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    September 25, 2017

  • Madhudvisa dasa These days some devotees are questioning the shape of the earth. It does appear in Srimad-Bhagavatam that the description of the earth given there does not seem to be that of a globe spinning in space. So I do not know. So to investigate this in more detail I have made a new website:
    Jan 2

  • Ramanuja Das Hare Krishna everyone. PAMHO AGTSP I am going to share a story of my son'starts life on here and hopefully I can get the support I need for my beautiful son Naitai (Nicholas) My son has autism and down syndrome it has been struggling with communication all his life. This year 2016 in June, he could score the funeral was very sick and almost died. Ever since that day he has been struggling with multiple signatures and infections and has been on antibiotics at least 10 times. Since December 1st, my son has been showing signs of irritability,agitation and seisure like symptoms. He started to attack us,his parents and breaking things in the home. I had to restrain my son on 4 or five occasions to protect himself and ourselves from his thrashing and aggressive behavior. He is on medication now for 3 days and he is much calmer but needs to be tweaked. His hormones are through the roof and he can'take verbally communicate it to us. It has been very difficult and emotional draining watching our child go through this. I need to take time off work so I can be home to protect my family incase Naitai goes into a rage. As I am the only income earner, I will not be able to afford time off work. So I am humbling asking everyone to have a look at a gofundme site I have created and make a donation so I can stay home,not worry about the bills and focus on Naitai getting healthy again please. The site is,www.gofundme.com/nicholass-health-fund. Please have a heart and support us during this difficult time. Naitai is on medication but it is still going to take some time to get this figured out. Thanks you Hare Krishna Ramanujadas
    January 6, 2017

  • Mahesh J C Hare Krishna! One of the ISKCON devotees who was initiated by Srila Prabhupada writes:- Can We Be Worse Now Than Before We Joined? Vengeance, envy, anger,and discord are often higher within religious groups than elsewhere (“We have enough religion to hate, but not enough to love”). We need to be careful about this in Iskcon. Recently I came across this quote. "Religious people often become self-righteous, judgmental, resentful, condemning, etc. as they see more faults in man than other's see. Psychologists have noted that piety can easily become an unhealthy form of neurosis rather than a healthy form of religion." As devotees, we are given standards to follow, standards which can backfire by becoming a criterion upon which we judge others. This will make us more judgmental, critical and sarcastic than before we joined Iskcon. Of course, if we are advancing properly we will become more introspective about our own need to improve. But the judgment of others often happens before the introspection kicks in. Many devotees also deal with a greater sense of failure/guilt because we have extremely high principles to live up to. This can breed jealousy and envy towards those who we perceive are doing better than us. It also can cause us to feel disgusted towards those we perceive are not trying to follow Krsna consciousness well. We are supposed to serve those who have realized the truth and help those who are struggling, but those who do better than we, can easily become causes for envy and those who do not do as well can become causes for our judgments, ridicule or condemnation. Added to the above is the fact that we are emotionally invested in Iskcon and when we see situations we feel are not in line with Prabhupada's desires, we can become spiteful towards the culprits, the devotees we believe are responsible for those sub-standards. This often results in critical or hurtful statements towards leaders, and/or divisiveness. It can also put a disciple in an awkward position when his guru makes such statements. It is not impossible to create a temple in which we do more judging, condemning, and dividing than encouraging, accepting and supporting. This is not only sad but a huge failure. Added to the list of potential religious pitfalls is fanaticism which then breeds intolerance. When this fanaticism reaches the level of "I only follow, serve, honor my guru," we have degraded ourselves to the level of neophytes in which discord is inevitable. We have been plagued by this to varying degrees, in the name of guru bhakti, since Prabhupada's departure. When philosophy is put in the hands of preachers who spend more time dwelling on other's defects than their own, or who are willing to step on other's toes to serve their guru and Krsna, then we create a movement in which there are far more distrust and separation than the love and trust Prabhupada implored us to imbibe in our dealings. Prabhupada's example was of acceptance, of building a house in which all could feel welcome, encouraged, and above all fully accepted with all our faults. Unless we follow this example, we run the risk of creating a movement which, along with spreading Krsna Consciousness, is spreading something toxic, and thus a movement in which good meaning people join and can soon become more critical, judgmental, resentful, guilt-ridden - or even depressed - than before because they are not finding acceptance and encouragement for who they are. Many have left Iskcon because of this. This is sad - and bad. Of course, to root out this kind of negativity we must start with ourselves. Accept, appreciate, and encourage others. If something is wrong, correct with a heart to help, not condemn. Inspire more than criticize. Many times Prabhupada said "Love and trust." I think we need a lot more of this. Hare Krishna!
    July 4, 2016

