Why thousands experienced just bliss in Vrindavan? Purushottam Nitai Das: Just turn the pages of the history of India and you will come across the life stories of scores of eminent men and women who had all the means to enjoy their material life, but they willingly gave it up to pursue their spiritual goals. They weren’t satisfied just to satisfy the demands of their mind, senses and body. Animals do the same thing. Their conscience would constantly nudge them to look something which was not material and not ephemeral. They were searching for happiness which was not contaminated with pains and sufferings. They were looking for love which was utterly pure, not mixed with lust.
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Srila Prabhupada Book Marathon 2019 ki Jaya!
There you go: Srila Prabhupada’s soldiers are leaving the comfort of the barracks (monastery) and heading out to the battlefield to combat illusion and deliver conditioned souls across the UK by giving out Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental books. They will set up their field accommodation in Southampton before the start of the marathon on Saturday.
This team will begin their adventure in Southampton, before moving on to Manchester and Leicester. There will be other teams going out later this month as well.
Please pray for them and also stay tuned to hear the wonderful stories that they will share throughout this exciting month!
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ISKCON’s Padayatra Worldwide”
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Question: Why is there so much suffering in India, so much deprivation? HH Bhakti Charu Swami: Good point. Now tell me are they following Krishna? Are those people who are suffering, accepting Krishna?
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By Giriraj Swami
If we are at all aware of how dependent we are on God–for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the very ability to eat and drink and breathe, to think and feel and will, and to walk, talk, and sense–we will feel grateful and want to reciprocate God’s kindness. We will want to do something for He (or She or They) who has done, and continues to do, so much for us. Often we take things for granted until we lose them. I use my right hand to chant on meditation beads, and one morning I found that I had severe arthritic pain in my hand and could no longer use it for chanting. I had taken the use of my hand for granted, but when its use was lost, I resolved to never take my hand for granted and to always use it in the best way in God’ service. How, in a general sense, can we attempt to return some of God’s favor, some of God’s care–and love–for us? In a talk, my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, gave one answer: “Whatever you have got by pious or impious activities, you cannot change. But you can change your position, by Krsna consciousness. That you can change. Other things you cannot change. If you are white, you cannot become black, or if you are black, you cannot become white. That is not possible. But you can become a first-class Krsna conscious person. Either you are black or white, it doesn’t matter. This is Krsna consciousness. Therefore our endeavor should be how to become Krsna conscious. Other things we cannot change. This is not possible. Continue reading
By Jaganmohini Devi Dasi
During our recent visits to Manipur we were fortunate to associate with Maharaj’s maternal aunt who is almost his age. They lived in the same house after Maharaj at his early age of seven years was separated from his father. At our request, she recalled his upbringing and very affectionately displaying sentiments filled with joy and sorrow, narrated them to us. Continue reading
By Sitalatma Das
Part of our ISKCON folklore is a story of early devotees wondering who were those māyāvādīs Śrīla Prabhupāda always rallied against – because no one knew any particular māyāvādī at the time, and then it hit them – they (we) are the māyāvādīs! Not by our professed ideology but by our attitudes and by the quality of our relationships, which were often very impersonal in nature. A lot of Bhāgavatam classes were spent on uncovering impersonalism in our lives afterwards. Otherwise a question arises – why would Śrīla Prabhupāda travel to the western countries to fight māyāvāda? Continue reading