Thursday, 31 March 2016

Congress calls Tripura shutdown seeks CBI probe into leader's killing

The opposition Congress in Tripura on Wednesday burnt effigies of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, and called for a 24-hour shutdown on April 18 demanding a CBI probe into the assassination of former health minister Bimal Sinha 18 years ago.

"The Congress has called a 24-hour strike on April 18 demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the assassination of Bimal Sinha in 1998 and the resignation of the chief minister," Tripura Congress president Birajit Sinha told reporters.

"Without the CBI inquiry, the real truth would not be revealed.

"As the Yusuf Commission report accused Sarkar, the Congress has no other alternative to raise these demands and launch a massive stir," he said.

Birajit Sinha, a former minister -- who was accompanied by party legislator Gopal Roy and the party's women's wing chief Kalyani Roy -- said the Yusuf Commission report blamed the then Left Front government, Left parties and the chief minister.

"Hence, Sarkar has no morality to remain the chief minister and home minister of the state."
The judicial inquiry commission headed by retired Calcutta High Court Justice M.A. Yusuf submitted its report to the state government in January 2000. It was presented in the assembly on March 23 following a Tripura High Court order.

The commission was formed in 1998 to probe the assassination of Bimal Sinha and his brother by the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura on March 31, 1998, at Kamalpur in northern Tripura.

The ongoing session of the assembly on Monday witnessed bedlam over the assassination.
Commenting on the report, opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman said: "To hush up the real truth, the Left Front government has not cooperated with the inquiry commission. The state government, headed by Chief Minister Sarkar at that time, had rejected the Congress's demand to probe the assassination by the CBI."

According to the Yusuf Commission report, neither the state government nor Tripura Police was responsible for Bimal Sinha's killing. It said he was solely responsible for his and his brother's killing.

Reacting to the Congress's allegations, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) central committee member Bijan Dhar said: "Their allegations are wild and a complete lie. If they have any such evidence, why did they not submit the same before the judicial commission when it sought the views of all concerned during the probe?"

Challenging the Congress, Dhar and party central committee member Gautam Das said that if the Congress failed to prove its charges, its members must resign from the assembly.

Courtesy: The Statesman
30 March, 2016

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Bedlam in Tripura assembly over ex-minister's killing

The Tripura state assembly on Monday witnessed bedlam over assassination of former Tripura health minister Bimal Sinha and his brother in 1998, with the opposition Congress demanding a fresh probe in it.

The pandemonium started after Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath rejected an adjournment motion moved by opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman. The house had to be adjourned twice due to the uproar in the house.

The adjournment motion sought to discuss the judicial inquiry commission's report on the assassination of the former minister and his brother 18 years ago.

The report of the inquiry commission, headed by Justice (retd) M.A. Yusuf of the Calcutta High Court, submitted before the government in June 2000, was presented in the state assembly on March 23 following the Tripura High Court order.

"To hush up the real truth, the Left Front government has not cooperated with the inquiry commission. The state government, headed by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar that time, had rejected the Congress' demand to probe the assassination by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation)," Barman told reporters after the adjournment of the house.

"The Yusuf Commission identified 27 accused relating to the killing, but none was punished so far," he said.

"Surprisingly, the state government filed repeated petitions before the sessions court, the high court and the Supreme Court to let off three heinous criminals who were among the 27 accused. However, all the courts rejected the state government's appeal," he added.

Demanding a fresh inquiry into the former minister's killing, Barman accompanied by former opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath, state party president Birajit Sinha and other leaders alleged that Sinha was killed as he wanted to be the chief minister.

Referring to various comments of the commission, the Congress leader said if the CBI had probed the murder, many things would have been exposed against the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M ) and its leadership.

According to the report of the Yusuf Commission, neither the state government nor Tripura Police was responsible for Sinha's killing. He was solely responsible for his and his brother's killing.

Sinha and his brother were shot dead by proscribed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) on March 31, 1998, at Kamalpur in northern Tripura.

The Commission in its findings said: "Minister (Sinha) used to instruct his security personnel to remain far away from him whenever he went to meet the collaborators of the militants. He never allowed his security and escort personnel to come nearer to him or to accompany him... this he did for the release of his brother Bikram Sinha from the clutches of the militants."

The slain minister's younger brother had been kidnapped by the NLFT weeks before the sensational killings.

