Srila Prabhupada putting on tilak

Summary: At home or in the temple, whenever performing worship, tilok must be worn. Best to have a firm practice that immediately after taking your morning bath, before commencing your sadhana, immediately apply full tilok, ie. in all of the 12 places, not just on the forehead and nose, accompanied by the 12 mantras.

Reading Assignment

"Twice Born Initiates Should Always Wear Tilaka" by Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur's Sri Caitanya-Bhagavata, Adi-khanda 15.5-15, with Purports by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada (English translation by Bhumipati Das. Edited and published by Pundarik Vidyanidhi Das. Vrajaraj Press. Vrindavan. 2001)

a) Adi Khanda 15.5-8

Guru-Disciple relationship

Summary: The text being quoted from here, Sri Sanat-kumara Samhita, is a very very old scripture. It is worth noting that Srila Prabhupada has given us a most authentic traditional ancient process! While some minor details have been adjusted (in our case, sampradaya-specific modification of details; the Kumara Sampradaya is distinct from the Brahma Sampradaya, although both are vaisnava sampradayas), the very same activities which are recommended herein are what Srila Prabhupada has given to us. A detail is that the process of Panca-samskara is also described in one essay written by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura. One of the 5 items of samskara is slightly different. BVT explains why: the merciful nature of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. See attached file.

Gopa Kumar describes Vaikunthaloka

Summary: During this past weekend a number of devotees participated in a Retreat at our Gita Nagari farm, part of which was hearing from "Sri Brhat-bhagavatamrta" by Sanatana Goswami. Gopa Kumara had entered into Vaikuntha on a Vaikuntha airship, by the blessings of Lord Siva and others, and was relating his experiences there to another. The splendor of the Vaikuntha realm was so amazing to Gopa Kumara, who explained that even metaphors indicating it's magnificence were grossly inadequate. He explains in Chapter 4 Text 51: "Except by direct experience, no one can rightly understand Vaikuntha. No more than this can I accurately describe.

A faithful wife and controlled mind are great assets

Summary The instructions of Maharaja Rshabdev continue, warning us that the mind must be controlled, or it will act destructively. Other agents are also identified as dangerous: a serpent in the house, a so-called friend who has cheating motivations, and an unsubmissive servant who talks back, negating the instructions of the master. Similar to an unchaste wife, the mind of a yogi that is not controlled spoils his efforts to achieve tangible spiritual progress. The converse is also true. The strength and beauty of a woman is her shyness. Similarly, a mind that is controlled by the master, Krishna, and His gift of buddhi-yoga or the intelligence how we can come to Him, will be a GREAT asset on the path of spiritual progress.

Lord Caitanya meets Ramananda Raya

Summary: While in Chicago, I began a summary of the Second Canto, starting with Chapter 1. I plan, in the course of 2006, to continue working my way through the Second Canto, chapter by chapter, so that there will be a recorded overview of the entire Canto. The verse below summarizes the message of the first three chapters of this canto in a very concise and brilliant way, e.g. how meditation upon the universal form leads to Supersoul meditation, and in turn to a true 'change of heart', namely the development of love of Godhead. Please read this purport very carefully. It is packed with essential messages!

Loud chanting is the best!

Summary: A common conception that is out there is that chanting japa as we do (softly on beads) is very good but "silently chanting is 1,000 times better", or something to that effect. If you were to hear this question/comment being raised, how would you answer? Here is how Namacarya Haridas Thakur's answered this question or challenge.

Reading Assignment

LOUD CHANTING IS BEST Caitanya-bhagavata Adi Khanda, with purports of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta.

a) Caitanya Bhagavat Adi-khanda TEXT 267

TRANSLATION In this regard, there was one impious brahmana that lived in the village of Harinadi. He once angrily said to Haridasa.