Glorification of Harinaam Sankirtana Akincana Staff

  • Brihadnāradiya Purāna
    हरेर्नाम हरेर्नाम हरेर्नामैव केवलं। कलौ नास्त्यैव नास्त्यैव नास्त्यैव गतिरन्यथा।।

Translation: Harinām, Harinām, Harinām is the ONLY and foremost means to achieve emancipation. There is no other way, no other way, no other way in this age of Kali.

  • Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita 1.17.22
    कलि काले नाम रूपे कृष्ण अवतार। नाम हइते हय सर्व जगत निस्तार।।

Translation: In this age of Kali, Krishna has incarcerated in form of his holy name, the Hare Krishna mahamantra. It is only by his holy can the entire universe be delivered.

  • Kali-Santarana Upanishad of Yajur Veda
    (Lord Brahma is answering to Narada’s question)

हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे। हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे।। इति षोडषकं नाम्नाम् कलि कल्मष नाशनं। नात: परतरोपाय: सर्व वेदेषु दृश्यते।। read more

New finds take archaeologists closer to Krishna

CHENNAI: The conch and the Sudarshana Chakra are unmistakable. Although the figures do not match popular images of Kirshna sporting a peacock feather, archaeologists are convinced that the coins are of Krishna, revered as an avatar of Vishnu.

“These square coins, dating back to 180- BC, with Krishna on one side and Balram on the other, were unearthed recently in Al Khanoun in Afghanistan and are the earliest proof that Krishna was venerated as a god, and that the worship had spread beyond the Mathura region,” says T K V Rajan, archaeologist and founder-director, Indian Science Monitor, who is holding a five-day exhibition, In search of Lord Krishna,’ in the city from Saturday.

Having done extensive research in Brindavan, Rajan is convinced that a lot of the spiritual history of ancient India lies buried. “Close to 10,000 Greeks, who came in the wake of Alexander the Great, were Krishna’s devotees. There is an inscription by Heliodorus, the Greek ambassador at Takshila , which reads Deva, deva, Vasudeva. Krishna is my god and I have installed this Garuda Pillar at Bes Nagar (now in Bihar),'” says Rajan. read more

A new faith is born in Malawi

Please find below an interview in “The Nation” newspaper of Malawi, Central Africa.  It was published on 5 January 2014.  The questions were answered by Radhakanth Prabhu – Congregational Development Officer of ISKCON Blantyre, but the reporter mistook him to be Murari Prabhu – The Chairman of ISKCON Blantyre. 

The Avatar Buddha

‘How to Follow His Stream of Dharma to the Ocean of Nectar’ – Siddhartha Gautama was the blessed and beautiful prince of the Sakyas, a royal family descended from the Surya-vamsha (the Solar Dynasty of ancient Indian kings).  He had always been carefully sheltered from the distresses of life by his father, King Shuddhodana.

In Kapilavastu, his capital near the Himalayan foothills, the king built three palaces for his son, one specially designed to be comfortable in the cold season, another for the hot season, and the third for the monsoon.  These palaces towered in ornate splendor above beautiful gardens adorned with lotus-ponds.

The prince was always surrounded by a host of lovely damsels who rendered him all kinds of personal service; they entertained him day and night with dance, music and games that were suited to every occasion and season.  Prince Siddhartha wore only the finest cloth imported from Varanasi, a city which even today remains famous for its silk.  His body was perfumed with the pulp of sandalwood.  Day and night, a white parasol was held over his head.  Even the servants in his palaces were fed sumptuously, so that the prince would not see want in others. read more

What should a devotee-manager consider?

Unfortunately instruction manuals on this issue written in the past are presently not available to me, but they surely contained a lot of good advice regarding the daily realities a devotee who accepts managerial responsibility has to face.

Sometimes devotees tend to reach out into the material world for help on how to successfully manage large groups of people. Such books are of little use for a manager in Krsna consciousness as Srila Prabhupada’s movement is conducted under very different conditions compared to movements in the “ordinary” karmi world.

