His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
We have recently received a very encouraging response to our article "Why The Original Books Are Changed?" from Dhira Govinda Prabhu (also known as Dr. David B. Wolf PhD), the founder of Satvatove Institute, author of the book Srila Prabhupada: The Prominent Link. We would like to share it with you here.
"My understanding of the issues involved in relation to Srila Prabhupada’s books is enriched and expanded from reading your article. I appreciate your attention to detail and your dedication to authentically represent Srila Prabhupada and his teachings. Your efforts definitely meaningfully add to the important conversation regarding preserving, continuing and expanding Srila Prabhupada’s legacy. As your article indicates, we might expect that as decades and generations go on, additional editions of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, and Srila Prabhupada’s other books, will be available. Hare Krsna."
by Purujit Dasa
It is a habit of the post-modern times to say that man does not depend on any authority. He is free to create his own viewpoint of the world unique and exceptional. However if we are to sincerely consider our condition, we must conclude that such thinking is nothing but delusional. In order to acquire knowledge, we always depend on superior authority. We cannot even ascertain who is our father without the help of a superior authority -the mother. We were not there when our parents conceived us and therefore we can only put faith in our mother's words. We are in complete ignorance about things that are beyond our perception. Therefore the Vedic injunction is acintyah khalu ye bhava na tams tarkena yojayet (Mahabharata, Bhisma parva 5.22). We should not try to understand things that are beyond our material conception by argument and counter argument. Rather, we should approach a guru. How can we recognize the perfect guru and not get cheated at the same time? In this connection, interestingly enough Srila Prabhupada gives a rather liberal definition of what the word guru means:
RESPONSE TO THE OBJECTIONS REGARDING THE ARTICLE ON ORIGINAL BOOK CHANGES
by Makhancora dasa
The following is an email that I received from our friend, bhakta Greg. He raised few concerns regarding the
"WHY ARE THE ORIGINAL BOOKS CHANGED?"
article. Here is the text sent by bhakta Greg followed by my response:
Hare Krsna Prabhus,
I am writing to you in regard to a paper you recently published entitled "WHY ARE THE "ORIGINAL BOOKS" CHANGED"?
self-gratificatory pursuits are opposed to Krishna consciousness and occupational duties outside of Krishna consciousness are self-gratificatory pursuits
Im not sure if Prabhupada authorised Hayagriva to change that edit and it seems your not sure wheither he authorised that particular edit or not.
Self-gratification is not encompassed in Krishna consciousness as a result of Krishna consciousness bringing one to being self satisfied, only when the ego pretends that the self is Krsna can this "self-gratification" be presented falsely as "Krsna-gratification". "Krsna-gratification" is what Krsna consciousness is about. You've published a paper which in essence said "what's wrong with a bit of self-gratification as long's in Krsna consciousness?" , the main problem with it is that Krsna created the whole material world for you to engage in self-gratification and its better to be honest with yourselves use the material world for its intended use rather than attempting to bring something like self-gratification into Krsna consciousness which has no place in it just as Prabhupada described that the real pleasure of the female or Prakriti is gained not in pleasing itself but from pleasing the male or Purusa. The self does attain gratification in Krsna consciousness but to put it as the primary before Krsna even in a phrase like "self-gratificatory" and call it Krsna consciousness or even compatiable with Krsna consciousness is false.
Chanting Hare Krsna - the Topmost Yoga System in This Age
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on the Maha-mantra:
This transcendental vibration of chanting of Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna , Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare is the sublime method of reviving our Krsna consciousness. As living spiritual souls we are all originally Krsna conscious entities, but due to our association with matter since time immemorial, our consciousness is now polluted by the material atmosphere.
In this polluted concept of life, we are trying to exploit the resources of material nature, but actually we are becoming more and more entangled in her complexities. This illusion is called maya -- our hard struggle for existence for winning over the stringent laws of material nature.
Devotee (7): Is there any difference in (indistinct) when somebody is chanting japa under the tree and someone who is chanting japa in the temple?
