## April 12, 2013

### Manoj, Melbourne, AU : 263. The photo and the art – Melbourne Ratha Yatra 013

I just love this photo I took on my iPhone on this year’s Ratha Yatra (2 months ago). I just love the setting, the colors and the energy. It has everyone – devotees, on-lookers, sanyasi, the Lord, the chariot, the festival name, the earth, the venue – everything!

And the one below is from my all time favourite artist (Muchakunda Das) who did this painting at the festival venue. It’s the one I love of all his collections. I hope he gives it to me someday…

Both the photos were taken on iPhone and layered with Instagram.

Remembering all the devotees and others who made this festival a big hit. Thoroughly enjoyed the day.

### Manoj, Melbourne, AU : 262. Junction Harinaam !

Everyday as I walk to work, I cross a major junction and watch how hundreds of drivers & their passengers watch aimlessly at other cars go by or look up at an advertising billboard while they wait. And I thought what a waste of time and energy for everyone. So, I propose -

What’s the idea, you ask? Well – every morning a group of devotees take a spot near a major junction and do an ecstatic harinaam for 30-60 minutes for all the office-goers and students to watch & relish. It can be done in the evening 5:30pm – 6:30pm also.

Great way to build everyone’s spiritual credits ! What do you think? It could be a world-wide phenomenon across all our centres.

### H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami : Joy of the soul

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 21 March 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, BYS Picnic Talk)

Kirtan, or mantra meditation, is something that you got to do. How can you describe it? It’s like, one can give a lengthy explanation about eating and how it’s done and how it’s experienced and how there are different tastes and different flavours. How there is salty, sweet, hot and what not but ultimately, sooner or later, by the experience itself, one understands!

The sound is not just musical, it’s spiritual. It’s meaningful. It’s joyful. It’s liberating. Here in this world, we pick up so much baggage into our consciousness, due to our activities, which we carry with us. Everything we do, it sticks. It leaves remnants in the consciousness. So many remnants in our consciousness of hard-hearted behaviour, of selfishness and so on. Gradually one becomes hard and dull and cannot penetrate at all. The thicker the layer of sinful remnants is, the more we are blocked from entering the deeper experience. Therefore at the beginning, it’s just a tune.

Once we were sailing with some boats and we were going from the northern islands of Holland towards Denmark and there was very little wind. It was quite a large boat. Sixty people on each boat. There was no wind so we went on engine power and the water was quite calm so I thought, “What are we gonna do?” It was a thirty-hour journey and no wind so I thought, we will just have kirtan. So we had thirty hours of kirtan and then in the end of that we came into a sluice gate. It was a German one, a control tower. There were no people there. And after thirty hours you can imagine, the kirtan was rocking. It was, I mean, it was really, we were somewhere else, you know. So we’re just in the middle of this sluice gate and the mantra was echoing on all the walls. No people around. But suddenly, this voice came out of a loudspeaker, “Got any other tunes?” (laughing) So you know, it’s like that. It’s difficult to penetrate for the outsider. It just seems monotonous. To us, it’s fun and there are different moods and different mellows, different flavours. Sometimes, slow and meditative, sometimes joyful and exuberant and so many ways to express the natural feelings of the soul.

It is said that in this world, the soul is now in a sleeping state, a dormant state and it is the mind that has taken over the functions of the soul - thinking, feeling and willing. That thinking, feeling and willing goes on with the world around us and we’re trying to make something out of it. Like I heard, just as I came, Mr Rhodes who is the person that is being honoured in this place (Rhodes Memorial), was a business man in Cape Town and they put him as a Greek god on a horse here. That’s Mr Rhodes; romanticising reality; colouring it with the mind; thinking, feeling and willing, we add so much colour and so much hope that it’s gonna be wonderful.

Yes, it may be but also, it may not be because it’s matter. Matter is like that. Sometimes great, sometimes not so great. Like the Cape Town weather – changing. But spirit is different. So thinking, feeling and willing are functions of the soul which have been burrowed by the mind and now that thinking, feeling and willing has been awakened in kirtan. There is something joyful about kirtan. A taste is there which we maybe can’t quite grasp, but actually it is the joy of the soul, the depth of the soul, the meditation of the soul that is re-emerging and therefore once one gets that taste, we can go on for hours.

## April 11, 2013

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : Success isn't happiness but when there's happiness there will be success

Success isn’t happiness but when there’s happiness there will be success

### ISKCON Melbourne, AU : 12/04/13: Daily Darsana

Here's today's darsana.

### One ISKCON.com : The Nitya-siddha’s ‘Body’ Can Never Fall Down

By His Grace Gauragopala Dasa: "But the actual constitutional position of every living entity is nitya-siddha, because God is eternal and His part and parcels, the living entities, they are also eternal. By following the rules and regulations and instructions of the spiritual master, he can become again nitya-siddha. So the Krsna consciousness movement is to make the nitya-baddhas AGAIN nitya-siddha, to bring them. It is a difficult task." - Srila Prabhupada (New York, Lecture on Caitanya-caritamrta, July 13, 1976)

### Spiritual Scientist : Human life is meant for cooperating with the whole

Since they are born from different parts of the body of the Supreme

Lord in His gigantic form, all living entities in all parts of the entire

universe are supposed to he eternal servitors of the supreme body. Every

part of our own body, such as the mouth, hands, thighs and legs, is meant

to render service to the whole. That is their constitutional position. In

subhuman life the living entities are not conscious of this

constitutional position, but in the human form of life they are supposed

to know this through the system of the varnas, the social orders.

### Nityananda Chandra Das, Dallas TX : Abortion and enslaving the African Americans

Abortion supporters have the same mentality of those who support slavery. Blacks could be enslaved because they have no soul.
Similarly women have been abused throughout history under the idea that women do not have a soul, or have something like a half soul.
Similarly millions of animals are murdered mercilessly because of this same mentality, that the animals do not have a soul.
So similarly people people of the same mentality see an unborn child as a soulless being, unworthy of rights and protection.
It is just a Nigger/ a human fertilized egg/ beef /a Jew so it can be killed.
śrī-bhagavān uvāca
karmaṇā daiva-netreṇa
jantur dehopapattaye
striyāḥ praviṣṭa udaraṁ
puṁso retaḥ-kaṇāśrayaḥ
Translation:
The Personality of Godhead said: Under the supervision of the Supreme Lord and according to the result of his work, the living entity, the soul, is made to enter into the womb of a woman through the particle of male semen to assume a particular type of body.

### Japa Group : Please Join The Japa Group

Please share your realisations with other devotees from around the world...simply send me an introduction message and I will be happy to make you a member:

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Rasa Rasika dasa

### ISKCON Scarborough, Canada : Special Tamil new year day celebrations on 13th April 2013

Hare Krishna!

All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

We at ISKCON Scarborough will be celebrating the Tamil new Year's day with a special program coming Saturday 13th April 2013.

We invite you, your family and friends to this program that includes a grand free vegetarian feast

With best wishes from,

ISKCON Scarborough
3500 McNicoll Avenue, Unit #3,
Scarborough,Ontario,
Phone: 647-955-0415

iskconscarborough@hotmail.com

website:
http://www.iskconscarborough.com

### David Haslam, UK : Personal/Non Personal use of social media (a thought)

Continuing on my theme of using social media I find my self wondering if as devotee’s we need some basic etiquette in order to avoid offence or misunderstandings; although I’m guessing in this age of Kali that may me more an aspiration rather than a reality.

Anyway’s there is something that has been highlighted to me of recent that when it comes to social media there is expectations of others when it comes to postings from initiated devotees or those in position or representing positions of authority.

That brings me to a subtle point but one I have been pondering if we have a personal space, blog act, then our thoughts postings represent the individual and it is a personal thing if we decide to enter into discussions or debate.

