Field Notes Issue #5 – September, 6th 2019

September 6th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in field notes | news - (Comments Off)
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Extend Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s Compassion

In his prayer Śrī Rādhikā-stava, Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī describes the qualities of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. We may say that the crucial point of the song is karuṇāṁ kuru mayi — please, be merciful. But it’s actually an active idea, kuru means to do. Do mercy. Do compassion. So, when we think of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī we think of Her compassion. When we think of Śrī Kṛṣṇa we may think of His opulences which are all very wonderful but we don’t think of them as very approachable. So, the approachability of Lord Kṛṣṇa is very much invested in Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. And that is why She is essential for us who are aspiring to approach Lord Kṛṣṇa.
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Vyāsa-pūjā offering for Srila Prabhupada (2019)

August 24th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in news | Uncategorized | writing - (Comments Off)
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Dearest Srila Prabhupada, Friend of the Poor in Spirit,
I offer myself at your feet, which are like luminous lotus flowers bestowing the light of knowledge that brings sight to blinded eyes.

Years ago, at the end of a lecture you gave in the “City of Angels,” Los Angeles, I was surprised to hear you speaking of the French medieval saint Joan of Arc. When a woman asked you whether there was anyone similar to Joan of Arc in the Bhāgavatam, you first affirmed that you were familiar with her and then replied in a general and inclusive way: “Any activities of devotees, that is Srimad-Bhagavatam..”
You then explained the literal meaning of the word bhāgavata as pertaining to Bhagavān, and concluded:
So Bhāgavata can be expanded to any unlimited. So anything in relationship with God, that is Bhāgavatam. So if Joan of Arc, she was in relationship with God, she is also Bhāgavatam. You should expand Bhāgavatam in that way. Yes. [Lecture on Sri-Sri Sad-gosvami-astaka, Los Angeles, 18 November 1968]
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Field Notes Issue #4 – August, 7th 2019

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The Right Thing to Do

Chanting Hare Krishna is the right thing to do. If you meet someone who asks, “What are you doing with all this Hare Krishna mantra chanting? What is all this?” You can say, “What? You are not chanting Hare Krishna? Everyone chants Hare Krishna! It is all over the Vedas. Everybody knows it. It is the yuga-dharma. Where have you been?”
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Field Notes Issue #3 – July, 8th 2019

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The Mood of Ratha-yatra

Question:
As we know, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna Himself but in the mood of Radharani. So, while attending Ratha-yatra and showing His ecstasy to the people is He in the mood of Radharani or in Krishna’s mood?
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Field Notes Issue #2 – June, 9th 2019

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“It is His [Krishna's] will that universal welfare work depends on the protection of cows and brāhmaṇas; thus brahminical culture and cow protection are the basic principles for human civilization.”
– Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.22.3 Purport.

Are we ready for this? Please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cow-care-book
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Keeping cows in the centre

May 27th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture | news - (Comments Off)
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Field Notes Issue #1 – May, 7th 2019

May 7th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in field notes | news - (Comments Off)
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If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, I will accept it (Bhagavad-gītā 9.26).

Here the connection is being made between food and bhakti. There is another way of saying that: connection is being made between food and the Lord and the connection is bhakti. One could say, “Well, I have lots of bhakti, lots of devotion for the Lord, so much that I don’t even need to offer food. I just offer my love, I just offer my prayers. It says here, and Prabhupada says that Krishna eats through the sound so I don’t really need to offer something physical, I’ll just make a nice prayer and Krishna will hear that and through that He will eat.” But Krishna is more clever than that. He’ll know you are cheating.
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Invitation: Writing project

December 16th, 2018 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture | news - (Comments Off)
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