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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Monday 1 November 2010--When the Road Becomes Home--and--With No Ambition Will Anyone Work?
Thought for the Day--Monday 1 November 2010 ======================================================
Dedicated with love to ISKCON Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and to you, our treasured readers. Our purpose is to help everyone awaken...
Yesterday we were invited to participate in the celebration of Lord Rama's return to Ayodhya, after 14 years of exile in the forest.
It simultaneously commemorated the coronation ceremony of King Ramacandra, one of the most popular incarnations of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
That most colourful celebration was held at the Brahma Visnu Siva Temple in Carrum Downs.
Here's a slideshow.
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"Krishna is attracted to a humble heart, not a heart filled with pride. To suspend thoughts of our daily dramas while chanting is a challenge, but it's required. The more we can simplify our lives and center our activities on Krishna, the easier it is to put aside plan-making and worry while chanting. Krishna will reveal Himself more and more, and we will see how He is our maintainer and protector."
"...if we want to become good at something, then we must find people who are already good at it."
"I've found that focused, attentive chanting benefits all my other activities. I can be more present and attuned to my environment and feel Krishna’s presence more acutely than before."
By Arcana Siddhi devi dasi
Here's a little slideshow of how exquisitely the Deities have been dressed by Their talented servants this morning.
Yoga student: "What about sex desire? I want the spiritual, but I have such a strong desire for sex." Prabhupada: "Hatha-yoga is also for controlling sex desire. If you have such desire, you are making no progress." Yoga student: "How does a devotee of Krsna control sex desire?" Prabhupada: "Automatically. Krsna is so beautiful. We are accustomed to this habit for a very long time. Become sincere, and Krsna will protect you." Yoga student: "Sometimes I have a sex urge..." Prabhupada: "What? You? Everybody! In birds, beasts, demigods--the binding force is sex. The material life means sex desire. Free from sex desire means advancing in spiritual desire. If you have a strong sex desire, pray to Krsna. Know that this is the attack of maya. Pray, and maya will go away. You cannot fight with maya with your own energy. Maya is presenting herself more beautiful than Krsna. But Krsna is more beautiful."
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SPL 7-3: A Visit to Boston, 1968
Hare Krsna dear devotees. The Lord is always eager to receive our service and bless us, sometimes we can't see His blessings, but He is always protecting us in any situation - especially His dear devotees....the ones that chant the His holy names and follow spiritual by the guidance of a genuine spiritual master. Here is a good example that we can see the Lord.
Srila Prabhupada Quest for Enlightenment
How can we prepare ourselves to, our hearts to see the Lord, one of the processes is by chanting and hearing the holy names, you chant and hear and little by little your heart you be prepared to see Krsna.
May this week be blessed.
Andrea Gupta from Bethnal Green UK writes: 'Hello Kurma. I am a new but devoted fan of yours and read your blog everyday. Recently I have been having heated debates at work with a born-again vegan who says that as a vegetarian I am a dammned hypochrite for eating dairy foods.
Have you written anything about this subject so I can study up and be able to better present my case for thoughtful dairy consumption?'
My reply: Yes Andrea, I have a lot of information. Go here, read the blog and click on the subsequent links that you find on that page. That should keep you busy!
Transcribing and editing : Atul Krishna Dasa, Ashim Krishna Dasa, Nimesh, Ranga Radhika Dasi and Ramananda Raya Dasa THE FOLLOWING IS A CLASS GIVEN BY HIS HOLINESS BHAKTI CHARU SWAMI ON WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH 2010, AT ISKCON UJJAIN What is today topic? Who remembers? How many we have covered so far? Out of six we [...]
