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The Hare Krishna revolution

The Hare Krishna revolution

Srila Prabhupada’s kirtans at the Washington square park and the Tompkins square park in 1966 created history. Never before Srila Prabhupada did the Holy Names of Lord Krishna create such an impact in the Western world as it did during the late 1960’s in America and Europe. His initial kirtans at the twenty six second avenue storefront was attended by a few spiritually interested youth, who .

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Remembering a song two decades later

Remembering a song two decades later

“I have brought medicine to awaken every living being from perpetual sleep. Please receive the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, and awaken.”   (Arunodaya Kirtana-II, verse four, by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur) Today I woke up at 3.00 am humming a Bollywood number that I don’t remember hearing or singing even once in the last twenty years. From where did the song pop .

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The tongue cannot stop chanting

The tongue cannot stop chanting

In the 12th chapter of Bhagavad Gita Krishna explains that the perfection of life is to fix our consciousness on His personal form.  This is the ultimate conclusion of the Vedas—to always remember Krishna and to never forget Krishna.  Krishna means God, who is the all attractive object of everyone’s intimate love.  On this spiritual platform, which is the natural platform for all living beings, .

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Love- the highest form of fearlessness

Love- the highest form of fearlessness

A significant, perceivable benefit of chanting Hare Krishna is that the process fills our heart with the quality of fearlessness. The Vedic scriptures narrate many examples of devotees who were fearless in the face of adversities because of constant chanting and remembrance of Krishna. Prahalad was a five year old child who loved Vishnu, God. His father Hiranyakashipu abhorred God and threatened .

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Radhanath swami – Rejecting or accepting Material skills

Radhanath swami – Rejecting or accepting Material skills

Radhanath Swami often compares academic education with a tool that can be either used for a constructive or destructive purpose depending on whose hand it is in. For example a knife is neither good nor bad. If it’s in the hand of a surgeon, it can help in the surgery and give life. If however the knife is in the hands of a criminal, it can be used for murder. The knife isn’t bad per se; it all depends on who uses it and for what purpose.

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