Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sadhu Sanga Notes - HH Sacinandana Swami’s class "Faith III - Prajña Nuggets Prospector"

SB 07.09.18 Sacinandana Swami
Sum: Prahlada expresses his deep faith in the chanting the holy names of the Lord.
Two minds sets for the this festival.

1. Let me see what is happening.
2. Or How can use the days to the best of my abilities how can I go deeper.
As a neutral observer or an active participant.


Faith III
Faith is the ground on which we walk.
No faith no results.
Two things in the beginning. Place. A resting place

Viśvanātha Cakravartī Thakura says it is sastra & process
Śaraṇām gacah
Faith and surrender
Faith in the upaya, the sadhana, by which you reach your upeya, the goal.
Gold nuggets in Alaska. Journey made on faith, so much austerities.
As one attempts to find gold whether he is successful or not.

Jīva Goswami
Virya strength comes from faith, no wobbly knees
smriti remembrance, clarity
Prajña realization of Krishna.
Samadhi Nama samadhi


"Sanga is the birth place of faith"
Therapeutic efforts.
Prajña nuggets prospector


Story of Sumanasena Maharaja.
Nārada Muni came, why depressed?
Yes help me. Are youu Bahir Mukha  or Antar Mukha.
You body will have you smelly body go quickly down a river.
Only thing permanent, Bhakti.  When Kali Yuga come, Gauranga.
Chanting Pancha Tattva
But he wanted to see Lord Caitanya
Then one night a dream
A golden flash in a dark night.

QUESTIONS
Question 1: the king he had no faith. He got he highest associating. Faith vs association.
Answer: One make offenses & seal heart off
Or
Left me follow. - Viśvanātha Cakravartī Thakura
Did not seal off. Open his heart.


Question 2: difference between intellectually understand. In the mind Vs  movement of heart.
Answer: How do we know the difference.
When we get the fruit.
A matti? Will arise. Leaning towards goal. Encouraged good, discouraged then did not work. Not to validated in our maya. No prajalpa

Sadhu Sanga Notes–Realizations of Senior Vaisnavas

Dhanudhara Swami - 10 sentences about Sadhu Sanga

Nityananda Prabhu - liberate the 3 worlds, ABCDE,

Gaura Sakti - anarthas dissolving,

Mother Chandravali - amazing, I thought I had to go to India.

Braja Mandala Priya - only shelter, holy name,

Purushartha Prabhu - the bass player - saintly persons all leading kirtan, book distribution. Now a new wave, hours and hours of kirtan festivals.

Sudevi Sundari - my husbands name sake.  Thanking all the helpers. Thanking Indradyumna Swami.

Mother Kosa Rupa - last year I thought that this was the best festival. This weekend was especially wonderful, I got to meet so many wonderful devotees, new devotees will chant all the way Back to Godhead.

Edhaniaswabhava - giving thanks

Devarsi - no anxiety, just come and chant.

Syamala Kisori - so many great devotees helped us to focus on the only name.

Lila suka - top most favorite gathering, even though I am from Alachua

Nityānanda Chandra Dās - dreams of Krishna

Kapil Patel - reflecting on Kirtans, this helped me chant deeper.

Lalita Madhavi - thank Maharaja and others

Sundara - cry out to the Holy Name,

Mother Guru Bhakti - so much better than last year. New people were blown away. What people are looking for.

List of thanks.

Kirtaniyas

cooks

Transportation

VIS Very Important Sadhus hospitality

Child care

Registration

Deity Sevaka

Clean up crew

Flight arrangement

CYJ Helpers

Organizers

Indradyumna Swami - thanks Caturatma.

My heart of hearts is bringing Krishna to the public.  I haven't been to a temple in months due travel festivals.  But I feel that this festival is like a reward.

Sadhu Sanga Notes–HH Giriraj Swami’s Class “Śrīla Prabhupāda's Kirtan World Revolution”

Giriraj Swami

Memorial Day weekend there is a Prabhupada Festival in Los Angeles.

“I hope you can change your plans.” – Indradyumna Swami

Prabhupada's Sanskrit editor, Pradyumna Prabhu said a Striking statement.

Śrīla Prabhupāda took the same principles. That most acharyas take it for personal advancement to the advancement of the world.

Purport of this verse refers to Cetah Darpana marjanam.

It shows his inner mood.  Śrīla Prabhupāda is telling us what is going on inside him. He wants the leaders of the world to take it. So Revolutionary

Reforming the world.   

Tamal Krishna Goswami had a hernia operation. There was no phone.

America phone story with Śrīla Prabhupāda “Is this the time to inquire”

They decided to the hospital. Śrīla Prabhupāda was so concerned about Tamal Krishna Goswami.

When he was wheeled out, he said. “I just I had a dream. You were reporting to previous acharyas on your preaching mission, you said on Earth they have:

No good qualities.

No knowledge

No background

But one good quality

What ever I tell them they do.”

That is the what Śrīla Prabhupāda is saying in this purport.

Did not care even if they were not Indian.

Smartas say. Greatest disservice by giving sacred thread.

What is more powerful Paapa or Naaama. .?

Tree of Lord Caitanya

Rupa and Sanantan, the best of all.

They spread Krishna Consciousness in pascyamdesha.