However as is the case if we are running a blog, space on social media sites then we have responsibility not only on content posted but also how we deal with individual’s who post comments or thoughts.
I was shocked and saddened when what appeared to be a feed representing an ISKCON project posted personal responses on the death of a divisive UK prime minister and when asked about Krishna not an unreasonable question given the way the feed presents itself, a torrid rant prevailed.

My thoughts is this if we are feeding under an ISKCON project then personal views should be limited and posting only related to the subject matter or articles related to the subject matter; indeed I see in most cases this is what happens and it is a great service they do, I appreciate the information they provide and gives a wider insight into what devotee communities are doing.

Indeed in many ways I like the personal feeds and the diversity it brings, and if it’s a personal feed we can make our responses to world events, after all this particular prime minister took away my milk as a child and during high school I remember discussing with the teaching staff why we should make the effort to learn given we already knew how to sign our names for the dole money. But I also feel sorry for her suffering especially in later life with dementia and unable to recall the death of her husband, Painful.

But I am reminded that as much as individuals rightfully have expectations when we read from feeds closely associated with ISKCON projects they too also have expectations when reading feeds/articles from those initiated.

Indeed one thing it impresses on my most of all is this; what I write not only reflects on me as a individual but also reflects on my Guru Maharaja which brings for me even greater responsibility.

So I end with this should we indeed pause and think before posting, be true to ourself but remaining mindful that what we say should build each other up and develop stronger devotee communities with Krishna central in everything.

### Dandavats.com : Lord Jagannath Rathayatra Festival 27 April 2013 - Tumut (NSW) Australia

Ranganath das: Everybody gets the opportunity to pull the Lordships which signifies pulling Krishna back into our lives, just as the Gopi's pulled Krishna back to Vrindavana 5000 years ago out of separation from Lord Krishna

### ISKCON Brampton, Canada : Join us for opportunity to get the association of His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami this Sunday

 Join us for a blissful experience at ISKCON Brampton Is this email not displaying correctly?View it in your browser.

 yo mām evam asammūdho jānāti purusottamam sa sarva-vid bhajati māḿ sarva-bhāvena bhārataBhagavad-gita 15.19Whoever knows Me as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, without doubting, is the knower of everything. He therefore engages himself in full devotional service to Me, O son of Bharata.Sunday Feast, April 14th @ 11:00am with His Holiness Bhaktimarga SwamiWe are pleased to invite you to get the association of His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami at ISKCON Brampton.His Holiness joined the HARE KRSNA movement in 1973 and was initiated by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Founder Acharya of ISKCON. He then took sanyasa in 1984.HH Bhaktimarga Swami has dedicated his entire life for the spiritual reawakening of all living entities in Canada & Worldwide. As an offering to his guru, Srila Prabhupada, he has walked across Canada, a distance of 8,500 kms one way, 3 times (1996, 2003, 2007) and has brought   Krsna Consciousness to many people’s life.With a background in fine arts, His Holiness also developed a passion for the performing arts. Even in the course of his duties as a monk, he expands his portfolio and manages to take an active role in theatrical productions from epics of ancient Indian origin. Casting, scripting, and directing morality theatre takes him annually to venues from North America to India and Africa. The program consists of arati, kirtan (devotional chanting), philosophical discussion and prasadam.  Please come, get inspired and inspire others through your desire to share Krsna Consciousness!Program Schedule: 11:00 am - 11:30 am Guru Puja 11:30 am - 12:00 pm Arati & Kirtan 12:00 pm – 12:05 pm Narasingadev Prayers 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm  Vedic Discourse by His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami1:05 pm - 1:20 pm Tulasi Puja 1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Prasadam (Vegetarian feast)Upcoming Events:Rama Navami - Appearance of Lord Rama April 19th  Please mark your calender for this upcoming event. ISKCON Brampton would celebrate this festival with an evening program starting 7:00pm. More details will be sent in the near future.RAMA NAVAMI is dedicated to the memory of LORD SRI RAMA, who is remembered for HIS prosperous and righteous reign. RAMA NAVAMI IS THEREFORE A SPIRITUAL REMINDER OF THE NOBLE IDEALS FOR WHICH LORD RAMACHANDRA STOOD.All glories to Lord RAMA, who is the consort of mother SITA, master of Sri Hanuman and the Lord of the three worlds, who appeared at HIS own will in order to establish righteousness, destroy the wicked and protect HIS devotees.Devotees celebrate this day by fasting till sunset, singing and chanting HIS holy names, pastimes and glories. JAI SRI RAMA!Ramanavami sponsorships:Ramanavami maha feast....251$Florals and garlands..........108$ Altar decorations..............108$Please contact Acharya Thakur Prabhu or Mother Prema Gaurangi for more information. #### Fastings: Fasting for Kamada Ekadashi Fasting from grains & pulses Sunday, Apr 22nd Breakfast Monday, Apr 23rd (6:23 - 10:58) Click here to download ekadashi story #### Chant & Be Happy Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare #### Opportunity to serve There is always an opportunity to serve: Sponsorships: Flower offering$31
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### H.H. Bhakti Caitanya Swami : Lord Brahma’s Nature

15-03-2012 SB 11.24.9-10 Brahma’s Nature , Durban, South Africa.mp3

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : Substance and shadow - a public lecture by a Bhakti yogi in...

- a public lecture by a Bhakti yogi in Melbourne #urbanyoga #bhakti#yoga#streetsofmelbourne#crossways#cheapeats#kirtan#philosophy#wisdom#art#poster#design#hashtahs

### H.H. Sivarama Swami : Whomever we meet, let us gift them with the blessing of the Lord’s prasadam

It’s a transformational experience for all concerned.

### Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA : “Soundings” by Robert Wrigley

The birdhouse made from a gourd is wired
to a flanged loop of steel and screwed to the southeast post
of the shack. Two holes at the top—near where the stem was,
for a thong of leather to hang it by, which long ago broke—
are now the fingerholes of the mournful wind instrument it’s become.
The broad round bowl of it makes a sort of birdly
basso profundo that pearls through the steel, into the post,
the floor joists and walls in two notes: a slightly sharp D
and an equally sharp F, says the guitar tuner,
which explains why all my thinking these days
is in B-flat, a difficult key for all but the clarinet
and this sudden covey of nuthatches, whose collective woe
makes it a minor chord I am in the middle of.
Nothing to do but hoist such silks as the luff
of limbs and needles suggests, and sail on,
the barely-escaped-from-the-cat chipmunk chattering
like a gull, and the mountain’s last drift of snow
resembling the back of a sounding whale. Hear the thrum of the rigging,
Daggoo? Hear its profoundest woo, its sensible gobbledy-goo
and doo-wop, the boo-hoos of the spheres, by vectors and veers,
by tacks and refractal jabberings, taking us deeper into the weirdness
of the ghost sea those prairie hills were the bottom of once,
this nowhere we shall not be returning from.
Draw the lines! Assume the crow’s nest, Pip. This ship
sails on music and wind, and away with birds.

Filed under: Poetry

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : MICRODONS 2013 by rsconnett on Flickr.

MICRODONS 2013 by rsconnett on Flickr.

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : bubbles by Thomas M Morris on Flickr.

bubbles by Thomas M Morris on Flickr.

### H.H. Sivarama Swami : IN DEFENSE OF SRILA PRABHUPADA

By Thomas J. Hopkins, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Franklin and Marshall College, USA (A Response to: ‘His Divine Grace and the Revised Bhagavad-Gita’ by Joseph Vekerdi)

I have read the English translation of Joseph Vekerdi’s essay in Life and Literature entitled ‘His Divine Grace and the Revised Bhagavad-Gita’. I must say that I find it disappointing as a scholarly statement on Prabhupada’s translation, the Gita itself and the Hindu tradition as a whole. I have no doubt that Vekerdi is a competent Indologist in some area of study, but he is clearly outside his field of competence in this essay.

Vekerdi’s critique of Prabhupada’s translation can be divided into two categories: his criticism of how certain verses are translated and his denial that Prabhupada represents ‘traditional Indian Hindu religiousness’. Although Vekerdi’s most serious error is in the latter category, I will begin with his critique of specific translations .He fortunately gives only a few examples, because each represents a complex pattern of misunderstanding.

