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October 2015 Blog Posts (594)

Procrastination - The Thief of Time by H.G. Mathura Vasi Devi Dasi

When we look at materially successful people around us, whom many of us worship as role models, we get inspired, we dream of following in their footsteps and aspire to lead lives in the same frame. In a bid to fulfill such materially elevated aspirations, we try to imitate them, we often plan out every detail of how our daily activities should be executed. However, unfortunately, inspite of all…

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Gold Gauranga Deity Installed by Narottam Das Thakura at Munshidabad



Sri Gauranga

Several hours north of our ISKCON temple in Mayapura is Murshidabad where the ancestral home of Ganga Narayana Chakravarti is found. Ganga Narayana Chakravarti was one of the chief disciples of Srila Narottam das Thakur. Both Narottam and Ganga Narayana's sacred samadhi's are there, as well as the famous pure gold Gauranga deity that Narottam das Thakur installed during the famous Keturi festival some 450 years…

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Disappearance Day of Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura

Read more about Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura on www.gaudiyahistory.com 

Bhajans by Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura…

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Pastimes of Narottama Dasa Thakura

by Srila Narahari Chakravarti (excerpted from Sri Narottama Vilasa)

I take refuge at the lotus feet of Lokanatha Prabhu, who is completely indifferent to the pains and pleasures of this material world. His mercy was fully realized only by the great scholar Narottama dasa. All glories to Narottama dasa Thakura, the beloved disciple of Lokanatha Goswami. How the illustrious Narottama took his birth in the house of…

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Karttika: Lord Krishna’s Favorite Month

By Vamsi Vihari Dasa

A time filled with love, devotion, and gratitude.

After going through the intense summer and a humid monsoon, we in India perceive sarat, or autumn, as one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. According to the vedic calendar, Sarat falls during the months of Asvin and Karttika, of which Karttika carries special significance because it is favored by Lord Krishna.

Everyone loves certain foods, drinks, clothes,…

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Lord Krishna in Vrindavan

Lecture on Lord Krishna in Vrindavan at ISKOCN Melbourne on 05 Oct 2015

(Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 02, Chapter 03, Text 14)

(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami coordinated the construction of Srila Prabhupada’s samadhi in Mayapur. He took sannyasa in 1997 and is now an initiating guru.)…

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Narottam The Brahmin - samples of chastity

Hare Krsna

Please accept my humble obeisance. All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Describing about the importance of five…
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THE CHASTE WIFE

There was once a wicked man of the lower classes. He abandoned all holy rites and gave himself to sin. He had a young wife but also kept a prostitute in his house. The wife, wishing only to please him, served them both. She washed their feet and ate only the remnants of their food. Although the prostitute tried to prevent her she continued to serve that woman in every way, along with her husband. When they lay together in bed the wife would lie nearby on the bare ground. In this way for a…

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Taxonomy of living beings

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New Vrindaban’s Festival of Colors Strengthens Local Relationships

By Madhava Smullen

Since it was introduced in 2012, ISKCON New Vrindaban’s Festival of Colors has dramatically improved public perception of the West Virginia farm community, mended lost relationships with locals and built new ones.

The spiritual rejuvination festival is advertised with thousands of flyers and posters in local shops, restaurants, and universities, billboards in the local towns of Moundsville and Wheeling, social media, and coverage…

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Who is dear to Krishna?

Please read carefully. By trying to follow even can make us dear to Krishna.



One who is not envious but who is a kind friend to all living entities, who does not think himself a proprietor, who is free from false ego and equal both in happiness and distress, who is always satisfied and engaged in devotional service with determination and whose mind and intelligence are in agreement with Me-he is very dear to Me. He for whom no one is put into difficulty and…
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Gratitude - an essential ingredient

Continuous feelings of gratitude and thanks within our heart is an essential ingredient for the heart to cultivate bhakti or devotional service. The more we are conscious of our gifts, and feel grateful, the more the seed of bhakti has a favorable environment to blossom into the mature fruit of love of God. This feeling of thanks when uninterrupted by mundane dualities of life grows deeper within us softening and preparing the heart for love of God. Therefore, in the beginning stages,…

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The Enquirer

It starts with a brief explanation of Cc Adi.1.5, rādhā-kṛṣṇa-praṇaya vikṛti – explaining that Rādhā and Krishna are two facets of a singular reality, not just two people who happened to fall in love. Then Vraja addresses the following wonderful questions:

Is it ok to want a relationship with Krishna that isn’t centered on Rādhārānī and madhurya rasa…

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Mantras are words.

Mantras are words.

Words are very powerful things, because words contain meaning.

Meaning is to consciousness what the calorie is to digestion.

Meaning is the thing that consciousness digests and subsists on.

“You are what you eat.” As this applies physically to food, it applies psychologically to words. The words you speak and hear create your psyche.

Mantras, therefore, are very powerful things. They are very special words, conveying very special…

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Krishna - The God of Gods



No other religious/spiritual text proclaims the supremacy of God as Bhagavad Gita does. In Bhagavad Gita, Krishna proclaims His supreme dominion as supreme God of all that be in a poetic and awe-inspiring manner. Arjuna who was the direct first-hand recipient of this knowledge conceded to the supremacy of Krishna after Krishna…

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Simple Thoughts

Prasad Distribution in Paris September 27th 2015

The French Revolution of 1798 is regarded by western historians as one of the most important events in human history. The revolution sparked off at the magnificent Place D’ La Republic, this is the location where another type of revolution was to happen, the Krishna Prasad “feeding of the 5,000”.…

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More About Mantra and Meaning

I Recently made a post about the importance of understanding the meaning of a mantra. Among the repies I got these inquiries…

I think mantra is not what we vibrate with our mouth because that is purelly a mechanic activity. And hearing a mantra is not about receiving sound waves with eardrums, another mechanic interaction from the…

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Narottam Finds the Deity of Gaura

Narottam Finds the Deity of Gaura



Nityananda Das was a disciple of Jahnava Mata, the divine consort of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. Jahnava related to Nityananda Das many stories from the lives of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Nityananda Prabhu and their associates. On her order he compiled those stories into the book known as Prema-viläsa. The following is a translation excerpted from the…

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He went for the jugular

This woman here is the official reception director for VIP's coming to Paris. In fact, she was the woman who arranged for Srila Prabhupada's reception at the Paris City Hall. The protocol was made very clear to us - that when we go into the reception room, everyone should stand and the mayor will give his opening remarks and then Srila Prabhupada can reply. The way it worked out was somewhat different.



The mayor waited and Prabhupada sat, and the mayor started…

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The Enquirer

ere is a very prevalent notion that we will attain self-realization / enlightenment / liberation / Vaikunṭha / Vraja Prema (call it what suits you best) by the mercy of Krishna / Rādhā / Guru / Vaiṣṇava alone. “It’s all up to the mercy of the Lord.”

This is wrong.

If our enlightenment is up to Krishna, then why are we not enlightened? It would have to be that he wants us to suffer? He can enlighten us whenever he likes, but he doesn’t – so what would that say…

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