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  1. ISKCON Transcriptions: Vaisnava Etiquette and Culture (part 5)
  2. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Monday 4 July 2011--A Day in the Life--and--Why Not Just Chant "Krishna"?
  3. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Vyasa Puja Celebration
  4. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana
  5. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: 'Sanatana Dharma' Dinner - 01/07/2011
  6. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - HG Sankarsana Das Adhikari
  7. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: PARENTS
  8. Krishna-kripa das, Mayapura: Travel Journal#7.11: Belfast and London
  9. Book Distribution Motivational Magazine
  10. Japa Group: Please Join The Japa Group
  11. Bhakta Chris, New York, USA: The Intersection-Spiritual Action
  12. Bhakti Vikasa Swami: A brahmana's poverty and independence
  13. Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Bhajan - Nitai Pran & Vraja Kishor - Nrsimhadev Prayers @ Singhania's House - 6/6
  14. Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: Mood of a preacher
  15. Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: Years later we meet
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  17. Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Surfing The Black Snake
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ISKCON Transcriptions: Vaisnava Etiquette and Culture (part 5)

Seminar on Vaisnava Etiquette and Culture given by HH. Bhaktividya Purna Swami given at ISKCON Radhadesa in 1998.

Vaisnava Etiquette and Culture (part 5) mp3

Today we’ll continue with the questions.  May be you have anything you feel relevant to our topic what we discussed or how to applicate these kinds of things that would make anything more useful  or you have  some ideas you would like to perceive with that.

Emotional Exchange

The concept is that everybody according to their varna has a particular way in which they work best and feel the most comfortable. But as there is anything, because when you’re dealing with the religious principles there’s a restriction, so the freedom is given where it will give rights to the manifestation of the best part of the nature and the restrictions are given where that will control your undesirable parts .If it’s done properly then you can get a proper blend of social interaction that works. The problem comes when somebody’s nature, the bad side comes out and the good side is repressed or misused. Then you have a problem… read full story

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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Monday 4 July 2011--A Day in the Life--and--Why Not Just Chant "Krishna"?

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Monday 4 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: A Day in the Life Uploaded from Melbourne, Australia On Saturday 2 July 2011 I was interviewed on the radio. My interviewer, Caitanya Caru Prabhu, asked me about my typical day. So I thought to share a sample day with you all, my readers. On the day of the radio interview I rose at 2:30am and took a shower. Between 3:00am and 7:00am I did 16 rounds of Hare Krishna mantra meditation chanting on my japa mala beads, attended mangala arati and Tulasi worship in the temple room, and worshipped Sri Sri Radha Damodar. I also composed and uploaded Thought for the Day. Then at 7:00am I was driven to the radio station for the interview. After that it was back to the temple for breakfast. Since I had only gotten three-and-a-half hours of sleep the night before, after breakfast I took a nap. Then I was driven to a home where I led kirtan and lectured on the science of Krishna consciousness. Even though it was winter in Australia, the afternoon warmed up a little bit. So my disciples served me a picnic lunch in a park. Then we returned to the temple where I took bath and once again served Sri Sri Radha Damodar. After that I was driven to another city where I was the featured speaker at an event called Carnival of Peace. I led kirtan and lectured on the supreme formula for individual and world peace. After the lecture I did one-on-one spiritual counseling with several people. Then I took some prasadam and was driven back to my quarters at the temple where I took rest for the night. I can tell you that there is nothing more inspiring and enlivening than giving an entire day to Krishna, except for giving your entire eternal existence to that most amazingly wonderful Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna. If you haven't already surrendered to Krishna, do it now. You'll be glad you did. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Radio Station Interview--88.9 WYN FM Then a Home Program A Surprise Picnic in the Park Leading Kirtan at the Carnival of Peace Happy Chanters at the Carnival of Peace Explaining the Supreme Peace Formula Become Ambassadors of Peace. Answers According to the Vedic Version: Question: Why Not Just Chant Krishna? As Krishna tells us to chant His name in the ninth chapter of the Bhagavad-gita and that we should constantly chant His names 24 hours daily, why don't we just chant, Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Krishna repetitively instead of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, which if I am right, was not told by Krishna but was told by Caitanya Mahaprabhu. I am questioning this because I wish to follow the instructions of God (Krishna) rather than instructions from anywhere else - no disrespect intended. If you can help me out I would be most appreciative, Thank you from Daniel Answer: Krishna Told Us to Chant Hare Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna Himself. Therefore by following Lord Caitanya you are following God Himself, Lord Sri Krishna. That same Supreme Lord Sri Krishna who spoke the Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna 5,000 years ago has reappeared as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu a mere 500 years ago to teach us what is the most effective means of awakening our dormant Krishna consciousness by chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra. Therefore, just as Krishna's instruction to chant His name is authoritative, Lord Caitanya's instruction to chant Krishna's name by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra is equally authoritative. The effectiveness and pre-eminence of the Hare Krishna mantra in the present age of Kali is further confirmed in the Kali Santarana Upanisad as follows: hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare hare rma hare rma rma rma hare hare iti sodaakam nmnm kali-kalmasa-nanam ntah parataropyah sarva-vedesu dryate "After searching through all the Vedic literature, one cannot find a method of self-realization more effective for this age of Kali than the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. 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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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Vyasa Puja Celebration




Dear Devotees,
you are all invited to honour the auspiciousness appearance day of Lokanath Swami, next Monday. Please note that the Vyasa Puja will be concluded by an Ekadasi feast!

