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This is the December 1998 issue entitled: "The Srimad-Bhagavatam is Better Than the Physics Book!".
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
(1) The Srimad-Bhagavatam is Better Than the Physics Book!
(2) Lord Krsna Helps Krishnasoft's Customers
(3) People Who Have Flown to Mahavisnu
(4) Krishna Software's Editorial Policy and Products
1. THE SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM IS BETTER THAN THE PHYSICS BOOK!
Many scientists, philosophers, and others question the authenticity of the Srimad-Bhagavatam. They believe that modern science with its 'advanced' physics can explain the universe and its activities more rationally and scientifically. Of course, hardly any such believers have ever read the Srimad-Bhagavatam. And, some of those who have, dismissed it as exaggerated, primitive or mythological. This is the general view which has also been taken up textbooks and the media in general. These views are grossly mistaken. When properly heard, the Srimad-Bhagavatam gives us answers to all questions. Srila Prabhupada writes:
"Srimad-Bhagavatam is the transcendental science not only for knowing the ultimate source of everything but also for knowing our relation with Him and our duty toward perfection of the human society on the basis of this perfect knowledge.... Human society, at the present moment, is not in the darkness of oblivion. It has made rapid progress in the field of material comforts, education and economic development throughout the world. But there is a pinprick somewhere in the social body at large, and therefore there are large-scale quarrels, even over less important issues. There is need of a clue as to how humanity can become one in peace, friendship and prosperity with a common cause."
Questions about birth, death, old age and disease, understanding of an ultimate controller and creator of the universe are all rationally and authoritatively explained in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Questions of this type are hardly raised let alone satisfactorily discussed in modern universities without drawing the 'strange' eye look towards oneself.
"Bhagavata book and person are identical.... So by pleasing the devotee Bhagavata, one can receive the benefit of the book Bhagavata." - SB 1.2.18
"One can derive from the study of the Bhagavatam all benefits that are possible to be derived from the personal presence of the Lord. It carries with it all the transcendental blessings of Lord Sri Krsna that we can expect from His personal contact." - SB 1.3.41
These are very important points being made about the procedure of how to study the Bhagavatam and what benefit we can expect if we follow the procedure properly. People who quickly dismiss the Srimad-Bhagavatam as mythology never actually followed this procedure properly and thus their understanding cannot be accepted as representative of those who do follow this procedure. In modern science, there is first a theory, an experiment or procedure to verify the theory, and the results of the experiment. We can then draw conclusions based on the results whether they were as predicted by the theory or not. However, unlike modern science, here we are talking about a procedure which has a grand result of obtaining a personal audience with Lord Sri Krsna, the source of everything. This means the answer to everything since Lord Sri Krsna is sac-cid-ananda vigraha, the full form of eternity, knowledge, and bliss. In modern science, even if one spent his entire life performing the experiments that have been done in history as stated in the thousands of pages making up the physics, chemistry, biology, and other books, he would not finish. And even if one could finish, the experiments have nothing to do with solving our real and visible problems of birth, death, old age, and disease what to speak of the subject of the Supreme Godhead.
The Srimad-Bhagavatam is disclosed by the great devotee Sukadeva Goswami to Maharaja Pariksit who is awaiting impending death in seven days time. Maharaja Pariksit inquires from Sukadeva Goswami about the way of perfection. Sukadeva Goswami answers Maharaja Pariksit's questions in an assembly of learned saints on the bank of the Ganges. The qualifications of Sukadeva Goswami are that of an exalted self-realized person and thus he was able to impart the Absolute Truth as it is to Maharaja Pariksit. Sukadeva Goswami answered questions about the universe, the soul, about Lord Krsna, etc. for seven consecutive days. He was above the four defects of ordinary humans: (1) tendency to cheat, (2) tendency to make mistakes, (3) tendency to be illusioned, and (4) imperfect senses. Nothing in the modern science books is even close in comparison to the words of Sukadeva Goswami. What is constantly being updated, changed, and replaced [as in the case of modern science] cannot be taken as truth. Srimad-Bhagavatam is eternally true; it does not need updates or fixes. All the prophecies foretold in the Srimad-Bhagavatam have come true and will continue to come true.
