The more we learn the language of choice- âI am responsible for my life and I do things because I want to do themâ-the more honest weâd become and weâd also be more naturally situated in Bhakti. And yes, of course, weâd 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 polytheisticâ¦?
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.
Nov 3 2013 Govardhana Puja
The name 'Govardhana' has two meanings: 'Go' means 'cows' and 'vardhana' means 'nourishment'. 'Go' also means 'the senses' and 'vardhana' is 'to increase'. So Govardhana nourishes the cows and increases the senses in attraction to Krishna
Nov 2 2013 Srila Gaura-Kisora Dasa Babaji
Srila Gaura-Kisora dasa Babaji was a renunciation personified. He had very few possessions: Tulasi-mala (Tulasi beads) around his neck; another Tulasi-mala on which he chanted; and a few books such as Narottama Dasa Thakura's Prarthana and Prema Bhakti Chandrika. He refused service from anyone and would not let anyone serve him, though many tried
Oct 29 2013 Un-Holy Holi?
Itâs taken me over a week to try and figure out how to go about writing this article because I have two very strong but conflicting feelings about the way we are introducing the Holi Festival to the Western world. On one hand I have a tremendous respect for those who have made these events so exceptionally successful. The public response has been extraordinary and the credit for that goes to the devotees who visualized and successfully coordinated the huge Holi festivals which have been attracting tens of thousands of participants
Oct 26 2013 “Ahimsa Duud, it doe a body good!”
Our cows fall asleep standing up when they are being hand milked and sung to. They are at peace, they feel the auspiciousness of their life, being surrounded by loving caretakers. Their milk and all the products thereof derived, carry the message of their reciprocation
Oct 25 2013 Dharma â the Combination of Matter and Spirit
Those souls who try to deny theirÂ prakritiÂ nature and who want to experience the taste of being the purusha, meaning that they desire to enjoy separately from God and to try themselves to be God â the Lord, the center for whose pleasure everything is meant â those souls are cast into the material world
Oct 25 2013 Aitihya - Updated with Part 2
In KrsÃ«a consciousness (as in any philosophy), a major concern is how to know or ascertain truth. This necessarily involves pramaÃ«a (i.e., epistemological evidence, authentic assertion), which itself includes an important epistemological tool Lord KrsÃ«a calls âaitihyaâ (historical tradition), as explained below
Oct 25 2013 God and the Universe
Along the course of my work I have found several errors in the way of planetary distances given in the Fifth Canto of the Bhagavatam. I am now preparing a map of the universe which will mandate that these errors be rectified
Oct 22 2013 Rakhe Krishna Bakrid keâ¦!!
The miraculous rescue by Iskcon devotees, of a cow who was supposed to be slaughtered, with the involvement of the police and other higher authorities
Oct 21 2013 European Traveling Sankirtan Party Presentation
We are a group of brahmacharis from Estonia, Tallinn traveling around Europe in every town and village making Harinama Sankirtana. We would like to show you a presentation of our Traveling Sankirtan Party which was one of Srila Prabhupada desires.
Due to the tragic death of Subuddhi Raya prabhu, our New Dwaraka community is suffering the shock and grief for the three weeks since his passing. Subuddhi was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur in 1976 and he was a carpenter and repair man for the temple. Subuddhi had been to war in Viet Nama and was discharged as a conscientious objector. He lived in a van adjacent to one of the temple buildings for twenty-five years
Oct 19 2013 European Farm Conference Almviksgaard â Sweden
Lalitanatha Prabhu commented that the greatest pest in society in the USA is lawns. More energy and water is used on lawns than on food production. He said that all our food needs can be grown on lawns and stated that at one time Paris maintained its population under siege by growing its own food inside the city walls
Today the animal rights lobbyists are very outspoken about animal welfare and often they advocate a vegan diet due to the cruelty inflicted on Mother cow in the dairy industry. Many devotees are being influenced by the vegan argument. We will have two presentations on this topic from different points of view
Oct 18 2013 Urja-vrata
Wherever one resides, one should daily offer a lamp to the Lord and sing the Damodara astakam. One should also increase one's other devotional activities, especially hearing and chanting the names and pastimes of the Lord. All these practices will be quickly effective during Kartika
Oct 14 2013 Letter from a Bookbinder
I beg to offer my humble dandavats in the dust at your lotus feet. I bow before you, my beloved spiritual master who was specifically sent to to this world by Lord Shri Krishna. You were sent by the Supreme Personality of Godhead and ordained by Him to ignite the spark which set off the chain reaction for the enlightenment the world
Oct 11 2013 Who Is This Ramo?
Many devotees within ISKCON are now chanting this Hare Krishno and Hare Ramo style of kirtans all around the world. Most simply follow what they are being shown by the leading men and think nothing of it. It's become the norm as these kirtan leaders explain it away as nothing more than a simple Bengali pronunciation, so there is no harm
Oct 9 2013 Are We The Masters Of Our Own Destiny?
Each individual comes into this world as a separate entity, being physically, mentally and emotionally distinct and one off. The differences between individuals are of three types. Physical and mental differences are generally broadly based on inherited genetics.
