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  1. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Coffee
  2. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: The Joy of Aging- The Winter of Old Age
  3. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: The American Dream Only Works If You Are Asleep
  4. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Burn Up Some Karma
  5. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Concentration Camp
  6. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Udder Hypocrisy- Why Loving Your Dog Isn't Enough
  7. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: CREATING RESULTS AND WELL-BEING
  8. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Yumuna Lila Mataji
  9. Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: Godspeed to Steve Jobs
  10. Japa Group: Faithfully Performed With Enthusiasm
  11. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Poem for October 5
  12. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Selected Writings
  13. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Poem for Octo­ber 4
  14. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: 9/11- A Public Service Announcement
  15. Dandavats.com: Business for sale at Mayapur Iskcon
  16. Dandavats.com: Krsna would love to see you!
  17. Dandavats.com: Iskcon Moscow Temple in Big Crisis
  18. Dandavats.com: Balarama's Plow Graces Laurentian Mountains
  19. Dandavats.com: Article of Huffington Post about the Hare Krishnas and the Ratha-Yatra festivals
  20. Dandavats.com: A Student's Memories of Śrīmān Gopīparāṇadhana Prabhu
  21. Dandavats.com: Update of Simantini project
  22. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Eco-Pleasure- A Spiritual System to Take the Pressure off the Material System
  23. Dandavats.com: Bhakti Marga Swami
  24. Dandavats.com: A Tribute To Gopiparanadhan Prabhu
  25. Dandavats.com: Back To Godhead, or Back To Serve?
  26. Dandavats.com: SMIS Teenage Preachers Charm Kolkata
  27. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Casting a Different Light- Freud Was On To Something
  28. Dandavats.com: Inaguration of Jail Bhagavd Gita distribution and Study classes kicked off at a second location in South India
  29. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Do Scientists Pray?- Albert Einstein's Letter to Phyllis
  30. Dandavats.com: World Holy Name Week Report (Meerut)
  31. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: 100 DAYS OF HUMILITY
  32. Dandavats.com: The Sublimation Of Work
  33. Dandavats.com: Sivarama Swami book
  34. Dandavats.com: HH Candramauli Swami Vyasa'Puja 2o11 Live Broadcast at Mayapur@Tv channel 'Ljubljana'
  35. Dandavats.com: IT Tycoon receives Bhagavad Gita As It Is
  36. Book Distribution News: Real Success
  37. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: In the News: "Hare Krishna: The Rise in Krishna Consciousness"
  38. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
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  46. H.H. Sivarama Swami: Isvara Krsna inquires whether devotees should go to fortune tellers to know the challenges ahead of them
  47. ISKCON Desire Tree: Vaishnava Calender - Ramcandra Vijayotsava,Sri Madhvacarya-Appearance
  48. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Monday, October 3rd, 2011
  49. Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Tax Plan To Turn Old Buildings Green Finds Favor
  50. Japa Group: Please Join The Japa Group
  51. Kurma dasa, AU: A Seedy Business
  52. Gouranga TV: Harinam – Kirtan – Ratha Yatra – Woodstock 2011
  53. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Wednesday 5 October 2011--Transcendental to Nasty Weather--and--Krishna is Very Small or Very Large?
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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Coffee

Dr. Joe Esposito is an internationally leading nutritional researcher and lecturer on food nutrition and health. He has twenty-five years of experience that includes a corpus of publications, training seminars, and lectures designed to teach viable information on how to live a healthier lifestyle. The following is a transcription from a lecture he gave on the insidiousness of drinking coffee.

Coffee is an acid that robs your body of calcium. Not only does it enervate the body, but aside from cigarettes, it has more synthetic pesticides than any other product on the market today. In laymen's terms, drinking coffee is equivalent to sucking down lots of unhealthy pesticides. One study I read said that a cup of coffee has more synthetic pesticides than consuming non-organic fruits and vegetables for an entire year. By now you might be thinking to yourself, "But Dr. Joe, I don't drink regular coffee, I drink decaf." So what is harmful about decaf? Well, if you buy commercially decaffeinated coffee, often the coffee companies will use turpentine and formaldehyde to take the caffeine out. In fact, there is no such thing as decaffeinated coffee anymore. Decaf just means that it has less caffeine than the original brand. They take some out, and it is considered decaffeinated. In most cases, a regular coffee made at home is going to have less caffeine than a decaffeinated coffee from a fancy coffee shop. So, you might want to consider these facts before you make your next purchase. Why then do we drink it? Energy? Coffee does not give you energy, however. Coffee actually prevents you from relaxing. There are certain receptor sites in the body called denisen receptor sites. Denisen is an amino acid that calms you down. Caffeine blocks these receptor sites, pre-venting the body from absorbing the denisen. So how does your body respond? It makes more denisen receptor sites, and you end up drinking more caffeine. For example, you start out drinking half a cup, which increases to one cup, and then eventually to ten cups. Therefore, the body needs increasingly more caffeine to perform at the same level of energy as it did when you only consumed small amounts of coffee. I had a patient named Yogi who drank 27 cups of coffee a day. As a result of his addiction, he lost his business. He lost his family; he lost practically every-thing because he was wired on caffeine. By far, the number one drug in the world is caffeine, particularly in the form of coffee. A famous man once said, "Forgive them, for they know not what they do." So now you know; there are no more excuses.

The reason for which we print this publication is primarily to benefit our readers. We understand that we all share this same world. Thus, the better people we all become, better neighbors we will make. To properly perceive and understand the deep and complex truths about the wonderful creation, we need to have our minds and consciousness clear. Essentially, yoga is the path of truth lovers and seekers. Thus one of the important principles for serious yogis is to avoid intoxication. Intoxication pollutes the body and mind, skewing our perception. It hampers our ability to be objective. Intoxication melts down our resolution, determination to stay a course despite the possible difficulties encountered on the path to truth. Purity is the force. Coffee is an intoxicant.

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: The Joy of Aging- The Winter of Old Age

In the American culture, especially in southern California where physical appearance and beauty are highly valued, aging is not exactly something most people look forward to. Those who can afford to, sometimes undertake expensive procedures to attempt to maintain their bodies' youthful appearances, despite their inability to stop time or the aging process. Botox, hair dye, laser treatments, and face lifts are just some of the popular procedures in the ever expanding field of anti-aging. Why are we afraid to age? Why can't we let nature take its course without feeling anxiety?

The anxiety we feel as we age and come closer to life's end, may serve as a wake-up call that we are not using our time properly, and call us to take spiritual action. As we age, we face the reality of our mortality. In our twenties, it is easy to ignore the ticking of life's clock. We live for the moment and feel immortal. Later in life, we start to feel the limitations of the body, experiencing aches and pains, and decreased energy, strength, and endurance. We undergo the loss of loved ones. We look in the mirror and wonder where the twenty year old face we once had went. In a culture that emphasizes youth and beauty, such ex¬periences can be scary. We subsequently try to cling to our youth through these anti-aging treatments.

In comparison, other cultures embrace aging as a natural part of life. The Chinese, for example, are well known to revere and care for their elders. Gray hair is a sign of wisdom, not something to be ashamed of. As another example, Ayurvedic philosophy divides life into four stages compared to the seasons – the spring of youth, summer of young adulthood, autumn of older adulthood, and winter of old age. Although spring and summer are warm, flourishing, and pleasurable, winter also serves its purpose and has its beauty. Similarly, although youth and early adulthood are joyful, productive times, slowing down in the winter of old age serves a valuable purpose and is to be embraced, not feared.

Spiritual realization is the goal of life in Vedic and Ayurvedic cultures, and one is taught from a young age onward that the body is a vehicle for the soul – a vehicle that when used properly, can drive one to the destination of self-realization. In such a culture, striving to maintain the external youthfulness of a naturally aging body would seem unnecessary or even folly, because the focus is on the ever youthful, eternal spirit. The human body is a sacred gift. The human mind is capable of deep thought, questioning, philosophizing, and reflecting, unlike the minds of the animals. We can seek the purpose of life, and become conscious of our relationship with God. One should cultivate spiritual practice through all life stages, but old age is a time to focus more exclusively on turning inward. After retiring from the busy life of earning a living, one has more time for introspection, reflection, and meditation. Another important task of elders is to share wisdom learned throughout life with the younger generations (if they will listen).

