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  1. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Friday 8 July 2011--Finding the Real Heaven in Hawaii--and--Enlightening Others With Krishna Consciousness
  2. Japa Group: Talking About Chanting
  3. Balabhadra dasa: Latest ISCOWP News
  4. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana
  5. Vraja Kishor, JP: Devotion and Science
  6. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Bhakti Sara Dasa
  7. ISKCON Lost Sentence Appears In Newly Discovered Page Of Gita Transcription X
  8. ISKCON Investigators Turn to Final Vault at Indian Treasure Temple
  9. ISKCON 100 000 Copies of Bhagavad-gita in US Motels
  10. Krishna Lounge, LA, USA: Kirtan 2011-06-30
  11. Krishna Lounge, LA, USA: Spiritual Death by Over-Collecting
  12. Disapperance day of Srila Gadadhara Pandita
  13. SC allow 10 wks to admit Bangalore Case
  14. Visakha’s book wins prestigious award
  15. Bhakti Vikasa Swami: such an important task
  16. H.H. Lokanath Maharaja’s tribute to H.G. Aindra Prabhu
  17. Thirtieth annual Jagannath Rathayatra festival at ISKCON Baroda
  18. Madhu Pandit Dasa’s Chief Account found guilty by ICAI of Cooking the books
  19. “I do not want to be a woman in varnashrama”
  20. Home 10th Jubilee Eko Karavana Padayatra , 28. 6. - 15. 7. 2011, Goren
  21. Lost sentence appears in newly discovered page of Gita transcription
  22. 10th Padayatra Slovenia Festival, June 28-July 15 2011
  23. Rasa Lila performs in Las Vegas
  24. ISKCON Producers Hope Hollywood Notices Success of Faith-based Movies And Makes More
  25. News Release about four new books from Torchlight Publishing
  26. Apartment
  27. Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Honouring Sri Vakresvara Pandita
  28. ISKCON Supreme Court Allots Ten Weeks to Admit ISKCON Bangalore Case
  29. Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: Real goal of life
  30. ISKCON European Team Grapples with ISKCON’s Reputation
  31. Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: The real tragedy of life
  32. David Haslam, UK: House disaster, and spiritual life, a thought
  33. Vrndavana Vinodini dd, Toronto, Canada: Rediscovering the Magic of Krsna Consciousness All Over Again
  34. Bhakti Lata, Alachua, USA: A Long-Awaited Photo Essay
  35. Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: May I please be honest with you
  36. Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: Recipe : Easy Blueberry Pie + Simple Spinach Pie
  37. Sutapa das, BV Manor, UK: Can of worms
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  52. Japa Group: You Will Feel So Much Ecstasy
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  55. Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Hera Pancami...can you handle the nectar?
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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Friday 8 July 2011--Finding the Real Heaven in Hawaii--and--Enlightening Others With Krishna Consciousness

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Friday 8 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: Finding the Real Heaven in Hawaii Uploaded from Hawaii, USA No matter where one may go within this vast material existence, he will find that every place is predominated by the unavoidable and inescapable fourfold miseries of birth, death, old age, and disease. Now we have arrived in Hawaii where I am giving a series of lectures on the transcendental science of Krishna consciousness. Even though this place is famous for its heavenly atmosphere, we still see that the hellish material miseries reign supreme here, just like they do everywhere else. Everybody in Hawaii is born, gets sick, gets old, and dies. But by the mercy of Sri Guru and Sri Krishna one can live here or anywhere in real heaven by reconnecting with Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and thus conquering over these miseries. Sankarshan Das Adhikari The Fourfold Material Miseries Rule Supreme Even in Heavenly Hawaii Answers According to the Vedic Version: Question: Enlightening Others With Krishna Consciousness Thank you so much for sacrificing so much of yourself in helping others revive their original consciousness and in so doing taking them out of their miseries. Maharaja, I wanted to ask how to enlighten others in the science of Krishna consciousness. I am trying to give Krishna consciousness to my eldest brother, but I think I am coming across as fanatical. It hurts to see him stuck and bewildered by this material world. I want to give him the tool by which he can free himself and others. Because I am the younger sister it's hard to get him to listen. He thinks I am brain washed. He asked me a question the other day, How do you make people believe? There are so many religions in the world, which one to follow if any? What is the answer to this question? I forwarded one of your lessons to him, Transcending the Dualities of Material Existence. He didn't read it at first saying he must be wary of harmful information. I told him he wouldn't be able to identify harmful information because he has not yet seen good. He has read it now. He didn't like one sentence 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. He says it sounds like an ultimatum. What do I tell him? Thank you kindly, Anusuya. Answer: Teach Others Who They Actually Are. We have no interest in getting anyone to believe in and join another nonsense religion. Our interest is to enlighten others with the knowledge of their real identity so they can become free from all suffering. It is due to ignorance only that the human civilization is descending into an ever-increasingly miserable quagmire of delusion. He said that my statement sounds like an ultimatum. This shows his ignorance of the English language. An ultimatum is a final demand whose rejection will end negotiations and cause a resort to force or other direct stringent action. We are simply stating the fact that as long as people remain ignorant of their actual identity they will never achieve the perfection of their existence. We are not putting a gun to their heads with the ultimatum that they must become Krishna conscious or we will blow their brains out. We are simply giving people the opportunity to attain unlimited peace, love, and happiness by realizing the Absolute Truth regarding the individual self and its relationship with the Supreme Self. If he has a problem with our offer to help people achieve genuine, undying happiness, that is his problem. We hope and pray that he will some day come to understand the liberating reality of his existence. 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Japa Group: Talking About Chanting

Hare Krsna dear devotees. I am very enthusiastic with the Japa Room on mayapur tv, we have started this service and we can see how we contribute a lot to ourselves when we talk about chanting. When we preach to anyone about the Holy names and emphasise the importance of it we become dear to the Lord because He is there in His Holy names, so we feel His love and appreciation inside us.

I would like to invite you all to practice this preaching about the Holy names, talk to people about Japa and tell them how chanting the maha mantra with love and affection makes a lot of difference, I am very sure you will feel a lot of peace inside and the Lord will shower His blessings unto you.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend engaged in service and chanting,

your servant,

Aruna devi
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Balabhadra dasa: Latest ISCOWP News

The latest ISCOWP News is now online.

Some articles included:

Friends Pass Away

Geriatric Barn Roof Needs Your Help!

ISCOWP Farm Update!

Ox Power in Slovakia

All About You (Reiki and Cows)

ISCOWP in Ukraine

Q & A: Want Milk?

Protecting Cows in Slovenia

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana

Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami glorifies Srimati Radhika so eloquently in his Sri Radhikastakam:



".. May that Srimati Radhika-who by Her ever-fresh beauty, ever-fresh playfulness, and ever-fresh wealth of affection causes all the young maidens of Vraja, who are abound in love to Sri Krishna, to tremble in anxiety; and who is immersed in samadhi upon Sri Krishna's beauty, attire, and playful pastimes--always bestow upon me the service of Her lotus feet..."

Srimati Radhika, whose darsana is rarely attained even by Parvati-devi and other goddesses, who gives great pleasure to Her sakhis, who Herself becomes elated upon meeting with Sri Krishna, and who is Krishna's dearest lover, very quickly makes that person who prays to Her, singing this astaka, a recipient for the nectar of Her service.

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Vraja Kishor, JP: Devotion and Science

The 13th chapter of Bhagavad Gita is about science. It divides science into 3 divisions:

  1. The thing that is to be known (called prakriti or kshetra or jneyam)
  2. The entity who will know it (called purusha or kshetra-jna)
  3. The methodology by which that entity gains knowledge of that thing (jnanam)

In the chapter, Krsna discusses each of these three topics in summary detail – the more elaborate detail is elsewhere in the Vedas, especially in the Vedanta-Sutra. Towards the end of the chapter, in the 19th text, Krsna makes a perhaps unexpected statement:

mad-bhakta etad vijnaana, mad-bhaavaay opapadyate

This statement can be misunderstood to mean, “only my devotee can understand science.” The real meaning is “only my devotee can really understand science.” Then comes the “,” in the quote, at which pause the question arises in the mind: “well, what do you mean ‘really understand’?” Then following the comma, Krsna answers, “To fully and really understand science causes one to attain my-bhava. Only the devotees can understand science to this full extent causing them to actuate a tangible intimate relationship with the divine form of the ultimate subject of all science.”

