"Dandavats" - 5 new articles
By Giriraj Swami
Speaking in Los Angeles about the qualities of a devotee, Srila Prabhupada said, “Sympathetic. We should be very much sympathetic. If any of our fellow men fall sick, we must take care of him, give him help. Because, after all, we have got this body, sometimes we may fall sick. So we should be sympathetic. And friendly. Everyone’s friend. As Krsna is friend of everyone, suhrdam sarva-bhutanam, so if we are Krsna’s representative, how I can be enemy of anyone else? I must be friendly.”
Reading about Srila Sanatana Gosvami recently, in Sri Bhakti-ratnakara (Fifth Wave), I was struck by how friendly and sympathetic–how loving and caring–he was:
“After staying in one town, when Sanatana would go to another town, the people would follow behind him. Whether a young boy or old man, whoever it was, all would lose their patience and cry as the Gosvami would leave. Sanatana Gosvami himself would shed tears as he solaced them and sent them back to their own homes. Only after they all stopped crying and returned to their houses would Sanatana leave for the next village. As Sanatana approached the next village, the people would watch him coming from a distance. Whether young or old, man or women, everyone would say, ‘Here is Rupa, Sanatana.’ The Vrajavasis displayed wonderful affection.
“The villagers could not sit in one place, but went to welcome Sanatana. Just as a poor man experiences unlimited happiness if he suddenly obtains a valuable jewel, so the Vrajavasis by seeing Sanatana also felt unlimited happiness.
“The old and very old men and women all treated Sanatana as their own son. Someone said, ‘My dear son, how did you pass so many days forgetting us? Thinking about you we were almost dead.’ Speaking these words they all looked on the face of Sanatana Gosvami. Seeing the wonderful arrangements for his welcome, Sanatana was greatly pleased. The men, women and youths who were born in that village all had brotherly affection for Sanatana. . . .
“O Srinivasa, just by seeing Sanatana Gosvami everyone forgot even to offer obeisances, etc. Whoever came rushing to welcome him would embrace him, take his hand and lead him along. The villagers would jubilantly have him sit under a sacred tree and everyone would sit around him. They would all bring yogurt, butter and milk from their homes for Sanatana. After he finished eating, they would all sit happily with him.
“Sanatana out of great affection inquired from each person about their well-being. He inquired about how many children, daughters and sons, they had; whether they were married; where they were married; what were their names; and what was their education. He asked how many cows and bulls one had; how their agriculture was; how much grains they produced and what was their daily routine. He also asked them how their health was and what was their state of mind.
“Hearing these inquiries, everyone felt happy. Gradually each one of them answered his questions. When Sanatana heard someone’s distress, he also felt distressed. By Sanatana’s solace they felt relief from their distressed condition. In this way they passed the whole night.
“By seeing others happy, Sanatana would also become happy. . . . Who can describe the affectionate dealings of Sanatana Gosvami?”
Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, in his Vilapa-kusumanjali (6), appreciated Srila Sanatana Gosvami as krpambudhi, an ocean of mercy, who was para-dukha-dukhi, who felt sorrow in the sorrow of others, and so he prayed, sanatanas tam prabhum asrayami, to take shelter of him.
We also pray to take shelter of Srila Sanatana Gosvami, and to imbibe some of his wonderful qualities–being friendly and sympathetic, loving and caring–in Krsna consciousness.
By Giriraj Swami
Speaking in Los Angeles about the qualities of a devotee, Srila Prabhupada said, "Sympathetic. We should be very much sympathetic. If any of our fellow men fall sick, we must take care of him, give him help. Because, after all, we have got this body, sometimes we may fall sick. So we should be sympathetic. And friendly...
Chauhan, Asha: Hare Krishna
Please accept my most humble obeisciences
I am writing about our soon to release a CD Krishna Of Vrindavana for the pleasure of Their Lordships Sri Sri Sacinandana & Nitaicand in our temple.
This CD has been directed, written and composed by our temple devotees and youth and we wish that you bless it attracts the listeners to the love of Sri Sri Radhe Shyam and Gaura Nitai!
In order to reach as many people as we can, we are requesting humbly if You could recommend this CD or create a feature on your website for devotees to buy the CD or link to our own temple website where they can purchase it. This is an offering of love to Their Lordships in the form of our CD Krishna Of Vrindavan (KOV) on JAnamashtmi this year and we request you kindly help us!
