Thursday, January 19, 2017

A devotee is a brahmana

Compiled by Yasodanandan dasa

"Those who give education in exchange of money, they are not brahmanas. Just like we are lecturing, educated, educating people. We don't say that 'Give us salary.' We simply ask them, 'Please come.' Therefore, we are making food. I'll give you food. I'll give you good seat. Please come and hear. We are not asking money, that 'First of all pay the fees. Then you come and learn Bhagavad-gita.' We never say so. So those, these so-called teachers, they first of all set up salary, 'What salary you'll give me?' That is dog's business. That is not brahmana's business. Brahmana will never ask. Brahmana is eager to give lesson only. That's all. Brahmana is eager to see that people are educated. 'Take free education and be educated. Be a human being.' This is brahmana's business. I came here not to ask for any money. But I want to give lesson. This is brahmana's business."
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Paris, June 11, 1974)

"Another meaning of suci is brahmana, purified. A brahmana… According to nature's division, there are four classes of men: the brahmana, the ksatriyas, the vaisyas, and the sudra. Brahmana means the intellectual class of men who knows hygienic rules, keeps himself always purified and engaged in studying Vedic literatures for understanding this world, God, himself, the interrelation. They are called brahmana. And the ksatriya means those who live their life under the instruction of the brahmana but they are engaged in administration of the state, they are called ksatriyas. Then vaisyas, still less intelligent class. The brahmana is the first intelligent class of men, the ksatriyas, the next intelligent class of men, and the vaisyas, or the mercantile class of men interested in money by trade, commerce, agriculture, industry, they are called vaisyas. So next, the last class is called sudra. Sudra means workers. They haven't got much intelligence, neither they can work as administrator or traders but they work and get some salary. They are called sudras. So suci means the first-class intellectual class of men. So anyone who is always chanting the holy name of God and keeps himself purified, he is suci. Suci means the first-class purified intelligent class of men. So, they are called brahmanas in Sanskrit. So it is not that the brahmanas are to be found in India only. Any intelligent class of men, anyone who takes to Krishna consciousness, he is brahmana.
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Melbourne, April 6, 1972)

"Formerly even fifty year or sixty years ago in India a brahmana would not accept anyone's service. Because whatever he has knowledge, he would sit down anywhere, underneath a tree or in the corridor of somebody, and he will invite the village small children, and they will go, and he will teach little grammar, little mathematics, gradually. And the children will bring from their father and mother. Somebody will bring rice. Somebody will bring dal. Somebody will bring something. So, he had no necessity of making any contract, that 'You give me so many dollars. Then I shall teach you.' No. Free. Free education. In this way India was free education. So pathana-pathana yajana-yajana.

Then next business is brahmana should be a devotee, worshiping Deity, either Vishnu or sometimes other demigod. So yajana-yajna. He will personally do it, and he will teach others how to worship. Pathana-pathana yajana. And his livelihood – by voluntary contribution; whatever people will give, that's all right. People used to give brahmana. So pathana-pathana yajana-yajana dana-pratigraha. A brahmana would receive… People were very honest, that 'This man is teaching our children. He does not charge. This man is teaching me how to worship, how to become well behaved.' So they have no scarcity, enough. So he would simply use as much as he required; balance he will give in charity. Not that keep in stock for tomorrow. No. That is not brahmana's business. Whatever is come today, I use it for my necessities of life, and balance, I give to the poor or somebody else, somebody else, somebody…, or make some festival. So pathana-pathana yajana-yajana dana-pratigraha. So we require some income for our maintenance. So this was the brahmana's business. There is no question of doing some business or making some profession or going to the office or going to the factory. This is not brahmana's business."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Chicago, July 6, 1975)

