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» Posted By Vikram On December 3, 2017 @ 10:52 am
Hi Madhudvisa dasa,
I don’t know much about astronomy so I won’t try to argue with you about the cause of eclipses. But I am curious why you accept the Vedic scriptures as the absolute truth? …
» Posted By Vikram On August 16, 2017 @ 8:40 pm
One more interesting thing, I did a search on Google about how many species there are on earth, and scientists say anywhere from 5-10 million (one recent study suggested about 8.7 million), so at least they are roughly accurate, based on your figure of 8,400,000.
» Posted By Vikram On November 3, 2012 @ 5:03 am
Dear Madhudvisa Dasa,
Very interesting, but then why do so many other religions reject the concept of reincarnation?
As for modern people not being happy, that is so true, many are not. I know I was depressed for many years, even before I got full-blown schizophrenia. Actually, the whole reason I became interested in spirituality is that I was frustrated and depressed, so that bad experience might be a blessing in disguise. As you said in your post, Krishna designed this world to be frustrating so that they would give up this materialistic struggle.
I’ve been aware of that for a while now through Prabhupada’s books and my own experience, but I have to admit I’m still reluctant to become a devotee. I think the main reason is I find it difficult to believe the rituals performed in the temples are actually producing any results. I mean, I know Prabhupada says that when these rituals are performed the deity is entering the murti (that is what the deity figure of metal or wood is called, right?) I know I’m supposed to trust Prabhupada since he is the guru; I just don’t understand why all these forces are hidden from us if Krishna really wants us to believe that the scriptures are his word. Even if we do accept that Krishna is the controller, how do we know that all these rituals are influencing the world?
I want to reject the materialistic struggle, but I don’t know what to replace it with. Should I try to be a modern scientist, but one who accepts he is not the controller, only Krishna is? Should I become a devotee? Is it possible to be both a devotee and a scientist? I know Prabhupada called Krishna consciousness Vedic science, but for something to be scientific it has to be verifiable, so I think that’s probably the main reason for my reluctance to become a devotee—I have no idea how to verify that Krishna is actually entering these deity figures, purifying that prasadam, or even that the scriptures are in fact his word.
How will I know that I am on the true path?
» Posted By Vikram On November 3, 2012 @ 4:08 am
Does everyone go through the same number of lives starting from the very lowest form of life?
If there are a fixed number of species as the scriptures say, then it should take everyone the same number of lifetimes to be liberated, unless some souls are born into the same species multiple times.
» Posted By Vikram On November 1, 2012 @ 8:04 am
Dear Madhudvisa dasa,
Thanks for responding. I understand Prabhupada’s argument that scientists are starting from imperfect material senses and instruments. My point is that even the religious people start from that platform. Someone had to record Krishna’s instructions to Arjuna, and those instructions had to be passed down over centuries. That involves memorizing and reciting it, and later writing down and copying it, both processes which are almost certain to introduce errors at some point, especially if this really is such a dark age where people have lesser mental faculties compared to previous eras.
I recall as a boy in fifth grade being part of an experiment in my class where the teacher whispered a story into the ear of a student, then he or she whispered that into another student’s ear and so on until every student had heard it, and the last student would then say what he had heard, and it was absolutely nothing like the original message. And at least in that case we knew what the original message was so we could compare it to the final distorted message and see where it had gone wrong.
In that case it didn’t matter what the original message was, it was just a demonstration, but in other cases it does matter. Of course, if the information is from Krishna, and hasn’t changed from its original form, it must be correct. But how do we know it came from him or hasn’t been modified? How do we know anything from history? After all, not only did all that information have to pass through matter, people are always concocting their own stories, or someone makes something up and people repeat it like it’s the truth, even if it’s not. Or sometimes fact and fiction mix and it can be hard to separate the truth from the fairy tales.
Please note that I’m not defending the scientists; I’m just curious how the method of passing down knowledge is any less prone to error than using observational data. Also, I’m not an atheist so I’m not arguing against Krishna consciousness; if anything I’m just seeking answers to questions that my exposure to the Krishna consciousness movement has raised.
