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The value and benefits of Prasadam Distribution

In a conversation with Acintya Rupa last night I was reminded of an incident that occurred in Mayapur during the GBC meetings and the importance of mass prasadam distribution. I happened to be in earshot of a rather intense conversation between two old friends, Ramabhadra Prabhu and Ramesvara Prabhu. They are currently at loggerheads over the selling of the Brooklyn property. The conversation was intense but, might I add, entirely amicable and respectful. There are ways to disagree as Vaisnavas and still be gentlemen. It is all about respect. More on that later.

In the course of the conversation Ramabhadra Prabhu mentioned the success of their Govinda’s restaurant in the Brooklyn temple and how he was telephoned by an Aussie who looked up Govinda’s and found it on Yelp. He wanted me to know they had travelled half way around the world to seek out Govinda’s. This is not an uncommon occurrence. Praghosa Prabhu, our immediate past GBC Chairman, often tells me stories of Aussies visiting Ireland from the Gold Coast, Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne specifically seeking out the Hare Krsna restaurants they expect to find in every capital city of the world. He oversees the running of several successful restaurants in Ireland and England.
In the video I just viewed it was mentioned we have 110 restaurants around the world. By those

The 3 Steps of Anything

The three steps of anything: 
1) Initial enthusiasm, 
2) doubts, disinterest and struggle
3) eventual reward for the committed. 
This seems to be the standard pattern for most things in life: studies, career, relationships, hobbies, and yes, even spirituality. The beginning of our spiritual journey is often characterised byidealism. Everything is fresh and fascinating, a whole new world to explore and unlimited opportunities to pursue. We can’t imagine any problems, since it all seems so simple and straightforward. We have finally found what we’ve always been looking for.

Unfortunately that honeymoon period doesn’t last forever. Now familiar with the externals, one is forced to dig a little deeper to maintain their commitment and dedication. What in the beginning seemed so natural, now requires a good dose of discipline and determination to maintain. As we situate ourselves in the external world of spiritual practice, the internal world of chaos begins to reveal itself. Over time, we realise we aren’t as saintly as we thought, our hearts riddled with weakness, frailty and stubborn material stains. Welcome to the stage of realism – where the gap between the ideal (of where we’d like to be) and real (of where we actually are) becomes strikingly apparent. The gap is indeed uncomfortable, and different people attempt to close it in different ways. 

Some quit the process altogether (forget the ideal), while others compromise the purity of their expectations (lower the ideal). Both of these approaches cheat us of the invaluable gift of pure spiritual happiness. Only the brave accept the third way: to accept the gap, admit one’s flaws, and undertake the step-by-step process to refine their character (raise the real). It requires incredible

Lord Shiva's Highest Benediction

Once, the great sage Närada Muni traveled to the abode of Lord Çiva and began to glorify him, saying, You are very near and dear to the Supreme Lord Kåñëa. Not only that, you are Kåñëas manifestation; you are non-different from Him. You can give liberation and also Krishna Prema, the rare jewel of transcendental love for Kåñëa.” Hearing Närada glorify him in numerous ways, Lord Çiva became angry and said, Your glorification of me is false. I am not at all dear to Çré Kåñëa.”

Lord Çiva is actually most dear to Çré Kåñëa, and therefore Kåñëa
can give him services which He cannot give anyone else. When the
demigods and demons were churning the Milk Ocean in order to obtain
the nectar of immortality, the first substance produced was a powerful
and dangerous poison, burning the entire world. The demigods appealed
to Çré Kåñëa, and He advised them to request Lord Çiva to drink the
poison. Thus, they worshiped Lord Çiva and prayed, “Please save us!
Only you can protect us!” Lord Çiva collected the poison and took it in
his mouth, but he hesitated to swallow it, considering, “Lord Kåñëa is in
my heart. The poison will affect Him.” He therefore kept the poison in
his throat, which was burned, and his neck turned the color blue.
Now, out of genuine humility, Lord Çiva told Närada: “I want to be
His beloved devotee, but actually I am not. You know that I always wear
ashes from the burial grounds, and a garland of skulls. All my associates
are ghosts and witches, so I am not qualified to be Kåñëa’s dear devotee.
If I am so dear to Him, why would He have ordered me to engage with
the mode of ignorance in the terrible function of destroying the universe?
If I am such a great recipient of His mercy, why would he have ordered
me to become Çaìkaräcärya and preach a philosophy that is adverse to
Actually, although he expressed otherwise, it was because Çiva
is so dear to Kåñëa that Kåñëa was able to give him the difficult task

The God Particle – Is there Anything Godly About it

There’s a particle more important than the Higgs boson, and we should be investigating it.
Does ‘the God particle’ disprove the existence of God?” a young man asked me after a recent talk, referring to the discovery of the Higgs boson.
“The so-called God particle,” I answered, “has zero charge, zero spin, and a near-zero lifespan; it exists for less than a trillionth of a second. Does that sound like God to you?”
“No, not really,” replied the questioner, taken aback.
“Exactly,” I said. “Its discovery has little bearing on the existence of God; it is just one step forward in the Standard Model, which is just one theory that deals with quantum physics, which is just one branch of physics, which is just one branch of science, which is just one area of human knowledge that deals with material nature, which is just one slice of reality.”
I had anticipated questions on this topic and so was prepared.
“Let me quote theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, who writes in the Wall Street Journal, in an article entitled The ‘God Particle’ and the Origins of the Universe:
The Standard Model only gives us a crude approximation of the rich diversity found in the universe. One embarrassing omission is that the Standard Model makes no mention of gravity, even though gravity holds the Earth and the sun together. In fact, the Standard Model only describes 4% of the matter and energy of the universe (the rest being mysterious dark matter and dark energy).
From a strictly aesthetic point of view, the Standard Model is also rather ugly. The various

