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  1. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana
  2. Spiritual Scientist: We are products, but not prisoners of our past
  3. Ekendra das, Alachua, USA: Wanna see what’s in back of my head?
  4. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: INTELLIGENCE BECOMES PURIFIED
  5. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: YOU CAN WALK SPIRITUAL STEPS
  6. Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: The modern marketplace is a conspiracy to confuse, to trick your mind...
  7. Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: 3 types of intuition
  8. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Temple Clean-Up - This Saturday at 10:00am!
  9. Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: Satisfizers and maximisers
  10. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  11. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  12. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  13. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: POWER TO CHANGE
  14. Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: Dedication - to the most compassionate one
  15. H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Preaching Is the Essence And Books Are The Basis
  16. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  17. Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, the more you become purified, the more you will feel ecstasy
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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana


I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, round whose neck is swinging a garland of flowers beautified with the moon-locket, whose two hands are adorned with the flute and jeweled ornaments, who always revels in pastimes of love, whose graceful threefold-bending form of Śyāmasundara is eternally manifest.

(Brahma Samhita 5.31)

O Sri Radha Ballabha, may Your darsana in Your graceful threefold-bending form be eternally manifest in our minds.


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Spiritual Scientist: We are products, but not prisoners of our past

“Is this just the way I am? Am I a prisoner of my past?” Gloomy thoughts like these often cross, even possess, our mind when we succumb repeatedly to an undesirable behavioral trait that we had indulged in the past, but had subsequently decided to abandon, having recognized that it was detrimental to our best interests.

The Bhagavad-gita (3.34) indicates that, though our present likes-dislikes are products of our past, those likes-dislikes can only push us, they can’t force us. We can prevent a push from becoming a compulsion by activating our internal power to counter-push. To activate our counter-pushing power, we need to align ourselves with principles that empower us to choose our actions intelligently instead of instinctively. The most empowering of all principles is the principle of selfless love for the Supreme because that love links our counter-pushing power with the power of the Supreme, thus empowering us to overpower the residual effects of our past.

Thus, when we align with the divine, that alignment frees us from our past and helps us chart a future of ever-increasing freedom.

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Ekendra das, Alachua, USA: Wanna see what’s in back of my head?

“It’s nine a.m.” I said, trying to be Mr. Helpful Human Alarm Clock. I’m terrible at this.

“Wanna see what’s in back of my head?” she asked, very chipper.

“What’s that?” I asked, not sure if I heard her properly.

“What’s in back of my head.”

This baffled me. I looked carefully at what might in fact be in back of her head.

I didn’t immediately see anything out of the ordinary, but hey, maybe she’d survived some freaky head injury in the middle of the night, and was expecting me to gasp when I finally noticed the immense clump of dried blood and hair. Or perhaps she went to sleep wearing the scalp-tingler tool by mistake, which we all do occasionally. Or maybe “Wanna see what’s in back of my head?” meant, “talk to the hand,” as in, “don’t you see the pillow? I’m trying to sleep.” In any case, I was stumped.

“What’s in back of your head?” I sighed.

“The puppy!” she said, with great delight. Talking to a sleeping person is like talking to someone on drugs. They’ll say any damn thing and forget it immediately.

“There’s a puppy in back of your head. OK. I’m gonna go write this down.”

She smiled brightly and rolled over. When I read this conversation to her an hour later, she couldn’t stop laughing. She didn’t remember a word of it.

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Chanting Hare Krsna is the easiest process by which to become purified, especially in this age, when people are so dull that they cannot very easily understand spiritual knowledge.

If one chants Hare Krsna, then his intelligence becomes purified, and he can understand spiritual things.

- Srila Prabhupada, Science Of Self Realization
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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: YOU CAN WALK SPIRITUAL STEPS

So practice means employing both the mind and the senses in practical devotional service. This practice is not for developing something artificial. For example, a child learns or practices to walk. This walking is not unnatural. The walking capacity is there originally in the child, and simply by a little practice he walks very nicely. 

Similarly, devotional service to the Supreme Lord is the natural instinct of every living entity. Even uncivilized men like the aborigines offer their respectful obeisances to something wonderful exhibited by nature's law, and they appreciate that behind some wonderful exhibition or action there is something supreme. So this consciousness, though lying dormant in those who are materially contaminated, is found in every living entity. And, when purified, this is called Krsna consciousness. 

- Srila Prabhupada, Nectar Of Devotion 

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Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: The modern marketplace is a conspiracy to confuse, to trick your mind...

 Choosing your battles. 
Some decisions, like how to handle a dicey client situation, are worth mulling over. Others, like deciding what brand of dental floss you buy, are not. Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide, points out that we are constantly bullied into feeling like trivial decisions are incredibly important: 
The modern marketplace is a conspiracy to confuse, to trick the mind into believing that our most banal choices are actually extremely significant. Companies spend a fortune trying to convince us that only their toothpaste will clean our teeth, or that only their detergent will remove the stains from our clothes… Why does the average drug store contain 55 floss alternatives and more than 350 kinds of toothpaste? While all these products are designed to cater to particular consumer niches, they end up duping the brain into believing that picking a floss is a high-stakes game, since it’s so damn hard. And so we get mired in decision-making quicksand. 
Takeaway: Ask yourself if this decision is really that meaningful. If it’s not, stop obsessing over it, and just make a call! 
If you don’t know if it’s meaningful I recommend that you read Bhagavad Gita as it is by srila Prabhupada. It inspires many great thinkers. Ghandhi said “those who meditate on the Gita derive fresh joy and new meaning everyday.”

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Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: 3 types of intuition

3. The three kinds of intuition. 
In the creative and business worlds, you hear a lot of talk about intuition, and (see above) “trusting your gut.” But what does that really mean? It’s less simple than you might think. Columbia Business School professor William Duggan believes that there are three different types of intuition: 
Ordinary intuition is just a feeling, a gut instinct. Expert intuition is snap judgments, when you instantly recognize something familiar, the way a tennis pro knows where the ball will go from the arc and speed of the opponent’s racket… The third kind, strategic intuition, is not a vague feeling, like ordinary intuition. Strategic intuition is a clear thought… That flash of insight you had last night might solve a problem that’s been on your mind for a month. 
Expert intuition is always fast, and it only works in familiar situations. Strategic intuition is always slow, and it works for new situations, which is when you need your best ideas.

