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- Australian News: The Power of Sound: Sri Prahlada at Govinda’s Lotus Room
- H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Sunday 20 February 2011--Transforming Hell into Heaven--and--Bogus Lord Rama Asks Us for 50,000 Rupees
- ISKCON Melbourne, AU: ...and more...
- ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana
- ISKCON Melbourne, AU: More of Ratha Yatra...
- H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): 226
- H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Poem, February 19
- ISKCON News.com: Nature`s IQ: Smart Animals Challenge Darwin - A Film Trailer
- Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: From a lecture by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada
- ISKCON News.com: Nature’s IQ Film to Encourage Open Dialogue on Life’s Origins
- Kripamoya dasa, UK: Catholic membership up by 15 million from 2008
- Kurma dasa, AU: Vegetarianism all the Rage in MMA
- ISKCON News.com: Harry: A New Vaishnava T-Shirt Design Collective
- ISKCON News.com: ISKCON Utah Looks to Open New Center in Salt Lake City
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 6.1.25 The Art & Technique Of Hearing
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.21.1-19 Planets & Constellations
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.20.6-17 Fairy Tale Or Not
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.20.1 The New Contractors
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.19.28 Experience What Is Advertised
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.19.25 Creating Difficulties
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.19.23 Give Up The God Project
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.19.19 The Mode Of Exploitation
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.19.14 Pull Up The Anchor
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.19.13 Step By Step
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.18.28 Not By Popular Vote
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.18.27 Expert Blind People
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.18.26 Independent? Time Is Controlling All
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.13.17 Focus On Krishna, Not On How Renounced You Think You Are
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.13.13 Money Means Misery
- H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.13.9 Beware Of Poisonous Snakes
- Japa Group: Japa - Kirtan Retreat Part 7
- ISKCON News.com: Weeping For Krishna
- Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: “Battlefield” by Mark Turcotte
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- ISKCON News.com: Religion and Bob Dylan
- H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Poem, February 18
- H.H. Sivarama Swami: Summarizing the main thrust of our Organizational Development meetings over the last three days in Mayapura
- ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Temple Clean-Up This Friday! Come Clean Your Hearts by Cleaning Our Beautiful Temple!
- ISKCON News.com: Lose Weight And Help Prevent Hypertension With Fig
- ISKCON News.com: GBC Strategic Planning Meeting To Be Held in Mayapur, February 20-24
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Sri Prahlada and the Bhakti band played to a full house in the Lotus Room at Govindas on Saturday night, February 19th. We heard about the power of sound. How sound as music can make produce happiness, can calm you, or excite you. The we heard that the spiritual sound of the kirtan, of the singing the divine names in the association of others has a powerful effect, that of awakening your spiritual nature.
Then the kirtan arose: Prahlada and the band leading the voyage and the audience joining in on response. Everyone seemed to know when it was their turn and a river of bliss poured through the room. Afterward many people commented on how much fun it is to chant along and how a definite positive feeling arises.
Just in case you couldn’t be there, here’s a small taste of how things started up, later on people found it hard to stay seated.
Then there was dancing. The sound of the kirtan is so infectious that for some it is hard to stay still and is as if the body just wants to dance in responce to the music.
Then a delicious dinner from Govindas buffet.
