A devotee has given his whole life to serve this mission, and then he becomes very sick. He needs help. He lays sick on the floor âI can't do my service.â And we say, âYou are in maya. You are not the body.â âThank you. Philosophically it's true: I am not this body and I am in maya, but I need your help to get out of maya and transcend this body. I need the love, support and care of a Vaisnava to take me through this.â
Sep 22 2006 Krsna Art Exhibition Submission
We are holding a KRSNA Art Exhibition on the Internet, the website address will be announced soon. There will be no art left behind! EVERYONE gets a place at the KRSNA gallery. There are no 1st 2nd or 3rd winners, however, four will be picked for the first page of the site.
Sep 22 2006 East Meets West in His Laboratory
Davidson is a researcher at the University of Wisconsin and a pioneer in the exciting frontier of mind-body medicine. At the university's W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior, he is correlating mental and emotional states with observable patterns of brain activity.
Sep 22 2006 BECOME WORTHY
I am not qualified, but when my Guru Maharaja gives me a task I should make myself qualified, otherwise I will lose what I have. Krishna is like a brightly burning effulgent sun. If you do not deserve, if you don't qualify yourself, how can you remain before this blazing sun? You'll be burned to ashes. First, qualify yourself.
Sep 21 2006 “We Are Always With You”
Our relationship with our spiritual master, our relationship with Krsnaâthese are eternal. We might be in brahmacari-asrama for some time, we might be in grhastha-asrama for some time, and then we may enter vanaprastha-asrama, and in the case of some, sannyasa-asrama. Those are external, and those are part of the gradual process of purification.
Sep 21 2006 “Give More Than You Take”
Our spiritual master said that in this material world a boy naturally desires a girl and a girl naturally desires a boy, and they come together in holy matrimony to make it sacred, and they advance in material prosperity and spiritual prosperity together. I think that is a nice definition of love: âto be concerned about the needs of your beloved.â
Sep 21 2006 6th Annual Rathayatra in Niles, Michigan
We are please to invite you to the 6th Annual Rathayatra festival in Niles, Michigan. Our Rathayatra will be one of the hundred+ floats in the yearly Apple Festival Parade, with thousands of spectators lining the 2-mile parade route.
On the home of the website of Bhaktivedanta Manor we have a link to a PDF file of our monthly Newsletter. Much expense and effort goes into this project and we hope much of the news is universally inspirational.
Sep 21 2006 From Darkness to Light
Krishna had an ecstatic plan for the delight of the devotees. By four pm festival start the sun burst through the clouds, winds died completely, temperatures rose by a good 10 degrees, and hundreds of determined festival goers began pouring through the main gate. Everything returned to total normality just as after seven days Krishna replaced the Govardhan Hill on the ground.
Sep 21 2006 The importance of reading
The purpose of this paper is to both establish the importance of the seva of reading Srila Prabhupada's books as well as understanding the essence of the message in Prabhupada's books which is the performance of devotional service, regardless of one's role or place in society.
Sep 20 2006 Philadelphia Ratha Yatra
Included in the parade will be a Large Garbha dance Ensemble, mounted horsemen and women, lila characters in costume, kirtan chanters and dancers, loving devotees pulling the huge chariot of Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva, Lady Subhadra and Srila Prabhupada. There will also be a children's chariot.
Sep 20 2006 About Sriman Bhakta George Harrison
Did you know that Harrison's Something was actually written about Lord Krishna? George changed he to she in that song so that people would not misunderstand what he was trying to say. Unfortunately I believe it is just taken as a beautiful piece of music. And Here Comes the Sun was George's way of singing about how his meditation on Krishna had cleared up some very dark periods in his life.
In the early days, before I ever met Srila Prabhupada, his letters were vitally instructive and enlightening. In one letter that came to Tamal Krishna Maharaj in Bury Place in 1970, there was an admonition. Tamal had asked, "What is more important, sankirtan, rounds, devotional service, or our health?" Prabhupada answered, "The highest principle is to save yourself"
Here in this world there are thousands of newspapers and magazines reporting the stale, repetitious happenings of this limited space. So for reporting the news of the unlimited spiritual realm, concerning the eternal, ever-fresh Supreme Personality of Godhead, we could publish a newspaper at every second, what to speak of daily
Sep 20 2006 Family Matters
I believe that family life, the grihastha asrama, is a theme of universal interest. Some will get married and some will not, some will have children and some will not. But also those who donât get married and those who have already surpassed this phase of life will greatly benefit by knowing the basic dynamics, the rapport of weights and measures, the values of family life in the Vedic-Vaisnava civilization.
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this file contains the following North American results for the month of August :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 19 2006 KRISHNA BALARAM MANDIR SPECIAL PARIKRAMA
Krsna Balarama Mandir has initiated five Braj Darshan tours for the pleasure of the devotees. Braj Darshan is a regular guided bus tour for devotees who would like a quick tour of Braj.
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
âIs your name Bhaskara?â âYes.â The sannyasi said, âSrila 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, itâs not nice to play tricks on the spiritual master.ââ
Sep 17 2006 Impersonal calamity
Srila Prabhupada didnât say a word. Kirtanananda finally ran down, and Srila Prabhupada asked, âAre you finished now?â 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 donât 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 Prabhupadaâs potent pure achanting. Such are the glories of Gaura-kripa so abundantly flowing from Srila Prabhupadaâs 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 âthe year of the guruâ. one of the 15 related questions of the period asks, âwhich movement, popular in the 60âs and 70âs, was founded in new york by the indian monk Swami Prabhupada?â.
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 â 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 âCongress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions,â 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 enthusiasmâsustained 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.