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  1. Japa Group: Changing The Good With The Great
  2. Krishna-kripa das, Mayapura: Travel Journal#6.7: Tallahassee, Pennsylvania, and Delaware
  3. Bhakti Vikasa Swami: sankirtana will conquer
  4. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Bhaktivaibhava Swami at ISKCON Scarborough LIVE!
  5. Kurma dasa, AU: The Peach Chutney that Returned From the Dead
  6. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
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  14. HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: '423' from The Yellow Submarine
  15. HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Pure Piety Captured on Tape' from The Yellow Submarine
  16. HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Seeking Krishna' from The Yellow Submarine
  17. HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Mayapur Pilgrimage' from The Yellow Submarine
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Japa Group: Changing The Good With The Great

Hare Krsna my dear devotees, I hope your week has been blessed and you were able to think of the Lord. Today we are starting a new month, the month we will celebrate Lord Narasimha' s appearance day so I have been meditating on what should I do to offer Him a better service and also improve my japa. I cooked some sweets and offered in the altar to Lord Nrsimhadeva, then I felt more peaceful, able to think of the Lord and my japa in a deeper way.

Our every day activites drags our minds to a variety of thoughts that we become a bit immersed in material development, intellectual qualities, relationships, careers, family and so on. In some parts of the day we add the Lord to our lives and maybe we even share Him with other things at the same time - this time we dedicate to Him is not pure and complete but we know that inside our hearts He is the only one who can fill our life with real love and protection. We are very aware of what we need to do to be closer to Krsna, we just put off this every single day because we still think we can get some enjoyment from this body and we persist on finding out new situations to enjoy apart from Krsna. We do have fun but its very temporary and its a very tiny example of the real bliss we can get from the Lord's association and once we get it we won't feel any desire to enjoy apart from Him anymore.

So next time you take your beads and chant, keep inside your mind and heart that you may fall in love with the Lord and wont have any desire to enjoy in this material world anymore if He is not with you. I invite you all to meditate on the good aspects of your service and see what you can do to make this aspects great. We have to give our best to Krsna and we should never stop improving our service quality. Make your japa even better any time you think of how you can please the Lord and enjoy your life better.

Wishing you the best week of all.

your servant,

Aruna devi
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Krishna-kripa das, Mayapura: Travel Journal#6.7: Tallahassee, Pennsylvania, and Delaware

Diary of a Traveling Sadhaka, Vol. 6, No. 7
By Krishna-kripa das
(April 2010, part one)
Tallahassee, Pennsylvania, Delaware

(Sent from Radhadesh, Belgium, on May 1, 2010)


First Friday in Tallahassee

Graceville Prison Program

Quaker Meeting on Easter

Last Program Success in Tallahassee

Three Harinamas in Pennsylvania and Delaware

Visiting Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami

Insights from Hridayananda Dasa Goswami and Bhurijana Prabhu

Where I Was and What I Did

I spent the first week of April in Tallahassee, where I chanted at First Friday, did a prison program with Daru Brahma Prabhu, and attended a telephone lecture with Hridayananda Goswami, arranged by Garuda Prabhu at his Peace on Earth Center. I also attended Quaker meeting on Easter and distributed prasadam. The second week I assisted my diksa guru, Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami, and his assistant, Baladeva Vidyabhusana Prabhu in Delaware. That week I also went on harinama on South St. in Philadelphia, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and New Hope, Pennsylvania.

First Friday in Tallahassee

I was impressed with the large number of people coming to get Daru Brahma's spiritual vegetarian dinner at First Friday. At some times there were thirty and possibility even forty people waiting in line, the biggest crowd I had seen in my five times coming to First Friday. For me it was a little austere as I did not find anyone to chant with me, so I just played the harmonium and sang by myself for about two and a half hours. The highpoint of the experience for me came later when Daru's assistant Joey told me about a girl, who he talked to, who really loved both the food and the singing. She told him she could not get the song out of her mind, and to prove her point, she sang it for Joey. Now I have a very mediocre voice and a budget harmonium with a few keys that sound a little off, and for me it is amazing that despite those disqualifications, that the song would stick in someone's mind. I think it is just that Lord Caitanya wants to give his holy name to everyone, and He is willing to engage any people volunteering to help and bless them with some success, just as Lord Ramachandra engaged the monkeys.

Graceville Prison Program

Daru Brahma Prabhu does a monthly program in Graceville prison, nearly two hours west of Tallahassee. There was a lot of security to go through to get in, and the environment was sterile. Some of the workers seemed despondent about their work situation. The prisoner most enthusiastic about Krishna consciousness, who originally wanted the program was transferred to another prison, but a few others still come. The day I went with Daru to Graceville, three men attended, one for just part of the time. Before our program, I was impressed to see in the chapel library the entire Srimad-Bhagavatam as well as many of Srila Prabhupada's other books. It was the brightest spot in the prison.

