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  1. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Thursday 19 August 2010--Ecstatic Sastric Vision--and--Why and How is Krishna the Supreme Cause?
  2. Australian News: Welcome to the Mayapur Academy: Fulfilling the desire of Srila Prabhupada
  3. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Jaya Radha Madhava - Gangesvara Prabhu
  4. Australian News: Mayapur Academy: Catch the new video now
  5. David Haslam, UK: divorce, relationships and Krishna
  6. Krishna-kripa das, Mayapura: Travel Journal#6.13: Den Haag, Paris, and Zurich Ratha-yatras
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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Thursday 19 August 2010--Ecstatic Sastric Vision--and--Why and How is Krishna the Supreme Cause?

The key to rising above the influence of the three modes of material nature is to develop sastric vision. In other words, you have to see everything through the eyes of the scriptures. In this way you will have perfect vision of everything. When someone has defective vision they get prescription corrective lenses so can they see everything clearly....

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Australian News: Welcome to the Mayapur Academy: Fulfilling the desire of Srila Prabhupada

By Antony Brennan

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

There are short interviews with HG Jananivas dasa the Mayapur Academy head teacher, HG Damodardasa the syllabus co-ordinator and cooking courses facilitator as well as facilitator HG Pankajanghri dasa and HG Kurma Caitanya dasa Deity Dressing Facilitator.

The movie opens with Jananivasa describing the desire of Srila Prabhupada to have a University city at Mayapur.

"It was the desire of Srila Prabhupada to have a city here for 50,000 devotees," says Jananivasa. "Srila Prabhupada said also there should be educational centres, there should be university here also, teaching all branches of knowledge." Jananivasa says.

The Mayapur Academy has been established to fulfil Srila Prabhupada's desires for training in deity worship and the development of brahminical culture. The academy is an educational institution of excellence teaching brahminical culture, arts and sciences, deity worship, cooking, samskaras, training devotees who aspire to take the role of temple pujaris and brahmanas in communities across the world.

The Mayapur Academy: http://www.mayapuracademy.org/

Mayapur Academy Blog: http://mayapuracademy.wordpress.com/

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Jaya Radha Madhava - Gangesvara Prabhu

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Australian News: Mayapur Academy: Catch the new video now

By Antony Brennan

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

There are short interviews with HG Jananivas dasa the Mayapur Academy head teacher, HG Damodardasa the syllabus co-ordinator and cooking courses facilitator as well as facilitator HG Pankajanghri dasa and HG Kurma Caitanya dasa Deity Dressing Facilitator.

The movie opens with Jananivasa describing the desire of Srila Prabhupada to have a University city at Mayapur.

"It was the desire of Srila Prabhupada to have a city here for 50,000 devotees," says Jananivasa. "Srila Prabhupada said also there should be educational centres, there should be university here also, teaching all branches of knowledge." Jananivasa says.

The Mayapur Academy has been established to fulfil Srila Prabhupada's desires for training in deity worship and the development of brahminical culture. The academy is an educational institution of excellence teaching brahminical culture, arts and sciences, deity worship, cooking, samskaras, training devotees who aspire to take the role of temple pujaris and brahmanas in communities across the world.

The Mayapur Academy: http://www.mayapuracademy.org/

Mayapur Academy Blog: http://mayapuracademy.wordpress.com/

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David Haslam, UK: divorce, relationships and Krishna

The other day I was talking to a college of mine and they were noting the amount of divorces recently, as I left my phone went and it was a friend of mine saying that they felt the marriage was ending after a long time. Then during a visit to another friend they were also [...]

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Krishna-kripa das, Mayapura: Travel Journal#6.13: Den Haag, Paris, and Zurich Ratha-yatras

Diary of a Traveling Sadhaka, Vol. 6, No. 13
By Krishna-kripa das
(July 2010, part one)
Den Haag, Paris, and Zurich Ratha-yatras and More
(Sent from Leipzig, Germany, on August 16, 2010)

Highlights

Den Haag Ratha-yatra
Paris Ratha-yatra

Zurich Harinamas and Ratha-yatra

Insight from Srila Prabhupada, Atmanivedana Swami, Janananda Swami,
Dina Sharana Mataji, Gopaswami Prabhu, Prithu Prabhu,
Ramakantha Prabhu, Lilasuka Prabhu, and Others

Where I Went and What I Did

After the Netherlands Padayatra, we did a harinama in Maastricht, and stayed overnight in Antwerp, Belgium, where a nice devotee couple gave us a ride the next day to Den Haag Ratha-yatra, a new one for me. That evening we took the train to Paris so we could attend the next day's Ratha-yatra there. We briefly visited New Mayapur, the Hare Krishna farm in central France, and returned to Paris where we chanted on the metros, at the Eiffel Tower, and other places. Then we took a train to Zurich where we also did Ratha-yatra and harinamas.

Den Haag Ratha-yatra

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Cloudy skies threatened to rain on the Den Haag (The Hague) Ratha-yatra, but by the Lord's mercy, the rain did not start until the parade was finished, and even then it was not torrential. Before the parade, I was dancing to the preliminary bhajanas on the stage, when a devotee told me they needed help in carrying Lord Jagannatha and His brother and sister from the car to the Ratha-yatra cart, so I got to do this special service. In Den Haag, there is a large congregation mostly from an Indian background, as many people with Indian ancestors who populated Surinam ultimately migrated to Holland. Some of the young Indian ladies had a single peacock feather in their hair, reminding one of Krishna. It was humorous to see one security guard so attired in her security vest. The parade route was not as filled with people as one might desire, but it was also not completely vacant. The sound system was powerful, and the kirtana could be heard a long distance. The feast after the parade included a great eggplant vegetable preparation and some halava with the grains nicely cooked. The stage show had a lot of Hare Krishna chanting with youthful musicians, and I enjoyed dancing along with the transcendental vibrations. We had to leave a little early to take the train to Paris for their Ratha-yatra the next day.

Paris Ratha-yatra
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I was worried that because I arrived 40 minutes late for the Ratha-yatra in Paris that I would have difficulty finding the cart, but it was still at the starting point. Although the devotees had rented a 4,000 euro sound system, the generator would not start, so it was of no use. At one point there was a kirtanafar in front of the party and one behind the cart. It occurred to me that because the kirtana was so far ahead of the cart, neither the deities nor the devotees pulling cart could hear it. I asked my devotee musician friends if they might like to do another kirtana between the ropes so that the deities and the devotees who were pulling could also hear. Janmastami Prabhu, who plays accordion, Gopinatha Prabhu, who plays the mrdanga, along with some of his Vaishnava youth friends, thus formed a new kirtana group, and I was happy to contribute by encouraging them in this way.

During the parade Indian devotees served a purple nectar drink, water, fruits and other prasadam to participants, a nice feature.

Friends from Radhadesh, including new friends I had met on the Netherlands Padayatra were also there, and it nice to see them again.

The festival at the end was in Les Halles, a very happening place. The devotees distributed prasadam for a few hours and had a stage show. There was one really rocking kirtana during which some of the devotees in the audience got up on the stage, and that was the best part of the stage show for me. I helped clean up after the prasadam distribution as well.

Zurich Harinamas and Ratha-yatra

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Although a traditional walking harinama (street chanting party) counts as a demonstration in Zurich and requires special permission, a party sitting down and playing instruments by the lake is perfectly OK. During the heat of the summer, the grassy area by the lake is packed with people. Every Saturday in the summer a group of devotees chants there. There are a variety of Gaudiya groups in the Zurich area, and people from many of them come to chant Hare Krishna together. When I was there, the chanting continued for four hours, 4:00-8:00 p.m. The people relaxing, bathing, and sunning themselves nearby did not seem much disturbed by the appearance of the kirtana party. We passed out invitations to Sunday's Ratha-yatra to the more interested people. As the sky filled with dark clouds, and sprinkles began, we ran back to the car, still chanting kirtana and playing instruments.

Bhaktin Sabina, a follower of Aindra Prabhu, is the most enthusiastic organizer of their harinama party. She went out with me and Dhruva the Tuesday after the Ratha-yatra, in response to my enthusiasm to go out. We chanted twenty-five minutes to the lake, and when we arrived there and sat down, one family was happy about our presence, and the kids took some movies of us. Later a couple of men from Iran listened to the kirtana for almost an hour and then talked to us afterwards. One lady sat on a bench and listened for over an hour. She had just flown in from Africa and found the music by the lake to be a way to relax after the flight. She had been to India many times, attending Janmastami at our Delhi temple sometimes, and even becoming a member there. She did not know that we had a temple in Zurich, so it was nice we were able to connect with her. I was impressed that a harinama party of only three people, with only one really good musician, could elicit such a nice response.

The devotees invited me to their Ratha-yatra in Zurich last year, but I could not fit it in my schedule, so I decided to come this year. The parade takes place in a scenic grassy area with lots of trees along the lake, which is crowded with people in the summer and was better than most areas than municipalities give us for the parade.

At the stage show, I talked to different visitors, including a few German tourists who I told about our temples there. I talked to a couple college girls, who were studying biology and had a lot of faith the theory of evolution. I had forgotten the extent to which some people believe in it. In 1967, a group of mathematicians showed the evolutionary biologists that the probabilities make it impossible. However, the evolutionists, proud of their theory, were convinced the mathematicians must have made some mistake and did not take them seriously. The girls ended up trying prasadam.

Insight from Lectures

Srila Prabhupada:

In our material condition, the potency of the soul is covered. Similarly, when a fire is covered by ash, its full heat cannot be felt, but when the ashes are removed, and we fan it, it will blaze and be useful in so many ways.

We are giving so much credit to the one who goes to the moon, but we do not give credit to the person who has created it.

Liberation means you go to the spiritual sky, and you don't come back. It is not that you spend millions of dollars to go to the moon planet and touch it and bring some sand, and you are successful. If you go, then live there.

Freedom means any place you go, you can stay. If you want that sort of liberation, associate with mahatmas, great souls. If we associate with debauchees, we become debauchees. If we associate with mahatamas, we become mahatma. By this Krishna consciousness movement, we can turn debauchees into mahatmas.

