Radha Shyamsunder’s Boat Festival 2017 (Album with photos)…

Radha Shyamsunder’s Boat Festival 2017 (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: Each and every word of Srimad-Bhagavatam, full of volumes of explanation, each and every word. This is Srimad-Bhagavatam. Vidya-bhagavatavadhi. One’s learning will be understood when he’s able to understand Srimad-Bhagavatam. Vidya. Vidya means learning, not this science, that science. When one can understand Srimad-Bhagavatam in true perspective, then he’s to be understood that he has finished his all educational advancement. Avadhi. Avadhi means “this is the limit of education.” Vidya-bhagavatavadhi. From Srila Prabhupada’s lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.13 – New Vrindaban, June 13, 1969
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ISKCON Rohini – Vrindavan Yatra for 2016 Batch on 25 & 26…

ISKCON Rohini – Vrindavan Yatra for 2016 Batch on 25 & 26 March 2017 (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: You mention you like to speak now very often, but the first business should be to preach to the devotees. It is better to maintain a devotee than to try to convince others to become devotees. It is the duty of the GBC to maintain the devotees, keep them in the highest standard of Krishna Consciousness, and give them all good instruction, and let them go out and preach for making more devotees. Your first job should be to make sure that every one of the devotees in your zone of management is reading regularly our literatures and discussing the subject matter seriously from different angles of seeing, and that they are somehow or other absorbing the knowledge of Krishna Consciousness philosophy. If they are fully educated in our philosophy and if they can get all of the knowledge and study it from every viewpoint, then very easily they will perform tapasya or renunciation and that will be their advancement in Krishna Consciousness. So first thing is to instruct all of your temple presidents and the other devotees to read daily, just as we have done in our morning class in Los Angeles. You may remember that we were reading one sloka each morning in Sanskrit and reciting it altogether and then discussing it thoroughly by seeing different new things. So you introduce this system and train the devotees first. Don’t be too much concerned for the time being with nondevotees, now we must fix-up what devotees we have got in the knowledge of Krishna Consciousness, then we will succeed. What good are many, many devotees if none of them are knowledgeable?
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Chanting is sacred communication! (Transcribed by Madhumati…

Chanting is sacred communication!
(Transcribed by Madhumati Priyasaki Devi Dasi)
Mahatma Prabhu: Chanting is very important, if you strive to upgrade your chanting it will make such a huge difference in your Krishna Consciousness.
QUOTE: “Japa is not a ritual. It is not a mechanical, mindless, robotic process. It is an offering of the heart, a pleading for mercy, a begging to be accepted by the Lord. It is a crying of the soul to be engaged eternally in the Lord’s service. The emotions these moods invoke nourish our chanting. Krsna is moved by love, not by a parrot like repetition. Feelings and desires for Radha and Krsna are meant to be communicated through Their Names.”
Now, this is interesting, because in the teachings of Queen Kunti, she is expressing that if I don’t, if I’m not material exhausted with the material world, and if I am trying to enjoy the material world, then, when I pray to Krishna, and chant His names, I won’t chant with feelings. In the purport Srila Prabhupada said that everything depends of feelings. So specifically, when we are chanting there is an obstacle we have, many, many of us face this, I will say all of us face it at one point or another, that is chanting mechanically.
Chanting mechanically, basically means to take the holy name as an ordinary material sound. Mechanical chanting is to just chant 1728 mechanical names, because of the vow we make to chant 16 rounds. So, there is no real feeling, there is real no prayer, or any purification to be accepted by Krishna, or any kind of emotion involved. It’s just a mechanical process to chant a certain number of rounds. And when we take initiation into chanting 16 rounds, we are not actually taking initiation into chanting mechanical rounds. That’s not, we are not vowing, Gurudev, “I have promised to you to chant 16 mechanical rounds”. No, we are not vowing for that. We are vowing to chant 16 good rounds. Which means rounds which we are praying for Krishna, to become pure, to surrender, praying for whatever it is, we need to advance in our devotional service.
Our previous acharyas, as well as Srila Prabhupada have left us numerous meanings to the holy name. In all the meanings that they have given us, there are actually prayers or emotions please bring my heart closer to you, please teach me how to serve you, please make me qualified to serve you. So, any time there is an emotion that you need to advance in your spiritual life and you put that emotion into your chanting and then your chanting achieves greater, greater potency.
Now I know lot of you are thinking aren’t we supposed to hear? Isn’t that the process? That is, but when you absorb your whole being and your whole feeling and emotions in your prayer in chanting, you are much more involved than in the process of physical hearing. Physical hearing is supposed to fix the mind, as your mind becomes fixed the emotions will come. But one of the best ways to fix the mind, is to chant with emotion, because when emotion is there the mind doesn’t wander. Usually when your mind is wandering you will notice because you are lacking emotion in your chanting, and you can hear it in your voice. When there is emotion in chanting as you hear it, you can feel the prayer, you can feel the petition, when you lose that feeling in your voice, then you can kind of feel monotonous or mechanical, “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare” it’s like that kind of you can hear that’s little bit boring little bit mechanical just trying to get it done. But when there is prayer, you can feel, “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare”, you can feel it and you can hear it. When other people are chanting prayerfully, you can feel it and you can hear it also. That is how you are should supposed to be chanting.
It takes energy, takes focus, takes effort, for sure but that’s the process. Chanting with feeling and what’s the feeling, Krishna, “I want to become a pure devotee”, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, want to become pure devotee, I want to serve, I want to surrender to my Guru. Please empower me, please bring me closer to you, please get me out of Maya.
In one time when Srila Prabhupada was explaining the meaning of the mahamantra, Krishna, let me engage in your service, he went on to explain, that the mood of the feeling is, for so long I have been engaged in maya’s service, and I am frustrated, I am unhappy, I am frustrated it doesn’t work, I just wanted to engage in your service, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, so that, meaning is please relieve me from the modes of nature please, please I don’t want to serve maya anymore. I served wicked masters of my mind and senses and they have just and they have given me pain and suffering and frustration. So please now, let me overcome these desires and let me just serve you.
if you understand the meaning, you see there is lots emotion in there, lots of prayers, lots of feelings in that. So, put that into your chanting. That’s the point of today’s quote. Hare Krishna.
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Escaping a Dark Future … Giriraj Swami: On Srila…

