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Hare KrishnaBy Lalitanatha dasa

To this day, almost forty years after the passing of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prab- hupada, confusion still reigns among some devotees about his desires and instructions regarding how he wanted his main legacy, his transcendental books, taken care of. Thus some devotees continue to express doubts regarding the posthumous editing and correcting that have been done on Srila Prabhupada’s books by his publishing company, The Bhaktivedan...

November 27, 2014 -- 369 views
Hare KrishnaBy Urmila Devi Dasi

"No Krsna rituals," my cousin the doctor admonished me. Although not her attending physician, being a doctor he had more or less taken charges of things."Your mother was not a Hare Krsna. Let her die as she lived." "But," I argued, "these last weeks I've been chanting to her, reading stories to her from our scriptures, singing devotional songs. She often asked me to , and really loved it.Why should I do something different today?" I was hopeful, yet nervous...

November 25, 2014 -- 752 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vaishanvanghri Sevaka Das

“In the above chart aquatics are occupying 11%, plant kingdom is occupying 24%, reptiles are occupying 13%, birds are occupying 12%, beasts are occupying 35% and humans are occupying mere 5%. When we analyze this point there is a possibility of understanding the gravity of the situation. This implies that obtaining human form of life is very rare” I started explaining with patience. “Yes, I indeed agree. Anybody who looks at this chart surely ge...

November 25, 2014 -- 1,070 views
Hare KrishnaBy Navasi Dasi

As devotees, we talk a lot about getting free from the material energy, free from the influence of maya, free from our attachments to material sense pleasures and their objects. Why do we want to do that? What would be the reason? Sometimes it can be confusing. It may seem like we're taking all this too seriously, when really it's all Krishna's creation and life in this world can have so many pleasures to offer us. Here is an example that perhaps will illustrate ...

November 24, 2014 -- 535 views
Hare KrishnaBy Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Learned sages have described the meaning of auspiciousness as love for the entire creation, caring affection for all living entities, saintly character, happiness, and other such qualities. The person in whom bhakti has arisen bestows affection to the whole world and becomes the object of attachment for everyone in the world. He effortlessly becomes the recipient of all saintly qualities and attains all types of pure happiness and auspiciousness. Lea...

November 23, 2014 -- 652 views
Hare KrishnaBy Janakinatha Dasa

Every December, the book marathon promises to be an exciting event. While travelling from door to door, village to village, through remote parts of India, we invariably meet someone who has been miraculously touched by Krishna’s mercy. One such person was Chandu, whom we met in Srirampur, Maharashtra. His tall posture and heavy built contrasted with his soft, humble demeanor. Curious to know his background, I requested him to narrate his story of choosing th...

November 23, 2014 -- 955 views
Hare KrishnaBy Nagaraja Dasa

The maya of the material world has two main functions: It lures us away from our natural position of service to Krishna, and it deludes us into full forgetfulness of that position. But that maya, often referred to as maha-maya, has a spiritual counterpart its source, yoga-maya. Because yoga-maya is also an energy of Krishna’s, it too can overpower us. But yoga-maya connects us with Krishna. Another meaning of maya is “mercy.” By devotional service to Krishn...

November 23, 2014 -- 603 views
Hare KrishnaBy Radhanath Swami

“My heart aches for love,” she said. “We all do,” I said. “Our need to love and be loved originates in our innate love for God.” I quoted words Mother Theresa had spoken to me years before. “The greatest problem in this world is not the hunger of the stomach but the hunger of the heart. All over the world both rich and poor suffer. They are lonely, starving for love. Only God’s love can satisfy the hunger of the heart.” “Bhakti, the means t...

November 22, 2014 -- 977 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vikram Patil

A devotee from a remote village finds an innovative way to share Srila Prabhupada’s message with everyone. "I own a cell phone shop in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. While commuting between my village, Kotoli, and downtown Kolhapur, I used to observe how most passengers spent their travel time sleeping. What a waste! I thought. Somehow I must give them transcendental knowledge of the divine pastimes of Lord Krishna. I used to take a great deal of interest in marketing, ...

