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  1. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana
  2. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Thursday 28 April 2011--Perfect Protection in a Dangerous Jungle--and--Shall We Develop Love Intentionally?
  3. Japa Group: Sweet Like Sugar Candy
  4. Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Gauranga! Nityananda! Honouring Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura
  5. Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Gauranga! Nityananda! Honrando a Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura
  6. H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 9.13.4-5 – Vasistha vs Vishvamitra 07-12-2010–Video
  7. Sutapa das, BV Manor, UK: Politically correct
  8. Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: Padam padam hi vipadam - danger at every step
  9. Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: GiveAway : It’s On!
  10. Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: The Butler’s Pantry
  11. New Vrndavan, USA: No Parking Where Tent Will be Set Up For Festival Of Inspiration
  12. H.H. Sivarama Swami: Dhama-tattva class at the Bhaktivedanta College
  13. Mukunda Charan das, SA
  14. Mukunda Charan das, SA: Who Is Krishna?
  15. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): 293—Poem for April 27
  16. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): OLD FRIENDS
  17. H.H. Sivarama Swami: “Japa mala-mala, a prayer for peace.”
  18. Mayapur Online: Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura - Vyasa of Sri Caitanya Lila
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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana

What a beautiful sunny day today, isn't it? It reminds one of the 'Description of Autumn' in the Krishna Book:

"During the daytime in autumn, the sun is very scorching, but at night, due to the clear moonshine, people get relief from the day's fatigue. Similarly, a person who takes shelter of Mukunda, or Krsna, can be saved from the fatigue of misidentifying the body with the self..."

Here is the
darsana of that most magnanimous shelter-giving Mukunda.

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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Thursday 28 April 2011--Perfect Protection in a Dangerous Jungle--and--Shall We Develop Love Intentionally?

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course(TM) Thursday 28 April 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: Perfect Protection in a Dangerous Jungle Uploaded from Kaunas, Lithuania This material world is not a safe place. It's a wild, dangerous jungle where death can attack you at any moment. Our only safe position is to take complete shelter of that person whom even fear personified is afraid of, Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Only if we are under His shelter are we fully protected from this dangerous material jungle. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Answers According to the Vedic Version: Question: Shall We Develop Love Intentionally? Dear teacher: Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. In the beginning stage we do not have love for Krishna and Vaisnavas. Is it that by dutifully serving them we can develop our love for them, or we should intentionally try our best to love them also? Your humble servant Y.Z. Answer: Lovingly Do Your Duty Do both. Work the process from both sides in order to make the quickest advancement. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Transcendental Resources: Receive the Special Blessings of Krishna Now you too can render the greatest service to the suffering humanity and attract the all-auspicious blessings of Lord Sri Krishna upon yourself and your family by assisting our mission. Lectures and Kirtans in Audio and Video: Link to High Definition Videos Link to Over 1,000 Lecture Audios Lecture-Travel Schedule for 2011 Have Questions or Need Further Guidance? Check out the resources at: or write Sankarshan Das Adhikari at: Get your copy today of the world's greatest self-realization guide book, Bhagavad-gita As It Is available at: Know someone who could benefit from this? Forward it to them. Searchable archives of all of course material: Receive Thought for the Day as an RSS feed: Unsubscribe or change your email address Follow us on Twitter: Sankarshan Das Adhikari on Facebook: Thought for the Day on Facebook: Copyright 2005-2011 by Ultimate Self Realization.Com Distribution of this material is encouraged. Simply we request you to acknowledge where it is coming from with a link to our sign up page: Our records indicate that at requested to be enrolled to receive e-mails from the Ultimate Self Realization Course at: This request was made on: From the following IP address:

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Japa Group: Sweet Like Sugar Candy

The holy name, character, pastimes and activities of Krsna are all transcendentally sweet like sugar candy. Although the tongue of one afflicted by the jaundice of avidya (ignorance) cannot taste anything sweet, it is wonderful that simply by carefully chanting these sweet names every day, a natural relish awakens within his tongue, and his disease is gradually destroyed at the root.
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Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Gauranga! Nityananda! Honouring Srila Vrindavana Das Thakur

Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura
Jaya Srila Vrindavana Das Thakur! Today marks the disappearance day of Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura. On this day the only uncertainty should be if we should chant the name of Gauranga more or Śrī Nityānanda more but what is certain is the glorification of Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura is a must, not only as a pure devotee of Gaur-Nitai but also the embodiment of Gaura Prema.

In the Caitanya Caritamrta Adi-lila 11.55 is states:
bhagavate krishna-lila varnila vedavyasa
caitanya-lilate vyasa -- vrindavana dasa

Srila Vyasadeva described the pastimes of Krishna in Srimad-Bhagavatam. The Vyasa of the pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu was Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura.

The purport states:
Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura was an incarnation of Vedavyasa and also a friendly cowherd boy named Kusumapida in krishna-lila. In other words, the author of Sri Caitanya-bhagavata, Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura, the son of Srivasa Thakura's niece Narayani, was a combined incarnation of Vedavyasa and the cowherd boy Kusumapida. There is a descriptive statement by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura in his commentary on Sri Caitanya-bhagavata giving the biographical details of the life of Vrindavana dasa Thakura.

Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura was the most dear devotee and disciple of Lord Śrī Nityānanda and was one of the last if not last disciples of Lord Śrī Nityānanda. 

Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura's glories can go on and on but one of my favorite glories is his staunch stance on Vaishnava apradha!  Something we unfortunately still see all too often. He states:
eta parihare-o je papi ninda kare
tabe lathi maron tar shirera upare
Even after being told how objectionable it is, if someone still blasphemes the Vaishnavas  then I will kick him in the head.

