Marathonian book distribution in Kiev, Ukraine (Album 25…
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Marathonian book distribution in Kiev, Ukraine (Album 25 photos)
Srila Prabhupada: It is the duty of the mahatmas to chant the Hare Krishna mantra and try to spread it all over the world to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, society is in such an uncivilized state that there are so-called mahatmas who are prepared to kill cows and children and stop the Hare Krishna movement. (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 10.2.37 Purport).
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Gita 02.56 – Emotional non-entanglement with the material characterizes the seer
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Gita 02.55 – Rejection of mental desires and satisfaction in the self define the self-realized
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Kirtan by Abhay on Nov. 13, 2014
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Gita 02.54 – Non-literal meaning illumines when literal meaning stumps
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Gita 02.53 – Persistent absorption comes by consistent rejection of distraction
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Gita 02.52 – Shastra without guru can be a deluding forest for the intelligence
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Radhanath Swami Addresses the Confederation of Indian…
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Radhanath Swami Addresses the Confederation of Indian Industries
“One must earn with integrity and spend with compassion”, urged Radhanath Swami to 150 businessmen at an interactive session titled ‘Spirituality: Leadership and Management’ organized by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), India’s premier business association with a membership of over 100,000 enterprises. The event was held on the morning of December 12th, 2014 at Hotel Trident, Mumbai. Govinda Ethiraj moderated the discussion that included prominent business chiefs of India Mr. Ajay Piramal and Mr. Kishor Biyani who agreed that spiritual principles are universal and can be used as beacons for illuminating the complex and intriguing world of business.
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What is artistic license and how can it be used in devotional dramas?
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Relevant Prabhupada quote:

You can imagine that “In my heart I have placed now a very diamond throne, and Krishna is sitting.” That is accepted. It is... Actually it becomes. Even within the mind you think that “I have kept one diamond throne, very costly throne, because Krishna is coming. He will sit down here,” that is not false. That is a fact. So you create such situation within your heart. “Now Krishna has seated. Let me wash His feet with the Ganges water, Yamuna water. (BhP 1.13.10 lecture, June 1, 1974, in Geneva).

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Devotees distribute books in Govardhan Hill (Album 10…
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Devotees distribute books in Govardhan Hill (Album 10 photos)
Srila Prabhupada: As stated in the Padma Purana: “One cannot understand the transcendental nature of the name, form, quality and pastimes of Sri Krishna through one’s materially contaminated senses. Only when one becomes spiritually saturated by transcendental service to the Lord are the transcendental name, form, quality and pastimes of the Lord revealed to him.”
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Chanting for Peace – Local media feauture a video with…
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Chanting for Peace - Local media feauture a video with Indraduymna Swami and the devotees chanting in Harinama as a means to bring peace after the recent terroristic event in Sydney.
In the wake of Sydney’s hostage crisis, the Hare Krishna’s offered their assistance yesterday in the way they always do best.
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By following the order of the spiritual master one learns to love him and by loving him in service one learns to love Krsna
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In the service of Radha Syama, Iskcon Hungary (Album 29…
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In the service of Radha Syama, Iskcon Hungary (Album 29 photos)
Srila Prabhupada: The performance of sankirtana-yajna is a special concession for human society to save people from being affected by known or unknown sinful activities. We are surrounded by unlimited sins, and therefore it is compulsory that one take to Krishna consciousness and chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 9.16.23 Purport)
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Tel Aviv Harinama (Album 64 photos)
Srila Prabhupada: Kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet [SB 12.3.51] Simply by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, one becomes free from the bondage of material existence and thus becomes eligible to return home, back to Godhead. (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 9.14.48 Purport)
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A Lovely Evening I had been living in the holy village of…
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A Lovely Evening
I had been living in the holy village of Mayapur in India for about 6 months, and recently I had begun to come every evening to the samadhi to play flute. Often, I would fall quiet and gaze up at the mosaics, lost in thought and lost in the glory of everything Srila Prabhupad had done for the world.
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Don’t Think You Have Better Ideas Than Lord Caitanya (5…
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Don’t Think You Have Better Ideas Than Lord Caitanya (5 min video)
A powerful speech by Tribhuvanatha Prabhu, a ‘Harinama General’, about the importance of Street Harinama Sankirtana.
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No compromise!
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 September 2014, Scottburg, South Africa, Youth Programme)
SP_smilingOne thing I really did not like was when my father used to say, “Son, life is a compromise.” That was like giving up before you had even started to try for the ideal.

I was always an idealist, and still today, I am an idealist. My father is late, but if I would meet him now, I would say the same thing. He would say that life is a compromise and I would say, “Maybe for you it is but for me, it’s not.”

But how can I say such a thing? How can I say that life is not a compromise when you have to do so many things that you never asked for? Yes, you have to, because of the circumstances – you cannot just do what you want. So how can I say that life is not a compromise?

Of course, it is true – I have to do things like everyone else – things I am obliged to by my environment. That is there! There are laws, there are rules. There are so many restrictions imposed upon me that I did not ask for but I have to play along, otherwise it is too much trouble. So isn’t life a compromise, as my father would say?

I would say, “No, life is not a compromise.” It is not a compromise because I have not sacrificed my ideal. I have not sacrificed my dream. If you do not have a dream, then you are compromised. If we do not have something to really believe in and strive for, then are we really living? Then, are we going anywhere? Then one has given up before one has tried.

 

 

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Honest, reliable, Vrindavan Taxi Service
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Krishna Balaram Temple

If you are travelling to, from, or around Vrindavan and want a honest, reliable,and friendly taxi service please call my friend Jitoo Sagar. He lives in Vrindavan and has an office there.

You can call Jitoo in Vrindavan on 09837418377 to ask about his taxi service and to make a booking.

I personally recommend this taxi service. I know Jitoo’s family and they are my friends.

When Leanne and I were in Vrindavan, in February this year, we used Jitoo’s taxi service to go to many places in the area. His car was always clean and always on time. You will find the rates reasonable with no hidden costs.

