Sebuah pendekatan terpadu antara Science dan Spirituality untuk memahami lebih dalam akan misteri keberadaan alam semesta dan umat manusia tentunya.
Seminar yang menarik ini, menghadirkan dua pembicara yakni:
1. Dr. Nikhil Bhat dari Singapore, akan membawakan materi : Origin of the Universe:
Scientific and Vedantic Pespectives
2. Dr. Eko Yulianto (ahli Geoteknologi LIPI), akan membawakan topik : “Pengaruh Fenomena Alam Semesta terhadap umat manusia”
berikut adalah Sinopsis dari presentasi DR. Nikhil bhat:
Kita tentu sangat mengetahui bahwa alam semesta kita ini sudah eksis, namun, mengetahui alam semesta kita ini sudah ada (eksis) belumlah memuaskan pencarian manusia untuk pemahaman yang lebih dalam mengenai lingkungan kita atau diri kita sendiri. Rasa ingin tahu kita telah mendorong kita untuk mempertanyakan tempat kita di alam semesta ini dan lebih jauh lagi, tempat alam semesta itu sendiri. Sepanjang waktu kita telah bertanya pada diri sendiri akan pertanyaan-pertanyaan ini: Bagaimana alam semesta ini terwujud? Berapa umur alam semesta kita ini? Bagaimanakah materi (zat di alam semesta) itu terwujud pada awalnya? Bagaimana posisi kita di alam semesta yang maha luas ini? Jelas, ini bukan pertanyaan sederhana dan sepanjang sejarah kita di planet ini banyak waktu dan usaha telah dihabiskan mencari beberapa petunjuk. Namun, setelah semua energi dikeluarkan, sebagian besar dari apa yang kita ketahui adalah masih hanya spekulasi belaka.
1. Cosmogony Moderen:
Kosmogoni (atau cosmogeny) adalah salah satu teori ilmiah mengenai asal-muasal, atau asal, dari kosmos atau alam semesta. Teori Big Bang adalah model kosmologi yang berlaku dari awal perkembangan alam semesta. Pandangan yang paling umum dipegang adalah bahwa alam semesta pernah menjadi singularitas gravitasi, yang berkembang sangat pesat dari tingkatannya yang super sangat panas dan padat. Sementara ekspansi ini baik-dimodelkan dengan teori Big Bang, asal-usul singularitas tetap merupakan salah satu masalah yang belum terpecahkan dalam fisika. Tantangan lain yang dihadapi bidang kosmogoni adalah kebutuhan untuk akselerator partikel lebih mahal dan berteknologi maju untuk menguji teori-teori yang diusulkan (misalnya, Large Hadron Collider).
2. Kebijaksanaan Vedanta India Kuno:
Kebijaksanaan Vedanta India kuno: Vedanta dianggap bentuk paling maju dari risalat ilmiah dan filosofis dari warisan spiritual dan budaya India (Hindu). Vedanta tidak hanya mengacu untuk Kitab Vedanta-sutra saja, tetapi juga untuk semua kitab-kitab suci Veda lainnya, yang menggambarkan kesimpulan (sidhanta) dari Veda, khususnya Bhagavad Gita, berbagai Upanishad, Srimad Bhagavatam, dll. Vedanta sutra terdiri dari sutra-sutra (aforisme atau formula) yang mengungkapkan kesimpulan dari Veda, pengetahuan tentang kebenaran dalam bentuk yang sangat ringkas. Vedanta sutra dan khususnya Srimad Bhagavatam berkaitan dengan bidang kosmogoni secara rinci. Hal ini menyajikan konsep-konsep yang sangat rinci dan jelas yang berkaitan atau berhubungan dengan “Asal Usul Alam Semesta”, “Tujuan Alam Semesta diciptakan”, “Posisi kita di alam semesta ini” dan “Tujuan hidup manusia.”
Kosmogoni adalah bidang yang sangat penting dalam ilmu pengetahuan (Sains) dan spiritualitas. Setiap orang yang tulus apakah ilmuwan atau teolog, ingin bertanya bagaimana alam semesta bisa ada dan mengapa ia diciptakan. Bahkan kosmogoni merupakan salah satu titik temu antara ilmu pengetahuan (Sains) dan spiritualitas. Kita perlu memiliki pendekatan terbuka (open-minded) untuk mengkaji kedua jalan atau pendekatan ini, baik pandangan/pendekatan Saintifik (dunia ilmiah) maupun pendekatan/pandangan spiritual, mengenai asal usul alam semesta, dalam rangka menjawab pertanyaan-pertanyaan utama akan kehidupan dan alam semesta.
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December 14-15, Fri-Sat, 2012 o Imphal, Manipur
Vedanta is regarded as a pinnacle in the scientific, philosophical and spiritual heritage of India. The rich treasures of sublime thought and profound wisdom contained therein have always caught the attention of serious scientists, scholars and educationists from all over the planet. Erwin Schrödinger, one of the founding fathers of modern physics, was greatly influenced by Vedanta, so much so that he wrote ‘The Vedantic Vision’ as the concluding chapter in his most famous book, What is Life? Similarly, many other scientists and scholars like Werner Heisenberg, Carl Sagan, Max Muller, Henry Thoreau and many others were attracted by it. The present conference aims to unlock the hidden gems of wisdom contained in Vedanta for the serious attention of scientists and scholars.
The conference is a vision of perhaps one of the most illustrious Scientist-Saint, Dr. T. D. Singh (H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami). Dr. Singh, though a scientist with a PhD from University of California, Irvine, underwent serious studies in Bhakti-Vedanta tradition of India. Being deeply touched at heart by the precious wisdom contained in Vedanta, he felt the need to propound it and thus founded ‘Vedanta and Science Educational Research Foundation.’ Dr. Singh also authored numerous books interfacing Vedanta and modern scientific and technological disciplines such as, Vedanta and Science – Life and Origin of Universe, Vedanta and Biotechnology, Vedanta and the Science of Aging and many others. He also desired to hold regular conferences on Vedanta and Science and thus this conference.
The First International Congress on Vedanta and Science will be held at Manipur. Manipur, exclaimed as the Switzerland of India by Jawahar Lal Nehru, is one of the most beautiful states in North-east India. Located at the foothills of Himalayas, Manipur is surrounded by seven hills and is blessed with numerous scenic places such as beautiful loktak lake. It has maintained its rich and unique culture from thousands of years, very much like India, which, even in the midst of advancing scientific and technological developments, has anchored to its Vedantic heritage.
This two day conference will bring together various scientists and scholars from all over India and abroad. The conference will weave around following topics:
Road to Ultimate Reality: An Overview and Relevance of Vedantic Schools of Thoughts in Scientific Age
Physics and Vedanta
Vedanta and Mathematical Thoughts
Vedanta and other Faiths
Vedanta and Education
Vedanta and Life Sciences in the 21st Century
The Science of Ayurveda
Sanskrit in the Age of Science and Technology
Synthesis of Science and Spirituality in Gaudiya Vaishanava Vedanta
The conference is organized jointly by the University of Bhagavata Culture, Imphal, Manipur and Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata.
for further information please contact:
Center for Vedanta and Science
Vedanta and Science Educational Research Foundation
Manasi Manjil Building
VIP Road, Kolkata 700 059, India
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Sri Sri Radhakrishnachandra Manimandir
ISKCON MANIPUR, AIRPORT ROAD, IMPHAL – 795001
Dear Maharajas,Prabhus and Matajis,
12th September 2012
Please accept our humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Sripada. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Very humbly may I put and recall that Sri Sri Radhakrishnachandra Manimandir grand inauguration was celebrated in 2007 as per the desire expressed by our Guru Maharaja even without the completion of the ground floor of the temple and second floor of the Brahmachari Ashram. We all knew that this Manimandir was built with every drop of Srila Sripada’s energy, efforts and time and all of you played instrumental role in it. It was developed without having any financial or moral support from the parent society.
Even though the ground floor and surroundings are not finished properly, every visitor felt the peace of mind and tranquillity, when one enters inside the diamond shaped octagonal temple hall the moment one step up from the pathways with beautiful lawns. The beauty and opulence of Sri Sri Radhakrishnachandra, Lalita Vishakha, Jaganath Govinda Balabhadra Subhadra and Gaura Nitai, richness of the wooden craftsmanship and the design within the temple room engulf the mind of a devotee deeply in spiritual surroundings mixed with the natural view of the greenish hills and blue sky stretched all around the windows from three sides. Every one visiting the temple accepted that this temple is one of the best in India. How is it happening in such a very remote and land locked corner of the world? Here we need to recollect ourselves the dedication and devotion that Srila Sripada had for his spiritual master Srila Prabhupada and Srimati Radharani and that dedication and devotion can be felt by any one visiting the temple as well as serving the temple.
After Srila Sripada has entered Samadhi in 2006, it has been the responsibility of his disciples located all around the world to fulfil his desire while following the order of his spiritual master Srila Prabhupada particularly in the completion of Manimandir, in fulfilling the purpose of having such place as a centrepiece of University of Bhagavata Culture, its development and maintenance of these beautiful surroundings. For this purpose I very humbly felt the need to create better understanding of all his disciples and very humbly placed below few lines for drawing the attention of all Maharajas, our god brothers and god sisters.
Some of the goals assigned and task to be completed:
Some of the goals assigned and task to be completed:
Ground Floor of the Manimandir:
- Floorings of some portion of the rooms on the backside need to be completed
- Ground floor needs wooden doors between chambers and rooms while the main doors two in the front and two at the back were already done.
- Iron Grilling with glass pan of the entire windows on the ground floor need to be done for security reason.
- Srila Prabhupada’s Puspa Samadhi yet to be developed.
- Temple office rooms and UBC office rooms are to be developed with networking and communication facilities.
- Deity kitchen rooms and its path stairway need to be improved and guarded with balusters.
- Light fittings need to be completed.
The present management has been able to do some seva in developing rooms for the temple office with new flooring on the northern side with conference hall and falls ceiling, and UBC office on the southern side, Teak Wood doors are fixed, completed with lighting, communication and networking facilities.
Flooring with marble with the stock left behind during 2007, plastering and painting are being organised for the rooms connecting to deity kitchen. Iron grill and glass fitting have been completed in all windows.
Deity kitchen counter wall are being fitted with tiles and old sinks are being replaced with SS sinks while the walls are being painted. Light fittings are yet to be organised.
We seek support from devotees for construction of Srila Prabhupada’s Puspa Samadhi. There was an expression from Mataji Bimla Devi Dasi of London to sponsor the project. By the mercy of Srila Sripada she has been involving in many projects in Manipur and Radhakund. We seek support from devotees and like to know from her as well.
- First floor of the brahmachari ashram needs to be completed in all respect.
- All aluminium doors except one on the ground floor have been partially damaged and need replacement with wooden frame and Bhutan board.
- Some Bath rooms have been partially damaged and need changing the fittings with a durable variety.
Brahmachari Ashram Ground floor doors have been replaced with teak wood frame with Bhutan board, one bath room has also been renovated with durable fittings.
On the first floor we have developed one common toilet of five water closet and four bath enclosures. Some rooms have been formed with partitions by brick walls while the doors have been fitted with teak wood frame and laminated Bhutan board. Flooring with tiles, plastering and painting for some rooms are scheduled to be completed before the Vyasa Puja. We are thinking of using Iron or aluminium frames for the windows to cut down the expenditure. We beg your advice and support.
Plantation and landscaping:
- Srila Sripada, one time, advised His Grace Govindahari Prabhu to take care of landscaping of the Manimandir complex and he was kind enough to visit Manimandir last year (2011) and made planning for plantation of flowers around the temple and surroundings.
As per Govindahari Prabhu’s advice Temple Trees have been planted all around the temple after ground preparation of 2 ft x 2 ft x 2 ft and filled with soft soil although there were only few Temple Trees when he visited last. Nerium, Champa, Bokul, Nageshwar, Jasmin etc. have also been planted around the southern side of the compound wall after ground preparation. All along the entrance Bokul trees were there earlier on both side of the main pathways enclosed by Duranta on left and right and we are going to develop flower beds on both sides for seasonal flower and roses. We have not been able to develop the northern and western side of the temple as those areas are low and water logged and need to be filled up with more than one hundred trucks loads of Folli Soil and that need to be started immediately after the rainy season. Once the grounds are raised with foli soil we can start plantation around the northern and western compound walls. We can start planning for plantation on the eastern main gate side as the road expansion line has already been marked by the government. Now we seek support from someone for one hundred trucks of Folli Soil by the end of September 2012.
Platform just in front of the temple:
The existing slightly raised platform just in front of the temple has been damaged due to water logging and poor surface. We need to manage the level so that rain water does not stay on the floor.
We have a humble suggestion that we change the floor with Endura extra strong exterior tiles fixed with the downward gradation from west to east so that rain water flows down instantly and the floor stays in the sun without any fading and damages.
Here we seek immediate support from devotees so that the work can be completed before Vyasa Puja
- 1. Manipur has no improvement on the power supply rather it has worsened
- The 150 KVA Diesel Generator gifted by His Grace Govindahari Prabhu is doing very fine for big functions but it become very expensive for daily uses as there are power cuts on alternate days. We spent around Rs.55,000/- in a year only for diesel to solve the power problem and it is not economical to us.
- Armoured Cable installed to connect from Generator House to Temple through ground needs to be placed safely and systematically to avoid damage from the disturbances from above the ground as there was a case of damages once.
- Armoured Cable installed in the same way connecting the Brahmachari ashram from Temple Electric Control Room needs to be placed in the similar manner for keeping it safely for the future.
A new 15 KVA Mahindra Generator has been installed recently to meet the daily needs for the temple, office rooms at the ground floor, brahmachari ashram and press. We have removed the armoured cables from the ground and placed it again along with other another 35 mm armoured cable, communication cable connecting the generator house and the temple to meet future requirements in a chamber made by bricks below two feet from the ground and finally covered by one feet soil to maintain ground level.
Brahmachari Kitchen cum Utsav kitchen need to be constructed:
This is a new kitchen to be made of iron tubular and tin roofing to meet the cooking requirements for brahmachari and other smaller Prasadam program .We need support from some devotees.
We have not been able to conceive this idea at present but can get your feed back when you visit the site during the coming Vyasa Puja in December 2012.
University of Bhagavata Culture:
This is yet another big responsibility for all of us. Progress has been made by the mercy of Srila Sripada to finalise some syllabuses including that of Manipuri Vaisnavism one of the important subjects to be introduced under this University with the help of our senior god brothers His Grace Parthasarathi Prabhu and his team and it is expected that session in MA in Manipuri Vaisnavism is planning to be started before the end of this year. This is a very big project and your involvement is very important to get this project successful. We need your suggestions and support.
Eastern main gate and high level Iron compound wall:
If someone can voluntarily support this prestigious project as his or her sincere dedication to Srila Sripada, this project can be taken up at the earliest. Srila Sripada expressed his desire to make this Main Gate very large and tall and should be very beautiful and strong. Our campus is very big and only high and big gate will suit. The size of the road to be expanded has been notified and marked by the government authority as such we can take up this project at the earliest.
Two main marble staircases leading to temple on the left and right:
Marble claddings of first two steps on the right and left and additional side guards have been fixed before the Janmastami and it is now secure of old and young devotees to climb up to the temple. Here we see advice from all of you on the following points:
Usually marbles are very hot in summer, very cold in winter and slippery during rain and that makes inconveniences to the visiting devotees. There have been woollen or fibre type linings in the middle portion of the stair cases from some heights and that have been damaged although very good during rain, heat and cold.
