Moonshadows

Did We Really Go To The Moon In The Late 1960’s and Early 70’s? Many people would have a real hard time believing or even entertaining the idea that we did not go to the moon. After all, it has been over 40 years since we, supposedly, sent our fist unmanned space missions to the moon. Having been so long, it would be unthinkable, improbable, that so many people could keep this a secret for so long. Even other governments would have to be involved. And it would raise innumerable questions as to how and why it was faked.

Note: I have not had time lately to do the research necessary to complete this page. All that I have time to do right now is to put out a rambling writing from memory of my previous research as food for thought to those who maybe interested or concerned about such things. As I have time I will be adding and updating this page. [...] read more

In defense of Srila Prabhupada

By Thomas J. Hopkins, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Franklin and Marshall College, USA (A Response to: ‘His Divine Grace and the Revised Bhagavad-Gita’ by Joseph Vekerdi)

I have read the English translation of Joseph Vekerdi’s essay in Life and Literature entitled ‘His Divine Grace and the Revised Bhagavad-Gita’. I must say that I find it disappointing as a scholarly statement on Prabhupada’s translation, the Gita itself and the Hindu tradition as a whole. I have no doubt that Vekerdi is a competent Indologist in some area of study, but he is clearly outside his field of competence in this essay.[...] read more

It is a fact that we were with Krsna

Prabhupada: ...you are part and parcel of Krsna; that is our original state. Now by contact with this material nature we have forgotten. Just like I come from India. Suppose I remain here for many years, so I may forget about my home. But it is a fact that I was Indian, my home was India; therefore I am called Indian. I may forget.

Avoid association of serpent Mayavadis and karmis

The Mayavadis and other atheists do not want the Krsna consciousness movement to develop because it educates people in God consciousness. Such is the policy of the atheists. There is no benefit in feeding a snake milk and bananas because the snake will never be satisfied. On the contrary, by taking milk and bananas the snake simply becomes more poisonous (kevalam visa-vardhanam). If a snake is given milk to drink, its poison simply increases. For a similar reason, we should not disclose our minds to the serpent Mayavadis and karmis. Such disclosures will never help. It is best to avoid association with them completely and never ask them about anything confidential because they cannot give good advice. Nor should we extend invitations to Mayavadis and atheists nor accept their invitations, for by such intimate intermingling we may become affected by their atheistic mentality (sangat sanjayate kamah). It is the negative injunction of this verse that we should refrain from giving anything to or accepting anything from the Mayavadis and atheists. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has also warned, visayira anna khaile dusta haya mana: [Cc. Antya 6.278] “By eating food prepared by worldly people, one s mind becomes wicked. Unless one is very advanced, he is unable to utilize everyone’s contribution to further the Krsna consciousness movement; therefore on principle one should not accept charity from the Mayavadis or atheists. Indeed, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has forbidden devotees to associate even with ordinary men who are too addicted to material sense gratification.

The Nectar of Instruction, Text 4, purport[...]

CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU IS SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD

Srila Prabhupada taught us that Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu was the Supreme Personality of Godhead appearing as His own devotee on earth five hundred years ago. Krsna as Lord Caitanya tasted the bliss that Srimati Radharani experienced in loving Him and simultaneously distributed that prema to the jivas of the material realm. On the strength of Srila Prabhupada’s own conviction; on the strength of the several Vedic evidences he quoted; on the strength of the Gaudiya-Vaisnava acaryas’ opinions and on the realization which comes from chanting and participating in the Sankirtana Movement-some devotees have been fortunate enough to receive faith in the divinity of Lord Caitanya.

Others however, are doubtful. First there are those who doubt that someone appearing so much like an ordinary man could be God incarnate. Secondly there are those who worship their own elected “avataras” or “incarnations” as God. Thirdly there are those who simply don’t know. All of these are in trouble by not recognizing Lord Caitanya’s unique position.[...] read more

Lord Caitanya’s magnaminity

Love of Krsna is not an easy thing to obtain, because by this love one can purchase Krsna, but Caitanya Mahaprabhu distributed this love of Krsna to anyone and everyone, even to the two drunkards Jagai and Madhai. Narottama dasa Thakura has therefore sung:

dina-hina yata chila hari-name uddharila,
ta’ra saksi jagai-madhai[...] read more

Ghee’s role in the Ayurvedic Diet

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Introduction

Beyond being ideal for the yogi (see previous article in this series), ghee is considered nectar-like for all wishing to live according to Ayurvedic principals and maintain positive health. The final article in this series will look at contemporary scientific evidence in support of ghee in promoting health and healing. In this age of ‘fatism’, Ayurveda’s views on the wondrous benefits of ghee may appear contradictory. We must assess ghee through the Ayurvedic lens to provide rationale for it being recommended for all from cradle to grave. For example, just after birth the new baby is given both honey and ghee impregnated with mantras prescribed for this purpose in the Vedas (Ch Sa: 8/46). Charaka, an Ayurvedic master physician in ancient India, summarises:[...] read more

Who is Hanuman?

