Gopis' Heartbeats

Walking by the sea near San Franscisco, Srila Prabhupada said of the sound of waves crashing on the beach:

"This is an echo of the gopis' heartbeats when they are feeling separation from Krsna."

(from Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta)

Sunday Feast Quote

I made this movement successful simply by love feast. They did not come to hear Hare Krishna. They came for love feast. From very beginning, when I was in 26 2nd Avenue, every Sunday I was giving nice foodstuff, at least 200 men. Daily at least more than 15, 20. I was cooking myself. That is the beginning of my movement.

- Srila Prabhupada, Room Conversation on Farm Management -- December 10, 1976, Hyderabad

Indiscriminantly Serving Vaisnavas Can Be Offensive

The madhyama-vaisnava must serve each Vaisnava in accordance with his status. Only the uttama-vaisnava does not consider or analyse whether a Vaisnava is kanistha, madhyama, or uttama before he interacts with him. If a madhyama-vaisnava artificially adopts this mentality, he becomes an aparadhi, offender.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu revealed these truths of Vaisnava etiquette in a very concise manner in His discussions with the residents of Kulina-grama. All His instructions on this topic are more significant for the madhyama-vaisnavas than the original Vedas. Actually, what is the definition of sruti -- the Vedas? The answer: The words of the Supreme Lord are Veda.

- Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Jaiva dharma Ch. 8: Nitya-dharma and Vaisnava Behaviour

The 'Choc Wars' Rage On .....

Some quotes from the Vedabase about chocolate:

Cocoa and chocolate are not to be taken as they are intoxicants.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Surasrestha -- Los Angeles 14 June, 1972

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If chocolate is not an intoxicant, it can be offered to the Deities.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => From: Paramahamsa - SL_750608_A1

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Tea contains caffeine, while chocolate and cocoa contain the stimulant theobromine as well.

And you refused to grant dispensations about what we could eat: "Krishna doesn't take any [chocolate], so we cannot offer it."

Flesh, condiments, eggs, tea, coffee, chocolate, and all other stimulants have a powerful influence directly upon the blood; and through nervous sympathy with the brain, the passions are aroused.

Aside from Vedic standards, even by the standard of Swamiji's New York disciples the devotees in San Francisco were not very strict. Some continued going to the doughnut shop, eating food without offering it to Krsna, and eating forbidden things like chocolate and commercial ice cream.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SPL 22: "Swami Invites the Hippies"

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I was aware of the thing and that it was a pretty heavy one, much more austerities than other groups-like no coffee, chocolate, or tea.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SPL 29: Unlimited Opportunity, Limited Time

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Bhavananda, once a film-maker with Andy Warhol, gave up the "synthetic world" of materialism for a spiritual life of reading the Bhagavad-gita, Bible of the Krsna followers, and abstaining from tobacco, liquor, drugs and even chocolate.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => July, 1970

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"How are you going to cook? Anyone want Kellogg's Corn Flakes or ice cream?
How about chocolate?"
"No, no. You can't offer these things to Krsna," Visnujana explains. "We buy everything fresh, prepare it with love, and offer it with devotion to Krsna."

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Kripamayi devi dasi:

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not taking intoxicants, means eschewing even the milder anodynes such as tea and chocolate.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Dealing with spiritual failure

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ISKCON Law Book (1997) 8.5.1: Prohibition of Chocolate As it contains
various stimulants like caffeine (contained in coffee), theine (contained in black tea) and theobromine (contained in cocoa), chocolate should not be eaten by ISKCON devotees.

Srila Prabhupada - One in a Million

Harvey Cox of Harvard Divinity School writes in his introduction to Prabhupada’s biography:

“Yet, it must be added, Srila Prabhupada was also a unique person. To say that the teachings of the ancient ones come to us through a series of teachers does not mean that the teachers are themselves interchangeable. If they were so faceless, there would be little point in writing a biography of any of them. But this life of Srila Prabhupada is pointed proof that one can be a transmitter of truth and still be a vital and singular person, even—in a sense I now feel safe to use—in some ways “original.” . . . At what almost anyone would consider a very advanced age, when most people would be resting on their laurels, he harkened to the mandate of his own spiritual teacher and set out on the difficult voyage to America. Srila Prabhupada is, of course, only one of thousands of teachers. But in another sense, he is one in a thousand, maybe one in a million.”

Mystic Bard Droppings

Prabhupada stopped beneath a large tree and pointed to some bird droppings on the ground. "What does this mean?" he asked, turning to a new boy who stood beside him. Prabhupada's face was serious. The boy blushed. "I... uh... I don't know what it means."

Prabhupada remained thoughtful, waiting for an explanation. The devotees gathered around him. Looking intently down at the bird droppings, the boy thought the Swami might be expecting him to decipher some hidden meaning in the pattern of the droppings, the way people read the future in tea leaves. He felt he should say something: "It's the... uh... excreta, the defecations of... uh... birds."

Prabhupada smiled and turned toward the others for an answer. They were silent.

"It means," said Prabhupada, "that these birds [he pronounced the word "bards"] have lived in the same tree for more than two weeks." He laughed. "Even the birds are attached to their apartments."

(from Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta)

A Question of Free Will

A new boy raised his hand: "Why is it that one person, one soul, comes to Krsna and another doesn't?"

Prabhupada replied with another question: "Why is one soul in the Bowery and another has come to the Krsna temple?" He paused, but no one could reply.
"Because one wants to be here and the other doesn't," he explained. "It is a question of free will. If we use it properly, we can go to Krsna. Otherwise we will stay down in the material world."

(from Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta)

Something to post in the temple asram ....

"Unless one becomes peaceful in home life, how can he make any advance in any other area of life or knowledge? Therefore everyone should get married -- just to be happy and peaceful."

(from Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta)

Success and Fear

"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."
- Bill Cosby

Last Statements of Executed Offenders

Here are the last statements of 405 convicted and executed offenders, morbidly preserved on the web by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice:

Executed Offenders

 

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