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana


"O Radha! O Krsna! Who are both full of transcendental mellows, so charming and so kind-hearted and merciful. I am offering this prayer before You, and praying that You may glance mercifully on me.

O dark-complexioned Krsna, moon of Gokula, and the beloved of the gopis, O golden Radha, the crown-jewel among all of Krsna’s dearest ones, only when I hear and chant Your transcendental names does my heart become pacified."

(Prarthana by Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura)

O astounding Sri Sri Radha Ballabha! Only when we behold Your transcendental darsana do our hearts become pacified...

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: 'Sanatana Dharma' Dinner - 01/07/2011



Here's a video of the finale from last Friday's dinner: a soulful kirtan lead by Gitanjali Devi Dasi.

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

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.12.2 - Men who are like dogs, hogs, camels and asses praise those men who never listen to the transcendental pastimes of Lord Sri Krsna the deliverer from evils (sva-vid-varahostra-kharaih samstutah purusah pasuh...).

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: PARENTS

Parents have a God-given power to give or take away confidence from their children.

How can you give confidence to your children?

Be supportive. Be always there for them, both in sunshine and in rain.
Highlight their strengths and talents.
Believe in them: in their innate goodness and in their ability to perform and get better in all areas.
Give unconditional love.

How can you take away confidence from your children?

Reject them when they make mistakes.
Give love only when they act as you like.
Tell them how bad and incapable they are.
Tell them how you are ashamed of them.

So, my dear parent, choice is yours. You can enhance or ruin your child's life.

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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.

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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Yadavendra das: But charity begins at home, meaning to say that we must be willing to administer the medicine to ourselves, i.e. to plan at least one or two hours a day, besides scheduled classes, to study and become conversant with the content of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

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Bhakta Chris, New York, USA: The Intersection-Spiritual Action

As mentioned before here and in the main themes of Merton's own writing and thought, our society lacks a careful, non-jealous, and non-envious love, a love linked to God that even includes the oppressor. The careful balance a spiritualist must strike between allowing proper and lawful justice for the oppressor, without losing sight of his inner spiritual core and the need to compassionately address the obstacles blocking that core, is of a magnitude of the highest maturity.

When we see someone we label as an “enemy”, we are actually seeing ourselves. We are actually the seeing worst part of our own nature personified, and we become so repulsed that we dehumanize that other person and prepare to destroy him/her without a trace, as if missiles and concentration camps are the only and most effective solution. In that other person who so viscerally represents our worst nature is an incredible opportunity to unveil and experience the deeper truth of God. Their personage, and their loathsome expressions, and our reactions to it, present to us a test of our own spiritual advancement, realization of that advancement, and capability to apply that realization,

The gift of God's truth and love is at stake in this exchange. Merton writes:

If we really sought truth we would begin slowly and laboriously to divest ourselves one by one of all our coverings of fiction and delusion: or at least we would desire to do so, for mere willing cannot enable us to effect it.

On the contrary, the one who can best point out our error, and help us to see it, is the adversary whom we wish to destroy. This is perhaps why we wish to destroy him. So, too, we can help him to see his error, and that is why he wants to destroy us.

So while we are perfectly willing to tell our adversary he is wrong, we will never be able to do so effectively until we can ourselves appreciate where he is right. And we can never accept his judgment on our errors until he gives evidence that he really appreciates our own peculiar truth.

Love, love only, love of our deluded fellow man as he actually is, in his delusion and in his sin: this alone can open the door to truth. As long as we do not have this love, as long as this love is not active and effective in our lives (for words and good wishes will never suffice) we have no real access to the truth. At least not to moral truth.”1

As I read of the way the Native predecessors of this American land were coldly and quickly eliminated by the conquerors of European fortune and so-called piety, a grain of hate drew into my heart and began to flower and flourish. A clear demarcation line began to come into focus as I explored deeper into my unjust history. From Columbus to Cortez, from Stalin to Nixon, I could not but feel a hatred I had never experienced before in my life, a hatred largely born out of a incredulous incomprehension of these personalities and their deeds. How could someone be so hateful themselves, and not expect those who see through them clearly to return that hate in equal if not deeper fervor?

I sit in this chamber of my heart now, looking around at these past perceptions in a new light of Mertonian and Vedic wisdom. These men, my enemies, are showing me something of myself. They are teaching me a lesson about myself, and I must listen. My deepening sense of personal integrity is forcing me to re-examine all my relationships, most acutely the ones that challenge, in the light of a new obligation, an obligation to earn the deeper love of God, absorb it into my being, and be able to give to others without hesitation and discrimination.

