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  2. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana
  3. Spiritual Scientist: A moment of indulgence, a lifetime of repentance
  4. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Urmila Mataji
  5. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Oedipus the King
  6. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Importing Higher Knowledge
  7. 16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Brave New World
  8. H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Free from self interest
  9. New Vrndavan, USA: Looking to The Future
  10. Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Failure is the Pillar of Success
  11. ISKCON Orlando, USA: Nitai Gaura Nataraja 11/06/2011
  12. David Haslam, UK: Mataji/mother, so why are so many abused, raped, killed?
  13. Japa Group: Keep Up Your Enthusiasm
  14. Invitation to the Open Vyasa-puja Book
  15. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
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  23. H.H. Sivarama Swami: Last kirtan before devotees leave for the Prabhupada marathon
  24. Jayadeva das, USA: This Side or That
  25. H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: A shallow understanding
  26. H.H. Sivarama Swami: Remembering Gaura-kisora dasa babaji on his disappearance day
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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Sweet Hill Festival 2011


Krishna Fest had it's own and unique Govardhan Puja festival last Saturday, thanks to the great endeavour of Sammohini Mataji; she prepared a multitude of sweets for the pleasure of Giri-Govardhana... and ultimately for those who enjoyed His prasadam.

We all had a great time circumambulating Govardhan Hill to the rhythm of endless kirtan. 
Here is a slideshow!

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana


"Tulasi Maharani! O Vrnda! O mother of devotion! O Narayani, I offer my obeisances to you again and again. By seeing you or even by touching you, all sins are destroyed. Your glories are described in the Vedas and Puranas..."

(Tulasi Arati by Candrasekhara Kavi)

O Tulasi Maharani! You verily are a desire tree: we wish that not day passes by without the darsana of your worshipable Lord.

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Spiritual Scientist: A moment of indulgence, a lifetime of repentance

(A Bhagavad-gita perspective on current scandals)

Time and again, we see talented individuals with a promising future ruining their prospects by succumbing to immoral temptations. Blinded by the hope for quick gains, they throw away their integrity and end up disgraced and dispossessed of their careers, left to regret lifelong their momentary indulgence.

What impels them to such foolish choices? The Bhagavad-gita (18.25) describes that short-sighted action unmindful of the consequences is typical of the mode of ignorance, which is the subtle force of nature that influences people’s minds toward self-destruction.

This destructive psychological force is given a free hand by our contemporary culture, which glamorizes live-for-the-moment thinking. That’s why all of us – even those who righteously condemn others’ immoral choices – are susceptible to the insidious influence of the self-destructive force of ignorance. We can insulate ourselves from such influences by cultivating spiritual wisdom and leading a moderate lifestyle. These two practices help us harmonize with the mode of goodness, which is the subtle psychological force that extends and expands our inner vision, thereby enabling us to make prudent, far-sighted choices.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Urmila Mataji

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.44 -  To directly see the presence of  Krsna in the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam one shoul hear from a self-realized soul with rapt attention.

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Oedipus the King

Lessons we learn from the Greek story of Oedipus.

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Importing Higher Knowledge

Krishna Lounge discussion by Giriraj Gopal.

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Brave New World

Krishna Lounge discussion by Mahat.

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H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Free from self interest

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, June 2011) 
In Vrindavan we had a Prabhupada’s disciple who was the sankirtan leader. He was older and was taking care of the sankirtan party, because it was a big temple with so many buses. He would meetwith the sankirtan devotees in the book room, where the books. In the book room there was a seat for him……….a double seat which came from the sankirtan bus, and that was his sankirtan vyasasan, and he would sit on it and give lectures to the sankirtan devotees.

So it is kind of a fun thing to have….I mean there is some pleasure there: people sitting at your feet, and your’e sitting on this sankirtan seat and cutting the profiles and so on.

But then, somehow or other the deity cook in Vrindavan (who had cooked for so many years), had became ill due to old age and it wasn’t possible anymore 
for him to do that heavy service of cooking. His body just couldn’t cope with it anymore. He wanted to but several times he collapsed, due to swollen legs, and just couldn’t do it.

