6H Kirtan London (4 min video)
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Kirtan London - we are a small team of kirtan lovers, setting out to make this musical form of meditation easy, accessible and fun for everyone. Read more ›

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Preaching in Italy (Album 342 photos)
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The purpose of pronouncing omkara is to address the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vasudeva (om namo bhagavate vasudevaya). And the purpose of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra is the same. Hare: "O energy of the Lord!" Krishna: " O Lord Krishna!" Hare: "O energy of the Lord!" Rama: "O Supreme Lord, O supreme enjoyer!" (Srimad Bhagavatam, 9.14.48 Purport). Read more ›

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Preaching in Germany (Album 400 photos)
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At At every step there is danger. Therefore, because the Krishna consciousness movement provides the opportunity for the human being to get out of this material world simply by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, this movement is the greatest benediction in human society. (Srimad Bhagavatam, 9.7.7 Purport)every step there is danger. Therefore, because the Krishna consciousness movement provides the opportunity for the human being to get out of this material world simply by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, this movement is the greatest benediction in human society. (Srimad Bhagavatam, 9.7.7 Purport) Read more ›

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Seeking an Immutable Metal
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When it is perfection that is being pursued, there is nothing that can deter your success. There isn’t a dearth of corroborative examples and the following account is surely one such.

As a representative of the team, Vilasini devi dasi, the Head Architect for ToVP arrived at Shanghai on 18th September. The purpose of this visit was a meeting with the technical team of Shanghai Metal Corp., a leading name in the manufacture and supply of metal and allied products.

Going the conventional way, Stainless Steel with a gold finish, was the material of choice for the Kalash, Chakra and a few other elements on the temple exterior. The key requirements for the coating included a longevity of at least 500 years and low maintenance. After intensive research by Bhaskara Das and Parvata Muni Das, Titanium Nitride was picked as the material for coating the stainless steel . China has always been one of the forerunners in providing metal products of unmatched quality in the market. Also, it was found during the research they had the infrastructure to complete the task at hand in around 45 days which their Indian counterparts took at least 5 years to finish. Hence, a Chinese company of good repute, Shanghai Metal Corp. (SMC) was identified.

With extensive support from Sadbhuja Das (Managing Director), Parvata Muni Das and Bhaskara Das (Research team), Vilasini conducted the preliminary discussions with SMC, post which the a fore-mentioned meeting was scheduled for the 19th of September, 2014. The key agenda of the meeting was to consult with the technical team on the methodological specifics and logistics involved.

On her arrival, Vilasini found Shanghai city to be a modernized and multicultural metropolis with a charming mix of the old and new.

Vilasini was warmly welcomed at SMC. Their excellent workmanship was visible in the samples on display in their office. This was definitely a reassuring first impression.

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SMC is one of the top companies in China as well the world with around 13 offices and subsidiaries located throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Their technology and technical knowledge is most impressive although they were unforthcoming about promoting their products.

With much prodding and nudging, Vilasini did succeed in gleaning all the required information from them.

From left to right: Mark, Michael, Bryan (Managing Director), Vilasini and Nishanth

By and large, it was a successful meeting. SMC also provided samples for 1.2mm Stainless Steel with Titanium Nitride coating in gold and blue shades which will be used for the temple Kalash and other architectural elements.

The meeting was concluded satisfactorily on both ends with the following points agreed upon

  1. SMC will supply all components done as per our requirements
  2. They will also provide technical support for installation

Vilasini also had the wonderful opportunity to meet with a few devotees in Shanghai and be a part of the kirtan during a yoga convention while she was there.

