Monday, January 16, 2017

Vrndavana Parikrama (videos)








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PREM MANDIR (Not ISKCON)

India's "Dalits" getting Ram Tattoos

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/12/ram-tattoos-india-dalit-community-161229064408316.html

[PADA: "We do not need to enter the temples because God is everywhere and we can worship Him without a temple." Nice! That is basically why so many folks left ISKCON, they were being persecuted and not allowed access to the temples. So, the oppressed began to worship independent of these temples. Great idea! ys pd]

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Appearance of Srila Gopala Bhatta Goswami




Appearance of Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, 

Monday, January 16, 2017 in California

Shri Gopala Bhatta Goswami (the son of a Vyenkata Bhatta, a Shri Vaishnava brahmana) appeared in Shri Rangam, South India. Lord Chaitanya once stayed four months in his home, and converted the family to Gaudiya Vaishnavism. A mere boy at this time, Gopala personally served the Lord. Shri Chaitanya treated him affectionately giving His remnants and blessings to become an acharya.

During His four month stay, Lord Chaitanya developed a close friendship with Vyenkata Bhatta, which Krishna Dasa Kaviraja describes as "sakhya rasa." Freely conversing with each other, they would often laugh and joke together. One day in a humorous mood Lord Chaitanya asked Vyenkata:

"Why does your worshipable goddess of fortune, Shri Lakshmidevi, abandon the happiness of Vaikuntha and her service to Her Lord Narayana? Why does she go to Vrindavana and perform severe austerities to attain the association of My Lord Gopala, the cowherd boy of Vraja?"

"I can't understand these mysteries," said Vyenkata, "but You, being the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, can surely enlighten me."


"Lord Krishna has one' unique quality," said Lord Gauranga, "He attracts the hearts of everyone with His personal conjugal love (madhurya). Lord Narayana only has sixty transcendental qualities but Shri Krishna has sixty-four. And all of them are saturated with His unique quality of madhurya (honey sweetness). The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna, attracts the mind of Lakshmi devi. But Lord Narayana can never attract the minds of the Vraja gopis.

"In Vraja lila, Krishna, disguised as Lord Narayana, once appeared before the gopis who were searching for Krishna. Seeing Lord Narayana the gopis said, '0h Lord Narayana, pranams. Where did Krishna go, did You see?' By following the gopis, who spontaneously love Krishna without awareness of His Godhood, one can attain Krishna. The Srutis worshiped Krishna in the ecstasy of the gopis. Following in their footsteps, they received gopi's bodies to join Krishna in the rasa dance. Lakshmi, however, wanted to enjoy Krishna but retain Her spiritual form as Lakshmidevi. Without following the gopis's footsteps no one can attain Krishna." 

Gopala Bhatta Goswami

On pilgrimage he obtained twelve Shalagrama shilas. Later the Damodara shila manifested Himself as the beautiful Radha Ramana Deity. Since 1542, Radha Ramanaji has been worshiped with pure devotion following precise sastric rituals. (In the image: Shri Radha Raman, Shri Vrindavan, Dham).

After receiving initiation from Shri Prabodhananda Saraswati, Gopala Bhatta came to Vrindavana and became a dear friend of Shri Rupa and Sanatana Goswamis. He did bhajana in Vrindavana for forty-five years, mostly at Radha-Kunda.    

On pilgrimage he obtained twelve Shalagrama shilas. Later the Damodara shila manifested Himself as the beautiful Radha Ramana Deity. Since 1542, Radha Ramanaji has been worshiped with pure devotion following precise sastric rituals. (In the image: Shri Radha Raman, Shri Vrindavan, Dham).

Lord Chaitanya ordered Gopala Bhatta to write a book to check the spread of pseudo-loving rasas and negligence to vaidhi bhakti. In corroboration with Shri Sanatana Goswami he compiled the Hari-bhakti-vilasa, the authorized book explaining the ritual and devotional practices of the Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya. He also wrote Sat-kriya-dipika and the outline for Shri Jiva Goswami's Sat Sandarbhas.

He eternally serves Shrimati Radharani as one of Her asta manjaris, Guna-manjari. His samadhi is within Radha Ramanaji's Temple compound behind the appearance place of the Deity. Shri Gopala Bhatta Goswami initiated Gopinatha (Pujari Goswami), a lifelong brahmachari who served Radha Ramanaji for his whole life. Gopala Bhatta Goswami initiated Shrinivasa Acharya and many other stalwart Vaishnavas. 

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Monday, January 16, California time.

Tuesday, January 17, 2917 [Mayapura, West Bengal, India time] 

Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami avirbhava tithi [appearance day of Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami]

Sri Ramacandra Kaviraja tirobhava tithi [disappearance day of Sri Ramacandra Kaviraja]

Srila Prabhupada describes the glories of Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami and Sri Ramacandra Kaviraja

Compiled by Damaghosa dasa and Yasoda nandan dasa

sri-gopala bhatta eka sakha sarvottama
rupa-sanatana-sange yanra prema-alapana

Books : Srimad-Bhagavatam : Canto 1:"Creation" : SB Introduction : SB Introduction :

Thus, at the end of His twenty-fourth year the Lord accepted the sannyasa order of life in the month of Magha. After accepting this order He became a full-fledged preacher of the Bhagavata-dharma. Although He was doing the same preaching work in His householder life, when He experienced some obstacles to His preaching He sacrificed even the comfort of His home life for the sake of the fallen souls. In His householder life His chief assistants were Srila Advaita Prabhu and Srila Srivasa Ṭhakura, but after He accepted the sannyasa order His chief assistants became Srila Nityananda Prabhu, who was deputed to preach specifically in Bengal, and the six Gosvamis (Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, Jiva Gosvamī, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami and Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami), headed by Srila Rupa and Sanatana, who were deputed to go to Vrndavana to excavate the present places of pilgrimage. The present city of Vrndavana and the importance of Vrajabhumi were thus disclosed by the will of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Books : Srimad-Bhagavatam : Canto 4: "The Creation of the Fourth Order" : SB 4.27: Attack by Candavega on the City of King Puranjana: the Character of Kalakanya : SB 4.27.24 : PURPORT 

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis, namely Sri Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, who are very expert in scrutinizingly studying all the revealed scriptures with the aim of establishing eternal religious principles for the benefit of all human beings. Thus, they are honored all over the three worlds, and they are worth taking shelter of because they are absorbed in the mood of the gopis and are engaged in the transcendental loving service of Radha and Krsna.

Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta - 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 1: The Spiritual Masters : Adi 1.19 : PURPORT :

Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu explained this mode of devotional service in three stages, and therefore these worshipable Deities were installed in Vrndavana by different Gosvamis. They are very dear to the Gaudiya Vaisnavas there, who visit the temples at least once a day. Besides the temples of these three Deities, many other temples have been established in Vrndavana, such as the temple of Radha-Damodara of Jiva Gosvami, the temple of Śyamasundara of Syamananda Gosvami, the temple of Gokulananda of Lokanatha Gosvami, and the temple of Radha-ramaṇa of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. There are seven principal temples over four hundred years old that are the most important of the five thousand temples now existing in Vrndavana.

Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta - 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 10: The Trunk, Branches and Subbranches of the Caitanya Tree : Adi 10.105

sri-rupa, sanatana, bhatta-raghunatha
sri-jiva, gopala-bhatta, dasa-raghunatha

Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, the forty-seventh branch, was one of the great and exalted branches of the tree. He always engaged in discourses about love of Godhead in the company of Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami.
Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami was the son of Venkata Bhatta, a resident of Srirangam. Gopala Bhatta formerly belonged to the disciplic succession of the Ramanuja-sampradaya but later became part of the Gaudiya-sampradaya. 

In the year 1433 śakābda (A.D. 1512), when Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu was touring South India, He stayed for four months during the period of Cāturmāsya at the house of Veṅkata Bhaṭṭa, who then got the opportunity to serve the Lord to his heart's content. Gopāla Bhaṭṭa also got the opportunity to serve the Lord at this time. Śrī Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī was later initiated by his uncle, the great sannyāsī Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī. Both the father and mother of Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī were extremely fortunate, for they dedicated their entire lives to the service of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. 

They allowed Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī to go to Vṛndāvana, and they gave up their lives thinking of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. When Lord Caitanya was later informed that Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī had gone to Vṛndāvana and met Śrī Rūpa and Sanātana Gosvāmī, He was very pleased, and He advised Śrī Rūpa and Sanātana to accept Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī as their younger brother and take care of him. Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī, out of his great affection for Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, compiled the Vaiṣṇava smṛti named Hari-bhakti-vilāsa and published it under his name. Under the instruction of Śrīla Rūpa and Sanātana, Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī installed one of the seven principal Deities of Vṛndāvana, the Rādhāramaṇa Deity. The sevaits (priests) of the Rādhāramaṇa temple belong to the Gauḍīya-sampradāya.

When Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī took permission from all the Vaiṣṇavas before writing Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī also gave him his blessings, but he requested him not to mention his name in the book. Therefore Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī has mentioned Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī only very cautiously in one or two passages of the Caitanya-caritāmṛta. Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī has written in the beginning of his Tattva-sandarbha, "A devotee from southern India who was born of a brāhmaṇa family and was a very intimate friend of Rūpa Gosvāmī and Sanātana Gosvāmī has written a book that he has not compiled chronologically. 

Therefore I, a tiny living entity known as jīva, am trying to assort the events of the book chronologically, consulting the direction of great personalities like Madhvācārya, Śrīdhara Svāmī, Rāmānujācārya and other senior Vaiṣṇavas in the disciplic succession." In the beginning of the Bhagavat-sandarbha there are similar statements by Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī. Śrīla Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī compiled a book called Sat-kriyā-sāra-dīpikā, edited the Hari-bhakti-vilāsa, wrote a forword to the Ṣaṭ-sandarbha and a commentary on the Kṛṣṇa-karṇāmṛta, and installed the Rādhāramaṇa Deity in Vṛndāvana. In the Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā, verse 184, it is mentioned that his previous name in the pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa was Anaṅga-mañjarī. Sometimes he is also said to have been an incarnation of Guṇa-mañjarī. Śrīnivāsa Ācārya and Gopīnātha Pūjārī were two of his disciples

The instructing spiritual masters are Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī, Śrī Bhaṭṭa Raghunātha, Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī, Śrī Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī

Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta - 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 1: The Spiritual Masters : Adi 1.36 : TEXT

In this connection it may be mentioned that sometimes the sahajiyā class of devotees opine that Prakāśānanda Sarasvatī and Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī are the same man. Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī was a great Vaiṣṇava devotee of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, but Prakāśānanda Sarasvatī, the head of the Māyāvādī sannyāsīs in Benares, was a different person. Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī belonged to the Rāmānuja-sampradāya, whereas Prakāśānanda Sarasvatī belonged to the Śaṅkarācārya-sampradāya. Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī wrote a number of books, among which are the Caitanya-candrāmṛta, Rādhā-rasa-sudhā-nidhi, Saṅgīta-mādhava, Vṛndāvana-śataka and Navadvīpa-śataka. While traveling in southern India, Caitanya Mahāprabhu met Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī, who had two brothers, Veṅkaṭa Bhaṭṭa and Tirumalaya Bhaṭṭa, who were Vaiṣṇavas of the Rāmānuja-sampradāya. Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī was the nephew of Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī. 

From historical records it is found that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu traveled in South India in the year 1433 śakābda (A.D. 1511) during the Cāturmāsya period, and it was at that time that He met Prabodhānanda, who belonged to the Rāmānuja-sampradāya. How then could the same person meet Him as a member of the Śaṅkara-sampradāya in 1435 śakābda, two years later? It is to be concluded that the guess of the sahijiyā-sampradāya that Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī and Prakāśānanda Sarasvatī were the same man is a mistaken idea.
Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta - 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 7: Lord Caitanya in Five Features : Adi 7.149

Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta - 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 7: Lord Caitanya in Five Features : Adi 7.164 : PURPORT :

When Rūpa Gosvāmī and Sanātana Gosvāmī went to Vṛndāvana, there was not a single temple, but by their preaching they were gradually able to construct various temples. Sanātana Gosvāmī constructed the Madana-mohana temple, and Rūpa Gosvāmī constructed the Govindajī temple. Similarly, their nephew Jīva Gosvāmī constructed the Rādhā-Dāmodara temple, Śrī Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī constructed the Rādhā-ramaṇa temple, Śrī Lokanātha Gosvāmī constructed the Gokulānanda temple, and Śyāmānanda Gosvāmī constructed the Śyāmasundara temple. 

In this way, many temples were gradually constructed. For preaching, construction of temples is also necessary. The Gosvāmīs not only engaged in writing books but also constructed temples because both are needed for preaching work. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu wanted the cult of His saṅkīrtana movement to spread all over the world. Now that the International Society for Krishna Consciousness has taken up this task of preaching the cult of Lord Caitanya, its members should not only construct temples in every town and village of the globe but also distribute books that have already been written and further increase the number of books. Both distribution of books and construction of temples must continue side by side in parallel.
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Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta - 1975 Edition : Cc. Madhya-lila : Madhya 1: The Later Pastimes of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu : Madhya 1.35 : PURPORT :

The subject matter of the Hari-bhakti-vilāsa, by Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī, was collected by Śrīla Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī and is known as a vaiṣṇava-smṛti. This vaiṣṇava-smṛti-grantha was finished in twenty chapters, known as vilāsas. In the first vilāsa there is a description of how a relationship is established between the spiritual master and the disciple, and mantras are explained. In the second vilāsa, the process of initiation is described. In the third vilāsa, the methods of Vaiṣṇava behavior are given, with emphasis on cleanliness, constant remembrance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the chanting of the mantras given by the initiating spiritual master. In the fourth vilāsa are descriptions of saṁskāra, the reformatory method; tilaka, the application of twelve tilakas on twelve places of the body; mudrā, marks on the body; mālā, chanting with beads; and guru-pūjā, worship of the spiritual master. In the fifth vilāsa, one is instructed on how to make a place to sit for meditation, and there are descriptions of breathing exercises, meditation and worship of the śālagrāma-śilā representation of Lord Viṣṇu. 

