself? And why would he accept such a bogus certification?]

d) Prima facie, you have committed the nama-aparadha of sruti-sastra-nindanam, blasphemy of Vedic literature or literature in pursuance of the Vedic version. 

[PADA: So, the same people who reinstated "sex with taxi driver's acharya Bhavananda" also voted in BVKS as an acharya. Why is BVKS part of the sex with taxi driver's guru parampara? How could the same people who certify sex with taxi driver acharyas also certify BVKS? Its amazing that people like Torben, Ajit Krishna, Kim Moller, Hanuman Croatia and others think BVKS is bona fide because he has a sex with taxi driver's guru sabha certification.]

And because of your position as ISKCON's ultimate managerial authority, you are inducing wide swaths of ISKCON to also engage in such blasphemy and thereby leading otherwise innocent members of ISKCON astray in their spiritual lives. e) Your dealings with Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaja at nearly every stage of this episode have lacked the quality of straight-forwardness-so much that even those who have reservations about Maharaja's stance on certain matters have made their disapproval of your behavior toward him known.

f) There was extensive dialogue between the present GBC EC and Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaja regarding the book and THEIR demand that he withdraw it. It was disingenuous of them to thereafter remove the ban they demanded and then not make a public statement. The GBC EC, and now the full GBC body, owe it to a sense of public decency and Vaisnava etiquette to announce this publicly. 

g) The heavily redacted, and current, version of resolution 313 has removed language explicitly banning the book but continues to allege that the book represents only Maharaja's opinion and not that of Srila Prabhupada and the guru-parampara. But if you are still convinced that Maharaja's book is a departure from the parampara, why not retain the ban? You don't want books you feel misrepresent Srila Prabhupada circulating in ISKCON, do you? And if Maharaja's book is indeed a transcendental work, then you have a duty to remove this resolution in its entirety and apologize to the rest of ISKCON for your mistake. 

h) And finally, the bans and strong and blasphemous language still in place by GBC sub-institutions against Maharaja for his book cannot be allowed to stand as they are, as they are not fully independent of GBC oversight and control. Either a ban is warranted, or it is not. This is our position, and we are open to changing our view on receipt of superior evidence that we are in error. As we have described above, merely someone's say-so that we are in error is not good enough. We are obliged to present the proper evidence in the proper way as given by Srila Prabhupada-if not for ourselves, at least for the general body of devotees. In lieu of any better account of your activities from yourselves, we believe that the following recommended actions if pursued in a spirit of reconciliation by the GBC institution will put this matter to rest for the satisfaction of all: 

1) An unconditional, public apology to Sri Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaja for besmirching his character. 

2) An unconditional, public apology for misleading devotees to believe that Maharaja's book Women: Masters or Mothers? (or its other titles, such as Mothers and Masters) does not represent the guru-parampara coming in the line of His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of ISKCON. 

3) An unconditional, public apology and retraction of bans enacted by ISKCON sub-institutions under your direct or indirect authority-specifically the North American GBC, the GBC of the United Kingdom, and ISKCON Vrindavan. And finally, with regard to Vaisnava etiquette, we would like to note that we regret having to use such strong words with elder devotees who are so much senior to us. This is something we very much dislike. Yet the way you have dealt with this matter up to the present has left us with no other option than to broadcast our concerns with plain and straightforward language. We hope you come to understand that your determination not to first discuss the matter with our Guru Maharaja before acting and your determination to avoid dealing with him in a Vaisnava way has brought us to this point. 

We pray to Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Srila Prabhupada and the Acaryas that we can quickly put this dark episode behind us and move forward together in spiritual life and preaching, with the affection that is natural between juniors and seniors in Lord Caitanya's sankirtana Movement. Your servants, Swami B.A. Tirtha, initiated 1996, TP ISKCON San Diego, California (USA) Krishna Kirti Das, initiated 1990, Accepted as siksa disciple of HH BVKS May 2014, Editor, Author, Statistician. (USA) Gokul Candra Das , initiated 1994, TP ISKCON Salem ,Tamil Nadu, Author, (India) Akincana Krsna Das, initiated 1997, TP ISKCON Vellore Tamil Nadu, (India) Caitanya Mahaprabhu Dasa, initiated 1997, BTG Gujarati Publishing , Preacher for 24 Namhatta Programs, ISKCON Vallabh Vidya Nagar Vice-president, Gujarat (India) Savyasaci Das(JPS), initiated 1999, Head of Steering committee, Nandagram Farm project, Gujarat and Preaching Coordinator for ISKCON Bhopal (India) Vasudeva-datta Das, initiated 1999, TP ISKCON Batticaloa (Sri Lanka) Kisora Das, initiated 1999, Sanskrit Editor (India) Nityananda Das, initiated 2001, Sanskrit translator, BBT (India) Radhesh Das, initiated 2002, BTG Gujarati Preacher, Congregational Preacher - Surat, Book Distribution cocordinator, Gujarat (India) Aravindaksha Das, initiated 2002, Congregational Preacher, Bhakti Vikasa Trust official, Surat (India) Sri Giridhari Das, initiated 2002, BTG Tamil Editor, Translator and Editor for BBT Tamil (India) Sankirtan Das, initiated 2003, TP ISKCON Brno (Czech Republic) Nateswar Narottam Das(JPS), initiated 2004, Sankirtan Leader and Youth preacher (India) Nitai Pada Kamala Das, initiated 2004, General Manager, ISKCON Mayapur, West Bengal (India) Priya Govinda Das, initiated 2005, Youth preacher, (India) Gopalacarya Das, initiated 2005, TP ISKCON Inis Rath Island (Ireland) Sridhara Srinivas Das, initiated 2006, Fulltime Grhastha Book Distributor and Preacher. Damodar Das, initiated 2006, BVKS media ministry, Vedic culture research, Nandagram Farm project, Gujarat (India) Damodara Nityananda Das, initiated June 2006, (Phd, Prof) Author (India) Murari Das, initiated 2007, TP ISKCON Blantyre (Malawi) Vrindavana Candra Das, initiated 2010, Book production, Former Secretary to HH BVKS (India) Jagannatha Das, initiated 2013, Manager of ISKCON Bhopal (India) 

