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Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Srila Narayana Maharaja
On His Vyasa-puja Day
(A Vyasa Puja Lecture)

Alachua, Florida: February 1, 2003

My heartly dandavat pranama at the lotus feet of my spiritual master, nitya-lila pravista om visnupada Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, my entire guru-paramapara, and my siksa-guru, nitya-lila-pravista om visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja.

Today we are going to observe guru-puja, or Vyasa-puja. First of all we should know what is guru-puja and what is Vyasa puja. Both are the same. Sri Krsna Dvaipayana Vedavyasa divided the one Veda into four. Then to reconcile, because it was difficult to extract the essence of the four Vedas, he wrote Brahma-Sutra (Vedanta-sutra).

Vedavyasa explained that the essence of the meaning of the brahma-gayatri comes from omkara. Gayatri is feminine gender. Who is Gayatri? We hear that she is the wife of Brahma, but you should know what has been told in the gayatri-mantra: "bhargo devasya dhimahi".

Bharga means ‘power;’ that is, hladini-sakti, or mahabhava-svarupa (Radhika). The supreme reservoir of krsna-prema is Radhika. We learn that Gayatri is the wife of Brahma, but who is she actually? She is a gopi. Krsna had told Yogamaya, "Somehow, try to give this gopi to Brahma; otherwise she cannot be parakiya (My paramour beloved)." All the gopis are married to other gopas. Krsna therefore ordered Yogamaya to also arrange this for Gayatri-devi, so that her love and relationship with Krsna could be parakiya. This is why Gayatri was given to Brahma in marriage. From the beginning she had no love for Brahma; she loved only Krsna. Parakiya mood is the topmost mood, and Gayatri became the maid-servant of Radhika by that mood. We see that the essence of all the Vedic literatures is Gayatri. Gayatri is Radhika, or Her maid-servant, and that mood may come to anyone who serves this mantra.

This is a special truth. My heart told me that I should tell you this secret truth about Gayatri. This is a secret; I never told this before.

The meaning of the gayatri-mantra has been clearly revealed by Srila Vyasadeva in the first verse of Srimad Bhagavatam. Had he not come to this world, ‘everything would have been nothing.’ He revealed this gayatri-mantra, as well as the catur-sloki of Srimad-Bhagavatam and its explanation, and he especially revealed the highest love of the mahabhava of Srimati Radhika. He revealed the meaning of Srimad-Bhagavatam, he manifested all Puranas and especially the Mahabharata, and the essence of all these scriptures is the same. Srila Vyasadeva first taught his four disciples – Jaimini,Vaisampayana, Paila, and Angira – and he especially taught his dearest one, Srila Sukadeva Gosvami. Sukadeva Gosvami was not only his son, but also his dear-most disciple. Srila Vyasadeva manifested all his knowledge in the heart of Srila Sukadeva Gosvami, who then preached it everywhere.

All acaryas, and also their disciples, in our entire guru-parampara, are so much indebted to those who are in the line of Srila Vyasadeva.

It is therefore essential, therefore, to know the meaning of Vyasa. Suppose there is a circle. If from any point of the circumference a straight line is drawn, passing through the center to the other end, this is called Vyasa (diameter). The diameter is always straight and covers all 360 degrees of the circle. It always divides the circle in half, making it 180 degrees. This is Vyasa.

This Vyasa touches everywhere in the entire world. Srila Vyasadeva revealed the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he revealed Radhika, and he revealed all other knowledge; and we are thus unlimitedly indebted to him. Our whole guru-parampara is indebted to him, and it is for this reason that the mantra of Vyasa-puja is:

narayanam namaskrtya
naram caiva narottamam
devim sarasvatim vyasam
tato jayam udirayet

["Before reciting this Srimad-Bhagavatam, which is the very means of conquest, one should offer respectful obeisances unto the Personality of Godhead, Narayana, unto Nara-narayana Rsi, the supermost human being, unto mother Sarasvati, the goddess of learning, and unto Srila Vyasadeva, the author."(Srimad Bhagavatam, 1.2.4 )]

In other words, this is the mantra for worshipping Vyasa, who is the origin of Vyasa-puja. We first offer pranama to Narayana, who is Krsna Himself: "Narayanam namaskrtya." Then,"naram caiva." Some say that in this connection naram ca means Arjuna, and there is no harm in that* [see endnote1], but generally it means Nara-Narayana Rsi here. Then, "devim sarasvatim,” who is Sarasvati Devi. "Vyasam, tato jayam udirayet" means ‘and then to Srila Vyasadeva.’ By offering pranama in this way, one can then read or explain Mahabharata, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Vedanta-sutra, and all the Puranas. This mantra has been given in Srimad Bhagavatam, the Puranas, Mahabharata, and elsewhere.

Today is guru-puja. A disciple can observe this day in honor of any acarya, but it is especially for those following the footsteps of Srila Vyasadeva. It is especially for those who are preaching the glories of Radha-Krsna and pure bhakti everywhere. On that guru's birthday, he performs the puja of Srila Vyasadeva, vyasa-pancaka, krsna-pancaka, panca-tattva, acarya-tattva, guru-parampara-tattva, and so on. By worship of these seven pancakas, one worships his entire guru-parampara from top to bottom. By serving and performing puja of Krsna, everything is completed – tasmin tuste jagat tusta; yet, we will have to give proper respect to all the acaryas, especially the rupanuga-acaryas.

