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By Chaitanya Charan das

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.

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January 19, 2014 -- 2,151 views
By Dhirabhakta Das

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.

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January 18, 2014 -- 1,397 views
By Priyavrata das

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.

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January 15, 2014 -- 1,383 views
By Shyamananda dasa

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.

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January 11, 2014 -- 1,829 views
By Chaitanya Charan das

Many times we speak insensitively or act indiscreetly on the spur of the moment and later regret: “If only I had thought a bit before doing like that…” How can we avoid such rash impulsive behavior?

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January 6, 2014 -- 3,800 views
By Kriyate

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 devotion...

January 5, 2014 -- 2,864 views
By Iksvaku dasa

This year, ISKCON’s 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.

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January 5, 2014 -- 1,276 views
By Purushottam Kumar

Suppose that we invest our hard earned money in a company’s 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 ...

January 2, 2014 -- 1,454 views
By Jai Sita Rani Devi Dasi

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.

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January 2, 2014 -- 1,749 views
By Iskcon Russia staff

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.

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January 1, 2014 -- 1,511 views
By Chaitanya Charan das

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.

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December 31, 2013 -- 2,390 views
By Purushottam Kumar

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

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December 25, 2013 -- 3,796 views
By Chaitanya Charan das

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.

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December 22, 2013 -- 3,069 views
By Purushottam Kumar

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

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December 20, 2013 -- 1,568 views
By Mangesh Kumar Behera

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

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December 19, 2013 -- 2,260 views
By Dusyanta Dasa

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’s quotes emphasise the very first Spiritual Master we meet is the Shiksa Guru and how this happens

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December 17, 2013 -- 2,021 views
By Chaitanya Charan Das

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

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December 16, 2013 -- 2,270 views
By Shyamananda dasa

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

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December 14, 2013 -- 2,681 views
By Bhakti Raghava Swami

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

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December 13, 2013 -- 1,870 views
By Giriraj Swami

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

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December 12, 2013 -- 3,420 views
By Chaitanya Charan das

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

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December 11, 2013 -- 1,888 views
By Dusyanta Dasa

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

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December 11, 2013 -- 1,985 views
By Kesava Krsna Dasa

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?

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December 10, 2013 -- 2,540 views
By Abhaya Mudra Dasi

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

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December 9, 2013 -- 2,017 views
By Josh Zepps

Host Josh Zepps frames this episode’s 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

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December 5, 2013 -- 1,820 views
By Dhirabhakta Das

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

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December 4, 2013 -- 1,277 views
By Chaitanya Charan Dasa

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.

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December 3, 2013 -- 1,883 views
By Kesava Krsna Dasa

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, “How to become guru of disciples?” Are we missing something?

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December 3, 2013 -- 3,259 views
By Chandan Yatra Das

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

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November 30, 2013 -- 1,807 views
By Vraja Bihari Das

I am reminded of Bhakti Vinod Thakur’s kesavatuvajagatvicitra- ‘the material creation of Yours, Oh Keshava is most strange’ I conclude that sex and death are the two eternal activities happening in this bizarre material world;

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November 29, 2013 -- 1,659 views
By Kaunteya Das

I wish to publicly commend Devaki Mataji for clarifying her position and for formally aligning with Srila Prabhupada’s teachings on the issue of women diksa-gurus

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November 29, 2013 -- 2,972 views
By Chaitanya Charan das

Another objection might be, “When 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?”

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November 29, 2013 -- 1,301 views
By Basu Ghosh Das

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 “let’s have a token woman diksha guru” to affirm that women are equal to men in ISKCON

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November 29, 2013 -- 4,800 views
By Kesava Krsna Dasa.

Are all of Srila Prabhupada’s 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?

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November 28, 2013 -- 2,218 views
By Devaki Devi Dasi

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

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November 28, 2013 -- 2,627 views
By Dusyanta dasa

Isn’t 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

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November 26, 2013 -- 2,465 views
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