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April 2016 Blog Posts (264)

Is Destiny In Your Hand By Caitanya Carana Dasa

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Are we the makers of our destiny or is life pre-destined? Find out here . . . .

In the Mahabharata, Vidura explained to Dhritarastra, “Destiny determines the consequences of our actions, not our actions themselves.” This means that we are not like programmed robots that have no free will, or no choice. Our past karma does determine…


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Mystic Universe – An Introduction Vedic Cosmology By Rsiraja Das

1.Mystic Universe – An Introduction Vedic Cosmology

Cosmology has been of great interest to devotees ever since Śrīla Prabhupāda instructed his disciples to construct the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. However, since the Vedic cosmic model is so different from the modern one, devotees often struggle with many common differences such as heliocentric…


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Free Will vs Predestination – Easily Explained By Kesava Krsna Dasa

Many times devotees try to reconcile this essentially Christian concept with Vedic understanding, but end up writing lengthy explanations that do not always satisfy the curiosity. This is because it is mostly incompatible with the truths of Bhagavad-Gita, for it has to be broken down in a simplified manner to give a satisfactory and brief…


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WHO IS THE PERSON YOU THINK YOU ARE, AND DO YOU ASPIRE TO IMPROVE?; NATURE VERSUS NURTURE, OR KARMA VERSUS FREE WILL?: At this point in my life I am doing my best to really understand what is true and what we can all do to be the best person possible, both on the human and spiritual level.

I know what it is like to either focus on the spiritual in theory while…


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Meet Shakshi Davis By Brittany Nunn

The first time Woodrow Wilson High School’s basketball coach, Patrick Washington, laid eyes on Woodrow senior Shakshi Davis, he was a tall, lanky eighth-grader shooting hoops by himself on a neighborhood court.

“I was leaving school one day and something told me that instead of going my normal way, I went the opposite way to get to the highway,” Washington…


Added by ISKCON desire tree network on April 29, 2016 at 6:22pm — 1 Comment

Remnants of Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj’s sandals


Appearing near Katva, Krishna Dasa Kaviraja left for Vrndavana after Lord Nityananda told him in a dream: are are krishnadasa, na karaha bhaya, vrndavana yaha tanha, sarva larya haya, "0 my dear Krishnadasa, do not be afraid. Go to Vrndavana. For there you will attain all things." (Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 5.195)

    Krishna Dasa took diksa from Raghunatha Dasa…


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“My Sweet Lord: The Hare Krishna Movement Turns Fifty” Academic Conference at Bath Spa University, UK by By Zayani Bhatt

As a part of ISKCON’s 50th year celebrations, devotees from Bhaktivedanta Manor, academics from around the country and students from Bath Spa University gathered at the picturesque and quaint university on Saturday 23rd April to talk about their shared interest in the Hare Krishna movement. The day, organised in collaboration with Religions, Philosophies and Ethics at…


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ISKCON Stockholm Campaigns to Save Center by Madhava Smullen

Devotees in Stockholm, Sweden, are campaigning to save their Hare Krishna Center, which has served the public for 34 years and is the oldest Hindu temple in the city.

Every three years so far, the Center has renewed its lease with its landlord, Familjebostader (Family Residences), a property company that is owned by the Municipality of Stockholm and builds…


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Krishna's mercy is unimaginable

It is almost impossible to imagine that there truly exists a being is who is so loving. Let's try and understand Krishna's mercy and love for us. That he never forgets and that he will always remain with us.

We are here in this dark world of matter for a reason. That we wanted to be Krishna, our desire to enjoy illusory happeiness independent of Krishna. Let's read through the conversation that the devotees had with HDG Srila Prabhupada regarding our falldown :-

Why did we… Continue

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Academic Conference at Harvard Highlights ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary by Madhava Smullen

Over the weekend of April 22nd to 24th, more than thirty scholars met at Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions to talk about the growth, impact, and challenges of ISKCON since its inception in July 1966. 

Participants included some of the earliest scholars ever to study the Hare Krishna Movement, such as retired professors Thomas J. Hopkins…


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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 4.9

janma karma ca me divyam

evam yo vetti tattvatah

tyaktva deham punar janma

naiti mam eti so 'rjuna


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The Crush of Love by Jagabandhu das

By Jagabandhu das

My Father-in-law was at first alarmed by the framed photo of Srila Saraswati Thakur adorning our living room wall captioned with His Divine Grace’s bold declaration that “…Western civilization must be crushed.” I explained that the whole world was contaminated by the ideology of extreme exploitation which has it’s heart inextricably intertwined…


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The Empty Envelope by Vraja Bihari Dasa

From Back to Godhead

Making sense of Vedic Rituals

Are traditional rituals mere acts of blind faith, or are there scientific reasons behind following them?

An envelope protects and carries something valuable. It is the inner content of the envelope that’s actually precious. Similarly empty, meaningless rituals are like an empty envelope: devoid of…


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The Krsna-approaching Body

Here is an excerpt from a lecture by Srila Prabhupada on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.1. It was delivered in New York, on April 10, 1969. (Some comments follow the excerpt.)

As soon as I am desiring something, immediately my body is formed. Immediately a particular type of body begins to form, and as soon as I am mature to change, my next body I get according to my…


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Everyday Around 17.000 Chapatis for devotees at Kumbh Mela

Srila Prabhupada: Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s transcendental mission is to distribute love of Godhead to everyone. Anyone who accepts God as the Supreme can take to the process of chanting Hare Krishna and become a lover of God. (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, 4.41 Purport)

Watch it here: …


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HG Krsna Mayi devi dasi left her body in Vrindavan Dham by Nila Kamal das

(Third from left, with white and light green sari)

By Nila Kamal das

With a heavy heart we sadly announce that HG Krsna Mayi devi dasi, disciple of HH Subhag Swami Maharaj has left her body in Sri Vrindavan Dham at 9.40pm on the 24th of April. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 at the Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Mumbai and 7 years later it…


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Don't be Rejected by the Lord:-His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj

"What was Hanuman's power? It was his devotion. Sometimes we think that Hanuman was strong, and he could jump so far and he was the son of Vayu; and we try to see just his material qualification. But what was Hanuman's qualification for jumping over oceans; for lifting mountains, for burning Lanka, for overcoming every possible obstacle? It was his total determination to serve and please the Lord. He was empowered by his love. It was his love and devotion. Rama reciprocated and gave him…


Added by Swaroop Damodar Dasa on April 28, 2016 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

Kirtan newsletter

Kirtan newsletter. 

Yasomati Devi Dasi: It has already been more than a month since Kirtan Mela Mayapur. We have received several comments, most saying that they felt it was the best for them, easier to connect. Actually, this is not surprising as chanting is a personal journey, which increases in spiritual wealth and realizations as time goes by, as…


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Krishna conscious presentation at United Nations Interfaith Climate Change Ceremony

On April 22nd, 2016 Radhanath Swami joined faith leaders from around the world at Church Center of The United Nations in New York City to encourage world leaders to sign the Paris agreement on climate change. The event (The Interfaith Climate Change Statement To World Leaders Handover Program) was mainly organized byGreenFaith,…


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