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Tended to Their Hunt by Bhaktimarga Swami

8041305276?profile=RESIZE_400xTwo young guys scurried along as I came around the corner. There was no doubt that I frightened them. The maple tree came in most handy as they tucked away behind the trunk at a best attempt to conceal themselves. Well, I could spot one, at least a tail. I poked my head as I moved in closer for our little game. I went to the left, they went to the right. I moved to the right and they went to the left. I pulled out my phone for a camera shot. One by one they pounced onto the bark and ascended to

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 श्रीमदभागवतम प्रथम स्कन्ध


अध्याय ग्यारह भगवान श्रीकृष्ण का द्वारका में प्रवेश

1 सूत गोस्वामी ने कहा : आनर्तों के देश के नाम से विख्यात अपनी अत्यंत समृद्ध राजनगरी (द्वारका) के निकट पहुँच कर, भगवान ने अपना आगमन उद्घोषित करने तथा निवासियों की निराशा को शांत करने के लिए अपना शुभ शंख बजाया।

2 श्वेत तथा मोटे पेंदेवाला शंख, भगवान के हाथों द्वारा पकड़ा जाकर तथा उनके द्वारा बजाया जाकर, ऐसा लग रहा था मानों उनके दिव्य होठों का स्पर्श करके लाल हो गया हो। ऐसा प्रतीत हो रहा था मानों कोई श्वेत हंस लाल रंग के क

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Our drive for significance in this world reveals our ignorance of the basis a true significance.

Srila Prabhupada has written: “Sometimes penance and austerity are executed to attract people and receive honor, respect, and worship from others. Persons in the mode of passion arrange to be worshiped by subordinates and let them wash their feet and offer riches.” (Bhagavad-gita 17.18, Purport)

False Significance

Why do we crave to be known, respected, and honored-to be significant? Because we are

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8038508086?profile=RESIZE_400xA leading monthly travel magazine with over 16 million readers displays a full page color photo of Tompkins Square Park with a caption that begins, “The East Village’s Tompkins Square Park has been a bastion of counterculture for decades. The Hare Krishna movement was born here.”


Srila Prabhupada describes that birth, “Our sankirtana movement was first introduced in New York in 1966. At that time I came and began to chant this Hare Krishna mantra in Tompkins Square. I was chanting there for thr

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This week we discussed disgust. Or should I say we were discussing the phenomena of being disgusted. It seems that we all get disgusted by something – at least sometime. Some of us are disgusted by Brussels sprouts; for others it’s Marmite that brings on the feeling of nausea.

Disgust means: ‘A strong distaste; nausea; loathing, a repugnance caused by somethingoffensive; a strong aversion.’

That’s a pretty intense emotion, and for a good reason. Disgust protects us from eating the wrong things,

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8038463659?profile=RESIZE_584xBy Madhava Smullen

Facing the challenges of the pandemic, ISKCON devotees have created an ever-increasing host of online sanga opportunities, which continually reveal new treasures. 

One particularly sweet offering, which has been running since late April but may still be undiscovered by some, is Bhakti Virtual’s “One Day in the Life of a Vaishnava,” or “Un Día En La Vida De.”

The program is organized by Prema Rupini Madhavi Dasi from Buenos Aires, Argentina, along with her husband Prema Rupa Ma

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Did Not Get by Bhaktimarga Swami

8038421100?profile=RESIZE_584xI did not get much of a walk in today, just a wee number of indoor strides. My only outside touch of the elements was the stairway at the temple’s entrance. There our kirtan crew met with the night. The lamp-post lit up by its sensor and we, too, got lit with the kirtan. We were in a happy state. We could have chanted the night away.

I did, however, accomplish a number of things; responding to emails, counseling people, reading “The Chaitanya Charitamrta,” as well as publication and proofreading

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HH Nitai Chaitanya Goswami left his body


H.H. Nitai Chaitanya Swami Maharaja left his body in the hospital on 14th of Oct.
While he was fighting COVID-19, his blood pressure drastically increased, which resulted in pulmonary edema.
His Holiness Nitai Chaitanya Goswami Maharaj, is one of the first sannyasis of Russia and one of senior most devotees from the times of USSR. It was in 1970 that while listening to the underground western radio station he was fortunate to hear the sounds of Hare Krishna Maha-mantra broadcasted and a few yea

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श्रीमदभागवतम प्रथम स्कन्ध

अध्याय दस - द्वारका के लिए भगवान कृष्ण का प्रस्थान

1 शौनक मुनि ने पूछा : जो महाराज युधिष्ठिर की वैध पैतृक संपत्ति को छीनना चाहते थे, उन शत्रुओं का वध करने के बाद महानतम धर्मात्मा युधिष्ठिर ने अपने भाइयों की सहायता से अपनी प्रजा पर किस प्रकार शासन चलाया? निश्चित ही वे अपने साम्राज्य का उपभोग मुक्त होकर अनियंत्रित चेतना से नहीं कर सके।

