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Swim for it! by Kadamba Kanana Swami

Sadhana-bhakti is like the Ganga. When we take bath in the Ganga, in Mayapur then on the side of the river, the water is not moving very much – it is slow. If you want to move in the water then you have to swim on your own strength but you go a little further into the river, you do not have to swim on your own strength, the current will just grab you and take you along.

So it is like this. Only in the beginning of bhakti is it depending on…

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Srila Prabhupada Vyasapuja by Ramai Swami

     

              



This is an excerpt from a poem I wrote for Srila Prabhupada:

Srila Prabhupada, by all adored

A true follower of the lord

He toiled hard with every limb

Around the world were signs of him

There was no person so very great

No power in heaven could master fate

Caitanya’s message, he answered the call

He gave the mercy to one…

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Self-Destruct by Vraja Kishor

Continuing Bhāgavatam’s description of the amazing conversation between prthu and the four child-sages…

“Why does this veil hiding the true self and Superself exist in the first place?” the King asked with deep feeling.

The boy-sage explained that it exists because of attraction to perceiving objects independently and externally.

“How does this loss of self occur?” the King asked in exasperation.

“In the same way that grasses on the banks of a lake suck out the…

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Puri Parikrama 2016 From 16th to 19th November

 International Group Registration

   Final date:  30th October

Dear devotees of Lord Jagannath, with great excitement we invite you again to join the international party at Sri Ksetra Puri Parikrama.

Puri Parikrama is a four day pilgrimage organised by ISKCON Mayapur for the last 12 years! In the occasion of the 10th anniversary more than 10 thousand devotees joined! It is a lifetime…

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Krishna Consciousness

Lecture : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.19

August 22, 1972, Los Angeles



So to become Krsna conscious means immediately -- that is the test --

immediately he will become free from lust and greediness. If he's not

free from lust and greediness, he is making a show; he's not Krsna

conscious. This is the test. If one is actually advanced in Krsna

consciousness, then these two symptoms will be visible in his

character:…

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 6.6

TEXT 6
bandhur atmatmanas tasya

yenatmaivatmana jitah

anatmanas tu satrutve

vartetatmaiva satru-vat

SYNONYMS…
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Bhakti Yoga-Devotional Service to the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna by Dinesh

       

Sometimes he laughs, sometimes he weeps, sometimes he cries out very loudly, sometimes he sings, and sometimes he dances

One who understands perfectly the process of devotional service in love of Godhead becomes intoxicated in its discharge. Sometimes he becomes stunned in ecstasy and thus enjoys his whole self, being…

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Animal Rights

This morning I was reading from Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad Bhagavatam:

…Any living being, if he terrifies other living beings, is a most wretched subject, and the king should at once kill such a disturbing element. As the wild animal is killed when it creates disturbances, similarly any man who unnecessarily kills or terrifies the jungle animals or other animals must be punished at once. By the law of the Supreme Lord, all living beings, in…

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Happiness and Suffering

Ever since I was a small child, I have been attracted to the statue of Buddha. Don’t know why, but I had a statue of Buddha in my bedroom, and it was a Christian home. I didn’t really know about Krishna then or who the Buddha was…but I was so attracted to everything Eastern. As I learned latter in life Buddha was actually an incarnation of Krsna. “From the Bhāgavatam we understand that Lord Buddha is the incarnation of Kṛṣṇa who appeared when…

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Srimati Radharani’s Appearance by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Below is the transcription of a lecture Srila Prabhupada gave on September 18, 1969 in London, on the occasion of the appearance anniversary of Srimati Radharani.

Prabhupāda: (chants maṅgalācaraṇa prayers) Today is birth, appearance day of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, Rādhāṣṭamī. Fifteen days after Kṛṣṇa’s birth, Rādhārāṇī appeared. (pause) Rādhārāṇī is Kṛṣṇa’s pleasure potency. Rādhā-kṛṣṇa-praṇaya-vikṛtir hlādinī-śaktiḥ.

The Lord, the…

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Janmastami Celebrated at Gaya 2016 by Jagadish Shyam Das

It was first time Janmastami was celebrated at Gaya Gandhi Maidan. More than 10,000 people attended the festival, from 5 PM to night 2 AM. Prasadam was distributed profusely to all the attendants. Hg Rambhadra Prabhu, (Director, IYF- Bihar & Jharkhand) delivered a  lecture. He highlighted Lord Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead quoting from scriptures such as Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. 

