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  1. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Thursday 5 August 2010--Using Your Talents for Krishna--and--Challenge: Your Approach is ...
  2. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Gopinatha's Kids Camp - August 7, 2010!
  3. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 30
  4. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Indian Preaching
  5. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Krishna's Moods
  6. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Amalananda's Visit
  7. Bharatavarsa.net: Book distribution seminar: A Christian Pastor Becomes a Devotee
  8. Book Distribution News: A Christian Pastor Becomes a Devotee
  9. David Haslam, UK: Owning the problem, and not finding fault
  10. Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Bhajan - Mukunda Datta das - Yashomati Nandana
  11. Gauranga Kishore das,USA: Shadowlands and some C.S. Lewis Quotes
  12. Japa Group: Clean Up Your Mess
  13. ISKCON News.com: Vrindavan Care For Cows Newsletter
  14. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
  15. H.H. Sivarama Swami: In answer to Bn Barbara’s question, the Upanisads say
  16. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: First Days of ISKCON (video)
  17. Gaura Nitai das, Mayapura, IN: Worlwide ISKCON Grassroots Namsankirtan Revolution
  18. Gaura Nitai das, Mayapura, IN: Why don't babies laugh when they come out of the womb?
  19. Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: When Happy Cows Are Not Happy Cows
  20. H.H. Bhakti Caitanya Swami: Lithuanian summer festival photos
  21. Kurma dasa, AU: Nineteen Hundred and Five
  22. H.H. Sivarama Swami
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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Thursday 5 August 2010--Using Your Talents for Krishna--and--Challenge: Your Approach is ...

Whatever talent or ability we have is a gift from Krishna. In fact Krishna directly declares in the Bhagavad-gita that He is the ability in man. This means that we should use these talents and abilities in His service. The more we thus glorify Krishna, the more we become glorious. Srila Prabhupada encouraged the Beatles to use to their musical talent...

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Gopinatha's Kids Camp - August 7, 2010!

After celebrating a grand Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra), we thought its time to have some fun! And what better way to have fun than by having a day dedicated for the younger bhakti-yogis in the Hare Krishna Community! Imagine a day full of games, laughter, delicious prasadam and a chance to make new friends!

ISKCON Toronto is providing just that and more and especially for the younger congregational members with the fourth annual Gopinath's Kids Camp!

This year, the fourth annual Gopinath's Kids Camp will be held on Saturday, August 7th from 8:30am-6:00pm, for kids aged 5-12 years. The purpose of this one-day camp is to provide an opportunity to ignite the spiritual spark in the children while doing fun and interactive activities that they enjoy.

In addition to outdoor games, some of the primary activities being planned for the day are Mantra Meditation Sessions, fun cooking classes, learning how to play different musical instruments, sumptuous prasadam and many fond memories.

All this and much more for registration fees of only $20!

Click here to register your children now!!

For further information, please feel free to contact us at info@torontokrishna.com or psenatoronto@gmail.com. You can also contact Shyama-Mohini dasi at 416.844.2937 or Mahasundari Madhavi dasi at 647.284.7010. We look forward to seeing all our enthusiastic younger devotees at the Gopinath's Kids Camp this year on August 7th!

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 30

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3:36 A.M.

I slept alright but woke only when the alarm went off at 2 A.M., so I'm a little behind. I tried to chant quickly and was able to do so without any pain. I paid attention to the mantras and accumulated twelve rounds by 3:30 when Baladeva from Trinidad came up. I stated yesterday how I can not expect my chanting to be in a raganuga platform and so I accepted my lowly lot but put my effort into paying attention to the sounds of the names. I also kept other thoughts out of my mind and tried to be aware of the power of the holy names.

Chanting at a rapid
pace, hearing the
mantras with no pain.
You feel a sense of
accomplishment as you
build your numerical strength
and separate each word
distinctly. This is not
topmost japa but
you are up early, alone,
and talking to Hare and Krishna
with all the attention
you can muster. You're awake,
not sleeping

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Indian Preaching

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Prabhupada Smaranam

Prabhupada is preaching in a borrowed apartment in Bombay (you can pretty safely guess it's Bombay because Giriraja Prabhu is present). It is summer and he is wearing no shirt. The white sheet covering the floor is filled with respectable looking Indian gentlemen. Prabhupada's first and last instruction from his spiritual master was to speak in English to the Western people. He did this magnificently by going to America in his seventieth year and creating the Hare Krishna explosion. The movement grew within a few years until there were centers in many American and Canadian and European cities and in Australia. Then in 1972 Prabhupada personally added to his guru's instruction and came back to India to preach to his countrymen. He had tried reaching the Indians prior to his going to America but he did not have success. He found them too absorbed in politics and materialism; in a Back to Godhead article he wrote in India, he said his countrymen suffered from the disease of "No Time" for spiritual interest.

