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But that is just what I was saying except in different words. Ambient light = light from corona + other reflected light from atmosphere, etc. It’s really not that complicated. You are being deceived by your senses — our eyes won’t pick up something as dark as the moon when the ambient light is that strong — as an experiment, just hold a tennis ball in front of a flashlight and see if you can make out the tennis ball’s features… BTW, I am a scientist by trade, albeit not an astronomer.
» Posted By noah On September 24, 2017 @ 6:09 pm
The ambient light from the sun clearly overpowers any reflection you would see from the moon with the naked eye. Not to mention the fact that there would be very little direct radiation from the Earth back to the moon in completely obscured areas due to curvature of the Earth outside the Moon’s shadow. What strange false logic you have used.
» Posted By noah On September 19, 2017 @ 11:15 am
Krishna’s complexion is described as being like that of a newly formed storm cloud. Could there be anything more majestic and beautiful?
» Posted By Noah On September 17, 2011 @ 4:14 pm
Thank you for your expert response to my question. Your logic and understanding is truly sound. There are many that serve His Divine Grace and accept Him as their Spiritual Master, even though they may have never personally met Him or taken any kind of formal initiation. I also believe you are correct, His spiritual potency DOES live on through His books and is not diminished, in any way, by His having departed this world. I have been confused for so long by so many different things I have read about this dilemma concerning finding a bona fide Guru. Now, you have completely dispelled my confusion and my path seems clear. I cannot describe in words how good it is to know that a fallen soul, like me, can accept Srila Prabhupada as my guide and Spiritual Master. There could not be ANYONE in this world that could be more qualified to guide the fallen as He. I only hope that my feeble service will be acceptable to Him. Without any doubt, even today, His Divine Grace still lives on, through His books, lectures, recordings and other teachings. His tireless work is truly a priceless benefit to all mankind.
Therefore, I now pledge all that I have and all that I am, mind, body and soul and surrender fully at the lotus feet of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivendanta Swami Prabhupada.
With unalloyed submission, Master, I accept Your Divine Grace as my beloved Guru, now and forever. May Sri Radha-Krsna give me the strength to uphold my solemn pledge to constantly render devotional service to You with avery action I take; to daily chant 16 rounds (or more) of the Holy Mahamantra, to diligently study Your excellent books and submissively accept Your transcendental teachings without any arrogance. Guruji, may I always remember You constantly and strictly follow the four regulative principals, all the days of my life, without fail.
Master, since I am presently in such a lowly and fallen condition, Please take mercy on me and help me abide in You correctly. I pray that my humble service will be acceptable in Your sight. In return for my devotion, I ask for nothing, except that you might continue to instruct me so my dormant love for Krsna will someday develop and grow. I beg the Almighty, Lord Krsna, that in any future birth I take, even if it is to be in some hellish condition, that I may continue to be allowed to serve Your Divine Grace again and never forget Your causeless mercy.
Jaya Jaya Prabhupada! Jai Guru Deva! Jai Sri Krishna! Jai Radhe! Jai Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabu! Haribol !
» Posted By Noah On September 3, 2011 @ 12:34 am
Hare Krsna Madhudvisa dasa
Please accept my humble obeisances and heartfelt thanks for taking the time to write to everyone and kindly answer our questions.
In the above article about the offenses of chanting, there is a section that emphasizes the importance of finding authorized instruction through a spiritual master and rending service to them:
“Therefore having a bona fide spiritual master and serving him and pleasing him and getting his mercy is essential. Otherwise there can be no advancement in Krishna consciousness. And unless the spiritual master is a pure devotee of Krishna then he has no potency to give you Krishna. He is simply a cheating rascal.”
My question is three-fold:
1. Can we accept Srila Prabhupada as our spiritual master?
2. If not, how does one go about finding a pure devotee of Krsna to serve and receive instruction from?
3. Does one have to associate with them physically or can they instruct you from afar, like in another state or country?
Again, I am so grateful to receive your emails and to be able to associate with you on this forum.
» Posted By Noah On August 26, 2011 @ 6:31 pm