Through emperical science we can understand these topics to a small extent. Through shastra-svadhyaya (study of the veda) we can understand the topics to a deeper (or at least different) extent. Through renunciation and yoga we can understand still further. Through vedanta and moksha we can understand to a great extent. So, no one is saying that ONLY the bhakta can know about these topics. Really what we are saying is that only the bhakta can FULLY know about them.

Here is Krsna’s direct quote: “mad-bhakta etad vijnaana, mad-bhaavaayopapadyate.” Which fairly literally means “my devotee can realize this in such a way that causes him or her to attain bhaava bhakti and thus my personal abode.”

(mad-bhaava means “my nature” – “Krsna’s-bhava” – which means both “bhava for Krsna” and the “bhava (nature/existence) of Krsna”)

Prabhupada’s translation uses the words “thoroughly” and “thus” to indicate this point. He says, “Only my devotees can understand this thoroughly and thus attain to my nature.” The direct meaning is that Krsna’s devotees understand the subjects and processes of science more thoroughly than anyone else does.

What is the evidence of this, what is the proof or symptom of an understanding of knowledge that is superior to all others? The evidence is what follows “thus” – which in Sanskrit is: mad-bhaavaayopapadyate, “only they understand it so well that they attain to Krsna-bhava as a result of their understanding.” No other actually becomes one with the subject, the liberated mokshi comes close but it is a false oneness. The bhakta, however actually and truly becomes one with the subject of knowledge – that is how deep they understand it. This is what Krsna-bhava-upapadyate means. It means that the devotee becomes one with the nature (bhava) of Krsna. This, is the definition of Bhava Bhakti. It is when the nature of Krsna (which is Krsna’s shakti, his nature is his prakriti, his energy his shakti – specifically his INTERNAL shakti) enters into the soul like sunlight, water and nurtition entering a seed, causing it to sprout. In bhava bhakti the bhakta BECOMES ONE with the internal shakti as an eternal individualized expression of the samvit, sandini, and hladini shakti of Sri Krsna – and thereby becomes qualified to directly please the senses of Sri Krsna.

So we should not think, as I usually do, “Oh the 13th chapter and onward is dry stuff. Just give me the ninth chapter and the tenth canto please.” On the contrary if because of devotion we carefully study jnana – that study of jnana becomes a route to Sri Krishna Bhavanamrita – it becomes a route to Krsna-bhava, which is the budding state of Krsna prema, which – like it or not, know it or not, is what every single molecular organism in our body is aching for at every moment.

Thus this second half of the shloka is an important “hook” fastening the jnana section of the Gita to the previous bhakti section and ensuring that we do not lose perspective and focus that bhakti, not jnana, is Krsna’s main concern and theme of the Bhagavad Gita.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Bhakti Sara Dasa

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.12.14-15 - Krsna bestows His causeless mercy to one who submissively & attentively hears Srimad Bhagavatam (...susrusubhis tat-ksanat).

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ISKCON Lost Sentence Appears In Newly Discovered Page Of Gita Transcription X

By Kaisori Dasi for ISKCON News on 7 Jul 2011

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.

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ISKCON Investigators Turn to Final Vault at Indian Treasure Temple

By D Jose for on 7 Jul 2011

Onlookers and devotees thronged the shrine in the bustling centre of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of India's southern Kerala state, as officials said treasure worth more than $20 billion had been found -- more than India's education budget.

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ISKCON 100 000 Copies of Bhagavad-gita in US Motels

By Akruranatha Das for ISKCON News on 7 Jul 2011

On June 16-17, 2011, ISKCON devotees from the Motel Gita Project attended the annual convention of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) in Las Vegas, Nevada, requesting the owners of hotels and motels to include a copy of “Bhagavad-gita As It Is” in their guest rooms, as is commonly done with Gideon’s Bibles.

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Krishna Lounge, LA, USA: Kirtan 2011-06-30

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Krishna Lounge, LA, USA: Spiritual Death by Over-Collecting

In the materialistic concept of life one tends to be attracted to collecting things. This over-collecting leads to over-endeavoring which is the cause of one’s spiritual death and many other problems.

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Email to a friend Disapperance day of Srila Gadadhara Pandita

Payonidhi das: The incarnation of love who previously was the queen of Vrindavan, Radha, is now the beloved of Gaura named Srila Gadadhara Pandit. Svarupa Damodar himself indicated that he was Vraja’s goddess of fortune, the Lakshmi who was previously the beloved of Shyamasundara in Vrindavan

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By Parijata devi dasi

Probably most of you are aware of the 5 July judgement by the Supreme Court in relation to the Bangalore Case. In case you have missed the same, please find below an update about the same

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By Dharmasetu das

A Photographic Essay (2010) by Visakha dasi won the Bronze Medal in the 2011 Independent Publisher’s Book Awards for the best Spiritual/Inspirational title. Considering the competition this is no small achievement

Email to a friend Bhakti Vikasa Swami: such an important task

The distribution of our literatures is such an important task, for as more people read these books, more and more the whole world will become auspicious and the degrading influence of this age of Kali will become minimized.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Koumadaki — Australia March 27, 1972

Email to a friend H.H. Lokanath Maharaja’s tribute to H.G. Aindra Prabhu

Hare KrishnaBy Premanjana das

Besides the holy name he was attached to Sri Sri Radha Syamasundara. He would do kirtans in front of Them and would also go on the altar to dress Them up day to day and every week

Email to a friend Thirtieth annual Jagannath Rathayatra festival at ISKCON Baroda

By Basu Ghosh Das

On Sunday, July 3, 2011, corresponding to "aashaadh shukla dvitiyaa" (the second day of the waxing fortnight of the month of aashaadh), ISKCON Baroda observed the thirtieth annual Jagannath Rathayatra mahotsav ("festival of the Chariot")

Email to a friend Madhu Pandit Dasa’s Chief Account found guilty by ICAI of Cooking the books

By Dayaram dasa

One of the persons, who assisted Madhu Pandit Dasa in his fraudulent attempt to manipulate accounts, was a Chartered Accountant Mr. V.L.Varadarajan

Email to a friend “I do not want to be a woman in varnashrama”

Hare KrishnaBy Vrndavanlila Devi Dasi

This fear like many other fears of say being branded a shudra or of a non-brahmana varna, or being permanently moved to not so luxurious or physically comfortable setting of a villages is one of the many primary reasons which have hamstrung the acceptability of varnasrama dharma even in devotee circles

Email to a friend Home 10th Jubilee Eko Karavana Padayatra , 28. 6. - 15. 7. 2011, Goren

Mukunda (das) SDHS (Ljubljana - SLO): Sri Sri NitaiGauraNataraj and Srila Prabhupada are showering Their mercy in NorthWest of Slovenia in Gorenjska region, where we find lots of fresh air, water, rivers, trees and Slovenian Alps are giving a beautiful backdrop

Email to a friend Lost sentence appears in newly discovered page of Gita transcription

Kaisori (dasi) (BBT): 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

Email to a friend 10th Padayatra Slovenia Festival, June 28-July 15 2011

JayMirko: 10th Padayatra Slovenia Festival, June 28-July 15 2011 - Special Padayatra 2011 guests: HH Bhakti Visramba Madhava Swami HH Prahladananda Swami HH Candramauli Svami HG Hare Krsna Prabhu

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Pandit Roy: Rasa Lila (Marti Walker)A beautiful mesmerizing kirtan performance by Marti Walker was held at this beautiful ISKCON center in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 30

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ISKCON Producers Hope Hollywood Notices Success of Faith-based Movies And Makes More

By Lucas L. Johnson II. for on 7 Jul 2011

Producers of faith-based movies have a message for Hollywood studios: Make the movies and customers will pay to watch them. Support for such films has picked up in recent years with the success of movies like "Fireproof" in 2008 and now this year's "Jumping the Broom" and "Soul Surfer."

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Adwaita Chandra: Badger, CA (July 2011) Torchlight Publishing is pleased to annouce the arrival of the four new devotional titles

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Abhay Charan Das: 2 bed rooms,a living room,a bathroom and a kitchen. The whole apartment is fully furnished with AC,Hot water,and cooking facility provided as well.

