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January 2019 Blog Posts (231)


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Interview with Mandali-Kishori Devi Dasi

Q: How did you first come into contact with ISKCON?

MK: I met a book distributer three years ago in Cape Town while on a family holiday. When I returned to New Zealand, I started university in Wellington where I began visiting Bhakti Lounge, ISKCON’s outreach center there.

Q: What attracted you the most?

MK: The philosophy attracted…

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The New Govardhana goshalla team is expanding!

The New Govardhana goshalla team is expanding! 

Karunamayi dasi: Over recent years the team has been stretching itself, but with new enthusiastic devotees gaining interest and taking on different services within the program, it is certainly an exciting time for cow seva.

Recently we have welcomed two devotees to the team: Bhakta Tom and…

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Celebrating Our Volunteers! by Aindavi Devi Dasi

Most visitors to New Govardhana remark what a vibrant and beautiful place it is. They are impressed with the many happy, engaged visitors from Krishna Village dotted all over the farm. Well, quite frankly, so are we!

Krishna Villagers enter New Govardhana often just wanting a break from the rat race, some spiritual nourishment in a safe,…

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Amazing insights from Bhaktisiddanta Sarasvati Thakura’s conversations and discourses

Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura:

From a conversation with Mr. N. Bardaloi on October 8, 1928:

“Mahaprabhu revealed the welfare system of the Srimad-Bhagavatam: vedyam vastavam atra vastu sivadam tapa-trayonm lanam, ‘The highest truth is reality distinguished from illusion for the welfare of all. Such truth uproots the threefold…

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Spiritual Amnesia By Satyaraja Dasa

Remembering Not to Forget: But if its amnesia you want, Krishna will give it to you

It’s funny how if you give Krishna, God, an inch, he gives you a mile. I remember in my earliest days as a devotee, I had left the movement for some time. I was home, watching TV with my family. All of a sudden, right on the screen there was an ad for the…

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Saved from the Clutches of Maya By Danavira Goswami

From Back to Godhead

By Danavira Goswami

“My father and the coach at UCLA were pleased with my volleyball successes, and my mother was satisfied with my academic work. But I wondered if Krishna was pleased.”

I was born in Los Angeles in 1949. My parents were avid volleyball players. My father had…

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Seva Opportunities at BGIS.

Seva Opportunities at BGIS.

Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and International School, Vrindavan, is happy to announce that we are relocating to a bigger and eco-friendly campus named "Vrindaranyam".…
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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…

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Becoming steady

By Kadamba Kanana Swami

Question: How does one become steady in one’s Krsna consciousness?

By depending more and more on Krsna. In the beginning, we are not steady in our Krsna consciousness because we do not depend enough. We want to depend on ourselves. We think, ‘I want to be Krsna conscious and I am just going to make a…

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A Merciful Glance From Their Lordships Is Enough!

By Acarya dasa

On January 10 the All-India Padayatra reached Chamorshi, a town in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra close to the banks of the Wainganga River. Parmeshwara dasa serves at the Chamorshi ISKCON centre that has deities of Radha and Krishna and Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra. It was the devotees at the centre who had arranged a big welcome ceremony for us…

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The Mantra that changed my life

By Rupavati Devi Dasi
 
Discovering Spiritual Knowledge
 
It all began with meeting a young lady, who is an astrologer. She prepared my natal map and gave some recommendations as far as what I should and should not do. First…
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The Evolution of Consciousness by Kadamba Kanana Swami

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 03 January 2018, New Govardhana, Australia, SB 1.2.15)

As soon as we enter into the material body, the body begins to dictate many strong needs which are not possible to be denied. At the time of death however, when the living entity finally exits the material body, all of that falls away, leaving behind one’s immediate identification. Despite this, the previous…

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The Challenges and Benefits of Charitable Giving

By Krsnanandini Devi Dasi

I have vivid memories of the many times my mother took my siblings and me to church the heartfelt gospel singing, the soul-stirring preaching, the supplications for lost souls to join the church. I remember the passing of the baskets to collect money to support the church and its many activities, and I recall well the song that generally…

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IS God a Person or Energy?

Excerpt from the Bhagavad-Gita As it Is 7.7:

Chapter 7: Knowledge of the Absolute

TEXT 7

mattah parataram nanyat

kincid asti dhananjaya

mayi sarvam idam protam

sutre mani-gana iva

SYNONYMS

mattah—beyond Myself; parataram—superior; na—not; anyat—anything else; kincit—something; asti—there is;dhananjaya—O conquerer of…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 15.06

TEXT 6
na tad bhasayate suryo

na sasanko na pavakah

yad gatva na nivartante

tad dhama paramam mama

SYNONYMS…
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Being right and being true.

Twenty years ago, I lived in a small and simple ashram with fellow bhakti-yoga practitioners. I used to talk for hours with a friend, a deep and soft person, about philosophy, life, spiritual practice, and the fine tuning of our thoughts, words, and actions. I recall a discussion about the difference between being right and being true. To be right is…

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No loss in devotional service by Kadamba Kanana Swami

Sometimes there are tests and we do not pass them. It means that we did not do our homework! Before a test, if you did not do your homework then you might fail the test even if it is within your capacity to pass it. In that way, we may fail certain tests.

If we have the means and if we carefully take shelter of the process of Krsna consciousness, then we will not…

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A Society Without Envy

[This wonderful lecture was one of the last given by HH Gour Govinda Swami, before departing from this world]

Mayapura: February 21, 1995 – Srimad Bhagavatam 4.18.33 – 36

gunadhikam mudam lipsed

anukrosam gunadhamat

maitrim samanad anvicchen

na tapair abhibhuyate

Translation: Every man should act like this: when he meets a…

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Increasing a Student’s Desire to Serve Krishna By Bhurijana dasa

Increasing a Student’s Desire to Serve Krsna

Discipline methods should be in harmony with our educational goals. And what is the goal of gurukula education? Many devotees have proposed their own objectives. Here are a few: to produce moral citizens, to produce “not hippies,” to produce productive members of the outside society…

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My Experiences And Associations With Srila Prabhupada

By Bhakti Caru Swami

Hare Krsna,

We were discussing about Srila Prabhupada, my experiences and associations with Prabhupada.

So from Mayapur Srila Prabhupada went to Bombay. The main reason for Prabhupada’s going to Bombay was a big Pandal program in Cross Maidan. In the main city of Bombay there is a large park called Cross Maidan. A program was arranged for Srila…

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