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Sivarama Swami received State Award in Hungary



Dear Devotees,



Please accept my humble obeisances!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!



I just want to share with you all this wonderful news - Sivarama Swami

received from Hungarian State the second highest State Award: the

Golden Cross!

It was our Diwali Dinner when he received it from a high level

politician and many Hungarian newspaper and TV-s made a report with

him (the summary of that I will… Continue

Added by ISKCON desire tree on October 31, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Avadhuta Gita

Chapter I



1. By the grace of God the Brahmins above all men are inspired withthe disposition to non-duality (unity of the Self with God), whichrelieves them of the great fear.

2. How can I salute the Self,which is indestructible, which is all Bliss, which in Itself and byItself pervades everything, and which is inseparable from Itself?

3. I alone am, ever free from all taint. The world exists like a mirage within me. To whom shall I bow?

4. Verily the one Self is all,… Continue

Added by pratibha on October 31, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Atmavidyavilasa

Atmavidyavilasa

By Swami Sadasiva Brahmendra





1. I bow down to the indescribable primordial Guru (Dakshinamurti) who resides by the side of a fig tree, whose lotus hand displays brilliantly the “jnana-mudra’s (in which the tips of the thumb and the index finger of the right hand are joined), who is the sprout of the bliss that is liberation.



2. I salute the holy sandals of the noble Paramasivendra which are the effulgent boat that rescues the people who have… Continue

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What are the Vedas?

By Atma-tattva Dasa

The Vedic scriptures are the spiritual literature of the ancient Indian culture, written in the Sanskrit language. They are comprised of a huge collection of books which include material (mundane), religious (ritualistic) as well as spiritual (monotheistic) knowledge. The expression “Vedic” is derived from the Sanskrit word VEDA, which means knowledge or revelation. According to the Vedic history, they were written down thousands of years ago. The date, however, is not… Continue

Added by kanaiyyadesh on October 31, 2009 at 1:29pm — No Comments

The Literalist

By Sri Narasingha Dev-Gosai



A literal understanding of sastra, as it seems to be regarded in some sections

of the greater Vaishnava community, is looked down upon as being neophyte or

simply not intellectually satisfying. Some even consider the literal

understanding of sastra to be the great enemy of progressive Krsna consciousness

- thus we sometimes read such statements as:



"... after the damage devotees have done by literal use of… Continue

Added by kanaiyyadesh on October 31, 2009 at 1:07am — No Comments

LHC and other fantasies...



Come November and the Media will soon be teeming with news about the Large Hadron Collider. Unless CERN decides to postpone the date, all the world will be expected to stand agog as some of the concerned scientists will announce how close they are to perceiving God. Or rather what is famously dubbed as the ‘God particle’; the original source of material creation, the cause of all causes, the ‘sarva-karana-karanam’, all thanks to the LHC or the… Continue

Added by Eternal Muser on October 30, 2009 at 10:43pm — No Comments

ASTAVAKRA GITA

Introduction:

Once upon a time there was a student of the scriptures who could not support his family. He would work hard all day every day and then read aloud the holy language of sacred verses late into the night. His wife, round of belly with their coming child, would sit beside him in the dim room, listening as her weary beloved chanted the ancient words.

One late night in her eighth month a voice from inside her belly said to the father: “Sir, please be attentive - you are… Continue

Added by pratibha on October 30, 2009 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Must we shout !!!

I hv taken this from sweet motivations from Madhumatidasi mataji and i felt like this is indeed sharing like cos these messages are indeed motivational and guiding us on the path of bhakti. As far as i remember in Prema Bhakti chandrika Sripad Narottma Das Thakura has written about anger as an enemy in our bhajan .





kama,krodha,lobha,moha,mada,matsarya,dambha,saha.

sthane sthane niyukta karibo.

Ananda kari hrdya, ripu kari prajaya,

anayase govinde…
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Added by Dr. Yitin Mendiratta on October 30, 2009 at 5:14pm — 2 Comments

Quotations by/on Krishna !!!



1." The true path leads to one and decisive knowledge.The knowledge of the undecisive branches in all directions and in unending " - Krishna Source: Bhagwat gita

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2 . " The purpose of human life is to enquire:

Who am I?

Where have I come from?

What will happen to me at death?

Why do I suffer?

Why do others suffer?

Who is God?

How can I serve God?

Why is there variety of living… Continue

Added by Sudharsana Lakshmi Narasimhan on October 30, 2009 at 10:09am — No Comments

Nectarine Droplets from Srimad Ramayana!

LORD RAMA



In the Sundara Kandam in Srimad Valmiki Ramayana, Hanuman narrates the Ramayana from the beginning up to that point of time, to Sita Devi who is held captive by Ravana. Following this, Thrijada describes a dream where she says that she witnesses Sri Rama Pattabhishekam. Therefore, effectively, the entire Ramayana is covered in this one Kandam and that is the reason Thy doing parayana of the Sundara Kandam alone is considered… Continue

Added by Sudharsana Lakshmi Narasimhan on October 29, 2009 at 10:47pm — 1 Comment

Narada Bhakti Sutras

Possibly this is greatest book defining what is Bhakthi written by Narada who was the greatest among Bhakthas of Lord Narayana.



