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  1. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Thursday 18 August 2011--How to Obtain a Splendorous Vision of Reality--and--Who is Qualified to be Guru?
  2. Temple of the Vedic Planetarium: Inspector Gadget
  3. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Gopa-Vrndesa Prabhu
  4. Ekendra das, Alachua, USA: “A fertile land where corn was grown, attracting wild turkeys”
  5. Japa Group: Meaning Of The Sixteen Names PT.4
  6. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: WHAT TO DO WITH THE FLICKERING MIND?
  7. Australian News: WHAT – WHEN – WHERE Janmastami details for ISKCON Sydney
  8. New Vrindavan, USA: Sacred Space - A Retreat By Sachinandana Swami
  9. Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Finding He who is difficult to find in the Vedas
  10. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: LEADER STRATEGY
  11. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: MATURE UNDERSTANDING
  12. Madhavendra Puri, New Govardhana, AU: Won-Durr Boiz in Poland (Part 11) – Rolling All Over Rewal
  13. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: A Blogger's First Time at Our Temple!
  14. Hari Sauri das, Mayapura, IN: 2011 Eurotour–Lika summer camp
  15. Sri Nandanandana dasa: Using Proper Vocabulary to Describe Vedic Concepts, by Stephen Knapp
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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Thursday 18 August 2011--How to Obtain a Splendorous Vision of Reality--and--Who is Qualified to be Guru?

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Thursday 18 August 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. Special Announcement: Connect With Other Members of this Course. Join this Conference: http://groups.google.com/group/sda_students Today's Thought: How to Obtain a Splendorous Vision of Reality Uploaded from Bhaktivedanta Ashram, Austin, Texas USA To see things as they are we must purify our now polluted, distorted vision. As long as our vision is covered by the false conception of I am the lord of all that I survey we will not be able to see things as they are. To free ourselves from the false conception of being the lord we must understand who is the actual lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all existence. By understanding Him properly under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master we will naturally surrender ourselves unto that amazingly glorious Supreme Person and our vision will become perfectly clear. We will have a splendorous undistorted vision of reality. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Krishna Will Reveal Everything to You http://www.backtohome.com/images/Krishna/Krishna_wth_Flute.JPG Answers by Citing the Vedic Version: Question: Who is Qualified to be Guru? In Lesson C24 of the Ultimate Self Realization Course you wrote: One does not need to be spiritually disadvantaged by the physical disappearance of a great spiritual master, such as ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, thinking that now there is no more opportunity for spiritual progress. All one has to do is find a sincere disciple of Srila Prabhupada and fully take shelter of him. In this respect I ask you kindly answer the following questions: How to recognize a sincere disciple of Srila Prabhupada who has the qualities of being a living spiritual master in order to take shelter of him? Before leaving this world did Srila Prabhupada name any particular devotees to become spiritual masters to carry on his mission? Your servant Francisco Answer: Sincere Strict Follower of Srila Prabhupada Srila Prabhupada's full potency is transmitted through any of his disciples who are strictly following his teachings. If you will carefully study Srila Prabhupada's books and pray for his blessings to be able to properly understand this sublime knowledge, you will be blessed with the ability to recognize the disciples of Srila Prabhupada who are strictly following his teachings and purely representing him. Before leaving this world Srila Prabhupada instructed that after his departure the new devotees who join his movement should become the disciples of his disciples, and that those of his disciples who were strictly following him should become initiating spiritual masters when they become mature in their Krishna consciousness. 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 http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/schedule Have Questions or Need Further Guidance? Check out the resources at: http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com or write Sankarshan Das Adhikari at: sda@backtohome.com Get your copy today of the world's greatest self-realization guide book, Bhagavad-gita As It Is available at:http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/store Know someone who could benefit from this? Forward it to them. 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Temple of the Vedic Planetarium: Inspector Gadget

Prananath Das who is originally hails from New Zealand, started with a remote-controlled helicopter, modifying it with an assortment of parts that he especially bought from various corners of the world (to enable it to carry a special frame and camera mount). He tweaked the technology accordingly to get the best results, which as we can behold ourselves and fairly conclude "are truly amazing!"

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Gopa-Vrndesa Prabhu

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.16 - The peace formula is to understand Krsna to be the supreme enjoyer, proprietor & friend (bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram...).

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Ekendra das, Alachua, USA: “A fertile land where corn was grown, attracting wild turkeys”

These days, when I want to buy something, first I’ll check to make sure I’m not distracting myself from something actually important. Usually I am, so my shopping plans stop right there. But, if I’ve determined that my well-being may genuinely depend on me increasing the number of things in my possession, I’ll look online at whatever reviews I can find for whatever thing it is I’ve decided I can no longer hold my head up in public without. Then I may, if absolutely needed, check out discount stores, eBay, anywhere on the face of the Earth but in one of those high-overhead, hyped magnets for those with nothing better to do than to bask in the reflected glow of epitomized artificially inflated retail nightmarishness known as a shopping mall.

But I remember when going to the mall, just for something to do, without even a shopping list, used to seem like a pretty OK way to spend the precious moments of my human life. My friends and I would hang out at the record store, the skinny tie store, check out the girls, the ice cream selection, plan our fifth viewing of Star Wars, and maybe have a slice of pizza. We were eleven. These days I’m more of a mind that eleven-year-olds would benefit much more profoundly from a trip to the local penitentiary than to a shopping mall, but back then my concept of the heavenly realm was the same as my grandmother’s: shopping at the Paramus Park shopping mall in Paramus, NJ, next to which my local mall seemed as exciting as a post office.

My Grandma's car is the '66 Bonneville over to the left.

Whenever I visited Grandma, in Ramsey, New Jersey, less than a half-hour’s drive from the shopping Mecca of our known universe, the big treat my younger self lived in silent expectation for was a trip to the wonderland that was Paramus Park. It had glass ceilings, an indoor merry-go-round,, full-size trees growing in the hallways, escalators with stone waterfalls along their sides with plants growing out of the “cracks” between the “rocks,” and water dripping off of them like on a really good Disney ride. A glass elevator ascended toward real clouds, giving the rider a full view of all the trees and waterfalls, gourmet chocolate stores and restaurants bathed in natural, tree-filtered sunlight; to me it was like stepping into Willy Wonka’s Factory. And in the center of it all was a eight foot high statue of a young native American boy riding a giant turkey.

how it looked in 1976

I recently visited Paramus and decided to take our car in for an oil change. As is my wont, I left the car at the shop and went for a walk around the neighborhood. I meandered behind the Midas plaza, then alongside a creek at the back edge of the Home Depot parking lot. Through the trees on the opposite side of the creek, I caught a glimpse of the building beyond, and then the sign: “Paramus Park.”

I decided that an exploratory visit there, for old times’ sake, to see whatever changes the ravages of time hath wrought on my pre-teen version of the celestial kingdom, might boost my sense of detachment from temporary, material things. Plus, I’d have a cool, indoor place to chant (for me, walking means chanting) out of the hot sun.