Give him a call and tell him Antony sent you.

Hare Krishna

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Bhagavad Gita, a short summary, in acronyms
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Check out this nifty way to remember what the various chapters of the Bhagavad Gita are about with the “Bhagavad Gita, a short summary, in acronyms”  brought to you by the Bhaktivedanta Manor,

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Gita 02.51 – Same action with higher motivation bestows higher destination
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Gita 02.49 – Yoga facilitates individualized artistic infusion of work with devotion
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HG Narottamananda Prabhu / Kalachandji’s Bhagavad-Gītā Meditation Course – 40 & Kirtan
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HG Nityananda Prabhu / SB 10.74.3
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Top Marks to a Math Whizz
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BY IAN PEREIRA

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: MALAYMAIL (A Life Remembered)

KUALA LUMPUR - The liveliness of Ravindran Pillai's mind and his relish for numbers reflected the diversity of his career which started as an outstanding schoolboy mathematician in 1959.

Always scoring high marks of between 90 and 100 in class test papers at the Bukit Mertajam High School, Ravindran was singled out for a career in engineering.

That came in pass as he served Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and before that Malaysian Singapore airlines (MSA) as flight engineer at the Kuala Lumpur, Sungai Besi airport and subsequently, the Subang International airport.

In all, he served Malaysia Airlines for 26 years as Fokker F27s, DC 80s, Boeing 737s, 747-400 before retiring in 1988 to pursue in religious life in Hinduism. Ravindran died in Petaling Jaya on Nov 10, aged 71.

Ravindren has rare qualities of intellect and collegeaues remember him for the sharpness and creativity of his mind and the ability to get to the root of the problem quickly.

Still, he had the comfort of working in an era before terrorist bombings of civilian aircraft had been added to the hazards of air travel.

Born Ravindren P.N. Pillai in Lunas, Kedah on March 6, 1943, he was one of the three boys of a family of six.

His parents were migrants from Kerala in South India in the early 1920s.

Being bornin the closing years of World War II, Ravindren experienced hard timess attending the ??? English School before moving on to Bukit Mertajam

A model student, he topped the class in studies and excelled in sports, representing BM High ar cricket.

Above all, his mathematics teacher Oh Boon Tat loved him the most.

Ravindren had told his family that Oh was a strict disciplinarian who used cane students when he felt whom he felt did not try hard enough to improve on their mathematics.

At one point, Ravindren got worried when he was not given back his marked test paper until the last.
Finally, Oh called him, "Who taught you to do this sum this way?"
"No sir, I did all by myself."
Oh was greatly impresssed. "Excellent job. For that I give 120 per cent."

Ravindren had apparently bypassed a scale or two of the equation before arriving with the correct answer.

Leaving Bukit Mertajam High with high grades at 16, he went to the Calcutta Aeronautical College in West Bengal, India qualifying as an aeronautical engineer in 1962.

He worked for three years at the Dum Dum airport in Calcutta and at the Pune airport in Maharastra before gaining his flight engineering wings and returning to Malaysia in 1965.

Back home, he flight-engineered the Malaysia Air Charter for five years before spreafing his wings internationally.

Over the years, Ravindren's schoolboy athleticism remained strong throughout his life.

Understandably, it was love in space when he married MSA stewardress Leela Devi in 1974. They raised two children - daughter Anisa is a marketing graduate, and son Ashwin is into audio engineering/musician.

Ravindren was also fond of gardening in his retirement years, opting to speng moretime in the garden on days he did not feel quite up to jogging the 10km to 15km he was accustomed to.

The result was that his garden was filled with a large variety of flowers and shrubs, vegetables and fruit trees, including a priced durian tree that fruited twice a year.

Ravindren could be a demanding colleague who set high standards and looked to others to do the same.

Still he was a generally well-liked flight engineer - far removed from the extrovert image of an avid aviation man. His style was one of quiet authority, leavened with kindness.

His spiritual journey saw him travel many times to India besides serving his temple and spiritual master.

All who knew Ravindren remember him with great affection. He never lost a friend and he scorned convention to the end.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years Leela, daughter, Anisa, son Ashwin and grandchildren Siresha Loba, Samret Ram and Thivisha.

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Don’t mistake the assumption to be the conclusion
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(A spiritualist and a materialist discuss the scope of science, specifically of naturalist science)

Materialist: You are unscientific because science has proven that the soul doesn’t exist.

Spiritualist: Science has done no such thing. In fact, science can’t disprove the existence of the soul, even in principle, at least as long as it sticks to naturalism as its operational methodology.

Materialist: Why can’t science disprove the soul?

Spiritualist: Naturalism begins by assuming as an act of faith that all natural phenomena can be understood in natural terms, where natural essentially means material. And the soul is by definition spiritual, being categorically different from matter, as the Bhagavad-gita (02.16) indicates. So right from the beginning the soul becomes ruled out of the scope of naturalistic science.

Materialist: That simply means the soul doesn’t exist.

Spiritualist: No, it only means that naturalistic science can’t say anything authoritatively about the existence of the soul.

Materialist: Why not?

A naturalist exploring the world is like a person in a libarary wearing earplugs that block out all sound.

Spiritualist: Let me explain with an example. Suppose a person in a library wanting to concentrate on his reading wears earplugs that block all sound. Can he make any authoritative statement about whether there is any sound in the room?

Materialist: No.

Spiritualist: Similarly, naturalistic science in its pursuit of natural explanations for everything blocks out everything non-natural. So it naturally can’t find anything non-natural or non-material such as the soul.

To report the assumption as the conclusion reflects confusion. Naturalists get confused like this because they equate science with one of its methodologies – naturalism.

If science is to make authoritative statements about the soul’s existence, it needs to distance itself from naturalism and adopt another methodology.

Materialist: But why does science need any non-naturalist methodology when the naturalist methodology explains everything?

