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This is the September 2000 issue entitled: "Lord Krsna's Side is Always Victorious!"
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
(1) Lord Krsna's Side is Always Victorious!
(2) Going Beyond the Material World
(3) Editorial Policy and Product List 1. LORD KRSNA'S SIDE IS ALWAYS VICTORIOUS!
Lord Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As explained in previous newsletters, the conditioned souls can come in touch with Him in the material world by surrendering to the instructions of the bona-fide spiritual master:
"The Lord's order descends in disciplic succession through the bona fide spiritual master, and thus execution of the order of the bona fide spiritual master is factual control of the senses . Such execution of penance in full faith and sincerity made Brahmaajii so powerful that he became the creator of the universe." (Bhag. 2.9.8)
"When one becomes serious to follow the mission of the spiritual master, his resolution is tantamount to seeing the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As explained before, this means meeting the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the instruction of the spiritual master." (Bhag. 4.28.51)
"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." (Bhag. 2.6.34)
This is the fact of the disciplic succession-- to follow Krsna's desire means to follow the order of the spiritual master. Their desires are the same. Therefore, devotional service is defined by the instructions of the spiritual master and this service allows one to associate with the Supreme Lord:
"By intense service of the Lord, one can experience the presence of the Lord transcendentally. Therefore seeing the Lord means being engaged in His service because His service and His person are identical." (Bhag. 1.6.22)
In fact, as we showed in the July 2000 newsletter, the devotees and the devotional service attain the same quality as the Supreme Lord:
"Anyone, therefore, who is earnestly serious in heart and soul about being in intimate touch with the Personality of Godhead in the relationship of transcendental loving service will always be infallible in words and action. The reason is that the Supreme Lord is Absolute Truth, and anything earnestly dovetailed with the Absolute Truth attains the same transcendental quality..." (Bhag. 2.6.34)
This does not mean the devotee becomes God. Krsna is always God; he is svarat- fully independent as described in the first verse of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.1.1). The devotee always remains an infinitesimal spark but he can exhibit the glow of fire as long as he remains dependent on the Supreme Lord in devotional service:
"The jiva-tattvas are infinitesimal potential particles of the Lord, and therefore they require the protection of the Lord at all times. And to the eternal servitors of the Lord, the Lord is pleased to give all protection at all times. The liberated souls never, therefore, think themselves as free as the Lord or as powerful as the Lord, but they always seek the protection of the Lord in all circumstances, both in the material world and in the spiritual world. This dependence of the liberated soul is constitutional, for the liberated souls are like sparks of a fire that are able to exhibit the glow of fire along with the fire and not independently. Independently the glow of the sparks is extinguished, although the quality of fire or the glowing is there. Thus those who give up the protection of the Lord and become so-called lords themselves, out of spiritual ignorance, come back again to this material world, even after prolonged tapasya of the severest type. That is the verdict of all Vedic literature." (Bhag. 1.14.33)
Now, given that everything is being controlled by the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna directly or through His energies so much so that not a blade of grass moves without His will and that the devotees are executing His will via the order of the spiritual master, it follows that the devotees' plans will never go in vain:
"The plans of the devotee never go in vain, and all this is due to the faithful attachment of the devotee for the service of the Lord. This is the standard of perfection and liberation." (Bhag. 2.6.34)
This is also applicable to the Mahabharata-- whether Arjuna fought or not, the plan of the Supreme Lord was going to manifest all the same. However, since Arjuna is a pure devotee, he became instrumental in executing the order of the Supreme Lord and victory was assured:
"Wherever there is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, and His devotee Arjuna, Partha, there is victory, opulence, extraordinary power and morality. The opulences of a devotee are not a result of karma-kanda-vicara. A devotee is always protected by all of the Supreme Lord's opulences, of which no one can deprive him (tesam nityabhiyuktanam yoga-ksemam vahamy aham). Thus a devotee cannot be defeated by any opponents." (Bhag. 10.2.33)
2. GOING BEYOND THE MATERIAL WORLD
"Every universe is covered by seven layers-- earth, water, fire, air, sky, the total energy and false ego-- each ten times greater than the previous one. There are innumerable universes besides this one, ..." (Bhag. 6.16.37)
"The coverings of the universes are also constituted of the elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether, and each is ten times thicker than the one before. The first covering of the universe is earth, and it is ten times thicker than the universe itself. If the universe is four billion miles in size, then the size of the earthly covering of the universe is four billion times ten. The covering of water is ten times greater than the earthly covering, the covering of fire is ten times greater than the watery covering,..." (Bhag. 3.11.41)
Going beyond the coverings of our universe, there is the Causal Ocean where innumerable other universes are floating along with our universe. These universes are created and destroyed with every breath of Maha-Visnu. Beyond this Causal Ocean there is the spiritual world:
"The origin of the material creation is Maha-Visnu, who lies in the Causal Ocean. While He sleeps in that ocean, millions of universes are generated as He exhales, and they are all annihilated when He inhales." (Bhag. 6.16.37)
"Beyond the material sky, further than we can see with our eyes and beyond the sevenfold coverings of the universe, there is the Causal Ocean in which all the universes are floating like footballs, and beyond the Causal Ocean there is an unlimited span of spiritual sky generally known as the effulgence of Brahman. Within this effulgence there are innumerable spiritual planets, and they are known as the Vaikuntha planets. Each and every Vaikuntha planet is many, many times bigger than the biggest universe within the material world, and in each of them there are innumerable inhabitants who look exactly like Lord Visnu. These inhabitants are known as the Maha-paurusikas, or persons directly engaged in the service of the Lord. They are happy in those planets and are without any kind of misery, and they live perpetually in full youthfulness, enjoying life in full bliss and knowledge without fear of birth, death, old age or disease, and without the influence of kala, eternal time." (Bhag. 1.14.36)
[See our multimedia Krsna CDROM in the Vedic Astronomy simulation section for an interactive way to learn some things about the Vedic model of the universe.]
3. EDITORIAL POLICY AND PRODUCT LIST
"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."
Our newsletters are geared to show you the benefits of the instructions contained in the transcendental books of Srila Prabhupada so you can judge for yourself the value of these books and obtain them in book or CDROM format. We also have video demos of the Gita CDROM and Bhagavatam CDROM available for those without computers or those who want to get a glimpse into what is on the CDROM.
Krishna Software Inc. has produced some multimedia CDROMs and all the details and reviews of these CDROMs can be found at our website http://www.krishnasoft.com. Here is our current list of products:
(a) 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. Also available with Hindi translations.
(b) Multimedia Srimad-Bhagavatam CD: An encyclopedia on the science of Krsna consciousness. This CDROM deals in detail with bhakti-yoga and covers various subjects-- the creation of the universe, Vedic astronomy, transmigration, birth-death, etc. This is about 35 hours of audio-visual presentations.
(c) Multimedia Krsna CD w/Vedic Astronomy: This is a 51-hour audio-visual presentation of the Krsna book and a Vedic Astronomy simulation based on the Srimad-Bhagavatam. All on a single CDROM. Free sample demo downloadable from our website.
(d) Multilingual Word Processor CD [version 4.00/5.00]: Type in diacritics, Hindi, Sanskrit, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, and Assamese without knowing the alphabet. This is for those who want to write articles using multiple languages. Free demo downloadable from our website. New version now supports Marathi script.
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).
Latest information and secure ordering is available at our web site: http://www.krishnasoft.com. Any upgrades can be downloaded from this website as well.
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