The Honourable MALCOLM TURNBULL MP
29 th PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA.
Part of the headline of The Australian, the national Australian newspaper, dated Friday February 16th 2018, reads:
In human society, sex life is strictly meant for procreation, within the ties of the institution of marriage! Marriage and child rearing are very serious business lasting a very minimum of twenty years, if properly executed. Why should there not be a contractual arrangement, like any other business in life? The alternative is lust only, as the ruling principle and the devastating consequences, as we see in modern society. This is demoniac! And why should the state have to come to the rescue?
Sex life is NOT meant for whimsical, recreational enjoyment or otherwise. So the creator, Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, has ordained and decreed! The animals naturally and intuitively follow this regulation. So should the human animal and, with his higher intellectual faculties, devote his recreational time for the pursuance of self-realization instead. “Athato brahma jijnasa.” Sanskrit for: Now, in this human form of life, the opportunity for enquiry into the Supreme Absolute Truth presents itself. Please take advantage of the opportunity or you may come to regret such neglect, just as the criminal regrets his misbehaviour as soon as the prison cell door shuts on him.
Prime Minister Turnbull has imposed an immediate and total ban on sex between ministers and staffers. Thank you very much Mr. Turnbull, for your bold, loud and straightforward stance in these matters! I am confident that Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, has noticed your no-nonsense move with satisfaction. Please make this a rule for ALL Australian citizens to follow. At least in this particular respect, ALL Australian citizens deserve the same degree of respectability as government ministers. As a direct consequence, Australia will greatly advance on the path of strength, economic efficiency, morality, health, family stability, innocent children’s happiness and divine life. Australia will become a great world leader in divine life! Hare Krishna!
The last verse 18.78 of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is reads:
yatra yogeshvarah krishno
yatra partho dhanur-dharah
tatra shrir vijayo bhutir
dhruva nitir matir mama
yatra—where; yoga-ishvarah—the master of mysticism; krishnah—Lord Krishna; yatra—where; parthah—the son of Pritha; dhanuh-dharah—the carrier of the bow and arrow; tatra—there; shrih—opulence; vijayah—victory; bhutih—exceptional power; dhruva—certain; nitih—morality; matih mama—my opinion.
Wherever there is Krishna, the master of all mystics, and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power, and morality. That is my opinion.
This is private secretary Sanjaya speaking to King Dhritarastra.
All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the international Hare Krishna movement (ISKCON), Institutor of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) and Founder in 1944 of the Back to Godhead magazine (BTG)!
Strictly speaking, to be the world leader in divine life, one must follow three additional live style rules as follows:
2) No meat, fish or egg eating.
3) No gambling.
4) No intoxication. Includes abstention from coffee, tea and cigarettes etc…
These are the rules of brahminical life. These are the rules of the most advanced Aryan civilisation, originating in India, the land of spirituality par excellence. Anyone, from any ethnic background is welcome to join, provided he / she is willing to follow these four regulative yogic principles. Advancement of civilisation is not a matter of advancement in material sophistication. All material manifestation systematically undergo six kinds of changes: they appear or they are born, they grow, they stay for some time while producing by-products, they dwindle and ultimately disintegrate and disappear. Finished! All gone for ever! Why concentrate on the impermanent- ASAT? It will only bring frustration, nothing more. Why not concentrate on the permanent-SAT- instead? Advancement of civilisation is a matter of advancement of consciousness. Advancement of consciousness culminates in the development of spiritual consciousness. The ultimate spiritual consciousness is full God or Krishna consciousness.
Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, uses this word “arya” in Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 2.2. Under the circumstances, He uses the negative form of the word-anarya- best translated in English as non-aryan or as per the following word for word translation “persons who do not know the value of life”:
kutas tva kashmalam idam
Shri-bhagavan uvaca—the Supreme Personality of Godhead said; kutah—wherefrom; tva—unto you; kashmalam—dirtiness; idam—this lamentation; vishame—in this hour of crisis; samupasthitam—arrived; anarya—persons who do not know the value of life; jushtam—practiced by; asvargyam—which does not lead to higher planets; akirti—infamy; karam—the cause of; arjuna—O Arjuna.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear Arjuna, how have these impurities come upon you? They are not at all befitting a man who knows the value of life. They lead not to higher planets but to infamy.
In this age of Kali, or age of quarrel and hypocrisy, spiritual consciousness is best developed and cultivated through the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra as in:
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE.
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, New York City, 1965, the very best expert in the matter of self-realization, recommends the daily chanting of a minimum of 1728 mantras or “sixteen rounds” on japa mala beads. This takes about two hours. This represents two hours of one single person Krishna meditation. Krishna meditation can also be practiced in groups with melodious tunes and musical instruments, such as cymbals, in Sanskrit, “kartals”, and drums, in Sanskrit, “mridungas”. Other instruments are welcome. There are plenty of illustrations of the congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra on youtube.com. A note of warning though: This form of congregational Krishna meditation is highly addictive and tends to be very, very blissful, very quickly. For the serious follower however, the latter cannot replace the former. It will represents the best investment of your time and energy you will ever make. Invoice value is zilch, nothing, zero. Please read His Divine Grace’s books for further information. You will find a list of books on this particular website as well, http://www.krishnaculture.org, Book Store tab, https://krishnaculture.org/store/. Thank you very much.
