Caution: Humanitarianism, if it is not God-centered can result in Karmic bondage
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..altruism, socialism, communism, nationalism and humanitarianism. These "isms" are certainly very attractive forms of karma-bandhana (karmic bondage), but the Vedic instruction of Sri Isopanisad is that if one actually wants to live for any of the above "isms," he should make them God-centered. There is no harm in becoming a family man, or an altruist, a socialist, a communist, a nationalist or a humanitarian, provided that one executes his activities in relation with isavasya, the God-centered conception.

- Srila Prabhupada, Sri Isopanishad Mantra 2

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72 photos from our recent Ratha Yatra festival in St. Augustine, FL, USA, March, 2014
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Hare Krsna Parade of the Chariots By Gary LeVeille posted by the newspaper on the StAugustine.com website. Read more ›

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Are the five rasas progressive? What is the difference between rasa and bhava? Does rasa grow into bhava?
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Tribhuvanath Prabhu’s Festival Team in the UK
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Hare Krishna everyone,

This short film has just been released of the festival in Maidenhead which took place on 10th April.
The event was very well attended and went smoothly.
Thanks to everyone involved.
It was a great example of enthusiastic cooperation between Local devotees, The Manor Sankirtan team, Food for All and the Festival group.

see Maidenhead HKF short film made by Sandi Hume..:

Remember the next Hare Krishna Festival is in Reading Irish Centre on Thur 8th May.
There will be Harinams and flyer distribution to promote this on Sat 26th April and Sat 3rd May. plus on the festival day Thur 8th May.

ys Ratnavali

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1961 April 20: "As you have developed a deep love for me, I dare to ask you to send me financial help. Instruct your Embassy in Delhi and dispatch me to Japan on your behalf. I am feeling too much to meet you and the Congress so that we can build up a solid institute for spiritual cultivation. I shall await your instruction by cable."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1947-64

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1966 April 20: "Pratipada. Today I took my meals at Dr. Mishra's place. I took back the tape recorder and tried for its repair without any success. Evening meeting at 7 to 9 p.m. four persons attended. The collection $4.00. Expenditure for Bus fare .45."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1966

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1970 April 20: "All our girl devotees should be expert in Arcana and cooking. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. We shall touch the altar and Deity in very clean condition, so this point should be very carefully observed, then you will advance very quickly to the perfectional stage of Krishna Consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1970 April 20: "There are editorial mistakes in the blueprint. I am giving herewith a note. But I am very much satisfied. This book will be sold by hundreds of thousands. Now you overflood the market with big and small books as many as possible."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1971 April 20: "I require the helping hand of these foreigners very much and I have guaranteed their staying in India yet still they are being asked to leave. I cannot understand what are the legal intricacies. If you will kindly give me direction how they can stay, it will be very kind of you."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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1973 April 20: "What is this meditation of wine, women and fish? He does not like us because we reject all bogus philosophy. For that people criticize me, but why should we accept nonsense? We accept Bhagavad-gita as it is, as Krishna spoke it."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973

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1974 April 20: "I have no business to criticize you but as your Spiritual Master, it is my duty. Don't be sorry. To remain faulty before the Spiritual Master is good. If one thinks he is all-perfect then there is no scope for rectification."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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1974 April 20: "To sell tickets and make profit you think it best that I appear with a popular music group. These arrangements make us too dependent on other parties. We should just present our own program. Better you spread Krsna Consciousness there by distribution of literature, kirtana and prasadam - that will be as effective as my personally coming."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Ramanavami Class – 08.04.2014
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Ramanavami Class – 08.04.2014

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Srila Prabhupada on “Plain Living & High Thinking” in New Vrindaban – June 26, 1976
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SP NV 1976

A brief quote from a Srimad Bhagavatam lecture given by Srila Prabhupada on June 26th, 1976.

“So here in New Vrindaban we are trying to establish an ideal life—plain living and advanced in Krishna consciousness. That is [our] real business.”

Click HERE for the full audio and transcript posted on the Vanipedia website.

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To grow individually and socially, look for the weakness in yourself and the goodness in others
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To grow individually means to become a better person, a human being with greater character, competence and confidence.

