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  1. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Deity Darshan: Sunday February 28, 2010
  2. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: No Sunday Feast (Gaura-Purnima) Recordings!
  3. Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Gaura Purnima - Lecture - Mukunda Datta das
  4. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Kesava Prabhu
  5. Caitanya Mangala, CA, USA: KulimeLA 2009: Bhajan Kutir – Volume 1 CD now available on cdbaby and iTunes!
  6. HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 362
  7. Ahaituki Bhakti dd, USA: Please sign this petition to release 500+ recordings of Srila Prabhupada
  8. New Vrindavan, USA: Rama Navami 2010
  9. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
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  19. Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: The Qualities of a Spiritual Leader
  20. Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Climate Progress
  21. Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Gaura Purnima - Kirtan - Greeting of the Deities - Mukunda Datta das
  22. Live from Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir! HH Bhakti Charu Swami - Gaura Purnima
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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Deity Darshan: Sunday February 28, 2010

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: No Sunday Feast (Gaura-Purnima) Recordings!

Due to technical dificulties we were unable to broadcast and record the Sunday Feast and Gaura Purnima festivities. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We hope to resume with live broadcasts and videos with the upcoming Sunday Feasts!

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Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Gaura Purnima - Lecture - Mukunda Datta das

Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Gaura Purnima - Lecture - Mukunda Datta das

Lecture given on the morning of Gaura Purnima, the appearance day of Lord Chaitanya, by Mukunda Datta das.

Dallas, TX

2010-02-28 - Gaura Purnima - Lecture - Mukunda Datta das

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Kesava Prabhu

Daily Class - Kesava Prabhu - Srimad Bhagavatam 11.18.10

SB 11.18.10: One who with long endeavor executes this painful but exalted penance, which awards ultimate liberation, simply to achieve insignificant sense gratification must be considered the greatest fool.

SB 11.18.10: Uno que con gran y continuado esfuerzo ejecuta esta dolorosa exaltada penitencia, que concede la última liberación, simplemente para alcanza la satisfacción insignificante de los sentidos se debe considerar el tonto más grande.

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.18.10 - The Srimad Bhagavtam is been called amala purana (pure ancient literature) since it has no influence of any of the modes of material nature.
Posted by Kanapathy Ramasamy at 2/3/10; 9:01:14 AM to the Daily Class dept

Download: Daily Class - Kesava Prabhu - Srimad Bhagavatam 11.18.10

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.18.10 - The Srimad Bhagavtam is been called amala purana (pure ancient literature) since it has no influence of any of the modes of material nature.

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Caitanya Mangala, CA, USA: KulimeLA 2009: Bhajan Kutir – Volume 1 CD now available on cdbaby and iTunes!

KulimeLA 2009: Bhajan Kutir – Volume 1 CD is now available at cdbaby and iTunes!

Heartfelt Kirtans lead by Kishori Mohan, Gaura Mani, Ananta Vrindavan, Vijay Krsna & Rasika Dasi. Click on the links above to hear previews of all the tracks and to purchase a copy today!

In ancient Sanskrit, Kirtan is the sacred, joyful, and spontaneous congregational singing and dancing for the glorification of the Divine. “Kuli” refers to a member of a “Community.” “Mela” means “Festive Gathering.” Combined, “Kuli Mela” tranforms into “A Celebration of Community.” These Kirtans were recorded live in the KulimeLA 2009 Bhajan Kutir at the New Dwarka Temple in Los Angeles California.

The Kuli Mela Association is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving an international community by supporting and encouraging its members to come together as friends in service, association and empowerment. All proceeds from the sale of this album go directly to Kuli Mela Association and help facilitate future gatherings and recordings. Please support KMA by purchasing this album!

