Live According to Varnasrama Nataraja Dasa

Brahmana is a highest in varnasrama not because he may be born in a brahmana family, but because:

vaiśeṣyāt prakṛtiśraiṣṭhyānniyamasya ca dhāraṇāt |
saṃskārasya viśeṣācca varṇānāṃ brāhmaṇaḥ prabhuḥ || Manu samhita 10.3 ||
The Brāhmaṇa is the lord of the varnas, on account of his distinctive qualities, of the superiority of his origin, of his observance of restrictive rules, of the peculiar character of his sanctification.

1. Distinctive qualities – Vaiśeṣyāt’.—‘Through pre-eminence,—of qualities
2. Origin – of the superiority of his origin,’—the Brāhmaṇa having sprung from the highest part of Prajāpati’s body. ‘Origin’ means source.
3. Observances of restrictive rules – Niyamasya dhāraṇāt
4. The peculiarity of his sanctification;’—this refers to the observances of the Accomplished Student. (Guru can be someone who by himself is a foremost disciple). read more

To be Situated in Varnasrama Nataraja Dasa

Astrology decides (shows) what your body is meant for. It’s a duty of parents to rise and educate child in this direction. Towards ideal and predestined natural qualities. In a case of daughter – that’s easier – stri dharma do not depend on varna dharma, it’s separate. Varna of daughter is important only when you choose future husband.

So – varna is in the field of problematics of rising and education of sons.
In my case of my sons – astrologically, I have 2 ksatriyas, vaisya and brahmana. We all together study these topics and we clearly see how it’s practically shows up, these differences.

Then there is case of emergency. Yes – I consider myself ksatriya as it is shown by my stars – because whatever I do, I do as a fight. I even make my work, sometimes shudras work (case of emergency* for to fulfill asrama duty) as a fight. Therefore I was forced to open my own company, because I am very bad employee. It’s very hard to “exploit” me, lot of problems for employers.
But when I am for my own – then this fight can go on. read more

First Step Nataraja Dasa

tatas te niryayur gopāḥ svaṁ svam ādāya go-dhanam
śakaṭoḍhopakaraṇaṁ strī-bāla-sthavirāḥ śanaiḥ

“After collecting their respective cows and loading their paraphernalia into their wagons, the cowherd men went out. The women, children and elderly persons gradually followed them.”
SB 10.25.27

When I was little kid – almost every babushka on a country side did have her own respective cow. Just some 30-40 years ago.
But now?

In our movement we try to speak about cow protection – how to revive it. But in this beautiful verse there is a simple formula of cow protection.
I know personally many men who not only would want to have cows, but who have had or still have them. But they are mostly lone men. read more

The Genius of Srila Prabhupada Nataraja Dasa

Chant Hare Krishna, perform what is yours and do not pretend to be who you are not.

Srila Prabhupāda never manufactured anything by his own. He always declared – that He gives only what is said in Scriptures, As it Is.
Those who try to represent Srila Prabhupada as a great inventor – they just do not know nothing.

For example, Prabhupada came to the west and gave to his followers highest braminical standart possible to follow. How it is that? To shudras? To outcasts?
But in Manu Samhita it is stated clearly: read more

Living in the Holy Name Nataraja Dasa

For to achieve the state of „Living in the holy name“ on the Street is actually the moment when Harinam actually can be started. Then you belong to Harinam and Harinam belong to you.

Harinam is not just 2 Lines for 1-2 hours, inbetween other “more important“ duties, when you constantly look on the clock, for to not “stand“ too long and to not be too “late“.

Literary devotees are robbing themselves for decades with such attitude. And therefore they never open up, they never experience this „living in the holy name“ on the streets… When „everyone wants to chant“, when whoever you meet – they are willing to sing and dance, and you can answer to the questions from people who were first time in the life involved in chanting and dancing, and when you can give them books. read more

To be Sadhvis Nataraja Dasa

Both of my dear “daughters” – young wives of my sons – Irina and Prema – did have birthdays in the beginning of July.

There is some thoughts on this occasion.

Somehow happened that Vaisnavi Ministry of our dear movement did not associate themselves nor with to be chaste wives, nor with to be loving mothers, nor with to be obedient daughters…
Somehow happened that therms like “Vaisnavi” are build and used now as far away from stri dharma as possible… read more

Where is the Difficulty? Nataraja Dasa

About practice

Some may say, that:

“It is difficult to apply the laws of Manu in today’s world since the conditions that exist now are very different from those when they were formally codified.”

But it’s not really true – even if some laws we may not be able to apply, due to current law system – still there are plenty of principal laws, which we can definitely apply. In Bhagavad Gita is said, that better to imperfectly do what is your duty than perfectly what is not. The same is said in Manu Samhita itself – even if you are imperfect and conditions imperfect, better is to do what is your dharma and duties. read more

Uma Resposta ao Recente Comunicado do CGB no Brasil Murari Das

What follows below is a Brazilian Portuguese translation of an article written by Murari Das that has already been published here.

O CGB, corpo governamental da ISKCON Brasil, recentemente publicou um comunicado dizendo aos devotos para que não compartilhassem ou discutissem os conteúdos do livro Mothers and Masters ( anteriormente chamado Women: Mothers or Masters? ) em espaços nas redes sociais para devotos. Esse é o comunicado: read more

A Response to the Brazilian CGB’s Recent Statement Murari Das

The CGB, ISKCON Brazil’s governing body, recently published a statement telling devotees not to share or discuss contents of the book Mothers and Masters (formerly; Women: Mothers or Masters?) on devotee social media sites. This is the statement:

Given that a series of misogynous publications have recently appeared on Facebook forums and pages, ISKCON Brazil would like to inform that the main source of such publications, the book of HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami called “Women: Master or Mothers?” (sic) does not reflect the official opinions of the institution, just as the GBC expressed through its Resolution 313 from 2016: ” The opinions expressed by Bhakti Vikasa Swami in his book “Women: Masters or Mothers” are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and practices of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), or its Founder-Acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.” read more