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Make the Choice
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Give up the sand bags of material desires and let the Helium of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra take you back home, back to Godhead.

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Twenty-Two Years Ago Today
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This weekend myself and Bada Haridas prabhu will continue with our travels. Our first destination is Moscow. While studying the itinerary, I suddenly realised that 22 years ago on the same weekend in April,1992 I was doing samkirtan in Moscow with my godbrothers. Srila Prabhupada, may we continue to serve your orders until our dying [...]

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Hari Hari!!
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“From the time that the name of Hari became manifest on the earth, Vaisnava folk were seen everywhere, adorned with faultless tiloka, neckbeads and equipped with the maha-mantra. In the midst of Kali Yuga they purified the atmosphere chanting, ‘Hari! Hari!’ So indeed it came to pass.” [ Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, Susloka-satakam ]

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Lord Caitanya’s compassion
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“Out of Lord Caitanya’s spontaneous compassion, He restored the people back to consciousness and through the means of His holy names enabled them to pass beyond the impassable ocean of the age of quarrel. Thus by the golden moons of Lord Hari and the Vaisnavas the news of the names of Krsna was told from [...]

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Reconnect with God
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We are completely dependent on God. But at the present moment, we are ignorant of it, to greater or lesser degree. To greater degree, if you are a demigod, and to lesser degree, if you are an insignificant insect.

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Sharing the fruits
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Tonight Bada Haridas and myself are leaving India for Europe. After a few days we’ll travel to South Africa for the Durban Ratha Yatra, and then onto Russia and Ukraine for a 3-week preaching tour. Time to share the fruits of our pilgrimages to India’s holy places with others!

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The Third Eye
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The holy abode of Jagannatha Puri, through the eye of a camera. Jaya Jagannatha! Kindly become visible to us. Jaya Srila Prabhupada! You so kindly gave us the spiritual world.

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Glories of Aindra Prabhu
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For those with a deeper vision, Aindra Prabhu spent most of his life chanting Hare Krsna in Vrindavana, serving his Deities, doing parikrama and his final act of service was to fall down in front of his Gaura-Nitai Deities. I am sure a flower airplane appeared and took him back to the spiritual world.

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A Day Of Causeless Mercy
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Yesterday in Cuttack we visited Jogendra Candra das, one of the last living disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saravati. Born November 16, 1912 he is 102 years old. He was initiated in 1932. During WWII he served in the Indian army, all the while maintaining his vows and chanting his rounds. After the war he became [...]

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What Nectar!
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This morning we discovered a treasure-trove of nectar in a private collection next to an old temple here in Orissa. Amongst many valued articles were ancient Gaudiya Sampradaya palm-leaf scriptures and a piece of sannyasa cloth worn by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur. I held the cloth to my head for a long time and prayed [...]

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The Sacred Stone
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Yesterday we visited the ancestreal home of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Jajpur, Orissa. Mahaprabhu’s parents, Jagannatha Mirsa and Saci Mata lived there before migrating to Bengal. Their home no longer exists, but there is a temple on the grounds that has deities of Gaura Nitai that have been worshipped since the time of Lord Caitanya. [...]

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Simple Living And High Thinking
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This morning in our travels we came across an ashram of 6 sadhus living a simple life in the jungle. The ashram was near a small pond, where the sadhus get their water. They have a vegetable garden full of vegetables and a goshala with 10 cows and a bull. They worship Jagannatha Deities with [...]

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The Lesser Known Pastimes
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I am in the jungles of Orissa with a small group of devotees visiting some of the lesser known places of Lord Caitanya’s pastimes. I was inspired to come here by Srila Prabhupada’s purport in Caitanya Caritamrta, Antya-lila, 4.211 where he writes: “Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura writes in a song (Saranagati 31.3): gaura amara, ye saba [...]

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Passing Through
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Myself and Bada Hari prabhu are passing through Vrindavan for just 2 days. Tomorrow we leave for Orissa. This morning I wandered around town, soaking up the mercy wherever I could. All glories to Sri Vrindavan Dhama!

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Exchanges of Pure Love
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The Lord has special affection to His devotees. Although He states in Bhagavad-gita that He is equal to everyone, still He has special affection for those who render loving devotional service to Him.

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Forever and Forevermore
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Yesterday we made one last pilgrimage to Muktinath, 3,710 meters above sea level at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass. The air was so thin that we had to stop and catch our breath every few meters. There we had darshan of a lamp that Lord Brahma offered to Krsna at the beginning [...]

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Her Sacred Waters
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Kagbeni is one of the furthest places foreigners can journey in Nepal, as Tibet and China are not far away.Before leaving we took a walk around to see the ancient sites and meet the inhabitants of the village. We also took one last darshan of the Kali Gandhaki river, which now flows with the ashes [...]

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Bimal Prasad
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Yesterday I placed the ashes of my dear friend Bimal Prasad das in the Kali Gandhaki river. It was his final request to me. As I watched the ashes flow down the sacred waters my heart was full of mixed emotions; sad that I would not see him again in this lifetime, but happy that [...]

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Reaching Our Destination
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Yesterday we reached Kagbeni, our final destination on the Kali Gandhaki river. Tibet is only a few hours away. Kagbeni is over 9,000 feet above sea level so there is little, if any, vegetation or trees. Upon arriving in the village we began preparations to immerse Bimal Prasad’s ashes in the river the next morning.

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On The Way To The Kali Gandhaki River
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Yesterday we drove 7 hours from Pokhara to Tatopani. As we gradually entered the mountainous area the scenery was stunning. This was the very route that Gopal Bhatta Goswami walked on his way through Nepal 500 years ago in his search for salagrama-silas. I visited some of the towns with Bimal Prasad and Alalanatha das [...]

