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H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Srimad-Bhagavatam Canto 3, Chapter 25, The Glories Of Devotional Service Text 14


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  1. Jahnavi, UK: Paper Prayers
  2. H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Srimad-Bhagavatam Canto 3, Chapter 25, The Glories Of Devotional Service Text 14
  3. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
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  11. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: COACHING - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
  12. Kurma dasa, AU: De-forestation - Another Unfortunate Downside
  13. ISKCON News.com: The Venerable Egg
  14. ISKCON News.com: God vs Google
  15. ISKCON News.com: Six Reasons to Homeschool Your Children
  16. H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Stress In The World Today video
  17. ISKCON News.com: Odyssey Networks Captures Faith Response to Protesters` Eviction from Zuccotti Park
  18. Radha Priya dd, Austin, TX, USA: Soul-utions
  19. ISKCON News.com: Buddhify Web App Promotes Calmer Urban Experience
  20. ISKCON News.com: People of the Byte
  21. ISKCON News.com: A Letter of Apology By Bhakti Vikasa Swami
  22. Japa Group
  23. Japa Group: Holy Name Seminar Part 4
  24. Kurma dasa, AU: Green Curry of Vegetables & Fried Tofu
  25. Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Visiting the Gourd Girls and Mary
  26. ISKCON News.com: GBC Zonal Configuration Marches Forward
  27. ISKCON News.com: Indian Devotees Learn Communication Skills at Delhi Conference
  28. H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Bangladesh in lectures
  29. H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Bangladesh in words
  30. H.H. Sivarama Swami: Brijbasi dasa asks
  31. David Haslam, UK: What can you buy in India for as little as $120?
  32. Spiritual Scientist: Does genetics disprove reincarnation?
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Jahnavi, UK: Paper Prayers

My friend Jennifer Mazzucco just sent me this beautiful video about Tashi Mannox, an English calligraphy artist. I loved hearing his eloquent thoughts on creating devotional art that doesn’t preach, but just tries to communicate philosophy and ideas that will uplift people. Tashi said that he feels the responsibility of an artist or musician is to uplift everyone they come in contact with.

Jennifer and I are creating a devotional art workshop together that we’ll be presenting for the first time at the Kripalu centre this winter. Our aim is to explore the process of creating devotional art – how getting creative opens us up to a deeper sense of connection with the soul and the Divine, and how this act of creation can teach us so much about the joy of focus and detachment.

In other news, I’m in DC right now spending time in the recording studio with Gaura Vani. We’re working on new music that encompasses both kirtan and Sanskrit mantras, as well as original English lyrics. It’s a fun process, but very new to me also. Music can be so spontaneous and free flowing, and this suits the organic, immediate nature of prayer so well. In crafting something and attempting to capture it, it can be hard to retain the original feeling. Throughout, we must constantly remember that imperfection is inevitable – the creative spark that flares into a small, bright flame is only a tiny speck of divine beauty, and we are fortunate if we can hold it for even a moment.

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H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Srimad-Bhagavatam Canto 3, Chapter 25, The Glories Of Devotional Service Text 14

THE FOLLOWING LECTURE ON SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM, CANTO 3, CHAPTER 25, THE GLORIES OF DEVOTIONAL SERVICE, TEXT13, WAS GIVEN BY HIS HOLINESS BHAKTI CARU SWAMI IN ISKCON UJJAIN, INDIA ON 7th OCTOBER 2010. Transcription : Her Grace Ranga Radhika Dasi Editing : Her Grace Hemavati Radhika Dasi Audio reference: click here Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya Om [...]

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 November 17: "We shall not misrepresent ourselves by making a show of devotional service to simply fill our bellies. We must push on with great seriousness and sincerity. Our only intention is to spread this sublime philosophy all over the world for the complete welfare benefit of everyone."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 November 17: "We are now attracting the attention of the general public and very influential persons as well. Keep our program pure according to my instructions, and you will be given the deserved respect of topmost members of society. Thus we may hope to change society as a whole."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 November 17: "I am especially encouraged by your programs in the colleges. I am successful in my teaching work because I have not deviated one inch from my Spiritual Master's instruction, this is my only qualification. So if you simply remain pure, your preaching will have effect."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 November 17: "I am not very much enthusiastic for this charitable dispensary. I have heard from the Rama Krishna Mission that as no medical practitioner was joining to run it, their dispensaries are mostly being run by paid men."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 November 17: "I met a very major car accident in Mauritius, and still there is some little sore on my knees. So by December I shall go back to Vrindaban via Delhi. From there I shall go to South India to Nellore, and then to Calcutta by February. Surely at that time we shall meet again."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 November 17: "Why they are inventing such new things? Why these things are being imposed? I have given you the guiding principles, if no one is there who can manage in the right way, what can I do from such a distant place?"

