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Srila Prabhupada
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Loved you once, Love you still, Always have, Always will.

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Chanting All Thirty-Two Syllables
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Chanting All Thirty-Two Syllables “As Srila Prabhupada’s secretary and more than once in any case, I sat before Srila Prabhupada chanting my japa. Sometimes we hear people, and myself, saying, ‘Hare Ram, Hare Ram, Ram Ram, Hare Hare. Srila Prabhupada would stop me, and more than once, say to me. ‘Chant the entire mantra,’ and [...]

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The Real Medicine
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Lots of time to chant as I recuperate. The real medicine. “Just always chant Hare Krsna. Never mind whether you are in a factory or in a hell, in a shack or in a skyscraper – it doesn’t matter. Just go on chanting: Hare Krsna, HareKrsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama [...]

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Eager For Sankirtana
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Being in and out of hospitals the last few weeks I have seen alot of people suffering. I am eager to get back on samkirtan and chant the holy names for the benefit of the fallen souls. “If the surface of the globe is overflooded with the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, the people [...]

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Grateful For Prayers And Realizations
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Dear devotees, Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I would like to thank all of you for your concern, your care and especially your prayers during these last few days. As my dear friend Govinda Swami reported, I was recently diagnosed with Melanoma skin cancer, but the small malignant mole [...]

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Tatarstan Devotees
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It was with great sadness that we left Tatarstan yesterday. The small group of devotees pushing on Lord Caitanya’s samkirtan movement there – so far away from the rest of the world – are the sweetest devotees you could ever imagine. Please everyone send them your blessings!

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Leaps And Bounds
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Krsna consciousness continues to grow in leaps and bounds throughout Russia, 44 years after Srila Prabhupada visited Moscow. I never cease to be amazed at the number and quality of people joining. This was especially evident when myself and Bada Haridas did last Sunday’s love feast program in Moscow. Easy to love these devotees with [...]

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Welfare
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By dint of circumstances I have been forced to think of my own welfare this past month. Having been saved, I am now free to travel again and think of the welfare of others. My dear Lord, thank you! I will serve You well. “‘He He Krsna! O ocean of mercy! Protect! Please protect these [...]

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Rainy Days
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Attendance was down at this year’s Durban Ratha Yatra because of heavy rain. Nevertheless, thousands braved the wet weather to enjoy 4 days of transcendental festivities. A high point was when national television came and interviewed us. The interviewer, a young lady who dressed in a sari for the occasion, chanted and danced with us [...]

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27 Years
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Thousands of people turned up for Durban’s 27th Ratha Yatra festival along the beachfront yesterday. The 5-hour parade captured the attention of both locals and tourists as 3 large chariots rumbled through the streets. The festival continues for 3 more days with attractions in an assortment of tents, large and small, not far from the [...]

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Нарасимха-анустубха мантра
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Разъяренному Маха-Вишну
самосветящемуся вездесущему
Нрисимхе в явлении страшному и всеблагому
как смерть самой смерти – поклоны.

[ Нарасимха-анустубха мантра ]

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Holy Name Of Krishna
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When, by His grace, the Lord puts His devotee into difficulty, many lessons are to be learned. In the following days I will humbly try to share the realizations I got during my recent bout with cancer. “One who, at the time of death, chants the holy name, ‘Krishna! Krishna! Krishna!’ will not have to [...]

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Good Fortune And Mercy
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“A person who has developed detachment can give up the bondage of material society, friendship and love, and a person who undergoes great suffering gradually becomes, out of hopelessness, detached and indifferent to the material world. Thus, due to my great suffering, such detachment awoke in my heart; yet how could I have undergone such [...]

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Sweet Memories
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Just before leaving India a few weeks ago we recorded a promotional video of our theater, Usa and Aniruddha, in a proffesional studio in Mumbai.The filming took an entire day. Once the video is edited and completed we will use it to promote our show in other countries. While filming was going on, I took [...]

