A Visitor’s Reflections. Vrindavani Briant: My two-month visit…

A Visitor’s Reflections.
Vrindavani Briant: My two-month visit from 21 July to 26 September 2016 to New Govardhana dhama wasn’t a trip I originally planned to make. After I visited New Govardhana briefly in April of this year – also an unplanned trip! – the sweetness of the New Govardhana temple and community made me feel compelled to return. With this in mind, I made inquiries into staying at the New Govardhana brahmacharini ashrama and received such a welcoming and encouraging response that I returned to New Govardhana in July for a two-month stay in the ashrama. The residents of New Govardhana dhama are a fortunate bunch. The farm, with its lush hills and clear river and lakes, is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. In addition to the beauty of its scenery, it is blessed with such a loving community of devotees. Although essentially a stranger, I instantly felt like I was part of the New Govardhana family, thanks to the kindness and care showered on me by the devotees. New Govardhana is further exalted by the ultimate blessing, the central focus of everything: Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Govardhanadhari, Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Sri Giriraja. Thank you to all of the New Govardhana community for allowing me to experience the sweetness of life in New Govardhana, and for your kindness during my stay. Although I have left New Govardhana, a part of my heart remains.

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Gurukula Headmaster meets Minister

Hare KrishnaBy Syama Sakhi devi dasi

Recently, Gurukula principal, Vinod Bihari dasa, joined 29 other principals and Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, in a meeting organised by the AIS (Australian Independent Schools of NSW) in Sydney. Vinod Bihari gave a presentation on the programs implemented by the Gurukula that have led to such enormous success. Vinod Bihari talked about how the school is focusing on best instructional practices that tailor to student learning. The Gurukula has also pioneered a coaching model whereby a specialist educator from the US gives real-time feedback to teachers in the classroom. Education Minister Adrian Piccoli expressed a genuine interest in knowing more about the Hare Krishna School. The Minister left his entourage to spend some time alone with Vinod Bihari looking at a photographic presentation of the school on a nearby wall, and hearing about the Gurukula’s teaching and welfare programs. Minister Piccoli expressed that after his conversation with Vinod, his impression of the Hare Krishnas changed by 180 degrees for the better. The AIS Public profile page commented how Mr Piccoli specifically noted how much he enjoyed meeting Vinod Bihari. The Tweed Weekly and Tweed Daily interviewed Vinod and published articles acknowledging the school’s ongoing successes. Continue reading

Awaking Devotion.Vaisesika das: In the backyard of my home, I…

Awaking Devotion.
Vaisesika das: In the backyard of my home, I recently set up a bird feeder that I inherited from my father several years ago. For the past few weeks, I have been regularly filling it with Nyger seeds, much liked by Finches. Today, as I watched a group of happy Finches devouring these seeds, I mused at how they have no idea where the seeds come from, or how the feeder magically fills up every few days. They only merrily eat without considering the source of their food.

This is true of most living entities. As the soul transmigrates from one physical body to another, passing progressively through eight million primitive species of life, it is Krsna who provides him his food and other necessities. The soul, covered by ignorance takes these gifts for granted.

When the soul attains the rare human body however, he can come to see that Krsna has been thoughtfully maintaining him all along.

This revelation is a beginning step in bhakti.

Children rarely appreciate the gifts and nurture given them by their parents. But, when the children mature into adults, if they are not spoiled, they begin to appreciate that their parent’s made sacrifices to raise them and they think of ways to reciprocate.

In a similar way, spiritually advanced people appreciating Krsna’s generosity, organize their lives around serving Him.

After drinking water a devotee thinks how kind Krsna is to provide such a remarkable beverage that quenches thirst and maintains the body.

Or, looking at the perfection of a fruit tree like the Avocado – whose skin is the perfect wrapper; whose “flesh” is a perfect food; whose branches hold forth its fruits as if from outstretched arms, saying, “Come here and take as many as you wish!” – a devotee sees Krsna’s charity and fine sense for design.

