Book Distribution in the Park, Oregon (9/25/12)

9/16/12

Distribution in the park.

Sriman Radha-Syam dasa brahmachari and Sriman Indra Bandhu dasa, of Sri Govinda Divya-vani Seva Ashram, distributing books.

Photos by Sriman Radha-Syam dasa brahmachari and Sriman Indra Bandhu dasa

The bright faced brahmacharis of our Salem, Oregon Ashram are endeavoring to fulfill Sriman Mahaprabhu’s desire:

tesam vicaratam padbhyam
tirthanam pavanecchaya
bhitasya kim na roceta
tavakanam samagamah

Dear Lord, Your personal associates, devotees, wander all over the world to purify even the holy places of pilgrimage. Is not such activity pleasing to those who are actually afraid of material existence?

PURPORT
There are two kinds of devotees. One is called gosthyanandi and the other bhajananandi. The word bhajananandi refers to the devotee who does not move, but remains in one place. Such a devotee is always engaged in the devotional service of the Lord. He chants the maha-mantra as taught by many acaryas and sometimes goes out for preaching work. The gosthyanandi is one Read More...

Sri Radhastami at Salem Ashram (9/30/12)

9/23/12
Sri Radhastami celebrated at Sri Govinda Divya-vani Seva Ashram in Salem, OR
Photos by Sriman Radha-Syam dasa brahmachari and Sriman Indra Bandhu dasa.


Sri Guru varga on alter.


Radha-Syam prabhu offers flowers.


Views from the Lord’s kitchen.


jaya śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya prabhu-nityānanda śrī-advaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi-gaura-bhakta-vṛnda!


Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the Jarikanda forest.


Jaya Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja!


Sri Guru varga and Srimad Bhagavatam.


A yummy kitchari.


Transcendental literature.


Transcendentally attractive prasadam.
Kitchari, smoked cheese, cucumber, water, flower, Tulsi leaves.

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Srila Giri Maharaja “Pertinent Questions Asked and Encouraging Answers Given”

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An Email Exchange Between Sriman Subhala Vilasa dasa adhikari and Srila Giri Maharaja

Dear Sriman Subal Vilasa dasa adhikari.

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I received your questions.

The simple answer is Krishna means “All attractive.” It is a quality that must exist with God and God alone. As such, all things that can cause attraction must be with Him. The general categories of these opulences are beauty, wealth, strength, knowledge, renunciation and fame. Krishna is, by definition the One who contains all these opulences to the fullest extent. All potencies are in him to an unlimited degree.

God is also aham bija-pradah pita. Krishna says in BG that He is that pita, father. “I am the seed giving father of all living entities.” “Life comes from Read More...

Confronting Distractions on the Journey to Devotion

By Jadurani devi dasi

 
 

 
“The brhad visnu smrti clearly states….’…People jeer at Krisna…Perpetually, their real knowledge will remain under delusion, and gradually they will regress to the darkest region of creation.’ ”

~ Srila Prabhupada, Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Purport 9.12

As I read that this morning I was struck with the sheer gravity that defines one’s spiritual journey. True understanding into the transcendental nature of things is certainly not a game or to be taken lightly but to be pursued earnestly and with a seeking heart that is genuine in its goal. The goal shouldn’t only be to accumulate knowledge or to experience pleasant feelings but to acquire truth that will orient us into the clearest and most direct Read More...

Devotees Visit Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math in New Jersey

by Jadurani devi dasi

As two very special festival days on the Vaishnava calender near, the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math temple in New Jersey have received visits from enthusiastic devotees eager to join in the temple’s celebrations.

Prabhu Indra Bandhu and Srimati Sanaz were gracious enough to take part in a Skype interview.

Both devotees are bright college students pursuing the fields of health and science. Prabhu Indra Bandhu is finishing up advanced degrees in health technology having already acquired a Bachelors in Science. Srimrati Sanaz is pursuing a career in naturopathy.

During the interview both devotees expressed openly their enthusiasm towards devotional service to Krishna as well as their excitement to be able to visit the New Jersey temple. Prabhu Indra Bandhu first Read More...

