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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Home Schooling Seminar 2010 - Aruddha Mataji & Radhika Raman Prabhu

Home Schooling Seminar - Part 3

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Svarupa-Sakti Mataji

Saturday 7th August 2010
Sriamd Bhagavatam 11.22.50
- The witness of the birth and death of the material body remains separate from it

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David Haslam, UK: Our eternal need to serve someone

Today I was thinking about how we are conditioned to look for and enter relationships, and how we either are seen or feel like a failure if not in one; and no matter how much we get hurt there is a continuation in the pursuit. I was thinking how as a young child if you [...]

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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Steadfastness

One who is convinced that he must realize Krishna at all costs will be steadfast. Krishna Consciousness requires self control so that one will not be distracted.

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

from BTG #4

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Kurma dasa, AU: Happy Snaps

Some images from Ye Olde Blogges...I'm getting all misty.

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Bharatavarsa.net: Book distribution seminar: The Perfect Escape

Dear devotees,

Recently I had the great fortune of having my four wisdom teeth pulled out.

I went to the dentist in dhoti and kurta, and all the dental staff were really favorable, so I invited them for the Sunday Feast at our city sankirtan ashram and promised to bring some books for them on my next visit.

One week later I had to go in for a check-up. I was back on sankirtan but taking it easy, and when I went for my appointment I took some books for the staff as I had promised.

I entered the surgery reception, reported to the secretary, and took my seat in the back row.

Then I saw a man sitting in front, to the left. He was wearing a dark-green outfit, which is the common jail uniform here. Then I spotted his escort, a male police officer, sitting to his left. I looked closer at the prisoner. He had thick metal shackles on his wrists. I noticed that there was a book resting on the seat to his right, which was the seat directly in front of me.

I thought, "Wow. Look at this man all shackled up, with no freedom. And he likes to read! Maybe I can somehow give him a book. But how? Should I strike up a conversation with him and ask if he wants it? If the officer became aware of the book, he might forbid the prisoner to get the mercy, especially if he saw the title: 'Perfect Escape,' by His Holiness Devamrita Swami."

I remembered that I had once tried to send some books to a lost gurukuli brother of mine. He was in prison for an incident in which he had acted in self-defense. But the jail officers informed me that I couldn't send any books. So instead I wrote him a long letter about how we're all locked up in the prison house of the material world and the invisible bars are sex desire. So he should pray to Lord Narasimha-deva for His protection.

Now my plan was that when the officer looked away I would somehow place the book on top of the prisoner's other book through the back of the seat in front of me. That way the prisoner would notice it without making a big deal, and then he would hopefully take it back to the jail for him and others to read.

While I was planning all this, the prisoner suddenly turned around and looked at me!

"You getting your wisdom teeth pulled, bud?" he asked.

"Na, bro," I replied in the local street slang, "I got em out last week."

"Oh, you just in for a check-up, ey?" said the prisoner.

"Yeah," I replied with a nod that was familiar to him.

I asked if he was getting his teeth pulled out, and he said he was just waiting for another prisoner who was having an operation. When you get an operation, the nurses ask you to bring an escort to accompany you home because of the aftereffects of the general anesthesia.

So Krishna had arranged our contact.

I positioned myself nicely for the drop, holding "Perfect Escape" under the Krsna book I was reading. Now I just had to wait for the officer to look the other way when the elevator doors opened to the left of us, as he had done the last two times.

Ping! The doors opened. The officer turned his head to look at the passengers exiting the lift, and I swiftly but silently slipped the book through the hole in the back of the seat in front of me and placed it right on top of the prisoner's other book.

The officer started talking to the prisoner about criminals, judges, courts, the system, etc., as if he were a colleague. The prisoner ignored him. The officer just kept going on, pointing out faults in the system, as the prisoner turned his head to see the new book that had mysteriously appeared. He looked at it curiously for a few seconds and then looked back at me. I gave him the underworld nod to seal the deal. He returned the nod with a secret look of strong gratitude.

He picked up the book and started inspecting the cover. "Perfect Escape." The officer saw it but didn't pay any attention, still absorbed in his conversation with himself. The prisoner opened it, read the chapter tiles and the back cover, looked back at me with an eye of respect, and then started reading the introduction. By this time the officer had realized he wasn't getting any response from his detainee and became silent. But he didn't show any concern about the new book.

Success! "This book could change his whole life!" I thought to myself. And maybe many more back in the prison.

"Mr. Godden!" called the nurse. It was time for my check-up.

As I entered the door with the nurse, the officer called out, "Excuse me, nurse." My heart skipped a beat! I thought I was going to get a tongue-lashing from the officer. "How much longer?" He asked. I looked back while the nurse said, "A few more minutes, sir." And the prisoner again caught my eye and winked with deep appreciation.

I then went in for my check-up with the surgeon who had operated on me. A favorable man. I asked him how the anesthesia worked. He explained that they only knew how long a person would be unconscious according to dosage and body weight, but they had absolutely no idea how the anesthetic worked on the brain. He said, "The brain is an extremely complex thing." I used this opportunity to point out that it's funny to think that it all came from a big bang. He agreed and I gave him a book to read also.

Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

Thank you for saving as all from Maya's dark dungeon.

Making an escape from Maya's prison, still dragging a ball and chain,

Your servant, Dhruvananda Dasa Sydney, Austrailia

Vijaya (das) HDG (USA) wrote: > > > > The Perfect Escape > > > > Dear devotees > > Recently I had the great fortune of having my four wisdom teeth pulled > out. > > I went in dhoti kurta and all the dental staff were really favourable > so I invited them for the Sunday Feast at our city sankirtan ashram > and promised to bring some books for them my next visit. > > One week later I had to go in for a check up. I was back on sankirtan > but taking it easy and when I went for my appointment I took books in > my pockets. > > I entered the surgery reception, reported to the secretary, and took > my seat in the back row. > > Then I saw a man sitting in front to the left. He was waring all dark > green cloths, which is the common jail uniform here. Then I spotted > his escort, a male police officer, sitting to the left of him. I > looked closer at the prisoner. He had thick metal shackles on his > wrists. I noticed that he had a book resting on the seat to his right, > which was the seat directly in front of me. > > I thought "Wow. Look at this man all shackled up with no freedom. And > he likes to read! Maybe I can some how give him a book. But how? > Should I spark a conversation with him and ask if he wants it. If the > officer became aware of the book maybe he wouldn't allow the prisoner > to get the mercy, especially when he sees the title 'Perfect Escape' > by HH Devamrita Swami." > > I remembered once I tried to send some books to a lost gurukuli > brother of mine. He was in prison for an incident in self-defence. But > the jail officers informed me that you can't send books in. So instead > I wrote him a big letter about how we're all locked up in the material > world with the invisible bars of sex desire and he should pray for > Lord Narasimha Deva's protection. > > So my plan was to, when the officer looks the other way, some how > place the book on top of the prisoner's other book, through the back > of the seat in front of me. That way the prisoner would notice it > without making a big deal and then he would hopefully take it back > into the jail for him and others to read. > > While I was planning all this the prisoner suddenly turned around and > looked at me! > > "You getting your wisdom teeth pulled bud? he asked. > > "Na bro." I replied in the local street slang "I got em out last week." > > "Oh you just in for a check up ey?" said the prisoner. > > > "Yeah." I replied with a nod that was familiar to him. > > I asked if he was getting his teeth pulled out and he said that he was > just waiting for another prisoner who was having an operation. When > you get an operation the nurses ask you to bring an escort to > accompany you home because of the after affects of the general > anesthesia. > > So Krishna had arranged our contact. > > I positioned my self nicely for the drop, holding the Prefect Escape > under the Krsna Book that I was reading. Now I just had to wait for > the officer to look the other way when the elevator doors opened to the > left of us, as he had done the last two times. > > Ping!!! The doors opened.. The officer turned his head to look at > the passengers exiting the lift. And I swiftly but silently slipped > the book through the hole in the back of the seat in front of me, > right on top of the prisoners other book. > > The officer started talking to the prisoner about criminals, judges, > courts, the system etc. as if he was a colleague. All the while the > prisoner wasn't paying any attention. The officer just kept going on > pointing out faults in the system as the prisoner turned his head to > see the new book that had mysteriously appeared. He looked at it > curiously for a few seconds and then looked back at me. I gave him the > underworld nod to seal the deal. He returned the nod with a secret > look of strong gratitude. > > He picked up the book and started inspecting the cover. "Perfect > Escape." The officer saw it but didn't pay any attention, still > absorbed in his conversation with himself. He opened it, read the > chapter tiles and the back cover, looked back at me with a eye of > respect and then started reading the introduction. By this time the > officer had realised he wasn't getting any reciprocation from his > detainee and became silent but didn't show any concern of the new > book. > > Success! This book could change his whole life! I thought to myself. > And maybe many more back in the prison. > > Mr Godden!!!!...... said the nurse. I was called in for my check up. > > As I entered the door with the nurse the officer called out! Excuse me > Nurse?........ my heart skipped a beat! I thought I was going to get a > chastisement from the officer.. "How much longer?" He asked .... I > looked back while the nurse said "A few more minuets Sir." And the > prisoner again caught my eyes and winked with deep appreciation. > > I then went in for my check up with the surgeon who operated on me. A > favourable man. I asked him how the anesthesia worked. He explained > that they only knew how long a person would be unconscious according > to dosage and body weight, but they have absolutely no idea how it > works on the brain. He said, "The brain is a extremely complex thing." > I used this opportunity to point out that its funny to think that > it all came from a big bang. He agreed and I gave him a book to read > also. > > Jaya Srila Prabhupada! > > Thank you for saving as all from mayaês dark dungeon. > > Making an escape from maya's prison, still dragging a ball and chain, > Your Servant > Dhruvananda Dasa > (formally Uddhava Dasa gurukuli) > (Text D:3285532) ------------------------------------------- > > ------- End of Forwarded Message ------ > (Text D:3328425) -------------------------------------------

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Book Distribution News: The Perfect Escape

Dear devotees,

Recently I had the great fortune of having my four wisdom teeth pulled out.

