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February 2018 Blog Posts (221)


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Affirmation, repetition, contagion

By Anandini Padayachee

“They [the masses] must have their illusions at all costs; they turn instinctively, as the insect seeks the light, to the rhetoricians who accord them what they want. No truth, but error has always been the chief factor in the evolution of nations…. The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring…

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Heroes and Heroines by Kadamba Kanana Swami

I was reading in the Uddhava Gita where there is a whole list of qualities given. One quality given is heroism. It is said that heroism means to overcome the natural tendency to enjoy the material life; that is a hero! Men and women alike, are heroes and heroines when they give up this tendency to enjoy material life.

In youth, when still very young, when taking up Krsna consciousness, one may wonder “Don’t…

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Sheltered from maya by Kadamba Kanana Swami

No one is so powerful that he is not influenced by maya, the illusory energy. Even Lord Brahma can sometimes become bewildered by illusory energy. Therefore we can never think, “Oh well, now I have been a devotee for ninety-nine years and maya cannot touch me. What can maya do to me? It does not affect me. I am a bhakti yogi.”

No. We should understand what Srila Prabhupada mentions about Ajamila – Ajamila was…

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Can We Be Worse Now Than Before We Joined?

By Mahatma das

Vengeance, envy, anger, and discord are often higher within religious groups than elsewhere (“We have enough religion to hate, but not enough to love”). We need to be careful about this in Iskcon.

Recently I came across this quote:

“Religious people often become self righteous, judgmental,…

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The Best Time and Place

“The best time and place is Mayapur on Lord Caitanya’s Appearance Day. That is not only the best for me but for everyone. Mayapur is meant for that. If possible all devotees from all our centers should go for 8 days at that time.” – Srila Prabhupada, Letter to Tamal Krishna, Bhaktivedanta Manor 20 July, 1973

A few hours north of Kolkata is the holy land of Navadvipa, also known as Sri Dham Mayapur, which is…

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The Special Kindness of Lord Caitanya

From Back to Godhead

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, an incarnation of the Supreme Lord, appeared in India in the fifteenth century. His mission was to freely distribute pure love of God to everyone without considering who was qualified or unqualified. He predicted that the whole world would one day hear the chanting of the Lord’s…

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Lord Shri Chaitanya, His welfare activities

From Back to Godhead

Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita is the record of immortal activities of the Lord. In the first part 9th chapter of the book the welfare activities of…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 11.40

TEXT 40
namah purastad atha prsthatas te

namo 'stu te sarvata eva sarva

ananta-viryamita-vikramas tvam

sarvam samapnosi tato 'si sarvah

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Gaura Purnima Festival

Lecture on Gaura Purnima Festival by Nava Yogendra Swami at Udhampur on 19 Mar 2011

(Nava Yogendra Swami Naishtik Brahmachari left home at a very young age of 9 years to become Sadhu and lived in jungles. Returned home and again left at the age of 17 years and lived at Shri Vrindavana dham.)…

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Activity book for Gaura Purnima by Urmila Mataji

Gaura Purnima - Lord Caitanya’s Appearance Day

Activities and Resources for teaching and guiding ages 4 -18…

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Gaura Purnima Class

Lecture on Gaura Purnima Class by HH Bhakti Charu Swami on 27 Mar 2013 at ISKCON Phoenix

(Bhakti Charu Swami is from a Bengali family and spent most of his early childhood in urban Kolkata. He met with Srila Prabhupada at the end of 1976 after a long and…

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The Secret Behind “The Secret” By Arcana Siddhi Devi Dasi

From Back to Godhead

Discover Krishna’s law of attraction, the real power behind the latest rage in the self-improvement marketplace.

The Secret, a book and DVD by Rhonda Byrne, is getting a lot of attention as sales soar. The author claims that if we apply the principles she lays out, we can achieve whatever we desire.…

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Confessions of a Prasadam Addict

Prasadam is All-Attractive

Someday the masses of people are going to find out about prasadam. It’s inevitable.

Prasadam is all-attractive, who could resist it? No matter who you are there’s some variety of prasadam which has the potency to captivate you, absorb you, make you forget about everything else that you hold dear. For no one can taste prasadam…

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Weakened Standards Weaken ISKCON

Less reading of Srila Prabhupada’s books, minimizing his position by more elaborate guru-pujas than SP’s guru-puja, introduction of new, unauthorized literature, demigod and non Vaishnava worship in Iskcon temples, Indian social customs like rakhi, minimizing prasadam standards, inappropriate items offered to the deities like frozen vegetables,…

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Motivation in Krishna Consciousness By Rashi Singh

Some suggestions on how to stay inspired.

Somehow, it happens that our motivation in Krishna consciousness may falter. Usually that faltering comes in the form of lacking the desire to do some practical service, associate with devotees, or develop our spiritual practices, such as improving the quality or quantity of our chanting or of our reading of Srila…

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ISKCON Center Bharuch Ratha Yatra

Hare Krishna, please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

“Yes, my order still stands. Please organize Back to Godhead distribution and do it nicely. The sankirtana party and distribution of our magazines and books is our real program. Other things are secondary. So during the summer time you should utilize this program of…

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TOVP Chakra Installation Ceremony 2018

This beautiful and emotionally stirring video documentary produced by Prananantha das about the TOVP Chakra Installation Ceremony on February 7th, 2018 is sure to arouse in your heart a further appreciation for this historic and visionary project initiated by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,…

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Florida Voices | Nandapriya Sikdar, Choosing the Hare Krishna Lifestyle

Nandapriya Sikdar

Born in Chennai, India, Nandapriyā Sikdar, 27, has devoted her life to the teachings of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), or more commonly, the Hare Krishna Movement.

Sikdar lives in Alachua, where her group says it has the largest concentration of Hare Krishnas in North America. She teaches music and art to teenagers at the oldest and largest Hare Krishna school, Bhaktivedanta Academy. Since the movement’s birth in the 1960s, it has…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 11.39

TEXT 39
vayur yamo 'gnir varunah sasankah

prajapatis tvam prapitamahas ca

namo namas te 'stu sahasra-krtvah

punas ca bhuyo 'pi namo namas te

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Letters of Yamaraj, the God of Death. by Dhirasanta Das Goswami

Dhirasanta Das Goswami: In a small town situated close to the banks of the River Yamuna there lived a man called Amrita. Nothing in life caused him more anxiety than his fear of death. One day he had an idea that if he befriended Lord Yamaraj, he would be able to keep death at a distance, and so Amrita practiced austerities and meditated upon the Lord…

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