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By Praghosa Dasa

During the reign of Lord Ramacandra every citizen could personally consult the King in his palace at a designated time. Inspired by the Lord's example, the UK National Council will again this year offer a similar opportunity to all ISKCON UK devotees by scheduling an Open Door session

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Nov 30, 2012 -- 3,024 views
By Praghosa Dasa

On Saturday the 10th of November a rather unspectacular but noteworthy event took place in the UK National in Radlett, London. The signing of a lease agreement between the original ISKCON charity of 1969 and the relatively new ISKCON London charity

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Nov 13, 2012 -- 3,576 views
By Praghosa Dasa

It is seemingly becoming commonplace in our society now for such weapon wielding aggressors to cause grief, misery, pain, suffering and of course great mourning to an unsuspecting audience. One of many worrying aspects of these senseless killings is the cool, calm and measured way they are undertaken. Practically since time immemorial we are familiar with crimes of passion, those crimes are even recognised by the judicial system to the point of mitigating circumstances being considered

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Aug 12, 2012 -- 5,937 views
By Praghosa Dasa

As stated by Bhismadeva in the SB 1.9.16 na hy asya karichid rajan – no one can know the plan of the Lord – still we are all advised to roll with it and have faith in it, understanding at all times that everything is for our ultimate benefit. With that in mind and after decades of hard work and many struggles, we have now begun constructing the extraordinary place of worship that will be the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. However if we didn’t accept the plan of the Lord not only would this project have likely never got to this point but we would ...

Jun 23, 2011 -- 4,900 views
By Praghosa Dasa

At that time Arjuna spoke the following words: Oh infallible sankirtana leader Krishna please park up my sankirtana van so that I can look on the street to see where it is best to distribute books, let me see who has come out today to do their shopping. When Arjuna saw all the stressed faces of the shoppers he spoke the following words....

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Feb 23, 2011 -- 5,321 views
By Praghosa Dasa

What follows is an editorial comment as the editor of Dandavats. We have received some feedback about the GBC paper titled “The Last Conversation”. While most of those writing in have appreciated that paper, there have been a few who have expressed some concern. Those concerns fall into two categories: one questions the historical accuracy of the paper while the other suggests the possibility of Vaisnava aparadha

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May 28, 2010 -- 5,665 views
By Praghosa dasa

On Sunday the 21st of March the new Chief Justice for West Bengal visited Sridham Mayapur. Mr Justice Mohit Shantilal Shah assumed his new role on Christmas day last so he is only in the role for 3 months but none the less was eager to visit ISKCON Mayapur. He arrived along with his wife around 11am and they left after lunch around 1.30pm.

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Mar 27, 2010 -- 6,770 views
By Praghosa Dasa

"There should be somewhere on earth, a place which no nation could claim as its own, where all human beings of good will who have a sincere aspiration, could live freely as citizens of the world and obey one single authority, that of the supreme truth; a place of peace, concord and harmony" "An Aurovilian should lose the sense of personal possession. For our passage in the material world, what is indispensable to our life and to our action is put at our disposal according to the place we must occupy.

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Mar 10, 2010 -- 4,832 views
Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Dasa

I got a phone call from the Mayor’s office a couple of weeks ago expressing how eager she was to partake of some more prasadam and how even more eager she was to introduce her fellow 51 councillors to that prasadam experience! It was also mentioned that this would be an historic event, as never in the history of Dublin City Council has the cuisine been totally vegetarian, a Council that dates back to 1840, 80 odd years before independence from the UK

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Dec 9, 2009 -- 5,609 views
Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Dasa

Arguably the highlight of the day though was the contribution of the Lord Mayor. She arrived shortly after the stage show began and took a seat reserved for her. She was curious about the drama that had just started, which was called the three modes of material nature and she followed it closely. I asked her would she like something to eat and to my surprise she said "Yes please, I've been looking forward to this all day" Usually dignitaries are a little more circumspect when offered food and generally have to be cajoled into taking prasadam, so he...

Sep 17, 2009 -- 5,235 views
Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Dasa

While the shameless economic experts are now predicting when there will be an upturn in the global economy, those same experts suffered a collective blind spot when failing to predict the biggest economic collapse in the last 80 years, everyone and their pet dog can see, like the emperor, they have neither clothes, nor a clue as to what will or won’t happen with the economy.

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Jan 1, 2009 -- 5,472 views
Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Dasa

We are now in serious danger of ruining our long practiced and much cherished reputation of our 21st century sannyasi! What are we talking about? Well a couple of weeks ago a certain member of the sannyasa order all but snuck into the emerald isle unnoticed. Usually a visiting sannyasi’s arrival is known well in advance and there is at least a modest welcoming party to greet him. However not this time, rather it was a very humble entrance at a regional port and from there, almost immediately into a walking tour of the country.

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Sep 16, 2008 -- 9,238 views
Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Dasa

As part of a comment to the ‘Reforming the Reformer’ essay, Kesava Krsna prabhu wrote: It is enlivening to see a topic put before us, to pass comment, or give our realizations - this is real freedom - Krishna katha. Perhaps this could be a regular feature on Danadavats, what do you think Praghosa prabhu? So in an attempt to fulfill the above request I would be interested to hear the devotees thoughts on the following. In the 3rd Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam Lord Kapila gives some interesting instructions particularly in relation to the c...

Jun 7, 2008 -- 6,277 views
Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Dasa

Srila Prabhupada often made reference to the fact that both in beginner's maths as well as advanced mathematics, two plus two is always equal to four. While advanced mathematics can be extremely complicated it can also be very wrong if the basic principles of simple maths are not adhered to. Likewise the same principle applies to relationships and if we fail to get the basics right in our relationships we will forever struggle with them. The most fundamental relationship that we need to get right is our relationship with the supreme Lord and His creat...

Apr 28, 2008 -- 5,659 views
Hare KrishnaBy Ananda Tirtha das

Date: March 5, 2008 Verse: Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.13.12 Speaker: HG Praghosa Dasa ( transcript and audio )

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Mar 7, 2008 -- 4,085 views
Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa dasa

A little over 2 years ago the European GBC body at their annual meeting, held that year in New Vrajamandala Spain, decided to make a concerted effort to assist the French Yatra. As a result of that meeting a group of devotees was formed under the name 'Renouveau du Yatra Francais'. The members of that committee were/are Sivarama Swami, Hrdaya Caitanya das, Siksastakam das, Gopaswami das, Nitaigaurasundara das, Madhvacarya das, Nitai Saci Suta das, Madhusevita das, Prabhupada vani das, Bhavasindhu das and Praghosa das.

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Sep 25, 2007 -- 7,652 views
Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Dasa

There were varying degrees of progress achieved since the last GBC meeting in Mayapur, this progress was reported by the different groups to the plenary body. Probably the most comprehensive progress achieved to date was from the committee dealing with the constitution. That said, significant work has been done by all the groups and the overall mood was that a lot has been done but there's a lot more to do.

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Jun 5, 2007 -- 6,275 views
Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Dasa

With no training, no guidance, poor upbringing and no role models, the pure unadulterated desire to lord it over by brute force appears to be their life mission. And boy do they take to that mission with gusto. Beatings, stabbings and murders are now a daily occurrence in most western cities. Indeed a new phrase has arisen in the western lexicon “anti-social behaviour” I guess anti-social behaviour is more or less the job description for varna sankara offspring.

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Mar 20, 2007 -- 11,947 views
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