Mahabharata characters 65 Duryodhana 4 Incompetence and fault finding personified
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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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Ukrainian Vaisnava Refugee Fund: Updates, fotos and letters
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I’d like to inform you that our family (_______ prabhu, myself and our daughter ______) had to to move to Krasnodar (Russia). Before the war started we had lived in the downtown of Lugansk and planned to stay at the downtown and perform service in the yatra of Alchevsk. When the military operations intensified, our home turned out to be on the front line but till the last moment I had hoped that the war would be over soon. With great disappointment I can tell you that I am still quite strongly attached to everyday material conditions of life. It was difficult for me to leave everything: my friends, yatra, job, career, relatives - and go to some unknown situation. We left the very day when Lugansk was attacked by mortars and the next street became the battlefield. My brother followed me and found himself under air bombardment. We failed to evacuate my father. By Krishna’s mercy all of us survived. I was really scared to cross the border, which was fired on by snipers. _______ turned on the Narasimha kirtan in the car and we thought that if we are shot we might hear the Holy Name at the last moment. For the month we had lived in the area of military operations we had prayed to the Lord for help many times but perhaps our material attachments were stronger than intelligence, which insisted on moving to some safe place. Read more ›

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Ratha Yatra in Bantul, Jogjakarta (Album 89 photos)
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On 20 th July few days ago ISKCON in Jogjakarta held Ratha Yatra for the 1st time in Jogjakarta. It was in Bantul one of Jogjakarta's region. Actually we got invitation for 183 Anniversary of Bantul City. After we attained the Anniversary ceremony than we did the Ratha Yatra parade. The Ratha Yatra end in Mayor's office of Bantul city. At the Anniversary ceremony of Bantul city, Sultan of Jogjakarta Sultanate and also a governor of Jogjakarta was there to lead the ceremony. And HH Subhaga Swami Maharaj had chance to gave one copy of Bhagavad-gita As It Is (Bahasa) to the Sultan. Not only that Maharaj also gave the Bhagavad-gita to the Mayor of Bantul City, Hj. Sri Surya Widati. Ratha Yatra started late so we can distribute the prasadam in the time of the people break their Ramadhan's fast. Many people took our cookies with simle in their face. They also took picture especially our Krishna. Janaspriya prabhu colored his body with Blue paint and dance as Krishna with the gopis. Many devotees come from many part of Indonesia to join the festival Ratha Yatra in Jogjakarta. More than 200 devotees chanting and dancing ecstatically in the street of Bantul. Local people also dance with them. Srila Prabhupada and Lord Jagannath so mercyful that the Ratha yatra came to Jogjakarta. Next Ratha Yatra will be in Binjai, North of Sumatra (August 10th, 2014) than Prabhupada Festival and Ratha Yatra in Denpasar, Bali (23-24 August 2014). Read more ›

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Harinama Sankirtan and Book Distribution at Ann Arbor, United States (Album 43 photos)
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"In this age of Kali, there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative for spiritual progress other than the Holy Name, the Holy Name, the Holy Name of the Lord." The usage of repetition in the above verse as a means of emphasis is rare in Vedic literature, and should be taken to indicate, without a doubt, the paramount position of importance this method of attaining self-realization holds in this era, the Kali-yuga ("the age of quarrel"). The Holy Name of Sri Krishna and Sri Krishna Himself are inseparable, and therefore wherever the Holy Name is, so is Krishna. Read more ›

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New Vrindaban Celebrates 4th Pushpa Abhishek Flower Bathing Ceremony
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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.

Please join us if you’d like.

Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra getting showered with flower petals.

Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra getting showered with flower petals.

 Schedule:

7:00 PM             Artika

7:30 PM             Pushpa Abhishek begins

8:15 PM             Feast

9:15 PM             Swan Boat Festival

If you have any flowers or flower petals you would like to offer to the Lord for the Abhisek, please bring them to the temple room by 9:00 AM. on Saturday morning. We would love your help preparing the petals beginning at 10:00 AM Saturday.

