In the constant pursuits to bring relevance of ancient vedic wisdom into modern businesses and corporate world – Artha forum conducted its 7th event in Singapore inviting entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and professional from for all walks of life. The event was hosted at Tanglin Club, Singapore with a hall full of guests who were eager to hear fresh perspective of vedic wisdom and its practical applications in ones day to day life.
By Kesava Bharati Swami
ARE YOU READY to hear about a miracle? Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with yet another story about some pseudo-miracle-worker. This story is about a seventy-nine-year-old woman completely set in her ways who, at the most difficult time of death, had a change of heart that brought her from the brink of terror to tears of joy. The woman was my mother. Born Nadine Alma Eastlack, she was conservative to the extreme. Her early life read like a chapter from John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. Her family narrowly escaped the dust bowl by migrating from Grinnell, Kansas, to the “Promised Land” of Southern California, landing in the fire of the Great Depression. After struggling to put herself through college and marrying a minor war hero, Leslie Waldo Beck, she attained middle-class status. While raising me, their only child, in the northern California town of Oroville, my parents both worked he as a parts manager of a local car dealership, and she as a high school teacher of sewing, cooking, and home economics. My parents watched with pride as their only son excelled in music, scholarship, and athletics, achieving numerous awards culminating in the “Young Man of the Year Award” for the class of 1964 at Oroville High. After high school, I attended UCLA, graduating with honors in 1968 and landing my first job as assistant to the studio manager at Columbia Pictures. About a year later, however, shortly after sweeping my mother off her feet with a whirlwind tour of the studio, I left that promising career, disillusioned with the superficiality of the Hollywood scene. Continue reading
Preaching program in Germany (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: This is Indian attitude. They do not care for the modern, civilized way of life, wasting time reading some nonsense book or going to the bars, the cinema, talking unnecessarily. They do not like. Those who are old style, they do not. They have no time to waste time in that way. They must be inclined that “I must prepare something nice so that my husband, my children or my, all friends will be very pleased.” That is their policy. I wanted that all our girls, they should be expert. And in America they are doing that. They should learn the art of cooking and prepare very nice foodstuff, daily change of menu. And the children should be so trained up that no more birth. And that is life. They can produce hundreds of children, it doesn’t matter, but must be responsible, that “These children should be saved. This is the last birth; no more birth. I’ll train the child in such a way that next life he’s going to Krsna, back to home, back to Godhead.” That is parents’ duty. Otherwise they should not become parent. That is contraceptive: “I am not fit to train my children in that way, so I shall not produce cats and dogs.” This is life. Why shall I produce cats and dogs? And Bhaktivinoda Thakura was grhastha; he produced Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati. That is wanted. So in this way, if there is ideal institution, ideal mode of living, it is happy; everything is all right. That is grhastha. Produce Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati. My Guru Maharaja used to say that “If I can produce krsna-bhakta as children, then I’m prepared to marry and produce hundreds of children.” And if we cannot, then we shall not produce even one children. Srila Prabhupada – January 3, 1977, Bombay
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By Nikunja Vilasini Devi Dasi
n memory of His Holiness Krishna Dasa Swami, whose life and passing exemplify his words: “Live for dharma, die for dharma; live for Krishna, die for Krishna.” …Days passed, and Krishna Dasa’s mind was bursting with thoughts of Srila Prabhupada and how to meet him. He rushed to Srila Prabhupada’s door at Bhaktivedanta Manor only to be turned away by two strict disciple-guards. “You look as if you are the guards at the doors of Vaikuntha. Are you Jaya and Vijaya?” teased Krishna Dasa, referring to a story in Srimad-Bhagavatam. “But you are very fortunate that I am not one of the Kumaras. I won’t curse you!” Continue reading
How is Life Lived?
A small bird lay on the ground in front of me, without life. It was still and beautiful and empty. It returned me to a question I was reflecting on earlier – how is life lived?
By Sutapa Das
Once, Swami Prabhupada was being driven to a public engagement. As they hit a series of roadworks, the traffic slowly built up, and within minutes all the vehicles were at a complete standstill. As they peered outside the windscreen, a luminous highway sign read “road works: temporary inconvenience, permanent improvements.” The Swami laughed heartily and exclaimed “the material world: temporary improvements, permanent inconvenience!” And so, learning to live with chaos is more realistic, progressive and pragmatic. Like running water effortlessly flows around the obstructing rocks, moving steadily to its destination, so in the face of inevitable challenges and unexpected reversals, we must march on. Continue reading
Even for Cutting a Mango, One Requires a Guru …
Giriraj Swami: Srila Prabhupada’s disciple Amogha came to India from Australia and did service in Juhu for some time. Later, he narrated one incident with Prabhupada that especially struck him:
“Prabhupada would go on the roof in the evening and give darshan. One evening I went up and there were five or ten devotees and a few Indian guests, including a famous movie star and his wife. Somebody brought mangoes for Prabhupada, and then at one point he told a devotee to cut a mango and distribute it as prasada. So a brahmacari got a knife and started slicing the mango, and it was dripping—the juice was going all over—and it was a mess. So the movie star’s wife indicated, ‘Give it to me.’ And Prabhupada said, ‘Let her do it.’ So she took it and cut it very neatly into two halves, then she turned each half and cut the mango into cubes, in a crisscross manner, and then she popped it out, and you could easily pick those cubes off the peel. Prabhupada laughed when she did it so expertly and neatly, and then he said, ‘Just see, even for cutting a mango, one requires a guru.’ ”
Later, I heard the recorded conversation. “Bring one knife,” Prabhupada began. Then, seeing that devotee struggling, he said, “You cannot cut it?”
“The knife is not very sharp,” the devotee replied.
“That is not the way to cut it,” one of the guests advised. “Slice it into two pieces.”
“Yes,” Prabhupada agreed. “You do not know how to cut. One who knows, let him cut.” Then Prabhupada quoted from the Mundaka Upanisad (1.2.12), “Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet”—“To learn the science one must certainly approach a spiritual master.” And the guests and devotees laughed.
“Everything requires a guru,” Prabhupada continued. “Otherwise he remains a fool, rascal, that’s all. In every item you require a guru. And to understand Krishna, or God, everyone thinks they are independent. Just see the foolishness. Yata mata tata patha. ‘Ah, you consider about God in your own way. It doesn’t require any guru.’ This foolishness is going on. For cutting a mango one requires a guru, and to understand Krishna, he doesn’t require a guru. This foolishness is going on. And Krishna says,
tad viddhi pranipatena
upadeksyanti tad jnanam
[“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.”] Krishna says you have to understand like this. But everyone is thinking, ‘Why shall I go to guru?’ ”
Seeing the expertly cut mango, Prabhupada said, “Just see how she has cut. It requires a guru.” The devotees and guests laughed, and Prabhupada told the brahmacari to distribute the prasada, one piece to everyone.
Prabhupada saw everything in the light of Krishna consciousness, and he shared his vision with others—to their great delight.