miércoles, 23 de noviembre de 2011

H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 3, Chapter 25, The Glories Of Devotional Service, Text 18


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  1. Australian News: ISKCON Malaysia: Part of ISKCONS Family
  2. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Book Marathon 2011
  3. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Sveta's 21st Birthday
  4. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
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  11. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  12. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana
  13. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Selected Writings
  14. Kurma dasa, AU: The Zen of Satellite Navigation
  15. H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: To act enthusiastic!
  16. H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Nama Tattva Lecture – part V
  17. Kurma dasa, AU: Happy Cow
  18. Kurma dasa, AU: New Arrivals in Kurma's Patio Garden
  19. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Poem for November 16
  20. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Selected Writings
  21. Japa Group: Jayapataka Swami Japa Workshop
  22. Japa Group: Don't Stop Chanting
  23. Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Solar-powered Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Sprout Up Nationally
  24. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Monday, November 21st, 2011
  25. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Friday, November 11th, 2011
  26. Dandavats.com: Your Temple/Community Not Listed on Krishna.com
  27. Nityananda Chandra Das, Dallas TX: TEXAS FAITH 53: Why Should We Be Thankful?
  28. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: FREE COACHING SESSION
  29. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: URBAN CHAKRA YOGA
  30. Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: what is kirtanam?
  31. Karnamrita das, NC, USA: Love is the Answer Part 1
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Australian News: ISKCON Malaysia: Part of ISKCONS Family

www.iskconmalaysia.com/ serves the needs of devotees across Malaysia by providing a forum for the many activities and programs occurring in the region.

In the northern region there are centers and branches in Kedah, Perak, Perlis and Pulau Pinang.

The Central Region comprises of centers and branches in Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan.

The Southern Region covers Johor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan.

The Eastern Region comprises of centers and branches in Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu

The East Malaysia region, or Malaysian Borneo comprises centers and branches in Sabah and Sarawak.

This is quite a comprehensive site covering all the activities of the devotees. There is a discussion forum and a photo section, as well as links to other sites.

www.iskconmalaysia.com/”>Click here to visit the site to find more for yourself

Malaysia is a country that consists of thirteen states and three federal territories in Southeast Asia with a total landmass of 329,847 square kilometres (127,355 sq mi). The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. The population stands at over 27 million. The country is separated into two regions — Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo — by the South China Sea. Malaysia borders Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei. The country is located near the equator and experiences a tropical climate. Malaysia’s head of state is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the government is headed by a Prime Minister.The government is closely modeled after the Westminster parliamentary system.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Book Marathon 2011




Paraphrasing what Stambha Bhava Prabhu declared in Bhagavatam class yesterday:

"I think that during this year's book marathon, each one of us should take a vow of distributing at least one book... It's the least we can do for Srila Prabhupada..."

Sankirtan Yajna ki, Jaya!

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Sveta's 21st Birthday


Many of us were invited to Sveta Nannegari's girls-only birthday party last Sunday, celebrated on the Urban Yoga level of the Crossways building.

Here's a slideshow.

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1969 November 23: "Our Movement is very genuine, scientific and benedictory. Only the first class intelligent class of men can understand the value of this movement. But Lord Caitanya has given us the Hare Krishna Mantra which makes things very easy. So go on chanting."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1965 November 23: "Now we have got our English Srimad-Bhagavatam and any intelligent man impressed with our Siddhantas will certainly change his life's mode of action. And above all this is to satisfy the transcendental desire of Srila Prabhupada who desired very enthusiastically to start centres like this in the foreign countries."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1967 November 23: "The disciple may misunderstand a bonafide Spiritual Master under pressure of Maya's influence. But a bonafide Spiritual Master never lets go a devotee once accepted. When a disciple misunderstands, the Master regrets his inability to protect the disciple and sometimes cries with tears in the eyes."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 November 23: "The independent cooking done in the temple kitchen is not good. Any paid cook is not desirable. The right thing is that only twice initiated brahmana disciples may cook in the temple."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 November 23: "Why a servant? Godbrothers are not meant for being servants. Without the spiritual master's order, nobody can utilize the service of a godbrother as one's personal servant. We address each-other as prabhu, so how can we engage our godbrother as servant?"

