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  1. i am wondering this question for a long time. In the Sri Caitanya Saraswata parampara if a aspiring devotee takes diksha from a acarya in the lineage like Srila Prabhupada or Srimad BVN Goswami Maharaj for example, can that person still cherish the works of other acaryas in that lineage who have left their bodies?
  2. I wrote a long reply but somehow there was a error. Thanks for sharing:) ill hit u back when i get back home
  3. Wow, Sri Krsna is so merciful, just by calling his name he takes control. I would guess that means he guides you and protects you and leads you to a Guru who can show a person the deep pathway to divine love.
  4. Ah, Thank you both for the wisdom and knowledge. not having a Gurudeva, im trying to chant naam so by the lords mercy he will send me one.
  5. Dear devotees, Im sure this question may have come up several times,but if you dont mind i would like to re-ask this question so that it may help me personally. I have been reading articles by a Vaishnav Guru who quotes Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur writings about ridding the offenses to the holy name by chanting Nitai Gaura naam mantras. I would like to know what other ways to remove offenses mentioned by the acaryas and shastra. please bash my ignorance with some knowledge:pray:
  6. discovered a temple in Atlanta!!!
  7. What i mean to ask is the teachings of "prevoious"Acharyas as presented in book form? is that also a type of siksha?
  8. Yes your words mean so much to me,by pointing out my misunderstandings i learn so much. I guess it is because i have no personal connections with any devotees,and for that reason i put so much importance of finding a Guru so i can be in proper association. But as you pointed out its not about "shopping" for a guru,i really need to take my time with this. I have 2 more questions now that this has been brought to my attention: 1)can a person who really wants to be a devotee of Sri Sri Radha Krsna chant the mahamantra on tulasi beads even though he hasn;t received initiation? 2) Is the teachings of Acharyas considered siska guru in the sense they instruct one on how to perform proper devotional service?
  9. Yeah i need to really figure everything out.
  10. The reason i proposed Swami Narasingha is because his articles helped me solidify my faith.I also proposed Swami BV Tripurari for that same reason.and I proposed Srila Narayana Maharaj because he is a rasika bhakta. But what i failed to realize is there are more Gurus in the lineage of Saraswata such as Srila B.B. Bodhayan Maharaj, and i feel safe to say that his soft spoken heart felt words attract me. Sonic yogi: thank you for telling me there is no rush, i always have the tendecy to get ahead of myself and become confused.I also first heard the mahamantra from Srila Prabhupada and i beleive my soul is constantly pulling me towards bhakti because of him. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!
  11. The reason im so attracted to the Saraswata parampara, is how Srila Bhaktisiddantha Prabhupada taught that sankirtan was the highest means to attain prema!! It is the same teaching of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu,and thae fact he was a genius:cool: . Sometimes trying to read his written works is mindboggling
  12. I realize how limited i was in the original questions, please excuse this mistake. stonehearted: thank you for that advice!
  13. Ah, thanks for the tips. so how does each Rs equal to us dollars?
  14. Thanks Narasingh:) So about $3,000 will do it hopefully........ I'll probably go next year, i'll unfortunately be lonely because i have no one to go with me.See in Atlanta where im from i haven't even met a devotee,and im african american so my family thinks im weird:) I love devotional songs and kirtans, but never personally been to one,thank God for the internet. I hope one day to learn to be a kirtan singer and sing the great Acharyas songs. especially the ones on the kksongs website
  15. Thanks for replying. I do not wish to cause any dirstubance, epecially before the arrival of Gaura purnima. beggar: Im so unfortunate because i have no physical connection with any devotees, just via internet. that is why im asking for any type of advice. but like you said it is subjective,who feels it knows it.