Spiritualist: Actually, the naturalist methodology doesn’t explain everything. It is useful for understanding the outer world, for that world is mostly made of material things. But it is unhelpful for understanding the inner world, wherein the central reality is consciousness. And consciousness itself is not explainable materialistically – material things are objects, whereas consciousness is subject, being the perceiver of material things. Naturalism when attempting a material explanation for consciousness just can’t explain how matter can produce something that experiences matter. Objects when brought together even in the most complex combinations will still produce objects alone - they will never produce subjects.

Materialist: Hmmm.

Spiritualist: Not only that, many mysterious phenomena related with consciousness such as near-death experiences and past-life memories are also not explainable within a naturalistic framework.

Materialist: But the claims about such phenomena are questionable – none of them have been adequately substantiated.

Spiritualist: Yes, many of these claims are questionable, but not all. Many serious scientists have also researched the phenomena and found credible evidence for them. But passing judgment without examining the evidence is the standard strategy naturalism uses for maintaining its monopoly on science. Despite naturalists’ repeated dismissals of such phenomena as inauthentic, the evidence for their authenticity keeps mounting, being painstakingly accumulated by many careful scientists. Dogmatic rejection of such evidence only stunts the progress of science.

Materialist: Stunts science’s progress? I can’t believe that.

Spiritualist (opening his phone): Let me read to you a couple of quotes from eminent scientists. In his book Essays in Psychical Research, the renowned psychologist William James stated, “Science may keep saying: 'Such things are simply impossible'; yet so long as the stories multiply in different lands, and so few are positively explained away, it is bad method to ignore them.”

Materialist: Hmmm … What’s the other quote?

Spiritualist: It’s by English scientist Alfred Wallace, the co-founder of evolution. In his book My Life: A Record of Events and Opinions, he eloquently wrote how he outgrew the narrow-mindedness that rejected naturalism. “The facts did not fit into my then existing fabric of thought. All my preconceptions, all my knowledge, all my belief in the supremacy of science and of natural law were against the possibility of such phenomena. Every other possible solution was tried and rejected. . . . We ask our readers not for belief, but for doubt of their own infallibility on this question; we ask for inquiry and patient experiment before hastily concluding that we are, all of us, mere dupes and idiots as regards a subject to which we have devoted our best mental faculties and powers of observation for many years.”

Materialist: You may be having a point there.

Spiritualist: To study the non-material arena of consciousness systematically, science needs a non-naturalist methodology that is open to non-material explanations. For those adventurous enough to want to expand the frontiers of science, bhakti-yoga comprises a spiritual science that trains our consciousness to directly perceive the source of consciousness – the soul.

An analysis of bhakti-yoga is, of course, the subject for another discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Lord Is Waiting
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The Lord is waiting for us to make an effort and to express our devotion by trying hard to chant His Holy names with quality.
The Lord wants us to try hard to connect with Him through chanting and by this act of devotion, we can make great progress by Krsna's reciprocation.

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A Lovely Evening
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In the hot summer evening, I stepped onto the cool marble. The cavernous, circular hall echoed with the soft tones of Bengali. Pillars ringed the hall, and the ceiling vaulted high, high up. I lifted my gaze up to the domed ceiling, which was decorated with mosaics depicting scenes of the life of the great saint and missionary, Srila Prabhupad. Below, in the center of this domed, cathedral-like space, stood the altar, which held a golden murti [sacred statue] of Srila Prabhupad.

I settled to a marble step and pulled out my long bamboo flute. I had been taking lessons, and I was such a novice. But here in this grand space, my simple flute playing echoed and echoed and filled the air and filled my body. The flute became my voice to sing a lullaby to Srila Prabhupad.

I had been living in the holy village of Mayapur in India for about 6 months, and recently I had begun to come every evening to the samadhi to play flute. Often, I would fall quiet and gaze up at the mosaics, lost in thought and lost in the glory of everything Srila Prabhupad had done for the world.

I prayed that somehow I would assist him in some way, even if small. But I was open to big, too!

I played my flute until the pujari swished closed the red velvet curtains. I took the flute from my lips, and in the sudden quiet I fell to my knees to the cool marble and offered my respects. The sound of the flute feathered away to silence.



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Blind leading the blind
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I was reading the news about how Taliban massacred more than 140 children inside a school building. It is indeed painful to see such brutality and all happening in the name of religion. I express my deepest condolences to those families who lost their children. This is just one incident among the many we hear practically every day where people kill people in the name of religion or opposing dogmas.

If we go back in time, Kamsa did a similar heinous crime of killing six babies. But Kamsa, in fact, did not promote abortion. In the US alone, approximately one million babies are aborted every year and eighty five percent or so of them are done for convenience. How is this killing of the baby in the womb different from a gunman killing young children in the name of God? The fact is both are heinous and should be condemned.

Every year approximately four billion innocent animals are slaughtered in the US alone. How is this not a crime? So killing is going on at every level and karma will get back to us. Srila Prabhupada said that as long as we kill innocent animals and babies in the womb, nature will have its way in balancing karma. Unfortunately, we are in a situation where blind leaders are leading the blind people and making blind policies leading everyone into the ditch.

This shooting is simply a symptom of the modern day culture of blind leading the blind. The only solution - to enlighten the spiritually blind with transcendental knowledge.

na te viduh svartha-gatim hi vishnum
durasaya ye bahir-artha-maninah
andha yathandhair upaniyamanas
te 'pisa-tantryam uru-damni baddhah

Persons who are strongly entrapped by the consciousness of enjoying material life, and who have therefore accepted as their leader or guru a similar blind man attached to external sense objects, cannot understand that the goal of life is to return home, back to Godhead, and engage in the service of Lord Vishnu. As blind men guided by another blind man miss the right path and fall into a ditch, materially attached men led by another materially attached man are bound by the ropes of fruitive labor, which are made of very strong cords, and they continue again and again in materialistic life, suffering the threefold miseries. - SB 7.5.31

Hare Krishna


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Devotees chant for peace after the recent Sydney Siege
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At around 1.10 in the video the harinam party chant as Indradumnya Swami addresses the television cameras

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Second Initiation, December 14, Carpinteria, California
Giriraj Swami

12.14.14_CarpIn this ceremony, Tulasi Manjari dasi received second initiation from Giriraj Swami, who read and spoke from Bhagavad-gita 14.26.