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From Kathmandu To Pokhara
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The first leg of our journey in Nepal took us from ISKCON’s temple in Kathmandu, to Pokhara in the foothills of the Himalayas.

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Transcendental Identity of Lord Caitanya
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The same personalities who appeared 5000 years ago in their original female forms as gopis, sakhis, and manjaris in Lord Krsna’s pastimes appeared 500 years ago in Lord Caitanya’s pastimes in male forms.

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My Sacred Duty
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We spent the first day of our travels in Nepal in Kathmandu in order to acclimatise for the higher altitudes we’ll reach near the Tibetan plateau later this week. We didn’t waste a moment though, for within a couple of hours we were out on harinam samkirtan with the local ISKCON devotees, chanting and dancing [...]

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Home Again
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Pictured here is the Temple of Vedic Planatarium, under construction. Before entering Sridham Mayapura we visited the sacred home of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, from where he had a vision of a magnificent temple appearing one day in the future just across the Jalangi river. By Srila Prabhupada’s strong desire that temple is now beginning to [...]

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Laddu Mar Festival
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The Laddu Mar festival takes place a day before the famous Holi festival at Varsana. The residents of Varsana have great fun throwing laddu sweets at each other from balconies, rooftops and inside the temples. Unknown to us, they also begin throwing coloured dyes and liquids in preparation for Holi. Thus while attending the Laddu [...]

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The Residents of Radha Kunda
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“Even if I have the opportunity to bath in the ocean of pure love of Krsna, and even if I have the pure devotees of the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead as my associates, I will not consent to live for even for a single moment in any sacred place other than Vrajabhumi. Even if [...]

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Vrindavan! O Vrindavan!
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The first thing I did today was walk around Vrindavan. It was so nice to see again the people and places that have become familiar to me over the years. Though I often go on parikrama it always feels like the ‘first time,’ due to Vrindavan’s being a transcendental abode. I took along my trusty [...]

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Meditations on Lord Caitanya
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Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu wanted His followers to move all over the world to preach in every town and village.

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Such Happiness
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I have arrived back home in Sri Vrindavan Dhama and am happily taking shelter of the holy names: “My happiness is uninterrupted while serving You, worshiping You, offering prayers to You and chanting Your holy names. When these activities are finished, my happiness is also finished.” Lord Siva to Lord Krsna in the Brahma-vivarta purana [...]

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Nectar In New Zealand
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Bada Haridas and myself are enjoying the association of devotees in Auckland, New Zealand. Yesterday Kalasamvara prabhu showed us around ISKCON’s beautiful New Varsana community in the countryside. In the afternoon we went on harinam in the city with all the devotees. Krsna consciousness is expanding rapidly in the country known as the ‘long white [...]

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Home Program
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Home programs, with their simple formats of kirtan, class and prasadam, are a wonderful way for devotees of the Lord to associate. Here is one such program at the home of my disciples, Sakhi Rai das and Vraja Laksmi dasi. Devotees from Brisbane and the Gold Coast attended. Great photos by Ananta Vrindavan, as always.

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Be Here Now
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We have to take proper advantage by chanting Hare Krsna as our Spiritual master instructs us, trains us and inspires us. We should also be very attentive to avoiding any offenses to the Holy Name.

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Seeking His Blessings
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After our festival tour in Gujarat concluded I headed straight to Jaipur to report the success of our efforts to Sri Sri Radha Govinda, the beloved deities of Srila Rupa Goswami. Bowing down before Him, I recounted each event we held and how the crowds seemed thrilled with every performance. I thanked Govindaji for the [...]

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Our Humble Efforts
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With a grand Ratha Yatra through the heart of Mumbai and a massive two-day festival in a large park we took our final bows in our 7-week festival tour of India. We pray that Srila Prabhupada has been pleased with our humble efforts to help spread Lord Caitanya’s movement in the land of dharma. With [...]

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Pure nectar!
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Srila Prabhupada visited Surat, Gujarat with 25 western disciples in December, 1970. He spent 14 days giving lectures in various places throughout the city. Today in an old house here in Surat, I found an album of 30 black and white photos taken during his visit that have never been seen before. Here is one [...]

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A Recorded Conversation With Srila Prabhupada And Myself
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My good friend, Visnu Murti dasa, who manages Vanipedia, kindly sent me this audio link from a ‘questions and answers’ session with Srila Prabhupada in New Mayapura, France on August 5, 1976, wherein I ask His Divine Grace a question. Srila Prabhupada’s response gives me great hope! The translation of the conversation is below. One [...]

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Goodbye Gujarat
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On our last day in Gujarat we participated in Ratha Yatra in Surat and held a final festival program downtown in the evening. We are now on our way to Mumbai for yet another Ratha Yatra and our final two festivals of the tour.

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Remembering Srila Prabhupada in Surat
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The other day we visited the house where Srila Prabhupada stayed with his Western disciples during a visit to Surat in 1970. Many of the local people vividly remembered His Divine Grace. To celebrate our visit we chanted in the same streets that Srila Prabhupada sent his disciples out to do harinam in 44 years [...]

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He Was a Great Saintly Person
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Volume 14, Chapter 1 Feb 8, 2014   In December of 1970 , Srila Prabhupada spent fourteen days in Surat, India, with twenty-five of his Western disciples. Five years earlier, he had traveled to the west on the order of his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, to spread Krsna Consciousness. ISCKON was still a fledgling [...]

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