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  1. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Tuesday 5 July 2011--Don't Be an Animal--and--Can I Ask You When I Need Answers?
  2. Japa Group: Nice Letter Of Appreciation
  3. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - HG Sankarsana Das Adhikari
  4. Bhakti Lounge, NZ: Become a knock-out cook!
  5. Bhakti Vikasa Swami: the paramahamsa stage
  6. Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Fireworks and the Temple.
  7. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: IN MY EXPERIENCE HERE’S WHAT I HAVE FOUND …
  8. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: MAKE SURE YOU DO!
  9. H.H. Devamrita Swami: Stranger in Paradise
  10. Kurma dasa, AU: Far Out, Brussels Sprout
  11. H.H. Sivarama Swami: Parikrama on Sunday
  12. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  13. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  14. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  15. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  16. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  17. Krishna-kripa das, Mayapura: Travel Journal#7.11: Belfast and London
  18. H.H. Jayadvaita Swami: Lost sentence appears in newly discovered page of Gita transcription
  19. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  20. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  21. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  22. New Vrndavan, USA: Community Dialogue Wednesday, July 6
  23. Gaura-shakti Kirtan, Toronto, CA: Our First CD Will be Available at Festival Of India!
  24. Madhavendra Puri, New Govardhana, AU: Won-Durr Boiz in Belgium (Part 2) – Antwerp Rathayatra
  25. Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: GiveAway : And the Winner Is…
  26. H.H. Sivarama Swami: Unity is the most important ingredient for our success as a community
  27. Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: Weekly Round-Up!
  28. Mayapur Online: Rajapur Lord Jagannath Temple
  29. H.H. Sivarama Swami
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  31. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
  32. Manoj, Melbourne, AU: 216. Srila Prabhupad Lecture 10 : Mind Control
  33. Japa Group: Please Join The Japa Group
  34. Gouranga TV: Krishna Rukmani Das – Sri-Nrsimha Pranama
  35. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: GITA COACHING MISSION STATEMENT
  36. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: WHAT OBSTACLES YOU CAN OVERCOME
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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Tuesday 5 July 2011--Don't Be an Animal--and--Can I Ask You When I Need Answers?

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Tuesday 5 July 2011 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, and His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani are enjoying transcendental pastimes in the topmost planet of the spiritual world, Sri Goloka Vrindavan. They are beckoning us to rejoin them. (Click on photo to see a larger image.) Our Mission: To help everyone awaken their original Krishna consciousness, which is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. Such a global awakening will, in one stroke, solve all the problems of the world society bringing in a new era of unprecedented peace and prosperity for all. May that day, which the world so desperately needs, come very soon. We request you to participate in this mission by reviving your dormant Krishna consciousness and assisting us in spreading this science all over the world. Dedicated with love to ISKCON Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, our beloved spiritual master, and to you, our dear readers. Today's Thought: Don't Be an Animal Uploaded from Melbourne, Australia If we simply eat, sleep, mate, and defend, we are on the animal platform. Human life begins when we inquire about the nature of the Absolute Truth. A human being is meant for higher consciousness. Therefore he can never be happy as long as he remains on the animal platform. The final conclusion is that everyone must come to Krishna consciousness as soon as possible for achieving their much desired peace, happiness, love, and success. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Srimad Bhagavatam Class ISKCON Melbourne--3 July 2011 Distributing Radha Damodar Mahaprasadam after the Srimad Bhagavatama Class Answers According to the Vedic Version: Question: Can I Ask You When I Need Answers? I'd have many questions for you but with this first e-mail I would just to say you thanks for everything you gave me, to have given me the spark to light the fire of my self realization, thanks! If you allow me to ask you when I feel lost, when I need the answers to my questions, I'd be very happy. I apologize if sometimes I'm wrong in writing or in speaking because my English isn't pretty good but I'm trying as much as possible to write and to speak with the heart. Thanks for all. Hare Krishna! D.T. Answer: Feel Free to Write When You Need Guidance I am very, very happy to hear from you and that Krishna has used me as the spark to light your fire of self realization. Feel free to write me whenever you feel lost or whenever you need guidance on how to successful on the self-realization path. Don't worry about the correctness of your English. Your sincerity shines through loudly and clearly. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Transcendental Resources: Receive the Special Blessings of Krishna Now you too can render the greatest service to the suffering humanity and attract the all-auspicious blessings of Lord Sri Krishna upon yourself and your family by assisting our mission. Lectures and Kirtans in Audio and Video: Link to High Definition Videos Link to Over 1,000 Lecture Audios Lecture-Travel Schedule for 2011 Have Questions or Need Further Guidance? Check out the resources at: or write Sankarshan Das Adhikari at: Get your copy today of the world's greatest self-realization guide book, Bhagavad-gita As It Is available at: Know someone who could benefit from this? Forward it to them. Searchable archives of all of course material: Receive Thought for the Day as an RSS feed: Unsubscribe or change your email address Follow us on Twitter: Sankarshan Das Adhikari on Facebook: Thought for the Day on Facebook: Copyright 2005-2011 by Ultimate Self Realization.Com Distribution of this material is encouraged. Simply we request you to acknowledge where it is coming from with a link to our sign up page: Our records indicate that at requested to be enrolled to receive e-mails from the Ultimate Self Realization Course at: This request was made on: From the following IP address:

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Japa Group: Nice Letter Of Appreciation

It's always inspiring to receive messages from devotees expressing their appreciation for your service. Today I received one such message.

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

It was very nice to join and have your association on Japa Room on Saturday morning (Australia time). Saturday morning will be more suitable for me to join the Japa Room on

Thank you very much to you and the devotees of Japa Group for regular contributions. The Japa Group is very helpful in keeping me fixed in Krishna Consciousness. Thanks again and please convey Hare Krishna from my side to A.

Hare Krishna!

Your servant,

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - HG Sankarsana Das Adhikari

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.12.3 - Real desire is to have pure devotional service (anyabhilasita sunyam jnana-karmady-anavrtam...).

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Bhakti Lounge, NZ: Become a knock-out cook!

Make sure to book to guarantee your spot!

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...a paramahamsa simply engages exclusively in the service of the Lord without caring even for eating or sleeping. It was stated about the six Gosvamis: nidrahara-viharakadi-vijitau. In the paramahamsa stage one conquers the desire for sleep, food and sense gratification. One remains a humble, meek mendicant engaged in the service of the Lord day and night.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Madhya 4.123

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Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Fireworks and the Temple.

Catchy title :-)

Happy July 4th to our friends south of the "border". It is "indepenence day" but I would rather be celebrating "Dependence on Krishna" day, which is everyday.

On Friday which was Canada day here, there was a post "Rationalism is required, not Nationalism" with some nice quotes from Srila Prabhupada and it is as applicable to the July 4th holiday as it was to our July 1st holiday. To read that post [click here]

Some devotees may be viewing fireworks tonight as we did with the kids on Canada day.

