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  1. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Friday 23 September 2011--A Brief Blip on the Screen of Eternity--and--If One's Religion Allows Meat Eating?
  2. Australian News: Apsara Lifestyle: A renaissance of elegant feminintiy
  3. Japa Group: Sri Nama Mahatmya Song
  4. Sri Nandanandana dasa: Swastika: Its Real Meaning
  5. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: photos from Sunday, September 18th, 2011
  6. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
  7. Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: the actual husband
  8. Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: Glories of the holy name
  9. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
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  18. Dandavats.com: Reminiscence about HG Gopiparanadhana dasa: Where is my prabhuji has gone now?
  19. H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Vyasa Puja Photos
  20. Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: Reincarnation as a scientific phenomenon
  21. David Haslam, UK: neglectful/forgetful
  22. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: SARVE SUKHINO BHAVANTU
  23. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Deity Darshan: Sunday, September 18, 2011
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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Friday 23 September 2011--A Brief Blip on the Screen of Eternity--and--If One's Religion Allows Meat Eating?

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Friday 23 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: A Brief Blip on the Screen of Eternity Uploaded from Copenhagen, Denmark In the grand scheme of things what happens in this life and in this world is not so important as long as you are fixed in Krishna consciousness. Whether you are rich or poor, powerful or weak, famous or unknown, ultimately does not make any difference as long as you can remember Krishna at the time of death. This entire life is nothing more than a brief blip on the screen of eternity. Compared to eternal time it simply comes and goes as a momentary flash only. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Answers by Citing the Vedic Version: Question: If One's Religion Allows Meat Eating? Please accept my humble and respectful obeisances at your lotus feet. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Thank you for your wonderful and insightful emails. I am sorry to worry you with my query. Just a question regarding the other "faiths" - Muslim, Christian, Jews etc. We know for a fact that they are meat eaters (including eating of the sacred cow). What is their position in their next lifetime? Do they go down the spiritual ladder or do they elevate in terms of holding them to their teachings? Many of them argue that meat eating is allowed and are adamant that God has created animals for satisfying their tongues. Veren Answer: All Animal Eaters Become Animals No matter what one's religious belief may be, if he has killed an animal or paid someone else to kill an animal, as in the case of most flesh eaters, he must himself be killed by that same animal. Therefore in Sanskrit the word for flesh is mamsa. Mam means me, and sa means he. So mamsa means that as I am eating an animal, that animal will in future eat me. This exchange will occur with each animal that one has eaten. Just as the law of gravity works equally on everyone no matter what is one's religion, the law of karma also works equally on everyone without regard to their religion. This is why even the Bible commands its followers not to kill. 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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Australian News: Apsara Lifestyle: A renaissance of elegant feminintiy

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Japa Group: Sri Nama Mahatmya Song

Hare Krsna my dear devotees, I would like to share with you some verses of the final song of Sarangati. it has a lot of nectar about the Holy Names of the Lord. I hope you can relish these verses.

5) Such is the behavior of Him who is now my only shelter. I am not capable of describing all this. The holy name of Krsna is independent and thus acts at His own sweet will. In Whatever way He becomes happy, that is also my way of happiness.

6) The holy name is the bud of the flower of divine love, the abode of devotion's wonderful mellows. Such is the power that He manifests, that although He displays His power only slightly, He reveals His own divine form and qualities, steals my heart and takes it to Krsna.

7) Being fully manifest, the holy name of takes me to Vraja and reveals to me His own love dalliance. He gives to me my own divine, eternal body, keeps me near Krsna and completely destroys this mortal frame of mine.

8) The name of Krsna is touchstone, a mine of all devotional mellows, eternally liberated, and the embodiment of pure rasa. When all impediments to the pure chanting of the holy name are taken away and destroyed, then my happiness will know its true awakening

I hope you have a good weekend and be protected by the power of the holy names.

your servant,

Aruna devi
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Sri Nandanandana dasa: Swastika: Its Real Meaning

           The Swastika is a holy sign and symbol from thousands of years ago. Practically, the only symbol that is more important in the Vedic tradition is the Sanskrit Om Symbol. It is an ancient symbol and has been found on sculptures from the early excavations of Mohenjo-Daro. As explained at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika_origin_theories#Origin_hypotheses: “Beyond its certain presence in the “proto-writing” symbol systems emerging in the Neolithic period (9500 BC), nothing certain is known about the symbol’s origin.” Some historians also believe that ancient forts were built in the shape that closely resembled the Swastika for reasons of defense because it would be difficult for an enemy to invade all parts of a fort in this shape.