"Brahmana should not accept any service. Formerly Sanatana Gosvami, because he accepted the service of Nawab Hussein Shah, he was rejected from the brahmana society. In the Bhagavata also it is stated if a brahmana is in difficulty, he may accept the profession of a ksatriya or a vaisya, but never of a sudra. Sudra has been described there as dog. A dog, without having a master, he cannot live very nicely. Street dog is very wretched, but a dog under the care of a good master is very healthy and very happy. Similarly a sudra cannot live without having a master. That has been described as the dog's business. So similarly, a brahmana will never accept any service. He'll starve, but he'll never accept any service. That is against brahmana principles. Therefore sat-karma-nipu… He can accept charity if somebody gives willfully. Dana pratigraha. But pratigraha dana. He'll take, pratigraha, accept charity, but whatever he requires, he'll spend, and the balance he'll immediately distribute. Dana. In Bengal, it is said, lakteke baundiki… Why? A brahmana gets one lakh of rupees; next day, he's again beggar. Why? He'll not keep anything. Whatever he requires for the day's expenditure, he will take it and balance he will again distribute."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Calcutta, January 28, 1973)

"You have seen the picture of Vyasadeva. He's writing books just near a cottage only. But he's writing. Nobody can create such literature. But he was leading very simple life, in a cottage. Even, say, 2,000 years ago or little more, there was Chanakya Pandita. Chanakya Pandita, he was a brahmana, but great politician. His politics are studied even now in M.A. class. And because he was a great politician, diplomat, under his name in our India, in New Delhi, the capital, there is a neighborhood which is called Chanakya Puri, and all the foreign embassies are there. Your American embassy is also there. So he was a great politician. But still, he was living in a cottage. He was not accepting any salary because he was brahmana. Brahmana cannot accept any salary. Just like you have accepted me as your acarya, but you do not pay me any salary. This is forbidden. The teacher will not accept salary. Then he comes down to the sudra platform. The sudra accepts salary. 'I serve you, you pay me.' And the brahmana will distribute knowledge freely, and the ksatriya will give protection to the brahmana. This is the system of Vedic system. Even in fifty years ago, education in India, there was no charges. A learned brahmana will sit down in corner of a neighborhood and all the children will come there. They will learn primary education. And the parents of the children will send, somebody will send rice, somebody will send dal… Just like we are maintaining, by collecting."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles, June 22, 1972)

"So this Chanakya Pandita was a great politician and brahmana. And as brahmana, he was vastly learned. He has got some moral instruction; they're very valuable, still going on. In India schoolchildren are taught. So this Chanakya Pandita, although he was prime minister, he maintained his brahminical spirit. He was not accepting any salary, yes, because for brahmanas to accept salary, it is understood that he becomes a dog. That is stated in theSrimad-Bhagavata. He can advise, but he cannot accept. So, he was living in a cottage, but he was prime minister.

So, this brahminical culture, the brahminical brain, is the standard of Vedic civilization. Just like Manu-smrti. Manu-smrti… You do not know; you cannot trace out the history, when Manu-smrti was written. But Manu-smrti is considered so perfect that it is the Hindu law. The Hindus are governed by Manu-smrti. There was no need of passing daily a new law by the legislative to adjust this social order. You see? The law given by Manu was so perfect that it can be applicable for all the time. This is perfect.Tri-kala-jnah. The word is there, tri-kala-jnah: past, present, future."
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Moscow,June 22, 1971)

"If you simply come here, you understand everything. We don't charge anything. But how we can charge? We are servant of Krishna. Krishna says, You speak, so we are speaking. That's all. Why should we charge? But if somebody, out of sympathy, gives us something, we don't refuse. But we have no cost. We are working ourself as far as possible and maintaining ourself, but anyone who comes, we don't charge anything. So there is no cost. There is no official cost."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Honolulu, March 23, 1969)

"Actually, all our devotees are supposed to be brahmanas. A brahmana's business is to preach the glories of the Lord, to learn the essence of Vedic knowledge – Krishna Consciousness – and to teach others of the same knowledge. And for living condition, whatever they get in the form of contribution from others, they can barely to keep the body and soul together, and the balance spend for Krishna."
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, April 18, 1970)