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 November 17: "Even there is some disturbance between you, that is not to be taken very seriously. Real business is preaching work, and if there is full attention on this matter only, all other businesses will be automatically successful."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 November 17: "If you are inclined to retire, you are welcome to live with us. You can live with your good wife as vanaprastha. We have got three very nice places in India and in any one of them, you are welcome."

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: COACHING - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Here is a nice coaching article by Joseph O'Connor and Andrea Lages:

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Kurma dasa, AU: De-forestation - Another Unfortunate Downside

trouble with deforestation:

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ISKCON News.com: The Venerable Egg

By Shaunaka Rishi Das for ISKCON News on 16 Nov 2011

Every year I attend a conference which takes place in a beautiful Krishna temple nestled in the Tuscan hills above Florence. As part of the conference we spend a day in Florence sight-seeing, and at the end of a hot day walking from cultural icon to artistic masterpiece there is nothing better than an Italian ice cream.

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ISKCON News.com: God vs Google

By Sutapa Das for sutapamonk.blogspot.com on 16 Nov 2011

Think of someone you go to when you need help... someone who is always available... someone who has all the answers... someone who never gets angry or frustrated. Yes, I’m sure you’ve guessed it... Google! Those of you who were thinking of God are just old fashioned and out-of-touch!

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ISKCON News.com: Six Reasons to Homeschool Your Children

By Hope Egan for Natural News on 16 Nov 2011

There are over 2 million home-educated children in the US, and this number is growing at 2% to 8% per year. This is not surprising, given the dismal track record of the public school system. If you have ever considered homeschooling your children (or even if you have not), here are six reasons to do it.

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H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Stress In The World Today video

We’re bringing you yet another video of a program Kadamba Kanana Swami delivered recently in Australia. This one has been given at the Melbourne University on 11th Oct 2011, by the title Stress In The World Today. Over 80 mins long, which includes the kirtan, the lecture focuses on the world where one can exist eternally without stress.

Please visit youtube if you cannot see the video.


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ISKCON News.com: Odyssey Networks Captures Faith Response to Protesters` Eviction from Zuccotti Park

By Jennifer Crumpton on 16 Nov 2011

Odyssey Networks was on the scene yesterday after #OWS was dismantled from Zuccotti Park, and a large contingent of occupiers gathered at Canal Street and 6th Avenue. A group of multi-faith leaders and communities arrived in the temporary space to handshakes and warm greetings from the occupiers, and addressed the crowd with spiritual encouragement.

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Radha Priya dd, Austin, TX, USA: Soul-utions

Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about all the problems with our world with the occupy this, that or the other. Yet not many folks are proposing solutions. This is the fallacy I’m finding with most of the new movements out there. So in response to that I’ve comprised a short list of actions to [...]

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ISKCON News.com: Buddhify Web App Promotes Calmer Urban Experience

By Julie Mollins for Reuters.com on 16 Nov 2011

A Glasgow-based entrepreneur and digital innovator has launched a new web application for iPhone and Android smart phones intended to help people on the go learn to cope better with some of the struggles of city life.

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ISKCON News.com: People of the Byte

By Alex Joffe for ewishideasdaily.com on 16 Nov 2011

Jews have long been the People of the Book. But as computers replace books and possibly libraries, museums, and universities, will they soon be the People of the Byte? If so, what will happen to their understanding of their history?

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ISKCON News.com: A Letter of Apology By Bhakti Vikasa Swami

By Bhakti Vikasa Swami for ISKCON News on 16 Nov 2011

Bhakti Vikasa Swami`s letter to the ISKCON Community.

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Japa Group

Please share your realisations with other devotees from around the world...simply send me an introduction email and I will be happy to make you a member:

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Rasa Rasika dasa
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Japa Group: Holy Name Seminar Part 4

The final part of Sacinandana Swami's seminar on chanting from Soho St. London.