        Unfortunately, in the West, it has a negative connotation because of its use by the Nazis from 1935. At that time it was seen as a black cross on a white circle, and now, amongst some sections of society, it is viewed as a symbol that represents a radical perspective. But the real meaning of the symbol, before it was used by the Nazis in Germany, was very different.

        The Swastika appears as a cross with branches bent at right angles, pointing in a clockwise direction. In essence, it represents well-being for all, and the circular nature of its points represents the repetitive nature of reincarnation, and also indicates the all-pervasiveness of the Absolute and the eternal nature of the Brahman, the spiritual dimension. If you draw a circle around it, it also symbolizes the Sun-god, Surya, as the ultimate source of light, heat and the energy of the universe that flows in all directions. The four arms of the Swastika stand for the four main directions, namely North, South, East, and West. The central point of the Swastika also represents the navel of Lord Vishnu from which Lord Brahma originated. This also indicates the expanding nature of the universe from a central point. The Swastika also represents the constantly changing world which evolves around an unchanging center, which is God.

        The four branches of the Swastika represent the fourfold principles of divinity, which include: 1) Brahma, as the four-faced secondary creator of the universe who spreads the sacred knowledge in four directions; 2) the four Vedas, namely the Rig, Sama, Yajur, and Atharva; 3) the four aims of life or Purusharthas, namely, Dharma (righteousness or sacred duty), Artha (acquiring wealth), Kama (fulfilling desires), and Moksha (liberation from any further cycles of birth and death); 4) the four ashramas of life which make the latter possible, namely Brahmacharya (student life of self-control), Grihastha (house-holder life), Vanaprastha (retired), and Sannyasa (life of renunciation); and 5) the four Varnas, or Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaishya, and Shudra.

        The word of Swastika in Sanskrit is composed of two words, “Su” (good) and “Asati” (to exists) which means “May good prevail.” Therefore, it also represents happiness, and is often displayed at celebrations, cultural and religious ceremonies, and at weddings or festivals of the Vedic tradition. The Swastika also is a symbol of auspiciousness, peace and prosperity. Thus, making the Swastika in the rangoli style with multicolored powder at such events as births, marriages, or any joyous holiday, indicates the wish for everyone’s welfare. It also represents happiness, safety, fertility, and prosperity. 

        Other cultures also have high regard for the Swastika. The Buddhists consider it as the symbol of the genesis of all flora. Jains also draw the Swastika in front of their deities when making offerings to them. In antiquity, the swastika was used extensively by Hittites, Celts and Greeks, among others. It occurs in other Asian, European, African and Native American cultures ­ sometimes as a geometrical motif, sometimes as a religious symbol.          

        From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika we also learn: “The swastika was a widely used Native American symbol. It was used by many southwestern tribes, most notably the Navajo. Among different tribes the swastika carried various meanings. To the Hopi it represented the wandering Hopi clans; to the Navajo it represented a whirling log ( tsil no’oli’ ), a sacred image representing a legend that was used in healing rituals.”

        The Navajo used the symbol to represent whirling logs.  From http://nativeamericanjewelrytips.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/native-american-symbol-whirling-log-swastika/  it is explained that “Whirling Logs are used in Navajo sand paintings during a healing or other type of ceremony. A sand painting is supposed to be a temporary piece of art which is destroyed after the ceremony is over. However sand painting designs are also used in prints and framed paintings, rugs and on jewelry. The Whirling Log symbol is associated with a narrative involving a man (sometimes called the Culture Hero) who takes a journey down the San Juan River in a hollowed out log canoe. During his adventure, he encounters whirlpools and a special event where the San Juan River meets the Colorado River. There he comes upon a whirling cross with Yei figures seated on the cross. From the yeis he learns much knowledge which he takes back to his people.”

