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Gauranga Kishore das,USA: Morality, Love, and Srimati Radharani



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  2. Bharatavarsa.net: Book distribution seminar: Happy Radhastami!
  3. Book Distribution News: Happy Radhastami!
  4. Japa Group: Who Is The Name For You
  5. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Birthday Gifts for Shrimati Radharani
  6. ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Flashback Photo - 1972
  7. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 71
  8. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Prabhupada Smaranam
  9. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Poem from Under Dark Stars
  10. Kurma dasa, AU: Srimati Radharani
  11. H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: ISKCON Ujjain Seminar 2010 Day 4
  12. Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Radhastami, 1966 From Srila Prabhupada's lecture
  13. Kripamoya dasa, UK: The Pope visits Britain
  14. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Radhastami Katha
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Australian News: HG Jananivas Prabhu speak on Radharani Katha – the video


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Here's some nectar from the Nectar of Devotion

Because Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, it is very difficult to approach Him. But the devotees, taking advantage of His compassionate nature, which is represented by Radharani, always pray to Radharani for Krsna's compassion.

The behavior of the confidential friends of Krsna is described by a friend of Radharani who told Radharani, "My dear graceful Radharani, Your intimate friend Krsna is also served by His intimate boyfriends. Some of them cut jokes with Him in mild voices and please Him very much by this." For example, Krsna had one brahmana friend whose name was Madhumangala. This boy would joke by playing the part of a greedy brahmana. Whenever the friends ate, he would eat more than all others, especially laddus, of which he was very fond. Then after eating more laddus than anyone else, Madhumangala would still not be satisfied, and he would say to Krsna, "If You give me one more laddu, then I shall be pleased to give You my blessings so that Your friend Radharani will be very much pleased with You." The brahmanas are supposed to give blessings to the vaisyas (farming and merchant caste), and Krsna presented Himself as the son of Maharaja Nanda, a vaisya; so the brahmana boy was right in giving blessings to Krsna. Thus Krsna was very pleased by His friend's blessings, and He would supply him with more and more laddus.

After He had stolen some yogurt from the pots of two gopis, Krsna told one of His gopi friends, "My dear beautiful friend, I can take oath that I have not stolen even a drop of yogurt from your pot! But still your friend Radharani is very shamelessly smelling the flavor of My mouth. Kindly forbid Her from this devious policy of putting Her face near Mine." When Krsna was speaking like this, the friends of Radharani could not check their laughter.

>From the Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.23 purport

In Vrndavana all the pure devotees pray for the mercy of Srimati Radharani, the pleasure potency of Lord Krsna. Srimati Radharani is a tenderhearted feminine counterpart of the supreme whole, resembling the perfectional stage of the worldly feminine nature. Therefore, the mercy of Radharani is available very readily to the sincere devotees, and once She recommends such a devotee to Lord Krsna, the Lord at once accepts the devotee's admittance into His association.

>From the Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya test 87-91

“‘Srimati Radharani's twenty-five chief transcendental qualities are: (1) She is very sweet. (2) She is always freshly youthful. (3) Her eyes are restless. (4) She smiles brightly. (5) She has beautiful, auspicious lines. (6) She makes Krsna happy with Her bodily aroma. (7) She is very expert in singing. (8) Her speech is charming. (9) She is very expert in joking and speaking pleasantly. (10) She is very humble and meek. (11) She is always full of mercy. (12) She is cunning. (13) She is expert in executing Her duties. (14) She is shy. (15) She is always respectful. (16) She is always calm. (17) She is always grave. (18) She is expert in enjoying life. (19) She is situated at the topmost level of ecstatic love. (20) She is the reservoir of loving affairs in Gokula. (21) She is the most famous of submissive devotees. (22) She is very affectionate to elderly people. (23) She is very submissive to the love of Her friends. (24) She is the chief gopé. (25) She always keeps Kåñëa under Her control. In short, She possesses unlimited transcendental qualities, just as Lord Krsna does.’

All glories to Srimati Radharani!

your servant, Vijaya das

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Book Distribution News: Happy Radhastami!

Here's some nectar from the Nectar of Devotion

Because Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, it is very difficult to approach Him. But the devotees, taking advantage of His compassionate nature, which is represented by Radharani, always pray to Radharani for Krsna's compassion.

The behavior of the confidential friends of Krsna is described by a friend of Radharani who told Radharani, "My dear graceful Radharani, Your intimate friend Krsna is also served by His intimate boyfriends. Some of them cut jokes with Him in mild voices and please Him very much by this." For example, Krsna had one brahmana friend whose name was Madhumangala. This boy would joke by playing the part of a greedy brahmana. Whenever the friends ate, he would eat more than all others, especially laddus, of which he was very fond. Then after eating more laddus than anyone else, Madhumangala would still not be satisfied, and he would say to Krsna, "If You give me one more laddu, then I shall be pleased to give You my blessings so that Your friend Radharani will be very much pleased with You." The brahmanas are supposed to give blessings to the vaisyas (farming and merchant caste), and Krsna presented Himself as the son of Maharaja Nanda, a vaisya; so the brahmana boy was right in giving blessings to Krsna. Thus Krsna was very pleased by His friend's blessings, and He would supply him with more and more laddus.