3:49 A.M.Namamrta by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
‘One should not concoct chants and mantras’
“Taking advantage of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, there are many unscrupulous devotees who manufacture a maha-mantra of their own. Sometimes they sing bhaja nitai gaura radhe syama hare krsna hare rama or sri krsna caitanya prabhu nityananda hare krsna hare rama sri radhe govinda. Actually, however, one should chant the names of the full Panca Tattva (sri krsna caitanya prabhu nityananda sri advaita gadadhara srivasadi gaura bhakta vrnda) and then the sixteen words Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, but these unscrupulous, less intelligent men confuse the entire process. Of course, since they are also devotees they can express their feelings in that way, but the method prescribed by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s pure devotees is to chant first the full Panca-Tattva mantra and then chant the maha-mantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
The concocted mantras may be good poetry but they cannot help us to go forward in devotional service. In such chants there are also many discrepancies. Strictly speaking, when chanting the names of the Panca-Tattva one should fully offer his obeisances: sri krsna caitanya prabhu nityananda sri advaita gadadhara srivasadi gaura bhakta vrnda. By such chanting one is blessed with the competency to chant the Hare Krishna mantra without offense. When chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, one should also chant it fully. One should not foolishly adopt any of the slogans concocted by imaginative devotees. If one actually wants to derive the effects of chanting, one must strictly follow the great acaryas. This is confirmed in the Mahabharata: mahajano yena gatha sa pantah:” The real path of progress is that which is traversed by great acaryas and authorities.
I woke up at 10:30 last night with a headache and took medicine and went back to sleep. I woke again at 12:30 with another headache. This time I got up from bed, took medicine and began chanting. The headache was quickly subdued, and I went on with my japa. The first round seemed very slow. But gradually I picked up on my pace. Slow and steady wins the race. By a little after 3:30, I had finished my sixteen rounds. I emphasized accumulation of numerical strength. I paid attention to the syllables and felt it was a decent exercise. It is a great accomplishment, in one sense, to chant the full quota early in the morning, and it gives one solace that one is prosecuting his sadhana sincerely.
One should not concoct
mantras but chant the
authorized japa given to
us by Prabhupada, Bhaktisiddhanta,
Bhaktivinoda and Lord Caitanya
and His pure devotees. This means
the full Panca-Tattva mantra and
the thirty-two syllables of Hare Krishna mantra.
I began chanting too slowly
for a start but gradually
awakened to the regular pace
and paid attention to the sounds.
Nothing is as satisfying as the
execution of duty in
an attentive mental state,
chanting in the footsteps
of the mahajanas.
“I remember one time in Boston,
Hamsaduta said to Prabhupada,
‘Whatever I have is yours.’
And Srila Prabhupada replied, “That I know.”
They were referring to bead bags
but it also refers to the life
a disciple gives to his guru
and the guru expects it.
The guru is surrendered to the Lord
and to his own guru.
We are expected to do nothing less.
Prabhupada was saying, in effect,
‘What’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine,
that I know.
But what else shall you do for Krishna?’
Always asking more,
so that we can be delighted as he is
in pleasing Krishna’s senses.
How to do it?
“He says we should work
for the benefit of others.
Whatever you have received from him
you should try to give it to others.
That is what Prabhupada is about—love for Krishna
and compassion for all souls.
Give them Krishna consciousness.
At least try to think of ways to do it
and give it to some,
at least some.
“Police crimes, war crimes, rebels’ crimes–
Prabhupada sees through them all.
Everyone is in ignorance.
“These things will go their own way.’
Maya is punishing them,
you can’t interfere.
But you can work to save them.
It’s like the whole population is crushed
under houses in an earthquake
or buried half-alive in a collapsed coal mine.
He sees this all the time, whereas others see
boys and girls enjoying in a town square,
or a businessman eating a steak on the airplane.
death camps in the suburbs and skyscrapers,
ignorance in all books.
No wonder he looks grave,
and his mouth corners turn down.
But he is happy and generous.
He drives his aging body to travel
to spread Krishna consciousness, although it’s not easy.
He did the most significant act of anyone
in the 20th century and
the world has yet to recognize it.
I will be reading poems on
the video today about the
first little wave of devotees
who accompanied Prabhupada
to India when he had no temples
there but traveled from city to
city, staying at life members’
big houses, holding occasional
big preaching programs in pandals
and being himself.