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HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 362

4:06 A.M

I slept alright last night but woke up at 1:30. I was glad to begin the chanting early. But I fear I chanted on the surface even though I have completed fourteen rounds. Yesterday in the book Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava by Bhakti Vikasa Swami, we read about superficial chanting. There was a place that was supposed to be haunted by a brahmana but Bhaktivinoda Thakura was not afraid to stay there. People said that the place was haunted because the deceased brahmana was very potent since he always chanted Hare Krishna mantra. But when Bhaktivinoda Thakura stayed there, there was no haunting incident. He explained that although the man had always chanted, he had not actually chanted the Hare Krishna mantra in essence but had chanted only the syllables of the holy name. He was a sinful man and had not truly chanted the Hare Krishna mantra. Bhaktivinoda Thakura not only counteracted the chanting of the haunted place but delivered the deceased brahmana from his hellish position and liberated him by Bhaktivinoda Thakura's powerful chanting. I fear that today I may have chanted on the surface and that I do that sometimes. What does it mean to chant actually, to chant deeply, to chant the inner names and not the outer syllables? For a metaphor, I think of committed military outfits like The Green Berets or the U.S. marines. They don't do a superficial job, but they go in and fight crucially with all their might. You have to do it with your heart and soul. This morning's chanting was not at all sleepy and was rapid and on a certain level it was attentive. But it was definitely not deep. So I fear this concept of chanting the outer syllables of the holy names and not getting credit for chanting the actual Hare Krishna mantra. I don't want it to apply to me.

Chanting the outer form
only and not the actual
mantra—it is a fearsome
concept, and I fear it
very much. What if all my
japa is just going through
the motions? Your mind is
elsewhere, your intentions are
not fixed in prayer, you don't
cry out like a child for the
mother. All that time
wasted in superficial chanting.
Before my days are over I
must learn to actually chant
and not just mouth like a
parrot whose death squawk
will not be "Hare Krishna"
from the heart.

Prabhupada Smaranam

Prabhupada in a garland

Here is Srila Prabhupada with his hands crossed on his lap, sitting on his vyasasana. Even though he was in his late seventies and eighties he was always limber enough to sit in the half-lotus position and didn't require a special old man's chair. In this picture he is wearing an almost reddish sweater over a turtleneck jersey. A simple wooden cane is draped over the arm of the chair. The chair resembles the first vyasasana he used in Bombay before the major temple was built. He used to sit in it in the outdoor makeshift temple and there received the first morning Prabhupada puja, vyasa-puja singing. He wears neatly applied tilaka and smears of sandalwood paste on his forehead. No books or karatalas are available yet but he is looking alertly at an audience of perhaps devotees singing kirtana. He looks regal and eager in this picture, wide awake and soon ready to deliver a lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam. His double garland of aromatic flowers sits neatly about his neck and under his hands on his lap. He is definitely the acarya ready and waiting as his disciples turn around and dance before him in ecstasy of chanting the holy name. The enemies of Krishna have definitely spotted him, but there is nothing they can do to stop him. He is fully protected by the Lord. "Tell it boldly Arjuna, My devotee will never be vanquished." No rowdy or terrorist ever attacked him as he sat in open view on his worshiped chair. He is relaxed and yet alert to what Krishna will have him do on this particular morning. He is a servant but he is fully in control of his audience and prepared to deliver them to the spiritual world. Every day he did this with very few exceptions.

In the second picture we see Srila Prabhupada wearing a turtleneck jersey like the ones he used to wear in his first year in New York City, and the setting of the scene looks like his apartment at 26 Second Avenue. To his right someone has placed a globe of the entire planet. It is spotted with pins, mostly within the United States. At this time Prabhupada did not have many centers open so it may have been a projection of what he hoped would take place in the future. At any rate, in a few years, Swamiji's ISKCON centers would be spotted all over the world. "I have many temples" he told an early New York acquaintance, "only time separates me from them." Prabhupada coughs into his hand, indicating a winter cold and hinting at the fact that he was really not physically fit for constant travel and management.

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These two pictures show the ends of the spectrum of Krishna conscious bhajana on the holy names. One is very quiet and contemplative, the other is as wild as a rodeo. The first picture shows a man chanting japa alone in a thick grove of trees. He is wearing white devotional clothes and his bead bag rests on his knee. The trees look old, and they are whitewashed for about fifteen feet up their trunks or covered with lime, perhaps to prevent animals or bugs. The chanter is in a world of his own although in the far distant background, on the left, we can see another chanter, in saffron. One can hardly imagine a more tranquil scene of quietude for personal uttering of the holy names. It may be Vrndavana, although such woody areas are quickly diminishing there. To be all alone helps quiet the sounds in the mind and helps one to concentrate simply on the repeated syllables of the maha-mantra. We can imagine that he is clearly enunciating, breathing regularly and bringing his mind to thoughts away from distracting images. Sitting alone in the forest is not a place where one will be easily disrupted by distracting experience.

