Field Notes Issue #7- November 12th, 2019

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We call Diwali or Dipavali the festival of light. It is always a joyful event, people wish each other happy Diwali. It is a universal experience that we prefer light to darkness. Many people regard Diwali as a Hindu festival, but it is also a human festival, a celebration of being human and coming into the light. In recent decades Diwali has spread to so many parts of the world. So, we are lighting up the world with this Diwali festival.
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This open access book provides both a broad perspective and a focused examination of cow care as a subject of widespread ethical concern in India, and increasingly in other parts of the world. In the face of what has persisted as a highly charged political issue over cow protection in India, intellectual space must be made to bring the wealth of Indian traditional ethical discourse to bear on the realities of current human-animal relationships, particularly those of humans with cows. Dharma, yoga, and bhakti paradigms serve as starting points for bringing Hindu—particularly Vaishnava Hindu—animal ethics into conversation with contemporary Western animal ethics. The author argues that a culture of bhakti—the inclusive, empathetic practice of spirituality centered in Krishna as the beloved cowherd of Vraja—can complement recently developed ethics-of-care thinking to create a solid basis for sustaining all kinds of cow care communities.
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Field Notes Issue #6 – October 9th, 2019

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Like so many things in our ISKCON world – what has come to be called “bridge preaching” has become somewhat controversial. Devotees wonder whether “bridge preaching” is a good thing or a bad thing, or whether it is something in between; or whether preaching as such could be considered “bridging.” I want to suggest that effective preaching is effective bridging.
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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.30.8

October 7th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear sons of the King, I am very much pleased by the friendly relationships among you. All of you are engaged in one occupation — devotional service. I am so pleased with your mutual friendship that I wish you all good fortune. Now you may ask a benediction of Me.Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.30.8



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Field Notes Issue #5 – September 6th, 2019

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Extend Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s Compassion

In his prayer Śrī Rādhikā-stava, Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī describes the qualities of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. We may say that the crucial point of the song is karuṇāṁ kuru mayi — please, be merciful. But it’s actually an active idea, kuru means to do. Do mercy. Do compassion. So, when we think of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī we think of Her compassion. When we think of Śrī Kṛṣṇa we may think of His opulences which are all very wonderful but we don’t think of them as very approachable. So, the approachability of Lord Kṛṣṇa is very much invested in Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. And that is why She is essential for us who are aspiring to approach Lord Kṛṣṇa.
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Vyāsa-pūjā offering for Srila Prabhupada (2019)

August 24th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in news | Uncategorized | writing - (Comments Off)
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Dearest Srila Prabhupada, Friend of the Poor in Spirit,
I offer myself at your feet, which are like luminous lotus flowers bestowing the light of knowledge that brings sight to blinded eyes.

Years ago, at the end of a lecture you gave in the “City of Angels,” Los Angeles, I was surprised to hear you speaking of the French medieval saint Joan of Arc. When a woman asked you whether there was anyone similar to Joan of Arc in the Bhāgavatam, you first affirmed that you were familiar with her and then replied in a general and inclusive way: “Any activities of devotees, that is Srimad-Bhagavatam..”
You then explained the literal meaning of the word bhāgavata as pertaining to Bhagavān, and concluded:
So Bhāgavata can be expanded to any unlimited. So anything in relationship with God, that is Bhāgavatam. So if Joan of Arc, she was in relationship with God, she is also Bhāgavatam. You should expand Bhāgavatam in that way. Yes. [Lecture on Sri-Sri Sad-gosvami-astaka, Los Angeles, 18 November 1968]
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Field Notes Issue #4 – August 7th, 2019

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The Right Thing to Do

Chanting Hare Krishna is the right thing to do. If you meet someone who asks, “What are you doing with all this Hare Krishna mantra chanting? What is all this?” You can say, “What? You are not chanting Hare Krishna? Everyone chants Hare Krishna! It is all over the Vedas. Everybody knows it. It is the yuga-dharma. Where have you been?”
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Field Notes Issue #3 – July 8th, 2019

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The Mood of Ratha-yatra

Question:
As we know, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna Himself but in the mood of Radharani. So, while attending Ratha-yatra and showing His ecstasy to the people is He in the mood of Radharani or in Krishna’s mood?
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Initiation ceremony (Površje/SI)

June 23rd, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Disciple meeting (Površje/SI)

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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.12.21

June 18th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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O Vṛtrāsura, demons are generally conducted by the mode of passion. Therefore, what a great wonder it is that although you are a demon, you have adopted the mentality of a devotee and have fixed your mind on the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vāsudeva, who is always situated in pure goodness.Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.12.21


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The hidden identity of Lord Jagannatha

June 17th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Field Notes Issue #2 – June 9th, 2019

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“It is His [Krishna's] will that universal welfare work depends on the protection of cows and brāhmaṇas; thus brahminical culture and cow protection are the basic principles for human civilization.”
– Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.22.3 Purport.