I went to the dentist in dhoti and kurta, and all the dental staff were really favorable, so I invited them for the Sunday Feast at our city sankirtan ashram and promised to bring some books for them on my next visit.

One week later I had to go in for a check-up. I was back on sankirtan but taking it easy, and when I went for my appointment I took some books for the staff as I had promised.

I entered the surgery reception, reported to the secretary, and took my seat in the back row.

Then I saw a man sitting in front, to the left. He was wearing a dark-green outfit, which is the common jail uniform here. Then I spotted his escort, a male police officer, sitting to his left. I looked closer at the prisoner. He had thick metal shackles on his wrists. I noticed that there was a book resting on the seat to his right, which was the seat directly in front of me.

I thought, "Wow. Look at this man all shackled up, with no freedom. And he likes to read! Maybe I can somehow give him a book. But how? Should I strike up a conversation with him and ask if he wants it? If the officer became aware of the book, he might forbid the prisoner to get the mercy, especially if he saw the title: 'Perfect Escape,' by His Holiness Devamrita Swami."

I remembered that I had once tried to send some books to a lost gurukuli brother of mine. He was in prison for an incident in which he had acted in self-defense. But the jail officers informed me that I couldn't send any books. So instead I wrote him a long letter about how we're all locked up in the prison house of the material world and the invisible bars are sex desire. So he should pray to Lord Narasimha-deva for His protection.

Now my plan was that when the officer looked away I would somehow place the book on top of the prisoner's other book through the back of the seat in front of me. That way the prisoner would notice it without making a big deal, and then he would hopefully take it back to the jail for him and others to read.

While I was planning all this, the prisoner suddenly turned around and looked at me!

"You getting your wisdom teeth pulled, bud?" he asked.

"Na, bro," I replied in the local street slang, "I got em out last week."

"Oh, you just in for a check-up, ey?" said the prisoner.

"Yeah," I replied with a nod that was familiar to him.

I asked if he was getting his teeth pulled out, and he said he was just waiting for another prisoner who was having an operation. When you get an operation, the nurses ask you to bring an escort to accompany you home because of the aftereffects of the general anesthesia.

So Krishna had arranged our contact.

I positioned myself nicely for the drop, holding "Perfect Escape" under the Krsna book I was reading. Now I just had to wait for the officer to look the other way when the elevator doors opened to the left of us, as he had done the last two times.

Ping! The doors opened. The officer turned his head to look at the passengers exiting the lift, and I swiftly but silently slipped the book through the hole in the back of the seat in front of me and placed it right on top of the prisoner's other book.

The officer started talking to the prisoner about criminals, judges, courts, the system, etc., as if he were a colleague. The prisoner ignored him. The officer just kept going on, pointing out faults in the system, as the prisoner turned his head to see the new book that had mysteriously appeared. He looked at it curiously for a few seconds and then looked back at me. I gave him the underworld nod to seal the deal. He returned the nod with a secret look of strong gratitude.

He picked up the book and started inspecting the cover. "Perfect Escape." The officer saw it but didn't pay any attention, still absorbed in his conversation with himself. The prisoner opened it, read the chapter tiles and the back cover, looked back at me with an eye of respect, and then started reading the introduction. By this time the officer had realized he wasn't getting any response from his detainee and became silent. But he didn't show any concern about the new book.

Success! "This book could change his whole life!" I thought to myself. And maybe many more back in the prison.

"Mr. Godden!" called the nurse. It was time for my check-up.

As I entered the door with the nurse, the officer called out, "Excuse me, nurse." My heart skipped a beat! I thought I was going to get a tongue-lashing from the officer. "How much longer?" He asked. I looked back while the nurse said, "A few more minutes, sir." And the prisoner again caught my eye and winked with deep appreciation.

I then went in for my check-up with the surgeon who had operated on me. A favorable man. I asked him how the anesthesia worked. He explained that they only knew how long a person would be unconscious according to dosage and body weight, but they had absolutely no idea how the anesthetic worked on the brain. He said, "The brain is an extremely complex thing." I used this opportunity to point out that it's funny to think that it all came from a big bang. He agreed and I gave him a book to read also.

Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

Thank you for saving as all from Maya's dark dungeon.

