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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Tuesday 31 May 2011--Anything Else is a Royal Waste of Time--and--How is Spiritual Master's Body Spiritual?

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Tuesday 31 May 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: Anything Else is a Royal Waste of Time Uploaded from Sofa, Bulgaria Any other endeavor besides reconnecting yourself in love with that person who is the very source of your existence is ultimately a royal waste of time. Why? Because all such endeavors lead nowhere except to death. Therefore to have a truly meaningful existence you must dovetail all of your life's activities with the supreme goal of going back to home, back to your original existence in that wondrous spiritual sky. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Reconnecting with that Wondrous Spiritual Sky Sofia, Bulgaria--29 May 2011 Answers According to the Vedic Version: Question: How is Spiritual Master's Body Spiritual? It is said in scriptures that the body of a spiritual master is never to be considered a material body. Then, in this present material world, why does the spiritual master seem to take birth, get old, sometimes get sick and at the end leave his body at the time of death? D.P. Answer: Like an Iron Rod in the Fire Even though the spiritual master's body is still under the laws of material nature, it is a fully spiritualized body because it is fully absorbed in Krishna's service. This is just like if you place an iron rod in the fire, it becomes fire. It acts just like fire with anything it comes into contact with. In this connection Srila Prabhupada has taught us that one has to awaken his Krishna consciousness by first regretting his past misdeeds and then by touching the lotus feet of the spiritual master. It is a fact that Krishna consciousness cannot be achieved by one's own endeavor. One must approach a self-realized, Krishna conscious person and touch his lotus feet. 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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Mukunda Charan das, SA: Chanting On Japa Mala: An Introduction To The Chanting Of Hare Krishna On Beads

This is an attempt to explain japa meditation on chanting beads or japa mala. This article is meant to assist those who are interested in mantra meditation, particularly the Sanskrit maha-mantra or the Holy Names of Krishna. Again, it is dedicated to Emina, Inno and Simone.

The Sadhana Of The Holy Names

The chanting of the maha-mantra is the principle sadhana or spiritual practice of the Hare Krishna movement. The maha-mantra or ‘great prayer of deliverance’ – Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna/Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama/Rama Rama, Hare Hare – can be sung, chanted or repeated in the mind. Chanting Hare Krishna is not something confined to the Hare Krishnas; it is, according to the Vedas, the recommended process of self-realization in this modern age.

Spiritual Perfection

The perfection, or sadhya, of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra is love of God.  Love of God has many facets.  In loving God, we realize our eternal identity in the Spiritual Kingdom of God.  This is self-realization in its truest sense.  Bhakti, or devotion, is compared to the planting of a seed within the heart.  This seed is watered by hearing and chanting.  Hearing and chanting purify the heart or mind.  When the heart is sufficiently purified, we are able to ‘see’ our true spiritual form and the pure spiritual form of the Lord.  The chanting of Hare Krishna Hare Krishna/Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/Hare Rama Hare Rama/Rama Rama Hare Hare gradually brings us to this elevated point.

Chanting On Beads

When the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra is sung in a call-and-response manner, congregationally, it is called kirtan. Kirtan is usually accompanied by traditional instruments like karatalas, mridanga and conchshells. When the mantra is spoken softly (the Sanskrit word is jalpana) with the assistance of prayer beads or japa mala, it is called japa. This kind of chanting can be performed alone or in the company of others.

Each japa mala has 108 wooden beads. The number 108 is considered very auspicious in Vedic culture. For example, there are 108 Upanishads. Another example is that of ancient Vedic kings performing a 108 ashvameda or horse sacrifices to invoke auspiciousness. On a more esoteric level, however, the 108 beads represent the 108 principal gopis or female assistants of Radha and Krishna. The bead at the top of the japa mala, the one between the biggest and smallest bead, is called the visarga. The visarga represents the Divine Couple, Radha and Krishna. No mantras are chanted on this bead.

The chanting beads are usually carved from sacred tulasi wood. In Vaishnava culture, tulasi beads are believed to invoke bhakti or devotion to Krishna. To avoid offences to the holy tulasi plant, beginners are advised to chant on beads made from the sacred neem tree. It is the custom for devotees to first chant the Pancha-tattva mantra, before chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. The Pancha-tattva mantra is: jaya sri krishna-chaitanya/prabhu nityananda/ sri advaita, gadadhara/ srivasadi gaura-bhakta-vrinda. Chanting of the Pancha-tattva mantra eliminates offences the chanter might make against the maha-mantra.

The Hare Krishna japa meditation begins by holding the biggest bead between the middle finger and the thumb. As each mantra is completed, the chanter works his/her way down from the biggest to the smallest bead. When the chanter reaches the smallest bead, he/she turns around, beginning the next ’round’ of chanting from the smallest bead to the biggest. When the big bead is reached again, the chanter begins another ’round’ on the big bead. And so on.

Serious chanters usually chant a daily quota of japa. Each ’round’ of a 108 mantras is measured by the chanting beads. The number of ’rounds’ chanted is measured by a separate bead counter. Those initiated into the chanting of the maha-mantra take a vow to chant a minimum of sixteen ’rounds’ of the maha-mantra every day. That is about two hours of chanting a day. The Vedas recommend the best time for chanting is during the brahma-muhurta period – an hour-and-a-half before sunrise. The brahma-muhurta hour is the most auspicious time for spiritual activity, subduing the effects of tamas guna and rajas guna – the modes of ignorance and passion.

Purifying The Heart

On rising, devotees chant the Holy Names of Krishna and various other mantras to remind themselves of the Lord and their spiritual position as servants of God. We remember Krishna even before we take bath. There is the beautiful story of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya from the Caitanya Caritamrita where he chants ‘Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna’ on rising before mangala-arati (early morning worship of Krishna in the Temple at 4:30am) and Lord Chaitanya’s pleasure on witnessing this.

Some nice verses for Vaishnavas to chant on rising include:

‘A Prayer To Mother Earth’:

samudra-vasane devi/ parvata-stana-mandite
visnu-patni namas tubhyam/ padasprsam ksamasva me

‘Oh, Mother Earth, I offer my humble obeisances to you, who are the wife of Lord Visnu and the residence of the oceans, and who are decorated with mountains. Please forgive me for stepping on you’

‘A Prayer Describing Lord Krishna’

jayati jananivaso devaki-janma-vado
yadu-vara-parisat svair dorbhir asyann adharman
sthira-cara-vrjina-ghnah susmita-sri-mukhena
vraja-puram-vanitanam vardhayan kama-devam

‘Lord Sri Krsna is He who is known as Jana-nivasa, the ultimate resort of all living entities, and who is also known as Devaki-nandana or Yasoda-nandana, the son of Devaki and Yasoda. He is the guide of the Yadu dynasty, and with His mighty arms He kills everything inauspicious as well as every man who is impious. By His presence He destroys all things inauspicious for all living entities, moving and inert. His blissful, smiling face always increases the lusty desires of the gopis of Vrindavana. May He be all glorious and happy’ [Hari Bhakti Vilas, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.90.48]

During the course of our early morning purificatory rituals, we chant mantras such as this one from the Garuda Purana (cf. the Hari Bhakti Vilasa): Om apavitrah pavitro va/sarvavastham gato ‘pi va/yah smaret pundarikaksam/sa bahyabhyantarah sucih – ‘Whether pure or impure, or having passed through all conditions of material life, one who remembers lotus-eyed Krsna becomes externally and internally clean’. Our morning bath helps us to become externally clean. Our remembrance of Krishna, by chanting of the maha-mantra, however, helps us to become internally clean. The purification of the heart by chanting Hare Krishna is what will ultimately bring us to spiritual perfection.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada explains the transformation of consciousness from worldly to spiritual in his purport to Bhagavad-gita 3.37: ‘When a living entity comes in contact with the material creation, his eternal love for Krishna is transformed into lust, in association with the mode of passion. Or, in other words, the sense of love of God becomes transformed into lust, as milk in contact with sour tamarind is transformed into yoghurt. Then again, when lust is unsatisfied it turns into wrath; wrath is transformed into illusion, and illusion continues the material existence. Therefore, lust is the greatest enemy of the living entity, and it is lust only which induces the pure living entity to remain entangled in the material world. Wrath is the manifestation of the mode of ignorance; these modes exhibit themselves as wrath and other corollaries. If, therefore, the mode of passion, instead of being degraded into the mode of ignorance, is elevated to the mode of goodness by the prescribed method of living and acting, then one can be saved from the degradation of wrath by spiritual attachment’. This elevation of consciousness is easily achieved by the chanting of Hare Krishna.


The Sanskrit word bhajan is derived from the root word bhaja which means ‘to worship’. When devotees or sadhus (saints) refer to their bhajan, they are usually referring to the solitary spiritual discipline of chanting on beads. The followers of Lord Chaitanya would chant in a Holy Place in a cottage called a bhajan kutir. Nowadays, devotees perform their bhajan in Temples or at home.

The Holy Names can be chanted anywhere and at any time, but the brahma-muhurta is considered the best time to chant. The chanter should chant in such a way that the words of the mantra – Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna/Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama/Rama Rama, Hare Hare – are distinctly heard. If the mind wanders from the mantra, we should bring it back by hearing the Holy Names. Chanting is a prayer to Krishna that means, ‘O energy of the Lord [Hare], O all-attractive Lord [Krishna], O Supreme Enjoyer [Rama], please engage me in Your service’. If we chant the Holy Names with attention, we can make rapid spiritual progress.

Heart And Soul: Meditations On The Chanting Of The Holy Names

The Holy Name is understood and experienced only by those who have renounced all conceit and pretension and directly embraced the process of chanting with humility, faith and devotion.

