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Topic: Krishna's pastimes

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"Important" activities of "important" people on this "important" planet get big media coverage. Fifty-foot high video billboards in the center of the city, full-page ads in major papers, and TV commercials are all designed to help us all appreciate the importance of such people and their "important" activities, and sell product. But because nothing happens on this tiny, temporary planet that's...
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The gates of the Krishna-Balarama Temple in Vrindavan, India Vrindavan is a town in north central India, about ninety miles southeast of Delhi. Traditionally acknowledged as the place of Krishna’s childhood pastimes, it is known as one of the holy dhamas—residences of the Supreme Being—and is one of the most frequented pilgrimage sites on the subcontinent. Srimad-Bhagavatam describes the...
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Krishna with His mother, Yasoda Janmashtami is the yearly observance of Krishna's appearance on earth. It is one of the world's most widely observed spiritual festivals. Krishna's "birth," janma, occurred at midnight on ashtami, the eighth day after the full moon in the Vedic calendar. Krishna's appearance is significant on many levels, and is something of a paradox. He's the beginningless...
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If I were to tell you I knew a story about a boy who swallowed a raging forest fire to save his friends and relatives, you’d probably think it was a fairy tale. Boys don’t swallow forest fires. If I were to tell you the story was about how God swallowed a raging forest fire, you might consider more seriously the possibility of the story’s being true. God has been known to part seas, hold...
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What follows is a transcription of a talk given by Srila Prabhupada in Montreal in observance of Janmashtami in 1968. From the Complete Srila Prabhupada mp3 Library A transcription of this lecture is also available on the Bhaktivedanta Vedabase. Note: The Vedabase transcription includes bonus material which the recording omits. As Prabhupada is ending his lecture, he asks all the devotees...
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How Krishna came to wear peacock feathers upon His head The Qualities of Lord Krishna Lord Krishnas' pastimes of stealing butter Krishna plays in the village (*NOTE: If audio player doesn't appear, refresh the page.)
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One fall day in 1972, the part of Philadelphia called University City was overrun by bright yellow posters. A rapid metastasis followed. The next day the posters had taken over Center City, and yellow tendrils were reaching delicately along main avenues toward the outlying districts. The following morning all the telephone poles on the street before our Krishna temple were infested with shining...
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Lord Krishna Wearing a Peacock Feather on His Head Harinama Dasi narrates how Krishna came to wear a peacock feather upon His head. In case you've ever wondered. Listen to other narrations of Krishna's pastimes by Harinama Dasi: Lord Krishna Steals Butter Krishna Plays in the Village of Vrindavan The Qualities of Sri Krishna
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The birth of Krishna as related in the Srimad-Bhagavatam and narrated by Amala Bhakta dasa. (*NOTE: If audio player doesn't appear, refresh the page.)
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The Transcendental Qualities of Krishna Harinama Dasi narrates Krishna's transcendental qualities from Nectar of Devotion. Listen to other pastimes of Lord Krishna, narrated by Harinama Chintamani Dasi: Lord Krishna Steals Butter Krishna Plays in the Village of Vrindavan Why Krishna Wears Peacock Feathers
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Among the selected books of Vedic literature His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada translated and wrote commentaries on, the trilogy known as Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead is unique. Srila Prabhupada’s Krishna books directly tell us what God is like in His original, personal form and what He and His liberated associates are doing in the eternal, spiritual world. In...
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Diwali Diwali is a five-day festival widely known as the Hindu New Year, and comes from the Sanskrit word dipavali (dipa, lights and vali, numerous. The festival is commonly observed by illuminating hundreds of candles in homes, temples and public spaces, and by offering opulent preparations of food to the deity. In ancient times, Diwali was first observed by the citizens of Ayodhya to celebrate...
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Anything done to please Krishna, at any time, at any place, under any circumstance, is beneficial. As Krishna Himself says about devotional service to Him, "In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear." (Bg. 2.40) Such is the benefit of devotional service in general. However, during certain times of...
