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Like a randy nun, I lead a quiet, sequestered life of piety and perversion. Like a cantankerous hag, I scorn the bustle of society and probably eat stray children. I am devoted to Krishna because he's a bigger, naughtier fiend than myself, which commands my respect, and I strive to serve him through transcendental immorality. I spend a lot of time idly scowling and looking at the ugly trees around my home. Also, I have a face, but it's not much to look at.

KRSNA


Hare Krishna
Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna
Hare Hare
Hare Rama
Hare Rama
Rama Rama
Hare Hare



yadā tu sarva-bhūteṣu
 dāruṣv agnim iva sthitam
praticakṣīta māṁ loko
 jahyāt tarhy eva kaśmalam

 

Translation:
You will see Me in all living entities as well as all over the universe, just as fire is situated in wood. Only in that state of transcendental vision will you be able to be free from all kinds of illusion.

 

Purport: 
Brahmā prayed that he might not forget his eternal relationship with the Lord during the course of his material activities. In answer to that prayer, the Lord said that he should not think of existing without a relationship with His omnipotency. The example is given of the fire in wood. The fire kindled in wood is always the same, although the wood may be of different types. Similarly, the bodies within the material creation may be specifically different according to shape and quality, but the spirit souls within them are not different from one another. The quality of fire, warmth, is the same everywhere, and the spiritual spark, or part and parcel of the Supreme Spirit, is the same in every living being; thus the potency of the Lord is distributed all over His creation. This transcendental knowledge alone can save one from the contamination of material illusion. Since the Lord’s potency is distributed everywhere, a pure soul, or devotee of the Lord, can see everything in relationship with the Lord, and therefore he has no affection for the outer coverings. That pure spiritual conception makes him immune to all contamination of material association. The pure devotee never forgets the touch of the Lord in all circumstances.




Hi dear ive been reading bhagavad GIta and all Prahupadas books but Id like to know more about Prahuadas´s life. specially his death do you know something about it ?

Anonymous

That’s wonderful! I am not a biographer, but you can read a brief summation of his story here: http://prabhupada.krishna.com/his-biography

The latter part of his life was spent spreading Krishna consciousness to hungry Western minds and lives, and at his parting from his body he was surrounded by many disciples who may never have known in this era the bliss of knowledge of and service to Krishna without Srila Prabhupada’s excellent work and mission. Hare Krishna!





Hi i just found your web page. You are a Hare Krishna that worships Kali ma too correct? I am very curious about this. Could you help me learn about your religion please? Thank you.

Anonymous

Hello! I do indeed worship both Krishna and Kali. I worship Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead (meaning, there are many incarnations of God, and many forms of divinity, but Krishna is the utmost), and my primary practice of this is through the daily chanting of the maha-mantra (you can read more about this here). I worship Kali, however, as a goddess particular to my pastimes within the material plane, and my practice includes nightly puja.

I worship Kali alongside Kalki for their martial connection; in Kalki Purana the two merge into one on the battlefield. I worship Kali and Krishna in tandem as siblings. In one aspect, Jagannath as Krishna and Subhadra as Shakti along with their brother Balaram are often worshipped together. Also, in Srimad Bhagavatam, when King Kamsa attempts to kill a child of the imprisoned Devaki who he fears will fulfill the prophecy that such a child will lead to his death (this child being Krishna), the infant manifests as Durga:

Having uprooted all relationships with his sister because of intense selfishness, Kaṁsa, who was sitting on his knees, grasped the newborn child by the legs and tried to dash her against the surface of a stone.

The child, Yoga-māyā-devī, the younger sister of Lord Viṣṇu, slipped upward from Kaṁsa’s hands and appeared in the sky as Devī, the goddess Durgā, with eight arms, completely equipped with weapons.

The goddess Durgā was decorated with flower garlands, smeared with sandalwood pulp and dressed with excellent garments and ornaments made of valuable jewels. Holding in her hands a bow, a trident, arrows, a shield, a sword, a conchshell, a disc and a club, and being praised by celestial beings like Apsarās, Kinnaras, Uragas, Siddhas, Cāraṇas and Gandharvas, who worshiped her with all kinds of presentations, she spoke as follows.

O Kaṁsa, you fool, what will be the use of killing me? The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has been your enemy from the very beginning and who will certainly kill you, has already taken His birth somewhere else. Therefore, do not unnecessarily kill other children.

After speaking to Kaṁsa in this way, the goddess Durgā, Yoga-māyā, appeared in different places, such as Vārāṇasī, and became celebrated by different names, such as Annapūrṇā, Durgā, Kālī and Bhadrā.

Purport to the last verse:

The goddess Durgā is celebrated in Calcutta as Kālī, in Bombay as Mumbādevī, in Vārāṇasī as Annapūrṇā, in Cuttack as Bhadrakālī and in Ahmedabad as Bhadrā. Thus in different places she is known by different names. Her devotees are known as śāktas, or worshipers of the energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whereas worshipers of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself are called Vaiṣṇavas. Vaiṣṇavas are destined to return home, back to Godhead, in the spiritual world, whereas the śāktas are destined to live within this material world to enjoy different types of material happiness. In the material world, the living entity must accept different types of bodies. Bhrāmayan sarva-bhūtāni yantrārūḍhāni māyayā (Bg. 18.61). According to the living entity’s desire, Yoga-māyā, or Māyā, the goddess Durgā, gives him a particular type of body, which is mentioned as yantra, a machine. But the living entities who are promoted to the spiritual world do not return to the prison house of a material body (tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti mām eti so ’rjuna). The words janma na eti indicate that these living entities remain in their original, spiritual bodies to enjoy the company of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the transcendental abodes Vaikuṇṭha and Vṛndāvana.

