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Madhu Pandit Dasa the president of ISKCON Bangalore | Madhu Pandit the chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Madhu Pandit Dasa the president of ISKCON Bangalore | Madhu Pandit the chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation.

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  • 1. Vol 10, No. 3 Mar 2009 Rs.15
  • 2. Vol 10, No.3 Mar 2009 CONTENTS Knowledge for the Serious 4 Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out 7 Water: A Meditation 10 His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Krishna as King 12 Swami Prabhupada, founder- acharya Musings of an Aspiring Spiritualist 18 of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, came to America in 1965, at age 69, to fulfill his spiritual master’s request that he teach the science of Krishna consciousness throughout the English- Published and owned by Sankirtana Seva speaking world. In a dozen years he Trust, editing by Chamari Devi Dasi. Layout, published some seventy volumes of design and graphics by ISKCON Design Group, translation and commentary on India’s Bangalore. For all information contact: Vedic literature, and these are now Editor, Krishna Voice, SST, Hare Krishna Hill, standard in universities worldwide. Chord Road, Bangalore - 560 010 INDIA, Meanwhile, travelling almost nonstop, Phone: 91-80-2347 1956, 91-80-2357 8346, Srila Prabhupada moulded his FAX: 91-80-2357 8625. © 2009 Sankirtana international society into a world wide Seva Trust, Bangalore. All Krishna art and confederation of ashramas, schools, the works of Srila Prabhupada are © BBT temples and farm communities. He International. All rights reserved throughout passed away in 1977, in Vrindavana, the world. Reproduction in any manner is strictly prohibited. Printed for ISKCON, the place most sacred to Lord Krishna. Bangalore, at Manipal Printers (P) Ltd., His disciples and followers are carrying Manipal forward the movement he started. Cover pages-4 Text pages-20Krishna Voice, Mar 2009 3
  • 3. Knowledge for the Serious The Krishna consciousness movement gives essential knowledge for fulfilling the mission of human life. A lecture given in Paris on June 26, 1971 by By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna ConsciousnessLadies and gentlemen, I thank you very much for your interest in the Krishna consciousness movement. Thismovement is especially meant for those in human society who are serious about fulfilling the mission of life. Thereis a distinction between human life and animal life. Animal life means one does not know the proprietor of the body.Those who are under the conception that the material body is the self are as good as animals. But in the humanform of life one can understand that one is not the material body but a separate identity, spiritual in value.We can understand this fact if we give little attention to it. We have been changing bodies since the beginning ofour life. We learn from Vedic literature that after sexual intercourse of the male and female, if it is fruitful then theliving entity is injected into the emulsion of the two secretions, and on the first night the body takes the shape ofa pea. And because the living entity is there, the body grows gradually, and then nine holes evolve, which laterdevelop into two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, one mouth, one rectum, and one genital.When the body is complete, the living entity becomes conscious. As long as the body is not complete, theconsciousness is almost dead. That state is called susupti, or sound sleeping. Then gradually, when consciousnesscomes, the child within the womb feels uncomfortable and wants to come out. Therefore at the seventh month ofpregnancy sometimes the child moves.That is the process of growing. And after coming out of the womb the body continues to grow. But if the childcomes out dead, the body does not grow. Therefore it is to be understood that due to the presence of the spiritsoul the body grows, or changes from one form to another. Learned scholars have concluded that the change ofbody is taking place every moment. But the soul is there from the beginning of the life, and when the body nolonger persists, the soul changes to another body. That is called transmigration of the soul.Transmigration is a fact, but the modern civilization does not deal with the subject. People are under the wrongimpression that the body is the self. I have talked with many scholars, and they are also under the same impressionthat with the end of the body everything is finished. But the fact is different. We can remember our childhood body.We can remember our boyhood body. Although those bodies are not present, I, the spirit soul, the occupier of thebody or the proprietor of the body—I am present.Transmigration of the soul is the most important factor for human society to understand. Unfortunately there isno university, no department of knowledge, to understand this important factor. That lacking is very risky.The soul is transmigrating from one body to another, and there are 8,400,000 species of life. After leaving thisbody we may accept any one of those species. We do not know which one. That will depend on our action at thepresent moment. Practically we are preparing our future body. According to our work and mentality, we get aparticular body. Therefore we should be very cautious. Any intelligent man can understand that the future life isprepared at present. Just as a boy goes to school and college to prepare his future life, the human form of life isa preparation ground for our future life.According to Bhagavad-gita we can transfer to other planets also. That is explained in our book Easy Journey toOther Planets. Man is now trying to go to the moon planet. But we get information from