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  1. Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Bhajan - Kalindi dasi - High School Program
  2. Spiritual Scientist: Is vegetarianism necessary for spiritual advancement?
  3. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: THEY ARE MEANT FOR ENJOYMENT
  4. Kurma dasa, AU: Jobs Well Done
  5. Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: Earth Balance NYC Trip!
  6. Australian News: Melbourne rocks the city with Kadamba Kanana Swami THE VIDEO
  7. Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: The question of atonement (world we live in series)
  8. Tijuana Rathayatra 2011 Report
  9. Occupy Wall St prasadam dist
  10. Live Srimad Bhagavat Katha
  11. Online College Administrative Coordinator needed
  12. ISKCON Steve Jobs and the Krishna Connection
  13. ISKCON Brampton, Canada: Upcoming Events
  14. H.H. Devamrita Swami: Happy Lamentation: Our Loss, His Gain
  15. Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Today is Papankusha Ekadasi
  16. ISKCON The Biggest Conspiracy
  17. ISKCON Taiwan Finds Krishna Through Yoga at New Bhakti Yoga Lounge
  18. Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Hare Krishna’s Filmed in the late 1960′s
  19. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  20. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  21. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  22. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  23. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  24. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  25. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  26. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  27. ISKCON India's 'Green and Clean' Village
  28. Sutapa das, BV Manor, UK: The Inside Story
  29. Australian News: Kirtan nights at Govinda Valley every Tuesday
  30. H.H. Sivarama Swami: Reflections on Steve Jobs’ demise
  31. The funny side…
  32. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Thursday, October 6th 2011
  33. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
  34. ISKCON Desire Tree: Vaishnava Calender - Unmilani Mahadvadasi: Fasting for Pasankusa Ekadasi
  35. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: OPPORTUNITIES FOUND IN PROBLEMS
  36. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Kadamba Kanana Swami
  37. Gouranga TV: Lecture – Nityananda Prabhu – SB 9.10.3 – Rama Navami
  38. Gaura-shakti Kirtan, Toronto, CA: "An Evening of Bhakti" takes place on Saturday, October 22, 11!
  39. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Kadamba Kanana Swami's Visit
  40. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Friday 7 October 2011--Immersion in Krishna Consciousness--and--How to Accept Far-Fetched Concepts?
  41. ISKCON Malaysia: September 2011 Book Distribution Scores
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Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Bhajan - Kalindi dasi - High School Program

The Dallas youth were invited to perform at a high school as part of a senior project showcasing performances from various cultures.  Kalindi dasi leads the singing along with Gopinath and Sri Rupa playing mrdanga and Radha Kunda and Gopi Gita singing backup and playing kartals.  All the students end up dancing in the end to a rip roaring kirtan.

Dallas, TX

Download: 2011-02-12 - Kalindi - High School bhajan program.mp3
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Spiritual Scientist: Is vegetarianism necessary for spiritual advancement?

Q. Is giving up meat-eating necessary for making spiritual advancement?

Q. When the highest heads of several religions eat meat, aren't those who claim the necessity of vegetarianism indirectly claiming to be more advanced than the heads of other religions?

Answer: Yes and no;  YES -  to the first question,  NO - to the second.

All the theistic wisdom-traditions concur that all of us, irrespective of our religious denominations, are spiritually sick. Just as getting cured entails abiding by the medical prescriptions and proscriptions, making spiritual advancement entails abiding by two kinds of scriptural injunctions:

1.         Affirmative injunctions that prescribe activities which promote the development of pure love for God, which is the essential, universal goal taught by all the great theistic wisdom-traditions of the world.

2.         Regulative injunctions that proscribe or minimize activities which obstruct the development of that love.

Abstaining from meat is one such regulative injunction. We can understand the importance of this principle if we contemplate the implication of love. If a child loves the parent, an essential way that love becomes evident is by the love shown to one's brothers and sisters. Similarly, if we love the Supreme Parent, an essential way that love becomes evident is by the love shown to our brothers and sisters in God's family – including our nonhuman brethren, for they are also God's creatures and, moreover, they, unlike us humans, can't speak for their rights.

That's why the Vedic wisdom-tradition enjoins those aspiring for authentic, pure love for Godto abstain from meat. Vegetarianism is recommended as the desired ideal even in major non-Vedic traditions like Christianity, as is intuited at first brush from the commandment "Thou shall not kill" and is confirmed by well-researched books like the encyclopedic volume "Animals on the Agenda: Questions About Animals for Theology and Ethics" editedby Rev. Andrew Linzey& Dorothy Yamamoto. Consequently, thousands of such God-seekers have discontinued the unfortunate self-delusion inherent in claiming to love God while causing pain and death to God's mute creatures just for the sake of one'staste buds.

Those who stick to meat can still advance spiritually to the extent that they adhere to the affirmative injunctions for spiritual advancement. Those who adhere to both the affirmative and regulative injunctions experience spiritual advancement in its full acceleration. When they urge their fellow God-seekers to switch to a vegetarian diet, they do so not due to a feeling of spiritually superiority, but with a desire to share the warming of heart in love to all of God's creatures – and thereby God – that they have experienced due to not partaking ofa diet tainted by blood. Why let one's taste buds stall or slow the tasting of divine love?  Why continue a past misdirection mistake when compassion, scripture and experience all concur to redirectus?

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: THEY ARE MEANT FOR ENJOYMENT

By Srila Prabhupada

The Vedanta-sutra says, "The living entities orGod, they are meant for enjoyment.'' 