“Srila Prabhupada would say that in other conceptions, the worshippers think of God as the father and that the nature of the children is to take service from the father — ‘I need this,’ or ‘I want that.’ But in the Bhagavata conception, God become the child of the devotee. Instead of the devotee thinking, ‘O God, You are my father. I have so many needs and wants, and You have to fulfill them.’ Instead, a devotee is thinking, ‘O Krishna, You are my son. I have to feed You, otherwise You will be hungry.’ So, it is a very elevated and sublime process — part of the process of bhakti-yoga that has come down to us from Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu through Rupa Goswami and other acharyas.”

Second Initiation, Carpinteria, California

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Merry Krishnas
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Its the season to be jolly, and who better to help the merriment than the devotees of Krishna helped along by their neighbours, Soho publicity company Mr. President. The result is Christmas songs with a difference, recorded, filmed and promoted as a gift to the temple. More established stars of popular music will no doubt sleep peacefully in their beds without too much fear of competition, but there’s always chance of last minute surprises.


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Daily-Bhagavatam 61 – 11.07.51 – Live beyond the world, as does the sun
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Radhanath Swami Speaks at Oxford Union with Dr. Cornel West
On December 3rd Radhanath Swami was invited to participate in a historic discussion by the Oxford Union, one of the world’s most prestigious debating societies. Founded in 1823 with the aim to promote debate and discussion, and steeped in history and prestige, the Union has an unparalleled reputation for bringing international speakers to Oxford University, boasting such noteworthy guests as William Gladstone, Winston Churchill and Richard Nixon.
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Gita 05.29 – Knowing Krishna’s greatness and kindness grants profound peace
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Travel Journal#10.21: Still More New York City Harinama
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Diary of a Traveling Sadhaka, Vol. 10, No. 21
By Krishna-kripa das
(November 2014, part one)
New York City
(Sent from Brooklyn, New York, on December 16, 2014)

Where I Went and What I Did

I continued chanting with the New York Harinam party organized by Rama Raya Prabhu in Union Square Park, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. every day. In the evenings, we continued engaging passersby in offering candles to a picture of Krishna in His childhood feature of Damodar, until the month of Karttika ended. On rainy and cold days we chanted in subway stations at Union Square and Times Square in Manhattan and Jackson Heights in Queens.

I include quotes and notes on Srila Prabhupada's books and lectures, some notes on Tamal Krishna Goswami's memoirs, and notes on the classes at the Harinam Ashram by Abhiram Prabhu, Laksmi Nrsimha Prabhu, Rama Raya Prabhu, and Jayadeva Prabhu, who was visiting from South Africa. I was especially impressed this issue by great number of useful realizations of Laksmi Nrsimha Prabhu. I also have a great quote from Back to Godhead by Nagaraja Prabhu.

Itinerary

December 16 to 20: New York City Harinam
December 21: Albany, New York, with family
December 22 to 30: San Juan, Puerto Rico
December 31 to April 2015: Florida (Gainesville, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and Tampa)

Harinama in New York City

I share stories, photos, and videos from harinamas in New York City, at Union Square Park, and the subway stations at Union Square, Times Square, and Jackson Heights / Roosevelt Avenue.

Sometimes encouraging passersby to offer candles to the picture of Lord Krishna as the child Damodara, along with His mother, was a challenge.

One Afro American guy, when I inquired, “Would you like to offer a candle?” said, “Are you crazy?” I did not think of anything to say other than “No.”

One lady did not want to offer a candle to a pagan God saying it was against her religion. I mentioned that the Catholics consider the forms of the saints to be worth of respect, but she replied she was Jewish and did not believe in that. I explained that God had his personal and impersonal features and both were worthy of worship, and I wished her a pleasant day, thanking her for her time.

On the bright side, one young lady was happy to offer the candle and to get a card for the Bhagavad-gita classes, saying she would definitely go.

Here is another guy happy to offer a candle.

Sometimes quite a crowd would watch.

I offered someone a Krishna: Reservoir of Pleasure,and he declined saying, “I am alright.” I replied, “I can see you are alright, but you could be better!” As he continued walking, he said thoughtfully, “That is true.” A partial victory.

One girl seemed happy to see the devotees, and I gave her some shakers to shake. Then I motioned for her to sit down and she did so and listened to the chanting with great absorption.

Then she started to chant as well. She explained that she was in a jolly mood and decided to celebrate by chanting with Hare Krishnas. She must have stayed a whole hour playing the shakers and even chanting a lot of the time. When she got up to leave I suggested that she get a CD but she said she was spending her last money on a therapy session. I said if you listen to the CD, you will not need a therapy session. I explained that when my last girlfriend broke up with me, I took shelter of the chanting and surpassed my lamentation and that my guru approved of my program of chanting therapy. She said she would definitely be back to chant with us.

One lady with a blissful smile on her face took a picture of our party in the Times Square subway station. She told me she knew Hare Krishnas from Amsterdam. I told her how Hare Krishna founder, Srila Prabhupada, spoke in Vondelpark there in the 1970s. She said that she remembered that because her parents were hippies living there at that time. I gave her an invitation to our temple in Amsterdam, and she said she would give it to her father. 
 

One kid loved playing shakers and dancing to our kirtana in the Union Square subway station.

She was really into it as you can see from this video (http://youtu.be/jJgub2nvd8o?list=UUyX3GeJnezBLxReGX0S6BTw):


A lady also danced in the subway station there.

 A couple danced to our kirtana at Union Square.

One man played his djembe, and Lee, aged 70, a regular, played his flute.