Having received the Holy Name from the lips of a spiritual master, the student embarks upon the path of daily chanting, being careful to pronounce the mantra clearly and distinctly and to chant loud enough to hear himself.

The chanter must absorb his consciousness deep within the divine sound of the mantra, vigilantly protecting the mind from the distraction of trivial or directionless thought.

The chanting of the Holy Name is a devotional art, a form of prayer, and thus one must chant with reverence and devotion. The Hare Krishna mantra is a prayer for protection and deliverance, a prayer to the Lord for His divine presence and the opportunity to serve Him.

It is a prayer from the core of the repentant heart. It is chanted therefore, in humility.

(These ‘Meditations’ are excerpts from the ‘Sri Namamrita’, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, copyright of the BBT)

El cantar en Japa Mala: Una introducción al canto Hare Kṛṣṇa con abalorios de Tulasī

Mukunda Charan das, SA

Esto es una tentativa de explicar la meditación del canto del japa abalorios o cuentas o japa mala. Este artículo trata de asistir a los que estén interesados en la meditación del mantra, particularmente el Maha-mantra sánscrito o los nombres santos de Kṛṣṇa. Una vez más se dedica a Emina, a Inno y a Simone.

El Sadhana de los nombres santos

El canto del Maha-mantra es el principio del sadhana o la práctica espiritual del movimiento Hare Kṛṣṇa. El gran rezo del Maha-mantra o deliveración - Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa/Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma/Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare - puede ser cantado, ser rezado o ser repetido en la mente. El canto Hare Kṛṣṇa no es algo confinado a los Hare Kṛṣṇas es, según los Vedas, el proceso recomendado de autorrealization en esta edad moderna.

Perfección espiritual

La perfección, o el sadhya, de cantar el Maha-mantra Hare Kṛṣṇa es el amor de dios. El amor de Dios tiene muchas facetas. En Dios cariñoso, realizamos nuestra identidad eterna en el reino de Dios espiritual. Ésto es autorrealization en el sentido más verdadero. Bhakti, o la dedicación, se compara al establecimiento de una semilla dentro del corazón. Esta semilla es regada oyendo y cantando. La audición y el canto purifican el corazón o la mente. Cuando el corazón se purifica suficientemente, podemos ver a nuestra forma espiritual verdadera y la forma espiritual pura del Señor. El cantar Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa/Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma/Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare nos trae gradualmente a este punto elevado.

El cantar en cuentas o abalorios

Cuando cantamos el mantra Hare Kṛṣṇa se canta de una manera de llamada y respuesta, congregacionalmente, y a este canto en congregación se le llama kirtan. Kirtan es acompañado generalmente por los instrumentos tradicionales como karatalas, mridanga y caracolas marinas. Cuando el mantra se habla suavemente (la palabra sánscrita es jalpana) con la ayuda de las cuentas o abalorios de tulasīs para el rezo o del japa mala, se llama japa. Esta clase de canto se puede realizar solo o en la compañía de otras personas (devotos).

Cada japa mala tiene 108 cuentas, grano o abalorios de madera. El número 108 se considera muy propicio en cultura védica. Por ejemplo, hay 108 Upanishads. Otro ejemplo es el de los reyes védicos antiguos que realizan 108 ashvameda o sacrificios del caballo para invocar hechos o cosas auspiciosas. En un nivel más esotérico, sin embargo, los 108 granos representan a las 108 gopis principales o las ayudantes femeninas de Radha y de Kṛṣṇa. El grano en el tape del japa mala, el que está entre el grano más grande y el más pequeño, se le llama el visarga. El visarga representa la pareja, Radha y Kṛṣṇa Divinos. No se canta ningún mantra en este grano.

Los granos del canto se tallan generalmente de la madera sagrada del tulasī. En la cultura de Vaishnava, los granos del tulasī se creen que invocan al bhakti o la dedicación (devoción) a Kṛṣṇa. Para evitar ofensas a la planta santa de tulasī, se aconseja a los principiantes cantar con los granos hechos del árbol sagrado de neem. Antes de comenzar el sagrado canto los devotos suelen cantar el mantra de Pancha-tattva, antes de cantar el mantra de Hare Kṛṣṇa. El mantra de Pancha-tattva es: jaya śrī kṛṣṇa-chaitanya/prabhu nityananda/ śrī advaita, gadadhara/ śrīvasadi gaura-bhakta-vrinda. Al cantar el mantra del Pancha-tattva se eliminan las ofensas que el orador pudo haber cometido contra el Maha-mantra.

La meditación del japa de Hare Kṛṣṇa comienza sosteniendo el grano más grande entre el dedo medio y el pulgar. Mientras que se termina cada mantra, el orante va hacia abajo desde el grano más grande al más grano más pequeño. Cuando el orante alcanza el grano más pequeño, él da vuelta de nuevo, comenzando la ronda siguiente del canto del grano más pequeño al grano más grande. Cuando el grano grande se alcanza otra vez, el orante comienza otra ronda en el grano más grande. Y así sucesivamente.

Los orantes serios cantan generalmente un contingente diario de japa. Cada vuelta de los 108 mantras es una ronda, medido por los granos del canto (la bolsa del Japa, que es de tela). El número de las rondas cantadas es medida por un contador separado del grano, (es una cinta atada en la parte externa de la bolsa o japa y suelen tener 24 o 30 perlitas pequeñas). Los iniciados en el canto del Maha-mantra hacen un voto para cantar un mínimo de dieciséis rondas diarias del Maha-mantra. Ésa lleva cerca de dos horas de canto al día. Los Vedas recomienda que el mejor periodo para cantar es durante el período del brahma-muhurta - una hora y media antes de la salida del sol. La hora del brahma-muhurta es el periodo más propicia para la actividad espiritual, sometiendo los efectos del tama guna y del raja guna - los modos de los tamas o ignorancia y de rajas o pasión.

Purificación del corazón

Al levantarse por la mañana, los devotos cantan los nombres santos de Kṛṣṇa y de otros mantras para recordar al Señor y su posición espiritual como sirvientes de Dios. Recordamos Kṛṣṇa incluso antes de que tomamos el baño. Hay la historia hermosa de Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya en el Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta donde él canta Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa al levantarse antes del mangala-arati (adoración de Kṛṣṇa, en la madrugada en el templo hacia las 4:30) y el placer del Señor Chaitanya en atestiguado en esto.

Algunos versos agradables que los devotos Vaishnavas cantan al levantarse son:

Un rezo para servir a la Madre Tierra:

samudra-vasane devi/ parvata-stana-mandite
visnu-patni namas tubhyam/ padasprsam ksamasva me

¡Oh, Madre Tierra!, le ofrezco mis humildes reverencias, ya que eres la esposa de Señor Viṣṇu y eres la Morada de los Océanos, y que estás adornada con las Montañas. Perdóneme por favor por caminar sobre Tí.

Un rezo que describe al Señor Kṛṣṇa

jayati jananivaso devaki-janma-vado
yadu-vara-parisat svair dorbhir asyann adharman
sthira-cara-vrjina-ghnah susmita-sri-mukhena
vraja-puram-vanitanam vardhayan kama-devam

SB 10.90.48: Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is He who is known as jana-nivāsa, the ultimate resort of all living entities, and who is also known as Devakīnandana or Yaśodā-nandana, the son of Devakī and Yaśodā. He is the guide of the Yadu dynasty, and with His mighty arms He kills everything inauspicious, as well as every man who is impious. By His presence He destroys all things inauspicious for all living entities, moving and inert. His blissful smiling face always increases the lusty desires of the gopīs of Vṛndāvana. May He be all glorious and happy!

SB 10.90.48: Señor Śrī Kṛṣṇa al que se conoce como Jana-nivāsa, el último refugio de todas las entidades vivientes, y que también se conoce como Devakīnandana o Yaśodā-nandana, el hijo de Devakī y de Yaśodā. Él es el guía de la dinastía Yadu, y con sus brazos poderosos él mata todo lo desfavorable, así como a cada hombre que sea impío. Con su presencia él destruye todas las cosas desfavorables para todas las entidades vivientes, móviles e inmóvlies. Su cara sonriente dichosa aumenta siempre los fuertes deseos de las gopīs de Vṛndāvana. ¡Puede Él ser todo glorioso y feliz! [Hari Bhakti Vilas, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.90.48]

Durante el curso de nuestros rituales purificadores de la madrugada, cantamos mantras tales como éste del Garuda Purana (cf. el Hari Bhakti Vilasa): Om apavitrah pavitro va/sarvavastham gato ‘pi va/yah smaret pundarikaksam/sa bahyabhyantarah sucih - `Tanto si es puro o impuro, o habiendo pasado por todas las condiciones de la vida material, se limpia externamente e internamente, aquel que recuerda los ojos de lotos de Sri Krsna. Nuestro baño de la mañana nos ayuda a estar limpios externamente. Nuestra rememoración de Kṛṣṇa, cantando el Maha-mantra, sin embargo, nos ayuda a estar limpios internamente. La purificación del corazón por el canto Hare Kṛṣṇa es qué nos traerá en última instancia a la perfección espiritual. Su Divina Gracia A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada explica la transformación del sentido de mundano al espiritual en su significado de La Bhagavad-gita 3.37: El `cuando una entidad viva entra en contacto con la creación material, su amor eterno para Kṛṣṇa se transforma en lujuria, en asociación con el modo de pasión.

BG 3.37: The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: It is lust only, Arjuna, which is born of contact with the material mode of passion and later transformed into wrath, and which is the all-devouring sinful enemy of this world.

BG 3.37: La Suprema Personalidad de Dios dijo: Es únicamente la lujuria, Arjuna, que nace del contacto con la modalidad material de la pasión y luego se transforma en ira, y que es el pecador enemigo de este mundo, enemigo que lo devora todo.

