ALLAHU AKBAR!

The Takbir (تَكْبِير, pronounced [tak.biːr], “magnification [of God]”)[a] is the name for the Arabic phrase ʾAllāhu ʾakbaru (ٱللَّٰهُ أَكْبَرُ, pronounced [ʔaɫ.ɫaː.hu ʔak.baru] (listen)), meaning “Allah (God) is the greatest”.[1][2]

It is a common Arabic expression, used in various contexts by Muslims and Arabs around the world: in formal Salah (prayer),[2] in the Adhan(Islamic call to prayer),[3] as an informal expression of faith, in times of distress or joy, or to express resolute determination or defiance. The phrase is also used by Arab Christians.[4] SOURCE: Wikipedia.

We simply say HARE KRISHNA, the Addressee remaining the very same person, i.e. God, the Supreme Being, among all beings. We should reflect upon these words “the Supreme Being” and how extraordinarily powerful He is. And yes, like it or not, He is a male entity. And He had in the past, has currently and will have in the future His emissaries, also called prophets. This is because He cares deeply about the souls imprisoned in this material world, a place of reformation and full of conditions. This imprisonment is the souls’ own doing. Only the foolish criminal will seek to charge the state for his imprisonment. The state very well knows that criminal behaviour will occur and therefore wisely creates the prison to accomodate the offenders for reformation. But the state bears not the least responbility for the criminal’s behaviour. And where there are conditions, there will be no question of freedom. Some politicians make it a freedom slogan. But it is simply illusory freedom. Of course freedom can be a very subjective feeling. For example, after passing stool one may feel free. But is this real freedom? Is this our very best conception of freedom? As long as the conditions of birth, death, old age and disease prevail, there cannot be any question of real freedom.

So we say “Hare Krishna.” Declension-wise, Hare is a vocative, the nominative being Hara. Hara represents the internal pleasure energy of the Lord or hladini shakti and the personification of the internal energy of the Lord is represented by Srimatee Radharani, His most intimate lady companion. So ladies first,” Hare.” Being God Himself, Lord Krishna did not fail to marry 16108 princesses and Krishna, being also called Yogesvara or the master of all mystic powers spent His time permanently with all of His 16108 wives in their 16108 palaces. It is not that each princess had to wait 16000 days and something to be with Their husbands. Krishna expanded Himself in 16108 forms to please His 16108 wives. Krishna clearly states in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is both verse in 9.5 and in verse 11.8 “pasya me yogam aisvaram” or “Just consider my mystic power.”

Neither can we approach the Lord directly, just like we may not be able to approach Prime Minister Morrison or President Biden directly. We have to go through the proper channels. Similarly to approach Krishna or the Supreme Personality of Godhead we have to go through the spiritual master or Guru.

First of all let me quote the prophet for the current times, His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami, on God nomenclature:

“Srila Jiva Gosvami instructs that chanting of the holy name of the Lord should be loudly done, and it should be performed offenselessly as well, as recommended in the Padma Purana. One can deliver himself from the effects of all sins by surrendering himself unto the Lord. One can deliver himself from all offenses at the feet of the Lord by taking shelter of His holy name. But one cannot protect himself if one commits an offense at the feet of the holy name of the Lord. Such offenses are mentioned in the Padma Purana as being ten in number. The first offense is to vilify the great devotees who have preached about the glories of the Lord. The second offense is to see the holy names of the Lord in terms of worldly distinction. The Lord is the proprietor of all the universes, and therefore He may be known in different places by different names, but that does not in any way qualify the fullness of the Lord. Any nomenclature which is meant for the Supreme Lord is as holy as the others because thzey are all meant for the Lord. Such holy names are as powerful as the Lord, and there is no bar for anyone in any part of the creation to chant and glorify the Lord by the particular name of the Lord as it is locally understood. They are all auspicious, and one should not distinguish such names of the Lord as material commodities. The third offense………..”

Ref. VedaBase => Srimad Bhagavatam 2.1.11

Of which the essence may well be:” Any nomenclature which is meant for the Supreme Lord is as holy as the others because they are all meant for the Lord.

In simple terms, any name applied in good faith and respect to God is as good as any other: “Father” is as good as “God,” which is as good as “Krishna,” which is as good as “Allah,” which is as good as “Yahweh,” which is is as good as “Buddha,” which is NOT as good as John Lennon or Bjorn Ulvaeus, although these two gentlemen may be excellent music composers.

Now one may ask what does all this have to do with the title of the article “Allahu Akbar”? Recently, in the context of my Guru ordained Prabhupada Book Distribution, which IMHO is the best school of life, I visited Sunny Bank, a Brisbane suburb, which we may justifiably call “little China.” Subsequently I visited Moorooka, another Brisbane suburb, which again we may justifiably call little Africa, because of a predominance of Ethiopian, Sudanese and Congolese people. There are also some Afghans and some Lebanese people. I found that there are two predominat religions: Christianity and Islam and they seem to coexist nicely and peacefully. In one of the shops, there was a lone woman attendant in a niqab. This was a first for me. Never before did I talk with a woman in a niqab. She was totally covered in dark cloth from head to toe and I could only see her eyes. If one cannot see a woman, a man will not develop attachment for her. That is the definitive advantage and wise Koran planning. Her interpretation of the Holy Koran is very strict and her style seemed to be the result of her own volition. A couple of youngsters also challenged me on religious grounds. One of the conversations lasted for quite sometime and was constructive. My interlocutor expressed that our meeting was arranged by higher authorities, to which I agreed. Another lady offered VIP dates for Krishna from the Sami Salman Al-Samail Factory in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“A niqāb or niqaab (/nɪˈkɑːb/Arabicنِقاب niqāb, “[face] veil”), also called a ruband, is a garment that covers the face, worn by many Muslim women as a part of an interpretation of hijab (modest dress). The terms niqab and burqa are often confused; a niqab covers the face while leaving the eyes uncovered, while a burqa covers the entire body from the top of the head to the ground, with only a mesh screen allowing the wearer to see in front of her. According to the majority of Muslim scholars and Islamic schools of thought, face veiling is a requirement of Islam; they assert that women are required to cover their faces in public. Those Muslim women who wear the niqab, do so in places where they may encounter non-mahram (un-related) men.” Wikipedia.

According to this definition, this lady was wearing both a niqab and a burqa because she did not veil her eyes. I could clearly see her eyes. That’s all I could see. So we talked for a little while. And at the end, to practically test the situation, I attempted to touch elbows with her as we generally do in Covid 19 times, instead of shaking hands. She declined that bodily contact as well. No bodily contact whatsoever with the opposite sex: that is her philosophy and strict interpretation of the Holy Koran. We are very lucky to live in Australia because of its tolerance of religious diversity. As we all know, this type of dress is illegal in some European countries. And it is just wonderful that this lady’s religious feelings are being respected in Australia, a great credit to this great country, among many other credits. Christianity and Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are all bona fide and authorised religions. It will be best if we accept these facts a priori. It is notable that some Thai ladies, for example, belonging to Buddhism clearly know the meaning of the Sanskrit word Dharma, through family tradition and subsequently accept a copy of Bhagavad-gita As It Is. It happened to me yesterday, January 4th 2022 in Cotton Tree, Maroochydore, Queensland. I also came across a book titled “You are not this body” by my dear and humorous Godbrother, HH Bir Krishna Swami, who has got some disciples in Maroochydore. There is something for everyone on a well supplied and stocked religious market and we don’t understand how some individuals stubbornly stick to atheism, which is in fact nothing but another, separate religion by negation, in the sense that God is still the center of the philosophy of atheism, but His existence is strongly denied or alternatively “God’s death” is advertised.

To be or not to be, that is the question! To actually deny someone’s existence is very offensive, so the offender is shown the buttocks and at the time of death he will be shown the whole form. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is 10.34:

mrtyuh sarva-haras caham

udbhavas ca bhavisyatam

kirtih srir vak ca narinam

smrtir medha dhrtih ksama

Word for word translation

mrtyuh — death; sarva-harah — all-devouring; ca — also; aham — I am; udbhavah — generation; ca — also; bhavisyatam — of future manifestations; kirtih — fame; srih — opulence or beauty; vak — fine speech; ca — also; narinam — of women; smrtih — memory; medha — intelligence; dhrtih — firmness; ksama — patience.

TRANSLATION

I am all-devouring death, and I am the generating principle of all that is yet to be. Among women I am fame, fortune, fine speech, memory, intelligence, steadfastness and patience.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bg 10.34

In other words, atheism represents God’s back side or more formally atheism represents God’s buttock. And we definitely reject the accusation that religion is the source of all wars. Clearly, the biggest warmongers and killers in the history of the world are politicians such as Stalin and Hitler. Religion, even though a dirty word in some quarters, is on the contrary a most essential function in human society. Human society without religion is nothing but animal society.

“So without religion, human society is nothing but animal society. It is simply polished animalism.”

Ref. VedaBase => Srila Prabhupada. Initiation of Rukmini Dasi – August 15, 1968, Montreal

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“IF YOU WANT SEX, GET YOUR SEX LICENCE BEFOREHAND!”

Fishing needs a state licence, driving a car needs a state licence, gold prospecting needs a state licence, similarly, sex needs a licence which is called marriage. The difference being that fishing is about taking fish lives and licit sex is about propagating human life. Human life is superior to fish life and killing is at the antipode of propagating life. Granted Australia is a free country. But do we really need to emphasize that illicit activities will always get us into troubIe sooner or later? And even though we may escape by chance or design the vigilance of the state laws, there is no such hope for escaping the laws of Karma. The laws of karma are infallible– sharper, faster with a better memory than the fastest and most sophisticated computers.