During the fireworks, here is a meditative moment:  ...picture Srila Prabhupada with his disciples huddled around as they all watch the 4th of July fireworks show.  As the night sky lights up Srila Prabhupada sees the Capitol building and wants elements of this incorporated into the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. (which is now under construction thanks to the dedication and efforts of Srila Prabhupada's dedicated disciples and grand-disciples).
That is Srila Prabhupada...always thinking of Krishna and seeing Mahaprabhu's mission and purpose in everyone and everything.
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Those who are afraid to invest in themselves are the ones who complain the most about not attaining success. That is NOT the mindset that brings success!

Our thoughts have more to do with the circumstances in our lives than many people realize. In fact, many people may actually deflect opportunities because they feel restricted in their lives and pass that feeling on to the brain.

The great news is you can do much more than you may be aware of. And in a moment I’m going to share with you exactly how to tap into that power using our Gita Coaching program.

Gita Coaching is a success prcess that will rock your world. (And, yes, it requires attention and work. Big changes mean big commitments.) If you’re really ready to move forward in life you want to do the inner work and outer leg-work to get the results you crave.

People sometimes say that coaching is unlike anything they have ever seen before. I have taken a lot of training in order to be able to assist you so you can get the results you are looking for.

Gita Coaching is meant to help you start living the principles of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and increase the opportunities, possibilities and positive circumstances that can enhance your life.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: MAKE SURE YOU DO!

After the battle in Lanka, when Ravana had been killed by
Lord Rama’s arrow, Hanuman was sent to bring back Sita
Devi to her Lord. When Hanuman arrived at the asoka
forest where Sita Devi was being held captive, the female
demons still weighed on Sita Devi to renounce Rama.

They criticized Rama and threatened Sita. Seeing this,
Hanuman wanted to kill them, but Sita forbade him. She
said, “I have been a guest in Lanka. How, then, can I see
my hosts slaughtered? I am not like that hunter.”

Hanuman immediately wanted to know which hunter Sita
Devi meant. She explained, “Once there was a hunter who
had killed many animals. As he was walking through the
forest one day, he noticed that a large tiger was following
him. Afraid, he quickly climbed a tree. Glancing up, he
was terrified to discover that a dangerous bear was sitting
on the branch above him.

He was clearly in a dilemma:
on the ground a hungry tiger and above him a dangerous
bear. The tiger noticed the hunter’s predicament and
called out to the bear, ‘Kick him down. Then I will have
something to eat and leave you alone.’ After giving it some
thought, the bear, however, said, “I can‘t do it. He is my

At this the tiger changed his strategy and addressed the
hunter: ‚I only need to eat something today. Human or
bear, I don’t care. If you kick the bear down, I won’t harm
you.’ The hunter immediately climbed up and kicked the
bear off his branch. The bear, however, managed to grab a
lower branch and then climbed back to safety.

Again the clever tiger changed strategies. ‘Don‘t you see
what a rascal the hunter is? You should never shelter a
dangerous cobra. So kick the hunter down.’ The bear
however again said, ‘No, the hunter may have acted
wrongly – in fact, the whole world may act wrongly – but
I do not have to give up my path. I never harm a guest no
matter what he does.’”

Sita added, “And this is Hanuman why I request you
to spare the female demons. We always have to follow
dharma. Dharma will protect us. Do not pay heed if others
do not follow their dharma. Make sure you do!”

(As told by Sacinandana Swami)

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H.H. Devamrita Swami: Stranger in Paradise

Arriving in New York City, last week, to stay at the Bhakti Center, I felt like an alien in my own hometown. In my pre-devotional days, New York City, especially Manhattan, was almost as dear to me as my very life. Like most residents there, I unquestionably considered New York the eternal center of the universe.

As a youth and student, I took pride in "the city that never sleeps"—action at any moment, 24/7. Especially, living in Manhattan put me within a short subway ride of the prime human necessities: entertainment, consumerism, and business. 

How delightful it was, to splash and swim within a tsunami of concerts, theater, sports events, the financial district, plus infinite stores where those in the know could acquire premium possessions at the cheapest price. 

"It doesn't get any better than this," I would think, about the New Yorker lifestyle. "And this best doesn't come quicker, anywhere else."

Now, looking out the window at the Bhakti Center, on First Avenue in Lower Manhattan, I feel like an exotic immigrant "just off the boat." More dramatically, I feel like someone who's arrived from another planet. What happened? 

To an extent that astounds me, four decades of international devotional service, on every habitable continent of the world, have wiped my slate clean of birthplace attachment.

I hesitantly left New York in 1975, when my body could no longer handle the winters. I loved outreach and book distribution in New York—thought my whole devotional life would be that. Reluctantly, when health collapsed, I accepted the guidance of my superiors and shifted with the BBT to Los Angeles, specifically to serve in Srila Prabhupada's legendary, inconceivable Caitanya-caritamrita marathon.

Since that move to the west coast, 36 years ago, my visits to "the Big Apple" have been rare and short. Now, maneuvering through the streets, subways, and taxis of my formerly beloved habitat, I wonder how I could have ever lived in such a place—what to speak of cherish it.

Isn't it amazing—in the same lifetime, the most passionate attachments later cool to ice-cold? At one moment in our life's journey we are clutching something to us so feverishly; a few life-moments later, we have no feeling at all for that material thing or situation—it's cold as a corpse, and just as unappealing.

Hare Krishna. Through all the passages of life, may that sound be my eternal companion and shelter. Krishna's name imparts to us the essential vision to see material nature as paraphernalia for engaging in His divine service.

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Kurma dasa, AU: Far Out, Brussels Sprout

Yes that's Brussels with an 's' at the end. The Brussels Sprout (Brassica oleracea) is a cultivar of wild cabbage grown for its edible buds. Although named after the city in Belgium, few historians believe the plant originated there.

far out Brussels Sprout:

Wherever it came from, it ended up as dinner last night. They're one of my dad's favourite vegies. I shaved off their woody ends, sliced them down the centre, pan-fried them, seasoned them with cumin and asafetida in a tiny trickle of olive oil, added a little water and steamed them on full heat with a very tight lid until they were tender and the pan was dry, then folded them with steamed potatoes, ras el hanout{watch the film clip} and a good dollop of sour cream. Anything is nice with sour cream.

