Astrology

(This is the first of a series of essays meant for eventual publication in a book about Vaiṣṇava culture and etiquette.)

Astrology (jyotiṣa) is described as “the eye of the Vedas.” It (the Vedic version, not the Western type) is a bona fide science considered essential in Vedic society, so much so that even the Supreme Lord, although beyond all astrological considerations, nonetheless adheres to them while performing His human-like pastimes. For example:[...] read more

Talking Down Varnasrama – 2

While Anuttama Prabhu directly shows his aversion to varnasrama, Nityananda Prabhu, North American GBC and Dallas Temple President, is more nuanced in his approach. While he acknowledges that at some unspecified time in the future, intelligent devotees will introduce varnasrama, he makes a case to keep the status quo. He has a chart which he uses in leadership seminars for non-devotees, showing nine levels of people in general, and he classifies them into three groups. The first group from levels one to four fall under Sense objects, senses, mind and intelligence. The second group is the fifth level, consciousness. The third group are from levels six to nine, Soul, Brahman, Supersoul and Supreme Absolute Truth. He uses this chart to state his case. Key quotes by Nityananda Das, “as he said it,” are found at the end of this article.

He sort of speaks in circles, repeats without getting to a direct point about where devotees stand on this chart. But his idea is that the materialists are from levels one to four and upwards from that are devotees. His vision is to bring the consciousness of the materialists to the mode of goodness using modern techniques such as his leadership seminars to non-devotees.[...] read more

Baladeva Vidyabhusana Project Update and Visvanatha Cakravarti’s “Gaura-gana-svarupa-tattva-candrika”

In my last expeditions, besides finding several manuscripts of Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana, I have also found a Sanskrit manuscript signed by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti called “Gaura-gana-svarupa-tattva-candrika.” The author begins by corroborating the affiliation of the Gaudiya sampradaya with the Madhva sampradaya and then proceeds to describe the identities of Lord Caitanya’s associates in Krsna-lila. This is yet another work which corroborates the Gaudiya-Madhva link and dismisses the misconception that it was Vidyabhusana’s innovation. For many decades, Gaudiya authors like Radha-Govindanatha, Puri dasa, Sundarananda Vidyavinoda, Kanai Lal Adhikari, Shyam Lal Hakin, and others actively engaged in propaganda against Baladeva Vidyabhusana and the link with the Madhva sampradaya. Although a few attempts have been made to answer to their baseless allegations, some followers of the above mentioned authors keep on perpetrating their heresies. The time has come to expose them and show even further evidence that the guru-parampara presented by Vidyabhusana is accurate. Recently I also came across manuscripts of Srila Rasikananda’s “Bhagavatastakam” and a commentary written by Sri Bhajananandadeva Gosvami, who belonged to the fourth generation of Rasikananda’s descendants and was one of the Mahantas of the Syamanandi parivara in Gopivallabhpur during Vidyabhusana’s life time. I have rendered both the original and the commentary into English and will post them online shortly. Despite a busy schedule and extensive travelling, I have also translated Vidyabhusana’s “Tattva-dipika” and Prabodhananda Sarasvati’s “Viveka-satakam,” which at present are under revision. In sequence, other unpublished manuscripts will be given attention. As previously promised, I have uploaded several old editions of Vidyabhusana’s books. So far at least one or two editions are uploaded, either in Devanagari or in Bengali script, and gradually the other editions will also be available for free here .

The Baladeva Vidyabhusana Project is now three years old and remains mostly an independent and single handed effort to accomplish the following objectives:[...] read more

Talking “Down” Varnasrama

During the 2014 North American GBC meetings, Anuttama Das and Nityananda Das shared a platform in a presentation; their topic was Varnasrama. http://www.dandavats.com/?p=12906#more-12906  They talked “down” varnasrama. Key quotes by Anuttama Das, current chair of the GBC, as he said it, are found at the end of this article.

If a politician talks down the currency or economy of his country, even in a positive way, his career is practically finished. There will be no end of criticism and pressure for him to resign.[...] read more

Origins Of Political Correctness And Its Consequent Influence Within ISKCON

For the first time in history of the so called modern, refine, advanced and free society, we have to be apprehensive of what we say, of what we write, and of what we think. We have to be afraid of using the “wrong” words that present word denounces as offensive, insensitive, racist, sexist, or homophobic etc.

We have to ask the question; where does all this classification that we’ve heard it in the schools on the radio, television, work etc. – the feminism, the gay rights movement,  anti-Semitism, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demand for compulsory social enculturation, and the rest of the ideology of superimposed social engineering – where does it come from?[...] read more

Sudama Puri Temple

Birthplace and Residence of Sudama brahmana, dear-most Friend of Lord Sri Krishna at Porbandar, Gujarat.

Sudama brahmana was a personal friend of Lord Sri Krishna. Both Sudama brahmana and Lord lived and studied at the ashram of their spiritual master, Sandipani Muni. Sudama brahmana was completely free of material desires. He maintained himself and his wife with whatever came of its own accord, and thus they were poverty-stricken. One day Sudama’s wife, unable to find any food to prepare for her husband, went to him and asked that he visit his friend Krishna in Dwarka and beg some charity. Sudama was reluctant, but in great humility and submission when she again and again requested, he agreed to go, reflecting that an opportunity to see the Lord was extremely auspicious. His wife begged a few handfuls of flattened rice as a gift for Sri Krishna, and Sudama set off for Dwarka.[...] read more