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The Wonderful World of ISKCON

so my question is for those feeling drawn towards krishna consciousness but are somewhat appalled by some of the terrible things that have happened within ISKCON where does one go ? does one simply develop a home practice and avoid iskcon temples etc?

» Posted By david On September 5, 2016 @ 9:18 am

Srimad-Bhagavatam Original Edition PDF Download

Are these available on a CD as a collection?

» Posted By David On July 29, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Who is the real sannyasi, the real yogi?

Madhudvisa dasa, Hi just want to let you know how much I appreciate your e-mails and your thoughts on Krishna Consciousness!

» Posted By David On January 5, 2012 @ 9:34 am

Krishna Responds to Everyone According to their Desires

That is an absolutely beautiful answer. I was driving through Southern Ontario many years ago on Highway 3 and I stopped to meet a Devotee in Saffron who was walking across Canada, I gave him a discreet offering for munchies and water and we talked for 10 minutes or so, was it you? Bless Krizna!

» Posted By David On May 6, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

The History of Bhagavad Gita

How true that is Madhudvisa dasa–I am thankful each and everyday I am a devotee of Krishna!
Hare Krishna
David in Surf City

» Posted By David On March 29, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

Many thanks for this messsage, it is most insightful as well as helpful. I have begun the study of the Bhagavad-Gita and am finding it most interesting–to think it is the very words of God is incredible–I say this as one who comes from a Christian background and was at one time an Anglican priest but stepped away because of problems I could no longer ignore with the Bible. Co-incidentally,I am reading the book Self-Realization by Swami Prabhupada and find it to be such a help.
Many Thanks Again!
Hare Krishna!
David

» Posted By David On October 23, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

The Spiritual World — And how to get there

I am currently reading the Bhagavad-gita, it came in the mail yesterday. Also a DVD and two companion books. I watched the DVD last night. If I have no problem with the ‘idea’, what is the necessity of the ‘right guru’?

» Posted By David On October 31, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

Welcome to Krishna Connect’s Bhagavad Gita Introduction

Where can I find a teacher, one known to Krishna, in New York? I live in a rural county near Norwich, NY and I’ve thus far found no one with whom I can study and learn.

» Posted By David On September 30, 2018 @ 7:04 pm

Very Difficult times for new Bhaktas…

Hare Krsna Madhidvisa dasa prabhuji. Can reading Srila Prabhupada’s books can be substituted everytime or at times when i don’t feel the energy or determination to read books with things like hearing his lectures or reading pamphlets like Krsna, the Reservoir of Pleasure and/or On Chanting Hare Krishna or reading his essays like Who is Crazy? and articles on krishna.org and back to godhead magazine site or in print.

And i know i am asking a very unwise question but better to clear my doubts than to to not ask and have doubts. Can bhajans of Srila Prabhupada chanting Hare Krsna sometimes be substituted for chanting Hare Krsna when to not feel like chanting.

And is there audio of Srila Prabhupada chanting Hare Krsna mantra normally or in non-bhajan mode or there is only audio of his chanting in the bhajan mode.

» Posted By David On August 5, 2014 @ 11:26 am

Hare Krsna Madhudvisa dasa prabhuji. Along with say or do you mean to say think also. You mean to say i should not worry about what other people say, think or do right? I am sorry to bother you but i asked because i am in confusion and bewildered in this point because of my mind and when people like my father told me when i came home with Srila Prabhupada’s audio of Hare Krishna mantra from walking till inside my house today that “don’t you care what what other people think. People will think you are crazy. And i feel you also mean think along with say or do but feel confused and all because of the difficulties being put by my mind and people who put more pressure in my mind to practice Krsna Consciousness. And as of now i am making a program of getting up before 4 am and taking a bath and then japa and/or reading of books.

But i need you to state in full sentence that i should not worry about what people say, think, and do. If you say it it will be more help when i am in difficulty. Please.

» Posted By David On August 1, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

Hare Krsna Madhudvisa dasa prabhuji. A long time ago i came across a comment in which you said whatever hurt we have got or hurts we like mental pains or hurts from past events can be gone or cured by Krsna Consciousness. Is it true just asking? It is very difficult to find in almost few comments of yours through krishna,org statistics.

» Posted By David On July 27, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

Hare Krsna Madhudvisa dasa prabhuji you are right. But the pain is the most difficult thing to get over it. In my mind right now i am remembering all the bad experiences i had with people including recent ones from from smallest to biggest. Like in the past i was trying to create friends or have contact with some few people in the future who refused and ask for help and not get it in the smallest way.

Why is it that most of the people in my life are rotten? They just give pain and go away. And cannot even react to them in any way. Prabhuji why?

