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Hare KrishnaBy the Sastric Advisory Committee

One argument for a beardless deity of Advaita Acarya is that we should follow Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Certainly we should follow the previous acaryas. Sometimes, as in the case of Maharaja Priyavrata, the param-guru may override the decision of the guru. In this regard, Srila Prabhupada wrote, “The duty of a great devotee is to carry out the order of the spiritual master, or the spiritual master of the spiritual master in the parampara system. “ (SB 5.1.20 purport) Unfortunately, neither Srila Prabhupada nor his Guru Maharaja is physically present with us. Srila Prabhupada also wrote...

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Hare KrishnaBy Vraja Vilasa dasa

Maharaja explained to the prisoners how one can only control one’s mind and senses by engaging it in Krsna’s service, otherwise one will be forced to commit criminal, or sinful, activities. He particularly stressed the necessity of always hearing Krsna katha, which will engage and purify the mind and help one to always think of Krsna. This will ensure that ‘the idle mind does not become the Devil’s workshop;’ the uncontrolled mind being the reason for all our suffering.

Good Qualities and Devotion

Sunday, 23 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Learned sages have described the meaning of auspiciousness as love for the entire creation, caring affection for all living entities, saintly character, happiness, and other such qualities. The person in whom bhakti has arisen bestows affection to the whole world and becomes the object of attachment for everyone in the world. He effortlessly becomes the recipient of all saintly qualities and attains all types of pure happiness and auspiciousness. Learned scholars have described all these attributes as symptoms of auspiciousness. All good qualities, and the demigods themselves, reside in bhagavad-bhaktas.

Final Words of a Dying Father

Sunday, 23 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Janakinatha Dasa

Every December, the book marathon promises to be an exciting event. While travelling from door to door, village to village, through remote parts of India, we invariably meet someone who has been miraculously touched by Krishna’s mercy. One such person was Chandu, whom we met in Srirampur, Maharashtra. His tall posture and heavy built contrasted with his soft, humble demeanor. Curious to know his background, I requested him to narrate his story of choosing the path of Krishna consciousness.

We’re All in Maya

Sunday, 23 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Nagaraja Dasa

The maya of the material world has two main functions: It lures us away from our natural position of service to Krishna, and it deludes us into full forgetfulness of that position. But that maya, often referred to as maha-maya, has a spiritual counterpart its source, yoga-maya. Because yoga-maya is also an energy of Krishna’s, it too can overpower us. But yoga-maya connects us with Krishna. Another meaning of maya is “mercy.” By devotional service to Krishna we place ourselves under the influence of yogamaya and in time awaken to our eternal loving relationship with Him.

Hare KrishnaBy Radhanath Swami

“My heart aches for love,” she said. “We all do,” I said. “Our need to love and be loved originates in our innate love for God.” I quoted words Mother Theresa had spoken to me years before. “The greatest problem in this world is not the hunger of the stomach but the hunger of the heart. All over the world both rich and poor suffer. They are lonely, starving for love. Only God’s love can satisfy the hunger of the heart.” “Bhakti, the means to access God’s love, doesn’t necessarily make our material situation go away,” I said, “but at the very least it gives us something more than our bitterness to focus on. And more important, when we open up to the possibility of some explanation other than cruel fate, we just may find there is a loving Supreme Being looking out for us. In your present condition, Dorothy, you can turn to God as practically no one else can.”

Hare KrishnaBy Vikram Patil

A devotee from a remote village finds an innovative way to share Srila Prabhupada’s message with everyone. “I own a cell phone shop in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. While commuting between my village, Kotoli, and downtown Kolhapur, I used to observe how most passengers spent their travel time sleeping. What a waste! I thought. Somehow I must give them transcendental knowledge of the divine pastimes of Lord Krishna. I used to take a great deal of interest in marketing, so I decided to use my marketing skills in Krishna’s service”.

News from ISKCON Prison Ministry

Saturday, 22 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Bhakti-lata Dasi

I had fallen away from chanting the Maha Mantra over the years, after losing the good association of bhakta Jason, and had eventually passed on all the books I had on Krishna Consciousness to other interested bhaktas at the various prisons in which I’ve sojourned. I feel like the prodigal son spoken of in the Holy Bible, as I’ve been wandering to and fro, lost in the world of Maya. Yet, by Krishna’s boundless mercy, I am once again on the same yard (prison) as bhakta Jason, and a devotee has begun coming here once a month to share Krishna’s love for us. I am rejoicing over this great blessing and am beginning to feel alive again! We’re allowed to spend 2 hours in the presence of this devotee and are in the process of getting approval for a weekly study group for seriously interested inmates. I wonder if you could kindly provide for me a copy of Bhagavad Gita As It Is? I am certain that this one book would put me back on track. I have begun chanting again lately. It’s wonderful to have purpose in this life again. Krishna’s mercy and love have been there for me all along!” Bhakta Edmund G., Columbia, SC