Most of your disciples were
in America where you established
your first temples and they were
manning their posts, hearing through
letters and seeing in photos
what you were doing in India.
We couldn’t go with you because
we had our duties or
we lacked the gumption
for the wild adventures of
India, but we were
enthusiastic to know you were
there opening an exciting new
frontier and we would
probably go there someday
in the future.
We heard you were more relaxed
and intimate with your
disciples in India, and we
envied that but liked to
hear about it because
we liked to hear anything about
We held our harinama
sankirtanas in the streets
of New York and Los Angeles
and in Boston, we had ISKCON
Press which you were very
fond of. We were happy
to serve you in separation.
These were early, auspicious
years of ISKCON.
Seeing now in 2010 what
you have accomplished in India,
we can only imagine how you schemed and
dreamed and prayed to Krishna to
help you establish it.
And Russia! And Eastern
Europe, and England….
And every town and village
as predicted by Mahaprabhu.
Yes there have developed schisms,
rivaling movements and ISKCON
has lost some of its youthful
enthusiasm to institutionalism.
So much was lost when you
had to depart.
But we still have your books
and instructions and your statement
that our love for you would be
shown by how we cooperated
together to keep your mission
intact. You asked us
to adopt the saying, “England,
with all your faults, I
love thee” and apply it
to ISKCON. And we are
I turned at random to Canto 3, chapter 25, verse 25: “He approached the Personality of Godhead, who bestows all boons and who dispels the agony of His devotees and of those who take shelter of His lotus feet. He manifests His innumerable transcendental forms for the satisfaction of His devotees.”
The Personality of Godhead manifests His multi-forms according to the desires of the devotees. The mayavadi philosophers think that while the Lord may manifest forms, He is actually impersonal. From the Brahma-samhita (and Srimad-Bhagavatam) we can understand that this is not so and that the Lord has many eternal forms. He does not appear because of the devotees’ imagination. Just as the waves appear in the sea cannot be counted, the innumerable forms of the Lord cannot be counted. A devotee is attached to a particular form, and that is the form he worships. Somewhere the boar form is existing, and the devotee worships Him. Hanuman and devotees in the Ramayana prefer to worship the form of Ramacandra. The Gaudiya Vaisnava devotees worship the forms of Radha and Krishna and Krishna and Rukmini at Dvaraka. The Lord is always pleased to favor the devotee in the particular form in which the devotee wants to worship Him.
In this verse Lord Brahma approached Lord Hari in His form as Ksirodakasayi Visnu. Whenever there is trouble in the universe Brahma approaches Ksirodakasayi Visnu, and the Lord gives him relief in so many ways.
When the Vrajavasis stopped the sacrifice for Lord Indra, he became infuriated. He decided to destroy the people, cows and land of Vrndavana. He knew they had stopped the yajna under the influence of Krishna, and he spoke insulting words against Him. He called Him a tiny friend who is childish and talkative. He said Krishna doesn’t know the higher meaning of things, and for listening to such a foolish person the people of Vrndavana should be punished. Indra called for his samvartaka cloud which is used at the time of annihilation. He ordered it to go and flood the land of Vrndavana. The cloud hesitated at first, but Indra assured it that he would personally follow on his elephant and would bring more dangerous clouds. The rains began to inundate Vrndavana and soon it was flooded and there was no dry land to stand on. All the residents became very afraid, and they ran to Krishna for protection. “Please save us!” they cried. Krishna, who had come into the world just to please the residents of Vrndavana, took swift action. He decided to humble king Indra who was acting like a demon, assuming there was no power superior to his. Krishna quickly picked up the Govardhana Hill on the pinky of His left hand and held it aloft like a giant umbrella. He told all the people of Vrndavana to bring their cows and calves with them and take shelter under the umbrella that He had created out of the Govardhana Hill. The people ran under the mountain, and they were safe and dry. Indra tried flooding the land for seven days, but when he saw the people were safe, he became afraid and called off his clouds. He fled from the scene and the waters retreated to their normal levels. Soon the people were able to come out. Krishna slowly replaced the giant mountain in its place, and the people all cheered and worshiped Him.
