Update from Boise and a question

2 weeks, 4 days ago by Nick Delffs in Personal Sadhana Reports

Hare Krishna Maharaja, please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to you! 

I am listening to your English classes almost everyday. Very grateful to the devotee who posts them on to FB.

These classes are our saving grace..though they are beyond our capacity to understand. The humor, insight and the personal stories that you tell are very uplifting and bring us closer to Srila Prabhupada’s books. Thank you Maharaja. I am here because of you. Your personality have always been so familiar and inviting to me.

HpS - Hmmph! We have always been inspired by you and your family. Maya may knock Nick Deffs down but he got back up!! 💪 "Okay, if that way won't work, maybe this way!!"

Maharaja, you have inspired me to take work seriously and by Krishna’s grace and your mercy I have carpentry work that is creative and challenging and my boss is favorable to KC.

HpS - Same Dude you described before! Very interesting!

I am very thankful for this. Because of you I am trying to always remember that the money that I make is Krishnas and should be used in His service.

So many great devotees have left us here in Boise. We are missing their association and feel foolish for not taking more of their association when they were here. The work load around the temple is heavy and the physical association with devotees is scarce but we are holding to our morning program at the temple and at home with Aja. Needing to develop our evening program. We are trying to read Krsna Book every night and do kirtan.

ASA - Super! Super! Super! I think that if we can be KC in these circumstances, we can also do it in a coffin! (At last a little peace and quiet! (But then another buddy, body). Things will change. Guaranteed. But Krsna and His Associates and His pastimes are eternal.

Sadhu Sanga Prabhu (You have been on the Vrindavan Parikrama with him. He used to have a different name that started with a T) his good wife Sudevi Mataji and their fiery son Dhruva have moved here from Bellingham WA. Anadi and I feel very like minded to them and we seem to all work very well together. We are very grateful for their help and guidance.

HpS - Great!!! Yes, we lived through the Parikrama with him several times. It is like having lived through the Vietnam War with somebody. We really miss his association. Respects to him, them. She speaks "Mexican", no? How is his mothe?

Married life is difficult! We are trying to have a good sense of humor about it all and not get to entangled or attached but it is very difficult.

HpS - Ha! Ha! Ha! ... but Vanaprastha is tougher and Sannyasa is even more tough! but in the end you are as pure as gold! They erect monuments to you in citys. You become a person on the stature of Narada muni and the Parampara acharys. On the other hand the problems are all created by us, and as soon as we say, "Nityananda! Prabhupada", with our hands raised with a loud voice, we know how to use Grhastha Ashrama etc. very well!

Considering getting therapy again but this question comes up:

Is revealing ones mind in confidence to a professional, non devotee therapist not recommended? 

HpS - No, but to a nice Mexican lady, Catholic, is okay. Just gotta understand people in terms of NoI-10. Then even Karmis and Jnanis can help us in our service. Of course, it often happens that therapists say that they go more help in their personal life than they feel they gave in the sessions.

Thank you for all of your online classes and for being a torch light in this dark material existence🙏🏻

Your aspiring servant,

Nitisara das 

HpS - To us you seem like you are in the top 5% of humanity on the planet. Go ahead!!!!! Do you continue with the music? Looking for a different audience? Don't need a lot of people. You tube videos. Respects to the Better Half.

Manipuri Window

2 weeks, 4 days ago by Yamuneswar Das in Personal Sadhana Reports

All Glories to Sri Guru Parampara,

Radha Krsna Ki Jay, Gouranga Mahaprabhu Ki Jay, Goura Bhakta Vrinda Ki Jay

H. H. HpS Maharaja! Dandavat Pranam!

H. H. B. S. Damodar Swami, Ki Jai!

Srila Prabhupada, Ki Jai!

Hare Krsna! Please accept my humble obeisances unto Sri Guruji Maharaja’s Padama Charan that I am so happy to get Guruji Maharaja's reply so soon, and it is the same address written not to write in this blog.

In my previous letter I had asked the differences of "Mantra and Gaitri" and Guruji replied as HpS - We do not understand your question too well. Can you give details? The details are as under : 

1.     Guru

Mantra : Eing Srigurube namah;

Gayatri - Eing Srigurudevaya bidamahe krsnanandaya dhimahi tano guru:

                pracodayat.

 

2.     Gouranga Mahaprabhu

Mantra : Kling Srikrsnacaitanyaya svah.

Gayatri : Kling Gourangaya bidamahe biswambharaya dhimahi tano goura:

    pracodayat.


3.     Nityananda


Mantra : Kling Nityananda candraya svah.

Gayati  : Kling Nityanandaya bidamahe balaramaya dhimahi tano Rama

                pracodayat.

HpS - Hmm? We still do not understand. 😟 Can you send your whatsapp number or e-mail address and we could communicate in some more detail about the Mantras.

