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अध्याय पचपन – प्रद्युम्न कथा  

1 श्रील शुकदेव गोस्वामी ने कहा : वासुदेव का अंश कामदेव पहले ही रुद्र के क्रोध से जल कर राख हो चुका था। अब नवीन शरीर प्राप्त करने के लिए वह भगवान वासुदेव के शरीर में पुनः लीन हो गया।

2 उसका जन्म वैदर्भी की कोख से से हुआ और उसका नाम प्रद्युम्न पड़ा। वह अपने पिता से किसी भी तरह कम नहीं था।

3 इच्छानुसार कोई भी रूप धारण कर लेने वाला शम्बर असुर शिशु को, जो अभी दस दिन का भी नहीं हुआ था, उठा ले गया।

4 प्रद्युम्न को अपना शत्रु समझ कर शम्बर ने उसे समुद्र में फेंक दिया और फिर अ

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yaḥ samutpatitaṁ deha
ākāśān manyum ulbaṇam
ātma-jijñāsayā yacchet
sa guṇān ativartate


yaḥ—anyone who; samutpatitam—suddenly awakened; dehe—in the body; ākāśāt—from the sky; manyum—anger; ulbaṇam—powerful; ātma-jijñāsayā—by inquiry into spiritual realization or self-realization; yacchet—subdues; saḥ—that person; guṇān—the modes of material nature; ativartate—transcends.


One who inquires into self-realization and thus subdues his powerful anger—which awakens sudden

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If we are at all aware of how dependent we are on God—for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and our very ability to eat and drink and breathe, to think and feel and will, and to walk, talk, and sense—we will feel grateful and want to reciprocate God’s kindness. We will want to do something for He (or She or They) who has done, and continues to do, so much for us.

We often take things for granted until we lose them. I use my right hand to chant on meditation beads, and one

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By Sri Chaitanya Chandra Das

The last thing people would like to discuss or even think is ‘Death’. But they often don’t last till last to discuss or even think about what really death is! Man has made so much innovation in technology that with little remote control he can control satellites from thousands of miles away. Or he can put so much complexity into a small electronic chip to work wonders. But death challenges all human advancements. It is an affront to the genius of modern human. Nobo

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On Saturday, June 5th, ISKCON North America came together to raise awareness and unify devotees and temples as a demonstration of cooperation and love for Srila Prabhupada and our devotees in the affected regions in India.  

In Mayapur and Bangladesh, over 7,000 devotee families are suffering due to a lack of resources. There is an astounding 126 ISKCON centers in Bangladesh, and these devotees and the surrounding congregation are struggling to feed their families. Basic needs such as rice, dah

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9105956899?profile=RESIZE_400xSomehow, we are struggling to surrender in this movement. And in the end, for our half-baked surrender which was there anyway, we get glorified for it. Who can say that they have surrendered out of pure love for Krsna? I was a pujari for three months and I fell asleep during the pujas. I kept nodding off. I was not a very good pujari at all. I was doing it mechanically, it was completely clear to me. I had no feeling there. I was just waving the lamp and falling asleep during an aarti.


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It’s been a while since I met cousin Corry and our young Muslim friend, Victor, so we decided to meet again, as we used to before the dawn of winter and the Covid lockdown. A third person also came along; much to my surprise it was a distant relative, Jeanette. She’s not just an ordinary Jeanette. She’s “ScubaJeanette” and, as the name implies, she loves the water and has spent many seasons in clear and salty water exploring. She also has a shark scar bite on her left leg to prove her escapades

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अध्याय चौवन – कृष्ण रुक्मिणी विवाह

1 श्रील शुकदेव गोस्वामी ने कहा : यह कहकर उन सारे क्रुद्ध राजाओं ने अपने कवच पहने और अपने अपने वाहनों में सवार हो गये। प्रत्येक राजा अपने हाथ में धनुष धारण किये भगवान कृष्ण का पीछा करते समय अपनी सेना से घिरा हुआ था।

2 जब यादव सेना के सेनापतियों ने देखा कि शत्रुगण उन पर आक्रमण करने के लिये दौड़ रहे हैं, तो हे राजन, वे सब अपने धनुषों में टनकार देकर उनका सामना करने के लिए मुड़े और दृढ़तापूर्वक अड़ गये।

3 घोड़ों की पीठों पर, हाथियों के कंधों पर तथा रथों के आसनों पर सवार

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The Covid pandemic has affected ISKCON’s operations around the world, especially in regard to international travel. The New Govardhana devotee community usually has the Sacred Sounds festival in April every year, which devotees from around the world attend. However, the last couple of times a smaller local festival has been organised.