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Kurma dasa, AU: Green Curry of Vegetables & Fried Tofu

Green Curry of Vegetables & Fried Tofu

This is a delicious Thai-inspired curry with an easy homemade curry paste that can be whipped up in a few minutes in a blender. Although the curry paste is yellow-green, the curry itself will end up being more of a yellow colour from the turmeric. Feel free to add/substtute any other vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, carrots etc. As with all curries, this one is perfect served with a big batch of steaming hot rice. Serves 4-6.

thai green curry paste:

grinding the spice paste

750g (1½ pounds) potatoes, peeled and cut into 2.5cm (1-inch) cubes, oil or ghee for deep-frying, 2 tablespoons oil, green curry paste (recipe follows), 600ml (1 pint) coconut cream, 3 tablespoons lime or lemon juice, 375g (¾ pound) fried bean curd (tofu), 500g (1 pound) Chinese cabbage, cut into 5cm (2-inch) squares and steamed/stir-fried until tender, 2 cups green peas (thawed frozen peas or cooked fresh peas), 2/3 - 1 cup rich vegetable stock, heated, ¼ cup chopped fresh coriander leaves.

Deep-fry the potatoes in the oil or ghee in a wok or deep frying pan until golden brown and tender. Drain and set aside, covered.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy saucepan over moderately high heat. Stir in a bit more than half of the curry paste (or more for a spicier curry) and fry it in the hot oil for 2 or 3 minutes, or until it starts to stick on the bottom.

Add the coconut cream and the lime or lemon juice, and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce is fairly reduced. Stir in the fried bean curd, and mix well. Heat through for 5 minutes. Mix in the cabbage, cooked green peas, and the fried potatoes. Add enough vegetable stock to form rich gravy. Simmer for a further 5 minutes. The potatoes will soak up a fair amount of juice, so be prepared to add more stock.

Fold in the fresh coriander. Serve hot with lots of hot rice.

Green Curry Paste

2 small fresh red chilis, sliced, 
2 fresh green chilis, sliced, 
1 teaspoon yellow asafetida powder, 
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger, 
½ teaspoon black peppercorns, ground, 
2 teaspoons ground cumin, 
1 tablespoon ground coriander, 
2 teaspoons chopped coriander root, 
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves, 
2 teaspoons sweet paprika powder, 
1 teaspoon ground turmeric, 
2 tablespoons grated dark palm sugar. 

Process all the ingredients in a blender to form a smooth, green paste. If necessary add a few teaspoons water. You’ll need a bit more than half of this paste for the curry. Spoon the remaining curry paste into a clean, screw-top jar and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Visiting the Gourd Girls and Mary

“And thus I travel, constantly singing the transcendental message of the glories of the Lord, vibrating this instrument called a vina, which is charged with transcendental sound and which was given to me by Lord Krsna.”

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.32 conversation between Narada and Vyasadev

Narada Muni travels anywhere by strumming on his vina, a gourd instrument.

We were recently  in Georgia, US, babysitting  my granddaughter while both her parents were traveling on business.  My son, Madhu, was  at the Special Olympics in Alberta, Canada.  The Johns Creek police department of which he is a member  supports  the Special Olympics and was one of the top fund raisers for it.  He was chosen to represent them there.

He was also chosen as the Johns Creek Officer of the Quarter while we were there.

The day we left we awoke to a covering of snow. It didn’t affect travel as the roads were still warm and it melted as fast as it landed there, but it did serve as a good starting point  contrast for a trip to the South.

We went a couple of days early and on one of them on his recommendation drove up into the foothills of the mountains to visit the Gourd Girls. They are gourd crafters who have a retail store and produce most of the goods sold in it.  (We were traveling and gourds were involved, hence the earlier reference to Narada Muni. :-)  )

They wrote a book called “Gourd Girls” so you can get the whole story there.

If you happen to be in northern Georgia stop and visit The Gourd Place.  It is about two hours north of Atlanta.  We got a few more good ideas on how to use gourds, plus we got to buy some unique gifts for people that weren’t Made In China.

We stopped and got some boiled peanuts at a roadside produce stand and also picked up some local honey and sorghum molasses.  In big cities and the suburbs American culture is usually  fairly homogenous.  Staying in the suburbs you could pretty much be in any suburb anywhere, but when you get out into the country you start to pick up the local flavor.

I was struck by how little land was actually in production, and the huge potential for local agriculture to grow in and replace the fossil fuel intensive food infrastructure we have now with food shipped thousands of miles before being consumed.

