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  1. Japa Group: The Cooperation Of Your Mind
  2. Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Non-violence
  3. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Sunday Feast Live!!!
  4. Phanisvara das, Mayapura, IN: KDE4 -> GNOME
  5. Gauranga Kishore das,USA: The Pilgrim's Progress
  6. Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Lecture - Remembering Tamal Krishna Goswami - Lomasha Rishidas &Others
  7. New Vrindavan, USA: Swan Boat Festivals in New Vrindaban
  8. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: No.27
  9. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: With Prabhupada on Waikiki Beach
  10. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: By Narottama's Grace
  11. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: A Missing Person
  12. H.H. Sivarama Swami: Morning kirtana on Sunday August 1st
  13. H.H. Sivarama Swami: Sadhana means striving to become a pure devotee and tasting the ecstasies of love of God
  14. Sutapa das, BV Manor, UK: Chapter Eight - D.E.A.D
  15. H.H. Sivarama Swami
  16. Gouranga TV: Aindra Prabhu – Hare Krishna kirtan – ISKCON Vrindavan kartik – October 29, 2009 – 2/3
  17. Japa Group: Japa Workshop From Alachua
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Japa Group: The Cooperation Of Your Mind

It was good. I chanted all 16 rounds in a row and kept my attention on the silent mantras without wander­ing to other thoughts. It is an easy process when you get the cooperation of your mind. There's nothing to do but adoringly hear the repeated names of Hare, Krishna and Rama. It is mantra meditation and the most recommended form of God real­ization for this age.

From Bhajan Kutir #26
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If we do not do our best to bring Krishna Consciousness to other beings, we are acting violently toward them. If we do not act to relieve suffering in others, we are doing them an injustice. Krishna Consciousness means the real end of all suffering, so everyone has the right to Krishna Consciousness.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Notes transcribed from a lecture given September 8, 1966

from BTG #4

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Sunday Feast Live!!!

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Phanisvara das, Mayapura, IN: KDE4 -> GNOME

some time ago i announced that finally KDE4 appeared too 'fancy' and i wanted to swith to GNOME. soon i noticed that in my opinion KDE apps are really superior to GNOME ones. my next decision was to run GNOME with KDE apps. that works for some of them, not for others.

obviously apps. run best in the environment they are made for.

so after some struggling with little success i'm back to running KDE.

actually, what was i trying to say: don't put so much emphasis on the external. well, that works two ways: don't worry so much about presentation, but if there's a little too much design in the UI, i shouldn't take that too serious, either.

Gauranga Kishore das,USA: The Pilgrim's Progress

As you can probably see if you're reading this the blog has gone through some big changes over the weekend. I've changed the name, although I couldn't change the URL without starting a whole new blog, which I may do at some point. I started the blog a number of years ago, kind of on a whim, and a lot has changed since then, if I could start over I wouldn't have my name as the website address but at least I wanted to change the tittle.

The tittle The Pilgrim's Progress is the short form of the title of an allegorical Christian work written by Paul Bunyan. It is actually kind of a cool little allegorical story about the spiritual journey as understood from the traditional Christian perspective. If your interested check out the wikipedia entry here.

Srila Prabhupada also uses the term in the third canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam to describe Vidura's pilgrimage to different holy places, that is where I originally came across the phrase and looked it up as I was curious to see what it was a reference to.

Some of the pages are still under construction and I may add a few more as well.

I hope you like the new look and feel. Please let me know if have any suggestions.
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Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Lecture - Remembering Tamal Krishna Goswami - Lomasha Rishidas &Others

Lomasha Rishidas L.Ac. leads a discussion remembering HH Tamal Krishna Goswami.  Other devotees give their memories as well.  

Dallas, TX

Download: 2010-07-01 - Lomasha Rishidas, L.Ac. - Remembering Tamal Krishna Goswami.mp3
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New Vrindavan, USA: Swan Boat Festivals in New Vrindaban

Swan Boat"The Swan Boat Festivals are pure elegance," says Bhakta Gerald Yule from Elm Gove, WV.  This year, Bhakta Gerald has the unique privilege of navigating the Swan Boat across New Vrindaban's Swan Lake every Saturday night, from Mother's Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. "The Swan Boat is one-of-a-kind.  For a few years, the devotees used to enter the Swan Boat in parades and festivals in Wheeling, Charleston, Pittsburgh, and other places.  The Swan Boat always won a prize."