But when he returned to India in 1972, bringing his American disciples with him, he created a sensation in Bombay and other cities. The Indians were astounded that the Americans had taken to Krishna consciousness and turned out to be well-behaved Vasnavas. Prabhupada affectionately referred to his disciples as "dancing white elephants" and used them in kirtanas to attract the Indians. Now he was able to catch their attraction and they attended pandalas in tens of thousands. He strongly preached to them that they had neglected the bona fide message of Bhagavad-gita and of their worshipable Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Who had appeared on Indian soil. He told them the privilege and opportunity of being born in Bharata-varsa. He liked to quote the verse from Caitanya Bhagavata that the people of India should learn about Krishna and do good to the people in other parts of the world by spreading Krishna consciousness.

Prabhupada's Hare Krishna movement, the International Society for Krishna consciousness, is now one of the most influential religious forces in India with thousands of congregational and initiated members and dozens of temples. Thus Prabhupada doubled the order of his spiritual master and delivered both the people of the west and the east.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Krishna's Moods

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Krishna's moods with Radha
are varied. Sometimes He
aggressively grabs Her arm and
She cries (although She is joyful
inside). Sometimes He approaches
Her and bows repentant in
an attempt to break Her
jealous anger. Sometimes
They are in blissful union.

Krishna's moods with His
mother vary too. Sometimes
He sucks Her breast
in peace. Sometimes
He breaks a butter pot
and runs from Her
like a frightened, mischievous
thief.

He's always bellicose with
the demons and breaks them
in two like toys or dolls. Sometimes they
make Him angry.

He's always bhakta-vatsala,
favorably inclined to His pure
devotees who value His
friendship and love
Him more than their
own lives.

Krishna's actually equipoised.
He doesn't have the mood swings
like a bipolar neurotic.
He's always jolly, even when
killing a powerful demon
or begging from Radharani.

No material sickness
or misery can touch Him.
He keeps the worlds in
order with His perfect
balance.

But it's true as Lord Caitanya He experienced
vibralambha-seva,
a state of emotional separation from
Krishna in which He cried
like Radharani in Vrndavana
pining for Her lover.

As Lord Caitanya He showed
the world a confidential side
of God that talks like a
madman and criticizes Krishna
for abandoning Radha.

This is special and has to
be understood, this mood
of Caitanya in separation.
Only the pure devotees
who themselves are in
that mood can share
with Gauranga and
feel the pangs that Radha felt.

If you're qualified you can
read the Antya-lila and get
a little taste of viraha-bhava.
It is Krishna's most high
and intense mood
and cannot be approached in imitation.
Only that the world should
know such thing exists,
Krishnadas Kaviraja has revealed
the secret. But it is only
for the cuckoo like devotee birds
and not for the crows.
Don't rush in cheaply.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Amalananda's Visit

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Healing house

Amalananda stopped by the healing house for a few days. He lived at the Gita Nagari country dhama in Pennsylvania but sometimes visited his sister in Boston. Whenever he goes to Boston he always stops in Upstate New York because he has friendly relations with Ali, Swami Rupa, and Mother Kaulini. He is presently in a serious health crisis. He's had two heart-attacks within the last year, both of which required emergency treatment at the hospital. He's been advised to stop work but this requires a major change in life for Amalananda, who has always been a workaholic. For many years he has operated a flower stand on the streets in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and worked long hours. He had childhood polio and his body is shaped at a slight curve and he carries a cane. He was married but his wife left him for another man, leaving him with an unfinished house that he had to sell. Amalananda's flower business used to be prosperous and he gave all of the profits to Gita Nagari and the Boston temple without keeping hardly anything for himself. By choice he lives in a tent for eight months of the year at Gita Nagari, sleeping with a three-legged dog named Traipad. He used to work early in the morning and go to the temple and dress the Deities on the altar. He then attended part of the morning program, leading the singing of the guru-puja and then drove to work at Harrisburg. He would clean the pots and mop off the floor at night after festivals. Now he has had to stop all f that. He is so well-known in Harrisburg that his picture has been in the news paper several times and everyone knows him as "Amal the flowerman" . After working for about nine hours he would drive back to Gita Nagari. The devotees often wouldn't cook anything for him and so he would pick food out of the garbage or look for some leftovers left by guests.

