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  1. ISKCON Brisbane, AU: Transcendental Visit
  2. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Thursday 2 September 2010--Srila Prabhupada's Vyas Puja--and--What is the Best Way to Please God?
  3. ISKCON Klang, Malaysia: Sweetest Description of Janmastami-lila
  4. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Gangesvara Prabhu
  5. Kurma dasa, AU: Wisdom of the Ancients
  6. Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: True Cost Of Solar Compared To Coal And Oil
  7. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: CHANTING HARE KRISHNA
  8. Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Janmastami/Vyasa Puja meditation: Srila Prabhupada Gives Krsna
  9. Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Worship of Saligram Sila
  10. New Vrndavan, USA: Gaura Shakti Smooths The Way
  11. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Sri Krishna Janmastami LIVE!
  12. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 58
  13. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Samsara Song
  14. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Poem from Under Dark Stars
  15. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Janmastami
  16. Japa Group: Please Engage Me In Your Service
  17. ISKCON News.com: Homage to Srila Prabhupada
  18. ISKCON News.com: Who Is Crazy?
  19. ISKCON News.com: An Appeal From ISKCON Vrindavan Goshala
  20. Mayapur Online: Janmastami - Live Schedule
  21. Mayapur Online: Bhakti Vedanta National School celebrates Srila Prabhupada Vyasapuja
  22. ISKCON News.com: Alternative Ways of Living
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  24. ISKCON News.com: Save Yourself: Mayapur Institute Fall Courses Announced
  25. On the Web: Sri Krsna Janmastami - The Advent of Lord Krishna
  26. Australian News: JANMASTAMI – New Gokula farm, Hunter Valley, NSW
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  28. Maddy Jean-claude Durr, New Govardhana, AU: A Journey Across to Poland: [P30] Back to Berlin?
  29. Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Latest ISCOWP News (Volume 20, Issue 2) Available Now
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ISKCON Brisbane, AU: Transcendental Visit

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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...

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ISKCON Klang, Malaysia: Sweetest Description of Janmastami-lila

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 [...]

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Gangesvara Prabhu

Sri Krsna Janmastami

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.49
- Krsna appears in this world to display the loving ecstasy of His Vraja pastimes.

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Kurma dasa, AU: Wisdom of the Ancients

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)

like a drop:

"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

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: True Cost Of Solar Compared To Coal And Oil

by Tom Rooney, SPG Solar
Published: August 31, 2010

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.


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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: CHANTING HARE KRISHNA

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:

Chanting the transcendental vibration:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

...is the sublime method for reviving our transcendental consciousness, or Krishna consciousness.

As living spiritual souls, we are all originally Krishna conscious entities, but due to our association with matter from time immemorial, our consciousness is now polluted by the material atmosphere, called maya, or illusion.

And what is this illusion? The illusion is that we are all trying to be lords of material nature, while actually we are under the grip of her stringent laws. When a servant artificially tries to imitate the all-powerful master, he is said to be in illusion.

We are trying to exploit the resources of material nature, but actually we are becoming more and more entangled in her complexities. Therefore, although we are engaged in a hard struggle to conquer nature, we are becoming ever more dependent on her. This illusory struggle against material nature can be stopped at once by revival of our eternal Krishna consciousness.

Krishna consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind. This consciousness is the original energy of the living entity. When we hear and chant the transcendental vibration:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

...this consciousness is revived.

This simplest method of meditation is recommended by learned authorities for this age. By practical experience also, one can perceive that by chanting this maha-mantra, or the great chant for deliverance, one at once feels transcendental ecstasy coming through from the spiritual stratum.

In the material concept of life we are busy in the matter of sense gratification, as if we were in the lower, animal stage. A little elevated from this status of sense gratification, one engages in mental speculation for the purpose of getting out of the material clutches. A little elevated from this speculative status, when one is intelligent enough, one tries to find out the supreme cause of all causes, within and without. And when one is factually on the plane of spiritual understanding, surpassing the stages of sense, mind, and intelligence, one is situated on the transcendental plane. The chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra is directly enacted from this spiritual platform, and thus this sound vibration surpasses all lower strata of consciousness—namely sensual, mental, and intellectual.