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In this lecture, given in Hamburg, Germany on Janmastami day on September 4, 1969, Prabhupada stresses how important it is to use our senses to serve Krishna in order to be able to understand anything about Him. IMPORTANT NOTE: The entire transcription of this lecture follows below the audio players—so, read along! If the audio player doesn't appear right away, refresh the page. Hamburg part 1...
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Janmastami: Krishna’s “birthday”? A yearly reminder that Krishna intervenes in human affairs, so that we'll have something to talk about besides the same old mundane news—none of which is ever really "new" anyway. Read here The Advent of Lord Krishna Please enjoy this famous excerpt from Krishna Book by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, wherein he describes the...
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Right to left: Lord Jagannatha, Subhadra Devi, and Lord Baladeva Ratha-yatra, or the Festival of Chariots, is a joyous event celebrated for thousands of years in the Indian holy city of Jagannatha Puri, and more recently by Hare Krishna devotees in cities around the world. Another name for Krishna, Jagannatha refers to the ecstatic form of the Lord with large eyes and rugged features...
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Premananda Gaura Das gives a candid and touching interview about a favorite Krishna pastime.
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The seemingly ordinary activities of Lord Chaitanya as a child are entirely transcendental. Who would have thought that a child at play could topple the bastions of monism and pantheism? Continuing a special series of articles commemorating the five-hundredth anniversary of Lord Chaitanya's appearance in Mayapur, West Bengal. By His life and teachings, He inaugurated the Hare Krishna movement....
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"Elevation to the ecstatic stage of life is generally attained through association with pure devotees, while elevation to that stage by the special mercy of Krishna or His devotee is very rare." Today's Smart Quote is from the Nectar of Devotion , Chapter 17, "Ecstatic Love": Elevation to this stage of ecstasy can be possible in two ways. One way is by constant association with pure devotees....
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"A pure devotee does not care whether he is put into heaven or hell; he is satisfied anywhere, provided he can constantly remember the lotus feet of the Lord." Today's Smart Quote is from Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Chapter Sixty-nine, "The Great Sage Narada Visits the Different Homes of Lord Krishna": . . . A pure devotee never asks for any kind of material or spiritual...
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"The words of Krishna are so attractive that they can immediately change the heart of even His opponent. His words can immediately solve all of the questions and problems of the world. Although He does not speak very long, each and every word from His mouth contains volumes of meaning." Today's Smart Quote is from the Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 21, "Qualities Of Sri Krishna": Fluent A person...
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" . . . His [Krishna's] going to the school of Sandipani Muni was to show the people of the world that however great or ingenious one may be, he must go to higher authorities for general education. However great one may be, he must accept a teacher or spiritual master." Today's Smart Quote is from the Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 21, "Qualities Of Sri Krishna": Highly Intelligent A man is...
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"My dear friend, just see how Krishna has nicely composed songs and how He dances and speaks funny words and plays on His flute, wearing such nice garlands. He has dressed Himself in such an enchanting way, as though He had defeated all kinds of players at the chessboard. He lives wonderfully at the topmost height of artistic craftsmanship." Today's Smart Quote is from the Nectar of Devotion,...
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"By nature and constitution, every living being—including the Supreme Lord and each of His parts and parcels—is meant for eternal enjoyment. The living beings who are encaged in the material tabernacle are constantly seeking enjoyment, but they are seeking it on the wrong platform." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Seven of Sri Isopanishad: PURPORT (excerpt): The spiritual...
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"The Parabrahman [Supreme Absolute Truth] is as much a person as the individual entities. Neither the Lord nor the living entities are impersonal." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Seven of Sri Isopanishad: TRANSLATION PURPORT (excerpt): The Parabrahman is as much a person as the individual entities. Neither the Lord nor the living entities are impersonal. Such...