When I came to Krsna consciousness fifteen years ago, the process seemed very simple to me: "Chant Hare Krishna and be happy....".
Oct 2 2013 Sri Ksetra Jagannatha Puri Dhama Yatra
Sri Ksetra Jagannatha Puri Dhama represents the Aisvarya (opulence, power & grandeur) of Dvaraka and Kurukshetra. Sri Navadvipa-Mayapur Dhama represents Audarya (compassion). Sri Vrindavan Dhama represents Madhurya (sweetness)
Sep 29 2013 How Could Sri Rama Do That To His Pregnant Wife?
How many devotees will answer the question of how Mother Sita was banished by Sri Rama to Valmikiâs hermitage? âRama was righteousâ¦ He set an example for allâ¦?â Or is there a deeper reason? Such an answer can take the âcontroversyâ out of it
Sep 17 2013 Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Prabhupada
Today marks the 175th anniversary of the birthâthe appearanceâof Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, âthe pioneer of the program for benedicting the entire world with Krishna consciousness.
Bhaktivinode Thakura, in his Sri Chaitanya Siksamrita, has described that the soul naturally evolves upwards, first from animalistic materialism, to the theistic morality of varnasrama, to vaidhi bhakti and finally to raganuga bhakti, but none of these transitions are automatic. Each requires great effort and desire to overcome the attachment to the former rung
Sep 14 2013 The Man in the Machine
âA person is not considered a great sage unless he disagrees with another sageâ. This adage suitably describes the career of La Mettrie, whose contentious writings during the eighteenth century were almost universally reviled by his contemporaries during the age of the Enlightenment
Sep 14 2013 Surrender Of The Fewest
Are the historical differences between Iskcon members living during the nineteen sixties, seventies and eighties with the twenty first century Iskcon members so pronounced, as to be of little comparison? Comparison with what? If Srila Prabhupada has a universal Siksa presence, is there a gulf of difference in his accessibility to all, past and present?
When incorporating his worldwide mission dedicated to spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world, Srila Prabhupada outlined seven purposes which capsulized the essence of his mission. By analyzing these seven purposes, one can see how congregation development is aimed at fulfilling all of these seven purposes, when the congregation is properly organized and directed
Sep 11 2013 In Step With Krishna
From a visit to Mayapur, the headquarters of Iskcon, for that much needed break from hectic city life
Sri Siddha-Bakula is located near Gambhira Temple on Bali Sahi road in Sri Jagannatha Puri Dhama. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally arranged for Srila Haridasa Thakura to reside at this place. This is the place where he performed his daily bhajana of chanting 192 rounds (3,00,000 names) of Hare Krishna maha-mantra
Srila Prabhupada, our most noteworthy example, established an international society amidst overwhelming physical handicaps or apparent setbacks that became a precursor to a worldwide society. Then there are his sincere followers, whose tests and trials amidst obstacles, have realization, trying their best to fulfill his will
Aug 30 2013 Sri Vyasa Puja at ISKCON Vrindavan
We especially treasure your Dictaphone. How many hours did you spend with the microphone in hand, composing your translations and purports? The recordings were then whisked away only to return as beautiful books replete with glorious artwork printed in the best manner possible
Hare Krsna dear devotees, Below are the first Vyasa-puja offerings of two inmate bhaktas. I hope they will bring you great transcendentally pleasure!
Aug 30 2013 What is Enlightenment?
In an essay submitted to the Berlinische Monatsschrift in 1784, Immanuel Kant, an eminent German philosopher, defined enlightenment as mankindâs exit from self-incurred immaturity, a state of irresolution in which individuals remain content to allow others to think for them. He declared the motto of enlightenment to be sapere aude! Dare to know! Have the courage to use your own understanding
Aug 30 2013 Who is ÅrÄ«la VyÄsadeva?
But, the reality is that ÅrÄ«la PrabhupÄda was not specific in this or any other similar statements, he never mentions Ká¹á¹£á¹a DvaipÄyana VyÄsa as a ÅaktyÄveÅa-avatÄra or jÄ«va-tattva but is always using a generic term VyÄsadeva that is used for the post of VyÄsadeva in general.
Aug 30 2013 The Ebb and Flow of History
The country today known as India has been physically at the center of the ancient world with Europe to its West and Asia to its East. As the center it has radiated its influence in both directions. Broadly speaking there were two great reform movements that spun off from the ancient Vedic tradition
Aug 29 2013 Nrsimhadev Nectar
The magic of the Deities' loving reciprocation in this unique abode is wonderful. One time we bought a crystal necklace with large pendant for Lord Nrsimhadev, but never saw Him wear it. My wife prayed to Him "Please let me know what I could buy for You that You will like to wear." The next day when she came to see Him, the merciful Lord was wearing the crystal necklace
Aug 28 2013 29-8-13—Appearance day of HDG Srila Prabhupada
An excerpt from the Prabhupada Lilamrta about Srila Prabhupada's mother, Srimati Rajani Devi. Abhayâs mother, Rajani, was thirty years old when he was born. Like her husband, she came from a long-established Gaudiya Vaisnava family. She was darker-skinned than her husband, and whereas his disposition was cool, hers tended to be fiery