        For these reasons you can often find the Swastika in many places around the world, and especially across the Indian subcontinent either carved, drawn, painted, or sculpted into the architecture of homes, shops, businesses, and places of worship. Many Vedic temples in India are decorated with Swastikas, or are also configured in the shape of it. It is probably the most respected and prevalent symbol one will see in India. It is indeed the symbol of prosperity and well-being. Therefore, we should all understand the real meaning of this ancient symbol.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: photos from Sunday, September 18th, 2011

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Duty on the Road

East and West of Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Yogendra and I are fond of Highway Four, "A step below Vaikuntha (the spiritual world)", I thought at one point. Let me clarify, it's scenic and quiet. Clear creeks run under it. The people who drive by are very nice. My other two companions, Jeff and Dhruva, operate from their car. Jeff gets behind the wheel and Dhruva is rather stationary these days, suffering from a knee injury. In any event, it's a three man support team, which is so helpful.

Two months prior, I asked Yogendra to memorize 20 verses in Sanskrit, from the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. As we entered the town of Antigonish, on foot, he recited his homework and delivered the English translation by memory. Good show! He takes his studies seriously. As for Dhruva, he has been studious with learning samskaras, sacraments, all in preparation for the coming Saturday's grain giving ceremony to a 6month old boy and a diksa (initiation) for someone by the name of Heidi.

I'm also giving private time to spend with each of the monks. Ironically though, our purpose is not to be reclusive. When the prescribed chanting on our mediation beads are completed, the boys are pulling in to the country home driveways along the way and introducing folks to the books of our guru, Srila Prabhuada. Meanwhile, the local radio station, XFM 98.7 is broadcasting about our presence on the road, and our purpose of pilgrimage. Debbie Johnson of the local Casket Newspaper came to take photos of us monks and interviewed us. She was saying that the paper was 150 years old. That's a grand olde figure for anything in North America, but doesn't quite stand up to the time tested tradition of walking for pilgrimage sake. Debbie was really awesome, and I think she reflects the town quite a lot.

30 Km

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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: the actual husband

Krsna is the original master or husband of everyone, and all other living entities, having taken the form of so-called husbands, or wives, are dancing according to His desire. A so-called husband may unite with his wife for sense gratification, but his senses are conducted by Hrsikesa, the master of the senses, who is therefore the actual husband.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 5.18.19

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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: Glories of the holy name

Generally a human being is interested in religion, economic development, sense gratification and liberation, but love of God is above all these. A bona fide spiritual master chants the holy names—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Räma Räma, Hare Hare—and the transcendental sound vibration enters into the ear of the disciple, and if a disciple follows in the footsteps of his spiritual master and chants the holy name with similar respect, he actually comes to worship the transcendental name. When the transcendental name is worshiped by the devotee, the name Himself spreads His glories within the heart of a devotee. When a devotee is perfectly qualified in chanting the transcendental vibration of the holy name, he is quite fit to become a spiritual master and to deliver all the people of the world. The chanting of the holy name is so powerful that it gradually establishes its supremacy above everything in the world.

Teachings of Lord Chaitanya Chapter 18 (Conversations with Prakashananda Saraswati)

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1966 September 22:
"Four boys, Bruce, Charles, Steve and Keith initiated with Harinama. Donald sent some apples by post. Thanks."
Prabhupada Journal :: 1966

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1965 September 22: "A slighly brown man in faded orange drapes wearing white bathing shoes stepped out of a compact car yesterday and into the Butler YMCA. He is A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swamiji, a messenger from India to the peoples of the West." [From the Butler Eagle, September 22, 1965]
Prabhupada Letters :: 1965

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 September 22: "Krishna is very kind on you, out of His good will He has come to you. It is very surprising. So please welcome the Deity and install Him in a nice throne. The more we are engaged in Deity worship, the more we become purified."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1969 September 22: "Perhaps you have seen in The Times of India about my London arrival. Now we have released one Hare Krishna album through Apple Records. So this Movement is gradually becoming very popular. Please pray to Lord Caitanya to help me in this great attempt."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 September 22: "What great men do, common man will follow. So if we want to actually be successful we must convince the influential men of your country, then everything will follow automatically. So I request you to take this matter very seriously."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1970 September 22: "I begged from His Holiness a little piece of land at Mayapur for my Western disciples, but he refused. Now they are loitering in the streets of Calcutta. Do you think it is right?"
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1972 September 22: "I am pleased things are once again back to normal and you are very enthusiastic to spread our preaching work. Now concentrate your efforts by bringing our program to the highest standards and automatically you will make devotees there."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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1972 September 22: "I am encouraged you all big men will do the needful by consulting together therefore I have called you there. Build a simple temple just like Govindaji's that is not so difficult."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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1975 September 22: "I received a letter from Jayadvaita das regarding Upadesamrta. Regarding the corrections, these kind of changes are admissable. There is no harm. A dedication is not required. I am enclosing the introduction."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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Dandavats.com: Reminiscence about HG Gopiparanadhana dasa: Where is my prabhuji has gone now?

