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  1. Krsna does not originate from anything. He just is. Always has been. Always will be. Everything that is, is part of Him. Surely we can see that a person is greater than a rock. Krsna is greater than Brahman. Without Him, there would be no Brahman. In so many ways, so many times, He explains this in the Bhagavad-gita - there is no truth equal to or greater than Me, everything rests in Me as pearls are strung on a thread, I am the basis of Brahman. and of course verse 7.24: <center> avyaktaM vyaktim ApannaM manyante mAm abuddhayaH paraM bhAvam ajAnanto mamAvyayam anuttamam </center> avyaktam--nonmanifested; vyaktim--personality; Apannam--achieved; manyante--think; mAm--Me; abuddhayaH--less intelligent persons; param--supreme; bhAvam--existence; ajAnantaH--without knowing; mama--My; avyayam--imperishable; anuttamam--the finest. Unintelligent men, who do not know Me perfectly, think that I, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, KRSNa, was impersonal before and have now assumed this personality. Due to their small knowledge, they do not know My higher nature, which is imperishable and supreme.
  2. The unlimited Lord Brahmas in the innumerable universes are usually jiva souls, not in the same ontological category as Krsna. http://vedabase.net/tlc/8/en
  3. <a href=http://vedabase.net/iso/15/en target=new>Mantra Fifteen</a> <center> hiraNmayena pAtreNa satyasyApihitaM mukham tat tvaM pUSann apAvRNu satya-dharmAya dRSTaye </center> hiraNmayena--by a golden effulgence; pAtreNa--by a dazzling covering; satyasya--of the Supreme Truth; apihitam--covered; mukham--the face; tat--that covering; tvam--Yourself; pUSan--O sustainer; apAvRNu--kindly remove; satya--pure; dharmAya--unto the devotee; dRSTaye--for exhibiting. O my Lord, sustainer of all that lives, Your real face is covered by Your dazzling effulgence. Kindly remove that covering and exhibit Yourself to Your pure devotee.
  4. http://vedabase.net/bg/14/27/en The metaphor of the sun and the rays of sun is often given. The sun does not come from the rays. Brahman is the effulgence (brahmajyoti) of Sri Krsna, as sunshine emanates from the sun.
  5. At the risk of making things seem too simple, we can consider that Brahman somewhat means "REALITY". This reality we perceive, all that exists, existence itself, this is Brahman. However: this REALITY has a source, and necessarily that Source is beyond it. And yes, that source is a person, it is God, it is Bhagavan Sri Krsna, as will be clearly explained by Arjuna below. The sanskrit term "param" means 'beyond'. This is the word that Arjuna uses in the Bhagavad-gita verse quoted below to describe the unique position of Lord Krishna. Arjuna asserts that Krsna is beyond Brahman, param brahman. He fully accepts the earlier revelation of the Lord in their conversation that everything rests on Him, as pearls are strung on a thread [Bhagavad-gita 7.7]. The reality is that Sri Krsna is Brahman, everything, Reality, all that is; and yet inconceivably at the same time He remains Himself - the fully independent unborn cause of all causes. He is param brahman, and He has spoken this in the Bhagavad-gita to His dearmost friend and devotee, Arjuna. Bhagavad-gita 10.12-13 : <center> arjuna uvAca paraM brahma paraM dhAma pavitraM paramaM bhavAn puruSaM zAzvataM divyam Adi-devam ajaM vibhum Ahus tvAm RSayaH sarve devarSir nAradas tathA asito devalo vyAsaH svayaM caiva bravISi me </center> arjunaH uvAca--Arjuna said; param--supreme; brahma--truth; param--supreme; dhAma--sustenance; pavitram--pure; paramam--supreme; bhavAn--You; puruSam--personality; zAzvatam--original; divyam--transcendental; Adi-devam--the original Lord; ajam--unborn; vibhum--greatest; AhuH--say; tvAm--of You; RSayaH--sages; sarve--all; deva-RSiH--the sage among the demigods; nAradaH--NArada; tathA--also; asitaH--Asita; devalaH--Devala; vyAsaH--VyAsa; svayam--personally; ca--also; eva--certainly; bravISI--You are explaining; me--unto me. Arjuna said: You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the ultimate abode, the purest, the Absolute Truth. You are the eternal, transcendental, original person, the unborn, the greatest. All the great sages such as NArada, Asita, Devala and VyAsa confirm this truth about You, and now You Yourself are declaring it to me. PURPORT In these two verses the Supreme Lord gives a chance to the modern