Ali asked him, "What is it like now? You work for a few hours and then you have to rest?"

"No it's more mental," Said Amalananda in his humble mood. "When I work we loose money and I prefer to be alone and try to figure it out." What he's trying to figure out is that his body is finished and he really shouldn't be working at all. Amalananda has taken to reading more. He used to read occasionally, out of duty. But he says now he reads Prabhupada's books and Swami Rupa's books and enjoys them. He's not been able to stop work entirely, but by working he is risking his life.

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Bharatavarsa.net: Book distribution seminar: A Christian Pastor Becomes a Devotee

About a month and a half back I posted a story about how when I was going shop to shop in Lilongwe, Malawi, a pastor who worked as a manager in a car showroom bought four books from me and expressed interest in buying a Bhagavad-gita later.

Well, I went back to see him periodically to find out how he was doing as he read through the books. He went through them very methodically -- highlighting, underlining, and marking many sections. He would ask me many questions about what he had read.

About a month back I sold him the Bhagavad-gita, and he felt bliss to get it. I was surprised, because not only was the Gita new to him but he was from a culture that was not at all based on the Bhagavad-gita -- Malawian-African. And yet he still was so keen to read the Gita, and gradually he picked up on the philosophy and would ask me many questions.

I found out that he had been born in a Catholic family and that in his teens he had begun to ask questions about God. When he couldn't get the answers, he became a Jehovah's Witness and then a Pentecostal. He told me how about fourteen years ago he had gotten a "call" from inside, which took the form of an intense desire to go deeper into religion. His friends advised him to become a preacher (pastor). He confided in me that although he went so deep into Christianity he felt something was missing. He also lamented how new ideas concerning "gayism," feminism, and abortion are entering the church. Finally he said, "I think what is missing is . . ." and he pointed to the Bhagavad-gita.

I was surprised that this Christian preacher was drawn so much to the Bhagavad-gita and to Srila Prabhupada's books in general. Gradually he gave up drinking tea and, for the last three weeks, meat. He said, "After reading about the evils of meat-eating in 'The Laws of Nature,' I can't stand the sight it anymore."

Once, after he had read all the small books, I asked him if he wanted some more books, and he told me that he was reading the small books all over again and was getting deeper meaning from them. I thought he might be lying and that he just didn't want any more books, but when I went to visit him in his office I saw him reading "The Laws of Nature" right there at his desk.

Now he keeps telling me, "I don't know how to tell my congregation all these things, or whether I should." I just told him to take it slowly and first become strong himself. He has eight children and gave the youngest one (an eighteen-year-old son) one of the books to read. He liked it so much that he loaned it to his friends.

Once I met him on a Monday and he told me that as he delivered his sermon in the church the day before his mind was on the Bhagavad-gita.

The pastor is chanting one round every day and adjusting his diet. He's seriously considering becoming a Hare Krishna. In truth I haven't met him much. This all happened due to his reading and accepting with faith Srila Prabhupada's instructions. I pray to Caitanya Mahaprabhu that the pastor be guided to the path of sanatana-dharma.