At about 7 AM, morning of Sunday 11th February 2018, returning from a brief Japa walk, I proceeded up the road, when I noticed a kangaroo entering my driveway (in fact, Krishna’s driveway) at about 100 meters distance or so.
As I entered the driveway, I noticed that he was still present.
Let us remember Srila Prabhupada’s words, in New Jersey, USA, in convalescence after His heart attack in 1967, to His disciple Govinda dasi:
“Prabhupada was sitting in the back yard when Govinda dasi saw a large slug climbing on a wall. She showed it to Prabhupäda. “Chant to the poor thing,” he said, and she began to chant Hare Krishna.” extract from Srila Prabhupada-Lilamrta by Satsvarupa das Goswami, Vol 3.
For some unknown reason, I have always remembered this situation, along with Srila Prabhupada’s instructions and interpreted that the best service a devotee of the Lord can ever render in the presence of any animal, or plant or any living being whatsoever for that matter, is to chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra quite loudly for the animal / plant / living entity to hear distinctly. This is mantra or sound vibration therapy. It is said that in India, some experts are able to cure venomous snake bite simply by applying relevant sound vibration. No need for anti-venom serum. The best of all sound vibration therapy for all kinds of dis-eases, physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual, is the steady chanting of the maha mantra Hare Krishna as in
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE.
Please note well: It’s absolutely free of any financial encumbrances !!! But to increase its efficiency a thousandfold it will be wise to follow the four yogic regulative principles: 1) no illicit sex, 2) no meat, no fish, no egg eating, 3) no gambling, 4) no intoxication.
In this particular situation, I put this spiritual advice coming directly from the Spiritual Master into practice and to my amazement the kangaroo was interested. He simply could not leave the place. Except for a few cases, kangaroos generally are quite shy animals and flee immediately the presence of humans. Some of them are just huge-taller than average human-and there have been reports of kangaroo attacks as well. Despite all the imagery about and popular fascination with the kangaroos, they are after all wild animals, living the tough natural life.
I have also noticed that even in the heaviest of rain, kangaroos will not make the least efforts to find shelter, even if it is available. They will just tolerate the water and wetness. They might even keep eating grass instead or lie down to relax. Neither does it seem that they are catching a cold, as we humans do so easily in such situations. In Siksastaka, stanza 3, Shri Caitanya Mahaparabhu, Who is none other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself uses the phrase “one should be more tolerant than a tree”. He might as well have said “one should be more tolerant than a kangaroo”.
So this kangaroo just could not leave. He was mesmerized by the Hare Krishna maha mantra in some ways. He started turning in a circle of about 3 to 4 meters diameter around me. He constantly moved his ears as well. He was standing up right, staring in my direction. He moved, contorted and scratched his body, as if dancing. At some stage, he repeatedly uttered the typical kangaroo low tone grunt. That must have been some sort of a call, because immediately another two kangaroos appeared from nowhere. As I was a little apprehensive myself, I thought: “O there is here a real chance I might become victim of a mass kangaroo attack.” But the other two kangaroos disappeared as fast as they came, when they saw me. This must have been a misinterpreted kangaroo call, perhaps sexual, as the one close to me was a male. I have no information about the gender of the two newcomers. I kept on chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra loudly and the one kangaroo came as close as sniffing my finger. Still a little apprehensive, I decided that was enough for a first close up kangaroo encounter and we parted our ways. I shall try to be a little more kangaroo friendly next time, after all these animals are also some sort of gurus as well. They are kan-gurus, can-gurus or can-do-gurus!
Srila Prabhupada also makes the point that animals living on Krishna properties are special, because at least they get life time guarantee not to be killed. All too often we have seen that the first reaction of an ordinary person is to squarely squash the spider or ant as soon as it comes into view. This behaviour is very regrettable for both parties. The animal looses his life and the killer will have to face killing charges in the government of the Lord. We may escape the vigilance of the police force. But the government of the Lord is more effective and subtle than even highly sophisticated computer surveillance. Everything is taken into account. Nothing gets overlooked.
Hare Krishna! All glories to Srila Prabhupada, the saviour of planet earth!