In the sixth vilāsa, the required practices for inviting the transcendental form of the Lord and bathing Him are given. In the seventh vilāsa, one is instructed on how to collect flowers used for the worship of Lord Viṣṇu. In the eighth vilāsa, there is a description of the Deity and instructions on how to set up incense, light lamps, make offerings, dance, play music, beat drums, garland the Deity, offer prayers and obeisances and counteract offenses. In the ninth vilāsa, there are descriptions about collecting tulasī leaves, offering oblations to forefathers according to Vaiṣṇava rituals, and offering food. In the tenth vilāsa there are descriptions of the devotees of the Lord (Vaiṣṇavas, or saintly persons). 

In the eleventh vilāsa, there are elaborate descriptions of Deity worship and the glories of the holy name of the Lord. One is instructed on how to chant the holy name of the Deity, and there are discussions about offenses committed while chanting the holy name, along with methods for getting relief from such offenses. There are also descriptions of the glories of devotional service and the surrendering process. 

In the twelfth vilāsa, Ekādaśī is described. In the thirteenth vilāsa, fasting is discussed, as well as observance of the Mahā-dvādaśī ceremony. 

In the fourteenth vilāsa, different duties for different months are outlined. In the fifteenth vilāsa, there are instructions on how to observe Ekādaśī fasting without even drinking water. There are also descriptions of branding the body with the symbols of Viṣṇu, discussions of Cāturmāsya observations during the rainy season, and discussions of Janmāṣṭamī, Pārśvaikādaśī, Śravaṇā-dvādaśī, Rāma-navamī and Vijayā-daśamī. 

The sixteenth vilāsa discusses duties to be observed in the month of Kārttika (October-November), or the Dāmodara month, or Ūrja, when lamps are offered in the Deity room or above the temple. There are also descriptions of the Govardhana-pūjā and Ratha-yātrā. 

The seventeenth vilāsa discusses preparations for Deity worship, mahā-mantra chanting and the process of japa. In the eighteenth vilāsa the different forms of Śrī Viṣṇu are described. The nineteenth vilāsa discusses the establishment of the Deity and the rituals observed in bathing the Deity before installation. 

The twentieth vilāsa discusses the construction of temples. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Foreign National killed in Vrndavana Tractor Accident

http://news.vrindavantoday.org/2017/01/foreign-national-killed/

[PADA: Industrial life vs Vrndavana, ok not mixing too good. Oh well, at least its a good place to leave one's body! ys pd] 

Yadubara needs a spare $235,000

https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/acharya-marketing-and-theatrical-distribution

PADA: Yep, we need to contribute to FUND ME to support: sick devotees, dying devotees, distressed devotees, dead devotees (who need their ashes flown to India), buying a temple's washing machine, buying a temple's heater, and so on, but when it comes to gathering together say, $20,000,000 to sue the ritviks, there is plenty of money on hand all of a sudden! OK but not so much money for a film about Srila Prabhupada? That program goes begging.

What happened to the BHAKTI CARU SWAMI "Srila Prabhupada biopic movie" that cost apparently millions of dollars, but was so terrible, its no longer even seen or available? And that fiasco all happened because BCS failed to consult with any of us on how to portray the acharya? Where did all that money go to? And there is an India biopic being made, great idea, but who is supervising and advising this project, to make sure its accurate and its portraying the acharya properly? 

Yadubara is yet another "yes man" guy who has supported the GBC's molester messiahs project, so -- is he going to do a better job of portraying the acharya than his program already has done -- by saying acharyas are usually debauchees? Yadubara's acharya pals are falling down left, right and center, lets just hope and pray he does a better portrayal of the acharya than the lusty party dogs his guru lineage has produced so far. ys pd   

New Sunnyvale Restaurant! (Bangalore gets credit?)



PADA: Yes, we sometimes have people complaining that PADA is "giving too much credit to Bangalore and its programs like Sunnyvale, and PADA not giving enough credit to the Western devotees." OK, well the first problem is that the Bangalore folks seem to be getting many things done, and this creates news, and we are -- at least in part -- a news blog, mixed with some music videos for devotional entertainment, siddhanta articles etc. 

Meanwhile, we do not get so much news from other Prabhupadanuga programs, although there are a few here and there -- and we are for sure advertising for them. The Western devotees (like PADA and a few others) do get credit for writing a lot of the original Prabhupadanuga documentation (where we first coined the use of the term "Prabhupadanuga"), but since then, its mainly been devotees from India who have been practically implementing a lot of these ideas.

And importantly, after PADA helped orchestrate the BBTI books changes lawsuit, the molesting lawsuit, and introduced the poison issue, then Bangalore took the issue of fighting the GBC guru's flag forward -- and they have been in the Supreme Court of India fighting to establish that Srila Prabhupada is the acharya. OK, hardly no one else seemed to even understand that any of these above issues are of much importance, never mind taking any concrete steps to address these issues. Nor does it seem likely others will take concrete steps to address these issues anytime soon. 

Some so-called Prabhupadanuga folks wrote chastising me to say they are "doing the same as PADA and Bangalore," nope, they never even sued a peanut vendor for selling rotten peanuts, what to speak of substantially challenging the bogus gurus, nor do they have the ability or capacity to do this type of work. And now the Bangalore program from Sunnyvale is branching out to make a preaching program in Boston. So these are the types of things we need to see being done, and we would like to advertise other progressing programs, and if you have any, lets us know at: angel108b@yahoo.com. ys pd    

Friday, January 13, 2017

Makara Sankranti January 14th 2017




Makara-sankranti, Saturday, January 14, 2017 in California

The Sun enters the Makara raasi (the zodiac sign of Capricorn - the goat), on Sankranti day, signifying the onset of Uttarayana Punyakalam.
The following has been translated from an article in Sadachara Vybhavam of the great Vaishnava devotee Sripad Madhwacharya:

Today is "Makara Sankranti" which is celebrated when the Sun begins the northward journey, marking the beginning of the "uttaraayaNa puNyakaalam". Sun enters the sign of "Makara", (Capricorn) from Cancer at this time. (This is also called equinox, when the day and nights are exactly the same). Starting this day, the duration of day starts to increase until "dakshiNaayanam" comes. Makara Sankranti signifies two things. One is the changing path of Sun and other is the beginning of "Uttarayana Punyakaala" Makara literally means "Capricorn" and sankranti means "change" or 'sankramaNa' literally means 'crossing'. 

On this day, it is said that Sun passes from one Zodiac sign to another. A sankranti or sankramaNa marks the beginning of every solar month in the Vedic calendrical system when Sun passes from one sign to the other, it's the cusp of the months as astro-wallas call. But, being solar based the change of January 14th or 15th of every year is considered more sacred than any other month, as it is the beginning of Uttarayana Punyakaala.

Lord Surya on His dazzling chariot that has thousands of spokes and magnificent wheels, and driven by seven horses (seven colours of the spectrum) begins His journey northward into the Makara Rasi, filling our lives with light and getting rid of the darkness. This light not only fills our material life and helps our plants grow at seeding time, but also gets rid of our "internal" darkness, showing the path of self realisation - moksha.

