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Govardhan Retreat: concluding words and the video of the wonderful drama presentation

Hare Krsna! The entire drama has been posted - nine scenes total. Enjoy! http://www.radharani.com/radha%20kunda_024.htm

Comment Posted By Campaka On 10.12.2011 @ 13:04

Live From Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir! HG Urmila Mataji

Dear Bhadra Govinda Prabhu,

Thank you very much for your post. You describe how you encourage both women and children to preach and how even the senior Vaishnavas, what to speak of others find it enlivening to hear from them. I too had many opportunities as a gurukula student to speak in the temple, yes sometimes even from the Bhagavatam class asana. I felt enlivened and encouraged that my elders were happy to hear from me, whatever little I may have said.

This was Srila Prabhupada’s mood as well, to welcome and encourage all to preach from their realization regardless of their body or seniority.

Please, dear Vaishnavas, please, let us imbibe this mood of love and welcome to all.

Thank you again, Bhadra Govinda Prabhu!

Your servant,
Campakalata devi dasi

Comment Posted By Campaka On 21.05.2011 @ 06:30

Dear Krishna-Kirti Prabhu,

I agree with you that much can be learned from serious Catholics… or any other aspiring devotees for that matter, whether they be Jewish, Christian or Muslim… or Vaishnava. My friend Dwija is serious Catholic who is hoping to find welcome for her children at church in the same way that we Hare Krsna mothers are hoping to find welcome for our children in our temples. I wasn’t touting her as anything else but that, a friend and a mother in the Catholic faith. I felt inspired reading her blog and I hope that some devotees who are following this thread may feel the same way. It’s so important that we have a mood of welcoming towards mothers and children. That was one of the major themes of Mother Urmila’s class and for myself, having grown up attending the temple morning program daily and now as a mother, it’s important to me that our society has a welcoming mood towards children.

Your servant,
Campakalata devi dasi

Comment Posted By Campaka On 21.05.2011 @ 01:15

Dear Vaishnavas and Vaishnavis,

I wanted to draw your attention to a blog post by a friend of mine which complements and expands on the subject of Mother Urmila’s class. I attended gurukula with the blog’s author, Dwija, for much of my childhood. She is a practicing Catholic and a mother of four children who she is trying to raise in a wholesome God conscious way. She aptly describes a mother’s need for a welcoming, loving environment at the temple (or church). I hope you appreciate her blog as much as I did. http://houseunseen.blogspot.com/2011/05/pro-life-means-pro-child.html

Please dear devotees, let’s extend a warm welcome to all jivas regardless of their bodies. Be kind to mothers and their children. These children are our hope for a better world.

Your servant,
Campakalata devi dasi

Comment Posted By Campaka On 19.05.2011 @ 08:29

New Raman Reti School Newsletter - October 2008

Wow, this newsletter is so inspiring! All glories to the teachers and parents who are creating a loving haven in which to pamper the Bhakti creepers of these most fortunate children. It makes me want to be a kid again. Once isn’t enough! I want to go to gurukula again!!!

Praying to be of service to the Vaishnavas,
Campakalata devi dasi

Comment Posted By Campaka On 09.10.2008 @ 19:30

A perfect Christmas or New Years gift of prasadam, discounted for the Holidays

What a great Christmas gift idea! These bars are especially tasty besides being very nutritious and… prasadam! :P

Comment Posted By Campaka On 15.12.2007 @ 05:59

Nirguna prabhu gets his invitation

Giri Govardhana Maharaja!!! He is sooo merciful! Thank you so much, Hari Sauri Prabhu, for this story.

Nirguna Prabhu is one of my many heroes. I got to know him some years ago when I was still quite young and he was recuperating from a serious car accident in North Carolina. At the time, I was deeply moved by his jolly enthusiasm, positive outlook, and total dependence on Krsna during a painful and difficult time.

