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Is Happiness a Choice - Part 1 & 2

Amazing sunrise on the last day of the year 2014 photo DSCN1523_zps3679e712.jpg

By Karnamrita Das

Part 1

In the midst of my sneezing and a hacking cough this morning I discovered a fantastically beautiful sunrise—breathtakingly inspiring for me—when I went downstairs to wake our home Deities. These…

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Qualities of Sri Krsna

“Srila Rupa Gosvami, after consulting various scriptures, has enumerated the transcendental qualities of the Lord as follows: (1) beautiful features of the entire body: (2) marked with all auspicious characteristics; (3) extremely pleasing: (4) effulgent; (5) strong; (6) ever-youthful; (7) wonderful linguist; (8) truthful; (9) talks pleasingly; (10) fluent; (11) highly…

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Being Absorbed in God

By Sri Nandanandana dasa

This is actually the goal of any saint, sadhu, holy man, or bhakta, to go through life and perform all of one’s activities while being absorbed in thoughts and awareness of God, like a constant meditation. This is the means of bhakti-yoga by which we are always thinking of Lord Krishna in some way. This is the way we reach the spiritual strata.…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 13.34

TEXT 34
yatha prakasayaty ekah

krtsnam lokam imam ravih

ksetram ksetri tatha krtsnam

prakasayati bharata

SYNONYMS…
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Srila Prabhupada's definition of Ritvik vs. modern day Ritvikvadis

Devotees have researched Srila Prabhupada's use of the word Ritvik. It was always used as a helper who would perform a fire sacrifice on behalf of the guru or some similar kind of context in his works. Including his letters where he would ask devotees to perform fire jajnas on his behalf. For example Mother Saradiya initiated her husband that way into second Brahminical initiation when they started the temple on his behalf in Guyana. Towards the end Srila Prabhupada signed another letter…

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Nimai Pandit Das, Pioneer of the Italian Yatra, Passes Away

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By Pradhana-gopika Dasi 

Nimai Pandit Das, one of the frst devotees in Italy after Srila Prabhupada's disappearance passed away on November 13th at the age of 71.

"He was someone who never stepped back," says Parabhakti Das, temple president of Villa Vrindavana, near Florence.…

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Vrindavan Braj Parikrama – Day 7

By Kadamba Kanana Swami

Written by Harsarani devi dasi

After a very bumpy ride on the bus, Day 7 of the Vrindavan parikrama led us to Sunhera at the Sudevi Sakhi Temple. It was not arranged for us to be here but somehow the driver took a different turn. Sudevi is one of the eight principle varistha gopis. This temple was…

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The Influence of Holy Places

By Giriraj Swami

In the first verse of the Bhagavad-gita, the low-minded king Dhrtarastra asks his secretary, “O Sanjaya, after my sons and the sons of Pandu assembled in the place of pilgrimage at Kuruksetra, desiring to fight, what did they do?” Kim akurvata: “What did they do?” Srila Prabhupada says…

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George Harrison’s Visit to Juhu — Remembering and Giving Thanks

By Giriraj Swami

I will never forget the moment when I heard that George Harrison had passed away, shortly after Thanksgiving in 2001. My strong feelings of separation surprised me and made me think how important and dear George must have been to Srila Prabhupada and Sri Krishna. And I remembered my…

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India Prime Minister’s Message for Iskcon’s International Gita Festival

I am pleased to learn that the International Gita Festival is being organized by ISKCON in December, 2018 at New Delhi to celebrate the profound relevance of Srimad Bhagavad Gita in the contemporary world.

Encapsulating the wisdom of our several millennia old civilization, the Gita holds the vision for fulfilling the true meaning of existence of each and every human. Its teachings…

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Ear: The Gateway to Liberation

By Pran Gopinath Das

We may not realize how our aural organs play a vital role in determining our spiritual destination.

The human body is equipped with five senses through which one is connected to the external world. These five knowledge-acquiring organs, known in the Vedas as jnanendriyas (jnana, “knowledge”;…

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How to balance material and spiritual life?

By Hridaya Caitanya Prabhu

We’re spirits inside material bodies. If we do something about our own spiritual life—like find out who we really are and what we’re meant to do—life can only improve. We generally prefer consciousness to unconsciousness, except during surgery. Putting zero effort into finding our true identity and purpose while keeping our bodies and minds pleasantly occupied is like always stopping…

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Create Sacred Space

By Kamala-sundari Dasi

We may find ourselves in need of a “get away” from time to time, to abandon the chaos and search out a serene environment to de-stress body, mind, and soul. Circumstances do not allow us to up and leave when we feel the need. So, wouldn’t it be wise to make our home that place of tranquility? Being unable to relax in our own home is a peculiar…

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Dealing with unexpected reversals in life - Answers by HH Romapada Swami



Question: Prabhupada told us to “Chant Hare Krishna and Be Happy”. I have been chanting the maha mantra since two years and I am following the rules and regulations but I am still very unhappy. I guess that there is a problem somewhere with me. My life is a mess. Krishna gives me too many tests which I can’t handle. I have been struggling with my…

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Loving relationships with devotees

Verse: Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.12.15 Speaker: HH Varshana Swami Location: ISKCON New Vrindaban

agnau gurav atmani ca sarva-bhutesv adhoksajam bhutaih sva-dhamabhih pasyed apravistam pravistavat

TRANSLATION: One should realize that in the fire, in the spiritual master, in one’s self and in all living entities-in all circumstances and conditions-the Supreme…

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The crying monkey by Sacinandana Swami



Bhakti takes two forms in this world. On the one hand the form of activities you perform with body, voice and mind, and on the other hand the form of feelings. These devotional feelings are the inclination to serve Krishna in a favorable way, in other words giving pleasure to Him. The feelings of bhakti-bhava also include eagerness, gratitude and being moved by genuine love. …

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The Influence of Holy Places

By Giriraj Swami

In the first verse of the Bhagavad-gita, the low-minded king Dhrtarastra asks his secretary, “O Sanjaya, after my sons and the sons of Pandu assembled in the place of pilgrimage at Kuruksetra, desiring to fight, what did they do?” Kim akurvata: “What did they do?” Srila Prabhupada says that this is a foolish question. The two armies had gathered to fight, so…

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Sri Prabhupadastakam

[Eight Verses Glorifying Srila Prabhupada]

by Sriman Kusakratha dasa, inspired by a Sanskrit poem, with versification by Dravida dasa

1) sri-sri-navadvipa-para-pradipah sandipyamanah satato bhuviha cetas-tamo hanti hi yasya yatnat tam kirtayamah prabhupadadevam

The transcendental lamp of Navadvip, Gaurangadev, He took with…

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Udupi 2019 Yatra

Udupi 2019 Yatra with H.H.Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj

Come and celebrate the joyful journey to one of the Southern most beautiful Holy place known as: Mathura of the south – ”UDUPI” where the Supreme Lord Krishna performed many childhood pastimes for the pleasure of His mother Devaki.

Though as we know, Mother Yashoda was fortunate to enjoy all…

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From shallow to profound!

By Kadamba Kanana Swami

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

This mahamantra is our best friend. In fact, it is a very close friend of all living entities. The mantra is always there for us, whereby whoever wants it is able to turn to it wherever they are and whenever they…

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