In Australia and other countries, marriage license is a kind of a double license or if you insist you can make it a single licence as well, in both cases through a registered marriage celebrant by the Federal Department of Justice, the Attorney General’s Department, currently Senator The Honourable Michaelia Cash of the great state of Western Australia.

Senator The Honourable,
Michaella CASH, Attorney-General of Australia, since March 20, 2021

As far as the double licence is concerned, one gets it from one’s God representative, Who (God) may not always bear the name Krishna, it may be Allah or Jehovah or Lord Buddha or another name. He is the same ONE God though, from a different perspective, sporting different names. It would have to be a sad and poor God Who would have only one or two Holy Names, as most of us have more than “one or two” names ourselves. But that’s a contradiction in itself. There is no such thing as a poor God or in Sanskrit “Daridra Narayana.” No, on the contrary, God is the richest and that’s only one of six reasons why He is God, the other five being: God is the most knowledgeable, God is the most powerful, God is the most beautiful, God is the most renounced and God is the most famous. These are the six reasons which make Him “Bhagavan” or the possessor of all riches. When you have found the person who possesses these six qualities in full, as decribed, then you research is over. You have just found God. Congratulations to you!

The Almighty God, Krishna has thousands of names. There is a book in Sanskrit language which is called “Vishnu Sahashra Nam” or “The thousand names of Lord Vishnu.” As Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the Hare Krishna Movement and current prophet writes:

Any nomenclature which is meant for the Supreme Lord is as holy as the others because they are all meant for the Lord. Such Holy Names are as powerful as the Lord, and there is no bar for anyone in any part of the creation to chant and glorify the Lord by the particular name of the Lord as it is locally understood. They are all auspicious, and one should not distinguish such names of the Lord as material commodities.” Ref. VedaBase => SB 2.1.11

God is also called “asamordhva.” The word is a combination of three elements — a, meaning “not,” sama, meaning “equal to,” and urdhva, meaning “greater than,” which combine to mean “no one is equal to or greater than God, Krsna.” The Sanskrit sandhi rules dictate that the combination makes asamordhva,

Ref. VedaBase => FM 6: Concerning Corrections on VedaBase Updates

To get back to our actual subject matter:

“As mentioned before, there are four basic characteristics of an impure life — illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating and gambling. According to the Vedic principles, sex should not be indulged in outside of marriage. In human society there is therefore a system of marriage which distinguishes us from the cats and dogs. Whether we are Hindu, Moslem, or Christian, we acknowledge the system of marriage. The purpose of this system is to avoid illicit sex. According to the Vedic system, intoxication is also discouraged; nor is meat-eating advocated, for human beings should be nonviolent. We have been given sufficient grains, fruits, milk, and vegetables, and there is no necessity to kill poor animals. Some people argue that if we do not eat meat we will be undernourished, but we can see that the students of this Krsna consciousness movement have given up meat and are very healthy, whereas people who are eating meat are still, despite their meat-eating, subject to so many diseases and unhealthy conditions. Gambling is also discouraged because it simply agitates the mind.”

Ref. VedaBase => EK 3: Toward a Peaceful Society

“So this Krsna consciousness movement, there is austerity, but it is not very difficult. We recommend our students not to have illicit sex. We don’t stop sex, but regulate. We don’t stop eating, but regulated, krsna-prasadam, no meat-eating. No… We don’t say “No eating,” but “No meat-eating.” So what is the difficulty? Now see. In our krsna-prasadam, we have got so many varieties of fruits, vegetables, nicely cooked. What is the difficulty? “No illicit sex” means don’t be cats and dogs. Be married man and have one wife, one husband, and be satisfied.”

Ref. VedaBase => Lecture – July 20, 1971, New York

But best of all is to renounce sex altogether. “One must be convinced that sex-life without exception means trouble,” Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Kirtiraja — Mayapur 28 February, 1972.

Actually, at least for some, at some stage of life, there is no need for sex. There is need for air, there is need for food and water, but there is no compelling need for sex in some cases. There is defintely no need for meat-eating. In my preaching activities, I have come across men who are not claiming to belong to the Hare Krishna Movement but have been celibate for quite sometime. So it is not such an unusual thing in society at large. Besides that semen is a valuable bodily fluid, not to be wasted unnecessarily. In this particular domain we should really take our inspiration from some animals who mate only when reproduction is possible.

“The system of brahmacarya has been current since the birth of Brahma. A section of the population, especially male, did not marry at all. Instead of allowing their semen to be driven downwards, they used to lift the semen up to the brain. They are called urdhva-retasah, those who lift up. Semen is so important that if, by the yogic process, one can lift the semen up to the brain, he can perform wonderful work — one’s memory is enabled to act very swiftly, and the duration of life is increased. Yogis can thus perform all kinds of austerity with steadiness and be elevated to the highest perfectional stage, even to the spiritual world. Vivid examples of brahmacaris who accepted this principle of life are the four sages Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanat-kumara, as well as Narada and others.” Hare Krishna.

Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.8.1

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NOOSA POLICE BANS HARINAM party’s KARTALS or in English language “bans the cymbals.”

Date and time: Sunday 23rd day of  January 2022. 18 hours.

Place: Hastings st, Noosa Heads, Queensland 4567, Australia.

We have decided to add a Hari Nam program to our offensive against the powerful material energy also called Maya. Our choice of time is in unison with Srila Prabhupada’s own time in 1966, in Tomkins Square, New York, i.e. Sunday afternoon. Srila Prabhupada is the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, first incorporated in New York City in 1966. Srila Prabhupada is also God’s current prophet. This movement has been growing more and more all over the world and will continue to grow more and more now and in the future as people of the world will come to realize the essential functionality of this movement. Of course, demons will oppose it. That is expected and is a very old phenomenon. But why should demons dictate their terms? Why shouldn’t the devotees of God, Krishna dictate their values? These values are sane, wholesome, beneficial for all living entities and above all these values are bona fide and authorized by the highest authority. And Who is the highest authority? Without any doubt whatsoever, God or Krishna is the highest authority at all times. And He has expressed His views in Bhagavad-gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. Positively these values are as follows: please chant the Holy Names of God, Krishna as in

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

as much as you can. Committed members will chant a minimum of at least 1728 Hare Krishna Maha Mantras per day and to make the chanting more effective please follow the four regulative yoga principles of No meat, fish or egg eating, No gambling, No illicit sex and No intoxication. Whereas the activities of the demons destroy the world in every aspect,  including environmentally. They destroy people’s livelihood and would rather use machines than pay people a decent wage, thus putting in danger their mental health and certainly destroying their sense of self-worth. And they have created the ultimate threat of atomic destruction. These are the activities of the demon class and we should be careful not to unwittingly support them in their nefarious activities.

This was our second Hari Nam session and during the first Hari Nam session, we noticed police driving past and paying attention to the Sankirtan Party.

This second time, without leaving their four wheel drive vehicle, they have clearly banned the use of kartals. “It is too loud,” a very subjective statement in the sense that to my knowledge no scientific measurements in terms of decibels were made. Some diners at the Hastings street restaurants just felt that the sound of kartals was clashing with the enjoyment of their evening meal and caused the police to be called into action.  We are very sorry that some people felt like that, but we may also ask: Is this really a police matter? Or is it police abuse? Whether is it a permanent ban or not is not clear either at this stage. What will happen the third and next time remains to be seen as well and whether there will be a gradual further escalation of police Hare Krishna religious repression in NOOSA. But we can easily imagine that some individuals fundamentally antagonistic to Lord Caitanya’s of Bengal, India, most beautiful and most peaceful International Hari Nam Sankirtan Movement take advantage of the anonymity of a phone call and abuse police services to give vent to their anti-Hare Krishna feelings. “Hello police, we are peacefully eating our humanely slaughtered animals in Hastings street, Noosa Heads, Queensand, Australia and these Hare Krishnas come around and make some noise and chant God knows what. Please stop them at all costs. Arrest them if you have to.” Police fall into the trap and embarrass themselves. Genuine Hare Krishna members are self controlled and consequently self policed and therefore do not require the attention of the state police. Hari Nam Sankirtan or the public chanting of the Holy Names of God or Krishna is clearly a public religious function and we are not “busking” as one of the officers was suggesting. They did not ask for my identity, neither did I ask for theirs. We remember that 500 years ago in Bengal the Chand Kazi, a Muslim ruler, tried unsuccessfully to stop Lord Caitanya and His Sankirtan Movement. Later he was converted to a devotee.

“After the mass nagara-sankirtana in protest against the magistrate Chand Kazi, the Kazi was converted to a devotee. Then Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu returned with His sankirtana party to the house of Sridhara, and Chand Kazi followed Him. All the devotees rested there for some time and drank water from Sridhara’s damaged iron pot. The Lord accepted the water because the pot belonged to a devotee. Chand Kazi then returned home. The place where they rested is still situated on the northeastern side of Mayapur, and it is known as kirtana-visrama-sthana, “the resting place of the kirtana party.”
Adi 17.71

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Adi 17.71

One of the officers naturally also asked whether we have to chant the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra in the main street and at peak hour? We replied; “But of course Sir, absolutely Sir, we are not obscurantists, this is sound vibration therapy, we need maximum exposure to the most beneficial sound vibration in the three worlds that of

Hare Krishna

Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna

Hare Hare

Hare Rama

Hare Rama

Rama Rama

Hare Hare 

Whether we believe it or not, the mass chanting of this especially designed mantra by the great sages of India will solve most if not all the problems of our miserly modern and degrading life. Therefore our simple and typically Australian request is:

Please give it a fair go”

We are not sectarian, we are not charging any money for it, it is free of charge, and the benefits are incalculable even in dollars terms. Everyone irrespective of gender, skin color, creed, and age is invited to take advantage and participate to their heart’s content. Even animals are benefitted and sometimes react positively to the chanting because animals as well are divine spirit souls, parts and parcels of God, Krishna just like human beings are. From that point of view that is no difference between man and animal. So we should definitely not kill and eat cows. So again:

Please give it a fair go”

We are like doctors trying to cure recalcitrant patients from a very serious virus. Besides coronavirus covid 19, there is another permanent virus called Maya Virus or the Virus of Illusion. It has been heard that nowadays sometimes the patient are so very disturbed that they sometimes physically attack the benevolent doctor. In that case, we shall call for your help officer, please do not neglect us. In that case, we shall be totally dependent on your assistance, on the assistance of the law and its enforcers. Please do not neglect us in that case. Thank you very much, officer.

