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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1965 August 24:
"Today at about 1:30 p.m. I inquired from wheel-room that we have come only 400 miles off the Indian coast. My sea-sickness is still continuing. I am feeling uncomfortable. I take my meals once only but today I could not take my full meals also although I was fasting yesterday."
Jaladuta Diary :: 1965

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 August 24: "Follow this Kirtan process and things will be all right. That is my opinion. If you call one or two other devotees to join you in Kirtan in the park and in your apartment, it will be successful, people will gradually come."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 August 24: "Keep your good faith in your Spiritual Master and Krishna and everything will be all right. The whole world is in necessity of Krishna Consciousness. My Guru Maharaja used to say that there is no scarcity of anything in this world, save and except Krishna Consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 August 24: "Chanting in the parks and on the streets is our new movement and it is successful - in San Francisco, in New York, and in Montreal. The more we struggle for advancing our Krishna Consciousness movement, the more we become advanced on the path."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 August 24: "Recruit many devotees in Australia and send them to the outlying areas and build up strength in Manilla, Hong Kong and Djakarta; otherwise, the one or two devotees in these places will become discouraged."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 August 24: "Better to forget the past. Persuade him to engage with his previous enthusiasm for becoming once again a great devotee. Do not drive him away, that will be a discredit to all of you leaders. If there is difficulty, he may come and live with me, I have no objection."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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1972 August 24: "In principle, the black devotees who wish start their own Center independent of the white devotees, it is alright, birds of a feather. We should not discourage them in any way but I want you to go there and see that the standard of Krishna consciousness is being maintained at the highest level."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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1973 August 24: "I have sent your nice Vyasa Puja offering for printing in BTG. Writing is a very important part of our work. You have a nice talent for writing, practice makes perfect, so continue, it will be appreciated."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973

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Australian News: Our George, and his friends – The Beatles

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Monday, August 23rd, 2010

The famous Words From Chief Seattle

Carlton Place, Ontario

Enroute to South western Ontario I read a popular prose piece by Chief Seattle to my young driver Niraj. It was his first time hearing it. He loved it. Thought I would share it here.

We are a part of the earth and it is a part of us.
The perfumed flowers are our sisters.
The deer, the horse, the great eagle,
These are our brothers.
The rocky crests, juices of the meadows,
The body heat of the pony and man-
All belong to the same family.
So, when the great chief in Washington sends word
That he wishes to buy our land, he asks much of us….

If we decide to accept, I will make one condition:
The white man must treat the beasts of this land as his brothers.
I am a savage and do not understand any other way.
I have seen a thousand rotting buffalos on the prairie
Left by the white man who shot them from a passing train.
I am a savage and I do not understand how the smoking iron horse can be more important
Than the buffalo we kill only to stay alive.

Where is man without the beasts?
If the beasts were gone, men would die
From a great loneliness of spirit.
For whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to man.
All things are connected.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Helathy Discussions
Ottawa, Ontario

I set out to trek. The Parliament buildings are handsome. Police have a watchful eye there. They don't see people in robes much, what to speak of a salmon clad sole monk early morning strutting around the edifices.

Sparker St. Mall was quiet. All is neat and clean. People seem a trite grim, maybe serious. That's a common trait for a government town. The heat has finally come down. I have come to believe that there might be something to global warming After all.
A friend told me today that Exon put out billions of dollars to discredit global warming. True or not, weather misbehaves. Or rather we humans misbehave and upset weather patterns. What a nasty lot we are!

Our spiritual gathering for discussion in the morning was based on a passage from the book "Bhagavatam-Canto 10" where it expresses the bewilderment of God. (This is not connected to the fibs of petroleum companies and how they impact the creator).
The passage had more to do with Krishna's response to the deceptive magic of Shalva who posed before Krishna like an image of Krishna's father, Vasudev, and who in an attempt to weaken Krishna gruesomely decapitated him.

As part of the pastime Krishna did react very sensitively as He loved His father so much. Krishna played His role, as being a person with intense feelings. He is very, very, emotional after all.

In facilitating a discussion on the "feelings of God" I became rather impressed with input by participants. Revelations were deep.

To extend this topic it came up in a second discussion in the afternoon, "How to make your spiritual institution a more loving and feeling environment without compromising principals –less bureaucratic? We reigned in on the topic of "Guru" .

The final discussion for the day led to the appreciation of the thirty years plus by our marvelous co-ordinators of the Hare Krishna centre-Ottawa. The honours go to the stalwart couple, Shankar and Shanti. It was once again on topic, about feelings.

6 KM

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Call Me Strange

Ottawa, Ontario

I disappointed someone today. A tall East Indian man, single, by the name of Geet had come freshly dressed in devotional garb at the brightest spot of the day 4:30 am. He requested if he could join me on walking after early morning aarti. He had 'Anticipation' written all over him for such a prospect.

But I said, "no! I'm sorry. I already have walked." It was true. I've no need to fib. In fact I had just come from an early bird pre aarti walk.

"Did you really walk already?', he asked.

"Yes, I'm afraid so."

Geet then said, "I was told by Karuna Sindhu (another monk in the ashram) that you are up all day and sometimes all night."

I had to admit that that might be a perception but that I do sleep and usually catch a cat nap here or there.

After communicating with Geet it was time to leave for Ottawa to attend the 35th Anniversary of the ISKCON Centre's installation of diety's. It included a dinner, chanting and our drama presentation. Called "Gaura Nitai". Bada Hari and wife Kausya came from Florida to lead in the serenade mantras. The program was sweet especially after a five hour drive from Toronto. Frankly automobiles have always been a pet peeve.
They are a necessary evil but if given choice I could change the world and abolish all of them. I would like for us all to get real and go for early morning meditative japa-chanting walks. I would vote for using legs again, horses and chuck wagons.

Call me strange! I don't mind.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Friday, August 20th, 2010

Profound pedestrians
Toronto, Ontario

These tow young women were speaking as if they were self-realized. "Like I couldn't care for even a great pair of shoes", boasts one.

The other said, " it's all money. It can't buy you happiness".

"You know what's important is relationships with people. That's what really counts." said the latter one.

The two women were walking north on Yonge St. like this. I was quite surprised as they carried on with their conversations for several blocks when I was walking practically next to them. I was slightly ahead. I turned around at least twice to make sure I was hearing and seeing properly.

"They are not enlightened necessarily, but they have some realizations that are quite profound", I thought.

One of the girls added, "Yah know what's really ironic is that we're saying all these things while there's a monk right next to us".

At that point I wasn't compelled to turn around to acknowledge their words. I was hoping to hear more about their revelations. At some point they passed by me and it became apparent that all such words of wisdom very swiftly were put on the back burner when they switched channels and showed by their walk and talk was leaning more in favor of boys.

