Hare Krsna - Bhakti Sastri Dallas

4 months ago by srinath in Special Category B

Dear Guru Maharaja

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

Thank you so much for helping ISKCON Dallas get the Bhakti Sastri center approval. All the devotees were very grateful for your guidance.

We finished our overview of the Bhagavad Gita course a few weeks back. We had 16 students and most of them attended all the 9 sessions. We had a very personal connect with all the students and all of them gave very positive reviews. A couple of students even gave dothis to us after the course as a mark of dakshina!

HpS - AGTSP.. The Mormon missionaries get neck ties!

Since I have been coordinating the adult sastric education program in Dallas, I have been getting a lot of questions by email from the students. It is sometimes very personal. I have questions on how they need to deal with certain specific situations. I am comfortable answering philosophical questions, but it is scary when they ask for advise. I don't think I am qualified to act in that capacity, but I have been praying to you and Krishna before answering them so that the right words may come out of me.

Please tell me how I should handle this service Gurudeva, because I anticipate more and more people asking such questions as we continue this program.

HpS - Just be honest. That simple. If they have an false impression of who you are then try to correct it.

In terms of Bhakti Sastri, before starting the program, the education team (Devadarsana Prabhu, Nrtya Kisori Mataji, Rasaraj Prabhu, Hemangi Mataji and myself) had a few questions. With the current circumstances, it also looks like Krishna's arrangement to give us some time to prepare before starting the Bhakti Sastri course.

  1. Are there any syllabus materials for teachers that we can have access to such as VHIE, MIHE, etc

HpS - I don't think so. You have to ask them.

  1. Are there any student handouts that we can have access to?

HpS - Same.

  1. We had requested the BoEx for a teach and learn program where some of the teachers teaching the course could also earn their BhS degree. So, for the tests, can someone else give us the exams and grade the exams so that we don't need separate exams for the teachers without BhS degree.

HpS - What did they say when they gave permission? We did similar and we had separate test for the Testers.

  1. Considering our community is a grihasta community, what should be the scope of the BhS course? How may hours is a student expected to put in apart from attending a 2-3 hr class every week? Do we need essays every week or is there a minimum number of essays we can have per module and one closed book short answer exam per module?

HpS - Hmmm! This was not all clear when they made you a teaching and examination center? It is funny. Again, I do not know what the current standard is. The only persona that I think who might know is Radha Krsna Das in Houston.

Thank you so much Gurudeva for engaging me in this service.

Your servant

Srinatha Krsna dasa

HpS - Does this file have some help is it? http://www.jayarama.us/archives/tpp-bs.docx

Vyasa Puja

4 months, 1 week ago by Aristasena in Special Category B





Estimado maestro espiritual. Primeramente desearle un feliz Vyasa-Puja. Quiero expresarle mi gratitud por la oportunidad de ser su discípulo y comentarle lo importante que esto ha sido en mi vida. Ya que como comenta Srila Prabhupada:

Aquel que no está iniciado de manera apropiada puede presentarse como si fuera un gran devoto, pero de hecho, sin duda, encontrará muchas dificultades en el progreso hacia la comprensión espiritual, con el resultado de que habrá su plazo de existencia material sin alivio. Una persona así está desamparada y se compara a un barco sin timón, porque, sin timón, un barco no puede llegar a su destino (C. C. Adi Lila, Cap. 1, verso 35).

               Por otra parte muchos quisiéramos prestar servicio directo, continuando con los comentarios de Srila Prabhupada. “Si no le es posible servir directamente al maestro espiritual, el devoto debe servirle recordando sus instrucciones. No hay diferencia entre las instrucciones del maestro espiritual y el maestro espiritual mismo” (C. C. Adi Lila, Cap. 1, verso 35).

               Lo que me interesa a mí es afianzar mi interés por participar en actividades de su proyecto Educación y lo Sagrado para lo cual pido sus bendiciones. Quisiera que este fuera el aspecto central en mi proyecto de servicio para este año, y desde luego seguir sus instrucciones.

               Le deseo buena salud y que conserve esa energía que le permite seguir los pasos de Srila Prabhupada.






Dear spiritual master. First of all wish you a happy Vyasa-Puja. I want to express my gratitude for the opportunity to be your disciple and tell you how important this has been in my life. Since as Srila Prabhupada comments:

He who is not initiated properly can present himself as if he were a great devotee, but in fact, no doubt, he will encounter many difficulties in the progress towards spiritual understanding, with the result that there will be his term of material existence without relief. Such a person is helpless and compares to a ship without a rudder, because, without a rudder, a ship cannot reach its destination (C. C. Adi Lila, Chapter 1, verse 35).

On the other hand, many of us would like to provide direct service, continuing with the comments of Srila Prabhupada. “If it is not possible to serve the spiritual master directly, the devotee must serve him by remembering his instructions. There is no difference between the instructions of the spiritual master and the spiritual master himself ”(C. C. Adi Lila, Chapter 1, verse 35).

What interests me is to strengthen my interest in participating in activities of your Education and the Sacred project for which I ask for your blessings. I would like this to be the central aspect in my service project for this year, and of course follow your instructions.