Frankenfish & Why Some Edibles just Aren’t Good Food

Recent advances in genetic engineering (GE) seem to twist nature’s arm. Now scientists alter the genetic code within seeds or eggs to make “improved” plants and animals. Wealthy countries use special GE corn and soy to insure an enormous cash crop in the form of fodder for livestock and to make ingredients for processed fast food, such as the corn syrup in soft drinks.
So far scientists have mastered a few crops, but will they revolutionize the food industry with an engineered fish? In December 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its intention to sanction the first transgenic living organism. GE opponents quickly dubbed it “the Frankenfish.”
It was invented by Aqua Bounty at their farm in Prince Edward Island, Canada. With headquarters in Maynard, Massachusetts, Aqua Bounty has been conducting fishy experiments since the early 90s. To produce the Frankenfish, the genetic material of cold water Atlantic Ocean pout (looks like an eel) is inserted into an artificially compressed salmon egg. The pout puts on fat faster than a salmon, hence the combination makes a fattier fish. However, the material from the pout doesn’t exactly combine with the salmon’s DNA. It is rejected, causing inflammation. A growth factor (GF-1) is then added to accelerate reproduction of the inflammation. The fish grows twice as big and three times as fast as it would have without the engineering.
With so many fast-food restaurants looking for a substitute for red meats, linked to obesity and heart disease, fish is in big demand. Because of over fishing, the ocean population of wild fish is predicted to become nearly extinct in this century. Fish farms are the future. Will the FDA approve the mass production of a manipulated living organism for human consumption?
Fears of the Frankenfish
Some internal biologists predict that eating the GE fish will cause allergic reactions and stomach ulcers. The FDA does not do any testing itself; all of the testing is left up to Aqua Bounty, which claims their fish is perfectly safe. Some environmental scientists say the new fish poses a danger to ocean fish. A Frankenfish loose in the sea would enter the food chain and quickly create an

Honest Happiness

If we don’t want to be cheated, we must accept one undeniable law of spiritual life.
One Saturday afternoon at the Krishna-Balarama Mandir in Queens, NY, toward the end of conducting a workshop in chanting (japa-yoga), I felt thankful as indeed I had on similar occasions to be able to present the participants with the kind and reassuring statement that Krishna Himself offered His Devotee Uddhava in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. And my auditors, whose sincerity and seriousness had become evident to me. were similarly grateful.
It is not possible to give honest and effective guidance in spiritual advancement unless one states clearly and emphatically, without hedging and weasel-wording, certain fundamental laws of spiritual life. Industrial engineers design effective power plants by complying with the laws of thermodynamics. In the same way, the “science of self-realization,” as Prabhupada called it, imposes equally stringent demands on its practitioners.
Most of us have on some occasion felt oppressed by the constraints of the law. If we are honest, we still accept them. Otherwise, we cheat.
The temptation is to get something for nothing. If we give in to this temptation, we become cheaters, and often cheated ourselves.
The confidence man Joseph “Yellow Kid” Weil famously claimed that he never cheated an honest person.
“Each of my victims had larceny in his heart,” he observed.
Rolex or Bolex?
In the Philadelphia airport, I had occasion at one time to observe a pair of free-lance peripatetic sellers of watches working the crowds. They drew you aside and offered you a rare deal: a gleaming Rolex watch for a few hundred dollars, a tenth of the retail price. It was imperative to

Speculation Is Neither Science Nor Philosophy

The following conversation between His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and some of his disciples took place in July 1975 on an early-morning walk in Chicago.
Srila Prabhupada: Where does Darwin begin?
Disciple: He begins in the ocean. He says that some fishlike animal climbed out of the ocean and began to breathe the air.
Srila Prabhupada: Then where did the ocean come from?
Disciple: He doesn’t say.
Srila Prabhupada: Then his theory is not perfect.
Disciple: Scientists say there was great turbulence on this planet in the beginning. The oceans were stirring, and then some lightning charges occurred.
Srila Prabhupada: From where did the lightning come? And from where did the ocean come? Where is his philosophy? It is a speculation.
Disciple: They say it all began from a primeval explosion.
Srila Prabhupada: Then I ask the same question: Wherefrom did the explosion come?
Disciple: They say that the explosion took place at time zero.
Srila Prabhupada: Time zero?

Meaning of the Mahamantra

First Meaning: –
Srila Jiva Gosvami reveals the meaning of each of the sixteen Names in the Hare Krishna Mahaamantra in his Mahaa-mantrartha Dipika as follows: –
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Krishna steals the minds of everyone, yet Radha steals even His mind by Her divine expertise. Thus She is known as Haraa.
He forcibly attracts Sri Radha with the sweet sound of His flute, therefore that Lord of all enchanting qualities is known as Krishna.
It has been heard that during the rasa-lila, doe-eyed Radha was stolen away by Krishna to be alone with Him in a secret forest bower. She is therefore known as Haraa.
When Krishna sports with Radha, Her golden hue takes on the dark complexion of Krishna’s skin. He is thus known as Krishna.
In order to please Sri Radha, Krishna manifested the most wonderful lake (Syama-kunda) in Vrndavana. He then called all the holy rivers to fill it. He is thus known as Krishna.
By Her unsurpassed love, Radha charms He who performs wonderful lilas on the banks of the Yamuna. Therefore, those who are sober know Him as Krishna.
While in Gokula, Sri Hari (Krishna) killed the demon known as Aristasura. During that time, Radha cried out to Him with great feeling and by doing so, She stole His mind. She is thus known as Haraa.
Filled with ecstatic love, Radha sometimes sings the glories of Hari’s exploits quietly and sometimes She sings them aloud. Those who are expert in the secrets of divine sentiments call Her Haraa.

