From a recent seminar on Kirtan Standards. Bhaktimarga Swami
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From a recent seminar on Kirtan Standards.
Bhaktimarga Swami: “I am going to Montreal on Monday, June 3rd, and if I find Montreal quite suitable, I shall call you and some other students to assemble there to practice Sankirtana in a systematic way. Of course, chanting Hare Krishna does not require any artificial artistic sense, but still, if the procedure is presented rhythmically, then the people may be attracted more by the transcendental music.” (Srila Prabhupada, Letter to Upendra, June 1, 1968)

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Devotees chant, bring the rain during a draught and the Mayor gave them the key to the city
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Devotees chant, bring the rain during a draught and the Mayor of Cincinnati gave the key to the city, the highest award the city gives out!
Candramauli Swami: In the U.S.A. there has been a 25% increase in suicides over the last 25 years.

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“Bhakta” Patrick (Album of photos) Indradyumna…
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“Bhakta” Patrick (Album of photos)
Indradyumna Swami: This is a guest who came to our festival yesterday. His name is Patrick. He came a little late and only caught one minute of my lecture from the stage. But somehow the philosophy of Bhavagad Gita had a profound effect on him. He immediately went to the book table and purchased 12 books. When I met him there I said, “You must be an avid reader!” He replied, “Actually, no. In my entire life I’ve only read 3 or 4 books. But what you shared with us from the stage really touched me. I promise you I will read all 12 of these books within no time!” Jaya Srila Prabhupada!
Find them here: https://is.gd/mqPrsr

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TOVP columns of the Main Temple area (Album of photos) Sadbhuja…
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TOVP columns of the Main Temple area (Album of photos)
Sadbhuja Das: We just completed redoing in 3D the columns of the Main T...

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The Bhadra scene in Toronto (Album of photos) Team Toronto set a…
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The Bhadra scene in Toronto (Album of photos)
Team Toronto set a goal for 54 sets of which they’ve distributed 40 during the successful launch with HHGopal Krishna Goswami! Since then the teams been heading out door to door, and at festivals and through personal contacts - distributing more sets!
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Srila Prabhupada: “I just want to go back to the spiritual world and eat kachoris and laddus with Krishna.”
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Srila Prabhupada: “I just want to go back to the spiritual world and eat kachoris and laddus with Krishna.”
Srutakirti Prabhu: Srila Prabhupada was not just performing wonderful activities, but he teaching us by his activities how to be a pure devotee of the Lord.

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Gita 18.56 The bhakti university takes seekers from any level to the summit of spiritual perfection
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WITH acronym – We may have to live with pain, but we don’t have to live in pain
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Lord Balarama: Who is He
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Hare KrishnaBy Sri Nandanandana Das

Sometimes people ask who is Lord Balarama? And the answer is that He is the brother of Lord Krishna. However, He does many things besides that. How we understand this is to first recognize that, according to Vedic scripture such as the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, it is described that Lord Krishna is the primeval Lord, the original Personality of Godhead, so He can expand Himself into unlimited forms with all potencies. They are no different from Him, but may exhibit differences in form and function. He first expands Himself into Baladeva, or Balarama, who is considered Krishna’s second body and brother. Balarama assists in Lord Krishna’s innumerable spiritual pastimes in both the spiritual and materials realms. Lord Balarama is also Lord Sankarshana, the predominator of the creative energy. He creates and is also the shelter of the material and spiritual worlds. By the will of Krishna and the power of the spiritual energy, Lord Balarama creates the spiritual world, which consists of the planet Goloka Vrindavana [the supermost spiritual planet] and the Vaikuntha planets [in the spiritual sky]. (Chaitanya-caritamrita, Madhya-lila, 20.255-6) Read the rest of this entry »

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Chosen People Or People Who Choose?
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Hare KrishnaBy Drutakarma dasa

The question is this: Does God choose certain individuals or groups for salvation? In other words, are there chosen people? And, alternatively, are certain persons selected for condemnation? The technical term for the matter under discussion is predestination, a word which implies that our final destination, be it heaven or hell, is programmed into our souls from the beginning of our existence. Thus the question of predestination is closely connected with the concept of free will. A lot has been spoken and written about all this, but most of it is highly speculative. Not surprisingly, many of the views expressed contradict each other. Speaking of the Judeo-Christian tradition, C. T. McIntyre writes in his article on predestination in The Encyclopedia of Religion, “Advocates of all positions have appealed to the scriptures, although the scriptures do not contain doctrines of free will and predestination, nor even these words.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Suitable arrangements for marriages
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Hare KrishnaBy Candramauli Swami

