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Japa Group - Thu, 2014-04-17 18:50

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The Secret to Satisfaction, Sunday, April 13, Dallas

Giriraja Swami - Thu, 2014-04-17 18:39

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6.

“Loving devotional service to Krishna is not a part-time job. It is continuous. Srila Prabhupada said that the closest thing in the material world to love for Krishna is a mother’s love for her child. It is not a part-time job; it is 24/7. Loving devotional service to Krishna is apratihata—uninterrupted, unbroken. It is continuous. And in that awakened condition of love one does not want to do anything but serve Krishna with love, to make Him happy. And by making Krishna happy, one feels happiness and satisfaction.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6, Dallas

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Second Largest ISKCON Temple in the World to Open in Kanpur

The second-largest ISKCON temple in the world is set to open in Kanpur on October 3rd, 2014. Construction began in October 2011 and will conclude this August. Set on a 15-acre site, the elaborate 100,000 square-foot temple, with its majestic towers, will include an open-sky courtyard and large temple hall.

Ratha Yatra in Newcastle, SA – 2014

Kadamba Kanana Swami’s preaching tour of South Africa continues. His Cape Town stay was interrupted by a weekend visit to the Kwazulu Natal Midlands where he did an evening program in the town of Ladysmith (04 April) and then participated in the Ratha Yatra in Newcastle (05 April). Maharaj was accompanied by HH Bhakti Ashraya Vaisnava Swami, his longtime friend from Vrndavan. On Sunday (6 April), he gave a lecture based on the pastimes of Lord Ramachandra at the temple in Durban.

Recording and photos from these programs are presented below. On Monday (7 April), Maharaj returned to Cape Town and stayed there until Saturday. He is currently in Durban, ready to participate in the world famous, 4 day Ratha Yatra Festival which begins tomorrow (18 April). Please stayed tuned for the more recording and photos.


KKS SA Ladysmith 04 April 2014 Evening Lecture

KKS SA Newcastle 05 April 2014 Ratha Yatra Lecture

KKS SA Durban 06 April 2014 Rama Navami Lecture


If you cannot view the slide-show below, please visit flickr.


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Pandava Sena 20th Anniversary Videos

UK's Pandava Sena - a dynamic youth organization - has been established twenty years ago, in 1994, with the aim to protect Bhaktivedanta Manor from being closed down by the government. On April 12th, the Pandava Sena members has spent an evening remembering the historic pastimes, hearing from the original members of Pandava Sena, the stalwarts that headed up the campaign to 'Save the Manor'.

Pandava Sena Youth Group Celebrates 20 Years

Upon its birth in 1994 out of necessity to protect Bhaktivedanta Manor from closure, the UK’s Pandava Sena youth group was a powerful force. 250 current members and alumni, ranging in age from 14 to 38, packed into Bhaktivedanta Manor’s temple room for its 20th anniversary on April 12th. They were joined by several senior devotees who had been long-time well-wishers.

New E-books Available from the North European BBT

The Northern European branh of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) announced the release of several new e-books in English and German.

It Rained Nectar at Mayapur Kirtan Mela

Golden Gauranga and his dear associates glanced at thousands of devotees with eyes full of compassion. There was love in the air and it seemed like thousands of honey bees had finally found the treasure house of nectar.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Bhaktimarga Swami, The Walking Monk - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:06
Stay in the Water
Durban, South Africa This marks the 20th year since the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa.  People of native origin fought long and hard to achieve their freedom as recent history tells.  Despite the policy and administrative adjustments, things are far from perfect. Now you have minorities complaining about favoritism.  Job opportunities are preferentially partial.  And it goes on and on.  
But lets not be naive. Nothing’s ever going to be a bowl of roses. We are living in the material world, so, let's not whine so much.  Let's not blame everyone else for our own discomforts. You put yourself in the spot where you are now.  Such is the nature of karma. So swallow it and get on with life.  Life isn’t always fair, okay?
Maybe you don't belong here in the first place? Is that fair? Is that a fair question?
Today we spent hours on preparing dramas for the upcoming weekend Festival of Chariots.  Walking took a back seat.  To address this “other worldly” issue I found it great in the script writing by local stand up comedian, K.C., we call him, when the Sangoma, a Zulu shaman, who directs the troubled under dogged victim out of his misery. The story plays up on the analogy that we are all fish out of water.
Little Fish is the actual name of the victim and he addresses the Sangoma, “I need help. I don't know what to do anymore.  I need someone to take my problems away.”  The Sangoma spews out sounds like only a wizard can do as he throws the bones and reads the message.  
“The bones don't lie.  You were in a good place, a really good place, a long time ago!  Hmm, hmmm, then you got greedy.  You left that place.  You left that lovely place, to come here! But my friend, you’re never going to be happy over here, this place is not for you.  You are never going to be happy here, unless you go back to your home.  This place is not for you... you are like a fish out of water.”
The message has merit.  It gives us something to aspire towards. 
May the Source be with you!
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Monday, April 14th, 2014

