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Money Sweeter Than Honey
By HH Bhakti Raghava Swami
Money is so dear that one conceives of money as being sweeter than honey. Therefore, who can give up the desire to accumulate money, especially in household life? Thieves, professional servants [soldiers] and merchants try to acquire money even by risking their very dear lives. [SB 7.6.10]
By Bhakti Raghava Swami
Money is so dear that one conceives of money as being sweeter than honey. Therefore, who can give up the desire to accumulate money, especially in household life? Thieves, professional servants [soldiers] and merchants try to acquire money even by risking their very dear lives
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The Ever Expanding Nectar Of Krsna Consciousness
By Bhakti-lata Dasi
When performing the same material activity, one will eventually get bored. Spiritual activities, however, have an ever fresh quality to them. “The holy name of Krishna expands the blissful ocean of transcendental life”; I have read this many times, heard it many times, and even experienced it over and over again. Still, there is some part of my mind that keeps being astounded at how exponentially fresh devotional service really is. Everyone experience this quality of bhakti and the inmates are no exception.
On a regular basis day, inmates come in contact with Krsna, either through IPM volunteers, or, more often, through other inmates who have become bhaktas and who direct them to IPM. The new inmates meet Krsna in the form of His name, His books, or His prasadam (many prisoners distribute the food they offer). By Lord Caitanya’s potency, most inmates who are given Krsna consciousness develop an irresistible urge to give it to someone else. And it is not long before that new recipient gets the “virus” to pass it on.
Living in very difficult conditions, inmates have first-hand realization that this material world is a place of misery. They don’t need much convincing; when they read Srila Prabhupada’s books, they just know his words are true. In their heart of hearts, they know that there is more to life than this endless suffering. “The holy name of Lord Kåñëa cleanses the mirror of the heart and extinguishes the blazing fire of material existence.” Prabhupada gives them the hope they had been seeking. So when they find this hope, and start experiencing a very real relief from pain, a very real higher taste, they are very excited and anxious to relieve the pain of others around them.
People sometimes ask if inmates really stick to Krsna consciousness. A surprising number of them do. Many keep to the path of bhakti, even after being released. You can read on our website, about three ex-inmates who are now fully engaged in service, two now initiated and one aspiring for initiation (http://iskconprisonministry.us/taxonomy/term/12 : newsletters for May, July, and August 2010).
Service opportunity: this month, September 2010, IPM’s funds are short due to yearly (website host fee) and unexpected (laser printer ink cartridge) expenses. To cover these costs and to also be able to mail a huge box of packages that is just sitting in the office, we need $300. Can you help us reaching out to inmates? We really are in urgent need your support, and any amount toward our goal helps!
Below are quotes from those inmates who share Krsna with others.
“I took the Nectar of Devotion to school today and I got to break the ice so to speak with a classmate. Who knows, lets pray about it. At any rate, I have read only a few of Srila Prabhupada’s books and currently am in a cell with someone who shares his Gita with me. I also try to do the studies or lessons in every issue of BTG.”
“I have been engaging in giving the holy name to several inmates that they too may come to relish their eternal love for Krsna. One particular fellow almost began to cry upon hearing me chanting the holy name. I was surprised that he manifested such an experience…I am always desiring to spread the message of Lord Caitanya. By the mercy of other kind devotees as yourself who are willing to help us fallen prisoners come to know what actual freedom really is, freedom to surrender to the lotus feet of Sri Krsna.”
“Lately, I have been preaching, to many inmates, instructing them, in the chanting of the holy name. They’ve such nice interest so I often give lectures, to them on the teaching of Srila Prabhupada, I learned from reading, his many books. I give everything as pure as I received it, reading his books, and following, the instructions of his devotees.
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By Bhakti-lata Dasi
On a regular basis day, inmates come in contact with Krsna, either through IPM volunteers, or, more often, through other inmates who have become bhaktas and who direct them to IPM
By Madhavendu das
Janmastami Photo link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/53737015@N08/
Today is most auspicious day. Last night Nanda Baba and Yasoda had a very beautiful son. Everyone in Braja was overwhelmed with joy. Therefore the King of Vraja, Maharaja Nanda very gorgeously performed the birth ceremony for his newborn child. He donated hundreds of thousands of cows, jewels, ornaments etc.