We started by chanting for ten minutes. Daru Brahma Prabhu thought that was a little long, but for me it was the absolute minimum as we had almost two hours for the whole program. Then we gave them the choice of books to read, and one chose Srila Prabhupada-lilamrita, so we took turns reading from it. One of the men made a brave attempt to pronounce the Sanskrit, while the other skipped it. One of the men, who was very respectful, had some work to do in the prison library and could be with us only part time. He mentioned he liked the chanting best, but he missed the chanting that day. So Daru led a shorter but very devotional kirtana for him, and he was very grateful.

One of the attendees at the program mentioned someone was killed not long ago in the prison. Daru asked if that happened often. One of the men said that in the seven years he had been there, it happened perhaps ten times. When asked why, the prisoner explained it was either because someone did not pay their gambling debts or because someone cheated in a sexual relationship, and then he summarized it, "Gambling and illicit sex," with new realization of their danger. These, he knew, were two things we as Hare Krishnas avoid.

We and the prisoners both benefited from hearing and chanting about Krishna together. It was good I came along with Daru. For me, the more devotees, the more powerful chanting and hearing, and the more likely the people will be positively affected. I look forward to doing the program again next time I visit Daru in Tallahassee.

Quaker Meeting on Easter

I was brought up as a Quaker and usually attend the Quaker meetings with my mother when I go home to Albany. This was the first time I went to one in another city, since I became a Hare Krishna devotee. Usually the Quakers meditate on God in silence in a group, and occasionally those who are inspired stand up and break the silence to share some realization. Perhaps two or three times, some speaks during the hour-long meetings. When I go, I usually listen to a least one realization, and after a few minutes, say something relevant from the Vedic knowledge that I have encountered. This time, Elizabeth, who I had met both at the Tallahassee temple and the Ocala Rainbow Gathering, spoke about maintaining a list of people to forgive in her mind. It was an interesting idea. Ideally we should forgive people immediately, but in reality it often takes some time to bring ourselves to that point. The idea of a list of people to forgive appears to deal with this reality. Forgiveness is one of many qualities valued both by Quakers and devotees of Krishna.

One reason I was a little inspired to attend this Quaker meeting was I heard from Basil, a vegatarian Quaker girl on the campus, that they sing every Sunday in addition to their silent meeting. I had been to other Quaker meetings as a kid, but never did I see singing as regular part of the worship, though I do recall singing Christmas carols with them was a joyful experience. As Hare Krishna devotees we learn that the congregational glorification of the Lord is the best way to connect with Him in this age, so for me it was interesting to see some of the Quakers moving more in that direction. About ten or so people, perhaps a third of the total who come for the silent meeting, for half an hour before it, stand in a circle and take turns singing songs from their song book, most of which praise God, the Son of God, or saintly qualities. I suggested a couple I recalled from my youth, one about the life of Christ and the other about the divine quality of simplicity. The one about Christ they sang previously, as I was late, so they sang the one about simplicity for me. I brought my harmonium, and I and a couple others tried to accompany the tunes.

I had brought a tray of cake from Daru's lunch program, because from experience I know there are opportunities to distribute spiritual food at such meetings, and it turned out to be the week that they have a pot luck lunch, so it was very much welcome.

Seeking spiritual truth is a value among Quakers, and I enjoyed speaking to some of the people over lunch about different topics such as empirical evidence for existence of the soul being beyond the body and how one can argue that faith is present, even in the materialistic scientists who claim there is nothing beyond matter.

After the meeting, I went to Garuda's Peace of Earth center, hoping to find some people there who might be willing to chant Hare Krishna with me. Sometimes people stay after his programs and help decorate his place, and once I had chanted as the others decorated. This time Garuda was there alone and was too busy to sit down and chant. Elizabeth decided to come, and so I ended up chanting as Garuda cleaned up his place and Elizabeth painted Lady Subhadra's garland, and they both chanted the response along with me for twenty minutes.

Last Program Success in Tallahassee

The last program I did in Tallahassee was the Wednesday Bhagavad-gita class which was on verse 4.10. I was amazed because six guests came, a rarity. Two came from Daru's cooking class on Sunday. The other four who came were three participants in a rehabilitation program, along with the leader of the program. Some of those had seen us at the Tallahassee Ratha-yatra and then again seen us and received invitations to our programs the next Saturday, when we did harinama, at the farmers market / art show. That harinama was at a new venue and Daru, Kruti, Ajay, and Ajay's visiting sister had come. Daru saw the in charge person who he knew, and we decided to get his blessings for being there, rather than risk irritating him, and being kicked out. He suggested we walk around and not chant in a fixed place, and so we did. Some people clearly were happy to see us there.