In cultures that teach their youth to value and accept the aging process, peo¬ple are not so bewildered when signs of aging appear. Each new wrinkle and gray hair can be seen as sacred reminders to use time wisely and focus on the spirit. A spiritually prepared person can walk bravely into the winter season. In the winter, we don't pretend that it is hot and jump into the cool sea. We put on a coat and sit by the fire. Similarly, in the winter of old age we should not attempt to act like we are twenty, reliving spring and summer, or trying to reverse the aging process. Rather we should be prepared, put on the protective winter coat of our spiritual practice, and experience the joy of aging. Instead of using laser treatment to counteract the aging process, try some pure spiritual mantra chanting to awaken your eternal self – the soul which never ages or wrinkles.

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: The American Dream Only Works If You Are Asleep

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Burn Up Some Karma

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Concentration Camp

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Udder Hypocrisy- Why Loving Your Dog Isn't Enough

I'm a sophomore in college and it is the first day of my writing course, which focuses on animal rights. The instructor proposes a really interesting scenario for us all. He asks how we would react if a race of aliens, with IQ's vastly outweighing humans', came to Earth. Further, what if they rounded up the entire human population and put them in concentration camp-like spaces? In this way they could easily manufacture human flesh for the consumption of their fellow aliens. Upon hearing this it was clear the instructor was elucidating the treatment of animals in factory farms. He was questioning the ethical validity of such treatment by putting it into a more emotionally salient scenario, and of course the entire class felt the aliens’ treatment unethical. And I think most people would also agree.

After all, isn't it common sense to treat others how you want to be treated? Yet for some, this means eating a juicy steak and then cuddling up with your dog Sparky, who is treated more lavishly than even some children in third world countries.

So, what is the real basis which determines who should be on the receiving end of ethical, compassionate treatment? Why is it that some are treated lovingly while others are exploited? It is a question of vision.

The Bhagavad-Gita, a sacred Indian text, describes: "The humble sage, by virtue of true knowledge, sees with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog and an outcaste." In other words, a person is truly situated in knowledge when they can see the unifying thread between every living being. Whether they are a scholar or a dog, rich or poor, Christian or Islamic—such a person exhibits equal, loving compassion towards them all.
This philosophy reaches far beyond just the treatment of animals in factory farms, but should expand toward all living beings we come into contact with. This unifying thread is the sacred spark of divinity that is inherent in all living beings. And in order to perceive this animating force or spiritual essence in others, we first have to recognize it in ourselves.
We hear through our ears, taste through our tongue, see through our eyes and think with our brains. Yet, we should not identify ourselves as an ear, tongue, eye or even a brain. Rather, we should recognize ourselves as the witness of thought and of the interplay between the senses and the sense objects. That witness is termed in the Bhagavad-Gita as atma, or the soul, which is a part of the Divine. And although from an external perspective a cow's body largely differs from a human's, the soul is still of the same quality. Just as a man in a Rolls Royce thinks "I am important," while a man in some beat up pick-up thinks, "I am poor", but both of the men are equal as they are human beings. Yet, it is the false identification with their designated car that creates the inequality between them. Therefore, it is bodily vision which is the basis of all forms of inequality and unethical treatment in the world today.

Compassion is a valued feature amongst cultured individuals. But eating cows, pigs, and chickens and then taking your dog for a walk in the park does not show compassion. Loving only your family, yet hating your co-workers, neighbors or others in a different social or ethnic class is not love. Compassion and love are not conditional; rather, they expand the feeling of unity—the feeling of camaraderie amongst all life forms. Only this type of loving compassion, which is unmotivated by selfish desires, can positively affect the mistreatment of animals and humans alike.

I invite readers to consider a solution for unethical treatment that is alternative to methods such as political intervention. For even man-made laws are subject to change in this world. Instead, I encourage the cultivation of spiritual vision; vision that recognizes the eternal nature of every life. This is the beginning of self-realization; knowing our identity as spirit souls. The same spark of consciousness that blazes within every other living entity comes from one common Source. If you look around you, there is no real lasting equality on the material platform because everything is constantly changing and transforming. There can only be equality on the spiritual platform. With this understanding of our spiritual identity, we can begin to think of universal brotherhood and go even deeper, properly executing real loving compassion to all living beings.

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Many people share with us their experience of being out
of control, constantly rushing to catch up with themselves
and getting lost in a set of future goals. The
attempt to juggle the different parts of their life in a
frantic quest for some tranquillity and equilibrium leaves
them exhausted. Stress levels are high, tempers are short,
there is no white space in the calendar and time appears
to be running out. Clients report how they struggle to get
to the finishing line late on a Friday evening. They then
experience the wrath of their partner's frustration as they
collapse for most of the weekend. When Sunday evening
arrives, they desperately try to catch up with what wasn't
covered in the previous week, only to start up all over
again on Monday morning.

As Madeleine Bunting writes in Willing Slaves: How
the Overwork Culture is Ruling Our Lives, 'Thinkers
predicted that the 21st century would be an Age of
Leisure; in the 1970s increasing automation even led
policy-makers and politicians to worry about how
people would usefully fill their time. For some, this
dawning era promised abundant opportunities for
human beings to reach their full potential. We would
finally be freed from long oppressive hours of toil.
Marx's dream of society reaching a point where people
could spend the morning thinking and the afternoon
fishing would be within reach of us all. It never
happened. Quite the contrary: the historic decline in
working hours has gone into reverse in the past two

A 2003 report by the Health and Safety Laboratory
revealed that the UK workforce works some of the longest
hours in Europe; on average a total of 44.7 hours a week,
and that 11 per cent of people in the UK work 49–60 hours
per week. In the United States it's even more extreme. A
report by the International Labour Organisation stated
that employees work nearly 2,000 hours per capita per
year. Attempts to overcome this phenomenon have
resulted in a surge of interest in achieving a work–life
balance. In 2002, a survey carried out by the Department
of Trade and Industry's Work–Life Balance Campaign and
Management Today revealed that one in five workers want
a better work–life balance.

In the midst of this dilemma, coaching provides an
opportunity for people to look at the balance between
achieving results and well-being. The majority want
both; great achievements, and to feel good. Yet this is a
difficult balance to navigate. Coaching helps to assess
whether the price of our work–life strategy is worth the
return. This does not imply that coaching leads to armies
of people riding off into the sunset to grow mangel
wurzels in the Outer Hebrides. What it does mean is that
people can constantly monitor their progress, make
adjustments when required and ensure that they are
successful and stay sane!

SUPERCOACHING by Graham Alexander and Ben Renshaw

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Yumuna Lila Mataji

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.10 - Sripad Madhvacarya appearance day

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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: Godspeed to Steve Jobs

Today, Steve Jobs passed on. As many of you know, Steve had come in contact with Krishna consciousness in his younger days through Prasadam. He had the opportunity of Krishna's mercy and He also went to India and is believed to have chanted the Hare Krishna maha mantra.

In the secular world, obviously Steve Jobs is a high profile figure. However, I would like to wish him and pray for him (spiritually speaking) so he can continue his spiritual journey towards Krishna so one day he goes back home back to Godhead.

Godspeed to you Steve for your spiritual journey. May Krishna protect you where ever you are.