Atmanivedana Swami:

Although born in a demoniac family, by the blessings of his grandfather Prahlad Maharaja, Bali was a great devotee.

The Lord is called aksai, because he is never conquered. Only if He accepts voluntary defeat by his devotees, out of love, can He be defeated.

If our wealth is not engaged in the service of the Lord, it will be our downfall.

The easiest way to connect with the Supreme Lord is through the transcendental sound vibration, but we need to hear in deep way for it to enter our heart.

The brahmanas were performing sacrifice which they knew from the scripture is meant for the Supreme Lord, but they could not understand they could better serve the Lord by giving in charity to His cowherd friends who approached them.

When we preach, we should pray to the Supreme Lord to be an instrument in encouraging the people to chant the holy name.

When we chant japa, we also should pray to able to engage in the devotional service of the Lord.

When some service comes to us, we should take advantage of it immediately and not let our mind come up with excuses, otherwise the Lord will be less inclined to give us service in the future. He will give it to a more enthusiastic devotee instead.

Krishna is not imposing His service on us. It is up to our free will.

Throughout the day, we should meditate on what we learned in Srimad-Bhagavatam in the morning and how to apply in our life. Otherwise, we will just forget it, and what will be the benefit?

Srila Prabhupada shows by his personal example how to transcend the material influence by complete absorption in the Lord's service.

When Lord Ramacandra was king, at the front door of the palace, he provided facility for people to submit complaints about how the kingdom was being run. Each evening Rama would send Laksmana to check the front gate, to see if there were any complaints, so he could address them before taking rest. Lord Ramacandra's kingdom was so well run, there was never a complaint. One evening the Lord had the intuition that someone had a complaint so he sent Laksmana four times. The last time, when Laksmana went and returned, reporting there was no one with a complaint, Rama asked if there was anyone there at all. Laksmana replied that there was just a dog. Rama had Laksmana go and find out the complaint of the dog.

The Lord is equal to everyone. The different bodily forms we possess are due to the personal desires of living entities.

Kirtanananda, Hayagriva, and Umapati, before they became Krishna devotees, went to India in search of spirituality. It was at the very same time Srila Prabhupada was traveling by boat to the USA. They visited different ashrams and found that the so-called sadhus, despite their philosophy, were all addicted to marijuana, something they had experienced and rejected as being insubstantial. Thus they were disillusioned. When they returned, their friends induced them to meet Srila Prabhupada, and when they did, they became so happy to find that the genuine spirituality they had searched for in India, had come to them.

The devotees who met Srila Prabhupada made great spiritual benefit for three reasons.

1. They got the association of a pure devotee

2. They got to hear the chanting of the holy name and the sacred scriptures.

3. They got Krishna prasadam, prepared by Srila Prabhupada himself.

An animal will defend its own territory, but humans will try to control more land than they require.

Srila Prabhupada said to be a brahmacari a [celibate monk] in the age of Kali is the greatest austerity.

Brahmacarya [celibacy] is for self-purification.

We came because we all had some realization that the material world is a miserable place. So we should remember that and strive to progress.

A wife in the beginning is candramukhi (moon-faced [soothing]) later onsuryamukhi (sun-faced [blazing]), then jvalamukhi (fire-faced [firey]), and then you become antarmukhi (one who faces within).

One who is only dedicated to preaching should take sannyasa [the renounced order of life].

Janananda Swami:

Our eyes are meant to see Lord Jagannatha, but sometimes we are so distracted, looking here and there, that even when Jagannatha is on His cart, we do not see Him.

So many ways people get the Lord's mercy at the festival, pulling the cart, seeing the Deity, hearing the kirtana, taking prasadam.

In 1970, in front of many hippies, Prabhupada told them, "All of you who have seen Lord Jagannatha will go back to Godhead next life."

This Ratha-yatra festival is a very important part of our preaching. Once Srila Prabhupada said that by Ratha-yatra and book distribution we will conquer the world.

Prataparuda Maharaja offered Ramananda Raya that he could resign with a pension that was greater his salary. Comment by Dhruva, "Everyone wants that." Response: Every can get that by surrendering completely to Lord Caitanya. You can get a pension beyond what you can imagine.

King Prataparudra was astounded to see the bliss of the devotees in kirtana.This is not ordinary sankirtana, explained Svarupa Damodara. This is prema sankirtana. It comes from Goloka Vrindavana.

Last year there were four djembes and only one mrdanga in the Paris Ratha-yatra kirtana. The mrdanga is considered Balarama and also an incarnation of Krishna's flute. The djembe has no such spiritual standing. It is not part of Lord Caitanya's original sankirtana party, although anything can be used in the Lord's service. If the djembe is used it should serve the mrdanga and not control it.

The whole process of Krishna consciousness is to change our identity into that of a humble servant of the Lord.

Prataparudra Maharaja got the Lord's mercy by sweeping the street before Lord Jagannatha, by serving the Lord's devotees, by his determination, and by following the devotees' instruction to read "Gopi Gita" to Lord Caitanya in the garden.

At the Ratha-yatra, don't walk along the side, like a tourist, looking at the sites, or gossiping with your friends the whole way. Try to enter into the mood of the pastime.

We are chanting Hare Krishna, but we are not trying to apply the varnasramadharma. Some places varnasrama is a dirty word. But we should try to understand it and apply it as far as we can. We should not criticize people for their imperfection.

Now there are cigarettes without nicotine. You can still enjoying smoking but not experience the nicotine. It is like the near beer.

More kirtana is required. Much more kirtana. Because we are not satisfied by doing kirtana, we still seek happiness in other things. Whatever our situation, if we do more kirtana, we will become more purified and become happy.

Lust is seeing ourselves in the center and seeing everyone is relationship with ourselves for our enjoyment.

When Jayapataka Maharaja was learning Bengali, he was practicing with a farmer working his field around Mayapur. He asked the farmer if he had ever been to Calcutta. The farmer said once. Jayapataka Maharaja asked why only once. The farmer said, "I will never go to that sinful city again. I saw a man holding hands with a woman in public there. I will never go to that sinful city again." That was back in 1971.

India is second only to the United States in for cow slaughter. Although cow slaughter is banned in Gujarat, they ship thousands of cows to Mumbai for slaughter.

In Kansas, there was legislation making a course on safe sex mandatory. One headmistress refused to be forced to teach a course on safe sex instead of a course on no sex. She took the issue to the courts and won. That was ten or fifteen years ago.

There are two kinds of ruci (taste). If you are just attached to the good musical arrangement of the kirtana, that is only the first kind of ruci. We have to come to the second type of ruci, attachment to the name of the Lord.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saravati Thakura said that only those who attend thekirtana will be successful in Kali-yuga.

September 17 to October 3 is the World Holy Name festival.

We have become so lazy because of these MP3 players. One devotee told me, "Better I hear the chanting from the lips of a pure devotee, so I play Prabhupada chanting, and then I can do what I like."

One of the best harinamas I did was in a village called Loche [in France] on its market day. We had fifteen devotees, many who had never gone on harinamabefore. We got off to a slow start. The car wouldn't start at the gate. Then it started to rain, more heavily than ever I had seen in Europe. We decided to go out anyway. It was raining so hard, in two minutes I was soaked, even through my raincoat.

George Harrison said, "What really convinced me about you was I saw you chanting on Oxford Street in the snow, getting arrested, in the sun, in the cold, in the rain, etc. I understood you had to be really sincere."

One couple becoming interested in Krishna consciousness was taking an advertising course at a college in England. The professor showed a video on techniques of expert advertising. The best example showing all the techniques at once was the devotees doing harinama. The professor pointed out different features like color, sound, originality, and smiling, and concluded the devotees had every single aspect of expert advertising. "Look at the reaction, every single person on the street was affected by it."

I did harinama for a week in north England, only to towns that the devotees said we had not done harinama in forty years. The results were outstanding. The people were very positive although they had never seen the chanting in their town before.

You can walk down Oxford Street wearing a dhoti and fifty to a hundred thousand people will think of Krishna. When they see a book distributor wearing western clothes, they will not think of Krishna unless they talk to him.

I have never seen the response being as good as it is now. Now people really do not care how you dress, whether you have purple hair or whatever. Now the police even protect us.

One vendor stored up his rotten vegetables for a whole week and would throw them at us and hurl insults. Once his wife was there. She said, "We are Christians. We cannot treat people like that, whatever they do."

Finally she convinced him. She said they should come and meet the devotees, and they would see they are good people. As so they did. The devotees were very forgiving, and would bring presents to the man. The man then began to save up his best produce and give it to the devotees. He began to come to the temple. One time Srila Prabhupada was there, and the man and his wife got initiated.

Dina Sarana Mataji [GBC, on Bhaktivinoda Thakura's disappearance day]:

Because of his amazing ability to write volumes of literature about Vaishnava philosophy and his ability to preach extensively the message of Lord Caitanya, people could understand Bhaktivinoda Thakura was an eternal associate of Lord Caitanya.

He was very humble and charitable.

He taught that we should always glorify the Lord, and that is the only way we can control the mind. To do this we must give up all pride. We must consider ourselves powerless. We have to become completely tolerant and free from all kinds of violence, both gross and subtle.

We have to learn how to defeat opposing philosophies without becoming disrespectful.

Now people are killing thousands of sharks a day. They claim they are protecting people from being killed, but perhaps only one person a year is killed by a shark. So who are the real killers?

Because of lack of respect for others we have so many problems in this movement.

Once, as a result of our interfaith preaching, one woman decided she wanted to move in the temple. She dressed very loudly and spoke very loudly. She thought she was a guru that no one recognized. No one wanted her to move into the temple. The GBC felt we should accommodate her, but neither the temple president nor anyone else wanted her in the temple. I suggested maybe if someone agrees to take care of her, then it would be alright, but no one wanted to take care of her, so I had to do that. She came with so much paraphernalia she had to have her own room and it just barely all fit in. I went to see her with anxiety in my heart. I had no clue of how to deal with the situation. She was sitting on an elaborate seat, and she gave me a cushion at her feet, and she talked and talked. I felt more and more powerless in this situation. It seemed to me Krishna was having a good time manifesting as this lady whose lifestyle was completely agitating all our minds. So I said, "Yes, you are a guru because there is something I can learn from you." When I said that, she stopped speaking and began to listen to me. She dressed more conservatively, stopped being so loud, and began chanting Hare Krishna.

