lunes, 25 de octubre de 2010

Please Pray for His Holiness Purnacandra Goswami



On 21st October Niranjana Swami submitted a letter to his blog:


Please Pray for His Holiness Purnacandra Goswami

Last Friday I was informed that His Holiness Purnacandra Goswami was in the hospital in Moscow, unconscious, and on life support. Upon arriving in Moscow on Saturday evening, I immediately arranged to meet with the devotees who were overseeing his treatment the next day.
At this time, there are not too many details I can give about his present condition other than he is intensive care, he is not conscious, there is some internal bleeding, and it appears that his present condition is connected to the ongoing detioration of his health due to hepatitis C.

I have posted a talk in the audio section which I gave to his all of his disciples here in Moscow the night before last. Please listen to it.

Devotees have begun kirtan for Purnacandra Maharaja every evening in the Moscow temple. Friday evening there will be a maha kirtan which will be attended by devotees from the whole Moscow community. If you're in Moscow, please come.
Hare Krsna


25 October

From Dina Bandhu:


I was speaking with H.H. Mukunda Maharaj on the phone today. Hi said that Purnacandra Maharaja's condition is very critical. He is on the life support, still not conscious, some of his organs not functioning properly. Niranjana Maharaja always in touch with Purnacandra's father in New York. Let us pray for H.H. Purnacandra Goswami's recovery. Haribolo!

ys Dina Bandhu Dasa (NRS)

25 октября

Я разговривал сегодня с Мукундой Госвами по телефону. Он подтвердил, что сосояние здоровья Пурначандры Госами очень критическое, он не выходит из комы, находится на искусственном поддержании, врачи говорят, что некоторые внутренние органы очень плохо функционируют, так же, у него внутренне кровоизлияние. Ниранджана Махарадж держит отца Пурначандры Махараджа, который в Нью Йоре, в курсе всех событий.

Давайте помолимся за жизнь такого замечательного преданного, как Пурначандра Госвами!


Ваш слуга Дина Бандху Дас

domingo, 24 de octubre de 2010

KARTIK MASA // DAMODAR MASA

KARTIK MASA // DAMODAR MASA

de Boris Lee
 
 


Hare Krishna!
Jay Sri Sri Guru Gouranga!
!Srila Prabhupad Ki Jay!!!

Como todos sabran (o quizas algunos no) el mes de Kar­tik (Damodar)…El mes mas sagrado.. ya esta aqui!

a continuacion una breve informacion sobre este acontecimiento tan sagrado

Kar­tik (Damodar) es el mejor, el mas puro , y mas glorioso de todos los meses. El Mes de Kar­tik es particularmente muy querido por Sri Krishna. cualquier vratta (voto), Hasta el mas pequeño, dara grandes resultados. el efecto de hacer Kartika-Vrata tiene una duracion de cien vidas, Kar­tik o el festival de ofrecer lamparas de ghee al Señor Krishna, Glorifica el pasatiempo de Krishna de estar atado con cuerdas por Madre Yashoda.

Todos deben tratar de observar las siguientes practicas durante el mes de Kartik (Damodar):

1. Diaria mente ofrecer una lampara de ghee a Krishna y cantar el Damodaras­takam, meditando en su significado


2. Uno debe siempre recordar al señor Hari , los Devo­tos deben tratar de hacer Hari­nama. cantar rondas extras y mas kirtana.

3. Si es posible escuchar el Sri­mad Bha­ga­vatam, diariamente en asociacion con los Vais­navas. Cualquier otras actividades deben ser detenidas en favor de escuchar las escrituras durante este meses beneficioso recitar y leer el Gajendra Moksa Lila-statva del 8vo canto del Srimad Bhagavatam,el cual nos enseña a rendirnos completamente y depender del supremo.

4. Comer solo Prasadam

5. Recitar diariamente el Siksaastakam de Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu y meditar en su significado.