I’ve been writing exclusively summaries of scriptural readings, and nothing else. No loose introspective or improvised free writing. No Writing Sessions. But I want more of that. We have two pumpkins carved by Saci-suta to put in the front hall. We’ll light them with candles inside, and they’re for directing children to come to our door and ask “trick or treat” but I don’t want any tricks, vandalism, hooliganism. We don’t expect it in this neighborhood. We have lots of small candy, all offered to Gaura-Nitai, but I don’t know if it will be enough. I get tired of watching football games. Sit and wait for a headache. You can’t do much. Wait for five o’clock and your outdoor walk. I’ll go with Guru dasa and try to make some conversation, but not too much. I like the silence and being able to savor the autumn weather. A TV commercial tells you to “Break your rake!”, don’t rake leaves but mulch them into the ground with a lawn machine and then sow a kind of winter seed which makes your lawn come up better in the spring. Sounds strange. He will soon come up and ask me if I want to go on the walk. Or I’ll go down before he comes up. The day is quiet, and I don’t pass it with much activity. I wrote a brief account of the Govardhana Puja pastime. I’m expected to recite it on November 7th before a group of guests. I know the story well enough. Do you want to include Indra’s submissive prayers of repentance, or is that too much? He bathes Krishna in an abhiseka with the surabhi cow. I don’t think it’s necessary to tell the prayers of Lord Indra. Just tell the “Wonderful Krishna” chapter if you want, where the cowherdsmen ask as to the identity of this wonderful boy who does amazing heroic things, killing demons starting at three months old, and whom they are all inexplicably and totally attached to. Who is He? Is He a demigod or the Supreme Personality of Godhead?
Nanda Maharaja answers by saying what Gargamuni said when he read Krishna’s horoscope. He said He would do wonderful things, and anyone who took shelter of Him would be protected. He is as good as Narayana. So that is the answer as to who wonderful Krishna is.
Today kicked off the first of four days of meetings in Mumbai. The GBC plus deputies, ministers and visitors are having their Strategic Planning meeting to develop efficient managerial and spiritual principles which are clearly recorded for future generations of ISKCON preachers to carry forward the work that Srila Prabhupada set in place. As Srila Prabhupada told us, “I have given the basics, now you have to fill in the details.” After the Strategic Planning sessions there will be two days of GBC meetings.
Here’s a few shots of the 90+ participants:
Srila Prabhupada presides over the meeting
An outdoor pandal is being used for prasadam
A whole army of volunteers are taking care of all the delegates needs
The venue is a large hall on the ground floor of the ‘Heaven on Earth‘ building
lots of delegates means lots of tables and chairs
Pancaratna prabhu, Yadunandana Maharaja
Bhakti Marg Swami, Badrinarayan (standing), Anuttama, Bhakti Vijana Swami
Ravindra Svarupa, Malati, Bhakti Marg Swami
Pragosha, Sivarama Swami
Hrdaya Caitanya, Madhusevita (chairman), Bhakti Caitanya Swami
Yadubara, Bhativinoda Swami
Devakinandana, Bir Krsna Goswami, Sesa
Gopal Krsna Goswami, Niranjan Swami
Rasaraja, Jagajivan, Rambhadra
Bhakti Caitanya Swami taking a potshot
Praghosh, Niranjan Swami
our fearless leader Gopala Bhatta prabhu
facilitator extrodinaire Braja Bihari
Bhaktivinoda Swami, ?, Sri Vallabha
?, Prasanta dd, Vakresvari dd, Sraddha dd
Urmila dd, Ananda Vrndavanesvari dd, Acintya Rupa dd
Jayapataka Swami was a keen participant, even while doing his physiotherapy
After the plenary meeting we broke into different groups. I was assigned to the “Prabhupada’s Position” group. To quote the briefing our group has: “ISKCON is unified by the paramount position His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada holds as our Founder-Acarya. As we wish to succeed as a Society, all ISKCON members must continue to deepen their understanding of and fidelity to their relationship with Srila Prabhupada and his mission, vision, instructions, and the overall guiding principles on which he founded ISKCON.”