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Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Honouring Sri Vakresvara Pandita

Sri Sri Radha Kanta. The same deities worshipped by Sri Vakresvara Pandita
Today marks the disappearance day of Sri Vakresvara Pandita.

Srila Prabhupada states,
“We simply repeat the words and the instruction given by the predecessor.”

In Caitanya Caritamrta [Madhya-lila 7.128], Mahaprabhu states,
yäre dekha, täre kaha 'Krishna'-upadeça ämära äjïäya guru haïä tära' ei deça
"Instruct everyone to follow the orders of Lord Krishna as they are given in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. In this way become a spiritual master and try to liberate everyone in this land."  

Just a few weeks ago there was a blog post glorifying Sri Vakresvara Pandita in which most of the contents are from sastra [Caitanya Caritmrta] and below is a repeat of most of that post...

Sri Vakresvara Pandita represents the 5th branch of the Caitanya tree. How important is this branch? When Mahaprabu was in Nadia he stated "...Vakreshwar is fully imbued with the Lord's transcendental energy, and whoever becomes devoted to him, attains to the lotus feet of Sri Krsna. His heart is the personal abode of Sri Krsna and as Sri Krsna dances, so Vakreshwar also dances. Wherever one can get the association of Vakreshwar, that place is the sum total of all Holy places and is as good as Sri Vaikuntha."

As we have done in previous posts glorifying the branches of Caitanya Mahaprabu's tree, we turn to Caitanya Caritamrta Adi-lila chapter 10 which specifically lays out the trunk, branches and sub-branches of the Caitanya tree. 

Verse 17 states Vakresvara Pandita, the fifth branch of the tree, was a very dear servant of Lord Caitanya's. He could dance with constant ecstasy for seventy-two hours.

In Srila Prabhupada's purport he states "In the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (71) it is stated that Vakresvara Pandita was an incarnation of Aniruddha, one of the quadruple expansions of Visnu (Vasudeva, Sankarsana, Aniruddha and Pradyumna). He could dance wonderfully for seventy-two continuous hours. When Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu played in dramatic performances in the house of Srivasa Pandita, Vakresvara Pandita
was one of the chief dancers, and he danced continuously for that length of time..."

Imagine that...72 continuous hours of dancing in ecstasy! Gauranga!

Verse 18 to 20 contiunes as follows:
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally sang while Vakresvara Pandita danced, and thus Vakresvara Pandita
fell at the lotus feet of the Lord and spoke as follows.
"O Candramukha! Please give me ten thousand Gandharvas. Let them sing as I dance, and then I will be greatly happy."
Caitanya replied, "I have only one wing like you, but if I had another, certainly I would fly in the sky!" So the benediction from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is clear with his statement in Nadia and His great pleasure with the performance of Vakresvara Prabhu. In a similar way, when I watch the young ones dance for the Lord, you can see Mahaprabhu's pleasure and feel the wave of ecstasy in temple. Gauranga!

When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was in Puri he stayed at Kasi Misra's house. Later, Sri Vakresvara Pandita also stayed there and to add to this nectar he worshipped the beautiful forms of Sri Sri Radha Kanta. To this day these deities continue to be worshipped and a picture of Them is above.

Jaya Sri Sri Radha Kanta!
Jaya Sri Vakresvara Pandita! 

Sri Vakresvara Pandita
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ISKCON Supreme Court Allots Ten Weeks to Admit ISKCON Bangalore Case

By Parijata Dasi for ISKCON News on 7 Jul 2011

On 5 July 2011, the Supreme Court (SC) of India heard the property dispute case of Bangalore unit of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) on the grounds whether to admit the case or not.

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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: Real goal of life

Caitanya Mahäprabhu went on to teach that for each and every moment he is engaged in some fruitive activity, the conditioned soul forgets his real identity. Sometimes when he is fatigued, when he is tired of material activities, he wants liberation and hankers to become one with the Supreme Lord, but at other times he thinks that by working hard to gratify his senses he will be happy. In either case, he is covered by material energy. For the enlightenment of such bewildered conditioned souls, the Supreme Lord has presented voluminous Vedic literatures such as the Vedas, the puräëas and the Vedänta-sütra. These are all intended to guide the human being back to Godhead. Caitanya Mahäprabhu has given further instructions by explaining that when a conditioned soul is accepted by the mercy of the spiritual master and is guided by the Supersoul and the various Vedic scriptures, he becomes enlightened and makes progress in spiritual realization. It is because Lord Kåñëa is always merciful upon His devotees that He has presented all these Vedic literatures by which one can understand his relationship with Him and can act on the basis of that relationship. In this way one is gifted with the ultimate goal of life.
Actually every living entity is destined to reach the Supreme Lord. Indeed, it is possible for everyone to understand his relationship with the Supreme. The execution of duties to attain perfection is known as devotional service, and in maturity such devotional service becomes love of God, the factual goal of life for every living being. Actually the living entity is not intended to achieve success in religious rituals, economic development or sense enjoyment. The living entity should not even desire success in liberation, what to speak of success in religion, economics and sense enjoyment. One's real desire should only be to achieve the stage of loving transcendental service to the Lord. The all-attractive features of Lord Krishna help one in attaining this transcendental service, and it is by such service in Krishna consciousness that one can realize the relationship between Kåñëa and himself.

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ISKCON European Team Grapples with ISKCON’s Reputation

By Kancana-vali Dasi for ISKCON News on 7 Jul 2011

30 ISKCON members, communications representatives, and leaders met for four days in the historic Radhadesh temple to ask why, after more than 40 years in Europe, ISKCON is still loved in some parts of the continent, and evokes suspicion and misunderstanding in others.

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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: The real tragedy of life

Two friends were walking past and I called out to them and asked if they had heard about yoga. They looked at me in surprise and said yes they were just talking about it. I said well things happen the way they do for a reason and started to ask about their yoga journey. One of them told me he had an accident few months ago and got a herniated disc that kept him bed ridden for 6 months and only now he had started to walk. I asked him this would have given him a lot of time to think about life and he explained how he was trying to work on himself. At this time I pointed that he doesn’t really know who the self is – and if he had lost a leg would he still exist or not? He said yes and so I pointed that he was not the body and showed the picture on reincarnation. His friend too I was showing the path of perfection to and the perfection of yoga. They both asked questions and the one with the accident history took the book. Meanwhile in this conversation a really badly dressed almost drunk man came up and said do you still have the place and I said yes. And he kept saying I need you guys and I need you etc and left smiling complimenting the book. Then I turned my attention back to these two and he decided to take the Bhagavad gita and read it. Then I started to speak with the other guy and he was asking me so many questions about which chapter did the perfection of yoga relate to and doing a comparative analysis between different books. So I asked him if he was a student and he said yes – from UofT and a psychology major and he was wondering how I knew. He took his book and now his girlfriend turned into the scene and I started to show her Srila Prabhupada’s books. By now those two had gone and we got into a serious conversation. She took a small book and started to explain how she too had a psychology degree from University and wanted to touch the lives of people. So I told her how was she going to do that when by feeding people you cant solve the problem of birth and death. She could really understand that and said she would come with her best friend someday. I don’t know if they will come back but all three friends ended up taking a book from Prabhupada.

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David Haslam, UK: House disaster, and spiritual life, a thought

Do we think about our foundations in spiritual life, Insecure foundations will ultimately lead to a collapse of spiritual progression. Several weeks ago my thoughts turned to decorating the guest room taking into account some of the suggestions by several devotee visitors to make it lighter and have an area so writing can be done. [...]

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Vrndavana Vinodini dd, Toronto, Canada: Rediscovering the Magic of Krsna Consciousness All Over Again

As an aspiring bhakti practitioner, I'm well aware of how easy it is to start seeing everything I do in my day to day life as routine. Chanting, deity worship, reading, associating with devotees- all of it can become mundane if we don't go deeper than the superficial coverings. Sometimes we may feel that Krsna consciousness has lost the "freshness" and have to seek ways to rediscover that feeling.

Recently, I was fortunate to go on a retreat facilitated by HH Devamrta Swami and HG Bada Hari prabhu. The retreat was for newcomers offering an escape from the rigamaroles of everyday material life and an opportunity to discover the great jewels bhakti has to offer in the forms of kirtan, prasadam and deep devotion-centric discussions.

