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Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa
Thank you very much for posting this and for continuing to bounteously offer us such nectar it’s much appreciated.
» Posted By Andrew On November 18, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa,
I have the 2 volume paperback of the ISKCON “KRSNA book”,which I’ve since found out has been edited.Will the original book be available as a PDF file to download?
» Posted By Andrew On November 4, 2012 @ 3:47 pm
Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa,
Thank you for this post.Could you give me any advice on blocking out the outside world during Meditation i’ts something that I have a problem doing?
This is the first E-mail I’ve had from from you for a while and they are much appreciated so it’s great to hear from you again.
» Posted By Andrew On June 17, 2012 @ 2:47 pm
Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa!
Thank you for your explanation.
I thought I’d ask the question as this topic seemed to me that the donating of blood and organs can also relate to the idea of donating too and feeding the poor,where you think you are doing the right and good thing by donating in whatever form but in reality you are in fact prolonging that persons pain and suffering by not helping them in working through their Karma but just delaying it.
It’s an interesting topic and I thank you again for explaining it to me.
» Posted By Andrew On January 29, 2012 @ 7:27 pm
Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa!
When I first came upon this I have to admit I was deeply troubled and saw not doing welfare work such as giving to the poor as a selfish act.
But the more I read and re-read the more I came to the realisation that it’s the exact opposite, by it being a responsible and ultimately caring act,because the giving of a worldly aid is just like papering over a crack, everything looks great on the surface but underneath the problem is still there and will continue to be there.
As Srila Prabhupada says in the Purport to Bg 11.55:
“A devotee situated in Kṛṣṇa consciousness knows that only devotional service to Kṛṣṇa can relieve a person from all the problems of life. He has personal experience of this, and therefore he wants to introduce this system, Kṛṣṇa consciousness, into human society.”
And as Srila Prabhupada says in the purport to Bg 5.14:
“The living entity, as will be explained in the Seventh Chapter, is one in nature with the Supreme Lord, distinguished from matter, which is another nature-called inferior-of the Lord. Somehow, the superior nature, the living entity, has been in contact with material nature since time immemorial. The temporary body or material dwelling place which he obtains is the cause of varieties of activities and their resultant reactions. Living in such a conditional atmosphere, one suffers the results of the activities of the body by identifying himself (in ignorance) with the body. It is ignorance acquired from time immemorial that is the cause of bodily suffering and distress. As soon as the living entity becomes aloof from the activities of the body, he becomes free from the reactions as well. As long as he is in the city of body, he appears to be the master of it, but actually he is neither its proprietor nor controller of its actions and reactions. He is simply in the midst of the material ocean, struggling for existence. The waves of the ocean are tossing him, and he has no control over them. His best solution is to get out of the water by transcendental Kṛṣṇa consciousness. That alone will save him from all turmoil.”
I hope this question isn’t getting off-topic,but what is the view on giving blood at a blood bank or donating a organ such as a kidney to a family member or close friend?
Thank you for the continuing newsletters.
» Posted By Andrew On January 28, 2012 @ 7:02 pm
who cares what george bush thinks?guess what he and the religious right crumbled this country all on the basis of rediculous religious superstition.youll admit he dosent like gay marriage but you fail to mention he sure liked bloodshed.and everyone knows the priest are all corrupt.no suprise there.i would have to say and ive been around iskon for years 14 to be exact that half the devottes i have meet are gay or in the closet.the smart thing to do would be to allow people to have life partners,iskon is allready too divided with ritvik this and anti gay that.the purpose of religion is to love god and one another.if hare krishnas cant love one another and stop fighting over this and that.it is safe to say the movement will not go on…nor should it!!!!you wonder why the whole stait edge thing turned on you guys no ones a servant evefryone wants to tell thier neighbor what to do and believe.like children fighting its a very poor example
» Posted By andrew On June 29, 2009 @ 10:47 am
if the movement works,then there is no cause to suggest that any householders gay or strait are attracted to sex.maybee by yuor points the movement and religion really dont work,and it is all a waste of time.i dont believe that because a devotee is married that they need sex.just a thought
» Posted By andrew On June 29, 2009 @ 10:34 am
Where does one begin the first step?
How does one make that first step?
What does one do?
What books are recommended after reading the Bhagavad Gita- as it is?
We chant Hare Krishna,
now we want to do and learn more
» Posted By andrew On March 28, 2009 @ 8:48 am
In my attempts, I have not at least by logical deduction, been able to proove that that there is a non-physical soul resident or attached to our physical body.
It is argued that it is just as likley that the soul as we percieve it emerges strictly from the brain, and the physical brain alone (Atheist perspecdtive).
The Christian perspective teaches that our soul is spiritual, and develops after creation of the physical body, and departs the body at death, and from my above readings in this blog the Krishna perspective teachest the soul is eternal and resides temporaily in physical body to body. In both religious perspective, the soul is immaterial (non-physical) and housed or attached – and operative with our physical body.
The Atheist perspective teaches that the soul is strictly physical, manifested or emergent from the brain, which ceases to exist at death. Hence our consciousness is manifest by a complex compilation of neural firings and brain chemistry.
Neither theist or atheist would disagree that a soul – as defined as that entity which percieves and controls our consciousness, exists however (common ground).
In the end there is a true dichotomy, the soul (that which percieves and controls our consciousness)is either physical (emergent from brain) or non-physical (eg. spiritual).