This difference is crucial, because expert intuition can be the enemy of strategic intuition. As you get better at your job, you recognize patterns that let you solve similar problems faster and faster. That’s expert intuition at work. In new situations your brain takes much longer to make enough new connections to find a good answer. A flash of insight happens in only a moment, but it may take weeks for that moment to come. You can’t rush it. But your expert intuition might see something familiar and make a snap judgment too soon. The discipline of strategic intuition requires you recognize when a situation is new and turn off your expert intuition. You must disconnect the old dots, to let new ones connect on their own.

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Temple Clean-Up - This Saturday at 10:00am!

CDM (Ceto Darpana Marjanam) is a monthly project which entails the organized cleaning of the temple as a group and will take place this Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 10:00am! 

The schedule will be as follows: 
10:00am to 1:30pm - Clean-Up 
1:30pm to 3:00pm - Special pizza party and nectar-filled conversations. 

An inspirational quote by Srila Prabhupada: 
"Everything within the temple should be kept very, very neat and clean. And the more you keep the temple neat and clean, you will be neat and clean within your heart. And then your understanding will be very easy. We cannot understand Krsna because our heart is piled up with many garbages. That we have to cleanse."  
-- Srila Prabhupada Melbourne, May 22, 1975 

Please come out and bring your family and friends for this unforgettable experience!
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Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: Satisfizers and maximisers

1. Satisficers vs Maximizers. 
Coined by the economist Herbert Simon in 1956, “satisficing” is an approach to decision-making that prioritizes an adequate solution over an optimal solution. Gretchen Rubin sums up the difference between the two types of decision-makers well in a post over at the Happiness Project: 
Satisficers are those who make a decision or take action once their criteria are met. That doesn’t mean they’ll settle for mediocrity; their criteria can be very high; but as soon as they find the car, the hotel, or the pasta sauce that has the qualities they want, they’re satisfied.

Maximizers want to make the optimal decision. So even if they see a bicycle or a photographer that would seem to meet their requirements, they can’t make a decision until after they’ve examined every option, so they know they’re making the best possible choice…

In a fascinating book, The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz argues that satisficers tend to be happier than maximizers. Maximizers must spend a lot more time and energy to reach a decision, and they’re often anxious about whether they are, in fact, making the best choice. 

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 December 14: "If you chant Hare Krishna offenselessly, avoiding the ten kinds of offenses, the vibration is sure to act. So our movement is directly taken to the spiritual platform. Chant nicely, offenselessly, and it will be successful anywhere."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 December 14: "In the beginning we follow the principles. The more one becomes perfect at following the principles, the more his relationship with Krishna becomes manifest. Following Gopis comes in the perfectional stage. First come to the perfectional stage, then talk of Gopis."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 December 14: "Anyone, if he is a pure devotee, he can deliver others, he can become Spiritual Master. But unless he is on that platform he should not attempt it. Then both of them will to go to hell, like blind men leading the blind."

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: POWER TO CHANGE

Never underestimate your power to change yourself.

Never overestimate your power to change others.

- Wayne Dyer
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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: Dedication - to the most compassionate one


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H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Preaching Is the Essence And Books Are The Basis

Click on the pictures to discover the Treasure House Of India’s Spiritual Wisdom as presented by ISKCON Founder Acharya A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. Article sent by His Grace Ramkinkara Dasa Preaching is the Essence Engaging technology in the service of Srila Prabhupada, “Our Goswamis, they have prescribed yukta-vairagya: accept everything in relation to Krishna. [...]

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 December 14: "The bona fide Spiritual Master is acting in the position of Krishna because he is the most confidential servant of Krishna. On account of his exalted position he is honoured as much as Krishna. Not that he is Krishna."

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Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, the more you become purified, the more you will feel ecstasy

Conversation between srila prabhupafa and bob cohen a peace corps worker in 
August 14, 1974

Bob: Thank you so much for allowing me to ask my questions.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: That is my mission. People should understand the science of God. Unless we cooperate with the Supreme Lord, our life is baffled. I have given the example many times that a screw which has fallen from a machine has no value. But when the same screw is again attached to the machine, it has value. Similarly, we are part and parcel of God. So without God, what is our value? No value! We should again come back to our position of attachment to God. Then we have value.

Bob: I met a fellow today who came in the afternoon. His reason for coming—you may find it humorous—was that he heard the hippies were in Māyāpur.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: What?

Bob: He heard that hippies were in Māyāpur. I was talking to him, and then some devotees were talking to him. He had said some things to me which I could find no answer for. And he said he would come back tomorrow and meet some devotees. But let me tell you what he said. This is confusing. When he was young—

Śrīla Prabhupāda: He’s Indian?

Bob: Yes, Indian. He lives nearby and speaks English fairly well. When he was young he worshiped Kālī [a popular demigoddess] every day very rigorously, and then the floods came. When the floods came, the people saw hardship, and now he has no religion, and he says he finds his happiness in trying to develop love among people. And I couldn’t think of what to say to him to add God and religion to his life. He says that after he dies, “maybe I’ll become part of God, maybe not,” but he can’t worry about it now. He says he’s tried these religious experiences, but they didn’t work. One reason I ask this is because when I go back to America, a lot of people I come across are like this. They see that religion, like his worship of Kālī or other kinds of religion they’ve experienced, doesn’t work. And I don’t know what to say to them to convince them it’s worth trying.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Do not try at the present moment. You try to be convinced yourself.

Bob: Yes. I asked him to see devotees, but then on the way out, as he was leaving down the road, I met him again and told him, “Come back,” but… Oh, I see.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: You first of all be convinced. And then try to convince others. Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s instruction is that you can improve the welfare of others when your own life is a success:

bhārata-bhūmite haila manuṣya-janma yāra 
janma sārthaka kari’ kara para-upakāra 
[Cc. Ādi 9.41]

First make your life perfect. Then try to teach others.

Bob: The devotees have told me that without consciousness of Kṛṣṇa all the time, you cannot be happy. But at times I feel happy.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: At times. Not always.

Bob: Yes.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: But if you become Kṛṣṇa conscious, you will feel happy always.

Bob: They had implied that you cannot feel happy without Kṛṣṇa consciousness.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: That is a fact. For example, if you are an animal of the land and you are thrown into the water, you cannot be happy in water in any condition. When you are again taken up a the land, then you’ll be happy. Similarly, we are part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa. We cannot be happy without being part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa. The same example: the machine part, without the machine, has no value, but when it is again put into the machine it has value. We are part of Kṛṣṇa; we must join Kṛṣṇa. And you can join Kṛṣṇa immediately by your consciousness, simply by thinking, “I am Kṛṣṇa’s, Kṛṣṇa is mine:’ That’s all.

Bob: What is that? Kṛṣṇa is…

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Kṛṣṇa is mine.

Bob: Mine?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes. Mine. My Kṛṣṇa.

Bob: Ah.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Kṛṣṇa is mine. Kṛṣṇa is mine.

Bob: Yes.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: And I am Kṛṣṇa’s. That is our actual position.

Bob: We are part of Kṛṣṇa.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes. Everything is part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa. Because everything is generated by the energy of Kṛṣṇa and everything is the energy of Kṛṣṇa.

An Indian gentleman: Śrīla Prabhupāda, I have one question. What is the status of service minus devotion?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Hm-m? That is not service, that is business. [Everyone laughs.] For example, here in Māyāpur we have employed a contractor. That is not service—that is business. Is it not? Sometimes they will advertise, “Our customers are our masters.” Is it not? But in spite of the flowery language—”Our customers are our masters”—this is business, because nobody is a qualified customer unless he pays. But service is not like that. Service—Caitanya Mahāprabhu prays to Kṛṣṇa:

yathā tathā vā vidadhātu lampaṭo 
mat-prāṇa-nāthas tu sa eva nāparaḥ 
[Cc. Antya 20.47]

“You do whatever You like, but still You are my worshipable Lord.” That is service. “I don’t ask any return from You.” That is service. When you expect some return, that is business.

Bob: I wish to ask you to advise me on how I can come to feel closer to God. I’ll be leaving you soon. And I’m—

Śrīla Prabhupāda: You have to be purified.

Bob: I come to the temple at times, and then I leave, and I’m not sure how much I take with me.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: It does not take much time. Within six months you will realize your progress. But you have to follow the regulative principles. Then it will be all right. Just like these boys and girls are doing.

Bob: Yes, I see.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: They have no tendency for going to the cinema or going to a hotel. No. They have stopped all anarthas, all unnecessary things.

Bob: I—I feel that when I go back, they’ll—

Śrīla Prabhupāda: The whole human life is meant for purification.

Bob: Yes.

Śrīla Prabhupāda:

tapo divyaṁ putrakā yena sattvaṁ 
śuddhyed yasmād brahma-saukhyaṁ tv anantam 
[SB 5.5.1]

Sattva means existence. So if you don’t purify your existence, then you will have to change your body. From this body to that. Sometimes it may be higher, sometimes lower. For example, if you don’t cure a disease, it can put you into trouble in so many ways. Similarly. if you don’t purify your existence, then you will have to transmigrate from one body to another. There are very subtle laws of nature. Now there is no guarantee that you will get a very comfortable body or an American body. Therefore, it is essential for the human being to purify his existence. Unless you purify your existence, you will hanker after happiness but will not always be happy.

Bob: When I go to my job in New York, I hope I’ll become pure, but I’m sure that I won’t become as pure as your devotees here. I—I don’t see myself doing that.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: You can do as they are doing. They were not pure in the beginning; now they are pure. Similarly. you can become pure. For example, in your childhood you were not educated—but now you are educated.

Bob: So, what are the things that I may do? When I go back, I must—

Śrīla Prabhupāda: When do you go back?

Bob: I’ll be going back to Chaibasa to do my work there, and…

Śrīla Prabhupāda: What is there in Chaibasa?

Bob: That is where I do my teaching. I live there.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: So better not to teach—because you do not know what to teach.

Bob: [laughs] I’ll be going—I don’t like this teaching so much, and I’ll be returning to America in May, but while I’m here, this is my agreement for staying in India.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: If you are serious, you can keep yourself pure anywhere. It doesn’t matter whether you stay in America or India. But you must know how to keep yourself purified. That’s all.

Bob: You mean by folllowing these principles?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, I went to America, for instance, but either in America or India, I am the same man.

Bob: I—I have somewhat tried to follow since I met you the first time. [a brief visit to Calcutta in November 1971]

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Hm-m. But follow—you must strictly follow if you are serious.

Bob: Maybe—OK, Maybe—what I say now is—well—the most foolish all I’ve said. But let me tell you how I feel.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: No, no, not foolish. I don’t say foolish—but imperfect.

Bob: OK [He laughs.] Imperfect. But let me tell you. I feel that right now I admire and respect your devotees, but I don’t feel as if I am part of them, or even that I have a great desire to be part of them. I feel that I just want—I want to do what is right, come closer to God, and if—and if I just go to a better life next time—I’d be satisfied.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Very good.

Bob: I guess it’s material clinging, but …

Śrīla Prabhupāda: So, you just follow in their footsteps, and your desire will be fulfilled. We are training them how to become purified and happy. That is our mission we want to see everyone happy. Sarve sukhino bhavantu. People do not know how to become happy. They do not take the standard path to become happy. They manufacture their own way. That is the difficulty. Therefore, Ṛṣabhadeva gave this advice to his sons: “My dear boys, just undergo austerity for transcendental realization.” Everyone is performing austerity. This boy I know—he had to go to a foreign country to learn commercial management. Now he is well situated. In this way. everyone must undergo some austerity for future life. So why not take that austerity for permanent happiness? You have to purify your existence and your body. As many times as you accept a material body, you will have to change it. But as soon as you get a spiritual body, there is no question of change. You already have a spiritual body. Now, due to our material contamination, we are developing the material body. But if we associate with spiritual life, then we shall develop a spiritual body. The same example I have several times given is that if you put an iron rod within fire, it will become like fire. Is it not?

