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  1. I have been making herbal tinctures for many years now, using mostly fresh herbs grown or wildcrafted by me. I have developed a very effective anti-parasitic formula that I have been selling to devotees for years. The herbs are: Black Walnut (fresh green hulls) Wormwood (leaf) Tansy (leaf) Cloves (dried buds) All except cloves are grown by me in US (foothills of the Appalachian mountains) The formula is very effective against all kinds of internal parasites (including candida) and works well as general digestive tonic (many devotees here use it after heavy feasting ;-) Many devotees going to India buy a lot of it. Anyway if interested leave me a personal note. Haribol! The cost is $3 per fl oz (30ml) /8oz minimum/ + SH
  2. Brotherhood of Eternal Love. The Brotherhood had roots in Eastern spirituality and was associated with Timothy Leary when LSD first became popular during the early 1960s. The Brotherhood tried to instill Eastern philosophy along with the psychedelic drugs its members manufactured and marketed. One former Brotherhood follower joined ISKCON and eventually became one of the eleven gurus. ... Anybody knows which Iskcon guru was a former member of BEL?
  3. Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 4.10.5 gatvodicim disam raja rudranucara-sevitam dadarsa himavad-dronyam purim guhyaka-sankulam SYNONYMS gatva -- going; udicim -- northern; disam -- direction; raja -- King Dhruva; rudra-anucara -- by followers of Rudra, Lord Siva; sevitam -- inhabited; dadarsa -- saw; himavat -- Himalayan; dronyam -- in a valley; purim -- a city; guhyaka -- ghostly persons; sankulam -- full of. TRANSLATION Dhruva Maharaja went to the northern direction of the Himalayan range. In a valley he saw a city full of ghostly persons who were followers of Lord Siva. PURPORT In this verse it is stated that the Yakshas are more or less devotees of Lord Siva. By this indication the Yakshas may be taken to be the Himalayan tribes like the Tibetans. --------------------------- Yakshas are not usually understood as Himalayan tribes - even from other references that Srila Prabhupada made in his books (for example SB 3.20.19 says: "Out of disgust, Brahmā threw off the body of ignorance, and taking this opportunity, Yakṣas and Rākṣasas sprang for possession of the body, which continued to exist in the form of night. Night is the source of hunger and thirst"). If we read the rest of the chapter it is hard to imagine that mere human tribesmen posessed mystic skills needed to fight Dhruva Maharaja in a way described there. Why then is SP suggesting in his purport that these particular Yakshas might have been the Tibetans? It is somewhat similar to statements made by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in his Sri Krsna Samhita where he presents very unorthodox interpretation of the shastric accounts.
  4. Srila Sridhara Maharaja: ...There are so many enemies in the name of religion. They are flourishing and such a great future will be lost. It is intolerable. And especially Prabhupada asked me to go to the West. I could not go, but Prabhupada has brought the West to me, so I have got some holy duty to discharge about that, I feel. It may not be broken into pieces. United we stand, divided we fall. But if hopeless, there's no alternative. We must always side with the truth, not with the falsehood. Hare Krsna. Swami Maharaja took the responsibility of that great unfinished work and did wonderfully successful work and we feel proud for him. We feel such pride for his activity. How can we tolerate in our lifetime, within two or three years after his departure, that it will be broken into pieces? It is intolerable. Hare Krsna. But if for the sake of quality, for the sake of truth, we are to face such a situation, it can't be helped. Truth is everything, satyam param dhimahi. http://www.gosai.com/chaitanya/srila_sridhara_mj/affection/oag_3.html Telling people lies or misleading them in the name of "helping them" or for any other "noble" reason is at best only preyas, short term benefit at the expense of real long time gain. At worst, it is just plain cheating.
  5. Kulapavana

    Celibacy

    Do not worry about the rules you are not able to follow. Worry about following the rules you CAN follow, like hearing, chanting, remembering, rendering service, etc. Concentrate on the positive purification. Prabhupada gave here a very high standard few people (especially of the non-brahminical variety) can follow. Set yourself a realistic standard of no sex outside marriage - that is hard enough for most people to follow. If you live like that all your life (following realistic standards and performing devotional service) when you are old you will be ready to follow the highest standards. Be patient.
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    The Hidden Story of Jesus

    Haribol Ksamabuddhi... I kind of suspected it was you... You have grown and you think more and more for yourself. Sincere pranams...
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    Madhva-Gaudiya parampara

    Even Madhvacarya did not make a claim that his writing is to be accepted as shastra or some divine revelation. His writing is merely a commentary to the shastra. That is the difference between Madhvas and the Gaudiyas, who claim to represent Madhva sampradaya.
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    Madhva-Gaudiya parampara

