HH Bhakti Charu Swami’s Samadhi Ceremony
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By Ananda Tirtha das

HH Bhakti Charu Swami's vapu will be placed in samadhi on Monday, July 13th morning, India time. As Maharaj’s Vapu enters into Samadhi on Monday 13th July early morning (IST), you may wish to engage in deep prayer in honor of Maharaj. There are many prayers of the Vaishnava Acharyas that we can recite. Continue reading "HH Bhakti Charu Swami’s Samadhi Ceremony
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How to bring the members of ISKCON together with each other and nearer to Krishna (video)
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By the ISKCON GBC Strategic Planning Team

Please join us to hear from Radhanath Swami on the Purpose #3 of ISKCON (To bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Krishna, the prime entity, thus developing the idea within the members, and humanity at large, that each soul is part and parcel of the quality of Godhead, Krishna) Continue reading "How to bring the members of ISKCON together with each other and nearer to Krishna (video)
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ISKCON Ujjain: Grappling with the grief of losing our beloved spiritual father
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At the present moment we find ourselves grappling with the grief of losing our beloved spiritual father. Indeed, a crater of agony has been carved deep into the core of our hearts. At this painful juncture of our journey towards Krishna, we can certainly feel the words of our Guru Maharaj come to life as we personally experience the wonderful support from Srila Prabhupada’s illustrious ISKCON family. The way all the senior leaders of our movement are remembering and glorifying Guru Maharaj, shows a glimpse of how much love Guru Maharaj shared with each and every devotee of ISKCON.

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TOVP Tweets Now Tweeting!
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The TOVP Communications Department is now tweeting on Twitter. This is yet another way to stay informed and in touch with news about our progress.

Just search for TOVP Tweets to Follow on Twitter or use the link: https://twitter.com/TOVP2022.

 

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Srila Lokanath Gosvami – Disappearance
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By Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami

Srila Prabhupada gives the following information about Shri Lokanatha Goswami: "Shri Lokanatha Goswami was a personal associate of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and a great devotee of the Lord. He was a resident of a village named Talakhadi in the district of Yashohara in Bengal. Previously he lived in Kachnapara. His father's name was Padmanabha, and his only younger brother was Pragalbha. Following the orders of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, shri Lokanatha went to Vrindavana to live. He established a temple named Gokulananda. Continue reading "Srila Lokanath Gosvami – Disappearance
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All glories to His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja!
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By Gopal Krishna Goswami

As we all know, death is inevitable. Maharaja's disciples will undoubtedly be aggrieved beyond words. We must remember Srila Prabhupada's instructions on Guru-tattva at this moment. Prabhupada had explained several times that the guru is present in two forms - Vapu and Vani. Prabhupada had also explained that Vani is more important than Vapu. With regards to his own spiritual master, Prabhupada remarks in his dedication in the first canto of Srimad Bhagavatam - "He lives forever by his divine instructions and the follower lives with him". Continue reading "All glories to His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja!
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How to teach others and develop love for chanting the Holy names (video)
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By the ISKCON GBC Strategic Planning Team

Let us join together to hear from the very experienced Kirtan leaders from London as they reaffirm the Purpose #4 of ISKCON (To teach and encourage the sankirtana movement, congregational chanting of the holy name of God, as revealed in the teachings of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu) Continue reading "How to teach others and develop love for chanting the Holy names (video)
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Grieving for His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja
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By Hari-dhama dasa

From our Lord Krsna’s perspective the departure of His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja was timely and planned. From our perspective it was untimely, unexpected and contrary to what we fervently prayed for. It was not what we wanted nor want we expected. For us, and in particular, for you as his disciples and followers, it can be considered as a “sudden death”: there was no poor prognosis, there was no terminal illness, and there was no extended period to prepare. And for those of you who prayed across the globe for Maharaja’s recovery may have found yourself perplexed that your prayers were not answered. These factors can compound your grief. Continue reading "Grieving for His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja
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Thursday, July 9, 2020
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Brickworks, Toronto

 

Healthy Voyage

 

A newly-made friend, Victor, and a friend of his, showed up at the temple ashram to join me on my night walk. As usual, we took time to admire nature’s features along the way. To begin with I pointed out Saskatoon bushes and, for certain, samples of its berries were tested. It met with their approval.

 

I pointed out the blue spruce, and by the time we completed the two hour trek, Victor had it down—in terms of recognizing this glorious tree.  We noticed dozens of wildflowers, and in the pond, at the Brickworks, we spotted this massive dark carp. Baby bunnies were also in abundance, which may account for the presence of foxes and coyotes.

 

I did absolutely no chanting on this lovely walk. Philosophical discussion was more at Victor’s insistence. 

 

All right then! We are observers of nature, of this body. We are the force and yet not the force. A greater intelligence watches over us and also over nature. “I am the taste of water. I am the light of the sun and the moon… I am time… Earth, water, fire, air, ether and mind, intelligence and ego are separated energies of a superior intelligence.”

 

Exploring the Gita’s wisdom through nature and our limited lifeexperience is a healthy voyage that should be walked-out on a daily basis.

 

May the Source be with you!

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A Calling, Divine
Bhakti Charu Swami

A Calling, Divine A Journey Sublime Dearest devotees, Please accept our humble obeisances.All glories to Our Beloved Srila Prabhupada!All glories to Our Dearmost Srila Bhakti Charu Swami Guru Maharaj! At the present moment we find ourselves grappling with the grief of losing our beloved spiritual...