Your servant, Murari Das

Vijaya (das) HDG (USA) wrote: > > > Hari bol Dravida Prabhu, could you please edit this for me. > Your servant, Vijaya das > > > SUB: A Christian Pastor Becomes a devotee > > I posted a story maybe a month and a half back about how I was going > shop to shop in Lilongwe, Malawi and a pastor who also worked as a > manager in an auto car showroom bought 4 books from me and expressed > interest about buying a Bhagavad-gita from me at a later date. > > Well I went back to see him periodically and saw how he was going > through all the books. He went through them so methodically > highlighting, underlining and marking many sections of the books. He > would ask me so many questions about what he read. > > About a month back I sold him the Bhagavad-gita and he was in such > bliss to get it. I was surprised because not only had he never read it > before but was from a culture that was not at all based on the > Bhagavad-gita (Malawian-African background). And yet still he was so > keen and gradually picked up on the philosophy and would ask me many > questions. > > I found out that he had been born in a catholic family and in his > teens began to ask questions about God and when he couldn't get the > answers, he became a Jehovah's witness and then after that a > pentecostal. He then said how about 14 years back, he again got a > 'call' from inside, a desire to get deeper into religion and his > friends then advised him to become a preacher (pastor). He then > confided in me that although he went so deep in christianity he felt > something as missing. And not only that but he is really lamenting how > he said these new ideas of 'Gayism', 'Feminism' and Abortion are > entering the church. Finally he said; I think this is what is missing, > he said pointing to the Bhagavad-gita. > > I was surprised because he is a christian preacher and yet he was > drawn so much to the bhagavad-gita and Srila Prabhupada's books. > Gradually he gave up drinking tea and has stopped eating meat for about 3 > weeks now. He tells me that; 'I can't stand the site of it any more > (meat) after reading about it' (in Laws of Nature). > > Once when he had read all the small books, I asked him if he wants > some more books and he told me that he was reading the small books he > bought all over again as he said that he is getting a deeper meaning > from them. I thought he might be lying and that he just didn't want > any more books, but when I went to visit him in his office I saw him > reading 'The laws of Nature' right there on his desk. > > Now he keeps telling me; " I don't know how to tell my congregation > all these things, or whether I should". I just told him to take it > slowly and first become strong himself. He has eight children and gave > the youngest one (18yrs) one of the books to read. His son liked > it so much he gave it to his friends. > > Once I met him on a Monday and he told me that he was giving sermon in the > church yesterday but his mind was on the Bhagavad-gita. > > The pastor is seriously considering becoming a Hare Krishna and is > chanting one round everyday and adjusting his diet. To tell the truth > I didn't really meet him much. This all happened due to his reading > and accepting with faith Srila Prabhupada's instruction and teachings. > I pray to Caitanya Mahaprabhu that he guided to the path of Sanatana > Dharma. > > Your servant, > Murari Das > > ISKCON Lilongwe, > Lilongwe, Malawi > (Text D:3280195) ------------------------------------------- > > ------- End of Forwarded Message ------ > (Text D:3309338) -------------------------------------------

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Book Distribution News: A Christian Pastor Becomes a Devotee

About a month and a half back I posted a story about how when I was going shop to shop in Lilongwe, Malawi, a pastor who worked as a manager in a car showroom bought four books from me and expressed interest in buying a Bhagavad-gita later.

Well, I went back to see him periodically to find out how he was doing as he read through the books. He went through them very methodically -- highlighting, underlining, and marking many sections. He would ask me many questions about what he had read.

About a month back I sold him the Bhagavad-gita, and he felt bliss to get it. I was surprised, because not only was the Gita new to him but he was from a culture that was not at all based on the Bhagavad-gita -- Malawian-African. And yet he still was so keen to read the Gita, and gradually he picked up on the philosophy and would ask me many questions.

I found out that he had been born in a Catholic family and that in his teens he had begun to ask questions about God. When he couldn't get the answers, he became a Jehovah's Witness and then a Pentecostal. He told me how about fourteen years ago he had gotten a "call" from inside, which took the form of an intense desire to go deeper into religion. His friends advised him to become a preacher (pastor). He confided in me that although he went so deep into Christianity he felt something was missing. He also lamented how new ideas concerning "gayism," feminism, and abortion are entering the church. Finally he said, "I think what is missing is . . ." and he pointed to the Bhagavad-gita.

I was surprised that this Christian preacher was drawn so much to the Bhagavad-gita and to Srila Prabhupada's books in general. Gradually he gave up drinking tea and, for the last three weeks, meat. He said, "After reading about the evils of meat-eating in 'The Laws of Nature,' I can't stand the sight it anymore."

Once, after he had read all the small books, I asked him if he wanted some more books, and he told me that he was reading the small books all over again and was getting deeper meaning from them. I thought he might be lying and that he just didn't want any more books, but when I went to visit him in his office I saw him reading "The Laws of Nature" right there at his desk.

Now he keeps telling me, "I don't know how to tell my congregation all these things, or whether I should." I just told him to take it slowly and first become strong himself. He has eight children and gave the youngest one (an eighteen-year-old son) one of the books to read. He liked it so much that he loaned it to his friends.

