Source: Krishna Tube
Reporters from the Philadelphia Enquirer Ann Jones and Sandy Nixon compiled a list of questions for Srila Prabhupada. Sandy Nixon planned to write a book and a New York Times magazine article on the spiritual masters who were influencing Americans at the time. Her idea for the book was to let people know what Krishna consciousness is.
She asked fifteen questions and the first one was, "What is Krishna Consciousness?" Srila Prabhupada replied: "Krishna means God and we are all connected with Krishna, God. God is the original father therefore we have got an intimate connection with Krishna, so we have forgotten it. What is Krishna? What is my connection with Him? What is the aim of life? All these questions there are and when one becomes interested in such questions, he is called Krishna conscious.
Sandy's second question was, "How did Krishna consciousness develop?"
Srila Prabhupada replied: "Krishna consciousness is already there in everyone's core of heart but due to one's material conditional life he has forgotten it. So this process of chanting Hare Krishna maha mantra means to revive that consciousness. It is already there. Just like a few days ago these American and European boys and girls, they did not know who is Krishna but now you have seen yesterday how throughout the whole procession they were chanting and dancing in ecstasy. So do you think that is artificial? No. Artificially nobody can chant and dance for hours together. That means the awakening of Krishna consciousness. It was there and by the bonafide process it is now awakened. That is explained: "The Krishna consciousness is dormant in everyone's heart. So when he comes in contact with devotees that is awakened. Just like to be attracted by a young girl or a young boy, it is there in the child, in the small child, it is there and when he will be young, then it will be awakened. It is not that artificial. So in association, it is awakened. The potency is there already but in good association, by hearing about Krishna one is awakened to the status of Krishna consciousness."
Sandy Nixon's third question was: "What is the difference between Krishna consciousness and Christ consciousness?"
Srila Prabhupada replied: "Christ consciousness is also Krishna consciousness but people do not follow the rules and regulations of Christianity therefore they are not awakened. The commandments of Christ, they do not follow, therefore they do not come to the standard of consciousness.
Sandy's forth question was "What is unique about Krishna consciousness that separates it form all other religions? Is it a religion?"
Srila Prabhupada answers: "Religion means primarily to know God and love Him, that is religion. But nobody knows God, and what to speak of loving Him? Nobody is trained up, how to know God and how to love Him. They are satisfied by going to the church, "O God give us our daily bread." That also not everyone goes.
So the communist says that, "You don't go to the church, bread we shall supply." So poor innocent persons, they get bread elsewhere, so they do not go to church but nobody is serious to know what is God and how to love Him. Nobody is serious. Therefore in Bhagavatam it is said that it is cheating religion. I profess some religion but I do not know what is God and how to love Him. So that type of religion is cheating religion. Religion means to know God and love Him but generally, a man does not know what is God and what to speak of loving him? So therefore that is cheating religion, that is not religion.
Source: ISKCON Bangalore
Welcome to Braj Mandal Parikarama!
The scriptures declare the land of Braj to be the holiest of places in the universe, as the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, performed His pastimes in this sacred land, 5000 years ago. Here is the list of places we will be visiting on the first day of the Parikrama:
1) Mathura - The birthplace of Lord Krishna and the capital city of the warrior kings of the lineage of Lord Krishna.
2) Vishrama Ghat - 'Vishrama' means 'rest' and 'Ghat' means steps leading to the sacred river. It is said that Lord Krishna took a rest at this spot along the river Yamuna after killing the tyrannical King Kamsa.
3) Gokula - Among the 12 forests of Braj, the first and foremost is the forest of Mahavana. Mahavana is also called Gokula.
4) Nanda Bhavan - Nanda Bhavan was the residence of Nanda Maharaja, the father of Lord Sri Krishna.
5) Ukhal Bandhan – Lord Krishna got the name 'Damodara' because Mother Yashoda tied little Krishna's belly with ropes, to a grinding mortar. This sweet pastime of motherly punishment took place here.
6) Brahmanda Ghat – The place where Lord Krishna showed the entire universe within His mouth to a stunned Mother Yashoda.
Source: Krishna Tube
Talk show host Bob Hieronimus discusses with Sadaputa Dasa (Dr. Richard L. Thompson) his recently published “Alien Identities.” The book created an immediate sensation amongst ufologists because of its sweeping survey of UFO phenomena and its exceptionally honest analysis. “Bizarre is a culturally conditioned term,” Thompson explains. But if we can escape the narrow confines of the scientific community’s self-imposed reductionism, he suggests that the alien close encounters, reported over the centuries and recorded by nearly all ancient cultures, shed their “bizarre” status and become a compelling subject for serious scientific investigation.
Source: Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Writing and Rap: Anupama Dasa
Vocals: Mani Manjari Devi Dasi
Music and Mixing: Gaura Klein Video
Editing: Amanda-vikrama Dasa
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Join Aghari Krishna Dasa and panelists Dwarka Vasini Devi Dasi (East Africa), Prema Vilas Dasa (Mauritius), and Vibhu Caitanya Das (South Africa) as they discuss Africa’s key opportunities for outreach and what are the innovations taking place in countries across Africa to seize these opportunities in preaching Srila Prabhupada's mission.