On Sunday February 4th, 2018, I had the privilege to participate in the Nambour, Queensland, C Square, first Sunshine Coast Vegan Market organised in conjunction with Queensland Animal Rights Party. Henceforth, the market is to be held every first Sunday of the month. It is definitely worth a visit. I was amazed by and am thankful for the red tape free admission. As the atmosphere is free from the heavy karma associated with meat eating, it is excellent. So is the reception of Krishna consciousness, with many Bhagavad-Gita As It Is by Srila Prabhupada, Krishna books, cookbooks, including Raje’s “With Love” vegan cookbook and other titles distributed. A big “Thank you very much” for the organizers. I also have to thank the nice vegan couple, Nyla and Tom, I met during my morning walk and who informed me about this event. Hare Krishna!
“As will be clear in the chapters ahead, Mahäräja Pariksit wanted to kill the personified Kali, who was attempting to kill
The symptoms of Kali are (1) wine, (2) women, (3) gambling and (4) slaughterhouses. Wise rulers of all states should take lessons from Mahäräja Pariksit in how to maintain peace and morality by subduing the upstarts and quarrelsome people who indulge in wine, illicit connection with women, gambling and meat-eating supplied by regularly maintained slaughterhouses. In this Age of Kali, regular license is issued for maintaining all of these different departments of quarrelsome people. So how can they expect peace and morality in the state? The state fathers, therefore, must follow the principles of becoming wiser by devotion to the Lord, by chastising the breaker of discipline and by uprooting the symptoms of quarrel, as mentioned above. If we want blazing fire, we must use dry fuel. Blazing fire and moist fuel go ill together. Peace and morality can prosper only by the principles of Mahäräja Pariksit and his followers.”
This is a quote (as well as the following quotes) from Srila Prabhupada’s translation and commentary on the Srimad Bhagavam (SB), the transcendental Purana, out of the eighteen Puranas. It is from Canto 1, chapter 12, verse 26, purport.
“The bull is the emblem of the moral principle, and the cow is the representative of the earth. When the bull and the cow are in a joyful mood, it is to be understood that the people of the world are also in a joyful mood. The reason is that the bull helps production of grains in the agricultural field and the cow delivers milk, the miracle of aggregate food values. The human society, therefore, maintains these two important animals very carefully so that they can wander everywhere in cheerfulness. But at the present moment in this Age of Kali both the bull and the cow are now being slaughtered and eaten up as foodstuff by a class of men who do not know the brahminical culture. The bull and the cow can be protected for the good of all human society simply by the spreading of brahminical culture as the topmost perfection of all cultural affairs.” SB 1.16.18, purport.
“The next symptom of the Age of Kali is the distressed condition of the cow. Milking the cow means drawing the principles of religion in a liquid form. The great rishis and munis would live only on milk.” SB 1.17.03, purport.
“Païca-gavya, the five products received from the cow, namely milk, yogurt, ghee, cow dung and cow urine, are required in all ritualistic ceremonies performed according to the Vedic directions. Cow urine and cow dung are uncontaminated, and since even the urine and dung of a cow are important, we can just imagine how important this animal is for human civilization. Therefore the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, directly advocates go-rakshya, the protection of cows.” SB 8.8.11, purport.
“Guest: We can take care of cows, can’t we?
Prabhupäda: You should. Otherwise you are ungrateful. You are drinking milk, you are taking so much butter, milk product, and as gratitude you are killing cows? You should be ashamed. Even if you have no human feelings. You suck the breast of your mother and kill? Is that humanity?” 681227BG.LA
My personal remark:
Because she gives milk, the miracle and primeval food, cow is mother and a lady.
To all those concerned: Why are you attacking, killing and eating respectable and defenceless ladies or in any way taking part in such a ghastly process, you cowards?!!!
What kind of barbarism is this???
Why don’t you go and ride a bull instead and meet your match?
January 31 2018 10.15 PM Brisbane, North East Australia time. No day light saving.
It has come to our attention that Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (BGAII), version one, (V1) 17.28 is the verbatim rendition of the original transcript (OT).
The original manuscript is to be found here: http://bookchanges.com/bhagavad-gita-as-it-is-manuscript/
It is presented in perfectly well-composed English language. There is therefore no legitimate reason whatsoever to change a single word of it. It reads as follows.
” But sacrifices, austerities and charities performed without faith in the Supreme are nonpermanent, O son of Prtha, regardless of whatever rites are performed. They are called asat and are useless both in this life and the next.”
However, the so-called editors of Srila Prabhupada have given us the following version two (V2) of Bhagavad-Gita As It Cannot Be 17.28. My apologies to them, but in the light of this discovery “so-called” editors will henceforward have to be their appropriate designation. This utterly disrespectful and careless gesture towards Guru and Guru-Vani or the transcendental message of Guru, renders the actor (s)/ disciple (s) instantly fallen. For example, I considered writing an article on SB 7.13.2. But can I afford the audacity and disrespect to jump over Guru’s head, to know better than Guru, Who has not commented on this verse? The obvious answer is an emphatic NO. I must follow in His footsteps and remain silent, because some fifty or so years ago, in His wisdom, he has decided that the best course of action is not to comment on this verse. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! :
“Anything done as sacrifice, charity or penance without faith in the Supreme, O son of Pritha, is impermanent. It is called asat and is useless both in this life and the next.”
