Magnitude: The sheer magnitude of the mercy was mind-boggling, even for Yamaraja. To have two people whose sins were so numerous, even mountainous, as to be impossible to even keep track of, being freed from all their sins in one moment of mercy was so astonishing, so historical, so utterly unprecedented that, as the Chaitanya Bhagavata mentions, Yamaraja on coming to know about it fainted in sheer ecstasy.
When the community was first established under the guidance of ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada in 1968, it became, for many years, a shining example of the best that ISKCON had to offer. Prabhupada would often direct devotees from other newly emerging communities to study what the devotees at New Vrindaban were doing and to follow their lead in areas such as cow-protection and Deity worship. Meanwhile the cooks, jewelry makers, craftsmen and seamstresses were among the best in ISKCON.
Feb 10 2014 Why does mantra meditation seem to be a burden?
Mantra meditation is like a workout for the mind. It strengthens us by first straining our mental muscles. We need to willingly go through the strain to get to the rewards of peace and joy.
Feb 10 2014 An Imaginary Letter to a Fallen Soul
Some years ago in Bangalore I met an elderly Indian woman in love with London. She had been living there for a long time and could not wait to go back. Seeing the Vaisnava tilak on my forehead she told me about âa wonderful bookâ sheâd just read: âMy conversations with God.â Therein, âGodâ tells the author there is nothing wrong with sex and moneyâand so many other things in support of hedonism. âIn any case, the woman concluded, âall scriptures are manmade, so there is no meaning to all these restrictions weâve been brought up with.â
According to religious principles, a female guru must be chaste assistant/helpmate to her husband. She is thereby called dharma-patni. If her husband is a diksa-guru brahmana, she becomes a brahmani/guru-patni/dharma-patni. Therefore, the term FDG for Female Diksa Guru is more aptly named Female Dharma-patni Guru for there is no authorized system in a bonafide Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya for a Female to supercede her husband as Acarya.
I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda, the root of the tree of Krishna-Bhakti, who wandering around in Bengal approached the door of every home. With upraised arms he exclaimed: "O Brothers! Please constantly chant the holy names of Hari. If you do so, I will take the responsibility to deliver you from the ocean of material existence."
Feb 1 2014 Isn’t renunciation a sign of frustration?
Doesnât renunciation indicate an absence of the will to keep fighting amidst frustration? Not necessarily. Renunciation can also be a sign of realization; it can indicate the presence of the insight that there is more to life than fighting futilely for perishable material pleasures.
I recently received an email from one of our Godbrotherâs. It was a copy of some excerpts from a talk you gave on November 14, 2013 regarding "The Glorious Position of Srila Prabhupada". The paper was seven printed pages long and gave amazing vijnana realizations of the appearance and pastimes of Srila Prabhupada supported by appropriate shastras. This was very clear, relevant and accurate forecasting of HDG by the shastras themselves.
Jan 30 2014 Where Do Our Departed Vaisnavas Go?
At a recent farewell gathering for a departed Vaisnava, God brothers spoke. One sannyasa-guru Godbrother said that his Godbrother has gone Back To Godhead. Another sannyasa-guru Godbrother said that his Godbrother has gone to take another birth in Krishna or Gaura-lila, which seemed to put a dampener on things. Are they saying two different things?
Jan 30 2014 Depending on Krsnaâs Protection
The time I spend chanting the Maha-mantra in the quiet early mornings is one of my most favorite times of the day. It is that special time spent in direct association with our dear Lord Sri Krsna. But there are days when I donât feel anything special, that even in this most auspicious transcendental activity, I feel alone, and oh, so far from my dear Lord. When this happens, it is easy to wonder if I am actually receiving His mercy; if there is purpose to my chanting or if I am just wasting my time.
Action is what catches our attention. For example, in a cricket test match, when the action slows down as the batsmen start playing defensively, our interest sags. But when the action rises â the bowler delivers a googly that clean bowls the batsman or the batsman hits a huge six, for example â then our attention peaks effortlessly.
