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Devotees and opulence By Giriraj dasa

Looking to post my daily Srila Prabhupada quote I stumbled upon the beautiful chapter 22 of canto 8, describing pastime of Bali Maharaj. It was amazing to read how Krishna expertly, what else can we expect from Him, bestows opulence on His aspiring devotees. On one hand He grants a lot to some…

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Gaura Purnima on 1st March, 2018 At Toronto Hare Krishna Temple

Join us at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple on Thursday March 1st, as we celebrate one of the biggest festivals of the year, Gaura Purnima, the appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu!

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. He appeared in the city of Navadvipa in Bengal in 1486. Throughout His life he practically demonstrated how to follow the…
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Mayapur Kirtan Mela 2018

By Ramai Swami

As always, the Mayapur Kirtan Mela is immensely popular and devotees come for all over to attend the 5 day festival.

There are a variety of leading devotees who inspire everyone to follow their ecstatic kirtans, which are interspersed with shouts of Gauranga and Haribol.

The evenings were so…

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School of Love by Ruchika Srivastava

Never are uncommon, these endless lessons of love

Of how to catch a man, how to keep a woman’s love

Or how to use God and His universe

To fulfil​​ one’s desires diverse.

But wise people say just rise above

Life is nothing but a school of love

You get everything that you deserve

Just unlearn to use,​ ​and​ ​learn to love..

As water cannot…

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What Can't Money Buy?

By Purushottam Nitai Das

Money can buy many things and some believe anything in this world. And so people work hard, extremely hard, to earn a lot. But can money buy everything? Let us try to see what money can buy, and what it cannot.

Money can buy...

  • Machines but not meaningful…
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India Kirtan Adventure Steeps Participants in Bhakti Culture

By Madhava Smullen 

Three generations of devotees – kirtan artist Gaura Vani, his mother Rukmini Dasi, and his eleven-year-old daughter Kairava – led a group of kirtan lovers on the adventure of a lifetime around Maharashtra, India this winter.

The group comprised of twenty-six aspiring devotees and newcomers to Krishna consciousness from…

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Iskcon Parvat Patia Center (Surat) Rathyatra And Book Distribution Report

“Our propaganda should be focused on spreading kirtana and distributing literature, books and magazines. The process experienced now is that after holding kirtana, they are selling magazines and books successfully.”

Srila Prabhupada Letter to Brahmananda, 30th January 1969

The divine dance of HH Bhakti Vikas Swami made the people of Parvat Patia, Surat tremble in ecstatic love and enchanted the whole area where recently Lord Jagannath…

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Srimad Bhagavatam Class by HG Radha Krishna Prabhu at ISKCON Mayapur on 8 Feb 2018

Speaker: HG Radha Krishna Das

Srimad Bhagavatam 8.7 44

Date: 8 February 2018

Mayapur Dhama

tapyante loka-tāpena sādhavaḥ prāyaśo janāḥ

paramārādhanaṁ tad dhi puruṣasyākhilātmanaḥ




TRANSLATION:

It is said that great personalities almost always…

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Saraswati Thakur’s Preaching Mission in Bangladesh

By Khonika Gope-Kumar

[Translated and abridged from the Bengali Book “Gauda Mandal Parikrama: The Holy Tirthas in Bangladesh” by Patita Uddharan Das Brahmacari. Publisher: Hare Krishna Publications, ISKCON Swamibag]

A lot of Bengali devotees lament that even though A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada instructed a number of his senior…

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The Future Hope – Srila Prabhupada’s Younger Generation

Srila Prabhupada stated: “You are the young generation; you are the flower of your country and society. Practice this most sublime system, Krsna consciousness. Be happy and make others happy. This is the real mission of life.”

It was through the youth that Srila Prabhupada established this International Society and it was the youth that he engaged in fulfilling the desire of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu! In order…

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An audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace

By Radha Mohan Das

On Wednesday 15 February, Sruti Dharma das, Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor (UK), joined 1000 dignitaries from across the British Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace.

He was then invited to have a private audience with the Queen and other members of the Royal family.

Upon meeting…

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Improving Classes By Krishna Dharma Das

Srila Prabhupada once said that when devotees give up practicing Krishna consciousness it is ‘fifty percent their fault, and fifty percent ISKCON’s”. In this article I would like to explore what I perceive as a systemic problem contributing to our society’s fifty percent of the blame.

It is surely surprising that someone should get as far as seriously following the process of Krishna consciousness, only to…

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Srimad Bhagavatam Class by HH Bhakti Vinoda Swami at ISKCON Mayapur on 11 Feb 2018

Speaker: HH Bhakti Vinoda Swami

Transcribed by Madhumati Priyasaki dd

SB: 5.5.18

Date: 11 Feb 2018

Mayapur Dhama

Reading from Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 5 Chapter 5 text 18

Verse

gurur na sa…

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Fatal Attraction - Part 1

By Karnamrita Das

[February 12th was my 45th anniversary of moving into the temple as a single monastic (brahmacari) and officially taking up the process of bhakti, or pure devotional service. To honor my spiritual journey on the way to Krishna, I thought I would repost this 5 part series about my life before taking up Krishna consciousness and how it led to my existential crisis and spiritual search. Since…

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A Day’s Steps and Questions by Bhaktimarga Swami, Mayapur on 11th February, 2018

From my room, #506 in the Gada Building, the Samadhi Auditorium is a walking distance of 0.6 km.  I go back and forth completing that measurement at least twice in a day.  In the morning, I trek along a 2.5 km stretch with a group of companions as we chant the maha mantra.  In addition to that I walk to the room where I meet with my peers at least twice. Then I walk to eat.

This moving from one building to…
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The simple method to chant Hare Krishna

By Ananda

Over the years, I have read and heard different devotees speak about different techniques to chant properly. Devotees also talk about crying out to Radha and Krishna during chanting for mercy for improving our chanting. This may be bonafide or not, I do not know. However, so far I have not read or heard anything like this from Srila Prabhupada. The only thing I have heard Prabhupada say is to hear the…

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West Bengal’s Chief Minister Visits ISKCON Mayapur

By Rishab Hauter

ISKCON Mayapur welcomed West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who came for an official visit. After arriving by helicopter, she was given a warm welcome at the temple by Ambarish Prabhu and several GBC members. Then she took darshan of Sri Panca-tattva, Sri Sri Radha-Madhava, And Lord Narasimhadeva. Jananivas prabhu guided her in performing arati to…

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Reflections on Sivaratri

By Giriraj Swami

Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 8, Chapter 7 (texts 36-42) describes the benevolent activities of Lord Siva when the living entities were threatened by the deadliest poison (halahala):

“Srila Sukadeva Gosvami said: ‘Lord Siva is always benevolent toward all living entities. When he saw that the living entities were very much…

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The Daksha Yajna

By Sankirtana das

Lessons about the Inner World & Social Psychology

A Frequent Flyer devotee recently expressed to me his liking of one particular airline for the broad choice of good movies and rock music they offer. He meant what he said, and I wondered: “Is he aware of his compromised standard and honestly confessing, or is he denying…

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Chanting Siva Mantras

By Danavir Goswami

Generally worshipers of Siva are Mayavadis or impersonalists who desire to become one with the Supreme. Brghu Muni pointed out that Siva followers become atheists and thus condemn themselves:

bhava-vrata-dhara ye ca

ye ca tan samanuvratah

pasandinas te bhavantu

sac-chastra-paripanthinah…

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