Initiation Ceremony, September 9, Houston
Giriraj Swami

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“These are serious vows. Srila Prabhupada said that if he had relaxed the regulative principles he could have had millions of disciples. But he didn’t want cheap disciples. He said that one moon brightens up the night more that millions of little stars twinkling. He wasn’t after twinkling stars he was after one moon. Then he said that by Krishna’s grace he got many moons.”

Srila Prabhupada said that chanting is easy. Anyone can chant. But the determination to chant at least sixteen rounds a day is not so easy.” —Giriraj Swami

First initiates:

1. Indira Manrakhan was initiated as Indira Radha dasi
2. Jenny Coopoosamy was initiated as Jayasri Radhika dasi
3. Madhulika Rana was initiated as Yasomati dasi
4. Nishana Baboolall was initiated as Nitya Radhika dasi
5. Rajshree Soburrun was initiated as Rajesvari dasi
6. Satidanand Soburrun was initiated as Saci Dulal das
7. Salonee Robichon was initiated as Saci Sundari dasi
8. Cicily Carter was initiated as Sundari Priya dasi

Second initiates:

1. Abhirama das
2. Nitya-manjari dasi
3. Indira Manrakhan
4. Rajshree Soburrun
5. Satidanand Soburrun
6. Salonee Robichon
7. Vrindavan Nath das
8. Karunavatara
9. Kishori Radha
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Talk by Giriraj Swami, Keshava Bharati Das Goswami, and Bhakti Sundar Swami
Kirtan by Giriraj Swami
Talk by Giriraj Swami and Name Giving

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Is having negative opinions about others a subtle form of Vaishnava apradha?
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Bhagavatam tenth canto study 37 – 10.7.7-12 Vrajavasis try to protect the one who protects everyone
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BIRTHDAY GIFTS FOR SRIMATI RADHARANI
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The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites you and your family to join us on Sunday, September 16th for Radhastami celebrations - celebrating the appearance of Srimati Radharani! Festivities will commence at 6:00pm, stay tuned for more details. As an annual tradition, the highlight of the evening will be when we open gifts for Srimati Radharani that have been brought by the assembled devotees.

If you and your family feel inclined, you are welcome to bring a gift for Their Lordships. Some humble suggestions from the pujari department include:

Items for the Deities:
  •  handkerchiefs
  •  jewelry
  •  medium size storage containers
  •  bindis
Altar Cleaning Items:
  • silver polish (cream/liquid)
  • brass/copper polish (cream/liquid)
  • wood polish
  • laundry soap
  • soft cleaning cloths
  • towels
  • eco-friendly cleaning products
A limited supply of jewelry will be available to purchase at the Temple on Sunday, September 16th; Gift certificates will also be available.

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“I curse your children to become devotees of…
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“I curse your children to become devotees of Krishna!”
Urmila Devi Dasi: We met with people who had taken up Krishna consciousness in 1980-82 when all religion was illegal in the then Soviet Union. We heard this story from one woman:
Her husband came home one day when she was cooking meat, and said he had become vegetarian. When she asked if he would eat dinner she had already cooked for that day, and start vegetarianism tomorrow, he refused. Within a year, she started chanting Hare Krishna also. Her husband was put into prison for being a devotee, though his two and one-half year sentence got reduced to two years because of the pressure from devotees of Krishna in the US and Europe. In the jail was one other devotee, and they convinced four criminals to take up Krishna consciousness also, so altogether there were six devotees in that prison. On the day of celebrating the appearance of Lord Caitanya in the world, the wife was able to arrange (bribes??) to bring enough prasadam (vegetarian food offered to Krishna) to feed 2,000 prisoners. They all ate peacefully and at least for a while gave up their criminal demeanor.
While the husband was in jail, the government threatened to remove their children from the home because the mother was not feeding the children meat, and was “not training them according to Soviet culture.” The wife got permission in the court to speak and said, “Because you are threatening to take my children from me, I curse your children to become devotees of Krishna!” That curse scared the prosecutor, and he dropped the case. But six months later, his grown son did, indeed, join the Hare Krishna Movement and, even today, is one of the main leaders of the Movement in Russia.

