Chanting Upadesamrta

2 days, 8 hours ago by hps in Special Category B


Chanting Upadesamrta by Srimati Sukha-sagara Devi Dasi with violin by daughter Meera.

Tue 9-Aug-22 Srila Rupa Goswami Tirobhava

Poetic Summary of SBhag 10.20

1 month, 1 week ago by balabhadra dasa in Special Category B

Hare Krishna Maharaja, attached to this letter is a Poetic Summary of the Srimad Bhagavatam 10 Canto Chapter. It was authored by Mother Tulasi Krishna dasi, who in turn has me in turn to present to you; and you in your own turn have instructed me to present it here for everyone's benefit. Her poem is cited below.

Yls, Bbd

HpS - ASA - Thank you, thank you, thank you! Please also thank, thank, thank Tulasi. How is here Sankirtan?

Hare Krishna,

Dandavats. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. 

This is a poetic summary of the 20th chapter of Krsna book. 

Please offer this to Maharaj when you host him at your place. I hope he enjoys it.

Thank you,


20: The Rainy Season and Autumn in Vrindavan

As the season befell them, and the rain came down on Vrindavan's sacred lands,

Residents admired the rumbling thunder and lightning's outstretched hands.

The sacred storms and showers that fell replenished all life in that place.

The lush green forest with its flowers and creepers was a most inviting space. 

After so many months of drinking up water, the clouds were about to burst.

It was time now for the yearly deluge which would quench once again the Earth's thirst.

Dark clouds covered the sky like illusion covers the soul.

As illumination of varied degrees can urge one towards spiritual goals. 

The merciful clouds gave of themselves for the benefit of the whole.

Just as the kind-hearted givers give for the betterment of all souls. 

In the evening twilight, glowworms were seen, but not so much the clouds.

As in Kali Yuga illusion's showcased, while the truth is kept under a shroud. 

Silent frogs came to life and croaked important speeches.

As Brahmans complete their dutiful chores and morning's silence finally breaches.

A slumberous yuga, when all are asleep, Kali keeps us still.

But the Acarya's call has the depth and sway to reveal the Lord's good will.

A palate exploded and colored the Earth with green, white, and reddish hues,

Like a person who suddenly stumbles on wealth and buys all new clothes and shoes.

Abundant fields gave such grains to the prudent farmers who'd done the planting.

But for those who failed to sow good seeds, the remorse was disenchanting.

All the beings became radiant too, even more than they were before. 

Just as a devotee reveals his true beauty by engaging in service to the Lord. 

Where rivers met oceans, the waters churned and there became great agitation.

Like the fickle mind of the immature yogi attached to sense gratification.

The mountains withstood torrents of rain and were unphased by the pelting blasts.

As the devotee whose mind is absorbed in the Lord can remain peaceful when danger attacks.

Indra's bow of many colors appeared and stretched across the sky.

No strings attached to this bow though, the same rules don't apply.

Just as when the Lord appears to dance and play in this scene,

He is untouched by any material element, although He may be seen.

The gleaming moon is hidden by clouds that dull its radiant shine.

As the ego covers the living being, making its true essence hard to find.

The peacocks cried out at the sight of the clouds and danced in jubilation.

As devotees react to the joy that they feel in saintly association.

When the forest was full with ripe fruits and flowers, and cool waters flowed in the streams,

Krsna and Balaram with their cows came along and perfected the woodland scene.

The cows were slow with their heavy milk bags, but hurried at Krsna's yell.

Their udders were wet with affection for him, and love-soaked milk drops fell. 

Krsna saw the village girls; great trees and the honey they gave.

They heard the noises of flowing waterfalls, and took lunch within a cave.

Home cooked meals were shared among them until all were satisfied. 

Krsna sat on a stone to eat lunch, with the peaceful water nearby.

He watched His cows and friends alike, and seeing them all so pleased,

He offered respect to the rainy season, though it came from His own potency.

When autumn arrived the sky became clear, the winds were much more serene.

The purity of the waters restored, they appeared to be clear and clean.

Just as the minds of fallen yogis can become once again purified,

When reengaged in devotional service, one's impurities subside.

The clouds shone forth with great effulgence, having given up all they possessed,

Like the glowing saints truly free from sin, who emanate an angelic essence.  

The mountains withheld the gushing waters, and sometimes let them flow.

As experts in transcendental knowledge only sometimes let others know.

The oceans and lakes became so still, their silence was deeply felt.

As the stillness of sages whose powerful mantras can make even cold stones melt.

Farmers construct walls around crops to keep nourishing waters in.

As the sincere yogi retracts his senses, regaining control again.

The autumn moon relieved the poor creatures who'd suffered under the sun.

As Mukunda cools the gopi's burning hearts when the separation is finally done. 

The autumn sun shone bright in the sky, illuminating all the land,

As only the pure spiritual consciousness of one in true knowledge can.

The winds were neither hot nor cold, and relieved the suffering,

Of all but the gopis who still felt the pain of separation's brutal sting.  

In all the towns and villages great festivities were held. 

The atmosphere was filled with colors, transcendent sounds and smells. 