To grow socially means to become better recognized and respected by others, to be valued for one’s opinions and contributions.

We all wish to grow both individually and socially. Unfortunately, we sometimes adopt unwittingly an approach that backfires on both fronts: we tend to look at the good in ourselves and the bad in others.

Our ego often makes us believe that we are the best thing waiting to happen to the world – if only it would take notice and take heed. Blinding us to our defects and deficiencies, the ego binds us to an imaginary and self-congratulatory self-conception that chokes our personal growth. Worse still, it keeps us self-righteously insulated from outer help, for we believe: “People don’t even understand who I am and what I can do – how can they help me?”

Humility allows us to break free from the clutches of such megalomania and to recognize our true self-worth, with both our strengths and our weaknesses. With the honest self-appraisal founded in humility, we can take tangible steps to overcome our weaknesses and grow individually.

The ego sabotages our prospects for social growth too by making us believe that we become better than others by being able to see their faults. Our ego gets a perverse tickle when we broadcast the weaknesses of others – and the tickle feels even better if we can make those broadcasts sarcastic. While such taunts may earn us some laughs among other small-minded people, it eventually erodes the trust that the people who matter have in us, for they think: “If this guy can speak thus about that person behind the back, what will stop him from doing the same to me later?” Due to the resulting trust bankruptcy, we can’t develop deep meaningful relationships and are never considered leadership material by others. Consequently, our attempts for social growth are repeatedly thwarted, even among the society of people who seem to like us.

The Bhagavad-gita (16.02-03) pertinently declares modesty and aversion to faultfinding as the integral characteristics of the godly, people who are on the path of inner and outer growth. Modesty or humility frees us from the constant craving for self-glorification and enables us to introspect, thereby identifying and rectifying our weaknesses. And aversion to fault-finding enables us to focus on the good in others, thereby not only encouraging them to become better, but also to develop deeper rapports with us, thus laying the foundations for our social growth.

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HG Mathuranatha Prabhu / SB 10.59.44-45
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HG Dharma Prabhu / SB 10.59.43
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Chanting Should Be In The Forefront
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Chanting should be enough in the forefront that we don’t chant our rounds while driving. It should be enough in the forefront that it gets prime time in the morning. If that’s what he meant by forefront, then yes, chanting should be in the forefront.

Japa Walks, Japa Talks
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Me, myself and I
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 January 2014, Durban, South Africa, Lecture) 

kks_melbourneWe can become free from personal motivation. It comes from sacrifice in devotional service; it cannot come from anything else. We just put our own ideas aside and do something, and over time we take responsibility for Prabhupada’s movement. We just volunteer and we become very flexible and we say yes to whatever the vaisnavas desire.

 

 

 

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Sin redefined for devotees
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“For ordinary religious persons, whatever contradicts the principles of religion is sin. For devotees of the Supreme Lord, however, everything which stands in the way of pure devotional service is sin.”

Shrila Sanatana Goswami, Brihad-Bhagavatamrita 2.7.124 purport

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Skype conference with Russian speaking devotees April 18th
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What is Power?
Krishna Dharma

‘Pause for Thought’ broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on April 12

Power is usually seen as a means of control, but in the wrong hands it all too often goes out of control. Jimi Hendrix, that great peacenik of the 60s, said that when the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. Carl Jung also said that one was the shadow of the other, that where power rules love is lacking, and where love prevails there was no real need of power.

That seems to be true. I recall my days many years ago at a rather strict boys’ school, where different styles of class control were in evidence. Some teachers ruled with an iron hand which, in those pre health and safety days, occasionally connected with a recalcitrant ear. Of course, the fear they engendered largely served its purpose and kept us in our place. But in a passive aggressive manner, if only for the sake of our ears, we were always looking for opportunities to give them a hard time. On the other hand, those teachers who showed genuine affection for the students were treated with genuine respect.

The Mahabharata, a great moral teaching from Ancient India, says that power is actually meant to be a part of love; that it is meant only for protecting others, in particular those most in need of protection. It should never be used for any selfish purpose. This makes sense when seen from a spiritual perspective. After all, from where do we get our power? None of us are independently powerful – our power can be taken from us at any time, no matter how much we may have. Our strength, capability and very life itself are not under our control, what to speak of any position of any external power we may hold. There is a superior power above us, which is God.