We replaced kartal playing with hand-clapping and found that hand clapping is a very good invitation for people to participate and clap along. This means that people are actually engaging in Lord Krishna’s service, the most therapeutic activity of all.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is V1, 16.11-12:

cintam aparimeyam capralayantam upasritah
kamopabhoga-paramaetavad iti niscitah

asa-pasa-satair baddhahkama-krodha-parayanah
ihante kama-bhogarthamanyayenartha-sancayan

Word for word translation

cintam — fears and anxieties; aparimeyam — unmeasurable; ca — and; pralaya-antam — unto the point of death; upasritah — having taken shelter of them; kama-upabhoga — sense gratification; paramah — the highest goal of life; etavat — thus; iti — in this way; niscitah — ascertain; asa-pasa — entanglement in the network of hope; sataih — by hundreds; baddhah — being bound; kama — lust; krodha — anger; parayanah — always situated in that mentality; ihante — desire; kama — lust; bhoga — sense enjoyment; artham — for that purpose; anyayena — illegally; artha — wealth; sancayan — accumulate.

TRANSLATION

They (the demoniac class) believe that to gratify the senses unto the end of life is the prime necessity of human civilization. Thus there is no end to their anxiety. Being bound by hundreds and thousands of desires, by lust and anger, they secure money by illegal means for sense gratification.

PURPORT

The demoniac accept that the enjoyment of the senses is the ultimate goal of life, and this concept they maintain until death. They do not believe in life after death, and they do not believe that one takes on different types of bodies according to one’s karma, or activities in this world. Their plans for life are never finished, and they go on preparing plan after plan, all of which are never finished. We have personal experience of a person of such demoniac mentality, who, even at the point of death, was requesting the physician to prolong his life for four years more because his plans were not yet complete. Such foolish people do not know that a physician cannot prolong life even for a moment. When the notice is there, there is no consideration of the man’s desire. The laws of nature do not allow a second beyond what one is destined to enjoy.
The demoniac person, who has no faith in God or the Supersoul within himself, performs all kinds of sinful activities simply for sense gratification. He does not know that there is a witness sitting within his heart. The Supersoul is observing the activities of the individual soul. As it is stated in the Vedic literature, the Upanisads, there are two birds sitting in one tree; the one is acting and enjoying or suffering the fruits of the branches, and the other is witnessing. But one who is demoniac has no knowledge of Vedic scripture, nor has he any faith; therefore he feels free to do anything for sense enjoyment, regardless of the consequences.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bg 16.11, Bg 16.12, 1972

The good news however is that a few minutes and a few hundred meters later, we met Tony, of Italian origin and from Melbourne. He is of retirement age and travels around Australia with his female partner. After a long conversation, he seemed to have an instant conversion to Krishna consciousness and concluded: “Look I am not religious at all, but if I had to choose any religion it would have to be Krishna consciousness.” He accepted a copy of Bhagavad-gita As It Is and we wish him not only a great, exciting holiday but also the greatest success in his newfound religion i..e. Krishna consciousness.

Please chant always: 

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare 

..to be continued…..stay tuned.

PS: We acknowledge her inspiration and thank you very much, Q. Lazzarus, for creating your famous  song “GoodBye Horses.”

Q Lazzarus says,

As the writer, musician, and producer of the song, I wanted to add a bit of light to it, as it has a rather grisly association with the serial killer in The Silence of the Lambs, but really the song is about transcendence over those who see the world as only earthly and finite. The horses represent the five senses from Hindu philosophy (the Bhagavad Gita) and the ability to lift one’s perception above these physical limitations and to see beyond this limited earthly perspective.

Wikipedia:

Q Lazzarus (born December 12, 1960)[citation needed] is an American bus driver and retired singer known for her 1988 song “Goodbye Horses“. She is noted for her mysterious profile as little is known about the singer’s identity or private life.[1]…….

Q Lazzarus has a deep, husky, contralto voice. She was born in New Jersey, married young, and fled an abusive marriage that later inspired her to write the song “Tears of Fear.” Moving to New York City, she became a nanny for an English man named Swan, who tried to steer her toward a “practical occupation” rather than encourage her musical gifts. Q decided to drive a taxi instead and continued making music independently with her band, The Resurrection. It was while working as a cabbie that she was discovered as a singer.[2] One of her fares was director Jonathan Demme, who heard her demo playing in the taxi. Demme took her to Hollywood, where, despite his encouragement, record companies refused to sign her because they believed she couldn’t be marketed. Q replied, “I market myself, I’m an African-American woman who wears locks and sings American rock and roll.”

All glories to Q Lazzarus’ Krishna-service!!! Please keep it up and increase it, Q Lazzarus. You have a “deep, husky, contralto voice.” Congratulations and please use your voice further for Krishna-service. Thank you very much again.

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Saying of the day by HG Me Das: “The knowledge you need to execute Krishna’s service nicely exists, by hook or by crook just find it!” It might be hidden in some book (s), but best and easiest is just to ask people around or afar. Don’t forget the internet is here. Please use it!

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By hook or by crook (Wikipedia)

For other uses, see By hook or by crook (disambiguation).

By hook or by crook” is an English phrase meaning “by any means necessary”, suggesting that any means possible should be taken to accomplish a goal. The phrase was first recorded in the Middle EnglishControversial Tracts of John Wyclif in 1380.[1][2]

The origin of the phrase is obscure, with multiple different explanations and no evidence to support any particular one over the others.[3] For example, a commonly repeated suggestion is that it comes from Hook Head in WexfordIreland and the nearby village of Crooke, in WaterfordIreland. As such, the phrase would derive from a vow by Oliver Cromwell to take Waterford by Hook (on the Wexford side of Waterford Estuary) or by Crook (a village on the Waterford side); although the Wyclif tract was published at least 260 years before Cromwell. Another is that it comes from the customs regulating which firewood local people could take from common land; they were allowed to take any branches that they could reach with a billhook or a shepherd’s crook (used to hook sheep).[4]

The phrase was featured in the opening credits to the 1960s British television series The Prisoner.[5] It appears prominently (as “by hook andby crook”) in the short stories “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway[6] and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.[7] It was also used as the title of the 2001 film By Hook or by Crook directed by Silas Howard and Harry Dodge. It was also used (as “By hook or by crook, you’re coming with me”) by the bounty hunter Cad Bane in the Star Wars: The Bad Batch episode “Bounty Lost”.

The term is based on the tools of a shepherd. It is alternatively translated in modern day English Bibles as “rod and staff” as in Psalm 23:4. In the psalm there is assurance that God will use all possible means to successfully protect and guide his sheep.

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How to treat attacking mosquitoes by Srila Prabhupada, brought to us through the Srutakrita Das parampara, a former personal servant of Srila Prabhupada. (Leeches fall into the same category and they probably have anti-coagulant because the cut inflicted really takes a long time to stop bleeding.29.01.2022) To be chosen by Srila Prabhupada Himself to become His very personal assistant as to give massage, cook for Him, although He would often have other personal cooks as well, manage guests and visitors, manage His personal paraphernalia, and above all to be on 24 / 365 call for Srila Prabhupada, who did not sleep very much at all, in the likes of Napoleon or Mahatma Gandhi, is not only a highest spiritual distinction but also a position where Srila Prabhupada Himself would personally teach His disciple and the rest of the world through him. To our very great benefit, Srila Prabhupada was indeed AND STILL IS NOW AND WILL REMAIN SO FOR THE NEXT TEN THOUSAND YEARS a stern and uncompromising Vedic-style spiritual teacher. We are eternally grateful AND ETERNALLY INDEBTED to You Srila Prabhupada for, after having successfully completed a life of pharmacist in India, dedicated to people’s material well-being, you have kindly assumed successfully this very difficult world position OF WORLD TEACHER, FOUNDER-ACARYA of ISKCON or / and JAGAT GURU and we are offering eternally our most humble obeisances at your holy lotus feet. Jai Srila Prabhupada!

By Srutakirti dasa

“No matter what was going on, Srila Prabhupada always related it to his service to Krsna.”

From left to right: HDG Srila Prabhupada, Srutakirti Das, Brahmananda Das (departed), and perhaps but not sure because flowers-obscured Harikesa Das.

Srutakirti dasa, ISKCON Mayapur

During my first trip to Mayapur with Srila Prabhupada, the guesthouse had not been built, so our quarters were very austere. We stayed in a goshala, a thatched hut, which had been prepared for his stay. Srila Prabhupada stayed in one room and the rest of us stayed on the other side of a partition. I had never seen so many mosquitoes in my life. It was so bad that by the time I had the net over Srila Prabhupada’s bed there were already mosquitoes inside the net.

One night, after we both climbed under the net, I started massaging his legs.

“There are so many mosquitoes,” I said. “Should I kill them, Srila Prabhupada?” “Yes! They are attacking,” he said. “According to sastra, if one is being attacked, you have the right to defend yourself. And, they are attacking.”

So, as I massaged him, I watched. Whenever I saw a mosquito in the air I raised my hands and clapped them together. Sometimes I gently smacked Srila Prabhupada’s body as one landed on his head or back. It was the most unusual service I had ever done. I enjoyed it immensely. I never considered myself much of a warrior, but this enemy was no match for me.

