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    Posted: 4 weeks 6 hours ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    (this blog is recorded on the full blog page: quick time player is needed; works best with Firefox or Explorer; if you are using Google Chrome it will automatically play, so if you don't want to listen, mute your speakers.) [originally posted on 1-08-15] Sometimes we experience great surprise and intense sadness at the unexpected departure from the bhakti path of a devotee we may have been inspired by or respected. Or even if the devotee struggled to follow the basic devotional practices and...
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    Posted: 5 weeks 4 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    [Originally published, 3-28-16 at the beginning of my cancer healing journey] HOW CAN WE USE OUR SORROW, PAIN OR GREAT LIFE REVERSES TO INVOKE GOD'S GRACE THAT IS HIDDEN BEHIND IT: To be human is to experience pain, betrayal, disappointment, and various kinds of suffering. We may ask, "Why me?" To which I would reply, "Why not you?" We all have our litany lists of wrongs done to us or to those we love. What do we do with this list? One natural tendency is that we would rather avoid pain than...
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    Posted: 7 weeks 5 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    [reposted from Jan 28, 2017] There is no perfect time or place, so if we wait, we will never accomplish, or sing the song which vibrates our heart meant to nourish every cell in our body. To breathe out, one only has to breathe in, but we can’t hold our breath forever; so begin today while you are still breathing because there are no tomorrows or could-bes. Only a string of nows, do-days giving potential at least one step of progress on the miles ahead though even a step back can help us go...
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  • ISKCON Prison Ministry's picture
    Posted: 10 weeks 4 days ago
    Author: Sarnga Thakur Dasa
    We go through three sliding doors (vertical bars) and two locked gates to enter the reception area. When we get to the classroom building, we have to ask the guard in the control room to announce the Hare Krishna Class so that all the different areas can get notified. There are often new guards there and it can take a few times before they pronounce the Holy Names properly. This guard then announces to all the guards in all the cell blocks that the Hare Krishna Class is starting. These guards...
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    Posted: 17 weeks 1 day ago
    Author: Bhakti-lata Dasi
    For the last five years I have been meditating on giving Kṛṣṇa consciousness to female inmates. Ever since I took the reins of the prison ministry, back in 2009, ninety percent of all inmates who write us are male. I tried repeatedly to reach chaplains from female institutions—to obtain their permission to place books in their chapel libraries—but unfortunately, chaplains are very hard to reach and my time is always very limited, so I never went far with this project. Over the years, at...
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