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Name That Kirtana Tune

As you say, prabhu: “Would one solid hour of one tune only, be boring for modern participants? It is rare today to hear such single-tuned bhajanas”. I was in Radhadesh last January and Madhava (Mauritius / Switzerland) sang the Hare Krishna maha-mantra for 5 hours staying on one tune all the way through. The tempo varied, so sometimes we were up dancing and at other times seated in meditation. Rare, and sweet!

» Posted By Tim On Nov 19, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

We are all Hare Krishnas now, meditation goes mainstream

This is the second newspaper article I’ve read in a few weeks where the author attributes the increase in sattvic-living in the Western world to Hare Krishna. Very perceptive. Maybe less than a majority realise this now, but given a few centuries, it will be in the history books. And it’s all glories to Srila Prabhupada.

» Posted By Tim On Oct 1, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

U.S. Congesswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s 2014 Janmasthami Message

Of all the politicians I’ve ever heard giving Special-day related messages, this has to be the best ever, easily!

» Posted By Tim On Aug 18, 2014 @ 11:43 pm

After the laughter? Reflections on Robbin Williams’ suicide

Krishna devotees have an explanation for everything. If I was reading a newspaper commenting on this unfortunate story of the suicide of Mr. Williams I can imagine the article writer fumbling around trying to explain the “why”: they’d mostly side-step or ignore it.

» Posted By Tim On Aug 18, 2014 @ 11:29 pm

The Return of a Cult Classic—Hare Krishnas are Back

Very perceptive of the author to credit ISKCON – and thus Srila Prabhupada – with the general rise in sattvic living over the past few decades.

» Posted By Tim On May 21, 2014 @ 7:47 am

A New Temple for London!

Prabhu, I wonder would you be stressing to the city council that a proposed temple in this park would be – from their point of view – a beautiful tourist attraction? London is competing with New York, Paris, etc as being the world’s top cities, and you want to help them keep London in front.
Plus if the proposed building was strikingly unique (for example, the Sydney Opera House is strikingly unique) that may help to sway them in favour. A wild idea, but if you could mix a Stonehenge native-looking arrangement with a Vedic temple – or just do something no one has ever done before, they may take interest. Plus, in delicately chosen words, if you were ever to hint that the British Empire in India accumulated some bad karma in the sense of taking wealth that wasn’t theirs, but that this temple would be a due return to Mother India and Vedic Culture. But that’s a delicate area!!

» Posted By Tim On May 22, 2014 @ 10:42 pm

Opportunity position for our Govinda restaurants in Dublin, Ireland.

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…

» Posted By Tim On Dec 17, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

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!!

» Posted By Tim On Dec 17, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

Who Is This Ramo?

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 :-)

» Posted By Tim On Oct 15, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

Should a Spiritual Person be preaching from the Podium of a Political Party?

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.

» Posted By Tim On Mar 29, 2013 @ 4:19 am

Under Starters Orders – And They’re Off (the Menu)

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

» Posted By Tim On Feb 20, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

World Food Day – How about a new perspective?

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.

ys Tim

p.s. and thank you very much Priyavrata prabhu for the service and the article

» Posted By Tim On Oct 24, 2012 @ 11:42 am

Yoga Teacher Training: October 8-17, 2010 — Goloka Dham, Germany

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.

Tim McEvitt


» Posted By Tim On Aug 12, 2010 @ 4:24 am

Serpents be Damned! Addressing ISKCON Concerns About My New Kirtan Book

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 :-)



» Posted By Tim On Aug 22, 2008 @ 8:48 am

Very nice explanation, Satyaraja prabhu.

I liked this bit the most:

“We should remember that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is svarat (“independent”), 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, He’ll work with them — 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 doesn’t necessarily constitute spiritual authenticity, and that’s certainly true. But meager results don’t 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

your servant

Tim McEvitt


» Posted By Tim On Aug 21, 2008 @ 8:25 am

Latest 3D Animation Model of the Vedic Planetarium Temple

Hare Krishna prabhus,

When I saw the new design first I thought: ‘Oh my God, what are they doing?’ Why not a smaller version of Padasevanam’s 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 it’s 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 wasn’t there. So our new temple in Mayapur will be different, because of Lord Chaitanya, Srila Prabhupada and the devotees.

» Posted By Tim On Aug 1, 2008 @ 6:04 pm

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