Out of appreciation for these gifts, a devotee offers them back to Krsna out of gratitude; and Krsna reciprocates with the devotee from within the devotee’s heart.

Krsna says: “If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.” (Bg 9.26)

Prahlada Maharaja notes that when someone gives to Krsna, it is not for Krsna’s benefit. Rather, it is for the benefit of the giver. When one decorates one’s face, Prahlada says, the reflection of one’s face in the mirror is also seen to be decorated.

The great secret of happiness in life lies in offering ourselves and everything else to Krsna. As we do this, we feel satisfied and blissful.

Such satisfaction drives the devotee to serve the Lord with all his heart and soul and to encourage others in such service. This service is eternal and ever-increasing.

Awaking Devotion.Vaisesika das: In the backyard of my home, I…

Awaking Devotion.
Vaisesika das: In the backyard of my home, I recently set up a bird feeder that I inherited from my father several years ago. For the past few weeks, I have been regularly filling it with Nyger seeds, much liked by Finches. Today, as I watched a group of happy Finches devouring these seeds, I mused at how they have no idea where the seeds come from, or how the feeder magically fills up every few days. They only merrily eat without considering the source of their food.

This is true of most living entities. As the soul transmigrates from one physical body to another, passing progressively through eight million primitive species of life, it is Krsna who provides him his food and other necessities. The soul, covered by ignorance takes these gifts for granted.

When the soul attains the rare human body however, he can come to see that Krsna has been thoughtfully maintaining him all along.

This revelation is a beginning step in bhakti.

Children rarely appreciate the gifts and nurture given them by their parents. But, when the children mature into adults, if they are not spoiled, they begin to appreciate that their parent’s made sacrifices to raise them and they think of ways to reciprocate.

In a similar way, spiritually advanced people appreciating Krsna’s generosity, organize their lives around serving Him.

After drinking water a devotee thinks how kind Krsna is to provide such a remarkable beverage that quenches thirst and maintains the body.

Or, looking at the perfection of a fruit tree like the Avocado – whose skin is the perfect wrapper; whose “flesh” is a perfect food; whose branches hold forth its fruits as if from outstretched arms, saying, “Come here and take as many as you wish!” – a devotee sees Krsna’s charity and fine sense for design.

Out of appreciation for these gifts, a devotee offers them back to Krsna out of gratitude; and Krsna reciprocates with the devotee from within the devotee’s heart.

Krsna says: “If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.” (Bg 9.26)

Prahlada Maharaja notes that when someone gives to Krsna, it is not for Krsna’s benefit. Rather, it is for the benefit of the giver. When one decorates one’s face, Prahlada says, the reflection of one’s face in the mirror is also seen to be decorated.

The great secret of happiness in life lies in offering ourselves and everything else to Krsna. As we do this, we feel satisfied and blissful.

Such satisfaction drives the devotee to serve the Lord with all his heart and soul and to encourage others in such service. This service is eternal and ever-increasing.

Festival of the Holy Name 2016 in Alachua, Florida (Album with…

Festival of the Holy Name 2016 in Alachua, Florida (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: “Who God is” can be summed up in only five words. Krsna is the Supreme controller. If you become convinced of this, and preach it enthusiastically, success is assured, and you will be doing the greatest service for all living entities. So you continue more and more to serve Krsna, and He will help you. >>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Danavir — Honolulu 5 May, 1972
Find them here: https://goo.gl/JZr05e

Festival of the Holy Name 2016 in Alachua, Florida (Album with…

Festival of the Holy Name 2016 in Alachua, Florida (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: “Who God is” can be summed up in only five words. Krsna is the Supreme controller. If you become convinced of this, and preach it enthusiastically, success is assured, and you will be doing the greatest service for all living entities. So you continue more and more to serve Krsna, and He will help you. >>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Danavir — Honolulu 5 May, 1972
Find them here: https://goo.gl/JZr05e