  16. First of all thanks for reading this post My faith in Gaudiya Vaishnavism is stronger than ever right now,after reading and contemplating several arguments and refutations i can with full honesty say the Vinoda Saraswat parampara lineage is for me. So i beg the senoir devotees to help me with some questions. 1) What is the relationship between Swami Narasingha and Srila Govinda Maharaj? ( just curious) 2)Who is an ideal Guru for a aspiring devotee who wishes to practice the sadhana/raganuga path as taught by Srila Bhaktisiddantha Saraswati Thakur? (between Srila BV Narayana Maharaj, Swami BV Tripurari and Swami Narasingha) i know there may be diffrences but i would like to hear the diffrences in order to understand myself better and help me make a proper decision, please any suggestions or advice. Haribol!! Hare Krsna!!
  17. Thank you for reading this post. Im only 20 years old and make about $150 a week with my part time job:crying2: so about how much would it cost to: 1)travel to india then to vrindavan? 2)about how much would it cost to stay for 2 weeks -a month in vrindavan? 3) how much would it cost to get back? and im traveling from atlanta georgia. any ideas or estimates would be great.
  18. The Genuine Heart Master Zendo (Shan-tao) interpreted Shijoshin (the Genuine Heart) to mean: "The term shi refers to truth, jo is the quality of being genuine, (and shin mean hearts); therefore, Shijoshin means, a truly genuine heart. Genuineness indicates the state of the heart in which there is an absence of any falsity or evanescence. The Heart which holds falsity and evanescence produces the evil passions of greed and anger and loses sight of right thought." All evil passions arise from greed and anger, which are considered to be the mother of these passions. Concerning greed, there are two categories; greed that may be satisfied with small gratification, and greed that may be unsatisfied even with enormous gratification. The Pure Land School prohibits entertaining the later greed of the evil passions. The Nenbutsu practicioner should recite Nenbutsu keeping this in mind. Only then is Nenbutsu genuine. Greed that may be satisfied with small gratification does not result in suffering for the Nenbutsu practitioner. The evil passion of anger would be tolerated if one venerates our elders and nurtures subordinates. The evil passion of ignorance indicates a misguided heart. We need to strive to liberate ourselves from such an evil passion. If one detests the delusive worlds of birth and death, aspires birth in the Pure Land, treasures one's precious belief in Ojo, and devotes oneself to a life of service, then one can be free from the evil passion of ignorance. Minimal ignorance will not be an obstacle to the attainment of Ojo. The cultivation of these attitudes will rid us of a heart filled with falsity and evanescence based upon greed and anger and result in the emergence of the truly genuine heart. This is referred to as the heart that aspires enlightenment in the Pure Land School. In short, to shun the myriad evil passions of this delusive world of birth and death and to recite Nenbutsu exclusively are true practices of the Genuine Heart.
  19. Shakyamuni Buddha said, Just as water cools both good and bad and washes away all impurity and dust. In the same way you should develop thoughts of love, to friend and foe alike. And having reached perfection in love, you will attain enlightenment. What is reborn are our habits. Enlightenment is the ending of rebirth, which means a complete nonattachement or nonidentifiction with all thoughts, feelings, perceptions, physical sensations, and ideas. His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama You may have expected that enlightenment would come ZAP! Instanteous and permanent. This is unlikely. After the first "ah ha" experience, it can be thought of as the thinning of a layer of clouds. Ram Dass There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take the one with a heart. Lao-tzu
  20. The majestic virtue of Amitabha is boundless. His life is so long that it is impossible for anyone to calculate it. All the innumerable, uncountable and inconceivable Buddhas, Tathagatas, in the worlds of the ten quarters praise him. Until you were born in this life, you, too, underwent endless cycles of birth-and-death. Now you have been able to learn about Amitabha. What pleasure and joy this is for you and for me to share. Seek your own emancipation and then turn to saving others; straightforwardly aspire to be born in the Pure Land and accumulate roots of virtue. However hard you may practice in this life, it can only be for a short while. In the life to come you will be born in the land of Amitabha and enjoy endless bliss there. All good men and women who hear the Name of Amitabha Buddha expounded by all the Buddhas and the name of this sutra are protected by all the Buddhas and dwell in the Stage of Non-retrogression for realizing the highest, perfect Enlightenment. This is why you should accept my words and the teachings of all the Buddhas. http://www.anzwers.org/free/pureland/index-english.html
  21. Thanks for the videos and response. Amitabha
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