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Reason and Love

By Harmonist: August 8, 2016

By Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura, From an article called, “The Temple of Jagannatha at Puri” published September 15, 1871.

We do not mean to say that reason is a foolish principle. On the contrary we do not find better admirers of reason than our humble selves. We hold that man’s superiority among all created beings consists in man’s possessing the noble gift of reason.

What we maintain is this, that independent of this noble principle there is another higher gift in man which goes by the name of love. Reason helps love to maintain its proper bounds in the spiritual world. Love often tends to degrade itself by exercising its function on objects other then God and converts itself into lust for women, wine, meat and gold. Here reason advises her to rise higher till she reaches her proper sphere above.

Thus we find that the object of reason is to help love and not to create it. Reason may be properly styled as the servant of love and must always be subject to her in all her hopes, aspirations, and holy works.

The rationalist on the contrary considers reason as all and all. This is a degradation of humanity. The progressive rationalist, on the other hand, believes in the principle of love, but attempts to make her the maid-servant of reason. This is another error. He makes spiritual love sometimes a prisoner in the jails of reason! Love wants to soar on her spiritual wings to a realm where the jailer (reason) cannot go and the latter is sure to tie up her wings for fear lest she goes to an unworthy place.

Love utters sounds of a spiritual character peculiar to herself, but reason, having no previous experience of it, mistakes it for a disease and administers medicine for her cure. Thus it is that the natural strength of the queen of our soul is crippled by artificial administration of the dry principle of reason and she rests in us as if a bird taken in a cage. Oh! What a havoc doth reason commit by abuse of his power. Oh! Shame to the Rationalist! God help the man!!

Theist take care of those among you who mix with you only by assuming the name of theist but are in fact rationalists of a very dry character. They are divisible into two classes; the designing and the dupes. The designing theist is he who is in fact a rationalist but by assuming the name of theist wants to degrade the sincere by his bad influence. He that calls himself a theist in order to get rid of the name of rationalist but still holds love in subjection to reason, is a dupe because he is unable to find out his own position. The sincere theist should however take care of both of them and preserve the sovereignty of love over reason and his comrades.

New Krishna temple coming to Salt Lake City

By The Salt Lake Tribune: Jul 10 2016

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Vinita Sharma, left, and Priya Neema dance during the Kirtan ceremony blessing the area where the new Krishna Temple designed by Vaibhavi Devi will stand in Salt Lake City, Sunday, July 10, 2016.

Utahns gathered Sunday to celebrate a groundbreaking for a Krishna temple in Salt Lake City.

The event featured cultural dances and music followed by a community lunch.

According to a news release, the temple at 965 E. 3370 South is being designed by Vaibhavi Devi, who also worked on the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork.

Vaishnava meeting in Mexico DF

By Vrinda México: 31 May, 2016

Sripad Tridandi Swami B.S. Sannyasi Maharaja and Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Swami Maharaja met in Mexico to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sri Gaudiya Math.

H.H. Srila Paramadvaiti Swami, Sripad Sannyasi Maharaja, Sripad Damodar Maharaja, Sripad Avaduta Maharaja at Vrinda Mission's Mexico Mandir

Delhi Stadium Event Honored Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

By ISKCON News: May 13, 2016

IIT Kharagpur students perform shadow drama on the Bhagavad-gita.

“Although the Bhakti movement has spread far and wide, not many people know its founder Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – even in India,” says ISKCON’s communications deputy director in India, Yudhistir Govinda Das.

With the Festival of Inspiration in New Delhi this May 28th, he hopes to begin changing that. Supported by the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture, the event will take place at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium near Parliament. It’s expected to draw a full house.

The festival will commemorate the 500th anniversary of Sri Chaitanya visiting Lord Krishna’s home village, Vrindavana. But more than that, it will celebrate the timeless teachings of India – service, compassion and devotion to God – that the 15th century saint and Avatar exemplified and broadcast.