p.s. We would like to settle our differences on this matter with you privately, as far as possible. However, as all of you have already given extensive time to discussing this amongst yourselves, long before you have received our letter, we think that 15 days' time is sufficient to wait for any kind of response. In lieu of hearing timely from you, we shall continue to increase our efforts to raise awareness of our perspective among the general body of devotees and the public at large. [1] There are innumerable pramanas for this position. Some prominent ones as given by Srila Prabhupada are given here: SB 8.20.1, "According to sastra, the duty of the guru is to take the disciple back home, back to Godhead. If he is unable to do so and instead hinders the disciple in going back to Godhead, he should not be a guru." And several other references are given in the purport: SB 5.5.18, guror na sa syat. . .; Mahabharata Udyoga 179.25 guru apy avaliptasya. . . ; Padma Purana sat-karma-nipuno vipro. . ., etc. 



[PADA: Why is BVKS the sannyasa disciple of Jayapataka swami, the founder father of the illicit sex with men, women and children guru's parampara?





The Bhakti Vikas guru program votes in gurus, without even bothering to see if their gurus have any degree of God realization? And even if they have some minimum realization, how does that qualify them to absorb sins like Jesus? And what difference does it make if women or men are being voted into the post of sin absorbing Jesus, when none of them are qualified for that post? And why is the BVKS program joining Jayapataka's training of little children that God's gurus, parampara members, acharyas and successors etc. are often illicit sex with men, women and children sexual predators, drunkards, drug addicts and  deviants? Is this not illegal fraud mis-representing of Krishna and His teachings? And is this not corrupting the morals of minors?]

http://krishna1008.blogspot.com/2018/05/bhakti-vikas-swami-follower-debates-pada.html

http://krishna1008.blogspot.com/2016/07/bhakti-vikas-swamis-program-killing-his.html





Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dangerous Heatwave Grips India

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/heat-wave-grips-india-1238724-2018-05-22

[PADA: 44c = 112 USA temps. Might last for up to a month. Yes, excess weather extremes, a symptom of Kali age. ys pd]

Guru Paduka Stotram (Music Video)


Viprahita Prabhu Leaves His Body (5/22/18)



[PADA: Viprahita prabhu was an old friend of ours way back in the day, where even then we joked about how most of ISKCON's neophyte devotee leaders and GBC's were too arrogant and puffed up to be very advanced devotees. He was a very kind and loving person, who loved the chant the holy names. 

Later on, he told me he was "fried" with these GBC's "gurus" and he could not cooperate with their process. Another refugee of guru-wars! Anyway, he wanted to serve Krishna -- and that means, Krishna will help him along that road. No question, anyone who wants to sincerely serve the Lord will get that facility from the Lord.

However! This is another red flag warning to all the rest of us still standing here, the time will come for each of us to join him in leaving this present body. That is one way Krishna warns all of us of how temporary this life is. 

I wish him all the best in going along to his next destination, may Krishna bless his soul. ys pd]   


Hare Krsna! Dear beloved devotees and friends...


Dandavat Pranams! All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!

I'm sorry to have to announce that Srila Prabhupada's disciple Viprahita Das Prabhu has left this world at 5:10am this morning. There will be a funeral service this afternoon. We're sorry for the short notice. The details are below as well as a short biography of Viprahita Prabhu's life! Jaya Nitai Gauranga!

Crevasse's Simple Cremation-Gainesville, 6352 NW 18 Dr #7, Gainesville, FL 32653 4pm today Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Viprahita Prabhu was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1974 in the Henry Street, Brooklyn Temple. He was born and raised in Dominic Republic and his family came to New York in the 60’s. Viprahita was a yoga teacher in New York before joining ISKCON. He did book distribution and preaching in New York, Hong Kong. Later he went to Los Angeles to serve in the Spanish BBT as a translator.
He spent some time in Miami doing preaching and deity worship. He went to Puerto Rico in 1984 to assist in running a preaching center. 

He married his wife, Ananga Manjari there, and they moved to Alachua in 2013. He met the devotees of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja in Alachua and became attracted to serving Sri Sri Radha Govinda. He would daily do the morning puja and bathing until he became too sick to continue. 