philosopher, for here it is clear that the Supreme is different from the individual soul. Arjuna, after hearing the essential four verses of Bhagavad-gItA [10.8-11] in this chapter, became completely free from all doubts and accepted KRSNa as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He at once boldly declares, "You are paraM brahma, the Supreme Personality of Godhead." And previously KRSNa stated that He is the originator of everything and everyone. Every demigod and every human being is dependent on Him. Men and demigods, out of ignorance, think that they are absolute and independent of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That ignorance is removed perfectly by the discharge of devotional service. This has already been explained in the previous verse by the Lord. Now, by His grace, Arjuna is accepting Him as the Supreme Truth, in concordance with the Vedic injunction. It is not that because KRSNa is Arjuna's intimate friend Arjuna is flattering Him by calling Him the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Absolute Truth. Whatever Arjuna says in these two verses is confirmed by Vedic truth. Vedic injunctions affirm that only one who takes to devotional service to the Supreme Lord can understand Him, whereas others cannot. Each and every word of this verse spoken by Arjuna is confirmed by Vedic injunction. In the Kena UpaniSad it is stated that the Supreme Brahman is the rest for everything, and KRSNa has already explained that everything is resting on Him. The MuNDaka UpaniSad confirms that the Supreme Lord, in whom everything is resting, can be realized only by those who engage constantly in thinking of Him. This constant thinking of KRSNa is smaraNam, one of the methods of devotional service. It is only by devotional service to KRSNa that one can understand his position and get rid of this material body. In the Vedas the Supreme Lord is accepted as the purest of the pure. One who understands that KRSNa is the purest of the pure can become purified from all sinful activities. One cannot be disinfected from sinful activities unless he surrenders unto the Supreme Lord. Arjuna's acceptance of KRSNa as the supreme pure complies with the injunctions of Vedic literature. This is also confirmed by great personalities, of whom NArada is the chief. KRSNa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and one should always meditate upon Him and enjoy one's transcendental relationship with Him. He is the supreme existence. He is free from bodily needs, birth and death. Not only does Arjuna confirm this, but all the Vedic literatures, the PurANas and histories. In all Vedic literatures KRSNa is thus described, and the Supreme Lord Himself also says in the Fourth Chapter, "Although I am unborn, I appear on this earth to establish religious principles." He is the supreme origin; He has no cause, for He is the cause of all causes, and everything is emanating from Him. This perfect knowledge can be had by the grace of the Supreme Lord. Here Arjuna expresses himself through the grace of KRSNa. If we want to understand Bhagavad-gItA, we should accept the statements in these two verses. This is called the paramparA system, acceptance of the disciplic succession. Unless one is in the disciplic succession, he cannot understand Bhagavad-gItA. It is not possible by so-called academic education. Unfortunately those proud of their academic education, despite so much evidence in Vedic literatures, stick to their obstinate conviction that KRSNa is an ordinary person.
  6. Yes, I often ask the question: "What kind of impotent god needs little girls to strap dynamite to their chests then blow themselves up in random crowds of people"? In the Vedas, Krsna in His form of Parasurama destroys entire generations of warriors by the thousands over and over again. Then, of course as Kalki He will slay most of the inhabitants of the earth, as He does at the end of every Kali-yuga. My Psalm 46 quote earlier was an attempt to explain that meditation and yoga are actually comparable to "Be still". "Know that I am God", that Kingdom is the platform the Christians must reach before casting stones; otherwise they may fiind themselves offending the One they claim to worship. Until then, they simply worship their minds. And their devotion, that is simply in their mind, a pompous fantasy.
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    Ram Sethu

