ASA - Encyclopedia
[rev. 2017 May 18]
Contributors: This ASA (Anjana Suta Academy) Encyclopedia, www.jayarama.us/archives/asa-encyclopedia.htm, is the opinion of the individual Contributors. Unless otherwise mentioned these may be Tom Brown, Buck White, Guy Gismo, HpSwami...
Revisions: As articles are added or updated the revisions will be mentioned in the revision history below. A revision date of 131216 means 2013 December 16.
Abbreviations: NOI = Nectar of Instruction; s/a = see also; ttd = things to do
The Wikipedia entry is pretty accurate and complete: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanumatpresaka_Swami.
It doesn’t mention some esoteric stuff. He started his own periodical, Monkey Business Magazine, in May 1979. Later it became the Hanuman Express Dispatch and is now the Kapi Dhvaja. About 1990 he founded the Anjana Suta Academy (ASA) after reading Srila Prabhupada say that every Sannyasi should be head of his own institution for preaching Krsna consciousness.
In the BBT - SB 3.20.26, http://vedabase.com/en/sb/3/20/26, Srila Prabhupada makes the following strong comment: “In other words, the homosexual appetite of a man for another man is demoniac and is not for any sane male in the ordinary course of life.”
O.K., queers are qrazy. We’ve know that for a long time. Many ISKCON devotees who are gay have declared it. Of course everyone in the material world is qrazy so what’s the big deal.
There is no big deal.
BG 9.32 – “O son of Pṛthā, those who take shelter in Me, though they be of lower birth – women, vaiśyas [merchants] and śūdras [workers] – can attain the supreme destination.”
Even animals, Monkeys, Pigs, Californians, Soft-ware Engineers... can all become devotees, then it is just how to use your moniac and demoniac talents in Krsna service.
They say (the Wikipedia says that it is commonly said that he said, but no one has found the citation) that R. D. Laing, big psychiatrist, said that insanity is usually a sane reaction to an insane situation.
O.K. homosexuality is a sane reaction, but what’s the insane situation?
Overpopulation in big cities.
We saw a TV show when we were young were the scientists put like 20-white rats (http://www.amazon.com/Even-Rat-Was-White-Historical/dp/0205392644) in a big clear plexiglass colony cage with plexiglass tunnels to other colony areas and gave them fud, water and all that stuff.
Well the rats had sex, babys and population.
Of course, it got to the point of Urban Congestion and the Rats started to go crazy – sane reaction to an insane situation. Some became catatonic, just froze up in a corner and died, some started to be cannibals of babys et al. Some become homosexual.
O.K. our proposition: Homosexuality is insanity, but it is a natural insanity, like yellow fever if you are in the tropics. It is a natural, psycho-physical reaction to over-population in the urban environment among some people. It can happen to anybody. You don’t know if you have the psycho-physical predisposition or not. It is Mother Nature’s way of getting the population back under control.
If you look in the Catholic and other dictionaries you will find that the word “Godhead” comes from the word “God-hood”, like manhood, childhood, women-hood. So Prabhupada says that Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhood. The other four personalities of Godhood are Balarama, Maha-visnu, Radharani and Narada-muni, or Sri Krsna-caitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri-Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasa (adi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda), or we would suggest: Jehovah, Lord Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, Mother Mary and Saint Francis.
Hare Krsna / Rama might then be Mare Jahwe / Kriste.
Whether you are a Jew, Gentile, Hindu or Moslem, water is water. It can be ice, water or steam. So, the Godhead is a universal comprehension of Divinity and the Supreme Personality of Divinity is presented as KRSNA by Srila Prabhupada. He says that others may have a different idea, O.K. let’s look at the evidence.
Hare Krishna Guru Maharaj
Dandavat Pranam unto your lotus feet.
HpS - AGTSP!! Our lettuce feet. We are still in the process of purification also.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Sri Gouranga Mahaprabhu.
Dear Guru Maharaj,
On behalf of my father your disciple Krsna Swaroop Das, I beg for apology for his not being able to communicate with you frequently through this blog as he is not comfortable in handling techy stuff. He remembers you and prays unto your lotus feet everyday.
HpS - We are so happy to hear about him and youer Ashrama and community. Maybe he could write a few words about his Sadhana and Sankirtan and you could pass them.
