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The importance of Hearing about Krishna

I would like to know more about initiation, and how to get initiated, although I am regularly chanting as many rounds as possible within my work schedule.

» Posted By Sanjeev Punj On May 27, 2013 @ 4:24 am

The little-known secret to Advancement in Krishna Consciousness

Dear Madhudvisa Das Prabhuji,
I met HH Lokanath Swami Maharaj in 1985, when he was busy in the village to village padayatra program in India, and he would travel to various villages in India, with a team of devotees, singing and chanting the Mahamantra,and performing kirtans,distributing books,and a lot more. Being a foremost disciple of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, he was engaged sincerely in carrying out the orders of Srila Prabhupada. This is what had inspired me to maintain faith in his mercy.He has been very active in India, but maybe not as much abroad, for the disciples of Srila Prabhupada are so many, and each had been handling different regions.In fact it was HH Lokanath Swami Maharaj, who advised me to do these two things- Chant the Hare Krsna Mahamantra 16 rounds daily and read Srila Prabhupada’s books. I have been trying to do just that.Please accept my humble obeisances.

» Posted By Sanjeev Punj On March 14, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

Dear Prabhuji,Thank you for clearing my doubts.I have met HH Lokanath Swami Maharaj a few times, and I am sure he is the perfectly Bona Fide Spiritual Master, but I am just praying and waiting for this to happen, to get his mercy and get initiation by him.Meanwhile I am reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, and trying to chant at least 16 rounds everyday.

» Posted By Sanjeev Punj On March 13, 2013 @ 7:16 am

I am coming across some initiated devotees who say that chanting is not effective if one is not initiated.This means without initiation, a person chanting the holy name is just wasting time. Why such contradictory instructions are being passed on? Can you shed light on this? By hearing such statements by initiated devotees, one may lose interest in chanting, and fall back.Please enlighten us.

» Posted By Sanjeev Punj On March 3, 2013 @ 5:53 am

Without mercy of Krishna, none of these yogis can perform any action.Whatever they learn is by the mercy of the Lord.They must teach it humbly to others, and not behave arrogantly and display these capabilities for gaining wealth.This paves the way of their downfall, if they utilise yogic capabilities for gaining wealth.Their downfall comes when they begin to assume many things about the public and try to make money out of the spiritual sciences.Imparting such knowledge must be free of cost.Most of them have unfulfilled desires of becoming wealthy, and thus they do such things, running business empires in the name of yoga.

» Posted By Sanjeev Punj On April 7, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

The above matter is serious and very important.One has to “surrender completely” to the Guru and only then does one learn the hidden secrets of Krishna Consciousness.Maybe only a few disciples “completely surrender” and become elevated to a position of a pure devotee.I have come across :Guru hoppers and Guru changers during my spiritual journey.Since 1978, I have remained stuck to my Guru who gave me diksha, and then shiksha. I believe I cannot ever let go of my Guru wherever he goes finally I have to follow him there, for I cannot imagine him being alone and without a servant,wherever he is.I stay aloof from Guru jumpers, they set bad examples.Once I was given a chance to see what misleading Gurus can do and I totally agree with all the above statements in this article.I thank you Madhudvisa Dasa, for such a wonderful article.This is higher shiksha that I am gaining from your articles, and it keeps my mind focussed. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

» Posted By Sanjeev Punj On March 30, 2012 @ 11:23 am

Correcting ISKCON’s Guru System

My humble best wishes towards the success of ISKCON, and the GBC in particular, in view of the changes and corrections that are being carried out.Indeed it will shine brightly and globally again, and the chanting has to be spread with even more fervour and enthusiasm. Wish you godspeed. Jai Sri Krishna.

» Posted By Sanjeev Punj On August 12, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

My new film: Giri Govardhana Bathes in the River Yamuna

Wonderful film, draws attention to things we don’t always see when we visit.It is good account of one’s daily schedule in Vrindavan. My best wishes.

» Posted By SANJEEV PUNJ On July 14, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

“I am not this Body.” Easy to say…

We must look into the nature of our mind, in relation with the activities we perform for Krishna, on one hand, and for the worldly affairs, on the other hand.

Around 40% of our mind is always engaged outside (eyes and ears) and that leaves 60% idle(smell, touch and taste). We must also draw back the 40% inwards, and it is possible by serving Krishna (by seeing the deity always, lovingly, and by hearing Kirtans always, with concentration). We can eat prasadam, we can smell flowers offered to the Lord, we can smell the incense, the chandan oil offered to Lord, we can taste the prasadam and we can touch the feet of the Lord. Thus our entire senses are engaged 100% in Krishna’s service.

Once I lived for a month in a Temple. It was a beautiful experience, and I will always cherish the memories of rising early at 3:30 AM, cleaning up by 4 AM,then offering Mangal Arati, Morning Japa,reading Gita,then Darshan of deity (Lord Lakshmi Narayan, in Pune’s famous Temple). After deity darshan we would have prasadam, and then go out for preaching. We would return, have Darshan,perform afternoon Pooja,go for prasadam again-lunch, continue Japa, and then rest a couple of hours, and then we would offer evening Pooja, then go for kirtan, and then read Gita, have night darshan, and wind up with Japa. Sleep early after prasadam dinner. This life style for more than a month was so inspiring,I want to go back to it again, when I am retired from office work. With some variations, this lifestyle is followed by almost all members of ISKCON. I wish at that time there were cameras, O would have recorded the daily schedule. I think a devotee can do that today, and post such a video on the youtube.

All glories to Lord Sri Krishna!

» Posted By SANJEEV PUNJ On July 7, 2009 @ 8:28 am

I am not the body nor am I the mind.Who is this I?
Ask whom? who is asking?silence answers.Am I Silence?
I am spirit soul,says a voice.who hears?Have I seen myself?
Who knows?Krishna knows.I therefore surrender to the guru
who brought me closer to Krishna.I humbly bow down this mortal
body at His Lotus Feet

» Posted By Sanjeev Punj On June 29, 2009 @ 5:30 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.

    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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