    And where does Bhaktivinoda admit that? And how do we know it is not a made up story? Bhaktivinoda used fiction in his writings all the time. Jaiva Dharma is a fictitious dialogue - the fiction part does not detract from it's philosophical or doctrinal value but the book itself is not a 'shastric proof' of anything.
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    Madhva-Gaudiya parampara

    Nobody has referenced this Upanishad in the 2000 years of very extensive writing about Vedic literature, not even the Goswamis who spent years on research trying to substantiate Lord Caitanya as yuga-avatara. Also, the language it is written in suggests a modern source, and is similar to other writings of Srila Bhaktivinoda.
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    Madhva-Gaudiya parampara

    It is certainly not necessary to fabricate evidence for the sake of preaching. Why does it happen? Because some people passionately believe in something, and want others to believe in it as well. It is very human. And deifying their acharyas is not just a problem for Gaudiyas. The followers often want to see their guru elevated to the most divine platform possible. And that is human as well.
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    Madhva-Gaudiya parampara

    It seems that it was Bhaktivinoda Thakur himself who wrote that text for the sake of preaching. At times Bhaktivinoda would pretend to be a Baul so that he could better preach to Bauls (see his Baul Sangeet). He did not do it for money - he did it for a good cause. I find such actions much less problematic than accepting money raised by very questionable means for the sake of building a spiritual mission. Once you believe that end justifies the means, it is a very slippery slope.
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    Madhva-Gaudiya parampara

    Here is the analysis of this text by Jagadananda: http://www.gaudiya.com/pdf/An_Analysis_of_Three_Suspicious_Texts.pdf
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    Madhva-Gaudiya parampara

    Do some basic research on it, Sonic-ji... Sri Chaitanya Upanishad is just as 'authentic' as the Allah Upanishad. I do not know of anybody outside the Saraswata circle who believes it is genuine.
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    Shiv Maha Puran doubts

    It must be tough to be this dense... I just showed you TWO different definitions used by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, and not a single one that I developed.
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    Madhva-Gaudiya parampara

    It is unfortunate that sometimes Gaudiyas to the philosophy of "end justifies the means", which leads some otherwise good devotees to fabricate evidence to support their religious claims. Seeing the flurry of supposedly Puranic quotes here I am surprised that nobody from Iskcon is quoting "Caitanya Upanishad" which even most Gaudiyas consider to be a forgery.
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    Shiv Maha Puran doubts

    How is jiva not changing? It desires may change, it's taste may change, it's consciousness may change. That is what separates those who chase independent enjoyment trom Vaishnavas - desires, taste, and consciousness. And you can not become a Vaishnava unless you get the seed of bhakti from one who is already a Vaishnava. When shastra says that Brahman is changeless it simply means that it does not transform into something else. Here is an example of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta using a different definition of a Vaishnava than the one you quote above: (16) je ‘phalgu-vairagi,’ kohe nije ‘tyagi,’ se na pare kabhu hoite ‘vaishnava’ hari-pada chadi’, ‘nirjanata badi,’ labhiya ki phala, ‘phalgu’ se vaibhava je-who; phalgu-vairagi-false renunciant; kohe nije-calls himself; tyagi-an accomplished renunciant; se-he; na pare-is not able; kabhu hoite-to ever be; vaishnava-a devotee; hari-pada-the lotus feet of the Lord; chadi’-rejecting; nirjanata badi-residence in solitude; labhiya-obtaining; ki phala-what result?; phalgu-false; se vaibhava-that opulence. 16) "One who falsely gives up things that could actually be used in the Lord’s service proudly calls himself a ‘renunciate,’ but unfortunately he can never become a Vaishnava by such an attitude. Abandoning his servitorship to the lotus feet of Lord Hari, and resigning himself to his solitary home-whatever is gained by that exercise can only be the worthless treasure of deception." From Vaishnava Ke?-“Who is a Real Vaishnava?” As JN pointed out, you can not have several different definitions of one term without creating confusion. It is a common problem in our movement - contradictory statements, and contradictory definitions confusing the heck out of the followers and creating needless divisions among them.
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    Shiv Maha Puran doubts

    You see just what you want to see - both in me and the world AROUND YOU. There are very elevated sentiments in some devotees and that is what I had in mind saying: "Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's statement quoted above can be taken as his devotional mood rather than an objective and fact (or shastra) based truth." While all jivas may have the potency to become Vaishnavas, they are most certainly not all Vaishnavas (one who worships Vishnu out of pure love expecting nothing from Him in return) NOW. That is an observable reality you are trying to ignore. There is a potency of fire in wet wood but calling wet wood 'fire' is not an objective knowledge. People like you will make all kinds of ridiculous word gymnastics and logical charades to 'prove' their point. But who is getting fooled by such jugglery? And when cornered, all you can do is to scream: Aparadha!!!
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    Shiv Maha Puran doubts