O en otras palabras el sentido del amor de Dios se transforma en lujuria, mientras que la leche en contacto con tamarindo amargo se transforma en el yogur. Entonces otra vez, cuando la lujuria está insatisfecha se convierte en cólera; la cólera se transforma en ilusión, y la ilusión continúa la existencia material. Por lo tanto, la lujuria es el enemigo más grande de la entidad viviente, y es la lujuria solamente que induce a la pura entidad viviente que siga enredada en el mundo material. La cólera es la manifestación del modo de la ignorancia; estos modos se exhiben como cólera y otros corolario. Si, por lo tanto, el modo de la pasión, en vez de degradarse en el modo de la ignorancia, es elevado al modo de la bondad por el método prescrito de vivir y de actuar, después uno se puede salvar de la degradación de la cólera por el logro espiritual. Esta elevación del sentido es alcanzada fácilmente por cantar Hare Kṛṣṇa.


La palabra sánscrita bhajan se deriva de de la raíz de la palabra de bhaja, que significa adoración. Cuando los devotos o los sadhus (santos) se refieren a su bhajan, se están refiriendo generalmente a la disciplina espiritual solitaria de cantar con el japa de granos de tulasi. Los seguidores de Señor Chaitanya cantarían en un lugar santo en una cabaña llamada un bhajan kutir. Hoy en día, los devotos lo practican o lo hacen en sus templos o en sus hogares.

Los nombres santos se pueden cantar dondequiera y en cualquier momento, pero el brahma-muhurta se considera el mejor periodo para el canto. El orante debe cantar de una manera tal que las palabras del mantra - Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa/Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma/Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare - se oigan distintamente. Si la mente divaga y especula (en sus diferentes variedades de pensamientos, que nos separa del canto) del mantra, debemos atraerlo oyendo los nombres santos. El canto es un rezo a Kṛṣṇa que significa, [Hare] ¡Oh, Energía del Señor, [Kṛṣṇa] ¡Oh, el Señor Eternamente Atractivo!, [Rāma] ¡Oh, La Joya Suprema!, me contrata por favor a su servicio. Si cantamos los nombres santos con la atención que se requiere, podemos hacer rápido progreso espiritual.

Corazón y alma: Meditaciones en el Canto de los Santos Nombres

El Santos Nombres es entendido y experimentado solamente por los que han renunciado toda la presunción y pretensión y han abrazado directamente el proceso de cantar con humildad, con fe y con dedicación. Recibiendo el Santos Nombres de los labios de un Maestro Espiritual, el estudiante emprende la trayectoria de canto diario, teniendo cuidado de pronunciar el mantra claramente y distintamente y de cantar en voz elevada lo bastante para oírse. El orante debe absorber su sentido profundamente dentro del divino sonido del mantra, protegiendo y vigilando la mente contra la distracción del pensamiento trivial o sin dirección. El canto del Santos Nombres es un arte piadoso, una forma de rezo, y uno debe cantar así con reverencia y con dedicación. El mantra de Hare Kṛṣṇa es un rezo para la protección y la liberación, un rezo al Señor por Su Divina Presencia y la oportunidad de servirLo. Es un rezo de la base del corazón arrepentido. Se canta por lo tanto, con humildad. (Estas meditaciones son extractos del `Sri Namamrita, de Su Divina Gracia A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, con los derechos reservados del BBT)

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana



It is the full grin of our Giriraja that welcomes our darsana today and somehow transports us to the banks of the Yamuna, guided by the 'Vrndavana Meditations' of Bhurijana Prabhu:

"O Sri Radhika! O Giridhari! May the breeze of Your mercy clear my smoke-filled mind. May it transform me, a fool, into a true sadhu chanting Your names with taste, attachment, and longing at ancient Kesi Ghat."

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Japa Group: The Wandering Baby-like Mind

We can have a tendancy to get familiar with the process of chanting the Hare Krsna mantra - it's easy to slip into bad Japa habits and therefore cause offenses.

Today this thought was on my mind - it's very easy to allow the mind to wander off, much like a small baby who follows his eyes and mind all over the place - going here and there discovering something new.

The child like mind needs to be brought back the self (soul), like when we call the baby back so that it remains out of danger, we need to call back the mind to the Maha mantra and keep it safe away from the allurement of the material energy.

Let us all engage in this wonderful chanting of Krsna's names....fully absorbing ourselves in the sound of the Holy names, thereby keeping the mind in association of the Lord.
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Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Get the mercy of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur at

Sharing another item from our email inbox. The most important service is Sankirtan! Please read about this wonderful endeavor and simply join in. If we get back to the basics and focus on sankirtan I am certain Srila Prabhupada will be very happy!
Dear Friends,

Hare Krishna. I'm sending you the following inspiring letter from Vaisesika, confident you will enjoy learning about this innovative program to serve Srila Prabhupada's book publishing and distribution mission.

Once you read this, I hope you will also be inspired to join me and be "one in a 1008" at!

So, read on and enjoy!

Your servant,
Pancharatna Dasa

Please visit and Register.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur ki Jai!

Dear esteemed devotee interested in the spiritual welfare of the world.
Please accept our humble respects

“All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu!”

We bring you warm greetings from ISKCON of Silicon Valley (ISV), where our mission is to serve all living beings by widely distributing the Holy Names of Krishna.

We invite you to join in a fun and blissful drive that will bring good fortune to everyone it touches.

Benefits for you:

• Feel great about yourself
• Have fun along with your friends and relatives
• Link up with positive-minded, dynamic devotees around the world
• Make new friends
• Serve the great Acaryas
• Alter the destiny of the world
• Get recognized and promoted by Lord Chaitanya
• Be a part of a winning team

Over a five-week period from May 27 to June 30, 2011, we will assemble a team of at least 1,008 members to actively distribute transcendental books to benefit people of the world. We will offer the results of this event to the great Acharya (world teacher of spiritual knowledge) Bhaktivinoda Thakura on his disappearance day, Thursday, June 30th.

Around the same time last year, with much less time to plan, 550 people joined this campaign. We are starting earlier and in a much better organized way this year.

Our principle for success is to get a lot of people, each one doing a little and while doing making it fun and easy. And to make it even more exciting, we ask everyone to invite their friends, family members, and colleagues to join them, asking everyone to do a small bit

To support you we have assembled a kit to help you and your friends get started. It contains:

• DVD (audio video introduction to the mission)
• Manual on where & how to get books, report scores, and so on
• Pamphlet on how to sell a book
• List of materials you’ll need and where to get them
• Language cards (so that you can sell a book in any language)
• Wrist band (Shows your participation and attracts others to join you)
• Contact info for a mentor who will guide you
• Links to information websites
• Links to YouTube videos where you can see examples of devotees distributing books

This kit will be sent to you after you sign up.

By joining this festival you will feel inner happiness because you will be contributing directly to the spiritual welfare of people of the world.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krsna says that the person who spreads spiritual knowledge does the highest welfare work and is dearest to Him. And there has never been a better time to please Krsna in this most exalted way.

People of the world are unsettled as they see their fellow citizens rising up against their leaders, while the leaders are blindly employing stopgap measures or violence to stem the tide. The Middle East is broiling. Japan, New Zealand, Chile, and Haiti are all facing epic natural and man-made environmental crises. Even affluent nations are going through times of economic uncertainty and working people everywhere are juggling finances just to stay afloat. And these are a few samples of what is happening throughout the world.

Fading is the promise of happiness through material acquisition or advanced scientific research. People are now hungry for a spiritual practice that will give them direct experience of the supreme transcendence and tangible inner happiness that they can share with others.

The ancient Vedas — now available in beautifully presented books – show this path. We have stockpiled these books and are ready to distribute them to the masses.

You can make a difference!

Join our team of world-wide distributors for this unprecedented mission that will distribute thousands of transcendental books, providing effective spiritual solutions to sincere people of the world.

Following Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and displaying his own compassion for the people of the world, Bhaktivinoda Thakura sent transcendental books to people outside India. As the first Acharya in our line to do so, he sent the book entitled, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, His Life and Precepts, to scholars and literary luminaries of the time, thereby planting seeds for the sankirtan movement (the movement for cooperatively spreading spiritual knowledge) in the West.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur entrusted Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s sankirtan movement to his son, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, who in turn passed it on to his disciples, among whom was Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who personally brought Lord Chaitanya’s mission to the United States in 1965. Following the order of his spiritual master and the example of Srila Bhaktivinoda, Srila Prabhupada brought trunk loads of his transcendental books on Krishna consciousness for distribution. He also tirelessly traveled throughout the world, speaking, writing, and training his own disciples in the science of Krsna consciousness as taught by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Bhaktivinoda Thakura says . . .

jive doya, krishna-nam-sarva-dharma-sar
The showing of compassion to all fallen souls by loudly chanting the holy name of Krishna is the essence of all forms of religion.

Passed down through this chain of teachers and students (disciplic succession), this treasure of transcendental knowledge has now been laid at our doorsteps by Lord Chaitanya and his followers. And they are inviting us to distribute this knowledge. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada has put all of Lord Chaitanya’s teachings into beautifully illustrated and perfectly bound books that are waiting to be distributed to millions of people all over the world.
Help pass these books on!

“The more such literatures are read and distributed, the more auspicity will be there in the world.” (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada; quote from letter to Lilavati; 26 March, 1972)

Srila Prabhupada not only fulfilled Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s prediction that “a great General would soon appear to spread Lord Chaitanya’s teaching’s all over the world,” but also ensured that it would continue through the generations by passing the torch to his disciples and followers, training them and empowering them to “do as he had done.”

Catch these divine orders from the disciplic succession and in honor of Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
Reap the mercy of Bhaktivinoda Thakura!

It’s fun and easy.
We look forward to assist you.

On behalf of Team ISV,
Vaisesika Dasa

Please visit and Register.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur ki Jai!
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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: WHAT IS KARMA?

From time immemorial we are suffering or enjoying the fruits of our activities.

For instance, if I am a businessman and have worked very hard and very smart and have earned a great amount of money, then I am an enjoyer.

But if I lose all my money, I am a sufferer.

Similarly, in every field of life we enjoy the results of our work, or we suffer the results of our work.

This is called karma.

Although we are suffering or enjoying the results of our activities, we can change the results, and this change depends on the quality of our knowledge.

We are engaged in various activities but we do not know what sort of activities we should take on in order to gain relief from the reactions of these activities.

These activities can be changed when we are in goodness, when we are in sanity, and understands what sort of activities we should perform.

This is explained in detail in the great book of wisdom, Bhagavad-gita.

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As each bird flaps its wings it creates an uplift for the bird following. By flying in a "V" formation the whole flock provides 71% better range than flying alone. There is a power in the collective work. People who share a common direction and sense of community can reach their destination quicker and easier, travelling on the thrust of each other.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it immediately feels the drag and quickly gets back in to the draft of the nearest goose. If we had as much sense as a goose, we would stay in formation with those who are heading where we want to go. Sometimes the leading goose gets tired and rotates back into formation for another to take over. Take turns in leadership. Share leadership.

Be interpendent on each other's skills, knowledge, and qualities. Geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up the speed. Make sure your honking from behind is encouraging, not discouraging.

ENCOURAGE - coeur means "heart" in french.

Whenever a goose gets sick, wounded or shot, two geese fall out of the formation to go with one to protect, help it and stay it until it can fly again, or until it dies. They then launch out to join another formation or rejoin their original flock.

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"I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge."

- Rupa Gosvami

Understanding that we don't know makes us open to learning more and to learning new things that will help us progress.

If one is open to learn he is more likely to be successful.

Learning means getting knowledge.

And knowledge means sattva - goodness and enlightenment.

Getting knowledge means getting more intelligence.

If you think that education is expensive (time-wise, money-wise, energy-wise), try ignorance.

But if you dedicate yourself to lifelong learning, you will know more and more and get better and better in all areas.

Are you open to learning?

Are you ready to learn what you need to learn in order to make progress?

Are you ready to look for the right people from whom you will learn?

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Parasuram das: By divine arrangement a loop hole in the law appeared this year giving us the go ahead to have a small Rathayatra down Oxford Street - one of the busiest streets in the world. The police actually told me about the loop hole, thus a parade that would normally cost over £8,000 and 6 months notice - become manifest so thousands of people could get darshan of the Lord and hear the Holy name

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): 326—Poem for May 30 SDGonline Daily updates

4:20 A.M.

A Writer of Pieces

New format—I will begin with the 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 May 30

Again I wasn’t sure I chanted
all sixteen, but I must have in
that given time counting the strength,
I gave myself credit. Today is
beginning with yoga
and reading with Narayana at
10:00. He asked me my own opinion of my
poems. I said they were all right,
diaristic. Haridasa likes the pattern
condensed and inclusive in different

The Yadu princes went before the
senior sages and devotees and one teased
them hiding a lump of iron under his
clothes. He said I’m pregnant, what
sex shall my child be?
The sages were offended and
cursed them that that lump
shall be the downfall of your dynasty.
The princes were afraid and shaved
the lump into files and threw
it into the river at Prayasa.
But it grew up as iron bamboo sticks.
The Yadus drank liquor and became
infuriated with one another.
A fratricidal slaughter. Narayana said
it is a section that is difficult
to understand, but you have to
take it as a make-show
of the Lord.

The weather is warm.
I became overheated on the
walk, and we will start taking
them in the morning. Our
friendly talk after lunch is
a source of relaxation
and uncontrollable laughter.

Narayana has written a long
poem, he says it’s good we
don’t read every day,
or we’d grow tired of it.
Haridasa asked me,
‘What is a poem?’
I said it has to sing.
It has to sing
a tune nicely carried
out with a solo
by the instrumentalists
in their own voice.
My voice is dedicated
to Krishna who arranged
the annihilation of the
Yadus because there was
no other way they could
go back to Godhead
where life is free
of birth, death,
disease and old age
That is the perfection of human
life, to join with Krishna
and render Him direct service
in Goloka. I sing of that
aspiration from a lowly
position barely doing the
quota and hearing the
names inside my mind
to tuneful melody.

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

”From Prabhupada Meditations, Volume II

“Swamiji’s Converts

“Psychologists analyze religious conversions and give many reasons why a person accepts the absolute truth of scripture. I’m not trying to analyze my conversion in that way. I know what happened to me: a pure devotee came into my life.

“The pure devotee (Prabhupada) has a lot of ammunition. He has very good reasoning power and good arguments. He has personal saintliness and a mystical connection with the Supreme. He had the ancient and great Vaisnava tradition behind him. He was from India and spoke of many acaryas who also accepted Krishna consciousness. He said that what he was preaching was the same thing that Christ and Buddha had taught. So if we went against him, we went against all the Vishnu incarnations, all the God-teachers and sages of renunciations and lovers of the Supreme. He frankly said that the truth was beyond our senses; we should accept it and be humble.

“When I speak of my own conversion, I might also speak for other devotees who joined with me at this time. One thing we all had in common is that we were suffering from material life, and we admitted it. Prabhupada said that what he was teaching would bring us freedom from anxiety. We wanted that. Swamiji himself appeared to be free of anxiety, and he was ‘fixed.’ He said that we could do it just by chanting Hare Krishna. We tried it, and when we did not feel much change, Prabhupada would reassure us, ‘You will, eventually.’ He told us to be patient.

“But for ourselves, did we experience anything? Yes, undoubtedly; something. I attained release from bad personal habits and addictions. This was something tangible; I knew for sure. In a more general sense, I also experienced a new meaning to life, a willingness to be part of the adventure of living and hearing from the Swami. To speak psychologically, I would say that Krishna consciousness fulfilled a deep need in my psyche, a desire to be like a monk, someone who would seriously approach a guru. I had perhaps never thought of it exactly in those terms, but I had read about in novels like Herman Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game and Siddhartha. The idea of discipleship was not entirely strange to me. These are some of the things that the Swami had going for him in his battle against our cynicism—the battle to save souls, to convert us.

“Even a convert sometimes gets stuck along the way. One night, after the Swami had shaved his head so that it was gleaming, he sat in his room and talked happily about the four-armed form of Vishnu. But when I saw him, I fell back into thinking, ‘How can I believe this?’ And the first time I heard him say that Krishna married sixteen thousand wives, that also sent me backwards. I thought, ‘I can’t go further. I can’t accept this. It’s too fantastic.’ Sometimes you expressed these doubts to Prabhupada and sometimes you did not. If you did ask him he was always ready with strong argument and sastra. He was not the slightest bit doubtful, and neither, by my own understanding, was he being dogmatic. He used to say, ‘You may believe or not believe. That is a different matter.’ Theoretically you might imagine that someone in the world might have a better argument against the Swami, but you did not have any better argument. Besides, part of you very much wanted to believe him, but you just couldn’t get past some of your doubts.

“When I heard about the sixteen thousand wives, I blurted out, ‘I can’t accept this!’

“Prabhupada replied, ‘You cannot? The greatest scholars cannot.’ My doubt aroused his concern. There I was, another ignorant person who could not accept Krishna. Why did I not accept him? ‘Why don’t you believe it?’ This was another strength of Prabhupada’s—he could answer questions with cool logic, but he was also deeply involved in what he said. He was more involved in his conviction than you were in your doubt.

“Why can’t Krishna marry sixteen thousand wives? He’s the creator of everything, and He’s in everyone’s heart. If He comes out of the heart of a small number of persons and becomes their husbands, then He can do it. He can do anything.’

“One time when Swamiji was lecturing about life on the higher planets, he added, ‘I am not just saying this, but I am convinced.’ That blew my mind. Other times he said, ‘Rest assured’ or ‘Take it from me.’ He was willing to teach us on that basis also. He was saying in effect, ‘I know what I’m talking about. I realize this. It is a fact, so please accept it and take it from me. If you chant Hare Krishna you will understand that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. All these things will become revealed to you. Take it from me, there are higher planets. Just because you cannot understand it, and you cannot touch it with your senses, that does not mean it does not exist.

“Generally, I accepted whatever Prabhupada said. Whatever answers and convictions I now hold, they come from that process—as a doubtful person, I inquired and got answers from Swamiji.”


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From Shack Notes: Moments While at a Writing Retreat

“I have a picture of Radha-Damodara on my desk. It is up to Him whether I can do anything at all, whether I can even blink or breathe, whether I can think. Sometimes I imagine, ‘If I can write things down now, then later when my brain fails, this will remain.’ But things may not turn out as I expect. And what is it that remains? Who will judge it? What good will it do me when my body is burned and my soul has gone on? Prabhupada often pointed out the absurdity of honoring or mourning a great man after the soul had entered a dog’s body. Be a writer, but better to be in full submission to the guru’s order and take a better next life. Neither can that goal be pursued with a mood of selfish salvation. Krishna knows what is the real devotion and what is counterfeit. No one can teach Him. No one can impress Him with their razzle-dazzle. He sifts through and sees what they will give, what they withhold, and what their essential nature is made of. And although He kindly sees the good, He is always working for our rectification.

“When the leper Vasudeva was cured by Lord Caitanya, he feared that he would become proud and again be attracted by the material world. Lord Caitanya said,

‘O brahmana, never again will you forget the Lord, and never again will your heart become involved in the external things of this world. Why should you be anxious?’ (Caitanya-candrodaya, Act VII, Verse 44)

“With a blessing like that one could be satisfied even if he had to take birth again in the material world.