Oh well, "their realizations may have been short lived but they may surface again, " I thought. Maybe next time they will go deeper.

8 KM

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Namaste, Darling!

Toronto, Ontario

You don't get a better feeling than hosting a group of religion, scholars, indologists and theologians in our dining room. It was twenty or so of such distinguished guests (brahmans of sorts) who came to dine at our temple's Govinda's dining room. It was arranged by dear friend Professor Joseph T. O'Connell. A conference was held in the city drawing the scholars from Australia, Europe, the U.S., Sri Lanka, Japan and other places abroad and they were treated with excellent prasadam (devotional food) prepared by one of North America's best prasadam cooks-Subuddhi.

The guests made their way to the temple room for the final aarti (ritual) to view the deities of Krishna and Radha. They had many questions more to do with the practical end of things such as temple operations, a census of Krishna vaisnava in Canada etc. Philosophically they are well read and not much can be relayed to them as far as our beliefs are concerned. Friendship and courtesy was our careful application. It came natural. They were great.

We saw them to the door and their Automobiles. My day came to a closure but not with the brahmans though, who parted from the temple but by a young woman rather seductive in dress, make-up and so on who offered a greeting while catching up to my walking stride.

"Namaste darling!" she remarked as she veered off to a residential side street.

My response-"Good evening spirit soul."

9 KM

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Wedesday, August 18th, 2010

Nighttime City Trail

Toronto, Ontario

The overnight red-eye flight from Vancouver brought Gaura and Nitai, my devotee actor protégés, and myself back to Toronto. The day allowed no space for walking, the night did.

As I took to the steps descending the exterior stairs of the temple ashram for a night time trek a vehicle pulled up. Out emerged a monk from India, Nava Yogendra Swami. As he was coming in I was making my way out.

We offered dandavats (full obeisance) to each other on the sidewalk and then I explained by reason for the trek despite the late hour (9:45pm). "I didn't have a chance today yet, now I have to go." The Swami concurred, " It is so important to walk everyday". In a punctuating Punjabi – like passion. "I do it everyday ", he went on, endorsing man's most simple and natural activity.

I took to Bloor St. only to witness that I'm not the only on savoring the summer night's coolness. Cafes and pubs were busy enough. I don't feel the least bit out of place. My robes always protect me from the night-type of life because I am different and the clothes define that so well. They always, always grab the public's attention.

From the veranda of a tenant's apartment a woman hollered out, "Hare Krishna", but I couldn't detect the source. I was just happy that she uttered those mantric words as the sound vibration has this potency about it.

A week ago in Kelowna, B.C. a young man questioned me on the efficacy of that chant. "It doesn't do anything for me", he remarked. In response I suggested that he consider that when medicine is taken the patient usually is not aware of all the good properties found in the content. The healing properties do act whether we are enlightened about them or not. The healing power works nevertheless.

The man broke out with a big smile on his face as if he swallowed a big dose of good medicine.

6 KM

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Okanagan Okay!

Kelowna, British Columbia

I`m in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, the heart of BC fruit-land keeping myself open for the miracles of the day. I`m here with our acting troupe for a devotional performance of kirtan chanting and drama, `Lonely People`.

The venue was Okanagan College Theatre. There was not an overwhelming turn out but the quality of people made the show all worth while.

And so what was the miracle... Nothing extraordinary but a small occurrence that you could not classify as cooincidence. With us came Gillian, a volunteer sound person for this weeks performances. She appears happy to take a week off from work from selling tires (as she hopes to get into studying medicine) and agreed to hit all our sound cues with appropriate volume levels.

She was only given an hour to learn everything from the script and use a CD which we found had cues mixed up - a difficult task. At practice time enough mistakes were there, and yours truly was convinced that flaws would haunt us at performance time. I prayed.

Patiently, Gillian applied herself and a perfect job was rendered.

That was the miracle. It was enough to reinforce faith. it wasn't an extraordinary situation, but you felt that an extra hand had entered in backstage to help the situation - a hand that could not be seen but sensed. It happened in the night and perhaps because the bulk of our crew which was Goura, Nitai and I were faithful to sadhana in the early morning. Yes, we trekked Byrne Creek trail in Burnaby before leaving for Kelowna, chanting on our beads and sticking to this principle.

The only deviation was Nitai, who left the path for a bit - to explore - or as Goura put it, "He`s having his Tarzan moment" to which I responded, "He`s only 18..."

"Right, Maharaj," said Goura.

"Okay!" I thought.

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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: On a plane, Srila Prabhupada sees a movie

Our seats were directly in front of the movie screen, and when Prabhupäda returned there was a war movie playing. Without headphones, we both watched as the hero, David Niven, ran up a mountain side, got shot, then blown up, and then again began fighting in hand-to-hand combat. Prabhupäda looked for a couple of minutes and then turned to me with mock surprise. "Still alive?" he said, and laughed. With the sound turned off the movie looked like what it was, a silly make-believe, the epitome of the material world. Prabhupäda turned away and chanted japa.

>From Transcendental Diary by Hari Sauri Prabhu

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Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Lecture - Prahladananda Swami - SB 9.12.7-13.3 - Pitiful Pastimes

Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 9, Chapter 12, Text 3 through Chapter 13, Text 3 titled "Pitiful Pastimes" by Prahladananda Swami.

Dallas, TX


Maharaja Nimi, being a self-realized soul, considered that this life is flickering. Therefore, instead of waiting long for Vasishtha, he began performing the sacrifice with other priests.


Canakya Pandita says, sariram kshana-vidhvamsi kalpanta-sthayino gunah: "The duration of one's life in the material world may end at any moment, but if within this life one does something worthy, that qualification is depicted in history eternally." Here is a great personality, Maharaja Nimi, who knew this fact. In the human form of life one should perform activities in such a way that at the end he goes back home, back to Godhead. This is self-realization. 