November 22, 2014 -- 1,307 views
Hare KrishnaBy Satyaraja Dasa

Our tale goes back to one of the first Indian benefactors of the Hare Krishna movement in America, Sajjan Singh Sarna (1897–1978), who is more or less unknown to most devotees. He ran a major Indian handicraft/importing business called “Bells of Sarna.” Its first warehouse was founded in New York, just as a fledgling ISKCON was gaining steam. Sarna, originally from Rawalpindi, a city in the Pothohar region of Pakistan, was a Sikh from the Punjab who had co...

November 22, 2014 -- 854 views
Hare KrishnaBy Damodar Prasad das

This meditation is concluded by the realisation that the contemplation of beauty by the soul, or by a conditioned soul, teaches the soul to discover a corresponding beauty within itself (Cooper, 2015). The real artist is one who views and pursues beauty as a means of self-contemplation and self-discovery, and so true art has a vital use for conditioned living beings. True art inspires the viewer with a sense of his own beauty as a spiritual spark which is tru...

November 21, 2014 -- 1,293 views
Hare KrishnaBy Gauravani dasa

Of the late, mantra meditation has sparked an interest in the lives of many, regardless of whether their background might origin from an Indian or Asian background, or of an ethnic or aboriginal group. However, meditation does not appeal to the majority of today’s world. Have you ever tried to sit down, close your eyes, and meditate for 10 hours straight? Me neither. Sit with an upright back, and folded legs in the lotus yoga position, control your breathing u...

November 21, 2014 -- 768 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vaishnava Dasa

"Regarding the Christmas Day meal with your family, I do not think you should partake of the food prepared by non-devotees. Better you should prepare your own foodstuffs and offer to Krishna and then, if you like, you may offer these remnants to Lord Jesus. I think that Lord Jesus will also appreciate this. Of course you may sit down with your family and take fruits and milk which they offer but rather than taking the foods which they have prepared, you may prep...

November 21, 2014 -- 744 views
Hare KrishnaBy Suvarna Radhika Devi Dasi

The highest reason to keep a promise is to please the Supreme Lord. Truthfulness is a divine virtue, possessed by those rare godly souls, and by being truthful one pleases the Absolute Truth and moves closer to Him. One who is serious about spiritual life therefore makes a commitment to a bona fide discipline and sincerely follows its attendant principles. At the time of initiation, ISKCON devotees vow to their spiritual master that they will follow th...

November 20, 2014 -- 865 views
Hare KrishnaBy Drutakarma Das

Cremo states that the book has "over 900 pages of well-documented evidence suggesting that modern man did not evolve from ape man, but instead has co-existed with apes for millions of years!", and that the scientific establishment has suppressed the fossil evidence of extreme human antiquity. Cremo identifies as a "Vedic archeologist", since he believes his findings support the story of humanity described in the Vedas. Cremo's work has garnered interest from Hin...

November 20, 2014 -- 880 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mukundamala Dasa

One morning when going through an Indian daily, I came across the obituary section and a list of deceased people being fondly remembered by their close relatives and friends. Each departed soul was given the title svargavasi, "a resident of heaven." Although modern secular education teaches nothing about life on other planets—and knows nothing about it—I was surprised to see that people still believe their departed relative attained heaven. Has this person...

November 19, 2014 -- 771 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Lord Krishna teaches that the individual living entity, though possessed of the attributes of God, is never equal to Him. What is the objective of this Krishna consciousness movement? It is a process for purification of consciousness. In the Bhagavad-gita (2.17) Lord Krishna says, avinashi tu tad viddhi yena sarvam idam tatam: " That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible." There are two kinds...

November 19, 2014 -- 736 views
Hare KrishnaBy Len Cohen

"Merciful music and Krishna’s transformative power saved me from a life of impersonalism." What was I, a nice Jewish fellow, doing in front of the Radha-Krishna temple? I didn’t fit in there with the Indian culture. I couldn’t relate to the women in saris. I wasn’t wearing a dhoti. I wasn’t wearing tilaka. I didn’t belong there. Maybe I should have gone back to my local synagogue and looked for God there. That’s where I belonged. But I didn’t go there...