The Yusuf Commission was appointed by the Left Front government in 1998 and submitted its report on January 31, 2000.

Following a writ petition filed by advocate Kalyani Roy, who heads the state Congress' women's wing, the Tripura High Court recently asked the state government to publish the report.

March 28, 2016

Tripura tables Sinha murder panel finding,report puts onus on

Tripura government today submitted the report of the Yusuf Commission into the assassination of former Health Minister Bimal Sinha in the state assembly today. 

"The Commission finds that neither the state government nor the Tripura police was responsible for the assassination of minister Bimal Sinha. The minister was solely responsible for his assassination...," the report claimed. 

Sinha was shot dead by the ultras on March 31, 1998 at Kamalpur subdivision in Dhalai district. 

The Commission in its purported findings claimed, "minister (Sinha) used to instruct his escorts to remain far away from him whenever he went to meet the collaborators of the militants and he never allowed his security and escort personnel to come nearer to him or to accompany him..." 

The report further claimed, "This he did for the release of his brother Bikram Sinha from the clutches of the militants". 

The slain minister's younger brother had been kidnapped by the insurgents of the banned insurgent outfit, National Liberation Front of Tripura. 

The Yusuf Commission was appointed by the Left Front government in 1998 which submitted it's report on Jan 31, 2000, but the government did not publish the report. 

Following a writ petition filed by an advocate in the Tripura High Court, the court recently ordered the government to immediately publish the report and the government contended before court that the report would be tabled in the budget session of the Assembly.

March 24, 2016

Monday, 29 February 2016

11 Lessons to be learned from Pakistan!

By RK Rishikesh Sinha

For us Pakistan as a neighbouring country is headlines of newspaper reports and attention gripping media content. But lately my interest on this country went to such an extent that I watched almost all You Tube videos for weeks without timely food and sleep! To my dismay (and I must accept) that my knowledge about the country was insufficient and bare; I was living in a fool’s dream.

Today after 69 years of its independence, many commentators and think tanks describe the country in our neighbourhood as a ‘failed state’, a ‘toxic jelly state’, and some even go further saying it as a ‘paranoid state’ suffering from paranoia! And not to forget the country is also termed as a ‘terrorist state’.  The adjectives are given by Pakistani intelligentsia, media, foreign specialist on Southeast Asia, and our own journalist fraternity.

As I have said, Pakistan is indeed very interesting. While I was engrossed watching videos after videos, I thought to write about Pakistan. But the question was: what to write? Since everything is available in the Internet. Any possible angle that I would try to give to Pakistan is available in the media. So I came with this topic: Lessons to be learned from Pakistan’s mistakes. Pakistan has done many experiments (insensible) without being wise and practical. So what are the lessons that we Indians must learn from the mistakes of Pakistan.

Lesson No1: Don’t manipulate history in school textbooks

Pakistani establishment has been teaching distorted history to their children and it is still going on since the inception of the country. Take the instance, in their school textbooks it is written that Pakistan won the 1965 war and all the wars against India! Thing are worst, when in the 21st century, we hear Pakistanis are discussing (a) Mohammad Ali Jinnah views on Pakistan, (b) what is Pakistan --- secular, Islamist, a security state. The present generation still harbours anti-Hindu and anti-India sentiments. Even AQ Khan, who masterminded Pakistan nuclear bomb program carry anti-Hindu feelings.

Our take: We must have history that speaks the truth even if it hurts us. So that we can learn and understand better the world we are living today. However, any facts that go into the school textbooks that teach animosity towards religion, communities, languages, historical figures must be strongly objected.

Lesson No2: Disconnect State with religion

Pakistan was the first nation in the world to be created based on Islam! It went further and in the 1970s, the Ahmaddiyas were constitutionally declared non-Muslims! Today the country is in crossroad and it is in the confused state where to go forward.

Our take: The very essence of India, its secular pillar must be strengthened. We the Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and others are one in the eyes of the nation India and we must uphold this uniqueness of India that is ‘unity in diversity’.

Lesson No3: A terrorist is a terrorist.

Pakistan describes people who take up guns by many names –jihadist (liberal jihadist/ Islamic jihadist), mujahidin, Pakistan Taliban, Afghan Taliban etc. who uses the terror tactic to further their ideological and political objective. There is an incident where a security guard kills a Pakistani Governor, and a section of people/party garland him for his act!

Our take: Those who take up violence against the nation are terrorists and they should be dealt hard.

