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December 2009 Blog Posts (133)

Please lose your footwear!

Please accept my humble obeisances.



All glories to Srila Prabhupada.



It is Ratha Yatra time in Chennai on January 13th and I invite all devotees to come to Chennai for the Yatra.

Next Sunday is the Snana-Yatra and I remember the experience I had in January 2009 and I wish to share it with all devotees for their pleasure.



That Sunday, my wife and I made a rare visit to the temple together.



There was a lot of rush. We had to park our car some… Continue

Added by R.Deepak Bedre on December 31, 2009 at 7:44pm — 1 Comment

Dhyana-Bindu Upanishad

Om ! May He protect us both together; may He nourish us both together;

May we work conjointly with great energy,

May our study be vigorous and effective;

May we not mutually dispute (or may we not hate any).

Om ! Let there be Peace in me !

Let there be Peace in my environment !

Let there be Peace in the forces that act on me !



1. Even if sin should accumulate to a mountain extending over many Yojanas (distance), it is destroyed by Dhyana-Yoga. At no time… Continue

Added by pratibha on December 31, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Proud Frog!

"Sometimes someone has a little knowledge, and they become very proud. Sometimes someone has a little wealth, they become very proud, they think nothing can disturb them.



There is a story once, that there was a frog living in the pond. One day the frog, he jumped out on the side of the pond and there he found one coin. He found a 50 paisa piece...'aat anna'. Now this was quite some… Continue

Added by Shabda Hari Das on December 31, 2009 at 10:10am — 2 Comments

Passing of Rasajna devi dasi

Dearest Devotee's and Well wishers:



Srimate Rasajna devi dasi quietly departed for the Lotus Feet of Srila Prabhupada Monday afternoon in Austin, Texas. Yesterday, Sumati devi dasi, her care taker, feeling the end was immanent, called a god-brothers who lived locally for kirtan. Rasa had indicated her pleasure with the kirtan of the local devotees. They arrived this morning & together with Sumati, they kirtan began around 10:45 central time and continued until around 2 pm when… Continue

Added by ISKCON desire tree on December 31, 2009 at 5:33am — 2 Comments

Devi Upanishad

Om ! Gods ! With ears let us hear what is good;

Adorable ones ! With eyes let us see what is good.

With steady limbs, with bodies, praising,

Let us enjoy the life allotted by the gods.

May Indra, of wide renown, grant us well-being;

May Pusan, and all-gods, grant us well-being.

May Tarksya, of unhampered movement, grant us well-being.

May Brihaspati grant us well-being.

Om ! Peace ! Peace ! Peace !



1. All the gods waited upon the Goddess (and… Continue

Added by pratibha on December 30, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Upadesamrta:---

syāt kṛṣṇanāmacaritādisitāpyavidyā-

pittopataptarasanasya na rocikā nu

kintvādarādanudinaḿ khalu saiva juṣṭā

svādvī kramādbhavati tadgadamūlahantrī



The holy name, character, pastimes and activities of Kṛṣṇa are all transcendentally sweet like sugar candy. Although the tongue of one afflicted by the jaundice of avidyā [ignorance] cannot taste anything sweet, it is wonderful that simply by carefully chanting these sweet names every day, a natural relish awakens… Continue

Added by KASHYAPI DASS on December 30, 2009 at 2:18pm — No Comments

ABC's of Spirituality!

So sometimes when people hear these principles of Bhakti..this bowing down, offering a flower, offering a fruit, offering water with tulasi, doing some simple services, they think, 'what is this? this is over-simplified! we have to do some high mental speculation or....these are just the ABCs'.



There is also a story about that...One time there was one widow. She had a son, about 11-12… Continue

Added by Shabda Hari Das on December 30, 2009 at 10:23am — 1 Comment

<b>Dream Vs Reality!</b>

Dream Vs Reality!



"We accept particular bodies in our dreams to be ourselves. We may dream that we are king, or dream that we are pauper, or a woman. In the dream we are thinking "This is me." When we wake up, we find that it was a dream and that the temporary dream body is disappeared.



So in a similar way, by the influence of material nature, we get a particular body in this life, and we identify with this body that it's ourselves. When we actually wake up to our… Continue

Added by Chitra Datta on December 30, 2009 at 9:55am — No Comments

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu 500 th year of Sannyasa Anniversary posters



Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu 500 th year of Sannyasa Anniversary posters made by iskcondesiretree.com for the pleasure of devotees.



There are various types from web format to printable banners.



Please download them and use it in your temple & make the celebration a great successes .



Download links:…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree on December 29, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Dattatreya Upanishad

Om ! O Devas, may we hear with our ears what is auspicious;

May we see with our eyes what is auspicious, O ye worthy of worship !

May we enjoy the term of life allotted by the Devas,

Praising them with our body and limbs steady !

May the glorious Indra bless us !

May the all-knowing Sun bless us !

May Garuda, the thunderbolt for evil, bless us !

May Brihaspati grant us well-being !

Om ! Let there be Peace in me !