This Bhagavad-Gita As It Is NOT 17.28 Version two (2) is to be rejected outright and the original transcript (OT), identical with Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 17.28 version one (V1) ought to be restored immediately for the next printing, without any further delay, along with the other two deficiencies pointed out in my previous post, as a matter of taking three decisive steps toward the desired goal.
This is the rule of parampara. The party that changes things so whimsically must be controlled and possibly rejected, along with its message. It is apa-sampradaya, or outside the chain of disciplic succession. CC Adi 7.48 Purport. It must reform itself or risk wither away. When the sweet taste of the flowery words and sophisticated English language of BGAII V2 has worn off, we note that the methodology to produce the final product is totally off course, amiss, non-bona fide and non-parampara. The required intellectual honesty is conspicuously lacking. We note that His Holiness has also broken a derivative law of the following law of disciple succession by allowing at least one of his disciples to initiate in his physical presence. We may additionally ask why the ISKCON Board of Management allows such deviation to occur:
“But as a matter of etiquette it is the custom that during the lifetime of your Spiritual Master you bring the prospective disciples to him, and in his absence or disappearance you can accept disciples without any limitation. This is the law of disciplic succession.” 751202Let.TustaKrishnaSwami
BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS VERSION TWO (V2) CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AS FULLY GENUINE. IT CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AS REPRESENTATIVE OF AND REPRESENTING SRILA PRABHUPADA. IT CANNOT BE!
IT is NOTHING BUT a GRAND SCALE EGOTISTICAL HOAX and DEVIATION ONLY!
Along with child abuse, there will be no easier and greater dishonest nonsense to bring the Krishna consciousness movement, Srila Prabhupada and the priestly class in general into disrepute (again!). What an irresponsible disservice rendered, thus nourishing the natural aversion for God, Krishna, of the conditioned soul !!!
We are perfectly aware of the Certificate of Endorsement issued by Srila Prabhupada to the main editor in 760907Let.Radhaballabha. But please consider how many candidates Srila Prabhupada has endorsed for a variety of services and how many are still holding their positions as we speak. Those who aren’t have thus failed Srila Prabhupada. That will represent an interesting statistical study.
In the light of these facts, there is now legitimate, necessary and sufficient reason to question and review the whole content of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is version two (V2), which is also the officially accepted version . Such reasoning on the part of the editors bringing about such unwarranted and whimsical changes is simply unacceptable! There are such similar crazy and bogus changes applied to the great Caitanya Caritamrta as well. Such unscrupulous editors cannot and should not be trusted.
According to Shastra, such a conceited attitude and blatant and shameless disrespect that “I know better than Guru” makes the disciple instantly fallen. When Vallabhacarya indicated his defiance of the great acarya and authority Shridara Swami, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, became offended and remarked:” ”One who does not accept the svämi [husband] as an authority, I consider a prostitute.” Caitanya Caritamrita, Antya lila, 7.115. In the word for word translation, the Bengali words “veshyära bhitare” are given as “among the prostitutes”.
“Real success is how one is faithful to his guru. That is real success. …………
Things become revealed by devotion, not by so-called education. …………
Not that bhagavat-prasäda is achieved by education and grammar. No. Yasya prasädäd bhagavat-prasädo. By the mercy of guru one can achieve. ………. Krishna cannot be bluffed by so-called education and grammar. …….. real thing is bhakti.
………..Milk is very good food, everyone knows. But as soon as it is touched by the lips of a serpent, it is poison immediately. Therefore it is forbidden. And one who has no knowledge how to respect guru, how he can become Vaishnava? Chädiyä vaishnava-sevä nistära päyeche kebä, Narottama däsa Thäkura says. If you don’t become a faithful servant of Vaishnava, there is no possibility of your liberation. “ 761004SB.Vrn
The solution of the problem however, will NOT be to revert to BGAII V1, as some may think . No, is is not. For the simple reason that BGAII V1 displays some atrocious philosophical and language discrepancies as well, some of which have been nicely corrected in BGAII V2.
The solution to the problem lies in bringing forth BGAII V3. Third time right! That will be fair enough. That will be fair enough even in the eyes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Who is none other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna Himself, the speaker of the Bhagavad-Gita, as well as in the eyes of Srila Prabhupada, His bona fide representative.
BGAII V3 will display the perfect combination of bhakti and ABC education and be devoid of philosophical fallacies. We truly can afford it now. BGAII V3 will be a grand success for the pleasure of Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and speaker of Bhagavad-Gita and His authorised representative Srila Prabhupada. BGAII V3 will be a grand success for the benefit of the assembled Vaishnavas and other schools of thought and religions and finally for the benefit of the combined force of all living entities parts and parcels of Sri Krishna.