On this day, devotees prepare a dish made of green grams, rice and jaggery (sarkkarai pongal) - representing Lord Narayana, Laxmi and Their Divine love. The festival reminds us that we need to establish that Divine Love within ourselves and give a direction to this "chanchala buddhi" and fix it our Lord Narayana, who brings light in our lives.
This same festival is celebrated as Pongal in the South of India. Harvest is brought home the new rice is then boiled in milk to make the sweet called "chakrapongali", the special cuisine of the eve. This harvest festival is celebrated for 3 days. The delicacy is first offered to Sun God, the chief deity under worship, that is later distributed to all as prasadam. The harvest is celebrated as being blessed with Dhanyalakshmi and a splendid feast is shared by all after the Ishta Devatha pujas.
Traditionally, this period is considered an auspicious time and the veteran Bhishma of Mahabharata chose to die during this period. Bhishma fell to the arrows of Arjuna. With his boon to choose the time of his death, he waited on a bed of arrows to depart from this world only during this period. Sri Bhishma Pitamaha waited on the bed of arrows till the "uttaraayaNa punyakaalam" has arrived, and then breathed once more, for the last time. It is believed that one escapes the cycle of repeated birth and death, if one gives up one's body on this day. The uttarAyaNa (norther course of the Sun) was traditionally considered more auspicious than the dakshiNAyana (southern course of the Sun). Over the years, this led some to believe that dying during dakshiNAyana, the southern path of the sun, was inauspicious and did not lead to moksha - release - liberation.
This belief is cast aside in the Brahma-Sutras that the time of death is immaterial in the case of the intelligent devotee. In those Sutras 4.2.19-20, it is established that one who has knowledge of the Lord can die during any time; the exaltations of uttarAyaNa are merely to praise meditation on the path to Vaikuntha, which the wise devotees jIva takes upon death. This divine path beginning with light, is presided upon by deities of greater and greater brilliance, with uttarAyaNa being one of them. This marga - path culminates in Vaikuntha, the state of moksha, and shastra says it should be meditated upon daily by the yogi of devotion.
Sesame oil is used in making sweets and dishes, particularly on this day. It is believed that sesame seeds are used for purificatory purposed (or as being auspicious - "tila juhomi sarasaagum sapishhThaam gandhaara mama chitteramanutu swaaha", "tila krishnaa tila shevataa tila saumyaa vashaanugaa"...).
So generally special offerings of til (sesame) rice and corn (first harvest) are offered and distributed, especially preparations of rice kitcheri with sesame and corn are a prefered offering to the Lord on this day. In different parts of India slight variations (gauna - local traditions prevail) but the gereral observance is much the same. In the South of India they absorb themselves in the festival of Pongal - new harvest festival.
Some devotees also have elaborate festivals offering six kinds of sesame preparation in the service of the Lord on Sat-tila ekadasi: 

Other information about Makara sankranti - lincluding local traditions - festivals:
The wide range of festivities can better be witnessed by one along the countryside than in the urban localities. The festivities last the whole of Dhanurmasam, ending with Sankranti.
Gobbemmalu – Young girls are seen to put up Gobbemmalu. These are round balls of cow dung that are decorated with vermilion, turmeric and coloured flowers. These are placed in the middle of the bright muggus in the front yards of the dwellings and are worshipped with Navadhanyas (nine types of grains) to welcome the Lakshmi, the Goddess of abundance and prosperity. Spinsters worship for good husbands on the occasion. After this, the women folk get gathered to sing and dance to the accompaniment around these gobbis.
Many a traditional folk form add glory to the festive scenario. Haridasulu (Madhwas) are seen singing eulogies of the Almighty and seeking arms from the people in the early hours of the days. Gangireddu Ata, is another festival where trained oxen dance to the tunes of the Nagaswaram played by their master is a great attraction. Kommudasarulu & PittalaDora are other folklore that brighten the days with their healthy humour.

Kites – kites are seen soaring high in the sky on the day of Makara Sankranti. This is symbolic of the existence of mankind, with the kites depicting the human lives and the manza depicting the eternal bond between us and the divine self. People however seem to correlate the soaring kites with their high spirits on the eve of Makara sankranti. Competitions held with kites of all sizes and shapes and the sharp edged manza draw people on the terraces and in open grounds to witness the riot of colours - fun for the gurukulis.

Nagarjuna might be star in Srila Prabhupada biopic movie

Chanting by mundane people remains mundane (Mahesh Raja prabhu)


The GBC's gurus at work?



HOW can they who gave poison to Srila Prabhupada, and who systematically destroyed his movement, all to kill him and his movement -- then CHANT the Holy name?

No! - they only utter MUNDANE LETTERS OF ALPHABET.
Note: just thought —-to share some realization. Lets study WHY and HOW these Anti Ritviks who have REJECTED Srila Prabhupada as Diksa Guru are going to hell. First of all note HOW Krsna (TRANSCENDENTAL SOUND) is NOT MANIFEST on their tongues. Just see!!!! Krsna does NOT want to be on their tongues. 

They are so envious of Srila Prabhupada’s unique position of Diksa guru so WHY will Krsna be on their tongues? What they are C-R-O-A-K-I-N-G is MUNDANE LETTERS OF ALPHABET : “SUCH NEGLIGENT UTTERANCE FOR THE SENSE GRATIFICATION OF MATERIALISTIC PERSONS IS NOT A VIBRATION OF TRANSCENDENTAL SOUND. ” 

[PADA: Right, we have various GBC / Ravindra Swarupa / Rocana / Torben Neilsen / Ajit Krishna / Kailash chandra / Gaudiya Matha / Gaura Govinda Maharaja et al. all saying Srila Prabhupada is the -- post samadhi, posthumous, post mortem person. That means they are trying to minimize his position, so they can fit in their "elected" bogus GBC "living" gurus. Does any other religion claim that their messiahs are the post mortem dead people? Its enviousness of the acharyas ... and now Kim Moller of the Torben / Ajit Krishna group says he supports Drutakarma, the "friends of the BBT" folks who are changing the books. Why does the Torben / Ajit / Kim group want to support changing the books of the acharyas?] 

Look! Do you see HOW Krsna has REJECTED them? They have rejected Srila Prabhupada’s July 9th 1977 Ritvik Order and therefore REJECTED Srila Prabhupada as Diksa Guru —-sooooo Krsna is ALSO VERY VERY VERY CLEVER Just see HOW Krsna has REJECTED these Anti Ritviks they are ONLY croaking MUNDANE LETTERS OF ALPHABET. Bas!!! NOT A VIBRATION OF TRANSCENDENTAL SOUND. These Anti Ritviks are soooooooooo UNFORTUNATE!!!!!!!.

“SUCH NEGLIGENT UTTERANCE FOR THE SENSE GRATIFICATION OF MATERIALISTIC PERSONS IS *NOT* A VIBRATION OF TRANSCENDENTAL SOUND”.

The holy name is very POWERFUL it is Krsna HIMSELF: “The letters of the holy name have so much spiritual potency that they act even when uttered improperly.

“Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura states that the word vyavahita (“improperly uttered”) is not used here to refer to the MUNDANE VIBRATION of the LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET.”
Antya 3.59 T The Glories of Srila Haridasa Thakura
namera aksara-sabera ei ta’ svabhava
vyavahita haile na chade apana-prabhava
TRANSLATION
“The letters of the holy name have so much spiritual potency that they act even when uttered improperly.
PURPORT
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura states that the word vyavahita (“improperly uttered”) is not used here to refer to the mundane vibration of the letters of the alphabet. SUCH NEGLIGENT UTTERANCE FOR THE SENSE GRATIFICATION OF MATERIALISTIC PERSONS IS NOT A VIBRATION OF TRANSCENDENTAL SOUND. UTTERANCE OF THE HOLY NAME WHILE ONE ENGAGES IN SENSE GRATIFICATION IS AN IMPEDIMENT ON THE PATH TOWARD ACHIEVING ECSTATIC LOVE FOR KRSNA. 

On the other hand, if one who is eager for devotional service utters the holy name even partially or improperly, the holy name, who is identical with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, exhibits its spiritual potency because of that person’s offenseless utterance. Thus one is relieved from all unwanted practices, and one gradually awakens his dormant love for Krsna.
Note: Anti Ritviks have REJECTED BONA FIDE Diksa guru Srila Prabhupada therefore they are CHEATED:
SC 8 Religion
The Vaisnava principles enjoin, adau gurv-asrayam: THE FIRST STEP IN UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE is to take shelter of a BONA FIDE guru.
Madhya 24.330 The Sixty-One Explanations of the Atmarama Verse
MAHA-BHAGAVATA-srestho
brahmano vai gurur nrnam
sarvesam eva lokanam
asau pujyo yatha harih
maha-kula-prasuto ‘pi
sarva-yajnesu DIKSITAH
sahasra-sakhadhyayi ca
na guruh syad avaisnavah


(The guru MUST be situated on the topmost platform of devotional service. There are three classes of devotees, and the guru MUST be accepted from the topmost class. The first-class devotee is the spiritual master for all kinds of people. ….When one has attained the topmost position of MAHA-BHAGAVATA, he is to be accepted as a guru and worshiped exactly like Hari, the Personality of Godhead. Only such a person is eligible to occupy the post of a guru.))
Note The word DIKSITAH refers to Diksa and ONLY Maha Bhagavata is the one mentioned WHO give this BY DEFINITION.

75-08-04. Letter: Madhudvisa:

The GBC should all be the instructor gurus. I AM IN THE INITIATOR GURU, and you should be the instructor guru by teaching what I am teaching and doing what I am doing. This is not a title, but you must actually come to this platform. This I want.

“I AM THE SPIRITUAL MASTER OF THIS INSTITUTION, AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY, THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE MY DISCIPLES. They follow the rules and regulations which I ask them to follow, AND THEY ARE INITIATED BY ME SPIRITUALLY.”(Srila Prabhupada Radio Interview, 12/3/1968)

“Guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya, ara na koriho mane asa. Don’t think of any nonsense. Simply execute what your guru has said. That is success.”

(28th January, 1977, Room Conversation)

[PADA: Right, all of the 1978 original 11 gurus either got very sick, fell down, or died, and a lot of their successor folks -- who were voted in by the bogus 11 --as the current wave of GBC gurus -- are also experiencing all sorts of similar problems. A friend of the GBC's gurus says recently the leaders have had to place themselves into a locked bunker, a cocoon, to avoid "the angry mob," because "most of the God brothers are angry with them." So all they are doing is making the vaishnavas angry, and that's not transcendental, in fact its not even material, its anti-vaishnava. They are not situated on the platform of transcendence, clearly. 

Anyway, a lot of people said PADA editor has lost his mind when we introduced the poison issue, but unfortunately for the leaders, this issue is gaining more traction all the time, because its self evident these leaders are capable of destroying everything, including their own guru, his books, his children, his devotees, his movement, and destroying the whole world if they could as well. This is why Srila Prabhupada says the demons are trying to destroy the world. Good job Mahesh Raja, you nailed it. ys pd]

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To PADA: How about this one?

This quote goes along with what Mahesh wrote below-

Books: Srimad-Bhagavatam : Canto 2: "The Cosmic Manifestation" : SB 2.9: Answers by Citing the Lord's Version : SB 2.9.8 : PURPORT:

One has to receive the transcendental sound from the right source, accept it as a reality and prosecute the direction without hesitation. The secret of success is to receive the sound from the right source of a bona fide spiritual master. Mundane manufactured sound has no potency, and as such, seemingly transcendental sound received from an unauthorized person also has no potency. 

One should be qualified enough to discern such transcendental potency, and either by discriminating or by fortunate chance if one is able to receive the transcendental sound from the bona fide spiritual master, his path of liberation is guaranteed. The disciple, however, must be ready to execute the order of the bona fide spiritual master as Lord Brahmā executed the instruction of his spiritual master, the Lord Himself. Following the order of the bona fide spiritual master is the only duty of the disciple, and this completely faithful execution of the order of the bona fide spiritual master is the secret of success.

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Discussion on Diksha vs Shiksha gurus

CG: Which one is too important, the Guru's words or his picture?

SPD: Both are very beneficial. However of the two hearing the words emanating from the lips of the Mahabhagavat self realized pure devotee are most important.

AC: Hare Krishna Prabhu! What about to listening to the Maha-Bhagavata's recorded voice?

SPD: Same as hearing from him directly. Srila Prabhupada gave Brahman initiation by tape recording.

AC: Jay!!! Thank you for your answer Prabhu. Haribol!

GSD: Association by vibration is more important than physical presence. We are so much enamoured by physical presence because we are so accustomed to the bodily concept of life. Of course this doesn't mean that the physical presence of the spiritual master should be neglected. Someone recently said, would you sit down and read a book when Srila Prabhupada was down in the temple room? 

This is of course a silly and even stupid comment. Of course not! When the pure devotee is physically with us we must serve him and his body by all means and when he is no longer with us physically we must take shelter of his instructions, the vibration from his lotus mouth. Common sense. 

The spiritual master is the principle, not the body.

BVW: "A pure devotee always engages in the service of the Lord, taking shelter of His lotus feet, and therefore he has a direct connection with the saffron mercy-particles that are strewn over the lotus feet of the Lord. Although when a pure devotee speaks the articulation of his voice may resemble the sound of this material sky, the voice is spiritually very powerful because it touches the particles of saffron dust on the lotus feet of the Lord. As soon as a sleeping living entity hears the powerful voice emanating from the mouth of a pure devotee, he immediately remembers his eternal relationship with the Lord, although up until that moment he had forgotten everything."
(4 th Canto , ch 20. Vs 25) 

I just remembered it, one of my favorites, because we often talked about the " saffron particles" when I was out distributing ... long time ago.

SPD: Perfect...

SD: This proves that Srila Prabhupada is The Diksha Guru.

Kim Moller: Nope, it proves that Srila Prabhupada's diksa giving disciples are bonafide "When probationer period is finished, then he is naturally, automatically, bona fide guru" It must be seen in context with what HDG previous have said in this connection.

GY: BS Kim MOLLER, EVEN ANOTHER 50 YEARS WILL NOT PRODUCE ONE BONA FIDE GURU! THESE FOLKS ARE ON LIFE LONG PROBATION FOR ALL GURU APARADA AGAINST JAGAT GURU SRILA PRABHUPADA. 