"According to the system of varnasrama-dharma, the pious and learned brahmanas were the natural guardians of society. The brahmanas, by their learned labor of love, would instruct the administrator-kings how to rule the country in complete righteousness, and thus the process would go on as a perfect welfare state. The kings or the ksatriya administrators would always consult the council of learned brahmanas. They were never autocratic monarchs. The scriptures like Manu-samhita and other authorized books of the great sages were guiding principles for ruling the subjects, and there was no need for less intelligent persons to manufacture a code of law in the name of democracy. The less intelligent mass of people have very little knowledge of their own welfare, as a child has very little knowledge of its future well-being. The experienced father guides the innocent child towards the path of progress, and the childlike mass of people need similar guidance. The standard welfare codes are already there in the Manu-samhita and other Vedic literatures. The learned brahmanas would advise the king in terms of those standard books of knowledge and with reference to the particular situation of time and place. Such brahmanas were not paid servants of the king, and therefore they had the strength to dictate to the king on the principles of scriptures. This system continued even up to the time of Maharaja Chandragupta, and the brahmana Chanakya was his unpaid prime minister."
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.7.9, Purport)

"The human life is only meant for tattva-jijnasa, to understand the Absolute Truth. That requires brahminical culture, not the dull brain of sudras and candalas. They cannot understand. Therefore, there must be an institution to educate a brahmana, to educate ksatriya. That is required. Catur-varnam maya srstam. If you don't do it, if you simply produce sudras, bolt-nut manufacturers, technicians, then how you can be happy, sudras? This is the business of the sudras. This is not business of brahmana. You keep sudras, but there must be brahmanas also. Just like leg is also required, the brain is also required. You cut the leg, simply keep the brain, that is also defective; and if you cut off the brain, then everything is finished. This is going on. There is no brahmana, there is no ksatriya, there is no vaisya – only sudras. So how you can be happy?

Therefore, it is very essential to understand this verse. Catur-varnam, train a class of men. Everyone required. There is intelligent class of men, but their brain is being misused, and intelligent man is being taught technology, how to manufacture machine. This is sudra's business. This is sudra's business. Misuse. Brain misuse. There must be university where brain is properly utilized. Here is a child or here is a boy, he has good intelligence. Train him as brahmana. Less than that, train him as ksatriya, train him as vaisya. Everything is there in the Bhagavad-gita. There is no difficulty. So if you actually want happiness, prosperity of the society, not only of this society, that – whole human society – they must accept this Krishna consciousness movement, and then they will be happy."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Bombay, April 2, 1974)

"Tell them that 'We are not going to take any salary. You simply take our advice and govern.' The modern legislative assembly, they should be composed of first-class brahmanas – no salary. Then the government will be first class. All of them are after money; therefore, they are trying to capture the power. They have no idea, no desire for the well-being of the citizens."
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, Mauritius, October 25, 1975)

Srila Prabhupada: Legislative assembly, the senators, they must be all first-class brahmanas. Otherwise he cannot be elected. This is should be introduced. Unless one is following the brahminical principles, he cannot be elected. He must give up these four principles of sinful life. He should not accept any salary. Very much learned scholar in Vedic literature. Then he will be elected.
Devotee: That will happen one day.
Srila Prabhupada: Yes. That will guide the whole nation. The rascals, anyway, the naked and prostitute-hunter, what they can do? These third-class, fourth-class, tenth-class men are being elected. There is no happiness. There is no solution of problems. All tenth-class men. I directly challenged one gentleman that 'You are all tenth-class men.'"
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, Bhuvanesvara, January 21, 1977)

"The spiritual master, the teacher, he did not accept any payment in pound shilling pence. That was not accepted because mostly brahmanas, they used to become the teachers. So, they were not accepting any salary. The brahmanas are forbidden to accept any service. So, the education was free. So, every student, education was free. And village to village education was… So, in former days, even fifty years before I have seen in villages, there was some small school, and all the villages boys, they were coming and taking education. So education was very much widespread because education was free in this way. So, students were meant to go for begging alms for the teachers. These are some of the regulative principles."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, New York, August 12, 1966)

