Which is the easier way to attain Krishna – bhakti or seva?
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Nourishing the creeper of devotion 2 – Regulate attachment even to things that help in devotion
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Sensitivity in relationships 2 – From judgment to encouragement
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What happens when someone genuinely seeks God?
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One who seeks God genuinely...

has to seek out a bona fide spiritual master and, under him, learn what Krsna consciousness is. The spiritual master can drive away all nescience, as the sun drives away darkness. Even though a person may be in full knowledge that he is not this body but is transcendental to the body, he still may not be able to discriminate between the soul and the Supersoul. However, he can know everything well if he cares to take shelter of the perfect, bona fide Krsna conscious spiritual master. One can know God and one's relationship with God only when one actually meets a representative of God. 
- Purport by Srila Prabhupada, Bhagavad Gita 5.16

Once the genuine seeker understands his or her relationship with God from a bonafide guru, the seeker will engage in Bhakti/seva to Krishna or God. As as result of bhakti or seva to Krishna, the following will happen;


For one who worships Me, giving up all his activities unto Me and being devoted to Me without deviation, engaged in devotional service and always meditating upon Me, who has fixed his mind upon Me, O son of Prtha, for him I am the swift deliverer from the ocean of birth and death.
- Bhagavad Gita 12.6-7

The story of Dhruva Maharaj illustrates these two points nicely!

Hare Krishna

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Monday, May 21st, 2018
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Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

At the Cove

Peggy’s Cove is one of those iconic places in Canada which is a destination point for tourists.  It’s a charmer of an old-time, quiet, fishing village.  Hordes of people come here to have a look and a feel.  The weather was perfect, above 20°C.  The sun was shining on the cove and all the visitors.

The three brahmacharis, Prana Gauranga, Bhakta Marshall, Bhakta Samuel, and myself decided to do our morning sadhanahere, and include breakfast, some kirtanand some boulder hopping.  We were smart about it and got there before the world descended on the place, doing the hopping—as mentioned—viewing the old lighthouse, and listening to the bag-pipers playing their melody.  We weren’t the only guys in skirts.  The highlanders wore kilts.  Buses of people on cruises came over, as well as motorists, bikers and cyclists.

Anyway, it was heaven at 8:00 a.m.  By 11:00 a.m., the huge, worn boulders looked like anthills, only here people were scurrying about on them.  The boys valued the place though, with its clean ocean air and everyone being in a great mood.

Back in Halifax at Yassin Saukar’s home, which is atop a hill, a satsangwas held at 5:00 p.m.  Father Alfred, from a local Catholic parish—who is in charge of three churches—came to listen and discuss matters of spirituality.  It was hard to see his deterioration of sight. He’s becoming blind, yet he appeared resilient in some way.  Discussions centred around the Gita’sexplanation of four seasons for coming to God, as well as the acceptance of God as both the Divine Father and Divine Mother.

I told of ‘Walking Tales’, naturally.

May the Source be with you!
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Sunday, May 20th, 2018
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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Connections with Victoria

This is a long weekend in honour of Queen Victoria.  In her 40,000 plus pages of diary, she mentions nothing about Canada’s independence from Britain in 1867.  Her father, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, was stationed in Halifax in the late 1700s at the Royal Navy’s North American headquarters, right here.

At the one end of Hemlock Ravine Trail, Prince Edward had a garden which is no longer there.  He also had a mistress, prior to his marriage and the birth of his daughter, Victoria. The two spent time at this former garden which is now a pond of water shaped like a heart.  Our friend, Cory, from Halifax, led us to the trail and then the heart-shaped pond.

Why the heart?  I think we can all guess.

An older couple told our walking group,, of today, part of the story of Prince Edward when he was younger and single.  “A mistress for over twenty years,” they said.

Cory was kind to take us down this exquisite trail.  A mix of hard and softwood trees pervade the forest here.  Cory also came with us to the Vedanta Society for an evening dance-chant-hear-and-speak program.  Victoria would have been pleased.  I understand she liked to dance.

The latest film about her centres on an infatuation she had for a Muslim man, Abdul Karim, whom she met in India, when she was widowed, and her later companion, John Brown, was also deceased.

Canadians are content to celebrate with a holiday on Monday—tomorrow.  Fireworks go off to honour the Queen of the British colonies, Canada being one.

I do believe that when your senses are tucked in, you are a king or a queen, in your own right—a hero of sorts.

May the Source be with you!
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Saturday, May 20th, 2018
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Fredericton, New Brunswick

She Remembered

I met Mary from New Brunswick.  She remembered seeing me on the road years ago when she was in Grade 6.  We both calculated that the year was 1996.  She said something about seeing me from the school yard.  I guess it left a strong impression.