Is this extreme suffering a sign from Krsna that he wants me to stop being attached to this material world in any way for even the so- called good things and really drive me very badly to practice Krsna Consciousness become a devotee as i have prayed and desired from Krsna to be or become especially in this life before i die or that please don’t let me live to the point unless i become a devotee. And i am reading bhagavad-gita currently and best to chant Hare Krsna. Although i do feel good reading it and feels like i can do reading better than chanting although chanting is the important thing. I feel like not stopping to read until i finish the whole 1st chapter. But i still feel bad being hurt by people’s unfriendliness.

Anyways the Lord is giving me suffering because i am a neophyte and he thinks it good to give me this much suffering because if and when i get good things i get elated and forget devotional service a lot of the times. And i guess he wants me to put in the kind of suffering i am so that i get the determination in a sense to practice the process of Krsna Consciousness.

This place is a world of suffering. But the reason i feel and think i know i am getting suffering is the Lord wants me to stay on the path of becoming a devotee and become.

And the Srimad Bhagvatam verse and its purport will say what i am saying. (SB 1.5.19)

My dear Vyāsa, even though a devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa sometimes falls down somehow or other, he certainly does not undergo material existence like others [fruitive workers, etc.] because a person who has once relished the taste of the lotus feet of the Lord can do nothing but remember that ecstasy again and again.
PURPORT
A devotee of the Lord automatically becomes uninterested in the enchantment of material existence because he is rasa-graha, or one who has tasted the sweetness of the lotus feet of Lord Kṛṣṇa. There are certainly many instances where devotees of the Lord have fallen down due to uncongenial association, just like fruitive workers, who are always prone to degradation. But even though he falls down, a devotee is never to be considered the same as a fallen karmī. A karmī suffers the result of his own fruitive reactions, whereas a devotee is reformed by chastisement directed by the Lord Himself. The sufferings of an orphan and the sufferings of a beloved child of a king are not one and the same. An orphan is really poor because he has no one to take care of him, but a beloved son of a rich man, although he appears to be on the same level as the orphan, is always under the vigilance of his capable father. A devotee of the Lord, due to wrong association, sometimes imitates the fruitive workers. The fruitive workers want to lord it over the material world. Similarly, a neophyte devotee foolishly thinks of accumulating some material power in exchange for devotional service. Such foolish devotees are sometimes put into difficulty by the Lord Himself. As a special favor, He may remove all material paraphernalia. By such action, the bewildered devotee is forsaken by all friends and relatives, and so he comes to his senses again by the mercy of the Lord and is set right to execute his devotional service.
In the Bhagavad-gītā it is also said that such fallen devotees are given a chance to take birth in a family of highly qualified brāhmaṇas or in a rich mercantile family. A devotee in such a position is not as fortunate as one who is chastised by the Lord and put into a position seemingly of helplessness. The devotee who becomes helpless by the will of the Lord is more fortunate than those who are born in good families. The fallen devotees born in a good family may forget the lotus feet of the Lord because they are less fortunate, but the devotee who is put into a forlorn condition is more fortunate because he swiftly returns to the lotus feet of the Lord, thinking himself helpless all around.
Pure devotional service is so spiritually relishable that a devotee becomes automatically uninterested in material enjoyment. That is the sign of perfection in progressive devotional service. A pure devotee continuously remembers the lotus feet of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa and does not forget Him even for a moment, not even in exchange for all the opulence of the three worlds.

» Posted By David On July 17, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

So in terms of making the choices. The only choices we can make is either serving Maya or serving Krsna. If we serve Maya we are controlled(controlled by Krsna but indirectly and unfavourably) by her. If we serve Krsna we are controlled by him(directly and favourably).

In terms of feeling happy or feeling sad and other negative feelings are you saying that we choose these feelings in terms of the results that we get by choosing or making a choice between serving Krsna and Maya. So basically if i choose to make a particular choice out the two then i automatically also choose the results of the choice.

If happiness or sadness is a result of the choice we choose to make, in which if i choose to make the choice i also choose the results automatically then i understand the concept of the choice of feelings.
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But people who are in Maya, eat meat and in other ways are servants of Maya(even when they so call believe they is a god and read the bible and say they follow God in some ways but act all materialistic from outside and give the answers that does not even show that know anything about real religion, i mean anything about God. This person a long time ago thinks that one should not just be only engaged in God and not in other activities of the world which are fun if i remember it correctly.

What i am saying is they feel happiness or sadness or any other negative or positive (only happiness to my knowledge ) is a choice to make whether you serve Krsna or you serve Maya. So they saying feeling happy or feeling sad is a choice is wrong right.