You are saying that today is my birthday; but I do not think it is my birthday. My birthday is on Gaura Purnima, the day my Gurudeva gave me transcendental birth. Still you tell me, and the people of this world think so also, that my birthday is today. We observe Vyasa-puja on this worldly birthday [this is Srila Gurudeva’s humility, because the appearance day, or birth day of the bona fide acarya, Sri Krsna’s associate, is fully transcendental] but our real birth is that transcendental birth, which has been given by our guru – our father – and our mother is actually mantra. You should think like this.

On his own birthday, a guru, acarya, or disciple offers puja – to please his Gurudeva.

anukulyena krsnanu
silanam bhaktir uttama

["The cultivation of activities which are meant exclusively for the pleasure of Sri Krsna, or in other words the uninterrupted flow of service to Sri Krsna, performed through all endeavors of the body, mind and speech, and through the expression of various spiritual sentiments (bhavas), which is not covered by jnana and karma, and which is devoid of all desires other than the aspiration to bring happiness to Sri Krsna is called uttama-bhakti, pre devotional service." (Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.1.11)]

What is the meaning of krsna-anukula? Who is the Krsna referred to here? He is asraya-vigraha. He is Krsna, but asraya Krsna. In other words, he is Sri Gurudeva. Through him we can gradually reach the lotus feet of Krsna, Hari, as visaya Krsna. This is the proper channel through which to worship Radha and Krsna or Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. If one can please his Gurudeva, not only externally but internally as well, then Vyasa-puja is truly observed. We should try to realize the internal ways in which Gurudeva pleases his Gurudeva.

yasya deve para bhaktir
yatha deve tatha gurau
tasyaite kathita hy arthah
prakasante mahatmanah

["Only unto those great souls who have implicit faith in both the Lord and the spiritual master are all the imports of Vedic knowledge automatically revealed." (Svetasvatara Upanisad 6.23)]

Apply this sloka (anyabhilasita-sunyam), totally and fully, at the lotus feet of your Gurudeva. I now realize something of the glories of my Gurudeva, and I cannot express the feelings of my heart towards him. He was a great ocean of mercy. He took me from the well of stool, and he wanted to place me in the ocean of rasa – into Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu and Sri Ujjvala nilamani. By his special mercy I touched something of the glory of their truths regarding prema, sneha, maan, pranaya, raga, anuraga, bhava, and mahabhava up to madanakhya. I have understood something, but whose glory is this? I was not a learned person, and I was very insignificant. I know that I had no qualification at all; I was fully ignorant. However, by touching Gurudeva's lotus feet and by hearing his hari-katha, I received from him all the various kinds of knowledge that I am giving to the world. I am not giving it; they are inspiring me, and it is by their mercy that I am doing something.

When I remember this, I become overwhelmed. How glorious is his mercy! If one does not touch the real glory of his Gurudeva and serve him totally, how can he please him?

A true disciple knows that his bona fide gurudeva is like Krsna, as it is written in all sastras. Srila Suta Gosvami has said:

suta uvaca
yam pravrajantam anupetam apeta-krtyam
dvaipayano viraha-katara ajuhava
putreti tan-mayataya taravo 'bhinedus
tam sarva-bhuta-hrdayam munim anato 'smi

["Srila Suta Gosvami said: 'Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto that great sage who can enter the hearts of all. When he went away to take up the renounced order of life , leaving home without undergoing reformation by the sacred thread or the ceremonies observed by the higher castes, his father, Vyasadeva, fearing separation from him, cried out, "O my son!" Indeed, only the trees, which were absorbed in the same feelings of separation, echoed in response to the begrieved father.'" (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.2)]

Gurudeva is sarva-bhuta-sthitam (situated in everyone's heart), like Krsna. Krsna is everywhere, and similarly you can never hide anything from your Gurudeva. You want to hide so many things, like your lust and worldly desires, but Gurudeva knows even more than Krsna, because he is so near to Krsna. You cannot cheat him. If you try to cheat him you will be cheating yourself – so do not try to do so. Reveal your heart to the lotus feet of your Gurudeva. Then you can know how to please him.

Parama-pujyapada Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja knew and followed the order of his Gurudeva, and he preached that mission throughout the world. He has gone everywhere in the world – in jungles, in the midst of oceans, on the top of mountains, and in dangerous places like the middle of swamps (Alachua, Florida).

I went to many paces, like Saranagati and Gita Nagari, and everywhere I saw his glory. I think also that this was the glory of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada and Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. If they had not ordered and inspired him, and if my gurudeva had not given him sannyasa, from where would these qualities have come?* [see endnote 2] Some want to establish him as the adi-guru and last Guru, thinking that before him there were no bona fide Gurus and after him there will be no bona fide Gurus. This is a bogus idea, and an offense in his lotus feet. Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja never said or wrote this. He showed great honor for our guru-parampara, and especially to the rupanuga-acaryas in our line. He has not done anything independently. He has written the translation of Sri Caitanya-Caritamrta and Srimad-Bhagavatam, and he has glorified Krsna. He has done nothing new; he has given the same wine in a new bottle, just as all our previous acaryas have done. The first wine was given by Srila Vyasadeva; this credit goes to him. He is Narayana; otherwise he could not have done this.