After the Gita class and prasadam we all went to Garuda's Peace on Earth Center for his telephone lecture with Hridayananda Dasa Goswami, who is Daru's guru. It was nice to see that program really brought both Daru's group and Garuda's group of people together. Notes on the lecture are below. It was nice to see the new guests seemed to appreciate the program. I encouraged Garuda to do it monthly, as everyone benefited from the experience.

Three Harinamas in Pennsylvania and Delaware

Reflecting on the three harinamas, I went on in Pennsylvania and Delaware, I was amazed to note the great differences both in the locations of the events and the background and lifestyles of the devotees involved.

South Street: One Friday night on South Street, where there is a lively strip of restaurants and bars in central Philadelphia, we had a party of ten devotees, three men, three woman, and four children. It was cold and windy, but we still stayed out for almost two hours. I played the harmonium and sang for most of it and for part of that time one of the ladies played karatalas. At the end, Anindita Prabhu, who distributed books while I sang, sang beautifully herself and played the karatalas. Because of the presence of the women and children, people were less alienated than usual by the unusual appearance, language, and music they were encountering. I was pleased to see Ganga (Varuni), who attended some of my extra Saturday harinamas in Florida, happily came out although she was responsible for taking care of three children at the same time.

Rehoboth Beach: Baladeva Vidyabhusana Prabhu's great kindness upon me was to organize a harinama at Rehoboth Beach, when our godbrother, Mukta Vandya Prabhu, who also likes harinama,was visiting. It was a new location for all of us to do harinama, and the day was a beautiful, sunny and warm Sunday with many people out. I mostly played harmonium and led, while Mukta Vandya played drum very vigorously, and Baladeva played the karatalas. We are all in our fifties, and Baladeva observed that people our age took more notice of us than the younger people, perhaps because of encounters with the devotees earlier in the movement's history in America when they were more prominent in public. Still, a few younger people did smile and move with the music. One couple in their fifties or sixties, sitting near us, listened for at least forty-minutes. The man asked if they could get any of our music, which was certainly very flattering, as we are not a professional bhajana band. I gave them a flyer and told them they could download some music from the website. The flyer told a little about the philosophy and the chanting, and when Baladeva shook the man's hand as we were leaving, the man said, "We'll have to practice this." The whole harinama was a wonderful unexpected experience, and it was especially nice to meet that couple who really appreciated it.

New Hope: New Hope is a small town about an hour north of Philadelphia. It has a lot of specialty shops and a few restaurants and bars. I wished to do another harinama on South Street in Philly where we would encounter more people, but this one in New Hope the already scheduled. Lord Caitanya wanted to give people in every town and village the chance to awaken their love for Krishna, so it is easy to see it was His mercy and that of His devotees, that the residents of New Hope were being given new hope in the form of a chance to become Krishna consciousness and live in the indestructible spiritual abode. Balabhadra Bhattacarya Prabhu, who was temple president in Atlanta for a number of years, has done a few programs in New Hope recently, and the devotees there decided to engage him in leading a harinama. This group was ten devotees, all adults, mostly from Indian background, with a couple Afro Americans, and myself, the sole Caucasian. I was surprised to see such a nice reception in a small town in Pennsylvania, as small American towns tend toward conservatism. Many people waved, smiled, and danced a little with us, although you could tell it was quite a new experience for them. We were a little challenged as rain sprinkled down part of the time, and we had to take shelter underneath an overhang. I was happy that Balabhadra Prabhu was able to use my harmonium for part of the time. Later Laksmi Nrisimha Prabhu mentioned he had good experiences in New Hope earlier in his life, and he recommended that the devotees also chant in two similar towns near to New Hope, across the New Jersey border.

Visiting Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami

I had a desire to render personal service to my diksa guru for a long time, but previously I was working full time with a devotee computer business or with Sadaputa Prabhu, so I did not really have a chance to play the role of his servant for a month like some of the other brahmacaris did. I planned to do so in December of 2008, but I think his other servants felt I was an unnecessary addition. This time, however, there was only Baladeva Vidyabhusana Prabhu, who had to do everything by himself, so I was a little bit of an asset. I began by waking up Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami's deities, Radha-Govinda, Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra, Nrsimhadeva, Gaura Nitai, and Srila Prabhupada at 2:30 a.m. in the morning. Since Baladeva does not really relish waking up at 2:30 a.m., I definitely could help him that way. As it turned out, I did not really relish waking up at 2:00 a.m., but I could do it for a week. I have done my spiritual practice despite odd sleeping schedules, so I knew I could do it for a brief period without any difficulty. Baladeva would cook, and I would do all the dishes. I also got to read Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, my favorite book, to my Guru Maharaja as he ate his morning and evening meals. The real project was the scanning of his many books and manuscripts, thirty-five of which I completed while I was there, with a very nice scanner, that would accept forty pages at a time and scan both sides of them at once. I think the thirty-five books should keep his production people busy until I return from Europe in six months. He has many unpublished books of a months-worth of accumulated writing from at least as far back as the mid-1990s.

