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August 2016 Blog Posts (346)


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Serving Together by Giriraj Swami

For three days, many wonderful devotees and friends celebrated Sri Krishna Janmastami and Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa-puja at ISKCON of Silicon Valley, in Mountain View, California, and after the festivities on the last day Kesava Bharati Dasa Goswami, Rtadhvaja Swami, Vaisesika Prabhu, and I met at my hosts’ house in Menlo Park. For several hours we shared thoughts and realizations and in Krishna consciousness, as advised by Lord Krishna in…

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Sri Radhastami by Giriraj Swami

A Talk by Giriraj Swami August 30, 2009 San Diego

For the most auspicious celebration of Sri Radhastami, we shall read from Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto Two, Chapter Three: “Pure Devotional Service.”

TEXT 23

jivan chavo bhagavatanghri-renum na jatu martyo ‘bhilabheta yas tu sri-visnu-padya manujas tulasyah svasan chavo yas tu na veda gandham

TRANSLATION

The person who has not at any time received the dust of the…

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Good to Talk by Sutapa Das

The average person spends 23 days a year on the phone. Ironically, we seldom use them for the purpose they were invented – to audibly speak to people. Messaging, social media, browsing and entertainment apps have officially taken over. It’s another development in the impersonalism of the information age; not only are our interactions faceless, but also speechless! It’s no surprise then, that people are fast forgetting the art of having a good…

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Notes from a class by Krishna-kripa das

Manidhara Prabhu: It is the blessing of the 1960s and 1970s that people were doubting everything.

Srila Prabhupada challenged and debated with his disciples. He did not like them to accept things blindly.

When asked about to what say to Christians, Srila Prabhupada would make the point that they are not following the Bible. The Bible says ‘thou shall not kill’ but the Christians are killing so many animals.

We have answers for all…

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The amazing accomplishments of His Divine Grace by Bhakti Anugraha Janardana Swami

My dearest Srila Prabhupada,

Please accept my most humble obeisances at the dust of your lotus feet. All glories to you on this most auspicious day of your Vyasa-puja.

In 1969 you wrote the following in a letter to one of your disciples:

Just as you have already understood the benefits of this Krsna Consciousness Movement, try to realize and assimilate it more and more and distribute it to the suffering humanity.…

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Hare Krishnas mark 50 years with 4,000-strong festival at Perth temple by Emma Wynne

People line up to make their offerings at the temple on Krishna’s birthday.

They are known for their vegetarian restaurants and appearances in the city, dancing and singing in their robes, but…

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The Acarya of the Golden Age!

The first-ever Pencil Shading book in ISKCON released by Rupa Raghunatha Vani Publications!

The acarya of the Golden Age was offered to Srila Prabhupada on his Sri Vyasa-puja by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami on this auspicious Fiftieth Anniversary of the incorporation of ISKCON!

About this unique book, His Holiness Jayapataka Swami said, This book will give wonderful meditation on Prabhupada to kids and make them…

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Vyasa-puja offering 2016 by Krishnakshetra Swami

Vyasa-puja offering 2016 read in the Warsaw temple for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada.



Krishnakshetra Swami: O Master at whose feet all masters sit, O Srila Prabhupada, here is one of your students - by no means a master - bowing at your feet and begging to remain seated there, among my many masters, your followers.

It has been fifty years since you officially established your mission in the form of the…

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Srila Prabhupadas Presentation of Srimati Radharani by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami

Knowledge about Srimati Radharani, Her relationship with Krishna, Her relationships with Her sakhis and gopi manjaris is expanded throughout the confidential literatures of Gaudiya Vaisnavism. In recent years these books are becoming more accessible to English speaking readers. We are becoming more aware, at least theoretically, that devotion to Srimati Radharani is the topmost expression of Krishna consciousness. Bhaktivinoda Thakura says in one…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 6.7