Guru Maharaj I pray and beg to seek some answer for a question which has been a topic of confusion. As it is well known to everyone that Krsna, the Supreme Lord is omniscient and we as tiny fragments of Him have a freewill; a minute independence to choose. So does Krsna know "EXACTLY" what our choice will be???(say for example what I am going to eat in the morning 10 years from now on Jan 1st,2027). To me, it feels that the way Krsna "knows" is that He doesnot necessarily know all the details but as He knows our nature so chipping in a way He can narrow down to the most likely choice. i.e He does not know in the way 2+2 gives 4. But some devotees they argue that Krsna knows EXACTLY (all details with no room for other possibilities) what my choice will be everytime. This idea of theirs seems to me that it makes us like robots with no freewill at all. I feel there should be some (at least a tiny little) uncertainty (probabilistic way) associated with God's way of knowing things as we are also individuals with a separate identity and a freedom to choose. Some devotees even argue that the answer to this question is subjective i.e the answer depends on the individual's level of understanding. To me it seems like an excuse to avoid being caught wrong.
Please be merciful to me to explain and clarify this subject matter and let me know if I am wrong and kindly correct me.
Dandavat pranam unto your lotus feet.
Hope it meets you in good health.
Expecting your merciful association.
Your fallen servant
HpS - ASA -- Hare Krsna! Very ancient, very contemporary and very important question. After our summary of our thoughts there is a list of references. I think you can find them all at www.jayarama.us/archives/abc-ndx.docx. We will post this answer in the Archives in our asa-encyclopdeia.
The soul is sat-cit-ananda, so it has free-will. It can do fun, interesting, things that even Krsna doesn't expect. The Gopis are full of unpredictable, intense, emotional states that even they can't predict, nor Krsna, but happy surprises.
Krsna, Krsna's Devotee and Devotional Service (Purnamasi Devi?) all come together and dance and no one can quite figure out who is in control.
We are growing. We can grow faster or slower. That is our choice. Krsna, us, no one knows our potential.
In the material world in the mode of ignorance we are forced to act. Our actions are predictable. Of course, one might be in the mode of goodness in his senses and mind and be in the mode of ignorance in his intellignce, heart, like a Buddhist, Mayavadi monk who is clean, honest, generous, but at heart is fixed in the conception that he will become the supreme, original, transcendental being, God. This is really stupid.
In the mode of passion there are some choices but the impulse act in a certain way is very strong.
In the mode of goodness we can actually make choices. Of course, they are being given by Mayadevi under the order of Krsna, so they may be material options, smoke the cigarette, don't smoke it. Then we set in motion ignorant, passionate or good reactions.
Maharaja Nrga, 10th canto, Krsna book, did lots of materially pious activities and he surmises that that led him to transcendental thought. Why not? God creates this world so that by dealing with matter, plastic dolls, correctly we can come to deal with real babies.
Of course, Krsna has His free-will also. If we act submissively, friendly, under the modes of nature then He can give us transcendental choices or not.
As far a the
concepts of "chance, random events" occur in science, we find that
the concepts are not clear. We heard that Bertram Russell, the Nobel Laureate,
said that the concept of Chance is the most important concept in the 20th
Century, because no one has he slightest idea what it means.
What is the etymology of the word?
A chance event is one whose cause can Absolutely not be Known, no? Does such an event exist? We have to have Blind Faith (see purport to BG 4.34) in this Axiom, Postulate.
If we accept this Godly entity, Chance, then the result is a philosophy of "neti-neti", no Not this, not this. What is the Absolute Truth? It is not this, not this, not this; Absoute Ignorace, a Saiva, Nihilist or Mayavadi conclusion.
O.K? Big topic.
allows chance to understand one’s relationship with God, SB 4.25.26 p
allows one to change guna and karma in present life, SB 5.1.14 p
in human life provides opportunity to get out of repeated birth and death, SB 1.16.9 p
in material existence, SB 2.9.2
of liberated souls, SB 1.6.37
So even in the material nature there is a chance of an independent choice by the living entity, and according to his choice the material energy offers him different varieties of material bodies, SB 2.9.2,
“The living entities are given freedom to make their choice…”, SB 2.7.49
The world naturally has enough resources for all human beings to live sumptuously and purify their greedy perspective. Overpopulation occurs when people are too greed. That can be eliminated by especially following the lead of Text Two of the NOI. Two things are necessary: Polygamy and increased Brahmacari Ashramas. Every chaste, virgin girl is entitled to one child. If she can’t get a husband she has a right to approach the Baron, Count, Duke et al and request to be accepted as his wife and given a child. Probably it will be a son. Then she has a son, several co-wives, and can live a peaceful life. Parallel it is natural with proper social ambience for many men to never get married, rather live strictly celibate their whole lives in Ashrama’s. monasteries. This then means that there will be automatic and happy population control. Five women and five men - four men stay celibate and have happy psycho-social relations with their mothers, aunts, cousins, sisters etc. Ladies, families can come to the Ashrama at the edge of the forest near their village and get proper medical care and education for their kids for minimal cost. In turn the girls bring cookies and homemade blankets and give emotional friendship to the Brahmacari’s monks, like mothers and sisters.