Satsvarupa Maharaja impressed me by his infallible program of rising by 2:30 a.m. at the latest each day, and usually earlier, for the purpose of chanting his sixteen rounds at a peaceful time of the morning. I hope when I am seventy years old, that I am so enthusiastic. He also writes daily in his journal, The Yellow Submarine, which is published on the internet at and on Facebook. At present, he usually includes something on chanting (japa), a meditation on a Prabhupada picture, and some poetry, and some other writing also based on a picture. Although he has written about Srila Prabhupada for forty years, he still tells some new details and has some new realizations about Prabhupada's greatness.

I did get to do one special service for him. From reading his journal I understood he was curious to understand Srila Prabhupada's situation now as a liberated soul. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura gives some interesting information on the situation of the great liberated Vaishnava spiritual masters, which is quoted in Bhakti Vikasa Swami's Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava:

"When asked to disclose his svarupa by Srimad Bharati Maharaja, Srila

Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati replied that the svarupa of paramahamsas like

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji is as they

appear in this world, for their bodily features are transcendental and eternal.

Such devotees are gaura-nija-jana (personal associates of Lord Caitanya).

Gaurangera sangi-gane, nitya-siddha kori' mane: "Gauranga's associates should

be understood as eternally perfect, eternally established in service to Krishna as

His eternal associates." He explained that devotees of Lord Caitanya have two

eternal forms: in Gaura-lila they appear in male bodies, and in Krishna-lila as

females. The form they manifest in Gaura-lila is also their eternal svarupa. Even

their apparent physical imperfections are transcendental. For instance, Lord

Caitanya's associate Bhagavan Acarya appeared as lame because in Gaura-lila he

is eternally so. Similarly, the ostensibly non-Vaishnava names of certain devotees

of Lord Caitanya, such as Jhadu Thakura, are their eternal designations."

I had sent him that quote I found while proofreading the book, but he wanted the page reference so he could see it in the printed volume, so I was able to provide that for him.

When Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami had some difficulty a few years back it really split up his family of disciples, some rejecting him completely, some remaining loyal, and some becoming confused. For myself I went through different stages of being unforgiving and disappointed but ultimately decided his case is one to which verse Bhagavad-gita 9.30 applies perfectly. Because he is presently rightly situated performing his sadhana (spiritual practice) and preaching service to Srila Prabhupada, he should be considered a sadhu (saintly person). Our tradition supports rejecting gurus who become Mayavadis, who deny the personal form of God, or incorrigible hedonists who cannot control their senses, but not someone Krishna characterizes as a sadhu. Moreover many sincere followers of Srila Prabhupada continued to maintain a high regard for him. Bhakti Tirtha Swami would accept calls from Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami during the last few days of his life, when he wasn't accepting the calls of any others. And he wanted Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami to write an essay for the Vaishnava community on the occasion of his disappearance from this world. Jayadvaita Swami is impressed with Satsvarupa Maharaja's continuous dedication to improve the quality of his daily chanting of japa, Srila Prabhupada's most important instruction, through his various stages of life, ever since he met him over forty years ago. Several Prabhupada disciples told me they consider that Srila Prabhupada forgave him, and that was my intuition as well. Srila Prabhupada forgave so many people for so many things, as long as they were repentant, and they again took up following his instructions in earnest. As disciples, we all benefited from Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami, being freed from karma, linked to the chain of spiritual teachers, admitted into ISKCON, gaining faith in the holy name, and gaining faith in Srila Prabhupada, through his many books about him and remembrances of him. Because I am indebted to Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami, I feel it is still appropriate to serve him, and I was glad to have the opportunity, although, of course, my contribution is not very great.