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Hong Kong Book Fair on 18 July 2014 (Slideshow 42 photos)
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ISKCON (Hong Kong) participates in the HK International Book Fair, as usual, we have 2 booths selling books. over 1.200,000 visits were recorded last year, and this year the organizer is expecting another record. Read more ›

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Kirtan Course in Bhaktivedanta College, Radhadesh, Belgium – week 1,2,3 (Album 38 photos)
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This week was spent with HH Kadamba Kanana Swami. The students learnt all about the history and tradition of kirtan and how music is an integral part of the spiritual world. The students also learnt about the prominent/pioneer kirtaniyas in ISKCON from Yamuna devi and Acyutananda to Vishnujana Swami and Govinda Maharaja to Aindra prabhu and Madhava Maharaja also shared with the students his realisations from being an expert kirtaniya. The importance of listening and being attentive to the mood of the congregation is paramount. The essence is to include everyone, bring people in; there must be not only the communication and relationship with Krishna but also with the devotees present Then the students got a unique opportunity to compose their own melody to the maha mantra with Maharaja which they then sang in the temple room for Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha the following evening. Read more ›

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Nitai-fest in Israel: The real solution of all problems! (Album 179 photos)
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Remembrance of the Lord is the most effective penance; the Vedas always recommend imperiled brahmanas to meditate upon the lotus feet of Lord Visnu for protection. Remembering the Lord's name is the same as meditating upon His lotus feet. The holy name can disperse all previous offenses, for it acts as the devotee's best friend. The Lord is an ocean of mercy and forgiveness. Like a dear friend, he forgives one for previous mistakes. Read more ›

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Mahabharata characters 64 Duryodhana 3 Foolishly adding fuel to fire
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Don’t spoil children by artificial standard of sense gratification
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“If they are not spoiled by an artificial standard of sense gratification at an early age, children will turn out very nicely as sober citizens, because they will have learned the real meaning of life…So organize everything in such a way that we can deliver these souls back to Krishna.”

- Letter to Satsvarupa das, November 25, 1971

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“Love yourself” – what is Vedic perspective on this idea?
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What exactly is vrtti?
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Are the intelligence and ego just transformations of the mind or are they constitutionally different?
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What does vikalpa mean in the mind’s sanklpa-vikalpa?
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HG Narottamananda Prabhu / SB 10.66.02
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2014 Open Vyasa-puja book: pdf now online
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The 2014 Srila Prabhupada Tributes book–”the open Vyasa-puja book”– is now available as a pdf file from www.sptributes.com. The book should be available later this week in epub format. Physical books are on schedule for delivery soon, well in advance of Vyasa-puja.

Why so far in advance? So that devotees can start reading the offerings in the book before the day of Vyasa-puja.

Each year, all initiated disciples of Srila Prabhupada are welcome to write offerings for the book. And any disciple who sends an offering will receive a physical copy of the book.

If you were initiated by Srila Prabhupada but didn’t receive an invitation to contribute, please write to sptributes (at) gmail.com in order to be added to the mailing list.

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Mahabharata Receives Two Awards
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Just received two Finalist Medals for my book Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest  from the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  They had notified me last month about an award.  When two medals recently showed up in the mail I thought they had made a mistake. Looking at their letter again I realized I received the Finalist Award in two different categories – Spiritual & Religious Non-Fiction.

Also, I recently posted the first part of a talk I gave at the Wheeling library back in February about the book.  See my site http://mahabharata-project.com  The other two parts are on YouTube.

My intent in writing the book was three fold: 1) to deliver the story as good literature 2) to give it a cinematic slant, as potentially the basis for a film 3) to keep it at a length that could easily be studied in high school and  college classrooms.” Beside the Finalist Awards, the book has received acclaim from scholars across the country and is being used in a couple of courses.

Now the goal is to surpass William Buck's impersonal Mahabharata as the go to book in the academic community. You can help by simply using Google to access my Mahabharata site above.  That will boost the book's visibility. Thanks so very much. 