ANANDAMAYO 'BHYASAT (Vedanta-sutra1.1.12). 

By nature anandamaya. 

So "Why I am put into this miserablecondition?'' 

This is the questions by intelligent human being. 

And if heremains satisfied with the miseries of this material life, then he's no betterthan the cats and dogs.
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Kurma dasa, AU: Jobs Well Done

Steve Jobs:

"I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5c deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it..."

(From the 2005 Stanford Commencement speech)

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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: Earth Balance NYC Trip!

My Winning Dish: Tamarind Peanut Rice Noodle Salad


Remember when Earth Balance crowned my recipe the winner of its Spring to Life Contest?

Well, last week the husband and I collected the grand prize. A trip to New York City!

De-planing @ LaGuardia Intl Airport


To live vicariously through the non-stop excitement of my ridiculously jet set life, visit Sabjimata on Facebook, give me a Like and check out my trip pics! XO

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Australian News: Melbourne rocks the city with Kadamba Kanana Swami THE VIDEO

Once again Russell Prabhu from Melbourne Yatra captures the glory of Harinam Sankirtan in another wonderful video. You will feel like you are there, you will dance and clap and run down the street looking for the Harinam. Kadamba Kanana Swami unentangles the material modes of nature and they dance with the devotees. This Harinam measured on the Richter Scale and a Tsunami warning was issued by local authorities.

Click here to see more of Bhakta Russels amazing work

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Toronto Sankirtan Team, CA: The question of atonement (world we live in series)

Atonement is an age old quest of aspiring spiritualists in every culture and tradition. As people embrace a lifestyle of spiritual awareness or purification, one may start to realise the heinous nature of sense gratificatory activities one has indulged in and the guilt could be a heavy thing to carry. For the believers of Karma the realisation of the Karmic imbalance created can be scary sometime and a sense of urgency to get rid of the bad karma. So it's but natural to try and look for means to clean the karmic slate and one such technique is shown in the gruesome images above.

So what method does a Bhakti yogi use to get over the bad karma? How do we atone? Indeed it is very noble of these monks to realise the power of bad karma and wanting to rid themselves of it, but what's the merit in this process.

This same question of atonement was asked by Maharaj Pariksit to Sukadeva Goswami in the sixth canto of Bhagvatam.
Maharaja Pariksit said: One may know that sinful activity is injurious for him because he actually sees that a criminal is punished by the government and rebuked by people in general and because he hears from scriptures and learned scholars that one is thrown into hellish conditions in the next life for committing sinful acts. Nevertheless, in spite of such knowledge, one is forced to commit sins again and again, even after performing acts of atonement. Therefore, what is the value of such atonement? (SB 6.1.10)
Sometimes one who is very alert so as not to commit sinful acts is victimized by sinful life again. I therefore consider this process of repeated sinning and atoning to be useless. It is like the bathing of an elephant, for an elephant cleanses itself by taking a full bath, but then throws dust over its head and body as soon as it returns to the land. SB 6.1.11

In the purport Srila Prbahupada explains: In some religious sects a sinful man goes to a priest to confess his sinful acts and pay a fine, but then he again commits the same sins and returns to confess them again. This is the practice of a professional sinner…Regardless of how many times he is punished; one who is attached to sense enjoyment will commit sinful acts again and again until he is trained to refrain from enjoying his senses.

Sukadeva Goswami the son of Vedavyäsa, answered: My dear King, since acts meant to neutralize impious actions are also fruitive, they will not release one from the tendency to act fruitively. Persons who subject themselves to the rules and regulations of atonement are not at all intelligent. Indeed, they are in the mode of darkness. Unless one is freed from the mode of ignorance, trying to counteract one action through another is useless because this will not uproot one's desires. Thus even though one may superficially seem pious, he will undoubtedly be prone to act impiously. Therefore real atonement is enlightenment in perfect knowledge, Vedänta, by which one understands the Supreme Absolute Truth. SB 6.1.12

In the purport, Prabhupada sums it up by saying "Real atonement is full knowledge." And as we learn from the Bhagavad gita real knowledge is knowledge of self, Krishna and the relation between the two. Without which all attempts are just incomplete and further implicating.

Akarma means without reaction to work. The impersonalist ceases fruitive activities out of fear, so that the resultant action may not be a stumbling block on the path of self-realization, but the personalist knows rightly his position as the eternal servitor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore he engages himself in the activities of Krishna consciousness. BG4.18

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By Banabhatta das

Lord Jagannatha was seated along with His brother Balarama and sister Subhadra on His gorgeously decorated cart, which was painstakingly transported from Los Angeles once again in record time by His Grace Ratnabhusana, who has been single-handedly designing, building, disassembling, transporting, re-assembling and decorating Lord Jagannatha's carts for various Rathayatra festivals since the 1980's

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Hema Malini dd: I'm writing because I want to post to see if there was any kind prasadam distribution being done in New York or the other cities where occupations are being performed. I am coordinating something for the protests in Houston, and wanted to see if anyone else was

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Sriji Devi Dasi: Please get Live telecast of Srimad Bhagavat Katha taking place in Sri Vrindavan Dham by Sri Srimad Radha Govinda Goswami Maharaja. Link : Topic : Putana Uddhar Lila. Timings : (IST) 8.00am to 9.30 am.