Hare KrishnaBy Satyaraja Dasa

Our tale goes back to one of the first Indian benefactors of the Hare Krishna movement in America, Sajjan Singh Sarna (1897–1978), who is more or less unknown to most devotees. He ran a major Indian handicraft/importing business called “Bells of Sarna.” Its first warehouse was founded in New York, just as a fledgling ISKCON was gaining steam. Sarna, originally from Rawalpindi, a city in the Pothohar region of Pakistan, was a Sikh from the Punjab who had come to America in 1920. He was eager to learn about Western culture and was surprised by the country’s fascination with India and her spiritual riches. Western interest in the holy land, in fact, had increased with the first major wave of immigrants from India in the first decade of the twentieth century.

Art for God’s Sake

Friday, 21 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Damodar Prasad das

This meditation is concluded by the realisation that the contemplation of beauty by the soul, or by a conditioned soul, teaches the soul to discover a corresponding beauty within itself (Cooper, 2015). The real artist is one who views and pursues beauty as a means of self-contemplation and self-discovery, and so true art has a vital use for conditioned living beings. True art inspires the viewer with a sense of his own beauty as a spiritual spark which is truth and beauty at the same time, and which participates in a greater all-encompassing truth and beauty. “When his mind, thus purified, finds satisfaction in the self alone, then he is said to be in pure transcendental consciousness” (Bg 2.56). By such contemplation, the artist creates within himself an enduring work of art which lays the foundation for an eternal peace.

Hare KrishnaBy Gauravani dasa

Of the late, mantra meditation has sparked an interest in the lives of many, regardless of whether their background might origin from an Indian or Asian background, or of an ethnic or aboriginal group. However, meditation does not appeal to the majority of today’s world. Have you ever tried to sit down, close your eyes, and meditate for 10 hours straight? Me neither. Sit with an upright back, and folded legs in the lotus yoga position, control your breathing until it steadily slows down, keep the eyes half-closed, and concentrate at the tip of the nostril… phew! In this day and age, such practices are obviously impractical and difficult to do so.

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Yesterday, upon my return to India, I had the good fortune to visit a somewhat unknown, but historically significant, place of worship for followers of Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON. Tucked away in a small corner of Chandni Chowk, the oldest and busiest market in New Delhi, is the temple of Radha Vallabha, where Srila Prabhupada lived off and on from 1959 to 1965. During those years Srila Prabhupada was preparing for his mission in the west. Because the temple is situated square in the middle of the printing district of Chandni Chowk, Srila Prabupada rented a room there and would often come from Vrindavan to oversee the printing of his budding Back to Godhead magazine and Srimad Bhagavatam. It is from his quarters in the Radha Vallabha temple that he would also go out and personally distribute his Back to Godhead magazine and books.


Friday, 21 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Vaishnava Dasa

“Regarding the Christmas Day meal with your family, I do not think you should partake of the food prepared by non-devotees. Better you should prepare your own foodstuffs and offer to Krishna and then, if you like, you may offer these remnants to Lord Jesus. I think that Lord Jesus will also appreciate this. Of course you may sit down with your family and take fruits and milk which they offer but rather than taking the foods which they have prepared, you may prepare and offer your own prasadam for Lord Krishna, and then offer the same to Lord Jesus.”

Hare KrishnaBy Suvarna Radhika Devi Dasi

The highest reason to keep a promise is to please the Supreme Lord. Truthfulness is a divine virtue, possessed by those rare godly souls, and by being truthful one pleases the Absolute Truth and moves closer to Him. One who is serious about spiritual life therefore makes a commitment to a bona fide discipline and sincerely follows its attendant principles. At the time of initiation, ISKCON devotees vow to their spiritual master that they will follow the four regulative principles – as described in the following paragraph – and chant sixteen rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily.

Hare KrishnaBy Drutakarma Das

Cremo states that the book has “over 900 pages of well-documented evidence suggesting that modern man did not evolve from ape man, but instead has co-existed with apes for millions of years!”, and that the scientific establishment has suppressed the fossil evidence of extreme human antiquity. Cremo identifies as a “Vedic archeologist”, since he believes his findings support the story of humanity described in the Vedas. Cremo’s work has garnered interest from Hindu creationists, paranormalists and theosophists. He says a knowledge filter is the cause of this suppression.