2 सूत गोस्वामी ने कहा : विश्व के पालनकर्ता भगवान श्रीकृष्ण महाराज युधिष्ठिर को उनके साम्राज्य में पुनः प्रस्थापित करके एवं क्रोध की दावाग्न

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From the ISKCON GBC – Minutes Of The Annual General Meeting – February 2017

313: Global Duties & Responsibilities of the Governing Body Commission


Whereas the GBC wishes to formalize the understanding of its global services to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness;

Whereas it is important that duties and responsibilities be clarified at all levels of the Society;

Whereas the GBC wishes to produce a legacy document for the instruction and training of future GBC members

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Them ‘N All by Kesava Krsna dasa

8034717680?profile=RESIZE_584xThere were times when the mainstream media lumped us ‘Hare Krishna’s’ with the weird mix of pseudo religions and charlatan led cults, whose existence caused consternation among the establishment and parents alike. When out on book distribution, we would often be confronted with, “Are you sure you are not one of those dangerous David Koresh Heavens Gate suicide pact lunatics?” In many ways we had to plead our case as legitimate followers of the Vaisnava path, without being the glassy-eyed brainwa

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8034669481?profile=RESIZE_710xBy Bhakta Thomas 

The Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork is world-famous for its huge festivals drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the Utah attraction, but COVID-19 changed everything.  “Our Festival of Colors (Holi) has been going on for 25 years,” said Caru Das, co-founder of the two ISKCON temples in Utah, “Just two weeks before the March event, the governor banned any gatherings larger than ten people.”  All but one of our other festivals in California and Nevada were also canceled.

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8034642059?profile=RESIZE_584xIt is our goal to always be one in thought with Krsna. One of the symptoms of surrendering in devotional service is to have no other interest other than the interest in Krsna. Of course, it is not that our thoughts are always aligned with Krsna, what to speak of our actions, however our meditation remains to cultivate pure devotional service so that we can be one in thought with Krsna. We have the following words – anukulyasya sankalpah, accepting whatever is favourable to devotional service; pr

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8034597856?profile=RESIZE_400xatho maha-bhaga bhavan amogha-drk
suci-sravah satya-rato dhrta-vratah
urukra masyakhila-bandha-muktaye
samadhinanusmara tad-vicestitam

“O Vyasadeva, your vision is completely perfect. Your good fame is spotless. You are firm in vow and situated in truthfulness. And thus you can think of the pastimes of the Lord in trance for the liberation of the people in general from all material bondage.” (SB 1.5.13)

Each and every word of Srimad-Bhagavatam is full of volumes of explanation—each and every wor

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3 Hours North by Bhaktimarga Swami

8034594870?profile=RESIZE_400xDavid, who lives with us in the ashram, drove us north to the very base of the Bruce Peninsula, which divides the Georgian Bay from Lake Huron. It is quite the waterway, an amazing expanse of H2O, minus ocean salt, with clean air. I would call it a place of opulence.

Clavering is a small hamlet. To reach there, David and I got adventurously lost, however, this displacement brought us through some of the prettiest scenery. Then, once we gained our bearings, we coasted by the shores along Collingw

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श्रीमदभागवतम प्रथम स्कन्ध

अध्याय नौ - भगवान कृष्ण की उपस्थिति में भीष्मदेव का देह-त्याग

1 सूत गोस्वामी ने कहा: कुरुक्षेत्र के युद्धस्थल में इतने सारे लोगों का वध करने के कारण घबराये हुए महाराज युधिष्ठिर उस स्थल पर गये जहाँ नर-संहार हुआ था। वहाँ पर भीष्मदेव मरणासन्न होकर शरशय्या पर लेटे थे।

2 उस समय उनके सारे भाई स्वर्णाभूषणों से सजे हुए उच्च कोटि के घोड़ों द्वारा खींचे जानेवाले सुंदर रथों पर उनके पीछे-पीछे चल रहे थे। उनके साथ व्यासदेव तथा धौम्य जैसे ऋषि (पांडवों के विद्वान पुरोहित) तथा अन्य लोग थे

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8031755485?profile=RESIZE_710xAs part of its online Bhakti Wisdom offerings, designed for people who want to dive deeper into their practice, the Bhakti Center in New York City is offering Pathways to Perfection, a 10-part series on the nine processes of devotion.

These key pathways to connect with Krishna are outlined by Prahlada Maharaja in the Srimad-Bhagavatam and include hearing about the Lord, chanting the Lord’s Name and glories, remembering Krishna, serving the Lotus Feet of Krishna, offering worship, offering prayer

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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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