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Grants Such A Sadhu Divine Love
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"One who con­stantly says he is a poor soul sur­ren­dered to Lord Krishna and who constantly chants Krishna’s name is a real sadhu. He con­sid­er­ing him­self lower than a blade of grass and more tol­er­ant than a tree offers all respects to oth­ers with­out expect­ing any­thing for him­self. The holy name of Krishna grants such a sadhu divine love of God­head."

Sri Hari­nama Cin­ta­mani
Hari­dasa Thakura to Lord Cai­tanya

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Brighton Initiations the devotee family grows nicely
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Whilst at Manchester Rathayatra I was told about a wonderful event that was to happen the following day, made even special as it involved some great devotees who have enhanced and brought great joy to my life due to their smiling lotus face and enthusiasm for Krishna Consciousness.

Sadly I found out a little too late to change plans and attend in person however I feel the need to share this wonderful news as HH Mahavishnu Swami accepts 4 amazing devotees as disciples and welcome them to the greatest family in the world that of the devotee’s:

Robert Mavers was given the name Mantra Chaitanya Das
Lee Keen an amazing devotee who always greets me with a smile and no matter how busy always stops for a chat was given the name Lila Jaggannatha Rather Yatra Das, given his great association with Rathayatra

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My dear friend Bhaktin Shireen who is just by her presence and smile an inspiration and who’s welcome will always bring you running back for more is now Sri Radha Devi Dasi

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And finally Hari Dasi whom I met briefly at Manchester Rathaytra and who’s family is an inspiration as to how all devotee families should be and who’s name encapsulates her completely is Hema Mukhi Devi Dasi

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It is a special day that will change their lives forever and so I wish to pass on my blessing’s to them all and pray that Krishna’s love increases in their hearts each day and in this lifetime they return back home.

A notation also is the news that another two lovely devotee friends got initiated Matty was given the name Bhima Das and his wife Lainey was given the name Jai Sri Radha Devi Dasi and I extended the same heart felt blessings

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Join Us for a Cruise
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Janmastami Celebration in Houston, TX
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22 July 2014 – Kamika Ekadashi
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Service in Serbia – Fruska Gauranga Summer Camp, 2014
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After his stay in Holland, Kadamba Kanana Swami travelled to Serbia and arrived at the Fruska Gauranga Summer Camp on Monday afternoon (7 July). Devotees were eagerly awaiting his visit. On day one, Maharaj gave a short seminar (two lectures) on Sri Caitanya Candramrita by Prabhodananda Sarasvati, which was accompanied by lovely bhajans.

On the second day of his stay, a Ratha Yatra festival was held in Novi Sad, the capital of the province Vojvodina. Together with Sacinandana Swami, Prahladananda Swami, Bir Krishna Goswami and Pankajangri Prabhu, Maharaj led devotees in kirtan along the town’s main streets. The ambassador of India also attended the festival. At one point, near the end of the Ratha Yatra procession, the devotees came to a square where loud music was playing on stage, so Kadamba Kanana Swami started leading a fiery kirtan and all the devotees joined it.

On day three, a ten hour kirtan took place where Maharaj sang twice – once in the morning and again in the evening. After his wonderful evening bhajan, he left us with these thoughts that just like in Bengal, where the discussion stays in the bus throughout the day although those who started it already left the bus, in the same way, we should continue to chant and pray even when he leaves us the next morning.

At three o’clock on Thursday, Maharaj departed for his next destination, Villa Vrindavan in Italy. After the kirtan weekend in Italy, Maharaj visited Radhadesh and participated in the kirtan course. Over this past weekend, he attended the Ratha Yatra in Prague!

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Bhajans - 7 July 2014

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Bhajans – 8 July 2014

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12 Kirtan – part 1 – 9 July 2014

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12 Kirtan – part 2 – 9 July 2014

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Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.16 – Kadamba Kanana Swami & Prahladananda Swami

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Caitanya Candramrta – Part 1 – 7 July 2014

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Caitanya Candramrta – Part 1 – 8 July 2014

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Photos – Ratha Yatra Novi Sad

Courtesy of Nama-rupa devi dasi and Murari Caintanya das

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Photos – Arrival and first days

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Giriraja and Departure

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