By Bhagiratha das

May your glories will always we remember, your teaching will always acompany me and guide me on my journey seraching the truth in this world

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H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Vyasa Puja Photos

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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: Reincarnation as a scientific phenomenon

The philosophy of Krishna Consciousness is fundamentally rooted on certain core tenets one of which is the concept of "transmigration of the soul from one body to another" or in common jargon called "reincarnation".

Reincarnation is a sensitive subject matter for almost everyone as the generally accepted theory is that we have only one life and hence live to the fullest gratification. Majority scientists identify the self to be the body and mind. Judeo-Christian faiths advocate only one life and then follows eternal heaven or hell. Most if not all deal reincarnation with high degree of skepticism as it is very difficult to prove empirically.

Lord Krishna elaborately speaks about this in the Bhagavad Gita some 5000 years ago and clearly supports that the soul is eternal and the body is temporary. After we die, we take another body depending on the current set of actions we perform in this body. Therefore it is paramount that living beings live a life of dharma to get a good future body, better yet live a God centric devotional life to break the cycle of birth and death and return to the Kingdom of God.

Below is a video that presents reincarnation as an empirically verifiable scientific fact than religious dogma. If we approach this concept temporarily keeping aside our preconceived notions, perhaps this video will reveal a truth. Extensive research has been conducted by the renowned and Late Dr Ian Stevenson on this topic for the past 30 years and more information can be found here.

I am happy to say from a philosophy standpoint this topic has already been dealt in a holistic manner by Krishna ages before. Anybody interested in this phenomenon, in my opinion, should read the Bhagavad Gita As it is written by Srila Prabhupada.

Please watch the video

Hare Krishna

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David Haslam, UK: neglectful/forgetful


I’m always mindful of how little I know, and sometimes am amazed at some of the realizations I have given how simply they are.

Today I pondered how we are neglectful/forgetful and this relates to our relationship with Krishna.

The other day I was talking to an individual who was talking about a particular investigation procedure they had several years ago during a hospital admission; amazingly enough although it was a procedure I know quiet well I had a momentary gap in memory.

But it has been some years now since I’ve worked on the wards, and lack of practice means you simply forget even though it’s something dealt with on an almost regular basis.

We simply forget so quickly.

So today I was sat pondering how much knowledge has been lost, but there is a greater knowledge that of Krishna and our eternal relationship.

We are reminded time and time again to constantly read and chant this way we remain connected with Krishna, we become neglectful of this basic request, then we simply become forgetful.

Knowledge once forgotten is hard to re-learn or recall.

We become neglectful in devotional service then we simply become forgetful of Krishna, but like the nursing knowledge the fact that I could no longer recall does not mean it’s no longer in exists just that there is no recollection, the same in our relationship with Krishna, he is always there it’s my knowledge that either lacks or does not lack.

But in the human form we can simply forget if we neglect

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: SARVE SUKHINO BHAVANTU

This blog is unusually long, but it's worth reading. These are the words of our divine teacher Srila Prabhupada.


Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement wants to see everyone happy. Without being happy, how you can remain peaceful? That is not possible.

By Kṛṣṇa's grace, by our guru-paramparā's grace, we understand, we people who are conducting this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, that without being Kṛṣṇa conscious, nobody will be happy. Therefore our struggle is different. We are trying to make the people actually happy.Sarve sukhino bhavantu: "Everyone become happy." Otherwise, what is the use of collecting so much money and constructing such big building and inviting them, "Please come here. We have got nice room, and you shall get food without any hard work"? 

