Material desires comprise a similar gravity force that acts on us by dragging our consciousness down to the material level. If we neglect this force, our consciousness will naturally, obviously, inevitably, be pulled down by it to sensual contemplations, and we will fall from our devotional standards to disaster.
Dec 25 2013 Krishna and Christ: Are they same or different?
While being crucified, Jesus cried. But he did not cry for himself, instead he cried for those who were committing the gravest sin. Jesus was continuously praying to God to forgive those who were menacingly torturing and trying to kill him. Jesus, the son of God, had come to this world to spread the message of peace and love and to effect this change he was ready to sacrifice everything
Unmanaged sexual energy has always been a threat to humanity throughout the ages. Many wars have had at their root unmanaged sexual energy in political leaders, often in the form of a depraved craze to conquer the opposite sex or the deprived rage at failure in such a conquest.
Dec 20 2013 Journey Back Home
Yudhisthira, an Indian king, who ruled about 5000 years ago once said that the most astonishing thing in this world is that people see others are dying every moment but they never ever believe that one day they too would die
If your answer is yes, then you are very lucky than those who are living their life in luxury. Now your mind must be puzzled with the above statement. But this the truth. People who are materially engrossed often forget Krsna and consider their material life as the permanent life. But people who are depressed, who face problems in life, who are frustrated with the situations going in their life often pray to Krsna, Oh Krsna! Please help me
Dec 17 2013 Shiksa Guru Part 2
The importance of the Shiksa Guru is paramount to us as devotees. We can identify subjectively/objectively who is the Shiksa Guru by understanding important instructions from Srila Prabhupada and then we wont make the mistakes that our Iskcon history has illustrated. Some of Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs quotes emphasise the very first Spiritual Master we meet is the Shiksa Guru and how this happens
Dec 16 2013 Why do we misidentify with the mind?
The mind acts like a cunning ventriloquist and makes us think that its voice is our voice. By keeping ourselves informed and alert about its deceitful ways, we can protect ourselves
Dec 14 2013 Is it proper to touch a sannyasi‚Äôs feet?
Modern man has learnt many things in various fields of knowledge but direly lacks the knowledge of the proper process of associating with saintly persons
Dec 13 2013 40 YEARS LATER‚Ä¶ Remembering the Bhagavad-Gita
I was walking down Rideau Street in the city of Ottawa some time during the summer of 1973. Although I had still not found what I really wanted in life, I was somewhat relieved that I had been able to walk out of the expected social pressures of modern day society
Dec 12 2013 Celebrating Gita Jayanti
For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear
The mind, like our physical body, is material. So it is non-living and unconscious. When the mind appears to be conscious, it is simply prompting us towards actions that we have repeatedly done in the past
Dec 11 2013 Shiksa Guru
Often the initiator is the main instructor but this is not always so. Another guru who is an instructing spiritual master may become more important to the disciple for a number of reasons. An initiator may very well direct the disciple to instruction from a more advanced devotee than himself, and so the disciple may become more attached to the instructor than the initiator
Dec 10 2013 Why All This Attention For Nelson Mandela?
By now, devotees might be wondering why ISKCON, particularly here in South Africa is going to great lengths to acknowledge Madiba, as he is affectionately known. Did he not appeal to many other people of religion besides us? Was he an ally of our cause?
Though observing austerities connected with the vow of celibacy is the best way of trying to overcome sex desire, without proper spiritual understanding harsh practices alone do not free the fettered soul from identification with the gross material body
Host Josh Zepps frames this episode‚Äôs interview as a conversation between an atheist and a believer. Pandit discusses his views on science and faith, inter-religious conflict, and the perspectives of a believer on atheism
It's book marathon time, a time when we can show our appreciation and love for Srila Prabhupada, and anyone and everyone can be a part of it and there is many devotee's who are willing to help if your unsure
No, because the only way to get over with temptation is by resistance, not indulgence. The peace that we get after indulgence is short-lived and deceptive; lasting peace comes only through resistance and transcendence.
Dec 3 2013 Rethinking Our Institutional Guru-tattva?
How to become a guru within ISKCON? Many say that our understanding of guru-tattva is undeveloped. Others opine that we are far from enabling traditional guru/disciple roles. Should the question even be asked, ‚ÄúHow to become guru of disciples?‚ÄĚ Are we missing something?
Nov 30 2013 ‚ÄúJyotisar‚ÄĚ, Kurukshetra
The exact spot where Lord Sri Krishna spoke Bhagavad-Gita. Is the most important place to be seen because there is a Banyan tree in this place under which Krishna explained Bhagavad-Gita 5000 years back to Arjuna
Nov 29 2013 The Bizarre World of Sex and Death
I am reminded of Bhakti Vinod Thakur‚Äôs kesavatuvajagatvicitra- ‚Äėthe material creation of Yours, Oh Keshava is most strange‚Äô I conclude that sex and death are the two eternal activities happening in this bizarre material world;
Nov 29 2013 Thank you Devaki Mataji!