A monk's life, even in New York City, is one where a taste of solitude can bear wonderful fruits. Here a different definition of solitude must be offered than what may originally come to mind, although this original definition is also a valid part of the larger, deeper definition. For solitude is something much more than hiding away and stepping back. It is essentially the effort to see ourselves totally, to make the painful effort to confront the hateful, lower aspects of our nature.

Solitude means to be with ourselves fully and without distraction, to learn who we actually are, to become complete in ourselves and in our spiritual relationships, with God and with our fellow seekers on the path. The fruits of this inner journey must be shared. If they are kept in the cellar of our heart, they will mold and rot, and have no benefit.

Merton writes:

Solitude has its own special work: a deepening of awareness that the world needs. A struggle against alienation. True solitude is deeply aware of the world's needs. It does not hold the world at arm's length.”2

Immersion in the solitary spirit allows us the necessary detachment and renunciation to process the needs and progression of our own spiritual being, but as the Gita describes, real renunciation fructifies in a spirit of action, of making work the gift of our realizations.

Consider this verse:

The steadily devoted soul attains unadulterated peace because he offers the result of all activities to Me; whereas a person who is not in union with the Divine, who is greedy for the fruits of his labor, becomes entangled.3

One of the key lessons of the Gita is to saturate one's work in this necessary mood of detachment. What we become detached from is known as the ahankara, or false ego. This false sense of our reality and our own self is the house of our delusions and our unhealthy habits, the abode of all those tics, illusions, and failures to communicate which tend to derail all of our personal and collective hopes for justice and peace.

The elegant solution of the Gita, as spoken by Krishna, the personification of the Divine, to is to dovetail the intentions and the results of our actions towards His pleasure and His will. God is the source of love and of all justice and mercy, and by directing the energy of our work for love and justice towards this source, we call down upon us the element of divinity missing from our all-too-human struggle. We detach from our sense that we alone can reverse the tides of the diabolic in this world and attach to the need for the help and guidance of God, who believe it or not, cares and is invested just as much as we are, if not more, in uplifting the downtrodden.

Through this work, through this action, we learn the eternal and affirming art of bringing out the spirit of justice to correct the imbalances that offend our sense of decency and being.

Speaking from a Christian perspective easily seen in a universal light, Merton writes about the practical combination of spirit and social justice:

Christian social action is first of all action that discovers religion in politics, religion in work, religion in social programs for better wages, Social Security, etc...In a word, if we really understood the meaning of Christianity in social life we would see it as part of the redemptive work of Christ, liberating man from misery, squalor, subhuman living conditions, economic or political slavery, ignorance, alienation.”4

Elaborating further on the spiritual essence of social action, Merton writes:

It is an attempt to elevate man, whether professedly Christian or not, to a level consonant with his dignity as a son of God...liberated from the powers that keep him in subjection, the old dark gods of war, lust, power, and greed.

In such a context, political action itself is a kind of spiritual action, an expression of spiritual responsibility.”5


1Merton, 68-69

2Merton, 19


4Merton, 82

5Merton, 82

Email to a friend Bhakti Vikasa Swami: A brahmana's poverty and independence

Not very long ago, say about 300 years ago, there was a brahmana, a very rigid brahmana, in Krsna-nagara, near our Mayapur. And brahmana's business, he was teaching. So the king of that place, means a big zamindar, Raja Krsna-candra ... By his name, that place is Krsna-nagara. So he heard about the brahmana, very learned brahmana, but very poor. So he one day came to him and asked him, "Brahmana, can I help you any way?" So he said, "No, I don't require any help from you." "No, I see you are so poverty-stricken. You have no sufficient means." "No, I am not poverty-stricken. My students, they get some alms of rice. So my wife boils the rice, and here is a tamarind tree. So I take some leaves and boil it, and that's sufficient. Why I am poverty-stricken?" He's satisfied, whatever is coming automatically, that's all. He doesn't require any higher standard of life, any botheration. He is satisfied, little rice and tamarind juice. That's all. So in each and every home, formerly, this independence was very much valued. So at the modern education this independence is being killed.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.18-19 -- Los Angeles, June 13, 1972

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Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Bhajan - Nitai Pran & Vraja Kishor - Nrsimhadev Prayers @ Singhania's House - 6/6

Nitai Pran and Vraja Kishor (my two sons) singing the Nrsimhadev prayers at the end of the Singhania's home program.  

Dallas, TX

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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: Mood of a preacher

The author of Bhakti-rasämrita-sindhu, Srila Rüpa Gosvämi, very humbly submits that he is just trying to spread Krishna consciousness all over the world, although he humbly thinks himself unfit for this work. That should be the attitude of all preachers of the Krishna consciousness movement, following in the footsteps of Srila Rupa Gosvämi. We should never think of ourselves as great preachers, but should always consider that we are simply instrumental to the previous Acäryas, and simply by following in their footsteps we may be able to do something for the benefit of suffering humanity.

