Simultaneously, the assembled devotees making rows, circles, hoops, sways, mobiuses, and other intricate geometries danced with the seeming innocence of little children. It was both a sight and experience to behold. With bright smiles on their faces, the devotee photographers seemed to be having a field day, as they monitored their tripod mounted cameras.
Sep 19 2006 Spiritual Fasting
This Krishna consciousness movement, before starting, I wrote one letter to Mahatma Gandhi: "Mahatma Gandhi, you have got position. People accept you as a very pious man. Now you have got your sva-rajya, and you are very fond of Bhagavad-gita. Let us preach Bhagavad-gita."
Sep 19 2006 London and Ireland
The festival in Ireland was very successful. Manu prabhu had arranged things very nicely. The main tent had dancers from Bhaktivedanta Manor and dramas by Parividha Prabhu. His version of the "Boatman" was superb. There was a very big inflated playground that kept the many children very happy. There were several prasadam tables that were busy all day and all the guests were very happy to be in such a pleasing atmosphere .
Sep 19 2006 “Giving and Receiving Gifts”
If the opulence or knowledge of many millions of universes were clustered together, they would hardly equal a small fragment of the glory of Krsna's holy name. Krsna's holy name is my life. It is the goal of my life. It is the means I will employ to attain the goal of my life
Sep 19 2006 Varsana sunset
Let hundreds of arrows of harsh words pierce my heart. Let hundreds and hundreds of kicks fall on my head. Let hundreds of days pass where I am unable to get even the smallest meal. Remembering at every moment the fair and dark glories that are my life's treasure, and whose forms are two oceans of sweet nectar, I shall happily live in Vrndavana.
Sep 17 2006 Meeting Prabhupada
Even in my fallen condition, there is one thing I have full confidence in: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada will continue to shower his causeless Vaishnava mercy on any soul anywhere who has the good fortune to read (or even touch!) Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, any bona fide original publication containing the translations, purports, words given to all us conditioned souls for the next 10,000 years!!!
Sep 17 2006 Old slippers
‚ÄėIs your name Bhaskara?‚Äô ‚ÄėYes.‚Äô The sannyasi said, ‚ÄėSrila Prabhupada has a message for you. He thanks you very much for the new slippers. You may keep the old slippers. But most importantly, he said, it‚Äôs not nice to play tricks on the spiritual master.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Sep 17 2006 Impersonal calamity
Srila Prabhupada didn‚Äôt say a word. Kirtanananda finally ran down, and Srila Prabhupada asked, ‚ÄúAre you finished now?‚ÄĚ When Kirtanananda acknowledged that he was, Srila Prabhupada suddenly began to roar like the lion incarnation.
Sep 15 2006 Agents of Lord Caitanya`s Compassion and Love
With the kind permission of the editors of Dandavats.com and its readers, over the course of the next several months we will post a series of eight articles on this topic. We apologize that these articles will be longer than most articles you find here. We don‚Äôt like to stand on soapboxes or hear ourselves speak, but these concepts require explanation according to the teachings of scripture and the acaryas.
Sep 15 2006 Looking for Suddhaniddhi Prabhu
I am looking for my devotee-friend named Suddhaniddhi Prabhu, a disciple of His Holiness Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja. I appreciate if you can provide any info about him. He is a black-body american vaishnava. He was traveling across America organizing Harinam Sankirtan in 1996-1997 to all Hare Krishna Temples. Thank you very much for you help.
Sep 15 2006 Hare Krishna (old age) Ashram
Try to live in the midst of Mango Grooves with abundance of other greeneries, while the mangoes creep into your windows! See the seasons burst forth into your back yard and the nature’s treasures mingle with the saintly chants of holy name, holy sounds of celestial musical instruments and chirping of different birds in a natural settings with beautiful Sunrises & Sunsets!
Sep 15 2006 Fallacy of the trans-Saturnian Planets
Now that Vedic astrology has become popular in the West many Western trained astrologers are attempting to fuse the two systems or introduce Western concepts such as the trans-Saturnian planets into the Vedic system. Over the years some Indian astrologers have also attempted to introduce these planets into Vedic astrology.
Sep 15 2006 COACHING FOR ISKCON LEADERS
As ISKCON has grown over the past forty years, the need for first-class spiritual leaders has become obvious. Apart from spiritual training through the morning program, scriptural study and senior guidance, there seems to be a need for learning skills such as inspiring and energizing devotees, respect for devotees from diverse backgrounds, and adapting to rapid change.