TOVP Special Appeal

Thursday, 20 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Muralidhara-priya Das

2016 marks the Fiftieth Anniversary celebration of ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada’s great movement to spread Krishna consciousness throughout the world and bring the teachings of Lord Caitanya and the yuga dharma, chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, to all the conditioned souls on this planet (and perhaps beyond). We are extremely fortunate to be living at this most auspicious time in the history of this universe when the Lord appears on Earth to freely distribute love of God, the ultimate attainment in the soul’s spiritual journey, prema pumartho mahan. And Srila Prabhupada was the Lord’s instrument to help complete His mission by creating ISKCON, the house in which the whole world can live.

The Problem with Paradise

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Mukundamala Dasa

One morning when going through an Indian daily, I came across the obituary section and a list of deceased people being fondly remembered by their close relatives and friends. Each departed soul was given the title svargavasi, “a resident of heaven.” Although modern secular education teaches nothing about life on other planets—and knows nothing about it—I was surprised to see that people still believe their departed relative attained heaven. Has this person really gone to heaven? I wondered. Was he qualified to enter heaven and enjoy the heavenly delights and pleasures? What if he was a criminal or a butcher—could he still go there? And if he did make it, is it all he’d hoped it would be?

Limited and Unlimited Consciousness

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Lord Krishna teaches that the individual living entity, though possessed of the attributes of God, is never equal to Him. What is the objective of this Krishna consciousness movement? It is a process for purification of consciousness. In the Bhagavad-gita (2.17) Lord Krishna says, avinashi tu tad viddhi yena sarvam idam tatam: ” That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible.” There are two kinds of consciousness. One consciousness is limited, and the other consciousness is unlimited. The unlimited consciousness is there in God, and the limited consciousness is there in you, in me, and in all living entities.

Hare KrishnaBy Len Cohen

“Merciful music and Krishna’s transformative power saved me from a life of impersonalism.” What was I, a nice Jewish fellow, doing in front of the Radha-Krishna temple? I didn’t fit in there with the Indian culture. I couldn’t relate to the women in saris. I wasn’t wearing a dhoti. I wasn’t wearing tilaka. I didn’t belong there. Maybe I should have gone back to my local synagogue and looked for God there. That’s where I belonged. But I didn’t go there. I persisted in looking for my self-realization at this ISKCON Temple in Philadelphia. My spiritual journey included Conservative Judaism, Native American Vision Quests, and various forms of Hinduism. Eventually I found true meaning in being a Vaishnava.

Ludhiana Rath Yatra

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Bhakta Kaplish

Keeping in view the large number of people to join Rath Yatra the District Administration has to divert traffic to different routes. Among others who participated in the parade were His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj GBC and BBT Trustee, HH Pravodha Nand Maharaj (Vrindavan),HH Navyogendra Maharaj(Udhampur), HH Janardhan Swami (Vrindavan) HG Mahaman das (ACBSP), Zonal Secretary, HG Mahamantra Das (ACBSP), HG Sakshi Gopal Das TP ISKCON Kurukshetra,HG Mohan Rupa das TP ISKCON New Delhi, HG Krishan Kanti das Ex-TP ISKCON Chandigarh and devotees from ISKCON Vrindavan and ISKCON New Delhi and many others from the rest of India.

Name That Kirtana Tune

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

Has anyone ever attended a kirtana-fest and ended up trying to get to know new tunes and memorising them? Our kirtan and bhajana world is evolving and updating with new tunes more often than our computer anti-virus updates, or so it seems. We leave a kirtan-mela and on the way home we say, “So and so sang a nice tune, but I forget how it goes…” We sit there when a new maha-mantra tune is in progress. Some of those tunes are quite complex. We sing along in response to a kirtaneer. After a few Hare Krishna mantras sung to a particular tune, we become a little pleased that we are beginning to know it. Suddenly the kirtanner switches to another tune. We have to begin more tune memorisation. By the time we get familiar with that tune, the kirtaneer switches back to the original tune, which we have half forgotten.

New Vrindaban Preschool Reopens

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Lilasuka dasi

The academic school in New Vrindaban has gone through many changes throughout the years. From “Nandagram School” back in the 80’s, to the “New Vrindavan School” in the 90’s, to the current “Gopal’s Garden Home School Co-op”, all ages of kids and teachers have come and gone. Many of the graduates have expressed fond memories of their time spent in those Nandagram classrooms. These days, a new wave of enthusiasm is hitting New Vrindaban in the form of a preschool! It is a welcome phenomenon that truly happened by surprise. Recently, one of the newest mothers in New Vrindaban was searching for a babysitter for a few days a week. The search didn’t exactly bear fruit, but something even better took place. In talking to several other mothers with young children, the possibility of a preschool came up. The idea was an immediate hit.