On this day, a disciple or acarya bows down at the lotus feet of Sri Gurudeva, from where he has obtained all kinds of knowledge. You should especially know that tattva-jnana, knowledge of established philosophical truths, is not sufficient. From where will the mood to weep, as the gopis used to weep, come? Srimati Radhika is always weeping, intoxicated in krsna-prema. Krsna laments and suffers for Her, but He does not become so maddened. There are many manifestations of Radha dancing with Krsna, but for Radhika there is only one Krsna. Vyasadeva is himself Narayana, and he has revealed all this.

Perform guru-parampara puja, beginning from your gurudeva, then to the rupanuga guru-varga, and so on.
1) guru-pancaka (Sri Guru, Parama-guru, Paramesthi-guru, Paratpara-guru, Paramaparatpara-guru);
2) acarya-pancaka (Sri Sukadeva, Ramanuja, Madhva, Visnusvami, Nimbaditya);
3) vyasa-pancaka (Sri Vedavyasa, Paila, Vaisampayana, Jaimini, Sumanta);
4) sanakadi-pancaka (Sri Sanaka, Sanatkumara, Sanatana, Sanandana, Visvaksena);
5) krsna-pancaka (Sri Krsna, Vasudeva, Sankarsana, Pradyumna, Aniruddha);
6) upasya-pancaka (Sri Radhika, Krsna, Gaura, Gadadhara, Sri Gurudeva); and
7) panca-tattva (Sri Krsna Caitanya, Nityananda, Advaita Acarya, Gadadhara, Srivasa).

So I want to perform my guru-puja, or Vyasa-puja. We have not learned that we should collect abundant puspanjali from our disciples. A Guru's first duty is to worship his Gurudeva and guru-parampara, as well as the seven pancakas. You should know this and try to follow it. It is not that the guru makes a big "Vyasa-puja" book, glorifying himself, and takes all the money and presentations for himself. This is an offense.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura used to say that he would first offer anything given to him unto the lotus feet of his Gurudeva, Srila Gaura Kisora Das Babaji Maharaja. When thousands of disciples used to present offerings at his lotus feet, at the end of the presentation he would say, "I am taking it all and offering at the lotus feet of my Gurudeva. This is not my property."

It is essential to know all these truths. We are not going to follow new, modern devotees of here and there. We want to follow the line of Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Thakura and others in our guru-parampara, like Parama-pujyapada Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja. I want to follow in their footsteps. I want to first do guru-puja, then guru-parampara puja, and then to the others. If you want to make some offerings, I will take it and give to the lotus feet of my Gurudeva.

I am offering whatever you have all offered to me unto the lotus feet of my guru-padapadma and guru-parampara – beginning from Brahma and coming down to Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja – and to the devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu who will appear in the future. I am doing pranama to all of them:

hoiyachena hoibena prabhura jata dasa
sabara carana vandon dante kori ghasa

["Holding a straw between my teeth, I submit myself at the feet of all the servants of Mahaprabhu that were or will be." (Sri Vaisnava-Vandana verse 6)]

I request one thing of you. Try to sincerely fulfill the desire of your Gurudeva. You will see that if you are sincere, all the Vedas, and all krsna-tattva, maya-tattva, guru-tattva, radha-tattva, and all other tattvas will enter your heart and you will be pure devotees.

I am now offering all you have offered me – all your sraddha, honor, love and affection – unto the lotus feet of my Gurudeva and guru-parampara.

First, our guru-parampara kirtana should be performed: "Krsna haite catur mukha."

Gaura premanande.

[*Endnote 1– It is stated in Srimad Bhagavatam (4.1.59): "That Nara-Narayana Rsi, who is a partial expansion of Krsna, has now appeared in the dynasties of Yadu and Kuru, in the forms of Krsna and Arjuna respectively, to mitigate the burden of the world."]

[*Endnote 2 – Of course, Srila Prabhupada's perfection is eternal. This is merely a reference to his naravat-lila, human-like pastimes, in which he is setting example for us conditioned souls. Srila Narayana Maharaja says the same thing about Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, regarding His naravat-lila; that if He had not received harinama and gopala-mantra from His gurudeva, Sri Isvara-puripada, He would not have been able to accomplish His mission.]

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A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course(tm) Thursday 17 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: The Sublime Nature of Existential Reality Uploaded from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA What could be more sublime than reality? Existence is itself the most wonderful, auspicious experience. It is only when we become covered by the illusion of bodily identification that we experience existence as something less, as something miserable. Therefore, for one who is in illusion there is nothing more important and essential than the reawakening of his original, divine, enlightened consciousness. One who is thus awakened is the most fortunate person in the entire universe, and out of compassion he naturally dedicates his life fully to the reawakening of all living beings. This is his sublime mission. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Srila Prabhupada Circled the Globe Thirteen Times to Deliver the Human Society from Illusion http://www.backtohome.com/images/Prabhupada/prabhupada-airport.jpg Answers According to the Vedic Version: Question: Demon Threatens to Steal My Next Body Dear Spiritual Teacher, I have been having some bad dreams. In these dreams a tall and aggressive female, Victoria, tells me she will steal the body intended for me in the next life and inhabit it. I turn to you at this time as you are a spiritual teacher. A.R. Answer: Krishna Gives Full Protection You don't have to worry. If you will take complete shelter of Krishna, you are not going to have whatever material body you were fated to have in your next life. By surrendering to Krishna you will instead return to the spiritual world to serve Krishna eternally in your original spiritual form. If you fully accept Lord Sri Krishna as your lord and master, you will never have anything to fear from ghostly and demoniac elements. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Transcendental Resources: Receive the Special Blessings of Krishna Now you too can render the greatest service to the suffering humanity and attract the all-auspicious blessings of Lord Sri Krishna upon yourself and your family by assisting our mission. Lectures and Kirtans in Audio and Video: Link to High Definition Videos Link to Over 1,000 Lecture Audios Lecture-Travel Schedule for 2011 http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/schedule Have Questions or Need Further Guidance? Check out the resources at: http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com or write Sankarshan Das Adhikari at: sda@backtohome.com Get your copy today of the world's greatest self-realization guide book, Bhagavad-gita As It Is available at: http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/store Know someone who could benefit from this? Forward it to them. Searchable archives of all of course material: http://www.sda-archives.com Receive Thought for the Day as an RSS feed: http://www.backtohome.com/rss.htm Unsubscribe or change your email address Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Daily_Thought Copyright 2005-2011 by Ultimate Self Realization.Com Distribution of this material is encouraged. Simply we request you to acknowledge where it is coming from with a link to our sign up page: http://www.backtohome.com Our records indicate that at requested to be enrolled to receive e-mails from the Ultimate Self Realization Course at: This request was made on: From the following IP address:

