News from the international community of Iskcon devotees
Kick the mind with a shoe one hundred times!
Prabhupada: My Guru Maharaja used to say that just rise early in the morning and then kick the mind with a shoe one hundred times.
Living a Life Beyond Illusion
By Srimati Dasi Nightmare or sweet dreams — we continue to live the illusion. So many wake-up calls, but still we stubbornly hold on to a world of I, me and mine. Dressed in the garb of a devotee, and so attentive to the external detail of the rituals and rites, we seem to have lost contact with the heart of the matter — spontaneous, selfless, loving service for Krsna! Do we have it? Do we really want it?! Do we really want to love Krsna and accept Him as our eternal master, controller and…
By Suhotra Swami Sometimes devotees they find themselves in some situation, which they think is hopeless. They are struggling, struggling, struggling and they seem to make no progress and then they start to think: “Oh, what is the use.” And then they wonder they just give everything up, give up Krishna consciousness, go back home to mama, what’s the use. Once there were two frogs who by accident fell into a pot of milk. So after struggling to keep afloat for some time one frog gave up hope…
On the Crucial Choice: To Be Controlled by Force—or by Love
On the Crucial Choice: To Be Controlled by Force—or by Love. The following conversation between His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and some of his disciples took place in January 1974 on an early-morning walk in Hawaii.
By His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Krishna is so kind: We wanted to enjoy the material world; therefore He has given us full opportunity: "Yes, enjoy." But Krishna does not want us to enjoy the material world. Sometimes foolish people say, "Krishna has given us this facility for sense enjoyment. Why shall we not take it?" Sometimes the so-called rishis and yogis also say, "Yes, we have senses, and they are meant for enjoyment. Why should it be stopped?" But if you…
By Pran Gopinath Das We may not realize how our aural organs play a vital role in determining our spiritual destination. The human body is equipped with five senses through which one is connected to the external world. These five knowledge-acquiring organs, known in the Vedas as jnanendriyas (jnana, “knowledge”; indriya, “senses”), are the ears, eyes, tongue, nose, and skin. Through them we receive information about the external world, and based on that information we act and react. Among…
Kamsa threatens Devaki
As the newly married Vasudeva and Devaki prepared to start for home, conchshells, bugles, drums, and kettledrums all vibrated in concert for their auspicious departure. But as Kamsa, controlling the reins of the horses, drove the chariot along the way, an unembodied voice addressed him, "You foolish rascal, the eighth child of the woman you are carrying will kill you!''. Kamsa was a condemned personality in the Bhoja dynasty because he was envious and sinful. Therefore, upon hearing this…
The best time of the day for connecting with transcendence
The best time of the day for connecting with transcendence. “What is night for all beings is the time of awakening for the self-controlled; and the time of awakening for all beings is night for the introspective sage.” BG 2.6 It could be said that any time of the day is the best time of the day for connecting with transcendence – remembering you are not this body, and meditating on the sweet love of the soul that is the essence of Krishna consciousness. However, when Prabhupada was asked…
Question: Why is there so much suffering in India, so much deprivation? HH Bhakti Charu Swami: Good point. Now tell me are they following Krishna? Are those people who are suffering, accepting Krishna?
States of Consciousness and Dreams. Modern materialistic science is not sure about the origin and nature of most psychic phenomena including dreams. This information can be found in Vedic scriptures. Srimad Bhagavatam 6.16.53-54, 7.7.25 or 7.15.61 describes three material states of consciousness: 1. jagrata, awakened state (beta, 14 - 20 Hz) 2. svapna, dreaming state (alfa, 7 - 14 Hz) 3. susupti, deep sleep (theta, 4 - 7 Hz)
Higher Taste (11 min. video)
Krishna Prasadam, sanctified karma-free vegetarian food offered to Krishna is a healthy, tasty and nutritious option to satisfy the taste buds of people and also purify the heart. By switching over to a diet of Krishna prasadam, many in the world have overcome eating habits that involve causing violence to other creatures.
Krishna is everything and everywhere but simultaneously He remains aloof (video)
Srimad Bhagavatam class given by HG Aniruddha Prabhu - 6 Aug 2020, ISKCON Melbourne.
Guidelines for a safe re-opening of temples
By the ISKCON GBC Strategic Planning Team Dear ISKCON Leader, please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. In June 2020, the GBC SPT – Strategic Planning Support unit published a Temple Re-opening Guide and a decision-making Toolkit to support you in your efforts to re-open your temple. You will find attached, additional materials we have developed to assist you in facilitating the safe re-opening of your temple to the public.
Bhaktivedanta Research Center
By Gauranga Das We are happy to share that over the last two years, in addition to the preservation work in the library, the team at BRC has made significant strides in conducting pioneering research in the field of Gaudiya Vaishnavism in collaboration with international universities led by reputed devotee scholars worldwide. We have also started MA and PhD programs on Gaudiya Vaishnavism in affiliation with Mumbai University wherein students are being guided by international devotee…
-Rectify Yourself- (5 min. video)
“Try to rectify yourself rather than blaspheme the nature or activities of others. This is my instruction.” ~Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura.