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  • Madhudvisa dasa Sorry, I deleted that person who was suggesting a new regulative principle by mistake...
  • Joe Milosch Hare Krishna! I'm a vanaprastha, looking for a group of elderly Krishna Conscious people who live in a rural monastic setting. I'm 68, and never go to doctors. I have been diligently reading the Srimad Bhagavatam( about half way thru), and came to a clarification of my position in this world. I thought I was a sannyasa, but I'm actually a vanaprastha. I have baggage. To quote the SB: " Everyone should therefore seek the shelter of the Supreme Soul, the source of all living entities. No one should waste his time in the so-called happiness of materialistic household life. In the Vedic civilization, this type of crippled life is allowed only until one's fiftieth year, when one must give up family life and enter either the order of vanaprastha (inde pendent retired life for cultivation of spiritual knowledge) or sannyasa (the renounced order, in which one completely takes shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead)" So, I am engaged in an independent retired life for the cultivation of spiritual knowledge. My current place is pretty good, I have electricity, internet access, a place to garden, and no car. I go to town maybe 4 times a year. The only people around are not Krishna Conscious, and the so-called Christian conscious people are meat-eaters, drunks, and rat-racers. I won't bore you you with any more details. I can help with the bills, help maintain 1 common truck, and do electrical work. I prefer to be alone more than being in a group. I take care of myself. So.... anyone know of such a rural monastic order or a remote farm family who would accept another member in a separate cabin? I don't need to leave where I'm currently at, but as I look around, and as inevitable death draws closer and closer, I would prefer to be living near, and helping believers in Krishna. My money and time is wasted here with the non-believers. I always wanted to live on a sustainable ox-powered farm, which was Prabhupada's dream. I absolutely hate cars, to the point where I curse drivers as they pollute my air with fumes, so car-lovers need not respond. Excess car use has destroyed this world, polluting it and causing wars for oil, and a persistent rat-race. I don't know where else to post my request, so please advise me if there is a better forum. If anyone is interested, email zzmiloschxx@gmail.com. Thanks You, Hare Krishna.
  • Hrishikesh Nath Hare Krishna. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! We are sometimes impelled to act in sin even if we donot want to. We know that Paramatma directs all our activities. But it is to be known that sinful activities are not directed by the Lord. It is due to another cause: Lust. It is born out of contact with passion which later transforms into anger if not satisfied. This anger creates illusion, which continues our material existence. So lust is the root cause of all problems. It is the all devouring enemy of the living entity. It can never be satisfied rather by working under its dictation to satisfy, it increases more and more. Lust has many gross and subtle forms in varying degrees. In its gross form it appears as sex enjoymens by the eight diffrent kinds of approach towards opposite sex. In its subtle form it appears as: name, fame, adoration etc. All of them are its different manifestations. It is a formidable enemy of the living entity. One may be able to control the wind. He may even conquer the three worlds. But still lust is more formidable than that. There are many examples of great asuras who conquered the three worlds but were under the control of lust. I am now realizing the strength of my biggest enemy. I took this lust very lightly and thought that it is easy to conquer. But I was totally wrong. Now that I have understood the strength of my enemy I will prepare myself against it accordingly.
  • Vishvesh Oswal NAIVEDYAM: WILL GOD EAT OUR OFFERINGS? Here is a very good explanation about Neivedyam to God. Will God come and eat our offerings?Many of us could not get proper explanation from our elders.An attempt is made here. A Guru-Shishya conversation: The sishya who doesn't believe in God, asked his Guru thus: "Does God accept our 'neivedhyam'(offerings)? If God eats away the 'prasadham' then from where can we distribute it to others? Does God really consume the 'prasadham', Guruji?" The Guru did not say anything. Instead, asked the student to prepare for classes. That day, the Guru was teaching his class about the 'upanishads'. He taught them the 'mantra': "poornamadham, poornamidham, ......poornasya poornaadaaya...." and explained that: 'every thing came out from "Poorna or Totality." (of ishavasya upanishad). Later, everyone was instructed to practice the mantra by-heart. So all the boys started praciting. After a while, the Guru came back and asked that very student who had raised his doubt about Neivedyam to recite the mantra without seeing the book, which he did. Now the Guru gave a smile and asked this particular shishya who didn't believe in God: 'Did you really memorize everything as it is in the book? The shishya said: "yes Guruji, I've recited whatever is written as in the book. The Guru asked: "If you have taken every word into your mind then how come the words are still there in the book? He then explained: "The words in your mind are in the SOOKSHMA STHITI (unseen form). The words in the book are there in the STOOLASTHITI (seen). God too is in the 'sooksma sthiti'. The offering made to Him is done in 'stoola sthiti'. Thus, God takes the food in 'sookshmam', in sookshma stithi. Hence the food doesn't become any less in quantity. While GOD takes it in the "sookshma sthiti", we take it as 'prasadam' in 'sthoola sthiti'. Hearing this the sishya felt guilty for his disbelief in God and surrendered himself to his GURU.
  • Aman Pandey "As far as your family members, you concentrate on becoming a pure devotee of Krishna yourself. If you become a pure devotee of Krishna by the strength of your pure devotional service you will liberate all your family members, 12 generations into the past and 12 generations into the future. You can read about this in the Seventh Canto when Prahlada Maharaja is asking Lord Nrsimhadeva about that position of his father Hiranyakasipu." - Madhudvisa Prabhu

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