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ISKCON Transcriptions: Семинар по Вайшнава этикету и культуре Часть 3 (Russian version of the seminar)

Семинар по Вайшнавскому Этикету и Культуре , проведенный Его Святейшеством Бхактивидьей Пурной Свами в 1998 году.

Если мы на самом деле хотим понять, как применять эти принципы, нужно тщательно изучать то, что Кришна советует в Бхагавад-Гите, чтобы делать все в правильном умонастроении. В этом заключается главная суть. Важнее не то, что вы делаете, а в каком умонастроении вы это выполняете. Конечно, существует определенная предписанная  деятельность, которую  дал нам Кришна, наилучшая для нас. Поэтому если выполнять эту деятельность и в то же время совершать ее в правильном умонастроении, тогда Кришна, несомненно, будет доволен. Это очень важно понять.

Когда мы молоды и многого не знаем, тогда конечно мы делаем  все, что делают другие. Это естественно. Как дети, которые повторяют вслед за взрослыми. Но когда они начинают думать самостоятельно, тогда или они начинают следовать хорошему примеру, все тщательно изучая и стараясь все понять, или будут спекулировать и выдвигать свои собственные идеи. Важно понять, что у нас есть выбор  – либо следовать тому, чему нас учат и демонстрируют на примере, либо делать все по-своему. Это то, что у нас есть. Поэтому живое существо должно очень глубоко понять свою свободу выбора, свободу разума, чтобы суметь правильно применить ее  в своей жизни. Это то, что очень хочет Господь. Он хочет, чтобы мы использовали свой разум. read full story

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana

The Deities have retained Their broad smiles from yesterday's festivities.

Every time Gaura Vani Prabhu and his crew have kirtan in the Temple Room, the bliss lingers for a few days and we are still floating in it.

Here is the
darsana of Their Lordships in Their rich and hearty-coloured set.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Ratha Yatra Part 3


Those are the second last batch of
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Sita-pati dasa, AU: Melbourne Ratha Yatra Festival

Vish, Kana, and I get our Bollywood on at the recent Ratha Yatra festival.

Epic Rock Moment for good measure...

There are a bunch of great photos taken by Ananta Vrndavan here [Faceboook Photo Album].

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Kurma dasa, AU: Nankhatai

dem bikkies:

Here's a good-looking recipe for spicy Indian bikkies, called Nankhatai. I haven't tried them yet, but anything from Sanjana's food website always turns out well. I am intrigued at the addtion of chickpea flour in the mixture. Of course chickpea flour is the mainstay of laddhus, so why not take advantage of its nuttiness in the baking department.

So here's the recipe...

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Ratha Yatra Part 2

This is the second batch of

Bhakta Prabhu would like to invite all of you who have taken pictures and recorded videos of the festival to please burn them on CD to hand over to him. Bhakta Prabhu's mobile is 0431 829 463; he would like to make a comprehensive compilation of all pictures and videos for the general public.

Also, here is a
video of the beginning of the parade.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): 223

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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 21, 1996
9:50 A.M.

Don’t get too ordered with your schedule or too virtuous with how many KC books you are going to read or even how much of Srila Prabhupada’s writing you’ll cram in one day. You space out a little at 9:30 A.M., not drawing or writing or reading. Minutes tick by, you browse at a few things. Is that wasting time? You could call it taking a breather. You might find a spark somewhere, an encourager or a challenge.

Is this me in the wrong when Adrienne Rich writes in her intro to Best American Poetry of 1996: “I was constantly struck by how many poems published in magazines today are personal to the point of suffocation. The columnar, anecdotal, domestic poem, often with a three-stress line, can be ­­­narrow in more than a formal sense.”

Back in house. Wait for mail. Take it easy. I’m getting clear days. How best to use them? What if someone asks me how I feel? Say, “I forget.” I think I’m still weak? Why are you not on the board of directors or zonal assistant deputies or sannyasis who act? (Draw guns fast from their pistol holders, “Have danda, will travel.”)—How about that?