Hare Krishna

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Japa Group: Faithfully Performed With Enthusiasm

Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī therefore recommends, tat-tat-karma-pravartanāt: "One must strictly follow the regulative principles of vaidhī bhakti." In addition to these four prohibitions (yama), there are positive regulative principles (niyama), such as the daily chanting of sixteen rounds on japa-mālā beads. These regulative activities must be faithfully performed with enthusiasm. This is called tat-tat-karma-pravartana, or varied engagement in devotional service.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Poem for October 5

4:44  A.M. Poem for October 5 The Lord ordered all the citizens of Navadvipa to chant the Hare Krishna mantra and in each and every house they began performing sankirtana regularly. Hearing the resounding vibration of the Hare Krishna mantra, the local Muslims, greatly angry, submitted complaints to the kazi. Chand Kazi angrily came to [...]

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

From Spiritualized Dictionary "noble"'1. a. Of a person: possessing outstanding qualities (as of eminence, dignity); ILLUSTRIOUS. 2. Having the power of transmitting some recognized pre-eminence founded on hereditary succession, of high birth or of exalted rank, belonging to, or constituting the nobility; ARISTOCRATIC 3. a. A possessing very high or excellent qualities or properties. b. [...]

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Poem for Octo­ber 4

4:29  A.M.   Poem for October 4 When a student interpreted the holy name as a prayer of exaggeration, the Lord, greatly unhappy, warned everyone not to see the student's face henceforward. One day the Lord sowed a mango seed in the ground and immediately the seed fructified into a tree and began to grow. [...]

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: 9/11- A Public Service Announcement

Our calendars recently marked the ten year anniversary of one of the most abominable and despicable incidents in recent US history.

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about the 9/11 conspiracy theory in under five minutes… On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 men armed with carpet-cutters directed by a man on dialysis in a cave fortress halfway around the world, using a satellite phone and a laptop, directed the most sophisticated penetration of the most heavily-defended airspace in the world. They overpowered the passengers and the military combat trained pilots on four commercial aircrafts before flying those planes wildly off course for over an hour, without being molested by a single fighter interceptor. These 19 hijackers, devout religious fundamentalists who liked to drink alcohol, snort cocaine, and live with pink-haired strippers, managed to knock down three buildings with two planes in New York. Meanwhile in Washington, a pilot who could not handle a single engine Cessna, was able to fly a 757 airplane, make a 270 degree corkscrew turn, and descend 8,000 feet to come exactly level with the ground. The pilot then hit the budget analysis office of the Pentagon, where Department of Defense staffers were working on the mystery of the 2.3 trillion dollars that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had announced "missing" from the Pentagon's coffers in a press conference the day before – September 10, 2001. Luckily, the news anchors knew who did it within minutes (Osama), the pundits knew within hours (Osama), the Administration knew within the day (Osama), and the evidence literally fell into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) lap – the passport of one of the hijackers was found blocks from the World Trade Center crash site. For some reason though, a bunch of crazy conspiracy theorists demanded an investigation into the greatest attack on American soil in history. The investigation was delayed, underfunded, set up to fail, a conflict of interest, and a cover up from start to finish. It was based on testimony extracted through torture, and the records were later destroyed. It failed to mention the existence of WTC2, Able Danger, Ptech, Sibel Edmonds, and the OBI; not to mention the drills of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which simulated hijacked aircrafts being flown into buildings at the precise time that these events were actually happening. The investigation was lied to by the Pentagon, the CIA, and the Bush Administration. And as for Bush and Cheney themselves … well, no one knows what they said because they testified in secret, off the record, not under oath, and behind closed doors. They did not bother to look at who funded the attacks because that question was of "little practical significance". Still, the 9/11 Commission did brilliantly, answering all of the questions the public had (except most of the questions from the victims' families) and pinned blame on all the people responsible (although no one so much as lost their job). They determined the attacks were "a failure of imagination" because "I don't think anyone could envision flying airplanes into buildings" said Mr. Bush. However, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) were all aware of this potential threat.

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) destroyed 2.5 TB of data on Able Danger, but that is okay because it probably wasn't important.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) destroyed their records on the investigation into the insider trading before the attacks, but that is okay because destroying the records of the largest investigation in SEC history is just part of routine record keeping.

National Institute of Standards and Technology has classified the data that they used for their model of WTC2's collapse, but that is okay because knowing how they made their model of that collapse would jeopardize public safety".
The FBI has argued that all material related to their investigation of 9/11 should be kept secret from the public, but that's fine because the FBI probably has nothing to hide.

Osama Bin Laden lived in a cave fortress in the hills of Afghanistan, but somehow got away. Then he was hiding out in Tora Bora, but somehow got away. Then he lived in Abottabad for years, taunting the most comprehensive intelligence dragnet, which employed the most sophisticated technology in the history of the world for 10 years. Furthermore, he released video after video with complete impunity (becoming younger and younger in the footage as he did so), until finally he was found in a daring SEAL team raid, which was not recorded on video.

During the raid, he did not resist or use his wife as a human shield. These crack special forces operatives panicked and killed this unarmed man, supposedly the best source of intelligence about those dastardly terrorists on the planet. Then they dumped his body in the ocean before telling anyone about it. Then a couple dozen of that team's members died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

This is the story of 9/11 brought to you by the media, which told you the hard truths about JFK, mobile production facilities, incubator babies, and the rescue of Jessica Lynch.

If you have any questions about this story, you are a bat shit, paranoid, tinfoil, dog-abusing baby-hater, and will be reviled by everyone. If you love your country and/or freedom, happiness, rainbows, rock and roll, puppy dogs, apple pie, and your grandma … then you will never, ever express doubts about any part of this story to anyone. Ever.
This has been a public service announcement by: the Friends of the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, DIA, SEC, Mainstream Media (MSM), the White House, NIST, and the 9/11 Commission.

Because Ignorance is Strength.

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Dandavats.com: Business for sale at Mayapur Iskcon

Vaisnava_tkg: Vaisnava_tkg: Dear Prabhus, and Prabhujis Pamho agtSP If anyone want to live in Mayapur and at the same time have an income, then the opportunity is there for someone. As we are not returning to Mayapur soon, we have decide to sale the business, and give the opportunity for someone to have an income

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Dandavats.com: Krsna would love to see you!

Murari Sevaka: Chanting - Music - Feast A Govardhana Puja Festival Presented By Murari Sevaka - Mulberry, TN Mark Your Calendar: Sunday October 30th Starting at Noon

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Dandavats.com: Iskcon Moscow Temple in Big Crisis

Jaya Madhava Das: The Moscow Iskcon Temple has given notice to vacate the land originally given too them by the North Admin. Government of Moscow Region as a replacement home, when the Bhagavaya Temple Location was destroyed by officials to build Office/Apartment's in 2004 The current location in Dinamo is now in real jeopardy

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Dandavats.com: Balarama's Plow Graces Laurentian Mountains

By Bhakti Raghava Swami

"Balarama represents plowing the land for agriculture and therefore always carries in His hand a plow, whereas Krishna tends cows and therefore carries a flute in His hand. Thus the two brothers represent krisi-raksya and go-raksya."

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Dandavats.com: Article of Huffington Post about the Hare Krishnas and the Ratha-Yatra festivals

By Keshava dasa

The Canadian iteration of the Huffington Post recently posted an article about the Hare Krishnas and the Ratha-Yatra festivals, focusing on Toronto's festival. We thought it might of some interest for Dandavats readers

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Dandavats.com: A Student's Memories of Śrīmān Gopīparāṇadhana Prabhu

By Kiśora Dāsa

Is it really true that my teacher and hero has left us? I am still waiting that someone would wake me up and tell me that everything is all right and that it was just a bad dream. While waiting, I try to console my greaving heart with memories

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Dandavats.com: Update of Simantini project

By Pankajanghri das

The beautiful deity of Lord Chaitanya along with the deity of Simantini, Goddess of Simantadvipa, have arrived and are waiting to move into Their new temple behind the existing Jagannath Temple in Rajapur. The temple structure is complete and inside the finishing work is underway. The external cladding in terracotta has resumed after pausing for the rainy season. The installation is planned to take place during the Gaur Purnima celebrations in 2012

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Eco-Pleasure- A Spiritual System to Take the Pressure off the Material System