Upon hearing about the retreat, I immediately wanted to invite three people. Two of them were ladies I had distributed books to and had developed friendships with. The other was a student who regularly attends the Bhakti Yoga Club at the University of Ottawa.

Upon inviting Marcelle and Geoff, both immediately said yes. Unfortunately, Nadia, whom I have the great honour of regularly reading the Gita with, was unable to make it.

The weekend of the retreat came upon us and I was both trepedatious and excited. The potential for this trip being a life transforming journey for both these individuals was unbelievable. How many relative newcomers to Krsna consciousness get an opportunity to get one-one time with devotees of the highest caliber such as HH Devamrta Swami and HG Bada Hari prabhu for two and a half days? Not only that, but to have the association of like-minded individuals with a genuine thirst to dive deeper in bhakti can be rare.

Although I was happily engaged either in kirtan or cooking for most of the retreat, two moments stand out for me during those two and a half days. Those moments allowed me to fall in love with Krsna consciousness all over again. One morning, over half the participants got up early out of their own volition and chanted japa. The main room where the programs were being held became completely surcharged with the vibration of the holy name. In that space, I'll never forget looking over the participants, and in particular Geoff and seeing him with eyes closed, a look of determination on his face chanting the holy names of Krsna.

The second moment was during the final kirtan. HH Devamrta Swami simply took us out of the material world with his kirtan. Every single participant, was dancing. It was as though no one had a say in the matter! Everyone had to dance. After dancing and dancing and dancing, finally the kirtan came to conclusion and sitting down everyone sang in unison, hands outstretched and a look of complete bliss on their faces.

That is what Krsna consciousness is all about. Feeling a sense of connection to the holy names and the devotees. Although I may have passed along the message and invited both Geoff and Marcelle to come, they gave me the greatest gift during this retreat. Watching their experiences allowed me to rediscover the magic of Krsna consciousness all over again.

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Bhakti Lata, Alachua, USA: A Long-Awaited Photo Essay

My friend Balaram has been begging me to post my pictures from South India for the past seven months. I'm not kidding - 7 months. He has tried every trick in the book: random text messages, bribes, philosophical arguments, and just plain old-fashioned begging. When I would post my pictures even sort of became a running joke.  

Finally, this morning I just buckled down to edit and post them!  

Amazing how photos can transport us to another world, another time, another place. I was quite stunned to find myself in India this morning. 

What pulled me there was the people; I experience the people in India as so unguarded. To lock eyes with total strangers is normal; laughter is full and rich; devotion is expressed openly. 

If you haven't noticed yet, my joy in photography is to capture the Incandescent Moment - the soft and unexpected moment of poetry. Just by being aware and observant, I get to distill the beauty and essence of life into an image. With photography, I get to view every moment of life as a work of art.  (You can view my Incandescent Moment photo essay here)

So thank you, Balaram, for encouraging me to revisit my surreal experience on the South India Yatra... all bribes aside. 


Radhanath Swami with the leaders of the Ramujacharya line

one of my favorite places in South India, the Corridor of a Thousand Pillars

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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: May I please be honest with you

The age of Kali brings with it many surprises and we are so conditioned to these degradations that most times they go un-noticed. Today on Sankirtan some individuals asked me something really interesting. While I was showing them a book and they were holding it they said ‘Can I be really honest with you?’ She said it as a matter of fact and great pride that she was being honest – she was deciding to be different from others. And I said yes sure. Initially I said yes but when this happened a few times I realised – wow so now a day’s people need permission to be honest. In what other day and age would this be the norm and go completely un-noticed? Even when I am in the middle of a Yagya – Sankirtana Yagya, I did not realise that someone was asking me permission to be honest. It made me remember how Srimad Bhagvatam describes the meeting between Maharaj Pariksit and Kali personified.

‘In the age of Satya, religion was complete, still possessing its four legs of truth, mercy, austerity and charity. With the coming of each succeeding age, starting with Treta, these religious qualities each diminish by one quarter. In Kali-yuga the legs of religion retain only one fourth of their power, and even that will be lost with the progress of the age.’ Srimad Bhagvatam 12.3. Summary

Quotations in other places explain that the only remaining leg is this age is truthfulness and that too will disappear with the progress of the age.

Of the four principles of religion – austerity, cleanliness, mercifulness, and truthfulness – only truthfulness remains in Kali-yuga. When Maharaja Pariksit found the bull of religion after it had been attacked by the personified Kali, only one of the bull’s legs, that representing truthfulness, remained. (Gita Nagri Press, Satsvarup Das goswami)

It struck me how quickly the age of Kali is progressing with its wild effects and how important the Sankirtan Yagya is in such times. We should also not think we are immune to its effects and take deeper shelter of the Maha-mantra and the Sankirtan Yagya. At least through this yagya one can begin to see the degradation.

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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: Recipe : Easy Blueberry Pie + Simple Spinach Pie

Remember the Pie Party event I posted about on Monday?

Well, consider me fashionably. I mean, I did bake my pies on Tuesday but with baby I didn’t have time to properly share my pies with you. Now that they are both eaten, I figure it’s safe I should get on top of things before I forget the recipe.

For any of you afraid of pie making, these are super easy recipes that require as little time as possible. The crust turns out a decent crisp flake without any pre-refrigeration. I’m talking bare-bones-I’ve got a 6 month old-let’s get her done kind of pie!
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The dough recipe can be used for sweet or savory pies and will yield enough dough for 2 double crusted pies. Here I made a lattice pie and a savory galette with a thicker crust.

Recipe : No Fuss Pie Dough

You can easily make this dough vegan by using shortening instead of butter.


  • 1/2 cup butter or shortening
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup water


Just combine the ingredients by hand! Don’t knead like you would bread. Bring it together into one messy lump, flour a work surface, break off a fourth and roll it out so it is larger than your pie plate!

Recipe : Easy Blueberry  Pie

Use the pie crust recipe above (as if you didn’t see that coming!).


  • 1.5 quarts fresh blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • juice of 2 fresh limes
  • pinch o’ salt
  • No Fuss Pie Dough
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon cornstarch + water for glaze


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Give it a stir and dump into your pie crust.
  2. To make a lattice crust, break off a chunk of dough, roll out about 1/4″ thickness and cut into strips with pastry wheel. Weave on top of pie into lattice.
  3. Brush top of pie with glaze.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes or until golden.
  5. Allow to cool 2 hours before slicing (if you can wait!)


Recipe : Savory Spinach Galette


  • 1lb firm or extra firm tofu
  • 3/4 lb baby spinach
  • 1.5 cups crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup chopped leeks
  • 1 teaspoon course ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hing or onion powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • olive oil
  • No Fuss Pie Dough


  1. Roll out dough and place into pie plate, leaving a substantial amount as overhang. Make it a wee bit thicker than the normal 1/4″ thickness. Usually galettes are free form but since the filling is very wet and unsolid, use a pie plate as a mold.
  2. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine tofu, spinach, salt and spices.
  3. Pour into crust.
  4. Top with leeks and crumbled feta.
  5. Fold over in a loose and rough pleated fashion to partially enclose the top of the pie.
  6. Give it a sprinkle of extra virgin olive oil.
  7. Place in oven pre-heated to 375 for 30 minutes or until golden.
  8. Serve warm


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Sutapa das, BV Manor, UK: Can of worms

I recently met an old friend who told me the master plan for his spiritual journey. While his current 70-hour-a-week city job ensures his steady ascent up the corporate ladder, unfortunately it leaves him zero time for anything else. His plan? “I'll pay off the mortgage in 10 years time, build up enough financial security so I can retire, by that time my kids will have settled down and married, I’ll still be in good health, and thus being freed from all worldly distractions, I'll be able to fully immerse myself in spirituality.” It sounds good on paper, but I do have serious doubts. While the externals of lifestyle undoubtedly need attention and reengineering, I'm not sure that putting one's spirituality 'on hold' in anticipation of the 'perfect situation' is the wisest choice. As the American poet Longfellow said "trust no future, however pleasant!"