Oh, it’s witty, Diana Witty, who John Young mocked as “Dim Witty!” So cruel a boy, Juan Joven. “How did they mock him back.” I don’t think they did. It was understood he was a failure with girls. I made nine points in the one intramural basketball game when Class 57 won, triumphed over another class. We lost the next game, or maybe we didn’t even play another. Oh, wonder-scorer that afternoon, and Cathy Swanson attended and saw you score baskets and saw your legs. Wonnerful.

These are the memories, the scary-scared kid, get on that bus 103 on Hylan Boulevard heading north from southernmost tip of S.I. The dream can be repaired, the memories can be revived. Push them out. What to do with them.

Navy ships.

I don’t have memories like that. If you keep moving . . . you’ve got to keep the garbage moving or you’ll foul up and die like a city with stuck sewerage.

Spills. The truth. The pause.  Before he reads another, my dear mind, please worship the devotees of Krishna, call out to them for help when six highwayman robbers come to strangle you. Help! They will.

I won’t go to Guyana in ’97. I’ll go to Trinidad and see the gray-haired disciples. I don’t own them. Fix the tickets. It’s that way. Hare Krishna.

Okay, this has been fun, part of the relaxation, but now you have to read. But sir, it’s almost a sure thing that when I attempt it I’ll conk out. Then why not conk out in deliberate act, lie on bed with propped-up pillows? Don’t mind if I do—and tune in to KC thoughts.

Chain of thoughts. Krishna dasa Kaviraja Goswami ends Chapter 7 of Madhya-lila with this verse: “One who hears these pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhhu with great faith will surely very soon attain the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.”  In this purport Prabhupada writes that everyone should engage in preaching, following in the footsteps of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Certainly Chapter 7 shows Lord Caitanya mightily preaching, empowering persons as He toured South India. Every person who met him went and preached and influenced many other devotees. “In this way one will be very much appreciated by Lord Krishna and will quickly be recognized by Him. Actually, a devotee of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu must engage in preaching in order to increase the followers of the Lord. By thus preaching actual Vedic knowledge all over the world, one will benefit all mankind.”

I read it and then ask myself in an accusatory way, “Are you preaching?” I even doubt why Prabhupada should bring up preaching since the author didn’t bring it up preaching in his verse.

In this way I mildly torture myself. But then I thought, “I am preaching, brhad-mrdanga preaching.” Just the other day a devotee called from Japan and asked permission to use some of my drawings on the cover of the Japanese version of Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta. That’s preaching. But perhaps Prabhupada and the acaryas want us to always feel bad. He says that unless you feel really unworthy, then there won’t be any room for improvement. I know that the psychologists say we ought to feel good, and that makes sense to me too. What to do?

Are you convinced that Krishna consciousness is for the benefit of humankind? Yes. Then a preacher has to keep trying and striving. Out of many persons he preaches to, hardly one will become a serious devotee. But the preacher is determined to continue, to please Krishna.


Just a thought—in December you could chant thirty-two rounds a day, write another directed journal like Begging for the Nectar of the Holy Names. You could also spend time reading books of Rupa and Raghunatha Goswami and recording them.

2:30 P.M.

Now I’m thinking I may stop this journal in favor of a directed one during a chanting increase. I glanced a few moments at my japa books Begging for the Nectar and Japa Reform Notebook. But then I see the good in Every Day, Just Write. It has reached a certain stage of non-pretension, the very fact that it has no focus—it’s truthful. I say what is rather than what should be said in a book on chanting or anything else. It’s as pure writing as I can get.

I’m so suggestible. Just writing these lines, I began to sway towards not increasing the japa but increasing the writing. You are talking to yourself, a conversation with a dear friend. Keep it up. And gently, gradually, remind yourself of the goal of life and your need to improve. S.P. said the disciples were too grown up for him to chastise. If he does, they will break (away). And he said, “I’m an old man. I can’t chastise you.” Oh . . .

I can’t (don’t want to) chastise, berate myself. Or whip myself into writing a certain book.  I made a list of “vows,” restrictions on the first day of Karttika, but I haven’t followed any of them, or rather I followed the gist but not rigidly. One “vow” restriction was no listening to non-devotee music.  But I listened. Now, however, I don’t feel like listening to it. I sense it doesn’t help me. Another Karttika restriction was no reading of non-devotee books. I read some poems and still do, but not much. That’s better for me. Do what you want, not by outer force. I’m too old to chastise. Want peace.

So I don’t know about this japa increase and different kind of writing. Maybe take the same approach. Rather than a bold announcement and forced start—32 rounds, starting such-and-such, and end this book and come up with a new title and write on japa-related topics. Maybe just keep it in mind that harinama is the only way, and increased quota may help (although even when I try it, it usually returns to the same state later).

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Poem, February 16

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You notice he’s writing about
writing. That’s his favorite subject.
He steers to Krishna in his
Jeep, pulls up short just before
the Lord. He jumps out
(like Akrura did) and falls
in the old snow and
renders prayers and full
dandavats. He is called the
one who reached perfection
by praying. Someone has to get
that award, although it may
not be the bravest one.
Perfection in prayer:
Words formed sincerely
with motive of loving service
enough to last five
Extra “Hare Krishnas” this morning
over the minimum sixteen. I
just kept going without
keeping count. Perfection in
prayer. He keeps saying
the mantras not noticing
the time go by.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The Kindest of All

Over the Atlantic

The most kind of all sadhus (holy men) is being honoured today. Obscure to most people (because in a secular world who cares for the faithful?) but most sacred to those of the Gaudiya Krishnaite tradition, is the magnanimous personality, Nityananda Prabhu. Today he was born in the village Ekachakra, West Bengal.