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"One who properly prepares for the time of death is really intelligent, while one who thinks he can remain at home forever and enjoy the association of his wife and children is a fool." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 3, in the section entitled, "Death, a Critical Time of Life." One who properly prepares for the time of death is really intelligent, while one who thinks...
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" . . . the soul itself is not subject to death . . . but leaving the present body and entering into another body is very painful. At death the living entity can no longer bear to remain in his present body- the pain is so acute." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 4, in the section entitled, "Neither Birth Nor Death." At the time of death people become very anxious to...
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"An ideal householder should learn from the behavior of Lord Krishna how to rise early in the morning, however comfortably he may be lying in bed embraced by his wife." Today's Smart Quote is from Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Chapter Seventy, "Lord Krishna's Daily Activities": . . . In the garden within the compound of each palace there were parijata flowers. The parijata is...
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" . . . the Lord awards enjoyment to living entities in proportion to their qualifications, but good qualifications in themselves are not sufficient to enable one to receive awards. The mercy of the Lord is also required." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Eight of Sri Isopanishad: PURPORT (excerpt): . . . In this mantra, as well as in many other Vedic mantras, it is clearly...
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"When Lord Krishna appeared on earth five thousand years ago, He displayed His full manifestation as the Personality of Godhead through His various activities. In His childhood He killed many powerful demons . . . and there was no question of His having acquired such power through any extraneous endeavor. He lifted Govardhana Hill without ever practicing weight-lifting." Today's Smart Quote...
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"There are two kinds of supreme purity. When one type is possessed, one is able to deliver a sinful person. When the other type is possessed, one does not do anything which is impure. A person who possesses either of these qualities is called supremely pure. Krishna is both . . ." Today's Smart Quote is from the Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 21, "Qualities Of Sri Krishna": There are two kinds of...
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"All the sixteen thousand wives of Krishna were so exquisitely beautiful that their smiling and shyness were able to captivate the minds of great demigods like Lord Siva. But still they could not even agitate the mind of Krishna, in spite of their attractive feminine behavior." Today's Smart Quote is from the Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 21, "Qualities Of Sri Krishna": A person who can control...
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"This material nature, which is one of My energies, is working under My direction, O son of Kunti, producing all moving and nonmoving beings. Under its rule this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again." Today's Smart Quote is from the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.10: TRANSLATION This material nature, which is one of My energies, is working under My direction, O son of Kunti,...
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"The Personality of Godhead, who conducts the creation, maintenance and annihilation of the complete cosmic manifestation, cannot be a human being. Yet there are many foolish men who consider Krishna to be merely a powerful man and nothing more." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.11: TRANSLATION Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not...
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"One who has not conquered his senses cannot conquer the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is the secret of devotional service. To conquer the senses means to engage them constantly in the service of the Lord." Today's Smart Quote is from Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Chapter Seventy–Two, "The Liberation of King Jarasandha": . . . Lord Krishna told King Yudhishthira that He...
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"Although understanding God is very difficult, it is not difficult when God Himself gives us His own knowledge. Actually that is the only process by which we can understand God. To understand God by our own speculation is not possible, for God is unlimited and we are limited." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter One, in the section entitled, "A Definition of...
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"Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is omnipotent, and if He wants to kill someone, no one can save that person. Similarly, if He wants to save someone, no one can kill him." Today's Smart Quote is from Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Chapter Seventy–Two, "The Liberation of King Jarasandha": . . . On the twenty-eighth day, Bhimasena told Krishna, “My dear Krishna, I...
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"If we worship the Supreme Lord, we will certainly reach Him in His eternal abode, and if we worship demigods like the sun-god or moon-god, we can reach their respective planets without a doubt. And if we wish to remain on this wretched planet with our planning commissions and our stopgap political adjustments, we can certainly do that also." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra...