» Posted By David On July 11, 2014 @ 8:24 am

But i don’t have direct control of these feelings right. It is not like i can choose to feel the way i want whenever i want . People who are in maya, not devotees of Krsna say that you have choice to feel how you feel. So you don’t have a choice of feelings in the sense that if we are serving maya we can have a choice to feel happy.

Basically what i am asking we cannot choose to feel happy just because i want to feel happy or sad because i want to. When i feel sad people say you have a choice to be sad, angry or happy. But i cannot feel happy or sad merely by choosing it. Right or what.

» Posted By David On July 10, 2014 @ 11:03 am

Hare Krsna Madhudvisa dasa prabhuji. (This question or inquiry i am presenting is of a long time ago. Not recently. In my mind yesterday it came that i did not answer the questions asked of me of Krsna Conscious correctly. Not that the person thinks i did. But i know i did. And feeling bad. That is why i asked you this.)

In preaching on in presenting powerpoints or essays, etc. One is asked some particular questions. Like if God is a male or female. And what religion is Krsna Consciousness or something. What to do about those questions “since “i am not a advanced/pure devotee but a neophyte who still needs to read books know everything in Srila Prabhupada’s books to answer these questions precisely.

I never expect such a question as if God is male or female or which religion is Krsna Consciousness.
I answered God is male in short. But i know his energies is female if i am right in what i know from reading these articles and books to the degree i read them to. And about religion in that it is not sectarian like any religion Hindu, Muslim or Christianity. It is Love of God. I was meaning to say it is not about faith. But judging from it i need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books.

But here is the thing. If though i am firmly established in Krsna Consciousness and even though i know how to answer every question or not at a loss of words as i read somewhere Srila Prabhupada saying are these answers of people deserved to be answered or like you always tell to people who ask these questions that you need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. The books(scriptural books even though written by Srila Prabhupada) are written so to answer questions like this in full detail/full answer. Right? Are these questions worth answering of me in any case or circumstances whether having read srila prabhupada’s books or not(at least not enough to be ready to answer questions like these.) And you are right. The success of preaching includes in how many books i or we have convinced to purchase and read srila prabhupada’s books. But still this is worth it.

I am really asking because i feel guilty since that time and i remember my guilt or feeling bad at various times to answer them wrongly and not being prepared by reading Srila Prabhuapda’s books.

» Posted By David On July 9, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

Is being upset, happy, sad , angry a choice. Well seems like it is not a choice from what you say. But still want to ask it in a very direct way to get direct answer because people keep on saying this to me. I don’t agree with them and never will because i don’t feel they are right and maybe because i am obstinate, stubborn but still creates confusion and doubt. Cannot see through in this matter of whether it is a choice to feel the feelings we feel.

» Posted By David On July 7, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

Hare Krsna Madhudvisa dasa prabhuji. Prabhuji you in krishna.org articles and comments i have read said it is said this material world is a miserable place. And i get it. In fact i feel like very strongly. I am told by people that you always don’t get what you want in life. And that you need to adapt to it instead of dwell on what you did not get. And i should respond appropriately to what i did not get(like in anger i guess). And that being upset is a choice. But i feel it. I don’t even like the word appropriate or especially in the context spoken. This world is full of suffering. To not exaggerate or lie i did have some good times and got things at times when i need/want it.

But still. It is miserable. I feel the world or the people should be friendly. And i have to deal with it. And there seems to be no way to fix it. I cannot control anything. I feel really hopeless and depressed. How come the people who are saying me that it is a choice to be upset and that in life i don’t get what i want feel happy or not upset like me. I don’t feel this is really life at all.

» Posted By David On July 1, 2014 @ 6:44 pm

Srila Prabhupada and Narayana Maharaja Brothers?

jay srila bhaktivedanta swami prabhupada!!!
querido prabhu,con mucho respeto quisiera expresarle algo,, nuestro amado Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada quien nos dio algo sumamente hermoso,,,,la manera de como poder sentir amor por dios,de como caminar correctamente,de como hacer de nuestras vidas un ejemplo,,,,no enseño a criticar,no enseño a crear discordia y separar a las personas,porfavor le pido que no cometa tal ofensa,,,,vaisnava aparada es una ofensa terrible,NARAYAN MAHARAJA es un devoto puro,como puede comparar a dos devotos puros?,,,,tendria que ud ser un devoto puro tambien,y mas aun un devoto puro no tendria tal actitud,,,,,`piense que son muchos quienes haran esta ofensa tambien,,,,piense en todos ellos,,,, ellos tambien resiviran las reacciones,,porfavor medite en eso,cantemos todos hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare,y juntemos todos los que se pueda para cantar,enseñe a cantar hare krishna y no a sentir odio,,,,,
que esta robando Narayan Maharaja?,,,a usted?,,a alguien? y que esta robandoles?……nosotros no somos dueños de nada prabhu,,,,,o algo nos pertenece?,,,todo es de krishna….ud y muchos de nosotros no estamos cualificados como para hacer tal comparacion entre devotos puros.