And God’s power, according to the Mahabharata, is the power of love in action, directing us back to him where we will experience his love in full. So let’s use whatever power we have lovingly in his divine service rather than our own. I think then we will find the peace that Jimi mentioned.

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Understanding Radha and Krsna’s pastimes through and only through Caitanya Mahaprabhu
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AMERICA IS NOT A DEMOCRACY
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The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite.

So concludes a recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin I Page.

This is not news, you say.

Perhaps, but the two professors have conducted exhaustive research to try to present data-driven support for this conclusion. Here’s how they explain it:

Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.

The two professors came to this conclusion after reviewing answers to 1,779 survey questions asked between 1981 and 2002 on public policy issues. They broke the responses down by income level, and then determined how often certain income levels and organised interest groups saw their policy preferences enacted.

“A proposed policy change with low support among economically elite Americans (one-out-of-five in favour) is adopted only about 18% of the time,” they write, “while a proposed change with high support (four-out-of-five in favour) is adopted about 45% of the time.”

On the other hand:

When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.

They conclude:

Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organisations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.

Eric Zuess, writing in Counterpunch, isn’t surprised by the survey’s results.

“American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it’s pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the nation’s “news” media),” he writes. “The US, in other words, is basically similar to Russia or most other dubious ‘electoral’ ‘democratic’ countries. We weren’t formerly, but we clearly are now.”

This is the “Duh Report”, says Death and Taxes magazine’s Robyn Pennacchia. Maybe, she writes, Americans should just accept their fate.

“Perhaps we ought to suck it up, admit we have a classist society and do like England where we have a House of Lords and a House of Commoners,” she writes, “instead of pretending as though we all have some kind of equal opportunity here.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27074746

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1968 April 19: "Regarding the Christian's Trinity, God, the son and the Holy Ghost. A person in Krishna Consciousness accepts this by the name Visnu, Jiva and Paramatma. God is a Person, the living entity is a person, and the holy spirit or supersoul is a also person."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1968 April 19: "Do not feel that you have offended me. There is no question of your falling from my grace: you have always my blessings upon you, and I am always thinking of you, and praying Krishna to help you and give you more and more advancement in Krishna Consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1969 April 19: "Everywhere we are seeing good results from Sankirtana. Yesterday I went to Buffalo and Rupanuga organized a very nice meeting of more than 200 students who were all chanting and dancing. So this Sankirtana Movement should be pushed on very diligently. Then our propaganda will surely come out successful."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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1969 April 19: I was very much anxious to receive your letters, so now I am pleased to acknowledge receipt of them. I can understand that things are improving all around, and that is very satisfactory. So depend upon Krishna, work very sincerely, and everything will be complete without any doubt."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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1970 April 19: "Even though the local law is prohibitive for chanting on the street, you can take advantage of the educational institutions. We are not concerned with any particular place or situation - but we take the opportunity of chanting and speaking wherever it is possible."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1971 April 19: "We are not converting Moslems. We do not convert. If anyone understands our philosophy, he will make his own conversion and find a way to do it. So if there is no prohibition, then go on preaching our philosophy. That will be all effective."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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1973 April 19: "I just want that the children learn English and Sanskrit nicely, that's all. I want that things go on there nicely, it is so important work. If necessary I will come there myself."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973

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1975 April 19: "Devotional service must continue under all circumstances. This body belongs to Krishna and therefore we must always keep it in healthy condition to the best of our ability, but if due to some past sinful activities, we are suffering some bodily miseries we should not become discouraged."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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Srila Prabhupada’s House and Garden at Krishna Balaram Mandir (Album 91 photos)
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Srila Prabhupada is sitting in his divine Samadhi to reciprocate with you in your direct service to him. Our debt to Srila Prabhupada can never be repaid for uplifting the world to Krishna consciousness. In gratitude for his compassion, let us fully cooperate together to maintain and protect his eternal Samadhi in Vrndavan to assure it will survive the onslaught of time. Dedicated devotees in Vrndavan are engaged in daily maintenance and upkeep of the building, exhibits, gardens and altar. Read more ›

