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The Prime Symptom of Love

BY HH JANANANDA GOSWAMI
THE PRIME SYMPTOM OF LOVE IS THAT THE DEVOTEE WANTS TO SEE THAT HIS LORD’S NAME FAME ETC. BE SPREAD EVERYWHERE.

In New Vrndavana on September 5th 1972, Srila Prabhupada was lecturing on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.6. “One who is engaged in devotional service of the Lord in love and devotion. What is the symptom of love? The symptom, the prime symptom, most important symptom of love is that the devotee wants to see that his Lord’s name, fame, etc. become widespread. He wants to see that “My Lord’s name be known everywhere.” This is love. If I love somebody, I want to see that his glories are spread all over the world. And Krsna also says in the Bhagavad-gita, na ca tasmat manusyesu kascit me priya-krttamah, anyone who preaches His glory, nobody is dearer to Him than that person..”

We hear a lot about the need to be loved. Interestingly enough there are few references to the need for this but quote after quote stating our need is to love. The nature of the soul is to love. What better and easier way to express and develop this than to give the holy names to others. “In every town and village my holy names shall be heard and chanted”.
golokera prema-dhana hari-näma-sankirtana rati nä janmila kene täya (more…)

July 31, 2007 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

GBC Preaching Committee Report

BY KAUNTEYA DAS

Since ISKCON is a branch of the Caitanya tree, we are all assistants of Lord Caitanya sankirtan mission. Therefore, a most important part of ISKCON is to spread “the message”. Our committee is making an effort to propose and implement strategies for spreading that message.

We wanted our discussions in New Vrindavan to be relevant, and feared that for two reasons they might not be:

1. That the topic of “preaching” is so vast, it practically encompasses all of our movement. How could our little committee do something tangible with such a topic, and

2. That so much of spreading the sankirtan movement is based on time, place and circumstance considerations. We questioned: “How can we discuss this on a GBC/global level and make it relevant?” After considerable discussion, we settled on two topics:

1. The growing need to address multiple ISKCON projects in the same city/geographical area. Until now, there have been questions as to whether to encourage multiple projects and how they will fit into the authority system ISKCON has established. We felt strongly that by encouraging devotees to develop new initiatives based on their inspiration, we will increase the movement dramatically. This principle was accepted universally in our committee and also there was a consensus amongst the GBC body when we reported our discussions to them. (more…)

July 28, 2007 at 6:43 pm 1 comment

NewVraja Dham, Hungary : Photos from the Harvest festival

BY ADI RADHIKA DASI

PHOTOS BY GAURA SAKTI DAS

 

 

In this years harvest festival Govindanandana, Anthardi prabhus and others serving in goshala prepared a very beautiful ox cart, making everyones hearts greatly pleased. The cart and the oxen you are seeing in this picture are completely made from wood, manure and straw. Another nice side of this is that these oxen are zebus that we are desiring to breed in our farm in the future. I guess their appearance on this auspicious harvest day is a sign that soon they will be with us. (more…)

July 27, 2007 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

Great service opportunity! Give Krishna To Soldiers

BY MAHA-TATTVA DASA

Aristide LaVey is a US Army soldier, a devotee of Sri Krishna. He first found out about the Bhagavad-gita as a child when he received a copy from a sankirtana devotee. Ever since he’s been a regular reader of Srila Prabhupada’s books and a visitor to the Iskcon Los Angeles temple. Recently he was called to active duty service in the Army and is based in Ft Bragg, North Carolina.

Aristide distributes Bhagavad-gitas to Army Chaplains and Chapplain assistants. He gives them a few copies to give to the soldiers who are looking to read the Bhagavad-gita. He also gives them out to anyone who sees him reading his and asks about it. “I try to be a good devotee through my service and example.” says Aristide.

Though the Department of Defense has authorized the recruitment of “Hindu” Chaplains since 1998, they have yet to attract any. It is Aristide’s dream to become the first. (more…)

July 25, 2007 at 7:19 am Leave a comment

Concerns Raised over the production of Ghee

BY MADHAVENDU DAS – SSM (Vrindavan – IN)

Dear Devotees, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Recently India TV and other channels telecasted the abominable way of Ghee production in many factories all over India. Before showing that horrible seen the news alert everyone that if you are vegetarian then you will be shocked and if you are non-vegetarian then you will give up eating Ghee for your entire life time. Of course it is very difficult to buy pure Ghee from market.

It shows that in the factories profusely animals dead bodies all around. Some where its fat is boiling in a big big drum and some where it is hanging. They boil it for some time and finally they mix only a little pure ghee or ghee perfume for the smell. Then they nicely pack it and send it to market. (more…)

July 25, 2007 at 7:15 am Leave a comment

Ratha Yatra Worldwide

08001487.jpg Hare Krishna followers brought the annual Ratha Yatra event to Liverpool last Saturday. Devotees believe they receive spiritual benefit by pulling the chariot of Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe. [Photo: Elliott Housego and Angelo Velardo]

Jul 19, PURI, ORISSA (THU) — More Ratha Yatra stories from around the world. (more…)

July 21, 2007 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

“Jaya Jagannatha!” – New Publication from the BBT

BY BHAKTIVEDANTA BOOK TRUST

Jul 19, PURI, ORISSA (SUN) — “Jaya Jagannatha! The Culture and Worship of Lord Jagannatha East and West

The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust is pleased to announce the publication of a long awaited book titled Jaya Jagannatha! The Culture and Worship of Lord Jagannatha East and West, by His Grace Dhruva Maharaja dasa, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada who has been residing in Jagannatha Puri for almost twenty years.

The book includes six sections, 45 colorful photos, 322 pages, and was written for a very wide audience. Below is an outline to give readers an idea of what Jaya Jagannatha! is about.

Part One: The advent and installation of Lord Jagannatha is narrated in a section of the Skanda Purana called Purusottama-ksetra mahatmya. Part One is essentially a direct rendition of this mahatmya.

Part Two: Every culture is comprised of various components; arts, music, dance, cuisine, festivals, architecture, etc. Part Two describes these aspects of Jagannatha worship. Of special note is detailed information about Navakalevara, the mystic procedures and rituals for changing the wooden deities periodically. (more…)

July 21, 2007 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

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