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"Krishna is always remembered, and His name is always chanted by millions of devotees, but the devotees never become saturated. Instead of becoming disinterested in thinking of Krishna and in chanting His holy name, the devotees get newer and newer impetus to continue the process." Today's Smart Quote is from the Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 22, "Qualities of Krishna Further Explained": Krishna...
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"Bhagavad-gita, which was imparted five thousand years ago, is still being read repeatedly by many, many men, and still new light is always being found in it. Therefore, Krishna and His name, fame, qualities—and everything in relationship with Him—is ever fresh." Today's Smart Quote is from the Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 22, "Qualities of Krishna Further Explained": Krishna is always...
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"Krishna is the father of all living entities. He is not happy that all these souls in the material world are rotting like hogs. Therefore He sends His representatives. In the case of Lord Jesus Christ, Krishna sent His son." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 9, in the section entitled, "Changing Bodies." Krishna is the father of all living entities. He is not happy that...
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". . . Not only are our father and mother parts and parcels of Krishna, but the creator, grandmother and grandfather, etc., are also Krishna. Actually any living entity, being part and parcel of Krishna, is Krishna." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.17: TRANSLATION I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire. I am the object...
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". . by eating sanctified foodstuffs one's very existence becomes purified; by the purification of existence finer tissues in the memory become sanctified, and when memory is sanctified one can think of the path of liberation, and all these combined together lead to Krishna consciousness, the great necessity of present-day society." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It...
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"When there is an epidemic disease, an antiseptic vaccine protects a person from the attack of such an epidemic. Similarly, food offered to Lord Vishnu and then taken by us makes us sufficiently resistant to material affection, and one who is accustomed to this practice is called a devotee of the Lord." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.14: TRANSLATION The...
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"We should always remember that the conditioned souls in material nature are all eager for material enjoyment. But the Vedic directions are so made that one can satisfy one's perverted desires, then return to Godhead, having finished his so-called enjoyment." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.15: TRANSLATION Regulated activities are prescribed in the Vedas,...
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". . . This is the disease of political power. As soon as a king becomes rich in material opulences, he wants to dominate other nations by military aggression. Similarly, mercantile men want to monopolize a certain type of business and control other mercantile groups. Impelled by false prestige and infatuated by material opulences, human society, instead of striving for Krishna consciousness,...
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Several years after Srila Prabhupada first arrived in America, a disciple discovered the diary he had kept during his passage from India on the steamship Jaladuta. Inside was a poem, handwritten in Bengali, that Srila Prabhupada had written on board the ship just after it had arrived in Boston harbor. The poem beautifully captures Srila Prabhupada's first impressions of Western civilization and...
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". . . a Krishna conscious person is no longer interested in material activities and no longer takes pleasure in material arrangements like wine, women and similar infatuations." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.17: TRANSLATION But for one who takes pleasure in the self, whose human life is one of self-realization, and who is satisfied in the self only, fully...
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" . . . by this Krishna consciousness movement we are trying to educate people so that they can understand that they are not these bodies but are spirit souls. The business of human life is different from the business of cats and dogs. That is our message." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Seven, in the section entitled, "Build Your Nation on the Spiritual...
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"It was impossible even for learned scholars to oppose Caitanya for a long time, for there was some spell in him which touched their hearts and made them weep for their spiritual improvement." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Teachings of Lord Caitanya: While at Benares, Caitanya had an interview with the learned sannyasis of that town in the house of a Maratha brahmana who had...
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"His sentiments carried him far and wide in the firmament of spirituality every day and night, and all his admirers and followers watched him throughout. . . He sang and danced, took no care of himself and oft-times lost himself in religious beatitude. All who came to him believed in him as the all-beautiful God appearing in the nether world for the benefit of mankind." Today's Smart Quote is...
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". . . Since everyone is part and parcel of Krishna, there is no qualitative difference between Krishna and all living entities. Everything is an emanation of Krishna’s energies, material and spiritual. Krishna’s energies are like the heat and light of fire; there is no difference between the quality of heat and light and the fire itself." Today's Smart Quote is from Krishna, the Supreme...