Having found ourselves in the abyss of an ecological tragedy contrived several generations prior, the current inheritors of the Earth are inclined to a moment of solemn reflection in which we wonder, "Am I really responsible?" It seems that the initial cause of this catastrophe dates back to a time well beyond our influence, and its solution, should there ever be one, would not really manifest until well into the future… How are the young people of today expected to feel about this mess? According to Al Gore and his article "A Climate of Denial", published in Rolling Stone magazine, June 22, 2011, we're expected (albeit by our well-wishing corporate overlords) to deny it, or at least feel helpless and hopeless, because it is what is best for business. Indeed, "green" is the new black, and the latest trend in self-indulgent

buy • ology (n.) 1)  The science of shopping green. 2) The science of continuing to be a shop-o-maniac while lying to yourself that you are environmentally friendly just because you are not totally and outright trashing the environment. 3) The urge to consume, purchase, buy, or own.

consumerism. It seems there are a few things we can always depend on even during a period of deadly environmental instability: that the general population is determined to purchase whatever meager sensual stimulation is available in the market, regardless of ominous self-destruction, and that determination is matched by the enterprises of clever capitalists who are always willing and able to fill the need for self-righteous greed. Thus, an astounding array of "green" products fills your home and fills your heart with solemn promises to reduce the detrimental impact on the environment, and your guilty conscience… But while the average punters may feel peace of mind, confident in their conscientious purchasing power, the saner section of society knows that this convenient ruse can hardly evade the crisis at hand: that modern humans (particularly those who live in first-world, industrialized nations) are habituated to reckless consumption and selfishness. I hesitate to repeat the usual depressing statistics for fear of making us more desensitized. Still, just to remind everyone of the carnage, here are a few extraordinary figures. According to the World Watch Institute, 12 percent of the world's population lives in North America and Western Europe and accounts for 60 percent of private consumption spending, but a third of humanity that lives in South Asia and sub Saharan Africa accounts for only 3.2 percent. The Sierra Club testifies that the average American buys 53 times as many products as someone in China and that one American’s consumption of resources is equivalent to that of 35 Indians. They say that over a lifetime, the typical American will create 13 times the amount of environmental damage as the average Brazilian. As for plastics, the world’s annual consumption of plastic materials has increased from around 5 million tons in the 1950s to nearly 100 million tons today, so says Waste Online, a UK watchdog. What about water? To grow a pound of wheat requires around 130 gallons of water. For meat, depending on the type – multiply that by five to ten times. Considering that the average American eats about 230 pounds of meat and poultry each year, it takes approximately 300,000 gallons of water each year just to sustain one person's carnivorous diet. Perhaps electronic waste is the most embarrassing. The United States Environ-ment Protection Agency reports that, in the year 2008, over 3 million tons of "e-waste" was disposed of in the USA alone. That's about 30 million televisions, 200 million computer parts, and 140 million cell phones – most of which contain insoluble and hazardous materials. Meanwhile, half of the world's population lives on less than two dollars each day…

What's an honest person to do? Sever all dependency on excessive materialism haphazardly? History has shown, as in the case of liquor prohibitions, austerity budgets and abstinence campaigns, that mere abnegation is unsustainable because of a primeval urge which impels us to seek happiness even amidst impossible circumstances. Lord Krishna characterizes this condition in His Bhagavad-Gita:

"Though the embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagement by experiencing a higher taste, one is fixed in consciousness."

Intelligent persons, who aren't blinded by the glitter of mass-produced fantasies, recognize that pleasure is not produced by the coupling of inorganic objects with their organic counterparts; rather, it is the inclination of the soul – which is frequently, though not necessarily, expressed through the medium of a physical body. Nor does a wise person look for solace in the difficult act of restraining the senses from their respective stimuli, whether by a willing personal endeavor or forced by worldwide economic instability. The fact of the matter is that people will seek pleasure despite diminishing vital resources and even at the expense of moral and social principles.

To remedy this insanity, people should seek to revitalize a culture of non-material pleasure, nourished by an ever-increasing and all-inclusive spiritual experience.

Genuine spiritual experience is not like the limited resources we're so familiar with in the material world: The more oil your country has, the less oil my country has. You're enjoying more wealth so someone else inevitably has less. Rather, spiritual pleasure is distinct from its material counterpart in one very convenient way – the more it's tapped into, the more it increases! The more I pray, chant, meditate, et cetera, the more the spiritual supply increases and becomes available for others. By the mass distribution of this technology, the pressure will be taken off of our scant material resources because people will naturally seek satisfaction in a dimension which is unlimited.

Spiritual connoisseurs are in high demand and the marketplace is ready for them to share their wealth. Who wants to capitalize on this opportunity? Simultaneously, the current trend of materialism is blindly leading humanity towards dismal consequences. Who is ready to take responsibility?

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Dandavats.com: Bhakti Marga Swami

By Bhakta Jeff

My name is Bhakta Jeff. I was recently travelling with Bhakti Marga Swami as he began his fourth walk across Canada. Maharaja wanted me to send in all the different news coverage that he got so I am attaching it

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Dandavats.com: A Tribute To Gopiparanadhan Prabhu

By Radhanath Swami

I am beside myself with grief and am speechless while trying to digest the reality that His Grace Gopiparanadhana Prabhu has been taken away by Krishna. Krishna's plan is always perfect but when it manifests in the passing away of such an intimate, loving Godbrother as Gopiparanadhana Prabhu it is painful. But our solace is in our deep confidence that he has attained the ultimate perfection of life, entrance into Radha Giridhari's eternal lila

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Dandavats.com: Back To Godhead, or Back To Serve?

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

If a devotee were to ask, "Please bless me so that I'll never take birth again in this horrible material world," would this be asking for some kind of liberation? Hundreds of times, Srila Prabhupada encouraged us to "Go Back home, back to Godhead." Would it be a form of boldness or naiveté to desire to come back to this world and serve by preaching?

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Dandavats.com: SMIS Teenage Preachers Charm Kolkata

By Mayapur.com

This trip, which was an award to our senior girls who have been outstanding in their personal sadhana this term, turned out to be an amazing preaching experience which left all who participated in it feeling more spiritually exhilarated than they had ever imagined

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Casting a Different Light- Freud Was On To Something

Anyone who has taken a psychology course has heard of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. These two influential psychologists set the foundation for modern psychology, and looked deeply into metaphysical nature in their studies of the paranormal and reincarnation. Ancient India’s Vedic knowledge also draws many striking parallels…


A primordial swamp of sexually charged soup that Sigmund Freud called “psychoanalysis” was the beginning of popular psychology. This seething cauldron of repression, guilt, and daddy issues has since its inception been the platform by which, either through edification or denunciation, all other personality theories are measured.

Freud propounded the idea that the cause of behavior for any given human is largely unbeknownst to that individual. Freud saw that we wander through life stabbing in the proverbial dark; and for what, we are really not sure – but Freud was. Sex. Freud defined the 'id' as an underlying primitive sexual impulse; man’s motor as Sigmund defined it. As he explains, the id is single purposed, "only striving to bring about the satisfaction of the instinctual needs subject to the observance of the pleasure principle."

In stark contrast to the id stands the 'super-ego', essentially a giant buzz kill, which imposes upon us feelings of guilt, shame, and remorse for getting our sensual jollies. This influence develops from habitual interaction with parents, and then is supplemented by teachers, bosses, meter maids, and the rest.

Sandwiched uncomfortably between these two extremes is the 'ego', which serves the id by maintaining the appearance of decorum. If the whole world knows you are only in it for yourself, no one will ever let you get close enough to take anything. So by maintaining the auspice of morality, the ego lulls our environment into a false security in order to preserve our sense enjoyment. See American History for a more detailed explanation of this principle. As Freud saw it, all behaviors are caused by our repressed sexual urges. The good doctor laments, "Much of our highly valued cultural heritage has been acquired at the cost of sexuality."