Brussels Closeup:

In fact an old friend of mine named Havirdhana once opined that even balsa wood would probably be edible if eaten with a good slathering of the magic dairy product. I won't be trying that out. I did try out our Brussels dish, served alongside steaming saffron rice and it was certainly a 'poor man's feast'.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Parikrama on Sunday

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 July 4: "The only process for perceiving Krishna is our sincere service attitude with our senses. I thank you very much for grasping the momentum of Krishna Consciousness. May Krishna give you more and more strength in understanding His transcendental nature."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1969 July 4: "I know there are many Sanskrit scholars in Germany but I am not going to Germany as a Sanskrit scholar - my attempt will be to deliver the message of Lord Caitanya in the shape of Krishna Consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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1970 July 4: "Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja did not very much like preaching amongst women, so you should also avoid such meetings. My principle is that where my other Godbrothers cannot preach I shall go there. On my behalf you should follow this principle, also."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 July 4: "You should be able to sell at least four lakhs of Rupees worth of books per month. You must also keep proper account. Not a single farthing should be wasted. I will see the accounts personally when I return."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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1975 July 4: "The money sent to you is on loan basis. All money is BBT money and must be paid back by you to the BBT account. You can pay back conveniently. We shall help you - but you must pay back."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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Krishna-kripa das, Mayapura: Travel Journal#7.11: Belfast and London

Diary of a Traveling Sadhaka, Vol. 7, No. 11
By Krishna-kripa das
(June 2011, part one)
Belfast, London
(Sent from Newcastle, England, on July 3, 2011)

Where I Was and What I Did

My friend and godbrother, Caitanya-candrodaya Prabhu, became temple president of Belfast, and invited me there to do harinama. I went for the two weeks between the Birmingham 24-hour kirtana and the London Ratha-yatra. We did harinama for between two and three hours with from three to six people every day except Sunday. Janananda Goswami's attendance on the final day of my visit made it extra special as he got many young people to participate by dancing. London Ratha-yatra was very wet but very wonderful, with a great Ekadasi feast include a curd vegetable preparation and shrikhand. On harinama the next day on Oxford Street, four high school students joyfully danced with us for several blocks. In the evening, book distribution minister, Vijaya Prabhu, gave a brahmacari class to the Radha-Londonisvara's brahmacari ashram residents.

I heard great lectures by Prahladananda Swami and Janananda Goswami, and Mother Narayani gave a seminar on the prayers of Queen Kunti with lots of stories, references to Srila Prabhpada's teachings, and valuable realizations.


Newcastle: July 2–4
London: July 5-6
Scandinavian Ratha-yatras: July 8–16
Prague Ratha-yatra?: July 17
Croatian Harinama Tour: July 18–31
Poland Woodstock: August 1–7
Berlin: August 8–10
Belfast: August 11-18
Trutnov Open Air Festival (Czech Woodstock): August 18–21
Leipzig?: August 22–23 (Janmastami, Vyasa Puja)
Polish tour: August 24–28
Kirtana-mela, Leipzig: August 29–September 4
Lvov, Ukraine?: September 6
Kharkov, Ukraine: September 7–8
Ukraine Festival: September 9–15
Boston Ratha-yatra and Prabhupada festival: September 17–18
New York: September 19–23?
Philadelphia Ratha-yatra: September 24–25
Albany: September 26–30?
Arizona, Nevada, Florida: October–December

Belfast Harinama

We mostly did sitting down harinamas in Belfast. I was so happy to have so many people go chanting with me each day. Bhagavata dasi loves to sing and has an nice amplifier and so she was a great asset. Gauranga Prabhu is the proprietor of a cloth business, and was able take time out to join us and play the mrdanga almost every day. Alan moved into the ashram for a week of spiritual recharging and also came out. Syama-mayi and Nitai Sacinandana Prabhu's also came out when their scheduled permitted.

One time an atheist came by and challenged the devotees in different ways, including blaspheme. After I while I decided to follow the instruction given in The Nectar of Devotion, to leave that place, and that solved the problem. A couple devotees even saw good in that atheist:

Mother Narayani: I am sure he thinks about God more than a lot of theists.

Mother Annete: He was a very heavy duty atheist, but he could not stop himself from dancing on harinama.

On the first Saturday, we did a standing up harinama in a section where some young people were hanging out. One little guy took pleasure in doing different genuine and imaginary yoga postures in the middle of our kirtana party.

On the second Saturday, Janananda Goswami came along with Prema Sankirtana Prabhu, his disciple, mrganda player, and dancing assistant. There were many groups of young people roaming the streets and hanging out hither and thither, and Janananda Goswami engaged them in chanting and dancing. One group of them ran a block to rejoin us after we had left them and gone on. One boy who smelled of alcohol, picked Janananda Goswami up off of the ground while swinging him around. The young people really loved dancing with the devotees.

We did a 24-hour kirtana in Belfast, but there were far fewer people than Birmingham, and I could not chant my japa during the early morning hours because I had to play the instruments and nor could I chant japa later in the morning when I completed my three hour nap and shower because I had to sing. Thus it disturbed my regulated live more than the Birmingham one, and I will have to make sure it does not happen like that again. On the bright side, one devotee lady got a lot more appreciation of the name and form of the Lord as a result of the twenty-four hours of chanting, and some devotees who drove two hours from Dublin to take part in it were happy they made the trip.

There was an anniversary of the opening of a Hindu Laksmi-Narayana temple and Gauranga Prabhu got us invited to chant. They promised us fifteen minutes but the priest told us to stop after seven. Still I mentioned that Krishna says in the Gita that the most confidential knowledge is to think of Him, become His devotees, worship Him, and bow down before Him. I said these temples are valuable because they give us the opportunity to do these activities that Krishna recommends. Gauranga Prabhu said because I was a white American quoting Krishna in Bhagavad-gita, the leaders were impressed and said I could come back and give a lecture.

London Ratha-yatra

The most amazing thing about the London Ratha-yatra was the devotees were so absorbed in chanting and dancing that although it was rainy and cold, everyone had a wonderful time anyway. You could really see how it was a transcendental affair.

The deities were protected from the rain by a plastic screen in front of them. The devotees brought the plastic each year, but this was the first year they used it the entire time.

The meditation booth at Trafalgar Sqaure was decorated attractively with giant japa beads.

As I experienced for the second year, the London Ratha-yatra feast is really great, with curd subji, halava, and shrikhand, all thanks to Parasurama Prabhu and his assistants.

Kadamba Kanana Swami gave a great talk on our little stage at the event. Devotees from Scotland did some dramas.

Insights from the Prayers of Queen Kunti:
From a Seminar by Mother Narayani

Mother Narayani did five lectures on Queen Kunti's prayers, an hour and a half each. She made lots of nice points:

Srnvan supathan vicarana paro bhaktya

Srnvan – hearing

Supathan – chanting, studying

Vicarana paro – meditating – applying to your life

Bhaktya – with devotion

Kunti was not a scholar or sage, but a mother and a wife of a great king, but she had bhakti and that is what attracted Krishna.

Kunti is the original single mother.

Gita and Bhagavatam have some common beginning. Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.2 is like Bhagavad-gita 18.66 in that they both kick out cheating religion. Also Krishna is driving Arjuna’s chariot in Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7, as He does in the Gita.

Verse 18:

Kunti is seeing Krishna as Brahman, paramatma, and Bhagavan.

Kunti sees Krishna both as the Supreme Personality of Godhead and as her nephew, unlike the residents of Vraja, who just see Him as their friend and relative.

The impersonalists may pray that the Lord is my father and mother, but if you ask them the details, they will describe He is just some force.

Is seeing Krishna as prasadam seeing Him within or without? Actually first we see Him without and then later within!

One can offer to Krishna individual activities we perform like taking a shower or climbing the stairs.

Verse 19:

We cannot see Krishna because Krishna is transcendental, we are covered by a curtain, and we are fools.

What are the aspects of foolishness? Not seeing Krishna beyond everything, because we are trying to enjoy this world, because we are in the prison house of maya.

Dullness, distraction, indifference are the three causes of inattentive chanting according to Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

If one remembers Lord Caitanya, difficult things become easy.

Verse 20:

Before going on a trip it is auspicious to take permission from one’s superiors, and thus Krishna came to see Kunti to take the dust from her feet before leaving for Dvaraka. That Krishna is coming to Kunti and not to the sages shows her greatness. That what she is saying is recorded in Srimad-Bhagavatam also testifies to her greatness.

Srila Prabhupada wrote me in my initiation lecture, “chant the holy name, follow the regulative principles, read and study all the books, do deity worship, go out an sankirtana, and engage in devotional service twenty-four hours a day.”

In a second letter he stressed that “sincerity, enthusiasm, cooperation for are keys to success in devotional service.”

You cannot cooperate unless you are humble.

When the roots of humility go deeper the tree of bhakti grows taller.—Bhurijana Prabhu

When I was teaching Srimad-Bhagavatam, I would read a verse and then chant a round to get inspiration to teach it.

Srila Prabhupada said that 'impossible' is a word in a fool’s dictionary, and we believed him. I have some experience of this. Once Srila Prabhupada’s servant Pradyumna, who knew I knew how to type, asked if I wanted to go to Mayapur with Srila Prabhupada. I said yes. He said you just have to learn how to transliterate Bengali. I spent two hours learning how to transliterate Bengali, and I went to Mayapur, and I transliterated from the scripture, Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, Chapter 13-17, the Lord’s Navadvipa pastimes, as Srila Prabhupada would read them in Bengali.

Srila Prabhupada said, “If you associate with Govinda, you will enjoy your senses abundantly. And it will not be in a gross way but a spiritual way.”

Verse 22:

Srila Prabhupada said because Kunti was His aunt she began viewing His middle, but we should view Him from the feet.

Srila Prabhupada: If you think of Krishna as having lotuslike features as described in this verse, you can meditate on Krishna’s beauty your whole life.

Srila Prabhupada: Without hearing and chanting it is impossible to become a spiritual leader.

Verse 23:

Krishna likes to be to the hero and protect his devotees.

Govinda Dasi was suffering with a fever. Noticing her symptoms, Srila Prabhupada said, “Krishna is checking off your account.” Krishna reduces the karmic reaction of the devotees.

The Pandavas came out better after each danger. After Bhima was fed a poisoned cake and thrown in the river, he was bitten by snakes who neutralized the poison and invited him to Nagaloka, and offered him a feast and a beverage that gave him 10,000 times greater strength. How did they come out better while living in the forest? They saved Duryodhana from the Gandharvas, showing their superiority. They also got the association of Krishna and the sages.

One Buddhist lady was harassing the devotees in Sydney, and people from the city council said, “They are good people. Stop bothering them.” Forty years earlier, the city officers themselves had harassed the devotees.

Srila Prabhupada said, “As soon as you think you are comfortable in this world, you are spiritually fallen.”

As when we are attacked by a dog, we have to call for the owner of the dog to call him off, when we are attacked by maya, we have to call out to Krishna, the owner of maya.

Narada was amazed that although the Pandavas lost their kingdom, their wife was insulted, and they were banished to the forest, their devotion to Krishna only increased.

Verse 25:

Think before you pray. One devotee who followed Kunti’s example of praying for calamities because they inspired her to take shelter of Krishna broke one bone after another. I told her of one temple where they prayed for calamities and ended up cracking up their sankirtana van, and thus had to discontinue the prayer.

Kunti’s opulence was her distress. If you are with Krishna, hell becomes heaven. If you are without Krishna, heaven become hell.

When asked by a disciple if Krishna is always testing us, Srila Prabhupada responded, “If you want a responsible post, you require a test. For the bum or vagabond, there is no test.”

Faith means you are meant for giving some service to Krishna as directed by the spiritual master, and that must be kept up despite all difficulty.

One man challenged that Arjuna was not a pure devotee because he lamented his son’s being killed on the battlefield when Krishna had advised against lamenting in Bhagavad-gita. Srila Prabhupada disagreed, explaining that because Arjuna kept on with his duty of fighting despite lamenting his son’s death, he was obedient to Krishna.

In India there is so much cell phone radiation that the coconuts are diseased.

Verse 26:

We are attracted by the material nature and then we are devoured by it.

Both the great ascetic Gaura Kisora Dasa Babaji and Bhaktisiddhanta Saravati Thakura were akincana, or without possessions. Although Bhaktisiddhanta Saravati Thakura had many possessions they were all used in Krishna’s service.

Someone once asked Srila Prabhupada where he lived, and he said, “I live in a 747 jet.”

Verse 27:

Visaya is visa. Sense enjoyment is a kind of “visa” (poison).

Srila Prabhupada said when I lost everything, I approached Krishna saying, “Now I am yours.”

When you preach, you realize the whole world is your family.

I was at a doctor/psychic who saw I was attacked by 28 demons, 3 ghosts, and several parasites. She also saw Srila Prabupada, and behind him a lot of demoniac energy. “Yes,” I said, “Srila Prabhupada is holding back that demoniac energy.”

Q: I find in the beginning it is difficult to completely depend on Krishna.
A: Yes, of course, you do not know Him.

Crow story: The crow saw Yamaraja, the Lord of death, and he was smiling. The crow was worried and begged Garuda to take him to a far region of the universe. He did that, but when Garuda set him down, a cat immediately pounced on him and killed him. When the crow went to Yamaraja, he said that he saw him smiling at another place. “Yes,” Yamaraja replied, “I was smiling in wonder about how you would get to the place where you were supposed to die.”

Krishna tells Arjuna, “For one who chants my name even neglectfully, I keep his name in My heart.”—Adi Purana

If you are very accepting, everything is mercy.

Srila Prabhupada said those cent percent engaged in the Lord’s service are the full recipients of the Lord’s mercy.

In Sweden, at 3:30 a.m. I looked up the time to break Ekadasi, but it was too late. That time had come already.

Krishna told Brahma that his prayers, his austerity, and firm faith in Him were the evidence of His causeless mercy. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.9.38)

Srila Prabhupada said, “Voluntary endeavor is the only qualification for spiritual perfection.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.9.38, purport)

We have one problem: how to accept Krishna.

The demons sent to Vrndavana were like toys for Krishna to play with. A toy duck, a toy snake, a toy donkey, etc.

Krishna likes to favor the monkeys because they helped Him when He had appeared as Lord Rama.

My Godsister Radha Kunda dd was distributing books in Jagannatha Puri, and the whole morning she did not sell even one book. One shopkeeper noticed and advised her to go to Patita-pavana Jagannatha, who is situated outside the door of the temple, and chastise Him. She could not do it, so the shop keeper himself went to Jagannatha and said, “This poor lady has spent the whole morning trying to sell Your books, and You are not helping her.” The rest of the day, she sold many books.

The love of the Vrndavana residents is so great they cannot see Krishna as God.

Q: When are you depending on Krishna, and when are you being irresponsible?
A: If you do not do your duty and expect Krishna to do everything, then you are irresponsible. You do your duty and depend on Krishna for the result.

Formerly Malaysia was famous for sandalwood, but now it is famous for rubber.

Krishna is greater than Devaki because all universes are within Krishna, but Krishna, with all the universes, is within Devaki.

Krishna glorifies His devotees above Himself. The truthfulness of Arjuna and Yudhisthira exceeds that Krishna. Hanuman could jump the ocean, but Rama used a bridge.

45% of America’s wealth is in the hands of 5% of its people.

Avidya, kama karmabhih . . . Due to ignorance we have to work hard to fulfill material desires. By hearing and by worship, we conquer this.

Even just seeing the Deity is enough.

There was a bull who came to a Bhagavat saptaha to both morning and evening classes two years in a row.

If you make a bad offense, you can come back as the pet animal of a devotee.

One devotee lady had a cat that would always wake her up for mangala arati and japa. One day the cat got her attention, and she followed the cat into the room of the deity. Then the cat lay down before the deity and left her body.

Sometimes Prabhupada appeared to us as if projected from another dimension.

In the beginning the devotees would say, “You can see Krishna face to face.” They gave the impression that state was just a few months away.

Homework: Try to do what you are doing just to please Krishna.

St. Thomas: Pray as if everything depends on God, and work as if everything depends on you.

Krishna does not only come to relieve the burden of the earth but to relieve us from our self-created burdens.

Separation is also more intense, because Krishna is experienced as everywhere.

Srila Prabhupada, commenting on Kunti’s description of the opulence of her kingdom due to Krishna’s blessings, said, “She did not say the slaughterhouses were flourishing.”

Krishna’s glance creates devotional desires, and Krishna’s smile maintains are devotional desires.

Comment by Bhagavata Dasi: You have to give the children full opportunity to engage in devotional service, but you cannot force them to become devotees.

We had to find Krishna, so our children also have find Krishna.

Srila Prabhupada said when we love Krishna our detachment will become complete.

Srila Prabhupada said, “If you like family life, then you should ask, ‘Where can I have eternal family?’”

Sumati dd was greeted at the temple the first time she came by a angelic lady who said, “Welcome home. This is your father [pointing to Srila Prabhupada’s picture]. This is your grandfather [pointing to Bhaktisiddhana Sarasvati Thakura’s picture]. Here are your brothers and sisters [pointing to the devotees]. You can stay here eternally. Just go home and get your toothbrush.” She went home and thought about that and came back with her toothbrush, telling the president she wanted to stay. He asked her if she could follow the four rules, and she said she thought so, even though she had been a chain smoker until that very moment.

At a retirement dinner, someone praised Badrinarayana Prabhu’s father for retiring at 67, and he said, “My son was more intelligent, because he retired and joined the Hare Krishna at age 17.”

Anything negative can be a learning experience for us.

Notes on a Brahmacari Class in London by Vijaya Prabhu

Iron is naturally attracted to iron but when it becomes rusty there is practically no attraction. Similarly we have a natural attraction to Krishna, but in our conditioned state it is not there. If we can remove the rust, the attraction again becomes manifest.

Srila Prabhupada says we should not look for happiness in the material world where happiness is a myth.

Once I was on japa walk in Gainesville at 3:30 a.m. one morning. One woman was returning from a party in her evening gown. She was yelling, “I hate men. Every last one of them.” Then she saw me, and said, “Who is that? Oh, it is Hare Krishna. But it is a man! I hate Hare Krishna men too!”

The brahmacari:

  1. hears Vedas

  2. gives knowledge

  3. collects for guru

Grhastha life disadvantages:

  1. you are dealing with another mind, at least, and one more mind for each child

  2. to raise a child for a devotee is like $75,000 to $100,000

  3. there is a lot of suffering, any married person will tell you

  4. Srila Prabhupada said it is extra luggage.

The best teacher is experience, and a fool learns by no other.

The body appears attractive because of the presence of the soul. The soul is attractive because it is part of Krishna.

There was a brahmacari who wanted to get married. Srila Prabhupada told him he did not think he would be happy if he got married. He persisted, and Srila Prabhupada again told him he did not think it would make him happy. The man got married anyway, and he suffered miserably. His conversation with Srila Prabhupada had been recorded, and if any brahmacari wanted to get married, the ashram leader would play him the tape of the conversation.

Srila Prabhupada said that anyone who has a material body has sex desire, so that is not a reason to get married.

If you want to remain brahmacari tell your authorities to not even tell you if a girl wants to marry you.

In one devotee family in Canada, the mother disappeared mysteriously, and it was not understood what happened for a few years. Later an undercover policeman had a relationship with the daughter in the family, and asked the girl what happened to her mother and she said her brother killed her. He was arrested and jailed. He served 12 years in jail, came out and became the leader of the Mafia in Canada. So when you get married you do not know what kind of kids you will get.

On airplanes Radha Govinda Maharaja puts a cadar over his head so he does not see movies.

Srila Prabhupada said, “The words of Krishna are ever fresh. You can read Srimad-Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita thousands of times and never get tired of it.”

I never go to astrologers.

I read three hours a day.

If you have good association with other brahmacaris you will not feel lonely and be tempted to seek friendship with a woman.

Comments by Krishna-kripa das:

[Because I have also practiced brahmacarya for sometime, I offered some comments in the course of Vijaya Prabhu's class.]

I was engaged to a girl after being brahmacari for ten years. Before that I used to think that if it was too hard to be brahmacari, I would just get married. After that difficult experience, however, I would think that if it is too hard to be brahmacari, I will just try harder.

If you want to be brahmacari, you have to desire to be brahmacari more than any woman desires to marry you, otherwise Krishna may fulfill her desire and not yours.

If you go to the evening program of kirtana and class you will not feel lonely in the evening and become tempted to allay that feeling of emptiness in your life with the association of the opposite sex.

Insight from Lectures

Srila Prabhupada [from a purport]:

From this verse we have good information of how the castes are qualified according to quality and work. Rsabhadeva, a king, was certainly a ksatriya. He had a hundred sons, and out of these, ten were engaged as ksatriyas and ruled the planet. Nine sons became good preachers of Srimad-Bhagavatam (maha-bhagavatas), and this indicates that they were above the position of brahmanas. The other eighty-one sons became highly qualified brahmanas. These are some practical examples of how one can become fit for a certain type of activity by qualification, not by birth. All the sons of Maharaja Rsabhadeva were ksatriyas by birth, but by quality some of them became ks?atriyas, and some became brahman?as. Nine became preachers of Srimad-Bhagavatam (bhagavata-dharma-darsanah?), which means that they were above the categories of ks?atriya and brahman?a.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.4.13, purport)

Janananda Goswami:

The deities are behind everything, but it is not that we blame Them for everything.

What to speak of seeing the source of the material world, we cannot even see the source of a tree, for once the tree becomes manifest, the seed is not longer visible.

On the Richter scale, 1 unit more means the earthquake is 10 times powerful.

At the Christchurch memorial service, practically everyone did not have a clue. Only the Jew said we should consider the spiritual the side of life, but none of the other religious leaders said anything enlightening. Almost all the churches were smashed.

People do not take responsibility for their situation. People blame their parents or their next door neighbors. In ISKCON we blame the GBC, the sannyasis, etc. I was a sincere soul but these people exploited me . . .

Our part of our being “the doer” is desiring.

A third of the people moved away from Christchurch.

In New Zealand cow slaughter is one of the biggest industries.

On sankirtana outside the city of Christchurch, I asked one lady about the damage there. She said they only had tremors there. When I asked what she thought about the quake. She said with all the crazy things that people do around here it is not a wonder that it happened.

Just two days before the quake, the daughter of the head pujari of the Christchurch temple had a dream with the deities encouraging the devotees to go on harinama sankirtana, and coming off the altar to lead them.

The verse the morning of the quake was in the Sixth Canto was about depending on the Lord, but the purport talked about Lord sometimes burying Himself underground.

I took it as the Lord encouraging us to go rural and do farming, which is what goes on in that part of the world. Srila Prabhupada wanted the householders to live on farms, and the preachers to live in the cities.

Lord Caitanya’s movement is to chant and dance, take prasadam, take rest, and then chant and dance again.

It is Lord Nityananda’s mercy that anyone who takes the sankirtana a little seriously can experience ecstasy. Seeds are planted in the heart that will never, never die.

The last time I was at Falls Road in Belfast was in 1976, and we chanted for five minutes and we were pelted with rocks. In those times, we did sankirtana in front of Woolworths, and once we came back the next day and found the store was no longer there; they had blown it up.

Baladeva Vidyabhusana was the incarnation of Gopinatha Acarya in the Caitanya-lila.

Gangamata Goswamini had a desire to swim in the Ganges at Ganga Sagara Mela, and the Ganges flowed into her ashram at Puri and carried her to the lotus feet of Lord Jagannatha inside His temple.

Lord Caitanya was careful in choosing the lead singer and lead dancer in his sankirtana parties.

What goes on in our mind has no more to do with us than all the conversations we hear on the street or all the items in the shops, so we can use the harassment of our mind to take shelter of Krishna.

The mind is like a mirror and our business is to fill this mirror with Krishna consciousness thoughts and memories.

Comment by Gauranga SDG: We have to burn our coal-like anarthas [unwanted desires] by the fire of our devotional service.

Prahladananda Swami:

Everyone has friends; even ass demons have friends. Of course, they were not very high-grade friends, but they were loyal.

Krishna has warned about making comic books about Krishna's pastimes because people will tend to think of them as mythological.

When we hear Krishna and Balarama threw the ass demons into the tree one after another, we can visualize this in our minds. This is transcendental meditation, and it is recommended in The Nectar of Devotion.

Meditation on the pastimes on the Lord is more difficult, so it is recommended we loudly chant the holy name. By chanting the holy name, meditating on the sound vibration with attention and devotion, eventually we will feel Krishna's presence. Devotion is the key.

As far as the Tenth Canto is concerned we are supposed to at least appreciate these are the pastimes of the Supreme Lord. We may not be able to blindly accept the pastimes in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, but at least we should not blindly reject them. They are extraordinary, but because they are the pastimes of the all-powerful Supreme Lord, that it not surprising.

For the nondevotees, Krishna gives them the remembrance of their material desires and causes them to forget Himself. For the devotees, He gives remembrance of Himself and frees them from material desire. In this way, He is equal to everyone, giving them what they want, but he speaks Bhagavad-gita to inform the people about the best way to desire. When you offer someone a Bhagavad-gita and they reject it, they are not rejecting you, although it may seem like that. Ultimately they are rejecting Krishna.

When Krishna wants to enjoy swimming in the water, He just accepts the form of a fish, rather than getting snorkel equipment, etc.

Srila Prabhupada once said regarding the deity worship, “It is not that Krishna accepts the halava just because you put extra raisins in it.”

Srila Prabhupada said, “What is the value of what we have to Krishna? It is insignificant. All we have is our devotion. Say to Krishna, 'I am a very fallen person, but I have brought this gift. Please accept it.' Don't be puffed out. Always remember you are dealing with Krishna.”

Try at least to act as if Krishna is great, with appropriate reverence.

Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami [from Japa Transformations]:

Only a fool neglects the attempt to break his loneliness by reaching for You, Sri-Sri Radha-Krishna, Sri-Sri Gaura Nitai, and Srila Prabhupada and all the acaryas in disciplic succession.”

Mother Narayani dd:

From a Sunday Feast lecture:

Other sacrifices are not recommended in this age, just the sacrifice of the congregational chanting of the holy name.

Lord Rama did a fire sacrifice that lasted for 13,000 years without interruption.

In Mayapur for the deity installation they did a fire sacrifice and the congregational chanting of the holy name, and the devotees felt so much ecstasy from chanting that they realized that the chanting was the real installation ceremony.

Lord Caitanya set the example of not establishing deities or temples but just teaching the congregational chanting of the holy name.

Some places we cannot have deities, such as China and some Moslem countries, and in New Zealand, due to an earthquake, we lost our deities, but the chanting goes on.

Due to the suffering of this age, people can intensely cry out the holy name, and so it is actually the best age.

Chanting Hare Krishna is the best process for spiritual realization. In Moscow there was some proof of this. One man would visit all the different spiritual groups in the city and would chant all the different mantras or songs, including visiting the Hare Krishna temple and chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. Once the temple president got a call from a hospital saying one of our members was dying. The president was confused because everyone seemed to be present, but he sent a kirtana party to the hospital just in case. There was the man who used to go to all the different spiritual groups. He had just died the moment before. All the brain and heart waves went to zero. The devotees decided to chant anyway, and the lines on the machine connected to the man’s body began to show activity. Then the man sat up in his bed, and said, “Now I understand why chanting the Hare Krishna is the best process.” Then he lay back in the bed, and left his body.

Concentration on the chanting and avoiding the offenses are the more important ways to improve our chanting.

Before you sleep make the determination to improve your chanting.

In one temple in Badarikasrama there is a grain of rice from Satya-yuga which is one and a half feet long.

From her collection of poems, Garden of Devotion: [Some excerpts of poems I typeset as prose to save space.]

Just as a mother runs into a burning house to save her own children, not thinking of her own safety, so Srila Prabhupada ran into the blazing fire of American materialistic life, not caring for his own safety to rescue his children, to rescue us.”—from “Compassion” (p. 33)

The opposite sex
Was my distraction.
Now Krishna’s sweet face
Is my attraction.”—from “I Will Always Follow You” (p. 38)

Nanda told me she sometimes has to depend on Krishna just to raise her arm and put it into her bead bag, or to go to the bathroom. On her own strength, she cannot do it. So she has realized how she is helpless, how Krishna is taking complete care of her. When will I feel such utter dependence on Krishna?”—from “Depending on Krishna” (p. 37)

My dear mind, please see how Krishna is waiting for you. Don’t be disrespectful, don’t be late. There is nothing more important than hearing the holy name. Leaving everything aside, just hear His name.”—from “To Possess Krishna” (p. 60)

Your name is full of knowledge, I must have faith that everything is there. No need to look elsewhere. Just hear You holy name.”—from “Cleaning the Mind” (p. 64)

Gauranga Prabhu (SDG) [from a conversation]:

One guru in Punjab told his follower that if he gave him all his properties he would be able to see God in a specified amount of time, so the disciple signed over all his property to the guru. When that time had come and gone and the disciple had not seen God, he requested his guru to return the property, but the guru would not. The follower took the guru to court and the guru lost and had to return the property.

Caitanya-candrodaya Prabhu:

The advanced devotee is as good as the Bhagavatam and can be considered a walking Bhagavatam.

The purpose of the Krishna consciousness movement is to give people a chance to hear from the book Bhagavata and the person bhagavata.

Bhagavatam is alive in Srila Prabhupada and his devotees.

Become liberated and stay liberated.

On the Radha-Damodara traveling party the devotees that read the books in addition to distributing them remained in devotional service.

If you want a person to become a devotee you have to immerse them completely in devotional service to they get that experience.


tvayi me 'nanya-vis?aya
matir madhu-pate 'sakr?t
ratim udvahatad addha
gangevaugham udanvati

[Queen Kunti prayed, ]'O Lord of Madhu, as the Ganges forever flows to the sea without hindrance, let my attraction be constantly drawn unto You without being diverted to anyone else.'” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.42)

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H.H. Jayadvaita Swami: Lost sentence appears in newly discovered page of Gita transcription

BBT press release

A sentence handwritten by Srila Prabhupada for a purport of Bhagavad-gita As It Is but never included in any edition of the book has come to light at the Bhaktivedanta Archives.

The sentence, written on a newly discovered transcribed page for Chapter 10, text 36, disparages “the unfortunate commentator who wants to cheat Krsna and the public by saying that there is something greater than Krsna.”

A letter from Jayadvaita Swami discusses the question, What should the BBT do with the newly discovered sentence?

You can see the page and the letter.

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 July 4 : "Here things are going on very nicely and just this week forty new devotees were initiated. So the stock of japa beads I brought with me has been depleted. I would like that more beads be sent immediately by air."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1973 July 4 : "This is very welcome news, that all obstacles are cleared in the way of building our temple at Vrindaban. Similarly in Bombay we have been victorious and gained overwhelming new popular support."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 July 4: "So, you begin the work, and money will come to you by the grace of God. Don't worry, just finish the buildings as soon as possible and somehow or other money will come."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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New Vrndavan, USA: Community Dialogue Wednesday, July 6

Dear Brijabasis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I am very happy to invite you for a Community Dialogue:

Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Place: ground floor of the Lodge
Prasadam: will be served after the meeting

The board members residing in New Vrindaban and the temple management will be present. There will be a short presentations on activities of the board and the management and ample time for questions and answers.

Please come and give us your feedback and input to improve our service to Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban-candra, Srila Prabhupada and all the community members.

Your servant,
Jaya Krsna das
Community President

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Gaura-shakti Kirtan, Toronto, CA: Our First CD Will be Available at Festival Of India!

Finally, Gaura-Shakti's first CD will be available on Festival of India, that will take place on July 16 and 17!!!

Look for our CD on Centre Island!

Please also join us for kirtan on July 17th on the main stage from 1:30pm to 2:30pm!

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Madhavendra Puri, New Govardhana, AU: Won-Durr Boiz in Belgium (Part 2) – Antwerp Rathayatra

Saturday 18th, June 2011.

The Durr brothers woke up early to cook the morning’s breakfast.  I made my usual Radhadesh business and Nitai took care of the rest.  Rupa came in for the finishing touches and then we were hastily driving to Antwerp for Rathayatra.  The GPS malfunctioned in the first fifteen minutes, thus we were rolling the countryside completely confused.  The front seats were filled with the Durr brothers – all foreigners and all exceptionally tired.  It was kind of a recipe for disaster and it seemed Krsna mixed it up quite well.


Saved by some unthinkable magic, we arrived on time for the Rathayatra parade.  The kartalas began to clatter and the mrdangas began to rumble.  The chariot wheels moved on, out of the main square, with ease.  I was caught in the midst of it all for some time, as the crowds converged around me.  Nitai was straight into the kirtana party, wailing away at the mrdanga.  Rupa was on the outskirts, taking an observer’s view, under the shelter of a camera lens.


We weaved through the streets of Antwerp, with a full Police escort.  They had officers on bikes, making mobile road blocks everywhere Lord Jagannatha chose to roam.  The rain manifested, but only momentarily, as if simply to clean the streets for the Lord of the Universe.  The kirtana culminated back in the main square, with HH Bhaktivisvambhara Madhava Maharaja leading it to a sky rocketing peak.


The Rathayatra dissipated into a massive fair, with a stage show, storefronts and free prasadam.  The Durr brothers made our way to the front seats before the stage, where HH Bhaktivisvambhara Madhava Maharaja greeted us warmly.  We sat around him like his personal bodyguard and were wrapped with his spiritual intimacy.  I felt that notion of causeless mercy, where we are never deserving of what Krsna gives us but He bestows it upon us nonetheless.


The event trailed on all day.  The rain made another massive splash down, under the golden glare of the sun.  The rain seemed very deliberate, like the heavens were showering their blessings upon us, but soon it politely dissipated, bringing forth some mild, warm sun.  It wasn’t soon after this that the program ended and we were back on the road to Radhadesh.  The ride was a little more direct this time and the troops soon made their way off to bed.