It is Krishna’s mercy and to Vilasini’s credit that this was indeed a successful trip and that she managed to survive those 3 days on food almost amounting to nothing. The trip could be summarized in the following impressions from her diary:

Racing cars, stretched eyes, babies in pairs,
People running hither and others running thither,
I enter the Chinese realm, not to holiday,
But to put a cap on Gauranga’s home,
For 500 years that it should stay.

kirtan

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Preaching sensitively
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If someone asks ‘have you seen God’ how do we answer?
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Is Krishna’s giving kripa-siddhi an interference with the soul’s free will?
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We know Krishna loves devotees, still we offend them – how can we stop this?
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How do we understand when a pure devotee’s dealings lead to a person going away from Krishna?
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How do we connect with ISKCON people who are connected with other religious organisations?
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How do we deal with people who find our standard philosophical presentations too simple?
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How do 4 lakh species correlate with 4 varnas – how do we determine our varna?
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When different acharyas write books according to time-place-circumstances, how will Prabhupada books be lawbooks for ten thousand years?
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How much will the mode of preaching be affected by the nature of different preachers?
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Damodara Program
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With barely two weeks to the start of the auspicious Damodara month, which according to the Vaisnava scriptures is the holiest of all months, we are happy to offer you a user-friendly “Damodara-kit” to facilitate your celebration of this wonderful pastime. This can be used in the temple, devotees’ homes and where ever you may conduct the Damodara program. The Damodara program has been developed to assist the collective participation of congregations and has an outstanding success reaching over a 100,000 people in just one month in Malaysia. The Congregational Ministry wants to assist you in implementing this amazing program in your area. Read more ›

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Srimad Bhavatam lecture by H.G Bhakta Rupa Prabhu at ISKCON Juhu of Mumbai, 2014-09-28 (video)
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Simply by taking prasada and taking part in chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, ordinary persons are being considerably elevated. Saubhari Muni regrets that he had bad association even in the deepest part of the water. Because of the bad association of the sexually engaged fish, he fell down. A secluded place is also not secure unless there is good association. (Srimad Bhagavatam, 9.6.51 Purport) Read more ›

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Mangala Arati – 27.09.2014 Iskon London
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Mangala Arati – 27.09.2014 Iskcon London

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HG Narottamananda Prabhu / Kalachandji’s Bhagavad-Gītā Meditation Course – 34
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HG Visvambhara Prabhu / SB 10.70.17
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HG Nityananda Chandra Prabhu – Bhagavad Gita 4.1-13
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ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Cultural Centre Charity Fund Raising Dinner Presentation
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BY  VANISHRI ADHARMA SATRU

PENANG - Held on the 28th September 2014, the Bhaktivedanta Cultural Centre in Seberang Jaya, Penang organized a gala dinner to raise awareness and funds for the almost complete Radha Krishna Temple of Devotion and Understanding. Highlighting some of the activities held at the temple currently, this presentation is based on a modern track in contrast to the previous presentation highlighting the ISKCON activities around the world.

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Shankari the Cow’s Recovery
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Shankari showing off her fancy red cast that Dr. Andy put on for her.

Shankari showing off her fancy red cast that Dr. Andy put on for her.

When we last reported on Shankari, she had just broken her leg & had been shipped up to OSU Vet Hospital to have metal plates/screws & a cast put on her leg.

Shankari sporting her blue, weight-bearing cast. Eagerly looking at the photographer for another handful of fresh cut grass.

Shankari sporting her blue, weight-bearing cast. Eagerly looking at the photographer for another handful of fresh cut grass.

In June, doctor’s came out & x-rayed her again & decided the red cast could be taken off & a weight-bearing blue cast could be put on next. After having the blue cast on for about a month, the local vet came out, gave another x-ray & decided she was ready to be cast free.

 

Shankari munching on some comfrey plants

Shankari munching on some comfrey plants

In August,  Shankari was given a little patch of pasture that she can munch on, though she’s still was not ready for much mobility. Radhanath Prabhu has been regularly bringing her comfrey plants to aid with her healing & monitoring her mobility to determine when she will be allowed to hang out in the small pasture at the Big Barn.

Shankari eating some hay. You can see her healed right leg which is larger than the left due to bone calcifying around the hardware.

Shankari eating some hay. You can see her healed right leg which is larger than the left due to bone calcifying around the hardware.

