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  1. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Sunday 18 September 2011--Sweet Transcendental Krishna Consciousness--and--Body is Guilty of Sin, Not the Self?
  2. Prema-Rupa dd, USA: What he means to me.
  3. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Darshan
  4. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: WHAT TO SAY WHEN PEOPLE SAY I DON'T KNOW?
  5. Japa Group: Leave Everything Aside
  6. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Color Therapy
  7. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: My Dinner With Andre
  8. Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: 9 Causes of Fat Gain (Not One Being Food …)
  9. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Too Big to Fail- the 2008 Corporate Pillage of the American Public
  10. Dandavats.com: Glorifications of H.G. Gopiparanadhana Prabhu
  11. Dandavats.com: The Best of Both Worlds
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  22. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: CHANTING OF THE HOLY NAME IS PERFECT
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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Sunday 18 September 2011--Sweet Transcendental Krishna Consciousness--and--Body is Guilty of Sin, Not the Self?

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Sunday 18 September 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 Today's Thought: Sweet Transcendental Krishna Consciousness Uploaded from Arad, Romania On 16 September 2011, after a rather unpleasant journey from Sofia, Bulgaria consisting of two separate propeller plane flights we finally arrived in Timisoara, Romania. I was sick with a nasty cold and thus feeling very weak. My voice was practically gone. Speaking and singing were very difficult. I felt like a croaking toad struggling to sing and speak nicely. But in spite of all this I was relishing the sweet transcendental nature of Krishna's name and teachings. Krishna consciousness is just like Krishna, inconceivably nectarean. In any condition we can relish the sweetest happiness simply by being devoted to Lord Sri Krishna. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Relishing the Sweet Flavor of Krishna Consciousness Lecture in Timisoara, Romania--16 September 2011 http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Fall/Timisoara_Lecture1.JPG Answers by Citing the Vedic Version: Question: Body is Guilty of Sin, Not the Self? My parents say that sins are done by the body (deham) not the self (dehi or atma) within the body. Their logic is that once the body dies and is burnt or buried all the sins go away, that the self or atma is immortal and pious and thus has no sins on its record. Is this true? Dr. R.S. Answer: No. The Self is Guilty, Not the Body If this were true, the murderer could claim that he was not guilty of killing his victim because it was the gun that actually killed the victim, not the murderer. He could claim that the gun should be punished instead of the killer. Destroy the gun and let me go free because the gun killed the victim, not me. This sort philosophy may be very appealing to the sinful person. But it will not hold up in the court of universal judgment of Yamaraja, the god of death. The body is engaged in sinful activities by the owner of the body. Therefore it is that owner of the body who must be punished for transgressing the laws of God. The death of the body does not bring an end to the sinful karma. 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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Prema-Rupa dd, USA: What he means to me.

Today was the Vyasa Puja of my Guru Maharaj, His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami. Since my husband and I are his only disciples here in Miami we celebrated at home, watching the festivities on mayapur.tv, cooking and dressing our Deities in Guru Maharaj’s favorite color (royal blue), and finally feasting! Today was also Srila Prabhupada’s Arrival Day- when he came to America and saved all our wretched selves. Guru Maharaj loves Srila Prabhupada so much that he wants to spend his birthdays glorifying him. And we love Guru Maharaj so much, we cant help but celebrate his appearance day :)

I want to take this opportunity to glorify my Guru Maharaj, who is an ocean of mercy. I know this because he took mercy on me. I saw so many times, when I had been shut out by so many devotees, he still saw some good in me and took a chance on me. He still had confidence in me in times when I lost all confidence in myself. He was the only person willing to pick me up when my whole life came crashing down. How do I repay someone as kind as him? He is the perfect example of Vaisnava etiquette. He is so intelligent. So caring and loving. I thank Krishna for bringing him to me. I thank Guru Maharaj for looking past all the dust and dirt and grime and seeing me for what I am. For seeing my potential. For giving me the bravery to be more me than I’ve ever been. How do I thank someone like that?

Except with my life.