ASA - We are still working on Education and the Sacred, but especially on the magazine, Solaris! Yes, you help would be very valuable!

I wish you good health and keep that energy that allows you to follow in the footsteps of Srila Prabhupada.

HpS - Gracias!!

Institute, Science of Relgions, Complutence

4 months, 1 week ago by diego in Special Category B

Hare Krishna dear Maharaja,


Aqui tiene el email y teléfono del Director del Instituto Universitario de las Ciencias de las Religiones de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid:

Fernando Luis Amerigo Cuervo-Arango: [email protected]; Teléfono: 91 394 5539

Secretario Instituto Universitario Ciencias de las Religiones:

Enrique Santos Marinas: [email protected]; Teléfono: 91 394 5301; http://ucm.academia.edu/EnriqueSantosMarinas

No pude conseguir sus WhatsApp. No quisieron darme sus teléfonos móviles.

También tienen una revista: Ilu, Revista de Ciencias de las Religiones: https://www.ucm.es/iucr/revistas

A Su servicio,


HpS - Somos confudidos. Tengo dos nombres. Marco y Diego. Estuvimos visitando al Director con quien????? Biodata de ambos Marco y Diego????? Gracias la informacion!!! Esperamos utilizamos.

NOI - Commentary

4 months, 2 weeks ago by hps in Special Category B

Tue, Mar 17, 2020 Hanumatpresaka Swami wrote:

AgtSP. Paoho. We have seen your two large books on NOI, An Ocean of Gauras prema amrta krpa. We have been studying and teaching NOI for decades. We have developed study guides, PowerPoint shows. From Intro to Bh. Vedanta. Your books are a great resource. If we can be of any help to you or know more about your projects let us know.

Hanumatpresaka Swami. 

On Saturday, March 21, 2020 Srimati Dasi wrote:

Hare Krishna, Hanumat Presaka Maharaja,

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and your service to his educational mission.

So glad you find the Gaura-premamrta-krpa (NOI) books helpful. If senior Vaisnavas like yourself are pleased with my insignificant and imperfect attempts at devotional service, that is my perfection. Many thanks for your kind words of encouragement.

With you in service at Srila Prabhupada’s divine lotus-feet,

Srimati Dasi

P.S. Maharaja I would be very interested in any resources you have developed for teaching NOD, and would be most grateful for soft copies of the same if at all possible. Many thanks.

Letter to Shonu Shamdasani

5 months ago by hps in Special Category B

AGTSP paoho. We have been struggling, struggling, struggling with our institutional efforts to contact Dr. Shamdasani et al to push forward our dialog between Jung and the Bhagavata. Bhati Vijnana Swami told us once, "Jung is essential for our preaching!" but so many difficulties. So, we are finally just writing a letter from our actual lowly position to him with copy to esteemed!!! Professor Bernardo Nante.


Esteemed Prof. Shamdasani,

We hope you remember us. We were the Bengali Sannyasi who gave you the Laddus and a copy of our magazine, Solaris, when you were on stage in Buenos Aires with the very poweful Prof. Bernardo Nantes. Later we were able to participate in the programs in Cordoba.

We have been developing East-West bridges with National Museum of India, Govenors of West Bengal, three day excellent Seminars on Contribution of Ancient India Toward Making a Better World,

National Library of PeruPsychology and the Sacred,

San Marcos University (oldest in the Western hemisphere), Lima,

And ISKCON (now with one million members).

Our most active title is "Science, Psyche and Spirituality: The Encounter of Prof. C. G. Jung with the Mysticism of Ancient India".

We would love to converse with you for any given time, but we feel that you are far too busy for that, and would like to know if there is anyone you can recommend who is conversant with Jung's cosmology, development of this ideas, and would resonate with integrating these with Indian, Caitanya Vaisnavism, for general illumination of this world.

As a common academic standard there are texts such as Prof. David Haberman's translation of the 15th century, Bhakti-rasa-amrta-sindhu, of Rupa Goswami and of course, our Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami's, translations.

We will be in Argentina in April and hope to continue work in this area with Prof. Bernardo Nantes et al. He has been essential inspiration to us, and guided us most recently, to "Jung in India". Of course, in this effort we have read "Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology" et al.

Thank you so much for any time and direction in this matter.

(Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, after reviewing all of the major Western philosophers commented with some intensity, that amongst all of them Carl Jung seemed to have the most common sense!)

Hanumatpresaka Swami (Prof. Huber H. Robinson)

NIOS (North American Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies)


5 months ago by abhiramdas in Special Category B

Hare Krishna respected Gurudeva.

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada !!

All glories to Hanumatpresaka Swami !!

We have started the process of indexing SOLARIS in the international sphere of academic and scientific publications. This implies editing two numbers a year (minimum) one in June and another one in December. In addition, the articles are going to be evaluated to guarantee contents of high quality. Our research area revolves around the development of the human spirit cultivation. This indexing allows SOLARIS to be listed in a worldwide query database. This will make the magazine have a higher and higher impact factor.

