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Subhvavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Continuing on Gopastami theme. Krishna's cows garners Respect and Publicity for ISKCON.



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  1. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: HOW TO DO ANYTHING?
  2. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Bhakti Sara Prabhu
  3. Kurma dasa, AU: Last Chance for Kurma's Vegetarian Cookery Class Melbourne
  4. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana
  5. Subhvavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Continuing on Gopastami theme. Krishna's cows garners Respect and Publicity for ISKCON.
  6. Japa Group: Certainly Be Gradually Elevated
  7. Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: applying Krsna Consciousness philosophy in all spheres of life
  8. Caitanya Mangala, CA, USA: Kulimela Australia: Last Day For Deep Discounted Preregistrations…
  9. Caitanya Mangala, CA, USA: Festival of the Holy Name!
  10. Subhvavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Jaya Sri Radha Shyam!!!
  11. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 132
  12. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: One Hundred Prabhupada Poems
  13. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Make an Effort
  14. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Free Write
  15. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
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  23. H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Transcription Srimad-Bhagavatam Canto 4, Ch.25, T.4 – Iskcon Juhu, Mumbai, 15 October 2010.
  24. H.H. Sivarama Swami: Haladhara asks about Ganesh puja
  25. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: HELPING DEVOTEES SUCCEED
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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: HOW TO DO ANYTHING?

Just do it! (If it's worth doing.)
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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Bhakti Sara Prabhu

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.27.2-4 - Deity worship is authorised by great sages such as Narada Muni.
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Kurma dasa, AU: Last Chance for Kurma's Vegetarian Cookery Class Melbourne

I have one last cookery class in Melbourne coming up in 2 weeks. Don't miss out.
berry good feast:
Here's the details:
Gopal's Vegetarian Restaurant, Swanston Street, Melbourne, Morning Cookery Workshop, Sunday 28 November 2010, Bookings - call 03 85550361 NOW.
See you there!
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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana

The Deities look absolutely majestic today.
 
15/11/10
SS Gaura Nitai and SS Radha Ballabha always look stunning when the Bhakta-Bhakti Team is on board!

SS Jaganatha, Baladeva and Subhadra Mayi were in the expert hands of Sri Yasoda Mataji;
Chota Radha Krishna were under the care of Jaya Radhe Mataji;
and our chota Prabhupada and SS Gaura Nitai were sweetly dressed by Swarupa Sakti Mataji.


It seems that the ladies were the majority this morning for the dressing seva!

Here's the
slideshow.

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Subhvavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Continuing on Gopastami theme. Krishna's cows garners Respect and Publicity for ISKCON.

This weekend is Gopastami and as a follow-on to the last couple of posts I thought some may enjoy the following links

Over the last few weeks I have seen positve coverage coming from the mainstream media in the U.K. praising ISKCON's new Goshala. Times are changing and  the western media is repectful and appreciative to this approach. Hopefully this can also have a ripple effect in the mainstream diary industry as well and also change consumers thinking about animal rights and buying habits.
Also on Facebook a Godbrother shared this video which I found moving.

So enjoy the links.

om gave namah
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/13/milk-cows-dairy-farming http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/8112772/Holy-cows-to-produce-Britains-most-expensive-milks.html http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/where-cows-are-waited-on-hand-and-hoof-2126730.html http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/8624327._Hilton_of_farms__officially_opened_during_Diwali_weekend/
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Japa Group: Certainly Be Gradually Elevated

The chanting of the holy names of Kṛṣṇa is so sublime that if one chants the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra offenselessly, carefully avoiding the ten offenses, he can certainly be gradually elevated to the point of understanding that there is no difference between the holy name of the Lord and the Lord Himself.
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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: applying Krsna Consciousness philosophy in all spheres of life

If you study my books very carefully, then I am sure you will find out the means for applying this Krsna Consciousness philosophy in all spheres of life. There is no limitation. Simply it requires a little common sense practicality. The main point is that Krsna is the center of all activities, whatever is going on. Whatever the activity may be, if Krsna is the center, that is all right. The details simply require a little common sense.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Amarendra das — Calcutta January 31, 1972
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Caitanya Mangala, CA, USA: Kulimela Australia: Last Day For Deep Discounted Preregistrations…

G-day/Haribol!

It’s great to see a large amount of people taking advantage of our special – This makes for one very happy Coordinator! 

