Big gathering of Hare Krishna devotees in London for the…

Big gathering of Hare Krishna devotees in London for the screening of the Hare Krishna! movie at The Odean
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Blissful installation of SP’s murti (Album with…

Blissful installation of SP’s murti (Album with photos)
Bhakti Chaitanya Swami: On Sunday we had an installation ceremony for a life-size Deity of Srila Prabhupada, belonging to some devotees from Zhelesnogorsk, a yatra outside Krasnoyarsk in Siberia.
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Srimad Bhagavat Katha at ISKCON Gaya (Album of photos) On…

Srimad Bhagavat Katha at ISKCON Gaya (Album of photos)
On behalf of upcoming Nrisingh Chaturdasi, Srimad Bhagavat Katha being held for 3 days at ISKCON Gaya by HH Bhakti Ashray Vaishnav Swami from 20th April to 22nd April. Maharaj discussed about Lord Nrisingh pastimes which more than 500 people relished. Maharaj told people should start devotion from early age because in old age body does not permit to serve Krishna enthusiastically. He said if Lord is pleased, then automatically all the souls of universe will be pleased. So everyone should learn how to please Krishna under guidance of spiritual master. Each day program started with kirtan and vaishnav bhajans followed by Katha. Then question and answer session, Srimad Bhagavat aarati and complete dinner prasadam. Being inspired by maharaj ji’s talk, 40 people started chanting and reading Bhagavat Gita.
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Sri Ahobilam Yatra – Where Lord Nrsimhadeva Appeared

Hare KrishnaBy Chandan Yatra Das

Ahobilam (Ahobalam) is the place where Supreme Personality of Godhead incarnated Himself as Lord Nrsimhadeva to kill the demon Hiranyakasipu and save His dear-most devotee Prahlada. Here at Ahobilam, Lord Nrsimhadeva emerged from the pillar of Hiranyakasipu’s palace, killed him after a fierce fight, simultaneously honouring the boons that Hiranyakasipu received from Lord Brahma. The pillar from where Lord Nrsimhadeva appeared, the ruins of the palace of Hiranyakasipu, the exact spot where Lord Nrsimhadeva killed Hiranyakasipu, the pond where Lord Nrsimhadeva washed His lotus hands after killing Hiranyakasipu and the school where Prahlada studied still exist at Ahobilam. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu visited Ahobilam during His south India pilgrimage as mentioned in Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya-lila chapter 9 verses 16-17 and Madhya-lila chapter 1 verse 106. Lord Ramacandra also came here and sung five verses named “Narasimha Panchamritam”. Ahobilam is located in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh amidst the majestic hills of the Eastern Ghats range. It is 256 km from Tirupati, 110 km from Cuddapah, 68 km from Nandyal and 24 km from Allagadda. To visit Ahobilam, the best is to travel from Tirupati. It is approximately 5 hours drive from Tirupati to Ahobilam (256 km). Continue reading

For Lord Nrsimhadeva’s Appearance Day

Hare KrishnaBy Urmila Devi Dasi

Dozens of prayers, verses, references, and ideas for fun, deep service and mediation on the Lord. Several summaries of the story are included for absorption in the Lord’s pastimes. Here are a free e-book and colorful posters to enhance your festival. While the focus of the activities is for guiding children aged 2-18, devotees of all ages are finding this a handy reference guide. As one temple president said, “I couldn’t put it down until I’d read the whole thing!” Continue reading

Resources for Lord Nrisimhadeva’s Appearance Day

Hare KrishnaBy Iskcon Desire Tree

A collection of videos, lectures, photos, stories, prayers, posters, coloring books and more. In the purport of 7.8.51 of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada writes, “The Supreme Personality of Godhead in His transcendental form of Lord Narsimhadev is always ready to kill the demons who always create disturbances in the minds of honest devotees. To spread the Krishna consciousness movement, devotees have to face many dangers and impediments all over the world, but a faithful servant who preaches with great devotion to the Lord must know that Lord Narsimhadev is always his protector”. Lord Narsimhadev is therefore worshiped by the devotees as their Supreme Protector and they also pray that He vanquishes all obstacles they may face on the path of devotional service. So it is with much enthusiasm that the devotees come to together to worship the Lord on this day of His appearance in the material world. Continue reading

