27th of March, 2007 - 8:26
My forced holiday from online presence and in general computer related work keeps extending. Since the last blog entry, the electric cables have fallen of the pole on two occasions, and repairs have resulted in erratic voltages forcing me to unplug ourselves altogether from the main line until it gets fixed so as to not fry any further equipment.
Solar Eclipse and Double Electricity
20th of March, 2007 - 17:30
My last blog entry from a week back featured the fused laptop adapter after the erratic electricity following the thunderstorm. I got the adapter fixed in a matter of a day at Apex Computers, Raman Reti. However, electricity wouldn't tone down...
Monday morning featured a solar eclipse. As on Gaura-purnima, I ended up doing a night parikrama around Govardhana with Sanatana Baba. We started from Radha-kunda at 11 PM, took some rest on a wooden bench at Puchari on the way and returned to Radha-kunda at 6 AM...
Laptop adapter fused
13th of March, 2007 - 4:46
Last night I woke up to a small blast sound accompanied with a flash on my desk, about a meter off where I was sleeping. We had had thunderstorms the last two nights, and electricity had been erratic. I rushed to turn on the light and to unplug all electric cables, and poof went the energy saving lamp as well.
I then plugged in a socket I had with a current meter, only to see the meter shoot straight to 300 volts as if it had only began measuring the power of the incoming current. Judging by the extreme brightness of the bathroom bulb, it must have been in the range of 350 to 400 volts. We heard a series of explosions that night, I am assuming I am not the only one whose equipment took a hit.
8th of March, 2007 - 18:07
A quick note to let everyone know that most things computer are running late as of the last ten days or so. These days, so it seems, we are no longer talking about electric outages. We are talking about electric availability. Frequent, unscheduled and extended outages have turned into a routine event, lasting up to 24 hours on occasion.
Evil Rahu and the Lord's remnants
5th of March, 2007 - 19:01
Today, visiting Vrindavana with Gaurangadas, I met with Advaitadas and, amidst a discussion on some of his old translations, touched on the theme of Gaura-purnima's eclipse, also featured in a recent blog entry at his Madan Gopal journal. The following are some notes and reflections on the themes brought up in his contribution and in the comments that ensued, featuring purity of prasada and so forth.
Gaura Purnima and Eclipse
2nd of March, 2007 - 18:04
Tomorrow is Gaura Purnima, and incidentally also a full lunar eclipse just as it was with Mahaprabhu's appearance, the Moon hiding in shame at the sight of the Moon of Nadia. Krishnadas Kaviraja describes...
While the eclipse on this particular day is a rare occurrence and blessed in its timing, the attack of Rahu is also considered inauspicious, and as such there are a number of observances Vaisnavas undertake during eclipses, whether lunar or solar. Then, a few related words on all that for those eager to observe the day properly...
The Dark Side
1st of March, 2007 - 17:54
Things I have done and said over the years have undoubtedly effected many, for better or worse. Some may have been wondering about my recent notes on being geared towards a life of nirjana-bhajana.
The following is a letter I wrote two weeks back to a dear friend in response to something he wrote me. I thought of sharing it with everyone with hopes that it'd help others better understand who I am and where I'm coming from, and with that look at me with a sense of understanding, offering me the benefit of doubt if nothing else in meeting what may seem like my darker sides, which are many without a doubt.
Gaura Purnima and Eclipse
Posted: 2nd of March, 2007 - 18:04
Tomorrow is Gaura Purnima, and incidentally also a full lunar eclipse just as it was with Mahaprabhu's appearance, the Moon hiding in shame at the sight of the Moon of Nadia. Krishnadas Kaviraja writes in eulogy of Phalguni Purnima (CC 1.13.19):
vande phālguna-pūrṇimām /
â€™vatīrṇaḥ kṛṣṇa-nāmabhiḥ //
"Filled with all holy qualities,
I praise that full-moon day of the month of Phalguna
During which Sri Krishna Caitanya
descended with the names of Krishna."
And the narrative begins:
phālguna-pūrṇimā-sandhyāya prabhura janmodaya /
sei-kāle daiva-yoge candra-grahaṇa haya //
hari hari bale loka haraṣita haÃ±ā /
janmilā caitanya-prabhu nāma janmāiyā //
On the nightfall of Phalguna's full-moon day was Prabhu's birth;
At that time, with a divine arrangement, a lunar eclipse was to come.
The people, chanting "Hari, Hari", were steeped in delight;
And then Caitanya Prabhu was born, having given birth to the Name."
While the eclipse on this particular day is a rare occurrence and blessed in its timing, the attack of Rahu is also considered inauspicious, and as such there are a number of observances Vaisnavas undertake during eclipses, whether lunar or solar. Then, a few related words on all that for those eager to observe the day properly. Those interested in seeing the exact times for their locale can look at the Lunar Eclipse Computer provided by U.S. Naval Observatory.
The Panjika entry reads: Full lunar eclipse: Touch at 3:00 AM, ends in Mathura at 6:42 AM and in Kolkata at 6:02 AM. Bhagavat-seva to be completed before 6:00 PM, the period of impurity commences. In lunar eclipses, the sUtaka or the period of impurity extends to nine hours prior to sparza, Rahu's touch on the moon, ending at the moment the shadow leaves the circle of the moon (mokSa).
During the time of the period of impurity, eating and drinking are on hold, and no activity related to arcana or other tasks calling for ritual purity is to take place, including the taking of bath. Sleeping is not recommended either, which gives us an excellent reason for observing nizi-jAgarana on Gaura-purnima's night. I have a Govardhana-parikrama scheduled. Chanting the names is the recommended activity. Any prepared foodstuffs that are left are to be discarded after the eclipse, and unprepared foodstuffs should be packed away for the duration of the eclipse. Cleaning the house should be done after the eclipse.
In this particular case, Thakur-seva including Mahaprabhu's abhiseka should be completed before 6:00 PM, and Thakur put to rest, to be woken up again after 6:42 AM the next morning. As the eclipse concludes, the pujari should take a bath and then do the regular morning arcana followed by offering foodstuffs for breaking the fast. As the two of us are observing nirjala-vrata, we'll need our drink in the morning â€“ which I may have described in an earlier entry, consisting of water, misri, salt, pepper, lemon and fennel â€“ and as we have to soak the misri overnight to dissolve it, we'll place it into a closed container of water with a tulasi leaf atop to shield it from the influence of the eclipse.
At Radha-kunda, the traditional janma-lila-kirtana of Mahaprabhu will begin first at the Tamal Tala temple at 3:00 PM, followed by Nitai-Gaura Mandir (Boro Mahaprabhu Mandir) at around 4:00 PM, where Mahaprabhu's abhiseka will also take place, I presume around 5:00 PM. Last year's observance was accompanied by a heavy thunderstorm. Let's see how the weather turns out to be this year â€“ if the last two nights are anything to go by, we may have an encore of last year coming up tomorrow.
I also have a whole bunch of news on our pilgrims. Pursottam and his father from U.K. have been here a bit over a week, covering each and every nook and corner of Vrindavan, and have also come to Radha-kunda and Govardhana for parikrama. Today we visited Varsana and Kamyavana, grabbing along Gary who arrived yesterday, a full day's worth of Vraja-dhama. All of that will have to wait for a better moment however, the midnight has broken and it's time to take rest to be fresh tomorrow.