the Vedic literature thatwe cannot transfer ourself by mechanical arrangement to the moon planet. That is a futile attempt. Every planethas a different atmosphere. So to enter into a particular planet, we have to prepare ourself. Even if we go to aforeign country, we have to prepare by getting a visa and a passport. If on this planet we are so restricted, howfoolishly we are to attempt to go to another planet without being prepared for entering that planet.A sane man, an intelligent man, does not wish to enter any of the material planets, because wherever we go inthe material world the four miserable conditions of existence are there: birth, death, old age, and disease. Fromthe Bhagavad-gita we understand that even if we enter Brahmaloka, the highest planetary system of the universe,these four principles are there.We learn from Bhagavad-gita that one day in Brahmaloka is millions of years of our calculation. The scientistssay it would take forty thousand years to go there. Who is going to travel for forty thousand years? But from theKrishna Voice, Mar 2009 5
  • 4. Vedic literature we can understand that we can enter any planet, provided we prepare for that purpose. The exactwords in the Bhagavad-gita are yanti deva-vrata devan pitrn yanti pitr-vratah bhutani yanti bhutejya yanti mad-yajino pi mamIf anyone prepares to enter into the higher planetary systems, said to be inhabited by demigods, he can go there.Similarly, we can go to Pitrloka, the planet of the forefathers, or we can stay on this planet. And at last, if we desirewe can enter into the planet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So it is all a matter of preparation.But we must consider that any planetary system within the material universe is temporary. Even though the durationof higher planetary systems is very, very long, they will be annihilated, just as our body will be annihilated. Thereare different types of body. A human body may exist for a hundred years, but an insects body may exist for twelvehours. So different bodies exist a relatively long or short duration, but they will be annihilated. But whoever entersVaikunthaloka, the spiritual planets, gets eternal blissful life full of knowledge.A human being, if he tries, can attain that perfection. It is very simple. In the Bhagavad-gita the Lord says, janma karma me divyam evam yo vetti tattvatah tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti so rjuna"One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, takehis birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna." People say, "God is great." But ifwe want to know how God is great, that can be known from authorized scriptures. In the Bhagavad-gita GodHimself describes Himself. So we can know from Him. He says, "My appearance, or My taking birth just like ahuman being, is transcendental." Gods body is not exactly like the human body, but God is so kind that He comesbefore us as an ordinary human being. Unfortunately, one who does not know about Krishna, or God, thinks thatHe is like one of us. That point is stated in the Bhagavad-gita. Avajananti mam mudhah: "Those who are mudhas,rascals, think Me as one of the human beings." Actually Krishna is not a human being.We have the chance to know about God, provided we read the right literature under the right direction. And simplyby understanding the nature of God, or Krishna, one becomes liberated. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita.With our human intelligence we cannot completely understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead. But with thehelp of Bhagavad-gita, the statements of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the spiritual master, we canknow God to the best of our capacity. And if we know Him, then immediately after leaving our present body weenter into the kingdom of God.The Krishna consciousness movement is meant to propagate this higher scientific idea to the people in general.And the process is very simple. Simply by chanting the holy name of God—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, KrishnaKrishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare—one cleanses the dirty things in the heartand can understand that he is part and parcel of the Supreme Lord and that his duty is to serve Him. And theprocess is also very pleasant. We chant the Hare Krishna mantra, dance rhythmically, and eat nice prasadam,food offered to Krishna. We enjoy this life and prepare to enter the kingdom of God for the next life.These discussions are not made-up stories. They are all facts, although to the layman they may appears likestories. But if one is serious, then Krishna, or God, from within helps one understand. And the spiritual master alsohelps. The spiritual master is called the external manifestation of God. God is situated in everyones heart asParamatma, Supersoul. And the spiritual master helps those who are very serious about understanding the SupremePersonality of Godhead by showing them a bona fide spiritual master. In that way a candidate will be helped frominside and outside on how to approach God.The Krishna consciousness movement is meant for that purpose. The spiritual master, or the living representativeof Krishna, helps from outside, and Krishna as Paramatma helps from inside. In both ways the living entity cantake advantage and make his life successful. We have many books in this connection. The Krishna consciousnessmovement is based on the authority of the Vedas, summarized in the Bhagavad-gita and many other books. Wehave published Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Teachings of Lord Chaitanya, Easy Journey to Other Planets, The Nectarof Devotion, Srimad-Bhagavatam, and Krishna. And we publish our magazine, Back to Godhead. We requesteveryone to understand this movement by reading this authoritative literature.Our program is to serve human society, to save people from the pitfall of entering again into the cycle of birth anddeath. That is our great mission.Thank you very much.6 Krishna Voice, Mar 2009