"To become teacher is the business of the brahmana. Brahmana means they have got six kinds of… Everyone must have livelihood. This material world is that you must work; otherwise you cannot get your livelihood. That is the law, whatever you may be. So the brahmanas' means of livelihood, six things: pathana pathana yajana yajana dana pratigraha. Pathana means he must be a very learned scholar, study the Vedic literature, and must teach others also. That is brahmana's business. And in that way, whatever the disciples bring, that is his income. No salary, no contract, that 'If you pay me hundred dollars or five hundred dollars weekly, then I can teach you.' No. There is no such contract. Teaching is free. It is the business of a brahmana to give free education to everyone. Now, it is the… Just like in our institution, I am your teacher, but there is no such contract that you have to pay me. But you pay me more than anything. So pathana pathana, that is the means of livelihood of brahmana."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles, May 27, 1972)

"So, a brahmana should be truthful in any circumstances. He will never speak lie. Truthful, satya. Sama. Sama means keeping the mind always in equilibrium. And dama, dama means keeping the senses under control. Sama dama titiksa. Titiksa means toleration. There may be so many tribulations, but a brahmana is supposed to be very, very tolerant. Toleration. The first-class example of toleration in the Western country: Lord Jesus Christ. He was being crucified; still, he did not take any steps. If he wanted, he could take steps, but he was tolerating. So, this is the sign of brahminical symptom.Titiksa arjava. Arjava means simplicity. A brahmana is not supposed to be crooked and duplicity. No. Simple. It is said even the enemy wants to know something from him, he will clearly say, 'It is this.' That is called simplicity. Then jnanam. Jnanam means knowledge, full knowledge. And vijnanam means scientific knowledge, practical application in life. That is called vijnanam. Astikyam. Astikyam means to have full faith in Vedic literature. That is called astikyam. These are the signs of brahmana.

So, those who are going to be initiated with this sacred thread, they must always remember to follow all these rules and regulations. We should always remember that this Krishna consciousness movement is meant for purifying the human society. Unless the human society is purified, there will be so many problems and disturbances in the human society.

At least a certain percentage of the human society must be brahmana; otherwise the society cannot make any progress in spiritual life. And if we cannot make progress in spiritual life, then our human life is frustrated. After 8,400,000 species of life, evolution, one gets this human form of life. And if he does not properly utilize it, then he is committing suicide."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Melbourne, April 6, 1972)

"This philosophy, Krishna consciousness, according to the Bhagavad-gita and Bhagavata, we don't accept brahmana by birth. We accept brahmana by quality. Catur-varnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah (Bg. 4.13). Quality and work."
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, San Diego, June 29, 1972)

Devotee: Prabhupada, generally in colleges in the West, they charge some fee for going to the college. What is our position?
Srila Prabhupada: No, we don't charge any fee. There is no question of money. Because the brahmanas, they'll teach free. They require money because they have to give fat salary to these rascals. But we haven't got to. And even we have to feed them, we produce our own grain. So where is the question of taking money? So therefore, it is required, somebody must produce food. Then there is no necessity of money."
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, Vrndavana, March 14, 1974)

"Parantapa means one who gives trouble to the enemies. This is the material world. A ksatriya cannot behave like a brahmana, to excuse. Brahmana business is to excuse. Ksama-rupa-tapasvinah. Those who are tapasvi, they can excuse, but those who are in the governmental power, to make justice there is no question of excuse. Life for life. 'You have killed one man; you must be killed.' This is justice. A brahmana, he may excuse, 'All right, you have killed my man. Never mind. I excuse you.' That is a brahmana's business. But a ksatriya, the government, the ruling power, he cannot do so. It is his mercy. It is the government's mercy when a murderer is hanged. That is the injunction in the Manu-samhita."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Johannesburg, October 17, 1975)

