More difficult than controlling the wind

Question In the gita Arjuna tells Krsna that controlling the mind is more difficult than controlling the wind. If intelligence is more subtle, is not then even more difficult to control?   Answer We know that Pradhana (the initial indifferentiated and unmanifested material nature) is composed of 24 elements (see Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26, … Read More

Listen even if you don’t understand

Listen even if you don’t understand   Srila Prabhupada’s response when requested to change his Guru Maharaja’s {Srila Bhaktisidanta Saraswati} book Brahma-Samhita Srila Prabhupada…” So even there is difficulty, let them read over and over and again. Then they will understand. Why should we change it? Let it be presented as Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī … Read More

Let’s Talk About ISKCON’s Generations – Which One Are You?

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By Madhava Smullen In ISKCON today, we typically call everyone who joined the movement “the first generation.” We call all the children of those who joined “second generation,” no matter their age, and all their children “third generation.”  But now the gurukuli pioneers who first coined the phrase “second generation” have come forward to say … Read More

Just one of Srila Prabhupada’s books sufficient to change a life forever!

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“Topmost Yoga System” Just one of Srila Prabhupada’s books sufficient to change a life forever! In 1970, I was a young man visiting friends in Montreal. I had just come to the surface of the city after a ride on the subway (underground) when a very enthusiastic devotee approached me with a … Read More

Lecture, Srila Prabhupada

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Seattle, Oct. 2, 1968   Prabhupāda: You sit down. [kīrtana] vande ‘haṁ śrī-guroḥ śrī-yuta-pada-kamalaṁ śrī-gurūn vaiṣṇavāṁś ca śrī-rūpaṁ sāgrajātaṁ saha-gaṇa-raghunāthānvitaṁ taṁ sa-jīvam sādvaitaṁ sāvadhūtaṁ parijana-sahitaṁ kṛṣṇa-caitanya-devaṁ śrī-rādhā-kṛṣṇa-pādān saha-gaṇa-lalitā-śrī-viśākhānvitāṁś ca [I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and of all the other preceptors on the path of devotional … Read More

Empowering instead of imposing “topiary” methodology

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Visakha dasi ACBSP: Think of a topiary. A topiary is a shrub clipped to create a particular shape. When we look at a topiary, we don’t see the plant’s natural shape but the shape that’s been imposed on it. Topiaries may be visually entertaining, but when that “clipping” is applied to people and … Read More

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