 A drama entitled ‘Advent of…

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Radhastami, a day to meditate on the deepest mystery by Radhanath Swami

Radhastami, a day to meditate on the deepest mystery

It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you to be with us in Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple to celebrate Radhastami. A day in which we meditate upon the deepest mystery buried within the vast treasure of the Vedic scriptures. According to a particular person’s level of spiritual awareness, and their particular inclinations, Srila Vyasadev, has compiled the Vedic literatures in such a…

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What Gets Destroyed When You Fall in Love with Transcendence ? by VrajaKishor

Continuing the amazing story of Pṛthu’s conversation with the four child-sages…

Delighted to hear the sage speak so clearly and definitely, but with such depth and breadth, the King eagerly asked, “What happens when a person falls in love with that transcendental consciousness?”

Sanāt smiled out of satisfaction with the King’s eagerness to hear more on the subject. “When we fall firmly into love with that transcendent being,” the boy said, “then, if we also have an…

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Krishna Means All Attractive

“All their hearts were melting for Him on the pot of attraction. They looked at Him without blinking their eyes, and they moved hither and thither in perplexity.” (SB 1.10.4)

Yes. Krsna, the very name, suggests attractive. Krsna means all-attractive. (from Srimad Bhagavatam lecture June 19, 1973 in Mayapura India)

Full lecture

Krishna Means All Attractive

Lecture by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami…

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Practical Advice on Bhakti Yoga by Vraja Kishor

The child-sages smiled lovingly and happily when they heard Pṛthu’s words, so sweet, appropriate, essential, accurate, and to the point. Sanat Kumār replied on behalf of them all.

“What a wonderful question you’ve asked, Emperor, about the welfare of all living beings,” the boy-sage said. “Although very learned, sādhus always ask questions. That is how their intellect works. Just as you are happy to be in our company, we are happy to be in…

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Huge celebration for Janmashtami 2016 at Bhaktivedanta Manor

Bhaktivedanta Manor’s spectacular Janmashtami festival attracts over 70,000 pilgrims to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna on earth 5000 years ago. The festival demonstrates the spiritual variety of India’s ancient Vedic culture in all its glory.

On arrival, visitors walk through the newly completed ‘New Gokul’ complex, Europe’s largest cow protection project, as they make their way to the colourful festival site. At the site, the main…

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Attention! Don’t go down to the banks of the Yamuna and hear Krishna’s flute!

Attention! Don’t go down to the banks of the Yamuna and hear Krishna’s flute!

The Flute Player of Vrindavan: Srimati Radharani, the eternal divine consort of Sri Krishna, is known as the Queen of Vrindavan. Vrindavan is where Krishna loves to be, because of Her love – and the love of all those who live there.

Vrindavan is at the center of the lotus of the spiritual world – no place is sweeter or more beautiful because it is…

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Vyasa-puja Offering — Full Faith: Our Greatest Treasure

Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON after Fifty Years

Srila Prabhupada’s disciple Dhananjaya Dasa told me that at his initiation Srila Prabhupada said, “Dhananjaya means ‘winner of wealth,’” and added, moving his arms all around, “Money is flying in all directions—you simply have to learn the art of catching it.”

The next morning, Dhananjaya raised a question related to a purport he had read in…

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500,000 People Visited ISKCON Delhi on Janmastami 2016

This year on Janmastami day, ISKCON – Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir received 5 lakh devotees. The temple was decorated using flowers from India and elsewhere along with several Jhakis depicting the pastimes of the Lord.

The temple also featured prominently the theme of ’50th Anniversary’ along with posters informing the visitors of ISKCON’s activities. The dress that the…

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Krishna Janmasthami at ISKCON Salem on 26th August 2016 by Krishna das

65 000 guests gathered to celebrate 25th Sri Krishna janmasthami at ISKCON Salem. Celebration started early morning 4.30 am and went ‘till 2 am in the morning next day. Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai alankara was “Kalpa-Vrksa”, surrounded by 108 delicious offerings made by devotees. The darshan queue was way out on the main road. HG Hari-pada Prabhu and HG Phalini Mataji were the chief guests. They lead most ecstatic kirtans, and Prabhuji gave inspiring…

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