Acharyas

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who was named Kedarnath Datta by his father, was born on 2nd September 1838 in Biranagara (Ulagrama) in the district of Nadia. He was the seventh son of Raja Krsnananda Datta, a great devotee of Lord Nityananda.He would be known as 'daitya-kulera prahlada' (Prahlada in the family of demons). This was because Vaishnavism was not very much respected in his family; on his mother's side, there was no respect for Vaishnavism at all. His childhood was spent at the mansion of his maternal grandfather Mustauphi Mahasaya, in Biranagara. His environment at this time was very opulent. He got his elementary education at the primary school started by his grandmother. Later he attended an English school in Krishnanagara, started by the King of Nadia; he left that school...

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada

               Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaj (1874 – 1937), was a preacher of Gaudiya Vaishnavism throughout India in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He was born as Bimal Prasad Dutta in the seaside pilgrimage town of Jagannath Puri, Orissa, India. His father was the Vaishnava scholar Bhaktivinoda Thakur, the first to present the teachings of Chaitanya Vaishnavism to the English speaking world. He received both Western and traditional Indian education and gradually established himself as a leading intellectual among the bhadralok (Western-educated and often Hindu Bengali residents of colonial Calcutta), earning the title Siddhānta Sarasvatī ("the pinnacle of wisdom").               In 1918, Bimal Prasad Dutta accepted the renounced order of spiritual...

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami

Jayapataka Swami was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. His scholastic achievements led to an offer of a full scholarship by Brown University after his completion of high school. As a new student at Brown, Jayapataka Swami heard a guest lecturer speak on the life of Buddha. This inspired in him the desire to search for his spiritual teacher. Having lost all interest in his studies, Jayapataka Swami deemed India to be the best destination to find this teacher. Before departing he came across a group of Hare Krishna devotees and became interested in sharing their practices. Shortly thereafter he visited the San Francisco ISKCON center where he helped to build a cart for the now world famous Ratha Yatra Festival. He joined ISKCON’s San Francisco center on Ratha Yatraday then...

Articles

Human Life

Among all the species of life, human life is the best because it affords us the higher intelligence with which to make spiritual progress. In plant or animal bodies, our consciousness is too undeveloped. With the higher awareness of human life comes greater responsibility. Animal life comprises only four activities: eating, sleeping, mating, and defending. Human beings are no better than animals if they spend their lives in similar pursuits and don't try for self-realization. When we observe the vast numbers of plants and animals in this world, we can understand just how rare a human birth is. That should inspire us to make the best use of our short time in these bodies by diligently following the authorized spiritual practices of Bhakti yoga, which can lead to...

Human Intelligence

Everyone is thinking “I am American, I am Indian, I am European, I am Australian”, “I am Rich, I am Poor, I am this, I am that” – bodily concept. We have to cleanse this bodily conception of life that “I am not this body”. “Aham Brahmasmi” I am spirit soul. In the Bhagavad Gita it is said: “Janma-mrtyu- jara-vyadhi - dukha-dosanudarsanam” We are trying to be happy fighting with unhappiness, but we do not know our real unhappiness are that we have to die, we have to take birth again, we have to become diseased and we have to accept old age. This is intelligence that I am trying to solve all the problems of life by advancement of civilization, education, scientific knowledge and so many other things. That’s all right, but what is the solution of these four miserable conditions? “BIRTH”,...

The Mantra that changed my life

Discovering Spiritual Knowledge It all began with meeting a young lady, who is an astrologer. She prepared my natal map and gave some recommendations as far as what I should and should not do. First of all, she recommended to switch to a vegetarian diet. The reason for that is because I was born on Caturdasi. It is a must for people who are born on this day to be engaged in spiritual practice. Otherwise, consequences can be really harsh. I became interested. Actually, I had always been interested in spiritual living. The astrologer and I had a long conversation and I would have loved to talk more, but I had to leave for Milan, so time was limited. That is why I asked her if she could recommend any books. She told me about Radhanath Swami’s “Journey Back Home” book and also about “AGHORA,...

Last Week in ISKCON

Bhakti Charu Swami Vyasa Puja

Bhakti Charu Swami’s Vyasa Puja

This week, on September 17th, HH Bhakti Charu Swami would have been 75 years old. For the occasion of his appearance his godbrothers launched a book of homages to him, called Prabhupada Prana. It can be ordered here. The occasion was also used to launch a fundraising campaign for production of two documentary films about his life. The short, 5-10 minute one will be released for the inauguration of his samadhi in Mayapur early next year and is meant for free distribution. The longer one will be made for TV and various distribution channels such as Amazon Prime. A very impressive team of professionals has already been assembled, including Yadubara Prabhu and Visakhi Devi who made “HARE KRISHNA! THE MANTRA, THE MOVEMENT, AND THE SWAMI WHO STARTED IT ALL” award winning documentary about Srila Prabhupada. Director will be Krishna Lila Devi who has directed “Stolen River” documentary about Yamuna, as well as “Joy of Devotion” and other films. Shooting, editing, archive materials etc is also being handled by devotee professionals in these fields. Since creating “Abhai Charan” TV series about Srila Prabhupada was one of Bhakti Charu Swami’s principal achievement. these new documentaries dedicated to his life will be of highest level. Devotees have also released an “Astakam” song, a traditional Sanskrit form of glorification. English translation in the video description.
World Holy Name Poster

