Dec 18

Dandavat pranams,

Attached is the Princeton Bhakti Vedanta Institute Report – November 26, 2016.

“Faith, Certainty, Truth, and Love”

– excerpt –
“When one is influenced by sattva guna he performs meritorious deeds like giving in charity, feeding people, building shelters, and other moral and virtuous activities,” Sripad Puri Maharaja began to answer. ”Yet although moral and virtuous acts in this world are very glorious they can only result in anitya sukriti (temporary merit) because they are not God centered and thus only produce benefits within the realm of the three worlds. Nitya sukriti is gained by acts (-kriti means act or do, su means good or glorious) in connection with the Divinity, like taking mahaprasadam, associating with and serving the devotees, hearing scriptural and devotional discourses, chanting the Holy Name, and so on. This type of sukriti may be of two types: jnata sukriti or ajnata sukriti – knowingly performed or unknowingly performed. If someone is feeding people, for instance, and he somehow feeds a suddha bhakta in the process he will get ajnata sukriti. He unknowingly will get spiritual benefit. But if one knows that by regularly chanting the Holy Name under direction of Gurudeva one can develop love of God he accumulates jnata sukriti. Still we should remember what Srila Govinda Maharaja once mentioned, even if one has an ocean of sukriti, without intense hankering or fervent desire one will never get Krishna prema.”

“Srila Sridhara Maharaja reminds us that when Mahaprabhu says,

brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
guru-krsna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta: Madhya-lila, 19.151)

Wandering throughout the material universe, the very
fortunate living entity who receives the grace of Guru and
Krishna receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service.

“The word bhagyavan or good fortune means sukriti. It is sukriti that brings us in contact with faith (sraddha) in spiritual life. But when we have faith in the devotees (sadhu sanga), who are also living a life of service in a devotional God centered community, that would give us more substantial benefit than a solitary faith in God.”

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Srila Acharya Maharaj ki jai
Sripad Puri Maharaj ki jai

Your humble servant
Kushum devi dasi
(New York)

Dec 04

Dandavat pranams,

Attached is the Princeton Bhakti Vedanta Institute Report – November 5, 2016.

“Unity of Science and Religion: Discussion with Dr. Kitagawa”

excerpt –
“The study of the known is called ontology. The study of knowledge is called epistemology and the study of the knower is called theology. All three of these are interconnected but science only deals with the known. Science does not generally recognize that knowledge is involved in what is known. The known is what we have some knowledge about but science neglects the role of the scientist’s knowledge – the being for consciousness of the object. The relation of these three aspects is something the philosophers have been discussing in recent times since Kant (Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher who is considered a central figure of modern philosophy). The contribution of the subject, the knower, is essential to understanding the unity of the object properly. It is not that the object can be understood on its own. There’s a vital contribution from the subject in determining what the object is. A result of the failure to study his philosophical arguments in this regard has led to much confusion in the development of quantum theory concerning the role of consciousness.”
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Srila Acharya Maharaj ki jai
Sripad Puri Maharaj ki jai

Your humble servant
Kushum devi dasi
(New York)

Nov 03

Dandavat pranams,

Attached is the Princeton Bhakti Vedanta Institute Report – October 22, 2016.

“Vyasa Puja of Srila B. R. Sridhar Deva Goswami Maharaja”

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Srila Acharya Maharaj ki jai
Sripad Puri Maharaj ki jai

Your humble servant
Kushum devi dasi
(New York)

Oct 21

In the month of Kartika one should worship Lord Damodara and daily recite the prayer known as Damodarashtakam, which has been spoken by the sage Satyavrata and which attracts Lord Damodara. (Sri Hari-Bhakti-vilasa: 2:16:198)

“He is only conquered by devotees whose pure love is imbued with intimacy and is free from all conceptions of awe and reverence. With great love I again offer my obeisances to Lord Damodara hundreds and hundreds of times.”

View Sri Damodarastakam

Oct 06

Dandavat pranams,

Attached is the Princeton Bhakti Vedanta Institute Report – September 24, 2016.

“The Whole Truth: Conversation With A Scientist”

[exerpt]
An organic whole is not merely the sum of its parts. All partial
analyses will only give the wrong conception because you
are taking the parts to be something substantial in and of
themselves but that cannot be the truth of what’s actually
there. As one poet wrote about the elephant and blind men,
‘Though each was partly in the right, all were in the wrong!’
In order to know the truth you need a conception of the
Whole beyond the limited knowledge of empirical
investigation for properly understanding things.
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Srila Acharya Maharaj ki jai
Sripad Puri Maharaj ki jai

Your humble servant
Kushum devi dasi
(New York)


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