A genuine alternative to modern misconceptions of God

Hare KrishnaBy Jaya Gopal das

Who or what is God? In our modern world, when we observe the amount of energy consumed by all of the other topics that fill our lives, this question is given almost no consideration or thought whatsoever. As such, we are burdened with so many frivolous misconceptions of God, the Supreme. For the most part, this lack of attention to the true nature of God is due to the misconception that we cannot know God. Although there is certainly truth in thinking that total knowledge of the Infinite is not possible for one who is finite, this idea of permanent inconceivability causes people to give up on any further inquiry. They simply IGNORE the whole topic, and, as such, remain covered by ignore-ance (ignorance). Some religions lock this permanent inconceivability into their dogma and say that it is blasphemy to portray the Supreme with any sort of features. If we read the Holy Koran, we find that Mohammed (like Moses before him) railed against any sort of artificially manufactured forms of God, or idols. This should not be taken to mean, however, that the real and transcendental God does not have His own unique and personal form and qualities. Continue reading

Ten Subjects of Srimad-Bhagavatam

Hare KrishnaBy Srila Vyasadeva

“O expert and thoughtful men, relish Srimad-Bhagavatam, the mature fruit of the desire tree of Vedic literatures. It emanated from the lips of Sri Shuka Muni. Therefore this fruit has become even more tasteful, although its nectarean juice was already relishable for all, including liberated souls.” Srimad-Bhagavatam is the galitam phalam, or ripened fruit, of all Vedic knowledge. It is exactly like amrita, for by hearing its recitation we can cross beyond birth and death. The Srimad-Bhagavatam describes the various incarnations of Lord Hari, and in the process of these descriptions ten important subject matters are explained, namely sarga (the elemental creation), visarga (the secondary creation), sthanam (the planetary systems), poshanam (protection by the Lord), utayah (the creative impetus), manvantara (the periods of Manu), isha-anukatha (the science of God), nirodha (dissolution), mukti (liberation), and ashraya (the supreme shelter). Continue reading

Introductory Handbook For Krsna Consciousness

Hare KrishnaBy Rohininandana das

This handbook and accompanying curriculum, which are to be used enjointly, have been compiled under the direct order of the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness. Their contents are based wholely on the inspiration, guidance and wisdom of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, the founder acarya of ISKCON. This humble attempt has been made in the service of any aspiring devotee and future disciple of the authorised ISKCON Acaryas. We pray to Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta and Srila Rupa Gosvami that this work may be strictly in the line of the parampara and full of transcendental potency for the eternal benefit of one who makes use of it. Continue reading

6 Bedrock Principles that will Improve your Spiritual Life: 1….

6 Bedrock Principles that will Improve your Spiritual Life:
1. Hone your purpose.
a. Carefully examine the purpose of your practice before you begin it each day. The word “purpose” derives from Latin propositus “to put or set forth” & Old French poser, “to place.” Your purpose moves you and gives you a sense of direction. When your purpose is clear and strong you will naturally overcome obstacles along the path. When your purpose is weak, you will be easily distracted and discouraged.
b. Write down your purpose and keep it visible so that you can read it regularly.

2. Commit.
a. Make up your mind — after intelligent reasoning — that you will perform your practice without fail and will do whatever it takes to complete it. As soon as you make this firm commitment, Krsna and all His personified potencies will come to assist you in ways you never imagined. But, first you must commit. The word commit derives from Latin committer, “join.”

b. Take full responsibility for your progress and think, “Nothing will change until I do.” “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”

3. Practice.
a. Get regulated. Through regular practice you will develop unconscious competence in any skill. Practice means to regularly perform an exercise or skill in order to improve or maintain your proficiency.

b. Make incremental improvements. Tiny improvements give you momentum, a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction, and add up over time to noticeable gains.

c. Practice correctly. Mere practice doesn’t make perfect. Rather, correct practice makes perfect.

4. Be disciplined.
a. Remember the golden rewards of discipline. The word, discipline derives from the Latin, discipulus, “learner.” As a human being, you have the power to learn new skills and to take conscious control over your lifestyle.

b. Accept failure as the pillar of success. Most of our improvements come when we consciously and methodically correct our mistakes. Mistakes are valuable. Notice them dispassionately, but correct them so that you can learn and grow.

5. Associate with advanced devotees.
a. Serve and hear from advanced devotees. Ultimately, all learning and advancement comes from association with advanced people. We do not advance by book knowledge or by our own efforts alone. People — living beings — have potencies. When you serve and associate with advanced people, out of mercy, they generously share their abundant gifts with you

b. Ask advanced people for their best advice. Become a master asker. “Ask and ye shall receive.

c. Observe what advanced devotees do and follow their footsteps.

6. Depend on your guru(s) and Krsna.
a. Remember that we are helpless and dependent.

b. Pray deeply and repeatedly, asking your guru(s) and Krsna for their mercy and guidance.
Hare Krishna!
Vaisesika das

Is submissive hearing the same as submissive reading?