Bhaktimarga Swami, The Walking Monk - Wed, 2014-04-16 23:03
Durban, South Africa
To Tolerate

Kala, Tamohara and I were flying from Mauritius to South Africa.  While waiting at the airport in Johannesburg, the stopover before heading to Durban, I was reading some anecdotes from those who were with our guru.  A passage I read happened to be of an occurrence while our guru, Srila Prabhupada, had flown from Mauritius to Durban.  It was a small lesson on tolerance.
Pusta Krishna: We were flying from Mauritius to Durban on Quantus Airlines. I was seated beside Srila Prabhupada wearing my little British hat, shirt, coat and pants.  At that time there was a rugby match between South Africa and New Zealand teams, and there were a lot of rugby types on the plane. We had a seat in the non-smoking section, but people were smoking there and I was disturbed.  I was also concerned for Srila Prabhupada’s welfare.  So I asked the stewardess to please ask them to stop smoking in the non-smoking section.  She told the rugby type guys, who were drinking quite a bit as well, to stop smoking.  But they didn't stop. I was about to ask the stewardess, “Please ask them again,” when Prabhupada stopped me.  He said “What is the difference between us and them if we can’t tolerate these sort of things?  Don’t be an ordinary, common, foolish man.”
I thought the passage was instructive.  Why whine over everything?  While in the air on whatever jet, there are always little things that we persevere through. Anyway, “Sawubona!” which means, “Hello!” in Zulu.
May the Source be with you!
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Thirst for Wonder

Seed of Devotion - Wed, 2014-04-16 21:57
"Wisdom begins in wonder." - Socrates

This afternoon, I drove across a bridge and glanced over past the waterfalls. My eyes widened. Mist rose from the rushing, swollen river and the sun glimmered.

I crossed the bridge, parked my car, and dashed back out to the bridge with my camera phone. Who knew when this moment would come again, this precise painting by God?

I took several pictures then paused there in the middle of the bridge, gazing out at the river, the shrouded forests, the blue sky. The roar of the waterfalls surrounded me. Sometimes I measure my thirst for wonder by how desperate I am to take a picture. I'll crouch, crawl, tiptoe, reach, run, run, run. Photography for me is about viewing life as art and capturing the perfect way it blossoms and unfolds.

I paused on the bridge for only a couple moments, then dashed back to my car, pulling my coat tight. I drove into town and ran my errands.

When I returned much later, I parked my car again and walked out onto the bridge. I took more pictures. Wonder surrounds us every moment of every day if we are only willing to open our eyes to it. Okay, maybe we need to open our eyes AND crouch, crawl, tiptoe, reach, or run



Categories: Personal Blogs

The Lake Of The Mind

Japa Group - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:41

"During the japa session, as the mind howls, don’t give up the chanting. However bad the mind's demands, don't give in; let's keep chanting till we complete our daily quota. The lake of the mind will eventually settle down. But be rest assured, tomorrow as you sit for another japa session, the mind will once again agitate. Again the solution is the same; do not react."

Radhanatha Swami
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The Answer is Easter

In anticipation of Easter, one of the biggest celebration in the Christian religion, Southern Californian pastor Rick Warren talks about his son’s recent suicide and how people can overcome pain and despair.

Acquiring Krsna’s qualities

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 09 March 2014, Sydney, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.6.11)

sarva mahā-guṇa-gaṇa vaiṣṇava-śarīre
kṛṣṇa-bhakte kṛṣṇera guṇa sakali sañcāre (CC Madhya 22.75)

This verse is saying that all the good qualities are present within the body of a vaisnava. All the good qualities of Krsna are actually manifesting in the devotee. So it is interesting that we get the same qualities as Krsna. By serving Krsna, we get the good qualities of Krsna. By serving someone, you get the qualities of that person. It’s logical because whatever is important to that person becomes important to you. So if you serve Krsna, whatever is important to Krsna becomes important to you and the way Krsna conducts himself becomes important to us. In this way, we develop all the good qualities of Krsna by the grace of Krsna.




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Unconscious Competence

Sometimes it seems so hard to change. The ‘lower nature’ returns to haunt us, we easily slip back into bad habits, and annoying desires (which we thought were dead and buried) somehow re-appear.

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