TONIGHT IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GET ADULTS @ CHILD’S PRICE! ENDS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, NOVEMBER 14th, 2010 !!!! SO DONT MISS OUT!!!!

This means you can register for AU $64 per week. 

Pre-registration will then go to AU $108 (early-bird) until NOV 30th!
From DEC 1, Adult Pre-registration will go to $128, and if you wait until the date of the festival it will most likely be a higher rate again.
So get pre-registered and save!
Can’t wait to see you all there…
www.kulimela.com.au – go to “bookings” page.
Haribol,
Y.S. Nitai – Festival Coordinator

“Any questions – Just Ask! I look forward to serving you all.”



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Caitanya Mangala, CA, USA: Festival of the Holy Name!

Festival of the Holy Name: Alachua’s first 24-hour kirtan festival! Join together in celebration and immerse yourself in transcendental sound vibration. Chant and be happy! Featuring Madhava dasa, Bada Haridas, the Mayapuris, Chakrini and other kirtaniyas.
Join us for two days of twelve-hour kirtan. November 26 and November 27, 2010 — 9 AM to 9 PM (Thanksgiving weekend). ISKCON Alachua temple.
For more information visit the website or Facebook page: www.alachuakirtan.com or Click Here
Brought to you by the Kuli Mela Association and ISKCON of Alachua.

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Subhvavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Jaya Sri Radha Shyam!!!

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Radha Radha! Jaya Sri Sri Radha! Radha Radha! Jaya Sri Sri Radha! Radha Radha!

The Ever Beautiful and Presciding Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar in ISKCON Vrindavan with Srimati Radharani's dresses as a Cowherd Boy and Her Lotus Feet visible to all Her devotees!

This is the splendid festival of Gopastami! (see last post regarding Gopastami).

Thank you Adi Kesava Das and Mahadevi Dasi for sharing.

Jaya Sri Radha Shyam!!!!
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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 132

3:45 A.M.
Namamrta by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
‘One who realizes that the Lord and His name are identical is a pure devotee and should be respected.’
“The chanting of the holy names of Krishna is so sublime that if one chants the Hare Krishna maha-mantra offenselessly, carefully avoiding the ten offenses, he can certainly be gradually elevated to the point of understanding there is no difference between the holy name and the Lord Himself. One who has reached such an understanding should be very much respected by neophyte devotees.” (The Nectar of Instruction, text 5)
In Caitanya-caritamrta it is stated, “A devotee who believes that the holy name of the Lord is identical with the Lord is a pure devotee, even though he may be in the neophyte stage. By his association, others may also become Vaisnavas.” (Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 15.106) Realizing that the sound vibration is identical with the form of Krishna is a crucial realization and puts one at a topmost position. For attaining that realization he should be respected. He can create an influence in converting others into devotees. The evidence of that stage is that he loves to chant and chants regularly in the company of devotees and alone. He tastes the nectar of the holy name simply by making the sound vibration wherever he may be, and for him Krishna’s name is as good as Krishna’s form.
I reset my alarm clock at 1:30 A.M. to avoid waking up and getting up at 12:00 or 12:30. I got up after 1:00 this morning but chanted slowly and with some tiredness. By 3:30 I had only chanted twelve rounds and will have to chant the balance at a less than ideal time of day.
The crowning understanding is
to feel the sound of chanting
Hare Krishna is identical to His
form.
Whoever reaches this stage
is worthy of great respect.
He has entered the mystery
of harinama and transcended
the mechanical stage.
His experience is a blissful
and heartfelt one.
He can lift a crowd
of listeners to
feelings of ecstatic
symptoms just
as he feels in the
secret that the names
and Krishna are one.
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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: One Hundred Prabhupada Poems

# 89
You say the world has to be divided
into four orders…the sun is the center
of all power in the universe.
In the same way Krishna is giving out
light and heat. I forget what you say,
find your voice rough
unless I’m strong and receptive.
I keep hearing
and beneath my squeamishness
I take in and believe whatever you say.
This is not the way I would actually talk to you,
it’s my mind talking, fighting
for my love for you.
Let me see another picture of you,
let me read you in the right time of day
and it will come rushing back.
When I prepare a lecture it’s completely lined
with quotes from you. Who can say
I am not your representative?
I say I’m not sometimes and so do envious people.
The fact is you are the ruling guru.
Hundreds surround you outside
the ISKCON building in Evanston, Illinois.
You look down not impressed
and not enjoying being the center.
And when the governor speaks at the opening
of Krishna-Balaram Mandir, you calculate
what’s in it for Krishna.
You like it when we read your books.
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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Make an Effort