After He had stolen some yogurt from the pots of two gopis, Krsna told one of His gopi friends, "My dear beautiful friend, I can take oath that I have not stolen even a drop of yogurt from your pot! But still your friend Radharani is very shamelessly smelling the flavor of My mouth. Kindly forbid Her from this devious policy of putting Her face near Mine." When Krsna was speaking like this, the friends of Radharani could not check their laughter.

>From the Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.23 purport

In Vrndavana all the pure devotees pray for the mercy of Srimati Radharani, the pleasure potency of Lord Krsna. Srimati Radharani is a tenderhearted feminine counterpart of the supreme whole, resembling the perfectional stage of the worldly feminine nature. Therefore, the mercy of Radharani is available very readily to the sincere devotees, and once She recommends such a devotee to Lord Krsna, the Lord at once accepts the devotee's admittance into His association.

>From the Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya test 87-91

“‘Srimati Radharani's twenty-five chief transcendental qualities are: (1) She is very sweet. (2) She is always freshly youthful. (3) Her eyes are restless. (4) She smiles brightly. (5) She has beautiful, auspicious lines. (6) She makes Krsna happy with Her bodily aroma. (7) She is very expert in singing. (8) Her speech is charming. (9) She is very expert in joking and speaking pleasantly. (10) She is very humble and meek. (11) She is always full of mercy. (12) She is cunning. (13) She is expert in executing Her duties. (14) She is shy. (15) She is always respectful. (16) She is always calm. (17) She is always grave. (18) She is expert in enjoying life. (19) She is situated at the topmost level of ecstatic love. (20) She is the reservoir of loving affairs in Gokula. (21) She is the most famous of submissive devotees. (22) She is very affectionate to elderly people. (23) She is very submissive to the love of Her friends. (24) She is the chief gopé. (25) She always keeps Kåñëa under Her control. In short, She possesses unlimited transcendental qualities, just as Lord Krsna does.’

All glories to Srimati Radharani!

your servant, Vijaya das

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Birthday Gifts for Shrimati Radharani

The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites you and your family to join us on Wednesday, September 15th for Radhastami celebrations - celebrating the appearance of Srimati Radharani! Festivities will commence at 6:00pm and will include wonderful kirtan, bhajans, a discourse about Srimati Radharani and delicious prasadam. As an annual tradition, the highlight of the evening will be when we open gifts for Srimati Radharani that have been brought by the assembled devotees.

If you and your family feel inclined, you are welcome to bring a gift for Their Lordships. Some humble suggestions from our beloved pujari department for gifts for the Deities include jewelry (necklaces, earrings, hair ornaments, tiaras, rings, and bracelets), bindi sets, pure sandalwood oil, cleaning supplies for the altar (marble cleaner, wood polish, brass and silver polish, laundry soap), as well as utensels for Radharani's Kitchen. Gifts can be placed on the altar and will be unwrapped and shown to the Deities during the program. Of course donations of any kind are always warmly accepted!

Schedule:
6:00- 6:30pm Arati
6:30- 6:40pm Welcome and Announcements
6:40- 6:50pm Qualities of Srimati Radharani
6:50- 7:20pm Class by Subhavilasa das
7:20- 8:00pm Gift Giving Ceremony
8:00 - 8:30 Arati
8:30 Prasadam (free vegetarian feast)
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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Flashback Photo - 1972

Today is Radhastami, the appearance day of Shrimati Radharani. However this day holds special significance for New Remuna Dhama, as it was on Radhastami in 1972 that our beloved Deities, Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha were installed (welcomed through various vedic ceremonies where a 'contract' for worship is established)! Above is a picture of Sri Sri Radha Krisa-Chora Gopinatha receiving their first arati ceremony.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 71

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Namamrta by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:

'If one chants His holy name, Krishna becomes pleased and obliged.

 

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead exists everywhere. Therefore when one chants His transcendental names—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare—the Supreme Personality of Godhead is automatically pleased by such sankirtana. It is not that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is absent. He is present there and when a devotee utters the transcendental name it is not a material sound. Therefore the Supreme Personality of Godhead is naturally pleased. A devotee knows that the Lord is present everywhere and that one can please Him simply by chanting His holy name." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.17.24)

This is a wonderful quality of chanting Krishna's names. It attracts the attention of the Lord who always remains obliged to the devotees. In another purport Prabhupada writes that Krishna says, "When I was away from Draupadi, she cried with the words "Hey Govinda!" This call for Me has put me in her debt and that indebtedness is gradually increasing in my heart. This statement by Krishna gives evidence of how one can please the Supreme Lord simply by addressing Him. Krishna has the same characteristics as the individual living beings. As we like to be called by our names, Krishna has the same psychology and likes to be called by His names. It is not a false egoism but a natural sentiment of love. Chanting creates a loving exchange between Krishna and the chanter. He likes it when we call on His holy names and a bond is created. A devotee is grateful to Krishna and Krishna becomes grateful to the devotee. Krishna cannot be pleased by any amount of material offerings or displays of scholarship or austerity as much as He can be pleased by the simple sincere uttering of His name by a humble devotee.