  • 5. SRILA PRABHUPADA SPEAKS OUT Who Loves God? The following conversation took place in London on August 14, 1971. Srila Prabhupada: We are preaching God consciousness. God is God. God is neither Christian, nor Hindu, nor Muslim. In our movement we are preaching love of Godhead. So it doesnt matter what type of religion one is following. We simply want to see that he has love for God. Our bhagavata-dharma gives this definition: sa vai pumsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje. The first-class religion is that which by following one becomes a lover of God. It doesnt matter which religion one follows, but the test will be whether one has become a lover of God.Krishna Voice, Mar 2009 7
  • 6. Guest: So you dont try to convert people from other Lord Chaitanya says that there are many names of Godreligions? and in each name the full potency of God is there. AndSrila Prabhupada: No. We are teaching how to love there are no hard and fast rules for chanting the holyGod. Thats all. name of God. Anyone can chant anywhere, at anytime, in any circumstances.Guest: So were doing the same thing. Lord Chaitanya says, "My Lord, You are so merciful thatSrila Prabhupada: Yes. But the test is there whether I can associate with You simply by chanting Your holyone has become a lover of God or a lover of dog. If you name. But I am so unfortunate that I have no attractionfind that one has become a lover of dog, then his religion for that."is useless. We are teaching our students to chant. They alwaysGuest: How does one know? carry a bead bag, and they chant: Hare Krishna, HareSrila Prabhupada: You can see whether hes loving Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, HareGod or dog. Thats all. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says: Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Now, where is the loss? Where is the want of time? While walking in the yugayitam nimesena caksusa pravrsayitam street they are chanting. I am sitting here talking with sunyayitam jagat sarvam govinda-virahena me you. As soon as I finish I shall chant Hare Krishna.Yugayitam nimesena: "Every moment is just like twelve Where is the difficulty?years." Caksusa pravrsayitam: "I am crying torrents of But ask people to chant the holy name of God, and theyrain." Sunyaytam jagat sarvam: "Oh, I find everything wont accept. That is unfortunate. Chanting is such avacant." Govinda-virahena me: "Without God." This is simple thing. You dont have to go to the church or thean ideal picture. temple or hell or heaven in any condition you can chantAnother test: bhaktih paresanubhavo viraktir anyatra the holy name of God. But people are so unfortunateca. If one has become a lover of God, naturally he will they wont accept this theory. There is no charge, therebe detached from material enjoyment. Love of God and is no loss. If there is some gain, why not try for it?love of the material world cannot go together. Lord JesusChrist never advised going for economic development, FORM IV “KRISHNA VOICE”for industrial development. He sacrificed everything for Statement about ownership and other particulars about newspaperGod. That is one test. Here is a lover of God." Lord ‘Krishna Voice’ Bangalore as required to be published under SectionJesus Christ was punished. He was ordered, "Stop this 19-D (b) of the Press and Registration of Books Act, read with Rule 8 of the Registration of Newspapers (Central) Rules, 1956.preaching." But he did not. So that is love of God. Hesacrificed everything. 1. Place of publication BangaloreThe idea is that Lord Jesus Christ and his followers 2. Periodicity of its publication Monthlymust both be, at least to some extent, at that point. That 3. Printers Manipal Printers (Pvt.) Ltd.is the test. So we say that you follow any religious path. P.B. # 4, Press Corner,Which one doesnt matter. We want to see whether you Manipal - 576 119are a lover of God. That is our propaganda. 4. Publisher’s Name Chanchalapathi DasaAnd if one is serious about loving God, it doesnt matter Trusteewhich way hell develop that dormant love. If a person M/s. Sankirtan Seva Trust.wants to be a very nice student of mathematics, it doesnt Nationality Indianmatter from which university he takes the degree. Address Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road Bangalore - 10.Students sometimes go to other countries for education. 5. Editor’s Name Smt. Chamari Devi DasiSo if one is serious about loving God, then it doesnt Nationality Indianmatter in which way he learns that art. He wont Address C/o. ISKCON, Hare Krishna Hilldiscriminate, "Oh, I must learn this art from this university." Chord Road, Bangalore - 560 010.No. Any university. It doesnt matter. 6. Owners M/s. Sankirtan Seva TrustSo our principle is that we are teaching love of God. Hare Krishna Hill, Chord RoadThose who are after God are coming to us. It does not Bangalore - 560 010. Managing Trustee Madhupandit Dasamatter whether they are in America, in Russia, in Africa, Trustee Chanchalapathi Dasaor Canada. They are coming. And the method is simple.Chant the holy name of God. If you have a name for I, Chanchalapathi Dasa, hereby declare that the particulars given aboveGod, chant it. We preach this. We dont say that you are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.must chant "Krishna." If you know any name for God, Sd/-then chant that. If you havent got any name of God, (Chanchalapathi Dasa)then chant our conception of the name of God Krishna."8 Krishna Voice, Mar 2009