Once, when I was sitting in class, Guru Maharaj was speaking and suddenly someone came in. I saw Guru Maharaj’s reaction, he looked up, and seeing who it was, he beamed a bright smile, welcomed the devotee and then continued with giving class. But in that moment, I thought, if Guru Maharaj could beam like that when I walked into a room, just once, and think to himself “there is Prema-Rupa, she is a good girl.” my life would be complete. I have literally sacrificed my entire life, my entire future, just to gain even a moments favor from Guru Maharaj. Because he took a chance on me. He believed in me. And I dont want to disappoint him. Once in class he said, “if anything needs to be done then you should be the one to do it yourself.” I have taken that instruction to heart and that is why I am here, in service to my Guru Maharaj. And hoping just one time he will smile at me, remember my name, and say that I am a good girl.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Darshan

Sri Krishna is the intimate friend of Arjuna. He has appeared on this earth in His transcendental body, which resembles the bluish color of the tamäla tree. His body attracts everyone in the three planetary systems [upper, middle and lower]. May His glittering yellow dress and His lotus face, covered with paintings of sandalwood pulp, be the object of my attraction, and may I not desire fruitive results. (SB 1.9.33)

Here is today's darshan.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: WHAT TO SAY WHEN PEOPLE SAY I DON'T KNOW?

Sometimes you ask someone why did they do this or that, and they say, "I don't know".

"I don't know" often means "I don't want to know" or "I don't want to discuss it."

If you still want to induce them to think about it, you may ask them, "What would be your best guess?"
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Japa Group: Leave Everything Aside

The chanting and hearing is essence. Even when dealing with a practical problem, Srila Prabhupada was seeing it and soon speaking of it in absolute terms. Chanting especially promotes this: leave everything aside and chant the holy name. Then we can take up even our most demanding preaching duties in this world with vigor and endurance.

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Color Therapy

According to Ayurveda, an ancient holistic health practice from India, matter is composed of a combination of the elements ether, air, fire, water, and earth. To live in health and harmony, we need to keep the elements in our bodies balanced based on the foods we eat, the impressions we take in, and our overall lifestyles. One technique to keep in balance is through chromotherapy, or color therapy. Colors, like all matter, contain different amounts of the elements. They also contain different gradations of light. Our mental, emotional, and physical states can be strongly influenced by the colors around us – what we wear and what we see. Color therapy is a long term process. By changing the colors we surround ourselves with, we can gradually improve our health.

Some colors are in goodness (sattva). They keep the mind peaceful, and stimulate spiritual growth. Pastels are sattvic, as are gold, green, blue, violet, saffron, and white. Monks often wear saffron or white – both sattvic colors.
Other colors are in passion (raja) and in excess can ignite anger, agitation, and other passionate feelings. They are bright and flashy, and include red, orange, dark yellow, and purple.
Colors in darkness (tama) breed inertia, and dullness. They interfere with spiritual growth. Brown and black are considered tamasic.
Gold is the most sattvic color, and is good for all body types. It increases ojas (an energy source in our bodies), and thus improves immunity. Gold can increase intelligence and stabilize the mind.
People of a vata nature (air/ether) can stay balanced by surrounding themselves with orange, yellow, green, gold, brown and purple. Too much white can cause anxiety in people of vata nature. People of pitta nature (fire) stay balanced with gold, blue, white, brown, and violet, and should reduce contact with fiery colors like reds and oranges. People of kapha nature (earth and water) do best with red, orange, yellow, green, gold, blue, white, purple, and violet. If you do not know your Ayurvedic nature, you can ask a practitioner, or look online or in an Ayurvedic book to take a self diagnostic test.
Once you discover which colors will keep you balanced, you can alter the colors in your wardrobe and environment. Alternatively, you can do color meditation. Pick a color best suited for you (when in doubt choose gold, as gold is healthy for all body types). Find a focal point of that color 3-5 feet in front of you. Your focal point can be in nature (snow for white, grass for green, sky for blue, etc) or manmade. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for 5-10 minutes. Open your eyes, continue breathing deeply, and focus on the color in front of you for an additional 5-10 minutes. Finally, close your eyes, and breathe deeply for 2-3 minutes.
If you visit your local Hare Krishna temple, or certain other spiritual centers, your eyes will feast upon a variety of inspiring colors in the form of flowers, paintings, and decorations that uplift the mind and spirit. Spiritual life is full of vibrant colors that bring happiness and life to the spirit.

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: My Dinner With Andre

My Dinner with Andre is a 1981 film starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, written by Gregory and Shawn, and directed by Louis Malle. The film depicts a conversation between Gregory and Shawn (apparently playing themselves) in a chic restaurant in New York City. Based mostly on conversation, the film’s dialog covers such things as experimental theatre, and the nature of life. The dialogue contrasts Shawn’s modest, down-to-earth humanism with Gregory’s extravagant spiritual experiences. -Wikipedia

This excerpt I chose and printed here for you to read comes across as one of Gregory's extravagant experiences. Perhaps there is some extravagance to it. However, even though coming across as a bit extreme, there are many points that we should find to be of interest and relevance. Dehumanizing of people by an unhealthy increase in selfishness, emphasizing and pronouncing industrial development and corporate greed to the point of having a need for shelters of "human" culture ("planets within planets") – are some of the threats we should be aware of. I find these ideas worth paying some attention to.