Lessons From The Fish

The Moment we turn away from Krishna our misery begins.
The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty, by David G. Myers, is one among several books that use telling facts and revealing statistics to examine the reality behind the globally glamorized American dream of the happy life through wealth and sensual enjoyment. Since 1960:
• The divorce rate has doubled.
• The teen suicide rate has tripled.
• The recorded violent crime rate has quadrupled.
• The prison population has quintupled.
• The percentage of babies born to unmarried parents has sextupled.
• Cohabitation (a predictor of future divorce) has increased sevenfold.
• Depression has soared to ten times the pre World War II level.
Has the American dream turned out to be a masked night mare? What went wrong?
For devotees of Lord Krishna, this sad situation is a vindication of Krishna’s teachings in the Bhagavad-gita, wherein He declares in text 5.22 that material enjoyment is pregnant with misery; the delivery is only a matter of when, not if. The devotees of the Lord are often more merciful than the Lord, and one way their extra mercy manifests is in their forceful enunciation of the Lord’s teachings. “There is no point in arguing that a materialistic man can be happy” is one of those quotes of Srila Prabhupada’s that, by its sheer conviction, jolts us out of our complacency in material life. Most of the media and culture around us vigorously champions materialism as the way to become happy, but Srila Prabhupada asserts with absolute conviction that materialism can never make anyone happy.
Srila Prabhupada is simply rephrasing an essential and repeated teaching of Lord Krishna’s. To help us grasp this scriptural teaching, Srila Prabhupada gave the analogy of a fish: Just as a fish starts suffering the moment it leaves the ocean, we start suffering the moment we leave the nectar-ocean of Krishna consciousness. Let us reflect on this analogy a bit.
The Fate of the Fish
Imagine a fish in an ocean bordering a vast desert. It sees a mirage onshore and decides one day that life on land will be more enjoyable. From the moment it comes out of the ocean, its suffering begins. The mirage provides no water, and any drops of water it finds are too small to give any

The Magnanimity of a Devotee

The Magnanimity of a Devotee
A devotee of the Supreme Lord is magnanimous and an inspiration to one and all. A devotee of the Lord is all-purifying and it is by great fortune that one comes to associate with him. Infact even a moment’s association with a Pure devotee of the Lord is highly glorified in the scriptures and is said to bestow all good fortune upon the other. It is by the mercy of the Pure devotees of the Lord, that one can begin to understand Krishna, the supreme Lord, and it is only by serving His devotees, that one can obtain the love of Lord. In this article we would be focusing our discussion about the super-excellent qualities of the devotees, the ornaments that decorate his personality, and how they continue to be an inspiration to all of us.
1. KIND TO EVERYONE : A devotee of the Supreme Lord is always merciful and a well-wishing friend of not only humans, but all living beings. The devotee is always concerned about the suffering condition of the living entities entrapped in material existence, and he always contemplates as to how they might be relieved.
When Namacharya Haridas Thakur was asked as to why one should chant the Lord’s names loudly, he replied that when one chants silently, only he receives the benefit, whereas when a dovotee chants loudly, everyone around him, even the animals and plants are benefitted from associating with the Lord’s holy names.
Seeing the most sinful and abominable Jagai and Madhai, Lord Nityananda and Haridas Thakur felt great compassion and wanted to help them, by urging to take to the chanting of the Lord’s names. Lord Nityananda didn’t stop showering his compassion and mercy upon the two sinners even after they had injured him by throwing broken pot towards him which caused him to bleed profusely.
2. HUMBLE, DOES NOT QUARREL WITH ANYONE : The Devotees of the Lord live by the instructions given by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – “trinad api sunicena, taror api sahishnuna, amanina manadena, kirtaniya sada hari” which means that
One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and should be ready to offer all respect to others.
When the Digvijayi scholar Roop Narayan wanted to debate with Srila Rupa Goswami , Rupa Goswami didn’t want to waste his time arguing with such a mundane scholar. Instead he readily accepted defeat from him and signed his Vijaya Patra. Roop Narayan didn’t understand, that Rupa Goswami was far advanced than him and that he only accepted defeat out of humility. Jiva Goswami , however , was very upset seeing Roop Narayan boast , and he accepted the challenge on Rupa Goswami’s behalf. Jiva Goswami subsequently defeated Roop Narayan and made him realize the exalted position of Srila Rupa Goswami.Roop Narayan subsequently surrendered at the lotus feet of Srila Rupa and Sanatana Goswami.

Practical Life Advice

Practical Life Advice
One should only live on what he earns and not off borrowed money.
One should only buy what he can afford.
One should get by with what he has and not by things belonging to others.
One should only eat what he has in his own home.
One should know his capacity to buy and spend and never go beyond it.
One should only use his own things and not borrowed things.
One should never trouble others.
One should never live off others.
One should only live in his own home no matter how small.
One should never make demands on others.
One should never steal from others.
One should never put others in anxiety.
One should never deceive/cheat/lie to others.
One should never mislead others.

House Rules

House Rules
We Never Give Anything on Rent
We Never Give Anything on Loan
We Never Give Charity to those who ask

 Make a sign of the above and put up in your home wall for all visitors to see and save yourself a lot of trouble and money. As Kali Yuga (the age of darkness) progresses, people are becoming more and more degraded everywhere.  They will steal, cheat, deceive, and lie to fill their own bellies, at the cost of others.
If someone says they only want to borrow something for a few hours, they mean forever.  If someone says they only want to rent for a few days, they mean forever. If someone asks for charity, check out their history and references, you will find that many of them have more money than you.

Transcendental Knowledge

Transcendental Knowledge
1. We are the eternal soul and not the temporary body. Just as we exist now, we existed before this body and we will continue to exist after this body. It’s the soul within the body that illuminates the whole body with consciousness. The soul is the energy and the body is the form. Energy cannot be destroyed but it can change forms.

