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May 29, 2017

(From Prabhupada Meditations by Satsvarupa Das Gosvami)

In the late 1960s, one of Srila Prabhupada's arrivals into New York was featured in the New York Daily News. They published several photos of devotees surrounding Swamiji at the airport, offering him garlands and dancing joyfully. The headline was, "Swami, How They Love You." Although it was a pun on the Al Jolson song, "Swanee, How I Love You," the phrase, "Swami, How They Love You" captured the essence. Even the News reporter saw the bhakti.

May 17, 2016

Improving Sanskrit Pronunciation in ISKCON: [Statement]

The GBC hereby recognizes the importance of improving Sanskrit pronunciation in ISKCON and encourages all ISKCON devotees to improve their Sanskrit pronunciation. The book, Samskrtoccaranam: A Complete Guide to Sanskrit Pronunciation, by Lokanath Swami, is a good resource and we encourage devotees to take advantage of it.

http://sanskritpronounciation.com/Samskrtoccaranam22Feb2009.pdf

May 11, 2016

Last weekend, two academic conferences were held, one in the US and one in the UK, in honor of ISKCON's 50th Anniversary. Both were impressive and note the growing impact of ISKCON as a global movement, as well as demonstrating the attention our society still garners among scholars of religion.

One event was a 3-day program at Harvard University's Center for the Study of World Religions. The opening night was held in the very room where Srila Prabhupada spoke at Harvard nearly 50 years ago. The program included comments by a Muslim scholar who was present as a young Harvard student when Srila Prabhupada spoke. An academic book will be published next year from the twenty plus papers presented.

May 8, 2016

Hare Krishna.

Audio recordings of a 6 part series on Prayers of Queen Kunti can be accessed at the link: http://www.romapadaswami.com/taxonomy/term/3611

January 6, 2016

Sri Gaurangadeva, the deliverer of the fallen souls, preached humility through Rupa and Sanatana, detachment through Svarupa Damodara, tolerance through Haridasa Thakura, and self-control through Ramananda Raya.

According to the statements of some devotees, Mahaprabhu preached about His pastimes through Sri Rupa, devotional service through Sri Sanatana,the glories of holy names through Haridasa Thakura, and love of God through Raya Ramananda.

We have no argument in this regard.

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura (Sajjana-tosani 2/8)

December 31, 2015

Animals are Conscious

While attending a 2012 world-class event, many "big gun” scientists such as Christof Koch and Stephen Hawking attested to an extensive research's conclusion that animals have consciousness.

From Scientific American:

This privileged state of subjective awareness in fact goes well beyond Homo sapiens, according to the new Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness (pdf), which was signed last month by a group of cognitive neuroscientists, computational neuroscientists, neuroanatomists, neuropharmacologists, neurophysiologists who attended the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on Consciousness in Human and non-Human Animals at Cambridge University in the U.K.

November 11, 2015

Srila Prabhupada Letter to: Sukadeva — Ahmedabad 13 December, 1972

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your kind letter
dated November 13, 1972, and I have noted the contents with great care. I am
so glad to receive your report after such long time, and it appears that
everything is improving more and more, by Krishna's grace. I like this idea
of distributing books and preaching, that is Lord Caitanya's plan, and
because you are doing it so nicely you are already making the greatest
contribution, so what need there is for some special instruction from me?
But if you want, I must give, because you are serving Krishna so nicely,
so in that case my request to you is that you enter into the universities

July 31, 2015

“Because of the no-cutting rule, the grasses were from eight inches to a foot tall. One particular morning, the long grasses were particularly wet from the dew, and it was very foggy. So we were going down a hillock, and Prabhupada was walking a little ahead of me. As I was watching Srila Prabhupada’s feet, I thought, I will step where he walks, as a disciple is thinking to try to walk in the footsteps of the Spiritual Master. All of a sudden it hit me, “There’s no footprints!” It was uncanny because I was the only person there at the time. But it struck me so profoundly, and I turned around and looked, and there were really large, deep impressions where I had walked.

July 29, 2015

A gentleman in his sixties approached our table and remarked upon looking at the picture of Srila Prabhupada "I know him". When we asked him how, he narrated his amazing story of experience with Prabhupada. He said, "I was a kid when we were traveling on a flight from Japan. This man (Prabhupada) was seated near us on the flight. There were some hippies on the flight who were making too much noise. As a result, the air hostesses were not serving food and drinks and declared that until the hippies quietened, they won't serve anything to anyone. People were getting a bit restless. Suddenly my mom got up and approached this teacher (Prabhupada) and told him in Japanese: 'I know you don't understand what I'm saying but I also know that you can read my mind.

July 6, 2015

While distributing at Santa Monica Promenade in Southern California I approached a man with three boys (triplets, eight years old).

When I offered the book to him, he said, "No money, I'm not giving you any money."

I said, "OK. I'll just show them to you."

I said to the boys while showing the changing bodies illustration, "Where are all of you in this line up here?"

They all pointed to different places where they thought they were.

Then I showed them the three modes of nature picture, wherein strings are attached to the workers, and asked them, "Are you in the mode of goodness, passion or ignorance?"

They all said, "Ignorance."

The father laughed. Then I showed them the picture of Narada Muni instructing Vyasadeva in the Himalayas.