The Talkatora Indoor Stadium - photo by By Subhashish Panigrahi

It will also give people a rich experience of the Bhakti tradition through drama, dance and kirtan to inspire them on the path of devotion. Over 30 devotional artists from 20 countries will perform, and the message of inspiration will be supported in keynote speeches by some of India’s most distinguished political leaders.

Mahaprabhu’s Legacy

With ISKCON Communications and Delhi’s Sri-Sri Radha-Parthasarathi Mandir joining forces to spread the word about the event, many people will get the chance to learn about Lord Chaitanya’s legacy.

“We are organizing a press conference and pre-event media coverage, putting twelve large billboards up around the city, and producing promotional videos for social media and mobile platforms like Viber and WhatsApp,” Yudhistira says. “As a result, we’re expecting more than the venue’s 3,000-plus capacity. So we’ll be setting up hundreds of extra chairs and a big LCD screen outside for those who can’t get into the stadium.”

The Vaikuntha Players, who will be performing at the event, in their 'Ramayana'

The evening will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, launching with a mantra invocation by students of Mayapur’s Bhaktivedanta Academy. 

A fifteen-minute Powerpoint presentation on the life and legacy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu will follow, informing the audience about how the Gaudiya Vaishnavism founder ignored the fantatical social systems of His time, and inspired and united people to chant God’s Holy Names regardless of race, gender, caste, religion or social standing.  

The presentation will end with a look at how later teachers such as Bhaktivinode Thakura, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, and finally ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada continued Chaitanya’s movement.

A twenty-minute preview of the documentary Joy of Devotion, made for ISKCON’s 50th anniversary, will then be screened, showing ISKCON’s many achievements around the world in continuing Sri Chaitanya’s legacy.

The Bhakti Experience

After delving into Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s life and legacy, the Festival of Inspiration audience will get to experience His Bhakti tradition for themselves through a series of cultural performances.

Mayapur International Dance Group

Eight ladies from various former Soviet Union countries including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan will deliver a Kathak dance on Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Indian drama group Vaikuntha Players, who routinely tour the country, will perform a play on Chaitanya’s life and contributions.

Students of the Indian Institue of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, West Bengal will present a special shadow drama on the Bhagavad-gita and its teachings of love and devotion that Lord Chaitanya espoused.

And the Mayapur International Dance Group, a kirtan troupe of devotees who have toured the country and appeared on national television, will bring their uniquely heartfelt brand of kirtan.

Governor Padmanabh Acharya, who will be speaking, offers arati to Srila Prabhupada at a previous ISKCON 50 event

Support From India’s Leaders

Not only is the Ministry of Culture supporting this celebration of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, but the last hour of the event will feature major Indian politicians speaking about His and Srila Prabhupada’s contributions.

Some have never participated in ISKCON public events before. There’s Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development. There’s Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture. And, tentatively, there’s Loga Bala Mohan, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of the Federal Territories.

Others have spoken at several ISKCON events before and are already good friends of the society, including Padmanabh Acharya, the governor of the Indian states Assam and Nagaland; and, tentatively, Mathura MP and film actress Hema Malini.

Devotee leaders like ISKCON India chairman Gopal Krishna Goswami, vice chairman Basu Gosh Das, and Lokanath Swami will also be present.

After the speeches, the event will close with a prasadam dinner. There will also be the Indian launch of ISKCON’s 50th anniversary magazine “The Hare Krishnas: Celebrating 50 Years.”

“This is the first time apart from Gaura Purnima that we are bringing Chaitanya Mahaprabhu out to the public on a national stage,” says Yudhistira. “We’re excited about educating people on His life, how Srila Prabhupada continued His legacy, and what ISKCON is doing today.”


By Gaudiya Mission (গৌড়ীয় মিশন): May 31, 2016

Different moods of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna during Sri Chandan Yatra Shringar at Sri Rupa Gaudiya Math, Allahabad, India.