  • 7. Water: A Meditation By Urmila Devi Dasi Remembering water’s relation to Krishna can increase our devotion to Him.In Hawaii, clear turquoise waves lapped at my knees described in scripture such as Bhagavad-gita andwhile a multicolored sea turtle gently fed near my feet. Brahma-samhita. Krishna always exists as aIt’s the allure of water that draws people to that peaceful, transcendent person apart from His energy, while at thebeautiful spot, like so many places people go to relax same time He is present in that energy. Therefore, whileand rejuvenate. Several months later in London, across water is not Krishna, Krishna is water.two oceans from Hawaii, friends took me for exercise In what ways can we appreciate Krishna in water? Hein an indoor heated pool. Although the sports club lacked is the taste or the essence of water, the quality thatbeauty and the water was full of chemicals, my time in quenches our thirst and brings satisfaction. As I swamthe water was still refreshing. in the London pool, I thought of the softness or liquidityWater is one of the categories of Krishna’s energy, as of water. One of Krishna’s qualities is His softness. His10 Krishna Voice, Mar 2009
  • 8. spiritual body is so soft that it changes color where it Another example of Krishna’s pastimes involving waterhas been brushed by a leaf. His soft body is a stimulus occurred early in universal history. In Vedic cosmology,for His devotees’ love for Him. planets are conscious persons. The planet Earth once fell into the universal water when demonic personsThe scriptures describe that the Lord and His form are disturbed her orbit by drilling for oil and upsetting herthe same. So both His body and His sentiments are balance. Celestial beings, called devas, who control thesoft. Especially when Krishna takes the mood of His universe in service to Krishna, wanted Earth to bechief devotee and appears as Lord Chaitanya, His heart rescued. Responding to their desire, the Lord came tomelts with compassion for all living beings, and He freely save her. He assumed the form of a splendid, giganticgives love of God without considering the merit of the boar (Varaha), dove to the bottom of the universal ocean,candidate. His heart is, therefore, like melted butter, soft picked up Earth, and gently carried her on His tusks toand fluid. The liquidity of water shows us this flowing the water’s surface. As He did so, a great demonand melting quality of the Lord’s love and kindness. challenged them. Lord Varaha then carefully placedWater is also powerful, so much so that its swift flow fearful Earth on the water and gave her the ability tocan provide all the electricity for a city, or one huge float. A fight between the Lord and the demon ensuedwave can create tremendous destruction in a moment. within the great ocean. After defeating the demon, LordThe power of water reminds us that one of Krishna’s Varaha returned to the spiritual sky.opulences is unlimited strength. He creates, maintains, Sometimes a flood devastates the universe, and Krishnaand destroys countless universes effortlessly. He carries assumes the form of a golden fish to play in the water.planets on His head with such nonchalance that He is Tied to a horn on His head is a boat carrying sages,hardly aware of their weight. If all the potential and Vedic knowledge, and seeds to replenish the world afterkinetic power of the entire world’s water were combined the flood. During this pastime, Krishna enjoys His playinto one gigantic wave, it would not equal the tiniest within the water as well as His loving relationship withfraction of Krishna’s strength. the great sages.This dual nature of water—soft yet powerful—reminds Krishna in His original form often sports in water withus of how Krishna, whose eternal spiritual form is that His friends and beloveds. For His water pastimes Heof a delicate sixteen-year-old boy, easily fought with chooses rivers such as the Ganges and Yamuna, whoand killed huge, muscular demons who were tormenting are also goddesses pure in love for Him. Krishna alsoinnocent citizens. plays in lakes and ponds filled with lotuses and swansWater Pastimes and surrounded by jeweled pavilions. These bodies ofMany of the Lord’s transcendental, spiritual activities water are persons, devotees of His, alive with love andrelate to water. When Krishna creates the material world, bliss.He assumes a form beyond measure lying in a yogic Watering Our Devotionsleeplike trance on His incarnation the serpent Shesha, Besides meditating on how water reminds us of Krishna’swho floats on the causal ocean, which is alive and qualities and pastimes, we can increase our awarenessspiritual. Uncountable universes, one of which we now of Him when we use water in our everyday lives. Forinhabit, come out of the Lord’s body when He exhales. example, for basic health we need clean water forThen the Lord enters each universe and creates from drinking and bathing, and we need it to cook and toHis perspiration an ocean that fills half the universal clean our clothes and homes. We need the systemshell. He lies down in that water, and His consort the Krishna has set up for supplying clean water throughgoddess of fortune massages His feet. evaporation and rain. At the very least, we shouldThe Lord enjoys floating on this cosmic ocean with His regularly thank the Lord for these gifts, which keep ourconsort. Because each of us is a small part of the Lord, bodies alive. Beyond that, we should be thankful forwe have His propensities to a minute degree. So the water as an impetus to remember Krishna, becausecommon human desire to float on a boat, raft, or other that remembrance will increase our service and love fordevice with one’s beloved comes from the Supreme, Him, watering the plant of our devotion.the source of everything. Fasting Festivals Mar 22 Ekadashi Apr 3 Rama Navami Mar 23 break fast Appearance of Lord Sri Ramachandra Fasting till noon Apr 5 Ekadashi Apr 6 break fast Apr 8-19 Sri BramotsavaKrishna Voice, Mar 2009 11