Download: 2010-07-10 - Lecture - Prahladananda Swami - SB 9.12.7-13.3 - Pitiful Pastimes.mp3
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Phanisvara das, Mayapura, IN: open letter to rocana das (sampradaya sun)

regarding the article "The Luxuries of Sannyasa"


"Satsvarupa and Jayapataka Swami have spent untold sums of money on their health, trying to manage disease and illness, but this is not at all the example set by Srila Prabhupada. When he was visited by ill health, he did exactly the opposite."

i happen to know that HH jayapataka maharaja, my diksa-guru, receives donations from many of his disciples, some of whom have considerable wealth, for his admittedly costly treatments after the stroke he suffered.

i understand that you and many other disenfranchised devotees or ex-devotees of ISKCON would rather see him dead, since he is one of the last "dinosaurs" of the zonal acarya era, which of course was a huge mistake. my gurumaharaja has survived the changes after that era, and i agree with you that many more changes are necessary to make ISKCON into the preaching movement srila prabhupada, our founder-acarya, envisioned.

i have had some experience in managing temples and devotees a long while ago, and one thing i learned during this time is that it's easy to criticize, but rather difficult to actually do a better job than those we are dissatisfied with. if i envision myself in a leading role in the GBC (like the new CEO, which at this moment i find a ridiculous idea), i'm sure everything would go down the drain so much faster. it isn't easy to manage or envision and shape a society like ISKCON, and while many mistakes are being made, some progress is there in my opinion. and if i try to see you, rocana das, in a leading role in our (not your) society, i can only shudder—in spite of your learnedness and apparently long experience in srila prabhupada's society.

in the article i'm commenting about you offer some valid facts, but also a lot of speculation and rumors, which i find not befitting for someone who calls himself a vaisnava. that's your business of course, i am in no position to tell you what to do. you are a godbrother of my gurumaharaja, and i should worship you almost on the same level as gurumaharaja himself.

unfortunately i find that you are continually disqualifying yourself with vitriolic posts and articles, and the rubbish you often publish in your sampradaya sun, even though you should know better.

usually i keep my mouth (keyboard) shut, because again, who am i to correct you? i understand my position pretty well i think; i'm not in a position to offer advice or instruction to anybody except my family, and even there i'm having problems.

only because you are actually suggesting that my gurumaharaja should rather die than accept help from his loving disciples to preserve and regain his health am i writing this article. no, i'm not going to threaten you, that would be ridiculous. (i'm not sure though if some of my more emotional godbrothers or sisters might not—regrettably—become more emotional than i am in this instance.)

i beg you to please consider that HH JPS did not fall down in the long time he has been serving srila prabhupada's mission; that there is no evidence that he has squandered any assets or is lending money against interest to temples or other projects. the opposite is true: i have often seen him support projects in poor countries like bangladesh with rather large amounts of money donated by his disciples, and even though i have been serving him personally for a long time, i haven't seen any evidence of unnecessary expenses or inappropriate luxury.

gurumaharaja is very expert at squeezing all available bonuses and frequent-flier offers out of airlines all over the world, so that he sometimes does travel business class, but usually doesn't pay for it.

regarding gurumaharaja's health problems, he usually sticks to ayurvedic advice and treatment, but in this case this would have meant his certain death. again, i can only assume that you would welcome this event, therefor my anger with you and your post.

HH JPS may or may not be a 'mahabhagavata,' that's something i'm not able to judge, and i very much doubt that you can do that any better than i. i do know that i love him, as do thousands of godbrothers/sisters of mine, and that it's in no way your business to criticize him or wish him ill, specially since you don't have any proof of wrongdoings on his part, only your personal dislike and silly & offensive rumors that unfortunately your 'sun' website helps spread all over cyberspace.

i'm not asking you to forgive me for any offenses i have committed in this post, and probably won't engage in any sloka-throwing or tit-for-tat discussion with yourself or the burnt-out ritvik hordes that populate the sun. i'm sorry if you feel offended by this post, but that can't be helped. i'm sure any offenses i might be committing here won't make any noticeable dent in my (quite heavy) account with yamaraja, and i'm willing to accept the result, if any.

have a good day,
not exactly your servant, phanisvara das.


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Giridhari das, Brasilia, Brazil: Trip to Miguel Pereira and Rio de Janeiro

In the mountains of the State of Rio de Janeiro are many beautiful towns, surrounded by the Altantic Forest and peaks. One such place is Miguel Pereira, a town with a population of 26 thousand people. It’s only about 90 minutes from Rio and because it’s not too high (600m altitude), the temperature is always quite pleasant there. A devotee couple recently opened a preaching center there and invited me to give a lecture.

Actually, the recent story of this couple is a nice example of how Krishna makes wonderful and unexpected arrangements for His devotees. The couple fell quickly in love last year and got married soon after. However, they did not want to live in Rio (the husband, Tulasi Bhakta Prabhu, is a policeman – imagine being a policeman in Rio!). Praying to Krishna for guidance they embarked on a tour of the country, a sort of honeymoon/pilgramage, visiting many different ISKCON temples and projects in Brazil, as well as other scenic spots. In their travels they met a pious lady from Miguel Pereira. She immediately liked them (they are very likeable!) and offered them a beautiful, well located house in Miguel Pereira – for free! There was only one catch: they would have to maintain an ISKCON preaching program there, with at least one program a week. She signed a two-year contract with them. Just amazing! And the wife, Radharani DD, was already pregnant by this time too. So, in the space of about 10 months, Radharani and Tulasi went from not even knowning each other, and both living in the temple (one in Rio, the other in Belo Horizonte) to being married, with a baby (she was very premature but healthy), and an excellent, free house/preaching center in this charming town in the mountains! By the way, they met and fell in love in Pandavas Paradise!

They organized the program very nicely and managed to get a full half-page article in the local newspaper about the lecture. As a result, the small preaching center was packed to maximum capacity (just over 30 people). My wife started with a nice bhajan and then I gave the lecture. The crowd was very interested and asked lots of questions. It’s a great lecture that I have taught in several different cities: “Karma, What it Is and How to Get Rid of It!”.

In the end we managed to sell several books and CDs.

The next day we came to Rio de Janeiro, where I held a “12h Gita”. It’s a lecture I have come up with, which contains the full content of the Gita, and key quotes from Prabhupada’s purports. It’s quite intense (nearly 500 slides worth of powerpoint), but gives the participants a full view of the Gita, allowing them to perceive the flow of the entire text and Krishna’s message. I don’t read all the verses, but I do include all the information contained in them, in the same sequence. It’s the second time I’ve done this presentation and the students have given me very positive feedback.

On Sunday I was invited to give the Sunday Feast lecture at the Rio ISKCON Temple. I spoke on “Karma-yoga”, to a lively and attentive crowd.

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Vrndavana Vinodini dd, Toronto, Canada: Taking It All In

This summer has been filled with so many experiences and emotions.

But through it all though, I've been haunted by one thought, "Am I really taking it all in?" At the end of the day it's the in between moments that really have the greatest impact on me. It's that one realization that Krsna suddenly gives to you during a particularly trying circumstance, that smile of infinite contentment you see wash over a dear friend's face for a split second or the loving chastisement of a true well-wisher. That's what really has an impact on my own sojourn in trying to become a devotee of Krsna.

I was reflecting on that today, actually giving myself time to relive the experiences I've had the honour of observing and living. Time which is otherwise consumed by hours on e-mail, Facebook and all kinds of other escapes I willingly embrace.