In this age of Kali married life will be accepted on the consideration of sex only; when the boy and girl are pleased in sex, they get married, and when there is deficiency in sex, they separate. Srila Prabhupada spends most of his purport describing the accordance of marriage as a basis for practicing spiritual life and how that combination is a feature of the success of ones Krishna consciousness. Herein it is mentioned how character should be matched up and if it is not done Prabhupada uses the word unhappy, the relationships become difficult and it is very hard to practice Krishna consciousness. So in Vedic culture the authority of seniors was given so much importance. Here it is mentioned Lord Brahma is giving the recommendation on what to do. Kardama Muni could and he is in the position as the father of these daughters to make arrangements for the daughters. Read the rest of this entry »

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How can we persuade followers of other Vaishnava sampradayas to accept that Lord Chaitanya’s teachings are the climax of the historical evolution of theism?
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ISKCON Scarborough’s 6th Annual Jagannath Festival – Saturday -18th Aug 2018 at the Milliken Park, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
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Hare Krishna!
Please accept our humble obeisances!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

ISKCON Scarborough's 6th Annual Jagannath Festival is scheduled to take place tomorrow -  Saturday -18th Aug 2018 at the Milliken Park, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada (McCowan & Steeles).

This grand event is free for everyone and includes a diverse assortment of multicultural activities for the entire family. The focus of this year is to make the stage programs newcomer friendly.

There will be several tents in the park where you can get your face painted beautifully, apply henna to your hands/palms and you will also find cookbooks, ancient Vedic texts and nice framed pictures.

The Merciful Supreme Lord of the Universe - Lord Jagannath and His brother Lord Baladeva and their sister Subhadra Devi will be coming out of the temple to the Park to give their unlimited blessings.

The highlight of the event is the distribution of free vegetarian feast/free water for everyone throughout the day starting at 11 am.

Several dignitaries including Dr Raymond Cho (MPP) and Mr  Logan Kanapathi have confirmed their participation in the event.

The parade starts inside the Milliken Park at 11 am and the VIP inauguration is scheduled to take place at 12 noon.

This year the stage programs will feature several world-class performers including singers from Australia, lion dance from China and magicians who regularly perform in Disney cruises.

We are very pleased that HH Bhaktimarga Swami (The walking monk), HG Suresvara das and several other Srila Prabhupada's disciples will be in attendance.

Haribhakti Dey (Anup Jalota said the following about Haribhakti Dey - " This boy has the causeless mercy of Mother Saraswati"), Dhiragrahi das, Radha Murati kirtan group and others will be presenting melodious kirtan & Bhajans that will be accompanied by beautiful instruments like the harmonium, mrdanga-drum, bass guitar and more.

There will also be wonderful Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dance performances on the stage.


ISKCON Scarborough
3500 McNicoll Avenue, Unit #3,
Scarborough, Ontario,
Canada, M1V4C7

Email Address:

iskconscarborough@hotmail.com

website:

www.iskconscarborough.org

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Bhakti Rasamrita Maharaja + Harinama Ruci + London crowds =bliss
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Bhakti Rasamrita Maharaja + Harinama Ruci + London crowds = Bliss (3 min video)
If the surface of the globe is overflooded with the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, the people of the world will be very, very happy. (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 4.24.10 Purport)

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2 years old kirtaniya (3 min video)
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2 years old kirtaniya (3 min video)
Srila Prabhupada: In this age human beings only live for sixty or eighty years, and even t...

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The Art of Krishna Conscious Parenting (video)
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The Art of Krishna Conscious Parenting (video)
By Aruddha devi dasi and Gopal Hari dasa, Aug 14, 2018 at ISKCON St. Louis.

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Ex Prime Minister’s Inaugural Speech
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Ex Prime Minister’s Inaugural Speech.
Speech by Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Honorable Prime Minister of India, at the inauguration of the Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Temple and Glory of India Vedic Cultural Center. Rama Navami, April 5, 1998.