Insights from Lectures

Hridayananda Dasa Goswami via telephone at Garuda's Prabhu place:

Lord Caitanya has taken the word "sankirtanam" and expressed everything in the same form, as for example, "marjanam", "jivanam", "snapanam", etc. Lord Caitanya is using the same analogy that Krishna does in the Bhagavad-gita (3.38) about the mirror being covered by the dust of lust. "Darpa" is used in the Gita as pride, a demoniac quality, and Lord Caitanya uses the word "darpanam" for mirror, which means that which creates pride. "Becoming" and "bhava" are the same. "Bhava" means material existence because everything is "becoming" something else and is thus temporary. Forest fire is referred to because it is so completely devastating to all living beings. "Nirvapanam" means extinguishing like "nirvana." "Candrika" means the moonshine, which makes the lotus spread its petals. The bride of knowledge is enlivened by the sankirtana movement. Thus Lord Caitanya compares the joy of derived from "sankirtana" to a newly married bride. It gives a cleansing bath to every soul. Vijaya indicates victory.

In the second verse of the Siksastaka, Krishna says He has placed all His infinite power in His name, if we can access it. He does not restrict or limit the time we can chant the name. You can chant all day, any time of the day or night. All this power is available to you at any time. "Arpitam" indicates an offering as in Bhagavad-gita 9.27. Here Krishna is making an offering of Himself. When we love someone, they may not want to give their love to us. But here Krishna is giving Himself.

Japa is our personal quality time with Krishna. With kirtana there is music, your friends are there, and there are other incentives. Japa is our individual private time with Krishna, and it is our time to develop our relationship with Him.

Krishna is patient. He is not a serial torturer, giving you just one life.

Struggle makes life interesting. If the other team does not really push you, the game is less exciting. You have to find a happy medium where you are basically happy but also get a good work out.

Q: Suppose one follows another religious process.

A: Let's take the analogy of the parents. The real point is the child is crying out to the parents, not exactly what they say. If our real intention is the Supreme God, he knows that, and He will respond.

Q: What of those with post-traumatic stress disorder, who have been neglected by their parents? How can they cry out to God?

A: The Lord can appreciate whatever sincerity the people can manifest. We just have to try to encourage them to do whatever they can.

Q: Can someone attain God without the institution of religion?

A: I would approach it in a different way. If someone desires to love God, he will naturally seek the association of others who also desire to love God. You develop compassion, as your love of God is developing, because you want to love others. When we reach the stage you want to help other people, you naturally organize. Ultimately to love God, you just have to love God. It is not some commandment is coming down from the sky, "Thou shalt join an institution." "The community of the wise, is the welfare of the world." For me it is just a practical thing, we have to organize.

Q: How do you know if you are going in the right direction?

A: Just as for a person who is eating, with every bite, he feels satisfaction, he gains strength, and his hunger goes away, similarly if one is really approaching God, there are symptoms of bhakti (devotion). Just like if you are falling in love, you know you are falling in love. You should feel God's presence everywhere, and you become more and more detached from material things. There are all kinds of stuff we do, not because it is our most noble spiritual intention, but just because it's our conditioning. As our bhakti develops these other things diminish.

Bhurijana Prabhu [from a tape]:

Srila Prabhupada said of the scientists, "Give them credit for what they have done, but why do they have to say there is no God?"

When you read, try to think, "Srila Prabhupada is personally speaking to me." Then carefully consider what Srila Prabhupada is trying to tell you. Even if you just read one sentence, consider how it applies to you and act accordingly, and you can attain perfection.


sei loka prema-matta haña bale 'hari' 'krishna'

prabhura pache sange yaya darsana-satrsna

"Whoever heard Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu chant 'Hari! Hari!' also chanted the holy name of Lord Hari and Krishna. In this way they all followed the Lord, very eager to see Him." (Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya 7.98)

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Param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam. Sri-krsna-sankirtana is so powerful that it will conquer. It will be victorious.

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Bhaktivaibhava Swami at ISKCON Scarborough LIVE!

H.H. Bhaktivaibhava Swami is holding a program at ISKCON Scarborough tonight. The program starts at 6.30 PM. This Sunday, H.H. Bhaktivaibhava Swami will also be visiting The ISKCON Toronto to debut his new productionthe "Lost Village". Watch this Pogram Live!

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Kurma dasa, AU: The Peach Chutney that Returned From the Dead

Here's yet another article that slid away through the cracks in my desktop filing system a few months ago.

When white peaches were in season, I blanched a bowl full in boiling water and slid off their skins. Here they sit in a chutney still-life with olive oil, some home-grown yellow habanero chilies, raw sugar and some aromatics.

chutney still life:

After blanching the peaches I removed their stones and sliced them.

blanched peaches:

The yellow habaneros (yes, I did use quite a few) were sliced fine, and I did not remove the seeds.

yellow habaneros:

I heated a good amount of good quality olive oil and added the aromatics - cinnamon, cardamom pods, cloves and a few slices of sun-dried turmeric.

sauteeing the aromatics:

Then I added the habaneros and sauteed them, their very flavoursome, bitey aroma filling the kitchen.

in go the habaneros:

Next go the peaches, and I cooked those until they broke down and went very soft.

in go the peaches:

The peach chutney was finished off with a decent few handfuls of raw sugar, and spooned into jars. A delightful relish!

peach chutney:

Stoned fruit has pretty much vanished from Sydney shops until next summer, but their preserves and chutneys remain in my pantry, adding flavour and variety over the winter months.

