Field Notes Issue #10 – February 15th, 2020

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“O son of Bharata, according to one’s existence under the various modes of nature, one evolves a particular kind of faith. The living being is said to be of a particular faith according to the modes he has acquired.”

Srila Prabhupada’s purport elaborates on this subject of three modes of nature and how we all are carried by them, because all aspects of our lives are connected with the modes of nature and so also our faith. The word sraddha-mayo… maya here means “consisting of” or, as Srila Prabhupada translates it, “full of” or in other words, everyone is full of faith. What does it mean? It means that also the atheist is full of faith. The atheist’s faith is that there is no God. If everyone is full of faith—and we see all kinds of different sorts of faith—then what does that mean? What are some implications?
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Field Notes Issue #8 – December 6th, 2019

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Memories of Srila Prabhupada

LONDON, SEPTEMBER 1977
I had been traveling with Ghanasyama Prabhu (now Bhakti Tirtha Swami) in East Germany (DDR) and Austria, assisting him in his work with the “Library Party” of distributing sets of books to libraries and colleges by acting as a translator into German. We had just completed four weeks of travel and returned to Schloss Rettershof, exhausted from a long drive from Austria. As soon as we arrived, devotees told us that Srila Prabhupada is in London! Such a surprise, since we had been hearing of his failing health, and that he was remaining in Vrindavan, inviting senior disciples to come there and be with him. Hearing of Srila Prabhupada’s presence in London, without the slightest hesitation Ghanasyama Prabhu and I immediately jumped back in the car, forgetting our tiredness, and drove to London.
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Field Notes Issue #7- November 12th, 2019

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We call Diwali or Dipavali the festival of light. It is always a joyful event, people wish each other happy Diwali. It is a universal experience that we prefer light to darkness. Many people regard Diwali as a Hindu festival, but it is also a human festival, a celebration of being human and coming into the light. In recent decades Diwali has spread to so many parts of the world. So, we are lighting up the world with this Diwali festival.
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This open access book provides both a broad perspective and a focused examination of cow care as a subject of widespread ethical concern in India, and increasingly in other parts of the world. In the face of what has persisted as a highly charged political issue over cow protection in India, intellectual space must be made to bring the wealth of Indian traditional ethical discourse to bear on the realities of current human-animal relationships, particularly those of humans with cows. Dharma, yoga, and bhakti paradigms serve as starting points for bringing Hindu—particularly Vaishnava Hindu—animal ethics into conversation with contemporary Western animal ethics. The author argues that a culture of bhakti—the inclusive, empathetic practice of spirituality centered in Krishna as the beloved cowherd of Vraja—can complement recently developed ethics-of-care thinking to create a solid basis for sustaining all kinds of cow care communities.
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Field Notes Issue #6 – October 9th, 2019

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Like so many things in our ISKCON world – what has come to be called “bridge preaching” has become somewhat controversial. Devotees wonder whether “bridge preaching” is a good thing or a bad thing, or whether it is something in between; or whether preaching as such could be considered “bridging.” I want to suggest that effective preaching is effective bridging.
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Field Notes Issue #5 – September 6th, 2019

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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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