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"Our Last Chance" play at Kumbha Mela

By Deena Bandhu Das
Ujjain, India
Kumbha Mela 2016

Last night (April 29th) HH Paramadvaiti Maharaja brought his devotees from South America to do an amazing drama called Our Last Chance in our Kumbha Mela Pandal! The theme was about how we're polluting our earth and her rivers with a professional Hindi soundtrack. In the end the whole audience danced with us to the Mahamantra and we got them to make a pledge to do their part to stop pollution!

Our happy green Earth comes dancing out!

They danced so beautifully the whole audience applauded!

A beautiful tree begins to grow!

All the evils of Kali, bribery, scams, stealing, sin, greed, etc.

The rape of our Earth!

Polluting the our Sacred Rivers!

Unnecessarily cutting the trees!

All the evils of society!
Together they will destroy the world!

Now everything is finished

Audience intently watching!

A devotee appears on the scene

You did this?? He points at the audience!

He repents and begins to clean up the mess!

Everyone is happy again!

The audience leaps to their feet to chant with us!

The even join on the stage dancing and chanting!

HH Paramadvati Maharja joins the fun!

I translate for Maharja in to Hindi!

He gets the audience to pledge that they will chant Hare Krishna and do their part to end polluting our sacred rivers and our Mother Earth!

Guided Chanting

Harmonist: February 22, 2016

Srila B.R. Sridhara Deva Goswami explains the importance of having a pure devotee’s association.

Student: Maharaja, I once heard that the chanting of Hare Krishna and Srimad Bhagavatam must be taken together, that the chanting of Hare Krishna alone will have some effect but the knowledge within Srimad Bhagavatam must also be there.

Srila Sridhara Swami: Not only Bhagavatam. That presupposes Bhakta Bhagavatam also. Sadhu-sanga and Nama-kirtana, these are the best. When there is want of sadhu-sanga, want of living scripture, then there is passive scripture (Bhagavatam).

sadhu-sange krsna-nama ei matra chai
(Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, 6.13)

With the association of the sadhu, we want to chant the Lord’s Name and when the sadhu is not available, then of course with scripture, sastra.

We are to take men to the guidance of the sadhu, the man of higher realization. There may be so many obstacles, oppositions, and difficulties along the way, but with his help, they may be removed. So, the guidance of the sadhu has been advised to be indispensable. But when sadhu is not available, then sastra comes. Mahaprabhu says:

sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana
mathura-vasa, sri-murtira sraddhaya sevana
sakala-sadhana-srestha ei panca anga

“(1) Associating with sadhus. (2) Chanting the Lord’s Name. (3) Hearing the scriptures of pure devotion. (4) Residing in a holy place. (5) Faith­fully serving the Lord’s Deity. These five are the best of all the limbs of devotional practice.” (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya 22.128)

And if only one is to be accepted, then it is Nama-kirtana. Kirtana means to chant loudly, and that presupposes that with the company of someone or in congregation we will chant. So, sankirtana. Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu has given this interpretation of sankirtana:

bahubhir militva yat kirtanam tad eva sankirtanam

To talk about Krishna not alone but in a group is sankirtana. But Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura also warns:

“Don’t join any type of imitation sankirtana. At least one leading man must be there who is a suddha-bhakta (pure devotee). When there is cholera or the great epidemic, some people want to go on with nama-kirtana but that is aparadha (offensive). They want the Name, the Lord, Hari, to remove all inauspicious things from the world. That is sakam (interested) chanting. That is aparadha. A suddha bhakta, a pure devotee, will not associate when such sankirtan is going on. So, at least one pure devotee must be in the group, then one can join the sankirtana.”

In this way, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has warned that there must be guidance under a pure devotee, who is nirguna, who does not want anything mundane, but only the grace of Hari. That type of vibration must be present there, and that will help me in my subtle-most plane of self, my nirguna aspect, and awaken me.

