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Gita 18.21 – Go beyond immediate perceptions to relish the holy name
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Bhaktivedanta Academy School
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The Bhaktivedanta Academy is the second school in Bali and opened in July of this year. The first was the Bhaktivedanta Dharma School and now that has over 180 students.

There was a need for a secondary school because our first school only catered to primary and kindergarden. While the new school does have classes for primary and kindergarden, the main focus will be on secondary education.
It’s only been open a short time but there are already 22 students and about 8 staff.
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In A Very Powerful way
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It's a very important point....when we realise that Krsna is present in His holy names, we realise that we can develop our relationship in a very powerful way through chanting.
It's our connection with the Lord, the way we keep in touch with Him during the day.

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Stay on the bus!
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 09 July 2014, Serbia, Summer Camp, Lecture after kirtan)

queensday bus 2013In Mayapur, there is a bus that stops everyday in front of the gate of our Sri Caitanya Candrodaya Mandir. When one gets on the bus in Bengal, it is not uncommon that people are involved in a heated discussion because Bengali people are fiery people and they like politics. So often times, great discussions would be held on the bus and even when the original people who started the argument got off the bus, the argument stayed on the bus the entire day.

So in the same way, even when the people who started the kirtan have left, the kirtan just ‘stays on the bus’. So like that, may the kirtan stay with us even when we are no longer here together. The kirtan carries on – akhanda kirtan, endless kirtan. Kirtaniya sada harih, that ongoing chanting is our desire. In order to come to that point, one must become thoroughly honest. A sadhu is one who is sadhava, thoroughly honest, and when we become thoroughly honest, then automatically we must become humble – because everybody knows how many mistakes we make all the time. Everybody knows how limited we are really.

When there is a success, mostly it is good luck and has nothing to do with us! When there is a failure, it is normal because that is basically where we are at. Considering all that, when we are honest, then humility can finally develop in our heart and maybe then, maybe that day we will be able to always chant the holy name of the Lord.

I am praying for that and I thank you for your kind association upon me, for your enthusiasm. Thank you very much because it is together that we will go back to Godhead, and it is together that we are continuing our spiritual life: sometimes meeting and sometimes not meeting – being apart but we remain together. It is nothing between us, because our only interest is to together make spiritual advancement. So for that, I am grateful because I have been nourished in your association and I am leaving here carrying that with me, taking some energy of Serbia to Italy and will try to drown the devotees in some Serbian ecstasy. In that way, we wait for the Italians to become all ecstatic, and then from there we will drown again another part until the whole world is submerged in the chanting of the holy name!

 

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Halfway!
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We are halfway through our summer festival tour here in Poland. Last night we presented our new theater production, ‘Usa and Aniruddha.’ People loved it. Today we are packing up and moving our base 400 kilometers west to Kostrzyn Nad Odra to begin preparations for the great Woodstock Festival. This will be our 20th year [...]

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News From The Farm – New Vrindaban Hay Production
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NEWS FROM THE FARM

July 21, 2014

Here's a recent picture of moving hay from the field to the barn, we have approximately 500 bales rolled & stored so far this year, with about that many more to harvest before winter.

 

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Fourth Annual Pushpa Abhishek in New Vrindaban
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Quickly becoming a favorite New Vrindaban festival, the Fourth Annual Pushpa Abhishek will be celebrated Sat. July 26, 2014.

Their Lordships, Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra will be showered with thousands of fragrant flower petals of all colors and descriptions in the evening, accompanied by ecstatic Hare Krsna kirtan.

If you'd like to come early, at 10 AM we will begin preparing the flower petals for the evening flower showers.  Bring your own home-grown flowers to offer too, if you'd like, and join us.

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Sravanam Kirtanam 2014 in Villa Vrindavana, Florence, Italy (Album 36 photos)
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a little sneak peack of the 4th Sravanam Kirtanam. it was a great success with over 300 devotees from all over the world that got togheter.. we sang, danced, ate yummy italian prashad and had great association!! Read more ›

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Festival Hare Krishna in Poland (Album 65 photos)
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Indradyumna Swami: We are halfway through our summer festival tour here in Poland. Last night we presented our new theater production, 'Usa and Aniruddha.' People loved it. Today we are packing up and moving our base 400 kilometers west to Kostrzyn Nad Odra to begin preparations for the great Woodstock Festival. This will be our 20th year of participating in the event and we have bigger plans than ever! One time Srila Prabhupada requested his disciples to, "Think big.” As his servants our lives are meant for fulfilling his desires. Jai Srila Prabhupada! Read more ›

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Summer Kids Camp at ISKCON Toronto- August 7-9th‏
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Hare Krishna,

Krishna's FunSkool at Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre is very happy to announce the dates for our Summer Kids Camp! We promise three full days of interactive spiritual learning, yummy prasadam meals and lots of fun for kids aged 4-12.