The first thing that came to my head was my friend Sara. I had the great fortune of meeting Sara in Vancouver this summer where we both participated in the Namamrta program faciliated by HH Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami. This program is dedicated to helping devotees improve their japa in the venue of Srila Prabhupada's temples and following the full temple program.

Sara attended the program in full and was one of my greatest inspirations because her sincerity and realizations were so deep for one who had only started practicing bhakti yoga a mere few months before. I'll never forget her realization which she shared with all of us after our dedicated day of chanting more than 64 rounds. She was explaining how throughout the day she kept moving around trying to find a place where she could chant attentively. Finally, when all else failed, she sought out the Tulasi greenhouse. She said, "It was the only place where I could chant attentively, in the presence of Tulasi Maharani." Later on she sought me out and asked me to take a picture of Srimati Tulasi devi so that she could print it out and have it at home. She explained she wanted to chant in front of that picture everyday.

I was completely awe-struck. Here was this amazing devotee, seemingly new, who had already developed a rare and precious relationship with Srimati Tulasi Maharani. I revisit that moment often, especially when I see Tulasi Maharani.

I reflect on this one incident and then feel overwhelmed when I think of how many more are just waiting to be re-visited, to be truly imbibed in my heart. Although these moments seem to have come and gone, the true journey is just beginning- to take it all in.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 50

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Namamrta by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – The holy name is meant to be chanted by all persons.

The entire world should glorify Lord Krishna by the easy process of chanting the maha-mantra:

"In the beginning of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Srila Vyasadeva has offered his respectful obeisances to the supreme truth Vasudeva, Krishna. After that he taught his son, Sukadeva Gosvami, to preach Srimad-Bhagavatam. It is in this connection that Sukadeva Gosvami glorifies the Lord as Jayati following in the footsteps of Srila Vyasadeva, Sukadeva Gosvami and all the acaryas in disciplic succession. The whole population of the world should glorify Lord Krishna and for their best interest they should take to this Krishna consciousness movement. The process is easy and helpful. It is simply to chant the maha-mantra, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. (Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead)

“The chanting of Hare Krishna is universally applicable.

"Caitanya Mahaprabhu introduced the chanting of Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare as a great means of propaganda for spreading love of God. It is not that it is recommended only for Kali-yuga. Actually it is recommended for every age. There have always been many devotees who have chanted and reached perfection in all ages. That is the beauty of this Krishna consciousness movement. It is not simply for one age, or for one country, or for one class of people. Hare Krishna can be chanted by any man in any social position, in any country and in any age, for Krishna is the Supreme Lord of all people in all social positions, in all countries, in all ages. (Elevation to Krishna Consciousness)

Prabhupada reiterates his principle according to the Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 25.120. The verse states (Lord Caitanya is speaking to Prakasananda Sarasvati), "Now please hear from Me about the process of devotional service, which is applicable in any country, for any person, at all times and in all circumstances." Prabhupada points out that there is an injustice going on in that Brahmins in India do not accept the westerners who are chanting Hare Krishna. They say that they should not receive the sacred thread and they do not allow them to enter certain temples in India. Also some high-class Brahmins and Gosvamis refuse to take prasadam in the temples of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness. This is against the instructions of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The devotees can come from any country, and they can belong to any creed or race. On the strength of this verse those who are actually devotees and followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu must accept devotees from all parts of the world as pure Vaisnavas. There are no considerations for time and circumstances for those who chant Hare Krishna. Srila Prabhupada has kindly delivered us the Hare Krishna mantra, and we should not feel inferior to Indian Vaisnavas. Neither should we consider ourselves superior. In a humble state of mind we should chant the holy names because it is a universal religion meant for all people at all times.

I am chanting in a little corner of the world known as New York, but it is as good as chanting in Vrndavana if I keep my mentality in Vrndavana. I try to keep the atmosphere of Viraha Bhavan Vrndavana-like and Narayana has kindly set up the Deities so that I can worship Them very early in the morning. This morning I woke at 1:30 without any pains and without being sleepy I began my chanting. I have concentrated on the numerical strength and accumulated almost fourteen rounds. My attention wandered sometimes to other things, but I gently brought it back to focus on the utterance of the names. At least I say the names rapidly and with attention and never neglect the quota.

We all have the right
regardless of the low birth
where sinful activities before
initiation. They should not
deny us the status of worshipers
of Krishna. But even if some
narrow-minded persons do not
allow us entry, we can chant
Hare Krishna anywhere under
Lord Caitanya's shelter. The
important thing is to chant
with reverence and devotion
begging to be accepted as an
atom of dust at the
Lord's lotus feet.
The importance is to
chant with a cry.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Prabhupada Smaranam

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One Hundred Prabhupada Poems

Dear Srila Prabhupada, I am writing you this one
from Poland. Our van is parked in the mud
outside the temple farm house.
Just been to mangala-arati and now I come
to you in this poem—to tell you,
the tulasi plants are healthy bushes.
You would be very happy to see
boys and girls so serious and joyful
in your Krishna consciousness movement.
They have Panca-tattva Deities
and they distribute your books, all translated.
Dear Srila Prabhupada, your portrait is on the wall
above the wooden asana where the lecturer sits.
I'll sit there this morning and speak
what you have written.
The verse is about transmigration and
liberation. You write that a liberated soul
doesn't dwell on his past mistakes
which brought him to this world.
He's liberated because
he is now fully engaged in Krishna's service
and he accepts whatever comes.
We are liberated, Srila Prabhupada, when
we accept you as our savior
not just with our lips
but act to maintain sankirtana
as they do in these countries.
Please let me be part of this,
speaking what you have written, traveling
where you want me to go
all over the world
and back to you.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: A Poem from Under Dark Stars

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The poems are personal going
from stanza to stanza what
I wanted to write so they are
not seamless. They could use
a note of explanation. Besides,
I like to review them and
try to recapture the mood.
By looking back, with a
microscope I find a
new poem to surround the
old one. We get a double

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Free Write

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Seventy workers plus their children are expected to attend a vegetarian barbeque today for employees of Saci's "Equal Vision" record label. But the weather is dark and threatening to rain. That would ruin the whole thing. In fact, it's already raining. They have a tent but they won't be able to have any outdoor activities.

Vismambara's older brother Visvarupa, was very renounced. When He was at home He would spend all His time in a Vishnu temple. He was an expansion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He would spend the whole day at Advaita Acarya's house hearing krishna-katha and having kirtana. When He arrived in their company, the Vaisnavas became overjoyed and forgot the blasphemy of the atheists. He would forget to go home for lunch, and Mother Saci sent little Nimai to fetch His brother. Wearing no clothes and His body covered with dust, Visvambhara would enter the company of the Vaisnavas at Advaita Acarya's house and grab Visvarupa's hand. The Vaisnavas were completely charmed by the beauty of Visvambara, and they forgot even their talks of Krishna. Advaita wondered, "Who is this wonderful child?" When Visvarupa heard His parents making arrangements for His marriage, He left home and accepted sannyasa. His parents were plunged in sorrow but by jnana-yoga Jagannatha Misra controlled his mind and accepted it as Krishna's will. After Visvarupa left home, Visvambhara stopped acting mischieviously. He stayed by His parents, giving them comfort, and He dove deeply into His academic studies.

