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A spark of faith by Kadamba Kanana Swami

8031742094?profile=RESIZE_584xIt is the Holy Name of the Lord that awakens our natural love for Krsna. So by hearing and chanting the Hare Krsna Mahamantra, we will awaken our pure love for Krsna. We have faith, somehow or other, to make this our desire. We have the good fortune that by the association of devotees we got faith because faith is the key to everything.

One time, I was in Mayapur and there was one person that arrived who looked like the twin brother of Salvadore Dali. He had a little pointed beard and a moustach

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How to Get Direction by Giriraj Swami


yasya deve para bhaktir
yatha deve tatha gurau
tasyaite kathita hy arthah
prakasante mahatmanah
[Svetasvatara Upanisad 6.38]

[“Only unto those great souls who have implicit faith in both the Lord and the spiritual master are all the imports of Vedic knowledge are automatically revealed.”]

Transcendental knowledge becomes revealed. To whom it becomes revealed? It becomes revealed to such person who has got unflinching love for Krishna and for the spiritual master. Caitanya-caritamrta also says, 

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8031603054?profile=RESIZE_584xTo reach our ashram at Chodan island, we need to cross the Mandovi river by the government run ferry service. As the ferry vessel was docking the other night, it scooped a tiny little fish out of the water onto the ground. The tiny fish was flapping desperately to live. I somehow managed to put the fish back into the river. The fish was happy to have got to live more and I was happy to be of some help to this small friend. I remembered a quote I had read long ago - "Helping one person might not
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Birthday Bliss by Bhaktimarga Swami

8031578678?profile=RESIZE_400xBirthday wishes came flooding in. Thank you all, from across Canada, Africa, India, Florida and, of course, South America. It’s nice to know I have a big family that cares. I’m 68.

For starters our Monday group comprised of cousin Correy, Eric and Victor. A cake came to the Yorkville Mall, complements of the group. We come together to talk of Christ, Krishna, Mohammed as well as humanity and of how the world is in a tussle. The serviette for the cake bore the image of a fall landscape print, by

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1. Dr. Sanjiv Agarwal (Sundarananda Das) is a Consultant Urologist, Hammersmith, Charing Cross and St.Mary’s Hospitals, at the Imperial College NHS Trust in London UK. He is honorary senior Lecturer Imperial college school of medicine in UK. He is a trustee at the Bhaktivedanta manor ISKCON temple in Watford (London) UK. He is involved in various management roles in and outside ISKCON. He is a practicing consultant urologist in NHS.

2. Dr. Ajay Sankhe (Madhavananda Das) has pa

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8031498895?profile=RESIZE_584xThe GVT panelists answer questions about marriage and family life! With their Graces: Krsnanandini devi dasi & Tariq Saleem Ziyad Uttama devi dasi & Partha das Archana Siddhi devi dasi & Karnamrita das Vrajalila devi dasi & Ekavira das Cintamani devi dasi & Jagannatha Pandit das Gopika devi dasi & Aksh das.

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8031443101?profile=RESIZE_400xLife doesn’t always go according to our expectations! Sometimes most surprising things happen at the least expected moment. Life is an amazing combination of both predictable and unpredictable events. If everything could be foreseen and goes according to our plans, life would probably be boring too!

A student who sincerely studies throughout an academic term can do well in the final exam that lasts only for a couple of hours. After coming out of the examination hall submitting the answer sheet,

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श्रीमदभागवतम प्रथम स्कन्ध

अध्याय आठ - महारानी कुन्ती द्वारा प्रार्थना तथा परीक्षित की रक्षा

1 सूत गोस्वामी ने कहा: तत्पश्चात, पांडवगण अपने मृत परिजनों की इच्छानुसार उन्हें जल-दान देने हेतु द्रौपदी सहित गंगा के तट पर गये। स्त्रियाँ आगे-आगे चल रही थीं।

2 उनके लिए शोक कर चुकने तथा पर्याप्त गंगाजल अर्पित कर चुकने के बाद उन सबों ने गंगा में स्नान किया, जिसका जल भगवान के चरणकमलों की धुली मिल जाने के कारण पवित्र हो गया है।

3 वहीं कुरुवंशियों के राजा महाराज युधिष्ठिर अपने छोटे भाइयों, धृतराष्ट्र, गांधा

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Why Rasa Lila is Transcendental (video)


Unscrupulous people go at once to the Tenth Canto, especially to the five chapters which describe the Lord’s rāsa dance. However, this portion of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the most confidential part of that great literature. Unless one is thoroughly accomplished in the transcendental knowledge of the Lord, he is sure to misunderstand the Lord’s worshipable transcendental pastimes in the rāsa dance and the Lord’s love affairs with the gopīs. This subject matter is highly spiritual and technical, and

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The Faulty Human


By Ananda Vrndavanesvari Devi Dasi

From the moment we are born we are knowledge-seekers. We want to know where we can find food, shelter, love, and happiness. We want information to help us avoid pain, suffering, and loss. We spend our lives building on that knowledge, adding information gained by study and experience.