TEXT 7
jitatmanah prasantasya

paramatma samahitah

sitosna-sukha-duhkhesu

tatha manapamanayoh

SYNONYMS
jita-ātmanaḥ—of one who has…
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QUALITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS OF LORD SRI KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS

HARE KRISHNA,

After having realized that this  human birth is a boon which very few of us are fortunate to be blessed with,  for they have clearly mentioned  in our esteemed scriptures, it is bestowed after several other forms of birth such as birds, trees, beasts etc .   Every soul, therefore,  has to endeavour to elevate itself and the only way is total unconditional surrender unto the lotus feet of our dearest Lord Sri Krishna.  The simplest path yet toughest for the mind…

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Swim for it! by Kadamba Kanana Swami

Sadhana-bhakti is like the Ganga. When we take bath in the Ganga, in Mayapur then on the side of the river, the water is not moving very much – it is slow. If you want to move in the water then you have to swim on your own strength but you go a little further into the river, you do not have to swim on your own strength, the current will just grab you and take you along.

So it is like this. Only in the beginning of bhakti is it depending on…

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Romapada Swami answers "How to control the agitation of mind in the presences of females?"

Question: How to control the agitation of mind in the presences of females?

Answer by Romapada Swami: When a candle is in a windless place, its flame remains free from flickering and does not waver. The mind, like the flame, is susceptible to so many material desires that with the slightest agitation it will move. A little movement of the mind can change the whole focus of consciousness. But this mind can be controlled by Krsna consciousness. Below…

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Srila Prabhupada Vyasapuja by Ramai Swami

     

              



This is an excerpt from a poem I wrote for Srila Prabhupada:

Srila Prabhupada, by all adored

A true follower of the lord

He toiled hard with every limb

Around the world were signs of him

There was no person so very great

No power in heaven could master fate

Caitanya’s message, he answered the call

He gave the mercy to one…

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Puri Parikrama 2016 From 16th to 19th November

 International Group Registration

   Final date:  30th October

Dear devotees of Lord Jagannath, with great excitement we invite you again to join the international party at Sri Ksetra Puri Parikrama.

Puri Parikrama is a four day pilgrimage organised by ISKCON Mayapur for the last 12 years! In the occasion of the 10th anniversary more than 10 thousand devotees joined! It is a lifetime…

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Krishna Consciousness

Lecture : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.19

August 22, 1972, Los Angeles



So to become Krsna conscious means immediately -- that is the test --

immediately he will become free from lust and greediness. If he's not

free from lust and greediness, he is making a show; he's not Krsna

conscious. This is the test. If one is actually advanced in Krsna

consciousness, then these two symptoms will be visible in his

character:…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 6.6

TEXT 6
bandhur atmatmanas tasya

yenatmaivatmana jitah

anatmanas tu satrutve

vartetatmaiva satru-vat

SYNONYMS…
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Bhakti Yoga-Devotional Service to the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna by Dinesh

       

Sometimes he laughs, sometimes he weeps, sometimes he cries out very loudly, sometimes he sings, and sometimes he dances

One who understands perfectly the process of devotional service in love of Godhead becomes intoxicated in its discharge. Sometimes he becomes stunned in ecstasy and thus enjoys his whole self, being…

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Animal Rights

This morning I was reading from Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad Bhagavatam:

…Any living being, if he terrifies other living beings, is a most wretched subject, and the king should at once kill such a disturbing element. As the wild animal is killed when it creates disturbances, similarly any man who unnecessarily kills or terrifies the jungle animals or other animals must be punished at once. By the law of the Supreme Lord, all living beings, in…

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Happiness and Suffering

Ever since I was a small child, I have been attracted to the statue of Buddha. Don’t know why, but I had a statue of Buddha in my bedroom, and it was a Christian home. I didn’t really know about Krishna then or who the Buddha was…but I was so attracted to everything Eastern. As I learned latter in life Buddha was actually an incarnation of Krsna. “From the Bhāgavatam we understand that Lord Buddha is the incarnation of Kṛṣṇa who appeared when…

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