First thing I noticed was a closed sporting goods store. The obscenely gigantic decorations were still in place – eight foot-high basketball and net, giant roller skates – but no merchandise. No people. Masking tape was on all the windows. When I went through the mall’s main entrance. I didn’t recognize the place at all. Then I realized I hadn’t been there in at least thirty years.

The glass elevator was no more. The waterfalls were no more. None of the stores I used to visit were there. It looked like all the life had been sucked out of it, all the sparkle that had made it seem spectacular and wonderful to me had been rubbed off.

I wanted to ask someone if there was anywhere I could go to find out the history of the place, just so I could see some evidence that the place had once actually had been able to charm me so profoundly. I found a security guard, a man perhaps in his sixties, looking like a genuine New York police officer. I explained how my grandmother used to bring me there thirty years ago, and I wondered how and why the place had changed so much.

“I been coming here for thirty years,” he told me, eyeing my beadbag suspiciously. “Yeah, it’s changed a lot. The elevator’s gone, the waterfalls are gone, they moved the merry go round down the hall, and they moved the turkey upstairs.”

I took an elevator (the new, prosaic, plain kind) up to the second floor, where Grandma used to take us to lunch at Farrell’s Old Time Ice Cream Parlor, where all the waiters dressed like it was 1917, with straw hats, striped shirts with garters on the sleeves, and a player piano played endless variations on Scott Joplin tunes. They still have stores in southern California and Hawaii, I’ve learned.

In a Post Office-like hallway there, in between a Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s (“under new management”), surrounded by empty food court chairs which looked like they were on loan from a Greyhound station, was the turkey and its youthful Native American rider, with a plaque declaring how it had been presented to the Paramus Park Mall on it’s opening Day in 1974 by such and such.

I took some awful photos of it with my awful new cell phone, to accentuate the dreariness. There’s a plaque underneath it, which I’m sure I read many times as a kid:

Man, this whole material world is one big turkey.

“The Wild Turkey by Christopher Parks, presented to the Paramus community by the Rouse Company on the occasion of the opening of Paramus Park, March 14, 1974. The Leni Lenape Indians gave this land its name. One of the earliest written versions of the name in 1708 called it “Parames.” Later, it was referred to as ” Parampsepsis.” Dr. Charles A. Fillower, one of the best-known experts on the Leni Lenape language, says “Parampsepsis” means literally “where there is worthwhile or fertile land.” He adds that where there was fertile land, maize or indian corn was grown, and wild turkeys were also found in abundance, with their voracious appetite for corn. Thus, the meaning of Paramus: “a fertile land where corn was grown, attracting wild turkeys.”

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Japa Group: Meaning Of The Sixteen Names PT.4


anga-syamalima-stomaih syamalikrta-kancanah
ramate radhaya sardham krsno nigadyate

When Krsna sports with Radha, Her golden hue takes on the dark complexion of Krsna's skin. He is thus known as Krsna.

Jiva Goswami
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At the time of death, according to the thinking, feeling and willing of our mind, which is involved in many fruitive activities, we receive a particular body.

Our next body develops according to the activities of our mind.

Changes of our body are due to the flickering of our mind, for otherwise we (the soul) could remain in our original, spiritual body.

We can easily understand that our mind is constantly flickering, changing in the quality of its thinking, feeling and willing.

This is explained by Arjuna in Bhagavad-gita (6.34):

cancalam hi manah krishna
pramathi balavad dridham
tasyaham nigraham manye
vayor iva sudushkaram

The mind is cancala, flickering, and it constantly changes.

Arjuna said that controlling the mind would be as difficult as controlling the wind.

So, how can we control the flickering mind?

If the mind is engaged in bhakti-yoga, by the grace of Krishna one can easily control it.

And we can do that by regular practice of chanting the maha mantra.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has recommended, harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam. One should chant the holy name of the Lord constantly, for the holy name of the Lord is nondifferent from Hari, the Supreme Person.

By chanting the Hare Krishna mantra constantly, one can fix the mind on the lotus feet of Krishna and in this way achieve the perfection of yoga.

Otherwise, the flickering mind will hover on the platform of mental speculation for sense enjoyment, and one will have to transmigrate from one type of body to another because the mind is conditioned by the material energy due to sense gratification, which is temporary and false.

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Australian News: WHAT – WHEN – WHERE Janmastami details for ISKCON Sydney

Hare Krishna

Please join us to joyously celebrate Lord Krishna’s birthday,
Jamashtami at the Sri Sri Radha Gopinath ISKCON Mandir,
180 Falcon Street, North Sydney, NSW.

The 40th Jamashtami and Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja celebration in
Australia by ISKCON is a 3 day event (Sunday, August 21st – Tuesday
August 23rd) and includes the following:-

SUNDAY, August 21st
- Non-stop soul uplifting Kirtans from 10am-10pm on Sunday
- Traditional dance performances for the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath
- A drama performed on Krishna’s dealings with his devotee friend Sudama
- Gift stalls exhibiting oil paintings, Indian garments,
devotional paraphernalia and much much more!!

MONDAY, August 22nd
- Kirtan in the temple from 4:30pm-MIdnight
- Arati at 7pm
- Abhishek at 7:30
- Gift Opening 10 – 11pm
- Maha Arati at MIDNIGHT
- MAHA Feast after the Arati

TUESDAY, August 23rd
- Kirtan in the temple from 9am-12:30 pm inclusive of
Kirtan, Offerings to Srila Prabhupada by disciples,
Guru Puja and Feast

How YOU can help

Volunteers needed to help in kitchen, decoration and security.
If you wish to help,please call
NITIN at 0407 135 952

Please help the temple financially by buying some of our
amazing Jamashtami gifts.
For more details contact
Govinda Hari at 0423 666 911 or
Shubh Krsna at 0410 734 229

180 Falcon Street, North Sydney NSW 2060. Australia. Phone: (02)9959 4558

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New Vrindavan, USA: Sacred Space - A Retreat By Sachinandana Swami

H. H. Sachinandana Swami

There is an inner space within the heart, similar to the space that surrounds us. In this internal chamber you'll find a refreshing lake of love and a region in which the holy names of God are constantly vibrated. The focal point is the Supreme Lord with a charisma that pervades and enlivens everything. Whoever finds this space will be free of all illusory desires, since he has achieved the Supreme.

The goal of the retreat is to bring the participants to a level where they can experience themselves as eternal spiritual souls, and thus lose all fears and anxieties of ordinary life. We will learn many new perspectives and practical skills. When we leave the retreat, we hope to take with us these experiences and skills which will ensure that we can maintain the level we have attained.

Registration: Onsite.
Schedule: Retreat Begins Friday at
6:00PM and ends Sunday at
2:00PM with the Sunday Feast.

Retreat Fee: $61. Includes all meals during the retreat dates. Does
not include accommodation or transportation.

