Hare Krisha! - gokulananda

1 day, 12 hours ago by mittalga in Other

My Dear Maharaja!

Hare Krishna! Pranams! Namaste! This is Gaurav Mittal. I hope you remember me. It has been almost 9 years since I had last conversation with you. I read your blog quite regularly.


HpS - Honestly I think about you pretty often!! How's the wife and family? How is your self relization.


Suppose we see object like table outside. Is there really table outside as we see it? When light hits the retina, special cells called photoreceptors turn the light into electrical signals.


ASA - Rods and cones. We studied psychology, perception in the university. We think that we have a smart ass!


These electrical signals travel from the retina through the optic nerve to the brain. Then the brain turns the signals into the images we see.


HpS - Oooop! WIthout the Paramatma, Atma, and Mind (Which uses the brain, no?) they would not be 'turned', no?


Object outside is interpretation of those electrical signals in one specific way. Can there be another way to interpret those electrical signals?


ASA - Sure!!! Look up optical illusions on the internet and you'll see how we see things differently again and again based upon the senses, the mind, the intelligence, the soul....


Can those electrical signal convey true reality? Where does object truly exist? It only exists inside in mind in form of image, perceptions and sensations projected onto mind. If we look deeply, we will find that independent existence of object outside is just a belief. Object independently existing outside is convenient, consistent and practical belief.


ASA - Social convention, toys maintained by the SUpersould for the noisy children.


In terms of reality, we can be sure of only one thing. That awareness or consciousness in which object appears exists.


ASA - Rene Descartes: Cogito ergo sum, no?


That awareness / consciousness is our real unchanging Self. Unfortunately, we identify unchanging self with objects due to illusion of maya. True Self (ATMA) is eternal, seer, witness, without any change, beyond time and space. Time and space are mental constructs and ATMA is beyond these mental constructs.


ASA - This is Brahman realization, no? Then Paramatma, I can realize that I have relation with a Super-self, Paramatma, Collective sub-conscious.... intuition, insight.


Bhagavatam describes this mental filtering of true reality as illusion. Few verses which describe it:

SB 11/7/7: My dear Uddhava, the material universe that you perceive through your mind, speech, eyes, ears and other senses is an illusory creation that one imagines to be real due to the influence of māyā. In fact, you should know that all of the objects of the material senses are temporary.

SB 11/23/49: Persons who identify with this body, which is simply the product of the material mind, are blinded in their intelligence, thinking in terms of “I” and “mine.” Because of their illusion of “this is I, but that is someone else,” they wander in endless darkness.


Different experiences like pain, pleasures etc are in the mind and I am totally distinct from mind. They don't even touch me. This is beautifully described in Bhagavatam.


SB 11/23/56: The false ego gives shape to illusory material existence and thus experiences material happiness and distress. The spirit soul, however, is transcendental to material nature; he can never actually be affected by material happiness and distress in any place, under any circumstance or by the agency of any person. A person who understands this has nothing whatsoever to fear from the material creation.

Upadhi means to appropriate some other quality as oneself. There is awareness and there are objects which awareness (atma) is aware of. There is seer (Atma) and seen (objects). I (the seer) has appropriated objects (not self) as self. Rupa Gosvami says - sarvo upadhi vinirmukta - devotional service starts by not appropriating these upadhi - which means to rest in ATMA and not accept body and mind as belonging to self (mine) or as self (me).

The chapter SB 12/5 is final instruction of Sukadeva Gosvami and chapter is also titled - "Śukadeva Gosvāmī’s Final Instructions to Mahārāja Parīkṣit".

https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/12/5/

https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/11/23/

I wanted to find out your understanding on Bhagavatam 12/5 and Uddhava Gita especially chapter Bhagavatam 11/23. I hope you can share your understanding.

Thank you very much.

Dandavat Pranams,

Gaurav Mittal


HpS - Thank you!!! We kind of gave our idea above and discussing a whole chapter, SB 12.5, here would be hard, but after considering our comments, maybe there is some subsequent ideas, verse, from the Uddhava Gita!!!

Kapi Dhvaja 14 -11-2020

1 week, 4 days ago by Patrak das in Other

Hare Krishna!!!!!!!!!!!

Todas las Glorias a Srila Prabhupada

Todas las Glorias a USTED, querido Gurumaharaja.

Por favor acepte nuestras reverencias familiares. PAMHO

El boletín ya está (en ingles y español) en el grupo de Facebook, este es el enlace:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/166681160058275/

Aqui estamos, aun vivos. Continuamos trabajando de manera virtual, dando clases en las mañanas.

Este mes de DAMODAR es muy especial para nosotros, recordamos que en dia de este mes Krishna nos dio una segunda oportunidad para servirlo. Ofrecemos la mecha todos los dias en familia. Pidiendo mucho por usted.

Muchas gracias por darnos este grandioso servicio. su misericordia es increíble.

EDT (Patrak das & Antuanette )

ASA HpSwami - Thank you. We are dying but if we receive personal energy from Krsna we can do something in this Sankirtan movement.