Then one day I asked the sankirtan leader (who used to sometimes cook a little bit for the deities), if he would be willing to take on that service. In that service it basically meant that the original cook, whose name was Vibhu Caitanya would cook all the offerings including the mangal aarti sweets. It wasn’t just a little bit of cooking, since it was three alters plus, he also cooked for Prabhupada’s samadhi, and the deity of Prabhupada in the Radha Damodar temple. All these offerings he was cooking by himself…..everything! So it would need someone substantial to take over. When I asked the sankirtan leader, then he just thought for ten seconds and said:

“Ok, I will do it!”

And he went to the deity kitchen, just stayed there, and never looked back at his sankirtan vyasasan. He never thought nostalgically:

“Sometimes I miss those days with the sankirtan devotees!”

No! He never said anything about it and just continued and got completely absorbed. He completely took that service and started to cook all the offerings, just like the previous cook. In that I could see that he’s advanced, since he didn’t care about his position……he only cared about serving Krishna! He could see that:

“Yes, there is the need now”.

And he just took it wholeheartedly with the entire thing and didn’t care about his position in the devotional service! He was free from self interest.

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New Vrndavan, USA: Looking to The Future

October 29, 2011
MOUNDSVILLE – As word of Swami Bhaktipada’s death traveled from India to the rolling hills of Marshall County last week, members of the New Vrindaban community the man founded remained quiet.

Photos by J.W. Johnson Jr. 
Crews work on the roof of the Palace of Gold, the…

As the number of members living on the campus has shrunk in the nearly 20 years since Bhaktipada left the community after a conviction on racketeering charges, only a handful of the current 250 members were around, let alone alive, when Bhaktipada’s actions brought the community into the national spotlight. However, those in charge of the community said they will always remember the past and work to move New Vrindaban forward.

Moral Deviations

Under Bhaktipada’s leadership, New Vrindaban grew into what at one time was the nation’s largest Hare Krishna community. In the late 1960s, Bhaktipada and his lifelong partner, the late Howard Morton Wheeler, formed New Vrindaban. They started with about 132 acres and eventually acquired nearly 5,000 acres, becoming a destination for pilgrims in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or ISKCON.

Bhaktipada took over the community in the 1970s but was in trouble with ISKCON by 1987, when the governing body expelled him for ”moral and theological deviations.”

“He was a strong leader, but suddenly there were these charges that he had deviated from our standards,” said Jaya Krsna Das, community president for New Vrindaban.

That included murder charges, complaints of child abuse, fraud and racketeering charges. Former U.S. Attorney William Kolibash, who brought federal charges against Bhaktipada in the late 1980s, said his office received tips of what was going on at New Vrindaban and eventually found evidence of Bhaktipada’s actions.

“He was not a pleasant person,” Kolibash, a Wheeling attorney, said.

In 1987, Kolibash accused Bhaktipada of ordering the killings of two devotees who had threatened his control of New Vrindaban. One dissident, Charles St. Denis, was killed in 1983 at New Vrindaban. Another, Stephen Bryant, was killed three years later as he sat in his van in Los Angeles.

Bhaktipada denied any involvement in the killings, though another man was convicted of the murders and testified that the swami ordered him to commit the slayings.

Prosecutors also alleged that Bhaktipada had amassed more than $10 million through illegal fundraising schemes, including the sale of hats and bumper stickers bearing copyrighted and trademarked logos. Kolibash said many organizations, including Major League Baseball and Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, helped in bringing charges against the swami.

Kolibash said the practices encouraged by Bhaktipada were occurring across the country, with devotees following a standard pitch line at sporting events and concerts.

“They would come up to you and say ‘you are under arrest for having too much fun,’” he said. “Then they’d say for $5 you can buy this sticker and be let go, and they did this all over the country.”

Bhaktipada appealed his 1991 racketeering conviction, then pleaded guilty at a second trial in August 1996 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. A judge reduced the sentence to 12 years in 1997, citing Bhaktipada’s poor health.

