The chastity of a disciple
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2004, Melbourne, Australia, Lecture) Chastity is very essential. It is very important and not only for a woman but also for a disciple. It is said that disciples should be totally chaste, totally dedicated and focused on the spiritual master. So rather than taking the angle of chastity of women and say […]

The mind
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2008, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Lecture) We have to always be strict with our lazy mind because our mind will say, “Well, you know, you can’t be fanatic,” which translates to, “Oh well, let’s just be lazy!” So the tendency to be a little lazy about standards and rules is very […]

BHAKTI – The transforming engine
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From Chandramukha Swami When BHAKTI enters FOOD FOOD becomes PRASAD, When BHAKTI enters HUNGER, HUNGER becomes a FAST, When BHAKTI enters WATER, WATER becomes CHARANAMRIT, When BHAKTI enters TRAVEL, TRAVEL becomes a PILGRIMAGE, When BHAKTI enters MUSIC, MUSIC becomes KIRTAN, When BHAKTI enters a HOUSE, HOUSE becomes a TEMPLE, When BHAKTI enters ACTIONS, ACTIONS become […]

The prayers of Prahlad
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 May 2015, Simhachalam, Germany, Nrshima Caturdasi Morning Lecture) Transcribed by Tattvavati dd om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah When Srila Prabhupada was lecturing on the appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadev in Bombay, he was lecturing immediately after a play and he was glorifying Hiranyakasipu because the part was […]

The nature of friendship
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 March 2015, Stockholm, Sweden, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.1.4) Transcribed by Nama-rupa dd Question: Guru Maharaj, you mentioned that in the material world, there is no love. I am thinking about the friendship, is there friendship in this material world and what is the nature of friendship? Love, friendship, society, togetherness, one-for-all and […]

Brahmananda Prabhu
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 September 2014, Pretoria, South Africa, House Program) Maha-large Srila Prabhupada came to the Western world. In the Western world, he began his movement and after a short time, he was successful in the Lower East Side. He began to attract some devotees. One of these devotees is Brahmananda Prabhu. I have […]

The mercy factor
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, July 2009, Serbian Summer Camp, Lecture) Question: I was thinking if I should ask this question. A confession goes along with it. I started Krsna consciousness twenty-one years ago and in spite of all my deficiencies, devotees have been very nice to me. After many years, finally I think that I am […]

Vyasa Puja Lecture: Part 2
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Transcribed by Tattvavati dd Continued from Part 1 On Srila Prabhupada’s vyasasan, just elaborate flowers are not enough. We cannot just offer elaborate flowers to Prabhupada; that is a good start and a good sign to the world but let us give him the prominent seat; bigger and higher than mine also; be strict according […]

Vyasa Puja Lecture: Part 1
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 April 2015, Radhadesh, Belgium, Vyasa Puja: Address to disciples) Transcribed by Tattvavati dd om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya  caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah First of all, I am indebted to my spiritual master, who really is a very broad-minded, generous personality and who just had a lot of faith in me and […]

The most pleasing service
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, April 2005, Durban, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Lecture) The spiritual master is not just an authority; he is our well-wisher and because he is our well-wisher, he has no other interest than to see that we are doing well. When the spiritual master finds some nice quality in the disciple, he is […]

The Lord’s protection
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2009, Durban, South Africa, Lecture) When we chant Hare Krsna, we think, ‘I’m a great bhakti yogi! I mean, what can maya do to me!’ Meanwhile, Lord Caitanya is there, at every moment, blocking maya at every step of the way and protecting us. At every step of the way, we are […]

Be human
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 August 2009, Lecture) Transcribed by Madhumati dd The four regulative principles, as Srila Prabhupada explained, is where human life begins. Anyone who does not follow the four regulative principles is an animal… sorry to say it! I mean, there may be some in the room, such animals may be here (crowd […]

The saintly person
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2010, Chowpatty, India, Lecture) Transcribed by Madhumati dd One must be careful in dealing with saintly persons. One must be respectful – that is important! We must serve saintly persons respectfully; we pray at the dust of their feet which means that we must be prepared to accept them as our superior and accept […]

Eager to help!?
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 April 2009, Durban, South Africa, Lecture) Once, at a program in Johannesburg, as I came out of the car, the devotees were very eager to help me get out of the car and someone was very eager to close the door… but my hand was still inside and my hand got […]

A natural progression
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, August 2010, Lecture) We cannot say that the four regulative principles in themselves constitute bhakti or devotional service. These are preliminary activities of renunciation and austerity. When we rise above and become attracted to Krsna and absorbed in devotional service, naturally the regulative principles will be followed! A pure devotee naturally will […]