Navadvipa and the Parikrama of the Vaisnavas

Submitted by Harmonist on March 10, 2016

By Srila B. R. Sridhara Deva Goswami

We should try to become more acquainted with the realistic view of Navadvipa. There are so many divisions in this Navadvipa Dhama: mainly nine. It is mentioned that they represent the nine sections of devotion:

sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam arcanam vandanam dasyam sakhyam atma-nivedanam (Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.23)

Simantadvipa represents sravana-bhakti, hearing about Krishna. Chanting about Krishna, kirtana, is in Godrumadvipa; remembering the Lord, smaranam, is in Madhyadvipa; serving the Lord’s feet, pada-sevanam, is here in Koladvipa; worshiping with the ghee lamp, etc., arcanam is in Rtudvipa; offering prayers, vandanam, is in Jahnudvipa; rendering service to the Lord in the relationship of a best friend, sakhyam, is in Rudradvipa; and full self-surrender, atma-nivedanam, is represented in Sri Antardvipa, Mayapur. They have connection with these nine main types of devotional conceptions respectively. When traveling to these places we are reminded by the incidents connected with them how such representation comes from each place. All of them taken together promote our understanding as to what is devotion proper.

Atma-nivedanam, full self-surrender, is the basis of all. After atma-nivedanam the plane of life will be categorically changed. After surrendering to the central direction, whatever will be done by us will come to have recognition as devotion. That is devotion. Atma-nivedanam is selflessness plus self surrendering. Self-surrendering presupposes selflessness. Selfish actions come to an end and selflessness is also crossed, and then self-surrendered life begins—and that is devotion proper.

The life of a devotee has no individual or provincial interest. He works only for the universal interest of the whole Absolute. Devotees are soldiers of that plane. Whatever they may do, the suggestion and inspiration comes from the center, the Absolute good. Though apparently they seem to be members of this plane of quarrel, in their heart their connection is with the Absolute; therefore their color has completely changed. The valuation of the devotees movements has completely changed although apparently they seem to be doing everything almost in a similar way to the mundane persons. Mundane persons eat, and the devotees also appear to eat, but actually they are not eating: they are rendering service to the remnants sent by the Lord. In this way they are going on.

tvayopabhukta-srag-gandha vaso ‘lankara-carcitah ucista-bhojino dasas tava mayam jayema hi

(Srimad-Bhagavatam, 11.6.46)

Uddhava says in Srimad-Bhagavatam, “We shall conquer the whole of the deluding energy by only one thing. And what is that? We shall accept everything with the spirit of service. Whatever you, O Lord, send to us, you have already taken and enjoyed, and we shall serve those remnants and thereby the whole of the deluding energy will be devastated.”

One of my learned professor Godbrothers was challenged by his younger brother who was perhaps a graduate,”What do you do there in the matha? What we do, you also do there.”

The professor replied, “No, no, you do not do what we do in the matha.” “You do not eat?” “No, we do not eat.” “Then what do you do? With my own eyes I have seen you eating.” “No, we do not eat. We do not eat like you; we do not put solid things into our stomachs like you. We render service to maha-prasadam. What we do is beyond your understanding. We do not eat like you. We have no spirit of consumption. We do not consume anything, but we honor the remnants of God.”

Such will be the difference between all the activities of the true Vaisnavas and the worldly men. Apparently the Vaisnavas seem to do the same things as others are doing: walking, sleeping, eating, engaging others in activities, earning money, spending, and so many apparently similar things; but the standpoint is totally different. It is connected with the center. They abide by the direction of the central movement whereas the worldly men are guided by their provincial, local, and the other by the Absolute, and that difference is very, very great. The Vaisnavas are on the other side of selflessness, the other side of renounced life. Between the worldly men and the Vaisnava is the realm of complete renunciation. One is on one side, the other is on the other side.

What proper devotion is, must be realized. Generally, it may not be understood by the apparent movements of the devotees, but it is to be realized by the question of adjusting the angle of vision. The angle of vision is to be changed.

