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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Thursday 2 September 2010--Srila Prabhupada's Vyas Puja--and--What is the Best Way to Please God?
Song to Srila Prabhupada Srila Prabhupada, you saved me From hopelessness and disgrace. Blessed me with divine vision Of what lies beyond this place. So adeptly you uprooted my confusion By distinguishing reality from illusion. So now there's nothing for this feeble soul to do But to give my eternal existence to you. ================================================================== Thought...
Sweetest Description of Janmastami-lila from Ananda Vrindavan Champu by Srila Kavi Karnapura Translated by Bhanu Swami & Subhaga Swami Published by Mahanidhi Swami Now we will discuss the truth about the transcendental birthplace of Bhagavan and the appearance of Lord Sri Krishna. Once upon a time, Bhumi, the predominating deity of the earth, felt overburdened [...]
Sri Krsna Janmastami
On this auspicious day of Sri Krishna Janmastami, the sacred Birthday of Lord Sri Krishna, allow mw to leave you with a couple of nice quotes.
"Temporal blessings pass like a dream, beauty fades like a flower, the longest life disappears like a flash. Our existence may be likened to the bubble that forms on the surface of water." - Niti Shastras (Moral Stanzas)
"This life is tottering like a drop of water on a lotus petal. - Govinda Dasa Kaviraja", from 'Bhajahu Re Mana'
"For this reason the enlightened person should endeavor only for the minimum necessities of life while in the world of names. He should be intelligently fixed and never endeavor for unwanted things, being competent to perceive practically that all such endeavors are merely hard labour for nothing." - Srimad Bhagavatam, 2.2.3., A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
by Tom Rooney, SPG Solar
Conservatives, let’s talk about energy. And why so many conservatives are so wrong — so liberal, even — on wind and solar energy.
Let’s start with a recent editorial from the home of “free markets and free people,” the Wall Street Journal. Photovoltaic solar energy, quoth the mavens, is a “speculative and immature technology that costs far more than ordinary power.”
So few words, so many misconceptions. It pains me to say that because, like many business leaders, I grew up on the Wall Street Journal and still depend on it.
But I cannot figure out why people who call themselves “conservatives” would say solar or wind power is “speculative.” Conservatives know that word is usually reserved to criticize free-market activity that is not approved by well, you know who.
Today, around the world, more than a million people work in the wind and solar business. Many more receive their power from solar. Solar is not a cause, it is a business with real benefits for its customers.
Just ask anyone who installed their solar systems five years ago. Today, many of their systems are paid off and they are getting free energy. Better still, ask the owners of one of the oldest and most respected companies in America who recently announced plans to build one of the largest solar facilities in the country. That would be Dow Jones, owners of the Wall Street Journal.
Now we come to “immature.” Again, the meaning is fuzzy. But in Germany, a country 1/3 our size in area and population, they have more solar than the United States. This year, Germans will build enough solar to equal the output of three nuclear power plants. What they call immaturity our clients call profit-making leadership.
But let’s get to the real boogie man: The one that “costs far more than ordinary power.”
I’ve been working in energy infrastructure for 25 years and I have no idea what the WSJ means by the words “ordinary power.” But, after spending some time with Milton Friedman whom I met on many occasions while studying for an MBA at the University of Chicago, I did learn about costs.
And here is what every freshman at the University of Chicago knows: There is a difference between cost and price.
Solar relies on price supports from the government. Fair enough — though its price is falling even faster than fossil fuels are rising.
But if Friedman were going to compare the costs of competing forms of energy, he also would have wanted to know the cost of “ordinary energy.” Figured on the same basis. This is something the self-proclaimed conservative opponents of solar refuse to do.
But huge companies including Wall Mart, IBM, Target and Los Gatos Tomatoes figured it out. And last year so did the National Academy of Sciences. It produced a report on the Hidden Costs of Energy that documented how coal was making people sick to the tune of $63 billion a year.
And that oil and natural gas had so many tax breaks and subsidies that were so interwoven for so long, it was hard to say exactly how many tens of billions these energy producers received courtesy of the U.S. Taxpayer.
