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  1. Sad Bhooj is Rama, Krsna, and Caitanya
  2. No worries, Kalaya! This is the place to ask, and there are many who are on this forum who like to help with this. Name: जेलाविक Initials: ट.ज.
  3. I'm guessing Joanie sounds more akin to "Joe-Knee" rather than "Joe-a-Knee". If I'm wrong let me know. It would be written in Devanagari script as follows... जोनी क्रिस्चिन
  4. Namaste Gem,the word Gemma would be translated phonetically as जेम्मा.
  5. सैबल, स्टैसी, वैइन
  6. Try to go to this site. The 30 day cleanse is very good. It is mild and nourishing. Read up on it and I think you'll appreciate it. I had a problem with what the doctors called stomatitis. It was gone after doing the 30 day cleanse and hasn't returned. Good Luck.
  7. It simply means that an in depth study of the Vaishnava Puranas with an open heart will not leave anyone wanting. They will be fulfilled. The Names Vishnu and Krishna are commonly interchanged throughout Gaudiya literatures. Within those literatures, it establishes that Krsna is the "highest". What it is saying is that Vaishnava Puranas are the most complete among other puranas and agamas. Those Vaishnava Puranas will then lead you to Krishna.
  8. Prabhupada's statements must be reconciled. There are many which are contradictory. For instance, he emphatically stated that books such as Brahma Samhita, Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Caitanya Caritamrta are essential. In these books you can find the ontological positions of Shiva, Devi, as being aspects of Divinity. In C.C. and Brahma Samhita you can find specifics as to the nature of who Shiva is. Prabhupada also stated that Shiva and Devi are Demigods. Sonic, you must reconcile these. If you don't, you run the risk of taking half of what he said to be true, thus hearing half-truth. The most authoritative way you can do so is by asking Prabhupada in person, why there is apparent contradiction. I'm sure he'd appreciate this question. The problem is, you are unable to ask him personally, and either must rely on his writings and transcribed discussions (which has already been suggested as possibly being altered) or you must trust in other representatives. As Prabhupada acknowledged, "There is only one guru, who appears in an infinity of forms to teach you, me and all others." Katyayani Devi is Yoga Maya. She is part of the lila in Goloka. She is arranging for so many things to happen there. The Gopis prayed to her to accomodate their desires, and she accomodated them. You may say that the Gopis did not marry Krsna, but you'll find that Sri Jiva Goswami is in disagreement with you. He is very clear on their position with Krsna. A shakta of Devi is admirable and respectable. If the Gopis pray at Devi mandirs (wheter it be custom or not) it would classify them as shaktas. Of course their "alterior motives" were for Krsna who is Bhagavan so in the end, everything is harmonized. Perhaps we can pray to Devi for Krsna. To be fair, can we truly say we are the counter part of our expectations for shaktas in our faith toward Vishnu and Krsna???
  9. If you have confusion about which form of Istha Deva is right for you, there is a possibility you should initiate the search with finding out knowledge of your true self and your relations with your surroundings. Our fulfillment is a necessity. We find ourselves searching for fulfillment through means which are not fulfilling. We know we are whole, yet we search for the missing pieces of our identity through money, fame, power, honor etc. While we know this cannot bring us the fulfillment we require, we continue this effort. This is samsara. Knowing who we are will afford us the knowledge of what we need for our fulfillment. Then we can move forward.
  10. I'm sure there is another reason for praying to Katyayani Devi than it being strictly contemporary customs.
  11. Sonic Yogi, perhaps you should be a little easier on "shaktas" and not call them "nonsense". After all, when the gopis are desirous they approach Katyayani Devi. We all know this. Are they nonsense for doing so, or is it something we can learn from???
  12. This is what I'm getting at. While Kamala Manjari exists eternally in Krsna Lila, Bhaktivinod Thakur exists eternally in Caitanya Lila. While the two are the same, they are also different. So, yes, Bhaktivinod Thakur established and published his bhajans to his parshad guru, Vilasa Manjari, after his diksha initiations. Srila Sridhara Maharaj details, quite nicely, the expansion of Guru Tattva in "Sri Guru and His Grace" as well as "The Search for Sri Krsna". While I don't know if there are innumberable Kamala Manjaris and Vilasa Manjaris, I can concede that Kamala Manjari and Vilasa Manjari are nitya parshada and that one may meet them through agents unconceivable to others. One thing I would like to suggest is that there is a very real possibility that there may be babajis who have received siddha pranali initiation who are very great souls.
