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Is God Partial?

By Gauranga Darshan Das

How would you feel if your parents are partial towards your sibling? Would you be comfortable when your teacher is biased towards your classmate? It is natural to expect from one’s superior or guardian a similar treatment as one’s equals receive. Any discrepancy in that leads to disappointment. Perception of partiality is painful and could…

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Earth Day

By Giriraj Swami

Anticipating Earth Day, I thought of a prayer that resonated with me in my youth: “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For He has founded it on the seas, and established it on the floods. Who shall ascend…

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Mombasa Temple Builds New Apartments to Care for Congregation

Activism
 
By Madhava Smullen

The ISKCON temple in Nyali in Mombasa, Kenya has recently completed the second phase of its construction – an apartment building to help care for the congregation and cultivate their spiritual lives.

The four-storey building includes ten apartments. Four of them are nearly 2,000 square feet each with three…

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The Six Waves of Time – Part 1

By Kadamba Kanana Swami

So the Lord is described as kāla-srota – waves of time. It is very interesting these waves of time. We see how it is described as the ṣaḍ ūrmayaḥ – the six waves. Actually everything comes into being, it grows, flourishes, and it gives off some by products. It begins to dwindle and then it ceases to exist. So these are also known as the six…

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Swans, Stars and Shakespeare

By Bhaktimarga Swami
 
It was an opportunity for one of those Tuesday excursions, when Jay had a day off and he could be the driver and companion for Connor and I.  Today's mission was to visit the Patels in Stratford, in their recently secured "Festival Inn" and then venture through some of the downtown shops of Victorian grandeur.  Maybe we could sneak by the…
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The Motherly Touch (Dedicated To All Mothers)

 
By Achyut Gopal Das
 
"It may be possible to gild pure gold but who can make his mother…
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Management: Material or Spiritual?

By Bhurijana dasa

Management to facilitate preaching is spiritual, not material.

Srila Prabhupada: Everywhere, in the office, there is some immediate boss. So you have to please him. That is service. Suppose in office, in a department there is office superintendent. And if you do in your own way, “Yes, I’m doing my business,” and the…

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Vaishnava Compassion

By Niranjana Swami

(To read the related talk given by Giriraja Swami please click here)

Much can be said about compassion, and although we’ve covered many of its different facets, there is still much more that can be said, specifically in terms of our relationships with each other as…

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Blessed Granny

From Back to Godhead

By Sivarama Swami

Dear Sivarama Swami,

Hare Krsna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I hope you do not mind my writing to you. I have never written to a spiritual master before. You do not know me. My name is Bhaktin Dora…

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Gratitude for God’s Gifts

By Giriraj Swami

If we are at all aware of how dependent we are on God–for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the very ability to eat and drink and breathe, to think and feel and will, and to walk, talk, and sense–we will feel grateful and want to reciprocate God’s kindness. We will want to do something for He (or She or They) who…

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Compassion Well Placed

Despite the honorable intentions of philanthropists, even their most efficient programs for helping others don’t go far enough.

By His Divine Grace A.C.B. Swami Prabhupada

IN THE NAME OF philanthropy … people are feeling compassion for suffering humanity throughout the world,” (SB 5.8.10) Srila Prabhupada writes. But “no one knows where compassion should be applied. Compassion for the dress of a drowning man is senseless. A man fallen…

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ISKCON Congregational Minister, HH Jayapataka Swami, 70th Vyasapuja at ISKCON Mayapur

The 70th Vyasapuja of HH Jayapataka Swami was celebrated in a very grand and loving way by his disciples and well-wishers at ISKCON Mayapur. Over 14000 disciples congregated at Mayapur to glorify their beloved spiritual master. Sri Mayapur and Jayapataka Swami are synonymous. Maharaja once said I know only three things- Mayapur, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and Congregational preaching. His love for Mayapur dhama is…

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Who should give Bhagavatam Class?

By Vraja Vilasa dasa

Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

In response to a few devotees asking me questions on what exactly are the qualifications for giving the Bhagavatam class, I compiled a few quotes for them. I thought it might be useful for…

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What is essential anyway?

By Niscala Dasi

There are many things which we aspire for and even worship, which have no intrinsic value. They have value inasmuch as they are attached to values, and thus can serve perverted or promoting aims. Thus, though they have no value, they have a use. These things which we attach value to, are actually tools for values to be attached to. For…

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Hum Tumhare Ho Chuke hai

Hum Tumhare Ho Chuke hai                                        

Aur tum Hamare hochuke Shyam

Bas Aur kya Chahiye hame

ye Zindagi Sampoorna hai



Duniya ka bhotik Sukh nahi…

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“That other is Krishna”

Srila Prabhupada: From the very beginning, the body was given by father and mother. In the childhood, as the father and mother say, “Sit down here, eat this, don’t go there,” everything is controlled by the father and mother, and originally given by the father and mother. So how we can claim, “This is my body”? From the very beginning. Then, somebody…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on April 21, 2019 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment


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Give to Live By Karnamrita dasa

Sometimes people want to know what I am about spiritually. I often think how could I explain to someone in a moment about our path of Bhakti-yoga or Krishna consciousness??

When someone casually ask what I believe in, looking for a nutshell understanding, they sometimes do so to categorize me. I really wish people would understand that there is…

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Slokas Why memorize them?

From Back to Godhead

By Tarini Radha Devi Dasi

Reciting Shlokas that glorify Lord Krishna can awaken the soul to eternal knowledge.

Today, as I came by bus in the morning,” reported our ethics lecturer, “a person was…

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Chanting Challenges

By Vraja Bihari Dasa

“For humankind, the mind is the cause of bondage and the mind is the cause of liberation. The mind absorbed in…

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I Do At Times by Bhaktimarga Swami



I do at times make use of the elevator on my way to the meetings.  I don't want to be late.  To join me on the lift was a delivery man with a bag full of coconuts and a pail of sugar cane juice.  We reached the elevated state of the fourth floor.  I'm glad he delivered…
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