Once, Srila Prabhupada was being driven to a public engagement. As they hit a series of roadworks, the traffic slowly built up. Within minutes all the vehicles were at a complete standstill. As they peered outside the windscreen, a huge road sign read "temporary inconvenience, permanent improvements." Srila Prabhupada laughed at the sign and exclaimed "this material world means temporary improvements, permanent inconvenience!" He went on to explain how life in this world is like a can of worms – once we open it up, it’s impossible to keep things under our control. In the course of making our life plans so many things can go wrong and do go wrong.

The external reorganization of our life and the internal cleansing of our consciousness need not be mutually exclusive activities. Like train tracks, they can coexist side-by-side. As we progressively reengineer our lifestyle, we can simultaneously intensify our spirituality. Realistically, will life ever be free of those unexpected distractions? Cars break down, family feuds need to be mediated, homes demand improvement, friends need advice and attention, health problems slow us down and work demands drain our 'free time'. Amidst the complexities of this world, the only practical solution is to create a sacred space within. Serious spiritualists make quality time for spiritual meditation and introspection on a daily basis no matter how busy they are. They guard those hours with their life. Sacrificing that sacred time in pursuance of a utopian ideal is a risky strategy.

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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: Free Fun : Toronto Festival of India

No, I don’t normally take requests!

But when a longtime reader contacted me asking if I could help spread the word about a festival she’s involved in organizing, how could I refuse?

Those Canadians are so flipping polite. Love ‘em!

So, if you are in the Toronto area and are looking for some good free family fun, check this out:


And for all the vegetarian curious out there, do stop by the vegan cooking demos that will be going on. In the past they’ve done stuff like fancy salads, sushi + raw cheesecake. Here’s what the organizers have to say. It’s deep!

The Yoga of Food

As more than just a routine of physical exercises, yoga is increasingly being seen as an overall lifestyle choice, providing tested and prescribed methods for happy, healthy, and holistic living.  In keeping with such ideas, the Fourth Annual Yoga Meltdown will be host to free live vegan cooking demonstrations and seminars that will promote the benefits of meatless, vegan diets and foods. Moreover, there will also be a free vegetarian feast served to all who attend as part of the Festival of India!



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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: Tipster : Sourdough From The Start

Okay. I cheated a little. I didn’t make my sourdough starter. It came from King Arthur Flour! Ain’t nothing wrong with that in my book! I still had to feed the darn thing!

Trust me, the entire sourdough process seems way more daunting to read about than to actually do. Nevertheless, I’m sharing my step-by-step pictures with you. Don’t let them scare you off! It’s simple. Pinky promise.

This is what I received in the mail from King Arthur Flour. "PLEASE FEED ME." Accurate and cute!


In addition to arriving with instructions, the King Arthur Flour website also has an entire section of their website dedicated to sourdough making. Or you can actually call them up! I haven’t done that yet but I am pretty psyched to learn that the hotline is open until 9 PM.

I have lots of pictures for you but don’t get overwhelmed! That’s not my intention. Rather, take a look and see what a kitchen hack I am (I blame the 6 month old baby strapped to my body at all times) and see that you don’t have to be perfect to make yummy sourdough bread. Or to enter the giveaway (don’t forget to do that, okay?).


Inside the container, a little jetlagged. This starter definitely needed to eat and relax!

I followed the tips on the King Arthur site to revive my starter. Take a look!

1/4 cup of chlorine-free warm water added to freshen up the starter.


give it a stir!


close it up. give it a shake. bubbles!


transfer it to a glass or ceramic bowl.


transferred! now add 1 & 1/4 cups lukewarm water to the bowl.


add 2 cups of flour to the mix.


stir to combine!


cover it with plastic wrap. let it sit in a room @ approx. 70 degrees for 8-12 hours. hmmm...mine's not looking very smooth like the KAF people's. oops.


12 hours later and i'm not seeing many bubbles. am i nervous? nah. i'm cool like that. it's florida and we have the air condition cranked. i moved the bowl to the upstairs where it is HOT.


8 hours later and we have some bubbles. not a ton but i'm feeling good about them.


so i stirred it!


and i discarded half. well, not really. i set it aside to use later ;)


then i fed the starter some more! i added 1 cup of flour...


...and a half cup of lukewarm water.


stir it up! should have the consistency of pancake batter.


cover it for 2-4 hours until it gets more bubbles!


whew! bubbles. see. it's not as hard as it sounds. sure, i have a little bit of baker's intuition, but i'm telling you--this isn't rocket science. just beginner's chemistry! or is it biology?







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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1953 July 7: "The word 'Hindu' is foreign. The exact word used for this purpose is 'Sanatanam' or the eternal. Sanatana religion is meant not only for the 'Hindus' but for all living beings on earth."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1947-64

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1958 July 7: "When we speak of humanity it does not mean Indian only, neither it may be restricted within the human society even. Humanity is meant for all the 84 lacs varieties of living beings."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1947-64

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1966 July 7:
"Panchami. Today I saw Mr. Goldsmith in his office. It is expected that the Society shall be registered by the next week. He says everything is alright. In the evening two Indian gentlemen talked with me till 10 at night."
Prabhupada Journal :: 1966

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 July 7: "I am in receipt of your letter describing very emotionally the nice success of our Rathayatra Festival. Now you can understand this specimen of transcendental pleasure in which the human society as a whole can take part and realize transcendental bliss."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1969 July 7: "I am sure Krishna is very much pleased of this incident. Preachers who boldly face all kinds of difficulties, Krishna takes note of such tapasya of the devotee, and the devotee is recognized by Him. So continue preaching."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 July 7: "As our devotees become more devotional, the non-devotees will come to hear. To become advanced means to acquire spiritual strength, and this spiritual strength is for impressing devotional service into the hearts of the fallen souls."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 July 7: "My Dear Sridhara Maharaja: I am so much thankful for your appreciating my preaching work in the Western countries. So I think there is some plot to check up this fast growing movement. We are trying our best to counteract this opposing element but everything will rest upon Krishna."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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1975 July 7: "Sripada Sridhara Maharaja said Caitanya Mahaprabhu's prediction would remain a dream only, but I have done it practically. I do not know how things are going on automatically by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, because I have no other assets except his causeless mercy."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Maharaja Andhaka told Kamsa

“By blaspheming a pure Vaisnava your sin is greater than that of killing a brahmana.”

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ISKCON Dance Your Way To A Perfect Body

By Krishna Dharma Das for on 7 Jul 2011

Anyone looking for a get-rich-quick opportunity could do a lot worse than devising a new slimming scheme. It’s a boom industry these days. The latest sure fire method of shedding those unwanted pounds is Zumba dancing, the hot new craze from Brazil. Like any endeavour we undertake, it is about finding happiness.

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Manoj, Melbourne, AU: 217. Srila Prabhupad Lecture Summary 11 : Misery after Misery

Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.34
Vrndavana, November 21, 1976

In this way Lord Ṛṣabhadeva followed the behavior of cows, deer and crows. Sometimes He moved or walked, and sometimes He sat down in one place. Sometimes He lay down, behaving exactly like cows, deer and crows. In that way, He ate, drank, passed stool and urine and cheated the people in this way.

Today Prabahupad once again spoke about the importance of the human form of life and how it’s purpose is not for the sole purpose of sex. Lord Rsahbadev, although he was the emperor of the world, his bodily activities in the “avadhuta” stage was just like animals thereby showing us that as long as we are connected with material activities, our bodily activities are no way different to those of animals. Narottam Das Thankur says that if a person is above the bodily concept of life, he is liberated. And the bodily concept of life can be forgotten only when one accepts spiritual life. There is one crude example of how Stalin, the Communist leader refused anesthetic for his stomach surgery because he had the determination to go though the pain. This is because he was so attached to his ideals and goals in life, that the pain of the body was not a problem.

Similarly, one should always be in the thought of how to serve Krishna. Thinking this way, one is above the bodily concept of life. Our bodily activities, our mind and our words should be used in Krishna’s service and this will eventually purify one’s senses. Unlike Mayavadis, we do not stop our activities. This is not possible. It’s a temporary solution and one is sure to fall down.  And to purify one’s senses, one has to approach a guru and ask him, “What shall I do?”. This is what Sanatan Gosvami did. Although, he was in such a big post dealing with so many important men, he gave them up.

Give up material activities and simple work for Krishna. The general people are very poor and crippled. They do not know anything except to maintain a family. If one can maintain a wife and children, he is considered successful. The “grihamedis” happiness is sexul intercourse. Once he has children and raises them to adults, he then prepares them for sex through pompous marriage. Then they have children who grow up as adults and then its their turn to have facilities for sex. This is their life. They have so much to learn.