Decades of Separation

During the course of his legal troubles, Bhaktipada lost the support of his New Vrindaban followers and left the community entirely in 1994. Shortly afterward, the community petitioned to rejoin ISKCON, and it was restored to full membership in 1996. Kolibash said ISKCON and other members of New Vrindaban played a crucial role in bringing charges against and eventually convicting Bhaktipada.

“They were very cooperative with us, and they obviously had a stake in it because this man disgraced them as a community,” he said.

Krsna Das said after Bhaktipada left the community, he also ceased communication, which allowed for members to look ahead and begin to distance themselves from the disgraced former leader.

“As a community, we know this is part of our past, and at that time we committed to a new direction,” he said.

Part of that new direction included bringing in new members and returning to the moral and spiritual traditions of ISKCON. John Curran, a 29-year-old Kansas City native, joined the community earlier this year and said he is aware of the community’s past.

“I had visited this place a number of times for festivals, and I had always liked it,” he said. “I knew about the past, but I also knew the spirit of this place and so I didn’t let the past interfere with my decision.”

Krsna Das said most members of the outside community recognize the change in direction New Vrindaban has taken, though there are a few exceptions.

“It is clear the remaining portion of people who have ideas about our past haven’t had a chance to meet with us and see what we are really doing here,” he said.

Curran said not much was made last week after the community learned of Bhaktipada’s death. He said the community expected the reaction that his death spurred from those outside the community, but inside the walls there was little to no conversation.

“There hasn’t been any formal gathering to discuss” his death, he said. “Everyone is internalizing it and letting it pass and looking forward to the future.”

A New Direction

Krsna Das said the community has plenty on its plate, with a 25-year plan recently created. That includes a complete restoration of the Palace of Gold over the next five years, a $4 million project.

Additionally, the community hopes to build modern apartments for younger families and returning members as they aim to grow the number of devotees. And, in the near future, officials are hoping to construct a hotel and seminar area to accommodate the more than 25,000 visitors that travel to the site every year.

The community signed over its natural gas rights in 2010 for $2,500 per acre for 4,000 acres, a $10 million up-front windfall that will help complete the upgrades.

“I foresee we are a growing community,” Krsna Das said, adding the community also hopes to eventually become entirely self-sufficient in food and energy production. Curran said he believes the potential for the community is “huge” and that he and other young people are the new generation that will help take it to the next level.

“I feel like I represent a new generation that wants to establish this place and lead it to new places,” he said.

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Failure is the Pillar of Success


“Failure is the pillar of success. Then try. Again you shall try.”

Vrindavan, August 17, 1977

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ISKCON Orlando, USA: Nitai Gaura Nataraja 11/06/2011


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David Haslam, UK: Mataji/mother, so why are so many abused, raped, killed?


Collecting thoughts on a difficult subject it reminded me of my time working directly on the children’s wards.

Sadly once or twice a month a young girl in her early teens would be admitted via Accident and Emergency the history would be sketchy; drunken and with some items of clothing removed. Memory recall being poor the only thing at times that is noted is that she was with an older man or group of men, sadly at times the worst is realized and she is faced with a pregnancy she did not want or desire, unable to recall when or with whom.

I was shocked some time later during a discussion with a small group that the girls noted that at times they had been in situations were they either knew or were sure that they had been used in a manor that violates there body; but most shocking was the almost universal acceptance that this was inevitable given a sequence of circumstances and not reported.

Indeed at times of war and I have sadly been a witness to the fall out of war that the atrocities done to women will bring anyone with any form of conscious to tears (indeed some stories and sights still give me nightmares) women who are defiled, mutilated and humiliated many giving birth to unwanted children or having dangerous abortion’s many loosing there own life’s due to the procedure done.

Indeed the other day I was asked about one procedure by a group of women who did not believe these things went on, describing most common form used by non-medical individuals which always shocks. And the lengths mothers would go in some countries to hide the girl’s age to shrink or stop breast tissues developing scared of what will happen if she shows outward signs of maturity.