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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: Years later we meet

This afternoon as I was trying to reach out and talk to people this very old lady was walking by me. I almost let her go and then thought I can't discriminate I should stop everyone. In this congregation of insanity I sure can't let someone go just because they are old - so I stopped her. And as soon as she saw Srila Prabhupada picture she said - he is my guru while taking the book close to heart. I was amazed and asked her where she met him. She told me years ago in her home country Venezuela she had seen a big deity of Srila Prabhupada in a temple and someone had gifted her book, ever since she was keeping Srila Prabhupada in her heart as her Guru. She said she had come to Toronto few years ago and was looking for Prabhupada since and not been able to find him but she was excited to have this book. She took nectar of instruction and asked me how much donation should she give - I told her to give what she had. First she gave me a small donation and went on. I was thinking in my heart how will this work - people are taking book but not giving donations and that's when I noticed her coming back from a distance - she told me she left but was feeling bad so she came back to give some more laxmi. it is true that Krishna is in the heart of every living entity.

Suhrdam sarva bhutanam

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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: Spontaneous Sankirtan

There was a huge parade in downtown Toronto this weekend and I got my first experience seeing people in full party mood. In the insanity that engulfed everyone you could still see that people for some reason people held close a sense of sophistication - an arrogance of yes we can enjoy material nature. Yet through the curtain of loud music and costumes one could see the run down bodies and minds consumed by alcohol. School kids to old people alike, everyone was clearly under the influence and somehow I was trying to approach them to take a book. I met a group of high school kids and they somehow got all excited about yoga. First three girls were interested and they dug out few cents from their bags. Then one of their friends, another high school kid in a really strange outfit said he wanted yoga and asked for a book - I showed him a picture of Prabhupada and he wanted it but had no money. I asked him to ask his friends and they didn't have anything, so then one of his friends who have just bought a book said she would ask people for some money. So very spontaneously she started to stop people and ask them for some money and show them the perfection of yoga. No one told her but her sankirtan spirit was spontaneously awakened by coming in contact with the books and I gave them this book. I put a condition and asked them to chant Gauranga - I sang it out and told them to repeat it which they joyfully did dancing to the beats. So glorious is the mercy of lord Caitanya that even in such mad times it rains and sweeps the heart of a living entity.

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Surfing The Black Snake

They are going to be fracking a Marcellus gas well on a neighbor’s property in a few days.  This takes millions of gallons of water.  They wanted to run a  pipeline to pump it in from a city water hydrant about a half mile from us and requested a right of way across our land. As it was the pipeline or hundreds of trucks streaming by on the road, we agreed to it.

It is a flexible black pipe that comes in 1000′ (304 m) lengths.  They didn’t have to cut any trees on our property and only a few on others as they just go around the trees as much as they can. They pulled them out with a rubber tread skidster.

As they were going around the corner so the operator couldn’t see me I jumped up on it and tried to stay on. The first two attempts I fell off but the third try I managed to stay on and fantasized I was surfing the back of a gigantic black snake.  Not quite up to Krishna dancing in the heads of Kaliya but fun for an old guy clinging to the illusion he isn’t aging.

Reminded me of when I lived in New York City for a while. We would ride the 7 train from Queens into Manhattan and just before it crosses under the river there is an S curve on the elevated line and if it wasn’t too crowded I would always try to ride that section without holding on to the handrails or posts and see if I could do it.

Actually I could always make it but the challenge was to do it smooth, absorbing not only the curve but the bumps and jolts the train car would give me.

Here is a picture of the trencher they will use to bury the pipeline.

If you wanted to buy me of those for Christmas I would take it. Though the rubber tread skidster would be much more useful, so either one. :-)

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Hare Krishna, dear devotees!

I was distributing books in Hamilton, New Zealand, early one sunny morning. I do not normally have much success distributing to middle-aged people, but after a few nice exchanges with younger people I approached a thoughtful-looking middle-aged gentleman with a beard. He was very keen to see the Bhagavad-gita, explaining that he considered himself a Buddhist and had always been interested in spiritual topics. After we had enjoyed a short discussion he made a nice donation and took his copy of Bhagavad-gita As It Is. As he departed, he asked if he could give me his daughter's phone number and enthusiastically recommended I contact her. His daughter was the manager of a local non-commercial radio station called Community Radio Hamilton, and he was pretty sure she would want to interview me about Krishna consciousness.

The next day I contacted the daughter, who was eagerly awaiting to hear from me. Like her father, she was keenly interested in spiritual topics, and so we arranged to meet. A few days later she came to the Krishna House, our local centre in Hamilton, to discuss her ideas with Hriman Krishna Prabhu (aka The General) and myself over some of Bhakta Sean's knockout Turkish delight. She was so impressed by Krishna consciousness that after the interview she said that she not only wanted to do regular interviews with us on her radio show but that she wanted us to do an hour-long weekly show of our own! Thus since March we've been broadcasting "Krishna Fest" every Sunday morning from 10:00 to 11:00. We aim to introduce listeners to the lifestyle, science, art, and culture of Krishna consciousness. The shows can be heard in Hamilton and the Waikato region. Fortunately, interested parties from further afield can listen via live Internet streaming. Krishna Fest shows are now also available as downloadable podcasts from We would be very grateful for any feedback from the devotees as to how we can improve the show; please spread the word to any bhaktas who may want to listen to our humble efforts.