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 November 23: "Traveling and preaching, this is the business of a sannyasi. Please follow my order in this regard. So far your becoming GBC, yes I wanted that, but there are so many complaints. This is not good. GBC must mean that by his managing, there is not any complaints."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 November 23: "Develop your program to perfection so simply by hearing and seeing you, students will want to come forward to join. And distribute many millions of books, that Krishna will help you do."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 November 23: "So long you remain active only satisfying Krishna's senses, then this movement will be successful without any doubt. As soon as someone wants to satisfy his own senses, then everything fails."

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana

Lord Krishna describes Srimati Radharani in a most poetic manner:


"Although the effulgence of the moon is brilliant initially at night, in the daytime it fades away. Similarly, although the lotus is beautiful during the daytime, at night it closes. But, O My friend, the face of My most dear Srimati Radharani is always bright and beautiful, both day and night. Therefore, to what can Her face be compared?"

(Vidagdha-madhava 5.20)

Here is the darsana of the lotus face of Srimati Radhika, and Her moonlike complexion, in all Her splendour.

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

From  In Praise of the Mahajanas and Other Poems (1983) “A Prayer of Thanksgiving” “I want to thank my mother and father for raising me as a nice boy and putting me into Brooklyn College and the U.S. Navy; My college friends led me to the Lower East Side and in the Navy I felt [...]

Selected Writings is a post from: EVERY DAY

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Kurma dasa, AU: The Zen of Satellite Navigation

zen GPS:

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H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: To act enthusiastic!

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Helsinki, Finland, 2011) Lecture – Nama Tattva Part IV

Jayananda and Vishnujan, were legendary devotees, and with their enthusiasm, they could do amazing things! It is said that in the kirtan, Vishnujan was just something else. He could just go through the whole day with full enthusiasm, and this enthusiasm never stops….for eight hours a day!

One day someone asked him:

“Vishnujan, how is it that you are always enthusiastic?”

He said:

“I’m not always enthusiastic, but I just act enthusiastic, then the devotees become enthusiastic, and that makes me enthusiastic”.

So this is nice. This is a nice example of how we make each other enthusiastic in devotional service!

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H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Nama Tattva Lecture – part V

Dear Devotees,

Below is a media file to download, containing Part V 
of the Nama Tattva lecture given by Kadamba Kanana Swami earlier this year in Helsinki, Finland. This lecture is based on the Srimad Bhagavatam, verse 55, from chapter 2 of the 11th canto.

Helsinki – Nama Tattva V S.B. 11.2.55

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Kurma dasa, AU: Happy Cow

happy cow:

"May cows stay in front of me; may cows stay behind me; may cows stay on both sides of me. May I always reside in the midst of cows." (Hari Bhakti-vilas 16.252).

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Kurma dasa, AU: New Arrivals in Kurma's Patio Garden

I'd like to welcome a host of new residents to my patio garden. Some were grown from seed, and others purchased as seedlings and semi-matured plants. Today I will feature just four of them. Maybe you recall my baby snow pea plants a few weeks ago. Grown from seed, they are now flowering and fruiting. They are clinging to a small bamboo tripod/totem. Next time I'll attach a higher frame.

my new snow peas:

Another new member of the team are my zucchini plants (pictured below). I've never grown zucchini, especially since I only have pots, planting bags and bare brick patio. Let's see how they go. So far so good. I planted zucchini seeds 18 days ago. They are fast growers!

zucchinis - early days:

Purple beans (pictured below) are another new resident. A friend gave me seeds, and I planted these also 18 days ago, at the auspicious lunar days for planting fruiting annuals. There are several different varieties of purple fresh-picking snap pole bean plants with names such as Royalty Purple and Royal Burgundy. I am unsure what variety these are. My friend Trevor used to grow them in Perth and they grew to over 2 metres tall on a huge trellis. Obviously mine (all planted out in 3 x 35 litre capacity planting bags) are limited to my 1-metre totems.

giant purple beans:

