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  1. Japa Group: Both The Means And The End
  2. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Kartik-Themed Activities for the Next Month!
  3. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Deity Darshan: Sunday, October 8, 2011
  4. H.H. Sivarama Swami: Domestic abuse has no place in a functional Krsna consciousness family or movement
  5. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Happy Kartik!
  6. Bhakti Lata, Alachua, USA: What is the Seed?
  7. Haricharana das, Indonesia: "To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose..."
  8. Haricharana das, Indonesia: Thinking of Kṛṣṇa 24 hours
  9. New Vrindavan, USA: The month of Damodar - Kartika
  10. ISKCON Brampton, Canada
  11. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  12. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  13. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  14. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
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  19. Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: Story behind poverty
  20. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: Lord Chaitanya's Moon is Rising
  21. Japa Group: By Such Chanting One Is Blessed
  22. Gouranga TV: Iskcon Mayapur Aarti Kirtan – Gaura Aarti
  23. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Tuesday 11 October 2011--What is the Purpose of Life?--and--How to Overcome Negative Thoughts?
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Japa Group: Both The Means And The End

Hare Krsna dear devotees. I would like to share with you another amazing text from Harinama Cintamani by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

The only method or means (sadhana) in this age is the holy name of the Lord. The only goal (sadhya) to be attained in this age is Krsnaprema. Even in the stage of perfection, the name is not given up but is chanted all the more, for it is intrinsic to the activities of prema. Indeed, the name is not different from the Lord: it is the very embodiment of prema. If the means is the end, then the end and the means never contradict one another. If process is identical to the objective, then it is easy for the jivas to attain the desired goal of life, Krsnaprema. By the mercy of His holy name, Krsna easily delivers the jivas in the age of Kali.

I hope you have a blessed week, full of realisations on chanting.

your servant,

Aruna devi
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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Kartik-Themed Activities for the Next Month!

As some may already know, the month of Kartik began today. To continue in this spiritual mood, Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre will be hosting a slew of spiritually charged events throughout the next month for those ready to take a devotional challenge!

Damodarastakam Prayers
Every evening, 8:00PM

Damodarastakam is a set of prayers that describes the vivid pastimes of Lord Krishna and when coupled with dimmed lighting and soft accompaniment, it is truly the BEST way to end your evening. Please join us every week night at 8:00PM.

Srimad Bhagvatam Classes
Every morning, 7:30AM

Our mornings are just as enlivening with special spiritual discourses every morning. For Kartik, a wonderful schedule has been put together to highlight this time of the year.

Here is the schedule for the following week:

Wednesday, October 12: HH Bhaktimarga Swami on Surrender
Thursday, October 13: Uttama Ananda Das on Damodar Lila
Friday, October 14: Vrndavana Das on The Qualities of a Devotee
Saturday, October 15: Uttama Sloka Das on Devotee Relationships
Sunday, October 16: Uttama Sloka Das on Understanding the Six Goswamis

Please check back for next week's schedule.

Morning Bhagavad Gita Conference Calls
Every morning, 7:00AM - 7:15AM

Why not start your day by reading from the Bhagavad Gita As It Is with other spiritualists? This is a chance to begin the day on the right note and a chance to bond spiritually with others. The group will be reading from Chapter 8, "Attaining the Supreme".

Here are the details on how you can join on this great opportunity every morning:

Conference call Dial-in: 647-847-1525 Passcode: 6118889#

For further information, please contact the Sankirtan team at: toronto.sankirtan@gmail.com .

Nectar of Devotion Book Club:
If reading by yourself is more your style, you can join our book club, which will be reading Nectar of Devotion, a book that focuses on the practices of bhakti yoga. By joining, you will receive inspiring quotes every day. Further, to complete the book within a month, everyone is encouraged to read 14 pages a day. So, if you are ready to soak in some knowledge, please email toronto.sankirtan@gmail.com to sign up for daily emails!