There is no need, therefore, to understand the language of the mantra, nor is there any need of any mental speculation or intellectual adjustment for chanting this maha-mantra. It springs automatically from the spiritual platform, and thus anyone can take part in the chanting without any previous qualification and dance in ecstasy. We have seen this practically. Even a child can take part in the chanting and dancing.

Of course, for one who is too entangled in material life, it takes a little more time to come to the standard point, but even such a materially engrossed person is very quickly raised to the spiritual platform.

When the mantra is chanted by a pure devotee of the Lord, it has the greatest effect on hearers, and therefore this chanting should be heard from the lips of a pure devotee of the Lord, so that immediate effects can be achieved. As far as possible, chanting from the lips of non-devotees should be avoided, just as one would avoid milk touched by the lips of a serpent because it has poisonous effects.

The word Hara is a form of addressing the energy of the Lord, and the words Krishna and Rama (which mean "the highest pleasure eternal") are forms of addressing the Lord Himself. Hara is the supreme pleasure energy of the Lord, and when addressed as Hare in the vocative, She helps us to reach the Supreme Lord.

The material energy, called maya, is also one of the multi-energies of the Lord, and we, the living entities, are the marginal energy of the Lord. The living entities are described as superior to the material energy. When this superior energy is in contact with the inferior energy, an incompatible situation arises, but when the superior marginal energy is in contact with the spiritual energy, Hara, the living entity is established in his happy, normal condition.

These three words, namely Hare, Krishna, and Rama, are the transcendental seeds of the maha-mantra. The chanting is a spiritual call for the Lord and His internal energy Hara to protect the conditioned soul. This chanting is exactly like the genuine cry of a child for its mother. Mother Hara helps the devotee achieve the grace of the Supreme Father, Hari or Krishna, and the Lord reveals Himself to the devotee who chants this mantra sincerely.

Therefore no other means of spiritual realization is as effective in this age of quarrel and hypocrisy as the chanting of the maha-mantra:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

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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

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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Worship of Saligram Sila

> 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.

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New Vrndavan, USA: Gaura Shakti Smooths The Way

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!”

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Sri Krishna Janmastami LIVE!

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 58

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3:50 A.M.

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,
but I was faithful
to the spiritual count.
It is not a materially
manufactured sound,
but comes straight from
Krishnaloka. Is this
true for me? Do
my utterances come from
the spiritual world or
are they just the outer
covering of nama and
I am merely going through
the motions? I chant
with my mind and
try to pick up the
sounds from their
spiritual origin by
being focused on the
japa. I tune in
my radio and hear
from far away,
very close, He's
with me.

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.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Samsara Song

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One Hundred Prabhupada Poems #15

My Prabhupada. Find him in the
temple room of the rented house.
They expect me to sing “Samsara”
because I'm the oldest.
Okay, but sometimes I'm not going to
lead as they expect. I'll be silent
and think of him in my own way.
The Prabhupada twelve-inch murti
leans slightly backward,
the spotlight from the ceiling shining down upon him.

These Czech bhaktas prostrate
themselves fully before him—
they furiously distribute his books, I don't
dare make fun of them.

Just serve and be simple.
Your master is in every line
of the “Samsara” song.

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

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1.

This poem is non-thematic
and jumps from place to
place. But if you open to
it you can find nice lines
and warm moments and
you can make the jumps.
I'll outline the jumps although
they are already clear to
see. I guess the real
question is why make
them at all. Let us see.

2.

The poem:

“Now that's nicer,
forget the rest
the Americans are in the belly of the bomber,
it could be a nice family with a
monk living in the center of it
amusing himself with old-time
women and going out to the preacher
where he leaves for better
places like Somalia and Slovenia—I was there.