All common green beans can trace their origins back to Central and South America. Purple beans are essentially green beans disguised in a violet hued skin. They maintain the same lean cylindric shape, size and stringless seam. Underneath the purple shell is the same crisp translucent succulent green flesh and pale lime green peas. The flavor matches that of aFrench green bean with grassy notes and a sweet finish. And, once cooked, the violet hues fade to green, leaving the purple bean to appear as common as a green bean.

more giant purple beans:

Another exciting find is Ceylon Spinach (Basella alba) - also known as Malabar SpinachMalabar Nightshade and Malabar Greens. It is an easily-grown vine from tropical Asia. Apparently the leaves and shoots taste similar to ordinary spinach and they can be harvested regularly to be eaten raw or cooked. The plant is pictured below.

newly-planted ceylon climbing spinach:

Large, mature leaves have a stronger flavour, more like spinach, no doubt because of their rich iron and chlorophyll content. Large leaves can be lightly steamed, sliced and tossed in stir-fries, added to quiche, soups, casseroles, and mixed with vegetable dishes. Leaves infused in boiling water are drunk as a tea.

Tender tips of stems are lightly steamed, resembling asparagus in flavour. Flowers can also be eaten. The juicy, purple berries can be used to colour jellies, sweets, drinks and for face painting (though I won't be doing any of that).

The plant is a rich source of chlorophyll, a valuable blood building component, which also provides favourable intestinal flora, digestive enzymes, and stimulation of secretions of the stomach, liver and pancreas. The mucilaginous leaves are valued for removing mucus and toxins from the body.

Te plant's high water content is cooling to the body and has the effect of clearing the complexion and dealing with fluid retention. In Sri Lanka it is one of the basic herbal medicines given for insomnia and nervous breakdown. Leaves are used as a poultice on the forehead to relieve headaches, and bandaged over ulcers and eczema.

I purchased the plant as is from a great nursery in Northern Australia called Mudbrick Cottage Herb Farm, who express post hard-to-find plants at a very reasonable rate. I purchased 8 well-matured plants for less than $50 including express next-day postage. They all arrived in perfect condition. There's many other new plants to show you, but I'll do that another day. Stay tuned!

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Poem for November 16

4:17  A.M. Lord Caitanya accepted lunch five times a month at Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya’s. Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya’s wife Shathira Mata began cooking with great pleasure. The room was so constructed that there was only one door opening on the outside, which served as an entrance for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. There was another door connected to the kitchen [...]

Poem for November 16 is a post from: EVERY DAY

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

From My Autobiography The autobiography is a work-in-progress. I have written ofmy pre-Krishna conscious memories and of my career in ISKCON, and I will continue to do so. Now I am writing from the books I have written over thirty-five years. The writing is so importantto me that it’s a crucial part of my life [...]

Selected Writings is a post from: EVERY DAY

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Japa Group: Jayapataka Swami Japa Workshop

A very powerful Japa seminar by Jayapataka Swami in Fruska Gauranga, Serbia

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Japa Group: Don't Stop Chanting

Many times we just don't feel like chanting - it's common amongst devotees, despite the number of years we've been engaged in reciting the Holy names. 

If we have doubts about chanting, it means we don't feel anything and it's become mechanical or ritualistic....something we do because we have to do it not necessarily because we want to. 
There is hope for us all....if we simply pray to the Lord for help each day - ask the Lord to give the inspiration to continue with our chanting and to overcome obstacles like the mind or other things. 
I read a very nice quote the other day in this regard. 

“...even if there may be some problems, always try to remain in Krsna consciousness. Do not give up chanting the Hare Krsna mantra simply due to some external difficulties. Under all circumstances you should always chant Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. This will protect you from all danger of being influenced by maya or the material energy.” 

Letter to Sudhindra Kisora Raya, 
10th June, 1975
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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Solar-powered Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Sprout Up Nationally

By Michael Gorton, CEO and chairman, Principal Solar

Here’s a breath of fresh air for the future of electric vehicles (EVs): Cities across the country have been given the green light to install more solar-powered charging stations that promise to energize the demand for electric and hybrid vehicles while reducing pollution on the supply side.