 “Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.
As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 2.12-13)
“O son of Bharata, as the sun alone illuminates all this universe, so does the living entity, one within the body, illuminate the entire body by consciousness.”  (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 13.134)

2. Just as every property owner visits his properties, the supreme property owner also visits His properties in His original form, which is spiritual. In the current cycle, Lord Krishna has appeared more than 18,000 times in His original form and millions of times in His other forms.
“Although I am unborn and My transcendental body never deteriorates, and although I am the Lord of all living entities, I still appear in every millennium in My original transcendental form.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 4.6)

God made and man made ideologies

God made and man made ideologies
God Made :

Eternal scriptures
Repeatedly re-established scriptures
Thousands of books of knowledge
Knowledge complied in written format by God Himself in Person
Known for trillions of years
God appears to perform His transcendental pastimes
God is fully described
God appears millions of times
God appears on fertile land
God is a Person
God is proven

God is Present in Deities

God is Present in Deities
The Deities in Vedic Temples are not idols, they are real. There is a life force in all the Deities in Vedic Temples which were properly installed following the Vedic scriptural procedures.
 Durga, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman, and others in Vedic Temples are actually present in their Deity form in each and every Temple. This has been witnessed millions of times,
In new Temples, after the installation of the Murtis (images). There is a “Prana Prathistha” ceremony, wherein mantras are chanted to infuse the Murtis with life energy or prana. The energy of the respective form of God or His devotees is invoked in the Murtis, making them alive and then called ‘Deity’. So all these Deities have the divine present in them in every Temple. Millions of times, the form of God or His devotees in the Deities have come out and given darshan, and performed a pastime,  for the pure devotees.
There are millions of accounts of God coming out from His Deity form to give darshan to His pure devotees. Here are some real accounts.
–    Durga Devi in form of Kali use to come out from her Murti and play and have prasadam with Saint Ramakrishna Paramahansa in Calcutta, Dakshineshwar Temple.
–    Durga appeared to Saint Bamakhepa as mother Tara in a place called Tarapith in Bengal.
–    Durga as Mother Baglamukhi appeared to the Pandavas at a place near Madhya Pradesh.
–    Durga as Mother Kamakhya appeared to Baba Bhoothnathji in Assam .
–    In Rameshwaram, Lord Rama installed the Shivalinga and Lord Shiva appeared from that Deity form.
–    In Kashi, Lord Shiva’s Deity form authenticated the Book “Ram Charit Manas” written by Saint Tulsi Das.

The Wrong Mentality. Fake Live

Animal Mentality

The animals think:
One animal is food for another animal
God is unknown and unknowable

Description of God is unthinkable
Nobody has seen God
Nobody can see God
Only my species are my brothers, the others are there to kill and eat
This is the first life, we never existed before this life
Some are born blind or diseased by chance
Some suffer or enjoy more than others by chance
Only my species should exist, all others should not
Only what I know is the truth and all other knowledge is false
All my knowledge is all the knowledge there is to be known
My way is the only way
The end is coming soon for everyone, only my species can survive

Please Preach Sanatan-Dharma Values and Save Humanity

Please Preach Sanatan-Dharma Values and Save Humanity

Vedic culture means no killing, no slavery, no hatred, no aggressors, no wickedness, no exploitation, universal brotherhood, freedom of religion/speech/thought, and full knowledge of God.
Non-Vedic culture means killing, slavery, hatred, aggressors, wickedness, exploitation,  no universal brotherhood, no freedom of religion/speech/thought, and unknown God (godlessness).
It is very important to learn yourself and then teach the philosophy of the Eternal Religion (Sanatan-Dharma) to your children and others. By not teaching the Vedic values to others, humans become degraded into following non-Vedic cultures. Thus become killers, slavers, haters, aggressive, wicked, exploiters, narrow minded, and Godless.

Real Religion is Eternal with a Real God
Sanatan-Dharma is the only religion that is universal, eternal, with a real, seen, and proven God, and personal service to God with Deity worship. Unfortunately due to lack of preaching it has diminished and the other religions which are not eternal, not universal, and with God completely unknown, unseen, and unknowable are flourishing due to preaching. Using a strategy of false hopes, false knowledge, and instilling fear of hell if they didn’t follow. Those who are intelligent will see the truth and realize that

The Ideal Republic – A Transcendental Perspective

The Ideal Republic - A Transcendental Perspective

The governance of a nation involves the collective welfare of a great mass of people spread over a vast region with great diversity in culture, language, geography and aspirations. A government is meant to address the specific needs of each individual while at the same time unite them in achieving a common goal that will lead to both individual and collective satisfaction.

For a government to successfully achieve these goals, there is need for enlightenment on the part of the leadership about what can unite everyone and benefit them. It is quite a complex issue. Each person is different and is constantly transforming by the influence of his shifting circumstances. It can be safely asserted that an enduring good is not possible if the satisfaction of the evolving desires is taken as the basis of delivering happiness. Only when happiness is based on a stable identity of the individual, is lasting good possible. As a person develops from childhood to youth to old age, his needs and wants undergo drastic changes. While a government can conceive of welfare programmes based on age, gender or region based communities, the common good remains obscure in the diversity.

From the transcendental perspective, the individual is seen as an eternal, non-changing person, who inhabits a body for a period of time. The body transforms from birth to death, after which the individual takes on a new body and occupies that for some duration. In this way the eternal being keeps changing bodies. The eternal, unchanging, transcendent self is unaffected by any condition of the body. But, due to falsely identifying with the body undergoes the worldly suffering that the body experiences.Actually, bliss is the intrinsic nature of the divine self. The ultimate benefit for any person in any walk of life, is to progress towards attaining his original eternal and blissful nature and consequent freedom from inhabitation in temporary material bodies. This is the background of the ideal republic.

The ideal republic runs on the basis of transcendental principles. It targets the liberation of each embodied soul from material bondage. The SrimadBhagavatam, which is the ripened fruit of the Vedic tree (nigama kalpa taror galitamphalam), showcases the transcendental governance in the ideal spiritually oriented republic through the glowing example of enlightened kings. One such king was Prithu Maharaja. He ruled thousands of years ago and created the ideal republic on earth.

Prithu Maharaja ruled the entire earth. All the 7 continents were under his control. He was an empowered incarnation of Lord Krishna and a great devotee of the Lord. His sole aspiration for all his citizens was for them to elevate themselves to the platform of God consciousness. For this purpose he strictly abided by the principles of the Vedic scriptures.

What is God? Krishna?