Two young ladies sat down with us and loved hearing the chanting and playing the shakers.

Another couple took pleasure in dancing with Bhagavatananda Prabhu and an onlooker took a picture of the scene. 
 

Two young ladies really delighted in playing the shakers and dancing.

More students from New York Film Academy came to Union Square and filmed the devotees. I talked to them afterward and mentioned how Mijal, also a student there, had made a documentary on one of our devotees. Eliana, Mijal's instructor, said she was just telling the students about Mijal and her Hare Krishna documentary when I came up to talk to them. 
 
I gave Eliana a Krishna: Reservoir of Pleasure, and she and another lady on the film crew looked at it with interest.

She smiled when she noticed that I was photographing her. Usually she is on the other end of the camera!

When Natabara Gauranga Prabhu was singing, a small girl began dancing, perhaps inspired by Isaiah, who enjoys dancing with us regularly.

You can see them both dancing in this video (http://youtu.be/mYu6SNk6xDs?list=UUyX3GeJnezBLxReGX0S6BTw):


Once the police stopped us from playing the drum as people had complained to them about drumming in the Square, probably because of some of the other park drummers.

We did a standing up kirtana, just playing the karatalas. 
 
 
It became pretty lively with lots of dancing.

Once while Ananta Prabhu was leading a lively kirtana, one guy took pleasure in dancing (http://youtu.be/nAZrtpi7TMY?list=UUyX3GeJnezBLxReGX0S6BTw).


New York City has quite a variety of people, some quite eccentric in attire and behavior. Some attract quite a crowd, and this is sometimes a curse and sometimes a blessing. Sometimes the eccentrics draw the attention of the onlookers, and even sometimes the devotees themselves, away from the chanting of the holy name. But they also get people who have no interest in our chanting to stay within earshot for a lot longer than they otherwise would and thus become elevated by the spiritual vibrations, even without their knowledge. 


On Halloween, the guy I refer to as the bird man came by.


He has a bird perched on his head, and he wears quite a costume. Although it was Halloween, I have seen him dressed that way on other occasions.

In the beginning of November, the cat man come by. He has trained his cat to feel completely satisfied to sit on the man's head.

  The man even did a few dance steps, while cat remained in his fixed position.

  One of my favorite subway venues is the Jackson Heights / Roosevelt Ave. subway station.

Ananta Prabhu sang at Jackson Heights and people liked to listen and a few even danced (http://youtu.be/GCJx59o1zE0?list=UUyX3GeJnezBLxReGX0S6BTw):


One older man takes pleasure in dancing with us almost every time we go there.

Rachel would distribute books there.

Once in Jackson Heights, a young Afro-American lady with a bright smile, obviously happy to hear our singing, ascended the stairway across the hallway from us, glancing in our direction. I came over and offered her a Krishna: Reservoir of Pleasure, saying it described our spiritual practice from India, involving meditation and yoga. She declined to accept it, saying she was a Christian. I explained that it was universal knowledge, but she remained doubtful. I decided to try to give her a cookie, saying enthusiastically, “We have free cookies today. Do Christians eat cookies?” She said, “Yes.” and I got her a cookie from the table. She ate the cookie, continuing to listen to the chanting, and before she left she came up to me and said, “Christian or no Christian, you are one of the friendliest people I have met in quite a while.” To see photos I took but did not include in this journal, click on this link:

On the Disappearance of Urjasvat Prabhu

Laksmi Nrsimha Prabhu:

Urjasvat Prabhu was alwaysjolly, relishing every aspect of Krishna consciousness, playing the mrdanga, chanting “Hari Haribol,” taking prasadam, associating with devotees, and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books. He was put in change of the program for new devotees in New York, and you could see why. Everyone loved to be with him. In 1975 we had 30 or 40 devotees, and in 1980 when we sold the building we had 200 devotees.

Every Saturday night we would go on harinama a 100 or 200 devotees strong.

He later took over as temple president in the Dominican Republic for many years.

He was found lying on the floor, clutching a favorite book of Lord Caitanya’s glories. The day before he had said, “I am just looking in the sky for the Vaikuntha Express to come and get me.”

Rama Raya Prabhu:

He visited New York not too long ago and with great difficulty came on harinama. He classes after hisstroke were extremely powerful realizations of Krishna consciousness.

He told me in the 1970s to chant Hare Krishna and there will be no problems. Now looking back on everything, I can see he was right.

Insights

Srila Prabhupada:

from a conversation with disciples in Rome, Italy, in May 1974:

Many a rascal thinks that now that he has gotten a human body, he can never again be degraded to the animal species. . . . But nature will force him to accept the body of a cat or dog. The decision is not yours but that of the superior authorities – just as in the office, when you get promoted or demoted, the decision is not yours but that of the directors. You cannot say, ‘No, no. I am not going to accept this new post.’ No. You have to accept.”

from an initiation lecture in Toronto, Canada, on June 17, 1976:

If you purify your existence by tapasya [austerity],then you will be happy eternally. There will be no end. Here in the material world any happiness is temporary – either for five minutes or five days or five years or five hundred years or five millions of years. It will end. But if you purify your existence, then the happiness will never end.”

from Srimad-Bhagavatam7.15.24, purport:

People do not know that because of killing innocent animals they themselves will have to suffer severe reactions from material nature. Any country where people indulge in unnecessary killing of animals will have to suffer from wars and pestilence imposed by material nature. Comparing one’s own suffering to the suffering of others, therefore, one should be kind to all living entities.”

from Srimad Bhagavtam 10.9.19, purport:

A devotee can understand how powerful is unalloyed devotional service to Krishna; it is so powerful that Krishna can be controlled by an unalloyed devotee. This bhrtya-vasyatadoes not mean that He is under the control of the servant; rather, He is under the control of the servant’s pure love.”

from Srimad Bhagavtam 10.6.27–29, purport:

The Ayurveda-sastra[the medical division of the Vedas] recommends, aushadhi cintayet vishnum:even while taking medicine, one should remember Vishnu, because the medicine is not all and all and Lord Vishnu is the real protector. The material world is full of danger (padam padam yad vipadam).

a letter to Mr. King in February 1975:

We practice bhakti-yogastrictly and since bhaktiincludes all other results obtained from practicing other yogas, as it is declared in the Bhagavad-gitato be the culmination of all yogas it becomes unnecessary for us to apply any other techniques besides simply chanting and hearing about the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, who is called Yogesvara or the master of all yoga. Of course, it is certain that if one sits with straight spine it may be of some help in his ability to concentrate, but it cannot be considered as essential by any means. That thing which is really essential in bhaktiis to develop one’s eternal dormant love for Krishna.”

from Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.30.37:

Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted His followers to move all over the world to preach in every town and village. In the Caitanya sampradaya,those who strictly follow the principles of Lord Caitanya must travel all over the world to preach the message of Lord Caitanya, which is the same as preaching the words ofKrishnaBhagavad-gita— and Srimad-Bhagavatam.The more the devotees preach the principles of krishna-katha,the more people throughout the world will benefit.”

from a class on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.54 given in Vrindavan:

Dhira means intelligence. The opposite is crazy or rascal.

Without understanding what is spirit what is the question of spiritual advancement of life?

Our Krishna consciousness movement is to educate the rascals. That is all.
Those who are dhira [sober] know “what I am.”

The first question is “what am I?”

Foolish people are after preyas, immediate benefit, while intelligent people are after sreyas, ultimate benefit.

If one wants to enjoy this material world in sense gratification, he cannot become Krishna consciousness. That is not possible.

If you are serious about the ultimate goal of life, you must approach a spiritual master.

If you want to enjoy sense gratification go to the club, if you are inquisitive about the ultimate goal of life join the Krishna consciousness movement.

Rascals think they are independent. Factually no one can extend their life one moment.

By yoga system one can become dhira. It is a mechanical system, but it is valuable because without become dhira one cannot advance in spiritual.

If by great fortune one encounters a guru, one can progress.
Dhruva’s mother was Krishna consciousness so he became so nice.

Dhruva went to the forest to seek Krishna out of sentiment, but Krishna within his heart could see he was serious, and sent Narada to be his guru.

If one sees Krishna, there is no more benediction that is needed.

If one becomes a devotee, he asks for nothing material as Lord Caitanya teaches, “Na dhanam na janam na sundarim . . . [No wealth, no fame, no women . . . ]

You may have a very beautiful wife, but how long can you enjoy.

At the time of death, if you have doggish mentality, you will have to take the body of a dog.

This is going on. You may believe or not believe. But if you do not believe you are a rascal.

From a lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.17 given on August 20, 1972, in Los Angeles:

This vibration of Hare Krishna mantra is so strong that it will benefit anyone who hears. Therefore we are sending sankirtana party. They may understand or not understand, they may appreciate or not appreciate, we are forcing them to become pious simply by hearing this Hare Krishna mantra. It is so nice.”

Tamal Krishna Goswami:

No one had greater managerial duties than Srila Prabhupada yet he never missed an opportunity for direct preaching.

Without gaining the higher taste from preaching, what is the motivation for maintaining our strict vows of renunciation?

Abhirama Prabhu:

Karandhar Prabhu, by his organization skill, made ISKCON Los Angeles transition from a group of well-intentioned ex-hippies to an organized effective society.

At this point we have no actual love and thus the love of the residents of Vrindavan is not conceivable.

Is there a love song, where the singer says, “I will love you like anything for two years, and then I will find someone else, and then I will love them and forget all about you.”? No, there is no such song, but there is such love in this world.

90% of Indians do not know anything about property taxes because they do not have to pay them. They just build a hut some place, and no one says anything about it.

Because the rope meant to tie Lord Damodar was a pure devotee of Krishna, it could not think of tying up Krishna because it knew Krishna as a rascal kid did not want to be tied up. But as Krishna realized His mother was becoming frustrated and felt compassion for her, when He agreed to let her bind Him, the rope assisted.

We start participating in the pastime by hearing about it, repeating it, etc.

We follow Srila Prabhupada because he came to the West to save us.

It is not advisable to think that you can absorb yourself in Krishna’s pastimes while neglecting the dharma for the age of harinama sankirtana.

We must be chaste to our particular guru although there may be many qualified gurus just as a wife must be chaste to her husband although there are many qualified men.

When our relationship with the divine is intact, all our other relationships become complete.

Although Krishna is most unforgettable, by the strength of his illusory energy, people can forget Him and lose themselves in all kinds of other relationships.

In this world, we are attracted by other people’s opulence and consider those people to be then worthy of our love.

Even the goddess of fortune cannot imagine how Mother Yasoda can breast feed Krishna and reprimand Him.

Krishna always has the pleasure of being the supreme controller, so He becomes eager experience being controlled.

Because Krishna trusts Yasoda He is willing to subordinate Himself to her will.

Krishna book was one of the first books Srila Prabhupada printed for mass distribution.

Janmastami is celebrated in a big way in India, more so in North India than South India.
Messiah was a commonly used term like guru. Not that there was only one messiah but that there was one great messiah.

As no one can attain Krishna without the mercy of the guru, no one can attain Lord Caitanya, who is Radha-Krishna Themselves, without the mercy of Lord Nityananda.

The Lord invests His potency in one who is submissive to the previous spiritual teachers.

Like a man who has a son who has rebelled and gone away may get another son to go find his brother, so the Lord sends the pure devotee to invite the conditioned souls to return to Him. Because of their brotherly relationship he may likely be successful, more so than if the father went himself.

As the movement is growing, it is becoming like India, and there are many devotees but not all disciples.

You are not going to get out of this material world by being a Hindu, but by strictly following the guru.

