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On Matters of Faith ….

Humourous Rabbi     Sikha

A Hare Krishna Monk and a Jewish Rabbi were sitting next to each other on an airplane.

After a while, the Monk turned to the Rabbi and asked, “Is it a requirement of your faith that you not eat pork?”

The Rabbi responded, “Yes, that is one of our beliefs.”

The Monk then asked, “Have you ever eaten pork?”

To which the Rabbi replied,”Yes, on one occasion I did succumb to temptation and tasted a ham sandwich.”

The Monk nodded in understanding and went on with his reading.

A while later, the Rabbi spoke up and asked the Monk, “Is it still a requirement of your faith that you remain celibate?”

The Monk replied, “Yes,  it is one of the four regulative principles we follow.”

The Rabbi then asked him, “Have you ever fallen to the temptations of the flesh?

The Monk replied, “Yes, Rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke with my faith.”

The Rabbi nodded understandingly and remained silent, thinking for a few minutes.

Finally, the Rabbi said, “Sure beats the hell out of a ham sandwich, doesn’t it?”

September 22, 2006 Posted by | Hare Krishna, Humor, Philosophy | 2 Comments

Gold From a Filthy Place

Al Swearengen

Lately I’ve been watching an HBO series called “Deadwood,” a fictionalized account of an actual gold mining camp set in the Dakota Territories in the 1870’s.  Once I got past the seemingly ever present use of foul language I discovered some of the tightest dialog I’ve ever heard on a television show.  Many of the best quotes come from Al Swearengen, the series’ villain and local saloon owner. In a concise, crass and humorous way the Swearengen character repeatedly delivers many deep philosophical points, as seen from a lowlife’s point of view. 

Below is a quote from Swearengen, followed by a quote from Srila Prabhupada:

“Pain or damage don’t end the world, or despair, or f***in’ beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man — and give some back.” Al Swearengen – Deadwood.

“….Every living entity in this world is struggling very hard to maintain himself and survive. This is called the hard struggle for existence….In spite of all our efforts, we remain bound up by the ropes of the material modes of nature….In material life, one is always in a blazing fire of fear, since no one knows what will happen next….All our hopes and plans for happiness and security in this world are ended by death….” Prabhupada – The Laws of Nature: An Infallible Justice.

 I know they don’t match perfectly, but as descriptions of an individual’s struggle in this world they do come pretty darn close….

September 15, 2006 Posted by | Hare Krishna, Humor, Philosophy, Prabhupada | Leave a comment

What’s in a Name?

Kuli drink

Hey look! We’ve got our own drink….

Just Kidding…. This is a brief history of the different titles used throughout the years by the people who attended ISKCON gurukulas. 

“Gurukula Veterans” was a term coined by Raghunatha anudasa in the late 80’s.  At various times he also used the term “Gurukula Survivor.” People objected to these for various reasons, mostly to do with them focusing on – and reminding us – about the negative experiences we went through. 

“Gurukula Alumni” was first used around 1990.  This was the term adopted for use during the “As It Is” days.  People pointed out that technically most never really graduated from gurukula so by using “Gurukula Alumni” we were giving the ISKCON gurukula system more credit than was due. 

So, around ’93 we simplified the name to “Gurukuli” which loosely means “One who attended gurukula.”  That’s the term that has stuck for more than a decade.  Though, more recently it has morphed to “Kuli,” which refers to anyone who grew up in ISKCON. 

September 12, 2006 Posted by | Gurukula, Gurukuli, Hare Krishna, Humor, ISKCON | Leave a comment

All The Way Home….

Two Young Monks 

Once two celibate men were walking in a forest, returning to their teacher’s home.  Soon they came upon a river that was running exceptionally swift and swollen from the recent rains.  A young lady was standing on the bank unable to cross the river.  She asked the young men for their help.

One of the monks hesitated, but the other picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the river and left her safely on the other side.  She thanked him and quickly departed.  Astonished, the other subsequently took it upon himself to chastise his friend for his obvious deviation from the strict principles of celibate life. 

As they walked the distance to their teacher’s home the other chastised the first, “How could you do that? She was so attractive. Her smile was charming and her voice so soft. How could you hold her in your arms like that?”

The first replied, “I may have held her for several minutes, but I cannot remember what she looks like. You, my friend, have carried her all the way home!”

September 10, 2006 Posted by | Hare Krishna, Humor, India | Leave a comment

The Guru & The Cat

Guru & Cat 

Once upon a time in a certain village in India there lived a guru.  Every evening the guru would sit on his seat and deliver a lecture to the public. It so happened that the guru had a cat, and just at the time of giving the lecture the cat would create a big disturbance.

Being greatly annoyed by the cat, the guru decided to tie the cat to a tree before starting his lecture. So doing, the guru then delivered the lecture without disturbance. It worked so well that the guru regularly tied the cat to the tree before beginning his discourse.

 After some years the guru died. His disciples carried on the guru’s program. They also continued tying the cat to the tree.  When the cat died, they bought another cat and thus the ritual of tying a cat to a tree continued generation after generation.

In the fifth generation that followed the guru, one of the renowned followers wrote an elaborate treatise on the spiritual significance of tying a cat to a tree before beginning one’s studies of the scriptures.

“For the current of our spiritual life creeds, rituals and channels that may thwart or help, according to their fixity or openness. When a symbol or spiritual idea becomes rigidly elaborate in its construction, it supplants the idea which it should support.” Rabindranath Tagore

September 9, 2006 Posted by | As It Is, Hare Krishna, Humor, India | 8 Comments

Gurukula Humor

Laughing Devotee 

Dear Pita,

Plea$e accept my humble obei$ance$. All glorie$ to Srila Prabhupada.

Gurukula i$ really great. I am making a lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply can’t think of anything el$e I need, $o if you would like, you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you.

Hare Krsna,
Your $on and $ervant, $ri

Dear Son,

Hare Krsna! Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh.


September 7, 2006 Posted by | Gurukula, Gurukuli, Hare Krishna, Humor, ISKCON | Leave a comment

Gurukuli Humor

Light Bulb

I realize that many of the articles I’ve posted and linked to so far have been of a serious nature. 

Today I’d like to lighten the mood with a little humor.

Question: How many gurukulis does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Before I give the answer, see if you can figure it out. 

To see if you got it right, click “read more” below.

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August 28, 2006 Posted by | Gurukula, Gurukuli, Hare Krishna, Humor | Leave a comment


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