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    Posted: 5 years 49 weeks ago
    The japa retreat also demonstrates the power of intention. When people join together with a shared purpose there is tremendous power created. Many religions and spiritual paths employ this technique with uplifting and helpful effects. Thus when devotees come together with the shared sacred purpose to improve their chanting, service to their gurus, the Vaishnavas and Krishna, a community is gradually created. ________________________________________________ So what is the Japa retreat? In the...
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    Posted: 5 years 49 weeks ago
    These fortunate souls trying to wake up from their forgetful dream of being the center of life and the universe, by taking up the chisel of the holy name, to the shapeless, ever-changing, plastic stone slab they thought defined them. _________________________________________________ Reflections at the Japa Retreat 2 Offering respects to Prabhupada, Sacinandana Swami, Giriraja Swami (who are teaching) and all the Vaishavas who have taken up the holy name as their life, joining together for a...
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    Posted: 5 years 50 weeks ago
    How can I describe the beauty of the day? It was warm, though not too hot or muggy, with a gentle to strong breeze. We sat outside on the guestroom deck, shaded by a large oak tree. As we look around we are surrounded by the beauty of the forest--the nourishing green of the trees and plants, plus the intense, pleasing variety of blooming flowers. Straight ahead is a long distance view of a number of ridges clothed in trees. Krishna's artistry....
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    Posted: 5 years 50 weeks ago
    Beauty has been written about since the beginning of writing, and thought about since the beginning of time. It is one of the six opulences of Krishna which make him all-attractive and irresistible. In fact Krishna's beauty is so powerfully charming and gorgeous, that it distinguishes him from even his form of Vishnu, who is inconceivably beautiful compared to our worldly standards. I began thinking of this topic yesterday when I appreciated the beauty of a devotee. Beauty is a shakti or energy...
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    Posted: 5 years 50 weeks ago
    The successive generations of devotees are standing on the pioneer work of Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, so ISKCON is really an offshoot of his work. He was the first Gaudiya to preach outside of India. His son and the spiritual master of Prabhupada, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saravati Thakur, and our Prabhupada, further developed his vision by putting it into a practical shape. Therefore reading his books are important, though one should have a good understanding of Prahupada's books to benefit (and...
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