Can any one of you suggest the type of similar materials that can stand during rain, cold and heat but can be fixed on the marble easily? Please find out from various resources and let us know so that we can install it as soon as possible. There is one person who can sponsor this requirement.
As you are very well aware that Manipur is economically very backward and financially very weak. The temple runs on the alms of small donation and as the development noted above needs to be completed at the earliest possible time, we request all of you to put your efforts and let us all join together and help each other to accomplish Srila Sripada’s mission.
With lots of love, respect and regards to all of you,
for and on behalf of Srila Sripada’s disciples in Manipur
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(Courtesy: http://www.dandavats.com/Remembering H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami on his 71st vyasa-puja, Dec. 4th 2008)
The Potency of Sripada Maharaj Made the World’s Relogion Leader Chant Hare KRishna
A Report By Jaganmohini devi dasi
Dear well-wishers of H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami
Today URI(United Religious Initiatives) top leaders and representatives from their different cooperation circles have assembled at ISKCON Mayapur to hold its Global assembly from Nov. 30th to Dec. 5th in honor of H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami who was one of the founding member of URI.
(FYI, URI is one of the largest global interfaith organizations in the world, with over 400 cooperation circles(CC) and more than 200 affiliates located in seven geographic regions of the world. URI has grown from a vision to a global organization active in over 60 countries with the involvement of over 1,000,000 people annually. It has created an unprecedented global network of interfaith cooperation, launched countless successful projects around the world and become the recognized and respected leader in grassroots interfaith group. Their governing board is a Global Council of 29 members from 18 countries.)
At this juncture when this huge organization is paying tribute to H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami we are reminded of an affectionate remark and an instruction by Srila Prabhupada to H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami. They are: In one morning walk Srila Prabhupada had lovingly remarked, “.. so if I would not have students like you, they would have taken me as a crazy man..”
In one letter he wrote, “…appeal yourself to the high class of men not the mass. Mass, too, we do not eliminate anyone, but if the best men are there to run on things, mass will follow later.’
Prior to their interaction with H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami several leaders of different faith were not aware about Srila Prabhupada’s contribution to humanity and nor were they aware about ISKCON’s mission or Srila Prabhupada. In fact few didn’t think of this mission positively.
Today by H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami’s mercy the URI leaders are receiving highest devotional nectar at Sri Mayapur Dham. Many are also visiting India first time. They are associating with Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates, Srila Prabhupada and several Gaudiya Vaishnavas. Plus they will get a glimpse of Manipur Vaishnava culture on Dec. 4th when the Deities Sri Sri Radha Madhava along with ashtasakis will be dressed in Manipuri outfit for the first time and in the evening the ranganiketan group will be performing Rasalila in the temple.
Also after they heard about H. H. Jayapataka Swami’s hospitalization, they included maharaj in their daily morning prayers. This is a rare situation that prayers are being offered in all religions for maharaj’s quick recovery. One can imagine how potent will be such prayers.
I urge all members of URI’s global community to include Jayapataka Swami and the ISKCON community in your prayers and meditation.
Their love for H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami was unconditional. This has been plainly exhibited by accepting to hold URI global Assembly without second thoughts at ISKCON, Mayapur and without any condition or verification. It is amazing that in the physical absence of H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami they have taken his instruction so seriously. Without any formal training or introduction to rules and regulation they have decided to abide by all Dham rules, plus greet the pilgrims with “Hare Krishna”, only to honor H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami. Undoubtedly today the entire URI community(leaders and members) gathered at Mayapur are receiving unlimited blessings from the most munificent incarnation of Lord only because of their love towards H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami.
What attracted the top leaders from religious organizations or from scientific community or any statesman to H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami?
We get the answers from their tributes itself which I share below:
(Due to lack of space we are presenting here only selected tributes’ excerpts)
William E. Swing, the Bishop of Episcopal Diocese of California and founder of URI had expressed about H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami few years ago, “Abundant thanks to God for the birth of Dr. T. D. Singh.. a great man of peace, Dr. T. D. Singh. He has been a gift to many people in this world….. The URI recognizes you as a dear friend and as a pioneer in bringing people of faiths together to pursue peace among religions”.
From Rev. C. Charles P. Gibbs, the Executive Director of URI, “…His gracious, joyous and humble spirit, his deep reverence for God, his keen intellect, his compassionate commitment, his gracious hospitality and his ready laugh are an inspiration and are incomparable gifts to any interfaith effort for peace justice and healing. ..….In particular Dr. T. D. Singh had been an extraordinary gift to URI….It has been a privilege to work side by side with Dr. T. D. Singh, to travel with him, to share visions of the possible and to join hands to make those visions real. But perhaps the greatest privilege has been to sit with him in stillness in the presence of the sacred evoked so purely in his beautiful chanting.”
From Father Maximilian Mizzi, OFM Conv. Delegate General for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue, Assisi, Italy, “…Dr. Singh is a man with great human qualities, which stem from a great heart. He is a man of deep understanding, compassion, humility, love and spirituality. It doesn’t take long for Dr. Singh to understand the human qualities of a person with whom he comes in contact. Compassion and love in Dr. Singh go beyond the barriers of race and religious background. Because of his respect for every human person, Dr. Singh doesn’t make any distinction between rich and poor, a VIP and the man in the street. He treats every single person with the same respect and love….”
From Ven. Jinwol Lee, Zen Master(Korean Buddhism), “I appreciate the personality and character of Dr. Singh as a good Hindu Acharaya and interfaith educator. He always looks compassionate and humble. I believe that his friendship with various religionists could be a model for promoting peace and love among diverse people of the world. I welcome his efforts to promote inter-religious cooperation and education for peace and harmony in the society of India and the world. I would like to support his valuable ideas and works, including cooperation among religions, spirituality, ethics and science for a better world.”
With regard to preaching among scientific community, Srila Prabhupada had told H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami, “…if you make one scientist Krishna Conscious that would please me…”
Tributes from Noble Laureates of Physics and Chemistry:
From Charles H. Townes, a NL in Physics: “Dr. Singh’s contributions to the understanding of religion and the relation between science and religion have been important and will have a long standing influence.”
From Richard R. Ernst, NL in Chemistry: “Dr. T. D. Singh represents for me a perfect role model how citizens and in particular academics should think, feel and behave. He has been building bridges between groups of society and between different schools of thought. He has bridged the gaps between science and philosophy. He showed to us what true humanness is; he showed to us what wisdom and compassion really mean. Let us keep his spirit alive, let’s not forget him as a role model and improve our own being.”
And within our society recently on Nov. 18th 2008, the Bhaktivedanta Hospital congregation disciples of H. H. Radhanath Swami paid an exceptional tribute to H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami. They staged a drama called “Bhagyachandra”. The drama was based on the Manipur king who was a pure devotee of Lord Krishna. As part of the play few glimpses of H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami’s life was also covered. The drama was well choreographed and artistes deserved full compliments.
When I visited the hospital for my scheduled check up, I decided to meet few congregation who acted in the play to thank them in full appreciation. I asked them what made them stage this drama. One of them said, it seems in the past they had never thought of offering such tribute to others but this drama they felt would please H. H. Radhanath Swami, hence they decided to stage. I asked them how? They replied that the hospital was established as tribute to H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami, since several founding congregation of the hospital were inspired by maharaj on intellectual preaching after 1986 world congress at Mumbai. The main director of this play(who also played the part of H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami) H. G. Dwarakadish prabhu a doctor by profession and few more doctors had accepted H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami as their shiksha guru since 1986 conference. Further they added that H. H. Radhanath Swami would regularly glorify H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami ever since his departure. They said, “Although maharaj was dear to many of his godbrothers but H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami was most dear to maharaj.”
Indeed H. H. Radhanath Swami was extremely pleased. I saw the love flowing from H. H. Radhanath Swami’s heart when he expressed sweet glories about H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami. After the drama, maharaj invited few of us(disciples of H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami who had come to watch the play)to the green room to meet the stage artistes. At that time maharaj said, “….Everyone glorifies Srila Prabhupada…Glorifying Srila Prabhupada means glorifying his beloved disciple. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara was the most beloved disciple of Srila Prabhupada, most lovable disciple of Srila Prabhupada, by glorifying Bhaktisvarupa Damodara maharaj, Srila Prabhupada will be pleased…..” This is the best tribute a disciple of H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami can relish that too from a pure devote like H. H. Radhanath Swami.
Reflecting on several category of tributes, I was wondering what made H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami most attractive. I had known H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami very closely for more than 10 years. He never promised anyone any reward or position or help of any category, still he drew all types of people towards him. Indeed he was a genuine personality carrying the Seed of God’s love as it is, as it was given to H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami by his spiritual master Srila Prabhupada. He never identified or advertised himself as a spiritual leader or a scientist or director or spiritual master or qualified educationist or a great devotee etc., instead he presented himself as sincere servant of Lord wanting to awaken entire humanity with love of God. The compassion in him was seen as genuine without expecting anything in return. He was always situated in his original personality as pure devotee of Lord and acted accordingly. He always waited for the sanction of his spiritual master and the Lord in taking decisions. He always depended on Lord’s will for the outcome of every step he took. He was indeed a rare combination of a perfect Saint and a perfect Scientist, still he always presented himself as an insignificant servant of Lord and of his spiritual master.
It was the seed of God’s love in unadulterated form which H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami carried in his clean heart that attracted several categories of people towards him. This seed was so potent and pure that nobody questioned H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami about his identification(which organization, spiritual group, country etc.). He didn’t adopt any formal techniques of preaching to convince people on God Consciousness. The leaders simply wanted H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami’s association. They heard him and accepted him without reservations. The URI Global assembly at ISKCON, Mayapur and the garland of tributes which H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami received in his life time is testimony to this.
Today the world, especially India is progressively becoming victim of terrorism, violence and intolerance. Intolerance is visible even among different sects of same religions; hence our techniques of preaching must be of adaptable nature, without condemn or abuse or force.
H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami was definitely blessed here by Srila Prabhupada; as a result he excelled in the method of approach, without compromising his conviction about Lord, he managed to win the hearts of every category of people he met. H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami perfectly applied the realization of three phases of Absolute Truth in his dealings. He blessed several Nobel Laureates with the pavitra of Lord Nrsimhadev convincing them that it is sign of good luck. Not everywhere we can carry prasadam, since those who don’t believe in Deity worship might not respond. Appropriate techniques of preaching are necessary today to push the mission forward. We definitely need three things one is devotional maturity, obedience to one’s spiritual master and blessings of saints.
On this auspicious occasion of H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami’s 71st vyasa-puja, let us seek his blessings and guidance on how to receive and fix this seed of God’s love in our heart and subsequently plant it in other’s heart whom we get in touch.
H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Srila Sripada maharaj ki Jai. Srila Prabhupada ki Jai.
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Nobel Laureate Prof. Richard Ernst to Lecture on Science and Spirituality
Greetings of New Year from the Bhaktivedanta Institute.
We are sure that each one of you must have lot of plans for this new year. We hope and pray that all your wonderful activities be successful by the blessings of the Supreme Lord.
We, from Bhaktivedanta Institute, have declared year 2012 as the year of Science and Spirituality. Year 2012 marks the 75th Birth Anniversary of Bhaktivedanta Institute’s Founder Director Dr. T. D. Singh (His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami). As a part of these celebrations, the institute will organize various events including conferences and symposia in India and around the world throughout the year of 2012. You are most welcome to participate in these events wherever possible and we also request you to organize some event or activity on science and spirituality in your locality so as to join us in this global endeavor to help humanity through the interface of modern scientific temperament with our precious spiritual wisdom.
These events are being flagged off from the holy land of Odisha. Prof. Richard Ernst, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry from Zurich, Switzerland will deliver Dr. T. D. Singh Memorial Lecture on “Science and Spirituality: The View of a Western Scientist” at Utkal University, Odisha, on Jan 5, 2011 at 11 am. Sri Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb, the Honorable King of Jagannath Puri and His Holiness Subhag Swami are the respected Guests of Honor for this unique lecture. For those of you who are nearby, we request your kind presence in this event and others are invited to join us in spirit. (For further details, please contact Tusar Das, (0) 94370-16820). The invitation card is also attached herewith for your kind reference.
With best wishes for the New Year,
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From: Radhakund Gopalji <firstname.lastname@example.org>
5th Tirobhava Mahotsava
H.H.Srila Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Maharaj
Sri Gopalji Mandir , Radhakund, U.P. India
Request for sponsorship
Dear Maharajas, devotees, friends and well-wishers,
We offer our most humble and sincere dandavat pranam. All glories to Srila Sripada and Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Sri Gopalji, Radhakund-Shyamakund and Giri Govardhan.
Dear devotees, friends and well-wishers, we humbly request to support for the celebration of our beloved Gurumaharaja Srila Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Maharaja’s 5th Tirobhava (disappearance day) Mahotshava from the 5th to 7th of October 2011 here in Srila Sripada’s Suddha Sri Samadhi Mandir at Sri Gopalji Mandir in Sridham Radhakund. UP. INDIA by contributing best possible way one can extend.
We are simply learning to organize this auspicious event to please our beloved Srila Gurudeva but it is not possible to celebrate without your physical and moral supports, advices and monetary assistants.
Due to inflation especially in India, in all respects general commodities are above 8% increased compared to last year. Please contribute either fully or partially of the following list which is given with estimated budget:
Wednesday 5th October 2011:
1.108 Brijbasi brahman Bhojan Seva with dhakshin at Sri Gopalji Mandir, Radhakund – Sponsored
2. For around 1200 devotees feast at Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir, ISKCON Vrindavan –Rs. 100,000/-.
Thursday 6th October (Vijayadasami)-Tirobhava Mahotsava:
3. Prasadam Seva for around 1500 devotees at Sri Gopalji mandir, Radhakund – Rs.130,000/-.
Friday 7th October:
4. Feast for all devotees at Sri Gopalji mandir, Radhakund - sponsored.
5. Floral decoration cost for both Gopalji Mandir, Radhakund and Krishna Balaram Mandir,
Vrindaban on 6th October- Rs.35,000/-.
6. Lighting and Sound – Rs.20,000/-.
7. Tent and decoration – Rs.45,000/-.
8. Two way Bus transport for two days festival between Radhakund and Vrindavan – Rs. 20,000/-.
9. Cultural programs for two evenings – Sponsored.
10. Some amount for ongoing preparatory renovation works.
Yours in the service of Sri guru and Gauranga,
Disciples and followers of H.H. Srila Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Maharaja
( re presented by Sukadeva Das)
Parikrama Marg, Sri Gopalji Mandir Radhakund. UP. India
Contribution may be made either (domestic) by bank transfer: SBI Bank A/c. no 11717058162 Bhakti Swarup Damodar Swami
Or (Overseas) by Western Union to Sukadeva Das, Sri Gopalji Mandir, Radha kund UP. India
Note: Any changes or sponsored item(s) will be updated regularly. If there is any advices, suggestions or comment are most welcome.
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Kita Semua adalah Saudara, Hormati Perbedaan yang ada
T.D. Singh Ph.D
(Sri Srimad Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Srila Sripada)
Cinta Tuhan terlalu besar untuk dikangkang, hanya oleh satu kelompok atau hanya oleh satu agama saja.
- Uskup Agung Desmond M. Tutu (Peraih Nobel dalam bidang Perdamaian)
Di Indonesia yang terdiri atas berbagai etnik, suku dan agama ini sudah sangat sering terjadi gesekan antar golongan keyakinan dan atau antar agama, seperti konflik ambon, poso, dan lain sebagainya. Dan tiga terakhir ini kekerasan atas nama agama semakin marak di indonesia, penusukan terhadap keyakinan suatu agama oleh keyakinan oleh agama yang lain. Salah satu penyebab dari konflik-konflik ini adalah rasa amarah yang tidak terkendali. Kesalahpahaman ini sering terjadi karena fanatik buta dan kurangnya dialog dari hati ke hati. Oleh karena itu, DR. T.D. Singh, Ph.D memberikan solusi perlunya menginsyafi bahwa kita semua saudara dan berasal dari Tuhan yang sama, meskipun kita memiliki banyak perbedaan namun sebenarnya kita tetaplah bersaudara. Oleh karena itu, dalam kolom ini kami akan menyajikan tulisan DR. TD Singh secara berseri tentang Sains Dialog Lintas Agama, sebagai usaha kami memberikan kontribusi kecil untuk Indonesia yang Harmonis dan Damai.
Umat manusia yang menghuni bumi ini, memiliki banyak perbedaan. Mereka memiliki bahasa yang berbeda, warna kulit yang berbeda, budaya kehidupan berbeda, kebiasaan makan yang berbeda, filosofi kehidupan yang berbeda, memiliki pikiran yang berbeda, memiliki visi yang berbeda, agama yang berbeda, konsep realitas yang berbeda, pakaian yang berbeda, rupa yang berbeda, pemahaman akan ‘benar-salah’ atas suatu tindakan (nilai moral dan ethis) yang berbeda, dan bahkan tingkat fanatic–yang berada diluar kebijaksanaan rasio (wisdom of rationality)–yang berbeda, dalam berbagai tradisi-tradisi relijius yang berbeda pula.
Pada abad 21 (millennium ketiga), secara teori, umat manusia harus membuat kemajuan yang pesat di segala bidang kultur manusia dalam nama kemajuan saintifik. Bagaimanapun juga, umat manusia telah menyaksikan dua perang dunia. Ada sebuah perlakuan yang serius akan penggunaan senjata nuklir yang memiliki kemampuan menghancurkan seluruh umat manusia dan berbagai bentuk kehidupan di muka bumi ini. Kita juga telah menyaksikan sejarah pembunuhan beberapa dekade terakhir seperti pembunuhan Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, J.F. Kennnedy, dan Rajiv Gandhi, adalah beberapa diantaranya. Pada tanggal 11 September 2001, serangan teroris yang tak manusiawi pada WTC, New York City menunjukkan wajah yang paling jelek peradaban umat manusia.
Salah satu akar penyebab dari tindakan tragis ini adalah rasa amarah yang tak terkendali. Adalah sebuah aib bagi peradaban dan kultur manusia dan dapat dikatakan sebagai sebuah kejahatan yang serius kepada ciptaan Tuhan. Ditengah-tengah kejahatan ini, kita kehilangan esensi dan nilai-nilai kehidupan manusia yang sesunggguhnya. Keuntungan yang diberikan oleh sains dan teknologi adalah bahwa kita dapat berkomunikasi dan mengenal satu sama lain lebih cepat sekarang daripada di masa lalu. Kita tidak dapat mengisolasi diri kita dari segala kejadian yang terjadi di berbagai belahan dunia.
Kita tidak dapat buta ‘cuek’ terhadap segala kejadian baik kecil maupun besar. Sekarang waktunya telah tiba bahwa kita harus secara kolektif dan satu-padu mencoba untuk menemukan cara dan alat untuk menghilangkan segala kesalahpahaman lewat dialog, ‘bridge buildings’ pembangunan jembatan (komunikasi) dan lain sebagainya, diantara berbagai komunitas.
Salah satu harapan bahwa agama-agama memberikan pemahaman kepada umat manusia bahwa kita semua adalah “Anak-anak” Tuhan. Tuhan dipanggil dengan berbagai nama yang berbeda dalam berbagai komunitas yang berbeda. Namun bagaimanapun juga, Dia adalah Our Common Father, Dia adalah Ayah kita yang sama. Demikianlah kita semua memiliki prinsip yang sama. Kita semua adalah saudara dan saudari (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam-ed). Di dalam keluarga, jika salah satu orang melakukan kesalahan, kesalahan itu harus dikoreksi, dan bukan merupakan hukuman. Proses ini adalah bagian dari pendidikan. Hal ini harus dilakukan secara kolektif. Fanatik-isme harus dikoreksi (diperbaiki). Wahyu-wahyu baru dapat datang lewat generasi-generasi baru melalui pengaturan Tuhan.
Pendidikan spiritual menekankan bahwa kita semua adalah “Anak-anak” Tuhan dan kita harus menghormati satu sama lain. Pemahaman ini adalah fondasinya dan segala sesuatu akan mengikuti secara otomatis jika kita menerapkan prinsip ini. The science of value ‘Sains akan Nilai’ disebut juga dengan istilah “Global Ethics” atau “Universal Ethics” akan memiliki makna ketika kita memasukkan esensi dari nilai-nilai spiritual semua tradisi relijius (agama) kedalamnya.
Taken From “The Science Of Interreligious Dialogue” Chapter 1, by DR. TD Singh, Ph.D
TD Singh adalah aktivis spiritual dan tokoh dan pemimpin interfaith-dialogue, beliau adalah Co-Founder of URI (United Religion Initiative), oraginasi terbesar dalam Dialog Lintas agama. beliau juga seorang penulis produktif, yang lahir di Manipur India pada tanggal 9 Desember 1937. Dalam tiga dekade terakhir ini beliau telah menerbitkan lebih dari tiga lusin buku dan puluhan bulletin dan jurnal dalam bidang sintesis sains dan agama dan dalam bidang dialog lintas agama, harmoni dan perdamaian. TD Singh pernah mendapatkan penghargaan oleh United Nation yang diserahkan oleh asisten sekjen, DR. Muller, disamping itu beliau juga pernah mendapatkan penghargaan dari pemerintah Italia dan Metanexus Institut USA atas usahanya menggalang perpaduan antara Sains dan Agama yang selama ini terjadi perang. Selain itu, TD Singh, juga adalah Founder Director dari Bhaktivedanta Insitute yang memiliki berbagai cabang di seluruh dunia, beliau juga mendirikan ISR, UBC, Vedanta dan Science Educational Research Foundation. TD Singh adalah tamatan Universitas bergengsi di Amerika serikat, University of California, namun walo posisi karir yang menjanjikan, panggilan suci membuatnya membuatnya meninggalkan segala keduniawian dan menjadi seorang Sanyasi (Bhiksu), sepenuhnya berkeliling dunia mengabdi pada Yang Kuasa demi ikut and berkontribusi pada Harmonisasi dan Perdamaian Umat manusia. TD Singh sering berkunjung ke Indonesia dan pernah mengadakan URI Asia Pasifik Assembly di Bali yang juga dihadiri oleh Presiden Gus DUr.
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Since Kepler looked towards the planets to frame his famous three laws of
planetary motion and Newton pondered about the laws of gravity to 20th
century quantum mechanics and modern incomprehensible string theories and dark matter, humanity has traveled a long way in its journey to decipher the world we find ourselves in and the reality of this universe. However, the
advancements in natural sciences are themselves evident of the fact that every step of our new discovery reveals further layer of new questions and mysteries before us. How far our advancements in natural sciences can take us in our search for the Ultimate Reality? Is God still relevant in today’s world of cutting-age info, bio and nano technologies? The present talk will highlight some of these thoughts briefly from scientific and Vedantic perspectives.
this talk will be presented in the UNUD international seminar on Science and Spirituality
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Banyak para tokoh dan pemikir kelas dunia seperti para Peraih Nobel, setelah mendalami betul-betul SCIENCE, mendapatkan keinsafan bahwa Science memiliki keterbatasan. Banyak hal yang berada diluar jangkauannya. Richard Ernst, Peraih Nobel dari swiss, pernah mengatakan “Science and technology alone cannot solve the problems of the new millennium. We need additional guidelines for our actions, for the selections of our research projects and research goals. These guidelines have to do with ethics, with philosophy, and with faith” yang terjemahannya kurang lebih adalah, “Sains dan Teknologi saja tidaklah cukup untuk memecahkan masalah-masalah yang akan kita hadapi pada millennium baru (abad 21) ini. Kita memerlukan tuntunan tambahan dalam setiap tindakan kita, dalam setiap proyek kita dan dalam setiap riset ilmiah kita. Segala tuntunan ini hendaknya berhubungan dengan ethics, filosofis dan iman (spiritualitas)”
Jadi dengan kata lain dalam mengembangkan Sains dan Teknologi perlu sebuah tuntunan etis dari jalan Spirituality, karena tak cukup mengandalkan rational thinking, seperti yang ditambahkan oleh Peraih Nobel jenius ini, “I am convinced that by purely rational thinking, based on the value-free laws of science, we cannot find ultimate solutions and we cannot create a lasting global order that prevents violents conficts.”
Olehkarena itu, sebagai usahan untuk memahami makna (values) yang lebih mendalam hubungan antara Science dan Spirituality, maka UNUD berkerja sama dengan YIBI mengadakan International Seminar on Science and Spirituality, dengan mengambil tema:
“Values of Science And Spiritual in 21st Century “
Pada : 3 September 2011
Gedung FK UNUD Jalan PB SUDIRMAN, Denpasar,
Dengan aneka TOPIK menarik:
Titik Temu antara Science dan Spirituality
Makna dan Misteri kehidupan Manusia
Misteri Ruang dan Waktu
Misteri Kesadaran (Conciousness)
Meditasi dan Penyembuhan
Relevansi Bhagavad gita dalam pengobatan modern
God and Science
Banyak Hal yang akan dijawab dalam seminar ini dengan menggunakan pendekatan gabungan (Synthesis) Science and Spirituality:
Apa itu “Waktu” ?
Apakah Time Travel itu mungkin?
Bisakah kita kembali ke masa lalu?
Apa itu “Kesadaran” ?
Cukupkah hanya dengan Science (misal: Fisika Kuantum) untuk menguak misteri “Kesadaran”?
Adakah Hubungan Meditasi dgn Penyembuhan?
Apa Kaitan Doa, Spirituality dengan Kesehatan?
Adakah Landasan Ilmiah untuk mengakui keberadaan Tuhan ?
Bisakah Ajaran Spiritual disajikan dengan Bahasa Ilmiah?
Tunggu apa lagi makanya buruan daftar:
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Universitas Udayana (UNUD)& Yayasan Institut Bhaktivedanta Indonesia/YIBI
“Values of Science And
Spiritual in 21st Century
Pada : 3 September 2011
Gedung FK UNUD
Jalan PB SUDIRMAN, Denpasar,
Dengan aneka TOPIK menarik:
Titik Temu antara Science dan Spirituality
Makna dan Misteri kehidupan Manusia
Misteri Ruang dan Waktu
Misteri Kesadaran (Conciousness)
Meditasi dan Penyembuhan
Relevansi Bhagavad gita dalam pengobatan modern
God and Science
Banyak Hal yang belum mampu dijawab oleh Science:
Apa itu “Waktu” ?
Apakah Time Travel itu mungkin?
Bisakah kita kembali ke masa lalu?
Apa itu “Kesadaran” ?
Cukupkah hanya dengan Science (misal: Fisika Kuantum) untuk menguak misteri “Kesadaran”?
Adakah Hubungan Meditasi dgn Penyembuhan?
Apa Kaitan Doa, Spirituality dengan Kesehatan?
Adakah Landasan Ilmiah untuk mengakui keberadaan Tuhan ?
Bisakah Ajaran Spiritual disajikan dengan Bahasa Ilmiah??
Mau tahu jawabannya??
Datangkah ke Seminar Internasional ini:
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Pelajar dan Mahasiswa (diskon 50 %)
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Gung De: 081916101691
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Science dan Spirituality
sebuah Masyarakat yang lebih Harmonis dan Damai
by DR. T.D. Singh, Ph.D
Pendiri Yayasan Institut Bhaktivedanta Indonesia (YIBI)
“Emosi yang paling mendasar dan indah yang dapat kita rasakan/alami adalah sensasi-sensasi sesuatu yang bersifat mistik.”
If somehow we can bring together the idea of openness present in science with religious thinking that has ideas of love and peace at its base, maybe that is the way.
Jika entah bagaimana, kita mampu menggabungkan ide ‘keterbukaan’ yang ada dalam ‘Science’ dengan ide ‘love and peace’ yang merupakan dasar pemahaman relijius, mungkin ini adalah jalan yang lebih baik (untuk pengetahuan yang lebih lengkap-ed).
–William D. Phillips (Peraih Nobel Fisika)
“Individu-individu yang bijak dapat melihat campuran sempurna antara sains dan spiritualitas di dalam laboratorium raksasa alam semesta ini.”
– T.D. Singh
Kontribusi utama Spirituality (jalan kerohanian) adalah mengakui bahwa Tuhan merupakan fondasi segala realitas yang ada. Tuhan menciptakan objek yang bergerak maupun yang tidak bergerak dengan tujuan rohani. Dan demikianlah objek-objek yang bergerak (para makhluk hidup-ed) bukanlah sekedar produk reaksi-reaksi kimia molekuler kompleks belaka, melainkan, makhluk hidup merupakan sebuah kombinasi antara matter (partikel material)–yang tak bergerak dan partikel spiritual (spiriton, atau atman dalam bahasa sansekerta)–entitas hidup yang kekal. Dengan kata lain, partikel fundamental matter tidak bisa berubah menjadi spiriton (entitas hidup) maupun berevolusi perlahan-lahan menjadi spiriton (partikel spiritual atau kehidupan itu sendiri). Matter dan Spiriton adalah berbeda dan merupakan entitas yang terpisah. Tetapi pada waktu penciptaan alam material ini, spiriton (atma) ini berinteraksi dengan partikel-partikel material, atom dan molekul. Dengan rencana dan hukum Tuhan membentuk entitas bergerak yang disebut para makhluk hidup. Interaksi ini diuraikan di dalam literatur-literatur Veda dan Vedanta India.
Atom dan molekul awalnya tidak memiliki makna ‘meaning or values’. Bagaimanapun juga, atom-atom dan molekul ini akan memiliki makna, ketika berhubungan dengan sang daya hidup, sang entitas spiritual ‘spiriton’. Sebagai contoh, selembar kertas, yang terbuat dari selulosa, awalnya tidak memiliki nilai “Values”. Namun, ketika pemerintah memberikan nilai-nilai tertentu kepada kertas itu dalam bentuk uang, maka ia akan memiliki makna dan sangat berguna. Demikian pula halnya dengan molekul-molekul (berbagai zat) yang membentuk badan manusia ini akan memiliki makna yang luar biasa sepanjang “sang pribadi di dalam badan”—sang roh (spiriton) itu masih ada. Oleh karena itu, ketika seseorang mati, badan material tidak memiliki nilai begitu pula tanpa makna dan tujuan atom-atom dan molekul tidak memiliki nilai. Lebih lanjut kedamaian merupakan sebuah kunci yang terbuat dari makna, tujuan dan pemenuhan akan kehidupan dan tanpa kedamaian tidak akan pernah ada kebahagiaan dan nilai dalam hidup.
