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Name / Initiated name
Satsvarupa das Goswami
Daily number of rounds of Hare Krishna mahamantra.
16+
When, where and how did you come into contact with the Hare Krishna Movement?
1966 by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Name the nearest or most frequently Visited ISKCON temple/ centre and name few of the devotees whom you know.
New York, I think everyone knows and have read Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita
Please describe yourself so that other like minded devotees can find you.
In 1966 Srila Prabhupada was giving classes in a humble storefront on 2nd Avenue that he passed by every day on his way home from work. Entering that storefront changed my life forever.

Srila Prabhupada taught essential truths from the Vedas—ancient books of knowledge. He captured the attention and hearts of his audience through recitation of the scripture, mystical histories of saints and sages, colorful stories, sweet chanting and musical expertise, and loving devotion to God. He brought from India a few sets of books translated into English and immediately engaged his new friends in producing more.

In 1966 became Srila Prabhupada's typist and began churning out manuscripts for publication of new translations with Bhaktivedanta commentaries.

Was among the first young Americans to assist Srila Prabhupada with his mission in the West and, as Srila Prabhupada's intimate disciple, served as personal secretary.

While traveling, lecturing on Krishna consciousness, and instructing disciples worldwide, has published many books including poems, memoirs, essays, novels, and studies based on the Vaisnava scriptures.
What are your expectations from this community?
Various
Describe any specific service you would love to offer to Lord Krishna & His devotees?
Writing For Btg Magazine, Preaching
 

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Thinking of liberation in political terms

Posted on July 11, 2009 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Narottama dasa Thakura sang, “I have wasted my life not worshiping Radha and Krishna.” The human form of life is meant for understanding Krishna. The world is being spoiled. By understanding Krishna, people become liberated, but people do not know. They are thinking of liberation in political terms. They are thinking of liberation from Britain. Prabhupada said that before independence from Britain, at least people were free to move out of the country, but he had to undergo much difficulty to… Continue

SDGonline - Japa Essay

Posted on June 25, 2009 at 11:33pm 0 Comments

Japa essay



Japa should be a time for prayer, turning to Krishna in His holy names. It should not be just numbers and hurrying to get them done. I’m a little guilty of that. Nevertheless, it’s a great accomplishment to get your rounds done and should not be overlooked. Early mornings are meant for this. Getting up and diving into your rounds, watching the count rise, enunciating the syllables even without thinking so much about them. The names are Krishna and Radha. It’s… Continue

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At 3:48pm on October 8, 2009, SALONI NAGPAL said…
hare krsna dandavatpranam maharaj, thank u maharaj thank u so much..pamho.
At 10:07pm on October 6, 2009, SALONI NAGPAL said…
HARE KRSNA, AGTSP. THANK U FOR ADDING ME. MAHARAJ IT'S A GREAT OPPURTINITY FOR ME TO HAVE YOUR ASSOCIATION. MY NAME IS SALONI NAGPAL I'M SCHOOL GOING AND USE TO CHANT 16 ROUNDS DAILY AND PART OF IGF (ISKCON PUNJABI BAGH TEMPLE) AND IN MY FAMILY NOBODY IS A DEVOTEE YET AND REALLY NEED YOUR BLESSINGS TO BECOME THE SERVANTS OF SERVANTS AND WANT TO SERVE SRILA PRABHUPADA. HARE KRSNA WANT TO SERVE YOU MAHARAJ. ALSO WANTED TO ASK THAT IF I HAVE ANY PHILLOSPHICAL DOUBTS CAN I ASK IT ONLINE FROM YOU. PAMHO HARE KRSNA..
At 8:53pm on October 6, 2009,
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kartik
said…
dandavat pranam maharaj
At 1:59pm on October 4, 2009, Satsvarupa dasa Goswami said…
Yesterday I heard a lecture Prabhupada gave on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.23 on November 23, 1974, in Mumbai. Generally, people are suffering. No one can say boldly, “I am not suffering.” Everyone must be suffering. They have dozens of tablets to mitigate the suffering. Foolish people don’t understand. They’re thinking they are satisfied. This is maya, illusion. There are three kinds of suffering: adiatmika, sufferings of the body and mind; adibautika, sufferings from other living entities, such as dogs barking at night, making it impossible to sleep, or enemies; and adidaivika, famine, drought, earthquake, over which you have no control. You think you are happy in this material world. But there is birth, death, disease, and old age.

Those who are Krishna conscious are suffering, but not so acutely. They are tolerant. A sadhu knows that he is not this body. If you understand that you are not the body, although there is suffering, you will not feel it so much. If one has a car and has an accident, and if he is absorbed in possession of the car, then he suffers more. Sufferings are like seasonal changes. In the summer, fire brings suffering, but in the winter, it brings pleasure. Water is pleasing in the summer, but it brings suffering in the winter. This is due to the skin. Because you think you are this body, you suffer more. The more we are in bodily consciousness, the more we suffer. If one tends to thinks one is a Muslim, then he thinks he has to fight with the Hindus. If they know they are all servants of Krishna, they won’t fight or riot over national identity. Those who are always thinking of Krishna know that even if they are suffering, it is Krishna’s desire. Queen Kunti said to Krishna, “When we are in danger, You are with us. Better let my suffering continue so I can remember You intensely.”