A had a bad night last night. Yesterday I had a headache in the afternoon and took extra rest. It may have been because of that that I was not able to sleep at night. I woke at nine and despite taking some sleep medicine I could not get back to deep rest. I got up from bed at twelve and began my chanting. It was a good session of quick-paced japa in which I chanted all sixteen rounds by 2:30. But at two o'clock I developed a twinge in my right eye which became a migraine headache and required medicine. At least I was able to chant well with attention and concentration for the japa period. I will have to pay later for the lack of sleep. Narayana Kavaca has mentioned to me lately about his increased feelings of devotion to his chanting. He's especially attached to getting up early in the morning, no later than two and chanting in the quiet atmosphere. He uses an eye-mask and earplugs to keep himself isolated from outside disturbances. He feels there is no chanting time that equals the early hours and keeps his schedule so that he can do it that way. It is encouraging to see him chanting in this fashion.

Krishna is grateful when
you chant His names.
Just try to imagine
that power of japa
and kirtana. They can
accomplish such a great
thing. By other methods
it is not easy to please
Krishna who is atmarama,
fully satisfied in himself.
How can one presume
to make the all-great
grateful? Yet this simple
gesture which He has
introduced and endorsed
can do it. You
have to chant nicely,
without offenses.
Offensive chanting won't
make Him grateful,
but the pure outpouring
of the heart makes Him
obliged and He never forgets the
chanter and grows
in affection toward
His devotee.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Prabhupada Smaranam

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One Hundred Prabhupada Poems # 28

The window is open. It's not even
5 a.m. but it's light outside, German
lush foliage of summer.
Like this all over Europe now,
almost July.
Last night Astha-ratha took the evening
train to Berlin and after some initial
engine trouble, Krishna-ksetra got his
van onto the highway headed for Belgium.
I lingered overnight. They handed me the
Nectar of Devotion and I read our master's
words about practicing of bhakti.
He said it is latent in the heart of
every living entity; even the aborigines
recognize something wonderful in nature.
When this consciousness is matured it is
Krishna consciousness.

"Keep the wheels moving," you told
the sannyasis. I'm one of them.
May I keep in mind the regal image
of you in saffron,
wrapped in light shawl for summer,
and devotees coming to be with you.
I hope to read your books and
write in my way and honor
the vows I made before you.
That's the purpose of human life
and you don't want me to keep it to myself
but tell others—
Krishna consciousness is the greatest need
for all the world.

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

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1.
The UDS poem openly
admits horns and drums
give him a lift. He even
makes the controversial claim
they cry and bring him to
Radha and Krishna. That's
a hard one to support and
I can't whole-heartedly
endorse it. Say it even
as a weakness or as
a proclivity of a maverick.
The poem turns to my first
entrance into the presence
of my spiritual master. Let me talk
about it.

2.
Here is the poem:
"Be aware that storms come
and rock the boat and skies clear
and head rocks with pain
sometimes. I like the music

God has allowed to emit from
the horns and drums
of angels and strugglers.

Go fast. We always want
to be free of sadness and in mellow
grudge. Give us the best.

Radha-Krishna are the summit.
I'm a climber who believes the
blues bring us there, lift
us instantly and take
cry! I'm afraid but I know my
Lord and I know His
kind followers. You came to
Krishna through the door at
26th Second Avenue because
there was a little sign pasted
on the window.

Classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
You checked it out. You
entered and met the Swami.

Now I'm scared. I've become distant. I am
desiring he drag
me back to him. Call
loudly to him—Swamiji!
I've done some wrong things but
they weren't that bad.
Don't…
Do…Give me courage to face what
comes. You're in my blood
and soul. I do know you."

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Kurma dasa, AU: Srimati Radharani

Today is a special day on my spiritual calendar. It's the day celebrating the Birthday of Sri Radha, the girl you always see pictured with Krishna.

Sri Radhastami Festival.jpg:

Over five millenia ago in a place now called Northern India on a half moon night in the month of Bhadra, King Vrishabhanu came to the Jamuna River to bathe and found himself engulfed in a golden aura that was emanating from a lotus, which had a baby girl standing on its whorl. When the king returned to the palace with the baby, Queen Kirtida was delighted. But, she was also shocked to find that the girl was blind.