  • vanshika bhatia Hare Krsna new sign ups!!! Welcome to Krishna connect, hope you have a krishna conscious time here, please prefer joining vaisnava events and reading about the vaisnava acharyas and festivals! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar! Hare Krsna!
    December 27, 2017

  • Navya Natarajan wouldn't marriage tie you down or bind you, dnt we need someone spiritual to understand and support? 
    October 15, 2014

  • Roger Rodpush Roger Rodpush Roger Rodpush shared a post. From Govinda Dasadasa CONCH - [SHANKHA] Conch is known as shankha in Sanskrit. Shankha in Sanskrit means “Conch holding sacred water”... Continue Reading Govinda Dasadasa shared a post to the group: Ritvik Acarya Sampradaya Association RASA. From Govinda Dasadasa CONCH-[SHANKHA] Conch is known as shankha in Sanskrit. Shankha in Sanskrit means “Conch holding sacred water” The conch Shell is a major Hindu article of prayer, used 'as a trumpet and in order to get rid of negative energy and evil spirits. The shankha is mudra is also used during various tantric rituals and meditation. The sound from the conch is associated with the sacred syllable ‘Om’ which is believed to be the first sound of creation. The Shankha or conch marks the beginning of any good work. The sound of the conch is believed to the purest form of sound which ushers in freshness and new hope.The Shankha or conch is believed to have originated from the churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan. There are two types of Shankhs – The left handed conch shell and the right handed conch shell. Left Handed Conch Shell: Shankhas which towards left (when you hold with head towards yourself) are called Vamavarti Shankhs. These are mostly ‘Blowing’ shankhs and come in various sizes and shapes. There are some Vamavarti Shankhs, which are non blowing. These are the ones where there is no opening on top. Blowing Shankh is an art and can be learned with bit of practice. It is considered very sacred to keep this at home and to blow these during daily Pooja. Shankha is usually associated with Lord Vishnu. A conch is one of the five principal weapons of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu’s conch is known as the ‘Panchjanya’ which is believed to be the most powerful among the conch shells. It is said to contain the five elements i.e water, fire, earth, sky and air. Shankha is also associated with the God of Wealth, Kubera. The right handed conch shell is kept at home by many people because it is said to bring wealth and prosperity. Right Handed conch Shell: Shankas which open towards right (when you hold with head towards yourself) are called right handed conch shell or Dakshinavarti Shankhas. is considered auspicious and is also known as Valampiri Shankha or Lakshmi Shankha. It comes in various sizes. Big ones are generally used for Abhishekam in temples or for big occasions. In Vedas there are five shankhas used at the time of worship/prayer ,namely Padmabhargav, Pancha Janya, Dhawalya, Kambhoj and Amburaj. In Bhagavat Gita Lord Krishna was possessing Pancha Janya Shankha during Mahabharata. The Pandavas were carrying the conches ie Yudhisthira carried-the shankha by name Ananta Vijaya, , Bhima carried Poundra , Arjuna-Devadutta , Nakula- Sugosha, and Sahadeva-Manipushpaka Shankhas. Significance Of Shankha शङ्खं चन्द्रार्क दैवत्यं मध्ये वरुण दैवतम् । पृष्ठे प्रजापति विद्यात् अग्रे गङ्गा सरस्वती ॥ Shankham chandraka daivatyam madhyevarunadaivatam prshte prajapatir vidyat agre ganga saraswati Meaning: In Shankha (Conch) abides the Chandra (Moon) and Arka (Sun) Devatas, and in its middle the Varuna Devata, On its back abides Prajapati and on its front Ganga and Saraswati; त्वं पुरा सागरोत्पन्नः विष्णुना विधृतः करे । पूजितः सर्व देवैश्च पाञ्चजन्य नमोऽस्तु ते ॥ Tvam pura sagarotpannah; Vishnuna vidhrtah kare, poojitah sarva devaischa panchajanya namostute. Meaning: In former times You rose from the Sea and was held by Vishnu in His Hand, You are worshipped by all the Devas; Salutations to Panchajanya, त्रैलोक्ये यानि तीर्थानि वासुदेवस्य च आज्ञया । शङ्खे तिष्ठन्ति विप्रेन्द्र तस्माच्छङ्खं प्रपूजयेत् ॥ Trailokye yani teerthani Vasudevasya chajnaya, shankhe tishtanti viprendra, tasmat shankaham prapoojayet. Meaning: Whatever Tirthas (Sacred Waters of Pilgrimages) are there in the Three Worlds, by the command of Vasudeva, … they abide inside the Shankha (Conch), O best of Wise men; Therefore Shankha is to be Worshipped, पाञ्चजन्याय विद्महे पवमानाय धीमहि । तन्नः शङ्खः प्रचोदयात् ॥ Panjajanyaya vidmahe, pavamanayadheemahi, tannah shankah prachodayat. Meaning: Om, Let us contemplate on Panchajanya (Shankha of Sri Krishna) and meditate on Pavamana, May that Shankha (i.e. Sound of Shankha) awaken our Consciousness, A Shankha or conch shell is a symbol of purity. Hence a conch shell is kept in every Hindu household with great care. It is placed on a clean red cloth or on a silver or clay pot. People usually keep water in the conch which is sprinkled while performing the puja rituals. Shankha is believed to hold the cosmic energy within itself which gets emanated when it is blown. Leaving aside the mythology part, even if you hold the Shankha near your ear, you can hear a humming sound of ocean in it. This is actually a natural vibration or cosmic energy of Earth which gets magnified on entering the conch shell. Pics of right-handed and left-handed conches are given herein. https://rodpush.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/conch-shankha-conch-is-known-as-shankha-in-sanskrit-shankha-in-sanskrit-means-conch-holding-sacred-water/ 1 Comment4 Shares 1Viraj Sharma Like Show more reactions Comment Share 8/1/18 2 Photos - View album Shared publicly Add a comment...
    August 1, 2018