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Newbury Rathayatra, UK (Album of photos and videos) Vishal…
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Newbury Rathayatra, UK (Album of photos and videos)
Vishal Gauranga dasa: On the 11th of August we once again had our colorful 3rd Annual Jagannath Rathayatra in Newbury with great pomp and reverence. Deputy mayor of the town joyfully engaged in the inauguration ceremony with other senior delegates from ISKCON. People from all walks of life took part in this colorful festival. On a mild cloudy day the Rathyatra began at the marketplace famous in the UK for it’s corn exchange in yesteryears Food For All - our food distribution charity headed by Parasuram prabhu distributed more than 2,000 plates of hot free vegetarian meals to everyone who attended the festival site and everyone relished the feast as usual and more than 1,000 free fruits were also distributed to the public. Local newspaper the Newbury Times and BBC Berkshire Radio covered the event. So the Newbury Rathayatra Festival 2018 was very successful bringing the community together and people of all age groups were engaged in the devotional mood all through the day. Many commented that this festival had brought a lot of PEACE, a very colorful way of celebrating the joy of life and brought UNITY in DIVERSITY among the local communities who want us to conduct more festivals which can bridge any gaps between the different ethnic groups.
Here is the link to the photos from the festival: https://chriscaswell.zenfolio.com/p401363697/hb3cba96b#hb3cce669
and videos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ajXLohd5ENN4JkFa6

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The Open Vyasa-puja book 2018 now online
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Hare KrishnaBy The Tributes Team

Srila Prabhupada values his disciples and granddisciples enormously and would inquire where someone was when he visited a temple and did not see them present. Once he even sent a entire temple in Switzerland to visit a godsister who was in hospital. Srila Prabhupada’s ability to be concerned about everyone but himself is one example of his greatness. The celebration of Vyasa-puja, is an impetus for us to come together and think of each other’s wellbeing throughout the year. Srila Prabhupada initiated some 4,750 disciples of whom approximately 600 have departed. We are still to locate over 3,200 members of our lineage family and to ask what service we can render them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Srila Prabhupada Vyasa-puja 2018 posters for free download
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Hare KrishnaBy Kamala Sundari devi dasi

All of the followers of Srila Prabhupada for generations to come to adhere to the guidance, association and serve the mission of His Divine Grace, while deepening one’s individual connection and relationship with and recognizing him as the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON and our primary Siksha Guru for all time. Always celebrating Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa-puja as a grand event is the essential way to assure that this Vision is the present and future reality of the movement of our beloved Srila Prabhupada. Read the rest of this entry »

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How the legacy of Srila Prabhupada continues to bring positive changes in the world fifty-plus years since the establishment of ISKCON
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Hare KrishnaBy Anuttama Dasa

It is said the test of a man’s greatness is to measure the long-term impact of his life and teachings—to see if his legacy continues to inspire and guide others after his passing from the world. Here are a few examples of the millions of Vaiṣṇavas who are carrying the Seven Purposes of your ISKCON Mission forward, proving that the life, teachings, and legacy of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda continue to bring positive changes in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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If we should be purpose-driven, not goal-driven, why do we set goals for new devotees to increase their rounds?
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Devotion is not just emotion – it is conscious continuous cultivation
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Gita 18.55 Don’t divorce the literal reading of one word from the overall context of the text
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Indian Independence Day in Juhu
Giriraj Swami

In 1976, on August 15, Indian Independence Day, some of the tenants assembled in the garden at noon, stood in silence for a minute before the small statue of Gandhi, and then proceeded with their annual celebration—hoisting an Indian flag, garlanding the statue, singing the national anthem, and distributing sweets.

“Where is the question of independence?” Prabhupada challenged as Hari-sauri gave him his massage on the balcony adjoining his bedroom. “We are all dependent at every step on Krishna’s mercy. The Indians struggled to become independent of the British, but who is independent of the laws of material nature?”

Prabhupada cited the ongoing drought in England, which was afflicting so many people: the vegetation was drying up, animals were being killed prematurely because there was no fodder, factories in Wales were closing, and there was talk of importing water. “No one can do anything about it, and they think it is all happening by chance,” Prabhupada said. “There is not a single person in the whole world who actually knows anything.”

“No one except you, Srila Prabhupada,” Hari-sauri commented.

“Is that just flattery, or do you actually acknowledge that?” Prabhupada asked, smiling.

Hari-sauri assured him that it was not just empty praise and, as he related in his diary, “Prabhupada accepted it with pleasure as a heartfelt submission.”