The other picture shows wild kirtana that has broken up into circles of running and jumping. There is a man behind the right man in the foreground, and he is holding on to the main man's shoulders and being pulled along. In front of them, the man with his heels in the air perhaps has his hands around the shoulders of a man in front of him. Why such ruckus? Did Prabhupada approve? Yes, His Divine Grace was present before some wild kirtana dancing like this and he said, "They are enthusiastic." But they should concentrate on the sound vibration even while doing this high stepping. Lord Caitanya set the standard for wild kirtanas by performing them in public and jumping high in the air and crying out the names of Haribol! and Hare Krishna!

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Ahaituki Bhakti dd, USA: Please sign this petition to release 500+ recordings of Srila Prabhupada

The Bhaktivedanta Archives have more than 500 unreleased recordings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. These recordings are not transcribed in the Vedabase or published in any other way. A large percentage of these unreleased original recordings are not even preserved in a digital, non-time sensitive format. If nothing is done soon the original reels will completely demagnetize due to the influence of time and the sound will become forever lost. Please take a moment to sign this petition to show that devotees worldwide indeed want to hear all of this audio, and want it all to be released immediately. Please pass this message on to others. Thank you.

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New Vrindavan, USA: Rama Navami 2010

Lord Ram with Mother Sita Devi worshipped.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead incarnated Himself as Sri Rama, appearing as the son of His pure devotee Maharaja Dasharatha, the King of Ayodhya. Lord Rama descended along with His plenary portions, and all of them appeared as His younger brothers. In the month of Chaitra on the ninth day of the growing moon in the Treta-yuga, the Lord appeared, as usual, to establish the principles of religion and to annihilate the disturbing

Every year New Vrindaban celebrates Ramnavmi with great joy and pomp. On Ramnavmi, the functions at New Vrindaban begin with mangala-arati at 5:00 am, followed by Sringar-darshan (where the Lord is decorated with new exquisite dresses), sacred abhishek, elaborate noon arati, offering of sumptuous bhoga and magnificent boat festival in the evening.

This year's Ramnavmi festival falls on 24 March 2010. Please watch out this space in March for more details of Ramnavmi celebrations at New Vrindaban.

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1966 March 1:
"Saw the India office for extention passport. Still hopeful. Received letter from Secretary of Indian Prime Minister. Disappointing. Received letter from Universal book not encouraging.

Butter & Bus fare etc.
Expenditure .50
Income .15"
Prabhupada Letters :: 1966

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1968 March 1: "I have induced my younger son, Brindaban De, to supply anything Indian that is sellable here and he has agreed. I think he may get 10% commission for his labor, and he can supply everything you may require from India."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1968 March 1: "When I came to your country I wasn't very much in comfortable situation. Still I had the strength of mind, and I stayed. Similarly, you can stay always in India even in the most inconvenient condition. For a preacher there is no difficulty anywhere, irrespective of climate and conditions."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1968 March 1: "This Maya will attack the body always, because the body itself is the source of all troubles. We try to make a solution of our misfortunes, but at the same time we want to keep this body. If anyone wants real happiness, he has to get out of the entanglements of this material body."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1968 March 1: "Take that house and live there, all three together, chanting Hare Krsna, and try to remain in transcendental peace. You cannot live together so you are living scattered. If you would have lived together with mutual cooperation, there would have been no trouble."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1968 March 1: "Jayananda is purchasing a nice house in San Francisco. He has asked my approval. I think I shall send my approval with pleasure and we shall install Sri Sri Radha Krishna Vigraha there in a permanent place."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1972 March 1: "It is our most important branch because it is located near a large university. If we can convince the intelligent class of men our success for saving your country and the rest of the world from a very dangerous condition is assured."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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1972 March 1: "Instruct them in the principles of brahminical life, namely, to be always pure or suci. One's actions are not pure until the body is pure. Through all kinds of cleanliness habits, eventually one can be purified completely, and thus qualify oneself to meet God face to face."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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Vishoka dasa: We're going to build a puspa samadhi for Jayananda prabhu, in Mayapura soon. Krsna Mangala prabhu is the main organizer of this project. We need some personal article of Jayananda, like a bead bag, or some item like clothing, or some personal effect, to use for the puspa samadhi, and we will purchase, or accept donation of such item.