I had finally been given a service I was good at, killing insects. Srila Prabhupada was very kind.

He also had the best description of these pesky insects. One morning he rang his bell very early. I walked into his room slowly, still half asleep. He looked at me with a touch of anger and said, “Some mosquito, last night, he was cutting my forehead. He created so much disturbance. He made it difficult for me to do my translating work.”

It was incredible. No matter what was going on, Srila Prabhupada always related it to his service to Krsna. It was never about bodily inconvenience. He only complained about something if it interfered with his service. Of course, all I ever saw was Srila Prabhupada serving his Guru Maharaja and Srila Prabhupada in the state of bliss. The two went on simultaneously.

Mayapura was chilly in the evening, but Srila Prabhupada never complained. He complained, though, about the unnecessary talk between his disciples. Since we all stayed in the same room, Srila Prabhupada heard us talking.

“Tell them to be quiet,” he told me. “All this talk is not good. Simply they are gossiping. Tell them to stop.”

This was not easy for me to do since the devotees were usually my senior godbrothers. I told them Prabhupada had asked they be quiet. This same scenario occurred months later when we stayed in the guesthouse. In 1973 Mayapura was such a quiet place that any talking could be heard by Srila Prabhupada. Whenever he was at any ISKCON temple, many of his disciples would gather. It was a perfect situation for devotees to exchange stories about this person and that person.

“Why must everything deteriorate into this idle talk, idle discussion,” Srila Prabhupada said. “This is wasting time, destroying Krsna Consciousness.”
I always “watered it down” before relaying this to my godbrothers. I didn’t have the nerve to tell them as he had told me. I never heard him mention it to anyone when they were in his room, but he sure let me know about it.

This was one of Srila Prabhupada’s qualities. He was very careful not to discourage anyone through criticism. If they were capable of dealing with it then he would chastise them. Otherwise, he was the greatest transcendental diplomat there ever was. His only goal was to infect as many people as possible with love of Krsna and if you had the chance to personally associate with him then there was a strong possibility of becoming deeply attached to him, no matter how hard you fought it.

FOOTNOTES.

  1. From the above follows that attacking mosquitoes are always a bona fide target for releasing and venting one’s frustration up to killing them. No sin incurred for killing a living entity (bhuta hatya?) in killing an attacking mosquitoe, as is the case in meat eating. Poor mosquitoes, here are your warnings.

2. From mosquitoe study and observation as well as from being a mosquitoes victim, we find that mosquitoes are real miniature ksatriyas (warriors) in the sense that they just want your blood no matter the cost. No matter the risk of destruction and death, mosquitoes just want your blood. So be it. It’s a very old fight and conflict of interest. All glories to the mosquitoes heroism tough! Sri Krishna from the heart of the mosquitoes will probably also murmur: “Look if you get killed by a devotee you come straight back home, back to Godhead. So be smart, especially seek out my devotees’ mercy very carefully.” So devotees please expect their special attention and be merciful to the souls trapped in a mosquitoe body for whatever reason. Please liberate them en masse. Hare Krishna!

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Srila Prabhupada is always miles ahead of us, as explain HG Sivananda Prabhu and HG Krishna Bhamini DD.

If 90 % of the causes of disease come from our mind, what is the source of the other 10%?

Physical overwork in Krishna’s service and resultant deprivation of sleep due to Tapasya definitely fall into that 10%!

I am experiencing the first case right now. Book distribution, Hari Nam, farm work, and maintenance all those require a good deal of physical strength, which becomes weakened in old age. So, in old age, one must not overestimate oneself and one must carefully prioritize the choice of Krishna services one absolutely needs to perform, those services that are absolutely essential for one’s own benefit as well as those services that are absolutely essential for the benefit of others, and delegate the rest to whomever. We are definitely not bhajanandis, we are ghosthy-anandis, that is preachers. Practically speaking, the preacher lives for the benefit of Krishna and “others.”

“For all practical purposes, the whole world is full of nondevotees, and so one kind of very advanced devotee avoids them by appearing before them as deaf and dumb. Such an advanced devotee is called a bhajananandi. Those who are gosthy-anandis, however, preach to increase the number of devotees. But even such preachers also avoid opposing elements who are unfavorably disposed towards spiritual life.”

Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.13.10

The alternative is as follows: Just two days ago my local and excellent, first class, mechanic informed me that the Italian gentleman who personally built the property now owned by The Australian Society for Krishna Culture died of a heart attack in the main street of the village, in view of everyone. He was obviously a workaholic. But this is all Krishna’s long-term plan. This property is fabulous for Krishna’s purposes and the Italian gentleman will certainly be Krishna benefitted for his contribution. There is absolutely no doubt about it. Of course, whether we die now or live doesnt really matter. Death is assured for everyone. And as the story of the butcher, brahmacari, prince and sage goes, for the pure better die now.

“Raja-putra ciram jiva. “Oh, the prince, son of a king, you live forever; and you are a brahmacari, muni-putra, a son of a saintly person, so you die immediately.” Then there was a saintly person, and he said to the saintly… He offered his blessings to the saintly person, jiva va mara va sadhoh. Sadhoh means saintly person, sadhu. “My dear saintly person, either you live or you die, as you like.” And there was a butcher. He told for the butcher, ma jiva ma mara iti: “You neither live nor die.”
So what is the significance of these four kinds of blessings? The significance is that he blessed the raja-putra, royal prince, to live forever because whatever enjoyment he’s having, this is for this life. Next life is very horrible for him, next life. Just like generally in the opulent countries like America and other European countries — they are materially very opulent — they do not care for anything.
They do anything, whatever they like, because they are very much proud of their material opulence. But they do not care what they are going to be next life, you see. Therefore so long they live, that is good for them. As soon as they die, they are going to the darkest region of the hell. Therefore the prince, the king’s son, was blessed, “You live forever.”
And so far the brahmacari, brahmacari or the son of a muni, he is undergoing penance, austerities, fasting, not very comfortable life. So he was blessed that “You die immediately.” Because by his pious activities he has elevated himself so high that as soon as he dies, he goes to Vaikuntha, kingdom of God. Therefore the sooner he dies is better. So muni-putra, ma jiva muni-putraka.
And so far saintly person, sadhu, he said, jiva va mara va. A saintly person, “Either you live or die, the same thing. Because you are serving Krsna in this life, and as soon as you die, you will serve Krsna directly. So it is all the same.” And so far the butcher is concerned, he said, ma jiva ma mara: “You don’t die, don’t live.” “Don’t live” means “You are living in such a wretched condition, killing every day.
Horrible life. Your living is horrible, and if you die, you are going to the darkest region of the hellish condition. So both life, living or dying, it is very horrible for you. So you don’t live, don’t die.” [laughs] So that is the blessing to the butcher, “Don’t live, don’t die.” Living condition is also horrible, and after death it is also horrible.
But unfortunately, every one of us is committing butchery without understanding self-realization, what is self, “What I am.” Therefore Vedanta-sutra says that “Try to understand yourself.” Athato brahma jijnasa. This human form of life is meant for searching out, understanding, inquiring about Brahman. We are all Brahmans. Because we are part and parcel of the Supreme Brahman, therefore we are all Brahman.
So if we do not inquire what is Brahman, then that is suicide.

Ref. VedaBase => Lecture on Sri Sri Sad-gosvamy-astaka – November 18, 1968, Los Angeles

What really matter is Krishna’s plan and our willingness to surrender unto Him. We should always have full confidence that Krishna’s plan is for our very best interest. And as He says in BGAII 18.66: “ma sucah” “Do not fear.”

We remember that Srila Prabhupada Himself suffered two heart attacks due to intense stress. Sometimes, Krishna just puts us in intense situations, with the expectation that we shall just handle it. Krishna certainly is a nice boss, and sometimes He also practices the policy of tough love. What can be done, but surrender to Him always? In that way our future is 100% garanteed.

As we learn from Srila Prabhupada’s own travelling, sometimes there are also dietary hazards that may cause dis-ease as follows:

“That evening, when the devotees of ISKCON Nairobi gathered in the temple to hear Prabhupada speak from Bhagavad-gita, Prabhupada saw the different items of stolen clothing on the African boys; one boy wore the kurta, another the top piece, and another the dhoti. Prabhupada pointed this out to Brahmananda Swami, who immediately took the boys out and retrieved the clothing from them. When Brahmananda Swami returned the clothes, Prabhupada didn’t seem to take the offense seriously, but only laughed.
Prabhupada did not laugh, however, at the Nairobi devotees’ bad cooking. When they served him white maize mush, he called it pig food, and the hard, white chickpeas, he said, were suitable only for horses. Then Harikrpa, a black devotee from America, went to the kitchen, boiled some vegetables, and served them to Prabhupada without any spicing. Prabhupada called it dog food. “You are still an uneducated African,” he told Harikrpa. And he went into the kitchen to cook for himself. Almost a dozen devotees joined him, watching him cook a complete meal of dal, rice, capatis, and sabji. He cooked enough for all the devotees, and everyone was satisfied. Bad cooking and stolen clothing, however, continued to be problems during Prabhupada’s week-long stay in Nairobi.”

