Mar 222017
 

After taking a breakfast of fruits, Srila Prabhupada listened as Bali-mardana read the daily mail. Prabhupada gave the essentials of the response, while Bali-mardana quickly took notes. Caru arrived at the apartment with newspaper reports of Prabhupada’s airport arrival the previous day. While Bali-mardana tapped away at his typewriter in the next room, Srila Prabhupada […more]

Mar 222017
 

After taking an early massage and bath, Srila Prabhupada, with freshly shaven head and wearing pressed, shiny, saffron cloth, left for the temple to perform the initiation ceremony and Deity installation. When Prabhupada arrived, the small shop-front was already filled with devotees, guests and media representatives. TV news crews and reporters from several newspapers jostled […more]

Mar 222017
 

The devotees had originally expected that perhaps three or four of them would be initiated. Earlier that morning, however, the news had spread quickly that Prabhupada would be initiating practically everyone in the temple — 16 devotees in all. The young men and women sat nervously before Srila Prabhupada. The men were shaven-headed and wore […more]

Mar 212017
 

Fasting from Leafy Greens I recently inquired from some devotees: Do you know if lettuce and other salad greens are to be included in the leafy green vegetable fast, or is the fast meant just for cooked green leafy veggies such as collards, spinach, and kale? It has been an ongoing discussion throughout the years. […more]

Mar 212017
 

Yudhisthira Maharaja said, “O Supreme Lord, I have heard from You the explanation of Amalaki Ekadasi, which occurs during the light fortnight of the month of Phalguna [February-March], and now I wish to hear about the Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Caitra [March- April]. What is its name, O […more]

Mar 202017
 

  A compilation from various authors parivadatu jano yatha tatha va nanu mukharo na vayam vicarayamah hari-rasa-madira madatimatta bhuvi viluthama natama nirvisama The talkative people will rebuke us. Is it not? Well, we donít care for them! We will drink the liquor of love for Lord Hari and will become completely intoxicated, roll about on […more]

Mar 202017
 

“Don’t waste time. As much as possible, try to hear about this transcendental subject matter, Bhāgavatam. Yad vaiṣṇavānāṁ priyam. It is stated that “The Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is very, very dear to the Vaiṣṇavas, to the devotees.” In Vṛndāvana, you will find, they are always reading Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. That is their life and soul. So now we have […more]

Mar 202017
 

Krsna dasa Kaviraja Goswami writes (CC Adi 10.115): “The three brothers, Govinda, Madhava, and Vasudeva were the eighty-second, eighty-third, and eighty-fourth branches of the Caitanya tree. Lord Caitanya and Nityananda used to dance in their kirtana performances. In his Caitanya-Caritamrta commentary, Sripad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja writes: ”The three brothers, Govinda, Madhava and Vasudeva Ghosh all […more]

Mar 202017
 
Fatalism or Pragmatism?

From Back to Godhead By Chaitanya Charana Dasa Understanding the concept of destiny disempowers passivity and empowers a focus on duty. Indian thought is sometimes deemed fatalistic, holding that everything is destiny, predetermined by our past actions, and thus leaving little room for human initiative. While Indian literature is filled with diverse thoughts, some of […more]

Mar 202017
 
Speculation Is Neither Science Nor Philosophy

The following conversation between His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and some of his disciples took place in July 1975 on an early-morning walk in Chicago. Srila Prabhupada: Where does Darwin begin? Disciple: He begins in the ocean. He says that some fishlike animal climbed out of the ocean and began to breathe the air. […more]