Solar energy is a good thing but there is huge potential for energy savings through conservation that can be had that takes little investment.  Like buying locally produced things and food.

While we were there we got to see Mary play in several lacrosse and basketball games as the seasons were overlapping.

That is Mary in the black tights and grey sleeves.

Anyway we got back home everything was okay and we have even gotten some decent weather to work in the garden.

Filed under: Cows and Environment        
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ISKCON News.com: GBC Zonal Configuration Marches Forward

By Kaisori Dasi for ISKCON News on 16 Nov 2011

It is the mandate of the GBC Strategic Planning Team to assist the Governing Body Commission in building a better future for ISKCON. In practice this requires solid visionary planning, the establishment of systems for the effective execution of those plans, and support of the GBC’s desire to offer both better leadership and clearer global coordination.

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ISKCON News.com: Indian Devotees Learn Communication Skills at Delhi Conference

By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on 16 Nov 2011

Forty-five skilled devotees from all over India attended the country’s regional ISKCON Communications Conference from October 7th to 14th this year, at Delhi’s grand Sri-Sri Radha Partha-Sarathi Mandir near the city’s Kailash residential area.

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H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Bangladesh in lectures

Here are the lectures given by H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami on his tour through Bangladesh, in the month of Kartika from the 22nd of October to the 2nd of November 2011.

Recently Maharaja, accompanied by a group of devotees, went on an fantastic pilgrimage through the country of Bangladesh with the aim to visit different places of relevance to the vaisnava history. Pictures and an article about that very tour can also be found on the blog.

To download the lectures just klick on each title.

I       –   Sacimata Janmastan 

II      - Sivananda Sena Janmastan 

III     – Advaita Acarya Janmastan 

VI     – Pundarika Dhama 

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H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Bangladesh in words

Here is a wonderful article written by Sutapa Prabhu, about Kadamba Kanana Maharaja’s tour through Bangladesh (22nd of October to 2nd of November 2011). 
Pictures from the holy places of Bangladesh and lectures given by Maharaja, depicting and describing this pilgrimage are also avalible on the blog.

Why go to Bangladesh? In the Caitanya Caritamrta, Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami explains that since the time Caitanya Mahaprabhu visited East Bengal (Bangladesh), the country has been intoxicated by the holy names of the Lord. Also, prior to the Lords appearance, many of His eternal associates appeared in East Bengal, thus it has been an important place of pilgrimage for all Gaudiya Vaisnavas ever since.

With this in mind, HH Kadamba Kanana Swami led a group of 40 devotees around those sites in the auspicious month of Kartik 2011. Devotees had come from all parts of the world, including Germany, Australia, Bulgaria, England, India and South Africa, eager to delve deeper into the oceanic mercy of Lord Gauranga. Over the course of 10 days tour we practically covered the four corners of Bangladesh, travelling on trains, planes and automobiles to remote and isolated places, but places which were nevertheless full of spiritual potency. Here, we quickly discovered that three things are taken very seriously – chanting the holy name, honouring prasadam, and serving the vaisnavas!

We began in the North East of the country, visiting the birth place of Sacidevi, Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mother, and also the birth place of Sivananda Sena. Maharaj described how we visit these places to draw inspiration, deepen our connection and relationship, and ultimately develop the service mood of making these places known to the entire world. To this end, maharaj had invited Krishna Caitanya prabhu and Bhakta Boerg to film the whole yatra and eventually produce a video (watch this space!). After some more travelling we reached ISKCON Syhlet where the devotees welcomed us into the town on a fleet of mortorcylces while performing an enthusiastic harinam! The next day we travelled to the birth site of Advaita Acarya, which included a one hour drive on what must be one of the bumpiest roads in the world! The devotees have developed a nice temple there, and maharaj led an ecstatic evening program with lots of Kirtan and Krishna katha. The following day we visited the birth site of Jagannatha Misra, Lord Caitanya’s father. Maharaj recounted the childhood pastimes of Nimai with his father, and elucidated the incredible bond of love that existed between them.

Our travels took us South towards Chittagong where we visited one of the biggest temple projects in the country – ISKCON Pundarik Dham. This is the appearance place of Pundarik Vidyanidhi, who was Vrsabhanu (Srimati Radharani’s father) in Krishna Lila. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu called Pundarika Vidyanidhi “father,” and He gave him the title Premanidhi in acknowledgement of his deep love of God. Here we celebrated Govardhan Puja with thousands of guests. Close by, we visited the bhajan kutir of Vasudeva Datta and Mukunda Datta. Maharaj recalled the amazing compassion of Vasudeva Datta, and explained how the vaisnava life is a life of giving, a life where we sacrifice ourselves for others, a life where we are not so concerned or preoccupied with our own comfort, but a life where we lose ourselves in service God.

