Review: Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics

September 2nd, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in news | writing - (Comments Off)
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That the cow is holy in Hinduism is a trite truism, but how did she attain that position, and what does holding her sacred mean in terms of animal ethics? What happens when we consider bovines as subjects in their own right? These are some of the questions that Krishna Kshetra Swami explores in Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics (Palgrave McMillan 2020).
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Field Notes Issue #17 – August 26th, 2020

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If anyone is sanctioned to associate with Krishna, it is Radha, for she is the divine heroine of a divine drama, the ultimate model of devotion to God, and hence the embodiment of perfect chastity. That Radha and Krishna’s relationship appears to be illicit simply heightens the romantic element of the drama, inviting the worshiper to abandon the distractions of this world to enter into the transcendent realm of rich and exciting transcendent rasa.
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Meditating on Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī

August 23rd, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Field Notes Issue #16 – August 17th, 2020

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The appearance of the Lord… This day is more than auspicious. The word ‘appearance’, at least in English, can sometimes mean something that is less real. Krishna’s appearance is however more real than anything. Let’s start with Krishna’s disappearance. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam, First Canto, we meet Krishna, but as He is just preparing to leave the world. Then we hear about devotees lamenting about it. After that another eight cantoes come, preparing for Krishna’s appearance. These eight cantoes narrate about the appearances of many avataras of the Lord.
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Srila Prabhupada Vyasa puja offering

August 13th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in news | writing - (Comments Off)
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Offering prostrate obeisance to you, Srila Prabhupada, my eternal guide, preceptor and master, I offer also these heartfelt words on the occasion of your appearance celebration as Sri Vyasadeva’s very dear spiritual descendent and representative.
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Online sangha: Dialogical Vaishnavism (part 8)

July 18th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Online sangha: Dialogical Vaishnavism (part 7)

July 11th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Field Notes Issue #15 – July 11th, 2020

July 11th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in field notes - (Comments Off)
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The idea of Dialogical Vaishnavism is a little bit strange, unfortunately, although it should not be. “Dialogical” means having a dialogue. Dialogue means that you have at least two people and they speak with each other. There is a conversation. Dialogue is about back and forth, while sometimes devotees think we are in a one-way street. We give out the mercy. We are a preaching mission, we give. This is a nice idea, to give, but also, we hear about receiving, from Rupa Goswami.
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Guru purnima speech

July 5th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Online sangha: Dialogical Vaishnavism (part 6)

July 4th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Bhagavad-gītā 3.43

June 28th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Thus knowing oneself to be transcendental to the material senses, mind and intelligence, O mighty-armed Arjuna, one should steady the mind by deliberate spiritual intelligence [Kṛṣṇa consciousness] and thus – by spiritual strength – conquer this insatiable enemy known as lust.Bhagavad-gītā 3.43


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Online sangha: Dialogical Vaishnavism (part 5)

June 27th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Online sangha: Dialogical Vaishnavism (part 4)

June 20th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Field Notes Issue #14 – June 14th, 2020

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Friendship is a good thing. When it is seen amongst devotees, it attracts more devotees. I will tell you a nice story. I do not know if it is from the Christian tradition or the Jewish tradition, or a combination of both. It is an interreligious story. There was a monastery where there were one abbot and five monks. They were quite elderly and becoming more and more aware of the fact that they were getting older and older and one after another they would probably make their “exit stage left”, as we say in English. They were concerned, “What to do? We are not getting any new bhaktas!”
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Online sangha: Dialogical Vaishnavism (part 3)

June 13th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Online sangha: Dialogical Vaishnavism (part 2)

May 30th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Best therapy to try during lockdown

May 25th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in news - (Comments Off)


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Online sangha: Dialogical Vaishnavism (part 1)

May 23rd, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Sri Sri Radharasabihari Goshala at ISKCON Nilachal Dham

May 19th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in news - (Comments Off)


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Field Notes Issue #13 – May 10th, 2020

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While we are deprived of the possibility to go to temples, we can worship Krishna in His Deity form at home. As Srila Prabhupada would often say (paraphrasing), “There is no restriction in the worship of Krishna. We can always worship Krishna, in any circumstances.”
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Online sangha: Krishna consciousness and politics

April 25th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Online sangha: Worshiping Krishna at home

April 18th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Field Notes Issue #12 – April 5th, 2020

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In his description of the Kali age, Shuka recites the Bhumi-gita—the Song of the Earth (BhP 12.3). In this song, Earth (as a feminine personage) laughs at the folly of countless kings in their futile efforts to conquer her. In seeking control of her, they fail to control their own sensory urges and become oblivious to their own impending death (BhP 12.3.4–5).
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United in our isolation

March 25th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Field Notes Issue #11 – March 9th, 2020

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The sound of a dog barking wakes me. It is almost three o’clock. By the faint light of an oil lamp I find a bucket in the back of the bamboo “guesthouse” (my residence in the gurukula for the past four months), then walk to the hand pumps. The chilly February air, though not as cold as one month before, makes me quick to be done with bathing. Despite my haste, I try to remember a verse from the Bhagavad-gītā which I had started to memorize yesterday: What was it again?
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Structural Analysis of Caitanya Caritramrita

March 9th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Learning process of bhakti

March 9th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Field Notes Issue #10 – February 15th, 2020

February 15th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in field notes | news - (Comments Off)
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“O son of Bharata, according to one’s existence under the various modes of nature, one evolves a particular kind of faith. The living being is said to be of a particular faith according to the modes he has acquired.”