 I am now reading Bhagavatam 11:20:30. Narrating the different concepts of happiness in general public and bhaktas spiritual views. Normally everybody thinks that the greatest happiness is the Maya; but the real happiness is worship of Sri Krsna – because He is the only sources of happiness. Actually, even now, I can’t experience the feeling of happiness in chanting Mahamantra and seeing the Murti. When I will get the same feelings which were experience by Gosvamis and other bhaktas? Sometimes tears rolled down from my eyes but could not grapes [grasp] the idea of happiness in my practice.

Guruji! Please guide me if there is any mistake in my practice or in the systems.

Yours fallen servant,

Yamunesvara Das

HpS - You have tears from the eyes but you are not happy?

One time Hari-sauri Das described that he was traveling as Srila Prabhupada his secretary and when they arrived at the airport many devotees were there and chanting and dancing in great jubilation. Then the same thing happened when they arrived at the Temple.

When they got to Srila Prabhupada's room, Hari-sauri Das said that he wished he had the love for Srila Prabhupada that all the jumping and chanting devotees had, and then Srila Prabhupada looked at him and said, "Oh, you don't want to be my secretary any more"?

Hari-sauri Das felt terrified and said, "No, Srila Prabhupada, I want to continue as your secretary as long as you will keep me!"

Srila Prabhupada smiled and said, "That is love".

So the real test of love is not that we feel some ecstasy, but that we are attached to doing practical service for Krsna. We feel that we HAVE to chant our rounds. That feel bad when we don't do it.

Yes, Krsna, His murti should become so very nice to see afte we do regular service to Them.

Do you have Deitys in your home?

Pictures.

We may have tears, trembling etc or maybe not. It may take some life times to become purified, but we won't give up. That is all we can say. Get advice from others also. Tell us what they say!

Personal Sadhana - Daily Activities

2 weeks, 4 days ago by divya in Personal Sadhana Reports

Hare Krishna Dear Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to you. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Guru Maharaj, hope your health is fine...wish to see you soon in Dallas and get an opportunity to serve you one more time.

Guru Maharaj please forgive me for not writing to you for the last two months...

I have been following four regulative principles and chanting 16 rounds and by your causeless mercy doing some sewa in the temple. We have sewa every wednesday and thursday. So we are lucky enough that we get chance to take darshan twice a week. It has been a year now I have been doing tulasi sewa in the temple. Despite the flaws in me she is so so merciful and it feels as if she is reciprocating.

Tulasi Maharani at our house is also doing well, hope we take good care of her in winter. Now we have two tulasi pots and few small ones are comming up. We try to take good care of her.

HpS - We hear She likes

  1. Association
  2. Warmth
  3. Sunlight
  4. Water.

Guru Maharaj thank you for the reply of the previous letter. In the previous letter (https://monkeywarrior.com/detail/11471/) you had asked me my Civil name and date of birth. My Civil Name is Divya Iyer and my date of birth is 26th September 1989.

HpS - We found them, but still have not posted them because we are evil! (and old (and stupid [but pretty happy with association of devotees like you all])) 😎

Guru Maharaj we got the DTC Book and the Prasadam which you had sent for us. I felt so fortunate and happy that my spiritual master is so merciful that he remembers and sends somethings to his disciples. Many devotees here share their experiences with their spiritual masters and relish...i was not able to understand their feelings... But when I got the parcel from you...i was on cloud nine and still relish what you had sent. Thank you so much for so much mercy upon us Guru Maharaj. It is so nice to feel that we are always under the protection of such merciful spiritual master.

We have finished studying 19 chapters of Nectar of Devotion for Bhakti Shastri course, and soon in couple of weeks we will be having our exam. After completing Nectar of Devotion we will be doing last book Bhagavad Gita.

HpS - It is just our personal taste, but we like doing NIO, ISO, BG, then NOD. For BhVai we can do NOD Southern section! Really is practical development for our service.

We are also regularly reading Bhagavatam Canto 4, and we have completed Chapter 12 and will be starting Chapter 13. We have started reading Bhagavad Gita second time, though not on regular basis.

ASA - SB 4.12. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgY0guoO-h4 Is interesting seeing how Producer, Director understand Dhruva Maharaja.

Dhruva!!!

Guru Maharaj, please let me know if I could be of any help for you in editing "Japa Joe". I would be fortunate to do it and be of some help to you.

HpS - Aaaah! We thought you had already started. Please think about how it can be edited as a little book to help Lord Caitanya's Sankirtan. We can adjust it a lot. We could do other books:

  1. Return of Japa Joe.
  2. Japa Joe Goes to Harvard.
  3. Japa Joes Last Japa.
  4. Son of Japa Joe.

Please always keep me in your service Guru Maharaj.

