• "Here in this world there are thousands of newspapers and magazines reporting the stale, repetitious happenings of this limited space. So for reporting the news of the unlimited spiritual realm, concerning the eternal, ever-fresh Supreme Personality of Godhead, we could publish a newspaper at every second, what to speak of daily."
    - Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
Bala Gopala's Mrdanga : An insignificant attempt (by an insignificant entity) to render service to this instruction.

27/03/06

Srila Prabhupada's Teaches Us How To Preach

"That is preaching. Our process is anusrnuyat. We hear from the superiors and reproduce it. That is sravanam-kirtanam. Then perfect. If I add something, my own imagination, then it will spoil. No addition, alteration. As It Is. As it is you hear from your spiritual master, reproduce. That's all. Yare dekha tare kaha krsna upadesa. This is Krsna-upadesa is coming by parampara, so you reproduce. That's all. Even a child can reproduce what he has heard from his father. It is not at all difficult."

-- Srila Prabhupada, morning walk, August 29, 1975 Vrindaban, India.

26/03/06

Brahmanas Are Truthful

"So it is not very much advisable to make lies just to sell our books … lies, will not help us to train ourselves in truthfulness. Lie to some, not to others, that is not a very good philosophy. Rather the Brahmanas are always truthful, even to their enemies."

- (SPL December 25, 1972)

25/03/06

Bala Gopala's Daily Darsan

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

Sri Gopala is the original creator, the supreme director, the destroyer of everything, the most powerful, the living force of this material world, the sustainer and controller of the universe.

- Sri Gopala-sahasra-nama - Text 3

23/03/06

Bala Gopala's Daily Darsan

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

Sri Gopala is the sustainer of the universe, full of all opulence, as beautiful as a lotus flower, the primeval Lord, the Lord of the cows, the husband of mother earth, the chastiser of miscreants, the destroyer of the devotee's distress and the possessor of unlimited mouths.

- Sri Gopala-sahasra-nama - Text 2

Update of Gopala's RSS Feed

Categories: Podcasts

This is a message for the technologically afflicted:

Gopala's RSS feed has changed to:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/gopala

as this is the only way to get the podcasts to work.

please update your readers and aggregators and whatnot.

22/03/06

Classic Photo

Categories: Humour, Podcasts

Here's a shot of Kurma Prabhu getting hauled off the streets of Melbourne in the earlier days of the Hare Krishna movement. Classic photo isn't it? 4 cops and one sandal missing. I believe the whole incident worked in our favour in terms of generating publicity and sympathy from the clergy.

This picture goes well with this classic Australian number by Matt Taylor. Enjoy! :) [download]

Gopala's Podcasts Have Begun

Categories: Podcasts

Here's a traditional glorification of Gopala by HH Lokanatha Swami: [ download ] 160kbps - 8.65MB

20/03/06

New Calcutta Guesthouse Near Airport

Categories: Happenings

Dear devotees, please accept our humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada.

PLEASE POST THIS ON YOUR TEMPLE’S NOTICE BOARD

Hare Krishna. We are pleased to inform you that there is now a comfortable, affordable and secure accommodation for devotees to stay overnight just 1 one minute drive away from the Calutta airport located on VIP Road. Now you can avoid the high prices and bad quality of hotels in the vicinity of Calcutta airport as well as the long expensive drive to downtown Calcutta.

ACCOMMODATION FEATURES:

1. Guest-house run by ISKCON devotees
2. Secure gated complex with 24 hr security
3. 24hr filtered water supply from private well
4. 24hr standby generator
5. Hot & cold water supply
6. Walking distance to Haldiram vegetarian restaurant
7. Own kitchen available for devotee cooking
8. Comfortable beds
9. Clean bathrooms and showers
10. Vehicle to and from Mayapur Dham can be arranged (car or bus etc)
11. Per night per person Rs 500/- (Compare to hotels Rs 1200-1500/- or more)

CONTACT & RESERVATION DETAILS:

1. In Mayapur Dham
Reservation available thru Mayapur Travel Seva
Bhadra Balaram Das email: bhadra.balaram.jps@pamho.net
phone: (3472)-245-468

2. Bhakta Amit email: iskcon_amit@yahoo.co.in
phone: 9932823574 (cell)

3. Bhakta Shivaji phone: 9231549376 (cell)

4. Caitanya Dasi & Paradhyeya Das
email: paradhyeya.acbsp@pamho.net
(in USA) phone: 916-568-1401

Note: Bhakta Shivaji will meet scheduled devotees arriving at Calcutta
airport and escort them to the guest-house.

