Balabadra was born in Atlanta, became a devotee in Atlanta, and has never served in any other temple since. He was an airport book distributor back in the day, temple vice president for 5 years, and temple president for 20 years! He continue to serve despite being replaced. He is always present at temple functions, he has a weekly gita class, and unlimited harinams
Guru Das: Let's not wait until we die to offer help! Video of the second day of the famous Prabhupada Festival in New Dwarka
Mar 13 2013 That takes a little intelligence
Senior Srila Prabhupada disciple and longtime initiating guru HG Bhurijana Dasa shares Srila Prabhupada's pastime and his thoughts about the SGGS 2013
Apr 20 2012 Krishna Krishna!
To my surprise, the girl was spontaneously drawn in, like iron to a magnet, and grabbed a book. The boy followed suit and grabbed the other book. I briefly explained who I was and what the books were all about. They both took a book, and she gave an exceptionally large donation. She eagerly asked, "You said 'Krishna Krishna!' right? I've been learning about Krishna in my 'Hindu Gods & Goddesses' class, and I LOVE Him! He's my favorite."
Sep 8 2008 Good and Faithful
When we reached Moscow, one of the devotees meeting us rushed up to me in the parking lot. "Guru Maharaja," he said, "after your flight took off from Irkutsk, there was an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale. There are reports of 900 people injured, some dead as well.
Feb 23 2008 A remembrance
"Srila Prabhupada, sometimes the devotees chant 'sri krsna caitanya prabhu nityananda - prabhu nityananda prabhu nityananda.' Is that all right?" Srila Prabhupada turned to look at me and with his beautiful, deep transcendental voice said, "Yes."
Nov 7 2007 A Poetic Rendition of Damodarastakam
After You steal butter, Your earrings dance and shine, as You flee Your mother in Gokula pastimes. Though you are all blissful, all knowing, ever-new. Greatest of controllers, Your mother controls You.
Jul 10 2007 Wheat and Vraja
Wheat is a food which has always abundantly grown in the rich soil of Vraja. Krsna Himself was fond of the preparations cooked from Braja wheat, especially because they were soaked in the devotional love unique to Vrindavana.
Jan 22 2007 UNITY IN DIVERSITY - THANKS TO KALINDI THE COW
Chanting Hare Krishna with a completely fixed goal. No consideration of whoâ€™s who â€“ off the bodily platform. One goal â€“ Save Kalindi! No material thoughts or motives. It felt like Samadhi - deep Krishna consciousness.
Sep 19 2006 Varsana sunset
Let hundreds of arrows of harsh words pierce my heart. Let hundreds and hundreds of kicks fall on my head. Let hundreds of days pass where I am unable to get even the smallest meal. Remembering at every moment the fair and dark glories that are my life's treasure, and whose forms are two oceans of sweet nectar, I shall happily live in Vrndavana.
Sep 13 2006 Yogesvara
The following was composed by Giriraja Maharaja (then a brahmacari) and read to Srila Prabhupada during a Room Conversation â€” October 15, 1977, Vrndavana
Sep 7 2006 â€śAhh, this is Krsna!â€ť
Often times I would bring them to his bedroom just before his evening massage. Throughout his massage he would smell them off and on. He would then keep them on His pillow (close to His nose) all night. The following morning, I would find the flowers gently laying on the pillow exactly where they had been the night before. The flowers looked as fresh and fragrant as ever, looking as if they had just been picked.
Who will not steer a small child away from a fire? Any sane person will do it, even if he is a complete stranger. No one will just sit there and watch him get burnt, especially not someone who considers himself religious. So who will not jump up to steer these ignorant people away from hell. It is so easy; just give them a book, some prasada, the holy name.
Aug 24 2006 The â€śGoldenâ€ť Stone Pot
Those who consider casteism among the Vaisnavas, classifying them as brahmana-Vaisnavas, ksatriya-Vaisnavas, vaisya-Vaisnavas, sudra-Vaisnavas, or as candala-Vaisnavas, simply indulge in a speculative inference as "golden" stone pot.
Aug 24 2006 “Modern-Day Pastimes”
Whether it was the cowherd boy Lord Krsna or the young shepherd Jesus Christ, it appeared the great Woodstock Festival had been purified of all animosity and both groups were now free to peacefully share their message of love. "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb; and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."
Aug 21 2006 Tears of happiness
She was very thankful to me, expressing again and again her happiness that I brought these books to her. She told me that it must be by the grace of God that I came there. Then she started to shed tears profusely. Seeing I was a little bit embarrassed by this, she told me, "Do not mind these tears; they are tears of happiness."