When we fall short…
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 January 2010, Cape Town, South Africa, Lecture) The more we are enter into a relationship with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the more we will be able to actually have self confidence. Because, maybe our biggest struggle in spiritual life is not that we do not believe in Krsna consciousness, we do, but […]

Every verse in the Srimad Bhagavatam is about pure devotional service…
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 February 2015, Mayapur, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.4.25) deho ’savo ’ksa manavo bhuta-matram atmanam anyam ca viduh param yat sarvam puman veda gunams ca taj-jno na veda sarva-jnam anantam ide TRANSLATION Because they are only matter, the body, the life airs, the external and internal senses, the five gross elements and the […]

Where is our education leading us?
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The Bhaktivedanta Swami Lecture, in honor of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada This is the first annual Bhaktivedanta Swami Lecture, given at Wits University in Johannesburg under the auspices of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Africa. The lecture was given last March. Since this is the first Bhaktivedanta Swami Lecture, let me begin […]

Govardhana Parikrama
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 October 2010, Govardhana Parikrama) Early in the morning, we left for Govardhana through dark, bumpy back roads and started our parikrama of Giriraja at Radha-Kund. Govardhana parikrama is certainly a yajna, but an ecstatic one though! We slotted into a steady pace and all along, we were chanting the Holy Name whilst […]

Offering a lamp
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 09 October 2010, Melbourne, Australia, Lecture) When we offer a lamp to the deities, we try to lock the deities in our heart! We follow the shape of the deity as we are waving our lamp and we are trying to lock the deity into our heart. As we are waving the […]

Kartik vows
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 October 2009, Durban, South Africa, Lecture) So, Kartik is the time to tighten up the loose screws, of all the loose ends, and to bring it back to the real standard. Kartik, is our chance! It is only one month but of course, after that month, it becomes a habit! Habits are like […]

We are all Hare Krishnas now, meditation goes mainstream
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By: Brendan O’Connor Article from the Sunday Independent Gradually they are coming out the woodwork. And suddenly it seems that half the people I know are secretly meditating. They range from casual transcendental meditators to practically full-blown Buddhists or Hare Krishnas. (The Beatles were taught meditation by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1960s) And […]

One size does not fit all!
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 April 2009, Durban, South Africa, Lecture) Whenever we discuss kanistha, madhyama and uttama, it starts to feel like we are beginning to measure vaisnavas with a measuring tape! As soon as you start measuring vaisnavas with a measuring tape, there is a great risk to minimize the vaisnavas because a vaisnava […]

Service in Serbia – Fruska Gauranga Summer Camp, 2014
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Report by Dahani devi dasi After his stay in Holland, Kadamba Kanana Swami travelled to Serbia and arrived at the Fruska Gauranga Summer Camp on Monday afternoon (7 July). Devotees were eagerly awaiting his visit. On day one, Maharaj gave a short seminar (two lectures) on Sri Caitanya Candramrita by Prabhodananda Sarasvati, which was accompanied by […]

Extinguish the fire inside
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 April 2014, Durban, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.34) Transcribed by Radhadyuti dd The first and foremost quality of the brahminical order is kṣamā or forgiveness. This is the beginning of tolerance. See, external tolerance will not do.  One can act very tolerant but if internally one cannot forgive then internally one is burning […]

The willingness to change
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 April 2014, Durban, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.34) Transcribed by Radhadyuti dd  It is interesting that in the purports of the Bhagavad-gita, Srila Prabhuapda describes the mode of goodness. Then Srila Prabhupada does not say that you have to be in the mode of goodness, which is impossible. How can we […]

Everyone should read!
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 April 2014, Durban, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.34) Transcribed by Radhadyuti dd One should not display anger in front of the deities; one should not cry in front of the deities or bring his mundane sorrow. When one cries tears of ecstasy – that is another matter. Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to cry […]

A state of emergency
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 April 2014, Durban, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.34) Transcribed by Radhadyuti dd Our strength is not brahman-tejas (brahminical power). Our strength is to carry the mercy of Sri Caintanya Mahaprabhu. That is our strength. Our strength is to, somehow or the other, chant Hare Krsna and induce others to chant Hare […]

Lecture at Bhaktivedanta Manor, June 2014
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Kadamba Kanana Swami spent a few days in London (21-26 June). On Sunday (22 June), he presented the morning Caitanya Caritamrta lecture at Bhaktivedanta Manor which was followed by Krishna Kirtan Das receiving second initiation. On Thursday, Maharaj travelled to Amsterdam and continues with his summer preaching tour.  KKS_UK_Manor_22 June 2014_CC 8.63-66 spacefiller