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The Power of the Disciplic Succession, Guru Parampara

I think disciple sucession topic is somewhat great because at Lord Chaitanya
time religion priciple was declined,but what of our terror,materialistic age
the Lord has hestitant to return to straighten kaali-yuga.It seems too long,
yet time is powerful from His viewpiont while ours are confusing.It’s like
the Christians are waiting for 2nd coming of the Lord Christ in sign of bad
age.Beside this is doing great welfare work to uplift fallen human society.It is question of balance in nature & our choices that is where we need spiritual leader.

» Posted By bhakta Mark On June 16, 2010 @ 1:10 am

Dharma? Sanatana Dharma?

Haribol! Thanks for enjoyable newsletter that I even added this website to my favorite bar so I can look up whenever I need Krsna-katha like it’s my dharma. You do well w/this message to share w/others.
bhakta Mark

» Posted By bhakta Mark On June 10, 2010 @ 12:14 am

The “Acharyadeva” has no Bhakti… ISKCON’s False “Acharyadevas”

Madhudvisa dasa,

Can you tell me where I can find Srila Prabhupada’s books before they were changed? This should be very important to any devotee.

Hare Krishna!

Bhakta Mark

» Posted By Bhakta Mark On January 9, 2010 @ 12:00 am

Some of ISKCON’s Blind Spots

Hare Krishna!

What a great post!

You are truly devoted to Srila Prabhupada and I thank you for defending our eternal spiritual master.

Your servant,

Bhakta Mark

» Posted By Bhakta Mark On January 11, 2010 @ 6:27 am

Chanting Hare Krishna on Japa Beads

“This is nonsense Mark.”

Well, thank you so very much for your kindness and direction.

Let me explain why I suggested chanting less.

I think it’s important to understand that not everybody is on the same spiritual platform. Many people including those who are newly attracted to Krsna consciousness, are very much stuck in the material world and attached to worldly things. For many, chanting for two hours a day just won’t work. They are not ready for it. But, if there is some desire, as expressed in the post by kazol Kshetri, then it’s much better to start off slowly and work up.

You said…”If someone is not prepared to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily he is not going to get any attachment for chanting Hare Krishna.”

I, with all due respect to you, think that is nonsense and sounds a bit self-righteous. Just because somebody isn’t prepared to chant the prescribed number of rounds that Prabhupada gave to his disciples does not mean that he/she can’t get any attachment to the chanting of the holy names. You can say the same thing about Prabhupada’s first disciples who did not/could not chant the previously prescribed number of rounds for initiated Vaisnava devotees which was 64. Are you going to say to somebody that if they don’t chant 64 rounds then they won’t get any attachment for Krsna’s holy names? No. Prabhupada adjusted the number to suit what he knew was the ability of his devotees at that time.

I’m not saying you should not chant 16 rounds. That would be ridiculous. I am saying that each person must chant according to their ability and realization. If they can’t chant 16 rounds then they will never be initiated as a Vaisnava into Prabhupada’s movement. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t chant at all. I can’t imagine Prabhupada or any elevated senior ISKCON devotee saying to someone that if they can’t chant 16 rounds then they will never get an attachment. Krsna said himself…

“In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear.”

Lord Caitanya said that there are no hard and fast rules for chanting.

So, better to chant a little than not at all. If the chanting is done sincerely, then the desire to chant more will increase. Right? This is what we are taught in all the temples; at least the ISKCON temples that I have had the fortune to visit and be a part of. It was always said to new devotees to chant even a little. If you can only do one round then do that one round but don’t stop. Once you set the standard at one round you should continue to do one round a day until the desire increases. That’s what I was taught.

Anyway, I am rambling on here. Thank you, Madhudvisa dasa, for engaging me in talking about Krsna. For that I am deeply grateful. I hope I did not offend you in any way. If I did please forgive me.

All glories to Prabhupada.

» Posted By Bhakta Mark On November 23, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

Hare Krsna. Maybe you should reduce your expectations at first. Try to chant just half of a complete round (54 beads) or even a quarter of a round (27 beads) at first and set your standard at that. Whatever you can chant, do it sincerely. If you do then Krsna will hear you and He will give you the desire to chant more. Remember Lord Caitanya said that there are no hard and fast rules for chanting. I think the ipmportant thing is to just try and do it. Good luck.