Just a few weeks ago, the International Energy Agency said worldwide, fossil fuels receive $550 billion in subsidies a year — 12 times what alternatives such as wind and solar get.
Neither report factored in Global Warming or the cost of sending our best and bravest into harm’s way to protect our energy supply lines.
Whatever that costs, you know it starts with a T. All this without hockey stick graphs, purloined emails or junk science.
When you compare the real costs of solar with the fully loaded real costs of coal and oil and natural gas and nuclear power, apples to apples, solar is cheaper.
That’s not conservative. Or liberal. That comes from an ideology older and more reliable than both of those put together: Arithmetic.
Filed under: Cows and Environment
The following is a transcription of a 1966 "Krishna Meditations" recording of the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada discussing the benefits of chanting Hare Krishna:
Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Janmastami/Vyasa Puja meditation: Srila Prabhupada Gives Krsna
Prabhupada said in one lecture, "The atheists claim that God is dead, but the pure devotee can hand you God"—and as he said it, he held his own hand forward and opened it.
>From Prabhupada Meditations by SDG
> in the Gita the Lord instructs us to always > remember Him in His two handed personal form (8.9, 12.2) and that it is > superior to His impersonal form. But then the salagram sila deity form of > the Lord doesn't look like His personal form of Syamsundara
But also salagram-sila is not impersonal. See CC 3.6.294, 301 regarding how Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Raghunatha dasa saw their Govardhana-sila. Presumably devotees worshiping salagram-sila desire to follow in the footsteps of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Raghunatha dasa. I suggest that you ask devotees performing such puja to describe their conception.
On behalf of Srila Prabhupada, Sri Sri Radha Vrindavan Candra and all the devotees and visitors to New Vrindavan, the ISKCON New Vrindavan Board of Directors would like to express our immense appreciation, gratitude and thanks to Gaura Shakti Prabhu!
Last week, Gaura Shakti performed the Herculean devotional service of donating his time, energy and money by renting and jack hammering all the excess concrete “bumps” in the driveways and parking lots around the temple and cabins! These bumps have been an annoyance for over a decade as they gradually surfaced from the settling of the brick pavers.
This effort took several days of strenuous and exhausting work. He very wisely left two official speed bumps on the main entrance driveway and painted them red to slow vehicles down to a safe speed. He was ably assisted by Janardana das, who, being younger and actually built for this kind of work!, was able to carry the project to completion! As Gaura Shakti himself said, “I could not have done it without him!”
From Namamrita by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
“The holy name is a spiritual sound from the spiritual world:
“[The maha-mantra] is not a material sound like the sounds we hear on a radio. It is a spiritual sound that comes from the spiritual world. Even in the material world we can release the sound from one place, and it can be heard thousands of miles away. A spiritual sound can be released from many trillions of miles away, and it can be heard, provided that one has a machine to capture it. That machine is bhagavat prema. Those who have developed love of Godhead can hear it.”
—Teachings of Lord Kapila the son of Devahuti.
“The holy name is eternally pure and transcendental:
“Since Krishna and His holy name are identical the holy name is eternally pure and beyond material contamination. It is the Supreme Personality of Godhead as a transcendental vibration. The holy name is completely different from material sound, as confirmed by Narottama das Thakura golokera prema dhana harinama sankirtana: the transcendental vibration of harinama sankirtana is imported from the spiritual world.” (Sri Caitanya-caritamrita Adi-lila 7.74).
It is hard to comprehend that the combination of letters in the Hare Krishna mantra is something entirely different than the combinations of letters in a world like “Coca-Cola,” but the Vaishnavas have faith in the scriptures and in sages like Narottama das Thakura that the holy name comes from Goloka. But it has to be said with devotion with the “machine” of bhagavat prema. Aside from faith, there is also experience. If you try to chant “Coca-Cola” over and over for sixteen rounds a day you will not be able to do it. You'll get disgusted and feel absurd. But you can chant Hare Krishna repeatedly and feel that as spiritually meaningful. You can pray with this sound vibration. So it is proved both by faith and by spiritual experience by the sadhaka.