Hare Krishna and thanks for answering,
» Posted By Vikram On November 1, 2012 @ 7:53 am
Hi Madhudvisa dasa, I’m a schizophrenic. I have lots of imaginary conversations with Srila Prabhupada. I have read some of his books, and some articles on the various Krishna websites out there, including this one (along with your e-mails, of course). I often discuss these topics with Srila Prabhupada and the swami at the Krishna temple, which I haven’t visited in a while (since I have the conversation in my head, I don’t have to be there).
Now, scientists say that the moon is closer to the earth than the sun, but Srila Prabhupada says we should dismiss anything that contradicts the scripture because the scientists are using imperfect instruments. However, even reading the scripture or transmitting it through a material medium requires using imperfect instruments (our senses, the printing press and what not). I asked about this to the swami at my temple (in real life, not just in my head, although I replay the conversation in my head sometimes) and he said that when you pass on spiritual knowledge it becomes purified, even if it is transmitted through matter or the senses. But how can we even be sure if that’s true? In order for him to know that it gets spiritualized, that knowledge (that it gets spiritualized) also must have been transmitted through the material medium. So just as scientists’ use of experimental data and instruments starts from an imperfect platform, so does religion. While Srila Prabhupada dismisses experimental knowledge, I read on some Krishna website that “the proof of the pudding is in the eating,” so in other words we have to experiment before we can know. So why does Srila Prabhupada reject the methods of experimental science when the only way to know if even his own Vedic science is true is to try it, i.e. experiment (by following the regulative principles)?
Schizophrenia is unpleasant so if Krishna consciousness could cure it that would be great, but I also feel very suspicious about this religion.
I would appreciate advice, thanks.
» Posted By Vikram On October 28, 2012 @ 4:33 am
Hello Prabhu, just want to add two things.
About your point 3. mode of goodness comes from worship of Vishnu (sattva) but mode of _pure_ goodness can only be achieved in transcendental loving service of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna.
Also, point 5. Krishna is the Supreme Being is stated not only in scriptures directly based on Him such as Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagvatam, but also the Vedas (which of course only discuss the Lord apart from the materialistic rituals), various Upanishads, Puranas, and all kinds of scriptures, so Prabhu’s ‘everywhere’ isn’t an exaggeration. All vedic scriptures have atleast a few lines mentioning Sri Krishna as the supreme. In this age of Kali many details have been hidden by maya but they are there for those who look. Just as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s incarnation was hidden and the names of Gauranga and Nityananda are secret, but present in the scriptures.
» Posted By Vikram On October 18, 2017 @ 11:10 am
Hare Krishna :About 4 years I was into meet eating/alcohol and other stuff having no idea about Krishna and the books translated by Guruji.
I am irregular in chanting now ,missing on days altogether, and by grace of Krishna some bad habits have gone — Except Alcohol.
If I become regular with the chanting of specific rounds will I be able come to Krishna’s mercy ?
» Posted By Vikram On August 6, 2017 @ 2:48 am
i want to discuss some personal problem. I want to get rid of this problem and be Krishna Consciousness. How can i do that ?
» Posted By vikram On December 28, 2010 @ 2:51 am
I doubt that women in the Krishna Consciousness movement are necessarily happier than western women. I recall watching on TV a show about the horrible things that were done to children, especially girls in the Krishna movement, emotionally and even physically scarred for life by sannyasis who abused them. Especially the sexual abuse was sickening. And if women were only meant to cook and clean, why did Krishna give some women very high intelligence? Shouldn’t those women be able to participate in the intellectual fields of society? I think it would be a waste to expect women to only perform tedious housework while men are sitting around philosophizing, talking politics and what not that Indian men do.