Email to a friendRelated A new blog: Vaisnava Gunavali

Vidvan Gauranga dasa: Vaisnava Gunavali means "the good qualities or virtues of the Vaisnavas". This is a new blog where I periodically write down the good qualities of devotees I know of. This is my humble attempt to spread the true glories of the devotees on the Internet.

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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: The Qualities of a Spiritual Leader

Ever since Srila Prabhupada left the planet in 1977, ISKCON as an institution has seen lot of ups and downs. I have read so many articles and posts on how devotees have been manhandled so to speak. In other words, rank and file devotees ignored. This all reflects on its leadership.

ISKCON is a brand ambassador for the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition – which means its philosophy, culture, food, clothing, plus how to deal with people. It is easy to cook (relatively speaking), easy to speak high philosophy, and it is easy to dress up externally as a vaishnava but it is not easy to deal with people in a vaishnava way. If the philosophy, food, culture and clothing do not distill down to practical action for people to see…then essentially ISKCON is setting itself for it to fail in the long run and surely people can see and sense the disharmony between words and action. Ultimately ISKCON will become another "Hindu" temple showing off its deities to please Indians and temple board members of Indian origin.

A good leader before he goes out should gain trust and confidence within, among his peers, juniors and seniors. A good leader should be a part of every devotee's life and much more. One person being a part of every devotee's life is a demanding job and to do with spiritual integrity requires utmost purity. This level of purity is required at all levels of leadership roles even down to the bhakti vriksha and namahatta level.

In my own personal journey within ISKCON life, I have seen among so many devotees a common standard – devotees apparently who have been around a lot are very eager to tell new comers what to do yet are not willing to hear and associate in a way the new comers feel welcomed and naturally fit in. It is like the new comers or neophyte devotees have to "prove" themselves by speaking and acting in a "devotional" way so they can be a part of the ISKCON clan. Readers…I would like to disclaim this is my personal observation and experience. As a result of this, personally, I found it very hard to reveal my mind to any senior devotee as I could not create a trusting and loving relationship. I was only told what to do versus in a way that suited my false-ego. Unfortunately, that is the truth. I have a big ego and if the leaders told me in a way to please my ego and at the same time make me Krishna Conscious…I would have had more confidential relationships. This is the greatness of a spiritual leader. A leader who is pure when he goes down into the ditch to pick me up should acknowledge the ditch (which is where I am) but at the same time make me realize my ditch life by not hurting my ego so much. At the same time, the leader should not be disturbed by my ditch qualities and associate with me like a lotus in a dirt pond. One example that props in my head right now is the story of the interaction between Nimai Pandit and Keshava Kashmiri. Nimai Pandit (Lord Krishna Himself) defeated the great digvijay pandit Keshava Kashmiri but in a way as not to hurt his false ego. Once to his senses, Keshava Kashmiri himself realized his folly. This is the sign of real knowledge - to say and at the same time not to say - not easy!

Anybody can float around the temple for a week, read a 101 on Krishna Consciousness, wear a dhoti or sari, know to say the right things to the right people and then "tell" new comers what to do. This is easy and in one sense also necessary. But a leader is one who out of his/her purity of heart should tolerate, guide, lead and ultimately love (without any condition) the neophytes to get closer to Krishna. In this mood, the leader does not even have to "tell"…trust me the new comers will volunteer for service. This all also is possible provided the leader is untouched by the false ego and problems of the new comers. So when I say guidance and love…it is all not sweet talk but a genuine appreciation for new comer's false ego and other limitations but ultimately to convey the message that it is the duty of the new comer to take his/her life seriously and aspire him/her more to live a Krishna Conscious life. Ultimately…the leader can do all this and still the new comer may not be satisfied. Not disturbed…the leader should continue!

So…like this when a leader earns the trust and love of all devotees…then he can go out and proclaim war against the agents of Maya…if not…our cry for war is like the will-o'-the-wisp (another illusion).