OK. Yes. We are bored. We're all bored now. But has it ever occurred to you that the process that creates this boredom that we see in the world now may very well be a self perpetuating, unconscious form of brainwashing created by a world totalitarian government based on money? And that all of this is much more dangerous than one thinks? And it's not just a question of individual survival Wally, but that somebody who's bored is asleep, and somebody who's asleep will not say no?


See, I keep meeting these people, I mean, just a few days ago I met this man who I greatly admire. He's a Swedish physicist, Gustav (last name unintelligible), and he told me that he no longer watches television, he doesn't read newspapers, and he doesn't read magazines. He's completely cut them out of his life, because he really does feel that we are living in some Orwellian nightmare now, and that everything you hear now contributes to turning you into a robot.


When I was in Findhorn, I met this extraordinary English tree-expert who had devoted his life to saving trees. He just got back from Washington, lobbying to save the redwoods. He's 84 years old and always travels with a backpack because he never knows where he's going to be tomorrow. When I met him in Findhorn he said to me, "Where are you from?" and I said, "New York". He said, "Ah, New York. That's a very interesting place. Do you know a lot of New Yorkers who keep talking about the fact that they want to leave but never do?" I said, "Well, yes" and he said, "Why do you think they don't leave?" I gave him different theories. He said, "Oh I don't think it's that way at all. He said, "I think that New York is a model for the new concentration camp, where the camp has been built by the inmates themselves, and the inmates are the guards, and they have this pride in this thing they've built. They've built their own prison, and still they exist in a state of schizophrenia where they are both guards and prisoners. As a result they no longer have, having been lobotomized, the capacity to leave the prison they've made, or even to see it as a prison.

Then he went into his pocket and took out a seed for a tree and said, "This is a pine tree". He put it in my hand and said, "Escape before it's too late". See, actually for two or three years now I had this very unpleasant feeling that we really should get out. And we really should feel like Jews in Germany in the late 30's. Get out of here. Of course the problem is where to go, because it seems quite obvious that the whole world is going in the same direction.
I think it's quite possible that the 1960's represented the last burst of the human being before it was extinguished. The rest of the future there will simply be all robots walking around. Feeling nothing, thinking nothing. And there'll be nobody left, almost nobody, to remind them that there once was a species called a human being with feelings and thoughts. The history and memory are right now being erased, and soon nobody will really remember that life existed on the planet.
Now, of course, (the Swedish physicist) feels that there's really no hope, and that we're probably going back to a very savage, lawless, terrifying period. Findhorn people see it a little differently. They are feeling that there'll be these pockets of light springing up in different parts of the world. That these will be in a way invisible planets on this planet. That as we, or the world, grow colder, we can take invisible space journeys to these different planets, refuel for what it is we need to do on the planet itself and come back. It's their feeling that there have to be centers now where people can come and reconstruct a new future for the world.


When I was talking to (the Swedish physicist) he was saying that actually these centers are growing up everywhere now and that they are trying to do what Findhorn was trying to do, and in a way what I was trying to do. I mean these things can’t be given names, but in a way these are all attempts at creating a new kind of school or a new kind of monastery, and (the Swedish physicist) talking about the concept of reserves, islands of safety, where history can be remembered and the human being can continue to function in order to maintain the species throughout a dark age.

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: 9 Causes of Fat Gain (Not One Being Food …)

I truncated most of the sections, you will have to go to the source to see the full article.

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Have you heard people say they just can’t lose weight even when they nearly starve themselves? Ever felt that way yourself?

A large number of Americans struggle to lose weight every day, despite adhering to healthy diets and regular exercise programs. So what is really going on? While diet and exercise are certainly the two biggest factors, and eating healthy and exercising will result in weight loss for the majority of people who try them, for some it's just not enough.

In fact, there are several causes of weight gain that have nothing to do with diet or even exercise … so if you've been stuck in a weight-loss plateau, keep reading to find out if one of these explanations may be to blame …

1. Lack of Sleep

Too little sleep can have a big impact on your waistline, and not in a good way. How? By altering levels of hormones that regulate hunger. According to one study by University of Chicago researchers, people who slept only four hours a night for two nights had an 18 percent decrease in leptin, a hormone that signals your brain you've had enough food, and a 28 percent increase in ghrelin, the "hunger" hormone.