1.Atha tho Bakthim vyakyasyama



Now I will explain in detail what is meant by devotion to God(Bhakthi)[1].



2.Saa tasmin Parama prema roopa



Devotion to God is personification of intense(highest) love towards Him.



3.Amrutha swaroopa cha



It also is deathless or as sweet as nectar (or it also confers… Continue

Added by pratibha on October 29, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Vishnu Bhujanga Prayata Stotram

Vishnu Bhujanga Prayata Stotram

[Prayer to Lord Vishnu]

By Adi Shankara Bhagawat Pada





[Bhujanga prayata is a meter for writing poems in Sanskrit. It means moving of a snake. Adi Shankara has written several prayers using this meter. There is a very interesting story about this stotra. Adi Shankara reached his mother's death bed before she died. He wanted to help her get salvation. So he composed a great stotra called Shiva Bhujanga Prayata Stotra in praise of Lord… Continue

Added by pratibha on October 29, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

What is pleasing to Krishna? How can one make him happy?

Cheerfulness pleases Him

Sharing with others pleases Him

Sacrifice pleases Him

Giving up ego pleases Him

Selflessness pleases Him

All beautiful things please Him

Helping others pleases Him

Flowers please Him

Honesty pleases Him

Truth pleases Him

Simplicity pleases Him

An open heart pleases Him

Patience pleases Him

Not finding fault with others pleases Him

Unconditional love pleases Him

Caring for cows pleases… Continue

Added by Sudharsana Lakshmi Narasimhan on October 29, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Bhagavad Gita Song of the Lord [In English Verses]

Chapter-7

Knowledge and Realization



[In this chapter Lord Krishna tells Arjuna, how he can be searched and researched by intelligence.]



Lord Said:



Oh Arjuna, by listening to me

With your mind fixed in me,

With your mind depending on me,

After learning yoga well,

You would know me completely,

And without any doubt, in your mind. 1



I would teach you fully that knowledge,

Together with realization and… Continue

Added by pratibha on October 29, 2009 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Bhagavad Gita Song of the Lord [In English Verses]

An Introduction to Bhagawad Gita [A translation in to free verse]:



The followers of Sanathana Dharma (otherwise called as Hindus) did notfall back on any single prophet or a single book as the basis of theirreligion. Right from the beginning, this religion (thought process) hada pluralistic view. On one hand the religion appeared to depend onrituals, prayers and rites and on the other hand it appeared to dependon a very democratic exchange of philosophic ideas between the teacherand… Continue

Added by pratibha on October 29, 2009 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Deception and Devotional Service...Remembring Srila Gaur Kishor Das Babaji...



Deception and Devotional Service



Once, a resident of Bangladesh (then East Bengal), who was a very wealthy landlord, scholar, and brahmana, and reputed to be a great devotee of the Lord, came with a friend to see Srila Gaura-Kishora dasa Babaji Maharaja. The land-owner appeared to be so deeply absorbed in devotional ecstacy that his friend had to support him as he walked, lest he fell down due to excessive trembling of the… Continue

Added by Vinayak Yadav on October 29, 2009 at 7:10am — No Comments

Bhagavad Gita II

X. DIVINE MANIFESTATIONS (Vibhuti Yoga)



THE BLESSED LORD SAID:

1. Again, O mighty-armed, listen to My Supreme word, which I, from a desire for thy well-being, shall speak to thee who art delighted.



2. Neither the hosts of the Gods nor the Great Rishis know my origin; for I am the source of all the Gods and the Great Rishis.



3. He who knows Me as unborn and beginning-less, as the great Lord of the worlds, he among mortals is un-deluded, he is liberated from… Continue

Added by pratibha on October 28, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Bhagavad Gita I

I. THE DESPONDENCY OF ARJUNA



DHRITARASHTRA SAID:

1. What did Pandu's sons and mine do when they assembled together on the sacred plain of Kurukshetra, eager for battle, O Samjaya?



SAMJAYA SAID:

2. Having seen the army of the Pandavas drawn up in battle-array, prince Duryodhana then approached his teacher and spoke (these) words:



3. O teacher, look at this grand army of the sons of Pandu, marshaled by thy talented pupil, the son of… Continue

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Radha Krishna Temple celebrate 40 years

The Radha Krishna Temple was the headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in London from the late 1960s. The temple came to prominence when The Beatles and especially George Harrison started to publicly express their interest in Eastern philosophy and Krishna consciousness. The Radha Krsna Temple was also the name of an album of devotional music issued by the Temple on The Beatles' Apple Records label. The album was produced by George Harrison.… Continue

Added by Chaitanya Hari Das on October 28, 2009 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Bhisma Pancak Vrata

Bhisma Pancaka Fasting

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The fasting starts on Ekadasi Day which is 29th tomorrow and will continue

until the 2nd, Rasa purnima Day. The fasting is broken at sunset (or at moon

rise) on Rasa Purnima day. Generally it is recommended to do full fast on

Ekadasi and then the following four days fruits and roots fasting. Or one

can do five day fruits and roots fasting.



Levels of fasting:

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Devotees can choose… Continue

Added by kanaiyyadesh on October 28, 2009 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

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