Dharmaksetre kuruksetre

Vekerdi devotes two full paragraphs to his critique of Prabhupada’s translation of the first two Sanskrit words in the Gita: dharmaksetre kuruksetre, which Prabhupada translates as ‘in the place of pilgrimage at Kuruksetra’. There is no issue with the translation of kuruksetra, literally ‘the field of the Kurus’, but Vekerdi strongly criticises the translation of dharmaksetra as ‘the place of pilgrimage’. As Vekerdi says, it is true that ‘the meaning of the term “dharma” is not “pilgrimage”‘ ,but that is not the point. Prabhupada certainly knows that, as does everyone who has ever studied Sanskrit and quite a few who haven’t. A literal translation of dharmaksetra would thus be ‘the field of dharma’, or ‘the place of law / truth / duty / justice/virtue / morality’ (to use only a few of the possible translations of the multi-faceted term dharma).

Prabhupada could obviously have translated dharmaksetra literally, as most translators do; the preferred English translation by most Hindu translators is ‘the sacred soil’ (cited by Vekerdi) or ‘the holy plain’ (as in Swami Vireswarananda’s translation of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita with Sridhara Swami’s commentary), although Radhakrishnan translates it more literally as ‘the field of righteousness’. Prabhupada’s point is more subtle, however, and seems to have been totally missed by Vekerdi.

Prabhupada explains in his Purport to the Gita 1.1 that dharma-ksetra has the meaning of ‘a place where religious rituals are performed’, and that this is significant because Dhrtarastra- to whom the battle scene is being described by Sanjaya – knows this and fears the outcome of the impending battle in such a holy place that would ‘influence Arjuna and the sons of Pandu favourably, because by nature they were all virtuous’. What Prabhupada does not reveal in his Purport, and no doubt believed that he need not say to anyone who was familiar with the Mahabharata or Hindu culture, is that Kuruksetra had already been praised by the sage Pulastya earlier in the Mahabharata (Critical Edition, 3.81) as a ‘much-lauded’ pilgrimage site to which anyone who goes in a spirit of faith ‘obtains the fruit of a Royal Consecration and Horse Sacrifice’ (3.81.6). Kuruksetra has thus been presented as a sacred pilgrimage site in the Mahabharata narrative in Book Six (6.23-40 in the Critical Edition) long before the appearance of the Gita, and its identity as an already-famous place of pilgrimage is taken for granted by the narrator.[1]

Given this background, and the fact that Kuruksetra was a sacred site known as dharmaksetra as early as the Vedic Brahmanas (Kane, op. cit., p. 680), Prabhupada stands clearly within the tradition when he translates dharmaksetra as ‘the place of pilgrimage’ to identify the sacred ritual centre Kuruksetra as the scene of the coming battle. What is surprising is that an Indologist such as Joseph Vekerdi knows nothing of this tradition, as evidenced by his authoritatively stated claim that ‘there has never been a pilgrimage site at Kuruksetra’. The Mahabharata and Puranas clearly state otherwise, Hindus know otherwise, and it is the Indian Hindu tradition that Prabhupada assumes in his translation.

Gita 4.28

Vekerdi’s second textual criticism, chosen (in his own words) ‘at random’, is the translation of Gita 4.28. Here he quotes only the first half of the Sanskrit sloka, dravyayajnas tapoyajnayogayajnas tathapare, which he translates as ‘Some sacrifice their possessions, others sacrifice by austerities or by practising yoga’ .He then quotes Prabhupada’s translation of the entire verse, which says that ‘having accepted strict vows, some become enlightened by sacrificing their possessions, and others by performing severe austerities, by practising the yoga of eight-fold mysticism, or by studying the Vedas to advance in transcendental knowledge’. This translation, Vekerdi claims, has been ‘made up’ by Prabhupada from the ‘one line’ of Sanskrit that Vekerdi has quoted. It is obvious, however, that Prabhupada’s translation is based on both lines of the Sanskrit sloka, not just the one Vekerdi quotes: the phrase ‘having accepted strict vows’ translates the term samsita-vratah in the second half of the sloka, while the phrase ‘studying the Vedas to advance in transcendental knowledge’ translates svadhyaya-jnana-yajnas, also in the second half of the sloka.

If we look at the whole Sanskrit verse, and not just the half-verse quoted by Vekerdi, we can see clearly that Prabhupada has not ‘made up’ his translation; he has simply translated the full verse as it appears in the Gita and not just the first half that Vekerdi quotes.

The only thing that Prabhupada adds to a strictly literal translation is the phrase ‘of eight-fold mysticism’ to qualify the term yoga in yoga-yajnas and distinguish it from other meanings of yoga in the Gita. As Prabhupada makes clear in his Purport on this verse, he interprets the term in this way so that it may be used in reference to ‘different kinds of mystic yogas like the Patanjali system (for merging into the existence of the Absolute), hatha-yoga or astanga-yoga (for particular perfections)’. A glance at various commentaries on this verse such as those of Sridhara Swami, Sankara or others that are found in Robert N. Minor’s Bhagavad-Gita: An Exegetical Commentary, indicates that the term yoga-yajnas is given different meanings by different commentators. Prabhupada is simply clarifying what he takes to be the meaning with reference to the commentary tradition, not ‘making up’ something that is not there. Vekerdi does not seem to understand that any Hindu translator or commentator works within an established tradition of commentaries, and positions himself in relation to what others have said. Prabhupada is doing no more than that as he makes clear in his Purport.

Jnana

Vekerdi’s next criticism is Prabhupada’s translation of jnana as ‘transcendental knowledge’, claiming that it changes the word ‘knowledge’ (jnana) to something else. However, the English word ‘knowledge’ has many possible meanings, as I suspect the Hungarian equivalent does also, while the Sanskrit term jnana has a very specific meaning: knowledge of the unchanging reality of Brahman or atman. To avoid confusion, Prabhupada thus translates jnana consistently as ‘transcendental knowledge’ to distinguish it from other more mundane kinds of knowledge. Far from being devious, as Vekerdi implies, this is nothing more than using a translation that comes closest to the meaning of jnana in its Hindu context.

Knowledge and cognition

Vekerdi next claims that Prabhupada ‘changes … the epistemological technical term “knowledge and cognition”(jnana-vijnana) to “absolute truth”‘. The term jnana-vijnana appears twice in the Gita, in 3.41 and 6.8, both as compounds: jnana-vijnana-nasanam in 3.41 and jnana-vijnana-trptatmain 6.8. In both cases, Prabhupada translates jnana as ‘knowledge ‘in this compound form and vijnana as ‘self-realisation’ (3.41)or ‘realisation’ (6.8). Again, however, Prabhupada is clearly responding to an issue posed by earlier commentaries. As Robert Minor says, ‘the variety of interpretations of commentators on the distinction between jnana and vijnana is great’, and he then illustrates this by citing the various interpretations of commentators from the classical views of Sankara and Ramanuja to a host of modern scholars.[2]

As one might expect, Prabhupada’s translations of the terms come closest to the meanings given by the Vaisnava devotional scholar Ramanuja, who refers to jnana as ‘knowledge of the nature of the self’ and vijnana as ‘a deeper discrimination of the self (atma-viveka)’. In a situation where there is no certain meaning of the terms established by a consensus of commentaries, Prabhupada is giving his own best interpretation based on the commentator whose authority he most trusts; the explanation of his translation is given openly in his Purports to the two verses so there is no confusion about what he means.

Vekerdi again seems to know nothing about the commentary tradition on the issues involved, but instead considers jnana-vijnana to be a ‘technical term in epistemology’ meaning ‘knowledge and cognition’. This assumption that there is a single meaning of the terms either together or separately, ignores the long debate over the meaning of both terms in Hindu as well as Buddhist philosophy, and it places their assumed meaning entirely outside the context of the Gita in the field of epistemology. If anything is certain, it is that the Gita does not use the term jnana-vijnana as a ‘technical term in epistemology’ since it predates the rise of philosophical schools with a precise technical terminology for concepts in epistemology or any other area of philosophical discourse.

