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Solar Eclipses are not Caused by the Moon

Madhudvisa dasa, first off, I must say It has been a pleasure having an rational and a respectful exchange of ideas with you. Your response to albedo made sense and your response regarding the Earthshine illuminating the moon has piqued my interest into wanting to do some research on the ancient science I didn’t even knew existed. Thank you for enlighting me. Have a great day sir!

» Posted By Thomas On February 11, 2018 @ 5:22 am

Madhudvisa dasa, I have been reading your claim that Earthshine is 50 Times brighter than the full moon, and pretty much agree with your statement,but there are a couple of variables that you have overlooked, or ignored, that in my opinion, taints your overall conclusion that you should be able to see the surface of the moon. First, since neither the Earth or the Moon emits it’s own light, but in fact reflects Sun light there is the variable called “albedo”. The albedo for Earth is about 30%, which means 30% of the sun light that hits the Earth is refected back into space and the other 70% is absorbed. The Moon’s albedo is much lower at 10%-12% that is because there is no atmosphere, oceans or clouds and snow. So this means that only 10% of the light that hits the Moon is refected back into space and the rest around 90% is absorbed. Now, with that being said even thought the Earthshine is more like 40 Times brighter than the full moon only about 10% of the Earthshine illuminates the surface of the moon, therefore the moon would not seam as bright. The other variable that you overlooked is the notion that since you could not see the surface of the moon lit by Earthshine with the naked eye your conclusion is that the moon couldn’t be the cause of the eclipse because it isn’t visible is false. First of all, even though there is Earthshine illuminating the surface of the moon, it isn’t as bright as you estimated because of the low albedo. Now add that with the brightness of the Corona and the bright sunlight still coming though until eclipse totality and that is enough to overwhelm our eyes because our eyes are not sensitive enough to overcome the glare. But you could see the moon’s surface features if you were photographing the eclipse, or looking at the moon with binoculars or telescope. I do have an open mind and respect your opinion but your arguments were not completely valid. Thank you and have a wonderful day

» Posted By Thomas On February 10, 2018 @ 8:30 am

Guru: Everyone is lying to you…

Dear Madhudvisa Prabhu,
While you say ISKCON doesn’t put emphasis on a guru’s qualifications, it’s reasonable to think that someone in ISKCON may indeed be qualified. Just who that is or is not, I can’t say. That puts me in an uncertain position, as while I’m not sure about ISKCON’s gurus, I also don’t support the Rtvik position. And while I know I can receive siksa from Prabhupada, I don’t believe I can receive diksa from Him. “Ay, there’s the rub.” So, what’s a guy like me suppose to do? Do I look in some other Gaudiya-Vaishnava group?

» Posted By Thomas On January 28, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

Srimad-Bhagavatam Original Edition PDF Download

Haribol Prabhu,

Can you look up something for me? I’m rereading Srimad Bhagavatam
and I’m up to Canto 4. I think I’ve found an error. I’m not talking about the infamous “changes”, nor am I suggesting the error is only in your reprint of the orginal, but it’s in EVERY printing and reprint of EVERY edition since SB was ever printed. It’s at 4.4.20 Purport. A few lines into the Purport. It says:

“The four different social orders—brahmacarya, gṛhastha, vānaprastha and sannyāsa…”

Therein lies the problem. Aren’t brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa the four spiritual orders.

My request is I’m asking you to check to see if this error is in the
pre-1978 editions? I don’t have it.

Hare Krishna,

– Thomas
New York City

» Posted By Thomas On September 26, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

Living Alone in a Secluded Place?

How to live “alone” with a wife and four cats in Manhattan, now THAT’S a challenge!

» Posted By Thomas On April 22, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

The little-known secret to Advancement in Krishna Consciousness

One of the very first teachings I remember was that Krishna is available by his name. Forgive me please if I am wrong, but the very humble are not indoctrinated to Krishna consciousness, rather one goes to Krishna without confusion or appeal, one goes to Krishna solely from desire to be with Him. Service to Krishna must also stem from this place.
I am just bhakti Thomas, I do not worship my own intellect, but I do not believe that a person can transfer to a belief not already recognized by the soul. People wander to and from religions in search of God, spiritual fulfillment and themselves-instead they should start with God, the rest is fulfilled there.

» Posted By Thomas On September 19, 2016 @ 6:58 am

Dharma? Sanatana Dharma?

Hare Krishna

I am really starting to understand ever since I have been reading these newsletters. I believe Krishna is the real Godhead.

Thank you

» Posted By Thomas On February 25, 2010 @ 5:02 am

Modern Day Miracles–Jesus Christ, God, and PRABHUPADA are NOT Dead!

Well i had a homework to find out about modern day miracles and i have to say these are amazing! I mean i had only heard about miracles happening thousands of years ago but it is great to hear they are still happening now!

» Posted By Thomas On September 19, 2009 @ 10:46 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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