Lesson No4: Stop Vandalizing and Violence

Many Pakistani parties with a drop of a pin call for bandhs, hartals and starts vandalizing shops and infrastructure.

Our take: At this front, we are in common with them. We must not choose or support our leaders who stop national highways, water supply and resort to violence. If it happens we are making our nation ‘Pakistan’. I don’t remember the name of the person who said Pakistan is not a nation; it is a state of mind!  

Lesson No5: Identity crisis

Pakistanis are suffering from deep identity crisis. The identity crisis is in many layers. They speak and write Urdu which is not the language of the land! Imagine a Bengali who is forced to speak Urdu. The result: emergence of Bangladesh as a new nation.

Out take: The Government of India must aggressively facilitate promotion and preservation of all Indian language and culture. So that everyone feels proud not only of his or her culture and language but to be a part of India we know.

Lesson No6: Mistakes, if done. Rectify it urgently

Someone rightly said about the history of Pakistan. It is of BLUNDER-PLUNDER-SURRENDER. The country has made hell lot of mistakes since its inception. And each and every mistake is what they are reaping today. Be it their policy towards USA or it is towards India.

Out take: Though we have our own bunch of mistakes that we did in the process of nation building. And we have not resolved it till today. Kashmir is one. It is an integral part of India, a legal claim. But still so much ears-deafening noise on Kashmir. As a nation we must solve problems on urgent basis that got created in the due course of time.

Lesson No7: Wipe out corruption

The zenith of corruption: Osama Bin Laden was found in Pakistan! The institutions of any state – judiciary, police, army, and many – are corrupt in Pakistan.  Corruption has become a social norm.

Our take: We must weed out that gives oxygen to the virus called ‘corruption’. Corruption must be tamed socially, technologically and other effective means. We are more or less in the same page.

Lesson No8: Be rational, pragmatic, scientific

Rationality of the people in Pakistan went bankrupt when the whole Pakistan – be it media, government, scientists – all went gaga over invention of a car kit through which water can be used to run it. Simply, running a car with water! It was highlighted by everybody even the scientific community took it seriously; imagine it became a topic in the cabinet meeting of the government. 

Our take: we have our own list of social practices and events that are irrational and unscientific. Witch hunting is one and there are many that we must get rid of at the earliest as a nation we progress.

Lesson No9: Embrace Soft Power

Pakistan doesn’t have soft power to showcase in the world map, except International Terrorism (IT)!

Our take: we must explore, experiment and exhibit to the whole world our soft powers. Except Bollywood, cricket, ITeS, yoga and spiritualism, we must have bouquet of soft powers in our arsenal that showcase India, a great nation.

Lesson No10: Invest on the people

Pakistan doesn’t invest on the education of its people. The state of affair of their education system seemed quite immature from my perspective when a newly convert Muslim is allowed to held a talk in an educational institution with a well-known Pakistani scientist, Parvez Hoodbouy. The topic somehow I could digest, but how the ‘foreign entertainer’ was allowed to hold a discussion in the precinct of a university on science. It was something like discussion between a scientist and a magician on Newton’s gravity.

Our take: For any nation, people are both assets and liabilities. India must aspire to create robust educational infrastructure through which visionaries of tomorrow comes out. The government of India and our society must prepare men and women who are capable to take up the challenges of the future.

Lesson No11: Choose leaders wisely

In the history of Pakistan, there is not a single leader who had a vision for the country. Today they not only doubt their Army, but their so-called leaders. They have been facing scarcity of leaders who in their heart's core had a vision about their people.
Our take: Well, in our case. There is a mix; after all it is a big country. I would say, the quality of leaders definitely have come down. As a citizen, we must cast our vote wisely.

If any of these mistakes are committed in India, we must get aware. At least, I would be aware.

Besides these, I found hard to digest many facts about Pakistan. I observed that it is a nation of conspiracy. They find conspiracy theories about everything under the sun. They cannot see things, as it is. ‘Sign of ultra intellect’ and no understanding. They think everybody is conspiring to destroy Islam, Muslims, Pakistan, and Pakistanis! A sure sign of paranoia.

Secondly, they feel our Indian Muslims brothers and sisters are in danger, they are being treated badly, and their faith is in danger in the world’s largest secular democratic country called India. This is something that brings my heart out of my mouth. In my existence on this earth, personally I never found that it is true. I pray, Pakistanis to forget about Indian Muslims. They are Indian first. Moreover, Indian Muslims are smarter and intelligent than their Pakistanis counterpart.