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No Ordinary People
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As I was getting into my taxi to leave Vrindavan today literally hundreds of thousands of people were on the parikrama marg, circumambulating the holy town. The crowds were so big that my taxi couldn’t move an inch. So I got out of the car and began taking photographs of all the beautiful people passing [...]

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Forever Indebted
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Tomorrow I am leaving Vrindavan. I have been fortunate to have spent much of the past 5 months in this transcendental abode. Today I went out to Radha Kunda to offer prayers of gratitude and ask blessings for my forthcoming preaching in the west. I also requested mercy to be able to return to Vrindavan [...]

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A Most Fitting Ending
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Nashik was the abode of Lord Rama during His 14 years in exile and one of the most popular places of pilgrimage in present day India. The beautiful Pancavati forest once covered the entire area. Nashik is located on the banks of the sacred Godavari river and is one of 4 cities where the famous [...]

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A Most Sacred Place
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The famous temple of Trimbakeshwar is situated 25 kilometers from the city of Nashik, in the state Maharashtra. Inside the ancient temple is one of the 12 famous Jyotirlingas, self manifested deities of Lord Siva, found in India. It has been a place of pilgrimage since time immemorial. The Pandavas stayed there for sometime during [...]

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Mumbai Old And New
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Our 6 week festival tour in the Mumbai area is finally coming to a conclusion. Yesterday, while doing some errands, I took photos of life in the city, comparing old India with that of the new.

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Lord Varaha
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“If anyone thinks of Me, when in sound mind and body, as the very cause and all pervading personality of this universe and as one without birth, then I assure you that I will remember this devotee of Mine when upon his deathbed, lying helplessly like a stone or a log of wood. I will [...]

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In The Midst Of It All
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Yesterday I went to a rough part of Mumbai to pick up a puja plate I had repaired in an old junk shop. Several ethnic groups live side by side in a tense neighborhood surrounded by poverty and filth. To my surprise I found Lord Jagannatha and Lord Balarama sitting in the midst of it [...]

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Simply Amazed
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The Radha Vrindavan Chandra Temple in Pune, India is situated on 6 acres of land just minutes from the center of the city. They have a congregation of over 2,000 members. 200 brahmacaris live permanently in the temple and construction is going on to eventually accommodate 100 families on the property. There is also a [...]

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Simple Living, High Thinking
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Govardhan Eco Village, situated in the Sahyadri mountains near Mumbai, is a model ISKCON farming community and retreat center. Yesterday my festival team and I took a break from our preaching and visited the community. We were treated to a 4-hour tour of the 75 acres, which include a beautiful temple, a gurukula, a center [...]

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Gurukula In Mayapur
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Before leaving Sridham Mayapura I visited the Bhaktivedanta Academy, one of several schools in our ISKCON community there. It functions as a traditional Vedic gurukula with education for both boys and girls. The day I visited the boy’s school they were receiving one of their teacher’s, Bhaktividya Purna Maharaja, who was returning from a trip [...]

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An Inside Look
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Today I visited the Temple Of Vedic Planetarium ( TOVP ) here in Mayapura. Envisioned by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur and now finally manifest by the strong desire of Srila Prabhupada it is gradually taking shape. I was amazed at the progress the management team, headed by Ambarisa das, Sadbhuja das and Bhavananda dasa have made [...]

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Our Biggest Yet
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Last night’s program in Mumbai was our biggest yet. Over 9,000 people sat transfixed for 90 minutes as our actors brought the pastime of Usa and Aniruddha from the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam to life. Srila Prabhupada, we do this all for you. Please give us your blessings!

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By Popular Demand
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By popular demand we held two showings of ‘Usha and Aniruddha’ on the 1st day of our program in Mumbai; one in the morning for high school students and the other in the evening for a number of Mumbai’s elite personalities. A total of 1,200 guests. I only had time for a few photos, as [...]