Brahmananda: I think sometimes we recommend the devotees to chant their rounds in the temple rather than walk in other places.
Prabhupada: Why one should walk other places? Who has said that you go out, walk other places? Never said.
Devotee (7): It may not really be necessary.
Prabhupada: No. You should chant in the temple. Why should you go to other place?
Devotee (7): So there is no difference someone chanting out of the temple, in the temple.
Prabhupada: Why you should go outside? Who has allowed him to go outside? Unless he has got some important business for the temple, why one should go to outside? There is no need. That is the chance of falling down. Why you should go outside? We are arranging for the temple, for the food. Why? Because everyone should stick to the temple and the principles. Why you should go to outside? That should be stopped. You cannot go outside.
Devotee (7): May we go to the shop to buy something?
Prabhupada: That is another thing. That is for temple's benefit or business. That is another thing. Somebody goes to sell books, somebody goes to make some life members. That is another thing. Otherwise one is not allowed at all. Not whimsically "I am going out." Why you are spoiling your men?
How a Devotee Feels About Others
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
If one is unhappy to see the distress of other living beings and happy to see their happiness, his religious principles are appreciated as imperishable by exalted persons who are considered pious and benevolent.
One generally follows different types of religious principles or performs various occupational duties according to the body given to him by the modes of material nature. In this verse, however, real religious principles are explained. Everyone should be unhappy to see others in distress and happy to see others happy. Atmavat sarva-bhutesu: one should feel the happiness and distress of others as his own. It is on this basis that the Buddhist religious principle of nonviolence -- ahimsah parama-dharmah -- is established. We feel pain when someone disturbs us, and therefore we should not inflict pain upon other living beings. Lord Buddha's mission was to stop unnecessary animal killing, and therefore he preached that the greatest religious principle is nonviolence.
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedant Swami Prabhupada
As one mistakenly considers a flower garland to be a snake or experiences happiness and distress in a dream, so, in the material world, by a lack of careful consideration, we differentiate between happiness and distress, considering one good and the other bad.
The happiness and distress of the material world of duality are both mistaken ideas. In the Caitanya-caritamrta (Antya 4.176) it is said:
"dvaite" bhadrabhadra-jnana, saba -- "manodharma"
"ei bhala, ei manda", -- ei saba "bhrama"
The distinctions between happiness and distress in the material world of duality are simply mental concoctions, for the so-called happiness and distress are actually one and the same. They are like the happiness and distress in dreams. A sleeping man creates his happiness and distress by dreaming, although actually they have no existence.
by His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabuhpada
A person is considered no better than a crow if after receiving some food, he does not divide it among guests, old men and children, but simply eats it himself, or if he eats it without performing the five kinds of sacrifice. After death he is put into the most abominable hell, known as Krmibhojana. In that hell is a lake 100,000 yojanas [800,000 miles] wide and filled with worms. He becomes a worm in that lake and feeds on the other worms there, who also feed on him. Unless he atones for his actions before his death, such a sinful man remains in the hellish lake of Krmibhojana for as many years as there are yojanas in the width of the lake.
As stated in Bhagavad-gita (3.13):
bhunjate te tv agham papa
ya pacanty atma-karanat
by His Diine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Bali Maharaja offered everything to the Lord -- his wealth, his kingdom and even his own body (sarvatma-nivedane balih). The Lord appeared before Bali Maharaja as a brahmana beggar, and Bali Maharaja gave Him everything he had. However, Bali Maharaja did not become poor; by donating all his possessions to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he became a successful devotee and got everything back again with the blessings of the Lord. Similarly, those who give contributions to expand the activities of the Krsna consciousness movement and to accomplish its objectives will never be losers; they will get their wealth back with the blessings of Lord Krsna. On the other side, those who collect contributions on behalf of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness should be very careful not to use even a farthing of the collection for any purpose other than the transcendental loving service of the Lord.