Can it be said any stronger?

On this day I am unqualified to adequately glorify Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura so I will turn to the words of Srila Krishna Dasa Kaviraja Goswami.

O fools, just read Sri Caitanya-mangala! By reading this book you can understand all the glories of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

 As Vyasadeva has compiled all the pastimes of Lord Krishna in Srimad-Bhagavatam, Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura has depicted the pastimes of Lord Caitanya.

 Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura has composed Sri Caitanya-mangala. Hearing this book annihilates all misfortune.

By reading Sri Caitanya-mangala one can understand all the glories and truths of Lord Caitanya and Nityananda and come to the ultimate conclusion of devotional service to Lord Krishna.

In Sri Caitanya-mangala [later known as Sri Caitanya-bhagavata] Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura has given the conclusion and essence of devotional service by quoting the authoritative statements of Srimad-Bhagavatam.

If even a great atheist hears Sri Caitanya-mangala, he immediately becomes a great devotee.

The subject matter of this book is so sublime that it appears that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has personally spoken through the writings of Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura.

I offer millions of obeisances unto the lotus feet of Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura. No one else could write such a wonderful book for the deliverance of all fallen souls.

~ Caitanya Caritamrta Adi-lila 8.33 to 40

And with that I offer my humble obeisances to Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura and thank my guru Srila Prabhupada for delivering this treasure. Thank you for the oppurtunity to glorify Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura!

Gauranga! Gauranga!
Nityananda! Nityananda!

¡Jaya Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura!

En el día de hoy celebramos la desaparición de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura. En este día la única incertidumbre debería ser si cantamos más el Santo Nombre de Gauranga o si Cantamos más el Santo Nombre de Śrī Nityānanda pero de lo que sí debemos estar seguro es de que la glorificación de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura es una necesidad, no sólo como un devoto puro de Gaur-Nitai sino también por ser la encarnación de Gaura Prema.

En el Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta Ādi-līlā 11.55 se dice que:

bhagavate krishna-lila varnila vedavyasa

caitanya-lilate vyasa -- vrindavana dasa

Śrīla Vyasadeva describió los pasatiempos de Krishna en El Śrīmad Bhāgavatam. El Vyasa de los pasatiempos de Señor Caitanya Mahāprabhu fue Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura.

En el Significado se dice:

Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura era una encarnación de Vedavyasa y también un muchacho amistoso de los gopas o vaqueritos llamado Kusumapida en el krishna-lila. En otras palabras, el autor del Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata, Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura, el hijo de Śrīvasa Thakura' la sobrina Narayani, era una encarnación combinada de Vedavyasa y del joven vaquero Kusumapida. Hay una declaración descriptiva de Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura en su comentario sobre el Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata que da los detalles biográficos de la vida de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura.

Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura era el devoto y el discípulo más estimados del Señor Śrī Nityānanda y fue uno de los ultimos discípulos, o sino, el último discípulos del Señor Śrī Nityānanda.

Las glorias de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura no tienen fin, pero una de mis glorias preferidas es su postura firme en el Vaishnava apradha! Algo que desafortunadamente todavía vemos demasiado a menudo. Él indica:

eta parihare-o je papi ninda kare

tabe lathi maron tar shirera upare

Incluso después de lo que hemos dicho sobre lo desagradable que es, si alguien todavía blasfiema contra los Vaishnavas entonces le patearé la cabeza.

¿Puede ser más fuerte dicho?

En este día soy incompetente para glorificar adecuadamente a Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura así que releeré las palabras de Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī.

¡Oh, tontos, si acaban de leer el Śrī Caitanya-mańgala! Leyendo este libro usted puede entender todas las glorias de Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

Pues Śrīla Vyasadeva ha compilado todos los pasatiempos de señor Krishna en Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, el Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura ha representado los pasatiempos de señor Caitanya.

Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura ha compuesto el Śrī Caitanya-mańgala. La audición de este libro aniquila toda la desgracia.

Por la lectura del Śrī Caitanya-mańgala uno puede entender todas las glorias y verdades del Señor Caitanya y Śrī Nityānanda y llegar a la última conclusión del servicio piadoso al Señor Krishna.

En el dasa de Sri Caitanya-mańgala [conocido más adelante como el Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata] Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura ha dado la conclusión y la esencia del servicio piadoso cotizando las declaraciones autoritativas del Śrīmad Bhāgavatam.

Si incluso un gran ateo oye el Śrī Caitanya-mańgala, él se hace de inmediato un gran devoto.

El tema de este libro es tan sublime que aparece que Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu ha hablado personalmente con las escrituras de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura.

Ofrezco millones de obeisances a los pies de loto de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura. Ningún otro podía escribir un libro tan maravilloso para la liberación de todas las almas caidas.

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta Ādi-līlā 8.33-40

Y con ése ofrezco mis obeisances humildes al Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura y agradezco a mi gurú Śrīla Prabhupada por entregar este tesoro.

¡Gracias por la oportunidad de glorificar a Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura!

¡Gauranga! ¡Gauranga! ¡Nityananda! ¡Nityananda!

