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Bhakti Sastri
Wading For You

Dear Gouranga dasa Prabhu ji, your article impressed many of us with its naive but sincere lightness of vision! Many of us refugee senior devotees intended to reply, but couldn't find time to go over the issues yet again, for yet another of the many swimming in the on-going river of misinformed sycophants of the usurpers. Out of a sense of mercy and decency, Radha-Govinda-ji has swum out to save you. I simply corroborate her observances, wading in her… Continue

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Corroborating Krsna dasa's Concerns

It takes courage and the highest order of compassion to stand against the darkness. But Krsna is a fire which burns in the heart and minds of men, Who drives them to attempt the impossible, to stand even as one man against an empire, for the sake of an ideal.

Krsna dasa has revealed concerns about the quality of the activities of Bhatkimarg Swami, long time devotee within ISKCON and GBC/authorized guru.



I recall 1973, at the Toronto… Continue

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Vanaprastha Ashrama Today

“One in the vanaprastha order of life should always practise taking charity from others, for one is thereby freed from illusion and quickly becomes perfect in spiritual life. Indeed, one who subsists on food grains obtained in such a humble manner purifies his existence." (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.18.25)

Curious how kali-yuga plays tricks with the practical interpretation of sastra. In this case, any ISKCON vanaprasthas attempting to follow this… Continue

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So What ARE They Saying?

These following headlines are taken directly from the front page of the Winnipeg Free Press, Saturday Sept 26, '09, bolded and capitals are as used by the paper themselves;

"Arresting Development: police cruiser..."

"High Tech Trash for every household. New bins to have digital ID tags to determine where they belong and how often they're used"

"Saturday Special; Behind closed doors but not out of sight"

"DEVIL of a guy… Continue

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Preaching to Agnostics by Natural Observance

"vede ramayane caiva, purane bharate tatha ..." Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 7.131

"In the Vedic literature, including the Ramayanam, Puranas, and Mahabharata, from the beginning to the end, as well as in the middle, only Hari, the Personality of Godhead, is explained."



But what of those who do not accept sastra, but depend upon their tiny brains instead? How can they be delivered? How can the agnostics take the Pure Names? I have had… Continue

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Latching on to an Institution

Latching to an Institution

Our journeys back to Godhead do not end with initiation. Of course, this is not news to most of our readers, but we can remember our own introductions into spiritual life, and know that newcomers to our movement will undergo the same stages on their reach of a firm hold on the lotus feet of Sri Krsna.



Persons taking to the path of Krsna of consciousness make an error when they believe that donning Vaisnava… Continue

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Discussion with Krpamaya Prabhu, GBC England

Yes,Haribol, Krpamoya Prabhu; Pamho. AGTSP.

T; As you say, prabhu, it is not good that we too few devotees should be fighting . There is so much important work to be done. We must be mutually respectful. Still, a very great issue is there.

>

K; > I didn't know that HH Puri Goswami Maharaja had left

> behind a ritvik system. How will that work, exactly?



T; This info I have gotten second-hand from more than one… Continue

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Hybrid

Our vision is of eternal blissful devotee-filled cultural centers, temples of Srila Prabhupada, filled with his loving disciples. Those who want to leave this safe and blissful shelter, and are fully qualified and ordered by Krsna, let them leave the father temple and start new ones of their own in succession, like apples falling from the tree. But there should always be the faithful preaching servants and disciples of Srila Prabhupada, in the very… Continue

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Spiritual Technology Advances

I recall the argument that one cannot receive transcendental sabda brahman from a recording, or accept initiation from a physically deprted Vasinava.

A precious thought occurred to me then, as I have just recently put together a Youtube channel, named Tamoharadasa, a mixed video portals channel specialized in de-conditioning and Krsna consciousness. This had not been possible without the recently expanded glories of the computer makers and… Continue

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Full Circle

When I was a young lad, I did not do what I wanted to do. I wanted to run free, to be part of the trees and the grass and the rivers and birds. I knew instinctively who I was. I wanted that natural happiness, to live free of unwanted imposing structures not of my designs. Instead, I trusted them. They soon made me sit in a small desk in school, for hour after hour, with my hands folded in front of me, to learn.



I had in my innocence…

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Club of Rome Predictions for the Future

Ever since about age 15, having read "Club of Rome" publications by panels of sociologists, biologists and other scientists attempting to create a broad-based predictive program for the future, I have been aware of their mathematical models which all culminate in a predicted collapse of modern civilization and a massive die-off of humans, sometime within the 21st century.

This same type of bio-model is used daily to predict population changes of… Continue

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"The love in my heart, the stone in my hand."

"Ain't got no pistols, ain't got no sword or marching band, all I've got is the love thats in my heart, and the stone that's in my hand." Everlast.

How can you know, you who sit in lotus towers? You cannot see, are deaf! Your comfortable life blinds you to the myriad sufferings, daily, on and on. You hear only what you want to believe! But the people are hungry, their skins are sallow and their brains dull from their stomach's emptiness! They… Continue

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Bhakti Sastri
encounter with a blind man

An audiologist

by profession

I work with persons

experiencing communications

disorders

due to sensory deficits

specifically; hearing.



I met

this man

who

had been blind

for many years

He told me

he navigates

in part

sometimes

by making a clicking sound

with his tongue

the echoes bouncing

off

structures around

tell him

where he is where they are !



This… Continue

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courtesy Yasodanandana Prabhu

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Kali Yuga, no surprises

Vishvambhara Priya courtesy;…



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Bhakti Sastri
Final Order pt 5

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 Srila Prabhupada's… Continue

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Final Order Appendices

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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Final Order pt 4

13) "If we adopted the ritvik system, what would stop us taking initiation from any previous acarya, such as Srila Bhaktisiddhanta?"



Two things prevent this from being a bona fide option:

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, and other previous acaryas, did not authorise a ritvik system to run "henceforward".



We must approach the current link:

"...in order to receive the real message of Srimad-Bhagavatam one should approach the current link, or spiritual master, in the chain of… 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 Srila Prabhupada's… Continue

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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 lectures where the principle of… Continue

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