You should offer honor in your mind
to anyone who utters the names of
Krishna. To one who serves Him with
vigor and obeys all the rules, you
should befriend and offer
dandavats. To the great soul who is
always thinking of Krishna and who
devotes his life to speaking His
glories, you should bow and
offer to serve. To
the person who doesn’t care
for God, you shouldn’t
offer respect. There
are different ways to
behave according to
person, time and conditions
but what I have said
is basically it.
I know a man who keeps a
Govardhana sila in his
pocket, but he never takes
Him out to worship and bathe. It doesn’t
seem right.
I know a girl who is
initiated by a spiritual master
into harinama-diksa,
but she never says the
names in order. She
has no children so she’s
not so busy, but she
doesn’t chant nice japa. It
doesn’t seem right.
I know a sannyasi who
avoids giving lectures
on hari-katha although
he’s familiar with the teachings.
What’s wrong with this picture?
I know a bhakta who is aspiring
to be initiated by a certain
ISKCON guru but he doesn’t
follow the four rules. He’s
embarrassed by it but
can’t make an effort to change.
I know a man who’s always
finding fault with others
although he has heard
it’s a serious offense.
He just can’t stop.
All these people can improve
if they get some sakti
energy of bliss—from the source
of all reforms.
It’s from Krishna that the
mercy comes. They just
have to ask for it and
take a baby step in His direction.
Krishna wants everyone to improve
according to their capacity
in their particular line of work.
If they can’t do task A, they
can try task B. There’s a way
to please Krishna even if
you’re in jail for life
or serving on death row.
Look up to the easiest
task and try that. Seek
a compassionate friend.
Don’t give up.
Try again.
Don’t give up.
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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Free Write

I turned at random to Canto 3, chapter 29, text 8: “Devotional service executed by a person who is envious, proud, violent and angry, and who is a separatist, is considered to be in the mode of darkness.”
In pure devotional service the only motive should be to please the Supreme Personality of Godhead. But if one has a motive for personal sense gratification a man may be violent, proud, envious and angry and have a separate attitude from the Lord’s. One who approaches the Supreme Lord to render service but who is proud of his personality, envious of others or even vengeful is in the mode of anger. He thinks he is the best devotee. Devotional service executed in this way is not pure; it is mixed and is of the lowest grade, tamasah. One may offer his respects to such a Vaisnava because he has accepted the Supreme Lord as the ultimate goal of life, but one should not keep company with a Vaisnava who is in the mode of ignorance.
Lord Caitanya and His associates enjoyed a feast at Advaita Acarya’s. What Lord Caitanya enjoyed most were different varieties of shak. He loved them very much. I remember I learned how to make shak from Prabhupada’s sister, and he said it was good. It has spinach and bitter melon in it. A leper showed up at the house of Advaita Acarya and presented himself to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He said he was suffering terribly and knew Lord Caitanya could cure him. He begged for mercy. Lord Caitanya was angry with him and said, “No! I will not release you. You are just beginning to feel the burning pain you will receive when you go to Yamaraja and he sends you to Patala-loka.” Lord Caitanya said the leper had committed an offense to a Vaisnava, to Srivasa Acarya, and only Srivasa could forgive him. The Lord glorified the Vaisnavas and said how terrible it was to offend them. The leper rushed to Srivasa Acarya’s house, where Srivasa forgave him and his leprosy went away.
I went for a walk in Saci’s big backyard with Guru dasa. Saci was receiving pitches of rubber baseballs thrown by Laksmana. Laksmana’s friend was playing the outfield. Laksmana threw a pitch and it went down by Saci’s ankles. Saci exclaimed, “If you throw another pitch like that, I’m going to charge the pitcher’s mound.” Saci then threw the ball in the air and smacked it with his bat far into the outfield for Laksmana’s friend to catch. It was an easy catch, but the boy dropped the ball. Saci then hit another pop-fly to Laksmana, and he also dropped it. “I’m out of here,” said Saci, and he left the two boys. They soon went inside the house. There are many cars parked in the driveway. A yogini and spiritualist singer named Wah is visiting the Reddys for lunch. Baladeva made them eggplant parmesan. We had it separately at our house for lunch.
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 November 14: "Yes, there is definitely a vast difference. One who is initiated is authorized, and one who is not initiated is not authorized. One who becomes initiated is channelized to the authorities in the disciplic succession."Prabhupada Letters :: 1968
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 November 14: "When my Guru Maharaja introduced this sacred thread system, it was protested even by the inner circle disciples of Bhaktivinode Thakura but He didn't care for it and we must follow His footsteps."Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 November 14: "Practically everyone is mayavadi. You are an elder disciple so you just speak what you have heard from me and it will have potent effect. This is the power of the parampara, to present Krishna's words without any change."Prabhupada Letters :: 1974
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1974 November 14: "If Krishna likes, he can make a crow into a peacock. I was a crow, and now they consider me a peacock. I took the endeavor to publish Back to Godhead, but I wasted so much time. Ultimately Krishna saved me."Prabhupada Letters :: 1974
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 November 14: "My Guru Maharaja said I wish by selling the marble from the temple I could publish and distribute books. Now by His mercy I am constructing so many marble temples and distributing so many books."Prabhupada Letters :: 1975
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 November 14: "So-called scholars and saintly persons have misguided the people by unnecessarily making different interpretations of the divine instructions. That is the cause of the ruination of India's culture."Prabhupada Letters :: 1975
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 November 14: "The Western people, they are Aryans and ksatriyas in origin, but they have taken all bad habits and become degenerated. Now we have to revive this Aryan civilization and rectify things."Prabhupada Letters :: 1975
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 November 14: "This is Mahaprabhu's prediction, "When they will take this Vedic culture, they will applaude Me." So our mission should be how to have Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu applauded all over the world. That we want to see."Prabhupada Letters :: 1975
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H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Transcription Srimad-Bhagavatam Canto 4, Ch.25, T.4 – Iskcon Juhu, Mumbai, 15 October 2010.