Lord Krishna's mother Yashoda heard that her best friend Kirtida had a baby, so she came to visit along with her husband and her son. Krishna crawled up to the cradle and pulled Himself up and looked in. At that moment, Srimati Radharani's eyes fluttered and opened wide and blossomed like lotuses. It seems that she did not want to see anything of this world, only the form of Sri Krishna. Everyone was delighted.

Srimati Radharani is the mother of the universe, the spiritual mother of all souls. The concept of mother is the most sacred symbol - that of purity, selflessness, caring, sharing, nurturing, and love. When the Holy Names are chanted:

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

Hare means Radharani. It is a plaintive desperate cry for the mother. 'Radharani! Please wake us up from this nightmare of mortal life! Remind us of the father we have forgotten and take us home!'"

In the Krishna consciousness movement, devotees carefully worship Srimati Radharani as the bestower of devotional service to Krishna, by attentively chanting her names in the Maha-mantra, by worshiping her Deity form, and by following her instructions.

Two years ago I was invited to cook a giant feast for the festivities celebrating Sri Radha at the Sydney Hare Krishna Temple. I look forward to getting that opportunity again.

In the meantime, please enjoy this visit to the archives.

radha 1: radha 20: radha 3: radha 4: radha 5: radha 6:

Hare Krishna,

Kurma

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H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: ISKCON Ujjain Seminar 2010 Day 4

Ujjain update 14th September, 2010 His Grace Mukunda Prabhu In today's morning class Guru Maharaj spoke on the 2nd aspect of saranagati that is atmanivedana or surrendering oneself.  He explained that one can only surrender when he becomes humble and sang the song "Manaso deha geho jo kichu more arpilu tua pade Nanda Kishore".  The [...]

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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Radhastami, 1966 From Srila Prabhupada's lecture

Today, the twenty-third of September, is Radha's birthday. She is fifteen days younger than Krishna. When Krishna was a boy, He played with the children of the countryside. Because He was so beautiful, all the girls prayed that someday He would be their husband. Radha loved Krishna the most, even more than the others. She is the symbol of the greatest worship. Krishna and the girls were of the same age. Because girls are married earlier than boys, the girls were all married before Krishna. Despite their marriages, the girls all loved Krishna so much that whenever He played His flute, they would leave their homes and go to Him. This continued until Krishna was sixteen. At the age of sixteen Krishna left His friends and went to live with His real father. All His friends spent the rest of their lives weeping and longing for Him. This too, is worship. Radha and Krishna met again during a solar eclipse at Kurukshetra. It was a meeting of love, but they were again separated. Radha is Krishna's beloved. By her blessing, Krishna will accept us. Hare also means Radha, so when we chant "Hare Krishna" we chant "Radha Krishna."

Notes transcribed from a lecture given September 23, 1966

BTG # 3

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Kripamoya dasa, UK: The Pope visits Britain

Last month, while I was in Rome, I was able to have a morning audience with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.  I have always wanted to meet the spiritual leader of two billion people so it was a rewarding event. In the afternoon I was invited to take a vegetarian lunch deep inside the heart of the Vatican.

The spiritual experience was only slightly diluted by the presence of 50,000 other people there at the same time. And I was standing at the back. The lunch was in the Vatican cafeteria.

I have always wanted to be in St. Peter’s Square when the Pope gives a blessing. As readers will already know, I like blessings – and who better to bless you than the Holy Father himself?

On this occasion it was 50,000 Germans waving flags and cheering their leader on a balcony who was giving a rousing speech in German. So spiritually invigorating – and ever so slightly chilling at the same time.

I love good oratory, and I like spectacle and music and flag-waving. And when its all combined to honour God’s representative on earth I’m a real sucker.

But I most likely won’t be at any of the events taking place over the next week when the Pope visits Britain – the first Pontiff to do so for 28 years, and the first Pope to come on a state visit. I am very happy for those that will, though. Everyone’s faith needs a boost in these atheistic times, and as the representative of Jesus Christ walks amongst those of flagging faith, you can bet that many will experience a religious re-awakening – and that can only be a good thing.

As Vaishnavas we feel unity with the Pope and his mission, even as we recognize the divergence of theology and approach. In loyal defence of his own tradition, and in keeping with his history as Prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith, he may have relegated other religions as being ‘gravely deficient’ but one of his several titles is ‘Servant of the servants of God’ and we appreciate the humility in that term.

It can’t be easy being the head of the Catholic Church at this point in history. Ravaged by repeated scandal of the worst kind, and unable to placate the numerous victims or accusers, the Church struggles to hold its position of trust. Criticized even by altruists for its unfashionable firmness on religious principles, and relegated by intellectuals as adherents of medieval nonsense, the Church is embattled, but has sufficient genuine spiritual power to survive and prosper.

I wish the Pope well when he arrives in Britain on Thursday.


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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Radhastami Katha

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I turned at random to Srimad-Bhagavatam, Second Canto, Chapter 8, "Questions by King Pariksit", Text 1.