Hare Krishna
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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Climate Progress

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Climate Progress is dedicated to providing the progressive perspective on climate science, climate solutions, and climate politics. It is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

For any first time visitors here because of Tom Friedman's column in the Sunday New York Times, "Mother Nature's Dow," this post is intended as an introduction to Climate Progress. [I will blog later Sunday about the column itself.] Tom described me in an earlier column as

Joe Romm, a physicist and climate expert who writes the indispensable blog

U.S. News & World Report features me in their April issue as one of five "key players" who are "Driving Public Policy in Washington," writing:

In terms of his cachet in the blogosphere, Joe Romm is something like the climate change equivalent of economist (and New York Times columnist) Paul Krugman.

Rolling Stone has a list of 100 Agents of Change of which I'm #88. The RS tagline for me is "America's fiercest climate-change activist-blogger lets it rip."

And in 2008, TIME magazine named Climate Progress one of the "Top 15 Green Websites."

I am a Senior Fellow at the Washington, DC think-and-act tank run by John Podesta, the Center for American Progress, whose Action Fund sponsors this blog. You can read a longer bio here.

I try to inform and entertain here — and be a one-stop-shop for anyone who wants the inside view on climate science, solutions, and politics. A key goal is to save readers' time, save you from wading through the sea of irrelevant information — or outright disinformation — on climate and energy that pervades the media and blogosphere.

I write from what I call a climate realist perspective — the emerging scientific view that on our current greenhouse gas emissions path we will will destroy the livability of the climate for 1,000 years. Two posts that lay out that case are:

I also spend a lot of time describing the solution(s), having run the federal program that helps develop and deploy virtually all of the key technologies. Fundamentally we have most of the needed technology now (or soon will), and avoiding catastrophe requires only a very small fraction of the nation's and world's wealth — one tenth of a penny on the dollar:

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Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Gaura Purnima - Kirtan - Greeting of the Deities - Mukunda Datta das

Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Gaura Purnima - Kirtan - Greeting of the Deities - Mukunda Datta das

Mukunda Datta das lead a fired up kirtan while waiting for the Deities to appear on Gaura Purnima.

Dallas, TX

2010-02-28 - Gaura Purnima Greeting of the Deities

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By Bhakti Charu Swami

Today is Gaura-purnima day. The purnima, the full moon of the month of phalgun. These two months, phalgun and caitra is the vasanta season, springtime in India. In India there are six seasons and each season consists of two months.

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Mayapur Online: Happy New Year !

We wish all the devotees worldwide a Happy New Year. The epitome of the festival – Maha Abhisheka to Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu took place at the lotus park in the evening. The Lord was simultaneously bathed in milk, yogurt, honey, juices, showered with flowers and roaring harinam, increasing the ecstasy of devotees. There was evening kirtan at temple hall by Narugopal prabhu. We have posted abhisheka pictures in the gallery. Please take darshan.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Friday, February, 26th, 2010

At Tirupati

Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

"I want you to come to show my boys how to dance", said Revati Raman, president of the fairly newly constructed temple in Tirupati. Raman invited me a few times now. There are currently 80 monks living at the quarters for single men. When I arrived after 12 hours of travel (no walking again today). I came upon one of the most beautiful temples I have ever seen.

If I can offer an opinion after all the travels and I see south East Asians to be the most photogenic people of all. Their cities, however, are eye sores, crammed and, unplanned pieces of metal and concrete with oversized bill-boards every where. There are exceptions such as the architectural wonder of the Krishna Lotus Temple, a blend of the north and south. It is situated a five minute walk from the world's most visited and wealthy temple. A colleague, Bhakti Chaitanya Swami, from New Zealand explained to me that the deity Balaji (a name for Vishnu) on special days has ornamented on his form 7 million dollars worth of diamonds. It's a popular place.

Balaji's temple attracts 10 times what Revati's temple attracts which is 5 to 10 thousands pilgrims a day. Not bad for a temple that is celebrating its third year. From my room I could see the full scale of the temple and also the face of the Tirumala mountains. It's a sensational view. As far as dancing is concerned I did offer some dance steps to the monks. They caught on quite well although it was a task to encourage musicians to slow down their tempo in the kirtan (chanting session). The drummers have this passionate crime and they tend to speed upon their own whim. With a little bit of coaching they started to incorporate a mellow but steady beat.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Thursday, February, 25th, 2010

Thinking about Walking

Mayapur, West Bengal.

There was an estimated 3 to 4 thousand pilgrims that left Mayapur to meet at the Yogapith, the birth place of the king of Kirtan, Caitanya. Of course many more people had packed in to the relatively small facility where the famous inauguration of chanting was born. This figure seems to grow year by year when folks from all over the world converge at this hotspot of the sacredness, a place in the Nadia District where an auspicious neem tree still graciously shades walkers as it has for hundreds of years.

