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    Posted: 7 weeks 8 hours ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    (this blog is recorded on the full page: quick time player needed) [Reposted from 10-11-2011]One of the recommendations for advancing in devotional service is the observance of Kartika Vrata (special devotional practices) especially in Vrindavana, India, or at some holy place, but anywhere that we worship Krishna during the Vedic month of Kartika, or Damodara, which corresponds to October-November. It began yesterday on the full moon and continues to the following full moon. As the next...
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    Posted: 7 weeks 5 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    As I recover from the flu I realize that my whole life is about recovering from impositions. Think about yourself as a soul with no material identity or externals— what then belongs or covers you? The body we are so attached to— whether we like it or not— gradually deteriorates and turns to dust. Our material ego fiercely defends impositions or whatever temporary position or possessions we define ourselves by or think "this is me.” I am a “this or a that,” a created handle we cling to, with...
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    Posted: 9 weeks 6 days ago
    Author: Bhakta David
    [Excerpts from two of inmate Bhakta David's letters] Dear Mother Bhakti-lata, Hare Kṛṣṇa! My most humble obeisances to you. Jaya Srila Prabhupada! I am so very grateful for all the books you sent me and I wish there was more time in the day, but I try to read at least fifty pages each day from a few of them. I am learning and enjoying the process so much! I actually find that now I crave reading this Kṛṣṇa conscious material over the mundane. Still, I am but an infant and have very far to...
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    Posted: 10 weeks 3 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    It seems as we age we're forced to become more bodily conscious in terms of keeping the body alive. Most of our lives we're on automatic pilot, unconscious of the limits of physicality, searching for happiness, a calling. Sitting in the dermatologist lobby surrounded by other gray haired folk, deep wrinkles, signs of reduced capacity, a beautiful, well furbished waiting room. I notice soft conversations, mental activity, others read, daydream, or me, write, many study their smart phones, the...
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    Posted: 11 weeks 3 days ago
    Author: Karnamrita Das
    [reposted from 9-21-2010] We have had back to back to back holy days commemorating the appearance or disappearance of great saints in Gaudiya Vaishnavism. These include the appearance day of Shrila Jiva Gosvami (sort of hidden by Lord Vamanadeva’s appearance on the same day), the appearance of Bhaktivinoda Thakur, and today, the disappearance day of the “namacharya” (great teacher of the glories of the holy name) Shrila Haridas Thakur. Though I can’t do them justice especially in the same...
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