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  3. Australian News: The Kitchen Religion unleashes nectar on the unsuspecting people of Cronulla!!
  4. New Vrindavan, USA: Sri Radhastami 2010
  5. Australian News: The Grass Roots Harinama Revolution… Read All About It!
  6. Book Distribution News: A gradual process....
  7. Australian News: GET READY: World Holy Name Festival, almost here.
  8. Bhakta Chuck, CT, USA: Friday Night Oxen #21
  9. Japa Group: Chanting In Front Of Krsna
  10. Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Leaders dumb-down the people, create wars, and get rich
  11. Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: live lecture by BVK Swami
  12. H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: *Ujjain update 10th September, 2010*
  13. Kripamoya dasa, UK: Goodbye Big Brother; Goodbye Queen Vic…
  14. Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: The Dirty Dozen
  15. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: THE LAW OF ACCUMULATION
  16. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: MY PARENTS AND THE HOLY NAME
  17. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: CHANT MORE
  18. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: WHAT IS YOUR "X"?
  19. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: INSTANT WISDOM - ZERO LEVEL THINKING
  20. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: INSTANT WISDOM - SUMMARY OF SUCCESS
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H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Eccstatic Picture Album Mukunda Prabhu

Please discover the eccstatic picture albums of His Grace Mukunda Prabhu http://picasaweb.google.co.in/mukunda.bcs

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Bharatavarsa.net: Book distribution seminar: A gradual process....

Dear devotees,

The following story shows how sankirtan devotees (knowingly or unknowingly) can be instrumental in bringing someone to the lotus feet of Krsna's representative.

Beginning of 2009:

Billy, a 24-year-old English traveler, comes across a male devotee distributing books in Sydney. Billy rejects the book (for now).

August 4, 2010:

Billy arrives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Wednesday, August 11, Billy's 7th day in Auckland:

I had been on Queen Street, Auckland's busiest, for three hours. I had managed to distribute only one small book and had to return to the Loft (Urban Outreach Centre) to do some other service. I stopped a girl after thinking she would be the last person to stop, and out of the corner of my eye I noticed Billy. I thought, "He'll be the last person I stop today, and he'll get a Bhagavad-gita." I ended the exchange with the girl and caught Billy.

By Krsna's grace it was one of these exchanges where you feel especially empowered to say the words that hit the right chords with the person. Billy revealed his disappointment with traveling. After seven days in the country he had realized he wasn't going to get any different sense gratification just because he was on the other side of the world. He emanated a lack of fever for material pleasures. Perfect candidate for Lord Caitanya's mercy! I got a bit fired up at one point in the conversation when he started asking about the next life and karma, so I showed him the picture in the Gita of the man killing the cow. (Later I learned that the picture had inspired him to stop eating meat.) Billy took the Gita, and I strongly encouraged him to come to our Sunday Krsnafest. When I returned to the Loft, I told Sukanthi Radha about this exchange.

Thursday, August 12, Billy's 8th day in Auckland:

Sukanthi Radha was on Queen Street the next day when she met Billy. She immediately knew who he was when he said he'd bought the Gita the day before. She said to him, "Well, you've met two of us in two days D so who will you meet tomorrow?"

She gave him some sankirtan sweets that are so tasty you can't get them out of your mind.

Friday, August 13, Billy's 9th day in Auckland:

I was in a harinama party of thirty or so devotees dancing up Queen Street when the hood of my jacket was pulled from behind. It was Sukanthi Radha pointing out Billy, who was happily watching the harinama. Billy was becoming more curious -- especially after meeting us three days in a row.

Saturday, August 21, Billy's 17th day in Auckland:

Billy met a brahmacari distributing books on Queen Street. The devotee reminded Billy that he should come to the Krsnafest the next night.

Sunday night, Billy's 18th day in Auckland:

It was just after 5pm. Sukanthi Radha was getting out of the car parked outside the Loft when she noticed Billy wandering around on the opposite side of the street. He was lost, trying to find the Loft. If she hadn't been there, he might not have made it. Tonight happened to be the night our spiritual master, His Holiness Devamrta Swami, was giving the class.

Today Billy is working his way through the Gita, getting some realizations and coming to the Loft regularly.

This story brought to life a text message our spiritual master sent to a book distributer when she told him a sankirtan story. "See? The world needs your service. Who else will be an instrument to help this boy take to Krsna consciousness?Ã"

All glories to the efforts of the sankirtan devotees!

Your servant,

Gokula Lila dd

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Australian News: The Kitchen Religion unleashes nectar on the unsuspecting people of Cronulla!!

The Kitchen ReligionWELCOME to Kitchen Religion! This site is dedicated to Yoga and Meditation with a focus on people in Cronulla and across the Sutherland Shire. Our Yoga is the path of Bhakti Yoga or the Yoga of Devotion. Please enjoy your visit to the site.

MY NAME is Rasika Dasi. I'm a member of the Hare Krishna movement – sometimes known as "The Kitchen Religion" (more on that here). Historically, this spiritual path is over 5000 years old, but it is as totally relevant to our lives now as at any time across the millennia.

My hope is that this site will be a useful resource for people who want to know more about yoga, meditation and spiritual life.

I FIRST MET devotees of Krishna in the mid 1970′s. They were dancing and singing and playing musical instruments as well as selling books and incense on the streets of Sydney. Although I obtained a few books and was very attracted to their chanting and music it wasn't until 1980 that I began to question who "I" was. Not "I" as in my body, but who is the entity that is feeling and sensing – experiencing my mind and body – from within? I found those answers in the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Yes, one of those books which I had obtained years earlier.

Follow this link to the web site: http://www.kitchenreligion.com.au/

If you live in the area check out the Kitchen Religion Breakfast Club link.

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New Vrindavan, USA: Sri Radhastami 2010

Srimati RadharaniThe most auspicious appearance of Srimati Radharani will be celebrated this Wednesday, Sept 15. Radhastami is the celebration day of Srimati Radharani's birth. Radharani is the consort of Krishna. She was born 15 days after Krishna's birth.

Radharani's special qualification is that She is the best devotee of Krishna. Krishna therefore loves Her the most. On Her festival day, devotees seeking Krishna's grace will especially ask Her to grant them devotion to Her beloved Lord, knowing that if they can attain Her favour, they can attain His as a natural consequence.
Many pray to Lord Krishna that He may permit them to approach the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani, knowing that if He is satisfied by their prayer then She will smile upon them also and pure devotion will be theirs. Sri Sri Radha and Krishna are the Eternal Divine Couple and are forever bound up in transcendental love for one another. Worshipping Them is the goal of life for Gaudiya Vaisnavas.

Devotees will fast until noon and sing devotional songs in praise of the Divine Couple and Their pastimes. Then a feast is served, most often including the famous Radha Red — a delicious, spicey, plum chutney.