Accommodations: Call early to make a reservation at the Palace Lodge 304-­843-­1600 ext. 111.

Transportation: Airport pickup $45 one way-can be shared. Nearest
airport is Pittsburgh, PA (PIT). Greyhound station pickups from Wheeling are also available.

For more information
Phone: 304-­843-­1600 ext. 149
Email: jaya.krsna.sns@pamho.net
Website: www.newvrindaban.com

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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Finding He who is difficult to find in the Vedas

One may search for Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, through the pages of the Vedas and Upanisads, but it is difficult to find Him there. However, one who is fortunate enough to associate with a devotee can see the Supreme Personality of Godhead face to face.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => KB 12: The Killing of the Aghasura Demon

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: LEADER STRATEGY

1. Ask more, tell less
The better impact of a leader is to empower others to solve their own problems, not to be a problem solver. And this is done by asking the relevant questions.

2. Learn less and teach less
For better results, learn and teach fewer things, but learn and teach them well. Always focus on the basics.

3. Develop leaders
The success of a leader is measured not by how many followers he has, but how many leaders he has helped succeed.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: MATURE UNDERSTANDING

We should never think of our so-called advancement as being conditioned by or dependent upon some set of material circumstances such as marriage, vanaprastha, or this or that.

Mature understanding of Krsna consciousness means that whatever condition of life I am in at present, that is Krsna's special mercy upon me, therefore let me take advantage in the best way possible to spread this Krsna consciousness movement and conduct my spiritual master's mission.

- Srila Prabhupada (Letter to Madhukara, Bombay, 4 January 1973)

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Madhavendra Puri, New Govardhana, AU: Won-Durr Boiz in Poland (Part 11) – Rolling All Over Rewal

[The Won-Durr Boiz diary series is based on four ex-gurukuli brothers (surname: Durr) coming together for the first time to share Krsna consciousness with the outside world.  Madhavendra Puri (the author and middle elder) has been waiting in Radhadesh (Belgium) for his brothers to arrive.  Nitai Canda (the eldest) and Rupa Gosvami (the youngest) arrive first, and Bhisma Deva (the middle younger) is scheduled to come half way through.  Their adventure takes them through Belgium, Germany and Poland, for rathayatras, festival tours and kirtana events.  These diaries aim to bring inspiration and joy to the readers, and hopefully encourage others to entangle themselves in Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtana movement – whether for the spiritual benefits or simply for the fun.]




Tuesday 19th, July 2011.



We made our way to Rewal, one of the bigger towns on the Baltic Sea Coast.  We kicked off our stay by overdosing Srinatha (the youngest member of the tour) on ice-cream, before picking up some peddle powered quads.  We paraded around town before taking them for a lap of the skate park.  Maharaja saw me on the way back and reminded me that it wasn’t the brightest idea to parade around town in quad bikes whilst wearing dhotis.  I think I separated “spontaneous” and “Krsna consciousness”, and then tried to stick them back together in a tacky fashion.



It was a special treat for the yogi brothers.  It was their birthday so Tribi brought them out some cheese cake and had the whole crowd sing the Polish birthday song.  Ananda, being part of the performance, also had herself some cheesecake but somehow she didn’t have a spoon, which made a little extra comedy on the stage.



The show was a big hit and the people swarmed our site.  We didn’t leave that night until Maharaja made a signal for us to go.  It was a complete change to the end of our festivals; the place looked alive and Maharaja had just added new energy to an already vibrant festival tour.



We had a rocking kirtana, on the way back in the bus, and jumped into our late night dishes session.  Soon enough some of the dish crew found access to the dish soap and were intent on making big bubbles, which floated across the kitchen all night long.





Wednesday 20th, July 2011.



I attempted to take another day out of the fight.  Mid-tour exhaustion (an additional level of exhaustion) was starting to kick in.  I chanted in the soft rain of Siemysl, before returning back to the base.  It was 3pm when I had finished all the things I wanted to achieve on my day off and someone told me that the bus hadn’t yet left to the festival.  It was a strange occurrence but I decided to take advantage.  I quickly packed my gear and loaded myself onto the bus, and we were off to yet another festival in Rewal.



I sat in Sitala Mataji’s tent, in between one of her seminars.  We looked up to see Maharaja, surrounded by eager devotees.  Maharaja was talking with one girl.  Sitala was telling me about the person Maharaja was talking to.  The girl had been to Sitala’s seminars the day before and was showing special interest.  Maharaja talked to her for some time, as he did with all the potential devotees on tour.  It was really inspiring to see him taking off some of his valuable time to look out for the people who really needed his association.





Thursday 21st, July 2011.



The harinam was cancelled; it seemed the weather was spoiled and the next town (Miedzyzdroje) was too far away to do a harinam in combination with the Rewal festival.  Indeed, there was talk that the festival in Rewal was going to be cancelled also.  We took lunch prasadam at the base, which was a rare change.  When prasadam came out all the western devotees were excited because lunch was pasta, which was their most missed dish on tour.



Two buses left at 5pm to the festival site.  We hopped out on the field, still not sure if the festival was cancelled or not.  The place was wet with rain and it looked like it would be falling all day.   Rumours went out that the festival was cancelled and that everyone was supposed to jump straight back on the buses.  The rumours were soon confirmed so we all packed up and went home.  There was almost no room when we finally made it on the bus, thus the Durr boys stood up for the forty-five minute journey home.



When we arrived back at the base, HH Indradyumna Swami was waiting for us.  He ordered us back on the bus.  We thought it was a joke.  We crammed back in and Maharaja began to speak.  He informed us of the upcoming journey to Miedzyzdroje and the nonstop festivals until Woodstock.  We were going for three days, on our longest journey, and then we were going to do a two day festival in Pobierowo, a town we hadn’t visited in years.  Once we were briefed, Maharaja asked us all to go to bed early and then finished the meeting.



Later that night, still chomping down pasta, we talked about the day’s events.  When the show was cancelled there were little children crying because they wanted to see Krsna in the Lilamrta shows.  Rajesvari commented that she wished she would cry like that for Krsna.  It seemed like a tragic story, that the girl didn’t have a chance to see Krsna, but Maharaja had filled us in on the bus that they had taken her backstage and she had her darsana with Krsna.  This incident made me realize the significance of what we were doing.  We were endeavouring to bring Krsna into the lives of all these people.  We wanted them to cry in anticipation to have Krsna in their lives.  Despite the rain and cancelations, I thought this was a golden time on the tour.



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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: A Blogger's First Time at Our Temple!