Once I met him on a Monday and he told me that as he delivered his sermon in the church the day before his mind was on the Bhagavad-gita.

The pastor is chanting one round every day and adjusting his diet. He's seriously considering becoming a Hare Krishna. In truth I haven't met him much. This all happened due to his reading and accepting with faith Srila Prabhupada's instructions. I pray to Caitanya Mahaprabhu that the pastor be guided to the path of sanatana-dharma.

Your servant, Murari Das

Vijaya (das) HDG (USA) wrote: > > > Hari bol Dravida Prabhu, could you please edit this for me. > Your servant, Vijaya das > > > SUB: A Christian Pastor Becomes a devotee > > I posted a story maybe a month and a half back about how I was going > shop to shop in Lilongwe, Malawi and a pastor who also worked as a > manager in an auto car showroom bought 4 books from me and expressed > interest about buying a Bhagavad-gita from me at a later date. > > Well I went back to see him periodically and saw how he was going > through all the books. He went through them so methodically > highlighting, underlining and marking many sections of the books. He > would ask me so many questions about what he read. > > About a month back I sold him the Bhagavad-gita and he was in such > bliss to get it. I was surprised because not only had he never read it > before but was from a culture that was not at all based on the > Bhagavad-gita (Malawian-African background). And yet still he was so > keen and gradually picked up on the philosophy and would ask me many > questions. > > I found out that he had been born in a catholic family and in his > teens began to ask questions about God and when he couldn't get the > answers, he became a Jehovah's witness and then after that a > pentecostal. He then said how about 14 years back, he again got a > 'call' from inside, a desire to get deeper into religion and his > friends then advised him to become a preacher (pastor). He then > confided in me that although he went so deep in christianity he felt > something as missing. And not only that but he is really lamenting how > he said these new ideas of 'Gayism', 'Feminism' and Abortion are > entering the church. Finally he said; I think this is what is missing, > he said pointing to the Bhagavad-gita. > > I was surprised because he is a christian preacher and yet he was > drawn so much to the bhagavad-gita and Srila Prabhupada's books. > Gradually he gave up drinking tea and has stopped eating meat for about 3 > weeks now. He tells me that; 'I can't stand the site of it any more > (meat) after reading about it' (in Laws of Nature). > > Once when he had read all the small books, I asked him if he wants > some more books and he told me that he was reading the small books he > bought all over again as he said that he is getting a deeper meaning > from them. I thought he might be lying and that he just didn't want > any more books, but when I went to visit him in his office I saw him > reading 'The laws of Nature' right there on his desk. > > Now he keeps telling me; " I don't know how to tell my congregation > all these things, or whether I should". I just told him to take it > slowly and first become strong himself. He has eight children and gave > the youngest one (18yrs) one of the books to read. His son liked > it so much he gave it to his friends. > > Once I met him on a Monday and he told me that he was giving sermon in the > church yesterday but his mind was on the Bhagavad-gita. > > The pastor is seriously considering becoming a Hare Krishna and is > chanting one round everyday and adjusting his diet. To tell the truth > I didn't really meet him much. This all happened due to his reading > and accepting with faith Srila Prabhupada's instruction and teachings. > I pray to Caitanya Mahaprabhu that he guided to the path of Sanatana > Dharma. > > Your servant, > Murari Das > > ISKCON Lilongwe, > Lilongwe, Malawi > (Text D:3280195) ------------------------------------------- > > ------- End of Forwarded Message ------ > (Text D:3309338) -------------------------------------------

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David Haslam, UK: Owning the problem, and not finding fault

For several years I worked not only in an NHS hospital but also for one night a week a small private hospital down the road, a contrast to say the least both in philosophy and organizational structure. Whilst doing the induction days at the private hospital one thing was that the liaison officer gave a [...]

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Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Bhajan - Mukunda Datta das - Yashomati Nandana

Mukunda Datta das singing the bhajan "Yashomati Nandana".  

Dallas, TX
2010-01-04


Download: 2010-01-04 - 5 - Saha Home Program - Mukunda Datta das - Yashomati Nandana.mp3
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Gauranga Kishore das,USA: Shadowlands and some C.S. Lewis Quotes

Here's a interesting movie about C.S. Lewis of Narnia fame, he was an Oxford professor and represented religion in that very hostile environment where belief in God is often seen as antiquated and silly, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest Christian apologists.

