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Hare KrishnaBy Srila Prabhupada

Brahmasayujya and Krsna lila-both may be possible, but when you are coming down from brahmasayujya or when you are coming down from Krsna lila, that remains a mystery. But at the present moment we are in Maya's clutches, so at present our only hope is to become Krsna conscious and go back to home, back to Godhead. The real position is servant of Krsna, and servant of Krsna means in Krsna lila. Directly or indirectly, always we are serving Krsna's lila. Even in dream. Just like we cannot go out of the sun when it is daytime, so where is the chance of going out of Krsna lila? The cloud may be there, it may become very ...

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If Srila Prabhupada visited you…

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Laxmimoni Devi Dasi

If Srila Prabhupada visited you, Maybe just for a day or two, and came by unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do. Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room, To such an honored guest, And all the food you’d offer, Would be the very best. And you would keep assuring him, You’re glad to have him there, That serving him within your home, Is a joy beyond compare. BUT If you saw him coming, Would you meet him at the door, With arms outstretched to welcome, This honored visitor?

Hare KrishnaBy Rasanand Das

As conditioned souls within this material world, people who are averse to God, lament and aggrieved when they suffer but devotees of the Lord worships him with full faith and devotion and take these sufferings as gifts of the Lord and they understand that these sufferings are temporary and external. Sufferings are gifts of the Lord for a devotee, which apparently seems bitter but in reality its blessings of the Lord. Queen Kunti prays to the Lord in Srimad Bhagavatam (1.8.25) as: I wish that all those calamities would happen again and again so that we could see You again and again, for seeing You means that we will no longer see repeated births and deaths.

ISKCON One Family

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Deva Darshan Das

Sharing wisdom and ideas on a forum are great but going on site and making things happen is even better. My point is, I believe successful congregational leaders should make themselves more accessible to Leaders from struggling countries. We cannot only unite during the Mayapur festival or when we need to sign petitions to avoid temples closing down. I am not saying create a mess. Of course, there should be discipline and everything has to be done under the Local authority… but none of our temple deserves to be the weakest link…Shouldering each others during difficult times brings solace in the heart and enthuse close relationship.

Hare KrishnaBy Arjuna Krishna dasa

Both Rama Laksman prabhu, Director for IDVM Secretariat located in Sri Mayapur along with Arjuna Krsna prabhu, Co-Director for IDVM Department of Education undertook an extensive tour to various ISKCON rural projects in India. Their travels took them to Nilachal Dham, a new project under ISKCON Juhu temple close to Mumbai in Maharashtra, Nandagram Farm in Gujarat, Pathmeda on the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Panchavati in Tamil Nadu, close to Salem, Venu Madhuri in Maharashtra, Govardhan Eco Village in Maharashtra, a project run under the ISKCON Chowpatty temple and last to Gokul Dham near Belgaum in Northern Karnataka.

Hare KrishnaBy Indresh Das

Bhaktimarga Swami was trying to keep up with the hugs and coin giveaway, and the all of us were just astounded with the outpouring of support and love for Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON’s TOVP project. The conchshell blew for Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha’s arati and in this way the inaugural TOVP fundraising drive in ISKCON Canada came to an end.

Hare KrishnaBy Sri Jagannath Mandir

The event was even more blissful when the children of Gokul Garden recited Bhagavad Gita slokas with translation that they had memorised. The kids were divided into three groups (based on their classes); Gopal, Domodara and Madhav, and each group recited their slokas. Once they were done, the kids of Gokul Garden were dressed up so wonderfully and they performed a small sketch of the Mahabharatha war. They managed to bring all the devotees back to the time when the war happened! HG Simheswara prabhu, ISKCON Malaysia Regional Secretary presented certificates to all the children who had taken part in this recital.

Hare KrishnaBy Diksha Devi Dasi

During this particular month, thanks to the Book Marathon, most of us would be engaged in bringing new souls to Krishna Consciousness everyday. It is hard, agreed! But it is truly worth it. With each temple congregation battling to make it to the top of the highest distributors list, we Damodardesh (Dubai) vasis are bereft physiologically of the opportunity to distribute books. As per law, we are not allowed to distribute any books on streets or anywhere publically. All we can do is, contact people when we can, take their details down and send them books to their homes back in India.

Book Change Rebuttal

Saturday, 13 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Ajit Krishna Dasa

Response to the author of “No More Cattle Raising on the Planet of the Trees” “Your suggestion that in the future any mistakes which are found can be reported to Satsvarupa Maharaja, Jayadvaita Prabhu, Radha Ballabha Prabhu, or yourself, and after sufficient investigation and confirmation these mistakes can be rectified is accepted. As we are working on this Fifth Canto planetary system, whatever corrections are required to be made, we will get approved by His Divine Grace and then send them on to you so that the new edition will be free from any of these discrepancies.”