But we hope that were there is religious teaching on the importance of women that this would be different, sadly reading the reports of our daughters in India via mediums like and talking to individuals living in India even the basic of vadic teaching is being lost; leading to one pertinent question being asked by some why does India hate women?

Women are being killed even in the fetal stage, raped and generally abused at a level that is hard to comprehend in a part of the world were the sweet rasa’s were played out between Krishna and the Gopies; indeed the vadic literature is meant to elevate ourselves from animalistic life to human life and bring us to an elevated spiritual platform were we are not disturbed by material desires. Indeed Krishna’s pastimes are not contaminated by lusty sexual desire (a mistake many lusty men make).

Indeed as we listen closely to Srila Prabhupada his teaching that we should address all women as “Mataji. Mother” and as I am sure most men would do there utmost to protect there mum’s from harm; and seeing women not as a sexual object to be desired and used but to be seen in the context of being lovingly protected as mother.

Sadly this simple lesson is being ignored

When questioned about sex desire we see that Srila Prabhupada again gave a very simple piece of advice, you learn to tolerate the waves of desire comes but we take shelter of Krishna and the holy names and learn to tolerate and the desires will reduce as we advance in understanding; but first we tolerate

Sadly again we see this simple lesson is being ignored

But there is the dimension of the dowry, women and girls are seen as a Financial burden to her parents under pressure to provide adequate dowry to get her married to a good family, thus a girl is seen as a financial liability rather than an asset; whilst those looking for a wife look more at material gain than the needs and responsibilities of caring for and loving a wife (Ok this could be seen as a simplistic summery).

Working for many years in a hospital with a diverse community of people it became clear that there was a difference in views of girls and the approach, a small boy is admitted there is a definite presence and push for answers what is wrong will he be alright, but for a girl from the same community sadly all that you at times would see is an anxious mother and the child, little of the palpable pressure for cure and answers to what is wrong.

I sat in morning class at the temple one day and the question of value of women in society and dowry came up, it was a fair exchange which reflected that the men had neglected there duties and still do; to simply protect and respect for women.

He explained this dowry came about because the men were not protecting the women from rape and abuse; it was to be given as security for the women and was to remain hers; giving her a material value she would then be afforded some protection as the men at that time did more to protect land and material wealth than valuing and protecting women.

Sadly we see that the dowry became more important than the women, marriage a way to advance materially Ok I will marry your daughter but first what does she come with I will only marry her if you give me. Were poverty is rife a girl is seen then as a financial liability not an asset like a son for in these hard times who realistically can afford a dowry.

So he explained how a system that was meant to initially protect women has turned into a corrupt system leading to more women being abused than ever before; so we see desperate attempts to get rid of a daughter as soon as if not before birth. It reflects that fact that men are simply failing in there duty as protectors.

Although made illegal by the Indian Government the screening of a child’s sex and performing of fetal abortion if found to be a girl; it still happens at a price, many women little understanding the risks both physically and emotionally it comes clear that for many women the psychological effect is notable many years later and few truly get over a loss of a child when aborted.

Some due to complications find later on they are no longer able to have a child adding to the burden of guilt, that for many women haunts them and emotionally scars them but is little discussed or understood; a burden she carries alone.

Indeed if we look at the whole area of Karma and karmic reaction there has to be a notable question is this vital part of vadic teaching being ignored? Indeed we would not neglect the plight of girls or ignore the abuses that is going on if we understood even the basics of Karmic reaction; and we start with the simple act of educating the boys to love and respect.

After all if we kill then we to have to be killed and each part of those responsible or force killing or abuse on others are also held to account; so what sort of body and life do you want in your next life?

Indeed there is a basic principle that we simply come to a point were we see everyone equal, no matter what form they take; male/female, human/animal, educated/uneducated. Seeing all equal would you inflict pain and suffering on one group just because? No.