Aug 18 2006 “The New Site”
The headmistress smiled. "I visited your village at Woodstock last year," she said. "When I came, one of your leaders was speaking on the stage. After listening to his talk, I understood that the values you uphold are everything we try to impress on the children we teach. But the real change came when I walked through the whole Woodstock festival.
Aug 15 2006 For the Benefit of Everyone
Although Vasudeva Vipra was a leper and had suffered greatly, still Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu cured him. The only return the Lord wanted was that Vasudeva preach the instructions of Krsna and liberate all human beings. That is the process of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness.
Jayananda Prabhu then came and started to talk to me. I told him that I was up all night. He then brought me upstairs and told me that I should go to bed and that he would wake me in the afternoon to go out on the Saturday night Harinama Sankirtana in Times Square.
Aug 11 2006 The secret of fearlessness
Have you seen how peacefully a child sleeps in the lap of his parent, even in a noisy, crowded local train? The hustle-bustle disturbs everyone, but not the child â€“ due to his implicit faith in the protection of his parent.
Aug 11 2006 Recent mercy story
A Few hours later the people who work in the memorial service came to us and exclaimed in amazement - â€śWe have never seen anyoneâ€™s ashes look so white and beautiful like jade as your fatherâ€™s! What happened to him? What were you chanting for him?â€ť â€śCould you write it down for us? We want to learn and we think we can also chant while doing our service here.â€ť
Aug 9 2006 Devotees Have No Ambition
Knowing the exalted position of our beloved Srila Prabhupada, one can appreciate that His Divine Grace knew who he was dealing with, what they meant and exactly what he wanted them to understand. Srila Prabhupada never compromised the philosophy to please anyone. He always spoke the absolute truth!
Aug 9 2006 A Poem For Srila Prabhupada
I could have been a doctor, Had I but stayed in school; Might have made a couple million, Built a fancy house and pool. I could have written novels, Legislated laws and rules; I could have been a music star; I could have just been cool. Instead I laid my youthful years Like flowers at your feet; Malpouras caused my interest, Samosas my defeat.
Aug 9 2006 Temples
Our temples, it is so very important that we learn the science of properly giving and receiving the association of devotees. Actually every guest that comes is Krishnaâ€™s specially invited guest. And it is our duty to give them every possible opportunity to make spiritual advancement. It is the first priority.
Aug 3 2006 How can offenses be avoided?
What actually was the matter is called "Paralysis through analysis"-being paralyzed by thinking too much. One who is continuously absorbed in various thoughts, always living with the fear to commit offenses, will not be able to chant properly.
We have no business creating enemies, but the process is such that non-devotees will always be inimical toward us. Nevertheless, as stated in the sastras, a devotee should be both tolerant and merciful. Devotees engaged in preaching should be prepared to be accused by ignorant persons, and yet they must be very merciful to the fallen conditioned souls.
Aug 1 2006 AFTERNOON IN VRINDAVAN
This is the wonderful return of Krishna to Vrindavan that happens at this time of day. Learned Vaisnavas who try to think about the Lord meditate upon this pastime. In fact, Krishnaâ€™s pastimes as they happen throughout the twenty-four hours of the day are the subject of absorption of both practicing devotees as well as perfected devotees.
Jul 31 2006 Krishna Meditation
When rising in the morning, singing mangala-arati, chanting on our beads, we should follow the train of thought that is inspired by the words of the prayers, by the sound of the maha-mantra, by the vibration of Sukadeva Goswami as he speaks Srimad Bhagavatam. All of these things are meant to lead us back to the pastures of Vrindavan.
Jun 20 2006 Book Distribution of the Future–Today
â€śI see this taking off everywhere. Itâ€™s the future, because many temples now have fewer temple devotees but more congregational members. This encourages the masses to participate. Even those who canâ€™t go out for book distribution directly can help by offering service or donating Laxmi for the cause.â€ť
Jun 9 2006 Unending happiness:possible?
Why do we desire a never-ending, ever-increasing happiness, a happiness not dependent on any experience of sadness, in a world that doesn't seem to afford such a phenomenon? In other words, if such happiness doesn't exist, why would anyone look for it?
Jun 6 2006 Pure existence
Selves are beings that experience, centers of consciousness, subjects. Matter does not experience; it is without subjectivity, it is completely an object. Selves live; matter is lifeless.
Jun 6 2006 The lake of Lord Hari
The desert of material existence has exhausted me. But today I will cast aside all troubles by diving into the lake of Lord Hari and drinking freely of the abundant water of His splendor.