There are so many incidents, stories, and sceneries connected with Sri Navadvipa Dhama parikrama, but all are meaning to help us in our life of absolute adjustment. If one can catch that, then by his parikrama through different holy places and his hearing about local “historical” incidents he will receive eternal instructions in various conceptions of devotion. He will receive encouragement in this way.

It is not like the parikrama of the ordinary people in the general Hindu section of society who also go out on pilgrimage. The general people come in contact with the holy places and they have some holy association, but their main object is to gain some unseen help in their present life. They want their desires of this present life to be satisfied by some invisible help from the demigods. It is punya-karma—to acquire good merit to help success in their present life according to their conception. It is not suddha-bhakti.

The objective of the Gaudiya Matha people is quite different and it cannot be reckoned in any of the different planes the present educational section are hunting for. The present-day scholars cannot even think that purely spiritual life is possible at all. They consider that spiritual life may be only a concoction that others are suffering from. According to the so-called scientific scholars, the spiritual searchers are fighting with their shadow, hunting after impossibility and imaginary things. They consider the devotees to be running after phantasmagoria and superstition.

ya nisa sarva-bhutanam tasyam jagarti samyami yasyam jagrati bhutani sa nisa pasyato muneh

(Bhagavad Gita, 2.69)

But on the other side, we think that in the name of concrete reality they are running after phantasmagoria—just the opposite. They are running after the mortal achievements. They think immortality is not possible, and Socrates had to pay a heavy price for expressing that the soul is immortal. At the cost of his life he announced that the soul is immortal. They objected, “No, nothing is immortal, therefore it is foolish to neglect the mortal pleasures, so let us enjoy whatever there may be.” That was their viewpoint.

The normal viewpoint is that we want to be wakeful in that plane of life which is darkness to them. The basis is that the soul is immortal and there is an immortal world. It is not only immortal but it is nectarean reality, srnvantu visve amrtasya putrah: “O you sons of nectar, be mindful. You are eternal and you have become victims of mortality but really you are not so. You have an inconceivably higher prospect of life. Come back. Come back to your own plane. Come back home.” That is the general call of the Upanishads, the most ancient revealed scripture.

Art Exhibit Opens from Satswarupa Das Goswami’s Paintings

By ISKCON News on March 17, 2016

One of Satsvarupa Goswami's paintings
Shippensburg Arts Programming and Education (SHAPE), which is based in Pennsylvania, USA has announced a truly unique show for the month of April.

ISKCON-guru Satsvarupa Das Goswami has been painting since the 1990’s. As he tells it, “ … I had not heard of outsider art or art brut (a French word for ‘rough art’). I just painted for the fun of it, but with a passion and as a therapeutic release from my migraine headache syndrome.”  He continues, “I don't really consider myself as belonging to any school of art. I wasn’t imitating anyone. I wasn’t copying Dubuffet or Picasso. I was my own man, painting for pleasure and pursuing my spiritual path by rendering pictures of Radha-Krishna, Gaura-Nitai, Vaisnavas, sadhus (holy men), and pictures of my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, often with a self portrait beside him.”

Satsvarupa das Goswami has lived a very interesting life, from Temple President to biographer of his spiritual master to world traveler; he now lives in seclusion in New York State with a few devoted servants, who take care of his daily needs.

Information about the exhibition: 

Title: The Art of Satsvarupa – A Hare Krishna Monk.

Place: SHAPE Gallery  (Shippensburg Arts Programming & Education)

Address: 19 East King Street, Shippensburg, PA, USA

Dates: April 1 through April 28, 2016

Opening Reception: April 1, 2016 from 6-8 pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday 4-7 pm; Saturday 10 am-4 pm

"Soka-nihata-prarthana" by Guna-grahi & Kirtan for the Soul

ISKCON News: Feb. 3, 2016

A video by Blaiseus. Music by Gunagrahi Das and the Kirtan for the Soul group (Hungary).