Is submissive hearing the same as submissive reading?
Cintamani Dhama-dasi: I have a 40 page document of Acarya-vani on this tattva. The conclusion is that submissive reading from the self-realized person is THE SAME as submissive hearing from the self-realized person … but that submissive hearing is still MORE EFFECTIVE than reading. It’s NOT a question of either / or. It’s a matter of perfect & more perfect. If we are reading submissively (not academically), we will apply what we read and we will hanker and cry for more association with self-realized souls. And just because we are getting mercy by “reading” Sri Guru doesn’t mean we can dodge having to formally surrender to Sri Guru when he appears in the body of the instructor or initiator. Don’t be “satisfied” with the book alone. But don’t underestimate the mercy of the book.
SRILA PRABHUPADA’s letter to: Punjabi Premanand: Bombay, 16 April, 1976:
“Reading or hearing from the realized person there is no difference, but hearing the sound vibration from the realized soul is still more effective, better.”
“There are two categories of hearing from elevated devotees – to hear literature composed by a great devotee, and to hear literature recited by a great devotee.”
— Bhakti Sandarbha, Anuccheda 256
“To hear about the names, forms, qualities, pastimes and associates of the Lord is supremely auspicious. Superior to this is to hear the essays written by elevated devotees, and when such compositions are sung by a great devotee, the benefit is greater still. To hear Srimad-bhagavatam is superior even to this, and better yet when sung by a great devotee. […] if one does not have the fortune to hear directly what is sung by a great devotee, one should personally sing the same topics of the Lord on one’s own, because hearing is a primary process. […] Sridhara Swami comments: If a speaker is present, the sadhus will hear the names of the Lord recited by her or him; if an audience is present, the sadhus will recite these names for their benefit; and if neither speaker nor audience is present, the sadhus will sing themselves.”
— Bhakti Sandarbha, Anuccheda 262
“By always reading spiritual magazines and studying the literature written by the mahjanas while constantly begging for Sri Guru-Gauranga’s mercy, we can attain the result of hearing krsna-katha from the mouths of the devotees. Although in this material world we cannot always meet with devotees from the spiritual world, the pastimes and conversations of the devotees who were contemporaries of Mahaprabhu have been permanently recorded in books. Therefore there is no need for disappointment. If we live somewhere and discuss krsna-katha, we will certainly attain auspiciousness and nothing can harm us.”
“In order to test us, the Supreme Lord is always present behind what we can see.[…] If we wish to pass the test, we must hear krsna-katha from the pure devotees. Even though at present we may not always have the opportunity to hear hari-katha in the association of devotees, if we continuously hear it in the form of discussing Vaisnava literature, we will not feel the absence of Vaisnava association.”
— Prabhupader Upadesamrta: “How is it possible to hear hari-katha in the association of devotees if we live far from the devotees or at home?”

Mayapur Academy – Abhisheka 2016 – final exam – festivals (Album…

Mayapur Academy – Abhisheka 2016 – final exam – festivals (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: This is the position of Krishna Consciousness that if anyone will take to it seriously, he will find instant improvement in his life’s condition. By nature every living entity is joyful and in Krishna Consciousness, but due to association with material contamination certain souls have gotten their joyful spiritual nature covered up by the cloud of Maya. The purpose of our centers for Krishna Consciousness is to give everyone the opportunity to remove this cloud of Maya from their consciousness and resume their natural, blissful life of rendering devotional service to Lord Krishna. The process is very simple: chanting, dancing, eating Krishna Prasadam and associating with Krishna’s nice devotees. And these four items will make one advance very quickly. >>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Linda Ryon – London 13 November, 1969
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Blessings of Srila Prabhupada for the Malaysian yatra (Album…

Blessings of Srila Prabhupada for the Malaysian yatra (Album with photos)
Who can estimate the blessings of Srila Prabhupada for the Malaysian yatra? At the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple of Devotion & Understanding, Prai, Seberang Jaya, Penang hundreds of devotees including many from other countries are right now immersed in the ecstacy of chanting and hearing the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra at the Kirtan Mela which began yesterday and which will go on till 11 December.
Among Srila Prabhupada disciples who are at the Kirtan Mela are HH Lokanatha Swami, HH Janananda Goswami, HG Agni Dev prabhu and HG Prabhavisnu Prabhu. Many other kirtaneers from around the world are also keeping devotees busy and ecstatic for the 4 days with many melodious tunes.
While the Kirtan Mela is in session a similar crowd is assembled today about 700 KM from Penang at Kluang. Kluang though a small town in Johore was always a favourite stopover for our book distributors from as early as 1980’s. Thousands of Srila Prabhupada’s books were distributed here by our Sankirtan parties and many members were enrolled.
Today we are here at a 1.05 acre land officiating the opening of a temple. HH Lokanatha Swami and HH Janananda Goswami will be officially opening this Jagannatha Mandir.
While we are celebrating the successes of ISKCON MALAYSIA now, whether big or small we cannot forget the many pioneer preachers and leaders for their loyalty, dedication, contributions and austerities having to travel length and breadth of the country witbout much facilities to plant the seeds of devotion. We now are simply harvesting the fruits of their hard work.
Among such leaders of the 80’s are HH Jayapataka Swami, HG Prabhavisnu prabhu, HH Bhanu Swami, HH Bhaktivrjendra Nandana Swami, HH Janananda Goswami, HG Ramsarana prabhu and HG Janaki mataji.
As mentioned in the beginning who can estimate the blessings and mercy of Srila Prabhupada.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
Krishna consciousness keeps expanding. Lord Caitanya predicted. Hari Bol!
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