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  • Karnamrita.das's picture
    Posted: 6 years 6 weeks ago
    I am sure there are many more stories, but here are the most obvious ones I thought of as a meditation on urgency when chanting (one perspective is to imagine as best we can how we would feel in a similar situation as the devotees in the scriptural pastimes....naturally we won't feel exactly the same, but some idea.) In the picture above the gopis remember Krishna by embracing a tamala tree in their great danger. Another instance is the one I gave in my last blog of endeavoring to adopt a...
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    Posted: 6 years 6 weeks ago
    When we chant the Hare Krishna mantra in either japa or kirtana there are certain moods that are favorable for getting the most from chanting. The most basic thing is to really hear the holy names, and gradually developing the proper conceptual orientation and feeling of urgency and finally love. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur has instructed us that our chanting should not be lip deep, but heart deep. This means that it is not just moving our lips, but engaging our heart that is the...
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    Posted: 6 years 8 weeks ago
    Relationships change in time with others & our own body/mind; even as Krishna's energy sustains all being the background and rest in conditioned life our most fundamental relationship is our body/mind. We have been sentenced for a number of years in the prison house of matter with physical, mental garments a stock of karma--good & bad making us feel happy or sad. While living in the world becoming convinced of material futility while we pursue spiritual life adjustments must be made...
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    Posted: 6 years 9 weeks ago
    Considering my childhood history (which I know was arranged from my previous life's unfinished spirituality), becoming a devotee was the natural course of my life. In a sense, there was no other appealing option, so I embraced the life of a devotee as my highest prospect, which included chanting the holy name. In those days we used to do loud street sankirtana (group chanting) for 8-10 hours or more a day and this practice transported me to another world of bliss and intensity--the likes of...
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    Posted: 6 years 9 weeks ago
    ISKCON Member Opens Council Meeting With Sanskrit Verse Written by Antony Brennan on 25 Apr 2009 Nityananda Chandra Dasa is a devotee of Krishna and pujari at Sri Sri Radha Kalachandij’s in Dallas, Texas. On Wednesday, April 8th, he represented ISKCON when he gave the morning invocation at the Dallas City Hall council meeting. The invocation is a prayer given to open the council meeting and ask for the Lord's blessings. Previously the invocation for the Dallas council meeting had been given by...
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