Besides the splendid morning darshan of Her lotus feet and an evening abhisheka and feast at the RVC Temple, there will be a special program at Radha Kunda at HH Varsana Swami's place. The program will be from noon until 2pm.

Their Lordships Sri Sri Radhe Shyam will receive a Swan boat ride and then enter into their newly constructed Summer Temple for Their bhoga offering and arotika.  All devotees are invited to a delicious lunch prasadam picnic at Varsana Swami's place. There will be no lunch served at the RVC Temple. See you there!

Watch this space for the schedule of the celebration.

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Australian News: The Grass Roots Harinama Revolution… Read All About It!

(all photos by Krishnapada dasa)

Location: Brisbane Australia

13 Devotees, 1.5 hour of Harinama.

Once again devotees in Brisbane are leading the way for the rest of the Yatra.

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Book Distribution News: A gradual process....

Dear devotees,

The following story shows how sankirtan devotees (knowingly or unknowingly) can be instrumental in bringing someone to the lotus feet of Krsna's representative.

Beginning of 2009:

Billy, a 24-year-old English traveler, comes across a male devotee distributing books in Sydney. Billy rejects the book (for now).

August 4, 2010:

Billy arrives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Wednesday, August 11, Billy's 7th day in Auckland:

I had been on Queen Street, Auckland's busiest, for three hours. I had managed to distribute only one small book and had to return to the Loft (Urban Outreach Centre) to do some other service. I stopped a girl after thinking she would be the last person to stop, and out of the corner of my eye I noticed Billy. I thought, "He'll be the last person I stop today, and he'll get a Bhagavad-gita." I ended the exchange with the girl and caught Billy.

By Krsna's grace it was one of these exchanges where you feel especially empowered to say the words that hit the right chords with the person. Billy revealed his disappointment with traveling. After seven days in the country he had realized he wasn't going to get any different sense gratification just because he was on the other side of the world. He emanated a lack of fever for material pleasures. Perfect candidate for Lord Caitanya's mercy! I got a bit fired up at one point in the conversation when he started asking about the next life and karma, so I showed him the picture in the Gita of the man killing the cow. (Later I learned that the picture had inspired him to stop eating meat.) Billy took the Gita, and I strongly encouraged him to come to our Sunday Krsnafest. When I returned to the Loft, I told Sukanthi Radha about this exchange.

Thursday, August 12, Billy's 8th day in Auckland:

Sukanthi Radha was on Queen Street the next day when she met Billy. She immediately knew who he was when he said he'd bought the Gita the day before. She said to him, "Well, you've met two of us in two days D so who will you meet tomorrow?"

She gave him some sankirtan sweets that are so tasty you can't get them out of your mind.

Friday, August 13, Billy's 9th day in Auckland:

I was in a harinama party of thirty or so devotees dancing up Queen Street when the hood of my jacket was pulled from behind. It was Sukanthi Radha pointing out Billy, who was happily watching the harinama. Billy was becoming more curious -- especially after meeting us three days in a row.

Saturday, August 21, Billy's 17th day in Auckland:

Billy met a brahmacari distributing books on Queen Street. The devotee reminded Billy that he should come to the Krsnafest the next night.

Sunday night, Billy's 18th day in Auckland:

It was just after 5pm. Sukanthi Radha was getting out of the car parked outside the Loft when she noticed Billy wandering around on the opposite side of the street. He was lost, trying to find the Loft. If she hadn't been there, he might not have made it. Tonight happened to be the night our spiritual master, His Holiness Devamrta Swami, was giving the class.

Today Billy is working his way through the Gita, getting some realizations and coming to the Loft regularly.

This story brought to life a text message our spiritual master sent to a book distributer when she told him a sankirtan story. "See? The world needs your service. Who else will be an instrument to help this boy take to Krsna consciousness?Ó

All glories to the efforts of the sankirtan devotees!

Your servant,

Gokula Lila dd

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Australian News: GET READY: World Holy Name Festival, almost here.

By Rasika Devi Dasi

World Holy Name Festival

THERE'S NOT TOO MANY more sleeps before the World Holy Name Festival for 2010 gets under way.

It all kicks off on September 17 and for the following 17 days all of us can dive into the ocean of bliss that is the Holy Name. There will be "Japathons", mass Harinama Sankirtan parties and, on September 21 at 12 noon GMT, global prayer. This is Haridas Thakura's appearance day and what better way to honour it than by encouraging everyone worldwide to chant the Holy Name together for 10 minutes. That's going to create some powerful energy for Mayadevi to deal with!

I'm hoping to get something happening at Cronulla – and will try to come up with some fun twists to hopefully encourage our local team to get out in the mall and along the Esplanade. There's no sweeter nectar than the Yuga Dhama so don't be shy people!

Check out the web site for your local center or temple on the right of this page

CLICK HERE to find out more and download some goodies at the World Holy Name Festival site.

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Bhakta Chuck, CT, USA: Friday Night Oxen #21

Hello Everyone,

For anyone out in the Connecticut countryside Saturday,  please stop by the Cornwall Ag Fair on the green from 10 to 3.  Have your picture taken with Jigger & Jolly, feed them apples, take them for a walk and lots more…

Oxen in Medieval England

original source: oxpiper

Ofttimes, I meet people when I’m out with Jigger & Jolly and asked many different kinds of questions about Oxen; anything from what an Ox is exactly, the purpose of these little teams-of-three and more. Some answers I have, most I don’t. But we are learning by experience little by little.

In this video, Mr. Matteson gives us a fast-paced, information-packed presentation on Oxen, sighting their importance and value against a historical backdrop. Common implementation of solutions-to-problems and tools-to-tasks are discussed. I hope this video will answer some of the questions that you’ve been wondering about Oxen too.

Have a nice weekend, in service to the Oxen

Chuck

Chant

Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare


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Japa Group: Chanting In Front Of Krsna

Next Maharaja discuss's the importance of chanting in front of the Lord and how that can affect the quality of our Japa.