Haridasa cautioned me not to think I was "on the contract" to publish a free write everyday. If I publish something I really didn't want to say it can be inferior writing. He suggested I might write more in a private unpublished notebook until something comes as worthy. I don't owe the readers anything. I have already written enough. If you force printing something not so meaningful or necessary then you may miss some more superior writing that would come if you gave it time and worked on it before printing for a while.

I can see the logic of this thinking, but somehow, I think I'm capable of doing good free writing every day. You can lower your standard but you can publish anyhow. You trust in the worthiness of something you'll say if you just allow yourself to write freely. It's as if you're saying "There is no trivial writing." I'm capable everyday of saying something of interest and Krishna consciousness and I should share it. This means I have to rely on the little life.

I could always write something from the scriptures and maybe I should make it a point to do so. Then I can guarantee something solid. When I write something that is just "me" or just a groundhog, that's okay too.

But I want this to be for others, addressed to them, and I want to say something humorous to lighten their load and sadness. I want to console people. And I want to do it today. Does the free writing weaken?

We made mistakes in writing. We didn't write well enough. But we wanted to keep writing and we did. I'll consider this an open question, and on some days I may not publish.

Transmigration of the soul is taught clearly in Bhagavad-gita and other Vedic literatures but is missing in other scriptures. It's the perfectly reasonable explanation for the destiny of the self. As we change bodies in this life from youth to old age, so the self takes another body at death. And the body he gets depends upon his karma or activities in this life. There are 8,400,000 species of life and only the human life is the one in which we have freedom and responsibility for moral behavior. The animals don't commit sins, they just act according to their nature. They make evolution to the bodies by a natural, mechanical law. Finally in the human form of life one has the opportunity to become liberated from the cycle of birth and death. If one is fortunate enough to meet a pure devotee spiritual master and take up devotional service he can receive the bhakti-lata-bija, the seed of devotional service. If he cultivates bhakti, guarding it against offenses he can grow and become a beautiful devotional plant capable of piercing the shells of the universe and taking the soul to the spiritual world. Once there, the plant of bhakti gives fruits of devotional service and develops its eternal loving relationship with Krishna. If you protect your pure bhakti you don't have to take birth again in the material world, but you stay forever in knowledge and bliss and render service to Radha and Krishna. This is the opportunity of human life and if we misuse it and live a life of sin we will delay our going back to Godhead for many lives. Any life in the material world, even in a higher planet where there are great pleasures and long life-duration is ultimately a life of misery where birth and death takes place.

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Japa Group: Coverings In Your Heart Are Removed

"I am overjoyed to hear that your enthusiasm for chanting is increasing. As our contaminations are removed by chanting, the Lord's form, qualities, and pastimes will be revealed to us in the holy name. There is no point in making a separate effort to artificially remember the Lord's form, qualities, and pastimes. The Lord and His name are one and the same. This will be understood clearly when the coverings in your heart are removed. By chanting without offenses you will personally realize that all erfections come from the holy name...."

The True Nature of the Holy Name
A Letter from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
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One way to attain success in Krsna consciousness is to follow these tips:

1.Chant 16 rounds in one go attentively first thing in the morning
2.Chant the holy name constantly
3.Find happiness in chanting the holy name
4.Send reports to your Chanting Success Partner (CSP)
5.Read about the effects of chanting from Sri Namamrta
6.Write your realizations about chanting
7.Inspire devotees to chant more
8.Make chanting the main pillar of success of your life
9.Make chanting the main pillar of success of your family and community
10.Pray to the holy name

11.Renew body: get up at 4:00 am, dance in kirtan, eat more fruit and vegetables, walk in nature or park
12.Renew mind: learn from Srila Prabhupada's books, learn from professionals, plan weekly and daily
13.Renew heart: always seek first to understand, give unconditionally, cultivate pure motives
14.Renew spirit: chant attentively, read Prabhupada's books, listen to Prabhupada's lectures, pray, attend temple programs, preach, remember your eternal position

15.Be focused on the basic principles and practices of Krsna consciousness
16.Look for opportunities to support and guide devotees to help them succeed in all areas
17.Serve devotees by helping them connect with Krsna
18.Inspire people to chant the holy name and surrender to Krsna
19.Inspire people by to love and serve Krsna
20.Preach Krsna consciousness with courage and humility
21.Glorify Krsna through preaching and singing
22.Inspire secular leaders to follow Srimad Bhagavatam
23.Remember that anything is possible by Krsna's mercy

24.Help more, judge less
25.Ask inspiring questions, talk less
26.Give people your love and care
27.See yourself as people's servant
28.Speak and act out of love, not out of fear
29.Be devoted to Krsna and love Him to the best of your ability

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: DEARMOST

People tend to accept the material body as the dearmost.

Then this idea of the dearmost is expanded to one's children and relatives and is developed on the basis of the real living entity, the soul within the body.

As soon as the real living entity leaves the body, even the body of the most dear relative or friend is no longer attractive.

Therefore the living soul, who is an eternal part of God, is the real basis of affection, and not the temporary material body and mind.

Because the living entities are parts of the supreme living entity, He is the factual basis of affection for all.

One who has forgotten this basic principle of love for everything and everyone has only flickering love because he is thinking of the temporary body only.

We cannot factually love anything or anyone unless we are fully developed in the loving service of the Lord.

Srimad Bhagavatam stresses that we must have more and more attachment to the principle of love.

In all circumstances we should try to develop love of God, and that will gradually solve all our difficulties and improve all our relationships, because we will see everyone as a dear child of the Supreme Father.

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Madri dd, South Africa: HH Jayapataka Swami speaks on Jhulan Yatra

Live from Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir!

Date: August 21st, 2010 - Dvadasi
Verse: Special class on Jhulan Yatra
Speaker: HH Jayapataka Swami
mukam karoti vacalam
pangum langhayate girim
yat-krpa tam aham vande
sri-gurum dina-taranam

paramananda madhava
sri caitanya isvaram
hari om tat sat

Special class on Jhulan Yatra

I don't know if I can speak for one hour on this but I will try.

Some appropriate verse from the Srimad Bhagavatam should be selected.
[Devotee: You want it know?]

