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Responsibility is power

By Karnamrita Das

Many successful people, both religious and secular, accept the idea that we all have to take 100 % responsibility for our lives—though for many of us, this can be challenging at times. Responsibility means accountability in whatever situation we may be in for our behavior and its consequences. We may think the life circumstances we were born into were just a…

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Live and let live by Kadamba Kanana Swami

How do I deal with a relationship where there is a lot of friction?

Such things are all a matter of stars. Astrology can show us how people’s karma is composed. It basically calculates different elements in a person’s nature which allows us to get a view of what kind of karma that person has. So when two people come together, astrology allows us to see if there is compatibility between those people. Sometimes when such calculations take…

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Genuine Appreciation By Kadamba Kanana Swami

The more the eternal associates of Krsna develop their love for Krsna, the more they also develop their love for all those who are serving Krsna in love. Therefore, it is not that anyone looks with an envious eye at his neighbour. No, there is a very deep and genuine appreciation which is based on service, because everyone can see how everyone else in the spiritual world is trying to serve Krsna, and how eager everyone is to satisfy…

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Chaitanya’s Sannyasa, Prabhupada’s Mercy

By Giriraj Swami

We read from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, Chapter One: “The Spiritual Masters.”

TEXT 62

sadhavo hrdayam mahyam

  sadhunam hrdayam tv aham

mad-anyat te na jananti

  naham tebhyo manag api…

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Should I Forgive Him?

Once upon a time Bali Maharaja approached Prahlada Maharaja and asked him, “Which is actually best, forgiveness or the use of strength?” Prahlada Maharaja thought for some time and replied, “Neither forgiveness nor the use of strength is good in all situations. If one were to always forgive, then his servants, dependents and even strangers would disrespect him. When one always forgives and never shows the strength to…

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Stand up for Krsna!

By Kadamba Kanana Swami

If we want to be counted amongst the saints, we must have the courage to stand up for Krsna and not think, “What will the neighbours say?”

We have heard many stories of devotees during the early days of the movement in the former Soviet Union (Russia) and how the devotees were put into jails, mental hospitals and even…

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Inspire through love and sacrifice By Kadamba Kanana Swami

Question: What is the most appropriate way to inspire your spouse towards Krsna consciousness?

With a lot of love! It is going to take a lot of love because it is through love that the inspiration will come to the other person – the inspiration to make a sacrifice. It is a challenge for someone to inspire a spouse to take up Krsna consciousness therefore, it must be done in a loving…

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The Road Ahead

By Indra Krishna Dasa

A Dubai commuter, stuck in traffic, muses on how modern inventions have failed to improve the quality of our lives and have added to our distress.

It’s 7:00 P.M., and I’ve been driving for more than an hour. As I head home…

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Finding Shelter in True Identity

A child of Indian-born parents in America discovers herself in the context of competing cultures.

“So, tell me about yourself. Where are you from?”…

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ISKCON prison ministry – Strengthening my faith By Janardana Dasa

Hare Kṛṣṇa, Mataji.

Dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

In prison my Kṛṣṇa consciousness has been truly “hands on” (isn’t it always? ). Sri Kṛṣṇa knows best and is always testing and strengthening His bhaktas. I truly feel that He has been especially and specifically helping me for the past twenty-six months I have spent in prison.…

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Celestial bodies as depicted in scriptures.

Sadbhuja Das: A column writer from the Telegraph (Indian Newspaper) came to interview me, did a colorful article on the ToVP.

Newspapers here in India love to do articles on the ToVP.

The Telegraph is an English newspaper that is in all the major cities in India, this…

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Bob Dylan and the Devotees By Patita Pavana dasa

There are a few ISKCON old-timers, relics of the ’60’s—including me—who feel that Dylan was sort of planted into the wonderland of that era’s counter culture by a guiding hand of destiny. Much of his influence was positive in directing the young people away from a stone-like social order that…

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One more applause for George By Dhananjaya Das

The last time George associated with a large group of devotees was when he and his wife, Olivia, visited the Manor in the summer of 1997. We had invited him to a celebratory dinner a few days after we got permission to build the new approach road.

This dinner was held shortly after we…

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Hatha Yoga and the Bhagavad-gita By Satyaraja Dasa

From Back to Godhead

How the Gita teaches the eight steps of hatha yoga, the topic of Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras.

According to a survey by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, an estimated 13.4 million Americans practice yoga, and many…

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Seven stages of purification and transcendental elevation By H.H. Radhanath Swami

ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam

sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam

anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam…

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Rain or Shine, Lord Jagannath will get his Festival By Śyam Mohini Devi Dasi (Shrinithi Karthikeyan)

After the success of last year’s Chariot Festival, the anticipation of celebrating yet another successful festival was running high.  The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) chapter in Saint Louis, Missouri was excitingly preparing for celebrating The…

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Exploring Love By Vishakha Devi Dasi

From Back to Godhead

What is love? Where is it? And how can we get it?

Love, we are told, is all we need. It is the subject of numberless books, songs, films, plays, sonnets, articles, conversations, and advertisements; it is meditated on, longed for, and…

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Russians Experience the Mysteries of the Sacred Universe By Abhinanda dasa & Prishni devi dasi

On July 21-22, Yekaterinburg ISKCON hosted a landmark event – a conference of Russian Vaishnavas with scientific qualifications. The forum brought together scientists and scholars from dozens of cities – Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Vladimir, Nizhny…

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A KGB agent named Leonid…By Karma-jna Das

I was working in the Soviet army. I spend quite some years also in the Afghanistan war. It was such a nasty experience that I wanted to orient myself to a more peaceful atmosphere. So I joined the Moscow Institute that trained KGB staff. Of course it is not publicly known to be in that function.…

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The forest of material enjoyment By Candramauli Swami

jivasya samsrtir bahvir

avidya-karma-nirmitah

yasv anga pravisann atma

na veda gatim…

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