Hare Krishna.

Yours in service,
Giriraj Swami

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ISKCON Joins in Mourning the Death of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
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Hare KrishnaBy Iskcon Ministry of Communications

16th August, 2018: The International Sodety for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) joins the country in mourning and paying tribute to one of India's most iconic leaders, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee. We offer our condolences to his family members and to the entire nation. From a young age Mr. Vajpayee was drawn towards working for the betterment of others. Over the years, this led him to take on several different roles and strive for the welfare of others despite challenges and difficulties. Mr. Vajpayee, a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, was equally approachable to everyone regardless of their languages, cultures and spiritual beliefs for which he was respected by one and all. ISKCON was privileged to have a well-wisher and a friend in Mr. Vajpayee who inaugurated the ISKCON temples in New Delhi and Coimbatore in 1998. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bhaktivedanta Academy (Alachua) Authorized by International Baccalaureate!
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Bhaktivedanta Academy (Iskcon Alachua) Authorized by International Baccalaureate!
Dear Friends,
I am very happy to announce that Bhaktivedanta Academy is now an authorized International Baccalaureate World School for the Middle Years Programme!
This means that our Krishna Sharanam Middle Years Programme, serving 7th - 10th grades, is recognized as providing a holistic educational experience that emphasis connecting what a student learns with real-world experiences that emphasis being service-minded global citizens. We are now part of a select world-wide community of schools who have made a commitment to educational excellence.

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Ratha Yatra Zagreb 2018 (Album of photos) Srila Prabhupada:…
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Ratha Yatra Zagreb 2018 (Album of photos)
Srila Prabhupada: Instead of actively taking part in politics, saintly persons shoul...

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Jayapataka Swami: I would like to see the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium finished
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Hare Krishna I would like to finish the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium along with the devotees, see the Navadvīpa parikrama expand, see the unification of the Caitanya disciplic succession, and see the distribution of your transcendental literature increase exponentially.

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Srila Prabhupada’s New Vrindaban Visits
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Hare KrishnaBy Madhava Smullen

ISKCON Founder-Acharya Srila Prabhupada visited New Vrindaban four times, giving the devotees there his association and dispensing practical advice for simple living that remains invaluable not only to New Vrindaban, but to all ISKCON rural farm communities to this day. During his first visit, running for over a month from May 20th to June 23rd 1969, Srila Prabhupada encouraged the small group of devotees to embrace the austerity of New Vrindaban life. He praised their simple lodgings and savored their well water and fresh milk straight from ISKCON’s first cow, Kaliya. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rs 2,000 crore Ford fund for Disneyland-like tourism hub project at Mayapur
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Hare KrishnaBy Times of India

KOLKATA: Want to watch little Krishna slay giant Kalia snake in the Yamuna? Want to steal butter or go cow grazing with him? If all goes well, visitors to Nadia’s Mayapur, will be able to do all this and much more in a Disneyland like massive park that’s being planned as the centre of a tourism hub of international standards just outside the Iskcon temple premises. The project will be done in collaboration with the state government, because none other than CM Mamata Banerjee had personally requested the religious order to do so during her visit to Mayapur in February. Read the rest of this entry »

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Assam Yatra – Guwahati and Tezpur
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Hare KrishnaBy Chandan Yatra Das

Agnigarh, in the city of Tezpur, which lies north of Brahmaputra river, at a distance of 198 km (via Nagaon) and 181 km (via Mangaldoi) from Guwahati, is connected to Lord Krishna, Banasura and Lord Siva’s pastime. This is the place where Lord Krishna and Lord Siva had a great fight, and Lord Krishna cut off Banasura’s thousand arms. The name ‘Tezpur’ is derived from the Sanskrit words 'teza' (meaning blood) and 'pura' (meaning town or city). The original name of this place was 'Sonitapura' ("sonit" in Sanskrit also means blood). There was so much bloodshed that the place was stained red. This led to the name of the place becoming Tezpur. Srimad-Bhagavatam Canto 10 chapters 62 & 63 mentions: The meeting of Aniruddha and Usa, which caused a great fight between Lord Krishna and Lord Siva, is very mysterious and interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

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When Dhruva Maharaj started with a selfish motive, how did he attain Vaikuntha, the abode of selflessness?
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3 attitudes for becoming steady in life
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Friday, August 10th, 2018
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Ste. Mathieu du Parc, Quebec

Friday, What a Day!

