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Welcome to the Govinda Masa Gaurabda 525 edition of the ANGKOR BULLETIN. This will serve as a supplement to our website www.bhakticambodia.com. Devotees serving in the Kingdom of Cambodia wouerest and participation, however that may be. We plan to make available literatures in the local Khmer language both those of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) and those of the Varnasrama Book Trust (Vld like to provide various information to our viewers to solicit their intBT). We are looking for interested persons from the Kingdom of Cambodia who can help in various activities, including translation and printing of literatures into Khmer.

Hare Krishna

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Why is combination of land, cows and Krishna important?

Cows, land and Krishna, these are actually the foundational pillars of the vedic culture. Varnasrama dharma begins especially with cow protection. We know from sastras how cows are actually the embodiment of all demigods. Of all animals created in the material world, the cows are the most auspicious. Cows are dearer to Krishna than brahmanas.

Everything in this material world is Krishna's energy. And material energy nature, when we establish a proper relationship with Mother Nature,she reciprocates, in the same way that a mother reciprocates with her child. So we are the children of God. We are menat to properly utilize the gifts of the nature. And cows and land are meant to be part of our lifestyle. This maybe little difficult for most people to understand because the majority of peoiple in the modern day society have not been exposed to that. So they do not understand why this is all also important. Therefore, there is need to gradually introduce people to the importance of land and agriculture. Historically, agriculture has always been accepted and has been known as the best economy to meet all the necessities of life. As Srila Prabhupada expressed, "you can't eat nuts and bolts". What we produces in factories will not meet our essential basic human needs. But from the land,and cows, all of our needs can be met. In this way the cow and land are actually part of the culture....Indian culture...or Vedic culture. This is meant to be establish globally. This culture of respect for land, this culture of respects for the cow are universal concepts and principles and they are very much part of what Krishna consciousness is meant to teach to people. We are meant to teach, we are mean to train and educate people in the values of land, cows, and of course, Krishna. Without the spiritual element all of these things dont lead us anywhere. It all becomes mental speculation. so the spiritual element has to be there. It is the basis of everything and from where be build up. Lord Krishna, as we all know, He was liuving that ideal lifestyle in Vrindavana, where every single day Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, would personally take out the cows. He would be living with the cows. He would be conversing with the cows every single day. And all the resident of Vrndavana, their main pre-occupation and their main meditation were cows and the milk products. The whole economy was based on cows and agriculture. About a year ago, a couple here in India, who were professional workers in America decided to leave their job. They hadf some ancestral land, not a big amount, maybe 4 to 5 acres. But within one year they became self-sufficient. They were mentioning how actually they need to work only 3 to 4 months a year; because one crop of paddy, which is reasonable, will be sufficient. A reasonable crop of paddy will yield between 3 to 5 to a year. That is, if it is 5 tons, then it is 5 times what we need. We need 1 ton of rice for an ordinary family. And this is only rice. There are other things produced in the land. We dont know these things. We've forgotten these things. Therefore, Srila Prabhupada wanted that we not only speak about but also demonstrate how to life off the land in this simplified way, depending on God and on the gifts of nature. In this way we become more focused on the aim and the purpose of life; tghat this is actually the ideal and the best way for everyone to live.

You are talking about balance between spiritual and material life. Can you elaborate on this?

How to balance spiritual and material life? Yes, this is a constant challenge for everyone, especially for devotees because they are moreaware of the spiritual dimension of life whereas ordinary people are mainly on the material platform. So devotees need to learn how to regulate their lives in such a way that there is sufficient time given for purely, let's say , spiritual activities and then sufficient time for performing what seems to be material activities. Because both are meant to be done in a particular consciousness, the so-called matewrial activities also become spiritual. In the vedic culture, the system of varnasrama gives us clear guidelines how we can domthis. So, Srila Prabhupada explained how even for those who are not living in the temple or gurukula setting or even householders, there are recommended practices before one leaves home for work. One should have already spent a certain period of time for chanting, for performing devotional activities and similiarly when one returns. This is our modern set up, especially because most people have to go far away.

In the vedic culture or within a varnasrama system where one is localized, that becomes less of problem. One does not have to travel very far and that is part of the culture to perform such activities both in the morning and in the evening. This helps one to begin the day properly. And also by ending the day hearing about Krishna, attending some spiritual function or activity, it prepares the mind for peaceful rest at night time as well. We have various built-in systems.