We hope that everyone can find an activity that best suits your interests and as a community, we can grow spiritually together during this Kartik month!

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Deity Darshan: Sunday, October 8, 2011

Photos taken by Pranesvari Devi Dasi and Hari Lila Devi Dasi
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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Domestic abuse has no place in a functional Krsna consciousness family or movement

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Happy Kartik!

Today marks the beginning of a month that is celebrated as an opportunity to dive deeper in our spirituality. This lunar month is known as Kartik and falls during October and November.

This month is described as especially dear to Krishna, and sincere spiritualists keep it sacred through acts of devotion and vows of austerity aimed at increasing their spiritual strength and allowing them to draw closer to Krishna.

At the Hare Krishna temple, every Sunday Feast during this very special month will be highlighted with sublime festivities. Of note, we will collectively sing the Damodarastakam prayers, which celebrate one of Krishna's most endearing pastimes.

Please stay tuned for more information on these wonderful activities and we truly hope you can join us for what will be a spiritually introspective time of the year.

As a special treat, you can view a wonderful animation of the Damodarastakam prayers (complete with lyrics and translation) below:

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Bhakti Lata, Alachua, USA: What is the Seed?

At last I have published a page on my blog to describe the philosophy of the "seed of devotion." Below is the new text.


The morning that I was born I was given the name Bhakti lata bij which, in the ancient Sanskrit language, translates as "the seed of the vine of devotion."

This bhakti lata bij is very special and rarely given. It is described in ancient scriptures that the living entity has been wandering the universe for millions of years, so very, very lost, so heartsick in his search for love. But somehow, by the grace of the Lord and a loving spiritual master, the living entity receives within his heart the bhakti lata bij, the seed of devotion.

This seed of devotion must be tended to with great care. One must water the seed by serving the Lord and His devotees.

One must receive proper sunlight through the chanting of the holy name.

One must dig out all of the unwanted weeds within the heart - pride, lust, envy, and so many others.

I find it very curious and very profound that the plant in this metaphor of devotion is not a stately banyan tree or a divine lotus. It is a vine. And what is the most important feature of a vine?

It must always rest upon something else to grow.

In this metaphor, that "something else" is the Vaishnavas, the devotees of the Lord.

Then with proper cultivation, love, and grace, resting upon the strength of the devotees, this vine of devotion may wind up and up and up to at last reach the feet of the Lord Himself.


brahmanda brahmite kona bhagyavan jiva
guru krsna prasade pay bhakti lata bija

"According to their karma, all living entities are wandering throughout the entire universe. Out of many millions of wandering living entities, one who is fortunate gets an opportunity to associate with a bona fide spiritual master by the grace of Krishna. By the mercy of both Krishna and the spiritual master, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service." (Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 19.51)
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Haricharana das, Indonesia: "To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose..."

“To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who I (due to the offense of breaking the pot of yogurt that His mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was kept hanging from a swing) is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed—to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.”



“In the month of Kartika one should worship Lord Damodara and daily recite the prayer known as Damodarastaka, which has been spoken by the sage Satyavrata and which attracts Lord Damodara. (Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa 2.16.198).”


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Haricharana das, Indonesia: Thinking of Kṛṣṇa 24 hours

 Arjuna & Krsna at the battle of Kurukstra

From lecture by H.H. Bhakti Madhurya Govinda Swami:

man-manā bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yājī mā
mām evai
yasi satya te
pratijāne priyo ‘si me

Bhagavad-gita As It Is 18.65

Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend.

Srila Prabhupada stressed » One should always act in such a way that all his daily activities are in connection with Kṛṣṇa. He should arrange his life in such a way that throughout the twenty-four hours he cannot but think of Kṛṣṇa.

One should fix his mind on this original form of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa. One should not even divert his attention to other forms of the Lord. The Lord has multiforms as Viṣṇu, Nārāyaa, Rāma, Varāha, etc. 

