Why so-called advanced devotees are sometimes rude?

Question Hare krsna Maharaja. Good day. Dandavas. I have a question. Why some devotees who perform very good service for Srila Prabhupada and sometimes have many years in Krishna consciousness are rude and hostile to other devotees, sometimes justifying their way of being with their position? Our philosophy speaks of humility and … Read More

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 1.12, Srila Prabhupada

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Māyāpur, April 5, 1975   Nitāi: Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. [devotees repeat] [leads chanting of verse, etc.] mahā-viṣṇur jagat-kartā māyayā yaḥ sṛjaty adaḥ tasyāvatāra evāyam advaitācārya īśvaraḥ [Cc. Ādi 1.12] [break] [01:36] “Lord Advaita Ācārya is the incarnation of Mahā-Viṣṇu, whose main function is to create the cosmic world through … Read More

Lecture on Mahā-mantra, Srila Prabhupada

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Prabhupāda: The door is open? You can keep the door open. Yes. Īśvara… Just try to cite, recite this. [devotees repeat each word] īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ sac-cid-ānanda-vigrahaḥ anādir ādir govindaḥ sarva-kāraṇa-kāraṇam [Bs. 5.1] [repeats twice] Now, some of you members have asked me to explain the meaning of this chanting, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa … Read More

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 25.36-40, Srila Prabhupada

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San Francisco, Jan. 23, 1967 Prabhupāda: nātaḥ paraṁ parama sambhavata…, yad bhavataḥ svarūpam ānanda-mātram avikalpam aviddha-varcaḥ paśyāmi viśva-sṛjam ekam aviśvam ātman bhūtendriyātmakam adas ta upāśrito ‘smi [SB 3.9.3, Cc. Madhya 25.36] [O my Lord, I do not see a form superior to Your present form of eternal bliss and knowledge. In Your impersonal … Read More

The Flowering of Consciousness

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By Bhakti Charu Swami Man has the chance to bloom spiritually by raising himself to the highest level of love of God.The Vedic scriptures divide consciousness into five categories, namely covered, shrunken,budding, blooming, and fully bloomed. Trees and plants, for example, are almost inert. They fall into the “covered consciousness”category. They seem … Read More

Resolved to Live The Life of The Soul

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By Visakha Devi Dasi The desire to be soul-conscious inspires a move to a soul-compatible place. “The soul [jivatma] is unborn, eternal, immortal, and primeval. It does not die when the body dies.” (Bhagavad-gita 2.20) I first heard details about jivatmathe soulin 1971 during my maiden overseas trip. I was reuniting with … Read More

The Award-winning Documentary About the Yamuna Released in Six Languages

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The Stolen River, the multiple award-winning documentary about the River Yamuna has been released for public screening in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. The film is now available in six languages: English, Italian, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.  In celebration of the holy month of Kartik, communities who are wishing … Read More

Religion and Hinduism By Dayananda Das

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The words “religion” and “Hindu” are problematic. Both are confusing, inaccurate, and not useful words. Religion Depending on the context, the use of the word religion can be ill-defined and even offensive—for example, when someone says that religions cause all wars or when someone says, “Science is logic; religion is belief.” These … Read More

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 6.149–50, Srila Prabhupada

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Gorakphur, Feb. 12, 1971 [kīrtana] Devotee: [introducing recording] Caitanya-caritāmṛta lecture, evening, 12th January [sic], ’71. [break] Prabhupāda: aho bhāgyam aho bhāgyaṁ nanda-gopa-vrajaukasām yan-mitraṁ paramānandaṁ pūrṇaṁ brahma sanātanam [SB 10.14.32] I think I shall speak in Hindi. [indistinct comments by others] What is that? I shall speak in English? Then they will take advantage of. … Read More

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