The Ultimate Solution
Serving Krsna is the constitutional position
Of every jiva, in whatever situation.
Forgetting this, he suffers unlimitedly,
Not realizing the problem ultimately.
He always tries to satisfy himself
By serving the body, considering it the actual self.
Trying his utmost to please bodily relatives,
He works very hard, ignorant of life’s true objectives.
Like the washerman’s ass bearing a great load,
The jiva expects “grass” at the end of the road.
He faithfully pampers cats and dogs,
Risking rebirth in a family of hogs.
In total pursuit of false happiness,
He thinks that sense gratification ends all distress.
By watering only twigs, branches, and leaves,
He all the more incessantly grieves.
He doesn’t realize that watering a tree’s roots
Naturally produces nectarean fruits.
By realizing that Krsna is the root of the tree,
And serving Him always–from bondage one is free.
Serving the Lord throughout one’s life
Ends all material strife.
So come along, to dance and sway!
Sing along! Chant and say:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama,
Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
The Ultimate Solution
It’s Full Of Strife.
About a week before Gita Jayanti, one devotee in Bombay went out to distribute Srimad Bhagavad Gita.At one place, he knocked the door but no one replied. He did not give up and again knocked the door, still it was unanswered. With firm determination to distribute Bhagavad Gita, he again knocked with a much greater force.
According to ISKCON policy all candidates for initiation must understand clearly the following principles. Please learn them carefully.
1. Qualifications of a bona fide Spiritual Master
- He must come in a bona fide disciplic succession.
- He must know the science of pure devotion to Lord Krishna.
- He must be learned in the Vedic Literature & be able to convince others about the Vedic conclusions.
- He must be self-controlled.
- He must teach by his personal example.
2. Need for accepting a bona fide Spiritual Master
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The result of over twenty years of research, Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava presents a wealth of newly translated material. Replete with anecdotes told by disciples who lived with him, this devotional, philosophical, cultural, and historical study gives intimate insights into the activities, teachings, and character of an empowered emissary of the Supreme Lord.
Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava is presented in three volumes:
- Volume 1 features a biographical overview, plus detailed analysis of the message, mission, and personality of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati.
- Volume 2 details the preaching challenge that Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati faced, and also includes biographical sketches of several of his disciples and associates.
- Volume 3 features an overview of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati’s contributions, with selections from his lectures, writings, and colloquies, also his astrological chart, and appendixes that include important details concerning Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati and the Gaudiya Matha.
Featuring over 170 photos, many republished after more than seventy years, Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava is a collector’s piece to be treasured by devotees and students of religion.
Difference between idol and vigraha. An article from a 1975 Back To Godhad by Jayadvaita dasa.
Are the Hare Krsna devotees idol worshipers? A senior member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness resolves this question by explaining the authenticity of the Deity form of the Lord.
It’s natural for us to want to know what God looks like, just as it’s natural for a child who’s never seen his father to want to know what his father looks like. And just as such a child may imagine, “Maybe my father looks like this” or “Maybe he looks like that,” so we, too, speculate about what God must be like. The artist Michelangelo, for example, knowing God to be the original person, speculated that He must actually look old, with white hair and the features of an aged man. In this way, perhaps all of us have at one time or another formed at least some mental picture of God from whatever little we knew of Him.
“What is that?” Prabhupada asked pleasantly as we offered our obeisances and sat before him.
“Well, the devotees are selling hot drinking chocolate at the new snack bar, Srila Prabhupada,” I said, “and I don’t think it’s bona fide. Mahavira prabhu thinks it is, so we thought we should ask you.”
“Hmm. So, what is it made from?” Prabhupada asked thoughtfully.
Mahavira raced back to the shop and brought the can. He read out the ingredients. “It’s mainly from cocoa, Srila Prabhupada.”
“Oh, cocoa. That, there is cocoa bean, it comes from this?”
“Yes, Srila Prabhupada.”
“No, then it is not all right. If it is from cocoa bean you cannot take. That means caffeine.”
So that was it. The issue was settled, and hot drinking chocolate is no longer on the menu.
Transcendental Diary 5-3: Sri Vrndavana Dhama
Without any stridency in his tone, he raised his topic of concern. “Now for our practical life we are known all over the world as shaven headed. Is it not? Now we are becoming hair headed. We are forgetting shaving because there is a little leniency. Immediately faulty things are creeping in. So we should be known as shaven headed, not long hair headed. This is discrepancy. At least once in a month you must be clearly shaven headed. In the bright fortnight on the day of purnima, four days after ekadasi, once in a month in the bright fortnight, you must be shaved.”
Valtura Prison Camp
The next day, October 11, we went to a prison in Valtura a town nearby Pula. This place was the open-type where mostly offenders with traffic accidents were held. There were no walls,guards or bars, just a few houses in a farm-like environment.
We were welcomed by one of the officials who arranged the event.He was very interested into India and was impressed with the fact that everyone in the group had visited India.
The question of the meaning of human existence in the totality of Being, this fundamental question of philosophy, gains its true and practical importance through man’s total discovery of death. (
Jacques Choron, Death and Western Thought, Collier Books 1963, pg. 27)
“The totality of Being” means universal existence: the immeasurable expanse of time and space compared to which the human world is absurdly insignificant.
“Man’s total discovery of death” means the recognition that in this world nobody, great or small, is immortal.
And so, philosophy is important and practical insofar as it addresses “the why” of our mortality in the midst of a universe that apparently cares not if we live or die.