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Govardhana-puja: Ecstatic Feelings of Separation, October 24, Houston

Giriraja Swami - Tue, 2014-10-28 11:59

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila 14 during the morning program.

“Lord Caitanya descended for the purpose of feeling ecstatic separation from Krishna and it is happening now in these pastimes and it is very intense—Radharani’s love for Krishna in separation. What Caitanya Mahaprabhu is experiencing in essence is what Srimati Radharani experiences in separation from Krishna and it is very extreme. But although externally it appears like agony, internally it is ecstasy and that also becomes revealed in this pastime.”

Jaya Radha Madhava
Govardhan-puja Morning Talk

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Bhurijana Prabhu Q&A Session

Japa Group - Mon, 2014-10-27 20:27
Bhurijana Prabhu ask questions and gives absorbing and at times witty answers. Email subscribers please click the big blue link above to hear the audio.
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A profound prayer

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 17 August 2014, Goloka Dhama, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.14.5-10)

Sudama was a garland-maker who offered Krsna many nice garlands, sandalwood and other things. He used to go to Vrindavan regularly to collect flowers, so he had already met Krsna and made offerings, and was recognised by Krsna as a devotee.

Once he adorned Krsna with a beautiful garland, and Krsna and Balaram looked very nice. Then the two Lords offered the surrendered Sudama, who was bowing down before them, whatever benediction he desired.

Then Sudama asked the Lord for unshakeable devotion – devotion that could not be destroyed by anything. He also asked for friendship with the devotees and for transcendental compassion for all living entities.

So we see that this garland-maker was very intelligent!
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The Sun God In Vraja

Traveling Monk - Mon, 2014-10-27 15:00
The other day we visited Surya-kunda, where the Sun God performed austerities to see and serve Lord Krsna. His wish was fulfilled when Srimate Radharani asked him to warm the Lord’s transcendental body with his rays after Krsna came out of the water from battling the Kaliya serpent. Surya kund is also a place where [...]
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Out Of This World!

Traveling Monk - Mon, 2014-10-27 15:00
Because our parikrama party consists mainly of Russian and Ukraine devotees we observed Govardhan Puja at the Radha Gokulananda Temple in Vrindavan, so we could translate each of the English lectures and talks into Russian. Everyone was excited because on the main alter of the temple is the Govardhan-sila that Lord Caitanya gave Raghunatha das [...]
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Dipavali: Lord Rama’s Return to Ayodhya, October 23, Houston

Giriraja Swami - Mon, 2014-10-27 12:32

“Lord Ramachandra wanted a devotee to rule Lanka, because only a devotee can rule in proper consciousness. Unless one is God conscious, one will be overwhelmed by the influences of raja-guna and tama-guna, which are manifest in lust and greed, and one’s mood will be to exploit. Ravana’s mood was to exploit by taking the property of God and independently trying to enjoy God’s property—Sitadevi. So after giving Vibhishana, who was a devotee, the power to rule the kingdom of Lanka, Lord Ramachandra, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, along with Sita and their confidential associates, returned to Ayodhya, where He was welcomed with great love and festivity, with many lamps (dipas).

Dipavali: Lord Rama’s Return to Ayodhya

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I Have No Time to Chant

Japa Group - Sun, 2014-10-26 19:59
If I am finding it difficult to finish my rounds because of a lack of time, I am ultimately the one who chose to do all the activities that are getting in the way of my chanting. Even when I can't really avoid all the work and responsibilities, still I am the one who is organizing those activities in a way that chanting often takes a back seat to the other things I do.
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Damodar-lila, October 23, Houston

Giriraja Swami - Sun, 2014-10-26 15:30

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.9, on Mother Yasoda’s binding Lord Krishna, which took place on the Dipavali day.

“Our goal is to bind Krishna within our minds and in our hearts. When we chant japa we know how hard it is to bind Krishna—He keeps running away, like Krishna was running away from Mother Yasoda. Of course, He is not really running away—our minds are running away. But we have to maintain our effort. That is the difference between offensive chanting—nama aparadha—and the clearing stage of chanting. In the clearing stage one makes the effort to bring the mind back to Krishna when the mind goes elsewhere. So, that is our effort, and it can be very demanding, even excruciating. From our side we have to make our best effort, and then Krishna from His side will bestow His mercy. And He does. He may not do it immediately, but He will do it enough to encourage us by showing that He is aware of our hard labor and our sincere desire and He is reciprocating.”

Binding Lord Krishna

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Honouring Srila Prabhupada - Monday, October 27

The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites one and all to join us for a reflective evening as we observe Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance Day on Monday, October 27th, from 6pm to 9pm. On this day, we reflect on the remarkable life of Srila Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) on the anniversary of his passing (known as the Disappearance Day).

ISKCON is now a worldwide movement and is comprised of more than 350 centres, 60 rural communities, 50 schools and 60 restaurants around the globe. This day will provide a great chance to meditate on what Srila Prabhupada means to us.

Please join us for the festivities that will start at 6:00pm with arati and will continue until approximately 9:00pm. Please join us as we glorify Srila Prabhupada on this very important day.

Judgement day

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2009, Bhaktivedanta Manor, England, Lecture)

At the end of our life, our own service will be judged but more important, is the service of our spiritual master, who is requesting Krsna, “Please accept him, he didn’t do well but accept him anyway.” This is actually how it works. Thus Srila Prabhupada is praying for all of us and saying, “Please take them all back to Godhead. I know everything but still… Please take them back to Godhead.” Then what can Krsna do, because Prabhupada has done such service that Krsna has become so indebted; what can he do!? So when Srila Prabhupada is asking then, “All right, let him go.”

So mercy is a major factor and thus we must look for that mercy. Therefore, we must always turn to our spiritual master. It’s not that the spiritual master should turn to us, we should turn to him for shelter!

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CPR Training with St. John's Ambulance - Nov 8, 2014

Learn to be a lifesaver!  On Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, the Hare Krishna Temple will be hosting St. John's Ambulance who will be conducting a CPR  a program that is suitable for anyone interested in learning or refreshing their knowledge of CPR.

Students will Learn:
-  how to activate Emergency Medical Services
-  provide assistance to an adult whose heart has stopped or who is choking
-  how to recognize signs and symptoms of a stroke

Additionally, this course will teach students on the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). CPR (Level A) certificates are issued upon successful completion.

To register for the course, please click here.  For course fees and information, contact: vcare@torontokrishna.com.  Please note, this course has a maximum capacity of 25 students so space is limited.

With Great Concentration

Japa Group - Sat, 2014-10-25 17:04
If we chant with devotion....giving our attention to the sound and with great concentration, diving deeply into the Holy names, then we will feel the Lord's transcendental spiritual energy and our faith and determination will increase.

Here is a quote from Srila Prabhupada that illustrates this point:

"....Practically we see that as we sincerely try to improve our chanting for the pleasure of Krishna, Krishna reciprocates and we feel our greatest pleasure which is devotional service to the Lord."

Letter to Syamasundara
November 24, 1968
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Mantra Siddhi

Japa Group - Fri, 2014-10-24 19:56
"Kartik is particularly meant for mantra siddhi, perfection in chanting Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, mantra siddhi.
Hare Krishna Maha Mantra - siddhi means chanting and chanting....some perfection, as perfection in yoga. Siddhi, perfection of chanting is attained in this month or this month is favorable for attainment of that mantra siddhi."

Lokanatha Swami
Meditation on Damodarastakam
Lecture from Vrindavan 2014
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