What is God?
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For a person to be called God, he must satisfy at least all the following conditions:
• He must be known eternally and not just recently. God must be eternal and thus He must also be known eternally.
• God has an eternal body. He must have appeared in the same body many times and not just once. This is proof that He is eternal. This is one of the differences between God’s creations and God. Man has a body that is temporary but God has a body that is eternal and thus He appears in the same body whenever He appears.
• God has created humans and other living beings, which are beautiful to some degree and some are more beautiful than others. Thus God must be the most beautiful person. Why would God create others beautiful and Himself ugly or average looking?
• God has made living beings powerful and some are more powerful than others. Thus God must be the most powerful person. One can only give something that one possesses.
• God has given opulence to humans and some are more opulent than others. Thus God must be the most opulent person.
• God has given riches to humans and some are richer than others. Thus God must be the richest person.
• God has given humans the ability to create things like airplanes. Thus God must have the ability to create small airplanes that run on water, air, and leaves like insects and vast airplanes that float in the sky, universes.
• God has made the sun which is all pervading, as the sun is everywhere in the universe. Thus God must also be all pervading (omnipresent). God is greater than His creations.
• God has made humans who are renounced to some degree, and some are more renounced than others. Thus God must be the most renounced person.
• God has made humans who are forgiving, compassionate, merciful, and tolerant, and some are more forgiving, compassionate, merciful, and tolerant than others. Thus God must be the most forgiving, compassionate, merciful, and tolerant person.
• God has given us memory power so we can remember things, thus God must have all memory.

Baahubali: The Beginning – The Epic Similarities

The characters of Baahubali: The Beginning, a historic epic fiction directed by S S Rajamouli, are inspired by various personalities described in Ramayana & Mahabharata. Though it is not a one-to-one match, we see many sequences that will remind us of the incidents recorded in these epics. In fact, movie maker S S Rajamouli, who conceived and presented this visually stunning experience called Baahubali, says that he took inspiration from Mahabharata and that he had emotional connect with these epics, which were fed to him right from his childhood.

Krishna being transferred from Mathura to Gokula

When Krishna was born there was a threat to his life from Kamsa, the King of Mathura. To protect Krishna, Vasudeva carried the child from Mathura to Gokula, crossing the river Yamuna. Krishna, born in the prison house, was transferred to the house of Nanda Maharaja to live as the son of Yashoda.
To protect the child of Amarendra Baahubali and Devasena from the King Ballaladeva, Sivagami carries the child and escapes through a tunnel, and crosses the river. The stranded child is rescued by a group of villagers and thus Mahendra Baahubali lives as Shiva, the son of a woman named Sanga

Baahubali:The Beginning Inspired by Mahabharata

SS Rajamouli, the director of the blockbuster movie Baahubali: The Beginning, says he received the inspiration for this movie from the Indian epic Mahabharata. Baahubali: The Beginning, released in theatres worldwide on the 10th of July, 2015, is an epic historical fiction, made simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu. The movie features Prabhas, Rana, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nassar and many others in prominent roles, each inspired by characters of Mahabharata.
During the trailer launch of this movie, S S Rajamouli informed that the second part is also inspired by Mahabharata. He added that all his movies are inspired by Ramayana and Mahabharata, and that the epic war drama between the Pandavas and Kauravas had always fascinated him.

The Plot

The plot is set in an ancient kingdom of Mahishmati in India, ruled by King Veerendra. Pingaladeva was the eldest son, but he could not rule

Enchanting History of Purushottama Month

The history of the extra (adhik) month of Purushottama, which occurs once in three years, is based upon a fascinating story from the Padma Purana. The eastern hemisphere of this planet follows a spiritual calendar based upon lunar calculations, wherein each year is divided into 12 months of 30 days each. Once, unexpectedly, an extra 13th lunar month appeared, & sought to be accommodated within the year. There was chaos! Human beings, including sages and demigods, refused to recognize this illegitimate month; everyone refrained from observing any ‘muhurats’ or ‘mahotsavs’ in this month, declaring it to be most inauspicious and untouchable – they dubbed it ‘mal maas’ or the month that is obnoxious.

Unable to bear the barrage of infamy and insult, the hapless female month fell at the lotus feet of the four-handed Vishnu, weeping piteously for help; she fainted, trying to explain her woes. The kind and soft-hearted Garuda brought her back to consciousness by fanning her with his wings. Lord Vishnu suggested that she approach Lord Hari for a solution. He personally took her to Goloka Vrindavana – the jubilant touchstone abode of Krishna, where every step is a dance and

How to Observe Purushottama Month (Do's and Don'ts)

Since the Supreme Lord Krishna has placed all His potencies, mercy and blessings in the holy month of Purusottama it is the most auspicious and holiest of all months, vratas and austerities. Devotional activities performed in this month destroy the dirt and contamination caused by our past sinful activities. It is a period believed to be most favourable for spiritual upliftment. 
Here are the key points on how to religiously observe the sacred Purusottama Vrata as proclaimed in the Padma Purana: 

1. Keep celibacy for one month. (Sleeping on the floor - optional). 
2. Wake up in the morning in brahma - muhurta time. 
3. Chant Hare Krsna Mahamantra and meditate on Radha-Krsna's name, form, qualities and pastimes. Daily chant extra rounds: aspire for 24, 32 or 64 rounds.

Glories of Purusottama Month

Purushottama, the holy month, occurs once every three years - a period believed to be the most favourable for spiritual upliftment . It is also called mala masa (dirty month) by the performers of karma-kanda because they cannot get any material fruitive results from their worship during this month. Our acaryas elucidate that it is called mala masa because devotional activities performed in this month destroy the dirt and contamination caused by sins. 

It is called adhika (extra) masa because Sri Krishna has placed all His potencies, mercy, blessings in this month, and also because one gets more results from any pious act. Only devotional service (Krishna-bhakti) give results in this purusottama month. 