Our Sunday Feast regularly hosts a wide variety of people, from seasoned spiritualists to the slightly curious. Recently, a young lady who is a regular blogger, came out of curiosity and ended up blogging about her experience and her hospitable experience! We thought it would be worth sharing:

"Early evening sunlight pours in through windows overhead, illuminating the main floor of the temple and the tops of devotees’ heads. Devotees engaged in Aarti, an offering of thanks to Lord Krishna, whom is enshrined in an altar at the front, in male and female forms. A number have their hands raised above their heads as they chant. And with every word, they step back and forth in dance or sway side-to-side. A little girl approaches me with a violet coloured flower, patiently waiting for me. Not knowing what to do, I pass my hands over the flower and then my face. The look on her face is of wonder and innocence." (Continue Reading)

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Hari Sauri das, Mayapura, IN: 2011 Eurotour–Lika summer camp

From August 2 – 6 I attended my first, and the seventh Croatian summer camp. It was held in the district of Lika, about 2hrs south of Zagreb in the center of the country, about 50kms. from the Bosnian border.

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Its a beautiful part of the country, up in the mountains near the National state forest and at first appearance seems idyllic

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you can collect fresh spring water for drinking which Vrsabha dasa swears is the best in the world

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Its wolf and bear country

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and this is one country where the bees are not dying out. These few hives produced 550 kilos of hunny last year

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maybe that’s why the bears are there

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Most of the houses in the district are less than 20 years old or have been or are being recently renovated

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But its not the spiritual world. The reason why is because just 16 years ago the whole area was in the middle of a full-on war zone. Croats and Serbs used to live in peace side by side but due to the crazy politicians declaring their ‘independence’ the once friendly communities set about destroying each other. One group burnt out the others houses.

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In retaliation the victims burnt out the attackers dwellings. All over the area stand the empty husks of homes, burnt remnants, bullet-riddled and sad reminders of the violence that lies just below the surface of our human veneer.

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Nowadays only Croatians live here. As we drove through the local villages many of the locals responded with a wave as we passed them by and seemed friendly enough, but I couldn’t help but wonder what exactly these same people were doing just a short few years ago.

Anyway, out of the terrible past an opportunity arose which our devotees are taking good advantage of.

The government compensated the fleeing Serbs (after international pressure) and bought their houses from them, or renovated them, selling them off or renting them out at ridiculously cheap prices.

Seeing the opportunity our devotee hosts Murari Gupta prabhu and his wife Sundari

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moved into one such dwelling 12 years ago, paying 10 euros per month rent! Now they are negotiating to buy it for about 12,000 euros. Murari’s house became the site for a summer camp

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initially meant for the disciples of HH Bhakti Vikash Swami

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but now its expanded and over 170 devotees attended this year.

Both of them are practicing doctors so they have been welcomed into the area by the locals, and other devotees have started to follow suit. This house belongs to one devotee who lives in Zagreb. Its under construction but eventually he will move here.

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Almost attached to Murari’s house is a large barn that was burnt down and restored to become a spacious temple

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They have the use of a couple of hectares of land belonging to a neighbor at the immediate back of their house which they use for growing vegetables and flowers

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Of course they couldn’t accommodate so many devotees on-site and various homes, still empty from the war years or renovated for rental, were hired for the week.

Prahladananda Swami and Lilasuka prabhu, and myself and Hari Krishna dasa from Italy, were put up in a small house and adjoining wooden cabin about 15 mins. drive further into the hills

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The weather was excellent, although chilly in the mornings and at night, and we were blissful and well provided for. All in all it was a perfect setting for a transcendental festival.

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Sri Nandanandana dasa: Using Proper Vocabulary to Describe Vedic Concepts, by Stephen Knapp

            Time and time again I see and hear the most improper words used to describe various concepts of the Vedic tradition. The peculiar thing is that this happens not only amongst non-Indians, as you might expect, but also amongst Indian Hindus, even scholars who should know better, and even amongst Indian gurus and teachers. Why should we surrender to the use of words given by foreigners and non-Dharmists that often so inaccurately describe the specific concepts found within the Vedic tradition? Some Vedic writers have written about this before, but it is still an issue that does not seem to be resolved, or people simply don’t understand the damage it can do. So let us take a few examples.

            MYTH OR MYTHOLOGY: This is a word that I see used on a regular basis when describing what some people call the “Hindu or Vedic mythology.” Don’t people understand what they do when they use this word? When you say mythology you immediately take away all reason for taking the Vedic texts seriously, such as the Puranas, Mahabharata and Ramayana. When you describe them as myths, you are indicating that they are just fiction, nothing more. They may convey some ideas or principles in them, but the events that they describe have no other purpose. Or that the stories have nothing to do with history or actual events that have taken place.

            The dictionary describes the meaning of the word myth as a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation. This is especially the case when the story is concerned with deities or demigods and includes some practice, rite, or supernatural aspect of nature, all of which are in the realm of myth. Thus, such stories are accepted as invented ideas to include some concept, but it basically imaginary or fictitious. Thus, all places, persons, things, and events in the story have no basis in fact but is a false collection of mere beliefs.

Even the Sanskrit root of the word “myth” means fiction. So why should we use this word? Or is this all the credit we intend to give to the Itihasas and other Vedic texts? 

The fact of the matter is that many scholars of Vedic literature and its traditions have discovered that the stories found therein are filled with historical events and descriptions. They are not fiction. So, naturally, the point is that the word myth or mythology, when using it in connection with the Vedic stories, is completely incorrect. Therefore, we should simply stop using it in connection with our Vedic tradition and its ancient texts.  

             IDOLS AND STATUES: Here are another few words that I hear people use all the time, even India gurus and spiritual teachers, in relation to the deities in the temple. The deities in Sanskrit are called murtis. And when the murtis or deities have undergone the Prani Pratishta ceremony, which calls and invites the Divinity to accept the form of the deity and the service that we can offer to Him or Her, the deities are then accepted as having the life force of the particular Divinity residing within. Thus, they are no longer mere idols or statues, but are indeed worshipable. But as soon as you say idol or statue, you are again taking away all credibility from the image and indicating that it is merely stone, paint, or wood, and nothing more. This is a complete misrepresentation of the true meaning of the deity. Therefore, we should stop using these words in relation to the deities in the temples. 

             RELIGION: This word is also easily used in connection with Hindu or Vedic Dharma, as if it is just another religion. So why shouldn’t we call it a religion?

            The word yoga, based on yuj, the root of the word, means to “link up” or “unite.” Interestingly enough, the word religion is based on the Latin word religio, which means to “bring back” or “to bind.” What is to unite with or to bind to is the individual soul with the Supreme Soul. This involves uniting one’s body, mind, will, emotions, and intellect to God while becoming detached or less attracted to the material world. Thus, the ultimate aim of yoga and religion is the same, which is to spiritualize our consciousness, transcend all forms of temporary material happiness and distress, and increase our understanding and realization of the Supreme.

