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Про искренние молитвы

Дорогой Шрила Прабхупада,

Искренне, с любовью возношу вам свою молитву: чтобы мне всегда быть на вашем поезде милости Vaikuntha Express, который возвращается домой, обратно в духовный мир. На каждой его остановке я буду изо всех сил вдохновлять присоединиться к нам новых пассажиров!

“Что касается твоих вопросов, осведомлены ли духовный учитель и вышестоящий Духовный Учитель о молитвах искренне любящего Их преданного? Вот ответ: ни одна сознательная молитва не напрасна. Без сомнений, все они передаются. Любая молитва, которую вы предлагаете своему духовному учителю и следующему духовному учителю, передается Кришне. Искренние молитвы не напрасны».

Твой вечный благожелатель,
А.Ч.Бхактиведанта Свами
[ письмо Махананде, Лос-Анджелес, 26 апреля 1970 г. ]

 

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Dearest Srila Prabhupada:

My sincere prayer offered to you in love, is that I may always be on your train of mercy, the Vaikuntha Express, as it winds its way home, back to the spiritual world. At every stop, I’ll do my best to encourage new passengers to join us!

“Regarding your questions, are the spiritual master and the grand Spiritual Master consciously aware of the prayers of a sincere devotee who prays in love to Them? The answer is that no conscious prayers go in vain. They are transmitted positively. Any prayer you offer to your spiritual master and superior spiritual Master is conveyed to Krishna. No sincere prayers go in vain.”

Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
[ Letter to Mahananda, Los Angeles, April 26, 1970]

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В порядке вещей

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«Пока Шри Гаурахари был виден в этом мире, сияя цветом расплавленного золота, вся Вселенная из-за Его божественного влияния была погружена в расы любовной привязанности к Шри Кришне. Возвышенный процесс громкого воспевания святых имен Господа был в порядке вещей. Вернутся ли когда те сладостные дни?»

[ Шрила Прабодхананда Сарасвати, Чайтанья-чандрамрита, текст 139 ]

 

 

The Order Of The Day

“When Sri Gaurahari was visible in this world, resplendent with the luster of molten gold, the entire universe was immersed in the mellows of loving affection for Sri Krsna by His divine inspiration. The order of the day was the sublime process of tumultuous chanting of the holy names of the Lord. Will those sweet days ever return?”

[Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati, Caitanya-candramrita, Text 139]

Nila-Lohitam

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“Lord Nrsimha is the sacred absolute truth. He is the Supreme Brahman. He has a lion-human form with a dark-reddish-brown countenance. He is a perfect brahmacari in His behavior. His eyes are terrifying to look at, yet He bestows auspiciousness on all. His throat is bluish and His face is like a burning red iron. Therefore He is known as Nila-Lohitam [ bluish with a glowing reddish effulgence ].

[ Nrsimha-tapani-upanisat, Purva, Upanisat 1. End of fifth paragraph ]

 

 

 

 

 

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Разница в отношении к трудностям Вайшнава и не-Вайшнава

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Pertinent Advice

This short article, “Vaiṣṇavera Vyavahāra Duḥkha” [ The Worldly Difficulties of a Vaiṣṇava ] was published in the 10th Volume, 2nd Issue of Sajjana Toṣaṇī in 1898. Herein, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura explains the difference between the difficulties encountered by a Vaiṣṇava and those of a non-Vaiṣṇava. Towards the end of the article he speaks about the Bubonic Plague which broke out at the end of 1897 and was still a huge threat in Kolkata at the time of writing.

Here is the article:

There are many human beings in the world and they are divided into two groups, Vaiṣṇavas and non-Vaiṣṇavas. Those who are bereft of bhakti, be they a scholar, a rich man, a strong man, a brāhmaṇa, a king or his subject – they are all non-Vaiṣṇavas. One who has bhakti, whether he is a householder or a sannyāsī, whether he is rich or poor, whether he is a scholar or a fool, whether he is weak or strong, he is a Vaiṣṇava.