To connect to Kṛṣṇa there’s many ways but Sabda Brahman or transcendental sound is very important. Before in India the entertainment is to gathering to chant and hear Sabda Brahman like Bhagavad-gita story of Ramayana etc. so they peaceful. Now it almost lost,  people are Into TV which agitated the mind. Naturally our sensed could not be satisfied by senses gratification.

As example Michael Jackson who is very famous singer has many money and fame but crying for sleeping.  Although lots of money but cry for sleeping. What’s the point? Kṛṣṇa said if you want to be happy fix your mind to Me. Srila prabhupada said arrange your life in such a way so you can think Kṛṣṇa 24 hour. 

For most devotees who work or in school or in collage may be its difficult, than Maharaj give suggestions:

1.    Sabda Brhman: to reading Srila Prabhupada books for the worker may be not possible all the time. So we can make arrangement to play mp3 or cd in a player. Like while drive motor bike, to use ear plug maybe to dangerous. Maharaj suggest to install speaker on the bike so we can hear the kirtan while drive. For the car, just turn on the player with the Kirtan cd on it. At the house also play it. Especially we should arrange after we wake up at the morning we should immediately play kirtan record. So it can help us from our tamasik mind after wake up. After sleeping is easy to trap at tamasik.

2.    Put many picture of Kṛṣṇa as many as possible either at your work or your house.

We don’t have power to think Kṛṣṇa by our mind alone; we should make arrangement so we can think Kṛṣṇa 24 hours. Make the environment sattvik. Man-manā bhava mad-bhakto makes your environment like that so we can thing Kṛṣṇa 24 hour. If we do it like that we will fulfill Srila Prabhupada other as it stated in the purport of this sloka.


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New Vrindavan, USA: The month of Damodar - Kartika

Image Courtesy : Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, Krishna.com

The auspicious Month of Kartik, more popular as the Month of Damodara, is here once again heralding the spiritually enlivening ‘Festival of Lights’.

Mother Yasoda bound little mischievous Krishna with ropes to the grinding mortar for having stolen butter and thus He came to be known as Damodara. The significance is in that the Lord of the Universe can be bound only by the rope of pure love.

The Kartik Month is the period when the enchantingly beautiful child Krishna starts playing this sweet pastime of stealing butter.

During thus Damodara month, devotees get the opportunity to personally offer Arati to Lord Damodara with ghee lamps and sing the very enchanting ‘Damorashtakam’, to receive the special mercy of the Lord.

The Glories Of Kartik month
“Pure devotional service to Me which, because it places Me under My devotee’s dominion, is very difficult to attain, is easily attained by following this vow in Mathura during Karttika.”

“In the month of Kartik, which is very dear to Sri Hari, one who bathes early in the morning attains the merit of bathing in all places of pilgrimage. Anybody who offers the Lord a ghee lamp in the month of Kartik, O brahmana, becomes free from all kinds of sins, such as killing a brahmana, and he goes to the abode of Lord Hari.” (Brahma Khanda).

In the month of Karttika, one should daily worship Lord Damodara and sing the Damorashtaka (the eight prayers of Lord Damodara) which pleases Lord Damodara, written by the sage named Satyavrata. - (HARI BHAKTI VILASA 16/198)

Little girl offers ghee lamp to Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra in New Vrindaban during 24 Hour Kirtan - Kartika

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ISKCON Brampton, Canada

Join us Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00pm to celebrate the first day of Kartik!

