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The Importance of Sense Control in Spiritual Life

Hare Krishna,
Srila Prabhupada said Krishna consciousness is simple for the simple. So, the process of sadhana, devotional service in practice is also simple and easy to adopt. The only requirement is sincerity of purpose. May I recommend the following:
1) Establish some sacred space wherever you live. And let that be the Lord’s Temple. Just as you would accommodate a guest that comes to your home to whom you show all respect, and to whom you offer the best of whatever you have, in the similar way think of Lord Krishna as not just as your honored guest but as the proprietor of your dwelling place. In that special room or space establish an altar with some nicely framed photos of Sri Sri Radha Krishna, Lord Chaitanya and Srila Prabhupada.
2) Visit the Lord’s temple room every day. Present yourself as His servant and chant and sing His Holy Names. Learn some Vaishnava bhajans. Offer Him a lamp and some incense.
3) Regularly prepare and offer sattvik vegetarian foodstuff for His satisfaction, strictly avoiding all kinds of meat, fish, eggs, their by products, onions and garlic.
4) Read Srila Prabhupada’s books everyday and think about what you read during the day. Memorize some key verses from Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, learn their meaning and explain them to your friends.
5) Invite devotees to your home and inquire from them how to make further progress in devotional service.
6) Purchase some of Srila Prabhupada’s CD lectures and bhajan tapes and hear about Lord Krishna from him.
7) Remove your TV if you have one. Watching it will hamper your spiritual progress.
8) Observe Ekadasi vrata on the eleventh day of the waning and waxing moon (ekadasi tithi both sukla paksha and krishna paksha) by voluntarily eating only fruits, simple vegetables and strictly avoiding grains, beans, rice, dahl etc..
As you become accustomed to these practices you will find over the course of time that your life becomes fulfilled, you will become more and more peaceful, and realization of Lord Krishna’s unbounded kindness and mercy will flood your heart with love and gratitude. By this simple, easily performed practice of sadhana we become eligible to return to the spiritual world and thus solve all problems born of material contact once and for all

» Posted By sarva On June 3, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

If we are truly devoted to Lord Krishna we will not offer something He doesn’t enjoy. Are you offering onions and garlic to Krishna because He enjoys the taste, or because you enjoy the taste?? Devotion means to act for His satisfaction, not our own. If I invite you to my home and offer you some food that you don’t enjoy, what kind of host am I? Have I pleased you, and will you come back? Lord Krishna is a person, the supreme person and when we invite Him into our homes, as we should, to worship Him, please Him and make His satisfaction the goal of life, don’t offer food He doesn’t care to eat.

» Posted By sarva On June 1, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

Yes, but we should not neglect to try. If something is valuable it is worth striving for. And what is more valuable than solving our main problems of life, namely birth, death, old age and disease, conquering over rebirth, and returning to the kingdom of God?

» Posted By sarva On May 30, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

Every living being, birds, beasts, human beings and even demi-gods in heaven have a alloted duration of life. Evntually all created being must die. These are not religious ideas. It’s how the world we live in works. So, sooner or later we all die. Lord Krishna corrected His disciple Arjuna, “asochyan anvasochas twam pragavadams ca bhasase” (Bg. 2.11) That Arjuna was lamenting for that which was “not wothy of grief”, namely the material body. We are all embodied souls, not the temporary body, and are suffering or enjoying the results of our past acts in the field of matter. God, Lord Krishna, is not playing favorites, we all get what is due to us, we have created our life’s struggles or blessings. So if that small bird dies “prematurely” is sad from one point of view. From another it is simply the play of the material nature that we are all emeshed in.

» Posted By sarva On May 30, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

History of the Fibreglass [Balaram / Tilak] Mridanga

A Guru or teacher is he who is a perfect student that repeats the instuctions of his teacher without modification or change.

» Posted By sarva On June 1, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

2012 — The End of the World?

You’ll have a very, very long wait. The next sceduled incarnaion is Kalki avatara. He comes in about 400,000 years.

» Posted By sarva On May 30, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

The Spiritual World — And how to get there

If one worships the various demigods he should at least know what to ask for. Bhagavad-Gita states, ”antavat tu phalam tesam tad bhavaty alpa medhasam, devan deva- yajo yanti mad bhakta yanti mam api” “Men of small intelligence worship the demigods and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but My devotees ultimately reach My supreme planet.” (Bg. 7.23) If we approach the demigods with some paltry request for material prosperity, employment opportunity, or social standing, we waste our time and energy. This is like approaching a King for a heap of ashes. The King has the power to grant you immense power and wealth, so why ask for something small? Similarly, why should we worship demigods and ask for some insignificant thing when we can request these empowered representatives of the Lord for their assistance on our path of devotional service? We simply have to know what is worth asking for.