We met appropriately in Srila Prabhupada’s rooms on the 5th floor of the ‘Prabhupada’ guest house tower.
Bhakti Charu Swami, Madhusevita prabhu, Ravindra Svarupa prabhu, Hari Sauri dasa, Gopal Krsna Goswami, Narayana Kavaca prabhu, Sraddhadevi dasi.
Other committees that are meeting are Constitution, Succession, Outreach, Devotee Care, Parallel Lines (relationship of management and guruship in ISKCON), Team Building, Organization, Funding, and Communications. As well as these committees, other groups are meeting to discuss Education, Temple Devotees, Conflict, Membership, and Affiliates.
All-in-all its an attempt to create a clearly defined structure which will hopefully carry a united, globally expanding ISKCON into the future, with smooth transitions from generation to generation, keeping Srila Prabhupada and his teachings firmly in the center.
By Her Grace Rasada Dasi *Scriptures are full of glories of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna.* *One of the features of His glories is His six opulence’s, namely His Fame.* *Krsna is without any doubt the most famous Personality. His fame is glorified in Ujjain when we witness everyday as streams of people flow [...]
On this auspicious day of the appearance of Radha Kund, please imerse yourself in the Glory of Radha Shyam!
There are many places of pilgrimage for Krishna devotees, especially in India. Devotees visit them to become inspired in their spiritual lives. Devotees of Krishna observe the appearance of Radha Kunda, also known as Bahulashtami. This Sunday the Hare Krishna Centre will be celebrating this auspicious occasion beginning at 5:30pm.
Radha Kunda is a reservoir of water located in Vrindavan, India, where Krishna and Srimati Radharani had Their pastimes. It is mentioned in Sri Isopanishad and other Vedic texts as one of the most sacred places in the universe. Be sure to come out and be transported to this amazing place!
1974 October 31: "The registration cannot be applied for unless my express sanction is there. No papers should be filed without my permission. Any papers you may draw up must be submitted to me first before filing."Prabhupada Letters :: 1974
1974 October 31: "My books are the foundation stone of our movement. This should be our only motto. Whatever we are is resting on these books, so far reading them and distributing them."Prabhupada Letters :: 1974
1974 October 31: "Show yourself as an ideal Vaisnava, then you are my representative in full. We are not after titles and designations. We must teach by personal example. Do this and the future of our movement will be glorious."Prabhupada Letters :: 1974
There are no recorded letters for this date.
1966 October 29: "Our path is genuine, sublime and easy. So there must be a world wide organization for pushing this movement in the human society. This is only medium to save the people from ruination."Prabhupada Letters :: 1966
1966 October 29: "There is good prospect for this Society being a World organization and you must try to have a centre at Montreal as soon as possible. I am sending you the newly published literatures. As my representative you can arrange things as you think best."Prabhupada Letters :: 1966
1967 October 29: "I am a bonafide teacher as long as I follow the instructions of my Spiritual Master. That is the only one qualification for becoming a teacher. As soon as one deviates from this principle one is no longer a teacher."Prabhupada Letters :: 1967
1967 October 29: "Everyone of my disciples may become a teacher strictly following my instructions. I do not know how he is speaking but if there is any deviation you can point it out & adjust things between yourselves."Prabhupada Letters :: 1967
1967 October 29: "There is no necessity of thinking wife as impediment to Krishna Consciousness. We are concerned more for Krishna Consciousness. While I am living you should act according to my instructions & there is no question of impediment."Prabhupada Letters :: 1967
1968 October 29: "I received your letter in Montreal and today I have come to Santa Fe. From here I am going to Hollywood. You will be glad to know that I have been admitted as permanent resident as ordained Religious Minister."Prabhupada Letters :: 1968
1973 October 29: "Regarding your book, I have already given you the points, so you can inquire from me any intricate question and I shall try to reply. In my presence both of you can discuss threadbare all questions."Prabhupada Letters :: 1973
1973 October 29: "To your book may I add one concluding heading: 'Original Life is God.' Because the whole world is full of demons we have to fight with all these so-called leaders, scientists, and philosophers, just like Krsna came to kill all the demons."Prabhupada Letters :: 1973
1967 October 28: "Narayana understood Dhruva's sincerity & sent Narada to initiate him. This Krishna Consciousness is a parallel process of worshiping the Supreme Lord & the Spiritual master simultaneously."Prabhupada Letters :: 1967
Bhargava Kulkarni: Dasha-Hara and Deepavali should be celebrated this way: On the day of Vijaya Dashami, Ravana(Vigraha) should be burnt to ashes by the hands of Kshree Raamachandra (Vigraha) at the same place where the Raamayana war took place in Ceylon..