Krishna’s Favourite Month

Of all months, Purusottama is Krishna's favorite month.  In the Gita, Krishna says: "I am celebrated both in the world and in the Vedas as

Wise Words from Narada Muni

Narada Muni said, 

-      “You are spending your days uselessly only meditating on how to increase your wealth. You should know very well that this material wealth is useless and the cause of all suffering. Real supreme wealth is transcendental knowledge.
-      Please try to think about this for once seriously within your heart. None of your family members, like your wife and children and all your relatives, are yours eternally. At the time of your death no one will be yours. When you will die all your relatives will put your body into river water to float away and go back to their homes. If no one is a real relative of anyone then why do you run after these false hopes, hankering for so much material achievement? 

-      If you say that at least you are achieving pleasure in your life and are free from suffering and that is your justification for trying to accumulate so much wealth, dear king, that is also false, because this body will be destroyed one day. It will not exist more than 100 years.
–      Therefore you should understand that the essence of everything is beyond this illusory material world in the spiritual world, where there is no trace of suffering in the enjoyment. In this material world some enjoyment is there but it always comes along with suffering.
-      One must know how to cross over material nescience. What kind of sadhana should one follow to achieve that wonderful result of going back to Godhead, where there is no sorrow or suffering? Not only by renunciation nor just by knowledge can one achieve that. By knowledge and renunciation one may become free from material bondage and get liberation. But by achieving that kind of liberation one does not get real pleasure. In fact to get that kind of liberation is the greatest loss, because material pleasure is lost and at the same time not much worthwhile is achieved.

Proud to be Lord Krishna Follower

Did you know that the followers of Lord Krishna have never enslaved humans? 
Did you know that the land where Lord Krishna appears (India) has never attacked another nation?
Did you know that the followers of Lord Krishna have never stolen land belonging to others?
Did you know that the followers of Lord Krishna have never engaged in terrorism in His name nor His teachings (The Bhagavad-Gita) towards anyone anywhere in the world
Did you know that in the land of Lord Krishna (India), there is freedom of religion, speech and thought?
Did you know that the followers of Lord Krishna are even against the killing of animals?
Did you know that the followers of Lord Krishna regard all living beings as their brothers and sisters?
Did you know that Lord Krishna has appeared more than 18,000 times in His original form and not just once?
Did you know that Lord Krishna proved in each and every one of His appearances that He was God?
Did you know that the followers of Lord Krishna, not only say they follow a religion of peace, but can actually prove it with their actions now and in the past thousands of years?
Can those who don’t follow Lord Krishna match even one of the above?
“Even if one commits the most abominable actions, if he is engaged in devotional service, he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated.  He quickly becomes righteous and attains lasting peace. O son of Kunti, declare it boldly that My devotee never perishes.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.30-31)
“Always think of Me and become My devotee. Worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend. Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.65-66)

Lack of Knowledge?

What I keep realizing is that due to lack of knowledge there is degradation of humans everywhere in the world.

Studying the Bhagavad-Gita is Bhakti
One is performing Bhakti with intelligence if they study the Bhagavad-Gita.
“And I declare that he who studies this sacred conversation worships Me by his intelligence. ” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.70)

The Highest Bhakti
Performing deity worship, going to Temples, going on pilgrimage, meditating, and chanting the glories and names of Lord Krishna is certainly good, but the highest Bhakti is to spread the teachings of the Bhagavad-Gita to all of humanity.
“For one who explains the supreme secret to the devotees, devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.68-69)
We MUST do more to spread the Vedic values to all.

God Does Appear

God Does Appear

Does any property owner never visits his properties?
Does any King never visits his kingdom?
Does any President/Prime Minister of a country, never visits places in his country?
Does any father/mother never visits his/her children?

In a similar way, the Supreme property owner, the Supreme King, the Supreme President, the Supreme Father, does visit His creations. There is only one religion where God is known to have appeared and performed His miraculous pastimes. Not just once, but millions of times. This religion is Sanatan-Dharma, the Eternal Religion. All other religions are not Sanatan (eternal) and they have absolutely no idea on His appearances and His description.

“Although I am unborn and My transcendental body never deteriorates, and although I am the Lord of all living entities, I still appear in every millennium in My original transcendental form.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 4.6)

In this verse the word ‘millennium’ means one daytime of Brahma. There is no word in the English dictionary to describe such a period of time and thus the word ‘millennium’ is used as best fit. Lord Krishna appears in His original Krishna form, once in every daytime of Brahma. One day (24 hours) of Brahma is 8.64 billion years. Thus Lord Krishna appears once in every 8.64 billion years.The appearance of Lord Krishna in His original form is also confirmed in the Caitanya-caritamrta.

“Once in a day of Brahma, he descends to this world to manifest his transcendental pastimes.” (Caitanya-caritamrta Adi-Lila 3.6)
God is Unborn?
God is not born like us through the womb of a mother. We come out from the womb of a mother and we are naked. When Lord Krishna appeared 5000 years ago. He just appeared next to a women and He was fully clothed. This is one of the differences between us and God. We come out from the womb of a mother and are naked, but He just appears and is fully clothed. Also He does not go through old age, disease, and misery like us. In this sense, God is unborn.

The Requirements For the Supreme Person Position

The requirements, description, and references for the Supreme Person Position are mentioned here.

Do you know God’s name, qualities, address, description, history dating back to billions of years, witnessed by millions, and proven? If you can answer these questions, only then can you truly say you know God. Otherwise you are simply living in darkness.
The Vedic scriptures are the oldest scriptures in the World and the only scriptures that can answer all these questions and in detail. The Vedic scriptures completely describe God. His history, address, qualities, description, how he creates and maintains and so on. That God is Lord Krishna.

1. The first requirement is that the contender for the position of the supreme has been seen
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASeeing is believing, not seeing is pure speculation. Lord Krishna has appeared more than 18,000 times in His original form and millions of times in His other forms, so far in the current cycle of creation and annhilation. In each of His appearances, millions saw Him. There is scientific evidence to prove that He existed 5000 years ago, as stated in the Vedic scriptures. Scientists have found the city where Lord Krishna lived in Dwarka, India, as described in the Vedic scriptures. NASA has taken satellite pictures of the bridge between India and Sri Lanka that Lord Krishna built in his Lord Ram incarnation, some 1.7 million years ago.