  • 9. KRISHNA AS KINGThe Krishna deity worshiped at the Hare Krishna temple in Los specially designed to please the Lord of Dwaraka.Angeles, where I live, is named Dwarakadhisha, “the Lord of Dwaraka.” Sri Rukmini is always fully satisfied with Her Lord and submissiveDwaraka is the pristine island Lord Krishna rules in His adult years. to Him. She understands His every mood and keeps within her heart(Although Krishna lived in Dwaraka when He was present on earth the details of His childhood and youth. Although hundreds of qualifiedfive thousand years ago, Dwaraka exists eternally in the spiritual By Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi maidservants attend to His every need, She fans Him Herself, holdingworld. Therefore, in this article I’ll sometimes use the present tense the snow-white chamara in her young bejeweled hand. Jealousy When Krishna leaves Vrindavana to become the ruler of a great kingdom, He remains the samewhen referring to Dwaraka and Krishna’s activities there.) Generally and anger never beset her. Krishna, the treasure of His devotees’ hearts.devotees of Krishna think of Him primarily as the Supreme Personalityof Godhead who speaks the Bhagavad-gita and performs wonderful An Extraordinary Kingspiritual pastimes in the cowherd village of Vrindavana. In that rural In His youth, Krishna left Vrindavana and traveled to the city ofsetting, He plays and enjoys life among many relatives and friends. Mathura, where He assumed His leadership role in the YadavaGaudiya Vaishnavas, or followers of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, dynasty. He fought with and killed the most feared despot of Hisknow that Krishna as a cowherd boy exchanges the most intimate time, Kamsa, and released His parents from Kamsa’s prison. Hefeelings with His devotees. Still, Krishna is always Krishna, and then built a fort on the island of Dwaraka and transferred all of thedevotees love Him when He displays Himself in other ways as well. citizens of Mathura there to protect them from the attacks of Kamsa’sFor example, He is also endearing in His role as Dwarakadhisha. ruthless relatives who sought revenge.Krishna is no ordinary ruler. Kings or presidents represent what is Shortly thereafter Lord Krishna kidnapped His queen, the younggrand and powerful in this world. Yet even the finest and most princess Rukmini. Her brother had arranged a marriage for her asawesome personality is only a small indication of the opulence of part of a political alliance. But she only wanted Krishna as herthe Supreme Personality of Godhead. His very body is constituted husband, so she requested Him, through a messenger, to come toof eternity, knowledge, and bliss. her aid. Kidnapping a princess was common for kings in those days,Though Krishna as Dwarakadhisha enjoys many sporting battles, but Krishna did this single-handedly against an army of angry, heroicHe has no one to conquer and nothing to achieve, being always princes. Krishna took the hand of many other superbly beautiful,complete in Himself. He always knows exactly what to do in His opulent princesses in various daring ways. He rescued 16,000regal duties in relationship to His citizens, ministers, and soldiers. princesses being held captive by the cruel king Bhaumasura. HeHis brows are never furrowed with the anxiety of diplomatic married every one of them and provided each a royal palace on theresponsibilities. island of Dwaraka. For many hopeful lifetimes of penance and austerity they had prayed for Krishna’s favour upon them.Though Krishna rules as an adult, He is in fact nava yauvanam,eternally youthful. According to Brihad-bhagavatamrita, by Sanatana The Nectar of Devotion states, “While Krishna was living in Dwaraka,Goswami, the king of Dwaraka has “all of the beauty of youth made He expanded Himself into 16,108 forms, and each and everyeven sweeter by traces of childlike innocence.” expansion resided in a palace with a queen. Not only was Krishna happily living with His queens in those palaces, but He gave in charityAs a ruler, Dwarakadhisha has only the best of motives. His only from each palace an aggregate number of 13,054 cows completelyobjective is to defeat demoniac influences and protect His surrendered, decorated with nice clothing and ornaments daily. This means thatpure devotees. His authority is original and inexhaustible. To obey 13,054 multiplied by 16,108 cows were being given in charity byHis authority is the primary nature of every living being. Krishna every day. That was the system of Krishna’s daily affairs while He was living in Dwaraka.”An Extraordinary Kingdom Many amazing battles took place between Krishna and a variety ofSrila Prabhupada’s book Krishna: The Supreme Personality of rival demoniac kings. King Jarasandha, Kamsa’s father-in-law,Godhead describes Dwaraka as the most superb and beautiful city attacked Dwaraka with numerous military phalanxes consisting ofin the history of the world. The island of Dwaraka is decorated with tens of thousands of chariots, horses, elephants, and soldiers. Krishna900,000 extraordinary mansions built of first-class marble, with gates observed the immense strength of Jarasandha, which looked likeand doors made of silver and jewels. The clear blue-green ocean an ocean about to cover a beach at any moment. He thought aboutlies on all sides. The residents of the mansions, all pure devotees the situation and His mission to rid the world of demoniac influences,of Krishna, are of very fine beauty. so He took this opportunity to face and destroy the military phalanxes.Dwaraka’s innumerable gardens and parks are full of a variety of Subsequently Lord Balarama, Krishna’s brother, arrested Jarasandha.sweet, colourful flowers, and orchards abound