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class given on Saturday 21-8-2010
Here they are the Holy Couple riding the swing for their own personal pleasure at Mahaprabhu Mandir in Sydney Australia. These are the first Jhulan Yatra pictures I have seen this year. Let’s see who’s next. Have you posted yours? These hit Facebook last night.
You can see the devotees really enjoy the intimate and personal nature of this festival.
Here they are lining up and taking their own turn in personally serving their Lordships.
I recovered from the condition and managed to chant 13 rounds. My rounds were decent also, as I paid attention with out undue distractions. I know how important it is to cling to the holy name, and even in a dilapidated condition I was able to do so.
From Bhajan Kutir #46
You are correct in thinking that simply by this full-time preaching activity all other problems will be solved very easily in the matter of financial and other problems. What is that financial security? Real security is only there at the Lotus Feet of Krishna, and Krishna is most pleased of all upon His devotee who is always preaching His message.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Amarendra -- Los Angeles 12 June, 1972
The Vegan Mini-Series concludes.
Yet more Raw Pride...
From Namamrta by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
"By hearing the transcendental vibration of the maha-mantra, a sincere person can make spiritual advancement:
"[Lord Krishna to Arjuna]:Again there are those who, although not conversant in spiritual knowledge, begin to worship the Supreme Person upon hearing about Him from others. Because of their tendency to hear from authorities, they also transcend the path of birth and death.
"This verse is particularly applicable to modern society because in modern society there is practically no education in spiritual matters. Some of the people may appear to be atheistic or agnostic or philosophical, but actually there is no knowledge of philosophy. As for the common man, if he is a good soul, then there is a chance for advancement by hearing. This hearing process is very important. Lord Caitanya, who preached Krishna consciousness in the modern world, gave great stress to hearing because if the common man simply hears from authoritative sources, he can progress, especially, according to Lord Caitanya, if he hears the transcendental vibration Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. It is stated, therefore, that all men should take advantage of hearing from realized souls and gradually become able to understand everything. The worship of the Supreme Lord will then undoubtedly take place. Lord Caitanya has said that in this age no one needs to change his position, but one should give up the endeavor to understand the Absolute Truth by speculative reasoning. One should learn to become the servant of those who are in knowledge of the Supreme Lord. If one is fortunate enough to take shelter of a pure devotee, hear from him about self-realization and follow in his footsteps, he will be gradually elevated to the position of a pure devotee. In this verse particularly the process of hearing is strongly recommended, and this is very appropriate. Although the common man is often not as capable as so-called philosophers, faithful hearing from an authoritative person will help one transcend this material existence and go back to home, back to Godhead. (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 13.26)
This purport particularly reminds me of the early days of my coming to Krishna consciousness in the summer of 1966. Hearing was the most important thing. Although we had the three volumes of Srimad Bhagavatam, we did not do a systematic study of them. The important thing was hearing Prabhupada's systematic treatment of Bhagavad-gita in his lectures. And hearing him speak in his room. Three nights a week he would lead us in kirtana of the holy name, and every morning he would lead us in a round of chanting japa. We were the "common men" that Prabhupada refers to in this verse and purport. We did not have the philosophical education, but we had a submissiveness to Prabhupada and good intentions.
Last night I had a good night's sleep and woke up at a quarter after 1:00 A.M. I felt wide awake and had no headache pain, but in the beginning my hearing process was mechanical. I was not hearing with the "inner ear." It was mechanical without deep attention. I was spaced out. But gradually I began to attain a better state. The pace of my chanting was very good, and I have chanted all 16 rounds. Even when I was spaced out I heard the syllables in my mind, and then I heard them better and better. The more you chant, the better you hear, and so it is good to accumulate numerical strength. It is like warming up in physical exercise. You get better as you go along. By the time I finished my 16 rounds, I was paying keen attention to the mantras and starting to reach higher levels. I was treating Nama Prabhu with respect. And so hearing from the authorities is the most important thing for unqualified people in this age, and I can testify to this by my own practice. I have been fortunate enough to take shelter of a pure devotee, and if I continue to follow in his footsteps I will gradually be elevated. One has to hear with faith and concentration.
The more you chant the
Prabhupada is without me in his nitya-lila.
I can go with him and think of him,
don't get left behind.
Ask yourself: "Me without Prabhupada?"
Here's the poem from the book:
You need some tapas. I don't
"Oh, he sounds so nice.
I read your statement on nurturing
You call that a letter or a come-on or a put-on?
She belts him in the mouth
Fiorello! Maria! Etc.
Fat ginzo:"Are you makin' funna my accent?"