"King Pariksit inquired from Sukadeva Gosvami: How did Narada Muni, whose hearers are as fortunate as those instructed by Lord Brahma, explain the transcendental qualities of the Lord, who is without material qualities, and before whom did he speak?"

Narada Muni was directly instructed by Lord Brahma, who is also directly instructed by the Supreme Lord, therefore the instructions of Narada to his various disciples are as good as those of the Supreme Lord. This is the way of understanding Vedic knowledge. It comes down from the Supreme Lord by disciplic succession, and the transcendental knowledge is distributed to the world even today by this descending process. There is no chance, however, to receive the Vedic knowledge from mental speculators. The test for bonafide spiritual masters is that there should be no difference between the instruction of the Lord originally imparted to His devotee. What Srila Prabhupada brought and delivered to America in 1966 was the teachings of his spiritual master, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, who received it from his teachers Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Gaurkisora das Babaji, who in turn received it from their spiritual masters in the Gaudiya sampradaya coming down from Lord Caitanya, who is Krishna Himself. Nothing is changed in the message, although it is delivered according to time, place and persons by the different acaryas. The written accounts are all in the sastras and in the authorized written tikas by the acaryas.

The verse also stated that the Lord is "without material qualities." This means He existed prior to the material creation. It does not mean, however, that He has no quality but that He has no material quality, such as the modes of goodness, passion and ignorance as the conditioned souls have. He is transcendental to all qualities and is therefore called aguna.

Radhastami is coming. We will have a small observation in our community. Rama-raya of Vrndavana is visiting. I will ask him to lead the kirtana and speak on Radharani. Then we can participate in a feast. I've been reading the section of Srimad-Bhagavatam, "The Gopis Search for Krishna," and it is very wonderful. There is one verse in which the name of Radharani appears in a covered way. The gopis see that Krishna has left the rasa dance, and He has taken one gopi with Him. They examine the footprints of Krishna and this one gopi, who is Srimati Radharani. In one verse they say, "Certainly this particular gopi has perfectly worshiped the all-powerful Personality of Godhead, Govinda, since He was so pleased with Her that He abandoned the rest of us and brought Her to a particular place." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.30.28) The word used to describe the particular gopi is aradhitah, “She who has perfectly worshiped Bhagavan Hari.” In his commentary to the verse, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura states, "The sage (Sukadeva Gosvami) has tried with all endeavor to keep Her name hidden, but now it is automatically springing forth from the moon of Sukadeva Gosvami's mouth. This is indeed Her mercy, and it is like the rumbling of a kettledrum to announce Her great fortune."

By examining the two lovers’ footsteps, the gopis (who consist of members of Radha's group and members who are rivals to Radha) conclude that at a certain point Krishna has picked up Radha in His arms and carried Her. Then they see a space where only the front of Krishna's toes are impressed in the earth, and they conclude He is standing tiptoe to collect some flowers to decorate Radharani from the branches of a tree. Then, by their detective work, the gopis ascertain that the Two are finally sitting together.

What happens next is that Krishna suggests they walk further but Radharani, out of amorous pride, tells Krishna that He should carry Her because She is tired and cannot walk any further. Krishna ask Radha to climb onto His shoulders, whereupon He disappears. Radharani is then stricken with the grief of separation. She cries out to Him to return. The gopis find Radharani alone in the forest, and both groups of gopis immediately sympathize with Her and reprimand Krishna for abandoning Her. All the gopis then wander in the forest searching for Krishna. They cannot find Him, and they wind up at the bank of the Yamuna and chant His names until He finally reappears.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Quoth the raven “Nevermore”

My morning class on Darwinian foolishness from a crow

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Maha-Mantra Week!

On September 18, 1965, His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada stepped off the ship Jaladutta onto American soil in Boston. The rest is history!

After Srila Prabhupada came to the US, within 12 years he was able to establish over a hundred temples and inspire thousands of followers and share with them the strength of the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra! Today, ISKCON has grown to a world wide confederation of over 400 centres around the world!

Starting this Friday, Sep 17th, ISKCON centres all over the world will celebrate the arrival of Srila Prabhupada in the West 45 years ago, the day that changed the life trajectory of millions all over the globe. The celebrations this year in ISKCON Toronto will be marked by 15 days of non-stop activity. We encourage you to make the most of this occassion, participate in the numerous activities, help organize them and most importantly - spread the word around!

Daily Highlights:-
Morning Conference Call readings from Sri Namamrta (7:15-7:25am)
Japathon challenge to chant 45,000 rounds collectively

Week 1 (Sep 17th Fri to Sep 23rd Thu)
Sep 17th (Fri) - Downtown Street Harinam (6:30-8pm)
Sep 18th (Sat) - Sankirtan in Orillia (Beatles Festival) (9am-6pm) (Pre-Registration Required)
Sep 19th (Sun) - 64+ Rounds Day (4am onwards)
Sep 23rd (Thu) - Srila Prabhupada Movie night (7-9pm) with popcorn and juice!