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1967 October 11: "Reject all idle talks. Whatever he is doing nowadays has no sanction from me. He has deliberately disobeyed me. One should try to know the depth of realization of a Krishna conscious person. A Krishna conscious person must be seen by the ears and not by the eyes."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967

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1967 October 11: "We must have our books printed, we have wasted much time. When I was alone there were three volumes published but during the last two years I could not publish a single volume more. It is a great defeat."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967

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1967 October 11: "If I have one or two sincere souls, we can make more publications. I know you are very much anxious to see me in good health. I am prepared to sit down underneath a tree with one sincere soul and in such activity I shall be free from all diseases."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967

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1967 October 11: "Nobody cares for the dress; every sane man follows the philosophy and practical talks. I think all of you may dress yourself just like a fine up to date American gentleman but one must be clean shaved, have Tilakas on the forehead and have the Sikha on the top of the head."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 October 11: "I am writing this letter aboard the airship from Hawaii to Manila. I am reaching Manila on the 11th and Delhi on the the 14th so if need be you can see me in Vrndavana on the 15th. But you must now definitely act according to these following instructions."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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1974 October 11: "The land will be purchased as I have already instructed. When the conveyance deed is prepared, and when I approve it, then I shall advise the bank to pay the amount before the Registrar. That is the way of payment."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 October 11: "I am very thankful for your cooperation. There is a great need for spreading Krishna Consciousness based on Bhagavad gita As It Is all over the world. And Vallabhacarya many times visited Caitanya Mahaprabhu. I wish very fervently that your Holiness may be present for the opening of our newly constructed temple in Vrindaban."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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1974 October 11: "You are already trained up man, you can chalk out a program. So do not worry. We must run the Society on cooperation. Any discrepancy, that can be corrected. But a change of management - that is not good."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: Story behind poverty

The Planning Commission of India, recently, announced the official poverty line to be Rs 32 (62 cents) per day in the cities and Rs 26 (53 cents) per day in the rural areas. It basically states that an individual can consume 2100 calories of food with Rs 32 and 26 respectively (not sure how that is possible?). The poverty line calculation does not take into account education, health and other basic needs expenditures. It just accounts for money required for basic food consumption. The methodology has no relation to reality and hence very weak.

India, majority of it, is rural with agriculture as its base economy. Barring the cities, majority of Indians live in small towns or villages where economy thrives on agriculture. If the Planning Commission calculated poverty status for rural residents (based on food consumption), then the assumption they have made is that there is food shortage in rural villages and people do not have access to nutritious food. This shortage is created by the artificial consumer based economy in which the consumer is empowered (as God) to exploit the resources to one’s whims and fancies. Now, who is the consumer? – the individual with money. The individual without money is left behind in poverty and lamentation. Therefore, for the past 4 or 5 decades, the goal in life is to earn money to be empowered to consume at will in pursuit of happiness. The result of such a life strategy is there is exploitation on one end and poverty on the other.

Ever since the Indian economy followed its western counterparts, the 2nd and 3rd generation farmers have either resorted to growing “cash” crops for money or decided to abandon agriculture as a livelihood and move to the city for bigger and greater life. Growing cash crops on a mass scale for money depletes the quality of soil and increases the disproportionate use of water thus creating an imbalance in the local ecosystem and also increases the dependence on synthetic chemicals and man-made water management systems. As a result there is an imbalance in nature. An imbalance results in shortage of rainfall and shortage of ground water. Agriculture cannot survive in such a condition. This trend has motivated farmers to either fully abandon farming and move to cities or abandon traditional farming techniques suiting local soil conditions and adopt corporate large scale level farming techniques. As a result, there is either mass exodus to cities burdening the cities or depleting local soil and water conditions.

Srila Prabhupada, being the visionary that he is, repeatedly stressed on the importance of cultivating spiritual vision to one’s life. When the goal of life shifts from spiritual to material, people seek after material illusion of happiness. They want to make money quick and in large amounts. They think that living a simple life is not fashionable anymore and thus boring. Srila Prabhupada said that if farmers simply work for 4 or 5 months a year tilling their lands to meet their household needs in terms of food and other necessities and the remaining months of the year engage in cultivating spiritual life, then life will be peaceful and happy. The traditional Vedic system of Varnashrama dharma did exactly that. It motivated people to live a simple life with high spiritual thoughts. Life was centered around God. Families lived together in one unit and took care of each other. There were no artificial poverty lines, no gaping divide between the haves and have nots, no stress, no depression, and other corollary modern day problems.