1967 October 28: "Thank you very much for your letter. I am so happy that a boy of 17 years can feel so nicely about Krishna Consciousness. I am so happy that this movement is attracting young innocent hearts of America. I think the future is very hopeful."Prabhupada Letters :: 1967
1969 October 28: "It is very, very encouraging that you propose to go to Australia. If you can start a center there now, it will be certainly all glorious. By the order of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu we shall not leave any place within this world without Krishna Consciousness."Prabhupada Letters :: 1969
1970 October 28: "Maya is insurmountable but one who surrenders to Krsna - Maya does not touch him. So all my books are as good as Krsna therefore taking shelter of my books means taking shelter of Krsna - there is no doubt about it."Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
1970 October 28: "I've sent the sannyasis letters requesting them to preach from different centers. Why they are together? Sannyas means they should travel extensively, create new centers and new devotees--that is sannyasa business."Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
1970 October 28: "In regards to Swami Tirtha, forget all these past incidences. Let us now work with new life and new vigor. They are all nice boys but maya has made them something else. In course of time, they'll all become nice again."Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
1970 October 28: "If the Hamilton House in Dalhousie Square is available for purchase, immediately all of you see it. I am very much anxious to have a center in Calcutta, so if it is suitable for our purposes, you work for it immediately."Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
1973 October 28: "If the men you bring to India come as tourists and then go away this kind of coming and going is a waste of money. I think you can get local men here. That is the preaching process."Prabhupada Letters :: 1973
1965 October 27: "The Bhagavata Cult is not here at all. The Rama Krishna Mission is busy in preaching a misrepresentation. The so called Yogis are after material gains. I am thinking of bringing a Sankirtana party from India but I do not know how to do it."Prabhupada Letters :: 1965
1965 October 27: "The clergymen were cautious. They didn't want the students converted to Hindu ideas. They did not know that devotional service of the Lord is the common religion for everyone including the aborigines and cannibals."Prabhupada Letters :: 1967
1967 October 27: "Regarding Kirtanananda's article, I do not know what he has written but I can guess that it must be polluted with impersonal poison, so for the time being you can keep this article aside."Prabhupada Letters :: 1967
1970 October 27: "You can speak of the Spiritual Master as Servant God whereas Krishna is Master God. You have been branded as Mayavadi because you are identifying the Spiritual Master as God. That is Mayavadi."Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
1970 October 27: "They said it was a mystic influence. Why that was wasn't cleared up until now? That mystic influence was widely spread. Before preaching you never consulted me whether it was right. This means you were inspired by some external influence."Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
1970 October 27: "For my disciples there is no punishment. Rather, there is reward. You have been awarded Sannyas. Directly write me and I will give you instructions on how to go on preaching."Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
1972 October 27: "Now we are staying in Radha-Damodara Temple and the programme of speaking morning and evening in the courtyard is going on very nicely. Vrindaban atmosphere is very peaceful. Everywhere, wherever Krishna is being glorified, that is Vrindaban."Prabhupada Letters :: 1972
1972 October 27: "In the spiritual sky Krsna has no need for living in the heart. They are seeing Krsna face to face always, so what is the use of being in heart? Outside, inside, they are the same, even their heart that is also sat-cid-ananda."Prabhupada Letters :: 1972