A Vision from the Heart

Thursday, 11 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Murari Gupta Dasa

I first heard about Bilvamangala Thakura Dasa, who is blind, when I arrived at the ISKCON temple in Belgaum, Karnataka, where he lives. When I saw him at the early-morning mangala-arati, he was dancing and singing joyfully, and shouting “Gauranga!” and “Jaya Srila Prabhupada!” Later he sat down to chant his japa and after a short break joined in Guru-puja and the Bhagavatam class. His day begins before 3:00 A.M. He chants all the prayers sung during mangala-arati, even the prema-dhvani prayers (jaya om vishnupada, etc.), during which he bows down. Then he begins japa. At 4:30 someone escorts him to the temple for mangala-arati. After the morning program, he honors prasadam. Then throughout the day he chants, taking breaks to honor prasadam and attend to bodily needs. In the evening he again sings songs and prayers in glorification of the Supreme Lord and His devotees. He does not need drums or cymbals; when he is standing he claps his hands and dances, and when he is sitting he beats his hand on his thigh. Most of the day and night, he either chants or sings.

Hare KrishnaBy Ravindra Svarupa dasa

The Sanskrit word bhoga (with the long “a” of the plural) means “pleasures” or “enjoyments.” What kinds? The pleasures born (ja) from samsparsa, “the bringing into contact” implicitly, the contact of the senses with their appropriate objects. This is what we mean by “sense gratification”: enjoying the pleasures that arise when the eyes, nose, or tongue, the hands, skin, or genitals, come together with their particular objects. Krishna says something about those pleasures startlingly counter-intuitive: the enjoyments thus obtained (te) are the birthplaces or origins (yonaya) of suffering (duhkha). There seems to be an allusion to sexual enjoyment contained in this line. The word yonaya literally means “vaginas” or “wombs” and connects with the word ja, birth, earlier in the line. The allusion would be appropriate, for sexual pleasure is, as Freud pointed out, “the prototype of all pleasure.”

Education and Evolution

Thursday, 11 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Urmila Devi Dasi

The children’s science video began with a view of the vast night sky blazing with stars. A scientist described as a famous evolutionist appeared in a corner of the screen. “When we examine the origin of the universe and the life that is in it,” he said, “we find our source to be a cold, impersonal machine.” I could almost feel a chill sweep into the room, and I shuddered. I thought of the opposite way in which the Bhagavad-gita describes the origin of everything as Krishna, the all-attractive person who is the source of all warmth and our best friend.

Hare KrishnaBy Srila Sarasvati Thakura

He said that previously the upavita was not used, only the dhoti and upper cloth, but later it became acceptable for brahmanas to wear an upavita instead of an upper cloth. When the Bengali devotees expressed surprise that South Indian brahmanis wore their saris with a kaccha, Srila Sarasvati Thakura stated that this was the correct Vedic method.

Temple-for-church test stares at Modi

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Charu Sudan Kasturi

India will demand that Russia offer permanent land for a temple in Moscow after the city’s sole Hindu shrine was demolished last December despite a deal between Putin and Modi’s predecessor Manmohan Singh to save it, senior officials confirmed to The Telegraph. The agreement, reached after Singh’s Moscow visit last October, involved India clearing the construction of a Russian Orthodox church in the heart of Lutyens Delhi in exchange for Moscow allowing the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) temple to stay. But a Russian official argued that Moscow hadn’t backtracked on the deal – it was just struggling to find a location for the temple that would be acceptable to the local population.

Hare KrishnaBy Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna is the only enjoyer. Everyone and everything else is the object of his enjoyment. Where there is discussion about Hari, that is a place of pilgrimage. Become united with one purpose and serve Hari. Preaching without practicing is nothing but a ritual of karma-kanda. We will not stay in this world for a long time. Only if this body falls singing of the glory of Lord Sri Hari will our birth in this body be successful.

Lord Krishna’s beautiful cows

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Yamuna Sundari devi dasi

The Srimad-Bhagavatam describes in detail how the cows are most dear to Lord Krishna. The Lord takes the cows and calves every morning to graze on the pastures of Govardhana Hill. There are hundreds of thousands of cows at the palace of Nanda Maharaja (Lord Krishna’s father), an each cow has her own name. Whenever Lord Krishna plays His flute and calls the cows by name, the cows, intelligent and affectionate, come running toward Him.

