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ITEM 1

SB 1.3.9 says: “In the fourth incarnation, the Lord became Nara and Näräyana, the twin sons of the wife of King Dharma. Thus He undertook severe and exemplary penances to control the senses.” and SB 1.3.18 says:”In the fourteenth incarnation, the Lord appeared as Nrisimha and bifurcated the strong body of the atheist Hiranyakashipu with His nails, just as a carpenter pierces cane.

AND

“The fourth incarnation is Nrisimhadeva. Nrisimhadeva appeared to save Prahlada Maharaja, who was five-years-old boy and he was being tortured by his atheistic father. So He appeared from the pillar of the palace as a half-man, half-lion.” (A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 18th February 1970. Class on Sri Varaha-dwadasi purporting the Dasavatar-stotra – Ten main incarnations of the Lor. Los Angeles.)

Why this apparent contradiction???

Whose mistake is this???

ITEM 2

Just like in, in your Western countries, the scented water: eau de cologne. Eau de cologne. Cologne is a country in… France? And there it is manufactured, therefore it is called eau de cologne. Similarly eau de cologne can be manufactured anywhere, but originally because it was manufactured in that Cologne city, it is known as eau de cologne. Similarly, sandalwood also can grow anywhere, but because originally it was very prominent in the Malayas…  730424SB.LA

It is my understanding that Cologne is French for Koln, the largest city of Germany’s most populous federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

 

ITEM 3

 

BGAII 3.35: “It is far better to discharge one’s prescribed duties, even though faultily, than another’s duties perfectly. Destruction in the course of performing one’s own duty is better than engaging in another’s duties, for to follow another’s path is dangerous.”

Have never understood why Krishna would prefer a faulty job to a perfect job. This morning of Tuesday May 21, 2019, HG Prabhavishnu Prabhu in SB class at ISKCON Brisbane gave what is in my humble opinion, the best answer I have heard so far. He said that by working well and repeatedly on a difficult job that might at first come out imperfect, the final result will come pretty close to perfection.

All glories to HG Prabhavishnu Prabhu!!!

 

ITEM 4

 

Why does Srila Prabhupada write in BGAII 2.21 purport: “Although the justice of the peace awards capital punishment to a person condemned for murder, the justice of the peace cannot be blamed, because he orders violence to another person according to the codes of justice.” Specifically, how is the justice of the peace related to the capital punishment and what is the cultural context of such a statement?

 

ITEM 5 – 17.04.20

 

BGAII 2.24 How is it to be understood that the soul is “immovable”?

 

ITEM 6 – 30.04.20

 

How is it to be understood that “Material activities and their results end with the body.” BGAII 2.40, purport. Is it not that karma and its reactions span beyond birth and death?

 

ITEM 7 – 04.05.20

Calling all volunteer experts in the English language and referring to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.45 V1 and V2.

Which is better?

“The Vedas mainly deal with….” or “the Vedas deal mainly with” and why?

In the purport we find: “The Vedas deal mostly …….”

Under “Placement of adverbs”, Grammarly gives:

When an adverb is modifying a verb phrase, the most natural place for the adverb is usually the middle of the phrase.

Correct:  We are quickly approaching the deadline.          Phillip has always loved singing.                  I will happily assist you.

We note that in each example the adverb comes in front of the verb.

What is the right way and why?