» Posted By sarva On June 2, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

Is Krishna.org seperate from ISKCON?

Hare Krishna Rakesh,
I’m so glad to hear of your sincere committment to advancing along the path of real happiness, Krishna consciousness. That path is quite individual in nature as it has little to do with institutions/organizations. The institution will not save us from repeated birth and death, neither do we receive enlightenment, or spiritual enlightenment from an institution. I would draw your attention to one of many beautiful slokas from Srimad Bhagavad Gita, As It Is that confirm this truth. Lord Krishna gives His infallible formula for making spirtual progress. In the eighth chapter He said something very important to Arjuna, “tasmat sarvesh kaleshu mam anusmara yudhhya ca” (Bg. 8.7) He told Arjuna to carry out his prescribed duty of fighting, but at the same time fix his mind and intellegence on Me (Krishna). Most of us work in some way or other and we engage the fruits of that work to pay bills, raise children, pay mortgages, etc. When we do all of that, as we are obliged by our previous life’s work, and at the same time always remember how Lord Krishna is always with us, how He actually maintains us, and how He is waiting for us to take serious intrest in Him and His service, then by that process of devotion the Lord says,”you will attain me without a doubt” Where does the institution fit in to the picture?? No doubt we can become insired in our spiritual life by good association, but one should choose such association cautiously always comparing what is heard anywhere to the perfect example and insrtucions of the Lord’s pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada.

» Posted By sarva On May 30, 2010 @ 10:47 pm

The Intelligent Designer

Sorry, but that is not possible. Homosexuality exists in all countries and in all societies of the world and it has for a very long time. But why hate homosexuals? Better to understand it in the light of knowledge and see how we are all afflicted with the disease of lust. In homosexuality this lust is only more enflamed. It is a perverse manifestation of the lust to enjoy dead matter, the body. The lust a man experiences to enjoy a woman is also a perverse manifestation to enjoy dead matter, but the difference is there is sanction to do so within the bond of marriage. Marriage is not meant to increase a persons carnal desire, rather it is meant to reduce it and make progress towards the ultimate goal of life. We should understand this. Many ignorant people, while pointing their macho finger at the, “queers” and the, “faggots” forget that while they are still attached to sex with a woman they are also afflicted with the disease of lust thinking that, “my happiness lies in matter, in the connection of body parts and skin” This is illusion both for the homosexual and for the heterosexual. Both need to awaken to the light of the soul, the happiness of the soul, and the satisfaction that comes from realizing our identity as free form the bonds of matter.

» Posted By sarva On June 1, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

Did Einstein Create God?

How much time do you spend chanting Harinam on your japa beads Sanvi?

» Posted By sarva On June 2, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

Terrorists in England!

All spiritual power, blessing, and perfection is available to the sincere devotee who chants the Holy Names, the maha-mantra:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare
Please adopt the process and see if your life doesn’t become more fulfilled, stable and happy. Srila Prabhupada used to say, “chant and be happy”. The proof of the pudding is in the tasting.

» Posted By sarva On May 30, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

Lord Balarama and Yamuna Devi

Lord Krishna is the original, supreme personality of Godhead. Everything emanates from Him. He confirms the same in Bhagavad-Gita, ” aham sarvasya prabhavo mattah sarvam pravartate (Bg. 10.8) Lord Brahma stes the same thing in his samhita, “ishvarah paramah krsna sat cit ananda vigraha, anadir adir govinda sarva karana karanam” Lord Krishna is the original person, He has no origin and He is the cause of all causes. So, although Lord Krishna is the original supreme person, He expands Himself in many, first as Balarama, then the chatur vuyha, Sankarshana, Pradymna, Aniruddha, Vasudev etc. They are one and the same as Lord Krishna something like sun and sunlight. The sunlight is nothing but the sun, but it has it’s origin in the sun globe. Similarly, all the different avatars have similar power as that of Lord Krishna yet He remains in a unique category in that He has no origin, source or cause.
Lord Shiva is the creation Lord Brahma, who is the deputed agent of the Lord for all of creation.

» Posted By sarva On May 30, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

Forensic Evidence of Reincarnation

Hi Tinu,
Hare Krishna.
Reincarnaion is not a religious belief. Reincarnation is simply a fact of life as much as gravity, old age and sunrise. It happens to Hindus, it happens to Christians and it happens to Jews, as long as we remain unfulfilled in our relationship with God. This is not cruelty. Cruelty would be a belief that paints God as so narrow and vindictive that He only gives us one chance in life, one lifetime, only one opportunity to rectify our nature and return to His spiritual kingdom. And the alternative being a life of eternal damnation for not doing it His way. That sounds “cruel” to me. So, I ask you, is the Christian concept of a cruel God that only gives you a single, solitary chance at salvation more accurate or the version we find in Vedic scriptures like Bhagavad-Gita, where Lord Krishna says, “ye yatha mam prapadyate tams tathaiva bajamy aham (Bg. 4.11) Which means, as a person surrenders themselves unto the loving service of the Lord, He rewards us accordingly. He reciprocates with each of us individually as we accept Him. As we take one step towards Him, He takes ten steps toward us. This is a very different model than the “fire and brimstone” version of eternal damnation we find in your Bible.

I would also be interested to hear your explauination of Isaiah telling that he will “come again” as John the Baptist.

» Posted By sarva On May 30, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

NASA Images Discover Ancient Bridge between India and Sri Lanka

Hare Krishna Ravi,
As a, “foolish westerns” (westerner), that has wholly embraced eastern culture I have a couple of comments. First, thank you for sharing a few of the mostly unknown and unrecognized achievements of Indian culture. As a devotee of Lord Krishna and a disciple of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada since 1973 I can attest to the extraordinary benefit that has accrued to my life from 37 years of sadhana, studying the Vedas, and practicing a life style centered on Vedic wisdom. I would be lost without it, and owe my happiness, knowledge and salvation to what I have learned from eastern thought and practice.
I also have two small requests for you. First, as you are clearly a learned person, my hope is that you will continue to share your knowledge with others who are less fortunate. Second, we find the sanskrit proverb, ” satyam bruyat, priyam bruyat”, truth should be spoken, but should be done in a palatable, non-offensive way. I think we foolish westerners would be more inclined to hear your message of eastern knowledge if it were presented without the name calling rhetoric. Thanks.

» Posted By sarva On June 2, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

Abortion–A Medical Procedure or Murder?

Hare Krishna Minu,
Sorry to hear of your situation but please under no circumstances should you abort the child growng in your womb. There are thousands of childless couples praying with every fibre of their being to have the child providence has refused them. Delivering your baby and giving it up for adoption turns, what for you is a problem, into a lifetime of love and affection for some other woman unable to bear her own child. Please consider what I am saying very, very carefully and do not kill the child in your womb. Thank you. Hare Krsna.

» Posted By sarva On June 6, 2010 @ 1:33 am

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

Heck, you don’t exist either. I have never seen you, your picture, heard your voice or anything. I haven’t even met anyone that has. Clearly you don’t exist.

» Posted By sarva On June 1, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

Message of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaja

Hare Krishna Shyamal,
Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, the empowered messenger of love of God, writes in one of his many instuctive bhajans that are as good as Vedas:

“Krishna se tomar, Krishna dite paro, tomara shakati ache
ami to kangala Krishna Krishna boli, dhai tava pache pache”
“Krishna is yours and you have the power to give Him to me. I am simply running after you shouting Krishna! Krishna!”
(quoted from Sharanagati)

He is praying to his Guru Maharaja, another pure devotee of the Lord, for the ultimate benediction, the topmost achievement of human life, that of loving service to the supreme personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna. Such service and loving attachment is only available from a pure devotee of Krishna. It is not a common street commodity. If we receive such blessings of a pure vaishnava our life becomes perfect. In the ultimate issue, what else is woth having?

» Posted By sarva On June 1, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

Following the Path of the Gopis

Respectful pranams to you Ashwini,
Gopi-bhava is refers to the extraordinary loving sentiments manifest in the hearts and demeanor of the gopis of Vrajadham, Sri Vrindavan. And to understand their exalted position we should refer to the statements of Lord Brahma in his enlightening treatise, Brahma Samhita. There it is stated, “ananda-cinmaya-rasa-pratibhavitabhis tabhir ya eva nija-rupataya kalabhi goloka eva nivasaty akhilatma-bhuto govindam adi-purusham tam aham bhajami” “I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who resides in His own realm, Goloka, with Radha, who resembles His own spiritual figure and who embodies the ecstatic potency [hladini]. Their companions are Her confidantes, who embody extensions of Her bodily form and who are imbued and permeated with ever-blissful spiritual rasa.” (Bs. 37) The gopis are expansions of the Lord’s “hladini shakti” and to understand their feeling of love for Krishna it is imperative that one understand them from this ontological perspective. Otherwise one may fall into the gross misunderstanding that the gopis are ordinary girls, Krishna is an ordinary boy and their relationship is a mundane, material affair.
One cannot “follow” gopi-bhava, it is not a process. This is a serious misunderstanding. Rather, whatever rasa or humor we have with Lord Krishna eternally is manifest in due course of time by strict adherence to the path of sadhana bhakti. There is no other way. Love for God is the innate characteristic of the soul. It is not external and is manifest by the process of hearing and chanting the holy names of the Lord. It is stated in Chaitanya Charitamrita, “ nitya-siddha krishna-prema sadhya kabhu naya shravanadi-shuddha-citte karaye udaya” “Pure love for Krishna is eternally established in the hearts of the living entities. It is not something to be gained from another source. When the heart is purified by hearing and chanting, this love naturally awakens. (CC Madhya 22.107)
The symptoms of a person who exhibits the rare quality of gopi-bhava can be judged by their extreme detachment from all things material. Gopi-bhava is rarely manifest even in the hearts of the most serious sadhaka. The prime example of devotees of this character who actually exhibited gopi-bhava are the six Goswamis of Vrindavana about whom Srinivasa Acharya wrote, “tyaktva turnam ashesha-mandala-pati-srenim sada tuccha-vat bhutva dina-ganeshakau karunaya kaupina-kanthashritau gopi-bhava-rasamritabdhi-lahari-kallola-magnau muhur vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri jiva-gopalakau” “ I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Goswamis, namely Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Sanatana Goswami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunätha das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami, who kicked off all association of aristocracy as insignificant. In order to deliver the poor conditioned souls, they accepted loincloths, treating themselves as mendicants, but they are always merged in the ecstatic ocean of the gopés’ love for Krishna and bathe always and repeatedly in the waves of that ocean.” (verse 4)
This is a deep subject, but suffice to say that any kind of perfection that can be achieved in Krishna Consciousness is dependent on our strict adherence to the path of sadhana which begins with the chanting of Sri Harinama. Please take this process seriously. Hare Krishna.

» Posted By sarva On June 2, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

Who Is a Real Guru?

How much time do you spend every day chanting Harinam on japa mala Sanvi?

» Posted By sarva On June 2, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

Srila Prabhupada’s Temple in Bangalore

Hare Krishna Amol,
First, I would like to commend you for taking the process of chanting Lord Krishna’s name so seriously. And you are correct in understanding the importance of chanting with attention. The hard part is to regulate our lives, secular responsibilities, and devotional life in such a way that we find some segment of undisturbed time when we can chant with concentration. I find it helpful to rise quite early and complete a good portion of my rounds before I think of doing anything else. If we have that resolve to carve out some portion of our day when we have no other intention but hearing and chanting, our spiritual progress is more rapid. Personally, I feel the difference in the way my day goes when I complete my 16 rounds early on in the day. Your schedule, it sounds like, is a bit more challenging but my point is that each of needs to find that special time somewhere in 24 hours when we do nothing else but chant Hare Krishna maha mantra. Hope that helps. Hare Krishna.

» Posted By sarva On May 31, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

Knowledge is the solution–First Find A Bona Fide Guru (MP3 Audio)

Hi Sanvi, Thank you for the nice questions. My answers are below in boldface and italics.

While we are trying to realize ourselves and how to go back to Godhead, back to Krsna. While that is our struggle, we come across different paths in life, where we make errors as we are imperfect beings. Not the huge errors, such as making God property your property, but errors which are to some people, small, and to some people they are big.
What to do if you find a baby bird and everyone says that the birds mother will come back and but then the mother did not come back the bird died. What can we do to help not make silly mistakes, and does this mean we are bad people.

A devotee only tries his/her best to please Lord Krishna. In devotional life perfection lies not in the result, but in the endeavor. Lord Krishna is pleased that we simply try our level best to adopt the process we have received from His representative, the bonafide spiritual master. And as we follow the path chalked out by such a devotee the endeavor itself becomes more and more perfect.