            However, religion is usually accepted to mean that we establish our relationship with God through the church or some institution or church authority, and in that way we attain salvation, or are “saved” from our sinful ways. And if we do not have a proper or approved connection with the church, mosque, or some authority in the religion, then we have no relationship with God. Whereas dharma means to reawaken what is already there, and act according to our duty as a spiritual being. This means that we are not necessarily “saved” from our sins and brought to God, but we merely reawaken our spiritual identity and then, with proper guidance, we learn how to act in that way. In other words, we are already a spiritual being with a connection with God. It only has to be reawakened. This is the path of dharma, which brings us to the state of dharma, or spiritual balance and realization. The premise is that we are always a spiritual being and are connected with God, and we merely use whatever tools the Vedic tradition provides to act in that way and to realize and perceive our spiritual identity and connection with God. By such guidance, knowledge and realization, we begin to perceive the spiritual dimension and our existence in it. It is not that someone or some institution is the via media between us and God and give us the means to be “saved”, but we have to do the work ourselves but with the assistance of God and the Vedic system. It depends on us. We cannot simply sit back and think we can do whatever we want because we are “saved.” But we must still work to spiritualize our consciousness to reach moksha, liberation from material existence by entering the spiritual domain.

            Furthermore, when it comes to understanding the meaning of Sanatana-dharma, we have to be aware of its Sanskrit definition. The root of the word dharma comes from dhri, which means to uphold or maintain. The Sanskrit says dharayati iti dharmaha, which translates as dharma is that which upholds. However, not only what is supported is dharma, but that which does the supporting is also dharma, dhriyate iti dharmaha. So dharma consists of both the force that sustains as well as what is sustained. It can also be said that there is the path of dharma as well as its conclusion, the object of dharma, or what we are seeking, the goal of life. So dharma is the means as well as the goal.

Dharma is also said to be the force which maintains the universe. Where there is dharma there is harmony and balance individually, socially, and inter-galactically. So the path of dharma brings about the harmony and contentment that is also another aspect of what we are seeking. In this way, we want harmony inwardly, in our own consciousness, but we also cannot have individual peace unless there is harmony or cooperation socially, amongst the masses. So where there is no dharma, there is disharmony and a state of being that is out of balance. And socially it means that without dharma, there is a lack of cooperation, along with escalating quarrel and fighting. When we act against the law of dharma, we disrupt the very harmony and cooperation that we want.

Doing what should not be done is called vidharma, which is a type of adharma or nondharmic activity. The conclusion, therefore, is that if we want happiness and peace we must learn how to live according to the path of dharma.

The practice of dharma should be done not out of compulsion but out of love due to the perception of the Supreme in all living beings. With this motivation, dharma can assist in preventing injury to others and treating each other respectfully. Dharma also means righteous conduct. This includes following social laws and proper moral activity and behavior. It encourages truthfulness of thought, word and deed. The point of which is to reach the goal of dharma.

Dharma also means truth. So we follow the path of dharma to free ourselves from illusion and reach the ultimate Truth, which is the topmost reality, the spiritual strata. The Absolute Truth means the final philosophical goal and end of all knowledge, or Vedanta, which is God, the Supreme Being. So when we want to attain liberation from material existence, after realizing the futility of its temporary nature, and wish to reach God, then it becomes much easier to follow the path of dharma and overcome the temptations of the temporary material world. Then we can let go of the illusory objects that are, in fact, hurdles on the path to Truth and God, and happiness in general.

On a national, ethnic, or racial level, dharma is an instrument of unity, not divisiveness. That which helps unite everyone and develop love and universal brotherhood is dharma. That which causes discord or disharmony or provokes hatred is adharma. And we can plainly see that many religions, being based on the idea that they are the only way to God, actually perpetuate differences between us all, especially with such ideas that say some are “saved”, and those who are not are going to eternal damnation. Thus, it becomes obvious that the basis for many quarrels in the world is the differences in religions.

That which works against or tries to destroy dharma is adharma. With this understanding we can perceive that certain religions that exist on this planet actually encourage divisiveness between those that are “saved” and those that are supposedly going to hell, or those which primarily focus on differences between their sect and others. This is actually adharmic. Those religions that do not teach that we are all spiritual beings, all children of the same God, all equal in the eyes of God, are adharmic. They may merely be limited in their depth of knowledge and awareness, but until they adopt the dharmic principles they will continue to produce disagreements, restlessness, harsh attitudes and even hatred amongst people in the name of religion. The reason is that they are absent of real transcendental knowledge and deep spiritual insights. Since such religions lack dharma, they will not be able to deliver one to dharma, or to the Absolute Truth. They remain too much absorbed in the bodily condition of life. Thus, lack of peace and harmony amongst various religions will be commonplace until this is remedied. In this way, the path of dharma is more than a religion or belief system. It is the means to directly perceive and live according to that higher reality and spiritual unity between us all. Therefore, the Vedic path is not merely a religion, it is Sanatana-dharma.

 HINDU: This is another word that has been given to the people who practice the Vedic tradition by outsiders and which does no justice for expressing any concept or idea about the Vedic tradition. It is odd that in some circles if you use the word Hindu, you are frowned upon, while in other circles if you do not use the word, they feel you are offensive. There is much that has been discussed about this label, and I have fully written about it elsewhere. But for the above reasons in regard to Sanatana-dharma, we should also consider how accurate or inaccurate the name Hindu really is, and why we should continue to use it, except due to over-familiarity with it by most people. Otherwise, I would prefer, as a follower of Sanatana-dharma, to be called a Dharmist or something like that. At least that label is certainly connected with the actual Sanskrit upon which the Vedic practice is based.

             CASTE: This is another word that carries much baggage with it, and as soon as you mention it, you get people who want nothing to do with it, or who require a long explanation about what it really is. Here again is a word that comes from outsiders that give a misconception about what should be called by its proper Sanskrit term, varna, and not caste.

            Caste is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as “an endogamous and hereditary social group limited to persons of the same rank, occupation, and economic position.” The word caste is derived from the Romance word casta (seen in Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian), which (in addition to representing the same concept as English caste) can mean “lineage” or “race.” It comes from Romance casto, which can mean “pure” or “chaste.” Casto in Latin means “chaste,” which is derived from castus, meaning “pure, cut off, separated.”

            What is also explained is “What remains, however, and is common to many cultures is the “outcaste,” the people considered below the level of common humanity of all the others, “untouchable.” They and their descendants, the dalit in India, the burakumin in Japan, the baekjeong in Korea, all have faced discrimination, and some continue to do so today.” [http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Caste_system]

            The problem with this is that in the Vedic tradition, no one was considered an untouchable or something sub-human. In the Vedic system, outcastes were those who were so materialistic, or evil, or barbaric that they would not follow any portion of the progressive Vedic principles. So where do you put them?  