As the eternal servant of Lord Ramacandra, Hanuman has been respectfully worshiped since time immemorial. His glories are described throughout the pages of the famous Ramayana of Valmiki Muni, as well as in other Vedic texts, such as the Mahabharata, various Puranas, and the writings of previous acaryas. Once Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati were enjoying conjugal pastimes in the forest, disguised as monkeys so as not to disturb the meditating sages. But when the time for conception was impending, Parvati Devi refused to consummate the act, for she did not want to bear a monkey-child. Thus Siva gave his semen to Vayu, who delivered it to the womb of a female monkey named Anjana, the wife of the monkey Kesari. The monkey-child born from Anjana was known as Anjaneya, “son of Anjana,” and also as Vayu-putra, “son of Lord Vayu.” It so happens that Anjana was not an ordinary monkey. Formerly she had been the maidservant of the great sage Brhaspati. During that time, one day while going to gather flowers in the forest for worship, nearby she heard the sounds of conjugal activity, and consequently, overcome with passion, she immediately returned to the ashram of Brhaspati and shamelessly approached him for union. To teach her a valuable lesson, that self-controlled sage cursed her to be reincarnated as a female monkey. But he simultaneously blessed her to bear a child that had been conceived by Lord Siva himself, and that after the child’s birth she would be freed from the curse. Later, immediately upon giving birth to her monkey-son, Anjana wanted to return to the heavenly planets. So, for the infant’s sustenance, she simply instructed him to eat ripened fruits of red color, and then abandoned him. Shortly thereafter, Anjaneya mistook the red-colored rising sun to be one such edible fruit and jumped high into the sky to devour it. Then Lord Indra, thinking that the sun planet was being attacked, launched his vajra (thunderbolt), which struck and broke Anjaneya’s jaw. Consequently, Anjaneya then became known as Hanuman, “one with a broken jaw.” Greatly disturbed by Indra’s action against Anjaneya, Lord Vayu withdrew the air from the universe, thus putting all living entities into an extremely distressful condition and compelling all the demigods to apologize to and bestow their blessings upon the child. The demigods then assured Lord Vayu that his son, Hanuman, would be invincible, intelligent, capable of changing bodily form at will, resistant to any weapons, and so forth, and would ultimately use all of those blessings in service to Lord Rama, by assisting Him to rescue His beloved Sita from the hands of Ravana. Hanuman indeed performed extraordinary feats in service to his Lord Rama. He jumped eight hundred miles to the city of Lanka, found the captured Sita, and exhibited his wrath by setting ablaze that golden city Lanka. Subsequently, as the leader of Rama’s monkey-army, Hanuman assumed the foremost role in an epic battle against Ravana. He also soared all the way to the Himalayas, tore off a mountain peak full of essential medicinal herbs, and carried it all the way back to the wounded Laksmana (brother of Lord Rama), who lay unconscious on the battlefield. Because Hanuman used all of his qualities and abilities in service to Lord Rama, he became universally famous as the greatest devotee of Lord Rama. Among all of the Supreme Lord’s personal attendants, Hanuman is the most glorious, greater even than Garuda. The exalted Vaisnava Yamunacarya Alabandaru wrote:

dasah sakha vahanam asanam dhvajo   yas te vitananam vyajanam trayi-mayah[...] read more

Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s philosophy: enjoy with Krsna

Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught that if you want to cry for Krsna, then no more crying for this material world. Hare Krsna. If you can once learn how to cry for Krsna, then you will no more cry for this material world. That is Vedanta. Try to feel separation for Krsna, then you won’t feel separation from this nonsense material world. Everyone is suffering or hankering. Either hankering… One who hasn’t got, he is hankering, and one who has but lost it, he is lamenting. This is the activity. But Krsna consciousness means once you hanker after Krsna, there will be no more lamentation. Here the lamentation is, “I could not find Krsna,” not that “I have lost Krsna.” First of all get Krsna; then there is question of loss. But once you get, there is no more loss. That is Krsna consciousness. Once you get Krsna, there is no more loss; you get it forever, and you enjoy with Krsna in perfection. This is Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s philosophy.

From Srila Prabhupada’s lecture, Panca-tattva Deity Installation – Hawaii, Unknown date [...]