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I Could Do This Forever

Diary of a Traveling Monk

Volume 14, Chapter 9

July 28, 2016

“I Could Do This Forever”

By Indradyumna Swami

I settled into the science classroom in the school that would once again be our base for our summer festival tour. The walls were crowded with test tubes, microscopes and colored bottles filled with…

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Italian Parliament to Host ISKCON 50 Conference

Devotees are set to hold a prestigious conference in celebration of Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON’s 50thanniversary at the Italian Parliament in Rome on October 5th.

“Last year, this was just a dream of mine, but I was confident that Krishna would help me find a way to do something relevant for this historical anniversary,” says Villa Vrindavana President…

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More Devotees, Happy Devotees: The Seven Stages of ISKCON Membership

Material researched and presented by ISKCON Online.

The diagram above is of a generic ‘Sales Funnel’ or ‘Marketing Funnel’ used in the world of business for many years to show how a customer flows through stages from initial awareness of a product to being an enthusiastic advocate of the product. Every business wants enthusiastic advocates, and that’s why its…

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Seven Purposes of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

(a)To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all peoples in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.

(b)To propagate a consciousness of Krishna, as it is revealed in the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagwatam.

(c)To bring the…

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At Carnegie Hall



At Carnegie Hall ( a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City) singing My Sweet Lord- Hare Krishna, with ISKCON devotees, Sting, Elton John and some other famous people April 13, 2002 

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The Legend of Vishnujana Maharaja By Patita Pavana das Adhikary

The soulful sankirtan of Shri Vishnujana Maharaja illuminated the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles , and then across the States, from the earliest days of Krishna consciousness. Today his uplifting bhajans and melodious kirtans still echo in the halls of ISKCON centers around the world. There was never a more faithful servant of Shrila Prabhupada, and the…

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Transcendental Art

From Back to Godhead

One of the basic principles of Krsna consciousness is that one may utilize whatever talent he has in the service of the Supreme Lord. And it is a symptom of a bona fide spiritual master that he is expert in engaging everyone in practical transcendental devotional service. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada has thus engaged a…

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Bhaktivedanta Research Centre

Bhaktivedanta Research Centre: These photos show handwritten pages from the original Svalikhita Jivani, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura’s autobiography. It is among the most treasured texts in the Birnagar Collection, entrusted to BRC by the caretakers of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura’s birthplace. It gives a detailed account that spanned most of his life…

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FRANCE: YOU ARE INVITED TO THE 5 DAY PADAYATRA IN THE AREA AROUND NEW MAYAPUR, August 1 to 5

At the occasion of ISKCON’s 5Oth anniversary, the residents of New Mayapur are organizing  5 short padayatra walks for peace in the center of France. Each day the group of walkers will drive near 4 large cities  (Loches, Amboise, Châteauroux and Valençay) within a maximum of 50 kms radius from the temple and the nearby village of Luçay-le-Mâle.  The devotees will then…

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London Mayor Congratulates ISKCON on Turning 50

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan congratulated ISKCON on turning 50 after ISKCON London’s Temple President, Jai Nitai dasa and Temple Secretary Bhava Bhakti devi dasi presented him with a box of cupcakes and copies of the 50th magazine on 13th July. The Mayor even tweeted this kind gesture to his followers on social media. The meeting was part of the special outreach…

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“How can I attain any good fortune in this life?” by By Niranjana Swami

Srimad Bhagavatam 4.22.19

sangamah khalu sadhunam

ubhayesam ca sammatah

yat-sambhasana-samprasnah

sarvesam vitanoti sam

TRANSLATION

When there is a congregation of devotees, their discussions, questions and answers become conclusive to both the speaker and the audience. Thus such a meeting is beneficial for everyone’s real…

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3 Meditations by Ananda Vrindavana Devi Dasi

Ananda Vrindavana Devi Dasi: Before I pick up my beads to do my chanting meditation, I have 3 points of focus – I’m not this body, God is a person, and I have a relationship with Him.

I’m not this body is one of my favorite meditations. I like to sit quietly and hold my body still. I am the observer. I am conscious of my hands, my…

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The Yoga of Exercise

We bhakti yogis exercise a lot. We exercise our voice and ears for several hours everyday chanting our mantras, we exercise our heart to love Krishna, exercise our intelligence to control the mind (which never stops exercising it’s desires).  We do, however, tend to neglect exercising our body.

This may be due to our understanding that we are ‘not the body’. As…

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Gone with the Wind

It is written in the Bhakti teachings that inattentiveness while chanting is a type of madness. Imagine inviting someone to our home. We half open the door when they arrive, and all evening we are distracted – phone calls, text messages, conversations with others, glancing at the TV in the background, looking out the window. Our guest feels unwelcome, unwanted, and…

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Romapada Swami answers "How do we determine our prescribed duty?"

Question: How do we determine our prescribed duty? As the socio-spiritual structure of varnasrama is not prevalent today, we seem to have some liberty to choose for us our profession, according to our talents and propensities which can be introspected to a certain extent. So, can our professional duty be regarded as our prescribed duty? According to the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is verse 2.47,…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 5.19

TEXT 19
ihaiva tair jitah sargo

yesam samye sthitam manah

nirdosam hi samam brahma

tasmad brahmani te sthitah

SYNONYMS…
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judgeMENTAL

Judging a person does not

          define who they are.

It defines who you are! 

 

Hello Friends, Happy monsoon! :)

Do you love rains?…

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The Bell Ringer of Mayapur

Mayapur, West Bengal, the birthplace of Lord Caitanya. It’s a very special and beautiful place, lush and green and filled with pilgrims and kirtan. Starting at 3.30am every day a devotee ringing a bell will walk through the large guest ashrams and call us to life. This poem is for him.

The Bell Ringer of Mayapur

The bell ringer of Mayapur

Banishes the…

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The Daily Walk

I open the door to the early morning air. It’s 4am and all is quiet. I pull my beads out of their bag and find the starting point. Deep breath. Short prayer of respect to my teacher, another short prayer to the giver of this chanting meditation, Sri Caitanya. Then I begin my daily walk of 16 rounds.

The dark night sky welcomes me.…

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My First Book

I remember well the first time I received the Bhagavad-gita. Someone gave it to me as a gift, and I was ready for it. I thought it the most practical and common sense book I had ever read. It confirmed a lot of my suspicions about the material world – there had to be more than this life of birth and death, there had to be answers for the unfairness that I saw…

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