1967 October 26: "In spiritual life there is no allowance of association of man and woman without being married. In your country such association is without restriction; thus the result is known to you better than I am able to explain."Prabhupada Letters :: 1967
1967 October 26: "Yesterday we have all come to Navadvipa, a place of one of my Godbrothers. We shall observe his birthday ceremony tomorrow and the brahmacaris shall learn how to celebrate the Spiritual Master's birthday."Prabhupada Letters :: 1967
1968 October 26: "If your parents don't receive you as their beloved son you shall live with me. I don't wish to keep you in that blazing fire. At least I shall not make your life miserable even though I am not as rich as your parents."Prabhupada Letters :: 1968
1970 October 26: "I am very pleased with your sincere service attitude in pushing on our preaching work in these parts of the world and yes, Krsna will give you strength because the more you serve Him, the more intelligence He will give you."Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
By Yugal Kisora dasa
HH Purnacandra Maharaja is still in coma and it seems that there is not much that the doctors can do to get him out of it. He is on life support, but the doctors at this point are not talking about discontinuing with life support
By Mondakini Dasi
A question that frequently gets asked here at the TOVP is if Sri Sri Radha Madhava and Pancha Tattva are going to be moved into the new temple. Yes, They will be. We are also going to have another altar made for the disciplic succession
By Thakur Haridas das
As Vaisnava practitioners of bhakti yoga, we faithfully accept the teachings of Srila Prabhpuada, the great acharyas, and the Vedic literatures. At the same time, the many benefits of modern science and a scientific methodology are obvious
Get your dancing feet and your clapping hands ready then click on the video below, and roll baby roll.
Our confidential friends have not so much to do in shaping our lives as the thoughts have which we harbor.
- J. W. Teal
Currently working on Vaiyasaki Prabhu Nov - Dec 2010, and Gaura Vani and As Kindred Spirits Jan - Feb 2011.
Here are videos of some previous Kirtan Australia tours, courtesy of Vraja Dhama.
H.H. Sivarama Swami: B. Rasvan of Romania asks whether devotees living outside a temple can be initiated
And Varsana dd asks about how retired devotees who no longer can donate money can serve the temple/community.
I hear people saying "they should". "They" refers to various people: leaders, politicians, parents, children.
To me, it is a waste of time. Why should we think what others should do?
Better to think "I will".
What should I do to make a difference?
The great "kata" of Radha Kund is that one demon named Aristasura, in the body of a bull, was killed by Krishna. The gopis told Krishna that for killing a bull, He had to purify Himself by visiting every single holy place in the three worlds. "If you take bath at all the holy places, You will be relieved of the offense of killing him.”
Krishna then said, “Why should I visit all these places, I will just bring the water from all these places here and then bathe in them.” Krishna then struck His heel on the ground and all the waters of all the holy places entered into Syama Kund. Krishna then bathed in Syama Kund.
After bathing, he said that the gopis had become impure because they had sided with a demon, even though he had been in the form of a bull. The gopis led by Radharani then dug another pond nearby with their bangles. There was no water in the hole, so the gopis formed a line to Manasa Ganga and began to fill the hole they dug by passing water from one gopi to another. Then a representative of all the sacred places told Radharani, “Our lives would be successful if we could enter Your pond.” The holy waters from Syama Kund then flowed into Radha Kund with the permission of Radha. So Radha Kunda is the holy waters from all the sacred places.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada who gave us this spirtual treasure!
The past times of Radha & Krishna ki Jaya!
The appearance of Radha Kund ki Jaya!
