North American Sastra Symposium - Final Invite

1 week, 4 days ago by hps in Calendar Development

We wrote to Sesa Das, Srivasa pandita Das, Hari-lila, Radha-krsna, Nila-mani, Gauranga-darshana, Atula K Das, Gopi-gita, Subra Devi Dasi et al:


Esteemed Teachers, Students and Educational Administrators,

Paoho... We sent a previous letter about our efforts to organize a Sastra-sam-mela on the 4-7th of June. Of course, the physical idea was in Houston, Texas but because of the Karuna-virus we have gone virtual.

We got strong letter response from Bali-mardana Das and Srivasa pandita Das in San Jose, California, and with Bali started meeting each Friday.

Srivasa gave excellent list of questions, topics.

This is like a Last Call for Registration. 

With Bali we were going over the hoped participation and then from that setting the topics and the sessions. We hope that Gauranga and Atul can be available in the mornings (for us, evening for them) of 5th and 6th. Maybe Gauranga can also give a SB class on one day. Of course, we have to consider the quality of the connection. We can discuss general BOEX, North American relations, Vidyapitha relations... We also want to promote some participation of Latin American educators.

The above list includes our desired core team,but we can include more people as observers and general participants. This is the first year.  We hope it to be a family affair.


First is who am I?   I am HpS  and I want to discuss the content and distribution of the Bhaktivedanta Purports through Academic means with others.

Second who are we?  So far it is formally me, Srivasa and Balimardana. That's enough. We have their ideas of what they want, but who else is going to join.... What are you aims?

Third  - Schedules etc.

We are meeting with The Balimardana Das on Fridays. Please join!

nunc aut loquetur pacem in sempiternum tenere

Speak now or forever hold your peace

[KDPC] Respuesta al tema de Conferencia

1 week, 4 days ago by Asta Sakhi Devi Dasi in Calendar Development

Hare Krishna Your Holiness, please accept my respectful obeisances. 

All glories to Srila Prabhupada. 

Thank you very much for your kind reply and sorry for not contextualizing the questions to better understanding. Now I´m going to try to do it.

The subject is in two senses.

1) We observe that the influence of cultural differences is not only in relation with the geographical origin (Mexican, American, Hindu culture, etc.) but also in the differences that come from education, generation, time, etc. So, How is it possible to achieve a conciliation and progress at the social-group level, if, although in theory we understand that CK is beyond material designations, sometimes these cultural, material designations seem to be stronger than we think in our relationships and projects as a social group?

ASA - One example would be how can Men and Women actually relate, even if they are not Pure Devotees? Of course, for many of these the answer is Varna-ashrama-dharma, no? Such an excellent system, no? So, so, much of this in the Bhagavatam: SB 1.7.15-16, 42-48... Just the first canto!

2) On the other hand, we have the concern to understand about identity and a sense of belonging from a psychological perspective.

ASA - Most of the cultural things above would be integration at a psychological level also, no?

We would like to understand How internally -on a psychological level-, the identity of a devotee is structured when it is influenced by so many mixed cultural factors?

For example, there are several authors who analyze the lack of cultural identity of "Mexicans". They explain that, actually there is no defined "Mexican culture", since it is too complex, almost impossible to define.

ASA - Yes! That is exactly what I was thinking also!

In other words, the identity problem in Mexico is existing for a long time (and probably in many other countries).

ASA - It seems universal, no? Racial purging, refugees...

Additionally, when we translate this situation into the Hare Krishna context is also an incredible mix.

ASA - That is the solution, no? Kalau dose nidhe rajan... This Age of Kali is an OCEAN of faults. The family identity is bad. The national identity is not clear, bad. The religious identity is bad... What does it mean to be a Jew, Catholic... but there is one good thing, 'mahan gunah'. just by chanting Hare Krsna, we can identify our selves with Krsna and Krsna's devotees (TlgaSP!). NOI 4-6 gives great, basic, instructions on this.

We live too conditioned by the culture where we grew up, attached to food, language, beliefs (not only religious), in a postmodern, western, capitalist, globalized system and mentality, etc ... And added to that, we aspire to follow practices from a distant tradition. Even when people ask, what are we? There are a dozen responses: "we are a movement", "a spiritual culture", "a philosophy", "a tradition", "a lifestyle".

