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Who is the real sannyasi, the real yogi?

Dear Mohan,

In the 18th chapter of Bhagavad-gita, Krishna declares:

SARVA DHARMAN PARITYAYA
MAM EKAM SHARANAM VRAJA
AHAM TWAM SARVA PAPEBYO
MOKSHAYISYAMI MA SUCHAH

Translation: “Just give up all conceptions and concerns about dharma and simply surrender your heart to Me in love. In return I will free you from all of the reactions to your karma. Do not have any fear. Just do it!”

So in all of our activites, we simply try to remember Krishna and disharge our duties with a desire to please Krishna, to do them in a way that would be pleasing to Him, whether washing a pot or preparing a financial statement. And we read about Krishna, chant His holy Names, and cultivate our loving feelings for Him in all these ways. And Krishna promises that he will remove all of our karma.

This is really wonderful, is it not?

Hare Krishna! Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On March 30, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

Hare Krishna! Bruce,

Yes, initially an aspiring devotee will undoubtedly have self-interest at heart. That is natural.

We understand that Krishna has made this world as a place of so much suffering, for no other reason than to discourage our perverse desires to enjoy apart from Him. And therefore it is to be expected that we will turn to Him out of a desire to end that suffering. That turning is a sign of intelligence.

However, as the devotee grows stronger in his cultivation of love for Krishna, two things will happen. One thing is that the devotees heart will become so filled with happiness that he will not desire anything more for himself. And the other thing is that as he becomes intoxicated with feelings of love for Krishna, all that he wiull desire is to give pleasure to Krishna.

So, yes, we are all trying to solve the problems of life in different ways. And the neophyte devotee is also on that track. But he is turning to God in order to make a solution to the problems of life, by leaving this material realm. That is to be expected. That is intelligent. And that will evolve to the highest platform of selfless love for God.

Good question. Hare Krishna! Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On March 30, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

Dear Tapan,
Hare Krishna! You are very sensitive and very intelligent. Your perception of the insanity of this material world is completely correct. Your ability to see this world for what it really is is rare and clear.

Now you must also understand that the solution has been freely given. This material world is an insane asylum for those souls who are envious of Krishna and who want to be God. That is the explanation for why they are all behaving in this way. And along with their bad behavior there comes so much suffering. And that is for their benefit so that they will have a change of heart.

The invitation is open to everyone to leave this materail realm and return to the spiritual realm. The only qualification is that we have to reawaken and cultivate our love for Krishna to the mature point where all material self-centered desires exist no longer, and all we want is to please Krishna. Then we can return to Krishna.

So the solution has been provided and it is up to all of us as individuals to implement this in our own lives. We have to chant God’s holy names, Hare Krishna, Hare Rama, and live our lives as devotees. All of the details and guidance are in Srila Prabhupada’s books, and they are available to you also.

So you should not be displeased, because all of this has been made available to us. This world will never be a nice place. God’s solution is not to make this a nice place. His solution is provide you with the teachings so that you leave this place. And this He has done. Now it is up to you to take advantage of these blessings and do the work. Make your life pure, your heart pure, develope your love for Krishna, and go back home.

Hare Krishna! Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On March 30, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

Dear Salil,

Hare Krishna! If you have these strong feelings to avoid involvement with family affires, or to avoid increasing this involvement, then your attitude is completely in line with shastra. you are on eof the rare people who actually have this good sense and clarity of vision. I am confident that Srila Prabhupada would encourage you to tend to your duties nicely,keeping your life as simple as possible, so that you can concentrate more on more on your krishna Consciousness, and Krishna will help you to find your way always closer to His lotus feet.

If you were attracted to more material involvement, then that can be permitted by making the whole arrangement as Krishna conscious as possaible. But as the attraction is not there, you are most fortunate and that much closer to winding up your affaires in this material world and going back home to live with Krishna in Krishna Loka. This is very intelligent and very good.

Hare Krishna! Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On March 30, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

Dear Ashok,

I have read Madhudivisa Prabhu’s answer to you, and I cannot disagree with it, in principle. However, I can understand that not everyone can be so strong and “cut and dried” in their approach to Krishna consciousness.

I have given an answer to the other gentelman, above, on Jan 6. and that may be helpful for you.

My personal feeling and understanding is that Madhudvisa Prabhu is more advanced in his spiritual developement than most of us, and he can very naturally take this uncompromising position. But for many of us, this may not be possible, because of family affection.

However, Krishna is very kind. I am inclined to say that the approach you are putting forward is a very good approach. You can fulfill your duties with a desire to please Krishna in all of your activites.

There is also the possability that gradually your family members will learn from your example. Even many years later, a son or daughter may remember how the father was so devoted and that will help them to have a change of heart.

I am thinking that Madhdivisa Prabhu is correct in what he is saying, and also you are correct. And each of us has to determine in his heart where he stands on this continuum, just what is the position of the family members, what is the level of attachment. There are so many considerations.

Krishna does not want to break our hearts. He wants us to approach Him with as much sincerity as we can from our present position, and He will help us in this way. Madhudvisa is correct. There is no doubt of this. But each man must understand his own unique way how to approach Krishna with love and gratitude. Sometimes one may quit all family connection, and then he may end up with another family in Vrindavan. This also is not good. So if we try to keep the 4 regulative principles and do sadhana morning and evening, surely the family will benefit and you will benefit.

Placing my head at Madhudvisa Prabhu’s feet, I wish to encourage you to go forward in your spiritual life with your obvious sincerity.

Hare Krishna! Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On January 6, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

Although I do not at all disagree with Madhudvisa Prabhu, we can expand the consideration of detachment from the fruits of our activities, in the following way:

Arjuna was a military man, with practical duties. Krishna’s practical advice to Arjuna was not to live in a cave like a yogi (although at one point He suggested this, but Arjuna said he could not do it.)

Krishna’s overall advice to Arjuna was to continue with his duties (which may appear as self-centered) but to do them with a desire to please Krishna. For example, I live at home with my wife. She likes the kitchen floor to be clean, swept and mopped. If I do this she becomes happy and the house becomes clean. That is fine. But Krishna does not say that we should not clean the floor. He says that we should clean the floor while understanding that Krishna is the owner of floor. It is Krishna’s floor. It is Krishna’s house – not mine. Everything belongs to Krishna. House, car, clothing, tools, family members, etc. So if the floor has to be cleaned, I should do that. But I should do the floor cleaning with the heartfelt attitude to do it in such a nice way that Krishna will be pleased. In this way all of our daily activites can be done as devotional service to Krishna.

In this way the devotee may appear like a mundane or materialistic person. His activites will be very similar to the materialistic person. But in his heart, he is always trying to please Krishna. Krishna promises that sucvh a person will not generate karmic reaction, will advance in love for Krishna, and will return to the spiritual realm to live with Krishna eternally.

As long as we live in the material world, with family, society, etc., there will be so many responsabilities, and practical duties. but all of these activites can be done in the spirit of trying to please Krishna by our work. This is a great benediction. Nothing has to be be given up, for the most part. Simply we have to change our hearts, our consciousness. And in this way we can carry on with our lives, and be situated in a cultivation of love for Krishna.

If we add this formula to the one that Madhudvisa Prabhu has outlined for us, then we cover all the bases.

Hope this is helpful. Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On January 6, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

The Best Welfare Work

Dear Tejas, Hare Krishna!

It is the principle of those who are devotees of Krishna to distribute Krishna prasadam, food that has been offered to Krishna.

Your feeling for helping people is good and there is no doubt of this. But spiritual understanding is also scientific, not just sentiment.

The laws of karma are there and you cannot change that through material good works. If someone is suffering, that is because of their karma, perhaps karma from many, many previous lives. Your desire to reduce their suffering will not change their karma, even if you give food.

If you do good works, give food to others, the result will be that you will generate good karma for yourself. The person you are trying to help will still suffer as much as he is deserving to suffer. You will have to return to this wolrd of birth and death to receive your good karmic results. And the person you are trying to help will also be bound to this unfortunate and painful cycle of samsara.

But if you offer food to Krishna, Krishna says in gita that He will remove your karma. “Aham tvam sarva papebhyo mokshaisyami”. That will save you from samsara. And if you distribute this prasadam to people, they also will advance in Krishna consciousness and gradually become devotees so that they can end their dance in samsara.

So spiritual life is not sentiment. It is science and one has to learn that science by reading Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita. And then one has to practice. Again I say that your feeling is good. Now it must be combined with real knowledge so that you can help others by also distributing that knowledge.

Narayan is not Daridra. Narayan has always Laksmi with Him. These poor people are not Narayan. These poor people, and you and I, we are all eternal servants of Narayan, but because we are not engaged in loving service to Narayan, therefore we are condemned to live in this material world where there is so much suffering. That suffering is good if it brings us to the understanding that we must become devotees of Narayan in order to leave this place and never return.

If we do not become bhaktas, and we try to help others separately, then we are simply trying to be Narayan. That is sinful. What we will gain is karma, more birth and death. The only way to end karma is by cultivating our love for God. Then we get all credentials for leaving this place and enjoying eternal life in Vaikuntha. That is science. Not sentiment.

Hare Krishna!

» Posted By Ishan das On September 8, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

Yes, people do not understand the all-pervasive hand of God in universal affaires.

The primal devas are Lord Brahma who is the engineer of the material realm, Lord Shiva who is the destroyer at the time of cyclic devastation of the material creation, and Lord Vishnu, Who is present within the material nature as the all-pervasive Supersoul, the Paramatma. And shastra explains that all of material nature moves under the hand of the cosmic puppeteer, the all-pervasive aspect of lord Vishnu.

Therefore, even the Christian Bible tells us that not a blade of grass moves without the sanction of the Supreme Lord. Similarly, the Bible addresses the law of karma as the process of “sewing and reaping”.

Srila Prabhupada was fond of reminding us that religion without philosophy is simply sentiment. People are so often inclined to make reference to religious context, without really understanding the down to earth nuts and bolts workings of the laws of material nature.

Before coming to Krishna Consciousness I took my birth in the Semitic gene pool. In other words, I was culturally considered as a Jew. The Jewish race is not a very elevated culture, as they openly emgage in the slaughter of cows, under the direction of their so-called priestly class, called rabbis. It is told that when Nazi Germany, under Hitler’s direction, engaged in the wholesale genocidal killing of Jews, that many Jews lost all faith in God.

But if we look at the first part of the Bible, which is referred to as the Old Testament, we see a recorded history of one haulocost after another. The Bible tells us that when the Jews kept God’s Laws, and honored Him, there was always peace, harmony, productivity and protection for the Jewish people. But whenever Jewish spiritual culture deteriorated, then, as a nation, they were open to all kinds of devastation.

Still, there is great reluctance among Jewish people to take responsability for the last haulocost that descended upon them. There are museums to commemorate the atrocities that the outraged Jews were subjected to. They do not see the laws of karma and the hand of God in any of this.

Of course, the cruel hand of genocide is not directed only at Jews, but appears all over the globe as time goes on. Genocide, wars for profit, imperialistic exploitation, slavery, plagues, flood and famine, earth quakes, volcanoes, and tidal waves, all forms of karmic dispensation, to name a few……. this is the history of planet earth in the last so many thousand years.

The rascal scientists tell us that the workings of material nature are a matter of chance, and that there is no purposeful, intelligent control of the laws of nature. But this is not a fact.

Therefore the manus have provided the Manu Samhitas, the law books with reference to the four varnas and four ashramas, which give us the understanding of every man’s individual dharmic duties, with a view to gradual progress towards material and spiritual advancement.

But this is Kali Yuga. The varnashram system of progressive society has already so much deteriorated. Even in Bhagavad-gita, spoken by Lord Krishna 5000 years ago, Krishna advised Arjuna:

SARVA DHARMAN PARITYAGYA
MAMEKAM SHARANAM BRAJA
AHAM TWAM SARVA PAPEBHYO
MAKSHAISHYAMI MA SHUCHAH

Translation: “My dear Arjuna, give up all considerations of dharma. Just give yourself to Me whole-heartedly, and I will protect you from all sinful reactions. Have no fear. Just do this.”

So the question arises as to how we give ourselves to Krishna whole-heartedly. And therefore Lord Chaitanya Mahprabhu has come to deliver to us the Yuga dharma, as substantiated in the Naradiya Brihan Purana, as well as in many other places in the Vedic literatures:

HARER NAMA HARER NAMA HARER NAMA EVA KEVALAM
KALAU NASTEVA NASTEVA NASTEVA GATIR ANYATHA

Translation: “Chanting the holy name of Hari, chanting the holy name of Hari, chanting the holy name of Hari. In this age of Kali Yuga, there is no other way, no other way, no other way, to reach the goal of spiritual realization.”

This Krishna Nama Sankirtan, as is ushered in all over the world today, by the Hare Krishna Movement, is therefore the highest welfare work. This form of surrender to Krishna establishes love for Krishna in our hearts, thereby freeing us from all karmic reactions. Having developed love for Krishna, all material hankering and lamentation will no longer afflict us, as our hearts begin to overflow with joyful love for God. And when we leave this material body behind, we will no more be fored to return to this miserable world of birth and death.

Therefore let us take up this congregational chanting of Hare Krishna, and return back home to the spiritual world to sing and dance with Krishna.

For putting an authoritative understanding of these statements before us, His divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, has given us Bhagavad-gita As It Is, with translation and commentary, coming in the parampara line of disciplic succession of the Brahma-gaudiya sampradaya. Let this one book decorate our personal altars, and let its words decorate our hearts. This highest welfare is freely available to us. Those who are most intelligent will take it.

Hare Krishna, Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On December 8, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

The Symptoms of a Self-Realized Person

Dear Madhudvisa Prabhu,

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

I have been reading your answers to those who have written to you. I am taking real pleasure in reading your patient and thoughtful words of advice.
I simply want to acknowledge you for the wonderful service you are doing for these good souls and for our divine eternal master, Srila Prabhupada.

Your servant,

Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On December 8, 2011 @ 4:14 am

First basic axiom of spiritual life:

OUR LOVE IS MEANT FOR GOD. ALL PERSONS IN THE SPIRITUAL WORLD HAVE ONLY ONE DESIRE – TO GIVE PLEASURE TO GOD WITH EVERY THOUGHT, WORD AND ACTIVITY. AND KRISHNA OR VISHNU, RECIPROCATES, BY FILLING THE HEARTS OF SUCH GOOD SOULS WITH UNLIMITED SPIRITUAL BLISS, ANANDA.

Those souls who wish to seek that happiness independent of Krishna’s service, are sent to this material world where we are all engaged in self-centered processes.

So Krishna is SWAMI = MASTER, or HUSBAND. And we are His eternal servants, “nitya Krishna das”. But although we are actually His eternal servants, we have chosen to seek our fulfillment independently. Threfore our position, in this material realm, has been created so that we can persue this ILLICIT orientation.

It does not matter what we are doing for enjoyment in this material realm. If we are seeking fulfillment outside of giving pleasure to God, our position is ILLICIT. And the price, or penalty for such an attitude is that we are subjected to repeated birth and death. The penalty is this death sentence – repeatedly. This is called “samsara”.

The purpose of human life is to RE-AWAKEN our dormant spontaneous love for God. If we cultivate this love successfully, we will become mad after giving pleasure to Krishna, and all self-centered pleaure seeking will fall away from our hearts.

So we are now suffering from this heart disease. A disease which takes us repeatedly to the grave, or funeral pyre. This suffering is to discourage us in our ILLICIT orientation.

It does not matter if we are masturbating, watching TV, walking on the beach, or smelling a rose. If we are not seeking God’s pleasure, then our position is ILLICIT.

These are very strong words. But our predicament of repeated birth and death is an extremely high price to pay for our inappropriate spirit of self-centered pleasure seeking.

It is a tremendous wake-up call to understand this. Most of the unlimited souls in existence live in the spiritual realm completely overwhelmed with feelings of love for Krishna. And only the self-centered souls live in the material realm. This material realm is like an insane asylum for disorientated souls, who are being subjected to a horrific form of hypno-therapy, in order to bring us to our senses. Although we are deathless, we are subjected to the experience of repeated birth and death.

In the material realm, our entire orientation is illicit. Our real husband, our real master, Jagganatha Swami, is ignored, while we seek our fulfillment separately. Masturabation is simply another futile, emabarassing portrayal of how blind we have become. How blind? So blind that we are willing to submit ourselves to repeated birth and death, simply so that we can have these few seconds of fleeting pleasure.

We Krishna Conscious people are not prudes, or mundane moralists. We have been kindly instructed, to understand clearly, that our orientation is illicit, the price we are paying is extremely high, and that our highest opportunity for unlimited pleasure and satisfaction lies in rekindling our eternal relationship with our eteranl Lord and Master, Sri Krishna.

All of this is explained by Krishna to Arjuna in Bhagavad-gita. And after explaining like this, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna, “Now do as you like.” Therefore we wish to encourage you to acquire a copy of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, and all of this will be nicely brought into focus.

Hare Krishna ! Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On December 8, 2011 @ 4:01 am

Some of the things that our minds direct us to do, we will never do, simply if we are in the association of another sincere devtoee.

And we are talking about a life and death matter. If we do not suceed in our spiritual life, we must take birth again in this material world. And we do not know what kind of hellish situation we will be born into. Therefore we should be very concerned. We must be very sober in considering.

Therefore, the presence of another devotee can save your life. Somehow you must have that association. Somehow you must make that arrangement. That will eliminate so much of your struggle.

Hare Krishna! Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On December 8, 2011 @ 2:53 am

Yes, CK. Everything that Madhudvisa prabhu says is factual.

The first level of realization in spiritual life is that we are not these material bodies. But if I am trying to enjoy this body, aside from using it for Krishna’s pleasure, then that realization is impossible.

Any attempt to enjoy the material body simply tightens our identification with this illusory sense of self. It is like trying to extinguish the flame of material identification by pouring gasoline on it.

Srila Prabhupada used to say that spiritual life is not a cheap thing. There is a real price to be paid. So many bogus gurus and swamis will tell us that we can do all nonsense. And some may invite us to do nonsense with them. But they are bound for hell, and are willing to take us with them.

It is not that sex is bad. It is not a question of good and bad. It is simply to understand that such actitivites reinforce our material identification, and such identification makes it impossible to know God. Therefore such behaviour is unintelligent.

However, if one is posing as a spiritual teacher, and encourages the students in the wrong way, that is extremely sinful. One who takes the position of spiritual teacher must be immaculate in all ways, because to mislead his students by encouraging sexual indulgence is worse than murder. By trusting such a teacher, one may have to repeat in the cycle of birth and death, perhaps millions of times. Along with positions of power comes great responsabilty. This is true in all spheres, what to speak of being a spiritual teacher.

Sense gratification, of any kind, is our diseased condition, causing repetition of birth and death. Simply because we want more of it, therefore we must come back to aonther material body. And of all material desires, sex is the strongest. We are not talking about mundane conceptions of morality. If we want spiritual realization we have to give up material sense gratification.

And as Madhudvisa Prabhu has pointed out, spiritual life in Krishna Consdciousness is not dry. If we really follow the process, we will become happy in Krishna Consciousness and maya’s grip on us will be loosened. And if we engage in sense gratification, maya’s grip will will become more strong. Therefore you must be intelligent. You must understand the science of Krishna Consciousness, and structure your life intelligently. No one can force you. You must understand clearly, and decide for yourself, hour by hour, day by day. Spiritual life is not a hobby, not a club. Spiritual life is about life and death.

We are now caught in the grip of repeated death. Spiritual practice, real spiritual practice, offers us eternal blissful life. We must be sober and choose intelligently.

Hare Krishna! Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On December 8, 2011 @ 2:35 am

Also, Abhilash,

if you are in good Krishna Consciousness, all the other living entities that are in your body, as bacteria, worms, etc., they will be benefitted by your good Krishna Consciousness.

Therefore some great Vaishnava saints have written prayers to take birth even as an insect, in the home of a real vaishnava.

Just by being Krishna Conscious the vaishnava is doing the highest welfare work. Because to bring other souls closer to Krishna is a greater service than to open a hospital. By bringing others closer to Krishna, they can eventually end samsara, the repetition of birth and death. No hospital, no other social welfare program can offer this kind of benefit.

Therefore although such welfare workers may pose themselves as virtuous, only the vaishnava is supplying the real benefit – helping people to return to our real home, where no hospitals are needed – the Vaikuntha world, Krishna Loka. Krishna Consciousness is above all such misguided sentimental public service.

Hare Krishna, Ishan das

Hare Krishna! Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On December 8, 2011 @ 1:34 am

The Absolute Necessity of a Bona Fide Spiritual Master

Dear Tirupati,

Hare Krishna! I am 6 years behind you at age 68. I was initiatied by Srila Prabhupada in 1968. After Srila Prabhupada left us in 1977, the management and leadership in ISKCON took many unfortunate shapes, and being discouraged, I left ISKCON.

Over the years, I have managed to keep the 4 regulative principles of no illicit sex, no intoxication, no meat eating and no gambling.

I have no feeling of attraction for meat or intoxication. These things would have to be forced upon me. Gambling in its various forms is so unsettling to the mind, and so I avoid it like one would avaoid a deadly disease. And although the thought of sex sometimes comes to mind, such thoughts cause me to feel so degraded that I push them away and take shelter of the holy name.

I have promised Srila Prabhupada that I would avoid these things. This connection with Srila Prabhupada provides so much protection, simply because we require his blessings to make any advancement in our Krishna Consciousness, and we never want to loose his association.

So by reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, and by obtaining and watching the DVD’s of Srila Prabhupada, on a regular basis, in a reverential mood, and offering some simple prayers to Srila Prabhupada as they are given in our Hare Krishna song book, with sincere feeling, gradually a feeling of loving relationship with Srila Prabhupada will develope.

Once that feeling of relationship is in place, you can make your heartfelt promises to Srila Prabhupada, in terms of your japa, kirtan before your home altar, offering all of your cooking to Srila Prabhupada, things of that nature, and strive to maintain a daily standard of spiritual activities, all as a way of serving Srila Prabhupada.

This relationship must be the agency through which your Krishna conscious connection and advancement will be made and experienced.

Now, even though I am 6 years younger than you, I am feeling that any day can be my last. This body also is loosing its strength, the enjoyment of physical activity and accomplishment is steadily decreasing, and no one is very interested in having the association of an old man.

So we have an advantage over those who are younger in the sense that we have very little to distract us from our practice of Krishna Consciousness, and the reality of death at any moment is always before us.

Krishna and His pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada, are very kind and as you are sincere you will feel their reciprocation.

Simply begin by adding the activities of Krishna Consiousness to your life, and this will automatically replace the scope for mental nonsense.

Now you are fighting for your life, to procure for yourself your next birth in a Krishna Conscious family, so that you can continue to make advancement towards Krishna. We are all unique, and no two people will live exactly the same. Also, you should consider that if you die in the holy Dhama of Mayapur or Vrindavan the spiritual benefit is extremely great, and the availability of Krishna conscious association is so much greater.

So you should think these things over, and make a plan of attack. Use your last days to your greatest advantage. It is never too late to make progress. You are not alone. Death is certain. And you are already in India. The Dhama is so close, and you belong with others who are serious.

Hare Krishna! Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On April 21, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

Dear Madhudvisa Prabhu,

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

Thank you so much for making available to all this most important instruction, and reminder. Today it is in vogue that so many people are thinking that there is no need for a via media between oneself and spiritual realization. This is partly a result of the abusive behavior of the clergy in the various classical western religions. And partly it is due to the teachings of so many rascals from the east who are teaching nonsense for fulfilling personal ambitions.

Even the concept of the Trinity in Catholicism, wherein Christ is postulated as God-the-Son, is only a misunderstanding of the Vedic version that instructs us that the spiritual master must be honored as much as the Supreme Lord on account of his being a confidential servant and representative of the Supreme. The son is not the father. But because it is his sole purpose in life to serve the mission of his Divine Father, therefore he has been empowered (shakshad-Hari)to accept and bless those who desire to rekindle their relationship with God. Therefore he must be honored as good as God. But even the clergy has misunderstood and mistakenly take Christ as the Father, when in fact he is confidential servant of the Father, the son in whom the Father is well pleased.

My only suggestion regarding your writing is that the passages that have been taken more or less verbatim from Srila Prabhupada’s Gita purport (Bg 4/34) be placed in quotation marks. And this, only so that people will understand that these are not simply your ideas, but are actually the messaage of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the empowered guru who has come in disciplic succesion of the Brahma-Gaudiya sampradaya and who has been empowered by Krishna to spread the teaching of Lord Caitanya all over the world, in the short period of only 10 years. His instructions are bonafide and therefore should be accepted as good as coming directly from Krishna. So if people understand the source of these words, they may take them more to heart.

Again, please accept my humble obeisances. I deeply appreciate this great service that you are providing to everyone, on behalf of Srila Prabhupada.

YOur servant,

Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On November 16, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

The Horrible Indian Caste System

Loving Krishna is as natural as loving anyone else. But the process is that first we have to come to know all about that person. Then love gradually developes. So we have to keep reading about Krishna in Gita and Bhagavatam. And gradually we will understand how great He is and how much desrving of our love He is.