PD: Jayadvaita swami says that the many of the GBC's gurus are falling into illicit sex, its worse than that, the rest of the GBC says its common for acharyas to be falling into these deviations. ys pd

SD: As of April 1977 Srila Prabhupada DID not see any disciples fit. The training was not complete then and certainly not now after disobeying his instruction of initiating on his behalf. No smoke screens Mr. Moller. There is no "naturally" here nor automatically. Only by order and the order NEVER came.

Kim Moller: It's pure rascaldom and not what we learn from guru sadhu and shastra, that if guru leaves and didn't give order, no one can give diksa? Don't be a fool like these proxy idiots. The order is always standing, all the way from Mahaprabhu, but in the association of physical present master you bring prospects to him, however when he leaves, you can give diksha provided you are qualified. That is Sampradaya and His Divine Grace, like He says Himself, never changed a thing.

SD: The only rascaldom I see here that we avoid the issue. Srila Prabhupada said the training was not complete and that he will say who can be guru and will order when the training was complete.

Prabhupada: GURU CHEATING NOT EFFECTIVE (April 22.77). 

Prabhupada: People complained against [a GBC for trying to appear as a guru]. ...You become guru, but you must be QUALIFIED FIRST of all. THEN you become. ...What is the use of producing some RASCAL GURU? 
Tamala Krishna: Well, I have studied myself and all of your disciples, and it's clear fact that we are ALL CONDITIONED SOULS, so we CANNOT BE gurus. MAYBE someday it may be possible.... 
Prabhupada: Hm. [agrees] 
Tamala Krishna: ...but not now. 
Prabhupada: Yes. I shall produce some gurus. I shall say who is guru, 'No you become acharya. You become authorized.' I retire completely. But the training must be COMPLETE. 
Tamala Krishna: The process of purification must be there. ...No rubber stamp. 
Prabhupada: You can cheat, but it will not be effective. Just see our Gaudiya Matha. Everyone wanted to be guru. A small temple and "guru." What kind of guru?
Srila Prabhupada: We haven't got to manufacture. To manufacture ideas is troublesome. Why should we take the trouble? And as soon as you want to manufacture something to my...., that is DANGEROUS. ...That you are singing every day, "what our guru has said, that is our life and soul." ...As soon as this POISON will come-suppress guru and I become Brahman-everything FINISHED. Spiritual life is finished. Gaudiya Matha finished, ...VIOLATED the orders of Guru Maharaja.

SD: You are a rascal Kim Moller.

GSD: Kim Moller, 'all the way from Mahaprabhu' ... this was definitely a siksa order. This is accepted by everyone.

PD: Who is Kim Mollers' living guru? He never says? Its all bluff. ys pd

JJC: The bottom line of the [ISKCON guru] issue is whether or not any guru is subjected to the dictates and discipline of the GBC. The fact that Prabhupāda established the GBC as the Governing Authority for ISKCON rules out the possibility of any diksha gurus in ISKCON except him. 

Prabhupada ruled out the diksha guru system in ISKCON by saying that a bona-fide spiritual master is never subjected to the discipline or restrictions of a GBC or anyone else. The fact that the GBC is in the position of having to regulate and restrict the activities of the ISKCON gurus shows that indeed there can be no gurus in ISKCON except Prabhupāda. 

A real guru is never subjected to the control and discipline of any committee, Godbrother, disciple or anyone else. Śrī Guru is a free agent independent of committee regulation or control. ISKCON clearly has a whole set of rules and laws that regulate, discipline and restrict all the diksha gurus in ISKCON. This situation is clearly in violation of the teachings of Śrīla Prabhupāda. We find his instructions in the matter in the Nectar of Instruction text 6 purport:

"It is also an offense to consider an empowered Vaishnava an object of disciplinary action. It is offensive to try to give him advice or to correct him…The spiritual master must not be subjected to the advice of a disciple, nor should a spiritual master be obliged to take instructions from those who are not his disciples. This is the sum and substance of Śrīla Rūpa Goswami's advice in this sixth verse."

Śrīla Prabhupāda is saying here that in the Rūpānuga sampradāya a spiritual master should not be subjected to the discipline or regulations of any committee, individual or group of individuals. A real spiritual master is not subject to such regulation.

Therefore, by establishing the GBC as the managing authority of ISKCON, Śrīla Prabhupāda ruled out the possibility of a multiplicity of gurus in ISKCON by making the GBC the functioning authority over all ISKCON affairs. In ISKCON today there is a class of spiritual masters who are all subjected to the regulation and discipline of the GBC. This is totally incongruent with the concept of a traditional spiritual master who is above and beyond all such committee regulation.

Prabhupāda said it is an offense to try and discipline or regulate a spiritual master. Therefore either the regulating of ISKCON spiritual masters by the GBC must stop or [the ISKCON] diksha guru system must stop. Refusing to do so results in offenses which will destroy devotional service and make [devotional service] fruitless and futile.

SD: Thank you prabhu for the clear understanding you have. Hope some will take this seriously.

GSD: This is an interesting and new perspective I never heard before and it makes sense. Thank you.

JJ: "In 1932 Visvambharananda dasa Babaji, on behalf of many babajis and caste Goswamis in Vrndavana, published a book opposing Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati and his Mission, citing extensively from sastra to support his arguments. He challenged that the line of parampara traced from Jagannatha dasa Babaji through Bhaktivinoda Thakura to Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji and then to Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati was unauthorized. 

Visvambharananda claimed that although Sarasvati Thakura was supposed to be the disciple of Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji, he was disqualified in several ways. First, Sarasvati Thakura did not accept as bona fide the recognized lineage of Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji, whose guru was in the Advaita-parivara.

Furthermore, since Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji had never used a japa-mala, and had not given one to Sarasvati Thakura at the time of initiation but 
had simply placed some Navadvipa dust into his hand, Visvambharananda 
argued that such an initiation was not bona fide. 

The implication was that Sarasvati Thakura had not actually received 
pancaratrika-diksa from Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji, so how could he confer 
it upon others? Nor had Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji worn a brahmana thread, so on what authority did Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati wear one? 

"Moreover, Visvambharananda argued, Sarasvati Thakura claimed to be a follower of Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who was initiated by the caste Goswami Bipina Bihari. Why then did Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati not accept guru-parampara by seminal descent? Bhaktivinoda Thakura had given him a Nrsimha mantra for worshiping the Deity, yet Sarasvati Thakura was giving a Radha-Krsna mantra for this purpose.

Wherefrom did he derive this mantra, and on whose authority did he 
distribute it? Visvambharananda further objected that since Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati was a sannyasi without a sannyasa guru, how could he give sannyasa to others? 

"Sarasvati Thakura responded by explaining the concept of bhagavata-parampara, or siksa-parampara. He maintained that the essence of parampara lies in the transmission of transcendental knowledge, not merely in a list of 
contiguous names. The life of the parampara is maintained by the 
maha-bhagavatas, who embody the essence of scriptural knowledge. 
Therefore, to trace the parampara through such maha-bhagavatas truly 
represents parampara. 

"He said, 'Bhaktivinoda Thakura is Kamala Manjari, a personal associate of 
Radharani. He ordered me to establish daiva-varnasrama. I must obey his 
order. The acarya is not under the sastra. The acarya can make sastra. 
Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the acarya, has inspired me in various ways. By 
his mercy and that of Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji Maharaja and the previous 
acaryas we are going on, not caring for the precise technicalities of 
smartas. 