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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Leaders dumb-down the people, create wars, and get rich

Prabhupada: Their policy is that they want to keep the people in that way-rascals and fools -- then they'll vote and they'll enjoy the political power. That is their policy. Actually they do not want to see their countrymen elevated good character. They don't want to see. If the people become... Just like the British government in their time, they wanted to give education. Their education means A-B-C-D, half-mediocre, so that the government may be run on. They require clerks, servants, so much, not high education. As soon as there was question of high education, they stopped. And actually it so happened that as soon as the Indian people became highly educated and they learned the history of the world, they kicked them out. So these people, these rascals, Nixon and company, they want to keep the people in ignorance so that they'll get vote and enjoy. If the people become intelligent brahmanas, then immediately he'll be kicked out. What is his value? He has no value. This is policy. They don't want to see that people become elevated in knowledge. That is not their policy. Therefore, they do not agree. Actually they are seeing that "These Hare Krsna people, they're so nice character, they're religion, God conscious, so if all people become like this, then where we are?'' Because as soon as people become Krsna conscious, they'll noncooperate with the slaughterhouse, liquor industry, gambling, illicit sex. They will noncooperate. Then the whole plan of civilization will be collapsed. Atreya Rsi(?): Their biggest industry is the war industry. Prabhupada: Yes. Atreya Rsi(?): War, killing. Prabhupada: So, how they can (indistinct)? They do not know and do not actually want to see people enlightened. It is not their policy. It is simply make some show. Show means spend another set-up amount, investigation. Their men, the government men, they'll get money, that's all. Atreya Rsi(?): Jaya. Prabhupada: And finished. Engage some rascal report. This is going on. Atreya Rsi(?): Exactly, exactly. Prabhupada: Very dangerous. Atreya Rsi(?): They are all thieves, Prabhupada. Prabhupada: Eh? Atreya Rsi: Thieves, stealing from each other. Prabhupada: That's all. They don't want to see people very enlightened. "It is folly to be wise where ignorance is bliss.'' But at least how to become wise, that injunction has been given to you. Now you try to save the country, how to do it. These people will not be. You'll have to educate the people, and they'll vote you to the senators, president, and then your country will be nice. Just like by Kuruksetra, Krsna smashed all Duryodhana and company, and He posted Yudhisthira Maharaja. That is the Krsna's politics.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- June 14, 1972, Los Angeles

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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: live lecture by BVK Swami

SB lecture, ISKCON Los Angeles

11 Sep, 7.30 a.m. Pacific time (GMT -8)

http://lalive.us/

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H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: *Ujjain update 10th September, 2010*

Sent in by Mukunda Prabhu. *From tomorrow the Seminar will begin and continue till 16th instant.* *There will be four sessions when devotees will receive the true knowledge from the sastras and make spiritual progress from the instructions of Guru Maharaj.* *Just to give all an idea of how the daily schedule will be like, [...]

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Kripamoya dasa, UK: Goodbye Big Brother; Goodbye Queen Vic…

 

Well, it’s over. The long-running television experiment which sees an unlikely group of people all living in one house has finally come to an end. Big Brother – named after the character in George Orwell’s book 1984 – saw a total of 380 cameras recording everything the group of unlikely housemates did over many weeks. Viewers could vote off the one person every week they felt they liked least. Apparently, many viewers found it captivating stuff. At times it was quite savage, with the worst in human nature coming to the surface as housemates were pressured by the stresses of living in such close contact with others. Some were humiliated, some were exploited, some suffered emotional breakdown. Others emerged triumphant as the last man/woman left in the house and went on to temporary fame. At its height, millions watched it.

I watched a few minutes of it once. Or at least I tried to. I tried to see what viewers saw in it, but having lived myself closely confined in a house with a number of quirky characters for extended periods, I could not quite see the entertainment value.

The Big Brother House is just down the road from my house. It is filmed in Elstree, Hertfordshire. Every Friday night in Big Brother season there would be crowds of people streaming from the railway station down the road to the studios. But as the years went by, plummeting audience figures saw to it that, like everything else, it came to an end.

Still not ended yet though, is the continuing saga of a group of quirky characters stuck in close confinement in the same small square in the East End of London. East Enders is a very long-running TV soap serial. The fact that the quirky characters aren’t real means that the scriptwriters can come up with any number of twists and turns in the plot line in order to hold on to the 10 or 12 million viewers. Now the Queen Vic pub, the building pretty much at the centre of Albert Square and therefore the heart of all the drama, has been severaly damaged by fire. What will happen next?

Like the Big Brother House but on the other side of the high street, Albert Square is constructed on the old site of Elstree Film Studios. Now home to the BBC TV Centre, it is the place where much gripping television drama is created. I am sorry to destroy any of my readers pleasant illusions, but Albert Square, Walford Underground station and the streets surrounding it are not real. I have seen the truth.

The buildings consist of only the front elevations propped up by timber and the roads continue for only a few yards. A trip to Borehamwood will get you an indirect view of the externals of the Square. Years ago, you could also watch the filming, too. I treated my mother by taking her to the set once, nicely viewable from my devotee friends back garden. Now it is largely blocked off so that the endings of particular plot lines are not revealed until the right time – usually about six weeks later.

I could get quite philosophical here and start talking about how this world is also constructed in such a way that we think it is more substantial than it is; how we are all actors with plot lines endings that are not yet revealed to us; with millions of celestial viewers watching us. But look, I think if you read this blog regularly you’ll know that analogy by now. And if you don’t – and you’d like even more drama – the best analogous story for this kind of thing was The Truman Show. Sometimes art imitates life which imitates Reality…


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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: The Dirty Dozen

From CNN Health

If you’re eating non-organic today, you may be ingesting 67 pesticides with it, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group.

The group, a nonprofit focused on public health, scoured nearly 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine what fruits and vegetables we eat have the highest, and lowest, amounts of chemical residue.

Most alarming are the fruits and vegetables dubbed the “Dirty Dozen,” which contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving. These foods are believed to be most susceptible because they have soft skin that tends to absorb more pesticides.

“It’s critical people know what they are consuming,” the Environmental Working Group’s Amy Rosenthal said. “The list is based on pesticide tests conducted after the produce was washed with USDA high-power pressure water system. The numbers reflect the closest thing to what consumers are buying at the store.”

Special report: Toxic America

The group suggests limiting consumption of pesticides by purchasing organic for the 12 fruits and vegetables.

“You can reduce your exposure to pesticides by up to 80 percent by buying the organic version of the Dirty Dozen,” Rosenthal said.

The Dirty Dozen

Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Domestic blueberries
Nectarines
Sweet bell peppers
Spinach, kale and collard greens
Cherries
Potatoes
Imported grapes
Lettuce

Not all non-organic fruits and vegetables have a high pesticide level. Some produce has a strong outer layer that provides a defense against pesticide contamination. The group found a number of non-organic fruits and vegetables dubbed the “Clean 15″ that contained little to no pesticides.

The Clean 15

Onions
Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Mango
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet potatoes
Sweet onions

What is a pesticide?

A pesticide is a mixture of chemical substances used on farms to destroy or prevent pests, diseases and weeds from affecting crops. According to the USDA, 45 percent of the world’s crops are lost to damage or spoilage, so many farmers count on pesticides.

The Environmental Protection Agency, the FDA and the USDA work together to monitor and set limits as to how much pesticide can be used on farms and how much is safe to remain on the produce once it hits grocery store shelves.


