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Overcoming Pornography Addiction By Dhameshvara Mahaprabhu Dasa

In this article, I begin with a confession of what I experience as a common experience for men with an addiction to pornography, based on my life and deep empathetic conversations with others. I will share what I believe to be the way to overcome this addiction in Krishna consciousness.…

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Dogs And Cats Don’t Need Freud By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

73/08/25 London, Bhagavad-gita 2.19-20

Srila Prabhupada:

ya enam vetti hantaram

yas cainam manyate hatam

ubhau tau na vijanito

nayam hanti na hanyate

[Bg. 2.19]

“He who thinks that the living entity is the slayer or that he is slain does not understand. One…

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Real education By Urmila Devi dasi

“In the last week of the last year of school, students sweat at the thought of the final exam. When they’ve passed their exams and earned their degrees, they’ll be entitled to call themselves educated.

But the Vedic culture has a different standard. The sage Canakya, whose proverbs Srila Prabhupda…

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Purpose of education: Reviving our spiritual identity By Jaganmohini Devi Dasi

HH Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Swami regularly emphasized, purpose of education is to educate the students about the meaning and purpose of life – the very first tenets of spirituality. To facilitate this synthetic approach of spirituality within education Bhakti Svarupa…

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The Rabbit that killed the Lion By Udayananda dasa (ACBSP)

Dear assembled Devotees,

I was doing some work at my home, and I was listening to some Srimad Bhagavatam lectures giving by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada told a humorous story about a rabbit that killed a lion. It was so transcendentally pleasing that I thought I…

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Is God Male or Female? By Caitanya Caran Das

God is neither – and is both. Let’s see how.

Before we can understand whether God is male or female, we need to clearly understand that we ourselves are neither male nor female. We are at core spiritual beings, souls, whereas our gender refers only to our shell, our physical bodies. Our…

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When the Diagnose of Cancer Hits Us By Devaki Devi Dasi

Cancer is becoming a more and more common disease, also amongst devotees. Infact, it is becoming one of the main causes leading to death. Dealing now with this diagnose for the second time inspires me to try and share some little insights, hoping that it might help others who will be…

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Panchagauda Prabhu Interview

Panchagauda holds the record as the longest standing temple president in Vrndavan India – 8 Years-

He joined ISKCON in 1976 in Buffalo NY, then moved to Miami and managed temples there for many years.

When I met him in Vrndavan this year,…

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HELPLESS IN GOOD TIMES By Kesava Krsna dasa – GRS

There are a myriad of instructions on how to chant japa. All of them serve to help us achieve success. In spite of the varied nuances and techniques, why are we plagued with anarthas, struggling to reach a semblance of nistha, from which to springboard to higher levels of attainment? With thousands…

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Meeting Srila Prabhupada By HG Bhuvana Pavani Devi Dasi

Lord Caitanya then inquired: What is the most profitable thing in the world, the essence of all auspicious events? Ramananda Raya replied that there is nothing as profitable as the association of pure devotees.” (Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Page 341)

When did I meet Srila Prabhupada? The…

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Iskcon Informational Town Hall Meeting At The Brooklyn Public Library

By the GBC Brooklyn Temple Sale Committee

The pending sale of the ISKCON Brooklyn Temple (Radha Govinda Mandir) has generated interest, concern and even controversy in ISKCON, not just in the New York Metropolitan Area but also around the world,…

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How to break habits

Answers supplied by H.H. Romapada Swami

Question: My question is how to break habits? How can one become serious and follow Srila Prabhupada’s instructions more closely?

Answer: Retraction of bad habits was compared by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura as being synonymous to the jiva’s…

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The “bomb” he dropped on my life By Gargamuni das

It was 1981 and early in my senior year of high school, I was walking out of the East Brook Mall in Willimantic Connecticut with two friends named Steve Walton and Clyde Hall. In my hand I was holding a bag with Jimmy Hendrix’s “Axis Bold As Love” album in it, that I had just purchased at…

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Vaishnava Compassion and Srila Prabhupada By Giriraj Swami

Hearing His Holiness Niranjana Swami’s wonderful talk, I felt we were being elevated to the spiritual world. He quoted from Visnujana Maharaja. Visnujana had a program in which he went by boat along the Ganges River, in Bengal, and…

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Srila Prabhupada about prasadam.

01. All to be served should be invited to sit on the floor, and prasadam should be served by qualified devotees.

02. Those who are served should be very clean, peaceful, and satisfied. They should eat before serving, if necessary. They should try not to speak while…

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Fortunate souls get the mercy

This is Shannon. She looks like the movie actress, named Claire Forlani. Strangely enough she has been a production manager for some television series, and some major film productions, including...…

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The Lotus feet of Lord Shri Krishna Bhagavan

When a devotee wants to see the transcendental form of the Lord, he begins his meditation on the Lord’s body by first looking at the feet of the Lord.

(SB 4.24.52p)

One should begin to see the Lord from His lotus feet, gradually rising to the thighs, waist, chest and…

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Spiritual world: Please consider yourself invited!

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura was called ‘a vaikuntha man’. He loved the spiritual world, and sternly cautioned all thoughtful men to NOT accept the pale worldly reflection to be the Reality. His examples in this excerpt below are vivid, his…

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Don't Just Stand, Take A Stand By Chaitanya Charan Das

“You may not keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.”

-- Martin Luther

We live amidst a culture of violence and indifference. Some people resort to violence at even the slightest provocation…

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Sadhana, is it kriya or bhakti?

In the Narada Pancharatra, it is said bhakti begins only after we give up our material designations that is connected to our body and mind. As long as we are connected to the body and mind, any devotion we perform is mixed devotion (mixed with karma and knowledge).



When a soul engages in service to Krishna from his constitutional position as servant, then that service is called bhakti. Any service to Krishna thinking I am this body/mind becomes mixed. So this mixed service is…

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