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The Last Stop
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The town of Melkote in Karnataka is a celebrated place for Sri Vaisnavas. The illustrious head of the Sri Sampradaya, Srila Ramanujacarya ( 1137 AD – 1077 AD ) resided in Melkote for 12 years. The utsava ( festival ) Deity was once stolen by invaders and taken to Delhi. Ramanujacarya personally went to Delhi [...]

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The Lord Who Drank Poison
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The Srikanteswara temple in Nanjangud, Karnataka is dedicated to Lord Siva. The Deity is called Nanjuneswara, which translates as, “The Lord Who Drank Poison.” Lord Siva drank poision to protect the world during the famous pastime of the churning of the milk ocean. Numerous other Deities are worshipped in the complex.The beautiful and ornate temple [...]

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The Rush For Darshan
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The temple of Venu Gopala Swami lies on top of a mountain 1,400 meters high in a densely forested area in Karnataka. Agastya muni once resided there and performed severe austerities. Because of his penance Lord Krsna agreed to come and reside there permanently. The temple was built in 1315 AD by a Hoysala king [...]

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Never Terrified!
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Mysore, in the state of Karnataka, is often referred to as the, “City of Palaces.” Most prominent is the Mysore Palace, built by the royalty of the Wodeyar dynasty in 1897. It attracts over 3 million visitors a year. True to spirit of the dynasty which traces it’s ancestry back to the 14th century, the [...]

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Handsome Kesava
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The town of Belfur, in the southern state of Karnataka in India, is set on the banks of the Yagachi river. It was chosen as the capitol of the Hoysala dynasty which ruled much of South India between the 11th and 14th centuries. The saintly kings of the Hoysala dynasty were great patrons of art [...]

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A Look Into Ancient Times
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Present day Humpi in Karnataka, India is located in the vast ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire, which flourished in the 13th and 14th centuries. The many stone temples, gardens, palaces and ancient market places are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of particular importance to Krsna and Rama bhaktas is the fact that Hanuman [...]

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Hari Hara in Karnataka
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During our 8-hour drive from Udupi to Hampi we passed through the town of Hari Hara and took darshan of the combined form of Visnu and Siva in the Hariharaesvara Temple. The left side of the deity is Visnu and the right side is Lord Siva. The temple was built in 1224 AD by Polalva, [...]

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The Acharaya’s House
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Yesterday we visited the home where the great saint Madhvacharya appeared. It is not far from Udupi. Madhvacharya was an incarnation of the wind god, Vayu, and previously appeared as both Hanuman and Bhima. He was instrumental is spreading Vaisnavism throughout India in the 13 century. We also took advantage to visit a nearby ancient [...]

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Udupi Krishna
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The city of Udupi is situated in the southwest state of Karnataka in India. It has a population of 165,000 people, but is filled with visiting pilgrims throughout the year. Devotees come specifically to take darsan of the beautiful deity of Krishna [ Udupi Krishna ] who was established by Sripad Madhvacarya in the 13th [...]

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We Joined Them
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Even in cold winter, Srimati Radharani’s home in Varsana teems with locals and pilgrims alike visiting the holy places of that sacred abode. A day before leaving Vrindavan we joined them, all the while begging Radharani to bless our upcoming festival programs in Maharashtra. “I emphatically say to you, O brothers, you will obtain your [...]

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Winter In Vrindavan
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An afternoon walk in downtown Vrindavan with my camera reveals the beauty of the town and it’s people on a cool winter afternoon.

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Along The Way
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Bada Haridas and myself arrived back to winter in Vrindavan. It’s very cold and foggy in the mornings, but by the afternoon it warms up. Immediately after settling in we embarked on a 3-hour parikrama around the holy dhama. Along the way we met many of our old Vrajavasi friends.

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The Mantra!
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“O Gurudeva! What mantra have you given me? What powers does it possess? As I chant this mantra, I feel that it is turning me into a madman.” [ Sri Caitanya Caritamrta, Adi-llia.7.81 ]

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