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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: THE LAW OF ACCUMULATION

Devotional service rendered to the Personality of Godhead never goes in vain. Since the Personality of Godhead is eternal, intelligence applied in His service or anything done in His relation is also permanent. In the Bhagavad-gītā it is said that such transcendental service rendered unto the Personality of Godhead accumulates birth after birth, and when the devotee is fully matured, the total service counted together makes him eligible to enter into the association of the Personality of Godhead. Such accumulation of God's service is never vanquished, but increases till fully matured. SB 1.6.24 Purport
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Get better a little bit every single day, and your improvement will accumulate over time to make you perfect.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: MY PARENTS AND THE HOLY NAME

As I am trying to put the holy name in the center of my life, which I intended to do for the past year, and inspired by Sacinandana Swami's Kirtan Retreat, some interesting things are happening.

As I am writing this, my father, a retired high school psychology teacher, is chanting his first round of the Hare Krsna maha mantra. And my mother, who remembers the whole mantra, is teaching him the mantra.

How did this came about?

This morning my mother told me that my father has attacks of depression from time to time. I said he should start chanting on beads. So later on I explained to him the benefits of the spiritual sound giving an example of the famous sound experiment and he agreed to try.

I also explained that God is always happy and if you are in touch with Him via His name it is impossible to be depressed. I told him that since I started chanting in 1982, I was never ever depressed. And my father knows that I did have periods of depression when I was young.

I told my father that whenever he feels bad or depressed he can take the beads and chant. So let us see how he gets on.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: CHANT MORE

If you have less time - chant more!

- Sacinandana Swami

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: WHAT IS YOUR "X"?

Once upon a time, there was a major technical problem at a billion-dollar atomic power plant. This malfunction was slowing energy generation and reducing the overall efficiency of the entire operation.

As much as they tried, the plant's engineers could not identify and solve the problem. So they brought in one of the nation's top consultants on atomic plant construction and engineering to see if he could determine what was wrong. The consultant arrived, put on a white coat, took his clipboard and went to work. For the next two days, he walked around, studying the hundreds of dials and gauges in the control room, taking notes and making calculations.

At the end of the second day, he took a black felt marker out of his pocket, climbed up on a ladder and put a large black "X" on one of the gauges.

"This is the problem," he explained. " Repair and replace the apparatus connected to this meter and the problem will be solved."

He then took off his white smock, drove back to the airport and flew home. The engineers disassembled the apparatus and discovered that, sure enough, this was the cause of the problem. It was soon repaired and the plant was back up to full capacity.

About a week later the plant manager received a bill from the consultant for $10,000 for "Services rendered."

The plant manager was surprised at the size of the bill, even though this was a multi-billion dollar nuclear facility and the problem had been costing an enormous amount of money in lost generating capacity. After all, he reasoned, the consultant had come in, stood around for a couple of days, written a black "X" on one of the gauges and then returned home. $10,000 seemed like a high fee for such a simple job.

The plant manager wrote back to the consultant. "We have received your bill. Could you please break down and itemize your charges. It seems that all you did was to write one "X" on a single gauge. $10,000 appears to be excessive for this amount of work."

Some days later, the plant manager received a new invoice from the consultant. It said, "For placing "X" on gauge: $1.00. For knowing which gauge to place "X" on: $9,999."
This simple story illustrates and summarizes the most important single principle of success, achievement and happiness in life. Your ability to determine where you put the "X" in each part of your life is the critical determinant of everything that you accomplish, or fail to accomplish.

This "X" is your focal point. This is the one thing that you can do, at any given moment, to get the very best result possible for you in that area. Your ability to choose the correct time, place and activity to place your "X" has more of an impact on your life than any other factor.

In the book "Focal Point", you will learn a practical, proven and powerful process that you can apply in every area of your life to achieve better, faster, easier outcomes and results than you ever imagined possible. Just as the sun's rays, focused through a magnifying glass, can create intense heat and fire, your intelligence and abilities, focused and concentrated on a few key activities, can enable you to accomplish vastly more than the average person, and in far less time. Just as normal light and electricity concentrated into a laser beam can cut through steel, your ability to choose and decide upon the most vital element of any situation will enable you to perform at extraordinary levels in any area of endeavor or activity.

- From the book "Focal Point" by Brian Tracy (book available upon request)

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: INSTANT WISDOM - ZERO LEVEL THINKING

Knowing what I now know, would I start it again if I had to do it over again?

If the answer is no - get out of it as quickly as you can (relationship, work, project, etc.).

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: INSTANT WISDOM - SUMMARY OF SUCCESS

If you want to be successful, find out what you really love to do, throw your whole heart into doing it really well, and never give up.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: INSTANT WISDOM - SINGLE SUCCESS FORMULA

Do what you resolve to do.
Do what you have decided to do.
Fulfill your promises to yourself.
Fulfill your comittments to yourself.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: INSTANT WISDOM

You either fear or love.

Help more. Judge less.

Ask more and listen. Talk less.

Help yourself first.

Make a promise and keep it.

Organize and execute around your highest priorities.

Always focus on essentials.

Always spend less than you earn.

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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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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: TRIED DEVOTEE

Lord Krsna said to King Yudhisthira, "My devotee is not deterred by any adverse conditions of life; he always remains firm and steady. Therefore I give Myself to him, and I favor him so that he can achieve the highest success of life."

The mercy bestowed upon the tried devotee by the Supreme Personality is described as brahma, which indicates that the greatness of that mercy can be compared only to the all-pervasive greatness of Brahman.

Brahma means unlimitedly great and unlimitedly expanding.

That mercy is also described as paramam, for it has no comparison within this material world, and it is also called suksmam, very fine.

Not only is the Lord's mercy upon the tried devotee great and unlimitedly expansive, but it is of the finest quality of transcendental love between the devotee and the Lord.

Such mercy is further described as cin-matram, completely spiritual.

The use of the word matram indicates absolute spirituality, with no tinge of material qualities.

That mercy is also called sat (eternal) and anantakam (unlimited).

Since the devotee of the Lord is awarded such unlimited spiritual benefit, why should he worship the demigods?

A devotee of Krsna does not worship Lord Siva or Brahma or any other, subordinate demigod. He completely devotes himself to the transcendental loving service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Krsna Book 88: The Deliverance of Lord Siva

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: ASKING POWERFUL QUESTIONS

With just one powerful question you can help to unleash the life-changing moment of truth for a client. To get amazing results you need to be phenomenal and outrageous, you need to challenge the norm and stretch outside the box of prescribed questions and possibilities.

Asking a powerful question helps the client to open up his or her mind to a different way of looking at things. To really help someone to change you have to be able to reach deep down into the core of their thinking and experiences and stir something in their inner selves. At times you may need to shake them up. This starts with the first question you ask your client. Once you have awakened some hope of possibility within an individual, the path for moving forward becomes a real probability.