Kata “makna” memiliki arti yang spesial dalam setiap dialog perdamaian. Adalah sebuah persepsi yang umum bahwa pendekatan saintifik akan kehidupan bersifat reduksionisme dan materialisme. Di dalam kedua faham ini, tujuan hidup adalah semata untuk mempromosikan kemajuan ekonomi dan sosial dengan memanfaatkan pemikiran (riset) ilmiah. Dalam sudut pandang seperti ini, tujuan dan makna kehidupan manusia adalah untuk memeroleh uang sebanyak mungkin dan menikmati sebanyak mungkin tanpa mempedulikan sisi etis dan makna sejati kehidupan. Para materialis mencoba mengisi kehampaan–yang tercipta akibat pengabaian akan Tuhan dan Jalan Spiritualitas–ini dengan berbagai ideologi ciptaan mereka sendiri, seperti, Rasisme, Komunisme, Nasionalisme, dan berbagai ideologi lainnya. Di dalam peradaban Saintifik Modern dewasa ini, kita sudah melihat bahwa sebagian kelompok manusia, sedang me-materialis-kan (lebih menonjolkan sisi materialistic agama ketimbang sisi spiritual yang universal-ed) Agama mereka, yang merupakan akar pertengkaran global (termasuk kekerasan atas nama agama-ed) dewasa ini. Maka dengan makna kehidupan yang salah atau palsu seperti ini tidak akan membawa kedamaian yang permanen di dunia ini.
Solusi atau jawaban atas pertanyaan akan makna kehidupan, sesungguhnya berada pada pendekatan komplementer Sains dan Spiritualitas. Spiritual wordview atau religious worldview, di dalam bentuknya yang paling murni, mengembangkan sifat moral umat manusia dengan memahami dimensi dalam akan realitas (inner dimensions of reality), Sains, di lain pihak membantu umat manusia untuk mengertikan beberapa aspek realitas fisika. Jadi, demikianlah, ketika dipadukan bersama, dua sistem pengetahuan ini, Science dan Spirituality akan menjadi komplementer satu sama lain. Sebagai contoh, spiritualitas atau bentuk agama paling murni membimbing masyarakat manusia dengan visi yang tepat untuk menciptakan masyarakat yang penuh makna dan adil, sedangkan sains memberikan alat dan keterampilan untuk mencapainya (tujuan agama tadi), demikianah cara menapaki jalan untuk mencapai kedamaian dunia abadi.
Menurut tradisi-tradisi spiritual dunia, alam semesta ini bukanlah sebuah produk dari ‘kebetulan yang buta’, melainkan telah diciptakan oleh Tuhan untuk memfasilitasi sebuah evolusi kesadaran bagi para makhluk hidup. Seperti halnya di sekolah-sekolah kita memiliki mainan bagi anak-anak dan buku-buku tentang advanced mathematics and arts bagi murid-murid yang sudah senior dan matang, (demikian) juga Tuhan telah menciptakan alam semesta ini, untuk memfasilitasi evolusi kesadaran bagi para makhluk hidup dari kesadaran yang lebih rendah menuju kesadaran yang lebih tinggi.
Tuhan juga menciptakan planet Bumi yang indah ini, sebuah campuran ekselen akan ‘rasa kagum’ dan ‘keindahan.’ Kecerdasan umat manusia dilengkapi dengan kemampuan untuk melihat dunia kuantum partikel-partikel fundamental yang indah dan penuh misteri. Kita dicengangkan oleh jumlah mikroorganisme yang tak terhitung jumlahnya. Semua ini adalah hadiah dari scientific enterprise. Dilain pihak, kita juga dapat menghargai keagungan ciptaan Tuhan seperti gunung-gunung tinggi, air terjun, danau-danau dan samudra luas dengan makhluk-makhluk hidupnya yang besar dan kecil yang berada didalamnya. Kita juga dapat menikmati pemandangan hutan-hutan lebat, berbagai jenis bunga-bunga harum dan banyak burung-burung yang penuh warna warni menyanyi dan bersiul ‘cooing’ di dalam suara mereka yang sangat indah dan merdu, di alam mekar yang penuh damai dan tenang, secara terus menerus mengumandangkan keagungan Yang Kuasa. Individu-individu yang bijak dapat melihat campuran sempurna antara sains dan spiritualitas di dalam laboratorium raksasa alam ini. Einstien melihat sifat-sifat alam ini dalam petualangannya pada jalan sains dan spiritual. Dia berkata, “Emosi yang paling mendasar dan indah yang dapat kita rasakan/alami adalah sensasi-sensasi sesuatu yang bersifat mistik.” Itu merupakan penabur bagi semua sains sejati. Dengan mengetahui bahwa apa yang tak ditembus bagi ikita benar-benar eksis, memanifestasikan dirinya sendiri sebagai kebijaksanaan tertinggi dan keindahan yang cemerlang yang mana dengan alat-alat kita yang tumpul, yang hanya dapat memahami misteri alam ini hanya dalam bentuknya yang paling primitif—pengetahuan ini, perasaan ini berada dalam pusat kesalehan sejati.”
Di alam ini, persediaan telah disediakan bagi semua bentuk kehidupan untuk mengangkat kesadaran mereka dari tingkat kesadaran yang lebih rendah kepada kesadaran yang lebih tinggi, lewat proses evolusi spiritual. Seperti halnya elektron tidak dapat dilihat tetapi keberadaannya dapat disimpulkan dengan berbagai gejala atau tanda-tanda, sama halnya secara material kita tidak dapat melihat Tuhan namun eksistentsiNya dapat disimpulkan dari keberadaan ciptaanNya. Tradisi-tradisi spiritual dunia mengajarkan kita tujuan, visi dan rencana Tuhan dibalik ciptaan yang luar biasa ini. Lebih lanjut tradisi-tradisi spiritual ini mengajarkan kita bagaimana bertindak agar sejalan dengan rencana kosmikNya.
Bertindak sesuai dengan pemahaman dan pengetahuan spiritual memerlukan kita untuk menginsyafi kesatuan diantara semua makhluk hidup sebagai “anak-anak Tuhan” dan menghargai bahwa Kosmos adalah satu keluarga besar. Demikianlah kita adalah anak-anakNya diikat bersama dengan ikatan persaudaraan yang erat. Seseorang dapat mengamati kecenderungan ini; banyak orang yang memiliki hewan dan burung peliharaan dan mencintai hewan peliharaan ini sebagai anggota keluarga mereka sendiri. Demikianlah spirituality melampaui segala tembok perbedaan.
Semakin kita menyadari bahwa kita semua adalah saudara dan saudari, dalam sebuah keluarga spiritual yang sama, maka secara mudah dapat kita pahami hubungan universal antara satu dengan lainnya. Jadi bagian penting dari proses perdamaian adalah menghargai dan mendukung satu sama lain meskipun berbeda budaya dan agama. Dan lagi, kultur persahabatan antara komunitas yang berbeda agama dan bangsa termasuk persahabatan antara sains dan spiritualitas akan mempercepat dan memfasilitasi lebih jauh untuk terbentukya perdamaian.
Pada titik kritis sekarang ini, ketika eksistensi umat manusia dihadapkan dengan banyak krisis, satu-satunya jalan untuk bertahan adalah merajut benang-benang pemahaman dan saling pengertian, baik antar individu, komunitas, dan antar Negara, dalam rangka membangun damai dan harmoni di atas sebuah fondasi spiritual.
Bagaimanapun juga, mengakui Tuhan sebagai sumber segala ciptaan di dalam sebuah ranah realitas rohani akan memerlukan sebuah pendekatan rasional atau semi rasional, yang masih sangat kurang (diterapkan oleh berbagai agama-ed). Karena kekurangan pemahaman yang tepat akan makna kitab-kitab suci mereka, maka banyak kelompok agama (relijius) sering dikuasai oleh fanatikisme yang berlebihan dan berbagai jenis tujuan-tujuan materialistik. Demikianlah, karena fanatikisme (yang berlebihan), satu agama sering berbenturan dengan agama yang lain sehingga membahayakan bagi kemanusiaan. Oleh karena itu, atas dasar skenario yang sering terjadi dewasa ini, maka adalah sangat penting bagi berbagai tradisi agama untuk menanamkan semangat ilmiah dan rasional.
Di lain pihak, kita semua sadar bahwa meskipun kemajuan dalam sains dan teknologi dewasa ini telah membawa keuntungan yang dahsyat bagi umat manusia, namun kemajuan Sains dan Teknologi modern ini secara terus-menerus meningkatkan masalah-masalah etis. Nilai-nilai etis ‘ethical values’ tidak mampu untuk menjaga kecepatan perkembangan sains dan teknologi yang eksplosif. Tren atau kecenderungan ini secara serius menguji umat manusia. Jadi, sangatlah penting dibutuhkan tuntunan umum etika dalam riset saintifik, yang bergantung pada kebijaksanaan spiritual yang bersifat tak lekang oleh waktu, khususnya dalam bioengineering dan bioteknologi. Sebuah pendekatan yang seimbang antara semangat saintifik dan nilai-nilai spiritual harus dijamin atau dipastikan. Walaupun telah ada berbagai usaha untuk kedamaian dunia dengan tradisi religius, komunitas sains dan perkumpulan politik, perdamaian dunia yang akan datang akan tinggal impian jika usaha kerja sama antara sains dan spiritual tidak mendapat kedudukan.
Untuk ikut mewujudkan tujuan luhur ini dan Dalam Rangka Dies Natalis Universitas Udayana yang ke 49, Universitas Udayana bekerja sama dengan Yayasan Institut Bhaktivedanta Indonesia (YIBI) sebagai pusat kajian Sains dan Spirituality, akan menyelenggarakan Seminar Internasional pada tanggal 3 September 2011, bertempat di Gedung Pascasarjana Universitas Udayana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, Jalan P.B. Sudirman. Tiket terbatas. Harga tiket Cuma Rp. 150.oo (dpt dibeli di Gramedia Denpasar atau hubungi panitia:Dr. Made Wardhana, melalui email: email@example.com atau HP: +62 85 637 045 91.Suastawa: 08980717379, Alex: 087860209229Gung De: 081916101691, Nariata: 081999805458; Romeo: 081237592245)
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All glories to Srila Sripad Maharaja.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Dear Maharaja, prabhus and matajis,
By Guru Maharaja unlimited blessing, and all of your sincere prayer, supports and efforts, finally the devotees communities at Sri Sri Radha Rasesvara Temple able to completed the Memorial House project for pleasing of Srila Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Maharaja and Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja with in six months (project start from Sri Nityananda Appearance day)
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Gedung Pascasarjana Universitas Udayana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
3 September 2011
Sains dan Spiritualitas adalah dua kekuatan utama (yang sangat dominan pengaruhnya pada umat manusa di muka bumi ini) yang melibatkan pendekatan intelektual, filosofis dan psikologis bagi kesejahteraan umat manusia. Namun, pendidikan modern saat ini lebih menekankan akan pengembangan Sains dan Teknologi tanpa mengindahkan dimensi Spiritual kehidupan, telah menyebabkan berbagai ketidakseimbangan; baik di dalam diri, di dalam masyarakat, bangsa dan dunia. Oleh karena itu, tampaknya ada kebutuhan untuk meningkatkan kesadaran terhadap sintesis Sains modern dan Spiritualitas untuk memperluas perspektif intelektual, dan akhrinya dapat lebih mengharmoniskan kehidupan masyarakat manusia.
Untuk ikut mewujudkan tujuan diatas dan Dalam Rangka Dies Natalis Universitas Udayana yang ke 49, Universitas Udayana bekerja sama dengan Yayasan Institut Bhaktivedanta Indonesia (YIBI) sebagai pusat kajian Vedanta dan Sains secara berkelanjutan mengadakan seminar maupun diskusi tingkat lokal, nasional maupun internasional dengan tujuan untuk menjembatani pandangan sains dan spiritualitas dalam mencapai pemahaman yang lebih mendalam akan tujuan dan makna kehidupan manusia. Berbagai macam isu pada abad 21 telah berkembang dalam dinamika kehidupan dan fenomena alam dan sebagai pertanyaan besar yang perlu dijawab “Apakah spiritualitas masih relevan di zaman kemajuan sains? Sehingga tujuan seminar ini adalah untuk lebih memahami lebih dalam tentang nilai-nilai kehidupan, tujuan serta makna yang terkandung di dalamnya dari pandangan sains dan spiritualitas.
Adapun kegiatan ini akan dilaksanakan pada
Hari : Sabtu
Tanggal : 3 September 2011
Tempat : Gedung Pascasarjana Universitas Udayana, Jl. P.B. Jendral Sudirman
Susunan acara seminar sebagai berikut:
07.30 – 08.30
08.30 – 09.30
Sesi 1: Pembukaan
08.30 – 08.40
Doa dan pembukaan – siswa Bhaktivedanta Darma School
8.40 – 08.50
Sambutan ketua panitia: Dr. Made Wardhana
08.50 – 09.00
Sambutan H.H. Kavicandra Swami (USA)
09.00 – 09.10
Sambutan Rektor UNUD: Prof. DR. I Made Bhakta, SpPD.KHOM
09.10 – 09.30
Plenary Lecture; HH Subhaga Swami (India)
Meaning & Purposes of Life
09.30 – 09.40
Sesi II: Simposium I
Prof. DR. Wijaya Kusuma
09.40 – 10.10
The Science of Consciousness and Matter as Given by Bhagavata Shankya
Prof. Dr. Sudipto Gosh – Indian Institute Technology Karaghpur
10.10 – 10.40
Time Dimensions; Scientific & Vedantic Perspectives
DR. Nikhil Jagdish Bhath – Singapore University
10.40 – 11.00
Titik Temu Spiritual dengan Sains di Era Peradaban Modern.
Prof. DR. Ketut Widnya – Institut Hindu Dharma, Mataram:
11.00 – 11.30
DR. Sapam Nabakisore Singh: Consciousness Studies Within Scientific Materialism.
11.30 – 12.00
12.00 – 14.00
Sesi 3: Simposium 2
DR. Wayan Suena
12.00 – 12.30
Meditation & Medication
Prof. DR. Ramgopal Upalluri – Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
12.30 – 13.00
Relevancy of Bhagavad-gita in Modern Medicine & Alleviation of Suffering
Prof. DR. Gouri Sankar Patnaik – Dept. of Orthopaedy Manipal University, Malaysia
13.00 – 13.20
DR. Made Wardhana – Bhaktivedanta Institute & Udayana University Bali
13.20 – 14.00
Closing & Conclusion Remark by HH Atmanivedana Swami Maharaja (London, Inggris)
14.50 – 15.00
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Scientific Study of World Religion
Lecture in Malada (2004)
by Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Srila Sripada (T. D. Singh, Ph.D)
Srila Sripad: So it is true that we come to this material world and if you take a little time out to meditate what you experience, you’ll find that even the happiest person in this planet will have some moments of anxiety. The best medical doctor also has to die. He cannot save anybody’s life when the time comes. In this ups and downs, in this life – in this material world, always swaying, sometimes a moment of happiness, the next moment he becomes [inaudible word] sad. Experience like this is a good thing..
Translator: Good thing?
Srila Sripad: Ya. Once we experience like that, we have to find out the ways and means how to overcome the difficult…. Unless we find difficulty, then we’ll be always be wandering in this material life, in this world (?thinking it’s a wonderful place).