On the railway bridge, so many people trekked along.  I was happy to see people taking to the walking culture and taking it seriously.  After the bridge I veered left, next to Waterloo Row and Lincoln Road.  The pathway next to these streets is actually The Great Trail, established last year on Canada’s 150th, and, what is apparently, the longest trail on the globe.

A cyclist slowly passed by, “What’s shakin’ up, Buddy?  What’s shakin’ up?”

“Not a great deal,” I shouted as he cycled on with his son.  “Enjoy the long weekend.”  It’s Victoria Day weekend in Canada.

Our host at the Norfolk Motel, Sema, had fifty people over.  Most of the folks were Bengalis.  That always brings me close to my guru, Prabhupada, who hails from Bengal—Kolkata actually.

We had kirtantogether.  We reflected on Chapter 10 of the Gitawherein the opulence of the Absolute is detailed.  I also spoke about Prabhupada himself, his struggles in the beginning, his successes, and the relevance they have to the world.

Today’s audience was different.  Chanting mantrasand quoting from sastrais not unfamiliar to them.  I believe some of them stay tuned by watching panditsspeak their words broadcast directly from Kolkata.

From Fredericton, we drove the long haul to Halifax.

May the Source be with you!
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Friday, May 18th, 2018
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Fredericton, New Brunswick

Goin’ to the Chapel and I’m Goin’ to Give a Message

The evening’s program was held at Holy Cross Chapel, on the St. Thomas University campus.  Like yesterday’s experience in Sussex, there were good vibes, good people and especially tonight, good questions.  The venue here was a different layout.  The boys and I stationed ourselves on the altar with its crucifix on the wall.  It was less conducive to dance, as was our format yesterday in the fitness centre.  The place was holy.

I capitalized tonight on walking pastimes and touched on, not only the spiritual power behind the practice of pilgrimage, but also the difference between trekking in Canada, as opposed to the U.S.

Questions from attendees rolled out most favourably.  I hardly receive any challengers in these events.  If one was to turn up, it would be fine, even if the boat would be slightly rocked.

Prana Gauranga, our monk from Quebec, made a stupendous pasta, garnished with olives and fiddleheads.  The prep was a big hit, and I wish we could have shared it with the universe.

I must mention that my dear friend, Professor Tom Parkhill, came to hear us in Sussex.  That night, Gary came, a local engineer, who had invited me to his office ten years ago, where he fed me a salad and also took interest in the walking project I was on when I came through the Fredericton area.

Tomorrow we are expected to meet a fairly close relative of Paramahamsa Yogananda, a woman who settled here in the city with her family.

All is good!  I'm lovin’ the Maritimes tour.

May the Source be with you!
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Creation in the Vedic tradition (9 min video)
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Creation in the Vedic tradition (9 min video)
This is Radha Mohan das’ latest presentation about Vedic Cosmology. It focusing on ‘creation’ as described especially in the 2nd and 5th Cantos of the Srimad Bhagavatam.

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Pujari Department – A Video!
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HG Jananivas prabhu, head pujari of Sri Mayapur speaks about the pujari department activities and the deity worship in Mayapur.

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Bhagavad Gita class by HH Bhakti Charu Swami
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Bhagavad Gita class by HH Bhakti Charu Swami at the Hare Krishna Temple of Melbourne (video)

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“The More Anxiety the Better” by HG Mahatma Prabhu
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“The More Anxiety the Better” by HG Mahatma Prabhu (5 min video)
Vishnujana: How do we render perfect service to Krishna?
Prabhupäda: By your anxiety. If you are anxious to serve Krishna, that is the real asset. The more you increase your anxiety to serve Krishna, the more it becomes perfect. ‘How I can love Krishna more and more.'Laulyam, simply your eagerness, that’s all.“ So if you have a pinch of that anxiety, "How I can serve Krishna?” you must know you are the most fortunate man.

