1 ) Cairns Esplanade. Skate park. 4 am. June 12th, 2020. By Krishna’s arrangement, I sold one set of beads and two bead bags to Narayana Das around 04.00 this morning. Krishna just sent him out of nowhere. He asked for a skateboard. That was his first question. On his request and on youtube, we also attended together Tulasi Aratik by HG Saci Kumar of ISKCON Mayapur. Narayana Das lives like a yogi and seems to be very attached to Tulasi Devi and he tells me that some five minutes drive away, he cultivates a full field of Tulasi plants, which he wants me to visit at all costs. He is also captivated by Ajamila’s story in the Srimad Bhagavatam. He has had extensive contact with ISKCON New Govardhana, where he knows some devotees personally. He also promised to help me distribute books. Attachment to Tulasi Devi, the mother of devotion, is a top-most-excellent devotional qualification. We should never forget the wording of what the imperfect and speculating compilers of the “Songs of the Vaishnava Acaryas, Hymns and Mantras for the glorification of Radha and Krishna” call the “Sri Tulasi Pradaksina Mantra” reproduced hereunder with permission of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust:
yäni käni ca päpäni
täni täni pranashyanti
pradaksinah pade pade
yäni käni—whatever; ca—and; päpäni—sins; brahma-hatya—killing of a brähmaëa; ädikäni—and so on; ca—also; täni täni—all of them; praëaçyanti—are destroyed; pradakñiëaù—(by) the circumambulation (of Tulasé Devé); pade pade—at every step.
Those who circumambulate Srimati Tulasi Devi step by step destroy whatever sins they have committed, even the killing of a brähmana.
Rascal demons will say: “Ok, let us therefore kill all Brahmanas and circumambulate Srimatee Tulasi Devi for atonement.”
I say “the imperfect and speculating compilers of the “Songs of the Vaishnava Acaryas” because out of sentiment or otherwise, they replaced “Vishnu” with “Krishna” in the Tulasi pranam mantra, thus creating confusion and misleading the whole world. Such changes are not to effected without proper authority. The Acarya is the proper authority.
I call this area of Queensland “turmeric land”, because whenever I come here the ayurvedic turmeric is available in abundance at reasonable prices, and indeed I then use it in my own cooking. My fingers become yellow, just like a nicotine addict and rascals may accuse me of breaking the regulative principles and point out my yellow fingers as evidence, similar to the figure in Caitanya Lila, who used to encourage the devotees to eat as much as possible and then double-dealingly accuse them of sense gratification. When I get a chance, I shall have to research the matter and the name of this individual. My respected readers may also give me a helpful hint and I beg to thank them very much in advance for this potential support. Perhaps the name is Ramacandra. The town of Innisfail, 80 km south of Cairns, seems to be the center of the cultivation of this turmeric and it grows quite easily. Sometimes in summer, Innisfail is subjected to cyclones category 5, quite a frightening and possibly deadly event, which I may have to face in the future. The water supply is always very profuse throughout the year.
The ubiquitous and constant price rise is felt though, but the cultivator says that the real profit lies in ginger of which the price is currently above AU$ 30 a kilo. Turmeric renders the whole content of the cooking pot yellow and this is absolutely Krishna’s color, as He is known as pita-vasa.
When Sita Thakurani, Advaita Acarya’s wife, a very rich man at the time, come to the house of Jaganatha Mishra, accompanied by her maidservants, to pay her respects to the newborn Nimai and Supreme Personality of Godhead, she carried many auspicious articles such as fresh grass, paddy, gorocana, kunkuma and sandalwood. Another auspicious article was turmeric or in Bengali “haridra”. CC Adi 13.114.
2 ) As I came back from the ablution block, there was a middle-aged lady with her left arm in a sling. I enquire about her wellbeing and the state of her left arm. After I got her to chant the full Hare Krishna Maha-mantra, her first exclamation was. “This is George Harrison’s!” We note here that long after his departure, himself, along with his glorious Hare Krishna preaching, is still remembered. George Harrison is a member of the Hare Krishna family and has done some very significant service for Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtan movement. Against the advice and intrigue of his own lawyer, he donated US $20.000 toward the printing of Srila Prabhupada’s Krishna Book. He also donated what is called today The Bhaktivedanta Manor in England. All glories to Sriman George Harrison, who by his service to the Hare Krishna cause has certainly improved his existential position. Please visit: https://krishnatemple.com/home/
3 ) In BGAII 2.61, purport, JDS unhesitatingly and point-blank replaced Srila Prabhupada “false prestige” with his own “pride”. Please smile. We have here a welcome double meaning. Is Jayadvaita so much possessed by false prestige that he cannot even tolerate its designation just as water will not tolerate fire?
The unspoken truth here is “Srila Prabhupada, I, His Absolute Divine Grace Jayadvaita Swami in my unfathomable wisdom, know much better than you, who (with absolutely no capital “Y” or “W”) pretends to be my guru. You are, in fact, a total philosophical ignoramus and “pride” it is because I decide so. Neither do you have any idea of the real meaning of false prestige! So please give way to MY OWN (in capital letters of course) superior power and authority.” As confirmed in shastra or spiritual law books, at least spiritually, if not materially, such cheap and low-class behavior is the mark of a fatal mentality. The best medication for the total dissolution of false prestige is regular and sustained book distribution.
4 ) additional.
Cairns, 12 June 2020. 11.00 hours.
In order to engage the fallen souls in His loving service, Krishna can be most tricky.
1 ) He jams the photocopier at the last second at the personal service desk to take advantage of the self-help desk and save AU$ 0.70
2 ) He prints a faulty print at the self-help desk.
3 ) As a result, the personal service desk reprints a courtesy copy of the document and we may ask what is the meaning of all this?
First of all, this demonstrates that Krishna does not like impersonalism and the impersonalists.
Second, it means that the courteous and bright-faced lady at the personal service desk was earmarked to get an extra devotional benefit / credit. She does not know a thing about it. She thinks she has never performed any service for Krishna. But in fact, she has. The company also had contributed an additional AU$ 0.70 and 35 pages of drafting paper to the sankirtan movement. This company has previously contributed office equipment as well. But such is Krishna’s mercy, His kind concern for the fallen conditioned souls and His grand plan to engage the whole world in service to His, Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtan Movement. In any and every sense, there are no limits what so ever. Param Vijayate Sri Krishna Caitanya Sankirtanam!!!
Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.40
pratyaväyo na vidyate
sv-alpam apy asya dharmasya
träyate mahato bhayät
Word for word rendition
na—there is not; iha—in this yoga; abhikrama—in endeavoring; näshaù—loss; asti—there is; pratyaväyah—diminution; na—never; vidyate—there is; su—alpam—a little; api—although; asya—of this; dharmasya—occupation; träyate—releases; mahatah—from very great; bhayät—danger.
In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear.