His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
Chanting Hare Krsna - the Topmost Yoga System in This Age
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on the Maha-mantra:
This transcendental vibration of chanting of Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna , Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare is the sublime method of reviving our Krsna consciousness. As living spiritual souls we are all originally Krsna conscious entities, but due to our association with matter since time immemorial, our consciousness is now polluted by the material atmosphere.
In this polluted concept of life, we are trying to exploit the resources of material nature, but actually we are becoming more and more entangled in her complexities. This illusion is called maya -- our hard struggle for existence for winning over the stringent laws of material nature.
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Harinam-Sankirtan - chanting of the Holy Names of Lord Krsna in the streets for the benefit of all living beings and distribution of the transcendental books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the life and soul of the B.L.I.S.S.
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Chanting of Hare Krsna in the streets and transcendental book distribution
In our B.L.I.S.S. centres we make harinam-sankirtan - distribution of the Holy Name of Krsna and the transcendental books of Srila Prabhupada our main focus. Here are few pictures of these activities from the month of November. Hare Krsna! Jaya Srila Prabhupada!
With Krsna one must be happy
by His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
"If a person is actually executing devotional service, then he must be happy. If he's not happy, then he's not doing properly. So first thing is this. He might be doing something in the name of devotional service. If he's actually rendering devotional service, then he must be feeling. Just like if you are eating actually, then you must feel strength and satisfaction of your hunger. You cannot say, "I'm eating, but I'm not satisfied of my hunger." That is impossible. This is not possible. Then you are not eating. Or you are eating, but it is being devoured by the worms within your intestines. Sometimes it happens. If there are many worms within the intestines, you go on voraciously eating, but you don't get strength because the eating substance, the essence, is taken by the worms. Therefore the worm treatment is there to kill the worms. Otherwise they will eat everything. You'll feel hungry, but will not get any strength. This is the worm disease. So if I am actually rendering devotional service and I'm not getting any happiness, that means there is some maya's play. Otherwise there is no such reasoning. He must feel happy. Then he has to rectify the process of his service. Not to change but rectify the process. (aside) What is that? (laughs) It cannot be. If you are actually executing devotional service, you must feel happy. If you don't feel happy, then you are not executing. There is some flaw. Yes."
(Bhagavad-gita 2.13-17 -- Los Angeles, November 29, 1968)
The following is a debate over our endeavor to preserve Srila Prabhupada´s teachings by re-editing his books "back to the original way". Our opposition came from the devotees, who profess the idea that the first printings of Srila Prabhupada´s books are the originals approved and blessed by him and that the first editions printed during his physical presence should not be touched despite the obvious and proven fact that many meanings were lost, omitted or changed. Our standpoint is that the order of Srila Prabhupada that the next printing should be back to the original way stands above his blessings for the books printed in his physical presence. In this debate we have shown evidence that the "original books" as many devotees conceive of them are not what they may seem to be. To read, download the pdf. Hare Krsna!
the B.L.I.S.S. Book Editing Project Opposition Defeated
by Purujit dāsa
Lord Kṛṣṇa informs us about the deviation from the disciplic succession (paramparā) in the pages of the Bhagavad-gītā:
imaṁ vivasvate yogaṁ
proktavān aham avyayam
vivasvān manave prāha
manur ikṣvākave 'bravīt
imaṁ rājarṣayo viduḥ
sa kāleneha mahatā
yogo naṣṭaḥ parantapa
The Personality of Godhead, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, said: I instructed this imperishable science of one’s relationship with the Supreme to the sun-god, Vivasvān. Vivasvān instructed it to his son Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed the same science to his son Ikṣvāku.This science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way.
But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is, O subduer of the enemies, appears to be lost.
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5.00 a.m. Mangala-aratika + Japa (mantra meditation)
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by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The unity of the individual souls attempting to satisfy the Supreme Lord or rendering service to the Lord is real unity. In the material world such unity is not possible. Even though people may officially unite, they all have different interests. In the United Nations, for instance, all the nations have their particular national ambitions, and consequently they cannot be united. Disunity between individual souls is so strong within this material world that even in a society of Krsna consciousness, members sometimes appear disunited due to their having different opinions and leaning toward material things. Actually, in Krsna consciousness there cannot be two opinions. There is only one goal: to serve Krsna to one's best ability. If there is some disagreement over service, such disagreement is to be taken as spiritual. Those who are actually engaged in the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead cannot be disunited in any circumstance.
WHY DO WE WANT TO READ THE BOOKS AS THEY WERE CHANTED BY HIS DIVINE GRACE A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA?
by Makhancora dasa
Krsna consciousness, the system of bhakti-yoga, the supermost process and state of spiritual realization was confined in the Vedas, written in Sanskrit language, for thousands of years and after the appearance of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, when His disciples, the Goswamis of Vrndavana and other Vaisnavas expounded on His teachings, in Bengali language for hundreds of years. One had to be very fortunate to take his birth in India to be able to take advantage of this divine messages, or he had to learn Sanskrit and Bengali to study the original writings. The first pioneer to change this for the benefit of the whole world was Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who first started to write on the topics of Krsna consciousness in English language and was the first to send a book on Lord Caitanya´s life and precepts to the Western educational institution, namely the McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His son, the great acarya Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura continued in his effort to expose the proper conclusions of Vedanta to the English-speaking populace of the world and on the order of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja, our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada came to the West, to unlock this long sought after “fountain of youth” of spiritual wisdom, to inundate the whole world with ocean of transcendental nectar that brings about life of eternal knowledge and bliss. He accomplished this great task through the medium of his transcendental books and recorded sound in forms of lectures, conversations, song purports etc. which will circulate around the planet on and on for the next ten thousand years as a crystal-clear guide for those who aspire to make their way back home, back to Godhead.