Hare KrishnaBy Giriraj Swami

To distribute Krsna consciousness, we must have Krsna consciousness. These verses are about Prahlada Maharaja, and in a way they are also about Srila Prabhupada, who in his purport expressed his own mood—and about us, how Srila Prabhupada wants us to execute Krsna consciousness. Prahlada Maharaja and Srila Prabhupada were on a very high level of Krsna consciousness, but even on our own level we can experience something of what they experienced, that wherever we are we can get relief from material miseries and anxieties by taking shelter of the holy name. We can joyfully chant in the temple room, in the association of devotees, before the Deities, and in the presence of Tulasi-devi—but one can chant anywhere, even on traveling sankirtana. One can close one’s eyes and chant and hear and no longer be in the material world—actually be with Krsna.

TOVP The Future in The Making

Monday, 08 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Ajita Nimai Dasa

Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport that this knowledge has been extant in human society for at least two million years. The sacred system of parampara (disciplic succession) keeps the knowledge flowing from one generation to the next. But this current of spirituality must not be taken for granted. Its carriers at any time in history are always up against the opposing undercurrent of materialism that characterizes the material world. Time and again this untiring, sinister current sidelines the spiritual current and becomes prominent in the world, creating tough times for the bearers of the parampara system.

Hare KrishnaBy Vaishnavanghri Sevaka Das

First, desire for an achievement develops in mind. But, to convert that desire into a goal one has to use his intelligence. For that purpose an action plan has to be devised. Time frame for the activity, identification and acquiring resources, review of the progress, etc. become the important points. When all these are nicely arranged, then the desire gets converted to goal. When the goal is achieved it results in great enthusiasm in the performer, who endeavors to set further higher goals. If these things are missed out, desire remains just as a desire. This is the difference between desire and goal

Hare KrishnaBy Patita Pavana das

We love to read the biographies of the Founder-Acharya scribed by the devotees of the Krishna Consciousness Movement. Such writings are proof that there is an ever-present divine energy we know as the disciplic succession, an eternal current that has flowed down to us like the waterfalls along the rivulets of nectar on Chandra-loka. Shrila Prabhupada said, “Whenever someone comes into one of our temples, it means that Lord Krishna has brought that person by the hand.”

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Italy Yatra. 50th ISKCON and Save Yamuna. Spanish Yatra 2014. German Yatra 2014. New Raman Reti – Poland 2014. Bhaktivedanta College Kirtan Course 2014. MOSA Belgium – Inaugurating the 2014 art exhibits at MOSA. Radhadesh – Chateau de Petite Somme. Radhika Ramana on Bhaktivedanta College Radhadesh. ISKCON Sweden – Stockholm 2014. Radhadesh 2014. MOSA – Museum of Sacred Art

Women in Krishna Consciousness

Sunday, 07 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Urmila Devi Dasi

From the European Leaders Meetings 2014 – presentations. This is both a topical and sensitive subject and our goal is to discuss it in a measured and productive way. So how to understand and explain some of the more controversial references from Srila Prabhupada on women and the role of women? How do they affect our own Vaishnavis and how can they can be seen in a positive light by the general public and the media?

Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Dasa

From The Auropean Leaders Meetings 2014 – presentations. Five Key Steps taken by Srila Prabhupada in Shaping his ISKCON. The founding of the institution under the name of ISKCON. The recognition of that founder with the title Prabhupada. The further recognition of Prabhupada with the title Founder Acarya.

Hare KrishnaBy Dina Dayala Dasa

The Euro RGB is thrilled to introduce you to thirteen exemplary Vaishnavas who received the sixth annual ISKCON Europe Excellence Awards for the year 2014. Outstanding pujari seva, ISKCON Festivals, Caring for devotees, Overall ISKCON interest/Overall preaching, Education, Overall ISKCON contribution and more.

Hare KrishnaBy Tribhuvanatha das

Yesterday 4th, December, 2014. A Cordial friend, and a very influential Chief. Chief., Dr,. Eromosele S.A. In Bini kingdom. Invites Iskcon Members to preach in his, Tradomedical Herb Healing Home. On this note, Bhakivinoda Thakura, a 19th Century Vaisnava Saint, observed that interfaith involvement strengthens one’s faith in one’s own tradition, while helping develop a greater sense of respect for the sanctity of other faith. He said, when we have occasion to be present at the place of worship of other religionists at the time of their worship, we should stay there in a respectful mood,contemplating thus; “Here being worshiped my adorable highest entity God. In a different form than that of mine. Due to a different practice of a different kind. I cannot thoroughly comprehend this system of there’s.

