Four virtues and four methods
28th of January, 2008 - 18:58
The Buddha had some wise insights into the means for getting to know another thoroughly. While the text that inspired this blog entry is more of a chapter in general wisdom of life, the principles certainly apply in examining a prospective guru --- which has been the subject of many a discussion.
As for the misleading note
27th of January, 2008 - 9:34
My earlier note on misleading in the "Knocking on the Cocoon" entry led some to wonder what exactly I meant with that. Let's let that be clarified.
On the Siksa-guru Principle
26th of January, 2008 - 17:22
Some readers have wondered as to why one might accept a siksa-guru while the diksa-guru is still present. There are also a number of other considerations that are in place on the under-explored theme of the siksa-guru.
The Aparadha Issue
24th of January, 2008 - 15:37
With themes such as have been brought up in the last two blogs, the age-old issue of aparadha again raises its hoods. Let me clarify my position on this. First, I would like to acknowledge that I have read all the scriptural references on Vaisnava-aparadha as well as most, and have given due thought to them. When I write as I write, I write with knowledge of the said principles, making the choices that I believe are proper, truthful and righteous. I realize that not everyone may agree with my judgment calls.
TBI - Part 2 - Looking at the foundations
24th of January, 2008 - 11:40
I had initially thought of being much more reserved in over the depth in which I'd be writing of all this. However, as I realize there is nothing for me to lose in being more open, let's hear the full story. It'll certainly help people get an idea of where I'm at, and also learn of the route I've had to take. Writing is also a good form of processing the experience to ensure the removal of repressions from the subconscious. These entries seem to be becoming a bit elongated; I write as it comes. Read if you will, don't if you won't. Let's travel back in time to last spring...
The Babaji Incident - Part 1 - What blew it all
21st of January, 2008 - 14:42
Some were wondering about the details of my abruptly concluded stay with the babaji during Niyama-seva and a bit beyond. I was more than brief in my note after moving back to my own precious peace, after all. As I noted, the experience left me with many lessons in life. I have edited the earlier blog entry to remove references that would identify him by name to give me space to write more freely of the experiences, of which many may find something to learn. This is the first write-up in what I surmise will be an interesting series.
Application for 180 days of jail
18th of January, 2008 - 16:56
This is a translation of my letter of refusal from military and civil service sent to the Finnish civil service authority, should it be of interest.
Knocking on the Cocoon
17th of January, 2008 - 5:56
"Little late. You already misled many..." --- said the anonymous commentator on an earlier blog entry.
17th of January, 2008 - 5:31
Some of you have been missing philosophical writings. Here goes: Unity and difference of Atman and Brahman, doctrinal trouble with different strata of philosophy fused into a single doctrine, and God's creation of the chicken and the egg.
The Bodhisattva's Cocoon
16th of January, 2008 - 5:16
Some may have wanted to take a peek into my psyche for insight into the fundamental reasons of my present direction into solitude, the underlying impetus of my turn from the dim limelights of outreach. What has made the once almost all-permeating wish to help others subside? Is the bodhisattva now staring at the navel of his own fat belly?
About Sahajiyas, Ogres and Other Ominousities
2nd of January, 2008 - 15:46
This blog is here to clarify my views on sahajiyas, orthodoxies, ogres, blue flamingos and any number of other such subjects and entities people might be wondering about.
Difference between ISKCON and Gaudiya
2nd of January, 2008 - 11:03
Excerpt from correspondence.
Websites future - Input sought
1st of January, 2008 - 5:33
As a careful reader will have noticed, by sometime in the summer I will be dropping out of the GV internet scene altogether (occasional e-mails aside.) It is unlikely that I am to return, this transition off the world of internet has been a long time coming and is now nearing its definite final phase. Your input is sought.
Websites future - Input sought
Posted: 1st of January, 2008 - 5:33
Concerning my latest blog entry on Vraja Journal:
As a careful reader will have noticed, by sometime in the summer I will be dropping out of the GV internet scene altogether (occasional e-mails aside.) It is unlikely that I am to return, this transition off the world of internet has been a long time coming and is now nearing its definite final phase. I wish to be clear in that this is not something that is open to negotiations from my side; it is a step I must take, and meaningless delaying is just that, meaningless. My apathy of initiative has been evident over the last year; when life takes a strong internal turn, forcing oneself to be outgoing is mighty difficult and artificial.
The consequences of this are up to the community (in and around) here. Whether everything will just shut down, whether everything will be archived into a static format, or whether someone will step up and take over everything or some aspects of it, this is something I cannot decide. The future of the current GV internet infrastructure is, then, in the hands of those for whom it was painstakingly developed.
Incidentally, the monthly donations we received for hosting and domain registration fees were discontinued, effective the end of 2007. The current cost for domains is $180 per annum and for hosting $20 per month, bringing it to an average of $35 monthly. If everything is archived into a static format, it should be possible to cut the hosting cost into half. The domain costs are what they are, perhaps reducible by a few less essential domains merged under a main site. I am not in a position to promise any financial support for the cause.
Please note that, with this announcement, I am not looking at receiving a donation or two. If the community decides there's worth in keeping things going, a small fund (a PayPal account would suffice) will need to be established from which monthly and occasional expenses are covered. And for coordinating that, a reliable trustee or two with clear terms of responsibility are called for.
It is more than likely that the laptop will also stay behind (with Malati), leaving me with the bare essentials of life and my precious peace. I will be checking my e-mails occasionally, and will then also respond to any possible technical matters concerning my "creation", but cannot vouch for any promptness for the same, given the lifestyle I have embraced and am embracing.
For any thoughts in this regard, please e-mail me at madhava.ananda at gmail dot com and send a copy to dave at gaudiya dot com. There's still good time, so let's get the ball rolling now instead of waiting until the last hours.