Not everyone who chants Hare Krishna is in the disciplic succession. The greatness of Bhaktivinoda Thakura is that his voluminous writings followed the Vaishnava siddhanta.

Bhaktivinoda Thakura predicted three things:

(1) One person would come and spread the teachings of Lord Caitanya all over the world.

(2) Residents of Russia, the USA, Germany, and other countries will get together with mrdanga and karatalas, in the streets of their cities and chant the holy name of the Lord.

(3) White people would come to Bengal, and sit with the locals and chant Hare Krishna.

Some people argue that if Lord Caitanya, Srila Prabhupada, or Lord Jesus Christ were personally present they would follow, but that is not the case. If you do not have the mentality to recognize and to follow their representatives even now, if they were personally present, you would not recognize or follow them.

I never would have met Srila Prabhupada personally, but I happened to be in India because my husband who was previously brahmacari for five years decided he wanted to return to that position and sent me to Vrindavana to be a widow for the rest of my life at age twenty-four. Thus I saw Prabhupada in India and got to talk with him for an hour.

Everything is in Srila Prabhupada's books.

Some people claim that Srila Prabhupada did not give us everything, but they are just making propaganda to advance their own cause, and to do so they are criticizing a great acarya, so we can understand what is their actual position.

Even if your guru deviates, if you are sincere, you will remain steady on the path, by Krishna's grace.

Gopaswami Prabhu [Prabhupada disciple, resident of New Mayapur, France, lives in a mud hut, he personally constructed, with his wife, and has constructed a larger hut as well, demonstrating the practicality of Srila Prabhupada's principle of simple living and high thinking.]

Srila Prabhupada had a meeting with the mayor of Paris. The history behind that is that the ambassador of India arrived almost the same time as Srila Prabhupada, but the city officials had not arranged to greet him. The devotees gave the ambassador one of the two garlands they had for Srila Prabhupada and had a kirtana to greet him. The city officials offered to do something in return for the devotees, and they asked that Srila Prabhupada meet the mayor. Prabhupada spoke about the responsibility of the leader in human society as described in the scripture. Prabhupada liked very much the city. He said Paris was most beautiful. The devotees took him to the most famous places.

The history of the castle of New Mayapur is it was a boon from the French king to a warrior who helped defeat the English in the 13th century. It was destroyed and then rebuilt in the nineteenth century by the family of that warrior. The last heir lost his money gambling and had to sell it. It went through different people until 1950 when an idealistic soldier bought it to be part of a city of happiness and brotherhood he wanted to create. He bought up or constructed about 20 or 30 houses as part of that project, including a theatre, but ultimately the man became old and could not fulfill his dream. Srila Prabhupada was shown several unsatisfactory properties one day until the evening when he saw the New Mayapur castle and property, which he selected as just being suitable for the devotees. The owner and Srila Prabhupada got on well, and a cash payment for a certain amount was immediately agreed on. Originally Srila Prabhupada called the property New Bahulavan, after one of the twelve forests of Vrindavana, but when he saw the beauty of the Gaura Nitai deities the devotees installed there, he renamed it New Mayapur. Srila Prabhupada liked the relaxing atmosphere there.

The Lord's pastimes are not only inconceivable to the mind and intelligence but wonderful to the heart.

If you are intimately related with someone, you are always interested all the activities of the person not just some of them.Srila Prabhupada explains if we understand the Lord's greatness as far as his relationship with the creation is concerned, it will increase our faith in Him.

It understandable that we can appreciate the speaking of the Lord from His transcendental position because we are actually part of the Lord Himself.

The Lord is a true friend because He never gives up on us.Although scientists value logic and reason, to say the harmonious universe arose as a result of an explosion of a chunk having an unknown origin is not so logical or reasonable.

There is a process to go from one planet to another, which described in Brhad-bhagavatamriWhere can we find statements like those in Bhagavad-gita,where the Lord in our heart, comes out and speaks to us?If we keep our humility, appreciation of the ecstatic chanting of Hare Krishna, and faith in the realizations of Srila Prabhupada, then Krishna will not let us get carried away by the illusory energy.Krishna's darsana (vision of the Lord) begins with the chanting of the holy name which Load Caitanya and Lord Nityananda are giving for just the price of one's faith.

Prithu Prabhu:

Once I had this exchange with Srila Prabhupada:

Q (by me): What about your internal life?

A (by Srila Prabhupada): That you do not require.

Q: But we would like to know about your internal life?

A: [More loudly and emphatically.] That you do not require.

Srila Prabhupada said spiritual life is common sense, but common sense not so common.

To reinitiate a disciple whose guru is not hopelessly entangled in sense gratification is an offense.

No one can die, even a demoniac person, unless Krishna sanctions it.

If we are suffering, we sowed the seed of that suffering in the past. Every cruel deed will follow us for years.

The more we take, the more is taken from us. The more we give, then more we get.

Song lyrics: "The more we take, the less we have to give. The more hearts we break, the less we want to live. "

Forgiveness is very difficult unless we can understand through transcendental knowledge that we were just getting the reaction from our past activities. The person who causes us trouble is just the immediate cause.

One day we are perpetrator, the next we are victim. This is the cycle of karma.

We have to rise to the platform of transcendental knowledge.

A third of our life is beyond our control as it up to God, a third of our life is beyond our control as it is up to other people who we do not have control over. A third we have control over but so much of the time we are bewildered by vacillations of mind which really make no sense. So there is very little we have in our control, so we must be careful to do positive actions for our spiritual development.

We must be holy in mind, body, and soul. Not that we are holy in thought and eat like a pig.

Q: Life and death are not in our control . . .

A: Yes. But that does not mean you can eat like a pig if you have liver problems.

Chant a fixed number of rounds and gradually you will be able to understand the Bhagavatam.

We have to understand we are idiots, and idiots cannot understand. So we have to follow the instructions of the spiritual master, and then we will become pure, and we can understand perfectly.

This material world is a potato peeling machine. By bumping together, we become purified. It is a painful process, but we chose to come here.

Either you turn to Krishna, or you get beaten up by Krishna's material energy.

Q: Why did God gives us independence?

A: We have always been independent. That is our nature. There is not a why to it.

Krishna is creating a great drama. There are different roles. You can choose to some extent.

One disciple of Srila Prabhupada began, "Sometimes when I am in maya . . . " Srila Prabhupada stopped him, and said, "You are always in maya, but sometimes you fall into Krishna."

A pure devotee sees everything is being done by Krishna.

George Harrison stayed in my home in Vrindavan. I asked, "George how much money did you make since Christmas." He said, "Ninety days, ninety million." I asked him how he felt about it. He said, "For every dollar, there is an equal amount of pain, misery, and anxiety." I was shocked. I asked him why the anxiety. "I am aware at every moment my life can end like happened to John Lennon." I explained that no one can kill you unless Krishna lets them. Even demons cannot die, unless Krishna sanctions it, what to speak of those like you and I who chant Hare Krishna."

Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura said, "Everything is minutely controlled at every moment by Krishna." If at every moment we see that, that is Krishna consciousness. We have to be in the present. The past is useless, except that we can learn from it. The future is a mystery. Nobody knows about it. Only Krishna knows.

Vedanta-sutra explains how we sleep. Krishna removes all the things we are thinking about. We fall into a trance. Krishna puts us on His heart. That is the deep sleep phase. That is why we feel so good after our sleep. Without Krishna we cannot even sleep. Even an animal cannot sleep without Krishna.

We have nothing to do with the body except that we are conscious of it.

What happens when Prithu das scratches his nose. He feels this discomfort. He desires to scratch, and Krishna understands that, and moves the material energy so his arm moves to scratch.

There is much more pain in this material body than pleasure so it is a bad deal.

In an Indian village in the 1500s, at noon every bird in the village died. They asked the local guru, who thought for a moment, and said it Krishna's mercy. The next week at exactly the same time, all the dogs died. Again they asked the guru, he thought for a moment, and replied that it was Krishna's mercy. The people were dissatisfied, but what could they do? The next week all the fires went out in the village. Again the guru said it was Krishna's mercy. The people were really upset. Some thought the guru was bogus and wanted him removed. The next week the Moslems came, after sacking all the nearby villages. They had killed the men, raped the women, destroyed property, etc. When the Moslems got to the village, the leader saw no fires were burning, no dogs were barking, and no birds were chirping. He decided it was a trap and so he and his men skipped that village. When the guru was consulted, he explained it was Krishna's mercy.

I talked to a nuclear scientist who did not believe in God. I told him, "You cannot prove scientifically that God does not exist. Why do you not believe in God?" He asked why I believed in God. I said I had set of experiences that could not be explained in any other way. He said that he had not had such experiences. I said, "I feel sorry for you, and I wish that someday you might experience God knocking on the door."

The bishop of St. Patrick's said the day after the 9/11 crisis, the, "I do not know where God was in New York yesterday." That means he is fool. Krishna was right there in the heart of all those involved. He is even in the heart of the Dalai Lama, when he says, "I see no need for God."

Krishna can interact at every moment with each living entity individually.

Prithu Prabhu sang a beautiful song with the refrain, "Reign in me again."

Bhaktivinoda Thakura said to remove the demons from our heart.

For the last three weeks of Srila Prabhupada manifest appearance in this world, Prithu Prabhu sang for him six hours a day.

The doctor told us at the end, "None of you could tolerate the pain in Prabhupada's body." Physically he died of kidney failure. The doctor said he would have to go on dialysis twice a week to live. Srila Prabhupada said that he did not want that. He took it that it was Krishna's indication his life was over.

