japa notes

note one


dialog of Visal das talking about how he got into teaching



Prabhupada once said to be a teacher you have to be a student first. In 1968 in San Francisco I purchased a Bhagavad Gita as it is and I read it from beginning to end. I heard that Swami was coming from India. After I read it I asked the spiritual master to initiate me in devotional service. I moved to Los Angelos to New Dwarka dam in 1970, where Prabhupada translated Caitanya Caritamrta what I consider our postgraduate work. Prabhupada compared learning Bhagavad Gita to a Bachelors of Arts degree or a BA degree, Srimad Bhagavatam to a Masters degree or an MA degree, and he compared Caitanya Caritamrta to a PHD. I was always preaching and distributing his books.



Once upon a time in Los Angelos, I distributed 108 Back to Godhead magazines, and I came back to the temple and Prabhupada was there, I asked Prabhupada if I could go to India, Prabhupada said “you’re Narada Muni you can go wherever you want.” He instructed me to travel and preach in Vrindavan distributing his books. When I saw how he influenced the movement and how the devotees were developing good qualities it convinced me that i was in the right place.



Srimad Bhagavatam is Krishna in book form. Srimad Bhagavatam is considered as good as God, it is the transcendental sound vibration of Krishna. I’ve been practicing Krishna conciousness for 43 years so I’m conviced I’ve go the right book.



remember to always chant HARE KRISHNA

note two


jim “what do you do until sun up”?


siddhavidya “chant”


jim “chant, i thought so”


siddhavidya “what about you?”


jim “sometimes i am on the computer, or i read, on most mornings i chant several rounds after mangala arati”


siddhavidya “i just chant”


jim “it is just a great time to be awake, i wrote something new on the last morning i was up, the subtle mind is awake, and that will free up our thoughts”


siddhavidya “night time is one of the best times for thought, thoughts flow more natural”


jim “things are so much more surreal at this time of the morning”


siddhavidya “this is when prabhupada wrote most of his books”


jim “look how still it is now, no cars on the road, it reminds of when i was a fishing mate, when i was the first one up, it was real quiet”


siddhavidya “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”




jim “have a good morning”


siddhavidya “you too”



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