6. Leer el Upadesamrta de Srila Rupa Goswami.

7. Ofrecer una lampara de Ghee a Tulsi devi y orar por tener eterna residencia en Vrindaban y servir eternamente los pies de loto de Sri Sri Radha Krishna

8. Hacer ofrendas a Krishna. Los devotos observan el festival de Giriraj Govardhana Puja .

9. Asociarse mas con los devotos

10. Practicar Brahmacarya

11. Hacer austeridades

Aqui algunos extractos de las escrituras (Puranas) describiendo las glorias del Mes de Kartik :

“Si alguien ejecuta al menos una pequeña adoracion al Señor Hari durante este mes, el le ofrece su morada”

“Si Alguien ofrece una Lampara de ghee en el templo del Señor Hari tan solo por un pequeño tiempo (Durante el mes de Kartika), entonces cualquiera actividad pecaminosa , que el haya adquirido por un Millon de kalpas (un kalpa equivale a 1000 yugas) seran todas destruidas.”

“Aquella persona que lea el Bhagavad Gita felizmente durante el mes de Kartik no regresa al mundo de nacimientos y muertes.”

“De todos los obsequios, el ofrecer una lampara de ghee durante el mes de Kartik es el mejor. no hay regalo igual.”

“El Resultado obtenido por los piadosos baños en los lugares santos y el dar todo a la cariad no es igual a una diezmillonésima parte del resultado obtenido, siguiendo el voto de Kartik.”

Les agradezco a todos por haber leido. pronto mas informacion sobre el pasatiempo de Sri Damodar.
Radhe Radhe

Aspirante a servir a los Vaisnavas,
Bhakta Boris.
Haribol


viernes, 22 de octubre de 2010

¿Cuál es el propósito de la vida? Por Radhanath Swami

¿Cómo puedo saber que Dios Existe? Por Radhanath Swami

Yoga Made Easy by Music: How Kirtan Works


Yoga Made Easy by Music: How Kirtan Works

Dhanurdhara Swami October 14th, 2010
Yoga Made Easy by Music: How Kirtan Works
 
(Kirtan refers to devotional singing, but it also refers to the recitation of spiritual poetry and drama or even just speaking about spiritual subjects. In the school of Sri Caitanya, when devotional singing is done in a group with musical accompaniment it is specifically called sankirtan. The prefix “san” comes from samyak, which means “complete”. It is called sankirtan or complete as the group experience of kirtan is more absorbing and moving than the individual one. For the purpose of distinguishing group from individual kirtan, when I refer to devotional singing and music in congregation I will use the word sankirtan, although it is commonly known as just kirtan.) 
 
I was happy to read that “sankirtan (chanting with others) is superior even to kirtan (chanting alone) because it produces such extraordinary feelings”. [1] That has always been my conviction, but here was a declarative statement by Sri Jiva Gosvami, one of the greatest Vaisnava scholars, in his classic work Sri Bhakti Sandarbha.
 
Although I was happy to find a supportive statement for the magnificence of sankirtan, the question still remained, why? Why does sankirtan produce such extraordinary feelings? Luckily the answer came soon. While thumbing casually through a book containing the personal correspondence of my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, I chanced upon the following statement:
 
“The hearing tendency is made easy and still more favorable by songs and music of spiritual value to be equally shared by all classes of men namely the highest educated and the lowest illiterate.” [2]
 
The answer was simple and clear, “hearing made easy by music!” The test of any meditational practice is its ability to help focus the mind on the object of one's meditation, usually mantra. As proper melody and rhythm spontaneously allure the mind, mantra couched in music naturally makes mantra meditation easier.  And as the focus insankirtan is the very object of the practitioner's devotion (the divine names of God), extraordinary feelings, such as devotion and joy, increasingly arise as one's meditation deepens.

 
The power of music is not the only reason why sankirtan invokes more astonishing feelings than chanting alone. Being inspired by the reference about sankirtan from Sri Jiva, I delved further into why this practice is considered exceptional. As bhakti andkirtan, are the components of sankirtan, I naturally began my study there.
 