When Nanda Baba was celebrating the birth of his son, Srila Prabhupada appeared in this world. This was not an ordinary thing. Exalted devotees come on these special days. Srila Prabhupada grew up as a pure devotee of the Lord and distributed Krishna Consciousness everywhere. Srila Prabhupada made a perfect appearance, led a perfect life and had a perfect departure. Srila Prabhupada lives forever through his books. This legacy will always provide the devotees with Lord Caitanya katha and teach everyone to chant the Maha mantra. ‘gaura-vani-pracarine.’ Srila Prabhupada himself gave this verse to his disciples, so it is very significant. He came to give the same message that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu implanted from His own heart into the heart of Srila Rupa Gosvamipada; the same message taught by Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami and all of our Guru-varga. Srila Prabhupada came in this world to give this.
While he was in Sri Radha-Damodara, Srila Rupa Gosvamipada appeared to Srila Prabhupada in a dream and told him, “Now is the time for you to go.” Historically, it was a very perfect time, a great opportunity. It was 1965; 1966 was about to come - a very big revolution was going on in the consciousness, hearts and minds of all the young people of the world. Many of the educated young people were leaving their homes and trying to find spiritual life. So at that time, Srila Rupa Gosvamipada directly ordered Srila Swami Maharaja, “Now is the time to go.
Srila Prabhupada:I began to chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, and you know, worms never leave stool. If they fall out by accident, they will quickly crawl back. But I began to chant the maha-mantra, and so many people, addicted to drugs, addicted to sex, all types of intoxication and meat-eating, began to emerge. These worms - first one, then two, then five, then twenty, and now hundreds and hundreds of worms are crawling out of the stool and putting on tilaka and kanti mala.
On Nandotsava, on behalf of Krsna, Nanda Maharaja exhausted his entire treasury. He gave everything. Similarly, on this day Nandotsava, Krsna wanted to give to the world His best donation; He wanted to give everything. What was that?
anarpita-carim cirat karunayavatirnah kalau
So on this day Krsna gave His best donation. He gave A.C Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, to distribute service to the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika to the whole world.
Here in ISKCON KANPUR three days (1st 2nd and 3rd Sept. 2010) Janmastami festival is celebrated very gorgeously. A huge Pandal was fully crowded and various Krishna Lila, bhajan, Kirtan performed by different performers.
Today Nandotsava day (in the morning session) Srila Prabhupada’s glorification started from 10:00am, HG Lilapurusottam Prabhu from IIT Kanpur was the MC for the program, many guest, congregations and senior devotees glorified Srila Prabhupada then Abhisek, Aratik Gurupuja and Puspanjali for Srila Prabhupada. Temple hall was fully packed up. IIT student Bipul Prabhu led the ecstatic Kirtan everyone was chanting and dancing and was overwhelmed with jay and happiness.
In the eve Bhajan Kirtan, various Krishna Lila performed like peacock dance, Dasavatar, Holi, Nandoke Ananda bhaiya Jay Kannaiya lalki etc.
HG Devakinandan Prabhu delivered enlightening discourses Krsna-Tattva, glorifying Srila Prabhupada and also he appreciated the devotees who worked hard for the grant success of Janmastami Festivals then he distributed Gifts to performers, VIP’s, IYF Students and others.
Finally S.K Paliwal (Chairman of ISKCON, Sri Sri Radha-Madhav Committee) addresses the audience.
By the mercy of Nanda Baba and Yasoda Maiya, and Srila Prabhupada at least the semblance of agreed to actually participate in that very festival in the not too distant future was awakened in the hearts of those who had tried their level best to make the festival a success for the pleasure of Krsna.
Jay Srila Prabhupada!
By Madhavendu das
When Nanda Baba was celebrating the birth of his son, Srila Prabhupada appeared in this world. This was not an ordinary thing. Exalted devotees come on these special days.
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