With Gurudev's mercy....we made it!!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to Guru Maharaj His Holiness Hanumat Presaka Swami ! Please accept our humble obeisances at Your lotus feet.

HpS - ASA --- AGTSP Oink! Maybe lotus trotters.

Hare Krishna Guru Maharaj,

We are still intoxicated with Shree Jagannath's Rath yatra. Thank you so much for the mercy that you allowed us to cook for Lord Jagannath....we are so ecstatically happy. We prepared bhoga on Purnayatra too.

Their Lordships yatra drew a much bigger crowd this year. This year too it rained during the Rathyatra but the rain did'nt stop us from dancing and singing. Lots of Khichri prasadam distribution every evening for the entire 9 days with Lord Jagannatha's katha.

We continue attending SB classes . We are in SB 3.8.27 . The verses are so beautiful....its hard to imagine how beautiful the Lord must be like. Everything so perfect ..incomparable.

Mataji Nandimukhi and Mataji Niscintya Nityai are sisters. They are very sincere and serious devotees. While waiting for Guru Maharaj's reply , Mataji Nandimukhi was so restless that she even contemplated fasting....suicide....!! We had to pacify her that surely Maharaj would reply and indeed, when she did receive Guru Maharaj's reply, she was so happy. Thank you Guru Maharaj .

We are sending a link for the pics and videos of the Rathyatra festival this year. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmYVrLtr265tsOZ1PEn4zDpECmkOQ_YFw

We hope to hear from you soon dear Guru Maharaj.

Your insignificant servant,

Sarada Gaurangi Devi Dasi

HpS - Hare Krsna! Must look very hard to see Lord Jagannatha's lotus feet. His smile, His eyes, His Heart, however are very big, no? We must chant Hare Krsna at his lotus feet like frogs croaking.

Personal Sadhana and Mandir Report

All glories to A C Prabhupada, Sripada Marsha and HpS Maharaja!

Dandavat Pranam,


Please accept my humble obeisances unto Guruji Maharaja's padamachran that I could not get the reply of my previous and any communication through Guruji Maharaja.

After a long gap, I have started going to Thoubal Mandir for the last 6 Sundays, and participated the Ratha Jatra at Imphal Mani Mandir though it was working day in the office. The progress of translation work of A.C. Prabhupada's "Gita As It Is" in Manipuri language (both Meitei Mayek and Bangali scripts) is about to finish the composition, proof reading etc. and planning to produce in the Month of December, 2019. Prabhu Partha Sarthi Das is fully concentrated in his work and I am helping in proof reading. It will be a new test and the size of the book also above 2000 pages.

Yours faithfully,

Yamunesvara Das

HpS ---- Many people will read the book and they their life will change forever! Thank you. Thank you so much!!!! Never die. Just keep on chanting in all situations. Weak or strong!!!!!

Personal Sadhana and Mandir Report


All glories to A C Prabhupada, Sripada Marsha and HpS Maharaja!

Jagatbandhu ki jay, Balabhadra ki jay and Subhadra Maharani ki jay

Dandavat Pranam,


Please accept my humble obeisances unto Guruji Maharaja's padamachran that I am so sorry, that I could not write and communicate Guruji and discuss spiritual matter. I am writing this letter after about three months. Not only that I could not open the blog so I don't know whether Sarada D D is communicating any further information. Because she is the only other person who wrote letter to Guruji.

For the last three/four Sundays I went to Thoubal Mandir and participate the Sunday programme. As I had already discussed the pattern and activities of the present Mandir management, they are continuing same as before.


We some members went and requested the management committee, the term is over and proposed to form an new committee. They had replied to arrange a meeting in this regard during the end of July, 2019. In that meeting we will try to include ourselves as members. Then, let us see what is the blessings of Shrimati Radharani.

I am continuing my regular spiritual activities - Mangal Arati at 3.30 a.m. then chanting minimum three rounds, then Gaitri Mantra, Some slokas of Brahma Samhita, Nectar of Instruction, remember of ten name aparadhas, recite some selected slokas of Gita and Bhagavatam. The remaining 13 rounds were completed after sandhya arati.

Last Sunday, Banamali Prabhu and his party partipated Nagar Kirtan at Thoubal Bazar and take prasadam at a local mandir of Thoubal.

We could not understand why we could not feel happy in joining the activities of self style Mandir management? Yes, it may be our fault of impatient and imbalance of treating bhaktas. If Guruji Maharaja bless us and give inspiration there is no work to be unsuccessful. Give us courage and asirbad to do something to serve Shri Krishna and Mata Radharani.