Hare KrishnaBy Nimai Devi Dasi

Leicester Cathedral, a Mosque, a Gurudwara, a Jain Centre, and ISKCON Leicester were selected places of worship for the City’s annual Interfaith Trail. Over 600 scouts, led by parents and Scout leaders visited the ISKCON Centre on Saturday 15th November. The aim of the trail was for the Scouts to learn about different faiths and practices. Various interactive presentations were made by the devotees, offering an experience of a Krishna Conscious lifestyle – Lord Krishna, Srila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, mantra meditation, making and offering sweets, gopi dots, dress-up, and meet the monks!

A Closer Look at Thanksgiving

Sunday, 16 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Mayesvara Dasa

But what was even more disturbing was that according to the Bible accepted by the priests as the “Word Of God”, it was recorded that God had specifically told Moses it was impossible for humans to see his face! How then could Michelangelo have the audacity to splash a Technicolor rendition of what he though God must look like across the front of their new church! Michelangelo convinced the priests to allow the paintings to stay by reasoning that God had also said he made man in his image and therefore if the Universe was very old, then God who created it must a very, very old man. It all seemed to make sense at that time but nobody would disagree that just because Michelangelo painted what he thought God looked like, his spectacular rendition of the Supreme Lord was still his own fanciful guess at what He looked like.

The Extra Plants

Saturday, 15 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi

My name is False Prestige, and I call myself an Extra Plant (which sounds more flattering than Weed). I never wanted to be extra, or unwanted. How could I, False Prestige, not deserve the space I took in the garden? My roots dug down to grip the earth that bore my weight. Each root I sent into the soil contended with many others. Still I retained my big red bloom. There was always good drink. From the moment I sprouted I had all of the fine, rich things of this world, such as good drink and fertilizer. The gardener identified me as quite worthy of his garden. I stood among the strongest of the Extra Plants. First there was Lust, the Pioneer of Extra Plants. He was a great guy. The gardener was just delighted with him; he was so fresh and bright green. The more the gardener watered him, the more he expanded. He was the most demanding fellow. The gardener was always compelled to water Lust.

Dangerous Education

Saturday, 15 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Ishopanishad teaches us that we should be very careful. We don’t say that you shouldn’t advance in material education. You can advance, but at the same time, become Krishna conscious. That is our propaganda. We don’t say that you shouldn’t manufacture cars or machines. But we say, “All right, you have manufactured this machine. Employ it in Krishna’s service.” That is our proposal. We don’t say to stop it. We don’t say that you cannot have any sex life. But we say, “Yes, have sex—for Krishna. You can have sex a hundred times to produce Krishna conscious children. But don’t create cats and dogs.” That is our proposal.

Lost And Found!!!

Saturday, 15 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Radha Gopinatha Dasa

(A freak accident reveals lessons for a lifetime). A few minutes later my train arrived. As I sat in the compartment, I started pondering over the unusual incident. Two thoughts sprung to my mind. Firstly, that we take for granted whatever possessions we have. But we only begin to really appreciate their value when we almost lose them. Secondly, I remembered how baby Krsna fell out of Vasudeva’s basket as he carried Him across the flooded Yamuna, at night, to Nanda Maharaja’s residence. Krsna did this to please His devotee Yamuna Devi, and give her His mercy and association, while increasing Vasudeva’s intense love for Him.

Hare KrishnaBy Shyamasundara Dasa

The question now arises and which has puzzled many persons is how could it be possible that if both the spiritual and material world are infinite how then can the spiritual world be three times bigger than the material world? How can one infinity be three times bigger than another infinity? The concept of infinity itself boggles the mind what to speak of different sizes of infinity.

Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

We would like to collect all the published Sankirtan Newsletters so we can present the complete history of book distribution as presented in the newsletters. The newsletters we are still missing are listed below. If you have copies of them or know of someone who does, please let us know. The BBT Archives would also like to have a copy of the early years. Unfortunately there are many difficulties with the early scores, since the top individuals were not consistently mentioned, there have been changes in the point system, and some months there was no newsletter at all. But we will do our best with the information we have

Pathmeda & Cow Protection

Friday, 14 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Arjuna Krsna das

Nestled in a place bordering between Rajastan and Gujarat is ‘Pathmeda’ farm, all of 650 acres with shelter for 12,000 cows and 50 kms away was another farm of 1000 acres called ‘Nandgaon’ and this farm in total gives shelter to an astounding 2 Lakh cows with facilities unrivalled in the entire world. “This is a model of cow protection and we are not bothered about the milk production”, proudly declares Bhavar singh, who is the chief administrator of the farm. Another wonderful aspect of this farm is its hospitality.

