Dispassionate Analysis of Emotive Life Changes
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.31.44 | November 29, 2007 |
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July 28, 2011 |
Question: All that has happened in the world during the financial crisis has made me feel a kind of hopelessness that I have never experienced before. I talk to many people during the day, and so many seem to feel lost as I do, because of the recent (3 years) kaos of seemingly collapsing economies around the world.… Expand>
All that has happened in the world during the financial crisis has made me feel a kind of hopelessness that I have never experienced before. I talk to many people during the day, and so many seem to feel lost as I do, because of the recent (3 years) kaos of seemingly collapsing economies around the world.
I have always had some kind of hopefulness depite all that the world churns out. But this time, its as if all the goodnesss that people have tried to do has been stamped on and negated by the tremendous greed and lawlessness of the various ruling elites including governments and corporations and political so called leaders.
I feel I have been aimless since this series of "events." and its hard to make sense of how to live in the world. I am not prone to depression and I have had a lot of "success" in life, but somehow, its hard to ignore what is happening in the world today–it feels a lot more kaotic than in the past. I feel that
somehow I need to be involved in organizing a response to what is happening and help to be part of making it better. What can I do to get grounded again and help somehow?
July 2, 2016 |
English; Navsari, Gujarat, India
June 26, 2011 |
Question: You had been asked about this "cruel punishments" on hellish planets, from the point of view of human law. Sivananda Prabhu(brahmacari ashram partner) ask me this so I ask to you: What is the fate of a sadhaka in Krishna consciousness who had a previous sinner life? I have some doubts…shall he go to Vaikhuntha? shall he came again here to preach for the sake of Lord Caitanya? And what is the destiny of his forefathers?
January 17, 2015 |
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August 2, 2011 |
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September 30, 2013 |
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October 24, 2011 |
Question: I heard from other devotees and I also personally faced that many people of ISKCON, especially Tamil speaking initiated devotees are now hearing some lectures from "Velukkudi Krishnan," and they appericiate that. Some of the devotees used to go to the Mayavadi's sanga like of Muralidar, Krishna-premi etc., Velukkudi Krishnan is now speaking in the… Expand>
I heard from other devotees and I also personally faced that many people of ISKCON, especially Tamil speaking initiated devotees are now hearing some lectures from "Velukkudi Krishnan," and they appericiate that. Some of the devotees used to go to the Mayavadi's sanga like of Muralidar, Krishna-premi etc.,
Velukkudi Krishnan is now speaking in the televisions also. Sorry say even the brahmin initiated devotees also hear his teachings including those who know English so please kindly guide us what to do. You know that people those who don't want to change themselves will never going to change but at least the innocent people may know what to do.^ Show less
May 1, 2016 |
Question: As far as cooking prasada for the deities, the standard as I know is to be second initiated. Does this apply to cooking for the devotees and offering it to a picture? In Krishna house they have devotees cooking who chant 8 rounds and its questionable if they are following the regulated principles. Would this affect one's consciousness and can this be considered a fit offering to the Lord?… Expand>
As far as cooking prasada for the deities, the standard as I know is to be second initiated. Does this apply to cooking for the devotees and offering it to a picture? In Krishna house they have devotees cooking who chant 8 rounds and its questionable if they are following the regulated principles. Would this affect one's consciousness and can this be considered a fit offering to the Lord?
Answer by H.H. Bhakti Vikāśa Swami:
Well, the proper term in our terminology is to prepare bhoga for the Deities. It is offered, the Lord accepts it, and then we take His prasādam.
Yes, but that’s the strict rule that in the temple where Deities are worshipped, all cooking and Deity worship should be done by brāhmaṇ initiated devotees.
That doesn’t mean that if you are not brāhmaṇicaly initiated you should not eat, or just only eat raw food or something like that. Even that, you are supposed to offer to Kṛṣṇa.
There is laxity for some devotees who are not initiated in that way. But in the temples with installed Deities (of course Deity means installed) there bhoga should be offered and cooked by persons who are formally initiated brāhmaṇically or pañcarātrically.
If they are not chanting 16 rounds and following the principles, then they shouldn’t be cooking for Deities and they will affect our consciousness.
viṣayīra anna khāile malina haya mana
malina mana haile nahe kṛṣṇera smaraṇa
“When one eats food offered by a materialistic man, one’s mind becomes contaminated, and when the mind is contaminated, one is unable to think of Kṛṣṇa properly.“ (CC Antya 6.278)
Then we may say they are devotees, not materialists. They are not devotees to the level who should be cooking for distribution to others. They won’t benefit others. I’ve spoken on this many times. You can see on the website, there must be.
It affects one’s consciousness certainly because the consciousness of the cook is transmitted through the cooking.
Once, in Australia, Śrīla Prabhupāda was given some prasādam, nicely puffed up purīs. Afterward he asked: Who is the cook? The cook was Kūrma dāsa Prabhu, one of the most famous cooks in the history of ISKCON.
There are some famous cooks: Yamunā devi (who is probably the most famous), Kūrma Prabhu, Apūrva is very well known in America, Vibhu-Caitanya was there in Vṛndāvan. There are so many good cooks, but some in particular.
So Kūrma Prabhu came and Śrīla Prabhupāda said to him: Thank you very much for so nicely following the regulative principles!
We may say what’s that got to do with cooking, but Śrīla Prabhupāda could understand that his cooking is so nice because he is so seriously practicing Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and Rādhārāṇī is manifesting through him. It’s understood that cooking for Kṛṣṇa is the service of Rādhārāṇī.
rādhikāra pakka anna vividha byañjana
parama ānande kṛṣṇa korena bhojana
“In great ecstasy and joy Kṛṣṇa eats the rice, curried vegetables, sweets, and pastries cooked by Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī.” (Bhoga-arati / Bhaja Bhakata Vatsala, verse 8)
As Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura says She cooks for Kṛṣṇa rice and various vegetables, and so many different preparations.
And in South India they don’t know so much about Rādhā yet. So, they will say that Lakṣmī is cooking actually. Cooking for Viṣṇu means that the cook has to take blessing from Lakṣmī. It’s Her service, so the cook can only assist.
So, when one is in good consciousness then Kṛṣṇa is very pleased to accept the offering, and His mercy comes through fully.
If we are in materialistic consciousness, if we are not following the principles properly, if we are not up to the level of chanting 16 rounds, well, whatever good consciousness we have it will come through, and whatever bad consciousness we have it will come through also.
So, that’s the one in brief.
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May 21, 2011 |
Question: What is that which stops us from being Krishna conscious? Lot of people study Srila Prabhupada glorious books but they are still not able to make a difference in their life? What is that stop people from becoming fully Krishna conscious? Please help.… Expand>
What is that which stops us from being Krishna conscious? Lot of people study Srila Prabhupada glorious books but they are still not able to make a difference in their life? What is that stop people from becoming fully Krishna conscious? Please help.
Answer by HH Bhakti Vikāsa Swami:
Well, it’s the same question that Arjuna asked to Kṛṣṇa.
atha kena prayukto ’yaṁ
pāpaṁ carati pūruṣaḥ
anicchann api vārṣṇeya
balād iva niyojitaḥ
Why do people perform sinful activities even against their wish, as if they are forced? Kṛṣṇa replied… What did he reply? What’s the next verse? All right, anyone else apart from…
kāma eṣa krodha eṣa
viddhy enam iha vairiṇam
So far so good, they’re biting others, or maybe they’re listening to the lecture. Not very likely. So, Kṛṣṇa said that is because of material desire and anger… (Krodha generally means anger. That can mean frustration also. Frustration is another phase of anger.) …Which are born of rajo-guṇa, the mode of enjoyment of this material world, which burn like fire, which are highly sinful. One should know these to be the enemy. So it’s material desire. Ultimately, that’s our own desire, because of our own wrong desire. Why are we not Kṛṣṇa conscious? Because we don’t want to be, ultimately. Because we are rascals. So therefore, we have to take to the process of sādhana. This is a common question. Why aren’t we Kṛṣṇa conscious? We read the books. All right. We have a serious disease of not being Kṛṣṇa conscious. We have to take the medicine, but don’t expect it’s going to happen… One instant pill, you take one pill and everything finished. People, they advertise some medicine: “Guaranteed cure in seven days of all diseases”. You know it’s bogus. Guarantee: 35 000 rupees, worship some demigod and guaranteed all your problems solved. Bogus. So Kṛṣṇa consciousness is the cure, but take some time. Some patience is required. What stops us from becoming Kṛṣṇa conscious? Our own wrong desire that has to be rectified by regularly hearing and chanting about Kṛṣṇa, following the prescribed process.^ Show less
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December 24, 2013 |
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