Srila Prabhupada, Founder of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), confirmed Freud's theories in a conversation about the philosopher/psychologist. Prabhupada said that "as soon as there is an embodied living being he must have hunger, he must have sex impulse." In fact, Prabhupada’s impetus for founding ISKCON, and encouraging the chanting of Hare Krishna around the world was to free man of a ‘cat and dog society’ built around sex desire. The structures of the super-ego are losing out to the collective cravings of the id. We can all agree on this point, including Prabhupada and Freud. Being 'googoo for GaGa' or not, the knowledge of her existence makes our use of the word ‘society’ dubious at best.

The Vedas, India’s ancient spiritual canon, and Prabhupada’s own source for knowledge warned of this degradation years ago. In Canto 12 of the Srimad Bhagavatam, titled ‘The Age of Deterioration’, it is explained that our time in history will be a depraved one. It says, "wealth alone will be considered the sign of a man’s good birth, proper behavior and fine qualities. And law and justice will be applied only on the basis of one’s power." The text goes on to say, "Men and women will live together merely because of superficial attraction, and success in business will depend on deceit. Womanliness and manliness will be judged according to one’s expertise in sex …."

So by the Vedic standard Freud was on to something. He offered few solutions though, and the inability of his therapies to produce any positive effects has left his reputation on thin ice in today’s Prozac world. One commentator writes, “even applying his own indulgent criteria, with no allowance for placebo factors and no systematic follow-up to check for relapses, Freud was unable to document a single unambiguously efficacious treatment".

So intuitively Freud’s conclusions seem right, though his methodology was dicey. He also, as our critic points out, offers no tangible solutions. The Vedas offer a sophisticated structure for human society that is meant to harness and dovetail this latent sex desire in order to advance each individual's consciousness. Through a miraculously intuitive process of speculation and soul searching, one of Freud's protegé's, Carl Jung, was able to do the same.

Carl Jung (that’s Jung like Brigham) is a man whose work is the true foundation of all substantive personality theory today. He also happened to be for some time a student of Dr. Freud. Jung had this to say about his guru, "Sexuality evidently meant more to Freud than to other people. For him it was something to be religiously observed."

The more sophisticated Jung did appreciate his teacher's explanation of the apparently erratic actions of humans as symptoms of each individual's ‘subconscious’. Spring boarding of this theory, Jung wrote his prescient book “Psychologische Typen” (Psychological Types). The Swiss man asserts that there are two ways in which the mind could be working at any given moment, either taking in information or processing information already obtained. Both of these functions could be done in two ways. One could take in, or as Jung called it ‘perceive’ information either by sensing or intuiting. Then, one could process, or as Jung noted humans do, ‘judge’, the information by thinking or feeling.

Srila Prabhupada


This hodge-podge of possible packages could then be wrapped in an extroverted or introverted mood, rounding out our system, and creating eight possible types as Jung saw them. These types give a clearer explanation for the way different id’s, ego’s and false ego’s dance together. Jung addressed more of the how than the why and became famous for it.

Carl Jung

Though Freud’s work of establishing sex as a driving factor in human behavior was essential, Jung’s elaborate explanation of the mental tango between super-ego, ego, and id gave psychologists and lay people alike a way to understand themselves more completely. This is the intention of the varnasrama system offered in the Vedas. By understanding the four classes, or we might say ‘types’, society can curtail the counter-productive ‘tale chasing’ we might otherwise revert back to, and instead elevate our consciousness by engaging in service conducive to our mood.

Sigmund Freud

It is true Jung’s original work had 8 types, but only the indebted servants of graduate level psychology degree programs know of them. The common understanding of psychological types has been narrowed to mirror the varnasrama system thanks to a few more white people we will briefly discuss below.

Indeed, ‘Typen’ was an eso’terrifying monster of a work. For a public understanding of Jung we can partially thank two American women, Isabell-Briggs Myers and her mother Katharine Cook Briggs, whom according to their web-site (www.myersbriggs.org) "set out to find an easier way for people to use Jung's ideas in everyday life." These kind women "wanted people to be able to identify their psychological types without having to sift through Jung's academic theory.” Proving that one’s consciousness can have its cake and eat it too, these ladies standardized Jung's work by developing a set of questions that indicate where on the scale of taking in and organizing information one falls.

But the cherry on top of this neuro-Neapolitan sundae came in 1984 when David Keirsey published his book Please Understand Me II. In doing so, he provided the most accessible version of Jung’s work. Used by everyone from McDonalds to the United States Army, over 40 million people have been ‘sorted’ into one of Keirsey’s four types. By knowing whether one is an idealist, rational, artisan, or guardian, Keirsey claims that ‘The more you know about yourself, your strengths, your dreams, and your options, the better choices you can make.’

One might ask the question, ‘why do we have such a hard time knowing about us in the first place?’ Jung posits, "the attitude-type regarded as a general phenomenon having an apparent random distribution, can be no affair of conscious judgment or intention, its existence must be due to some unconscious instinctive cause. Therefore, the contrast of types as a universal psychological phenomenon must in some way or other have its biological precursor."

Jung’s explanation of ‘biological precursors’ is affirmed in the Bhagavad Gita, a seminal text within the Vedic canon. Krishna explains in the Gita, "Everyone is forced to act helplessly according to the qualities he has acquired from the modes of material nature[…]". Indeed, most people do seem to have their lives planned out for them whether they would like it that way or not. What Jung called ‘biological precursors’, Krishna calls ‘modes of material nature’. What Krishna goes on to explain is that though afflicted by the material nature, people are actually spiritual beings.

The mind can work in two ways at any moment, either taking in information or processing information already obtained.

The Gita is a conversation between Krishna, or God, and a great king. The subject of this dialogue addresses the very ills Freud, Jung, Keirsey, and the rest speculate to assuage: mainly human kind's enslavement by sentimental sensuality.

As spiritual beings trapped in a material body, we are like Red Sox fans living in Manhattan.

Jung himself, especially in his later years, wrote openly about his realization that humans are of a spiritual nature, and that the soul is something distinct from the body. Though Jung was, as far as we can tell, relying only on his own intuition, he perceived that the laws governing the transcendent soul, specifically karma and reincarnation, are ever-present. It began to dawn on Jung in his later years that the accumulated experiences of past lives by a given soul were responsible for latent subconscious behavior patterns. He commented that "I can only gaze with wonder and awe at the depths and heights of our psychic nature. Its non-spatial universe conceals an untold abundance of images which have accumulated over millions of years." So if these images and traits have been accumulating for millions of years, why is it that we only seem to remember the experiences of this life? God says to Arjuna in the fourth chapter of Gita, "Many, many births both you and I have passed. I can remember all of them, but you cannot …." As souls, we are drops in the ocean of the cosmic manifestation, tiny parts of an enormous whole. Most people have difficulty remembering to mail back their Netflix, what to speak of recalling previous lives. So what is a soul to do? As good Americans, we will say ‘whatever you want’. A comparison of the four Keirsey Temperaments alongside the four classes within the varnashrama system will help us weigh our options. The Vedic texts explain the society as a whole by using the metaphor of an individual's body. The four classes (brahmana, kshatriya, vaishya, and sudra) make up the head, hands, stomach, and legs, respectively. The Keirsey parallels are idealists, rationales, artisans, and guardians. The Vedas posit that the goal of human life is liberation from the material world. A person studying and progressing in the yoga systems ascribed in the Vedas endeavors to reach the highest system of bhakti yoga, by which they can rekindle their own exclusive relationship with God. Per our example, you might say a bhakti yogi wants to put on their brightest red, head back to Fenway, and cheer with uncontrollable fervor in the glorious shadow of the Big Green Monster forever more. Conversely, while still being a Red Sox fan, it can be assumed someone more interested in their Keirsey temperament is simply trying to find a Jeter jersey that fits them. Take the brahmanas and idealists for instance. Brahmanas, in the Vedic system, are meant to uphold the highest standards of morality and justice. They see the essence of each individual as a spirit soul and for that reason can respect all members of society, and the contribution they have to share. The Keirsey explanation of an idealist’s mood is a natural parallel that says the "idealists pride themselves on being loving, kindhearted, and authentic. Idealists tend to be giving, trusting, spiritual, and they are focused on personal journeys and human potentials." In the Keirsey paradigm, teachers and counselors are two different sub-categories of idealist. In the Vedic system, brahmanas are the ‘head’, and are meant to guide the rest of the body on how best to act. Similarly, kshatriya means ‘warrior’ and Keirsey's rationals are often referred to as ‘field marshals.’

