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Spiritual life is about the spiritual world



(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 May 2012, Sydney, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.11.14)

I remember when the Australian devotees used to come to Vrindavan. I used to be in charge of allocating rooms in the ashram. For the Australian brahmacaris, I used to give them a whole room for themselves which was pretty good and they had somewhere to sleep. In India, basically…

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Kalash Installation Begins at the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

After several weeks of assembling the titanium nitrate kalashes, they have finally reached the final stage of commencing their installation on top of the TOVP Domes and Chatris. A video by ToVPInfo.

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Lord Narayana speaking to Gopa Kumara



Lord Narayana speaking to Gopa Kumara:

“Welcome, welcome, my dear boy! I am fortunate – most fortunate – to meet you here. For so long I have been eager to see you! My dear friend, you have passed many lifetimes without paying any attention to me at all. For so long hope had me dancing like a fool thinking, ‘Perhaps in this lifetime, or this, or this, or this,…

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Banabehari Mandir



By Haripriya Devi Dasi

“My alarm clock rings. It is 5:00 a.m. on a summer morning in Saranagati Village, and it’s almost time for mangal arati. After getting ready, I step outside into a crisp and quiet morning. Picking a flower from our garden for Their Lordships, I jog up the hill on the way to my favorite place, Banabehari Mandir. Once at the top, I look…

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Rath Yatra preparations in Sridam Mayapur

Annually when the Lord of the universe, Jagannath alongwith His siblings – Baladev and Subhadra come out of Their temple to shower mercy by glancing with Their big round eyes during the month of Asad, as per the Vedic calendar is known as Rath Yatra. The scriptures mention that whoever takes darshan of the gleeful grin of Jagannath seated on His cart cuts the knot of repeated birth and death of this material world.…

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Art of Working

By Chirag Dangarwala

karmany evadhikaras te

ma phalesu kadacana

ma karma-phala-hetur bhur

ma te sango ‘stv akarmani [ B.g. 2.47]

“You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be…

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New Vrindaban Kids’ Camp Makes Spirituality Fun

By Madhava Smullen

“We never thought a spiritual event could be so much fun – we would love to come again!” wrote one family after attending the Children’s Summer Camp in New Vrindaban last year.

“Wonderful event – we can’t wait till next year,” wrote another. “Our son says he will miss New Vrindaban very badly.”

These families are in…

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A magic book

By Rachael LeValley

A song called Throw It Away, by the talented Abbey Lincoln, is a song I’ve often sung to call to the Spiritual World in times of distress… I would use the song (and its affect on me) to call to the ancestors to impart guidance and wisdom in times of material crisis – of which I’ve had my share.

I think about the life I live… I…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on June 22, 2017 at 4:04pm — 1 Comment

Prince Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar visits Melbourne Temple

By Sukadev Das

It was our great honour to receive the visit by Crown Prince of Udaipur Rajasthan His Highness Prince Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar who comes in the lineage of great king of Mewar (Rajasthan – capital is Udaipur) Maharana Pratapa and great devotee Meera Bai. I had the opportunity to receive him to our temple, took him around our temple area including our Tulasi house, he was…

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The self-realised soul

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 June 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Bhagavad-gita Lecture)

The 5th Chapter of Bhagavad-gita gives us a metaphor of the lotus flower that sits on water but yet is not affected by the water. The water just runs off and the lotus is blossoming in that condition.

In this analogy of the lotus in water, the…

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Added by ISKCON desire tree network on June 22, 2017 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

The Walking Monk passes through Steamboat Springs on his journey across the U.S.

By Audrey Dwyer

It takes about three pairs of shoes to walk across the United States.

At least that’s according to Bhaktimarga Swami, a 63-year-old Canadian born monk (formerly John Peter Vis) who has embarked on a transnational marathon walk of 3,000 miles across the United States from New York City to San Francisco on the Old Lincoln…

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When I'm Sixty-Four: Aging Gracefully with a Spiritual Purpose--or Not

“Will you still need me, will you still feed me

When I'm sixty-four?" - PAUL MC CARTNEY; JOHN LENNON

When I was 64, I first published this blog. Today, June 22, is my 67th birthday, and I find the message I share here even more important, as over the last year and a half I have had to literally stare death in the face. Growing up in the 1960s I naturally remember the Beetle’s…

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Appreciating Mother Aditya

Yesterday, on Ekadasi, Aditya dasi left her body in Sri Vrindavan dhama, while a close devotee was chanting in her ear. She was a pure, devoted soul who sincerely served Srila Prabhupada and his Lords for the last forty-five years. She was our secretary in Juhu, and after Prabhupada’s departure she did wonderful service in his quarters. To assist me with the preaching, she even visited Pakistan, where she was much…

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Keep on reading! by Kadamba Kanana Swami

The Srimad Bhagavatam gives us full descriptions of Krsna’s appearance, of Krsna’s character and of his activities. It is in this way, by absorption in the Bhagavatam that we get everything, everything to know who Krsna is. First, it describes how of all the incarnations, Krsna is the Supreme…

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Like master, like servant! by Kadamba Kanana Swami

In everything in our life, if we see the connection with the Supreme and we see, “I didn’t make this world. I appeared in this world. It was already there. It is not mine therefore, it actually was made by someone else – the Supreme Lord and it is his. I am meant to use it for his purpose…

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No perfect match by Kadamba Kanana Swami

Pure devotees of the Lord are only interested in satisfying the senses of the Supreme Lord, hṛṣīkeṇa hṛṣīkeśa-sevanaṁ bhaktir ucyate (Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.1.2). They are not concerned with the material world because they appreciate that in the material world, everything is only temporary and…

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Purity imparts purity

Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita says that for a soul to accept Him as the Supreme Being requires millions of life times of sojourn in this material creation. In this long sojourn, if a soul is fortunate to meet a bonafide spiritual master, then that soul embarks on the journey back home back to Godhead. 

In one lecture, Srila Prabhupada spoke about this potential jiva. Prabhupada said that it is not only that the spiritual master has to be bonfide but also the disciple has to be…

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We are for Krsna

In one of the early Back to Godhead magazines, there was a cover with a butcher slaughtering an animal and Prabhupada asked, “Why did you put this? Why did you put this?”

The editor said, “Well, aren’t we against meat-eating?”

Prabhupada said, “We are not against anything. We are for…

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Johannesburg Brahmacharis Reach Out To Townships

The Johannesburg brahmacharis on tour with their new sankirtana bus

ISKCON devotees in Johannesburg, South Africa, have shown their unwavering determination to serve Srila Prabhupada and Krishna.

Last October, brahmachari…

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Destructive Enlightenment by Sutapa Das

"All you have to do now is carve away everything that does not look like a beautiful elephant!”

When a budding sculptor approached his master for guidance, he received some cryptic advice. After quizzing him on his purpose, the young craftsman…

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