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  1. Guruvani

    How Did you Discover Krishna?

    I saw the Nectar of Devotion by Srila Prabhupada and within one minute I knew the whole direction of my life had been discovered in that book. In a few days I was able to get a copy of that book from Karma Records in Broadripple Village near Purdue University and I read it several times while tripping on LSD. That changed the whole direction of my life.
  2. Guruvani

    Where is the fault in ISKCON?

    In his last days, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur made some statements and endorsements concerning his leading disciples. Concerning Srila Sridhar Maharaja he said "I am satisfied that after I am gone there is at least one disciple left behind who can represent my conceptions". So, those who would say that Srila Sridhar Maharaja advocated or preached some jnana-misra bhakti regarding the origin and the fall of the jiva are directly challenging the judgement of Srila Saraswati Thakur and the endorsement Srila Sridhar Maharaja by Srila Saraswati Thakur. As such, concerning the authenticity and the philosophical understanding of Srila Sridhar Maharaja, we cannot but conclude that anyone who challenges his statements and positions on philosophical issues is directly insulting the judgement of Srila Saraswati Thakur and challenging his prounouncements. No other disciple of Srila Saraswati Thakur enjoys the kind of endorsement and support that Srila Sridhar Maharaja received from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. As such, we can conclude, according to the statement and pronouncement of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, that any philosophical issues, discrepancies or controversies that might arise in the Saraswati sampradaya after his passing are best put before Srila Sridhar Maharaja for clarification. Therefore, the accusation that Srila Sridhar Maharaja has espoused erroneous siddhanta in terms of the Gaudiya shastra is very much a insult to the authority and the intelligence of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Even Srila Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Swami had full faith and confidence in the philosophical erudition of Srila Sridhar Maharaja and just before his passing advised some of his leading disciples to consult Srila Sridhar Maharaja on philosphical issues. So, considering the endorsement of both Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur and Srila Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Swami, any philosphical discrepancies that have come up since the passing of Srila Prabhupada should be laid to rest by the conclusions of Srila Sridhar Maharaja. None else has received such authoritative endorsement from the founder of the Saraswati sampradaya or his great world preacher disciple Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
  3. Guruvani

    tatashta shakti - From my view

    This Gauragopal das from Australia does not speak for the majority of disciples of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Prabhupada or most of the ISKCON devotees. He is a renegade thinker with some serious misunderstandings that he has cultivated alone without good association or guidance from senior ISKCON devotees. He really isn't worth all the attention that he is getting on this forum, as he is just an ISKCON outsiders who enjoyes agitating and irritating people with his sleepervadi nonsense. The best thing to do at this point is just ignore Gauragopal das and let him have his fall-from-goloka fantasy if that is what floats his little boat.
  4. The Christian conception of Christ, God and the power of faith is indeed a very beautiful religious conception. The Christian theology represents centuries of human religious thought and refinement. Though, I find it to be very beautiful and inspiring, I do not accept the historical Jesus of Christianity. But, in the ultimate issue does it really matter if Jesus was a real person or not? Doesn't Paramatma understand that this beautiful religious conception is really aimed at him and thereby accepts this religious sentiment as sincere devotion to God?
  5. Guruvani

    Not vegans, cow protectors.

    Oh, so the nuclear energy that you are using to surf the net is just fine and dandy? As long as you have a computer and posting on forums you are part of the "great sinister movement". Do you know how many poisons were released into the environment to create the computer you are using now? Silicon Valley from where most of these computers come from has some of the most toxic water in the world. You aren't aloof from the "great sinister movement". You are bought into it just like everyone else.
  6. Guruvani

    Not vegans, cow protectors.

    The fact is that most ISKCON temples around the world used commercial cows milk in large quantity since day one in ISKCON and with the knowledge and approval of Srila Prabhupada. I worked in several ISKCON temples I can remember well the many gallons of milk in plastic jugs from the grocery store that went through ISKCON temples. Srila Prabhupada never ever made an issue out of using commercial cows milk or it would not have been practiced in ISKCON during the time of Srila Prabhupada. The big stink about commercial cows milk is simply a pseudo-vegan on this forum trying to brag about his milkless diet as if that makes him some special holy person. Srila Prabhupada didn't object to using commercial cows milk. So, I don't have a problem with it even though a few hypotcrites around here think they are holier-than-thou because they don't use commerical dairy milk products. Who is protecting the carrots and celery from the juicers of these Vegans? See, carrots and celery and many vegetables have to be killed in order to eat them. It is not like taking a nut or a fruit off a tree. These vegans think that killing vegetables is karma free. It is NOT. the cow is not killed to get the milk. The carrot is killed to get it's juice.
  7. Guruvani

    Not vegans, cow protectors.

    As he drives off into the sunset in his car fueled by the blood of an unprotected mother Earth.
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  9. Guruvani

    Basic Teachings - Too Difficult?

    so, the idea is that Krishna creates the material just as a place for renegade jivas to come and enjoy their senses without any reformation or evolution in consciousness? If there is no evolution of the soul then how is it that the jiva evolves from lower species of life to higher species? Is that just a material thing, or is the consciousness of the jiva evolving, expanding and growing? The material world is just a place with no higher purpose than lettings jivas run wild and do anything they want? No plan for growth, improvement and advancement of consciousness?
  10. Guruvani

    Purification according to Chaitanya...?

    Well, if we are going to promote recordings, then listen to this. http://krishna.org/RealAudio/2000/07/HareKrishnaMantra.ram
  11. Guruvani

    Not vegans, cow protectors.

    You aren't doing anything to protect cows. You don't keep cows or protect cows. You are just laying your hackneyed Vegan holier-than-thou trip on everyone and being a false protector of cows. Let me know when you get some cows to protect. I will send you a bail of hay. Talking Vegan nonsense on a forum and putting down people who use dairy products has nothing to do with cow protection. You are just as guilty as anyone. You aren't doing anything really to protect cows except blowing hot air.
  12. Guruvani

    Not vegans, cow protectors.

    Commercial dairy cow. (see how beautiful she is) Please don't deprive her of the chance to offer her milk to Krishna!! Don't support cow slaughter - support cows!!
  13. Guruvani

    Purification according to Chaitanya...?

    Chanting the Maha-mantra is most recommeded. Please try to find a Vaishnava in the Gaudiya sampradaya for hearing this mantra directly from his mouth. If you have already heard the mantra from devotees in the Gaudiya sampradaya, then you just need to practice this chanting on beads. At least, find a personal siksha guru in the Gaudiya sampradaya. On this forum, I would recommend Babhru prabhu as one very nice devotee to take guidance from. Get personal with a Vaishnava. Don't try to find all the answers on the forum.
  14. Guruvani

    Did NASA land men on the Moon?

    Maybe it was just an old VW and your friend is confused. Mahak has become the man of conspiracy theories lately. I thought Mahak dealt with reality, not hair-brained conspiracy theories? Why do you waste your thinking faculties on such speculation and paranoid theories?
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