Your servants,
Paradhyeya Das
Caitanya Dasi

19/03/06

Sri Caitanya Candramrita

Here is something transcendentally captivating: [download]

17/03/06

Austerity Of Speech

Categories: Readings, Realizations, Sastra

"The process of speaking in spiritual circles is to say something upheld by the scriptures. One should at once quote from scriptural authority to back up what he is saying."

- Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 17.15 Purport

15/03/06

Tungavidya's Vision

Categories: Readings, Inspirational

13. Lord Gaurasundara’s broad shoulders are like a lion’s, and the charming smile on the corner of His cheeks is the sweetest of all sweet things. He is absorbed in the unfathomable, ecstatic love the gopis felt in separation from Krishna. And thus, His body sometimes under goes very amazing transformations. Srimati Radharani and Lord Madahava have combined together in Lord Gaurasundara’s body, which is as splendid and beautiful as the whorl of a golden lotus flower. May that Lord Gaurasundara protect you.

14. When Lord Gauranga saw an assemblage of new rain clouds, He was reminded of Lord Krsna, and he became just like a madman with love for Him. When Lord Gauranga saw a peacock feather He became greatly agitated, and when he saw a bracelet of conch shells He trembled. Seeing a dark-complexioned boy and surmising that the boy was Krsna, Lord Gauranga was astonished and afraid. In this way Lord Gauranga, who is actually the Supreme Personality of Godhaead, Lord Hari, preached the glories of pure and ecstatic love for Himself. May that Lord Hari, who has assumed a golden form, protect you.

15. The shining full moon of Lord Caitanya was born from the milk ocean of Srimati Sacidevi’s womb; that moon is learned in the sixty-four astonishing transcendental arts, and it appears very splendid dressed in glorious saffron garments the color of the rising sun. That pure and beautiful moon is full of the nectar of pure love of God, and possesses the luster of the sattvika-bhava ecstatic symptoms. It appears like a great ocean of mercy. That moon is the combination of Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the source of innumerable incarnations, and the supremely beautiful Srimati Radharani. May that moon of Lord Caitanya arise within the sky of your hearts.

16. When Lord Caitanya was overwhelmed with intense pure love of God, His hand would tremble as he touched the knotted string about His waist to count His recitations of the Hare Krsna Maha-mantra. In this way he chanted His own holy names which grants auspiciousness to the entire universe. He was so eager to see His form of Lord Jagannatha, that His face became bathed in tears as He hurriedly moved about, coming and going. May that supreme Lord Hari, in the form of Lord Gauranga, a vision of whom delights the eyes, protect you.

17. The moonlight of Lord Caitanyacandra’s luster violently uproots the darkness of ignorance in the hearts of all the living beings in the universe. That moonlight causes the ocean of the nectar ocean of the pure love of God to continuously expand and overflow its shores. Sprinkling the nectar of pure love of God, that moonlight greatly cools this universe which is devastated by the burning threefold miseries of material existence. May that moonlight of Lord Caitanyacandra constantly shine within your hearts.

Sri Sri Nitai-Gauracandra (From Bala Gopala's Altar)

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

The shining full moon of Lord Caitanya was born from the milk ocean of Srimati Sacidevi’s womb; that moon is learned in the sixty-four astonishing transcendental arts, and it appears very splendid dressed in glorious saffron garments the color of the rising sun. That pure and beautiful moon is full of the nectar of pure love of God, and possesses the luster of the sattvika-bhava ecstatic symptoms. It appears like a great ocean of mercy. That moon is the combination of Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the source of innumerable incarnations, and the supremely beautiful Srimati Radharani. May that moon of Lord Caitanya arise within the sky of your hearts.

- Sri Caitanya Candramrita 3.15 by Srila Prabhodananda Sarasvati

The Lotus Footprints of Lord Caitanya

Categories: Readings, Inspirational

From the Sri Rupa Cintamani and Ananda Candrika of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura

1) O Mind!
Always remember the markings
On the right lotus foot
Of Sri Gauranga
At the base of the toe of the right foot
Is a barleycorn,
And below that is an umbrella.
At the connecting place below the toe
and the fore-toe
Is a thin line that goes down.