So in this life you have a strong male body, I enjoy and so what if someone suffers, seeing a girl scream and cry for mercy as you abuse her so what she asked for it; we were just having fun; she’s my wife she must do as I say or I will beat her; she knows what I need and if she won’t give it to me I will take it

Do you expect a strong male body in the next?

Ponder that thought

The vadic scriptures warn of identification and miss-identification of the body, unlike the soul it is temporary; this life male next may be female, this life female next may be male; and there is no guarantee that you will have a human form in the next life we cannot escape the law or karma nor what type of body the spirit soul will be forced to take even if we appear to escape or buy or way out of justice in the material courts.


We need to care for our mothers if we remotely want to call ourselves civilized humans, for abuse of our mothers simply demonstrates we simply know and understand animal life and animal life only.

So we simply abuse our bodies and suffer, may be it appears not in this life but defiantly in our next; or we respect, protect, love and care for all, born/unborn, male/female equally and immerse ourselves in how to care and serve others not ourselves; and simply become devoted in love of god (krishna) and we start by loving others.

Have you sobered up get?

Love all women as you love your mum. couldn’t it be made any clearer? 

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Japa Group: Keep Up Your Enthusiasm

Hare Krsna my dear devotees, I hope your chanting is going well and you feel enthusiastic about the Holy names. 

In the last session of the Japa Room a devotee brought this issue - he had been chanting his 16 rounds easily in the past but nowadays he said he has no enthusiasm to chant, he had put some other priorities to his daily life and chanting suffered the consequences. How could we address this matter? This is a problem that happens with many and we sometimes want to chant but we just can't feel that love and enthusiasm. 

In this case there maybe some problems in how we are chanting. Maybe distracted, with offenses and maybe we do not even notice that. The main thing is to address this issue very quickly because when we are not chanting well it may affect our whole spiritual life and we become weak as a devotee. You may also have felt like chanting more, this feeling when you do not want to stop you Japa even when your mind is telling you to, you grab your beads and feel like staying there forever, this means you are chanting properly and means you are feeling something when you chant. 

So, keep chanting with attention - listening to the mantra and focusing on it and you will always feel enthused to chant more and never decrease your number of rounds but increase it. 

Wishing you a very blessed week of chanting. 

your servant, 

Aruna devi
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By Pradyumna Dasa

Dear Srila Prabhupada disciple. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I hope you are having a wonderful kartik. Within the next five days as you complete your vratas and observances for this holy month, please take a moment to start thinking about Srila Prabhupada's vyasa-puja. Though ten months away, I'd like to invite you to submit an offering for next year's Srila Prabhupada Tributes book

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1965 November 6: "Yes I have got this nice typewriter by the Grace of the Lord and I am very much satisfied with its working. I have left my hearth and home in India but here by the Grace of the Lord I have got good sons and daughter like you."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1965

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1965 November 6: "Next time when I shall go to your home, I must serve you with my good cooking without fail. Now I am far away from you otherwise I would have at once gone to you and entertained you with such lunches."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1965

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1965 November 6: "Please offer my good wishes to your friends who still remember me. Had I the means to rent a house I would have gone back again to Butler to hold my Bhagavatam discourses daily with such good friends."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1965

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1965 November 6: "So far I have studied the American minds they are eager and apt to receive Bhakti Cult of Srimad-Bhagavatam. My mission is not to turn anyone away from a particular religion but I want to give them more knowledge about God and devotion."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1965

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 November 6: "So I have no objection if you decide to marry as a matter of necessity. I think you should consult your Godbrothers in this connection. Do your duty nicely & go Back to Godhead."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1973 November 6: "Describing your plans for traveling Sankirtana party, it is very much encouraging news for me. If there were three or four such traveling parties, it would be a grand scale propaganda. So do it with great enthusiasm."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1973 November 6: "When somebody does not agree, you try to get them out. This is a mistaken policy. With great difficulty we get a man. We have to reform them. Our business is to become sympathetic to fallen souls. So in future everything should be done amicably."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 November 6: "You immediately go and take back whatever books of ours that he has. You may inform him that we do not require his editing, neither should he correspond with our men. He wants to become more important."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Last kirtan before devotees leave for the Prabhupada marathon

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Jayadeva das, USA: This Side or That

We spend so much time in the external, material energy of God (Sri Krishna) that the internal world becomes something of an imaginary prospect. The concrete world that I perceive with my material senses is infinitely more real to me than Vaikuntha or Goloka Vrindavan. It's ironic that this temporary, ephemeral material world seems more real to me than that internal world which is eternal and unchanging. 