Personal Deities of Srila Vrindavana Das Thakur
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H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 9.13.4-5 – Vasistha vs Vishvamitra 07-12-2010–Video

Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 9, Chapter 13, Texts 4 and 5 titled “Vasistha vs. Vishvamitra”

. Dallas, TX 2010-07-12

śiṣya-vyatikramaḿ vīkṣya
taḿ nirvartyāgato guruḥ
aśapat patatād deho
nimeḥ paṇḍita-māninaḥ


śiṣya-vyatikramam — the disciple's deviation from the order of the guru; vīkṣya — observing; tam — the performance of yajña by Indra; nirvartya — after finishing; āgataḥ — when he returned; guruḥ — Vasiṣṭha Muni; aśapat — he cursed Nimi Mahārāja; patatāt — may it fall down; dehaḥ — the material body; nimeḥ — of Mahārāja Nimi; paṇḍita-māninaḥ — who considers himself so learned (as to disobey the order of his spiritual master).


After completing the sacrificial performance for King Indra, the spiritual master Vasiṣṭha returned and found that his disciple Mahārāja Nimi had disobeyed his instructions. Thus Vasiṣṭha cursed him, saying, "May the material body of Nimi, who considers himself learned, immediately fall."

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 9.13.5

nimiḥ pratidadau śāpaḿ
gurave 'dharma-vartine
tavāpi patatād deho
lobhād dharmam ajānataḥ


nimiḥ — Mahārāja Nimi; pratidadau śāpam — countercursed; gurave — unto his spiritual master, Vasiṣṭha; adharma-vartine — who was induced to irreligious principles (because he cursed his offenseless disciple); tava — of you; api — also; patatāt — let it fall; dehaḥ — the body; lobhāt — because of greed; dharmam — religious principles; ajānataḥ — not knowing.


For unnecessarily cursing him when he had committed no offense, Mahārāja Nimi countercursed his spiritual master. "For the sake of getting contributions from the King of heaven," he said, "you have lost your religious intelligence. Therefore I pronounce this curse: your body also will fall."


The religious principle for a brāhmaṇa is that he should not be greedy at all. In this case, however, for the sake of more lucrative remunerations from the King of heaven, Vasiṣṭha neglected Mahārāja Nimi's request on this planet, and when Nimi performed the sacrifices with other priests, Vasiṣṭha unnecessarily cursed him. When one is infected by contaminated activities, his power, material or spiritual, reduces. Although Vasiṣṭha was the spiritual master of Mahārāja Nimi, because of his greed he became fallen.

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Sutapa das, BV Manor, UK: Politically correct

Last week my parents handed me my polling card for an upcoming local election. I do, however, have a confession to make. In the last 10 years I have failed to cast a single vote in any government election. That may alarm you, but it is the truth, and a phenomenon which is becoming extremely widespread. As elections approach, politicians may intensify their campaigns to win over public opinion, but people are becoming more and more indifferent. Many feel that the link between their vote and public policy is tenuous at best. Furthermore, the link between public policy and their own sense of wellbeing is even vaguer. Voting, many may consider, is simply not worth the effort.

When Mahatma Gandhi visited England for the “Round Table Discussions”, his British hosts gave him an impressive tour of London — Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Whitehall, etc. At the end, they asked him “So, Gandhiji, what do you think of Western civilization?” Gandhi replied, “I think it would be a good idea!” In other words, it was not simply social and economic infrastructure that made one cultured and guranteed wellbeing and prosperity for all. The real measure of a civilization is the character of the people and the ethos and aspirations of the society. In Vedic culture, the governors of society were guided by saints and sages who were uninvolved in matters of power, prestige and profit, and thus fully free to give unbiased advice for the benefit of all. There was respect and reverence for these spiritual guides, and their words of wisdom were considered invaluable in the universal quest for happiness and peace. Unfortunately, the modern political world seems starved of such spiritual direction. Scandals, irregularity and hypocrisy are rife, invariably causing suspicion and frustration amongst the electorate.

Having said that, I am definitely not advocating political apathy. Politics and government is an extremely influential area which significantly impacts the world we live in. If we want to promote spirituality within society, significant change will have to come from political circles. While government candidates often express some kind of God consciousness, observers often see this as no more than political choreography in the quest for votes. Something more substantial is needed. While trends towards secularism seem powerful, there is a simultaneous recognition in the corporate, educational and political world of the need for genuine spirituality free from the stains of dogmatism and sectarianism. Let’s hope that politicians will embrace the opportunity to consult genuine spiritualists who can inject some substantial wisdom into the equation. Undoubtedly, this would be the politically correct thing to do.

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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: Padam padam hi vipadam - danger at every step

It was almost 10pm and we were running out of UEY and I saw these two men having a serious conversation so i walked upto them. And asked them if they had ever tried yoga or meditation. They explained that they had heard but not tried, so i offered them a Bhakti yoga each. By then Sam and Rashmin joined too. They were really into it and started to ask about George Harisson and mantras he chanted. Each one of them started to share their story. I kept speaking with one of them and he just came out honest. He started to tell me he had lost everything, his family, his job, his relations everyone. He had not seen his daughter for 3 years due to his addictions. So i asked him how did that happen and he explained it was addictions. And I just asked him what addiction and he said he was fighting cocainne addiction. He started to explain he has lost everything and really wants to get it together but he cant. I told him to give up something lower, he needs something higher. He wanted to be happy and I told him to feel that he needs to know who he is. He then started to tell how he was also a guitarist - and his friend was schocked to hear that. Then he said he was a poet and read out two of his poems with sound effect. I was thinking it is so tough a world we live in, someone who is a poet and muscian and a father ends up alone fighting a deadly addiction. He very deeply appreciated Prabhupadaès book and it made us realise how much work we have to do. There are so many talented people, just struggling up in this world that we can reach out to with these beautiful gems of Srila Prabhupada.

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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: GiveAway : It’s On!