A different way of approaching questions and presenting information helps the client to look at their same reality through different eyes and possibly more accurately. It's as Einstein said, "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it."

Kim Knight

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: THE QUESTION THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

This question can completely transform your life and improve your life leadership:

What is the most valuable use of my time - right now?

Use it at least once every hour.

If you practice using it, you will see that you will have more time to do things that matter most to you and that you are becoming more happy and satisfied.

The magic of this question is that it connects you with your intuition, with your highest values and with what is most important to you.

The people and things that matter most to us should always be our top priority, and this question facilitates that smart choice.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: TIPS FOR ATTAINING SUCCESS IN KRSNA CONSCIOUSNESS

One way to attain success in Krsna consciousness is to follow these tips:

CHANTING
1.Chant 16 rounds in one go attentively first thing in the morning
2.Chant the holy name constantly
3.Find happiness in chanting the holy name
4.Send reports to your Chanting Success Partner (CSP)
5.Read about the effects of chanting from Sri Namamrta
6.Write your realizations about chanting
7.Inspire devotees to chant more
8.Make chanting the main pillar of success of your life
9.Make chanting the main pillar of success of your family and community
10.Pray to the holy name

SELF RENEWAL
11.Renew body: get up at 4:00 am, dance in kirtan, eat more fruit and vegetables, walk in nature or park
12.Renew mind: learn from Srila Prabhupada's books, learn from professionals, plan weekly and daily
13.Renew heart: always seek first to understand, give unconditionally, cultivate pure motives
14.Renew spirit: chant attentively, read Prabhupada's books, listen to Prabhupada's lectures, pray, attend temple programs, preach, remember your eternal position

SERVICE
15.Be focused on the basic principles and practices of Krsna consciousness
16.Look for opportunities to support and guide devotees to help them succeed in all areas
17.Serve devotees by helping them connect with Krsna
18.Inspire people to chant the holy name and surrender to Krsna
19.Inspire people by to love and serve Krsna
20.Preach Krsna consciousness with courage and humility
21.Glorify Krsna through preaching and singing
22.Inspire secular leaders to follow Srimad Bhagavatam
23.Remember that anything is possible by Krsna's mercy

RELATIONSHIPS
24.Help more, judge less
25.Ask inspiring questions, talk less
26.Give people your love and care
27.See yourself as people's servant
28.Speak and act out of love, not out of fear
29.Be devoted to Krsna and love Him to the best of your ability

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: DEARMOST

People tend to accept the material body as the dearmost.

Then this idea of the dearmost is expanded to one's children and relatives and is developed on the basis of the real living entity, the soul within the body.

As soon as the real living entity leaves the body, even the body of the most dear relative or friend is no longer attractive.

Therefore the living soul, who is an eternal part of God, is the real basis of affection, and not the temporary material body and mind.

Because the living entities are parts of the supreme living entity, He is the factual basis of affection for all.

One who has forgotten this basic principle of love for everything and everyone has only flickering love because he is thinking of the temporary body only.

We cannot factually love anything or anyone unless we are fully developed in the loving service of the Lord.

Srimad Bhagavatam stresses that we must have more and more attachment to the principle of love.

In all circumstances we should try to develop love of God, and that will gradually solve all our difficulties and improve all our relationships, because we will see everyone as a dear child of the Supreme Father.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: WHY QUESTIONS?

Asking relevant questions is important to help us:

• Gather information
• Create understanding and learning
• Build, improve, and sustain relationships
• Clarify and confirm listening
• Stimulate creativity and innovation
• Resolve conflicts
• Create collaboration
• Set goals and create action plans
• Explore, discover, and create new possibilities

Not every question applies to every situation.

That's why we need to develop a collection of our favorite questions and work with them on a regular basis, daily.

These questions can open and change our mind. They allow us to unveil new choices, options, opportunities, advantages and possibilities.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: CIVILIZATION

Life's aim is self-realization — and Lord Visnu — not the skyscrapers. This piling of stones and woods, this is not very intelligent work. Piling the woods and stones and earth is there already as big mountains and hills. You do the business of a porter, carry it out, and put it high, heap it in one place, and it becomes a skyscraper building. If you are simply proud of these heaps of stones and wood and iron, that is not civilization. Civilization is that the living entity who is using these resources must know what is his actual business.

This piling of stones and wood is done also by the birds. They also pick up, according to their strength, some twigs, and they make a nest. That intelligence is there. The rat also, he makes a subway. (devotees laugh) So this is not very intelligent work, to imitate the rats, the birds, the cats, and the dogs. That is not civilization.

Civilization means self-realization, "What I am? Why I am forced to die? I do not like to die." To know this, that is civilization. When all these inquiries will come into one's mind,like: "I do not wish to die. Why death is there, forced upon me? I am forced to die. I do not wish to be diseased. Why disease comes upon me?" When this "why" questions comes, that is humanity. And if a man remains dull, "All right, let me die," then he's cat and dog. That's all. If there is no "Why?" then he's a cat and dog.

So human civilization does not mean piling of woods and stones. Human civilization means brahma-jijñāsā, inquiry.

- Srila Prabhupada

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: PRABHUPADA VIDEO

I am watching this one hour video of Srila Prabhupada around the world. Check it out! I love it.

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Kurma dasa, AU: Back To Bolivia

Last night I dreamed I was in Bolivia. Perhaps it was a sign that I should post these blog excerpts. Perhaps it wasn't. Never mind, here they are anyway.

10 July 2003

The windy, icy cold truck stop town of Patamaya (3900 metres) was our breakfast venue. We dined on fresh sweet cherimoya (custard apples), hot coca tea and some fresh cheese-filled flaky turnovers called saltenas, Bolivia's most popular national savoury snack.

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Before getting back in the car, I couldn't resist photographing this little boy outside the restaurant. His mother was very disturbed to see me with camera poised, and yelled at me in her native aymara, but the boy obliged me and so by the time she starting running towards me, it was too late, and her son's image was immortalised in cyber space.

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We drove for hours across the treeless landscape, the starkly beautiful mountain passes adorned only with snow and saltbush. At one point as the highway climbed upward above a breathless 4000 metres, we zoomed passed a group of boys perched on a mountain pass who appeared to be selling something. I asked my driver Mathuresh if he would turn the car around for a closer inspection.

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The boys were selling big heavy granite spice grinding stones, which they were chipping away and making on the spot. I would have loved to buy one were they not so heavy - at least 10kg each. It was interesting that they very much resembled the large stone mortars that I had encountered in India. We posed for a photo, joked around a bit, then, as I got back inside the car, I gave them a big bag of puffed cereal to share.