As of September, Shankari has been given the freedom to roam in the small pasture in front of the big barn. Radhanath Prabhu reported that she is doing well & that she will now run towards you if you happen to bring some jaggery when you come & see her. It seems Shankari’s injury has made her all that much sweeter. She loves to have company especially if they bring food (please consult with the cowherds prior to feeding her anything).

Shankari licking her nose after a refreshing drink of water.

Shankari licking her nose after a refreshing drink of water.

Thanks to everyone who sent well wishes, prayers, good vibes, donation & whatever else to aid in Shankari’s recovery. Without the support of the community it would not have been possible for Shankari to have such an amazing recover. Go-Mata Ki Jaya!

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When Krishna gave special darshan to Dhanurdas, didn’t he interfere with his free will?
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Do our past sukritis determine our ability to continue in devotion?
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Do offeneses to devotees make Krishna stop loving us?
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When we feel empty and impure, how can we persevere in devotion?
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If Krishna loves us, why is it necessary to suffer to return to him?
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Let Other Things Wait
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Doing other things while chanting is not good. Still, sometimes out of expediency you do it. But you should try to put off so-called expedient actions until after chanting. Chant at a designated time and chant loudly. Let other things wait.

From Japa Reform Notebook
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How can we experience Krishna’s love at our present level of devotion?
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What is the role of vairagya in grihastha life?
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Monday, September 29, 2014
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North York, Ontario
 
Back In
 
I am back in Canada, but still moving around. I was booked with Krishna Club at York University to speak on “A Day in the Life of a Monk.”  To reach the location on campus for sitting in the round, I decided to walk two thirds of the way there to Sheppard and Bathurst.
 
A young woman, Sonia, was waiting at the street corner near Holy Blossom Synagogue, when she saw me cross.  I heard her audible question over the traffic noise. “Are you a monk?”  I did a pedestrian u-turn and got to the spot of her standing point.
 
“Yes, as a matter of fact, I am.”
 
We got to talking. I wish she could have attended the talk I was delivering.  All along my trek on Bathurst I could see there were responsive people, including Jewish private school students, and Catholic Filipino folks now off from work.
 
I was reminded of the multicultural world we live in, not much different from the town I was raised in.  We had people of varying backgrounds, a veritable potpourri of folks.  English, French, Belgian, Dutch, Czechs, Italians, etc.  Even a brown Trinidadian man came to move to town to teach mathematics at the high school.
 
Eventually I did get picked up by Yura and Aastha for the balance of the trip to York U.  Aastha does standup comedy.  On her request, she had asked for topics she might include in her act.
 
“Why not open the Bhagavad-gita and derive some ideas from there – topics such as karma , dharma, the three modes, yoga, liberation, and happiness to begin with?”  Happiness is a topic she’s already been toying with, hence the question, “What else?”
 
We met with students in the round and delineated on a day in the life to a degree.  I believe the young minds were transported.  But I think the kirtan at the end of the session allowed themselves to travel for a moment extra-terrestially.  
 
May the Source be with you!
 
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Sunday, September 29th, 2014
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Philadelphia, Pensylvania
 
Germantown and Beyond
 
Nikhil, a chap from Virginia, and I took to trekking along Germantown Avenue.  Architecturally, it has a European flavor with its homey-looking shops, cobblestone roads, tight lanes, and just charm.  Going east, it starts to take on a more gloomy, almost ghetto-like feel.
 
Being Sunday morning, you see the odd person at 7am on their way to work. A coffee shop employee, perhaps.  There is always a very devout mama who’s dressed in her Baptist best, hat a la mode and all.  A young teenaged black dude was darting down the street in a stark white shirt, tie, and spiffy suit.  As I was told last year on my visit here, this area became the first integrated neighbourhood in America.  Blacks, whites, southerners, northerners, new immigrants and earlier established folks all got along.  Spirituality may have had something to do with that.  Nikhil and I can see plenty of churches, even seminaries in the districts. The Lutherans have a gorgeous ground for their seminary students, just minutes from our ISKCON centre.
 