Nevertheless, around 500 devotees registered to come over the Queens Birthday long weekend and everyone was blissfully engaged in chanting the holy name of the Lo

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Dr. Richard L. Thompson (1947–2008), also known by his Vaishnava name Sadaputa Dasa, was a mathematician, scientist, philosopher, author, researcher of ancient cosmology, and devoted practitioner of bhakti-yoga. In 1974 he received his PhD from Cornell University, where he specialized in probability theory and statistical mechanics. During this time, he found inspiration in the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita and became a dedicated follower of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, popularly known in the West as the

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Bayahari Das' story


I was a junior in high school and had one more year to go before I could be free of all my bad association, but the Laguna temple president Rsabhadeva recommended me to Prabhupada for initiation, so a letter went off to him.
So what did Krishna do while the letter went to Srila Prabhupada? My parents put me in the Santa Ana Psychiatric Center as a way of deprogramming me.
All of a sudden I wasn't coming to the temple, so Ratnanabha, who worked for the phone company, tapped my parents' phone and

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Sacred Sound by Satyaraja Dasa

9098948268?profile=RESIZE_584xKirtana (pronounced keer-ton-uh) is a Sanskrit word that means “praise” or “glory.” The more common Hindi pronunciation is “keer-ton,” dropping the final “a.” Simply understood, it is a form of song that centers on glorifying God, commonly performed in a “call and response” style of singing.

There is Nam-kirtan, which are songs composed of God’s sacred names, and Lila-kirtan, or songs that celebrate the esoteric activities of the Divine. There is Sankirtan, when the songs of praise are performed

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By Madhava Smullen 

New paperback editions of Srimad-Bhagavatam: A Comprehensive Guide for Young Readers Cantos 1, 2, and 3 are now available on, along with the just completed Canto 4. The first three cantos in the series, compiled by Aruddha Dasi, were originally each released in two parts starting in 2016. However the new editions, redesigned by Raghu Consbruck, and featuring new illustrations by a variety of artists, have been revised into a single volume per Canto, making them mo

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So Happy by Bhaktimarga Swami


I was so happy to receive another submission from a godsister in Los Angeles. She had given her story of the early days in the movement in Canada, to add to the compilation of our upcoming book Krishna in the Maple Leaf. Her spiritual journey began at the young age of fifteen, when she heard about the Bhagavat philosophy. Interesting it is that the guidance counselor at her school encouraged her in her spiritual pursuit.

For myself it was just a pleasure to deliver two classes virtually for two

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“The throne is yours, Bharatha. All yours.” The words dripped from Kaikeyi’s lips like sweet poison, enchanting yet deadly. She held the world in her hands and was handing it to him, gift-wrapped. Only a fool would walk away. Did it matter that her delicate fingers were steeped in blood and tears? His father’s blood and the tears of all of Ayodhya?

Power, such a seductive thing. It begins when we are infants and learn that a shrill cry can get you immediate attention. First we cry because we ne

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By Yogesvara dasa

A Native American storyteller named Ron Evans tells a tale that warms the heart of all who agonise over the effects of contemporary media. Ron visited Africa some years ago and was present the day electric lines were installed for the first time in a tiny village. Along with wiring came a gift from the local government: the village’s first television. Ron describes how the entire village sat mesmerised for three days watching every programme. Then as if on cue, r

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One time Bomb goes off!


By Dr. Navnath Janjale

It was hot summer day in May 2003. I was preparing for medical entrance exam and was completely exhausted by the long hours I had put. Add to it the tremendous anxiety about carrier and future.

I desperately wanted to read some inspiring book, which would give me some peace of mind. I started searching books on the shelf. In the corner was Bhagavad-gita As It Is. It had been kept on my book shelf for nearly ten years. I opened it and began to read. I realized that every v

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अध्याय तिरपन – कृष्ण द्वारा रुक्मिणी का हरण

1 श्रील शुकदेव गोस्वामी ने कहा: इस तरह कुमारी वैदर्भी का गुप्त सन्देश सुनकर यदुनन्दन ने ब्राह्मण का हाथ अपने हाथ में ले लिया और मुसकाते हुए उससे इस प्रकार बोले।

2 भगवान ने कहा: जिस तरह रुक्मिणी का मन मुझ पर लगा है उसी तरह मेरा मन उस पर लगा है। मैं रात्रि में निद्रा लाभ नहीं ले पा रहा हूँ। मैं जानता हूँ कि द्वेषवश रुक्मी ने हमारा विवाह रोक दिया है।

3 वह अपने आपको एकमात्र मेरे प्रति समर्पित कर चुकी है और उसका सौन्दर्य निष्कलंक है। मैं उसे, उन अयोग्य रा

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9093972899?profile=RESIZE_584xBy Madhava Smullen

ISKCON New Vrindaban has started its festival season, which runs from May to September, and draws pilgrims, gives inspiration and association to visiting devotees, helps to maintain the temple, and provides engagement and financial support for devotee staff.

During the pandemic, New Vrindaban, with its 2,200 acres, spacious temple room and strict following of Covid protocols, has been a popular destination for devotees looking to safely experience the deity darshan and temple

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Believe it or not but despite the gorgeous weather of the last few days, snow came upon us. I was leading the chant at noon in the temple room, which I do every day at what’s called the raja bhoga arti (service), when I took a glance outside. To my surprise huge snowflakes descended on the other side of the window. Mind you, those unwelcome puffs of white melted upon reaching the warmed-up ground but it was a bit of a shock.

I had meaningful sessions today, not just about kirtan chanting but di

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