Bob: Put the iron rod into fire?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, and it will become like fire.

Bob: Yes.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Although iron.

Bob: Yes.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Similarly, if you always keep yourself spiritually engaged, your body will act spiritually, although it is material. The same example: when an iron rod is red-hot, touch it anywhere, and it will burn. It takes on the quality of fire. Similarly, if you always keep yourself in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, then you will become spiritualized. You will act spiritually. No more material demands.

Bob: How do I do this?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: This process. They are doing it. You have seen these boys, our six boys who have been initiated today. It is very simple. You have to follow the four restrictive regulations and chant these beads. Very easy.

Bob: Well, but, see—when I am back in Bihar and following my lifestyle there, I—if I follow all these regulative principles—some I follow now, but not all—

Śrīla Prabhupāda: “Some” means… ?

Bob: “Some”?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: There are only four regulative principles. “Some” means three, or two?

Bob: Two or three.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: So why not the other one?

Bob: No, no. I mean I follow one or two. One or two I follow now.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: [Laughs.] Why not the other three? What is the difficulty? Which one do you follow?

Bob: Which one do I follow? Well, I’m almost vegetarian, but I eat eggs.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Then that is also not complete.

Bob: No, not even complete. Since last time [November], I’ve become vegetarian, but…

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Vegetarian is no qualification.

Bob: Not much.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: The pigeon is vegetarian. The monkey is vegetarian—the most rubbish creature…

Bob: Well…

Śrīla Prabhupāda: The monkey is vegetarian. This naked sannyāsī lives in the forest… the most mischievous…

Bob: I—I felt that it was a little bit of progress because it was somewhat difficult at first, then easy, and I had returned to—

Śrīla Prabhupāda: No, you can stick to all the regulative principles, provided you take to the Kṛṣṇa consciousness process—otherwise it is not possible.

Bob: Yes, this is it. I have—when I’m back in Bihar, and—um—my friends may say… We’re sitting in the evening, and there’s nothing to do but fight mosquitoes, and they say, “How about smoking some marijuana?” And I say, “Sure, there’s nothing else to do;” and then I sit down, and I enjoy myself for the evening. Now we did this, we got carried away. we were doing it every day and realizing we were hurting ourselves and stopped, but still on occasion we…

Śrīla Prabhupāda: You have to live with us. Then your friends will not ask you, “What about marijuana?” [Bob laughs.] Keep the association of devotees. We are opening centers to give people a chance to associate with us. Why have we taken so much land [in Māyāpur]? Those who are seriously desirous—they will come and live with us. Association is very influential. If you associate with drunkards, you become drunk; if you associate with sādhus, then you become a sādhu.

Śyāmasundara: He can come and stay with you in Bombay.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, you can stay with us in Bombay. But he wants friends with marijuana. That is the difficulty.

Bob: Let me ask you about something else; then maybe I’ll come back to this. I find that I think of myself too much, and this way I can’t think of God so much. I think of myself in too many places. How can I forget about myself so I can concentrate on other, more important things?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: As they [the devotees] have done.

Bob: [Laughs.] You are saying to me that my path—I think what you’re saying is that my path to purity is to become a devotee.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Do you hesitate?

Bob: Well, I…

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Is it very difficult to become a devotee?

Bob: For myself—it is. I—I don’t feel so much the desire. First the devotees tell me that they have given up material life. These four regulative principles, they have explained to me, mean giving up material life, and that I see. And in place of this they have…

Śrīla Prabhupāda: What do you mean by material life? [Bob is silent] I am sitting on this bed. Is it material or spiritual?

Bob: Material.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Then how have we given up material life?

Bob: I think how I interpreted it was “a desire for our material gains…”

Śrīla Prabhupāda: What is material?

Bob: Working towards material gains and not giving up all materials.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Material life means—when you desire to gratify your senses, that is material life. And when you desire to serve God, that is spiritual life. That is the difference between material life and spiritual life. Now we are trying to serve our senses. But instead of serving the senses, when we serve God, that is spiritual life. What is the difference between our activities and others, activities? We are using everything—table, chair, bed, tape recorder, typewriter—so what is the difference? The difference is that we are using everything for Kṛṣṇa.

Bob: The devotees have said that the sensual pleasures they have given up are replaced with spiritual kinds of pleasures, but—see—I haven’t felt this.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Spiritual pleasures come when you desire to please Kṛṣṇa. That is spiritual pleasure. For example, a mother is more pleased by feeding her son. She’s not eating, but when she sees that her son is eating very nicely, then she becomes pleased.

Bob: Hmm-m. Spiritual pleasure, then, is pleasing God.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Spiritual pleasure means the pleasure of Kṛṣṇa.

Bob: Pleasing Kṛṣṇa.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes. Material pleasure means the Pleasure of the senses. That’s all. This is the difference. When you simply try to please Kṛṣṇa, that is spiritual pleasure.

Bob: I had viewed this as—my thought of pleasing God was to—

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Don’t manufacture your ways of pleasing God. Don’t manufacture. Suppose I want to please you. Then I shall ask you, “How can I serve you?” Not that I manufacture some service. That is not pleasing. Suppose I want a glass of water. If you concoct the idea, “Swāmījī will be more pleased if I give him a glass of milk, hot milk,” that will not please me. If you want to please me, then you should ask me, “How can I please you?” And if you do what I order, that will please me.

Bob: And pleasing Kṛṣṇa, then, is being a devotee of Kṛṣṇa.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: A devotee is one who is always pleasing Kṛṣṇa. He has no other business. That is a devotee.

Bob: Can you tell me some more about chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa? I have for quite some time chanted, but never regularly—just a little bit here and there. I just got beads very recently, and once in a while I feel comfortable chanting, and once in a while not comfortable at all. Maybe I don’t chant Properly. I don’t know.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, everything has a process. You have to adopt the process.