People are not understanding the seriousness of this movement. But the more we grow in strength and volume, we should take part in all-round activities of the human society to make them happy. Sarve sukhino bhavantu. This is the Vedic culture, that Vedic culture wants to see everyone is happy. And especially the Vaiṣṇava... Vaiṣṇavaḥ para-duḥkha-duḥkhī. Vaiṣṇava has no unhappiness because he has got Kṛṣṇa. Yaṁ labdhvā cāparaṁ lābhaṁ manyate nādhikaṁ tataḥ. One who has got Kṛṣṇa, where is unhappiness? And where is want? But he has nothing, such thing as unhappiness. But he's unhappy seeing others, these so-called rascals who have forgotten Kṛṣṇa, they are unhappy. Vaiṣṇava is unhappy seeing these peoples' unhappiness,

if this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is spread all over the world regularly, then the face of the world will change. That's a fact. Sarve sukhino bhavantu. This is the Vedic mission: "Let everyone become happy." And how he'll be happy? He cannot become happy by mental concoction. That is not possible.

we want to see that the whole human society is peaceful. That is our mission. Sarve sukhinobhavantu. This is the desire of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and those who are servants of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, they should also desire how to do good to the whole human society. A Vaiṣṇava is not only interested for his own benefit. His own benefit is already done as soon as he has taken shelter of Kṛṣṇa's lotus feet. He has nothing else desire over. Everything is finished, protected by Kṛṣṇa.Kaunteya pratijānīhi na me bhaktaḥ praṇaś... [Bg. 9.31]. But they work in the human society on behalf of Kṛṣṇa so that they may be happy, peaceful, and make progress in spiritual life.

So Kṛṣṇa has very kindly agreed to come to your city, Denver city, this temple. Take advantage of it. Come daily, see Kṛṣṇa, think of Kṛṣṇa, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, take Kṛṣṇa'sprasādam, and be happy. This is our movement. We want to see that everyone is happy. That is the Vedic vision. Sarve sukhino bhavantu.This is human life. Human life means paropakāra. That is Caitanya Mahāprabhu's mission, to do others something auspicious. That is human life. 

I repeatedly say that this is not a religious cult, that we want to supersede another type of religion. That is not our business. Our aim is to make all people happy.Sarve sukhino bhavantu. This is the Vedic mission. Everyone should be happy. But they are trying to be happy, but they do not know how to, how to become... Na te viduḥ svārtha-gatiṁ hi viṣṇum [SB 7.5.31].They are misguided. They cannot be happy without becoming Vaiṣṇava. This is open declaration in the śāstra. They cannot become happy. Na te viduḥ svārtha-gatiṁ hi viṣṇuṁ durāśayā [SB 7.5.31]. If they are trying to become happy otherwise, that is durāśayā, hopeless thing. It will never be fructified. It will never be successful. Na te viduḥ. They do not know. Therefore our business is to make them know that "This is the way of perfection. Take Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Make your life perfect. 

Devotional service cannot be checked by any material condition. If anyone wants to worship God, he can do in any condition of life. There is no restriction. There is no restriction of cast and creed or country or nation. Anyone can worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead according to his means, and our, this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is a propagation to teach people how to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is our mission, because without relationship with God, without reviving our eternal affinity with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, we cannot be happy. The Vedic injunction is sarve sukhino bhavantu:"Everyone become happy." We are actually struggling for existence to become happy, but we do not know how to become happy.

If they take this movement seriously then the whole world will be happy." Vedic civilization desires that everyone be happy. Sarvesukhino bhavantu. Vedic civilization is not animal civilization, exploiting others... Giving something to others.

So we recommend that in whatever position you feel comfortable, you can accept that, but, I mean to say, spread this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. Parama ānanda-khanda. People will be happy. Our mission is to see sarve sukhino bhavantu: everyone become happy. We don't want to see that we exploit somebody else and I become happy. No. We want to see everyone happy. But they do not know how to become happy. Therefore we are trying to spread this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement that everyone will be happy. Su-sukhaṁ kartum avyayam [Bg. 9.2]. In Bhagavad-gītā it is... Su-sukham; to execute this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is very easy. Kartum avyayam: and whatever you perform, it is permanent. Avyayam andsu-sukham, very pleasing. There is nothing very painful in this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. Because Kṛṣṇa is ānanda, ānandamayo 'bhyāsāt (Vedānta-sūtra 1.1.12), we are going under the protection of Kṛṣṇa, there must be always ānanda. But people do not know how to enjoy ānanda. They have been put into ignorance. The so-called leaders, so-called politicians, so-called philosophers, scientists, they are simply keeping the people in darkness. So we want to counteract this action of keeping people in darkness.