with an array of fruit. Krishna feigned compassion for Jarasandha and had him released,Beautiful chirping birds, intoxicated peacocks, and ponds filled with but He had a plan: Jarasandha would in the future besiege the citylilies and lotuses delight the senses. The residents decorate every From Brihad-bhagavatamrita we learn that although Dwarakadhisha is truly the absolutely of Mathura seventeen times, and each time Krishna and Balaramalane and walkway with water pots, festoons, banana trees, and powerful king of kings, enjoying in all opulence, He is also humble, friendly, and full of unlimited would be able to destroy hundreds of thousands of demoniac soldiers.fragrant flowers, just in anticipation of Krishna’s strolling there. love. His devotees, in a mood of ecstatic servitude, awe, and reverence, are absorbed in loving Jarasandha himself was eventually defeated in a fight with Krishna’s sentiments for their Lord. cousin Bhimasena.Srila Rupa Goswami’s Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu describes, “Theservitors in the abode of Dwaraka always worship Krishna as the One such devotee is Sri Rukmini, the single most exalted feminine personality, the Lord’s The Syamantaka Jewel and Other Episodesmost respectable and revered Personality of Godhead. They are principal queen. She is an expansion of God’s pleasure potency, so she is God incarnate incaptivated by Krishna because of His superexcellent opulences.” female form, full of every feminine grace and virtue possible. She exhibits exquisite beauty Because of intrigue involving a jewel known as Syamantaka, Krishna12 Krishna Voice, Mar 2009 Krishna Voice, Mar 2009 13
  • 10. was once wrongly defamed. The Syamantaka could old friend.produce gold by its mystic power. Many people coveted Though Sudama was very thin and dressed in shabbythe jewel, and when it went missing, some people cloth, Dwarakadhisha embraced him, sat him down onaccused Krishna of stealing it. The jewel was actually His own bed, and bathed his feet while Rukmini fannedin the hands of persons who could not properly take him. When Sudama shyly offered Krishna his onlycare of it and were almost driven mad by its potency. possession, a bag of plain dried rice, Dwaraka’s queensOne citizen finally surrendered both the jewel and his observed with amazement the way the Lord took thedaughter to Krishna, having come to realize that allvaluable things are the measure of Krishna’s rice as though it was the most irresistible gift.benevolence and should be offered in His service. More cause for surprise is found in Uddhava-sandesha,One crazy rival named Paundraka was so jealous of where Rupa Goswami says that Dwarakadhishathe superexcellent qualities of Krishna that he became becomes emotional by remembering His family andconvinced that he himself was Krishna. He set out to friends in His old cowherd village home. He missesdefeat Dwarakadhisha by donning an extra set of arms them too much. He asks Uddhava, His cousin andand carrying imitation weapons only wielded by Vishnu closest friend, to deliver a message to them from Him.Himself. Declaring himself to be God, he set out to kill Though a king with many wives and a great kingdomthe Lord. Eventually Krishna beheaded Paundraka, who to govern, to Uddhava’s amazement the Lord remembersachieved liberation for having meditated so intensely every person and detail that Uddhava will encounteron the Personality of Godhead in his meager attempt when he tours the cowherd village.to be Him. Perhaps the most surprising event occurred at a greatLord Dwarakadhisha’s fellow king and cousin Maharaja festival held at Kurukshetra during a solar eclipse, whenYudhishthira once held a great sacrifice, which included the residents of Dwaraka met the residents ofa ceremony to honor the best person in attendance. Vrindavana. The simple Vrindavana cowherds feltAlthough Krishna was posing as an ordinary king, extremely fortunate to see Krishna again. From withinYudhishthira adored Him as none other than the Supreme their hearts they spontaneously recalled all of Krishna’sPersonality of Godhead, and so he selected Him to be childhood pastimes. Though unhappy seeing Himhonored and worshiped in the ceremony. But Krishna’s dressed as a king, they could not think of going back toenvious cousin Sishupala disagreed with Yudhishthira’s Vrindavana without Him, so Krishna stayed indecision and berated Krishna, who eventually cut off Kurukshetra longer than He had planned. Upon seeingSishupala’s head with His disc and allowed Sishupala’s the simple villagers’ love for Krishna, the residents ofsoul to merge into His own body. Dwaraka felt great ecstasy. The Jagannatha Rathayatra festival commemorates this pastime. In Krishna, SrilaDuring Dwarakadhisha’s reign, part of His mission was Prabhupada writes, “The Rathayatra festival observedto enthrone His great devotee Yudhishthira, religion by Lord Chaitanya is the emotional process of takingincarnate, as emperor of the world. The Lord of Dwaraka Krishna back to Vrindavana.”acted as a peace messenger on Yudhishthira’s behalfto try to prevent the war with the ill-motivated Kurus. The King of KingsWhen negotiations failed, Yudhishthira’s brother Arjuna Krishna is not a material person, and His actions areemployed the Lord as his chariot driver in the battle. At not the activities of this world. His unique, unrestrictedthat time, Lord Krishna, His head adorned with a golden pastime of rejoicing in the association of His simplehelmet, spoke the Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna to enlighten cowherd family and friends is at the heart of Gaudiyahim (and us) and encourage him in the fight. The Lord Vaishnavism. Lord Chaitanya teaches that abovewas fully capable of fighting the battle and winning it at reverential worship of God is pure love