Long live the kirtan revolution
See you at the next event
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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Sunday 20 February 2011--Transforming Hell into Heaven--and--Bogus Lord Rama Asks Us for 50,000 Rupees
A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course(TM) Sunday 20 February 2011 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, and His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani are enjoying transcendental pastimes in the topmost planet of the spiritual world, Sri Goloka Vrindavan. They are beckoning us to rejoin them. Our Mission: To help everyone awaken their original Krishna consciousness, which is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. Such a global awakening will, in one stroke, solve all the problems of the world society bringing in a new era of unprecedented peace and prosperity for all. May that day, which the world so desperately needs, come very soon. We request you to participate in this mission by reviving your dormant Krishna consciousness and assisting us in spreading this science all over the world. Dedicated with love to ISKCON Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, our beloved spiritual master, and to you, our dear readers. Today's Thought: Transforming Hell into Heaven Uploaded from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA We live in world in which people are suffering greatly because of one problem only: They are not Krishna conscious. All of their other problems such as disease, food shortage, water shortage, crime, terrorism, air pollution, water pollution, and global warming are not the actual causes of their suffering. Rather these are simply symptoms of their lack of Krishna consciousness. If Krishna consciousness can be universally accepted as the foundation of the human civilization, this ever-increasingly more hellish planet will be transformed into a heaven on earth. Therefore there is no greater welfare work that one can dedicate his life to than spreading the Krishna consciousness movement all over the world for the deliverance of the entire human society from illusion and misery. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Answers According to the Vedic Version: Request: I Am Rama. Send Me 50,000 Rupees I am Lord Rama. And I am here to implement a new strategy of loving and caring for everyone without any discrimination of caste and religion. Please help this wish. Please send 50 lakhs of Indian rupees * as loan to uphold my self respect, and I will return the amount with interest. Please help your Rama not to stand as beggar before the selfish persons. Help your Lord, so that he will save this world. Because now he is an ordinary human being, taking your help is also the part of your Lord's strategy to deal with this concrete jungle. Please understand the special strategy. With your help, I will be worldly to deal the worldly things. I am informing the cinema personalities to make movies about me, but they are not digesting my strategy. I need to pursue them with your help. Your support at this stage is very critical according to my physical position as ordinary human being in order to ascend to my position as the mighty king of this universe. P.A. Ravishanker * Editor's Note: 50 Lakhs of Indian rupees is US$1,100. Answer: You Are Nonsense, Not Lord Rama. You are not Lord Rama. You are nonsense. We can understand who is a bona fide incarnation of God by the authorized descriptions given in the Vedic literatures. The Vedic scriptures reveal that after Lord Caitanya's advent 500 years ago that the next incarnation of God to manifest on this planet will be the Kalki avatar 427,000 years from now. Therefore we can understand that your claim to be Lord Rama is spurious. It is the greatest cheating to falsely present oneself as God. Those who cheat in this way are condemned to be punished in the darkest region of the universe. You should be ashamed of yourself for trying to collect money under the pretense that you are Lord Rama come to save the world. Kindly give up this sinful business of falsely claiming you are God and earn your livelihood by honest means. 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Have a look at what prowess a pujari can accomplish when empowered by Their Lordships.
Here's Their darsana.
After Radha Carana Prabhu's and Bhakta Harry's pictures here are Manoj Prabhu's shots.
Really amazing photos!!!
You must have a gem of a camera Prabhu...
[EXPLANATION OF THIS CONTENT:
At present I am privately writing an autobiographical project. I cannot write it fast enough to print a section every day. Therefore, I am printing on this site a book called Every Day, Just Write. A book by the title Every Day, Just Write was already printed by me some ten years ago but it was a heavily-edited version. I am now printing the unedited version, which is fresh and new to the readers. I hope my readers will find it so. When I am finished with the autobiographical project, I will print that.]
Every Day, Just Write, Volume I: Welcome Home to the One Big Book of Your Life
November 22, 1996
These early hours I never use well enough. Can’t keep awake, he says, to read Cc. Did you read any of it today? Yes, I read about Lord Caitanya going to a Nrsimha temple near Visakhapatnam, where He made prayers. Sridhara Swami has also written a number of prayers in worship of his Deity, Nrsimhadeva. And Lord Caitanya continued walking and telling whoever He met on the road about Krishna. Finally He came to the Godavari River. There He sat and chanted Hare Krishna mantras. Suddenly He beheld the arrival of Ramananda Raya with a thousand men. They met and embraced. Soon followed talks where Lord Caitanya asked Ramananda Raya the perfection and practice of life. I will read it, but I need the best time in which I don’t fall asleep so rapidly. You have to fight that.