Srila Prabhupada would warn his disciples in managerial positions in letters to them that his movement is a movement based on preaching and on VOLUNTARY contribution of those who responded to the call of the sastras and surrendered their lives to the Supreme Lord. No karmi has to face such a responsibility as in the material world a material reward for ones contributions is always expected, either in form of money or in form of name fame and glory. read more

The Materialistic Demeanor Revisited

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Our eighth year of “primary education” passed in an American Dependent School in Okinawa. During that eventful year we heard that we would have to decide for ourselves what had caused our existence, that the average man used less than one fourth the potential of his brain, and that God was never to be discussed in school.

Our studies of physical science had culminated in the visualization of the fleshy structure of the human brain. Electrical impulses flashing on the circuitry inside a man’s head are supposed to be responsible for all thinking, feeling, and willing. Life, memory, and the living zone are strange. The head is filled up with thoughts. The mind projects itself outside the body. We wondered, “What would we be thinking if we were using all the power of the brain?”

We had encountered sectarian religionists whose shallowness had turned us toward the camps of the atheists. We passed amidst the “humanists” and received many promises which were never to be fulfilled. Burning in despair we went past childhood’s end. The prospects for enjoyment which had been pointed out to us by our teachers proved inadequate. After exhausting many the sauri of philosophy, we realized we had been deceived all along, from the earliest beginning. We felt doomed, not for not knowing answers, but for not even being able to frame proper questions. read more

“My faith is proof and your faith is blind belief”?

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When I was new in “bhakti” path, I used to read Srila Prabhupada’s book–“Life Comes from Life”. I was from science field and specifically I was more in researching various things and trying to understand scientists in depth. So I was very much in synchronization with the way scientists think. I did change my whole direction, by reading the books of Srila Prabhupada, based on a convincing fact that ascending process is faulty and guarantees failure to know the truth and that he was proposing a process that guarantees realizing the truth.

I got quite convinced of the fact that “sastra’s are the way and Krsna is the SUPREME. But I was not very much convinced of some of the arguments that Srila Prabhupada keeps against modern scientists to prove the existence of soul–for instance “because it is given in ‘sastra’s that’s why it is proved” and then he would go on saying that from centuries this process of evidence is followed (quoting from the Vedas) in Vedic India. I used to think “may be because Srila Prabhupada is not a scientist neither does he have much experience in science so he is not properly able to explain to these scientists.

 How can we present the Vedas as the proof? It can be said that as there are many other things in the Vedas that are true so it is logical to put faith in the Vedas to understand that soul exists. But how can one say that because it is mentioned in the Vedas “it is proof”? But I had a great regard for Srila Prabhupada and thus did not challenge his way of explanation and felt a little guilty. I then started to honor such statements of Srila Prabhupäda as “arsa vakyas”–the statements from great authorities that might not be clear to us now but are not to be disrespected. read more

Do not be disturbed

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“Do not be disturbed. There is no cause for anxiety. You are doing your best to serve Krishna, that is very much appreciated, so do not lose enthusiasm out of frustration, that will spoil everything. Krishna Consciousness means we should always be satisfied and happy, not that we must work something impossible, becoming overburdened, and then because we are unhappy by so much trouble we lose enthusiasm altogether and give up all hope. No, if too much endeavour is there, that is to be avoided. By all means we must preserve our spiritual status, that is the point, not that we are mad after big buildings, many devotees, life-members, this, that—no, these are only ways to engage the devotees so that they may apply the principles of devotional living to some kind of work for practical realization of these principles. It is not the result of the work we want. If only one person daily, if we sincerely preach to such one person in a day, that is sufficient, never mind big, big programmes. So my request to you is that you do not be bothered by these things, and I have instructed Tamala Krishna and Syamasundara to send you men, so they will do it, rest assured. Krishna does not like to see His sincere devotee suffer or become frustrated or depressed. He will not stand idly by in any such case, so do not fear on that account. Krishna has got some plan for you, always think in that way, and very soon He will provide everything to your heart’s desire.” (Srila Prabhupada’s letter to Tejyas, Dec. 19, 1972)