BY RADHANATH SWAMI
We waited. And waited. It was a sweltering summer day in the Florida panhandle. The morning sun glared through the expansive windows of an airport departure gate. There, a young blond haired lady, neatly uniformed with a blue vest over a pressed white shirt and matching blue pants, stepped up to the counter, timidly surveyed the room, then announced a one hour delay. Passengers sighed, edgy to escape from the heat and travel north. With cellular phones pressed to their ears, they persistently glanced at their wristwatches. Among them stood a middle-aged woman. She had nicely coiffed reddish-brown hair. Her dress and demeanor hinted that she was a lady of wealth and taste.
Suddenly, she flushed red, flung her boarding pass and screamed, “No! You can’t do this to me.” Her outrage jolted the assembly. Everyone stared as she stomped to the counter, stuck her finger in the face of the receptionist and shouted, “I warn you, do not anger me. Put me on that plane, at once!” The airline hostess cowered. “But ma’am, there’s nothing I can do. The air conditioning system of the plane has broken down.”
The woman’s lips quivered. Her eyes burned and she screeched louder, “Don’t you fight with me, you stupid child. You don’t know who I am. Damn it, do something. Now! I can’t take it.” She ranted on and on. After finishing her verbal lashing, she fumed and scanned the lounge. Her eyes landed on me sitting alone in a corner of the room in my saffron colored swami robes. She stormed toward me while everyone looked on. Now, standing almost on top of me, her face distorted with anger, she yelled, “Are you a monk?”Oh God, I thought, why me. I really didn’t need this. After an arduous week of lectures and meetings, I just wanted to be left alone. “Answer me,” she persisted. “Are you a monk?” “Something like that,” I whispered. Continue reading
BY BHAKTI PURUSHOTTAMA SWAMI
One of Srila Prabhupada’s repeated instructions to his followers was to read his books. And we can see practically that the more our devotees study Srila Prabhupada’s books while practicing the process of Krishna consciousness, the more they develop enthusiasm to preach Krishna consciousness. Most of our devotees study Srila Prabhupada’s books nicely when they are helped through some study program or course. Continue reading
BY ONDREJ HLADEK
Many know him as King of Kirtans but very few know he had immense love for deity worship. The reason why he could put deep impressions in everyone’s heart was because of his eternal loving service to his silas and Sri Sri Radha Shyamsunder…
Undoubtedly all the gopis, cowherd boys, cows and everyone else who served Krishna in Vrindavana with love and affection were liberated from the miserable condition of material existence.
— Krishna Book
If one attains perfection in Deity worship, that is called Arcana Siddhi. Arcana Siddhi means simply by Deity worship one goes back to Godhead, immediately after this life.
— Srila Prabhupada, Letter, 18 March, 1969
BY AINDRA DAS
TRANSCRIBED BY JAI SITA RANI DEVI DASI
Please remember and I beseech you again and again, please remember, world wide ISKCON grassroots Nama Sankirtan revolution. Revolution means revolution. It means we have to shed pounds, and gallons and gallons of blood to get the job done. We have to turn this movement inside out, upside down whatever we have to do but we have to put Nama Sankirtan back into its rightful place of dignity in the forefront of our movement. It is absolutely essential and proper growth of our movement. Those who understood this, are awake in the need of the hour and those who haven’t understood this, are still sleeping.
It’s time to wake up and understand what is the responsibility of every man, woman and child in this movement, to take seriously that dharma when Lord Caitanya himself inaugurated for the deliverance for all fallen conditioned souls for the rest of the Kali Yuga. There is another 427,000 years left in Kali Yuga. And the Yuga dharma doesn’t change. The next yuga is Satya Yuga where contemplated peaceful meditation is where it stands. Continue reading