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During Kartik, in addition to reciting the Damodarastaka, I read about the damodara-lila in Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 10, Chapters 9 and 10, including Nalakuvara and Manigriva’s beautiful submission to Lord Krishna, which I pray will be my own:

vani gunanukathane sravanau kathayam
hastau ca karmasu manas tava padayor nah
smrtyam siras tava nivasa-jagat-praname
drstih satam darsane ’stu bhavat-tanunam

“Henceforward, may all our words describe Your pastimes, may our ears engage in aural recepti

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By Thomas Haribol

ISKCON leaders Visakha Dasi, Vinay Tanna, and Radha Mohan Das from the Bhaktivedanta Manor joined senior faith leaders today at St Albans Cathedral as a witness for peace in the Middle East. They were invited by HM Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Mr. Robert Voss, and Rt. Revd. Dr. Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans, to stand in solidarity with other faith groups across Hertfordshire in an act of silent witness and prayer. “It was a show of unity in a prayer for peace and st

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Prayer by Bhaktimarga Swami

I started a workshop today on “Nine Devotions.” One of these devotions is prayer.



Is it not the most divine form of communication
A way of expression, a marvellous supplication
An urge from the heart due to a hurt or a wound
A cry so desperate from feeling so ruined
A call for help as if lost in dense jungle
Seeking signs for a way out of the tangle
Prayer can be a request for strength, hope, courage
It certainly transcends any mundane verbiage
But special requests do no

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From Back to Godhead


God is a person, and out of His infinite kindness He allows us even in
our present condition to render Him personal service.

In the Srimad-Bhagavatam, the devotee Prahlada Maharaja, a great spiritual authority, says, “Hearing and chanting about the transcendental holy name, form, qualities, paraphernalia, and pastimes of Lord Visnu [Krsna], remembering them, serving the lotus feet of the Lord, offering the Lord respectful worship…, offering prayers to the Lord, becomin

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Exactly twenty years ago, with a group of three people, I came to the ancient Russian city of Suzdal to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books. It was a bold decision to go to a place where almost every second resident is a nun or a priest, and almost every corner has a church or a temple.

On the first day, inspired by the morning program, I was walking around this exotic little town for about nine hours and offering books everywhere I could, but was unsuccessful. All the residents refused as if t

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Helping My Daughter Come to Bhakti-Yoga

My daughter, Jennifer, and I first experienced Krishna consciousness together. We met some yoga teachers, who introduced us to kirtan and eventually, classes to teach us of Krishna. While I took to this straight away, Jennifer had more interest in yoga asana and kirtan.  

The devotees that we met were very clear that it is best not to push or force people, but rather to lead by example. I have tried very hard to do so, although I am very far from perfect myself. However, when I took initiation in

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This is the beautiful prayer and poem to Lord Narasimha that Kusakratha Prabhu has written.
Sri Narasimha Palana Prarthana
Sri Sri Nrsimhadevesa
palana prarthana stavam
gurave Prabhupadaya
Gauravenarpayamy aham

To my spiritual master His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada this Sri Nrsimha Palana Prarthana is respectfully dedicated

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Koti koti vadanah prapalakam
Koti koti vadanah khalantakam
koti koti vadanah Nrsimhakam
koti koti vadanas to santu tam

Millions and mil

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Shaping Prayer by Bhaktimarga Swami


Shaping a prayer was a portion of today’s preoccupation. Why is prayer important? It is a practice amongst followers of bhakti yoga. A person by the name of Akura, during Krishna’s time, championed this. In my spare time I’m piecing together a poem to address the nature and healing power of prayer.

It’s fun and it’s provocative.

Today was also splendid in the sense that two god-siblings called at different times to reach out. It is always great to reminisce, which is what we usually do when we

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6465390872?profile=RESIZE_584xIt has come as a shock for worldwide devotees , disciples and well wishers of HH Bhakti Charu swami to receive the update from HH Bhakti Charu Swami health care team (29 June – 10 AM US EDT) that Maharaj has become critically unwell. He has suffered a heart attack in the last few hours and this is affecting all his organs and bodily functions. At this time the doctors are working full time to stabilise Maharaj.The coming hours are the most critical Maharaj has been and we will be giving updates

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Kamala Devi Dasi passed away

5329379252?profile=RESIZE_584xMy beloved, exalted disciple Kamala devi dasi left her body in Mauritius two days ago. Everything about her departure was auspicious, and her consciousness was fixed on Goloka Vrindavan. She was ably assisted in her final journey by HH Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami; Karunika dasi; Vrajesvari dasi; Manasi Ganga dasi; Arcana Siddhi dasi; and her devoted daughter, Dhira Prasanta dasi, and son, Lesh, in Mauritius; and by Krsnagi dasi and others from afar.

I have attached a photo of Kamala devi when s

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Hansadutta Prabhu ACBSP left his body yesterday about 6:25 in California.
Hansadutta became an initiated disciple of Bhaktivedanta Swami in March 1967.
He assisted with the pioneering of the Hare Krishna movement, opening centers and preaching in different parts of the world.
Prayers for the safe journey of Hansadutta Prabhu.

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Rameshwara Prabhu was a devotee who lived in London near the Manor.

He is a disciple of Bhakti Charu Maharaja and he passed away early this morning UK time as a result of the coronavirus, he’ll be sorely missed not least by his dear wife Krishangi dd and family.

His Grace Rameshvara Prabhu was a soldier, a valiant warrior for Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON. He never saw a challenge that was too difficult to contend with and always fought until he could offer victory to Srila Prabhupada. He left this

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HG Dhananjaya prabhu, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and pioneer of the Krishna consciousness movement in many countries, has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with coronavirus symptoms. Please send Dhananjaya prabhu prayers for his well being and speedy recovery.


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By Sarvani Devi Dasi 

Please pray for Her Grace Payasvini Devi Dasi ACBSP who is actively making her transition from this world. Payasvini was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in New York, July, 1971.

Devoted mother of three children, Bhakta, Vrnda and Vrindavan. A well-loved ashram Mom who loved children and gave the best birthday parties! Payas was always instrumental in organizing get-togethers, picnics and outings with the devotees. Always a devoted friend and well-wisher. She will be missed

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Atheists think that a prayer to God is sheer imagination. But for centuries, thousands of sincere practitioners have accumulated definite evidence of the positive results of prayer. The serious doubt regarding prayer is not whether God can hear and respond, but whether the things people pray for are worthwhile. According to St. Teresa of Avila. “More tears are shed in this world from prayers that are answered than from those that go unanswered.” Those who pray, therefore, need more than the con

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Request for prayers by Ramesvara dasa


Dear Respected Devotees,

Hare Krsna. Please accept my most humble obeisances at your feet. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-guruve namah

I have been thinking of all the countless moments in this life that I feel so grateful for, and how they all are connected to Srila Prabhupada and His society of devotees. Those moments are all filled with amazement, spiritual joy and transcendental purpose and hints of real love. I c

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