Viprahita Prabhu was a joyful and humble devotee who loved to dance in Kirtan. He was loved by all and he will be remembered for his oceanic smile and ecstatic dancing, especially on HariNama Sankirtan! Viprahita Prabhu is survived by his wife and daughter, Anne Jeanette (Anasuya dd) who lives in Orlando.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Devaki Dasi's "Roots of Spiritual Culture"

https://www.therootsofspiritualculture.net/

Devaki devi dasi was born in Germany in 1958 and after a long journey of searching, joined ISKCON in Sydney, Australia in 1985. She spent four years in the Sydney brahmacharini ashrama, learning the basics of devotional life. She took initiation from Bhavananda Prabhu and later re-initiation from Prabhavisnu Prabhu. She is now a disciple of His Holiness Niranjana Swami.
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[PADA: Sounds good theoretically, except the "root" of all spiritual culture is to worship Krishna exclusively via media the bona fide acharya. Apparently this Devaki lady has had three GBC gurus. As we all know ... there is an epidemic of failing in their guru sabha. Why would a society where their "messiahs from heaven" are falling down left, right and center -- be considered a spiritual culture? Srila Prabhupada would say this is a society of the cheaters and the cheated. 

Their gurus are falling into illicit sex, assorted scandals if not assisting criminal regimes. Yep. Its a mundane hodge podge of cheating, self-evidently. So lets say we wanted to start discussing a society based on love, trust and connecting honestly to others etc.? We should start out by saying that worship of deviants, debauchees and cheaters as gurus creates a society of illusion, deviation, paranoid delusions, and no small amount of factions, and sometimes crimes, violence and murders -- as occurs in that so-called society. How can we create a spiritual culture in that environment?  

To her credit, Devaki has said some positive things about our idea of emphasis on Srila Prabhupada. Its a start, but does not fully address the root issue, cheating guru programs need to be dismantled and removed from ISKCON if we are to have a society that functions on the spiritual culture platform. ys pd]  

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Amazing Story of Tyaga Hebel

Sea Salt Contaminated by Micro-plastic Particles

https://dailyhealthpost.com/microplastics-in-the-ocean/

[PADA: Beware your sources of salt. ys pd]

"Krishnachildren" Abuse Awareness Site

http://www.krishnachildren.com/

Bombay High Court Liberates Srila Prabhupada's Books

Bombay-BBT court case against Jitarati’s Bhagavatam - Set finally settled by the court!

BBT India and Jitarati Das court case amicably settled in Bombay High Court!

Justice Kathawala, before whom the matter of printing the Srimad Bhagavatam 10 volumes by Jitarati Das came up on 16th May 2018, requested the parties to try to mediate and settle the matter out of court and come back to him.

BBT India represented by HH Gopal Krishna Goswami, HG Bhima Das and Ananda Tirtha Dasa mediated with Jitarati Das and has settled the matter. Both parties have resolved their differences and have agreed to work together for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada.

BBT India will print and make available the Srimad Bhagavatam in 10 volumes format (Nine Cantos and Krishna Book) WITHOUT 11th and 12th Canto. Jitarati Das has agreed to distribute the present printed sets outside of India by developing a new market outside of ISKCON circles.

This court settlement was recorded by the Justice and the suit is closed.

Jitarati Das

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[PADA: Any progress is good at this stage. The distribution system should be well advertised clearly, so people can know how to access these books from around the world. ys pd]   

Book Distributors Who Want ONLY Original Editions

[PADA: Some devotees who distribute original books were banned from an ISKCON center recently. It seems the overall GBC's policy is -- trying to bully down by oppressing the people who know the GBC's folks are cheating the devotees and public with their fraudulent edited books. More and more people want originals, and that is going to increase over time. Of course we were also oppressed by the same GBC bully boy policy as well over all these issues, its what they do. Anyway, more and more people have had enough of this nonsense and they are going to operate independently, goody, more of this is needed. ys pd]

Dear Assembled Devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Yesterday when discussing an issue with one lady that was similar to our mission of preserving Srila Prabhupada's original books, she asked me a question that I too wondered about years back in relation to our mission of original books.

She asked me: "Do you think any of our efforts really matter? Do you think [this issue] can ever be affected by us?" And I answered with the first words that came to my mind. "Drops of water wear away stone."

And they have. When we first started openly distributing Srila Prabhupada's original books in spring of last year, we had multiple people writing and calling us to dissuade us otherwise, some with great intensity. For each of those conversations we followed one principle: we spoke calmly and respectfully to each person who tried to dissuade us, regardless of the tone of voice and language style they used with us, and made one point clear - we were going to openly follow our heart - and that meant distributing Srila Prabhupada's original books as he read from and approved them.

Multiple devotees are now openly supporting and speaking in favor of Srila Prabhupada's original books, and in a respectful and Vaisnava like manner. Among them, Garuda Prabhu is gathering the attention of many with the firm, yet gentlemanly etiquette he is speaking in, and other devotees of influence are now giving attention to this matter with seriousness. The greatest joy for us, was when a senior Vaisnava approached us to say,

"I never used to take the book issue seriously because the persons I saw speaking about it were doing so in an aggressive manner. However seeing these points made by multiple persons in a calm and respectful manner, I am realizing what a serious issue this is, and I think other persons are being convinced in this same way."

Drops of water wear away stone.

