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    Appearance Day of Lord Vamana 2021

    Srila Prabhupada lecture on Vamanadeva, The 15th Incarnation, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.19, September 24, 1972, Los Angeles Prabhupāda: (Govindam prayers playing, sings along) (leads singing of Jaya Rādhā-Mādhava) (prema-dhvani) Thank you very much. Devotees: All glories to Śrīla Prabhupāda. (obeisances) (break) Pradyumna: Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. Canto One, Chapter 3, text number 19. (leads chanting of verse) (Prabhupāda and devotees repeat) pañcadaśaṁ vāmanakaṁ kṛtvāgād adhvaraṁ baleḥ pada-trayaṁ yācamānaḥ pratyāditsus tri-piṣṭapam (SB 1.3.19) Prabhupāda: Next Prabhupāda: Ladies. Ladies. (ladies chant) That’s all right. Word meaning. Pradyumna: pañcadaśam—the fifteenth in the line; vāmanakam—the dwarf brāhmin; kṛtvā—by assumption of; agāt—went; adhvaram—arena of sacrifice; baleḥ—of King Bali;…

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    Radhastami 2021

    Lecture by Srila Prabhupada on Srimati Radharani’s Appearance Day, London, August 29, 1971 Prabhupāda: . . . asya jñānāñjana-śalākayā cakṣur unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī-gurave-namaḥ śrī-caitanya-mano-‘bhīṣṭaṁ sthāpitaṁ yena bhū-tale svayaṁ rūpaḥ kadā mahyaṁ dadāti sva-padāntikam vande ‘haṁ śrī-guroḥ śrī-yuta-pada-kamalaṁ śrī-gurūn vaiṣṇavāṁś ca śrī-rūpaṁ sāgrajātaṁ saha-gaṇa-raghunāthānvitaṁ taṁ sa-jīvam sādvaitaṁ sāvadhūtaṁ parijana-sahitaṁ kṛṣṇa-caitanya-devaṁ śrī-rādhā-kṛṣṇa-pādān saha-gaṇa-lalitā-śrī-viśākhānvitāṁś ca he kṛṣṇa karuṇā-sindho dīna-bandho jagat-pate gopeśa gopikā-kānta rādhā-kānta namo ‘stu te tapta-kāñcana-gaurāṅgi rādhe vṛndāvaneśvari vṛṣabhānu-sute devi praṇamāmi hari-priye vāñchā-kalpa-tarubhyaś ca kṛpā-sindhubhya eva ca patitānāṁ pāvanebhyo vaiṣṇavebhyo namo namaḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya prabhu nityānanda śrī-advaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi-gaura-bhakta-vṛnda hare kṛṣṇa hare kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa hare hare hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare Today is birth, appearance day of Śrīmatī…

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    Srila Prabhupada’s Appearance Day 2021

    Sri Vyasa-puja Lecture by Srila Prabhupada, London, August 22, 1973 Prabhupāda: So my dear sons and daughters, I am so much obliged to you that you have become so enthusiastic for offering Vyāsa-pūjā. Now try to understand. Several times we have explained why this function is called Vyāsa-pūjā. I have already explained in the morning. This offering worshiping, one may think that, “This man is teaching his disciples man-worshiping, anthropomorphism.” But it is not man-worshiping. One should not misunderstand. Vyāsadeva is the original spiritual master. Original spiritual master is Kṛṣṇa. From Kṛṣṇa, Brahmā was initiated, Lord Brahma. Tene brahma hṛdāya ādi-kavaye muhyanti yat sūrayaḥ. It is stated in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam…

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    Sri Krishna Janmastami 2021

    Lord Krishna’s Appearance Day Lecture by Srila Prabhupada, London, August 21, 1973 Prabhupāda: (chants maṅgalācaraṇa prayers) oṁ ajñāna-timirāndhasya jñānāñjana-śalākayā cakṣur unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ śrī-caitanya-mano-‘bhīṣṭaṁ sthāpitaṁ yena bhū-tale svayaṁ rūpaḥ kadā mahyaṁ dadāti sva-padāntikam he kṛṣṇa karuṇā-sindho dīna-bandho jagat-pate gopeśa gopikā-kānta rādhā-kānta namo ‘stu te tapta-kāñcana-gaurāṅgi rādhe vṛndāvaneśvari vṛṣabhānu-sute devi praṇamāmi hari-priye vāñchā-kalpatarubhyaś ca kṛpā-sindhubhya eva ca patitānāṁ pāvanebhyo vaiṣṇavebhyo namo namaḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya prabhu-nityānanda śrī-advaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi-gaura-bhakta-vṛnda hare kṛṣṇa hare kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa hare hare hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare His Excellency, the High Commissioner; ladies and gentlemen, I thank you very much for your coming here and participating in this ceremony, Janmāṣṭamī, advent of Kṛṣṇa.…