Since we've launched the show, several listeners have come to our programs, bought books, and even requested japa beads. Sankirtan leads to more Sankirtan!

You can never predict what will blossom from an exchange.

Transcendental radio ki jaya!

Your servant,

Bhakta Chi

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Book Distribution News: Krishna Fest FM

Hare Krishna, dear devotees!

I was distributing books in Hamilton, New Zealand, early one sunny morning. I do not normally have much success distributing to middle-aged people, but after a few nice exchanges with younger people I approached a thoughtful-looking middle-aged gentleman with a beard. He was very keen to see the Bhagavad-gita, explaining that he considered himself a Buddhist and had always been interested in spiritual topics. After we had enjoyed a short discussion he made a nice donation and took his copy of Bhagavad-gita As It Is. As he departed, he asked if he could give me his daughter's phone number and enthusiastically recommended I contact her. His daughter was the manager of a local non-commercial radio station called Community Radio Hamilton, and he was pretty sure she would want to interview me about Krishna consciousness.

The next day I contacted the daughter, who was eagerly awaiting to hear from me. Like her father, she was keenly interested in spiritual topics, and so we arranged to meet. A few days later she came to the Krishna House, our local centre in Hamilton, to discuss her ideas with Hriman Krishna Prabhu (aka The General) and myself over some of Bhakta Sean's knockout Turkish delight. She was so impressed by Krishna consciousness that after the interview she said that she not only wanted to do regular interviews with us on her radio show but that she wanted us to do an hour-long weekly show of our own! Thus since March we've been broadcasting "Krishna Fest" every Sunday morning from 10:00 to 11:00. We aim to introduce listeners to the lifestyle, science, art, and culture of Krishna consciousness. The shows can be heard in Hamilton and the Waikato region. Fortunately, interested parties from further afield can listen via live Internet streaming. Krishna Fest shows are now also available as downloadable podcasts from We would be very grateful for any feedback from the devotees as to how we can improve the show; please spread the word to any bhaktas who may want to listen to our humble efforts.

Since we've launched the show, several listeners have come to our programs, bought books, and even requested japa beads. Sankirtan leads to more Sankirtan!

You can never predict what will blossom from an exchange.

Transcendental radio ki jaya!

Your servant,

Bhakta Chi

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Have you ever heard that one of the main principles to attracting more fortune, have more happiness, and having the freedom to design the life you love and attain success is about having the right mindset?

What you’ve heard is only partially true. There are a few missing pieces you may not have noticed.

Do you ever…
• Feel overwhelmed and exhausted with your life and know there must be a better way?
• Believe life is meant to be fun and joyous, but you have no clear idea how to get there when ‘real life’ seems to drag you down daily?
• Read tons of spiritual and self-help books and take self-improvement programs yet still find yourself wondering why things aren’t working for you?
• Secretly fear you haven’t even scratched the surface of your true potential yet see life isn’t slowing down?
• Wish you had a real-life mentor who actually walks his talk and can show you exactly what to do to get the life you want to live – starting now in 2011?

Well, you are definitely in the right place.

Success is completely within your reach! In fact it always has been.

I helped pioneer the life coaching for devotees within ISKCON. I’ve been blessed to work with some amazing devotee clients (over 350) during my past 10 years as a Spiritual Coach. I’ve been featured in the Coaching Academy's Personal Success Magazine, consulted with hundreds of devotees - including GBC members, sannyasis, temple presidents, project leaders, preachers - and gave hundreds of courses and lectures, in 19 countries worldwide (including USA, England, Germany, France, and Italy).

All this experience has helped me to learn many ideas and discover and develop many tools that can help you succeed.

I can help you make a plan of action for achieving your goals and remove both internal and external obstacles to your goals and to your action.

And thus the combination of your intelligent effort and Krsna's mercy can bring you a great success.

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New Vrndavan, USA: House for Sale in New Vrindaban

2 bedroom
1 1/2 floors + full basement
Just under half acre of land

New furnace and whole house weatherization.
Whole house uv filter for rain catch water system
1500 gallon underground cistern + 1500 gallon External holding tank for extra water

Tap fee and deposit already paid for city water when it comes down the road

Wood burning stove (Vermont Castings Defiant Encore) lots of wood for burning

High speed internet

House requires some septic system repair

Asking around $40,000.

Contact Rati Manjari Phone: (304) 845-2425 or

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 July 3: "They have simply a faint idea of God as order-supplier. There is no ecstasy in such simple faith; there cannot be any ecstasy."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 July 3: "We want ecstasy, it does not matter where one feels it, this church or the other. But, one who feels the ecstasy of Krishna Consciousness, he finishes his ecstasy of material enjoyment - that is the test."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 July 3: "There are only a handful of you who are convinced beyond any doubt about this Krsna consciousness movement - but that is sufficient to change the entire course of history."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Jaya - Jagannath Restaurant! ... in the news

In this worldwide community that Srila Prabhupada has given us, it is always nice to hear how Mahaprabhu's mercy is being spread in another corner of the globe.