Making an escape from Maya's prison, still dragging a ball and chain,

Your servant, Dhruvananda Dasa Sydney, Austrailia

Vijaya (das) HDG (USA) wrote: > > > > The Perfect Escape > > > > Dear devotees > > Recently I had the great fortune of having my four wisdom teeth pulled > out. > > I went in dhoti kurta and all the dental staff were really favourable > so I invited them for the Sunday Feast at our city sankirtan ashram > and promised to bring some books for them my next visit. > > One week later I had to go in for a check up. I was back on sankirtan > but taking it easy and when I went for my appointment I took books in > my pockets. > > I entered the surgery reception, reported to the secretary, and took > my seat in the back row. > > Then I saw a man sitting in front to the left. He was waring all dark > green cloths, which is the common jail uniform here. Then I spotted > his escort, a male police officer, sitting to the left of him. I > looked closer at the prisoner. He had thick metal shackles on his > wrists. I noticed that he had a book resting on the seat to his right, > which was the seat directly in front of me. > > I thought "Wow. Look at this man all shackled up with no freedom. And > he likes to read! Maybe I can some how give him a book. But how? > Should I spark a conversation with him and ask if he wants it. If the > officer became aware of the book maybe he wouldn't allow the prisoner > to get the mercy, especially when he sees the title 'Perfect Escape' > by HH Devamrita Swami." > > I remembered once I tried to send some books to a lost gurukuli > brother of mine. He was in prison for an incident in self-defence. But > the jail officers informed me that you can't send books in. So instead > I wrote him a big letter about how we're all locked up in the material > world with the invisible bars of sex desire and he should pray for > Lord Narasimha Deva's protection. > > So my plan was to, when the officer looks the other way, some how > place the book on top of the prisoner's other book, through the back > of the seat in front of me. That way the prisoner would notice it > without making a big deal and then he would hopefully take it back > into the jail for him and others to read. > > While I was planning all this the prisoner suddenly turned around and > looked at me! > > "You getting your wisdom teeth pulled bud? he asked. > > "Na bro." I replied in the local street slang "I got em out last week." > > "Oh you just in for a check up ey?" said the prisoner. > > > "Yeah." I replied with a nod that was familiar to him. > > I asked if he was getting his teeth pulled out and he said that he was > just waiting for another prisoner who was having an operation. When > you get an operation the nurses ask you to bring an escort to > accompany you home because of the after affects of the general > anesthesia. > > So Krishna had arranged our contact. > > I positioned my self nicely for the drop, holding the Prefect Escape > under the Krsna Book that I was reading. Now I just had to wait for > the officer to look the other way when the elevator doors opened to the > left of us, as he had done the last two times. > > Ping!!! The doors opened.. The officer turned his head to look at > the passengers exiting the lift. And I swiftly but silently slipped > the book through the hole in the back of the seat in front of me, > right on top of the prisoners other book. > > The officer started talking to the prisoner about criminals, judges, > courts, the system etc. as if he was a colleague. All the while the > prisoner wasn't paying any attention. The officer just kept going on > pointing out faults in the system as the prisoner turned his head to > see the new book that had mysteriously appeared. He looked at it > curiously for a few seconds and then looked back at me. I gave him the > underworld nod to seal the deal. He returned the nod with a secret > look of strong gratitude. > > He picked up the book and started inspecting the cover. "Perfect > Escape." The officer saw it but didn't pay any attention, still > absorbed in his conversation with himself. He opened it, read the > chapter tiles and the back cover, looked back at me with a eye of > respect and then started reading the introduction. By this time the > officer had realised he wasn't getting any reciprocation from his > detainee and became silent but didn't show any concern of the new > book. > > Success! This book could change his whole life! I thought to myself. > And maybe many more back in the prison. > > Mr Godden!!!!...... said the nurse. I was called in for my check up. > > As I entered the door with the nurse the officer called out! Excuse me > Nurse?........ my heart skipped a beat! I thought I was going to get a > chastisement from the officer.. "How much longer?" He asked .... I > looked back while the nurse said "A few more minuets Sir." And the > prisoner again caught my eyes and winked with deep appreciation. > > I then went in for my check up with the surgeon who operated on me. A > favourable man. I asked him how the anesthesia worked. He explained > that they only knew how long a person would be unconscious according > to dosage and body weight, but they have absolutely no idea how it > works on the brain. He said, "The brain is a extremely complex thing." > I used this opportunity to point out that its funny to think that > it all came from a big bang. He agreed and I gave him a book to read > also. > > Jaya Srila Prabhupada! > > Thank you for saving as all from mayaês dark dungeon. > > Making an escape from maya's prison, still dragging a ball and chain, > Your Servant > Dhruvananda Dasa > (formally Uddhava Dasa gurukuli) > (Text D:3285532) ------------------------------------------- > > ------- End of Forwarded Message ------ > (Text D:3328425) -------------------------------------------

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ISKCON News.com: Attorney for Krishnas Wins Delay of Ban From Los Angeles Airport

By Art Marroquin for www.dailybreeze.com on 30 Jul 2010

Authorities were blocked this week from finally being able to enforce a 13-year-old city ordinance that bans solicitors from seeking donations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), officials said Friday.


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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 33

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3:50 A.M.

I slept all right and woke at a quarter after one. We now have a new schedule where Narayana sneaks upstairs at 2:30 and quickly wakes the Deities so that I can chant with Them before me. He read a nice poem to me last night about how Radha and Krishna run together holding hands in the morning as They return to Their respective homes. I thought of it as he set up the Deities. But when he came up the stairs I was unconscious. I had dozed out probably for ten minutes during one of my rounds. Of course, I was sorry about that. He gave me solace and said it was better to sleep for ten minutes than chant through a bad round. But as a result, I have not completed my 16 rounds and have only chanted 14. No big deal, I suppose. The rounds were decent, attentive, and in "flow," paying attention to the syllables of the holy names. Talked about how to avoid drowsing and decided I would take a wake-up pil in the morning when I get up as an experiment. I'm also taking a preventative headache pill, which now, for two days in a row, has prevented my early morning headaches, so that's good. Al this fine-tuning and adjusting to make my early morning japa as good as possible. The other likelihood is that I'm not getting enough rest during the night and this is causing drowsiness. But I don't want to give up my 1:00 A.M. rising, as far as possible.