Corporate planners and municipalities must play an instrumental role in bringing EV to the mainstream. Otherwise, “range anxiety” will remain the Achilles’ heel of electric cars. 

Also read: Solar, storage, and EVs: a powerful trifecta

Hundreds of these solar-powered recharging stations have sprouted up across the nation, giving juice to the “green revolution” and building upon awareness that the sun is a versatile and efficient renewable energy resource — here today, here to stay.

The US federal government has already doled out several hundred million dollars to at least nine cities so that they can install free charging stations designed to keep electric vehicles on the road and influence tepid public purchasing attitudes.

Many of these recharging connections, which look something like streamlined gasoline pumps, have been deployed at highly concentrated areas including shopping malls, motels, and dozens of public places where cars might be parked long enough to get a jolt of needed power.

Private enterprise is also joining forces in collaborative efforts to converge smart technologies with solar energy to put these carports on the map where they might be least expected — from South Bend, IN to Portland, OR.

Automakers couldn’t be any happier. They see solar-powered EV charging stations as an avenue to make owners of conventional automobiles, who may have been reluctant to pay a heftier price for an EV, green with envy now that the potential exists to drive farther without getting stranded and eliminating the cost of gas at the pumps.

By the end of 2012, almost every major automaker, from General Motors to Honda, plans to have a least one electric car on its showroom floor; a far cry from when the highly successful Toyota Prius became the first hybrid — a car that runs on two distinctive sources of power — to penetrate the market in 2006.

As EVs enter the American mainstream in anticipated record numbers, corporate planners and municipalities must play an instrumental role in laying the groundwork to continue the trend toward clean technology within the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Careful consideration and understanding of the deployment and integration of public charging stations should be made with daily commuting and typical driving habits in mind.

Otherwise, “range anxiety” will remain the Achilles’ heel of electric cars. Batteries need to be charged by safe, practical, affordable and easy-to-access renewable energy sources that eliminate concerns related to extended travel.

Americans have further fuel for thought. Natural-gas-powered vehicles are another contender to replace the traditional gasoline-automobile option. Natural gas is an abundant resource that produces significantly lower pollutants than gasoline and it is available virtually everywhere.

Cars powered by natural gas and their electric counterparts both have the advantage of lower air-polluting emissions and reduced operating expenses.

The success of these vehicles comes down to a significant reduction in prices, and an improvement in battery technology for electric vehicles to enter the mainstream.

Viable technologies exist today for alternative-fueled vehicles to become more than a vision, but a reality. What remains to be seen is a conscientious effort on the part of all Americans to educate, legislate, and enthuse one another to energize the transportation infrastructure with clean technologies so that the nation can become independent on foreign oil  — and take a big healthy breath of fresh air.

Filed under: Cows and Environment        
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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Monday, November 21st, 2011

Meeting Christopher 

Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Doves and robins filled the ether with their precious sounds. Threes perspire (at least some), and drop rain even on a clear day. This is rather remarkable. There will not be a cloud in the sky and yet all this moisture drops from these massive trees lining the streets of Buenos Aires. 

Fortunately this day is over-cast. It's also a day to pack up, give good byes to old and new friends and get a little mentally prepared for the flight back to Canada. I managed to squeeze in a measly three kilometres walking. It would have been more but as I embarked on a projected one hour of leg work, I was approached by a Portuguese photographer on assignment for some magazine. He was fascinated by the image of a monk and took quite the time in his perfectionism to go for the right backdrop of a portrait shot. 

"Oh well," I figured, "if the photo gets published it will be a promotion for monasticism." 

By evening I was grounded at the Buenos Aires Airport until flight time. A guy, Christopher, in his early thirties and who resides in Iowa, came to chat. I had a feeling he was going to go in the direction of evangelist schpeil. Sure enough. It began with first time niceities and then the Christian trump-card was played when giving me the ultimate "only way" line. He wanted my opinion. 

"The problem with Absolutist statements is that it creates an exclusive, rather than inclusive, environment. If Christ wanted us to love our neighbour as much as ourselves then friendship should be sustained through commonality. Wouldn't you agree that loving God is of prime importance, that family, community and declaring war on drugs, pornography and other self centered habits are issues we share. Where you have a Jesus line about 'love' we have an equal message in sacred books like the Gita." 