» Posted By Vikram On July 1, 2016 @ 6:18 pm
Prabhupada believed women are less intelligent than men and therefore should be under men’s control. I have seen some Krishna sites on the Internet (maybe it was this one, I read it a while ago) that claim to have studies showing women are less capable in most scientific fields. What’s interesting though is that the intelligence of black men is less than that of white women according to IQ tests, and their scientific accomplishments less than that of white women. What do you make of that? If women can be placed under the control of men of any color due to lack of intelligence, surely black men, who are far more violent on average than whites, and even less intelligent than white women, should be placed under the control of whites. At least, by Prabhupada’s logic.
Actually, white women only score a little bit lower than white men on IQ tests, while black men score substantially lower. Help me understand why women should be under men’s control. Though women are also capable of evil, men have done the most butchering throughout history. I’m not trying to say women are better than men. Certainly I have been mistreated by females as well as males, but morally and intellectually I don’t think there is much difference between them, mainly it is physical strength of which men have more, while the small difference in IQ could be explained by other factors. And again, even if we assume men are smarter than women, white women are substantially more accomplished overall than black men.
» Posted By Vikram On July 1, 2016 @ 6:05 pm
It is certainy very appalling to see ISCKON brand Vishnu as the supreme godhead, whilst belittling Shiva, I can cull heaps of instances where Vishnu surrendered to Shiva in penance and for liberation, take the story of SomaSkanda Murty. And the story where Vishnu offers his eye to Shiva. The story where neither Vishnu or Brahma were unable to measure the divine form of Lord Shiva. It is conventional in the vedas and in mythology to praise one lord above all. This does not mean one is supreme over the other. In reality they are all the same.
“He is One only without a second.”
[Chandogya Upanishad 6:2:1]1
Hari Hara, Hare Krishna
» Posted By vikram On July 4, 2010 @ 8:41 am
i m writing a article on rebirth.
for that i need few real cases of it.
» Posted By vikram On May 19, 2009 @ 2:37 pm
How to pronounce the word krishna. It is said that the word krishna has second sha and ana instead of first sha and na. How to pronounce it
» Posted By Vikram On March 7, 2018 @ 1:20 pm
Yes it’s true there’s parallel world around us which we can’t see. I myself is doctor who never believed in the existence of ghosts. But lately when i shifted to new house due to job, i started experiencing strange things happening. For instance,i found gold plated child bangle with black beads down under almirah. Few days later, refrigated milk disappeared in nights ,leaving the vessel black on bottom. Moreover wen there was no milk,water would disappear from refrigerator!!It’s very strange as i live alone and nobody comes to house.
» Posted By Vikram On August 10, 2012 @ 5:30 pm
whatever and wherever you are, just chant hari, hare krishna, simplest message.
» Posted By Vikram On May 3, 2015 @ 1:52 am
Wherever you are whatever position you are just chant and listen to hari, hare krishna. that is the simplest message.
» Posted By Vikram On May 3, 2015 @ 1:51 am
Dear Madhudvisa Das,
I really like reading your articles and especially your comments on krishna.org as they delineate the finer aspects of Srila Prabhupada’s philosophy and answer the specific questions people pose from their daily lives. I only wanted to confirm this – do you completely source your answers from SP’s books or is there a little thinking/assuming/logic/reasoning involved in your answers?
I ask because I directly copy/paste your answers/comments to some friends I’m preaching to. I’ve told them to read SP’s books but keep sending them your comments as little snippets of information that will hold their interest and motivate them to educate themselves on this philosophy. So what I meant to ask is that can I be completely sure that your answers are coming fully and directly from information in SP’s books? Since I haven’t read all of SP’s books yet (only 2) I can’t really provide my friends with answers on say, questions about marriage and how to work for krishna. But I find those answers from your articles and comments and give that without editing. That should be the same as finding the answers from SP’s books, yes? Sorry if the question is rude, I have honest intentions of keeping my friends engaged in reading SP’s books and advancing in Krishna consciousness. And yes, I am reading SP’s books too.
What is your opinion on this? Should I instead google a lot and then find the answers on prabhupadabooks.com? Although I’ve noticed a few significant differences from SP’s original books and that website (from Teachings of Lord Caitanya in particular).
Regards and many thanks for your service to SP,
» Posted By Vikram On October 18, 2017 @ 11:49 am