We saw a little toad
in the woods yesterday.
He was camouflaged like the
leaves and stopped moving
when he sensed our presence.
Unlike the ever-flowing snake
yesterday, I stopped like
that toad in my japa and
was unconscious for ten minutes.
Then I moved on like a
jackrabbit but couldn't
catch up to my 16 rounds.
The exact numerical count
is not so important, it's
the attentive quality and
prayer that counts.
I was not so bad this
morning, hopping through
my japa as my daily
jolly duty. I would rather
do it than anything else in
the world. Try to do it
better so there are no
unconscious spells and
you uncoil without
cessation like a snake.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: In a Rough Palanquin

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Prabhupada Smaranam

(Note to Caitanya: Use picture P10-59 showing Srila Prabhupada being carried on a palanquin in Vrndavana.

Prabhupada is being carried in a rough palanquin over the hills in Vrndavana. It looks a little precarious. This was when he had come back to Vrndavana with some of his western disciples in the early 1970s, before the temple was built. He took his disciples out on parikrama and showed them some of the places in Vrndavana. There is a film of him gesturing dramatically and with his eyes wide open, in the Radha-Damodara courtyard with his disciples. These were rare occasions, and in later years, as Prabhupada grew older, he did not go out on parikrama. Then he would limit his outings to a morning walk down Cittikara Road (now known as Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg) heading in the direction of New Delhi. At that time the area was undeveloped, and there were forests on both sides of the roads.

Prabhupada's active years in Vrndavana were before he went to America. He used to daily do a partial parikrama from the Vamsi-Gopala temple where he lived. He would walk to the Radha-Damodara temple and he would visit with Visvambhara Goswami at the Radha-Ramana temple and go to other places. When he moved to Radha-Damodara temple, he used to bathe daily in the Yamuna River. He would wander around Vrndavana and visit different places and persons. But he would spend most of his time in his room at the Radha-Damodara temple typing the Srimad Bhagavatam translations and purports on his manual typewriter. He would spend all day in the little room, except when he came out to cook lunch in the adjoining kitchen, and would sit on the veranda in the evening.

After the Krishna-Balaram mandira was built, he mostly stayed in his residential rooms and greeted guests and did his writing at night. Prabhupada loved living in Vrndavana and said Bombay was his place of business, Mayapura was the place where he worshiped the Personality of Godhead, but Vrndavana was his home. When he decided it was time to leave this world, it was to Vrndavana that he returned as his last resting place.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Poem From the Prose Book (Take Two)

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1

Yesterday I proclaimed I liked the
old poems I would freely insert
in the prose books. And I gave an
excerpt and found a new one.
I propose that like jazz, they
begin with a "head," the recognizable
tune (the scriptural canon)–
then they improvise, then they end with the
head again.

An envious person threw Tukaram's
poems in the river where they
sank. For 13 days he
fasted and prayed. Then the
poems surfaced, dry and
intact. He felt ashamed
that he bothered the Lord
with his prayers.

2

Here's my excerpt from Under
Dark Stars
: "Was you ever in trouble with
this man?  Ever steal his jacket?
And share jail cell
with him to get
rid of the Brits?
He wants to know if he's
going to bed. I mean heaven
(Goloka) at death. He fought hard against the gang.

Oh my dears!
Have some tea.
I'll be protected by God
no matter what happens

"under dark stars.
People have been tortured and kept
their faith.

". . .  Through suffering you gain peace.

" . . . You look like Michael Jackson
and Boris Karloff of 'Frankenstein.'
No straightforward. Only five
minutes to make a
shapely dandavats and tell the truth.
I will tell the truth."

3

They were good poems
although they didn't know
always where they were
going. Written out of
loneliness and joy
Krishna conscious message
imbedded in the rocks.
Nara said, "They are
good, but be careful
they don't get trite."

I confessed and evaded the
truth. "You are in your own league."
He was up all night thinking about
the poem about Jack Horner
sticking his finger in the pie.

4

It is time for the head. Tukaram
writes like a maha-bhagavata. He
said he sees all people as his
darling soulmates. And he's blissful within
and at peace outside. He praises some
of Vitthala's famous qualities
like controlling the universe,
but then he says, "Oh, what's
the use of it (the talking)."
He just puts his head at
the feet of Pandarang.
Oh, and he also said he knew if he just blurted
out anything, "You
make it sound right."
He'd be bold.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Nara's Return

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Healing House

It was good having Nara back. He said the Healing House was his home. The ruptured discs in his back were healed, but he still had some arthritic pain. He had brought back some headache medicine for Swami Rupa which was available in Mexico but not in the USA. He had some ambivalent feelings about the new writing, Healing House. The first episode he had read was the kidnapping story, and he thought it was true and written like a news story. But then he read more of them and said he liked them. But he had his doubts about the Swami writing in the third person. He said the most personal writing was when he wrote in the first person, "I." But he had faith that the Swami improved his writing on a fast learning curve, and that Healing House would improve. He advised the Swami not to write sensational stories but to develop characters. The Swami took it all in and even thought of returning to write in the first person. But he was on such a roll with Swami Rupa he was reluctant to change it.

