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The Absolute Necessity of a Bona Fide Spiritual Master

Hare Krishna Prabhuji!
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Thank you very much for this post. The necessity of finding a spiritual master is so important, and yet it is such a complicated topic! I’m a humble neophyte and I find this particular point very difficult to grasp. On one hand, many writings say you have to look for a spiritual master, and at the same time, many others say, no no, when you are ready inside, the spiritual master will find you. So for a neophyte eager to progress in Krishna Consciousness, it’s all very confusing :-)Can you clarify this for me? I chant 8 rounds a day (I’m a wife and a mom and I work so I’m very busy), I read Srila Prabhupada’s books, I go to morning programs everyday. And I feel the limitations of my own spiritual endeavors. The mind is such a flickering place, full of doubts and questions, and while I am certain that the goal of life is to go back to Godhead, I find it so hard to develop that absolute love for Krishna. I have utmost respect for Krishna, and he is on my mind all the time, but I don’t know how to develop that loving devotion and I am sure that I won’t until I have a spiritual master. Although I often feel that Srila Prabhupada is my spiritual master…

Thank you very much.

Hare Krishna!

Your servant,


» Posted By Claire On November 22, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

Prabhupada Speaks on Bona Fide and Bogus Gurus

Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa,

I have a question regarding ISKCON gurus. I am reading more and more about ISKCON science and learning from His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. It is amazing, so full of knowledge and wisdom. But at the same time, as His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada said, it is best to have a guru, for he can help the aspiring devotee to go back to Godhead. And so sadly, there is so much information on the web that tells of horrific stories of bogus gurus within ISKCON that misled the devotees at best and abused their trust in so many ways that I dare not discuss here. How is one supposed to find a guru? Who can I trust? If it is not a necessity to have a guru, His Divine Grace insisted nonetheless on the betterment of receiving an initiation. How would that be possible?

I would be ever so grateful if you could please answer my question(s). Thank you very much.

Hare Krishna,


» Posted By Claire On September 20, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

NASA Images Discover Ancient Bridge between India and Sri Lanka

Look sir,

The Hindu religion is not foolish. You simply just do not understand its complexity. The story says that Rama’s name was inscribed onto the rocks making them float. Now as you point out they were probably volcanic. The Hindu religion mixes legend and magic with science… I’m quite sure the people in the ancient times were aware of the scientific properties of the rocks allowing hem to float. They were very advanced in sciences and maths, coming up with concepts like zero and I believe there is a description of the world being round in the Vedas….

People all over the world mix folklore and legend with fact. This is true in almost every civilization.

I’n not Hindu myself (I’m Christian), but I do believe their religion is legitimate and certainly has some facts about human origin and sciences since it is one of the oldest religions around today. We just have to separate fiction and facts and I’m certain most of it is fact.

» Posted By Claire On December 1, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

The PERFECT Gift: Srila Prabhupada’s Original 1972 Bhagavad-gita As It Is

Hare Krishna!

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
I know this is an old post, but do you happen to have the hard copies of the Gita? In our temple, Srila Prabhupada doesn’t have a bookstand, let alone the Gita, and no one seems to be interested in changing that so I’d like to buy one from your store and bring it to the temple so that devotees might learn to appreciate a little more our spiritual master. Thank you

Hare Krishna!

YS, Claire

» Posted By Claire On December 8, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

George Harrison Interview: Hare Krishna Mantra–There’s Nothing Higher (1982)

Thank you for posting this interview with George Harrison. I recently watched the film Living In a Material World, and was very moved by what his wife Olivia said at the end. Olivia said that when George passed away his soul, leaving his body, ‘lit up the room’. It was a Eureka moment for me as I knew that George had found the true path and I wanted in too.
Hare Krishna.

» Posted By Claire On May 10, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

“I am not this Body.” Easy to say…

Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa,

I wanted to thank you for the Krishna Connect newsletters. They are most helpful and resourceful and a great great help for me. I am discovering ISKCON’s wonderful work and currently reading The Science of Self-Realization by his Divine Garce A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapda. Also I am finding so much wisdom in the extracts from the Bhagavad Gita that I purchased it online and I am waiting for it to be shipped. I apologize if I am in any way addressing you in a disrespectful manner and hope to correct my ignorance very soon.



» Posted By Claire On September 19, 2011 @ 7:08 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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