“According to the three modes of material nature, the four divisions of human society are created by Me.”

Kshatriyas are meant to be the pragmatists that implement the lofty ideals of the brahmanas, and rationals are characterized as individuals best suited for strategic planning and long term organizational leadership. The sudra and vaishya classes, said to be more controlled by the senses, are matched by their analogs. Like their aforementioned counterparts, Keirsey explains guardians and artisans take in information more so with the five senses than by intuition. Vaishyas are the business people of the Vedic system, responsible for making sure the society has adequate material goods, and they distribute these goods evenly to ensure the proper functioning of society. Keirsey calls artisans passionate "about the ‘art of the deal’ in business." Here, in a comparison of these two ‘Typen’s', we can see the stark difference between the system offered in the Vedas, and all other personality theories. Vaishyas have a purpose in Vedic society, and their abilities to craft a deal are checked by the kshatriyas and brahmanas who serve that purpose. Another well known western psycho-philosopher, Maslow, explained with his hierarchy of needs that food, water, shelter, et cetera, must all be secured by an individual before he can begin the process of self-actualization. So the Vedic varnashrama system engages vaishyas to use their talents as businessmen in the service of providing everyone with these basic necessities. Thus freed from animalistic anxieties generated by wondering ‘what's for dinner’, a person is free to pontificate on the higher reality of things. In the Keirsey paradigm, which is simply a tool affirming Western materialism, vaishyas are expected, and in fact, encouraged to get what they can by any means, with no regard to how their actions affect others. Donald Trump is an archetypal artisan that the Keirsey sight makes note of. Enough said?

God says in the Gita that "According to the three modes of material nature and the work associated with them, the four divisions of human society are created by Me." God's goal is that we use our free will to realize our eternal relationship with Him. Yet, like a fourth grader could not be expected to pass a test on derivatives, so too a person with a bodily state of conscious cannot be expected to realize his position as an eternal spiritual soul overnight. So God has made nice divisions within society to help each of us gradually ascend to the highest levels of realization. It is a fair criticism to mention that the class system of the Vedas is implemented as the caste system of India, and causes arguably more suffering than the gross materialism of the West. This is an article about archetypes though, and such discussions are befitting an article of their own.

For now we will note that some, like Donald Trump, might say that the raising of enormous sky scrapers is what life is all about, but another famous artisan once sang that ‘castles made of sand, fall in the sea'; and so Krishna says you will come ‘to Me’…eventually.

Which of the four "Typen" are you?

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Dandavats.com: Inaguration of Jail Bhagavd Gita distribution and Study classes kicked off at a second location in South India

By Balram krishna dasa

After the first one at Thrissur on the 29thSeptember, 2011, ISKCON Vidyadan's second program of Free Bhagavad Gita distribution took off at Kannur in Kerala, India. The inauguration was done by the Prison Superintendent Mr. Sivadasan Thyparampil by lighting the lamp. There were more than 120 inmates who attended the function along with Prison Welfare Officer Mr Mukesh and other senior jail officials

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Do Scientists Pray?- Albert Einstein's Letter to Phyllis

On January 24, 1936, Albert Einstein wrote the following letter to a sixth-grade student, Phyllis Wright, in response to her question as to whether scientists pray, and if so, what they pray for.

Dear Phyllis,

I have tried to respond to your question as simply as I could. Here is my answer.

Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of nature, and therefore this holds for the actions of people.

For this reason, a research scientist will hardly be inclined to believe that events could be influenced by a prayer, i.e., by a wish addressed to a supernatural being.

However, it must be admitted that our actual knowledge of the laws is only imperfect and fragmentary, so that, actually, the belief in the existence of basic all-embracing laws in Nature also rests on a sort of faith.

All the same this faith has been largely justified so far by the success of scientific research.

But, on the other hand, everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe – a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is indeed quite different from the religiosity of someone more naïve.

I hope this answers your question.

Best wishes,

Albert Einstein


The above letter by Albert Einstein gives a simplistic explanation of scientific research. He explains that research or science is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by the laws of nature.

A law implies systematic function over time. A systematic function indicates a system, which also indicates structure. A structure indicates hierarchy of order or cross-functioning relationships, and these relationships operate on intelligence. Therefore, by Einstein's own words, he implies that there is a higher intelligence governing the systematic laws of nature. The scientists, however, are only interested in understanding how the laws function and are not concerned with the system behind the laws.

To give a crude analogy, it is like when someone is interested in the laws concerning driving, but not so much interested with the department of transportation that creates and implements those laws. In one sense, one does not need to know the department to understand the law. However, such an understanding is incomplete.

Unless one comprehends the functions and systems of a body of governance, it is very difficult to not only manipulate the laws completely and perfectly, but to interpret them correctly as well. In other words, incomplete and imperfect understanding of a law can lead to a system's malfunction (disorder), thereby defeating the original purpose of the law, viz. to create order.

Einstein in his letter admits to the imperfect and fragmentary knowledge base of the scientific community. What he does not say is that this imperfect learning can do more harm than good. We are now beginning to realize the dangers of imperfect knowledge. For example, the issues of global warming, environmental pollution, species extinction, cross pollination of diseases between humans and animals, the gradual degradation of social and cultural ethos that debase human society to mere animal propensities, et cetera, all indicate disorders or system malfunctions. The very laws that were created to help humankind are actually causing harm. Einstein, revealing his true intellectual genius, admits the limitations and also writes that one who is serious about scientific knowledge is convinced of a Great Spirit above the laws of nature. He is implying that there is an intelligence beyond our own. Accepting this is the beginning of spiritual studies. The saints of the Vedic school begin where Einstein ends – that the intelligence of the universe is beyond our own and that our understanding is negligible in comparison. Therefore, to actually be religious and scientific means to make a paradigm shift by scientifically studying and admitting our own infinitesimal position in relation to the infinite, and religiously approaching the Great Spirit (the Infinite) in a mood of humility and devotion. In that way the system will be revealed, including its laws and our relationship with those laws, and it will bestow knowledge that is perfect and complete.

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Dandavats.com: World Holy Name Week Report (Meerut)

By Roopvan Das

By the direction of HG Akrura Prabhu and supervision of H. G. Vidurpriya Prabhu, we were able to conduct WORLD HOLY NAME WEEK for the first time, in Meerut from 10th to 20th sep. and below are furnished, some of the highlights of the festival

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: 100 DAYS OF HUMILITY

Check this it out. New and old at the same time.