The message of Godhead descends to the conditioned souls in the material world through an unbroken chain of spiritual masters, where each personality realizes the precepts of his predecessor and then presents them as they are, without any adulteration or self-oriented agenda. Thus such a teacher becomes the transparent via-media through which one can approach God, Sri Krsna, understand one´s relationship with Him and engage oneself in transcendental loving devotional service.
by Bhakta Filip
Makhancora and Purujit Prabhus are traveling: in Olomouc they made kirtan and met there hobo-atheist, who, in spite his belief, appreciated chanting very much. They had to manage morning bath in forest´s pond... very cold pond... but Prabhus are brave and they didn´t let themselves to be discouraged by duality like cold and warm and after morning bath they continued further. They have been also round at our devotee friends Hladini Sakti Devi Dasi and Yogesvara Prabhu´s place in Prague having a program: chanting, class and prasadam. They made harinam in town and distributed some Prabhupada´s books too. They went on to Oppach in Germany for meeting with Purujit´s sister, who is living there. If you are interested in of how they are doing, keep track with us regularly and learn more about traveling of two devotees Makhancor and Purujit. In order to be able to put yourself in their adventure you can look at pictures and videos below. All the best for kirtan!
Book Distribution in Prague
by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Just like I chant and you hear, and you chant and I hear. Parasparam. Bodhayantah parasparam. This is the factual activities of devotion in devotional society. This bodhayantah parasparam: I chant, you hear, and you chant, I hear.
Lecture on Maha-mantra -- New York, September 8, 1966
If we were to name one single book, which connects all the devotees of Krsna in the world, it would be the Bhagavad-gita. Spoken 5000 years ago, on a battlefield, it is a recorded conversation between Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and Arjuna, his confidential associate. In the Second Chapter of this exalted literature, Lord Krsna explains the fundamental teaching of spiritual knowledge as follows:
As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.
In other words, just as we had a body of a child, then youth, then grown up person, we will have a body of an old man and although the body changes, we remain the same self, who observes these changes. It is only on account of the spirit soul being present in the body that the body works. As soon as the living force leaves the body, there’s no more life and no amount of scientific knowledge can bring it back. The body works because of the presence of spirit, not the other way around. The same might be said of spiritual movements, or spiritual institutions. Whenever powerful devotee of the Lord appears in the world, he re-establishes eternal principles of religion and inspires a great number of conditioned souls to assist him in spreading the message of the Supreme Lord. For this reason he might also establish a spiritual institution, or an organized society through which the message is systematically disseminated amongst the humankind. However, when the powerful saint departs, things again deteriorate and unauthorized persons introduce imperfect sectarian concepts of religion, with a hidden motive to dominate a small section of people instead of serving the Lord for the benefit of humanity at large.
When we speak of departure of a great saint, it is not necessary a departure on the physical plane. The genuine saint does not act on the physical plane whatsoever being fully absorbed in his transcendental engagement of pure service. The departure rather means a departure from the hearts of his followers. As long as the follower sticks to the order of the spiritual master, the master is always present with him and just as the body, where the soul is absent, becomes a subject to many living entities in the ground, the follower who disobeys his master becomes immediately subservient to the stringent laws of the degraded material world. The institution which was initially meant for spiritual upliftment of mankind thus turns into a compromised mundane business formula. No matter how nicely the so-called follower decorates himself by the stolen dress of his saintly master, he cannot awaken the true spirit of surrender to God in the hearts of the innocent. Rather, he becomes a mere salesman subjected to the whims of his materialistic customers, a salesman, who will depict Krsna, the Supreme Lord according to the latest fashion and not as He truly is. In this way, the spiritual institution becomes dead and no amount of reformatory planning commissions can bring it to life. Without a driver, a car can never move. It will stay in one spot for millions of years. A thief might steal it, but he will only use the car for his nefarious activities and therefore the purpose of the car is lost. The original owner however is not specifically concerned with the car. His first concern is to accomplish his task of moving himself and his good friends to his destination-Back to Godhead. To fulfill this transcendental objective he might therefore take advantage of another car. Similarly, the powerful saint whose instructions might not be followed by one group of his disciples, might inspire another group outside of his original institution to accomplish his task-namely to enlighten the humanity about the real purpose of life-devotional service to the Lord with the purpose of transferring them back home, back to the spiritual world. The Bhaktivedanta Lives in Sound Society proclaims to be nothing, but such a new vehicle for the divine spiritual master His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada) and we are confident that His Divine Grace is with us due to our feeling of transcendental bliss. We humbly ask you to bless us so we can accomplish this great task.