2-3) Please remember all of these:
Below the fore-toe is a stick,
And below the middle toe is a lotus.
Below that is a mountain,
And below that is a chariot.
To the southern side of the chariot
Is a club,
And to the left side is sakti.
Below the little toe is an elephant goad
And below that is a thunderbolt.

4-5) O Mind!
Please remember these auspicious sixteen markings
Decorating the lotus food of Sri Gaura Hari:
Below the thunderbolt is a sacrificial altar,
And below that are kunda earings,
which swing to and fro.
Below all these imprints are four effulgent swastikas.
In the middle of these swastikas is an octagon,
And at their four corners are four blackberry fruits
Facing the octagon.

6-7) O Mind!
Please remember the left lotus foot of Sri Gauranga
Decorated with the following markings:
At the base of the big toe of the left foot
Is a conch,
And below that is a disc.
Below the middle toe is space,
And below that is an unstrung bow,
And below that is a jeweled bangle.
Below the little toe is a beautiful water-pot.

8-9) Please remember:
Below the water-pot is the hoof of a cow,
And below that is a beautiful flag.
Below the flag is a flower,
And below that is a twig.
Below the cow's hoof is a triangle
And below that are four captivating water pots.

10-11) In the middle of these four water-pots
Is a half-shaped moon,
And below that is a beautiful looking tortoise.
Below that is a fish.
To the right side of the fish
And parallel to the twig and tortoise
Is a beautiful garland.
Thus O Mind! Please remember these
Thirty-two imprints collectively.
Among these, sixteen are decorating the left foot,
And sixteen are beautifying the right foot
Of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu.

Translation by Isvara dasa and Raktak dasa, in Pada-Sevanam: Meditation on the Lotus Feet and Hands of Their Lordships. Touchstone Media, 1999.

Bala Gopala's Daily Darsan

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

Sri Gopala is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of everything, the Supreme Lord, the transcendental Cupid, the ultimate goal of the Kama-bija mantra, a cowherd boy, the maintainer of the universe, and the knower of all Vedic literatures.

- Sri Gopala-sahasra-nama - Text 1

Sri Gauranga-Ashtottara-Shata-Nama-Stotram: 108 Names of Lord Chaitanya

Categories: Sastra, Inspirational

by Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya

1) namaskritya pravaksyami deva-devam jagad-gurum
namnam-ashtotara-shatam caitanyasya mahatmanaha

After offering my respectful obeisances unto the Lord of Lords, Who is the spiritual master of the entire universe, I will now narrate 108 holy names of Lord Chaitanya, the great soul.

2) vishvambharo jita-krodho maya-manusha-vigrahaha
amayi mayinam shreshto vara-desho dvijottamaha

Vishvambhara--He sustains the universe
Jita-krodha--He is victorious over the influence of mundane anger
Maya-manusha-vigraha--He assumes the illusory form of a human
Amayi--He is bereft of fraudulent behavior
Mayinam Shresta--He is the foremost of (transcendental) cheaters
Vara-desha--He appears in the best of lands
Dvijottama--He is the ultimate brahmana

3) jagannatha-priya-sutah pitri-bhakto maha-manaha
lakshmi-kantah shachi-putrah premado bhakta-vatsalah

Jagannatha-priya-suta--He is the dearest son of Jagannatha Mishra
Pitri-bhakta--He is the devotee of His father
Maha-mana--He has great mental power
Lakshmi-kanta--He is the beloved husband of the Goddess of Fortune
Shachi-putra--He is the son of mother Shachi
Premada-He is the bestower of ecstatic loving devotion
Bhakta-vatsala--He is very affectionate to His devotees

4) dvija-priyo dvija-varo vaishnava-prana-nayakaha
dvi-jati-pujakah shantah shrivasa-priya ishvaraha

Dvija-priya--He is dear to the twice-initiated brahmanas
Dvija-vara--He is the best amongst the brahmanas
Vaishnava-prana-nayaka--He is the hero of the devotees' life & soul
Dvi-jati-pujaka--He is the worshiper of the brahmanas
Shanta-He is peaceful and saintly
Shrivasa-priya--He is very dear to Srivasa Pandita
Ishvara--He is the supreme controller