  13. You can also try hot water with 1/2 grapefruit squeezed into it. Its not desi but it works very well.
  14. I never said they were related. What I was getting at was the possibility of the coincidental occurrence of the two. Just a speculation but the fact is, Bhaktivinode Thakur prayed the way he did, and he also received initiation. Now, there isn't a person here who can deny the possibility of Kamala Manjari meeting Vilasa Manjari at the same time Bhaktivinode Thakur met Bipin Bihari. There are plenty who can deny that taking diksha is tantamount to receiving one's siddha deha, and I will be among them. As Prabhupada wrote, and also met with concurrence across the board...Guru is One but appears before us in a varied way.
  15. In sanskrit, the phrase "I AM" is culturally spoken as "tat tvam asi", or "You are that, which is"
  16. Perhaps Bhaktivinode's relationship with that sakhi, Vilasa Manjari, occured when he received diksha.
  17. Let's not forget that those books were edited, adjusted, and published by these "old ISKCON devotees" Sonic Ji. Have we ever stopped to wonder how much has changed from the words of Prabhupada to the pages of your book?
  18. Thank you for bringing this back on topic. I found myself on a tangent for a bit. Can I ask you how [stepping away from siddha pranali] would be bound to fail? Would Hari Nama Smarana not offer the same benefits of siddha pranali?
  19. For me, it is a difficult choice between Baladeva and Kunti. I appreciate Baladeva's affections and His decisive nature. He had so much affection of Duryodhana and of course for His beloved brother Krsna. It was difficult for Him to see the catalysing of the battle. However, when He saw the line being drawn He chose to step aside and instead chose tirtha. The drama of the Mahabharat is based on faulted identifications and sympathies. There are proportionately few who display good judgement, with the majority suffering due to their lack of good judgement. Maharaja Bharata, Baladeva, and Vidura are characters whose judgement is arguably, flawless. Bharata's detachment from his children's automated ascension to the throne, while, instead, objectively choosing the most appropriate successor, is an indication to his rising above the general drama of the Mahabharata. Vidura was consistent in his good ministry and never sought any position outside of what he had. For me, Baladeva's action is what I would hope to emulate, for I know it is least likely that I would. Instead of becoming embroiled in the turmoil, do something productive for one's heart and existence. The world as we know it (and fight over it) will not be, in the relative near future. However, we are eternal and should consider our eternal path rather than our temporary existence. This is what I gather from His action. Krsna seemed to simply sport in Lila and had a great time observing the differing sentiments. Kunti was perhaps the most admirable. While her situation afforded her much difficulty, she (as stonehearted mentioned) was the model of forbearance. I cant imagine one more tortured than her, and through it all she was affectionate, caring, thoughtful, faithful, and nurturing.
  20. The books in which B.R. Shridhara Swami is found to explain the meaning of this verse, were published during his life. He approved this published translation and whenever he explained this verse, he explained it in this way.... The link which you provided presumes that he didn't mean for this to be the case and goes on to give an "esoteric" meaning according to the speaker. A more authoritative discussion is found on this...link... The fact is ভঙ্গি (bhange as in gaurava bhange) essentially means fashion or posture (reference here). The word "overthrown" is drawn from a related term meaning fragile. It is also on the same reference page. In this way, even though B.R. Shridhara Swami may never have emphatically stated that this is his "translation", the fact that he explained the verse in this way can be reason enough to assume that he understood the meaning is the way he explained. The speaker (B.V. Madhava Maharaj) on your link begins by honoring B.R. Shridhara Swami with prefixes of appreciation and then goes on to presume that he didn't actually mean what he said. Now if one were to analyze the author of this poem and his mood, you'll find B.R. Shridhara Swami's rendition to be more chaste than B.V. Madhava Swami's. The author is Siddhanta Saraswati, who is known to have disestablished siddha pranali for the Gaudiyas who follow him favoring Nama bhajan as the means to prayojana, disestablished babaji vesa in favor of sannyasa (considering babaji vesa to be sacrament not to be made a mockery of at all costs, thereby restricting himself and his followers from it in nearly all circumstances), and choosing to keep his sishyas from staying at Radha Kunda and, instead, residing at Govardhana. It's amazing how one word's definition can change the whole meaning.
  21. I think there were 3 prominent disciples of BSST who took siddha pranali. Ananta Das Babaji (Ananta Vasudeva), OBL Kapoor, and one other who escapes me at this time.
  22. Your last sentence can be applied toward BVT as well. In his writings there is vast disapproval for much of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition and a great need for an overhaul. The tradition was noted (by him) to be frought with corruption. One of the greatest being the lack of the faith in the dynamics of Nama seva which can bestow one their Siddha deha through its grace. As you stated, we are encouraged not to hear Nama from contaminated sources. You will find this contaminated source to be overwhelmingly accepted as those who do not have implicit faith in the power of Bhagavan's Nama.
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