Are we ready for this? Please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cow-care-book
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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.12.8

June 4th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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All living beings in all the planets of this universe, including the presiding deities of all the planets, are fully under the control of the Lord. They work like birds caught in a net, who cannot move independently.Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.12.8


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Keeping cows in the centre

May 27th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture | news - (Comments Off)
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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.18.20

May 27th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Others also, the inhabitants of planets known as Kimpuruṣa-loka, made the demon Maya into a calf, and they milked out mystic powers by which one can disappear immediately from another’s vision and appear again in a different form.Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.18.20


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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.9.6-7

May 8th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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All the sages like Parvata Muni, Nārada, Dhaumya, Vyāsa the incarnation of God, Bṛhadaśva, Bharadvāja and Paraśurāma and disciples, Vasiṣṭha, Indrapramada, Trita, Gṛtsamada, Asita, Kakṣīvān, Gautama, Atri, Kauśika and Sudarśana were present.Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.9.6-7


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Field Notes Issue #1 – May, 7th 2019

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If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, I will accept it (Bhagavad-gītā 9.26).

Here the connection is being made between food and bhakti. There is another way of saying that: connection is being made between food and the Lord and the connection is bhakti. One could say, “Well, I have lots of bhakti, lots of devotion for the Lord, so much that I don’t even need to offer food. I just offer my love, I just offer my prayers. It says here, and Prabhupada says that Krishna eats through the sound so I don’t really need to offer something physical, I’ll just make a nice prayer and Krishna will hear that and through that He will eat.” But Krishna is more clever than that. He’ll know you are cheating.
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Animals in Vaishnava literature (part 2)

March 3rd, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture | seminar - (Comments Off)
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Animals in Vaishnava literature (part 1)

February 28th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture | seminar - (Comments Off)
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Nityananda trayodasi 2019

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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 8.13.1-11 (Appearance day of Bhismadeva)

February 13th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: The present Manu, who is named Śrāddhadeva, is the son of Vivasvān, the predominating deity on the sun planet. Śrāddhadeva is the seventh Manu. Now please hear from me as I describe his sons.Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 8.13.1-11


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Invitation: Writing project

December 16th, 2018 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture | news - (Comments Off)
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Four types of anarthas

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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 9.4.39-40

October 26th, 2018 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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The King said: “To transgress the laws of respectful behavior toward the brāhmaṇas is certainly a great offense. On the other hand, if one does not observe the breaking of the fast within the time of Dvādaśī, there is a flaw in one’s observance of the vow. Therefore, O brāhmaṇas, if you think that it will be auspicious and not irreligious, I shall break the fast by drinking water.” In this way, after consulting with the brāhmaṇas, the King reached this decision, for according to brahminical opinion, drinking water may be accepted as eating and also as not eating.Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 9.4.39-40


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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 9.4.28

October 24th, 2018 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Being very pleased by the unalloyed devotion of Mahārāja Ambarīṣa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead gave the King His disc, which is fearful to enemies and which always protects the devotee from enemies and adversities.Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 9.4.28


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Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Antya 3.207)

October 18th, 2018 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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“All of you may now go to your homes. May Lord Kṛṣṇa bestow His blessings upon you all. Do not be sorry because of my being insulted.”Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Antya 3.207)


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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 9.4.22

October 17th, 2018 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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In desert countries where there flowed the river Sarasvatī, Mahārāja Ambarīṣa performed great sacrifices like the aśvamedha-yajña and thus satisfied the master of all yajñas, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Such sacrifices were performed with great opulence and suitable paraphernalia and with contributions of dakṣiṇā to the brāhmaṇas, who were supervised by great personalities like Vasiṣṭha, Asita and Gautama, representing the king, the performer of the sacrifices.Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 9.4.22


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Radhastami festival bhajan

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Position of Srimati Radharani

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Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Adi 4.238-241)

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Once Lord Kṛṣṇa considered within His heart, “Everyone says that I am complete bliss, full of all rasas.The Confidential Reasons for the Appearance of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu


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Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Madhya 23.105)

September 16th, 2018 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then told Sanātana Gosvāmī about proper renunciation according to a particular situation, and the Lord forbade dry renunciation and speculative knowledge in all respects.Life’s Ultimate Goal — Love of Godhead



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Lecture at Sadhu bhavan (Poland)

September 3rd, 2016 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Número #5 – 6 de Septiembre de 2019

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La compasión expandida de Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī

En su oración, Śrī Rādhikā-stava, Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī describe las cualidades de Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. Podemos decir que el punto crucial de la canción es karuṇāṁ kuru mayi: por favor, sea misericordiosa. Pero en realidad es una idea activa, kuru significa hacer. Haz piedad. Haz compasión. Entonces, cuando pensamos en Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, pensamos en Su compasión. Cuando pensamos en Śrī Kṛṣṇa, podemos pensar en Sus opulencias, que son todas maravillosas, pero no las consideramos muy accesibles. Entonces, la accesibilidad del Señor Kṛṣṇa está muy orientada en Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. Y es por eso que Ella es esencial para nosotros que aspiramos a acercarnos al Señor Kṛṣṇa.
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Número #4 – 7 de Agosto de 2019

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Lo correcto por hacer

Cantar Hare Krishna es lo correcto. Si conoces a alguien que te pregunta: “¿Qué estás haciendo con todo este canto del mantra Hare Krishna? ¿Qué es todo esto?” Puedes decir,“¿Qué? ¿No estás cantando Hare Krishna? ¡Todos cantan Hare Krishna! Está en todos los Vedas. Todos lo saben. Es el yuga-dharma. ¿Dónde has estado?”
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