Jan 142016
 
Twenty-six good qualities of a Vaisnava

(1) He is very kind to everyone. (2) He does not make anyone his enemy. (3) He is truthful. (4) He is equal to everyone. (5) No one can find any fault in him. (6) He is magnanimous. (7) He is mild. (8) He is always clean. (9) He is without possessions. (10) He works […more]

Jan 132016
 

Virabahu   ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Guru Maharaja & Disciples ‪<gurumaharaja@disciples.com> Date: 2016-01-13 18:51 GMT-04:00 Subject: RE: Solicitud de Bendición To: Jesus Miranda <jrmf80@gmail.com> Cc: manonatha@gmail.com, krishnadasa22@yahoo.com     Desde ISKCON del Uruguay   Querido Aravinda-Nabha Prabhu:   Por favor acepte mis bendiciones para usted y su devota familia. Todas las glorias a Srila […more]

Jan 082016
 

Caro Bhakta ***, Ricevi le mie benedizioni. Tutte le glorie a Srila Prabhupada. Grazie per scrivermi e per raccontarmi della tua vita. Sono lieto che sei nella Repubblica Dominicana. Io ero li meno di un mese fa, peccato non esserci incontrati. Non potro tornarci prima della prossima estate perché trascorrero’ i prossimi mesi in India. La […more]

Jan 082016
 

  by the Sastric Advisory Council Sivarama Swami’s points of objection to the SAC paper on female diksa-gurus are in bold and numbered. 1. Two members of SAC – Narayani and Urmila – are authors. Questions the neutrality if not the integrity of SAC SAC answer: Both Narayani Devi and Urmila Devi initially recused themselves […more]

Jan 072016
 

  “Il giorno di luna piena del mese di Ashada è il sacro e auspicioso giorno del GURUPURNIMA, in onore di Vyasa che compose i Veda, 18 Purana, il Mahabharata e il Bhagavata. Con queste opere è stato reso un grandissimo servizio all’umanità. Nell’era del kali yuga, la memoria è corta, le facoltà spirituali sono […more]

Jan 062016
 

Devoto: Quando un discepolo prende iniziazione, prima lo fa nel cuore?   Prabhupada: L’iniziazione è il terzo stadio. Il primo stadio è che… Voi ad esempio siete venuti. Questa si chiama sraddha, fede, un pò di fede, non fede piena. Voi dovete incrementare questa fede con l’associazione dei devoti. Questo è necessario. E quando la […more]

Jan 062016
 
Qualification of Guru and Disciple

Qualifications of Guru Srimad Bhagavata 11.3.21: “śabde pare ca niṣṇatam, brahmaṇy upasamasrayam.” Guru has utmost faith in śāstra (śābde pare) and understands and can explain śāstra very clearly and thoroughly (ca niṣṇātam). Guru is fully dedicated to spirituality (brahmaṇyāśraya) and therefore calm and quiet / without selfish desire (upaśama) Bhagavad Gītā 4.34: “upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ, jñāninas tattva-darśinaḥ” Gurus have seen / realized the true nature of consciousness (jñānaṁ tattva […more]

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Jan 062016
 
Diksha? What's Diksha?

We usually find dīkṣā translated as “initiation” because to “initiate” something is to start it, to set it in motion – and dīkṣā is the thing that starts us in a certain direction. In bhakti-yoga, dīkṣā is the thing that starts our devotional practices, sādhana-bhakti. Dīkṣā is the beginning of yoga. By dīkṣa we are accepted into a “school” of yoga and begin to be given whatever techniques and materials the school employs in its educational process. […more]

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Jan 052016
 

To do bhagavad-bhajana, it is essential that one first takes shelter of Śrī Guru’s lotus feet. Otherwise, bhajana-sādhana is hardly possible because this shelter is the natural gateway onto the path of bhakti. There is no pure bhakti-mārga-sādhana anywhere that doesn’t include guru-pādāśraya. To learn something in the physical universe, a competent teacher is necessary. […more]

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Jan 032016
 

307: Sannyasis and Sannyasa Candidates Attending Spiritual Leadership Seminar [Guideline] Whereas the ISKCON Spiritual Leadership Seminar, “Being a Guru in ISKCON”, given under the auspices of the GBC Guru Services Committee, gives valuable information and instruction on how to serve as a diksa or siksa guru within ISKCON; And whereas, according to sastra, a sannyasi is naturally a guru, and as […more]