            So this should make the foreign origins of the word obvious, and make us ask again why we have surrendered to using a term that immediately misrepresents the real concept of varna and varnashrama dharma. As we have written elsewhere, the system of Vedic varna was never to restrict the upward progress of a person, but was meant to encourage it as a social design for the growing progress of a individual, the contentment of one in their occupation and contributions to society, while still making proper spiritual advancement. One’s varna as judged by birth alone, which is the way things seem to be in the modern caste system, was never established in the Vedic system. In fact, there are shastric injunctions and rules that establish the direct opposite of that. However, once one’s varna was established by their talents, abilities, interests, level of intelligence, etc., than that was considered the best classification for an occupation for that person to reach perfection in life. Thus, again, we should use the word varna and not caste to help establish what was really meant by the social design for humanity in the Vedic tradition. 

            HINDU MONKEY GOD: This is another demeaning label when describing Hanuman. But I have even heard Indian gurus use this term. If you cannot say Hanuman, then it may be better to just keep quiet. The point is that it indicates that Dharmists worship monkeys as gods, without understanding that Hanuman was not merely a monkey. He was part of a specific race of beings that existed and helped Lord Rama in His pastimes of rescuing Sita, as explained in the Ramayana. Hanuman was also known as the son of Vayu, the god of the winds. This is why Hanuman was so strong, could jump fantastic distances, and was able to live so long. He was an extraordinary being, and people still worship him as the most exemplary devotee of Lord Rama, and who can give blessings for us to increase our own devotion to God. So to call him the “monkey god” is a complete disregard and misrepresentation of what and who he really is.

            However, this could also be said when we refer to Lord Ganesh as the “elephant god.” He was far more than an elephant. Plus, saying that he is “the Hindu elephant god” again creates demeaning and inaccurate impressions in the minds of people that we worship elephants as gods, when the respect and admiration for Lord Ganesh is far more specific than that. Therefore, once again, to more accurately describe who and what they really are, we should use the correct terminology and title for the Divinities in the Vedic tradition. 

            HINDU TERRORISTS: This is another phrase that is a contradiction in terms. I have always said that Hindus make lousy terrorists, which means they just don’t have it in their hearts to do such things. They are generally the most tolerant of all people. And I have seen so many times when there has been some terrorist activity that is blamed on Hindus, it usually comes out, after proper investigation, that someone else was the cause, yet the media does little to apologize for improper information, or to correct the report, or change public opinion. So whenever Hindus try to provide the proper information, or defend themselves from those who try to demean or criticize them, or who try to defame their culture, they are immediately called communalists or “saffronites,” as if they are simply trying to “saffronize” the nation, which means make everything a part of Vedic culture.

            So when the term Hindu Terrorism, or saffronization, or communalists comes up, you can be pretty sure that it is merely for the convenience of politicians trying to blame an easy target to get the votes of non-Hindus in India. Or it is because of the secular (meaning the non-Hindu) media who try to show their impartiality by being anti-Vedic and anti anyone who is following Vedic Dharma. All this needs to change. But Dharmists / Hindus in general need to be less apathetic when it comes to speaking out against such things, or for voting good politicians into office in India, if there are any good politicians in India.

For example, I once gave a lecture at a temple in Mumbai to a crowd of about 1500 people. As I was talking about the politicians in India who actually work against the Vedic tradition and Hindu population, I asked how many people voted in the last election. Not one hand went up. This is another of those things that need to change. Politicians will never care about the Hindu people if they won’t vote. They will always cater to those who will support them. And, meanwhile, the anti-Vedic people will gain more power and control at the expense of the Dharmists who will become overruled by those who participate in politics and the electoral process. This means that gradually Dharmists will continue to watch as more and more of their freedoms are taken away. Yet, if they do not do anything about it, what else can they expect?

            Therefore, it is time for people who follow Sanatana-dharma to unite and make a stand for what they want in their own future. Otherwise, as the generations unfold, the new youth will be increasingly less loyal or interested to participate in or preserve whatever remains of the Vedic tradition. Using the above points and changing our vocabulary in regard to the words that are mentioned herein and many others will help at least a little to change that scenario.

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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: A unique experience

Submitted by : Mahabhagvat Das
One evening, one day before this year's Ratha Yatra, we were out on Sankirtan, accompanying Bhaktimarga Swami and a group of devotees out on Harinam.I had fallen back, each conversation would put me about 50-100 metres behind the devotees and lost sight of the Harinam party which was moving very briskly.

I saw two men staring at me as I was chanting the Mahamantra silently and waited to strike up conversations. I approached them with a book. One of the men practically jumped out of his skin, almost dropped the cigarette he held, and hastily moved away. The other man, slightly older-looking, disgust evident on his face, with the index fingers of his hands brought together and held in front, to form a cross, roughly told me to get away and that this chanting and these books were all satanic, that it was evil, from the devil. I was taken aback. I had received strange responses before, but this was far out! I didn't want to push this poor man to any further acts of who-knows-what, but at the same time, I didn't want to go away, because then he would have thought that the sign of the cross "repelled" me, further strengthening his misunderstanding. :-) So I hung around there, smiling at him, telling him that this was actually the same way preached by Lord Jesus Christ, the way of devotion to God, that Jesus Christ had said "hallowed be Thy Name", and I was chanting names of the same personality Jesus Christ worshiped in his heart! But he wouldn't relent, he kept mumbling something under his breath, pulled out a cellphone, then a camera, and began snapping pictures of me, of the other devotees on Sankirtan.

Just then, the happily ecstatic and enthusiastic Harinam party, who had long passed out of our sight, returned from the other end of the street. The men got even more agitated, they began to grunt noises of disapproval, and mutter to each other, taking even more pictures, even crossed the street to take better pictures of the Harinam party, keeping a "safe" distance of course. I was angered, saddened, amused and disappointed at various times as I reflected on this experience of being treated as part of an evil empire. Of course, Sankirtan conversations can go any which way, and one has to know when to not push and when to back away - leave the unripe fruit.

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ISKCON Brampton, Canada: Sri Krishna Janmastami

Sri Krishna Janmastami Celebration at ISKCON Brampton - Monday, August 22, 2011

Join us in celebrating the biggest festival of the year, Sri Krishna Janmastami on Monday August 22nd with Mangal Aarti at 5:00am and an evening program starting 7:00 pm and continuing unil midnight. Bring your family and friends for this auspicious occasion and partake in the evenings festivities; Arti, Drama and Dance presentations by the Sunday School, Vedic discourse, amazing kirtan and a free vegetarian feast!

For more information please contact Iskcon Brampton at iskconbrampton@gmail.com

Tuesday August 23rd 2011 His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada's Appearance Day

Please join us for the celebration of Srila Prabhupada's Appearance Day at ISKCON Brampton @ 7:00pm. Details of program will be sent soon.