Sarvam idam

Much the same problem appears in Vekerdi’s assumption that sarvam idam in 2.17 represents the ‘important pantheistic concept “universe”‘, which he claims Prabhupada changes to ‘the whole body’ in his translation. This verse is part of Krsna’s teaching about the difference between the dehin (the indestructible ‘embodied one’, later identified with the atman or ‘self’) and the perishable deha or ‘body’ in which it appears in the world. Verse 2.17 explains that ‘that’ (tat) by which ‘all ‘this’ (sarvamidam) is pervaded should be known as ‘imperishable’ (avinasi). Commentators in all ages have struggled with the meanings of and /or references to the terms tat and sarvam idam, as Minor’s survey of commentaries makes clear (op. cit., pp. 41-3).The all-pervading tat clearly refers to the imperishable and indestructible dehin, but commentators disagree about whether tat refers to the neuter Brahman (Sankara’s position)or to the ‘category of individual selves’ (Ramanuja’s position). Similarly, some take sarvam idam to mean “this universe”, while others such as Sridhara Swami and Prabhupada take it to mean the body or bodies which the atman or ‘self’ (the embodied dehin) pervades.

The issue here is not whose view of this verse is right or wrong; if that could be known with certainty, there would not have been a thousand years of debate between commentators. Rather, it is that Prabhupada stands in a long tradition of interpretation that shapes his translation of sarvam idam as ‘the entire body’ in contrast to Sankara’s (and Vekerdi’s) monistic or ‘pantheistic’ interpretation of the term. This is not a ‘distortion’ of the meaning, as Vekerdi claims, but instead a choice of one traditional interpretation over another. This choice, moreover, is entirely consistent with the less ambiguous meaning of the following verse, which says that ‘these bodies’ (ime deha) of the ‘embodied’ (saririnah) are said to ‘come to an end’ (antavanta). Whatever one says about Prabhupada’s translation, he clearly does not stand alone in his reading of its meaning, which is not inconsistent with the Gita’s self-evident meaning in other verses.

Conclusion

This is the sum total of Vekerdi’s textual critique of Prabhupada’s translation. He claims that these are ‘random’ examples; if so, he is remarkably unlucky in his choices. Not a single criticism that he makes stands up to scrutiny and he reveals in the process a lack of knowledge of Hindu religion, the Gita and the commentarial tradition that one would not expect from a trained Indologist.

However, if this speaks for Vekerdi’s textual criticisms, it does even more so for his final paragraph. He claims, for example, that the organisation of the Hare Krishna movement is alien to ‘Indian religiousness’, a statement that reveals a total ignorance of all the devotional movements in India from Sri Vaisnavism and Saiva Siddhanta to Caitanya’s Gaudiya Vaishnavism and the modern Krishna Consciousness movement started by Bhaktivinoda Thakura in Bengalin the nineteenth century. Contrary to what Vekerdi says, it is simply an historical fact that the ‘Hare Krishna’ movement, as he calls it, started in India as a purely Indian outgrowth of the earlier Caitanya movement in Bengal. Prabhupada represented the third generation of that movement in India as the disciple of Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s son Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, and he did not come to America until he was seventy years old after a lifetime of devotional service and translation work in India.

It is true that many of Prabhupada’s own early disciples were American, but quite a few of these have become accomplished Sanskritists or Bengali specialists to a degree that has won them acceptance as equals by Brahmans in India, not only for their scholarship but for their purity of devotion and practice. One can hardly imagine how, as Vekerdi claims, this ‘serves the cultural expansion of America’ in Europe or anywhere else. Moreover, Prabhupada himself was adamantly opposed to drugs and sexual promiscuity, and he enforced this opposition within his movement. Whatever Vekerdi may think of ‘American spirit’ in general (which he seems to believe is some monolithic cultural position), he can certainly not claim that the Krishna Consciousness movement presents a ‘spirit’ that is ‘to the liking of those who propose drugs for the young and organise homosexual clubs instead of nursery schools in the name of “difference”‘. The ‘difference’ the Krishna Consciousness Movement represents is another thing that Vekerdi seemingly does not understand: ‘traditional Indian Hindu religiousness’ that is not ‘destructive’ as he claims but rather a means of purifying the body and mind for service to the Lord.

Originally published in ISKCON Communication Journal, 3.2 Book Reviews: Justice, Courtesy and Love
July/December 1995

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : #art#rock#flower#grass#krsnaart

#art#rock#flower#grass#krsnaart

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : #workinprogress #poster for #urbanyoga #art#cool

#workinprogress #poster for #urbanyoga #art#cool

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : #finished . first glass piece. Painting is on the other side of...

#finished . first glass piece. Painting is on the other side of the glass. thanks to @mikeyxxi For the tips

### Gaura-shakti Kirtan, Toronto, CA : Evening of Bhakti - Saturday, April 27, 2013!

While we have all become accustomed to seeing the typical images that are conjured up when we think of yoga, it can be an heart-opening experience to learn of bhakti-yoga - the yoga of love.

We invite you to come and dive into an evening full of divine chants as you learn more about the ancient teachings of the yoga of the heart. The premise of the "Evening of Bhakti" is to hold a spiritually-soaked event for you. Whether you are completely new to the concept of bhakti-yoga or a seasoned veteran, you can expect an incredible evening of chanting, wisdom, dancing and more, followed by a vegan dinner.

Hosted at beautiful Govinda's Dining Hall in Toronto's historic Hare Krishna Centre (243 Avenue Road), we warmly invite your for an evening that will feed the mind, body and soul!

Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at 7 P.M.! See you there! :-)

### Gouranga TV : 24 hours kirtan mandali !

24 hours kirtan mandali !

### Vaisnava Writers Community : indissoluble

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 11, 2013 is:

: incapable of being dissolved or disintegrated; especially : incapable of being annulled, undone, or broken : permanent

### Spiritual Scientist : 15.07 – Completeness comes not by material amelioration or mechanical reconnection, but by emotional redirection

We all frequently feel that something is missing in our life. In fact, our entire life with its varied pursuits – career, wealth, position, spouse, children – is essentially a quest for completeness.

Sadly however, no matter how much we succeed in these pursuits, the sense of incompleteness never goes away. In the initial euphoria when we succeed, we may feel complete temporarily, but soon the something-missing feeling returns to haunt us.

Gita wisdom explains why the pursuit for completeness through material things is a lost cause. The Bhagavad-gita (15.07) states that we are all eternal parts of Krishna. A part of the body, say, the hand, is best situated when it is connected with the whole body. Similarly, we as souls attain our full value, utility and power – our sense of completeness – when we connect ourselves with the Complete Whole, Krishna.

As long as we don’t connect with Krishna, we remain captivated by the promises of the mind and senses that material improvements will make us complete. But all we get is a draining and unending struggle (manah shastanindriyani prakrti sthani karshati).

We can connect with Krishna through the process of devotional service. Sometimes we may feel incomplete even while practicing devotional service. Why is that? Because linking ourselves with Krishna is not just a matter of mechanical reconnection, as in the case of a severed bodily part; it is a matter of emotional redirection. As we are sentient beings with free will, we need to consciously and constantly choose Krishna instead of worldly substitutes for him.

Each day, each minute, each moment that we choose Krishna, we move closer to him. When he becomes the center of our emotions, the object of our dreams, the Lord of our heart, everlasting completeness becomes ours.

### Manoj, Melbourne, AU : 261. Oh those animals….

These were the notes I was making when I was in a team meeting at work. Completely distracted as you can see…

It’s just crazy the way the world is going on with such large scale killing of animals. Over 60 billion, I read somewhere. Besides our Street Harinam, Kirtan shows, vegetarian restaurants, temple festivals, spiritual studies, yoga retreats, we also need to actively pursue a separate department for animal cruelty prevention at every temple of ours.