"'Although this concept of bhagavata-parampara appears to be new, it is based on the essential understanding of the scriptures. Something new given by an acarya but based on sastra is called vaisistya (a special characteristic). 

Acaryas Ramanuja and Madhva both apparently introduced something new, but because their teachings were based on sastra they came to be accepted. Phalena pariciyate: "

An action should be understood by its result." My commitment to devotional service and my preaching activities speak for themselves. Owl-like persons cannot see this, but those who are honest will accept it.'" End.

Collectively at the time and until now the GBC have rejected Srila Prabhupada as having anymore authority in their own lives and that of ISKCON. By their own admission the GBC did not recognize the July 9th letter as being valid at anytime AFTER it’s signing on July 9th 1977. 

For 4 months and 8 days at least they did not divulge their sentiments to anyone in ISKCON accept themselves. That is more than obvious. Therefore they are guilty of complicity.

The GBC were speaking directly to the obvious understanding of the July 9th 1977 directive as directed by Srila Prabhupada their spiritual master at the time. Which means again that they understood exactly what Srila Prabhupada directed.

“The agreement cannot be broken but with mutual consent” 

No mutual consent was ever discussed with all of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples regarding the GBC’s decision to ignore posthumously Srila Prabhupada’s July 9th 1977 letter which came about directly as a request from the GBC itself on May 28th 1977.

SD: So by their own ambitious plans, they planned to be guru by hook or crook!
Fooled no one really ,only their disciples.

SK: If I don't follow Ritvik view, will I go to hell? And ISKCON devotees go to hell? Will devotees from Narayan mj or Shridhar mj go to hell? It sounds like the preaching from Christian or Muslim fanatics who fight and argue among themselves insisting who is right and wrong. 

Why don't you argue with Christians and Jews and Muslims instead of arguing with closest family members ISKCON or gaudiya math. We call it in Japan "barking puppy dog". They bark at harmless people and run away from aggressive one. If I'm not ritvik and I go to hell, that's ok with me. I'm quite sick of hearing all such arguments. I personally believe Prabhupad doesn't see if you believe Ritvik or Iskcon or Gaudiya. Being right about your belief system will not guarantee at all if you advance spiritually. Rather it's your sincere heart and faith that is important. Sincere Christians and Muslims may be much more spiritually advanced than us.

RD: Please; Sk? do not speculate and read Srila Prabhupada's book's.

PD: SK says we need to have faith, faith in whom and what? He never says? ys pd

I am a Prabhupada disciple from his books

Dear JD, Srila Prabhupada said outright in his books that those who read his books, understand his words, and follow his instructions ARE his initiated followers. That is how I got my initiation from Srila Prabhupada, by UNDERSTANDING his words and message clearly. I am so so so happy to know and realize that Srila Prabhupadas words live on for millenia and forever thru his books. Hare Krishna and may Krishna's Mercy be bestowed upon you. Sdd

[PADA: Yep, as a matter of fact, we do not need a bogus GBC guru initiation from a program of persons engaged in illicit behaviors in order to attain Krishna. Who knew! Our Prabhupadanuga process is moving ahead ... ys pd] 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Putrada Ekadasi January 8th 2017



Putrada Ekadasi, Sunday, January 8, 2017 in California (Fast from grains & beans) 

The pious and saintly Yudhisthira Maharaj said, "Oh Lord, You have so nicely explained to us the wonderful glories of the Saphalaa Ekaadasi,which occurs during the dark fortnight (Krishna paksha) of the month of Pausha (December - January). Now please be merciful to me and explain to me the details of the Ekaadasi that occurs in the light fortnight (Shukla or Gaura paksha) of this month. 

What is its name, and what Deity is to be worshiped on that sacred day? Oh Purushottama, Oh Hrishikesha, please also tell me how You can be pleased on this day? Lord Sri Krishna then replied, "Oh saintly king, for the benefit of all humanity I shall now tell you how to observe fasting on the Pausha-shukla Ekadasi. As previously explained, everyone should observe the rules and regulations of the Ekadasi vrata, to the very best of their ability. This injunction also applies to the Ekaadasi named Putradaa, which destroys all sins and elevates one to the spiritual abode. 

The Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Narayana, the original personality, is the worshipable Deity of the Ekaadasi, and for His faithful devotees He happily fulfills all desires and awards full perfection.Thus among all the animate and inanimate beings in the three worlds(lower, middle and higher planetary systems), there is no better personality than Lord Narayana. "Oh King, now I shall narrate to you the history of Putradaa Ekaadasi, which removes all kinds of sins and makes one famous and learned. 

"There was once a kingdom named Bhadraavati, which was ruled by King Suketumaan. His queen was the famous Shaibyaa. Because he had no son, he spent a long time in anxiety, thinking, 'If I have no son, who will carry on my dynasty?' In this way the king meditated in a religious attitude for a very long time, thinking, 'Where should I go? What should Ido? How can I get a pious son (putra)? 

In this way King Suketumaan could find no happiness any where in his kingdom, even in his own palace, and soon he was spending more and more time inside his wife's palace, gloomily thinking only of how he could get a son.Thus both King Suketumaan and Queen Shaibyaa were in great distress. Even when they offered tarpana (oblations of water to their forefathers), their mutual misery made them think that it was as undrinkable as boiling water. 

They thus thought that they would have no descendants to offer tarpana to them when they died and thus become lost souls (ghosts). The king and queen were especially upset to learn that their forefathers were worried that soon there would be no one to offer them tarpana also. After learning of their forefather's unhappiness, the king and queen became more and more miserable, and neither ministers, nor friends, nor even loved ones could cheer them up. 

To the king, his elephants and horses and infantry were no solace, and at last he became practically inert and helpless. The king thought to himself, 'It is said that without a son, marriage is wasted. Indeed, for a family man with no son, both his heart and his splendid house remain vacant and miserable. Bereft of a son, a man cannot liquidate the debts that he owes his forefathers, the demigods (devas) and to other human beings.

Therefore every married man should endeavor to beget a son; thus he will become famous within this world and at last attain the auspicious celestial realms. A son is proof of the pious activities a man performed in his past one hundred lifetimes, and such a person achieves a long duration of life in this world, along with good health and great wealth. Possessing sons and grandsons in this lifetime proves that one has worshiped Lord Vishnu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in the past. The great blessing of sons, wealth, and sharp intelligence can be achieved only by worshiping the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna. That is my opinion.' 

Thinking thus, the king had no peace. He remained in anxiety day and night, from morning to evening, and from the time he lay down to sleep at night until the sun rose in the morning, his dreams were equally full of great anxiety. Suffering such constant anxiety and apprehension, King Suketumaan decided to end his misery by committing suicide. But he realized that suicide throws a person into hellish conditions of rebirth, and so he abandoned that idea. 

Seeing that he was gradually destroying himself by his all consuming anxiety over the lack of a son, the king at last mounted his horse and left for the dense forest alone. No one, not even the priests and brahmins of the palace, knew where he had gone. "In that forest, which was filled with deer and birds and other animals, King Suketumaan wandered aimlessly, noting all the different kinds of trees and shrubs, such as the fig, bel fruit, date palm, jackfruit, bakula, saptaparnaa, tinduka, and tilaka, as well as the shala, taala, tamaala, saralaa, hingotaa, arjuna, labheraa, bahedaa, sallaki, karondaa, patala, khaira, shaka and palaasha trees. All were beautifully decorated with fruits and flowers. 