    http://www.ramsethu.org/
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    Ram Sethu

    From : http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/jul/04spec.htm Ramar Sethu, a world heritage centre? Shobha Warrier | July 04, 2007 17:08 IST <table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="165"><tbody><tr><td class="f12" width="150"> </td><td width="15"> </td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#dcdcdc" height="1"> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td height="10"> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td class="f12" height="20">Related Articles</td><td> </td></tr><tr><td class="ft11" height="20"> • 'Project won't bring development or employment' <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="5"><tbody><tr><td height="5"> </td></tr></tbody></table> • Why the Ram Setu must not be destroyed <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="5"><tbody><tr><td height="5"> </td></tr></tbody></table> • US heritage body wants Ram Setu preserved <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="5"><tbody><tr><td height="5"> </td></tr></tbody></table> • Graphic: The Sethusamudram Project <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="5"><tbody><tr><td height="5"> </td></tr></tbody></table> • 'Widening Ramar Sethu can amplify tsunamis' <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="5"><tbody><tr><td height="5"> </td></tr></tbody></table></td><td> </td></tr><tr><td height="10"> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#dcdcdc" height="1"> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td height="10"> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td valign="top"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top">........ type="text/javascript" src="http://www.rediff.com/uim/include/news_top.htm">.........>........ type="text/javascript" src="http://www.rediff.com/uim/include/flash.htm">.........><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="150"><tbody><tr><td class="f12" width="150"> </td></tr></tbody></table><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="150"><tbody><tr><td width="150">Top Emailed Features</td></tr></tbody></table><table bgcolor="#ffffff" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="150"><tbody><tr><td width="150"><table align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="150"><tbody><tr bgcolor="#ffffff"><td width="150"> • 'Friendships go beyond body,mind,heart' • 'India remains Pakistan's primary target' • Cancer cure may be available in 5 yrs </td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td height="5"> </td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#dcdcdc" height="1"> </td></tr><tr><td height="5"> </td></tr><tr><td class="f12">Have you tried this? • Ask a question • News on your Desktop</td></tr><tr><td height="5"> </td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td> </td></tr><tr><td height="10"> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#dcdcdc" height="1"> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td height="10"> </td><td> </td></tr></tbody></table> <!-- wml_version_starts --> The Rs 2,427.40-crore Sethusamudram canal project aims to create a navigable channel of 152.2 km from the Gulf of Mannar to the Bay of Bengal through the Palk Bay and Palk Strait. The project that was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] on the July 2, 2005, has drawn flak from many quarters from the day the idea was mooted. One of the debates going on is whether the chain of islets called Ramar Sethu, also known as Adam's Bridge, linking India with Sri Lanka [Images] should be destroyed while dredging. Dr S Kalayanaraman, eminent research scholar who has earlier done signal work in locating the mythical river Saraswathi, has been associated with the move to prevent the dredging of Ramar Sethu. He has been researching Indian civilisation and Indian languages for quite some time, and is a former employee of the Asian Development Bank [Get Quote]. He says the project should not progress as it is and argues his point citing archaeological, scientific, textual and cartographic evidence to show that Adam's Bridge is actually Ramar Sethu and it is several centuries old. He says it is indeed a world heritage site and should be declared as one at the earliest. Before we get to the existence and ancient nature of Ramar Sethu, let us first look back when the first idea for a canal in the Gulf of Mannar originated. It was first conceived by a British commander of the Indian Marine A D Taylor in 1860, but was discarded because it did not make economic sense. In 1956, the Sir A Ramaswamy Mudaliar Committee, constituted to develop the Tuticorin port, came out with a report that discussed reducing the maritime route around the Indian peninsula by avoiding circumnavigation of the island of Sri Lanka. It spoke of nine alignments and all of them were land based canals. The report said the advantage of a land based canal was that it can be adequately deep and still keep the canal safe by having locks on either side where it met the sea. The land based canal would avoid dredging in the serene Gulf of Mannar and keep it safe from the turbulence of the Indian Ocean. According to Kalyanaraman, the report also clearly stated that any idea of cutting a channel through Ramar Sethu should be abandoned because of the problems of maintaining a mid-ocean channel and the "turbulence of the Indian ocean waters." After