Ref. VedaBase => SPL 38: No One Listens to a Poor Man

AND AND AND
  1. “Why Haven’t You Brought Me What I Want?”
    Srila Prabhupada always accepted food cooked by his sister Pisima, even though he knew that the oil and spices she used made him sick. Because she was very devoted to Srila Prabhupada, he ate her cooked offerings of food as if it were ordained by Krsna.
    But sometimes he would confide to others that he shouldn’t eat what Pisima cooked. One time in Mayapur when Prabhupada told his disciple Palika that he did not want to eat Pisima’s cooking, Palika tried to satisfy Prabhupada by bringing him what he wanted.
    When Palika brought in Prabhupada’s lunch and he saw that it was made up exclusively of offerings by Pisima, he became angry.
    “Why haven’t you brought me what I want?”
    “Pisima was there,” said Palika. “What could I do? She hid the dal.”
    “All right,” said Prabhupada, “try tomorrow. I’ll tell you what I want and you cook it.”
    But the next day it was the same thing. Pisima was using chilies and spices, and Prabhupada was actually beginning to get sick from them. Palika tried hiding the chilies, and Pisima hid Palika’s vegetables. Soon there was no communication at all between the two women.
    Prabhupada’s Bengali disciples Bhakti-caru and Nitaicand were brought in to make peace between Pisima and Palika, but Pisima wouldn’t discuss a thing. She said that whatever she cooked was what Prabhupada wanted. She had been cooking for him for seventy years and she knew what he wanted. There was no way in the world she was going to cook anything else.
    The devotees told Prabhupada what Pisima said and he replied, “All right, let her cook something, but Palika should also cook some things that I can eat.”
    After that the two women cooked in separate places. Pisima would make some preparations and put them on the plate, and Palika would also put her preparations on the plate. Then one day, Pisima decided that Palika shouldn’t cook at all. So Pisima cooked everything. When Palika tried to enter the kitchen, Pisima raised her spoon and shouted in Bengali until Palika retreated from the door.
    That day when Palika took the plate up to Prabhupada and he saw that everything had been cooked by Pisima, he said, “What is this? I cannot eat this!” Prabhupada then smashed his fist on the desk and repeated, “I cannot eat this! She knows I cannot eat this! I will become sick if I eat this!” Prabhupada sat staring at his food for a few moments, while Palika stood fearfully in the corner. Then Prabhupada said, “But it is Krsna’s mercy. Therefore I will eat it.” Of course, Prabhupada knew that all he had to do was ask, and twenty devotees would have rushed down to the kitchen and cooked him whatever he wanted. Yet he declared that Krsna had given him Pisima’s prasadam, and so he should eat it. That night, however, after eating a full lunch, Prabhupada became sick. For the next two days he did not take anything except hot milk and medicine.
    Nandarani-devi dasi, interview.

Ref. VedaBase => SPN 3-29: “Why Haven’t You Brought Me What I Want?”

Thank you Sivananda Prabhu, whom I met in person in Berlin, Germany, in 1974. Shivananda Prabhu always came across as a “humble sage” as per Bhagavad-gita As It Is 5.18, new version 3:

“On account of his true knowledge and humble nature, one who is thus situated in Krishna consciousness sees with equal vision a learned and gentle Brahmin, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater (outcaste).” 

Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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It’s official. After years of consideration, under Krishna inspiration, in my heart, the verdict has fallen. Literarily speaking—and in all other ways indeed—Srila Prabhupada, as the World Teacher or World Spiritual Master or Jagat Guru, ought to be given as much honor as the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna. For all practical purposes, Srila Prabhupada is on the level of Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Prophet Muhammad. He has one advantage though: for westerners Krishna consciousness is new, just out of the box. And Krishna consciousness appeals to the brain. It is a rational and scientific system of self-realization. No fanaticism or sentimentalism here. Please read and study Srila Prabhupada’s books!!! They are as good as any doctorate level books. And simultaneously the simple hearted is not excluded.

“Therefore, both the yogas are interdependent, as religion and philosophy. Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation.”

Ref. VedaBase => Bg 3.3

Sri Sri Gurvastaka

Text Seven


saksad-dharitvena samasta-sastrair
uktas tatha bhavyata eva sadbhih
kintu prabhor yah priya eva tasya
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam


Word for word translation


saksat — directly; hari-tvena — with the quality of Hari; samasta- all; sastraih — by scriptures; uktah — acknowledged; tatha — thus bhavyate — is considered; eva — also; sadbhih — by great saintly persons; kintu — however; prabhoh — to the Lord; yah — who; priyah — dear; eva — certainly; tasya — of him (the guru); vande — I offer obeisances; guroh — of my spiritual master; sri — auspicious; carana-aravindam — unto the lotus feet.

Translation

The spiritual master is to be honored 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 Sri Hari [Krsna].

Ref. VedaBase => SVA 1: Sri Sri Gurv-astaka (samsara-davanala-lidha-loka)

This means pronouns referring to Srila Prabhupada ought to be capitalized as is being done for Krishna Himself. Example: “Srila Prabhupada Himself…” or “Srila Prabhupada Who….”

Anyone who claims to be a follower of Srila Prabhupada and who does not accept and practice this transcendental etiquette is to be understood not having departed from the elementary stage number one of chanting the Holy Names of the Lord i. e. the offensive stage of chanting the Holy Names of the Lord. Still, they have not understood fully the actual position of Srila Prabhupada. They think “Srila Prabhupada is my buddy-spiritual master or buddy-grand spiritual master”, etc. There are three stages of chanting the Holy Names of the Lord, namely the offensive stage, the clearing stage, sometimes called the reflective stage as in the following quote, and the pure stage. Someone who does not accept and practice this transcendental etiquette is to be considered to be stuck on the elementary stage of chanting the Holy Names of the Lord i. e. the offensive stage. It’s time to please move on!

There is another bona fide disciple of Srila Prabhupada who claims this title “Jagat-Guru.” This title is not to be claimed casually. It brings heavy world responsibility. I am not implying that this is done in his case. I do not know enough about his activities. The American politician Ms. Tulsi Gabbard has become grand disciple of Srila Prabhupada through him and simultaneously my God niece so to say in our transcendental Vaishnava world family. My respectful greetings to you Mother Gabbard!

“Lord Sri Caitanya, therefore, made it easier for the prospective devotee of the present age in the following specific manner. Ultimately there is no difference in the result. The first and foremost point is that one must understand the prime importance of bhakti-yoga. The living beings in different species of life are undergoing different terms of encagement according to their fruitive actions and reactions. But in the execution of different activities, one who secures some resources in bhakti-yoga can understand the importance of service to the Lord through the causeless mercy of the Lord, as well as that of the spiritual master. A sincere soul is helped by the Lord through meeting a bona fide spiritual master, the representative of the Lord. By the instruction of such a spiritual master, one gets the seed of bhakti-yoga. Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu recommends that the devotee sow the seed of bhakti-yoga in his heart and nurture it by the watering of hearing and chanting the holy name, fame, etc., of the Lord. The simple process of offenselessly chanting and hearing the holy name of the Lord will promote one very soon to the stage of emancipation. There are three stages in chanting the holy name of the Lord. The first stage is the offensive chanting of the holy name, and the second is the reflective stage of chanting the holy name. The third stage is the offenseless chanting of the holy name of the Lord. In the second stage only, the stage of reflection, between the offensive and offenseless stages, one automatically attains the stage of emancipation. And in the offenseless stage, one actually enters into the kingdom of God, although physically he may apparently be within the material world. To attain the offenseless stage, one must be on guard in the following manner.
When we speak of hearing and chanting, it means that not only should one chant and hear the holy name of the Lord as Rama Krsna (or systematically as the sixteen names Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare), but one should also read and hear the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam in the association of devotees. This primary practice of bhakti-yoga will cause the seed already sowed in the heart to sprout, and by a regular watering process, as mentioned above, the bhakti-yoga creeper will begin to grow. By systematic nurturing, the creeper will grow to such an extent that it will penetrate the coverings of the universe, as we have heard in the previous verses, reach the effulgent sky, the brahma-jyoti, and go farther and farther and reach the spiritual sky, where there are innumerable spiritual planets called Vaikunthalokas. Above all of them is Krsnaloka, or Goloka Vrndavana, wherein the growing creeper enters and takes repose at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krsna, the original Personality of Godhead. When one reaches the lotus feet of Lord Krsna at Goloka Vrndavana, the watering process of hearing and reading, as also chanting of the holy name in the pure devotional stage, fructifies, and the fruits grown there in the form of love of God are tangibly tasted by the devotee, even though he is here in this material world. The ripe fruits of love of God are relished only by the devotees constantly engaged in the watering process as described above. But the working devotee must always be mindful so that the creeper which has so grown will not be cut off. Therefore he should be mindful of the following considerations:
(1) Offense by one at the feet of a pure devotee may be likened to the mad elephant who devastates a very good garden if it enters.
(2) One must be very careful to guard himself against such offenses at the feet of pure devotees, just as one protects a creeper by all-around fencing.
(3) It so happens that by the watering process some weeds are also grown, and unless such weeds are uprooted, the nurturing of the main creeper, or the creeper of bhakti-yoga, may be hampered.
(4) Actually these weeds are material enjoyment, merging of the self in the Absolute without separate individuality, and many other desires in the field of religion, economic development, sense enjoyment and emancipation.
(5) There are many other weeds, like disobedience to the tenets of the revered scriptures, unnecessary engagements, killing animals, and hankering after material gain, prestige and adoration.
(6) If sufficient care is not taken, then the watering process may only help to breed the weeds, stunting the healthy growth of the main creeper and resulting in no fructification of the ultimate requirement: love of God.
(7) The devotee must therefore be very careful to uproot the different weeds in the very beginning. Only then will the healthy growth of the main creeper not be stunted.
(8) And by so doing, the devotee is able to relish the fruit of love of God and thus live practically with Lord Krsna, even in this life, and be able to see the Lord in every step.
The highest perfection of life is to enjoy life constantly in the association of the Lord, and one who can relish this does not aspire after any temporary enjoyment of the material world via other media.”
SB 2.2.30

Ref. VedaBase => SB 2.2.30

original singer Ms Q Lazarrus here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKFaGDrOfrI

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Goodbye Horses

Q Lazzarus

He told me, “I see you rise”
But, it always falls
I see you come, I see you go
He says, “All things pass into the night”
And I say, “Oh no sir I must say you’re wrong
I must disagree, oh no sir, I must say you’re wrong”
Won’t you listen to me?