So anyone who can maintain like this himself, his children, with wife and eating, ahara-nidra-bhaya-maithunam, then he is expert. And if he becomes a sannyasi, brahmacari, does not take part in these stereotyped activities, then he is useless, escaping from the world, escaping. They do not take the responsibility. But that is not the fact. If one can maintain himself as brahmacari, he is escaping all the tribulations of this material world, escaping certainly, but he is escaping all the tribulations of the material world…, so much botheration.
- SP

So, we must cease our material activities and use our body for spiritual activities only. This is real life.

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David Haslam, UK: latest additions to morning class audio files

I’ve just completed uploading the few classes recording during my visit to The Manor and can be found via the following links: HG Jay Krishna Dasa HG Parasuram Dasa HG Prayojana Dasa HG Rupa Vilas dasa HG Visvambhara Dasa These were amazing classes which I enjoy sharing with you others are available via my file [...]

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Japa Group: You Will Feel So Much Ecstasy

That is quality. When you will feel so much ecstasy in chanting Hare Krsna, that is quality. Not artificially "Chant. Chant. Otherwise get out." This is not quality. This is in expectation that someday you may come to quality. That requires time. That requires sincerity. But quality is there.

SP Morning Walk
November 2, 1975, Nairobi
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Bhakta Chris, New York, USA: The Humble Musings Of The Manhattan Monk 7/7/11

The desert which I must cross is the desert of the vacant spaces of my mind, of my heart, void of all feelings, of the truth of your own heart.

In this desert are the scorpions whose sting I refuse to take, yet what else can I do if I must walk this path? Their is no mundane antidote to their poison. The only cure is the nectar stored within my own heart-space. I must access the storehouse of this nectar, by care and love and service, to keep in a pouch with me as I walk along these hot sands

The balance of respect...

On one side, my personality which needs the social touch, who longs for the heart-to-heart, freely giving in time and space, exposed and vulnerable and ready to heal.

On the other side, the silent one, learning the art of finding the treasure within, who needs relief from the extraneous noise and demands, needs a recharge of the batteries, who is free to meditate on the flowing waters in the woods everywhere.

If I disrespect one side, the other atrophies. This balance of respect insures mutual growth, reinforcing through each others' best qualities and gifts. Each side, when healthy and whole, knows exactly when to lend a hand to the other, to pick them out of their latent mirages.

I pray for the end to my creature comforts, but I understand their is a certain quality of madness that can come by pulling the plug too quickly. If I tear down my castle too quickly, without finding true comfort in the communal quarters of loving souls and our relationships, I will have no provisions for the walk into the desert.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Gangesvara Prabhu

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.12.8-13 - Although material energy emanates from Krsna and He performs His pastimes in the material realm, He is not affected by it because material energy is fully under Krsna's control (mayadhyaksena prkrtih suyate sa-caracaram...).

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Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Hera Pancami...can you handle the nectar?

In writing this blog post we are once again reminded that it is best to go to the authorized source, Srila Prabhupada and his translations of vedic texts including Caitanya Caritamrta. Srila Prabhupada wrote "I have given you everything..." and thus there is no need to go outside of our realm to get nectar of important past times such as Hera Pancami which is 4 days after Ratha Yatra which translates into today on the Vaishnava calendar.

So with that said, excuse us for the long post but the more fruit "in"...the more nectar that comes out... The following is from Caitanya Caritamrta, Madhya-lila, 14th chapter, verse 106 to 243.

Knowing that the Herā-pañcamī festival was drawing near, King Pratāparudra attentively talked with Kāśī Miśra.

"Tomorrow will be the function of Herā-pañcamī or Lakṣmī-vijaya. Hold this festival in a way that it has never been held before."

King Pratāparudra said, "Hold this festival in such a gorgeous way that upon seeing it Caitanya Mahāprabhu will be completely pleased and astonished.

"Take as many printed cloths, small bells, umbrellas and cāmaras as there are in my storehouse and in the Deity's storehouse. 

 "Collect all kinds of small and large flags and ringing bells. Then decorate the carrier and have various musical and dancing parties accompany it. In this way decorate the carrier attractively. 

"You should also double the quantity of prasādam. Make so much that it will even surpass the Ratha-yātrā festival. 

"Arrange the festival in such a way that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu may freely go with His devotees to visit the Deity without difficulty." 

In the morning, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu took His personal associates with Him to see Lord Jagannātha at Sundarācala. 

Then Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and His personal devotees returned to Nīlācala with great eagerness to see the Herā-pañcamī festival. 

Kāśī Miśra received Caitanya Mahāprabhu with great respect, and taking the Lord and His associates to a very nice place, he had them seated. 

After taking His seat, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu wanted to hear about a particular mellow of devotional service; therefore, mildly smiling, He began to question Svarūpa Dāmodara. 

"Although Lord Jagannātha enjoys His pastimes at Dvārakā-dhāma and naturally manifests sublime liberality there, still, once a year He becomes unlimitedly eager to see Vṛndāvana." 

Pointing out the neighboring gardens, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, "All these gardens exactly resemble Vṛndāvana; therefore Lord Jagannātha is very eager to see them again. 

"Externally He gives the excuse that He wants to participate in the Ratha-yātrā festival, but actually He wants to leave Jagannātha Purī to go to Sundarācala, the Guṇḍicā temple, a replica of Vṛndāvana. 

"The Lord enjoys His pastimes day and night in various flower gardens there. But why does He not take Lakṣmīdevī, the goddess of fortune, with Him?" 

Svarūpa Dāmodara replied, "My dear Lord, please hear the reason for this. Lakṣmīdevī, the goddess of fortune, cannot be admitted to the pastimes of Vṛndāvana. 

"In the pastimes of Vṛndāvana, the only assistants are the gopīs. But for the gopīs, no one can attract the mind of Kṛṣṇa." 

The Lord said, "Using the car festival as an excuse, Kṛṣṇa goes there with Subhadrā and Baladeva. 

"All the pastimes with the gopīs that take place in those gardens are very confidential ecstasies of Lord Kṛṣṇa. No one knows them.

"Since there is no fault at all in Kṛṣṇa's pastimes, why does the goddess of fortune become angry?" 

Svarūpa Dāmodara replied, "It is the nature of a girl afflicted by love to become immediately angry upon finding any neglect on the part of her lover."

While Svarūpa Dāmodara and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu were talking, the procession of the goddess of fortune came by. She was riding upon a golden palanquin carried by four men and bedecked with a variety of jewels. 

The palanquin was also surrounded by people carrying umbrellas, cāmara whisks and flags, and it was preceded by musicians and dancing girls. 

The maidservants were carrying water pitchers, cāmara whisks and boxes for betel nuts. There were hundreds of maidservants, all attractively dressed and wearing valuable necklaces.

In an angry mood, the goddess of fortune arrived at the main gate of the temple accompanied by many members of her family, all of whom exhibited uncommon opulence.

When the procession arrived, the maidservants of the goddess of fortune began to arrest all the principal servants of Lord Jagannātha. 

The maidservants bound the servants of Jagannātha, handcuffed them and made them fall down at the lotus feet of the goddess of fortune. Indeed, they were arrested just like thieves who have all their riches taken away. 

When the servants fell down before the lotus feet of the goddess of fortune, they almost fell unconscious. They were chastised and made the butt of jokes and loose language. 

When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu's associates saw such impudence exhibited by the maidservants of the goddess of fortune, they covered their faces with their hands and began to smile. 

Svarūpa Dāmodara said, "There is no egoistic pride like this within the three worlds. At least I have never seen it or heard of it.

"When a woman is neglected and disappointed, out of egoistic pride she gives up her ornaments and morosely sits down on the ground, marking lines on it with her nails. 

"I have heard of this kind of pride in Satyabhāmā, Kṛṣṇa's proudest queen, and I have also heard of it in the gopīs of Vṛndāvana, who are the reservoirs of all transcendental mellows. 

"But in the case of the goddess of fortune, I see a different kind of pride. She manifests her own opulences and even goes with her soldiers to attack her husband." 

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, "Please tell me of the varieties of egoistic pride manifested in Vṛndāvana."Svarūpa Dāmodara replied, "The pride of the gopīs is like a river flowing with hundreds of tributaries. 

"The characteristics and modes of love are different in different women. Their jealous anger also takes on different varieties and qualities.

"It is not possible to give a complete statement about the different types of jealous anger manifest by the gopīs, but a few principles may serve as an indication.

"There are three types of women experiencing jealous anger: sober women, restless women and women both restless and sober. 

"When a sober heroine sees her hero approaching from a distance, she immediately stands up to receive him. When he comes near, she immediately offers him a place to sit. 

"The sober heroine conceals her anger within her heart and externally speaks sweet words. When her lover embraces her, she returns his embrace.

"The sober heroine is very simple in her behavior. She keeps her jealous anger within her heart, but with mild words and smiles she rejects the advances of her lover.

"The restless heroine, however, sometimes chastises her lover with cruel words, sometimes pulls his ear and sometimes binds him with a flower garland. 

"The heroine who is a combination of sobriety and restlessness always jokes with equivocal words. She sometimes praises her lover, sometimes blasphemes him and sometimes remains indifferent.

"Heroines may also be classified as captivated, intermediate and impudent. The captivated heroine does not know very much about the cunning intricacies of jealous anger. 

"The captivated heroine simply covers her face and goes on crying. When she hears sweet words from her lover, she is very satisfied. 

"Both the intermediate and impudent heroines can be classified as sober, restless and both sober and restless. All their characteristics can be further classified in three divisions. 

"Some of these heroines are very talkative, some are mild, and some are equipoised. Each heroine, according to her own character, increases Śrī Kṛṣṇa's loving ecstasy. 

"Although some of the gopīs are talkative, some mild and some equipoised, all of them are transcendental and faultless. They please Kṛṣṇa by their unique characteristics."

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu felt unlimited happiness upon hearing these descriptions, and He again and again requested Svarūpa Dāmodara to continue speaking.

Dāmodara Gosvāmī said, "Kṛṣṇa is the master of all transcendental mellows and the taster of all transcendental mellows, and His body is composed of transcendental bliss. 

"Kṛṣṇa is full of ecstatic love and always subordinate to the love of His devotees. The gopīs are very much experienced in pure love and in the dealings of transcendental mellows.

"There is no flaw or adulteration in the love of the gopīs; therefore they give Kṛṣṇa the highest pleasure. 

"'Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, who is the Absolute Truth, enjoyed His rāsa dance every night during the autumn season. He performed this dance in the moonlight and with full transcendental mellows. He used poetic words and surrounded Himself with women who were very much attracted to Him.'

"The gopīs can be divided into a left wing and a right wing. Both wings induce Kṛṣṇa to taste transcendental mellows by various manifestations of ecstatic love.

"Of all the gopīs, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is the chief. She is a jewel mine of ecstatic love and the source of all purified transcendental conjugal mellows.

"Rādhārāṇī is grown up, and Her character is equipoised. She is always deeply absorbed in ecstatic love and always feeling in the mood of a left-wing gopī.

"Because She is a left-wing gopī, Her womanly anger is always awakening, but Kṛṣṇa derives transcendental bliss from Her activities. 

"'The progress of loving affairs between a young boy and a young girl is by nature crooked, like the movement of a snake. Because of this, two types of anger arise between a young boy and girl — anger with a cause and anger without a cause.'"

As Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu heard these talks, His ocean of transcendental bliss increased. He therefore told Svarūpa Dāmodara, "Go on speaking, go on speaking." And thus Svarūpa Dāmodara continued. 

"Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī's love is a highly advanced ecstasy. All Her dealings are completely pure and devoid of material tinge. Indeed, Her dealings are ten times purer than gold. 

"As soon as Rādhārāṇī gets a chance to see Kṛṣṇa, Her body is suddenly decorated with various ecstatic ornaments.

"The transcendental ornaments of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī's body include the eight sāttvikas, or transcendental symptoms, the thirty-three vyabhicārī-bhāvas, beginning with harṣa, or jubilation in natural love, and the twenty bhāvas, or ecstatic emotional ornaments. 

"Some of the symptoms critically explained in the following verses are kila-kiñcita, kuṭṭamita, vilāsa, lalita, vivvoka, moṭṭāyita, maugdhya and cakita.

"When Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī's body manifests the ornaments of many ecstatic symptoms, the ocean of Kṛṣṇa's happiness immediately displays transcendental waves.

"Now hear a description of different ecstasies, beginning with kila-kiñcita. With these ecstatic ornaments, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī enchants the mind of Kṛṣṇa. 

"When Śrī Kṛṣṇa sees Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī and wants to touch Her body, He prohibits Her from going to the spot where one can cross the river Yamunā. 

"Approaching Her, Kṛṣṇa prohibits Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī from picking flowers. He may also touch Her in front of Her friends. 

"At such times, the ecstatic symptoms of kila-kiñcita are awakened. First there is jubilation in ecstatic love, which is the root cause of these symptoms.

"'Pride, ambition, weeping, smiling, envy, fear and anger are the seven ecstatic loving symptoms manifested by a jubilant shrinking away, and these symptoms are called kila-kiñcita-bhāva.' 

"There are seven other transcendental ecstatic symptoms, and when they combine on the platform of jubilation, the combination is called mahā-bhāva.

"The seven combined ingredients of mahā-bhāva are pride, ambition, fear, dry artificial crying, anger, envy and mild smiling.

"There are eight symptoms of ecstatic love on the platform of transcendental jubilation, and when they are combined and tasted by Kṛṣṇa, the Lord's mind is completely satisfied. 

"Indeed, they are compared to a combination of yogurt, candy, ghee, honey, black pepper, camphor and cardamom, which, when mixed together, are very tasty and sweet.

"Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is thousands upon thousands of times more satisfied when He sees Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī's face light up from this combination of ecstatic love than He is by direct union with Her. 

"'May the sight of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī's kila-kiñcita ecstasy, which is like a bouquet, bring good fortune to all. When Śrī Kṛṣṇa blocked Rādhārāṇī's way to the dāna-ghāṭi, there was laughter within Her heart. Her eyes grew bright, and fresh tears flowed from Her eyes, reddening them. Due to Her sweet relationship with Kṛṣṇa, Her eyes were enthusiastic, and when Her crying subsided, She appeared even more beautiful.'

"'Agitated by tears, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī's eyes were tinged with red, just like the eastern horizon at sunrise. Her lips began to move with jubilation and lusty desire. Her eyebrows curved, and Her lotuslike face smiled mildly. Seeing Rādhārāṇī's face exhibit such emotion, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa felt a million times happier than when He embraced Her. Indeed, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa's happiness is not at all mundane.'"

Upon hearing this, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu became very happy, and being absorbed in this happiness, He embraced Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī.

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then asked Svarūpa Dāmodara, "Please speak of the ecstatic ornaments decorating the body of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, by which She enchants the mind of Śrī Govinda."

Being thus requested, Svarūpa Dāmodara began to speak. All the devotees of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu were very happy to hear him.

"Sometimes when Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is sitting or when She is going to Vṛndāvana, She sees Kṛṣṇa.

"The symptoms of various ecstasies that become manifest at that time are called vilāsa. 

"'The various symptoms manifested in a woman's face, eyes and the other parts of her body and the way she moves, stands or sits when she meets her beloved are called vilāsa.'"

Svarūpa Dāmodara said, "Timidity, jubilation, ambition, respect, fear and the characteristics of the left-wing gopīs are all ecstatic symptoms that combine to agitate Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. 

"'When Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī saw Lord Kṛṣṇa just before Her, Her progress stopped and She assumed an attitude of opposition. Although Her face was slightly covered by a blue garment, Her two starry eyes were agitated, being wide and curved. Thus She was decorated with the ornaments of vilāsa, and Her beauty increased to give pleasure to Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.' 

"When Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī stands before Kṛṣṇa, She stands bent in three places — Her neck, waist and legs — and Her eyebrows dance. 

"When there is an awakening of the various ecstatic features on Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī's face and in Her eyes that are appropriate to a charming feminine attitude, the lalita ornament is manifest. 

"'When the bodily features are delicate and expertly curved, and when the eyebrows are very beautifully agitated, the ornament of feminine charm, called lalita alańkāra, is manifest.' 

