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To Make People Happy by Giriraj Swami

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta states, “Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the most benevolent personality in human society because His only desire is to make people happy. His sankirtana movement is especially meant for the purpose of making people happy.” (Adi 9.45 p)

And Srila Prabhupada said of himself,…

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Becoming Free from the Three Modes of Nature

By Niranjana Swami

The following is a partially edited transcription of a lecture given on June 15, 2014, at the Carpathian Festival in Ukraine – SB 1.2.19 – Becoming Free from the Three Modes of Nature.

Reading from the 1st Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, Chapter 2, Text 19.

tada rajas-tamo-bhavah

kama-lobhadayas ca ye 

ceta etair anaviddham

sthitam sattve prasidati

tada — at that time; rajah — in the mode of…

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Big gathering of vaishnavas in Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi in Mayapur

Srila Prabhupada: The Spiritual Master and Krishna are two parallel lines. The train, on two tracks, moves forward. The Spiritual Master and Krishna are like these two tracks, they must be served simultaneously. Krishna helps one to find bona fide Spiritual Master, and bona fide Spiritual Master helps one to understand Krishna. If one does not get bona fide Spiritual Master, then how he can ever understand…

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Srila Prabhupada’s 41st Disappearance Day Fesival at ISKCON Vrindavan

By Deena Bandhu Das

More than 120 disciples gathered in Vrindavan to glorify Srila Prabhupada for his Disappearance Day Festival. Fabulous arrangements were made and they churned the great ocean of the nectar of Srila Prabhupada’s glories. Again in the evening, they gathered at Srila Prabhupada’s bed where he left this world. Every year I think they will never be able to make…

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Sri Krishna and the Original Sporting Propensity

From Back to Godhead

Krishna is always engaged in sport, and when we try to imitate Him, we lose. 

When the 2017 Super Bowl game, the summit of American professional football, was…

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The Monk who used his IIT degree for Environmental Transformation

By Rahul Singh

“When you are in the field of spirituality, you think you can advise anyone on any topic. We listened to experts in hydrogeological survey and Soil Biotechnology”. This was the greatest takeaway for me from the session titled “Sustainability from the Inside out” hosted in October in Singapore by Artha Forum – the fact that knowledge makes you humble.…

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Deep Ecology and Vedic Culture

By Dayananda das

The Deep Ecology movement is rooted in the conclusions of Professors Lynn White and Arne Naess. By the late 1960s, Prof White, a historian and university president who had studied the development of technology from medieval times to the present,…

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Srila Prabhupada: You chastised me, I like that. I am very happy with your words!

February 1971: BENARES, INDIA Festival glorifying Lord Chaitanya

Radha Govinda Swami: I was in Benares at that time when Srila Prabhupada was touring, traveling India with his 40 disciples. I read in a newspaper in America Krishna-bhakti is…

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ISKCON Member Selected as KAICIID International Fellow

ISKCON Member Selected as KAICIID International Fellow

ISKCON India’s Director of Communications, Yudhistir Govinda Das, was earlier this month chosen by the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) as one of its twenty International Fellows for the year 2019.…

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ISKCON New Vrindaban Reaches Out to Jewish Community

Activism
 
By Anuradha Dasi 

On October 27, ISKCON New Vrindaban devotees in West Virginia heard of the horrific mass shooting at the Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, a 90-minute drive away from their idyllic rural community. This tragic news affirmed the timeless knowledge of the Srimad Bhagavatam, which instructs…

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Vrndavana Braj Parikrama – Day 1

By Kadamba Kanana Swami

Written by Rukmini dd

The Vraj Parikrama is bursting at the seams this year. We are different. All 140 of us have come with a milieu of accents, skin tones, natures and cultures from all corners of the earth. Yet we have come to Vrindavan as family and Vrindavan is home.

We begin our pilgrimage in the early…

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Test for ourselves

The Srimad Bhagavatam describes how the trees in Vrindavana are bowing down due to their heavy fruits. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu explained this by describing how a person who has the fruits of good qualities is like a tree with good fruits. The weights of the fruits cause the tree to bow down to everyone. But a tree that doesn’t have good fruits stands up very straight, doesn’t bow to anyone.…


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Museum of The Hare Krishna Movement?

By Mayesvara Dasa

Those of us who appreciate the magical potency of what Srila Prabhupada gave us know that a miracle of colossal historic importance occurred in the late 1960’s. At that time His Divine Grace came and ignited a worldwide spiritual revolution that has no historic equivalent. Those of us who were blessed to become his disciples all got an opportunity to be part of this…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 13.28

TEXT 28
samam sarvesu bhutesu

tisthantam paramesvaram

vinasyatsv avinasyantam

yah pasyati sa pasyati

SYNONYMS…
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Govardhan Puja Festival at ISKCON Mayapur

The Vedic scriptures proclaim that the glories of Lord Krishna are unlimited and eternal and no one is able to reach the end of them. In the same way, who can fully describe the splendid glories of Sri Giriraja-Govardhana, the best servant of the Lord and at the same time non-different from the Lord Himself? To protect his dear vrajavasis from Indra’s wrath, Sri Krishna held the Hill on the small finger of His divine hand for seven days. The area of Govardhan is full of…

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Religion and Hinduism By Dayananda Das

The words “religion” and “Hindu” are problematic. Both are confusing, inaccurate, and not useful words.

Religion

Depending on the context, the use of the word religion can be ill-defined and even offensive—for example, when someone says that religions cause all wars or when someone…

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The Flowering of Consciousness

By Bhakti Charu Swami

Man has the chance to bloom spiritually by raising himself to the highest level of love of God.The Vedic scriptures divide consciousness into five categories, namely covered, shrunken,budding, blooming, and fully bloomed.

Trees and plants, for example, are almost inert. They fall into the “covered…

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The Award-winning Documentary About the Yamuna Released in Six Languages

Arts

The Stolen River, the multiple award-winning documentary about the River Yamuna has been released for public screening in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. The film is now available in six languages: English, Italian, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. 

In celebration of the holy month of Kartik, communities who…

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Resolved to Live The Life of The Soul

By Visakha Devi Dasi

The desire to be soul-conscious inspires a move to a soul-compatible place.

“The soul [jivatma] is unborn, eternal, immortal, and primeval. It does not die when the body dies.” (Bhagavad-gita 2.20)

I first heard details about jivatmathe soulin 1971 during my maiden overseas trip. I was reuniting with my then-boyfriend (later husband) John in India, and to me, a born and bred atheist,…

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