Thirdly, their national obsession about Kashmir; I find they are still clinging on the two-nation theory on Kashmir valley. It amuses me to see their psychological drama on Kashmir. I would advice, ‘forget Kashmir, come to reality’. Stop the psychological drama in your brain; it has become pathogenic.

There are many like this.

To conclude, it is true that the world is eyeing on Pakistan with squeezed eyes. However, there are few conscientious, intelligent, and brave people in Pakistan who see the bigger and real picture of their country. They are very brave to say a spade a spade while living in a violent, Kalashnikov culture of Pakistan. Their commentary on their country’s state of affair is excellent, eye-opening and practical. One must watch Pervez Hoodbhoy, a soft-spoken Pakistani nuclear scientist. His commentary and understanding on various topics has impressed me a lot. His one of his discourse inspired me to write this article.

Hassan Nisar, a journalist and columnist is one another personality. He is a must-watch angry Amitabh Bachchan figure with a heavy voice, and no-non sense approach. One would equate him as a strict, aggressive teacher who cannot see or listen something that is wrong.

Tarek Fateh, a Pakistani-born Canadian citizen, a writer and a speaker. I found he is multifaceted, jovial, and serious, and at the same time gives impression of a person in next door. To describe him, he is a Hindu by soul, Muslim by birth, and liberal in outlook. He is anti-Pakistan!

Najam Sethi, a journalist, is another person, I didn’t watch more about him. But he is one among those who puts forth the Pakistan’s history and current affairs accurately and objectively.

Today India is the youngest country. It means the onus is on the youngsters to lead the nation ahead with clarity of thoughts and broader perspective. At the end of this article, I am thinking we have many challenges before India. What today we see, is the result of our founding fathers’ vision.  They thought about the nation above them, but what next. I don’t have any answer. However, here are three videos. Please watch.

India SWOT Analysis Part 1 - Strengths and Weaknesses - Dr. Kiran Bedi with Sadhguru
India SWOT Analysis Part 2 - Opportunities and Threats - Dr. Kiran Bedi with Sadhguru
Bharat: What Makes Us a Nation? - Dr. Kiran Bedi with Sadhguru

Friday, 19 February 2016

Chitrangada felicitates two Bishnupriya Manipuri shooters

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 16: Chitrangada, a Bishnupriya Manipuri socio-cultural organization with its head office in Guwahati, today felicitated two Bishnupriya Manipuri shooters –Anjan Singha and Mahendra Kumar Singha – who represented Bangladesh’s contingent in the 12th South Asian Games and came out successful with a silver medal and a bronze medal respectively. While Anjan clinched a silver medal in rifle shooting, Mahendra won a bronze medal in 50-metre pistol shooting.

Conducted by one of the directors of Chitrangada, Ananda Sinha, the function was graced as the chief guest by Bangladesh’s BSSF general secretary Intakhabui Hamid and as the guest of honour by BSSF coach Saiful Alam Choudhury. Other directors of Chitrangada – Parimal Sinha, Ashim Sinha, Babul Sinha and others – felicitated the two shooters and other members of the Bangladesh contingent, including BSSF general secretary and the coach.       

Other members of the Bangladesh contingent, who were felicitated at the function, were bronze medalist Md. Anur Hussain, bronze medalist Md. Gholam Safi Uddin and Sheikh Sahadhat Hussain.  

In their respective speeches, both Hamid and Choudhury and members of the contingent  said that they were mesmerized to see the scenic beauty of Assam. They said that the infrastructure in Assam is much better than that of Bangladesh and that there is no much difference between the dishes of Assam and Bangladesh. They are also very happy at the hospitality they received in Assam.

Others who spoke on the occasion and encouraged the two shooters and other members of the Bangladesh contingent were former Assam SCERT Director Kumkum Singha, Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum president Dils Lakshindra Sinha, writer Prabhas Kanti Sinha and others.

Source : The Sentinel

Manipuri shooters from B'desh seek more ties with 'homely' NE

Guwahati: Manipuri players in Bangladesh's contingent for the ongoing South Asian Games (SAG) expressed happiness at being in the northeast and called for more sporting events between the region and the neighbouring country.