"There is a pandita, learned man. His name is Chanakya. If you, some of you, had been in India, in New Delhi, where foreign ambassadors are settled, in New Delhi, capital of India, there is a quarter which is called Chanakya Puri. Chanakya Puri. This Chanakya Puri has been named due to the name of this gentleman, Chanakya. He was a great politician and prime minister during the reign of Emperor Candragupta. Long, long years before. He was a great politician. So, his politics are studied in higher, M.A. class, and so he has got some, he has got a book which is called Canakya Sloka and some principles of morality, some principles of morality. So, we, in our childhood, we had to study that small book,Chanakya Sloka. So, in that principles of morality even Chanakya Pandita says that sannimitte varam tyaga vinase niyate sati. Vinase niyate sati: 'Oh, this body, this body is destined to be destroyed. You cannot protect it. It is to be destroyed. 'Sannimitte varam tyage vinase. Vinase means it is sure to be destroyed. 'As sure as death.' There is nothing sure as death. Therefore, this body should be utilized, sannimitte, for purpose of spiritual realization. Before it is finished… In all the sastras, this is the advice. This is the advice. The dog's body will be finished, and the man's body will be finished, but what is the difference of dog and man? The dog does not know how to utilize his body, but we are given instruction in so many books of knowledge, how to utilize this body.

So Chanakya Pandita says that sannimitte varam tyaga. You have to give up this body. Why don't you give it up for the highest cause? Highest cause. This is the highest cause, spiritual realization. Somebody's offering his body for country's cause. Somebody's offering body for the society's cause. Or somebody's offering body for theft case or some murdering case. We have, everyone has to offer his body at the end. But the man who sacrifices this body for the purpose of self-realization, he's the most intelligent man. Sannimitte varam tyaga vinase niyate sati. You'll have to meet death, undoubtedly, but before meeting death… (break)… as fully spiritualized. This is the instruction given. Buddhau saranam anviccha krpanah: 'Don't be miser. Don't misuse this great opportunity.'"
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, New York, April 5, 1966)

"So, if you work the same thing, sva-karmana, never mind you are doing the sudra's business or brahmana's business – it doesn't matter – whether you are acting for Krishna? That is wanted. If you are acting for Krishna, then you are not becoming entangled by the resultant action, pious or impious. It is above. Pious and impious, they are consideration of this material platform. In the spiritual platform there is no such thing. Absolute. Whatever you are doing, it is all-good, all-spiritual. That is called absolute. In the absolute, there is no such distinction, 'This is pious, this is impious.' Everything is spiritual.

So, we have to act like that. If you act spiritually for satisfying Krishna, varnasrama-vibhagasah… Svanusthitasya dharmasya samsiddhir hari-tosanam (SB 1.2.13). If you can satisfy Krishna by your activities – it doesn't matter whether it is sudra activity or brahmana activity – but the aim is whether you are satisfying Krishna. Then it is akarma. Just like in this institution, somebody is washing the dishes and somebody is taking care of dressing Deity. It does not mean that one who is taking care of dressing the Deity, he is higher than the man who is washing the dishes. No. They are not karma. By washing dishes he is executing devotional service, and by dressing the Deity he is also executing. Real point is devotional service. That is called akarma."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Bombay, April 7, 1974)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Schism in Krishna Consciousness and ISKCON # 1

The Greater Krishna Consciousness Movement, Part 2


The Circular Firing Squad

Schism, Factions and Sectarianism

Initiation in Vaishnavism means, among other things, that one agrees to follow the direction of their spiritual master for the rest of their life. It is by this submission to a pure personality that sincere initiates are delivered from the burden of the past karma of many lifetimes, both sinful and otherwise. 

[PADA: Good, so Jesus takes the sins in the Christian religion, who takes the sins in the Krishna religion? No one seems to know? The GBC's gurus or their followers sometime say their gurus are sick or fallen down "due to taking sins," that means they do not have any understanding of who is qualified to take sins and who is not. The author of this article does not explain his idea of how the process works either? 

