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A Response to The Chaitanya School: Role of Ethics

By Krishna Dharma dasa

It was good to see a scholar tackling the uncertain area of morality in Vaishnavism, as did Ms Chatterjee with her essay, ‘The Chaitanya School: Role of Ethics’. I found her essay thought provoking and a valuable contribution to what I feel is an area requiring much discussion. Although, as Ms Chatterjee rightly…

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The Chaitanya School: Role of Ethics

By Chanda Chatterjee

Any discussion on religion remains incomplete without a reference to moral and ethical values. The case of Gaudiya Vaishnavism is no exception to that. It is true that ethics has not been systematically treated by the Gaudiya philosophers and that the issue in question has not been discussed independently, yet the fact remains that morality or…

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Feeling Separation From Krishna Is Necessary and Practical

By Sacinandana Swami 



We have to wake up to the fact that our life is not in order. Yes, you might be liked by devotees. You might be a lecturer and other neophyte devotees may applaud you. Or mister guru! You may think you have so many disciples and thus you are successful in your life. Whoever we are, in whatever position or station of life we are, unless we wake up to the fact that “I…

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New book: “Pauranic Caritavali” – Tales of the legendary heroes

By Radha Sakhi Dasi

Who is a hero? In simple words, a person of distinguished courage or ability admired for his/her deeds and noble qualities. Then who is a legend? A Legend is a person who is extremely famous in his/her field whose glories and valour are celebrated through traditional stories coming down through time. Touchstone Media’s ‘Pauranic Caritavali’…

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Within Walking Distance We Talked by Bhaktimarga Swami





Within walking distance of Mayapura is the village of Sarasvat Gang, which is situated along the Jalangi River.  There my roommates, of Suite 505 of the Gada Building, and I were invited for lunch at Madan Gopal's.  Madan had asked several days ago, "What do you want on the menu?" That was…
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The Essence is Transcendence

By Kadamba Kanana Swami

Sometimes I feel that the temple is transcendental, the Bhagavad-gita is transcendental, the holy name is transcendental, and the devotees are transcendental. Everything is transcendental expect me; I am not transcendental. But to some extent we are elevated to the transcendental platform, because we are chanting Hare Krsna, taking Krsna prasadam and…

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Good Lesson by Bhaktimarga Swami

 
I was poised to start the chanting as lead singer for the temple's mangal arati, when a young man came to the mic in front of me.  Some miscommunication I suppose.  I had been asked on the previous day to sing.  It was a good lesson in…
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Slokas Why memorize them?

From Back to Godhead

By Tarini Radha Devi Dasi

Reciting Shlokas that glorify Lord Krishna can awaken the soul to eternal knowledge.

Today, as I came by bus in the morning,” reported our ethics lecturer, “a person was…

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Chanting Challenges

By Vraja Bihari Dasa

“For humankind, the mind is the cause of bondage and the mind is the cause of liberation. The mind absorbed in…

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Roots of Kirtan Festival Introduces Newcomers to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Events
 
By Madhava Smullen

On Saturday March 16th, just a few days before Gaura Purnima (Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Appearance Day), around 250 people visited Manhattan’s Bhakti Center for the Roots of Kirtan festival – described as “dynamic,…

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Eco-Vrindaban Searching for President to Oversee Cow Protection and Gardening

 
Lifestyle
 
By Madhava Smullen

In his grand vision for New Vrindaban, Srila Prabhupada regularly described cow protection and local agriculture as the “main business” for its residents.

2019…

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Festival of Joy to Share India’s Spiritual Culture with City of Dallas

Events

By Madhava Smullen

Previously, Rathayatra in Dallas was a small scale affair, with ISKCON Dallas devotees pulling Lord Jagannath’s chariot through their local neighborhood.

But last Spring saw them partner with the Dallas Arts District to put on “Festival of Joy,” a major…

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ISKCON Mayapur feeds 40,000 at Shantipur

The Shantipur festival was first celebrated in the 15th century by the great saint Sri Advaita Acharya. The festival took place at his home in Shantipur on the occasion of the disappearance day of his spiritual master, Madhavendra Puri. On that day he fed all the devotees who came to his home prasadam, or sanctified food offered to the Lord.

Lord Caitanya attended the celebration and ate along with all the…

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I Do At Times by Bhaktimarga Swami



I do at times make use of the elevator on my way to the meetings.  I don't want to be late.  To join me on the lift was a delivery man with a bag full of coconuts and a pail of sugar cane juice.  We reached the elevated state of the fourth floor.  I'm glad he delivered…
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To increase our inspiration

By Kadamba Kanana Swami

In The Nectar of Devotion there is a reference to ‘sāndrānanda-viśeṣātmā,’ that we must make devotional service more dense. One of the symptoms of bhava is avyartha-kālatvam (Cc. Madhya 23.18-19) –   not to waste a moment. In theCaitanya-caritamrtait is said that while the associates of Caitanya Mahaprabhu were taking prasadam they were chanting the…

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Preaching in the workplace

Some devotees think, that because they are devotees, they must preach instantly to whomever they meet. Perhaps if we had the required force of purity, we could effect changes in people’s hearts on first contact. The reality is however, that not everyone has the required sukrti to appreciate our words; we have to create it for them.

By Kesava Krsna…

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A Saint Among Politicians by Vraja Bihari Dasa

Providing inspiration for the world’s largest democracy.

“We say God’s on our side but the more important question to ask is are we on God’s side…” (George Washington)

Democracy is supposed to be ‘by the people, of the people, and for the people,’ but I fear it may soon be redefined as ‘buy’ the people, ‘off’ the people, and ‘far’…

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Srila Prabhupada about political leaders

Bhagavad-gita As It Is

BG Chapters 1 – 6

If a man gets some ministership in the government by worshiping a political leader, he considers that he has achieved a great boon.

BG 4.12, Purport:

The boons of the demigods are material and temporary. Both the material worlds and their inhabitants, including the demigods and their worshipers, are bubbles…

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Gaura Purnima Address by HH Jayapataka Swami

The intelligent people of kali yuga will do devotional service to the Lord and how will they do this, by the process of yagnas and sankirtan. There are many kinds of yagnas but the most appropriate yagna for this kali yuga is Hari naam sankirtan, congregational chanting of the holy names.

Lord Krishna’s leela in dvapara yuga which He manifest, He got lot of bliss in that leela. But the people of kali yuga…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on March 23, 2019 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment


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Four Devotees Accept Sannyasa on Gaura Purnima

March 21st, 2019 – On the auspicious birthday of Lord Caitanya, Gaura Purnima, in the ISKCON Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir in Sridhama Mayapur, four qualified candidates accepted sannyasa from His Holiness Jayapataka Swami in order to further spread the mission of Mahaprabhu.

Sannyasa is the renounced order of life accepted by many followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself…

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