Thank you for being part of this invaluable mission of preserving Srila Prabhupada's original books, and for inspiring us by allowing us to watch as you consistently move stone with your distribution.

This April we distributed 355 original Bhagavad Gita's As It Is. Our daily average was as follows: 53 books and magazines a day, with 12 of them being hardbacks, and 11 of them being Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad Gita As It Is.
We thank you for your continued dedication and enthusiasm, and look forward to serving with you as drops of water.

your aspiring servants in service to Srila Prabhupada,

Sri Arjuna Das Adhikari, Padma Gopi Devi Dasi, and Abhimanyu Das

Saturday, May 19, 2018

24x7 Hare Krishna Kirtan Radio (tunein.com)

Sinful King Saved from Yamaraja (Garga Samhita)


Lord Yamaraja

In Sindhu-desha there was a king named Dirghabahu. He was very cruel and sinful and he was addicted to visiting prostitutes. While he was on the earth this cruel sinner murdered a hundred brahmanas and ten pregnant women.

One day, as he mounted a sindhu horse and went hunting. While he was shooting arrows to hunt, he accidentally killed a brown cow.

One day, his angry minister killed him in the forest, in order to take over his kingdom.

Seeing him fallen to the ground and dead, the Yamadutas came, bound him by their nooses, and, took him to the city of Yamaraja.

Seeing this sinner brought before him, powerful Yamaraja said to his scribe Chitragupta, "What is the proper punishment for him?"

Sri Chitragupta said: O my Lord, he should be thrown into eight million four hundred thousand hells for as long as the sun and the moon shine in the sky. On the earth he did not perform a single pious deed. He killed ten pregnant women. He killed a brown cow. He killed thousands of deer in the forest. He offended the demigods and the brahmanas. He is a great sinner.

Sri Narada said: Then, by
Yamaraja’s order, the Yamadutas took that sinner and threw him into a terrible, eight-thousand mile wide cauldron of bubbling boiling oil in the hell of Kumbhipaka.

The moment that sinner came close to the oil, the boiling oil, which was as hot as the great fires at the time of cosmic devastation, suddenly became cool.

O King of Videha, as Prahlada was unhurt in a similar situation, that sinner was not hurt at all by the boiling oil.

The Yamadutas were shocked and ran to describe this great wonder to noble-hearted Yamaraja.

Yamaraja and Chitragupta carefully reviewed the sinner's case and concluded that while he was on the earth, the sinner had not for a moment performed even a single pious deed.

Just at that moment Sri Vyasadev arrived in that assembly. Bowing down before Him, and carefully worshiping Him, saintly and noble-hearted Yamaraja asked Vyasadeva the following question:

Sri Yamaraja said: When a certain sinner, who had never performed even a single pious deed on earth, was thrown into the pot of terrible boiling oil of Kumbhipaka, the oil suddenly became cool. Because of this my mind is now troubled with doubts.

*Sri Vyasadev said: O great king, the intelligent sages, who have studied all the scriptures, know that the ways of piety, sin, and spiritual progress are very subtle and difficult to understand.*

Somehow or other, by destiny, this sinner did perform a pious deed unknowingly, and by that deed he became purified. O noble-hearted one, please hear what is that pious deed performed by him.

This sinner died in a place where some gopi-candana had accidentally fallen from some devotee's hand. Because of dying while touching gopi-candana, that sinner became purified.

*A person who wears gopi-candana tilaka attains a spiritual form like that of Lord Narayana.*

*Simply by seeing a devotee with gopi chandan one becomes free of the sin of killing a brahmana.*

Sri Narada said: Hearing this, Yamaraja, who understands the glories of gopi-candana, took the sinner, placed him on an airplane that goes anywhere at will, and sent him to Vaikuntha. O King, thus I have described to you the glories of Gopi-candana.

*One who hears this account of Gopi-candana's glories becomes exalted. He goes to the supreme abode of Lord Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.*

(Sri Garga Samhita)

Funding needed for China temple

Food For Life (UK) Funder on 26 May 2018



[PADA: Maybe some of the UK ritviks can attend and help spread the word. Yes, some "Food For Life" people in other countries complained to PADA some time ago -- they have to fund their own program, and ISKCON does not support them. Then later, sometimes ISKCON GBC types try to advertise that this is their program. 

They are trying to take credit for a program they are not funding or helping? 

Some folks have criticized that distributing Krishna prasad is "mundane welfare work," ok well maybe the Krishna religion folks overall should try to engage in some "mundane welfare work" to boost the image of the religion, which isn't that great these days. At the same time we encourage people to make their own independent charities, funding and programs etc. 

We cannot rely on using the official ISKCON names and titles at this stage because for starters, we cannot work with their leaders and their "mundane gurus" agenda. Some of these food for life people are also doing harinama and other programs in UK as well, very good! ys pd]  


Friday, May 18, 2018

Traditional Sheenai Music (Video)


Minimizing women in modern society?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/12/sex-capitalism-incel-movement-misogyny-feminism?