Not surprisingly, after getting such little sleep, the participants noted a 24 percent increase in appetite, with a particular desire for sugary, salty and starchy foods, like candy, chips and pasta.

A separate study also found that people who sleep less than four hours a night are 73 percent more likely to be obese than people who sleep more, while a new study in the International Journal of Obesity found that middle-aged women who have trouble sleeping may gain more weight than well-rested women.

In short, once your sleep patterns have been disrupted, your body will be prone to weight gain and overeating. Meanwhile, overeating may further throw off your circadian rhythm, or sleep-wake cycle, leading to a vicious cycle that can be hard to overcome.

Creating a relaxing bedtime routine, which can include a warm bath, a foot massage, stretching, or listening to the wonderful soothing music, can help you to fall asleep and stay asleep.

According to Marc Hamilton, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, numerous studies show rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity are doubled and even tripled in people who sit a lot.

2. Sitting Too Much — "Sittosis"

Americans spend an excess of time sitting — leading to a variety of "sittosis" conditions, not the least of which is weight gain. Even independent of how much time you spend exercising, if you spend the bulk of your day sitting you could be inadvertently packing on the pounds…

3. Intrauterine and Childhood Programming

Although the link is still being established, some studies have found a link between a mother's weight during pregnancy and the future weight of her unborn child…

4. Depression

Depression and obesity have a reciprocal relationship in that people who are depressed are more likely to become obese, while those who are obese are more likely to become depressed. Among initially normal-weight individuals, depression increases the risk of obesity by 58 percent, according to a new study by Dutch researchers…

5. Certain Medications

Certain prescription drugs cause weight gain as a side effect. According to Consumer Reports, these include:…

6. Portion Sizes

If your portion sizes are too large, you can quickly gain weight – even if you're eating primarily healthy foods. And if your foods aren't always healthy, the weight gain from over-sized servings will be even quicker…

7. Obesity as a Symptom

If you're inexplicably gaining weight, it could be a signal of another health problem. The following conditions, for instance, can cause weight gain as a symptom of a larger underlying problem:…

8. Pollution

Pollutants are all around us, many of which have an influence on your delicate hormonal and metabolic systems. Among them, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, such as bisphenol-A (BPA), pesticides, PBDEs, and others can predispose you to being fat.

Frederick vom Saal, professor of biological sciences in MU’s College of Arts and Science, told Science Daily:

“Certain environmental substances called endocrine-disrupting chemicals can change the functioning of a fetus’s genes, altering a baby’s metabolic system and predisposing him or her to obesity.

This individual could eat the same thing and exercise the same amount as someone with a normal metabolic system, but he or she would become obese, while the other person remained thin. This is a serious problem because obesity puts people at risk for other problems, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension.”

Vom Saal pointed out that out of the approximately 55,000 manmade chemicals in use in the world, 1,000 may be endocrine disrupters.

To cut down on your exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals, avoid Polycarbonate, Lexan and Polysulfone plastics, which contain BPA, and instead use your own personal reusable water bottle made of HDPE (high density polyethylene) plastic, which is BPA-free! For example the “Wellness H2.0″ portable water bottle features a unique filtration system that not only purifies ordinary tap water, but also enhances the water for better absorption and hydration.

Because household items like cleaning products, toiletries (fragrances, hairspray, deodorants, shampoos, etc.), air fresheners, paint, bug sprays and many others are major contributors to the toxins in your home, seeking out natural varieties of these items is essential.

Also, because indoor air can be two to 100 times MORE polluted than outdoor air, according to the EPA, having a high-quality air purifier is now as essential as having locks on your doors. A simple way to keep your home's air clean and safe is by using an Air Treatment System, which uses photocatalysis designed to oxidize organic odors, germs, and fungi to create clean, pure air in your home. Ask your practitioner what air treatments system they use and recommend for the best home and office air quality?

9. A Virus?

Studies suggest that an adenovirus called AD-36 may be involved in some cases of obesity. There are more than 50 types of adenoviruses that cause illnesses such as the common cold and gastroenteritis. Typically, the illnesses are not serious and resolve on their own…

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Too Big to Fail- the 2008 Corporate Pillage of the American Public

The 2011 HBO film drama Too Big to Fail covered the September 2008 American financial meltdown as an unforeseen doomsday scenario involving the leading brass of United States Treasury as they scramble to save the corporate Titans on Wall Street. Secretary of Treasury Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke steer our nation away from financial collapse by getting Congress and the American people to bail out large banks. Paulson is a tormented character doing what's best based the information in an absolving narrative that reinforces that big business were forced to take taxpayers money to keep the system creaking along. Too Big to Fail is the name given to surviving few financial leviathans stitched together from the ashes of the late Bear Sterns, Lehman Brothers and Freddie and Fanny.