Bhagavad-gita clearly distinguishes bhakti as the topmost yoga. [3] It also implies why:
 
In bhakti, the object of meditation is the Divine (Brahman) designated in mantras containing holy names such as Rama and Krishna, which are considered non-different from Brahman. [4] Thus unlike yoga, where to quell the mind one chooses an arbitrary object as a prop for meditation, the bhakta selects an object of devotion. Consequently, the bhakta is spontaneously drawn to meditation out of attraction, rather than just will power, making it the best means of focusing the mind. 
 
Furthermore, the Divine names as an object of meditation are alive and personal. They thus can reciprocate the practitioner's devotion by bestowing the desired fruits of his practice, even samadhi, the final goal.  For this reason, that in bhakti the fruits of devotional meditation can even exceed the practitioner's yogic effort, bhakti is called the path of grace and is highly praised.  
 
As mentioned above, the use of songs and music in mantra meditation is deemed particularly powerful, even within the path of bhakti. Why? Among sense objects, sound is considered particularly absorbing, and especially gripping in good music. The mind is thus naturally allured to the designated mantra embedded in musical sounds. In addition, the melodies, or ragas, accompanying kirtan, are composed to stir devotion, the very force behind the bhakta's meditation.  
 
Philosophers throughout history describe how attraction to music is imbedded deep within the psyche. Plato in The Republic, for example, recommended that a child's education be mostly composed of good music to harmonize or spiritualize the mind. Srila Viswanath Cakravarti, a prominent 17th century Vaisnava scholar, went even further. In his commentary on Krishna's famous midnight dance with the cowherd maidens (the gopis) of Vrindavana, he described the number of melodies the gopis sang as one for every 16,000 species of life, implying the innate connection between the essential nature of each species and a particular melody. It is precisely this instinctive connection between tune and being that so powerfully weds mantra and music in the heart and mind of the chanter and makes the experience of sankirtan so potent.
 
Still it is not the power of music alone that elevates sankirtan over other practices ofbhakti. Other important enhancing characteristics of sankirtan are the full capacity to evoke grace, the power of group petition, and the superiority of shared bliss. 
 
For the followers of Sri Caitanya, the inaugurator of the sankirtan movement, perhaps there is no greater reason why sankirtan is considered so effective than its potency to invoke Divine grace. They understand it in this way:
 
Sri Caitanya is glorified in Caitanya Bhagavat as sankirtanaika-pitarau, the father ofsankirtan. The best way to please the father is to serve his son. Thus by wholeheartedly giving oneself to that which is born of Sri Caitanya (sankirtan), they will gain His blessings. This is consistent with the culture and philosophy of traditional India: by honoring the predecessors of one's tradition, the power of what they exemplified, practiced and taught flows to one's heart. The fullest manifestation of Sri Caitanya's teachings is prema (divine love), which manifests to those fully absorbed in the sankirtanof the holy names born from Him.
 
The Srimad Bhagavatam gives another interesting perspective on the efficacy ofsankirtan in its description of the events leading to Sri Krishna's advent. The story begins with Mother Earth in the form of a distressed cow tearfully approaching the chief executive of the universe, Lord Brahma. She seeks relief from the burden of the increasing number of militaristic rulers plundering her planet. Concerned, Lord Brahma, accompanied by Siva and all the demigods, leaves for the sacred milk ocean to petition the Lord's advent. The question has been raised why Lord Brahma brought such an entourage of luminaries with him, when he was perfectly qualified to gain direct access to the Lord by the purity of his own prayer. Learned commentators on the Bhagavatamhave shared this interesting insight: Lord Brahma was instructing by example that in prayer, all things being equal, group petition is more powerful than individual prayer.Bhakti is the path of entreaty. Accordingly, sankirtan, the kirtan of collective appeal, invokes extraordinary feelings of grace and delight. 
 