So the Horton Brasses Kitchen Hardware GiveAway Contest is so on! Three entries up and we expect more to come in before the deadline of June 1st. Check out the contest site where you can view the entries, cast your vote, read about the judges and find out for yourself how to enter!

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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: The Butler’s Pantry


The Remains of the Day is my absolute favorite book and movie. Absolute. So it is no wonder that I would be excited to post about butler’s pantries. Stevens is my favorite literary butler–a proud yet humble hero; his dedication to his position and employer his own far-reaching tragedy. So what better way to pay homage to him than to celebrate the butler’s pantry. Go on…

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New Vrndavan, USA: No Parking Where Tent Will be Set Up For Festival Of Inspiration

To Whom it May Concern: The tent company will come next Tuesday or Wed May 3rd or 4th (depending on weather).

This means that the parking areas in front of the Tulasi house entry door up to the “Lassi Shack” and over to the Island must be kept clear of vehicles (NO PARKING), after Breakfast on Tuesday the 3rd and Wednesday the 4th.

Please facilitate by not parking in this area on those days so the men can do their work!

Many thanks in advance!

yr Festival servants

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Dhama-tattva class at the Bhaktivedanta College

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Mukunda Charan das, SA

‘In the western countries, when someone sees the cover of a book like Krishna, he immediately asks, ‘Who is Krishna?  Who is the girl with Krishna? etc.’  The immediate answer is that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.  How?  He is full in all six opulences [wealth, beauty, fame, strength, intelligence and renunciation]‘

[A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, preface to Krishna: The Supreme Personality Of Godhead]

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Mukunda Charan das, SA: Who Is Krishna?

‘In the western countries, when someone sees the cover of a book like Krishna, he immediately asks, ‘Who is Krishna?  Who is the girl with Krishna? etc.’  The immediate answer is that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.  How?  He is full in all six opulences [wealth, beauty, fame, strength, intelligence and renunciation]‘

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): 293—Poem for April 27 SDGonline Daily updates

A Writer of Pieces

New format—I will begin with a poem written on the day of its printing. Then I will print random excerpts of books I have printed over the last 35 years. I hope this variety will be pleasing.

Poem for April 27

Bring my blank mind to
Prabhupada and Krishna in
chanting. It takes some time
to awaken to them as you
count the mantras in connection.
Warm room, rain outside and
lazy bones. You push on in
your cerebral worship. Narayana
comes up and brings great
relief in his association
talking about his need to exercise
his back and the Prabhupada Succession

In his presence I finish my
rounds with tail end of
headache, he says don’t suffer
it, take more meds if you need it.
I sing for Krishna’s pleasure
some lines of bhakti-yoga,
He’s the purusa, Supreme
Person in everyone’s life.

Sing His glories,
come closer to the
. You want to
go there at death,
although it takes great
qualification and greed.
My worship is so simple
facing Them in plain faith
that They are actually
Radha-Govinda and
Hanuman is for the present
life for strength and
inspiration to write.

Go on singing as you can
praises from the scriptural
readings and your heart.
You know the Lord for
many years and have become
familiar with His lilas
and the purports. Go on
hearing them and report
the news as you
receive it anew each day.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): OLD FRIENDS SDGonline Daily updates

From Memory in the Service of Krishna

“The sages at Naimisaranya had asked Suta Goswami to summarize all the scriptures and tell them the most essential part. They requested this on behalf of the people of Kali-yuga, whose time and energy is very limited.  Suta therefore proposed to eliminate all talk of materialistic religion. This was already declared in the second verse of the first chapter of Srimad-Bhagavatam: dharmah projjhita kaitavo—religion which is motivated with material desires is rejected from the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Only the highest dharma is taught here, and there is no need to learn anything else from other scriptures.

“Srila Prabhupada defines dharma as occupational duty, and he boldly proclaims that everyone has only one duty, no matter what shape or form it may take in terms of varna or asrama. The one duty is to render loving service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That will deliver a conditioned soul from the miseries of repeated birth and death and completely satisfy the self.

“Srila Prabhupada often lectured on this verse: sa vai pumsam paro dharmo, and he said it defined the best religion. The best religion is not Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, or any other sect. The best religion is love of God. And one can ascertain if that paro dharma is being performed by these symptoms: the devotee serves the Supreme Lord without any profit motive, and he serves full-time without any interruption. Only then does dharma satisfy the self, because the self is meant to serve the whole, just as the hand is meant to render service to the body.

“But sometimes when I hear this Bhagavatam verse, it produces a doubt in me. The doubt is my own failure to retain the pure faith I thought I once had in my aspirations for bhakti-yoga. Because of my disappointments, the verse doesn’t always bring forth the responses within me that it used to. I sometimes fall so badly that I look upon the paro-dharma statement as if it were a proselytizer’s trick to get us to join his sect. He defines pure religion in a non-sectarian way but then says it can only be found in his sect. Where has such cynicism and disappointment come from? It has certainly not come from this verse itself or its speaker. The sage Suta and the sages at Naimisaranya were not performing cheap proselytizing for an institution.  Neither was Srila Prabhupada trying to drum up followers for a religion—rather, we were attracted to Prabhupada by seeing he offered pure transcendental knowledge and because he practiced pure love of God.

“Did Swamiji promise us something that hasn’t come true? No, he never said we would become pure devotees overnight, although he said it was possible. ‘You can become Krishna conscious in a moment, or you may fail to become Krishna conscious after millions of births,’ he said. He soon saw our tendency to fight among ourselves and warned us that it could ruin everything. He promised us bliss in the chanting of Hare Krishna, and a brilliant future for going back to Godhead—
provided we became like him, unmotivated and uninterrupted in our service. Prabhupada didn’t bluff or cheat or make false rosy pictures. He pointed us toward the spiritual world and said he would guide us at every step. He is doing that still if we wish to follow.