I would say Christopher intended to dominate the conversation. I let him have his space and I hope compassionately. Graciously he allowed for a two-way. I suggested that God is the source of all sperm and that He has more than one son, since He is the father of all. We both raised more points. For the most part it was a congenial exchange. I mentioned to him I appreciated his kind forwardness in talking to me and his resoluteness towards Jesus. 

"Consider me your neighbour while I have a conviction to Krishna and please come and visit me in Toronto." He began extolling the glories of what started in the nineties as 'the Toronto Blessing", an evangelical healing movement located near the city's airport. Again, I appealed to Christopher to capture the essence of sacred statements and to not let walls divide spiritual seekers. It's a long journey to get home and we might just need each other to get there. 

3 Km

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Friday, November 11th, 2011


New Orleans, Louisiana 

Our small drama troupe was invited to New Orleans for their third annual Ratha Yatra. Travelling with me via air from Buffalo with stop-over in Cleveland was Dhruva and Yogendra, our two Nova Scotian monks, Sing Lung Wong, who is a lay member from our Toronto community and Nitai Priya, the receptionist at our temple. 

The air was fresh after exiting from Louis Armstrong Airport. It was cooler than us Canucks had anticipated. We were treated to the local temple prasadam (sanctified food) and then set out for walking the French Quarter. 

New Orleans is certainly a music town. You hear brass music in and outside venues. Brass and beer are the features of this birthplace of jazz and various forms of blues. It came to mind that jazz is really an expression of emotions rendered artistically. We say in Vaishnava (devotee) circles that Jagannath (a name of Krishna) is the master of the universe. Could we stretch it to say that God is the source of all sentiments and emotions and therefore we could call him Jazzanath? 

It was a thought. 

It became evident to me that our tiny group of pilgrim tourists had musical abilities. With no determined or scheduled service outside of the morning talk from the Gita, we decided to drive back to the temple to pick up mridanga drums. Our two Scotia monks went to N Peters Street and we, with our vocals and tambourine, played and sang up a storm. People were so warmed up to it. It convinced me that the sankirtana (collective chanting) is well-received in this city that breaths out music. 24/7. 

New Orleans, we love you... 

Another thought came to mind as devotees of Krishna we never need to feel that sight-seeing is complete in itself, unless of course, we're speaking about tirthas (sacred places). We always have something to contribute wherever we are. We pick up some instruments and sit down somewhere and project out devotional songs. 

10 Km

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Dandavats.com: Your Temple/Community Not Listed on Krishna.com

Anuttama Dasa: Today I went to look for a temple address on Krishna.com and found that the entire directory/list of ISKCON temples for the world is listed less than 100!. Many are missing from that list---including perhaps YOURS! (The same holds true for "gatherings" There are only TWO listed!!.)

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Nityananda Chandra Das, Dallas TX: TEXAS FAITH 53: Why Should We Be Thankful?

Dallas Morning News,
Each week we will post a question to a panel of about two dozen clergy, laity and theologians, all of whom are based in Texas or are from Texas. They will chime in with their responses to the question of the week. And you, readers, will be able to respond to their answers through the comment box.

Thanksgiving Day.

It's a holiday that many people often say is their favorite one. No gifts to buy. No parties to attend. Just families and friends sharing a meal around the table. 
But why should we be thankful? 
The nation faces a massive debt. Washington is polarized. We're at war to keep terrorists from striking us. Poverty rates are alarming. The gap between rich and the middle class is widening. And that's before you even get off the front page.

So, why should we be thankful? And what should we be thankful for, either personally or at the larger national/global level?

NITYANANDA CHANDRA DAS, minister of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), Dallas 

Thanksgiving is a beautiful day wherein we lovingly gather around the table and all are very happy, all except for the innocent bird who has a knife in its back.

We all have many things to be thankful for. Number one is God, who arranges for all our facilities of life. Whenever there is a deficiency, we can see that deficiency either due to nature responding to our misuse and exploitative tendencies or directly in relation to our misuse and exploitative tendencies.