Escaping a Dark Future …
Giriraj Swami: On Srila Prabhupada’s morning walk on November 16, 1975, I told him about a recent interview with a scientist who had said, “We don’t know where the ingredients came from, but we’re sure that there’s …”
“Then why do you talk nonsense?” Prabhupada challenged the scientist. “You do not know. Then what is the use of talking nonsense? You do not know from where these ingredients have come. Our answer is—Krishna reveals—aham sarvasya prabhavo mattah sarvam pravartate: ‘The ingredients come from Me.’”
“When the reporter asked the scientist where the things come from, he said he doesn’t know, but he’s sure that he doesn’t …”
“Still, he is scientist,” Prabhupada said sarcastically. “He doesn’t know. Still, he is scientist. Just see the contradiction. And we have to hear from him—the unfortunate position. We say, ‘Go for scientific knowledge to a person who knows, who has seen.’ And this rascal says, ‘I do not know; still, I am scientist.’ Then what he replied?”
“He doesn’t know, but he’s sure that they don’t need God to explain it.”
“That he knows—how to deny God. That he is expert. And the newspaper reporter accepted this?”
“No. He didn’t express his point of view, but you could see he wasn’t satisfied. Then he asked the scientist about the future.”
“The future is darkness,” Prabhupada said, “because these are scientists. He doesn’t know; still, he is scientist. The future is darkness, because a person who doesn’t know has become leader. Andha yathandhair upaniyamana. If a blind man becomes the leader of other blind men … So, the reporter was not satisfied?”
“No,” I answered. “Then he asked the scientist about the future. And the scientist said the population will go on increasing more and more, and there won’t be enough food, so everyone will starve.”
“Then what your scientific knowledge will help?” Prabhupada again challenged the scientist.
“Then the reporter asked him what his personal plans were for the future. So he said he likes one girl and wants to get married, and that’s all.”
“Increase the population,” Brahmananda joked, and the devotees laughed.
Then Prabhupada gave the final, perfect conclusion: “Our plan is the best: before meeting such catastrophes, go back home, back to Godhead.”

How A Mormon Spring Break Ritual Came To Include A Whole Lot Of “Hare Krishna, Hare Rama”

Hare KrishnaBy Spencer Dew

Last year, for the twentieth anniversary of the festival, 80,000 people were reportedly in attendance, with that crowd estimated to be about 90% Mormon. The festival in Spanish Fork has spawned a series of smaller events in other cities run by a travelling team from the Utah temple and has also given birth to the popular “Color Run” phenomenon, employing the same kind of powdered, cornstarch-based colors, and the same spirit of carnivalesque engagement in “sharing love.” Mormon festival-goers are led in chanting Sanskrit mantras and instructed in the metaphysical ramifications of such chanting. They are lectured on vegetarianism, on the true nature of knowledge and reality and the self, and invited to participate in the burning in effigy of a demonic “witch.” They will throw “colors” made from biodegradable powder that billows out as great plumes, and they will smear and smack and rub such colors on fellow festival-goers, with whom they will dance and whom they will frequently be enjoined to hug—all expressions of love, explicitly interpreted by the organizers as manifestations of the ultimate model of love, Krishna. Continue reading