“My original attraction to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna consciousness was for the pure essence. But I have fallen short of the goal that I hoped to attain. I may have thought I would attain it within three months after I received my harinama initiation. Or I may have thought I had attained it at my second initiation. Or I thought that I’d attained it when I became a sannyasi, a GBC man, an initiating guru. Yet I still fall short, more and more short, of what I wanted to be. I wanted to be a pure devotee, serving without interruption and without motive.

“Yet I needn’t feel disappointed. Recognition that an individual devotee, or the fledgling movement of devotees, has not yet reached full potentiality is not a cause of defeat or hopelessness. As Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura said when he envisioned the world movement of Lord Caitanya’s teachings, ‘Nothing is absolutely pure in the beginning. From imperfection, purity will come about.’

“When I read this Bhagavatam verse not superficially but more thoughtfully, I become encouraged. And then I wish to encourage others to go onward, eliminating materially-motivated religion, giving up the ‘part-time hobby’ mentality toward religion and serving for the pleasure of the Lord. As Prabhupada concludes in his purport, ‘Everyone should engage himself in that loving transcendental service of the Lord, even in the present conditional state of material existence. That will gradually give one the clue to actual life and please him to complete satisfaction.”

From Here is Srila Prabhupada

“I Remember

“I remember so many things not related to Srila Prabhupada. I guess I can’t change my past, but I hope that as my pre-Krishna conscious past grows more and more distant from my present life, my memory of it will also fade.

“I do have memories of Prabhupada too now, although some of those are also a little faded. I remember being on a porch somewhere. I stood with Srila Prabhupada, waiting to get into a car. He was supposed to meet with someone, but I can’t remember who. I remember being outside temples with him, being in public with him, getting into cars. I remember coming into his room in Vrndavana. The room was dark and cold, and he wore a big wool hat. Even in the dark I could see his eyes shining—he was so mystical in Vrndavana.

“I remember him in rooms with bright lights too. He wore wool sweaters. Once, on a walk on a cold Australian winter morning, he wrapped his entire body in a gray wool chadar against the whipping wind. Another time, in a small room in Melbourne, I remember him greeting boisterous guests. Prabhupada entertained them, and I read out sections of his books. ‘Your Divine Grace,’ they said, ‘What about this? And what about that?’ He gave them each a gulabjamun and asked that they eat it right away. ‘Don’t save it for later.’

“I remember walking with him on Juhu Beach and talking with his disciples at Mishra’s country estate—‘Who is Swamiji? What is he?’ No one knew enough to answer that question. I remember signing ISKCON into existence under naked light bulbs. I remember being with him when he started taking morning walks.

“I don’t remember all his sarcasms, loving gestures, important arguments against doubts, moments he hurt my pride, moments I was inspired and touched and deeply resolved to always be his disciple. I can’t remember who was there and what they said. Did I go with him to a lecture in Italy, or did I miss them all because of illness?”

“Srila Prabhupada, big stretches of life with you are erased from my consciousness. I say I don’t remember, and yet I do. A tiny spark lights up, and I don’t see the outline of our association together. It’s separation—the years are making the details dimmer, so we cling to the few main points. I do remember to serve you every day; I don’t forget that for a minute.”

From Photo Preaching

Liberty Plaza

“That looks like a student. Remember Don from my Navy days? People like that think that by going to college they will make more money and be more privileged. I went for knowledge. I didn’t think much about getting a job afterward.

“Everyone’s looking for a break. Maybe he knows that pretty girl. ‘Hi, Jake, how are you?’ Jake would then tell her of his false angst, and how he longs for her day and night. He’d take her home. But that’s not always the easy way out because then he’d have to be with her later, and what do you say? Having a person on your hands for hours isn’t always easy. And yet, Mary Lou, without you, he’s so lonely, reading his Voltaire or doing his math on the bench with his lousy lunch and drink in a cup.

“‘I wear this leatherette jacket and cut off my hair just for you, Mary Lou, but what’s the use?’
You see me on the street,
and you don’t care . . .
Oh, Mary Lou.

“And she’s thinking, ‘There’s that Jake. He’s not much, but he’s cute too. I’ll just walk by a little closer and see if he looks up. Shy guy.’
“A shy guy,
pretending to read
examining his navel
in a book on how to create
a nuclear reactor and blow
people up. He’s studying that
junk. Young Werthe’s blues,
you go to college in a
place like this? It ain’t no
Harvard, and I’m no intellectual.
You see, my father put up some dough
and I got the rest by working.
Don’t want to be a shmo forever
so I get my grades
at Pepperty Street Tech.
and hope to become a schmaltz salesman in
the future. Oh, Mary Lou . . .
‘Geez,’ she says, smiling,
and there’s yellow on her teeth,
‘Did you see the latest on
O. J. Simpson?’
Don’s heart sinks,
and yet if she’s so homely,
maybe there’s a chance
he can win her
in Liberty Plaza where
even the bricks ache
and time is lost
each time a girl like
that passes by.”

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: “Japa mala-mala, a prayer for peace.”

H.H. Sivarama Swami: “Japa mala-mala, a prayer for peace.”