“All devotees are trying to pull free of material life. Our various tactics and plans, our temples and book distribution, are for teaching us devotion and renunciation from the world. Vasudeva was already extremely tolerant and humble and renounced, and he constantly thought of the Supreme Lord. Still he never claimed to be an advanced devotee, and Lord Caitanya embraced him.

“Krishna, Krishna, Krishna.

“Everything that comes out here is good for me. You don’t have to disbelieve it. Sometimes you feel unworthy. sometimes proud, sometimes healthy, sometimes sick. Observe these changes and the mind’s demands and just tolerate them. You are not these ups and downs.

“I am grateful. Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself before Krishna. Don’t think, ‘I have praised Him enough.’ You have to sincerely feel it now. Meet this new moment with fresh contrition and thankfulness,  thinking of Prabhupada’s kindness upon you.”


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From Churning the Milk Ocean

“Prabhupada’s Integrity in Maintaining Many Relationships at Once

“Prabhupada maintained the integrity of individual relationships even while having many of them. He also maintained many affectionate relationships even while carrying out his single-minded desire to push on the Krishna consciousness movement. In other words, Prabhupada’s disciples were also his manpower. He used them in Krishna’s service to carry out his Guru Maharaja’s desires.

“In the material world, using your friends to carry out your aims would lead to cynicism. Big politicians flatter people for votes and for different kinds of patronage as they glad-hand and socialize to fulfill their political ambitions. The majority of their relationships are shallow.  The political profession is based on ‘winning friends and influencing others.’

“Prabhupada had as much drive as any politician, and he was more intent in his cause than anyone can be in the material sense. But Prabhupada cared for the devotees who came to serve him. Krishna is so nice that the mission includes caring for the devotees. The spiritual master is like a father. He takes the responsibility to train the devotees and bring them back to Godhead, and he simultaneously engages the devotees in practical service.

“A sincere devotee appreciates everything his spiritual master does for him and understands that serving his guru is in his own best interest. Thus there is no conflict or exploitation in the relationship. The guru/disciple relationship is based on trust. The guru’s engaging the disciple in work is part of that trust, and guru and disciple work together to bring Lord Caitanya’s movement to others.

“Srila Prabhupada’s only desire was to please his spiritual master. He also had compassion for the fallen souls. Those who are willing to help him with the preaching are Prabhupada’s hope to carry out these two aims. Prabhupada wrote in one letter to me, ‘As you are talking of myself that I am your only shelter, similarly I am also thinking that all you boys and girls are my only hopes. When I was first in Boston and in the same Commonwealth port, I was thinking, “How shall I be able to establish my mission in this country?” Now by Krishna’s grace the time has come when I see Boston as the first center, and in Boston, we have got so many nice devotees. Please offer my blessings to all the others.’ We had work to do together, and that was our happiness. That work was made our relationship substantial and not sentimental.

“By following Prabhupada’s instructions, we came to trust Krishna. Our love increased as we worked for Prabhupada and went through the difficulties of trying to push on this movement with him. We would go out and preach and often be rebuffed. Then we would come back and tell Prabhupada. He would tell us what to do in just the way Krishna told the cowherd boys what to do when they were rebuffed by the  yajnic brahmanas. He increased our faith.

“Therefore it is amazing that Prabhupada was able to have affectionate relationships with so many devotees in so many places. He could turn to any one of us, even if he had only a few moments for us, and speak the right words or look at us with the right expressions. His instructions would glow. He would give us a program of work to carry out and which would sustain us. He might do that for me in Boston, and the next minute he might turn to Syamasundara, Gurudasa, Mukunda and the other devotees in London and be immediately involved in their project. We were all working on Prabhupada’s projects, which he saw as Krishna’s projects, so he had the capacity to satisfy us all.

“If someone didn’t accept his authority, however, then reciprocation couldn’t be there. I was reading in one letter how Rayarama left Prabhupada. Prabhupada wrote,

‘I called him when I was in New York, but his attitude is different. I did not see him in the airport on my arrival or departure, neither did I see him at the function held on Sunday.’ (Letter to Satsvarupa, August 27, 1969)

“(It is possible to allow the relationship to wane, but if the disciple maintains his integrity as a disciple, then the spiritual master will never allow our relationship to wither. He will always have some service for us. It might be work similar to what we were doing in the 1960s and ‘70s, or it might be something more internal, but it will be exactly right for us. As Prabhupada’s followers, we have no other existence or purpose.)”


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H.H. Sivarama Swami: ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Tejasri dd asks questions

Sivarama Swami

May 28th, 2011
About the fate of those killed by Lord Kalki, whether the material body has desires or not and what goes on in Sivaloka and what is it?
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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Tejasri dd asks questions

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 May 30: "So I am leaving for Montreal and the second chapter for trying for visa will begin. I do not know what is in the future, but I have desired that I may go to London, and try to establish a center there for European activities."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1968 May 30: "Standard practices for initiated devotees are: Must attend evening and morning classes, Should not extensively mix with non-devotees, Should not eat food cooked by non-devotees, Should not waste time in idle talks, Should not become engaged in frivolous sports, and Should always chant and sing the Lord's Holy Names."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1971 May 30: "Please go on preaching. There is no necessity of attending University. Utilize what talents you have already in Krishna's service and He will give you the intelligence to increase more and more."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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1966 May 30: "Ekadasi: In the evening there was meeting. About 10 students attended. Myke brought his tanpura and it added to the tune of Samkirtan. Mr. Goldsmith has agreed to join the International Association for Krishna Consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1966

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1968 May 30: "So long we are individual souls, there must be disagreement. But not when one is surrendered unto Krishna. There cannot be any disagreement in discharge of duties in Krishna Consciousness."
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1975 May 30: "On May 18th we opened very large headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. Many outsiders came. I installed two very large Gaura Nitai deities. Things are going on very nicely in the Western countries."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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1975 May 30: "In the Kuruksetra University a class should be opened for studying Krishna Consciousness offering BA, MA, PhD. I can arrange for many foreign students to come there."
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1975 May 30: "If we accept the Varnashrama principle, surely everyone will be engaged in their occupation and unemployment will be finished. Propagate this movement on the principles of Bhagavad-gita and all problems of human society will be solved."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Acyuta-gopi asks

H. H. Sivarama Swami: Acyuta-gopi asks

Sivarama Swami

May 25th, 2011
How to follow Stri-dharma as a single woman who has moved from volunteer service in Krsna Valley to congregation member in her home town, Szolnok.
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H.H. Sivarama Swami: From Radha Damodara’s garden

H. H. Sivarama Swami: From Radha Damodara’s garden

Sivarama Swami

May 24th, 2011
My personal narration of the highlights of this weekend.
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Email to a friend Excerpts From Judgement Given In The High Court Of Karnataka At Bangalore In RFA 421/2009

Legal Office: In the aforesaid judgement the honorable judges at various places held that various frauds have been committed by Madhupandit Das (MPD). The instances and the exact wordings given in the judgement are given hereunder

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: INSIDE OUT CHANGE

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Gita Coaching gets you to view your problems and goals in a fresh way. If you have tried everything and nothing else works, the last place to look is inside.

Gita Coaching offers practical and simple way to take responsibility for your own problems and goals. It is a way to cut through the symptoms and externals and go deeper. It puts responsibility back on the person who is looking for the best answers or solutions.

Gita Coaching offers spiritual inquiry as a base for coaching. Spiritual inquiry means asking very deep questions that go beyond the body, mind and the intellect - that go all the way to the level of the soul.

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Deity Darshan: Sunday May 29, 2011

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DNA Correspondent: The supervisory committee constituted by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon), Mumbai, will on Monday begin checking the accounts of Iskcon’s Bangalore centre to find if any financial irregularities or scams have been committed by Madhu Pandit Dasa, the society’s president in the city

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News-Journalonline: The Third Annual Festival of the Chariots and Ratha Yatra Parade will be noon to 6 p.m. Monday at the Bandshell, behind the Ocean Walk Shoppes, 250 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. Admission is free

Email to a friend Fifth Annual BBT Art Seminar now open for registration

Pancharatna dasa: The BBT will be holding its fifth annual art seminar in Vrindavana, India, from October 28th (the day after Govardhana Puja) to November 17th, 2011. Once again, the seminar will led by veteran ISKCON artists Dhriti Dasi and Ramdas Abhirama Dasa, teaching both new and repeat students practical techniques as well as the mood essential in producing devotional art

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Asparagus Gone Wild

The asparagus we stopped picking 5 days ago is hurtling towards the sky and embracing the sun.  Picking the shoots is a human twist on its life cycle, it wants to grow up and become a solar collecting fern. That is how it stores energy in its roots for next spring’s burst of life.

We pick the new shoots for 6-8 weeks (once established), basically until we see the shoots getting smaller and woody. Then we have to let it go or we will have nothing next spring.

We are still eating it, thanks to the use of the demoniac local agriculture slaying refrigerator, which is good because the peas aren’t really cranked up yet.  We have picked the first of the early peas but due to poor germination and lingering cool spring there will be a slight gap between the asparagus and the peas, from the perspective of having as many as we want.

What we shoot for is asparagus in the beginning of April, then peas, then the beans come in and carry through the summer so we have a good supply of  hearty green veggies throughout the growing season. Lettuce and spinach are nice but not what I consider hearty, more of a healthy filler.

When using hot caps to get tender things off to an early start, I keep a wire basket with all the lids in it in the garden so if frost threatens I can put them on.  A strong wind came through, remnants  of one of those tornado producing systems in the Midwest, and blew it into a newly planted  basil plant. I was short on hot caps so although most of the basil was covered, this was the only one that wasn’t and it sustained some damage, see the broken stem.