It would be interesting if a test could be developed to test at least the validy of either claim – hencing proving or disproving the alternate.
Any ideas out there?
» Posted By Andrew On December 5, 2010 @ 6:18 pm
There are mountains of evidence, but I do not want to talk about it because there is an absolute proof.
The fact that no man has ever went beyond 400 mile from the earth (even NASA admits this fact) since the Apollo manned missions to me is the absolute proof that the moon landings were not real.
Gentlemen, think about it !
It is not human nature….
» Posted By Andrew On June 23, 2013 @ 5:01 pm
I honestly don’t believe that moon landing will happen any time soon, at least not within the 21st century – just my personal opinion and there is no need to get upset and start calling names like “hoax Idiots”. Unlike other events like 9/11, JF Kennedy, etc. the Apollo moon landing CANNOT remain a mystery forever. After another 50 years are they going to say “We went to the moon one century ago but we don’t go there any more because it’s too expensive.” ?… Who do you think will look more link an “idiot” ?…
» Posted By andrew On February 7, 2013 @ 4:25 am
To everyone here: I don’t need the close-up photo of the Apollo landing site from the orbiting satellite. To me, the fact that no country went back to the moon is a “crisp and clear” proof that no man ever landed on the moon. Heck forget the moon ! no man ever went beyond 400 mile from the earth due to the deadly cosmic radiation since the last “moon landing”, and the moon is 239,000 mile away !
I don’t need the scientific proof. Sometimes the most unscientific proof is the most convincing & solid evidence if you know what I mean. Just watch the three astronauts including Neil Armstrong during the press conference in 1969(you can view it on the youtube). They all look depressed, worried and guility. You know by INSTINCT that they did not walked on the moon !
» Posted By andrew On January 25, 2013 @ 1:11 am
I watched the interview the three astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, soon after they returned from the moon. Watching them talk, I can tell from my instinct that they did not walk on the moon – this to me is the more compelling & convincing evidence than the scientific evidences. The fact that we did not go back to the moon since 43 years ago is the proof that moon landing did not happen. I know I know, some of you will defend by saying “There is no political reason now and there is no money”, blah blah blah. Please stop it ! You know, I know and everyone knows that it is pure BS !
» Posted By andrew On November 8, 2012 @ 5:06 am
Steve, I did further research and the press conference DID take place at Neil Armstrong’s home. And every quotation you read is exactly what Neil Armstrong said. If not, Onion would have been sued by many organizations including Nasa.
» Posted By Andrew On September 12, 2012 @ 8:37 pm
Everyone should read the following link where Neil Armstrong admitted that the moon landing was a hoax:
» Posted By andrew On September 5, 2012 @ 11:03 pm
isint india planning to go to the moon now?i wonder how they would ever be able to pull that off finnancially etc.
» Posted By andrew On July 2, 2009 @ 5:44 am
I think people call it a cult because their sons and daughters stop talking to them and become really hollow people.
» Posted By Andrew On January 17, 2010 @ 3:23 am
Hare Krishna Ishan das.
Thank you for your help.
In my further reading of Bhagavad gita as it is, I’ve now come upon a passage where Krishna does address Arjuna as “Oh mighty- armed one”in Bg 2.26.
After my Looking at the meaning in Sanskrit it seems you are indeed correct, the Sanskrit for “Oh mighty armed one” is “Maha-baho”.
Thank you again,and thank you also Madhudvisa dasa for your continuing newsletters they’re much appreciated.
» Posted By Andrew On December 5, 2011 @ 8:17 pm
Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa
Thank you for the reply.
I began reading Bhagavad-gita As It Is as online when I became wary of the other translation I mentioned and the difference between the two is so vast it’s like the difference between talking and singing. I just thought I’d run my concerns past someone with knowledge and who knows what they’re talking about.
It’s good to know I’m now on the right path.
Thank you again.
» Posted By Andrew On November 26, 2011 @ 12:21 pm
Hare Krishna everyone.
I am new to the Vedic teachings, and especially the teaching about Krishna. There’s only one Hindu temple near by me, but to get in you have to have a tilaak. I don’t know how to get one of those, so I don’t go…
All I know of to do is to just chant Hare Krishna, and read the Bhagavad Gita or something else.. but I know I am very glad to realize that no where in the scriptures does it say we have to be born into a Hindu family, to participate and practice in the Sanatana Dharma.. the Eternal Natural Way.. anyone can do yoga, anyone should be able to worship Bhagavan Krishna/Vishnu.
Thank you for the newsletter! If you have any advice for me,or questions for me.. I’d be happy to read or answer them.
» Posted By Andrew On November 26, 2011 @ 8:06 am
Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa.
Thank you for sending me your newsletter.
I’ve only recently started out reading the Bhagavad gita and in the translation I bought(as it was the only one that I could find available unfortunatly)the translator has Krishna calling Arjuna at certain moments “great arm”.I’ve compared the translation with others versions online and none of the ones I’ve found have Krishna using this term.
Is this something unique to this translation or is it used in others that I haven’t found? There is’nt any explanation why Arjuna is being called “great arm” and Krishna seems to be using it as a friendly endearment.The only reason I can think of is it’s because of Arjuna being a great Archer.
Any help would be appreciated,Thank you.
» Posted By Andrew On November 22, 2011 @ 8:07 am