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Lord Chaitanya’s Moon Is Rising by TKG Academy Students
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Lord Chaitanya’s Moon Is Rising by TKG Academy Students (6 min video)
Srila Prabhupada: We are confident what is God, what is His father’s name, what is His name, what is His address – everything. No samsaya, no doubt! Everything complete. Asamsayam. We are confident that we are going to Krsna, back to home, back to Godhead. There is no doubt. -From Srila Prabhupada’s lecture on Bhagavad-gita 7.1 – March 9, 1975, London

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Wedding of Sudarshan & Rukmini in Mayapur (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: The basic principle is love. So similarly, our full surrender, full Krsna consciousness, can be achieved when we develop our love for Krsna little by little, little by little, and then come to the perfection. When we come to the perfection, then we cannot live without Krsna. Just like Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught us. In the last stage of His life He exhibited such manifestation of love that He was dying without Krsna. Sunyayitam jagat sarvam govinda-virahena me [Siksastaka 7]. Sunyayitam. Sunyayitam, “everything is vacant.” Sunyayitam jagat sarvam govinda-virahena me. “Without Govinda, I see everything vacant.” Sometimes we have got experience. If we lose a friend, a son, at that time everything becomes vacant without my son, without my lover. That is practical. So Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was exhibiting that type of love for Krsna, that He was feeling that “Without Krsna, everything is void.” Sunyayitam jagat sarvam govinda-virahena me. This He taught personally, how to raise oneself to the topmost stage of love for Krsna. That is the ultimate aim and object of life. -From Srila Prabhupada’s lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.40 – January 15, 1975, Bombay
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ISKCON Mayapur Pujari Department Report – HG Jananivas Prabhu
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Hare Krishna A report of Pujari department from H.G. Jananivas Prabhu - ISKCON, SRI MAYAPUR May-2018

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Social Media made easy
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Hare Krishna Around fifty devotees gathered together at Bhaktivedanta Manor in the UK for the daylong course, which began with Ajita Das encouraging attendees to examine deeply, what they personally felt, was the biggest problem Krishna Consciousness could solve.

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Does developing a devotional self-conception require a lot of preparation before it can be lived?
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Sensitivity in relationships 1 – Why we need to be sensitive and why we aren’t
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Nourishing the creeper of devotion 1 – The danger of becoming religious but not spiritual
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How can we strive to overcome our anarthaas without becoming anartha-conscious?
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What is the difference between varnashrama, daivi varnashrama and pure devotion?
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What is the scriptural basis for the idea that only desire and endeavor are in our hands?
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Anyone qualified can realize the Supreme Truth – what is the qualification?
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In my last post I alluded little bit to other religions and scriptures. I also spoke about Bhagavata Puranam. The reason Bhagavata puranam and the Vedic scriptures are considered supreme than other paths or religions is because it was once (not anymore) taught by pure Brahmana devotees of the Lord whose only business was self-control and glorification of the Lord.

The Supreme Lord who is otherwise inconceivable becomes conceivable to these great Vaishnava brahmanas. So with realization, these great brahaman devotees establish truth and ethical and moral principles for common man to follow. The following qualities characterize a brahmana and only to such elevated souls Krishna reveals Himself from within their hearts thus bridging the gap between the visible and invisible.

Brahmanas are always situated in the sattva guna. They possess qualities of;

  1. śama - equal mindedness or mind control
  2. dama - sense control or restraint
  3. satya - truthfulness
  4. anugraha - mercy
  5. tapasya - penance
  6. titikṣā - tolerance
  7. anubhava - personally realize the Lord 
Therefore, this is not a sectarian ideology. Anyone trained in these qualities can realize the supreme truth and is considered a brahmana. It is not an entitlement or birthright. 

The Vedas are My eternal transcendental sound incarnation. Therefore the Vedas are śabda-brahma. In this world, the brāhmaṇas thoroughly study all the Vedas, and because they assimilate the Vedic conclusions, they are also to be considered the Vedas personified. The brāhmaṇas are situated in the supreme transcendental mode of nature — sattva-guṇa. Because of this, they are fixed in mind control [śama], sense control [dama], and truthfulness [satya]. They describe the Vedas in their original sense, and out of mercy [anugraha] they preach the purpose of the Vedas to all conditioned souls. They practice penance [tapasya] and tolerance [titikṣā], and they realize the position of the living entity and the Supreme Lord [anubhava]. These are the eight qualifications of the brāhmaṇas. Therefore among all living entities, no one is superior to the brāhmaṇas. - SB 5.5.24

Hare Krishna

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KC presentation in BRICS Alliance Business Forum (Album with…
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KC presentation in BRICS Alliance Business Forum (Album with photos)
Gaur Gopal Das delivered a keynote speech at first ever B...

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“The Essence of Cooperation”
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“The Essence of Cooperation” A lecture by HH Kesava Bharati Goswami (video)

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Preaching program in Kazan Russia (Album with photos) Bhakti…
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Preaching program in Kazan Russia (Album with photos)
Bhakti Chaitanya Swami: We are now in Kazan in Russia. The devotees have...

