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December 2018 Blog Posts (218)


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Did you know?

545,599,371 pieces of literature authored by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada have been distributed worldwide by his sincere followers since 1965 to the end of November.

6,080,380 literatures this year.

601,385 literatures the month of November.

These are official stats issued by the BBT (Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, the…

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New Year’s Resolutions By Mahatma das

How to Change this Year? You Need to Freak Out!

Our cultural conditioning tells us we should make resolutions for the new year. Of course, the perennial problem is that most of us haven’t followed through on our previous year’s resolutions. And it can even get depressing to think about how many times this has happened. So maybe it is better we…

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New Year’s Resolutions By Giriraj Swami

Most resolutions take the form of “do’s”—things I resolve to do—and “don’ts”—things I resolve to not do. And Vedic wisdom tells us that all do’s and don’ts should support one main do—always remember Krishna (God)—and one main don’t—never forget Him.

Now, practically, what can we do to always remember Krishna and never forget Him? The item most…

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Announcing - PRE-GURUKULA ACHARYA Training Courses!

Announcing - PRE-GURUKULA ACHARYA Training Courses!

Dear Vaisnavas, Are you interested in 'Education'? Do you see a 'Teacher' in yourself? Do you want to…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 14.11

TEXT 11
sarva-dvaresu dehe 'smin

prakasa upajayate

jnanam yada tada vidyad

vivrddham sattvam ity uta

SYNONYMS…
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25-Creating Leaders, Taking Initiative and Krishna West with HH Hridayananda Maharaja

This episode we’re interviewing His Holiness Hridayananda das Goswami about preaching in the West and taking initiative to spread Prabhupada’s movement.

Some of the topics we cover:

  • How the movement has changed...
  • Why we need to create leaders not followers...
  • The extreme importance of acting according to our nature...
  • What it means to be an adult in the Hare Krishna movement...…



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First Among Kings By Drutakarma Dasa

From Back to Godhead

From the Vedic literature: the history of King Prthu,

the incarnation of the ruling potency of the Supreme Lord.

Long ago, the normally peaceful wise men of a Vedic kingdom forcibly deposed an intolerably corrupt ruler. But instead of replacing him with another unprincipled politician (as has so often happened in the history of…

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Progressive Ambition (and unsatiated Lust)

From Back to Godhead

Delhi, Friday 5th October, 1956

Edited and Founded

Under direct order of His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhakti-Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada

By Goswami Abhay Charan Bhaktivedanta

The Supreme Lord is said to be ‘Sachidananda Vigraha‘ in the revealed scriptures. ‘Sat‘ means eternal,…

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Back To Godhead, or Back To Serve? by Kesava Krsna Dasa

If a devotee were to ask, “Please bless me so that I’ll never take birth again in this horrible material world,” would this be asking for some kind of liberation? Hundreds of times, Srila Prabhupada encouraged us to “Go Back home, back to Godhead.” Would it be a form of boldness or naiveté to desire to come back to this world and serve by preaching?

That would…

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Digesting the False Ego

By Sacinandana Swami 

“When an intelligent person engages constantly in worshiping Me through loving devotional service as described by Me, his heart becomes firmly situated in Me. Thus all material desires within the heart are destroyed. The knot in the heart is pierced, all misgivings are cut to pieces and the chain of fruitive actions is terminated when I am seen as the…

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The Aim of life

Bhagavad-gita As It Is

BG Preface and Introduction

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Merry Krishnas Bring Good Cheer to Alachua Christmas Parade

Activism

By Madhava Smullen

Lord Jagannath decorated for the Christmas Parade

Around one hundred devotees from the New Raman Reti ISKCON community participated in the Alachua Christmas Parade on Saturday December 8th, in Alachua, Florida. …

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Pilgrims Flood Into Mayapur’s New Full Dome Planetarium Theater

Activism
 
By Madhava Smullen 

As the festival season of December to March begins at ISKCON Mayapur, pilgrims are flooding into the holy town. For many, the recently built full dome planetarium theater is a major attraction.

“The feedback we’re…

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Lust blinds love liberates

By Purushottam Nitai Das

Bilvamangala Thakura was a wealthy south Indian Brahmin and belonged to a cultured family. But he got attracted to a prostitute named Cintamani. The attraction soon became attachment. And as it happens when we get attached to worldly enjoyment we lose our intelligence and subsequently our dignity. The fire of lust was so intense that he was…

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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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What is the role of the Kirtan leader, spiritually? By Bada Haridas

Q.

Dear Bada Haridas,

I led my first kirtan yesterday evening! I was wondering what is the role of the kirtan leader? I know that practically speaking they are playing an instrument and singing the mantra for the group to repeat, but what is their job spiritually?

I felt a little bit nervous to take on the task at first and was wondering if you could…

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Kirtan in the World Religions

By Satyaraja Das

Kirtan is the call-and-response form of chanting that characterizes the Hare Krishna movement. It is the fundamental religion of the age – the soul crying out for God as a means to reunite with Him.

Robert Gass, author of Chanting: Discovering Spirit in Sound, believes that ritual chanting is among the…

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Heart of a Vaishnava revealed

By Giriraj Das

We often read and hear, how being a devotee, our heart should be soft, full of humility and compassion for others. Sometime we are not even sure where to draw the final line as there are different instructions for devotees at different levels of consciousness. We do not even know what is true humility and many a times wonder how a pure Vaishnava thinks, what…

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How the Essence of Religions Came From Vedic Culture

(An Excerpt from the book Mysteries of the Ancient Vedic Empire, by Sri Nandanandana dasa–Stephen Knapp)

As we look over the various cultures and religions of the world, we may ask if all religious systems are divine. Though they seem to conflict with each other on various points, still there are many areas of truth in which they all agree. Or you could say that some of the same essential truths can be found within each of them. And by a careful comparison, we can…

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Cake is the Sweetest Service for Devotee Baker Nitaipriya Dasi

Arts

By Madhava Smullen

Nitaipriya Dasi has to balance many responsibilities in life: she’s a mother of two, serves on the board of the ISKCON Philadelphia temple, and works as vice president of a reputed bank.

However she’s found yet another sweet service to offer – making…

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