What is going on in Vrndavana these days in the name of “economic development”?

BY: DAMAGHOSA DAS

SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

Hare Krsna-Below we have summarized (in 8-quotes summary form) what Srila Prabhupada thinks about the building and developments of Vrndavana and New Vrndavana-he does NOT want economic development in either of these areas but instead wants it to remain simple, clean, and free of the modern mentality of “industrial development”. Please read these statements below and let the reader form their own opinion of what is presently going on there and if that is in line with Srila Prabhupadas thinking, or not. If this developmental mentality is not in line with Srila Prabhupada and the previous Acaryas, then the result will not be good. You decide for yourself.

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The Muni and the Sthita-dhī-muni

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, original, unrevised 1972 edition

By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Chapter 2, text 56

TEXT 56
duḥkheṣv anudvigna-manāḥ
sukheṣu vigata-spṛhaḥ
vīta-rāga-bhaya-krodhaḥ
sthita-dhīr munir ucyate

SYNONYMS
duḥkheṣu—in the threefold miseries; anudvigna-manāḥ—without being agitated in mind; sukheṣu—in happiness; vigata-spṛhaḥ—without being too interested; vīta—free from; rāga—attachment; bhaya—fear; krodhaḥ—anger; sthita-dhīḥ—one who is steady; muniḥ—sage; ucyate—is called.

TRANSLATION
One who is not disturbed in spite of the threefold miseries, who is not elated when there is happiness, and who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of steady mind.

PURPORT
The word muni means one who can agitate his mind in various ways for mental speculation without coming to a factual conclusion. It is said that every muni has a different angle of vision, and unless a muni differs from other munis, he cannot be called a muni in the strict sense of the term. Continue reading

“If one stops preaching and simply sits down in a solitary place, he is engaging in material activity.”

By Damaghosa das

July 13, 2018

1.) Madhya 12.135 purport
In this connection Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura explains that even though one may become free from the desire for fruitive activity, sometimes the subtle desire for fruitive activity again comes into being within the heart. One often thinks of conducting business to improve devotional activity. But the contamination is so strong that it may later develop into misunderstanding, described as kuṭi-nāṭi (faultfinding) and pratiṣṭhāśā (the desire for name and fame and for high position), jīva-hiṁsā (envy of other living entities), niṣiddhācāra (accepting things forbidden in the śāstra), kāma (desire for material gain) and pūjā (hankering for popularity). The word kuṭi-nāṭi means “duplicity.” As an example of pratiṣṭhāśā, one may attempt to imitate Śrīla Haridāsa Ṭhākura by living in a solitary place. One’s real desire may be for name and fame-in other words, one thinks that fools will accept one to be as good as Haridāsa Ṭhākura just because one lives in a solitary place. These are all material desires. A neophyte devotee is certain to be attacked by other material desires as well, namely desires for women and money. In this way the heart is again filled with dirty things and becomes harder and harder, like that of a materialist. Gradually one desires to become a reputed devotee or an avatāra(incarnation).

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The Rascal Editors Conversation: Context Defines the Order

July 8, 2018

Overall, in the “Rascal Editors” conversation the discussion on unauthorized changes is of two types: unauthorized changes found in earlier editions of books (type 1), and unauthorized changes found in newer editions/reprints of books (type 2). It is these two types of changes in the discussion which we highlight in order to show the gradual development from type 1 to type 2. We do so not to take away the importance of one type from the other, but as a guide to understanding the defining context within which the concluding order to “print again to the original way” was given.

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How do we know when we are speculating / on the mental platform?

 

BY: DAMAGHOSA DASA

Unless one is under the shelter of a realized spiritual master, his understanding of the Supreme is simply foolishness” quote from TLC

LA July 13 1971—Prabhupāda: Unless one is prepared that “I am accepting somebody as my spiritual master. I must accept whatever he says,” if there is any doubt, that I cannot accept his words verbatim,” then one should not accept him as spiritual master. That is hypocrisy

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