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  1. Even if this is true, are these people much much worse than the VJP? I think even they would have sold out their mother religion for a few bucks. They didn't even want to declare Vrindavan and Mathura religious cities. You're never going to find a government in this Kali Yuga that is even remotely dharmic. Conversion at Full Momentum in Nepal The Organizer I found this article very interesting, mainly because I have one friend of a friend who is a fundamentalist Christian, who in turn has a Nepalese friend who converted from Hinduism to Christianity. They expressed to me so much worry that Christians are treated very badly in Nepal, and the missionaries run the risk of being killed. I'm quite appauled by the aggressive preaching tactics used by the today's Christians in India and Nepal. They should concentrate on converting their neighbors in the US and Western Europe rather than throwing money at the third world, in a feeble bid to maintain number strength.
  2. srimad gurorastakam etad ucchair brahme muhurtte pathati prayatnat yas tena vrindavana natha saksat sevaiva labhya januso 'nta eva One who, during the Brahma-muhurtta with meticulous regularity, wholeheartedly sings these eight prayers to the Divine Master, attains, upon leaving the body in his spiritual perfection, the qualification to engage in the direct service of the Lord of Vrindavan.
  3. Jaya Om Visnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara shatta Sri Srimad Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Goswami Maharaja KI!!! <img src=http://mysite.verizon.net/vze6p7ym/gurudeva.jpg"> Photo by Bhagavat Dharma prabhu (Italia)
  4. Forgot to log in. Guest is me. And I meant to say Biffi, not Baffi.
  5. http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/05/08/conception.banned.ap/index.html
  6. This could affect devotees. Maybe we should look into some kind of hidden enclave, with nature and natural resources, and all that. Devotees adapt well to situations and can be quite self-sufficient. We will prevail in this apathetic post protestant reformation world of falling Christianity rising Islam. Err, if Krsna arranges so. /images/graemlins/smile.gif
  7. Where can I acquire the seeds?
  9. Series of articles here involve LOTR actor John Rhys Davies' opinion on this very subject. Apparently he was rebuked by many. http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/printable_version.cfm?objectid=13830081&siteid=50082 http://www.medworth.org.uk/mt-archives/000262.html http://www.traditionalvalues.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1372 and here [moderator's note: edited to shorten one link, to keep page on screen]
  10. There are two ways one can accept a guru for 1st initiation, and then accept a different guru for 2nd initiation. The first way is if your harinama guru leaves his body. The second is if your harinama guru assumes asuric qualities; Sri Krsna Bhajanamrta by Srila Narahari Sarkara Thakur says more about that. Read about all pure devotees throughout history, from Satya yuga to the present day. But what is better than this? Being prepared. Babhru prabhu is correct, initiation is not a cheap thing. You are not getting initiated purely to get a Krishna name, and perform some ritual. You are searching for Sri Guru. The very same Guru sung about in the Sri Gurvastakam and Sri Guru Vandana. Read these texts, know what it means to have a bonefide guru, one who is pure devotee of Sri Sri Radha Govinda; Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, then when you meet them humbly approach for shelter. Pray sincerely for a pure devotee to be your guru and Krsna will arrange.
  11. This will not only degrade Western society, but make it so non-westerners far outnumber the westerners in future years. The intense lust to have sex without reprocussion and avoid marriage will make westerners as extinct as the Shakers.
  12. Let me know if this prabhu from Hawaii doesn't copy it for you. If he doesn't do it, I will. I do have a scanner. If someone can tell me how to turn the book into a PDF file, I'll gladly get to work on it.
  13. I bought the last copy of "Sri Narasimha Stotra Mala" in ISKCON Mumbai two years ago. I do hope they've restocked since then.
  14. How long does it take to drive from Kolkata to Jagannath Puri? Is it a complicated, broken road, or is it fairly straightforward.
  15. Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 1972 authorized Macmillan version Chapter 8, Text 28 purport, final paragraph, first sentence: "One should try to understand the Seventh and Eighth Chapters of the Gita not by scholarship or mental speculation, but by hearing them in association with pure devotees." to Bhagavad-gita As It Is 1983 "Revised and Enlarged" version Chapter 8, Text 28 purport, final paragraph, first sentence: "One who has a little faith in Bhagavad-gita should learn Bhagavad-gita from a devotee, because in the beginning of the Fourth Chapter it is clearly stated that Bhagavad-gita can be understood only by devotees; no one else can perfectly understand the purpose of Bhagavad-gita."