Shooters Mahendra Kumar Singha and Anjan Singha, both Bishnupriya Manipuris, said such programmes would help the community nurture sporting talent. Belonging to the first generation of players from the Bishnupriya Manipuri community in Bangladesh to feature in the national team, both Mahendra and Anjan were full of praise for the Manipuri athletes taking part in the event.

"There should be more sporting events like this, especially between Bangladesh and this part of India. People here and back home are the same. Our food habits, culture and even vehicles and roads are similar. More people-to-people contact will be helpful and eventually it will improve relations between the two countries," Mahendra, who won a bronze in the 50-m pistol team event, told TOI at the Kahilipara shooting range here on Saturday.

"Manipuris in Bangladeshi are very advanced in fields like education, but, in sports, we are a bit behind. We can plan something like an exchange programme with the northeast. This will help us immensely," said Singha, who is attached to the Bangladesh Army.

"There are more than 1.5 lakh Manipuris in Bangladesh. My cousin, Simul Kanti Singha, also took part in SAG in the weightlifting category," he added. The 36-year-old, who has participated in UN peacekeeping missions, said he wanted to improve his score to 580. "If I can do that, I will be able to break into the top ranks in Asia," he added.

"Playing in Guwahati is like playing at home. I've been to India at least four times but being in Guwahati is really special. We never felt that we were away from home. We have been communicating in Bengali with the people here. It's been a great experience," said Anjan.

Divyashram recalls Indologist KP Sinha on birthday eve

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 2: At a time when a large number of organizations are agog with activities for the celebrations of the birth anniversary of Indologist KP Sinha on January 3 at as many as five places in Assam, Tripura and Bangladesh, all misty-eyed office-bearers of Dr. Kali Prasad Memorial Divyashram Sanskriti Kendra remembered the philosopher today.

On the eve of the birth anniversary Dr. Sinha, Divyashram Sanskriti Kendra secretary Gopidas Sinha gave a brief account on the oeuvre of the philosopher, linguist, academician and a litterateur – all rolled into one.  Dr. Kali Prasad Memorial Divyashram Sanskriti Kendra, which was set up by none other than Dr. KP Sinha himself, is located at West Kachudharam, post of office Chincoorie on the outskirts of Silchar town.

In a statement issued to the press today, Gopidas Sinha said: “Born on January 3, 1937 at Kachudharam, a sleepy village near Silchar town, KP Sinha did his Ph.D. from Jadavpur University on ‘A Study on the Bishnupriya Manipuri Language’ in 1968 and D. Litt. from Bardhwan University in 1982 on ‘The Concept of Absolute in Indian Philosophy’. It seems to have given all those connected with Divyashram and the country as well a cosy feeling that globetrotting KP Sinha took part in the World Sanskrit Conference in Holland in 1986 and read out his paper ‘Is Shiva a Non-Vedic God’ there. He also read out another paper ‘The Problem of Ishwara in Yoga’ also in the World Sanskrit Conference in 1991 in Italy.”

The secretary of Divyashram further said that apart from his linguistic and literary works, the oeuvre of Dr. Sinha in Philosophy in Sanskrit, English, Assamese and Bengali were of immense value of Oriental Philosophy. Dr. Sinha passed away on June 2, 2011.

Dr. KP Sinha had been a teacher throughout his life in Cachar Collge, Gauhati University, Tripura University and Assam University.  

Source: The Sentinel

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Jadav Payeng, the Karmic Yogi

By RK Rishikesh Sinha

Few months back, accidently I read about Jadav Payeng. The story of him simply filled me with joy and amazement. The amazing story of the person who single handedly without any outward support created a forest doesn’t require anyone’s introduction, today. 

The forest created by him is called today ‘Molai’ forest, named after his pet name. It is situated in Jorhat, Assam, India.

The whole day I spent reading and watching documentaries on Jadav Payeng. It began with a thought that got triggered with Delhi Government decision to follow even-and-odd formula for vehicular movement in the city. My thought on pollution led me to pour again extensively about Jadav Payeng. 

Viewers can read about him here (that I found interesting): Jadav Payeng in Wikipedia, The Man who created a forest by Khaleej Times, Jadav Payeng website.

View documentaries and movies on him: Forest Man by William D McMaster 

After reading about his achievement from different sources: blogs, news website, movies, documentaries. Something was not settling in me. It was: How to describe Payeng, the person?