In everything moving and not moving, there is nothing but Krishna, that is Krishna conscious.

Prabhupada liked to hear what everyone had to say because he realized that Krishna could speak through anyone. Once, after hearing everyone's opinion, he said, "Nothing makes sense." Later he told what was clearly the best course of action, explaining that Krishna had told him what to do.

Once Sivananda and myself asked Srila Prabhupada this question, "TheBhagavatam said those who are chanting the names bathed in all the rivers in India in previous lives. Did we live in India in our previous lives?" Prabhupada laughed, "It may be." Then he became grave and said, "Actually I created your good fortune."

Without Prabhupada in the west, there would be no chanting of Hare Krishna, elaborate deity worship, or prasadam. He wrote more than Shakespeare in the little time he had.

How can we perceive Krishna in the distress of death unless we learn to perceive Krishna in the smaller distresses throughout our lives.

We have to learn to love what is. We have an argument with reality. And as long as we do, we have to live in the material world.

Frank Sinatra said, "I do it my way." Jesus Christ said, "Let Thy will done."

My father always said, "If you don't hear, you have to feel." Either we hear from Krishna, or we get beat up by the material energy.

Q: Is it important that we go to the sacred rivers now?

A: Our temples are also pilgrimage places.

Once Jaya Tirtha and I thought our temple in Frankfort was too big for us, and we wanted to sell it. We expressed our desire to Srila Prabhupada. He was incensed and said with great force, "Even if a child is born deaf and blind, does it mean you kill it? No you don't kill it, you develop it."

Why do we dress Gaura and Nitai the same? Lord Caitanya wears yellow, and Nitai wears blue. Do Radha and Krishna wear the same thing? No! We just get cloths from these Muslim garment makers and accept them without thinking.

It is important we have relationships among the devotees. If you have friends here, where will you go? If you have friends elsewhere, then you will go elsewhere.

Joke: In heaven, they decided to go on a vacation. Someone proposed Bethlehem, Mary said, "Last time I went there, I could not get a room."

Another proposed Jerusalem, Jesus said, "I had such a bad experience there." Another suggested Rome. The holy spirit was ecstatic, saying, "Great, Rome! I have never been there."

In Christianity, originally it was understood that the saving event was "loving God with our heart, body, and soul," which we can agree with. Later Paul changed the saving event to "Jesus Christ dying on the cross."

Ramakanta Prabhu [the PAMHO.NET Sysop, who steadily gives weekday evening classes in Zurich]:

A child does not smoke or drink, but by association, one learns these habits. Similarly, Krishna awards the former yogi good association, so he can progress spiritually.

The spiritual world is pure, and we must be purified to go there. The impurity is the desire for sense gratification.

Just come here, chant Hare Krishna, hear Bhagavad-gita, take prasadam,and do some service for Krishna.

Because Srila Prabhupada promised by following his instructions, we will go to Krishna, we can count on that. Just has Krishna fulfilled Narada's blessing that Kuvera's sons see Krishna, Krishna will fulfill Srila Prabhupada's promise to us.

We are meant to serve Krishna. When we reject this, we still serve, but we servemaya (illusion), and ultimately we give pain to Krishna. But we cannot be happy giving pain to Krishna.

A child does not have to ask his parents for his necessities like food and clothing, but the parents automatically provide them. Similarly Krishna takes care of our necessities of his devotional service.

Q: Why does Krishna come in different incarnations?
A: Just for fun. Why is He blue? Why is He a cowherd boy? These are all His pastimes for His enjoyment.

Lilasuka Prabhu:

Krishna takes away our excessive attachments, and Krishna carries what we lack in the form of devotional qualities.

Ways we can benefit from suffering: Krishna gives us experiences so we can get rid of our anarthas [unwanted qualities]:

If we lose our job, we have more time to inquire about the truth.

If people cause us trouble, it can help us to become detached.

In general, suffering must result in purification to be beneficial.

I have been secretary of the GBC for eight years, and I never talk about it. That is probably why I have been secretary of the GBC for so long.

Our karma must come back to us, but for devotees the other devotees perform us the service of delivering these reactions. If you have a healthy attitude to your suffering, it is more purifying.

Suffering can help us come to the point of being equal in happiness and distress, seeing both as Krishna's mercy. If we are unable to see our suffering is Krishna's mercy, it will decrease our faith.

Our anarthas are like a layer of mud at the bottom of a glass. The water seems clear until you stir it up, and then you see how dirty it is.

One hippy-like person was cleaning his relative's attic and found one of Srila Prabhupada's books. He read that the Hare Krishna maha-mantra was a very powerful sound vibration from the spiritual world. He decided to try and sat in yoga position and chanted loudly and carefully, "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare." Nothing seemed to happen, so he tried again. It was not clear that anything was happening so he set the book aside. The next day, he went for an excursion in the Belgian countryside and happened to come across Radhadesh. He was attracted by what he saw, and he never left. That was thirty years ago.

Citta, subconscious, is more subtle than buddhi, intelligence. It contains all kinds of impressions and anarthas, unwanted things, produced from a selfish conception of life. The buddhi accesses impressions in the citta and uses them to discriminate. The transcendentalists get from the scriptures better knowledge by which to discriminate for the benefit of the soul.

When an experienced driver drives a car, his mind interacts directly with thecitta, and the buddhi doesn't really act.

We learn to not take this material world very seriously.

Tolerate. Chant Hare Krishna. Take prasadam. Cultivate detachment.

Absorb the mind in Krishna's activities.

When I was a five-year-old kid, I had a toothache. Then my friend came to play with me, and I was so absorbed in play I completely forgot my toothache. After my friend left, the toothache came back. This is just a material example. Imagine how powerful it is if we absorb our minds in Krishna!

Even chanting in the namabhasa (clearing stage) destroys all our karma.

One does not have to be especially intelligent and study all the scriptures because Krishna gives buddhi (intelligence) to those who please Him by their service.

For one who remembers Lord Caitanya, very difficult things become easy, and if one forgets Lord Caitanya, very easy things become difficult. (Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila 14.1).

When we enjoy in this world, we generally enjoy at the cost of others, therefore there is some negative reaction.

The conditioned soul is generally a zombie, identifying with the mind and body and absorbed in such impressions and interactions based on them.

Krishna-kripa das:

Additional thoughts on dealing with suffering:

1. There is one English saying, that gives some advice, "When the going gets tough, the tough gets going." Suffering can motive us to apply ourselves more to our spiritual practice.

2. To deal with a devotee's problem, Srila Prabhupada once recommended to a devotee that he stand in front of the deity, and say, "Dear Sir: This is the problem." Krishna would take care.

3. We should not be disturbed that we encounter misery in this world:

a. because it is a prison house.

b. because Krishna certifies it is a place of misery: Bhagavad-gita 8.15 and 9.33.

c. the illusory suffering conditions are simply creations of the mind, and therefore, we should fix the mind on Krishna, as the Avanti brahmanaconcludes. (Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 11).

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"Even if born of a lowly family, a person who follows the Ratha-yatra car when the Deities pass in front or from behind will surely be elevated to the position of achieving equal opulence with Vishnu." (Bhavisya Purana, quoted in Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 9).

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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Krsna consciousness among the birds

Don't misunderstand that we are preaching that mahatmas are only in India. No. By the order of the Supreme Personality of Godhead there are mahatmas even amongst the birds, even amongst the beasts, even amongst the lower than animals. Because this Krsna consciousness movement is going on in different places, in different circumstances. That is God's desire. Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata tadatmanam srjamy aham [Bg. 4.7]. So Krsna wants this. Just like in your country there is welfare activities by the government. The welfare department is seeing that nobody is unhappy for want of money. Similarly, mahatmas, they are also in the welfare department of Krsna. They are sent to different countries, different places, different species of life, so that the living entity may take advantage of Krsna consciousness.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.3 -- Vrndavana, October 25, 1976

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H.H. Sivarama Swami

If one realizes that he is an eternal servant of Krsna but does not preach it, his realization is imperfect.

- Srila Prabhupada

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Atmarama dasa, asks

It is told in SBC that the desire to attain Krsna in the spiritual world is part of the process and we should cultivate that. How does this come together with the quote that it is better not to try to see Krsna, but serve in such a way that He wants to see us?

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: CIVILIZATION

Life's aim is self-realization — and Lord Visnu — not the skyscrapers. This piling of stones and woods, this is not very intelligent work. Piling the woods and stones and earth is there already as big mountains and hills. You do the business of a porter, carry it out, and put it high, heap it in one place, and it becomes a skyscraper building. If you are simply proud of these heaps of stones and wood and iron, that is not civilization. Civilization is that the living entity who is using these resources must know what is his actual business.

This piling of stones and wood is done also by the birds. They also pick up, according to their strength, some twigs, and they make a nest. That intelligence is there. The rat also, he makes a subway. (devotees laugh) So this is not very intelligent work, to imitate the rats, the birds, the cats, and the dogs. That is not civilization.

Civilization means self-realization, "What I am? Why I am forced to die? I do not like to die." To know this, that is civilization. When all these inquiries will come into one's mind,like: "I do not wish to die. Why death is there, forced upon me? I am forced to die. I do not wish to be diseased. Why disease comes upon me?" When this "why" questions comes, that is humanity. And if a man remains dull, "All right, let me die," then he's cat and dog. That's all. If there is no "Why?" then he's a cat and dog.

So human civilization does not mean piling of woods and stones. Human civilization means brahma-jijñāsā, inquiry.

- Srila Prabhupada

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: DO YOU LIMIT YOURSELF BY THE WAY YOU THINK?

Most of the spiritual and success literature I know of teach us that we can improve our life if we change the way we think.

The mind that we posses is very powerful, and it has three main functions: thinking, feeling and willing (desiring). Bhagavad-gita teaches us that we are not the mind but the soul, who is above the mind and who has an ability to control the mind.

So we can positively influence all these three functions by the power of our intelligence and free will. We have an ability to observe these functions as if they belong to someone else. If that is true, then we can also use our power of choice to choose how we think, feel and will.