God does not only provide all of our subsistence but also arranges the education by which we can solve all of our problems by becoming fully God conscious. He teaches us how we can live sanely with such precepts as "Thou Shall Not Kill."

By God's will, He sometimes descends to this world as an avatar in His own form such as Krishna, Buddha, Rama and so on. Or sometimes He sends one of His unlimited sons, such as Jesus (or daughters) and empowers him to teach on His behalf.

This brings us to number two: We can be thankful for God's pure devotees, those who help others by teaching them how to be free from all distresses. By reawakening our natural relationship as a servants of God, such teachers teach by their example so that spiritual life can understood beyond the theoretical platform.

We have many, many other debts or persons to whom we should be grateful too, but none of them carry such weight as the first two choices.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: FREE COACHING SESSION

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Visit her blog "Light Up Your Soul": 

Here is her free offer for you: 

Dear Akrura, 

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I am excited about this project because I am thoroughly inspired to help others live the fullest expression of who they really are. Helping people find their wings and watch them soar makes me come alive. It is amazing to see how even one powerful coaching session can ignite clarity, strength and creativity and motivate individuals to take steps to live their lives to the fullest. 

Within the "Give it Back" project, I am offering a limited number of free coaching sessions to a limited number of people until December of this year. One conversation is already enough to bring people's current reality in alignment with their own vision of their best life. 

The minimum time my clients commit to working with me for is 6 months. This is an opportunity for someone to reap benefits in only one conversation with me. 

If you know of someone who would benefit from having a conversation with a coach who will support them by working with their fears and obstacles to allow transformation to happen, please let them know of this service work I am offering. 

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It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." W.J.B. 
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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: URBAN CHAKRA YOGA

Click on the title below to listen to a nice spiritual music made by devotees from Serbia and Macedonia:

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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: what is kirtanam?

Kirtanam actually means “describing”. You can describe with music, you can describe with words, you can describe in speeches, any sort of describing, that is called kirtanam

- Srila Prabhupada 1966/12/01 New York

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Karnamrita das, NC, USA: Love is the Answer Part 1

Pure children 
With the inspiration of Saint Francis, a great mystic in the Christian tradition, I am exploring his famous prayer since it seems very much in the mood of our great Vaishnava saints and bhakti yogis. I spoke of sowing peace in a recent blog which began my thinking of his prayer. Whereas peace may be a kind of passive, inactive state of being, it requires to be coupled with love to realize its full potential. A progressive idea of love is that love is an action word, or verb, and not merely a feeling, or noun. “Love is as love does,” expresses this idea, and is the basis of bhakti or devotional service, with the additional idea of being part of the soul’s spiritual relationship with God. If it is really true that “love makes the world go around,” or that hate is the basis of many world conflicts, then it is essential to think about and understand these opposite states or energies.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Balarama dasa asks

“We know that upon hearing Vaisnava aparadha we should leave the offender. But what happens when the offense is in the intention of the person and not his words?”

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1967 November 22: "It is my duty to deliver you the right thing in right earnestness and it is the duty of the receiver to act in the standard spiritual regulation. Any good soul who approaches me for spiritual enlightenment is depending on my responsibility to get him back to home, back to Krishna."

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Mayapur Academy, Mayapur, IN: Deity Dressmaking Class

The students are learning how to make dress design ornamentation directly from Mayapur’s finest who work daily on new dresses for Radha-Madhava and Panca Tattva!