My gratitude now flows to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada who painstakingly laid the foundations of the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness with the authentic conclusions of the past acharyas of the Gaudiya Vaishnava parampara
Jan 25 2014 Science, Society, and KáčáčŁáča Consciousness
For many devotees, and especially for non-devotees, a doubt may arise as to the authority of the Vedic scriptures over the body of scientific evidence produced by the social sciences. Over the years, the hard sciences have produced many discoveriesâpowered flight, heart transplants, telephones, cars, computers, and so forth. In previous eras these would have been considered miraculous. For the social sciences, the expectation is held that if science is applied to the study of humanity similar miracles will be produced.
Jan 19 2014 Fulfilling our longing for love
Love is our innermost longing. Gita wisdom declares that our longing for love is best fulfilled when we learn to love Krishna. Let's understand this central Gita teaching in five parts: Loving Krishna enables our love to break free from all limitations, Krishna is eminently lovable, Krishna loves all of us impartially, Krishna's love for us is unconditional and Krishna engages his omnipotence to help us when we choose to love him.
Jan 18 2014 Iskcon Cares starts with “I” learn to care
During a recent visit to one of the Sanga's held in London I was asked by one of those attending if it was possible to visit their terminal ill farther in many ways an continuation of the request made to me by my Guru Maharaja.
I could hardly imagine Food for Life being so successful when I first became a volunteer way in 1984. Back then I worked as an assistant cook and server at a free food cafe called, Gopals in Parramatta, Australia. That was one of the first free food cafes set up by the Hare Krishna movement in Australia and it was a forerunner to other Food for Life projects throughout Australia.
Srimad Bhagavad Gita being aimed at elevating souls on different levels of conditioning by the three modes of nature and with different spiritual proclivities gives instructions on different levels to ultimately bring them to the pure devotional platform.
Jan 6 2014 How can we avoid rash impulsive behavior?
Many times we speak insensitively or act indiscreetly on the spur of the moment and later regret: âIf only I had thought a bit before doing like thatâŠâ How can we avoid such rash impulsive behavior?
Jan 5 2014 Entrance Into Eternity - Video
As the rising moon dispels darkness, spreading its soothing rays in all directions, so too did the Golden Avatar Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appear in this world to bestow infinite light, hope, and love. Day by day, the worldwide bhakti revolution He ignited accelerates, as the background noise of doubt and fear is drowned by the vibration of sacred mantra. Entrance Into Eternity is a multi-part film series tracing this sankirtan movement back to its divine source, the epicenter of devotional ecstasy, the kirtan capital of the universe, Sridham Mayapur.
Jan 5 2014 More than 100 years of a Divine Legacy
This year, ISKCONâs Congregational Development Ministry is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Srila Bhaktivinda Thakura's disappearance. The legacy left from his missionary work is still prevalent in our society due to his systematic preaching methods revolutionizing the preaching field in his days and setting a universal perspective in spreading Krishna Consciousness.
Jan 2 2014 365 steps towards perfection
Suppose that we invest our hard earned money in a companyâs share which promises to give a very high return at the end of the year. But we find that throughout the year the market value of the share keeps depreciating and at the end of the year we have lost all our money. Next year the same company again launches a new scheme and asks us to purchase its share. How many of us would ever think of buying the share from the same company again? Probably no one because the company would have lost its goodwill, credibility and our trust.
Jan 2 2014 Ratha Yatra Stalwart gets a Heart Attack
While most of us were relaxing at home on New Year's Day, we heard a very shocking news that our Ratha Yatra stalwart had a heart attack. Although we live in a muslim country, we have the good fortune to have Ratha Yatras without a problem. And not only that we have almost 40 Ratha Yatras in a year and definitely the most in the Iskcon world.
The saddest thing is that people explain or justify terrorism in the name of God. From time immemorial, people did just that - used God to justify the most heinous acts.
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 Prabhupadaâs 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 sannyasiâs 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 LATERâŠ 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 episodeâs 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.