Yours fallen servant,

Yamunesvara Das

HpS - AGTSP paoho. We are under so much pressure with our travel. Please send messages to our heart also!!! Heart to heart communication.

Get your own happiness.

Only solution is to go to Goloka even in this body and play with Krsna.

Then you have some happiness to give in ANY situation. Even people involved in narrow management wil benefit.

Dr Mabbett, India October, and Māyāvād Tendencies

Dear Maharaja,

Pamho agtsp

Thank you for you reply to my previous letter. At the time of sending, I didn't realise that you were still in South America mid-sankirtan trip. I have made note to myself to be more aware of that. I apologise for any disturbance cause.

HpS - No problem. We talked with The Atul Krsna Das yesterday and both agreed that you are an interesting fellow, a little odd, but interesting, potential to make people laugh and forget their problems. Wake back up!


Education and the Sacred

Dr Mabbett has agreed to meet with me for an interview. We have scheduled an interview for the 9th of August 2019, close to his home in Victoria.


India visit October

Yes, Maharaja, really I just need your association – guidance, mercy – so, I am considering the first half of October, and I would love to be able to assist you in some way with the hope of collecting some dust from your wake (speedboat). Maybe I could present an idea which might get bhakti-shastri into the palms of thousands. 

HpS - Our calendar is in the Kapi dhvaja Calendar link. See what you think of that. Basically Govardhana Eco village and Noida temple. You can contact them for a hole in the wall to stuff your sack. Others are coming so maybe we can work out two sacks in each room.


Māyāvād Tendencies

It is often difficult to find devotees to speak to about challenging philosophical concepts. Many devotees who arrive at Sri Caitanya’s movement have already lived lifetimes as jnanis and yogis, and now they simply want to engage in seva. Your holiness, through your body of work, has helped me understand and overcome many roadblocks on my path to Krsna. For that, I am eternally in debt. I apologise for the times when my queries lengthen towards showboating. Your replies allow me to stop and think more deeply.

"We are our spiritual bodies... see Krsna by learning how to steal butter for Him without getting caught... Just got to get the rocks of your head one mantra at a time... one day it will hit you like a furniture van hits a skunk."

Shortly after receiving your reply I was listening to HG Mother Yamuna’s audiobook while doing some paraphernalia room seva, and she recalls Srila Prabhupada addressing māyāvād philosophy with two very simple yet brilliant examples:


1.  The body is the clothes of the soul. The body has form because the soul has form. 
2.  Consciousness is to the soul what light is to the sun.


Srila Prabhupada is excellent at packaging the purport of the entire Vedas in simple phrases. It is I, totally covered by ignorance, that has to become qualified before I can begin to understand, the depth, the beauty, the truth, delivered through his simplicity.


Through the contemplation of these statements, it occurred to me that māyāvādīs get caught in their experience of their consciousness instead of themselves and that’s why they think that ultimately spirit is formless. If we are to take the example given by Srila Prabhupada, that our consciousness is to the soul what light is to the sun, the māyāvād conception is to consider oneself the light instead of the sun. Another way to describe it would be the with the analogy of the seer and the act of seeing; Seeing can only be done by a seer. In this example, the māyāvādīs seem to be stuck in the act of seeing alone. 


Furthermore, I joined the gotomeeting sanga for the first time live, and it was wonderful! The very scholarly HG Srinivasacharya Prabhu, gave the class. He was able to show how a section of the Srimad Bhagavatam, which some may consider “boring” and tend to skip or speed through, is actually full of gems. One gem that I noticed during his reading of prior verses from the chapter was Sb 9.13.9, where it is said:


“Mahārāja Nimi continued: Māyāvādīs generally want freedom from accepting a material body because they fear to have to give it up again. But devotees whose intelligence is always filled with the service of the Lord are unafraid. Indeed, they take advantage of the body to render transcendental loving service.” https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/9/13/9/



This verse struck me because it reveals why one would have māyāvādīs tendencies. It is a kind of bitterness towards the fact of their existence, and the fact that material pleasure is constantly ending.

Taking to heart Srila Prabhupada's words, the fact is we exist, and in order to have a material form – the body – it must be cloaked upon something integral – the soul. The soul’s constitution is seva to the Supreme Person. Because many jivas in the material condition (me) are envious of Him, they (I) don’t want to serve Krsna. But we also don’t our material "pleasures" to end, and we don't want to suffer, so we seek to hide in that transparent layer of consciousness emanating from our soul. It is the ultimately sour grapes archetype playing out. We then conclude that ultimately spirit has no form. Our arrogance gives us the confidence to claim that if we are formless, and ultimately spirit is qualitatively one, then God must also formless. Furthermore, if God and I are qualitative the same, with no forms to separate us as boundaries, then… “I must be God.” This, I suppose, is that last snare of illusion that we are warned about. 