So our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is to let people know how much valuable life is his, and utilize it in that way. Our movement issarve sukhino bhavantu: everyone become, be happy. Not only human society, even animal society. We want to see everyone happy. That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. And it is practical; it is not dream. You can become happy. Don't be disappointed, don't be confused. Your life has value. You, in this life, you can realize your eternal life, eternal blissful life of knowledge. It is possible; it is not impossible. So we are simply transmitting this message to the world, that "Your life is very valuable. Don't waste it just like cats and dogs. Try to utilize it fully." 

So our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is no religious movement or any sectarian movement. This movement is to see everyone, every human being, not only human being, even the animals, everyone be happy. Sarve sukhino bhavantu. And the process is very simple. Very simple. Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. That you have already seen. This chanting is not at all difficult. Anyone, even a child was sitting here, he was just trying to clap and understand. It is immediately appealing, because this vibration is from the platform of the soul. 

So our proposal is that in this life you have got this opportunity, the informations are there, the scientific methods are there—take advantage. Fully utilize your, this valuable life by changing simply your ordinary consciousness to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, the greatest boon offered to the human society by Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. If you take advantage of it, then sarve sukhino bhavantuthen you'll become happy.

So we want to see you all happy. That is our program. Sarve sukhinobhavantu. Every one of you become happy. But you must take the path how you can be happy. This is the path, Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. 

 Sarve sukhinobhavantu. This is the test. A devotee wants to see that everyone is happy. It doesn't matter whether he is a Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian. It doesn't matter. We want to see that everyone is happy. 

Oh, very glad to see you. Be happy and make all others happy. That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Sarve sukhino bhavantu. That is Vedic idea. Everyone be happy. That is the benediction. Sarve sukhinobhavantu. Caitanya Mahāprabhu says also the same thing, that let this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement be preached in every village, in every town of the world. People will be happy. That is His foretelling. So any missions, any high ideals, should be preached just to make everyone happy. 

We are training to that direction, how to become purified and happy. That is our mission. We want to see everyone happy. Sarve sukhino bhavantu. But people do not know how to become happy. They do not take the standard path to become happy. They manufacture their own way. 

So come to Los Angeles and stay there for some time. I am going to Los Angeles tomorrow, so you can come. Live with us and you will be happy. We can guarantee you will be happy. Yes. Hare Kṛṣṇa. Our Vedic mission is sarve sukhino bhavantu: everyone be happy. This is our mission. And we know how to become happy. That is our credit. We know. How to become happy we know. Therefore, you can inform others also how to become happy. Happiness is our birthright. Ānandamayo 'bhyāsāt (Vedānta-sūtra 1.1.12). Living entity is ānandamaya, full of happiness, but they have fallen in a different condition. Therefore unhappy. Different condition. Just like fish taken out of the water and put into the land, a different condition, and it is throbbing, flapping, unhappy. Take it, put it in the water again, and it will be happy. That's it.

This is our message. Sarve sukhino bhavantu. By spiritual realization everyone will become happy. Without spiritual realization, nobody can become happy. This is our mission. 

Advancement of civilization means "Exploit others and you become happy." This is advancement of civilization. "Others may die for such, out of starvation, and one man takes all the money and spends it for wine and women and motor car." That's all. This is advancement of civilization. Sarve sukhino bhavantu.This is Vedic civilization. "Let everyone be happy." That is Vedic civilization. And the demonic civilization, they're: "Let everyone suffer; I become happy. That's all." And Vaiṣṇava is thinking, "For my salvation it is already guaranteed." But he is thinking, "How these poor people will be saved?"

Take to this culture and you will be happy. This is our mission. We want to make everyone happy. Sarvesukhino bhavantu: "Everyone be happy"—with Kṛṣṇa. That is our mission. 

Vedic civilization is sarve sukhino bhavantu: "Everyone be happy." This is Vedic civilization. And this is the way, Caitanya Mahāprabhu's mission.

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Deity Darshan: Sunday, September 18, 2011

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Speaking of Blue Grass Kirtan…

By serendipity (which is to say it wasn’t sent to me directly so the sender didn’t know I would get it so it wasn’t a followup to my previous mention of bluegrass kirtan) the following email arrived in my Inbox today:




 Krishna and Ram 5:59
Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram Hare Krishna Hare Ram.The words mean: Victory to God, Praise God Who preserves and sustains us. In the Hindu tradition, Ram and Krishna are incarnations of Vishnu, the preserver of the universe. Sandy Boys is a traditional old-time fiddle and banjo tune from the Appalachian Mountains.

