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Having completed the one-month Vraja Mandal Parikrama, on November 16 Maharashtra’s padayatris returned to Aravade, the birthplace of our spiritual master, Lokanath Maharaja. The ratha, oxen and padayatra deities Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai stayed in Aravade’s Sri Sri Radha-Gopal temple during our sojourn in Vraja, the temple devotees taking great care of all of them.…

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Just turn the pages of the history of India and you will come across the life stories of scores of eminent men and women who had all the means to enjoy their material life, but they willingly gave it up to pursue their spiritual goals. They weren’t satisfied just to satisfy the demands of their mind, senses and body. Animals do the same thing. Their conscience would constantly nudge them to look something which was not material and not ephemeral. They were searching for…

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The Switch by Bhaktimarga Swami

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 From Roxborough Street going east, I made it to Moore Park Ravine, and then came upon a new switchback at Chorley Park.  For years that has been one of my walking routes, but what's different in the newly renovated Chorley Park is that zigzag of a trail called a switchback.  Systematically, the city Parks Commission has been making improvements and completing a makeover during the last two years.  I'm noticing it and loving it.
 
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“A person is not considered a great sage unless he disagrees with another sage”.

This adage suitably describes the career of La Mettrie, whose contentious writings during the eighteenth century were almost universally reviled by his contemporaries during the age of the Enlightenment. Even Frederick the Great, who afforded him protection and patronage following his banishment…

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The sanksrit word for gratitude is krtajna – which translates literally as “knowing what has been done.”

Krishna’s gratefulness

Krishna is aware of any service done for Him – whether it is recognized as important like constructing a big temple, which is visited by millions, or whether it goes unnoticed like the chanting of His Names in the secrecy of the early morning…

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From Back to Godhead

Krishna is always engaged in sport, and when we try to imitate Him, we lose.

When the 2017 Super Bowl game, the summit of American professional football, was held in Houston, a devotee convinced me and a few others to try to distribute Srila…

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Words of Transcendence by Radhanath Swami

*Interesting quotes by HH Radhanath Swami during a recent class:*

1. If we judge devotees, it is our spiritual destruction. Do not judge them. You don’t know who they may be.

2. Mercy means to get what we do not deserve.

3. Great souls are merciful. Srila Prabhupada was pleased with the little things that…

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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…

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[Questions & Answers from Srimad Bhagavatam Class, ISKCON Ujjain, Jan 17, 2015] Question: Why is there so much suffering in India, so much deprivation?

HH Bhakti Charu Swami: Good point. Now tell me are they following Krishna? Are those people who are suffering, accepting Krishna? Especially India is the land of dharma (Dharma Kshetra). In the land of dharma when one acts in a sinful way, the reaction of the…

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Context and Crux of Uddhava-gita

Bhagavad-gita is the great philosophical song by Lord Krsna on the battlefield of Kuruksetra to motivate His bewildered friend Arjuna. There is yet another Gita that Krsna sang in Dvaraka to pacify another of His friends named Uddhava. Famous as Uddhava-gita it forms the longest philosophical section of the magnum opus literature Srimad Bhagavatam.

Lord Krsna’s descent into this world was requested by…

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Role Of Guest Reception Service

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  1. Who is a guest?

The Sanskrit word atithi means ‘not scheduled’. An ‘unscheduled’ or unexpected guest is considered a representative of the Supreme Lord, since his arriving unannounced is just what the Lord might do to test His devotee and see how ready he is to serve Him in any situation. With this understanding, we should offer the unexpected guest…

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Not Feeling the Bliss? Here’s the Cure

By Sri Nandanandana dasa (Stephen Knapp)

Sometimes I hear devotees say that they have been chanting Hare Krishna for thirty or forty years or more, and are still waiting to feel the taste for it, or the ecstasy from chanting, or from doing devotional service. I even heard where some devotee workshops were saying that it is not uncommon that devotees do not feel this bliss even after years of chanting, and that sometimes…

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We walked during a drizzle of rain - Jaya, Raymond and myself.  We made a commitment to keep our fingers on our japa beads and utter the mantras so well known to us Hare Krishna.  By the time we got to the crossroads of Bloor and Spadina, one of those companions confessed, "Maharaja, I've been doing terribly with my rounds.”  (meaning a lack of focus on the sacred…
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GREATEST PERFORMER

Na hi suśikṣitopi naṭavaṭu svaskandhamāroduṁ paṭu (entertaining performer won't climb his own shoulders)

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A young and floppy stage performer show acts of a variety of feats, which nobody from audience can do. Yet it is impossible for him to climb his own shoulders, which he is…

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ISKCON UK 50th Anniversary Dinner

By Radha Mohan Das

Bhaktivedanta Manor organized a special dinner at the Avanti House Secondary School, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of ISKCON’s establishment in the UK. The main invitees were disciples of Srila Prabhupada and other key senior devotees, and it was a great opportunity for the younger generations to serve, join in Srila Prabhupada Guru-Puja and listen to the memories of first generation of ISKCON…

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By Jaganmohini devi dasi

On Dec. 2nd, 2019, disciples and well-wishers of H.H Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Sripada Maharaj around the globe will be celebrating his 82nd vyasa puja. On this most auspicious occasion, for the pleasure of all Vaishnava community, we are pleased to present a glimpse of the saintly qualities that he demonstrated during his youth days at his birthplace and his broad angelic vision to fulfil Srila…

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Once, the late Madhudvisa Prabhu asked Srila Prabhupada, “What pleases you the most? Book distribution pleases you. Deity worship pleases you. What really pleases you?”

Srila Prabhupada replied, “By struggling for Krishna…,” that was pleasing. This was related to us by HH Giriraja Maharaja.

Many things pleased Srila Prabhupada, like doing book distribution, looking…

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17th Annual Vrinda Kunda Festival

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6th February, Varaha Dvadasi, will be 17 years since the opening of our Vrinda Kunda Temple! To celebrate, we will do special parikramas to the Holy Places of Braja with buses leaving every morning from Krishna Balarama Mandir and returning for lunch. The program will culminate on Sunday 16 February with our famous Kalash Yatra, an ecstatic Sankirtan Procession with the ladies carrying waterpots with coconuts on their heads.

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