  16. Play this old game about destroying an asteroid heading for earth (made before Armageddon or Deep Impact). It should prove theraputic Seriously I hope if this happens by 2004, I hope I have the sense to take refuge in the holy dhama.
  17. I think a lot of people have experienced this or many variations, but they are very embarassed to tell people. I am glad you had the courage to say. Stupid mind! Down! Shoo!
  18. My dad is taking holy basil pills (New Chapter company sells them). Then I started thinking that perhaps the pills are prepared by pulverizing leaves. Is this some offense? I remember Srila Prabhupad did not want Tulasi leaves boiled to make tea, so I'm thinking this may be similar.
  19. Very funny, but sad commentary on the US legal system. As long as Americans allow members of the judiciary to have absolute judicial immunity (which corrupts, absolutely), the abuses will continue unfettered. None of these cartoons or campaigns will make a difference, though. Bush will get re-elected, since Kerry isn't that much better.
  20. Unfortunately, since Bahai uses elements from Islam, the Iranian mullahs consider them a heresy of the worst kind. Bahais, ISKCON devotees, and even some Sunni and Sufi Muslims are persecuted (ranging from detainment to death). I pray for the day that the Persian people have freedom of religion again.
  21. The British occupied Palestine for a very long time. During World War I, British swelled their own ranks of their international armies with thousands of Palestinian conscripts by drafting the Sykes-Picot Agreement in 1916, which promised the Palestinians several items of relief as a colony. Subsequently, in November 1917, as the tide turned clearly in Allied favour, Balfour Declaration was drafted, contradicting everything stated in the Sykes-Picot Agreement. Aside from this double crossing action in an insidious attempt to buy mass wholesale third world support on empty promises, the British occupation of Palestine was brutal. Homes were blown up, and people were killed without just cause. If some Palestinians supported the Germans in World War II, this was clearly the wrong course of action, but in light of the double crossing and brutal occupation, such desperate actions, using the axiom "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" can hardly be used as just cause to demonize an entire ethnic group. The Palestinians were not the only British captives that followed this philosophy. After Iran was occupied by the British, The first Pahlavi Shah of Iran also supported Hitler (evidence of this alliance can be seen today by going to Iran and seeing the numerous train stations with nazi swatstika symbols, evidence of civil engineering cooperation between the two countries). In India, Subhash Chandra Bose accepted Nazi support, in a seemingly knee jerk reaction to the British occupation of Mother Bharata. In addition, many Indian soldiers force-conscripted into the British army formed an Indian SS nazi unit known as the Azad Hind Legion. So the Palestinians were not the only demons. "The Enemy of my enemy is my friend". Something even the USA has unfortunately followed when fighting the USSR, with dire consequences. The support of radical muslim militants in Afghanistan in the 1980's who would eventually become the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, as well as the support of various central and south american dictatorships, and the Iranian Pahlavi dynasty (at the expense of the elected Mohammad Mossadeq), caused a backlash. This caused many to distrust the US and the allies. It's something that can be repaired, but will take time. It wont be mended through racism, on either side.
  22. I agree with guest. One thing needs to be considered though. The British occupiers were far more brutal than the Israelis. There's a website cateloguing the astrocities committed by the British in Palestine, but I cannot find the URL. This doesn't exhonerate the Israelis or the Palestinians, however. But consider this. The British, as hostile occupiers, were overthrown by Gandhi and Satyagraha. If the Palestinians could follow Gandhi's example, the same example followed by Martin Luther King, Jr., then perhaps the Palestinians would have sovereignty.
  23. It is auspicious when after performing a fire sacrifice you get rain, so I suppose when chanting and rain comes, this too must be auspicious.
  24. the former nuclear technician said he had no regrets over his actions. "I gave it my best, I have no regrets at all!" -- Seriously though, we knew Saddam was using chemical WMD's on the Iranians in the 1980's; there's even a photograph of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein in 1984, knowing very well that he was gasing the Iranians. Now the USA is not so sure Saddam has WMD's, and that justifies occupation? Don't get me wrong, Saddam Hussein should have been overthrown, but US action is over 20 years too late.
  25. "Gentlemen, the offering of such an homage as has been arranged this evening is not a sectarian concern, for when we speak of the fundamental principle of gurudev & acharyadev, we speak of something that is of universal application. There does not arise any question of discriminating my guru from yours or anyone else's. There's only one guru who appears in an infinity of forms to teach you, me & all others." Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada; Bombay Gaudiya Math February 1936
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