The Monk Epidemic — Resolved! (2 min. video)
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The Monk Epidemic — Resolved! (2 min. video)
The most famous of all hypothetical inquiries — “if everyone becomes a sadhu, what will happen to the human population?!” His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja expertly explains how one can increase Krishna’s family manifold without even getting married. In the purest and most spiritual sense. A family so strong the members don’t seperate even after death and attain eternal lives which are full of knowledge and sheer, unending bliss.

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H.H. Bhakti Charu Maharaja’s Last Visit to the TOVP (Album of photos)
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His Holiness Bhakti Charu Maharaja was one of the most ardent and steadfast supporters of the TOVP. Over the years he personally spoke incessantly about the project, raised funds for construction, attended fundraising events, and was recently planning to travel with the North American TOVP Tour to many temples until the COVID-19 shut everything down. His temple in Ujjain is also overseeing the production of all the parampara murtis for the TOVP altar.

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The purpose #1 of ISKCON: How to propagate spiritual knowledge throughout the whole world?
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By the ISKCON GBC Strategic Planning Team

Let us hear from HH Bhakti Vijnana Goswami as he reaffirms the purpose#1 of ISKCON (To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all people in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world) Continue reading "The purpose #1 of ISKCON: How to propagate spiritual knowledge throughout the whole world?
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FAITH AND SCIENCE
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I’d first like to present to you the possibility that in your studies you’re going through something called the yoga of objectivity. This is a term coined by a philosopher at the University of Michigan, Henryk Skolimowski. What is this yoga of objectivity? If you’re going to understand something, you have to just separate yourself out from it. You undergo rigorous academic training, beginning as a young child, how to analyze the world in a quantifiable way. Doesn’t matter what your consciousness is – because after all who knows really what consciousness is? – Just study the facts, study the world as if it exists separate from you. That is what we call the yoga of objectivity.Read More...

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Triple lockdown ISKCON TRIVANDRUM
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Trivandrum district is again under strict triple lockdown due to widespread of COVID. Police department called our temple and enquired whether we can continue our food distribution. We were not prepared due to shortage of funds. So they requested us to supply for one day atleast. We have started our service again. We wish and pray that we could continue our services. - Temple management

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A Glimpse Of Beautiful Vrindavan (Album of photos)
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Indradyumna Swami: The Indian Government has imposed yet another strict lockdown here in Uttar Pradesh. Before it took effect yesterday we went out for a breath of fresh air and a glimpse of beautiful Vrindavan. We visited one of my favorite places: the forest of Premvan, with its sacred Prem Sarovara lake and the beautiful deities of Radha Prema Behari. We kept our masks were on, except for a quick photo or two!

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ISKCON Incorporation Day Festival-Curtain Raiser (video)
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By The GBC Strategic Planning Team

Please join us to the inauguration of our 5-day festival on reaffirming the 7 purposes of ISKCON in commemoration of the ISKCON incorporation day. We have a panel of speakers who are the leaders of the GBC strategic planning team who will take us on to a journey into the mood and mission of ISKCON. Continue reading "ISKCON Incorporation Day Festival-Curtain Raiser (video)
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An Addendum to My Tribute to His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja
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By Kesava Bharati Dasa Goswami

Since writing my tribute to His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja, I’ve read so many beautiful memorials that eloquently glorify his exalted, excruciatingly sweet personality, his softhearted dealings, his vast knowledge of scripture, his tremendous accomplishments, the pure devotion he had for and intimate personal service he rendered to Srila Prabhupada considering the short time he spent with him, and so on. Then I remembered the foreword he wrote to Srila Prabhupada the Founder-Acaraya of ISKCON and how influential Maharaja was during its inception. Continue reading "An Addendum to My Tribute to His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja
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Virtual Ratha-Yatra and "Drive-By" Darshan
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To continue the tradition of Lord Jagannatha coming out to see the many devotees of Toronto, they will be travelling in style down Yonge St for a virtual parade! Starting at 11:00am, Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra will cruise along our usual parade route that EVERYONE can participate in, virtually from home.

There’s more! The Deities will continue Their procession by travelling from Scarborough to Brampton, giving Their darshan to everyone. This means devotees can have once in a lifetime opportunity to have “drive-by” contactless darshan. Their Lordships will be stopping in three locations (see poster below for details). At these locations devotees will be directed to drive by the Deities (without exiting their car) to have darshan. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

For more details, including the proposed route and drive-by locations, please check out our website and Facebook page. 



Gita key verses course 29 What are the different forms of yoga, Do they all lead to the same goal – Gita 08.28
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Sharing the fruits
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 May 2020, Durban, South Africa, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture)

It is our mission to share the fruits of love of God with everyone – in the form of kirtan, in the form of transcendental books, in the form of transcendental lectures and in the form of transcendental plays & movies. We can share the fruits in the form of transcendental influences on the internet such as through transcendental videos. We can also share the fruits in the form of transcendental deities. Let the sankirtana movement be established everywhere and let us be a part of that! And in doing so, we can overcome this self-centred mentality.

This sankirtana movement is not only changing the world, it is changing us. It is the primary means by which we can change. Somehow or other, devotees around the world are thinking about how to spread Krsna consciousness during such times. Just see how many devotees are doing something on the internet – streaming on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, wherever they can. And this is very nice. Everyone can present something. Some are glorifying the Lord by writing poetry, others are glorifying the Lord through dramas, others are glorifying the Lord through paintings or by dance. There are so many ways through art, through philosophy, through music and so on that we can glorify the Supreme Lord, and by doing so, we will change ourselves and the world around us will change. So let us increase the transcendental family of Lord Caitanya.

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