Several theology students did visit our temple and in fact, watched our play, “Little Big Ramayaan.” The audience – students and congregants – were so responsive. It seems that the signature line to this play is the final one.  When narration tells, “Relationships have always been complicated. Even on the divine Absolute realm.”   And of course what resonates with the audience also is Ravana’s line “You disgust me,” amplifying the general disdain that a worldly person has for the world.  Ravana is the nemesis of ego, something we can all relate to.

May the Source be with you!

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Mayapur ToVP
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Rainy season in Mayapur doesn’t stop construction going on at the Temple of Vedic Planetarium. The stainless steel superstructure for the main dome is progressing steadily and a lot of work has been done on the planetarium structure itself.

Even though at this time of year it is hot, humid and rainy, there are still numerous visitors to Sridhama Mayapur. In the afternoon the devotees hold talks and kirtan in the parks and many people gather around to hear and participate.
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Gurudeva offering
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Dear Gurudeva,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.
All Glories to you on this special day of your appearance.
Were would I be without the shelter of your lotus feet, were would I be without your guidance and direction, what would I be doing if it wasn’t for your instructions?
During your latest UK visit their was great sadness at Bhaktivadanta Manor the feeling of neglect and separation in hearing your wonderful class and direction the inspiration in distributing your guru maharajas own books, the diligence in keeping it real with practical guidance on how to increase our desire to read and hear about Krishna and to serve others.
It is for me anyway easy to become neglectful forgetting how fortunate one is having the shelter of such an amazing and tolerant servant as yourself; dedication and focused on keeping each and every one of your disciples and aspiring disciples enthusiastic in our own service.
Words are inadequate as always to express the feelings one has, remaining humbled and inspired and with immense gratitude for being under the shelter of one such as you.
Thank you
Yours Humbly
Dhirabhakta Das

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Unfavorable Christian Helps Sell Srila Prabhupada’s Books!
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My husband (Prithusrava dasa) & I went to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for four days of book distribution. On the first day, a Christian carrying a 6' x 10' sign reading "Surrender now to Jesus before it's too late" plus other Christian warnings, was shouting and parading back and forth just fifty feet from us for about an hour. When he noticed us distributing Bhagavad-gita, he took it upon himself to inform the students how demonic the Gita is and to warn them to stay away from "those Moonies." A number of students approached us and, whether interested in a book or not, thanked us for our peaceful style. Read more ›

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New York City daily Harinama (Album 25 photos)
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When we keep our association with Krishna every activity is proper and liberating, but if we should dissociate ourselves from the Lord's Mercy then like a hand which is severed from the body we become ugly and useless. Letter to Hrisikesa, November 26, 1968. Read more ›

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A short presentation of the upcoming Radha Krishna Temple of Devotion and Understanding in Seberang Jaya, Malaysia (5 min video)
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Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple of Devotion and Understanding. The first Iskcon temple in Malaysia, a temple for spiritual worship, a temple that combines the best of both the magnificant Krishna Balaram Mandir in Vrindavan and the majestic Jagannath Puri temple in Orissa, and a temple desired by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. Read more ›

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Prabhupada Letters :: Anthology 2014-09-30 15:24:00 →

1967 September 30: "God is living, He has got a particular place and anyone who is God conscious can approach it in this very life. Our students appreciate very much this discovery. So we have to present this to the whole world very nicely."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967

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1967 September 30: " There is no necessity of stopping questioners by dogmatic statements. We are not lacking in philosophy - by the grace of Krishna we have got ample stock to answer anybody's intricate philosophical questions. You must now be careful so that people may not misunderstand us to be a second edition of the hippy movement."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967

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Prabhupada Letters :: Anthology 2014-09-30 15:10:00 →

1972 September 30: "Distribution of my books is our real preaching. That is the certificate of my Guru Maharaja, if someone would sell a one paise magazine, he would be very, very glad. Now if you cannot handle the matter nicely, that is your fault."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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