Bob: The devotees tell me of the ecstasy they feel when chanting.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Yes, the more you become purified, the more you will feel ecstasy. This chanting process is the purifying process.

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 December 14: "I have heard you are having some difficulties. Now try to keep a cool head under all circumstances and always remember that Krishna will protect you in any case, you haven't to worry anything."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1967 December 14: "We should remain everlastingly a fool before the bonafide Spiritual Master. Not artificially but feelingly for as soon as one thinks that he is wiser man than the Spiritual Master he is surely doomed."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1973 December 14: "Try to convince them to return and work cooperatively. I am not at all pleased at what they have done, but if they return let us forget what has happened and go forward."

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1973 December 14: "The whole world is going to hell and everyone is suffering. How can we argue amongst one another and neglect our responsibility for reclaiming the fallen souls for going Back to Home, Back to Godhead."

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Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: Material Sense gratification is for the birds

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out 
Sense Gratification Is for the Birds 
The following conversation between His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and some devotees took place in May 1974 during a morning walk in Rome.

Srila Prabhupada: Adanta-gobhir visatam tamisram punah punas carvita-carvananam. Life after life, people are simply trying to enjoy their senses. Life after life, the same thing over and over again. The same eating, the same sleeping, the same sexual intercourse, and the same defending, either as man or as dog. Punah punas carvita-carvananam: again and again, chewing the chewed. Whether you become a demigod or a dog, in the material world everyone is given the facilities for these four things: eating, sleeping, having sexual intercourse, and defending. 
Actually, if some danger were to come now, we humans might be victims, but a bird would immediately fly away. So the bird has better facility for defense. Is it not? Suppose all of a sudden a car came directly at us. We would be killed. We could not do anything, but even the smallest bird — “Hut! I’m leaving!” He can do that. Is it not? So his defensive measures are better than ours. 
Similarly, if we wanted to have sex, we would have to arrange for that. Find out some mate and a suitable time and place. But the female bird is always around the male bird, at any time. Take the sparrows, or the pigeons. Have you seen it? Immediately they are ready for sex. And what does the bird do about eating? “Oh, there is some fruit.” Immediately the bird can eat. And sleeping is also easy and convenient. 
So these facilities — don’t think that they are available only in your skyscrapers. They are available for the birds and the beasts. It is not that unless you have got a very nice apartment in the skyscraper, you cannot have all these facilities of eating, sleeping, defending, and having sex. You can have them in any material body, in any species: Visayah khalu sarvatah syat. Visayah means the facilities for material sense enjoyment. Our process is visaya chadiya se rase majiya. One has to give up this unsatisfying material enjoyment and relish transcendental bliss, the taste of spiritual enjoyment. It is enjoyment on a different platform.

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Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: Those who are actually intelligent and philosophically inclined

Those who are actually intelligent and philosophically inclined

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One ISKCON.com: Mothers Cannot Be Diksa Gurus To Their Sons!

"Although Nārada Muni was his dīkṣā-guru (initiating spiritual master), Sunīti, his mother, was the first who gave him instruction on how to achieve the favor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is the duty of the śikṣā-guru or dīkṣā-guru to instruct the disciple in the right way, and it depends on the disciple to execute the process. According to śāstric injunctions, there is no difference between śikṣā-guru and dīkṣā-guru, and generally the śikṣā-guru later on becomes the dīkṣā-guru. Sunīti, however, being a woman, and specifically his mother, could not become Dhruva Mahārāja's dīkṣā-guru". (Srimad Bhagavatam 4.12.32 purport)
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Japa Group: One Must First Give Up Sadhu-ninda

"Without developing a spirit of service, chanting the holy name is in vain. Real devotion can be cultivated only when one receives the blessings of an unalloyed devotee. . . . Therefore to give up namaparadha one must first give up sadhu-ninda, or finding faults with the devotees."

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
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Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: Lord Caitanya Meets With Sanatana Goswami Puppet Show

Lord Caitanya Meets With Sanatana Goswami Puppet Show

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Dandavats.com: Devotees in… Santa Rasa - video :-)

Parasuram das: Devotees from Food For All in Santa Rasa preach in London, LSE University 2011

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Dandavats.com: One with everything??

Hasyam dasa: Impersonalistic philosophy not easily understood...even he doesn´t get it!

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David Haslam, UK: Srila Prabhupada’s Book Marathon Update


Vicaru Das 
Bhaktivedanta Manor 

One of the most profound realization you could experience when you go out and distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books.

Imagine these books are original scriptures given by all previous Acaryas which is now translated printed and distributed by Srila Prabhupada’s sons, daughters, grand daughters and grand sons around whole planet. These is the seed planting process for back to godhead, every single person receives any one of these books they get the invitation for BTG to reunite with krishna depends on how serious and sincerely this teaching is taken.

One of the most special occasion of the whole year is Srila Prabhupada’s winter book marathon or Srila Prabhupada’s Christmas book marathon, at this time of the year people are very much in Christmas mood including young generation to older ones,

Shopping; giving gifts and accepting gifts; and in the middle of this Christmas festival; arrives a army of Lord Caitanya, a soldier with trolley full of books and start giving out this most precious gift to these Christmas Bhaktas and when a soldier of Gouranga Mahaprabhu stops these Christmas Bhaktas then many nice exchanges takes place, some, powerful and wonderful exchanges.

Myself and my two dear friends Sutapa Das and Guru Das we began our journey from Manor to Norwhich distributing books in the three towns around Norwhich, Ipswhich and Bury Saint Admands; we met some selected most exciting people who really were interested in these books Taking there email and phone numbers, and gave us feed back straight away after reading

A very kind new Bhakta gave us a room where we stayed then we travelled to Lincoin did books on the way to Newcastle, as soon as we arrived in Lincoin , it was windy and very severe cold air. rain, which penetrates the bones of the body never mind how much you covered with clothes but as soon we hit the street the Bhagavat Gita and Veda starts flying like anything a good flow of people appearing one by one a good donation flying in and books flying out in there hands in the span of seven hours our book trolley empty.