  • 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.
    October 22, 2016

  • Reena Menon THE ASTRAS [ARROWS] used in the wars of earlier time and their significance: Astra is a general term that refers to celestial weapons. They are not weapons that are wielded by the hand, but rather weapons that are invoked by chanting a mantra and then directed through a medium such as an arrow. Astras require no physical effort, but intense mental concentration is required to invoke, direct, and withdraw them. Improper use of an astra, such as not knowing all the words in the mantra or attempting to use the weapon on an unworthy foe, can be disastrous or even fatal. Astras can be both physical and/or illusory. Some astras cause destruction through showers of arrows, fire, or radiation while others can cause mental afflictions such as confusion, unconsciousness or sleep. Each astra has a presiding deity and to obtain the astra one must meditate and conduct severe austeries, and through ascetic merit obtain the sanction of the deity in question. Alternatively, a mantra can be learned from someone who already knows it via word of mouth. However, astras are only passed on to worthy disciples who have the wisdom to use them responsibly. Word of mouth may weaken the potency of the astra as it is passed down over the course of generations. In the Mahabharata, Arjuna had learned many astras from his preceptor Drona (who had in turn learned them from Bharadwaja who had learned them from Bhargava) but he still went in search of the celestial weapons from the source (Shiva and others) because they were more potent when learned directly from the gods. For the most powerful astras, knowing just the mantra is not enough to invoke the weapon. One must also obtain the sanction of its presiding deity to use the weapon. This is most likely due to the destructive nature of the astra, and the consequence of using it improperly. For instance, the Brahma Astra is said to be powerful enough to destroy the entire universe if not properly directed at an individual or army. In literature, the most common medium for an astra is an arrow shot from a bow. However, not all astras are invoked in such a way. In the case of Aisika the medium is a grass stalk or reed used because it was the only object available on hand. Spears, maces, and other weapons can also be used and some astras do not require any medium and could be considered a weapon of pure thought. List of Astras: Agni Astra Aindra Astra Antardhana Astra Bhauma Astra Brahma Astra Brahmasira Garuda Astra Mohini Astra Naga Astra Narayana Astra Parjanya Astra Parvata Astra Pasupata Prajna Astra Sakti Sammohana Astra Surya Astra Vaishnava Astra Vajra Astra Varuna Astra Vayu Astra Visoshana 1. Brahmastra : As described in a number of the Puranas, it was considered the deadliest weapon. It was said that when the Brahmastra was discharged, there was neither a counter attack nor a defense that could stop it, except by Brahmadanda, a stick also created by Brahma. The Brahmastra never missed its mark and had to be used with very specific intent against an individual enemy or army, as the target would face complete annihilation. It was believed to be obtained by meditating on the Lord Brahma; it could only be used once in a lifetime. The user would have to display immense amounts of mental concentration. According to ancient Sanskrit writings, the Brahmastra is invoked by a key phrase or invocation that is bestowed upon the user when given this weapon. Through this invocation the user can call upon the weapon and use it via a medium against his adversary. It has been used multiple times in Ramayana,Indrajit used it against hanuman, Lakshmana asked permission to use it against Indrajit,which lord Rama declined,lakshmana used it to kill atikaya,lord Rama used it as final arrow to kill Ravana. Presiding Deity: Brahma Weapon’s Effect: Total annihilation Warriors:Arjuna, karna, Drona, Bhishma, Ashwatthama, Bhima, Satyaki, Yudhishthira, Dristidyumna, Rama, Ravana, Inderjeet Megnadh, Laxmana 2. Brahmashira : Brahma had created a weapon even more powerful than the Brahmastra, called the Brahmashira. The Brahmashira was never used in war, as it had four times more power than the Brahmastra, i.e. Fourth power square, as the name suggests , since Brahma has Four Heads. Only Arjuna and Ashwatthama possessed the knowledge to summon the Brahmashira Presiding Deity: Brahma Weapon’s Effect: Total annihilation Warriors: Drona, Arjuna and Ashwatthama. 