We go to save these creatures. And I think the best way to do so would be to combine with other organisations that have worked hard to protect them. They have the experience, contacts and media power. Combined with our spiritual strength and their initiatives, a difference can surely be made.

### ISKCON Toronto, Canada : Upcoming Seminar - Strengthening the Bonds that Free Us

This weekend, the Grihasta Vision Team (GVT) is pleased to announce a seminar entitled, "Strengthening the Bonds that Free Us" and is for members of our community who are considering marriage, who are engaged or married. This seminar is designed to educate on how to maintain and nurture a spiritual relationship within married (grihasta) life. Facilitating the seminar are Krsnanandini devi dasi and Tariq prabhu who bring along years of experience and knowledge. It promises to be interactive, fun and practical!

Seminar Details - April 12th- 14th, 2013
-- Friday, April 12th - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
-- Saturday, April 13th - 9:00am to 7:00pm
-- Sunday, April 14th - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Facilitators: Krsnanandini devi dasi & Tariq prabhu (Certified Family Life Educators from GVT and Dasi-Ziyad Family Institute)

Fee: $20 per person;$30 per couple  If you would like to register, please click here!  If you would like more information, please contact Yogendra das.

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : Gets me from a to z

Gets me from a to z

### ISKCON Melbourne, AU : Daily Class - Gopavrndesa Prabhu

SB 1.17.31Surrender to ones master means to do anything at anytime without selfish desire or expectation.

### H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami : Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Hey Dude

Toronto, Ontario

“Hey Dude, how’s it doin’?” Remarked one of the two fellows seated at their home.  This was not the language of someone I would meet in India nor South Africa nor Mauritius.  It was more like the talk of someone from Canada, and that’s just where I am.

“Great,” I responded.

“Peace and love,” he said as I moved on.

I had slept a good one, catching up on jet lagged doldrums.  I woke up at 1 am to catch the fresh airs of Canada and start moving my legs.  I was on Jarvis street which as you go south on Bloor tend to be a humbler sector of people, and which is a neighbourhood that is slowly, if not moderately being encroached by towering condo culture.  Some of the heritage buildings around here, impressive Victorian homes, will undoubtedly become dwarfed in time by squarish glass giants.  Our old temple, a century old rented house, was in this neighbourhood where I joined to become a monk 40 years ago.  Nostalgic strings were pulling.  They call this area Cabbage Town.  Irish immigrants flooded here after the potato famine or failure and established urban gardens of cabbage patches.  I was walking and chanting.  And I was thinking about something one of my students had told me of what happened at work.  He’s a bank teller.  Someone had come into the bank the other day with rolls of toonies (a toonie is a two dollar Canadian coin).  The client just wanted it in cash.  He walked away happily with his converted bills.  Once the paper rolls were opened up  it was discovered at the end of each roll there were indeed toonies, however, inside the rolls, there were stacks of circular metal washers.  The client was gone and bank tellers were surprised at the trickery.  A little embarrassed I imagine.

Maya, the world’s illusions, are a bit like that.  Whatever you think is being offered as “real” in this world, is actually a deception.  Watch for those deceptions.

7 KM

### H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami : School for the retarded

We are here in Vrndavan on the strength of mercy. We don’t belong here. We are not here on the strength of pious birth. No, that’s not us. We are here in Vrndavan just because of Prabhupada’s mercy.

There are Prabhupada’s gates over the road and I like it very much because it reminds us that when we enter Vrndavan that we are coming in because of Prabhupada’s mercy. He is our entrance to Vrndavan otherwise we have no business here at all and we can only stay here by being faithful to Srila Prabhupada. By being a faithful servant of Srila Prabhupada is the only way we can stay in Vrndavan and stay out of trouble otherwise sooner or later, some offence here, some deviation there and so on will be the result. But if we remain faithful to Srila Prabhupada then with that connection, the mercy is there.

Kali yuga is like school for retarded children with learning problems. That is us! We failed in all the other yuga’s, we failed in all the other schools, now in kali yuga school, we are still not learning our lesson very well. But fortunately Srila Prabhupada is very merciful and with that at the end of the life, there is hope.

There is hope when our case is being judged and when they look at our life and say, “This one didn’t do very well, maybe it would be better if he does it one more time!”

But someone would say, “This is one from Prabhupada’s party. Let him go!”

That is our hope. In this way, we may get free from being trapped in the rotten material body, in this rotten material world, with our rotten stupid material desires which is binds us, and with our stinking false ego.

And somehow or other that is our hope, that we will be saved by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada.

## April 10, 2013

### ISKCON Melbourne, AU : Kadamba Kanana Swami's Vyasa Puja

Dear Devotees,

you are all cordially invited to Maharaja's appearance day celebration.

Please honour us with your presence on Monday 29th April from 10.30am in the Theatre Room.

### Vraja Kishor, JP : Three Kinds of Life

This summarizes what Krishna teaches in Bhagavad-Gita, chapter 18, texts 20 through 39. It is an except from my book (available in May 2013), “An Interview With Krishna.”

# Sattva - Clarity

Clarity sees the unity in all things. Clear people don’t differentiate “desirable” from “undesirable.” Thus their actions are motivated not by desire but by duty. Their intellect is set on clarifying what is their duty and what is not. Their willpower is fixed on not allowing themselves to be deviated from their duty. Although this all seems to disciplined and strict, clear people are the happiest of all because by stilling their external self they come into contact with their blissful inner self.

# Rajas – Passion

Passion sees things as being essentially different. Therefore passionate people find some things “desirable” and others “undesirable.” Based on that, they act with the motive to obtain the desirable and avoid the undesirable; they don’t act out of duty. Their intellect doesn’t care to distinguish what is dutiful from what is not; it is obsessed instead with differentiating the desirable from the undesirable. They apply their willpower to achieve the things they desire. Although this seems like fun, it winds up exhausting and lands them in conflict and misery.

# Tamas - Darkness

Darkness doesn’t really care about anything, so it produces haphazard and aimless actions. The darkened criticize others but do nothing themselves, except procrastinate. Their intellect doesn’t distinguish between anything – everything is the same to them: duty and non-duty, desirable and undesirable. Therefore they have no ambition or willpower for anything other than fantasy and dreams. Happiness never really exists for them, outside of dreams.

### Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA : Finally Made It To Pittsburgh

They dropped my hemoglobin level and it takes weeks to bring it up again so don’t have the energy to keep up in the garden though have been planting, weeding and working some beds. I guess one thing that was a casualty is writing about what I have been doing.

One big thing that happened is that  my fistua matured enough that they let me take the catheter out of my jugular vein.  While I got used to a tube hanging out of my neck, I don’t miss it. One practical benefit is I can take regular showers again. Before I couldn’t let the dressing get wet which turned showers into a complex dance.

They were using 17 gauge needles until my fistula got stronger and wouldn’t let me use the exercise bike because they were afraid they might blow out but today they finally went to 16 gauge so I was allowed back on.

I set the resistance a little lower and went from 70 to 60 RPM as I wasn’t sure how well I would do but it was OK and I just went longer and still covered 4 miles. Which puts me right in Pittsburgh.

When I took my real trip to Florida I would always stop before any city of any size. I always made sure I could easily make it well past the city and its suburbs by evening. I was mostly camping and felt much safer in the country than in any city and its environs.

In a virtual trip it doesn’t matter I still sleep in my own bed at night.

Filed under: Liver Transplant

### ISKCON Melbourne, AU : 11/04/13: Daily Darsana

Here's today's darsana.

### One ISKCON.com : Srila Prabhupada On Demons And Manu-samhita

By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami: Srila Sanatana Gosvami comments, nadhikuryat adhikara na kuryat; yad va strebhyo ’dhikara na dadhyat ity arthau. Nadhikuryat means one should not appoint women; in other words, one should not give authority to women.