Email to a friend Online College Administrative Coordinator needed

Arya & Chandranana: Rupanuga Vedic College is looking for someone to fill the position of administrative coordinator for its online academic division (distance learning). Training is available, however experience is also desirable

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ISKCON Steve Jobs and the Krishna Connection

By Venkata Bhatta dasa (Vineet Chander) for ISKCON News on 7 Oct 2011

The world continues to mourn the death of Apple founder and visionary Steve Jobs, who passed away on Wednesday, October 5, hailing him as an innovator who forever changed the landscape of our lives. In offering our condolences, Hare Krishna devotees might be especially interested to reflect on some interesting connections between this remarkable man and our own faith tradition.

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ISKCON Brampton, Canada: Upcoming Events

Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita Workshop at ISKCON Brampton on Sunday, Oct 9th @ 1:45pm
This week's Lilamrita class will be held on Sunday after the Sunday feast at 1:45pm in the Sunday School room. Please contact the board or Vaishnava Prabhu for sign up.

Thanksgiving at ISKCON Brampton on Monday, Oct 10th @ 11am

Everyone is invited to celebrate THANKSGIVING DAY at ISKCON BRAMPTON.
We're taking this opportunity to thank all the devotees who are / have supported ISKCON BRAMPTON to help Srila Prabhupada further Lord Chaitanya's mission on this planet.

Kartik Month - Month of Damodar starting October 11th 2011

We have a special schedule planned for the month that we would share at the temple this Sunday and again at the Thanksgiving program. Kartik (Damodar) is the best, the purest of purifiers, and most glorious of all months. Kartik month is particularly dear to Lord Sri Krishna. This month is full of bhakta vatsalya (He is always favorably inclined to the devotees). Any vrata, even the smallest, will yield huge results. The effect of performing a Kartik Vrata lasts for one hundred lifetimes, Kartik or the festival of offering lamps to Lord Krishna, glorifies Lord Krishna's pastime of being bound with ropes by Mother Yashoda.

Govardhana Puja @ ISKCON Brampton on October 27th 2011
Details of the program would be announced soon. The day after Deepawali is celebrated as Govadhan Puja when Mount Govardhan, near Mathura, is worshipped. Pious people keep awake the whole night and cook fifty-six (or 108) different types of food for the bhog (the offering of food) to Krishna. This ceremony is called ankut which means a mountain of food. Various types of food – cereals, pulses, fruit, vegetables, chutneys, pickles, and salads – are offered to the Deity and then distributed as prasada to devotees. This festival is in commemoration of the lifting of Mount Govardhan by Krishna.

Classical Odissi Dance Classes at Iskcon Brampton

Odissi is one of the oldest classical dance forms of India, This elegant, graceful dance form emanated from the temple of Lord Jagannath in Puri, and is steeped in devotion. We are happy to announce that Enakshi Das Sinha, the founder and artisitic director of the Mrudanga Dance Academy, will be holding Odissi dance classes at ISKCON Brampton. Classes are for 6 years and up.
To register, please contact Enakshi at 519-736-8895 or Classes begin mid October.
For more information on Enakshi Sinha and her Dance Academy, please visit
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H.H. Devamrita Swami: Happy Lamentation: Our Loss, His Gain

The wealthier part of the world is mourning the loss of its version of a demigod. The embodiment of consumer-electronics wizardry, free-market entreprenuerism, and the American dream, Steve Jobs has left his body.

For the past three weeks, however, I've been reacting to the loss of someone incalculably greater, who has both graced and benefited the Earth far beyond any mundane impact. 

The last morning of the Ukraine festival, after a late-night mega-kirtan, the stunning news broke. HH Niranjana Swami asked me, "Have you heard the latest—brace yourself." I was ready to hear that New York City had disappeared into the sea, the communist party had staged a coup, reasserting itself—something like that. But not this: "Gopipararanadhana has departed."

Meeting in 1973, as new devotees at the New York temple, we also shared years at the BBT in Los Angeles, during its legendary years when the book-production staff valiantly strove to keep pace with Srila Prabhupada's otherworldly literary output. Gopiparanadhana Prabhu evolved into the mainstay of the Sanskrit department, while I emerged to manage the English side and the overall production process.

I laud Steve Jobs for his, at prestigious venues, declaring that during his poor student years, he relied upon the weekly Hare Krishna Sunday feast for sustenance. He would eat enough to carry him through until the next Sunday. And his Apple technological wonders do function admirably, for aiding Krishna's service.

Yet, even his consummate feat, the iPad—delighting consumerists everywhere and helping traveling swamis carry a library of easily read Vaishnava literature— cannot slightly compare to what Gopiparanandhana Prabhu has bestowed upon the world. 

Teamed with HH Jayadvaita Swami and HH Kesava Bharati Goswami, Gopiparanadhana Prabhu gave us Sanatana Goswami's Brhad-bhagavatamrita—the finest rendition of Vaisnava classics since Prabhupada's own. The three-volume set literally reeks of spiritual authenticity, fidelity, and precision. The gold standard for now and the future, the Brhad-bhagavatamrita is not to be missed by anyone who has thoroughly read Prabhupada's books first.

As for Steve Jobs destination, his weekly Sunday feast attendance, during his years of student poverty, combined with his later public testimony of how Krishna food saved him seem to guarantee a human form of life again, and a chance to increase his connection with Krishna's devotees.

But Gopiparanadhana Prabhu is now a resident of Krishna's private abode, having left this world while in between preaching trips, on a brief visit to his home, at the base of Govardhana Hill.

We will miss him intensely, but there is not the slightest reason to lament for his outcome. Indeed, we celebrate his unsurpassable fortune.