“And I was there because
I know something
special
so unreal line in my faith,
brahmana's faith in me,
black caps, jacket,
flashing light cop car!
“Nigger! Put your hands
behind your back. I said
behind your back!”

“The motorist succumbs, and the city
is burned to the ground in rage.

“‘Tell us a good-night story.’ Something
happened with my books, they got accepted
somewhere and I got happy
back home with some old chums out of the Depression, I'm in New York,
near Albany, but big Buff is snowing the most it ever did
in the history of the world—or from the beginning of keeping records.
Birth of Christ-child,
Vishnu's lotus bud.”

3.

Forget the war combat and focus on your position
as a peaceful monk living
near an active family
who accept your ways.

You used to go out preaching
to the faraway countries
but don't do it anymore.
A brother jokingly accused
you, “Why do you just write?
Prabhupada did everything!”

I was lecturing because
I knew something and
they accepted me. I could do it again,
but now I am just writing.

4.

The UDS poem flashes
to a scene of police abuse
with racist tones,
taken from the news—
I wasn't there,
but they burned the buildings
down. You put it
in your poem
because it came.

5.

Instead of violence
tell us a good-night story.
Tell us good news
that your books got
accepted.

And in a few months the
snows will come again because
I am back in upstate New York
where it falls deep, and
I will be here through
the end of the year
and after that.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Janmastami

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Free write

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.

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Japa Group: Please Engage Me In Your Service


Recently, before beginning my japa, I was contemplating Srila Prabhupada's
definition of the meaning of the maha mantra, which is: "Oh Lord, Oh energy of the Lord, please engage me in Your service".

I began asking myself, "Krsna is already engaging me in His service, so what is the need to continue petitioning Him? It seems redundant". But then I thought, "Yes, you are already engaging in His service, but why don't you try expanding on what that implies and see if you can take the meaning to a deeper and more relevant level?"

That sounded like a good idea, so here is what I came up with:

Oh my Lord, Oh energy of the Lord, please help me to constantly engage in Your service.

Please continue to engage me in Your service in spite of my many faults.

Please one day engage me in Your spontaneous service.

Please help me to engage in Your unmotivated service without my asking You for something in return.

Please help me become free from nonsense thoughts while engaging in Your service and draw my mind to You.

Please help me serve the devotees who are serving the devotees who are engaged in Your service.

Please help me increase the effectiveness of my service.

Please help me to engage in service according to Your desires, not mine.

Please help me to please You with my service.

After meditating in the above way, I felt my appreciation of the meaning of the mantra had indeed deepened, and I felt more prepared to enter into the proper mood while chanting. At this point, I became eager to go further in my understanding of the holy name and asked a godbrother if one of the acaryas had given an expanded version of the meaning Prabhupada had presented. What he wrote back quoting from Srila Sanatana Gosvami's Hari-bhakti-vilasa was exactly what I was hoping for. I have read it several times to the devotees during the long kirtan festivals we have been having, and many asked for copies. I hope that it helps you as much as it has helped me.

Hare: Oh Radhe, please attract my mind and free me from material bondage.

Krsna: Oh Krsna, please attract my mind by pulling it towards You.

Hare: Oh Radhe, captivate my heart by showing me Your incomparable
sweetness.

Krsna: Oh Krsna, purify my mind with knowledge about devotional service given by Your pure devotee.

Krsna: Oh Krsna, give me steadiness to appreciate Your transcendental name, form, qualities, and pastimes.

Krsna: Oh Krsna, may I develop a taste for serving you.

Hare: Oh Radhe, please make me qualified for Your service.

Hare: Oh Radhe, please make me eligible to relish Your transcendental name, form, qualities, and pastimes.

Hare: Oh Radhe, please instruct me how I can serve You.

Rama: Oh Krsna, let me hear of Your intimate pastimes with Your beloved
Radharani.

Hare: Oh Radhe, please reveal to me Your pastimes with Your beloved
Madhava.