Ten men and women produce five offspring.
Off course, there are many things you can figure out about how this can and has worked in both Europe and Asia, and other things will come from reading the SB and other texts. Maybe it will start to occur in 2034.
This is one girl married to several dudes. Polygamy is one guy married to several girls. Vedic culture doesn’t encourage this because it is natural female psychology to attached to one man. It is very gratifying for the female ego – My Daddy, My Hubby, My Big Grown-up Handsome Boy. Thus it is very rare for a girl to be able to give equal affection to several husbands. If she doesn’t then there will be conflict.
We found the references for this in the story of the Pracetas marrying one girl in the Third Canto [ttd – find the citation]. Draupadi was not going to marry the five Pandavas, ‘I don’t care what your Momma says, I’m not marrying five guys [although they are handsome]”, but when Yuddhisthira gave evidence and included the example of the Pracetas she was convinced, but she could not give equal affection to all the Pandavas.
She told Bhima that the other four didn’t really love her and that he was actually the one who really cared for her when she wanted him to snuff-out Kicaka for her, but in reality she was secretly inclined to Arjuna and let her love and affection be fixed in him.
O.K. If Draupadi couldn’t do it then why do you think you can handle it, Mataji!?
Better to take some time picking the right Dude and then just deal with your Old Man, like you do with your washing machine after you buy it.
(rev. 2014 Feb 6)
Esteemed Vidya, Rupanuga-caitanya Das,
We have discussed Sankhya several times now and the Sankhya you are presenting from your Ayurvedic texts has appeared a little different from the Sankhya of Srila Prabhuapada, Rupa Goswami, and the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. We think we have found a very, very nice reference that shows this contrast and even the historical background. This is in the Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 6-14-15. The Spanish language link is as follows. http://vedabase.com/es/cc/adi/6/14-15. You will notice that this Purport is like an entire booklet and of course the Acharya’s have taken it as a very important point.
I think you will want to review it all carefully but the specific point that deals with our topic of discussion starts with the paragraph:
“El gran filósofo vaiṣṇava Śrīla Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa ha explicado muy bien la conclusión materialista en su Govinda-bhāṣya, un comentario sobre el Vedānta-sūtra. Dice lo siguiente:”
This is the philosophy of Anisvara Kapila who is described in the Britannica: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/311732/Kapila according to modern scholarship. The Sankhya of the Srimad Bhagavatam, Jiva Goswami, Srila Prabhupada, Madhva-acharya and all the Vaisnava Acharya’s accepts a Paramatma or Supersoul as one of the elements of reality and was spoken by the original Kapila during the Satya-yuga. It is presented repeatedly in Bhagavad-gita:
and the Srimad Bhagavatam. Lord Brahma begins to describe Sankhya in the Second Canto, Fifth Chapter and continues to the end of the Canto:
After that Maitreya Muni describes it at the beginning of the Third Canto and then Lord Kapila Himself describes it at the end of the Third Canto.
We would be glad to discuss this some more, but the references in the CC and then the Gita and the Bhagavata will certainly give a gradual burst of light to your refined intelligence.
There are three ways to chant the Holy Names, at least. Japa is soft or private recitation for one’s own personal improvement. Kirtan is chanting out loud for others and Sankirtan is loud public chanting with other devotees.
If the process is Sankirtan then one person chants and the others listen, and then they chant and he listens. This is called hearing and chanting. It should not devolve into parallel monologs. Both sides should be actively listening to the other side. It should be a dialog in some ways. If you are leading and chanting both sides, then it is your Kirtan, not Sankirtan. That is also good, but it is not Sankirtan.
Great devotees like Jagadisha Pandit could engage in Kirtan alone for 36-hours and then would sit under water in the Gange for three hours to cool off.
Also, if it is Sankirtan the drums and Kartals should never be louder than the Holy Names. The drums and Kartals are like the frame on the picture. They only have value as they illuminate the Holy Names. The frame should not cover the picture, indeed, we may not even notice the drum and Kartals if they are doing their job well.
