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By Chaitanya Charan Das 

We all worry sometime or the other. And to some extent, worrying is just natural and unavoidable because so many things that are important for us are not in our control.

Still, if we consider the amount of mental time we spend on worrying, we will recognize that it is enormous – and enormously unproductive, in fact counterproductive.…

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By Madhava Smullen 

The Utsav Deities of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, and Srila Prabhupada were recently taken on a tour of the nearly completed Shree Krishna Haveli next to the UK’s Bhaktivedanta Manor on November 12th. 

Fifty temple devotees joined the procession with kirtan. Along the way,…

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 The troupe I've practised with for the last five days was ready and eager to perform "El Gita".  Since yesterday's dress rehearsal, we had the chance to make adjustments with costumes and make-up.  Well, at show time, they were in pretty good form.  It was so much appreciated.  One math university professor came up to me to express, "You made the dialogue and science of the Gita so comprehensible.  I admit, I was…
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Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs. “Why me?” he always asked until he discovered that God had chosen him for a purpose. Because of his disability, he was able to reach out to people and give them courage. Nick’s zest for life and faith in God’s will drove him to learn to swim, surf, travel the world, and do things that even able-bodied people fail to do. He touched people…

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Guest: What is the highest devotion, the highest bhakti, please?
Srila Prabhupada: To love Krishna. If you become expert how to love Krishna… The idea of loving is not unknown to you. You love somebody. You love your wife. You love your children. You love your country. You love your society. There are so many loving…

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Mundane Rasa vs. Bhakti Rasa

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Bhakti means “Devotional service”. Every service has some attractive feature which drives the servitor progressively on and on. Every one of us within this world is perpetually engaged in some sort of service, and the impetus for such service is the pleasure we derive from it.

Driven by affection for his wife and children, a family man works day and night. A philanthropist works in the same way for love of the greater family, and a…

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This write-up is not intended as a criticism of the preaching efforts of any particular devotees. I am sure that all devotees involved in preaching to scientists and scholars are doing their best to promulgate the philosophy of Krsna Consciousness. However, there are certain general issues that are of great…

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Togetherness by Bhaktimarga Swami

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In our Vedic lifestyle, a common theme is ‘team’.   You do things together.  Our approach to spiritual life has little to do with a yogi sitting under a banyan tree in solitary meditation.  Rather, we bond together to accomplish work for the mission.  We're like a bunch of beavers.  
 
For instance, I'm working with a group of committed individuals…
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"Sometimes the longest journey we make is the sixteen inches from our heads to our hearts." - Elena Avila
 
Coming December 2019 marks 20 years of my consistent and daily chanting of 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra, one of the prerequisite for a committed practitioner of Krishna consciousness. I started, chanting 16 rounds in December of 1999 and now, 20 years have passed by so…
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Recently I was in New York attending an initiation ceremony. As I watched the new devotees, young and old, take their vows, I reflected on my own beginnings.

Over 35 years ago I sat before the fire and took the same vows. I am grateful to still be practicing. Later that day I heard a talk which shared 4 reasons why devotees sometimes give up the process of Krishna consciousness, the one they once started so enthusiastically. Turning them into positives, here are 4…

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By Vaishnava Das

From CHANT AND BE HAPPY – THE POWER OF MANTRA MEDITATION

It’s a scene that has been repeated countless times on the thoroughfares of cities throughout the Western world-from Hollywood Boulevard and Fifth Avenue in America, to London’s Oxford Street and the Champs Elysees in Paris. There, in…

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By Daiva Rama Das

ISKCON’s temple in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, is situated in a prominent area of town, and occupies a central and very visible location. Immediately across from the temple is a Bus Stop that has had the name of ISKCON Cross Road BRTS Bus Stop for a long time.…

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If we are at all aware of how dependent we are on God—for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and our very ability to eat and drink and breathe, to think and feel and will, and to walk, talk, and sense—we will feel grateful and want to reciprocate God’s kindness. We will want to do something for He (or She or They) who has done, and continues to do, so much for us.

We often take things for granted until we lose them. I use my right hand to chant…

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In Buenos Aires, I had the pleasure of walking up and down a street in the company of friends while inhaling the great, breathable air that the city is known for.  I wouldn’t have dared in the daytime.  The sun can really bake alive a northerner like me.

Earlier in the day, word reached me that a pop star walked across the U.S. Congratulations to singer…
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There are various answers in various scriptures to this question. In the Bhagavad-gita, we have the verse: paritrāṇāya sādhūnāḿ vināśāya ca duṣkṛtām dharma-saḿsthāpanārthāya sambhavāmi yuge yuge (Bhagavad-gita 4.8). Krsna says here that He appears millennium after millennium to annihilate the demons and to re-establish the principles of religion. In the Srimad Bhagavatam, Kuntidevi is explaining that the Lord appeared…

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Do you hanker to chant Hare Krsna with love? Would you like to serve Nama Prabhu with a pure heart and focused attention? You may like this guided meditation with soothing background music as a way to create favorable vasanas (impressions in the mind/citta). 

The meditation canhelp you shift from inattention to a deeper loving focus while chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra in japa and kirtan. You can listen to it periodically for another boost to your sadhana. Choose a quiet place…

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Receiving guests at the Temple

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Quotes from Radhanath Swami

1) From letters

  1. “The culmination of all our preaching efforts is when a sincere soul experiences his or her spiritual home when they visit our temple. I cannot overestimate the great importance the service, which you have accepted as a guest receptionist. I am most…

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