World Holy Name Festival

For over a decade, since 2008, devotees held a world wide, week long harinama festivals. This year, naturally, it’s all happening online, hosted by ISKCON Harinam Sankirtan Ministry on Facebook. Videos are also available on ISKCON Desire Tree Youtube channel. The event started on 17th September and will last until 23rd. Today, Sunday the 20th, is the day of Global Kirtan Connect – a 24 hour nonstop kirtan in 24 time zones which will wrap the whole Earth in a garland of the Holy Name. It’s live and it’s going on right now here. Here is a list of contributors to talks and kirtans during this week: Giriraja Swami, Sacinandana Swami, Jayapataka Swami, Mahatma Das, Urmila Devi Dasi, Bhakti Vijnana Goswami, Bhurijana Das, Vaisesika Das, Ravindra Svarupa Das, Bhakti Chaitanya Swami, Narayani Devi Dasi, Indradyumna Swami, Romapada Swami, Jayadvaita Swami, B.B. Govinda Swami, Bhaktimarga Swami, Bada Haridas, Rucira Devi Dasi, Kadamba Kanana Swami, Deena Bandhu Das, Lokanath Swami, Kripamoya Das, Anuttama Das, Rukmini Devi Dasi, and Radhanath Swami. This is, basically, an A-list of ISKCON “celebrities”. Earlier this month, Sept 3-9, there was a “Sravanam Week”, encouraging devotees to read and study Srila Prabhupada’s books. It was organized by ISKCON Ministry of Education and it featured almost thirty talks and interviews on this topic with leading ISKCON devotees, many from the list above. All these videos are on Youtube now, we are sorry we didn’t announce it in time.
Seva Kunj Replica

Every Bit Matters

While the previous news are about global events, global outreach, and famous names, even little devotees can make their own, heart warming contributions which are no less glorious. We mean “Gopal’s Glorious Gang” devotee children club in Brisbane, Australia. There are about eight kids there, from 4 to 16 years old, and usually they put up productions of dramas and plays for big festivals. There are no such opportunities this year and so they decided to create a replica of Vrindavana, of all the sacred places there. The replica included seven main temples, but it starts with ISKCON devotees first stop – Krishna Balaram Mandir. There are also place like Imli Thala, Seva Kunja, Nidhuvan, Kesi Ghat and Yamuna. We must admit that even online “walk through” feels like a real thing. The production is not very sophisticated, pretty much like any art project done by kids, and, of course, parents also had to step in. And yet the result is overwhelmingly sweet, with instantly recognizable marks of Vrindavan’s life – ubiquitous “Sri Radhe” signs or tulasi trees around every temple corner. You can see the photos here or watch a Youtube video taking you through, starting from arrival at the Delhi airport. It also features “director’s commentary” about how the exhibits were made.

Bhagavad Gita Quotes

The Bhagavad-gita is universally renowned as the jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom. Spoken by Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead to His intimate disciple Arjuna, the Gita’s seven hundred concise verses provide a definitive guide to the science of self realization. No other philosophical or religious work reveals, in such a lucid and profound way, the nature of consciousness, the self, the universe and the Supreme.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is uniquely qualified to present this English translation and commentary on Bhagavad-gita. He is the world’s foremost Vedic scholar and teacher, and he is also the current representative of an unbroken chain of fully self-realized spiritual masters beginning with Lord Krishna Himself. Thus, unlike other editions of the Gita, this one is presented as it is–without the slightest taint of adulteration or personal motivation. This edition is certain to stimulate and enlighten with its ancient yet thoroughly timely message.

The Bhagavad-gita is universally renowned as the jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom. Spoken by Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead to His intimate disciple Arjuna, the Gita’s seven hundred concise verses provide a definitive guide to the science of self realization. No other philosophical or religious work reveals, in such a lucid and profound way, the nature of consciousness, the self, the universe and the Supreme.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is uniquely qualified to present this English translation and commentary on Bhagavad-gita. He is the world’s foremost Vedic scholar and teacher, and he is also the current representative of an unbroken chain of fully self-realized spiritual masters beginning with Lord Krishna Himself. Thus, unlike other editions of the Gita, this one is presented as it is–without the slightest taint of adulteration or personal motivation. This edition is certain to stimulate and enlighten with its ancient yet thoroughly timely message.

Prayers of Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma to the Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna

Prayers of Lord Siva

Prayers of Lord Siva

Lord Siva addressed the Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna with the following prayer: O Supreme Personality of Godhead, all glories unto You. You are the most exalted of all self-realized souls. Since You are always auspicious for the self-realized, I wish...

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Prayers of Lord Brahma

Prayers of Lord Brahma

My dear Lord Krishna, You are the one Supreme Soul, the primeval Supreme Personality, the Absolute Truth — self-manifested, endless and beginning less. You are eternal and infallible, perfect and complete, without any rival and free from all material designations....

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Prayers of Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma to the Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna

Prayers of Lord Siva

Prayers of Lord Siva

Lord Siva addressed the Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna with the following prayer: O Supreme Personality of Godhead, all glories unto You. You are the most exalted of all self-realized souls. Since You are always auspicious for the self-realized, I wish...

read more
Prayers of Lord Brahma

Prayers of Lord Brahma

My dear Lord Krishna, You are the one Supreme Soul, the primeval Supreme Personality, the Absolute Truth — self-manifested, endless and beginning less. You are eternal and infallible, perfect and complete, without any rival and free from all material designations....

read more

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