The family's all distressed,
But the clincher is at
The Caitanya Bhagavata announces the advent of Lord Caitanya in ecstatic language—"The people were wild with bliss." He appeared on a full moon night when there was a total eclipse. Because of the moon's eclipse, all the people of Navadvipa were chanting "Haribol!" and "Hari!" Even those who never chanted. In this way, Lord Caitanya made a trick to inaugurate the sankirtana movement simultaneous to His birth. He was so beautiful that the demigods and their wives took human births to visit Jagannatha Misra's house and see the baby and offer their blessings. His horoscope revealed that He was as good as Narayana.
Free write: I never saw any of the "Star Wars" movies. Did I miss anything? I don't think so. I was busy serving in the sankirtana movement. Don't know all the popular songs of the generation or who won the World Series. Some call the devotees escapists and dropouts, but we were busy with the progress and upheavals of the Hare Krishna movement. Busy with maintaining temples and distributing books and dealing with schisms and the struggle to maintain personal sadhana and follow the four rules, visiting India, attending managerial meetings, giving lectures, writing books. Divorced from the currents of the worldly ways. A minority trying to save the planet from its sinful activities and pending karma. Convinced of a truth most people ignored. Seen as an extreme cult. We worked hard serving our guru as our means of serving society and country. We tried to convince people that the peace formula is to recognize that everything belongs to Krishna. A person attains peace by accepting Krishna as the proprietor of all planets, the object of all sacrifices, and everyone's well-wishing friend. We distributed the transcendental knowledge of Bhagavad-gita, which gives the answers to all life's crucial questions. Knowledge of the soul and transmigration and the Supreme soul. We were busy serving the principles of Bhagavad-gita, Krishna consciousness. In this Age of Quarrel, the best and easiest method of God consciousness is to chant the holy names of God. We were occupied with that.
I'm having an exciting and satisfying correspondence with my old poet friend, Steve Kowit, from Brooklyn College and Lower East Side days. We are in touch again after ten years. We're going to exchange books in the mail. I told him in a previous letter that I'm satisfied to write for a Krishna-devotee audience, as did the great Vaisnava poets in the past. Steve had previously referred to my poetry as "fatally parochial." He just wrote me, "It's interesting that you don't want to reach a more general audience. If only for the purpose of teaching the general public about Krishna consciousness, or giving them some insight into that practice and belief system. I think of Gerard Manley Hopkins, a Catholic priest who managed to become a widely-admired poet. I like Mary Oliver's poetry better when she's not explicitly discussing her faith (she's a Unitarian), and it seems more universally religious—religious in that real sense, when she doesn't mention Christ, etc. She's usually very circumspect, but one book just after her mate died was a bit more 'Christian' than was good for the poetry." Sure, I'd like to be more widely read, but not at the cost of taking Krishna out of the writing. I feel I have to bear the burden of theism. Radhanatha Swami is reaching a wider audience with his "The Journey Home," but he's doing it on the strength of his incredible true life story, which is so compelling. Although I write in a colloquial voice, I feel I must follow in the footsteps of the Goswamis, Narotthama dasa Thakura, etc., and outwardly glorify Radha and Krishna. I don't know another "religious" sense, nor do I wish to learn one. I'll continue to try to reach the audience of those who like to hear of a person aspiring to be Krishna conscious. But in order to do so I think my voice is improved by reading contemporary poets.
1968 August 21: "There are so many cheap gurus and cheap disciples, without any substantial knowledge, manufacturing new sampradayas, with all service activities stopped, and all spiritual progress choked up. Don't be allured by cheap disciples."
1968 August 21: "The first thing, I warn you, do not try to initiate. You are not in a proper position now to initiate anyone. Don't be allured by such maya. I am training you all but do not be in a hurry."
1969 August 21: "I see the acharya shall be entitled to nominate in writing his successive acharya. But we do not find any record where our Srila Prabhupada nominated any acharya after Him. Different persons have interpreted on this point, and now every one of our Godbrothers are acting as acharya."
1970 August 21: "You are now elected as one of the Commissioners of the GBC, so you have got great responsibility. In the disciplic succession of Lord Caitanya, if we simply abide by the order of the Acarya in disciplic succession, then things are made very easy."
1971 August 21: "If the higher section says yes, it is a nice movement, we will progress very quickly. It takes a little time to convince the higher section of society. Still, that is our business because unless the higher section understands this movement, we will make progress slowly."
1975 August 21: "No, remarriage should be always discouraged. Remarriage means encouraging sense gratification. Our mission is to curtail sense gratification. Three times marrying in a year, this is not good, and they are doing this."
1975 August 21: "No, the large Deity can never be moved, not at all. Why are you selling the present building? Why are you changing it? We are not businessmen that we sell for profit and then move the Deity."
1975 August 21: "You do not know this? One of the GBC articles says it. Big GBC man and it is not detected? You are all mudhas, what can I do? Anyway it is better to remain a mudha before your Spiritual Master."