The 15-foot, 3,000 pound Swan Boat was created in 1987 by local artist Soma dasa of New Vrindaban.  Swans are a common feature in Vedic art, which is based on the ancient Vedic scriptures of India.   In the ancient Sanskrit language of the Vedas, a swan is called a "hamsa," and a spiritually enlightened person is called a "paramahamsa."  The Vedas explain that swans have the ability to "separate milk from water."  Thus, if milk and water are mixed into a bowl, a swan will drink the milk and leave the water.  Similarly, a self-realized soul has the ability to distinguish spirit from matter, and he accepts what is spiritual and rejects what is material.  The founder of New Vrindaban Community, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, is recognized world-wide as a paramahamsa.

The Swan Boat Festival begins at approximately 9:15 pm with a torchlight procession, during which Lord Krishna is carried from the temple to the nearby boat house on Swan Lake.  "There is always singing and dancing during the parade, with a mix of traditional Indian instruments and western instruments," explains Bhakta Gerald enthusiastically.  "It is a style of music called 'kirtan,' which originated in ancient India but is currently becoming trendy in the US and Europe."

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: No.27 SDGonline Daily updates

3:26 A.M.

I woke up 11:30 P.M. with a headache. I tolerated it for half an hour and then took medicine. The medicine kept me awake, but I followed Jayadvaita Maharaja's advice that resting in bed is almost as good as sleeping. I rested with two pillows and lay on my back until 1:20 A.M., and then I got up. I began chanting at 1:30. I chanted rapidly, and quantity was emphasized a little more than quality. About halfway through I started to feel my eyes getting heavy, but then I overcame that and went on to chant rapidly. Quantity merged with quality, and both were going well. I finished sixteen rounds in one hour and fifty-five minutes. That's a pretty speedy trot around the track. I uttered the syllables and heard them all even though they were said so quickly. Sacinandana Maharaja has said we should chant quickly and that that those who criticize quick chanters don't know the art. So at the rate I was chanting I could have gone on and chanted sixty-four rounds. Maybe one of these days I'll try it. Anyway I'm satisfied with my japa this morning and I don't feel pain, and I've completed the vow. I would not feel disappointed if I could chant like this every morning, quickly and alert, not thinking much of other things but just concentrating on getting them done and getting them done with attention.

Sixteen rounds in less
than two hours. You
are a speeder but
are you going over the
limit? No. Prabhupada
said sixteen rounds should
take two hours but
the quality is most
important, not galloping
like a race horse.
I think it was all right
but there is always room
for improvement. You
can sink more into
the feeling for Nama
Prabhu beyond the numbers.
1,728 is just a number,
the real point is devotion.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: With Prabhupada on Waikiki Beach SDGonline Daily updates

Prabhupada Smaranam

Here is Srila Prabhupada walking on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu in Hawaii wearing a light-pink cadar against the light breezes of a January morning of 1974. He liked walking right at the edge of the seashore, such as at Venice Beach, Los Angeles, and Juhu Beach, Bombay. He used to remark that the vast, powerful ocean was restricted from its encroachment on the land by a higher power, the order of God. He also noted that the little sea-crabs, when frightened by approaching men, would run into the sea, not into the land side or forest. He said it was the human's nature to take shelter away from the encroaching water by retreating to the land, but the tiny crabs knew they were safe in the giant ocean. In this way he would constantly make God conscious observations from the study of Nature. Prabhupada alternately chanted his japa and spoke philosophy on his walks, and his disciples followed suit. But he never seemed disturbed when they interrupted his japa with a question and was always ready to engage in conversation. He had a particular liking for polemics, "the art or practice of dispute or argument, as in attacking or defending a doctrine or belief." His favorite targets were the atheistic scientists and the mayavadis or voidists. Sometime he would provoke doubt in a disciple, saying "What do they say?" or "You sometimes take their side, what do they say?"

But when you took up the side of the atheists, and stated some of their arguments in answer to Prabhupada's arguments, you sometimes took the risk of his becoming angry with you and treating you not as a theoretical arguer but as an actual atheist. "That is rascaldom. That is a most foolish proposal. You are a demon." You would feel crestfallen and apologize, sorry you had taken on the opposing view. But actually many times you did it because you weren't playing a game with your spiritual master, but exposing your agnostic heart. Regardless of your intentions or role-playing, Prabhupada smashed all the atheistic propositions. He made his walk a school-ground for training his preachers and sharpening his own wits, and had it all recorded on tape.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: By Narottama's Grace SDGonline Daily updates

I like the poems of Mary Oliver
where she writes of ducks, swans,
ponds, flowers, snakes and inserts
the words "O Lord" or at the end
of a nature poem makes an allusion
to the suffering of Christ and his

But Narottama is more chock
full of bhakti than that. He comes
right out and says don't hang out
with the karmis, jnanis and yogis.
He says live in Vraja or if you can't
live there physically, live there in your mind.

And he repeatedly describes the
beauty of the Divine Couple.

"The eyes of the Divine Couple
are like the cakora birds that
drink sweet nectar."