After this we travelled back to our base in Dhaka. Here we spent the weekend observing the disappearance day of Srila Prabhupada. The devotees had arranged a huge pandal programme with thousands of guests attending. Maharaj led long kirtans and had all the devotees ecstatically dancing. In the classes he explained that if we stay loyal to the standards set by Srila Prabhupada, then we can reach the spiritual world even though we are lacking so many qualities. In this way, maharaj emphasised how s deep connection with Srila Prabhupada is essential for all generations of devotees.

From there we travelled the famous village of Kheturi where Narrotama Das Thakur appeared. This was the leg of the tour much anticipated by all the devotees. Here, Lord Gauranga deposited love of God for Narrotama in waters of the Padma river. When Narrotama entered the Padma, he felt himself undergo a vital transformation – he felt Mahaprabhu’s embrace, his body turned molten gold, and he became madly intoxicated with love of God. Today, pilgrims visit Prema tali ghat where this historic event took place. As we reached, maharaj arranged a boat to take us right to the middle of the Padma. There, all the devotees bathed and prayed that their hearts would be transformed in the same way. Maharaj explained that such experiences in our devotional life create deep samskaras which carry us forward and purify our consciousness. We went on to visit the temple dedicated to Narrotama, and maharaj narrated more pastimes and lessons from his life. By this time it was getting dark so we decided to leave, but 5 minutes into our drive all the cars stopped. Maharaj then led the devotees into a pitch black field. As we walked through with our torches we came to a huge tree. Known as Bhajan Tali, this was the place where Narrotama das Thakur would perform his bhajan. After praying for blessings, scraping some dust and taking some more pictures, we departed.

As we came to the district of Jessore, maharaj had a spontaneous idea to visit the birthplace of Lokanath Goswami (Narrotama das Thakur’s spiritual master). So we jumped into the car and drove one hour to the place, Talakhandi. From there we rushed into a university program organised by the local devotees, where nearly 100 students had gathered. Maharaj spoke about the parampara, the superiority of Bhakti, and the contribution of great saints, and how everyone can make a difference in the world if they become the servant of the servant. From there we visited ISKCON Rupa Sanatana Smrti Tirtha – the place marking where Rupa and Sanatana Goswamis performed Bhajan. We remembered the 6 goswamis and how they gave shape and form to the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The dust of their lotus feet removes all obstacles and fulfils all desires.

We ended the tour by travelling to Benapole, the forest where Haridas Thakur chanted 300,000 names of the Lord daily. It was in this place that Haridas converted the prostitute Laksa Hira. As we sat in that holy place, maharaj said the best thing to do here was to simply chant. He added that we could meditate on how to become free from lust, the eternal enemy of the living entity. Haridas had no weaknesses, but our weaknesses are being constantly exploited by maya, and thus we need to pray for strength to avoid the temptations that attack us. From Benapole, we crossed the border to Haridaspura, and then took a bus to Sridham Mayapur where we arrived late into the evening. Everyone was physically exhausted, but spiritually enlivened.

Thus we completed a 10-day whirlwind tour of Bangladesh. Special thanks goes to Atul Krishna prabhu and the local Bengali brahmacaris who facilitated us so nicely. Everything was organised and coordinated perfectly. In between the tour so many pandal programmes were also organised by the local temples, attracting anything from 1000-3000 people.

It was an unforgettable tour. I probably covered about 1% of the spiritual gems and insights that maharaj gave us over the 10 days. Surely we will carry many things away and hold them in our hearts, hoping and praying that some transformation and purification will occur in our lives. Maharaj has said he would like to visit all the places where Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates went… we eagerly await the next tour!

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Brijbasi dasa asks

Why it is that Lord Balarama threatened Arjuna while favouring Duryodhana. How is it He displays such contrary moods to Lord Krsna’s?

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David Haslam, UK: What can you buy in India for as little as $120?


What value and protection do we put on women as a class, are we following the vadic injunctions that are there to protect and elevate society?

Are we doing our duty?