We were explaining how the whole varnasrama system is a very scientific system. This scientific system takes into account these two dimensions of the material and spiritual. Now, although we acknowledge that the spiritual dimension is actually the most important, at the same time, we should understand that we should not neglect thge material level. There are some basic necessities that need to be met. One of the important principles to be followed within such a lifestyle is that one acts according to three main guiding principles of Guru, Sadhu, and Sashtra. One seeks guidance from the spiritual master. One also receives guidance from other sadhus, saintly persons and various instructions are given in the vedic literatures as well.

Most of our devotees who have joined in the early days naturally did not receive gurukula training. And that is one of the reasons why Srila Prabhupada wanted to introduce this varnasrama college so that not only younger people but also some of our older devotees get an opportunity for this training. Before one enters into householder life, both the young man and young woman should be properly trained and educated into how they will live as husband and wife. What are the different responsibilities that will come during the period of time that they remain in householder life, these things one must learn before entering householder life.

What is very nice in the system of Varnasrama is that one knows even as one enters householder life that this is only temporary. after sometime, the husband and wife will actually leave the family life. Because they both know, if they have received a proper training, that the main goal is actually to advance spiritually. So after fulfilling their duties and responsibilities, then they will actually leave family life and much more concentrate on spiritual activities. The spiritual goal is always in the forefront-according to varna and ashrama. A brahmana will be much more engaged in spiritual activities than an vaishya or sudra. The three division within the society where people are more involved in spiritual activities are the brahmanas, kshatriyas, and vaishyas. They are known as twice born. they all receive the sacred thread and they are duty bound to perform various religious activities. Those people helping them, serving under them, living with them as well, being cared for by them, they also receive some spiritual guidance. In this way everyone within the context of Vedic culture is taught how to balance both of these elements.

From : Science of Varnasrama Published by Varnasrama Book Trust 2010

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What should we take?

One brahmacari on ground level has a doubt about how should his future life, remain as brahmacari for whole life or take up a grihastha life? One day he was reading a book and come to this Prabhupad statement “ So Bhagavata says, "One should not become father, one should not become mother, one should not become relative, one should not become king, one should not become guru if they cannot save their dependents from this cycle of birth and death." This is the meaning of this verse. Anasritya govinda-carana-dvayam varakhanam atma-vimaninah. (SP lecture, Los Angeles). This point are make him to think more deeply and make another question is come up in his mind; if he take up a brahmacari of course if he being founded as a brahmana who can be a brahmacari for a whole life, in that way he will learn the sastra and after the years he should teach others or become guru, because brahmana mean to learn the sastra and teach. If he takes up a grihastha he should become father because grihastha mean to have Krsna Consciousness children. And If he would be a grihastha it mean that he should take one occupation duty, as brahmana , ksatriya , vaisya or sudra , because unless he maintain one of that duty how can he maintain his family, where they can find their basic necessary of life specially food.

The question now is not only what should he take? but also how can he take? Is he able to take, that since he is a ground level brahmacari only. Could he take the duty? To be a guru , king , father, he should first save from the dependents from the cycle of birth and death. Has he being dependent? The brahmacari who just been a devotee for few years want to know what is the solution. And he searching on the Srimad Bhagavatam that come to this verse;

vacam juhava manasi

tat prana itare ca tam

mrtyav apanam sotsargam

tam pancatve hy ajohavit

TRANSLATION

Then he amalgamated all the sense organs into the mind, then the mind into life, life into breathing, his total existence into the embodiment of the five elements, and his body into death. Then, as pure self, he became free from the material conception of life. (SB 1.15.41)

…First he concentrated all the actions of the senses and amalgamated them into the mind, or in other words he turned his mind toward the transcendental service of the Lord. He prayed that since all material activities are performed by the mind in terms of actions and reactions of the material senses, and since he was going back to Godhead, the mind would wind up its material activities and be turned towards the transcendental service to the Lord. There was no longer a need for material activities. Actually the activities of the mind cannot be stopped, for they are the reflection of the eternal soul, but the quality of the activities can be changed from matter to the transcendental service of the Lord. The material color of the mind is changed when one washes it from contaminations of life-breathing and thereby frees it from the contamination of repeated births and deaths and situates it in pure spiritual life. All is manifested by the temporary embodiment of the material body, which is a production of the mind at the time of death, and if the mind is purified by practice of transcendental loving service to the Lord and is constantly engaged in the service of the lotus feet of the Lord, there is no more chance of the mind's producing another material body after death. It will be freed from absorption in material contamination. The pure soul will be able to return home, back to Godhead. (SP Purport)