And to hear how Giriraja has invited him home!!! … I’m overwhelmed beyond words. The flood of mercy is there ready to swirl about us, tripping us up from our ’secure’ status in this world of fallible soldiers, and suck us forcefully into its embrace. Nirguna Prabhu not only enveloped himself in that inundation of loving mercy, but he made a concerted effort through book distribution and his sweet interactions with all to take the rest of us with him. Nirguna Prabhu ki, Jaya!!! Thank you, Nirguna, for your shining example and compassionate love for all of us jiva souls. Please please please put in a word to Giri Govardhana for me. Offering you my most humble obeisances and begging to be of service,

Campakalata devi dasi

Comment Posted By Campaka On 09.11.2007 @ 01:12

Understanding and accepting that there is spiritual hierarchy

Narottama Prabhu, thank you for your many thought-provoking points. You are absolutely right. Devotional service is about dovetailing our psychophysical natures in Krsna’s service. Everyone should be encouraged in whatever capacity he or she wants to serve.

My real purpose in commenting was to show appreciation for HG Romapada Swami’s preaching. I feel that he has been a transparent via media effectively representing Srila Prabhupada’s mood. He answered the question with flawless reasoning based entirely on Prabhupada’s books and yet with the loving compassion that Srila Prabhupada communicated both through his books and example. Srila Prabhupada was rigid in terms of absolute truths and ideals, but flexible when it came to inspiring and motivating individuals.

The point is to encourage people to chant the Holy Name and serve Prabhupada’s mission in any way they can.

Your servant,
Campakalata devi dasi

Comment Posted By Campaka On 14.12.2006 @ 17:20

Narottama Prabhu makes a compelling point. Most would agree that modern woman has proven herself capable in most, if not all areas traditionally dominated by males. But at what cost? Family, the most basic, quintessential building block of a smoothly functioning society has deteriorated rapidly since women turned their attention away from the home. Granted, a woman can do it all as well as (or perhaps better than) a man. But is that really a legitimate reason for a woman to pursue a career over and above her duties at home?

Lord Sri Krsna says in the Bhagavad-Gita, 2.47: “It is better to engage in one’s own occupation, even though one may perform it imperfectly, than to accept another’s occupation and perform it perfectly. Duties prescribed according to one’s nature are never affected by sinful reactions.”

And this is where the attitude of service really comes into play. We are obligated to perform our given duty for the sake of peace and harmony in society even if we feel more inclined to do the duty of another. That is what service is all about - doing what is right as opposed to what feels good.

I have yet to hear a person complain of insecurities relating to a mother who stayed home making her husband and children a priority over all other pursuits whereas it is quite common that children of career-oriented women struggle with anger and abandonment issues for most of their lives.

Naturally, the topic of dharma and duty is never cut and dry. Every situation has its particulars and nuances. And that’s where a living guru whether siksa or diksa is very important. A bonafide guru can help a woman decide what her duties are depending on her particular circumstances.

And as always, an attitude of service is the key.

Your servant,
Campakalata devi dasi

Comment Posted By Campaka On 13.12.2006 @ 16:07

Wow. Thank you for that glimpse into the spiritual world. Your answer is so incredibly sweet. Thanks also to the devotees who have left comments so far.

Service… that is the key. Indescribable joy is achieved through such a relationship. Since my childhood as a daughter of ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada’s instuctions relating to duties for and relationships between various peoples in a functional spiritual society have only been confirmed by my attempts to follow those instructions. Service… it all comes down to an attitude of service, or better yet… an intense craving to be a servant of the servant… the *need* to be ‘taken’ by Krsna and ‘used’ for His pleasure.

“I know no one but Krsna as my Lord, and He shall remain so even if He handles Me roughly by His embrace or makes Me brokenhearted by not being present before Me. He is completely free to do anything and everything, for He is always My worshipful Lord, unconditionally.”

-Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Imagine! Krsna is desiring to become a servant of Himself! Why? Because, it’s the most wonderful place to be. Servant of the servant of the servant…

Comment Posted By Campaka On 10.12.2006 @ 18:08

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