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Vraja Journal -

Madhava - Wed, 28 Sep 2005 06:31:56 +0530
Here we go again.

And here's the RSS-feed:
gauraprema - Wed, 28 Sep 2005 12:31:13 +0530
RAdhe RAdhe Madhavji!

Just wanted to say that I'm really excited about being able to read your Vrajajournal again - have been eagerly awaiting it's revival! BRAVO for taking this up again, looking forward to the nectar!

your servant
Sudevi dasi
Gaurasundara - Thu, 29 Sep 2005 05:11:17 +0530
I agree. smile.gif I immediately added it to my Feedblitz subscription so I can receive posts directly. Nice to see this back up and running. smile.gif
Gaurasundara - Fri, 30 Sep 2005 04:10:19 +0530
Hi Madhava, smile.gif I'd like to know why the feeds coming from your VJ are partial rather than full?

I am using the Feedblitz service to syndicate my own blogs as well as subscribing to others. Whereas the feeds from other blogs (such as Advaita's) gives me the full text of whatever he has posted, the feeds from your site are partial. For example, your latest posting appears to me like this:

Malati reached Radha-kunda last Saturday and brought me up to date on the news on Sunday. Guruji was still in Calcutta, and was due to arrive during the upcoming week. While doing Radha-kunda parikrama, she met Shyamala Dada, who had instructed us in the elementaries of kirtan and raga during our last visit...

I just discovered that by looging onto the VJ site, there is much more to this posting and previous postings and that you have not trailed the sentence off. Why is this happening?
Madhava - Fri, 30 Sep 2005 04:27:40 +0530
The feed is there to give you a note that something new is out there. The idea is that you read the full blog on the site, with the images included. smile.gif

There are also many feeds that only offer headlines.
Gaurasundara - Tue, 04 Oct 2005 04:23:38 +0530
Hmmm, wanting to comment on Madhava's latest blog led me straight here! biggrin.gif

Well anyway, I just LOVE the cover of MK. Congratulations to all who were involved on a job very well done, I'm sure the finished product will be fantastic! w00t.gif Can't wait to buy it! laugh.gif
Madhava - Tue, 04 Oct 2005 04:27:27 +0530
Closer and closer to getting final with this. Still have a ton of work with the text as well.

Attachment: Image
Jagat - Tue, 04 Oct 2005 04:37:44 +0530
Is beeee-u-tee-ful.
Gaurasundara - Tue, 04 Oct 2005 06:01:22 +0530
What is the picture at the back of the book? I have a feeling that it is a pic of Sri Cakravartipada's original manuscript of MK? And that's a picture of Sri Rupa Gosvami in the back, isn't it?
Madhava - Tue, 04 Oct 2005 06:18:23 +0530
In the back, yes, that's Rupa Goswami, a view from his bhajan-kutir at Radha Damodar. Where do you see a manuscript? You mean the canvas-looking background of the entire cover? No, that's courtesy of Photoshop Maharaj.
Gaurasundara - Tue, 04 Oct 2005 06:25:04 +0530
No I was just puzzled at the choice of picture, it didn't seem clear to me why that picture was chosen. I assumed the focus of the pic were those red cloth folds in the front and I assumed that they contained some sort of manuscript.
Madhava - Tue, 04 Oct 2005 06:30:06 +0530
The picture shows Rupa Goswami worshiped in his bhajan-kutir. Visvanath Chakravartipad and Babaji Maharaj worship the original shloka of Rupa Goswami through elaborating upon it in various perceptive ways.
Madhava - Thu, 06 Oct 2005 17:30:44 +0530
Safe and sound in Vraja since 6 AM today. smile.gif More in Vraja Journal as time permits, I need to recover just a little bit from about three days of practically no sleep and a couple of fruits as the daily meal. Radhe Radhe!
Gaurasundara - Thu, 06 Oct 2005 19:55:09 +0530
I'm very glad to hear that you arrived safely. smile.gif Please try to eat more, sad.gif very concerned about your health.
Tamal Baran das - Fri, 07 Oct 2005 00:05:01 +0530
Glad to hear that you are doing fine Madhava.Take some pasta to get you going.Pasta with lotsa of hing. smile.gif

Some good subji and pakoras too.

MK cover is absolutely amazing.You are a wiz.

If you see Kavalyapati Das from Croatia, please convey to him my obeisances if you can. He will come to take initiation from Our Babaji Maharaja, courtesy of Sriman Karunamayi dasji.he is great guy, and a long time devotee.
He will be first Croatian devotee to take initiation from our Babaji Maharaja, since Sakhi Priya Dasi and myself (but i don't count myself anymore as Croatian, as i am British and Irish citizen now). rolleyes.gif
Tarun Govinda das - Fri, 07 Oct 2005 11:20:27 +0530
Radhe Radhe!

Very nice to hear that, dear Madhavaji.

Me so eager for the journal-nectar...

Like last year, that was awesome....
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Madhava - Tue, 18 Oct 2005 20:02:46 +0530
Would someone be interested in seeing copies of Vraja Journal entries appear here at GD?
ananga - Tue, 18 Oct 2005 22:04:43 +0530
Not copies Madhava, but announcements of updates would be good
Madhava - Sat, 22 Oct 2005 22:12:45 +0530
- Thakur Mahashaya's Disappearance Day
Madhava - Sat, 29 Oct 2005 13:00:27 +0530
- Appearance of Radha-kunda
Gaurasundara - Sun, 13 Nov 2005 12:49:28 +0530
QUOTE(Madhava @ Oct 3 2005, 10:57 PM)
Closer and closer to getting final with this. Still have a ton of work with the text as well.

Any updates concerning the book publication, Madhavaji? How is that going?
Madhava - Sun, 20 Nov 2005 23:15:07 +0530
MK is out. smile.gif

I'm a bit short on internet access just now as the ISP reverted me back to pay per minute. (Actually it turns out they never upgraded the plan despite our request, and I got a sweet $100 bill for using "unlimited".) I need to sort that out.

We changed our tickets to December 30th, so we'll be staying around at where we're supposed to be for a while longer now.
Anand - Mon, 21 Nov 2005 01:36:22 +0530
Unfortunately it is the translator's attitude to which the reader of a translation is exposed, not the attitude of the original author. It is always like that. It is the attitude that a devotional book breathes out which will win the hearts, not the perfect language or the perfect lay-out.

This from Advaitadas' blog had my heart lost out to disappointment. Are we ever going to welcome a new publication without all the suspicion and sense of hopelesness thrown in the bargain? I thought these kinds of bickerings were a privilege of IGM - why is it also here?

Anyway, I do dispute Advaitadas' assertion above. Yes, it may happen that the essence of an acarya's work will be better preserved in an imperfect laid-out text than in a perfect one. But that does not necessarily mean that the translator is always more prominent than the original author. Indeed, how would have we preserved the original attitude put in these texts by their authors so many centuries ago if it weren't for us placing faith in the diverse presentations by different translators and interpreters over time?

Advaitadas' translation of Govinda Lilamrta sits on my kitchen table and I find his work beautiful, albeit imperfect grammatically. Yet, reading it does not win my heart to shunn Iskcon and Gaudiya Math as he likes to do himself. If anything, reading his translation only strengthens my admiration for the endeavors of those engaged in preserving and perhaps improving presentation of shastra in general. The attitude of service is there and is what we honor.