A small group of us tread the narrow roads of the complex of The Art of Living.  It is a time when healing plants are out in bloom—the burdock, jewel weed, willow, cattails, milkweed, and goldenrod.  I see hemlock.  Watch out for that one and don’t mistake it for wild carrot. Hemlock is poison.  Wild carrot offers nutrition.

We also checked out Lac Gareau.  No motorized devices are allowed on this placid lake.  I had the greatest swim.  Walking and swimming.  What a combo! It’s the best with the best.

Overlooking the lake is the Meditation Hall.  Looks exotic with an oriental touch.  Inside I went, after the walk, to do a kid’s presentation for the 5-10 age bracket.  Fun! Engaging!

I rushed to the main building for Part 2 of the Kirtan Standards Seminar.  Here the adults received, or rather, created fun. I put out some dance steps, they followed.

I then visited Cid Hunter (Siddhanta) in Chalet #3 for a camera interview detailing my recollections of times and memories of Prabhupada, our guru.  Cid was pleased.

The final event for the day was a second sit-down with Sruta Kirti, the personal assistant to Prabhupada.  He was conveying to his seminar group some lessons he learned about guru with regard to humility, and also anger as a utility.  Usually, but rarely, it was used to correct someone.

This last seminar was precious at the Vaishnava Sangha 2018.

May the Source be with you!
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Thursday, August 9th, 2018
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Ste. Mathieu du Parc, Quebec

What Actually Was

“I sometimes fall into maya,” explained the speaker, Sruta Kirti, to his guru, Prabhupada, who responded with a, “No, you are usually in maya (illusion) and you fall into Krishna.”

This above reminiscence of Sruta, today, gave us a laugh as we heard his flow of pastimes with guru when he was his personal servant in the early ’70s.  It was delightful hearing him speak.  I took advantage of his presence to ask a number of questions regarding the fads or crazes that have arisen in our bhakti-yogacommunity world-wide, many of which have to do with what became norms usually warranted as “Prabhupada said” practices.

Apparently, our guru ate some fruit in the morning with yogurt.  There was no ginger and raw chickpeas as was common.  Ekadasi—the day that falls every two weeks by lunar calculation—is a day to abstain from grains, beans and peas.  That’s it and not the common theories of no eggplant, no mustard oil or mustard seeds, no sesame seeds, no cumin seeds and so on.  In fact, Prabhupada mentioned if you have to eat grains for energy in order to do outreach, such as distributing his books, then he would grant it.

So many rules came into play during his time, rules that were conjured up by his students.  He then complained about his western students always making up so many rules and not following therules and the 16 rounds.

May the Source be with you!
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Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
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Ste. Mathieu du Parc, Quebec

Trip By Car

It was a full day of driving to the retreat established by the Art of Living folks. Karuna, Billy and I went through periods of torrential rain along the 401 and Highway 40, before reaching this great facility nestled in an area of lakes and hardwoods.

My lament is that it evolved into my second day of no trekking.  Patience is what is needed to accept, and interruptions are to contend with.

I thought our talks on the way, east and north, were stimulating, and something which kept the two interchanging drivers awake—I wasn’t one of them.  The main theme was one of heightening gentleness in our dealings with one another within our communities.  So much more safety is then felt.  So much more comfort and productivity is then experienced.  We must taste the sweetness of Krishna Consciousness through building good relations.

A long ride, such as this, afforded us the opportunity to know each other more, and to see what’s going on in our minds, whether we are content in our lives, or what plans we hold for the future.  Our arrival time was after 12:30 a.m.  Sleep came, and then a wakeful preparation of a presentation on standards for kirtan, with host—myself.

The Walking Monk thinks about how to improve our output for chanting.  It’s all so good.

May the Source be with you!
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York Rathayatra (UK)
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Hare Krishna Parasuram das: Everybody has heard how wonderful the New York Rathayatra Festival is, with the giant carts rolling down 5th Avenue, but what about the original York? Yesterday the ancient streets of York resounded with the transcendental vibrations of the Holy Name, the Maha Mantra.

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Gita 18.54 Devotion doesn’t culminate in liberation, liberation culminates in devotion
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No price is too high to possess ourselves – RECAP acronym
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