5) tapta-kanchana-gaurangah simha-grivo maha-bhujaha
pita-vasa rakta-pattah sad-bhujo 'tha chatur-bhujaha

Tapta-kanchana-gauranga--His complexion is like molten gold
Simha-griva--His neck is like the lion's
Maha-bhuja--His arms are very muscular
Pita-vasa--He wears yellow cloth (when a householder)
Rakta-patta--He wears red cloth (when a sannyasi)
Sad-bhuja--He exhibits a six-armed form [atha--and furthermore]
Chatur-bhuja--He exhibits a four-armed form

6) dvi-bhujash cha gada-panih chakri padma-dharo 'malaha
pancha-janya-dharah sharngi venu-panih surottamaha

Dvi-bhuja--He exhibits a two armed form [ca--and]
Gada-pani--He holds the mace
Chakri--He holds the discus
Padma-dhara--He holds the lotus
Amala--He is sinless
Pancha-janya-dhara--He holds the Panca-janya conchshell
Sharngi--He holds the bow
Venu-pani--He holds the flute
Surottama--He is the foremost of the demigods

7) kamalaksheshvara prito gopa-liladhara yuva
nila-ratna-dharo rupya-hari kaustubha-bhushanaha

Kamalaksheshvara--He is the Lord of the lotus-eyed Lakshmi
Prita--He is beloved to all living beings
Gopa-liladhara--He is the abode of cowherding pastimes
Yuva--He is supremely youthful
Nila-ratna-dhara--He likes to wear sapphires
Rupya-hari--He likes to wear silver necklaces
Kaustubha-bhushana--He is adorned with the Kaustubha gem

8) shrivatsa-lanchano bhasvan-mani-dhrik kanja-lochanaha
tatanka-nila-shrih rudra-lila-kari guru-priyaha

Shrivatsa-lanchana--He is decorated with the mark of Shrivatsa
Bhasvan-mani-dhrik--His form is embellished with many beautiful jewels
Kanja-lochana--He has lotus petal-shaped eyes
Tatanka-nila-shri--His majesty is enhanced by sapphire earrings
Rudra-lila-kari--He sometimes enacts the pastimes of Lord Shiva
Guru-priya--He is very dear to His spiritual master

9) sva-nama-guna-vakta-cha namopadesha-dayakaha
achandala-priyah shuddhah sarva-prani-hite rataha

Sva-nama-guna-vakta--He is aware of the attributes of His own holy name
Namopadesha-dayaka--He imparts teachings about the holy names
Achandala-priya--He is dear even to the lowest outcastes
Shuddha--His character is totally immaculate
Sarva-prani-hite-rata--He is engaged in the welfare of all living beings

10) vishvarupanujah sandhyavatarah shitalashayaha
nihsima-karuno gupta atma-bhakti-pravartakaha

Vishvarupanuja--He is the younger brother of Vishvarupa
Sandhyavatara--He incarnated during the time of dusk
Shitalashaya--He is desirous of cooling the burning sufferings of living beings
Nihsima-karuna--His compassion is limitless
Gupta--He is very secretive
Atma-bhakti-pravartaka--He preaches devotion unto the true Self

11) mahanando nato nritya-gita-nama-priyah kavihi
arti-priyah shuchih shuddho bhavado bhagavat-priyaha

Mahananda--He is absorbed in the greatest bliss
Nata--He behaves as a dramatic actor
Nritya-gita-nama-priya--He is fond of dancing, singing & chanting the holy names
Kavi--He is a learned scholar and poet
Arti-priya--He is dear to those who are suffering
Shuchi--He is meticulously clean
Shuddha--He is spotlessly pure
Bhavada--He confers ecstatic loving emotions
Bhagavat-priya--He is intimate with the great devotees

12) indradi-sarva-lokesha-vandita-shri-padambujaha
nyasi-chudamanih krishnah sannyasashrama-pavanaha

Indradi-sarva-lokesha-vandita-shri-padambuja--His divine lotus feet are worshiped by Lord Indra and all the rulers of various heavenly planets
Nyasi-chudamani--He is the crest jewel of renunciates
Krishna--He is the all attractive Supreme Personality of Godhead
Sannyasashrama-pavana--He is the purifier of the renounced order