Nara suggested that Swami Rupa needed a haircut, and so he buzzed him with the electric shaver on the first day he was back. He said that was what he was here for, to do personal services. They agreed to read poetry together at 6:00 P.M. Nara assured him they wouldn't have money troubles, and he shouldn't worry about it. When they registered in New York State, they (Nara and Ollie) would receive a sum of money each month and $200 worth of food stamps. They would get by.

Nara was aspiring to take sannyasa. He was on a three-year waiting list. Swami Rupa worried that Nara would do a lot of traveling and leave the Healing House, but Nara assured him that he would keep it to a minimum. He said he remembered that Swami Rupa had said vani (service through instructions) was more important than vapuh (direct service in person), but as long as the spiritual master was alive, vapuh was important. He wanted to give his life with emphasis on the vapuh, and that is what Swami Rupa wanted. He didn't want Nara to become a traveling sannyasi but to live with him. Swami Rupa hoped it would work out that way. Besides, Nara's health was not so good, and he was not really built for traveling.

Nara is a poet. He spent a month working on the construction of the Healing House before he went to Mexico and before Swami Rupa moved in. For two weeks he worked with the laborers, but then his back became too painful and he had to spend almost all his time in bed. He tried writing poems, but his back distracted him too much. He went on writing but figured the poems were "crappy." (But when he arrived in Mexico and had time to read the poems, he discovered that he liked many of them.) He writes in an imagistic style sometimes not easy to understand, but they are filled with feelings and beautiful images. He's going to read some of his recent ones to Swami Rupa. He has written many poems over the years but has yet to print any in a book. (Update note: Nara read poems last night to the Swami, and Swami Rupa liked them very much. They were devotional and very personal, not dogmatic.)

Nara is gaining interest in the writing project Healing House. He found a section in Swami Rupa's book Journal and Poems which he thought was relevant. In the preface to J and P, the author states that he is going to write about nature and the changing seasons at Gita-nagari. He questions whether some of his Godbrothers might find this not in the preaching spirit. Then he quotes one of his typists saying, "Your descriptions of the 'quiet scenes' on an 'isolated farm'—which in an external way may seem to be very much removed from the eddies and currents of everyday ISKCON preaching and management—are actually episodes of the highest drama" (J and P, preface, page xi). Nara thought this statement was relevant to Healing House. He said in Journal and Poems the writer studies nature, and in Healing House he is studying human nature. He just advised that the Swami should make his characters as deep as possible and not caricatures of people. The Swami was glad to hear his friend's interest and insights.

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ISKCON News.com: Julia Roberts: I`m A Practicing Hindu

By ISKCON News Staff for ISKCON News on 5 Aug 2010

Julia Roberts revealed to Elle Magazine and other sources that shooting in India and Bali made a great impact on her. "The entire Roberts-Moder family goes to temple together to chant and pray and celebrate. I'm definitely a practicing Hindu," says Roberts, who grew up with a Catholic mother and Baptist father.


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ISKCON News.com: New And Old Conversation: Hinduism`s Balancing Act

By Christopher Chapple for Patheos.com on 29 Jun 2010

Hinduism around the world finds itself facing modernity (coping with science and technology) and post-modernity (the erosion of traditional values due to globalization).


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Kaunteya das, Mayapura: Inferiority complex?

Today I was going through the feedback offered at a congregational course I
presented. Answering the question, "What aspects of the course you found
most useful?" among other things a Prabhu wrote: "Facilitator's answering
our untimely, impertinent, unusual comments/queries." But as far as I
remember there were no "untimely, impertinent, unusual comments/queries" in
the course, just legitimate questions (in fact the ones asked in earnest
were the most stimulating and relevant).

So, I began wondering: Does this Prabhu (and some of his peers) suffer from
some sort of inferiority complex? Some block in self-expression that induces
him to think that any question or doubt is somewhat inappropriate?

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ISKCON News.com: ISKCON Russia`s Second Sannyasi

By Yadhunandana Das for ISKCON News on 6 Aug 2010

On the 3rd of July, almost two thousand devotees gathered for a festival celebrating the 17th anniversary of the installation of the Deities at Moscow`s Leningradskiy Prospect temple. They also became witnesses to the rare event of a sannyasa initiation – that of the second Russian devotee accepting the renounced order of life.


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ISKCON News.com: Launch of "Spiritual Care Tour" to Mumbai and Mayapur

By Sukanti Radha Dasi on 7 Aug 2010

A spiritual care tour has been launched under the leadership of Dr. Vishwarupa Das of Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Juhu, Mumbai. The tour especially targets nurses, doctors and health care personnel, aiming to promote spiritual care in the hospitals throughout the world.