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1967 May 1: "Either I remain here or there my business is to chant the glories of Lord Krishna. I have no idea for sight seeing in any country because I know that all land belongs to Krishna and anywhere I remain I remain at His Lotus Feet."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967

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1969 May 1: "I do not know why I am attached to your country, but I strongly believe if the American boys and girls would accept this philosophy, it would render the greatest service to the rest of the world."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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1970 May 1: "I want the Temples should be constructed by the local natives - that is our success. If I bring money from India and construct a Temple here, that is not very creditable."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1971 May 1: "Maya is always there like a shadow but if we become strong by following the regulative principles and chanting 16 rounds then everything will be all right."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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1973 May 1: "So the first 2 lacs they've already taken. Tactfully they did not give us the conveyance nor returned our money, but the deal is completed. So when they shall give the conveyance, then we shall pay the balance."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973

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1974 May 1: "We are introducing Krsna Consciousness movement for the harmony and good will of humanity. But if you yourselves are suffering from the very ills we are trying to remove, how can the people be influenced favorably?"
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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1974 May 1: "Chanting, reading my books, going on sankirtana, following the regulative principles and worshiping the deity. This is the simple process and if we follow it we will become ideal. Otherwise, you will become victims of women and wealth."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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1974 May 1: "Your main activity should be to distribute books. By this most powerful preaching we are becoming very influential in your country and people are seriously reading the books and considering the importance of Krsna Consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: '423' from The Yellow Submarine SDGonline Daily updates

3:10 A.M.

I found two precious gems about harinama yesterday. One is from the Hari Bhakti Vilasa, 11.234: "Krishna nama is the sweetest of the sweet and the most auspicious of all that is auspicious. It is the flourishing creeper, the eternal, fully ripened fruit of the Bhagavata and the embodiment of knowledge, cit-sakti, O Brighu Muni! Even if someone chants the holy name only once, either with faith or indifference, he's immediately delivered from this ocean of birth and death." And from the Srimad-Bhagavatam, 6.2.14: "One who chants the holy name of the Lord is immediately freed from the reactions of unlimited sins, even if he chants indirectly (to indicate something else), jokingly, for musical entertainment, or even neglectfully. This is accepted by all learned scholars of the sastra." I usually lament the low standard of my japa. But here is comfort that even if I chant with indifference or with a poor motive, the chanting frees one from sins. This is not the same as Krishna prema but it is a great benefit. The power of the holy name is incalculable.

Last night as I went to bed a migraine headache began. I took medicine, but it was a while before I could get to sleep. I got up from bed at two o'clock feeling alright and began my chanting. It has been very good, attentive and speedy. So far I have chanted twelve rounds, and I've heard the names in the individual order of the mantras.

The holy name's great power
is proclaimed in all the
sastras. Even poor japa takes
away all your sins.
But freedom from samsara
is not the topmost goal.
Krishna-prema is what you seek,
chanting with love of Krishna.
Chanting under Prabhupada's
command it is possible
to reach that summit.
Seeing Krishna in the name,
loving Krishna as you chant,
then you have arrived.

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HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Pure Piety Captured on Tape' from The Yellow Submarine SDGonline Daily updates

Prabhupada made wonderful studio recordings of singing bhajanas. The engineer would record him on multiple tracks. He would sing the bhajana playing the harmonium. Then he would put on earphones and hear the recording and add mrdanga beats to it. Sometimes a devotee would accompany him on karatalas or they would vary who played the karatalas and mrdanga. Professor Larry Shinn, who studied ISKCON, commented on the fact that Prabhupada was not able to pass on his particular charisma to his disciples when they became spiritual masters after his disappearance. The quality Professor Shinn focused on was Prabhupada's piety, which the Professor found especially present in Prabhupada's singing of bhajanas. He thought the bhajana captured a kind of tangible proof of Prabhupada's rare spirituality.