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We finally descended into sunny Cochabamba at lunchtime. I could breathe again! Next stop - lunch at the Epicentro – Cochabamba's eclectic downtown Hare Krishna temple. After a brief rest we would then head to the Restaurant Gopal on Calle Espana at the Galeria Olimpia for a Sunday evening cooking class. My hosts had advertised my visit widely, and showed me one of the many posters had been put up around town announcing, along with all the details:

Primera visita a Sud America Kurma dasa Chef Internacional Cocina Vegetariana

For the whole story click here...

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 67

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2:38 A.M.

From Namamrta by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:

"By chanting the maha-mantra, one can remove the seeds of desire from the heart:

"Sukadeva Goswami points out that austerity, charity and the performance of ritualistic ceremonies for counteracting sinful activities are recommended processes, but that by performing them one cannot remove the sinful desire-seed from the heart, as was the case with Ajamila in his youth. This sinful desire-seed can only be removed only by achieving Krishna consciousness. And this can be accomplished very easily by chanting the maha-mantra, or Hare Krishna mantra, as recommended by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. (Nectar of Devotion)

"By associating with the Supreme Lord by chanting His holy name, one becomes free from material desires:

"Even those who are obsessed with material desires may also come to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead so steadily that they go back to Godhead. The fact is that if one comes to Krishna consciousness, although he may have many material desires, he becomes increasingly attracted to the lotus feet of Krishna through associating with the Supreme Lord by chanting His holy name. The Supreme Lord and His holy name are identical. Thus he becomes uninterested in attachment to material enjoyment. (SB 6.16.39)

Processes of atonement remove the karma from sinful activities, but they don't remove the deep-set tendency to commit those activities again. Prabhupada used to criticize the religious process of confessing sins, accepting some penance but then committing the sins again. This is the offense of committing sins on the strength of chanting. Real chanting removes the seed desire to commit the sins ever again. That is because it removes the material desires. One has to constantly chant Hare Krishna and keep the material desires far from the heart. Chanting Hare Krishna can do this, and therefore, Lord Caitanya recommends kirtaniyah sada harih: always chant Hare Krishna.

I woke up at 12:30 A.M and got up from bed.  Despite my early rising, my japa rounds went very slowly. It was as if I had no ability to chant quickly. I was awake and alert, but my rounds took about 10 minutes. So it was not until two and a half hours that I finished 16 rounds. I didn't get too disturbed at this since I had such an early start. But it doesn't bode well for the quality of the chanting if it takes you that long to meditate your way through the circle of beads. I must try with more fervent vigor to move quickly because then I am not laying back but pushing forward. In the end I don't berate myself because I have completed my vow at an early hour.

Moving slow but steady,
you complete your daily
duty. But where was your
mind that it took you
so long? I think you
lacked an intense concentration.
Maybe it was just something
biological. Were you
forgetful or were you "on top" of each mantra,
tasting the holy words?
Maybe try a stopwatch
and push yourself like
a cross-country runner
assured you are not spaced out. I want
to be with Radha-Krishna
in Their names, not
somewhere absent.

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1965 September 10:
"Today the ship is plying very smoothly. I feel today better. But I am feeling separation from Sri Vrindaban and my Lords Sri Govinda, Gopinath, Radha Damodar. I have left Bharat Bhumi, I have taken up this risk just to carry out the order of His Divine Grace. I depend fully on Their mercy so far away from Vrindaban."
Jaladuta Diary :: 1965

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 September 10: "I do not like this business of expensive lawyers and going to court, better to become determined to perform Sankirtana as we like. This is Civil disobedience movement. Let them fill their jails with us again and again, but we shall not stop our Sankirtana movement."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 September 10: "P.S. There is no difference between our chanting on the street or in temple or in jail. A Krishna Conscious person is not afraid of any place - he wants only to chant constantly in all circumstances."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 September 10: "As you have taken the vow of service you can now deliver the most fallen souls by taking up this active service of preaching. Regarding the incense factory; yes, you can guide them but you should not be very much involved with business."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 September 10: "I am in due receipt of your letter with photos of the farm. I like that place and wish to go there. As soon as you call me I will come. N.B. I wish to make an experiment in preaching by bullock cart. One cart can hold 6-8 men sitting and 2 men for sleeping."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 September 10: "We are preaching no material discrimination. The soul is the same passing through different bodies by the process of transmigration. The soul has nothing to do with the body. Unless one is raised to spiritual understanding, where is the question of equality?"
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 September 10: "Like gold passing in a business transaction - when gold is in my hands I think 'my gold,' and when it passes to another's hands, he thinks 'my gold.' So the soul when situated in a particular body, he identifies with that body."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 September 10: "If you remain on the material platform and artificially desire no discrimination it is not possible. Women claim to be equal so now they don't want to become pregnant, so they kill their own child. What kind of equality is this that it creates anothers suffering?"
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 67

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2:38 A.M.

From Namamrta by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:

"By chanting the maha-mantra, one can remove the seeds of desire from the heart:

"Sukadeva Goswami points out that austerity, charity and the performance of ritualistic ceremonies for counteracting sinful activities are recommended processes, but that by performing them one cannot remove the sinful desire-seed from the heart, as was the case with Ajamila in his youth. This sinful desire-seed can only be removed only by achieving Krishna consciousness. And this can be accomplished very easily by chanting the maha-mantra, or Hare Krishna mantra, as recommended by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. (Nectar of Devotion)

"By associating with the Supreme Lord by chanting His holy name, one becomes free from material desires:

"Even those who are obsessed with material desires may also come to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead so steadily that they go back to Godhead. The fact is that if one comes to Krishna consciousness, although he may have many material desires, he becomes increasingly attracted to the lotus feet of Krishna through associating with the Supreme Lord by chanting His holy name. The Supreme Lord and His holy name are identical. Thus he becomes uninterested in attachment to material enjoyment. (S.B. 6.16.39)

Processes of atonement remove the karma from sinful activities, but they don't remove the deep-set tendency to commit those activities again. Prabhupada used to criticize the religious process of confessing sins, accepting some penance but then committing the sins again. This is the offense of committing sins on the strength of chanting. Real chanting removes the seed desire to commit the sins ever again. That is because it removes the material desires. One has to constantly chant Hare Krishna and keep the material desires far from the heart. Chanting Hare Krishna can do this, and therefore Lord Caitanya recommends kirtaniya sada harih: always chant Hare Krishna.

I woke up at 12:30 A.M and got up from bed.  Despite my early rising, my japa rounds went very slowly. It was as if I had no ability to chant quickly. I was awake and alert, but my rounds took about 10 minutes. So it was not until two and a half hours that I finished 16 rounds. I didn't get too disturbed at this since I had such an early start. But it doesn't bode well for the quality of the chanting if it takes you that long to meditate your way through the circle of beads. I must try with more fervent vigor to move quickly because then I am not laying back but pushing forward. In the end I don't berate myself because I have completed my vow at an early hour.