The reality of this movie ignored the real problem. The financial meltdown occurred because of unregulated corporate capitalism and its inherent toxicity to this country and the world.

Hold on one second dude but I'm having a cultural-historical hot flash regarding the accepted idea of Too Big to Fail. Wasn't the Titanic the ship too big to sink? The Roman Empire too sprawling to conquer? Goliath far too powerful for David? The magnificent dinosaurs and the giant in Jack and the Bean Stalk? What exactly can we learn from the lessons of the past, the Bigger the harder They fail? Its human arrogance to his creations are infallible. What happened to Icarus's hot wing's toe with the sun? Lehman, Bear, Mac and May were all massive institutions rotten to the core by risky speculative gambles. It seems that nothing human pride always comes before the fall and nothing is too big to fail. Only advertiser that cater to insecure men consistently harp that bigger actually means better.


Michael Moore's 2010 documentary "Capitalism a Love Story," exposes the government bailout of Wall Street as a breach of democracy, manipulative scare tactics, only possible through eroded government regulation that got the bottom 90% to swallow the toxic bets of the super rich investment bankers. Although HBO drama tries to separate the treasury department from business interest, Henry Paulson was former CEO of Goldman Sachs and his cronies were wrapped in the loving embrace of Wall Street. These appointed public servants were sleeper cells for the big business that road the profit train through tax cuts and deregulation. Banks threw cheap home loans at the American people creating the illusion of financial boom and passing the risk to insurers like AIG. In essence the unscrupulous government regulators allowed Wall Street bankers to make millions through irresponsible lending and in the closing hours of the Bush Regime pretended catastrophe randomly struck, and unsuspecting American people had to assume responsibility. Paulson's as a puppet of Goldman Sachs saved the banking industry from owning up to their shady business deals by begging congress to assume responsibility. In HBO's drama he begs the then speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi to enable the bailout. Paulson the true champion of big business, and costumed regulator brilliantly continued the function of brilliant CEO to double the assets of Goldman Sachs, eliminate competition like Lehman and get the American people to swallow 700 billion in debt. Goldman Sachs came out of the crash with record profits and paid their masterminds tens of millions in bonuses. The movie contended they would lose their best and brightest through "brain drainage" if they didn't pay them disgusting amounts of money. Paulson's only briefly courted the real problem briefly saying that no one on Wall Street questioned their toxic business practices because they were making too much money.

The reality of this movie ignored the real problem. The financial meltdown occurred because of unregulated corporate capitalism and its inherent toxicity to this country and the world. There is no free market when government enables corporations to pillage the dwindling resources of the planet so the top 10 percent can own more than bottom half. The reality is that runaway greed and economic growth are unsustainable on a planet with 7 billion people and rapidly exhausting resources. The rich back giant self-serving monsters in the forms of corporations whose mission is to grow voraciously in the continuous re-concentration of the earth's wealth in the hands a few. The unregulated corporate capitalism was the cause of the financial meltdown as defined by predictable nature; as stated in the movie, "now a handful of banks own 70% of all assets in this country and the world." Goldman Sachs and its allies orchestrated the crisis as a ruse to destabilize their competitors and devour their shares. They preyed on the ignorance of the American people, manipulating us through the media and advertising to believe it came out of left field. With the political change immanent and our representatives in Washington worried about getting reelected, Henry Paulson and his comrades at Goldman picked their opportune moment to bring pressure for action to the doorstep of the American people. We were bamboozled into bailing the banks from the toxic waste dump they had amassed behind closed doors and scared into action hinged on the threat that economic collapse. The Bush regime was ground zero for some of the greatest breeches of public trust in American history. Thomas Jefferson and Adam Smith would be flabbergasted at this Big Fail on Regulation, democratic trust, responsible business practices. However company men like Henry Paulson, Lloyd Blankfein and their cronies will remain devoted to their objectives 1) To make as much money as possible no matter the social, environmental, or economic collateral 2) To grow inevitably and annihilate competitors by any means necessary, illegal or loop-holed. 3) Lastly to the American people and human beings only as consumers, borrowers, debtors, things to manipulated and exploit to generate more money for themselves and super rich buddies.

The unregulated corporate capitalism was the cause of the financial meltdown as defined by predictable nature; as stated in the movie, "now a handful of banks own 70% of all assets in this country and the world."