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"As long as a man is in the full vigor of life, he forgets the naked truth of death, which he has to meet." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter One, in the section entitled, "The Art of Dying" Although the media are generally obsessed with violence and death, our perception of death and dying is superficial. Srila Prabhupada observes, "As long as a man is in...
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"The living entity entangled in different types of fruitive activity is like a silkworm trapped in a cocoon. Getting free is very difficult unless one is helped by the Supreme Personality of Godhead." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 11, in the section entitled, "Pain and Pleasure." Often big svamis talk about attaining "Brahman realization" but do not remove themselves...
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". . . It is the Vedic injunction that whenever there is blasphemy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one must immediately leave. If he does not do so, he becomes bereft of his pious activities and is degraded to a lower condition of life." Today's Smart Quote is from Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Chapter Seventy–Four, "The Deliverance of Sisupala": . . . Sisupala went crazy...
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"In the millions and millions of universes there are innumerable planets, and each and every one of them is different from the others by its cosmic constitution. All of these planets are situated in a corner of the brahmajyoti. This brahmajyoti is but the personal rays of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda, whom I worship.." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Mantra Fifteen...
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". . . the Supreme Personality of Godhead, being absolute, can give salvation to everyone, whether one acts as His enemy or as His friend. It is therefore a misconception that the Lord acts with someone in relationship of friend and with someone else in the relationship of enemy.." Today's Smart Quote is from Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Chapter Seventy–Four, "The Deliverance of...
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". . . In a public vehicle like a railway carriage, we meet and sit down together with some unknown friends and become members of the same vehicle for a short time, but in due course we separate, never to meet again. Similarly, in a long sojourn of life, we get a temporary sitting accommodation in a so-called family, country, or society, but when the time is up, we are unwillingly separated...
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". . . even a leaf or a little water or fruit can be offered to the Supreme Lord in genuine love and the Lord will be pleased to accept it. No one, therefore, can be barred from Krishna consciousness, because it is so easy and universal. Who is such a fool that he does not want to be Krishna conscious by this simple method and thus attain the highest perfectional life of eternity, bliss and...
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". . . although we have to follow in the footsteps of the Lord, we still have to remember that we cannot imitate Him. Following and imitating are not on the same level. We cannot imitate the Lord by lifting Govardhana Hill, as the Lord did in His childhood." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.24: TRANSLATION If I did not perform prescribed duties, all these...
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". . . A Krishna conscious person does not do anything which is not conducive to development of Krishna consciousness. He may even act exactly like the ignorant person, who is too much attached to material activities, but one is engaged in such activities for the satisfaction of his sense gratification, whereas the other is engaged for the satisfaction of Krishna." Today's Smart Quote is from...
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"There are different stages of devotional service and God realization. Strictly speaking, anyone who accepts the existence of God is situated in devotional service. To acknowledge that God is great is something, but not much." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Teachings of Lord Caitanya: There are different stages of devotional service and God realization. Strictly speaking,...
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". . . In the beginning of Krishna consciousness, one may not fully discharge the injunctions of the Lord, but because one is not resentful of this principle and works sincerely without consideration of defeat and hopelessness, he will surely be promoted to the stage of pure Krishna consciousness." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.31: TRANSLATION Those...
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" . . So-called love here means that "you gratify my senses, I'll gratify your senses," and as soon as that gratification stops, immediately there is divorce, separation, quarrel, and hatred. So many things are going on under this false conception of love. Actual love means love of God, Krishna." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Seven, in the section...
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". . . this world is temporary and full of miseries, not habitable for any sane gentleman. . . The devotional service of the Supreme Lord is the only process by which all problems of all classes of men can be solved. Everyone should therefore take to Krishna consciousness and make his life perfect." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.33: TRANSLATION How much...