Jim Beckwith, vocals, harmony vocals; Jon Seskevich, AC Bushnell, John Moore, vocals; AC Bushnell, fiddle; Bobb Head, banjo; Robbie Link, bass; Bill Parsons, guitar.

6. Money and Sri Ram in Both Pockets 5:01
Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram

Victory to God, Blessed God

Not a well known tune, Money in Both Pockets was first recorded by Charlie Bowman and his brother in the 1920's.

AC Bushnell, lead vocal; Jon Seskevich, Mark Smith, Tim Wells, vocals; AC Bushnell, fiddle; Bobb Head, bass; Alan Julich, banjo; Mark Weems, guitar.

7. Buddha's Square Dance 5:17
Muni Muni Mahamuni Sakya Muniye Swaha
Muni Muni Mahamuni Sakya Muniye
Gate Gate Paragate Bodhi Swaha.

This chant refers to Lord Buddha:
Silent One, Great Silent one of the Shakya clan,
Gone, Gone Beyond, Hail the Enlightened One. So be it!

When asked the question, "Are you God?" Buddha is said to have answered "No." "Well, who then are you?" "Awake!" was his answer. This chant inspires us to awaken. The traditional tune Seneca Square Dance was originally recorded by Fiddlin' Sam Long of the Ozarks in 1925. The music and these words form a beautiful new creation.

Jim Beckwith, lead vocal; AC Bushnell, Marilyn Grubbs, Betsy Bickel, Jon Seskevich, John Moore, vocals; AC Bushnell, fiddle; Bobb Head, banjo; Robbie Link, bass; Bill Parsons, guitar.

9. Walking with Krishna 3:47
Govinda Jai Jai, Gopala Jai Jai Radha Ramanahari, Govinda Jai Jai

Govinda is another name of Krishna. This chant is a love song celebrating the union of Krishna and his consort Radha. It reflects the joy of both lover and beloved of God. Walking Georgia Row is a rarely heard, beautiful fiddle tune.

11. Jimmy Johnson Gopala 3:35
Gopala Gopala Devakinandana Gopala. Devakinandana Gopla

Gopala is baby Krishna. Krishna’s mother is Devaki. Ananda is the word for bliss. This chant is about the bliss of the mother that comes from the unconditional love for her baby. This was the first BlueGrass Kirtan track we recorded. It is from the traditional Appalachian tune Jimmy Johnson.

Jon Seskevich lead vocal; AC Bushnell, harmony vocal; AC Bushnell, fiddle; Bobb Head, banjo; Alan Julich, bass; Mark Weems, guitar.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): 439 — Poem for September 21

Poem for September 21 The author of C.c. next tries to explain the Panca–tattva. Five tattvas incarnate with Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and thus the Lord executes His sankirtana movement with great pleasure. "Let me offer my obeisances unto Lord Sri Krishna He has manifested Himself as five, as a devotee, expansion of a devotee, incarnation [...]

439 — Poem for September 21 is a post from: EVERY DAY

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Selected Writings

From Obstacles on the Path of Devotional Service The Higher Taste "We have all heard that when we attain the higher taste, sex will seem pale and we will not be interested in it. Srila Prabhupada sometimes gave specific advice for methods that could bring us the higher taste over sex desire. In 1968 a [...]

Selected Writings is a post from: EVERY DAY

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ISKCON News.com: Celebration of Srila Prabhupada's arrival in the UK

By bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk on 22 Sep 2011

On Saturday 10th September almost forty initiated disciples of Srila Prabhupada, along with up to 60 others who had chanted and rendered together in ISKCON's formative 1970's era assembled outside 7 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London, the site of the first ISKCON temple established by Srila Prabhupada on 14th Sep 1969.

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ISKCON News.com: Remembering Gopiparanadhana Prabhu

By Dravida Dasa on 22 Sep 2011

Gopiparanadhana Prabhu (or "Gopi," as he was known to his close friends) joined the famous Henry St. temple in Brooklyn in 1973, the same year I did. We came from a similar background — New York Jewish intellectual.

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ISKCON News.com: Grateful Or Great Fool

By Sutapa Das on 22 Sep 2011

The sanskrit word for gratitude is "krta-jna" – literally meaning "to know what has been done for you." The ungrateful person who lacks such a vision may instead be called a great fool.