I wish to publicly commend Devaki Mataji for clarifying her position and for formally aligning with Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs teachings on the issue of women diksa-gurus
Another objection might be, ‚ÄúWhen devotional service is done publically, might it not degenerate into a public performance meant to garner prestige in a pious culture that exalts such activities?‚ÄĚ
Nov 29 2013 Female Diksha Guru — some considerations
The eagerness of a section of devotees to see a female blessed as diksha guru in ISKCON posthaste is akin "affirmative action" in the USA, as well as the reservation system for the backward classes here in India. Call it "social engineering", if you want. The mood is ‚Äúlet‚Äôs have a token woman diksha guru‚ÄĚ to affirm that women are equal to men in ISKCON
Are all of Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs relative quotes and observations absolute? If perhaps, some of these opinions do not match up precisely to observable reality, would that compromise his status as a perfect pure devotee? Or are our expectations of this perfection distorted to suit our dogma?
Nov 28 2013 More On The Hot Issue - Female Diksa Guru
I have no intention whatsoever to prove with my article "The Hot Issue - Female Diksa Guru" that women cannot be Diksa Guru. If any of my readers understood the article in this way, then they missed the very essence of it
Nov 26 2013 Continuation of Guru Issue
Isn‚Äôt it better to produce all the evidence from a transparent point and let the reader make up his mind unless you are an Uttama Adhikari writer? In Iskcon we continually make this mistake of presenting our own ideas based upon what we have read. But are we taking everything into account and are we presenting it accurately. My answer would be no we are not
Let‚Äôs use an analogy that is drawn from the Srimad Bhagavatam and elucidated by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in his devotional classic Harinaam Chintamani. Krishna and the happiness in his devotional service are like the sun, whereas our material conditionings are like clouds that block the vision of the sun
Presentation by His Holiness Prahladananda Swami during the Sannyasa Candidates Training Seminar in Mayapura
H.H. Tamal Krsna Goswami ACBSP 1968 : "Though I had no previous qualification, Srila Prabhupada gave me His Divine association and instructions which have saved me from material existence and given me the means to perfect my human life-Krishna Consciousness, pure devotional service to His lotus feet and the lotus feet of Sri Pancha Tattva."
Nov 21 2013 The Not-So-Hot Issue: Women Diksa-gurus
I ‚Äď and perhaps other readers of both genders ‚Äď find myself scratching my head and asking myself: ‚ÄúIf according to Devaki Mataji this is a hot issue and if women‚Äôs vision is clouded by emotions and ‚Äėthey cannot see things as they really are,‚Äô why on earth she attempted to write this article and provide clarity? If she is clouded, why does she try to instruct the whole world?‚ÄĚ
Nov 20 2013 The Hot Issue - Female Diksa Guru
"...Lord Siva could understand Citraketu very nicely, but Parvati could not. Thus even in the higher statuses of life there is a difference between the understanding of a male and that of a female. It may be clearly said that the understanding of a woman is always inferior to the understanding of a man."
Srila Prabhupada first came to London in September, 1969. His 'Hare Krishna movement' was immediately popular. In these few pages we present a glimpse of the history of the Manor through a selection of photographs spanning four decades.
Nov 16 2013 Remembering a song two decades later
‚ÄúI have brought medicine to awaken every living being from perpetual sleep. Please receive the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, and awaken.‚ÄĚ
Nov 15 2013 Euro RGB: To please Srila Prabhupada!
The Euro RGB is an assembly of Global GBC, Euro RGB and elected senior leaders. Their purpose is to watch after the welfare of Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs movement in Europe. They have an annual meetings, in which they discuss continental preaching strategies and pending crisis situations. Their internal structure includes a Chairman, 1st Vice-Chairman, 2nd Vice-Chairman, Special Officers, and a Secretary.
The more we learn the language of choice- ‚ÄúI am responsible for my life and I do things because I want to do them‚ÄĚ-the more honest we‚Äôd become and we‚Äôd also be more naturally situated in Bhakti. And yes, of course, we‚Äôd also be happier.
Nov 12 2013 The Secrets And Beauty Of Spiritual Culture
Sometimes devotees might think that within spiritual culture there is no room for women to preach. They might be afraid that spiritual culture is closing the doors to preaching. But it is just the opposite: once we gain deeper insights into spiritual culture, then the doors to preaching open further and further.
Nov 11 2013 Is Hinduism polytheistic‚Ä¶?
In order to cast some light on the often understood to be polytheistic practices in so-called Hinduism, I often take the example of a Presidential Regime...
It's time for a spiritual refresher! Today, Josh and his fellow gurus discuss the Hindu holiday Diwali, the origins of creativity and the burdens of striving for absolute perfection.
Nov 8 2013 Who Should Give Bhagavatam Class?
Can anyone give class? Should anyone give class? Who should actually give class? In response to a few devotees asking me questions on what exactly are the qualifications for giving the Bhagavatam class, I compiled a few quotes for them. I thought it might be useful for the wider devotional community also.
Nov 8 2013 Do We All Worship the Same God?
(ForThe Huffington Post) I would like to think so. Something tells me that heaven isn't divided up into a Hindu, Christian, Muslim and Jewish heaven. I would like to think that, up there, we are united regardless of our faith here on Earth.