### Spiritual Scientist : How the unseen guidance of Krishna wakes us up to real life

The individual souls in the material world engage in different activities

according to their past unfinished desires. After the dissolution of a

particular body, the individual soul forgets everything, but the allmerciful

Lord, who is situated in everyone's heart as the witness, the

Supersoul, awakens him and reminds him of his past desires, and thus he

begins to act accordingly in his next life. This unseen guidance is

described as fate, and a sensible man can understand that this continues

his material bondage in the three modes of nature.

The unconscious sleeping stage of the living entity just after the

partial or total dissolution of the creation is wrongly accepted as the

final stage of life by some less intelligent philosophers. After the

dissolution of the partial material body, a living entity remains

unconscious for only a few months, and after the total dissolution of the

material creation, he remains unconscious for many millions of years. But

when the creation is again revived, he is awakened to his work by the

Lord. The living entity is eternal, and the wakeful state of his

consciousness, manifested by activities, is his natural condition of

life. He cannot stop acting while awake, and thus he acts according to

his diverse desires. When his desires are trained in the transcendental

service of the Lord, his life becomes perfect, and he is promoted to the

spiritual sky to enjoy eternal awakened life.

1966 April 10:
"Sasthi. Today the whole day I remained at Paul's loft and did not go out. Today I am working on Cohen's big Royal Typewriter and it is very good for hard working. Paul is impressed with my mission in America."
1969 April 10: "I eulogize your attempt for improving the Center. Do it very nicely, and when I go there I shall see that you have done so much for Krishna Consciousness."
1970 April 10: "As soon as a center is opened it gives me Vaikuntha bliss. Such news is life-giving ambrosia, so the more you open branches, the more I increase my duration of life. Go on opening nice branches as many as possible."
1972 April 10: "I am very much puzzled by the whole business. You have passed so many resolutions and made so many other changes. Therefore I have not approved of it, and I have suspended the GBC."
1972 April 10: "Now I have given you everything, but I do not see that even the basic principles of advancement are there and instead we become carried away by big big talk. So I am still thinking how things will go on."
1974 April 10: "So many criticisms he alleges you are making. This is not good. Let them work peacefully. This fighting spirit will ruin our great movement."
1975 April 10: "The process of opening a center somewhere is that we go there and hold classes for one week on the teachings of Bhagavad-gita and if the people like, then we'll open a center."
1975 April 10: "I am very glad that you have come forward, one of the leaders of the community. Our ideology is standard. It is not anything new, but it is very old. It is not anything concocted."

### Japa Group : Shows Mercy To All Living Entities

"The word sarva-bhūteṣu is significant because it applies not only to species of life. The devotee can do good not only to humanity but to all living entities as well.
Everyone can benefit spiritually by the chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra. When the transcendental vibration of Hare Kṛṣṇa is sounded, even the trees, animals and insects benefit. Thus when one chants the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra loudly, he actually shows mercy to all living entities.
To spread the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement throughout the world, the devotees should be satisfied in all conditions."

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : The King of Kong - part 1 lol

The King of Kong - part 1 lol:

Check out this video on YouTube:

### David Haslam, UK : Vaishnava Aparadha and social media

It is always of interest watching and reading the various exchanges on the social networks an interesting forum were we can reveal our minds and open our life for all to see; most exchanges are uplifting and sometimes the debate on certain issues that come up in life are diverse.

Over the time their has been opportunity to distribute books, share thoughts and pictures relating to krishna and various devotional inspirational thoughts; and on occasions to answer questions. Some are hard to answer in 140 characters and so at times I e-mail my answer but on this occasion I will write it here in my blog and hope it will enliven and create some debate and thoughts

If we make a comment or criticise a devotee in some way or another are they simply committing Vaishnava Aparadha?

The answer could simply be “YES” for we are warned time and time again against such action we call it the elephant offence the most dangerous as stated in Srila Prabhupada’s purport:

While describing the system of protection for the creeper of devotional service, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has especially stressed protection from offenses unto the lotus feet of Vaisnavas. Such offenses are called vaisnava-aparadha. Aparadha means “offense.” If one commits vaisnava-aparadhas, all of his progress in devotional service will be checked. Even though one is very much advanced in devotional service, if he commits offenses at the feet of a Vaisnava, his advancement is all spoiled…. Therefore one should be very careful about committing offenses at the feet of a Vaisnava. The most grievous type of vaisnava-aparadha is called guru-aparadha, which refers to offenses at the lotus feet of the spiritual master. In the chanting of the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, this guru-aparadha is considered the most grievous offense.

Over the years we see that the internet has become a place were we can build up devotees, individuals and the vaisnava community as a whole; a place to question or to express a view but willing to enter into a discussion (I am reminded of my own blog entries on initiation).

Sadly though there is a darker side, were we use social media and the internet to attack individual devotees, the Vaisnava community, criticising and fault finding; closed and un-open to enter into a discussion of any sort unless it is in total agreement with my view. It is easy to describe this type of individual as someone who is a vaisnava-aparadha and feel just in our conclusion.

I am however reminded that by saying or calling someone a Vaisnava-aparadha we could actually be causing Vaisnava-aparadha ourselves, we have to be very careful.

Do we show compassion?

The person is indeed covered by maya, they are acting under the modes of material nature and so rather than becoming offended we show compassion; respect from a distance but avoid association. Explain our insight on the matter if that is rejected than smile and leave brushing the dust off ourselves.

Is this simplistic?

Do we appreciate that it may be that we are given the opportunity to learn tolerance?

Yes what they are saying could without a shadow of a doubt be offensive indeed taking into account what is described as a Vaisnava-aparadha, but again do we see that this is an opportunity for us to learn tolerance to learn not to react or become angry but to continue in our duty. We have seen many examples were devotees have simply done this and in the end conquered those who were attacking their character.

Again is this simplistic?

Ultimately we can choose whom to associate with, listen too, read, share or like comments made by others; this reflects our own spiritual understanding and progression; words spoken, words written can never be taken back especially on the internet they remain their forever.

As devotees we should endeavour to see the good in everyone no matter how small, we can disagree on points and should be prepared to agree and disagree; to enter into discussion and share for the benefit of ourselves and others.

so should we take offense?

Again this is personal

Personally over the years my thoughts have changed to the point were if I take offense my thought is this reflect more badly on me than the person I am taking offence at.

Again I am reminded that there are individual’s over the years I’ve unfollowed for this one reason, our exchanges are such that it is damaging to one or both of us.

It reminds me that I still have much to learn about compassion and tolerance whilst understanding that at times I to may have caused offense of one kind or another.

So Vaisnava-aparadha is not always quite as simple as it may first appear and we have to be careful that by our making such conclusion we could simply be the one who is causing the elephant offence in our own fledgling spiritual garden,

### Spiritual Scientist : Is the intelligence unaffected by material interactions?

From: Puri Ashishkumar

Unmatched as always will be,is the analogy Lord gives comparing the body to a chariot.Since Lord is the ultimate source of everything,cant the Mind and the Intelligence be considered as two parts of the same subtle object rather considering them as separate entity.Intelligence being a representation of the Paramatma remaining unaffected always whereas the Mind,the remaining part of the same subtle object representing the Atma perpetually affected by the repeated conditionings by the 3 modes.May be like a key considered in 2 parts.One which interacts with the Lock(Material World) is rusted(Mind) and the part outside(Intelligence) is unaffected.Although being inside it is only the part outside the lock which is instrumental in succesfully opening the lock of the material existence.

### Spiritual Scientist : Are women made for the enjoyment of men?

rom: virendra kumar

is women  made for enjoyment.every devotee suggested that keepaway from  women also in movies women treated as enjoying object.actually everywhere women is treate  as enjoying object.please  clear this concept because i think this not right.

### Spiritual Scientist : When bows-arrows are more cumbersome than machine guns why did the advanced technology of the past use primitive weapons?