1965 August 20:
1970 August 20: "We have to push forward this philosophy throughout the whole world. There are so many ideas put forth by so many philosophers but all of them are considered as illusion or zeros if there is no Krsna Consciousness."
1971 August 20: "The majority vote and my opinion should be taken. When the majority opinion is present, my opinion will be yes or no. In most cases it will be yes - unless it is grievously against our principles."
1971 August 20: "I have seen your financial statement, the same thing is going on since the beginning. Collection is Rs 21,000/ but deposit Rs 15,000/. Therefore Rs 6,000/ was eaten up. If 25% of the collection is spent up in this way how things can be managed?"
1971 August 20: "In his last letter he has informed me that he was sick but since then I have not heard from him. How is he? I am anxious to know. His health should be taken good care of. He is an important worker and a good soul."
1974 August 20: "In teaching the children, you should refer very carefully to my books. You must teach by your personal example and automatically they will do as you are doing. Then they will become strong Vaisnavas."
1974 August 20: "Chanting offenselessly is the remedy for all of these diseases. Therefore I have established that the duty of each Temple President and the duty of each GBC is to see that each devotee may be spiritually fit."
1974 August 20: "This is preaching. This is your real success - to convince the local men to become Krishna Conscious. I went to your country alone. No one helped me but I was able to convince you. Now you convince others. This is Krishna Consciousness."
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It's the auspicious event of the Supreme Personality of Godhead's transcendental appearance on Thursday 2nd of September (Sri Krishna Janmastami) and the Appearance of the foremost preacher of Krishna Consciousness, His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Sri Vyasa-puja) on the very next day Friday 3rd of September.
This is the most fortunate opportunity to glorify the Lord and His pure devotee, receiving His limitless blessings by chanting and hearing of His glorious qualities and pastimes.
Everyone is cordially invited to attend the functions at Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda's home in the Hunter Valley – New Gokula farm.
There will be Aratis, Kirtan and Prasadam throughout the day on Thursday for Janmastami with a full evening program of worship, Bhajans, Abhishek bathing ceremony and narrations of the pastimes of Krishna.
Evening festivities begin at 6pm and roll on til the midnight candlelight arati, followed by the sumptuous Janmastami feast.
We are eagerly anticipating your company in commemorating the most important event in the universe. Please come for a darshan or for the entire evening of ecstatic chanting.
Presents can be offered to Their Lordships in the form of decorative jewellery, offerings of grains, ghee, sugar, spices, incense, scented oils, kitchen utensils, donations, flowering plants, fruit trees or any other items useful for the Lord's service.
There will be a morning program from 10.30 am on Friday for Sri Vyasa-puja (worship of Srila Prabhupada) ending at 1pm with a wonderful prasadam feast.
It's Festival season. Tuesday the 24th of August is the Appearance celebration of Lord Sri Balarama, which will be celebrated at New Gokula temple from 6pm through to 8 pm. Please come along and hear about The Lord's wonderful qualities and pastimes and honour the favourite prasadam of Lord Baladev – Varuni juice and Gulab Jamuns!
Hari das singing the bhajan Gaura Hari Bol.
Download: 2010-01-09 - 2 - Home Program - Hari das - Gaura Hari Bol.mp3
Why is it so that you Gaudiya Vasihnavas never do pranayama as an immportant practise? It is said that the anna maya kosha and prana maya kosha are easier to see than the mind, so the first thing we should do is pranayama, and after that we can go more into the mind and chant Hare Krishna. Is that true?
…on Tuesday 24th August, 2010. Sydney, Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha Mandir.
Vaishnavas celebrate the full moon day of Shravan month (August-September) as the appearance day of Lord Balarama. It falls exactly eight days before the appearance of Lord Sri Krishna.
Sri Balarama Jayanti is celebrated as a mark of advent of Balarama who is the elder brother of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. Balarama was the seventh child of Vasudeva and Devaki who were confined to prison by the evil king Kamsa. Kamsa killed six children of Devaki and the seventh child was transferred miraculously from Devaki's womb to the womb of Rohini, who desired a child of her own. Balarama is also called as Sankarsana which describes the transfer of the child from one womb to another. The child was named Rama, but because of the child's strength he was called Balarama (Strong Rama), Baladeva or Balabhadra.
Balarama spent his childhood as a cowherd boy with his brother Krishna and friends. He killed several demons like Dhenakasura. Balarama's chief weapon is ploughshare (hal). He is also called as 'Haldhari'. He is also considered as the Lord of agriculture. Balarama likes honey very much, and on the festival day a special beverage called Varuni is made from milk and honey.
Please join us in celebrating the special occasion of Balarama Jayanti: The Divine Appearance of Lord Balarama at Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha Mandir, in Sydney, on Tuesday 24th August, 2010. (fast till noon)
The festival starts from 6pm. This is also the last day of Jhulan Yatra.
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