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January 16, 2015

The following is a beautiful passage by Yamuna mataji (from the book - A life of Unalloyed devotion) explaining how she felt herself and others becoming instruments of Srila Prabhupada (Nimitta-mamtram) -

Section title -
*Srila Prabhupada's wish Becomes Yamuna's wish*

This realization - that she was merely an instrument of Srila Prabhupada's heartfelt desire to establish a temple in London - was already clearly understood by Yamuna at this stage of her Krsna consciousness. She exemplified this principle not only in the context of the London mission, but in the full spectrum of her devotional life.

Yamuna:

January 14, 2015

During our visit to Guruvayoor, we heard that the pastime of Siva speaking Rudra Gita to the Prachetas took place here.
Below is a relevant section from Srimad Bhagavatam Purport.

[In addition to Bhagavad Gita 11.33, similarly Nimitta maya is one of the instruments of creation {see Caitanta Caritamrita Adi 5.58-63}]

January 5, 2015

In a video about Srila Prabhupada memories, His Grace Udayananda Prabhu was talking about Prabhupada's final days. He was expressing that it was so heart breaking to see Prabhupada in that condition. He said that when they were sitting next to Prabhupada, Prabhupada started talking: "I have given this big movement ISKCON; if possible expand it, if not at least maintain it but do not decrease; please co-operate..." and then Srila Prabhupada started to cry.

December 12, 2014

This marathon I am doing travelling sankirtan in northern New Zealand. We are visiting many small towns -- something I'm not used to, having distributed mostly in bustling Toronto city. Also I usually stop younger people, but to my surprise so many older people one after the next got books in a small nearly empty town!

December 1, 2014

I just returned from a few hours of sankirtan in downtown Toronto. I'm really excited about this year's December marathon. I'm recalling with great feeling a special outing last year that I am now inspired to finally share.

On a cold and wet day last year we went to the Eaton Centre. And within an hour we got the boot by security. It was as we were exiting that I turned to the devotees and suggested, “Let's go ride some trains!” The Toronto subway system, TTC, is notoriously strict, and there are NO SOLICITATION signs everywhere. But a few of us felt a hankering to try, anyway.

Here's how it went down.

November 12, 2014

Acting without Ahankara, False Ego
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika by Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami
[From the mangalacarana puport]
It is not proper from me to write my own name as the compiler of this book as others would do, for I fear becoming bewildered by false ego. As the Bhagavad-gita 3.27 states: ahankara-vimudhatma kartaham iti manyate / “Those who are bewildered by the false ego think themselves the doer.” But by the order of the saintly devotees of the sampradaya, I am obliged to write my name as Gopala Bhatta. This spirit soul, having tasted the nectar of service to the lotus feet of Sri Krishna Caitanya, always follows the instructions of the devotees.

November 5, 2014

Cawnpore
12 July, 1947
Mahatma Gandhijee
Bhangi Colony
New Delhi.

Dear Friend Mahatmajee,

Please accept my respectful Namaskar. I am your unknown friend but I had to write to you at times and again although you never cared to reply them. I sent you my papers "Back to Godhead" but your secretaries told me that you have very little time to read the letters and much less for reading the magazines. I asked for an interview with you but your busy secretaries never cared to reply this. Anyway as I am your very old friend although unknown to you I am again writing to you in order to bring you to the rightful position deserved by you.

As a sincere friend I must not deviate from my duty towards a friend like your good self.

November 3, 2014

I heard a horn honking, then someone yelling. I looked toward where the sounds came from and saw an Indian man in a taxi calling me over. He told me that he has the book "Your Ever Well-Wisher." Then he proceeded to completely glorify Srila Prabhupada and how amazing Prabhupada was.

"I just loved the book, and I want to read more!"

I showed him the Teachings of Lord Kapila, which didn't grab him, so I showed him SB 1.1 and told him that Srila Prabhupada spent many years writing these books and wanted everyone to read them.

The man said, "Yes, at night he would hardly sleep, and he would sit and translate."

October 29, 2014

A person in Australia was cleaning out his car while speaking to a friend.

While cleaning it, he found a Bhagavad Gita and asked his friend, "Since you like to read, would you like to have this book?"

He looked at it and said, "Yeah, I'll check it out."

He took it home and was amazed by what he found. He read it in a short time and then found some contact information in the book. He called the Sydney BBT and talked to the secretary. A nice relationship began and eventually he became attracted to the Srimad Bhagavatam, purchased it, and is now soaking it up. After reading so much about the chanting of Hare Krsna he is now chanting sixteen rounds a day, and aspiring for initiation.

October 9, 2014

From: Bhaktivaibhava Swami
Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

Hare Krishna!

Dear All,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

After a long waiting period, the devotees in Mongolia received today the information from the government that our request to be registered as a religious organization has been granted. The documents are ready to be collected by the devotees.

The next step is to get the permission to build our temple, which is usually a non-complicated procedure once you have a religious status.