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Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Today is Papankusha Ekadasi

Yudhishthira maharaj said, Oh Madhusudana, what is the name of the Ekadasi that comes during the light fortnight of the month of Ashvina (September - October)? Please be merciful and disclose this truth to me."

The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna replied, "Oh king, please listen as I explain the glories of this Ekadasi - Papankusha Ekadasi - which removes all sins. On this day one should worship the Deity of Padmanabha, the lotus naveled Lord Vishnu, according to the rules of archana viddhi. By so doing, one achieves whatever heavenly pleasures one may want in this world, and at last attains liberation from this world thereafter. Simply by offering one's humbly obeisances unto Lord Vishnu, the rider of Garuda, one can achieve the same merit as is gained by performing great penances for a long time restraining and controlling the senses. Although a person might have committed unlimited and abominable sins, he can still escape hellish punishment just by paying his obeisances to Lord Sri Hari, the taker away of all sin."

"The merits gained by going on pilgrimage to the Holy Tirthas of this earthly planet can also be achieved simply by chanting the Holy names of Lord Vishnu. Whosoever chants these sacred names - such as Rama, Vishnu, Janardana or Krishna - especially on Ekadasi, never sees Yamaraj, the king of death's punishing abode. Nor does such a devotee who fasts on Papankusha Ekadasi, which is very dear to Me, see that plutonic abode."

"Both the Vaishnava who criticises Lord Shiva and the Shaivite who criticises Me certainly go to hell. The merit obtained by performing one hundred horse sacrifices and one hundred Rajasurya sacrifices is not even equal to one sixteenth of the merit a devotee is able to attain by fasting on Ekadasi. There is no higher merit one can achieve than that attained by fasting on Ekadasi. Indeed, nothing in all the three worlds is as pleasing or as able to purify one of accumulated sin as Ekadasi, the day of the lotus-naveled Lord, Padmanabha.

"O king, until a person observes a fast on the day of Lord Padmanabha named Papankusha Ekadasi, he remains sinful, and the reactions of his past sinful activities never leave him like a chaste wife. There is no merit in all the three worlds that can match the merit that one gains by observing a fast on this Ekadasi. Whosoever observes it faithfully never has to see death personified, Lord Yamaraj. One who desires liberation, elevation to the heavens, good health, beautiful women, wealth, and food grains should simply fast on this Pashunkusha Ekadasi. O king, neither the Ganges, Gaya, Kashi, nor Pushkara, nor even the Holy site of Kurukshetra, can grant as much auspicious merit as this Papankusha Ekadasi.

"O Maharaj Yudhishthira, protector of the earth, after observing ekadasi during the daytime, the devotee should remain awake through the night, absorbed in hearing, chanting and serving the lord - for by so doing he easily attains to the Supreme abode of Lord Vishnu. Not only that, but ten generations of ancestors on his mother's side, ten generations on his father's side, and ten generations on his wife's side are all liberated by a single observance of a fast on this Ekadasi. All these ancestors attain their original, four armed transcendental Vaikuntha forms. Wearing yellow garments and beautiful garlands, they ride to the spiritual realm on the back of GaruDa, the renown great enemy of the snakes. This is the benediction My devotee earns simply by observing one Papankusha Ekadasi properly.

"O best of kings, whether one is a child, a youth, or in old age, fasting on Papankusha Ekadasi frees him from all sins and makes him immune to suffering a hellish rebirth. Whosoever observes a fast on the Papankusha Ekadasi becomes free of all his sins and returns to the spiritual abode of Lord Sri Hari. Whosoever donates gold, sesame seeds, fertile land, cows, grain, drinking water, an umbrella, or a pair of shoes on this most auspicious of Holy days will never have to visit the abode of Yamaraj, who always punishes the sinners. But if a resident of earth fails to perform spiritual deeds, especially the observance of a fast on days such as Ekadasi, his breathing is said to be no better, or of as much use as the breathing/puffing of a blacksmith's bellows.

"O best of the kings, especially on this Papankusha Ekadasi, even the poor should first bathe and then give some charity according to their means, and perform other auspicious activities in accordance with their ability.

"Whosoever performs sacrifices and benefits the people, or builds public ponds, resting places, gardens, or houses does not suffer the punishments of Yamaraj. Indeed, one should understand that a person much have performed such pious activities as these in the past life if he is long lived, wealthy, of high birth, or free from all diseases. But a person who observes Papankusha Ekadasi goes to the abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Lord Sri Krishna then concluded, "Thus, Oh saintly Yudhishthira, I have narrated to you the glories of the auspicious PApankusha Ekadasi."

Thus ends the narration of the glories of the Papankusha Ekadasi, or Ashwina-shukla Ekadasi,
from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana. 

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ISKCON The Biggest Conspiracy

By Sutapa Das for on 7 Oct 2011

Are power-hungry underground groups like the Illuminati plotting to rule mankind by establishing the New World Order? Was 9-11 an Al-Qaeda terrorist attack, or did the Bush administration help orchestrate the entire incident to justify military policy in the Middle East?

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ISKCON Taiwan Finds Krishna Through Yoga at New Bhakti Yoga Lounge

By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on 7 Oct 2011

A stunning new ISKCON center in Taichung, the third-largest city in Taiwan, is beginning to attract local people to Krishna consciousness through the relatable medium of yoga, and through its beautiful facilities.

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Hare Krishna’s Filmed in the late 1960′s

Note how when they danced they crossed one foot over the other. This was when Srila Prabhupada’s instructions on how to dance authentically were still being followed, not like today when any half hearted shuffle passes for the dancing mentioned in the “chanting, dancing,  and feasting” of bhakti yoga.