criticism arose about the Sethusamudram Canal project, the Minister of Tourism and Culture Ambika Soni said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that there were no archaeological studies that revealed the existence of a bridge called Ramar Sethu between India and Sri Lanka. Kalyanaraman lists cartography, textual, and epigraphic evidences to show that a bridge called Ramar Sethu existed. "A NASA [Images] satellite picture has shown the existence of a stretch of land bridge in the Palk Strait between the countries," says Kalyanaraman. He cites two items from the NASA website. February 2000 report of NASA: Shuttle Radar Topography Mission of NASA aboard the space shuttle Endeavour launched in February 2000. It says, "Sri Lanka is shaped like a giant teardrop falling from the southern tip of the vast Indian subcontinent. It is separated from India by the 50 km-wide Palk Strait, although there is a series of stepping-stone coral islets known as Adam's Bridge that almost form a land bridge between the two countries." The second item is a photograph taken by the Gemini mission of the 1960s that shows the clearly visible outline of the "bridge." But what Kalyanaraman wants to clarify is that the Sethu, or bridge, is centuries old. "Sethu in Tamil means "manmade bund" and this bund is called Sethuband. Asiatic Society, 1799, refers to the bridge that is broken at three places. It also says "people call it a bridge; or otherwise it appears to have wood growing on it, and to be inhabited." "The Sethupatis of Ramanathapuram are called so because they were expected to protect the Sethu." He further adds two other evidences, "The Madras Presidency Administration Report 1903 refers to the bridge as a glossary entry: 'Adam's Bridge is called the bridge of Rama. It really joined Ceylon to India until 1480, when a breach was made through rocks during a storm. A subsequent storm enlarged this and foot traffic then ceased.' "The next is a book written by Alexander Hamilton in 1744, A New Account of the East Indies which describes his visit to 'Zeloan' by walking on the bridge." "In the Aganaanooru Sangam literature text also, there is a reference to Sethu and there are hundreds of references to Rama," Kalyanaraman added. All these were put together by Schwartzberg and the University of Chicago as Schwartzberg Atlas that have around 100 maps showing Sethu (in bracket, it is written Adam's Bridge) clearly and the maps are dated back to the seventh and the twelfth centuries. In 1788, Joseph Parks, a Botanical explorer from Australia marks the structure as Rama's Bridge. But it is renamed as Adam's Bridge in the 1804 Survey of India map. Kalyanaraman also speaks about thousands of copper, gold and silver coins with the word Sethu on them that have been recovered in Jaffna. They were issued circa the twelfth to fifteenth century. Paranthaka Chola of the tenth century copper plates and the copper plates indicate that Aparajitavarman went to Sethutirtha. "Krishnadevaraya's epigraph mentions that his territory extended from Sethu to Vijayanagaram." Another important reason cited by Kalyanaraman why a canal should not be built in the region is because Sankha or Turbinella pyrum is found in the region and not found anywhere else in the world. "In a place called Keezhakarai, a surviving industry which is 8500 years old is that of sankha. Divers go into the shallow depths of water and pick up sankha. No Bengali or Oriya marriage is complete without the Sankha bangle. The heritage of this place is linked to the Saraswathi civilisation." When the Survey of India was first set up in 1767, the logo said "From Sethu to Himalayas." "So, Sethu was looked upon as a boundary of India even then," said Kalyanaraman. Kalyanaraman asks, "Do you want to be like the Taliban who destroyed the Buddha statues in Bamiyan by calling it mere pieces of stone? Section 295 of the Indian Penal Code says sentiments of the people about sacredness should be respected. If anybody hurts the sentiments of people, it is a cognisable offence. But here, the state says a monument does not exist and is trying to destroy it instead of protecting it. With all these evidences to back my point, I say that Ramar Sethu should be declared a world heritage site." <!-- wml_version_ends --> <!--printer_version--> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td height="5"> </td></tr></tbody></table>
  10. Meditation - Yoga <center> "Be still, and know that I am God."</center> Get beyond the words and idioms.
  11. These words are so opposite to the reality I see: "The invasion of Eastern religions into the West has the effect of tearing down the moral fabric of society. It stifles the conscience, and every sense of right and wrong, and leads to pleasure seeking and crime." The 'moral fabric' had been destroyed long before sanatana-dharma arrived in the west. The only thing that can save this hell in the West is true religion, not the sentimental silliness that pervades religions of today. The people who write these tracts have no idea what they are talking about - they pretend a few words or concepts and then invent from there. The Presbyterian Church had a similar pamplet of carp, written by a psychologist of all people. These people don't even know their own religion. Leave them to their sentimentalism - they aren't ready for real religion. It gets in their way.
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    What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