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Ramnavami Drama – 08.04.2014
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Ramnavami Drama – 08.04.2014

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Bhagavatam tenth canto study 10 – 10.02.15-24 – The mysterious appearances of Balarama and Krishna
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Bhagavatam tenth canto study 9 – 10.02.01-14 – The previous lives of Kamsa
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Lakshmi-Narasimha Karuna-rasa-stotra 7: Counter the poison coming from the fangs of the sense objects with the nectar of devotion
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Holy Name Meditation Podcast

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nagari-vahana sudhabdhi-nivasa shaure

lakshmi-nrisimha mama dehi karavalambam

"I have been bitten by the tens of millions of terrible sharp fangs of the snake of material existence. Having been injected with its powerful poison, I have lost my consciousness as the eternal servant of Krishna. The best remedy for snakebite is nectar, therefore O Lord Shauri, You reside in the ocean of nectar and Your carrier is Garuda the great enemy of snakes. O Lakshmi-Nrisimha, please bless me with the touch of Your lotus hands."

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For him, Back to Godhead was both the means and the end
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“If Srila Prabhupada could go door to door distributing Back to Godheads in the burning heat of Delhi despite his advanced age, why can’t I serve similarly in my own small way?” This thought galvanized Bhagavan Malwadkar, a retired college principal in India, who personally delivered Back to Godhead (BTG) magazines to 170 subscribers in 10 different cities, going to each of them month after month for thirteen years, serving them not just as a humble subscription deliverer but also as a venerable spiritual mentor. Baladeva das (the initiated name of Malwadkar) offered not only the tireless labor of the later half of his life to Krishna’s service thus but also the best fruits of the earlier half of his life – not just a lion’s share of his savings, but also his two sons, who are serving as brahmacharis in ISKCON. Reciprocating with his service, Krishna arranged for both of Baladeva Prabhu’s sons to be by his side chanting the holy names as he breathed his last at the age of sixty-six on 23rd March, 2014 in the auspicious morning hours.

A Principal with Principles

This remarkable life-journey began in the pious land of Sholapur, close to Pandharpur, the abode of Vithal, a celebrated form of Krishna immensely loved in Maharashtra. From childhood, Bhagavan grew up hearing the pastimes of Krishna and relishing the devotional songs of exalted Marathi saints such as Tukaram Maharaj. An excellent student, he chose to dedicate his life to education, becoming an exemplary teacher at the Chintamani Vidya Mandir, a college in Pune. Malwadkar Sir soon became respected for his competence at teaching, concern for his students and courage of conviction in maintaining his incorruptible integrity. In a country where education is worshiped with an almost religious frenzy and where educational failure is seen as a social stigma, students and parents often seek good grades by any means, sometimes bribing or even threatening teachers. Amidst it all, Malwadkar Sir stood tall, remaining unfazed and uncompromising even when goons sent by disgruntled parents of underperforming students threatened him. Once, when the disconsolate mother of a failed student sent her gold bangles with her son, asking that he be passed, Malwadkar Sir gently but firmly told the boy, “You don’t have to give me anything. Just give your studies more time. And if you have any difficulties in your studies, I will give you more time.” Due to his sterling qualities and his commitment to serving the student community, he went on to become the Principal of the college till he took voluntary retirement in 2002 at the age of fifty-four, wanting to devote himself more to spiritual growth.

“A good spiritual institution” becomes “my spiritual calling”

On the home front, he married a pious lady, Shalini Upale (who later became Sura-priya devi dasi), and had three sons, Prashant, Siddhnath and Santosh. In the housing complex where he lived, Malwadkar would organize kirtan programs every Saturday evening, inviting different devotional groups to sing.

Siddhnath was my classmate at the Government College of Engineering, Pune, and was introduced to Krishna consciousness in 1997 through the weekly Bhagavad-gita program conducted at my hostel room. Both he and his younger brother Santosh became immensely inspired by the spiritual wisdom of the Gita and desired to dedicate their lives to sharing it by becoming brahmacharis. When aspiring brahmacharis tell their aspiration to their father, most fathers become infuriated or devastated, being unable to tolerate the idea of their son becoming the antithesis of their dreams: a shaven-headed robe-clad monk. In contrast, when his sons’ told him of their heart’s aspiration, Malwadkar replied with equanimity, “As a father, I am sad; but as a spiritualist, I am happy. And if doing this makes you happy, that will be my happiness.”