If someone in the Christian religion started saying "the conditioned soul priests are absorbing the sins and not Jesus," that would create a huge schism right out of the gate. The Gaudiya Matha / GBC / Torben Neilsen / Rocana and others are saying exactly that, that their conditioned soul "voted in messiahs" can be diksha gurus and absorb sins like Jesus, ... nope! That means they think someone like Jesus is an ordinary man, gurusuh narah matih narakah sah --- hellish idea. 

The GBC / Rocana / Toben Nielsen / Gaudiya Matha folks also say that when their conditioned soul Jesus' fall down, we need "better enforcement" to correct them for deviations. OK, so the guy in Bellvue hospital who thinks he is Jesus can continue to be promoted as another Jesus, we just need "better rules" to enforce his crazy and malefic behavior? In any case, we really cannot manage a religion where no one knows who the diksha guru is? We keep asking these people, who will give diksha?, they never reply with a specific name, because they have no one to do that. All they say is, their Bellvue messiahs "need to be managed better." Oh swell!]

Genuine deliverance is, however, dependent on the guru being genuine and the disciple being sincere. Initiated people are commonly called disciples and receive a spiritual Sanskrit name when they take their initiation vows. Uninitiated devotees are called bhakta John or bhaktin Mary, etc.

Around 1980, the initial abuses of the Zonal Acaryas caused some devotees to leave the ISKCON corporate institution to seek guidance from other disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada, Srila Prabhupada's guru. The Indian temples of these older devotees constitute the remnants of the Gaudiya Matha, the institution Srila Bhaktisiddhanta founded in the first half of the 20th century. These elder devotees, or their disciples, then initiated new people that had come from the ISKCON institution and even "reinitiated" some of Srila Prabhupada's disciples. Others leaving GBC authority heeded Srila Prabhupada's instructions to avoid his "Godbrothers." Some of them even started alternative versions of ISKCON.

[PADA: After 1978 devotees were not independently leaving ISKCON to associate with Srila Prabhupada's God brothers, rather the GBC was forcing and ordering people to accept Srila Prabhupada's God brothers as theirs and ISKCON's "shiksha gurus." Sridhara Maharaja for example was being advertised by the GBC as the "go to" person to consult. 

Anyone who doubted Sridhara Maharaja's "advice" was booted out of ISKCON. Sudheer Krishna maharaja and others were deputed by the GBC and folks like Ramesvara to consult with Sridhara Maharaja, and that is how SM became a prominent person in the entire ISKCON society. 

So the GBC itself acted as the Pied Piper leading people over to the Gaudiya Matha. And so, the GBC and their 11 gurus started this mass exodus off to the Gaudiya Matha themselves, and they are the ones who gradually introduced Sridhara Maharaja, Narayana Maharaja, BP Puri, Fakir Mohan, various Babajis etc. as the "spiritual authorities" for ISKCON and its devotees. 

To imply this happened independent of GBC authority is false. The leaders started this mass exodus and in fact they are the ring leaders of this mass exodus. And I was told not to object to Sridhara Maharaja being the "shiksha guru advisor" to the GBC in 1978. You either had to accept Sridhara Maharaja as "the senior most vaishnava on the planet," or face being exiled from ISKCON.] 

"So I have now issued orders that all my disciples should avoid all of my Godbrothers. They should not have any dealings with them nor even correspondence, nor should they give them any of my books or should they purchase any of their books, neither should you visit any of their temples. Please avoid them." (Letter to Visvakarma, November 9, 1975)

[PADA: OK this letter was not even allowed to be seen because the GBC suppressed ALL of these letters. The letters were not available until Sulochana liberated them around 1985. And even then, it took quite a long time to circulate them, and of course Sulochana was killed for liberating these letters.]  

The largest of these alternatives arose in the late 80's and are the groups under the Ritvik umbrella, groups which largely disavow the possibility that anyone can become guru after Srila Prabhupada. 