Rama: Oh Krsna, please reveal to me Your pastimes with Your beloved
Srimati Radhika.

Rama: Oh Krsna, please engage me in remembering Your sweet name, form,
qualities and pastimes.

Rama: Oh Krsna, please make me qualified for Your service.

Hare: Oh Radhe, having accepted me as one of Your maidservants, please
enjoy me as You like.

Hare: Oh Radhe, I beg You to be pleased with me.


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ISKCON News.com: Homage to Srila Prabhupada

By Dravida Das for krishna.com on 1 Sep 2010

Vyasa-puja is an annual celebration by devotees of Lord Krishna to offer homage to their guru, or spiritual teacher. Each year, the BBT publishes a Vyasa-puja book—a collection of homages to Srila Prabhupada from devotees and temples all over the world.


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ISKCON News.com: Who Is Crazy?

By Krishna Dharma Das for www.krishnadharma.com on 19 Aug 2010

An early tract distributed by Krishna devotees issued the challenge 'Who is Crazy?' Having frequently encountered taunts regarding their mental state, the devotees responded with this well reasoned argument from Srila Prabhupada on the definition of insanity.


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ISKCON News.com: An Appeal From ISKCON Vrindavan Goshala

By Parsada Dasi for ISKCON News on 1 Sep 2010

The ISKCON Vrindavan Goshala makes an urgent appeal to its worldwide community of devotees, the goshala which houses over 385 cows, bulls and calves are in urgent need of 30 acres of grazing land, winter and summer sheds, upgraded medical care,and other facilities.


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Mayapur Online: Janmastami - Live Schedule

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!

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Mayapur Online: Bhakti Vedanta National School celebrates Srila Prabhupada Vyasapuja

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.

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ISKCON News.com: Alternative Ways of Living

By Sesa Das for ISKCON News on 1 Sep 2010

Even though the New York Times is as establishment as you can get among the major media outlets in the world, they regularly lend their voice to exploring, nay endorsing, all three of the alternative ways of living Srila Prabhupada taught.


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ISKCON News.com: Marriage in the Post 911 World

By Partha Das for ISKCON News on 1 Sep 2010

In the last 50 years, we have seen divorce rates sky rocket. Currently in the "developed" counties about 50% of first marriages end in divorce, 60-67% of second marriages and 73-74% of third marriages end in the same way. We are witnessing a slow motion collapse of our civilization.


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ISKCON News.com: Save Yourself: Mayapur Institute Fall Courses Announced

By by Janmastami Dasa for ISKCON News on 1 Sep 2010

Whether you are riding a wave of success in your devotional service or you are overwhelmed with life's challenges, please seriously consider fortifying and empowering yourself by attending the Mayapur Institute's Bhakti-sastri or Bhaktivaibhava Courses beginning November 10th in Mayapur.


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On the Web: Sri Krsna Janmastami - The Advent of Lord Krishna

"You rascal, how can you kill me? The child who will kill you is already born before me somewhere within this world. Don't be so cruel to your poor sister."

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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

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Australian News: Little Krishna: Watch an episode here

Found on YouTube right about here

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Maddy Jean-claude Durr, New Govardhana, AU: A Journey Across to Poland: [P30] Back to Berlin?

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.

 

[http://maddmonk.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/p30-back-to-berlin]

 

[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.]


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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Latest ISCOWP News (Volume 20, Issue 2) Available Now




The latest ISCOWP News is now available online in PDF file.

Check it out at this link:

http://www.iscowp.org/uploads/NLVOLUMNE20_ISSUE%202.pdf
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H.H. Bhakti Caitanya Swami: My mother

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 [...]

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Kesava Bharati Maharaja's Holy Name seminar

Part 2. English/Hungarian.

