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This is the January 1999 issue entitled: "Stop All Your Miseries in Less than One Second!".
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
(1) Stop All Your Miseries in Less than One Second!
(2) Feedback from December 98 Issue
(3) Detailed Look at the Multimedia Bhagavad-gita CDROM
(4) Editorial Policy and Other Info
1. STOP ALL YOUR MISERIES IN LESS THAN ONE SECOND!
Srimad-Bhagavatam begins with the definition of the Absolute Truth (1.1.1): janmady asya yatah....abhijnah svarat: Lord Sri Krsna is the Absolute Truth, the cause of all causes. He is directly and indirectly conscious of all manifestations, and He is independent because there is no other cause beyond Him. This indicates that everything is perfectly and completely present in Lord Krsna. All causes, reasonings, logic, matter, spirit, etc. are emanations from Him. In the December 98 issue we showed that the Srimad-Bhagavatam is the literary incaranation of Lord Krsna Himself (1.3.40). Therefore, the Srimad-Bhagavatam is complete by Himself and all questions are answered by this text. Not surprisingly, the tenth chapter of the Second Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled: "Bhagavatam is the Answer to All Questions". This is significant for anyone that has some interest to solve the apparent miseries that face us in our lives: (1) miseries caused by the body and mind, (2) miseries caused by other living entities, and (3) miseries caused by natural catastrophes. The solution to the miseries is stated in Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.3.32):
"O Brahmana Vyasadeva, it is decided by the learned that the best remedial measure for removing all troubles and miseries is to dedicate one's activities to the service of the Supreme Lord Personality of Godhead [Sri Krsna]."
And in (1.1.2):
"In the material conception, one falsely thinks himself the lord of all he surveys, and therefore he is always troubled by the threefold miseries of life. But as soon as one comes to know his real position as transcendental servant, he at once becomes free from all miseries."
By avoiding the athiestic and impersonalistic theories, one can easily engage himself in Lord Krsna's service and escape from the miseries of material existence. The athiestic scientists are either too emotionally biased for their ever-changing theories which they call "scientific" or never put in the effort to read and apply the principles of the Bhagavatam to their lives. The impersonalists who are also called Mayavadis are worse than the athiests. Instead of saying the Srimad-Bhagavatam is "myth" like the athiests say, the Mayavadis claim that the Srimad-Bhagavatam is true but its actual meaning is something other than what it directly states. For example, when the Srimad-Bhagavatam states in (1.3.32) that one should engage in devotional service to the Supreme Person Lord Krsna, the Mayavadis would counter by saying that actually the impersonal brahmajyoti [spiritual light] is supreme. Of course, this is their interpretation. They have added their 2 cents and clouded the entire picture. If individuality is an attribute of the living entities, then it must be an attribute of the cause of all causes, the Absolute Truth. Lord Caitanya stated in this regard (Srimad-Bhagavatam intro):
"The Vedic injunctions are self-authorized, and if some mundane creature adjusts the interpretations of the Vedas, he defies their authority....[Vyasadeva's] work, the Vedanta-sutra, is as dazzling as the midday sun, and when someone tries to give his own interpretations on the self-effulgent sunlike Vedanta-sutra, he attempts to cover this sun with the cloud of his imagination."
Everything done as devotional service for the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna is also of the same nature as the Absolute Truth. "This knowledge that the energy of the Lord is simultaneously one with and different from the Lord is an answer to the mental speculators' attempt to establish the energy as the Absolute." (1.1.2) Misinterpretations of the Srimad-Bhagavatam are representations of the illusory energy. Misinterpretations usually result from quoting only parts of the text to support one's preconceived ideas without paying attention to the rest of the text:
"No one has to discover the nature of the Lord. It is already spoken by the Lord Himself in the Bhagavad-gita especially and in all other Vedic literatures generally. We have simply to accept them IN TOTO and abide by the orders of the Lord." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.36)
Throughout the Srimad-Bhagavatam, the stress is placed on performance of devotional service (bhakti-yoga) to the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna. This devotional service must come from the Supreme Lord Himself or through His bona-fide representative. It cannot be a concoction of our own material mind and intellect:
"The devotees are especially protected by the Lord so that they may remain infallible. Therefore the process of devotional service always begins in the service of the devotee who appears in disciplic succession." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.6.34)
By being completely engaged in devotional service to Lord Krsna, we are immediately placed above the three modes of material nature (brahma-bhuta). This means above the threefold miseries and in a joyous state. This can happen instantly without having to wait for another birth or many years of struggle. It all starts with our eagerness to want to perform devotional service (Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.6.35):
"...the Lord can be known only by the sincere mood of eagerness for service."
