Hearing Devotees of Other Sampradayas
ASK BVKS | October 24, 2011 |
I heard from other devotees and I also personally faced that many people of ISKCON, especially Tamil speaking initiated devotees are now hearing some lectures from "Velukkudi Krishnan," and they appericiate that. Some of the devotees used to go to the Mayavadi's sanga like of Muralidar, Krishna-premi etc.,
Velukkudi Krishnan is now speaking in the televisions also. Sorry say even the brahmin initiated devotees also hear his teachings including those who know English so please kindly guide us what to do. You know that people those who don't want to change themselves will never going to change but at least the innocent people may know what to do.
August 23, 2017 |
English; Udupi, Karnataka, India
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English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
December 18, 2013 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Kavanur, Tamil Nadu, India
April 4, 2011 |
Question: Many times when I see the lord's deity or when I explain about krishna to some one having darshan of Jagannathji on seeing Srila Prabhupada I start crying I feel a different experience, I am not chanting sincerely but most of the time thinking of lord or ideas for serving. Crying does not happen always but some times Maharaj what is the reason of this?
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English with తెలుగు translation; Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh, India
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English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic
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English; Osmania University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
October 31, 2013 |
Question: How has Christianity come to be accepted as part of Vaishnava life? There are several devotees I know who also claim to be Christians, how can this be? I do not see how these two can go together since they worship different gods. The biblical father god encouraged blood offerings for sin, that is NOT Krishna consciousness or at least not as I see it. I may be wrong about this so I decided to write to you for an answer.
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November 28, 2012 |
Question: My question is why did Ramananda Raya faint upon seeing a lila of Lord Caitanya, although he is an eternal associate of Radha and Krishna. What extra-ordinary thing did Ramananda Raya see?
August 26, 2013 |
English; Inis Rath, Fermanagh, Ireland
January 19, 2014 |
English with ಕನ್ನಡ translation; Bangalore, Karnataka, India
May 6, 2011 |
Question: In the Nectar of Devotion, Part1 Chapter 9, Further Consider of Devotional Principles, Srila Prabhupada says and I quote–The Padma Purana also mentions, “A person whose body is decorated with the pulp of sandalwood, with paintings of the holy name of the Lord, is delivered from all sinful reactions, and after his death he… Expand>
In the Nectar of Devotion, Part1 Chapter 9, Further Consider of Devotional Principles, Srila Prabhupada says and I quote–The Padma Purana also mentions, “A person whose body is decorated with the pulp of sandalwood, with paintings of the holy name of the Lord, is delivered from all sinful reactions, and after his death he goes directly to Krishnaloka to live in association with the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”
Does this authenticate tattooing our body which I have seen is prevalent in Iskcon on North America?
October 23, 2017 |
English; Baroda, Gujarat, India
May 1, 2016 |
Question: As far as cooking prasada for the deities, the standard as I know is to be second initiated. Does this apply to cooking for the devotees and offering it to a picture? In Krishna house they have devotees cooking who chant 8 rounds and its questionable if they are following the regulated principles. Would this affect one's consciousness and can this be considered a fit offering to the Lord?… Expand>
As far as cooking prasada for the deities, the standard as I know is to be second initiated. Does this apply to cooking for the devotees and offering it to a picture? In Krishna house they have devotees cooking who chant 8 rounds and its questionable if they are following the regulated principles. Would this affect one's consciousness and can this be considered a fit offering to the Lord?
Answer by H.H. Bhakti Vikāśa Swami:
Well, the proper term in our terminology is to prepare bhoga for the Deities. It is offered, the Lord accepts it, and then we take His prasādam.
Yes, but that’s the strict rule that in the temple where Deities are worshipped, all cooking and Deity worship should be done by brāhmaṇ initiated devotees.
That doesn’t mean that if you are not brāhmaṇicaly initiated you should not eat, or just only eat raw food or something like that. Even that, you are supposed to offer to Kṛṣṇa.
There is laxity for some devotees who are not initiated in that way. But in the temples with installed Deities (of course Deity means installed) there bhoga should be offered and cooked by persons who are formally initiated brāhmaṇically or pañcarātrically.
If they are not chanting 16 rounds and following the principles, then they shouldn’t be cooking for Deities and they will affect our consciousness.
viṣayīra anna khāile malina haya mana
malina mana haile nahe kṛṣṇera smaraṇa
“When one eats food offered by a materialistic man, one’s mind becomes contaminated, and when the mind is contaminated, one is unable to think of Kṛṣṇa properly.“ (CC Antya 6.278)
Then we may say they are devotees, not materialists. They are not devotees to the level who should be cooking for distribution to others. They won’t benefit others. I’ve spoken on this many times. You can see on the website, there must be.
It affects one’s consciousness certainly because the consciousness of the cook is transmitted through the cooking.
Once, in Australia, Śrīla Prabhupāda was given some prasādam, nicely puffed up purīs. Afterward he asked: Who is the cook? The cook was Kūrma dāsa Prabhu, one of the most famous cooks in the history of ISKCON.
There are some famous cooks: Yamunā devi (who is probably the most famous), Kūrma Prabhu, Apūrva is very well known in America, Vibhu-Caitanya was there in Vṛndāvan. There are so many good cooks, but some in particular.
So Kūrma Prabhu came and Śrīla Prabhupāda said to him: Thank you very much for so nicely following the regulative principles!
We may say what’s that got to do with cooking, but Śrīla Prabhupāda could understand that his cooking is so nice because he is so seriously practicing Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and Rādhārāṇī is manifesting through him. It’s understood that cooking for Kṛṣṇa is the service of Rādhārāṇī.
rādhikāra pakka anna vividha byañjana
parama ānande kṛṣṇa korena bhojana
“In great ecstasy and joy Kṛṣṇa eats the rice, curried vegetables, sweets, and pastries cooked by Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī.” (Bhoga-arati / Bhaja Bhakata Vatsala, verse 8)
As Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura says She cooks for Kṛṣṇa rice and various vegetables, and so many different preparations.
And in South India they don’t know so much about Rādhā yet. So, they will say that Lakṣmī is cooking actually. Cooking for Viṣṇu means that the cook has to take blessing from Lakṣmī. It’s Her service, so the cook can only assist.
So, when one is in good consciousness then Kṛṣṇa is very pleased to accept the offering, and His mercy comes through fully.
If we are in materialistic consciousness, if we are not following the principles properly, if we are not up to the level of chanting 16 rounds, well, whatever good consciousness we have it will come through, and whatever bad consciousness we have it will come through also.
So, that’s the one in brief.
English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India