So in India this Jhulan Yatra is a very important festival. It is done in
the rainy season. In India it is the rainy season. So here in the rainy
season it is a bit humid and sticky. At that time we like to have a little
breeze. So the idea is that swinging Radha Krishna will create a breeze. In
different parts of Vrindavan they observe the Jhulan Yatra. Some do for
thirteen days, some do for four days - all different. According to
Prabhupada's instruction we start yesyerday on Ekadasi and we go until the
Purnima. How many of you went the Jhulan Yatra at the Gurukul? So many
didn't go there. …You should go . It is a good opportunity to do some
personal seva for the Deities. There is lights all the way. You may think
it for some wedding or something. No. It is for the Jhulan Yatra. Radha
Madhava Ki Jai!

Raharani went to meet her parents. Her father is the King of the Varsana
Hill and Her mother as the Queen. So His name was Vrsabhanu and her name
was Kirtida. Vrsabhanu and Kirtida. Her brother was Sridama. She went to
her home to see her mother and father at the time of Jhulan Yatra. In the
lila when She is in parikiya rasa She externally has a mother-in-law and
sister-in-law. Jotila was the mother-in-law an she said, "No. No. You
shouldn't go." Then Radharani was crying, "I want to go and see My mother
and father." Some gifts were sent to here by Vrsabhanu Maharaja. So she
gave these gifts to Jotila. Jotila was happy to get all these gifts. So she
said, "Okay. You can go just for a short time. And watch out for that
black-faced boy of Nandagram, Krishna! He always creates some problems.
Watch out for him."

Then no one was coming to pick her up and She can't go alone. "Oh they
forgot Me, they forgot Me!" Then the news was given to Vrsabhanu Maharaj
and Kirtida. So they sent Sridama right away. "Bring your sister here." So
She was so happy to see Her father and mother. They embraced Her and were
very happy. So Krishna gave in some disguise. So Radharani was sitting on
the swing alone and He was pushing Her. So He began to push Her very
strongly. She was always taking shelter of Krishna in danger. So She
shouted, "Krishna! Krishna save Me!" Then Krishna came and sat by her side.
She embraced Krishna. So Krishna likes this festival because Radharani hugs
Him out of Her own desire. Otherwise He has to do so many tricks to get
Radharani to embrace Him. In this festival She does it naturally.

So this is the Jhulan festival. We get a chance to pull the Deity everyday.
Actually swing festival is observed in various temples around the world.
Iskcon observes, apart from Iskcon other temples also have a swing festival
but the tradition within Iskcon is that everybody gets a chance to swing
Radha and Krishna. So this great opportunity to do some personal seva to
the Deities. Although we see the Deity we may not be able to do some
service. Only the pujaris do. In Jhulan yatra we can pull the Deities, we
can swing Them. Aren't you happy to do this service? [Haribol] Whether you
are initiated or not initiated, whether you are man or woman, young or old,
everybody gets a chance to swing the Deities. [Haribol!] So this is a very
nice festival. You found the sloka? Tenth canto.

So one year I took the safari group and we went to Vrindavan. So I thought
it takes about one month to go by foot but in jeep it was covered in a
week. So when we got to Varsana then we couldn't proceed further. We felt
so blissful there that we spent two days there. There at the village of
Citra devi we lived there for one day. There the monkeys come in a queue
and they drink buttermilk. So the main person of the village he invited all
of the safari devotees and he personally gave them this buttermilk to
drink. There we hade darsan of Krishna kund. We saw the Madhumangal's
meeting place baithak (?) it is called, sitting place. We also went to the
temple of Radha and Krishna doing the peacock dance. They say the picture
was painted four hundred years ago by a blind artist. You may wonder how
can a blind man make such a beautiful painting. They don't allow anyone to
take a photo. So we heard the pastime how Radharani and the gopis They
watched a peacock dance. So Krishna said, "You are not watching Me? Will
you watch Me? You are watching a peacock!" "The peacock is dancing. You are
not dancing." So He went and started dancing with the peacock. So how is
that Radharani said, "All right you are dancing but the peacock is better."
So then Krishna danced again. He said, "How is that?" So Radharani said,
"Well You did better but still the peacock is better than You." Then He
really danced so nice that Radharani also danced with Him. So She took the
role of peahen and He danced like a peacock.
Radheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Syam!

So we heard to many pastimes. We went to the forest. So they say that those
who build a house they will live eternally on this. So we all built a
little house there. [Question: Where they live eternally?]

There was a house and they say that Radharani used to stay in that house
sometimes. So there one poor brahamana came. He said, "I want to marry my
daughter but I have no money to give as dowry." So Krishna said, "I am a
poor cowherd boy. I don't have anything. I only have Radharani. So you can
have Her." So all the gopis said, "Oh no!!!" How can you give Radharani?"
So He said, "Well you can buy Her back in Her weight in gold." So they put
Radharani on one side of the scale and all the gopis they started taking
out all their golden bangles and so much gold appeared. They put all the
gold until Radharani became lighter. Then Krishna told the poor brahamana,
"You can take all this gold." Like that so many pastimes are there.

Then we went to the temple in Varsana, the temple of Radha and Krishna.
There is Varsana Hill and across, some distance is Nandagram…so much to
see, so much to hear. I can tell you al the pastimes. Just a few!

So this Jhulan Yatra is a festival that Krishna personally observes. And He
enjoys it very much. So we get a chance to swing the Lord and Radharani
every year. Actually we get three chances here in Mayapur. We get five days
now and when the Deity goes in the Prabhupada lake for chandan yatra. At
that time They sit and again we can swing Them there also. And again during
the last five days of the Gaura Purnima festival we also for one or two
days we do the swing festival. So like this we get extra chances.

Maharaj Prataparudra was a great king but he swept the road in front of
Lord Jagannath. So when Lord Jagannath saw he was doing some seva then He
was very pleased with the Maharaj. So although He said He would not meet
any Maharaj as they were in the mode of passion. But He gives special mercy
to Prataparuda Maharaj because he did service. So we all have a chance. We
can do some service and by doing a little service we get such mercy. So we
should be eager to take up any opportunity to do service.

In the Brahma-samhita it says the goddesses of fortune they are busy
cleaning the stones, the roads, the streets in Vaikuntha. There is not much
dirt in Vaikuntha but the Laxmis want to show the Lord that they are
serving Him.