The movie is mostly about his later life and his relationship with a woman that he married quite late in life, which makes it quite interesting, it also touches on the issue of the existence of suffering, initially from a philosophical perspective as Lewis preaches the importance of pain for spiritual growth but then he struggles when confronted with the pain of losing the love of his life.


(follow the links to the rest of the movie)

Here are some Quotes that you might enjoy:

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

I gave in, and admitted that God was God.

I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.

Let's pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time.

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ.

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.

A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.

Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.

The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.

The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."

There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.

Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

We are what we believe we are.

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.

What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.

With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.

You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.

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Japa Group: Clean Up Your Mess


Jaya Srila Prabhupada! It's our humble realization, that there is a direct connection between our ability to concentrate on chanting and the way how we keep our belongings. Dirty mind manifests as messy surroundings.
For myself it's a continuous challenge to keep my belongings in order, but I always see that the more there is sattva-guna....the more tidy I keep my stuff, the better the chanting.
In Kali-yuga laziness is all pervading. It's rare that something is done well. Often we are not cleaning, or if we do, we just haphazardly clean one place and move the mess to another room. But messy belongings, unnecessary broken items in our closet, all kinds of unfinished works etc. all these are subtle burdens in our minds and make it harder to chant with clear and jolly mind.

Real cleaning means cleaning with a heavy hand. In feng shui there is good formula for cleaning:


1. Take all your belongings and sort them into three piles: a) things you use regularly b) things you think you may need c) things you never use or that are broken.
2. Get rid of the pile C and most of the stuff in pile B.

Try it out and see it works.

your servant,

Muniraja dasa
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ISKCON News.com: Vrindavan Care For Cows Newsletter

By Kurma Rupa Das for ISKCON News on 4 Jul 2010

The August 2010 issue of our Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. In this edition of 23 pages there are reports on another victim of reckless driving that leads to amputation, and a tribute to the passing of Aindra Prabhu.


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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Keep Away From the Spray

Toronto, Ontario

Before the morning song birds get a chance to serenade the coming day at pre-pre-dawn, a hissing is heard. As I pass by yard to yard of the residential neighbourhood water pressure makes that sound and spews out here and there H20 moisture in the air. They are the sound of man-made geysers set to water the lawns. They are sporadic with their initial explosion and then a spray follows often times imposing themselves onto the sidewalk.

If you are an early walker like myself and you trek such sprouting neighbourhoods then you must listen for the sound of the hiss and run in order to miss. If not, you get sprayed.

It's better than getting sprayed by those guys you share the early morning space with – skunks. Boy, there are out there. Once I counted seven in a two block jaunt. They're never together. They don't herd, like cats. I have never been attacked by their odour, a scent something like that I find common in Bengal – mustard seed oil used on the body or the hair.

No, never have I had the pleasure of having skunk juice on my body. I have met others who have. And dogs. I hear they get hit all the time. Once while I was reading a book by our guru, Srila Prabhupada, and in the very bedroom he slept in when that evening a dog barked outside the window. I could not see him, but only hear him. "Ruff! Ruff!"

After a few seconds of that he converted from an aggressive bark to a screechy squeal, as he was retreating. Suddenly a strong odour poured into my room and I could understand the dog had received a generous spray of skunk perfume.

It was totally a spontaneous response, unlike the spewing of water which operate on timers. What did I learn today?

1) It's good to be regulated. Be on time!

2) When a hissing comes, clear out of the way.

3) Keep a distance from a skunk raised tail.

4) Accept nature's light-heartedness

7 KM

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: In answer to Bn Barbara’s question, the Upanisads say

“If you want the Truth as badly as a drowning man wants a gulp of air, you will reach it in a flash.”

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: First Days of ISKCON (video)

www.sdgonline.org. SDGonline Daily updates

From the book Remembering Srila Prabhupada. First days of ISKCON. Here
read more from SDGonline - daily updates Viraha Bhavan journal 

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Gaura Nitai das, Mayapura, IN: Worlwide ISKCON Grassroots Namsankirtan Revolution

This short talk took place after kirtan had already been going on in Pancha Tattva temple for hours. The previous kirtans were led by devotees like Radhanatha Swami and Lokanatha Swami. No one wanted to stop, especially because Aindra was about to lead the kirtan!