Srila Prabhupada advised, “Do not associate with the babaji in Radha Kund. Do not associate with the residents of Vrindavan. You will not understand them, and they will not understand you. Krishna-Balaram is your Vrindavan.”

Krishna has invited you via this parampara (spiritual lineage), and through it is how you will go back to Godhead. It is as if you get an invitation from the White House to lunch on November 14, you cannot think, “Oh I am pretty busy on the 14th, I will go on the 12th.”

The babajis preserved the purity of our succession. They would rather chant alone at a latrine than to be in the association of neophyte devotees.

We call others Prabhu. When we do that, it helps us cultivate humility ,and it cultivates in the others the attitude of giving spiritual shelter.

If we are not different from others, we will not go to a different place; we will end up in the same place.

The dean of the liberal arts college of New York University said in speech, “Liberal arts means to understand cosmology. By that I mean knowing where am I, where God is, and what is in-between.”

Everything is there in Mahabharata.

Srila Prabhupada remembered everything I said or did.

He would continue a conversation that he had begun many days before without thinking anything of it.

Laksmi Nrsimha Prabhu:

If we say something we have heard from scriptural authority, it will have the spiritual potency to liberate people. We may say other things that sound intelligent and make sense, but they will lack potency.

Why do you want to be another face in the crowd when Srila Prabhupada gave you enough information from the scriptures and the previous teachers to glow?

Tamal Krishna Swami and Vishnujana Swami were called the spider and the spider web. Vishnujana Swami would attract people, and Tamal Krishna Swami would convince them to stay.

We must also accept the mood of the guru in addition to accepting his order.

The Vedic paradigm is that the siksa-guru must have the same mood as one’s diksa-guru.

The esarajwas used before the harmonium for Vaishnava bhajana.

Vishnujana Swami said to me, “Just travel with me for a year and see what you can get out of it, and if you do not like it, you can leave.” So I joined him 42 years ago.

Yoga is for people who are suffering to become free.

TheBhagavad-gita first gives general knowledge, then the confidential knowledge of the self as beyond the body, then knowledge of the relationship between the self and the Superself, and ultimately pure devotion to Krishna.

There is no trace of a separate conception from the Supreme Godhead in the personalities of the Lord’s eternal associates.

According to Kavi Karnapura’s Ananta Vrindavan Campu, Krishna’s pastimes of killing the demons and His pastimes as a baby only occur in His pastimes in the material world.

Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that inattentiveness causes distraction, laziness, and apathy. Attentive chanting can overcome all the other offenses.

There are three kinds of sukriti [meritorious activities] karma, jnana, and bhakti.

The genius of Srila Prabhupada is that he planted many seeds of bhakti by giving peoplethe opportunity to hear the glories of Krishna.

Srila Prabhupada told one disciple that she had no previous piety and her attraction to Krishna was simply mercy.

Sridhara Maharaja said that Srila Prabhupada was specifically empowered by Lord Caitanya to spread Krishna consciousness in the West.

You are in the best field, New York City. I can tell you that by experience. [Laksmi Nrsimha Prabhu was temple president in New York City for many years.]

There is one prayer by Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya that glorifies Lord Nityananda in relationship with His devotees, as the life force of His two wives, Jahnava and Vasudha, the son of Mother Padmavati, and the spiritual brother of Lord Caitanya.

Why does Krishna give four yoga systems and not just bhakti?Because people have different natures. He knows everyone is looking for Him, but because of their different natures, they are looking in different places. Because they do not know Krishna, they seek pleasure in His external energy, and because it is His energy, there is a little pleasure there.

God is complete, but how could He be complete without a form?

Bhakti is not a stepping stone leading you somewhere. It is the means and the ends.

In the beginning of Caitanya Bhagavata the holding of festivals on the appearance and disappearance days of the incarnations of the Lord and His pure devotees is stated to be of great importance.

Janmastami for me was always simply fasting, kirtana (chanting), and Krishna-katha.

It was always earth shattering news when Srila Prabhupada had serious health problems. We could not imagine how we could continue the mission without Srila Prabhupada’s personal guidance. We would hold twenty-four-hour kirtana for his recovery, begging Krishna not to take Srila Prabhupada.

The force of Srila Prabhupada’s purity generated enthusiasm and determination to spread Krishna consciousness.

We have to become Krishna conscious, and we have to convince others.

I was in charge of the money belt on Radha Damodara. Tamal Krishna told me to never take it off. I took it off to take a shower. I was late for mangala arati, so I ran to the temple room with it hanging on a hook in the bathroom. Tamal Krishna called me into his office, and he said he needed some money. I reached for the money belt, but it was not there. I went to look for it, and I could not find it. Tamal Krishna chastised me for a while, and then handed me the money belt back. That was just to impress upon me the importance of being responsible. Srila Prabhupada had done the same with him, and he was doing it to me.

Srila Prabhupada’s vision was so broad that it included seemingly contradictory ideas of preaching. He encouraged both the sannyasisand brahmacarisin their bus program and the grhasthasin their businesses to support the preaching.

Both management and preaching must both go on, and those involved in each must appreciate those involved in the other.

We cannot understand the greatness of a devotee without service to him.

The Radha Damodara party picked up many people who would never would have made it a temple. My friend, Radha Ramana, who joined with me, and I were included among them. I had tried to live in our Henry Street temple before, but it was too claustrophobic for me.

Srila Prabhupada was a man of total practicality.

On the Radha Damodara party we would occasionally run into the library party, headed by Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami, which was placing Srila Prabhupada’s books in university libraries.

My wife’s uncle worked hard his whole life without taking a vacation until age 72 when he retired. He then bought round trip plane tickets for he and his wife to enjoy their first vacation. Unfortunately, while standing in the check-in line, he died of a heart attack.

Srila Prabhupada, the Six Goswamis, and Lord Caitanya have given the world pure devotional service, unmotivated and uninterrupted service to Krishna.

Bhaktivinoda Thakura said that bhakti can be cultivated through five venues, the mind, the body, the senses, the natural inclinations of the soul, and through society. Family life is under the heading of society.

