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Australia’s Gold Coast: A Goldmine of Hare Krishna Restaurants

Lifestyle
 
By Madhava Smullen



With its sparkling beaches, hot surf spots and theme parks, Australia’s Gold Coast is the country’s most popular tourist destination. But what you may not know is that it’s also a GoldMine of Hare Krishna restaurants. Australia, the prasadam center…

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The Best Must Go On by Bhaktimarga Swami



Rhythm is something that everyone needs in their life.  (Gershwin wrote the song, “I Got Rhythm.”)  Even if you don’t think you are musically inclined, you must admit that you have a heartbeat inside of you and that is rather consistent, otherwise you are dead.  Everywhere…
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Chanting Beyond Reasons by Achyut Gopal Das

 
"Chanting attentively is not a matter of circumstance but a matter of choice."



Everyday there is a different reason to not to be chant attentively. Someday, it's because someone hurt us and we keep…
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The Science of a Smile by Srimati Dasi

By Srimati Dasi

Smiling in which the teeth are slightly visible is called hasita smiling.

One day Abhimanyu, the so-called husband of Radharani, was returning home, and at that time he did not know that Krsna was there. But Krsna immediately changed His dress to look exactly like Abhimanyu and approached Abhimanyu’s mother,…

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Snana Yatra - The Sacred Bathing Festival of the Lord



A very special and sacred festival of Lord Jagannath is held on the full-moon day in the month of Jyestha. This festival is known as 'Devasnan Purnima' or 'Snana Yatra' (the Bathing Festival). There is a general belief that the devotee washes away all his sins if he gets a vision of the Lord on this day. Therefore, it attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. According to the Skanda Purana when King Indradyumna…
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Remember God? Coming Back to My Eternal Friend

By Bhakti-lata Devi Dasi

After years searching and struggling, she finally found the right place to develop the natural connection she felt with God.

It was the third day in the hospital. The IV was still in my right arm. As I gazed through the window, a few leaves, colored yellow and red by the season, fell from a nearby tree. It was a beautiful fall day in Montreal, I was twenty, and I was trapped in here. How did it come to…

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The King Known as Kichari by Bhaktimarga Swami

There was a spring cleaning that went on in the ashram today, resulting in a switch of room, and a switch of beds.  And although in the mundane world such changes are often perceived as sources of distress, in a monastic setting it engenders a form of excitement.  The boys are also making way for a visitor monk, Ekalavya, a single man who hails from New York.  He’ll be with us for a week only, but it is always stimulating for me when he comes.…
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A movement based on sincere efforts by Kadamba Kanana Swami

Woody Allen once said, “You can go to a church, a temple or a mosque but that does not make you into a devotee. You can go into a garage but that does not mean that you become a car.” That is his logic and it is a good line. But then he does not know that you can in fact become a devotee in the temple. Here, you do become a car! (laughter) Here, you do become a devotee! Oh yes, it happens every moment and how does it happen? Because we are being…

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Panihati: The Festival of Punishment

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Panihati is the name of a village located in the state of West Bengal, on the banks of River Ganges (10 miles north of Kolkata). It was one of the leading trade centres in earlier days when the river route was the main means of communication. A special rice variety called Peneti was imported at this place from Jessore in Bangladesh. Probably the name Panihati might have…

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Panihati Cida-Dahi Festival, June 8, Laguna Beach, California

Giriraj Swami read from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila,Chapter 6, and spoke about Lord Nityananda’s—and Srila Prabhupada’s—boundless mercy.

“Raghunatha dasa offered his obeisances by falling prostrate at a distant place, and the servant of Nityananda Prabhu pointed out, ‘There is Raghunatha dasa, offering You obeisances.’

“Hearing this, Lord…

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Panihati Cida-dadhi Festival, Laguna Beach by Giriraj Swami

“Lord Nityananda was by nature very merciful and funny. Being merciful, He spoke to Raghunatha dasa as follows. ‘You are just like a thief, for instead of coming near, you stay away at a distant place. Now that I have captured you, I shall punish you. Make a festival and feed all My associates yogurt and chipped rice.’ Hearing this, Raghunatha dasa was greatly pleased.” —Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Antya 6.49–51…

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Surviving hardships by Kadamba Kanana Swami

We are experiencing how everything in this world goes through six transformations. Everything comes into being, it grows, it flourishes, it gives some by-products, then it begins to dwindle and eventually it ceases to exist. Such are the dynamics of this world. This shows us that whatever we have, is not ours. Whatever we have, is actually a gift which we get for a while over time and then Krsna takes it back. Sometimes gradually over time and…

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Predictions about Kali yuga that seem to be manifesting

Among the most striking of these passages from the Vedic sastras are the following:

In the Kali Yuga, wealth alone will be the deciding factor of nobility [in place of birth, righteous behavior or merit].And brute force will be the only standard or deciding what is righteous or just.

Mutual liking [and not family pedigree, social status, etc.]…

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Discovering It was Thrilling by Bhaktimarga Swami

Well, we honoured someone’s birthday today, in Govinda’s Dining Room.  We remembered Suniti—a sweet, sweet lady—sweet, sweet devotee.  We dared not ask her age.  She’s from Malaysia.  Her hubby, Keshava, was there, daughter-in-law and grandkids.  It was a low-key event but with great prasadam (food blessed to the max).  Friends came too.
 
After that warm meal, and warm people, a…
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ISKCON-London organizes first international community retreat to India



The first ever ISKCON-London India Retreat was organized by Champakalata Priya devi dasi and Bhaktin Aartee who led around 12 devotees on this beautiful journey in March 2019.

On Friday 8th March, the group arrived at Vrindavana around 6.00am. Later that afternoon they visited local temples such as the Radha Madan Mohan Temple,…

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5 open secret techniques to improve your Naam Kirtan by Sacinandana Swami

Haribol! Haribol! Haribol! (chorus)…Hare Krishna. I’m Sacinandana Swami and am every excited to be here with all of you. Hare Krishna… yes now since Malika Mala has arrived, we all feel complete. Before Malika Mala arrived it felt as if one kidney was missing. Ha ha.. But now we are complete. Hare Krishna.

I wanted to ask you before I start:…

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Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi



 

Read more about Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi on www.harekrishnacalendar.com

Listen English and Hindi Audio for Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi on …

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ISKCON Australia’s First Community Services Conference

Events
 
By Krishnarupa Devi Dasi & Hladini Devi Dasi



On 1 June 2019, devotees from various temples in Australia attended a one-day conference on New Govardhana farm, Murwillumbah, Northern New South Wales. Presenters at the conference were devotees who are developing…

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Prudence is Wisdom in Action by Bhaktimarga Swami

Fernando is this nice kind of guy who is great with his hands when it comes to renos. He’s also a good, safe driver, so I liked the fact that he agreed to take Karuna, Connor and myself for a ride to the starting point of our morning walk.  The exact location for the start was the very place where I finished walking on the Bruce Trail in the Grimsby area last fall.
 
We commenced…
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The all Powerful and Independent Holy Name by Varun Gogna

Chanting the holy names of the lord is the most profound method in this age of Kali to rise above the influences of Maya. To engage in Harinama Sankirtana is definitely the only viable process of freeing ourselves from this precarious position we have implicated ourselves in within this material world. Inaugurated by Lord Caitanya who then empowered his pure devotee, His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila…

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