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  1. Hari bol! I am now more curious than ever as to what this "bhajan" really means? Would someone be kind enough to post a translation? Is the allaa actually refering to Allah? Forgive my ignorance. And thank you for the replies.
  2. by the way... is what Prabhupada said quoted in text or on tape? I'd be interested to read or hear that...
  3. amazing. that is soo funny. Thank you for opening my eyes to that. I had no idea.... pure sense gratification on my part singing it then... eh? /images/graemlins/grin.gif Thanks
  4. I have a cat. In my opinion he is very auspicious and lucky to have Krishna Conscious parents...He will make advancement from this...by constantly hearing the Holy Names when I chant or do bhajan... He will take birth in His next life as a human being with more facility to perform devotional service. He was born on Easter Sunday. We named him Benny~Krishna. We NEVER feed him cow, but only cat food with poultry or fish. The level of practice that my wife and I are at is fine with us, and we sorta know what the next level would be in many areas. We do what we can and don't trip about our not being perfect devotees. Cats, despite all their cleaning, shed and also spread dander (dead skin)... also they can ruin a food offering if they should look apon it before offered. My cat seems to show great interest when I play my harmonium. he alsways lays around, looking medatative. He also enjoys prasadam... though sorta selective in what he'll eat. The way I see it is this... He was born with a perfect body for eating meat. I wasn't and have no plans on eating his food.... someday he will leave his body. My wife and I got him very early on in our sadhana, after he leaves us, we probably won't get another cat... I may be mistaken, but I think Lord Krishna and Balarama had many pets? I know it may not be the standard... but like I said, I am not there yet, though I strive to always make some advancement when and where I can. I had alot of interesting exchanges with devotees on forums a few years ago regarding cats and pets and KC. I never did get a solid answer on anything and decided not to go mental over it.
  5. Hari bol! I was wondering if someone could give me the meaning to: Raghupati raghava raja Ram patit pavan Sita Ram ... isvar allaa tere nam sabako sanmati de bhagavan The version done by Jai Uttal on his Spirit album is so sublime. I also like Bhagavan das's version. I give both a listen to almost everyday at work. I can't find a translation yet online, just the lyrics.
  6. Hari bol! I read from time to time on forums about Vaishnava Aparadha and whether or not we are offending eachother with our comments... What to speak of ettiquette. I found this in the "Vaishnava Culture" handbook. I thought others might be interested in a re-fresher of or even intro to what the mad elephant offenses are. Offenses to the Vaisnava Vaisnava-aparadha, or offense to a Vaisnava, is called "the mad elephant offense." Offences mentioned in Hari Bhakti Vilasa To make fun of a devotee To kick or hit a devotee To criticise a devotee To anger or become angry at a devotee To envy a devotee (see also Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.11.23 purport) To not be pleased to see a devotee To disrespect a devotee To not greet a devotee with obeisances Four kinds of blasphemy of a devotee from Harinama Cintamani To criticise him because of : His caste Some unpremeditated accidental fall-down The last traces of his previous sins His sinful activities prior to his surrendering to Lord Krishna. Examples of Offenses from Prabhupada's Books To touch a Vaisnava with one's feet (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Antya 14.25 purport) To disobey the spiritual master. The most grievous type of Vaisnava-aparadha is called guru-aparadha, offenses at the lotus feet of the spiritual master. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.21.37 purport) To verbally chastise a devotee. E.g. When King Rahugana verbally chastised Jada Bharata, he committed a Vaisnava-aparadha. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.10.17 purport) What are the consequences of committing offences? Examples from Prabhupada's books: Saubhari Muni (Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.6.49 purport) fell down because he committed an offense to a Vaisnava by impeding Garuda's plans for eating. Garuda wanted to eat a fish, but Saubhari Muni unnecessarily gave the fish shelter. Gopal Cakravarti (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Antya 3.213 purport): Disagreeing with Haridasa Thakur's statements about the potency of the holy names, Gopal Cakravarti became angry and said that if it were not true, he would cut Haridasa's nose off. Three days later, Gopal's nose melted away from leprosy. Ramacandra Puri (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Antya 8): Having criticized and offended his spiritual master, Ramacandra Puri developed a fault-finding mentality and material desire gradually appeared within him. He became so fallen that he even criticised Lord Caitanya. The remedy for Vaisnava-aparadha A Vaisnava-aparadha cannot be atoned for by any means other than by begging the pardon of the offended Vaisnava. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.26.24 purport) If anyone offends a devotee in a moment of delusion or madness, he must fall at the devotee's feet and repent bitterly and, weeping and full of contrition, beg forgiveness. He should declare himself a fallen wretch, in need of that devotee's grace. A devotee is very merciful; his heart will soften and he will embrace the offender, thus exonerating him from his offenses. (Harinama Cintamani) Examples from Prabhupada's books Sacimata (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 17.72 purport):Sacimata made an offense by accusing Advaita Acarya of persuading Visvarupa to take sannyasa. Thereafter, Lord Caitanya induced her to take the dust of Advaita Acarya's lotus feet, and thus she nullified her vaishnava-aparadha. Durvasa Muni: (Srimad Bhagavatam) Even when Durvasa Muni took shelter directly of the lotus feet of the Lord, he could not be saved-only when he begged forgiveness at the feet of the devotee he had offended, Maharaja Ambarisa. Gopal Capala (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 17.37-59): Being envious of Srivasa Thakura, Gopal Capala tried to defame him by placing the paraphernalia for worshiping Durga outside his door. Later, he was attacked by leprosy and suffered great pain. Seeing Lord Caitanya, he took shelter of His lotus feet and begged for His mercy, but Lord Caitanya only got angry. But then showing His mercy, Lord Caitanya instructed him to beg forgiveness from Srivasa. He then was saved. Naturally, one will sometimes see a Vaisnava correcting another. He will point out the other devotee's mistakes and shortcomings and appear to be criticising the devotee's behaviour or attitude.
  7. Hari bol! I'll try to give a phonetic spelling: Gyi-Ana ...but the G is lightly pronounced, silent... just touch the back of the toungue to the roof and roll out an -ING sound, like in stand-ing, laugh-ing... just put the ing sound first(?) I hope this helps, and apologies if I added to the confusion. /images/graemlins/smile.gif I am just a westerner /images/graemlins/confused.gif
  8. Hari bol! BruzWayne, Please accept my humble obeinces! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Likewise, it is a pleasure to make your aquaintence... I am sorry to hear that you are distracted from your sadhana... I pray that you will find the strength to continue on with your devotional practices never-the-less... infact esp. when faced with trying circumstances... perhaps you will find that maya becomes just a little easier to untangle from as we stick to our commitments. It sounds like you are in an isolated place... perhaps you can attract others who are like minded. You will be amazed how many devotees there are all over the world. Recently, while visiting my father in a small town in Hawaii, I was saddened by thinking I would be out of the reach & association of devotees, and it turned out that there were many... All my best... hope this finds you in great health and happiness!!
  9. Hari bol! Anand prabhu, Here is a website that has a vast selection of books and fair prices. : krishnaculture.com Here is a link to "A Ray of Vishnu" by Rupa Vilasa das http://www.krishnaculture.com/cgi-bin/miva?Merchant2/merchant.mv+Screen=PROD&Store_Code=KC&Product_Code=RAYI&Category_Code=VAISNAVA This is also an outstanding book, I have not read yet, but have skimmed through a friends copy... it is a biography of the life of Srila Gaura Kishore das babaji maharaja called "Babaji Maharaja "Two Beyond Duality" by Karnamrta dasa" ... : http://www.krishnaculture.com/cgi-bin/miva?Merchant2/merchant.mv+Screen=PROD&Store_Code=KC&Product_Code=BAB&Category_Code=VAISNAVA I hope this helps out. I am sure a web search of the title might reveal others who sell copies. Hoping this finds you in health and happiness!
  10. Hari bol! In my limited experiences, I have found that by breaking open a Vitamin E capsule and rubbing the oily substance on the darkened area will reduce colouration over time... There is plenty of info online about Vitamin E in this regard. I hope this is helpful.