Week 2 (Sep 24th Fri to Oct 2nd Sat)
Sep 24th (Fri) - Downtown Street Harinam (6:30-8pm)
Sep 25th (Sat) - Monthly Sankirtan Festival (9am-2pm)
Double Decker Bus Harinam (4-8pm) (Pre-Registration Required -first come, first serve basis)
Sep 26th (Sun) - 64+ Rounds Day (4am onwards)
Sep 30th (Thu) - Srila Prabhupada Movie night (7-9pm) with popcorn and juice!
Oct 1st (Fri) - Downtown Street Harinam (6:30-8pm)
Oct 2nd (Sat) - Grand-Finale - 12 Hour Kirtan (9am-9pm)

It is going to be busy 15 days but we hope to see you at these events! Stay tuned for detailed information about each of these activities!

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New Vrndavan, USA: Humble Request On Behalf Of NV Ashram Mothers

Hare Krishna! Dear Devotees: All good fortune to you!

The hallway floor in the Ladies Ashram looks like something out of a worst scenario ghetto. It sorely needs to be replaced, as in ten years ago! Currently, I was able to paint most of the rooms and that has made a HUGH difference but, when you step out to the hallway, it’s back to the hellish planet. Is there anyone out there who would be so generous as to sponsor a new floor for the Ashram Hallway (or, perhaps, two or three persons together)? Please thinks about it and if you can, find a way to step forward and help create a more civil environment for the ladies who are most often behind the scenes, holding up the fort. You can contact me at malatidevi@aol.com or 304-845-959.1 Thanking you all for giving thought and consideration to this humble request.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Dandevats, malati dd

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Australian News: Welcome to Deity Worship.com


Welcome and thank you for visiting the ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry Web site.

Please take your time and browse through the information and resources available. You can use the menu bar above to navigate around the the web site.

Click on the WORSHIP button and find out about worshipping the deities at home as well as in the temple. Click on EDUCATION AND TRAINING and see what you can lean. Click on NEWS and read the latest stories from around the world.

We are continually adding to the site for the benefit of Pujari's and devotees around the world.

Visit the web site of the ISKCON Deity Worship Minister: Deityworship.com

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: The Extraordinary lives of the Sisters Bodor (Part 1-2)

An interview with my mother and sister that gives a picture of life in the first half of the last century.

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Gauranga Kishore das,USA: Morality, Love, and Srimati Radharani



This is a post that I started a while ago when we had some discussion about the source of morality, I had attempted to answer the Question posed by Socrates in the Euthyphro but hadn't had much luck, and then, what I think is the answer it just kinda hit me. But that was a while ago and I never got around to writing the post, so I thought in honor Srimati Radharani's upcoming appearance day I would finish it as an offering to Her.

Socrates original challenge, which has been a challenge for divine command theories of morality ever since, was "Is something good because the god's love it or do they love it because it is good." And when you ask this question the answer seems obvious that it doesn't just make sense to say something is arbitrarily good because the God/the god's love it.

On the one hand there can't be anything higher than God. But on the other had socrates' question does seem to raise a doubt about God's role in morality. Is morality a separate and higher power than God?

The first question we have to answer is what is morality. I think the simple answer is that morality is an expression of love. It is, as Kant said, treating others as ends in themselves. Or acting selflessly rather than selfishly. Of course morality is an approximation of those ideals that govern our behavior in this world. 

Our intuition is that God cannot decree that someone should cause suffering to another, and that it would actually be wrong even if he did. What is this standard that we would judge even God by.

It is love. Which is of course is God's very nature, and of course God would never do anything contrary. But is it true that even He, in all His glory and power, is limited or controlled by love?

In Western philosophy this has seemed like a strange idea that God could be limited or controlled by something else. And it is strange if we think of God in the most simplistic way as the most powerful being, but this is a very limited conception of God. Unfortunately Western philosophy has been limited in its progress the by limited conception of God contained in the Judeo-Christian religious tradtions.

But in the devotional religious traditions of India where Krishna is worshiped as God the idea that God is controlled by love is what makes God so glorious. God is not glorious because He is God, the supreme controller, the creator and destroyer of everything. God is not a cosmic dictator that we must all swear allegiance to or perish. God is all loving, and moreover He is subservient to love. In Gaudiya Vaisnava theology Srimati Radharani is the embodiment of God's loving nature. Together Radha and Krishna, with all their associates, are worshipped as the complete form of God.

There is a story about a great saint named Jayadeva Goswami. He was writing a very special book of poetry called the Gita Govinda in which he was describing the very intimate conjugal pastimes of Radha and Krishna in Vrindavan as he was personally witnessing them in his meditation. He came to one point in his meditation where Radha had become angry and Krishna and stopped talking to Him, and then Jayadev saw Krishna approach Radha and touch her feet and beg forgiveness from her. But he felt that he could not write this down, that it would be inappropriate to show Krishna, God Himself, touching the feet of Radha and begging her forgiveness. So he decided to take a break from writing, it was almost lunch time anyways, so he went down to the river to take his midday bath and do his midday rituals. When He returned home and asked for lunch his wife was quite surprised and told him that she just fed him lunch, and she said that after eating he had gone back to writing. Very bewildered to hear this Jayadev went over to his desk and saw that the verse he had been contemplating was written there. Then he realized that Krishna had personally come disguised as Jayadev and blessed his home by eating there and personally written the verse down.

