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Friday, March 16, 2018

Disagreement is alright but...

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna talks much about duty and freedom from attachment to fruits of labor. Perhaps one such place where we can implement this idea is in the department of disagreement. In this day of social media, practically everyone has access to an audience and practically everyone has an opinion. Nothing wrong with that! Srila Prabhupada says where there are two people, there can be disagreement. In other words, as meager as two people can disagree what to then speak of a bigger group or an institution or community etc. 

There is disagreement in the Bhagavatam. Divine and exalted souls, we read, disagree and put forth opposing views in the presence of the Supreme Being. Certainly, therefore we can conclude,agreeing or disagreeing is within our domain. The problem with kali yuga disagreement is it comes with a selfish agenda of some sort. In other words, we disagree when our agenda is under threat or when we feel my thoughts or I will not be given importance. Such disagreement invariably will lead to discord and fight. However, if we disagree with someone or some principle according to the conclusion/essence of the shastra/guru vakya (not selfish) and satisfied with what Krishna provides, such disagreement will not create bitterness in our heart. 

If we do have bitterness, it is a sign that we are doing this for something selfish and that it is time for introspection!

Hare Krishna

ISKCON has to be a friendly movement

I am copying Maharaj words.

(HH.Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 October 2017, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.3.17)

ISKCON has to be a very friendly movement. A very accommodating movement that is ready to give everyone a chance; ready to not find fault in others. To not find fault in others is hard. We may catch someone lying and say, “He is a liar! Shame! This person needs to be rejected!” Well, have we ever lied? Never, ever? That is a lie! So yes, even if we catch someone lying, it does not mean that that person has some weakness. It does not mean that we can say, “This person is a write-off! I do not want to deal with such people!” Because then, we cannot deal with ourselves either. We are all fallen. We are all simply here by the mercy of great devotees and by the mercy of Lord Krsna.

But then, “How do you correct someone?”

Chanakya Pandit has mentioned that you cannot correct anyone unless you are in a senior position to that person. And even when you are in a senior position to that person, you cannot correct them unless you have a heartfelt friendship with them. If you are not senior and do not have a heartfelt relationship, then you do not correct them. Instead, you go to someone who has that relationship and say, “Well, these things are going on. I do not know what to do, but if you think something should be done…  I just want you to know.” That is all!

It is not that we go around, “That is not really right, Prabhuji. That is not our standard… That is very offensive!” Through this, we just create a movement that nobody wants to be a part of it for a long time. If it is fine to tell everyone off then we cannot live in such a movement for a long time.

We need a movement which is based on deep friendship and deep appreciation. We do not need a boarding school. If we create a movement which is like a boarding school where everyone is looking at everyone else like, “Prabhuji, are you doing this correctly? That should go over there!” Then, in one’s mind, one may start to think, “I want to break loose. I want to run free. I want to go.”  

We become split personalities in such an environment. We have a façade and the façade is all external rules, regulations and standards. And behind the closed curtains, the real self comes out. No, we do not want that. We want a very mature movement. A movement with deep friendships amongst everyone. And then, we help each other and we realise, “Today I help you and tomorrow you help me.”

Hare Krishna

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Human Connectome Project

Who am I? - this is an eternal question asked by many.

According to science, "I" is a combination and connection of neurons and neural activity in the brain. Brain has approximately 80 billion neurons and each human being is unique because these neurons snap and interact differently. The flow of information is different for different individuals hence the individuality and hence the difference in reaction and memory. Our taste, love, desire etc all stem from these connections, essentially transfer of electrical and chemical impulses between neurons. In other words, "I' and the feeling of "I", implied here, is reduced to chemical and electrical properties.

Besides, not sure what science tells about the reason behind a particular type of synapses or connection? Why is it connecting differently for different people? To me, it just explains the mechanism (the how and what) but not the why? For that again, we have to look elsewhere for the answer.

Hare Krishna

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Who is awarded the title Mahā-Bhāgavata

alabdhe vā vinaṣṭe vā
aviklava-matir bhūtvā
harim eva dhiyā smaret

Even if a devotee is frustrated in his attempt to eat properly or clothe himself properly, he should not allow this material failure to disturb his mind; rather, he should use his intelligence to remember his master, Lord Kṛṣṇa, and thus remain undisturbed. - Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (1.2.114). As one becomes mature in this process of remembering Kṛṣṇa in all circumstances, he is awarded the title Mahā-Bhāgavata. - SB 11.2.49 Purport

Certainly not easy in this day and age!