Chauhan, Asha: I am writing about our soon to release a CD Krishna Of Vrindavana for the pleasure of Their Lordships Sri Sri Sacinandana & Nitaicand in our temple
Ekendra Dasa: Prabhus and Matajis,
_o/\__ … _o___ … _o/\__
This past weekend here at ISKCON New Govardhana in Australia we had a 12-hour kirtana in honour of His Grace Aindra Prabhu. There were many wonderful kirtans, but here is one that I felt would be especially nice to share with the devotional community.
If you are on Facebook you can download or stream it here:
If you aren’t on Facebook it is available here:
The download is a high quality mp3 compressed at 192kbps/44.1Khz.
Please give your blessings that we can offer kirtan enthusiasts worldwide more spiritually potent ISKCON kirtans such as this.
Ekendra Dasa: This past weekend here at ISKCON New Govardhana in Australia we had a 12-hour kirtana in honour of His Grace Aindra Prabhu. There were many wonderful kirtans, but here is one that I felt would be especially nice to share with the devotional community
950 Views / EMail This Post / Print This Post / Home »
21st Annual Los Angeles International Gurukuli Reunion
Kuli Mela Association: Following last year’s amazing breakthrough event: KulimeLA 2009 – 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles International Gurukuli Reunion, we are proud to start a new tradition with our gatherings. Please join us on Saturday July 31st, the day before the Festival of the Chariots, to enjoy an afternoon of reconnecting with friends and enjoying the only 360° view of all metropolitan Los Angeles! This year, the reunion will be held at a new park called Blair Hills Park, with a back trail entrance into a hilltop area with a spectacular view known as the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Entrance located off Jefferson Blvd. several blocks east of the original Culver Park on Duquesne Ave.
We will have an informal gathering, picnic, sports, activities for children, Bhajans and Prasadam. Lunch will be provided at approximately 1:00 pm. The annual reunion photo will be at 3:00 pm at the Scenic Overlook, after which time all are invited for Harinam in Santa Monica at the Promenade after 5:00 pm; this may be followed by an informal gathering at Dockweiler beach in Playa Del Rey for a bonfire, if there is sufficient interest.
Of course, Lord Jagannath has been at the center of our gatherings since the beginning, so the following day, Sunday, August 1st, is the 34th Annual Festival of the Chariots (Ratha Yatra) at Santa Monica and Venice Beaches.
All are welcome. The Reunion is free. Limited-edition t-shirts will be given to anyone who volunteers a little of their time to help.
The t-shirt was designed by Mahanta prabhu and Rasikananda dasa.
Kuli Reunion organizers: Kamal Vyas, Sridevi Fournier, Ram Prasad & Shakuntala Zakheim.
This event is sponsored by the Kuli Mela Association, a 501(c) Non-profit organization dedicated to serving an international community by supporting and encouraging its members to come together as friends in service, association and empowerment with a focus on spirituality.
Please visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/kulimela
Kuli Mela Association: This year, the reunion will be held at a new park called Blair Hills Park, with a back trail entrance into a hilltop area with a spectacular view known as the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
Friday 23rd of July 2010
The reason for this report is to have clarity and proper representation of what happened. Panca Gauda Das, Adi Kesava Das and Martanda Das wrote there own account of events as they happened. Gopal das conducted the other interviews. To Gopal Das’s knowledge none of the devotees shared information with each other prior to being interviewed.
Description/ Dimensions of Room.
First person in the room
It was 6:30am and Aindra prabhu did not come to dress the Deities. This was not unusual as it had happened many times before that he comes late because he is tired and so we have to go wake him up. I sent Rasikendra prabhu one of the pujaris to go up and call him. He returned after some time and said that he knocked on the door but there was no answer. A few minutes later he
Adi Kesava Das
Second person in the room
Arjun Krishna Das last saw Aindra Prabhu after his kirtan service in the temple room 7pm 16th July. Arjun Krishna was the second person to enter the room after Adi Keseva ( Pujari Department) on the 17th July after 7am.
Third person in the room Martanda Das
This is my report.
Fourth person in the room
On the 17th morning after Srila Prabhupad’s Samadhi darshan arti approximately 5 past 7am Adi Keseva Prabhu requested Sanak Sanatan to help with a problem relating to the smell of gas coming from Aindra Prabhu’s room and him not responding.
