• "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.

08/09/06

Wise Counsel

Categories: Realizations

?If we maintain our life simply, while remaining subordinate to the Supreme Lord, then by His mercy everything will be easily revealed to us. Persons who are pierced by the arrows of lust will naturally endeavor for material properity. Let them make the material world prosperous, and we will utilize that prosperity. Let them discuss subjects like economics, and let them accumulate wealth, and we, by Krsna?s mercy, will use the wealth for the satisfaction of the Supreme Lord.

But in the course of maintaining this material body, if there is any advancement of our material situation, there is no harm. We are completely indifferent to the advancement and deterioration of our material situation, but we are naturally busy for the advancement of living entities spiritual lives. We are even ready to throw the happiness of our life in the water in order to always benefit our brothers. The primary engagement of Vaisnavas is to deliver their fallen brothers from the well of material existences.

The more the Vaisnava family expands, the more the atheist family diminishes. This is the natural law of the universe. Let the love and devotion of all living entities flow towards the unlimited Supreme Lord. Let Vaisnava principles, which are the source of happiness, gradually spread from one end of the universe to the other. Let the hearts of those who are averse to the Lord melt with love of God. By the mercy of the Lord, the association of devotees, and the influence of devotional service, let the third-grade people become first-grade people and take shelter of pure ecstatic love. Let the exalted madhyama-adhikaris give up their doubts and cultivation of knowledge and establish themselves in the science of love. Let the whole universe echo with the sound of the congregational chanting of the holy names of Hari."

- Sri Krishna Samhita
by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

23/05/06

Dadāti Guhyam

Categories: Realizations, Happenings

Haribol.

Over here you can read about Vidyapati Prabhu's quest to barter his airfare for a trip to Sri Mayapur Dham.


Sri Panca-tattva

He was inspired by an individual in Canada who is doing something similar in hopes of securing a house. This guy started with one red paper clip and has already traded various items up to a year's rent in a house in Pheonix, Arizona. ! (yes - Google it - i'm too lazy to find the link but i think its oneredpaperclip.com or something.)

So as a grhastha (householder) devotee its part of my social function to give in charity to the renunciate asrams. I'm pretty choosey about how and when I do this but these guys are the real deal and making the most of their training opportunities. What I did was swap an old modified Yamaha electric bass guitar for a pair of well-worn priceless sankirtana shoes from a very sweet, inspirational and sincere devotee and friend of mine named Bala Gopala Prabhu. His reaction upon hearing that his old shoes had been put up for barter:


Bala Gopala Prabhu - And His Divinely Purifying Shoes

So as of now this bass guitar is in the care of Vidyapati Prabhu, and in an attempt to save on postage, I will send it on to whomever will barter something that will help progress Vidyapati Prabhu's quest for the dust from Sri Mayapur Dham. (A worthy cause for sure.)

So here's the specs on this bad boy: (Click on pics to see a bigger size image.)



Be quick! My son is developing an interest. :)

As you can see from the first picture, I've taken all of the frets off the neck and filled the ridges in so that it is, in-effect, a fretless bass. The inspiration to do this came from when, before I took any serious interest in Krishna Consciousness, I was listening to a Terrence Trent D'arby album where the fretless was prominent and was lulled by its subtleties. Although I'm way out of practice, I used it to record a sloppy (non-subtle) demo so that you can get an idea of the unique sound of this type of bass:

Fretless bass demo: [download] (less than 1MB)

The sliding woody sound is what makes it distinct from a typical electric bass. As for now this instrument just sits around in storage and since it might actually be put to some good use by a devotee I thought it was time to let it journey on to better destinations. For some reason I got inspired to sand off the YAMAHA logo then although retrospectively I should have left it on because it resembles tilakas:

If anyone is interested then you need contact Vidyapati Prabhu or leave a comment here that I'll forward on to him.

And now that I have your attention, its time to do a bit of preaching ....
(cut and paste, Prabhus - speculators gotta type it all out! :) )

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.5.32

naiṣāḿ matis tāvad urukramāńghriḿ
spṛśaty anarthāpagamo yad-arthaḥ
mahīyasāḿ pāda-rajo-'bhiṣekaḿ
niṣkiñcanānāḿ na vṛṇīta yāvat

TRANSLATION

Unless they smear upon their bodies the dust of the lotus feet of a Vaiṣṇava completely freed from material contamination, persons very much inclined toward materialistic life cannot be attached to the lotus feet of the Lord, who is glorified for His uncommon activities. Only by becoming Kṛṣṇa conscious and taking shelter at the lotus feet of the Lord in this way can one be freed from material contamination.
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"One cannot obtain kṛṣṇa-bhakti, or the devotional service of the Lord, by official execution of the Vedic rituals. One has to approach a pure devotee. Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura sings, chāḍiyā vaiṣṇava-sevā nistāra pāyeche kebā: "Who has been elevated without rendering service to a pure Vaiṣṇava?" It is the statement of Prahlāda Mahārāja that unless one is able to accept the dust from the lotus feet of a pure Vaiṣṇava there is no possibility of achieving the platform of devotional service. That is the secret."

- Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 8.17 Purport
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"The person who has not at any time received upon his head the dust from the feet of a pure devotee of the Lord is certainly a dead body."

- Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 2.31 Purport
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"The dust of the feet of a devotee, the water that has washed the feet of a devotee, and the remnants of food left by a devotee are three very powerful substances. By rendering service to these three, one attains the supreme goal of ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa. In all the revealed scriptures this is loudly declared again and again. Therefore, my dear devotees, please hear from me, for I insist again and again: please keep faith in these three and render service to them without hesitation. From these three one achieves the highest goal of life — ecstatic love of Kṛṣṇa. This is the greatest mercy of Lord Kṛṣṇa. The evidence is Kālidāsa himself.

- Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Antya 16.60-63
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The Nectar of Instruction 4

dadāti pratigṛhṇāti
guhyam ākhyāti pṛcchati
bhuńkte bhojayate caiva
ṣaḍ-vidhaḿ prīti-lakṣaṇam

TRANSLATION

Offering gifts in charity, accepting charitable gifts, revealing one's mind in confidence, inquiring confidentially, accepting prasāda and offering prasāda are the six symptoms of love shared by one devotee and another.

17/05/06

Cooperation With Those Who Are God Conscious Brings Results

Scheverman: Well I would be very interested, as the man who lives across the street right over here, pastor of St. Mark's parish, in talking with your local leadership and discussing whatever programs you are interested in working in this particular community. And I think perhaps...

Prabhupāda: No community—everyone is welcome.

Scheverman: Well, there are ways in which we might work together and cooperate.

Prabhupāda: Just like a school. A school is open for everyone. Whoever wants to take up education, he can come.

Scheverman: I can understand that very well, because I have been a teacher for many years, and also the principal of the school, and can understand your educational concepts and the importance of them. You cannot operate a school without discipline, without training. People cannot use their brains useless they are in order.

Prabhupāda: No, there must be proper training.

Kern: God consciousness..., would you explain something of the religious experience of God consciousness?

Prabhupāda: No, God consciousness is the highest level. It is not possible for everyone. But in whatever platform he is, if there is cooperation with God consciousness movement, then he gets the result. Just like in this body.... Same example: leg's duty is different and brain duty is different, hand's duty is different, belly's duty different, but when there is cooperation, all the parts of the body derive the same benefit.

Scheverman: Yes, I see. So if one has the experience of God in a cooperative, well, good and sound social body, then all will profit from that experience.

Prabhupāda: Yes.

- Conversation: June 15, 1976, Detroit

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

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

07/02/06

"Invigorated" By Servitorship

(thanks Nanda Suno Prabhu)

"Unless one is invigorated by this mentality of servitorship one cannot understand the mellows derived from devotional service to the Supreme Lord, Kṛṣṇa."

- Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 6 Summary

22/01/06

Realization Means Writing

"Every one of you. What is your realization? You write your realization – what you have realized about Krishna. That is required. It is not passive. Always you should be active. Whenever you find time, write. Never mind – two lines, four lines, but you write your realizations. Sravanam, kirtanam.

Writing or offering prayers, glories – this is one of the functions of a Vaisnava. You are hearing, but you have to write also. Then, writing means smaranam – remembering what you have heard from your spiritual master."

- Srila Prabhupada Los Angeles 1970

01/10/05

The Relationship Between Varnasrama-dharma and Bhakti-yoga

Categories: Realizations, Essays

Satisfaction of Vishnu is the ultimate goal of life. If we also accept this to be the inherent natural proclivity of every living entity we could, with broader vision, acknowledge that there could be many ways to achieve this aim depending on time, place and circumstance. In the first six chapters of Bhagavad-Gita there are several paths delineated, however bhakti-yoga, or the direct path of pure devotion, is declared to be the topmost means of pleasing the transcendent Lord. A nice analogy to illustrate this point is the story of a world traveler who is planning his journey while looking at a globe of the Earth planet. If, for instance, he desired to travel from Calcutta to Delhi he could choose to travel in many different directions. He could map out a route from Calcutta eastward that traversed the globe, crossed many oceans and deserts, and finally arrived in Delhi after several months of circumambulating the planet. A more direct route would be to simply catch the Rajdhani Express from Howrah station and arrive in Delhi the next day. Besides devotional service, another system of satisfying Vishnu discussed in Bhagavad-Gita is that of varnasrama-dharma. While this is not as direct as bhakti-yoga the two paths are interrelated in at least a few different ways that will be discussed herein.

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