The leaves didn’t wilt so even though I had some backup plants for a replacement (standard operating procedure, we have extras of what we transplant so in case one doesn’t make it we can replace) I let it go just to watch it. All my logical faculties were telling me it was too broken to survive, and it might not yet, and to insure exposure of all the tomato plants to basil I really should replace it but a week has gone by and I still haven’t.

It seems to be beating the odds even forming new leaves above the break. It is just something interesting to watch in the garden. If one is sensitive enough to mode of goodness type pleasures, not completely jaded by the  sensory overload of omnipresent consumer society, there is always something to pique your curiosity.

I guess the lesson is don’t give up on relationships just because they superficially appear to be broken.

My early tomato is blooming. Always nice when the Queen of the garden decides to bless us and the goal of fresh tomatoes with real flavor  by 4th of July seems to be on track.

Of course, there is a 90 year old gardener near St. Clairsville who is already picking fresh garden tomatoes but I assume he used a warm greenhouse. The 4th is about the best we can do without a heated greenhouse.

Speaking of the Queen, the King has also made an appearance.

Prabhupada referred to the potato as the King of vegetables because it could be prepared so many different ways.

The bed we had selected for potatoes was worked and tossed up into raised beds last fall, but it never got dry enough to till this spring. I went through it with a broad fork so the roots will have some channels to follow, but I couldn’t really plant the seed potatoes as deep as they should have been so I just tucked them in the soil and covered the bed with hay.

As it turned out, the seed would have probably rotted in the ground, given the cold wet spring we had, and it remains to be seen if some don’t any way, but at least a few have started to emerge, so hopefully the rest won’t be far behind.

I do have some shriveled and heavily sprouted seed potatoes left in the root cellar so worse comes to worst, I will replant.  Here the times to plant potatoes is March/April and then again in June, so hopefully we will be okay.

Today is mulching time in the garden so I better get to getting it.

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ISKCON Transcriptions: Progressing in Spiritual Life seminar given by HH. Bhaktividya Purna Swami at ISKCON Brisbane Part 1

“Progressing in Spiritual Life” seminar given by HH. Bhaktividya Purna Swami at ISKCON Brisbane in 2011

ISKCON Transcriptions team would like to present recording of “Progressing in Spiritual Life” seminar given by HH. Bhaktividya Purna Swami at ISKCON Brisbane Temple  in May 2011.

We are currently working on transcribing the seminar and will make it available shortly.

Progressing in Spiritual Life seminar

Progressing in Spiritual Life

Progressing in Spiritual Life seminar given by HH. Bhaktividya Purna Swami at ISKCON Brisbane Temple in May 2011

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Discussion with Head Pujari Asta Sakhi dd on some standards of worship for Radha Syama

H. H. Sivarama Swami: Discussion with Head Pujari Asta Sakhi dd on some standards of worship for Radha Syama

Sivarama Swami

May 30th, 2011
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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Notice: Dear grhasta Vaisnavas, please come to the “Home Schooling Seminar” at Budapest temple this coming Saturday/Sunday

Sivarama Swami

Especially those living outide Budapest.

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Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Lecture - Giriraj Swami - SB 10.3.13 - Fear of Death

Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Lecture - Giriraj Swami - SB 10.3.13 - Fear of Death

Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 10, Chapter 3, Text 13 titled "Fear of Death" given by Giriraj Swami.

Dallas, TX


Vasudeva said: My Lord, You are the Supreme Person, beyond material existence, and You are the Supersoul. Your form can be perceived by transcendental knowledge, by which You can be understood as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. I now understand Your position perfectly.


Within Vasudeva's heart, affection for his son and knowledge of the Supreme Lord's transcendental nature both awakened In the beginning Vasudeva thought, "Such a beautiful child has been born, but now Kaḿsa will come and kill Him." But when he understood that this was not an ordinary child but the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he became fearless. Regarding his son as the Supreme Lord, wonderful in everything, he began offering prayers appropriate for the Supreme Lord. Completely free from fear of Kaḿsa's atrocities, he accepted the child simultaneously as an object of affection and as an object of worship by prayers.

S.B.10.13.3: Vasudeva dijo: Mi Señor, Tú eres la Persona Suprema. Tú estás más allá de la existencia material y eres la Superalma. Tu forma se puede percibir mediante el conocimiento trascendental, gracias al cual se puede entender que eres la Suprema Personalidad de Dios. Ahora comprendo Tu posición perfectamente.

H. H. Giriraj Swami: 2011-03-09 - Giriraj Swami - SB 10.3.13 - Fear of Death

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Krishna Consciousness & Ecological Awareness: 10 Hindu Environmental Teachings

By Pankaj Jain, Ph.D., Huffpost

Hinduism contains numerous references to the worship of the divine in nature in its Vedas,
Upanishads, Puranas, Sutras and its other sacred texts. Millions of Hindus recite Sanskrit mantras daily to revere their rivers, mountains, trees, animals and the earth. Although the Chipko (tree-hugging) Movement is the most widely known example of Hindu environmental leadership, there are examples of Hindu action for the environment that are centuries old.

Hinduism is a remarkably diverse religious and cultural phenomenon, with many local and
regional manifestations. Within this universe of beliefs, several important themes emerge. The diverse theologies of Hinduism suggest that:

• The earth can be seen as a manifestation of the goddess, and must be treated with respect.
• The five elements — space, air, fire, water and earth — are the foundation of an interconnected web of life.
• Dharma — often translated as “duty” — can be reinterpreted to include our responsibility to care for the earth.
• Simple living is a model for the development of sustainable economies.
• Our treatment of nature directly affects our karma. Gandhi exemplified many of these teachings, and his example continues to inspire contemporary social, religious and environmental leaders in their efforts to protect the planet.

The following are 10 important Hindu teachings on the environment:

1. Pancha Mahabhutas (The five great elements) create a web of life that is shown forth in the structure and interconnectedness of the cosmos and the human body. Hinduism teaches that the five great elements (space, air, fire, water and earth) that constitute the environment are all derived from prakriti, the primal energy. Each of these elements has its own life and form; together the elements are interconnected and interdependent. The Upanishads explains the interdependence of these elements in relation to Brahman, the supreme reality, from which they arise: “From Brahman arises space, from space arises air, from air arises fire, from fire arises water, and from water arises earth.”

Hinduism recognizes that the human body is composed of and related to these five elements,
and connects each of the elements to one of the five senses. The human nose is related to earth, tongue to water, eyes to fire, skin to air and ears to space. This bond between our senses and the elements is the foundation of our human relationship with the natural world. For Hinduism, nature and the environment are not outside us, not alien or hostile to us. They are an inseparable part of our existence, and they constitute our very bodies.

2. Ishavasyam — Divinity is omnipresent and takes infinite forms. Hindu texts, such as the Bhagavad Gita (7.19, 13.13) and the Bhagavad Purana (2.2.41, 2.2.45), contain many references to the omnipresence of the Supreme divinity, including its presence throughout and within nature. Hindus worship and accept the presence of God in nature. For example, many Hindus think of India’s mighty rivers — such as the Ganges — as goddesses. In the Mahabharata, it is noted that the universe and every object in it has been created as an abode of the Supreme God meant for the benefit of all, implying that individual species should enjoy their role within a larger system, in relationship with other species.

3. Protecting the environment is part of Dharma. Dharma, one of the most important Hindu concepts, has been translated into English as duty, virtue, cosmic order and religion. In Hinduism, protecting the environment is an important expression of dharma. In past centuries, Indian communities — like other traditional communities — did not have an understanding of “the environment” as separate from the other spheres of activity in their lives.

A number of rural Hindu communities such as the Bishnois, Bhils and Swadhyaya have
maintained strong communal practices to protect local ecosystems such as forests and water
sources. These communities carry out these conservation-oriented practices not as “environmental” acts but rather as expressions of dharma. When Bishnois are protecting animals and trees, when Swadhyayis are building Vrikshamandiras (tree temples) and Nirmal Nirs (water harvesting sites) and when Bhils are practicing their rituals in sacred groves, they are simply expressing their reverence for creation according to Hindu teachings, not “restoring the environment.” These traditional Indian groups do not see religion, ecology and ethics as separate arenas of life. Instead, they understand it to be part of their dharma to treat creation with respect.

4. Our environmental actions affect our karma. Karma, a central Hindu teaching, holds that each of our actions creates consequences — good and bad — which constitute our karma and determine our future fate, including the place we will assume when we are reincarnated in our next life. Moral behavior creates good karma, and our behavior toward the environment has karmic consequences. Because we have free choice, even though we may have harmed the environment in the past, we can choose to protect the environment in the future, replacing environmentally destructive karmic patterns with good ones.

5. The earth — Devi — is a goddess and our mother and deserves our devotion and protection. Many Hindu rituals recognize that human beings benefit from the earth, and offer gratitude and protection in response. Many Hindus touch the floor before getting out of bed every morning and ask Devi to forgive them for trampling on her body. Millions of Hindus create kolams daily — artwork consisting of bits of rice or other food placed at their doorways in the morning. These kolams express Hindu’s desire to offer sustenance to the earth, just as the earth sustains themselves. The Chipko movement — made famous by Chipko women’s commitment to “hugging” trees in their community to protect them from clear-cutting by outside interests — represents a similar devotion to the earth.