ASA - Yes, we are All Things to All People. 😎 That is why the SB has 18,000 verses and then Lord Caitanya added the CC etc. We are one thing to Maharaja Pariksit people, another to Queens of Dvaraja people.... Hansadutta told us that Srila Prabhupada said, that every psychological circumstance you can encounter, you will encounter in SB... We are trying to get a deep dialog going with Jungian community. They are among the best in the West in psychology.

But it seems that we do not understand neither the culture in which we are inserted, nor do we know or understand the Gaudiya Vaisnava culture.

ASA - Rupa Goswami says that in the beginning there is a tendency toward impersonalism, but later we start to understand the KC culture and fit in. The ISKCON culture... as an Institution 😮 , and as a society of friends 😉 , and and and as our personal, individual, relationship with Srila Prabhupada. 🙂

How is it possible for a person to identify with a “new culture” without a deeper understanding of both?

ASA - Yes, we have to understand where we are starting, but not perfectly. Just enough to understand why we want to change, and what assets we can take with us, then we can focus more on why our destination seems attractive.

How internally does a devotee assume and identify himself as a Vaisnava and how does his psychology work?

ASA - Vaisnava is devotee of Krsna. In the beginning, Karma-yoga, the identification is extenal, with rituals, but then it passes through Jnana, Dhyana and then pure Bhakti not mixed with blind following of the inferior steps. I chant my rounds (karma yoga) with understanding of the process (jnana) and concentration (dhyana, mysticism) and with real motive to change my motives (bhakti). Rupa Goswami describes this in Nectar of Devotion.

I hope I have not further complicated the topic and that it is useful to devotees. I apologize to you for perhaps so much speculation from me.

HpS - Are our answers to the topics correct? Of course it is a 45-minute presentation with 15-minutes of questions and answers, no? We will have to focus and then connect people to more classes etc.

Aspiring to serve you,

Govardhanesvari dd

Jayanta Das - Mail Man

1 week, 4 days ago by hps in Calendar Development

Hare Krisna Gurudev. Pamho.

Acabo de recibir este email de Nityananda prabhu de Portugal.

Es una invitación para dar una clase de Isopanisad.

No se si ésta dirección de email será buena.

Se lo pasaré por whatsapp también. El blog es algo lento.

Su sirviente, Jayanta Das


Querido Jayanta prabhu, por favor acepta mis humildes reverências. Toda glória a Srila Prabhupada.

Como estás prabhuji? Como va la familia? Espero que todo esté muy bien con ustedes.

Prabhu, hemos creado un grupo de estudio de los libros de Srila Prabhupada online. Somos unos 18 en total de várias partes del planeta. Estamos estudiando ahora el Sri Isopanishad.

Tu crees que SS Hanumat Presaka le gustaria dar una clase del Sri Isopanishad al grupo. La plataforma online es la ZOOM. Si Maharaja estubiera de acuerdo le daríamos el link para entrar y también el podria invitar a los diferentes discipulos e seguidores de su lista de emails por toda parte del mundo.

Las clases las damos los Lunes, Miércoles y Viernes. El horário es a las 19,30 españolas.

Quando puedas pregunta a tu Guru Maharaja sobre el tema. Desde nuestro grupo haremos propaganda a todos los templos y diferentes grupos de whatsapp en España y Portugal

Un abrazo prabhu

Tu sirviente, Nityananda das


HpS - ASA -- ¡Gracias, Jayanta Das! Eso sería 12.30 para nosotros. Es correcto, pero ya tenemos la carga máxima de clases diarias.


¿Tal vez podríamos hacer su clase el viernes y repetir el contenido el viernes por la noche en nuestro horario regular?


¿Quién traduciría? ¿Es Zoom con un número de teléfono de EE. UU.? De lo contrario, no funcionaría para nosotros. Demasiados datos.


Mexico 31 May

Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada

So grateful for accepting the transmission for ISKCON Mexico dated May 31.

I submit the topic proposal.

"Psychology in multicultural context"


1) What should be the psychology of the devotee who is in a bicultural situation in which he faces being Hare Krsna and being inserted in a situation that demands fruitive activity?

2) How to healthy reconcile the differences derived from the cultural variables between devotees?

3) What does it mean to assume the identification as Vaisnava in a context like today?


Your aspiring servant,

Govardhanesvari devi dasi

Member of the Administrative Committee, 

in charge of the Communications Department

HpS - Thank you... AgtSP. Multi-cultural, Australian Bushmen and Paris Fashion Designers??? Can you pick say three or more as you think best, different cultures that we should look at! Sounds like fun.

