One of the best ways to celebrate the advent of Bhagavad Gita is…

One of the best ways to celebrate the advent of Bhagavad Gita is to share it with others.
One devotee asked Jayananda Prabhu how can one go back to Godhead? Jayananda Prabhu replied “ I don’t know, I’m too busy serving Srila Prabhupada “

Gita Jayanti celebration in MOSCOW TEMPLE (Album with photos)…

Gita Jayanti celebration in MOSCOW TEMPLE (Album with photos)
Round table “Bhagavad-gita: in the pursuit of harmony in the modern multipolar world” The round table is held in the framework of celebrating the 70th anniversary of Russian-Indian diplomatic relations, celebrated throughout the year 2017 in Russia and India, and timed to the popular Indian holiday “Gita-jayanti ”. Representatives of state authorities, academics and the capital city administration, Indian diaspora, Hindu organizations, experts in the field of Russian-Indian relations, interreligious and interethnic dialogue, journalists, students take part. The aim of the Roundtable is to consolidate the efforts of the society and the state in the development of interethnic and interdenominational dialogues, to promote the exchange of experience and the dissemination of programs and projects aimed at constructive interethnic dialogue and preservation of cultural diversity as the basis for cooperation. In the program: presentation on the actual topics of spiritual and cultural interaction and dialogue, musical and dance numbers, exchange of opinions, reception. The round table is organized jointly by the Moscow House of Nationalities, the Moscow Center for Indian Culture and the Council of Hindu Communities of Russia. Gita Jayanti (the appearance of “Bhagavad-gita” ) is one of the oldest sacred holy days on earth. According to the legend, “Bhagavad-gita” (“The Song of God”) sounded more than 50 centuries ago before the start of the grand battle between the families of the Pandavas and the Kauravas as a call to fulfill a man’s duty to God and people. “Bhagavad-gita” is not just a sacred text of Ancient India and the main part of the epic “Mahabharata”, which has survived to the present day from the depths of millennia, but also a unique message to the whole world, regardless of nationality and religion. “Bhagavad-gita” is rightfully considered the quintessence of the thousand-year wisdom of the Vedas and one of the greatest works of philosophical classics in the world. Sincerely, Sanjit Kumar Jha (Director of the Center for Indian Culture)
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Gita Jayanti Address (8 min video) by His Holiness Bhakti Charu…

Gita Jayanti Address (8 min video)
by His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami.
Gita Jayanti actually means the birth of Bhagavad Gita. The Bhagavad Gita appeared was conceived when Krishna spoke it to Arjuna. Bhagavad Gita is actually the essence of the entire Vedic wisdom.
The Vedic wisdom flows through two streams predominantly. One through the stream of Upanisad and second through the Purana. Bhagavad Gita is the essence of all the Upanisads
All the Upanisads have been compared to a cow and Krishna is the cowheard boy who milked that cow. The cow gives milk for the sake of the calf but actually here the human beings drink that milk. The objective is to provide food for human beings that’s the purpose of the milk. So, similarly Upanisads that have been compared to a cow and Krishna milked that cow making Arjuna the preliminary objective but actually that is for the benefit of everybody.

vatsapartha (Gita-mahatmya 6)

In this arrangement Krishna made Arjuna the calf and the milk is gitopanisad and who drinks that milk? sudhirbhokta, those who are endowed with very advanced intelligence drink this milk like. arthovatsaùsu-dhirbhokta, dugdhamgitamrtaàmahat

That milk is the nectar of Bhagavad Gita. Yes, it is nectar. But why is it the nectar? It helps us achieve immortality. The Sanskrit word for nectar is amrta. The word amrta means a- mrta. Mrta means death and ‘a’ means negation of death. So, negation of death means no more death, death is destroyed. How do we achieve immortality? We can achieve immortality through proper knowledge. It is not like we drink some liquid and achieve immortality. Yes, there is also a liquid like that which one can drink to become immortal. This liquid the demigods actually take advantage of. They drink that nectar but that nectar gives immortality or so-called immortality to the body. Unfortunately, the body is not going to last forever although it lives for a long duration. But we should aim to grab the permanent nectar that Bhagavad Gita is giving. This nectar is coming in the form of knowledge. What is this knowledge about? This knowledge is about our spiritual identity. It makes us realise that we are not this body but we are spirit souls and this body is perishable. When the soul leaves the body, the body dies. So, death is to the body but this body is not our real identity. Real identity is the spirit soul and the soul never dies. So, we are spiritual beings and we never die. That is our constitutional position. We are all immortal to begin with but because of our misidentification with this body, we think that we die when the body dies.
So,the nectar that the Bhagavad Gita is giving is in the form of knowledge. This knowledge gives us immortality, real immortality and this knowledge is not only extending the duration of this body but this knowledge is situating us in our spiritual identity and enabling us to go back to the spiritual world.
yadgatvananirvartante (Bhagavad gita 15.6).

Going there we never come back to this world. This is a world of death, Sanskrit word for this world ismrtyu-lokaor the world of death. Everyone here is subject to death. Whereas that world is the world of immortality or there is no death in that world in the spiritual world. Nobody dies there because the spirit soul never dies. So that is why this knowledge of Bhagavad Gita is so important. Everyone wants to become immortal and we have this nectar that gives us immortality, gives everyone immortality. It’s just a matter of accepting it, understanding it and leading one’s life according to that understanding.