2. FEEDBACK FROM DECEMBER 98 ISSUE
>>I can use this computer in total ignorance of the solid state theory that
>>drives many of it's components.
>>It is independent of my belief structure.
>>If I drop a ball it's going to fall even if I have a sincere belief that it
The existence of the computer does not prove the solid state theory. The solid state theory is just one explanation of how the computer may be functioning. There may be another theory which encompasses the results obtained by your solid state theory and also explains more things along with it, then that is by far superior. And there is no guarantee that Physics is the only branch that can find this theory.
>>All this talk about Srimad Bhagavatam being better than Physics is of
>>course the same thing the Christians have proposed with the Bible claiming
>>it to be the unchallenged word of GOD! Science however has made great
>>strides in regard to showing that much of the old world thinking (that
>>came into being from following scriptures without question) to be
>>outdated. Also The Bible has been proven to have been written over
>>hundreds of years. The Srimad Bhagavatam has (as many Religious Scriptures
>>do) many questions in regard to it's date, interpretations (and there are)...
The taste of the pudding is in its eating. Anyone who has practiced bhakti-yoga as outlined in the Srimad-Bhagavatam even for only a few days knows that the process works. Who really cares how old it is or whether it's comparable with other religious texts or not? As long as it works!
[Modern] science has not shown anything to be outdated from the Srimad-Bhagavatam. They have shown that their own theories become outdated quite quickly and have to be revised, updated, trashed, etc. But that's expected since the experimenters are not perfect; they make mistakes and their vision is limited. And they can't guarantee that their explanation is the ONLY explanation for the phenomena that they try to explain [including computers]. Anyone who assumes that all phenomena in the universe has to fall into the physically measurable arena in the laboratory is short-sighted. An example was already given examples but perhaps you need a more obvious example:
Love, hatred, sadness, anger, etc. are all non-physical phenomena; they cannot be measured in the laboratory. Do they exist? Yes.
To say, Physics is the world of "proven" and Srimad-Bhagavatam (or Krsna consciousness) is unproven is bologna. Most people who follow physics have NOT proven ALL the experiments in physics; they assume they have been proven. Many also assume that all phenomena WILL be proven somehow by physics. This is FAITH not proof. I can also say that many people have proven and realized the Srimad-Bhagavatam and its results, but I am giving you more than that. I am saying that ANY person who follows the procedure of Srimad-Bhagavatam even for a few days will see the results.
NOTE: Physics is not to be completely rejected but we can apply the principle of bhakti-yoga from the Srimad-Bhagavatam to Physics; therefore, the best use of Physics is to use it in the service of Lord Krsna wherever possible.
3. DETAILED LOOK AT THE MULTIMEDIA BHAGAVAD-GITA CDROM
(1) Entire text of Srila Prabhupada's English Bhagavad-gita As It Is w/diacritic marks
(a) Roman transliterations
(b) Word-to-word meanings
(2) Over 250 moving/scrolling illustrations synchronized with the text
(3) Original verses in Sanskrit (Devanagari) and Gujarati
(4) Search by chapter and verse or by any phrase
(5) Narrations of English Translations and Sanskrit verses by Srila Prabhupada and another devotee
(6) Background information on the Bhagavad-gita As It Is
(7) Multimedia presentation of the biography of Srila Prabhupada
(8) Multimedia presentation of greeting the Deities of NINE different Deities
(9) Multimedia presentation of the glories of chanting the Hare Krsna Mahamantra
(10) Printing facility for printing any verse with fancy borders
(11) Extract feature for exporting text into other documents
(12) Multimedia presentation of the disciplic succession
(13) Multimedia presentations of some bhajans by Srila Prabhupada
(14) Multimedia presentations of TWENTY hours of lectures by Srila Prabhupada
(15) Full-screen video clips of various Krsna conscious festivals
(16) Multimedia presentation of Srila Prabhupada's books
(17) Multimedia presentation on vegetarianism and offering food to Lord Krsna
(18) Easy-to-use with on-line user's manual and help
4. OUR EDITORIAL POLICY AND OTHER INFO
"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.
High Scores of people who have flown to Mahavisnu in the Krsna Game CDROM:
(1) 14816 Aksh Sharma
(2) 13101 Jahnaka Rishi Long
(3) 12183 Rajni Dayal
(4) 10105 Rishi Modi
[There will be an award to the highest scorer by March 1, 1999.]
We decided to hold contests instead of raffles as this would be more orderly. Details are still not worked out yet.
End of Newsletter- written and edited by KSI staff; (c) 1998-1999 Krishna Software Inc.
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