It may be dancing but it isn’t bhakti yoga dancing unless one foot crosses over the other.

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1967 October 7: "I have not heard for a long time from you but I am always thinking of you and your good husband. I hope you are all doing well. I am now almost cured & I wish to return as soon as possible. Please remain in Krishna consciousness fully and you will always be happy."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 October 7: "One should first give protection to the soul, then he should take care of his particular type of faith, then material things, like this body, and anything in relation with this body, or wealth. If you can protect the soul from being fallen a victim of this material existence that is the greater service."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 October 7: "You have left and it is like a thunderbolt for me. How is that? Have you also been contaminated? Please tell me frankly. Come to India and live with me and start a press here. I await your reply with great anxiety."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 October 7: "The best thing is to find out for yourself who you think is the right person in the matter of science of God. So if a man loves God more than anything else, he is the perfect man. I wish that you may follow this principle and be happy."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 October 7: "Actually there is no problem. Krsna has provided everything sufficiently. Only blind leaders in the name of swamis, yogis, politicians and philanthropists are misguiding the whole world and entangling everyone more and more in problems."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 October 7: "I am glad you are taking the recommendation seriously. Yes, it is a serious matter. Not that I take Spiritual Master as a pet and do whatever I want. No, one must follow the order of the Spiritual Master with life and soul."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 October 7: "Just like Srimati Kunti devi, she prayed to Krishna. That is Krishna consciousness. Not that when there is difficulty I shall forget Krishna. Whatever the material condition may be, we should just cling to Krishna's lotus feet."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 October 7: "Now you finish your old birth with the fire of Krishna consciousness. Worship Krishna with love. If you love Krishna, you will worship Him very nicely. And if you get Krishna, then what more can you want? That is the qualification for Deity worship."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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ISKCON India's 'Green and Clean' Village

By Jyotsna Singh for BBC News on 7 Oct 2011

A small village in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya has become the envy of its neighbors. Large crowds of visitors have been thronging to the village curious to find out why Mawlynnong has earned the reputation for being arguably the cleanest and best educated in India - all its residents can read and write and each house has a toilet.

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Sutapa das, BV Manor, UK: The Inside Story

Are power-hungry underground groups like the Illuminati plotting to rule mankind by establishing the New World Order? Was 9-11 an Al-Qaeda terrorist attack, or did the Bush administration help orchestrate the entire incident to justify military policy in the Middle East? Half a century ago, did the US government cover up a UFO landing and alien interaction at Roswell, New Mexico? Was the Aids virus created by the KGB as a means to reduce world population? Was Shakespeare, English language's greatest writer, really responsible for the body of works that bear his name, or were they actually authored by other people? We could go on, but suffice it to say that the modern world is riddled with conspiracy theories which seem to multiply by the day. As the plot thickens, how do we know what to believe? Will our painstaking research lead to any concrete conclusions?

Who knows, the theories themselves could even be part of a bigger conspiracy to confuse people and make us doubt everything! On the other hand, even if they are true, what can we do to change the state of affairs? If the higher echelons of society are directing the future of the world in smoke-filled rooms, it's unlikely that our whistle-blowing will be taken that seriously. While I appreciate the absolute necessity of critical thinking, I have serious doubts that we'll ever get to the bottom of the issue. Things are too complicated and too covered up. There will always be another perspective which may sway our thoughts. Since we can't be sure of anything, we may question whether the investigation of conspiracy theories is a wasteful use of valuable time.

There is, however, one conspiracy that we can all be sure of. It's a conspiracy a little closer to home, and a conspiracy which has been going on since our first breath in this world. The Bhagavad-gita explains that the uncontrolled mind, the lower nature within, is conspiring against us on a moment-to-moment basis. Tempting and distracting us while simultaneously posing as a friend, our lower nature, which you can identify as the 'devilish voice within,' is actually conspiring to divert us from the most progressive, pragmatic and fulfilling path in life. Krishna explains that only through spiritual acumen and unbreakable determination can we transform that lower nature, and bring the mind under control such that it becomes our best friend. This brings true freedom, where one is guided by intelligence instead of instinct. The project to conquer the mind requires focus, tenacity, perseverance and incredible drive. It's a lifetime's mission, and we need to utilize all the time we have. This is the inside story, the story of the enemy within, the story of the conspirator that we may well have forgotten about.

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Australian News: Kirtan nights at Govinda Valley every Tuesday

Kirtan nights at Govinda Valley every Tuesday!!
Dinner 6.30, Kirtan 7.15-8.45pm, then chai and cookies!
In co-operation with Govinda’s Restaurant, Sydney.
More info on 0425333086

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Reflections on Steve Jobs’ demise

And what we devotees could learn from him about creating a market for our product – Krsna consciousness.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Thursday, October 6th 2011

Identifying the Wrong In Us

Toronto, Ontario

This morning our little Bhagavatam group talked about some sins that spiritual practitioners can commit. It has more to do with attitude than an incident of offense, pre-meditated upon or an accident.

The basics of our discussion was the story of the poisoning of the child born of King Chitraketu and Queen Krtadyuti. Here was an obvious offense laid against an innocent child. It was cold blooded murder! We identified crime as such found common amongst the more physical ksatriyas (warriors in the Vedic context). Six aggressive acts committed in the field day of warriors are 1) administering poison 2) stealing riches 3) stealing land 4) stealing another's wife 5) burning another's property and 6) using a lethal weapon to an unarmed person.