Srila Prabhupada’s purport elaborates on this subject of three modes of nature and how we all are carried by them, because all aspects of our lives are connected with the modes of nature and so also our faith. The word sraddha-mayo… maya here means “consisting of” or, as Srila Prabhupada translates it, “full of” or in other words, everyone is full of faith. What does it mean? It means that also the atheist is full of faith. The atheist’s faith is that there is no God. If everyone is full of faith—and we see all kinds of different sorts of faith—then what does that mean? What are some implications?
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Field Notes Issue #9 – January 10th, 2020

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How to read the Bhagavad-gita

One kind of standard approach for reading the Bhagavad-gita is that of Baladeva Vidyabhusana, where he says that Bhagavad-gita deals with five topics: isvara, jiva, prakriti, kala, and karma. The Lord, the living entity, material nature, time… It is said, we cannot do anything to change these. However, the last topic, karma, is the one we can have control of. Keep these five in mind.
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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 9.11.15-17

December 29th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Being forsaken by her husband, Sītādevī entrusted her two sons to the care of Vālmīki Muni. Then, meditating upon the lotus feet of Lord Rāmacandra, she entered into the earth.Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 9.11.15-17


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Entering Vaikuntha

December 29th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Friday feast lecture

December 29th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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24 gurus

December 29th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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How I became a devotee

December 29th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Field Notes Issue #8 – December 6th, 2019

December 6th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in field notes | news - (Comments Off)
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Memories of Srila Prabhupada

LONDON, SEPTEMBER 1977
I had been traveling with Ghanasyama Prabhu (now Bhakti Tirtha Swami) in East Germany (DDR) and Austria, assisting him in his work with the “Library Party” of distributing sets of books to libraries and colleges by acting as a translator into German. We had just completed four weeks of travel and returned to Schloss Rettershof, exhausted from a long drive from Austria. As soon as we arrived, devotees told us that Srila Prabhupada is in London! Such a surprise, since we had been hearing of his failing health, and that he was remaining in Vrindavan, inviting senior disciples to come there and be with him. Hearing of Srila Prabhupada’s presence in London, without the slightest hesitation Ghanasyama Prabhu and I immediately jumped back in the car, forgetting our tiredness, and drove to London.
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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.2.11-12

November 27th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Lord Kṛṣṇa blessed Māyādevī by saying: In different places on the surface of the earth, people will give you different names, such as Durgā, Bhadrakālī, Vijayā, Vaiṣṇavī, Kumudā, Caṇḍikā, Kṛṣṇā, Mādhavī, Kanyakā, Māyā, Nārāyaṇī, Īśānī, Śāradā and Ambikā.Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.2.11-12


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Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Antya 6.18-23)

November 24th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Indeed, the caudhurī was afraid of Raghunātha dāsa because Raghunātha dāsa belonged to the kāyastha community. Although the caudhurī would chastise him with oral vibrations, he was afraid to beat him.Life’s Ultimate Goal — Love of Godhead


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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.2.6

November 20th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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To protect the Yadus, His personal devotees, from Kaṁsa’s attack, the Personality of Godhead, Viśvātmā, the Supreme Soul of everyone, ordered Yoga-māyā as follows.Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.2.6


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Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Antya 6.17)

November 17th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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“At that time there was a Muslim official collecting the taxes of Saptagrāma.”Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Antya 6.17)


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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.1.68

November 13th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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In his previous birth, Kaṁsa had been a great demon named Kālanemi and been killed by Viṣṇu. Upon learning this information from Nārada, Kaṁsa became envious of everyone connected with the Yadu dynasty.Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.1.68


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Field Notes Issue #7- November 12th, 2019

November 12th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in field notes | news - (Comments Off)
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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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Initiation ceremony (Površje/SI)

June 23rd, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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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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Lecture at Sadhu bhavan (Poland)

September 3rd, 2016 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture - (Comments Off)
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Wieści z terenu – Nr #15 – 11 czerwiec 2020

July 16th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in field notes_polish - (Comments Off)
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Idea dialogicznego Vaisnavismu jest nieco nietypowa, choć nie powinna. “Dialogiczny” zakłada dialog. Oznacza conajmniej dwie osoby rozmawiające ze sobą. Wtedy mamy rozmowę. Dialog oznacza wymianę, podczas gdy wielbiciele myślą, że jest to ulica jednokierunkowa. Rozdajemy łaskę. Nauczamy, dajemy. Jest to dobry pomysł, aby dawać, ale od Rupy Goswamiego słyszymy również o otrzymywaniu.
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