What Gunagrahi Maharaja Taught Me That He Didn’t Know He Taught Me By Mahatma das

Dear Maharaj, You were special. I have never met anyone like you. You were so cool, totally real, and uniquely funny; and you had this unusual sixth sense for making people Krishna conscious. You just knew how to get into people’s hearts, both devotees and non-devotees, and you knew exactly what was … Read More

32 Ways to Not Chant Japa

Japa is the name of the mediation a Krishna devotee does while using beads. A string of beads has 108 beads on it and the complete Hare Krishna mantra (link to our webpage here) is chanted on each bead. When you complete 108 beads you have done 1 round, which usually takes … Read More

Krishna will always accept you, no matter what!

Gopi Gita Devi Dasi: There are times in all of our lives, as progressing spiritualists, where no matter how hard we work/surrender/strive for the highest level of purity and love, we fall flat and feel not enough; unable to be enough; ready to give up. We may feel the challenges we face … Read More

Teaching by Example By Bhurijana Dasa

Setting a Good Example We should concentrate on training the children up in Krsna consciousness, not so much formal academic educationa little reading, writing, mathematics, that’s allbut more by giving them facility to follow the examples of the older devotees in the regular Krsna conscious program. Letter to Satsvarupa dasa, February 16, … Read More

Lecture to College Students, Srila Prabhupada

Seattle, Oct. 21, 1968 Prabhupāda: [kīrtana] [prema-dhvanī] Thank you very much. [devotees offer obeisances] [14:43] [Introduction by Tamāla Kṛṣṇa] Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Thank you all very much for coming today to hear our spiritual master speak and join us in this saṅkīrtana festival. What we’re doing here is searching and seeking after the Supreme Absolute Truth. We … Read More

Change of Heart By Giriraj Dasa

As we come into Krishna consciousness then many a times we may get lost in the philosophy itself. The mind too likes newer subjects and intellect is also satisfied by gaining deeper understanding. However we should be careful not to feel satisfied remaining at these levels. Most of us do understand that … Read More

Lecture, Srila Prabhupada

Los Angeles, Dec. 4, 1968 Prabhupāda: [kīrtana] [prema-dhvani] Thank you very much. [devotees offer obeisances] [19:10] [sings] Govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi. [three times with devotees responding] cintāmaṇi-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vṛkṣa- lakṣāvṛteṣu surabhīr abhipālayantam lakṣmī-sahasra-śata-sambhrama-sevyamānaṁ govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi [Bs. 5.29] [I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, the first progenitor who is tending the cows, yielding all … Read More

Brief History of the Relation between the Vedic and Western World Views by Sadaputa dasa

In The Late Eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, European scholars and scientists began to come in contact with the culture of India. Many were impressed by the antiquity of Vedic civilization and the deep spiritual and material knowledge contained in the Vedic literature. But other European intellectuals were dismayed by these developments. … Read More

Dance Through the City of My Soul

Oh my Lord of golden limbs Raised hands And love drunk eyes, Cause a revolution In my heart! Strike down the barriers Of my judgmental mind Break down the doors Of my selfish defenses And overturn The tyrannical reign Of my tormented ego. I have been under the rule Of my desires … Read More

My Spiritual Grandfather, Our Devotional Line

A Talk by Giriraj Swami December 24, 2010 Ventura, California Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Srila Prabhupada’s spiritual master, is my grand spiritual master, but I feel that I never really knew him so well until I read his biography Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava by my godbrother Bhakti Vikasa Swami. Many of the quotes … Read More

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