Also, Krishna is actually the only appropriate recipient of our love. Krishna and Krishna’s pure devotees. And the more we participate in the process of Krishna Consciousness, the more we will be purified – and our desire to awaken and cultivate our love for Krishna will arise in our hearts.

Srila Prabhupada has instructed us that when we chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra, our attitude should be, “Oh Radha, Oh Krishna, please engage me in your service.” But our service to Krishna is DEVOTIONAL SERVICE, not officially “devotional”, but actually service with love. Therefore when we chant Hare Krishna our attitude can be, “Please bless me so that I can feel love for You.” And according to our sincerity, everything will follow.

Again, if you read Sri Caitanya-caritamrita (with commentary by Srila Prabhupada) the subject matter is “the loving character of the living force in the immortal condition.” Lord Caitanya is our leader, Who is demonstrating the character of love for Krishna, so that we can get a perspective and begin to meditate on what love for Krishna actually is.

Go for it! It is not hidden. Simply we must have the desire.

» Posted By ishan das On October 8, 2012 @ 12:35 am

Dear Devang, Hare Krishna!

What Madhudvisa is saying to you is the plain truth of the matter.

Still, your questions are very intelligent questions. So I am attracted to the opportunity to consider you questions.

Question: How can one develope love for Krishna?

There are two aspects of developing love for Krishna.

The FIRST ASPECT is very easy to understand. How do you develpe love for anyone? It is by association and by cultivation. The more we associate with someone and cultivate a loving exchange with them, the more we will develope our love for them (if they are good, fine, virtuous etc.)

Well, Krishna is most beautiful, kind, loving person that one can meet. His qualities are described in the shastras. So the more we learn about Him, by reading, by hearing, the more we develope a sense of being attracted to Him. And then we cultivate our affection for Him by engaging in His service. First there is Hearing about Krishna in a devotional attitude. That is service. Then we can repeat what we have read. And we can chant His Name, in japa, and in kirtan. This is devotional service. Then there is puja, worship Krishna on the alter, the Murti of Krishna. All that we cook can be offered to Krishna. Flowers can be offered to Krishna. So, as Madhudvisa has written, this subject matter can and does fill books. The books of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. As you are interested you will enjoy reading these books. Reading these books about service to Krishna is also service to krishna.

The SECOND ASPECT is a very great subject matter. The shastras inform us that actually, love for Krishna is something very different than what we will find here in the material world. it is a very, very rare thing. In this world, people speak of love, but it is not really love. Because there are so many conditions that are attached to that so-called love. And when those conditions are not met, then that lack of real love is revealed. Wherever there are problems in human relations it is because people are not getting their self-centered desires fulfilled. So that is not love. Real love is not conditional. Real love has nothing to do with our personal needs. Real love means to take pleasure in the happiness of another being, without considering our own needs. Real love means that it does not matter what kind of difficulty we must endure in order to achieve the happiness of another. That happines of the other being becomes our very life.

This kind of love is love for Krishna. But where can obtain this kind of love? The shastras instruct us, after all is said and done, that this kind of love comes through grace. It is a benediction. The only person who can bendict us with that kind of love – is one who is in possession of that love. That kind of love is called “pure” love. And one who has pure, unmotivated love for Krishna – he/she is called a pure devotee. We must find out Krishna’s pure devotee. You will find this instruction in shastra, in so many places. (start with Bhagavad-gita 4/34). And we must take such pure devotee as our spiritual master, our guru. And we must engage in Krishna’s service under the guidance of the pure devotee. And we must serve the pure devotee. And when the pure devotee becomes pleased with us, by degree, he will enlighten us with his divine grace. Gradually he will benedict us with love for Krishna. There are many stages of this developement process. Ultimately he will benedict us with such love for Krishna that we will never be able to forget Krishna for even one meoment, not even while sleeping.

As for the signs, THE SYMPTOMS OF LOVE FOR KRISHNA, again that is a very voluminous subject matter. but we can give some tiny sketch here, as it is described in shastra.

When one has pure love for Krishna, he or she no longer thinks of this body as the real self. One has direct perception that, “I am not this body.” I am not white or black. Or American or Indian. Or man or woman. Or young or old, rich or poor, healthy or sick, weak or strong. I own nothing. Everything belongs to Krishna. I came into this world with nothing and I will leave with nothing. It all belongs to Krishna. Therefore everything must be used to serve Krishna.

One who has pure love for Krishna as no more desires in terms of this body or mind. He aspires for no material position or condition. He has no desire for respect from other persons. he sees everyone as more advanced in spirtual life than himself. He gives the highest honor to every living entity. He wants no women, no followers, no wealth. He only wants to serve Krishna, to glorify Krishna, and to associate with others who feel likewise. And he has so much compassion for those who do not have this love for Krishna that he feels compelled to share this knowledge with all who can receive it. He cannot rest knowing that there are people in this world who do not have this love for Krishna.

Although generally he will want to keep this love for Krishna hidden in his heart, still sometimes he cannot contain himself and sometimes he will act as follows:

– he will sing and dance like a mad person without caring for social circumstance.

– he will feel ecstacy in his whole being and he will role on the ground unable to contain himself.

– his ecstacy will cause his whole body to break out in having all the hairs on his body standing on end, as he is thrilled in Krishna consciousness.

– Sometimes his whole being will become stunned, inert.

As we say, there are books that simply describe these symptoms of love of God – and you can read these books.

Such a person is no longer subject to hankering and lamentation, heat and cold, happiness and distress, hunger and thirst.

This is all called self-realization. These symptoms are by-products of love for Krishna.

ANYONE WHO TRIES TO IMMITATE THESE SYMPTOMS IN ORDER TO GAIN ADORATION FROM THE PUBLIC IS THE LOWEST KIND OF ANIMAL AND WILL BE SEVERELY PUNISHED BY THE LAWS OF NATURE. SUCH PERSONS DO EXIST.

But the main thing to remember is that the entire proces of developement of love for Krishna, both in the stage of sadhana (practice), and in the stage of sadhya (maturity) – all of this must be generated under the guidance of the pure devotee, the guru, and all progress is in actuallity awarded by Sri Gurudeva.