» Posted By david On February 26, 2010 @ 12:47 am

Slow Motion Astronauts on the Moon?

I recently talked to a man who called himself Mr. Bell who had a job at NASA back in the 60’s working in Calfornia. Sorry, but I can’t remember the name of the town. Mr. Bell found my handyman business on the internet and called me looking for some work to done at his house. Since he had a computer background I just felt like asking him if he really felt we had gone to the moon. I had always doubted we had. My argument to him was if the USA had really gone to the moon, why haven’t we been back and why was the there no evidence like a flag or something that we could take a picture of today with the HUBBLE?

He said that whole operation in California was under super high level security. He said he seen the Gemini’s or Apollo’s being built and he felt we had gained so much through the mission. He said that thousands of American computer people and engineers were out of a job and that space program put everyone to work, so he was really grateful for the whole thing. One thing that he remember was that styrofoam was invented but not really used until the mission. A young Chinese kid who worked at the NASA base brought the idea back home to his family business in California and that is where the idea of fast food in a styrofoam container got it’s roots.
Mr. Bell then told me dirty joke about Neil Armstrong and I thought “why would an American citizen dishonor a astronaut by telling a dirty joke about him.”

After reading a few articles I am convinced that the moon landing was a hoax.

» Posted By David On September 10, 2012 @ 12:47 am

Did man really walk on the Moon ???

Lots of brainwashed sheep here. The Lunar Landings Never happened. Way to believe the US government propaganda machine 🙂

» Posted By david On June 1, 2013 @ 1:56 am

WOW, I found this blog while searching for a recording of Hare Krishna I had and loved in 1981. Never thought a conspiracy would be highlighted on krishna.org. Are there also other conspiracy blogs on here about the Boston bombing now? Hare Krishna everyone, keep believing in your conspiracies and forget to chant.

» Posted By David On May 1, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

You still didn’t answer how the mirrors got there. Stop lying and changing the subject.

» Posted By David On May 18, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

Srila Prabhupada Writes to George Harrison: “Preach to John Lennon!”

Hare Krsna Madhudvisa dasa prabhuji. Is it true that George harrison was on drugs at some point. My father just a little while said although did not know or pay attention to when he earlier said about him taking drugs during college times. Now today he is telling me about a whole lot of things. That George Harrison is a person who did something and people respect him and things like that when he saw my chant Hare Krishna and be happy book. And that George Harrison got or in some way influence my father and other along with him others on drugs. Although I believe you about George Harrison being a devotee. But was he ever on drugs. Wikipedia says he was on psychedelic drugs. “In 1968 he travelled to Rishikesh in northern India with the other Beatles to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.[275] Harrison’s use of psychedelic drugs encouraged his path to meditation and Hinduism.” From Wikipedia page on George Harrison.

» Posted By David On July 24, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

George Harrison Interview: Hare Krishna Mantra–There’s Nothing Higher (1982)

The Jesus is Lord website that Lisa mentions above is one I am quite familiar with–it takes the position that if you don’t believe in their particular view,which is fundamentalist Christian, you are damned and going to spend an eternity in hell. Those of other world faiths will also be going to hell according to the people that run that site.

» Posted By David On October 5, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

Man On The Moon–A Colossal Hoax that Cost Billions of Dollars

I always thought that the Krishnas were a group of well intentioned, blissful, easy-going, spiritualists.

Having read this article, I seems to be just another brain-washing cult determined to de-educate its adherents, keep them ignorant of reality and subservient to superstition.

Know I know where the saying “Ignorance is bliss” comes from.

» Posted By David On March 17, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

The Moon is “800,000 miles farther from the earth than the sun” …

Vedas support a Geocentric Solar System – Earth at the centre of the solar system, around which all other heavenly bodies orbit. The Vedas are saying that Sun circles the Earth at a lower orbit than the Moon, that the Sun is 800,000 miles closer to us than the Moon.

“Puranic cosmology, … holds a geocentric view of the universe and describes the sun as closer to the earth than the moon, … ” from Hinduism and Science – A Hindu Primer by Shukavak N. Dasa

I don’t know which is more silly, alleging an Apollo Conspiracy or promoting a Geocentric Solar System.