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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 November 22: "I am happy to accept them all as my sincere disciples. Now you give them good advice how to push on this Krishna Consciousness Movement. Let them know it for certain that something given to Krishna is never lost or wasted and if they are determined they may go back to Godhead very soon."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 November 22: "Let our philosophy be challenged by anyone and we shall defeat them. We show people by the results: so many centers, happy devotees, big books, strong conviction - like that. Let people judge who is better by the results."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 November 22: "Vaisnava philosophy is now being pushed on all over the world under the Hare Krishna movement. We find great shelter at the lotus feet of Sri Ramanujacarya which are the strongest fort for combating mayavadi philosophy."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 November 22: "Our process is something universal. It cannot be checked by any means. Anyone in any place, in any country can chant Hare Krishna. So far your becoming initiated, it is alright provided you have the recommendation of the temple president."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 November 22: "Your father and mother are very good souls. We are trying to educate our disciples to produce Krishna Conscious children, but your father and mother, without being Krishna Conscious, have produced such nice Krishna Conscious devotees, so I am very much obliged to them."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 November 22: "Prahlada never protested against his father, but he never agreed either. That should be your policy also. I am always praying to Krishna to protect you because I know purposefully I have sent you into a fiery condition of maya."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 November 22: "Arjuna sacrificed all his good sentiments and accepted the order of Krishna thus he came out victorious. Follow this principle and you will be never disturbed by any frightening condition of maya. We are neither renouncer nor enjoyer. We are simply servitor of Krishna."

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H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 3, Chapter 25, The Glories Of Devotional Service, Text 18

THE FOLLOWING LECTURE ON SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM, CANTO 3, CHAPTER 25, THE GLORIES OF DEVOTIONAL SERVICE, TEXT 18, WAS GIVEN BY HIS HOLINESS BHAKTI CARU SWAMI IN ISKCON UJJAIN, INDIA ON 11th 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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ISKCON Desire Tree: 23 Nov 2011 - Sri Saranga Thakura Disappearance

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Spiritual Scientist: Concerned but not disturbed by change

The world around us is subject to constant change: change that is often unstoppable, uncontrollable and unpredictable. The Bhagavad-gita (2.14-16) explains that the best way to cope with change is to focus on the unchangeable: our spiritual nature and our spiritual connection with Krishna.

This focus energizes us with the confidence that no external change can:

1. Harm our essence, our indestructible souls

2. Stop Krishna from loving us

3. Stop us from remembering Krishna and experiencing his loving shelter.

Awareness of these unchangeable realities of life reassures us that, no matter how stormy the wind of change that blows around us, it can never change the ground under us. Knowing that external change can’t affect our core identity, we don’t become disturbed by it and so don’t get broken down or blown away by it. At the same time, knowing that external change does affect our circumstantial activity, we don’t deny or neglect the change; with due concern, we do the needful to deal with it.


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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Jaya Radha-London-Isvara, Radha-London-Isvara, Radhe!

Prabhupada prana-dhana hey.

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Gouranga TV: 2011 09 12 Evening Kirtan HH Chandramauli Swami HG Madhava Prabhu

2011 09 12 Evening Kirtan HH Chandramauli Swami HG Madhava Prabhu

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Balabhadra dasa: ISCOWP Ox Training Again!

 Teamster in training Dhananjaya with teacher Balabhadra suoervising.

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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Tuesday 22 November 2011--Material Opulence Can Never Satisfy the Self--and--Does Maya Test Us All the Time?

]]]]]]] A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Tuesday 22 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: Material Opulence Can Never Satisfy the Self uploaded from Mumbai, India No amount of material opulence can ever satisfy the self because the self has nothing to do with the material body. The material body is simply a covering of the self. It is not the actual self. Sense gratification is necessary to keep the external body strong and healthy. But if one thinks that he can be happy simply by polishing the cage of the bird without feeding the bird within, he is living in a grand illusion. It is useless to simply take care of the body while neglecting the self within. This misplacement of priorities is the great tragedy of the modern so-called civilization. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Exposing the World Leaders As Dogs, Hogs, Camels, and Asses and Giving the Solution Pune, India--20 November 2011 http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Fall/Pune_SFLect1.JPG http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Fall/Pune_SFLect4.JPG http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Fall/Pune_SFLect3.JPG http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Fall/Pune_SFLect2.JPG Answers by Citing the Vedic Version: Question: Does Maya Test Us All the Time? Dear Spiritual Master, Please accept my humble obeisances. Does Maya test us all the time in order to fix our faith in Krishna? Krishna says that He will deliver us from all sinful reactions? When does this take place? Thank you Sujata Answer: We Are Always Being Tested We are being tested at every minute whether we are remembering Krishna or not. When we fully surrender ourselves to Krishna, He delivers us from all of our sinful reactions. 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: {contact_address

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