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Janmastami, the sacred occasion of Lord Krishna's appearance, (celebrated on August 30th this year) is a special day that is extremely powerful and inspirational for bhakti practitioners. Devotees often remember their early Janmastami festivals as a foundational experience. Here, three generations of devotees recall some of their favorite Janmastami memories:

Ksamesvari Dasi, 25, USA:

One of my favorite parts of Janmastami has always been going through Village of Vrindavan in Alachua, where eve

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By Madhava Smullen 

“This year, Janmastami Goes Digital,” reads the massive billboard that can now be seen all over Mumbai.

The billboards are advertising “Krishna Fest,” presented by ISKCON Chowpatty and Govardhan Eco-Village from August 22nd to 31st. The ten-day event is an ingenious way of celebrating a massive Janmastami festival with thousands of people during the pandemic – a virtual experience that mimics the in-person one.

Among the team who developed and organized the Fest are Govardha

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From Gopal Campu by Srila Jiva Goswami and and Ananda Vrindavan Campu by Kavi Karnapura

In Gopal Campu Srila Jiva Goswami describes that the father of Nanda and Upnanda was Sri Parjanya who was chief of the cowherds in the lineage of the Yadus. Sri Parjanya had five sons. When he retired from family life he installed his eldest son Sri Upnanda as heir. Upnanda accepted the title in accordance with his father’s wish but he immediately deferred the title of chief to his younger brother Sri Nanda.

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By Ananda Vrinavana Devi Dasi

In spiritual parlance there are ‘thin’ places in the world. These are holy places, sacred spaces, where the line between the spiritual and materials worlds is very thin and the ability to feel and perceive our relationship with Krishna is heightened. It’s easier to chant there, to call Krishna deeply from the heart, and thus to call ourselves to experience our spiritual selves.
There are also thin days (and even thin times in the day). Janmastami is one such day.

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We read from Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto Ten, Chapter Two: “Prayers by the Demigods for Lord Krsna in the Womb.”

TEXT 18

tato jagan-mangalam acyutamsam
samahitam sura-sutena devi
dadhara sarvatmakam atma-bhutam
kastha yathananda-karam manastah

SYNONYMS

tatah—thereafter; jagat-mangalam—auspiciousness for all living entities in all the universes of the creation; acyuta-amsam—the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is never bereft of the six opulences, all of which are present in all His plenary expa

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Happy Janmashtami!

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On the most auspicious occasion of the appearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead - Lord Krishna, I wish to offer my most humble obeisances.
 
May the all merciful Lord bestow His unconditional love, causeless mercy and divine blessings on you and your loved ones.
 
My prayers at His Lotus Feet, to ignite the fire of devotion in our hearts, to wipe away results of our past misdeeds, to purify our consciousnessby giving us the intelligence to constantly 
 
remember His glories, to give us
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Hare Krishna dear devotees
Srila Prabhupad ki Jai

jayati jana-nivāso devakī-janma-vādo
yadu-vara-pariṣat svair dorbhir asyann adharmam
sthira-cara-vṛjina-ghnaḥ su-smita-śrī-mukhena
vraja-pura-vanitānāṁ vardhayan kāma-devam

Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is He who is known as jana-nivāsa, the ultimate resort of all living entities, and who is also known as Devakīnandana or Yaśodā-nandana, the son of Devakī and Yaśodā. He is the guide of the Yadu dynasty, and with His mighty arms He kills everything inauspicious

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7428084065?profile=RESIZE_400xGiriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.2.23

Translation: Alas, how shall I take shelter of one more merciful than He who granted the position of mother to a she-demon [Putana] although she was unfaithful and she prepared deadly poison to be sucked from her breast?

Purport: Here is an example of the extreme mercy of the Lord, even to His enemy. It is said that a noble man accepts the good qualities of a person of doubtful character, just as one accepts nectar from a stock of poison

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Janmashtami 2020 by Tulsi Gabbard



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Aloha and Namaste,

2020 is certainly a year that will not soon be forgotten. For most, if not all, of us, it has brought about many unexpected changes. Changes to our daily routines, our work, and even our relationships.

Whenever we’re put into difficult situations, it gives us the opportunity to take shelter in the loving protection of the Supreme Lord, our Supreme Friend. It propels us to reflect upon and draw upon the lessons we’ve learned from the past and also to consider

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💥🎊 Good News!! Good News!! Good News!! 💥🎊

🎉 On the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami 🎉

✅ Den + GTPL + Hathway have started 📺 Hare Krsna TV 📺 Channel on their Network

🔸Den
East + North + West @ LCN 885
Only Rajkot @ LCN 882
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🔹 Hathway
HSM Market @ LCN 834
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🔸 GTPL
Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Goa, Bihar, Jharkhand & Assam @ LCN 576
Maharashtra @ LCN 457 (only SCOD market)
Andhra Pradesh/Telanga

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The Appearance of Lord Krishna

Sri Krsna Janmastami
A Talk by Giriraj Swami

We read from Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto Ten, Chapter Two: “Prayers by the Demigods for Lord Krsna in the Womb.”

TEXT 18

tato jagan-mangalam acyutamsam
samahitam sura-sutena devi dadhara
sarvatmakam atma-bhutam
kastha yathananda-karam manastah

TRANSLATION

Thereafter, accompanied by plenary expansions, the fully opulent Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is all-auspicious for the entire universe, was transferred from the mind of Vasudeva to the mind of

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जन्म कर्म च मे दिव्यमेवं यो वेत्ति तत्त्वतः।

त्यक्त्वा देहं पुनर्जन्म नैति मामेति सोऽर्जुन।।

One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.

(BG  4.9)

Let us hear about Krishna’s birth in Gokula, the description of beauty of this newly born transcendental baby and see if the sweetness of His divine pastimes can penetrate our steel framed heart and touch some d

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Hare Krishna,
Respected Maharajas and Prabhus.

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Its a matter of great privilege for ISKCON that the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi has kindly sent in his special wishes in the form of a commendable message for ISKCON. This is generic in content and could be used by any ISKCON temple anywhere in the world so that the Indian community gets inspired to participate in Janmashtami in an unprecedented manner.

This

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