Intelligence that we posses and the soul that we are, are superior to the mind and therefore are stronger and can control it. It is simply a question of practice.

The mind is best controlled by the spiritual content. It can be a mantra or a prayer that we chant, it can be a story or a verse of wisdom, it can be a powerful question that completely re-directs our thinking to something positive, inspiring, enlightening, and uplifting.

Briefly speaking, you can choose to think, feel and will as a wise or saintly person, or choose to think, etc., as an ignorant and degraded man. The way you think influences your actions and your reactions to what you experience in life and therefore it influences your results and your happiness.

So the first task is to control the mind by engaging it positively with spiritual themes and activities.

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Japa Group: This Is The Great Blessing


A pure devotee cannot forget the Supreme Lord for a moment, and similarly the Supreme Lord cannot forget His pure devotee for a moment.This is the great blessing of the Krsna conscious process of chanting the maha-mantra Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

BG 8.14 Purport
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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: SELF TALK

Powerful influence on our attitude and personality is what you we to ourself within the mind, and what we believe to be true.

It is not what happens to us, but how we respond internally to what happens to us, that determine our thoughts and feelings, our mental strength, and, ultimately, our actions.

By controlling our inner dialogue, or "self-talk," we can positively influence every other dimension of our life.

We are continually faced with challenges and difficulties, with problems, with temporary setbacks and defeats.

They are an inevitable part of life.

But, as we draw upon our resources to respond effectively and intelligently to each challenge, we grow and become a stronger and better person.

In fact, without those setbacks, we could not have learned what we needed to know and developed the qualities of character that we need in order to progress.

Much of our ability to succeed comes from the way you deal with life.

One of the characteristics of advanced human beings is that they recognize the inevitability of temporary disappointments and defeats, and they accept them as a normal and natural part of life.

They do everything possible to avoid problems, but when problems come, advanced people learn from them, take action, and continue onward in the direction of achieving the ultimate goal of life.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: TOP 12 QUESTIONS FOR SUCCESS

The questions on the Top 12 List evolved out of Marilee Adams' work with coaching clients and workshop participants over many years. The list can be used in at least three ways:

First, it is a logical sequence of questions to help you work through any situation you might want to change or improve.

Second, you might just want to scan the list for questions you've been missing.

Third, you can turn to it when you're looking for just the right question to emphasize in a particular situation.

Within this list are questions that are applicable to a variety of life's challenges. The goal is to integrate these questions into your everyday thinking. Then, when a challenge arises, you'll be able to easily recall some of them. Not every question applies to every situation. That's why you'll want to develop a collection of your favorites and work with them on a regular basis. These questions can open and change your mind. They allow you to unveil new choices, options, and possibilities you might otherwise have missed.

Here's the list:

1. What do I want?

2. What are my choices?

3. What assumptions am I making?

4. What am I responsible for?

5. How else can I think about this?

6. What is the other person thinking, feeling, needing, and wanting?

7. What am I missing or avoiding?

8. What can I learn?

...from this person or situation?

...from this mistake or failure?

...from this success?

9. What questions should I ask (myself or others?)

10. What action steps make the most sense?

11. How can I turn this into a win-win?

12. What is possible?

Keep this list in a handy place where you can refer to it whenever you feel stuck, want new alternatives, or a change.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: The Holy Name Revives One's Dormant, Eternal Krsna Consciousness

As a snake-bitten man is brought back to consciousness by the chanting of certain mantras, so one in the unconscious state of material life can be revived by hearing the maha-mantra:

In the Garuda Purana the stress on hearing is expressed very nicely. It is said there: "The state of conditioned life in the material world is just like a man Iying unconscious, having been bitten by a snake. This is because both such unconscious states can be ended by the sound of a mantra." When a man is snake-bitten he does not die immediately, but first becomes unconscious and remains in a comatose condition. Anyone who is in the material world is also sleeping, as he is ignorant of his actual self or his actual duty and his relationship with God. So materialistic life means that one is bitten by the snake of maya, illusion, and thus, without any Krsna consciousness, he is almost dead. Now, the so-called dead man bitten by a snake can be brought back again to life by the chanting of some mantra. There are expert chanters of these mantras who can perform this feat. Similarly, one can be brought back into Krsna consciousness from the deadly unconscious state of material life by hearing of the maha-mantra: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

The Nectar of Devotion

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: Why Chant Hare Krishna?

by Jayadvaita Swami

from Back to Godhead magazine, May-June 1994

Here's a page full of reasons. I'll spare you the footnotes, but each reason is fully upheld by evidence from Vedic writings like Bhagavad-gita, the Upanisads, and the Puranas.

Chanting Hare Krishna awakens love of God.

Chanting Hare Krishna brings liberation as a side benefit along the way.

When you chant Hare Krishna, you automatically develop knowledge and detachment.

Chanting Hare Krishna gets you out of the endless cycle of birth and death.

It is the most effective means of self-realization in the present Age of Quarrel. Nothing else works nearly as well.

Chanting Hare Krishna cleanses the heart of all illusions and misunderstandings.

By chanting Hare Krishna, you become free from all anxieties.

Chanting Hare Krishna brings you to self-realization—and shows you how to act as a self-realized soul.

It keeps you ever mindful of Krishna, the reservoir of pleasure.

There are no hard and fast rules for chanting. You can chant anywhere, any time, under any circumstances.

Krishna Himself is fully present in the transcendental sound of His name. And the more you chant, the more you realize it.

All other Vedic mantras are included in the chanting of Hare Krishna. So just by chanting this mantra, you get the benefit of all others.

Chanting Hare Krishna purifies not only you but every living entity around you. Whoever hears the chanting gets spiritual benefit.

A person who chants Hare Krishna develops all good qualities.

You can chant Hare Krishna softly for personal meditation or loudly with your family or friends. Both ways work.

Srila Prabhupada chanted Hare Krishna, and so did great souls in the past. So why not you?

It's free. Chanting Hare Krishna never costs you money.

Chanting Hare Krishna brings the highest states of ecstasy.

There are no previous qualifications needed for chanting Hare Krishna. Young or old, anyone can chant—from any race, any religion, or any country of the world.

Even if you don't understand the language of the mantra, it works anyway.

Chanting Hare Krishna brings relief from all miseries.

Chanting Hare Krishna is easy. When the best way is also the easiest, why make life hard for yourself?

Chanting Hare Krishna invokes spiritual peace—for you and for those around you.

When you chant Hare Krishna, Krishna Himself becomes pleased.

When you chant Hare Krishna, Krishna dances on your tongue.

By chanting Hare Krishna you can return to Krishna's world, the eternal abode of full happiness and knowledge.

Chanting Hare Krishna frees you from the reactions of all past karma. Chanting Krishna's name even once, purely and sincerely, can free you from the reactions of more karma than you could possibly incur.

Chanting Hare Krishna counteracts the sinful atmosphere of Kali-yuga, the present Age of Hypocrisy and Quarrel.

By chanting Hare Krishna you can relish at every step the full nectar that's the real thirst of the soul.

The more you chant Hare Krishna, the better it gets.

If you look through all the Vedic scriptures, you'll find nothing higher than the chanting of Hare Krishna. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: CHANGE YOUR QUESTIONS

Change Your Questions Change Your Life

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: CHOICE MAP



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Here you can learn how to use the map:
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Maddy Jean-claude Durr, New Govardhana, AU: A Journey Across to Poland: [P21] Miles Away In Miedzyzdroje

Friday 6th, August 2010.

It was the first time back on the early morning shift. I woke up Radheya, who was heading off for setup. The bathroom was full of devotees, who had woken up early, specifically for site crew business. I kneaded out a whopping four hundred samosas this morning. It was the heart of the Polish summer so we were expecting increased crowds, who all needed to be fed.

My mind was still tired from all the intensity of Woodstock. I took shelter of Caitanya Caritamrta. The nectar spilled out from the pages and I caught a glimpse at what ailed me. It explained that desires led to suffering and if we wanted to be free from suffering we must be desireless. Being desireless, though, is impossible so instead, we must desire Krsna. It was so simple, I just wasn't desiring Krsna and instead had so many other things manifest in my mind. I decided to meditate on the point, throughout the day and every time my mind desired to give me trouble.

I decided, in the end, to take the day off from the festival to rest. My body needed more than two days to repair, due to the basic damage from a month of festivals and the intensity of Woodstock. My head was hurting by the end of the day, which is a sure sign for me that it was the right move to stay back and rest up. Tomorrow, after all, was another day.

 

Saturday 7th, August 2010. I woke up early. We made another four hundred samosas for the great town of Miedzyzdroje. The harinam bus left early, and this time I left with it. Govinda was scheduled to lead but his voice was feeling horse so he had Vanamali lead instead. All the matajis looked back, laughing a little in motherly affection, having seen Vana on tour since he was only a boy. Now he was grown up and an expert kirtana leader. Govinda accompanied him with the according and the sound was sublime, bringing glee to the grey skies of Miedzyzdroje. Half way through, Maharaja finally arrived, with Tribuvanesvara Prabhu. Tribi took charge of the harinam and brought it to a finish, while HH Indradyumna Swami snapped photos. He snapped some photos of me but I was never sure if they were published.

I went on a japa walk with Caitanya Vallabha and Govinda, all the way down the pier. It was windy, with a slick of moisture in the air, and there was the sound of the dark waves crashing around us. I suddenly had the full realization that I was far away from home (materially speaking) and that I had better become accustomed to cold winds, wet weather and grey skies. Who knows when I would see the crystal clear, blue waters of Australia, in the dry summer, feeling a warm coastal breeze on my back. Everything was temporary in the world, like the passing of seasons, but I had learned this lesson as early as four years old, when we were reciting slokas in the car, on the way to Gurukul. I was curious how the nondevotees dealt with their emotions, when the changes in their life noticeably escaped their control. For me, all I could do was rely on Krsna, and that was the best thing anyway.