In the 15th century a remarkable revival of bhakti took hold in various parts of India and Nityananda was a very forward saint who charged into a challenged form of dharma at the time with his outgoing nature. Like his close companion, Chaitanya, Nityananda, who was about 12 years Chaitanya's senior, enthusiastically and actively spread a consciousness of Krishna when exploitative tantric yogis took advantage of the simple minded.

Nityananda's routine was to go door to door with his friend Haridas, a former Muslim practitioner, and encourage folks to take to mantra chanting. His most famous interaction in this regard was with a couple of drunkards. Jagai and Madai, were born as brahmans but took to 'wine and women' as they say. Madai severely injured Nityananda when he approached the two liquored fellows, imploring them to alter their ways and take to the process of chanting.

Chaitanya, hearing of the trouble created, dashed off to the scene and was prepared to vent the ultimate chastisement (death by destiny) upon Madai, when Nityananda, with his bloodied forehead, begged forgiveness to Madai's behaviour. He plead, "You have come to spare the most fallen souls. Here is a most degraded one and he needs your kindness. He needs a chance."

Chaitanya quieted as a response to Nityananda's plea. Madai and Jagai both took to the rehabilitation given to them by Nityananda's kindness. They went on to become spiritually prosperous leaving behind their lowly ways.

Nityananda is very kind and although his passing took place centuries ago, one can still feel his presence and influence. Therefore, devotees around the world recite his name along with Chaitanya's in order to become recipients of his special kindness.

7 KM

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Dandavats.com: From Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir! HH Bhakti Sundar Goswami

By Bhakti Sundar Goswami

He saw there the all-powerful Personality of Godhead in His boar incarnation, bearing the earth upward on the ends of His tusks and robbing him of his splendor with His reddish eyes. The demon laughed: Oh, an amphibious beast!

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Japa Group: Japa - Kirtan Retreat Part 5

The retreat continues with the lila at Surabhi kund.

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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Good chance to go back to Godhead, if...

If we practice Krsna consciousness in this present body while in a healthy condition and in good mind, simply by chanting the holy maha-mantra, Hare Krsna, we will have every possibility of fixing the mind upon Krsna at the time of death. If we do this, then our lives become successful without any doubt. But if we keep our minds always absorbed in fruitive activities for material enjoyment, then naturally at the time of death we shall think of such activities and again be forced to enter material, conditioned bodies to suffer the threefold miseries of material existence. Therefore, to remain always absorbed in Krsna consciousness was the standard of the inhabitants of Vrndavana, as exhibited by Maharaja Nanda, Yasoda and the gopis. If we can simply follow in their footsteps, even to a minute proportion, our lives will surely become successful, and we shall enter the spiritual kingdom, Vaikuntha.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => KB 46: Uddhava Visits Vrndavana

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Dandavats.com: Memories Part 51

Siddhanta das: The Memories of Srila Prabhupada DVD series keeps on coming with the new release of Part 51 which features Bhakti Vikasa Swami, Laxmimoni devi, Caturatama das, Urmila devi, and Laksmi Nrsimhadev das. This one hour and 40 min. dvd contains amazing new anecdotes and learning lessons from these devotees’ experiences with His Divine Grace. Please watch the video below to get a sample of what can be found on this new release

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: THE POWER OF GIVING

Giving is powerful. Many people will attempt to prevent you from taking, yet no one can stop you from giving as much as you wish.

Give, and you increase the value that flows through your life. Give of yourself, and you make yourself stronger.

Every time you interact with someone else, you have the opportunity to give that person some kind of value. Whether it is a thing, or a thought, a gesture or a kind word, the most powerful gifts are those that come straight from the heart.

Many will appreciate your gifts and some will not, but that is not the point. For it is the sincere act of giving, not how the gift is received, that brings value and goodness to your world.

As you give more and more, you have more to give. As the joy of giving flows out from you, new richness fills your life.

Each moment is an opportunity to engage the beautiful, loving power of giving. Give your best and you'll get even better.

- Ralph Marston

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Subhavilasa das ACBSP, Toronto, CA: Jai Nitai! Jai Nitai! Jai Nitai! Jai Nitai! Jai Nitai! Jai Nitai! Jai Nitai! Jai Nitai! Jai Nitai! Jai Nitai!

O' most compassionate Sri Nityananda Ram we surrender at Your Lotus Feet. You appeared today to save the most fallen like us. We are fallen and worthless and beg the mercy of You Lord Nityananda. Dandavats, dandavats, dandavats, dandavats, dandavats, dandavats, dandavats again and again at Your Lotus Feet which are Redish in colour are not only cooling like a million moons but are more beautiful than all the flowers combined in this universe.   

- Subhavilasa das & family
Sri Nityananda Prabhu's face is more beautiful and cooling than the autumnal moon. The effulgence coming out from His body is supremely beautiful. He always moves like a mad elephant, since He is always intoxicated with krsna-prema. He is always mad after krsna-prema. His body is completely pure spiritual energy. He always has a smiling face. His eyes are very fickle, moving to and fro. His lotus hand always holds a glowing staff. Yes, that is Sri Nityananda, who by the beating of that staff, destroys all our reactions of Kali-yuga. We should take shelter of Sri Nityananda and cry for the mercy of Sri Nityananda! He is the root of krsna-prema bhakti-kalpa-taru, the root of the tree of loving devotion unto Krsna. I do my bhajana of Lord Nityananda, the very root of the krsna-bhakti-vrksa.  