Let there be Peace in my environment… Continue

Added by pratibha on December 29, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

How I came to Krishna Consciousness

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Sri Guru & Sri Gauranga. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.



For the pleasure of all the Vaishnavas I am writing my first blog today on Iskcon Desire Tree Network. This is a wonderful opportunity to share our experiences.



When I got married I was addicted to eating non-veg and drinking beer. And when my wife said let’s go to the temple, I would ask her, “What?” Sorry she was just reading my draft and said it was… Continue

Added by R.Deepak Bedre on December 29, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Beautiful Story on Material Attachments!

Because of lack of transcendental knowledge, one is thinking, "Oh because of Krishna Consciousness, I will give up some happiness, like going to the movies at night." Some kind of attachment is there.



There is a story about Sanatana Goswami's servant. He asked Sanatana Goswami, "There is a party going on in the forest...there is a big festival. Could I go and… Continue

Added by Shabda Hari Das on December 29, 2009 at 9:47am — 3 Comments

Be Healthy, Happy, and Holy – Sleep by 10 pm

This short essay based on scientific research, is presented to help aspiring transcendentalists recognize the need to take rest early each night (latest by 10 pm) and to rise by 4 am each morning in order to chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and attain the perfection of human life.

Special thanks goes to Kirti Mataji for Internet researching the topic of sleep and providing the printed scientific reports and conclusions which form the basis of… Continue

Added by ISKCON desire tree on December 29, 2009 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

The World Peace Formula!

My friends, if we look in the world today, we see that, what do we need most of all but… PEACE! We see that in Bosnia, we see in so many parts as Somalia. People all over the world are killing each other based on what? Some people blame it on religion, some people are blaming it on race.



But the real thing that is actually responsible is a lack of higher spiritual consciousness. People are in bodily consciousness, they think they’re the… Continue

Added by ISKCON desire tree on December 29, 2009 at 7:11am — No Comments

From meditative bhajan to blissful kirtan

At the Japa retreat with HH Giriraj Swami and Her Grace Mother Arcana Siddhi held in South Africa between the 11th to the 15th Dec 2009 each day culminated in the meditative kirtans with HG Madhava Prabhu. Madhava Prabhu is formerly from Mauritius and has been a devotee from his early childhood. His parents are also initiated long standing devotees in Mauritius. Madhava Prabhu mentioned on the first night that he was once told by HH Radhanath Swami that good japa leads to good kirtan. He asked… Continue

Added by ISKCON desire tree on December 29, 2009 at 7:10am — No Comments

Thousands Protest Cow Slaughter on Streets of Hyderabad



On November 15th, 2009, the streets of Hyderabad were painted with saffron color when thousands of devotees of Mother Cow took to the streets demanding a total ban on cow slaughter and a declaration that the cow be named as India’s national animal.

The massive Vehicle Rally was headed by Bhakti Raghava Swami, who was recently appointed the Minister for ISKCON’s Varnashrama-based Rural Development Ministry in India.

Speaking on the… Continue

Added by ISKCON desire tree on December 29, 2009 at 7:09am — No Comments

Darsana Upanishad

Om ! Let my limbs and speech, Prana, eyes, ears, vitality

And all the senses grow in strength.

All existence is the Brahman of the Upanishads.

May I never deny Brahman, nor Brahman deny me.

Let there be no denial at all:

Let there be no denial at least from me.

May the virtues that are proclaimed in the Upanishads be in me,

Who am devoted to the Atman; may they reside in me.

Om ! Let there be Peace in me !

Let there be Peace in my environment… Continue

Added by pratibha on December 28, 2009 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Different Levels of the Spiritual World!

When we finally go to the spiritual world, it's transcendental, and then you have different levels of the spiritual world, where in the Vaikunta planets the devotees of the Lord worship Lord Narayana with awe and reverence and with great pomp, majesty and very formally.



Then you go to Ayodhya where Sita, Rama, Lakshmana and Hanuman are there, where Sita-Rama are being worshipped. It is a little less formal, because Rama… Continue

Added by Shabda Hari Das on December 28, 2009 at 10:20am — No Comments

Dakshinamurti Upanishad

Om ! May He protect us both together; may He nourish us both together;

May we work conjointly with great energy,

May our study be vigorous and effective;

May we not mutually dispute (or may we not hate any).

Om ! Let there be Peace in me !

Let there be Peace in my environment !

Let there be Peace in the forces that act on me !



Om. In Brahma Vartha (Land of Brahma), under a banyan tree called Maha Bandira, many sages including Sounaka had assembled to… Continue

Added by pratibha on December 27, 2009 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Glorious Passing Away Of Mother Lalassamayi



Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,

Please accept my humble obeisances

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!



Last night at 00H15 our dear Godsister, Mother Lalassamayi, left her body

and apparently made it back home back to Godhead. Lalassamayi Mataji who

had joined Iskcon in 1983 at the age of sixty years, was spending her last

days in her home near the Belgian Radhadesh community. Because of her

advanced age,… Continue

Added by ISKCON desire tree on December 27, 2009 at 12:36pm — No Comments

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