Why follow Caturmasya?

Why follow Caturmasya?

By ISKCON Mayapur

“The real purpose behind the vow taken during these four months is to minimize the quantity of sense gratification. This is not verydifficult.” 

– Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya Lila 4.169, Purport

In the purport to Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya-lila 4.169, Srila Prabhupada writes that “the Caturmasya period begins in the month of Ashadha (June-July) from the day of Ekadasi called Sayana-ekadasi. The period ends in the month of Kartika (October-November) on the Ekadasi day known as Utthana-ekadasi. This four month period is known as Caturmasya.” In the Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa it is recommended that for the first month of Caturmasya, which is known as Sravana (July–August), one should give up eating any green, leafy vegetables. This includes but is not limited to all types of spinach, coriander, curry leaves, basil and other herbs. In the second month known as Bhadrapada (August –September), one should avoid eating yogurt. For the third month, Asvina (September –October), it is recommended that one should abstain from milk. In the last month, Kartika (October –November), one should not eat white lentils (masura and urad dhals).

In the Varaha Purana, it describes the significance and origin of the Caturmasya period. Once Mother Earth approached Lord Varaha, the boar incarnation of the Lord, and expressed her concerns about the people who take birth in Kali Yuga. She pointed out how these people are ignorant, short-lived and always afflicted with weakness and disease, and she begged the Lord to reveal a method which would allow the people of Kali Yuga to get great benefits with very little effort.

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Bhagavad-gita and Lord Jesus Christ

Bhagavad-gita and Lord Jesus Christ. 

I was showing the Bhagavad-gita to one gentleman, he expressed his interest but said he was a Christian. He said, “If you can show me in this book where Jesus is praised I’ll take it.” I showed him 11.55 purport where Prabhupada says, “There are many examples in history of devotees of the Lord who risked their lives for the spreading of God consciousness. The favourite example is Lord Jesus Christ. He was crucified by the nondevotees, but he sacrificed his life for the spreading of God consciousness.” 

He said, “Alright you got me.” A guy came to my table and said, “Three years ago you showed me the Bhagavad-gita and I really wanted it and told you I would be back to get it. When I returned you were gone. But now I have money I would like to get it.“ Delayed book distribution. Two guys came to my table joking. One of them, Doug, said to me, “I think my friend here, Alex, is ready to become a Hare Krsna.” Then he started chanting Hare Krsna. Going along with their joking I said, “No, I don’t think he’s ready yet, he’s got to many material desires.” Then I got serious and started showing them the BG. Then Doug said, “You know this is interesting but I don’t have any money.” Alex then said, “I can get it for you.” I said, “Most people are giving $10.” He gave $20. So I said, “You gave a nice donation you take one also.” “No, I’m an atheist, I’d never read it.” “Could you give it to a friend or someone?” “ “Yea, OK I can do that.” He took it and as he was walking away he saw a man coming to my table in a hasty way. So Alex said to him, “Do you want this book? And handed it to him. The guy couldn’t believe that someone had just given him such a nice book. Lord Caitanya is so amazing, Doug is an atheist but he bought a book for a friend and distributed another one to a total stranger. An atheist became a book distributor. Your Servant, Vijaya Das

The importance of hand it the book in preaching

The importance of hand it the book in preaching

 

“Tell people it is the real thing…” Kadamba Kanana Swami: To our book distributors, I would like to say this. When you are distributing books on the street, it is tough because people are not waiting for you. They did not come out to the streets to buy books. They came for another reason and then suddenly some ‘extra-terrestrial’ comes in his orange dress and tries to put a book in their hands, “Woah. Noooooooooo! Not interested.”

But sometimes, somebody is just a little absent-minded and you just like, “Bang!” put the book in his hands. You know, he has got it in his hands. Then he stands there looking at it and then you tell him, “Yes, yes, we are not selling them. This book is for you.”

“For me? Really? Oh.” And he has it in his hands. That is the nature of the hand; the hand wants to grab. And once the hand has grabbed it, then the hand does not want to let go. So, they have to have the book in the hand. Once they have the book in the hand, the hand wants to keep it even if the mind does not like it, “It’s mine.”

It is hard to let things go from your hand once you have got it. So then, you know, okay, some people will buy the book but there are also many people who say no. But those who had it in the hand but gave it back and said no, they will think about it, you know what I mean, like I said, it stays in the mind. They will be a little curious, “What was it anyway?”

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