The moral that echoes this pillage of the American Public by the greed of Big Business and their partners in congress, has been said time and time again by many religions and cultures. "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil" Timothy 6:10, King James Bible.

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Dandavats.com: Glorifications of H.G. Gopiparanadhana Prabhu

By Sannyasis, Godbrothers and other vaishnavas

What can I say about such a transcendental personality? He was surely one of the most advanced devotees. Although a great scholar he was sublimely humble and presented our vaisnava siddhanta in clear and simple ways that anyone could understand.

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Dandavats.com: The Best of Both Worlds

By Sri Mayapur International School

Sri Mayapur International School has always been known for its affiliation to Cambridge, its rigorous academics and an excellent standard of achievement by our students on Cambridge international exams. Now, in addition to this, our students are receiving an equally rigorous spiritual education

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 September 17: "Already he has wasted ten months by his childish frivolities; sometimes preacher, sometimes guru, and sometimes so and so. So you will kindly give them clear indication that they should stop all these things, and work as directed without further delay."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 September 17: "The new boy Bruce is improving. He has now sacrificed his hairs for Krsna - that is a good sign. I hope the way you conduct our Temple will improve and there may not be any more poisonous effects as happened in the past."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 September 17:"It is clear he is trying to entice. He is canvassing to break them from the society and to remain with him. He is another edition who has broken the poor Hrsikesa from the society."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1965 September 17:
"Thirty-sixth day from starting from Calcutta Port. We are now on the Boston dockyard and the custom officers came on the ship. They have now issued the admittance permission. To-day we are expected to reach Boston Port U.S.A."
Jaladuta Diary :: 1965

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 September 17: "Regarding your opening a branch, I have got all my blessings upon you. Do it immediately. So far GBC, I prefer to see you a great preacher and you may be relieved from that responsibility."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1969 September 17:"The reception here was very nice. The BBC invited us for television on Tuesday night. We are expecting many engagements and it appears here that people are very interested in the Krishna Consciousness Movement."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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1970 September 17: "In India, from the very moment we stepped down from the airplane, there is good propaganda work going on. We are sending out Sankirtana Party and it appears to be very successful. We have had many meetings and still we have got many engagements and the functions are going very nicely."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1970 September 17: "We are not concerned with a scholar who knows theoretically Caitanya Vaisnava Movement but we are interested with persons who are actually devotees who actually chant Hare Krsna Mahamantra and follow the regulative principles; Theoretical knowledge will not help us."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Dandavats.com: A Genuine Humble Soul

By Indradyumna Swami

Dear Gopiparanadhana Prabhu, Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. It was with great sadness that I learned yesterday of your sudden departure from this world. Just weeks ago we were together on the festival tour in Poland. I considered it special mercy that you had joined us and that we could have your extended association for some time

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Sutapa das, BV Manor, UK: Inner peace... Outer peace...

I scanned the BBC website yesterday. Unfortunately, some things never change. The top 15 headlines were riddled with global issues and tribulations; conflict and corruption in the political arena, instability and exploitation in the economic world, intolerance and loneliness in our communities, and immorality and baseness in personal dealings. Our attempts at creating world peace seem ineffective, short-lived, and all-in-all quite futile. By now, most of us can safely agree that political treaties and media campaigns can only go so far in solving a global trend that is becoming quite worrying.

At the prestigious IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) they were experiencing a recurring trend of students who would commit suicide by hanging themselves from dormitory fans. After an emergency meeting to address the issue, they proposed their solution – "take the fans out of the rooms, and introduce air conditioning units instead!" While it may sound crazy, such an approach portrays the failure of modern philanthropists, social workers and political leaders. Though having good intentions, they fail to address root of the problem, and instead simply make solutions that address the immediate symptoms.

When someone falls sick we intuitively follow a train of thought. First we observe the symptoms, then we discern the root cause, and finally we administer an appropriate remedy. The Bhagavad-gita offers a fresh perspective on world peace - only when there is inner peace can there be world peace. While people are experiencing a vacuum within, they will invariably exploit the external world to fill that void. While there is conflict and agitation within, people will recreate that in their relationships and communities. All the political, economic and social problems of the world are essentially caused by neglect and disregard of spiritual values. The Bhagavad-gita explains the qualities of a spiritually fulfilled person: non-envious, friendly to all beings, free from false ego, equal in happiness and distress, always tolerant, satisfied and self-controlled (Bhagavad-gita 12.13-14). Such people will create the biggest changes in the quest for world peace.

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Chanting of the holy names of the Lord is perfect in every way.