If you have any further questions or anything you would like to discuss, please let me know! Hare Krishna!













It is a beautiful Radhastami! One of my favorite days of the year, a wonderful and auspicious day!

Krishna likes to stir up trouble in the days leading up to and around his birthday, and Radha smooths out his mischief as her own birthday approaches. I dream of sitting at her feet, and playfully tickling her toes, and sighing to myself that I might have such a friend— she who is eternally a child, a goddess, a queen, and a simple country girl: incomparable, lovely, and sweet. My heart sings the name— Radhe! Radhe!

It is a beautiful Radhastami! One of my favorite days of the year, a wonderful and auspicious day!

Krishna likes to stir up trouble in the days leading up to and around his birthday, and Radha smooths out his mischief as her own birthday approaches. I dream of sitting at her feet, and playfully tickling her toes, and sighing to myself that I might have such a friend— she who is eternally a child, a goddess, a queen, and a simple country girl: incomparable, lovely, and sweet. My heart sings the name— Radhe! Radhe!




Happy Lalita Sasti!

The night before my Harinam initiation, I sat in my room of the ashram, and meditated on Lalita sakhi. Now, each visit I have made to a temple has been fraught with a degree of personal tumult, but this comes as no surprise, as Krishna is a mischief maker, and often makes especial mischief for those who love him. I love to visit the temple, for it is an atmosphere saturated with spiritual potency, but there are often some differences in my nature from the other devotees that cause friction for me, which is disturbing because I simultaneously have great love for the devotees. So, the night before I was to be initiated into the sampradaya, I thought of the transcendental relationships which exist in Goloka-Vrindavan, and specifically of the differences between the right-hand gopis, who are sweet and submissive, and the left-hand gopis, who are haughty and contrary. Gopis of either nature love and serve Krishna, but often disagree amongst each other as to their methods of interacting with Krishna. I thought of Lalita, and her temper, and her tendency to scold Krishna, and how this may be seen as conflicting with a loving relationship, but is in fact her own entirely fitting way of playful adoration of her Shyam. And just think of the arguments which must occur between the gopis! The fits of jealousy, of course, but also the simple conflicts of nature, though they remain dear friends in their love of Krishna. And this helped my mind rest over any of my own problems with the devotees, and I went to sleep dreaming of Lalita sakhi. My head swam with bliss when I was granted the name Jayalalita the very next day, so that I might be reminded of her every day, so that my own name might sing her praises.




The Janmashtami sale is still running at the Krishna store, and almost everything is half price, so now is a great time for any of you interested in trying mahamantram chanting for yourself to buy some useful, affordable accessories. Here’s three excellent items that can bring a lifetime of spiritual enhancement:

Tulsi wood malas beginning at $1.47, variety of shapes and sizes

Bead bags for holding a mala beginning at $1.47, variety of colors and sizes

Counter beads to keep track of rounds chanted beginning at $0.62, variety of colors

Or you can purchase a ready-to-go kit of these items and more for $6.97.

If you have any questions on how to get started on chanting, please do not hesitate to ask me! Hare Krishna!







When a person becomes attracted by Kṛṣṇa and is in full Kṛṣṇa consciousness, he does not care for any worldly duties, even though very urgent. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is so powerful that it gives everyone relief from all material activities. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī has written a very nice verse wherein one gopī advises another, “My dear friend, if you desire to enjoy the company of material society, friendship and love, then please do not go to see that smiling boy Govinda who is standing on the bank of the Yamunā and playing His flute, His lips brightened by the beams of the full moonlight.” Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī indirectly instructs that one who has been captivated by the beautiful smiling face of Kṛṣṇa has lost all attraction for material enjoyments. This is the test of advancement in Kṛṣṇa consciousness: a person advancing in Kṛṣṇa consciousness must lose interest in material activities and personal sense gratification.
- KB 29: The Rāsa Dance: Introduction

When a person becomes attracted by Kṛṣṇa and is in full Kṛṣṇa consciousness, he does not care for any worldly duties, even though very urgent. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is so powerful that it gives everyone relief from all material activities. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī has written a very nice verse wherein one gopī advises another, “My dear friend, if you desire to enjoy the company of material society, friendship and love, then please do not go to see that smiling boy Govinda who is standing on the bank of the Yamunā and playing His flute, His lips brightened by the beams of the full moonlight.” Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī indirectly instructs that one who has been captivated by the beautiful smiling face of Kṛṣṇa has lost all attraction for material enjoyments. This is the test of advancement in Kṛṣṇa consciousness: a person advancing in Kṛṣṇa consciousness must lose interest in material activities and personal sense gratification.

KB 29: The Rāsa Dance: Introduction