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Krsna has given us a million chances by Kadamba Kanana Swami

Srila Prabhupada explained that this material world is just a tiny little corner of the spiritual sky and that tiny little corner of the spiritual sky is covered by a cloud, therefore we feel disconnected from the sunshine of the spiritual world. But the effulgence of Krsna, the brahma-jyotir, is pervading in all directions and then there is this little corner of the…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 16

Episode 16: Brain Storming 

“Krsna is giving you chance because you want to serve. It is all Krsna's grace. Krsna says "tesam satatam yuktanam . . .'' Anyone who is sincerely engaged in My service I give him the intelligence. So if Krsna gives the intelligence who can compete with you? Krsna is the most intelligent.” -Letter to: Madhavananda: Vrindaban 16 September, 1974…

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Hearing from the self-realized souls

If we hear from those who are actually self-realized, then the nectarean rivers, like those which are flowing on the moon planet, will flow into our ears -The Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 10. Come! Join MI now, to hear from world renowned…
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Romanticism Versus Realism

              For many years I have wondered why it is so difficult to find devotees who are inspired to not only correspond with inmates but to do so steadily as well. It’s been quite a bottleneck since there are far more inmates who write than there are volunteers to reply to them.

 

                It seems that often the devotees who volunteer with IPM have an unrealistic, romantic view of what this service is and they get discouraged when…

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H.H. Bhakti Vigna Vinasha Narasimha Swami addressing students during Graduiation Ceremony 2016-17

HH Bhakti Vigna Vinasha Narasimha Swami has been teaching in the Bhakti Sastri, Bhaktivaibhava, and Bhakti Vedanta programs almost since the inception of the Mayapur Institute. He is a very much appreciated member of the faculty, a wonderful devotee, and a great source of inspiration for all of the students. During the 2016-17 Graduation…

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Relief from all material contamination

In this age it is very difficult to follow thoroughly the regulative principles and studies of the Vedas which were formerly recommended. However, if one gives aural reception to the sound vibrated by great devotees and acharyas, that alone will give him relief from all material contamination.-The Nectar of Devotion, Chapter…
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HH. Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami Maharaja addressing the students during Graduation Ceremony 2016-17

During the 2016-17 Bhakti Sastri Graduation Ceremonies, we were honored to have many wonderful sannyasis, and senior devotees join us and congratulate the students on completing their studies. Both students and guests had the opportunity to hear these senior devotees speak and offer words of wisdom. Here is an…

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1978 Calcutta True Rath Story - Episode 15

 

Episode 15:  Reactionary Response From My Mind: Cynicism

“In the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, the word dainya (humility) is explained as follows: "When unhappiness, fearfulness and the sense of having offended combine, one feels condemned. This sense of condemnation is described as dinata, humility. When one is subjected to such humility, he feels physically inactive, he…

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Hearing, a means of self realization for the age of Kali

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu also recommended this process of hearing as a means of self-realization in the present Age of Kali.  -The Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 10

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 8.19

TEXT 19
bhuta-gramah sa evayam

bhutva bhutva praliyate

ratry-agame 'vasah partha

prabhavaty ahar-agame

SYNONYMS
bhuta-gramah—the…
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Does My Spiritual Master Care For Me? By Kesava Krsna Dasa

Within such a huge organisation like Iskcon, it is not surprising to sometimes experience less of the affection we expected. There are several reasons for this. But if a disciple feels this way about his or her guru in good standing, does it indicate a neglect of some sort?

The worldwide preaching mission of Iskcon is still a novelty in historical vaisnava terms.…

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The Ultimate benefit – Sreya By Chirag Dangarwala

In many of Srila Prabhupada’s lectures he exclusively explains about the two topics  sreya and preya.  He explains that sreya means the ultimate benefit  and preya means immediate profit. Just like  children want to play all day long that is preya,  but the parents know that they must go to school and learn in order to become educated, which  in the long run will be…

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1st Ratha Yatra in Sragen, Indonesia By Nila Kamal das

Sragen is regency in the eastern part of Central Java province in Indonesia. Its capital is Sragen, located about 30 km to the northeast of Surakarta. Sragen is bordered with East Java Province to the east. Presently there are no devotees that are staying in Sragen.

The first time devotees held the Ratha Yatra festival in Solo, Indonesia, a few months prior, they…

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Dealing with addiction By Dina Krishna Das

We all have attachments in this material world. The secret of success is to dovetail these attachments to Krishna. This is easy said, than done. However, if you have access to a mature devotee, then the doors of detachment will start to open into the garden of Bhakti.

We have five senses which are controlled by the mind, anyone of these senses can be captured by…

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“Tiger or President – Full of Anxiety” By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

74/06/27 Melbourne, Bhagavad-gita 3.27

(Town Hall)

Srila Prabhupada: (leads chanting of “om namo bhagavate vasudevaya”)

prakrteh kriyamanani

gunaih karmani sarvasah

ahankara-vimudhatma

kartaham iti manyate

[Bg. 3.27]

Krsna says that all these living entities… We are all living entities… Actually, every one of us is spirit…

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Laulyam Lalasamayi By Mahatma das

Last week I was asked, “What’s the most important practice for advancing in spiritual life?” Srila Prabhupada said chanting of Hare Krishna is most important. Some have suggested that devotee association is more important because without it, most of us wouldn’t have the strength to chant Hare Krishna.

I agree. But I think there is a principle even more…

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Saved from the Clutches of Maya 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…

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Iskcon Wellington Celebrates H.H. Subhag Swami’s Visit After Many Years

A lot has changed since H.H. Subhag Swami’s last visited the Wellington ISKCON temple many years ago. But the one thing that remains unchanged is the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and his disciples, H.H. Subhag Swami Maharaj being one of them. Initiated by Srila Prabhupada himself in 1971, H.H. Subhag Swami has since served Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission and vision from…

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Lord Krishna and Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu come "once" every 1000 Divya-yugas (Maha-yugas) or every day of Brahma.

So a ''day-time of Brahma's 12 hours'' equals 1000 Maha yugas, Catur-yuga or Divya-yuga which are -.

Satya Yuga is 1,728,000 human years,

Treta Yuga is 1,296,000 human years long,

Dwapara Yuga 864,000 human years

Kali Yuga 432,000 human years.

And ''night-time of 12 hours'' is when a partial annihilation takes place while Brahma sleeps where…

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Effects of hearing

“My dear King, one should stay at a place where the great acharyas [holy teachers] speak about the transcendental activities of the Lord, and one should give aural reception to the nectarean river flowing from the moonlike faces of such great personalities. If someone eagerly continues to hear such transcendental sounds, then certainly he will become freed…

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