1970 October 26: "There is no question of new or strange. This Hare Krsna Mantra is understood in any part of the world, therefore the beginning should be chanting in any place and then people will gather and a center will develop by the grace of Lord Krsna."Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
1970 October 26: "Lord Caitanya has warned. Don't mix with any Swami who has no knowledge of Krsna Consciousness. Their speaking is simply maya. Anyone who listens to their philosophy is doomed, all devotion dries up."Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
1970 October 26: "Preach steadily our Krishna Conscious philosophy in defiance of all atheistic propaganda so much current. The whole Hindu society is absorbed in this demigod business, so unless our preaching work is vigorous it will be very difficult to stop them."Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
1972 October 26: "I am very pleased how our children are making nice advancement. Children have to be to trained how to obey, otherwise they will be simply spoiled. But the art is how to apply authority and discipline so they will enjoy it and not reject it."Prabhupada Letters :: 1972
1970 October 25 : "I was thinking of going to Delhi and Vrndavana but my presence in Bombay will be more beneficial. Therefore we have all reserved our seats. On this basis you can make arrangements for meeting the respectful gentlemen and ladies mentioned by you."Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
1972 October 24: "We are trying to get the Palace of the Maharaja of Bharatapur, just on the Kesighat in Vrindaban, and our devotees are living there now. He has promised to donate, so we shall know very soon if he is sincere."Prabhupada Letters :: 1972
1972 October 24: "Our philosophy of political leadership is of the highest standard and morality. Now we shall begin to educate the politicians. Continue increasing this political activity, it is very pleasing to me."Prabhupada Letters :: 1972
1972 October 24: "You boys cannot deal in these matters because you are too timid. He is bluffing. He says big words and makes threat and foolishly you believe him and do like he says. That I shall not do."Prabhupada Letters :: 1972
1972 October 24: "Do not think think weak and timid, he is bluffing. He has delayed the conveyance on tricks, and has threatened to drive us away by violence, what is this? You could not find out a good lawyer even?"Prabhupada Letters :: 1972
1974 October 24: "My Guru Maharaj was printing one paper, it was selling for a few paise only. Whenever one brahmacari would go to Navadvipa and sell even a few copies, I would see my Guru Maharaj would become very, very pleased."Prabhupada Letters :: 1974
1974 October 24: "At Radha Kunda he told me since constructing the big temple at Bhag Bazar, our men are envious over who will live in which room. It would be better to sell the marble and print books. He told me this personally."Prabhupada Letters :: 1974
1975 October 24: "From Bhagavatam we understand the moon is 1,600,000 miles above the sun. If we say they have never gone to the moon planet, is it exaggeration? You are a scientist, I hope you will reply."Prabhupada Letters :: 1975
1975 October 24: "Why not put artificial egg made by scientists in an incubator and get more and more chickens? If they cannot produce chicken or even an egg of chicken, how can we believe their very big, big talks."Prabhupada Letters :: 1975
1966 October 23:
"Gargamuni and Ranchhordas are given Harinama today. Back to Godhead published again Today."Prabhupada Letters :: 1966
One thing I’ve wondered is why those in the nursing, care and medical professions hardly ever ask the big question “What’s the meaning of life?” Each and every day we work with not only diseases and trauma but also emotional breakdowns, family conflicts and breaking the news of a dear ones recent departure. Although with [...]
class given on Saturday 30-10-2010.
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.26.13 - A bullock and jackass civilization.
By Lakshman das
This year Vraja Prakrama started on 23rd of Oct 2010. All together 900 devotees are doing Parikrama. Nearly 400 hundred devotees from Mayapur Namhatta and Sankirtan, 100 devotees from Bangladesh, 150 devotees from different countries outside India, 250 devotees from different Part of India. Out of Nine hundreds devotees 400 is Brhmacaris
Gadi das: My obeisances and respects to all the Vaisnava devotees of Lord Krsna..Please consider me too fallen and unworthy to utter a word, yet somehow, after great procrastination, I must submit these thoughts for your consideration
Soutik Biswas: "Apparently it is more important to save the Greeks and liberated countries than the Indians and there is reluctance either to provide shipping or to reduce stocks in this country," writes Sir Wavell in his account of the meetings
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.26.14 - Glories of Sri Radha Kunda.
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