Krishna is not only subservient to the love of His devotees but He wants to make it known to everyone that He is always controlled by the love of His devotees, especially the love of Srimati Radharani.

When we consider this conception of God it becomes clear that there is no contradiction in seeing that God subservient to His own divine loving nature. This is a philosophical truth and it is expressed practically in His many pastimes of love with His pure devotees.


Jai Sri Radhe!
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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: How to be free from miseries and anxiety?

As long as the motivation for your activities is your own pleasure, you will find so much pain in your life.

As long as the motivation for your activities is your own happiness, you will find so much distress in your life.

As long as the motivation for your activities is to find honor you will suffer so much dishonor in your life.

Until you work and you act for the pleasure of Krishna you have to suffer the dualities of material existence. So as long as we do what we like to do we should understand that we are extending the perplexities of our own bondage in material existence.

But as soon as we do what Krishna wants us to do, what the great devotees on behalf of Krishna are telling us to do, through that process we gradually become free from all the miseries and anxieties of the material world.

H.H.Radhanath Swami

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1951 September 14: "I wish that the American people may understand Bhagavad-gita's direct meaning. Let it not be unnecessarily misunderstood by academic erudition which has nothing to do with living reality. Then it will be possible for us all to understand the basic principle of cosmic harmony. - Abhay Caranaravinda Bhaktivedanta"
Prabhupada Letters :: 1947-64

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1965 September 14:
"Today is the 33rd day of our journey. In the morning I saw the sky cloudy with dim moonlight. The captain told me he has never had such experience of calm & quietness. In the past there was always typhoon, cyclone, etc. for days. I said it is Lord Krishna's Grace. If such things would have taken place on the Atlantic, I would die."
Jaladuta Diary :: 1965

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 September 14: "I am so pleased to learn you have decided to stay there and open a temple. It is so much pleasing to me. This is very nice. May Krishna bless you with all His blessings and may you be successful in your very noble enterprise."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 September 14: "This Krishna Consciousness movement through music, philosophy, spiritual culture, and personal behavior culminating in the ideal character of our devotees - all these heavenly contributions combined together will certainly bring about a major change in the life of the modern world."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1969 September 14: "Now I have come to England and I am staying at the house of Mr. John Lennon. He is very much kind upon us. So let us see how we can establish Krishna Consciousness in this part of the world."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 September 14: "There is every evidence that the sannyasis were influenced by some of my fourth-class Godbrothers. Please always remain very vigilant that our society's growth may go on unimpeded by such poisonous elements."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 September 14: "Krishna fought with so many demons so fighting is not prohibited. After all, this world is full of darkness and controlled by demons. So if you think buying a weapon is necessary, that is all right, we have to defend Krishna's temple if it comes to that."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 September 14: "I am not in favor of closing even a small temple. It is not a plaything to close a temple or to start a temple. When we open a temple we are inviting Krishna to come and if we close it, it is an insult."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: Forgiveness

Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey, they had an argument and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand, "today my best friend slapped me in the face".

They kept on walking until they found an oasis where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone, "today my best friend saved my life".

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "after I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone. Why?" the friend replied, "when someone hurts us we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it".

Learn to write your hurt in the sand of forgiveness and carve the good by others in stone.

Hare Krishna

source: another blog

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Sunday, Sept 12 evening bhajan along with Candra-doya dasa

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Australian News: World Wide Harinam Videos: Where's Yours?

London

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Sarajevo

Israel

Italy

Netherlands

Russia

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Dream and Live

Edmonton/Toronto

Security at the Edmonton Airport was very thorough at their job. Line-ups were slow. In the wake of surging religious zealots in various parts of the world and the ninth anniversary of New York's twin towers going down, it is no wonder. Once through security my three companions and I were glad the tension was over, at least, for us, much less for those screening everyone.

Next to me a nice couple from Edmonton in the plane enroute to Halifax looked down to see the vast number of wind turbines. They were curious and asked if I had seen them before. My response was, "Oh yes, quite close up." But I refrained from telling them that I did indeed walk through the area once as I have much of Canada's major roads. In this case it was the huge wind giants of southern central Ontario that I had witnessed from the ground level.

I did wish to be there instead of in the air. Lately the passion for long distance walking has truly struck me out of sheer love for it. I'm not sure just when the hankering will turn into reality. I haven't yet written a letter to my Australian devotee friends telling them I can't walk Australia next year as MRI scans reveal cartilage wear down and therefore I must reduce extreme daily lengths on foot. I pondered on the fun of the Fijian trek of a year ago.