Our discussion zeroed in more on subtle offenses, perhaps what brahmins (priests) may be found guilty of. For an exercise we were looking at what to be prudent about in the execution of temple/ashram services, the category we, as a group, more of less fall into.

The number one cardinal sin according to our consensus was criticism of those on the devotional path. Another was the attitude of cynicism. Another sin was stubborness or the unwillingness to bend to time, place and circumstances. Another was to bear a permanent grudge. Taking into account a saying from Chanakhya Pandit, "the beauty of a brahmin is in his ability to forgive," there is the need to let go and bury the hatchet.

Jealousy, contempt, self-righteousness are all symptomatic of our current age. We are encouraged by the Vedic message to become clean in what we do and at least attempt to transcend the lowly tendencies.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

A Clumsy Great Day

Toronto, Ontario

It was an awkward day being my birthday, when devotees from around the area came to present an over-the-top kindness. Maybe that's harsh for me to say, but following a tradition of praising a guru is more than a western-born person can sometimes stomach. Devotees feel that they want to offer their thank-yous on this one day of the year so I surrender to that sentiment. Their words are genuine and heartfelt.

Complications arise when you feel that compliments come every day of the year. However, our guru, Srila Prabhupada, very clearly established a culture of appreciation and I will declare it most emphatically that in the secular world the average person is not honoured, appreciated and encouraged enough. This phenomena is what seems to lead to rampant depression and a feeling of not being respected and loved.

The reality today is "where is family, friends or community to lean on?" Worst still is if you do have people around you yet the infrastructure appears selfishly hollow inside. You can be in a building with people and feel no closeness.

I can say proudly that I don't feel alone, never in my state of Krishna Consciousness this last 38 years. I believe to have true family because there is that R-E-S-P-E-C-T (as Aretha Franklin sings). My dilemma is whether I return it in a mutual way. I don't think I can fairly determine that.

I really do value my association or company of friends. They are indeed 'kind'. Jagannatha Misra and family gave a pair of five finger Vibram shoes to aid in my walking expeditions. Others gave as well. Much appreciated! Ramachandra, a devotee from London, Ontario, gave me his time. We trekked on a loop, passed the Brickworks and back with perfect 20 degree Celsius weather.

All in all, it was a great day. My short address to those who came to the gathering was, "Please have compassion and share the wealth of Krishna with others."

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ISKCON Desire Tree: Vaishnava Calender - Unmilani Mahadvadasi: Fasting for Pasankusa Ekadasi

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In my programs, I often teach a principle of "turning problems into opportunities".
This is also one of the coaching skills.

Once you start to see your problems as opportunities, everything changes.
Instead of seeing life full of problems, you see a life full of opportunities.
You put yourself in a strong position - mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

In the Bhagavad-gita, Arjuna thought that fighting is a problem, and gave many reasons to support that view. But Krsna said no, it is an opportunity, a rare opportunity. So we find this principle in the Gita.

Now, how do you do that - practically? How do you turn problems into opportunities?
It is quite simple, but if you are intelligent, the effect can be quite amazing.

You first write down the problem, as clearly and as concisely as you can.
Then, ask yourself this question:


And then write down at least 20 answers, or opportunities.

Every problem is an opportunity for something. Here are several opportunities found in most problems:

- You can learn how to see problems differently and how to solve problems more effectively.

- You can learn something new. You learn what works and what does not work. You learn about yourself, e.g., how you react to challenging situations. You learn about other people: what they think, how they behave, etc.

- You can examine your assumptions, paradigms, mindsets, and perceptions.

- You can take shelter of Krsna more sincerely by praying for guidance.

- You can look at the Bhagavad-gita for ideas and solutions.

- You can ask people who care for advice.

- You can see the issue from the spiritual point of view - through the eyes of the sastra (scriptures).

- You can take love as a basis for solving the problem, instead of fear or anger.

- You can ask yourself: Where is Krsna in all this?

- You can ask yourself: How should I deal with this so Krsna is pleased the most?

- You can ask yourself: What would a pure devotee do in this situation?

It is also an opportunity to learn creative problem solving. There are many resources for that.

So instead of being a victim or a weakling when you face a problem, become a victor and a vira (hero, warrior, champion).

Problems are not meant to crush you or destroy you. They are meant to help you learn more and become stronger.

Use them to grow and develop and become more serious and sincere about attaining the ultimate goal of life.
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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Kadamba Kanana Swami

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.11 - Krsna's mercy is causeless and He descends and exhibits Himself in in many incarnations just as the light of one candle being communicated to other candles (dīpārcir eva hi daśāntaram abhyupetya...).

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Gouranga TV: Lecture – Nityananda Prabhu – SB 9.10.3 – Rama Navami

Lecture – Nityananda Prabhu – SB 9.10.3 – Rama Navami

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Gaura-shakti Kirtan, Toronto, CA: "An Evening of Bhakti" takes place on Saturday, October 22, 11!

While we have all become accustomed to seeing the typical images 
that are conjured up when we think of yoga, it can be an heart-opening experience to learn of bhakti-yoga - the yoga of love. 

We invite you to come and dive into an evening full of divine chants as you learn more about the ancient teachings of the yoga of the heart. The premise of the "Evening of Bhakti" is to hold a spiritually-soaked event for you. Whether you are completely new to the concept of bhakti-yoga or a seasoned veteran, you can expect an incredible evening of chanting, wisdom, dancing and more, followed by a vegan dinner. 

