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Thriving Devotee Population in Siberia Embraces Japa Retreats by Madhava Smullen

Activism

Chanting japa is one of the activities most central to Krishna consciousness. So every year for the past seven years, devotees from Kemerovo in Siberia, Russia, have put on a special Japa Retreat for both local Vaishnavas and those from surrounding areas.

This year, the Kemerovo Japa Retreat ran from April 29thto May 3rd. About 120…

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Boat Festival Season!

It’s the boat festival season in Mayapur. After 7 days of ecstatic boat festival of Radha Madhava, we celebrated two very sweet and ecstatic boat festivals of Sri Jagannath, Baladev Subhadra- one at Rajapur, while the other being at Srila Prabhupada Ghat to Pancaveni by Land department. HH Jayapataka Maharaj took part in the celebration.

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High Rating by Bhaktimarga Swami



The birds. It was their hour as Connor and I took that brief stroll by the creek.  Gold finches - a couple settled on a perfect perch.  Then a red-winged black bird soared along flaunting his colours. From a lamp post moved a predator bird, of a falcon breed, I guess, and…
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No Gaurantee by Achyut Gopal Das

 
There is no guarantee that a strong person will live long or a weak person will die soon. There is no guarantee that an educated person will be successful or an uneducated person will…
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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on May 24, 2019 at 5:25pm — 1 Comment


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Lust blinds love liberates by Purushottam Nitai Das

Bilvamangala Thakura was a wealthy south Indian Brahmin and belonged to a cultured family. But he got attracted to a prostitute named Cintamani. The attraction soon became attachment. And as it happens when we get attached to worldly enjoyment we lose our intelligence and subsequently our dignity. The fire of lust was so intense that he was not at all moved when his father died; in fact standing near the pyre of his…

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What is the matter with the world by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

On the 16th of February 1957 a meeting was held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to discuss the above subject matter. Distinguished gentlemen from different categories spoke on the subject, but practically nobody could give us a definite direction as to what actually the matter was that was troubling the whole situation. This feeling of pinching in the existence of our life is a good sign for progress. It is an urge for enquiry what is the wrong in the world that gives us…

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Practice Loving Krishna by Sridhara Swami

Through bhakti-yoga we can finally reunite with the person we’ve wanted all along.

The Sixth Chapter of Bhagavad-gita, discusses dhyana-yoga, or meditative yoga. Texts 13-14 say: “One should hold one’s body, neck, and head erect in a straight line and stare steadily at the tip of the nose. Thus, with an unagitated, subdued mind, devoid of fear, completely free from sex life, one should meditate upon Me within the heart and make Me the ultimate goal of…

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ISKCON Leader Offers Prayers at National Memorial Service for Sri Lanka Terrorist Attacks

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By Madhava Smullen

ISKCON GBC and Communications Minister Anuttama Das recently offered prayers at an Interfaith Prayer and Remembrance Service for the people of Sri Lanka, at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on…

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The man on the moon by Kadamba Kanana Swami

They did not go to the moon. Although I was there in front of the television and we saw it, and it was a big thing. The whole world was together. It overcame everything, the Russians, the Chinese and everyone was part of it. They were all watching and they all were sharing the monitoring of the space shuttle. It was a big thing – a man on the moon Neil Armstrong.

 “It was all a hoax.”…

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Srila Prabhupada’s Personal Cooks to Share Stories and Demos at L.A. Prabhupada Festival

People
By Madhava Smullen 

This year’s Prabhupada Festival in Los Angeles, running over the Memorial Day Weekend of May 25thand 26th, will feature the theme “Cooking…

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Not the Best News but Laugh Anyway by Bhaktimarga Swami

Connor and I took the commuter GO train westbound to the Burlington area, there to meet up with Dr. Pandith (aka Jagannath Misra).  Apart from yesterday’s chiropractic visit, I had scheduled a physical check up with a Dr. Singh.  Tests showed all to be fairly good, but between the two…

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The Sweet Speech of Vraja by Srimati Dasi

In any relationship, the nature of the reciprocation and rasa that evolves between loved ones will naturally be very much influenced by their quality of speech ⎯ their verbal exchanges. This is particularly so in Vraja ⎯ a land where the culture is sublimely subtle and ever-so-fascinatingly sweet. It’s a land where Krsna not only loves everyone and has loving exchanges with everyone but speaks to them all in their own…

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Urgency of Surrender to Krishna by Radhanath Swami

Excerpt from a lecture by HH Radhanath Swami

“Srila Prabhupada stressed the urgency to surrender to Krishna. Every line of his books, every sentence of his tapes, you would hear him urgently, just pleading with you and me, to take Krishna Consciousness seriously. Death, tragedy can come at any moment. And the greatest tragedy is that our faith is stolen away by maya and her various representatives which can come in many forms. There is no…

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Putting An End to Courtesy Japa by Mahatma Das

“Nish, nish, ram, ram, nish, nish, ram, ram.” Prabhupada once imitated how we sometimes chant without focus, without concentration, without proper pronunciation – how we chant when we don’t feel like chanting. You know the mood behind this chanting; “I have to chant but I’d rather be doing something else.” And in our minds we are thinking, “I can’t wait to get these rounds out of the way.” We all do this. And it can get pretty bad. I know devotees who chant rounds while…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on May 23, 2019 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

27- Chandrasekhara Acarya Prabhu: Taking Initiative for Krishna

A few weeks ago I did an interview with a good friend of mine & godbrother Candrasekharacarya Prabhu.

I thought it would be interesting for everyone to hear from him because he is a person that takes a bit of initiative and tries to do things to help spread Krishna consciousness.

Cyril Wohrer - Successful Vaisnavas

He's a good musician. He's made some really nice modern music with the Maha Mantra and he's also made some pretty cool videos that he has on…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 17.17

TEXT 17
sraddhaya paraya taptam

tapas tat tri-vidham naraih

aphalakanksibhir yuktaih

sattvikam paricaksate

SYNONYMS…
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How Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar and Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Manifested in Jaipur





By Sridevi Dasi

Sitala devi dasi, a resident of Mayapur Dham, had been ordering deities for ISKCON since 1975. Many temples around the world have used her services to obtain their deities. In the 1990’s the devotees of New Raman Reti asked her to order deities in India for our Temple. “It took a while for consensus to be reached among devotees here as to who should be the Lords of New Raman Reti,” she says. “Once the decision…

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Devotees Distribute Prasadam at Mosque During Ramadan in Florence, Italy

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On May 7th, on the auspicious day of Aksaya Tritiya and second day of Ramadan, Villa Vrindavana devotees in Florence distributed prasadam (sanctified vegetarian food) to the Muslim members in the mosque of Florence.

“I have a long-standing friendship with Imam Izzeddin Elzir, Parabhakti dasa…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on May 22, 2019 at 3:47pm — No Comments


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ISKCON of D.C. Holi Becomes Family Tradition For Many Locals by Madhava Smullen

Events

After years of celebration, the Holi Festival at the ISKCON temple in Washington D.C. is now so embedded in the local culture that it has become an annual family tradition for many.

This year over 4,000 people attended the event, also dubbed Festival of Colors, on Saturday May 4th. So many turned…

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Vyasa Puja Ceremony Speech - Day 3

In that sacred atmosphere of gratitude and reflection, having offered our words, thoughts, hearts and for some, tears, Maharaja responded:

“I hear from you how I am being perceived. It is not how I perceive myself. It is a paradox. I see that I have to grow. We have to grow in spiritual life. What is the point of having a spiritual master if we do not change? We must be committed and over time…

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