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Avatara, Ayanamsha, and Ahangrahopasana

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Author:  Sarva Sankalpa prabhu

Every soul or jiva has a specific relationship with Krishna, who is Bhagavan, the Blessed Supreme Personality of Godhead. Sometimes, however, this relationship is relinquished in the Highest Heaven, indeed, in the direct company of Lord Krishna. Milton hints the same thing in his Paradise Lost, an epic about war in higher universal regions. Heaven, in its very highest and transcendental realm, is named Goloka, and it is full of eternal rasa surcharged in a perfect society. That is, all the denizens of this Heaven, who spend countless eternities serving Lord Chaitanya, Lord Balarama, and Lord Krishna, together interact and produce a perfume, a masala, a symphony, and a brocade. One denizen by himself is neither perfume nor brocade; all must assemble, which they desire to do more than a deer panteth for water in the desert. Some of us are cooks there, others arrange soirees, and all of us know the chemistry that permeates in that beloved region.

Are the denizens of Goloka automatons, programmed to act sweetly, alluringly, but cold and soulless? If not, if they are totally free to fly the spiritual sky, why is Goloka not cloven like liberal democracies? Why is it not a place of free radicals, congregations of unrelated individuals? Do the Guardians (originally posited by the sage Socrates, the Light of Greece) comb Goloka and exile all but the most compliant? Do they then force them violently into the material phenomenon? It behooves us to know!

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November 26, 2009   1 Comment

Autonomic and Voluntary Bhakti

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By Sarva Sankalpa prabhu

We recently happened upon a snippet from R. Dass, and we should like to pass the gist of it onto you. What is “ISKCON” teaching these days? What wisdom is treasured by those who have been touched by an Avatar like Srila Prabhupada? Let us find out:

jarayaty asu ya kosam
nigirnam analo yatha

“Bhakti, devotional service, dissolves the subtle body of the living entity without separate effort, just as fire in the stomach digests all that we eat.”

Srimad-bhagavatam, 3.25.33

This is nectar, because the subtle body gives us far more trouble than the gross body. Here’s more:

“The body of such a liberated yogi, along with the senses, is taken charge of by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and it functions until its destined activities are finished. The liberated devotee, being awake to his constitutional position and thus situated in samadhi, the highest perfectional stage of yoga, does not accept the by-products of the material body as his own. Thus he considers his bodily activities to be like the activities of a body in a dream.” Srimad-bhagavatam, 3.28.38

A couple of glaring implications or insinuations dwell in the manner in which these verses are wrongfully conflated to our great disadvantage. We can be enticed into corruption by our own misguided intentions, and, as a result, enter into spiritual retrogression. In order to avoid this crime against ourselves, we are obliged to first deconstruct it.

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September 30, 2009   2 Comments