In our Krishna consciousness movement we get a chance to do some personal
service for the Lord. This is called bhakti-yoga. We do japa, making flower
garlands, we cook for the Lord, we dress the Lord. We do all kinds of
service. So one of our services is to do the Jhulan. You see in bhakti yoga
there are different chances to do service - snan yatra, we bathe the Lord
Jagannath. Many people come to bathe the Lord. On the appearance day of
Radha and Krishna we do some bathing. On Janmastami we bathe the Lord. On
Radhastami we bathe the divine couple, on Ratha yatra we pull the Lord.
[Guru Maharaj we found some descriptions of the rainy season. We couldn't
find in particular jhulan yatra.] So in the system of bhakti yoga we use
our senses to serve the Lord.

hrsikena hrsikesa-
sevanam bhaktir ucyate
[Madhya 19.170]

We use our sense to serve the master of the senses.

tat-paratvena nirmalam
hrsikena hrsikesa-
sevanam bhaktir ucyate
[Madhya 19.170]

So we like to use our senses to serve the Lord. We should take prasad with
that in mind. We should not take it thinking that it is ordinary food. We
should take it that this was tasted by Krishna. If you want to advise the
cook you should not do it in front of the prasad. Maybe he put too much
salt or no salt or something - whatever. We tell that separate away. In
front of prasad we should offer respect. We should think that this is holy
food. So like that there are a lot of rules we should observe. Seva
aparadhas or service offences. I just told Gauridas and Rupa Goswami's
disappearance day, tirubhava mahotsava.

Gauridas was a friend of Krishna from Krsnalila. He had come down to this
earth to participate with Lord Krishna as Gauranga. So he had an asrama in
Ambika Kalna. There he asked Gaura Nitai to please stay. But They said,
"How can we stay here. We have to go. We have to see various devotees." He
said, "You are my friends. You should stay." "But We cannot stay. We have
to go." "So give me a deity of Yourselves." So They said, "Well We never
gave any Deities before." He said, "Don't cheat me. I want a deity or You
stay here." "I will give to him." So the brought a carpenter and he carved
two Deities. So when the deities were finished he said, "So these deities
are non different from You?" "Yes." "Let Them go and You stay." But Lord
Nitai Gaura, They raised their hands. [Haribol] They became the deity and
They began moving and started to leave. Gauridasa said, "No you please
stay. Let Them go." "Okay and They became the Deities. And the deities
began moving. He said to the deities, you stay, "Okay." So they raised
Their hands and became Them and the other started to leave. And Gauridasa
could not keep up. So he said, "Okay okay!" So still you can see the Gaura
Nitai deities in Kalna about forty or so kilometers south of Navadvip.

There is another pastime with Rupa Goswami. Rupa is ninth gopi, navam gopi.
We worship asta sakhi. So he is the ninth. So he is a very advanced devotee
and he was in charge of the whole sampradaya after Lord Caitanya He
gave...So it was a big loss when he left the world. So there in the Radha
Govinda temple they have a ...puja. So it says Srinivasa acarya he was
there about this time. He got in time just to see the festival of Rupa
Goswami's departure. That is another story. Rupa Goswami, he wrote many
books for us. He gave us Bhakti-rasmrta-sindhu that has been translated by
Srila Prabhupada as the Nectar of Devotion. Lord Caitanya instructed Rupa
Goswami for about eleven days at Prayag ghat - Dasasvamedha ghat. So we
pray at the lotus feet of Rupa Goswami for his mercy -

vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau;
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

[Haribol] So everybody who hasn't already taken some grain should take some
grain by 9.30am. [Dvadasi] So I will take some questions.

Question: Guru Maharaj. As Gaudiyas we know that jhulan means Srimati
Radharani but especially in Bengal there are maximum grhastas they do with
Gopal and somethings there. In many, many houses they do. Even some of our
namahatta devotees they do. So can you instruct us a little bit?
HH Jayapataka Swami: As I said in different temples around India they
observe swing festival. Even in Tirupati they swing Balaji but especially
these days are for Radha and Krishna. Krishna is more pleased that you
swing Him with Radharani. So we should take the chance, take the
opportunity to observe Jhulan yatra at this time with Radha and Krishna.
But if some namahatta only has Gopal deity they swing Gopal. But where we
have Radha and Krishna we always like to observe with Radha and Krishna.
Sri Radheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Syam.

Question: Dear Guru Maharaj I heard once that Srila Rupa Goswami was a
nitya siddha and Sanatan was sadhana siddha. Is that true? Is there any
difference after becoming fully realized between a nitya siddha and a
sadhana siddha? Please explain.
HH Jayapataka Swami: I heard that Sanatan Goswami came from the spiritual
world and also Rupa Goswami. Sanatan Goswami joined the lila here. So we
have to join the lila somewhere in some universe. Then from this universe
we can go back to Godhead, can go to Goloka Vrindavan. Or we can go
directly to Vaikuntha. But if we want to go to Goloka we need to join the
lila somewhere. Anyway, where I heard this about Sanatan Goswami I don't
remember. That is in the research department to see if it is bona fide or

Those who have come from the spiritual world like Swarup Damodar - Lalita,
they never fall. They are internal potency. Others get fallen but then they
get liberation. That is the difference. So the internal potency is much
greater but in the lila … see the difference. So thank you very much.
Haribol. See you tonight at the Jhulan yatra.

[I heard this beautiful class and was enlivened. So I transcribed it for
the pleasure of you all. Your servant, Madri dasi[GRS] - Johannesburg,
South Africa]

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Mayapur Online: Happy Balarama Jayanthi

Today is the appearance day of Lord Balarama and in Mayapur, devotees are enthusiastically celebrating this wonderful festival. As it is also the last day of Jhulan festival, Sri Sri Radha-Madhava in their beautiful flower outfits began Their swinging pastimes right after darshan arti to increase the ecstasy.

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New Vrndavan, USA: Temporary Assistance Needed

Hare Krishna:

I am looking for temporary assistance between now through Oct.  5 th or 13th.

Need  basic computer skills, English spoken and written,  ability to communicate with other, and visible sadhana. Main services  will include Janmastami Festival Planning and  execution as well as Radhastami Festival.  Assist with Art  Seminar (can even take the seminar, if inclined) and Vaishnavi Retreat.

Must be  able to relocate to New Vrindaban during this time and be willing to work  outside of the box!

Ability to drive &driver’s license is helpful but  not essential.

For further details, please contact:

malati dasi: 304-845-9591
_malatidevi@aol.com_ (mailto:malatidevi@aol.com)

Also needed: an assistant between April and November, 2011.

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Australian News: Celibate in Chelsea: The movie

Celibate in Chelsea is a movie about all the things you never wanted to know about the Hare Krishnas. Ram, a funny Hare Krishna fanatic practicing celibacy while living in Chelsea, the red light district of New York, meets Megan, a frustrated millionaire socialite. In previous lives Megan was Master Lin and Ram was his female follower, Lotus. In this life they meet accidentally, literally, and again at work, a business Megan has just secretly purchased. They accidentally….

Check out the website at www.celibateinchelsea.com for the rest of the trailers

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Dandavats.com: In Reverie: The Radhadesh Summer Camp 2010

By Dinadayal dasa

The building where the campers stayed has been quiet for a few weeks now: the rooms cleaned, the sheets washed. But the memories of the campers and their impact on the community will not be swept away

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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: Technology - is it even necessary?

