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1965 August 24:
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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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
Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 9, Chapter 12, Text 3 through Chapter 13, Text 3 titled "Pitiful Pastimes" by Prahladananda Swami.
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
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,
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.
This summer has been filled with so many experiences and emotions.
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
One Hundred Prabhupada Poems
The poems are personal going
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.
"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
One way to attain success in Krsna consciousness is to follow these tips:
People tend to accept the material body as the dearmost.
Live from Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir!
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.
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
Also needed: an assistant between April and November, 2011.
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….
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
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?
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
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
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.
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 [...]
Talk with visiting devotees from Dubai.
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
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.
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.
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