A poem that my cousin wrote for Prabhupada. -HDG
i fell for you
waiting to drop
waiting for you
to part the curtains
of my demise
a golden trail
welcoming the one
and ignite life’s spark
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It is important to understand that the essence of moral right and wrong, dharma and adharma, is not reward and punishment, but rather embracing the good for its own sake. A priori, the good benefits all souls, whereas the bad harms souls, due to the intrinsic qualities of good and bad. This is famously expressed in the famous rhetorical question that Socrates placed to Euthypro: are certain acts good because the gods love them? Or do the gods love them because they are good?
Krishna teaches in the Gita that one should do that which is intrinsically good. This is not the pursuit of rewards or the avoidance of punishment, though good acts do bring true happiness to the soul. For example, in Bg 18.9: “Reunciation in goodness is to perform one’s duty, giving up attachment and [concern for] the fruits.”
18.9 kāryam ity eva yat karma niyataṃ kriyate ’rjuna
saṅgaṃ tyaktvā phalaṃ caiva sa tyāgaḥ sāttviko mataḥI
t is the very nature of acts in goodness that one is not concerned with rewards or punishments.
Regarding the moral dimension of duty, at 18.30, Krishna says, “Intelligence in goodness understands what is to be done, and not to be done, what is dangerous and not dangerous, what [conduces to] bondage and freedom.”
A mature preacher is not eager to ‘judge’ people but rather to help them. However a doctor cannot help a patient without first diagnosing the problem. Diagnosis is not self-righteous judgement. It is diagnosis. Failure to diagnose clearly means the doctor cannot help a suffering patient. #hdg #hdgoswami #prabhupada #helpingothers #krishnaconsciousness ...
“The sixteen word Maha Mantra is nobody's invention. There are authorized mantras in the different Puranas which are Vedic authorities. Especially in the Kali Santara Upanisad it is stated that this sixteen word Maha Mantra is the Holy Name of the Supreme Brahma for the deliverance of the fallen souls. Caitanya Mahaprabhu chanted, Haridasa Thakura chanted 24 hours, all the Goswamis and Acaryas chanted, my Guru Maharaja chanted, and following all these footsteps we are also chanting. So they are authorized by disciplic succession, and all of us must chant at least 16 rounds daily to keep us fit on the Krishna Consciousness transcendental platform.” Srila Prabhupada’s letter to Ranadhira on 1.24.70 ...
Interestingly, the big skeptic David Hume argued that people have feelings, intuitions, attachments etc. Then they try to rationalize or justify them.
Krishna says in Bg 4.39, “One who believes attains knowledge.” The Sanskrit word for ‘belief’, ’sraddha’ is actually an action word, the act of placing ‘dhā’ one’s śrad, trust, faith, heart, in something.
The word śrad is only used in compounds such as śrad-dhā, and is ‘probably’ cognate with, for example, the Greek kardía (cardiology) ‘heart,
and the Latin cor, ‘heart,’. (cf Spanish corazon, Portuguese coração, Italian cuore, French coeur, all meaning ‘heart.’)
Thus ‘putting one’s heart’ into bhakti brings knowledge (4.39).
This should not be misunderstood to mean that bhakti is merely an emotionalism. Krishna says at 7.19 that a wise person surrenders to Him, knowing that Vāsudeva is everything. Similarly, Krishna says Bg 10.10 we come to Him by buddhi-yoga, the practice of spiritual reason or analysis.
So, bhakti is a perfect integration of head and heart. One may give priority to the heart, but I like to think that when the greatest devotees such as Radha and the Gopis give their love to Krishna, they are simultaneously realizing something infinitely extraordinary about Krishna, and their love and realization are perfectly integrated in one experience.
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Ultimately, the real point here for me is justice. The idea that a guru suffers for a disciple’s, even when the guru is in no way responsible for that sin, is absurd in my view. I am fully committed to Lord Krishna’s justice. We enjoy and suffer for good and bad actions to the extent that we are responsible for those actions. If a parent, or a guru, does not properly teach a child or disciple, and that negligence directly leads to an offensive act, then the parent or guru suffers a reaction to the extent that they are responsible, not to the extent that they are not responsible.
The HBV is written by Sanātana Goswami and is therefore in the category of guru or sādhu, not Śāstra.
Further, we should take a closer look at this verse (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 1.77), which makes the following claims (I divide the words for clarity):
1. rājñi ca amātya-jā doṣāḥ. “The faults of the minister [are] in the king.” There is no mention of ‘citizens.’ Even in modern government, the public often believes that a leader is responsibile for the actions of his or her minister. A leader should make sure that the minister acts properly.
2. patnī-pāpam sva-bhartari. “A wife’s sin is in her husband.” This is true in a culture in which the wife strictly obeys the husband.
3. tathā śiṣya-arjitam pāpam guruḥ prāpnoti niścitam. “Similarly, a guru certainly acquires the sin commited by a disciple.” This non-śāstric claim makes sense in a situation where the guru lives with a disciple and is directly responsible for the disciples’s actions.
That is the most basic principle of justice, and I cannot accept that special rules assign suffering against the most common principles of justice.
#hdg #hdgoswami #shastra #gurusadhusastra #prabhupada #srimadbhagavatam #bhagavatapurana #vedas #iskcon #krishnawest #acharyadeva #parampara ...