Gold from a ‘dirty’ place – the football field

Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa dasa

I recently read a letter which was eloquently penned by Bhakti Charu Maharaja which really struck me, so much so, I became inspired to write a few words about it. It struck me for a couple reasons, one the simple essence of Maharaja’s letter being the glorification of other devotees, which is always an inspirational meditation to see in action, one devotee glorifying other devotees. The other aspect that I found equally, if not more eye-catching, was an analogy that Maharaja used.

Invitation to Farm Conference simhacalam 16th, 17th, 18th sept 2014

By Syamasundara das (B.Manor - UK)

The Conference Is open to those who have an interest in or are actually practiced in rural development, agriculture, handicrafts, horticulture, protected dairying, ox draft and other similar topics.

Bona-fide Study Rests The Case; We Fell From Love!

By Patita Pavana das

We will analyze the verses of scripture or statements of our acaryas quoted in the articles on fall-vada, which seem to say souls don’t fall from the Vaikuntha planets

The first Ratha yatra in Surabaya

By Hari Narayana Das

Lord Jagannath is so merciful toward the fallen soul to came and render service to Him. Therefore the Lord gives intelligent to His devotees how to take every chance to distribute His mercy. Devotees in Indonesia especially in Surabaya read the good chance to distribute the Lord mercy by joining the culture parade and flowers festival in celebrating the 721 of Surabaya city birth day on May 4th, 2014.

The Importance Of Compassion In Leaders

By Mark Ficken

(Sean Su/The Daily Northwestern) Radhanath Swami, a world-renowned speaker and social activist, discusses how his experiences affected his views on the roles of leaders within society Tuesday. The event, called “The Power to Lead,” drew about 150 individuals to Harris Hall.

Srila Prabhupada Slokas - Tracing the Unknown

By Hari Parshad Das

Most of us have seen the book named ‘Śrīla Prabhupāda Ślokas’, compiled by The Bhaktivedanta Archives. Many devotees carry this book as a reference for quoting verses that Srila Prabhupada would often like to cite. The sources for most of the quotes in the book have been specified. At the end of the book, however, is a section named ‘Quotes from Unknown Sources’. Here is a small attempt to trace most of those quotes to their original sources:

The Son of the Sun

By Chaitanya Charan das

The Mahabharata is a fascinating book with many of its characters not clearly black or clearly white, but multiple shades of grey. Karna is an intriguing character – virtuous, yet choosing the side of the vicious Kauravas; born as a warrior, but treated lifelong as charioteer’s son; great archer, but defeated and killed in a fight with another great archer. Let’s see where he falls on the spectrum of black to white through a series of question-answers.

Who is “The mother of all padayatras?

By Lokanatha Swami

Padayatra India is often affectionately referred to as “the mother of all padayatras.”This is because it has provided inspiration for devotees and leaders alike since its inception in 1976, and more especially since the phenomenal 1984 walk from Dwaraka to Mayapur. Padayatra India has nurtured and encouraged many devotees to organize walks in their own countries or to eagerly participate in them, making padayatra a worldwide phenomenon. The use of bullock carts has also served as a motivation, particularly in Western countries, where the idea was initially thought to be impractical and impossible.

The opening of a new ToVP office in Mumbai Juhu

By Braj Vilas Das

The office is located above the life membership office and its Grand Opening was celebrated by their presence with a Guru puja to Srila Prabhupada and enthusiastic kirtan of hundreds of resident devotees. This auspicious celebration commenced on sunday morning 27th of April 2014. We thank the leaders of Mumbai yatra for their devotion to the TOVP project and hope to accomplish many fundraising events in the near future in Mumbai.

First time ever Jagannath Rathayatra at Bhavnagar

By Basu Ghosh Das

Bhavnagar is one of the large cities of Gujarat, located in the Southeastern side of the Saurashtra peninsula. Named after it’s founder, Raja (King) Bhavsinhji Gohil, it was founded in 1724.1. Presently Bhavnagar is the sixth largest city in Gujarat, after Ahmedabad, Surat, Baroda (Vadodara), Rajkot and Jamnagar.2 The population of Bhavnagar is six lakhs (6,00,000)3, but unofficially it is probably more.