How we spend our time affects how we perceive reality. If we spend all of our time absorbed in the external, material energy then we will identify with it and become caught up in all of its changes, transformations and complexities. We will become completely convinced that we are these material, physical bodies and subtle minds. We will become convinced that we are the temporary personality that we currently happen to be. In other words, we will be in total, complete ignorance about our real identity as spiritual energy, spiritual beings. 

Conversely, if we spend our time absorbed in the internal energy (through associating with and serving advanced, realized souls, hearing from them and the sastras (Vedic scriptures), chanting the Holy Name, etc.) then we will come closer to that side of reality and begin to experience those higher truths. 

I've experienced both sides of this coin. I've lived in the temple/ashram as a celibate monk, fully absorbed in Krishna Conscious/devotional/spiritual activities and I've also moved out of the ashram and gone full force back into the external, material energy and the world of sense gratification. Each world has its own peculiar set of good and bad, happiness and struggles. 

I was never truly happy when I moved out of the ashram. There was always a sense of discontent and of wasting my time in activities that had no meaning or purpose. At the same time, living in the ashram was becoming boring and mechanical. My Guru Maharaja once told me that I was something like a ghost, caught inbetween two worlds, not fully committing to either side. This is my plight even up to the present day. 

Is this not the nature of human consciousness? Sometimes moving towards the non-material, spiritual side of things and at other times gravitating towards sense gratification? The spiritualist is engaged in a constant struggle against their lower nature and desires. Being absorbed in the material we cultivate a material consciousness full of self-centered ideas and goals. Being absorbed in the spiritual we cultivate selflessness, service and devotional ecstasy. The latter moves us closer to realizing our true, eternal identity in relationship with the Divine Source of all existence. 

If I step back from my existence and look at it from an objective view point I can see just how much time I waste. The mind enjoys habit and being pleasure seeking we fall into patterns and routines that afford us the most amount of "instant gratification". I find myself wandering on the internet, going on eBay or Facebook or some comic book website and searching for some kind of enjoyment. But all of these things are simply reinforcing my illusion that I am my body and that I'll be here forever. Why don't I instead use my time to cultivate the internal, spiritual, eternal side of my existence?

I find no motivation, no enthusiasm to pursue that side of things. I know it's important, I know I'm going to die and yet the urgency is lacking. I am completely covered by illusion, completely covered over by this material energy. 

That spiritual, internal, eternal side of existence will forever remain hidden from me if I continue on identifying with the material and pursuing sense gratification. But the attachment and material identification are so strong and difficult to break. There's no way we can do it alone or by our own power. This is the wonder of the mercy of Sri Guru/Sri Nityananda Prabu. Through their causeless mercy we are brought up into that higher quarter, even though we are so unqualified and contaminated. 

I pray to Sri Nityananda Prabhu to never give up on me and to forcibly push me towards the internal world. In Kali-yuga we have no other recourse and no other hope.

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H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: A shallow understanding

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, June 2011)

We find that sometimes philosophers are bringing up the point that:

“How can there be a God? Who is the creator of the material world?”

And they speak out against the designed argument that there is an intelligent design behind this world! For example, a philosopher like Yeung would speak out against this and would say:

“How can it be when there are imperfections in this world. Floods, earthquakes and so on It shows that it’s not going on perfectly”.