Now I cannot boast to having taken many steps today. It's a bit of spiritual jealousy I have to live with for the day. I did take some steps up to Maha Srnga's rooftop. Maha Srnga is one of my heros here in Mayapur for organizing mass food distribution in the neighbouring area. I once accompanied him to where he had huge vats of vegetarian prasadam (blessed food). We spooned out that flavourful spicy kichari (curried veg + rice) to a multitude.

Today we had a meal on the rooftop and with a group effort held a diksa or initiation ceremony for new candidates. They were asked to chant daily for meditation, to refrain from meat eating, gambling, intoxication and casual sex. I made the point also to avoid gossip.

So between preparations for tonight's play and being involved in the diksa program I had so little time to walk. It's no compensation but I used my voice as a narrator, a computer geek, a French man, a German Vocalist and a deep south American.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Monday, Febuary 22nd, 2010

Let's See

Mayapur, West Bengal

Hobbling out of a public bus were youthful pilgrims from the day's parikram. I overheard one of them say, "We just walked 14 kilometers." She looked exhausted but elated. Each day, hundreds of pilgrims set out at 5:30 AM from Mayapur to some destination- a sight connected to the pastimes of Chaitanya or anything where there had been spiritual enactment, a miracle, an auspicious event, or a great revelation.

The weary travellers who are escorted on bus and then left to roam in massive numbers do come back having experienced a purging for the day.

Only drama rehearsals restrict me from participating in what I like to do although these walkers encounter something different than myself. I'm accustomed to going on marathon levels alone or with an occasional comrade. Plus I will start my trekking early to beat the heat. Whatever the approach, the result is the same. These pilgrimage walks have their purpose and that is to cleanse the participant. It is notably a way to learn detachment; a way to see the spirit behind all that passes by you.

Pilgrimage is the aspect of life that is virtually unknown to modern man who is bound up in his greed. He will go great lengths to fly to Vegas or some other place of self-aggrandizement. What would such a man know of such luminaries as Balaram, Vidura, Narada who traveled from sacred ground to sacred ground? Will that time come when the general populace will know this missing link-this most wholesome fortune of life? Perhaps such a craving for the soul to journey on foot will come sooner than later.

Let's see what happens to the social change of our modern world. I would like to see Barack Obama on such walks of enlightenment.

7 KM

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Japa Group: It's A Favourite Occupation

Getting a head start on my rounds made me very jolly. I've chanted ten rounds so far, and they were swift and efficient. I paid attention to the syllables of the holy names. I put my feelings into it and thought of Krishna. You wish you always had days like this when chanting is smooth and swift, it's better than eating when hungry, it's better than sleeping when tired, it's better than leaning back in my chair. It's a favorite occupation. You know you are making direct contact with Krishna, and that's the most important thing in the world. All glories to Lord Caitanya for giving us this gift, especially for the fallen souls in the age when nothing else is possible.

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Mayapur Online: Live from Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir!

Date:    February 26th, 2010
Verse:   Disappearance of Sri Madhavendra Puri [Cc Antya 8.28-36]
Speaker: HH Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami

HH Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami: Today marks the anniversary of the Disappearance Day of Srila Madhavendra Puri. I will read the translation to the song that we just sung, Saparsada-bhagavad-viraha-janita-vilapa - Lamentation Due to Separation from the Lord and His Associates (from Prarthana) by Srila Narottam dasa Thakur. [Reads translation.]

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H.H. Mukunda Goswami: Removal of anarthas more important than trying to "remember"

Here's an interesting point made by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura:

"When anarthas are removed due to the chanting of the holy name, then Krsna's form, qualities and pastimes will automatically become manifested from the name. There is no need to make any endeavour to artificially remember the form, qualities and pastimes." (from his last will and testament)

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ISKCON Coventry 3 year old Leads Kirtan 1/2 Sudarshan Das joined ISKCON Coventry at only 6 months old and since then he has been associating with devotees at the hare krishna temple!!! 2 and a bit years later, Sudarshan DAS, (not just Sudars… Sudarshan Das joined ISKCON Coventry at only 6 months old and [...]

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