Mar 262017
 
Srila Prabhupada Samadhi Mandir, Vrndavana

By Parvati Devi Dasi 19 March 2017 Dear Devotees, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Hope you all had a wonderful Gaur Purnima Festival. This past year we’ve been quite well engaged in very nice projects for Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi and Samadhi Museum. Recently we acquired a collapsible metal scaffolding to facilitate […more]

Mar 262017
 
How to understand Lord Krishna?

By Sri Nandanandana dasa (Stephen Knapp)  Sometimes people say that they want to see God, or that God is not perceivable. And this is confirmed in the Vedic scripture, but with additional points of instruction on how we can perceive the Supreme Being. The Svetasvatara Upanishad (4.20) explains “His form of beauty is imperceptible to […more]

Mar 262017
 
Steps to Initiation

By Kripamoya Das There are several important steps towards initiation in ISKCON. Although requirements will differ according to locality, most of the steps described here are common throughout the Society. Details are available from your local ISKCON centre. Before initiation Initiation means the beginning of something. In spiritual life, it refers to the beginning of […more]

Mar 262017
 

Bali-mardana and Vegavan were assigned the task of cooking Prabhupada’s lunch. Determined to make a better effort than the previous day, they decided to make kacauris, and entered the kitchen early with the handwritten recipe.  During his stay in Malaysia, Prabhupada had met an Indian gentleman whose wife was from Mathura. She had cooked kacauris […more]

Mar 262017
 

Tuesday, 11thMay 1971 Just before dawn, Srila Prabhupada’s car pulled up and parked near the rock pool at the northern end of Bondi Beach. Bondi had been the most popular of Sydney’s surfing beaches since the turn of the century. The kilometre-long crescent of sand attracted thousands of Sydneysiders in the hot summer months. This […more]

Mar 252017
 
Do we Overearn?

By Purushottam Nitai Das A research published in the journal “Psychological Science” in June, 2014 shows people tend to accumulate more than they can consume. (source: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/business/you-cant-take-it-with-you-but-you-still-want-more.html?_r=2) To explore how lure for accumulation drives people the researchers conducted an experiment in two phases. Phase 1: The participants were made to sit in front of a computer for 5 minutes […more]

Mar 252017
 
Elevation to Goodness

This essay is taken from the book “The Art of teaching” by Burijana dasa. It is written for gurukula teachers, but is equally applicable to all devotees. Teachers wishing success in their service must cultivate the mode of goodness. But wait a minute! Am I hearing protests from hard-pressed devotees sincerely striving to serve their […more]

Mar 252017
 

āpana bhajana kathā, nā kohibo yathā tathā, ihāte hoibo sāvadhāna nā koriho keho roṣa, nā loiho keho doṣa, praṇamahu bhaktera caraṇa (Prema Bhakti Chandrika, verse 119) “I will take care not to reveal my bhajana-realizations to every Tom, Dick and Harry. May no one become angry or find fault in me because of writing this […more]

Mar 252017
 
The Problem with the World in Two Letters: MY

By Karnamrita dasa The concept that we are not our bodies is considered a preliminary basic understanding for devotees, yet this conception has proved not so easy to put into practice. We can all look within ourself and at our communities and society and contemplate how our failure to realize this truth is the cause […more]