Srila Prabhupada knew all the formulas and that prasadam always attracts.

In a letter from November 1965 Prabhupada writes "...there are so many restaurants and all of them are full with customers so I thought like that you should also start a restaurant supplying new palatable dishes and they would like them surely. There are about three hundred item of good vegetable preparations and if they are introduced in America it will be recorded in the history of America. People will forget meat eating. I do not say that cent percent people in America will be vegetarian but I am sure that at least the higher section will turn to be vegetarian if they get such nice vegetable dishes. Why not introduce this new thing in America and help my mission also at the same time. It will be very profitable business and I wish that you may earn your fortune and help my mission at one stroke."

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Nairobi hotel wins over clients with subsidised menu

A client is served at Jagnnath Restaurant. Ugali or rice served with a variety of options such as beans or green grams costs Sh65. Fredrick Onyango
By Mugambi Mutegi -- Business Daily --
Posted July 4, 2011
As high food prices force Kenyans to drastically change their eating habits, a new restaurant in Nairobi is offering an inflation-beating menu.

Jagannath Restaurant serves most meals at below Sh100 while an “all you can eat” buffet — as long as the meal is not shared — costs Sh185.

The Hare Krishna-run restaurant on Kipande Road, in Ngara estate, is located near colleges, student hostels, and garages that provide a ready market. The management says Jagannath serves an average 600 patrons daily.

The hotel, however, is not the usual low-priced-high-volume business. The affordable menu is part of a community outreach initiative by adherents of the Hare Krishna faith that will soon see similar outlets opened in working areas like Industrial Area and a mobile food caravan introduced in the central business district.

Bindu Khetia, a priest who manages the restaurant, says in order to complement the free food offerings given at their main temple, they decided to open the restaurant since offering highly discounted food was their way of giving back to the community. “Majority of middle-class people cannot afford to spend a lot of money on a proper lunch daily. We have a duty to offer such people high quality food at the lowest possible prices,” Ms Khetia said.

The Business Daily’s lunch time visit to the African themed restaurant found that it charges at least Sh50 less than its compatriots in the CBD for a similar meal.

Ugali or rice served with a variety of options such as beans or green grams costs Sh65. Extra helpings cost between Sh15 and Sh40. Along Moi Avenue, a similar meal costs between Sh110 and Sh130. Meals containing meat are pricier.

“The restaurant’s selling point is its pricing and high quality food. Many clients regard it as a life saver,” said head chef Michael Mutua. The restaurant manages the low prices by keeping operations simple. It is a neatly arranged hall with a capacity to hold 230 people per sitting. It has plastic stools and ordinary tables that reminds one of a dining hall in a secondary school. The menu is, however, distinct for the absence of meat dishes, explained by the fact that Hare Krishna followers are vegetarians.

The 7-month old hotel is a non-profit making venture and is kept afloat by its main sponsor, Rajem Jani, who along with other well-wishers offset losses incurred on a monthly basis.

It is run by a trust, Jaganath Charitable Trust, whose objectives are relief from poverty and promotion of health, education, research and general welfare. The trustees are well known personalities in the banking, accountancy, insurance and manufacturing sectors who requested not to be named.

“By the end of next year, we are looking at opening similar restaurants in Industrial Area, Westlands, and the city centre,” Ms Khetia said.

Presently, the hotel caters for clients off premises through boda boda taxis, which deliver orders for an extra fee of between Sh10 and Sh15.

The restaurant has bought a truck for outside catering which is expected to supply food to customers within the city centre from August.

It caters for a segment of the population that a recent Oxfam report found was embracing new eating habits as a way of beating escalating food prices.

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1969 July 3: "Please convey my blessings to Jayananda, who is helping so much now in organizing for the Rathayatra Festival. LA temple is now an ideal place for all centers to take example. Now make San Francisco as important."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 July 3: "Politicians pose as the friend of the people, but they are actually not. The real friend is Krishna. Still, if you can make arrangements to meet with Nixon, it will be a great event, so try for it."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 July 3: "I have not heard from you concerning our Mayapur program. Is the fence being constructed? What news of Indira Gandhi? Please let me know. I am very anxious to hear from you."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 July 3: "I am relieved to know your whereabouts again after not hearing from you for some time. You want to see me and I also have some important things to discuss with you, so best thing is we meet at the end of July in Vrindaban."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 July 3: "We have received sanction for constructing the Juhu temple. Until further order whatever money you collect should be sent to Bombay. Print books as far as possible, and whatever money you collect send to Bombay."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: July 2nd Kirtana at New Vraja-dhama

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Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Sunday marks 'Rath Yatra' in India

Kolkata, July 2 (IBNS): As the monsoon gears up in the entire nation, one can sense that it is the time for the colourful Hindu festival of Rath Yatra.
On Sunday the entire nation will get involved in dragging Lord Jagannath's rath (chariot) symbolizing the journey of the deity from his temple to the garden palace in the countryside.