3. Bhargav astra : Parsurama is owner of this astra and he provided this powerful weapon to Karna. Presiding Deity : Parsurama Weapon’s effect : Total annihilation Warriors- Parsurama, Karna 4. Aindra astra: Presiding Deity: Indra Weapon’s Effect: Would bring about a shower of arrows from the sky. 5. Vasavi astra: A deadly weapon like Pasupata, the magical dart weapon of Indra, unfailing at executing its target. Indra granted it to Karna during the Kurukshetra war,first used by Indrajit against lakshmana in Ramayana, in Mahabharata it was used by karna to kill ghatotkacha. Warrior: Karna 6. Vajra astra: Indra’s favorite weapon. This weapon was made from the bones of sage dadhichi and it was used by Indra to slay demon called vritra. Weapon’s Effect: Target would be struck with bolts of lightning (vajra referring to Indra’s thunderbolt). Warrior: Arjuna. 7. Indrastra- A powerful missile used to scatter the opposing army. Warriors- Arjuna,Drona, Ashwatthama, Yudhishthira. 8. Agneya astra: Presiding Deity: Agni Weapon’s Effect: The weapon discharged would emit flames inextinguishable through normal means. 9. Varuna astra: Presiding Deity: Varuna Weapon’s Effect: The weapon discharged would release torrential volumes of water. This weapon is commonly mentioned as used to counter the Agneyastra. 10. Naga astra: Presiding Deity: The Nagas Weapon’s Effect: The weapon would have an un-erring aim and take on the form of a snake, proving deadly upon impact. 11. Naga paasha: Presiding Deity: The Nagas Weapon’s Effect: Upon impact, this weapon would bind the target in coils of living venomous snakes. In the Ramayana, it was used against Lord Rama and Lakshmana by Indrajit. 12. Vayu astra: Presiding Deity: Vayu Weapon’s Effect: Bring about a gale capable of lifting armies off the ground. 13. Surya astra: Presiding Deity: Surya Weapon’s Effect: Create a dazzling light that would dispel any darkness about. 14. Parjanya astra : Presiding Deity : Parjanya Weapon Effect : It is a weapon in which can summon clouds, rain, thunder, and obscure the light of the sun. The presiding deity is Parjanya, lord of the rains. In Sanskrit it means "weapon capable of generating rain" (par = related to rain, janya = generating, astra = weapon). It is also referred to as Meghastra (megha = cloud). Arjuna used the Parjanya Astra during a demonstration of skill in the Mahabharata, Adi Parva section 137. 15. Mohini astra: Presiding Deity: Mohini, Visnu avatar Weapon’s Effect: Dispel any form of maya or sorcery in the vicinity. 16. Twashtar astra: Presiding Deity: Twashtr Weapon’s Effect: When used against a group of opponents (such as an army), would cause them to mistake each other for enemies and fight each other. 17. Sammohana/ Pramohana astra: Weapon’s Effect: Would cause entire hosts/armies to collapse in a trance. 18. Parvata astra: Weapon’s Effect: Would cause a Parvata/mountain to fall on the target from the skies. 19. Narayana astra: Invincible and painful, this astra is unconquerable except by total submission. In Mahabharata ashwathama used it against pandava army to avenge his father's death. Presiding Deity: Visnu Weapon’s Effect: Would create showers of arrows and discs. The astra’s power would increase with the resistance offered to it. This weapon had to be obtained from Vishnu directly, and could be used only once. 20. Vaishnava astra: One of the most powerful astras, this cannot be stopped by anyone except its creator, Vishnu,it was used by king bhaagdatta against Arjuna, only to be saved by lord krishna,since he is the incarnation of lord Vishnu. Presiding Deity: Visnu Weapon’s Effect: Would destroy target completely, irrespective of target’s nature. Infallible. This weapon had to be obtained from Vishnu directly. 21. Pashupata astra: It is the crescent-shaped irresistible and most destructive personal weapon of Kali and Shiva, discharged by the mind, the eyes, words, or a bow. It was used in the Mahabharata war by Arjuna to kill Jayadratha. It was used against Lakshmana by Meghanada. According to Kurma Puran, in the battle between the Purusha and demonic forces, Narasimha avatar escapes a powerful weapon called Pashupata. It is returned without causing any harm since it can be used only to uphold Dharma. Presiding Deity: Shiva Weapon’s Effect: Would destroy target completely, irrespective of target’s nature. Infallible. This weapon had to be obtained from lord Shiva directly.
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