In one of his interview, he says, “I don't live in flat, I live in forest. Five of my bench mates in school have become Engineers and one has become Sales Tax Superintendent. They have already made money and living in flats but forest is my flat. I am the happiest person on this earth.” 

Here is Payeng who earns his livelihood by selling cow milk and sustaining his family. He lives in a hut near the forest. But he is happy and content leading a pleasant life. Looking around, I don’t find anyone who can remotely say, they are happy or living pleasantly. We have forgotten the ingredient called ‘happiness’ in our life. With all gadgets and comfort around us, the state of happiness is becoming a promise; the promise to be broken.

His achievement cannot be described in words, the more I think, the more meaning it brings forth. It is not merely planting trees for years after years. And one day it becomes a forest. No it is not like that. To grow a forest means to create an ecosystem and for this, inclusiveness is required with every component of flora and fauna. Beginning with trees, to microorganisms, to animals and birds to the creation of a nature’s ecosystem, everything must fall in place. And Jadav Payeng has done this single handedly. He is rightly termed as the ECO-SAVIOUR.

He gives me the impression more of a Karmic Yogi. He has been doing his work joyfully as if dancing through his work. He has always been involved himself in planting trees as if that is his LIFE. The description of him as the “Forest Man of India” doesn’t carry much essence to me but his involvement with his work is more meaningful. The mother Nature is not outward for Payeng. It is inclusive for him. He takes mother nature as an integral part of him. And this, he said in many interviews. In one interview, he said, ‘we are all animals; if there is any difference it is that we wear clothes’. His thoughts absorb me like teachings of a spiritual human being; who is teaching all of us to become ‘human’. As a Karmic Yogi, his activities are more in the process of liberation than entanglement. 

Padma Shri Jadav Payeng must be honoured with the highest civilian award of the Republic of India, the Bharat Ratna. That would be my wish.

Google Maps view of Molai Forest.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Protect Radhamadhab Temple at Radha Kund

Recently I came across the post on fb, mentioning about the dilapidated condition of our community temple, Shri Radhamadhab Jew Temple at Radhakund, and need of its rejuvenation. In 2013 I had first time visited this temple (or you can say vrindavan) for a very short duration with my family, and my mood was not at all in good shape at that time even being at dham, so I could not observe much within the temple. Also I didn’t go even to pay obeisance to nearby radha kund, though I was seeing from distance. Now I regret that moment, that I should have used the opportunity anyhow. So in Shri Radha Madhav temple I observed bishnupriya manipuri ladies doing services- like cutting vegetables, cleaning etc. I saw in altar, beautiful two Radha Madhav deity one big and one small in our bishnupriya Manipuri traditional dress (Radha rani was in polie), they were looking so beautiful, that I was just staring appreciating their beauty and by side was deity of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Their darshan gave some solace to my bad mood, although outwardly I was maintaining as if still in bad mood. One thing I observed that some parts of temple was broken, I am not able to recall the exact picture of temple now, but overall I felt it was needed renovation, the only BM temple in vrindavan that too in prime location in radha kund.

As I mentioned before that being in that place I didn’t even visit radha kund, it was my misfortune, that I came to know now after knowing so much glories of radha kund. Let me share some of these glories which may encourage us to also care for Sri radha madhav jew temple which is located in vicinity.

Srila Rupa Goswami (one of the chief disciple of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) in his Updeshamrit tells why Radha kunda is great. It is mentioned in 9th verse of Updeshamrit “The holy place known as Mathurā is spiritually superior to Vaikuṇṭha, the transcendental world, because the Lord appeared there. Superior to Mathurā-purī is the transcendental forest of Vṛndāvana because of Kṛṣṇa’s rāsa-līlā pastimes. And superior to the forest of Vṛndāvana is Govardhana Hill, for it was raised by the divine hand of Śrī Kṛṣṇa and was the site of His various loving pastimes. And, above all, the superexcellent Śrī Rādhā-kuṇḍa stands supreme, for it is overflooded with the ambrosial nectarean prema of the Lord of Gokula, Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Where, then, is that intelligent Person who is unwilling to serve this divine Rādhā-kuṇḍa, which is situated at the foot of Govardhana Hill?