Ideally in sankirtan all qualified participants share not only in the musical devotional offering, but also in the deep sentiments being expressed. And as the sentiments are shared they tend to be more intense. This type of phenomena can be clearly seen in drama. One purpose of good theater is catharsis, the literary effect where the audience (or the characters) is overcome with the emotions of the drama, a shared experience that uplifts the audience in a unique way. Abhinavagupta, one of Indian's most respected theorists on mystical and aesthetic experience, writes extensively on the necessity for the experience of rasa to be in the company of like-minded souls. He even goes so far as to say that the fullness of joy in theatre and mysticism occurs only when every participants fully shares the experience. [5]
 
One of my favorite examples of this is the scene describing the day Sri Caitanya left home to take sannyasa. He is effulgently sitting amongst His devotes who remain unaware that their master will leave in the evening. His splendid form is covered with the many exquisite garlands that His associates have piled with love around His neck. Fresh sandalwood paste has also been affectionately patted across His forehead. Their unbounded bliss reaches its height as “they gazed upon Him as if with a single pair of eyes!”[6]
 
For this reason, that shared feelings are so powerful, devotional emotions tend to increase in communal kirtan.
 
I remember a kirtan I joined one summer evening in 1986 in the Indian town of Farrukhabad where the accomplished BB Govinda Swami was leading our sankirtan group in the town's annual Ram Bharat procession. Almost one million people from the district lined the streets for this yearly commemoration of the wedding of Sita and Ram. I could barely stand the heat on this muggy August day, but it was the portable lanterns on the heads of the dozens of coolies walking to light our way that created an especially intolerable setting. One can't imagine how many bugs even a single lantern attracts on a muggy summer night in India! The Swami is not an ordinary kirtaniya. As a child he grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of a famous music agent. Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash regularly frequented his house and often held him on their laps. Whatever soul he imbibed from his birth was later channeled into kirtan in his youth. In the early 70s he became a devotee of Krishna and lived in Vrindavana at the feet of some of the greatestkirtan masters. On that muggy night in August his sweet, powerful, melodious kirtanaccompanied by a host of expert Bengali and African American mrdanga players was exceptionally potent. I remember it well. Due to my discomfort, when it began all I could think of was, “when will this end!” Shortly, however, the mantra, the melody, the rhythm, the camaraderie, and the grace sent us to another world, as it did the throngs of Indian villagers lining the streets. I closed my eyes and absorbed myself in the sankirtan. What seemed a relatively short time later, I opened them. It was five in the morning! I was startled! How did that happen, I pondered? Now I know: Yoga made easy by music! 
 
 
[1] Sri Bhakti SandarbhaAnuchheda 269
[2] Correspondence of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, letter to Seth Mangumal Amarsingh, Bombay
24 July 1958
[3] Sri Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita 6.47 “Of all yogis one who worships Me with faith and devotion is the best of all.”
[4] The Absolute Reality is called Brahman, which can manifest in various ways. When the Absolute Reality is fully manifest in sound (sabda), it is called sabda brahman, sound, which is Absolute Reality.
[5] See Acting as a Way of Salvation, David Haberman, p. 16-29
[6] Caitanya BhagavatMadhya-lila Ch. 28, text 24

jueves, 7 de octubre de 2010

Recruiting new bloggers for ISKCONPanama.com

Haribol All Glories to Srila Prabhupada

 Please accept my humble obeisances

Dear Devotees: 


With the passing of the years i have seen our congregation grow, and i can see through the social networks that many of us have internet access, most likely at home or our place to work, as its said: A hand kids past a misplaced believer. Our website WWW.ISKCONPANAMA.COM is not a Man only enterprise, it is an open source of information were all of us have chance to provide info and news so we can help each other on the usually main root of all community problems: the lack of communication.  We invite you to take part of this website publishing and sharing your toughs, just sent me an email to mallapraharanadas at iskconpanama.com
so i can create an account for you . Become part of the community and lets help Srila Prabhupada to spread the blissful Krishna Consciousness all around!!

