On The Road

Prayer for the Eastern Ukraine Devotees

A prayer for ISKCON’s devotees in the troubled region of eastern Ukraine: “O Lord Nrsimha, who are omnipresent, may your nails protect me and others at all times. Just as a lion attacks powerful elephant groups and splits apart their heads with it’s nails and the Vajrayudha (Indra’s defense weapon) splits the highest mountains, in [...]

Harinama Samkirtan

“I surrender to merciful Śrī Caitanya, astonishing in His activities, who revived the world covered with ignorance and made it mad with the abundant nectar of His prema.” [ Govinda Lilamrta, Chapter One, Text Two ] [ Photo: Harinama samkirtan, Kazan, Tatarstan, June 15, 2014 ]

Bhakti Vriksa Festival

“The mlecchas who are born from mixed countries ruled by descendants of Kasyapa (demons) and the sudras will become brahmanas by initiation. They will wear sikhas and brahmana threads and will be well versed in the uncontaminated fruit of the Vedas ( Srimad Bhagavatam ). They will worship Me by the yajna prescribed by the [...]

Lord Nrsimhadeva

“As Your hot claws roughly dig into the chest of the enemy (Hiranyakasipu) like thunderbolts, You happily bear the redness of his blood upon Your body just as a peak is born by a mountain. Your abdomen is nicely folded, and Your navel is very deep. O auspicious one! O intolerable Nrsimha! Burn, burn and [...]

Hari Hari!!

“From the time that the name of Hari became manifest on the earth, Vaisnava folk were seen everywhere, adorned with faultless tiloka, neckbeads and equipped with the maha-mantra. In the midst of Kali Yuga they purified the atmosphere chanting, ‘Hari! Hari!’ So indeed it came to pass.” [ Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, Susloka-satakam ]

Lord Caitanya’s compassion

“Out of Lord Caitanya’s spontaneous compassion, He restored the people back to consciousness and through the means of His holy names enabled them to pass beyond the impassable ocean of the age of quarrel. Thus by the golden moons of Lord Hari and the Vaisnavas the news of the names of Krsna was told from [...]

Sharing the fruits

Tonight Bada Haridas and myself are leaving India for Europe. After a few days we’ll travel to South Africa for the Durban Ratha Yatra, and then onto Russia and Ukraine for a 3-week preaching tour. Time to share the fruits of our pilgrimages to India’s holy places with others!

The Lesser Known Pastimes

I am in the jungles of Orissa with a small group of devotees visiting some of the lesser known places of Lord Caitanya’s pastimes. I was inspired to come here by Srila Prabhupada’s purport in Caitanya Caritamrta, Antya-lila, 4.211 where he writes: “Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura writes in a song (Saranagati 31.3): gaura amara, ye saba [...]

Such Happiness

I have arrived back home in Sri Vrindavan Dhama and am happily taking shelter of the holy names: “My happiness is uninterrupted while serving You, worshiping You, offering prayers to You and chanting Your holy names. When these activities are finished, my happiness is also finished.” Lord Siva to Lord Krsna in the Brahma-vivarta purana [...]

A Recorded Conversation With Srila Prabhupada And Myself

My good friend, Visnu Murti dasa, who manages Vanipedia, kindly sent me this audio link from a ‘questions and answers’ session with Srila Prabhupada in New Mayapura, France on August 5, 1976, wherein I ask His Divine Grace a question. Srila Prabhupada’s response gives me great hope! The translation of the conversation is below. One [...]