ISKCON London 2017 Mentorship Retreat at Plas Glansevin in Wales…

ISKCON London 2017 Mentorship Retreat at Plas Glansevin in Wales (2 min video)
This year we had the great fortune to have HH Kadamba Kanana Swami as our guest speaker.
Maharaja took us through the theme of – “The Essence of Bhakti”, the nine processes of devotional service.
The retreat lasted 5 days, giving the mentees the unique opportunity to dive deeper into their Krishna conscious life. The retreat provided to all the opportunity for vaisnava sanga, kirtan, seva, and delicious prasadam… all focused to help uplift and rejuvenate body, mind and soul.
Watch it here:

What is the role of the Kirtan leader, spiritually?

Hare KrishnaBy Bada Haridas

Krishna is present in His Name. He is there when we are chanting. Sometimes when we chant, by His mercy, we really feel His presence. We know He is there and the kirtan becomes very wonderful. I experience this in different ways, never quite the same. The Lord in His deity form, Srila Prabhupada, or other spiritual personalities, appear in the mind. Sometimes spiritual feelings arise. RadheShyamAlachua2 Although Krishna is always there, sometimes we don’t feel His presence. He keeps Himself hidden, and I feel like a stone and the chanting seems empty. Krishna does this so that we will examine our heart and, with greater humility and sincerity, call out to Him. It’s not automatic or mechanical bliss, there is a reciprocation going on. Somehow, we need to chant and hear. But that is our time to be with Krishna and we need to be aware of what is happening in our relationship with the Lord. If this seems like too much work sometimes, you can always go back to the basic instruction of chanting and hearing, and bringing the mind back to being present with each mantra. This is the basic instruction Srila Prabhupada gives and we don’t have to over think this. Chant with the tongue and hear with the ears. But it is natural that, as the mind settles down and you become absorbed in chanting, devotional feelings come. Continue reading

Kirtan in the World Religions

Hare KrishnaBy Satyaraja Das

Robert Gass, author of Chanting: Discovering Spirit in Sound, believes that ritual chanting is among the most universal of human impulses, as well as one of the first: “We have no recordings of the earliest humans,” he writes, “but when we encounter indigenous tribes who’ve had little contact with modern civilization, they all have sacred chants that their oral history traces back to their earliest origins. And if you look into creation myths from different cultures, in almost every case the world is said to come into being through sound, through chant. It’s in Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, and Native American religions. That’s evidence, in a way. The other evidence you can look at is young children: Almost all young children make up repetitive songs — they lose themselves in the rapture of singing.” Continue reading

Greed… Radhanath Swami: Wherever we see the greed for…

Radhanath Swami: Wherever we see the greed for wealth, gold, power, prestige, name or fame – consequently we see a rise in hate, envy, fighting and war.
Greed is a source of misery because it never gets satisfied. Its demand increases more and more, despite of our efforts to pacify it. It is compared to feeding a blazing fire, no matter how much amount of fuel you put in, the fuel gets consumed in seconds. It always ends in dissatisfaction.
The harder you try to satisfy this enemy of greed, the deeper you fall in the abyss. Its like voluntarily taking a noose around your neck and making it tighter and tighter with every step.

As long as we are engaging this enemy of greed for our selfish purposes we will be tormented. But when the things of this world- wealth, gold, power, prestige, name and fame are used in service to God and humanity, without attachment and pride, then we will experience the tranquility of peace and love within. We must always remember the principle of God consciousness – simple living and high thinking. Otherwise this enemy of greed will wash away all the good qualities of the soul. –