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Odana Sashti is a festival that marks the beginning of winter. During the Odana-sasthi festival the devotees dress Lord Jagannatha and Balarama with starched cloth. This ceremony indicates that from that day forward, a winter covering should be given to the Lord. That covering is directly purchased from a weaver, and freshly purchased cloth is usually starched to preserve it. According to the archana-marga, a cloth should first be washed to remove all the starch, and then it can be used to cover the Lord. On this occasion by the desire of Lord Jagannatha, His servants dress Him in new, starched clothes.

TOVP Campaign in Middle East

Thursday, 04 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Muralidhara-priya Das

Just as Srila Prabhupada had folded his hands with tears in his eyes and thanked his disciples in Mayapur for helping build the Mayapur Chandradoya Mandir, Sriman Ambarish Das and his wife Swaha Mataji this kartik month toured Vrindavan, Dubai, Bahrain and other Middle Eastern countries to raise awareness about the TOVP temple. Their humble and sincere appeal to the Hare Krishna congregation raised over 3 million dollars in pledges.

Sickness A Friend and Teacher

Thursday, 04 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Vamsi Vihari Dasa

But as a true well-wisher, Krishna is concerned not about being blamed but about ending our material existence as soon as possible. of course, during difficulties He also provides the strength we need to endure. Like a doctor intent on healing a patient, Krishna works hard to purify us. Accepting His ways without complaint and blame encourages Him to continue His treatment, whereas an uncooperative attitude may encourage Him to stop. Therefore, we should be grateful that Krishna is spending so much of His energy for our benefit.

Srila Prabhupada’s Equal Vision

Thursday, 04 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Giriraja Swami

UPON THE invitation of the Gita Bhavan (“Gita Center”), in December 1970 Srila Prabhupada and a party of disciples traveled to Indore, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, to take part in the week-long celebration of the anniversary of the day on which Lord Krsna spoke the Bhagavad-gita. Most of the other speakers were Mayavadi impersonalists, who did not preach Bhagavad-gita as it is or present Krsna as He is.

Hare KrishnaBy Baldev das

This year, as part of warm up strategy, Temple had organized many seminars and talks all over Mumbai in various counsellors group and preaching programs. In each of these programs, temple devotees presented few anecdotes of book distribution which happened within the chowpatty congregation in previous years. At the end of each program, assembled congregation and youth also shared their experiences of book distribution in previous marathons. A similar get together will also be arranged in each of the above places after the marathon is over as a thanks giving and devotees will be sharing their fresh experiences of this year’s marathon. We are then planning to put all those experiences and stories in a simple spiral bound book and present it to H.H. Radhanath Swami in January.

Hare KrishnaBy Prana Das

On this auspicious day of Gita Jayanthi, we are pleased to release our second issue of the eMagazine – “Sanatani” – Culture of Eternity. I hope you all would have enjoyed the first issue of the magazine that was launched on the auspicious day of Govardhan Puja. We have got an overwhelming response for the first issue and we sincerely thank you all for the appreciation, blessings and feedback given. As mentioned earlier, through this magazine we would like to reach to a broader reader base and share with them about the power and beauty of this divine language and help them relate with this language in their daily walks of life.

Hare KrishnaBy ISKCON South Africa Communications

Rajiv Rampal and Gaurachandra Ramkussan who pioneered this campaign explain that it’s not a question of whether you can distribute books, but more the question of do you want to. “If you want to, you will. We are making an appeal to each of you to please commit to distribute at least 10 books. Just 10 books, just 10 minutes of your lives to speak to 10 people. You can sell the books or give them away as gifts, as long it goes out, Srila Prabhupada will be pleased. So say you in, take 10 books, distribute them, challenge a friend to take 10 and so it continues.”

Post-retirement Career

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Mukundamala Dasa

Divya Simha Dasa (Devidas Vaidya), 70, from Mumbai is a person who does not believe in retirement — in fact he feels real work begins now. After working with Pfizer India for over 33 years and entering into its Hall of Fame for community and social service, Divya Simha wanted to do something more. Village development, women’s empowerment, health and education were some activities in his agenda. But before starting to work on these goals, he wanted to lay the right foundation. He explains, “I was convinced that material problems couldn’t be solved using material solutions; these problems need spiritual solutions. Whether it is poverty, malnutrition, exploitation of women, health, illiteracy, or any other social issue, all problems are rooted in one thing: spiritual ignorance, or ignorance of our spiritual identity. Once you address this issue, every problem can be efficiently handled and everything will fall in proper place.”