When I look at a map I lust over the roads not yet trekked and I think of all those souls whom I could still meet and who will eventually chance upon a BBT book for enlightenment. If ever there was to be a serious long walk it would have to be cut down in daily length. 40 kilometers a day won't do anymore. That's just the way it is.

And here's a mild phrase tacked onto the wall of a public washroom while on our trip to Edmonton:

'Dream as if you have forever.

Live as if you only have today.'

2 KM

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Friday, September 10th, 2010

The Last Yawn

Edmonton, Alberta




In an unknown to us suburb in Edmonton, Goura and I poked around with several directions guessing where to find a trail of beauty. It seemed like we were surrounded by the burb dynamic, residential road curves, until we came upon some resemblance of a straight path with some vegetation.

We were "doing our rounds"; not a routine walking although our feet were in stride. "Rounds" refers to the chanting on our meditation beads, a strand of 108 beads.. It is our morning ritual and I appreciate Goura's diligence in this regard. Even though Goura's body demands more sleep than mine and even though he may be tired from some physical exertion from the day prior provoking that extra yawn here and there, Goura will rise early enough to be my companion. He religiously chants each day.

I pointed out to him the local ruler's of the low sky. Staying close to the ground, sailing on his wings is the notorious magpie. They are in abundance in this part of Alberta. They seem to party all day and show that some life does in fact grace the Prairies They have a different version of "doing rounds".

And after our walk, as was done in the past few days, our little drama troupe, "Swami Productions", held a morning sadhana which included today a talk about how selfless service can transcend politics and spare someone from insanity. Our host, Nitin, posed great questions about what to do in what seems an undoable circumstance.

Our visit to Edmonton marks the end of our Prairies tour, if you will, and also our season's tour of "Lonely People". To prepare for our last performance, as always, I have our troupe invoke good fortune and blessings by chanting mantras. As we were completing our recitation Goura let out the biggest yawn. It could have rivaled a python's mouth stretch. We giggled.

I am happy to report that no one yawned during the show. Quite the contrary. The audience loved it and became highly animated.

9 KM

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Australian News: Harinam Sankirtan Revolution, the video: It's up to you now….

The Harinam Sankirtan Revolution is up to you. Got inspired, inspire others. (1) “You say we want a revolution, you better get it on right away, well you get on your feet and enter the street… Singing-” (2) Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

(1) John Lennon “Power to the People”
(2) The Yuga Dharma

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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Disaster At The Top Of The World


Click here to read the full article from Thomas-Homer Dixon from the New York Times

Aboard the Louis S. St-Laurent

STANDING on the deck of this floating laboratory for Arctic science, which is part of Canada's Coast Guard fleet and one of the world's most powerful icebreakers, I can see vivid evidence of climate change. Channels through the Canadian Arctic archipelago that were choked with ice at this time of year two decades ago are now expanses of open water or vast patchworks of tiny islands of melting ice.

In 1994, the "Louie," as the crew calls the ship, and a United States Coast Guard icebreaker, the Polar Sea, smashed their way to the North Pole through thousands of miles of pack ice six- to nine-feet thick. "The sea conditions in the Arctic Ocean were rarely an issue for us in those days, because the thick continuous ice kept waves from forming," Marc Rothwell, the Louie's captain, told me. "Now, there's so much open water that we have to account for heavy swells that undulate through the sea ice. It's almost like a dream: the swells move in slow motion, like nothing I've seen elsewhere."

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, and this summer its sea ice is melting at a near-record pace. The sun is heating the newly open water, so it will take longer to refreeze this winter, and the resulting thinner ice will melt more easily next summer.

At the same time, warm Pacific Ocean water is pulsing through the Bering Strait into the Arctic basin, helping melt a large area of sea ice between Alaska and eastern Siberia. Scientists are just beginning to learn how this exposed water has changed the movement of heat energy and major air currents across the Arctic basin, in turn producing winds that push remaining sea ice down the coasts of Greenland into the Atlantic.

Globally, 2010 is on track to be the warmest year on record. In regions around the world, indications abound that earth's climate is quickly changing, like the devastating mudslides in China and weeks of searing heat in Russia. But in the world's capitals, movement on climate policy has nearly stopped.

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Gouranga TV: Madhava Prabhu – 24 Hours Hare Krishna Kirtan in Spain 2010 – HD 720p – Part 1/5

Madhava Prabhu – 24 Hours Hare Krishna Kirtan in Spain 2010 – HD 720p – Part 1/5

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Vedavyasa Priya Swami

Sriamad Bhagavatam 11.24.1 - Give up the illusion of material duality.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami

Lord Caitanya ordered to go out and preach Krsna consciousness. Not that I stay in Vrndavana, and if anyone comes to me, I will teach. We must go out and go to them. Caitanya Mahaprabhu ordered like that.

- Srila Prabhupada

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