So, it appears to me that māyāvād tendencies are a result of trying to avoid material suffering and service to God. Devotees accept that they are the soul which exists eternally as a servant of Krsna, and that their personhood manifests in different dresses depending on their qualifications and seva; their relationships. For the devotees, whatever clothes they have wrapped on the body of the soul – their body – they simply dance for the Lord, in whichever way that pleases Him. 


Are you pleased with my progress on this, Maharaja?


Your servant

Dhruvānanda Das

(Dhruva) 

"Crikey"


HpS - I do meet Mayavadi professors with some education in Vedanta but it does not seem that they contact with any real Sampradaya considerations. Citing lots of Sastic evidence.

Citing Sastra is done by a person.

Preaching a philosophy is done by a person.

I was trying to understand their philosophy and then read that Srila Prabhupada said that it is incomprehensible. Oof. That is what I was experiencing! If you really are a Mayavadi then you should commit suicide of your body, words, mind. We don}t see that, no?

Give 'em all Prasadam!

Why Miami urgent

Hare Krsna Beloved Gurudeva

AGTSP PAMHO.

I hope U are fine

I listened some of your classes in Argentina, videos and photos. Jahnava dd keeps us post it.

Well my cousins live here in the United 🐍 snakes jajajaj. That is why Miami. I need some time to relax and I was very depressed the weather wasn't helping either. So I am here.

I am one block from the beach. But I did not go there yet. Tomorrow I guess.

It is kind of funny that we can not escape from who we are. So people here are in Maya MIA jaja. Nevertheless we continue with our principles. Some guy say U are boring U do not behave bad jajaja I just laughed. I feel kind of proud.

I asked another opinion from a doctor about my knee issue and one more and both said I do not need surgery so I am going to start swimming in order to strengthened my knee muscles. That is my therapy

Thinking in starting a diplomat in English teaching

And also with your blessings visit Sri Nila Madhava Dham again for your Sri Vyasa Puja. I am talking with Subhra Mataji about the accomodations etc

Well I travel with my Lord Nrismhadeva. He is Gorgeous

Hope to be with you more time when U return to Peru

At your lotus feet

Trying to be your disciple

Chandramukhi dd

HpS - AGTSP. Paoho. Swimming is O. K. if your chant Japa while your swimming, other wise a a sea monster will kidnap you and take you away to his kingdom to teach English to crabs for five years! Visit the Temple? Radha Vraja bihari are beautiful and very kind. They are cousins of Radha Madana bihari. You can tell from the name.

Christmas in Texas would be nice!!!

Getting back on track...

1 month, 1 week ago by etasa in Personal Sadhana Reports

Hare Krsna, AGTSP, PAMHO

Dear Gurudeva,

It has been a year since I moved out the ISKCON Chicago temple, yes, I did some "progress", can’t complain. I teach piano to over 25 students currently (if teaching fine arts can be considered brahminical), and I spend the rest of my time between two part time jobs, my college classes and looking for grad schools. However, things does not unfold always the way I plan, and that is frustrating. I neglected quite a bit my sadhana and overall spiritual health for the sake of moving as fast as possible in the race of getting some “social status” that is far from manifesting soon. Lately, after getting some life punches, I turned back to Krsna for shelter. It has been such a thrilling experience. Listening to kirtans and some classes are enough to make hair stand on end and make me remember sweeter times with devotees.

No preaching, just getting my things done, but after this reawakening, I am visiting Kishore Kishori more often, reading sastra alone on daily basis and with devotees on Saturdays and chanting japa the best I can, trying to get back on track. I am also writing you this letter after a while.

A couple of friends told me that they saw you in Tennessee. They said you were as usual, happily engaged in the transcendental loving service of Krsna. That brought happiness to my heart. Thanks for everything you do Gurudev. 

(Picture next to my piano professor and classmates at Northeastern Illinois University Spring 2019)

Respectfully,

ys Etasa Krsna Das

HpS - My God. Hoping to great from you for years! Lost in the Beast. Most important thing is to keep good intelligence. ... I am going to die. Krsna is unhappy without my service. How can I escape the Witch and go to Him

Soon!