While reading Srila Prabhupada’s books fill me with joy and peace, I still cannot help but cringe when the subject of Vedic astronomy is discussed. The entire canto six of Srimad-Bhagavatam that discusses the arrangement of the universe has my head reeling.
Lately, I had decided that these concepts be best left alone for the experts and I only pray to Guru and Krishna to reveal the truths when they feel it appropriate. Otherwise, these relatively insignificant details interfere with the blissful process of Krishna consciousness .
The article by Caitanya Carana Dasa “The Moon mission” (BTG May ’09) comes like a shower of mercy to shallow intellectuals like me and I have no words to express my gratitude to him. Not only in his article there is (very appropriately) so much emphasis on humility but a tremendous amount of insight which undoubtedly the parampara has revealed to this great soul.
“The Moon mission” (BTG May ’09) convincingly explains the subtle difference between cosmology from both divine and human perspectives. The explanation together with the graphical presentations is highly convincing. I strongly opine that the moon flights may have been hoaxed. If only the scientists take up the Vedic tools for their research, wisdom about the true concept of cosmology will surely dawn upon them.
(Manoharan Muthusamy,(Rtd.)Additional Secretary,Finance Department)
(Government of Tamil Nadu)
FEAR OF CRITICISM
I want to become a pure, unmotivated devotee of Lord Krishna. Yet I am fearful of criticism of people. Please advise.
Our Reply: Any endeavor to advance will be opposed by others. We may fear ridicule by members of society. Sometimes, however, it may even be our own lack of faith.
Srila Rupa Goswami mentions in his Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu that pure devotional service is sri-krishna-akarshini it attracts even Krishna. When we become pure devotees of the Lord, we become so d
ear to the Lord that He wants to have loving relationships with us and engage us in His loving service. This is verily the highest possible fulfillment of any aspiration ever possessed by a devotee. What then remains to be attained? A life full of eternal bliss with the object of our love awaits us.
So, when we understand truly the benefits of becoming a pure devotee of the Lord, no impediment would have sufficient power to check our efforts to advance on the path of Krishna consciousness. We can explain others about the benifits of bhakti, but if they donot listen, better to avoid them.
Reply to the letter was written by Nanda Dulala Dasa.
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