Now, there are in this world so many so-called gurus. Today they are a dime a dozen, or a rupee a dozen. Simply because someone or some institution presents someone as a guru does not mean that they have the qualification to benedict us with love of Krishna. What they themselves have not got, that they cannot give to others. Therefore one has to find a pure devotee of Krishna and surrender to him, give one’s life to him, and convice him to please benedict us with love for Krishna.

We sincerely hope that in some tiny way some of these words will be helpful in answering your most intelligent questions.

Take up the holy name “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna……….Hare Hare”, and read the books of the pure devotee, A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and as you are sincere everything will be revealed to you.

» Posted By Ishan das On September 11, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

Hare Krishna Nirupam!

What Lord Caitanya is teaching us is that we are “nitya Krishna das”. We are all eternal servants of Krishna. Just as this material body is a temporal manifestation, so also, these conceptions of brahmana, ksatriya, vaishya and sudra – these designations do not apply to the real person who temporarily dwells within any particular body. The real person, the jiva atma, the individual spirit soul, is not any of these things.

Indian spirituality is packaged in different levels of conception. All of them are meant to bring the soul closer to God. For example, there are 20 dharma shastras, dealing with the duties of the four varnas of brahmana, ksatriya, vaishya, sudra, and the four ashramas of brahmacari, grihastha, vanaprastha and sanyasa.

And yet when we read Bhagavad-gita, we see that Krishna ultimately advises Arjuna:

SARVA DHARAMAN PARITYAGYA MAMEKAM SHARANAM BRAJA

Translation: “You just give up all these considerations of dharma and surrender yourself to me 100%, and in return I will remove all of your karma (SARVA PAPEBHYO MOKSHAYISYAMI). Just love Me (Krishna) and I will free you from all karma and you willnot have to return to this terrible world of birth and death”.

So there is no contradiction in shastra, in the sense that they are all leading us to the same goal, ultimately. But there is the step by step. And there is the elevator. Krishna Consciousness is the elevator. You do not have to be concerned with these issues of brahamna or sudra. As spirit we are identically the same in quality. Those who are attached to these material designations , they cannot go to live in the spiritual world. Therefore Krishna says, “You give up these ideas, and whatever you do, you do it for Me with love.”

These varnas, and ashramas, they have their proper place in structuring a sane society. But as has already been pointed out, in Kali Yuga there is no more chance of a sane society. The government leaders are all corrupt liers and theives, and the populace knows this and most of mankind simply follows the examples of the leaders. They population is animals dressed like humans. The only chance is to surrender to Krishna from our present position and leave this palce and never return.

In Gita, Krishna explains, that those who worship ghosts and spirits, they will go to them when they die, and those who worship the devas will go to the devas ( and then have to return to earthly planets after some time when their good karma is used up, like a good bank account), but those who worship Me, will come to Me, Krishna says.

So real spiritual life is not about becoming a yogi, not about developing mystic powers, not about being a good person, not about taking a trip to the planets of the devas who also only have a temporal existance, not about achieving wealth, material happiness, ……. Yes, all these things are there in the vedas. But it is like father trying to induce the child to take medicine. Because to do all of these different paths, one has to follow some prescription, and those prescriptions come from God. But people have all these desires. So God is very kind. “You can persue these desires in this way, in this way, on and on.” but this will be a very slow path of progress because the goal of life is to develope love of God, and all of these paths are for the persuit of self-centered goals. Therefore Krishna advises that we give up all of this immaturity, and come to the point of pure bhakti, with no self-centered desire. Because in that way we will win Krishna’s heart. And then he will take us to the spiritual realm where the happiness is beyond our ability to imagine. And it never ends. Therefore in Gita Krishna refers to this path as “RAJA VIDYA RAJA GUYAM”, the king of all knowledge and the most confidential secret wisdom. But only the most intelligent can take it. One out of thousands and thousands of persons. That is this Krishna consciousness. Please, you take it.

» Posted By Ishan das On September 8, 2012 @ 6:57 am

Dear Rati Rupa, As Madhudvisa Prabhu is saying, the sankirtan yagna is the yuga dharma, and everyone can take part.

But we all have our daily work, also. In Bhagavad-gita, at the outset, Arjuna wants to give up his work as a ksatriya, because he is so disturbed at the thought of killing his relatives on the battlefield.

But Krishna tells Arjuna that he should remain in his position, accept his duties in that position, but with one small adjustment. He should do his work as an offering to Krishna. He should do his work so nicely, whatever that work may be, and in his heart he should think, “Dear Krishna, please accept this work that I am doing as an offering to you. I am just trying to do this work so nicely so that you will be pleased.” In this way anyone in any walk of life can do his or her work in the spirit of devotion. No one has to know the person’s inner feelings. the only difference will be that the person will do the work more nicely than ever before. And also the person who is sincerely trying to please Krishna, moment by moment in his work, that person will become very happy as his relationship with krishna grows through his work.

Then when the worker comes home to his family, he can just continue serving Krishna, but now through sankirtan, puja, and offering the family cooking to Krishna on the family altar.

Krishna Consciousness is so nice. Our lives remain the same for the most part. Simply we must make Krishna the center.

Hare Krishna, Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On April 19, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

The understanding is that the brahmana, the real brahmana, he or she is very close to God, or brahman.

Because a brahmana is very close to God, a brahmana will receive charity, but will give away whatever is not required, at the end of each day. Why? Because the real brahmana knows that God, Vishnu or Krishna will always provide for his needs. Therefore there is no necessity to stockpile. In this life, everyone is inclined to stockpile. That stockpiling is a symptom of being a gross materialist, who has no faith in God.

So one may be a doctor or engineer or whatever. But we have to see his overall way of living. Does he consider himself to be a servant of the public, or is he simply taking advantage of his profession to become wealthy, to hoard and stockpile, while so many others are doing without?

A real brahmana is very close to brahman. But one who is a devotee, a bhakta, he is better than a brahmana. Because a bhakta is always engaged the service of the Supreme Brahman. He may be a ditch digger, or street sweeper, but if in his mind he is thinking all of these streets really belong to Krishna, and therefore we must keep them very nicely cleaned, then he is more elevated than the most prestigious brahmana.

Vedanta sutra says: “Athato brahma jijnasa”, “Now that we have come to the human form of life, we should enquire into the nature of the Absolute Truth.”

The Absolute Truth is not only God, but God and all of the shaktis or energies of God. The shastra tells us that God has unlimited energies: “Parasya shaktir vividaiva shruyate.” And we also are one of the energies of God. We also are brahman. But we are not “param brahman”. We are spiritual beings, eternal beings, who are the eternal servants of God: “jivera svarupa hoy nitya Krishna das.” Nitya krishna das. Eternally we are the servants of Krishna. But because we have desired to be self-centered, therefore we have taken our birth in the material world, and instead of becoming servants of God we have become servants of dog, cat, family, nation, etc. All of these goals will never satisfy us.

Therefore this human life is meant for reawakening our loving service connection with Param Brahma, Bhagavan Sri Krishna, from any position in society. The so-called brahmana, who is simply proud of his social position, but is not a sincere bhakta, he will take his next birth as dog or hog. Therefore one who is intelligent, he will put aside these considerations, chant Hare Krishna mantra, and go back home to the spiritual realm, never to return to this miserable world of birth and death, that is the playground of so many dogs, hogs and so-called brahmanas.

Hare Krishna! Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On April 3, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

Hare Krishna Prabhu:

The main point that you are making , viz., that one’s caste or place in the social system of the four varnas is not a question of birth, but rather of personal qualities and activities – that is certainly correct and has to be heard by all.

It must be heard by those who reject the Vedic system because they mistakenly think it supports a caste system.

It must be heard by the East Indians who buy into the concept of caste by birthright.

It must be heard by those who are consternated by the oppression and exploitation of the masses by kings, oligarchies, capitalistism-gone-wild, and who then propose that all men are born equal, and that social statification is an anomaly.

It should be heard by those who are trying to understand how a wholesome, balanced society should be structured.

However, you have mentioned that the king will allow people to utilze land and tax the people. My understanding is that this is the role of the vaishyas, this land management, crop sharing, etc. And further that the only people to be taxed in society is the vaishya class. 25 percent of profit. No one else is to be taxed and that tax goes to the king, for distribution for public welfare in so many ways. I cannot remember the source, but certainly it was either in Srila Prabhupada’s books or lectures.

Otherwise, Haribol!, and thank you for your wonderful web site and for these so much needed explanations.

Your servant, Ishan das

ps my new email address is (no longer ishan3). Please make the adjustment in your system. Thanks, Ishan

» Posted By Ishan das On November 9, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

Why we criticize Mayavadis?

Dear Pi,

Hare Krishna! I am not sure of what you are saying about “…striving to purifiyng themself to go back to the place before creation.Going in again…” Yes, we are striving to go back to Krishna. But we do not want to go back without our spiritual personality. We want to go back so that we can have a loving realtionship with Krishna, for ever! We want to go back so that we can dance with Krishna, sing with Krishna, so many different activities. We want to “go in again” as you say, but not to go into oblivion, into the nothingness of becoming merged into brahman. We want to “go in” where the real action is – loving relationship with Krishna.

» Posted By ishan das On November 1, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

Lord Sri Krishna is Maha Purusha, the Supreme Enjoyer. “Ishwara parama Krishna sat chit ananda vigraha.” Translation: ” The Supreme Lord is Krishna, and His form is eternal , full of knowledge and bliss.”

We are here in this material world because we are opposed to the fact that Krishna is God and we are His eternal servants. Therefore we must suffer in this endless cycle of samsara, birth and death. The mayavadi or impersonal concept of God is there to accommodate those who are in opposition to the understanding that we are eternally Krishna’s servants. Therefore they assert that we need not worship Krishna, because we are all God. Although dressed in the appearance of a sadhu, in actuality they are enemies and opponents of Krishna. They want to remove Krishna, who is putting every morsel of food into their envious mouths. In other words, they are making it their life’s work to compete with Krishna for the position of being God, and therefore mayavadis are in fact demonic.

It is one thing to be misled. But when so much shastric evidence is presented indicating the supremacy of Lord Krishna as the “sarva karana karanam”, the cause of all causes, and they still reject this, then such holders of impersonal philosophy are actually demons. One has to understand this. In Bhagavad-gita Krishna explains that He is in everyone’s heart supplying intelligence according to the desire of the individual soul. It one wants the Supreme Truth, Krishna will help him to become a Krishna bhakta. Therefore we can judge the person in terms of their spiritual orientation. About such things one cannot be sentimental. Such persons are simply wolves in the clothing of sheep – ashuras in the clothing of sadhus.

Ravana, Hiranyakashipu, and so many other great demons, were against the supremacy of Krishna. The mayavadi impersonalists are in the same boat, but disguised as spiritual teachers.

» Posted By Ishan das On October 5, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

Krishna knows everything, but you have to try. That responsibility is always there. If we use this kind of thinking, that Krishna already knows therefore why should I try, then that is not intelligent. Srila Prabhupada has said, “You make your plan, I make my plan, and Krishna has His plan. But you have to make your plan.” If you fail to plan, that is a plan to fail.

» Posted By Ishan das On October 5, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

The Importance of Having a Qualified Guru

There are two kinds of self-confidence.

One self-confidence is based upon a false sense of self. The man who identifies with his material body and mind may make so many plans and have confidence of success. But when he dies all of plans will be finished. Therefore although he is confident, he is a confident fool.

The man who is rewarded with self-realization, the understanding that he is not this body and mind is also confident. All of his doubts are removed by Krishna’s grace. He knows that he is eternal and that he is returning to the spiritual realm to live with Krishna.

Confidence is like money or like fire. You can use money to do good or you can use money to go to hell. You can use fire to cook food or you can burn down your house.

We should use our confidence to understand firmly that Krishna wants our love and that when we agree to open our hearts to Krishna and cultivate our love for Him, He will reveal Himself to us. This confidence is required. Otherwise our confidence will not serve us. We will grow old, diseased and die in this material world life after life.

Please consider.

» Posted By Ishan das On September 14, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

Hare Krishna Aparna,

I was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1968.

Vaishnavism in the line of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is not sentimental like so many other less informed paths. Actually all religions talk of “love of God”, but we do not find this anywhere. Even I have read recently the the pope who is the head of the great Catholic religion, he has resigned from his post because of difficulties with others in high positions in the church.

So this is all nonsense. We cannot take a guru who has been appointed by some executive board because they think he will represent them in achieving their ambitions for institutional growth, and think that such a so-called guru can help us to advance in spiritual life.

Such gurus are regualrly being appointed and regularly falling down, disqualified. This is simply because they are themselves neophytes who have been appointed by neophytes. In other words it is a hoax or charade.