Yours eternal servant

Divya Sri Devi Dasi.

HpS - Thank you. Our respects to Their Lordships!

Santiago Searchlight

2 weeks, 6 days ago by ramanretidevidasi in Personal Sadhana Reports

Todas las glorias a Goura Nitay

Todas las gloria a Srila Prabhupada

Hare krishna, Gurudev, comienzo este reporta contándole que estoy bien regule mi sueño. hace un tiempo comenze hacer yoga para este burro débil con el tema de la pandemia no he hecho natación lo extraño mucho pero ya vendrá, así que el yoga ha sido un aliado para fortalecer mi cuerpo. Además de esto sigo con mi predica por teléfono leyendo la biografía de Srila Prabhupada y el upadesambrta a 7 chicas muy contenta resolviendo sus dudas y preguntado como están dos veces por semana, sigo trabajando con tres pequeños lecto escritura con pawerpoint a travez de zoom, mi familia muy bien todos muy favorables para hacer mi programa en casa con mis deidades. En este mes de Damodar con p Lakshman comenzamos hacer nuestro programa levantandonos como siempre a las tres de la mañana para cantar nuestras rondas, lectura del CC leo yo p. Laksmana escucha, luego Magalarati con usted en la tarde seis treinta mechita con la canción luego p Lakshman lee traducción, Bg antes de descansar (nueve de noche mía) leo el krishna book y el prabhu escucha. a pesar de la distancia tenemos un buen programa diario a través del teléfono

muchas gracias por su atención espero estar haciendo una buena predica por Srila Prabhupada, con sus bendiciones todo mejorará se despide su humilde sirviente Raman Reti devi dasi

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All glories to Goura Nitay

All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Hare Krishna, Gurudev, I begin this report by telling you that I am fine with regulating my sleep.

Some time ago I started doing yoga for this weak donkey with the theme of the pandemic I have not done swimming I miss it a lot but it will come, so yoga has been an ally to strengthen my body.

In addition to this, I continue with my preaching by phone reading the biography of Srila Prabhupada and the NoI to 7 girls, very happy, solving their doubts and asked how they are twice a week, I continue working with three small reading writing with powerpoint through zoom, my family very well all very favorable to do my program at home with my deities. In this month of Damodar with p Lakshman we started doing our program by getting up as usual at three in the morning to sing our rounds, CC reading .I read I p. Laksmana listen, then Mangalarati with you, in the afternoon, six thirty, Mechita with the song then p Lakshman reads translation, Bg before resting (nine at night of mine) I read the krishna book and the prabhu listens. despite the distance we have a good daily program over the phone

Thank you very much for your attention, I hope I am doing a good preaching for Srila Prabhupada, with your blessings everything will improve.

your humble servant, Raman Reti devi dasi, says goodbye.

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AGTSP p a o h o ...... There cannot be any better program! Krsna will do the magic. Of course, it may be something very private or public. We hear that Srila Bh. Vinod. Th. said that if you can do your service your whole life and no one even notices what you are doing, that pure devotional service.

Who are the Seven Ladies? Can we see a little bio-data from them? What is the goal of life?

being humble, being progressive

Hare Krsna Maharaja. Please forgive my arrogance in the last letter! I was obviously under a spell of false pride trying to display my erudition before others! I beg your forgiveness and for that of all the esteemed devotees on this blog. o/ \_


Your aspiring servant,

Bhakti Sastra Das

HpS-ASA - Did not seem that way to us. Your letters seem very cultivated. What about VDM 15.73? P'pada, Radha-8 lecture, London, "Radha! Hare! No difference" Compare Sarva bhauma Das Translation with Kusakratha Das (http://www.jayarama.us/archives/vdm.docx)...

Beloved Gurudeva

3 weeks, 2 days ago by jagatbd in Personal Sadhana Reports

Dear Guru Maharaja, PAMHO. AGTSP!

How have you been dear Gurudeva? I hope you are fine and in good health. I am just fine, trying to listen to your classes and being more enthused and inspired by your shelter. How is Lord Nrisinhadeva + Prahlad and Lord Hanuman?

HpS - AGTSP!!! Paoho. They are fine!! Every day we do Puja for them before Mangala arati. Put Them to rest in the afternoon, wake up later and rest again at night... Our health is O.K. Is old vehicle. Don't trust it on the freeway anymore, but good for getting around town.

I am thinking about traveling abroad in a near future. Life gives changes to our lives, I hope Krishna has good results for me, who knows?

HpS - Only if it helps you go inside also. You have great interior resources to awaken.

I hope this locked down let me approach more to Krishna.

your servant,

Jagat Bandhu Jagannatha Swami dasa

HpS - A technical thing. Sometimes devotees send us "Private Messages" on GoToMeeting. We can't read them!!! Another letter from you to look at! :>>