Purujit Das

Purujit Das has 31 articles published.

Purujit Dasa is a monk teaching and practising bhakti-yoga according to the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of the international Hare Krishna movement. He also serves as the head priest of the B.L.I.S.S.

16 Rounds Our First Business

compiled from the vani of Srila Prabhupada

16 ROUNDS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IN ORDER TO REMEMBER KRSNA ALWAYS

So far as your question about arranging time, our first business is to regularly complete our chanting 16 rounds each day.

Letter to: Kirtanananda — Los Angeles 2 December, 1968

My advise is always chant 16 rounds minimum and follow the four regulative principles. All of my disciples must agree on this point otherwise they are not my disciples. Let one live anywhere, but stick to the principles. Disagreements will continue in this material world. So one may live in a suitable place, but one must follow these five principles. My disciples must follow these principles living either in heaven or hell.

Letter to: Raja Laksmi — Mayapur 17 February, 1976

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The Teachings Of Lord Buddha

It is a known fact that Lord Buddha appeared 2500 years ago and preached the philosophy of ahimsa (non-violence). What is less known is that a scripture which is 5000 years old already mentions Buddha’s name, name of his mother, place of birth and his mission. This is a very unique presentation compiled by the disciples of His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the most prominent exponent of the Vedic knowledge of the recent times, which shows Buddha’s teachings in the context of the theistic Vedas.

The Teachings Of Lord Buddha – ONLINE

It is a known fact that Lord Buddha appeared 2500 years ago and preached the philosophy of ahimsa (non-violence). What is less known is that a scripture which is 5000 years old already mentions Buddha’s name, name of his mother, place of birth and his mission. This is a very unique presentation compiled by the disciples of His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the most prominent exponent of the Vedic knowledge of the recent times, which shows Buddha’s teachings in the context of the theistic Vedas.

Offenseless Hearing

We have heard of offenseless chanting many times, but is there such a thing as offenseless hearing? Only if we hear properly, we can chant properly. Wouldn’t it be therefore proper to examine how to hear offenselessly?
Out of compassion for the conditioned souls, the great sage Srila Vyasadeva, who is the literary incarnation of the Lord, seeing the imminent coming of the age of Kali wrote down the Vedas. In this degraded age, people will have but short memories and limited brain power to understand spiritual topics and they are no longer spiritually inclined as it was in the previous ages of Satya, Treta and Dvapara. Thus the sage provided the eternal knowledge of the Absolute Truth in a written form for future reference.

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1972 Gita Changes Exposed. Part 5: Krsna is Godhead Only Theoretically?

In these series we show various changes found in the 1972 edition of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and how they change the meaning of Srila Prabhupada’s words. It is understood that while editing, sometimes words are changed for clarity. Therefore, in these series of articles, we try to avoid spending too much time focusing on changes that alter the words with the purpose of giving the intended meaning in the original writing more force. With each change discussed we present the original spoken dictation as recorded by Srila Prabhupada on February the 19-20th 1966, the same passage in the 1972 Macmillan edition and finally our humble commentary.

Therefore Bhagavad-gita should be taken up in a spirit of devotee of Lord Sri Krsna. One should not think that he is equal, on the same level of Sri Krsna, or one should not think that He is an ordinary personality, maybe a very great personality. No. Lord Sri Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So at least theoretically, on the statement of Bhagavad-gita or on the statement, assertion of Arjuna, the person who is trying to understand the Bhagavad-gita, we should accept Sri Krsna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and then, with that submissive spirit… Unless one receives this Bhagavad-gita in a submissive spirit and aural reception, it is very difficult to understand Bhagavad-gita because it is a great mystery.

Introduction to Gitopanisad (Earliest Recording of Srila Prabhupada in the Bhaktivednta Archives) Bhagavad-gita Introduction, New York, February 19-20, 1966.

Therefore Bhagavad-gita should be taken up in a spirit of devotion. One should not think that he is equal to Krsna, nor should he think that Krsna is an ordinary personality or even a very great personality. Lord Sri Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, at least theoretically, according to the statements of Bhagavad-gita or the statements of Arjuna, the person who is trying to understand the Bhagavad-gita. We should therefore at least theoretically accept Sri Krsna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and with that submissive spirit we can understand the Bhagavad-gita. Unless one reads the Bhagavad-gita in a submissive spirit, it is very difficult to understand Bhagavad-gita because it is a great mystery.