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 August 17: "My idea is to create an atmosphere of spiritual life where Brahmacaris, Sannyasis, and Vanaprasthas, will live there independently. Life should be simplified without being hampered by laboring day and night for economic development, without any spiritual understanding."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1969 August 17: "Why do you forget that you are always in association with me? When you are helping my missionary activities I am always thinking of you and you are always thinking of me. That is real association. Physical association is not so important as preceptorial association."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1969 August 17: "I am very glad to learn you have lectured nicely. Kirtana means whatever we hear from the Spiritual Master we repeat it again nicely. One who can reproduce the sound vibration heard from the Spiritual Master, he will be a good preacher."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 August 17: "I have got many inquiries and friendly invitations from many different parts of India, simply we want our place at Mayapur immediately, then everything will be in order. If we work sincerely keeping faith in Krsna and Spiritual Master there will be no difficulty at all in our preaching work."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 August 17: "All our men living in the temple are brahmanas. Otherwise, why they are offered sacred thread? We should live on the paltry income, whatever we receive, by selling our magazines."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 August 17: "I am very pleased that you have gone to that place simply on my order, alone, to preach the message of Lord Caitanya. The secret of success in spiritual life is to satisfy one's Spiritual Master. This is the essence. You have captured this. So now go on in this way and do not falter."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 August 17: "Your success of book distribution to the libraries has given me great pleasure. Please expand this program all over India. In one library carrying my books, hundreds of people will be able to read."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 August 17: "I would like to have a temple in every village in India. But we do not have enough devotees to manage. If you can make local devotees who have management ability, then you may accept as many plots of land as are offered."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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Mayapur Online: Prabhupada's Vasapuja has begun!

Here at Sri Dham Mayapur we have begun a seven day festival honoring Srila Prabhupada's appearance, culminating in a grand celebration of Sri Krishna Janmastami followed by Srila Prabhupada's Vyasapuja. Yesterday evening the devotee's all gathered for the Adi-vas ceremony that was lead by HG Jananivas Prabhu.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: “Every endeavor is covered by some fault”

In answer to a question by Anonymous about the remarriage of two divorced devotees we explore the balance between principles and practicality.

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Mukunda Charan das, SA: Jananivas Prabhu – Brahmacari Class, ISKCON Chowpatty Temple, Mumbai, 9 March 2007

Prabhu quoted Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s verse in relation to brahmacarya – naham vipro.  Gopinath is the worshipable Lord of our sampradaya.  The final goal is Gopinath (the isthadeva of ISKCON).

Brahmacarya is not an eternal factor.  Brahmacari asrama is the first asrama.  Generally, one progress from brahmacarya to the other asramas.  From sannyasa we get Vaisnava.  Shouldn’t identify with these designations, ‘It’s actually the last thing we want to do.’  These conventions are useful for social dealings.  The word asrama comes from asraya - which means to take shelter, according to our consciousness.  Brahmacarya is for students.  It is a very simple asrama.

According to your tolerance level, you can remain a brahmacari.  Tolerance is, ‘One of the main qualities of the brahmacari asrama.  It is the only way we can overcome desire’ (according to Bhismadeva).  That applies to all asramas, but we are speaking in the context of brahmacarya here.

Modern society is not Krishna Conscious, so it is better to remain a brahmacari – ‘By developing tolerance, one can remain fixed’.  Arjuna asked Krishna for a solution to his problem.  Krishna replied that there was no solution.  He told Arjuna to tolerate.  We have to tolerate the urges of material nature.

ISKCON is a preaching movement therefore, ‘We have to face the material world.  We have to face Maya directly.  It is very difficult to be true or strict brahmacaris.  Consciousness is, therefore, more important than varna and asrama‘.

We should identify ourselves as the eternal servant of Krishna.  Everything is the property of Krishna.  If there is too much identifying with your asrama, there will be problems.  We act according to our asrama, but we are eternal servants of Krishna.

Srila Prabhupada was on a walk in Mayapur.  Someone asked him, ‘Who wants to be a sudra, Prabhupada?  In our society we get 2nd initiation etc.’  Prabhupada retorted, ‘Not everyone should get 2nd initiation.  If he likes working, he should be a sudra.’  Harikesh Swami asked, ‘But who wants to be a sudra? ‘  Prabhupada:  ’They are not sudras.  They are higher than brahmanas.  They are acting as sudras, like someone acts as a king in a play.  He has another identity, but he simply plays a part.’

Our first business is to establish a relationship with Madana Mohana, the attractor of Cupid.  ’We are trying now to turn our attraction from Cupid to Madana Mohanji’.  When one gets that – from Krishna and Krishna’s devotees – advancement is given.  They are awarded, by one’s devotional attitude.  The Brahma Samhita demonstrates how there are, ‘Slow degrees of self-realization’.

Even Brahman realization is attractive.  Bhagavad-gita explains that upon gaining this one thinks there is no greater gain.  You perceive Krishna as Brahman and yourself.  This comes after anartha-nivritti – when all the dirty things in your heart have gone.  That is relationship with Krishna in His pervasive aspect.  He is so attractive as Brahman, the jnanis and mayavadis are willing to sacrifice their own identity (which everyone loves).  Krishna is always attractive in any of His features.

Unless you realize aham brahmasmi, you can not understand Krishna’s pastimes.

Paramatma.  For one who has controlled his mind, immediately Paramatma is reached.  Ceto darpanam marjanam.  That is when Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s movement begins: we give up the dirty things in the heart and engage in Krishna’s service.  We have to strictly follow the principles of sadhana-bhakti as long as we have a material body and our intelligence sticks to that identification.  Pangam means ‘lame’.  We cannot move independently, spiritually.  We are spiritually lame.  All we can see is the material.  First, get your spiritual legs.  Understand what is spiritual ground.  Then progress can be made.

Realization of nama, is realizating Krishna’s presence.  He will reveal rupa, guna and lila.  Srila Prabhupada – Just surrender to the sound vibration and just depend on the Holy Name to reveal Himself.

We should not jump over prematurely.  We have to first approach Madana Mohana.  There is a progression that has been given by the acaryas.  So, to come to the point of Madana Mohana, we have to strictly follow the rules of sadhana bhakti.  That is called, ‘Cleaning the heart’.  We cannot get Krishna by sadhana.  But persons who are part of the hladini sakti (Rupa Goswami, Rupa Manjari) are giving this for the people of Kali Yuga.  You can only obtain Krishna by love.

The mind and intelligence are saying, ‘I am the Lord and enjoyer’.  Guru and the guru’s instructions are non-different.

Questions and Answers

What about reading ‘high’ books?

Answer:  Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati asked Bhaktivinoda Thakur, ‘Can I print Govinda Lilamrita?’  Bhaktivinoda Thakur replied, ‘No’.  Then he said, ‘Yes.  You can print two copies.  One for yourself.  And one for anyone as advanced as you’.

We shouldn’t  put ourselves there or canvas, ‘Our group knows what’s happening’.  You need to know where you are in KC.

Siddha Pranali.  The sahajiya groups spoiled this.  And this was amongst cultured people.   Now you’re taking this to mlecchas and yavanas.  What will they do with that?  So Caitanya Mahaprabhu has given a simple process.  First deserve, then desire.  Prabhupada told Bhakti Caru Swami, ‘I will come and reveal everything’.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Svarupa sakti mataji

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.15 - To take shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord means to take shelter of the pure devotees. By doing so one can be at once purified.