Thus the earth shone brightly as the autumn season came,

Krsna and Balaram beautified the land, Their presence one and the same. 

BOEX: Evaluation

2 months ago by hps in Special Category B

asa[e] - sastric studies

Our current suggestion for BhSastri etc. diploma evaluations:

I think many examination systems might work.

The one SP suggested seems to be a simple start-up system.

All along we have been stimulated by an immediate system which is two parts.

1. Multiple choice (including T/F) questions that can be graded by a machine and developed, and with those, a few fill-in-the-blank questions of like 25-characters max. 

Then the grader would just have to read the short answers (eg. who is Arjuna's father? "Indra") without struggling with handwriting etc.

2. Open book essay questions that the candidate would present before a panel of examiners and sample audience in like like ninety-minutes (eg. we give like 25-essay questions for each canto of which 15 are mandatory. Then the panel selects like five at the beginning of the 100-minute session, and from their written essays makes presentations, and answers questions.

Impossible to fake in that kind of situation, no?

Of course, a lot of details to be adjusted but basically like that.

Computerized multiple choice (25 character) questions and orally presented open book essay questions.

Raganuga bhakti

2 months, 1 week ago by hps in Special Category B

asa[e] yoga-ladder; raganuga bhakti

bh. beauford: raganuga bhakti can only be applied to following the braja-vasis.

asa: does not appear so. reference 'noi-10', paragraph "after taking... come to ... spontaneous love of Godhead... following Narada...".

Query about saligram sila worship

3 months, 3 weeks ago by Gopal C Biswas in Special Category B

Hare Krsna Dear Gurudev,

  Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.

  All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

  All glories to Guru parampara.

  Gurudev, for my knowledge would like to know who are qualify for saligram sila worship ?


Your dependent,

Girivaradhari-Gopal Das

ASA(e); yoga-ladder; silas and fire sacrifices.

Two other nice devotees have asked us about this so we will write as we know. If others can give more information that is very nice.

  1. This is the age of Kali. The process of worship, purification, is constant chant of the Name, pastimes etc of the Lord.
  2. If we do that we move out of the influence of Kali, so we can worship the Deity as advised by the Spiritual Master. AGTSP. If you are smoking marijuana or drinking beer or in general not following the four principles strictly the Govardhan shilas can become so angry at you they can start to kill people etc. I guess it is the same for Saligram silas. The worship of the Silas is simple, but they are worshipped by the character of the Jiva, not so much by elaborate rituals. Worship of silas is for people advanced in Brahminical culture. Once you start it is like having children if you become 'bored' of worshipping them you can't just put them in a box or give them away. Better to worship Gaura Nitai deities et al.
  3. Fire sacrifices my have the same reaction. They may harm your spiritual life rather than help it unless you are an advanced Brahmana. I don't know. Maybe just no effect at all like just having a fire while camping in the forest to keep warm.

The process is hearing and chanting. Even if you start Deity worship, the basic content of the worship is prayers.

Dr. Samaresh Bandyopadhyay

3 months, 3 weeks ago by hps in Special Category B

We sent this to a volume being edited by Prof. Dina Bandhu Pandey

"We have written about our contact with Prof. Dr. Samaresha Bandyopadhyay in previous articles. We first met the distinguished Professor, and cooperated with his good self and His Holiness B. S. Damodara Swami (Prof. T. D. Singh), on the Second Congress for a Synthesis from Science and Religion that was organized in Calcutta in the beginning of 1997.

The congress was a substantial success and the beginning of many years of successful professional and personal relationships.

Now we have been offered the delightful opportunity to write for another volume illuminating Professor.

This is done with the perspective that we expect leave this world in about two years. Everyone should make a practical consideration of how much time they have to work on this temporary, material platform.

In that time, what can we do to revive permanent connections so our friendships are not lost?

Giving some reflection to the topic, we would say that we should have discussions on the topic of epistemology. Epistemology, ontology, praxiology - How do you know, what can you know, what do you do about it?

Professor to us is a person with a very strong work ethic. A good challenge to us in many ways. He will sit down at a little table in a hotel room and produce first class material for a conference in progress and its eventual publications. He is a person with strong sense of moral duty and social responsibility. He is a cultured gentleman and friend.

Now we are consolidating our own efforts in research and education which is based in large degree on efforts to address the theme of Science, Psyche and Spirituality, the Encounter of Professor Carl Gustav Jung with the Bhaktisiddhanta of Traditional India.

For a series of symposia on this theme we have asked Professor to review Jung in India (Sulagna Sengupta, Spring Journal, 2013). We see it as a superexcellent work of historical scholarship and an entrance into the mysticism of Jung's life and contribution. Thus in the dialogs that its review inspires we hope to enter into areas of introspection and contemplation that go beyond the intellectual level that characterizes most modern academic scholarship. We look at it like passing over a hill in the forest and seeing a new world in the morning sunlight, or to remember a very poignant comment of Louis de Broglie about modern science and industrialization, "The mechanism requires a mysticism".

Thank you,

Hanumatpresaka Swami (Prof. H. H. Robinson)

North American Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies (Ricardo Palma University, Lima, Peru)"