Sri Nityananda Prabhu is the reservoir of all transcendental mel­lows. He is the life and soul of all the devotees. Nobody can compare to Him in all the three planetary systems. He is very dear to one and all. He is the beloved husband of Sri Vasudha and Sri Jahnava. He is always in an ecstatic mood of love! Always maddened and intoxicat­ed with that mellow of love, krsna-prema. He is unknown to crooked and evil-minded persons. I do my bhajana of Lord Nityananda, the very root of the krsna-bhakti-vrksa.

Lord Nityananda is very dear to Sriman Gaurahga Mahaprabhu. He always does good to the whole universe. He is always supremely bliss-ful. He is the embodiment of supreme happiness and blissfulness. He comes to this material world in this Kali-yuga to deliver the sinful persons. There is no limit to His mercy. He constantly does nama-sankirtana, destroying the pride of this dreadful ocean of material existence. I do my bhajana of Lord Nityananda, the very root of the krsna-bhakti-vrksa.

Lord Nityananda tells Sriman Gauranga Mahaprabhu, "0 brother, what will happen to those most distressed and fallen jivas of Kali-yuga? What will happen to them unless You shower Your mercy on them? Please show them a way for their deliverance by which they can approach and get Your lotus feet." He always talks to Sriman Mahaprabhu like this. I do my bhajana of Lord Nityananda, the very root of the krsna-bhakti-vrksa.

Lord Nityananda goes to every doorstep and requests everyone with folded hands, "0 my dear brothers, all of you engage yourselves in the chanting of hari-nama. If you do this and follow My instruction, I promise that you will very easily cross over this dreadful ocean of material existence." I do my bhajana of Lord Nityananda, the very root of the krsna-bhakti-vrksa.

Like Agastya Muni, who by drinking a handful of water made all the oceans dry up, He forcibly swallows the ocean of repeated birth and death. He arose like a moon to swell up the ocean of mercy for the welfare of the jivas. He very easily destroys the sinful reactions of the most sinful degraded persons. He is very dear to the devotees. He is always busy doing good to the devotees. He is like the sun that dis­pels the darkness of the ignorant fools which descended by their sin­ful activities. I do my bhajana of Lord Nityananda, the very root of the krsna-bhakti-vrksa. 

He is always dancing and chanting, "Haribol! Haribol!" Uttering the name of Hari. He always engages in hari-nama-sankirtana. He always wanders on the streets of every city, town, and village casting His merciful glance over His dear devotees. I do my bhajana of Lord Nityananda, the very root of the krsna-hhakti-vrksa.

He moves with Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu holding His very soft lotus-like palm. He always looks at the moon-like beautiful face of Sri Gauracandra and becomes ecstatic and blissful! And Sriman Gauranga Mahaprabhu also looks at the moon-like, beautiful face of Sri Nitai. In this way, the two of Them are completely filled with blissfulness. He always makes all the inhabitants of the towns and cities wherever He goes mad with the intoxication of His beauty. I do my bhajana of Lord Nityananda, the very root of the krsna-bhakti-vrksa.

Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura says, "Whoever reads and recites with firm faith this Sri Nityanandastakam, will have the lotus feet of Sri Nityananda Prabhu soon revealed to him. These eight verses are the essence of bhakti-rasa. They are the life and soul of all rasika-bhaktas and the reservoir of all mellows. Lord Nityananda is the essence of the universe, the three planetary systems, and by His remembrance, the sinful reactions of all sinful persons are destroyed."

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Dandavats.com: Sri Nityananda Prabhu–An Incarnation of Mercy

By Giriraj Swami

We welcome you on the most auspicious occasion of Sri Nityananda-trayodasi in the merciful presence of Sri Sri Nitai-Gaurahari and other Deities. We shall read two verses from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, Chapter Five: "The Glories of Lord Nityananda Balarama."

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: WHAT IS EDUCATION?

This is education.

Canakya Pandita, the great politician, has given the definition of a learned scholar.

Matrvat para-daresu. To see every woman except his wife as mother.

Para-dravyesu lostravat. And others' property? Just like garbage in the street. Nobody is interested in the garbage. You throw.

And atmavat sarva-bhutesu. And thinking all living entities as your own self. If you feel pains and pleasure by something, you could not afflict the pains to others. If your throat is cut, if your head is cut, you feel so much pain, how you can cut the head of another animal?

This is education, three things. This is the test of education.

matrvat para-daresu
para-dravyesu lostravat
atmavat sarva-bhutesu
yah pasyati sa panditah

- Srila Prabhupada, Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 1.26-27, London, July 21, 1973

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H.H. Bhakti Caitanya Swami: Report from Isvara Puri das

With Guru Maharaja at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple 25 January – 7 February 2011 On Tuesday 25 January, I received the opportunity to serve Guru Maharaja at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath temple while Arjuna-acarya prabhu returned home for a few days. Guru Maharaja was scheduled to visit the home of a well-wisher. Isvara  Puri prabhu is a medical doctor and [...]

