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.
Asperin Philosophies
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.

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About Sahajiyas, Ogres and Other Ominousities
Posted: 2nd of January, 2008 - 15:46
This blog is here to clarify my stance on sahajiyas and the such, should people have partial understandings or misunderstandings about things I've said in my recent semi-accidental involvements in commenting on some of the good Vaisnavas' blogs.

First of all. No, I do not believe that Jagadananda's approach in reconciling sexuality through introduction of elements of tantra and sahajiya-siddhanta is compatible with an orthodox Gaudiya Vaisnava understanding. I also do not think that either the teachers of the yore or the contemporary mainstream teachers would approve of it as a desirable development in the tradition. As for whether Bhaktivinoda would have approved of it, or have at least been appreciative of the spirit in which the initiative was made, that I could answer if I were one. A Bhaktivinoda, that is. However I am not a sahajiya, not even when the doors are closed and the lights are off, and have no immediate plans on becoming one either, and that's as much as I have to say on that as far as I am personally concerned.

That aside. I do recognize the merit in Jagat's having worked towards a solution, towards reconciling conflicting aspects of himself and his life with his spiritual aspirations. People should not lead lives of repressed and unreconciled sentiments and thoughts. One way or another, they should be worked out and peace should awaken, for without peace there is no happiness. Peace is a necessary foundation for a meaningful spiritual quest. I have no commentary to make on the potential in his innovation or its possible repercussions, not being a future-knowing God and all that.

The standard orthodox reservations have been expressed in the preceding paragraph, and if someone wants to know my standard orthodox stance, then there it is in all of its brevity. If someone assumes this sahajiya-ideology is something that should or could be incorporated into standard Gaudiya Vaisnavism, I think the hope is a deluded one. If someone thinks it's a great new development that could be meaningful to a sector of people who would otherwise be barred from substantial devotional experience, then power to him and let's hope something good comes out of it.

My personal relationships with Jagat or with any-whosoever-else-body stand on the basis of what unites us, not on what divides us. How much of the dividing substance can be reconciled is an assessment I have to make on my own for myself. Not for anyone else, and neither is it anyone else's task to re-evaluate mine, especially not of those who do not know me closely, as they are not me and as I am not them, and as we do not share the experiences and frame of reference that are the foundation for my decisions. So please brother and sister fair and dear, let's let me have my own life here and let's leave it at that.

And second of all. I do not believe in this hissing and pissing on people. It irks me when I see the inquisition go overboard, even when the object is someone with some actually pretty dumb ideas or other shortcomings. If I then put in a word in the object's defense, calling for some fairness, solidarity and kindness of spirit for the discussion, it doesn't mean that I am thereby embracing or defending the cause of the perceived heretic or other such detractor or bad boy.

Persistent discussion of others' flaws, whether out of curiosity or animosity, forms a powerful meditation. As even those who contemplated on God with hatred attained him, so those who are intent in contemplating on others' flaws with ill feeling will come to attain the same. The laws of cosmic motion insist on everything getting back at you and usually at double the velocity. That's why the sages of the bygone ages told everyone to basically mind their own businesses. And that's why I am geared toward tending to my own growth in my own atmosphere, aloof from all and everything. So much on all that.
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