SOLARIS indexing offers several advantages:

• Much greater world visibility.

• Access to the magazine from various places in the world (in fact, we have started in LATINDEX, which is a regional online information system for magazines in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal).

• Use by the academic community. To measure the use that the community has given to an article, it is used an indicator called IMPACT FACTOR that relates to the number of citations that the article receives from other uses.

• Stimulates the location of peers, which allows academics from other parts of the world who are investigating the same or similar topics to commit to our projects.

• It is achieved a greater exchange about our research at national and international level, and with this, greater progress and depth is also achieved related to the study and knowledge of human development and spirituality, in general, and to the cultivation of the human spirit, in particular.


Ramon Mujica / Patron of the Cervantes Institute of Spain

Brijesh Rawat / National Rehabilitation University - Lucknow, India

Itzel Diego Barrier. / ITESM - México

Eduardo Gastelumendi / PUCP – Perú (not yet confirmed)

Bernardo Nante / USAL – Argentina (not yet confirmed)

Héctor Béjar / UNMSM - Perú

Paula Miranda / PUCP-Chile

Denis Kolobov / Tchaikovsky Conservatory - Russia

Miguel Polo / UNMSM - Perú

Verónica Castillo / PUCP – Perú

Rosario Godensi / Montessori - perú

The mothers Lalita-gopi, Govinda pramodini and Gopi-Radha will make the reviews of the books in this issue and mother Purnamasi, of Spain, would make a text of her experience as a devotee, mother and educator, (it can be a narration or a fiction)

On Sunday, March 1 I inform you about the academic sankirtana here and Ramavami (also, as SOLARIS, it relates to RAMANAVAMI)

Good news: The CEAS of San Marcos and the Jesuit University said yes to the Declaration of participation in THE EDUCATION AND THE SACRED 2020, JAY NIMAI-NITAI

That is all for now.

Hare Krishna dear Gurudeva, his insignificant servant, Abhiram Thakur a Das


HpS - ASA --- Very nice! What is the Calendar for article? When will you have synopsis of the articles? Have you sent a suggestion of differene themes for the magazine?


Hare Krishna respetado Gurudeva, por favor acepte mis humildes reverencias

¡Todas las Glorias a Srila Prabhupada!!

¡Todas las Glorias a Hanumatpresaka Swami!!

Hemos empezado el proceso de indexar SOLARIS en el circulo internacional de las publicaciones académicas y científicas, esto implica editar dos números al año (es lo mínimo) uno en junio y otro en diciembre, además ahora los artículos van a ser evaluados para avalar contenidos de alta calidad. Nuestra área de investigación gira en torno al desarrollo del cultivo del espíritu humano. Esta indexación permite que SOLARIS este listada en una base de datos de consulta a nivel mundial, esto hará que la revista tenga un mayor y más elevado factor de impacto

La indexación de SOLARIS nos ofrece varias ventajas:

·        Mucha mayor visibilidad mundial.

·     Acceso a la revista desde diversos sitios del mundo (de hecho, hemos empezado en LATINDEX, que es un sistema regional de información en línea para revistas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal).

·        Uso por parte de la comunidad académica. Para medir el uso que la comunidad le ha dado a un artículo, se suele utilizar un indicador que se relaciona con la cantidad de citas que recibe el artículo por parte de otros usuarios, esto se denomina FACTOR DE IMPACTO,

·        Estimula la localización de los pares, lo cual permite que académicos de otras partes del mundo que estén investigando el mismo tema o temas similares se comprometan con nuestros proyectos.

·     Se consigue un mayor intercambio a nivel nacional e internacional sobre nuestras investigaciones y con ello se logra mayor avance y profundidad en el estudio y conocimiento del desarrollo humano y espiritualidad, en general y del cultivo del espíritu humano, en particular.

Articulistas de SOLARIS No. 5

Ramon Mujica / Patrono del Instituto Cervantes de España

Brijesh Rawat / National Rehabilitation University - Lucknow, India

Itzel Barrera De Diego. / ITESM – México

Eduardo Gastelumendi / PUCP – Perú

Bernardo Nante / USAL – Argentina

Héctor Béjar / UNMSM – Perú

Paula Miranda / PUCP-Chile

Denis Kolobov / Conservatorio Tchaikovsky – Rusia

Miguel Polo / UNMSM – Perú

Verónica Castillo / PUCP – Perú

Las madres Lalita-gopi, Govinda pramodini y Gopi-Radha van a hacer las reseñas de los libros en este número y la madre Purnamasi de España haría un textimonio de su experiencia como devota, madre y educadora, (puede ser una narración o una ficción)

El domingo 1 de marzo le informo sobre el sankirtana académico aquí y Ramavami (también, como SOLARIS, se relacionara con RAMANAVAMI)

Buenas noticias: El CEAS de San Marcos y la Universidad Jesuita dijeron sí a la Declaración de participación en LA EDUCACIÓN Y EL SAGRADO 2020. JAY NIMAI-NITAI

Eso es todo por ahora, Hare Krishna querido Gurudeva, su insignificante sirviente, Abhiram Thakur das.