Therefore, Bhaktivinoda Thakur is narrating briefly what the experiences are. He says,
janani jathare, chilama jakhona
bisama bandhana pase
eka-bara prabhu! dekha diya more
vancile e dina dase
He says , when I was in the womb of my mother… The womb of the mother is small like this and in fact in the mother’s womb, we are staying there, so its very tremendous pain and difficulty. Then he says, eka bara prabhu! dekha diya more vancile e dina dase He says, my dear Lord, I had a glimpse of you , by your mercy I saw you when I was in that situation. To this very useless servant, you gave me your blessings by being visible infront of me.
tokhon bhavinu, janama paiya
koribo bhajana tava
At that time, I thought tokhon bhavinu, janama paiya – as soon as I’m born, as soon as I come out of the womb of my mother koribo bhajana tava, I will definitely engage in your devotional service, I will serve you , this was what I thought. [inaudible word]
janama bhavinu, janama paiya
koribo bhajana tava
janama hoilo, padi maya-jale
na hoilo jnana-lava
So now I’m born , janama hoilo, now I’m born. I come out of the womb of my mother but now I am entangled in the network of maya. Maya means the external energy of the Lord. By that, this worldly illusion has robbed me of all good sense, I have lost my sense of judgement.
Then he says,
adarera chele, sva janera kole
hasiya katanu kala
janaka janani-snehete bhuliya
samsara lagilo bhalo
Then he says as a [?vulnerable] son in the lap of my relatives, I passed my time crying and laughing. Janaka janani, janaka means father, janani means mother . So by janaka janani snehete bhuliya, by the affection of my father and the mother, then I had forgotten the very painful situation in the womb of my mother. Then he says, samsara lagilo bhalo, this place-this material place is a wonderful place, it is a very good place to stay, so I thought like that. I have forgotten [inaudible word]. Janaka janani-snehete bhuliya, samsara lagilo bhalo, I had forgotten all the pain and I thought this place- this material world is a wonderful place.
Then he says,
Krame-krame dina dina, balaka hoiya
ara kichu dine, jana upajilo
patha podi ahar-ahah
Then he says, day by day, I grew and began playing with other boys. And totally my powers of understanding emerged and I tried to gather knowledge, so I read and I studied my lessons very carefully.
vidyara gaurave, bhrami dese dese
dhana uparjana kori
sva-jana palana, kori eka-mane
bhuliya tomare, hari!
Travelling from place to place, I was very proud of my education and I gathered lot of laxmi and became wealthy , rich and I tried to maintain my family, I tried to make them happy. So in doing that, my Lord Hari, I have forgotten you. So this is the situation, we are very wealthy and become rich, materially opulent, then we have a tendency to forget.
Now, Bhaktivinoda says,
bardhakye ekhon, bhakativinoda,
kandiya katara ati
na bhajiya tore, dina brtha gelo
ekhona ki have gati?
He says, now I am becoming old, my hair is becoming white and gray (laughs). So he says I’m very sad. And so he weeps, he cries. He says I failed to worship You, and O Lord, and instead I passed my life in vain. I wasted my life. So now I have come to You, so please tell me what should I do.
(sings namo maha vadanyaya…and the bhajan)
(end of bhajan)
So I’ll tell you very briefly, the development in the world today, about the relationship between science and religion. This age, called the age of Kali, Kali means the age of science and technology (laughter). This is the modern interpretation of Kali yuga. The scientists made the [inaudible word] bomb to destroy people, they made weapons, and-and others misuse it. So there is a conflict, there is a lot of problems. So this age of science and technology, it is called scientific culture, we are supposed to be very happy, the advanced human being. Now there are so many, lets see, marvels of science, like Information Technology, medical technology.
In this, you know, very advanced age of science we are also threatened by science itself. When we travel too much around the world, we’ll find that especially in the Western countries, especially to go to United States, that every airport is… very much…lets see, they are frightened with security, that they check so much that traveling is not very pleasant nowadays. There is no discrimination whether you are gentlemen or you are a rascal (laughs). No difference between a gentleman and criminal. Everyone is taken as a criminal. So they check your shoes, they check your pocket, and they check your beadbag, what is inside, if there is any bomb inside (laughter). In this way it is very very unpleasant, nowadays traveling. In the middle of all this development, there is one very interesting, lets see now, symptom emerging in the human society.
Scientists are Searching God
The scientists are becoming interested in searching God. Because the whole world is controlled actually by scientists and engineers. But now the scientists are becoming interested to find out God from a scientific religion point of argument. So this is a very new development. And Prabhupada was extremely interested, Guru Maharaja, so he said “that time when the scientists like medical doctors, engineers and all these important people think about the science of God, there will be paradise on earth.” So now it seems like this is happening. Many important scientists around the world are studying the scientific study about the existence of God, so they are so ambitious. This is a very good development. This happened only within the last 5-6 years. So this is the latest news I am broadcasting (laughs).
Srila Sripada: In the month of June, there was a conference in Philadelphia called science and religion. Many scientists came together from around the world to study God from a scientific argument. I’ve got the materials here. If somebody is interested I can show you tomorrow. There is one scientist called Stephen Unwin from the United States. So he is very well-known theoretical physicist. He has made a calculation about the existence of God from mathematics. There is a theory called probability, theory of probability. He considered all the points that [inaudible words]. All the scientists say that there is a 67% probability about the existence of God [laughter]. So people are happy that the God number is increasing [laughter]. Many important scientists are commenting on the mathematical argument, calculation about God. This book is available, a small book is out on the probability of God’s existence. So this is a very interesting development – a important development. Scientists are very eager to discuss about God today, they don’t think it is not an important topic, but they think it is important.
In Barcelona, in the forum just recently, last month, there was a parliament of religions, there was a session of science and religion. We had a panel in this, so I was also one of the members, speakers in the panel on science and religion. We have Christians, we have [inaudible word] and Buddhists, five members in the panel. And so there were about very close to three hundred people in the audience. This is the parliament; they were many programs going on simultaneously. So in a religious gathering of many many religious groups, now this science is becoming an important part. Prabhupada, our Guru Maharaja, was extremely set, in actually presenting Krishna consciousness, its called Bhagavat Dharma, in a scientific way.
scientific study of forgiveness
And now many people around the world, are studying, as I was just mentioning this morning, that scientific study of forgiveness, how to forgive. How to forgive when somebody makes some kind of mistake. Then how to forgive, what is the scientific reasoning to forgive. Ksamate, in Sanskrit its called, to forgive, is a very important quality of a Vaisnava. But how do you analyse it from a scientific point of view .
How to control, how to control your anger scientifically. Because all these wars, all these things is nothing but anger right? Because of anger, people fight each other. But our Krishna consciousness says that we must be free , its called akrodha , akrodha means free from anger. In Bhagavad Gita, sixteenth chapter, Krishna says that one of the qualities of the divine property, quality, is called akrodha. Akrodha means free from anger. Many medical doctors and many scientists are studying scientifically how to control anger. So this is a very important development.
scientific study of humility
Similarly, there is another topic. That topic is called, “How to – how to, how to become very humble” (laughs). The scientific study of humility. We all think that I am the best, I am at the top.Things like that. But how to become humble. And a scientific study, so this is going on in many parts of the world. So maybe can set up one- one here also in Malada. Gather together-
Translator: We’ll open one office here.
Srila Sripada : Ya, gather together and take the grant . A lot of grant..
Translator: For what?
Srila Sripada: Unlimited lakshmi [inaudible word]. (laughter). Ya, this is actually going on around the world. Many funding agencies in the United States may provide funding [inaudible words]. So in this way, these things are very related with Krishna consciousness, with our philosophy, with our practice of Krishna consciousness.
If we can forgive, just for example in 9/11, when that terrorists, when they attacked those towers in the United States. In America, the question was raised, how to forgive those people. Its not very easy. But how to scientifically justify it- forget. But if you apply Krishna consciousness, then it is possible to forget. So, how to, lets see, scientifically analyse, how to justify it. That has become a very important study, about the application of spiritual knowledge in solving problems in society. In the song we just sang that bholiya tomara samsara achiya. Bhaktivinoda Thakur is saying, so many problems that we have. But if we develop the essence of spiritual knowledge, spiritual culture, then it is possible to transform ourselves. So, this is called as change of heart. We have to transform this heart. Because in the heart, Paramatma is also sitting. So if we meditate very carefully, if we contemplate very seriously, then it is possible to transform ourselves.
scientific study of spiritual transformation
This is another area called, spiritual transformation, scientific study of spiritual transformation. So this is briefly the scientific application of Krishna consciousness, spiritual consciousness. Therefore you see, in our own lives, at one time we might be something else, doing many bad things. But all of a sudden, that, you met someone or something happened in your life that you changed completely. Just like many of our members, in the beginning before coming to Krishna consciousness, this Hare Krishna mission, they might be having very different lifestyle.
Translator: Having what?
Srila Sripada: Our devotees, before they come to the movement, they have different lifestyles. Then after taking mahaprasadam like Gauranga potatoes and halvah and chanting everyday in the morning, then they get transformed. So in this way, they voluntarily give up all bad habits and become very pure- very clean. Something like that is called spiritual transformation.
So this transformation, now people are studying scientifically, make some measurement see what is happening in your brain, what happened to your mind – study. So in this way scientists are becoming very very interested in studying the spiritual changes happening in the life of a person. So two categories of knowledge which are most important in the human form of life are number one, number one is to (?decide) what is life? The scientists are studying what is life, and religious people, we are also trying to know what is life. So this is the most fundamental platform of knowledge. And another point, another principle of knowledge is very important – about the universe, what is the universe, what is this cosmology. In cosmology we have to ask why this creation is taking place, why this universe is there. This is the second most important field of knowledge. For both science as well as for spiritual life, these two are [inaudible word] similar. That means we want to know what is life, we want to know why this universe exists.
So when we chant 16 rounds by Prabhupada’s blessing, 16 rounds on the mala, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. This chanting means we want to know what is the ultimate duty of the individual. So by doing that, then Krishna, Lord Krishna will enlighten and give the knowledge. Krishna says
tesam satate yuktanam
bhajatam priti purvakam
dadami buddhi yogam tam
yena mam upayanti te
Krishna says dadami buddhi yogam tam, so Krishna is sitting within the heart , right? So Krishna says, He gives the knowledge, dadami means ‘I give the knowledge’, Krishna gives knowledge, but the purpose of giving this knowledge, dadami buddhi yogam tam, yena mam upa yanti te, so that the individual will surrender, will do the devotional service.
So this knowledge – of but what we have is a glimpse of what is the nature of life, then we can seriously come to devotional service, the engagement of devotional service. So ultimately to come, lets say, attached to Krishna, called prema bhakti – develop love of Godhead, love of the Supreme Lord, that is the ultimate goal. But in order to reach to that platform, to realize that , I must [?proceed], I must seriously practice this devotional science. In order to do that, we need to have a glimpse of what is life, what is the nature of life. So this is a new field of preaching [indistinct word] and taken among the among the devotees. So in this way, when you are convinced that the human form of life is very important, then automatically you’ll give up all the bad habits.
Translator: Whats that?
Srila Sripada: All the bad habits of the – not that somebody is saying that don’t smoke. But one day you don’t smoke, but the next day because you are not convinced, then you [?commit again]. But if you are convinced that this is not good for me because you know if I take this, then all my brain will be polluted by nicotine. Then why you want to take drug. Its said while my son is obedient, he goes in the mountain, hides there and takes some special, in the pocket something there and then spend the night there (laughs). Ya, but once you have a glimpse of that knowledge that this is not good for me, this is actually very harmful for my health, for my body, automatically, spontaneously . In this way, it has come like that, you have to be convinced yourself why you are not doing it. So this is called scientific study. [?Scientific validation], you realize, and since you realize …than somebody says you do it for five days, but then all of a sudden come back. So the point [inaudible word], in order to have a lasting realization, lets say understanding, practice. In this way scientific understanding of these things are very essential to become stable in our work including Krishna consciousness. So therefore Prabhupada gave so much emphasis on scientific preaching of Krishna consciousness.
And today its very interesting that many youngsters come from all colleges and universities, they have become very serious about studying Krishna consciousness. Throughout the world, many young students become very much interested in this search for [?knowledge]. This is a new, lets say, this is the beginning of the century, we are in 21st century right? So 21st century is very promising, like in Malada, there are many people going to be devotees [inaudible word] (laughter). Not only Malada, all over the world. Ya, and Malada is a very nice place. So in this century, 21st century, our devotees are going to increase in numbers, in large numbers, the younger generation are, you know taking very seriously.
Translator: Whats that?
Srila Sripaada: Our younger generation throughout the world. So this is just a little news that I am providing. And so tomorrow we’ll discuss some Bhagavad Gita. Tomorrow what time is the program?
Translator: Morning time.
Srila Sripada: Morning? Accha, Accha, Sunday, tomorrow is Sunday ah..
Translator: We used to have Bhagavatam class in the morning and Sunday program
Srila Sripada: For the public?
Translator: 8’o clock…no, 7 o’clock.
Srila Sripada: Very nice in the evening, its cooldown. Very nice, so please come tomorrow morning and evening and we’ll have….. so you have any questions?
Translator: He wants to know what is your opinion of Hawkins?
Srila Sripada: Hawkins is a very well-known scientist. He’s from Cambridge University. Now he holds the position as Newton was holding. But he is not so much spiritually inclined. But on the other hand, the other person called Roger Penrose. Penrose, is from Oxford University. Penrose is older and he is regarded as number one scientist of the world today. And Stephen Hawkins is regarded as number two. And Penrose is slightly spiritually inclined. So I had a dialogue with Penrose last month. I didn’t bring any of, our magazines, but it will feature in the next month, sorry in the next ..before November, it will be out. And we had a very nice discussion about science and spirituality. He is a very nice person. But Stephen Hawkins, I have met him once, he came in India, about some years ago. At that time he was not very famous. But since then, [indistinct words],he is disabled, but at the same time he is regarded as a genius. But he is not at the moment spiritually very inclined. He is a famous cosmologist. But I heard that he is changing slowly, slowly. So hopefully, very soon, he will be interested in spiritual life.
Question : [indistinct words] The Government is giving some money, is there a reason or something like that?
Srila Sripada: Ya, it is possible. Now already many scientists , many prominent scientists are working themselves without the help of the Government because they know that something important is there . So it is very possible that we’ll see very soon in our lifetime, in the next few years that some breakthrough is going to come and many scientists are becoming interested in spiritual life. So when the scientists are becoming devotees of Hare Krishna, then everyone will follow (laughter).
Question: If we explain Krishna consciousness from the scientific point of view, but simultaneously it should be something from the heart, from the consciousness.