Sivarama Swami

April 27th, 2011
Remembering Maharani dd aka Poly Styrene of X-ray specs.
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One Response to ““Japa mala-mala, a prayer for peace.””
Atavi Krsna Das says:
May 5, 2011 at 2:10 am
Dear Holiness Sivarama Swami Maharaja:
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Interesting story about Maharani Mataji.
I also found an interview where she shares her realizations and strong faith in Krsna.
Here is the link:
Thank you very much for broadcasting your podcasts.
Your servant,
Atavi Krsna das.

H.H. Sivarama Swami: “Japa mala-mala, a prayer for peace

Poly Styrene (Maharani Dasi) talks of her Hare Krishna devotion

Krishna Katha by Citraka dasa


Krishna Katha by Citraka dasa

Remembering Maharani dd aka Poly Styrene of X-ray specs.

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Mayapur Online: Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura - Vyasa of Sri Caitanya Lila

Today is the disappearance day of Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura. He is a direct disciple of Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu and author of Sri Caitanya Bhagavata. At Mamagacchi in Modadrumadvipa (Navadvipa), Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura establised Deities of Nitai-Gauranga and Sri Jagannatha. He lived there as a celibate and worshiped his beloved Deities. Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura's mother's name was Sri Narayani Devi. Narayani Devi was the daughter of Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura's brother.

Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura Vyasa de Sri Caitanya Lila

Por webdasa el Wed, 16:15 2011-04-27

El hoy es el día de la desaparición de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura. Él es un discípulo directo de Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu y autor de Sri Caitanya Bhagavata. En Mamagacchi en Modadrumadvipa (Navadvipa), Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura estableció las deidades de Nitai-Gauranga y de Sri Jagannatha. Él vivió allí como célibe y adoraba sus queridas deidades. La madre de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura era Sri Narayani Devi. Narayani Devi era la hija del hermano de Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura. Después de la desaparición del Señor Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura fue a vivir a Kumar Hatta. Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura tenía tres hermanos: Sripati, Srirama y Srinidhi. Él también tenía un hijo, pero muy joven de edad, su hijo desapareció (murió), volviendo a la Morada del Señor Supremo.

Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura había vivido previamente en Sri Hatta, pero porque él quiso la asociación de los devotos él se fue a vivir a las riberas del río Ganges en Navadwip. Cuando Mahaprabhu reveló su divinidad en la casa de Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura, demostrándole Él mismo Su verdadero Ser a los devotos reunidos allí, Narayani devi era solamente una muchacha de cuatro años. En el Caitanya Bhagavata se escribe:

"La luna dorada, Sri Gauranga, revelada como el alma de todas las almas. En aquel momento él le pidió a Narayani que cantara el nombre de Krishna. Aunque ella tenía solamente cuatro años ella lo hizo algo enojada por el amor a Dios. Y gritando, "¡Oh Krishna! "ella se sumergió en éxtasis. Mientras que ella sentada en el suelo entró en un trance de dicha, y sus ojos se llenaron de lágrimas, abrumados por el amor divino."

El hijo de Narayani Devi fue Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura. En el Caitanya Bhagavata él ha escrito el cómo Narayani fue el objeto de afecto de Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu:

"Como resultado de su gran piedad, Narayani conseguía cualquier remanente que el Señor pudiera dejar después de comer. Aunque ella fuera solamente una niña inculta (iletrada), el Señor favoreció a la sobrina de Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura dándole las sobras del alimento tocadas por Sus santos labios."

Es de hecho por la misericordia de la prasada del Señor que Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura tomó nacimiento en el vientre de Narayani como la encarnación de Vyasa. Śrī Gauranga y Śrī Nityānanda eran la mismas vida y el alma de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura. Sobre el padre de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura poco se conoce. Aparte de su relación con Narayani, no se conoce mucho de los antecesores de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura.

En su comentario en el Caitanya Bhagavata, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura: "En el hogar ancestral de Malini-devi [la esposa de Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura] Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura jugaba de pequeño. Allí lo alimentaron y cuidaron como a una joya valiosa

Uno puede encontrar muchos hechos con respecto a la vida de Vṛndāvana dāsa yendo a Mamagachi, la aldea donde tuvo lugar la boda de Sri Narayani. Al poco tiempo, algo después de eso, en Magagachi, mientras que Vṛndāvana dāsa aún estaba dentro del vientre de Narayani, esta convirtió en una viuda. En el pequeño cuarto de un pobre brahmana, ella vivió con gran pobreza y dificultad como sirvienta en la casa de Vasudeva Dutt. Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura nació, y pronto comenzó sus estudios. Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura tomó nacimiento cuatro años después de que Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu aceptó sannyasa. Cuando Mahāprabhu había desaparecido (partió de este mundo) de este mundo y había entrado en su aprakrita-lila, Vṛndāvana dāsa tenía apenas veinte años.

Poco tiempo después, Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura aceptó la iniciación de Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu. Él es el sirviente eterno de Śrī Nityānanda. Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura fue con Sri Jahnava-devi al gran festival en Kheturi grama.

Śrī Kṛṣṇa dāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, escribe de las glorias sin fin de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura:

"La vida de Śrī Kṛṣṇa fue compuesta por Śrīla Vyasadeva en El Śrīmad Bhāgavatam. El Vedavyasa para el lila de Śrī Caitanya fue Vṛndāvana dāsa. Vṛndāvana dāsa llamó a su libro el "Caitanya Mangala". Quienquiera que lea u oiga su libro ningunas desgracias graves le ocurrirá. Quién lo lee conoce las glorias de Caitanya y de Nitai. Su libro contiene la esencia del Santo Bhagavata. Y demuestra qué es Krishna-Bhakti y no que es el Bhakti. Un ateo que oiga las palabras de Ṭhākura pronto se aplacará. Y se unirá a las filas de hombres santos cuyas almas proceden del cielo. Ningún hombre ordinario puede cantar sobre Dios pues él ha cantado: El Mismo Señor Śrī Caitanya ha hablado con la lengua santa del Ṭhākura. Me inclino un millón de veces antes los santos pies de loto de Śrī Vṛndāvana dāsa, cuyos versos son tan dulces que aquel que los lea será liberado de este oscuro mundo de la ignorancia; me inclino un millón de veces antes el lugar en donde él tomó nacimiento."

