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Teachings Of My Mother by Karnamrita Das

Monday, May 20th was the death anniversary of my mom. I usually post the blog I wrote a few days after she “left her body” (as devotees call death of the physical body, since the soul moves on) nine years ago. Today, I would like to express some thoughts for your consideration, and perhaps, for thinking of your own mom, or your relationship to your parents in general. One of the questions I am thinking about is: “How…

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This is Vrindavan. This is kirtan. This is Krishna Consciousness!

Kartamasa das: The first time I met Yamuna devi, my life changed forever.

I was in Saranagati for the Christmas holidays in 2000 having a reunion with my closest childhood friends. We were all in our early twenties, and having recently finished our university education and started work, we spent our time together recalling our childhood activities. One day we decided to have kirtan, but in a…

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ISKCON-London To Reach out to New Audiences With Ambitious 50th Anniversary Events

Events
 
By Madhava Smullen



The Radha-Krishna Temple in London is celebrating its 50thanniversary, and the 50th anniversary of the installation of Sri Sri Radha-Londonisvara, with several exciting events this year.

“The Hare Krishna…

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My Letter to Parvati Devi by Giriraj Swami

Yesterday in Vrindavan is a memorial program for Srila Prabhupada’s dear disciple Parvati devi dasi. I wrote a letter to her for the occasion:

My dear Parvati Devi,

Please accept my humble, respectful obeisances. All glories to our eternal…

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True Colours by Bhaktimarga Swami



So, the rule is to walk a stretch daily. “Not alone,” cautioned my doctor. It makes total sense.  


Raymond and I took to grooving, at least moving, through the park where you have this blossoming happening. I asked him what…
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Remembering Help in Freeing Soviet Hare Krishnas Rendered by Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke

People

By Sri Prahlada Das 

News of the peaceful death of former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke on May 16that the age of 89, has evoked praise of the charismatic leader. Dominating Australian politics in the 1980s, he is credited with introducing universal healthcare, modernising the economy, floating the dollar and of achieving the highest approval…

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How the Essence of Religions Came From Vedic Culture by Sri Nandanandana dasa

(An Excerpt from the book Mysteries of the Ancient Vedic Empire, by Sri Nandanandana dasa–Stephen Knapp)

As we look over the various cultures and religions of the world, we may ask if all religious systems are divine. Though they seem to conflict with each other on various points, still there are many areas of truth in which they all agree. Or you could say that some of the same essential truths can be found within each of them. And by a careful comparison, we can…

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Wait Until I Am Dead by Kavicandra Swami

Whenever a devotee leaves his or her body, we hear so much praise of them. Everyone becomes happy to be absorbed glorifying a devotee. It seems that we do not do enough of praising devotees while they are with us. Of course a devotee should not be hankering to be praised. St. Francis of Assisi would tell those who started to praise him, “Wait until I am dead, I could fall down at any time”. Of course that just makes him more worthy of praise.

“Offering all respect to…

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Thriving Devotee Population in Siberia Embraces Japa Retreats by Madhava Smullen

Activism

Chanting japa is one of the activities most central to Krishna consciousness. So every year for the past seven years, devotees from Kemerovo in Siberia, Russia, have put on a special Japa Retreat for both local Vaishnavas and those from surrounding areas.

This year, the Kemerovo Japa Retreat ran from April 29thto May 3rd. About 120…

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Boat Festival Season!

It’s the boat festival season in Mayapur. After 7 days of ecstatic boat festival of Radha Madhava, we celebrated two very sweet and ecstatic boat festivals of Sri Jagannath, Baladev Subhadra- one at Rajapur, while the other being at Srila Prabhupada Ghat to Pancaveni by Land department. HH Jayapataka Maharaj took part in the celebration.

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High Rating by Bhaktimarga Swami



The birds. It was their hour as Connor and I took that brief stroll by the creek.  Gold finches - a couple settled on a perfect perch.  Then a red-winged black bird soared along flaunting his colours. From a lamp post moved a predator bird, of a falcon breed, I guess, and…
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No Gaurantee by Achyut Gopal Das

 
There is no guarantee that a strong person will live long or a weak person will die soon. There is no guarantee that an educated person will be successful or an uneducated person will…
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Lust blinds love liberates by Purushottam Nitai Das

Bilvamangala Thakura was a wealthy south Indian Brahmin and belonged to a cultured family. But he got attracted to a prostitute named Cintamani. The attraction soon became attachment. And as it happens when we get attached to worldly enjoyment we lose our intelligence and subsequently our dignity. The fire of lust was so intense that he was not at all moved when his father died; in fact standing near the pyre of his…

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What is the matter with the world by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

On the 16th of February 1957 a meeting was held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to discuss the above subject matter. Distinguished gentlemen from different categories spoke on the subject, but practically nobody could give us a definite direction as to what actually the matter was that was troubling the whole situation. This feeling of pinching in the existence of our life is a good sign for progress. It is an urge for enquiry what is the wrong in the world that gives us…

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Practice Loving Krishna by Sridhara Swami

Through bhakti-yoga we can finally reunite with the person we’ve wanted all along.

The Sixth Chapter of Bhagavad-gita, discusses dhyana-yoga, or meditative yoga. Texts 13-14 say: “One should hold one’s body, neck, and head erect in a straight line and stare steadily at the tip of the nose. Thus, with an unagitated, subdued mind, devoid of fear, completely free from sex life, one should meditate upon Me within the heart and make Me the ultimate goal of…

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ISKCON Leader Offers Prayers at National Memorial Service for Sri Lanka Terrorist Attacks

Activism
 
By Madhava Smullen

ISKCON GBC and Communications Minister Anuttama Das recently offered prayers at an Interfaith Prayer and Remembrance Service for the people of Sri Lanka, at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on…

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The man on the moon by Kadamba Kanana Swami

They did not go to the moon. Although I was there in front of the television and we saw it, and it was a big thing. The whole world was together. It overcame everything, the Russians, the Chinese and everyone was part of it. They were all watching and they all were sharing the monitoring of the space shuttle. It was a big thing – a man on the moon Neil Armstrong.

 “It was all a hoax.”…

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Srila Prabhupada’s Personal Cooks to Share Stories and Demos at L.A. Prabhupada Festival

People
By Madhava Smullen 

This year’s Prabhupada Festival in Los Angeles, running over the Memorial Day Weekend of May 25thand 26th, will feature the theme “Cooking…

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Not the Best News but Laugh Anyway by Bhaktimarga Swami

Connor and I took the commuter GO train westbound to the Burlington area, there to meet up with Dr. Pandith (aka Jagannath Misra).  Apart from yesterday’s chiropractic visit, I had scheduled a physical check up with a Dr. Singh.  Tests showed all to be fairly good, but between the two…

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The Sweet Speech of Vraja by Srimati Dasi

In any relationship, the nature of the reciprocation and rasa that evolves between loved ones will naturally be very much influenced by their quality of speech ⎯ their verbal exchanges. This is particularly so in Vraja ⎯ a land where the culture is sublimely subtle and ever-so-fascinatingly sweet. It’s a land where Krsna not only loves everyone and has loving exchanges with everyone but speaks to them all in their own…

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