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Dandavats.com: The Sublimation Of Work

By Gautam Saha

Many a times, we wonder "what bit of good have I done today ?" After all, everything said and done, life is pretty mechanical and also largely material. We follow the same working routines day after day, year in and year out, in whatever profession or calling we have chosen for ourselves, or had been pushed into or drifted into by the compulsions of need, convenience, location, education, ambition, or just innate personal proclivities

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Dandavats.com: Sivarama Swami book

Braja: Sivarama Swami's first e-book arrives: The chapters in this book are a compilation of podcasts posted on SivaramaSwami. com since its inception in 2006. They are a combination of inspirational, meditational, and philosophical talks on the subject of chanting japa, sankirtan, harinama, and sadhana. It is hoped that the words herein will inspire the readers to increase, improve, deepen, and relish their chanting

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Dandavats.com: HH Candramauli Swami Vyasa'Puja 2o11 Live Broadcast at Mayapur@Tv channel 'Ljubljana'

JAyMiRko: PReMa-HaRiNaM'SaNKiRTaN is our Life and Soul, so please just Sing and Dance and Be Happy, oK!!! ;-) ...and did You know that 16+ rounds of MaHa'MaNTra a day keep all worries and bad influence away, ok!!? ;-)

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Dandavats.com: IT Tycoon receives Bhagavad Gita As It Is

Yudhistir Das: Azim Premji, the Chairman of global IT giant - Wipro Limited and twice mentioned by TIME Magazine in the list of '100 most influential people', received a copy of Bhagavad Gita As It Is earlier this week by Bh. Rakesh Oberoi from ISKCON Delhi

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Book Distribution News: Real Success

I was distributing Bhagavad-gitas in the airport in Chicago when I approached a man who looked like he was materially successful, and it turned out he was. As I engaged him in conversation, I learned that he would usually take his private jet but that it was an emergency so he was traveling in the conventional way. I told him about the books, and he started asking me all kinds of questions. We spoke for quite awhile, and he told me his whole life story. Sometimes you'll tell a stranger things you might not tell even your nearest and dearest, or even your therapist. He said everyone thought he must be happy but he was really miserable. "My son is in rehab again,” he confided, “my daughter is having an abortion, and my wife is filing for divorce.” In short, his life was a shambles.

“When I look back on my life,” he said, “my happiest days were when I was just starting out and barely had enough money to put bread on the table for my wife and kids. Those were the happiest days of my life.”

Before we parted he gave me a very generous donation, and I stacked him up with a Bhagavad-gita, a volume of Srimad-Bhagavatam, a volume of the Caitanya-caritamrta, and assorted smaller books. Then he looked at his watch and said he was cutting it close on time. So we shook hands and he turned to go. Suddenly he turned back and said, "You know, I have some advice for you. From what you tell me about your life and your effort to free all living beings from the cycle of birth and death, I think you should keep doing what you're doing and you will never be 'successful.' In that way you will never be 'finished,' and you will continue to be as happy as you are right now."

Sarvopama das

PS: I would also like to thank Hrdayananda Maharaja, who gave $200 for the Nigerian sankirtan van, and Brahmatirtha Prabhu, who gave $100. Now we have $4,638.

Your servant, Vijaya das

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: In the News: "Hare Krishna: The Rise in Krishna Consciousness"

This past Summer our 39th Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) caught the eye of a reporter for the Huffington Post. His article entitled "Hare Krishna: The Rise in Krishna Consciousness" provides a unique perspective on the Festival as well as the Hare Krishnas:
The arrival of the Toronto International Film Festival neatly heralds the end of the summer festival season in the city and Canada as a whole. However glamorous the parade of celebrities on the red carpet may seem, nothing quite compares to the peculiar sight of the Ratha Yatra in Toronto and across the country. Mimicking the original Indian procession in the city of Puri, several devotional floats dedicated to the Hindu God Krishna, also known as Lord Jagannath, roll down the street, accompanied by exuberant crowds extolling a familiar chant:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1967 October 5: "Please guide your innocent God-sisters who have come to our shelter. All these girls who are so qualified, good looking, intelligent, educated & seriously engaged in Krishna Consciousness, should always be give protection from the attack of maya."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1967 October 5: The advanced Krishna consciousness student should know it well that sex life also should be dovetailed. Better to avoid it; if not possible, have a regulated married life. But in all circumstances, our primary necessity is to advance in Krishna consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 October 5: "One has to hear the message of Godhead from the lips of the pure devotee of the Lord. Religion is presented practically by the bona fide Spiritual Master. Simply performing empty ritual is condemned. Religion without philosophy is sentimentalism."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 October 5: "These reports are very disturbing. Their own original face is coming out. This is not at all good. Now you have to rectify."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 October 5: "Your program of visiting different cities weekly is very nice. Krsna is giving you good intelligence. In future maintain a permanent Sankirtana Party and regularly visit the cities and in this way distribute our literatures without any difficulty."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 October 5: "In Vrindaban Krishna calls the cows each by his own name. When cows were purchased in the beginning I have seen them crying because the calf was taken for killing. They can understand. Not that they are animal and cannot understand."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 October 5: "There is a very good potency for introducing Krsna consciousness here on a wide scale. We had one meeting and all big government officers, ministers, ambassadors came to hear me and they appreciated. Most important the local boys are coming. So I am prepared to personally take up this program and remain here."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 October 5: "The boys here are educated and intelligent. Kindly arrange for some devotees to come here for preaching. Sober, intelligent men are required who can preach. Now we have so many literatures, this is a great opportunity."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Isvara Krsna inquires whether devotees should go to fortune tellers to know the challenges ahead of them

Whether western astrology or divinatory arts – or even the Vedic ones – are authentic and can their readers be trusted to give us a correct vision of the future.

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ISKCON Desire Tree: Vaishnava Calender - Ramcandra Vijayotsava,Sri Madhvacarya-Appearance

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Bah to the Auto

Toronto, Ontario

Something seemed unpleasant on Mount Pleasant Avenue. It was traffic.

I was trekking on it and these mean machines were whoozing by. By that I refer to the regular very ordinary automobiles - all of them. Usually I am numbed by traffic. It is an accepted part of urban life, yet it comes to me in spurts of annoyance when I think, "I don't need this assault." The sounds of engines were never attractive to me, nor the shape of design of them, not even in the best of days when those souped-up fifties and sixties models conquered roads in days gone by. I never cared for carbon-monoxide nor the space a car greedily occupies nor the fact that they kill animals, birds, and humans. Their roads ravage nature and have caused a major shift in the negative layout of people dispersement, bluntly called 'burbs'. Cars are shiny coffins, boxes of impersonalism and have taken the lead at concerns over energy supply. The list goes on.

I snarled within, feeling knots or cramps inside just thinking about the hazardous lifestyle the automobile has created. It was thought that a car would eliminate horse dung issues plus noise of the horses hooves clomping on the concrete or cobblestone but it wasn't a good substitute, not in the least.

Our guru, Srila Prabhupada, said, "In human society the normal way to travel is by foot, horse, bullock-cart, camel or elephant. Those modes of transportation have been around since time immemorial. Only in Kali-yuga do we have motorcars, and this motor car will not last very long. When the petrol dries up, what use are your motorcars?"

I believe there is a whole lot of people that are on that page of thinking. Perhaps it's a minority that will be like a moon's waxing. I also believe in tolerance, but not when the damage is so astronomical. Only my chanting wile walking offers personal damage control - my grumbling.

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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Tax Plan To Turn Old Buildings Green Finds Favor

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times
A new type of financing will pay for a solar array at this California development.

From Justin Gillis at the New York Times

A business consortium that includes Lockheed Martin and Barclays bank plans to invest as much as $650 million over the next few years to slash the energy consumption of buildings in the Miami and Sacramento areas. It is the most ambitious effort yet to jump-start a national market for energy upgrades that many people believe could eventually be worth billions.

Focusing mainly on commercial property at first, the group plans to exploit a new tax arrangement that allows property owners to upgrade their buildings at no upfront cost, typically cutting their energy use and their utility bills by a third. The building owners would pay for the upgrades over five to 20 years through surcharges on their property-tax bills, but that would be less than the savings.

The consortium is led by a company called Ygrene Energy Fund of Santa Rosa, Calif., which has already won an exclusive contract to manage a retrofit program for a half-dozen communities in the Miami area, with the city expected to join in a few weeks. It is in the late stages of completing a contract with Sacramento, and is seeking deals in other cities.

State and city officials are optimistic they may have found a way to tackle one of the nation's biggest energy problems — waste in older buildings — without new money from Washington. If enough building owners sign on, private capital would be put to work paying for retrofit projects that promise to save local businesses money while creating thousands of new construction jobs.

"We are so used to reaching our hand out and saying, 'Washington, we need this,' and 'Tallahassee, give us that,' " said Edward MacDougall, the mayor of Cutler Bay, Fla., a Miami suburb that took the lead in setting up the deal in that region. "This is really a home-grown mechanism where we don't need to do that."