    http://www.forbes.com/2009/03/11/worlds-richest-people-billionaires-2009-billionaires_land.html It's been a tough year for the richest people in the world. Last year there were 1,125 billionaires. This year there are just 793 people rich enough to make our list. In Pictures: The 50 Richest People In The World The world has become a wealth wasteland. Like the rest of us, the richest people in the world have endured a financial disaster over the past year. Today there are 793 people on our list of the World's Billionaires, a 30% decline from a year ago. Of the 1,125 billionaires who made last year's ranking, 373 fell off the list--355 from declining fortunes and 18 who died. There are 38 newcomers, plus three moguls who returned to the list after regaining their 10-figure fortunes. It is the first time since 2003 that the world has had a net loss in the number of billionaires.
  13. gHari

    Count the No. of 'f's'

    I am an idiot!
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    What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

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  15. gHari

    Jnana-sunya

    That is our true position, our humble reality. You have become wise. The deepening desperate futile separation you feel from Krsna will attract Him.
  16. gHari

    evolution

    The forms evolve, but not for the reasons Darwin grasped at. Science has to learn that its domain is "HOW", never "WHY". Religion answers 'why', and here the 'why' is the 'transmigration of the soul'. So, there is evolution; but it is the evolution of soul that makes things work the way they work. That is why an ape will give birth to an ape that is a little more human than its mother. Scientists are studying the 'how' of this. They only look foolish when they overstep their limits and venture reasons for what has happened. "Chance", "Natural selection", whatever their unprovable speculation is - it is just not their domain. At any given time, a variety of forms are required to fund the big karmic biological merry-go-round. Ape and human forms may be required simultaneously by various jiva souls who are at differing levels of advancement. And this is all quite compatible with what we see now, and what we see in the past fossil record. Science is not a religion. They become fools when they try to ordain themselves, and preach their cult to the innocent as the all-encompassing mechanistic world-view.
  17. gHari

    what kind of devote are u

    Somehow or other we must turn to God. Whatever the reason or reasons, eventually they will be purified. From Nectar of Devotion: These four types of devotees have been described in the Seventh Chapter of Bhagavad-gItA , and they have all been accepted as pious. Without becoming pious, no one can come to devotional service. It is explained in Bhagavad-gItA that only one who has continually executed pious activities and whose sinful reactions in life have completely stopped can take to KRSNa consciousness. Others cannot. The neophyte devotees are classified into four groups--the distressed, those in need of money, the inquisitive and the wise--according to their gradations of pious activities. Without pious activities, if a man is in a distressed condition he becomes an agnostic, a communist or something like that. Because he does not firmly believe in God, he thinks that he can adjust his distressed condition by totally disbelieving in Him. Lord KRSNa, however, has explained in the GItA that out of these four types of neophytes, the one who is wise is very dear to Him, because a wise man, if he is attached to KRSNa, is not seeking an exchange of material benefits. A wise man who becomes attached to KRSNa does not want any return from Him, either in the form of relieving distress or in gaining money. This means that from the very beginning his basic principle of attachment to KRSNa is, more or less, love. Furthermore, due to his wisdom and study of zAstras (scriptures), he can understand also that KRSNa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is confirmed in Bhagavad-gItA that after many, many births, when one becomes actually wise, he surrenders unto VAsudeva, knowing perfectly well that KRSNa (VAsudeva) is the origin and cause of all causes. Therefore, he sticks to the lotus feet of KRSNa and gradually develops love for Him. <B>Although such a wise man is very dear to KRSNa, the others are also accepted as very magnanimous, because even though they are distressed or in need of money, they have come to KRSNa for satisfaction</b>. Thus they are accepted as liberal, broad-minded mahAtmAs. Without being elevated to the position of a jJAnI, or wise man, one cannot stick to the principle of worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The less intelligent or those whose intelligence has been taken away by the spell of mAyA are attached to different demigods on account of the influence of the modes of nature. The wise man is he who has thoroughly understood that he is spirit soul and not simply a body. Because he realizes that he is spirit and KRSNa is the supreme spirit, he knows that his intimate relationship should be with KRSNa, not with this body. The distressed and the man in want of money are in the material concept of life, because distress and need of money are both in relationship with this body. One who is inquisitive may be a little above the distressed and the man in need of money, but still he is on the material platform. But a wise man who seeks KRSNa knows perfectly well that he is spirit soul, or Brahman, and that KRSNa is the supreme spirit soul, or Parabrahman. He knows that the spirit soul, being subordinate and finite, should always dovetail himself with the infinite and supreme soul, KRSNa. That is the relationship of the wise man with KRSNa.
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    New booklet about Srila Prabhupada