Our understanding is that humans were much more advanced in other yugas than now. For warfare, the main weapons were a bow and an arrow which are quite primitive compared to bullets, lasers, rockets that travel thousands of miles etc.. Arjuna could discharge the brahmastra and other wondrous weapons, but why did he need a bow for that - a bowstring cannot generate much thrust and is cumbersome compared to an automatic gun

### Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA : Vidvad Rudhi

Vidvad rudhi means conventional meaning of a word or act from the perspective of an enlightened soul. So if you find people fighting over religion that is because they interpret their scripture in a sectarian and narrow way. Such narrow interpretations are from unenlightened people or called ajnana rudhi.

Unenlightened people with sentimental faith most often than not engage in sectarian discrimination. A true lover of God and genuinely enlightened soul does not make such distinction. There are also unenlightened people with sentimental faith who dilute the sacred scriptures and project their own selfish interpretations. To put it differently, you have unenlightened people who are either fanatic about their God or people who dilute the existence of a personal God to make it universally appealing.

Truly enlightened souls, rather,  speak categorically about God, God's will and our duty towards God without dilution or tone of fanaticism. They preach about God in such a way that it is universally applicable to all nationalities, class, and religion and at the same time maintain the integrity of a personal Supreme Being. Such a soul who can speak the essence of all great scriptures is truly enlightened and messenger of God.

"Perhaps you have marked it in my preaching work that I love Lord Jesus Christ as good as Krishna; because He rendered the greatest service to Krishna according to time circumstances and society in which He appeared  Similarly Hajrat Mohammed and Lord Buddha also rendered greatest service to the human society according to circumstances"

- Srila Prabhupada - Letter to Kirtananda April 7 1967

Hare Krishna

### Dandavats.com : Ready to cook for Prasadam Big Time! Out of the this World!! New Bar has been raised!!!

Damodara Vamsidhari Das: His Grace Ratna Bhushan Prabhu gives a Thumbs Up for ISV new Temple KItchen. Watch the video and see the Saint!

### Dandavats.com : Raya Rama Dasa (ACBSP) left his body

Manonatha Dasa: My younger brother, who was initiated by Srila Prabhupada as Raya Rama Dasa, has left the body this morning

### Dandavats.com : After 41 years a desire of Srila Prabhupada is getting fulfilled

By Hari-sauri dasa

You will be glad to know that on April 7th 2013 the BRC and the managing committee (Bhakti Vinod Gosthi) of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's birth place at Dodasa Mandir, Birnagar signed an agreement to allow the BRC to catalogue, scan and preserve all the original works of Bhaktivinoda Thakura. All originals will remain at Dodasa Mandir and copies will be kept at the BRC

### Spiritual Scientist : How do we distinguish the heart and mind?

The following statements from various speakers have invoked an inquiry, kindly answer.

"Singing the bhajans of Narottam Das Thakur causes the mind to reflect on the mood of pure devotion, and the heart to  feel intense separation from Radha and krishna"

H H Mahanidhi Swami

"
Mechanical chanting means we are in our mind, not in our heart.

• ·         When we go to our heart, we get out of our mind.
• ·         When we dwell in our mind (our thoughts of ourselves and our lives) the heart closes."

H G Mahatma Prabhu.

Q 1 My question is how do we distinguish the heart and mind, what is the difference between the two, what are the distinguishing characteristics, functions, symptoms between the two?

Q2 Srila Prabhupada writes "the soul in located in the region of the heart" ( you find ref's for the same BG 15.15, BG18.61 éçvaraù—the Supreme Lord; sarva-bhütänäm—of all living entities; håt-deçe—in the location of the heart;) , my question is where is the location of the Mind , are there any references for the same?( In Bg 7.4 only the the 8 elements that constitute the material energy is explained).

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : angst by uwhojason on Flickr.

angst by uwhojason on Flickr.

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : chalk 2 by uwhojason on Flickr.

chalk 2 by uwhojason on Flickr.

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : mucu108: all pieces done with permission first appearance of...

all pieces done with permission

first appearance of the monkpunk character

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : muchukunda art: Thinking some one thinks they're superior to you

muchukunda art: Thinking some one thinks they're superior to you:

Thoughts on relationships
We often judge a person by projecting our motives onto another.
An Enemy is in the eye of the beholder.
Putting yourself in anothers shoes llpis always a good way to be understanding. Understanding is the opposite to judging, it prevents or smooths conflicts.

How to…

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : muchukunda art: Thoughts on judging people as having a superiority complex. We often...

muchukunda art: Thoughts on judging people as having a superiority complex. We often...:

Thoughts on judging people as having a superiority complex.

We often judge a person by projecting our motives onto another.
An Enemy is in the eye of the beholder.
Putting yourself in anothers shoes is always a good way to be understanding. Understanding is the opposite to judging, it prevents…

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : mucu108: flyingonherownfreewill: #positive#positivity#livelife#...

#positive#positivity#livelife#love#courage

Even knowledge is promoted with woman lol

### Mucukunda das, AU/NZ : mucu108: Pleasure We have no idea what real pleasure is though...

Pleasure

We have no idea what real pleasure is though we are driven purely by a desire for it. It’s like driving somewhere but you don’t know where it is but your sure you know.

I’m listening to a song playing in a shop. Every time we touch I get this feeling” I wish it would last” the song is all about a pleasure that ends and this while enjoying it there is a prominent sense of anxiety about the reality of the temporary nature of the pleasure being experienced.

One might feel such an analytical approach to pleasure is un human or cold but if we look at cultures that aren’t so materialistic or consumerist like the vaisnava culture which is all about self realization through selfless service we see that knowledge about real and temporary pleasure actually makes for a culture of happiness and fulfillment and while they don’t base their lives on gaining pleasure they are happy.

It is a paradox that a vaisnava does not think of his own pleasure or comfort but enjoys with out anxiety in life while a materialistic egoist who constantly runs here and there seeking to gratify his senses for enjoyment actually suffers from subtle anxiety.

“One who is subservient to the tongue and who thus goes here and there, devoted to the genitals and the belly, cannot attain Krsna.”
Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Antya 6.227

2 more songs have played and they echo the exact same yearning: real pleasure beys tee from the limitations of time. “never let me go” is this not an elephant in the room? A huge problem in our thinking that no one is questioning? Are our top forty pop songs not teaching us the exact same philosophy espoused in the ancient yoga texts and religious texts? That matter or material things cannot make one happy!
Proof of these texts are these songs sung by people who are considered to be the topmost enjoyers in the world. We idolize them and when they show up on the media sporting the newest fashion we buy it in a futile attempt to get what they have. What ever that is..

Mick jagger sings ” I can’t get no satisfaction” is this not a direct lesson we can learn from?

What is real unbound pleasure and where does it come from?

An intelligent person does not take part in the sources of misery, which are due to contact with the material senses. O son of Kuntī, such pleasures have a beginning and an end, and so the wise man does not delight in them.

Pleasure with no beginning or end hmm..

BG 6.8: A person is said to be established in self-realization and is called a yogī [ or mystic] when he … by one’s ability to see the self by the pure mind and to relish and rejoice in the self.

Relish and rejoice within the self?? Doesn’t sound very good for business

So lets go inward and not be sucked into the propaganda that material arrangements will make us happy. Bhagavad Gita will smash this illusory optimism and give you an optimism for a real alternative in Pure selfless life of devotional service or Bhakti yoga, the yoga of pure unconditional live for Krsna.

Hare Krsna

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### Dandavats.com : Silver Jubilee Year of ISKCON Durban Ratha Yatra-March, 2013

Lakshman das: ISKCON Durban's Festival of Chariots (Rathayatra) held at North Beach on the vacation of Easter weekend. It was silver jubilee year of ISKCON Durban RathYatra. The festival's motto was "Culturally many - spiritually one"

### H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami : The concluding days in South Africa

Kadamba Kanana Swami spent the first few days following Durban Ratha Yatra in recuperation, taking occasional walks along Durban’s beachfront and also connecting with the local devotees. On Thursday (4 April), he gave the morning Srimad Bhagavatam class, highlighting  how the Bhagavatam is the essence of all Vedic scriptures.

“Srimad Bhagavatam is complete knowledge of the Absolute Truth. It is not that there is anything lacking. All aspects of the truth are there within Srimad Bhagavatam. It is complete!”

On Friday afternoon, Maharaja made his way to Phoenix to pay a visit to one of his most elderly disciples, Indrabhatta Prabhu who will be celebrating his 75th birthday this week. Later that day, Maharaja did a program at the New Jagannatha Puri temple in Phoenix. After a long stretch of rocking kirtan, he lectured briefly on the glories of Krsna.

Krsna comes down to steal the heart! He is Hari. Oh yes, he is a thief. Srila Visnavatha Cakravati Thakur points it out – Krsna is not only stealing butter, it doesn’t stop there, it goes much further. He says that Krsna steals the sight of those who look at him. Krsna makes people blind. He makes people deaf! After hearing about Krsna, what else can we hear, what else can we still be interested in!? The more we hear about Krsna, the more all other interest just dies out. It’s all just bleak, meaningless… What is the point of anything but Krsna?!

Saturday began with another Bhagavatam class at the temple in Durban where he stressed that there is a price to pay to go back to Godhead which is to serve our spiritual master!  In the afternoon, Maharaja travelled to Johannesburg. His first program there was the weekly Sunday midday program at Lenasia temple where he spoke from the Caitanya Caritamrita on the famous verse kali kale nama rupe krsna avatara. He mentioned that it is said that in this age of kali, the Lord will appear in every house. But Caitanya Mahaprabhu only appeared in Navadvip, in the Yoga Pitha, and not in every house! First expanding on the glories of Mayapur Dhama, Maharaja then concluded that the Lord did appear in every house, in his incarnation as the holy names.

“The holy name is the incarnation of Krsna appearing in this age. And that holy name of Krsna appeared and it is said, that when we associate with the holy name, we associate directly with Krsna. Where there is Krsna, there is the Dhama and the spiritual world and thus just by chanting the holy name, we are already in the spiritual world!”

On Monday, a disciple program was organized at the Pretoria temple. After sweet bhajans led by Kesava Bharati Prabhu, Maharaja spoke intimately about his role as a spiritual master as well as his goals and desires for preaching in this country.

This signaled the end of the visit to South Africa and now Maharaja has travelled on to Europe.

Audio recordings

KKS – SB. 12.13.10 – 04 April 2013 in Durban

KKS – Lecture – 05 April 2013 in Phoenix

KKS – SB. 12.13.12 – 06 April 2013 in Durban

KKS – CC. Adi. 17.22 – 07 April 2013 in Lenasia

KKS – Disciple Meeting – 09 April 2013 in Pretoria

Photos

If you cannot view the slide show below, please visit flickr.

### H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami : Monday, April 8th, 2013

Dubai, UAE

At the home of Amar and Priya in Flacq, I felt at home for the last few days. I rarely sit down, relax and view material on the screen that is stimulating. I did however, in the comfort of their home get the great fortune to peruse some of the animations of Krishna’s wondrous pastimes. India, where these animations are produced, is progressive in the graphic and animation department. These animations are excellently rendered and are entertaining and uplifting. I snuck in moments of viewing these DVDs between walking and speaking engagements. You actually grow more and more fond of Krishna as you watch the episodes. So goodbye Mauritius and hello Dubai.

My long wait at Dubai Airport afforded me the time to sink into the latest book by Bhakti Tirtha Swami (now deceased). He’s one of my favourites in the monastic category. In the book “Surrender: The Key To Eternal Life”, I read with interest the chapter on the language of selflessness. I’ll take an excerpt:

“Frequently viewed as the opposite of egocentricity, this sublime quality acquires deeper layers of meaning from a spiritual perspective. Real selflessness, ironically means giving more attention to the self – that is the real self, while at the same time putting aside the false self. As the real self, or soul, is pure, it is always involved in acts of compassion and devotion. The soul is sat cit ananda vigraha, that’s eternal, full of knowledge and enchanting bliss. Selflessness, as a word normally used in the English language, frequently implies negation of self, whereas spiritual selflessness means affirmation of the real self.”

Thank you Bhakti Tirtha Swami!

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### H.H. Bhakti Caitanya Swami : Fundamentals Of Creation

13-03-2012 SB 11.24.7 Fundamentals of Creation, ISKCON Durban, South Africa.mp3

### New Govardhana, Australia : His Grace Suresvara Prabhu giving "Founder Acarya" seminar 13 - 16 April 2013

His Grace Suresvara Prabhu

"Founder Acarya" Seminar

13 - 16 April 7.30 am
14 April Sunday Feast Lecture 3.20 pm
16 April 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm

### New Govardhana, Australia : His Grace Caitanya Candra Prabhu giving Srimad Bhagavatam Class 11-12 April 2013 @ 7.30 am

Chaitanya Candra Prabhu, who is an initiated disciple of His Holiness Srimad Gour Govinda Swami and who hails from Odisha (previously Orissa) at the famous Gadai Giri Temple will visit northern New South Wales from 10 April to 14 April 2013.
He was the Temple President of ISKCON Bhubaneswar from 1988 to 1996. Currently he is Temple President of Gadai Giri Temple [www.radhagopaljiutempel.com] which is now an ISKCON temple a position he began in 1993. He is an official ISKCON initiating Guru.
Chaitanya Candra prabhu was born in a brahmana family he began performing fire sacrifices from the age of nine.
He travelled extensively with His Holiness Gour Govinda Swami [1990 – 1996] as his servant when His Holiness Gour Govinda Swami travelled overseas.
He will give the Srimad Bhagavatam class at New Govardhana farm on the Thursday 11 April and Friday 12  April 2013 at 7.30 am
Also there will be evening programmes at the residence of Nimäi Pandit däsa and Manju Medha devi dasi

For times and dates please call: 6672 2358 or 0413 034 891

### Gouranga TV : 24-Hours Kirtan mandali -Amala harinama prabhu

24-Hours Kirtan mandali -Amala harinama prabhu

### Vaisnava Writers Community : kiln

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 10, 2013 is:

kiln • \KILN\  • noun
: an oven, furnace, or heated enclosure used for processing a substance by burning, firing, or drying

### H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami : Glorious devotees

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 March 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.6)

When the disciples of Prabhupada saw him lying on his bed, in his final days, they said ‘Oh, how can such a terrible condition happen now? How can this happen?’

Prabhupada said, ‘Don’t think it will not happen to you, it will.’ This is the situation. So the pure devotees also go through the emulsion of the material energy. The pure devotees are also embodied. The pure devotees are also facing all the hardship - heat and cold, hunger and thirst, health, disease and old age - they face it all! But they are not taking it serious because they know, ‘That’s just the body, it’s happening to the body.’ So this understanding of I’m not the body means really that whatever happens is not serious. I‘m not the body and therefore the whole material world which is related to the body, is not important!

Okay material, put a big cross and just write it off but we can say, ‘We can use it. Something that we can use for the service of Krsna.’ And those things we will take. For the rest of the material world – cross, write it off, finished.

So the pure devotees, they dedicate their lives. And as I said, we may not recognise them at first but then they emerge very clearly for all to see. These extraordinary persons - one who gives his life, who begins faithfully, carries on faithfully and then still goes on faithfully, and then just at the end is still going – that person becomes glorious!

### ISKCON Melbourne, AU : Daily Class - Svarupa Sakti Mataji

Class given on Tuesday 9th April 2013.
SB 1.17.29 - In the age of Kali there are so many pretenders dressed and posed like administrators.

### ISKCON Melbourne, AU : Daily Class - HH Devamrita Swami

SB 1.17.30 - The personality of Kali was saved by the will of Providence.