Sep 15 2006 D-ANGER
The modern media with its vivid depiction of violence portrays anger as a heroic quality, as the quintessential psyche of the macho man. But is it really? Most people recognize that in real life anger is not a pleasant emotion, yet they savor the violent scenes in the movies.
All this amazing spiritual epidemic is nothing short of a miracle, all emanating from Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs potent pure achanting. Such are the glories of Gaura-kripa so abundantly flowing from Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs heart and lips. May we all continue to bathe our hearts and minds in this divine flood of mercy and thus help spread this greatest blessing to the whole world. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
The september 18, 2006 newsweek magazine, religion section. the article purports to describe the legacy of the baby boomers and re-examines some of the phenomenom described in 1969 as ‚Äúthe year of the guru‚ÄĚ. one of the 15 related questions of the period asks, ‚Äúwhich movement, popular in the 60‚Äôs and 70‚Äôs, was founded in new york by the indian monk Swami Prabhupada?‚ÄĚ.
Sep 14 2006 HELPLESS IN GOOD TIMES
If there is a method for advancing quickly, what is it? The beauty of it is, anyone can do it - married or unmarried, in or out of the temple, renounced or steeped in bhoga-tyaga. But one has to be prepared, because the weapon of detachment ‚Äď asanga-sastrena BG.15.3, will develop as a natural consequence of sincere chanting.
Sep 14 2006 Holy cow mail art call
This is a call for all Hare Krishna's (and associates) who are artists or like making stuff. I am having an International Mail Art Exhibition in Brisbane Australia in Janurary 2007. To contribute to the exhibit all you do is make a postcard according to the theme HOLY COW in any media and stick a stamp on the back and address it to me.
Sep 14 2006 Invitation to Visit Our Re-Designed Website
As many of you know, Vaisnavas C.A.R.E. (V-CARE) has assisted devotees worldwide with end-of-life needs for the past five years. We have now remodeled our website in order to make it more user-friendly and to provide up-to-date health information for our society of devotees. Our hope is to make our site more interactive with your assistance.
Sep 14 2006 Friendly Fire
The only real possession for a devotee is whatever sincerity they can muster up in Srila Prabhupada's service. And even though the person criticizing may not be questioning the other's sincerity, it is often taken that way. The result: We feel discouraged, we sometime lash back at the critic, and often we think: "I'm doing all this hard work, and all I'm getting is questioned and criticized. Is it worth it? Is serving in ISKCON worth it?"
Sep 14 2006 HINDUS PROTEST HARASSMENT IN KAZAKHSTAN
A simultaneous protest took place in New York City. Both demonstrations were timed to intentionally coincide with the ‚ÄúCongress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions,‚ÄĚ held in Kazakhstan. Many human rights groups and international governments, including the United Kingdom and India, are pressuring the Kazakh government to go beyond sponsoring conferences on religious freedom, and instead work to stop bigotry and harassment of religious minorities in their own county.
Sep 14 2006 What’s in a Name?
So giving names, having names and using names are all essential for increasing the personal touch.. Of course as devotees we receive even more mercy when we are given names related to Krsna and His devotees at the time of initiation. These names not only serve as a way of identifying us but they also remind us of the supreme Lord and His devotees and can award us unlimited spiritual benefit, as in the case of Ajamila.
Sep 14 2006 The Art and Mechanics of Inspiration
In conclusion, devotees generally rely on their own enthusiasm‚ÄĒsustained effort, not simply fervor--to motivate or inspire others. The brahmana or advanced devotee inspires and cares for others by setting an example, applying structure, and offering discipline based on affectionate relationships.
Sep 13 2006 Opinion: Spiritual Struggle or Power Struggle?
Religious life imparts to us the vision to see everyone as, in essence, a beloved servant of God. Yet so often the differences between religions underline a feeling of ‚Äúthe other‚ÄĚ that turns those who should be friends into enemies. What often follows is behaviour that may not seem very religious at all.
Sep 13 2006 Yogesvara
The following was composed by Giriraja Maharaja (then a brahmacari) and read to Srila Prabhupada during a Room Conversation ‚ÄĒ October 15, 1977, Vrndavana
Students interested in Krishnaism found themselves in trouble. Officers of the National Security Service battered Jalil Abdullayev, a student they wanted a confession from. Five other students were forced to sign false statements to the effect that they knew Jalil as a preacher of Krishnaism.
