This is an extract from a class on Srimad Bhagavatam recorded on the 11th of July 1993 in London, UK. Gour Govinda Swami sings these prayers before every Srimad Bhagavatam class and here he gives a nice explanation of what they mean and why he sings them....
Hankering after the lotus feet of the Lord.
(1.11.25-26) The inhabitants of Dvārakā were regularly accustomed to look upon Lord Kṛṣṇa, yet they were never satiated. His lotus feet are the refuge of pure devotees who never talk or sing of any subject except His Lordship.
In God’s Name: A Day in the Life of the Hare Krishnas (video)
Kurma Dasa: A time capsule of life in the Hare Krishna temple in Sydney, Australia in 1973. Classic footage by filmmaker William Kerr.
What Is The Importance Of Spiritual Master By HH Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami (video)
Krishna doesn’t promise a stormless sea – he provides an unsinkable ship (Based on Gita 18.58)...
What is the greatest gift that can be given? (video)
Talk given my HH Devamrita Swami on what is the greatest gift that can be given? Including a discussion about Lord Chaitanya’s external potency.
Sri Sri Radha Madhava’s Jhulan Yatra Festival Starts in 2 Days in Sri Dhama Mayapur on July 30th, 2020
Srimad Bhagavatam class by HH Badrinarayan Swami in San Diego, Ca...
After Akrura was instructed by the evil king, Kamsa, to bring Krishna and Balaram from Vrindavan to Mathura, he boarded his chariot. Along the journey, Akrura struggled to fathom the good fortune that had befallen him. He was about to see the object of his meditation, the essence of his life - Krishna and Balaram. As his chariot rode along, inching closer and closer to Vrindavan, he thought of seeing the beautiful forms of Krishna and Balaram. He thought of Krishna’s face and His enchanting smile framed by His captivating reddish lips. He thought of ...
Losing our Chanting Beads
Since last few months I have come across devotees who have lost their chanting beads. If this in itself was not bad enough, then what was even more painful for them was that in all the cases, save one, their spiritual master declined to chant again on new chanting beads.
How to Get Through Tests.
All of us will encounter tests on our way. Once Indradyumna Maharaja told me a pertinent story: many years ago Maharaja was on sankirtana with a group of brahmacaris. They were planning to sing in the streets of Paris. It was a particularly difficult day: first the petrol in the car ran out in the middle of the highway. After they solved this problem by walking to the nearest gas station to bring more fuel, they continued to drive until one of the tires punctured. Finally, after a mechanic repaired the tire, they arrived in P...
From Cyndi Lauper’s memoirs. (Cyndi Lauper, is an American singer, songwriter, actress and activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years with over 50 million albums and 20 million singles sold)
“I left home at 17. I took a paper bag with a toothbrush, a change of underwear, an apple, and a copy of Yoko Ono’s book Grapefruit. .. The situation with my stepfather was impossible. .. When I moved in with my sister and Wha in Valley Stream, we learned where we could work and eat. Like you could go to the Hare Krishna temple and if you cle...
The knowledge of the arrogant defeats the purpose of knowledge
Chaitanya Charan das: “The arrogance of the wicked increases on studying scripture, which is actually meant to remove arrogance, just as the darkness owls experience increases with the rising of the sun, which is actually meant to remove darkness.”
Duties [dharma] executed by men, regardless of occupation, are only so much useless labor if they do not provoke attraction for the message of the Supreme Lord.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.2.8)
Srimad Bhagavatam class by H.H. Hanumat Presaka Swami at ISKCON Vrindavan.
REVIVAL OF NATURAL RESPECT
According to Vedic culture, “protection to the cows, to the women, the brahmanas, the children and old folks is elementary” (SB 1.16.21). In order to implement protection, a modicum of respect must exist.
Contradictory views in scriptures about Lord’s nature & the way to understand it! (video)
Lecture by HH Bhanu Swami at Iskcon Chennai.
14 Krishna Conscious Affirmations with Evidence.
How could your life change if you choose to think this way?
1. My human life is sacred and I am responsible to honor it in that way.
“The human body, which can award all benefit in life, is automatically obtained by the laws of nature, although it is a very rare achievement. This human body can be compared to a perfectly constructed boat having the spiritual master as the captain and the instructions of the Personality of Godhead as favorable winds impelling it on its course. Considering...
“The Hare Krishna Maha-mantra: Our Ultimate Benefactor” (Back to Godhead, Vol. 53, No. 2)
Satyaraja Das: “‘Hare’ can refer to both Hari, or Krishna, the Supreme Lord, and Radha, known as Mother Hara. When perceived in the latter sense, common in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, it is an address to God’s energy, specifically His spiritual pleasure potency (hladini-shakti), who is also known as His female manifestation: Radhika. The word hari also means “thief.” In relation to Radha and Krishna, it refers ...
The following is a chapter from Modern Culture–a Dangerous Experiment by DAYANANDA DAS ADHIKARY.
This section discusses human greed as the root cause of environmental disasters. Many consider the problem to be systemic, and they advocate changing fundamental values to those that would provide genuine reverence toward nature.
The solution presented in this book is to adopt the essential values and practices of Vaishnava culture, specifically those related to yajna.