Later on this brahmacari realize that the only by devotional service he can be dependent from circle of birth and death. And he would like toward to the more clear instruction how to improve his devotion to Lord Krishna, he then read one explanation from his spiritual master which mention to take or establish varnasrama-dharma ( brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, sudra, brahmacari, grihastha, vanaprastha, sanyasi ) one shoud be strong in bhagavad-dharma mean devotional service. In the Bhaktirasamrita - sindhu are mention the five main devotional service. If someone be able to maintain these strong in his live sure he will be saved from dependent of birth and death.

sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana

mathura-vasa, sri-murtira sraddhaya sevana

“One should associate with devotees, chant the holy name of the Lord, hear Srimad-Bhagavatam, reside at Mathura and worship the Deity with faith and veneration. ( CC, Madhya, 22, 128).

And one conclusion in the brahmacari mind, he need to develop his devotional service ( bhagavad dharma ) while he taking up the duty of varnasrama-dharma .

By Guna Avatara dasa

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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama

Rama Rama Hare Hare

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Vaishnava Calendar

Govinda Masa Gaurabda 525

Calculated using VCAL 4.01 for Siem Reap(103E50 13N30, Time zone = +7.00), Cambodia

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DATE TITHI PAKSA YOGA NAKSATRA FAST

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8 Feb 2012 We Pratipat K Saubhagya Aslesa

9 Feb 2012 Th Dvitiya K Sobana Magha

10 Feb 2012 Fr Tritiya K Sukarma Purva-phalguni

11 Feb 2012 Sa Caturthi K Dhriti Uttara-phalguni

12 Feb 2012 Su Pancami K Sula Hasta *

Sri Purusottama Das Thakura -- Disappearance

Srila Gour Govinda Swami -- Disappearance

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura -- Appearance

(Fasting till noon)

13 Feb 2012 Mo Sasti K Ganda Swati

----------------- Kumbha Sankranti (Sun enters Aquarius) -----------------

14 Feb 2012 Tu Saptami K Vriddhi Visakha

15 Feb 2012 We Astami K Dhruva Anuradha

16 Feb 2012 Th Navami K Vyagata Jyestha

17 Feb 2012 Fr Dasami K Harsana Mula

18 Feb 2012 Sa Trisprsa Mahadvadasi K Siddhi Purva-asadha *

Fasting for Vijaya Ekadasi

Sri Isvara Puri -- Disappearance

19 Feb 2012 Su Trayodasi K Vyatipata Uttara-asadha

Break fast 06:27 - 10:21 (Daylight saving not considered).

20 Feb 2012 Mo Caturdasi K Variyana Sravana

Siva Ratri

21 Feb 2012 Tu Amavasya K Parigha Dhanista

22 Feb 2012 We Pratipat G Siva Satabhisa

Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji -- Disappearance

Sri Rasikananda -- Disappearance

23 Feb 2012 Th Dvitiya G Siddha Purva-bhadra

24 Feb 2012 Fr Dvitiya G Sadhya Uttara-bhadra

25 Feb 2012 Sa Tritiya G Subha Uttara-bhadra

26 Feb 2012 Su Caturthi G Sukla Revati

Sri Purusottama Dasa Thakura -- Appearance

27 Feb 2012 Mo Pancami G Brahma Asvini

28 Feb 2012 Tu Sasti G Indra Bharani

29 Feb 2012 We Saptami G Vaidhriti Krittika

1 Mar 2012 Th Astami G Viskumba Rohini

2 Mar 2012 Fr Navami G Priti Mrigasira

3 Mar 2012 Sa Dasami G Ayusmana Ardra

4 Mar 2012 Su Suddha Ekadasi G Saubhagya Punarvasu *

Fasting for Amalaki vrata Ekadasi

5 Mar 2012 Mo Dvadasi G Sobana Pusyami

Break fast 06:19 - 10:17 (Daylight saving not considered).

Sri Madhavendra Puri -- Disappearance

6 Mar 2012 Tu Trayodasi G Atiganda Aslesa

7 Mar 2012 We Caturdasi G Sukarma Magha

8 Mar 2012 Th Purnima G Dhriti Purva-phalguni *

Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu -- Appearance

*** Gaura Purnima ***

(Fasting till moonrise)

ការសូត្រហារេក្រឹស្នានៅអាង្ករវត្ត

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