November 28, 2010
Some feedback from an old friend on the post “Where’s the guru?”.
Ghosh Prabhu! PAMHO AGTSP!
Ecstatic pic from PIT airport. I did not get the gurus until you pointed them out. You are definitely right about Varsana M.
You have done a valuable service, Prabhu.
Are you sure that wasn’t August 1972? I don’t recall SP going to Pittsburgh more than once. I was there in 1972. We came from Boston w Suhotra Brahmacari. This was after the Buffalo Rathayatra. Somehow we missed the Syria Mosque performance. Then on to NV for Janmastami. How am I doin’? (Gosh’s note: Sp came to NV in 1969, 72, 74, and 76, the pic is from 1974, but so happy to hear about 1972 visit).
The Pittsburgh temple had just moved into a really high end neighborhood that managed shortly thereafter to get the devotees and deities expelled.
I got to carry Prabhupada’s trunks from the tarmac to the trunk of a vehicle as I recall. K Swami ordered everyone to wait in a press room of some kind, but I decided I’d sneak down to the gate. As I was hustling down there, I felt a tap on my shoulder. The brahmacari pointed me back to see KS hustling toward the gate. He gave me a glare and a thumb, and – properly disciplined – I joined everyone else.
I remember also that Prabhupada spoke for a while, then devotees brought in a scooped out watermelon. Prabhupada took one morsel and popped it into his mouth, got up and left. It was just like the sun went down. It was incredible. Just like a child’s long day playing in the sun. Then the sun just went down. Everyone was affected the same way, I think. There was just like a long exhalation and sigh, and everyone took a breath. THEN – Prabhupada prasadam!!! Renewed – all the devotees converged on that watermelon. As I recall, I got a grape and a slice of coconut.
I had a similar experience as yours the first time I saw Prabhupada. That was at NY airport. I don’t remember which one. He was smaller than I thought, and he was super-effulgent. Also, he seemed to float. Because of the glowing and floating, I cheated on obeisances and lifted me head sideways to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. He did, and I wasn’t.
Somehow, we are attached – at least a little bit to Srila Prabhupada and each other. Please bless me that I may have the association of devotees life after life. I’d like to get your association again, also, before the end of this life. I guess, though, I’ll have to come to New Vrindaban. All glories to Sri Sri Radha-Vrindaban Chandra! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Kardama Muni Dasa
November 26, 2010
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No, nothing really socially redeeming about this advertisement, other than a glimpse of Indian ambiance, but interesting none the less. Here is the spot that is playing on TV:
For those who have already seen that, here is the extended YouTube version. More stuff but not as good, IMHO.
November 25, 2010
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“Such knowledge in Krsna consciousness can be achieved by a faithful person who believes firmly in Krsna. One is called a faithful man who thinks that simply by acting in Krsna consciousness he can attain the highest perfection. This faith is attained by the discharge of devotional service, and by chanting Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, which cleanses one’s heart of all material dirt.”
Bhagavad Gita 4.39
“Prayer is then the first and most important step. All through the life of faith one must resort constantly to prayer, because faith is not simply a gift which we receive once for all in our first act of belief. Every new development of faith, every new increment of supernatural light, even though we may earnestly working to acquire it, remains a pure gift of God.”
Thomas Merton, Life and Holiness (New York: Image, 1963). p. 81. Prayer is therefore the very heart of the life of faith.
November 24, 2010
November 22, 2010
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That night the moon drifted over the pond,
turning the water to milk, and under
the boughs of the trees, the blue trees,
a young woman walked, and for an instant
the future came to her:
rain falling on her husband’s grave, rain falling
on the lawns of her children, her own mouth
filling with cold air, strangers moving into her house,
a man in her room writing a poem, the moon drifting into it,
a woman strolling under its trees, thinking of death,
thinking of him thinking of her, and the wind rising
and taking the moon and leaving the paper dark.
November 21, 2010
(M. Meberg = my son Madhu, born and raised in NewVrindaban)
November 12, 2010
JOHNS CREEK – Johns Creek Police Officer M. Meberg was driving on Medlock Bridge Road, heading to police headquarters on Aug. 25 when a civilian flagged him down.
The resident pointed out what seemed like a lifeless dog lying in the roadway and asked Meberg for help.
“The dog wouldn’t move,” said Meberg. “When I touched him, he yelled…you could see his whole body was in pain…but finally, he jumped up on me.”
Meberg put the dog – which had a collar without identification – in the back of the patrol car and went to police headquarters to wait for animal control to pick him up.
“As an animal lover, I couldn’t let the dog sit there in the road,” said Meberg.
And after arriving at headquarters, city officials and Meberg decided they would help find the dog a home. Officials contacted Jones Bridge Animal Hospital in Johns Creek, where Dr. John Neiland treated the 50-pound, 2-year-old dog for non-contagious mange –while forgoing all medical costs.
Back at City Hall, communications manager Doug Nurse was working on finding the dog a home when he an idea: why not take the dog, now called “Ajax,” home to live with his own family.
“I went and met the dog, and he was such a sweet guy, it was hard to resist,” said Nurse, who also has a 6-year-old dog named Gaia. “I took him home, and he’s fit in really well. At first, there was the get-to-know-you period…but now he wakes me up in the morning by licking my face.”
Nurse said he also refers to Ajax as “The Great Sharpitador” – as he looks like he could be part Great Dane, pit bull, Labrador and part Shar Pei.
City staff were discussing Ajax’s story, and decided it was the kind of act that needed to be recognized – and appreciated. At the Oct. 25 city council meeting, Neiland and Meberg were honored with a privileged resolution from council.
“I appreciated (the resolution),” said Meberg. “I would hope that all of us have the compassion to do the right thing in a situation like this.”
November 8, 2010
July 31, 1976, New Mayapur (French farm)
Prabhupada: Harer nama, harer nama [Adi 17.21]. Everyone is happy, the children, the woman. They don’t demand anything, that “Give us this, give us that.” They have simplified, automatically they have simplified their life. And gradually develop, make little cottages, grow little vegetable, little barley or wheat and milk. That is sufficient. We don’t require much.
We don’t want luxury. We want just to subsist. Yavad artha prayojana. We hate the idea of luxury, unnecessary. Do the outsider come to see? Yes?
Prabhupada: What do they say?
Bhagavan: They are impressed with how much we have done.
Prabhupada: They will be more and more impressed. What is this city life? In Paris, simply to fulfill the necessities of life, a professional prostitute, so many. And people from all over the world, they come here for indulge in prostitute. From our childhood we know. What a civilization they have made. Spoiling the life. Then, after finish this life, you just become a cat, a dog, or a tree and stand up. And all other planets are vacant. Simply this planet is filled up, overpopulation. Kill them. Why not send there? So vacant land.
(laughter) “That we cannot do.” Then what is your scientific research? “Yes, we are trying. Wait millions of years.” (laughter) These bluffing rascals. Don’t be misled. Live peacefully here, chant Hare Krsna.
Hari-sauri: If you like, we can set up for the film now.
Prabhupada: Now I have given the ideas, the philosophy, in the books. So it is your business to develop all over the world. You are very intelligent, Europeans and Americans. Give it a shape, for the world prosperity. Give it a practical…. It is practical. There is no difficulty. So much land. Very good fertile land in Africa, Australia, in America. All of them can be utilized for the happiness of the whole world.
November 7, 2010
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