When a devotee suffers, he thinks it is due to his past misdeeds. He thinks, “Krishna is making me suffer a little.” How much Prahlada suffered from his father, but he was silent. Haridasa Thakura was beaten by the Muslm ruler, and he tolerated. It is understood that when he was beaten, Lord Caitanya was on his back, and he did not suffer. A devotee is educated to tolerate. At the same time, he is compassionate and spreads Krishna consciousness so others may be happy. Prahlada said, “I know how to be happy, but I am suffering for these fools, and I don’t want to go back to Godhead unless I can bring them with me.”

When the sravanam-kirtanam is about Krishna, then there is no suffering or unhappiness. Other hearing and talking will not reduce suffering. Devotional service is so nice that even in the material world, the devotee will not suffer material miseries. Because his mind is absorbed in thought of Krishna, he does not suffer.
At 1:58pm on October 4, 2009, Satsvarupa dasa Goswami said…
Dear Ahimsa,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I’m sorry to hear that your dog and cat died within a recent week. One gets attached to pets, and it can be a loss. You were chanting Hare Krishna to them, so that was auspicious.
Thank you for reading some of my books. I have a website—www.sdgonline.org—and I post a daily journal there. You can keep in touch with my thoughts and activities if you read it.
You ask me when I knew I was ready to accept sannyasa. Prabhupada invited me to take sannyasa in 1972, and so on his invitation, I felt I was ready.
Yours in the service of Prabhupada,

Satsvarupa dasa Goswami
At 9:43pm on August 15, 2009, Music said…

Hare Krsna Maharaj, here's a nice picture for you.
At 12:45am on July 16, 2009, Subhadra Prema devi dasi said…
Hare Krishna maharaj, AGTSP, PAMHO.
Thank you for your blogposts and ofcourse your association for all of us here on this site. YS Subhadra Prema dd
At 9:37am on July 14, 2009, Nitin Kumar Shakya said…
Hare Krishna Maharaj

Please Accept my Humble obeisances,

Maharaj My name is NITIN KUMAR. I am living in Delhi (India). I am associated with ISKCON from last 3 years. I am Doning 16 rounds of Hare Krishna Mahamanta Daily. I am also a Member of IYF DELHI (PUNJABI BAGH TEMPLE). I am doing regularly Preaching also. Maharaj one day I saw Srila Prabupada in my dream.""""" I am watching Prabupada is preaching to my father ( he is not a devotee) about krishna consciousness & I am siting their. after some time when my father is gone. I was started crying in front of Prabupada. I am saying to prabupada 'why are you gone very soon prabupada from this material world. now people are becoming more materialistic. How will be they understand our philosophy ?. Then Prabupada said to me " why are you becoming hopeless, whenever you call me I will come again. & you come and join Temple I have very special plan for you.""""" So maharaj this is my dream. Please blessing me so that I can become servent of srila Prabupada.

Thanks Maharaj

Your eternal Dass

Nitin Kumar
At 3:35am on July 3, 2009, Devarshi Srivas Das said…
MOst dearest Maharaj Pls accept my humble pranam all glories to Srila Prabhupad.
At 9:34pm on June 26, 2009, Michael A. Golub said…
Dear Satsvarupa Dasa Maharaja,
Hare Krsna! Please, accept my prostrated obeisances in the dust of Your lotus feet. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and You!

I was going to write You a letter, but as usually had no determination to do it. I am very thankful to You, because You are one of my vartma-pradaksaka guru. One of the first books I read on KC was Your `Readings in Vedic Literature' (in Russian, in those time it was `samizdat'--self-made).It was about 1988. I liked the book, but I was afraid to join the movement. I joined about 10 years later... Years later I've bought the book in good polygraphic form and re-read it.

I guess that Your friendship suggestion is by the mercy of Your disciple Srimati Ishana, who edits Russian versions of Your books and whom I like a lot and accept as a diksa-guru. She is really a very good devotee and very nice and sublime personality. Sometimes she allows me to make some minor service for her. I appreciate it a lot. She is very grateful.

Another book I like a lot is Your `From Imperfection, Purity Will Come About' (in Russian). I always admire how senior devotees and even sannyasis, our spiritual masters open their hearts and express their deep humility. I touches feeling to tears.

Unfortunately I am still a prakrta-bhakta if a bhakta at all, so I pay my obeisances from a distance. I am very grateful for having such an opportunity to write this message to You.

Please, excuse my unintentional offenses.

Om swasti.

Nitya dasa dasanudasa Mike Golub
(mike_golub (AT) tochka.ru)
 
 
 

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