My japa was a grind,
Although the chanting was a bit dull, I chanted all sixteen rounds before 3:30 and chanted my gayatri also. So I am fulfilling the vow and trying my best.
My Prabhupada. Find him in the
These Czech bhaktas prostrate
Just serve and be simple.
This poem is non-thematic
“Now that's nicer,
“And I was there because
“The motorist succumbs, and the city
“‘Tell us a good-night story.’ Something
Forget the war combat and focus on your position
You used to go out preaching
I was lecturing because
The UDS poem flashes
Instead of violence
And in a few months the
I opened the Bhagavatam at random. I turned to Canto One, Chapter 11, verse 3. “Suta Goswami said: ‘Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the maintainer of the world, became pleased after reestablishing Maharaja Yudisthira in his own kingdom and after restoring the Kuru dynasty, which had been exhausted by the bamboo fire of anger.’” In the purport Srila Prabhupada writes, “Lord Krishna descended to establish this sort of regime and to kill the unwanted persons who had nothing to do with His plan.” The last descent of the Lord was Lord Caitanya, and He propagated the peaceful sankirtana movement. But it has not spread widely yet. Kali-yuga has set in, and the world is like the forest fire caused by the cohesion of bamboo bushes. In all countries people are engaged in sinful actions, and they are suffering reactions. It is a bad time. The Lord's representatives are not ruling. One almost wonders why He doesn't come again personally to set things right. The devotees have responsibility to try to spread the sankirtana movement and bring peace. But their influence is small. The Lord is surely not pleased with this state of affairs. The world is just the opposite of what it was when Maharaja Yudisthira ruled and the living beings were not disturbed by material agonies, diseases or excessive weather or disasters. Unless Lord Caitanya's movement is unified and strong, we cannot expect peace. The asuras are growing in numbers and forces for good are confused and embroiled in political affairs trying to gain control for their party.”
We must pray and endeavor for better times and depend on Krishna for the result. If the Krishna consciousness movement is to be given power to rule in the world it will have to prove itself worthy and capable. Prabhupada has already given all the directions in his books, and his followers have to learn them and take them up in earnest. Otherwise the bamboo fires will spread and Kali-yuga's perils will simply increase. If we truly help each other by sharing Krishna consciousness there is hope.
Today is Janmastami, and the devotees are planning a festival from 4 PM to midnight. It will begin at 4 PM with a lecture by Jayadvaita Swami. Then a full abhiseka of the Radha-Govinda deities. All of Keli-lalita's yoga students and their families are invited. Children are welcome. At 6:15 PM there will be classical Indian dance. At 7 PM there will be a vegetarian feast. From 8:15 to 9:15 there will be kirtana. Then Dhanudara Swami will speak on the birth of Krishna. At 10:30 there will be Vrndavana kirtana and sat-sanga with Shyam das. At 11:30 there will be a final kirtana with Dhanudhara Swami and candlelight arati offered by Her Grace Kaulini Mataji. Then at midnight break fast.
Krishna appeared in the world at the request of Lord Brahma, Mother Earth and the demigods. The Krishna book begins, “Once the world was overburdened by the unnecessary defense force of different kings who were actually demons posing as the royal order.” The same situation prevails today. We are in need of Krishna's appearance. Prabhupada has written that Krishna has appeared as the Hare Krishna mantra. Wide spreading of the Hare Krishna mantra can counteract the bad effects of this age.
From Gunagrahi Swami
Happy Janmastami. Today in the evening, there will be Adhivas of Sri Krishna Janmastami- a ceremony to prepare our consciousness to receive Lord on His appearance day. All the festivities will be available at Mayapur Live. We thank all the donors and wellwishers for supporting Janmastami festival in Mayapur. If you are yet to submit your offering, you can do it now!
On 30th August,Students of Bhakti Vedanta National School offered glorification to Srila Prabhupada, performed bhajans, drama and kirtan for the pleasure of His Divine Grace. All the children were blessed with the opportunity to perform abhisheka to Srila Prabhupada. HH Jayapataka Swami, HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami, HG Jananivasa pr, HG Pankajanghri pr, HG Sankarshan Nitai Pr, HG Naru gopal prabhu blessed the occasion. In the evening, they did a big harinam around the campus.