Here are more details:-
The camp will run for three days Thursday August 7th to Saturday August 9th  from 9:00 am to 5:00pm. You can register your child for one, two or all three days (Reg Fees $25 per day or $60 for all three days). Please pre-register your child by emailing us

For more information please contact kids@torontokrishna.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

In your service,
Krishna FunSkool Team
ISKCON Toronto
416.844.2937

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The Cult of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the only solution to war and conflict
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Words are words
Thoughts are thoughts
Feelings are feelings
A viewpoint is that a viewpoint

Today we are surrounded by social media each seeking our attention
Today we are surrounded by propaganda each reportedly telling the truth

Each justifying a position an action
Each justifying conflict

Their is many commentators many points of view and each appears more disturbing than the last, justifying in this age war that kills more civilians than military personnel, few even from devotee sources mentions what Krishna or the Acharia’s have to say; and on war, what is justified war, how to wage war and the context of war in the age of Kali means.

Here are but a few selected purports to ponder:

This is the symptom of demons. The first concern of a nondevotee is how to enjoy his personal sense gratification at once, whereas the devotee’s first concern is to satisfy the Lord. This is the distinction between the nondevotee and the devotee. In this material world, since most people are nondevotees, they regularly compete, fight, disagree and war among themselves, for everyone wants to enjoy and satisfy his own senses. Therefore, unless such demons become Krsna conscious and are trained to satisfy the senses of the Lord, there can be no question of peace in human society or any society, even that of the demigods. The demigods and devotees, however, always surrender to the lotus feet of the Lord, and thus the Lord is always anxious to satisfy their ambitions. While the demons fight to satisfy their own senses, devotees engage in devotional service to satisfy the senses of the Lord. The members of the Krsna consciousness movement must be alert in regard to this point, and then their preaching of the Krsna consciousness movement will be successful.
SB 8.8.36

The word paribhava-ghnam is significant in this verse. In Kali-yuga human society is infected with enviousness. There is great envy, even among members of the same family, who constantly quarrel in this age. Similarly, neighbors are envious of each other and of each other’s possessions and status. And entire nations, burning with envy, go to war unnecessarily at the risk of genocide caused by terrible modern weapons. But all of these harassments caused by family members, strangers, so-called friends who are unfaithful, opposing nations, financial competition, social disgrace, cancer, etc., can be relieved by taking shelter of the lotus feet of Caitanya Mahāprabhu. It is not possible to save the material body, but one who takes shelter of Caitanya Mahāprabhu loosens the hard knot of the heart that psychologically binds him to the hallucination of identifying with the external body or the subtle material mind. Once this false identification is broken, one can be blissful in any adverse material condition. Those who foolishly try to make the temporary body eternal are wasting their time and neglecting the actual process for making life permanent, which is to take shelter of the lotus feet of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, who is Krsna Himself.
SB 11.

Yamarāja has specifically described the qualities of the Visnudūtas to convince his own servants not to be envious of them. Yamarāja warned the Yamadūtas that the Visnudūtas are worshiped with respectful obeisances by the demigods and are always very alert to protect the devotees of the Lord from the hands of enemies, from natural disturbances and from all dangerous conditions in this material world. Sometimes the members of the Krsna Consciousness Society are afraid of the impending danger of world war and ask what would happen to them if a war should occur. In all kinds of danger, they should be confident of their protection by the Visnudūtas or the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as confirmed in Bhagavad-gītā (kaunteya pratijānīhi na me bhaktaḥ praṇaśyati). Material danger is not meant for devotees. This is also confirmed in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadāṁ na teṣām: in this material world there are dangers at every step, but they are not meant for devotees who have fully surrendered unto the lotus feet of the Lord. The pure devotees of Lord Visnu may rest assured of the Lord’s protection, and as long as they are in this material world they should fully engage in devotional service by preaching the cult of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Lord Krsna, namely the Hare Krsna movement of Krsna consciousness.
SB 6.3.18

Yes a devotee full of compassion for the fallen condition soul is moved by their plight and as indicated we should not get wrapped up in apportioning blame or justification of killing of one over another NO!