Radha-kuṇḍa, at the foot of Govardhana, is superior to all because it is there that love of Kṛṣṇa overflows. In Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Madhya-līlā) it is stated that when Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu first visited the area of Vraja-bhumi, He could not at first find the location of Radha-kuṇḍa. Finally He found the holy spot, and there was a small pond there. He took His bath in that small pond. Later the pond was excavated by Lord Caitanya’s devotees, headed first by the Six Gosvamis, such as Rupa and Raghunatha dasa. Presently there is a large lake known as Radha-kuṇḍa there. Who, then, would give up Radha-kuṇḍa and try to reside elsewhere? No person with transcendental intelligence would do so. The importance of Radha-kuṇḍa, however, cannot be realized by other Vaiṣṇava sampradāyas, nor can persons uninterested in the devotional service of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu understand the spiritual importance and divine nature of Radha-kuṇḍa. Thus Radha-kuṇḍa is mainly worshiped by the Gauḍiya Vaiṣṇavas, the followers of Lord Sri Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

In the next 11th verse it is mentioned “Of the many objects of favored delight and of all the lovable damsels of Vraja-bhūmi, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is certainly the most treasured object of Kṛṣṇa’s love. And, in every respect, Her divine kuṇḍa is described by great sages as similarly dear to Him. Undoubtedly Rādhā-kuṇḍa is very rarely attained even by the great devotees; therefore it is even more difficult for ordinary devotees to attain. If one simply bathes once within those holy waters, one’s pure love of Kṛṣṇa is fully aroused.

So fortunate we are that we have the opportunity to be near to radha kund and those devotees who stay there and perform devotional service. If Radha Madhav temple get renovated and by contribution if it has even moderate facility for the pilgrims, the contributors get benefitted and the pilgrims get benefitted by krsna bhakti, because of its being located in the most most most supreme location within vrindavan.

Upadesamrta book (in English nectar of Instruction) one of the best literary works by Srila Rupa Goswami, giving guidance to those who wants to advance in krsna bhakti. I recommend to read this book, very small containing only 11 verses. And support Shri Radha Madhav temple, so that we as community can take advantage of being located in radha kund. 

Friday, 27 November 2015

Rasa dance on Rasa Purnima

Final night of kartik month, the Rasa Purnima. When Lord Krsna Performed Rasa dance with gopis approximately five thousand years ago. It is the most confidential part of Krishna’s pastimes (Lila). How do we understand this pastime? Is this a type of just boy and girl dancing as we have experienced? We understand this pastimes also in that level, because we don’t have any better understanding. When we don’t have better understanding on spiritual qualities of the lord, it becomes difficult to understand such pastimes and we end up misunderstanding such pastimes and thus imitate in our lives.

This article doesn’t contain anything about this pastimes, because neither the writer is qualified to jot down such an elevated pastimes which is on spiritual realm by the lord, nor the readers are qualified to understand it out of what they had generally experienced in mundane world. Spiritually elevated devotee of lord Krishna, who try to spread the lords message never discuss these pastimes openly in general public in any kind of Bhagwat saptah or something. Chaitanya mahaprabhu never discussed the dealings of lord Krishna with gopis openly in public. This are very confidential discussion to be discussed only within pure devotees of lord Krishna. It is mentioned in Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila 13.24, Purport:

"We cannot understand the affairs of the spiritual world on the basis of our experience in the material world. The Lord's pastimes with the gopis are therefore misunderstood by mundane scholars and word-wranglers. The parakiya-rasa of the spiritual world should not be discussed, except by one who is very advanced in pure devotional service. The parakiya-rasa in the spiritual world and that in the material world are not comparable."

Lord krishna’s pastimes with gopis is mentioned in 10 Canto of Srimad Bhagwatam. One is recommended to not directly jump into that section and read. Otherwise people will end up misunderstanding Krishna, who is supreme lord himself and try to imitate his confidential pastimes, which is even more abominable. Thus one should first try to understand God by Reading Bhagwat Gita first, which is undergraduate study in understanding the spiritual science, then should Jump into Srimad Bhagwatam 1st canto and gradually progressing towards 10th canto. Srimad Bhagwatam is considered Post Graduate study.

Thus hearing Krishna pastimes from unauthorised source would not help us spiritually indeed it will increase our lusty desire. Sukadeva Gosvami concludes the episode of the rasa-lila in Srimad Bhagwatam by pointing out that if a person hears from the right source about the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa, who is Viṣṇu Himself, and the gopis, who are expansions of His energy, then he will be relieved of the most dangerous type of disease, namely lust. Generally when people hear about Rasa-Lila from unauthorised person, people become more and more implicated in their lusty desire.
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