Field Notes Issue #15 – July 11th, 2020

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The idea of Dialogical Vaishnavism is a little bit strange, unfortunately, although it should not be. “Dialogical” means having a dialogue. Dialogue means that you have at least two people and they speak with each other. There is a conversation. Dialogue is about back and forth, while sometimes devotees think we are in a one-way street. We give out the mercy. We are a preaching mission, we give. This is a nice idea, to give, but also, we hear about receiving, from Rupa Goswami.
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Field Notes Issue #14 – June 14th, 2020

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Friendship is a good thing. When it is seen amongst devotees, it attracts more devotees. I will tell you a nice story. I do not know if it is from the Christian tradition or the Jewish tradition, or a combination of both. It is an interreligious story. There was a monastery where there were one abbot and five monks. They were quite elderly and becoming more and more aware of the fact that they were getting older and older and one after another they would probably make their “exit stage left”, as we say in English. They were concerned, “What to do? We are not getting any new bhaktas!”
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Field Notes Issue #13 – May 10th, 2020

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While we are deprived of the possibility to go to temples, we can worship Krishna in His Deity form at home. As Srila Prabhupada would often say (paraphrasing), “There is no restriction in the worship of Krishna. We can always worship Krishna, in any circumstances.”
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Field Notes Issue #12 – April 5th, 2020

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In his description of the Kali age, Shuka recites the Bhumi-gita—the Song of the Earth (BhP 12.3). In this song, Earth (as a feminine personage) laughs at the folly of countless kings in their futile efforts to conquer her. In seeking control of her, they fail to control their own sensory urges and become oblivious to their own impending death (BhP 12.3.4–5).
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Field Notes Issue #11 – March 9th, 2020

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The sound of a dog barking wakes me. It is almost three o’clock. By the faint light of an oil lamp I find a bucket in the back of the bamboo “guesthouse” (my residence in the gurukula for the past four months), then walk to the hand pumps. The chilly February air, though not as cold as one month before, makes me quick to be done with bathing. Despite my haste, I try to remember a verse from the Bhagavad-gītā which I had started to memorize yesterday: What was it again?
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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 #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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