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Permanent link to archive for 30/4/08. Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hare Krsna.
Peacocks at Bandiravana

Two Peacocks in Bandiravana near the end of winter: they have lost their most prominant feathers during the end of rainy season - around Radhastami - and now many have grown back.

Peacocks of course figure prominantly in Krsna's pastimes. When Krsna plays His divine flute in a valley and becomes surrounded by peacocks, Krsna's playing makes them dance in ecstacy and stuns the animals who sit atop the hills to watch. This scene is described in Bhag.10.21.10:

A Vraja Gopi says, "O friend, Vrndavana is spreading the glory of the earth, having obtained the treasure of the lotus feet of Krsna, the son of Devaki. The peacocks dance madly when they hear Govinda's flute, and when other creatures see them from the hilltops, they all become stunned."

Sweet comments from our acaryas are noted in our BBT's Bhagavatam.

"Srila Sridhara Svami explains that because activities such as those described in this verse do not occur in any other world, the earth is unique. In fact, the earth's glories are being spread by wonderful Vrndavana because it is the place of Krsna's pastimes."

"Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura explains Krsna-lila as follows: "In Vrndavana, the peacocks request Krsna, 'Govinda, please make us dance.'Thus Krsna plays His flute, and they surround Him in a circle and dance in time with the rhythm of His melody. And while standing in the midst of their dancing, He also sings and dances. Then those peacocks, who are fully satisfied with His musical performance, out of gratitude offer for His pleasure their own divine feathers. In the usual manner of musical performers, Krsna gladly accepts these presentations and places a feather upon the turban atop His head. Gentle animals such as deer and doves greatly relish the transcendental entertainment presented by Krsna, and to get a good view they flock to the peaks of hills. Then, as they watch the breathtaking program, they become stunned in ecstasy."

"Srila Sanatana Gosvami comments that because in Vrndavana Krsna goes barefoot and can thus directly mark the earth with the symbols of His lotus feet, that transcendental land is even more glorious than Vaikuntha, where Visnu wears slippers."

# Posted by Rasanandini at 30/4/08; 8:36:09 PM to the dept.
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Two Peacocks in Bandiravana

An interesting question and answer session with Bhakti Caru Swami. Community development means economic development...
Actually dealing with money is not the main consideration and concern. How one is dealing with money-that is what really matters. When one is in a proper Krishna conscious environment, motivated by a spiritual objective, then he may deal with millions of dollars but he will not be affected. To be Krishna conscious means to understand that everything belongs to Krishna and everything must be used in His service. If one is constantly reminded of this objective, then there will be little chance of falling into maya.

It looks like this idea may have come of age. We aren't going to get too far as a society without money and that means on the whole encouraging the economic endeavours of the householders!

# Posted by Aniruddha at 30/4/08; 12:58:57 PM to the Working Together dept.
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Yukta-vairagya. Dealing with Money in Krsna Consciousness - H.H. Bhakti Charu Swami

Just in case you were ever wondering, with a picture of the Adi-Madhudvisa I took whilst he was last in Melbourne...
You may have seen things on the internet written by "Madhudvisa Dasa." And you may have wondered, Is this the Madhudvisa, the senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada? Or perhaps you assumed it was.

In fact, there are two Madhudvisas, two entirely different people.

# Posted by Aniruddha at 30/4/08; 12:45:25 PM to the News dept.
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Is this Madhudvisa that Madhudvisa? | Jayadvaita Swami

Here is Srila Prabhupada's and Their Lordship's darshan today.





# Posted by Rasanandini at 30/4/08; 11:44:24 AM to the Darsana dept.
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Deities' Darshan: Wednesday April 30

Prabhu Dasa celebrated the ANZAC holiday weekend by inspiring a dedicated corps of men to clean the buildings and grounds of Melbourne Mahaprabhu Mandir.

The Prabhus’ armoury of choice: shovels, brooms, buckets, and two huge rubbish skips. As a result of their combined labours, visitors can see the western ‘jungle’ (behind Prabhupada House) returned to cultivation, and the much-used hallways of Prabhupada House thoroughly cleansed.

Prabhu noted that the maha-cleaning exercise was a way both to serve the Deities in a way no-one else could, and to celebrate the Aussie tradition of mateship that is central to the ANZAC tradition.

Mahaprabhu Maha Cleanup Corps, ki jaya!

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Devotional mateship on ANZAC weekend

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.85.5 - The underlying principles of existence.
# Posted by Nanda Mandira Dasa at 30/4/08; 10:20:06 AM to the Daily Class dept.
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Daily Class - Ciranjiva Prabhu

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