Now if someone argues that BRITISH holds the heaviest karma on the planet for invading the whole world at one time. then now the time comes that these British citizens are receiving these books to free the karma of there generations by transforming themselves.

Then from Lincoin we drove 120 miles to Newcastle ISKCON temple which is outskirts of the city, we did nearby town called Durham we met again amazing souls , we met university students who told us that they were looking for these kinds of books, one lady I met she said that she was on her way to book store to buy Bhagavat Gita as she is studying theology, philosophy, and history.

One man I met aged 35, stopping him in Newcastle town centre little hardy man but when i took time to describe him the power and potency of the book and whole description took me 10 or 15 minutes that people and the world are becoming very materialistic and modern technology is on demand human beings becoming rational animals eating mating defending sleeping children abuse themselves by drugs, cigarettes and adolescence parents produce children like anything and the time of conceiving a child the minds of the parents are full of sinful thoughts so the child born with lusty greedy envy anger and hallucinated thoughts, and he or she follow the same rational animal routine as they grow older so only these books are remedy because it does contain holy name in it; so the man took.

So that man was convinced and gave good donation. and thanked Srila Prabhupada by seeing his picture on the cover of the book and whole idea although the body is tired and painful in freezing cold that risk for giving pleasure to Lord Caitanya by not only marathon, but all the time,,. is most powerful experience in ones life, that feeling of book distribution we cant get from anywhere it is the only empowered mercy of Srila Prabhupada so do it, don’t think but do it than we get the nectar, no time for gossip no time for argument no time for spacing out; I tried to be little spaced out maya change a persons mind took him away and I could not give him Krishna in the form of this book.

There are so many powerful empowered amazing Sankirtan Worriers of ISKCON these soldiers are diamonds, jewels, gold,touchstones, and swans and legends of ISKCON these Vaisanavas are to be worships because they take risk to glorify the holy names through these books the bliss of sankirtan destroys a persons sleep , because while awake you distribute and blissed out and while sleep you dream the bliss of that you distributed.

Thank You 
Hare Krishna

Your Servant 
Vicaru Das

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Japa Group: Raise Your Family To Be Exemplary Vaisnavas

"Raise your family to be exemplary Vaisnavas by yourself following the regulative principles and rigidly chanting Hare Krishna mantra, and without any doubt they and yourself will become all of you firmly situated on the path back to home, back to Godhead."

Letter to Candrabali
13 December, 1972
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Nityananda Chandra Das, Dallas TX: TEXAS FAITH 54: Why is music central to Christmas -- or any religious story?

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.

We are now full bore into the Christmas season, where parties are being held, presents are being bought and Santa's sleigh is about to reappear as a mystery to young children. 
At the same time, churches are rolling out classic hymns, malls resound with music from the season and the drive home from work is made less tense by the car radio playing Christmas carols. Even for those who do not participate in this unique time on the Christian calendar, music is a way to share in the season. 
Which leads to this week's question:

Why is music so central to Christmas - or any other religious story?

In Brahma's work, the Śrī Brahma-saḿhitā, a very detailed description of the kingdom of God, the following description is given, "kathā gānaḿ nātyaḿ gamanam." Meaning that in the kingdom of God every word is a song, and every step is a dance.

Kirtan, singing God's glories with music, is the easiest form of religious practice. It requires no wealth, or austere vows. One does not need to be a great scholar or season practitioner. All one needs is to sing God's glories with unwavering devotion. Therefore the father of kirtan, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, has recommended that in this Age of Quarrel, the most effective means to bring about God-consciousness is by chanting His holy names, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, or any actual name of God.


NITYANANDA CHANDRA DAS, minister of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), Dallas 
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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: All glories to a great saint - Srila Saraswati Takur Prabhupada

All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupada!! 

Today is Maharaj's disappearance day. I wrote a post about him two days back. I want to share my personal realization of this saint in this post. In my own personal devotional journey, I derive lot of strength and inspiration from him. Especially in my initial days in Krishna Consciousness, studying the character of Maharaj helped me understand (1) his greatness as a devotee (2) his staunch discipline in following Krishna consciousness and (3) his utter disdain toward anything material (be it gross or subtle). 

His words still echo in my mind that seeking recognition and honor from other people is compared to the stool of a boar (wild pig). It is that abominable. Yet, my mind seeks stool. I can see how much I have to go in my own journey to become Krishna conscious. Studying his preaching style gives me such inspiration in my heart that I think anyone who is under his tutelage cannot but preach the message of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. I remember one time reading where Maharaj says "only a person with life can preach not a dead body" (i am paraphrasing). The essence however I understand is that anybody who is alive should preach the message of Krishna. Of course, to do that we have to become purified in our own consciousness and be empowered by the Lord. 

While Srila Bhaktisiddhanta maharaj is a powerful preacher, he also is an epitome of humility and service. I remember reading his final instructions to his disciples in which he requests his followers to preach the message without being discouraged and also that we should pray to be the dust of the lotus feet of Sri Rupa and Sri Raghunath Goswamis and serve them in that capacity. Although Srila Bhaktivinod Takur re-initiated Mahaprabhu's sankirtan movement, it was Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaj who systematically spread it all over India and infused the same spirit to A.C.Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada to spread it worldwide. So Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaj was at the helm of this worldwide movement and still is. 

I only wish and also pray that I may be an instrument of Maharaj's divine will, Prabhupada's divine will and my own spiritual master's divine will to have the inner strength, courage, desire and enthusiasm to spread the message of Mahaprabhu. Although I am currently lacking anything higher, I pray to Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaj on this auspicious day to help me in my own spiritual life and also bless me to be an instrument of Sri Guru and Gauranga! 

I am very happy to be a part of the disciplic succession where I can associate (at least through vani) with such a great soul and saint whose only desire was the benefit of all living beings. I seek and pray to be a dust at your divine lotus feet. 

All glories unto you Maharaj! 
All glories unto your spirit of preaching the worldwide movement! 
All glories unto all the devotees who have followed in his footsteps! 