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Japa Group: Can Come Through Purely

Please know that by chanting the holy name all anarthas will be removed. When our heart is cleansed from all this anartha dust, the form, qualities and pastimes of the Lord will automatically manifest themselves on the clear mirror of the purified heart. All this will be understood clearly when the coverings are removed from our heart. But it is important that you make special effort to avoid the offenses so that the holy name can come through purely and gives you all the perfections.

Sacinandana Swami
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H.H. Devamrita Swami: Wars, Religion, and the Good Guys

Inserting themselves in front of their husband, the two wives screamed at the first assaulter rushing into the dark bedroom. Bear-hugging the ladies, the attacker hurled them aside.

Split-second decisions had put human lives on the line for the sake of others.  Shielding their husband, the wives were ready to die for him. Unhesitantly embracing the women, wrestling them, the well-trained soldier was ready to die for his team. By his absorbing the blast from suicide vests the wives could be wearing, he would die, his comrades, fast behind him, would suffer only minimal wounds, and the mission would succeed. Amazing—the spontaneous human urge to sacrifice everything for the right cause.  Fortunate for him, the ladies were not clad in explosives.

Quickly the infrared aiming sight from an M4 rifle trained upon the chest of the lanky, bearded man the wives had hoped to protect. One bullet to that chest tumbled him; the next one blasted above the left eye. Reincarnation time.

Immediately the Navy SEAL warrior radioed to his superiors, as the White House listened: “For God and country, E.K.I.A.—“enemy killed in action.” The world’s most notorious abuser of religion was gone. “We got him,” the President solemnly intoned.

“For God, for country,” how throughout history those words have motivated humanity—for better or worse. I remember my university years, the dormitory rooms decked with blue and grey banners: “For God, for Country, for Yale.” I respected Yale for the premier education it gave. About the Country, I wasn’t too convinced, amidst the Viet Nam War. And I was certain deep, comprehensive knowledge of God was a universal shortage.

Osama Bin Laden left no doubt about his devilish misinterpretation of divine backing. Trumpeting his perverse jihad terrorism to the world, he ensured the vehement condemnation of both the religious and the secular.

Be it always so easy, to discern right from wrong? And what about us decent folk—are we always fully beyond reproach? Have we full knowledge of the correct course of action in every situation? I’m reminded of an old TV commercial for a certain make of car. Presenting its car dealers as cherubic servants of the public, the commercial ended resoundingly: “You can always tell the Good Guys, they wear the white hats!”

The day before the secret operation to rub out Crankshaft, the code name for Bin Laden, the President conveyed his hearty hopes to the mission's main designer: "Godspeed to you and your forces."

Target eliminated, the helicopters bearing the special operatives flew out of Pakistan back to the base in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the Vice-President, faithfully fingering a rosary, opined to the Joint Chiefs chairman. “We should all go to Mass tonight.”

Upon the Navy SEALS returned stateside, the President met them at a military base in Kentucky. They presented him with a souvenir from the successful raid: a flag that had been on board one of the helicopters, autographed by all the operatives, emblazoned with “‘For God and country.”

The writer for The New Yorker, describing all these events, relays the words of the deputy national-security adviser, who travelled with the President to meet the SEAL team. “It was an extraordinary base visit. They knew he had staked his Presidency on this [the raid]. He knew they staked their lives on it.”

Human beings often seek to sacrifice for the right cause, especially for God’s sake. Upon reading of this Bin Laden termination, I mused, maybe Bhagavad-gita isn’t so unusual after all.

In the Gita, the hero Arjuna has to fight a dastardly foe, illegally occupying the government for grossly greedy purposes. Aggressive self-aggrandizement their public program, this ruthless crew had even sought to poison Arjuna’s family members, incinerate them by arson, and publicly strip his wife. Consequently, as a professional military man, Arjuna had the noble duty to protect not only the citizens, but also his own family.

Now add into the mix Krishna, and suddenly the situation escalates into the Divine. In spite of Arjuna’s sudden leniancy, born of soft-heartedness, Krishna majestically impels him onward. The wonder of Bhagavad-gita is that more than just by wishful thinking or theological interpretation, Krishna, the Divine, is actually present on the battlefield—fully manifest, the descent of the Supreme. Krishna leaves us no doubt as to who wears the white hats; who, like weeds in a garden, has to disappear; and what is His program for uplifting all living entities:


“If ever I ceased to demonstrate proper actions and duties, all the worlds would become disastrous. Consequently, I would bear blame, for allowing the destruction of universal peace and progressiveness. (B. Gita 3.24)

“Whenever dharma, essential human behavior, declines and fails, and malignant values predominate—at that time I appear in this world.

“Again and again, I manifest My Self, to nourish the virtuous, to dispel the deviant, and to reestablish dharma, authentically progressive lifestyles.” B. Gita 4.7-8)


Just think, rather than an exotic text from the East, the Gita could be almost as American as cherry pie.

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Dandavats.com: Nectar of Instruction eCourse

BhaktiLife: Dhruva Maharaja dasa and Samapriya dasi, both Srila Prabhuapda's disciples, began teaching eCourses three years ago with Bhagavad-gita As It Is. Last year they added a Sri Isopanisad eCourse, and now they are teaching Upadesamrta, The Nectar of Instruction from September 12 - October 10, 2011

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Dandavats.com: ME, ME, ME, ME!

James Rappai (Jeevanmukta Das): Varna-ashram! We already have the ashrams going strong. The Brahmacharis, Grihastas, Vanaprasthas and Sanayasis are all nicely revolving in their own orbits… what we now need are the varnas! So, isn’t it about time we sat down and divided ourselves into the four varnas—Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra?

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Gouranga TV: HG Govinda Prabhu – Overcoming the Evil Of Good

HG Govinda Prabhu – Overcoming the Evil Of Good

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Australian News: The Madhavas – The web site, the music, and THE VIDEO


The web site: http://madhavas.com/index.html

You may have seen the “India’s Got Talent” video, its at the bottom of this page of you haven’t, so you know that this band can rock. Now you can see the website, find out more about them and offer them your support. http://madhavas.com/index.html

Here is the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/madhavasrockband so you can go there and click LIKE and leave a message (I did).

Here is another Video which is the proof these guys have even more talent. Check it out and share it with your friends. If you find more share them with us!

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Click on the video below and dance


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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: WE NEED LEADERS - URGENTLY!

Leaders of ideal character are needed in society.

We must become very serious to actually give the human kind the greatest benefit - the instructions and the guidance of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

People in general are being guided into hellish condition of life by the various incompetent and ignorant leaders, so we must lead the society, and gradually establish Krishna conscious principles in all layers of society.

If we don't do it, who will?

There is no more time for all kinds of excuses, the main of which is: "I am not qualified."

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