Lecture Given By His Holiness Bhakti Caru Swami On 15 October 2010 In Juhu Beach Mumbai On Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 4, Chapter 25 Text 44. Transcription : Lalitamadhava Dasi Editing : Ramananda Raya Dasa His Holiness Bhakti Caru Swami sings : Jaya radha-madhava kunja-bihari Gopi-jana-vallabha giri-bara-dhari Yasoda-nandana vraja-jana-ranjana Yamuna-tira-vana-cari Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna [...]
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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Haladhara asks about Ganesh puja

Rasesvari about going to beaches, pools and spas, and V. Ramkumar about a husband who wants to travel with his guru leaving her behind.
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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: HELPING DEVOTEES SUCCEED

This article was recently published in the third issue of the Devotee Care Journal. Click on the title of this blog post to access the Journal.

HELPING DEVOTEES SUCCEED

By Akrura dasa

I have experience in caring for devotees for the past ten years through coaching and guidance. My system is called Gita Coaching, as its purpose is to help devotees learn and apply the Bhagavad-gita As It Is in their lives. I consider Bhagavad-gita the ultimate holistic success guide. My coaching, based on it, is also holistic, i.e., it covers all the key areas of devotees’ lives, with the aim of making spiritual advancement.

I started Gita Coaching when I joined ISKCON London as an executive secretary, in September 2001. While coaching devotees I constantly learned many principles and tools from professionals through live courses and on the Internet. After two years of coaching and self-education, I took three training courses from the Newcastle College in England and completed them successfully. I learned a lot about how to help clients succeed, and I am helping Krsna’s devotees succeed, based on the principle of yukta-vairagya.

The purpose of Gita Coaching is to help devotees succeed in all areas of their lives. The Vedic aphorism sarve sukino bhavantu means “Let everyone become happy.” All devotees have much more potential that they currently use. Gita Coaching helps to discover and engage that potential in Krsna’s service, for the greatest benefit of the devotees.

This is like taking a journey. You become curious what Krsna has in store for a devotee that you are assisting. Krsna usually has both roses and thunderbolts for a devotee, and it is wonderful to see how these manifest. It is an honor to be with and to assist devotees while they are experiencing Krsna’s support and challenges, both internally and externally.