It is not fair we are imperfect beings trying to be perfect then it becomes our fault. Its a really dreadful punishment to be here on Earth. It says we chose to come to experience sense enjoyment, but there really is no enjoyment in seeing ourselves making endless mistakes and feelings of being incompetent.
Realizing the negative quality of material nature and our innate imperfection should bring us to the stage of desiring complete shelter, not in matter, but as Lord Krishna recommends in Gita, “daivim prakritim ashritam” (bg. 9.13)a wise person, a mahatma, a devotee takes shelter in the spiritual energy of the Lord. And what are the activities of such a person? In the next verse He states,”satatam kirtanyanto mam” A person who has taken shelter of the divine energy of the Lord is always chanting His glories.

Where is the Science of Krishna to help to establish our need to be perfect with a limited intellect. Not only God punish us but we punish ourselves for our limited Krishna Consciousness. If only God can make perfect decisions, and as sparks of the original source we are unable to make clear KC acts as we have limits placed upon us by material modes why are we at fault. Why we are punished?

We are not, “punished” we simply meet various, “brick walls” in the course of life as we try to pursue our own selfish goals. The only solution the the problems we all face is surrender to the will of the Lord. One who does so is assured of His protection, “aham tvam sarava papebhyo, mokshayishyami ma suchah” (Bg. 18.66)

Why did Krishna make us imperfect humans and it becomes hard to be good all the time we are sinful even if we try very hard to be good, we struggle to be good, how can this be any fun to be here on Earth, it seems like a painful place and we did not come here for any sense enjoyment as many people feel that this is a big topic they are always talking of, which does not relate much to my life.

Lord Krishna is fulfilling the desires of your past life. He is not to blame that we are continually unhappy with our present life and circumstances. That’s our responsibility, if we desire auspiciousness in our life to take the Lord’s advice, and the advice of His representatives and take up the process of devotional service to purify the condition of our heart. Spiritual life begins with cleansing the consciousness of all dirty things, “cheto darpana marjanam..” (Sikshastakam). One whose heart has been cleansed by the activities of Krishna bhakti experiences less and less attachment to “sinful” life. That is not a philosophical idea, it is the experience of anyone who tries.

So the battle on the grounds of Kurukhestra where Krishna gave spiritual guidance to Arjuna his devote disciple, was needed even when Arjuna had so much ability to make very Good rational decisions. This was a battlefield and good King wins to the benefit of all society.
A little bird is not going to die, and belongs to Krishna it has material body just like the cousins of Arjuna, they also do not really die and soul is eternal. It still is hard to make sense to see why this type of world even is allowed to exist.

The material world is here because we desire it. And when you want God and only God, you can leave and return to the spiritual world. The choice is yours.

If the experience of pain is to help elevate spiritual progression as a lesson we are to learn before we can appreciate KC? But the acts of KC does not include a lot about extending our service to all creatures instead it recites do not lament all is material and be detached we are all concentrating only in service to Krishna at the temple where they are offering food and decorating Krishna and Radha. If Krishna is in all living entity then why not see that all living things made by Krishna is temple. Krishna is every where not just in the man made temples where imperfect devotees where tilak and show their musical ability.

Lord Krishna is everywhere and within everything, those who regularly attend temple functions, especially to learn the science of Krishna consciousness, will in course of time see Him everywhere. That is the experience of self realized persons. In the mean time, before you are seeing Krishna everywhere and in everyone, I recommend this process; go to the Temple, chant Harinama with the devotees, and learn the process to see Krishna everywhere. In this way you will become perfect. Seeing the devotees as imperfect (as they may be) and the rest of the world as well will not help you.

Things must be seen clearly, and Krishna Science is not situated just in the temple, Krishna is every where, even in the little bird, but no one cares just the same as putting a flag on the moon, people make temples and hide behind the wall, cutting all real ties from Krishna who is in all living things.
Personally I do not think that the KC is really understood properly, and needs some clarity to how every day devote HK and KC can reach Krishna, who I feel is really just not seen. Like being in the dark room and you can not see.
I am writing to you Prabhu madhudavisa, because you are following the teachings of His Divine Grace Swami Prabhupada, and we are all living in Kali yugna and need to get lot of guidance and Krishna has left us all alone for a billion more years, when it gets even worse on Earth, why he has left it all this late? makes not sense I need God to come now.
This is not very good management to leave us all alone and be helpless like the bird and we can not do much good to anyone else if we are incomplete in Krishna Science Knowledge.
Please do help, Prubhu so I can be a better human and not make mistakes.
your servant
Sanvi
Sanvi, I can see from your questions that you are a sincere, intelligent and thoughtful person. Please take up, with all sincerity, the process of self realization in this age which begins with the chanting of the Holy Name of the Lord with love and devotion. All the answers to your questions will be revealed within your heart by this simple, sublime process. Hare Krsna.