Our business remains propagation of this Krishna Consciousness movement which teaches us not to misidentify with the body but identify with the spirit soul, to love and care for all living entities human/animal alike, to care for this land and look after the resources

And most important to unite the whole world in service to Sri Krishna (god) in love and devotion with street singing of the Mahamantra and prasadam distribution that feeds and nourishes mind body and soul

In this age one of the symptoms is war
In this age the solution is the preaching given to us by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu it is the only way in the age of quarrel and hypocrisy.

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New Book Gives Hope & Practical Help in “Heart and Soul Connection”
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Too often, devotee couples face marital challenges without knowing where to go for help, or without feeling confident about letting others know the reality of the problems they face.

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Kolkata Ratha Yatra 2014
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The Ratha Yatra in Kolkata was held on June 29, 2014. The event was entitled as the  "Prabhupada Ratha Yatra" because A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada used to hold a small Ratha Yatra for neighborhood children when he was a boy. A video by Jeff Wilson, commentary is by Subhag. 

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Devotees perform Ratha-yatra in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine as an antidote for the war and conflict
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The smell of herbs and chants. I do not know what you're thinking, but we are talking about the Indian festival "Ratha Yatra". This "festival of chariots" already visited most of Ukraine, and recently visited Dnepropetrovsk. Vaishnava bright costumes, these oriental beauties and the crowd escorted flowered chariot. Yes, the city plunged into authentic Indian feast! The embankment came not only Hare Krishnas and Hindus Dnepropetrovsk, but ordinary onlookers. Songs, dances and candy that throwing people with chariots, lifted the mood. Read more ›

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ISKCON GBC Executive Committee’s Letter to Ukrainian Devotee Refugees
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Recently, responding to the escalating humanitarian crisis in Eastern Ukraine, the Executive Commitee of ISKCON's Governing Commission released a letter addressed to the Ukrainian devotees affected by the challenging situation.

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International Appeal Goes Out to Aid Ukrainian Devotees
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“When the military operations intensified our home turned out to be on the front line. Until the last moment, I had hoped that the war would be over soon.” They were not so lucky. When Lugansk got attacked by mortars and the neighboring street became a battlefield, it was time for Nilacala Dasi, her husband Vrajamani Das and daughter Vrinda Gopi to leave.

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The Marriage of Samba Part 2
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SB 10.68.25-54, Tha Marriage of Samba Part 2, Durban, South Africa.mp3

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Life of Service – A Visit with Mother Nidra at ISKCON Denver
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Every morning, seven days a week, she wakes the Deities and makes the mangala sweet offering. She says one of the reasons she likes to wake the Deities daily is because, "They wake us up." Then she offers the mangala aratik. Every day since 1979 her service has been to bathe and dress Chota Radha Govinda. When she goes on pilgrimage or on the rare occasion is ill, it takes five devotees to cover her services. Every morning she is there for Greeting of the Deities and Gurupuja. She does the morning transfer and carefully puts the Lord's remnants into little bags to distribute to guests & devotees. She always saves a plate and has someone take the plate around after class so each and every devotee gets some maha-prasadam. Seven days a week she is in Srimad-Bhagavatam class hearing very attentively. Right after class she goes on the streets distributing small books and prasadam lollipops. She waves to each driver on the street with a smile and a "Hare Krishna, Good Morning.” She then heads to the park and does the same. Most people are receptive to some extent to her purity and divinity. Although she doesn't move her counter beads after 16 rounds, she estimates she chants about 25 rounds daily. Daily, Mother Nidra engages in 2-3 hours of correspondence. She is in touch with 12 prisoners and does all the mail outs for IPM (since the 1980’s). She also contributes to the Temple newsletter and stays in touch with devotees and congregational members. She somehow recognizes all the devotees' birthdays with whom she in touch, and always sends a devotional card filled with her love and blessings. On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights, she attends Gaura aratik and then gives the Bhagavad-Gita class. Every Wednesday night she joins the devotees in Boulder for Harinama to distribute books as well as at the downtown Denver Mall on Fridays. On Saturdays she distributes books door to door at apartment complexes in the greater Denver area. Read more ›