He told me, I’ve seen it all before
I’ve been there, I’ve seen my hopes and dreams
Lying on the ground
I’ve seen the sky just beginning to fall
He says, “All things pass into the night”
And I say, “Oh no sir, I must say you’re wrong
I must disagree, oh no sir, I must say you’re wrong”
Won’t you listen to me?

Goodbye horses I’m flying over you
Goodbye horses I’m flying over you
Goodbye horses I’m flying over you
Goodbye horses I’m flying, flying, flying, flying over you Source: LyricFind Songwriters: William Garvey Goodbye Horses lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

I have been attracted to his song for many years now and just today and after further investigation, I learned that in the mind of its composer William Garvey it is meant to be related to the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. It is a nice song with good rhythm and some challenging lyrics. “According to its writer, “the song is about transcendence over those who see the world as only earthly and finite. The horses represent the five senses discussed in the Bhagavad Gita and the ability to lift one’s perception above these physical limitations and to see beyond this limited earthly perspective.”[1] (Wikipedia)Somehow these notions are hidden there in the song, imperceptibly encrusted in the sound vibrations. It’s a very subtle transmission of energy and one has to have the appropriate receptor functions.

Q Lazzarus (born December 12, 1960)[citation needed] is an African American female bus driver and retired singer known for her 1988 song “Goodbye Horses“. She is noted for her mysterious profile as little is known about the singer’s identity or private life.[1] Q Lazzarus has a deep, husky, contralto voice.(Wikipedia)

Well-organized and structured music is such a fabulous and universal means of expression, communication, and communion. Let us, therefore, have melodious Hare Krishna kirtans with drums and cymbals and lots of dancing of course. Among the very best non-Hare Krishna singers, I would see ABBA, with the Scandinavian Goddess Agnetha Faltskog, born 1950, the divine-voiced Celine Dion, and indeed the Beatles because of George Harisson. But then again George IS a Hare Krishna, with tremendous worldwide Hare Krishna preaching achievements. This last view is emanating from Srila Prabhupada Himself.

In 1966 or so, Srila Prabhupada went chanting solo in Tomkins Square Park, Lower Eastside, New York:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare 

“At that time, I was sponsored by a friend’s son, Gopala Agarwal, who is settled up in this country by marrying an American girl, Sally. I was their guest, and I feel very much obliged to Gopala and his wife Sally for their nice treatment and reception. I was with them for three weeks in Butler, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then I came to New York. I was getting some money by selling my Srimad-Bhagavatam, thus I was maintaining myself in New York. After some time, I rented one apartment at number 100 71st Street West, but after a few months, all my things — typewriter, tape recorder, books — were stolen. Then for some time one of my students gave me shelter at Bowery Street.
I then rented one store-front and an apartment at 26 Second Avenue for $200 per month, but without any source of income. I started my classes and sometimes, on Sundays, I used to chant Hare Krishna Mantra in Tomkins Square Park from three to 5 P.M. During this time, all the young boys and girls used to gather around me, sometimes poet Ginsberg would come to see me, and sometimes a reporter from the New York Times came to see me. In this way, the Hare Krishna Mantra chanting became very popular on the Lower East Side.”

Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Hanuman Prasad Poddar — Los Angeles 5 February, 1970

I thought to myself well let me follow in my Guru’s Maharaja’s footsteps. If He can do it in the heavy New York atmosphere, why shouldn’t I be able to do it in the pleasant and relaxed Noosa Hastings st., where one is always close to the three great Australian Ss: Sun, Surf and Sand. Just see how kind they both are to me, Sri Krishna and Srila Prabhupada. They make it soooooo easy for me. One would have to be a great fool, pretender or coward to decline this wonderful offer and opportunity. And I did it, yesterday afternoon / evening Sunday 16th of Jan 2022. The results and the public’s reaction are just so touching.

Even the youngest members of the public were waiving spontaneously without any prompt from their parents or otherwise. That means they were appreciating the Holy Names of the Lord in their innocence. Under such circumstances I may get a little emotional because this is the fulfillement of a verse of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, text 5.7, latest version 3 (BGAII V3):

“One who works in Krishna consciousness, who is a pure soul, fully controlling his mind and senses, is dear to everyone and everyone is dear to him. Even though always working, such a person in Krishna consciousness does not entangle himself.” All of us are yearning for friendship and affection, but this universal friendship and affection is only available through the intermediary of God, Krishna. It cannot be done otherwise. If we want to be everyone’s friend, which a very nice, noble and legitimate sentiment, we had better follow this formula. Every living entity including animals and plants are parts and parcels of Krishna. If we follow Sri Krishna’s instructions strictly and seriously, I suppose out of his kindness Krishna allows us to connect into His own, personal network of connections which means billions and trillions of connections and much more. Being God He can handle them very easily. But for our tiny IT specialists this would probably represent an unsurmontable hurdle and headache of killing intensity and proportion. 

I am going to have to make this a regular religious function. Because that’s what it is. This is a religious function and everyone who participates even in the least, even by just moving a single finger under the influence of the kirtan’s rhythm, will get a benefit because Lord Caitanya is just soo merciful. That does not mean, however, that one cannot offer tens of thousands of dollars to be used in Krishna’s service, according to one’s means. “Ok people, you don’t want to come to the temple, well then we shall gladly come to you. But pious you will become.” is Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s line of reasoning. Tricked into devotion to God, Krishna in the most enjoyable way. After all, religion is a very, very dirty word. So please tell me where else will you find such a wonderful and liberal process or religion? You cannot find? So please be smart and take to Krishna consciousness.

“This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization, it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting and is joyfull performed.” Bhagavad-gita As It Is, V 3, 9.2.  

And who would want to be any of these fools, pretenders or cowards? Even our respectable and respected Prime Minister The Honourable Scott Morrison made recently a remark about internet cowards. The lack of control and anonymity on line greatly encourages such behaviour. I have heard that China’s control of the internet is much tighter. Perhaps every user is a registered user in China. I wonder if this is not the solution to our internet problems of scams, impersonation, phishing etc, which have indeed ruined many lives and also caused many suicides. The governments of the world do have a duty of care and protection to the people in this regard. We have found that some banks such as BNPParibas, (BNP Paribas S.A. is a French international banking group. It is the largest bank in Europe and the seventh largest bank in the world by total assets. Wikipedia.) deserves to be named and shamed for their absolutely callous attitude toward people who have been victimized by crooks utilizing BNPParibas fake letter head, BNP fake deposit /tranfer forms and fake BNP emails. They will totally and absolutely ignore you, thus becoming an accomplice of the crooks. The crooks must be just so delighted to have an ally such as BNPParibas of France. On the diametrically opposite side of the scale, we find that ANZ Bank of Australia is a very first class bank, catching very quickly the crooks and returning the money to its rightful owner within days. Thank you very much ANZ Bank! A job very well done and an examplary leader in the fight against banking fraud. This is the difference between France and Australia, even though the French president, Mr Macron has got the audacity to point his finger at Australia over the submarine affair. Sorry Mr. Macron, with all your lethal atomic weapons, we just don’t take you seriously and as president face slapping is really in vogue, political opportunism will be defeated. Let us watch the next French election. If the French government is any good at all, it should legislate and enforce sanctions against the immoral behaviour of such financial corporate giants as BNPParibas, which through their inactivity are in tacit collusions with financial crooks and defrauders. And so is the French government. It is my experience that extremely well organised, extremely well informed crooks, with refined manners as well, actually impersonate with impunity members of the French government for the purpose of stealing people’s hard earned money such as the Minister for the Economy and Finance, Minister Bruno le Maire and his junior asssitants ministers: Olivier Dussopt as Minister for Public Accounts, and Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher as Minister for Industry. And if one tries to lodged a complaint with the French governement, again one is met with a wall of steel, as with BNPParibas. And the French Post which holds some of the crook’s accounts puts up the same wall of steel. One may ask the legitimate and obvious questions: Are these crooks former or current members of the French governement? Is someone living a double life here? Some of them pretend to be “international diplomats” with pseudonym Mr. Charles Ruquier, Directeur des Operations, of African origin. I have reported to the Australian Cybersecurity Centre, the Queensland police, the Australian Federal Police, to the Procureur de la Republique in both Mulhouse and Paris. Both offices didn’t even have to courtesy to acknowledge my letters. And no one really seems to be interested to help me obtain justice. My only option left now is to speak out publicly. The main crook is still at his old email address. This must be a joke of a French government. There is no alternative. THIS IS A JOKE OF A FRENCH GOVERMENT!!! Just like the French resistance to the German invaders in 1939 was nothing but a joke of a French resistance.

Thank you for reading.

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IT’S OFFICIAL! THEY WON! THEY WON! PEOPLE, THEY WON THE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL!

Vrindavan, domes of the ISKCON Krishna-Balaram Mandir, taken from the top of the guest house, one evening.

A: But what are you talking about, mate? Are you drunk or something? Too much Kay Beer for you, is it? First of all, there are no Olympic Games just now. So what are you talking about?——-BTW, my dear readers, Kay Beer is the latest name in the beer market game. (There is also GOAT BEER, as I have noticed on 14/01/2022, while on BDS. And one may ask: “Is this for goats only, or some other animal(s) as well?”) Kay Beer is superb beer!!! It’s so superb it gives you satisfaction just by looking at it. So you have to pay the supplier by the number of timed glances. But you still have to pay, yes, of course. In the world of traders or Vaisyas, nothing comes free. As opposed to the Brahmin class who will distribute their most valuable and hopefully valued knowledge very liberally and free of charge. In their learned humility, meaning humility generated by true knowledge in the mode of goodness as per BGAII 18.20, they may beg and accept some little contribution for their own maintenance. The new version three of Bhagavad-gita As It Is 18.20 reads as follows: “The knowledge of one who sees in very living entity one undivided spiritual nature is to be understood as being in the mode of goodness, even though the living entities themselves appear to be divided into innumerable forms.”  In the old days, the kings or Ksatriyas or government men, would also maintain them, because they are so absorbed in self-realization and study of Shastra or scriptures and preaching that they have practically no time to earn a living. But nowadays practically almost everyone and everything is (thankfully ?) maintained by the government, especially in COVID times. So where is the difference?