Another current deficiency in Srila Prabhupada’s books is under-usage of capital letters.
Grammatically speaking, articles like possessives relating to the Supreme Personality of Godhead are currently capital letters. That seems to be evident to the editors and everyone else. That is very good practice indeed. But is that enough? No, it is not! Pronouns relating to the Supreme Personality of Godhead ought also to be spelled with capital letters. For too many years the editor (s) has / have, with great stubbornness and callousness, resisted such a move, quoting some misinterpreted and / or misunderstood Srila Prabhupada passage. That is simply a symptom of envy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the most common disease in the material world. However some of the more sensible Srila Prabhupada’s secretaries have practiced correctly this capital letters policy in Srila Prabhupada’s Letters. All glories to them!
Now is that enough? Is this enough? Who can say? Is it really enough?
Please allow me to say the following!
Let me quote stanza 7 of Shri Shri Gurvastaka.
uktas tathä bhävyata eva sadbhih
kintu prabhor yah priya eva tasya
vande guroh shri-caranäravindam
säkñät—directly; hari-tvena—with the quality of Hari; samasta—all; çästraiù—by scriptures; uktaù—acknowledged; tathä—thus; bhävyate—is considered; eva—also; sadbhiù—by great saintly persons; kintu—however; prabhoù—of the Lord; yaù—who; priyaù—dear; eva—certainly; tasya—of him (the guru); vande—I offer obeisances; guroù—of my spiritual master; çré—auspicious; caraëa-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
The spiritual master is to be honoured as much as the Supreme Lord because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and followed by all authorities. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is a bona fide representative of Shri Hari [Krishna].
Srila Prabhupada teaches us in 761005SB.Vrn and elsewhere:
“We have got in practical experience. Formerly, in British government, there was viceroy. Vice means in place of and roy means royal king. Viceroy. So this viceroy was respected as the king, as the emperor. That is the process. When he’s no longer a viceroy, then he’s not respected. But so long he is acting as viceroy… And the rule was that whatever presentation was given to the viceroy, he did not accept it personally. It was kept in the state.”
Similarly Srila Prabhupada, the authorized representative for the Supreme Personality of Godhead for the next ten thousand years, should also be given the same honour as the Supreme Personality Himself, as far as capital letters goes. The articles and pronouns relating to Him, Srila Prabhupada, ought also to be spelled with a capital letter. At least in my eyes, that would have to be proper transcendental etiquette!
OM TAT SAT.
Please find below some observations by Srila Prabhupada Himself about some of His disciples eagerness for change at all costs:
“Your appreciation of my Spiritual Master is very commendable. One who understands and appreciates the disciplic succession is certainly advanced, and we should always be very careful to give full respect to those who have so carefully handled this Divine Fruit of transcendental knowledge before us. Even a slight change will spoil it. That is why I have always been so careful to give you only those things which I have heard from my Guru Maharaja” 670800Let.Satsvarupa/Hansadutta
“Gradually the Krishna Consciousness idea will evaporate: another change, another change, every day another change. Stop all this. Simply have kirtana, nothing else. Don’t manufacture ideas.” 7211005Let.Sudama
The process is that you should memorize the purports of my books and then speak them in your own words. Do not adulterate or change anything. Then you will be the perfect preacher. You should also distribute our books as far as possible. If you do this sincerely, then you will be successful. 751115Let.Janajanmadhi
I have just been informed by my servant, Srutakirti, that the young children, under twelve, are not allowed to use their japa beads while chanting. This policy is not good. Why this change has been made? I never said they should not use their beads. That is our business. They must be taught how to respect their beads. How they can learn unless they use them? That is the trouble with you westerners, always changing. No changes should be made without first consulting with my GBC representative. So, the children should immediately be allowed to chant on their japa beads.750514Let.Yadunandana
“But for one who takes pleasure in the Self, whose human life is one of self-realization, and who is satisfied in the Self only, fully satiated—for him there is no duty.
Should be AND WAS:
But for one who takes pleasure in the self, whose human life is one of self-realization, and who is satisfied in the self only, fully satiated—for him there is no duty.
Even if the Sanskrit word “atma” were meant to refer to the Supreme Self in the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 3.17 context , the nomenclature “Self” would still represent a dishonest and misleading English presentation. And if that were the case against all odds, why not Self-realization with a capital “S” as well. Whether I consult the Webster, Collins or MacBook dictionary, I can not find one single reference to a Supreme Being under the entry “self”. I therefore suggest herewith that once and for all, we abandon the word “Self” as designation for the Supreme Self, the Super-self or Supersoul and adopt a more appropriate and designative term such as the ones I have just mentioned. The word “self” on its own, always refers to the individual self. Whence no need for a capital letter.
The Original Transcript (OT) gives # 1 “self”, # 2 “Self”and “self-realization”.
But the OT formulation #2 with capital “S” for “self” is different from what it is in BGAII (V2) 3.17. The OT reads “in the matter of Self only”. That is a somewhat different thing.
As it is formulated now in BGAII (V 2) 3.17 , small letter would have to apply in both cases.
In recapitulation, my previous charges that current edition of Srila Prabhupada’s glorious edition of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is is tinged with monism will unfortunately stand. The editors are unable to distinguish between the individual soul and the Supersoul. That is monism in action par excellence, the false philosophy diametrically opposed to Vaishnavism, that the individual soul is equal in all respects to the Supreme Soul. That means that we are all God, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This sophism may sound flattering and we may therefore like to hear it. This philosophy is reflected in the general madness and chaos of the material world of innumerable competing Gods. No true Acarya has ever accepted this philosophy. Neither will it ever be accepted, because it is an illusion. It is not real. It belongs to the realms of fantasy and / or intoxication. Every living entity is truly a minuscule sample of the Supreme Self and therefore by studying oneself, one is able to make pretty accurate inferences about the nature of the Supreme Self.
Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 15.07 (But for a coma, V1 & V2 coincide):
mama—My; eva—certainly; amshah—fragmental particle; jiva-loke—in the world of conditional life; jiva-bhütah—the conditioned living entity; sanätanah—eternal; manah—with the mind; shashthäni—the six; indriyäni—senses; prakriti—in material nature; sthäni—situated; karshati—is struggling hard.
The living entities in this conditioned world are My eternal, fragmental parts. Due to conditioned life, they are struggling very hard with the six senses, which include the mind.
Unfortunately again, we may therefore say, that the current presentation of Srila Prabhupada’s glorious Bhagavad-Gita As It Is It (V2) is NOT 100% pure devotional service, as Srila Prabhupada had intended it to be. We may further say that it is at times misleading, confusing, time and energy-wasting and on a tangent. These charges have got absolutely nothing to do with Srila Prabhupada Himself, the initiator of the translation of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, Whose integrity, competence, purity, compassion and greatness are above board at all times. Neither does the author of this article, a strict and committed follower of His Divine Grace for many decades and member of and worker within His ISKCON society, question in the least any of the enumerated qualities and all others wonderful and divine qualities and achievements of His Divine Grace. From Srila Prabhupada’s 6000 plus letters, we gather that Srila Prabhupada was extremely liberal towards His editors with His Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. Srila Prabhupada is always liberal in all respects. He is a perfectly learned brahmana, a perfect Vaishnava and a Vaikuntha man.
To the great credit of version one of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (V1), we may further add that this abominable monistic interpretation of BGAII (V2) 3.17 is conspicuous by its absence in the first edition. Please see pictures below.
Someone may argue: ” Why make such a sweeping generalisation from one single example?” The reply will have to be:” I am confident that many other passages will need attention as well”. But what a misrepresentation and betrayal of Srila Prabhupada this represents! What a disgrace! What a debacle! Hare Krishna.
Let us take BGAII 15.7 for example:
“The living entities in this conditioned world are My eternal fragmental parts. Due to conditioned life, they are struggling very hard with the six senses, which include the mind.”
Even an elementary grammar student will immediately point out the missing coma between “eternal” and “fragmental”, which BTW again was present in BGAII V1. However one of the respected editors has recently assured me “…if you want “eternal” to modify the unified phrase “fragmental parts”, then the comma shouldn’t be there”. My first observation is that “fragmental parts” is not really a phrase, even less a unified phrase. A phrase consists generally of a subject and a predicate. “Fragmental parts” would then rather have to be called a composite word to satisfy the editor’s speculative exigences. But in its current presentation, this special and hidden intention of the editor is not communicated in any way to the educated readers, who will legitimately ask a million more times were is the coma, where is the coma, where is the coma, thus stealing their attention away from their real business. Mr. Editor, why not be up front with your intentions and make it “fragmental-parts”, with a hyphen? Then everyone will understand your purpose and questions will stop. This is the very defect of current presentation of BGAII (V2) 15.7, the heart of the problem! My humble suggestion will be: Mr Editor, please don’t try to be over-intelligent. It will be best for everyone if you just leave BGAII version one 15.7 AS IT IS! Please leave it alone!
The above considerations may be shattering for some of us. But how can we fight impersonalism, voidism and atheism, as per the second pranam mantra to Srila Prabhupada
namaste sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
“Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Sarasvati Gosvami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanya and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism”,
if our foundations are not ironclad. How can we successfully fight this battle, if our understanding of the Krishna conscious philosophy is misconceived, vague or obscured. Instead of aiming at a victory, we are deliberately choosing to become loosers. These are trying times indeed .
It will be much, much better to muster the courage now to settle these matters very nicely and practice every day, rather than being defeated later on the battlefield for lack of proper armour for defence and lack of adequate armament for the offensive. I am speaking figuratively, of course. It will be much, much better to make necessary mental adjustments now, rather than allowing ourselves to be dictated by attachment to some philosophical fallacies in the realm of Krishna consciousness.
