I’m going on close to one week since starting my two-week quarantine. It’s relatively an easy one to tackle. For members I also want to acknowledge that this year marks 125 years since the birth of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Celebrations have begun to recognize his great efforts and contributions to this world.
As expressed in words in a recent letter to me the other day, referring to Prabhupada as “the one who I believed radically changed American society in ways that
अध्याय आठ - भगवान कपिलदेव से सगर-पुत्रों की भेंट
1 शुकदेव गोस्वामी ने आगे कहा : रोहित का पुत्र हरित हुआ और हरित का पुत्र चंप हुआ जिसने चम्पापुरी नामक नगर का निर्माण कराया। चंप का पुत्र सुदेव हुआ और सुदेव का पुत्र विजय था।
2 विजय का पुत्र भरुक, भरुक का पुत्र वृक और उसका पुत्र बाहुक हुआ। राजा बाहुक के शत्रुओं ने उसकी सारी संपत्ति छीन ली जिससे उसने वानप्रस्थ आश्रम ग्रहण कर लिया और अपनी पत्नी सहित वन में चला गया।
3 जब बाहुक वृद्ध होकर मर गया तो उसकी एक पत्नी उसके साथ सती होना चाहती थी। किन्तु उस समय
On Saturday, March 13, 2021, the first virtual Child Protection Office (CPO) North America conference was held on Zoom. This was a long-cherished dream of the North American CPO regional director, Lila Suka Dasi, who has wanted to provide ongoing support for the teams that have been created to prevent child abuse in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
The Child Protection Office was established by the Governing Body Commission (GBC) of ISKCON in 1997. The GBC's guideli
Thank you Oh Srimati Radharani, Oh Divine Mother for giving this fallen and sinful soul entrance into Your personal abode, Sri Vrindavan. I know that I am fully unqualified to step onto this holy land of Yours but Your mercy is unfathomable, unimaginable and incalculable.
One of my dear friends from the area, Mr. Prasher, gave me good news. In India, Vrindavan and Varanasi, two sacred places in the state of Uttar Pradesh, are going back to old ways. Restrictions on animal slaughter and, according to him, liquor sales are now implemented. Good news indeed.
Now, how far such restrictions are enforced is another matter. India is traditionally the land of dharma, meaning a place of high principles, but with a thousand years of invasion, influences are such that it h
I will read a verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto Three, Chapter Two, Text 23. This verse is very significant. Not only is the verse beautiful, but it also has historical significance, because when Sukadeva Gosvami came out of the womb, after sixteen years, he left home immediately, and his father, Srila Vyasadeva, followed him into the forest. And when he came close enough to him, he recited two verses from Srimad-Bhagavatam, one describing Krishna’s beauty, from the Tenth Canto, and one descri
We all complain we don’t have enough time. So many schedules, so many deadlines, so many tasks to attend to, so many phone-calls to answer and make, so many demands we have to fulfill: our check-to-do lists seem inexhaustible. Absorbed in all these things, we do not notice that one of our most important resources in life–time–slips out of our fingers. This leaving us with a diffuse dissatisfaction in the back of our minds that we have no time for what matters to us.
Then a moment comes, unplann
From Back to Godhead
Through the ages Western man has alternately
pondered or ignored death, the most
persistent yet least understood fact of our existence.
In the year A.D. 138, the great Roman emperor Hadrian lay dying in a villa overlooking the Bay of Naples. For many years he had been the mighty ruler of the Western world, governing an empire that stretched for thousands of miles. In the course of his eventful life as soldier/statesman, he encountered diverse peoples of many customs and fai
अध्याय सात -- राजा मांधाता के वंशज
1 शुकदेव गोस्वामी ने कहा : मांधाता का सर्वप्रमुख पुत्र अम्बरीष नाम से विख्यात हुआ। अम्बरीष को उसके बाबा युवनाश्र्व ने पुत्र रूप में स्वीकार किया। अम्बरीष का पुत्र यौवनाश्र्व हुआ और यौवनाश्र्व का पुत्र हारीत था। मांधाता के वंश में अम्बरीष, हारीत तथा यौवनाश्र्व अत्यंत प्रमुख थे।
2 नर्मदा के सर्प-भाइयों ने उसे पुरुकुत्स को दे दिया। वासुकि द्वारा भेजे जाने पर नर्मदा पुरुकुत्स को ब्रह्मांड के निम्न भाग (रसातल) में ले गई।
3 रसातल में भगवान विष्णु द्वारा शक्ति प्रदान
Who is qualified for spiritual life? Only brāhmaṇas? Or sannyāsīs, or human beings, scholars, or Indians!? – Whether one is a man or a woman, householder or a renunciant, Indian or an American, aristocratic or underprivileged, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, child or an elder, human being or an animal, everyone is a child of God and is spiritual. Therefore, to love God and serve God is the innate characteristic (dharma) of every living being.
