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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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𝐀𝐖𝐄𝐒𝐎𝐌𝐄 𝐒𝐫𝐢 𝐊𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐧𝐚 𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢 𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐲 𝐒𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐚 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐡𝐮𝐩𝐚𝐝𝐚

“…. So, this bhakti, devotional service of Kṛṣṇa, is so nice. And under that bhakti category, this Janmāṣṭamī… Of course, this Janmāṣṭamī ceremony is observed by all Hindus. Irrespective of becoming Vaiṣṇava or not, this ceremony is observed in India, every home. Just like in your Western countries the Christmas is observed in every home, similarly, Janmāṣṭamī is observed in every home. Today is a great ceremonial day.

So, our program

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Janmastami

Janmashtami commemorates the earthly appearance of Krishna, who is described in India’s sacred writings as God Himself. One of the biggest religious festivals in the world, it is celebrated by nine hundred and thirty million people around the world–and two milli

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From Ananda Vrindavan Champu by Srila Kavi Karnapura Translated by Bhanu Swami & Subhaga Swami.

Now we will discuss the truth about the transcendental birthplace of Bhagavan and the appearance of Lord Sri Krishna. Once upon a time, Bhumi, the predominating deity of the earth, felt overburdened by different demons posing as members of the royal order. Feeling aggrieved upon seeing her miserable condition, the lotus-born Brahma appealed to Ksirodakasayi Visnu, the maintainer of the universe, sayi

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While attending the Janmastami festival at the ISKCON farm in Czechoslovakia several years ago, I was asked to give a lecture about the appearance of Lord Krishna. Afterwards I asked for questions and an elderly, red-haired lady raised her hand. Since almost all the devotees there spoke only Czech, I was surprised when she began to speak in English. She said, “Satsvarupa Gosvami, could you tell us something about Prabhupada, because you knew him very well?”

I started out by remembering Janmasta

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By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

August 1973 at the Bhaktivedanta Manor, in the countryside near London. Several thousand guests (including the Indian High Commissioner) listen to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada speak about the day Lord Krsna made His appearance on earth.

Your Excellency the High Commissioner, ladies and gentlemen, I thank you very much for your coming here and participating in this ceremony -Janmastami, the advent of Krsna.

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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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अध्याय सात – पौराणिक साहित्य

1 सूत गोस्वामी ने कहा: सुमन्तु ऋषि, ने अथर्ववेद संहिता अपने शिष्य कबन्ध को पढ़ाई जिसने इसे पाठ्य और वेददर्श से कहा।

2 शौक्लायनी, ब्रह्मवलि, मोदोष तथा पिप्पलायनि वेददर्श के शिष्य थे। मुझसे पथ्य के भी शिष्यों के नाम सुनो। हे ब्राह्मण, वे हैं---कुमुद, शुनक तथा जाजलि। वे सभी अथर्ववेद को अच्छी तरह जानते थे।

3 बभ्रु तथा सैंधवायन नामक शुनक के शिष्यों ने अपने गुरु द्वारा संकलित अथर्ववेद के दो भागों का अध्ययन किया। सैंधवायन के शिष्य सावर्ण तथा अन्य ऋषियों के शिष्यों ने भी अथर्

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अध्याय छह - महाराज परीक्षित का निधन

1-10 सूत गोस्वामी ने कहा: व्यासदेव के पुत्र, स्वरूपसिद्ध तथा समदृष्टि वाले श्रील शुकदेव गोस्वामी द्वारा जो कहा गया था उसे सुनकर महाराज परीक्षित नम्रतापूर्वक उनके चरणकमलों के पास गये। मुनि के चरणों पर अपना शीश झुकाते हुए, हाथ जोड़े, जीवन-भर भगवान विष्णु के संरक्षण में रह चुके राजा परीक्षित ने इस प्रकार कहा।   महाराज परीक्षित ने कहा: आपने आदि तथा अन्त से रहित भगवान हरि की यह कथा सुना कर मुझ पर इतनी महती कृपा प्रदर्शित की है कि मुझे अपने जीवन का लक्ष्य प्राप्त हो ग

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ISKCON Communications and the SP125 Committee are happy to inform you that the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi Ji has kindly consented to officially inaugurate Srila Prabhupada’s 125th Appearance (Birth) Anniversary celebrations and also release the commemorative coin on 1st September 2021 at 4.30 PM

Keeping in line with the Covid protocol of the Government, the entire program will be done live via video conferencing. The details of the link and participation process will be

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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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Bhadra Purnima Campaign Announcement !

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Bhadra Purnima Sept 20, 2021

Please take advantage of this upcoming Bhadra Purnima on September 20th. Is it stated in the Srimad Bhagavatam that if you give the gift of Srimad Bhagavatam on this day, you achieve the supreme destination Goloka Vrindavan.
SB 12.13.13
“If on the full moon day of the month of Bhādra one places Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam on a golden throne and gives it as a gift, he will attain the supreme transcendental destination.”

4 ways to participate:
1) buy a set for yourself
2) gift

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Listing here my personal annoyances (pet peeves) and also listing what I like (soft spots) at the temple/ashram. 

Pet Peeves
When:

1) … the temple and washroom are not clean

2) … a poor brand of incense is being used for the deities

3) … there is dissension amongst resident monks

4) … we lag behind in building repair

5) … the front yard is overgrown by weeds

6) … classes are delivered without eye contact and in monotone

7) … shoes are not placed in the designated area

8) … bugs enter and we don

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अध्याय पाँच – महाराज परीक्षित को श्रील शुकदेव गोस्वामी का अन्तिम उपदेश

1 श्रील शुकदेव गोस्वामी ने कहा: इस श्रीमदभागवत की विविध कथाओं में भगवान हरि का विस्तार से वर्णन हुआ है जिनके प्रसन्न होने पर ब्रह्माजी उत्पन्न होते हैं और उनके क्रोध से रुद्र का जन्म होता है।

2 हे राजन, तुम यह सोचने की पशु-मनोवृत्ति कि, “मैं मरने जा रहा हूँ" त्याग दो। तुम शरीर से सर्वथा भिन्न हो क्योंकि तुमने जन्म नहीं लिया है। विगतकाल में ऐसा कोई समय नहीं था जब तुम नहीं थे और तुम विनष्ट होनेवाले भी नहीं हो।

3 तुम अपने ही पुत

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By Snigdhamayi Sudevi Devi Dasi

Srila Prabhupada is featured in the "Saints of India" chapter by one Indian high school textbook published in the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) this year. This chapter describes different sages of India and begins with Srila Prabhupada. 

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At this time we have no additional information that the government of India has initiated this textbook inclusion or if this textbook is being used across India. 

"There is the government entity which formulates th

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Artwork: Shyamasundara Das


There had never been a day like this, nor night

Planets repositioned to create a heavenly sight

Prominent was the star, Rohini, so bright

A pervading peace kept at bay any tendency to fight

Such was the cosmic sky on that day, and what of the Earth?

Lotus flowers, trees, and rivers were welcoming a new birth

Unbounded joy, lightness, and expressions of mirth

Were centered around a bundle of Absolute Worth

Tucked away in a royal prison was a woman, a man

And a person,

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