Vraj Mandala Padayatra 2014

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Parasuram das

On the 8th of October 2014 we left the Krishna Balaram Temple for the road to Mathura. 1,300 devotees walking on the Vraj Mandala Parikrama ( a one month pilgrimage of the twelve forests of the Vrindavan area), and ourselves the “magnificent seven” , a small international Padayatra team consisting of Dharmatma Prabhu USA, Loka Saranga Prabhu Czech, Madhu Pandit Czech, Vikuntha Prabhu Russia, Arjuna Prabhu UK, Krishna Mayi dd Estonia and myself Ireland. This was our 28th tour, and each year we print 40,000 small books, thanks to Bhima Prabhu and the BBT at Mumbai. We also make a hard hitting movie each year which covers topics such as cow slaughter in India, the illusion of material happiness and the importance of Krishna consciousness, in the Braj language. Before that movie we show some Ram or Krishna lila. What makes Padayatra special is you have about 6 hours of Harinam daily, Deity worship,book distribution,prasad distribution,preaching programs and cow protection. Vraj is Lord Krishna’s home, it is called Vraj Dham or sometimes Madhurya Dham, and the sweetness can also be seen in the mood of the local people, the Brajabasis. Enjoy the movie!

Hare KrishnaBy Jai Sita Rani Devi Dasi

No words can describe the mood that captivated the hearts of all who attended the Kirtan Mela Malaysia in Sri Jagannatha Mandir, Kuala Lumpur. It was simply stupendous to say the least. Taking us to new heights never experienced before, everyone was just soaked in Krishna’s mercy flowing through every vein in their blood. It was a blast like never before in Kuala Lumpur. No words can describe the ecstasy that every single one was feeling in Sri Jagannatha Mandir. With kirtaneers and musicians from USA, Ghana, Mayapur, Bosnia, Kazakstan, Phillipines, Indonesia and Malaysia, it brought us to the real truth that race, creed or colour doesn’t matter when we join in a kirtan to sing the sweet sound of the Holy Name!

Hare KrishnaBy Jamal Arjuna Salter

More than 100,000 people lined the streets to witness the 2014 Carnival of Flowers Parade and there, right in the middle of it, was Lord Jagganatha, Baladeva and Subhadra righting the iconic rate cart covered in flowers pulled by the devotees. The deities and the dancing, chanting devotees were welcomed by the cheers and waves of thousands upon thousands of people lining the streets to celebrate the culture and history of Toowoomba all listening to the sound of the Holy Names.

Hare KrishnaBy Subh Abhilash Dasa

Recently, students at University of Cincinnati had chance to hear from His Holiness Bhakti Raghava Swami about how the modern society can only live sustainably if they protect cows. Maharaja also alluded to TED talk given by Allan Savory where he proposes that “Only livestock can save us”. Through reversing desertification, he claims that rangeland soil has the ability to sequester vast amount of carbon dioxide.
Allan Savory claims, few if not all, are in line with the vedic thoughts where a herd of cows is must for sustainable living. Just before Industrial revolution – cows and bulls were the mainstay of the agriculture and farmers used to have large herd of cattle.

Hare KrishnaBy Kishan Paun

From the start of this academic year, Krishna has allowed us to have 30 Krishna Consciousness Societies (KC Socs) across the country, the largest number to date! KC Socs up and down the country run with the same formula: Philosophy, Kirtan and Prashadam. KC Socs aim to make Krishna Consciousness relevant to the youth of the UK by having stimulating sessions based on topics such as: “What would you do if you had 24 hours to life?”, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” and “Wasn’t life much simpler when apples and blackberries were just fruits?”, but with a spiritual twist.

Is Duty a Four-letter Word?

Saturday, 29 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Satyaraja Dasa

Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) was among the West’s many philosophers who wrote about duty. He called his system of thought “deontology,” which literally means “the study of duty.” One of the most important implications of deontology is that a person’s behavior can be wrong even if it results in a positive outcome, and an act can be virtuous even if it results in a negative outcome. In contrast to consequentialism, a philosophy claiming “the ends justify the means,” deontology insists that how people achieve their goals is generally just as important as what those goals are.

Hare KrishnaBy Chandan Yatra Das

Sri Navadvipa-Mayapur Dhama is beautifully situated on the banks of the Ganges. Every island is separated a tributary of Ganges river. On each of these islands Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates performed Their transcendental pastimes. Later Vaishnava Acaryas – Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, Gaura Kisora Babaji, Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Jagannatha Das Babaji, Vasudeva Dutta and others spent several years of their lives here discussing the pastimes of Gaura and Nitai. These islands are accessible by boat. There are scattered forests and orchards filled with mango, jackfruit, bael and pomegranate trees. As well as many banana patches and flowering beds filled with varieties of birds. The winding paths and roadways lead to many villages where the inhabitants always speak the names of Gauranga and Nityananda.

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