We wrote our mother some happy birthday wishes.  Her birthday was the next day for us but had already started in Australia, plus we were scheduled to travel the whole day tomorrow.  After this, we quickly vanished, preparing our rundown bodies for a full day of travel and the start of an amazing adventure.




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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: GiveAway : And the Winner Is…

Congratulations to the Doughnut Plant NY GiveAway winner!

Was it you?

If your name is Lizaura German, than yes! Everyone else, thank you to the Doughnut Plant for sponsoring such a delicious giveaway. Check back tomorrow to see what’s up for grabs this week! Happy 4th.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Unity is the most important ingredient for our success as a community

Converstaion, Scotland June 8th.

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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: Weekly Round-Up!

A day late and a dollar short? Actually, I am about 1.5 months behind on many of my blogging and email responsibilities. So the fact that the Weekly Round-up is appearing on a Monday is not a really big deal. It’s a holiday weekend, after all. Which reminds me, happy Independence Day. There. I said it. Now to read more about my weekly picks, click the image to get to the original source. There’s only a few. Yup, been a busy week. Enjoy the day!

Be still my bulk buying heart. in.gredients is the first packaging free grocery shop to open in America. At least it will be when it's doors fling open this fall. Where? Austin, of course...birthplace of Whole Foods. This store sounds like my fantasy land. Did I mention that here in Florida it is almost impossible to buy 3 zucchinis without also buying foam packaging and plastic wrap? Scary true.


Today may be a national holiday in the states but everyone everywhere can join in tomorrow for the Pie Party! I still haven't decided if I'm going for blueberry or pumpkin--we had a rouge squash fruit in our garden! Do RSVP and save me a slice!


There's a new vegan in town--the website Robot Vegan. Is it any good? Too early to tell. Will they ever get their own domain name? Not sure. Give it a look and tell me what you think.


I've been looking for a desktop app to effect pics like a Hipstamatic. Found a few. This Toycamera one is my favorite. And the price is right @ $13.99. Love it!







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Mayapur Online: Rajapur Lord Jagannath Temple

Jagannath Puri Dham in Sri Navadwip Dham: This area is the capital of the Sura dynasty a very long time ago. In “Sri Navadvipa-dhama Mahatmya” Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura describes how Lord Jagannatha left Puri and came here. This area is non-different from Jagannatha Puri as Lord Jagannatha is eternally resident here.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami

Falsehood consists of verbal lies, cheating religion,  cheating conduct and prejudice.  Lying is forbidden, and to tell a lie under oath is even more serious.   Therefore in no circumstance should a person tell a lie. Those who act falsely in society  lose their credibility and become the object of contempt. Those who carry out deceitful dealings with others or who smile without revealing their true intentions, are called duplicitous, and gain the hatred of all. Favoritism means to support an unjust party rather than support the righteous side for selfish reasons.  This type of conduct must be avoided.

- Bhaktivinoda Thakura


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H.H. Sivarama Swami

Giving up the desire to punish a person for committing an offence is called forgiveness or tolerance. To recognize the help that another person has given is called gratitude. Speaking what you believe to be true is called truthfulness. Having a direct sincere nature is called honesty. The more honestly people live their life, the more virtous they are.

- Bhaktivinoda Thakura

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Kids again!

Regina, Saskatoon

I never saw so much enthusiasm. It was a total impromptu event (chanting) but right when we found an extra hour these two kids went to work full steam ahead distributing books in the park. The kids were Hrisikesh, 9, and his little sister Ragalikha, 5, The books (or pamphlets to be more accurate) were “The reservoir of Pleasure” by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, the grassy and tree-canopied place was Victoria Park in down town Regina, Saskatchewan’s capital.

As soon as a person could take a stroll through the park the two young joyful kids would dart out, like a bullet, come up to the casual stroller and deliver the literary piece with the biggest smile you ever saw, of course.

As an observer I was delighted and so were my comrades from Winnipeg. We were watching the fun while chanting in a circle arrangement rested on the grass.

Oh! The mosquitoes were horrendous but that didn’t matter. Our mood was that people’s blood was being sucked by the consumer mode of existence and here was a jovial kid offering an alternative back at life via the publications. We were smiling. The recipients didn’t know at first what hit them before graciously receiving.

Those two little kids set the mood for a great evening at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium. There, our drama troupe, Swami Productions, presented “Nandulal”, “The Telemarketer”, and “Chaitanya’s Verses”, dramatically pieced to move the audience.

The program ended on the note of the same activity -- chanting. As Emcee I asked all to leave their chairs, some forward toward the stage, and loosen up, “Sway the feet. Sing the mantra. Ignore the mind. Clap the hands.”

We became kids -- enthusiastic kids.

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Manoj, Melbourne, AU: 216. Srila Prabhupad Lecture 10 : Mind Control

My understanding of today’s Prabhupad’s lecture :

SB 5.6.4
Vrindhavan, 26 Nov 1976

An unchaste woman is very easily carried away by paramours, and it sometimes happens that her husband is violently killed by her paramours. If the yogi gives his mind a chance and does not restrain it, his mind will give facility to enemies like lust, anger and greed, and they will doubtlessly kill the yogi.

Srimad Bhagavatam discusses many things scientifically, whether it may religious, social or political. In such books, it’s mentioned that women are like children who if you give freedom will do whatever they like and they become spoilt. Such statements might not be palatable but this is a fact and we must not hide things artificially. Women should be protected by father, husband and sons. If women become polluted, then its a very dangerious situation. You must realize that this is not a genaralization but there are women like this. Bhishma said that a woman’s asset is her shyness. If that shyness is broken, then there will be disaster.

All these instructions are given to control the mind. Mind is never satisfied with old things. As per Vedic civilization, it advices that we must not try and invent new things. But we  must be happy with what nature provides. We must use the time to develop one’s Krishna Consciousness. After millions and millions of time and millions of life forms later, we have finally received this human body.  Without Vedic culture and Varnashrama, we are in animal life. Ramananda Raya, in his series of answers mentioned to Lord Chaitanya that the objective of human life is Varnashram. This is the beginning of life.

So we should be very careful. We have got this opportunity of understanding Krsna consciousness. We should not waste a single moment without Krsna consciousness. Avyartha-kalatvam. That is advised by Rupa Gosvami. Every moment we shall count, “Whether I have wasted it or utilized it?” This is life. – Srila Prabhupad

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Krishna Rukmani Das – Sri-Nrsimha Pranama

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I would like to share with you the Gita Coaching Mission Statement. It is my compass in helping devotees succeed.


Gita Coaching helps devotees succeed in all areas by:

1. Enlightening the mind with the wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is

2. Discovering and applying success principles of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is

3. Discovering their worth and potential

4. Finding together solutions that exactly meet their needs

5. Inspiring personal original identity and personal life revolution

6. Optimizing what they already have

7. Discovering new possibilities

8. Inspiring contribution

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