When Dhruva Maharaja saw the Visnudutas, the direct associates of Lord Visnu, four-handed and nicely decorated, he could understand who they were, but for the time being he was puzzled. But simply by chanting the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Krsna mantra, he could satisfy the uncommon guests who had all of a sudden arrived before him.

The chanting of the holy name of the Lord is perfect; even though one does not know how to please Lord Visnu or His associates, simply by sincerely chanting the holy name of the Lord, everything becomes perfect.

A devotee, therefore, either in danger or in happiness, constantly chants the Hare Krsna mantra. When he is in danger he is immediately relieved, and when he is in a position to see Lord Visnu or His associates directly, by chanting this maha-mantra he can please the Lord.

This is the absolute nature of the maha-mantra. Either in danger or in happiness, it can be chanted without limitation.

- Srila Prabhupada, SB 4.12.21 Purport
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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: SPIRITUAL WISDOM


1. We are put to test and trial in this world. Only those who attend the kirtana of the devotees can succeed.

2. Every spot on earth where discourses on God are held is a place of pilgrimage.

3. Possession of objects not related to Krsna is our main malady.

4. Let me not desire anything but the highest good for my worst enemies.

5. As dalliance with the body in luxury increases, so wanes the spirit of service of the Lord.

6. Those favored by God find their paths set by thorns.

7. There is no peace or happiness in our worldly life. Circumstances create turmoil and annoyance.

8. Chant the maha mantra loudly and with attachment. This will drive away inertia, worldly evils and pests.

9. Be indifferent to bazaar gossips, stick firmly to your cherished goals, no lack or impediments of the world will ever stand in your way.

10. Pay due respects to the extroverts of the world, but do not be appreciative of their manners and conduct. They are to be shaken off from your mind.

11. A devotee feels the presence of God everywhere, but one averse to the Lord denies His existence anywhere.

12. You cannot appreciate transcendental matters with the reasoning of the world. It is sheer nonsense to decry them with the measuring stick of your intellect.

13. To recite the name of Sri Krsna is bhakti.

14. Life is for the glorification of topics on Hari. If that is stopped, then what need is there to carry on life.

15. Physical illness with Hari-bhajana is preferred to physical fitness without Hari-bhajana.

16. Our span of life on earth is short. Our life will be crowned with success if the body wears out with constant discourses on Hari.

17. We are here on earth not to work as artisans for making big buildings with wood and stone but to work only as messengers for the teachings of Sri Caitanya Deva.

18. A sycophant (a person who acts obsequiously toward someone in order to gain advantage; a servile flatterer) is neither a guru or a preacher.

19. To transform the adverse desires of the jivas is the supreme duty of the most merciful. To rescue one person from the stronghold of Mahamaya is an act of superb benevolence, far superior to opening innumerable hospitals.

20. Unless we are devoted to God, secularism shall not leave us.

21. Look within. Amend yourself, rather than pry into the frailties of others.

22. In this world of Maya, averse to the Lord, full of trials and tribulations, only patience, humility and respect for others are our friends for Hari-bhajana.

23. The Lord, Gaurasundara, puts His devotees in various difficulties and associations to test their patience and strength of mind. Success depends on their good fortune.

24. When faults in others misguide and delude you – have patience, introspect, find faults in yourself. Know that others cannot harm you unless you harm yourself.

25. I wish that every selfless, tender-hearted person of Gaudiya Math will be prepared to shed two hundred gallons of blood for the nourishment of the spiritual corpus of every individual of this world.
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You can read here a very interesting interview with Marilee Adams, the president of the Inquiry Institute, on pages 1 and 5-8.


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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Maria Bottini, Ananda Caitanya, Barnaby Booth, Nandagopa and Adi-gopi ask questions

Ranging from what to do about a husband’s bad sadhana and aren’t our maintenance “needs” actual “desires” in disguise.

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ISKCON Malaysia: Iskcon Malaysia President Admitted in Mawar Hospital

Update: 17/9/2011


Maharaj is recovering well and is well taken care by Kalpa Vriksa prabhu and family. His pressure and sodium level are nomal. He was taken to the beach for fresh air. He should be back to KL soon.


Update; 12/9/2011


Bhakti Vrajendranandana Maharaj was readmitted to Saroja Ward of the MAWAR hospital on midnight of 10 September. Maharaj is now on observation and doctors will advice accordingly as to the next step of treatment.