2. The second requirement is that the contender’s description is known

How can you believe in someone without actually seeing them or knowing what they look like?
• Lord Krishna has a form just like a human being. Even the Christian Bible states that man is made in the image of God. This means that God is a person with two hands, 2 legs and so on.
• His complexion is dark-blue, like that of a rain filled cloud.
• His eyes are like lotus petals.
• He is ever youthful.
• He is full of bliss and his beauty excels that of thousand of cupids.

Realizations of the day

The soul has 3 qualities, it is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss/love.
Within each and everyone of us, we have the knowledge to create even a universe, just like Lord Brahma. But currently we can’t because the knowledge is covered. Just like a mirror is covered with dust, if we wipe off the dust, slowly we can see everything. In a similar way, if we uncover our ignorance, we can realize that we have incredible knowledge. We don’t attain kowledge, but we simply uncover the covering that is blocking/hiding the knowledge.  In some people the knowledge is more uncovered than others, and thus we have different levels of knowledge and understanding.

The 3 qualities of all Souls:
sac – Eternal
cid – Full of knowledge
ananda – Blissful

“As the blazing fire turns firewood to ashes, O Arjuna, so does the fire of knowledge burn to ashes all reactions to material activities.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 4.37)
So how does one uncover more knowledge?
Quality teachers/Gurus. Listen to those who have seen the truth and not those who only imagine or guess or pretend.

The Science of the Embryo Development

This gives unique information on the development of the embryo, which was written down in the Vedic scripture called Srimad Bhagavatam, more than 5000 years ago. 

The below is a translation in English from the Vedic scripture called Srimad Bhagavatam (SB), which was written more than 5000 years ago. This is yet another of the millions of proofs that Lord Krishna is the Supreme person (God) and the Vedic knowledge comes from Him. The scientists have only recently discovered how the embryo develops using advanced equipment. Still the scientists do not fully understand the details which have been available in the Vedic scriptures for more than 5000 years.

Who Arranges For the Soul to Enter the Womb of a Particular Mother?
SB 3.31.1 – The Personality of Godhead said: Under the supervision of the Supreme Lord and according to the result of his work, the living entity, the soul, is made to enter into the womb of a woman through the particle of male semen to assume a particular type of body.
Based on the actions taken by Souls in their previous lives (Karma), Lord Krishna arranges for each soul to enter the womb of a mother in a particular universe, on a particular planet, in a particular country, in a particular City, in a particular Street, in a particular house, to a particular mother. Exactly based on what the soul deserves.
Day 1 to 30
SB 3.31.2 – On the first night, the sperm and ovum mix, and on the fifth night the mixture ferments into a bubble. On the tenth night it develops into a form like a plum, and after that, it gradually turns into a lump of flesh or an egg, as the case may be.
Month 1 to 3
SB 3.31.3 – In the course of a month, a head is formed, and at the end of two months the hands, feet and other limbs take shape. By the end of three months, the nails, fingers, toes, body hair, bones and skin appear, as do the organ of generation and the other apertures in the body, namely the eyes, nostrils, ears, mouth and anus.
Month 4 to 6
SB 3.31.4 – Within four months from the date of conception, the seven essential ingredients of the body, namely chyle, blood, flesh, fat, bone, marrow and semen, come into existence. At the end of five months, hunger and thirst make themselves felt, and at the end of six months, the fetus, enclosed by the amnion, begins to move on the right side of the abdomen.

Vedic Evidence: Proves Lord Krishna is the Supreme Lord,Scientific Theory: Proves Sanathana Dharma

Who Exactly Is God?

First we have to know the Qualities of God

God is the most powerful person, no one can defeat God in anyway.
God is the most beautiful person, no one is more beautiful than God.
God is the most loving person, he is the nicest guy around. 
God is the most merciful person, he doesn't send anyone eternally to hell.
God is the most forgiving person, he gives us unlimited chances (reincarnation).
God is the most caring person, he even cares for the animals like cows, pigs, chickens etc. (vegetarianism).
God is the most fair person, we are rewarded or punished based on our own actions (karma). 
God is the most just person, he doesn't make one suffer or enjoy for no reason (karma).
God is the most efficient person, he doesn't keep the dead waiting (reincarnation).
God is the most responsible person, he doesn't order his followers to hate others.
The Vedic scriptures, Srimad Bhagavtam and Bhagavad-Gita. Are the only scriptures on the Planet that completely describes a person who proved without a doubt that he has all the above qualities. That person is Lord Krishna.

Does God have a Form?

Some people believe that God is formless and thus cannot be seen. Does it make any sense to follow someone who has never been seen and who will never be seen?You have a form, I have a form, even the plants and animals have a form, and so if God can give us a form, then why can’t he take a form for himself? Are we greater than God?

It is said that everything comes from God:

We have a form, because God has one.
We are beautiful to some degree, because God is all beautiful.
We are powerful to some degree, because God is all powerful.
We have some knowledge, because God has all knowledge.
We have some intelligence, because God has all intelligence.
We are merciful to some degree, because God is all merciful.
We are loving to some degree, because God is all loving.
We are peaceful to some degree, because God is all peaceful.
We are caring to some degree, because God is all caring.We can remember some things from our childhood, because God can remember everything from everyone's past. 

God Is Great
People say God is great, but unfortunately they do not know how great God is. Lord Krishna in his Maha Vishnu form, has millions of Universes coming out of his body with every exhalation, and with every inhalation, millions of Universes go back into his body. There are trillions of Planets with living beings and the highest Planet in the material creation is called Satayaloka, where one single day is 8.64 billion earth years and the life span of the living beings on Satyaloka is trillions of years. The Sun is situated in one place but the sunshine is everywhere in the Universe. Similaraly Lord Krishna is situated in one place, but he is also present on each of the trillions of Planets. He is present in the heart of every living being as the super soul and he is also present in the atom. This is how great God is.