Más información:

En su niñez, Narayani Devi, sobrina de Srivasa Pandit, se enojó con el amor de dios sobre la recepción de la misericordia de Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Ella dio a luz más adelante a Vṛndāvana dāsa, que fue el ultimo discípulo de Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu. Durante la orden de su guru él escribió el Śrī Caitanya Bhāgavata.

Es prácticamente una ley entre los escritores Vaisnava como Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī, Śrī Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, y Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura el de mantenerse siempre en la humildad (bajos). Nunca mencionan nada de su linaje o familia e incluso ni de su historia personal. Los mejores autores de versos escritos y la mayoría que gozaron y recogieron en el Padyavali de Sri Rupa Gosvami sigue siendo desconocido.

Durante el siglo XVI, las obras completas y excepcionales, de prosa trascendental y de poesía fueron ocultados por los humildes Vaisnavas que preferían seguir siendo anónimos. La sensación de humildad extrema, de tales escritores Vaisnavas se expresa solamente en lo referente a sus preceptores o maestros. Śrī Kṛṣṇa dāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, glorifica a sus gurús al final de cada capítulo del Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta: sri rupa raghunatha-pade yara asa, caitanya caritamrta kahe krsnadasa."

Rogando a los pies del loto de Śrī Rūpa y de Śrī Raghunātha, deseando siempre su misericordia, I, Kṛṣṇa Dāsa, narro El Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta, permaneciendo a su pies."

Śrī Kṛṣṇa dāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī muestra su supremo homenaje y gratitud honrando a Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura con el "con el nombre de Vyasa" en el Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Antya-līlā 20.82:

"Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura es el devoto favorito del Señor Śrī Nityānanda. Y por lo tanto él es el Vyasadeva original en la descripción de los pasatiempos de Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu." Como Śrīla Vyasadeva dijo en los pasatiempos del Señor Śrī Kṛṣṇa en el Bhāgavatam y el otro Puranas, lo mismo Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura describió el lila del Señor Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu en el Caitanya Bhāgavata.

El humilde corazón de Kṛṣṇa Dāsa Kavirāja vierte más alabanzas sobre Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura: "El escuchar El Caitanya Bhagavata destruye todas las desgracias. Por la lectura de El Caitanya Bhagavata uno entenderá las glorias del Señor Caitanya y del Señor Śrī Nityānanda. Y logrará la más elevada perfección en amor y conocimiento puro sobre Śrī Kṛṣṇa.

" Puesto que un libro tan maravilloso no se puede escribir por un ser humano, parece que Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu mismo lo ha hablado a través de la boca de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura. Ofrezco millones de respetuosas reverencias a los pies de loto de Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura. Por escribir un libro tan valioso él ha entregado cada uno de los ciclos de nacimiento y muerte. (Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta Ādi-līlā 8.33-42)

En Mamagacchi en Modadrumadvipa (Navadvipa), Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura estableció las deidades de Nitai-Gauranga y de Sri Jagannatha. Él vivió allí como un devoto célibe y adorando a Sus Queridas Deidades. Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura tubo a muchos discípulos incluyendo a Gopinatha Brahmacari, descendiente de Sri Kesava Bharati.

En los pasatiempos del Señor Śrī Kṛṣṇā, Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura es Srila Vyasadeva. Su samadhi está en los 64 Samadhis del área de Vrindavana.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: You won’t hear this on any mainstream news

SRS: The radioactive world we live in.

You won't hear this on any mainstream news!!! (Nuclear Fallout)

SRS: The radioactive world we live in.

Subido por  el  18/04/2011

Nuclear Facts A very clued in professional who will not be bought or intimidated into silence: Dr Helen Caldicott, true to style, tells it as it is. As she sees it, you wont usually hear the truth so listen up.. Nuclear fallout from Japan and Canada, You won't hear this on the news!

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Tuesday, April 26th, 2011


Durban, South Arica

When walking in urban areas in the morning (and chanting) the creatures most common to be seen are cats, dogs and birds. Amongst the birds are doves. Here at the Chatsworth/Durban temple I see or at least hear a dove each day. I began thinking about the word "Dovetailing" so often used by our guru, Srila Prabhupada in his writings.

In a letter by him written 38 years ago on this day, Prabhupada wrote to a devotee friend of mine, Thakur Haridas, from Canada about dovetailing. Although the word was not spcifically used in this context it is totally implied.

Thakur Haridas was a novice monk living in California at the time when he went door to door in Hollywood. He knocked on the door of pop star Neil Diamond. Neil opened his home to Haridas for a couple of hours and had frank discussions with Haridas. Haridas then told Prabhupada of the experience.

Here is an excerpt from the letter on channelling your talents or dovetailing:

"My Dear Thakur Haridas,

Please accept my blessings, I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated April 21, 1973 and also the screenplay, "Jonathon Livingston Seagull" from Mr. Diamond. So it is good work that you are getting important man to understand the importance of Krishna Conciousness in the modern world... I can undrstand from the play he is talented man. Now you have to impress upon him that when talent is used to glorify the Supreme Lord, that is perfection of talent. Just like one of our students, he is scientist, PHD and he can present God by scientific statement. He has written one small book presenting God Consciousness based on scientific statement very nicely so we are publishing it..."