The Best Friends

Friday, 14 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Sutapa das

Prabhupada was delighted at this news and wrote to Ramesvara prabhu: “By this effort alone, all the book distributors are assured to go back home back to Godhead!” The letter and its dramatic statement authorised the Christmas Marathon and sent book distribution to a new high. Since that time, the marathon has been an annual fixture in the ISKCON calendar. This Christmas period offers everyone the unique opportunity to do the simple, sublime and special service of distributing a transcendental book; an act of compassion that could change someone’s life forever. “Books are the best friends: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.” Please get involved this winter and experience the magic of sankirtan,

Hare KrishnaBy Caroline Wyatt

(Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News) They are uninspired by the secular culture of the West with its maximum of choice and minimum of meaning. “In a democracy, the will of the majority should prevail whilst ensuring that the minority views are safeguarded. How that balance is struck is clearly never easy.” So persecution or victimisation of people for their faith – or indeed lack of it – is not simply an issue for the religious. It should be of concern for everyone, of all religions or none.

Hare KrishnaBy Mayank Singh

The Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and International School (BGIS), located in the beautiful holy land of Sri Vrindavan dham, the abode of Lord Krishna, offers the best of both worlds – the traditional and the modern, the Vedic and the contemporary, the spiritual and the temporal. Teaching includes aesthetics in art, literature and science with emphasis on practical training methodologies A.C Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada, the founder acharya of ISKCON; laid the cornerstone of BGIS in 1976 in the spiritual setting of Vrindavan dham. He established it with a need to inculcate real education among youth which comprises of meditation, ‘simple living, high thinking’ motto, along with modern education running in parallel with value-based development.

My True Story

Thursday, 13 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Sri Caitanya Candra Das

Once upon a time at dusk I was strolling on the streets of Kothrud, Pune. I was superficially observing shops, restaurants, people, vehicles but my mind was absorbed in some other thoughts. I was an engineering student studying in MIT college. From my childhood I always used to deliberate on subjects like the mind, consciousness, sufferings, Death. After coming to engineering college my thoughts on these topics intensified. I used to think why I am suffering? Was there any time I was not suffering? What is the purpose of the universe? How long will the universe continue to exist? Is there any way to get out?

My Son Leads the Way

Thursday, 13 November 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Krishna Kumari Devi Dasi

When her son joined the Hare Krishnas, she wasn’t sure what to think, but was determined to find out more. At age nineteen, my son moved to Portland, Oregon, to live with a friend and his family. His goal was to be in a rock-and-roll band and become rich and famous. During this same time, my oldest daughter was getting ready to have her first child. When she went into labor, it was exciting, but the labor became long and difficult, with complications. In the midst of an atmosphere of anxiety and concern, my children’s father called and wanted to know if I knew what my son was doing? I had spoken to my son a couple of days earlier, and he was working part time and taking some classes at a community college. His father then informed me that he had dropped all of those plans and had “gone and joined the Hare Krishnas!”

Hare KrishnaBy GuruGovinda Kripa Das

It was around 2:30PM! After having eaten nothing except a small pack of cookies and half a bottle of water since morning, the narrow serpentine roads from Dhamangaon to Kaundanyapur/Kaundinyapur seemed to never end! But slowly my love for nature lured me away from the thoughts of hurrying to reach the destination. I sat in the front seat of a ‘TATA Sumo’, with my eyes out the window trying to have a complete picture of rural Maharashtra. I had travelled to other regions of Maharashtra earlier like Pandharpur and Pune, but hadn’t gone into such rural areas before. This was really deep into the picturesque countryside with farms and orchards.

Hare KrishnaBy Dusyanta dasa

The relationship in cow protection and agriculture is based on symbiosis and community infrastructure for devotees. We are not making money from them, nor are we trying to be entrepreneurial. The whole idea is for community and cow protection to exist hand in hand. We are just producing food for the community by the community; the cow’s milk is for our own devotees. We are not growing cash crops, we are not trying to sell our produce, and we are only growing food for ourselves, nothing more than that. It’s a social framework infrastructure that excludes any outside standards and influence. It is created by devotees for devotees to “…. become independent of outside help.”