I came back to check the festival. Gaura Mohana was sitting behind the sound desk, my old position. I wasn't missing it, otherwise I would probably still be back in Australia, studying audio engineering, in University (like I was when this whole adventure started) but it was a good point to spot the action from. I found Radheya and we went back out, Caitanya Vallabha still in the party. Radheya was feeling jubilant today so he wanted to share his happiness with us. We made our way to the skleps and he picked up a serious amount of diary and sugar. We had a sweet feast like I have never had before, indescribable in words, which sent us all into giggles.

We returned to the festival, half way through. I heard Tribi announce something on the stage and then some music came on, which we normally play at the end of the festivals. What was going on? The festival had been cancelled. Between the swarms of mosquitoes and the damp, windy weather, the crowd had given up on us. Two of the threefold miseries had cost us our festival so we were going to be heading home early. We caught up with Krsna Das, who we had been missing all day, and he led a beautiful Nrsimha prayers in the bus. The drums rolled along with the bus wheels and the kartalas swayed with the turns. We still had one more day in Miedzyzdroje so we could still give them their full dosage of fun.

Sunday 8th, August 2010. There wasn't as much samosa kneading today, due to the early cancelling of the festival the night before. I was listening to lectures from HG Hari Sauri Prabhu, about the authenticity of chanting. It was a wonderful class, hearing multiple stories of Srila Prabhupada and amazingly revolutionary instructions. It was nice to hear a whole bunch of straight Prabhupada, quoted nicely in context by his close disciple.

The word was out on HH Indradyumna Swami's North American tour, coming up next year. Dominik was running around, checking some candidates to see if they could make it. He asked some of the Gurukulis if they had school or if they had time off so they could make it. I casually watched him fly by as I browsed on my computer. Gaura Hari sent me a link to his article, about Woodstock, which had been published on ISKCON news. I laughed, reading Gaura quoting me, as he often did, and I congratulated him on his write.

I soon found myself alone. I looked around for my buddies, because the bus was about to leave, but I couldn't find any of them. I hopped on the bus and, just as it was about to leave, they manifested finally. We all snuggled in the back of the bus and were off for the final day of festivals in Miedzyzdroje.

We took Prasadam and then decided to do one last, little harinam before the show. Today we were going to do a stage wedding so Maharaja wanted to pick up some extra attendance. He sent me around, looking for different key players so we could ready the group for harinam. Then he called me close, gave a me a strange handshake and then sent me on my way. I wasn't sure what the handshake meant but it was nice. The harinam kicked into life and we were off, dancing the streets again.

It was strange to see the groom from the wedding tagging alongside the harinam. He was taking photos and had a funny smile on his face. I presumed he wanted a lot of photos for memory lane, photos of the harinam that went on, on the day of his wedding. I had seen him previous to this with a turban but now he was simply wearing a raincoat hoody.

We returned to the festival site, and then we commenced on a circumambulation of the whole area. We halted behind the stage. I found the groom and began to converse with him. I asked him what he did with his turban. Previously I had seen him with a turban but now it was gone. He made a joke, saying it didn't look good. He seemed to be in a funny mood and I presumed he was nervous because it was his big day. Maharaja called us forward and briefed us on the processions for the wedding. Once we were briefed, Maharaja was off to find the groom. "Where is the boy?" He said, rather anxiously. I was waving to catch everyone's attention but no one seemed to notice. Now Maharaja was really searching. I was insisting to the boy that he better go to Maharaja but he just stared at me, making no attempt.

Someone soon suggested that the groom was waiting by the Rathayatra cart, and the party dispersed. I abandoned my so called groom to see who they were searching for; maybe I had got it wrong and it was another person's wedding? I arrived at the cart and, believe it or not, there he was, the same boy, wearing a turban?! I went up to him and asked, rather anxiously, "do you have a brother by any chance?" "Yes" he replied, "a twin brother." I was shocked to learn that I had been harassing his brother, the whole time, who wasn't even a devotee, and I didn't even know. It was typical for us to dress up the ladies in saris at our festivals but it was rare to see the male guests in dhotis. Now I could see, surrounding us, a bunch of odd looking guys, with dhotis, and I realized that the two families were here for the wedding, all dressed in Vaisnava attire.

Prahlada Nrsimha Prabhu inaugurated the ceremony and then our harinam party came down the side of the festival. We left the groom on the stage and then escorted the bride, who looked like a little pink lantern (as brides do in Vedic weddings). The yajna went on and the Brahmacaris retreated. I made the mistake of coming out to check on things, not realizing that the bouquet was about to be thrown. I quickly went back into hiding, fearing for dear life, as a surge of Matajis came towards the stage, trampling everything in their path.

The night went on, from one Prasadam appointment to another. Finally it came to the end kirtana. We danced away. I kept loosing my back pleat, which was a little awkward but not as awkward as when, finally, the whole dhoti began to unravel. I ran behind stage to make some adjustments before the kirtana ended. Afterwards, Caitanya Vallabha and I fled to the bus, while the rest of the boys broke down the festival. Overall, Miedzyzdroje had been a big success, despite the miseries created by the mosquitoes and the magnitudes of clouds. Nothing seems to stand in the way of Lord Caitanya's preaching mission, and if it does, it never has a great effect.

 

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 44

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3:35 A.M.

Namamrita

“In Kali-yuga, simply by chanting the holy name one can attain the goal of life:

“(Karabhajana Risi to Maharaja Nimi): ‘Those who are advanced and highly qualified and are interested in the essence of life know the good qualities of Kali-yuga. Such people worship the age of Kali because in this age, simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra one can advance in spiritual knowledge and attain life's goal.’"

"Purport: This is a quotation from Srimad Bhagavatam (11.5.36) spoken by the great sage Karabhajana Risi, one of the nine Yogendras. The sage was informing Maharaja Nimi about the peoples’ duty to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead according to the different processes in different yugas. (Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya-lila 20.347)

We can hardly imagine how disqualified we are in this age. In former ages people were able to perform tremendous austerities and meditations for long periods of time in order to approach the Lord. In this age everything is diminished, and we can't do anything. But Lord Caitanya has introduced the simplest method, the chanting of Hare Krishna, for the crippled people of this age. What He has done is so good that the nine Yogendras say the age of Kali is worshipable. Lord Caitanya says that we should chant the holy name "in a humble state of mind." What does this mean? It means we should realize we are unqualified. And we should not expect great transformations in our chanting. We should just do our work unassumingly. "Just hear," as Prabhupada says. If you chant your rounds hearing the syllables, you'll be able to achieve what people could achieve in former ages by very difficult processes. So just chant humbly and be confident of reciprocation with Radha-Govinda.

This morning I woke with the alarm clock at 2 o'clock. I consider that a little late, and so I chanted hastily, a little too hastily. I've chanted twelve rounds now, but I was unusually content and in good shape. I had no trace of a headache or drowsiness, and although I was moving quickly I was paying attention to the holy names. I was chanting in a humble state of mind.

Prabhupada has compiled a
whole big book simply
about chanting,  The
Namamrita. This shows
how important it is to him.
I select quotes and
comment on them. I
put my shoulder to the
wheel and contribute my
work. Every day in
every way you should try
to chant better. You
should at least try to
keep your standard high
and depend on Krishna to
reward you with the
goal of life, the gradual
attainment of krishna-prema.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: From One Hundred Prabhupada Poems

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Prabhupada Smaranam

(From One Hundred Prabhupada Poems):

1.
Dear Srila Prabhupada,
Please accept this or it's worse than useless.
You have given me spiritual life, and so my time is
yours.
You want me to be happy in Krishna consciousness.
You want me
to spread Krishna consciousness,
working with my brothers
in the society for Krishna consciousness.
Please accept these lines
made so I can recollect you,
made in separation from you.
Each of us is alone, Prabhupada, and we need to
protect a little territory which is our soul
I mean protect it from being unduly influenced.
We want to be entirely influenced
and impressed by you
and by Narada and by Hare Krishna vibrations,
but you know what I mean—
you don't want "Yes men," carbon copies,
superficially jolly haribols.
We're tested by action. You see whether we
are willing to sell your books or do something
equivalent.
What did we do for the sankirtana movement?
Did we attract others to the lotus feet
of the Lord? Do we defy the atheists,
willing to fight them—
what is our credit?

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

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1.
I am showcasing some of
the old poems I wrote in
the prose books and giving
an explanation. They were
good, and they deserve a second
look. They were improvised,
and from an unconscious level
that may not be clear, but
is more honest than
a straight "preachy" poem.
The voice is candid and
sometimes out of the side
of the mouth. They may
require a little purport.

2.
Here is one from Under Dark Stars:
"Calm down. Be careful," he said.
You can publish it forty years after
you are dead, "They do that."
I know that.

"But you're in love with your lines.
Lots of guts didn't keep mum. It was
the truth, they faced it and explained
it better so people could understand
them. And the karma could come
on time.

"See what it's like. The face of God
cannot be seen usually by

“demigods. But sometimes they can see.
We want to overcome the terrible
mountain of dust.

“Confessing in Papermate
can't hurt the soul.

3.
“Publish it after you're dead” refers to books that may
be too controversial. The posthumous author has more
freedom. But you're in love
with your writing and want
to see it now. "They faced it
and explained it. Let the
reaction come while I’m
still alive.

Then the poem switches
subjects (it can do that)
and talks about seeing
the face of God. There is
a mountain of dust that
prevents you. It can
be broken up by pure
chanting.

The last stanza is a call for confessional
writing. Natalie Goldberg
used to say, "No one ever
died from writing."
Say your truth, your naked heart
not just the official face.
It's better to be open,
and it "cannot hurt the soul."