6. Hinduism’s tantric and yogic traditions affirm the sacredness of material reality and contain teachings and practices to unite people with divine energy. Hinduism’s Tantric tradition teaches that the entire universe is the manifestation of divine energy. Yoga, derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “to yoke” or “to unite,” refers to a series of mental and physical practices designed to connect the individual with this divine energy. Both these traditions affirm that all phenomena, objects and individuals are expressions of the divine. And because these traditions both envision the earth as a goddess, contemporary Hindu teachers have used these teachings to demonstrate the wrongness of the exploitation of the environment, women and indigenous peoples.

7. Belief in reincarnation supports a sense of interconnectedness of all creation. Hindus believe in the cycle of rebirth, wherein every being travels through millions of cycles of birth and rebirth in different forms, depending on their karma from previous lives. So a person may be reincarnated as a person, animal, bird or another part of the wider community of life. Because of this, and because all people are understood to pass through many lives on their pathway to ultimate liberation, reincarnation creates a sense of solidarity between people and all living things.

Through belief in reincarnation, Hinduism teaches that all species and all parts of the earth are part of an extended network of relationships connected over the millennia, with each part of this network deserving respect and reverence.

8. Non-violence — ahimsa — is the greatest dharma. Ahimsa to the earth improves one’s karma. For observant Hindus, hurting or harming another being damages one’s karma and obstructs advancement toward moksha — liberation. To prevent the further accrual of bad karma, Hindus are instructed to avoid activities associated with violence and to follow a vegetarian diet.

Based on this doctrine of ahimsa, many observant Hindus oppose the institutionalized breeding and killing of animals, birds and fish for human consumption.

9. Sanyasa (asceticism) represents a path to liberation and is good for the earth. Hinduism teaches that asceticism — restraint in consumption and simplicity in living — represents a pathway
toward moksha (liberation), which treats the earth with respect. A well-known Hindu teaching — Tain tyakten bhunjitha — has been translated, “Take what you need for your sustenance without a sense of entitlement or ownership.”

One of the most prominent Hindu environmental leaders, Sunderlal Bahuguna, inspired
many Hindus by his ascetic lifestyle. His repeated fasts and strenuous foot marches, undertaken to support and spread the message of the Chipko, distinguished him as a notable ascetic in our own time. In his capacity for suffering and his spirit of self-sacrifice, Hindus saw a living example of the renunciation of worldly ambition exhorted by Hindu scriptures.

10. Gandhi is a role model for simple living. Gandhi’s entire life can be seen as an ecological treatise. This is one life in which every minute act, emotion or thought functioned much like an ecosystem: his small meals of nuts and fruits, his morning ablutions and everyday bodily practices, his periodic observances of silence, his morning walks, his cultivation of the small as much as of the big, his spinning wheel, his abhorrence of waste, his resorting to basic Hindu and Jain values of truth, nonviolence, celibacy and fasting. The moralists, nonviolent activists, feminists, journalists, social reformers, trade union leaders, peasants, prohibitionists, nature-cure lovers, renouncers and environmentalists all take their inspirations from Gandhi’s life and writings.

(Acknowledgement: Adapted from the essays by Christopher K. Chapple, O. P. Dwivedi, K. L. Seshagiri Rao, Vinay Lal, and George A. James in Hinduism and Ecology: The Intersection of Earth, Sky, and Water and Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life, both published by Harvard University Press. Thanks also to the essays by Harold Coward and Rita DasGupta Sherma in Purifying the Earthly Body of God: Religion and Ecology in Hindu India, published by SUNY Press. I am also indebted to kind comments by Reverend Fletcher Harper and for his invitation to write this article.)

El Despertar de la Conciencia de Krishna Ecologica: 10 Enseñanzas Hindues sobre la Naturaleza el Medio Ambiente

Por Pankaj Jain, Ph.D., Huffpost

El Hinduism contiene numerosas referencias a la adoración del divino en la naturaleza de los Vedas, en los Upanishads, en los Puranas, en los Sutras y en otros textos sagrados. Millones de Hindus recitan diariamente mantras sánscritos para venerar a sus ríos, a las montañas, a los árboles, a los animales y a la tierra. Aunque el movimiento de Chipko (grandes árboles) sea el ejemplo conocido de lo más extensamente posible de la dirección ambiental hindú, existen los ejemplos de la acción hindú por el medio ambiente desde hace muchos siglos.

El Hinduismo es un fenómeno religioso y cultural diverso y notable, también muy local y de manifestaciones regionales. Dentro de este universo de las creencias, varios temas importantes emergen. Las teologías diversas del Hinduismo sugieren esto:

• La tierra se puede ver como la manifestación de la diosa, y se debe tratar con respecto.
• Los cinco elementos - espacio, aire, fuego, agua y tierra - son la fundación (el fundamento) de una tela interconectada a la vida.
• Dharma - traducido a menudo como “deber” - puede ser reinterpretado para incluir nuestra responsabilidad de cuidar por la tierra.
• La vida simple es un modelo para el desarrollo de economías sostenibles.
• Nuestro tratamiento de la naturaleza afecta directamente a nuestras karmas. Gandhi ejemplificó muchas de estas enseñanzas, y su ejemplo continúa inspirando a líderes sociales, religiosos y ambientales contemporáneos en sus esfuerzos para proteger el planeta.

Los siguientes son 10 enseñanzas hindúes importantes sobre el ambiente:

1. Pancha Mahabhutas (los cinco grandes elementos) crea una tela de vida que se demuestra delante en la estructura y la interconexidad del cosmos y del cuerpo humano. El Hinduismo enseña que los cinco grandes elementos (elementos burdos o elementos groseros) (espacio o éter, aire, fuego, agua y tierra) que constituye el ambiente del que todo se derivan la prakriti, la energía principal. Cada uno de estos elementos tiene su propia vida y forma; juntos los elementos estan interconectados e interdependientes. Los Upanishads explican la interdependencia de estos elementos en lo referente a Brahman, la Realidad Suprema, de la cual surgen: “De Brahman surge el espacio, del espacio surge aire, del aire surge fuego, del fuego surge agua, y del agua surge la tierra.”

El Hinduism reconoce que el cuerpo humano está compuesto de cinco elementos y relacionado con estos, y conectados con cada uno de los elementos con uno de los cinco sentidos. La nariz humana se relaciona con la tierra, la lengua se relaciona con el agua, los ojos se relaciona con el fuego, los pelos (el tacto) se relaciona con el aire y los oídos se relaciona con el espacio o éter. Este enlace entre nuestros sentidos y los elementos es la fundamento de nuestra relación humana con el mundo natural. Para el Hinduismo, la naturaleza y el ambiente no están fuera de nosotros, no es extranjero u hostil a nosotros. Son una parte inseparable de nuestra existencia, y constituyen nuestros mismos cuerpos.

2. Ishavasyam - la divinidad es omnipresente y toma formas infinitas. Los textos hindúes, tales como el Bhagavad Gita (7.19, 13.13)

BG 7.9: I am the original fragrance of the earth, and I am the heat in fire. I am the life of all that lives, and I am the penances of all ascetics.

BG 7.9: Yo soy la fragancia original de la tierra, y Yo soy el calor del fuego. Yo soy la vida de todo lo que vive, y Yo soy las penitencias de todos los ascetas.

y el Bhagavad Purana (2.2.41, 2.2.45), contienen muchas referencias a la omnipresencia de la divinidad suprema, incluyendo su presencia a través y dentro de la naturaleza. La adoración y aceptación de los Hindues de la presencia de dios en la naturaleza. Por ejemplo, muchos Hindues piensan en los poderosos ríos de la India - tales como el Ganges - como si fuera una diosas. En el Mahabharata, se observa que el universo y cada objeto en él se ha creado como domicilio del Dios Supremo significado en beneficio de todos, implicando que la especie individual debe disfrutar de su papel dentro de un sistema más grande, en relación con las otras especies.

3. La protección del ambiente es parte del Dharma. Dharma, uno de los conceptos hindúes más importantes, se ha traducido a inglés como deber, virtud, orden cósmica y religión. En Hinduismo, la protección del ambiente es una expresión importante del dharma. En los últimos siglos, las comunidades indias - como otras comunidades tradicionales - no tenían una comprensión “del ambiente” como una parte de las otras esferas de las actividades en sus vidas.

Un número de comunidades hindúes rurales tales como los Bishnois, los Bhils y los Swadhyaya tienen prácticas comunales fuertes mantenidas de proteger los ecosistemas locales tales como los bosques y los grandes embalses y ríos. Estas comunidades realizan estas prácticas conservacionistas orientadas no como los actos “ambientales” sino más bien como las expresiones del dharma. Cuando los Bishnois está protegiendo a los animales y a los árboles, cuando Swadhyayis edifican Vrikshamandiras (templos al árbol) y Nirmal Nirs (zonas de recogidas de agua, pantanos, lagos artificiales, pozos, albercas) y cuando los Bhils están practicando sus rituales en sagradas arboledas, están expresando simplemente su reverencia por la creación según las enseñanzas hindúes, “no restaurando el ambiente.” Estos tradicionales grupos de indios no consideran la religión, la ecología y las éticas como cosas separadas de la vida. En su lugar, la entienden por ser parte de su dharma para tratar la creación con respecto.

4. Nuestras acciones ambientales afectan a nuestras karmas El karma, es una central enseñanza hindú un punto de referencia hindu, que sostiene que cada unas de nuestras acciones crea las consecuencias - buenas o malas - que constituyen nuestros karmas y determinan nuestro destino futuro, incluyendo el lugar que asumiremos cuando vamos a ser reencarnados en la nuestra próxima vida. El comportamiento moral crea buenos karmas, y nuestro comportamiento con el ambiente tiene consecuencias kármicas. Porque tenemos opción libre (libre albedrío o libertad de actuar), aunque pudimos haber dañado el ambiente en el pasado, podemos elegir proteger el ambiente en el futuro, substituyendo ambientalmente patrones kármicos destructivos por los buenos.