Moving slow but steady,
you complete your daily
duty. But where was your
mind that it took you
so long? I think you
lacked an intense concentration.
Maybe it was just something
biological. Were you
forgetful or were you "on top" of each mantra,
tasting the holy words?
Maybe try a stopwatch
and push yourself like
a cross-country runner
assured you are not spaced out. I want
to be with Radha-Krishna
in Their names, not
somewhere absent.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Prabhupada Smaranam

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From One Hundred Prabhupada Poems, #24

"You write crazy in your Writing Session.
Your hope is that He sees the inner form and
accepts your sincerity.
All right.

"But when you speak to others
it's straight from Srila Prabhupada.
You can have both—the private world of your own
babbling,
which is also a long song for him,
and then the public speech which is
not less important, which is the discipline
of vaidhi-bhakti, the way to earn your right.

"When I utter absolute truth
from Srimad-Bhagavatam,
I couch it in my own words, "I'm happy and surprised
to see you are studying in the Tenth Canto.
We sannyasis get to taste many cantos as we go
from temple to temple. In this purport, Srila
Prabhupada says—"
Why have I come here except to speak
Srimad-Bhagavatam and talk alone
with one or two friendly Godbrothers?

"My master is in my heart
and the heart of all the devotees here.
He drives the enthusiasm of the sankirtana team,
assures the mothers, takes pleasure in
the baby in diapers
who comes to our van and speaks to us in German.

"Prabhupada explains it all,
how to worship and serve Krishna,
and we do it
by serving him.

"The sacred hour is consecrated to him,
and so is prasadam and prayer and lecture and rest….
My master sits at a height, and I
speak to the devotees
what I've heard from him,
my master in saffron—
he is all I need to know.
As he leads, I follow."

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

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1.
This one doesn't make overall
sense, but parts are from my
private life and parts are from
the sastra. It's a collage of
mixed-up stanzas to be read from
the joy of being a writer. And
Krishna-words are scattered throughout
making it eligible for sacred.
The mixture is like a
root-beer float.

2.
Here is the poem from
Under Dark Stars:
"You don't have to be afraid I'll
defend you, said
Karna to Duryo.


To have a big strong dad to
push away the ruffian and
cheaters and even when you
are small the monkeys and fish and cats and dogs.

Stay here and we'll take care of you.                                                                                                              Bite it off. We sat around talking                                                                                                                          of Vrndavana and I …
Uncle Joe opened his mouth full of potato salad,
and we told the story of how Radha-Kalachandji got stolen
from Dallas.

We know he's strong, but something
is covering him. He looks like
a healthy cat.

You got it, man. Jackying,

they call it. A game kids

play in Vrndavana. They want to move on.

How much money can I get for this place?                                                                                                 You gave it to me, now you want

to take it back? Yeah, but you used

it for five years.

"Eat your heart out. I've got Jackying.

Lord Krishna knows that best playing

outdoes even Balarama and Sridama. Oh

boy. These are good days if you will

just look at it that way.

Oh-oh, Giovanni! How's the stars
tonight? And what does it matter to a sannyasi?                                                                                       I'm not worried because I've got                                                                                                                nothing in this world anyway but private
and public parts.
On top of the roof the man
shouted, 'They's comin' down the hill!'
and we began firing mortars at
them. Nothing takes away
the gloom like shooting
demons. And watching the sky
filled with devas dropping flowers.

"No matter where they put me
I got my harinamas and I'm finally all right.
No excuses now."

3.
My dad was like Karna,
big and strong, and I was
fearless in his company.

It was a family joke that
an uncle talked with his
mouth full of potato salad.
I linked that to the story of
stealing Radha-Kalachandji from Dallas,
but many years later
They were returned.

Jackying is actually a game played
by the urchins of Vraja
and is also a composition by
Thelonious Monk.

A sannyasi doesn't worry
about astrological predictions
because they don't apply to him.

Firing mortars doesn't apply to me because I'm
just a timid brahmana.
But as fans and worshipers
of Krishna we love to hear
how He kills the demons.
We are not pacifists.
The ksatriyas must have the power
to subdue the asuras,
and demigods throw                                                                                                                                      flowers when they do.

I must be brave in
my own way by calling
out to Krishna in any
circumstance. I'll
be all right and there
are no excuses for not
calling out to Him.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Opulence

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I turned at random to Srimad-Bhagavatam Canto Nine Chapter 4, Verse 16: "Sukadeva Goswami said: Maharaja Ambarisa, the most fortunate personality, achieved the rule of the entire world, consisting of seven islands, and achieved inexhaustible, unlimited opulence and prosperity on earth. Although such a position is rarely attained, Maharaja Ambarisa did not care for it at all, for he knew very well that all such opulence is material. Like that which is imagined in a dream, such opulence will ultimately be destroyed. The king knew that any nondevotee who attained such opulence merges increasingly into material nature's mode of darkness."

A devotee doesn't care for material opulence. He knows it's temporary. He may keep it as Sudama Vipra kept the wealth Krishna gave him, but he didn't get attached to it. Sudama just thought of his beautiful blackish friend Krishna and lived amidst the opulence in the mood of devotional service. A different attitude was shown by Bharata Maharaja. He was so wealthy that the earth planet was named after him, but he left his opulence, his beautiful wife and kingdom, as a man removes himself from stool. He disliked it. He went to the forest and practiced severe austerities. Maharaja Ambarisa thought of the entire universe as a piece of stone. He regarded material opulence as insignificant, and it didn't increase his bondage to the world. He was cursed by Durvasa Muni, but the Supreme Lord protected him and sent the sudarsana-cakra after Durvasa Muni. Durvasa fled all over the universe seeking shelter, but no one gave it to him. He even reached Vishnu in Vishnu-loka, but the Lord told him he would have to get the forgiveness of Ambarisa Maharaja. Ambarisa immediately forgave him. Ambarisa is famous for engaging all his senses in the service of the Lord. We don't have to become a poor man to be a pure devotee. He just used everything he had in the service of Krishna. And he was a very happy man.

I had my first visit with my New York State doctor yesterday.  It was just a token checkup. I will see him in four months, at which time I'll have a colonoscopy. I had a CAT-scan of a lung yesterday. I told the doctor my father died of a heart attack when he was 78 and my mother lived until 90.  He matter-of-factly said with a little smile I would die sometime between 78 and 90. He wrote prescriptions for my medicines. Baladeva is still struggling with mountains of red tape to get his free New York State social services. It seems unending.

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Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Bhajan - Rasakeli dasi - Hare Krishna

Rasakeli dasi singing a Hare Krishna Bhajan.