[PADA: Notice what he is saying here, there is a pure devotee "possibly"? This is called mental speculation. If you can produce who this pure devotee is, why not just tell us who it is? The ritvik umbrella has also NOT been the bigger alternate umbrella, most people were going off to for example Narayana Maharaja in the late 1980s. 

NM was basically nominated by the GBC to be their "ghost writer" and he helped them put together their documents like the 1984 "Guru Reform Notebook," and NM is cited in the 1990 ISKCON Journal etc. More people went off to these Gaudiya Matha "advisors" than to the ritvik idea. Anyway great, "possibly" there is a pure devotee somewhere, and possibly I will win the lottery, and possibly I will become the number one singer on the top 10 radio show, this is all speculation (gambling).] 

They actually claim that Srila Prabhupada is still offering initiation himself, something their opponents say is counter to Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition and scripture. A rittvik, in this use of the word, is the priest who conducts the apparent initiation ceremony for new devotees on behalf of Srila Prabhupada. This group's popularity continues largely because of the ongoing scandals among those who have claimed to be guru after Srila Prabhupada.

[PADA: Well duh, as long as the gurus you folks promote keep falling, or supporting the others who are falling, then the idea of worship of the pure devotee remains the top alternate. Who else is giving the pure divyam jnanam which destroys sins (diksha) if it is not Srila Prabhupada?]

Not confined to the ISKCON institution, other more charismatic disciples of Srila Prabhupada have also set themselves up as apparent gurus in their own little institutions "outside" of that group. Some of these have also had scandals. These more organized groups of outside devotees all claim to offer some kind of alternative initiation to the GBC's arrangement.

Beyond these groups promoting their own apparent initiation processes, there are also thousands of outside devotees who don't follow any of their leadership structures. Some of them also live in non-affiliated or semi-affiliated devotee communities or have small institutions.

[PADA: Right, most people opt to stay clear of the whole post-1977 process because they see that the GBC gurus are falling, and various Gaudiya Matha gurus supported these falling gurus, so they reject the whole lot.]

Needless to say, this is more than fertile ground for sectarianism and the accompanying condemnations and name calling. Most groups claim they are the only true followers of Srila Prabhupada, and that the others are misleading or even demons. When you consider how many critics of the GBC were exploited by abusive leaders or even had children victimized by pedophiles in that institution's schools, the vitriol can sometimes shatter glass. There is something particularly galling for one who innocently followed a supposedly absolute spiritual authority and had these things happen to them - and there is no shortage of such devotees.

[PADA: Right, many GBC defenders were totally shocked and upset that their molester program was being shut down by a lawsuit. As some ex-kulis have told PADA, these PADA critics are angry -- because it was a lot of work for them to set up their program of having sexual predators as the society's acharyas, which then enabled the molesting webs, nests and infrastructure. So their many years of hard work was being chopping up. 

Most of the innocent devotees agreed with PADA, the molesting process had to be prosecuted, or else it would have continued. It had to be stopped, or at least significantly slowed down -- as happened. As a number of ex-kulis said, no one else would have EVER done ANYTHING of substance to shut this down. 

There are some other schisms, for example the molester messiah club lovers such as Sanat / Mukunda (UK) / Janardan (some New Vrndavana ex-kulis recently wanted to know who this guy was) / Prahlad (UK) / Dayalu Nitai's HKC Jaipur / Pancali etc. who said that the molesting project had to continue to "save the corporate name of the religion." 

Same corporatism idea as the leaders of Monsanto, Dupont and similar others, we need to keep our corporate name free of scandal, never mind if innocent people have problems with our products. China recently busted 50 companies that were selling rotten products with counterfeit labels from good companies, that were making people sick and some died. Yep, people can even die, and all the leaders and supporters of the phony companies worry about is (making a buck?) and saving "the good name of the (false) corporation." 

Machiavelli said the same thing, the "good name" of King or the Church must be upheld at all costs, and if that means eliminating some critics, even killing critics, so be it. Srila Prabhupada said essentially the same things about the Gaudiya Matha, they worshiped the bricks and stones and not the citizens. Of course Sulochan just summed them all up nicely "they are putting children into a wood chipper." Another ex-kuli even recently made a video about how these corporate thinking people "are more concerned with buildings than people." And he would know! 