The various physical and mental activities of the Vaiṣṇvavas, just like the non-Vaiṣṇavas while journeying in the physical body, can be difficult. All such difficulties encountered by Vaiṣṇavas are not real difficulties, but are temporary, just like the difficulties of those travelling to Vaikuṇṭha – thus those difficulties are eventually severed. In this regard, Śrī Vṛndāvana Dāsa Ṭhākura has written:

yata dekha vaiṣṇavera vyavahāra-duḥkha
niścaya jāniha sei parānanda-sukha
viṣaya-madāndha saba kichui nā jāne
vidyā-made, dhana-made vaiṣṇava nā cine

“Know for certain that whatever so-called worldly distress is seen in a Vaiṣṇava is actually the greatest happiness. People intoxicated with pride due to sense enjoyment know nothing. They cannot recognize a Vaiṣṇava due to pride born of knowledge and wealth.”

[ Caitanya-bhāgavata, Madhya-khāṇḍa 9.240-241 ]

The meaning is that this mortal life of non-Vaiṣṇavas is everything. The pain they suffer is easily exacerbated. Despite their best efforts to alleviate this suffering, their pain cannot be eradicated. In this way, their lives are spent in torment. On the other hand, we should understand that the worldly life of exalted devotees is a temporary journey. Thus, the temporary worldly distress in their lives is spent with complete disregard since they are under the influence of pure spiritual happiness. Therefore, O brothers, in this world, only the gems of hari-bhakti have been collected carefully. Be counted amongst the Vaiṣṇavas and do not consider yourself as a non-Vaiṣṇava.

Fearing this plague is the mentality of a non-Vaiṣṇava. Look brothers! What can this plague do to you? What real harm can the plague do by ending this useless life? If you desire some benefit, learn a lesson from the plague. If you are caught by the plague, then your life is over. Imagine where your wealth and happiness will go! Therefore, without wasting your time uselessly, constantly and sincerely chant hari-nāma with devotion. Then billions of plagues cannot do anything to you.

 

 

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Защита Господа Рамачандры

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Lord Ramacandra’s Protection

“It is My vow that if one only once surrenders unto Me, saying ‘My dear Lord from this day I am Yours’ and prays to Me for courage, I shall immediately award courage to that person and he will always remain safe from that day on.”

[ Ramayana 6.18.33 ]

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Сокрушение

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“В детстве я был еще глупцом; ведь в этом возрасте кто знает, что такое паломничество в святое место? В юности, полны желаний удовольствий, я трепетал пред теми, кто наслаждается как короли. Сейчас же тело стало дряхло, и хотя органы чувств разрушены, петля их деятельности остается туго стянута на шее в форме привязанности к вещам этого мира. Увы, как же далеко я от Вриндавана!”

[ Шрила Прабодхананда Сарасвати, Вивека-стакам, стих 6 ]

 

 

 

A Lament

“In childhood I was already a fool; after all, at that age who knows what pilgrimage to a holy place is? In my youth, filled with desire for sense gratification, I stood in awe of those enjoying like kings. Now this body is taken over by decrepitude and although my sense organs are destroyed, the noose of their activities remains tight around my neck in the form of affection for the things of this world. Alas, how far I am from Vrindavan!

[ Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati, Viveka-stakam, verse 6 ]

Whose hearts are fixed at Lord Caitanya’s lotus feet

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«Поскольку дивный Господь никогда не являлся моим глазам и я никогда не пробовала нектара служения Его лотосным стопам, я просто молюсь, чтобы добраться на ликующий праздник  общения тех великих душ, что украшают сейчас собою этот мир, чьи сердца сосредоточены на лотосных стопах Господа Чайтаньи».

[ Шрила Прабходананда Сарасвати, Шри Чайтанья-чандрамрита, текст 50 ]

 

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“Because the wonderful Lord never came before my eyes, and because I never tasted the nectar of service to His lotus feet, I simply pray to attain the jubilant festival of the association of those great souls now decorating this world whose hearts are fixed at Lord Caitanya’s lotus feet.”

[ Srila Prabhodananda Sarasvati, Sri Caitanya-candramrita, text 50 ]