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Serving in Retirement

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Healing House

Swami Rupa is more than seventy and a half years old. When he reached his seventieth birthday, he received an email from a Godsister which said something to the effect, "Congratulations on reaching your seventieth birthday. Now like Srila Prabhupada you can begin the major preaching of your life." He had mixed feelings about the email. He appreciated the affectionate recognition of his seventieth birthday. But he felt put off by the comparison to him being at the stage of life where he would now preach like Prabhupada did in the last twelve years of his life. The reference of course was to the fact that Prabhupada began his major preaching at seventy years old when he came to America. But Swami Rupa didn't feel like he was at a start of his preaching career. He had began at twenty-six years old and had been working hard in ISKCON for more than four decades. He felt he was more near the end of his career than at the beginning (at a relatively early age he had finished his major literary contribution, Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita and Prabhupada [the abridged version], which are the BBT's second-best selling books after Bhagavad-gita As It Is.) The call for him to begin his preaching career now and make his major contribution didn't seem possible. It seemed pushy. He was at a stage now where he wanted people to concede that he had made sufficient contributions and he could now slow down.

Of course with his discovery of preaching by writing on the internet, Swami Rupa felt he had found a new life, and he was actually exerting himself fully by writing a daily journal which could be read worldwide. He was also continuing to publish books and he made live video recordings of poetry readings every other week. But he had settled into the Healing House, The Viraha Bhavan in upstate New York, and did not plan on much traveling and lecturing. His daily chronic headaches made it inconvenient to take on any stressful meetings or encounters.

What would his seventies be like? When he was the editor of Back to Godhead magazine he had published an essay "Turning Forty" which caught some attention. He had always been a little older than most of the devotees in the Hare Krishna movement, and "Turning forty" had made them ask themselves about their lives. Ten years later he published another essay, "Turning Fifty." In that essay he had recommended the continuation of full-ahead service with no idea of resigning, and his younger peers took note. He never wrote a "Turning Sixty" essay, although a few people requested him to continue the series. But the fact was he was still active in his sixties. In the later part of his sixties, he started traveling less.

The Bible states that the human life expectancy is some seventy-odd years. Some of his Godbrothers passed away during Swami Rupa's late sixties. They were mostly younger, but had left their bodies in unusual circumstances of disease and accidents. Aside from his headaches, Rupa Swami was in good health. He did not exercise much, although that is recommended for longevity. He told himself that his daily walk was exercise enough.

What were his chances of going back to Godhead? They didn't seem so likely. He was stuck in chanting under the rules and regulations, without the taste of greed for the pastimes and service to Radha-Krishna. His acceptance of the slowed-down life seemed to include not only physical illness but mental attitude. He liked solitude and not mixing with others. As for the compassion to save the conditioned souls, he felt he was doing his best by writing and setting a clean, humble example of life.

How did he feel about not going back to Godhead? He felt it was beyond his power. It was up to Krishna. He couldn't practice artificial raganuga-bhakti and imagine he was serving an eternal resident of Vraja. So what was there to do? He would continue to read rasika books sometimes and relish Radha-Krishna pastimes, but he left his own destination up to the will of Krishna. Krishna would decide on the why and the where. This is perhaps the Swami's "Turning Seventy" essay. He's only begun the decade, so he doesn't know what's in store for him.

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Australian News: Web sites devotees made for you

Devotees around Australia and in neighbouring regions make web sites to encourage others in their Krishna consciousness.

Some sites address life in general, others focus on specific issues. All of them are interesting and inspiring.

Have a look at these sites. If you like what you see let the creator know. If you know of other web sites made by devotees that we can share with everyone click here send a message and let us know.

The Starseed Community

Hello, I’m a monk! Long story short… the philosophy I discovered within ancient sanskrit texts answered most of the important questions in my heart & mind. Within weeks I moved into a temple/ashram and haven’t since looked back!

Nrsimhadeva.com

Nrsimhadeva.com is dedicated to Indradyumna Swami and to Srila Prabhupada who brought the glories of Nrsimhadeva to every country. Check out the photo galleries, read the rare pastimes and subscribe to the newsletter.

Krishnacore.com

Krishnacore is a fairly loose term which attempts to define a phenomena of hardcore/punk bands whose members practice Krishna consciousness in their own lives and teach the philosophy for the benefit of others through their music, lyrics and other methods. There have been many bands from all genres of music doing just that since the 1970′s, including rock, reggae, hip-hop/rap, and dance, so one may ask what’s so special about hardcore bands doing it that has earned them the title ‘Krishnacore’.

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Dandavats.com: Letter From New Mayapur France GBC

By Hrdaya Caitanya das

We are profoundly saddened that in New Mayapur on Friday 23 July in the early morning hours (around 1:00 am) Citra mataji committed suicide by setting her body on fire

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Dandavats.com: Arizona Governor issues a letter welcoming celebration of Sri Krishna Janmashtami

By Janice K Brewer

As Governor of the State of Arizona, I would like to welcome everyone to annual observance of Sri Krishna Janmashatmi. Sri Krishna, revered as the Supreme Personality of Godhead by Hindus, appeared five thousand years ago and spoke The Bhagvad-Gita, which is treated as the best treatise on spirituality by religious clergies and philosophers all around the world

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Dandavats.com: Now online: "Gita changes" for chapter four

Kaisori (dasi) (BBT): Several purports where missing text has been restored. In the purport to Text 6, restored to the book are more than forty words left out when a typist skipped from one instance of “ causeless mercy” to the next

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Dandavats.com: Samadhi Ceremony held for His Grace Sripad Aindra Prabhu - pics

By Adi Kesava das

The 15th of July 2010 commemorated 30 days since the passing of His Grace Sripad Aindra Prabhu. His room was just renovated covered with fresh cow dung. All the deities were moved back in and a ceremony was held establishing his Samadhi. Some of his god brothers were present; they glorified his services and activities

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Dandavats.com: Janmastami Invitation From Iskcon Kanpur

Madhavendu (das) SSM (Vrindavan - IN): This year Lord Sri Krishna's Janmashtami falls on Thursday 2nd Sept. We hope you and your family will be able to join us on this auspicious and transcendental celebration. We very much look forward to seeing all of you on that day

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Dandavats.com: Cows And Calves Needing A Home

Manmohini dd: Hare Krishna! A very nice lady from Amaji's group contacted me. It seems they have two sweet cows and two calfs that they are not able to care for and would like to know if anyone from ISKCON would like them

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ISKCON Brisbane, AU: Julan Yatra 2010

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Australian News: The Vegan Prasadam Revolution!

By Vijaya Gauranga das

I came into contact with the idea of vegetarianism at around age 14 when my brother's fiancé at the time was one, though at that time I didn't give it too much consideration but it did start me thinking that such a different perspective on life was completely valid. It wasn't too much later that I learnt one of the main reasons people go vegetarian, that of the immense cruelty involved in meat production.

I learnt this initially from hardcore punk bands at the time such as Napalm Death, Conflict and others, whose song lyrics addressed the issue of meat being the flesh of sentient creatures packaged for our convenience. It seemed to make such perfect sense, and I was amazed actually that I had overlooked the fact that behind the various products of meat was the henious business that produced it: farm animals reared in confined situations, destined after being fattened up for a period of time to be cruelly slaughtered in abattoirs which resembled fearful factories of death such as Auschwitz, with blood stained walls and guts spilled out on the concrete floor.

Why hadn't I been witness to this scene before? Why had neither schooling nor television not shared this reality with me, in order to allow me to make an informed choice at a time when I was really forming my own opinions for the first time in life? I understood later exactly why this was the case, yet at the time I was amazed to have discovered something most people seem either blind of indifferent to, almost as if a veil of illusion had been lifted to reveal what was to me so inherently wrong for anyone considering themselves human.

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ISKCON Brisbane, AU: Learn Sanskrit

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Namahatta.org: Annual BBT Art Seminar 2010 - Vrindavan

Fourth Annual BBT Art Seminar now open for registration

The BBT will be holding its fourth annual art seminar in Vrindavana, India,
from November 5 25, 2010. Once again, the seminar will led by veteran ISKCON
artists Dhriti Dasi and Ramdas Abhirama Dasa, teaching both new and repeat
students practical techniques as well as the mood essential in producing
devotional art.

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Namahatta.org: How To Feed The World By Going Veggie

Global warming..... green-house gas emission..... jargons that we all are hearing very frequently.
what is the primary cause of global warming? is it industrial pollution? or, is it transportation?

The answer is No..........

Recently, Food and Agriculture organisation(FAO), an important wing of the United Nations, estimated that meat production accounts for 18% of green-house gas emissions, which all the more reiterates the importance of promoting vegetarianism.

Here is an interesting article on how, by becoming a veggie, one can help combat the climate change.

Read on...
http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2010/08/16/how-to-feed-the-world-by-going-veggie

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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: Practice makes a man perfect

Normally, practice, detachment or hard labor is not associated with spirituality or faith. It is associated with climbing the corporate ladder or winning a race. We expect spirituality to be more esoteric and other worldly at least that is what we want it to look like. There is a sub-conscious tendency to approach spirituality/faith in a metaphysical manner, meaning, we expect "signs" or "higher realizations". In this higher esoteric umbrella, we take shelter and feel a sense of belonging to the extent of pride. Therefore, the aspect of "practice" seems counter-intuitive to the spiritual domain. It brings it down to the mundane day-to-day practices. Most adherents of faith are in it for some esoteric fruit versus hard labor or practice for change. We want to change but without practice. Many people change faith or leave a spiritual path because they cannot channel a higher calling anymore.

From a spiritual Krishna Conscious perspective, Krishna says quite the opposite. He says by constant "practice" and "detachment", one climbs the spiritual ladder. He uses words such as "determination" and "single mindedness". All this indicate the required mental state of a spiritual practitioner. This requirement rarely reflects an esoteric phenomenon but rather reflects a laborious way of life. Krishna says people with such practice and detachment only can constantly praise my glories and ultimately become Mahatmas.

So the fruit is sweet indeed but it cannot be derived by "signs" from above but can only be achieved through hard labor characterized by practice, detachment, determination and single-mindedness. These qualities seem more to match one who wants to compete in the Olympics. Of course…Krishna Consciousness is much more than a gold medal in an international competition. It may not be a race or competition but it is about winning the heart of the Supreme Person and we need to show some determination and detachment and for that one seriously requires to cultivate the mood of a beaver – that is – practice. By constant practice and by standing up every time we fall without quitting or losing hope, always treading the path laid by great saints in front of us, slowly but surely we can attain the Supreme abode.