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ISKCON News.com: Hinduism Summit in California

By Kavita Paramshetti on 7 Aug 2010

The Forum for Hindu Awakening, a nonprofit, tax exempt, budding Hindu organization extends its invitation to the upcoming California Hinduism Summit.


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ISKCON News.com: The Brutality of Factory Farms: An Inside Look

By John Robbins for Huffington Post on 13 Jul 2010

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.


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ISKCON News.com: Hinduism Specialists Discuss Relevance of Bhagavad-Gita

By ISKCON News on 7 Aug 2010

Relevance of Bhagavad-Gita in contemporary world was discussed when Radhanath Swami, an International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) guru; and Rajan Zed, Hindu statesman; met at Reno (USA) on August three.


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Dandavats.com: Iskcon Puri 6th Annual Temple Foundation Day And Sri Kshetra Parikrama

Gournitai das: For the past 6 years this parikrama has been conducted very successfully, with increasing number of devotees attending the parikrama a year after year. Last year more than 6500 devotees participated in the parikrama.

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Dandavats.com: Janmastami in Indonesia

Bhakta Ravinjay: On September 2nd this year the Hare Krishna temple in Puncak, Indonesia, will ring to the sounds of Sri Krishna Janmasthami.

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Dandavats.com: New Issue of Krishna Kathamrita

GopalJiu.org: Gopal Jiu Publications is pleased to announce the release of issue #13 of Sri Krishna Kathamrita magazine, "The Most Merciful Lord".

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Dandavats.com: An exciting opportunity to really make a difference…

Navina Krsna das: There are about 7,000 faith schools in the UK. Out of these, only 1 is Hindu. This has meant that, unlike parents of any other religion, Hindu parents do not have the choice to send their children to Hindu state-funded schools

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Dandavats.com: ISKCON Vraja Mandala Prikrama 2010

Radha Raman Swami: The Parikrama will start on Saturday 23rd October after mangal-arati at 5:00 am. The participants are requested to reach Vrindavan latest by the evening of Oct 22

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Dandavats.com: My meeting with HG Aindra Prabhu…

By Caitanya Caran Dasa

It was in 1999 when I visited Sri Vrindavan Dhama for the first and only time, 3 years after I joined ISKCON. I was living in Amsterdam-temple as a brahmacari, and my temple president at that time asked me to bring a nice clay Mrdanga for our temple

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Dandavats.com: An Offering Of The Heart

By Radhanath Swami

As the effulgent sun of Sri Aindra Prabhu's divine personality has risen in the spiritual world of Goloka Vrindaban, the sun of his physical presence has set in Gokula, the Vrindaban of this world. And we cry in separation

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Dandavats.com: Welcome to the Mayapur Academy: Fulfilling the desire of Srila Prabhupada

ByAntony Brennan

Welcome to the Mayapur Academy is a short movie filmed and edited by HG Amala Caitanya dasa. Filled with beautiful images of students learning the detailed art and science of deity worship, at the hands of wonderful, dedicated teachers. The movie is a short documentary showcasing the activities of the Mayapur Academy

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Dandavats.com: Advent of Kali Yuga

By Radhanath Swami

Just have faith that Krishna is non different than his name. Srila Prabhupada used to tell us that if you simply have this faith that Krishna is non different than His name, then you are liberated from all suffering. And that was Srila prabhupad's only weapon. He had no money. He hardly spoke understandable English, but when he came to the west, he was armed with invincible unflinching faith.

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Dandavats.com: A Wish Fulfilled

By Devaki - nandan das

Resting on the banks of the River Ganges is "Kanhapur"-the city of Lord Krsna-presently known as Kanpur. Nearby is Bithoor where the Ashrama of Valmiki Muni is located and where Sitadevi, the Goddess of Fortune and wife of Lord Ramacandra, lived when Her husband expelled her from Ayodhya

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Dandavats.com: Lots of great news from your favorite program, Sastra Dana!!!

By Mahat-tattva Dasa

Our publication, 16 Rounds to Samadhi newspaper, has been growing. We now print 30,000 copies per issue. That is 10,000 copies more than what we used to print. We are now making significant presence in the streets and shopping malls of San Diego and Los Angeles. Our newspaper racks can be found at almost every health food store in San Diego and numerous other places.

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Dandavats.com: Gaura Govinda Maharaja on "Unconditional Surrender"

By Akruranatha das

Saranagati is the chief symptom of a devotee. Saranagati should be complete. The symptoms of it are there. One should have firm faith, drdah visvas, that "avasya raksibe krsna", Krishna will protect me. If you have no faith, you cannot achieve the goal;

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Dandavats.com: The Tale of Dorothy

By Radhanath Swami

We waited. And waited. It was a sweltering summer day in the Florida panhandle. The morning sun glared through the expansive windows of an airport departure gate. There, a young blond haired lady, neatly uniformed with a blue vest over a pressed white shirt and matching blue pants, stepped up to the counter, timidly surveyed the room, then announced a one hour delay

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Dandavats.com: The incorporation of ISKCON in New York

By Lakshman das

The way of preaching Srila Prabhupada ordained was glorifying the lilas (pastimes) of the Supreme Lord Krshna and His several appearances in the past.