Give us evaluation and instruction for this little bulletin.

Japan library will do bank wire transfer - they need an invoice

2 weeks, 2 days ago by aja.govinda in Other

Dear Guru Maharaj,

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and your service unto him.

For the Japan library, they can do a Bank Wire Transfer and to do a money transfer, they are requesting an invoice or like a bill with the book and it's price. Do we have an official NIOS letterhead or official NIOS invoice.

Here is the letter from the Japanese librarian:

Dear Dr. Ayush Goyal,

Please send your invoice at your earliest convenience.

Upon receipt of it we will send our remittance by Bank Wire Transfer.

Your prompt procedure will be highly appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Manabu Oda

Assistant Librarian .... Japan

HpS - ASA --- Esteemed Aja-govinda Das

Thank you for you essential help in this area for NIOS. We were little delayed in dealing with this as we did not have Word on our computer until yesterday so we could not write a proper invoice.

Then we looked at the price of the book.

Then we went to the UPS, FedEx and DHL sites and went through the mechanics of getting a quote on shipping costs to Japan. That took about 1-hour of hard work. The Estimates came back at $170, 170 and 150 respectively!

So, I responded to your e-mail with this info so you can ask the library if they have a less expensive means of shipping, and whether they still want to order the book.

Ooof. So much technical work. We can only do so much a day.

It is satisfy in some respects. To do battle with the robot and win 14/11.

Vyasapuja (Urgente)

3 weeks, 5 days ago by Juan Espejo Thorndike in Other

Hare Krsna querido Gurudeva

Acepte por favor mis más humildes y respetuosas reverencias. Todas las glorias a Srila Prabhupada.

Estando tan cerca el trascendental día de su aparición en este mundo es que le escribo esta carta querido Gurudeva.

El año pasado en la reunión de hermanos espirituales (Hps), se acordó que cada año se nombraría dos o tres discípulos encargados de la celebración de su Vyasapuja. En ésta reunión se acordó también que para el Vyasapuja que aquí en Perú lo celebraremos el 13 de enero del 2021 los encargados serían Lavanya Mangala dd, Tarangaksi dd y Jana-pavana das.

Habiendo consultado a muchos hermanos y hermanas espirituales, sobre cuál sería la mejor manera de celebrar su Vyasapuja debido a la coyuntura tan especial que se está viviendo en estos días por la pandemia mundial (Cov19), y pensando en no exponer la salud e integridad de ningún discípulo se llegó a la conclusión que la mejor manera de hacerlo sería de manera virtual.

Todos coincidimos que sería una oportunidad única para celebrar su trascendental aparición sus hijos e hijas de diferentes países (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, México y Perú) juntos.

Es por ello que deseamos invitarlo a Ud a que nos acompañe el 13 de enero a esta reunión virtual, sólo si Ud puede amado Gurudeva, no sabemos dónde ni cómo tiene pensado pasarlo y la idea es agasajarlo sin crearle inconvenientes.

Su eterno sirviente

Jana-pavana das

HpS - Jaya. AgtSP. Vyasapuja. Oportunidad para todos nosotros glorificar todo el Parampara. No se quien va a 'tomar carga de organizar'? Claro, Vd. Mataji, Tarangasksi DD son buen personas organizar con consejo de otros. Posibile unos otros peticiones ayudar aquir o con Vds.

Y si una programa on-line esta dia estuvier bueno. 13 Enero.


Kapi Dhvaja Octubre 31

3 weeks, 5 days ago by Patrak das in Other

Hare Krishna!!!!!!!!!!!

Todas las Glorias a Srila Prabhupada

Todas las Glorias a UD, querido Gurumaharaja.

Por favor acepte nuestras reverencias. PAMHO

El boletín ya está (en ingles y español) en el grupo de Facebook, este es el enlace:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/166681160058275/

Leimos que no fue fácil para UD hacer el KD. Lamentamos eso y entendemos todo el esfuerzo que hace para compartir este hermoso boletín. Gracias al TWITTER podemos saber un poco mas de UD. Ademas en algunas ocasiones podemos escuchar sus clases. Eso nos hace Felices y conectados.

Continuamos con las clases virtuales. De alguna manera intentamos, a través de las clases, ayudar al buen desarrollo físico-animico-espiritual de los niños y las niñas. En esta pedagogía los temas de los cursos son dados de acuerdo a la edad y el desarrollo físico. Buscamos en cada tema la conexión con el entorno físico y espiritual. De esta manera los temas no son tan abstractos sino que son relacionados con el ser humano y su entono.

Estamos más fijos en el sadhana y la adoración. Estamos mas atentos en este mes de Damodara haciendo una ofrenda diariamente. Continuamos ofreciendo todo lo que llega a nuestras manos a nuestras hermosas deidades.

Muchas gracias por darnos este grandioso servicio

EDT (Patrak das & Antuanette )

*Estamos como en la foto... usando BRAKETS

HpS - Jaya!!! Jaya! The monkeys were throwing rocks while the Raksasas were using smart missles, but the monkeys were winning because they were blessed by Mother Sita!!