  11. Hari bol! Sunflower, I can relate. My wife, in the beginning, felt threatened by my interest in becoming a devotee. I think she feared that I would leave her and run off to become a monk, or that I would live like a monk at home and deny her affection. Years later now, she appreciates alot about KC, and has love for Krsna, but involvement with the temple is not really her thing. As well, out of respet for her, I try not to be overbearing about KC and keep alot of my practices personal and do them on my time. She has come around alot though, simply by demonstrating over the years, and sadly it has taken years, that I am not leaving her or denying her, infact I think I have become a better husband. She likes to cook for Krsna and offer the food... She likes the paraphenalia, art, murtis, etc... and stays weary of any reference to women being lesser than, etc...but still hates it if I wear dhoti or tilaka. I pray that in time your husband becomes more tolerant of your devotional practice. Krsna is the ultimate attraction, and your husband is destined to become more and more attracted, over time. I hope I have not spoken out of turn. Your post reminds me of my marriage in many ways. I hope you are in great health and are happy.
  12. Hari bol! PAMHO! AGTSP! Every now and then I will find some nectar at a used bookstore. For whatever reason, someone will sell one of their gems, and lucky for me, I will find 'em. And more often than not it will be on a significant day, like when I found these two following books, it was on Radhastami... The two recent books I have aded to my collection are: "A Ray of Vishnu" by Rupa Vilasa Dasa and "Appreciating Sri Vrndavana Dhama" by Mahanidhi Swami "A Ray of Vishnu" is a wonderful biography of Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. What an amazing and empowered life He led! Truly amazing accounts of His dedication to spreading the teachings of Lord Caitanya all over India an the world. I gain even more respect for Srila Prabhupada now that I am learning more about His spiritual Master. "Appreciating Sri Vrndavana Dhama" is a nectar rich book describing Vrndavana, its inhabitants, temples, histories (both in this rhealm and in the spiritual), pastimes of Lord Krsna, and the rediscoveries of special sites, etc... It really paints such an attractive picture of the Holy Dhama. I love it when I find special books like this in a bookstore filled with mostly nonsensical subjects and works. I would be interested in hearing if others have found used books or had unique experiences on special days. 'Hoping this finds everyone in great health and happiness!!
  13. Hari bol! Wishing all a wonderful Diwali as well as a Joyful Govardhan Puja! What a wonderful time of year, so many occasions to celebrate. infact, all year round... Never have my wife and I had so much to discover, celebrate, share... since our desire to learn about, appreciate, and practice Vedic culture. So many occasions, appearance days, dissappearance days... every day spent trying to serve Lord Krsna and devotees is cause for a celebration.
  14. Hari bol PAMHO! AGTSP! I have been reading about Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati's amazing pastime's in "A Ray of Vishnu" by Rupa Vilasa Das It describes that in 1905, at the age of 31, He began His great vow of chanting 3 lakhs (192 rounds) per day. As well, He observed Caturmasya. (p.27) I was wondering where the guidelines for Caturmasya come from? when did the practice start and why? Forgive my ignorance.
  15. a little extra time @ work here and there comes in handy when your trying to earn posting points /images/graemlins/smile.gif
  16. Hari bol! PAMHO! AGTSP! I have started reading Ray of Vishnu... and I can't put it down... Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati was/is too amazing for words.... Truly inspirational! That is nice, about Srila Prabhupada's sister... I never heard that...thanks
  17. Hari bol! Please accept my humble obeinces! All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga! What interesting replies. I am now wondering about the deer skin... I mean, how is it obtained without a reaction for murdering the deer... is the deer sacrificed? Are there special places to get special deer skin? ...Interesting... And I am eager to hear about women and the Gayatri. Am I understanding that women do not receive a thread? Please continue with the informative replies.
  18. Hari bol! I am wondering how many posts it takes to raise the status from visitor... though I have not made too many postings over the years, I have been a member of the forum since '01. Perhaps the secret lies in making alot of test posts to increase ... or is that cheating /images/graemlins/smile.gif oh well.... it is just an ego thing, I suppose.... "It's Not Fair.... Whah Whah" /images/graemlins/crazy.gif ...lol
  19. PAMHO! AGTSP! I was wondering if anyone knows if Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur initiated women? married or otherwise? if so, is it known how many? also, how many initiates did He have in total? Thank you for your time.
  20. PAMHO AGTSP Thank you for the replies... what about the thread itself? Is it used like a Japa mala? Or is the mantra just chanted without engaging the touch sense, etc.... Thank you again for the info on the Kama Gayatri.