Bhakti Without Borders Producers to Attend Grammys

By: Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on Feb. 5, 2016

The cover of the Grammy award nominated the Bhakti Without Borders CD

Four people are set to represent Bhakti Without Borders, only the third kirtan album ever to be nominated for a Grammy, at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on February 15th.

Main artist Madi Das – who duets on the album with eleven Vaishnavi co-vocalists – and producer Dave Stringer will attend as the Grammy nominees. 

They will be joined by KMA record label representatives Chaitanya Mangala and Kamal Vyas.

With the exception of Stringer, who is a well-known kirtan artist outside of ISKCON, all are second generation Hare Krishna devotees. 

The award ceremony will be held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, and will be televised live at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5pm PT on CBS. It will also be streamed online at or through the GRAMMY Live app.

Madi Das, Dave Stringer, Chaitanya Mangala, and Kamal Vyas will also attend the Grammy celebration after-party at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“It’s a black tie event,” says Chaitanya. “We’ll all be wearing tuxedos!”

Bhakti Without Borders has been nominated in the Grammys’ “Best New Age Album” category, along with four other albums.

“We are a long shot,” admits Chaitanya Mangala. “Competition is stiff. This is the 11th nomination for Peter Kater and the 3rd nomination for Paul Averginos, though neither have won before. Regardless, to be nominated for a Grammy is to be placed in a very special musical category.” 

If Bhakti Without Borders wins, it will be the first kirtan album ever to do so.

This is also the first time an album entirely in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, featuring only traditional Sanskrit or Bengali bhajans, has been nominated. Songs include Radhe Jai Jai Madhava Dayite, Namo Maha Vadanyaya, Bhaja Govindam and Jagannathastakam. 

Bhakti Without Borders is also unique in that 100% of its profits go towards helping educate, clothe and feed underprivileged girls in Lord Krishna’s hometown of Vrindavana, India.

Kulimela Association, the organization represented by Chaitanya Mangala and Kamal Vyas, is the charity that collects and sends these profits to Vrindavana’s Sandipani Muni School for girls. It also runs the small indie record label, KMA, whose fourth album is Bhakti Without Borders.

“We also helped with the pre-planning and launch of the Indiegogo fundraising campaign that made producing the album possible,” says Kamal. “I’m glad that I was able to use my experience to offer that kind of support.”

Two of KMA’s stated purposes are 1) To promote, present and preserve the universal principles of Bhakti Yoga -- transformation of the heart through loving service – in contemporary, contemplative and dynamic ways.

And 2) To bring people together to participate in Kirtan, the sacred, joyful, and spontaneous congregational singing and dancing for the glorification of the Divine.

Whether Bhakti Without Borders wins a Grammy or not, the nomination is already helping it to achieve these goals by reaching a vastly larger number of people than it would have otherwise.

Dubbed by its producers as “our humble kirtan charity effort,” the album has been mentioned in the same list as global artists like Anoushka Shankar, Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift, and in publications like Billboard magazine and Entertainment Weekly.

The mainstream Indian media has also taken particular delight in the fact that a kirtan album by a lifelong Western Vaishnava has been nominated for a Grammy, and have given it widespread coverage in the Times of India, New Delhi Times, Hindustan Times, and others.

“The recognition thus far for the highly talented Dave Stringer, Madi Das, and all the various singers and artists involved in this album -- all for educating girls in India -- is so deserving,” says Kamal. “The Grammy nomination has helped highlight this important cause, and all the hard work that went into producing this album. It is a great acknowledgement of the whole project, and an inkling of what can be achieved when friends, family and well-wishers come together for a wonderful charity.”

Chaitanya Mangala adds, “Our nomination is a positive sign of the gradual increase in overall awareness and appreciation for kirtan. That five of Soul Traveler Radio’s “Top 20 Conscious Albums for 2015” are kirtan albums is another. It’s a steady evolution, and, through our collaborative efforts, we’re winning hearts and minds, one at a time.”

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