So, in this way Krishna created such a wonderful opportunity for this world by giving this nectar of Bhagavad Gita which is the essence of all the Vedic wisdom. Vedic wisdom does not originate this world. Vedic wisdom came from the spiritual world. The Vedas, this knowledge and the essence of this knowledge came from the spiritual world. The purpose of this knowledge is to take us out of this material nature back to the spiritual world, back to godhead. And that is why it is important that we celebrate it the proper way. The proper way to celebrate this knowledge is not by having some festival but by distributing this knowledge to others. Of course before we distribute it we have to accept it ourselves. In order to celebrate this wisdom, this opportunity, this occasion we give it out to everybody out there, “Come take it.” So, let us celebrate the birthday of Bhagavad Gita by giving it to everybody and showing them the way to immortality.
Thank you very much.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
GauraPremanande Hari HariBol!
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ISKCON-London 48th Anniversary 26/11/17 (3 videos) 1. Srila…

ISKCON-London 48th Anniversary 26/11/17 (3 videos)
1. Srila Prabhupada arrival
2. MC Opening
3. Jai Nitai dasa Welcome
4. Mantra Lounge (Part 1)
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1. Interview Mr Goyal & Jai Nitai dasa
2. Mantra Lounge (Part 2)
3. Mother Mandakini devi dasi
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1. Drama
2. Guru Puja with kids and final kirtan with Srila Prabhupada disciples
3. Event Close
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Radhanath Swami Debates at the Cambridge Union (Album with…

Radhanath Swami Debates at the Cambridge Union (Album with photos)
In November 2017, Radhanath Swami was invited to debate at the worlds oldest, and arguably most prestigious debating society, the Cambridge Union. The topic was “Have we lost faith in faith? Does it have meaning in the modern world? Can we justify faith in line with the rest of the world’s atrocities?”
The Cambridge Union was founded as a small debating society in 1815, but today is the largest student society in Cambridge and has over 70,000 life members worldwide. It established a forum in which the art of public debate was defended and the free exchange of ideas was encouraged. The Union hosts many of the most famous speakers in the world including politicians, olympians, businesspeople and journalists, so that its members can meet them, question them, and challenge their views. In the past the Society has hosted important world figures such as Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and the current Dalai Lama. Recent guests have included Germaine Greer, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Robert Downey Jr, Vivienne Westwood, Buzz Aldrin, Russell Brand and Julian Assange, to name but a few.

The Union also serves to encourage younger generations in public speaking, providing free debating workshops to local schools, and thrice-weekly workshops for all student members in Cambridge, at every level of ability, to train themselves in public speaking and learn how to competitively debate. It is this training that produced the top two debaters at the World University Debating Championships in 2015.

Over 200 people gathered in the chamber of the Union for the debate on faith. On the side proposing the motion, was Ken Follet, a Welsh Author who has sold more than 150 million copies of his works, and is a staunch atheist. Ajhan Brahm, a British Theravada Buddhist monk and the Abbot of Bodhinyana in Serpentine, Western Australia and Sadia Hameed, spokesperson for the Council of ex-Muslims of Britain, also joined him.

Opposing the motion was His Holiness Radhanath Swami, alongside Virginia Moffat, religious editor for Peace News and Asad Dhunna, board member of Imaan, Europe’s biggest charity supporting LGBTQI Muslims.

Before the debate started, the Cambridge Union created a poll on their Facebook page to ask attendees to vote whether the motion stands firm. That is, have we lost faith in faith? Fifty-eight percent voted that we had, leave 42% defending that we had not. This meant the debate was on the side of the Ken Follet and his peers.

The debate started with Ken Follet defining the word faith and sharing his thought on why faith had no place in our society. Radhanath Swami spoke in opposition first, arguing that giving up artificial faith makes us eligible to find genuine faith. As the debate proceeded, it swung to become a debate on religion versus science, but a member of the audience, Jonathan, who studied Philosophy and Religion at Cambridge University brought it back. He mentioned that we must have faith in something. We can have faith in empirical science, but that is still faith. Therefore, we can never lose our inherent faith by definition. The debate was closed by Ajhan Brahma for the motion and Asad Dhunna who was against the motion.

The evening came to an end with a book signing of both Mr Follet’s and Radhanath Swami’s books, with students intrigued to know the outcome. The Swami presented his memoir The Journey Home and New York Times Bestseller The Journey Within to all speakers and the President of the Cambridge Union, Page Nyame-Satterthwaite who mentioned, “It was a pleasure to speak to the Swami. It’s rare to have a speaker with such gravitas at the Union. We were very grateful he could attend.” Jonathan, the student who criticised both sides earlier, also met Radhanath Swami at the end. He said, “It was an honour to meet him and I enjoyed listening to his point of view.”

The result of the debate was confirmed at the end of the evening and the opposition claimed victory by receiving 54% of the vote to the propositions 27% of the vote. The rest of the audience abstained. This meant that arguments that Radhanath Swami and his peers put forward had swung the Cambridge audience to vote against the motion that we had lost faith in faith.

UK: 1st day of the Marathon kicks of to a great start! (1 min…

UK: 1st day of the Marathon kicks of to a great start! (1 min video)
Sutapa Das: The mercy month is just beginning! Last night we visited the Queens Sankirtan team who were distributing Bhagavad-Gita’s in Morrisons Superstore! They managed to distribute a total of 95 books!
They explained how they started the day off by reciting the whole Bhagavad-Gita together which took 3 hours! Then they were spiritually surcharged and ready to distribute the fruits!
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