A Little Background to Guideline 315: Chanting of the Holy Names of Srimati Radharani

By Praghosa dasa

“So our request is. Everyone who is present here. Today is Radhastami. So pray to Radharani. And She is hare, hara. This hare, this word, is Radharani. Hara, Radharani. Radha or hara the same thing. So Hare Krsna. So we are praying to Radharani, “My Mother, Radharani, and Krsna.” Hare Krsna. “O Krsna, O the Lord.” Hare Krsna Hare Krsna, the same thing, repetition. “O Radharani, O Krsna.” “O Radha-Krsna.” “Radhe-Krsna” or “Hare Krsna,” the same thing. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare. Again addressing, “O Krsna, O Krsna, O Radharani.” Hare Rama. The same thing, again. Hare Rama. Rama is also Krsna. Rama is Rama, Rama is Balarama. They are all Krsna. Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. So this repetition of addressing Radha and Krsna or Hare Krsna is to pray, “My dear Lord, the, and the energy, the spiritual energy of the Lord, kindly engage me in Your service.” That’s all. “I am now embarrassed with this material service. Please engage me in Your service.”

Iskcon Devotees Pray For MH370

By ISKCON Kuching

ISKCON has been existing in Malaysia for the past 32 years. The government of Malaysia have been very supportive towards ISKCON in the past years. Despite having a Muslim majority, devotees are allowed to have public Ratha Yatras in this country. Malaysia probably has the most number of Ratha Yatras compared to any other country in the world. More than 30 each year. Devotees from ISKCON Kuching, headed by HG Kripa Sindhu Krishna das joined the bandwagon to pray for MH370 on 18 April 2014. They organised a harinam in Kuching City Center.

Launching the Institute for Spiritual Culture

By Kanupriya Devi Dasi

Devaki Mataji concluded the discussion explaining how materialistic culture promotes envy and competition, whereas spiritual culture promotes care and selfless service to one another. A beautiful plaque for the Institute for Spiritual Culture was unveiled, which was later mounted near the entrance of the Goshala Building, where the Institute is located.

More London Harinam

By Parasuram das

Dhaneswara prabhu (acbsp) author of ‘Spiritual Economics’ joins the Saturday Night Harinam in London. The Harinam started at 1pm and continued till 10pm, with a prasad break at 6pm. Everybody who came on that Harinam felt surcharged, walking on air.

Regulations for Commencing the Service of Diksa-guru in ISKCON

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

“Any person who is seriously desirous of achieving real happiness must seek out a bona fide spiritual master and take shelter of him by initiation. The qualification of a spiritual master is that he must have realized the conclusion of the scriptures by deliberation and arguments and thus be able to convince others of these conclusions. Such great personalities, who have taken complete shelter of the Supreme Godhead, leaving aside all material considerations, are to be understood as bona fide spiritual masters.” (SB 11.3.21 quoted in SB 4.29.55 purport)

Brahmotsava Celebration of Sri Sri Gandharvika Giridhari (with photos)

By Bhakta Bharath

The annual Brahmotsava of Their Lordships Sri Sri Gandharvika Giridhari and Sri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha took off to a colorful start with the Dvaja-arohana (hoisting of the Garuda flag) on Saturday, May 10, 2014. As the festivities and formalities unfolded in the temple, thousands were drawn to the whirl of color and sound emanating from the temple halls of Sri Sri Gandharvika Giridhari and Sri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha.

A New Temple for London!

By Murli Manohara dasa

Our bold request of requiring land in Regents Park is in pursuit of Srila Prabhupada’s instructions to his disciples when he was personally present in London, but we are also taking into consideration that Srila Prabhupada was very pragmatic in his plans to spread Krishna Consciousness. In this regard, Srila Prabhupada was also requesting his disciples to consider other locations in London for a temple should Regents Park not be available. Our New Temple Committee is thus also pursuing this same mood.

The Hare Krsna Maha-mantra Should be the Primary Mantra in all ISKCON Kirtans

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

“In our temple, strictly Hare Krishna chanting should be given more importance. There is no harm in this mantra you have heard, but it is not very important. There are many such common songs composed by common devotees out of sentiment. But our principle is to stick to the authorities, and always remember that Hare Krishna is the prime authorized mantra.” (Letter to Malati Dasi, 28 January 1969); Note: This is for kirtans, but does not apply to bhajans such as Jaya Radha Madhava, Nrsimha prayers, etc.

