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Message From A Subscriber

Japa Group - Wed, 2014-08-27 15:15
Hace poco recibí un mensaje de un suscriptor Japa Grupo.

"Hace poco recibí un bonito mensaje de un suscriptor Japa Grupo. Aquí está el mensaje de Seni siga manteniendo mis rondas diarias y la adición de más rondas. Me gusta estar en comunión con Sri Krishna. Me siento como en un capullo seguro y cálido de los Santos Nombres, rodeándome, y llenándome. A veces no es sólo el nombre, todo pensamiento discursivo ha ido ... por un tiempo. Estoy mucho mejor ahora en mantener la atención en los sonidos de los Santos Nombres. Mucho mejor concentración y el enfoque que nunca.
Yo no sé mucho Siddhanta o "alto predicación", sea lo que sea y no soy erudito. Me hubiese gustado quedarse con los Santos Nombres y aumentar la cantidad de tiempo que estoy con ellos, y para complacer a la Divina Pareja con mi canto ".

Si desea compartir alguna experiencia cantando por favor envíeme un mensaje y estaré encantado de publicarlos.

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The Final Bow

Traveling Monk - Wed, 2014-08-27 13:41
We took our final bow of the season last night after 48 festivals along the Baltic Sea coast. Devotees held back their tears as they performed our 5 hours stage show for the final time. Many people in the large crowd cried being touched by the devotional bhajans, theatrical performances and Krsna conscious atmosphere the [...]
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Birthday Gifts for Srimati Radharani


The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites you and your family to join us on Tuesday, September 2nd for Radhastami celebrations - celebrating the appearance of Srimati Radharani! Festivities will commence at 6:00pm, stay tuned for more details. As an annual tradition, the highlight of the evening will be when we open gifts for Srimati Radharani that have been brought by the assembled devotees.
If you and your family feel inclined, you are welcome to bring a gift for Their Lordships. Some humble suggestions from the pujari and kitchen departments include:
Items for the Deities:
  •  handkerchiefs
  •  jewellery
  •  1 set of 14"-16" high  brown vases (colour to match with the Altar)
  •  medium size storage containers
  •  bindis
  •  soft towels for the Deities
  •  water filtration system (ask Brahma das for details)
  •  Deities' bedroom curtains (ask Brahma das for details)
Altar Cleaning Items:
  •  mop & bucket
  •  broom
  •  silver polish (twinkle brand preferred)
  •  brass/copper polish (twinkle brand preferred)
  •  wood polish
  •  laundry soap
  •  cleaning towels
  •  floor cleaner
Kitchen Items:
  •  small pots
  •  oven mitts
  •  kitchen towels
  •  medium size pots
  •  aprons
  •  electric hand blender
  •  electric hand whisk  
  •  electric spice grinder 
  •  professional salad spinner (5 gallon) 
  •  food storage containers 
A humble request is that all gift items be new as gifts will be placed on the altar and will be unwrapped and shown to the Deities during the program. We will have some gifts available for purchase on Sunday, August 30th as well as on Radhastami day. Of course donations of any kind are always warmly accepted! For festival sponsorship information contact Satyabhama devi dasi.



Gita Nagari Farm Listed as Success Story by US Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture has listed ISKCON’s Gita- nagari Farm in Port Royal, Pennsylvania as one of the most important success stories of preservation and sustainability in 2013. 

Hare Krishnas Cannot Solicit Donations at Los Angeles Airport

A ban on soliciting donations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) does not tread on Hare Krishna members' free speech rights, the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday. A city ordinance forbids the immediate solicitation of money at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), including the terminals, the parking lots, and adjacent sidewalks.

Festival of the Chariots on the Island of the Gods

"The International Society for Krishna Consciousness for Indonesia has been celebrating Ratha-yatra festival for twelwe years,” Bala Krishna das head of this year’s Ratha Yatra committee says. "Every year the festival changes its location, moves from regency to regency within Bali. Now, after twelwe years, we have reached a full circle, and the festival arrived back in Bali's provincial capital Denpasar."

Please Remind Me

Japa Group - Tue, 2014-08-26 18:02
Simply our prayer should be, “My dear Krishna, please remind me to always chant Your Holy Name, please do not put me into forgetfulness. You are sitting within me as Supersoul, so you can put me into forgetfulness or into remembering You. So please do not put me into forgetfulness. Please always remind me to chant, even You send me into the hell, it doesn't matter, just so long as I can always chant Hare Krishna.”

Letter to Devananda 1968
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The power of purity

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 October 2013, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.2.9)

Prabhupada many times said, “A society of cats & dogs.” Some of his favourite sayings were rascal and cats & dogs. Prabhupada had the power to call people rascals because in front of him, everyone could realize, “I am a rascal.”

Ravindra Svarup das brought a professor of Hinduism who was introduced to Prabhupada. Prabhupada asked him what the definition of Hinduism was. The professor said, “That is hard to say.”  Prabhupada turned to Ravindra Svarupa, “What would you call that… Cheating!”

Prabhupada said, “That is right, cheating!” Professor cannot give a definition of Hinduism. Then, in moments, they had serious argument. They were raising their voices to each other and then Brahmananada, who used to be a wrestler, he came up to the professor and said, “You better get out of here before you make more offences!” 

The professor looked at him and got the point. He just got up and left. Twenty years later, Ravindra Svarup das met the professor. He said, “Oh, do you remember when I met Swami Bhaktivedanta!” Ravindra Svarup was about ready to sink into the ground. Then the professor said, “You know, he was right!”

So that is the power of purity. Then one can say rascal and one can do so many things.