in the mostonce for Arjuna. But He wanted to serve and glorify His intimate relationships, such as friend, son, or lover. Ifdevotee Arjuna by engaging him to fight as a matter of the Lord sets aside His kingly worship in awe andKrishna conscious duty. reverence for the sake of Vrindavana’s sweet, familiar,Most Amazing Events and spontaneous love, it is only another example of His transcendent love as the God who is the loyal devoteeIf Krishna’s reign as a king seems full of amazing events, of His devotees.just consider how amazing He seems to His reverent,respectful servants at Dwaraka. They are often surprised Krishna is the original supreme enjoyer. To meditate onby His unpredictability. They remember when Sudama, Him as the king of kings is solid spiritual nourishment.Krishna’s friend from His school days, came to visit. It helps us understand the unlimited dimensions of pureKrishna’s guards and wives witnessed what looked like power and pure love in their original spiritual forms.a homeless person going into the Lord’s rooms Dwarakadhisha’s pastimes give us transcendental insightunchecked. To their wonder they saw how Krishna into the love, potency, and compassion of the greatestreacted with spontaneous love at the sight of His dear spiritual hero and leader of all eternity.14 Krishna Voice, Mar 2009
  • 11. Musings of an Aspiring Spiritualist If tended with care, the creeper of devotional service will one day reach the abode of Radha-Krishna. By Visakha Devi DasiWhen my mother-in-law came living entities, one whoto visit us for the first time in our is very fortunate gets annew mountain home, she noted our opportunity to associate with a bonapersimmon tree standing in its two- gallon fide spiritual master by the grace ofpot, waiting to be planted. Over our heads, Krishna. By the mercy of both Krishna and thethe trees leaves and branches swayed in the spiritual master, such a person receives thebreeze. seed of the creeper of devotional service.”— Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila 19.151"This poor tree is so root-bound," she remarked,"I dont know if itll ever recover." As a novice gardener one of my first lessons was on seeds: they may look insignificant,Two weeks later, when my husband and I finally but if you treat them as such youll getplanted it, I saw its roots—hopelessly tangled in disappointing results. Broccoli seeds, foran unnatural maze, desperately searching for new example, look like tiny black dots. Eachsoil, for freedom. time I tried to pick up one of them I gotAnd here I am, I thought, in this time-bound world, at least four. "And Im supposed to plantpointlessly searching and researching for happiness these twelve inches apart?" I thought.within the confines of my small pot, going round and In frustration I tossed the whole packetround, seeking something new where there is only the into the garden—and got dozens ofold, ignoring the need to plant myself in my true habitat, plants so crowded they couldnt givethe spiritual world, where I can spread my roots and any broccoli. So, seeds must bethrive. respected.Fortunately, our persimmon tree did recover, and by Infinitely more respect is due for the seedthe grace of my spiritual master I may also. of the creeper of devotion.“According to their karma, all living entities are “When a person receives the seed ofwandering throughout the entire universe. Some of devotional service, he should take care ofthem are being elevated to the upper planetary it by becoming a gardener and sowing thesystems, and some are going down into the lower seed in his heart. If he waters the seedplanetary systems. Out of many millions of wandering gradually by the process of hearing and18 Krishna Voice, Mar 2009
  • 12. chanting, the seed will begin to sprout.”—Cc. Madhya For proper growth we need death—to the weeds that19.152 sap the water and nutrients meant for the plant, to the unwanted habits, thoughts, and characteristics that keepAs a gardener recognizes and responds to the needs consciousness rooted in matter.of his seedlings, so a devotee recognizes the need tospiritualize his life and responds by hearing and chanting Mysteriously, growth seems effortless for weeds. Theyabout and responds by hearing and chanting about the flourish everywhere without watering, fencing, or controlLord, nurturing his devotional creeper. Water is free and of disease and insects. But for my fruits and vegetables,watering is easy. All thats needed is to steadily and growth is effortful. Lust, greed, anger, envy, andpatiently do it. faultfinding thrive easily, and so do desires for profit, honor, and adoration. Uprooting these to help the“As one waters the bhakti-lata-bija [the seed of the devotional creeper grow takes humility and a concerted,creeper of devotion], the seed sprouts, and the creeper determined, enthusiastic effort.gradually increases to the point where it penetrates thewalls of this universe and goes beyond the Viraja River The best way to get rid of both material and spiritualbetween the spiritual world and the material world. It weeds is diligent weeding. Ease off and the small,attains brahma-loka, the Brahman effulgence, and, delicate plants are smothered. (If a weed is especiallypenetrating through that stratum, it reaches the spiritual hard to pull, all the more need to get it up—deep rootssky and the spiritual planet Goloka Vrindavana.”—Cc. draw more strength from the plant. Hint: Weeds comeMadhya 19.153 out readily after thorough watering.)Although this creeper is so powerful it can transcend Neglect weeds too long and theyll go to seed. And thethe material realm, it is not without powerful enemies. problems they create then multiply geometrically—just as my material desires, left uncountered by spiritual life,“If the devotee commits an offense at the feet of a bring about more material desires that implicate meVaishnava while cultivating the creeper of devotional more in material life.service in the material world, his offense is comparedto a mad elephant that uproots the creeper and breaks To uproot these insidious weeds, I have to bend downit. In this way the leaves of the creeper are dried up.”