Source: Global Commons Alliance
Interview with Gopal Patel (Bhumi Global), Henrik Grape (World Council of Churches), Sister Jayanti (Brahma Kumaris) from the Nature’s Newsroom at COP26, Glasgow.
Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, such as through variations in the solar cycle. But since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas.
Burning fossil fuels generates greenhouse gas emissions that act like a blanket wrapped around the Earth, trapping the sun’s heat and raising temperatures.
Examples of greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change include carbon dioxide and methane. These come from using gasoline for driving a car or coal for heating a building, for example. Clearing land and forests can also release carbon dioxide. Landfills for garbage are a major source of methane emissions. Energy, industry, transport, buildings, agriculture, and land use are among the main emitters.
Source: Devotion Yoga
I'm Cyril Wohrer, also known as Chandra. I'm from Los Angeles and Paris. I have a Masters's in the Study of Religion from the University of Oxford. I have accumulated fifty thousand hours of mantra meditation, and I teach and am the Director of Studies at the (online) Audarya Center for Bhagavat Studies. This channel is for those who are interested in the reconciliation of science and spirituality and particularly in yoga/Indian philosophy.
Highlights of Govardhan Puja celebrated on 5 Nov 2021 at ISKCON Chowpatty
Persecution of Hindus in Bangladesh: with HG Amogha Lila Das!
* What's the reality for Hindus in Bangladesh? Is there hope for communal peace or is it just a mirage for Bangladesh?
* As vaisnavas, how do we respond to such violence?
* ISKCON trains people to become Brahmanas. Don't we also need Kshatriyas?
* How can we build more #unity amongst the Hindu community?
* What can ISKCON do to bridge the gap between themselves and the Hindu community?
Amogha Lila Das is a #spiritual leader and inspirational speaker, especially for the youth with over 1 million subscribers on youtube! He is the Vice President of #ISKCON Dwarka (New Delhi); B.Tech (Computer Science, Delhi University); Co-Faculty at IIMs Ahmedabad for teaching 'Principles, ethics and morality in leadership'; Director of #ISKCON Youth Forum Dwarka, for uplifting the character amongst youth; Co-Director and Corporate Trainer for V-SERVE (Vedic Solutions to #Empower Resources by #Value Education) – a spiritual corporate training wing. He also delivers weekly sessions at NSIT and has delivered sessions on stress management, anger management, conflict management etc. in companies like Max New York Life, Emami, Nestle, Maruti, Holland tractors, Ernest and Young, Prakash Industries to name a few.
Source: Mayapur TV
ISKCON Mayapur Dham holds a rally for the murdered ISKCON devotees and minorities in Bangladesh
Source: Bhaktivedanta College
Source: GBC SPT
Source: Vishaka Devi Dasi
This song describes Krishna's early childhood pastime of running from His mother when she tried to chastise Him for stealing butter. During the month of Kartika, devotees around the world sing this prayer every day while offering ghee lamps to Krishna.
Each verse describes various qualities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Damodar, who, in this pastime, appears as a child and allows Himself to be captured by the love of His devotees.
Credits: Producer- Bhaktivinodanuga Das Music : Anirban & Harishankar Studio: Divine Tunes (Harishankar Mohapatra) Videography & editing: Mantra Prema (Janeshwar Das)
Special appearances: Krishna- Haridev Das Radharani- Krishnamayi Dasi Gopas- Keshav, Vraja gauranga, Devaprastha Gopis- Nandapriya prema, Rasapriya Suchitra, Mana DD
Dedicated to: AC Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada & my Guru Maharaj H.H. Subhag Swami, & my sangeet Guru Pt. Ajay Chakrabarty.
On October 14 and 15, ISKCON worldwide celebrated the Grand Welcome Ceremony of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP). Through Mayapur TV, the two-day event was broadcast live on YouTube and multiple ISKCON-related Facebook Pages, and viewed by hundreds of thousands of devotees, and attended by thousands of local Mayapur devotees.
This is a historic event for ISKCON, the earth, and the entire universe, to witness the jagat guru Founder-Acharya of ISKCON and Senapati Bhakta of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu welcomed to his greatest preaching project to date, and the new home of his beloved Sri Sri Radha Madhava, Sri Pancha Tattva and Sri Nrsimhadeva. It is also another milestone in the progress towards completing the TOVP, now scheduled for its Grand Opening in 2024.
Srila Prabhupada now resides in his quarters at the TOVP. The significance of this cannot be overlooked or overstated, as expressed by various speakers at the event. He will now personally oversee the remainder of the construction, as he did for the Bombay, Vrindavan, Hyderabad, and Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir temples, and hold us all accountable for the completion of this unique and magnificent temple/planetarium which will be his personal offering to our acharyas and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
The first-of-its-kind Vaishnava Sampradaya Samelan organized by HG Gauranga das on ZOOM on October 14 was also a great success. It was appreciated by all the participants and hundreds of devotees who watched on ZOOM or on the live broadcast.
Additionally, we are happy to announce that we reached our $1 million Guru Dakshina goal to offer Srila Prabhupada. We thank all the abhisheka and general sponsors who made this possible.
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