November 19, 2014 -- 1,079 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

Has anyone ever attended a kirtana-fest and ended up trying to get to know new tunes and memorising them? Our kirtan and bhajana world is evolving and updating with new tunes more often than our computer anti-virus updates, or so it seems. We leave a kirtan-mela and on the way home we say, “So and so sang a nice tune, but I forget how it goes…” We sit there when a new maha-mantra tune is in progress. Some of those tunes are quite complex. We sing along i...

November 18, 2014 -- 808 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mayesvara Dasa

But what was even more disturbing was that according to the Bible accepted by the priests as the “Word Of God”, it was recorded that God had specifically told Moses it was impossible for humans to see his face! How then could Michelangelo have the audacity to splash a Technicolor rendition of what he though God must look like across the front of their new church! Michelangelo convinced the priests to allow the paintings to stay by reasoning that God had also ...

November 16, 2014 -- 811 views
Hare KrishnaBy Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi

My name is False Prestige, and I call myself an Extra Plant (which sounds more flattering than Weed). I never wanted to be extra, or unwanted. How could I, False Prestige, not deserve the space I took in the garden? My roots dug down to grip the earth that bore my weight. Each root I sent into the soil contended with many others. Still I retained my big red bloom. There was always good drink. From the moment I sprouted I had all of the fine, rich thing...

November 15, 2014 -- 800 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Ishopanishad teaches us that we should be very careful. We don't say that you shouldn't advance in material education. You can advance, but at the same time, become Krishna conscious. That is our propaganda. We don't say that you shouldn't manufacture cars or machines. But we say, "All right, you have manufactured this machine. Employ it in Krishna's service." That is our proposal. We don't say to stop it. We don't say that ...

November 15, 2014 -- 905 views
Hare KrishnaBy Radha Gopinatha Dasa

(A freak accident reveals lessons for a lifetime). A few minutes later my train arrived. As I sat in the compartment, I started pondering over the unusual incident. Two thoughts sprung to my mind. Firstly, that we take for granted whatever possessions we have. But we only begin to really appreciate their value when we almost lose them. Secondly, I remembered how baby Krsna fell out of Vasudeva's basket as he carried Him across the flooded Yamuna, at night, ...

November 15, 2014 -- 802 views
Hare KrishnaBy Shyamasundara Dasa

The question now arises and which has puzzled many persons is how could it be possible that if both the spiritual and material world are infinite how then can the spiritual world be three times bigger than the material world? How can one infinity be three times bigger than another infinity? The concept of infinity itself boggles the mind what to speak of different sizes of infinity.

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November 15, 2014 -- 1,073 views
Hare KrishnaBy Caroline Wyatt

(Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News) They are uninspired by the secular culture of the West with its maximum of choice and minimum of meaning. "In a democracy, the will of the majority should prevail whilst ensuring that the minority views are safeguarded. How that balance is struck is clearly never easy." So persecution or victimisation of people for their faith - or indeed lack of it - is not simply an issue for the religious. It should be of concern for...

November 14, 2014 -- 931 views
Hare KrishnaBy Sri Caitanya Candra Das

Once upon a time at dusk I was strolling on the streets of Kothrud, Pune. I was superficially observing shops, restaurants, people, vehicles but my mind was absorbed in some other thoughts. I was an engineering student studying in MIT college. From my childhood I always used to deliberate on subjects like the mind, consciousness, sufferings, Death. After coming to engineering college my thoughts on these topics intensified. I used to think why I am suffe...

November 13, 2014 -- 1,290 views
Hare KrishnaBy Krishna Kumari Devi Dasi

When her son joined the Hare Krishnas, she wasn't sure what to think, but was determined to find out more. At age nineteen, my son moved to Portland, Oregon, to live with a friend and his family. His goal was to be in a rock-and-roll band and become rich and famous. During this same time, my oldest daughter was getting ready to have her first child. When she went into labor, it was exciting, but the labor became long and difficult, with complications. ...