» Posted By sarva On May 30, 2010 @ 6:05 pm

Just What is the Bhagavad Gita?

Hare Krishna Bharath,
May I suggest that you purchase some de-caffeinated tea. It is the caffeine in tea that is objectionable since it is an artificial stimulant, a mild drug actually. Herbal teas are also available and are some promote bodily health. In this way you may have the satisfaction of enjoying a hot beverage, but not be outside of Srila Prabhupada’s request that devotees avoid all varieties of intoxication.

» Posted By sarva On June 3, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

Perhaps this sloka from Bahagvad-Gita will be helpful:
“Those who are seers of the truth have concluded that of the nonexistent [the material body] there is no endurance and of the existent [the soul] there is no cessation. This seers have concluded by studying the nature of both.” (Bg. 2.16)
In other words, we as spiritual entities exist eternally, yet where do we “exist”? In the realm of non-existence, this material world. The material world, although real, is described as “non-existant” on account of it’s temporary, mutable nature. The soul, or atma, is, on the other hand, immutable and changeless. Thus the nature of the soul, our true self, and the world we live in are fundamentaly different. The objective of human life is to return to the purely spiritual kingdom of God where life is eternal, as we are.

» Posted By sarva On May 30, 2010 @ 10:59 pm

The Spirit of Bhagavad Gita

Hare Krishna Bharath,
Srila Prabhupada said Krishna consciousness is simple for the simple. So, the process of sadhana, devotional service in practice is also simple and easy to adopt. The only requirement is sincerity of purpose. May I recommend the following:
1)Establish some sacred space wherever you live. And let that be the Lord’s Temple. Just as you would accommodate a guest that comes to your home to whom you show all respect, and to whom you offer the best of whatever you have, in the similar way think of Lord Krishna as not just as your honored guest but as the proprietor of your dwelling place. In that special room or space establish an altar with some nicely framed photos of Sri Sri Radha Krishna, Lord Chaitanya and Srila Prabhupada.
2)Visit the Lord’s temple room every day. Present yourself as His servant and chant and sing His Holy Names. Learn some Vaishnava bhajans. Offer Him a lamp and some incense.
3)Regularly prepare and offer sattvik vegetarian foodstuff for His satisfaction, strictly avoiding all kinds of meat, fish, eggs, their by products, onions and garlic.
4)Read Srila Prabhupada’s books everyday and think about what you read during the day. Memorize some key verses from Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, learn their meaning and explain them to your friends.
5)Invite devotees to your home and inquire from them how to make further progress in devotional service.
6)Purchase some of Srila Prabhupada’s CD lectures and bhajan tapes and hear about Lord Krishna from him.
7)Remove your TV if you have one. Watching it will hamper your spiritual progress.
8) Observe Ekadasi vrata on the eleventh day of the waning and waxing moon (ekadasi tithi both sukla paksha and krishna paksha) by voluntarily eating only fruits, simple vegetables and strictly avoiding grains, beans, rice, dahl etc..
As you become accustomed to these practices you will find over the course of time that your life becomes fulfilled, you will become more and more peaceful, and realization of Lord Krishna’s unbounded kindness and mercy will flood your heart with love and gratitude. By this simple, easily performed practice of sadhana we become eligible to return to the spiritual world and thus solve all problems born of material contact once and for all.

» Posted By sarva On June 3, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

The Lord said to Arjuna, “vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyo, vedanta krit veda vit eva chaham”, “By all the Vedasam I to be known; indeed I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.” (Bg. 15.15). We also find the following quote from the Gita-mahatmyam of sri Veda-Vyasa, “sarvapanisado gavo dogdha gopala-nandana, partho vatsa sudhir bhokta, dugdham gitamritam mahat” “All the Upanisads are like a cow, and the milker of that cow is Lord Sri Krishna, the son of Nanda. Arjuna is the calf, the beautiful nectar of the Gita is the milk, and the fortunate devotees of fine theistic intellect are the enjoyers and drinkers of that milk” Hare Krishna.