A somewhat shallow understanding. Not understanding that first of all, the whole material world is not going on by Krishna’s desire. Not at all! It is not going by Krishna’s desire, it is Krishna’s design! But it is going on in response to the desires of the living beings of the conditioned souls, and it’s a perfect response to those desire less of the conditioned souls. Sometimes frustrating the desires, and sometimes fulfilling the desire, and that’s the design. But it is not Krishna’s desires. Krishna’s doesn’t desire the whole material world! And still He comes into the material world to tolerate it!

The material world is just a bit too much, and therefore this is not going on by Krishna’s desires but our desires! We are the ones who provide the fuel for the spinning of the planets. It’s us….it’s our desire to enjoy this material energy, that keeps it going and not Krishna’s desire! It’s Krishna’s will and energy that keeps everything going but it’s not his desire!

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Remembering Gaura-kisora dasa babaji on his disappearance day

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David Haslam, UK: New Link: (fighting violence against women in India)


I have added a new link, and although it is under the child protection heading is highlights the plight and abuses against Indian Women; some of the statistics are indeed shocking. 
I will write soon on my personal thoughts especially in relation to basic teachings found within Vadic teachings. (fighting violence against women in India)

Are you shocked get?

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Kartik Bhagavatam Classes - LIVE!

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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Oil And Gas Had Help. Why Not Renewables?

The bankruptcy of a single solar-panel company, Solyndra, has catapulted the question of federal energy policies into the news. It has also led many people to draw exactly the wrong conclusions about federal support for energy innovation and where the policies should be headed.


Solyndra was clearly a bad bet for the government, which now stands to lose all or part of about $500 million in loan guarantees. But one case hardly discredits the whole idea of government support for energy innovation. The federal government has always been in the energy business, and with good reason. Private capital may be good at identifying and incubating new technologies, but bringing those technologies to commercial scale often requires significant public capital.
Land grants, for instance, helped build the coal industry, Depression-era spending created hydroelectric dams, and the Defense Department helped develop the first nuclear reactors. The oil and gas business benefited hugely from tax breaks like the oil depletion allowances that go back to the 1920s and were intended to encourage production in what was then a risky game.
Subsidies for newer technologies follow in that tradition. As priorities have changed and many politicians have come to realize that fossil fuels exact big social costs, federal subsidies have swung slowly toward projects that produce wind and solar power and biofuels from crops and plant matter.
The chart — which focuses on tax breaks and credits to promote development of various types of fuel — shows the trend. (The nuclear industry is not included; its subsidies are largely direct grants and loan guarantees, not tax credits.)
Tax incentives for fossil fuels surpassed $12 billion during the price spikes of the late 1970s and early ’80s, then plunged — partly because tax subsidies tied to the price of oil declined when prices did.
As the chart suggests, Congressional interest in renewables like wind and solar rises and falls with the price of oil. The oil shocks of the 1970s and President Jimmy Carter’s personal commitment to alternative fuels inspired a burst of enthusiasm that tapered off along with oil prices.
Then, in 2005, with prices rising, Congress passed a comprehensive energy bill loaded with incentives for renewables. That bill, plus President Obama’s stimulus package, have propelled tax credits for renewable energy, principally wind and solar, from virtually nothing 10 years ago to more than $7 billion today. (This includes $4.2 billion in direct grants provided in 2009 to companies that could not take advantage of the tax credit because of the financial crisis.) The same impulses inspired a renewed interest in energy-efficient buildings; largely because of the Obama stimulus, tax incentives for efficiency jumped to $2 billion in 2010. Corn ethanol continues to get a tax subsidy of about $6 billion annually, even though its production almost certainly contributes to rising food prices and is of dubious environmental value.
Subsidies for non-fossil fuels now dominate the picture. The Congressional Research Service estimates that benefits for wind, solar, ethanol and energy efficiency account for three-quarters of the $20 billion total of annual federal tax support.
The chart also illustrates that Congress, for political reasons, can also get things wildly wrong. The spike for fossil fuel subsidies in 2007 was caused almost entirely by a short-lived credit for synthetic fuel produced from coal. The fuel proved to be immensely unprofitable, and all 59 plants producing it closed. The 2009 spike in incentives for renewables was created by another short-lived tax break, for “black liquor,” a diesel-like substance produced from pulpwood that created a one-time bonanza for paper companies.
Renewables and efficiency are finally getting the attention they deserve but are still playing catch-up. At a time when oil is vulnerable to international disruption and fossil fuels are identified as the main culprit in global warming, robust federal efforts to help develop cleaner — and ultimately cost-competitive — energy make perfect sense. ROBERT B. SEMPLE JR.
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Australian News: Acapella Mahamantra

Acapella Mahamantra for your listening and viewing pleasure. Found on facebook – hosted on YouTube.