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Harinama at Broadbeach, Australia, 20 July 2014 (Album 34 photos)
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The holy name of Lord Krishna is a reservoir of all transcendental happiness. It destroys the sins of the Kali-yuga. It is the most purifying of all purifying things. It is the saintly person's food as he traverses the path to the spiritual world. It is the pleasure garden where the voices of the greatest saints, philosophers, and poets play. It is the life of the righteous and the seed of the tree of religion. May that holy name of Lord Krishna bring transcendental auspiciousness to you all.—author unknown (Padyavali 3) Read more ›

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Michigan Colorfest 2014, Novi Civic Center (Album 120 photos)
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O Supreme Personality of Godhead, when someone desires to chant Your holy name, sins tremble in fear, the glory of material illusion faints unconscious, Yamaraja's scribe Citragupta becomes happy and gazes at the chanter's toenails with awe and reverence, and Lord Brahma prepares madhu-parka with which to worship him. O Lord, what more can we say than this?—author unknown (Padyavali 4). Read more ›

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Mahabharata characters 65 Duryodhana 4 Incompetence and fault finding personified
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This talk is a part of the "Fascinating Mahabharata Characters" series. To know more about this course, please visit: bhakticourses.com

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Don’t criticize others – invoke their devotion
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"I do not know how a Christian can violate this important commandment of the Bible, "Thou shalt not kill.'' So in this way, if we want to criticize we can, but it will simply increase our enemies. Better let us try to invoke the dormant transcendental emotion by chanting and dancing."

 

Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita 2 March, 1969

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Gita 03.12 – Consciousness is our contribution to the cosmic cycle and satisfaction will be our return
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HG Narottamananda Prabhu / Kalachandji’s Bhagavad-Gītā Meditation Course – 29
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HG Visvambhara Prabhu / SB 10.66.04
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When can a devotee seek honor instead of being humble?
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Gita 18.62 – Transcend problems by surrender to attain the supreme peace
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Did God create humans to care for him as no other living beings care for him?
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How does atheism lead to abolition of our free will?
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A preacher’s exit
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 June 2014, Stockholm, Sweden, Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 22.75)

Jagannatha_Puri_Mahaprabhu_laid_Haridasa_to_samadhiI will tell you the story of André. Some of you may have heard it… There was a devotee in Holland who was always very eager to preach. He was the kind of person who was very friendly to everyone and with strangers, he would always be friendly. So, he was quite a bold preacher but he had one problem: with principle number four! That principle was a little difficult for him sometimes.

Anyway, one day he went to the director of a big, big warehouse store. You know, a multi-multi-storey thing which has branches all over the country and he said, “In your book department, you are missing the books of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and you should take a full set of these books to make it complete.”

The director told him, “Young man, no one has ever walked to my office like that and sort of treated me the way you did. I must say, you have guts. I will do it.” So, he got (Prabhupada’s) books into all the stores, all over the country. That was very big! So like that, he was a powerful preacher.

Then due to the weakness he had with the principles, in a city like Amsterdam it can be dangerous. At one point, I was no longer in Holland but I heard about it, I heard that he had AIDS. You know, what to do? Anyway such is, such is life.

Then some time later, I was coming through the Netherlands for a few days and someone said, “Did you remember André?”
I said, “Yeah, sure.”
He said, “Well, he is really very close-by in some sort of hospital and he is in his final days. You want to go?”
I said, “Okay, let us go.”

So we went there and he was in this hospital bed and then he coughed. He started coughing and a ball of mucus as big as a tennis ball came out of his mouth and I was like, “Whoa! Some kind of pneumonia that only parrots get and AIDS patients.” It was intense.

So then we were speaking a bit and then he said, “Can you…” He said, “You know, could you do me a favour?”
I said, “Sure.” You know, dying man, right.
So he said, “I am just right now organizing my funeral and I like your singing. Could you sing at my funeral?”
So what can you say when somebody asks. So I said, “Yes.” Then I was thinking, “Gosh, I may have to come back for this…” You know what I mean! “Or should I stay here?” It is like what do I do it? I promised him now.