November 13, 2014 -- 1,413 views
Hare KrishnaBy Dusyanta dasa

The relationship in cow protection and agriculture is based on symbiosis and community infrastructure for devotees. We are not making money from them, nor are we trying to be entrepreneurial. The whole idea is for community and cow protection to exist hand in hand. We are just producing food for the community by the community; the cow’s milk is for our own devotees. We are not growing cash crops, we are not trying to sell our produce, and we are only growing foo...

November 13, 2014 -- 775 views
Hare KrishnaBy Drutakarma Dasa

The truth is, neither the U.S. nor the U.S.S.R. is a free agent. They are both acting under the influence of the inescapable law of karma. An example from the Vedic literatures, the timeless books of knowledge from ancient India, may help us understand. The sages explain that although two bamboo trees rubbing together sometimes ignite a forest fire, the real cause of the fire is not the trees themselves but the wind that brings them together. The trees are only ...

November 12, 2014 -- 916 views
Hare KrishnaBy Radhanatha Swami

Within Krsna’s heart arose the great desire to satisfy the hearts of His most beloved devotees. At that time on the bank of Yamuna, under the holy Vamsivata tree, Krsna played the fifth note of His flute. The essence of the love of His heart came through His lips into the holes of the flute and formed into a beautiful song. It filled the atmosphere, entered the gopis’ ears, through their ears it entered into their hearts, and within their hearts it plunde...

November 12, 2014 -- 785 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

"My dear Lord," Prahlada says, "I am not very anxious for my own deliverance." Mayavadi, or impersonalist, philosophers are very careful that their personal salvation is not interrupted. They think, "If I go to preach in association with others, I may fall down, and my realization will be finished." Therefore they do not come. Only the Vaisnavas come-at the risk of fall down. But they do not fall down. They may even go to he...

November 12, 2014 -- 800 views
Hare KrishnaBy Ravindra Svarupa Dasa

Doubt is the motor of the modern mentality, the indefatigable engine that drives the spirit of our age. Doubt was honored with an early recognition in the essays of the Renaissance courtier Michel de Montaigne: "We are, I know not how, double within ourselves, with the result that we do not believe what we believe, and we cannot rid ourselves of what we condemn." During Montaigne's time, religious wars of unbearable cruelty rent Europe. The absolute cert...

November 11, 2014 -- 1,210 views
Hare KrishnaBy Brahmananda Dasa

Even before founding ISKCON in 1966, during Srila Prabhupada’s beginning times in New York City, he had recorded himself singing Kunti’s prayers. These prayers are the only section of verses Srila Prabhupada ever recorded from the Srimad-Bhagavatam. He was living alone in what was an office on West 72nd Street in New York during the winter of 1965–66, after having come to New York from Butler, Pennsylvania. These were difficult days. Not only was Srila ...

November 11, 2014 -- 926 views
Hare KrishnaBy Sylvan Aubert

Motorcycles were fashionable amongst boys my age. One day I took a drive on Mirco's motorcycle. At one point I became so excited that I lost control and … bang! I lost my balance in a turn and crashed into a wall, face first. I broke my jawbone, one tooth broke into pieces, another fell out, and a piece of my lower lip was almost cut off. It was a wake-up call. The following year I had so many painful meetings with dentists that the situation became unbearable....

November 11, 2014 -- 1,078 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mark D. Vickers

(A retired British Army officer living in Taiwan) "I had made the trip with an open heart and mind, but never imagined quite how huge a transformation this journey would have on me." I started planning my pilgrimage to Vrindavan and Mayapur early last summer at my home in Taiwan. As my dates were becoming fixed, Sankirtana Dasa, my friend and mentor from the Taipei temple, told me he would also be visiting Vrindavan around the same time, and we synchronized our...

November 10, 2014 -- 940 views
Hare KrishnaBy Chandan Yatra Das

Saranga Thakura had vowed never to accept any disciples. But again and again he received messages from within encouraging him to make disciples. On one occasion, after reprimanding Devananda Pandita, Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was on His way home, accompanied by Srivasa Pandita. Lord came across Saranga Thakura. Lord Gauranga asked him why he had never initiated any disciples. Sri Saranga replied that he had not found any suitable person. Lord Gauranga bles...

November 10, 2014 -- 707 views
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