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Responsibility is power

By Karnamrita Das

Many successful people, both religious and secular, accept the idea that we all have to take 100 % responsibility for our lives—though for many of us, this can be challenging at times. Responsibility means accountability in whatever situation we may be in for our behavior and its consequences. We may think the life circumstances we were born into were just a…

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Live and let live by Kadamba Kanana Swami

How do I deal with a relationship where there is a lot of friction?

Such things are all a matter of stars. Astrology can show us how people’s karma is composed. It basically calculates different elements in a person’s nature which allows us to get a view of what kind of karma that person has. So when two people come together, astrology allows us to see if there is compatibility between those people. Sometimes when such calculations take…

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Genuine Appreciation By Kadamba Kanana Swami

The more the eternal associates of Krsna develop their love for Krsna, the more they also develop their love for all those who are serving Krsna in love. Therefore, it is not that anyone looks with an envious eye at his neighbour. No, there is a very deep and genuine appreciation which is based on service, because everyone can see how everyone else in the spiritual world is trying to serve Krsna, and how eager everyone is to satisfy…

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Chaitanya’s Sannyasa, Prabhupada’s Mercy

By Giriraj Swami

We read from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, Chapter One: “The Spiritual Masters.”

TEXT 62

sadhavo hrdayam mahyam

  sadhunam hrdayam tv aham

mad-anyat te na jananti

  naham tebhyo manag api…

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Remember God? Coming Back to My Eternal Friend

By Bhakti-lata Devi Dasi

After years searching and struggling, she finally found the right place to develop the natural connection she felt with God.

It was the third day in the hospital. The IV was still in my right arm. As I gazed through…

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Should I Forgive Him?

Once upon a time Bali Maharaja approached Prahlada Maharaja and asked him, “Which is actually best, forgiveness or the use of strength?” Prahlada Maharaja thought for some time and replied, “Neither forgiveness nor the use of strength is good in all situations. If one were to always forgive, then his servants, dependents and even strangers would disrespect him. When one always forgives and never shows the strength to…

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Time, the Winkless God

By Mathuresha Dasa

A look at what the Srimad-Bhagavatam has to say about time, a concept that has challenged philosophers for centuries.

Time is a little difficult to define. Philosophers and theologians have tried for at least…

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Sankirtana: Welfare for All Beings

By Dayananda Dasa

“Is chanting all that your religion does? Don’t you do welfare or anything like that?”

Alex, my barber, works at the Pilatos salon in Queens, New York, on the cusp of a Hispanic neighborhood. The salon has mostly Latino…

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Stand up for Krsna!

By Kadamba Kanana Swami

If we want to be counted amongst the saints, we must have the courage to stand up for Krsna and not think, “What will the neighbours say?”

We have heard many stories of devotees during the early days of the movement in the former Soviet Union (Russia) and how the devotees were put into jails, mental hospitals and even…

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Inspire through love and sacrifice By Kadamba Kanana Swami

Question: What is the most appropriate way to inspire your spouse towards Krsna consciousness?

With a lot of love! It is going to take a lot of love because it is through love that the inspiration will come to the other person – the inspiration to make a sacrifice. It is a challenge for someone to inspire a spouse to take up Krsna consciousness therefore, it must be done in a loving…

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A Call to Spiritual Heroism

 

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa

Like Ravana of the Ramayana, the heroes and heroines of today’s movies have a fatal flaw.

The Ramayana is an ancient Vedic saga of action, romance, wisdom, and adventure; a saga that has inspired a quarter of…

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ISKCON prison ministry – Strengthening my faith By Janardana Dasa

Hare Kṛṣṇa, Mataji.

Dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

In prison my Kṛṣṇa consciousness has been truly “hands on” (isn’t it always? ). Sri Kṛṣṇa knows best and is always testing and strengthening His bhaktas. I truly feel that He has been especially and specifically helping me for the past twenty-six months I have spent in prison.…

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Finding Shelter in True Identity

A child of Indian-born parents in America discovers herself in the context of competing cultures.

“So, tell me about yourself. Where are you from?”…

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Exploring Love

Exploring Love

By Vishakha Devi Dasi

What is love? Where is it? And how can we get it?

Love, we are told, is all we need. It is the subject of numberless books, songs, films, plays, sonnets, articles, conversations, and advertisements; it is meditated on, longed for, and bemoaned; it is a source of anguish, ecstasy, and everything in between. Yet despite our ability today to acquire many…

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The Road Ahead

By Indra Krishna Dasa

A Dubai commuter, stuck in traffic, muses on how modern inventions have failed to improve the quality of our lives and have added to our distress.

It’s 7:00 P.M., and I’ve been driving for more than an hour. As I head home…

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Siddha-Pranali by HH Kadamba Kanana Swami





(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 17 November 2013, Mayapur, India, Rasapurnima, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.33.19)



Question: It is pretty clear to me, from studying Srila Prabhupada’s books, that the way we access Krsna lilas is – as sometimes Prabhupada would say in his purports – to give our lives to the mission. But, as the times goes on, it seems to be more and…

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Whom Should We Surrender To



Everyone has to surrender to someone superior. That is always the nature of our living condition. At the present moment we are trying to surrender to someone—either to society or to our nation, family, state or government.


  
 


The surrendering process already exists, but it is never perfect because the person or institution…
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What’s Your Vow?

Being austere is not highly regarded in contemporary culture. We over eat, over sleep, over mate, and over defend. The concept of having less or doing less is something that may be admired from a distance but generally not considered so welcome when it’s closer to home.

In yoga teachings,…

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Krishna is… By Patita Pavana das Adhikary

The year was 1933. In Orissa, Professor N.K. Sannyal had just published the first volume of his milestone work on the life of Shri Mahaprabhu under the divine order of his spiritual master, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. To that date, it would be the most voluminous and scholarly presentation ever…

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Life Before Death

Life After Death is a popular topic with varying opinions about its possibility. But what about life before death? What characterizes life? The answer to this question heavily influences our opinion about the possibility of life after death. And in fact, it decisively influences our definition…
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