Sep 13 2006 A short story
Srila Prabhupad‚Äôs first disciple is Acharya Prabhakar. I believe he is still alive. Srila Prabhupad had lived with him in a single room for over three years in Jhansi. They talked all the time and note this, in Sanskrit. Referring to this disciple Srila Prabhupad told me ‚Äúhe speaks Sanskrit better than we can speak in English, he is that expert.
Sep 13 2006 True religion
It is said that the Lord's merciful energy is subordinate to His willing power, but in the case of Sriman Mahaprabhu it is the reverse. Mahaprabhu has granted this independence to his krpa-shakti. Mahaprabhu would not have distributed His prema, the most confidential secret, to one and all indiscriminately, if He had not given this independence to His krpa shaktri.
Sep 13 2006 Orlando’s First Ratha Yatra in the News
Krishna devotees had much to celebrate Saturday as hundreds held their first-ever Festival of Chariots in downtown Orlando, turning Lake Eola‚Äôs surroundings into a kind of ‚ÄúLittle India‚ÄĚ for several hours.
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this file contains the following North American results for the month of July:North American Totals, Monthly Temples, Monthly Weekend Warriors etc., Monthly Top 100 Individuals, Monthly Top 5, Cumulative Countries, Cumulative Temples, Cumulative Top 100 Individuals, Cumulative Top 5
Sep 11 2006 Hare Krishna in popular culture
The Hare Krishna's contributions to popular culture include the following: 1 In Movies 2 In Television 3 In Videogames 4 In Fiction 5 In Music 5.1 Straight Edge subculture 6 Miscellaneous
Last month there was held the first of two recent conferences in Kazakhstan about religious liberty. ISKCON devotees attended that conference, and our case was brought to the attention of the whole convention by scholars and other delegates from the UK and the USA‚Äďwho pointed out that religious freedom principles were being violated by the hosts of the conference‚Äď the Kazakh government.
Mutual liking [and not family pedigree, social status, etc.] will be the deciding factor in choosing a partner in marriage; cheating will be the order of the day in business relations; satisfaction of sexual pleasure will be the only consideration of male or female excellence and worthiness;
Sep 11 2006 Jagannath Rathayatra 2006 @ Newark
ISKCON of New Jersey cordially invites all devotees and friends for the ecstatic annual Ratha-Yatra and Festival of India in Newark, NJ on September 16th, 2006. Sri Jagannath Ratha-Yatra Parade starts at 12pm at the Military park in Newark.
Sep 11 2006 Book distribution in my home town
At first I was afraid of how people who knew me would react, but soon I saw that this was an advantage in book distribution. After a while the Lord gave me even more mercy and courage, and I started saying a new mantra to all the people who I didn't know: "Are you from this town?"
Sep 10 2006 Spiritual Amnesia
The idea is to absorb one's senses in Krishna -- to see his form, to taste food and to smell incense that is offered to him, to read about his pastimes and, mostly, to hear the chanting of his names. This creates a sort of "wrap-around awareness" that engulfs you in the spiritual world. And by being so engulfed, you remember what you have long forgotten.
Sep 9 2006 Ratha Yatra festival Rotterdam
Festivallocation: Eendrachtsplein, Mini Market with 22 stands, Stage program with classical music, drama and bhajan. Organised by ISKCON Rotterdam Audarya Dhaam temple
Sep 9 2006 GOD ANSWERS KNEE-MAIL
Most people pray to God when they want something which is beyond their human ability to get. While praying, we often intuitively try to feel and express humility, knowing we depend on divine grace. To receive God‚Äôs answers to our knee-mails, we need humility ‚Äď especially in our brain.
Sep 9 2006 Get Connected to Govinda and Goloka!
May cows stay in front of me; may cows stay behind me; may cows stay on both sides of me. May I always reside in the midst of cows. Hari Bhakti-vilas 16.252
Sep 9 2006 New update on Bhojadeva Prabhu
Bhojadeva Prabhu‚Äôs surgery on September 6th night went well. The surgeon took bone grafts from his hip to support his eye sockets. The surgeon also released one of the eye muscles on Bhojadeva Prabhu‚Äôs right eye that was pinched between a fracture.
Sep 9 2006 Prabhupada speaks out:
Anyone who carries Krishna within himself, constantly, can go anywhere and turn the place into a sacred pilgrimage. Think of Krishna always and try to work sincerely, and everything will come automatically.
Sep 7 2006 Child Protection Confernce
This conference is designed to provide Child Protection Team members, devotee parents, educators, and temple managers with tools and resources to take back to your communities. You will have the opportunity to network with other devotees interested in creating safer temples and communities. Conference presenters are from the ISKCON Child Protection Office and other professionals in the field.