"The golden-complexioned Sri Radha,
is the topmost and the dearmost…"

Can I write poems like that?
No, I cannot fly so high,
but I can read and appreciate
Sri Prema-bhakti-candrika.

When I write my own
I confess to the troubles
of a struggling sadhaka.
I register some victories
of a good japa morning,
sixteen rounds in a row
without much pain,
attending to the names.

Appreciating a glance at
little Radha-Govinda in
Their new outfits and
hopes of writing from a
picture of Prabhupada.
But I can't write directly
of service to the
Divine Couple or that
would be untrue.

There is a wedding today, across the street.
Yadunandana Swami and I
won't be attending because
it's not a place for sannyasis.
I'll be staying alone trying
to work with books and
words, reviewing a manuscript
of a new book of prayers.
I'll be into that, seeing how my latest
book came out and if
it's pleasing to the Vaisnavas.

I play my own tunes in
Healing House and mix with
the men who live here.
This morning I'll make a
live video of reading poems
about my master from
Remembering Srila Prabhupada.
That sort of thing.

And in the afternoon I hope
the wedding won't interfere
and I'll be able to go
for my afternoon walk.
If we're lucky we may
see as we did yesterday
a big buck deer with
horns and a smaller
one, both standing nearby
but unaware we saw
them. We stopped awhile
to watch them and then
walked on. It's times
like that you're living
in a Mary Oliver poem
and then you turn to read
Narottama Das Thakura
and get carried to the
country of Vraja which
you're unable to enter
in this body…yet
in mind…by Narottama's

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: A Missing Person SDGonline Daily updates

Healing House

Swami Rupa had a dream just before breakfast that he was back in the Navy. He was on the big ship Saratoga. He kept moving through scenes and places. He personally determined that the most important thing was to go on chanting japa to himself. There were crowds of sailors and authorities over them. The authorities wanted you to stop and do things. Some wanted you to strip naked and be treated for protection from cancer. He just stepped out of line and avoided that. He decided if they caught him avoiding it, he wouldn't care how they reprimanded him. The only important thing was to go on chanting. They kept the men separated from the women, although he could hear their voices. That was all right too. In some places there were landslides and their feet sunk in coal-like substance. In some places there were mountainous regions. But all that mattered to him was that he went on chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare and he chanted in his dream. When he woke up he thought "That was a very important dream. I should always chant Hare Krishna."

Joey, the man with Alzheimer's, was coming to the Healing House almost every other day. As soon as he arrived the inmates would phone his daughter or son and tell them he was there. He usually stayed for most of the day. He liked to talk to the devotees, and he liked to do service. One service he liked to do was keep the next-door neighbors' dog from barking. They had the dog tied to a tree just on the other side of a fence separating the next-door house from the Healing House. They tied him up outside whenever they left the house. The dog used to bark loudly in his loneliness. Joey liked to sit by the fence and calm the dog down by his presence so he would stop his annoying barking. The devotees appreciated this. Then Joey stopped coming for a few days. His daughter Elaine phoned and asked if he were there. They said they had not seen him. She became worried and said she didn't know where he was. He had never stayed away from home so long. Ollie told her he would go out and look for him. Joey wasn't allowed to drive the car, so wherever he was he must have walked there. Ollie got in the car and drove around looking for him. The first place he went was to Stuyvesant Falls. It was a very tall waterfall, which fell in one place, ran in a river under a bridge and then fell again in a second, smaller falls. The river was rapid and full of jutting rocks. There was a sign posted, "NO SWIMMING OR WADING." People used to swim there anyway but it was a dangerous place, especially the main waterfalls. Ollie asked the few people there whether they had seen an old man like Joey, but no one had seen anyone like that. He drove to the Martin Van Buren national historical site five minutes away and searched on the grounds of the Van Buren house and estate, but no one reported seeing a man like Joey. Ollie tried the nature trails connected to the Van Buren estate where there were different trails marked in colors like yellow, blue and red for hikers to take. Ollie walked through the different trails but couldn't find him. He tried knocking on doors on Albany Street, the main street of houses. Joey had stopped at some of them previously. He had even told the people about his recent visits to the Healing House, but he was nowhere to be seen there. A road sign marked Stuyvesant Falls as "An agricultural community," and there were large corn fields. But none of the people in the farmhouses—although they knew Joey—knew his whereabouts.