» Posted By David On July 5, 2009 @ 5:09 am

The Spirit of Bhagavad Gita

Hare Krsna Madhudvisa dasa prabhuji. In reply to Anil nair you mean chanting instead of changing in the sentence ” Although chanting Hare Krishna in itself is enough we need a strong philosophical understanding to give us the strength to keep changing…..” . Do you really mean keep changing or keep chanting. Want to make sure I get the right advice from you in the comment.

» Posted By David On August 2, 2014 @ 11:45 am

hi im only new to this religion but would like to ask how many times a day should I chant and is their any other chant .yours david.

» Posted By david On June 3, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

thankyou, i am in your debt for your kind attentions to my thoughts. Hare Krisna

» Posted By david On March 16, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

Thankyou that was so excellent, have a great day, Hare Krisna David

» Posted By David On March 10, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

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  1. Govind says:

    Hare krishna Prabhuji.,Dandvat Pranaam
    May i know about the author of the book”Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita As It Is” named mukund das prabhu.Had he any personal association with Srila Prabhupada.

    • This book is a compilation of direct quotes from Srila Prabhupada speaking about his own life. The author is Srila Prabhuapda, all Mukunda did was compile the quotes and he did a good job of it. He wrote a bit of rubbish on the last 2 pages but apart from that he did not write a single word in the book. It is a collection of Prabhupada quotes and the author of this book is Srila Prabhuapda.

  2. Vamshi says:

    Prabhu Madhudvisa Dasa.Is Jagannath Krishna himself or is just an expansion of Krishna like Vishnu,Rama etc.In Iskcon lectures I heard that Jagannath is Krishna himself,they have proved this by saying a story from Skanda purana.Is this true or Iskcon lectures are just bogus?I found no video Prabhupad talking aboyt Lord Jagannath.Oh Prabhu kindly answer my doubts.Hare Krishna

    • Yes. Lord Jagannatah is Krishna Himself. It is Jagannatha [Krishna] Balarama and Krishna’s sister Subhadra.

      So Jagannatha is deity form of Krishna. He is representation of Krishna with His brother Balarama and sister Subhadra,

      It is deity manifestation of Krishna, Balarama and Lady Subhadra,

  3. tanu says:

    Jai Govind

    I request you clear my doubts.I understand the complexities of life processes,cellular mechanisms and other natural phenomenon cannot be explained solely by reasoning and scientific theories as somewhere or other our knowledge is limited.I am a science student nd nature lover.After reading the article posted by you regarding the concept of the origin of life,a question arisen in my mind that krishna is all powerful,then, why he designed this universe in this complicated way?,why life originated? why he made all that dna etc matter space?what is his true nature? why are we given these bodies these reasoning abilities?why krishna waited for billions of years and made us take birth here?why prakrati and purush got seperated? who were those dinosaurs etc for souls are eternal were those dinosaurs primitive and other organisms we only? are there any planet lest earth having life?why will happen atlast for we are ultimately destined to reach our eternal govind? why doesn’t he appears now and clear all these doubts for one thing is sure that if even he messages in some ways we will submit to him?why krishna is so naughty why has he made everything complicated?I know these are childlish questions but still worthy to be answered…..

    I am a krishana devotee.I feel as if there is pure love for him deep in my heart.But at the same time I do believe in science.Sometimes i find myself stuck in between science emotions belief and devotion.I want to understand my Govind,I want to understand myself.

    I request my friends to please give answer to these questions.I hope i will get atleast answers of a few questions as i found this site quite appealing.

    thankyou!
    Radhe krishna

    • Hare Krishna Jai Govind

      To clear your doubts you have to become Krishna conscious. Because unless you become Krishna conscious you will not be able to understand what Krishna consciousness is and you will remain continually bewildered.

      All these questions are irrelevant. You seem to accept that Govinda exists, that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Now you have to just surrender to the idea that you are His servant. And then you need to find out practically how you can engage in the service of Krishna. And to find out how to do this you need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. And in the process of becoming Krishna conscious all your other questions will automatically be answered.

      The scientists can not understand anything. They only have very fragmental information about everything they study. The information we can gather through our material senses is very limited. There are so many things we can not perceive through our material senses. So they can not understand what they can not perceive.

      So instead of just speculating all these questions and being bewildered like this it is better to just admit that in our conditioned state with our very limited mind and our material senses we can not hope to understand Krishna or even this material world which is created ultimately by Krishna.

      The way to understand these things is to become Krishna conscious. We can not understand without becoming Krishna conscious.

      So you have to learn how to become Krishna conscious… That is the answer to all your questions. And Krishna consciousness is a science and that science is very elaborately presented in the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

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