I have heard people argue on the merits of technology and how it has helped humanity more than otherwise. Before we think about its merits and de-merits, people...is technology even necessary to live happily? Sure, it has given us toys to play with and keep adults occupied but at what cost?

I take the view that technology has made lives more complicated than it should be. Seems like, I need to know ten things before I need to accomplish a simple manual task. The test of merit, in my opinion, is does technology actually make life simpler, happier and fulfilling? I think technology for the most part has made things more intricate (complicated), more work (stress) and less yielding on an individual level. The only value I see is the operationalzing of the word "mass". In other words, mass communication, mass transport, mass data sharing etc. Technology has made mass exchange of data, things, and people happen thus today we have globalization across fields. However, I don't think mass operations and globalization makes my life simpler and happier. On the contrary it brings layers of scrutiny only increasing process.

In the field of medicine, a special field, people argue on the merits of technology helping people cure diseases. I agree, technology in medicine has made great strides to help people recover illness and live happy lives. But at a philosophical level, still, we have more medical issues today than before due to our way of living which by the way was caused by technology in the first place. Cramped living, docile living, exploitation of Mother Nature & animals all have over the years' impacted human body. These unnatural living conditions caused due to man's desire for technology have caused more disease than a simple life. Thus while medicine is necessary for cure, I think a simpler way of living does not need high-tech medicines to cure the human body. There is no necessity of performing high-end operations to cure heart attacks. In my opinion, all these diseases are a by-product of technology for the most part. I do agree that there are patients born with congential disorders and modern medicine does a good job of curing or at the least alleviating the problem. However, that population in comparison to the overall medical needs is absolutely minscule. The majority (99%) of the population seek medical services mostly influenced by the quality of living, eating and sleeping. This quality is invariably impacted by modern technological advances.

So while technology has created cures at one level, in another and bigger level is the cause of the illness. No more is preventive health practiced anymore.

The same can be said about landing a man on the moon or digging the earth for fossil records or creating realities at the nano-quantum scale. All this…is it necessary for me to live a simple, happy and fulfilling life? If I can live in a simple way without much complication, to me, is a litmus test for my quality of life. Perhaps without advent of technology, I would not have seen the Niagara in my lifetime if I was living on the other side of the planet (of course I would not worry about Niagara if I did not even know it exists), but at the least I would not have to sit in my car for 2 hours every day to get to work to just put food on my table and to counteract that stress, take anti-depressant and sleep-aid pills and for that pay 30% of my income to the insurance and doctors.

Honestly, to me, it all boils down to this – to eat healthy food, to have an active healthy life (not sedentary) and to sleep peacefully - to that end - is technology really needed?.

You are the judge!

In summary, technology has exploited our natural resources to the point of global reversals. Opulence is measured by government approved paper. This is our current state of affairs.

Srila Prabhupada reflects my sentiment succinctly "What is that higher standard? When there was no industry, in India, there was full of gold, jewelries. And now there is plastic"- A Transcendental Diary Vol 4" by HG Hari Sauri Prabhu

Hare Krishna

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Dandavats.com: NEW BOOK, The Soul, Understanding Our Real Identity

Sri Nandanandana dasa: This book provides a summarization of the most essential spiritual knowledge that will give you the key to spiritual awakening. Using quotes from various Vedic texts, the descriptions will give you greater insights and a new look at who and what you really are as a spiritual being

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Dandavats.com: Invitation to join Iskcon Krishna Janamasthmi Festival in GURGAON

Achyuthari Das: This year Lord Sri Krishna's Janamasthmi falls on Thursday 2nd Sept. We devotees from ISKCON center at GURGAON would like to invite you and your family to join us for the festivities of this auspicious and transcendental celebration

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Dandavats.com: Departure of Svayambhu Maharaja

Madhavananda Das: We are sorry to announce the departure of Svayambhu Maharaja, a senior disciple of Srila Gour Govinda Swami and our dear godbrother and friend.

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H.H. Bhakti Caitanya Swami: Report from Krishna Carana prabhu of our tour of NW Russia with Dhirashanta prabhu

2nd of August Gurudev and His God-brother, Dhirasanta Prabhu, came from Vilnius to Moscow and spent a couple of hours at the flat of Doyal Caitanya Prabhu and Kamala Lochana mataji. Then they departed to Murmansk, the northern most ISKCON temple in the world. Devotees in Murmansk started to prepare for Guru-maharaja’s arrival far in advance. These [...]

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Krsna Valley is the farming community of European Hindus

Talk with visiting devotees from Dubai.

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Japa Group: I Managed To Chant All Sixteen

This morning I woke at 1:30 A.M. and began chanting my rounds. They were some what mechanical, but I strung them all together with out becoming sleepy or greatly distracted. It was a typical decent session for me. I managed to chant all sixteen rounds by 3:40 A.M.

From Bhajan Kutir #49
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Australian News: Melbourne Seminars: Dina Sarana Devi Dasi

By Guna Mani Nitai Devi Dasi. We have a most enlightened guest in Melbourne at the moment: Dina Sarana Mataji. She is Srila Prabhupada’s disciple and has been in Krishna Consciousness for nearly 40 years. Dina Sarana Dasi is the GBC representative for Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland and is based in Germany.

Her current main service is to help the German yatra to get back on its feet. Her future plans are to visit yatras on invitation even though she is already well engaged with her GBC duties.

Dina Sarana Mataji will be conducting a 2-day seminar entitled ‘Women in Krishna Consciousness’; Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 1pm. She will also have a seminar on ‘Grihastha life’ with our congregational members on Friday from 6.30 to 8pm.

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Australian News: Janmastami will be lifting off at New Govardhana, check the details

Click the poster and it will transport you to the transcendental web site of New Govardhana, Australia.

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Australian News: BOOM! Hare Krishna Valley + Kurma the Chef = Prasadam Explosion…

By Keshava Dasa. After many weeks of hard work preparing for our Bhakti Yoga vegetarian cooking retreat with Kurma, the weekend for the retreat finally arrived. 23 guests attended to learn the ancient art of Vedic vegetarian cooking with our world famous Hare Krishna chef, Kurma. The weekend began with an introduction on Friday evening for all of the guests to orientate them with the schedule. We then chanted the Hare Krishna Mantra together as a group meditation.

Read the rest at the Hare Krishna valley blog at New Nandagram farm

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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: The Food And Climate Connection

Click here to watch a very inspiring video on "The Food And Climate Connection" from WhyHunger.

Click here to visit the WhyHunger Food Security Learning Center

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Gouranga TV: KIRTAN 2 – WOODSTOCK 2010


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