Yasodananda Das, Ramananda Roy Das and Shirley Marie Bradby (MiraBai Devi Dasi) are three enthusiastic devotees who have cooked up a fresh batch of devotional music filled with various tasty ingredients like traditional Indian music, a bit of soul, gospel and blues, a pinch of modern musical technology...... and offered it all to Sri Krsna!
Sep 7 2006 THE GLORIES OF SRILA HARIDASA THAKURA
From this statement by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu we can clearly understand that the word yavana does not refer only to a particular class of men. Anyone who is against the behavior of the Vedic principles is called a yavana. Such a yavana may be in India or outside of India.
Sep 7 2006 ‚ÄúAhh, this is Krsna!‚ÄĚ
Often times I would bring them to his bedroom just before his evening massage. Throughout his massage he would smell them off and on. He would then keep them on His pillow (close to His nose) all night. The following morning, I would find the flowers gently laying on the pillow exactly where they had been the night before. The flowers looked as fresh and fragrant as ever, looking as if they had just been picked.
Many devotees have written to us requesting a list of guesthouses in Vrindavan and our taxi fare for pick up from Delhi airport. For your convienance we have compiled a list of the gueshouses with their prices and distance from the temple and phone nos. And our taxi fares also.
It would be great to get one of our scientist devotees like Sadaputa prabhu or Drutakarma prabhu or someone from the BVI to comment on this finding, its quite significant in the scientific world and id like to see how they cover this one up. But to get a devotee to give their input, in particular sadaputa prabhu, would be interesting to the readers of dandavats.com.
The devotee, Vani Seva Prabhu, had been residing in Vrindavan for about 6 or 7 years and had just returned home a few days prior from a trip abroad when she suffered a massive heart attack.
Sep 6 2006 Some Thoughts on Japa
Simply by chanting the holy name of Krsna once, a person is relieved from all the reactions of a sinful life. One can complete the nine processes of devotional service simply by chanting the holy name.
Sep 6 2006 New update on Bhojadeva Prabhu’s condition
Bhojadeva Prabhu, my husband (Jivan Mukta Prabhu) and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the devotees, for your prayers, words of support and financial help. We are profoundly touched by all the love and care we have experienced from our wonderful vaishnava family around the world.
Sep 6 2006 Power of Harinam & Prasadam
The South African Police got in touch with us and asked us to become part of their Community Policing program. We would go out with them to troublesome neighborhoods and put on festivals with prasadam distribution, singing, dancing and sports events
Sep 5 2006 Notice of 2007 Event
Festival of Inspiration 2006 was a grand success and we intend to top that in 2007! Mark these dates on your calendars and call your travel agent now! MAY 11th, 12th, & 13th, 2007
Sep 5 2006 Manitoba Message
In my stationary moment, I reflect on the recent occurrences, the people I met, and the messages that were coming to me during my stretch of Manitoba. The newspapers reports from the town of Neepawa told me that Manitoba is an aboriginal word for ‚Äúthe God who speaks‚ÄĚ. It apparently refers to the voice of the winds blowing through the narrows.
Sep 5 2006 Parikrama Schedule 2006
This year ISKCON's Vraj Mandal Parikrama will be starting on Oct 7 and ends on Nov.5, 2006. All Participants should reach Vrindavan on time. Registration will start on Oct 1. There would be registration fees for the participants
Sep 4 2006 THEM ‘N ALL
If we intend to be a credible alternative to the woes of society, we must analyze how we conduct ourselves in the public arena ‚Äď namely the internet. Our discussions are by and large intelligent respectful dialogue. The occasional tit for tat crops up now and again. Are we ever aware that perusing our web pages could be individuals who are advisors to leaders, members of think tanks for government and the like?
Sep 4 2006 “No Ordinary Festival”
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally traveled to different regions of India to spread the bhakti cult throughout the country. By His personal behavior He has given an example for devotees to follow. That is, one should broadcast the cult of devotional service. A Vaisnava is especially interested in para-upakara, doing good to others.
Why I am not able to convince even few people who are pious and religious to chant the holy names of the Lord. Now I understand that the reason is the lack of faith in Srila Prabhupad and his books. I therefore pray at the lotus feet of Gurudev and Lord Sri Krishna to shower their mercy by instilling unflinching faith in Srila Prabhupada which alone is the only way for perfection.