13) chaitanya krishna-chaitanya danda-dhrig nyasta-dandakaha
avadhuta-priyo nityananda-shad-bhuja-darshakaha

Chaitanya--He is the living force of all creation
Krishna-Chaitanya--He is the all-attractive living force
Danda-dhrik--He carries the staff of the renounced order
Nyasta-dandaka--He abandons the staff of the renounced order
Avadhuta-priya--He is dear to the divine madman (Srila Nityananda Prabhu)
Nityananda-sad-bhuja-darshaka--He shows His six-armed form to Nityananda

14) mukunda-siddhi-do dino vasudevamrita-pradaha
gadadhara-prana-natha arti-ha sharana-pradaha

Mukunda-siddhi-da--He gives perfection to His devotee Mukunda
Dina--He behaves with meek and humble mannerisms
Vasudevamrita-prada--He gives nectar to this devotee Vasudeva (the leper)
Gadadhara-prana-natha--He is the Lord of the life of Gadadhara Pandita
Arti-ha--He removes the distress of His devotees
Sharana-prada--He bestows ultimate shelter to His devotees

15) akinchana-priyah prano guna-grahi jitendriyaha
adosha-darshi sumukho madhurah priya-darshanaha

Akinchana-priya--He is dear to those who possess nothing
Prana--He is the life and soul of all creation
Guna-grahi--He accepts only the good qualities of others
Jitendriya--He is victorious over the influence of the material senses
Adosha-darshi--He is blind to the faults of others
Sumukha--He has a pleasant face
Madhura--He is supremely sweet
Priya-darshana--He is very precious to behold

16) pratapa-rudra-samtrata ramananda-priyo guruhu
ananta-guna-sampannah sarva-tirthaika-pavanaha

Pratapa-rudra-samtrata--He delivers Maharaja Pratapa Rudra from obstacles
Ramananda-priya--He is the beloved of Ramananda Raya
Guru--He is the spiritual master of every living being
Ananta-guna-sampannah--He is endowed with limitless good qualities
Sarva-tirthaika-pavana--He is the sole purifier of all places of pilgrimage

17) vaikuntha-natho lokesho bhaktabhimata-rupa-dhrik
narayano maha-yogi jnana-bhakti-pradah prabhuhu

Vaikuntha-natha--He is the Lord of the spiritual world of no anxiety
Lokesha--He is the Lord of all the material planets
Bhaktabhimata-rupa-dhrik--He assumes different forms according to the desires of His devotees
Narayana--He is the supreme shelter for all living beings
Maha-yogi--He is the greatest performer of yoga
Jnana-bhakti-pradah--He imparts intellectual knowledge of devotion
Prabhu--He is the Lord and Master of all

18) piyusha-vachanah prithvi-pavanah satya-vak sahaha
oda-desha-jananandi sandohamrita-rupa-dhrik

Piyusha-vachana--His words emit showers of pure nectar
Prithvi-pavana--He is the savior of the earth
Satya-vak--He speaks truthfully
Saha--He can endure all forms of misery
Oda-desha-jananandi--He delights the people of Orissa
Sandohamrita-rupa-dhrik--He embodies the form of all universal nectar

19) yah pathed pratar utthaya chaitanyasya mahatmanaha
shraddhaya parayopetah stotram sarvagha-nashanam
prema-bhaktir harau tasya jayate natra samshayaha

It is recommended that upon rising in the morning, one faithfully approach and recite this transcendental sin-destroying prayer to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the great soul. One who does will feel the awakening of ecstatic loving devotion unto Lord Hari; of this there is no doubt.

20) asadhya-roga-yukto 'pi muchyate roga-sankatat
sarvaparadha-yukto 'pi so 'paradhat pramucyate

Even if one is afflicted with an incurable disease, one becomes freed from all danger of the ailment. Even if one has committed all types of offenses, one becomes freed from their effects.

21) phalguni-paurnamasyan tu chaitanya-janma-vasare
shraddhaya paraya bhaktya maha-stotram japan purch
yad yat prakurute kamam tat tad evachiral labhet

If one chants this great prayer with faith and transcendental devotion on Lord Chaitanya's appearance day (the full moon day in the month of Phalguna), then one perpetually attains the fulfillment of their each and every pure desire.