Anyway, he left his body within days after that and then it was the funeral. So, we went for the funeral. It was a cremation and they had like an amphitheater, and a stage and on the stage, the box was standing there.

So, first a letter was read out and the letter said, “I know that most of you think that I am dead and gone but I have news for you: I am still alive. I am still here but no longer in the same body in which you knew. I have moved on but certainly alive. All of you are my friends and all of you are from very different backgrounds but today, for my sake, I am asking that you appreciate each other. Within a few moments from now, a devotee of the Hare Krsna movement will come forward and he will start singing that Hare Krsna song and I want you all to sing along and not just a little bit but with full enthusiasm, for my sake, today. After that, you are invited to go to the temple and have some prasadam there.”

445525356_640Then it was my turn and I chanted Hare Krsna and I chanted a basic tune, you know, “Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare…” Prabhupada’s tune. Then the people got into because he told them to. There was this big lady (high pitched voice), “Hare Krsna!” You know, like the opera. Then at the very end they gave me a signal to stop and then they turned on the Govindam tape and then slowly the box was going down the stage. The people cracked. I mean, that music was very powerful. They cracked. They just fell in each other’s arms and were crying. Everyone said, “I have never seen a funeral like this.” Well, what can I say? I am sure he got some mercy for that. What do you think? If I could organize my funeral like that, it would be pretty good.

 

 

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The First Regulative Principle
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"The Gosvamis, especially Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, strictly followed all the regulative principles. The first regulative principle is that one must chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra loudly enough so that he can hear himself, and one must vow to chant a fixed number of rounds."

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Antya 11.24

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Three day open festival, New Vraja-dhama, Hungary, 2014 (Bucsu festival) (Album 843 HR photos)
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"One can understand Me as I am, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of Me by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God." To possess bhakti or love for God means to have come in contact with a vaisnava-- a lover of God. This comes about due to sukrti or past tendencies towards spiritual culture. If one holds ice near one's body, he becomes cold. If one holds a flame near one's body, he becomes hot. If one associates with a devotee-- a vaisnava-- he becomes devoted to God. Prahlada Maharaja was a great devotee who, when he was only a young boy, spoke of nine processes which, if executed with sincerity, are sure to reinstate one's original position as an eternal servitor of the Lord. Read more ›

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The Mayor of Harrow officially opens the Summer Fayre at the Krishna Avanti School
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The new Mayor of Harrow officially opened the Summer Fayre at the Krishna Avanti School on Camrose Avenue. The fair was all about raising funds for a new minibus for the school and a great time was had by all. (pictured) The children of Krishna Avanti school along with the Head of the Parents Association, Mr Shah, the Headteacher of the School, Usha Sahani and the Harrow Mayor's chaplain, Srutidharma das of the Hare Krishna temple. Read more ›

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Ratha Yatra-in-the-rain
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New Vrindaban’s Country Ratha Yatra 2014 the most fun one yet!
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Lord Jagannatha's New Vrindaban country-style Ratha Yatra on July 19 was the best one yet! 

Even though there was a constant mist of rain from the skies, with brief periods of hard rainfall, this didn't dampen the devotees' enthusiasm for kirtan.  The balloons tethered to the Lord's cart bounced around joyfully, the bubbles from the bubble machine floated around the devotees' heads, the offerings to the Lord were presented from each householder along the route.  A good and transcendental time was had by all.

This year, for some reason, there were many automobiles trying to drive down the road during parade time.  However, of course, they all had to wait for the Lord's chariot to pass.  As we were aplogizing to one couple who had to turn their large van around in a tight spot, the couple cheerfully declared, "We've been wanting to come up here for a long time.  This looks like fun! Can we stay and watch?"  They weren't phased by the inconvenience..

Jagannatha Ratha Yatra ki jaya!

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Festivals in Krsna consciousness
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When we come to festivals and give our heart to the festival, listen with a desire to advance, apply the knowledge the speaker has spoken in our lives, chant from the heart and dance in kirtan we make a quantum leap in our devotional lives.

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July 22nd, 2014 – Darshan
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Rajen ask of the relevance of the caste system in this age of equal opportunity
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And Manjari asks about the connection between devotees’ lifestyle and ability to follow vows.

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Evening kirtan in NVD on July 21nd
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