They are all mlecchas

Srila Prabhupada sent some American and European disciples to one of his sannyasi godbrothers’ ashram in India in the late 60s’. However, this sannyasi forbid them to cook or to perform aroti; they were Westerners, and were thus too fallen to perform these services. Prabhupada never forgot this incident: half a decade later, when that sannyasi asked Prabhupada for a contribution, Prabhupada replied as follows. Prabhupada was very adept.

September 7th, 1975 read more

Need prayers for sick cows

Cow prayer

Recently few of the cows at our Goshala in ISKCON Bangalore, HBR Layout, Sri Narsimha Giridhari Mandir are suffering from a disease called Foot and mouth disease or hoof-and-mouth disease. It is an infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic and wild bovids. The virus causes a high fever for two or three days, followed by blisters inside the mouth and on the feet that may rupture and cause lameness. The disease is characterized by high fever that declines rapidly after two or three days, blisters inside the mouth that lead to excessive secretion of stringy or foamy saliva and to drooling, and blisters on the feet that may rupture and cause lameness.

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has severe implications for animal farming, since it is highly infectious and can be spread by infected animals through aerosols, through contact with contaminated farming equipment, vehicles, clothing or feed, and by domestic and wild predators. Its containment demands considerable efforts in vaccination, strict monitoring, trade restrictions and quarantines, and occasionally the elimination of animals. read more

Krishna Consciousness in South Korea

During His manifest pastimes, Srila Prabhupada did not visit Korea, but reading from His letters in the Vedabase, we can learn that His disciple Trivikrama Swami was trying to obtain a preaching visa while residing in Japan (letter to Trivikrama – Honolulu 9 May, 1976), went there for three weeks and even managed to make a pamphlet in Korean which His Divine Grace greatly appreciated (letter to Trivikrama – Honolulu 15 May, 1976).

We can also see how He encouraged disciples stationing in the eastern part of the world to go there as well (letter to Sudama, 19. Sep 1971 and letter to Cyavana – London 1 August, 1972). read more

The New Gender Gap

Lawrence High is the usual fortress of manila-brick blandness and boxy 1960s architecture. At lunch, the metalheads saunter out to the smokers’ park, while the AP types get pizzas at Marinara’s, where they talk about — what else? — other people. The hallways are filled with lip-glossed divas in designer clothes and packs of girls in midriff-baring track tops. The guys run the gamut, too: skate punks, rich boys in Armani, and saggy-panted crews with their Eminem swaggers. In other words, they look pretty much as you’d expect.

But when the leaders of the Class of 2003 assemble in the Long Island high school’s fluorescent-lit meeting rooms, most of these boys are nowhere to be seen. The senior class president? A girl. The vice-president? Girl. Head of student government? Girl. Captain of the math team, chief of the yearbook, and editor of the newspaper? Girls. read more

A response to Hari-kirtana prabhu regarding my article

Many thanks to Hari-kirtana prabhu for his thoughtful response to my submission on the relative intelligence of men to women. He has clearly done a little homework and I appreciate his reminder that we have to be careful when we cite scientific findings as support for our preaching work. His admonition that “one small slip on the scientific slope (in this case, asserting that testosterone suppresses oxytocin to prove that a man’s biological response to stress is different than a woman’s) is enough to undermine our credibility with educated people and, with it, the credibility Vedic scripture as axiomatic, infallible, and of Divine origin” is well taken. It reminds me of an exchange we had with Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk on December 8th 1975 in Vrindavana:

“Nevertheless, despite his often humorous critiques and sometimes general condemnations of the modern materialistic scientists, Prabhupada cautioned us that any attempt to preach on a scientific basis must be done expertly. When Alanatha, a European devotee, told him of plans to publish a magazine in Sweden with articles challenging the material scientists, Prabhupada warned him. “Don’t write anything nonsense. It must be very solid. Otherwise you’ll be laughing stock. One must be confident before challenging others. In all stages he must be able to defend himself from the opposing elements. Then such challenge is all right. We are confident that this soul cannot be manufactured by any material combination. Therefore we can challenge. And we can defend ourselves in any stage.” read more

Deviant Vaisnava Sects Part Three: Gauranaga Nagaris – Rasabhasa bhaktas

“From the life of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, an intelligent person engaged in pure devotional service can understand that He always felt separation from Krsna within Himself.  In that separation He sometimes felt that He had found Krsna and was enjoying the meeting.  The significance of this separation and meeting is very specific.  If someone tries to understand the exalted position of Lord Caitanya without knowing this, he is sure to misunderstand it.  One must first become fully self realized.  Otherwise he may misidentify the Lord as nagara, or the enjoyer of the damsels of Vraja, thus committing the mistake of rasabhasa, or overlapping understanding.”

(CC Adi 4.106, Purport) read more