The author hits the nail on the head here, the real problem is that all of these criminal deviations were being orchestrated by persons posing as absolute spiritual authorities. And that made this a dangerous cult program that was hard to contest, because opposing false messiahs cannot be done without facing dangerous and dire consequences. 

That means our protesting their molesting infrastructure was very dangerous, which is why for example the Prahlad and Dayalu Nitai's HKC Jaipur folks said they are going to send my photo to their best pals, the GBC's goondas, -- so they could get me killed, because these molester lovers club folks wanted all along to have us people who oppose their worship of molesting acharyas to be -- killed. And that is how these thinkers got Sulochana and others killed, and they are proud of their handiworks.

And this is itself creating A GIANT SCHISM, because some deviants will always support the molester messiah's program and its odious off-shoots, while some people will want to defend the children of the society, and they will have to protest, that is natural. So this will always create a conflict, as soon as some folks defend molesters -- even as the messiahs of the religion, there will always be opponents as well. That is to be expected?

Yep, tossing children into a wood chipper, Sulochana had these folks pegged, which is why these same thinkers had him killed. The good news is that the karmi police / FBI / media and courts helped us contain these people at least to some extent, and by some miracle, at least we were able to survive. At least the normal karmi citizens knew which particular slice of the various schisms was right on this issue. None of these particular schisms would have happened in the first place if people had joined us in 1980 when we said there is a child mistreatment problem, and worship of sexual predators as acharyas problem, and it needs to be rectified, or it will bite the society later on.

Another ex-Kuli tells PADA just a few days ago, all of the people who opposed PADA all along are the REAL reason the bogus gurus are still in charge of ISKCON. Our critics would rather see the molester messiahs project in charge than any of us "Prabhupada fanatics." All of this happened in part because people like Sridhara Maharaja, Narayana Maharaja and others supported the bogus guru's regime and they checked us from protesting. In other words, many of the schisms worked conjointly for the purpose of suppressing the worship of Srila Prabhupada, either direct or indirect.] 

This is further exacerbated by how the GBC has, throughout all its questionable dispensations and reforms, always assumed an absolute position as Srila Prabhupada's supposed mouthpiece. They never really admit to mistakes, despite the often devastating consequences of their decisions or this policy.

[PADA: Right, Narayana Maharaja was helping the GBC write up their guru reform idea, but these people forgot, the guru does not need reform. So there are a lot of schisms, bottom line. And this is all material, as we shall discuss in future editions of this topic. ys pd]

Bhaja Hari Update (Correction)

Haribol devotees

So just spoke with HG Saksi Gopal prabhu
The news on dandavats is inaccurate. HG Bhajahari prabhu is still with us. He is moving into a single room today, his heart and lungs are still not good though so we will have to let nature take its course and see what Sri Krsna sanctions.

Sorry for my earlier posting.
Sorry for causing u distress I pray n beg for your forgiveness After a major heart attack on New Years Eve, Bhaja Hari prabhu has not returned to external consciousness. He is now being moved from the ward to a single room today (Monday) and all assisted breathing /ventilator equipment will be removed. His heart and lungs continue to work OK without any assistance. As his wife Ramya says, the move will allow nature to take its course. This means, in all probability, he'll leave within a few days or so.
Whatever happens, as a staunch servant of Srila Prabhupada for so many years, he is certainly under the protection of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Sri Sri Radha Krsna.
I hope this helps to clarify the stituation and finds you in good health.
Hare Krsna
and best wishes,
ys Sakshi Gopal das

Monday, January 16, 2017

Vrndavana Parikrama (videos)



India's "Dalits" getting Ram Tattoos

[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. 


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.

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

[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

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: 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!!!!!!!.


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
“The letters of the holy name have so much spiritual potency that they act even when uttered improperly.

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
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]


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.