By using this new Kay Meditation Beer or KMB at the same time and to some major extend we luckily don’t break the Hare Krishna principle of “NO INTOXICATION!” That’s a win-win situation. And a fantastic color too, real gold color. And there is a silver variety too. No bronze variety yet, though. Yes, another name for it is MEDITATION BEER”, “Kay Meditation Beer”. To practice meditation is the in-thing to do. Everyone practices meditation these days, even the beer drinkers. You wonder where the name comes from? Well, just have a guess.

B: Does not matter. They won the Gold Medal!

A: What gold medal anyway?

B: Its a double whammy Gold Medal.

A: Really? Sounds really intriguing. You got my attention now. So please go on.

B: Well, let me tell you then. The main and front side of the medal is DISCOURTESY, in HUUUUUUUGE block letters, building height block letters. And, naturally, this is accompanied by another hit quality, —I should really call it another HYP- HYP -HYP- quality, which is HYPOCRISY. No mate, I am not drunk, despite my HYP-HYP-HYP-ccuping. I have an unfortunate medical condition. Ya, mate HYPOCRISY! Can you believe it? So the front side of the gold medal is DISCOURTESY and the backside of the gold medal is HYPOCRISY. Good news no??? And what a race it was! All the favorites such as HONESTY, FAIRNESS, KINDNESS, etc made some silly mistakes and got disqualified during the race. And it’s a really funny coincidence, cause the Hare Krishnas always say this Kali Yuga, the current age lasting another 427 000 years, is the age of Hypocrisy. These outlandish Hare Krishnas with their saffron robes and their street singing God knows what and all, might have at least one thing right.

A: And who is the winner?

B: I’ll tell you later. One thing I can tell you straight away is that we Anglo-Saxons are extremely weak in this game. We came last. I have never seen such a rout before. All the big Anglo-Saxon nations came last. Especially the great British, absolute last in DISCOURTESY. It is lamentable, really lamentable. I am rolling on the floor crying. But hopefully, Lord Jesus Christ’s saying will apply in this case: The last will be the first and the first will be the last. That is our only hope now, really, mate. Last-minute news from the games: The Japanese also performed very, very badly in discourtesy, as bad as the Anglo-Saxons. Who did worse of the two is a matter of perspective, I suppose.

A: So now give us the name of the successful competitor.

B: Absolutely not. I shall not. Cause this is a quiz. If out of 196 nations or so–minus the hints– you name the correct champion winning nation for DISCOURTESY, you shall win a free Bhagavad-gita As It Is worth much more than its weight in GOLD. So, my dear readers, we are waiting for your winning replies. Thank you very much for your participation and please don’t forget to always chant:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama

Rama Rama Hare Hare

and in due course you will come to a transcendental stage, free from all kinds of lamentations, fears, anxieties, and sleepness nights as per Bhagavad-gita As It Is formulas. There are a few additional rules which apply such as no illicit sex, no gambling, no meat, fish, or egg-eating, and no intoxication. According to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 7.16, generally speaking, four types of people become attracted to to the Absolute Truth:”O best among the Bharatas, four kinds of pious men begin their devotional service unto Me, the distressed, those in need of money, the inquisitive or those searching after the knowledge of the Absolute.””….those in need of money…” that’s all of us. So why not come or go and see Krishna about money? He is the ultimate and absolute maintainer. You only have to regulate and / or sever your ties with Centrelink according to Centrelink rules and regulations. Play fair in any case. The Australian Government is generous and fair. So play fair in return. You will come to understand that YOU ARE NOT THIS BODY but THAT YOU ARE GODLY SPIRIT SOULS, parts and parcels of the Supreme Soul, Krishna. Just like the drop of ocean water is part and parcel of the ocean at Noosa Beach in Queensland, Australia and at any other beach in the world as well. In the Sanskrit language, this is expressed as “AHAM BRAHMASMI” or “I am spirit soul, part and parcel of God, Krishna.” And you may chant any of these two mantras either in Sanskrit or in English as much as you like, along with the Maha or Super Mantra Hare Krishna. Language is not the important thing here. The message contained therein is. Thank you again.

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Quickly, three successive Australian shop-check-out Sankirtan Book Distribution experiences on January 10, 2022.

Srila Prabhupada’s 5 volumes, 6854 letters, what an astounding number! The letters are currently NOT available in print. They are available on Vedabase though. Srila Prabhupada’s letters are a tremendous source of Krishna conscious inspiration and are often neglected or / and overlooked. Many ISKCON managers need to note that Srila Prabhupada generally never failed to answer all letters formally. A Prabhupada representative ought to follow in Srila Prabhupada’s footsteps as much as possible. Such a position is not to be taken offhandedly or lightly. It is an important position and as we go forward the pressure will increase.
One of the first principles of good management is that one takes full advantage of one’s assets, which presupposes that one keeps a periodical and exact asset inventory. I get the impression that BBT Sydney is doing this quite nicely under the expert management of His Grace Dandakaranya Prabhu.

FIRST INSTANCE. According to Lord Caitanya’s perfect Sankirtan principle ” TO WHOMEVER YOU MEET,” I first offered “The Reservoir of Pleasure” to Molly. The name is important here, as we shall see. Her reply just astounded me: “Has this got to do with the Upanishads, because I just read about the Upanishads?” I replied: “Congratulations Molly, you couldn’t be closer, you just hit the nail on its head. In fact, I carry with me the Gitopanishad, the best of all Upanishads.” She thought and expressed that I was God-sent and of course, I am so, as is any other ISKCON Book Distribution Sankirtan person. I showed her BGAII V1, pocket edition, which she liked very much because “I like small books.” She decided to purchase on the spot, indeed, even though in her position of check-out-cashier, she is not allowed to carry personal money. She went to get some. Then I joked “Holy Molly!” and asked her what the meaning and background of this expression is, assuming that because of her name, people would joke with her quite a bit on the subject. She did not know and people don’t joke with her quite a bit about her name. But she did warm-up and we had quickly a genuine Sankirtan relationship. What a pleasant exchange it was! A holy Sankirtan soul to soul communication and communion, which may be easier with mothers than men. Naturally, mother’s affection is sweeter for the son and vice versa. The point here is that this young lady Molly is actually holy because of her transcendental inquisitiveness and because of her decision to acquire Bhagavad-gita As It Is on the very first occasion. I also informed her about the ISKCON BGAII controversy and that BGAII V2 is more or less a rogue edition, as are many of the 600 other editions. I still ignore the intended meaning of the expression “Holy Molly” and its origin. Although very excellent in its purposes, Wikipedia does not give any information and my I-dictionary refers me to a certain Ms. Olga Seryabkina, a Russian singer, songwriter, and dancer born in 1985. We must realize the importance of a name. Without a name, we are lost. Just try to find a foreign-land-town without knowing its name. It’s quasi impossible. We should also consider ourselves most fortunate because we receive the Holy Names from the parampara system. That means it is an authorized procedure and we don’t have and should not change things, as Westerners like to do. Therefore let us chant

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama

Rama Rama Hare Hare

All glories to Molly’s Krishna service!

SECOND INSTANCE. I passed the same second check out twice because I had forgotten to purchase a very much-needed item. The first time the check-out (young) lady helped me to locate the forgotten item from her company computer and I remarked that she did not wear a mask, which is currently more or less mandatory because of the new upsurge of the virus. She replied that she had a medical exemption because of her condition, which provoked my curiosity. The second time when I approached her, naturally I asked: ” So how is your health?” She revealed to me then that just a few days ago she had fainted at the very same work spot for wearing a mask, losing all consciousness for 20 minutes. “I can not remember anything whatsoever.” I found that very interesting because previously one person remarked that this mask principle is also a medical hazard in itself because it forces us to inhale vitiated air. When you breathe vehicle exhaust air you die. It is a method of suicide. One may also say it’s a bit like eating stool and that’s hog’s business. No human will eat stool, except for some medical men who for scientific purposes may have to taste stool, as Srila Prabhupada explains. Or perhaps this last info is a little out of date. Stool is body waste and one wants to get rid of it as hygienically and quickly as possible. Her loss of consciousness— some kind of epilepsy—also reminded me immediately of Lord Caitanya’s transcendental fits of epilepsy. In our Krishna cultural tradition, some very advanced souls will sometimes display such symptoms of epilepsy and I sincerely hope that this lady will become such an advanced soul soon. In the meantime, I showed her “The Reservoir of Pleasure” and the guy behind me, a small demon, started becoming envious and agitated. He clearly resented the fact that I was presenting Krishna consciousness and infringing on his so-called important time. At this point, I may quote Srila Prabhupada to establish and justify my own bona fide position:

“Dallas, 30 July, 1975

75-07-30

Srimatis Jagaddhatri, Pasupati,

Sailogata, & Pamela Devi Dasis

My Dear Daughters:

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated July 29, 1975 and have noted the contents. Regarding the problem of how to be aggressive on Sankirtana and submissive in the temple, my request to you is that you should go on being aggressive on Sankirtana. I myself was aggressive in coming to your country. No one invited me. Even you boys and girls did not invite me. But, I came and I preached aggressively, and therefore you are now my disciples. So now you well know you have to approach the men and women of your country, and it may appear that superficially that you have to disturb them. They are doing their business peacefully, and you come and disturb them, “Please take this Krishna book.”

