Sri Prabhupadastakam

Hare KrishnaBy Kusakratha dasa

Eight Verses Glorifying Srila Prabhupada by Sriman Kusakratha dasa, inspired by a Sanskrit poem, with versification by Dravida dasa. An ocean of compassion, he has taken shelter of Sri Nanda’s Son with all his being in everlasting love. He lives on by his words, with him his followers remain The vast renown of Srila Prabhupada I now proclaim. I pray that those who hear this hymn, which shines the brilliant light Of Srila Prabhupada’s renown in Kali-yuga’s night, Will soon attain firm faith in his instructions so that they May one day join him in Golok, and there with Krsna stay. Continue reading

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Lord Balarama’s Appearance Day celebration in ISKCON Murmansk, Russia (Album of photos)

Lord Balarama’s Appearance Day celebration in ISKCON Murmansk, northwestern Russia (Album of photos)
Bhakti Chaitanya Swami: Yesterday, on Lord Balarama’s Appearance Day, we had a wonderful abhishek bathing ceremony for Sri Sri Dayal Nitai Gaurasundara, the presiding Deities of ISKCON Murmansk, the northernmost temple on this planet.

Srila Prabhupada’s departure for the USA

Hare Krishna Satswarup dasa Goswami: At his father’s request, Gopal Agarwal had done as he had done for several other sadhus, none of whom had ever gone to America. It was just a formality, something to satisfy his father. Gopal had requested a form from the Indian Consulate in New York, obtained a statement from his employer certifying his monthly salary, gotten a letter from his bank showing his balance as of April 1965, and had the form notarized. It had been stamped and approved in New York and sent to Delhi. Now Bhaktivedanta Swami had a sponsor. But he still needed a passport, visa, P-form, and travel fare.

Deadly D’s to determination

Hare KrishnaBy Hemarupa Caitanya Das

Determination is vital either in material or spiritual life. This determination exhibits a devotee’s hankering and sincere desire for attainment of the perfectional stage of devotional service. Lord Brahma, the original first living being was entrusted with the service of engineering the material world, based on the raw ingredients provided by the Lord, under His direction and empowerment. In the course of his creation, Lord Brahma faced five obstacles, from which we too can derive lessons that pertain to our own practice and execution of devotional service. Lord Brahma first created the five ajnana-vrittis of elements of nescience, such as self-deception, the sense of death, anger after frustration, the sense of false ownership, and the illusory bodily conception, or forgetfulness of one’s real identity [SB 3.12.2]. After which, the patriarch felt dissatisfied at having to perform the thankless task of further implicating the living entities into ignorance. Continue reading