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From American expat to World-Famous Swami by Meg Harry

From American expat to world-famous Swami Learning about the journey of Swami Radhanath is an insight into the best of India — openness, affection and spontaneous joy

I recently learned of a young, American man who left the United States in 1971 to search for true faith. Richard Slavin started in Europe, where, as a hippy, he was largely robbed, refused entry, chased away or kicked out. He travelled, penniless, throughout Europe. He loved Christian churches…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 25, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Chitra Devi – The Compassionate-Hearted One

This year, Sri Chitra Devi’s appearance day falls on the 24th of September 2017.

In the year 1992, Chitra Devi was one of the last of the four Asta-sakhis, or principle associates of Srimati Radharani, to be installed in Mayapur. Chitra Devi stands third on Madhava’s right.

Sri Chitra Devi’s father is Chatura, her mother is Charchika, and her husband is Pithara. She has the beautiful complexion of kasmira, or saffron. She wears cloth which is glossy like a host of…

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Added by Mayapur Internal Communications on September 24, 2017 at 11:00am — 1 Comment


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For Atheists and Theists Alike: Time as God

Sarva Dasa: As a blogger on a metropolitan newspaper’s religious blog page, I find that some of my references to a higher power or supreme being are met with ridicule or scorn by those readers who profess faith in atheistic views. This is certainly not surprising.

However, even the staunchest atheists will have a hard time logically denying one form of a “higher power” that…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 23, 2017 at 4:10pm — No Comments


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Bonds of Love

By Vrndavana Vilasini Devi Dasi

Vrndavana Vilasini was attached to a hippie life of independence but found that lifestyle to be no protection from painful events and the intense suffering they caused. In her travels around America, she met devotees, heard the holy name, and took prasada. Finally, she ended up back in Seattle, Washington, her hometown.

One day, I was…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 23, 2017 at 4:06pm — No Comments


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Jesus, The Vaishnavas And The Spirit Of Understanding

Kripamoya Das: Sometimes – but only sometimes – I like to think my interfaith credentials are all in order. I mean, as a Vaishnava I regard all religions as paths towards the same supreme Godhead. Religion is one, but the ways we do it – and the outfits we do it in – are many.

God Himself says this in the Bhagavad-gita. (That’s not the Vaishnava God as distinct from the Christian or Jewish God, but the one…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 23, 2017 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment


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The strength to be open and honest

Sutapa Das: According to the cosmic cycle described in the Vedas, we are living in the most corrupted epoch. Four fundamental principles underpin any functional society, organization, family or group; self-control, cleanliness, compassion, and truthfulness. When individuals wholeheartedly embrace these virtues, success is guaranteed on every level – physically, emotionally, socially, and most importantly,…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 23, 2017 at 3:54pm — No Comments


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Finding Ourselves – Who We Are and What We Are Meant to Do

By Giriraj Swami

We all want to know who we really are, what role we are meant to play in God’s plan, what contribution we are meant to make to God’s work. And, by God’s grace, we may get a sense of our calling, what we are meant to do in His service. But even then, we may shrink from what we know is our duty, shirk what we know is our…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 23, 2017 at 3:50pm — 1 Comment


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Money

By Luke Vanderlinden

The American people have demonstrated by their election of Donald J. Trump into the office of president that the greatest significator for success in our modern age is wealth. As the popular saying goes, “Money makes the world go round.” In this way, the deluding potency of the Supreme Lord lulls souls into a false sense of security, thinking…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 23, 2017 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Reflections on World Holy Name Week 2017 in Sri Dham Mayapur

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pSWsvx9kPc&feature=youtu.be

“The Krishna consciousness movement has established its centre in Mayapur, the birth site of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, to give men the great opportunity to go there and perform a constant festival of sankirtan-yajna.” - Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.19.24 Purport

The World Holy Name Week celebrations in…

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Added by Mayapur Internal Communications on September 23, 2017 at 11:35am — No Comments


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Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter - Aug 2017

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 23, 2017 at 11:33am — No Comments


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Gaura Purnima 2018 Festival Schedule

Dear devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

ISKCON Mayapur is happy to invite the worldwide devotees to Sri Mayapur to take part in the Gaura Purnima Festival 2018. Srila Prabhupada desired all devotees to come to Mayapur to get charged with the unlimited mercy of Mahaprabhu, and Gaura Purnima is the best time…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 23, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments


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Churning of Butter

Giriraj Dasa: Gaudiya Vaishnavas, are supposed to follow the mood of Vrajavasis. Among the Vrajavasis the mood and service of gopis is considered the highest. During the day gopis are always busy in one main activity – churning butter. How can we follow this practice in the modern age of Kali-yuga?

