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November 2009 Blog Posts (17)


Bhakti Sastri
Prahlada Prabhu (GGS); Travelling Sankirtana Pastimes of Srila Gour Govinda Swami



At 2:31am on November 28, 2009,

Jose G. Alfageme Roblas, Prahlad dasa maharajah said…



1. My godbrother Ananta Prabhu ( nowdays serving with Narayana Maharaja's Camp) was, for a while, the limousine driver of my Gurudev Srila Gour Govinda Maharajah, in Orissa. He told two stories;



He and GGS were travelling on a preaching tour in a remote rural tribal area of Orissa. One day they were crossing a densely forested region.… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
Early Days With Gour Govinda Swami in Bhubaneswara, Pt 2



I had the greatest respect for Gour Govinda Swami right away. One could see his transcendental spirit. He was non- assuming, joyful, glowing, self controlled, simple, personable, pure, unfetterred by illusion. He was always friendly, though sometimes his scholarly side would be more apparent, such as when giving Sunday class, or by dint of the simple fact that he worked so hard on translating Srila Prabhupada's books into English for many hours… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
Omniscient Dealings



Mar 14, 08 MONTREAL, CANADA — A few weeks back the question of devotee omniscience arose, as to whether such was possible, and whether Srila Prabhupada had such.



I recently came across a mention in the Nityananda Caritamrta of Vrndavana Dasa Thakura, as translated by Isvara dasa. Within, it describes how, on their way from Puri to Bengal for preaching, Nityananda Prabhu empowered several close associates with omniscience, as well as…

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Bhakti Sastri
Intro; Early Days in Iskcon Bhubaneswara, 1977-1980



About five years devotee now, "I had been engaged in Montreal temple as sometimes sankirtana devotee brahmacari cook and pujari of Jagannatha Swami, Baladeva Prabhuji, and Srimati Subhadra-deviji. Between duties, I was one of the best candle carvers of our temple-purchase business, and earned a smallish stipend which enabled me to head to India after the Christmas rush was over. Montreal was big back then, and we had at least 25 brahmacaris…

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Bhakti Sastri
Srila Gour Govinda Swami Defends Srila Prabhupada

By: BV Bhagavat Maharajah (ACBSP)





Today 09/12/2007 is the Appearance day of Parama Pujyapada Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Maharaja, the foremost amongst the diksha disciples of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. I was ordered by Srila Prabhupada to stay with him and continue my devotional service under his guidance; he was my first siksha Guru. On this day I would like to relate a little known pastime of how he defended the legacy… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
BHAKTA DAVID; "Oh, what to do?"



BY: BHAKTA DAVID



Nov 14, USA (SUN) — From Our Srila Prabhupada, A Friend to All, Early Contemporaries Remember Him, this part told by Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami Maharaja:



"…Later Abhaya Caranaravinda Prabhu wrote another dramatic article — this time about some of the leaders in the Gaudiya Matha. The article explained how the institution was coming apart after Srila [Bhaktisiddhanta] Prabhupada's departure.… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
Prabhu Kusakratha's Praises of Sri Yamuna River



Dedicated to and inspired by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda

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Yamuna River

A Comprehensive Guide to Śrī Vṛndāvana Dhāma



Yamuna DeviTable of contents [showhide]

1 Overview

2 Following Acaryas

3 Taking Bath

4 Srila Rupa Gosvami Instructs

5 Srila Prabhupada Instructs

6 Prayers… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
A Playful Fall



Mar 15, MONTREAL, CANADA— The question of the fall of the jiva from Goloka is moot. Srila Prabhupada has stated that that is the case. There is no question. After all, it is BACK to Godhead, not TO Godhead. There are so many proofs, that any Prabhupadanuga can reach another conclusion is beyond me, frankly. However, some do not understand how the jiva, in such a blissful situation as residing in Vrndavana, can become envious and depart that… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
Mahaprabhu's Religion

Reading articles by Steven Rosen and some others of the devotees, it seems as if there is some misunderstanding as to what constitutes true religion. Or rather, they seem to dwell on equting all paths as roughl equal. My concern is that statements universally supporting the world’s systems of religion and scriptures, putting all in on a par with those of the Vaisnavas, will lead many into a dark well from which they will be hard put to escape, or… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
Bhajana Jharikhanda

Through the endless verdant forest, Sri Caitanya roams In the jungle Jharikhanda, this time so happy on His own. In His blissful mood, the Lord’s ecstasy soars

Dancing with the elephants, to the tigers’ delighted roars!

He and they, together again! - the animals had no fears,

Theirs the greatest fortune when Mahaprabhu appears.



Imagine that! The Supreme Himself, playing at the role

Of His own greatest devotee, calling, “… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
Final Order pt 4

8) "Are you saying that Srila Prabhupada created no pure devotees?"

No, all we are stating is that Srila Prabhupada did set up the ritvik system to allow initiations to continue. Whether or not Srila Prabhupada created pure devotees is not relevant to his clear and unequivocal final order. As disciples our duty is simply to follow the instructions of the guru. It is inappropriate to abandon the guru's instruction and instead speculate as to how… Continue

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Final Order pt 5

What is a Ritvik?

Ritviks are often defined in one of two incorrect ways:



1) As insignificant priests, mere functionaries, who simply dish out spiritual names robotically.



2) As apprentice diksa gurus who are acting as ritviks only until they are fully qualified, at which point they will initiate on their own behalf.



We shall now compare these definitions with the role of a ritvik as given by Srila… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
Final Order pt 3

Other Related Objections

1) "Srila Prabhupada has not mentioned the use of ritviks in his books."



1) The word "ritvik" (meaning "priest") and its derivatives actually have 31 separate references in Srila Prabhupada's books, only slightly less than the word "diksa" and its derivatives, which has 41 separate references in Srila Prabhupada books. Certainly, the use of ritvik priests to assist in ceremonies is a concept fully sanctioned in… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
Final Order Appendices

Appendices



July 9th, 1977 Letter



ISKCON



INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS



Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada



July 9th, 1977







To All G.B.C., and Temple Presidents



Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,



Please accept my humble obeisances at your feet. Recently when all of the GBC members were with His Divine Grace in… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
Final Order pt 2

Evidence used to support an alternative to the ritvik system falls into three basic categories : Srila Prabhupada's frequent call for everyone to become guru, often made in conjunction with the "amara ajnaya guru hana" verse from the Caitanya-Caritamrta.



The half dozen or so personal letters where Srila Prabhupada mentions his disciples acting as diksa guru after his departure.



Other statements in Srila Prabhupada's books and… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
The Final Order, 4th ed.. Krsna Kanta Prabhu et al, pt 1

ISKCON Revival Movement



THE FINAL ORDER

Proves Srila Prabhupada Is ISKCON's Initiating Guru



By:

Krishnakant

Foreword by Dr. Kim Knott

Professor of Religous Studies, Leeds University, U.K.

Originally requested for submission to

a select committee of ISKCON's GBC in October 1996

Contents



• Foreword by Dr. Kim Knott

• Preface

• Introduction

• The Evidence

• Objections… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
Ananda dd. (UK): ‘Who is Srila Prabhupada’s disciple?’

Posted: 10 Nov 2009 12:36 PM PST

Srila Prabhupada, March 8, 1976, Mayapur: Discipline…Disciple means discipline.The word discipline comes from the word disciple, or disciple comes from discipline. So unless there is discipline, there is no question of disciple. This discipline…..that should be uniform. Otherwise sisya…sisya comes from the root, verb sas-dhatu. Sas means ruling. From this word Sasana means government. Sastra means weapon, and… Continue

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