Srila Prabhupada clearly states that only the rascal will neglect to prepare for the show. Neither will the director of the show give him a part to play. The director will easily identify the fake or weak actor. So will Maya devi dasi, a powerful and infallible agent of Lord Krishna! Only Krishna bhakta can overcome this divine energy.
BGAII 7.14: “This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.”
In conclusion and notwithstanding the above remarks, Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-Gita As It Is is still the best in the world, among all the other 650 or so presentations of this amazing opus! Let there be no misunderstandings on this point. There is no better Bhagavad-Gita in existence than Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. Phalena paricyate. We judge by the results. Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-Gita As It Is has converted tens and hundreds of thousands of men and women to Vaishnavism all over the world, a phenomenon never seen before. Naturally we should keep on distributing this amazing and transcendental book in increasing numbers and trust that Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, will set everything right in due course of time. He has got His plan. We do not know yet what His plan is, but we should be firmly convinced that He has got His plan and that it will come to pass. Om Tat Sat.
Sri Varaha Deva Dvadasi 2018
Sri Nityananda Rama Trayodasi 2018. Nityananda, Nityananda, Nityananda Rama!!!
This is the town where some years ago, fate cruelly took many international backpackers, as they were burnt to death in a hostel fire. Imagine being young and happy, coming to the lucky country, Australia, on the holiday of your life time and then meeting death in a silly hostel fire. Actually it was not a silly fire. It was a criminal fire. Of all forms of dying, burning to death must be one of the most painful and terrorising forms of dying there can be. “At the 2011 census, Childers had a population of 1,410.”
Shastra, Sanskrit name for Scripture, clearly warns in Srimad Bhägavatam (10.14.58):
samäshritä ye pada-pallava-plavam
mahat-padam punya-yasho muräreh
bhavämbudhir vatsa-padam param padam
padam padam yad vipadäm na teshäm
“For one who has accepted the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord, who is the shelter of the cosmic manifestation and is famous as Murari, the enemy of the Mura demon, the ocean of the material world is like the water contained in a calf’s hoof-print. Their goal is param padam, Vaikuntha, the place where there are no material miseries, not the place where there is danger in every step.”
Coming back from shop to shop Sankirtan, I was approaching my own Sankirtan van, when I noticed a nice, new, immaculately white, four wheels drive, that had just parked next to my van. A lady was leaving the four-wheel drive on my right between the two vehicles. I approached her quickly, made my presentation and she asked her husband, who so far had remain hidden to my view by the four-wheel drive. “ Do you have some money, dear?” The gentleman unhesitatingly put his right hand in his pocket and produced a handful of golden change, which he gave me just as unhesitatingly. “Thank you very much, Sir” was my response and I offered a copy of The Science of Self-Realization by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in return, which he accepted. The gentleman was friendly, smiling and effulgent. I thought: this is successful gentleman. He may be the successful owner of some big car dealership in close by Bundaberg or something like that. Then I noticed that he was wearing a badge. I approached to read the badge, which to my surprise read “Mayor so and so…” At that point I realised that I had just given unknowingly some of Lord Caitanya’s mercy to Lord Majoress and Lord Mayor of Childers. Ladies first, as in the Hare Krishna mantra! The word “Hare” is in its vocative case. Nominative case is “Hara”. It represents feminine energy in all cases- no pun intended. We don’t say “Krishna Hare” or “Rama Hare”. We say “Hare Krishna” and “Hare Rama”. We shook hands twice and exchanged some civilities. What a pleasant experience!
Please note as well the time of the day. It is 4.50 PM. That does not mean that in ten minutes the working day of the Sankirtan person ends. It means that in ten minutes most shops close their doors and all these shops will be out reach for 16 hours only, until the next day at 9 AM. But at 5 PM, the working day of the Sankirtan person is far from over. After a quick meal of prasadam, he / she may still have to drive several hundred kilometres to the next town. He / she may still distribute books at gas stations, restaurants, special events etc etc … For protection reasons, Srila Prabhupada did not like us to distribute books in night clubs and the like, Srimatee Maya devi dasi being especially virulent in such places. Besides that some of us may have been avid customers of such maya-places before joining the Krishna consciousness movement. I personally was not! Therefore the chance of a relapse while visiting these places for the purpose of book distribution is heightened. The working day of the Sankirtan person generally ends at 10, 10.30 PM for resting / rejuvenation time until 4 AM, which is meditation time.
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
Param Vijayate Sri Krishna Caitanya Sankirtanam!