Bg-1972: introduction

Here Srila Prabhupada clearly says that Krsna is the supreme personality of Godhead and we should accept this at least theoretically since this is the verdict of the Bhagavad-gita and Arjuna, a person who is trying to understand the Bhagavadgita. The early editors however made it appear that according to the statements of the Bhagavad-gita, Krsna is the Godhead only theoretically. This is a huge discrepancy in the meaning. The conclusion of the Gita is very clear. Nowhere it is said in the Gita that Krsna is the supreme Godhead only theoretically. Why was this passage edited like this?

1972 Gita Changes Exposed. Part 4: Accepted by All Acaryas

In these series we show various changes found in the 1972 edition of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and how they change the meaning of Srila Prabhupada’s words. It is understood that while editing, sometimes words are changed for clarity. Therefore, in these series of articles, we try to avoid spending too much time focusing on changes that alter the words with the purpose of giving the intended meaning in the original writing more force. With each change discussed we present the original spoken dictation as recorded by Srila Prabhupada on February the 19-20th 1966, the same passage in the 1972 Macmillan edition and finally our humble commentary.

INTRODUCTION

Now one may doubt that because Krsna was the friend of Arjuna, therefore he might say all these things to his own friend. But Arjuna, just to drive out this kind of doubts in the mind of the readers of Bhagavad-gita, he establishes his proposition by the authorities. He says that Lord Sri Krsna is accepted as the Supreme Personality of Godhead not only by himself, Arjuna, but He is so accepted by authorities like Narada, Asita, Devala, Vyasa. These personalities are great personalities in distributing the Vedic knowledge. They (are) accepted by all acaryas. Therefore Arjuna says that “Whatever You have spoken so far to me, I accept them as completely perfect.” Sarvam etad rtam manye [Bg. 10.14]. “I take it, I believe it that whatever You have spoken, they are all right. And Your Personality, Your Personality of Godhead, is very difficult to understand. And therefore You cannot be known by even the demigods. You cannot be known even by the demigods.” That means the Supreme Personality Godhead cannot be known even by greater personalities than the human being, and how a human being can understand Sri Krsna without becoming His devotee?

Introduction to Gitopanisad (Earliest Recording of Srila Prabhupada in the Bhaktivednta Archives) Bhagavad-gita Introduction, New York, February 19-20, 1966.

Now one may think that because Krsna was the friend of Arjuna, Arjuna was telling Him all this by way of flattery, but Arjuna, just to drive out this kind of doubt from the minds of the readers of Bhagavad-gita, substantiates these praises in the next verse when he says that Krsna is accepted as the Supreme Personality of Godhead not only by himself but by authorities like the sage Narada, Asita, Devala, Vyasadeva and so on. These are great personalities who distribute the Vedic knowledge as it is accepted by all acaryas. Therefore Arjuna tells Krsna that he accepts whatever He says to be completely perfect. Sarvam etad rtam manye: “I accept everything You say to be true.” Arjuna also says that the personality of the Lord is very difficult to understand and that He cannot be known even by the great demigods. This means that the Lord cannot even be known by personalities greater than human beings. So how can a human being understand Sri Krsna without becoming His devotee?
Bg-1972: introduction
In this section Srila Prabhupada refers to the 10.12-13 sloka, namely:

Arjuna said: You are the Supreme Brahman, the ultimate, the supreme abode and purifier, the Absolute Truth and the eternal divine person. You are the primal God, transcendental and original, and You are the unborn and all-pervading beauty. All the great sages such as Narada, Asita, Devala, and Vyasa proclaim this of You, and now You Yourself are declaring it to me.
Bg 10.12, Bg 10.13, Bg 10.12-13
In the 1972 version, after the great acharyas Narada, Asita, Devala, Vyasadeva are named the editor adds the words “and so on.” Similarly, in the subsequent sentence the meaning is changed from “They are accepted by all acharyas” (“They” meaning Vyasadeva, Narada, Devala, Asita) to “as it is accepted by all acharyas” (“it” meaning the Vedic knowledge). So this is a clear example of subtly changing the meanings of Srila Prabhupada’s words. There are only these four achrayas mentioned by Krsna. There’s no question of “and so on” All other acharyas accept Vyasa, Narada, Asita, Devala as top most authorities. Srila Prabhupada does not speak anything about how the acharyas accept the Vedic knowledge.
The second change in the editing is the edition of “great”. Originally Srila Prabhupada speak of all demigods, but in the 1972 edition it’s only the great demigods who cannoot understand Krsna