"When Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa happens to see Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī decorated with these lalita ornaments, They both eagerly want to meet each other.

"'When Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī was decorated with the ornament of lalita alańkāra, just to increase Śrī Kṛṣṇa's love, an attractive curve was manifested by Her neck, knees and waist. This was brought about by Her timidity and apparent desire to avoid Kṛṣṇa. The flickering movements of Her eyebrows could conquer the powerful bow of Cupid. To increase the joy of Her beloved, Her body was decorated with the ornaments of lalita alańkāra.'

"When Kṛṣṇa comes forward and greedily snatches at the border of Her sari, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is actually very pleased within, but still She tries to stop Him.

"This ecstatic attitude of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī's is called kuṭṭamita. When this ecstatic ornament is manifested, Rādhārāṇī externally tries to avoid Kṛṣṇa, and She apparently becomes angry, although She is very happy within.

"'When the border of Her sari and the cloth veiling Her face are caught, She externally appears offended and angry, but within Her heart She is very happy. Learned scholars call this attitude kuṭṭamita.' 

"Although Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī was checking Kṛṣṇa with Her hand, internally She was thinking, 'Let Kṛṣṇa satisfy His desires.' In this way She was very pleased within, although She externally displayed opposition and anger. 

"Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī externally displays a kind of dry crying, as if She is offended. Then She mildly smiles and admonishes Lord Kṛṣṇa. 

"'Actually She has no desire to stop Kṛṣṇa's endeavor to touch Her body with His hands, yet Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, whose thighs are like the trunk of a baby elephant, protests His advances and, sweetly smiling, admonishes Him. At such times She cries without tears on Her charming face.' 

"In this way, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is ornamented and decorated with various ecstatic symptoms, which attract the mind of Śrī Kṛṣṇa.

"It is not at all possible to describe the unlimited pastimes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, even though He Himself describes them in His incarnation of Sahasra-vadana, the thousand-mouthed Śeṣa Nāga."

At this time, Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura smiled and told Svarūpa Dāmodara, "My dear sir, please hear! Just see how opulent my goddess of fortune is!

"As far as Vṛndāvana's opulence is concerned, it consists of a few flowers and twigs, some minerals from the hills, a few peacock feathers and the plant known as guñjā.

"When Jagannātha decided to see Vṛndāvana, He went there, and upon hearing this, the goddess of fortune experienced restlessness and jealousy. 

"She wondered, 'Why did Lord Jagannātha give up so much opulence and go to Vṛndāvana?' To make Him a laughing stock, the goddess of fortune made arrangements for much decoration.

"Then the maidservants of the goddess of fortune said to the servants of Lord Jagannātha, 'Why did your Lord Jagannātha abandon the great opulence of the goddess of fortune and, for the sake of a few leaves, fruits and flowers, go see the flower garden of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī? 

"'Your master is so expert at everything, but why does He do such things? Now bring your master before the goddess of fortune.' 

"In this way all the maidservants of the goddess of fortune arrested the servants of Jagannātha, bound them around the waist and brought them before the goddess of fortune. 

"When all the maidservants brought Lord Jagannātha's servants before the lotus feet of the goddess of fortune, the Lord's servants were fined and forced to submit.

"All the maidservants began to beat the Ratha car with sticks, and they treated the servants of Lord Jagannātha almost like thieves.

"Finally all of Lord Jagannātha's servants submitted to the goddess of fortune with folded hands, assuring her that they would bring Lord Jagannātha before her the very next day. 

"Being thus pacified, the goddess of fortune returned to her apartment. Just see! My goddess of fortune is opulent beyond all description."

Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura continued to address Svarūpa Dāmodara: "Your gopīs are engaged in boiling milk and churning it into yogurt, but my mistress, the goddess of fortune, sits on a throne made of jewels and gems." 

Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura, who was enjoying the mood of Nārada Muni, thus made jokes. Hearing him, all the personal servants of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu began to smile. 

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then told Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura, "My dear Śrīvāsa, your nature is exactly like that of Nārada Muni. The Supreme Personality of Godhead's opulence is having a direct influence upon you. 

"Svarūpa Dāmodara is a pure devotee of Vṛndāvana. He does not even know what opulence is, for he is simply absorbed in pure devotional service." 

Svarūpa Dāmodara then retorted, "My dear Śrīvāsa, please hear me with attention. You have forgotten the transcendental opulence of Vṛndāvana. 

"The natural opulence of Vṛndāvana is just like an ocean. The opulence of Dvārakā and Vaikuṇṭha is not even to be compared to a drop.

"Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, full of all opulences, and His complete opulences are exhibited only in Vṛndāvana-dhāma. 

"Vṛndāvana-dhāma is made of transcendental touchstone. Its entire surface is the source of all valuable jewels, and the cintāmaṇi stone is used to decorate the lotus feet of the maidservants of Vṛndāvana.

"Vṛndāvana is a natural forest of desire trees and creepers, and the inhabitants do not want anything but the fruits and flowers of those desire trees.

"In Vṛndāvana there are cows that fulfill all desires [kāma-dhenus], and their number is unlimited. They graze from forest to forest and deliver only milk. The people want nothing else.

"In Vṛndāvana, the natural speech of the people sounds like music, and their natural motion resembles a dance. 

"The water in Vṛndāvana is nectar, and the brahmajyoti effulgence, which is full of transcendental bliss, is directly perceived there in its form.

"The gopīs there are also goddesses of fortune, and they surpass the goddess of fortune who abides in Vaikuṇṭha. In Vṛndāvana, Lord Kṛṣṇa is always playing His transcendental flute, which is His dear companion.

"'The damsels of Vṛndāvana, the gopīs, are super goddesses of fortune. The enjoyer in Vṛndāvana is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa. The trees there are all wish-fulfilling trees, and the land is made of transcendental touchstone. The water is all nectar, the talking is singing, the walking is dancing, and the constant companion of Kṛṣṇa is His flute. The effulgence of transcendental bliss is experienced everywhere. Therefore Vṛndāvana-dhāma is the only relishable abode.' 

"'The anklets on the damsels of Vraja-bhūmi are made of cintāmaṇi stone. The trees are wish-fulfilling trees, and they produce flowers with which the gopīs decorate themselves. There are also wish-fulfilling cows [kāma-dhenus], which deliver unlimited quantities of milk. These cows constitute the wealth of Vṛndāvana. Thus Vṛndāvana's opulence is blissfully exhibited.'"

Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura then began to dance in ecstatic love. He vibrated sounds by slapping his armpits with the palms of his hands, and he laughed very loudly.

Thus Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu heard these discussions about the pure transcendental mellow of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. Absorbed in transcendental ecstasy, the Lord began to dance.

While Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was dancing in ecstatic love and Svarūpa Dāmodara was singing, the Lord said, "Go on singing! Go on singing!" The Lord then extended His own ears.

Thus Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu's ecstatic love was awakened by hearing the songs of Vṛndāvana. In this way He inundated Puruṣottama, Jagannātha Purī, with love of Godhead.

Finally the goddess of fortune returned to her apartment. In due course of time, as Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was dancing, afternoon arrived.

After much singing, all four sańkīrtana parties grew fatigued, but Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu's ecstatic love increased twofold. 

While dancing absorbed in Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī's ecstatic love, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu appeared in Her very form. Seeing this from a distant place, Nityānanda Prabhu offered prayers. 

Seeing the ecstatic love of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Nityānanda Prabhu did not approach but remained a little distance away.

Only Nityānanda Prabhu could catch Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, but the ecstatic mood of the Lord would not stop. At the same time, kīrtana could not be continued.

Svarūpa Dāmodara then informed the Lord that all the devotees were fatigued. Seeing this situation, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu came to His external senses.

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then entered the flower garden with all His devotees. After resting there for some time, He took His afternoon bath.

Then there arrived in large quantities a variety of food that had been offered to Śrī Jagannātha and a variety that had been offered to the goddess of fortune.

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu finished His afternoon lunch, and after His evening bath He went to see Lord Jagannātha.

As soon as He saw Lord Jagannātha, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu began to chant and dance. Afterward, accompanied by His devotees, the Lord enjoyed sporting in the lake called Narendra-sarovara. 

Then, entering the flower garden, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu took His meal. In this way He continuously performed all kinds of pastimes for eight days.
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