As a responsible father, he had already visited ISKCON when his sons started going there and had endorsed it as “a good spiritual institution.” From that level of distant appreciation, ISKCON rose to the level of his spiritual calling when he read the condensed-biography of its founder, Srila Prabhupada. The tireless, fearless and peerless struggles of Srila Prabhupada to share Krishna-bhakti all over the world became a life-transforming inspiration for Malwadkar. Becoming committed to serious spiritual practice, he soon received initiation from His Holiness Loknath Maharaj, getting the name Baladeva Das.

Personalized and personal BTG distribution

Being especially inspired by Srila Prabhupada’s BTG distribution in Delhi, Baladeva Prabhu took up the distribution of BTG’s Marathi avatar, Jau Devachya Gava, as his life’s mission. He distributed thousands of BTGs not only to the hundreds of people he knew from his earlier life as a principal, but also to hundreds of strangers who were attracted by his gentle and dignified presentation. Additionally, he felt inspired to make annual subscriptions for BTG so that people would have a regular monthly connection with Krishna. Within a short period, he made hundreds of subscribers. But the infamous unreliability of the Indian postal system made the delivery of the BTGs erratic. More than the dissatisfaction of the subscribers at not getting their money’s worth was the dissatisfaction of Baladeva Prabhu at not being able to keep his promise of sharing Krishna’s magazine regularly. In his typical roll-your-sleeves get-on-with-the-job attitude, he came up with a bold do-it-yourself solution: “I will deliver BTG each month myself.”

That many of his subscribers lived in different cities that were several hours away from Pune was no deterrent. That he would have to spend his own pension money to finance his distribution-journeys was no deterrent. That he would have to travel in noisy, stuffy, bumpy buses for several days each month was no deterrent. Month after month, for over a dozen years, he hand-delivered BTG to one hundred and seventy subscribers. For most of them, he became a loved elderly relative and a revered messenger of Krishna. He continued his personalized and personal distribution till nearly the last year of his life – even after a deadly abdominal cancer eroded his vitals and even after a major surgery sapped his remaining energy reserves.

 

A family united spiritually amidst calamity

More than a decade before cancer afflicted him, it had taken another toll in his family. In 2001, his wife was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer that had spread through the bones all over the body. He along with his sons gallantly stood by her side in the last leg of her life, doing everything humanly possible to assist her in departing with dignity in Krishna consciousness. (An article about her appeared in BTG earlier and can be read online here: How my cancer became a blessing).

Even before he came to know about his cancer, Baladeva Prabhu had, following India’s time-honored tradition of focusing on God in the later part of his life, started minimizing his worldly entanglements. He sold both his houses and distributed the money equally among his three sons. As two of his sons were brahmacharis (Siddhanath had become Sankirtan Anand das and Santosh had become Sundar Var Das), he gave their share as donation to the Pune temple. Wanting to live in the temple’s sanctified atmosphere and attend mangala-arti daily, he started staying in the temple’s crowded dormitory, as the small temple had no other facility. Although this was a great austerity for him given his advanced age and frail health, he accepted it gracefully and gratefully, focusing his mind on Krishna and preparing for the final exam of death.

During Baladeva Prabhu’s last year, Sundar Var Prabhu took off from most of his services as a senior brahmachari at ISKCON Pune and focused on taking care of Baladeva Prabhu. To offer better care than what was materially possible in the temple and what was spiritually possible in a hospital, Sundar Var Prabhu arranged for his father’s stay at the hospital-cum-home of Niraj Kamthe, an Ayurvedacharya and devotee, in Saswad, a suburb near Pune. There, one room with necessary medical facilities such as water-bed was arranged for Baladeva Prabhu and another room was arranged for his caregiver. In the last month of Baladeva Prabhu’s life, Sankirtan Anand Prabhu, who was now serving as a Temple Manager at ISKCON’s Kolkata temple, came to Pune and together both sons served as caregivers for their father in the improvised hospice.

