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How Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar and Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Manifested in Jaipur





By Sridevi Dasi

Sitala devi dasi, a resident of Mayapur Dham, had been ordering deities for ISKCON since 1975. Many temples around the world have used her services to obtain their deities. In the 1990’s the devotees of New Raman Reti asked her to order deities in India for our Temple. “It took a while for consensus to be reached among devotees here as to who should be the Lords of New Raman Reti,” she says. “Once the decision…

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Devotees Distribute Prasadam at Mosque During Ramadan in Florence, Italy

Activism
 
On May 7th, on the auspicious day of Aksaya Tritiya and second day of Ramadan, Villa Vrindavana devotees in Florence distributed prasadam (sanctified vegetarian food) to the Muslim members in the mosque of Florence.

“I have a long-standing friendship with Imam Izzeddin Elzir, Parabhakti dasa…

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ISKCON of D.C. Holi Becomes Family Tradition For Many Locals by Madhava Smullen

Events

After years of celebration, the Holi Festival at the ISKCON temple in Washington D.C. is now so embedded in the local culture that it has become an annual family tradition for many.

This year over 4,000 people attended the event, also dubbed Festival of Colors, on Saturday May 4th. So many turned…

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Vyasa Puja Ceremony Speech - Day 3

In that sacred atmosphere of gratitude and reflection, having offered our words, thoughts, hearts and for some, tears, Maharaja responded:

“I hear from you how I am being perceived. It is not how I perceive myself. It is a paradox. I see that I have to grow. We have to grow in spiritual life. What is the point of having a spiritual master if we do not change? We must be committed and over time…

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After the Chiropractor by Bhaktimarga Swami

So, it worked out fairly smoothly.  We merely called the local wellness centre in Rosedale, and asked if their clinic accepts walk-ins.  It so happens they do in the chiropractic department, and I was good to go for 9:00 a.m. The call was made at 7:30 a.m.  I was practically accepted on the spot.  I met Dr. Suk, a pleasant therapist, and showed him my X-rays made in Mauritius, which were very helpful.
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An appreciation for Srila Prabhupada and his Bhagavad-gita As It Is by Madhusudana Visnu Das

By Madhusudana Visnu Das

Few months ago, we received a call from a monk belonging to Swaminarayana sect in Gujarat. He expressed the desire to learn Bhagavad Gita As It Is. It was quite a surprise for us. On inquiring from him the purpose behind his request, he informed us that their chief-guru had written in their sacred literature called siksha-patri, the manual…

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Latest E-books on Holy Dham

Hare Krishna,



Latest E-books on Holy Dham - …

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HH Radhanath Swami and Vaisesika Prabhu join forces for the Monthly Sankirtan Festival in New York

By Yasoda-dulal Das

Great day spent at the Bhakti Center, then with the many exalted souls who came to the Monthly Sankirtan Festival.

Then a drive to a holy place (439 Henry Street in Brooklyn) and walk around the block while discussing pastimes of Srila Prabhupada at that temple.

That place was the site of the first Iskcon temple…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on May 22, 2019 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 16.16

TEXT 16
manah-prasadah saumyatvam

maunam atma-vinigrahah

bhava-samsuddhir ity etat

tapo manasam ucyate

SYNONYMS…
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Added by Rohit Kharwal on May 22, 2019 at 9:48am — No Comments


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ISKCON Child Protection Director Appointed as UK Magistrate by Madhava Smullen

People

Kamlesh Krishna Das, the International Director of the ISKCON Child Protection Office, has been appointed as a Justice of the Peace Magistrate in the British judiciary system. 

He will be serving within the Magistrate Court, which handles 95% of all legal cases in the UK. He was officially appointed and sworn in on Srila Prabhupada’s…

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Sacred Sites Damaged, But No Devotees Reported Injured in Puri Cyclone by Madhava Smullen

Events

Cyclone Fani slammed into Northeast India on Friday May 3rd with heavy rainfall and winds of up to 127 miles per hour, leaving at least 38 people dead in Odisha, hundreds injured and thousands without homes. 

Death tolls were relatively low since over 1 million people were evacuated from about 15,000 villages and 46 towns in Odisha in…

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Thoughts During Easiness by Bhaktimarga Swami

 
 
It struck…
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Vyasa-puja Ceremony - Day 3

he guro jnana-da dina-bandho

svananda-datah karunaika-sindho 

vrindavanasina hitavatara 

prasida radha-pranaya-prachara

“O spiritual master, O giver of divine wisdom, O friend of the fallen, you are the giver of your own bliss and you are the only ocean of mercy. Although dwelling in Vrindavana, you have descended for the welfare of fallen souls like myself and you are…

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Srila Prabhupada and the Vaisnava Tradition of Scriptural Commentary: Serving the Words of His Predecessors by Gopiparanadhana Dasa

Gopiparanadhana Dasa, Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) Sanskrit editor and translator for more than 25 years, addresses the difference between Western and Eastern approaches to textual authority. By examining texts from Srila Prabhupada’s commentaries he highlights the difference between Western ideas of plagiarism, and the primacy of originality, and ­Eastern notions of ensuring the safe passage of traditional thought. He also looks at how in Indian traditions the…

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Srimati Radharani- The Origin of the Sankirtan Movement

By Samapriya dasi

How can one understand the esoteric personality of Srimati Radharani? She is the principal inspiration for the Lord, and only confidentially revealed in the Vedic scriptures. Yet, She takes shelter within the deepest realizations of pure hearted bhakti yogis. Lord Sri Krsna is bewildered by the profound brilliance of Her transcendental qualities and thus awakens a yearning within Himself to exhibit, absorb and experience Her…

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The Highest Compassion by Niranjana Swami

atmaupamyena sarvatra

samam pasyati yo ‘rjuna

sukham va yadi va duhkham

sa yogi paramo matah

TRANSLATION

He is a perfect yogi who, by comparison to his own self, sees the true equality of all beings, in both their happiness and their distress, O Arjuna!…

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Offering to Lord Nrisimhadeva

Hare Krsna dear devotees.

We sincerely hope you had a blessed Nrisimhadeva Caturdashi celebration!

On behalf of ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry (CDM), we would like to express our deepest gratitude for helping us to assist in Srila Prabhupada’s preaching movement.

As you all know, Lord Nrsimhadeva is not in need of…

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Added by Divyesh Das on May 21, 2019 at 11:34am — No Comments

Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 17.15

TEXT 15
anudvega-karam vakyam

satyam priya-hitam ca yat

svadhyayabhyasanam caiva

van-mayam tapa ucyate

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Awakening From a Nightmare by Sesa Dasa

By Sesa Dasa

In medicine, a coma, or comatose, (from the Greek “koma”, meaning deep sleep) is a profound state of unconsciousness.

Talk about living a nightmare. There was a report on the news that a Belgian man “though to be in a coma for 23 years was actually conscious the whole time.” Alex Watts of Sky News Online writes, “For…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on May 20, 2019 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment


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Day Broken Up by Bhaktimarga Swami



The layover in Istanbul was a good seven hours, providing an opportunity to divide up time with either sitting, lying, standing or lotus-sitting.  There are carpet patches which interrupt the tile floor, and they were just perfect for doing some yoga stretching.  I guess…
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