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Gouranga TV: Kirtan Mela Nama Yagna with H.H. Indradyumna Swami 31.08.2011 in Feriendorf Hoher Hain – Germany

Kirtan Mela Nama Yagna with H.H. Indradyumna Swami 31.08.2011 in Feriendorf Hoher Hain – Germany

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THE FOLLOWING LECTURE ON SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM, CANTO 3, CHAPTER 24, THE RENUNCIATION OF KARDAMA MUNI, TEXT 41, WAS GIVEN BY HIS HOLINESS BHAKTI CARU SWAMI IN ISKCON UJJAIN ON 9th SEPTEMPER 2011. Transcription : Her Grace Ranga Radhika Dasi Editing : Ramananda Raya Dasa Audio reference: click here Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya [...]

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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Sunday 6 November 2011--Pushing Forward a Spiritual Revolution--and--Where are the Gurus to Guide the World?

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Sunday 6 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: Help Popularize Our Message By Liking Today's Thought on Facebook: Today's Thought: Pushing Forward a Spiritual Revolution uploaded from Sri Vrindavan Dhama, India The Srimad-Bhagavatam is the most revolutionary literature in world history. By it's influence this entire planet and indeed this entire universe will be transformed. The truth of the Srimad Bhagavatam is so dazzlingly brilliant that it can only be temporarily covered by ignorance. Therefore that day is coming when the entire human society will recognize and follow the principles of the Srimad Bhagavatam. This is why there is no welfare work more important than the wide scale distribution of the Bhagavatam's teachings to every corner of the world. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture--5 November 2011 Krishna Balarama Temple--Vrindavan Dhama, India Answers by Citing the Vedic Version: Question: Where are the Gurus to Guide the World? Dear Gurudeva, Namaste. I would like to humbly ask the following questions. In the absence of a true guru, is it true that pseudo, inconsistent and defective devotion due to insufficient knowledge or deviation from the Vedic injunctions renders any chance for reciprocation with the Supreme Lord as futile and in vain? There are millions of sincere devotees seeking guidance but where are the gurus to meet the demand? Is there any alternative? Yours in yoga, Janardan Mali Answer: Srila Prabhupada and His Disciples Yes, without the guidance of a true guru the entire world is in a hopeless situation. Fortunately there is no absence of true gurus. There is a bona fide guru who can deliver the entire world. That guru is my beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. If everyone will read his books and follow his sublime instructions, the entire world will be saved. Those of his disciples who are strictly following him are also bona fide spiritual masters for delivering genuine Vedic knowledge for the deliverance of the world society. They were personally trained by Srila Prabhupada and can thus guide you how to properly follow his teachings. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Transcendental Resources: Receive the Special Blessings of Krishna Now you too can render the greatest service to the suffering humanity and attract the all-auspicious blessings of Lord Sri Krishna upon yourself and your family by assisting our mission. Lectures and Kirtans in Audio and Video: Link to High Definition Videos Link to Over 1,000 Lecture Audios Lecture-Travel Schedule for 2011 Have Questions or Need Further Guidance? Check out the resources at: or write Sankarshan Das Adhikari at: Get your copy today of the world's greatest self-realization guide book, Bhagavad-gita As It Is available at: Know someone who could benefit from this? Forward it to them. Searchable archives of all of course material: Receive Thought for the Day as an RSS feed: Unsubscribe or change your email address Follow us on Twitter: Thought for the Day on Facebook: 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: 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: {contact_address

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