Mahanidhi Swami Update – for the sake of all his friends and the readers of his books

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All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga. Dear readers, please accept my obeisances. After hearing about the accusation made against my beloved god brother, Mahanidhi Swami, I went to visit him at his place in Radha Kunda as soon as I could. He was the same wonderful, humble vaishnava as always. We regretted the slander […]

Blind, Or Fanatical Following Of Srila Prabhupada

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Are all of Srila Prabhupada’s relative quotes and observations absolute? If perhaps, some of these opinions do not match up precisely to observable reality, would that compromise his status as a perfect pure devotee? Or are our expectations of this perfection distorted to suit our dogma? The fast pace of access to information on the […]

My Last Conversation with Aindra Prabhu

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Since I first met him in 2004 it was my custom to visit with Aindra Prabhu each time that I went to India. Last year was no different, and I knocked on his door on 30 June 2010, not knowing that this would be our last meeting. Visiting Aindra was always a very special occasion. […]

Vairagya and the Hardened Heart

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In Bhakti rasamrita sindhu 1.2.24, Jiva Goswami describes “the hardness of the heart caused by vairagya” and recommends as a solution not cultivating vairagya separately from bhakti. This is something I had heard but had eluded because I had not really processed it- that vairagya makes the heart hard? I could not fathom WHY detachment […]

ISKCON-ism leads to Schism

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Srila Prabhupada in his books often writes about the “ism” mentality- patriotism, hinduism etc- the false identity of belonging to a group, even a religion. His solution was one flag under God, the knowledge that all souls are eternal fragments of God, including animals and plants, what to speak of members of different nations and […]

The bonafide process of siddha-pranali

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The Glories of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura The glories of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura are so great that even Lord Brahma, with his four mouths, cannot completely describe them. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura was a transcendental personality and we are not transcendental, so how then can we touch his glory? Only a transcendental person can expound on his […]

Organized Religion

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Sri Krishna manifests His eternal birth, the pure cognitive essence of the serving soul who is located above all mundane limitations. King Kamsa [the demon king who wanted to kill Lord Krishna] is the typical empiricist, ever on the lookout for the appearance of the truth for the purpose of suppressing Him before He has […]

Balancing the Roles of the GBC and the Disciple in Guru Selection

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Srila Prabhupada states that it is the responsibility of the prospective disciples to examine and test their prospective guru prior to initiation. Given that the GBC gives tacit approval to gurus via their no-objection procedure, it could be that the prospective disciple’s desire to examine their prospective guru prior to initiation is compromised.

If the brahmacaris cannot remain in the presence of women in the temple, then they may go to the forest

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Letter to Ekayani | Bombay, Indian | December 3rd, 1972 My dear Ekayani, Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated November 1, 1972, and I have noted the contents with great concern. I do not know why these things inventions are going on. That is our only business, to […]