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January 2018 Blog Posts (196)


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The basics of spiritual life by Kadamba Kanana Swami

Question: Swamiji, can you please give me some basics on spiritual life?

Serve the devotees! That’s the basics. That is where it all begins. And when we serve the devotees, we serve their feet. We serve the lotus feet of the devotees and that means you have to bow down to the devotees – otherwise how will you get there? And bowing down to the devotees is not…

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The Sound Incarnation

Srila Prabhupada: Although there is no Deity, still this Hare Krishna Mantra is considered to be the sound vibration incarnation of Krishna. Actually, we should give more stress in worshiping the incarnation of sound vibration but whenever there is possibility of installing Deities and strictly following the regulations of worship, we shall do this, but the essential part of our activities is to worship the…

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Srila Prabhupada: This is a simple method.

Srila Prabhupada: “This is a simple method. All you have to do is bow down before Krishna with faith and say, ‘My Lord Krishna, I was forgetful of You for so long, for so many lives. Now I have come to my consciousness; please accept me.’ That’s all. If one simply learns this technique and sincerely surrenders himself to the Lord, his path is immediately open.”

(Science of Self-Realization, Chapter…

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The unity of the individual souls

The unity of the individual souls. 

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear sons of the King, I am very much pleased by the friendly relationships among you. All of you are engaged in one occupation—devotional service. I am so pleased with your mutual friendship that I wish you all good fortune. Now you may ask a benediction of Me.

PURPORT

Since the sons of King Pracinabarhisat were all united…

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How to perceive the presence of the Lord

By Gopiparanadhana Das

yena sva-rocisa visvam rocitam rocayamy aham yatharko ‘gnir yatha somo yatharksa-graha-tarakah

So, in our material consciousness we think that Krishna is very distant. Even after practicing devotional service for many years. We vaguely perceive the presence of Krishna in His holy name. When we come to the…

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Relative suffering by Kadamba Kanana Swami

There was a video clip about teenagers in Australia who have a very hard life – they have iPads with only 1 GB memory space! And on Saturdays their parents would do all the shopping for the week, drive the car into the garage and then the kids had to carry all that shopping, all the way from the car to the kitchen! Oh my God, what an intense life! So this is the suffering of the young generation in Australia.…

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Removing the Scarcity of Pure Devotional Service

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Respect for Individuality by Urmila Devi Dasi

The individuality of the self is a central teaching in Vaisnava philosophy, but what is our practical understanding of this term? Individuality is present in all living beings on both a material and a spiritual level. This article translates how this concept needs to relate to education practices in ISKCON today. The author explores evidence in some of Srila Prabhupada’ writings and scripture that deal with the issue of individuality together…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 11.28

TEXT 28
yatha nadinam bahavo 'mbu-vegah

samudram evabhimukha dravanti

tatha tavami nara-loka-vira

visanti vaktrany abhivijvalanti

SYNONYMS…
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Krishna Means All Attractive

“All their hearts were melting for Him on the pot of attraction. They looked at Him without blinking their eyes, and they moved hither and thither in perplexity.” (SB 1.10.4)

Yes. Krsna, the very name, suggests attractive. Krsna means all-attractive. (from Srimad Bhagavatam lecture June 19, 1973 in Mayapura India)

Full lecture

Krishna Means All Attractive

Lecture by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami…

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Women and Family: social value

What’s the importance of the family in society? Are men and women the same? What value, particularly, do women have to social peace and harmony? If women have a special role, how is it best accomplished? This article from First Things gives a simple and interesting perspective. As an introduction to the article, here is a quote from Prabhupada that makes the same point…

This is from a lecture by Srila Prabhupada…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 11.26-27

TEXTS 26-27
ami ca tvam dhrtarastrasya putrah

sarve sahaivavani-pala-sanghaih

bhismo dronah suta-putras tathasau

sahasmadiyair api yodha-mukhyaih

vaktrani te tvaramana visanti

damstra-karalani bhayanakani

kecid vilagna dasanantaresu

sandrsyante curnitair uttamangaih…

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The Power of Words to Change our Life

By Karnamrita Das

I have studied many alternative healing methods, yet I feel our healing power is also transmitted through the written or spoken word, through which I personally share my struggles, and successes on my spiritual journey. Our words increase in potency by our purity, sincerity, and surrender along with spiritual backing from our gurus and the merciful Lord. As important as hearing scriptural…

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Toughen up by Kadamba Kanana Swami

Krsna is our solution. Krsna will fulfil our desires. Everything we need, we find it in Krsna and if destiny does not go our way, “My dream, it didn’t work out. Everything, it all collapsed!” It is all right, accept Krsna’s will and somehow or other, tolerate it. If it is difficult, then know, “Krsna wants me to bear this difficulty and this will make me strong.” We know that if life was so soft and if life was so easy what we would become……

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Appearance of Sri Varahadeva

Live From Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir!

Date: Topic: Maharaj Prthu’s Going Back Home Verse: SB 4.23.17 Occassion: Appearance of Sri Varahadeva

Speaker: HG Hari Sauri Prabhu

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So Yesterday was the transcendental…

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From Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir – Varahadeva’s Appearance Day

Transcript of HH Bhakti Gauravani Goswami’s class on this subject in Mayapur

Kindly transcribed by Madhumati Priyasakhi DD and edited by Sarasvati Priya DD.

From Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir

Speaker: HH Bhakti Gauravani Goswami

Subject: Varahadeva’s Appearance Day

Maharaj sings “Dasavatara Stotra by Jayadeva…

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Nityananda Prabhu’s appearance day lecture in Mayapur by HH Bhakti Caru Swami

Nityananda Prabhu’s appearance day lecture.

Hare Krishna!, So  Nityananda prabhu is Balaram.

“brajendra-nandana yei, Saci-suta hoilo sei,

balarama hoilo nitai “

Brajendra Nandana Krishna became Sacinandana Gaura Hari, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Balaram appeared as Nityananda prabhu. One interesting thing to note in this respect is, although  Gaura Mandala Bhumi, the land of Bengal  is Glolok navadvip, it is the spiritual sky. But Bengal or…

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Lord Nityananda Delivers the Thieves

By Mohini Radha Devi Dasi

A gang intent on stealing Lord Nityananda’s jewelry eventually surrenders to Him, and He mercifully awards them pure love of God.

When I was eight or nine years old, my parents took me to the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. After meandering through myriad halls and galleries, we came across an exhibit of valuable gemstones in the Museum of Natural History. I remember being…

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How 100 “Hare Krishnas” transformed my Lonely New York City Experience

By Julia Djeke

Those Hare Krishnas in the Big Apple: A Skeptic’s Tale.

People barely look you in the eyes in New York City. They’re trained to avoid it, either by toying with their iPhones or noticing something flashier. The subtext is: anywhere but here, anyone but you.

Unsurprisingly, loneliness has…

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1000 young people from Surat attend lectures by Iskcon devotees

By ISKCON Surat Communications

Over 1000 young people from three premiere educational institutions of Surat heard Radheshyam Das, President of ISKCON Pune, speak about various spiritual topics on 22nd January.

Radheshyam Das, who is one of ISKCON’s pioneering youth outreach leaders, spoke on subjects such as: building bonds of trust,…

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