· We can chant with the tongue, jaw and lips. That is Karma-yoga.
· We can chant with meaning. That is Jnana-yoga.
· We can chant with concentration. That is Dhyana-yoga.
· We can chant with love, or the effort to develop love, of God. That is Bhakti-yoga.
The Vedic description of Time is different than the popular view and the view in modern physics. Time is a central point in human life for cooks, lovers, physicists, travelers, theologians. St. Augustian commented that Time was the simplest thing until he thought about it, and then he could not understand what it was at all. Marshall McLuhan comments that no one knows who discovered water but it probably was not a fish. Same with Time, no?
Western time has predominantly been linear. Time goes one direction in a line with no branches and each step is just the same size. It sounds very Northern Germanic. Other cultures use very different models of time and live quiet successfully. For this you can read Marshall McLuhan and E.T. Hall. Vedic culture as we read it looks at time in a practical sense as a spiral. We pass the same points again and again, as on a circle (which comes first Winter or Summer), but each time higher and higher.
Walt Whitman talks of his experience of time this way.
We may write of Time more in other articles under this heading, but here we are looking at the Srimad Bhagavatam et al as a timely myth or a fact of time. The SB describes Krsna’s appearance 5,000 years ago and Rama and Kapila’s appearance millions of years ago, but it says that the world is going through cycles. Why not start with this hypothesis?
Our heart, lungs, stomach, days, years, galactic rotations are taken as cycles. More specifically the Vedas and SB describe the Age of Gold, the Age of Silver, Bronze and Iron. In the current, Iron, Dudes live to be like 100 years max, but in Bronze, 1,000 and then 10,000, 100,000.
In the Bible it describes Methuselah as living about 969 years. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=genesis%205:21-5:27&version=KJ21, but also other Dudes living about 700, 800 and so forth. We look at this as indication that other sources are also talking about a Dvapara-yuga [Age of Bronze] before this Age of Iron, [Kali-yuga].
The idea was not that just people were living shorter, but the whole physical and moral atmosphere shrinks, compresses etc. If we leave a very nice Golden Delicious apple in the sun of the Mohave Desert for three weeks then when I come back I don’t see my big golden, juicy apple. I see a black, shrunken rock. Points on the surface that were far apart may now be contiguous and what was in between lost in the wrinkles.
So, when it describes that Govardhana Hill in Krsna’s pastimes was 60 miles long and 20-miles wide then what we see today, like 2-miles long and ¼-mile wide, is the Kali-yuga version.
If a cockroach is born in the middle of Winter in New York city, he sees no fruits, flowers, dogs chasing squirrels, sun, boys-and-girls playing. He may think it is always like this and think you are weak minded when you describe a Spring and Summer.
Thus, we accept with different detailed adjustments, that there was a Rama, Krsna, Kapila-muni and that the universe is going through different moral and physical cycles. Of course, there are so many details about this and maybe we can expand this article later upon requests but let us address two more very cogent points now.
First, what about Carbon Dating and other scientific methods? We went to the Wikipedia, Britannica and came back with this problem. The Carbon-14 which is returning to its normal Carbon-12 composition is mostly produced in the higher Earth’s atmosphere being bombarded for example by particles produced by solar flares. ‘It is assumed that the production is at a constant level’ - but why assume that? We see so many changes in the solar flares on the sun even in our infinitesimal years of viewing it.
Actually, later articles in the Britannica commented that the Sun was going through these cycles and then these observed adjustments were being accommodated to readjust the dating of certain artifacts.
So, why not keep some reservation that over millions of years the Carbon-14 production has changed drastically. We are not saying that it has, but we are saying that the scientific methods of dating the universe and its historical content are lacking a lot and the descending process of Vedic sruti, knowledge, as supported by Srila Jiva Goswami in his Tattva-sandarbha has sufficient to recommend it to take the Vedic cyclic model as the most probably model for future scientific investigation and personal use. Of course, we can say a lot more about this but we assume you will find it also as you look.
Second, the ultimate Vedic nature of Time is as the external manifestation of the Supersoul, or in colloquial terms, the external manifestation of the Holy Spirit. God keeps Himself within to be sensed as intuition, insight, but externally He is manifest as Time.
Got Time to kill (witch)?
Sankhya - Letter to an Ayurvedic Friend
(rev. 2013 Feb 6)
Time - Vedas as Mythology