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the jiva issue: sastra pramana

This was one of the main contentions discussed in ISKCON since 90's.
Srila Prabhupada states that the jiva was originally in the association of Sri Krsna, taking part in His lila. It's difficult to conceive why would she leave the perfect situation and enter the world of suffering. Some Gaudiya Vaisnavas therefore gave an answer that the jiva was never with Lord. This view was rejected by the GBC in its resolution 79/1995.
But with the lack of clear sastra pramana (the central pramana as per CC 2.20.352 p.) there was no philosophical conclusion.

What king Parikshit did after being cursed?

There are two different accounts - in SB and Mbh (see below). (The question was brought up in https://iskcondesiretree.com/forum/topics/what-king-parikshit-did-after-...
but the answer wasn't given.)

This type of variant accounts in different sastras is usually attributed to the so-called kalpa-bheda, lila differences in various cosmic time cycles.

MBh Adi Parva, Hridayananda das Goswami edition:

Srila Suta Goswami said:
That ascetic sage of noble vows gave the message to a disciple, and, his

rape consent?

This is possibly the most favorite 'tough one', last year discussed at
https://iskcondesiretree.com/forum/topics/prabhupada-consent-to-rape

There is a survey related to this at
https://www.akincana.net/2018/07/12/pre-test-of-survey-for-sb-4-25-41-co...
and also the link to ongoing results. There, under Q4, see the answer dated 8/25/2018 9:44 PM quoting Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura's commentary and Kama sutra.

'tough ones' continued

Some years ago BBT put up a section on its website called 'Tough ones' dealing with controversial topics in SP books by some of his disciples. This section was later taken down for reasons unexplained but it can be seen in archive.org:
https://web.archive.org/web/20160203214811/http://bbt.info/information/t...

I thought that it shouldn't disappear but on the contrary, be expanded. So I'll post some answers to issues in this 'tough' category. Feel free to provide some feedback.

Three Monks (a short Buddhist story from China on cooperation)

A young monk lives a simple life in a temple on top of a hill. He has one daily task of hauling two buckets of water up the hill. He tries to share the job with another monk, but the carry pole is only long enough for one bucket. The arrival of a third monk prompts everyone to expect that someone else will take on the chore. Consequently, no one fetches water though

Gautamiya Tantra excerpt about Vrindavan

Sri Narada asks:
"What are the 32 forests of Vrndavana? I wish to hear of them. O Lord, if you
think I am worthy to hear, please tell me of them."
To this question Lord Krsna gave the following reply:
"This place named Vrndavana is My transcendental abode. When they die, the
humans, cows, animals, birds, insects, and worms who live here will go to My
eternal abode.
"The gopis who live here eternally devoted to My service."
"The forty miles of Vrndavana forest is My own transcendental form. The
Yamuna river there flows with nectar. It is the same as the river named
Susumna.

musicians's merit

paTaham dundubhim caiva kAhAlam sindhuvArakam
kAMsyaM ca karatAlaM ca veNuM vAdayate tu yaH
pUjAlale mahAviSNos tasya puNyaM nizAmaya
steyAd yaiH pAtakair mukto mandiram yAti cakrinaH

Anybody who in the temple of Lord MahA-Visnu at the time of worship plays a dundubhi drum, a kahala drum, a sindhuvaraka drum, a bell-metal gong, karatAlas or a flute, becomes free from sins like theft and goes to the abode of Lord Cakri. (Padma Purana, Kriya Yogasara 14.32,33)

(translation by yours truly, feel free to send in corrections)

results of Krsna-katha

SB 1.5.40:
Please, therefore, describe the Almighty Lord's activities which you have
learned by your vast knowledge of the Vedas, for that will satisfy the
hankerings of great learned men and at the same time mitigate the miseries
of the masses of common people who are always suffering from material pangs.
Indeed, there is no other way to get out of such miseries.

1.6.36:
O VyAsadeva, you are freed from all sins. Thus I have explained my birth and
activities for self-realization, as you asked. All this will be conducive
for your personal satisfaction also.

1.8.36:

my experience with Satvata tantra

Recently I've read this prominent Vaisnava tantra of the Pancaratra canon spoken by Siva to Narada Muni in 716 verses, similar in length to BG. The reading of Sanskrit takes about 2 hours. I had a very good feeling after reading it.
http://veda.harekrsna.cz/library/Satvata_tantra_sa_en_2_versions.zip
(The first two chapters in English edition are in Harvard-Kyoto transliteration system. All other online versions of this edition seem to lack Sanskrit.)
Hari Hari
ys Jan

Vraja origin of Brahmas and Sivas from trees and gopis from flowers

svAyambhuvo dhurjatayaz ca sarve
prAdurbhave suSThu jaTA-ghaTAyAm
succhAyakAH sUrya-samAz ca vRkSA
AbAla-zobhAH sanakAdi-vac ca

From the branches and roots of the trees of Vraja all BrahmAs and Zivas
emanate. Although the trees of Vraja are as splendid as the sun, they still
are wonderful parasols to shade one from the sun's rays. They shine with the
luster of youth, just as the four KumAras. (VizvanAtha CakravartI ThAkura -
VrajarIticintAmaNi 2.21, trans. Kuzakratha dAsa)

gopI-svarUpApti-para-prasUna-
praphullatAyai kusumAkaro 'yam
zrI-nArado yatra babhUva gopI

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