22) aputro vaishnavam putram labhate natra-samshayaha
ante chaitanya-devasya smritir bhavati shashvati

If a devotee couple wishes to have a child but are unable, then they will obtain a Vaishnava child without a doubt. And at the time of death, they will attain remembrance of Sri Chaitanya-deva and enter His eternal pastimes.

12/03/06

The Peace Formula

by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The great mistake of modern civilization is to encroach upon other's property as though it were one's own and to thereby create an unnecessary disturbance of the laws of nature. These laws are very strong. No living entity can violate them. Only one who is Krishna conscious can easily overcome the stringency of the laws of nature and thus become happy and peaceful in the world.

As a state is protected by the department of law and order, so the state of the Universe, of which this earth is only an insignificant fragment, is protected by the laws of nature. This material nature is one of the different potencies of God, who is the ultimate proprietor of everything that be. This earth is, therefore, the property of God, but we, the living entities, especially the so-called civilized human beings, are claiming God's property as our own, under both an individual and collective false conception. If you want peace, you have to remove this false conception from your mind and from the world. This false claim of proprietorship by the human race on earth is partly or wholly the cause of all disturbances of peace on earth.
Foolish and so-called civilized men are claiming proprietary rights on the property of God because they have now become godless. You cannot be happy and peaceful in a godless society. In the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna says that He is the factual enjoyer of all activities of the living entities, that He is the Supreme Lord of all universes, and that He is the well-wishing friend of all beings. When people of the world know this as the formula for peace, it is then and there that peace will prevail.

Therefore, if you want peace at all, you will have to change our consciousness into Krishna consciousness, both individually and collectively, by the simple process of chanting the holy name of God. This is a standard and recognized process for achieving peace in the world. We therefore recommend that everyone become Krishna conscious by chanting:

This is practical, simple, and sublime. Four hundred and eighty years ago this formula was introduced in India by Lord Sri Chaitanya, and now it is available in your country. Take to this simple process of chanting as above mentioned, realize your factual position by reading the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, and re-establish your lost relationship with Krishna, God. Peace and prosperity will be the immediate worldwide result.

11/03/06

For the Good of Others

Here is a copy of H.G. Bhurijana Prabhu's poem to Srila Prabhupada.

namah om vishnu-pādāya krishna-prestāya bhū-tale
srimate bhaktivedānta-svāmin iti nāmine
namaste sarasvate deve gaura-vane-pracarine
nirvesesa-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine

For the Good of Others

For the good of others
For their welfare
You struggled
You planned
You spoke
You wrote—
You lived
For the eternal good of others
For their Krishna consciousness
You gave all selflessly

For the service of the Unlimited
You
who are unlimited
pushed
us
who were limited
beyond our capacity
beyond our sincerity

Straining and immature
helping and hurting others
—sometimes terribly—
we sometimes
like a tightened rubber band
released
retracting forcibly back again
to our normalcy

I’m learning
Srila Prabhupada
That only the viewpoint
of eternity
reveals perfection
Your eye
and heart on Braja
saw only eternal good
And Krishna’s indomitable will
And saving fallen jivas

Prabhupada
I read and talk
of Philosophy
of eternality
of Goloka
with intelligence
and lecturing words I speak
But realization—
My soul longs
to ease this duality
longs to see from eternity
from Braja in Krishna’s service

Granted Braja vision
How all would change!
How different austerity would seem!
As would inconvenience
pleasure and pain!
But now
soul and vision trapped
encased
small and dull
like a jewel sparkling within
fleeting time’s mud

Times change
lighting shifts the landscape view
Noontime judges dawn
Yet clearly—
for the good of others
for their welfare
You struggled
You planned
You spoke
You wrote—
You lived
For the eternal good of others
For their Krishna consciousness
You gave all selflessly

To that eternal good
of Braja’s loving service
that you carried—
To that love
inspiring your gift-
and to you who act
only for the good of others
I offer my obeisances forever

Your eternal servant,
Bhūrijana dāsa

08/03/06

Sex Is Bondage

by Govinda dasi ACBSP

One day in Montreal, during afternoon guest hours a young devotee from the temple asked me for an appointment to see Srila Prabhupada. I agreed and told her to come in the late afternoon, as it was his custom to visit with guests and devotees after his afternoon nap.