It is in Puri (Orissa) where the epicentre of the festival lies, with thousands of people flocking the road to drag the lord's chariot from his temple to Gundicha mata's temple through his aunt's home (Mausi Maa Temple which is near Balagandi Chaka in Puri).

Jagannath is accompanied by his brother Balarama, and their sister Subhadra in this journey.

Three beautifully decorated chariots which resemble temple structures are pulled through the streets of Puri by thousands of people who consider it to be a pious activity to help Jagannath reach his aunt's residence.

The festival is known by several names by the devotees like 'Gundicha Jatra', 'Ghosa Jatra', 'Navadina Jatra', 'Dasavatara Jatra' and by a variety of other names.

The three chariots of Balarama, Subhadra and Jagannatha are newly constructed every year with wood of specified trees like phassi.

It is a customary tradition to bring the wood for the chariot from the ex-princely state of Dasapalla by a specialist team of carpenters who have been performing this activity for ages.

The logs are traditionally set afloat as rafts in the river Mahanadi and are then collected near Puri and transported by road.

Interestingly, the three chariots are decorated as per the unique system that is prescribed and followed for centuries and kept on the Bada Danda, the Grand Avenue in Puri.

The chariots are covered with bright and beautiful canopies that have been made of stripes of red cloth and combined with those of black, yellow and blue colours.

The giant-sized chariots are then lined across the wide avenue in front of the beautiful temple, close to its eastern entrance, which is also known as the 'Sinhadwara' or the Lion’s Gate.

Lord Jagannatha’s Chariot is known as 'Nandighosa'. The huge chariot is forty-five feet high and forty-five feet square at the wheel level.

The Chariot of Lord Balarama is called 'Taladhwaja' and it has a Palm Tree on its flag. The forty-four feet high chariot has 14 wheels and each of them is seven-foot in diameter and covered with red and blue cloth.

The Chariot of Subhadra is known as 'Dwarpadalana' , which literally means "trampler of pride". The 43-foot high structure has 12 wheels which are seven-foot in diameter.

This Chariot is decked with a covering of red and black cloth - black being traditionally associated with Shakti and the Mother Goddess.

Rath Yatra or the Chariot dragging festival is followed in every city in India.

Infact it is also quite popular outside India with chariots being dragged in cities like Dublin, Belfast, Birmingham, London, Bath, Budapest, Melbourne, Montreal, Paris, New York, Singapore, Toronto, Antwerp, Kuala Lumpur and Venice.

In Kolkata chariot of Jagannath is dragged with huge fanfare on this day.The largest chariot of the city is brought out by ISKCON.

The "idols" are brought back after a week in the chariots as the festival is then called 'Ulto Ratha' ("reversed Ratha") .

In Kolkata numerous fairs are held to mark the mood of festivity and celebration. Myth has it that it always rains on the day of 'Ratha Yatra' in Kolkata and the city has already tasted good amount of rain since Saturday evening.

Food is an integral part of any Indian festival and for 'Rath' the Bengali community has special dishes to match with the entire mood and ambiance.

On this date one can find 'papad' (Indian crispy thin flatbread) and 'telebhaja' (Bengali oil friend fritter) being savoured by the Bengalis all over the country and even if you do not prepare them at home you will always find them ready to be served in the street side shops.
Emphasis added on 1 city :-)
Where Ratha Yatra arrives in just 2 weeks!

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Friday, July 1st, 2011

Above Water

Watrous, Saskatchewan

It had become a somewhat of a recreation day. After all it’s a national holiday. Canada as we know it was born in 1867 on July 1st. You’ll usually find me near Parliament Hill in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, chanting with a group of Krishna monks and laypersons.

This year kirtan for me was at little Manitou Lake, a body of water which has similar dynamics to the Dead Sea. Upon these healing mineral waters your body floats. One eager devotee swam the entire width of the lake, leaving the rest of us most anxious. The anguish fuelled the kirtan. Our prayers were answered as the devotee was detected from out-of-range (due to the size of the lake) to visibility and finally back to safe shore.

It was an above-water experience. This topic of staying afloat become a sustained theme. Three of us temple dwellers visiting Saskatoon for devotional performances conversed about how each of us was raised by our parents. In the case of each of us our parents are sustaining life-long partnerships. Mine are deceased but saw through a 40th wedding anniversary. God bless them!

We spoke admiringly of our loved ones and how they held us offspring as number one objects of duty and affection. They lived “sacrifice” to the book. Divorce was not a consideration for them. It was “old school” type of thinking. They --our parents-- kept us always above water. You know, there should never be a day without gratitude.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Thursday, June 30th, 2011

I Took to the Highway

Edmonton, Alberta

I took to the Trans Canada highway for a stretch. It's a long road (the world's longest) that I have become familiar with. It appears to be an endless ribbon of pavement, two lanes, sometimes four lanes, and in some busy locations like Montreal it spans to much more than that.

On Calgary's east end where I trekked for a bit it is a hectic #2 to Montreal with six lanes and is referred to as 16th Avenue.

