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The Extra Plants

From Back to Godhead

By Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi

False Prestige heads a list of weeds, such as Lust, Greed, and Anger, that block the growth of the vine of Bhakti.

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita metaphorically describes love of God as a creeper, or vine. The following story is based…

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Controller of the Uncontrollable By Sri Vrindavan das

The greatest challenge in performing Sadhana Bhakti is our attempt to serve the Lord with only the cognizance of Him being an almighty God. The immense distance between us and the Lord during the clearing process (Anartha Nivrtthi) is such that most Sadhakas face difficulty in maintaining…

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Selfishness

By Visakha Dasi

If, in our marriage, we focus on what we need and negate the needs of our partner, the relationship can’t last. If we give up who we are to please our partner, we may suffocate and become frustrated, resentful and depressed. One who is self-controlled doesn’t need to lord it over another, and neither does that person need to be overpowered by another. Marriage is a balance between satisfying our self and…

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Remaining a Devotee Despite Obstacles and Trials

By Karnamrita dasa

I received an email from someone who wanted to hear about my struggles as a devotee and how I have gotten through them, since he finds himself struggling with his chanting and feeling allured by the material world. Though I think most of the readers here are seasoned devotees, I thought I would share this in the hope that someone might find it useful, even…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 13.22

TEXT 22
purusah prakrti-stho hi

bhunkte prakrti-jan gunan

karanam guna-sango 'sya

sad-asad-yoni-janmasu

SYNONYMS…
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Inspire through love and sacrifice By Kadamba Kanana Swami

Question: What is the most appropriate way to inspire your spouse towards Krsna consciousness?

With a lot of love! It is going to take a lot of love because it is through love that the inspiration will come to the other person – the inspiration to make a sacrifice. It is a challenge for someone to inspire a spouse to take up Krsna consciousness therefore, it must be done in a loving…

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Should I Forgive Him?

Once upon a time Bali Maharaja approached Prahlada Maharaja and asked him, “Which is actually best, forgiveness or the use of strength?” Prahlada Maharaja thought for some time and replied, “Neither forgiveness nor the use of strength is good in all situations. If one were to always forgive, then his servants, dependents and even strangers would disrespect him. When one always forgives and never shows the strength to…

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Exploring Love

Exploring Love

By Vishakha Devi Dasi

What is love? Where is it? And how can we get it?

Love, we are told, is all we need. It is the subject of numberless books, songs, films, plays, sonnets, articles, conversations, and advertisements; it is meditated on, longed for, and bemoaned; it is a source of anguish, ecstasy, and everything in between. Yet despite our ability today to acquire many…

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History of Sri Jagannath Temple, Rajapur

In this video, the head pujari of ISKCON Mayapur, His Grace Jananivas Prabhu, and the temple president and manager of the Rajapur Jagannatha Mandir, His Grace Nirmala Caitanya Prabhu, speak in great detail about the history and glories of Lord Jagannatha, and how He came to reside in Sridham…

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ISKCON prison ministry – Strengthening my faith By Janardana Dasa

Hare Kṛṣṇa, Mataji.

Dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

In prison my Kṛṣṇa consciousness has been truly “hands on” (isn’t it always? ). Sri Kṛṣṇa knows best and is always testing and strengthening His bhaktas. I truly feel that He has been especially and specifically helping me for the past twenty-six months I have spent in prison.…

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Stand up for Krsna!

By Kadamba Kanana Swami

If we want to be counted amongst the saints, we must have the courage to stand up for Krsna and not think, “What will the neighbours say?”

We have heard many stories of devotees during the early days of the movement in the former Soviet Union (Russia) and how the devotees were put into jails, mental hospitals and even…

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Sankirtana: Welfare for All Beings

By Dayananda Dasa

“Is chanting all that your religion does? Don’t you do welfare or anything like that?”

Alex, my barber, works at the Pilatos salon in Queens, New York, on the cusp of a Hispanic neighborhood. The salon has mostly Latino…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 13.21

TEXT 21
karya-karana-kartrtve

hetuh prakrtir ucyate

purusah sukha-duhkhanam

bhoktrtve hetur ucyate

SYNONYMS…
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Genuine Appreciation By Kadamba Kanana Swami

The more the eternal associates of Krsna develop their love for Krsna, the more they also develop their love for all those who are serving Krsna in love. Therefore, it is not that anyone looks with an envious eye at his neighbour. No, there is a very deep and genuine appreciation which is based on service, because everyone can see how everyone else in the spiritual world is trying to serve Krsna, and how eager everyone is to satisfy…

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Disappearance Day of Srila Narottam Das Thakura

Appearing as the son of a king, Shri Narottama Dasa Thakura (Shri Thakura Mahasaya) showed all the bodily symptoms of a mahapurusha (an exalted divine person). He had long arms, a deep navel, golden-complexioh, beautiful eyes shaped like the lotus petals. In school, he was a sruti dhara (able to memorize whatever he hears) Although he quickly mastered Sanskrit and the Vedas, he hankered to serve Krishna. He was a…

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Spiritual Retirement Facility Planned in Colombia’s Cauca Valley

Activism

By Madhava Smullen

A pioneer devotee is braving austerity to create a dream retirement home in Colombia’s lush Cauca Valley, for those who have dedicated their lives in service to ISKCON. And Lord Krishna is reciprocating as neighbors embrace the project and doors gradually begin to open.

This is not the…

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The Spirit of Vrindavan

By Kadamba Kanana Swami

During the month of Kartik, there is the chance to make special advancement. Especially whoever goes to Vrindavan is very fortunate because in Vrindavan, during Kartik, one can make many times more advancement under than under normal conditions!

Therefore, being in Vrindavan during Kartik is very, very special. But…

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What To Do and When

By Giriraj Swami

As part of our evening program in Carpinteria during Kartik, we are reading from Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.9, “Mother Yasoda Binds Lord Krsna,” and tonight one verse and purport struck me as especially instructive:

TEXT 5…

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Culture of Sharing

By Adiguru dasa

In Krishna Consciousness we hear many viewpoints about spreading the movement of Lord Caitanya. In reality there is not one fixed way to attract a conditioned living entity. A conditioned living entity who has achieved a rare benediction of having a…

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Ahankara – Foundational principle of our material existence

Submitted by Jaganmohini devi dasi

Following are the excerpts from S.B 4.7.33 lecture given by HH Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami at Zurich during Sept. 2001. They are adapted from the book ‘ Sripada in Switzerland’ published by Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata.

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This is a very instructive chapter of Srimad…

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