He has an elderly voice and sometimes cannot reach higher notes. But he compensates for his limitations and sings with no affectations, exactly as-he-is, a pure devotee of Krishna expressing his heart in melody. His harmonium playing is exquisite and accomplished. He doesn't confine himself to a simple playing of the bare melody but improvises with flourishes and tangent melodies which he goes off on and then returns to the basic melody. He's an expert harmonium player and sometimes plays for a few moments without singing. But the main thing is his singing which he pours forth from his soul, repeating the poetic-devotional expressions of Narottama Dasa Thakura, Bhaktivinoda Thakura and others and bringing their devotional emotions right before us in the present moment. Many of his selections are from the raganuga-rasa, such as "Jaya Radha Madhava" and "Jaya Radhe, Jaya Krishna, Jaya Vrndavana" expressing the love of Krishna and the gopis of Vraja. In this way Prabhupada expressed his inner mood and shared it with his audience.

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HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Seeking Krishna' from The Yellow Submarine SDGonline Daily updates

Seventy and a half
years is not the
cause for despair. You
still have years to go
and even if you don't,
you can turn to Krishna
in your life.

He should become more
prominent to you just as
He did to Arjuna when His
friend accepted Him as his
spiritual master.

I want to be closer to Krishna,
and I know the way to
do it: Chant with fervor
and attention and read
more His instructions and
pastimes in the sastras.

There are other ways. Preach
on His behalf and learn
how to keep Him on your
mind in a prayerful way,
offering homage and worship.

Krishna is your best friend although
you haven't realized it yet.
He's the supreme controller,
and you have some conception
of that but in a distant

In general, you need to
improve your relationship
with Him. This is done
through the spiritual master.
He's the medium.

Krishna sent him to
deliver you from the
mire of material existence.
By his grace I want to praise Him
and write Him songs
capturing in a little way
His grace and

Krishna is my God.
He's the solution to the
chaos in the world,
if only we'll turn to
Him. He's the original
and novel banishing
the everyday cliché.
He can free me from my ordinary
writing and let me do something

I confess I can't do anything
on my own. Only if He
or His Goddess Sarasvati
enters my lines can the
writing come out with a twist.

Krishna, Lord Krishna, please
let me sing to You a lovely
bouncing tune. Let it
show some of Your grace
and charm. You play
in the gardens and forests
of Vrndavana, and
anyone who knows about
this has learned the
highest truth.

You cuddle and behave
naughty in love with Your
mother, You sport as
equals with Your boy
friends and You become
entranced by the gopis
and make their hearts
beat faster when they
see You or when they
even wait for You
in separation. These
are the supreme truths,
and I wish to keep my
mind immersed in them.
They're full of variety,
never boring or
impersonal. I have
a chance to enter into
contemplation of Your
Vraja play, and I
wish to increase it
to the point where
it is my main
activity. Please
help me to give up
distractions and come
to Your lila which
is so sweet.

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HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Mayapur Pilgrimage' from The Yellow Submarine SDGonline Daily updates

Free Write

During my 2008 pilgrimage to Mayapur, I mostly stayed alone in my room in the Vaisnava Academy building. I rose early and chanted thirty-two rounds, wrote in my journal and read, mostly Radhanatha Maharaja's autobiography. At about 3 P.M. I would go out for a visit to Prabhupada's samadhi-mandir. Narayana Kavaca or someone else pushed me there in a wheelchair. Because of my arthritic left foot, I can't walk more than twenty-five minutes before it becomes too painful. I now have a foot brace which gives me more balance, but I still can't walk more than twenty-five minutes. The condition will probably worsen, but I don't trust that surgery will improve it.

At Prabhupada's samadhi-mandir I would sit and chant on my beads facing the grand murti of Srila Prabhupada. I chanted three rounds, and they were the best of the day, being wide awake and in the proximity of Srila Prabhupada. I concentrated and heard the syllables clearly. Chanting slowly, I entered a contemplative mood.

After half an hour I returned to my room enjoying the ride through the Mayapur campus which was busy with devotees on bicycles and walking, but not car traffic. That is certainly one of the luxuries of Mayapur, that it is a self contained devotee campus with no outside influence. In my room a group of about fifteen or twenty would gather. We would hold a kirtana with Ram Raya leading the singing and playing harmonium. I read aloud and commented on my book Cc Asraya: A Diary While Reading Caitanya-caritamrta. After the reading I honored an evening snack and then took early rest. It was a nice, quiet visit of about ten days, with lunch in the association of devotees every day. I felt not much pressure by not attending the morning program but mostly stuck to my own schedule without feeling intimidated. I visited the Deities in the afternoon on a couple of occasions.

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SRS: Srila Prabhupada’s quote tops the list at 50%, but here are other tithing figures and systems practiced in America.

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if at all with devotees who have been sanctioned by the Vaisnava community or even been forbidden to visit the temple.

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Japa Group: Finish The Round

Chanting one mala (108 beads) of japa is a complete service offered for the pleasure of Radha-Krsna appearing in Their most merciful maha-mantra form. One should not stop in the middle of a round, hang the mala outside the bead bag, or mark it with an "alligator clip" to save it for later. Finish the round!