One of the greatest joys of the householder is that his children become devotees, and one of his greatest heartbreaks is that they are not so inclined.

If you worship Krishna regardless of your desires, you become purified, and you do not want anything.

If one is progressing spiritually, if Krishna fulfills his material desires, the devotee is not very much concerned about it.

Destiny is the language of God. What happens to me is for my benefit. Krishna sees what lessons we need, and they unfold.

Forget what we have done for others, remember what others have done for us, and remember death.

We have four voices to contend with that of the body and senses, that of the mind, that of the intelligence, that of the ego, and beyond them the voice of the soul.

What you allow yourself to contemplate you will become attached to. It does not matter if you have been in the movement for five years or five minutes.

It is the nature of devotional service that if we live it, we will want to give it, and if we give it, we will want to live it more.

My father was very strongly built and was not intimidated by anyone. The only time I saw fear in my father’s eyes was at the time of death. Without relationship with Krishna, we cannot be fearless at the time of death, for death is nothing for a devotee.

Many brahmacaris did join the Radha Damodar party. Hemanga Prabhu wanted to join. The temple presidents did not want all their men to join our party, so we told him he could not come. He said, “Suppose I bloop [leave the temple] and you find me hitchhiking on the street, will you pick me up?” We said we would and so it happened that way, and he came on the party.

The neophyte devotee starts out being enthusiastic about everything, and later sometimes is unenthusiastic about those things he does not like to do.

We do not see things as they are but as we are.

Bhakti is taking ourselves out of the center of the universe and putting Krishna there.

On the Radha Damodara party when the Christians chanted slogans to disturb us at Berkeley, the students shouted them down. We did not have to do a thing. We kept on chanting.

Bhaktivinoda Thakura cites six types of materialists:
those with no faith in God and no morals
those with morals but no faith in God
those with morals and faith in God but morals are more important
pretenders and their followers
impersonalists
polytheists

Pradyumna who was knowledgeable in Sanskrit defined bhakti as “to make oneself available.”

I tell people that I do not watch the news because it is the same things, just different names and places.

Nagaraja Prabhu:

from “The Alarm is Ringing,” in Back to Godhead, Vol. 49, No. 2, March / April 2015:

We’re all eternal spiritual beings, but we’re asleep in our material bodies, our present short life of no more eternal significance than the dream we had last night. The Vedas are the alarm to wake us up to reality. If we ignore that transcendental sound calling to us from our eternal home, we’re like the dreamer who thinks his ringing alarm clock to be a sound within his dream. He just snoozes on, sunk in deep illusion while life passes by.”

Rama Raya Prabhu:

The greatest fight in our life is to conquer our own mind and senses.

Srila Prabhupada asked Toshan Krishna Prabhu how he got the permit for the Ratha-yatra in New York City. Toshan replied, “I just asked for permission for a parade with three hand pulled carts, and they gave me a permit.”

Expanding the discussion of the Lord pastimes with the devotees and others gives joy to the devotees.

We are trying to get the mercy of the pure devotee by showing our sincerity by doing the sadhana nicely.

In addition to performing sankirtana and engaging others in it, we have to convince others of its paramount importance.

In 1907 Bhaktivinoda Thakura wrote his last writing that he cares not for piety but only that which will assist him in his pure devotional service.

To preach Krishna consciousness is the only valid reason to leave the holy dhama.

Bhaktisiddhanta Saravati Thakura said Radha Kund [Lord Krishna's favorite body of water] would be very nice if it was rescued from 100 immoral men. Actually these men are not living at Radha Kund they are living at Naraka Kund [hell].

Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that family members who are nondevotees are no better than strangers.

We should be expert in not creating problems in a situation where there are no problems.

Prabhupada called the 26 Second Avenue, ‘A kindergarten of spiritual life.’

Jayadeva Prabhu [from South Africa]:

Prahlada Maharaja considered that material benedictions are a potential obstacle in pure devotional service and so he did not want any such benediction from Lord Nrsimha.

By Prahlada Maharaja’s association we can come up to a higher standard of devotional service.

If people ask you if Krishna consciousness is a religion, and you say “yes,” they will not want to hear about it. If you say it is a spiritual culture, you can continue the conversation.

If they say “I am God, you are God, she is God,” if you explain that we are both one with God and different from God, thus partially accepting what they say, they may be inclined to continue the conversation or buy a book about Krishna consciousness and gain higher knowledge.
The intelligence is next to the soul and meant to protect the soul, but if it is contaminated by lust we will be mislead. We should neglect our materially contaminated intelligence, and take direction from our spiritual master, the revealed books of knowledge, and the community of saints.

Association with preachers is valuable since one must be empowered by Krishna to preach, and thus you are associating with people empowered by Krishna.

You can melt the hearts of the devotees even more by doing service for them.

An advanced disciple immediately understands what the guru wants.

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tattva-vastu—krishna, krishna-bhakti, prema-rupa
nama-sankirtana—saba ananda-svarupa

The Absolute Truth is Sri Krishna, and loving devotion to Sri Krishna exhibited in pure love is achieved through congregational chanting of the holy name, which is the essence of all bliss.” (Sri Caitanya-caritamrita,Adi-lila 1.96)

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Gita 02.49 – The good becomes bad when it becomes the enemy of the best
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Gita 02.48 – Yoga requires material indifference to provide spiritual transcendence
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Gita 02.47 – Make sense of four counterintuitive assertions by seeing the full picture
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Gita 02.46 – Understand multivalence of Veda to grasp how transcending the Vedas fulfills their purpose
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Preaching program in Vienna, Austria (Album 28 photos)
Srila Prabhupada: The Hare Krishna mantra is specifically mentioned in many Upanisads, such as the Kali-santarana Upanishad, where it is said: “After searching through al the Vedic literature, one cannot find a method of religion more sublime for this age than the chanting of Hare Krishna.”
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