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Keeping it real – while still seeking spiritual emancipation.

Keeping it real – while still seeking spiritual emancipation.

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  1. Carmella

    Thank You ..precious soul for your honestry and insight..i agree with so much of what you say and find it refreshing and engouraging to read..
    Hoping that those that need to hear it..HEAR IT..
    All Glories to the Glorious..
    Jahnava Mata dd

  2. Anonymous

    Dear Priyavrata Prabhu
    Dandavat Pranam
    (I'm going to try posting this in 2 installments)
    I appreciate your thoughts and realizations on the verse from Srimad Bhagavatam and admire anyone who has the patience, desire and ability to put together any kind of nice class to expand the meaning of the verses and purports, as I am not that talented.
    My siksa Guru was Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja. He would give classes in his temple in Bhubanesvar for 3 to 4 hours at a time but was limited to 45 minutes in worldwide temples. Therefore, during classes he used to often say, "You see this purport by Srila Prabhupada? Each word of it could take days and days to explain". "But you want to limit Krsna to 45 minutes" he would then add.
    So I have noticed your comment about having heard devotees from other sangas say that Srila Prabhupada didn't give the highest teachings.
    It may be true that those who are not reading Srila Prabhupada's books and following his words would think that, but it is unfortunate that such comments were believed to stem from highly advanced devotees who thoroughly respected Srila Prabhupada's books.
    I understand that some rumours got out of hand, as they often do. Perhaps some new bhaktas spoke something silly and then their Guru is blamed.
    Looking at Srila Prabhupada's books, he has rushed to give us the 10th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam in a beautifully easy to read way first and foremost before he continued his translation of Srimad Bhagavatam.
    If we read the purports of his Upadesamrta Nectar of Instruction, we can see in the last 3 verses how the instruction that ultimately one must take shelter of Radha Kunda, is prominent.
    Of course we need to understand when that 'ultimate' time is and not jump.
    However, many senior Gaudiya Acaryas have agreed that one needs to fix their goal before proceeding with their appropriate sadhana.
    The verse you spoke on mentions Krsna lila and Srila Prabhupada has given emphasis to Krsna lila in the appropriate books.
    The other followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in our recognized parampara have given many deep meanings of Radha Krsna lila, and with exception of a few intimate pastimes, Srila Prabhupada has not prohibited their reading. However,we are very limited in our capacity and we can certainly get all we need to understand everything through Srila Prabhupada's books. Yes, he presented them perfectly but I still become upset when I think that members of Iskcon missed a golden opportunity to give honour to particular Senior Vaisnavas by accepting the rumours such as the ones about Srila Prabhupada's books not containing everything, as being fact.
    Also, the everything that Srila Prabhupada gave in the books, requires those who are really in line with Srila Prabhupada's desires, to elaborate on. Therefore Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja elaborated in long long classes, as he was one of the most qualified persons to do so.

  3. Anonymous

    That was for your consumption alone. The larger truth is that The Hare Krishna movement is 95% + positive, and there are few, if any groups, who could claim such a broad and wonderful legacy. God bless you Paul, really love your heartfelt articles. I am sorry if my opinion offended or insulted you…Hare Krishna

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