Prabhupada: This human life is not meant for spoiling by working hard like the animals. Kastan kaman. We require something because we have got this body. Very easy solution is given by Lord Krsna: annad bhavanti bhutani [Bg. 3.14]. You produce foodgrains. Why you are going to produce tools and implements? Of course, we do not condemn. But at the sacrifice of producing foodgrains, we simply open big, big tire factory. When I go to Delhi from Vrndavana, I see hundreds and thousands persons coming from the village on cycle to go to the tire factory, Goodyear tire factory. So now eat tire instead of getting food grains. So this is misdirected civilization. Krsna does not say that you produce tire tube. Krsna says annad bhavanti bhutani: “You produce anna (grain).” This is practical solution. We have therefore started farming communities in Europe and America. And they are very happy. In our latest Back to Godhead the description is published about our farm in France. We have got a very palatial building. We have named it New Mayapur. What is the place?
Hari-sauri: Chateau d’Oublaise.
Prabhupada: I cannot pronounce this French word. So anyway, our men, there are about three hundred men living there. Last time, four months, five months before I was there. It is very nice place. We are getting our own fruits, own vegetables fresh, and we are getting fresh wheat and milk. It is so happy life. So [Indian] government is also advertising “Go to the village.” Actually that is life. Go to the village. Mahatma Gandhi also wanted to organize this life, but unfortunately you have changed. Now we have got place in Hyderabad about six hundred acres of land. We are also trying here. We have already done in Mayapur. We are producing our own food, our own cloth, own milk, and we are chanting Hare Krsna. This is the simplest life. This life is meant for not working like hogs and dogs.— Class on Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.1, Bombay, December 25, 1976.
Saturday, April 30 is the Disappearance of Sri Abhirama Thakura. Sri Ramadasa, later known as Abhirama Thakura, was one of the twelve gopalas, or cowherd boyfriends, of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. The Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (126) states that Sri Ramadasa was formerly Sridama. In the Bhakti-ratnakara (Fourth Wave), there is a description of Srila Abhirama Thakura. By the order of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Abhirama Thakura became a great acarya and preacher of the Caitanya cult of devotional service. He was a very influential personality, and nondevotees were very much afraid of him. Empowered by Sri Nityananda Prabhu, he was always in ecstasy and was extremely kind to all fallen souls. It is said that if he offered obeisances to any stone other than a salagrama-sila, it would immediately fracture.Sunday, May 1 is the regular New Talavan Sunday Feast starting at 11:30. For directions please see our web site. This feast will be sponsored by Dwija Hari Prabhu in honor of Mother Myumi. We will perform her shraddha ceremony. All devotees will have the opportunity to eulogize Mother Mayumi after a short reading from Bhagavad-gita.Tuesday, May 3 is the Disappearance of Srila Vrndavana Dasa Thakura. Srila Vrndavana Dasa Thakura is the elevated author of Sri Caitanya-bhagavata, the most authorized biography of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's early pastimes. There is a descriptive statement by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura in his commentary on Sri Caitanya-bhagavata giving the biographical details of the life of Vrndavana dasa Thakura. He was an incarnation of Vedavyasa and also a friendly cowherd boy named Kusumapida in krsna-lila. Srila Vrndavana Dasa Thakura, the son of Srivasa Thakura’s niece Narayani, was a combined incarnation of Vedavyasa and the cowherd boy Kusumapida.Wednesday, May 4 is Varuthini Ekadasi. Fasting from grains and beans. Break fast next day 05:14-09:43.
It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the Raganuga-bhakti eGroup, hosted on Yahoo Groups. Dasanudas Prabhu established this discussion group three years ago to present topics on raganuga-bhakti from the Gaudiya Vaisnava sastras, and to serve as a community center for devotees interested in these topics. The complete description of the group is as follows:
Bhakti-yoga begins from advancement on the vidhi-marga, or path of regulated devotional service, in which there is first sraddha (faith), then the association of sadhus (perfected pure devotees), and then the eradication of anarthas (unwanted desires) through engagement in bhajan (hearing and chanting).
After that come the stages of nistha (steadiness), ruci (taste), asakti (attachment) and bhava (preliminary ecstatic love). In vaidhi-bhakti, bhava remains the sadhya (goal) of sadhana for a long time. In fact, it is very rare to attain even a shadow of bhava by regulated devotional service alone.
With the appearance of lobha (greed), however, anarthas are vanquished very easily, because of a lack of greed for other objects; even bhava arises simultaneously along with lobha. Lobha is defined as the spontaneous feeling in the sadhaka's heart, upon hearing of the exalted mood of loving devotional service performed by a particular eternal associate of Krsna, that "I shall also attain this mood." This lobha is the only qualification for entry into the path of raganuga-bhakti, or spontaneous devotional service.
Many devotees have misconceptions regarding raganuga-bhakti. This moderated discussion group is for devotees to share their thoughts and experiences on the subject, leading to clearer understanding and opening the way to practice of raganuga-bhakti-sadhana.To join the Raganuga-bhakti group, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/raganuga-bhakti/join
It is a good idea to look back over the previous posts to see what you have missed. The very first posts are very important because they exhaustively define what raganuga-bhakti is and is not according to the sastra.
Bhakti-vrksha Groups are small, informal regular classes on the science of devotional service. Anyone from the Gulf Coast area, greater New Orleans area, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Mobile, or any of the many smaller communities is invited to take advantage of this transcendental opportunity. Anyone interested in becoming a Bhakti-vrksha Group Leader-servant should contact us. This is a great opportunity to learn how to present Krsna consciousness effectively in a home setting. You will get all the inspiration, guidance and materials you need from New Talavan. For more information see our Bhakti-vrksha web site and contact Dasanudas Prabhu or Mother Maharani at 601 347-1672.
New Talavan needs your spare automobile! As an vital part of our expanding preaching program, we have an immediate need for three vehicles for making contacts, home visits and attending Bhakti-vrksha meetings in our large preaching area. We cover Mississippi, western Florida and southern Alabama from New Talavan, and Louisiana and Arkansas from New Orleans. We provide tax-exemption receipts up to the Blue Book or resale value of the vehicle. It's magic: turn that old clunker rusting in the garage into a nice tax-refund check!Also, if anyone would like to donate a digital video camera, we want to make videos of interviews with devotees about Srila Prabhupada's visit to New Talavan, and many other applications. Contact us right away at 601 749-9460.
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