I SEE YOU IN THE SKY! By Sacinadana Swami “I would believe only…

I SEE YOU IN THE SKY!
By Sacinadana Swami
“I would believe only in a God that knew how to dance.” – Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
A few days ago, I went for a long walk with a very dear friend. We were so absorbed in our talks that we forgot the time. All of a sudden, we found ourselves surrounded by the pitch-black night.
A recent hurricane had torn off the branches of many timeworn trees and uprooted numerous others, leaving us an ominous path back home. Fortunately, my friend had a mobile phone with torchlight function, and our eyes were thus firmly fixed on the bumpy ground ahead. When we finally emerged out of the dense forest, both of us spontaneously stopped, as if on cue.
“Ah…just look!” was all we could say.
We’d been overcome by the incredible night sky with its well-known constellations – Orion, Ursa Major, Libra…so many star formations that spanned all directions.
As we both looked up, I was carried into the past. As a young boy, I slipped out of my bedroom window on nights like this. I roamed our garden and climbed an old apple tree to muse about the world up high:
“Was there life on other planets? Another boy in another galaxy looking at “my” planet and wondering if someone like him looked back?” Most importantly, “Who was behind all this?” Or was there no God?”
“Certainly,” I thought from upon my apple tree, “there must be someone out there who has created all these stars…but what was He like?”
At that time, my family lived in a spacious villa on a little island, which hosted a quaint central train station and cosy restaurant. A few times a day, an ancient-looking red train would stop at the station. My father served as the well-respected director of this charming operation, and I was seen as one of his three equally respectable sons. Back then, everything, including my worldview, was very small. But big thoughts about the great beyond puzzled my little mind every time I looked into the night sky.
“So many civilisations have come and gone,” I thought, “so many people have been born and died – leaving only fading traces behind. But one witness has always been there and will always remain for eternal time. Does He care about me – someone so small and insignificant?
As I stood under the star-spangled sky, I felt overwhelmed with gratitude for the many discoveries on my spiritual journey, beginning with the seedling thoughts on that old apple tree more than half a century ago.
Now, not only did I most definitely know that there was indeed “someone out there,” but I fondly look back on how that someone has reciprocated so many times with my humble attempts to engage in His service. In His kindness, He has afforded me His powerful protection throughout my life as well. He was always there, bringing me out of harms reach – miraculously!
My vague image of God has evolved from the old man in heaven to an eternal youth who is full of love and bursting with delight! God is “rasa” – the embodiment of affection, ever-fresh experiences, and transcendental enchantment. One of His names is Krishna, meaning “The All-Attractive One.” And when one tries to connect with Him in a pure spiritual relationship, it seems He has been waiting for this for all time…
I always smile when I hear Nietzsche’s famous words, “I would believe only in a God that knew how to dance.” As it turns out, Krishna dances more often than not! As a result, everything in existence is set into motion. Nietzsche proclaimed this in protest of a god who is limiting, for Krishna is known again and again to jump out of all the limited conceptions we humans impose upon Him.
I also remembered a poem – that seemed to amplify my inner explorations then and now:
We dream of journeys through outer space:
But is not all the space inside of us?
We don’t know the depth of our spirit
The secret paths all lead inside.
In us – and nowhere else lies the eternity
With all its worlds – past and future.
(Novalis, Blütenstaub, 1798)

Under that night sky I was also moved by feelings of gratitude to be trained by His pure devotee. My search has in one way ended and in other ways just begun, because my Lord is ever fresh and new – never stale or calculable.
On that evening, it took only a moment’s gazing into the night sky to touch His limitless wonder.