Here is the link to the few words that Aindra spoke before he led us in hours of sankirtan.




There is nothing like harinam sankirtan. I think that this clip can give us a glimpse at 1) how important it is to endeavor to constantly engage in harinam sankirtan 2) how blissfull it is…kirtans only increase in bliss 3) how important and influential Aindra is to our movement 4) how Aindra was such an influential preacher of harinam sankirtan.





Devotees in the temple: Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga!


AIndra: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Aindra again: Please rememberWorlwide ISKCON Grassroots…that means grassroots…don't wait for the big guns to get it together, the grassroots should do it grassroots Namsankirtan Revolution...if you do not know what grassroots means look it up in the dictionary...it is all of you!...those other than the power elite are the grassroots....we have to get it together and understand the philosophy of Krishna consciousness....the philosophy of Krishna consciousness is to chant and dance as much as possible in this human form of life...to get krishna prema (ecstatic love of God) and go back home back to godhead...the demoniac corporate governments are not going to slow down to wait for us to get it together…the demons are going mad, while we have the chance, in any part of the world we should take advantage and help push on nama sankirtan…it is on the upswing…be part of it!...part of the solution…not part of the problem.


Here is the link to the kirtan that followed. Here is a link to the rest of the Aindra's Mayapur 2009 kirtans.

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Gaura Nitai das, Mayapura, IN: Why don't babies laugh when they come out of the womb?

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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: When Happy Cows Are Not Happy Cows

From author John Robbins at the Huffington Post

This past week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will essentially prohibit, starting in 2015, any egg from being sold in the state that comes from caged hens. This bill became law 20 months after a majority of California voters approved Proposition 2, making it clear that concern for the living conditions of livestock is no longer the province of animal rights activists alone.

Recognizing how widespread concern about the humane treatment of farm animals has become, the California Milk Advisory Board has recently ramped up its 10-year "Happy Cow" advertising campaign with a new series of ads proclaiming that "Great milk comes from Happy Cows. Happy Cows come from California." These ads are now being shown across the nation.

Unfortunately, there are a few problems with the ads. For one, they weren't filmed in California at all. They were filmed in Auckland, New Zealand.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Current Milk Board ads claim that 99 percent of the state's dairy farms are family owned. But in order to arrive at this figure, they count as "dairy farms" rural households with one or two cows. Meanwhile, there are corporate-owned dairies in the San Joaquin Valley which have 15,000 or 20,000 cows. It is these far larger enterprises that produce the vast majority of California's milk.

My concern, let me emphasize, is not with small-scale family farms. I have no problem with the many hard-working families who treat their cows well, take care of the land and try to bring a healthy product to market. My problem is with the much larger agribusiness enterprises, the factory farms to whom the animals in their care are nothing but sources of revenue.

Thanks to the practices they employ, the amount of milk produced yearly by the average California cow is nearly 3,000 pounds more than the national average. This increased production may seem like a good thing, but it is achieved at great cost to the animals. The cows are routinely confined in extremely unnatural conditions, injected with hormones, fed antibiotics, and in general treated with all the compassion of four legged milk pumps. Roughly one third of California's cows suffer from painful udder infections, and more than half suffer from other infections and illnesses.

Although genetically engineered bovine growth hormone is banned in many countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and much of the European Union, it is widely used in California's largest dairy operations to increase milk production. Unfortunately, it also increases udder infections and lameness in the cows, markedly raises the amount of pus found in milk, and may increase the risk of cancer in consumers.

The natural lifespan of a dairy cow is about 25 years, but one-fourth of California's dairy cows are slaughtered each year (typically at four or five years old), because they've become crippled from painful foot infections or calcium depletion, or simply because they can no longer produce the unnaturally high amounts of milk required of them.

The Milk Board ads present the California dairy industry as a bucolic enterprise that operates in lush, grassy pastures. Some of the ads employ the slogan "So much grass, so little time." But California's dairy industry is concentrated in the dry and barren Central Valley. Here, the cows are typically kept in overcrowded, dirt feedlots. Some never see a blade of grass in their entire lives.