Usually the obstacles devotees face are internal: the way they see people and things, the way they see themselves, the habitual ways they think and feel and desire. We help them gain clarity about what they want and the determination to pursue worthy goals. Once they start overcoming internal obstacles they are more capable of dealing with any external obstacles.

Helping devotees succeed involves helping them see what happens to them and around them through the eyes of the scriptures. The problems we face cannot be solved on the same level of thinking we had when we created them. We need a fresh perspective, a new, uplifted consciousness.

We help devotees to build strong pillars for their success, like steady and serious chanting japa every day. We provide a Japa Excellence Tool, a simple one-sheet table to keep track of daily progress. What you measure tends to improve. Some devotees report to me about their japa for years, as it helps them improve their chanting. Another pillar is regular reading of scriptures or hearing classes, or both. Instead of listening to the mind, we can listen to something spiritually uplifting and enlivening. But in order to bring good results, this needs to become a daily habit of actively seeking new principles, stories, and tools that will help support our spiritual advancement and material sustenance.

Gita Coaching provides support, guidance and sometimes challenge. Support is given by sincerely seeking to understand a devotee, by taking a genuine interest in a devotee’s life and sincerely desiring their success in all areas. The devotee’s life becomes important to you. Guidance is provided by asking relevant questions and sometimes giving recommendations or directing devotees how they can learn what they need to know in order to move forward. We encourage devotees to seek their own solutions and draw their own conclusions about what they want to do with their lives. We encourage taking full responsibility for one’s thinking and action. Challenge is offered only when a devotee trusts that a coach has a devotee’s best interest at heart. Usually the challenge comes in the form of a question that helps discover the devotee’s internal obstacles to progress or highlights the goals that devotee wants to achieve but is procrastinating on.

In working with hundreds of devotees, I have seen that real effective change and positive progress start when a devotee stops blaming anyone, including Krsna, and takes full responsibility for his life. Success starts with clarity about what we want in life and what our main roles are (responsibilities and relationships) and then taking 108 percent responsibility for our behavior, our spiritual practice, our service and work, and especially our relationships. Taking responsibility is another great pillar for a devotee’s success, and I always look for an opportunity to encourage it.

As the Bhagavad-gita is holistic, so is Gita Coaching. It helps devotees become more effective in the areas of health, sadhana, service, relationships, etc. As all these areas influence each other, it is important to work on enhancing all of them, as far as possible. So we help devotees to look at their life as an indivisible whole and to see how various parts relate to and influence each other. For a peaceful and happy life, balance is an important factor, which is mentioned in the Sixth Chapter of the Bhagavad-gita.

In helping devotees succeed, the Gita Coaching approach does not create dependency. Rather, it strives to help devotees help themselves by becoming spiritually and mentally stronger and physically healthier. Success happens on the field, when you are not with your coach. Your coach will provide powerful questions, principles, strategies and tools, but if you want to make progress you need to practice every day. You need to pay the price of success every single day. Accumulation of these sincere, regular efforts attracts Krsna’s attention and brings strength and momentum.

The most exciting part for me in helping devotees succeed is discovering their worth and potential, and discovering with them new possibilities, advantages, options and solutions. The Gita Coaching process does not work on a devotee, but works for him and with him.

On a practical side, Gita Coaching is a weekly or a fortnightly focused conversation (face-to-face or on the phone), that helps you clarify what you want, make an inspiring plan, and take dynamic, intelligent action. It is focused on you and your needs, your goals, and your success. A coach will help you see and focus on what you can be rather than what you are.

We use this simple GITA Coaching Model as a framework for coaching:

Goals – Instructions – Tests – Action

Goals: We ask you to choose an important area of your life you want to work on and write down goals you want to achieve in that area.
Instructions: We ask you to choose one goal you would like to work on right now and find spiritual instructions and, if needed, professional knowledge that helps you achieve it.
Tests: We ask you to write down what internal and external tests or obstacles you have to pass to achieve it.
Action: We ask you to write down a weekly action plan to start moving towards achieving your goal.

We also ask for accountability. Sometimes devotees ask to send me reports and be accountable for their goals and action, because it helps them focus and discipline themselves when working on what they have chosen as important. For a spiritual coach, being an accountability partner is an important part of helping the devotees.