» Posted By sarva On June 2, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

Hare Krishna Ashwini,
If we understand that the chanting and hearing of Lord Krishna’s holy names is the process that nourishes our spiritual life and gives us the opportunity to enter the kingdom of God at the end of life, and that all spiritual perfection, what to speak of material happiness all come form this easy process, we will be more inclined to take it seriously. But, that understanding doesn’t come over night. In the mean time the best thing is to adopt a regulated approach to chanting. If you are unable at this stage of your life to complete 16 rounds make a vow to chant a fixed numbr of rounds on a daily basis that you can easisly complete. Do that every day, and when you are steady in your vow you can gadually increase according to your life’s situation and capacity.

» Posted By sarva On June 1, 2010 @ 12:35 am

“I am not this Body.” Easy to say…

Nice thoughts Jesse. allow me to suggest some furter ideas based on the wisdom of the Vedas
I have trouble seeing the body and the soul as being separate.
Two distinct things they are, yes, but in this estate of life
they are very much conjoined…the body is needed for the soul
to recognize, understand, and build it’s spirituality. If we
were only spirit, and no body to learn with, then we could not
advance as effectively. The body, for me, is necessary, and there
is much joy that can be found in that.
We all have this trouble, seeing the soul and the body as distinct from one another. We have been embodied, riding in the vehicle of the body for many lifetimes and thus it seems natural. But we should understand the characteristics of the soul in relation to the body in the light of scripture. If we live according to scriptural advice, that knowledge and experience will dawn in our life. We call this self realization, the ultimate “joy”.

What I was trying to get to with that is the idea that because we
are currently in a state of material form, perhaps the maintenance
of the body could in itself be made into a spiritual act, rather than
being separate from spiritual activities. Scientists have linked
exercise and health to happiness. Yes, it is material happiness, but
how effective would it be for someone feeling good about themselves and
healthy to engage in spiritual activities over someone who feels sickly,
weak, and is depressed to try to engage in them?
Take the analogy of the car. If we are careless with it, we could wreck
it and thereby injure the driver, or if we run it into the ground without
taking care of it, we may leave the driver stranded.
Very true. Lord Krishna recommends in Bhagavad-Gita, “yuktahara viharasya, yukta chestasya karmasu…” (Bg. 6.17), that one should regulate their habits of eating, sleeping, working and recreation. Indeed by doing so, “yogo bhavati dukhaha” we can greatly minimize the distress associated with having a material body. The body is a machine and as any machine requires maintenance, so our body requires care as it is a vehicle for the soul and the vehicle with which we serve God while in this world.

Thus I feel, in conclusion, that maintaining the body in a healthy and
well-moderated state will benefit the soul in this life, so long as one
does not become attached to the things which the body engages in. It is
largely a will of the mind, and will require much thinking, learning, and
action in life. The body, as the car, must be maintained, or else it will be deadlined and will provide no service to the driver.
Yes, no doubt the body requires proper care but don’t make the mistake of thinking that doing so benefits the soul. The soul is described in Bhagavad-Gita as, imperishable, indestructible, immutable and inconceivable. The process of self realization is to wake up and experience our eternal identity as soul or spirit. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu likened the process to cleansing a mirror. When a mirror is covered by dust we can’t see our reflection clearly. Similarly, when our consciousness is covered with the dust of material identification we conceive of ourselves as matter, as the body. That misconception is cleansed by the easy awakening process of chanting the Holy Names of Lord Krishna. If you do this sincerely there is no doubt you will experience the truth of the matter directly. Hare Krishna.

» Posted By sarva On June 1, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

Hare Krishna Rachana,
Concentarting on the process of chanting Harinama, namely hearing the sound vibration and focusing our mind is certainly challenging for all of us from time to time. Arjuna said to Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita, “chanchalam hi manah krsna pramathi balavad dridham… (Bg. 6.34), the mind is more difficult to control than the wind, it is obstinate, strong, tubulent and restless. Thus when we pick up japa beads and begin to chant, the mind trypicaly wants to think about anything else besides chanting. But with practice and detachment it is possible to conquer the restless mind and focus on the task at hand. This is actual yoga for the age, just to focus on the sound of Lord Krishna’s holy names. Some devotees also find it helpful to gaze at a favorite picture of the Lord or a poster with the Maha Mantra written on it. Hope that helps. Hare Krishna.

» Posted By sarva On June 1, 2010 @ 12:27 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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