Thursday, February 18, 2016

EKADASI VRATA QUOTES BY SRILA PRABHUPADA

Ekadasi Vrata

To observe Ekadasi-vrata and Dvadasi-vrata means to please the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Those interested in advancing in krsna consciousness must observe ekadasi-vrata regularly.
SB 4.28.35-36
We can definitely see that to advance in Krsna consciousness one must control his bodily weight. If one becomes too fat, it is to be assumed that he is not advancing spiritually. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura severely criticized his fat disciples. The idea is that one who intends to advance in Krsna consciousness must not eat very much. Devotees used to go to forests, high hills or mountains on pilgrimages, but such severe austerities are not possible in these days. One should instead eat only prasada and no more than required. ACCORDING TO THE VAISNAVA CALENDAR, THERE ARE MANY FASTS, SUCH AS EKADASI AND THE APPEARANCE AND DISAPPEARANCE DAYS OF GOD AND HIS DEVOTEES. ALL OF THESE ARE MEANT TO DECREASE THE FAT WITHIN THE BODY SO THAT ONE WILL NOT SLEEP MORE THAN DESIRED AND WILL NOT BECOME INACTIVE AND LAZY. Overindulgence in food will cause a man to sleep more than required. This human form of life is meant for austerity, and austerity means controlling sex, food intake, etc. In this way time can be saved for spiritual activity, and one can purify himself both externally and internally. Thus both body and mind can be cleansed.
SB 7.14.20-23
Visuva, or Visuva-sankranti, means Mesa-sankranti, or the day on which the sun enters the sign Aries. Tula-sankranti is the day on which the sun enters the sign Libra. Both of these days occur only once within a year. The word yoga refers to a certain relationship between the sun and moon as they move in the sky. There are twenty-seven different degrees of yoga, of which the seventeenth is called Vyatipata. On the day when this occurs, one should perform the sraddha ceremony. A TITHI, OR LUNAR DAY, CONSISTS OF THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE LONGITUDE OF THE SUN AND THAT OF THE MOON. SOMETIMES A TITHI IS LESS THAN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS. WHEN IT STARTS AFTER SUNRISE ON A CERTAIN DAY AND ENDS BEFORE THE SUNRISE OF THE FOLLOWING DAY, THE PREVIOUS TITHI AND THE FOLLOWING TITHI BOTH “TOUCH” THE TWENTY-FOUR-HOUR DAY BETWEEN THE SUNRISES. THIS IS CALLED TRYAHA-SPARSA, OR A DAY TOUCHED BY SOME PORTION OF THREE TITHIS.
Srila Jiva Gosvami has given quotations from many sastras stating that the sraddha ceremony of oblations to the forefathers should not be performed on Ekadasi tithi. WHEN THE TITHI OF THE DEATH ANNIVERSARY FALLS ON THE EKADASI DAY, THE SRADDHA CEREMONY SHOULD BE HELD NOT ON EKADASI BUT ON THE NEXT DAY, OR DVADASI. In the Brahma-vaivarta purana it is said:
ye kurvanti mahipala
sraddham caikadasi-dine
trayas te narakam yanti
data bhokta ca prerakah
IF ONE PERFORMS THE SRADDHA CEREMONY OF OBLATIONS TO THE FOREFATHERS ON THE EKADASI TITHI, THEN THE PERFORMER, THE FOREFATHERS FOR WHOM THE SRADDHA IS OBSERVED, AND THE PUROHITA, OR THE FAMILY PRIEST WHO ENCOURAGES THE CEREMONY, ALL GO TO HELL.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ARE TATTOOS DEVOTIONAL OR NOT ? BY KRISHNA KRIPA DAS


The article describes the process of branding the body with symbols of Visnu, but this is done specifically by followers of Ramanuja in the Sri Sampradaya.
In Raga-vartma-candrika, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura says that for Gaudiya Vaisnavas branding the body with marks of Visnu is not appropriate.
Closer to home, Srila Prabhupada never encouraged such a practice. One might argue that he didn’t oppose it either, but I think it’s safer to conclude that if he didn’t specifically condone it we shouldn’t introduce a new so-called devotional practice.
How is a tattoo any different than a picture? In fact, it often is a picture. Do we take a painting of Krsna into the toilet? Of course, one can quote Gopala Guru Gosvami, who said to Lord Caitanya that the holy name is so pure that it can be chanted anywhereeven in the restroombut no such concession has ever been given for a deity of the Lord.