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Spiritual Seekers Retreat ? (4)
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Gita 18.76 The Gita’s conversation is memorable and relishable
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Share the spiritual treasure with the world – SHARE acronym
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Bringing out the best within us
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Making healthy choices
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Caitanya Caritamrita By Radha Padma (18 min video)
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Caitanya Caritamrita By Radha Padma (18 min video)
Srila Prabhupada: “Even while engaged in various activities, devotees whose minds are completely absorbed at Your lotus feet, and who constantly hear, chant, contemplate and cause others to remember Your transcendental names and forms, are always on the transcendental platform, and thus they can understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead. (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 10.2.37).

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ISKCON Europe Excellence Awards 2018 – call for nominations
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Hare Krishna We are now calling for nominations for the 10 available ISKCON Europe Excellence Awards (IEEA) for 2018. The IEEA recognizes the sincere service of devotees who have dedicated their lives to the mission of Srila Prabhupada within Europe. These awards are to encourage such exemplary devotees and also to inspire all other devotees by their example.

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Sadhu-sanga festival 2018 in Dzhubga, Krasnodarskiy Kray, Russia…
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Sadhu-sanga festival 2018 in Dzhubga, Krasnodarskiy Kray, Russia (Album of photos)
Srila Prabhupada: If we simply place oursel...

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All Devotees Should Write
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By Premanjana Das

If you sit down and write some article on Krsna, that means you have to concentrate on Krsna's activities or Krsna's devotees' activities, and that very process will purify your heart. Therefore we always recommend to our students that you write articles, read our magazine, read our book Read the rest of this entry »

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What Do We Mean By “Maturity”?
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By Akruranatha Dasa

From time to time we hear that a certain devotee is “mature”. We know it is a positive thing, but what does it really mean? How can we become the kind of devotee that others will call “mature”? What is the evidence regarding “maturity” in our revealed scriptures? Read the rest of this entry »

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“A Good Soul”
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Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

My dear godbrother and friend, Giriraja Maharaja, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I am not usually without words but glorifying you is challenging because there is so much to say and so little time to say it!  I could talk for hours about your extraordinary qualities as a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, as well as reminiscing about our 30-year friendship which is one of the deepest and most satisfying in my life. Read the rest of this entry »

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ISKCON Scarborough – 6th Annual Jagannath Festival- 2018
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If a devotee girl has to marry a nondevotee boy, what can she do to protect her devotion?
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Gita 18.75 Sanjaya appreciates the content, the source and the channel of the Gita’s wisdom
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Bhagavatam tenth canto study 36 – 10.7.1-6 Krishna’s childhood pastimes are both entertaining and enlightening
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Vyasa-puja Celebration, September 8, Houston
Giriraj Swami

“I can honestly say that I love you Giriraj Swami Maharaja. The love that we share is a love of a time-tested friendship that goes deep and is more satisfying than any mundane friendship. It is a relationship based on serving together during the pioneer days of our spiritual master’s mission. It is said that two things equal to one thing are equal to each other. Because of our deepening love for our spiritual master and Krishna, our love for each other is solidified for ever. My hope is that we will meet each other back in the spiritual world. Certainly the possibility is there for in a letter to Tusta Krishna Das Srila Prabhupada wrote, ‘Siddha Swarup will go, you will go, all others will go. We will have another ISKCON there. Only Mr. Nair will not go.'” — Indradymna Swami

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Giriraj Swami
Giriraj Swami and Indradymna Swami
Godbrothers
Keshava Bharati Das Goswami
Indradymna Swami
Partha Sarati Dasa Goswami
Badahari Das
Cakri Das
Friends and Well-wishers
Anuradha Dasi
Balaram Das
Caitanya Candra Das
Dhanavaari Dasi
Gauranga-Chandra Das
Guru Bhakti Dasi
Indulekha Dasi
Jaya Sri Radhe Dasi
Jivan Mukta Das
Kalpataru dasi
Kandarpa Manjari dasi and Radhika
Karuna Avatar Das
Kishori Radha Dasi
Krishna Kirtan Das
Lalitadevi Dasi
Madan Mohan Mohini Dasi
Manasi Ganga Dasi
Nandini Dasi
Narayani Dasi
Nila Madhava Das
Nishana dasi
Nitya Lila Dasi
Nitya Manjari Dasi
Premi Bhakta Das
Priti Radhika Dasi
Revati Dasi and Purusottama Ksetra Das
Bhaktin Salonee
Sarvabhauma Das
Sita Dasi
Sukha Sagari Dasi
Sukumari Dasi
Sundari Dasi
Swarup Damodar Das
Vinod Bihari Das
Vrinda-priya Dasi
Vrindavan Natha Das
Youth in Bombay

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2018 Ratha Yatra and Festival of India in Copenhagen (Album of…
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2018 Ratha Yatra and Festival of India in Copenhagen (Album of photos)
Srila Prabhupada: This Krishna consciousness movement ...