[PADA: A problem that exists in the outside society, but seems to have at least in part sneaked into sectors of ISKCON? ys pd]

"gofundme" Academic Symposium on BBT Editing (Garuda das)

https://www.gofundme.com/academic-symposium-on-bbt-editing

[PADA: Great idea, however, what happens if the official BBT managers do not accept the conclusions of the symposium? Aren't we back to square one? ys pd]

Commentary on "A Note About the Second Edition"

BY: GARUDA DAS, PhD

INTRODUCTION: In 1972, Śrīla Prabhupāda published his translation of and commentary on Bhagavad Gītā with Collier Macmillan (MAC72), and many millions of copies were distributed and sold. After Śrīla Prabhupāda departed from this world, the BBT, for their reasons, published a revised version, second edition of his work in 1983 (BBT83). Appearing on page 766 in the BBT83 edition, signed "—The Publishers" (or appearing on page 866 or on page 868 in later BBT83 editions, without the bolded signature, "the Publishers"), is a singular page, entitled "A Note About the Second Edition." While the Publishers attempt to justify their later revised edition of Śrīla Prabhupāda's Bhagavad Gītā in this note, my comments here will attempt to show how, ironically, their words in this note unintentionally reveal inadequacies and flaws in their justifications.

BBT PUBLISHERS' NOTE: "For the benefit of readers who have become familiar with the first edition of the Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, a few words about this second edition seem in order."

MY COMMENT: Beginning with this opening line, I have several questions: Why just for the benefit of readers who "have become familiar with the first edition"? Why not also for the benefit of those who never read the first edition? And, why not even merely out of respect for Śrīla Prabhupāda's MAC72 edition that he gave to us? And why should this note not be for those general readers who may wish to understand the rationale behind a second edition generally?

The use of the word "familiar," to me, is peculiar. Most of the persons who had "become familiar with the first edition" were not merely familiar with it, but, more accurately, highly treasured it. In many cases, the first edition transformed a person's life into that of a Krishna Bhakta. That kind of transformation indicates a relationship with Prabhupāda's book that is more than one of mere familiarity. I would suggest here that it is certainly not only dangerous to minimize the powerful impact of the MAC72 edition of the BG, but that addressing the so-called readers "familiar" with the first edition is perhaps a conscious or unconscious intention on the part of "the editors" to diminish the importance of the first edition as compared with the second edition justified in this note.

BBT PUBLISHERS' NOTE: "Although in most respects the two editions are the same, the editors of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust have gone back to the oldest manuscripts in their archives to make this second edition even more faithful to Śrīla Prabhupāda's original work."

MY COMMENT: Wait a minute . . . how can anything become more faithful to Śrīla Prabhupāda's original work when he himself originally submitted his own work for publication with a prestigious publisher? This is a dangerous assertion, as the "editors" are saying that they are more faithful in the second edition than Śrīla Prabhupāda was to his own work when he submitted it. And that somehow the "editors" know better than Śrīla Prabhupāda what is more faithful or truer to his own work than he is himself and, moreover, ignores the crucial fact that he never requested an "even more faithful" work to be published later or after he would depart from this world.

Another curious thing. If in fact the two editions are "in most respects . . . the same," then just how much more could the second edition be faithful to "Śrīla Prabhupāda's original work"? If they're virtually the same, why make any changes at all? My understanding is that there have been some glaring changes that are not faithful either to his earlier manuscripts nor to the MAC72, and thus we are looking into this carefully.

Now, let's just say that the BBT83 is truly more guided by "the oldest manuscripts in their archives." Prabhupāda never asked anyone to go back to his earlier or earliest drafts of a book he ended up submitting to and publishing with a major world publishing house. The author-translator was alive when he made that choice. It is not as though the BBT editors had to go back to the earliest manuscripts to determine what the true text is of this deceased author—the author consciously and deliberately submitted and signed off on this publication with Collier Macmillan. Moreover, Śrīla Prabhupāda utilized the MAC72 edition for five years in over 250 classes on the Bhagavad Gītā. So why this misapplied, artificial application of historical-critical analysis of Prabhupāda's published BG against his "oldest manuscripts" when he was satisfied with his originally published MAC72 work except for specific changes that he is on record requesting or that are obvious mistakes?

Anyone would have to conclude here that somehow the BBT "editors" know better what is truer to Prabhupāda than Prabhupāda himself, perhaps rationalized by thoughts such as the following: "back in the day, Prabhupāda was rushed and he didn't have the time to do what he really wanted to do, but we know what he really wanted to do from his earliest drafts," or "the devotees editing back then didn't know what they were doing, so Prabhupāda compromised what he really wanted in his publication," or "Prabhupāda didn't know English that well and needed help with that," and "some of the earlier editors were on drugs and had long hair and were hardly capable or qualified to assist Prabhupāda's translation." So are we to believe that Śrīla Prabhupāda did not know with whom he was working at the time? And are we to conclude that Śrīla Prabhupāda was incapable of engaging these contaminated or incompetent souls despite their shortcomings? I don't agree. One of Śrīla Prabhupāda's many miracles was, and still is, that he could take you or me, or for that matter anyone else, and engage them and us in Krishna's sevā despite all shortcomings.

Finally, note the phrase, "the editors." Who are these editors? To my knowledge, there is Jayadvaita Swami, and that's it. No matter whom he may have consulted, no matter how much he may have been aided by others, still, it is my understanding that this second edition, the BBT83, is solely his work for which he alone is responsible since he had the ultimate editorial authority to accept or dismiss changes in Prabhupada's BG. There are no other editors of the BBT who worked on the BG with the Swami who had equal say and influence as did Jayadvaita Swami. So why not mention his name in this note? The person who is solely responsible for the BBT83 edition? Everyone knows it is he who is responsible for it, so why not print that information to convey a sense of honest and full disclosure?