Srila Sripada: Ya, one has to be interested. See, some people are, their minds are very analytical, they want to study things, they need some kind of reasoning.[indistinct words]. So they have to get some kind of understanding that their doubts are cleared up by scientific reasoning. So just like say, people may ask “Why you ask me not to smoke?” . So you have to explain scientifically. So the scientist will say that “ by smoking, my dear child, you will get cancer.” And how does this cancer take place? The scientist will explain, “My dear child, you see this body is made of protein molecule right? So when you inhale this smoke, all are protein molecules, so this nicotine from the smoke [indistinct words] poison. Nicotine reacts with protein molecules. Then when inhaled in smoke, goes to the lungs right? The lungs have lung cancer. So in this way the lungs stop functioning properly and after some time, then [indistinct], ‘oh, this fellow has lung cancer.’ And he dies. [indistinct word] Or, otherwise, “oh, you got heart attack.” In this way, one can have some reasoning, scientific reasoning. Those who are intelligent, those who are disciplined they can [indistinct]. So in this way, there is some scientific reasoning , argument to quit smoking.
scientific study of God
Therefore today scientists are interested in understanding why God exists, about the scientific study of God. Many scientists are writing about God these days. But they are writing without any spiritual master (laughs), on their own. But once they recognize they have to accept a spiritual master, then there will be tremendous progress. But nonetheless, it is making progress. About thirty years ago, in Prabhupada’s time, in the nineteen, lets see, early seventies, it was very difficult to discuss about God to the scientists. But today, they are very happy. They welcome you. This is a new development. We have some magazine [indistinct words] can show you tomorrow. And in the internet, if you go to the internet, everybody is talking about God (laughs). Scientists are talking about God. That is very interesting, important development. So we should work hard and we should go deeper into this knowledge. You have a question?
Srila Sripada: What is your name?
Devotee: Jiva Tattva
Srila Sripada: Jiva Tattva . Bholiya Jiva Tattva.
Translator : Huh?
Srila Sripada: I’m speaking Hindi. (laughs)
Translator: Bholiye Jiva Tattva
How To Get A Good Son?
Devotee: One of the highlights of the scientists is about sexual relationship. They are teaching people about this subject matter saying that sex is very good for health [indistinct words].
Srila Sripada: Thats because of ignorance.. because they have not done much scientific study on that (laughter). But then they have to learn how to [indistinct word] get a good son, a good child, according to our Vedic science, that one has to observe Garbadhana samskara. But the scientists want to do it by cloning. But this cloning although the body may look similar, lets say with post[indistinct word] copy of Einstein. So it is possible in principle that you have a person who looks like Einstein….. by bioengineering. But such an individual will have no intelligence like Einstein. In other words, the self, the atma or the life particle cannot be cloned. The body can be cloned, but the life cannot be cloned. The best example is like this: that, when somebody has identical twins. Many identical twins look exactly the same right? Except for the mother, it is very difficult to identify who is who. So one son becomes a poet and one become a scientist. So in other words they are different people, but the same genetic material. They are different individuals. So similarly when the scientist wants to have a good son, by cloning it is not possible. But this process of Garbadhana samskara, when parents, the father and the mother, when they follow the nice principle of this Krishna conscious way of getting a child, it is possible that a good son or a good daughter. So this is an area of scientific study. We can study very nicely and present it to the world that a [?disciplined] and very scientific process of getting good son, it is possible.
Devotee: Maharaja I would like to hear more about the subject about forgiveness that you were saying yesterday and would like to request if you could give a deeper study about this tomorrow.
Srila Sripada: ok, ya., I heard there was a conference last year in Atlanta, Georgia. This forgiveness study is a very important study. Some people are spending millions of dollars, scientific study. I can give you [indistinct words]. It is also very connected with Krishna consciousness. But people are studying Krishna consciousness without practicing. So this is…automatically they are do it themselves [indistinct word]. These scientists are practicing Krishna consciousness without knowing that they are doing it, in a small lets say, some level. So this a very important development. And next year-every this meeting goes on. I became part of this. By Prabhupada’s mercy, I’m involved with this. Therefore I am saying all these things, because I’m involved.
Translator: This devotee is asking something.
Devotee: Can I ask tomorrow.
Srila Sripada: You want to come tomorrow (laughter) Er, ya..
Devotee: We’ll stop here. It is getting late..
Srila Sripada: So we’ll end here for the discussion. Its ten o’clock. In the evening we’ll have program. In the morning I may not be able to come. So please come in [indistinct] Bring all your wisdom. We meditate tonight, bring all your wisdom and tomorrow we’ll discuss the process of discovering God.
Transcriber(s): Rupachandra Das
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Srila Sripada’s lecture 1996, Hawaii
Devotee: So as we announced, Nashringa Chatur Dasi, His Holiness Srila Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaj has come from afar. He is traveling all over the world, particularly; he is preaching the glories of Lord Krishna on behalf of Srila Prabhupada to the scientific and educated class of men. He is in the process, working very hard organizing the Second World Conference on Consciousness – The Synthesis of Science and Religion. So, we’re very fortunate to have him speaking tonight, Srila Sripada, as he is affectionately known to many of his friends and disciples. And he will be speaking on Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, and I hope that you all attentively listen. If you have some questions afterwards, he will be here this evening and I want to thank everyone for coming, and without further ado…
Srila Sripada: Jai Srila Prabhupada Ki Jai! Jai New Navadwip Dham Ki Jai! Is this working? Oh, [inaudible words], we’ll have some kirtan. We’ll chant parama koruna
[sings Parama Koruna and recites invocation prayers]
So I would like to welcome everyone to New Navadwip Dham. Dham means a holy place. By coming to the Dham, one gets inspiration about learning what will be the ultimate destination of life’s journey. Seeking knowledge and seeking spiritual enlightenment. So this, all these things can be obtained in the Dham. Therefore it is called the Dham. Navadwip, New Navadwip Dham. Navadwip is the place where Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared in this planet a little more than five hundred years ago in India. His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada brought the teachings and the message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Therefore this island, this Hawaii Island , is called New Navadwip Dham. So anyone who comes, visits Navadwip Dham, they will get enlightenment, spiritual enlightenment. So that one will be free from all difficulties in life. So after that center, that place, Dham had that potency to give that knowledge and education and the culture so by practicing that, then one will be free from all anxieties in this material world.
So I’ll speak some aspects of Krsna Consciousness. Krsna Consciousness means one who is trying to understand what is the nature of the Supreme Being, Supreme Personality under whose arrangement this whole cosmic world is functioning. And also, what is the nature of the living entity. They are called atma. Atma means the self, the eternal self. In Sanskrit language it is called atma, or the jiva. It means the living entity, the jivatma. So what is the duty, what is the function, what is the nature of life? Just like in science, in biology, we like to understand what is life. Therefore, biology has a lot of theories about life. But we have the Krsna Consciousness principles about what is the nature of life. The nature of life therefore is described, in our text called the Bhagavad-Gita – the Srimad Bhagavad-Gita as well as Srimad Bhagavatam. I’ll just touch very briefly just to give you a little background about the science and the philosophy of Krsna Consciousness.
Actually, this is a center for education. But education on what? Education on understanding what is the ultimate duty of life. What is the ultimate function of life? What is the duty to be performed by each one of us? So that center of education and learning, so that place is called Krsna Consciousness. We have many centers like this around the world. So we invite the many sincere friends and people who are interested, people who are searching for spiritual knowledge. It is for them to cultivate knowledge. Therefore everyone is welcome – everyone! From every planet, every part of the planet, from any, let’s say background. There is no restriction. We welcome everyone. Because this is the platform for gathering knowledge, for the cultivation of knowledge, for the cultivation of culture. Knowledge means knowledge t knowledge of the each individual life. And also, what is the science of God, and how to realize about the existence of God. So these are the topics discussed in Krsna Conscious centers. And so Hawaii, it is a beautiful island. So here, people come from various parts of the planet, in order to see a lot of nice things here. Therefore, by Prabhupada’s mercy, this cultural center is also available for people to visit and also to honor very nice food, maha prasadam, so that the people will get enlightenment. Before I do that, I’ll repeat this Sanskrit mantra, many of you might already know, but please kindly repeat after me. It is very simple:
Om namo Bhagavate Vasudeva (3 times)
So this is from Bhagavad-Gita, this is the main text of this knowledge. Trying to understand what is the duty, what is the function of the living entity. So many of you might already know, so I will not go into the history. I will just go directly to the text. so I will just read this Sanskrit and then the translation.
väsäàsi jérëäni yathä vihäya
naväni gåhëäti naro ‘paräëi
tathä çaréräëi vihäya jérëäny
anyäni saàyäti naväni dehé
So this is Lord Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personsality of Godhead, speaking to Arjuna, who is a friend and as well as disciple. This is a dialogue about spiritual knowledge. So the Supreme Personality of Godhead is speaking to His most beloved student, as well as friend, Arjuna. So the translation says, As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.
nainaà chindanti çasträëi
nainaà dahati pävakaù
na cainaà kledayanty äpo
na çoñayati märutaù
The soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind.
So this is very significant. What happens is that in modern science, not only in modern science, in modern philosophy. Actually this say modern science started, if we remember the history of science, that around the sixteenth century, when the Galileo, you’ll remember, when Galileo was trying to support the Copernican theory, about this heliocentric, about the cosmology, thats how the revolution, the scientific revolution started. They’ve got the church, especially in Christianity, the church and this scientific knowledge, just the opposite. So therefore, there was a great revolution. But however, the momentum of what is called empirical knowledge, meaning we like to acquire that knowledge, or we only want to honor that type of knowledge, which we can perceive through our senses, sense experiences. you want to make an experiment, and you want to observe and then you want to extend the result of your observation in the form of data, and then in the form of mathematical equations. So in this way, you could predict that the certain causes of let’s say, certain events in this material world. So that became, called scientific knowledge or scientific revolution. Generally this is called empirical knowledge, or empiricism. So therefore, the empiricism means that you have to rationalize the data of your experiments and then you have to get yourself convinced about this data to your sense experiences. But other than that, unless something can be proven by your sense experiences or certain experiments, then that type of knowledge is not regarded as very significant. So therefore, scientific revolution started from around 16th Century. That interestingly, this scientific knowledge became so prominent, so prominent, that as you move on in the history of science, let’s say when from Galileo, the French philosopher called Descarte, Renee Descarte. He was a very famous scientist as well as a philosopher. He was actually a mathematician. In fact this year, he was born four hundred years ago. This year is celebrated as the Descarte’s four hundredth anniversary throughout the world, as a very well known philosopher. This is a Cartesian philosophy. It became so prominent that the people are still honoring his four hundredth, even in India, just recently when I was in India, in Bombay, there was this big conference on observing Descarte’s four hundredth anniversary year in Pune. Pune is a very important seat of learning in India . So in this way, Descartes as always tried to predict the same thing, he wanted to give complete emphasis on only material knowledge. In other words, they did not so much, were not willing to accept any knowledge beyond sense experiences. So that was the driving force creating this modern scientific revolution. Then Newton came. So Newton was the one who synthesized all this, let’s say materialistic, let’s say philosophy and science. So therefore he, Newton is regarded as one of the, very, very, important, let’s say historical figure in the history of science, because he synthesized this Cartesian conception about nature, as well as this motion, terrestrial motion introduced by Galileo and also the conception created by Copernicus. So all these things were synthesized by Newton. So therefore, the victory of modern scientific revolution became very much appreciated, in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. But as science moves on we are more and more interested in knowing what is life. What is the nature of life. And what is the fundamental component that life is made up of. That became also, an important part of this journey. So looking for knowledge, searching for knowledge. Now we are, let’s see at the nineteenth century, the twentieth century, actually we are almost at the tail end of the twentieth century. Now around the nineteenth century, actually what happened is that around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and almost toward the end of the nineteenth century, the beginning of the twentieth century this quantum physics came. This is because of the appearance of quantum principles, then the seed of confusion became very prominent. So in this process, what happen is that today we are, just like Einstein, and Max Planck and Max Borne, Schrodinger, these are regarded as pioneers in the field of quantum physics. So they all said something about God. They started to say, that we don’t know actually nature, it is very confusing. We don’t know actually what is right and what is wrong. So therefore that that became even now, now we are at the twilight of the twentieth century, now the dawn of the twentieth-first century, let’s say is very near. So people are beginning to realize that the scientific knowledge, scientific revolution, is not going to give us all the answers. Now all the prominent scientists today, although they may be atheists, they may be materialists, they may be depending on the mechanistic conception of nature but they are beginning to realize we are not going to solve the hidden principles of nature, by this so called mechanistic conception of nature from scientific principles.
So therefore, now it is beginning to open up a vast field of knowledge, that is called – the higher knowledge, the higher principles of knowledge, that in other words, this material knowledge is not going to give all the answers that we are looking for. Rather, we should look for another form of knowledge. So therefore, what’s going to happen is that now, we are going to have new science. And we’re going to have new philosophy. But the new science and a new philosophy is going to incorporate the spiritual knowledge. The spiritual frontiers of knowledge. So this, everyone is accepting now, even the atheists, the atheistic people just like this morning, I gave a narration about Carl Sagan and the well known atheistic cosmologist and how a large number of scientists, Nobel Laureates, they are making an appeal to the religious leaders that now we made a mistake. We thought we would able to find everything through our scientific process, but now it’s not working. So therefore we must appreciate the religious wisdom. So this is said by an atheistic person, just recently. So this is a landmark in the history of science. And all these things are happening by Krsna’s arrangement, by Krsna’s mercy, and by Prabhupada’s mercy. So everybody can accept that. So therefore, what here, I wanted to just bring up this point is that in the Krsna Consciousness the foundation of knowledge is based on the teachings in the Vedic literatures. So in the Upanishad, in the Mundaka Upanishad, the foundation of knowledge is very clearly defined. That there are two categories of knowledge.