Perhaps in earlier times society was more inclined to seek knowledge of truth. Today it seems we are after happiness, more than truth or no matter what the truth. And of course,

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श्री गुरु गौरांग जयतः

 श्रीमदभागवतम प्रथम स्कन्ध  अध्याय सात -- द्रोणपुत्र को दण्ड 

1 ऋषि शौनक ने पूछा: हे सूत जब महान तथा दिव्य रूप से शक्तिमान व्यासदेव ने श्री नारद मुनि से सब कुछ सुन लिया, तो फिर नारद के चले जाने पर व्यासदेव ने क्या किया?

2 श्री सूत ने कहा: वेदों से घनिष्ठ रूप से सम्बद्ध सरस्वती नदी के पश्चिमी तट पर शम्याप्रास नामक स्थान पर एक आश्रम है, जो ऋषियों के दिव्य कार्यकलापों को संवर्धित करने वाला है।

3 उस स्थान पर बेरी के वृक्षों से घिरे हुए अपने आश्रम में, श्रील वेदव्यास शुद्धि के

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By Drutakarma das

In the news currently there are many reports about mastodon bones found in San Diego, California. Their age challenges current scientific ideas about the peopling of the Americas. I wrote about these discoveries in 2005 in one of my columns for Atlantis Rising magazine (the column’s name is The Forbidden Archeologist). Here is that column:

California Dreaming: The State Highway 54 Mastodon Blues

By Michael A. Cremo

Atlantis Rising

In 1992 and 1993, paleontologists of the San D

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SB 2.9.35

yatha mahanti bhutani
bhutesuccavacesv anu
pravistany apravistani
tatha tesu na tesv aham

Synonyms: yatha — just as; mahanti — the universal; bhutani — elements; bhutesu ucca-avacesu — in the minute and gigantic; anu — after; pravistani — entered; apravistani — not entered; tatha — so; tesu — in them; na — not;tesu — in them; aham — Myself.

Translation: O Brahma, please know that the universal elements enter into the cosmos and at the same time do not enter into the cosmos; similarly,

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Companion for Meditation

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Ideal Companion for Meditation
It is a common ritual around the world, to light up a incense, a companion for meditation, which is one’s attempt to reach the ultimate state of bliss. Although meditation only requires control over the mind and to have a spiritual experience, but it is easier said than done. Th

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श्री गुरु गौरांग जयतः

 श्रीमदभागवतम प्रथम स्कन्ध

अध्याय छह -- नारद तथा व्यासदेव का संवाद 

1 सूत ने कहा: हे ब्राह्मणों, इस तरह श्री नारद के जन्म तथा कार्यकलापों के विषय में सब कुछ सुन लेने के बाद ईश्वर के अवतार तथा सत्यवती के पुत्र, श्री व्यासदेव ने इस प्रकार पूछा।

2 श्री व्यासदेव ने नारदजी से कहा: आपने उन महामुनियों के चले जाने पर क्या किया जिन्होंने आपके इस जन्म के प्रारम्भ होने के पूर्व आपको दिव्य वैज्ञानिक ज्ञान प्रदान किया था?

3 हे ब्रह्मा के पुत्र, आपने दीक्षा लेने के बाद किस प्रकार जीवन

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 GOURANGA Graffiti on motorway bridges in the UK

GOURANGA Graffiti on motorway bridges in the UK


 GOURANGA Graffiti on motorway bridges in the UK

At one point it was reportedly plastered over 150 motorway and road bridges, causing much head scratching among drivers trying to work out what it meant. 
Gouranga even spawned its own game, much like the Eddie Stobart lorry-spotting one.
Gouranga is a Hare Krishna term
The word began to appear in the 1980s and is thought to derive from the Hare Krishna term Gauranga, meaning “peace my brother” or “be

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Functional freedom


Cholars, artists  and folk cried  after  freedom  from  time  immemorial.  Unfortunately,  it  frequently  continues to be  cry  only for a  simple  reason – nobody of them  knows  what  constitutes  freedom  and what  slavery.  So the  meaning  of the  freedom  itself  is  degraded.

In this  essey I will  deal  with  with bondage  in its  unalloyed  and  primary  form  as  defined  in Bhagavad-gita, the  oldest  book of freedom.  My subject  is  easily  understandable  analogy  of thraldom,  w

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By H.H. Radhanath Swami

ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam
sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam
anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamrtasvadanam
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam

“Let there be all victory for the chanting of the holy name of Lord Hari, Lord Krishna, which can cleanse the mirror of the heart and stop the miseries of the blazing fire of material existence. That chanting is the waxing moon which spreads the white lotus of

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The Graduate


By Arcana-Siddhi devi dasi

The Graduate: A high school graduation inspires thoughts on raising a child in Krsna consciousness.

My husband and I take a seat on the shiny varnished bleachers in the large arena used for basketball games. The well-dressed crowd sits in anticipation as their sons and daughters, filing through the rear entrance in dark blue caps and gowns, prepare to graduate from high school.

I spot my son, Narayana, standing in the procession. His searching eyes meet mine, and we e

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