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Seeing through the eyes of the Bhagavatam
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Ratha Yatra in Parramatta, Australia 2018 (Album with…
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Ratha Yatra in Parramatta, Australia 2018 (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: Preach as much as possible, by sankirtana, big sankirtana. Big sankirtana is book distribution, and small sankirtana is with mrdanga. Big sankirtana is going on all over the world; small sankirtana locally. Overflood the demons’ godless civilization. Our declaration of war against this godless civilization. - December 31, 1976, Bombay
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Path of surrender
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Hare KrishnaBy Bhakti Bhringa Govinda Swami

A path of surrender means attentive chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord. Path of surrender means attentive study of scriptures. Path of surrender means describing the glories of Krishna to other people. Path of surrender means to live in cooperation with the vaisnavas. Because all of these different activities will help to change the consciousness, change our attitude. Read the rest of this entry »

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The boundaries of movie watching
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 03 May 2018, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.19.25-32)

We have to be very careful when it comes to sense enjoyment. Even though it is allowed, it must be within the realm of devotional service. For example, many people go watch movies and there are some scenes in those movies that are a little bit inappropriate. They can be sinful. One may say, “Oh, I am not affected by this. I see these things but they do not do anything to me. Nothing at all! They just bounce straight off. It’s just some man and woman doing some things.”

When speaking about illicit sex, it is said: smaranam kirtanam kelih preksanam guhyam asanam sankalpo adhyavasaya. Remembering, hearing, speaking, performing, joking and playing around, looking and so on, all form part of illicit sex and therefore contribute to illicit sexual activity. So even preksanam (looking) comes into play, because when we are watching movies with illicit sex in them, it classifies as engaging in illicit sex. Therefore, one has to be careful. There are boundaries to watching movies. I also sometimes watch movies; however, they are Krsna conscious ones.

Just looking is basically santa rasa (neutrality). You notice that people who watch television or movies all the time eventually become totally passive. These people cannot do anything anymore. Therefore, this whole movie culture is just turning us into passive santa rasa vegetables. So instead, we must be active; actively do service. We have to use our own creativity and determine how we can serve Krsna and ask ourselves, “What can I do for Krsna?

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Sastra-sanga at the Bhaktivedanta College
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The Secret for a Happy Family is this…
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The Secret for a Happy Family is this…(3 min video)
Sivarama Swami: Teach your children well!

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Shan-henda from the Sultanate of Oman … This bright and…
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Shan-henda from the Sultanate of Oman … This bright and inquisitive student at the University of California Riverside seemed fascinated to see these books translated into her native Arabic. She eagerly bought both the Arabic Gita and “Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers” from Prema Sankirtan Prabhu.
“Queen of queens” was the translation she gave for her unique Arabian name. If she keeps reading her new transcendental books with an open and sincere heart, she may just one day find herself fortunate enough to be serving the Supreme Queen of Queens in the eternal land of Sri Vrndavan dhama. Such is the inconceivable mercy pouring forth from Srila Prabhupada’s books…!

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Srila Prabhupada’s disciple Viprahita Das Prabhu has left…
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Srila Prabhupada’s disciple Viprahita Das Prabhu has left this world.
Lalita Sakhi: Hare Krsna!
Dear beloved devotees and friends…
Dandavat Pranams! All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!
I’m sorry to have to announce that Srila Prabhupada’s disciple Viprahita Das Prabhu has left this world at 5:10am yesterday morning.
There will be a funeral service this afternoon. We’re sorry for the short notice. The details are below as well as a short biography of Viprahita Prabhu’s life!
Jaya Nitai Gauranga!
Viprahita Prabhu was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1974 in the Henry Street, Brooklyn Temple. He was born and raised in the Dominic Republic and his family came to New York in the 60’s. Viprahita was a yoga teacher in New York before joining ISKCON. He did book distribution and preaching in New York, Hong Kong. Later he went to Los Angeles to serve in the Spanish BBT as a translator.
He spent some time in Miami doing preaching and deity worship.
He went to Puerto Rico in 1984 to assist in running a preaching center.
He married his wife, Ananga Manjari there, and they moved to Alachua in 2013. He met the devotees of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja in Alachua and became attracted to serving Sri Sri Radha Govinda. He would daily do the morning puja and bathing until he became too sick to continue.
Viprahita Prabhu was a joyful and humble devotee who loved to dance in Kirtan. He was loved by all and he will be remembered for his oceanic smile and ecstatic dancing, especially on HariNama Sankirtan!
Viprahita Prabhu is survived by his wife and daughter, Anne Jeanette (Anasuya dd) who lives in Orlando.