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“Permanently Infected,” Vyasa-puja Evening, August 18, New Dvaraka, Los Angeles

Giriraja Swami - Tue, 2014-08-26 14:11

Devotees met in Srila Prabhupada’s quarters in the evening for an intimate sharing of Srila Prabhupada memories.

“My parents invited a family friend who was a psychologist. She came in my room and began to inquire, ‘Tell me, Glenn, did you feel that your parents didn’t love you?’ ‘Which parents?’ I asked. ‘I have passed so many lifetimes, and in every lifetime I have had different parents.’ It went on like this for some time, and she left the room. Then I overheard her speaking with my parents. ‘I am sorry, I but I don’t think there is anything I can do.’ Then I realized that she had come to ‘cure’ me. When I related this incident to Srila Prabhupada here, he responded, ‘Yes, you have been permanently infected; you can never be cured.’ ”

Sril Prabhupada Vyasa-puja Evening

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Bhaktivedanta College’s Dean of Studies Takes Sannyasa

ISKCON-guru and well-known academic, Krishna Kshetra Das (Dr. Kenneth R. Valpey) took sannyasa (entered the renounciate order) at Goloka Dham, Germany, on Janmastami, 2014. His new name now is Krishna Kshetra Swami. An interview about his academic activities, upcoming book projects and future plans. 

New Jersey, USA, Welcomes BAPS Hindu Temple

The new Shri Swaminarayan Mandir covers 160 acres, and the primary mandir, or temple, on the premises measures 133 ft long and 87 ft wide.

Yoga Legend BKS Iyengar Passes Away

World-renowned yoga guru and founder of the Iyengar School of Yoga B K S Iyengar passed away in Pune on August 20th following illness.

How Many Lives Have You Lived?

Most people have a hard time wrapping their head around the idea that this isn’t their first life and that they may continue to live after the demise of this body.

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Bhaktimarga Swami, The Walking Monk - Mon, 2014-08-25 18:12
Brampton, Ontario

2nd Annual

In between the two installments of trekking today, I had the pleasure to partake in Brampton’s 2nd Annual Ratha Yatra at downtown Gage Park.  “When a teenager,” I told the crowd, “way before I heard the word ‘Krishna’, I relaxed at this very park at the gazebo in the shady trees.”  Ron Casir, a friend, and I, hitchhiked one summer throughout southern Ontario looking to find ourselves.  I never would have believed that I’d be in this spot again, bald and wearing robes, 43 years after my moderate hippie phase. 

Since then, the park has been spruced up (I still see the same spruce trees, though).  The area around has been built up.  After all, the world in which we live is always changing.  The mayor of the city, which is now at the half a million mark, showed up.  Susan Fennell seemed to be all smiles.  My god-brothers, Kaliyapani and Gaura, also came to lead in the kirtans.  A special feature, undisputedly, was the drama of “Little Big Ramayan”. 

The organizers were happy, expressing a double increase of attendance from last year’s modest 500, it grew to twice that size.  Our route for the standard procession was ‘in the round’.  Four revolutions on this circular sidewalk constituted the journey of joy as participants pulled the chariot by rope.

One local guy, James, who came for the bulk of the program, came to see me, offered the greatest handshake, saying, “Thank you, and please pray for me.”  I thought he was going to cry.  I believe he did, at least internally.  Tears were dripping on his heart, he had such a good time.  Then James asked a group of us, “Do you guys know the Beatles?” and one of our members, Vaishnava, sang, “We love you, yeah yeah yeah…”  James corrected him saying, “No it’s, ‘she loves you’.”  And my response to that was, “No it’s ‘we’, in relation to you and us.  We prefer, ‘we love you’”.  At that point, James got it.

May the Source be with you!

11 KM
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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Bhaktimarga Swami, The Walking Monk - Mon, 2014-08-25 18:10
Toronto, Ontario

The Good About Kali


Sad for me to hear from a family lawyer, who’s a member of our community, that few people remain content in their relationships.  In her own words, “People don’t seem to learn from their past mistakes.”  She indicated that whatever personal weakness that an individual may admit to, he/she will not make the endeavour towards correction, hence, the same short coming spoils the chance for a relationship to work the next time around.

Separation/divorce is rampant, and it’s a challenge that faces every community across the board, across the globe. 

When I saw a park bench in the course of today’s trek, a grafiti’d message sprayed on to the bench read, “Sick Earth”.  I wasn’t sure how to interpret that line because sick in today’s language means, ‘it’s cool’.  If we take it to mean that the world is malfunctioning or is dysfunctional, I think this would be a more accurate assessment.  Patience and tolerance of character we lack, and it is a sure sign of the times.  We say, in devotional circles, “We are in the Kali Yuga (age of darkness).”  People are slow to inner development. 

At the same time that we languish in the conditions of today, we can also recognize the true optimism of the current day.  In our discussion this morning, after I took my personal short but sweet head clearing walk, the few monks and I reflected on the Kali Yuga’s strongest feature.  The sages of Vedic tradition say that through song of the right sound one can encounter ultimate hope and peace. 

May the Source be with you!

4 KM
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Meant To Bring Us Attachment

Japa Group - Mon, 2014-08-25 16:02
"Chanting of Hare Krishna is meant to bring us attachment to Krishna Himself, to please Krishna and eventually to invoke our pure love for Krishna. We should chant with that in mind."

From Viraha Bhavan #94
by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami
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A Regular Practice

Traveling Monk - Mon, 2014-08-25 11:45
“The devotee should make it a regular practice to spend a little time alone in a quiet place and concentrate deeply on the holy name. He should utter and hear the name distinctly. It is impossible for the jiva to singlehandedly avoid and overcome the illusion of distraction. By the mercy of the Lord, however, [...]
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