Australian News: JANMASTAMI – New Gokula farm, Hunter Valley, NSW
It's the auspicious event of the Supreme Personality of Godhead's transcendental appearance tomorrow Thursday 2nd of September (Sri Krishna Janmastami) and the Appearance of the foremost preacher of Krishna Consciousness, His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Sri Vyasa-puja) on the very next day Friday 3rd of September.
This is the most fortunate opportunity to glorify the Lord and His pure devotee, receiving His limitless blessings by chanting and hearing of His glorious qualities and pastimes.
Everyone is cordially invited to attend the functions at Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda's home in the Hunter Valley – New Gokula farm.
There will be Aratis, Kirtan and Prasadam throughout the day on Thursday for Janmastami with a full evening program of worship, Bhajans, Abhishek bathing ceremony and narrations of the pastimes of Krishna.
Evening festivities begin at 6pm and roll on til the midnight candlelight arati, followed by the sumptuous Janmastami feast.
We are eagerly anticipating your company in commemorating the most important event in the universe. Please come for a darshan or for the entire evening of ecstatic chanting.
Presents can be offered to Their Lordships in the form of decorative jewellery, offerings of grains, ghee, sugar, spices, incense, scented oils, kitchen utensils, donations, flowering plants, fruit trees or any other items useful for the Lord's service.
There will be a morning program from 10.30 am on Friday for Sri Vyasa-puja (worship of Srila Prabhupada) ending at 1pm with a wonderful prasadam feast.
It's Festival season. Tuesday the 24th of August is the Appearance celebration of Lord Sri Balarama, which will be celebrated at New Gokula temple from 6pm through to 8 pm. Please come along and hear about The Lord's wonderful qualities and pastimes and honour the favourite prasadam of Lord Baladev – Varuni juice and Gulab Jamuns!
Your Humble Servant,
Kaliya Krishna Das
Wednesday 25th, August 2010.
Braja was calling us all for breakfast. We were not so enthused because we had all been given a big bag of treats for our journeys anyway. We decided that his wake up call was a good alarm so we jumped out of bed for the sake of it. We packed and then made our ways downstairs. I still had no idea where I was going to end up at the end of the day so I simply made my way outside to see who was around. None of the devotees going to the Polish Rathayatra were in sight. I submitted to plan B (which was originally plan A), to go to Berlin.
I met up with Radheya and we hauled into the back of a minibus. I was excited as we saw all the devotees who were joining us, many of them were our close friends. We had Nanda Kumar and his wife, Braja Kishore and Manjari, Ahobalam Nrsimha Prabhu, Sitala Mataji and the Mayapur girls, Gaura from America, the Aussie girls, and Gaura Mohana and his mother. Nanda Kumar led the final Nrsimha prayers and we waved our goodbyes to Poland. I looked out the window, at the rushing countryside, and took one last laugh at all the ironically interesting uniqueness, which was characteristic of Poland.
Our first stop in the city was Tegel airport. We waved our goodbyes to Sitala Mataji and the girls from Mayapur. Rasarani Priya was now a Brahmana initiate (since only a few days ago) and Madhurangi was heading off to Australia in less than a fortnight. We wished them safe travels and all good wishes.
The rest of the party arrived at the temple. Some of the group disappeared, checking into motels or staying with devotees, only to come back later. We met Gauranga at the door to the Berlin temple (Govinda Dev's little brother). I had gone from travelling with one sibling to staying with another; Krsna seemed to have some mysterious plan.
We settled in, feeling exhausted. I sat down with one of the Brahmacaris, bhakta Zandor. I asked him a little about himself. He told me about his coming to Krsna consciousness. He mentioned that the first temple he stayed at was New Govardhana, Australia. It was amazing to see so many people coming in touch with Krsna consciousness in my home town and then spreading it all over the world. I couldn't escape this community's influence it seemed. Even the receptionist at Radhadesh had spent a few months as a bhakta on New Govardhana farm. I remembered my friend Richard, who had come to the farm and I had been keeping in touch with since. I decided I would write him, so we could meet up in Berlin like we had planned. I was travelling all over the world and so was he but Krsna made it that we stopped in the same city at the same time - this is truly amazing.