He saw deer, tigers, wild boar, lions, monkeys, snakes, huge bull elephants in arut, cow elephants with their calves, and four-tusked elephants with their mates close by. There were cows, jackals, rabbits, leopards, and hippopotamuses. Beholding all these animals accompanied by their mates and offspring, the king remembered his own menagerie, especially his palace elephants, and became so sad that he absent mindedly wandered into their very midst. Suddenly the king heard a jackal howl in the distance. Startled, he began wandering about, looking around in all directions. Soon it was midday, and the king started to tire. He was tormented by hunger and thirst also. 

He thought, 'What sinful deed could possibly have done so that I am now forced to suffer like this, with my throat parched and burning, and my stomach empty and rumbling? I have pleased the devas (demigods) with numerous fire sacrifices and abundant devotional worship. I have given many gifts and delicious sweets in charity to all the worthy brahmins too. And I have taken care of my subjects as though they were my very own children. Why then am I suffering so? 

What unknown sins have come to bear fruit and torment me in this dreadful way?' "Absorbed in these thoughts, King Suketumaan struggled forward, and eventually, due to his pious credits, he came upon a beautiful lotus bearing pond that resembled the famous Lake Maanasarova. It was filled with aquatics, including crocodiles and many varieties of fish, and graced with varieties of lilies and lotuses. The beautiful lotuses had opened to the Sun,and swans, cranes and ducks swam happily in its waters. Nearby were many attractive ashramas, where there resided many saints and sages who could fulfill the desires of anyone. 

Indeed, they wished everyone well. When the king saw all this, his right arm and right eye began to quiver, a sakuna sign (for a male) that something auspicious was about to happen. "As the king dismounted his horse and stood before the sages, who sat on the shore of the pond, he saw that they were chanting the holy names of God on japa beads.The king paid his obeisances and, joining his palms, addressed them with glorified praises. 

Observing the respect the king offered them, the sages said, 'We are very pleased with you, Oh king. Kindly tell us why you have come here. What is on your mind? Please inform us what is your heart's desire.' "The king replied, 'Oh great sages, who are you? What are your names, surely your presence reveals that you are auspicious saints? Why have you come to this beautiful place? Please tell me everything.' "The sages replied,'Oh king, we are known as the ten Vishvadevas (the sons of Vishva;Vasu, Satya, Kratu, Daksha, Kaala, Kaama, Dhriti, Pururavaa, Maadrava and Kuru). We have come here to this very lovely pond to bathe. 

The month of Magha (Madhava mase) will soon be here in five days (from the Magh nakshatra), and today is the famous Putradaa Ekadasi. One who desires a son should strictly observe this particular Ekadasi.' "The king said, 'I have tried so hard to have a son. If you great sages are pleased with me, kindly grant the boon of having a good son (putra).' 'The very meaning of Putradaa,' the sages replied, '…is "giver of a putra, pious son." 

"So please observe a complete fast on this Ekaadasii day. If you do so, then by our blessing and by the mercy of Lord Sri Keshava invested inus - surely you will obtain a son." On the advice of the Vishvadevas, the king observed the auspicious fast day of Putradaa Ekaadasii according to the established rules and regulations, and on the Dvasdasi, after breaking his fast, he paid obeisances again and again to all of them. 

Soon after Suketumaan returned to his palace and united with his queen. Queen Shaibya immediately became pregnant, and exactly as the Vishvadevas had predicted, a bright faced, beautiful son was born to them. In due course of time he became famous as an heroic prince, and the king gladly pleased his noble son by making him his successor. The son of Suketumaan took care of his subjects very conscientiously, just as if they were his own children. 

"In conclusion, Oh Yudhisthira, one who wises to fulfill his desires should strictly observe Putradaa Ekadasi. While on this planet, one who strictly observes this Ekaadasii will surely obtain a son, and after death he will achieve liberation. Anyone who even reads or hears the glories of Putradaa Ekadasi obtains the merit earned by performing an horse sacrifice. It is to benefit all humanity that I have explained all this to you." 

Thus ends the narration of the glories of Pausha-shukla Ekaadasii, or Putradaa Ekaadasii, from the Bhavishya Purana of Veda Vyaasadeva.

Bhakti Revolution Meeting in Adelaide Australia

SRILA PRABHUPADA'S DIRECTIONS OF MANAGEMENT!
What did Srila Prabhupada establish to manage centres for Krsna Consciousness?
Many devotees have no idea but for sure if these directions had been implemented, we would not have situations like the one in Adelaide, Australia where the Executive Committee can over ride the wishes , (except for a very few) of an entire Temple congregation.
Local devotees run local temples!
GBC do not interfere with local management!
Each temple is autonomous!
The initial presentation with notes will be given by Abhilasa das ACBSP (Cooper Ali-Shabazz) with plenty of discussion on what we can all do to implement these instructions of Srila Prabhupada.
Please consider coming to Adelaide in March. It will be great to gather together and discuss with open minds in the company of mature, informed and concerned devotees. Also kirtan!
We are pleased to say we have confirmation of some surprise very senior devotees participating who were foundational members of ISKCON in Australasia and had sweet personal association with Srila Prabhupada on these practical topics.
The intention is to present this seminar at venues around Australia in the coming year. I have also suggested to some of my international godsisters and godbrothers that they take up the task of systematically educating devotees on these topics in their own areas.
Regardless of whether devotees believe reform of existing temples is possible, or if they wish to establish a Nama Hatta or other independent initiative, sooner or later management is required. So these seminars are open for all honest devotees whether in management or not in management. We all need to be fully informed.
Registration for this Adelaide event is required. Once we have numbers we will find a suitable neutral venue. For inquiries or to book your spot, please email me at
Bhaktirevolution@gmail.com
Registrations will close by end of February.
PLEASE NOTE. THIS SEMINAR IS INDEPENDENT OF GBC.
HARE KRISHNA!
ALL GLORIES TO SRILA PRABHUPADA.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Radhe Shyam (music video)


Saudi Women Protest Their Suppression




[PADA: Hee hee, right, perhaps the "religious" men should be in charge, if they are qualified to be in charge. But! If they are control freak manipulators, and they are mis-using religion as a means of suppressing women artificially, maybe these men should not be in charge. Yep! ys pd] 

Atlanta's Super Saturday Samkirtana Program

Hare Krsna matajis and prabhus, just wanted to let those living in the Atlanta area know that Srila Prabhupada Super Saturday is being postponed until next Saturday January 14th. This is due to the uncertain situation with the weather. We felt that we did not want to encourage our members to take unnecessary risk in trying to reach the temple.

please join us next Saturday for Super Saturday Harinam and festival. Harinam starts at 4pm in Little Five Points and arati at the temple at 6:30pm.


your servant,
Balabhadra dasa

[PADA: At least some folks are doing the Yuga dharma somewhere -- once in awhile. Its a (re) start of Lord Chaitanya's mission? Lets hope for that end. ys pd]