1972 Gita Changes Exposed. Part 3: Krsna’s Word Removed From a Sloka

In these series we show various changes found in the 1972 edition of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and how they change the meaning of Srila Prabhupada’s words. It is understood that while editing, sometimes words are changed for clarity. Therefore, in these series of articles, we try to avoid spending too much time focusing on changes that alter the words with the purpose of giving the intended meaning in the original writing more force. With each change discussed we present the original spoken dictation as recorded by Srila Prabhupada on February the 19-20th 1966, the same passage in the 1972 Macmillan edition and finally our humble commentary.
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1972 Gita Changes Exposed. Part 1: Label On the Bottle

It is an understood principle in the Vedic tradition that the words of the spiritual master should not be changed in any way. The guru is not an ordinary man subjected to the four defects of human frailty therefore whatever he writes is perfect. Being in direct connection with Krsna, his words are dictated by the Lord Himself.

Srila Prabhupada in his manifested lila engaged some of his early disciples in the service of editing his manuscripts and transcripts of his dictation tapes. They were to correct the technicalities of the language for clarity and never change any of the intended meanings in his books. Being initiated and therefore somehow already familiar with the philosophy of Krsna consciousness by following  Srila Prabhupada, they would try to understand the meaning from his rough manuscripts or dictations and then present the same meaning in a polished and grammatically correct English. That’s all. Since these early editors could understand Srila Prabhupada’s words in order to do their editing, in no way should Srila Prabhupada’s original words be considered incomplete or incomprehensible. As the early editors could understand, certainly new devotees can also understand, especially now when the full body of Srila Prabhupada’s vani is freely available with lectures, conversations, other books can be also consulted.

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1972 Gita Changes Exposed. Part 2: Best Understood

In these series we show various changes found in the 1972 edition of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and how they change the meaning of Srila Prabhupada’s words. It is understood that while editing, sometimes words are changed for clarity. Therefore, in these series of articles, we try to avoid spending too much time focusing on changes that alter the words with the purpose of giving the intended meaning in the original writing more force. With each change discussed we present the original spoken dictation as recorded by Srila Prabhupada on February the 19-20th 1966, the same passage in the 1972 Macmillan edition and finally our humble commentary.

INTRODUCTION

Now here is a direction that Bhagavad-gita is especially instructed to Arjuna, the devotee of the Lord, the direct student of Krsna. And not only that, he is intimately in touch with Krsna as friend. Therefore Bhagavad-gita is understood by a person who has similar qualities like Krsna. That means he must be a devotee, he must be in relation, direct relationship with the Lord.

Introduction to Gitopanisad (Earliest Recording of Srila Prabhupada in the Bhaktivednta Archives) Bhagavad-gita Introduction,  New York, February 19-20, 1966.

So we see that Bhagavad-gita is instructed to Arjuna especially because Arjuna was a devotee of the Lord, a direct student of Krsna, and His intimate friend. Therefore Bhagavad-gita is BEST understood by a person who has qualities similar to Arjuna’s. That is to say he must be a devotee in a direct relationship with the Lord.

Bg-1972: introduction

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How Swamiji Became Prabhupada.

by Govinda Dasi

A significant thing that happened in Boston was that Swamiji became Srila Prabhupada. Gaurasundar was studying various forms of address in Sanskrit and he learned that “ji” is an affectionate form of address, which was news to us. I was sitting in Srila Prabhupada’s room taking dictation, as I often did, and Gaurasundar, at the doorway, said, “Swamiji, is it okay if I call Govinda dasi ‘Govindaji’?” Swamiji said, “No, ‘ji’ is a third-class form of address. You should not.” I said, “Why are we calling you Swamiji if it’s a third-class form of address?” He said, “It is not very important.” I said, “No, it is very important. What is the best thing we can call you?” Swamiji said, “You could call me Gurudeva or Guru Maharaj or Srila Prabhupada.” I said, “Which of those three is best?” and Swamiji said, “Srila Prabhupada is nice.” I said, “Okay,” and told all the devotees. From that day he was no longer Swamiji but Srila Prabhupada.

(Memories of Srila Prabhupada)

Why Not Try Deity Worship

There have been many discussions over how to actually perform Deity worship after Srila Prabhupada’s physical departure. This simply compilation serves as a guide to all sincere devotees who want to get the information from the authoritative source of Srila Prabhupada’s direct words. You can’t go wrong by following Srila Prabhupada’s standard. Everything else is questionable.

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