What do you mean? Tell us something beyond yourself. Amundsen
went straight to the South Pole, beating Captain Scott by several weeks. The red spider crawls along the wall. The head gets sleepy. Maybe he needs rest or maybe not. He has to wait all this time before the sun comes up. So I advise you to lie on your back propped up with pillows and just think. Some good ideas will come, or perhaps a zany dream, and you could at least record it. You are in Krishna’s lap, nothing can happen without Him. Prabhupada says it’s not enough to know just a few things about Krishna, that He was born in Mathura to Devaki and Vasudeva, that He danced with the gopis and spoke something in the Bhagavad-gita. Asamsayam samagram. You should thoroughly know Krishna; that’s required. His supremacy over all and the nature of His transcendental, human-like pastimes. The Goswamis give you the best books for that. Yeah, if you are tired that is what I recommend—lie down and let it sweep over you, not for long, either. It can take only fifteen minutes or more, and you’ll be refreshed and then can keep on chanting.
I was reading in a collection of writing sessions I did last summer one that discussed our faith in the spreading of Krishna consciousness. I said sometimes it gets depleted and smothered by the rhetoric. Then I wrote this: “That’s why, more than anything, I seek to free my own language from rhetoric. That’s why writing sessions are important.”
I am feeling a conviction that the more you write, the process will work and you’ll discover where to go. It may be a new project looming up or just more of this project, and truths will come out within this. To confirm this, I see in these writing sessions from last summer how gradually Memories was building up. I gave a lecture about Vyasa asking Narada to tell his life. I said that we all know a life which we should inquire into, which is our own life. In the writing session I wrote, “What I couldn’t say, what was really on my mind and heart, is that we ought to tell our confession, our real story, we ought to know who we are, and that is a part of Krishna Consciousness. That lecture was like a harbinger for Memories project. But no one in the audience, nor I, could know that at the time.” Let me have faith and hope that right now I’m on the wave of good things to come out. I have to pursue it. And if you do more, then you can cover the ground more. When you’re writing it may seem like you’re not going anywhere, but Krishna is seeing, and He is ultimately the mover behind the process.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare. Rain, a little. Windows of shed not frozen. I wrote note to Manu requesting gas heater. Madhu says he feels a need for the operation. Hernia causes discomfort. He pushes it in and gets relief, but it pops out again.
Ask for tapioca, and you get it two days in a row. Mail due today.
Tenth chapter of Bhagavad-gita reading completed. There, now. What’s new in the world of spirit-soul? Haridasa Thakura said, when asked by Lord Caitanya what’s the news,“Whatever mercy You care to bestow on me.” I have nothing. I await Krishna’s muse, Krishna’s direction.
That’s real free writing. You admit to blank-blank, struggle, the most external reportage on your own. “I know nothing but Krishna is my Lord, and He may handle me roughly in embrace and make me brokenhearted by not being before Me.” These are Radharani’s words, yet all jivas know an infinitesimal spark of that, especially those coming to bhakti-marga. Your mercy, Krishna, is all I know.
I may rhyme or pun or make up a mini-story, give little life report—nothing exists outside of Krishna, His energies. Believe it? Yes, sir.
Sergeants left and right. They are putting the carrier on the roof of the car. Going to Dublin for the day. National Council Meeting of ISKCON Ireland is today. I don’t go. I walk in grass and confer with grass blades and sky and pen on blank page. I don’t discuss issues with other managers for decisions. I just, just mouth like a fish. Don’t pretend you are better, like a Thoreauvian. Staying back home to gaze at navel. I’m not doing that. I read at least a little. So time is not wasted.
See things through the window? No, I cannot. It is not as cold today. Scratch, scratch.
O Krishna, You are silence and feminine qualities like ksama (patience), and You are punishment to the wrongdoers. Of birds You are Garuda, of Pandavas You are Arjuna, of months November-December, and of seasons You are spring. All these are just a tiny sample of Krishna’s qualities in material and spiritual worlds. There is no need to go on with it. Know that all glorious things are but a spark of His splendor. As Supersoul He is life of all that lives.
Krishna, Krishna, Krishna. Now where do we go?
Matsya’s arm aches terribly.
She can’t stir the heavy pots for
Friday night feast. The young people
have been repeatedly asked but are
either too lazy or don’t want to cook.
So they’ll have no more cooking
just distribution of fruits.
I supported her on this. I
told them I get at least one
headache per day, but
Excedrin is very effective.
It may have some long-term
side effect, but how much
long term do I have anyway?
Right now it’s snowing and windy.
It’s the time of year when
Beth speaks of moving South,
but she knows they can’t
do it. Besides, she’s got nice
yoga classes and kirtanas.
