The Way of the Material Mind.
Most of the people try to derive pleasure by indulging in gossiping about other people, but let’s see what Socrates says about this:
Krishna as Supersoul- our friend within.
As aspiring devotees, many a times, we feel alone, sometimes even helpless. We, however, forget that Krishna as Supersoul is always with us. Due to our ignorance and dull consciousness we may not be able to see Krishna’s hand in our journey towards Him but He is very much with us. We may not be able to appreciate and value how Krishna, as Supersoul sitting in our heart, is inspiring us to progress towards Him at every stage in our Krishna consciousness journey. Supersoul plays a very important role in the...
Iskcon temple resurrected after devastation from the earthquake (Album of photos)
A visit to ISKCON Christchurch, New Zealand.
Ramai Swami: It’s always nice visiting our temple in Christchurch. It’s been around 3 years since it opened after the devastating earthquake destroyed the previous one. The deities of Sri Nitai Gauracandra are beautiful as ever and the devotees enthusiastic.
First Ratha Yatra Festival in Surfers Paradise, Australia (Album of photos)
Morning Class SB 4.27.22 HG Atul Krishna Prabhu - 17 January 2020 in Melbourne (video)
When a bum named Robert knocked on the door of the New York temple (10 min. video)
Hamsarupa Prabhu narrates the story of his encounter with this stinking and dirty bum who turned out to have seen and served Srila Prabhupada in New York before anybody else!
Dealing with aggression and anger.
Kadamba Kanana Swami: This is dependant on the seriousness of one’s anger and aggression. If it is very serious, then the person may need counseling. Krsna consciousness cannot resolve psychiatric or psychological problems. By chanting the Hare Krsna Mahamantra, one becomes purified, and eventually, both psychological and psychiatric problems can disappear. But it is important to remember however that people who are intensely affected by such problems, whether it be anger or depression or something else that fa...
Bhagavad-gita as a “Habit-changing Treatise” (video)
A recent seminar by HG Braja Bihari Prabhu at Iskcon Naperville Temple.
A few thoughts
• “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” Mark Twain
• “Good habits are worth being fanatical about”
• “Everything you are used to, once done long enough, starts to seem natural, even though it might not be,’
After some time, Lord Nityananda was approached by Madhai, where he said that “My Lord, You’ve pardoned me, You’ve given me Your mercy, but I am haunted by the idea that with my hand, I have struck You and I have caused You to bleed. And I am just obsessed with this thought that I have committed this offence to You and how can I actually be forgiven. Even though You’ve pardoned me officially, still I was thinking that I am so rotten, I am so fallen, I am so envious that I could have done such a thing.
Keepers Of The Flame Of Bhakti.
Karnamrita Dasa: KEEPERS OF THE FLAME: Although this expression is most often used by our Christian brothers and sisters, I totally relate to its exclamation in relationship to what or who I am, or at least, aspire to be: A Keeper of the Flame of Bhakti, or A Keeper of the Flame of Spirituality. Personally, I see this as a responsibility for all followers of Shri Chaitanya and those who represent him. I visualize a flame burning brightly in my heart, or raising a torch in my hand to dispel darkness. To me, this is inspi...
Can Sexuality Be Spiritual?
Principles of Freedom - By Rukmini Devi Dasi.
“What’s the big deal about sex?” asked a student, “Why does religion demonize what seems to be a natural human expression? How can we expect the world to imbibe such a restrictive philosophy? Is it not harmful to our physical and psychological development if we exert such repression? Is sex not a spiritual experience?” A Bhakti Yoga session at university can sometimes feel like a battlefield. Our theme for the month, “Spirituality and Sexu...
BB Govinda Swami: Gopa Kumara asked “How can I chant with pure love?” And they said “Well, if you want to chant with love you must know the Srimad Bhagavatam.” This shows that basically Gopa Kumara had traveled through all the levels of the material cosmos. He had even been Brahma but still he has not been scientifically trained in the science of loving Krishna. We can imagine he was even Brahma. But he did not understand the science of Krishna. He even went to Brahman by the power of his chanting but still he didn’t know how t...
Ujjain Global Retreat & Srila Prabhupada Memorial Festival (video)
ISKCON’s Youth - Young Talents Aiding Growth. Seminar by HH Bhakti Charu Swami.
One on One with Vijaya Prabhu (24 min. video)
We were honored to be sitting with His Grace Vijaya Prabhu, the famous ISKCON book distributor, and hear his experience regarding life, book distribution and devotion. This One on One interview was shot at ISKCON Sydney Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir.
Everybody is dying. But don’t worry, you won’t die, is just “them” (video)
We are not this body, but still so much attached to possessions, relatives, reputation, social positions, friendship, love. And no time for God and spiritual life.
Now is the time to prepare!
The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust is very happy to announce the release of a new website, www.bbt.info, your ultimate guide for all things BBT. Visit this website to learn more about BBT, its mission, organization, and governance, the unique relationship between BBT and ISKCON, and more....
Cow protection - interview (audio)
HH Krishna Ksetra Swami: Here’s an interview I gave a few days ago on NewBooksNetwork about “Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics”
What does cow care in India have to offer modern Western discourse on animal ethics? Why are cows treated with such reverence in the Indian context? Join us as we speak to Kenneth R. Valpey about his new book Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Valpey discusses his methodological odyssey looking at ancient H...
Do you remember me?
I was distributing in Byron Bay, Australia. When I approached a man, he asked, “Do you remember me?” “No, sorry, I don’t.” “Three years ago, you gave me the Bhagavad-gita, and I gave you a donation.
I thought it might help me through my troubled times. I had lost my business and my family, so I was drinking a lot. Basically I wanted to drink myself to death. Miserable.
Srimad Bhagavatam class by HH Prabodhananda Saraswati Swami in ISKCON Vrindavan, Jan. 16, 20....
HG Satyasena prabhu ACBSP left the mortal world yesterday evening in Belgaum (India). By Krishna’s mercy, just before leaving the body, he was in the temple - all good, chanting, listening class and all of a sudden he left!
He left his body in Uttarayan (Makar Sankranti was just the day before yesterday) in the temple – while chanting, listening katha in the association of devotees, his family was there, HH Bhakti RasamritaSwami was also there - so surely he has gone back to his eternal service for h...
The Eagle, The Fish & The Mystic Creatures in Bhakti.
By Shaunaka Muni Das.
Is it a bird-like plane? No! Is it a bird-like Superman? No, not quite! It’s Garuda! The eagle carrier of Lord Vishnu! He is certainly not just any eagle but a gigantic golden eagle, a hero of considerable strength, and devotion to God.