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1966 February 16: "America is very much expensive. I have to spend about Rs 1000 per month and my Visa period will be finished by the end of March. It is my experience that your Holiness is very prompt in replying letters but I am very much anxious because I have not received your favorable reply."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1966

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 February 16: "I am so glad to see your attractive picture, just a brahmacarini. I pray Krishna that you may make further progress in Krishna Consciousness so that your spiritual beauty may come out more and more."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 February 16: "My Dear George, I beg to acknowledge receipt herewith of your contribution of $19,000 for publication of my book, Krsna, now going to the press. I am so much obliged to you for your cooperation in spreading my movement throughout the world."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 February 16: "They do not come in the parampara as such their line of thought is null and void. Our movement is revolutionary to such so called religious principles, gurus and swamis. So stick to our principles and preach Lord Caitanya's message."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1971 February 16: "This door-to-door Sankirtana is the mission of Lord Caitanya. Even there is language barrier, this door-to-door Sankirtana will fulfill your mission and you can introduce our literatures to the higher circles as you have done by presenting Krsna Book to the Prime Minister."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 February 16: "Every day I am receiving not less than ten to fifteen important letters. If the local GBC representative cannot answer from their experience, then I have given answer in my books - and still if they cannot answer, they may ask me."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1972 February 16: "Always stick tight to the point of our philosophy. We should not compromise in any way just to accommodate the public idea, but we can so tastefully present the real thing that we will change the public to accommodate us."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1973 February 16: "Within these standards lies the spiritual strength of our movement. If there is any deviation from the high standard of purity which has been established then it is the responsibility of my senior disciples and the local GBC representativse to rectify immediately."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Discussion with Russian disciples on how teachers can make students more respectful

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Presenting....Toronto Hare Krishna Internet Radio!!!

It's finally here! Today, on the auspicious occasion of Lord Nityananda's appearance, we officially present to you Toronto's Hare Krishna Internet Radio! You can access the radio by clicking on the player on the right-hand side and you will also be able to see our daily schedule.

We are still working out kinks in the programming, so please bear with us. If you do encounter any problems, send us a quick message using the link in the radio window. We will try to fix it as soon as possible!

We hope you enjoy this new addition to the blog and join us this evening as we celebrate Lord Nityananda's appearance day!
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Balabhadra dasa: Cowherd Outreach

Nandi the ox.....rescued 19 years ago by Paramesvari Radha and her son Maha. He is one of several oxen and cows rescued by Gopal, a cow protection organization headed by Paramesvari Radha and Maha in Serbia. Paramesvari Radha is feeding apples to Nandi.

Read about more cowherds around the world in the
'February ISCOWP e-newsletter'

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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Galloping Growth, and Hunger, in India

Click here to read the full article from the New York Times

Four decades after the Green Revolution seemed to be solving India’s food problems, nearly half of Indian children age 5 or younger are malnourished. And soaring food prices, a problem around the world, are especially acute in India.

Globally, floods in Australia and drought in China have helped send food prices everywhere soaring — on fears the world will see a repeat of shortages in 2007 and 2008 that caused food riots in some poor countries, including Egypt.

While India’s agricultural problems are part of this bigger global puzzle, in many ways India’s food challenges are more entrenched and systemic than those faced elsewhere.

Western investors may take eager note of India’s economic growth rate of nearly 9 percent a year. But that statistic rings hollow in India’s vast rural areas. Agriculture employs more than half the population, but it accounts for only 15 percent of the economy — and it has grown an average of only about 3 percent in recent years.

Critics say Indian policy makers have failed to follow up on the country’s investments in agricultural technology of the 1960s and ’70s, as they focused on more glamorous, urban industries like information technology, financial services and construction.

There is no agribusiness of the type known in the United States, with highly mechanized farms growing thousands of acres of food crops, because Indian laws and customs bar corporations from farming land directly for food crops. The laws also make it difficult to assemble large land holdings.

Yet even as India’s farming still depends on manual labor and the age-old vicissitudes of nature, demand for food has continued to rise — because of a growing population and rising incomes, especially in the middle and upper classes. As a result, India is importing ever greater amounts of some staples like beans and lentils (up 157 percent from 2004 to 2009) and cooking oil (up 68 percent in the same period).

Food prices are rising faster in India than in almost any other major economy — and faster than they did during the 2007-8 surge.

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Bharatavarsa.net: Book distribution seminar: distributing books life after life?

Haribol to all the book distributors,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Here a devotee asks a very interesting question to Srila Prabhupada:

http://vaniquotes.org/wiki/Sometimes_the_devotees_ask_if_they_can_take_birth _again_distributing_books_for_you

your servant

Visnu Murti dasa

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Book Distribution News: distributing books life after life?

Haribol to all the book distributors,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Here a devotee asks a very interesting question to Srila Prabhupada:

http://vaniquotes.org/wiki/Sometimes_the_devotees_ask_if_they_can_take_birth _again_distributing_books_for_you

your servant

Visnu Murti dasa

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H.H. Jayadvaita Swami: The VedaBase update has been released

You can download it here: VedaBase update 2011.1.

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Gouranga TV: Subal Dasa Kirtan

Subal Dasa Kirtan

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Cooking Class at Krishna Fest


Following the success of the previous cooking demonstration at Krishna Fest, Sammohini Mataji and her dedicated crew will conduct their second class this coming Saturday.

For those who missed the previous one, here is your chance to make up for it.

Or if you liked the last one so much and want to renew the experience, here is an 'encore'.

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Japa Group: Japa - Kirtan Retreat Part 4

Sacinandana Swami tells the story of Gopa Kumara.

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