This is a hard hitting documentary on the shameful fact that India which should have the highest of standards, has fallen to the point were girls can exchange hands from as little as $120. Into a form of slavery that was ruled illegal.

Not forgetting that the killing of girls in the wound, shows a lack of understanding on Karmic reactions.

This hard hitting documentary should make you stop and think, silence is not the answer, but education and protection as directed in the vedic scripture.

Aljazeera-English Slavery a 21st Century Evil

A pause of thought

It is estimated that more than 10million people in India are sold into a form of slavery, most are young girls and women.

Are you shocked get?

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Spiritual Scientist: Does genetics disprove reincarnation?

Question: The reincarnation theory claims that we get our characteristics from our own past-lives karma, whereas geneticsasserts that we inherit our characteristics from our parents, which is what we actually observe in the many physical resemblances among parents and offspring. Don’t these observations disprove the reincarnation theory?

Answer: No, they don’t. The reincarnation theory doesn’t claim to contradict or substitute genetics; it supplements genetics and explains many observations that genetics leaves unanswered.

Genetics holds that we inherit our characteristics from our parents. While the observation of parent-offspring physical resemblances may confirm genetics, many other observations question the completeness of genetic explanations. Here are a few of them:

  1. Why do children born in the same family have moral and mental characteristics that differ from each other and also from their parents and even grandparents? For example, why does a child turn out to be an introvert although all other family members are extroverts?
  2. Why do twins who are born and bred in similar conditions often have significantly dissimilar behavioural and personality traits? Their genetic inheritance is near-identical, yet their natures are sometimes widely different. For example, one twin becomes a starry-eyed artist who doesn’t care much for money, whereas the other twin becomes a shrewd businessperson who doesn’t care much for art. Why the difference?
  3. Why don’t the children of geniuses become geniuses themselves? Often musical maestros can’t make their children into outstanding musicians just by begetting them or even by extensively training them. Why?
  4. How do children of mediocre parents become geniuses? Many genius artists were born in families that had no above-average artistic talent for several preceding generations, yet they had an inborn talent. Where did their talent come from?

What explanation can genetics provide for the above observations – except for pushing them under the carpet by calling them “anomalies”? But the genetic carpet has too many concealed lumps to be overlooked; these observations demand an additional explanation. That additional explanation is provided by reincarnation.

The Bhagavad-gita (15.8) explains that the souls who transmigrate from one body to the next carry with them their conceptions of life, which can be correlated with the mental and moral characteristics. When children are born from parents, their physical bodies come from their parents and so they resemble their parents’ physically, whereas their mental and moral characteristics come from their own past lives and so these characteristics differ from their parents’. Applying the Gitaunderstanding to geniuses, those souls who have in earlier lives cultivated the self-conceptions of being artists carry to their next bodies that conception along with its associated talents – and so appear precociously talented.

Thus, the reincarnation theory doesn’t contradict genetics, but supplements it by explaining much that genetics can’t explain.

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 November 16: "The recent upheavals is finished. I do not think you will find any more these politics. Remain pure following the instructions of the Spiritual Master and there is no chance for maya to enter."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 November 16: "Maya and Krsna, always side by side. Either one is serving Krsna or serving Maya. Maya is always peeping, ready to take advantage. This full schedule will save you from engagement elsewhere."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 November 16: "Vibrate these transcendental sounds everywhere continually, it will pierce the ears and enter the hearts of such materially absorbed persons and their natural attraction for Krsna will be revived."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 November 16: "If we fall down in following the regulative principles such as rising before four, chanting 16 rounds, like that, if these things are not strictly observed - then maya will enter and spoil everything."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 November 16: "We know they are a bogus humbug without any substance, why should we bring them prominence by criticizing them? Very soon we shall surpass all missions, asrams and yoga societies. Simply we have to push on the Sankirtana party."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 November 16: "Without being jolly, one cannot make tangible progress in Krsna Consciousness. And without strictly following the regulative principles and chanting the prescribed number of rounds, nobody can become free from the unhappiness of this material world."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 November 16: "These books and magazines are our most important propaganda weapons. The more we produce and distribute our literature profusely all over the world, the more we shall deliver this world from it's suicidal course."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 November 16: "If we ourselves are above suspicion, others will automatically respect. That is cooperation. And we must exist on such cooperation, otherwise if we go on fighting over small things - the whole thing is doomed."

