A visit to Vrinda Kund (8 min video)Indradyumna Swami: Vrinda…

A visit to Vrinda Kund (8 min video)
Indradyumna Swami: Vrinda Kund is the eternal abode of Vrindadevi, Krsna’s Lila potency. Early every morning she, Purnamasi and Nandimukhi meet at this kund to arrange Radha and Krsna’s pastimes. By Her grace, we were fortunate to spend the day there with our parikrama party to hear and chant her glories and beg for her divine mercy.
Vṛnde! Namas Te Caraṇāravindam!
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Tulsi Gabbard’s Diwali Greeting 2017 (2 min video)Tulsi…

Tulsi Gabbard’s Diwali Greeting 2017 (2 min video)
Tulsi Gabbard: Today we celebrate Diwali the festival of lights in remembrance of Lord Rama’s return to his kingdom of Ayodhya after a grueling 14 years of Exile.
Today we remember Lord Rama’s unshakeable courage and selflessness as he left His family and His home to honor His duty or Dharma.
Just as Lord Rama faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles we, as people, face immense challenges.
Whether it’s war, poverty, disease or countless other adversities it is our duty to find ways to work together to break down the walls that divide us and to build bridges that connect us and thus show love and compassion for all of our brothers and sisters in this world.
We look to Lord Rama to remind us that we too have the ability to put the well-being of our communities and our world before our own interests and to treat everyone with love and respect.
Lord Rama’s bravery and conviction should inspire us all even in the face of great hardship.
We each have the choice to choose the path of justice and respect and to do our part to make our world a better place for all so, as we light our lamps this Diwali, let us remember that it only takes one flame to light a thousand lamps and the light and love in each of our hearts has the ability to touch those far and near.
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Srila Prabhupada writes about the observance of Diwali

Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C.B. Swami Prabhupada

(Letter from Srila Prabhupada to Hamsadutta dasa written from Seattle). Diwali ceremony can be observed in the temple by illuminating 100s of candles, indifferent parts of the temple, and offering a special Prasad to the Deity. This ceremony was observed by the inhabitants of Ayodhya, the Kingdom of Lord Ramachandra, while Lord Ramachandra was out of His Kingdom due to His 14 years banishment by the order of His father. His younger step-brother Bharat, took charge of the Kingdom and the day on which Lord Ramachandra took back the charge again from His brother, and seated on the throne, this is observed as Diwali, and Deepabali. Continue reading