What does God look like?

This question can only be answered by the Vedic scriptures.
* Lord Krishna’s original form is just like a human being. Even the Christian Bible states that man is made in the image of God. This means that God is a person with two hands, 2 legs and so on. That person is Lord Krishna.
* His complexion is dark-blue, like that of a rain filled cloud.
* His eyes are like lotus petals.
* He is ever youthful.
* He is full of bliss and his beauty excels that of thousand of cupids.
* He likes to play the flute.
* He wears a peacock feather in his crown.
* He wears the Kaustubha jewel around his neck.
* He wears yellow garments.

Can God be worshipped in an Image Form?

For millions of years, humans have been worshipping God in an image form, so why is it all of a sudden wrong to worship God in an image form?God has been creating humans who worship him in the image form for millions of years. Is God a fool?God created the rules for humans to follow at creation, billions of years ago and not just a few thousands years ago.The Vedic knowledge was passed down from Lord Vishnu (an incarnation of Lord Krishna) at creation to Brahma, the first living being. Then Brahma passed it down to his children and so on in disciplic succession down to the most recent prophet of God. Srila Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON. The Vedic religion is based on unlimited prophets and not just one. God is unlimited and all-powerful and so he can send unlimited prophets, and not just one.It is important to understand that the Vedic scriptures authorize God’s image, thus Lord Krishna’s deity, to be worshipped and not any image.There is only one living being who very strongly declared himself as the supreme. That person is Lord Krishna.
Lord Krishna declared himself as the Supreme Father:“It should be understood that all species of life, o son of Kunti, are made possible by birth in this material nature, and that I am the seed giving father” (Bhagavad-Gita 14.4)
Lord Krishna declared himself as the Supreme Creator:
“Furthermore, O Arjuna, I am the generating seed of all existences. There is no being, moving or unmoving, that can exist without me” (Bhagavad-Gita 10.39)
Lord Krishna declared himself as the Supreme Controller:
"I give heat, and I withhold and send forth the rain" (Bhagavad-Gita 9.19)
“With a single fragment of myself I pervade and support this entire universe”(Bhagavad-Gita 10.42)
Lord Krishna declared himself as the Supreme Maintainer:
“I enter into each planet, and by my energy they stay in orbit” (Bhagavad-Gita 15.13)
Lord Krishna is Omnipresent: meaning he is present everywhere.
“I am the supersoul, O Arjuna, seated in the hearts of all living entities, I am the beginning, the middle, and the end of all beings” ( Bhagavad-Gita 10.20)

Lord Krishna is omnipotent, meaning he is the greatest:
"There is no truth beyond Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread"(Bhagavad-Gita 7.7)

Lord Krishna is Omniscient: meaning he knows the past, present, and the future:
“O Arjuna, I know everything that has happened in the past, all that is happening in the present, and all things that are yet to come. I also know all living entities" (Bhagavad-Gita 7.26)“Many, many births both you and I have passed. I can remember all of them, but you cannot!"(Bhagavad-Gita 4.5)

Lord Krishna declared himself as the Only God:
“Those who are devotees of other gods and who worship them with faith actually worship only me, O son of Kunti, but they do so in a wrong way. I am the only enjoyer and master of all sacrifices. Therefore, those who do not recognize my true transcendental nature fall down.” (Bhagavad-Gita 9.24)"Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear." (Bhagavad-Gita 18.66)

 What’s the Proof that Krishna is God?

Anyone can claim to be God, but who can actually prove it?In each incarnation, Lord Krishna proved without any doubt that he was God. Full details on all the miracles performed by Lord Krishna can be found in the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Lord Krishna performed miracles that no other being can perform:

When Lord Krishna was 7 years old, he lifted a mountain (26 miles in perimeter) and held
 it up with his one hand for 7 days. Witnessed by tens of thousands of people who were 
standing underneath the mountain.
Lord Krishna expanded his body into 16,108 forms. Which means he duplicated his body 
into  16,108 identical bodies.
Lord Krishna in his Ram incarnation built a bridge between India and Sri Lanka by making
 stones float on the sea. NASA has satellite images of this bridge built by Lord Ram around
 2 million years ago.
Lord Krishna showed the whole Universe in his mouth several times.
Many atheists tried to kill Lord Krishna, but Lord Krishna very easily defeated them all 
and also gave them on the spot liberation. Lord Krishna is most merciful; he gives
 liberation even to those who try to kill him. The Lord can give on the spot liberation; one does not 
need to wait for the Day of Judgment.
Lord Krishna brought back to life many dead people including the six children of Devaki.
Lord Krishna cured diseased people including transforming a hunchback woman into a 
most beautiful woman in return for offering sandalwood pulp to the Lord.
Lord Krishna destroyed all the wicked Kings and evil people who were tormenting and
 harassing the public. People were saved in this very life.
Lord Krishna put out a big forest fire, simply by swallowing it whole.
Lord Krishna transformed himself into exact copies of others.
Lord Krishna granted Arjuna divine vision and reveled his spectacular unlimited form as 
the cosmic universe. In which Arjuna could see the various forms of Lord Krishna, and 
unlimited Planets while being seated in one place. He was also shown the past, present, 
and future.
When a woman called Draupadi was disrobed in a court of kings, she called out to Lord
 Krishna for help and he supplied her with an unlimited sari and thus she could not be 
Lord Krishna in his Maha Vishnu form, is so big that millions of Universes are coming out 
from his body with every exhalation, and with every inhalation, millions of Universes
 enter his body. When Maha Vishnu inhales or exhales just once, 311 trillion years pass 
on Earth.
Lord Krishna can make himself so small that he can enter the atom.

 The Purpose of Life

The purpose of human life is to enquire:
Who am I?
Where have I come from?
What will happen to me at death?
Why do I suffer?
Why do others suffer?
Who is God?
How can I serve God?
Why is there variety of living beings?
How can I get out this cycle of birth, old age, disease, and death?
How can I live eternally?