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Gouranga TV: Radhanath Swami – Srimad Bhagavatam Class – ISKCON Mayapur – Part 1/4 Radhanath Swami – Srimad Bhagavatam Class – ISKCON Mayapur – Part 1/4

Radhanath Swami – Srimad Bhagavatam Class – ISKCON Mayapur – Part 1/4

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Australian News: Janmastami in Perth, Western Australia

Janmastami Appearance day of Lord Sri Krishna

Thursday 2nd September
From 6pm-midnight
We welcome you to come help celebrate the advent of our beloved Lord's birth with an evening filled with fun and festivities!

Kirtans
Abishek
Drama
Dance
Discourse
Cultural Program
Midnight candlelit Aarti
Special Midnight Feast
Prasadam will be served from 7.30pm onwards

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Australian News: Adelaide: Janmastami is here

Thurs 2nd Sept – Sri Krishna Janmastami. Program starts at 6pm.

See the web site for more details

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Australian News: Canberra: Janmastami… See you there!

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

(See Map at the web site and google street view: How to get there from the temple)

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Australian News: Janmastami Program: Melbourne Temple

Posted on ISKCON Melbourne web site by Rasanandini

Here is our program for Sri Krishna Janmastami on Thursday.

1. Temple Room
There will be kirtana all day beginning at 9.30am

4.30am – 4.55am: Mangala Arati
7.00am – 7.10am: Deity Greeting
7.10am – 7.30am: Guru Puja
7.30am – 9.00am: Class
12.30pm – 1.00pm: Raj Bhoga Arati
4.00pm – 4.15pm: Dhoop Arati
7.00pm – 7.30pm: Sandhya Arati
9.00pm – 9.30pm: Sayana Arati
9.30pm – Midnight: Kirtana

Midnight – 1.00am: Midnight Arati

2. Darshana Times
Temple Darshana is available all day long, except for
4.30pm – 7.00pm: Closed for deity dressing
10.00pm – Midnight: Closed for deity dressing

3. Offerings to Sri Sri Radha Krishna – Front Lawn
11.00am – 11.00pm: Arati to Sri Sri Radha Krishna by donors

4. Sri Sri Radha Govinda Abhisheka – Theatre
7.45pm – 9.30pm: Abhisheka

5. Prasadam Distribution Tent – Rear Yard
10.00am – 6.00pm: Maha prasadam distribution
11.00am – 10.00pm: Guest prasadam distribution
11.00am – Midnight: Maha prasadam sales
Midnight – 1.30am: Feast

6. Gokul Chaat and Snacks – Side Garden
3.00pm – 11.00pm: Indian snacks

7. Courtyard
8.30am – 5.00pm: Krishna Book Reading
10.30pm – 11.45pm: Yajna – Fire Sacrifice

8. Vedic Cultural Program – Prasadam Hall
All guests are to be seated strictly by 7.00pm for 7.15 pm start.
7.15 – 7.30pm: Welcome
7.30 – 8.15pm: Drama – The birth of Lord Krishna and Dance by the Sri Prahlad School.
8.15 – 8.30pm: Bhajans by Krishna
8:30 – 8.40pm: Odissi dance. Dance on Lord Krishna, by Nilashaki Bora.
8.40 – 9.00pm: Bharatnatyam dance. Lord Krishna dances with his Radha. A dance by Sindhu.
9.00 – 9.15pm: Kuchipudi dance. Dancing on Krishna. A dance by Revathi.
9:15 – 9.35pm: Radha dances to Radha Nachegi melodies, while Krishna plays his flute. By the MNDC school and Shreya, Sruthi, Meenu, Radha, Teju and Somya.
9:35 – 9.40pm: The Glories of Radharani. In this Dance Krishna says that Radha is the ultimate among all the gopis. By the MNDC school.
9:40 – 10.00pm: Appreciation of the artists.
10.00 – 10.15pm: Bharatnatyam dance. Lord Krishna, the king of beauty, nature and happiness, charms one and all. A dance by Sindhu.
10:15pm – 11.00pm: The Krishna Lila Bhajan Band
11:00: Close

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