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December 2015 Blog Posts (417)


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Cynics and Sentimentalists, and the Missing Link

Many people like to believe that all religious looking elements - individuals or organizations - cheat people; these are the cynics. And many people like to believe that all religious looking elements are worthy of deep respect; these are the sentimentalists. Both groups, as soon as they open their mouths to speak, reveal their lack of intellectual…
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Every Town and Village starts with You!

I was interested but also saddened whilst sat in a class recently to hear the individual state that they were sorry to say but they thought that the second generation devotees were much better than the original Prabhupada disciples and had achieved much much more.

As always it’s a matter of perspective

In some way’s you…

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ISKCON Outreach Website Launches to Help Devotees Learn Best Practices

By: Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on Dec. 31, 2015

London police officers receive Prabhupada's books

ISKCONoutreach.com, a new website that aggregates articles, toolkits and videos related to ISKCON’s outreach efforts in one place, launched on December 29th,…

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Prabhupada and ISKCON’s First Cow Kaliya

By: Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on Dec. 31, 2015

Prabhupada New Vrindaban Kaliya Cow 1976

Archival Research by Chaitanya Mangala.

As ISKCON approaches its…

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Growing Enemies

This morning I quizzed someone about their new year's resolution. Their reply - "my life is going great, I don't need to change a thing - resolutions are for losers!" I had never heard that before! How could someone feel their life to be perfect - with no room for improvement? Without making the effort to grow, to learn, to explore and to challenge our current ways…
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Can Science Prove Spirituality?

Question to Radhanath Swami: We have heard that in Hinduism, you can find yourself through meditation. If more people get the right values and follow this path of spirituality, then there would be much greater peace in the world. Why don’t we use a tract of science to prove these values and the way they work?

Answer by Radhanath Swami: Science and…

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2015 - Another year has passed by!

Please accept our humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We started ISKCON Desire Tree in 2002. Another year has passed by. Our body has got older. Our service rendered to the mission has continued. Year 2015 has been better than previous year. We have tried our best to serve Srila Prabhupada's mission. Following are some of the…

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Gita Jayanti at Bhaktivedanta Manor

By Zayani Bhatt

Hundreds of devotees from far and wide congregated at Bhativedanta Manor for a recitation of the Bhagavat Gita by the temple’s Managing Director HG Gauri Das and insightful commentary by His Holiness Sivarama Swami on Sunday 20th December.

The devotional and ardent recitation of the Holy Scripture and a Gita yagna…

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VIHE Holy Name Retreat – The wonders of chanting japa under guidance

By Prema Sindhu Gauranga dasa

Anchor From November 29 to December 4, around 200 devotees eagerly gathered in Govardhan for the 10th annual VIHE Holy Name Retreat–all the way from South and North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, Russia, Israel, India, and even China. Giriraj Govardhan, “Haridas varya,” the topmost…

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Renunciation through Devotion

By Dwaipayan De

The dictionary defines the word ‘Renunciation’ as follows – ‘the formal rejection of something, typically a belief, claim, or course of action.’ All over the world, we come across people who practice the spirit of Renunciation – There are some who renounce bad/harmful habits or renounce bad association, and there are some…

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Sahyadri Varnasrama College 2016

The Sahayadri Varnasrama College (SVC) is now accepting applications from male candidates for its one-month course to be given from January 6 to 31, 2016 on the campus at Sahayadri Sri Krishna Balarama Ksetra (SSKBK) located near the small town of Hebri in the district of Udupi, Karnataka.

On-going since 2009, the courses offered during this year will focus on…

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Bhagavad Gita stresses bhakti over other paths

Some people argue that Prabhupada misinterpreted Bhagavad Gita in the sense that the verses are translated to suit bhakti. In Bhagavad Gita, Krishna speaks about karma, gnana, yoga and bhakti and hence all paths are as good as other paths. This is their argument. But such criticisms are indications that people read Bhagavad Gita for other…

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Tulsi Gabbard Responds to ISKCON Bangladesh Attack

US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard offers arati at ISKCON's Radha Parthasarathi Mandi in New Delhi

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii – the first Hindu congresswoman in America – has requested Marcia Bernicat, the U.S. Ambassador in Bangladesh, to visit an ISKCON temple there that recently withstood a terrorist…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 2.56

TEXT 56
duhkhesv anudvigna-manah

sukhesu vigata-sprhah

vita-raga-bhaya-krodhah

sthita-dhir munir ucyate

SYNONYMS
duḥkheṣu—in the…
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World Harinama Map

By Lila-shuka das

This project was made with the sole purpose of inspiring all devotees to perform more Harinama Sankirtana.

In addition, this project shows the activity of Harinama Sankirtana around the world.

When you enter the website ( www.harinammap.com ) you can see the world map and the…

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Divine Energy

Krishna has many energies or potencies, which have three main categories. The first is his “internal energy”, which manifests as the spiritual world and his most confidential associates who always reside there. Chief among these is Radharani, who is Krishna’s eternal consort. She is the female aspect of the Supreme, and from her come many other consorts who are known as…

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Supersoul

This brings us to the second level of God realisation in Vedic theology, known as the Paramatma or Supersoul. This is an expansion of God who is found in the heart of every living being and also within every atom of the creation. It is the all-pervasive aspect of the Supreme, but in a personal form rather than impersonal energy.

The Bhagavad-gita describes the…

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The Supreme Person

In its most recent survey on the subject of God, the National Centre for Social Research found that some ninety percent of us claim to be believers.  One in five even said they had no doubts about God’s existence. Such statistics are perhaps surprising, given that education today tends to steer us toward more atheistic notions such as the’ Big Bang’ and evolution.…

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Shifting to High Gear

Lecture on Shifting to High Gear by Charu Prabhu on 2015

(Charu Das was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1970. He has been President, variously, of the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Berkeley (USA) temples.)

To Listen and Download -…

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The last exchange of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami

The last exchange of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami.

Srila Prabhupada: In 1936, just on the 13th, December, I wrote him one letter. Not 13th. I think by the beginning of December, 1936, I wrote one letter to Guru Maharaja. I knew he was little kind upon me, so I wrote that “Guru Maharaja, you have got many disciples. I am also…

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