Oct 19 2013 European Farm Conference Almviksgaard – Sweden

By Syamasundara dasa

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


Oct 18 2013 ISKCON European Leaders: Traditional Vaisnava diet: Milk in ISKCON

By ISKCON European Leaders

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

By Vaisesika Dasa

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

By Patita Pavana das

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?

By Palaka das

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?

By Gautam Saha

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.


Oct 9 2013 Undergoing a profound transformation at Goloka Dham

By Kanupriya Devi Dasi

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

By Chandan Yatra Das

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?

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

How many devotees will answer the question of how Mother Sita was banished by Sri Rama to Valmiki’s hermitage? “Rama was righteous… He set an example for all…?” Or is there a deeper reason? Such an answer can take the ‘controversy’ out of it


Sep 17 2013 Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Prabhupada

By Giriraj Swami

Today marks the 175th anniversary of the birth—the appearance—of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, “the pioneer of the program for benedicting the entire world with Krishna consciousness.


Sep 17 2013 Bhakti Is Deliberate Effort, Intense Covetous Desire, And Greed

By Radhakrishna Dasa

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

By Damodar Prasad das

“A person is not considered a great sage unless he disagrees with another sage”. 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

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

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?


Sep 12 2013 Srila Prabhupada’s seven purposes of ISKCON in reference to congregational development

By Romapada Swami

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

By Ranjeni A Singh

From a visit to Mayapur, the headquarters of Iskcon, for that much needed break from hectic city life


Sep 5 2013 SRI SIDDHA-BAKULA Bhajana Kutir of Namacarya Srila Haridasa Thakura at Sri Ksetra Jagannatha Puri Dhama

By Chandan Yatra Das

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


Sep 4 2013 Difficulties In Devotion : A Blessing in Disguise?

By Bhaktisiddhanta Swami

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

By Adi Kesava Das

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


Aug 30 2013 2 Vyasa-puja Offerings from the ISKCON Prison Ministry

By Bhakti-lata Dasi

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?

By Damodar Prasad das

In an essay submitted to the Berlinische Monatsschrift in 1784, Immanuel Kant, an eminent German philosopher, defined enlightenment as mankind’s 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 Śrīla Vyāsadeva?

By Akiñcana Balarāma Dāsa

But, the reality is that Śrīla Prabhupāda was not specific in this or any other similar statements, he never mentions Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana Vyāsa as a śaktyāveśa-avatāra or jīva-tattva but is always using a generic term Vyāsadeva that is used for the post of Vyāsadeva in general.


Aug 30 2013 The Ebb and Flow of History

By Vaishnava Das

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

By Amogha das

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

By Prabhupada Lilamrta

An excerpt from the Prabhupada Lilamrta about Srila Prabhupada's mother, Srimati Rajani Devi. Abhay’s 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


Aug 27 2013 Sri Krishna Janmastami

By Gour Govinda Swami

A lecture by Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami on Janmastami Lord Sri Krishna's appearance day.


Aug 15 2013 Messiah Complex

By Sutapa das

Russell Brand popped into our countryside temple last week. We strolled around the gardens, had a bite to eat and finished off with half-an-hour of chanting in the main shrine. According to sources, Russell had at one point seriously considered the idea of monasticism!


Aug 13 2013 What Does Automatically Revealed Mean?

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

Somehow, some of us might secretly feel the need to add (over-intelligent) to what Srila Prabhupada has already given us. Our thoughts could be, “This process requires too much patience… there must be a quicker way…” which subtracts from our Founder Acarya. How can we acknowledge the fullness of his teachings and what does it mean to have implicit faith in the spiritual master?


Aug 9 2013 Srila Prabhupada: No Nirjana Bhajana

By Nrsimhananda das

Given recent events I'm reminded of Srila Prabhupada's prophetic words written shortly before he took sannyas. They are as instructive today as they were then. I start with verse 24 in order to tantalize the reader to peruse it in context as it appears later


Aug 4 2013 The Origin of Religion

By Damodara Prasada Dasa

The classic scientific study in the materialistic vein of religious life was Durkheim’s work The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, a work which proved highly influential in confirming for decided atheists the view that there is no God, and that all phenomena, both material and social, have a material, chaotic origin


Aug 2 2013 Sri Dwarka Dhama

By Chandan Yatra Das

Dwarka means "gateway to the Supreme" or "city of gates." Traditionally, an opulent city would have many gates, indicating the king's confidence in protecting the city


Jul 30 2013 Peter Buffett - on the dualities of giving

By Nrsimhananda das

Dear Mr. Buffett, The Daily Mail reported today that you say "charity is a perpetual poverty machine" and that "rich people giving away money eases their conscience but doesn't solve the problem." All true. But what is the foundation of the dysfunction?


Jul 20 2013 Behind China’s Hindu temples, a forgotten history

By Ananth Krishnan

“This is possibly the only temple in China where we are still praying to a Hindu God,” says Li San Long, a Chedian resident, with a smile


Jul 19 2013 Varnasrama-dharma and Srila Prabhupada

By Shyamasundara das

Although Lord Caitanya stated that varnasrama is external to bhakti (CC Madhya 8.59), all Vaisnava acaryas have recognized the importance of varnasrama in regulating society, and that it should be followed by devotees at least until they reach the perfectional stage


Jul 17 2013 “I Thought Vipralambha-Seva Is The Highest Thing”

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

We may read or hear some gurus say that Sri Vrndavana Dhama is the land of Sambhoga, or meeting with Lord Krishna. Devotees might think this is at odds with what Srila Prabhupada taught us in Krishna Book and Srimad Bhagavatam tenth canto. Does not Vipralambha occur in Vrndavana?


Jul 17 2013 Congregational Preaching

By Bhakti Charu Swami

During the early days of the Hare Krishna movement, spiritual life was perceived as meaning to live in the temple as a full-time devotee. The word “devotee” referred to someone who was living in a temple and engaged in temple activities full time. Those who lived outside were referred to as “karmis”


Jul 14 2013 Devadasa and Bhaktivinoda Thakura

By Brijabasi das

There is some confusion regarding the book “Devadāsa”, which is ascribed to Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura. I'm writing this keeping in mind Śrīla Prabhupāda's definition of truth: “Although sometimes the truth is unpalatable, one should not refrain from speaking it. Truthfulness demands that the facts be presented as they are for the benefit of others. That is the definition of truth.”


Jul 12 2013 The Divinity of Philosophy

By Venkataraman Krishnan

Philosophy, defined as "the love for wisdom", instinctively acquires numerous implicitly dubious connotations, thus stimulating many minds into conjuring avast spectrum of speculations


Jul 12 2013 Srila Prabhupada on the secret policy of British to cut down Vedic civilization

By Rasamanjari Devi dasi

Srila Prabhupada exposes the secret policy of the British to cut down Vedic civilization in India through a letter to Gour Govinda Swami


Jul 12 2013 The Hobo Adventurer Discovers the Hare Krishnas

By Leanne Davis

A professional comedian spends a day as a devotee of Krishna. "To be fair, my Dad was not the only one who voiced concern or raised an eyebrow when I told him I was spending a day with a relatively unfamiliar religious group." And everyone begged the question, 'Why?'


Jul 7 2013 Manu Samhita/Smriti with Six Commentaries

By Hari Parshad Das.

For those who are adept at reading Sanskrit and wish to study the Manu Samhita (in parts or in entirety), I've managed to find and upload the entire Manu Samhita with Six Commentaries in Devanagari Script.

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