Your servants at ISKCON Panama  

martes, 5 de octubre de 2010

Jesus y Krishna




Queridos devotos y devotas

Por favor, acepten mis humildes reverencias.
Todas las glorias a Srila Prabhupada.

Para su información, mi sitio Web "Jesús y Krishna" finalmente ahora también está disponible en español.


POR FAVOR, difundir muy ampliamente esta información en Hispanoamérica.

La página es de gran alcance y ha traído de Europa y América a muchos devotos a la Conciencia de Krishna, y deberá tener grandes resultados en su área del mundo también.

Por favor escríbanme, siempre es agradable recibir comentarios.

Espero que disfruten de este sitio.

Muchas gracias.

Hare Krishna

Cuídense, su sirviente

Prithu das ACBSP

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Dear devotee / dear devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances,
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Just to let u all know,

Finally my website "Jesus and Krishna" is now available in Spanish language.

See:


PLEASE spread this information in South America.

The page is powerful and has brought in Europe and America many devotees to Krishna Consciousness.

It should have great results in your area.

Also,
please write me.
Lets stay in touch.

your servant

Prithu das ACBSP

Estudios Vaishnavas para el 2011 en España


domingo, 3 de octubre de 2010

Fotos del 12 HORAS KIRTAN DOMINGO 3 OCTUBRE




Kirtana significa repetir los nombres de los seres divinos, y se considera la mejor manera y más rápida forma de conectarse con la pura alegría y el amor que es inherente en todas partes.
es una invitación abierta a cantar,bailar, y conectarse con esta plataforma elevada de Kirtan!


"De esta manera la mas perfecta penitencia que ha de ejecutarse en este mundo es el canto del nombre de Sri Hari. especialmente en esta era de Kali,uno puede satisfacer al Señor Supremo Sri Visnu haciendo Sankirtana"
(Seccion Caturmasya-mahatmya del Skanda Purana)

"Mi única esperanza reside en el néctar sin límites de tu santo nombre"
[Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur , Harinama Cintamani,Capitulo Uno]

Su Gracia Aindra Prabhu ki Jaya!!!
Srila Prabhupada ki Jaya!!


Todos hemos escuchado alguna vez el maha mantra Hare Krishna! por que es tan especial este mantra? Por que debemos cantarlo? que puede hacer en nosotros?

Primero que todo , hay que explicar un poco sobre el Mantra-Yoga Mantra-yoga es en realidad una tradicion mistica encontrada casi en todos los senderos espirituales. puede involucrar la suave repeticion de una oracion o mantra para meditar, o puede ser cantado congregacionalmente , meditando en los sagrados nombres de la Suprema Personalidad.
todo involucra el mismo proceso, pero en la tradiciones orientales este proceso es llamado Mantra-Yoga, porque es el proceso mas sencillo para enfocar nuestra mentes en el supremo, el cual nos ayuda a espiritualizar nuestra conciencia.

Man significa mente, tra liberacion.
Por lo tanto, un Mantra espiritual es una vibracion sonora pura para liberar la mente de lo material a la plataforma espiritual. este es la meta de cualquier sendero espiritual.

Sin embargo, un proceso completo de yoga es generalmente una mezcla de distintos sistemas de yoga, tal como es el Bhakti-Yoga con Mantra-Yoga. por lo tanto, el bhakti-Yoga,incluye el mantra-Yoga, o el proceso de concentrar las vibraciones del sonido dentro del mantra. esto es especialmente importante en esta era de Kali Yuga.

Hay muchas referencias Vedicas en las cuales especifiamente se recomienda el canto del Hare Krishna Mantra , como la manera mas efectiva de alcanzar el sendero espiritual y contrarestar todas las afliciones de esta era, algunos de los versos son los siguientes:

"Las Diesciseis palabras --Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare-- es el metodo para contrarestar los malos efectos de esta presente era de riña e hipocrecia. (Kali-Santana Upanishad)"

"Todos Los Mantras y Procesos para la Auto-Realizacion estan comprimidos en en el Hare Krishna Maha Mantra. (Narada-Pancaratra)"