This destination cannot be achieved through mentally speculated "higher signs" or "gifts" or "one who thinks he is special in the eyes of God thus pretending to be one up from the commoners" but achieved only through constant practice, unflinching faith, resilience and hard labor of offering in a mood of humility and full surrender to the Supreme Person.

I would like to finish by copying this beautiful verse from Krishna

satataḿ kīrtayanto māḿ
yatantaś ca dṛḍha-vratāḥ
namasyantaś ca māḿ bhaktyā
nitya-yuktā upāsate

Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion. – BG9.14

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Mayapur Online: Sri Krishna Janmastami -Invitation

“ISKCON Mayapur is happy to invite everyone to participate in the colorful Sri Krishna Janmastami celebrations on 2nd september 2010.Festival commitee has started organizing the festival few months before - designing outfits for the deities and planning for the festivities.Janmastami celebrations in Mayapur is very popular in this region with thousands of visitors flocking the temple on this day to have darshan & prasada. This year, we are aiming at making the midnight abhisheka more grand.

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Australian News: Get the Latest ISKCON Sydney Newsletter (your copy is waiting)

Hare Krishna! Welcome to ISKCON Sydney’s e-newsletter. It’s always a great read and helps everyone keep up to date with everything that’s going on in and around Sydney. Festival season is upon us and this weeks newsletter is packed with everything you need to know.

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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: New York's Solar Thermal Plans


Click here to read the full article from RenewableEnergyWorld.com

By unveiling a solar heating and cooling programme that could create 25,000 new green jobs, generate US$2.6 billion in revenue and see 2 GW of new solar thermal capacity installed in the state over the next decade, New York has revealed its ambition to become America's national leader in solar heating and cooling.


Thermal storage is also an area that, if effectively solved, would allow for additional advancement of the industry

Setting out its solar thermal roadmap, which was published at the NYSEIA conference in May 2010, the Solar Thermal Consortium (STC) plan focuses on improving uptake of solar thermal technologies through consumer education and incentives, installer training, promotions to attract manufacturers, investments in R&D, and permitting improvements.

Developed by more than 130 industrial, academic and governmental representatives, the Solar Thermal Roadmap creates a path to move New York State toward the equivalent of 1 million solar hot water collectors, or half a million residential systems, by 2020.

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Japa Group: Japa Poem


Your average japa
is not intense but
pays attention to Nama Prabhu.
I feel there is no point
in pulling my sikha
or shouting histrionics
of my fallen state.
I do what I can
and accept it as my lot.
If I could chant much
better I would do so.
Rise up, spirit soul, I tell
myself, and patiently abide
with my status quo.
If He would bless me with
better chanting it would be nice.

From Bhajan Kutir #43
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Australian News: What's up on Planet Clemens!

Malaysia has over 10 ISKCON temples and carries out 32 Ratha Yatras per year: astounding!

I had an invitation to cook prasadam, teach yoga and give presentations on non-violent communication from a Krishna Conscious perspective.

The retreat was run by my friend Stephan whom I met in the Temple in Melbourne 3 years ago. A beautiful setting on a very non-touristic island in thailand’s far south: Koh Yao Noi.

About 20 people attended for the “meditation and movement” retreat, consisting of yoga, rock climbing and meditation. the atmosphere was one of mutual respect and a lot of appreciation, although my spiritual practice differs from Stephan’s (and certainly those of the participants. it was a good exchange. It gave me the opportunity to deepen my identity in Krishna Consciousness and time to deal with my material desires in my own space.

Read the rest on the blog and keep up with Clemens at: Sharing my life thoughts and travels.

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Namahatta.org: How To Feed The World By Going Veggie

I don't eat bacon cheeseburgers. About three years ago I gave up red meat and pork. I am American, and brother do I love bacon cheeseburgers. But I decided that as part of the imperfect project of trying to live a decent, moral life, I could no longer chow down on bacon cheeseburgers. I could not put my preference for the taste of a certain type of protein above the hunger of starving babies, or the imperative of tackling climate change.

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Gouranga TV: Devotional service is a privilege

Devotional service is a privilege

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Dandavats.com: Services Available at RVC in Kansas City

Danavir Goswami: Services Available at RVC in Kansas City. 1.Temple President 2.Desktop Publishing for books

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Kaunteya das, Mayapura: Five facts and lessons on team dynamics from the flying geese

FACT 1
As each bird flaps its wings it creates an uplift for the bird following. by
fyling in a "V" formation the whole flock provides 71% better range than
flying alone.

LESSON
The power of the collective. People who share a common direction and sense
of community can reach their destination quicker and easier, travelling on
the thrust of each other.

FACT 2
Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it immediately feels the drag and
quickly gets back in to the draft of the nearest goose.

LESSON
If we had as much sense as a goose,we would stay in formation with those who
are heading where we want to go.

FACT 3
Sometimes the leading goose gets tired and rotates back into formation for
another to take over.

LESSON
Take turns in leadership. Share leadership. Be interpendent on each other's
skills, knowledge, and qualities. Participative/consultative leadership.

FACT 4
geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up
thie speed.

LESSON
make sure your honking from behind is encouraging, not discouraging.
ENCOURAGE - coeur means heart in french.

FACT 5
whenever a goose gets sick, wounded or shot, two geese fall out of the
formation to go with one to protect, help it and stay it until it can fly
again, or until it dies. They then launch out to join another formation or
rejoin their original flock

LESSON
SUPPORT/ CARING /LOVE

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Dandavats.com: Sunset Concert at Prabhupada's Palace of Gold

NVcommunications: On Saturday, August 21, New Vrindaban Community will host Devananda Pandit, formerly Denis Moreau, live in concert at Prabhupada's Palace of Gold.

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Dandavats.com: New Vrindaban Revives Its Agricultural Roots

New Vrindaban Communications: "When New Vrindaban was founded, we used ox carts for transportation, just like people use in rural India. We grew our own food and had our own dairy herd

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Dandavats.com: Arcana, the Journal of the ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry, Vol Four, 2010

Antony Brennan: With beautiful pictures of deities, pujaris, paraphernalia, and Krishna's temples from all over the world the latest edition of Arcana, the Journal of the Deity Worship Ministry is now available

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Dandavats.com: Bhagavat Katha in ISKCON Vrindavan by Radha Govinda Goswami

Lakshman (das) Vrindavan (IN): A wonderful opportunity awaits you to visit the holiest land of Vrindavan Dham and drink the sweetest honey of Bhagavat Katha from one of the celebrated veteran speakers

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Dandavats.com: Simply, a Gita for everyone

Ranchor Prime: Srila Prabhupada gave us Bhagavad Gita As It Is, an advanced treatise on spiritual life that defines Krishna consciousness for us and succeeding generations. But he wanted his followers to pass on that same knowledge in a simple way accessible to friends and spiritual seekers

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Dandavats.com: Couples who pray together, stay together

Timesofindia: Couples who share religious practices tend to be happier than those who don't, according to a new study

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1965 august 18:
"Today I felt quite normal and the sea sickness completely removed. The ship remained silent whole day on account of hazy sky and only a few loads of goods were admitted."
Jaladuta Journal :: 1965

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 August 18: "At present I am in Tokyo and arranging to reprint our books 70,000 copies and KRSNA, Volume II, as well as Hindi magazine. Altogether there will be 100,000 literatures carried to India for distribution."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 August 18: "We are going to organize our Mayapur center and a number of subordinate branches throughout India. We are a party of five Sannyasis and one householder. If we actually work together we can factually do something substantial in India."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 August 18: "You are good for everything but your attitude to remain good for nothing is very nice. Even one has the highest qualities of the demigods, a Vaisnava is never puffed. You are always welcome to write me directly."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 August 18: "These drawings should be realistic. Not that you make Krishna a cartoon character and laughing stock. And no hippy ideas should be used either. Whatever technique is there, make it realistic. That will be nice."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 August 18: "At your recommendation I will send one tape of Gayatri mantra made by me. They should simply listen privately, through the right ear and repeat. Send threads to me and I will chant on them personally. Then hold fire yajna."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 August 18: "Only by pleasing the Spiritual Master can one be assured of pleasing Krishna. So on Vyasa Puja day my only request is, go on pushing on this movement with determination and sincerity, rigidly following the principles I have given you."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 August 18: "See especially that the Deity worship is going nicely. You organize this to the first class standard, then people will be automatically attracted. You know how to do these things, and they must take instruction from you."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 August 17: "My idea is to create an atmosphere of spiritual life where Brahmacaris, Sannyasis, and Vanaprasthas, will live there independently. Life should be simplified without being hampered by laboring day and night for economic development, without any spiritual understanding."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1969 August 17: "Why do you forget that you are always in association with me? When you are helping my missionary activities I am always thinking of you and you are always thinking of me. That is real association. Physical association is not so important as preceptorial association."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1969 August 17: "I am very glad to learn you have lectured nicely. Kirtana means whatever we hear from the Spiritual Master we repeat it again nicely. One who can reproduce the sound vibration heard from the Spiritual Master, he will be a good preacher."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 August 17: "I have got many inquiries and friendly invitations from many different parts of India, simply we want our place at Mayapur immediately, then everything will be in order. If we work sincerely keeping faith in Krsna and Spiritual Master there will be no difficulty at all in our preaching work."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 August 17: "All our men living in the temple are brahmanas. Otherwise, why they are offered sacred thread? We should live on the paltry income, whatever we receive, by selling our magazines."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 August 17: "I am very pleased that you have gone to that place simply on my order, alone, to preach the message of Lord Caitanya. The secret of success in spiritual life is to satisfy one's Spiritual Master. This is the essence. You have captured this. So now go on in this way and do not falter."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 August 17: "Your success of book distribution to the libraries has given me great pleasure. Please expand this program all over India. In one library carrying my books, hundreds of people will be able to read."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 August 17: "I would like to have a temple in every village in India. But we do not have enough devotees to manage. If you can make local devotees who have management ability, then you may accept as many plots of land as are offered."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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