Though his disease had now become devastating, Baladeva Prabhu, far from feeling sorry for himself, remained in Krishna consciousness, requesting several of his counselees to continue his program of personal delivery of BTG. He told Sundar Var Prabhu, “You are brahmacharis meant to serve Krishna. You shouldn’t be serving me like this, nor should I be taking service from you.” Sundar Var Prabhu replied, “If it had not been for Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, I would not be serving you. But having been blessed by those teachings, I cannot not be serving you.”

Spiritual success amidst material distress

The devotee-surgeon who operated on him as a last ditch effort to check the cancer, Saraswati Mataji (Dr Mrs Jadhav) noted that though his cancer was at an advanced stage where the pain becomes unbearable and even drives people mad, Baladeva Prabhu remained stoic and focused on Krishna.

He encouraged all those who came to meet him during his last days to take spiritual life more seriously.

On his last Gaur Purnima, he fasted fully and remained very peaceful throughout the day. When asked about it, he replied, “I just couldn’t come out of Shantipura.” During his pilgrimages to Mayapur, Baladeva Prabhu had felt a mystical connection with Shantipura dham, the abode of Advaita Acharya, the associate of Lord Chaitanya whose fervent call caused the Lord to descend. On Lord Chaitanya’s appearance day, Baladeva Prabhu felt himself spiritually transported to Shantipura.

About a week before his departure, he offered his last good wishes and farewells to his relatives and then requested, “Please don’t allow any relatives to meet me – now onwards I want to focus on Vitthal alone.”
On his last night, he told his sons: “I feel as if an electric stove is burning in my body. Please help me remember Krishna.” Sankirtana Anand Prabhu described the spiritual world by reciting and explaining Brahma-Samhita verses and described Krishna’s sweet glories by reciting and explaining the gopi-gita.  Becoming spiritually absorbed, Baladeva Prabhu transcended the pain and remained in devotional consciousness till morning, when he told Sankirtan Anand Prabhu, “Now it’s morning – go and chant your rounds.”

His sons recognized based on signs of impending death given in Ayurvedic guidebooks that the end was now just minutes away. They called several more devotees to do kirtan. Then the devotees arranged to call on phone HH Lokanath Maharaj, who chanted the Hare Krishna mantra in his ears and encouraged him: “Remember Krishna.”

Three minutes later, at 6.57 am, Baladeva Prabhu departed from the world amidst the chanting of the holy names, leaving behind a legacy of hundreds of hearts that had come closer to Godhead being inspired not just by his vigorous distribution of Back to Godhead, but also by his dedicated living and leaving on the path Back to Godhead.

 

Loknath Maharaj’s offering:

Baladeva Das was not just a tireless BTG distributor; he was also a prominent supporter and fundraiser for the Prabhupada Ghat project in Pandharpur and an active preacher in the Alandi-Pandharpur Dindi yatra (an annual mass pilgrimage of tens of thousands that lasts for nearly a fortnight). By his exemplary devotion, I am sure that he returned back to godhead.

 

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As We Have Been Taught
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As long as we chant as we have been taught we will not com­mit the first type of disrupion, varna-vyvadhana. But a sub­tle form of this dis­rup­tion occurs when we don’t pro­nounce the mantra prop­erly. Srila Prab­hu­pada refers to a “hiss­ing sound” that is some­times pro­duced by a poor chanter and in a lec­ture he made a car­i­ca­ture of slurred chant­ing, and said “hurkr­ish hurkr­ish krishkr­ish” and said “Not like that. But with priti, with love.”

From Viraha Bhavan #140
by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami

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The Secret to Satisfaction, Sunday, April 13, Dallas
Giriraj Swami

03.2014-02-12Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6.

“Loving devotional service to Krishna is not a part-time job. It is continuous. Srila Prabhupada said that the closest thing in the material world to love for Krishna is a mother’s love for her child. It is not a part-time job; it is 24/7. Loving devotional service to Krishna is apratihata—uninterrupted, unbroken. It is continuous. And in that awakened condition of love one does not want to do anything but serve Krishna with love, to make Him happy. And by making Krishna happy, one feels happiness and satisfaction.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6, Dallas

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