It should be noted that Srila Prabhupada had a very good opinion of Australia and Australians. In 741008SB.May, He indirectly qualifies Australians, especially the priestly class as “sober”. “Therefore the movement, Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, is very, very important and essential. Those who are sober, they are understanding it. Just like in Australia, the priestly class, they understood that this movement is trying to people to see towards God, back to Godhead. You have advanced in civilization by so-called material advancement, scientific…, but what you have done? You have created simply chaos.”
and further into the lecture Srila Prabhupada additionally compliments:
“Just like in Australia when I spoke, there was no misunderstanding. There was agreement by the priests and myself. There was complete agreement. [aside:] You were with me? Or… No. You were not. They, after hearing my lecture for one hour, they agreed and clapped for ten minutes. So there cannot be any misun… Those who are actually… They questioned, “What is your opinion of Lord Jesus Christ?” and I said, “He preached God consciousness. He’s our guru. Anyone who preaches the message of God, he is guru.” So they very much appreciated, and actually it is so. Vaiṣṇava who is preaching, it may be in a different way, according to time and place and the party—they have to change something, deśa-kāla-pātra—but we have to see the essence.”
In Krishna consciousness, there is almost no greater compliment than to qualify someone as “sober”. It is another word for “wise”. “Dhira” is the Sanskrit word for “sober” as in Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 2.13:
“As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.”
In my humble opinion, the constant and powerful presence of the sun makes Australia the lucky country. The light of the sun- and of the moon for that matter- are both Krishna, as He confirms in Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 7.8:
or the complete verse in English language
“O son of Kunti, I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man.”
And Srila Prabhupada gives the following more intricate and wonderful explanation in the glorious Srimad Bhagavatam 4.24.36, purport:
“Hrishikeshendriyätmane. The mind is the director of the senses, and Lord Aniruddha is the director of the mind. In order to execute devotional service, one has to fix his mind on the lotus feet of Krishna; therefore Lord Shiva prays to the controller of the mind, Lord Aniruddha, to be pleased to help him engage his mind on the lotus feet of the Lord. It is stated in Bhagavad-gitä (9.34): man-manä bhava mad-bhakto mad-yäji mäm namaskuru. The mind has to be engaged in meditation on the lotus feet of the Lord in order to execute devotional service. It is also stated in Bhagavad-gitä (15.15), mattah smritir jnänam apohanam ca: from the Lord come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. Thus if Lord Aniruddha is pleased, He can help the mind engage in the service of the Lord. It is also indicated in this verse that Lord Aniruddha is the sun-god by virtue of His expansions. Since the predominating deity of the sun is an expansion of Lord Aniruddha, Lord Shiva also prays to the sun-god in this verse.
Lord Krishna, by His quadruple expansion (Väsudeva, Sankarshana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha), is the Lord of psychic action—namely thinking, feeling, willing and acting. Lord Shiva prays to Lord Aniruddha as the sun-god, who is the controlling deity of the external material elements which constitute the construction of the material body. According to Shrila Vishvanätha Cakravarti Thäkura, the word paramahamsa is also another name for the sun-god. The sun-god is addressed herein as nibhritätmane, which indicates that he always maintains the various planets by manipulating the rainfall. The sun-god evaporates water from the seas and oceans and then forms the water into clouds and distributes it over land. When there is sufficient rainfall grains are produced, and these grains maintain living entities in each and every planet. The sun-god is also addressed herein as pürna, or complete, because the rays emanating from the sun have no end. For millions and millions of years since the creation of this universe, the sun-god has been supplying heat and light without diminution. The word paramahamsa is applied to persons who are completely cleansed. When there is sufficient sunshine, the mind remains clear and transparent—in other words, the sun-god helps the mind of the living entity to become situated on the platform of paramahamsa. Thus Lord Shiva prays to Aniruddha to be kind upon him so that his mind will always be in the perfect state of cleanliness and will be engaged in the devotional service of the Lord. Just as fire sterilizes all unclean things, the sun-god also keeps everything sterilized, especially dirty things within the mind, thus enabling one to attain elevation to the platform of spiritual understanding.”
Srila Prabhupada also predicts a tremendous success for the Sankirtan Movement in Australia as follows. Currently we are not anywhere close to Srila Prabhupada’s expectations:
31 December, 1975
My Dear Madhudvisa Maharaja,
Please accept my blessings. Thank you for your nice invitation card. Thousands of Caitanya Mahaprabhu temples may be established all over Australia so that I may receive one invitation card at least every month. Physical health does not allow me to move very much, but my mind is absorbed in thinking of you with blessings of Krishna.
I hope this letter finds you well.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Against all odds, Srila Prabhupada always displays a most positive view of the entire planet earth. Let us imbibe His ever positive world-view and attitude!
He is the greatest unacknowledged well-wisher and benefactor of humanity at large. Unacknowledged for the time being anyway.That fact may change in the future.
Jaya om vishnu päda paramahamsa parivräjakäcärya ashtottara-shata shri-shrimad His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedänta Swami Prabhupäda ki jaya
All glories to the wandering mendicant and topmost swanlike devotee, the great preceptor His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupäda, who has taken shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu!