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Now that our spiritual master Prabupadha has disappeared we do not know whom to surrender to. If we offer our respectful obeisances to Prabupadha; Lord Chaitenya; and Krishna – for example; like when we prepare prasadam – then that is beneficial whether at the time we are surrendered to a pure devotee or not. Also, Krishna can direct is from within; so that is beneficial regardless if we surrender to a pure devotee or not. If we approach reading of the Gita with a devotional attitude that also is beneficial. So to whom shall we surrender that has not disappeared?
» Posted By Steve Trinks On November 26, 2019 @ 11:30 am
My dear Madhudvisa dasa, Since I have accepted your answer and realized 16 rounds per day each and every day with seldom exceptions, I have become much more peaceful. I don’t yet keep fully the four regulative principles on account of illicit sexual activity; but feel that chanting is an empowerment to help with that. Would you kindly enlighten me concerning the relationship between Krisna and Jesus Christ. Jesus said, no man comes to the Father but by me and I cannot understand how that fits with Krisna who is eventually accessible to anyone who thinks of him with constant devotion and worships him with love. To those, he gives the understanding by which they can come to him – not necessarily through Jesus Christ. How did our spiritual Master Prabhupada answer this when he came to a Christian country in the first place? I am beginning to believe that Jesus is an empowered incarnation of Krishna and elevates sinners to the threshold of devotional service. From that point Hare Krishna mantra takes over to flesh out the devotional service. Am I correct? Please teach me about what our dear Master taught on this point as I believe Prabhupadha must have had all this understood, of course, before ever coming here to deliver the Western countries.
» Posted By Steve Trinks On September 23, 2019 @ 10:56 am
I respectfully have a question and with a submissive attitude, I really need to know something. I have a desire to set up some speakers and play the Hare Krishna chant that I heard on You-Tube and like a lot; and have Prabhupada’s articles and books to distribute; and sometimes turn off the music and chant myself; and try to engage passerby’s in responsive chanting; and under the influence of the “higher taste” interject the chanting with spoken little messages, like ” in this age of quarrel, it is recommended to chant the holy names of God” then return to chanting and then interject another quote, like “Chant Hare Krishna and be Happy. I want to engage this kind of loving service to Krishna as a way of life in my upcoming retirement. Will Prabhupada be pleased?
» Posted By Steve TRinks On May 10, 2019 @ 6:27 am
I agree that pure devotional service to Krishna is very rare; more along the lines of being an ideal rather than something realized in this life; something to aspire towards. Chant and be Happy. At first, you may not be able to do 16 rounds per day – but chant as much as you can and read the Bagavad Gita and books by Sri Prabhupada. Learn to prepare Prasadam in your home. Dedicate everything to Krishna. Think of Krishna constantly. To me, knowledge of this way of life is a spectacular, precious gift. We could preach this message to those that have arrived at the heaven of Jesus Christ and set them upon the path back to Godhead; so great is this message.
» Posted By Steve Trinks On May 3, 2019 @ 12:16 pm
How do I know whether I am ready to take the step of initiation? How do I do that?
Can I do that and still expect to stay in the same occupation and lifestyle as a householder? Or do I have to be completely unattached so as to be ready for any kind of change in lifestyle or location? I feel ready to continue on in this way.
» Posted By Steve Trinks On July 9, 2019 @ 9:26 am