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    Lord Balarama’s Appearance Day 2021

    Lord Balarama Visits the Sacrifice at Naimiṣāraṇya and Kills Romaharsana Suta with a Piece of Straw “In the case of Romaharṣaṇa Sūta, although he was very learned and had been given the chance to become a brāhmaṇa, he had not become gentle. From this we can understand that when one is puffed up by material acquisition, he cannot acquire the gentle behavior befitting a brāhmaṇa. The learning of such a person is as good as a valuable jewel decorating the hood of a serpent. Despite the valuable jewel on the hood, a serpent is still a serpent and is as fearful as an ordinary serpent. If a person does not…

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    The Danger of Offending Devotees

    Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, Madhya Kanda, English translation by Bhumipati dasa, Commentary by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada  Texts 29-30 thakura caitanya bale,—“suna sarva-jana sakrt murari-ninda kare yei-jana koti-ganga-snane ta’ra nahika nistara ganga-hari-name tare kariba samhara//CB, Madhya 10.029-30// TRANSLATION Lord Caitanya said, “Listen, everyone, anyone who blasphemes Murari will not be delivered even if he takes millions of baths in the Ganges. Neither the Ganges nor the holy names of Hari will nullify his sins. COMMENTARY In order to remove the sinful mentality of those proud persons who are envious of the devotees and who blaspheme the devotees while considering themselves “engaged in taking bath in the Ganges and in chanting the…

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    The Journey Home Debunked

    Kaliya Mardana dasa presents a forceful defense of Srila Prabhupada’s original mission in this critical review of Radhanatha Swami’s book, The Journey Home, in which he accuses the ISKCON institution’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) of supporting impersonalist (mayavada) contamination of that mission through their endorsement of the book. The-Journey-Home-Debunked From Chapter 39: There is an extremely urgent need to utterly wipe out and destroy Mayavada all over the world. That is because impersonalism spells death to the public at large and sends them one and all to hell. Destruction of Mayavada can only be achieved through preaching genuine Krishna consciousness in its pure form exactly as Shrila Prabhupada taught. Wiping…

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    Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Disappearance Day

    “One should give up the association of dharmadvajis, the hypocritically devout,with special care.” Sri Bhaktyaloka – Jana-sanga – Association with Worldly-minded Persons By Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, English translation by Bhumipati dasa The word jana refers to both male and female human beings. Srila Rupa Gosvami has written in the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu: sadho sangah svato vare – “a devotee should associate with devotees who are more advanced.” Practicing devotees are generally superior to karmis and jnanis in all respects. In the Bhagavad-gita (7.28) it is said: yesam tv anta-gatam papam jananam punya-karmanam te dvandva-moha-nirmukta bhajante mam drdha-vratah “Persons who have acted piously in previous lives and in this life and whose sinful…

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    Three Kinds of Devotees

    Pradyumna: (reading) “Generally, neophyte devotees are anxious to see Kṛṣṇa, or God, but God cannot be seen or known by our present materially blunt senses. Prabhupāda: Hmm. Pradyumna: The process of devotional service as it is recommended in The Nectar of Devotion will gradually elevate one from the material condition of life to the spiritual status, wherein the devotee becomes purified of all designations. The senses can then become uncontaminated, being constantly in touch with bhakti-rasa. “When the purified senses are employed in the service of the Lord, one becomes situated in bhakti-rasa life, and any action performed for the satisfaction of Kṛṣṇa in this transcendental bhakti-rasa stage of life…

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    Srila Prabhupada Speaks to Today’s Devotees

    TABLE OF CONTENTS Section 1 – “Otherwise we can be misled by bogus philosophies.” Srila Prabhupada on the importance of developing good discrimination. Section 2 – “The real preaching is selling books” Quotes on Book Distribution. Section 3 – “Every line is perfect” Quotes about changing Srila Prabhupada’s books and thinking that the spiritual master’s statements are the result of mundane conditioning. Section 4 – “What will happen when I am not here, shall everything be spoiled by GBC?” Premonitions? Warnings by Srila Prabhupada about what could happen in his mission, many of which have already come to pass. Section 5 – “What is the use of producing some rascal…