Our special guest speaker for this Evening of Bhakti will be Uttama Shloka das, who spends his time conducting courses, seminars and programs on bhakti-yoga in over 20 countries on four different continents around the world. 

Hosted at beautiful Govinda's Dining Hall in Toronto's historic Hare Krishna Centre (243 Avenue Road), we warmly invite your for an evening that will feed the mind, body and soul! 

Entrance: $15

See you on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 7pm! :)

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Kadamba Kanana Swami's Visit

KKS seminar
From October 6th until October 15th H.H Kadamba Kanana Swami is in Melbourne. While in Melbourne his program will include:
- Daily Srimad Bhagavatam classes
- Friday 7th Harinama at 6:30pm outside Crossways
- Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th a very engaging seminar on Chanting the Holy Name, which is sure to inspire us all to take further shelter under the lords Holy name and increase our sincerity in seeking his devotional service.
Saturday 4pm-6pm
Sunday 11am - 1pm and then 3pm - 4:30pm 
- Sunday Feast program 5pm
We encourage everyone to come along and receive his association and partake in his enlivening kirtans

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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Friday 7 October 2011--Immersion in Krishna Consciousness--and--How to Accept Far-Fetched Concepts?

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Friday 7 October 2011 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, and His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani are enjoying transcendental pastimes in the topmost planet of the spiritual world, Sri Goloka Vrindavan. They are beckoning us to rejoin them. (Click on photo to see a larger image.) Our Mission: To help everyone awaken their original Krishna consciousness, which is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. Such a global awakening will, in one stroke, solve all the problems of the world society bringing in a new era of unprecedented peace and prosperity for all. May that day, which the world so desperately needs, come very soon. We request you to participate in this mission by reviving your dormant Krishna consciousness and assisting us in spreading this science all over the world. Dedicated with love to ISKCON Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, our beloved spiritual master, and to you, our dear readers. For Transcendental Association Connect With Other Members of this Course. Join this Conference: Help Popularize Our Message By Liking Today's Thought on Facebook: Today's Thought: Immersion in Krishna Consciousness Uploaded from Riga, Latvia The more we become immersed in Krishna consciousness, the more we become liberated from the miseries of material existence. Therefore those who are intelligent immerse themselves in Krishna consciousness as deeply and intensely as possible on a regular daily basis. By such daily immersion ones makes serious advancement on the path of Krishna bhakti and quickly attains the platform of self realization. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Ecstatic Immersion in Krishna Consciousness ISKCON Temple--Riga, Latvia--5 October 2011 Answers by Citing the Vedic Version: Question: How to Accept Far-Fetched Concepts? Dear Guruji, Can you please tell me more about the transcendental awakening you had? I want to be transcendentally awakened too. I remain a skeptic because my mind is limited. I cannot conceive of things beyond this universe. Then also, these things like hell seem a bit far-fetched. Evolution through 8,400,000 species also seem far-fetched. How to accept such theories which haven't been tested and experienced? For such reasons, I might leave this e-course With thanks Aryan Answer: By Perfecting Your Imperfect Senses Transcendental awakening means to realize that you are not your body, that you are instead an eternal spiritual being. This realization is attained by purifying your senses, beginning with the tongue, by chanting the holy names of God and tasting the remnants of foodstuffs which have been offered to the Supreme Lord. When one becomes awakened that which previously may have seemed outrageously far-fetched becomes logical and comprehensible. As I have previously described, the logical conclusion of skepticism is to be absolutely skeptical of everything including skepticism itself. In other words, the serious skeptic will eventually reach the point of rejecting skepticism. If one puts his blind faith in skepticism, he is not a true skeptic. He is only a semi-skeptic. One who is total in his skepticism must necessarily also reject skepticism at which time he has nowhere to go philosophically except to that Absolute Truth which lies beyond the purview of his imperfect material senses. Transmigration through 8,400,000 species is not as far-fetched as it may seem. Every day we see people who are hankering to be like the other species. Some people like to swim in the ocean in imitation of the fish. Some people like to sky dive in imitation of the birds. I even saw one man who put branches all over himself in imitation of the trees. I have seen an old man walking his dog, how his facial features were starting to resemble the facial features of his dog. So, that people could be attracted to another species and get such a body in their next lifetime is not so inconceivable. Just as a caterpillar can get a change of body into a butterfly, according to our consciousness at the time of death we acquire another body either as a human being or in another of the 8,400,000 species. You say that transmigration through the 8,400,000 species has not been experienced. But yet we are all experiencing this. And we will continue experiencing this until we revive our original enlightened consciousness, our Krishna consciousness. There are so many things that we cannot directly perceive, but yet we accept as real on the basis of higher authority. The electron is an example. Have you ever seen an electron? But we it accept it is as real on the basis of higher authority. Just as you accept so many things that are inconceivable by you as facts on the authority of the empirical scientists, we accept things that are inconceivable by us on the authority of the Vedic scientists. The empirical scientists utilize various instruments such as microscopes and telescopes to draw their conclusions. The Vedic scientists use the instrument of their enlightened consciousness to draw their conclusions. The difference between the conclusions of the Vedic scientists and the empirical scientists is that the empirical scientists are constantly changing their conclusions to adjust for errors in their previous conclusions, while the perfect conclusions of the Vedic scientists have remained unchanged for thousands and millions of years. For example, many years ago at the University of Florida I attended a scientific seminar conducted by a leading PHD in which he told us about the black holes in outer space. At the end of his presentation he asked if there were any questions. I asked him if what he told us was a theory or a fact. He said, I think it is a fact. Then I asked him, We have seen that throughout the history of modern science a theory comes into popularity for some time and is then eventually replaced by another theory. So how do we know that your theory will not be replaced by another theory? He answered me, I hope it is because then we will be making progress. Such is the state of empirical science. They will never reach a final conclusion. They are simply groping in the dark with their imperfect senses, while the Vedic sages who have perfected their senses through the self realization system have consistently throughout the ages given us the same unchanging knowledge. Even though we hope you will stay, you are welcome to stay or leave our course as you like. If you would rather accept the ever-changing conclusions of men with imperfect senses, that is your prerogative. We would rather stick with those scientists who have perfected their senses and thus have unchanging conclusions. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Transcendental Resources: Receive the Special Blessings of Krishna Now you too can render the greatest service to the suffering humanity and attract the all-auspicious blessings of Lord Sri Krishna upon yourself and your family by assisting our mission. Lectures and Kirtans in Audio and Video: Link to High Definition Videos Link to Over 1,000 Lecture Audios Lecture-Travel Schedule for 2011 Have Questions or Need Further Guidance? Check out the resources at: or write Sankarshan Das Adhikari at: Get your copy today of the world's greatest self-realization guide book, Bhagavad-gita As It Is available at: Know someone who could benefit from this? Forward it to them. 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ISKCON Malaysia: September 2011 Book Distribution Scores




