The Heart of Bhakti.
Sacinandana Swami: When we start our devotional practices it is possible to keep them up for a while out of a sense of duty. For a while it is possible to practice devotional service mechanically out of a sense of “I have to do this.” But in the end we are not machines! We cannot practice for a long time, if we only do it mechanically, and not experience the taste of it. We can only continue steadily if we get a genuine taste for it - the sweet and relishable taste of bhakti.
Just because we have drunk a sip of poison doesn’t mean we have to drink the whole cup (Based on Gita 09.30)...
Is the concept of “Sustainable Development” a lie? (4 min. video)
Those committed to industrial-commercial development of natural areas see this development as inherently progressive. Those committed to the integrity of the natural world and their indigenous peoples see this development as degradation since the intrusion of the human into the life systems of the planet has already gone beyond any acceptable limits.
The permanent situation of the form of the living entity after he gives up the changeable gross and subtle material bodies (playlist)...
How to see God face to face (video)
Srimad Bhagavatam Class by HG.Pankajanghri Prabhu.
HG Dhananjaya prabhu, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and pioneer of the Krishna consciousness movement in many countries, has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with coronavirus symptoms. Please send Dhananjaya prabhu prayers for his well being and speedy recovery...
Please pray for Her Grace Payasvini Devi Dasi ACBSP who is actively making her transition from this world.
Iskcon Trivandrum: Dear Mahatman!
The most panicking pandemic is around our doorstep killing thousands. We were wondering about how we could help the society along with our prayers.
Right at the moment, our police friends explained their challenging situations. Long hours in hot sun without proper food and water supplies… And risks involved in handling situations which can end in health hazard.
They requested us to supply lunch and dinner for the next twenty days. We have agreed with prayers in h...
Cows and goodness.
Ananda Vrindavaneswari: When I was young we spent time at our aunt’s farm in the south of Ireland. She had 5 milking cows, all had names, and when she sat and milked them in the morning and evening, great conversations would be had. With the cows that is.
Sutapa Das: Govardhana is enchanting… and simultaneously educational. At every turn there is a lesson to learn. While pacing the peaceful perimeter path yesterday, a street vendor suddenly announced: “Monkey seva! Monkey seva!” It was an invitation to feed the mischief-making monkeys that had congregated. “Monkey seva is my thing” I thought, “I’ve been feeding this monkey-like mind for lifetimes!” Some nuts for our furry friends today, but the inner monkey has to diet. Walking a little furt...
I SEE YOU IN THE SKY!
“I would believe only in a God that knew how to dance.” - Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
A few days ago, I went for a long walk with a very dear friend. We were so absorbed in our talks that we forgot the time. All of a sudden, we found ourselves surrounded by the pitch-black night.
A recent hurricane had torn off the branches of many timeworn trees and uprooted numerous others, leaving us an ominous path back home. Fortunately, my friend had a mobile phone with torchlight function, and our eyes we...
The Habit Trap.
Dhirasanta Das Goswami: A village was once attacked by wild boars.
Every day the wild boars would enter to rampage the food supplies of the village. The villagers tried various means to fight and chase away the wild boars but without much success.
About the virus emergency by HH Jayapataka Swami - from Sri Mayapur (24 March 2020)
“But first I would like to explain something about the present situation.
Here in Mayapur, and in the whole of West Bengal the government sent a notice out that until the 27th March, everybody has to stay indoors, and the only reason you to go out is to go outside is if you have to go to hospital or to buy vegetables and so on. We want devotees to chant Hare Krsna, from their verandahs, from the bal...
Srimad Bhagavatam Class by HH Bhakti Vighna Vinasa Narasimha Swami , Sri Dham Mayapur March 25, 2020 (video)...
PLEASE PRAY FOR JAIRAMA PRABHU. I am deeply sorry to inform you that Jairama prabhu (aged 78) from Paris (initiated by me 6 years ago), is at present in hospital in Paris with Covid 19, and the doctors say there is nothing they can do for him - within hours he may pass away....
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Sutapa das: You can’t solve problems with the same type of thinking that created them. Let’s bathe in wisdom that stands beyond space and time. Let’s become inspired by the bigger picture. Let’s enter a different world, separate from the chaos that surrounds us. Let’s use this time to build up spiritual assets. Let’s reside in sacred space… endowed with the vision of eternity. Let’s make Srimad-Bhagavatam our constant companion.
We are the Most Fortunate! (6 min. video)
Mahatma Das: One of the big obstacles to chanting good japa is a lack of appreciation of our good fortune. It is so rare that Mahaprabhu appears in this particular incarnation to give the premanama that we are among the most fortunate souls in the universe. Why? The holy name can take us from the lowest position of material existence to the highest position of spiritual perfection, and we don’t require any qualification to chant the maha-mantra. If we remember this, then while we chant our rounds we will...
Story of Bhagavat Premi Narsinh Mehta.
[Reference: His Holiness Gour Govinda Swami lecture on 13 March 1995 at Gadeigiri, Orissa and Sri Krishna Kathamrita Bindu magazine issue#286]
We often tell the recent story of Narsinh Mehta. He was a dear devotee of Krishna, krishna-premi-bhakta, always thinking of Krishna. He never thought of anything else. Narsinh Mehta was a very poor Brahmin. He had a family, wife and children - so many daughters. Having no wealth, he was going out and begging alms. He led a poor life, just barely maintaining himself an...
Deity worship by Vaishnavis.
Srila Prabhupada’s letter to Amsu das on 13 August 1974:
“Regarding the worship of our Gaura Nitai by women pujaris, we worship Lord Chaitanya in His householder life when He was with His wife, and not as a sannyasi. So, it is alright for women to do this service. But, besides this, service is spiritual and there can be no material designation. In Bhagavad-gita it is stated by Lord Krsna: striyo vaisyas tatha sudras te’pi yanti param gatim. The principle is that everyone who is properly initiated and...