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Overcoming negative emotions
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Growing through adversities
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What is destiny?
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HH Gunagrahi Das Goswami placed into Samadhi (Album of…
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HH Gunagrahi Das Goswami placed into Samadhi (Album of photos)
“He reasons ill who tells that Vaisnavas die When thou art living still in sound! The Vaisnavas die to live, and living try To spread the holy name around!”
The glorious departure of HH Gunagrahi Das Swami Maharaj continued today with Maharaj being placed into Samadhi at Iskcon Goshala amongst other exalted souls.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!
All glories to HH Gunagrahi Das Swami Maharaj!!
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DASI Creates Service Opportunities for Young Women in ISKCON….
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DASI Creates Service Opportunities for Young Women in ISKCON.
It’s a bustling evening on Janmastami, Lord Krishna’s appearance day, in Village of Vrindavana, a pop-up reconstruction of famous temples and pilgrimage spots at ISKCON of Alachua, Florida. Against the ink-black night sky, ten young women in bright, multicolored costumes are portraying Krishna’s rasa dance with the gopis. Their fusion of Bharatanatyam, Odissi and modern dance puts a cherry on top of the night’s festivities and has everyone grinning and applauding.
The girls – some from Alachua, and some from North Carolina and Chicago, Illinois – are members of DASI, a brand new organization that aims to encourage and inspire young women to use their talents and time in service to Lord Krishna.
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A Pilgrim’s day in Sridham Mayapur
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The day begins early for visitors to Sridhama Mayapur.  They wake many hours before the sun rises, anytime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., to bathe and prepare to go to the early morning mangalarati. At the temple, the pilgrims get in line and wait to enter the temple. Sometimes, the lines can reach up […]

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HH Gunagrahi Swami – in Memoriam (aggregated posts from several sources) Updated
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Hare Krishna It is deeply sad that we have lost a great general in Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission. He was an inspirational leader and took on great responsibility on behalf of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

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HH Gunagrahi Goswami Eulogy
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Hare KrishnaBy Danavir Goswami

Gunagrahi Maharaja gave everything he had to Srila Prabhupada. He served ISKCON continuously for forty-nine years. He was a master at engaging people in Krishna consciousness. He made friends quickly and for life. He was largely responsible for the successful spreading of Krishna consciousness among the straight-edge youth. He didn't complain and he didn't lament. He had a flair for designing tasteful and novel ways of presenting Krishna consciousness. He innovated incredible Govinda buffet restaurants. He was a leader for inaugurating the nightly guest dinner programs in San Diego. He was a top-notch bhakta program leader. He organized an amazing temple interior for the San Diego temple. Everyone liked to be around him and he liked to be with everyone. He found the good in all souls and fanned it into big flames. He had a fabulous sense of wit and humor. He transcended ordinary constrictive dealings. He recognized and worshiped saintliness wherever he found it. He was a true friend in all circumstances. He was addicted to kirtan. Read the rest of this entry »

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ISKCON Youth Awareness Rally by ISKCON Guntur
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Hare Krishna As a Part of 'Sri Krishna Janmastami Celebrations' on the final day September 7th, ISKCON Guntur has conducted a Youth Awareness Rally on the theme 'Say No To Bad Habits-Save The Youth' which is organized by ISKCON Youth Forum Guntur.

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Interview-Gunagrahi Maharaj- 1968 Buffalo NY
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Hare KrishnaBy Administrator

Mitrasena prabhu interviews Gunagrahi Goswami. Interesting facts from Iskcon's and older devotees' history. Plenty of entertaining anecdotes from the adventurous life of early Iskcon. Maharaj narrates how he first became devotee, his further involvement in the Krishna consciousness movement and also the beginning of many other devotees' devotional life like BB Govinda Swami, Mahatma prabhu, Prahladananda Swami and many others. A pleasant exchange by an unassuming, humble soul, sincere disciple of Srila Prabhupada who helped many others and is loved by all. Read the rest of this entry »

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Death and Dying in the Vedic Tradition
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Hare KrishnaBy Giriraj Swami

