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The people in the photo are queueing up to get their prasade! The police are there as tensions are rising in the rush for the curd subji…
Comment Posted By Tim On 17.12.2013 @ 17:42
Dublin city centre has an ISKCON Centre with a Sunday programme, plus a Tuesday evening kirtan night, plus other activities, including readings, talks and donation-based yoga - so there’s some sadhana and social life available! There’s a harinam on Saturday evenings.
Ireland is number one for quality of life in the world! It must be true, as it says so in Wikipedia!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quality-of-life_Index
Comment Posted By Tim On 17.12.2013 @ 17:38
I appreciated this article as I’ve been singing ‘Ramo’ for years without thinking about it. I had never heard the point discussed before. Hopefully it will register. At the same time I appreciate the point that essentially Krishna wants to see our motivation. We were already familiar with a word like Ramo: Rambo!! I guess the conditioned soul is wandering around thinking he’s some kind of cool hero. Just joking here :-)
Comment Posted By Tim On 15.10.2013 @ 12:22
Thank you Indradyumna Maharaja. This question / doubt is very well answered. It is to the credit of this ANC party that they have you there sharing Vedic wisdom. All political parties in the world would be improved by hearing from Krishna’s devotees. All political gatherings in the world would be better with talks from Krishna’s devotees and kirtan with Krishna’s devotees.
Comment Posted By Tim On 29.03.2013 @ 04:19
I had an Aunt in Dublin also, prabhu, who followed three regulative principles all her life - and was satisfied with this also (she kindly gave her motherliness to me) - the problem area being eating meat. But I have a feeling, or a hope, that as Frances was getting older she stopped eating that also, as she hardly ate anything and went down to being 30kgs in weight - as she had heard that it’s not a good thing to do. The three Govinda’s restaurants in Dublin are a help for the people there to get information and experience of a better way. And the ISKCON centre in the city also teaches the right way, all thanks to Srila Prabhupada, ys T
Comment Posted By Tim On 20.02.2013 @ 23:56
A billion meals a year, and ten times more than the UN, are very impressive figures. Most other religious groups or organizations would be promoting this information much more. That is, I notice several Hindu-related groups that do smaller-scale food distribution programmes more heavily promoting that they do this. I guess many of us are collectively embarrassed by the promotion abuses and fund-raising abuses of the 1980’s and 1990’s, and therefore we’ve taken a step back in many places with promoting Food for Life. Hopefully things will balance out again.
p.s. and thank you very much Priyavrata prabhu for the service and the article
Comment Posted By Tim On 24.10.2012 @ 11:42
I did the Atma Yoga course with Atmananda prabhu in 2006 and I recommend this course. Our business ‘Lake Isle Retreats’ uses Atma Yoga regularly. Teaching yoga is a pleasant way to relate with people in general - you can easily integrate some kirtan chanting (especially if you can sing with a harmonium) and you can give your yoga students the occasional mini-story from the Bhagavatam, or teach them the meaning of some Sanskrit terms related to Vedic philosophy.
Comment Posted By Tim On 12.08.2010 @ 04:24
I was talking with Praghosa prabhu last night and he’s inspired me (indirectly) to add on to my comment from yesterday.
Satyaraja prabhu pointed out about certain famous kirtan singers able to pack large halls full of appreciative chanters and listeners. I commented that it’s a pity ISKCON devotees haven’t been faster to do similar feats. Well, (1) it’s fairly easy to point out when people / devotees don’t succeed, and (2) it’s not dreadfully productive to do so.
Although when I was commenting about our communal lethargy I was including myself as well, I now consider it (based on what I’ve picked up from Vaishnavas over the years) more accurate to ask the devotees for inspiration that I can somehow assist in the mission of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Chaitanya to further the sharing of harinam sankirtan on our little island of Ireland, where many out of 6 million people would be very happy to become more involved in the mercy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
And my good lucks to everybody everywhere else in assisting your own neighbours involvement with and appreciation of Sankirtan :-)
Comment Posted By Tim On 22.08.2008 @ 08:48
Very nice explanation, Satyaraja prabhu.
I liked this bit the most:
“We should remember that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is svarat (âindependentâ), and He will spread the chanting of Hare Krishna with or without us. If well-meaning chanters from outside His tradition show some enthusiasm for spreading the holy name, Heâll work with them â such people can easily become His instruments. And they have. They chant to audiences of thousands, filling concert halls and selling CDs in astronomical numbers. As Prabhupada often told us, you can judge something by the results. One might argue that material success doesnât necessarily constitute spiritual authenticity, and thatâs certainly true. But meager results donât constitute such authenticity, either”
ISKCON devotees could have already done what Krishna Das etc have done, but through a combination of lethargy, fanaticism and embarrassment on the cult-recovery programme, we have been slow to catch on.
But, better late than never!! Your book is an inspiration for positive action
Comment Posted By Tim On 21.08.2008 @ 08:25
Hare Krishna prabhus,
When I saw the new design first I thought: âOh my God, what are they doing?â Why not a smaller version of Padasevanamâs design (the best) if that would be too big and expensive to build?
But, in time, I figured the devotees working on it have their reasons, so I looked at the new design again. Well, it is majestic and nice. When the Eiffel Tower in Paris was built first everyone was complaining , but now itâs the main attraction there. Of course, this new design is a lot nicer than the Eiffel Tower! And regarding the argument that it looks too Western - as we can see the design concept is similar to what we are familiar with ancient Greek and Roman buildings. But we know where the Greeks and Romans got their ideas from - do we not?!
The principle activity in the building will be harinam sankirtan and pure devotion to Krishna. So it will be a living and exciting place that the building itself will only be existing to house. There is an impressive (the building, that is) Vedic temple of the Swami Narayana Mission in London. But when I went there once I saw a lot of stone, for I felt the life and purity of ISKCON wasnât there. So our new temple in Mayapur will be different, because of Lord Chaitanya, Srila Prabhupada and the devotees.
Comment Posted By Tim On 01.08.2008 @ 18:04