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ISKCON News.com: Culinary Spices Can Help Lower Triglyceride Levels

By Tara Green on 22 Sep 2011

Adding enough of the right kind of spices to your food can partially offset the negative health impact of a high-fat meal, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition. "Antioxidants like spices may be important in reducing oxidative stress and thus reducing the risk of chronic disease", they say.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: COACHING AND CARE

The most successful coaches are demonstrably caring.

Coaching is a people-development profession, not just an information-based one.

Given that coaches spend much of their time developing, supporting, and training their clients, caring about their clients and their success and their values is the oil that keeps the coaching process working smoothly.

Without true caring, the coach's effectiveness drops significantly.

Sandy Vilas, President, Coach University
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Japa Group: Listen To The Mantra Not The Mind

Recently I have had to remind myself of this basic truth....when chanting only listen to the mantra and not to the mind. The mind will always fill us with unnecessary thoughts - past, present and future. During Japa we don't have to entertain the mind's ramblings - we simply need to hear the Hare Krsna mantra and that's all.

Here is a nice quote from Srila Prabhupada about this.
One should note in this connection that chanting involves the activities of the upper and lower lips as well as the tongue. All three must be engaged in chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. The words "Hare Krsna" should be very distinctly pronounced and heard.
Caitanya Caritmrta Adi 17.32
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Sri Prahlad, AU: The Mayapuris are coming to Sydney! (VIDEO)

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Darshan

Here is today's darshan.

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Mayapur Online: HH Prabhavishnu Swami's Vyasapuja

Yesterday disciples of HH Prabhavishnu Maharaj, and other member of the Mayapur community gathered together to honor Maharaj's appearance. Devotees including HG Jananivas Prabhu glorified Maharaj's wonderful qualities and characteristics. A wonderfully sweet mood permeated the atmosphere.Lord Krsna says that "Those who worship Me directly are not real devotees; real devotees are those who are devoted to My devotees."

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: When did the golden age of Kali-yuga start?

Is Christ, Vivasvana’s son? Can one make up tunes for kirtana?
Questions including these from Vraja-kumara, Gaura, Abhishek, Nicolas, Dina Sarana and Haladhara

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Aniruddha Prabhu

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.30 - Krishna's naughty pastimes attract and bewilder

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Gouranga TV: Kirtan – Baladev das and Hari das – Gaura Purnima

Kirtan – Baladev das and Hari das – Gaura Purnima

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ISKCON Malaysia: Glorious Prasadam to Tease Your Taste Buds




The response to the Food and Fun Fair (F&FF) organised by Food For Life KL (FFL KL) held on 16th Sept 2011 was certainly overwhelming!

SJMKL was thronged by guests non-stop from 10.00 am until about 4.00pm. Keeping in line with the 1Malaysia theme, we also played host to 300 over children of various races from 6 different orphanages who also received the blessings of Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Mother Subhadra.

However, the most remarkable aspect of the F&FF was that many of our congregation members took up different kinds of services to be part of the event. Some also brought along their friends and relatives to assist them.

Devotees with culinary skills enthusiastically churned out tasty vadais, thosai, appams, pasta, pakoras, mee goreng, murtabak, ice kacang to name a few to the demanding crowd. Not to be left out of the fun, devotees also showed off other talents via magic shows, henna art, face painting and performing music!

It was a hectic day indeed but young and elderly devotees alike joined forces and gave their utmost best in their devotional services. Everyone was in their most jolly mood as could be seen in the energy and exuberance displayed by each and every member of our congregation.

Though there were some minor setbacks regarding stove and oven, this did not deter our enthusiastic devotees from carrying out their service. The motto of the day was: Where there's a will there's a way!'

FFL KL would like to express their deepest gratitude to everyone who helped make the F&FF a roaring success. We are indeed proud to be part of Prabhupad's family in SJMKL and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.


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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Aspiring For Initiation Between October and December?

Are you hoping to qualify to request and receive shelter, first initiation or brahmana initiation between October and December?

dates.jpg Your examiner will take leave to attend the Annual Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Painting Seminar in Vrindavana from Thursday October the 20th. until Saturday November the 19th.

So to make the necessary arrangements to complete your candidature, please contact Rasanandini dasi before Wednesday September the 28th. at rasanandini@gmail.com, or on 0424-776-188.

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