Hare Krishna

Monday, February 19, 2018


The distance to the closest stars has been measured by astronomers using an effect called parallax (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallax). This measurement depends on the assumption of the heliocentric model because one measures the position of a star at two times while earth rotates around the sun. (Parallax can be observed with a simple example. One can see the position of one’s outstretched finger will appear to be different relative to the background when you look through your right or left eye.) For example, parallax measurements suggest that Sirius (Mrgavyadha) is about 8.6 light years away. If the stars are so far away, then they have to be irradiating light like our sun. A distance of 8.6 lights years is much larger than the diameter of the universe given in the Bhagavatam (i.e. 4 billion miles, equivalent to approx 8 light minutes).

Using parallax, one can measure the distance to only the nearby stars. For the more distant stars, astronomers have developed a scale using the “magnitude” (brightness) of the stars. But this scale depends on knowing the absolute magnitude of specific stars, whose distance has been measured by parallax. In summary, the astronomers have assumed the correctness of the heliocentric model in calculating the distances to all of the stars.

If the heliocentric model is wrong and the earth is stationary, then the parallax measurements are wrong, and the stars are much closer than the scientists think.

-Bhù-gola tattv- Science of the Round Earth – Introduction, edited by H.H.Danavir Goswami

Hare Krishna

Thursday, February 15, 2018

It is a Voluntary Process

The process of Krishna consciousness can seem complex with so many things going on throughout the year. However, I believe that we must keep things simple. For me, one of the simple things to keep in mind, that is not to forget, is that this Krishna Consciousness is a voluntary process. 

Yes, it is the summum bonum of all thoughts,most sublime philosophy and the cream of all knowledge. It talks about love of God and how this human life is so very rare that we must perfect it etc etc. No doubt when we contemplate or even reach out to others, we may stress, pause or in-between speak about this gem-like knowledge but we should never fail to understand that at the end-of-the-day this is a voluntary process. 

Even Krishna after speaking the entire Gita to Arjuna and after showing His Universal Form which was awe-inspiring and non-debatable as far as Supremacy goes, finally, concludes by saying "yathecchasi tathā kuru" or "do what you wish to do". So this wish belongs to us. This freedom of choice that is given to us is always ours to hold. Krishna never interferes with it. 

Similarly, when we expect others to listen or follow or when we think such and such is wasting his or her life or when we imitate an acharya and feel sorry for the whole wide world, we have to remember that at the end of the day this is all voluntary and that voluntarism is also part of Krishna's creation,Krishna's plan!

Therefore, as a respect to Krishna, and the living being's personal space, we have to let them be, let them decide and let them make a decision and after a certain-point stop preaching and just be a well-wisher!

Hare Krishna

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The simple method to chant Hare Krishna

Over the years, I have read and heard different devotees speak about different techniques to chant properly. Devotees also talk about crying out to Radha and Krishna during chanting for mercy for improving our chanting. This may be bonafide or not, I do not know. However, so far I have not read or heard anything like this from Srila Prabhupada. The only thing I have heard Prabhupada say is to hear the words of the Mahamantra distinctly with focus. Beyond that I have not heard him say or have not read anything related to the mercy of Radha and Krishna or other techniques about chanting. Anyways, I will stick to the simple method of trying to hear the words properly while chanting and not speculate much.

In our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement we have fixed sixteen rounds as the minimum so that the Westerners will not feel burdened. These sixteen rounds must be chanted, and chanted loudly, so that one can hear himself and others. - Cc Antya Purport 11.23

The first regulative principle is that one must chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra loudly enough so that he can hear himself, and one must vow to chant a fixed number of rounds. - Cc Antya Purport 11.24

Therefore this is the only method. That you chant loudly and hear. Hare Kṛṣṇa. If your mind is in other things it will be forced to concentrate on the sound vibration "Kṛṣṇa." You haven't got to withdraw your mind from other, automatically it will be withdrawn because the sound is there. - Lecture, Los Angeles Feb 18 1969

What is the question of controlling the mind? Just chant and hear and the mind will controlled automatically - Page 95, Begging for the Nectar of the Holy Name

Only thing is that we should chant very attentively, hearing the vibration very distinctly.- SP letter to Satsvarupa Das Goswami,March 8 1969

Hare Krishna