Near Barlow Trail my ride came to pick me up for the journey to Edmonton and beyond. A Fijian couple transported our little bhakti drama troupe to the radha Govinda Cultural Centre where we were greeted by two angelic-like Bengali monks. They fed us and yet we had more time to kill (the ego) before our next driver came to take us on the last leg of the day's journey to the city of Saskatoon. We sat down for a session of verse memorization (always a good exercise for those who need to learn lines). From the Bhagavad-gita you have this string of many verses to choose from. The Gita is like the highway, a ribbon with many points of interest. Out of the seven hundred verses we chose 10.30 from the chapter entitled "Opulence of the Absolute".

The message is deep, especially the phrase kalah kalayatam aham, "Of subduers I am time." Time tends to calm all things. Time puts all to rest.

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

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.12.01 - The humble heart is a heart of gratitude.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Remembering Rathayatra in Krsna Valley at Datiha, where Dantavakra was slain

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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: The Hare Krishnas

Śrīmatī Draupadī was so devoted to Kṛṣṇa that she herself was called Kṛṣṇā, which is the feminine form of the name, and Arjuna was also called Kṛṣṇa because of his devotion to the Lord. Similarly, the devotees of the modern Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement are often called "the Kṛṣṇas." So it appears that the custom of addressing Kṛṣṇa's devotees by His name has a long history.

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.58.5

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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: The Climate of Denial

Click here to read the full essay from Al Gore at Rolling Stone

Here is the core of it: we are destroying the climate balance that is essential to the survival of our civilization. This is not a distant or abstract threat; it is happening now. The United States is the only nation that can rally a global effort to save our future. And the president is the only person who can rally the United States.

Many political advisers assume that a presiLinkdent has to deal with the world of politics as he finds it, and that it is unwise to risk political capital on an effort to actually lead the country toward a new understanding of the real threats and real opportunities we face. Concentrate on the politics of re-election, they say. Don't take chances.

All that might be completely understandable and make perfect sense in a world where the climate crisis wasn't "real." Those of us who support and admire President Obama understand how difficult the politics of this issue are in the context of the massive opposition to doing anything at all — or even to recognizing that there is a crisis. And assuming that the Republicans come to their senses and avoid nominating a clown, his re-election is likely to involve a hard-fought battle with high stakes for the country. All of his supporters understand that it would be self-defeating to weaken Obama and heighten the risk of another step backward. Even writing an article like this one carries risks; opponents of the president will excerpt the criticism and strip it of context.

But in this case, the President has reality on his side. The scientific consensus is far stronger today than at any time in the past. Here is the truth: The Earth is round; Saddam Hussein did not attack us on 9/11; Elvis is dead; Obama was born in the United States; and the climate crisis is real. It is time to act.

Those who profit from the unconstrained pollution that is the primary cause of climate change are determined to block our perception of this reality. They have help from many sides: from the private sector, which is now free to make unlimited and secret campaign contributions; from politicians who have conflated their tenures in office with the pursuit of the people's best interests; and — tragically — from the press itself, which treats deception and falsehood on the same plane as scientific fact, and calls it objective reporting of alternative opinions.

All things are not equally true. It is time to face reality. We ignored reality in the marketplace and nearly destroyed the world economic system. We are likewise ignoring reality in the environment, and the consequences could be several orders of magnitude worse. Determining what is real can be a challenge in our culture, but in order to make wise choices in the presence of such grave risks, we must use common sense and the rule of reason in coming to an agreement on what is true.

The climate crisis, in reality, is a struggle for the soul of America. It is about whether or not we are still capable — given the ill health of our democracy and the current dominance of wealth over reason — of perceiving important and complex realities clearly enough to promote and protect the sustainable well-being of the many. What hangs in the balance is the future of civilization as we know it.

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By Ashraf Padanna

Treasure, thought to be worth billions of rupees, has been unearthed from secret underground chambers in a temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala

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Raxit Jariwalla: Our respectful obeisances are unto you O Vaishnav Thakur, the Great Acharya and 7th Goswami, empowered by Krishna, who envisioned the cooperative spreading of the message of Lord Caitanya all over the world by people of all nations

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Japa Group: Good Questions In The Japa Room

We had a very successful opening of the Japa Room one stage 26 devotees were in attendance and many good questions and comments were made in the chat room. One very good question was about the time when we should chant - someone asked is it OK to make up our rounds the next day if we had a busy day?....and another about chanting half our Japa quota before going to work and chanting the rest when returning home.

It got me thinking about the importance of rising as early as possible and chanting as many rounds a possible before doing anything else. Sometimes we are in a very tight schedule, but within that schedule we should make Japa our number one priority in the morning.
Here is a nice quote from Srila Prabhupada that I used in the Japa Room about this subject.

Chanting japa should be done early in the morning with full concentration preferably during the Brahma Muhurta time. Concentrate fully on the sound vibration of the mantra, pronouncing each name distinctly and gradually your speed in chanting will increase naturally. Do not worry so much about chanting fast, most important is the hearing.

Letter to Radhaballabah das - 6 January, 1972
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Gouranga TV: 24Hour Hare Krishna Kirtan – New Vrindaban

24Hour Hare Krishna Kirtan – New Vrindaban

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