There is great meaning to every syllable mentioned in the Srimad-Bhagavatam much more so than the equations found in the physics and mathematics books. The words of the Srimad-Bhagavatam are not to be dismissed lightly by our imperfect limited vision. More in the next issue...
2. LORD KRSNA HELPS KRISHNASOFT'S CUSTOMERS
A devotee customer purchased a multimedia Bhagavad-gita As It Is CDROM and a new computer. She had trouble running the CDROM on her machine and kept getting the error "Insufficient Memory" although she had 32 MB of memory [RAM]. The Gita CD only requires 8 MB of memory. She called technical support and we tried many different tricks to try to resolve the issue, but nothing seemed to make the CD work. She mailed the CD to technical support at Krishnasoft. We looked at it and there was nothing wrong with the CD as it ran perfectly on all of our test machines. We thought it was a machine-specific problem. We mailed it back to her along with another CD that installed the Gita CD in a different way on her machine. Neither CD seemed to work and the same error occurred. Finally, the customer seemed to give up after trying so hard to view the glories of the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna. She chanted her rounds and did some reading and finally gave it a final try. Walla!!! It worked from there on without a hitch!
3. PEOPLE WHO HAVE FLOWN TO MAHAVISNU
(1) 14640 Aksh Sharma
(2) 13101 Jahnaka Rishi Long
(3) 12183 Rajni Dayal
(4) 10105 Rishi Modi
Many many congratulations to these people since it does take some knowledge about the universe as described in the 5th Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam in order to reach Mahavisnu. Clues on how to fly to Mahavisnu were given in the November 1998 issue of the Krishnasoft newsletter. You can download this newsletter from our web site http://www.krishnasoft.com or http://fly.to/mahavisnu. Krishna Software would like to keep a list of the top ten scores of people who have reached Mahavisnu to be published in our monthly newsletter. So if you reach Mahavisnu, you can submit your high score and name to us. The authentic way to do this is to email us the file HISCORES.DAT from your \KSI\KB subdirectory once you reach Mahavisnu. This is an encrypted file.
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4. KRISHNA SOFTWARE'S EDITORIAL POLICY AND PRODUCTS
"One should engage in practical service to the Lord. In our Krsna consciousness movement, *ALL* our activities are concentrated upon distributing Krsna literature. This is very important. One may approach any person and induce him to read Krsna literature so that in the future he also may become a devotee.... By fully concentrating on distributing books for Krsna, one is fully absorbed in Krsna."
Krishna Software Inc. has produced some multimedia CDROMs and all the details of these CDROMs can be found at our website http://www.krishnasoft.com. Here is our current list of products:
(a) Multimedia Krsna CD w/Vedic Astronomy game: The latest release from Krishna Software Inc. This is a 51-hour audio-visual presentation of the Krsna book and a Vedic Astronomy game based on the Fifth Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam. All on a single CDROM. Free sample demo downloadable.
(b) Multimedia Bhagavad-gita As It Is CD: Lord Krsna's eternal instructions to Arjuna and the rest of the world about Isvara (Supreme Lord), jiva (the soul), karma (activities), kala (time), and prakrti (nature). This is a 30-hour audio-visual CDROM.
(c) Multilingual Word Processor CD [version 4.00]: Type in diacritics, Hindi, Sanskrit, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, and Assamese without knowing the alphabet. Free demo downloadable.
All of the above software was tested on various Intel 486 and Pentium processors running Windows 3.1, Windows '95, Windows '98, and Windows NT (client and server). All products are in stock.
Latest pricing and ordering information is at our web site: http://www.krishnasoft.com. With Christmas coming soon, please inquire about special pricing of the CDs. They make very good gifts in this computer age.
*There was a typographical error in some of the mailouts of the November 1998 electronic newsletter. The distance to the end of the covering of the universe 5,555 trillion yojanas not 2,777 trillion; and it takes 7560 light years not 3780 light years. The corrected newsletter is available from our website.
End of Newsletter- written and edited by KSI staff; (c) 1998 Krishna Software Inc.
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