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ISKCON New Vrindaban Continues its Jubilee-Year Celebrations
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Hare KrishnaBy Anuradha Imseng

On Thursday, 17 May 2018, a second VIP event was held at ISKCON New Vrindaban to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with dignitaries, supporters, friends, and local and worldwide devotees. It was an opportunity to thank the guests for their unrelenting support during New Vrindaban’s fifty-year journey. The pre-event began with a tour of Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold, the breathtaking memorial shrine (Smriti Samadhi) of Srila Prabhupada, while the lady guests were treated to henna tattoo art and saris to wear to the occasion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Should we critically evaluate bhakti or just believe and practice it?
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Visitors from Isreal
Giriraj Swami

My disciple Rohini-nandana Dasa, from Israel, who has helped tremendously with my book about Srila Prabhupada and Juhu, and his devoted wife, Vrinda Devi Dasi, a wonderful disciple of Bhurijana Prabhu (she took the picture), have come to spend eight days with us in Carpinteria. We are truly relishing their association, and look forward to more of it whenever time and circumstances—and Srila Prabhupada and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s mercy—allow. They and other devotees are rendering invaluable service to Sri Guru and Gauranga in Israel.

Hare Krishna.

Yours in service,
Giriraj Swami

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The untainted classical literature
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In the Old Testament, there is the tale of Moses meeting God and God speaks through the burning bush etc. There are other stories of God speaking to Abraham or Jesus meeting God on a hill etc. However, neither the Bible nor the Koran describes the God of Abraham. We are only left with our own imagination.

In the middle ages, great painters especially Michelangelo paints God as an old man with a white beard implying God is ravaged by time yet God by definition cannot possibly be under time but above it. The same is true for Moses or Jesus or Mohammed. There is no description of how they look. When we are left with a faceless God, we are bound to speculate and invariably our speculation will result in an impersonal entity because it is impossible to imagine a God who has form and yet omnipotent. Whatever form we may think of, it will look human and thus not omnipotent. Besides it does not help if the first and second commandments of the Abrahamic religions denounces worshiping form or image. As a result of all of this, the Abrahamic tradition of religion is very human centric (anthropocentric) putting human survival and values above all with salvation as the pinnacle of human existence. They go one step more and argue that only their way is the way heralding the modern age of struggle of religious superiority.

The battle for religious superiority and bigotry has seen many wars in the crusades, internal schisms, and institutional abuse. Therefore, we have to question all this and ask if this is worth it? Unless there is a tangible and verifiable description of God and His pastimes, it is not possible to not fight on the grounds of moral self-righteousness. The ego is that powerful. Hence right in the beginning the Srimad Bhagavatam sets the standard -anyone with a trace of envy cannot and will not appreciate this great literature for this book is for the purest of souls.

In it we find such descriptive explanations about God, the concept of Godhead, His devotees, and ultimately salvation for the human spirit - pure love. Certainly no book east or west can compare to the supreme descriptions in the Bhagavatam. It is like the shining sun in the sky, any doubt about the position of God, His creation and the purpose of life that may arise in our heart at once can be quelled in the pages of the Bhagavatam. If one truly desires freedom from all suffering, one has to give up all material religions and take up to the study of the amalam puranam (the untainted classical literature).

kṛṣṇe sva-dhāmopagate
dharma-jñānādibhiḥ saha
kalau naṣṭa-dṛśām eṣa
purāṇārko ’dhunoditaḥ

This Bhāgavata Purāṇa is as brilliant as the sun, and it has arisen just after the departure of Lord Kṛṣṇa to His own abode, accompanied by religion, knowledge, etc. Persons who have lost their vision due to the dense darkness of ignorance in the Age of Kali shall get light from this Purāṇa.

- SB 1.3.43

Hare Krishna

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What is Krishna Consciousness? (13 min video)
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What is Krishna Consciousness? (13 min video)
Krishna Demystified interviews Kaliyaphani on his experience being involved in t...

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In The Lap Of Krishna (5 min video) Krishna says there is a…
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In The Lap Of Krishna (5 min video)
Krishna says there is a spiritual world which is beyond this world. One can only attain that world when we live a life which is free from duplicity, pride, hypocrisy. When we actually try to lead a pure life free from greed, pride, lust, envy and anger. And we actually focus our attention and mind in how to serve the Supreme Lord and His desire. Let us appreciate that all of us, have our own small and big struggles. We should be convinced that we are not alone in our struggles, whether we are able to see or not, whether we are able to experience or not, we are ultimately all struggling in the lap of Krishna’s desire. And if we turn our attention to actually accept His desire favorably, we will be in his loving embrace.
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