The point made is if you have a skill, a talent, use it for a higher purpose.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Seminar Link Edited

Part 1 of the seminar given by Narayani Mataji was not working. It has been uploaded correctly now.

Please go to 15th of April in the Archives to download the lecture.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Monday, April 25th, 2011

Sweat and rain

Durban, South Africa

The Easter Monday marks the last of the four day Ratha Yatra festival in Durban. The numbers have been big, tens of thousands each day. And the ecstasies... there are plenty.

I particularly relished the Youth lounge where dance sessions to go to the beat of multiple djimbe players. Despite lack of air in the scrawny tent youths in the age of 16 and above(not strictly enforced) were jiving with the mantra. It was a sweet experience.

Over the four day phantasmagoria we alternated on two dramas for the larger tent which seats 1200 or more. Scheduled as the last item this time a lot got filled up in full capacity seating of spectators. Godrumagoura, who I see like a son, played out his roles well in the Vishnu story, "Gods and Demons" and in "The Jaganath Story". We also managed to insert a ten minute dance where he partners with African born Prema Vikas in a piece called "Chaitanya's Verses". Well done, Gour and Prema. Audiences were pleased.

Mother Nature did not let up tonight to add to all the ecstasies. Rain drenched the place located just a short Jaunt from the newly built Stadium, established for last year's soccer world cup. The down pour only added to the fun.

And you know, when dealing with nature as it is with its dualities you never hop into a bowl of roses. I had my issues with the technical guys on lights and sound. The Bhagavad - Gita states that this world is dukha (pronounced dookha) meaning there is a shore of misery. You can never expect to step into perfection in our mundane world. Let's end the naivete and get real. We have some work to do before we reach a resemblance of perfection. The final kirtan chanting with Madhava from Switzerland and B.B. Govinda, dear friend from the early monk days in Toronto put a nice closure to the weekend and creating a close - to - perfect scenario.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Jagattarini Mataji

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.5.1 - The understanding of the Absolute Truth (vadanti tat tattva-vidas...).

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Vyasa Puja Celebration


You are all invited to join us in celebrating the appearance day of Kadamba Kanana Swami next Monday.

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Japa Group: Remain Connected To Service

Hare Krsna my dear devotees. I was thinking today about how is at the time of death, sometimes we avoid these kinds of thoughts because we are maybe afraid of how would we think. I found a beautiful prayer about that.

O my Lord, will I again be able to be a servant of Your eternal servants, who find shelter only at Your lotus feet? O Lord of my life, may I again become their servant so that my mind may always think of Your transcendental attributes, my words always glorify those attributes, and my body always engage in the loving service of your Lordship? SB 6.11.24
This poem shows that at any situation we should think of the Lord, chant all the time, serve the Lord in our minds when we can't serve Him at the temple, and engage our body and senses at His service by remembering Him. We should never stop chanting, and glorifying the Lord's qualities.

Wishing you a wonderful week of chanting and service.

your servant,

Aruna devi
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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Visiting Sannyasi

Dear Melbourne devotees,

please note that Bhakti Rasamrta Swami is holding a special talk tomorrow from 7.30 till 9 pm in the Temple Room.

Please join us and imbibe Maharaja's wisdom.

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Kurma dasa, AU: Mothers Day Just Two Weeks Away

Why not order some personally signed Kurma Cookbooks and DVD sets to gift your mother this Mothers Day.

tinytomyum: tinynewcaulis: tinygujaratipumpkin:

tinygorgonzolaandfrshpearsonFruitloaf: tinycheesypolenta_000: tinycakes:

Mum can then cook lovely things from my cookbooks and invite you over for dinner. Win-win situation.

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This is the 11-disc 20-hour Kurma TV cookery show DVD compendium.

Just add Mum, a couch and a cup of tea.

the kurma dvd:

I can get your orders posted to you, anywhere in Australia, in time for you to gift-wrap them.

Orders: write me on

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Gouranga TV: H.H. Sivarama Maharaja – S.B. 1.8.47

H.H. Sivarama Maharaja – S.B. 1.8.47

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Book Distribution News: The power of Prabhupada and the Hare Krsna mantra...

In one small city in Spain I walked over to a man sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car and handed him a copy of The Science of Self-Realization. As he looked at the beautiful photograph of Srila Prabhupada on the cover, I spoke to him about the book and about the chanting of Hare Krsna. On the seat beside him I noticed a large knife, some whisky bottles, and what appeared to be a package of illegal drugs. The man accepted the book gave a donation and I left. A half an hour later he returned and asked to speak with me urgently. “It’s a life or death situation,” he said. I sat in the car with him, and he told his story. “At the moment you first saw me,” he said, “I was going to kill someone who owed me money and was refusing to pay me.” He showed me the knife. “I was going to get intoxicated so I could get up the courage to kill him. But I don’t know what happened. I saw the monk on the cover of this book and chanted the Hare Krsna song you taught me, and suddenly someone is telling me from inside, ‘Forget about the money. Don’t kill him.’” He was clearly moved. “I just came to thank you, because you saved me from doing a very sinful act.” I told him to thank Lord Krsna, who was telling him from within to forget the money and the murder. We became good friends, and I invited him to visit the temple and to go deep into the philosophy of Krsna consciousness.

your servant, Haripada Dasa

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