Maya is like a mirror. It reflects all our desires. We can look into the world, which is a wonderful mirror, and see everything we want. We see the world as we want it, not as it is. The spiritual master forces us to open our eyes while we are standing in the darkest ignorance. When we see the world with the help of the spiritual master, we will become free from all material desires, and then we'll see the world as it is.
PRABHUPADA: Material enjoyment means implicated in unnecessary activities. If people are satisfied with plain living, then these things are not necessary: go into the ocean, find out oil, then bring it in the port, then distribute it, so many, one after another. That, this kind of civilization, they think it is advanced. And to live very plainly, minimizing this unnecessary activity, they think it is not civilization. more →
In retaliation to 9/11, USA unleashed a ‘Shock and Awe’ crusade against Taliban to expeditiously defeat them but success evaded them as Taliban proved more resilient than US expectations. A decade on, US defeat at the hands of rag-tag Afghan Taliban is an embarrassing truth for the world’s sole super power. more →
“We are told the Bhagavad Gita is the actual teaching directly from God. Yet I read that it was Sanjaya who envisioned the battle and conversation between Krishna and Arjuna while in the house of Dhritarastra. Was he channelling the story, he wasn’t actually present, is the Bhagavad Gita the vision of Sanjaya?” more →
Dear Madhavananda Prabhu, please accept my most humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I have read over your letter very carefully. You are certainly very sincere and thoughtful. I will answer your thoughts one after the other, but it is late for me, and I shall do it in the morning when my mind and energy is fresh.
If Srila Prabhupada is shaktavesha avatar (which we do recognize that he factually is), he can do anything, and it becomes LAW. Because the fully liberated soul is always in touch with Krishna, whatever he does or says is shastra, law, absolute, non-different from Krishna. Because we do not understand does not mean it is incorrect.
An immediate response that flowed into my heart was that Krishna, after elaborately explaining various philosophies — Karma Yoga, Jñana Yoga, Astanga Yoga, Sankya Yoga, the three modes of nature, divine and demoniac natures, the qualities of the four orders of Varnas and Ashrams, universal form, Bhakti Yoga, etc., finally concludes this eloquent summation of all Vedic philosophy, thought and analysis by telling Arjuna (His devotee and friend) “Fogeddaboudit… sarva dharmam parityaja… Give up all dharma and just do what I say. Just surrender unto Me, and I will protect you…. don’t worry, do not be afraid. If there is any fault or problem, I will take care of it.” more →
We have several record covers from the 1970’s up on The Bhaktivedantas website on the krsnaTunes page, available for downloading or streaming. I believe Urdhvaga also has posted some of these up at Vaishnava Gemeinde – Forum Deutscher Devotees. These are a fair sampling of the kirtans from that period, both in the temple and out on the streets.
DIY: Italian Tomato Sauce With Curd Cheese Steak — Environmentally Conscious Cooking
We want to popularise the use of milk or curd as opposed to people eating meat, like they’d eat spaghetti and meatballs or have a steak. But Prabhupada has pointed out that the milk of the cow is nothing but the blood which enters the udder and is transformed into milk by inconceivable, mysterious power of the cow. Although milk is just grass and water which is ingested and digested by the cow, by the great, wonderful arrangement of Krishna, this animal is able to take useless (practically, for all human purposes) hay or grass and transform it into milk, which is really the most perfect food. Today we’re going to suggest that people, instead of eating a slab of meat, should learn to accept curd or curd steak, which is actually much better nutrition-wise, economic-wise, environmental-wise and time-wise. In every respect. more →
A devotee in Texas wrote in, asking what to do, how to be properly connected with Srila Prabhupada. He is certainly not the only one. There are many devotees like him all over the world, so I hope this helps others who likewise want to understand their situation in relationship to Prabhupada. more →