“The deity form of the Lord is said to appear in eight varieties: stone, wood, metal, earth, paint, sand, the mind, or jewels.” (Haribhakti- vilasa)
“One of the eight kinds of deity is the two-dimensional, painted picture. The devotee may worship the picture mürti . . . just as he worships a three-dimensional mürti.” (Pañcaratra-pradipa, ISKCON GBC Press)

The author tries hard to establish that tattooing is a Vais- nava practice, but other than one quote from Baladeva Vidyabhüsana he gives no other scriptural reference and not a single precedent for such a practice in our Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition. Baladeva Vidyabhüsana writes that branding the symbols of Visnu on the body is an example of austerity, but again, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura (Baladeva’s guru) clearly states that Gaudiya Vaisnavas themselves don’t do this. Did Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, Gaura Kisora Dasa Babaji, or Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura brand their bodies with symbols of Visnu or have tattoos? No. In fact, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura wrote against branding:

“In the Sri Sampradaya of Ramanuja, tapa [austerity] is given by branding the body with the symbols of conch and disc, but Sri Caitanyadeva has instructed that we mark the body with harinama using sandal paste, etc., instead of brands. This rule is a blessing for the souls of Kali-yuga.” (Pañca Saµskara, page 2)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

BERMUDA TRIANGLE MYSTERY REVEALED IN RIG VEDA & ATHARVA VEDA

Bermuda Triangle Mystery revealed in Rig Veda & Atharva Veda


Bermuda Triangle or the Devil’s Triangle, is a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Even though the US Navy says that Bermuda Triangle does not exist, many have attributed various disappearances to the paranormal or activity by extraterrestrial beings.
But till date, nobody could find out actual reason behind this mystery.



bermuda triangle mystery rigveda

Many believe that there is a hidden pyramid inside the atlantic ocean, which pulls everything towards it like a magnet.
It was named as “danger region” for about 500 years after disappearance of ships & planes. In 1492 during journey to America, Columbus saw some glitterness in this region and his magnetic compass got disturbed.
In 1909, a fishing boat got disappeared. On 5th Dec 1945, a flight started from Florida (USA), when went about 120 miles east, its contact was broken from base station and plane disappeared.
In 1948, a ship carrying 27 travelers disappeared in Bermuda region.
In 1951, another ship carrying 53 travelers disappearedin this region. Due to safety and precautionary reasons,
all routes for ships & planes have been made out of this triangle.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

RECOMMENDS NO ONION AND NO GARLIC?


Recommends No Onion and No Garlic?



You may know that onions and garlic are botanical members of the alliaceous family (alliums) – along with leeks, chives and shallots. According to ‪‎Ayurveda‬, India’s classic ‪‎medical‬ science, foods are grouped into three categories – sattvic, rajasic and tamasic – foods in the modes of goodness, passion and ignorance. Onions and garlic, and the other alliaceous plants are classified as rajasic and tamasic, which means that they increase passion and ignorance.
Those that subscribe to pure brahmana and vaishnava-style cooking of India – followers of Lord Vishnu, Rama and Krishna – like to only cook with foods from the sattvic category. These foods include fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, dairy products, grains and legumes, and so on. Specifically, Vaisnavas do not like to cook with rajasic or tamasic foods because they are unfit to offer to the Deity.

Rajasic and tamasic foods are also not used because they are detrimental to meditation and devotions. “Garlic and onions are both rajasic and tamasic, and are forbidden to yogis because they root the consciousness more firmly in the body”, says well-known authority on Ayurveda, Dr. Robert E. Svoboda.
mixed selection of fruit and vegetables
Some branches of western medicine say that the Alliums have specific health benefits; garlic is

Friday, January 1, 2016

JESUS WAS A VEGETARIAN



According to the Bible the original diet in the Garden of Eden was a vegetarian one. Adam and Eve lived happily, healthily and abundantly on a diet rich in fresh vegetarian fare. However, with the coming of the flood and the ensuing ecological destruction, a concession was made ensuring mankind’s survival, and for the first time there was a departure from the original diet intended by God.

Today of course this departure, this concession, has been transformed into the world’s biggest industry, the wholesale slaughtering of billions and billions of defenceless animals. Super efficient factory farms raise Gods creatures as meat, and high tech slaughterhouses deliver the final product. In one slaughterhouse in America they slaughter over 30,000 animals aday. That’s 210,000 a week, 1 million a month, 12 million a year, all between four walls in just one slaughterhouse. The rivers of blood spoken of in the Bible take place every day, as thousands of such slaughterhouses churn out their products, and planet earth becomes a mass production line of death.

It is an extreme departure from the simple, peaceful diet in the Garden of Eden, and many people question how spiritual institutions such as Christianity, can continually sanction such a satanic act. Walk into any supermarket and there before you is the Garden of Eden, an overwhelming array of products, hundreds of different vegetables, fruits, milk products, breads, cereals, rice, pasta, herbs, spices and much more. There is more than enough to satisfy our needs.