Dallas, TX
2010-02-13 


Download: 2010-02-13 - 1 - Home Program - Rasakeli dasi - Hare Krishna.mp3
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H.H. Sivarama Swami: At the start of the Radhastami marathon Mohana asks

whether we should talk about Srimati Radharani while selling books and if yes then what?

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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: In The Fields of Italy, A Conflict Over Corn

VIVARO, Italy — Giorgio Fidenato declared war on the Italian government and environmental groups in April with a news conference and a YouTube video, which showed him poking six genetically modified corn seeds into Italian soil.
Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times

Last week, Giorgio Fidenato, who had planted genetically modified corn, stood amid stalks that had been trampled by antiglobalization activists.

Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times

An ear of corn infested with corn borers. A modified variety is meant to counteract the pest.

In fact, said Mr. Fidenato, 49, an agronomist, he planted two fields of genetically modified corn. But since "corn looks like corn," as he put it, it took his opponents weeks to find his crop.

The seeds, known as MON810, are modified so that the corn produces a chemical that kills the larvae of the corn borer, a devastating pest. Yet while European Union rules allow this particular seed to be planted, Italy requires farmers to get special permission for any genetically modified, or G.M., crop — and the Agriculture Ministry never said yes.

"We had no choice but to engage in civil disobedience — these seeds are legal in Europe," said Mr. Fidenato, who has repeatedly applied for permission, adding that he drew more inspiration from Ron Paul than Gandhi.

The World Trade Organization says that general bans on genetically modified crops constitute an unfair trade barrier, because there is no scientific basis for exclusion. But four years after a W.T.O. panel ruled that European Union policies constituted an illegal "de facto moratorium" on the planting of genetically modified seeds, some farmers, like Mr. Fidenato, and seed producers like Monsanto complain that Europe still has not really opened its doors.

It is true that a small but growing number of European countries, including Spain, Portugal and Germany, now allow some cultivation of genetically modified crops. But only two genetically modified seeds (MON810 and the Amflora potato seed) out of dozens on the global market have made it through the European Commission's laborious approval process, a prerequisite for use.

What is more, some areas of Europe have declared themselves "G.M.O.-free zones," or free of genetically modified organisms. France, Austria and Germany specifically ban MON810, saying they believe that it could harm local crops. In Italy, a Kafkaesque approval process in which the Agriculture Ministry has never established the requirements for success, makes genetically modified crops a nonstarter.

Such foot-dragging reflects passionate public opposition to the crops in many parts of Europe, even as more than three-quarters of corn, soybeans and sugar beets in the United States are genetically modified. Though the science is at best inconclusive, there is a widespread conviction in Italy that genetically altered foods and crops pose dangers to human health and ecosystems.

After Mr. Fidenato's provocation, investigators did genetic testing to identify the locations of the offending stalks in the sea of cornfields that surround this tiny town. Officials seized two suspect fields — about 12 acres — and declared the plantings illegal. Greenpeace activists surreptitiously snipped off the stalks' tassels in the hope of preventing pollen from being disseminated.

On Aug. 9, 100 machete-wielding environmental activists from an antiglobalization group called Ya Basta descended on Vivaro and trampled the field before local police officers could intervene. They left behind placards with a skull and crossbones reading: "Danger — Contaminated — G.M.O."

Giancarlo Galan, who became agriculture minister in April, called the protesters "vandals," although he did not say he would allow genetically modified crops. But Luca Zaia, the previous agriculture minister and president of the nearby Veneto region, applauded the rampage, saying: "There is a need to show multinationals that they can't introduce Frankenstein crops into our country without authorization."

Over the past decade, genetically modified crops have been a major source of trade friction between Europe and the United States.

Both the United States Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Agency say that there is no scientific evidence that eating MON810 corn is dangerous. But there is greater disagreement on how genetically modified plants affect ecosystems and whether traditional and genetically modified crops can be kept apart to avoid what organic farmers call "contamination" of traditional crops by modified plants or genes. Seed or pollen can travel with the wind or on farm equipment or truck tires, sometimes for hundreds of miles.

This issue is particularly sensitive in Italy, whose farmers rely heavily on specialized organic and heritage crops, like hundreds of varieties of tomatoes. Crops contaminated with genetically modified material can lose its organic designation. Farmers worry that plants with tailor-made survival genes will over time displace tastier traditional varieties.

Greenpeace has called the European Union's judgment to accept MON810 as safe "fundamentally flawed," noting, for example, that the chemical that kills corn borer larvae could also harm butterflies that land on the plants. Even in the United States, reservations linger. This month, a federal judge in San Francisco revoked permission for further planting of genetically modified sugar beets, saying that the Agriculture Department had not adequately assessed the environmental consequences; 95 percent of the sugar beets in the United States are genetically modified.

Faced with a W.T.O. judgment on the one hand and a reluctant public on the other, the European Commission has tried in recent years to walk a middle ground. It requires countries to establish procedures for separating traditional and modified crops, like maintaining certain distances between fields. Recent proposals give regions increasing latitude to deny entry to such plants if they provide scientific proof that the seeds could harm the environment, however.

But groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation say that studies used to justify excluding genetically modified crops do not pass muster.

Here in Vivaro, farmers are divided about the issue, said Luca Tornatore, Ya Basta spokesman and an astrophysicist from Trieste, Italy, noting that his group's "blitz" did not allow much time for talking with local people.

Residents may not know much about the science of genetically modified crops, but they are quite familiar with the corn borer larvae; they tunnel into ears of corn, allowing funguses to fill the holes in their wake. Some of the funguses produce mycotoxins that can end up in places like the milk of corn-fed cows and have been associated with serious health problems, including cancers.

Some farmers spray insecticides on the crops to prevent the boring, but it must be applied at just the right moment and leaves chemical residues as well as an odor in the air. Others simply sell the corn in bulk, ignoring the problem, said Mr. Fidenato, displaying an ear from a field that was alive with worms and covered with patches of white fuzz.

If the Italian government does not relent on the genetically modified seeds, he warned, he commands an army of farmers across Italy who are prepared to plant MON810 to force its hand.

But it is not clear that the battle of Vivaro will have a quick victor. Jail time or at least fines are expected for Mr. Fidenato (illegal planting) and Mr. Tornatore (trespassing and destroying private property).

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Gouranga TV: Lecture – Prahladananda Swami – CC Adi 4.21-22 – Do Something Practical

Lecture – Prahladananda Swami – CC Adi 4.21-22 – Do Something Practical

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H.H. Sivarama Swami

Take shelter of the Holy Name as your only business! Drink the pure nectar of the Holy Name! There is nothing but the Name to be had in the fourteen worlds!

- Bhaktivinoda Thakura

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