The ads show calves in meadows talking happily to their mothers. But the calves born to California dairy cows typically spend only 24 hours with their mothers, and some do not even get that much. Here is a video that reveals what actually happens to the calves:



The ads propagate the image that California dairy cows live in natural conditions and the practices of the dairy industry are in harmony with the environment. But the amount of excrement produced each year by the dairy cows in the 50-square mile area of California's Chino Basin would make a pile with the dimensions of a football field and as tall as the Empire State Building. When it rains heavily, dairy manure in the Chino Basin is washed straight into the Santa Ana River and some makes its way into the aquifer that supplies half of Orange County's drinking water.

The large-scale factory dairies in California's Central Valley produce more excrement than the entire human population of Texas. About 20 million Californians (65 percent of the state's population) rely on drinking water that is threatened by contamination from nitrates and other poisons stemming from dairy manure. Nitrates have been linked to cancer and birth defects.

The Milk Board defends the ads by saying they are entertaining, and are not intended to be taken seriously. But the Milk Board is not in the entertainment business. It has not spent hundreds of millions of dollars on this ad campaign to amuse the public, but to increase the sales of California dairy products. Besides, does misleading the public become legitimate just because it is done in an entertaining way?

The Milk Board knows that showing calves being taken away from their bellowing mothers and confined in tiny veal crates won't sell their product. Neither will showing emaciated, lame animals who have collapsed from a lifetime of hardship and over-milking, being taken to slaughterhouses and having their throats slit. But this is the reality for animals in the large-scale factory farms that produce most of the state's milk. Covering up this misery with fantasy ads of happy cows who are actually in New Zealand is not amusing. It is perpetrating a sham on the public.

This is why I have joined with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in a lawsuit that challenges the Milk Board's ads as unlawfully deceptive. Thus far, the Milk Board has prevailed in court, even though it's obvious that the ads lie to the public. Why? Because the California Milk Advisory Board is the marketing arm of the California Department of Agriculture, a government agency. And in California, in a truly Orwellian twist, government agencies are exempt from laws prohibiting false advertising.

Should we hold our advertisers, even if they are government agencies, accountable to reality? Should we require that what they tell us have some resemblance to the truth?

This month, PETA has erected billboards throughout the state that read, "California Cheese Comes From Miserable Cows." PETA, of course, is an animal rights group, but this issue is increasingly being recognized as one that concerns not only vegetarians and animal advocates. Consumers who want the animal products they buy to be from humanely raised animals can be found in every segment of society.

Consideration for the plight of animals is a central part of the American character. It is an essential part of who we are as a people. The "happy cow" ads are an insult to the legitimate humanitarian concerns of millions of people. As consumers, do we want to reward this sort of behavior with our hard-earned dollars?

Abraham Lincoln was speaking not only for vegetarians or for animal rights advocates when he said, "I care not much for a man's religion whose dog or cat are not the better for it."


To learn about steps you can take towards greater physical health, social conscience, and economic freedom, read my latest book The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less. For information about my work, and to sign up for my email-list, visit JohnRobbins.info.

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H.H. Bhakti Caitanya Swami: Lithuanian summer festival photos

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Kurma dasa, AU: Nineteen Hundred and Five

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Do you have a Facebook Page? You don't? OMG! As my teenage son would say, you must be special. And that's not a compliment, apparently.

There are, apparently, 400 million active members on Facebook. They say that if Facebook was a country, it would be the third largest in the world.

And here's another 'apparently': I have 1905 friends, with 5-10 newbies everyday who ask me to 'come out and play'. Not much fresh-air on my computer chair though. So it's not surprising that many people still feel isolated and lonely despite a plethora of cyber friends.

I say: Better a handful of real-life flesh-and-blood friends that drop by your house physically, than thousands of cheap-as-chips internet ones. That's not to say I don't respect my internet ones. It's nice to have friends in Kwazulu Natal, Turkmenistan and the Outer Hebrides. It's a great way of networking, no doubt. I've even got a friend who's a friend of Harry Windsor. But now I'm name-dropping.

Come by and say hello, at least in the pretend world of Facebook. Become my 2000th friend.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami

We change the name. Why? We change the name that “Now, from this point of initiation, you accept that you are Krsna dasa. You are trying to become master of the world. That is nonsense. You try to become Krsna dasa.”

- Srila Prabhupada

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Gouranga TV: Aindra Prabhu – Hare Krishna kirtan – ISKCON Vrindavan kartik – October 28, 2009 – 2/3

Aindra Prabhu – Hare Krishna kirtan – ISKCON Vrindavan kartik – October 28, 2009 – 2/3

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