Update: 9/9/2011


Maharaja was discharged yesterday and is now staying at a hotel nearby the SJMKL Temple because the sannyasi bathroom is being renovated. Maharaja is in good condition and high spirits.
However, Maharaja's diet has to be strictly observed and all devotees please CONFIRM with Maharaja's personal cook, Sumohan Prabhu, before bringing any prasadam for His Holiness. If you do not consult and bring your own "imagined" prasadam which is not in line with Maharaja's diet, it will be served to the servants and devotees. Please do not mind if this happens.


Update: 8/9/2011


Bhakti Vrajendranandana Swami has been admitted to Mawar Hospital in Seremban to remove catheter hopefully HH will be discharged soon. 

Maharaja has been having difficulties in motion due to gluey food like mee, roti canai, cake, etc given to HH by devotees.Please bring more vegetable preparations for Maharaja. 


Update: 2/9/2011


Kalpa Vrksa prabhu, Hari Gaura prabhu, Bhakta Hari and Vasudeva prabhu were attending to HH Bhakti Vrajendranandana Maharaj over the past 9 days. Abhay Caran pr was also with Maharaj for the Hari Raya holidays. Gokul Damodara prabhu and I visited HH Bhakti Vrajendranandana Maharaj yesterday at the Mawar hospital and after getting His Holiness discharged we visited the ISKCON Farm. Maharaj fed some fruits to our cows and His Holiness is now at now at the Sri Jagannatha Mandir Kuala Lumpur. His Holiness has recovered quite well but will need careful attention to personal bodily needs. Bhakta Hari a very dedicated servant and Maha Bahu prabhu are now personally attending to His Holiness at SJMKL. Youths and others who wish to assist as servants in shift duty may call me at 012-3798743.


Update: 26/8/2011


Just spoke to Guru Maharaj. Guru Maharaj is recovering very fast and able speak and eat well. Guru Maharaj's salt level is very low and once the level back to normal, HH able to gain some strength and slowly start to walk. Thanks for all devotees' prayers and please continue to pray to Lord Nrsimha for protection and Guru Maharaj's quick recovery.


Update: 25/8/2011


Returning from Chennai, India, Iskcon Malaysia President, HH Bhakti Vrajendranandana Maharaja was immediately admitted to Mawar Hospital in Seremban.


Subal Mitra dasa and I visited His Holiness the next day on the 25.08.11. We took some ekadasi prasadam from KL.


Maharaja is not too well at present and has slight fever. He is weak, little immobile and needs a lot of assistance.


He is unable to take any prasadam since yesterday. He has lost his appetite. Doctors are checking on his present condition.


Let us all pray to their Lordships for His Holiness speedy recovery. Devotees can contact Kalpa Vriksa dasa (012 6118634) for more details or visit His Holiness at the Hospital.
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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Remembering Gopi-paranadhana Prabhu

By Kesava Bharati Maharaja.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Video from NVD

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Gouranga TV: Radhastami 2011 Kirtan – ISKCON Riga, Latvia

Radhastami 2011 Kirtan – ISKCON Riga, Latvia

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Japa Group: Pray For Help

Today is another Japa Room session and I reflect on the past week of my own Japa. Chanting Japa is dynamic....some days we are fully concentrated and some days we are distracted and not giving due respect to the Holy names. Today was a day of concentration for me - I recite a prayer to my Deities each day....asking the Lord to help my family and myself to chant with devotion and to protect us and bestow upon us attraction and attachment to chanting.

In the Japa Room we have been encouraging everyone to compose such a prayer and to continue to recite that prayer each day - the power of prayer cannot be understated - after all, the Hare Krsna is a powerful prayer asking the Lord to engage us in devotional service and so our own prayer can be powerful if we recite it with concentration and devotion.

Please join us this week in the Japa Room at www.mayapur.tv - click on the channel "TheJapaRoom" - here are the times for both sessions.

1st session = Every Fri. 11.30pm GMT / 6.00pm EST
* To see the time in your city click here

2nd session = Every Sat. 1.30pm GMT / 8.30am EST
* To see the time in your city click here
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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: Mystic perfection through Sankirtan

"This material nature is working under My direction, O son of Kuntī, and it is producing all moving and unmoving beings. By its rule this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again." Similarly, Caitanya Mahāprabhu has given His command that people all over the world should take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness. The sincere devotees of the Lord should go all over the world repeating the Lord's command. In this way, they can share in His mystic opulence of giving orders that cannot be counteracted.

SB 11.15.27

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Darshan

Your beauty brings great astonishment, and Your charm defeats the attractiveness of the ornaments You wear. You always glance about with affection to spread Your mercy. Victory to You, ornament of Your own ornaments! (Sri Krishna Lila Stava verse 9)

Please glance mercifully upon me.

Here is today's darshan.

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