BHAKTI IS NOBODY’S MONOPOLY
Bhakti or devo
Shabari’s Caves at Hampi Dhama
Shabari was a tribal lady and had unflinching devotion for Lord Rama. She took the shelter of great sage Matanga Rsi as her spiritual master. During the last days of sage Matanga, Shabari served him with great attention and care. Pleased by her service, Matanga Rsi blessed her that one day certainly Lord Rama along with His bother Laxmana will come to meet her. Having undeterred faith in the words of her spiritual master, every day, Shabari col
Bhavatarini Devi Dasi, or Pishima as she was commonly known to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) devotees, was the younger sister of Srila Prabhupada. Pishima departed from this world on March 13, 1980.
On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, ISKCON’s Vaishnavi Ministry will honor Pishima’s disappearance day with two guest speakers: Srutirupa Devi Dasi (ACBSP) and Ananga Manjari Devi Dasi (ACBSP) who were privileged to have Pishma’s personal association. They will share sharing
Yes I hold back. There is every reason to surrender to You, every reason to hold on to You. Yet I hold back. This is my precarious condition, dear Lord. While I keep trying to coax my mind to understand what is good for me and what’s in it for me in surrendering to You, I come across this beautiful song by Purandara Dasa, Your unalloyed devotee. This is the song that helps me realize that indeed I have nothing really worth offering to You but still if I offer whatever I have, it is actually in
SB 1.1.2 … sadyo hrdy avarudhyate ‘tra krtibhih susrusubhis tat-ksanat …As soon as one attentively and submissively hears the message of Bhagavatam, by this culture of knowledge the Supreme Lord is established within his heart.
Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.1.2
By the hearing process Krsna IMMEDIATELY (sadyo) is established in the heart.
Please note the word RAPT [attention, in the previous quote] – there is a consistency in the Bhagavatam methodology. One has to hear attentively.
The sadhana of hea
अध्याय छह – सौभरि मुनि का पतन
1 शुकदेव गोस्वामी ने कहा : हे महराज परीक्षित, अम्बरीष के तीन पुत्र हुए---विरूप, केतुमान तथा शंभु। विरूप के पृषद्श्र्व नामक पुत्र हुआ और पृषद्श्र्व के रथीतर नामक पुत्र हुआ।
2 रथीतर निःसंतान था अतएव उसने अंगिरा ऋषि से उसके लिए पुत्र उत्पन्न करने की प्रार्थना की। इस प्रार्थना के फलस्वरूप अंगिरा ने रथीतर की पत्नी के गर्भ से पुत्र उत्पन्न कराये। ये सारे पुत्र ब्राह्मण तेज से सम्पन्न थे।
3 रथीतर की पत्नी से जन्म लेने के कारण ये सारे पुत्र रथीतर के वंशज कहलाये, किन्तु अंगि
Cause and Effect are the natural phenomenon in this material world. Every Cause is followed by an Effect and every Effect has a Cause. This phenomenon of cause and effect is explained in Vedic texts as well as in the modern science alike. Newton’s law states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction and similarly in Vedanta Sutra, the Cause and effect phenomenon is explained in great detail. Knowing this truth, we generally tend to look at the cause and effects with our limited visi
• is oppositional: two sides oppose each other and attempt to prove each other wrong
• has winning as the goal
• lets one side listen to the other side to find flaws and to counter its arguments: “listening to refute”
• defends assumptions as the truth
• causes critique of the other position
• defends one’s own positions as the best solution and excludes other solutions
• creates a dosed-minded attitude, a determination to be right
• prompts a search for glaring differences
• involves a
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