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This Land Is Mine... or is it?

Maybe you have seen this cartoon video about
the history of Palestine/Israel in 3 minutes by Nina Paley.

The background music is The Exodus Song by Pat Boone.

The first and the last sloka show the thinking which is the crux of that ancient conflict, not just in this territory.

This land is mine
God gave this land to me
This brave and ancient land to me
To make this land our home
If I must fight

"It's your karma!": What Enlightenment, New Age and Nazism have in common? Gnostic ideology and its refutation.

In a discussion about child abuse someone wrote:

"The abusers claimed they are doing a favor to their victims by 'relieving the children of their bad karma'. Speak about adding an insult to injury. These perpetrators believed that by indulging in their sadistic whims, hurting and injuring children under their care, they actually acted in the capacity of Yamaraja or Krishna Himself. Is it possible to have a deeper misconception about oneself?

Divya jnana and diksa

Diksa (Narada Pancaratra): di - divya jnana (about one's own svarupa and received mantra/s), ksa - destruction of sins

The process by which a devotee becomes attached to Krsna is described in Caitanya-caritamrta (Antya 4.192):

diksa-kale bhakta kare atma-samarpana
sei-kale krsna tare kare atma-sama

"At the time of initiation, when a devotee fully surrenders to the service of the Lord, Krsna accepts him to be as good as He Himself."

Diksa, or spiritual initiation, is explained in the Bhakti-sandarbha (283) by Srila Jiva Gosvami:

divyam jnanam yato dadyat

What about the world situation?

Even though I'm purposefully off social sites and thus a bit "out of touch," I couldn't miss noticing that some devotees - not just beginners - are confused about the current world situation, wondering if it's going in positive or negative direction. It's confusing to me how such a confusion can happen to someone who has read (and understood) at least Prabhupada's books.

Sri Nrsimha compilations for chanting

my viral cure

(edit 7-11: more on monolaurin with refs)

Since spring I keep spreading my long-term successfull prevention-cure of viral infections:

At the first symptoms of an infection I take 1-2 tsp of coconut fat.
This much is enough to stop it. Its active ingredient is Monolaurin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monolaurin). It doesn't work as a prevention though. When I missed the onset of the infection last year, I used 2 tsp 3x per day and was ok after about 3 days.
Keeping my body pH up (i.e. making it an environment uncomfortable to

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 the 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

There is a survey related to this at
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:

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.

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