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Dandavats.com: Support request for Hindu detainees here in Florence, AZ

Rose Marie Cummins, Chaplain: Hello. My name is Rose Marie Cummins and I am a chaplain at the Florence Service Processing Center, a Detention Center for persons in deportation proceedings. I am writing to you to see if you might be willing to help us in a couple of ways: Would you be able to donate a few copies of the Bhagavad Gita in Hindi for the Hindu detainees? Do you have any newspapers or other books/booklets in Hindi that you could donate?

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Dandavats.com: New Book Release "God Is One - The Bhagavad-Gita Explained with 114 Questions & Answers"

Kamlesh Patel: Here are some of the questions:Who exactly is God? Is 2012 the end of the world? Why do good people suffer? Why bad people don't suffer? When is the Day of Judgment? Are we all brothers and sisters? Who are we?

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Dandavats.com: The Vegan Prasadam Revolution!

By Vijaya Gauranga das

I came into contact with the idea of vegetarianism at around age 14 when my brother's fiancé at the time was one, though at that time I didn't give it too much consideration but it did start me thinking that such a different perspective on life was completely valid

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Dandavats.com: Festival of Chariots gets a new twist

By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

The star attractions were three brightly painted hand-pulled floats, two of which rose 40 feet in the air. Their domes retract to avoid wires and bridges, and their sides fold in to make them more portable

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Sudolský Gábor wants to raise his children in KC and so that they help change the world

And wants to know what to do to live in Krsna Valley.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: IT CAN BE REVIVED

The spiritual consciousness of the sleeping conditioned soul can be revieved by the transcendental sound of the maha-mantra:

Spiritual existence is eternal, whereas the body is not. It is said that the spiritual atmosphere is avyakta, unmanifest. How, then, can it be manifest for us? Making the unmanifest manifest is this very process, of Krsna consciousness. According to Padma Purana,

atah sri-krsna-namadi
na bhaved grahyam indriyaih
sevonmukhe hi jihvadau
svayam eva sphuraty adah
[Cc. Madhya 17.136]

"No one can understand Krsna as He is by the blunt material senses. But He reveals Himself to the devotees, being pleased with them for their transcendental loving service unto Him."

In this verse, the word indriyaih means "the senses." We have five senses for gathering knowledge (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin), and five senses for working (voice, hands, legs, genitals, and anus). These ten senses are under the control of the mind. It is stated in this verse that with these dull material senses, we cannot understand Krsna's name, form, and so forth. Why is this? Krsna is completely spiritual, and He is also absolute. Therefore His name, form, qualities, and paraphernalia are also spiritual.

Due to material conditioning, or material bondage, we cannot presently understand what is spiritual, but this ignorance can be removed by chanting Hare Krsna. If a man is sleeping, he can be awakened by sound vibration. You can call him, "Come on, it's time to get up!" Although the person is unconscious, hearing is so prominent that even a sleeping man can be awakened by sound vibration. Similarly, overpowered by this material conditioning, our spiritual consciousness is presently sleeping, but it can be revived by this transcendental vibration of Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

The Path of Perfection

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ISKCON News.com: Nine Day Ratha Yatra in Guwahati, Assam

By Piyali Chakraborty on 7 Aug 2010

From Tuesday July 13 on, Jagannatha Ratha Yatra was celebrated in Guwahati, Assam. In this remote corner of Northeast India devotees welcomed Lord Jaganatha with great excitement. For the first time, the festival lasted for nine days.


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ISKCON News.com: Young Devotee Professional Restores Rajasthan Temples

By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on 6 Aug 2010

A second-generation ISKCON devotee who worked as a professional art restorer in Los Angeles is on a mission to bring the ancient temples of Rajasthan back to their full glory.


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ISKCON News.com: Swami Recreates Indian Holy Places in West Virginia

By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on 6 Aug 2010

Varshana Swami, a long-time resident of New Vrindaban in West Virginia, welcomed devotees this July 25th to see his progress in recreating the holy places of the original Vrindaban at the ISKCON community's rural property.


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ISKCON News.com: New Edition of Bhagavad-gita Aims to Reach Mainstream Audience

By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on 6 Aug 2010

A new translation and commentary of the Bhagavad-gita by British author and ISKCON devotee Ranchor Prime, subtitled Talks Between the Soul and God, was released this May to broad acclaim. But its author says it was over twenty years in the making.


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Dandavats.com: Two LIVE Rathayatras on mayapur.tv this weekend

ISKCON Mayapur.tv Broadcast Group: Our "Jagawave" mobile camera will be broadcasting LIVE from the heart of two Ratha Yatra processions this weekend: Manchester: Saturday 7th Aug from 1pm (includes festival in Cathedral Gardens after procession) - Edinburgh: Sunday 8th Aug from 2pm ( Rath cart procession will part of the famous Edinburgh Fringe Carnival)

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Gouranga TV: Aindra Prabhu – Hare Krishna kirtan – ISKCON Vrindavan – October 26, 2009 – 2/2

Aindra Prabhu – Hare Krishna kirtan – ISKCON Vrindavan – October 26, 2009 – 2/2

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