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Here you can have daily darsan of Krishna-Balarama in Vrindavana: www.vrindavandarshan.com

 

Sri Giri Govardhana

Here are some photos from my recent visit to Govardhana Hill.

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Sri Sri Gopala-Douji's Darsan

Bhaktivedanta Archives Will Release Srila Prabhupada's Uncut Audio

Here's something that made me happy to read. For quite some time I've been annoyed by the fact that the audio series of Srila Prabhupada's spoken lectures and morning walks are actually truncated from the original recordings. Often there are entire dialogues with essential teachings missing from the versions we can read in the Bhaktivedanta Vedabase. I've always wondered what the explanation was for such an editing decision. My concern was addressed in the letter below:

"As you may be aware, in 1972, Golden Avatar processed their Ministry master reel tapes based on 90 minutes and 60 minutes cassette tapes in house.

In 1973 the Bhaktivedanta Tape Ministry came into existence and the distribution had picked up steam as many devotees signed up as regular subscribers. It was decided to redo the entire Ministry to an even higher quality standard. The master reels were sent out to a duplicating house and the length of the tapes would vary from C-48 C-70 to accommodate the actual program duration exactly.

Gradually, after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance, many subscribers didn’t extend their tape subscription and lost interest in listening, unfortunately, and as a result the Bhaktivedanta Tape Ministry in a cost cutting effort was forced to duplicate their tapes in house again.

There was however one problem, the new master reels didn’t match exactly a particular pre-purchased tape length. The decision was made then to use 2 standard lengths again to fit the program, being C-60 and C-90. The volunteer devotees engaged in duplicating weren’t always exactly careful matching the masters with the cassettes so the result was sometimes the tapes were cut off prematurely.

However, efforts are being made to eventually bring the whole collection into a better presentation format but it might take a while. Thank you for your understanding."

Why This Site Exists ...

This website was developed mainly so that I could have an outlet to hopefully express some devotion for Sri Sri Gopala-Douji. I am of the opinion that the allurement exhibited by these two Brothers is self-evident and that They require no assistance, by my own conditioned effort, to perform Their eternal function of attracting living entities throughout the universe.

According to Their own teachings, we are at this very moment transmigrating through a vast array of material bodies in search of a state of complete satisfaction inherent to our primordial sense of existence. We are, by design, completely perfect in happiness; yet due to forgetfulness we are entrapped in a milieu of impermanent identification and transitory self-conception. This clouds the naturally blissful spiritual atmosphere that is inherent to our very existence. By coming into contact with Gopala and/or His Brother we have an opportunity to revive our remembrance of this environment and thus reinstate ourselves in our real eternal identity - complete in knowledge and bliss.

It is said, in some circles, that there are certain things that should be hidden from public purview: namely the preceptor, the mantra, the personal deity and a few other things that I can't recall at the moment. In any case, this is sober logic as we live in a time where imitation, jealousy and hypocrisy are practically intrinsic to our interpersonal dealings. Even those of us who are aware of such tendencies may still find the need to struggle with them on a daily basis. The fact is - these demonstrations of lower nature all stem from a fundamentally flawed conception of who we are.

Examples:

I am an attractive lady. <- temporary (It won't be long until you are old and ugly.)
I am a competent manager. <- temporary (Always?)
I am a really cool person. <- temporary (Wait until you have kids, you'll see how cool you really are.)
People look to me for leadership. <- temporary (Or do you just avoid people who don't?)
I am a man. <- temporary (Maybe you are in this life, but what about the next?)

The list can go on indefinitely. We take shelter of identities that seem like they will best negate the things we fear; but all of these conceptions of who we are in life end at the time of death. Shouldn't that be our greatest fear?

If, by devotion, we voluntarily relieve ourselves of the ephemeral shelter that such false identities (called upadis in Sanskrit) only seem to offer, we can learn to fearlessly embrace the identity of servitorship. Only then will we taste the happiness we are all subconsciously hoping to achieve in our experience. If you'd like to know more then just ask me how.

Example:

I am eternally the servant of Krishna. <- permanent (can't be impeded by whatever temporary situation we may find ourselves)

In a more personal sense, I suppose this site allows me to stand exposed before the world as I journey towards self-honesty (self-realization). By doing so, I'm aware that I leave myself a bit vulnerable to an unpredictable amount of criticism and disapproval. Those who may not, at present, be able to understand the absolute necessity of such an endeavor are free to browse any of the other billions of pages on the internet. If, however, anyone is interested in accompanying, assisting or even just observing my struggle for freedom then welcome.

Hare Krishna.

Your servant,
Ekendra Dasa

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