This girl was an artist, her name was Madhavi Lata and she had come from New York. She was now living at the Montreal temple and I assumed she wanted to discuss her paintings with Srila Prabhupada and ask questions about them, as did Jadurani and the other artists from time to time. However, her intention was different. When she came, she began to explain her problem to Srila Prabhupada, and Srila Prabhupada having difficulty understanding her, called me into the room.

I was working in the kitchen nearby and heard his call: “Govind Dasi!” He always pronounced my name with 4 syllables: Govind Dasi, other than Govinda Dasi. I rushed in and made obeisances and he told me to bring prasadam. Then he motioned for me to sit down and listen to the discussion. Madhavi Lata was explaining to Srila Prabhupada that as a brahmacarini at the temple she was having difficulty being around all the other girls as they were often dressing and sometimes wearing only slips and cholis while putting on their saris. She tried to explain to Srila Prabhupada that this was a great agitation for her and she needed a different living situation.

She was very upset and didn’t know what to do. Srila Prabhupada was having difficulty understanding her problem. Srila Prabhupada was encouraging her to chant Hare Krsna, read his books and do her wonderful art work. He inspired her and preached to her and talked to her about Krsna and the temporary existence in the material world. I sat quietly listening to the conversation nearby and observing that he was giving her the highest instruction that was applicable in every case.

However, there was clearly a lapse in communication. Eventually, the girl graciously respected prasadam and left. Then I sat down in front of Srila Prabhupada’s desk and he asked me: “What is her problem?” I groped for words, trying to find a way to express it and finally said: “Srila Prabhupada, in this country there are some women who are attracted to other women sexually, not to men. So she is having this problem living with the other girls and doesn’t know what to do about it”. Srila Prabhupada’s eyes grew large and round and he said: “Oh”. He saw the whole thing immediately. Then he said in a very surprised tone: “In India there are some such low-class men but not women, never women”. His face was full of surprise. I said: “Yes, Srila Prabhupada, in the West there are such women also”.

Then he leaned back and wagged his head side-to-side, Indian fashion in a very amused and almost amazed look. “Just see, this sex life. Men to men, women to women. Men to women. Sex life is the bondage. It is all bondage. But, he opened his eyes wide: the sex life between man and woman can be sanctified by marriage. That is the difference. Krsna says in the Gita that I am the sex life within marriage. So within marriage it can be used for having nice Krsna conscious children but not like this. This is very low class”.

Srila Prabhupada you clearly cut through the illusion of homosexuality, simply and concisely. Never mind arguments one way or another. You saw it simply as another form of bondage, one that cannot be sanctified by God or purified within the marriage institution of God. Nowadays, Western society has begun to aggressively promote homosexuality but their promotion cannot change the truth. It is simply another form of bondage in the material world, forcing the soul to take birth after birth of endless suffering. Unlike us, Srila Prabhupada you never became swayed by personal likes or dislikes, preferences or passions.

You cut through our illusions with the swift and sure knife of knowledge and irrefutable truth. Then you stitched the wound with your divine love and instruction: chant Hare Krsna and be happy. Thank you. Your opinion, Srila Prabhupada is as valid today and unchanged by time as it was in 1968. All these various modern trends of society you once commented to me, that nothing is new, they are all old, these things have been done again and again and Krsna knows them all. He spoke about them and he deals with each on in the Gita. Thank you, Srila Prabhupada, for being above everything and being able to teach us so that we also can see things from the window of spiritual realization. Thank you, Srila Prabhupada.

03/03/06

Bala Gopala's Daily Darsan

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Gopala's bodily complexion is just like a fully blossomed blue lotus. His face is as pleasant as the moon. His head is decorated with peacock feathers. His chest is adorned with the mark of Srivatsa. He wears a Kaustubha gem around His neck. He is dressed in glittering yellow garments. His form is worshiped by the lotus-like hearts of the gopis. He is surrounded by the cows and cowherd boys. His enchanting flute produces the Kama-bija mantra. He is fully decorated with various divine ornaments.

- Sri Gopala-sahasra-nama - Introduction: Verse 29

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