The music lifts you up.
It’s like talking and walking in
the amphitheatre. Words that don’t make
sense but are improvised
melody that’s tender and fond.
It’s called “Pithecanthropus Erectus”
by Charlie Mingus, and it’s within
the realm of Krishna kirtana, he believes.
Snow showers and gray sky
windy air, how long do you have
to go before it’s spring? So just
keep writing your way
past depression. We
gave up reading Grapes of
Wrath because it was
spooking us. Now we are
biographical sketch of
Lord Caitanya and that’s
better, even if it
contains many misspellings
as does Suzy Clemens’
biography of her Papa,
Mark Twain. I’m telling
you these things that come
to me to keep myself
sane and jolly,
Meet the deceptive hunters, the cunning bluffers, the unlikely partners, the champions of timing, and the remarkable wanderers of the sky, and be prepared to witness that nature can be more unfathomable than contemporary science allows for.
(Unnamed) Babaji arrived complaining to me. While weeping he spoke. Someone had taken his quilt. Neither those who had taken the quilt nor the quilt owner understood the real situation. Someone was thinking that it was not possible to blame anyone since it was the desire of Krsna. Then I said "Why are you not following the great devotees? Instead you are just imitating, accepting beads along with quilt and clothing, in the dress of a false renunciate." The south Indian vaisnavas have criticized in the following way the mayavadis who accept kaupina and quilt while giving up sikha and thread:
katham kantham vahasi durbuddhe gardabhair api durvaham Why do you foolishly carry a blanket which is difficult to carry even by the donkeys?
(Looking at the babaji) Why can you not understand that you have been benefited by having your quilt taken away? Not worshiping the Lord is really detrimental. All happens by the will of the Lord.
A new documentary film called “Nature’s IQ,” set to premier late this spring, aims to inspire open dialogue about alternatives to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.
Figures given to the Pope this morning show that since 2008, the number of baptised Catholics has increased by 15 million. The number of priests is down, and the number of monks and nuns continues to fall, but people professing Roman Catholic Christianity has significantly increased.
There are no comparative figures for Vaishnavism, although in ISKCON rough worldwide estimates are often made based on numbers initiated or those having taken up the chanting of the maha-mantra.
It would appear that figures for those persons professing Catholicism can be directly related to numbers of missionaries, preachers, teachers and, perhaps more importantly, pastoral workers – ordained or lay workers – who sustain the spiritual growth of the new Catholic in the first five years after baptism.
MMA is Mixed Martial Arts, popularly known as cage fighting or ultimate fighting. Hardly the place to find vegetarians, you would imagine. Wrong...
And if you find this interesting, read more about the diet of vegetarian fighters here.
Hare Krishnas are famous for getting noticed and making a statement. So why shouldn't our t-shirts do the same? Project manager Gopal Lila das speaks about Harry, a brand new team of t-shirt designers with ambitions to set new standards in Vaishnava contemporary clothing.
Despite the almost impossible odds of a Krishna temple succeeding in the center of Mormon country, it was soon drawing thousands of western college students from the local Brigham Young University to its huge, elaborate festivals.