We have one fable or story in the west called “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. Once a charleton tayler was making some clothing for the emperor, taking measurements etc. Finally he dressed the emperor in the make believe clothing (which did not exist). The emperor was actually naked. But everyone was saying “Oh, very nice clothing, very nice.” So the emperor went out to parade in public and the whole populace came to see the emperor in his new clothing. Because people are like sheep, in general, although he was naked , everyone was saying, “Oh, very nice! Lovely clothing.” Then one person who was innocent said that actually the emperor is naked, and soon every began to agree.

That is the way with the stram of modern day gurus. They are posturing as guru, but they have no qualification. According to vaishnava philosophy, THE REAL GURU MUST BE A FIRST CLASS PURE DEVOTEE WHO HAS A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH KRISHNA, FACE TO FACE, ON THE INNER PLANE OF THE SPIRITUAL WORLD, even while he is moving about in this world, playing the role of a second class devotee. This is because the first class devotee cannot preach, because by Krishna’s grace he sees everyone as more advanced than himself. So the first class who is on intimate terms with Krishna will sometimes agree to play the role of second class for the purpose of preaching.

The next thing to understand is that no one can advance beyond the level of one’s spiritual master. If the spiritual master is not intimate associate of Krishna, his disciple will never reach that goal, because ONE ONLY COMES TO KNOW kRISHNA PERSONALLY BY THE GRACE OF THE SPIRITUAL MASTER WHO MAKES THE CONNECTION FOR US. Therefore what is the use of a show bottle guru? If he does not know Krishna how can he introduce us to Krishna within the apiritual dimension?

So joining Krishna consciousnes is not like joining some Sunday church organization. It is a very serious business. But your question is a most intelligent and serious question. Actually I do not know where you will find such a glorious personality walking on this planet today. But before you accept someone as your guru you should know what you are looking for – a direct connection to Krishna. You do not want to participate in a farce – like saying, oh yes, very nice new clothing the emperor is wearing, when he is actually naked like the dogs and hogs.

In the meantime, you can associate with Srila Prabhupada for wonderful transcendental guidance by reaing his wonderful books, and by following the standards that he has set. If those practices are going on in some temple you can take part of course, and constantly pray for Srila Prabhupada’s blessings, until such a divine personality enters your life.

It will not be the kind of person that if no one told you he was guru, you would simply pass him by. When Srila Prabhupada entered any room, anywhere, his very presence was overwhelming and people who had never seen or heard of him would approach him for spiritual guidance, initiation, etc. When such a person enters your life, certainly you should consider approaching him for initiation. Otherwise why play such a foolish game? Why be part of a mockery that will only disappoint you sooner or later?

Every great church, mosque, temple was begun by very great personalities who were sent by Krishna t teach according to time and circumstance. But today they are headed by people who want to resign when there are administrative difficulties. This is the material world. There are cheaters everywhere, even within so-called spiritual organizations. The real acharyas always point out these things and usually their lives are in danger, whether it be Haridas Thakkur, Christ, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati……

So continue with your Krishna consciousness developement, taking Srila Prabhupada as your guru, until you meet such a great soul in person.

» Posted By ishan das On February 28, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

Dear Madhudvisa Prabhu,

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

Prabhu, I have read your article. The understanding that only one who knows Krishna personally, only such a person can introduce us directly to Krishna when he becomes satisfied with our sincerity – this makes perfect sense. And therefore, to accept anyone else as one’s spiritual master, or guru, makes no sense at all.

After Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance, and the great hoax and farce of placing 3rd class kanistha devotees on opulent Vyasasanas, and offering them the topmost forms of worship – I could not continue to play the game, and soon left the association of ISKCON.

Does ISKCON have a specific statement in which it makes clear assertions as to what is the qualification for being a spiritual master or guru in ISKCON? Or is it simply common unspoken understanding that any dick and harry can take that post, although still a conditioned soul, and that he can demand total surrender from his disciples, and that despite the fact that he does not know Krishna, he can deliver his disciple to Krishna? Is there some official statement, or written material circulated within ISKCON as a guideline for the new devotees who are seeking initiation?

How many initiating gurus are there within ISKCON today? How does ISKCON relate to devotees who criticize the idea of gurus who are still conditioned souls? If no one speaks against this hoax from within ISKCON, does this mean that all of the senior devotees and sanyasis in ISKCON are simply endorsing this hoax? Does this mean that such persons have never really believed or understood who Srila prabhupada really is? If one does understand who Srila prabhupada really is, then to endorse such a hoax would be equal to committing spiritual suicide knowingly. How can they do such a thing? Can you help me to understand what these people are thinking by sticking to such a tactic? To my way of thinking, taking such a position is demonic. Can you share with me your point of view?

Thank you, Prabhu. Hare Krishna! Ishan das

» Posted By Ishan das On July 27, 2011 @ 3:15 am

History of the Fibreglass [Balaram / Tilak] Mridanga

Apparently there are some problems in shipping parts overseas these days, and orders for new drums are not being met. If you know anyone who wants to be involved in setting up production in the west please have them contact me. We need someone who can handle PR in setting up contracts, someone who is into digital/computers for sending drawings to a list of manufacturers, obtaining quoters on mold and part production, someone for handling distribution, cashflow, etc. I feel that we can create a better drum with a lower selling price. I do have some ideas for a drum with less parts and easier tuning. But this is definitely a team effort kind of project. So if you have any ideas, please let me know. Hare Krishna! Obeisances. Ishan

» Posted By Ishan das On March 8, 2022 @ 11:10 am

Thank you Prabhu!

Does this mean chant Hare Krishna and you will become happy? Or, chant Hare Krishna and BE happy? I am inclined to think the second, because a happy heart in the mode of goodness appears to be a prerequisite sensing the presence of Krishna in the sound vibration.

» Posted By Ishan das On February 22, 2022 @ 11:25 am

Thank you Madhuvisa Prabhu for letting me know the situation. Actually fiberglass is very difficult to work with. No two shells will be identical due to thicknesses in different areas, and quality of resin and mesh. The best way to go is a molding approach, like thousands of products that we have in our homes (computers, calculators, waste baskets, pop bottles, etc.) And much less costly. One day I plan to get involved again, with a drum that is more consistent in quality and half the price, sold with a DVD on how to play (Prabhupada style), etc. It is a dream of mine. Hare Krishna! Ishan

» Posted By Ishan das On February 22, 2022 @ 9:04 am

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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.

    thankyou!
    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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