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H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 3, Chapter 25, The Glories Of Devotional Service, Text 13

Because these series on The Glories Of Devotional Service, Srimad-Bhagavatam. Canto 3, 25th Chapter, was not completely described, we are re-posting a few lectures to have the series running in a complete sequence now. Thank you for bearing with our decision. —————————————————————————- THE FOLLOWING LECTURE ON SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM, CANTO 3, CHAPTER 25, THE GLORIES OF DEVOTIONAL [...]

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Gouranga TV: Srila Prabhupada’s Disappearance Day Orlando 10/29/2011

Srila Prabhupada’s Disappearance Day Orlando 10/29/2011

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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Wednesday 16 November 2011--Vaidhi Bhakti Required to Attain Raga Bhakti--and--Significance of the Marginal Energy

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Wednesday 16 November 2011 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, and His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani are enjoying transcendental pastimes in the topmost planet of the spiritual world, Sri Goloka Vrindavan. They are beckoning us to rejoin them. (Click on photo to see a larger image.) Our Mission: To help everyone awaken their original Krishna consciousness, which is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. Such a global awakening will, in one stroke, solve all the problems of the world society bringing in a new era of unprecedented peace and prosperity for all. May that day, which the world so desperately needs, come very soon. We request you to participate in this mission by reviving your dormant Krishna consciousness and assisting us in spreading this science all over the world. Dedicated with love to ISKCON Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, our beloved spiritual master, and to you, our dear readers. For Transcendental Association Connect With Other Members of this Course. Join this Conference: http://groups.google.com/group/sda_students Help Popularize Our Message By Liking Today's Thought on Facebook: Today's Thought: Vaidhi Bhakti Required to Attain Raga Bhakti uploaded from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India In the beginning one engages in vaidhi bhakti, devotional service according to rules and regulations, under the direction of his initiating spiritual master. In this way he gradually becomes purified and eventually realizes his svarupa, his eternal identity in the spiritual world. Then after realizing his svarupa, he engages in raga bhakti, devotional service in spontaneous love. If one tries to jump to his svarupa without fully undergoing the purifying process of vaidhi bhakti, as elaborately described by Srila Rupa Goswami, he will fall down from the path of pure bhakti and become a sense gratifier. In this regard, recently we saw the example of a sannyasi who was teaching raga bhakti without vaidhi bhakti. After being sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexually molesting two girls he went into hiding to avoid his prison sentence. Therefore, while it is important to aspire for raga bhakti, one should always remember to faithfully serve the orders of his initiating spiritual master so that he will not become degraded and so that he will become genuinely qualified to enter the perfectional stage of raga bhakti. It is imperative that until realizing his svarupa he must faithfully execute vaidhi bhakti. And after realizing his svarupa he will dutifully act externally as a vaidhi bhakta to show the proper example for the neophytes. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Revealing the Sublime Bhakti Science Greater Noida, India--12 November 2011 http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Fall/Greater.Noida_Lecture2.JPG Answers by Citing the Vedic Version: Question: Significance of the Marginal Energy Hare Krishna Guru Maharaja, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I'd like to put most humbly the following question: Could you please explain why Krishna creates the marginal energy from which we the living entities baddha jivas come into existence. Under this energy only there is a chance of misusing the free will, the cause of all sorts of material suffering. The nitya siddha living entities, those who are part of the internal energy of Krishna, never misuse their free will and never fall down. For enjoying loving exchanges and pastimes the internal energy would have been sufficient for Krishna. Then what is the significance of the existence of the marginal energy? Your servant, Supartha Answer: Marginal Energy is a Symptom of God's Love You have not understood correctly the Lord's energies. Every living being comes into existence from Krishna because He is the source of everything. All living beings are Krishna's internal energy, but they are also called marginal energy because they are endowed with the free will to love Krishna or leave Krishna. Those who choose to love Him are known as nitya siddhas, eternally liberated souls. And those who foolishly choose to leave Him are known as baddha jivas or conditioned souls. Who is liberated and who is conditioned is not God's choice. This is the independent choice of each and every individual living entity, whether he wants to serve God or try to be God. Because Krishna wants our love and because love cannot be forced, Krishna gives us the free choice to love Him or leave Him. This is why we, the living entities, although constitutionally internal energy are also endowed with a marginal nature. Without the marginal nature, the ability for the living entity to love Krishna or not, there is no question of loving exchanges with the Lord because one cannot be forced to love someone. Love must be voluntary. 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? 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