Last two people to have personally seen Aindra Prabhuji
25th of July with Balaram Das from Iskcon Nairobi Kenya Africa (Last eye witness)
Interview with Bhagavat Purana Das 26th July
Bhagavat Purana was the second last devotee to be in the physical presence of Aindra Prabhu on the 16th of July. At approximately 8:45pm Bhagavat Purana Prabhu visited Arjun Krishna Prabhu’s room in the brahmachari ashram after some discussion Bhagavat Purana Prabhu entered Aindra Prabhu’s room at approximately 9pm.
Supporting Evidence By Prem Kishor Prabhu
A few days before Aindra Prabhu’s departure I had offered him a prashad fragrant flower to smell he responded by saying ‘ I can’t smell the flower prabhu as I do not have the sense of smell’. Aindra Prabhu is known to have been taking allergy medication and had sinus problems.
Supporting Evidence By Keseva Das
On the 15th of July evening after the last arti approximately 8:30pm I was cycling home and saw Aindra Prabhu on a rickshaw by Bhaktivedanta Swami gate. We exchanged greetings and I asked him where he was going, he said ‘I am going to fill my gas bottle’’. I noted that it was the same colour gas bottle as the one found in his room. He had with him his bhoga shopping bag
The last events of Aindra Prabhu’s life
Interview conducted by Gopal Das (H.O.D) 24hr kirtan dep
16th July 2010 Night.
Gopendra Das and Rasikendra Das were in their rooms opposite to the Gurukul building. They are located on the roof of that building. Rasikendra Das heard some kind of an explosion he describes as a similar sound to an electrical transformer box overloading or as in his words ‘when a monkey gets killed by jumping on an electrical line causing an explosive sound’ when questioned why he did not tell anyone he explained that he assumed that someone in that building would have heard and done something.
16th July 2010
2130-2145 Hrs. Last visitors depart from his room.
2200-Hrs. Smells of gas and smoke in adjacent rooms
2230-2250-Hrs. Sounds of an explosion, visual sighting of smoke and attempt to communicate with no response.
17th July 2010
0630 Hrs Aindra Prabhu fails to arrive for his pujari service.
Police report pending
Closing words from the TemplePresident: Panca Gauda Das
I was going to the temple to attend the greeting of the Deities, when Sanaka Sanatan Prabhu called me in a frantic voice telling me to “run as fast as you can Aindra is gone” when I arrived in disbelief I saw the body of our dearly departed Aindra Prabhu layed out on the veranda. News spread quickly, I was receiving calls from all over the world from his well wishers. Our local devotees were all coming up to join in the kirtan and offer final respects, police and investigators came taking their reports. Emotions were extremely high it was a very intense period. After the medical examiners did their work, we prepared Aindra Prabhu’s body wrapped on a bamboo stretcher covered in Maha garlands from Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara carried by loving devotees through the streets of Vrindavana. There were many hundreds of devotees, loud kirtan
Interviews conducted by Gopal Das: The reason for this report is to have clarity and proper representation of what happened. Panca Gauda Das, Adi Kesava Das and Martanda Das wrote there own account of events as they happened
More Recent Articles
Click here to safely unsubscribe now from "Dandavats" or change your subscription or subscribe
Unsubscribe from all current and future newsletters powered by FeedBlitz
|Your requested content delivery powered by FeedBlitz, LLC, 9 Thoreau Way, Sudbury, MA 01776, USA. +1.978.776.9498|
TABLA - FUENTES - FONTS
- inbenr11.ttf - 64 KB
- inbeno11.ttf - 12 KB
- inbeni11.ttf - 12 KB
- inbenb11.ttf - 66 KB
- indevr20.ttf - 53 KB
Disculpen las Molestias
Planet ISKCON - 2010 · Planet ISKCON - 2011
Aa-Anc · Aga - Ahy · Ai - Akshay · Akshe - Amshum · Ana - Ancie · Ang - Asvayu · Ata - Az · Baa-Baz · Be-Bhak · Bhal-Bu · C · Daa-Daz · De · Dha-Dry · Du-Dy · E · F · Gaa-Gayu · Ge-Gy · Ha-He · Hi-Hy · I · J · K · Ka - Kam · Kan - Khatu · Ki - Ko · Kr - Ku · L · M · N · O · P · R · S · Saa-San · Sap-Shy · Si-Sy · Ta - Te · U · V · Ve-Vy · Y · Z