I entered the temple room. I was shocked to see that the temple had occupied a life-size Prabhupada murti. It was a big, small change for the little Berlin temple. I paid my obeisances to Srila Prabhupada, thanking him for allowing me to be a small gear in his amazing preaching operation, and then I paid obeisances to Lord Jagannatha, Lord of the Universe. His big red smile gleamed down on me with a loving warmth. Krsna cared equally for all his living entities yet he showed special care to his devotees. Even fallen devotees like myself were still miraculously allowed the mercy of the Lord. I thanked Krsna for his unconditional love, love which I was not fit to receive.
The devotees fed us up and we felt a little lively again. I did some study before checking travel routes for tomorrow. We were saying goodbye to our final companions tomorrow, as they all headed off for their flights. Braja returned to the temple, along with the other matajis in our car (the rest of us had been in the temple, sorting out our things for the upcoming farewells).
We sat, casually sharing katha, when the most unlikely candidate arrived - it was Nila! Nila had left half way through the tour, to go on some other wild adventures, and by Krsna's arrangement he was back in town at the same time as us, dealing with the same business - eminent flying. He sat with us and shared his long ventures. Tomorrow he was heading off to America, a big move for him. He had caught the travel bug and who knows what could stop him now.
We took one last walk together, through the local park. Radheya and I looked out across the lake, thinking of the coming adventures and responsibilities. Radheya was heading back to Govardhana, starting a course in Sanskrit and I was staying back in Europe, to study Vaisnava theology. Our only motivation for these paths was to please Srila Prabhupada, making his movement stronger, adding to the bundle of unbreakable sticks that was the cooperative ISKCON. I could already see the events of tomorrow in my mind. We would all make our ways to our respective airports (I would come along simply for the company), we would say our heartfelt farewells at the gate, I would return to the city and buy myself a small case of luggage for my new, "simplified" life in Europe and then return to the temple. All we could do after that was wait for another journey across to Poland, now closer than ever before.
[Dear readers (from Planet ISKON and Facebook),Thank you for participating in another tour diary. I hope you had a blast and I hope I didn't bore you. This is the final entry for the season. I will be publishing different writings still, on facebook and Planet ISKCON, simply when I feel inspired to write something, but if you're missing any of the diaries, please feel free to check out my site: http://maddmonk.wordpress.com I will be posting all new entries (as well as some old entries) on there, plus some things that I wont publish on faceboo and Planet ISKCON. I have made a navigation system on the site, if you want to read back any of the previous tours and you can also subscribe by clicking on the RSS feed.
Thanks again. I hope all is well. Hare Krsna. Your servant, Madhavendra Puri Dasa.]
The latest ISCOWP News is now available online in PDF file.
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Dear devotees and friends, Please accept my best wishes. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. On the 13th afternoon (August) I flew from Moscow to Novosibirsk, back in central Russia, for my birthday celebration. I landed at 3.30 in the morning, having not had more than an hour of sleep, so I took some rest in [...]
Part 2. English/Hungarian.
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Janmastami Appearance day of Lord Sri Krishna
Thursday 2nd September
Thurs 2nd Sept – Sri Krishna Janmastami. Program starts at 6pm.
Date: 2nd September
Venue: CSIRO Discovery Centre, North Science Road , Canberra. (Off Black Mountain Laboratories, Clunies Ross Street).
Time: 6.00 pm – midnight
Program: Abhisekam, Drama, Dance, Bhajan, Arati, Kirtan, Reading, Prasadam
Posted on ISKCON Melbourne web site by Rasanandini
1. Temple Room
4.30am – 4.55am: Mangala Arati
Midnight – 1.00am: Midnight Arati
2. Darshana Times
3. Offerings to Sri Sri Radha Krishna – Front Lawn
4. Sri Sri Radha Govinda Abhisheka – Theatre
5. Prasadam Distribution Tent – Rear Yard
6. Gokul Chaat and Snacks – Side Garden
8. Vedic Cultural Program – Prasadam Hall
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