  21. Hari bol! Please accept my obiences! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! I was wondering about the sacred thread and what is chanted on it. Is it the Gayatri matra? Are there variations of it given when it is whispered to an initiate? Or is it the same always? and...Is the thread actualy used when chanting? Please forive my ignorance.
  22. Dear Mother Jaya Radhe, Reading of all the nice sweet words from those whose hearts you have touched had me thinking that you managed to please practicaly everyone here at these forums and serve them in some way or another, what to speak of the countless devotees in your life...and then I saw that the very nice website I use art from was yours.....and I am that much more saddened over your departure. I did not get a chance to thank you, to get to know you, to call you a friend. You set quite a nice example of how to live one's life for Krsna. You have inspired my wife and myself to take up painting for Krsna...we are eternaly grateful. I write my little farewell here in the test section for it is just for you from me, and I am a stranger here and have not the sweet wonderful things to say to you like your Godbrothers and Sisters have. I feel out of place, but still very grateful for the big impact you have had on our lives. please forgive me for not posting this a more appropriate section of the forums. I wanted to simply say thank you for your exemplarary life. Hare Krsna. yours in service, bh. Neal
  23. Invitation to Daily Satsang By Bhakta Neal All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Looking for that daily fix of association? Hungry to hear the nectar of not only Bhagavad Gita As It Is, but Srimad Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamrta as well? Looking to hear some sweet bhajans mixed with the occasional Srila Prabhupada lecture? Tired of having to go to multiple websites to satisfy your transcendental needs? Well look no further. You are invited to join us on Paltalk where there are currently two Krsna Conscious broadcasts daily. And if you don't like what you hear, you can start your own Krsna Conscious Internet Radio Station or satsang group today. Recently, while visiting www.chantandbehappy.com I noticed a new link for Hare Krishna Radio and instructions on how to sign up for the free Paltalk chat service that it is broadcast over. The following link will take you to that page: http://chantandbehappy.com/ hare_krishna_radio.htm. Anadi Krsna prabhu from New Goloka Dham broadcasts most every day, and on Sundays from 5:00 - 6:30pm EST, he broadcasts the Sunday Festival live. And the fun does not stop there. It has only just begun. There is also the Gita study group that meets twice every day to read from the Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Caitanya Caritamrta. It is expertly and humbly guided by Gita Govinda prabhu from Atlanta Georgia. And on Sundays, Gita Govinda and wife host a live broadcast of their satsang program that they have held in their home for years. The wonderful thing about Gita Govinda's group is that it is an entirely interactive process of hearing, chanting, and associating with other devotees from all over the world. Everyone is encouraged to read the text, the word-for-word, the translation, and purport written by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. You can even do a little kirtan if you like. You say you do not have a book to read from? Not a problem, Gita Govinda has created read-along web pages updated daily for your convenience. Therefore, everything you need in order to partake in the study of these wonderful transcendental treasures— what to speak of associating with learned devotees— is right there at the click of your mouse. Following each session is a period for questions and answers to ensure full understanding. The Bhagavad Gita session (as well as Sunday's live satsang program) begins every day at 10:30am and concludes at 11:30am EST. The Srimad Bhagavatam session begins at 9:00pm EST and is imediately followed by the Caitanya Caritamrta session at 9:30pm, which concludes at 10:00pm EST You can sign up for Paltalk at paltalk.com or simply visit www.chantandbehappy.com for clear instructions on how to sign up. Once you’re signed on, click the "Groups" icon and then scroll down to "Religious." From there you will see "Hare Krishna Radio" and "Gita: Coming back next life? Come and find out!" (note: the Gita room name changes occasionally, but always will start with "Gita" ) Hope to see you there! Hare Krsna! (I am in no way promoting Paltalk or its sponsors or advertisers. I am, however, promoting Krsna Consciousness) Yours in service, bh. Neal
  24. how about the 6 Gosvamis instead? Jaya! anyone who likes the pic can see it and other cool devotional pics here: 6 Gosvamis: http://www.geocities.com/theopenheart/sixgosvamis.html other pics: http://www.geocities.com/theopenheart/Devotionalpictures.html
  25. Hari bol! Just wondering if this still works as easy as it did before...and what about the Lotus Tilaka? did the upload of it work? and what of my signature....does it still exist? Oh me of little faith /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
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