Of course it is good that you are concerned about being chaste, shy, and submissive amongst your god brothers. Canakya Pandit said that every man should see all other women as mother, and similarly a woman should see all men as son. So what is your difficulty? If you are completely aggressive on Sankirtana, there should be no material aggressiveness and pride remaining. You have to distinguish between devotees and non-devotees.

Aggression for the cause of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is pure. If you become completely absorbed in such aggression to spread Sankirtana Movement, there will be no question of wanting to lord it over in the temple. Preaching purifies us of these material tendencies for sense gratification. It is simply a matter of time that you will see this. Do not worry. Krishna will help you.

I hope this meets you in good health.

Your ever well wisher,

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami”

Subsequently, the demon came forward and interrupted and also insulted the check-out lady. I had to defend her, for which she thanked me. I gave her a complimentary copy of “Reservoir of Pleasure” and left the scene. In such situations, one must know precisely one’s legal rights and one’s no-nos and act accordingly. Expert legal advice may be required, as there are many considerations here.

THIRD INSTANCE. This was at one of these dozen automated check-outs with one single supervisor. The supervisor seemed Indian to me. I was wrong. She was a Bangladeshi Muslim and there was little point in offering her a “Krishna book.” Somehow I was short of five cents cash and I asked her to contribute, to which she agreed immediately by operating the required electronics. So this lady helped the shop to contribute 5 cents toward Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtan Movement, which she would have never done otherwise because of her religion. She did it in the course of her occupation instead. It is infinitesimal, but she will be benefited accordingly. So will the shop. There is no doubt about it because BGAII 2.40 assures us: “In this endeavor, there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement in this path can protect one from a very dangerous type of fear.”

As far as Krishna related beauty is concerned, as per Bhagavad-gita As It Is 10.41, it can be found here but is not exclusively to be found here, as it can be found in billions of other places as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJcnuZB4Xt4

And the accompanying movie shows just a tiny part of Lord Krishna’s universal form. This applies especially to the historical part. We note the unusual first opening (war?) cry and its echo. Sound vibration affects the deepest levels of our existence and being. There is only therapeutic or harmful sound. Hare Krishna Maha Mantra is the most therapeutic sound vibration of all! Therefore please let us practice the most efficient sound therapy and chant the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama

Rama Rama Hare Hare

It is the prerogative of the true brahmin to manipulate sound vibration to direct people’s attention away from the all-pervasive absorption in matter and toward Supreme Spirit i.e. the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, Srila Prabhupada being the perfect example of how to use this phenomenal art in Krishna’s transcendental service. Even for an old man with weakened thighs to get up from a squatting position without extraneous help, to emit some sound vibration will greatly assist. That is a very simple example and there are many others.

All glories to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the channa Supreme Personality of Godhead!

All glories to His Worldwide Sankirtan Movement!

And all glories to its supreme commander, HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada!

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OFFENSIVE??? WHO IS OFFENSIVE???

Now I hear that I am being accused of being offensive.

That is quite a hypocritical statement coming from the opposing party, who have committed and are still committing innumerable and countless offenses at the lotus feet of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the greatest philosopher and religious reformer of modern times. And that’s where it matters most. The rest is truly small change only. Of course, those who have a ME-centered consciousness may not accept what I am saying. There is even a ME-centered email system, I have noticed. That is their mistake indeed. But those in the opposite corner, who have a Prabhupada centered consciousness will understand and accept. In many respects, Srila Prabhupada is not different from or is ONE with GOD, Krishna. So it is a matter of Krishna consciousness, nothing more, nothing less. It is a matter of Krishna consciousness!

Bhagavad-gita As It Is NOT by the atheist Jayadvaita.

Just to support in any way, –in particular to produce and mass-distribute– the fake and fraudulent Bhagavad-gita As It Is NOT by the atheist Jayadvaita is a colossal and unforgivable offense and betrayal at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON, (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness), Founder of the BBT, (the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust), Founder of BTG in the 1940ties, (Back To Godhead Magazine) and author of countless top quality volumes on self-realization, the essential function of this human form of life. And this is so because Bhagavad-gita As It Is NOT by the atheist Jayadavaita is a colossal and massive offense, insult to and betrayal of Srila Prabhupada, and consequently a fake and fraudulent market product. Through his editorial policies, it would be fair to say that Jayadvaita slapped, kicked, punched, and stabbed Srila Prabhupada. We are waiting for the final analysis results of a GBC-appointed committee into the matter. In all honesty, it cannot be called Bhagavad-gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Here lies the fraud! It must be called Bhagavad-gita As It Is NOT by the atheist Jayadvaita instead. Yes, here lies the fraud. And there are three culpable parties that are still perpetuating to this day this worldwide, global fraud: Number one is the editor and atheist Jayadavaita, number two is the publishing house called The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) and number three is the mass-distributor, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness or ISKCON.

And as I have already explained once, my position is to be Srila Prabhupada’s, my Divine Master’s, dog and defend Him ferociously and to the best of my ability from the attack of a pack of innumerable, mostly smaller dogs. –We seem to be all dogs in this family, are we not?– It is not that strength always wins against numbers. The strong should not be under such an illusion. Sometimes youtube.com suggests that a great number of African wild dogs will prevail over one single lion or lioness. Against a pride of lions, however, no one but the highly unfair and misled gun and bullet hunter will stand a chance. In India, real and genuine princes used to face tigers with a sword only to practice the killing art required to be a king. The dead tiger would be given a royal procession. The king has to punish outlaws, therefore he has to practice killing. In Saudi Arabia, willful murderers are publicly executed and some of the paraphernalia required, like a hose to clean up, is in permanent public readiness. Here again, the source is youtube.com. Thank you youtube.com!

“Therefore ksatriyas are allowed to go in the forest and kill some animal. Because he has to practice. So what kind of animal? Not the cows or simple animal. He must kill one tiger, one lion, one jungle boar. Ferocious, very ferocious animal. That was the ksatriya’s business. Not that a rabbit [laughter] or innocent bird, sports. This kind of sporting was not allowed. If you want to kill, you must kill one rhinoceros. Then one can understand that you have power of killing. That ksatriya used to do. Even, say, twenty-five years ago, Maharaja Jaipur, he used to go into the forest every year, and he would fight with a tiger, simply with a sword. Simply with a sword. He would fight with a tiger in the jungle, and he was so expert, he would kill. And then the tiger would be brought in procession, in royal procession. Because the king used to say, “This tiger is the king of forest, or the lion is the king of the forest. I am also king. So after his death, there must be a royal reception.” So this was…, the function was going on.” Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.46 – May 8, 1973, Los Angeles

I have only two weapons. The first weapon is barking loud and clear, if and when the circumstances require. The second weapon is biting indeed. It is probably worth at this point to remind everyone that just recently, on Christmas eve 2021 of all days, on the Eastern Australian Seaboard Gold Coast of worldwide fame, a house dog very cowardly bit to death the house child of 5 years old. The dog was immediately euthanized by the agents of Gold Coast City Council. And rightly so! My point is that dog bite is no casual or laughing matter. Health authorities strongly advise getting a tetanus shot immediately, at the least. I have been attacked by dogs on several occasions because, in the service of my Divine and Illustrious Master, I travel from door to door. Once also I have been bitten in the heel by a very sly dog. Often the offending dogs get the unconditional support of their masters. As far as I am concerned, I am a straightforward dog, and a fair fighting dog, Australian style. One automatically imbibes the values of one’s environment and develops his own values by that very contact. Australia is the greatest and nicest place on this planet earth, very much favorable for the cultivation of self-realization, a brand new “out of the box” version of old India, the mother country for self-realization. “Nava-Bharata” or “New India” is a proper designation for Australia. Australia, I owe you a bit. And because I am a good investment, I shall pay you back in due course.

In particular the corresponding secretary of the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON, His Grace Ananda Tirtha Das, a junior member of the team, has had the audacity to accuse me and finger point at me in such a way and refuses to carry out his duties in relation to this humble self. He is emphatically wrong! There is a wise Australian saying that when we point one single finger at others, we automatically point three fingers at ourselves. I have known this person since his childhood along with his now departed parents. It seems to me that this person has not evolved much. Krishna consciousness philosophy is definitely not for simpletons to be understood on their own. It is spiritual dialectism. Just as we have Karl Marx’s powerful material dialectism, we have also Srila Prabhupada’s and the parampara’s even more powerful spiritual dialectism. Simpletons are definitely excluded from its understanding. That is a fact! That does not mean however that at least theoretically, simpletons cannot practice Krishna consciousness under proper guidance. He may have a one-directional, ordinary brain only, whereas a dialectical brain is required to really and properly understand the topmost philosophy of Krishna consciousness. It is just like the Sanskrit language of which Srila Prabhupada says:

“Yes, Sanskrit is spoken not only on Krishna Loka but also in higher planets, of the demigods. It is called the language of God and the demigods. It was spoken also on this planet, when people were all godly, they used to speak in Sanskrit. Sanskrit is the origin of all languages of the civilized peoples. It is most perfect, not only descriptive; the word “Sanskrit” means “the most perfect”. Because not a single word you can pronounce without having a bona fide principle. It is not like the English language, “but, put” with irrational difference in pronunciation, no principles. (General remark) Sanskrit isn’t like that. Therefore it is perfect. It isn’t whimsical. English poetry has one line one inch long, next line 600 inches long. Sanskrit is not like that. There are strict principles, and it is so beautiful. Therefore in Sanskrit language not an ordinary man can become a poet. (Relevant to our context) No other language of the world can be compared with it. No other language of the world is so perfect as Sanskrit. Any language near to Sanskrit language (like Bengali) is nearer to perfection. Sanskrit is pronounced same way here or there, it is standard.” Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Madhusudana — Los Angeles 1 February, 1968

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