dve vidye veditavya iti. There are two kinds of knowledge. So that knowledge, one is called material knowledge , it’s called aparavidya. Aparavidya means lower knowledge or material knowledge. What the scientists are trying to study, so this is called the aparavidya. It is a form of knowledge, it is not useless but it is called aparavidya. Aparavidya means inferior or ordinary knowledge. Say for an example I can calculate the behavior of a ball. Suppose if I throw a ball, then if I know the time, the initial time and the motion, then I can calculate say in such and such in five minutes where the ball will be. So this is called mechanics. This is what Newton was trying to – the laws of motion. So they think this is great (laughs). But the sastra says, scripture says that this type of knowledge is called ordinary knowledge. It is useful, it is not useless, but this is the ordinary knowledge. So this is called aparavidya. But then the scripture says, especially Mundaka Upanishad says that the higher form of knowledge is called paravidya. Paravidya means the spiritual knowledge, or the transcendental knowledge, or trans-phenomenal knowledge. In other words, something beyond phenomenology, there is also a branch of philosophy they do call phenomenology, but this knowledge, paravidya is beyond that, trans means beyond. Transcendental means beyond this ordinary knowledge. So that, beyond ordinary knowledge, so that form of knowledge is actually dealt in Krsna Consciousness. In other words, the science of the soul, the science of life, belongs to that realm of knowledge. So therefore it will be a mistake thinking that life could be a product of this combinations of atoms and molecules. That’s why that the biologists make the mistake, the modern, let’s say cellular biologists or molecular biologists or molecular evolutionists. They made this mistake. So now they are beginning to realize that by their hard work. Its not working that according to the conception that they were planning. So they were forced to accept. Just like Carl Sagan is supposed to accept, that there must be religious wisdom. So that paravidya, paravidya deals with transcendental knowledge. In other words, spiritual knowledge. So in order to have that knowledge of paravidya, therefore Bhagavad-Gita it is said that paradvidya or the science of spirit, or that the transcendental knowledge of life, is that life or the atma, jiva atma, is actually such that, that it can never be cut into pieces, or it cannot be burned by fire, nor it can be moistened by water, nor withered by the wind, and so in this way, this is the just the description, a very preliminary description about the science of the soul, about the science of the self. But however we experience that in regular, if you study, let’s say, how the living entities in this planet, how you see that someone is born and then someone dies. So that way it goes on all the time. Always we are seeing these experiences. But here Krsna says that the symptoms are indicating that as a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and the useless ones. In other words, according to the mental, let’s say make-up of this individual jiva, person, according to the desire of this individual person. So this is called the karma, the karmic activity of this individual person. So a certain person develops a certain type of desire and activity. So accordingly, the components are called the subtle material elements. So those subtle material elements, in the scriptures it is said that the ‘mana’. Mana means mind, mind and the buddhi, the intelligence, and the ahankara means false ego. So these three are the called the subtle cosmic ingredients, cosmic components. Mind, intelligence and the false ego, they are also, they play a very important role, in carrying the message, the information of each individual person’s mind and also activity. So this is called the subtle carriers of the desires and the feelings of each individual person. So these are subtle cosmic components of this universe, so this carry the desires of each individual person and so at the time of death, death means the separation of this body and the soul, jiva, jivatma. So that is called death. And at the time of death, so that memory and the information will not be lost, it will not be lost, it will be stored. It will be stored within these three material elements called the manas, buddhi and ahankara. In other words, mind, intelligence, and this ahankahra, that a false ego. So these three material elements will carry the information of each person and so then it get transferred to another, to another form of life, according to the destination that he or she is supposed to reach. So that way it will manifest again. So this is called the cycles of birth and death. So therefore, in according to Krsna Consciousness, life is a eternal entity. So in other words, it will never be lost, it will always be there, but according to your karma, or to the desire that this individual
Then why, one is supposed to, come to the temple. Why one has to take this austerity, called tapasya. So the explanation is given here, in the Srimad Bhagavatam. This is a very, very important chapter here, in the third Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Here, it is actually described very elaborately, the science and the philosophy, that one has to acquire in order to understand the real function of each individual person. What am I supposed to do. And what is beneficial, and what is not beneficial. What is good, and what is right, and what is wrong. So, all these things are actually explained here, the Srimad Bhagavatam. So I’ll just touch very briefly. Let me see, so you can, I think, if someone’s coming for the first time, he should get this book, or the whole Srimad Bhagavatam, but especially the Third Canto, of this Srimad Bhagavatam. It’s called Teachings of Kapila. Here, it contains the whole thing, the science and the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness. So once you study this very thoroughly, then you get all the knowledge. That is called the Säìkhya philosophy. And as I said, the modern science, the confusion of modern scientists is because of a lack of Sankhya Philosophy. Now they are beginning to realize that they have to accept this Sankhya Philosophy. So in the Sankhya Philosophy it is told what is mind? How to train the mind, how to control the mind? Unless your mind is trained properly, the mind will be wandering in all directions of this planet. Sometimes you may like to go to, let’s say to a movie. Sometimes you might like to go swimming, especially in Hawaii. And sometimes you like to do this and that. Unlimited desires will come to the mind. So if you train the mind, and to give proper direction to the mind, it is very, very vital. It is a vital principle, in order to understand the ultimate meaning of life. So these things are dealt with. Then what are the function of the senses, then why the senses are dragging me in so many sense objects, so I want this, I want that. Sometimes people say I want this beautiful car. And I want this beautiful house, this beautiful property. Sometimes we focus on many sense objects unnecessarily.
So then the Sankhya philosophy tells us that, how to organize my sense perceptions. So these things are dealt very elaborately. And then what is the brain? What is the function of the brain? Today many scientists say, neuro-scientists say that the consciousness is the function of the brain. But what does that mean? The brain is made up of neurons. There’s the brain cells and these brain cells they are studying in so many ways, that they are trying to show that the consciousness is a function of the brain.
But the Bhagavat says that’s wrong, that the consciousness, is completely separate from the brain. Say for example there are many, many microbes , unicellular organisms that they don’t have any brain, but they have the mind. So in other words the scientists like to say that consciousness is a function of the brain, but there are so many organisms, they don’t have any brain, but they are conscious, they have the mind. But Sankhya philosophy says that the, that consciousness is a completely independent entity, and has nothing to do with the brain.
So all these things are very elaborately described in the Sankhya philosophy. So therefore, the modern scientists are beginning to seek for this knowledge. In fact, very recently some very well-known scientists came and to study Srimad Bhagavatam in Bhaktivedanta Institute in Bombay . There is one very brilliant scientist called Henry Stapp from University of California, Berkeley, Quantum physicist, he’s working very much on the nature of the mind, from physics, quantum physics. So like that, there are many important scientists. They are beginning to look for these alternative models from any source. So therefore Bhagavat paradigm, or this paradigm of Krsna Consciousness gives that alternative as a principle. So therefore, many, many scientists are beginning to take this very seriously. So therefore it says in the Srimad Bhagavatam that a very important principle is…I’ll just read
prakåtià ca hataujasam
So this is about the process of Krsna Consciousness. So Krsna Consciousness is a process to realize what is the nature of the self. What is the function of the jivatma? Searching for the science of self realization about understanding what is the ultimate meaning of this life and also, what is the ultimate duty of life. So this is called searching for the science of self realization.
So here Kapila Dev , actually instructing to his mother, Devahuti, ‘in that postion of self realization. Jnana vairagya yuktena means by practice of knowledge and renunciation. Renunciation in devotional service, one sees everything in the right perspective and he becomes indifferent to material existence and the material influence acts less powerfully upon him. So the, some very important words here, jnana vairagya yuktena. Jnana means knowledge. So knowledge means what? Knowledge about the science of the self. So that is actually real knowledge. The science of the self. The self is different from matter. In other words, this is a non-material entity, so that knowledge, and also is different from matter. So this knowledge is very, very vital. So by knowing that knowledge, and then renunciation. Renunciation means one is being been freed from the influence of this ups and the downs of material life. Being influenced by material happiness and desires that a person is dragged away, in so many different aspects of activity. But how to, how to stream line that, how to control that, how to be free, from the entanglement in this ups and the downs of material association. So that freeing from all anxieties and the difficulties that can be obtained by practicing jnana and vairagya. Jnana means knowledge, vairagya means freeing or renunciation from this ups and the downs of material life’s activities. So unless one has knowledge, then it will be difficult to be free from entanglement. So in that state, when one has developed this knowledge by the practice of Krsna Consciousness, then one will have a desire to actually develop the real function of the living entity. So the real function is actually called Bhakti marga, in other words the science of devotion of the self, towards the Supreme Being, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna. So that desire will be become manifest in the life of a person, in the life of a sincere person. So this wanting to serve the Lord, wanting to become a sincere servant of the Lord, so this desire will become manifest automatically by this process of jnana and vairagya, by knowledge as well as by the process of renunciation. Renunciation means freeing from material desires. Renounce. So in this way, that natural symptom of the living entity will become manifest.
It is also called purification. The purification process means, we are contaminated by the different modes of material nature. But then by practicing this Krsna Consciousness, then one will become purified and then one will be situated properly. So when one becomes situated properly, then automatically one becomes, one becomes very enthusiastic about wanting to find out that the proper process. So that process is obtained.
prakåtià ca hataujasam
So in that state of existence, it is when a person is able to see things properly. In other words, a person will be enlightened. A person will get the real knowledge, and you’ll see things, what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is bad, and what is the real process to be done, and what is the process to be abandoned. So this real and scientific knowledge, will become manifest in the life of a person. So that when knowledge becomes available in that way, then a person will become very serious in his or her journey through life. In other words, he or she will be very careful that because the time factor. You don’t have so much time in this world. So therefore, a person becomes extremely careful about utilizing the time, and so things which would not be productive, things which would not be very useful, that person would not be very interested in spending time there. So in this way, the science of self-realization, the science of self-knowledge, when one becomes enlightened, automatically one becomes extremely enthusiastic, in doing only the best, the best in life’s journey. That way, he or she will attain ultimate destination in life’s journey. Life is a journey, that we all have to accept that. Life is a journey, so in this journey, we have to encounter ups and downs. Sometimes you have to cross a big forest. Sometimes you have to cross water. Sometimes you have to climb a big mountain, but if you’re clear, the destination, if the destination is very clear and if you are very determined, then depending on the mercy of the Lord, then you get the strength, and then deep commitment to reach that destination. So that way your journey will become – you will be able to reach that destination. In other words, you will be able to fulfill life’s mission. Krsna Consciousness therefore, gives a person this type of commitment and also direction so if one follows very properly and one is bound to obtain all this intricate aspects of knowledge. So that way, life’s journey will become meaningful, and you’ll find, you will feel very happy, and then you will begin to, actually also take this life’s journey in a much more, enthusiastically and then you’ll not like to waste, unnecessary to unwanted activities. Therefore Krsna Consciousness gives the proper, the guideline and direction, in order to reach the goal of life, life’s destination and it is applicable to everyone, to anyone, who is searching for that knowledge and it is a completely non sectarian. The only thing is that one has to have the desire and sincerity in order to practice this fundamental principle of life. So any questions?
[Some asks a question (inaudible)]
So this empirical knowledge is due to lack of training. In other words, unfortunately such people do not have the facility to learn the higher form of knowledge. So this way, they need to find a proper teacher, proper source, so that he has to get the transcendental knowledge. So in this way, if the education is directed, and a person is given facility, then he or she will be able to gather this important form of knowledge, and so therefore Krsna Consciousness, let’s say, let us practice Krsna Consciousness. That empirical knowledge, to some degree, also empirical knowledge is also actually useful. It is not completely useless.
But it is useful, if one can use it properly. But, without that knowledge, without using whether this is right or wrong, without that background, then one will be mislead. Therefore, just like Max Borne, you know, a well known quantum physicist. Max Borne says that ‘by the knowledge I gather from the study of atoms’, because he was a quantum physicist, ‘so by studying the fundamental principles of the atoms, so that that led me to appreciate about the existence of the Creator.’ So in this way, because he saw the very orderly nature within the atoms. So he could not conceive that, it could happen at random or without any, let us say, creator, without any higher source. So therefore he was saying that by knowledge, in other words from apara vidya , empirical knowledge is apara vidya, the lower knowledge now, if the source is known properly, that lower knowledge also can be used for appreciating the higher knowledge. So in this way it is useful. So in other words, a person has to have some training, has been exposed to the different categories of knowledge. In other words, a person should in his or her search for knowledge, they should look for the real knowledge. So in this way, one will be able to apply the proper form of knowledge, to appreciate the Supreme Personality.
[Someone asks a question (inaudible)]
Sankhya . no this is not Sankara Acarya, that is very recent. This is Sankhya philosophy. Sankhya means counting actually and this Sankhya philosophy is by Lord Kapila. Lord Kapiladev is the, actually incarnation of Krsna. Lord Kapila and here, this is the son of Mother Devahuti and so the son of Devahuti and Kardama Muni. So that Kardama Muni and mother Devahuti had somehow were blessed by the mercy of the Lord because of their great devotion. So they got Kapila as their son. And Lord Kapila is actually the incarnation of Krsna, and so Kapila gave this Sankhya philosophy, on the science and the philosophy of understanding everything including devotional service, that Sankhya philosophy is a – even now, and is much more relevant to modern scientific knowledge. So that is the Sankhya philosophy, given by Lord Kapila. And actually here it is in this volume and I didn’t touch the Sankhya philosophy, but useless part of the, it’s called the fundamental principles of the material – in chapter twenty-six. Fundamental principles of material nature. Here, Kapila instructed to his mother Devahuti about what is the most scientific knowledge of the nature of the self. This is being explained in a very wonderful way. This is a little bit intricate but it contains the whole spectrum of knowledge.
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Yeah, No, they didn’t specifically, I was talking in general, that Carl Sagan and more than thirty-one very brilliant scientists around the world including several Nobel Laureates, so they made a strong – it was published actually in the Journal of American Physics. You’ll find that appeal also, there’s a long appeal. Basically, you know because they find that the ecological problem today, in the world, is becoming very, very difficult. So the mainly the pollution of the environment, then causing different diseases, and in the name of scientific and technological, industrial, let’s say advancement and so much disturbing in the ecological system of the planet, so in this way, they are convinced that unless some religious principles, wisdom, also is incorporated, then it’s going to be very, very harmful for the planet. So knowing that, they made this appeal So the appeal was in a very moving, you should read that, it is a long appeal pure and it was very much appreciating about we must accept the ancient wisdom given by the, you know these religious leaders and it was a kind of appeal in a very you know, it was very submissive, with humility. Yeah, I can give you the reference – it was not very old. This was submitted in – there was a Moscow there was a Moscow global forum. That was in 1992. It was submitted there and in fact there were about 200, 280, more than 280 religious leaders signed that, said, we must join hands together in order to protect this problem of our planet. So in this way, actually it is very interesting now. We are moving to another era, I think, coming to another this state of civilization. I know many scientists who are supposed to be atheists but, they becoming very open minded and opened to religious dialogue. It is very, very interesting, just like you see the union for concerned scientists, they have more than one hundred thousand people, members, practically all the Nobel Laureates joined that, this union of concerned scientists. Their headquarters is in Massachusetts, also they have in Washington, and their concern is very, very important. And so all this is opening up and then you can see, there is interface between science and religion, science and the Theology is becoming very, very prominent, in every part of the world, especially in the United States as well as in Europe. So people are beginning to open up, especially the scientists. The scientists are taking the leading role in this thing, even in theology. So this is a very good sign, very good sign. And so definitely you’ll see something very soon. In the early part of the next century, I think we are going to see new science and new philosophy and new understanding about cosmology, but it seems to be in the right direction. Therefore Krsna Consciousness very handy and so, I am organizing a conference, give me that. So this conference this is called, The Second World Congress for the Synthesis of Science and Religion. This is going to be held in Calcutta , next year, January nine to twelve, and there will be about 3,600 well-known scientists and philosophers, and we’ll gather together. But this done in honor of Srila Prabhupada’s centennial appearance celebration. And so there will be many religious leaders like the Dalai Lama and many Nobel Laureates, scientists, and philosophers will gather together and if you want to attend this congress then you can actually write to us or participate. This is January , nine to twelve, 1997, next year, and so actually I am going around the world just to invite many scholars and I brought some pamphlets. Anyone is interested, later on after prasadam maybe you can see me and I can give you the details. If anyone of you would like papers for this program, please we can do that. So it’s for everyone (laughs). So many important people and these topics that we will be discussed. Ecology, consciousness, then world peace, then origin of life, and the origin of the universe, and bio-medical ethics. All these things should be discussed.
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Yeah, population control. Population control means, except that they have their own way of saying. But I think, you know when one begins to practice Krsna Consciousness, that it could be understood properly and even the scientists, they say, well this is another area that one has to (laughs) propose some very meaningful, some very practical solution. So practical solution is that if one is Krsna Conscious, that solution is there. But if one is not Krsna Conscious, then one may try so many this and that. It may not be so practical. So therefore, we have to find ways and means to how to bring up a practical solution from Krsna Conscious viewpoint. And it is possible, this is possible to do, we have not focused much around that line but it is definitely possible. So I have been given a signal that now the prasadam time is coming and so we like to thank you for coming. Please come regularly and also bring your friends, and also you should get some of these books regularly because that way it will be easier and then you can study and read at home and somehow these are our library materials. And so if you study that, then you will have this science and the philosophy very quickly and it will be very useful. And so please come more often. Don’t hide only at home (laughter). Please come, please come more often, and please bring friends and other people who are interested and definitely interested to have a dialogue with many, many, many, many people and so this is open for everyone. And actually everyday it is open, but on Sundays it is very convenient because since you are all working, it’s Sunday, come early, and try to learn this chanting process, and if you have any questions, then you can you knw either after prasadam or anytime also we can discuss these points. Jai srila Prabhupada Ki Jai! Jai Pancha Tattva Ki Jai!
 dve vidye veditavya iti, ha sma yad brahma-vido vadanti—parä caiväparä ca. taträparä åg-vedo yajur-vedaù säma-vedo ‘tharva-vedaù çikñä kalpo vyäkaraëaà niruktaà chando jyotiñam iti. atha parä yayä tad akñaram adhigamyate.