» Posted By Bhakta Mark On November 20, 2010 @ 4:53 am

Just What is the Bhagavad Gita?

I’m not use to read that much now, but love concise &/or summary version. I
used to love to read alot when I’ve plenty of time. I love to vview the darshan live online while I chant. Haribol! bk. Mark

» Posted By bhakta Mark On June 5, 2010 @ 12:07 am

“I am not this Body.” Easy to say…

Strive to do what we the soul think…

» Posted By bhakta Mark On June 16, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

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  1. Govind says:

    Hare krishna Prabhuji.,Dandvat Pranaam
    May i know about the author of the book”Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita As It Is” named mukund das prabhu.Had he any personal association with Srila Prabhupada.

    • This book is a compilation of direct quotes from Srila Prabhupada speaking about his own life. The author is Srila Prabhuapda, all Mukunda did was compile the quotes and he did a good job of it. He wrote a bit of rubbish on the last 2 pages but apart from that he did not write a single word in the book. It is a collection of Prabhupada quotes and the author of this book is Srila Prabhuapda.

  2. Vamshi says:

    Prabhu Madhudvisa Dasa.Is Jagannath Krishna himself or is just an expansion of Krishna like Vishnu,Rama etc.In Iskcon lectures I heard that Jagannath is Krishna himself,they have proved this by saying a story from Skanda purana.Is this true or Iskcon lectures are just bogus?I found no video Prabhupad talking aboyt Lord Jagannath.Oh Prabhu kindly answer my doubts.Hare Krishna

    • Yes. Lord Jagannatah is Krishna Himself. It is Jagannatha [Krishna] Balarama and Krishna’s sister Subhadra.

      So Jagannatha is deity form of Krishna. He is representation of Krishna with His brother Balarama and sister Subhadra,

      It is deity manifestation of Krishna, Balarama and Lady Subhadra,

  3. tanu says:

    Jai Govind

    I request you clear my doubts.I understand the complexities of life processes,cellular mechanisms and other natural phenomenon cannot be explained solely by reasoning and scientific theories as somewhere or other our knowledge is limited.I am a science student nd nature lover.After reading the article posted by you regarding the concept of the origin of life,a question arisen in my mind that krishna is all powerful,then, why he designed this universe in this complicated way?,why life originated? why he made all that dna etc matter space?what is his true nature? why are we given these bodies these reasoning abilities?why krishna waited for billions of years and made us take birth here?why prakrati and purush got seperated? who were those dinosaurs etc for souls are eternal were those dinosaurs primitive and other organisms we only? are there any planet lest earth having life?why will happen atlast for we are ultimately destined to reach our eternal govind? why doesn’t he appears now and clear all these doubts for one thing is sure that if even he messages in some ways we will submit to him?why krishna is so naughty why has he made everything complicated?I know these are childlish questions but still worthy to be answered…..

    I am a krishana devotee.I feel as if there is pure love for him deep in my heart.But at the same time I do believe in science.Sometimes i find myself stuck in between science emotions belief and devotion.I want to understand my Govind,I want to understand myself.

    I request my friends to please give answer to these questions.I hope i will get atleast answers of a few questions as i found this site quite appealing.

    Radhe krishna

    • Hare Krishna Jai Govind

      To clear your doubts you have to become Krishna conscious. Because unless you become Krishna conscious you will not be able to understand what Krishna consciousness is and you will remain continually bewildered.

      All these questions are irrelevant. You seem to accept that Govinda exists, that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Now you have to just surrender to the idea that you are His servant. And then you need to find out practically how you can engage in the service of Krishna. And to find out how to do this you need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. And in the process of becoming Krishna conscious all your other questions will automatically be answered.

      The scientists can not understand anything. They only have very fragmental information about everything they study. The information we can gather through our material senses is very limited. There are so many things we can not perceive through our material senses. So they can not understand what they can not perceive.

      So instead of just speculating all these questions and being bewildered like this it is better to just admit that in our conditioned state with our very limited mind and our material senses we can not hope to understand Krishna or even this material world which is created ultimately by Krishna.

      The way to understand these things is to become Krishna conscious. We can not understand without becoming Krishna conscious.

      So you have to learn how to become Krishna conscious… That is the answer to all your questions. And Krishna consciousness is a science and that science is very elaborately presented in the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

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