Issues of our time

Criticisms of Spiritual Leader

Posted by Ishmael Adebisi on

One thing to realise is that we cannot stop the critics. It doesn't matter how we view them, the critics don't have the same vision as we may have. Thats is why its prudent upon spiritual leaders to help the critics by not doing those acts that will cause people to criticise them. One time Mahaprabhu was walking around Navadvipa with Srivasa Thakura, and out of His ecstasy, Mahaprabhu wanted to enter a liquor house. So Srivasa Thakur forcibly forbade the Lord to enter. Mahaprabhu then told Srivasa that since it was his desire to not enter the liquor house,...

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Transgending in Vedic times

Posted by Ishmael Adebisi on

Sikhandi was born a girl, but raised as a boy 5000 years when Krishna was on the planet. She even married a girl, but when the girl found her husband was actually a woman, reported to her father who then became enraged. But Sikhandi's father, Maharaja Drupada said Sikhandi, his daughter was indeed a man. Somehow by the twist of fate, Sikhandi was once walking in the forest and met a yaksa, who agreed to swap his sex for a temporary period with Sikhandi, as Sikhandi had some purpose to fulfil. The sex swapping was done and Sikhandi became a...

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Why does one choose to live sinfully?

Posted by Ishmael Adebisi on

"A person may have once had good intentions, but after some time he again turns to sinful life. Why? It is because he did not spare time to hear the transcendental topics of Hari, or perhaps he became inattentive, only pretending to hear. He did not at all try to stay aloof from his endeavors for apparent happiness; rather, he became busy looking for sensory happiness on the advice of crooked people. If we take shelter of the Lord’s lotus feet, whether we are educated or uneducated, whether we have strength or no strength, there will be no problem." (From...

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Vaisnava is the deliverer of his kinsmen.

Posted by Ishmael Adebisi on

Scriptural testimony that once a person becomes a Vaisnava, not only does he benefits himself, but his entire family both past and future are benefited: kulaṁ pavitraṁ jananī kṛtārthāvasundharā vā vasatiś ca dhanyānṛtyanti svarge pitaro ‘pi teṣāṁyeṣāṁ kule vaiṣṇava-nāmadheyam “In whatever family a Vaiṣṇava appears, his family, mother, birthplace, and residence become purified and his forefathers dance in the heavens.”

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