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January 2019 Blog Posts (228)


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The Supreme Person

By Krishna Dharma Das

In its most recent survey on the subject of God, the National Centre for Social Research found that some ninety percent of us claim to be believers. One in five even said they had no doubts about God’s existence. Such statistics are perhaps surprising, given that education today tends to steer us toward more atheistic…

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The Habit Trap by Dhirasanta Das Goswami

A village was once attacked by wild boars.

Every day the wild boars would enter to rampage the food supplies of the village. The villagers tried various means to fight and chase away the wild boars but without much success.

One day a wise man approached the village headman to offer his advice. He told the villagers that they would need to follow all his advice and directions. Out of desperation, the…

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TOVP 2018 Achievements Overview

By Sunanda Das

2018 was a landmark year for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium both in terms of construction achievements and fundraising. And the entire TOVP Team is grateful to all the devotees worldwide without whom this would not have been possible. As our motto states, we are “Raising Lord Caitanya’s Temple by the hands of every devotee.” With only three years left to…

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Is God far away?

By Kadamba Kanana Swami

There are many people all over the world who are adhering to some religion and are worshiping God! They speak about intimacy and about getting close. One day, I was preparing a seminar on the topic of prayer so I had researched different things on prayer. I looked on the internet to see if I could find something general on prayer and I found a quote by…

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Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami’s Appearance Day

By Giriraj Swami

For Gopala Bhatta Gosvami’s appearance day I thought to read a verse and purport about him from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, Chapter Ten, “The Branches of the Caitanya Tree”:

TEXT 105

sri gopala bhatta eka sakha sarvottama

rupa-sanatana-sange yanra…

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Bonds of Love: Vrndavana Vilasini Devi Dasi

Vrndavana Vilasini was attached to a hippie life of independence but found that lifestyle to be no protection from painful events and the intense suffering they caused. In her travels around America, she met devotees, heard the holy name, and took prasada. Finally, she ended up back in Seattle, Washington, her hometown.

One day, I was visiting the Seattle temple when the president, Makhanlal, said to me, “Do…

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What is Gratitude?

By Radhanath Swami

Gratitude is a divine virtue that is so important that other divine virtues could not exist without it. Spirituality grows like seeds within our heart. The goodness of our lifestyle protects that seed. Our spiritual practice of chanting God’s names, reading scriptures, doing seva for God and others waters that seed. But…

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SRIMAN NARAYANA, SRI LAKSHMI AMMA (DAYA DEVI) AND THE HOLIEST OF HOLY WORKS OF THE REVERENTIAL AZHWARS ( MYSTIC SAINTS ) OF THE SOUTH OF INDIA. (PART 1/21)

SRIMAN NARAYANA, SRI LAKSHMI AMMA (DAYA DEVI) AND THE HOLIEST OF HOLY WORKS OF THE REVERENTIAL AZHWARS ( MYSTIC SAINTS ) OF THE SOUTH OF INDIA. 

       

SRIMAN NARAYANA, OUR SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD           

 Part 1  of 21…

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The Kitchen of Lord Jagannath, Biggest in the World

By Saroj Kumar Panda

Submitted by Amogha das

Sri Jagannath is the Lord of the Universe. His Kitchen is considered as the largest and the biggest Kitchen in the world. It is situated south-east direction of the outer compound of Srimandir. The length of…

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Quotes from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

1. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s instructions in Sikastakam, “param vijayate Sri-Krishna -Sankirtanam” is the only motto of the Gaudiya math.

2. The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna is the only enjoyer. Everyone and everything else is the object of his enjoyment.

3. Anyone who does not…

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Renunciation through Devotion

By Dwaipayan De

The dictionary defines the word ‘Renunciation’ as follows – ‘the formal rejection of something, typically a belief, claim, or course of action.’ All over the world, we come across people who practice the spirit of Renunciation – There are some who renounce bad/harmful habits or renounce…

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The Dwindling Parampara

By Sita Rama das

According to the ISKCON foundational document “Srila Prabhupada: The Founder Acarya of ISKCON” (The Founder Acarya) two ideas exist which are a rejection of Srila Prabhupada’s instruction for continuing the disciplic succession. One idea is to reject individual gurus, the other is to eliminate the GBC and have one acarya (p.24). ISKCON needs to…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 15.3-4

TEXTS 3-4
na rupam asyeha tathopalabhyate

nanto na cadir na ca sampratistha

asvattham enam su-virudha-mulam

asanga-sastrena drdhena chittva

tatah padam tat parimargitavyam

yasmin gata na nivartanti bhuyah

tam eva cadyam purusam prapadye

yatah pravrttih prasrta purani…

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All you ever wanted to know about the Bhaktivedanta Research Centre By Govardhana Seva dasa

Recently we were privileged to have Hari Sauri das visiting New Govardhana and share his knowledge with us.

Hari Sauri prabhu, who spent nearly two years as Srila Prabhupada’s personal servant, was requested in 2008 to start a Vedic Cosmology library for the Mayapur TOVP. A large room was located in a building in Kolkata which had been donated to ISKCON Maypur by…

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Lord Krishna and Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu come to just “one” Maha-yuga out of every 1000!

Lord Krishna and Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu come to just “one” Maha-yuga out of every 1000!

A very rare event because this means they both come just ‘’once’’ in a 24 hour day of Lord Brahma

Also all Maha-yugas happen during the day-time hours (between Sunrise to Sunset) of Lord Brahma’s day. So this means Lord Brahma’s day from Sunrise to Sunset equals 1000…

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Guru in the Morning By Danavir Goswami

Looking back to 1987, I remember trying my best to counsel several weeping ISKCON Vaisnavas when they learned that their guru had just defaulted his position. Their guru was previously a dynamic, conquering her who shone like fire through preaching, making disciples, and leading the sankirtan movement. Yet, those weeping Vaisnavas sitting in my office would have traded…

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The Essential Principles Of Lord Gauranga’s Kirtan

By Sacinandana Swami

There is one foundational principle of the Bhagavata philosophy, which is enacted and taught practically by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu during His earthly pastimes. By understanding it you will be able to live and apply what Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had come to teach us. This foundational principle is to establish a relationship with the Lord through the mood…

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Gopal Bhatta Goswami

Vyenkata Bhatta lived at Sri Rangam and had a son named Gopal. When the boy came to offer his obeisances at the lotus feet of Mahaprabhu the Lord picked him up and very affectionately seated him in His lap. Mahaprabhu would call Gopal after He had…

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I See You in the Sky! by Sacinadana Swami

“I would believe only in a God that knew how to dance.” – Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

A few days ago, I went for a long walk with a very dear friend. We were so absorbed in our talks that we forgot the time. All of a sudden, we found ourselves surrounded by the pitch-black night.

A recent hurricane had torn off the branches of many timeworn trees and uprooted numerous others, leaving us an ominous path…

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