Here are some of the good results and benefits you can get from Gita Coaching:
- Better self-discipline and sadhana
- Better relationships
- Career ideas
- Spiritual support and guidance
- Time and life management and goal-setting skills
- Taking responsibility for your constant motivation
- Overcoming internal and external obstacles
- Tapping into the power of intuition and listening to your conscience
- A sense of being more strongly connected to Krsna
- Strong connection with timeless success principles or natural laws
- Powerful ideas for your spiritual and professional success, leadership and management service, and preaching

Helping devotees succeed is a process, not an event. I call it lifetime coaching for devotees (instead of “life coaching”). It is a process of constant improvement in key areas of your life. Once you start it, you will not want to stop, as it brings the satisfaction of knowing that Krsna is pleased when we make a conscious effort to constantly improve ourselves and then help others do the same.

Below are some links to learn more about Gita Coaching. If you are interested in becoming a spiritual coach or using coaching for your own success please contact me

GITA COACHING LINKS
Website: http://vedicilluminations.com/gitacoaching
Blog: http://gitacoaching.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/akruradasa
Success dialogues with Mahatma ACBSP: http://www.krishna.com/reality-check
Topics: Comfort Zone, Connecting With Your Dharma, Do I Need A Coach? Faultfinding, Limiting Beliefs, Mind, Possibility Thinking, Power Of Questions, Responsibility, Self Confidence, Self Discipline, Self Sabotage.
Gita Coaching Course video at krishna.com: http://www.krishna.com/gita-coaching
Client success stories: http://vedicilluminations.com/gitacoaching/successstories.htm
Personal Success Magazine article on Gita Coaching (pages 14 and 15)
http://www.theacademyclub.com/downloads/200710.pdf

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Akrura Dasa has served in ISKCON since 1983. For the past ten years, he served at ISKCON London as an executive secretary, life coach, counselor, and a Counselor System Coordinator. Now he travels around Europe and sometimes to other continents, to help ISKCON centers start and develop the Devotee Care and Guidance System and Communities of Care. He coaches and guides devotees all over the world and facilitates courses to help devotees achieve spiritual success and other needs. Contact him at akrura@gmail.com.
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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Friday, November 12th, 2010

Bye to Israel!

Mumbai, India

It's hard to leave a place because of the relationships built up over the time of a visit. As usual my hosts were terrific. Israel has been no exception in that regard. Each night here the community came together. We lit deeyas (ghee wicks) to honor God as a baby. It is a set custom during the month of Damodara to do so. I was asked to say some words. Mantras were chanted. Each early morning the Mediterranean shore-line was explored for the first time, I assume, with people chanting mantras. About 80 Kilometers of it was covered.

It's not over. That was confirmed by the voices and hearts of the devotee community there. "You have to come back- soon!"

"Yes, I'll have to finish walking the rest of the country."

You know I got attracted to those waves, the current of Krishna and the breeze- His breath. I especially developed an affinity for my companions even though sometimes the talking amongst each other was often in Hebrew or Russian. Those times were windows to open for thoughts outside of Israel, for my home and areas that I frequent and the people within those domains.

The sun was soon to sink to the welcome of directions west when I arrived at Mumbai. Crammed and crawling cars played a part in the transporting of people to locations of Chat-puja, a festival that Mumbai is rather passionate about.

ISKCON Juhu, my stop over place for the night had a new welcoming of friends. They found a spot in the temple program for me to lead the chant before the deities of Radha and Krishna. It was awesome seeing the participation from all. Those smiling faces were my last vision before retiring for the night. It was like, to put it more in a middle-eastern context, reaching out for the olive branch.

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Japa Group: Chanting In The Morning


This hit me this morning....it's so important to always chant first thing in the morning before anything else - the earlier the better because it's the most peaceful time and the time when the mind is not distracted and disturbed by the mode of passion.

If we give Japa the No.1 priority in our day, then it will become a strong cornerstone in our spiritual lives and we will feel the Lord's spiritual energy more. A cornerstone has to be solid and strong so that the rest of the construction that is attached is also like this....the same applies in our spiritual lives....if our Japa is strong and healthy then the rest of our spiritual day is like that.

Here is a very nice quote from Srila Prabhupada in this connection:
Chanting japa should be done early in the morning with full concentration preferably during the Brahma Muhurta time. Concentrate fully on the sound vibration of the mantra, pronouncing each name distinctly and gradually your speed in chanting will increase naturally. Do not worry so much about chanting fast, most important is the hearing.
Letter to Radhaballabah das - 6 January, 1972
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