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More Of Bhakta Louis’ Realizations

Hare Krishna! I offer my respectful obeisance unto the lotus feet of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder acārya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, who delivered the light of the Bhāgavata to the whole world through his books and teachings. By his mercy I’ve been saved from the darkest ignorance by my intellect, knowledge, and understanding of the most confidential knowledge of the science of the spirit-soul, and of Bhakti-Yoga.

What about the world situation?

Even though I'm purposefully off social sites and thus a bit "out of touch," I couldn't miss noticing that some devotees - not just beginners - are confused about the current world situation, wondering if it's going in positive or negative direction. It's confusing to me how such a confusion can happen to someone who has read (and understood) at least Prabhupada's books.

“I only see the neck of the bird.”

There is a story in the Mahabharata, about Dronacarya testing the young Kauravas’ and Pandavas’ skill at archery. An artificial bird was placed in a tree and, as each of his students came forward, one by one, Drona asked,
“Do you see the bird at the top of the tree?
“Yes, I do.” each replied.
“Do you see anything else?”
“Yes, I see the tree, myself, my brothers and the me.”
Drona was not pleased and ordered, “Stand aside! You are not fit to strike the target.” Only Arjuna pleased him by replying,
“I only see the neck of the bird.”

EVERYONE IS LOOKING FOR KRSNA

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When I got the Covid19 I felt physically terrible with severe joint pains, chest pain and uncontrollable shivering. Yet, I was so at peace, and not only did I manage to chant my twenty rounds every day but even during the worst I spent all my waking time chanting the maha mantra, grateful for such suffering and the focus it gives to what matters and all the mercy Krsna so kindly bestowed.

I was thinking back to the “old” me years ago and how much I have progressed. Observing others around me, I see that both staff and inmates alike really struggle with just being in the moment and

Sri Nrsimha compilations for chanting

I WANT KRSNA MORE

I WANT KRSNA MORE

By Louis D. —inmate in Florida

The following are excerpts from a compilation of many letters written by Louis, over a few months.

The importance of ISKCON Prison ministry —a firsthand account of how it changed my life

Back in 2007, an inmate devotee [who wants to remain anonymous] slipped a Back to Godhead magazine underneath my cell door. That started my journey in Krishna consciousness. Saying ISKCON Prison Ministry (IPM) changed my life would be an understatement. IPM has transformed me, providing an understanding of life, Truth, and bliss I never thought possible.

LIBERATED PRISONER

I grew up in a small county in Southern Tennessee, near Memphis called Atoka. In our home there were pretty much no rules. Since I can remember my mother was very ill; she had congestive heart failure and I remember the day the doctor told her that she had kidney failure and would need to start dialysis. I remember it being really rough on her. She took a lot of prescription pills, Xanax, pain pills and smoked weed daily. I remember sneaking into her purse and stealing pain pills and Xanax by the time I was fourteen or so.

my viral cure

(edit 7-11: more on monolaurin with refs)

Since spring I keep spreading my long-term successfull prevention-cure of viral infections:

At the first symptoms of an infection I take 1-2 tsp of coconut fat.
This much is enough to stop it. Its active ingredient is Monolaurin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monolaurin). It doesn't work as a prevention though. When I missed the onset of the infection last year, I used 2 tsp 3x per day and was ok after about 3 days.
Keeping my body pH up (i.e. making it an environment uncomfortable to

the jiva issue: sastra pramana

This was one of the main contentions discussed in ISKCON since 90's.
Srila Prabhupada states that the jiva was originally in the association of Sri Krsna, taking part in His lila.

It's difficult to conceive why would she leave the perfect situation and enter the world of suffering. Some Gaudiya Vaisnavas therefore gave an answer that the jiva was never with the Lord. This view was rejected by the GBC in its resolution 79/1995.

But with the lack of clear sastra pramana (the central pramana as per CC 2.20.352 p.) there was no philosophical conclusion.

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