5. La tierra - Devi - es una diosa y nuestra madre y merece nuestra dedicación y protección. Muchos rituales hindúes reconocen que los seres humanos se benefician de la tierra, y ofrecen su gratitud y su protección en respuesta. Mucho Hindues tocan el suelo del piso cada mañana antes de salir de la cama y piden a la Devi que los perdone por pisotear su cuerpo. Millones de Hindus crean las ilustraciones de los kolams diariamente - que consisten en pedacitos del arroz o del otro alimento colocado en sus umbrales en la mañana. Estos kolams expresan deseo hindú de ofrecer sostenimiento a la tierra, apenas pues la tierra se sostiene. El movimiento de Chipko - hecho famoso por la comisión de las mujeres de Chipko “que abraza” a los árboles en su comunidad para protegerlos contra la tala de árboles por intereses exteriores - representa una dedicación similar a la tierra.

6. Las tradiciones tántricas y yógicas del Hinduismo afirman el carácter sagrado de la realidad material y contienen enseñanzas y prácticas de unir a la gente con energía divina. La tradición Tántrica del Hinduism enseña a que el universo entero es la manifestación de la energía divina. El yoga, derivada del significado sánscrito de la palabra “unión” o “para unir,” se refiere a una serie de prácticas mentales y físicas diseñadas para conectar al individuo con esta energía divina. Ambas de estas tradiciones afirman que todos los fenómenos, objetos e individuos son expresiones de lo divino. Y porque estas dos tradiciones preven la tierra como diosa, los profesores hindúes contemporáneos han utilizado estas enseñanzas para demostrar la inexactitud de la explotación del ambiente, de las mujeres y de la gente indígena.

7. La creencia en la reencarnación apoya un sentido de la interconexidad de toda la creación. Los Hindues creen en el ciclo de nacimento y muerte (renacimiento), en donde cada ser viaja por millones de ciclos de nacimientos y muertes en diversas formas, dependiendo de sus karmas a partir de vidas anteriores. Una persona puede ser reencarnada tan como una persona, animal, pájaro u otra parte de la comunidad más ancha de vida. Debido a esto, y porque entienden a toda la gente para pasar por muchas vidas en su camino a la última liberación, la reencarnación crea un sentido de la solidaridad entre la gente y todas las cosas vivas. Con la creencia en la reencarnación, el Hinduismo enseña a que todas las especies y todas las partes de la tierra son parte de una red extendida de las relaciones conectadas durante los milenios, con cada parte de esta red que merece respecto y reverencia.

8. La No Violencia - ahimsa - es el dharma más grande. El Ahimsa a la tierra mejora tus karmas. Para el observadores Hindues, el daño o el dañar a otro ser daña aumentas el karmas y obstruye el adelanto hacia el moksha - liberación. Para prevenir la acumulación posterior de malos karmas, los Hindues dan instrucciones para evitar las actividades asociadas a violencia y para seguir una dieta vegetariana. De acuerdo con esta doctrina del ahimsa, muchos observadores Hindues se oponen a la cría y a la matanza institucionalizadas de animales, de aves y de pescados para el consumo humano.

9. Sanyasa (ascetismo) representa una trayectoria a la liberación y es bueno para la tierra. El Hinduismo enseña que el ascetismo - austeridad en el consumo y simplicidad en la vida - representa un camino hacia el moksha (liberación), que trata la tierra con respecto. Se ha traducido una enseñanza hindú bien conocida - Tain tyakten bhunjitha -, “toma lo que usted necesita para su sostenimiento sin un sentido del derecho o de la propiedad.”

Uno de los líderes ambientales hindúes más prominentes, Sunderlal Bahuguna, ha inspirado a mucho Hindues por su forma de vida ascética. Sus repetidos ayunos y las caminatas a pies vigorosas, emprendidas para apoyar y para propagar el mensaje del Chipko, distinguiéndole como el asceta más notable de nuestro tiempo. En su capacidad para sufrir y su espíritu de auto-sacrificio, los Hindues lo ven como un ejemplo vivo de la renuncia de la ambición mundana suplicada por escrituras hindúes.

10. Gandhi es un modelo para la vida simple. La vida entera de Gandhi se puede considerar como un tratado ecológico. Ésta es una vida en la cual cada acto, emoción o pensamiento minuciosamente funcionaron como un ecosistema: sus pequeñas comidas de nueces y frutas, sus abluciones matutinas por la mañana y las prácticas corporales diarias, sus observancias periódicas del silencio, sus caminatas al amanecer, su cultivación de lo pequeño y de lo grande, su rueca de hilar, su aborrecimiento a la basura, la que recurre a los valores hindúes y Jainas básicos de la verdad, la no violencia, del celibato y del ayuno. Los moralistas, activistas no violentos, feministas, periodistas, reformadores sociales, líderes del sindicato, campesinos, prohibicionistas, los amantes de la medicina natural, los renunciantes y los ecologistas todos toman sus inspiraciones de la vida y de las escrituras de Gandhi.

(Reconocimiento: Adaptado de los ensayos por Christopher K. Chapple, O.P. Dwivedi, K.L. Seshagiri Rao, Vinay Lal, y George A. James in Hinduism and Ecology en Hinduismo y Ecología: La intersección de la tierra, cielo, y agua y el jainismo y la ecología: La No violencia en la Web de la vida, ambos publicados por la prensa de la Universidad de Harvard. Gracias también a los ensayos de Harold Coward y de Rita Das Gupta Sherma en Purificando el Cuerpo Terrenal de Dios: Religión y Ecología en la India Hindú, publicada por la prensa de SUNY. Estoy también endeudado por los comentarios buenos del Reverendo Fletcher Harper y para que su invitación escriba este artículo.)

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Saturday, May 28th, 2011


Thunder Bay, Ontario

At the fifth annual Yogafest in Thunder Bay our small cast will present the BHAKTI aspect of the six hour show. I tell people, "You've heard of the DaVinci Code right? Well we are presenting Chaitanya's Verses." This is a 10 minute dance piece that seems to excite audiences wherever we take it.

Godruma Goura from Pennsylvania and Anthony from Ottawa are the two dancers that move through and dance out the illuminating verses, 8 in number, to accompany them in a second drama, "the Jagannatha Story" are Madurya Shakti, a Concordia U. theatre student and Nitai Priya, a multi - talented performer.

I had a look at the local university paper, "The Argus." It appears that crime is an issue in this city amongst youths. So, I thought about it. There's a perfect way to engage the wild nature of early adulthood -- take to some performance. Look at what you have -- youthful energy and channel it through dance, song, drama, music, martial arts.. Organize yourselves ( or allow yourself to be organized ) by grouping with peers for the purpose of striving for excellence. Establish a synergy and send a message of consciousness - raising to the public.

Before treating our crew to a reshowing of the film, "The King's Speech" (an inspiring piece of art) and rental courtesy of our host, Dr. Jani, I read a portion of the book, "Krishna, the Spreme Personality of Godhead". Although the episode of "Krishna" which we read captured Him in a setting with his friends in a younger than adult age, the point of teaming, grouping (whatever you wish to call it) was something He was immersed in. The point is that in His life, Krishna endowed playing or working together with peers in some sort of wholesomeness. Much can be said about the downside of the duldrums of dark - room computerism and texting endlessly by virture of being outdoors and making the best of it.

I believe it is a strong message that needs reiterating. Explore the out-of-doors and/or take up projects that build teamwork. It's so important in building up a healthy and strong social-intercourse for the world. And that is what we should all be aiming towards.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Friday, May 27th, 2011

I was there before

Sault Sanit Marie, Ontario

It's an approximate 1,700 km to Thunder Bay, which I venture to every year for a Yogafest. Devotees volunteered to act, dance, and sing at the program which is now in its fifth year, a rental car got us to this northern city which promotes itself as "Superior by Nature." "Superior" refers to the gigantic lake at whose head it rests and "Nature" defines the unique wilderness around this town of 100,000 people.

We stopped at the midway point at what is the city of Sault Saint Marie and what people call the Soo. A Gujarati family hosted us for lunch. It was stops like this as well as gas up time or nap breaks that allowed me the chance to hit the road for walking installments.

Wow! We spotted bears along the way, four of them. I also looked at places as we whizzed by on the Trans Canada Highway, places that struck a memory chord. There's what's left of the abandoned barn where I managed to catch a rest and there's the stream where I swam with George; yogi George who I learned recently found frozen to death as he lay down some where in the Alps. And there are the wetlands near Agawa where we harvested cattails and wild sweetpeas to cook and consume while living in our simple style on the road. And as we approached Old Woman's Bay I recall the location on the highway where a police officer was very belligerent with me. On the lighter side there were silly signs, moose droppings and inookshooks, rock men.

The scenery really is stunning and makes what would normally be a long gruelling drive a rather pleasent excursion. Luckily I was able to knock off nine km for the day. It's all the mercy of Krishna.

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Japa Group: He Will Reciprocate

Today I realized the power of just relaxing and allowing the Lord to take control. In materially stressful situations, we tend to come under the lower modes - thinking we are the doer and forgetting that Krsna i the controller.

By serious and proper chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra, we can remember the Lord in all situations - good or bad. When He sees we are serious and sincere about chanting His Holy names, He will reciprocate and make arrangements for our spiritual advancement.

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Gouranga TV: Queen’s Day Harinama 2011

Gouranga TV: Queen’s Day Harinama 2011

Subido por Krishnakripadas el 10/05/2011

Kadamba Kanana Swami and Sacinandana Swami, along with two hundred Hare Krishna devotees, chant for eight hours in Amsterdam on Queen's Day (April 30, 2011).

Queen’s Day Harinama 2011

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