Get Sets and Go 2014

By ISV Sankirtan Team

We are inviting all the devotees to join together to fulfill Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Centennial disappearance day festival (to be celebrated on June 26, 2014) goal of distributing at least 1500 Srimad Bhagavatam sets and at least 500 Sri Caitanya Caritamrita sets throughout North America this year. We have organized this goal in the spirit of Bhaktivinoda Thakura who sent out books to all parts of the world to spread the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

To the editors of Time Magazine

By Pusta Krishna das

I am presenting this to the readers of Dandavats.com in order to illustrate how misdirected and speculative the attempts of searching for the truth can be when not guided by the genuine spiritual teacher or Acharya. We must be mindful how fortunate we are to have the guidance of Srila Prabhupada in our day to day and even moment to moment spiritual practices. My comments are in relation to the cover article for the April 28, 2014 Time Magazine entitled “Let There Be Dark.”

Only Dead Bodies Stay In Their Houses!

By Gaur Govinda Swami

Krishna says, jivanam sarva- bhutesu - I am the life in all living entities.” If you are not carrying Krishna in you, have you love? You have no life. You are dying at every moment. You are a dead body. You are living but dead. You are breathing like the bellows of a blacksmith. If there is no Krishna in you, what is the value of that life? That man or woman, who has no Krishna in them, is dead.

Fourteen Years of Inspiration at New Vrindaban, May 9th- 11th

By Madhava Smullen

The first annual Festival of Inspiration, held in 2001, quickly lived up to its name. It put New Vrindaban, which had recently rejoined ISKCON, back on the map as an important place of pilgrimage for North American devotees. And it introduced a new breed of festival – the Krishna conscious vacation – now hugely popular in ISKCON. This was the first time that devotees from all over could come to hear dozens of senior teachers speak on a wide variety of spiritual, social and academic topics, from japa, interfaith outreach, and cow protection, to child-rearing, healthy marriages, art, and music.

Sridhar Swami and Mayapur

By Giriraj Swami

When I spoke with him that last time, he was having a good day, and we had one of the best talks I have ever had with anyone in my entire life. We spoke mainly about the Mayapur project and Srila Prabhupada’s mission. It’s really something that I’ll cherish for my whole life—the experience of it and the lessons it contained.

ToVP and Akshaya Tritiya: A good day to give a Golden Brick

By Vraja Vilasa das

Friday, May 2nd, is Akshaya Tritiya, considered to be an extremely auspicious day on the Vedic calendar. It is a day bereft of all inauspiciousness and any endeavors engaged in on this day will have all success. It is totally unnecessary to check the muhurtha (time of day) for any activity undertaken on this day. The word Akshaya means “that which never diminishes”. Whatever services or dana (gifts) offered to the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna or his devotees on this day receives manifold eternal benefits.

Cintamani Dham in Irvine, Kentucky- A Blossoming ISKCON Farm community

By Premvilas das

The farm is 30 minutes from Eastern Kentucky University, in Richmond and within one hour driving distance to Louisville and Lexington. These are the two largest cities and boast the two largest Universities in Kentucky. Cintamani Dham is easily accessible by road or flight or, you can swim right on down the Kentucky River. Why not? True to its name, Cintamani Dham is 250 acres of pure bliss. Nestled in a beautiful valley, surrounded by the Kentucky Appalachian Mountains, the farm possesses natural waterfalls, hiking trails, a wide creek running through it and plenty of natural spring water.

Juvenile crime, Dry asceticism and Oppressive elders represented by Vatsasura

By Shyamananda Dasa

The hordes of demons killed by the Lord during His pastimes on the earthly realm represent the different anarthas we have stock piled in our hearts during our long sojourn in the material world in different species of life. The demon named Vatsasura who took the form of a calf and tried to kill Sri Krishna was killed by the Lord during His boyhood pastimes in Vrndavana. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura in an article titled ‘Vatsaura’ reveals an esoteric meaning of the Lord’s killing of this calf-demon

Sound Systems Guideline

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

The GBC Body hereby encourages ISKCON managers to monitor the levels of the sound systems in use at their centers. The sound system should be adjusted so that it sounds clear, sweet and attractive as opposed to overly loud, distorted or painful. Whenever possible, the sound pressure levels should regularly be measured using sound pressure level meters to make sure that dangerous sound pressure levels are prevented. Such meters are available on mobile devices.

Seed Of Frustration

By Srila Prabhupada

So therefore the real thing is that everything belongs to Krsna. We are artificially enjoying the stolen property. Therefore if you go on enjoying like that, then this frustration will come. But before coming to that frustration, if we return this property to Krsna, then we become happy. So best thing is to return everything to Krsna. This is Krsna consciousness. And you will not be a loser. You will be gainer, just like Bali Maharaja. Actually, if you think, everything belongs to Krsna. Nothing belongs to you. This is maya. Krsna’s property you are thinking, “mine.”

 
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