Hare Krishna

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H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta disappearance day lecture

This is a class about the glories of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, given by HH Kadamba Kanana Swami on Srila Bhaktisiddhanta’s disappearance day (14.12.11), in Durban, South Africa.

To download the class, please click here.


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Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: Nectar of Instruction, verse 4

Nectar of Instruction, verse 4:


  • Symptoms of love shared by one devotee and another
  • Text 4: Offering gifts in charity, accepting charitable gifts, revealing one’s mind in confidence, inquiring confidentially, accepting prasāda and offering prasāda are the six symptoms of love shared by one devotee and another. [Nectar of…
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Mayapur Academy, Mayapur, IN: Pics of Yajna Setup Yesterday and Today for Samskaras Class


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Krishna Dharma dasa, UK: Stand up to your bullies

This is the second Pause for Thought in my current series, broadcast yesterday morning on BBC Radio 2

Courage is a positive quality, but it might sometimes require judicious application. I remember at school seeing a friend being bullied by an older child. “Pick on someone your own size,” I blurted out. The bully looked at me, marginally bigger than my friend. “Fair enough”, he said with a smile and proceeded to turn his pugnacious attentions towards me.

A little painful but looking back I don’t regret it. Courage means standing up for what we believe to be right, even in the face of difficult consequences. I might have ignored the age old military wisdom to not challenge a superior foe, but I don’t think I was wrong to take a stand. I just needed reinforcements.

Since then I have had to take many more stands. Not of a physical nature thankfully, but I have often been called on to dig deep inside myself and find moral courage to make the choices I believed were right. As a young man I became a Hare Krishna monk, forswearing the lifestyle choices of all my peers, my family members and indeed myself up until that point. It was a radical step. Taking vows to give up intoxication, illicit sex, gambling and eating meat tends to separate you from the crowd a bit.

And over the years it has led to quite a few more assaults from bullies. Not of the school playground variety though. This has been an inner fight, about being true to myself. That has been the real challenge demanding my courage; having the strength to say no to my pugnacious mind and senses which constantly try to drag me away from the spiritual path. But I’ve been that way before and I know it is a dead end.

I believe real happiness comes when I take the harder choice and follow the guidance of God. That pleases him and when he is satisfied he showers blessings and we experience a sense of inner fulfillment. The flickering enjoyment of bodily indulgence can’t compare to that, in my experience. And even when we lose a battle, as we sometimes will, merely the attempt to fight the good fight pleases God and he reciprocates from within us. So I shall keep praying for the moral courage to make the right choices. I’ve had quite enough of being bullied by my insatiable senses.

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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: why find fault?

Hare Krishna devotees not all of them are perfect. In fact many of them are not perfect. But the difference, they all are trying to become perfect and perfect they will be (whoever is sincere and serious) in either this life or lives to come. Why then find fault with their imperfections just because they have taken to Krishna consciousness?

Hare Krishna

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Report on yesterdays demonstration-festival in front of parliament in Budapest

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Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Prabhupada on following instructions from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur!

This  inspirational video is especially poignant today, the Disappearance day of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami. The video has direct instruction from Srila Prabhupada! In this important month of Prabhupada Marathon, Srila Prabhupada's mandate and priority is crystal clear...Print and Distribute books to increase the Krisna Consciousness movement.  

It also exemplifies how Srila Prabhupada followed his guru's instructions and a conversation on the bank of Radha Kund was taken to heart and Srila Prabhupada broadcasted the glorious Gaudiya Vaishnava treasure throughout the whole world. 

Jaya Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada! 
Obeisances to his exemplary disciple who has provided the ultimate treasure and parampara link to all of us devotees.

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Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Pranati to honour his disappearance day


nama om vishnu padaya krishna presthaya bhutale 
srimate bhaktisiddhanta sarasvati iti namine 

I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, who is very dear to Lord Krishna,having taken shelter at His lotus feet.

sri varsabhanavi devi dayitaya krpadhaye 
krishna sambandha vijnana dayine prabhave namah 

I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Varsabhanavi-devi-dayita Dasa [another name of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, who is favored by Srimati Radharani and who is the ocean of transcendental mercy and the deliverer of the science of Krsna.

madhuryojjvala premadhya sri rupanuga bhaktida 
sri gaura karuna sakti-vigrahaya namo 'stu te 

I offer my respectful obeisances unto you, the personified energy of Sri Caitanya's mercy, who deliver devotional service which is enriched with conjugal love of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna, coming exactly in the line of revelation of Srila Rupa Gosvami. 

names te gaura vani sri murtaye dina tarine 
rupanuga viruddhapasiddhanta dhvanta harine 

I offer my respectful obeisances unto you, who are the per sonified teachings of Lord Caitanya. You are the deliverer of the fallen souls. You do not tolerate any statement which is against the teachings of devotional service enunciated by Srila Rupa Gosvami. 

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Demonstration-festival in front of parliament in Budapest



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H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Mahamantra in the mountains

After the Ratha Yatra in Lenasia, Johannesburg Maharaja travelled to Durban. Finally, he was able to get back to his normal routine after a taxing tour of Bangladesh and India. He stayed at the temple where he gave Srimad Bhagavatam classes.

Then, last weekend (09-11 December), Maharaja participated in the Krsna-Balarama (KB) Mela which took place at the Alpine Heath resort in the Drakensberg Mountains. Drakensberg could be translated as dragon’s mountain and is the highest mountain peak in South Africa. It’s about a 3 hour drive away from Durban, going north-west. This was the very same venue that Kadamba Kanana Swami held retreats at in 2005 and 2006. The Mela was arranged by the KB youth group, a bunch of young individuals who are based in Johannesburg, and this is the third year running of the festival.

The main attraction of the Mela was the Mayapuris Bhajana-Band but also featured Amala Harinama Prabhu who blessed the event with his wonderful renditions of kirtana. Other special guests present were HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami and HH Bhakti Vasudeva Swami. Together with Kadamba Kanana Swami, the sannyasis conducted open discussions and workshops on Krsna Consciousness. Kadamba Kanana Swami presented a seminar entitled The Step by Step Process of Bhakti Yoga, wherein he encouraged devotees to not jump stages leading to Bhakti prematurely but instead to slowly and steadily become serious in their spiritual lives.