“There are two kinds of educational systems. One deals with transcendental knowledge [parä vidyä] and the other with material knowledge [aparä vidyä]. All the Vedas—the Åg Veda, Yajur Veda, Säma Veda and Atharva Veda, along with their corollaries, known as çikñä, kalpa, vyäkaraëa, nirukta, chanda and jyotiña—belong to the inferior system of material knowledge [aparä vidyä]. By parä vidyä one can understand the akñara—Brahman or the Absolute Truth.” Muëòaka Upaniñad (1.1.4–5)
prakåtià ca hataujasam
In that position of self-realization, by practice of knowledge and renunciation in devotional service, one sees everything in the right perspective; he becomes indifferent to material existence, and the material influence acts less powerfully upon him.
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Adalah Keunikan Bentuk Kehidupan Manusia. Pertanyaan apakah yang terpenting?
Oleh TD Singh, Ph.D Pertanyaan, jijnasa, merupakan sifat-dasar kehidupan. Setiap orang bertanya tentang suatu hal atau hal lain. Selama hidupnya, seseorang mengalami berbagai fase seperti usia tua, penyakit dan banyak macam penderitaan. Oleh karena itu, kita ingin menemukan solusi masalah-masalah diatas. Setiap karya riset ilmiah merupakan sejenis (usaha untuk) bertanya. Srila Prabhupäda mengatakan bahwa Jikalau seseorang belum naik ke posisi ”mengajukan pertanyaan tentang penderitaan yang dialaminya,” maka dia belum dianggap sebagai seorang manusia sempurna. Kemanusiaan dimulai ketika jenis pertanyaan ini muncul dalam pikirannya. Oleh karena itu, Pertanyaan membentuk proses yang paling penting untuk memperoleh pengetahuan. Kita ingin mengetahui hal-hal yang berada di luar apa yang dapat kita lihat secara biasa. Kita telah menemukan mikroskop elektron, teleskop, dan sebagainya–untuk memuaskan rasa penasaran kita. Namun semua ini belumlah cukup. Indera-indera kita dan perpanjangan indera-indera kita (seperti mikroskop, teleskop, dan lain-lain –ed) masih sangat terbatas. Read the rest of this entry »
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dan Langkanya Kelahiran sebagai Manusia
by DR. T.D. Singh, Ph.D
Dalam pandangan Vedanta, Evolusi didefinisikan sebagai perjalanan partikel-kehidupan yang memiliki kesadaran-sang jiva)-yang jumlahnya tak dapat dihitung dalam ruang dan waktu sebagaimana mereka berpindah-pindah dari satu bentuk badan ke bentuk badan yang lain dibawah Hukum karma (sebab dan akibat). Derajat atau tingkat kesadaran, guna (sifat) dan karma (aktifitas) dari setiap makhluk hidup akan menentukan arah dari jalan evolusinya. Kesalahan Darwin adalah bahwa dia tidak dapat memahami eksistensi kesadaran. Dengan demikian, Vedanta tidak menerima teori evolusi Darwin. Dalam keadaan-keadaan normal, kesadaran berkembang dalam garis lurus dan juga bertambah bijaksana. Badan-badan atau bentuk-bentuk yang berbeda-beda untuk mengakomodasi makhluk dengan kesadaran tertentu telah disusun oleh alam dalam rencana kosmik (mayädhyaksna prakrtih – Bhagavadgétä 9.10). Sebagaimana dinyatakan sebelumnya, Brahmä Vaivarta Purana menjelaskan sebagai, açétià caturaç caiva lakñäàs täï jéva-jätiñu bhramadbhiù puruñaiù präpyaà mänuñyaà janma-paryayät, artinya orang mendapatkan bentuk kehidupan manusia setelah menggantikan 8.4 bentuk-bentuk kehidupan yang lain.
Lebih jauh, Padma Purana memberikan sebuah pernyataan yang lengkap mengenai bentuk-bentuk kehidupan yang berbeda-beda tersebut sebagai berikut:
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Oleh T.D. Singh, Ph.D.
Apakah yang Vedanta sampaikan kepada kita tentang Brahman, Kebenaran Mutlak? Dalam Srimadbhagavatam (1.2.11), kita menemukan tiga kategori Kebenaran Mutlak: vadanti tat tattva-vidas tattvaà yaj jnänam advayam brahmeti paramätmeti bhagavän iti çabdyate Terjemahan: Para Rohaniwan Terpelajar-yang mengetahui Kebenaran Mutlak- menyebut Substansi-Yang-Tunggal itu (Tuhan-ed) dengan tiga sebutan sebagai berikut: Brahman (Yang Mutlak-Yang Tanpa Atribut), Paramätma (Roh Yang Utama yang bersemayam dalam segala sesuatu), atau Bhagavän (Pribadi Tuhan Yang Mahaesa Sendiri). Swami Prabhupäda menjelaskan dalam ulasannya, “Kebenaran Mutlak adalah baik subyek maupun obyek, dan tidak ada perbedaan kualitatif di sana. Oleh karena itu, Brahman, Paramätmä dan Bhagavän secara kualitatif adalah satu dan sama saja. Substansi yang sama diinsyafi sebagai Brahman yang bersifat impersonal oleh penganut Upanisad, sebagai Paramätma yang berada di suatu tempat oleh para Hiranyagarbha atau para yogi, dan sebagai Bhagavän oleh para Bhakta Tuhan. Dengan kata lain, Bhagavän atau Pribadi Tuhan Yang Mahaesa, adalah kata terakhir tentang Kebenaran Mutlak. Paramätmä merupakan representasi sebagian dari Pribadi Tuhan Yang Mahaesa, Brahman yang impersonal merupakan cahaya yang menyilaukan Pribadi Tuhan Yang Mahaesa, seperti halnya sinar matahari dengan matahari sendiri.”29 Read the rest of this entry »
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by Jayadvaita Swami (www.jswami.info)
from Back to Godhead, November-December 1995
The Vedic scriptures tell us that Manipur was a Krishna conscious land even more than five thousand years ago. But for the last several centuries the Manipuris have also worshiped various regional semi-historical deities, who hold a place in Manipuri culture even today.
In modern times, worship of Vishnu first gained prominence in Manipur in the fifteenth century, during the reign of King Kyamba. It is said that the Pong king Khekhombha of the Shan kingdom gave Kyamba a Vishnu chakra (the symbolic disc of Vishnu). The presence of the chakra seemed to bring about various supernatural events, so on the advice of brahmanas the king had a temple constructed for it and instituted regular worship. The worship was continued by his descendants.
The philosophy taught by Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was first introduced in the seventeenth century by five disciples of the great devotee Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura. The songs of Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura are still sung throughout Manipur, and his birthday is an occasion of festivities.
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Srila Prabhupada wrote a letter to Sripada Maharaja on January 24,1977,
“Manipur has been a historic place for thousands of years. Arjuna married the daughter of the Manipur king and his son became the king. You are therefore descending from the original Kshatriyas. Now you bring the knowledge of Bhagavad-gita, revive Manipur’s Kshatriayism and save Vaisnavìsm. For the purpose of preaching in Manipur, I can go in any condition of life. I have great respect for Manipur which was a Kshatriya kingdom long before Arjuna. You can do it. You are educated and a devotee, and we shall all help you. That is wanted. Everything can be achieved by bhakti. Build a terapie in Manipur like in Vrindavana and Nabadwìpa.” Srila Prabhupada also said during a conversation with Sripada Maharaja, “So I could understand that Manipur has got great potential of bhakti-marga. You descendant of Babhruvahana, Arjuna’s son. So let there be at least one country ideal brahmana, ideal Kshatriya. And people are submissive to Krishna Consciousness. I have seen in Vrindavana and Nabadwipa many Manipuris.”
This clearly shows the intense longing of Srila Prabhupada to revitalize the old Manipuri Vaisnava culture to make Manipur an ideal Vaisnava state in the entire world. Sripada Maharaja’s mission is to translate the aspirations of Srila Prabhupada, his spiritual master, into action as soon as possible.
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from Back to Godhead, November-December 1995
Indian Airlines — from Calcutta via Guwahati — has brought us to Imphal. We’re a delegation of Krishna devotees from America, India, France, Italy, Iran, Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand. Hazy grey sky, mountains off in the distance to your left. The air is cool (Calcutta was blazing). We’re up on a plateau, at twenty-five hundred feet.
On the far side of the barbed wire that marks the parking lot from the airfield, an Army guard, turbaned Sikh, looks on patiently, rifle in hand.
A drought is on. This is mid March, supposedly a season of rain showers, but the last rain was in February, and that gave only a little. But, drought aside, today is the second day of the festivities for Holi, the festival of colors.
A group of devotees meet us and festoon us with fluffy garlands of cotton thread — bright red, white, green, yellow, with some silvery tinsel mixed in. Then we’re into a jeep, some cars, and Maruti vans, and on our way to our temple.
We get down a few blocks early: We’re in for a big reception. Awaiting us, lining the road, stand rows and rows of men and women, dressed in garments of bright Holi colors — solid red and pink-scarlet — with drums, cymbals, double conches. The faces are Chinese-Tibetan, and the chanting is Hare Krishna, loud and strong, in a unique Manipuri style.
People pour big pots of water on our feet and toss handfuls of flaked rice into the air — an auspicious greeting. In the midst of it all, Manipuri faces behind video cameras get it all on tape. (Sony has made it to Manipur.)
Ceremonies in the temple, some refreshments, some rest, and we’re off for sankirtana at the temple of Govindaji (Krishna, the source of all pleasure). The Deity of Govindaji is the ultimate object of love and devotion for people throughout Manipur, and today people have come to see Him and celebrate Him from all over the state.
In the courtyard of the temple, crowds arrive in parties for sankirtana (congregational chanting)— drummers, cymbal players, conch blowers, banner carriers — singing the glories of Govindaji.
The mood is joyful, and part of the fun is the traditional Holi spraying of colors — water dyed red or pink or purple, sucked up from vats and shot up into the air and onto the crowds from brass syringes the size of rifles. Everyone sprays and gets sprayed, so your clothes and face and arms and all of you gets thoroughly parti-colored. The fun goes on well into the night.
The next morning things have calmed down, the dye (less tenacious than in Calcutta) has mostly washed off your skin, and we’re off to Moirang, about thirty miles south. Along the way, bands of young girls at intervals barricade the road with rope or bamboo, demanding a rupee to let your car pass. In Manipur that’s another Holi tradition. Everyone gives.
In Manipur the Holi celebrations go on for six days. The markets close, and sankirtana parties travel from place to place, chanting the holy names of the Lord — Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
On our way to the city of Moirang, we stop at several towns along the road. At each stop, arrangements have been made for us to witness a performance of sankirtana. Sankirtana in Manipur is a highly cultivated art. Professional and semi-professional groups perform at birth ceremonies, weddings, festivals, and other such occasions. Usually, several groups perform at every function.
A typical performance takes place at Bishnupur, a fair-sized town (signs on shops: “Vishnu Pharmacy,” “Sanjit Video Parlor”). To start the sankirtana, the first group shouts out, “Gauranga Mahaprabhu ki jaya!” (“All glories to Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu,” the incarnation of Krishna who especially spread the chanting of the holy name of God, five hundred years ago.) Then the drumming begins.
This is power drumming, with five or seven pungs (Manipuri mridanga drums). Complex rhythms swirl into one another, punctuated by cymbals played with equal finesse. And the drummers dance with acrobatic virtuosity, tightly choreographed. The drummers play and dance with a look of serious, determined intensity, We’re reminded that Manipur has been a kingdom of kshatriyas, royal warriors, people you don’t want to mess with.
The drumming leads into the singing, songs glorifying the Lord. The melodies are attuned to the seasons. The melodies now are those of spring.
Groups take their turns drumming, dancing, and singing, groups of boys, of men, and of women also, the women dressed traditionally in lotus pink.
As each performance ends, the singers and dancers offer obeisances, and at the end of it all, prasadam is distributed (food eaten after first offered to Krishna) — tangerines and apples — and then we’re back on the road.
At Moirang we have another temple and ashram of ISKCON (the International Society for Krishna Consciousness). There, more sankirtana performances and then lunch prasadam. In Manipur the preparation, offering, and distribution of prasadam are also highly cultivated arts. The devotees offer Krishna many delicious varieties of food, made from what’s locally in season. The spicing is sometimes mild, sometimes fiery. Among the special items: vegetables and salads made with the roots of lotuses.
The plates themselves are made of banana leaves or lotus leaves, with the various items of food placed in boat-shaped cups, again fashioned from leaves of banana or lotus.
For the next several days, in the afternoons and early evenings we visit friends and ISKCON members at their homes. There we perform our own sankirtana and speak a little bit about Krishna. This too is part of the Manipuri Holi tradition: sankirtana groups go from home to home, chanting the glories of the Lord.
One ISKCON member whose home we visit is Sri Radhabinod Koijam, the deputy chief minister of Manipur. We chant in his courtyard, and afterwards he gives a few words of thanks: “By your visit, by your presence, our state is blessed, and my home is blessed today. By chanting the names of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Krishna — we are convinced — we can have peace, and we can relieve any problems affecting the state.”
Problems there are. Local political movements are in tension with the Indian central government. And the traditional culture of Manipur is in tension with the outside world.
We saw this graphically the last night we were there. As part of a cultural program, an ensemble of tribal people put on a demonstration of their traditional folk dances. Colorful and lively, this was a fairly slick performance by hill people now accustomed to city life in Imphal.
What wasn’t expected, though, was their last number, “The Fashion Show.” For this one, the flutes, gongs, and bass drums gave way to a tape of 1950’s American top 40. The young men and women who in the previous hour, dressed in blue and red indigenous costumes, had regaled us with such items as their harvest dance now lined up in Western-cut suits and satiny dresses and high heels and, one at a time, came forward to sensuously pose and posture in a perfectly serious and perfectly incongruous mimicry of what the world expects from Paris.
Defenders of Manipur, you have your task before you!
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by Sri Srimad Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami
jalaja nav ìaksàni
“There are 900,000 species living in the water. There are 2,00,000 non-moving living entities [sthavara] such as trees and plants. There are 1,100,000 species of insects and reptiles, and 1,000,000 species of birds. As far as quadrupeds are concerned there are 3,000,000 varieties, and there are 400,000 human species”.
The Padma Purana very nicely gives the full description of the different species of living entities. The total species are 8,400,000 and out of this 400,000 are human species. The sastras enjoin that the human form of life is the most precious among all the forms of life. In the human form, because of its developed consciousness, one can end the miseries of material life. After an evolutionary process of transmigration of the soul under the influence and supervision of the material modes of nature, a living entity is awarded the human formof life, as a chance of getting out from the cycle of birth and death. These divisions are made on the level of consciousness developed through the association of the modes of material nature.
This description of the different species and the importance of human form of life amongst the living entities have also been confirmed by the Brahma Vaivarta Purana in the following verses:
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