    I didn't need your permission, but thank you for the gesture. What would make you think that I form my opinions from syllogisms? Have you not understood the Bhagavad-gita? Your mistaken impression that you must control my mind is simply ego and arrogance. This aggressive 'debate' style is for fanatics with some vested interest. The discussion approach of the booklet is much more palatable for your objective targeted audience. This tenacious dog 'debate' nonsense is simply distasteful. Why is your crew so intent on converting the world to this view, at all costs? Is it that crucial?
  19. gHari

    New booklet about Srila Prabhupada

    I don't have to do anything. I 'must demonstrate' nothing. Who the hell are you? Some mundane crass debater? The booklet forces nothing on anyone; that is class. I'm starting to smell an unhealthy over-investment in this topic - the market is surely to crash soon or maybe it just did. I say, "When you get there, ask him (or her)". Until then, play nice.
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    New booklet about Srila Prabhupada

    When there are many gurus with seemingly differing points of view, then we must adjust for a balance. We have four sampradayas, yet each is only a different sentiment towards the same exact Truth **. It is not a question of who is senior or who is right. All are right; all are absolute. We see conflicting statements in the Vedas and Upanishads, but they are harmonized under Sri Krsna Caitanya. Our hearts should be able to accommodate these infinitely complex equations, for it is the truth, and it may well be the only way such complexities can be expressed with any hope of accuracy in our world of words. We would prefer to pick a number from one to four, but in Reality the numbers have many decimal points of precision - most likely an infinite number of decimals. And that one very special number, that is the special love of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. ** Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura writes in Sri Krsna-Samhita: When such sectarian Vaisnava principles become transcendental, that is, when they are free of impersonalism, then they become Satvata-dharma, or religious principles related to the Supreme Truth. The different sampradayas, namely: dvaita (dualism), dvaitAdvaita (simultaneous oneness and difference), suddhAdvaita (purified oneness), and visistadvaita (specific monism) that are found in satvata-dharma are nothing but wonderful varieties of sentiments within the Vaisnava science. Actually the various sampradayas are not the result of differences in the basic truth.
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    New booklet about Srila Prabhupada

    I would not draw too much from the movie of the rag-tag group whose good fortune it was to encounter Srila Prabhupada and Kreeeshna. It seems that Kirtanananda at least understood Purusa being masculine and another explained lover and beloved. My impression was that 'gopis' were discussed in relation to selfless love. It was humorous though ... yet absolutely amazing.
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    New booklet about Srila Prabhupada

    Certainly all three are my master, but then so is Srila Goura Govinda Swami, Srila Narayana Maharaja, Swami Tripurari, Swami Narasingha, and my fortune seeming without limit I cannot possibly name or perhaps even know all the many others Sri Krsna has sprinkled over my path back to Godhead.
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    New booklet about Srila Prabhupada

    I had always seen myself as a friend. Then I realized that I was ready to give up my very existence to protect Krsna (not that He would ever need that). So now I've come so far only to find myself back where I started with the same question, on another level. Who am I? With the evidence finally presented about Srila Goura Govinda Swami and the Kama mantra and indeed Bs 5.28 it's beginning to sound to me like another Crow and Tal Fruit debate that will serve mainly to engage our minds and hearts in churning that ocean of Prabhupada katha mentioned in the booklet. If we can remain not committed to either the Crow or Tal Fruit positions, remain objective, then this can be a sweet pastime.
  24. gHari

    Travel cost to India

    I'd say six months if you save every penny and purify your desire for Krsna.
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    Astama Siddhis

    "Prapti – Sadhak gets the power of getting anything he deserves." I think this may be a typo, since most of us get what we 'deserve'. These siddhis can be found to be used in the service of God. The soul is more powerful than the sun, as they say. It's always about why we do things, not what we do or how we do it.
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