SB 06.01.25 The Art & Technique Of Hearing 2007-10-01 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 6.1.25 The Art & Technique Of Hearing 2007-10-01 Bhaktivedanta Manor The friendly stab of Maya
SB 05.21.01-19 Planets & Constellations 2010-07-15 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.21.1-19 Planets & Constellations 2010-07-15 Los Angeles
SB 05.20.06-17 Fairy Tale Or Not 2010-07-05 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.20.6-17 Fairy Tale Or Not 2010-07-05 Los Angeles
SB 05.20.01 The New Contractors 2010-07-02 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.20.1 The New Contractors 2010-07-02 Los Angeles
SB 05.19.28 Experience What Is Advertised 2010-06-30 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.28 Experience What Is Advertised 2010-06-30 Los Angeles
SB 05.19.25 Creating Difficulties 2010-06-26 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.25 Creating Difficulties 2010-06-26 Los Angeles
SB 05.19.23 Give Up The God Project 2010-06-24 Lecture – Srimad Bhagatavam 5.19.23 Give Up The God Project 2010-06-24 Los Angeles
SB 05.19.19 The Mode Of Exploitation 1998-01-26 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.19 The Mode Of Exploitation 1998-01-26 Perth (Farming)
SB 05.19.14 Pull Up The Anchor 1998-01-23 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.14 Pull Up The Anchor 1998-01-23 Perth
SB 05.19.13 Step By Step 1998-01-21 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.13 Step By Step 1998-01-21 Perth
SB 05.18.28 Not By Popular Vote 2005-11-15 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.28 Not By Popular Vote 2005-11-15 Dallas
SB 05.18.27 Expert Blind People 2005-11-14 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.27 Expert Blind People 2005-11-14 Dallas
SB 05.18.26 Independent? Time Is Controlling All 2005-11-13 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.26 Independent? Time Is Controlling All 2005-11-13 Dallas
H.H. Prahladananda Swami: Lecture – SB 5.13.17 Focus On Krishna, Not On How Renounced You Think You Are
SB 05.13.17 Focus On Krishna, Not On How Renounced You Think You Are 2009-12-22 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.13.17 Focus On Krishna, Not On How Renounced You Think You Are 2009-12-22 Los Angeles
SB 05.13.13 Money Means Misery 2009-12-13 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.13.13 Money Means Misery 2009-12-13 Los Angeles
SB 05.13.09 Beware Of Poisonous Snakes 2009-12-11 Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 5.13.9 Beware Of Poisonous Snakes 2009-12-11 Los Angeles
Sacinandana Swami continues with the kirtan of Lord Gauranga.
If crying is the preserve of advanced devotees steeped in devotional mellows and deep feelings of separation from Lord Krishna, should it bother us to display a show of apparent weakness, by crying for Krishna?
Back when I used to be IndianI am standing outside thepool hall with my sister.She strawberry blonde. Stale sweatand beer through theopen door. A warrior leans on his stick,fingers blue with chalk.Another bends to shoot.His braids brush the greenfelt, swinging to the beatof the jukebox. We move away.Hank Williams falls againin the backseat of a Cadillac.I look back.A wind off the distant hills lifts my shirt,brings the scentof wounded horses.
Filed under: Poetry
1966 February 19:
"Mr. Banerji invited to come here tomorrow evening. In the evening Mr. Paul and Mrs. Leblanc came. Attended meeting from 6/8.30 pm.
Expenditure -- Butter .40"
Prabhupada Journal :: 1966
1968 February 19: "Our principle is to associate ourselves with pure devotees and work for the mission with great enthusiasm, being completely in Krishna Consciousness, that will make us happy and successful."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968
1969 February 19: "Have your nice, fixed-up wife and be happy working hard for Krsna together. I never discourage marriage. Male and female may join together, not for sex-life, but to glorify the Lord. In Vaikuntha the men and women there are so much attracted by the chanting of Hare Krsna that they do not get any sex impulse even by intimate mingling."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969
1969 February 19: "In God's creation there is male and female and there is purpose for such creation, not for sex-life, but to glorify the Lord. When our nice boys and girls are dancing together in chanting Hare Krsna at least for that time they forget all about the sex impulse. This is perfection of life."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969
1972 February 19: "If you are sincere to serve continuously and always chanting - all such questions become answered automatically. You are senior member also and I have given you everything, so you please consult among yourselves if you have questions."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972
1972 February 19: "Foreign language translations of my books is a very important step forward for our preaching work because without books and magazines what authority or what basis have we got for preaching there?"
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972
1973 February 19: "So like this Krishna is everywhere and wherever you are Krishna will accept your sincere prayers, and therefore I accept also. But the most important thing - the prayer must be sincere."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973
1975 February 19: "I am very soon going to London and I shall meet with him and my other GBC secretaries. I shall seriously see that all such undesirable things may not happen in the future."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975
The Gospel According to Bob Dylan? Well, why not? Author Michael J. Gilmour sits down to explain why "Bobheads" continue to find spiritual meaning in Bob Dylan's music almost 50 years after Dylan's debut album was released.
Which way is he going?
He wants to go upwards,
to Krishna. Hell-bent poets
don’t behave like brahmins,
but I am a brahmana
and observe the rules
intertwined gently saxophones
in soft bop phrases.