Simply Surrender

From the journal of: Srimati Jadurani devi dasi

“We have to approach the domain of knowledge with self-surrender, honest inquiry, and a serving attitude. We have to approach that plane with the mentality of slavery. Higher knowledge will not serve a person of lower status.If we want perfect knowledge at all, we will have to serve the Supreme Lord. He will use us for His own purpose; not that we will use Him. We may be subjects in this mundane world, but we will have to become objects to be handled by the superknowledge of that plane. If we want to connect with that higher knowledge, we must approach with this attitude.”~ The Search for Sri Krsna, p. 28-9

It hasn’t even been a week and I am already having conflicting thoughts over my role as a devotee. The pursuit for the Read More...

“We are all students.”


Dear readers, I offer a brief introduction of Srimati Jadurani devi dasi to our readers and welcome her as a contributor to our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Blog. She has been carefully studying Bhagavad-gita As It Is by His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada and more recently begun a fruitful reading of Sri Guru and His Grace and Search for Sri Krishna by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara-dev Goswami Maharaja. As she had previous experience with posting a journal, I asked her to do the same herein with specific attention to a public airing of her developing spiritual ideas so that others would not only profit from reading them but also offer their own comments, opinions and understanding. Below is her first entry which captured my attention, interest and appreciation with her opening quotation. If there was nothing more than this I would be satisfied with her attempt, but there is more, which I pray our readers will also appreciate. In the service of the Lord’s devotees. Swami B.K. Giri

The Vedas say,

srnvantu visve amrtasya putrah: “O, you sons of nectar, sons of
the nectarine ocean sea: please listen to me. You were born in nectar; you were
born to taste nectar, and you must not allow yourselves to be satisfied by
anything but nectar. So, however misguided you may be for the time being,
awake! Arise! Search for that nectar, that satisfaction.”
That excerpt comes from a book I just began reading, “The Search for Sri Krishna: Reality the Beautiful”, by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Deva Goswami Maharaja.

When I read the above excerpt it seemed clear to me that searching out Sri Krishna is our soul’s quest to reconnect with the original taste of infinite bliss and love in which our souls were first conceived. Upon further reflection I am reminded, though, that we have no beginning and will see no end; that our jivas, our individual souls have always existed. So perhaps a better way of viewing the above is that we are searching out for the peace and bliss that can only be found when we find that which our souls originally associated with. The very source of Godhead, Sri Krishna. When we find Krishna we find the source that will satiate all the desires of our soul’s innermost longings. Our souls will find rest in their true home.

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Prabhu Subal Vilas “The IAB is WRONG About Srila Govinda Maharaja’s Will”

Prabhu Subal Vilasa

Dear Vaishnavas

Please accept my respectful obeisances, Jaya Srila Gurumaharaj and Srila Gurudeva.

It has taken me some time to write this but I’ve had the space to do so finally.

I have recieved both initiations from Srila Gurudeva and read all documents and counter arguments pertaining to his will.

For awhile, I was led to believe by others that Srila Giri Maharaj was a crazy fellow, but after hearing the arguments against him by other Vaishnavas of our mission, I became disturbed by the confusion and stepped back from devotional life fully.

I had some nasty experiences in ISKON previously and just couldn’t take anymore.

Recently, however, I happened upon some comments Srila Giri Maharaj made on another’s blog and was astounded at how well he was defending Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja “Evolution: Religion Without Philosophy.”

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The following is a portion of a debate between myself and Prabhu Deva Krishna (also referred to as Damien Bradley) on the subject of Darwin’s theory of evolution.

The debate has been conducted variously on my facebook wall and via email exchanges.

At Prabhu Deva Krishna’s request we abandoned the facebook forum for this one, email exchanges. Reader comments are welcomed via our contactpage.

Dear Sriman Deva Krishna Prabhu,

Please accept my warm regards.

I am pleased to read your more considered opinion of my statement-

To have a comprehensive understanding of any phenomenon (such as variety of species), its cause must be understood. The original cause must be understood to understand any resultant cause.

There must be at least one Uncaused Cause. Read More...