    It would be nice if we had clear cut definitions of the terms we use, and were consistent about it. One time we say "every Jiva is a Vaishnava", and at other times we are contrasting Vaishnavas with Buddhists, Christians, Advaitins, etc. And when we say: "'Vaishnava', which literally and naturally means one who worships Vishnu out of pure love expecting nothing from Him in return", we are actually speaking of supremely pure Vaishnavas. How many jivas in this world worship Lord Vishnu out of pure love expecting nothing from Him in return? I am not even sure you can say that about jivas who exist in the Brahmajyoti. Do they even know Lord Vishnu? Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's statement quoted above can be taken as his devotional mood rather than an objective and fact (or shastra) based truth.
  19. Kulapavana

    The God Who Wasn't There?

    ha! that thread predictably turned into quite an all out brawl... jai! Jesus of New Testament is most likely a composite character - lives of at least 3 separate people went into it (Jeshu the Magician, John the Baptist, Appolonius of Tyana - and Jesus of Nazareth, or Jesus the Nazarene if he indeed had a separate existence). Whether it was invented by 'disgruntled Jews' or followers of this new religion from a different ethnic group is really beside the point. Still, there is no harm believing that Jesus of New Testament is a historical person. It is a positive and a heart warming story, just like the one about Santa Claus. I like the Santa Claus story better, because no religious wars were ever waged in his name.
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    info on chicago (evanston) temple circa 1970s

    Bhaktavasya-ji, as Sonic-ji already said, it is the same Sri Govinda. You should be able to get in touch with him through the SCSM website. Another person who possibly knows the events you are interested in is Jitendriya das from Chicago, a life long resident there. You should be able to get in touch with him through the Chicago Temple. He is a very sweet devotee, always eager to help others. Good luck with your book! such memoirs are very enlivening. Let us know when they will be available for purchase. Haribol!
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    info on chicago (evanston) temple circa 1970s

    Were you able to get in touch with Sri Govinda Prabhu? I have heard that he recently took sannyasa in Sri Caitanya Saraswat Math.
  22. Kulapavana

    Cultivation of Detachment

    Good topic! Very practical. Renunciation has it's proper place in spiritual life, but if practiced incorrectly or prematurely it can lead to disastrous consequences. We have seen many people who thought they are ready to renounce the world only to find themselves totally absorbed in materialistic thoughts only a short time later. Pseudo-sannyasis craving both subtle and physical sense gratification are not helping anyone, including themselves. Detachment is a similar issue. Detachment of a father towards his family is totally wrong and does not lead to any spiritual benefit. Attachment to acting in the mode of goodness allows people to have a proper life - both materially and spiritually. Beware of people who claim to be above acting in the mode of goodness as they are usually a fraud.
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    Dwapara Age began on September 1699

    Yukteshvar based his system of yugas on more than a mere speculation. Puranas and other Vedic literatures use several different yuga standards: http://www.harekrsna.com/sun/features/04-09/features1344.htm http://www.harekrsna.com/sun/features/04-09/features1345.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuga I still think Yukteshvar was wrong, but that is perhaps because this particular Kali-yuga is very different. Instead of gradual decline into a more and more barbaric society from Middle Ages, we actually see a gradual improvement as time passes by. The appearance of Lord Caitanya set in motion a chain of events which turned a bleak Kali-yuga into what certainly seems like a Dvapara yuga. Yukteshvar's yuga cycle is also different in the sense that it is a system where change of yugas happens by an oscillation, not a rotation: it goes Satya, Treta, Dvapara, Kali, Dvapara, Treta, Satya, Treta, Dvapara, Kali, and so on. The rotary system Prabhupada adopted (which comes from Surya Siddhanta) goes: Satya, Treta, Dvapara, Kali, Satya, Treta, Dvapara, Kali, and so on.
  24. If someone gives up eating meat because he is concerned about the suffering of the animals than he is certainly on a higher moral level than meat eaters who do not give a rip about the way animals are raised and slaughtered in order to arrive at their table as meat. That has nothing to do with concocted religious hierarchies. In many natural cultures hunters begged the spirits of killed animals for forgiveness. That is a much higher platform of understanding than most people in this world have today.
  25. Pranams... How do we verify success in spiritual life? When is a disciple a success? When is a guru a success? When is a spiritual movement a success? When is your spiritual life a success? When is a particular spiritual practice a success? It seems easy to cover up just about any failure with complex philosophical excuses. But will a child like person buy such explanations? Does Krsna seem closer to you today than He was 5 or 15 years ago? Are you making progress? Are you less attached to material concepts and posessions? Do you treat others like they were really spirit souls, parts and parcels of Krsna? I would like to hear your reflections in this area.
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