We are pleased to announce for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada, Vaisnavas and Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Sri Sri Radha Krishna, the ISKCON Malaysia temples book distribution report for September 2011.

The BBT Party distributed a total of 2620 books and 1923.5 book points. This is a record score for this year both for books and points. A combination of distributing books and meals via the Sastra Dana & Anna Dana programme at schools and especially for students is probably the way to distribute books in big numbers for a yatra like Malaysia where there is no dedicated travelling book distribution party.


This programme is also being very much appreciated and welcomed. How can a temple organise such a programme? It is no rocket science. Just some simple steps with some good coordination of manpower and time. All we need is some funds (sponsors) and dedicated volunteers. You will then see thousands of books and plates of prasadam distributed. Here is how the BBT party is partnering with the Food for Life team and simultaneously engaging so many grhastas.

  1. We approach school administrations and propose our Sastra Dana &  Anna Dana programme.  Upon approval by school administrations we note down the total number of students according to age categories so that we can prepare in advance the most appropriate books in relation to students age categories
  2. We then approach prospective sponsors and this could be anyone starting with the business community to individuals. We introduce the programme to them and appeal for their support to sponsor as many the number of books and meals.
  3. Sponsors names and respectively names of schools where the programme are to be conducted are printed on labels and pasted neatly on all sponsored books.
  4. Our Food for Life team of volunteer congregation members assisted by resident members carefully plan meals and together cook for the programme.
  5. On the day of the programme we only have about 3 hours to conduct Hare Krishna Mantra chanting, quiz, a short introductory class on the importance of reading the Bhagavad-gita followed by presentation of books to the school library, students according to categories and to teachers as well. We especially invite our donors to also attend the programmes and cherish the experience of handing out the sponsored books to each student one by one. This is usually one of the most memorable moments seeing the happy faces of students receiving and taking back scriptures which will surely guide them to best morals, spiritual habits and eventually back to the spiritual world.
  6. After receiving scriptures students then proceed immediately to respect sumptuous Krishna prasadam prepared and served by our volunteer members.

So please join us in the most wonderful programme which will benefit donors, students and all who are associated. Remember you will not only be donating to serve a meal but you will also be sponsoring books which will be read not only by the students but possibly family members as well. Sponsorship forms for Sastra Dana and Anna Dana can be downloaded at the following link 

For Anna Dana sponsorship you can just indicate number of meals @ RM1/meal. Since each student is given one book and one meal each, the funding is quite simple. Well-wishers need to just donate whatever amount which the Lord inspires in their hearts and respectively sponsor the number of students for both prasadam and books. Generally it is RM1 a book and RM1 a meal. For bigger books such as the Gita it will of course cost more. In any case please be an instrument in spreading the message of Lord Sri Krishna.  

Please view video and reports on our websites &

These Sastra Dana books scores have practically kept ISKCON Malaysia on the run as in previous years. It seems our congregational preaching department of ISKCON Malaysia will have to also include book distribution seminars to inspire more congregation members to distribute books. We have done a couple of leadership seminars which have won the hearts of our ISKCON Malaysia leaders. Many such leadership seminars will follow and we encourage more participants in the coming sessions. For now with 3 months left it will be nice for all leaders to take to heart Srila Prabhupada's instruction to distribute his books.

And now back to the subject. Please study the book scores and see for yourselves how the Sastra Dana programme has helped ISKCON Malaysia for the September month. With even just another 3 temples doing Sastra Dana for the coming 3 months we can easily double last years book distribution scores. The BBT party will be happy to assist in whichever way possible. 

From January to September we have distributed a total about 33,000 books. With just 3 months to go we will need to distribute about 4,000 books a month to match 2010 score.  In the year 2010 we distributed 43,031 books while in 2009 we distributed about 31,000 books. We may not be able to double our scores this year but we could at least distribute 10,000 books more than 2010 if we were to just push ourselves a little bit more and especially if we were to plan good strategies.  Try out the Sastra Dana in your local area. I am sure there are many souls who would like to assist with education programmes for students.


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