Mexico avances itinerario

Querido Gurumaharaja: 

Por favor acepte mis reverencias.

¡Todas las glorias a Srila Prabhupada! 

Informe sobre los avances del itinerario para México. 

Los horarios corresponden para Tennessee, México (horario de Verano) y Perú. 


Viernes 29

Sabado 30

Propuestos en KDh, para nosotros esta muy bien!!! Tambien los tamales para Sri Nrsimhadeva.

Domingo 31 

5:00 pm Tema: "Psicología en contextos multiculturales" 

Dirigido al público en general a través de gotomeeting* y facebook live de ISKCON México.

Invitan: ISKCON México 

*Gurumaharaja decidimos descartar Zoom para Su mayor comodidad y de los fieles seguidores de gotomeeting, se hizo las pruebas técnicas y funcionan muy bien. 

Más detalles sobre el tema de la clase en otra carta de ISKCON México. 


Lunes 1 

7:30 am Srimad Bhagavatam 

SS. Hanumatpresaka Swami

Martes 2 

7:30 am Srimad Bhagavatam


6:00 pm Tema: "La Educación y lo Sagrado" 

Dirigido al público, profesores y psicólogos de Krsna West y Proyecto Mantra a través de Zoom* 

Dirigido al público en general a través de facebook live de los anfitriones. 

Invitan: Krsna West y Proyecto Mantra

*Tienen una cuenta de zoom de paga y como Usted me indico los aspectos visuales serán por sesión y el audio por acceso telefónico a EE.UU.

Proyecto Mantra es el programa de prédica de Mahatma Prabhu, en México trabajan con Krsna West . 

Miércoles 3

7:30 am Srimad Bhagavatam

SS. Hanumatpresaka Swami

Las clases de SB estan de acuerdo a la gira, pero podemos ajustar, el final del tours siempre es mas exahusto, las pantallas causan cansancio. Como Usted disponga Gurumaharaja .

Muchas gracias por su misericordiosa atención y permitirnos viajar con Usted por Sud America, Es muy increible!!!!

Nos alegro mucho escuchar que esta pensando viajar con alguien en un futuro cercano.

Vuestra eterna aspirante a sirviente

Asta Sakhi dd. 

HpS - Muy bien. Podemos afilar mas. Junio 4-7 es Symposium en Educacion Sastrica "en" Houston. Podemos hablar de estas temas en Mexico y organizar como los devotos Hispanyolicos puede participar en estos eventos.

[KDPC] Propuesta


My obeisances dear gurudeva,

HpS - TlgaSP!! He suffered so much to build this movement.

Gurudeva, we know that you will have a virtual visit in Mexico from May 31 to June 3.

HpS/ASA -- We are planning on that!

We are attending to the recommendations of spiritual brothers from Peru and other nations for your care.

We received an invitation from the Krishna West and Proyecto Mantra preaching programs here in Mexico, so that you can give a virtual class to the academic public interested in psychology and education.

HpS - O.K.!

Mainly the invitation could be made to psychologists and educators. The topics they propose are: "Psychology and the Sacred" or "Education and the Sacred".

The transmission would be made through the Zoom platform and they have a paid account and telephone access through a US number.

HpS - Should work!

The proposed day is Tuesday, June 2 at 6:00 pm Mexico time. If the proposal seems good to you, we can confirm your participation and disseminate so that we have more academic participation.

HpS - We just put it (in pencil 😎) on our calendar. We will join. "Education and the Sacred" seems to be the better title. We can discuss this theme with different groups. We can discuss Sastric education with devotees or others who want to join us. On the 6th-10th of June will be the North American Sastra Mela, devotees from Mexico can also join that. Expect it to be 97.5% virtual.

My sons, Vidagdha and I, are very enthusiastic in serving Krishna, trying to get through this quarantine in the best way. Only service to Krishna gives us clarity of mind and keeps us engaged in constructive activities.

HpS - Hope your community relations become clear also! Since the time of the Azteca Mexico always has a history of violent political relations, no?

I would like in another letter to tell you about my experience giving virtual Srimad Bhagavatam classes to children. I hope to write to you soon.

HpS - Send this now! We want to put it in the next Viplavah!!!

Thank you very much for everything Gurudeva, we hope you are very well.

Your servant

Gopi Radha DD.

HpS - Jaya!!!!! Thank you. Best wishes to the next generation! We all need to move back to the villages and do sacrifice to have nice rain.