Another highlight of the Mela was a 12-hour Kirtana which took place on Saturday, 10 December and was initiated by Maharaja. On Saturday morning, HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami and HH Kadamba Kanana Swami accompanied devotees on a walk into the mountains, following a somewhat known path. On the way, obstacles like an overflowing river had to be overcome but eventually all the devotees safely reached their desired destination, a beautiful waterfall. There is some history to this particular waterfall. During the January 2005 retreat, HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami, who was also present at that time, jumped (some say fell!) from the top of the waterfall into the plunge pool below. This celestial piece of nature has been subsequently named ‘Bhakti Caitanya Swami Falls’.

On Sunday morning, Maharaja departed early from the Berg in order to make it to the Sunday program at New Jagannath Puri, Phoenix. This temple is about 40 km away from the Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Temple in Durban.

The program started off at 11 am with Guru-puja and kirtana. Thereafter Maharaja delivered a class emphasizing the importance of giving out mercy, especially in form of distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books in the December Marathon. With that in mind, he distributed over 500 books straight from the Vyasasana at the end of his class, requesting the devotees to not keep them but somehow or other pass them on.

From Phoenix Temple Maharaja then drove to Durban Temple to attend at the Sunday program there which began at 4pm. After another Kirtana and a shared class with HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami, Maharaja distributed a further 300 books to the local devotees.

Can’t view the slide show? Visit flickr!

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Gouranga TV: HH Radhanath Swami Kirtan at Maan Mandir (Vrindavan Yatra 2004)

Subido por HHRNSMedia el 24/11/2011

013. HH Radhanath Swami Kirtan @ Maan Mandir (Vrindavan Yatra 2004)

HH Radhanath Swami Kirtan at Maan Mandir (Vrindavan Yatra 2004)

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16 Rounds to Samadhi Magazine, LA, USA: Illusory Reflections

“Although shadows, echoes, and mirages are only illusory reflections of real things, such reflections do cause a semblance of meaningful or comprehensible perception. In the same way, although the identification of the soul with the material body, mind, and ego is illusory, this identification generates fear within the individual.” – Srimad Bhagavatam 11.28.5

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Sachin Kotak, London, UK: Srila Prabhupada's Book Distribution Marathon December 2011

Hare Krishna dear devotees! 

Here is the updated venues for the Book Distribution Marathon 2011! 

The Weekend Warriors team are up for visiting towns all over London. Please feel free to contact me if you want us to visit your local town. So far this is our schedule for the month. Each event runs from 11am to 4pm

Sat 3-Dec-11 
Ilford (Town Hall, 128-142 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1DD) 
Kingston (The Bentall Centre, Wood Street, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1TP) 
Edgware (The Broadwalk Centre, Station Road, Edgware, HA8 7BD) 

Sat 10-Dec-11  
Sutton @ Town Centre 
Wood Green @ Vue Cinema, Hollywood Green, 180 High Road 
East Ham @ Maha Laxmi Temple 272 High Street North 
Uxbridge @ The Pavillions Shopping Centre, 18 Chequers Square 

Sat 17-Dec-11  
Edgware (The Broadwalk Centre, Station Road, HA8 7BD) 
Wimbledon (Tesco Metro, Centre Court Shopping Centre, 4 Queens Road, London, SW19 8YD) 
Stratford (Wilkinson 102, The Broadway, Stratford, E15 1NG) 
Ealing (Ealing Broadway Centre, Body Shop, 56 The Broadway, Ealing, W5 5JN) 
Upton Park town centre 

Sat 24-Dec-11  
Ealing (Ealing Broadway Centre, Body Shop, 56 The Broadway, Ealing, W5 5JN) 
Edgeware (The Broadwalk Centre, Station Road, Edgware, HA8 7BD) 
Stratford / Barking 

Your Servant 

Sacinandana Karuna das 
07535 211 555 

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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Wednesday 14 December 2011--Why Suffer When Life Is Meant for Enjoyment?--and--Does Initiation Guarantee Liberation?

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Wednesday 14 December 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: Why Suffer When Life Is Meant for Enjoyment? uploaded from Mauritius Why is it that even though life is meant for enjoyment that practically everyone in this material world is miserable? Even the wealthy, famous, and successful are miserable, so what to speak of those who are struggling every day like beasts of burden simply to fill their bellies and get a place to lie down and sleep at night. The reason that misery has become the common denominator of the human society is that everyone has a false conception of who they are. Everyone wants self-satisfaction, but since they do not know what is the actual self, even though they endeavor ever so strenuously for satisfaction, they never actually achieve it. It is something like trying to build up your bank balance by making deposits into the wrong account. It will never be successful. So if you want actual satisfaction, you need to know scientifically who are as an eternal spiritual being and then always act for your ultimate welfare by reviving your lost loving relationship with the Supreme Spirit, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Life is Meant for Enjoyment Lecture The University of Mauritius--12 December 2011 http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Fall/Mauritius_University3.JPG The Students Took Our Message Quite Seriously http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Fall/Mauritius_University2.JPG http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Fall/Mauritius_University1.JPG Answers by Citing the Vedic Version: Question: Does Initiation Guarantee Liberation? Does initiation from the bona fide spiritual master guarantee that we will go back to Godhead? Or is it that we might take birth again, if we fall down? What if we do not fall down in spiritual progress? Ravi K. Answer: Only If One Strictly Follows Sri Guru If you accept initiation and strictly follow your spiritual master's instructions, your going back to home at the end of this lifetime is assured. However, if you deviate from his instructions and maintain your material attachments, you will be facilitated by Lord Krishna to satisfy your material desires by being granted another birth in this material world. So the key is that, if one wants to become free from all material miseries for all of eternity, one should take complete shelter of the bona fide spiritual master and undeviatingly follow his instructions throughout one's entire life. 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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