— and grasp them by the stem at ground level—a humbleCc. Madhya 19.156 position. Without humility I wont be able to uproot the weeds that choke my devotional creeper.Around my home there are no elephants, mad orotherwise, but there are enough deer, gophers, and But, novice that I am, I cant tell which seedlings arerabbits to cause the same amount of destruction. The weeds and which are my plantings. So I wait and watch,safeguard is fencing, both below and above ground. and one morning after two days of rain it becomes obvious: each carefully planted seedling is unique andSpiritual fencing consists of following the instructions of emerges looking fresh, in the pattern of my planting.the spiritual master and associating favorably withdevotees of the Lord, giving up the company of The bhakti-lata, the creeper of devotion, is supremelynondevotees. ("The gardener must defend the creeper unique. Where this divine plant flourishes, materialby fencing it all around so that the powerful elephant of desires die out, and unmotivated, uninterrupted serviceoffenses may not enter." Cc. Madhya 19.157) to Krishna blossoms.But impenetrable fencing only protects; it does not “If one does not distinguish between the bhakti-lataensure a plants growth. Weeds, insects, diseases, and creeper and the other creepers, the sprinkling of watererratic weather make growth tricky. And when a plant is misused because the other creepers are nourishedstops growing, its in trouble. while the bhakti-lata creeper is curtailed. As soon as an intelligent devotee sees an unwanted creeper growingSimilarly, if my spiritual growth ends, then, like a stagnant beside the original creeper, he must cut it down instantly.vegetable, Im in trouble. And, unfortunately, spiritual Then the real creeper of bhakti-lata-bija grows nicely,growth can be choked: returns home, back to Godhead, and seeks shelter“Sometimes unwanted creepers, such as the creepers under the lotus feet of Krishna.”—Cc. Madhya 19.160-of desires for material enjoyment and liberation from 161the material world, grow along with the creeper of A promise to Gaura Nitaidevotional service. The varieties of such unwanted To think of Themcreepers are unlimited. Some unnecessary creepers As the garden progresses.growing with the bhakti creeper are the creepers of A promise to thank Thembehavior unacceptable for those trying to attain perfection, For kindly allowing it to grow.diplomatic behavior, animal killing, mundane profiteering, A promise to share Their bountymundane adoration, and mundane importance. All these With whoever comes nearby.are unwanted creepers.”—Cc. Madhya 19.158, 159Krishna Voice, Mar 2009 19
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  • 14. News from Mangalore Abhisheka was offered to the Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga deities on the occasion of Sri Nityananda’s appearance day. Devotees participate in Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Ratha Yatra in Mangalore News from Akshaya Patra Vrindavana Mrs.Anita Kalsi, C.S.R of Waves Industries visited the Akshaya Patra premises and served food for the school children. The Waves Industry donated Rs. 2.5 lakhs for sponsoring 1 lakh meals in Vrindavana.20 Krishna Voice, Mar 2009
  • 15. News from Mysore VAIKUNTHA EKADASHI Sri Krishna Balarama RATHA YATRA GITA FESTKrishna Voice, Mar 2009 21
  • 16. Distinguished Visitors My country, El Salvador, is one of the six countries in Central America. The main objective of our government is to attain growth in order to fight poverty. Our efforts over the last twenty years have allowed us to reduce poverty from 60% to 34% of the population. In order for our programmes to be successful we need awareness from as many sectors and institutions in El Salvador. I must say your programme is absolutely impressive because I fully understand how complex your job is. May I congratulate you for your efforts for the children of India. I am sure it is a most spiritually rewarding experience. Ana Vilma Albanz de Escobar Vice President Republic of El Salvador Ratha Yatra in Hubli and Dharwad Hubli Dharwad22 Krishna Voice, Mar 2009
  • 17. Krishna Voice Monthly Magazine, March 2009 Vol10, No.1 Price Rs 15/- Posted on 5th or 10th of the Month at MBC, Manipal, License to post without prepayment No. WPP(CO-8), Reg No. KA/BGGPO 2521/ 2009-11, Registered with Registrar of Newspapers for India under No. RNI 71022/99, Posted at MBC, Manipal, 576104. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Date Time Event Alankara Wed, Apr 8 8:00 AM Dhvaja Arohana 6:00 PM Ananta Sesha Vahana Ananta Shayana Thu, Apr 9 6:00 PM Ashva Vahana Kalki Fri, Apr 10 6:00 PM Surya Prabha Vahana Navneet Nartana Krishna Sat, Apr 11 6:00 PM Hanumad Vahana Seeta Rama Pattabhisheka Sun, Apr 12 10:30 AM Kalyanotsava 6:00 PM Garuda Vahana Ashtabhuja Narayana Mon, Apr 13 6:00 PM Hamsa Vahana Mohini Tue, Apr 14 6:00 PM Kalpa Vriksha Vahana Venu Gopala Krishna Web, Apr 15 6:00 PM Gaja Vahana Raja Rani Thu, Apr 16 6:00 PM Maha Pallaki Radha Raja Gopal Fri, Apr 17 6:00 PM Brahma Ratha Vrindavan Krishna Vishesha Sat, Apr 18 6:00 PM Churna abhisheka Sun, Apr 19 10:30 AM Kalyanotsava 6:00 PM Pushpa Pallakki RKC Venulola Theppotsava 8:00 PM Dhvaja Avarohana All vahana utsavas followed by dolotsava at 8 pm. Nitya Puja, Brahmotsava Yajna from 9th April to 19th April at 8:15 am If you wish to sponsor any of the events, please call: 080-2347 1956, 93791 5608324

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