From The Art of Chanting Hare Krsna by Mahanidhi Swami

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: Do You Want Change In Your Life?

If you really, really want change in your life, first you need to change.

You need to change the way you think, the way you see yourself and others, and the way you act.

If you want to achieve results you've never achieved before, you have to start doing things you've never done before.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Hungary seeks to kick start economy

SRS: For devotees who would like to know what the economic and political atmosphere is like in Hungary

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: PLANS

As long as one is unable to stop the desire for material enjoyment, there is no possibility of becoming liberated from the entanglement of material existence.

It may be argued that the waves of a river are incessantly flowing and that they cannot be stopped, but the waves of the river flow toward the sea.

When the tide comes over the river, it overwhelms the flowing of the river, and the river itself becomes overflooded, and the waves from the sea become more prominent than the waves from the river.

Similarly, a devotee with intelligence plans so many things for the service of the Lord in Krsna consciousness that stagnant material desires become overflooded by the desire to serve the Lord.

SB 4.22.39 Purport

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We're going out of town for 11 days to New Vrindavan for the Festival of Inspiration. I'm not bringing my computer so won't be doing any blogging. Hopefully I'll see some of you there, otherwise I'll be back on the blogosphere when we return.
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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Big Food Push Urged To Fight Global Hunger

By Richard Black for BBC News on 25 Mar 2010
Image: Neil Palmer / CIAT
The study indicates that new strains of crops such as cassava will be needed in the tropics.

From ISKCON News

With the world's population soaring to nine billion by mid-century, crop yields must rise, say the authors - yet climate change threatens to slash them.

Already the number of chronically hungry people is above one billion.

The report was prepared for a major conference on farming and development that opens next week in France.

The first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) will bring scientists, policymakers, aid experts, businessmen and pressure groups together in an attempt to plot a way out of the hunger crisis.

Everywhere you go in Africa you can buy Coca-cola or Pepsi-cola, but you can't buy a packet of seeds so easily
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

"It's a huge problem," said Sir Gordon Conway from the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London, the conference's keynote speaker.

"We have more than a billion people hungry at the moment, then on top of that we're going to have to feed a growing human population - we're looking at having to double food production by 2050."

The Green Revolution of the 1950s and 60s brought vast increases in yields of crops such as maize and rice to Asia and in South America.

But Africa remained largely untouched; and even in Asia, yields have plateaued.

Fertiliser use on Asian cereal fields has soared 40-fold in 50 years, but yields have only risen about four-fold.

Easy harvest

"In Asia, the Green Revolution created a sense of complacency, that we had solved the problem - and that lasted until the [food price] crisis of 2007," said Uma Lele, the former senior World Bank official who co-ordinated the report.

"What we are looking at now is a much more complex 'perfect storm', because all of the 'easy fruit' has been harvested during the Green Revolution."

There was no single, simple measure, she said, that could bring about the yield increases needed in poorer countries, and make sure that the increases were sustainable.

Ensuring all farmers had access to good information about farming methods would be a good start, she noted, but would require different mechanisms in different countries.

Access to facilities also needed to be improved, said Professor Conway.

"Everywhere you go in Africa you can buy Coca-cola or Pepsi-cola, but you can't buy a packet of seeds so easily," he noted.

Aid organisations working together with business had begun to transform that picture, he said; and when African maize farmers had access to the best techniques, their yields could jump fivefold.

But western donors were still more likely to put money into health or education projects than into agriculture, he added, despite the commitment that G8 leaders made at last year's G8 summit in Italy to spend $20bn on agriculture for development.
Comparing nutrients in samples
Crop development needs the full range of technologies, the report says

Despite the burgeoning wealth in South Asia, millions of people remain in stark poverty.

Ninety-seven percent of the chronic hungry live in South Asia or in Africa.

"These two regions of the world are going to be most affected by climate change," said Dr Lele.

"And that's where the majority if the world's poor live; if we don't invest in research now, that's where the problems will be in 10 years' time because developments don't happen overnight."

Combating hunger in these regions, said Professor Conway, meant using every level of technology available, from conventional cross-breeding through to genetic engineering that could specifically give new traits to crop strains.

The much-discussed Golden Rice - enhanced with Vitamin A - was in pre-commercial trials, following years of wrangling about patent issues, he said, and Chinese scientists had developed about 30 GM varieties that were almost ready for commercial release.

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Srimad Bhagavatam 11.20.6 - The devotees directly aim for love of Godhead and are therefore most pleasing to the Supreme Lord.

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With brand new photo and graphic designing, our eco-valley website became very nice. Have a nice glimpse of it. New English publishing will also be online soon.

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