Estimating poverty is a clear indication that the system is malfunctioning with disproportionate use of resources. Srila Prabhupada constantly preached a life dependent on agriculture, land, cows, rains and ultimately Krishna. He strongly voiced the importance of spiritual consciousness and how that is possible only by surrender unto God. Unfortunately, modern day philosophers, scientists and administrators have completely removed God from our daily life. As a result, a powerful few exploit and abuse resources for their selfish interests leaving behind many in lamentation. It is not only the flawed system and administrators to blame but also the common man who has abandoned his spiritual values to adopt a selfish material way of life. Unless we live our life centered around God, there is no solution to modern day woes. It will only get worse!

Hare Krishna

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: Lord Chaitanya's Moon is Rising

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Japa Group: By Such Chanting One Is Blessed

We had a nice comment in the Japa Room this week - it was about absorbing ourselves in the Panca Tattva mantra before chanting the Hare Krsna mantra....the devotee commented that it helped him to obtain attraction and surrender for chanting the Maha mantra.

I was reading a nice purport today that talks about this.

Strictly speaking, when chanting the names of the Pañca-tattva, one should fully offer his obeisances: śrī-krsna-caitanya prabhu-nityānanda śrī-advaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda. By such chanting one is blessed with the competency to chant the Hare Krsna mahā-mantra without offense. When chanting the Hare Krsna mahā-mantra, one should also chant it fully: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare.
Śrī Caitanya Caritāmrta Ādi 7.168
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Gouranga TV: Iskcon Mayapur Aarti Kirtan – Gaura Aarti

Iskcon Mayapur Aarti Kirtan – Gaura Aarti

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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Tuesday 11 October 2011--What is the Purpose of Life?--and--How to Overcome Negative Thoughts?

jus A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Tuesday 11 October 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. For Transcendental Association Connect With Other Members of this Course. Join this Conference: http://groups.google.com/group/sda_students Help Popularize Our Message By Liking Today's Thought on Facebook: Today's Thought: What is the Purpose of Life? Uploaded from Kaunas, Lithuania What is the purpose of life? It is sometimes said that the purpose of life is to ask such questions as this. The desire to discover life's purpose indicates that life does indeed have a purpose. Otherwise how could there be a desire to discover it? In other words, desires don't come out of nowhere. They are matched with that which satisfies them. So just as the hunger of the belly indicates the existence of food, the hunger to know the purpose of life indicates that life does indeed have a purpose. Our duty is to inquire about it's purpose. If we are determined to find the answer, we will be blessed with it. We will realize that we are meant to re-harmonize ourselves with the original source of our existence. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Revealing the Ultimate Purpose of Life Sunday Feast Lecture--9 October--Riga, Latvia http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Fall/Riga_SFL2.JPG http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Fall/Riga_SFL1.JPG Answers by Citing the Vedic Version: Question: How to Overcome Negative Thoughts? Dear Gurudeva, Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. While advancing in Krishna consciousness many negative thoughts keep on coming into my mind. So how can I overcome these negative thoughts? Your servant, Kowsthub Answer: Fill Your Mind with Krishna If you will fill your mind with positive thoughts such as the wonderful qualities, pastimes, teachings, names, and forms of Krishna, there will be no room left for the dirty, negative thoughts. Then when the negative thoughts come to check into the hotel of your mind there will be a big No Vacancy sign awaiting them, and they will have to go somewhere else to find a place of residence. 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. Searchable archives of all of course material: http://www.sda-archives.com Receive Thought for the Day as an RSS feed: http://www.backtohome.com/rss.htm Unsubscribe or change your email address Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Daily_Thought Thought for the Day on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ultimate.Self.Realization 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: http://www.backtohome.com 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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