BBT PUBLISHERS' NOTE: "Śrīla Prabhupāda finished Bhagavad-gītā As It Is in 1967, two years after he came from India to America. The Macmillan Company published an abridged edition in 1968 and the first unabridged edition in 1972."

MY COMMENT: Let's more accurately and more fully present the incredible accomplishments that Śrīla Prabhupāda made at the time. Collier Books of the Collier-Macmillan Ltd., London published in 1968 an abridged edition with the prefaced or introductory words by the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov, and Thomas Merton. Wow! I would have loved to have had all three introduce any of my books, especially Merton.

And then in 1972, Collier Books, A Division of Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc. published the unabridged edition of Śrīla Prabhupāda's Bhagavad Gītā, with another intellectual luminary, Professor Edward C. Dimock, Jr. who was teaching at the time at the University of Chicago.

BBT PUBLISHERS' NOTE: "The new American disciples who helped Śrīla Prabhupāda ready the manuscript for publication struggled with several difficulties. Those who transcribed his taped dictation sometimes found his heavily accented English hard to follow and his Sanskrit quotations strange to their ears. The Sanskrit editors had to do their best with a manuscript spotted with gaps and phonetic approximations. Yet their effort to publish Śrīla Prabhupāda's work was a success, and Bhagavad-gītā As It Is has become the standard edition for scholars and devotees around the world."

MY COMMENT: No doubt, there were challenges back then. But does anyone doubt that Śrīla Prabhupāda was unaware of these challenges? Somehow, as an a priori assumption, Śrīla Prabhupāda was aware of these challenges and the possibility of errors along the way, so he was concerned that there would be "no mistakes" in his books. But he was also just as concerned, even firm about "no changes" to the content. It is possible that "the editors" of the BBT83 edition have inflated this notion of "mistake" to the point of making changes to the content that were not only unnecessary on an editing level but not faithful to the content of what Śrīla Prabhupāda offered his reader. I believe that this is the crux of the matter, which calls for careful review.

The last sentence is curious, though. It claims that Śrīla Prabhupāda's work was "a success" because it became the standard edition "for scholars and devotees around the world." Wow. Understated points in the BBT note are as intriguing as the present overstated or hyperbolic point. In no way has Śrīla Prabhupāda's BG become the "standard edition for scholars," or, what to speak of, "scholars around the world." Although I am happy to see here in the Note that there is an interest on the part of the BBT editors to satisfy scholars on some level. Indeed, Śrīla Prabhupāda's MAC72 edition did attract the attention and numerous endorsements from scholars especially in the US and Europe. I wonder why no one has sought endorsements for the BBT83 edition.

The last statement of this paragraph also claims that Śrīla Prabhupāda's work has become the standard edition for "devotees around the world." Doesn't the publisher mean more accurately, ISKCON devotees around the world? Surely it doesn't mean the Shaiva or Shakta devotees, and for that matter, devotees of other Western traditions. Moreover, there are many devotees that do not see the BBT83 as the standard edition and thus seek out publishers who still print the MAC72 edition.

Again, we find more hyperbole, which is concerning. But if the publisher really believes its own statement that the book became the standard for scholars and devotees, then why would there be any need to fix that which has worked so well and so powerfully? Thus, I don't think the publisher believes its own statement given the exaggerative language it has engaged. More accurately, it is the one book of Śrīla Prabhupāda that was a key factor in establishing the Krishna consciousness movement in the West, which saw a dramatic expansion in the US from the date of the publication of the BG in 1972 to the time Śrīla Prabhupāda departed 1977, and even beyond into the 1980's.

BBT PUBLISHERS' NOTE: "For this second edition, however, Śrīla Prabhupāda's disciples had the benefit of having worked with his books for fifteen years. The English editors were familiar with his philosophy and language, and the Sanskrit editors were by now accomplished scholars. And now they were able to see their way through perplexities in the manuscript by consulting the same Sanskrit commentaries Śrīla Prabhupāda consulted when writing Bhagavad-gītā As It Is."

MY COMMENT: What does this mean: "the benefit of having worked with his books for fifteen years"? About what kind of work are we speaking here? Creative editing? Editing for content? Editing out errors only? Or invasively corrective editing? It is not clear at all what it means to have worked with Śrīla Prabhupāda's books. Were these "disciples" (again, note the plural) professionally trained devotees or were they auto-didacts? Now, we are informed that the editors were more familiar with Śrīla Prabhupāda's philosophy and language. Again, how is this much of a qualification? Did these editors receive any formal training or education in editing? There are such trainings. My sense is that "they" did not.

Then we are told that the Sanskrit editors (who are they!?) were "by now accomplished scholars." Really? Who are these "accomplished scholars"? There were none back in the day, to my knowledge, when this edition was being produced. But they too should be named and credited for all their fine work, shouldn't they? Wouldn't BBT be proud to name these "accomplished scholars"? Again, this claim is confounding to me.