Swami Rupa suggested they report Joey as a missing person to officer Dan Edwards. He became alarmed when he heard that Joey had been missing for two days. Dan said he would ask his police officer friend to use the police department's K-9 dog to try to find Joey. There was a vast forest connected to the cornfields, and Dan thought to conduct a search there. Elaine said Joey sometimes returned with twigs and grass on his clothes from walking in the trails. Elaine gave them Joey's shirt and pants. They gave it to the K-9 dog, a German Shepherd, and he sniffed it thoroughly and then set out through the cornfields into the woods. About four people trailed behind him including Dan and another police officer. The dog whined and kept his nose to the ground and walked through the thickets that had no trails. After three hours, the dog found Joey. He was curled up in a fetal position on a stack of leaves under a big tree.

"What are you doing here?" asked Dan.

"I'm lost," said Joey. "I don't know how to get out of these woods. I keep walking around." The search party brought Joey home, but it didn't end there. The police chief was disturbed that his men had to spend time and money searching for Joey. "He should be put in an institution, a nursing home. I don't want to have to do this again." Joey's family and friends didn't like the suggestion of a nursing home, since they didn't think Joey would get proper loving care there. Dan said he would think of something to avert it. He came up with the idea of an electronic device that Joey could wear as an anklet. With this electronic tracing anklet, Dan agreed to monitor Joey's movements. This satisfied the police chief, and Joey was allowed to live at home—and visit the Healing House.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Morning kirtana on Sunday August 1st

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Sadhana means striving to become a pure devotee and tasting the ecstasies of love of God

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Sutapa das, BV Manor, UK: Chapter Eight - D.E.A.D

To contemplate death is actually a requirement to being considered sane. There are a few REAL problems in this world; situations that NOBODY wants, but situations that EVERYONE will experience. The Bhagavad-gita outlines those real problems as disease, old age, and ultimately death. People in Latin America would hang skulls in their houses to remind themselves. Yogis in India would meditate on the banks of the Ganges where open-pyre funerals were being conducted. We often forget the inevitability of death, and thus, in Chapter Eight entitled "Attaining the Supreme", Krishna deals with this very subject.

D – Doubts (Verses 1-4) - Doubting is a function of intelligence and at no point in the Bhagavad-gita does Krishna discourage questions. On the contrary, He encourages Arjuna to intelligently contemplate all His answers and subsequently make his own decisions. The chapter begins with Arjuna's doubts and questions on the meaning of certain spiritual concepts. Krishna concisely answers seven of his eight questions immediately, and then prepares to answer the final question in greater depth - "How can one attain a spiritual destination at the time of death?"

E – End of life (Verses 5-8) - Imagine you are going to watch a movie and you meet someone who just saw it. "You'll never guess what happens" they say... before they even finish that statement you'll interject and stop them. Knowing the end spoils the whole show. Similarly, for those engaged in worldly pursuits, hearing about, contemplating and accepting "the end" (death) is not the most inspiring reflection. It simply spoils their "movie of life" in the here and now. For a spiritualist, however, "the end" is not a depressing thought since their concept of life and its purpose is much broader. Krishna explains how one's thoughts at death sum up ones consciousness, desires and worldviews they cultivated throughout their life. Thus, one's state of mind at the time of death determines their next situation of life. For those who remember God at death, they will go to God.

A – Attaining the Supreme (Verses 9-22) - Thus, the entire world is a temporary university specifically created to dispense practical life lessons. When one becomes frustrated by the pursuits of this world, they realise that happiness lies in another realm. As spiritual beings, life in a complex world of matter is an incompatible situation. While the material world is rubber-stamped as a constantly changing place of misery, the spiritual world is distinguished as being eternal and all-blissful. There are many painstaking ways in which different spiritualists conduct their lives in order to attain that supreme destination, but having attained it one never returns to this temporary realm again. As they say, once bitten, twice shy.

D – Devotion (verses 23-28) - Various spiritual practices have been discussed in this chapter, but Krishna finally concludes by outlining the most effective process to attain the Supreme. Bhakti-yoga, the process of practical service to God in a mood of devotion, is described as the topmost spiritual path. In an age of rampant materialism and temptation coupled with individual weakness and lack of spiritual aspiration, a highly practical and powerful spiritual process is required. Through bhakti-yoga anyone can experience an incredibly fulfilling spiritual connection in a very short time. If one is able to thus saturate ones consciousness with constant meditation on God, they will be sure to attain the supreme destination regardless of all the technicalities and intricacies that other spiritual processes may stress.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami

You are good for everything but your attitude to remain good for nothing is very nice. A Vaisnava is always humble and meek and he is never puffed even he has got the highest qualities of demigods.

- Srila Prabhupada

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Gouranga TV: Aindra Prabhu – Hare Krishna kirtan – ISKCON Vrindavan kartik – October 29, 2009 – 2/3

Aindra Prabhu – Hare Krishna kirtan – ISKCON Vrindavan kartik – October 29, 2009 – 2/3

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Japa Group: Japa Workshop From Alachua

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