We can very easily follow gopis by churning the verses of bhakti scriptures, especially Bhagavad Gita…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 22, 2017 at 4:07pm — 1 Comment


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Light Hearts and Bridges By Ananda Vrindavaneswari Devi Dasi

Ananda Vrindavaneswari Devi Dasi: The building of the bridge to Lanka is a favorite part of the Ramayana. Not only because it was done mainly by an army of monkeys and other animals, but it was built around one central idea – when the name of Rama was written on the rocks they floated on the water.

My big take away from this is that mantra meditation, the recitation of the names of the Lord, will help us build the bridges…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 22, 2017 at 4:02pm — No Comments


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All India Padayatra Receives A Grand Welcome In Nileshwaram, Kerala

Acarya Dasa: On August 28th we travelled to the village of Nileshwaram, also known as Nileshwar or Neeleswaram in the Kasaragod district of Kerala. Caitanya Rasamrita Dasa, president of ISKCON Kannur grew up in this village. Actually both he and his family first came into contact with devotees while living in a foreign country. Now, his whole family along with his brothers are devotees. When he received the news that our pāda-yātrā was visiting…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 22, 2017 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment


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The Sampradaya of Sri Caitanya

By Satyaraj Das and Dr. Deadwyler

The question of sampradaya, or the disciplic lineage of spiritual teachers, is the basis of authority for all religious and philosophical teachers and movements arising from the Vedantic traditions. There is no conception of religious organisation among these traditions which does not include reference to sampradaya. Therefore, questions of…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 22, 2017 at 3:33pm — 1 Comment


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Clear Conception of God

By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

By developing genuine devotional qualities, one’s understand of God becomes clear and perfect arjuna uvacasenayor ubhayor madhyeratham sthapaya me ‘cyutayavad etan nirikse ‘hamyoddhu-kaman avasthitankair maya saha yoddhavyamasmin rana-samudyame

“Arjuna said: O infallible one,…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on September 22, 2017 at 3:24pm — 1 Comment

Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 10.12-13

TEXTS 12-13
arjuna uvaca

param brahma param dhama

pavitram paramam bhavan

purusam sasvatam divyam

adi-devam ajam vibhum


ahus tvam rsayah sarve

devarsir naradas tatha

asito devalo vyasah

svayam caiva bravisi me…

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Added by Rohit Kharwal on September 22, 2017 at 12:55pm — No Comments

THE LORD’S INTERVENTION | KOILADI, TAMIL NADU

THE LORD’S INTERVENTION | KOILADI, TAMIL NADU

August 29, 2017

By Acarya Dasa

                                                

Divine intervention

On July 25th our party reached the town of Koiladi, home to a large Annapurna temple. As we approached the town we heard that many people go to this temple, so we decided to go there and do saṅkīrtana. After…

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Added by RUSHIKESH DILIP PATIL on September 22, 2017 at 10:13am — No Comments

ALL INDIA PADAYATRA IN KANNUR, KERALA

ALL INDIA PADAYATRA IN KANNUR, KERALA

August 25, 2017

By Acarya Dasa

Our pāda-yātrā party reached Kannur city on August 7th. Kannur, also known as Cannanore, is located in the district of Kannur and is the administrative headquarters of the area.

Nitai Gaurasundar calls Mr. Haradev from Muscat

It had been raining for the past few days and getting accommodation was a little difficult at times. So, before travelling to Kannur I called a good friend of…

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Added by RUSHIKESH DILIP PATIL on September 22, 2017 at 10:12am — No Comments

ALL INDIA PADAYATRA IN PAYYOLI, KERALA

ALL INDIA PADAYATRA IN PAYYOLI, KERALA

August 25, 2017

By Acarya Dasa

Our pāda-yātrā traveled to Payyoli on July 26th. Payyoli is a town on the Malabar Coast in the Kozhikode district in the state of Kerala and is located in between the Quilandy taluk and Kozhikode.

Chanting with school children

Balaramsvarupa Dasa, a disciple of Jayapataka Maharaj got news of our party arriving in…

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Added by RUSHIKESH DILIP PATIL on September 22, 2017 at 10:10am — No Comments

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