The last sentence is curious . . . the editors needed to find their way "through perplexities in the manuscript by consulting the same Sanskrit commentaries Śrīla Prabhupāda consulted . . ." This method should raise eyebrows. Again, are the "editors" and accomplished Sanskrit scholars needing to correct or rewrite the content of Śrīla Prabhupāda's writing? Really? Exactly what was the need to do this? This is not explained.

The decisions that must be made in the delicate task of professional editing requires training, experience, and theological sensitivity in addition to common sense. It should not be a "learn-as-we-work-for-years" with the same texts, inviting crowd-sourced critiques, suggestions, and corrections, which has been their method for years. Rather, it should be genuinely authoritative and respectful of the original author, following the strict instructions from the author for such a task with his own work.

BBT PUBLISHERS' NOTE: "The result is a work of even greater richness and authenticity. The word-for-word Sanskrit-English equivalents now follow more closely the standard of Śrīla Prabhupāda's other books and are therefore more clear and precise. In places the translations, though already correct, have been revised to come closer to the original Sanskrit and to Śrīla Prabhupāda's original dictation. In the Bhaktivedanta purports, many passages lost to the original edition have been restored to their places. And Sanskrit quotations whose sources were unnamed in the first edition now appear with full references to chapter and verse."

MY COMMENT: The Publishers' claim here is that there is even "greater richness and authenticity" with the revised BBT83 edition of Śrīla Prabhupāda's BG. Apparently Śrīla Prabhupāda didn't desire or know how to make his work more authentic or richer, or maybe he didn't have time to do so, since he was rushed. Whatever the reason that the editors give to justify their reworking/revising the original text, the BBT editors have come to rescue the work out of its proven extraordinary success, from 1972 through 1983. I don't doubt that there was a valid but modest editorial cleaning up of the text that any publisher would ordinarily insist upon, but to go further than this is where serious issues arise. To go back to Śrīla Prabhupāda's "oldest manuscripts" as if they were representative of what he truly desired for the very book he personally authorized in the end carries with it an assumption that the BBT editors know better what Śrīla Prabhupāda desired for his BG than he did. Moreover, it transgresses the basic emphatic instruction of Śrīla Prabhupāda, which is "no changes!" and ignores the severe warning he so powerfully characterized as "the change disease."

Does it strike anyone reading this . . . going back to the words quoted above . . . that it is rather forward of the "editors" to assume that they can bestow greater richness" and "greater authenticity" on Śrīla Prabhupāda's Bhagavad Gītā? Wasn't Śrīla Prabhupāda the embodiment of authenticity? Of the Krishna Bhakti teachings and guru paramparā? What more authenticity could these BBT editors and supposed Sanskrit scholars lend to Śrīla Prabhupāda's work?

If these were themselves not serious enough concerns, then perhaps this one, maybe the ultimate one, has to do with the theological value in treasuring what it was that Krishna and Śrīla Prabhupāda left us: A gift that he so enjoyed for several years without any indication that more editing was required—a gift from which the Movement thrived like no other time—a gift through which divine grace surely had come and still comes to so many precisely because this is what he gave us and left for us—it is his legacy. And to do anything more than just the absolutely modest, few, necessary editorial corrections to Śrīla Prabhupāda's work, is to dethrone the divine grace that flows from it. I believe that this is what agonizes so many devotees, which they may have been unable to articulate fully. And to make matters worse and likely more agonizing, to conduct years of a kind of crowd-source editing, constantly changing things forward and backward as devotees object to this and that, etc., makes a mockery of the very blessings that Śrīla Prabhupāda's BG has embodied in the MAC72 edition.

I have begun to understand the anguish, and the sense of hopelessness and helplessness that so many devotees feel in regard to this extremely central issue. Again, I apologize here as I have elsewhere for assuming that the BBT as a publisher was doing its job professionally and assuming that the BBT editors were trustworthy in their sevā, maturing as we all naturally do as we delve more deeply into a life of Krishna bhakti. I am sorry that I was unaware of the extent that the BBT editors have overreached in their editing work, trying to enhance Śrīla Prabhupāda's work, trying to correct him or make him more consistent with his own words, etc. And now I'm attempting to do something about it.

BBT PUBLISHERS' NOTE: —The Publishers [please note that some of the BBT printings don't have this signature on the page]
MY COMMENT: The Publishers? Aren't we really talking about Jayadvaita Brahmacari and later Swami here, who has always been the BBT's absolute authority on editing? The judge, the jury, the defense, the offense, the whole adjudicative burden of assessing the editing responsibility? Hasn't it always rested on his shoulders? Hasn't he had the supreme trans-zonal/trans-guru power in the Movement to say ultimately what stays in Śrīla Prabhupāda's books and what does not?

MY CONCLUDING COMMENT: This printed note at the back of the various second edition BBT83 printings of the BG, in my opinion (devotional as well as professional), is simply an inadequate explanation for the justification of the second edition: it is verbose, it contains understated facts with some overstated claims and hyperboles, and it addresses too narrow a readership. It is not only inadequate, it is unacceptable, as it is misleading in many ways and, upon examination, it reads as a rather sloppy explanation.