This is roundabout route,
but I intend to make
it straight to Krishnaloka
even if it takes hundreds
She’d rather not wait so
long. Just a single lifetime
and go to paradise. I’ve already
had so many lifetimes. But
looking at this one I can’t say
it’s very perfect and should
count as the last one. It’s
not a brave outward
finish. It’s retiring and
slowing down, the piano
is followed by dissonant
voices. I am sincerely
aimed in His direction
but not moving so quickly.
It all depends on His mercy
where I will go.
H.H. Sivarama Swami: Summarizing the main thrust of our Organizational Development meetings over the last three days in Mayapura
ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Temple Clean-Up This Friday! Come Clean Your Hearts by Cleaning Our Beautiful Temple!The monthly CDM (Ceto Darpanam Marjana) project entails organized cleaning of the temple as a group. This time around, the maha clean-up will feature a special group of Bhakti Vriksha devotees, led by HG Rupanuga das. They will be joining all of us as we get ready to make our temple room shine! A warm invitation goes out to all of you to attend as we encourage you to join these amazing devotees during the clean-up.Afterwards, we will all sit down over pizza, made by the new "Pizza King" of ISKCON Toronto - Jaya Caitanya, and will able to hear the experiences of Bhakti Vriksha devotees! Everyone is welcome to ask any questions to our dear Rupanuga prabhu who will be there for you!The schedule will be as follows:7:00pm to 9:00pm - Maha clean-up of the temple room9:00pm to 9:30pm - Special pizza party and nectar-filled conversationsHere is a quote by Srila Prabhupada, that hopefully will inspire you:"Everything within the temple should be kept very, very neat and clean. And the more you keep the temple neat and clean, you will be neat and clean within your heart. And then your understanding will be very easy. We cannot understand Krsna because our heart is piled up with many garbages. That we have to cleanse."-- Srila Prabhupada Melbourne, May 22, 1975Please come out and bring your family and friends for this unforgettable experience!
Fig leaves are able to lower triglyceride levels, which can help to prevent obesity and heart disease. Chewing and swallowing fig leaves has been known to help treat ulcers.
Strategic planning has been on the minds of GBC members for some years now. What was clear then is even clearer today: there is unlimited work to be done to nurture ISKCON toward a future that serves Srila Prabhupada's vision for a vibrant, spiritually dynamic movement.
Professional soccer player John Howie gave it all up to pursue a life as a Hare Krishna.
Nowadays the father of two gets up at 4am every day to meditate and then goes off to work as a primary school teacher.
The Torbay resident first came across the religion when he was walking down a Melbourne street in the 1970s and saw a group singing:
"Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Hare, Hare."
At the time there were rumours that Hare Krishna was a "sex-crazed" cult, Mr Howie says. But nothing could be further from the truth. The religion does not condone sexual relations before marriage.
Mr Howie is originally from Scotland and was playing for the Melbourne George Cross soccer team. He was so intrigued by the group that he became a vegetarian, following the Hare Krishna principal of karma and not harming a living animal.
When he met his wife Therese they both took the path to becoming Hare Krishna, whose followers worship the Hindu god Krishna.
The pair were given spiritual names by a leader of the religion in the western world, Swami Prabhupada, when they decided to fully embrace the lifestyle.
John is known as Jaya Sila and Therese goes by Vimala. In their working life they go by their given names and it is only at social occasions with other followers they are known by their spiritual names.
Around the home, the couple wear painted marks called tilaka on their foreheads, which symbolise that they have been touched by god.
They worship at an altar in their house in the early hours of the day.
"People call it an ungodly hour, but it is actually one of the most godly hours," Mrs Howie says.
The altar is filled with pictures of gods and essences from India and even includes a prayer from the Catholic saint St Francis of Assisi. The prayer belonged to Mrs Howie's mother.
The couple often go out chanting with other followers or attend festivals.
Their children Nandu and Saraswati, now young adults, grew up following the religion and still practise some of its teachings.
"We live normal lives and live in normal houses. You don't have to be living in a temple to be a Hare Krishna and I don't think many people know that," Mr Howie says.
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