The consortium was put together by the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit environmental group based in Washington set up by Richard Branson, the British entrepreneur and billionaire, to tackle the world's climate and energy problems in cost-saving ways. With the United States government nearly paralyzed on climate policy, he said, his group is seeking a way forward.

"We see this as the first of hopefully many, many, many projects, and a big step in the right direction," Mr. Branson said in an interview last weekend in New York.

In the past three years, half the states have passed legislation permitting energy retrofits financed by property-tax surcharges, and hundreds of cities and counties are considering such programs. While the situation poses some risks, and programs aimed specifically at homeowners have run into a snag, many jurisdictions are moving forward with plans to focus on commercial properties.

Environmental groups have lauded the trend as one of the most exciting developments in years regarding climate change. They point out that wide use of such programs could cut emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from power plants by reducing electricity demand.

"It's a big deal," said James D. Marston, head of energy programs for the Environmental Defense Fund, a group that has worked with Carbon War Room in developing the approach. Over the long haul, he said, "we're talking about tens of billions of dollars in investments, and energy savings that are 10 times that amount. If you do this correctly, you would be able to shut down a third of the coal plants in the country."

While that may take a while, there seems to be little question that the new approach could draw substantial private capital into the market for energy upgrades, which have historically been difficult for many midsize and smaller businesses to finance.

As envisioned for Miami and Sacramento, the plans will work like this:

Ygrene and its partners will gain exclusive rights for five years to offer this type of energy upgrade to businesses in a particular community. They will market the plan aggressively, helping property owners figure out what kinds of upgrades make sense for them. Lockheed Martin is expected to do the engineering work on many larger projects.

The retrofits might include new windows and doors, insulation, and more efficient lights and mechanical systems. In some cases, solar panels or other renewable power might be included. For factories, the retrofits might include new motors or other gear.

Short-term loans provided by Barclays Capital will be used to pay for the upgrades. Contractors will offer a warranty that the utility savings they have promised will actually materialize, and an insurance underwriter, Energi, of Peabody, Mass., will back up that warranty. Those insurance contracts, in turn, will be backed by Hannover Re, one of the world's largest reinsurance companies.

As projects are completed, the upgrade loans, typically carrying interest rates of 7 percent, will be bundled into long-term bonds resembling those routinely issued by governmental taxing districts. Barclays will market the bonds. Retirement funds have expressed interest in buying these bonds, which will be repaid by tax surcharges on each property that undergoes a retrofit.

Perhaps the most serious risk is that fly-by-night contractors will be drawn to the new pot of money, pushing energy retrofits that are too costly or work poorly.

"Contractors are cowboys," said Dennis Hunter, chairman of Ygrene. He promised close scrutiny of the ones selected for the Miami and Sacramento programs.

Ygrene is one of about a dozen start-up companies around the country pursuing such deals. The company appears to have substantial momentum, but some of its competitors have already stumbled, telling property owners they qualified for retrofits but then failing to deliver the necessary short-term financing. Still, many people are optimistic this approach will get off the ground.

"This is a game-changer," said John D. Kinney, whose company, Clean Fund of San Rafael, Calif., has raised $250 million to invest in such projects. The company just used the technique to help finance a large solar installation at a development called Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park, Calif.

Experts point out that, with modern techniques and equipment, a retrofit can typically cut a building's energy use so much that the project pays for itself in as little as five years. The most famous recent example was the refurbishment of the Empire State Building, which cut energy use by nearly 40 percent, turning it into one of New York's greenest buildings.

The new financing approach is called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE.

 For decades, cities and counties have created special taxing districts to finance improvements that benefit private property, such as street lights or sewers. Bonds are issued to pay for the projects, then repaid with surcharges on tax bills. If an owner sells, the surcharge stays with the property.

Several years ago, the city of Berkeley, Calif., hit on the idea of using that approach to finance energy upgrades on private homes. The idea took off, and 25 states and the District of Columbia soon passed PACE legislation. One of the most successful programs to date has been in Sonoma County, Calif., where retrofit projects exceeding $50 million have been financed.

While the initial focus was on homeowners, those programs slowed last year when an arm of the federal government that oversees the mortgage market took a hostile stance toward such projects on residential property, on the grounds that they add risk to mortgages. In most states, a lien associated with a retrofit project would have to be paid ahead of the mortgage if the property went into foreclosure.

A legal and political battle is under way to try to force the Federal Housing Finance Agency to reverse its stand. So far, it appears that PACE programs for commercial properties pose fewer legal complications.
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Kurma dasa, AU: A Seedy Business

Here's some images of a very seedy affair that went down in my kitchen this morning.

those crunchy seeds:

I combined 250g sunflower seeds and 250g pumpkin seeds in a large frying pan and dry-roasted them very slowly, stirring constantly, until they darkened slightly to golden brown and became aromatic. This took 15 minutes. When the pumpkin seeds swelled and started to make popping sounds I splashed in a few tablepoons best quality full-salt soy sauce (Kikkoman) and stirred vigorously as the seeds became coated with the rapidly evaporating liquid. This is the trickiest stage and must be done very fast.

more with the crunchy seeds already:

I quickly tipped the hot seeds into a large bowl and continued to toss them until they were dry and loose. The resultant savoury, crunchy salted seeds are pure heaven sprinkled on top of salads or just eaten as a uber-healthy snack. I find that a top-quality Tamari is even better, and since it is wheat-free, appropriate for gluten intolerant folks. Braggs Liquid Aminos would work just fine too.

crunchy seeds up close:

You can also splash on some tabasco or cayenne at 'crunch time' for a spicier result.

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Gouranga TV: Harinam – Kirtan – Ratha Yatra – Woodstock 2011

Harinam – Kirtan – Ratha Yatra – Woodstock 2011

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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Wednesday 5 October 2011--Transcendental to Nasty Weather--and--Krishna is Very Small or Very Large?

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Wednesday 5 October 2011 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, and His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani are enjoying transcendental pastimes in the topmost planet of the spiritual world, Sri Goloka Vrindavan. They are beckoning us to rejoin them. (Click on photo to see a larger image.) Our Mission: To help everyone awaken their original Krishna consciousness, which is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. Such a global awakening will, in one stroke, solve all the problems of the world society bringing in a new era of unprecedented peace and prosperity for all. May that day, which the world so desperately needs, come very soon. We request you to participate in this mission by reviving your dormant Krishna consciousness and assisting us in spreading this science all over the world. Dedicated with love to ISKCON Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, our beloved spiritual master, and to you, our dear readers. For Transcendental Association Connect With Other Members of this Course. Join this Conference: http://groups.google.com/group/sda_students Today's Thought: Transcendental to Nasty Weather Uploaded from Riga, Latvia Krishna consciousness is so nice that one can be ecstatic even on a nasty, rainy day. Because Krishna consciousness is transcendental to this material existence the Krishna conscious person relishes the sweetest bliss in all circumstances. The rain and the chill upon our arrival in Riga did not dampen our spirits even slightly. We were happy indeed to begin another week of hearing and chanting the amazing glories of Lord Sri Krishna this time with the devotees in Riga, Latvia. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Help Popularize Our Message By Liking Today's Thought on Facebook: Blissful Arrival In Spite of Nasty Weather Riga, Latvia--3 October 2011 http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Fall/Riga_Arrival1.JPG http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Fall/Riga_Arrival2.JPG Answers by Citing the Vedic Version: Question: Krishna is Very Small or Very Large? My dear Gurudeva, Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Krishna within our hearts, is even smaller than the atma, the individual soul. But Lord Krishna states that He is smaller than the smallest and greater than the greatest. So does this mean that Krishna can be either very small or very large? Your servant, Kowsthub Answer: Simultaneously Smallest and Greatest By Krishna's inconceivable potency He is simultaneously smaller than the smallest as the Supersoul seated within the individual soul and greater than the greatest as the original source of everything. 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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