How does Kaviraja Goswami describe such residents,no good behavior or well educated and etc

And trained them

When Śrīla Prabhupāda returned to India he went to a Sadhu Mela on the sands of Chowpatty

Long winded dry talks by impersonalist.

Śrīla Prabhupāda instead did kirtan

Malati then got everyone dancing.

"I don't wish to speak much" He said.

But these Americans. Sad achar

They had never seen white sadhus. Nor such enthusiasm.

One man said, "”I get people to chant Hare Krishna for health, can we join forces?”

“No! We serve Naama”

Our own worse enemy like the panic of a drowning man is his worse enemy

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The identity of Spider-Man? Who is the man behind the mask?

Who is the real Spider-man?  Who is the man behind the mask of maya?
Narada thought that it might be Brahmā. 
Nārada says to Brahmā
SB 2.5.5 As the spider very easily creates the network of its cobweb and manifests its power of creation without being defeated by others, so also you yourself, by employment of your self-sufficient energy, create without any other’s help.
SB 2.5.6 Whatever we can understand by the nomenclature, characteristics and features of a particular thing — superior, inferior or equal, eternal or temporary — is not created from any source other than that of Your Lordship, thou so great.
SB 2.5.7 Yet we are moved to wonder about the existence of someone more powerful than you when we think of your great austerities in perfect discipline, although your good self is so powerful in the matter of creation.
SB 2.5.8 My dear father, you know everything, and you are the controller of all. Therefore, may all that I have inquired from you be kindly instructed to me so that I may be able to understand it as your student.
SB 2.5.9 Lord Brahmā said: My dear boy Nārada, being merciful to all (including me) you have asked all these questions because I have been inspired to see into the prowess of the Almighty Personality of Godhead. (Krishna)
SB 2.5.10 Whatever you have spoken about me is not false because unless and until one is aware of the Personality of Godhead, who is the ultimate truth beyond me, one is sure to be illusioned by observing my powerful activities.
 
Brahmā later confirms this conclusion by asking Krishna how he do His Spider-Man like activities.
SB 2.9.28 O master of all energies, please tell me philosophically all about them. You play like a spider that covers itself by its own energy, and Your determination is infallible.
What are his Spider-Man Powers?
A spider can hide himself in his own web, he can also dissolve that web back into himself.  But web itself is the spider's own energy.  So similarly the Lord can mask His existence or reveal Himself according to His will.  The universal energy is His web which he winds up at the end of creation and which He recreates at the beginning of the millennium. (Bg 9.7)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

TEXAS FAITH 100!: Do we put too much emphasis on the brain to explain human behaviors?

Dallas Morning News,
Each week we will post a question to a panel of about two dozen clergy, laity and theologians, all of whom are based in Texas or are from Texas. They will chime in with their responses to the question of the week. And you, readers, will be able to respond to their answers through the comment box.

That thought came to me after reading a recent New York Times piece that questioned whether kidswho are being diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may simply suffer from loss of sleep. Wrote Dr. Vatsal Thakkar, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at New York University’s School of Medicine:

“I don’t doubt that many people do, in fact, have A.D.H.D.; I regularly diagnose and treat it in adults. But what if a substantial proportion of cases are really sleep orders in disguise?”

Don’t get me wrong. I am fascinated by how much more we know about the brain’s influence over our behaviors. Recently, I did an interview with Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman of the Center of Brain Health at University of Texas at Dallas. She talked about how the brain’s development affects early learning. You can read more about her thoughts at this link.

Still, I have wondered whether the science of brain chemistry has risen to such a place that we may overlook other reasons for behavior. That includes whether the old-fashioned notion of sin could perhaps also explain the actions people take. Could it be that man’s rebellion against God is driving people to act the way they do as much as any influence their brain has on their actions?

We can never quantify the reasons for actions, but I would like to hear your thoughts about this issue:

Are we relying too much on the science of the brain to explain human behaviors?

NITYANANDA CHANDRA DAS, minister of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), Dallas 

The human brain is like a prism. Light does not come from a prism but light can be transmitted and put through a prism. The body itself, including the brain, is simply a machine for the soul. Once the soul leaves the body, the body is of little worth. It is through the body that soul expresses itself in this material world.

There is much phenomena unexplainable by the modern mechanistic idea of consciousness, one is inspiration. For example the zeta function discovery by German mathematician Bernard Riehmann. Right before dying he wrote a note describing several properties of this function. He did not indicate the proof of these properties and it took many years later for mathematicians to prove all but one of them. The last one has been studied with great difficulty over the past 100 years.

One mathematician, Jacques Hadamard, in this regards said, “All these complements could be brought to Riemann’s publication only by the help of facts which were completely unknown in his time; and, for one of the properties enunciated by him, it is hardly conceivable how he can have found it without using some of these general principles, no mention of which is made in his paper.”

Mechanistic science fails to present theoretical models which cannot account for this phenomena of inspiration. For this reason others it is easy to understand that the self transcends the brain. Based on the desires and resultant actions (karma), the soul is granted a particular body. Due to the influence of ignorance, the soul misidentifies the body as the self. Thus in such ignorance, the self becomes conditioned by the body that it inhabits.

To see all responses of the TEXAS Faith panel click here.