In 1969, when I was a student of psychology at Brandeis University, I met my spiritual teacher, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. In 1970, after studying with him for a year and a half, I accompanied him to India. And in 1977, he taught us by his example how to leave the world in proper, pure consciousness. He retired to Vrindavan, a holy place in India, and surrounded himself with devotees who were always chanting or reading to him from sacred literature. Being in such a holy place was itself conducive to spiritual consciousness, to God consciousness. And the atmosphere was enhanced by loving disciples singing songs of the Lord and reading books about Him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why didn’t Indra become sober even after Govardhana lila?
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Gita 18.74 The Gita describes a mahatama and makes its hearer into a mahatma
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Bhagavatam tenth canto study 35 – 10.6.35-44 Bhagavatam highlights the extraordinariness of the Vrajavasis
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Q&A with KKS: First connections
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 07 January 2018, Brisbane, Australia, Q&A Programme)

When was the first time you connected with someone within the realm of Krsna consciousness? How did that develop into what it did?

All those times in India that I visited, I never met devotees. But, I had seen devotees in my town in Holland. They came in a little grey van and then all these pink men came out of it. It did not seem possible for so many men to fit into such a tiny van. So instantly, I knew that something was up here. (laughter) Then, they made a line and started approaching my way, so I ducked into a shop. There this man said, “This looks like a dangerous sect.” These people looked like the epitome of religious fanaticism on the streets of Holland, dancing to “Hare Krsna Hare Krsna” for hours, and I used to think, “Wow! These people seem so extreme and fanatic!“, which is why I never thought of getting involved initially. However, after spending time in India, I started to realise that this was definitely more Indian than I had thought, so I started to look into it. I found a Bhagavad-gita on the book-shelf of one of my friends, which I read. By then, I was quite familiar with the culture of India, so the message of the Bhagavad-gita made sense to me and I started to relate to it.

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New Goloka Farm
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ISKCON Seattle recently purchased an acreage about an hour’s drive from the temple. This facility is mainly for our beautiful cows and bullocks and also for a Krsna Conscious retreat centre.

The devotees named it New Goloka after the Lord’s abode in the spiritual world. The property itself has a nice house, cottage, studio and two barns as well as many paddocks for grazing and growing fruit and vegetables.

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BBT: We make Green Books!
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Hare Krishna Before Srila Vyasadeva recorded the Vedas, fixing them in a written medium, they were passed down in spoken form. An oral culture of transmission relies on an aural culture of reception; that is, the message has to be heard and comprehended in order to be useful. Srimad­Bhagavatam tells us that Vyasadeva wrote down the Vedas because people’s aural skills were diminishing. He wanted to preserve the texts’ content and make it available to all those who would lose “their vision due to the dense darkness of ignorance” that is Kali­yuga. Continuing in that tradition, the BBT is publishing its content, Srila Prabhupada’s works, in print, audio, ebook, and app formats, each as potent as the last in making accessible to one audience or another Prabhupada’s thoughts and mood and the devotional ecstasies he called his purports. The only difference between all these formats is how they are encoded.

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
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Fredericton, New Brunswick

Good Finds

What is really special about this time of year, almost anywhere in the northern hemisphere, is the lucky harvest.  For instance, Marshall and I took one of those random trails in the area and we came upon the juiciest apple tree imaginable.  From what we could see, this special tree of red, tart-and-sweet apples is overlooked by all cyclists, walkers and runners.  However, not for us.  No way! To ‘overlook’ was not an issue.  For us it was ‘look over’ and then choose.  

Remarkable was the fact that each apple we sampled, for a taste, was different from the other, although extracted from the same tree.  That is not something you get when you purchase a bag of apples in the grocery store.  Even the organics are disappointing.  I'm sure you’ve had the experience.  We felt very blessed on our walk today because of the great apples.

Other than this brief walk, I stayed indoors all day working on the book, The Walking Monk.  The evening was different.  Marshall, Samuel and I drove to the Breathing Space Yoga Studio with host Kelly.  Twenty or so came.  We were like a family, gathered together to tell of travel tales, chant, dance and eat prasadam.  A fantastic time.  Delicious, like finding the apple tree.

We are up for more exploration with mantrasand trails.  By the way, most trails around here are lined with hundreds of chokecherry bushes. Prepare them the right way and they are suitable to offer to the Lord.  Jahnavi from Regina knows how to prepare them.

May the Source be with you!
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