Surely, we are beyond this kind of thing now, aren't we? Any reader of Śrīla Prabhupāda's revised edition of his original work deserves a far more honest, a more precise explanation. A very different kind of note should have been produced for this second edition that addresses ALL readers, which more accurately, more succinctly and straightforwardly presents the editorial processes involved and the names of the persons responsible for them, along with their qualifications.

Importance of arcana (deity worship)


Importance of arcana (deity worship)

[PADA: For many devotees living outside ISKCON it is harder for them to engage in opulent deity and kirtan programs. So these devotees can at least hear Krishna conscious audios or read original edition books, and there are so many web sites now that provide these services. 

Many outside folks have their own home deity as well, and that is also a wonderful idea -- if it is possible according to their living situations. The overall idea is to think of Krishna as much as possible, with the goal of thinking of Krishna full time i.e. 24 / 7. At the same time, there are a few independent fully functioning temples, like the one locally in Sunnyvale, so if it is possible to start such programs that is another great idea.

A devotee once told Srila Prabhupada -- we are in Krishna consciousness but sometimes fall into maya consciousness. And he said no, you are in maya consciousness and you sometimes fall into Krishna consciousness. Hee hee! ys pd]  

1.) A devotee must visit a Visnu temple at least once or twice every day, morning and evening.
– Nectar of Devotion Chap. 6

2.) ….The actual import of the verse is that one must see the form of Govinda if one at all wants to forget the nonsense of material friendship, love and society.
(Below, is the actual verse spoken of above.)

Rupa Gosvami has stated that five kinds of devotional activities namely, residing in Mathura, worshiping the Deity of the Lord, reciting Srimad-Bhagavatam, serving a devotee, and chanting the Hare Krishna mantra – are so potent that a small attachment for any one of these five items can arouse devotional ecstasy even in a neophyte.

Regarding worship of the form of the Lord, or Deity, Rupa Gosvami has written the following verse:

"My dear friend, if you still have any desire to enjoy the company of your friends within this material world, then don't look upon the form of Krishna, who is standing on the bank of Kesi-ghata [a bathing place in Vrindavana]. He is known as Govinda, and His eyes are very enchanting. He is playing upon His flute, and on His head there is a peacock feather. And His whole body is illuminated by the moonlight in the sky."

The purport of this verse is that if someone becomes attached to the Sri Murti, or Deity of Krishna, by worshiping at home, then he will forget his relationships of so-called friendship, love and society. Thus it is the duty of every householder to install Deities of the Lord at home and to begin the process of worshiping along with all of his family members. This will save everyone from such unwanted activities as going to clubs, cinemas, dancing parties, smoking, drinking, etc. All such nonsense will be forgotten if one stresses the worship of the Deities at home.

Rupa Gosvami further writes, "My dear foolish friend, I think that you have already heard some of the auspicious Srimad-Bhagavatam, which decries seeking the results of fruitive activities, economic development and liberation. I think now it is certain that gradually the verses of the Tenth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, describing the pastimes of the Lord, will enter your ears and go into your heart."

In the beginning of the Srimad-Bhagavatam it is said that unless one has the capacity to throw out, just like garbage, the fruitive results of ritualistic ceremonies, economic development and becoming one with the supreme (or salvation), one cannot understand Srimad-Bhagavatam. The Bhagavatam deals exclusively with devotional service. Only one who studies Srimad-Bhagavatam in the spirit of renunciation can understand the pastimes of the Lord which are described in the Tenth Canto. In other words, one should not try to understand the topics of the Tenth Canto, such as the rasa-lila (love dance), unless he has spontaneous attraction for Srimad-Bhagavatam. One must be situated in pure devotional service before he can relish Srimad-Bhagavatam as it is.

In the above two verses of Rupa Gosvami, there are some metaphorical analogies, which indirectly condemn the association of materialistic society, friendship and love. People are generally attracted to society, friendship and love, and they make elaborate arrangements and strong endeavors to develop these material contaminations; but to see the Sri Murtis of Radha and Krishna is to forget such endeavors for material association. Rupa Gosvami composed his verse in such a way that he was seemingly praising the material association of friendship, love, etc., and was condemning the audience of Sri Murtis or Govinda. This metaphorical analogy is constructed in such a way that things which seem to be praised are condemned, and things which are to be condemned are praised. The actual import of the verse is that one must see the form of Govinda if one at all wants to forget the nonsense of material friendship, love and society.
– Nectar of Devotion Chap. 13

3.) If one attains perfection in Deity worship, that is called Archana Siddhi. Archana Siddhi means simply by Deity worship one goes back to Godhead, immediately after this life. So this Archana Siddhi program is given in the Narada Pancharatra especially for the householders. Householders cannot undergo strict disciplinary activities of austerity, therefore for every householder the path of Archana Siddhi is very much recommended.

– Letter to: Himavati, 18 March, 1969

4.) Archana means to worship the Deity in the temple. By executing this process one confirms himself as not body but spirit soul. In the Tenth Canto, 81st Chapter, 16th verse, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, it is told how Sudama, an intimate friend of Krishna, while going to the house of a brahmana murmured to himself, "Simply by worshiping Krishna one can easily achieve all the results of heavenly opulence, liberation, supremacy over the planetary systems of the universe, all the opulences of this material world, and the mystic power of performing the yoga system.

– Nectar of Devotion Chap. 9