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"We cannot imagine how things work in the spiritual world where everything is spiritual. It is not that Krishna does not eat or that we imagine that He eats; He actually eats, but His eating is different from ours.." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Teachings of Lord Caitanya: The Brahma-samhita also confirms that the spiritual body of the Supreme Lord is so powerful that any...
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". . . no intelligent person can reject this method of hearing the transcendental pastimes of the Lord again and again; simply by hearing, one can remain always steeped in transcendental pleasure. Thus one will not be attracted by material sense gratification.." Today's Smart Quote is from Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Chapter Eighty, "The Meeting of Lord Krishna with Sudama...
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". . . If by intelligence one engages one's mind in Krishna consciousness, by complete surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, then, automatically, the mind becomes stronger, and even though the senses are very strong, like serpents, they will be no more effective than serpents with broken fangs." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.42: TRANSLATION...
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". . Bhagavad-gita does not advise us to go to any of the planets in this material world, because even if we go to Brahmaloka, the highest planet, through some sort of mechanical contrivance by maybe traveling for forty thousand years (and who would live that long?), we will still find the material inconveniences of birth, death, disease and old age." Today's Smart Quote is from the...
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". . . Material opulence can be the cause of degradation and also the cause of elevation, according to the purposes for which it is used. If opulence is used for sense gratification it is the cause of degradation, and if used for the service of the Lord it is the cause of elevation.." Today's Smart Quote is from Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Chapter Eighty-one, "The Brahmana...
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" . . . the Absolute Truth, Krishna, is good in any and all circumstances. Whether He is enjoying in the company of His devotees or killing the demons, He remains the Absolute Truth, and therefore all His pastimes are equally purifying to hear." Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 16, in the section entitled, "Lord Krishna's Transcendental Pastimes." As mentioned above,...
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"Krishna knows that living entities do not understand the extent of His opulences . . . we can understand only a few of the principal details of the Supreme Lord, for His features are unlimited. It is not possible to understand them all." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is 10.19: TRANSLATION The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Yes, I will tell you of My...
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" . . . when the Lord says that at the time of death whoever thinks of Him as Brahman or Paramatma or as the Personality of Godhead certainly enters into the spiritual sky, there is no doubt about it. There is no question of disbelieving it." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is: The devotee, who wants to enjoy the association of the Lord, enters into the...
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" . . . We work not with our body, actually, but with our mind and intelligence. So if the intelligence and the mind are always engaged in the thought of the Supreme Lord, then naturally the senses are also engaged in His service." Today's Smart Quote is from the Introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is: We work not with our body, actually, but with our mind and intelligence. So if the...
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" . . . No one can see the entire universe while sitting in one place. Even the most advanced scientist cannot see what is going on in other parts of the universe. But a devotee like Arjuna can see everything that exists in any part of the universe. Krishna gives him the power to see anything he wants to see, past, present and future.." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita...
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" . . Devotees who are correctly situated in a transcendental relationship with Krishna are attracted by loving features, not by a godless display of opulences. The playmates of Krishna, the friends of Krishna and the parents of Krishna never want Krishna to show His opulences. They are so immersed in pure love that they do not even know that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.."...
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" . . Ignorance is the cause of sinful life, and sinful life is the cause of one's dragging on in material existence. The human form of life is the only loophole by which one may get out of this entanglement.." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 4.31: TRANSLATION O best of the Kuru dynasty, without sacrifice one can never live happily on this planet or in this...
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" . . One has to give up this body—today, tomorrow, or maybe the day after that. One has to. But a person who has understood Krishna will not have to take another material body. He goes directly to the spiritual world and takes birth in one of the spiritual planets.." Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Five, in the section entitled, "Practicing Yoga in the...
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" . . 'What is the most wonderful thing in this world? . . . The most wonderful thing is that at every moment one can see that his friends, his fathers, and his relatives have died, but he is thinking, 'I shall live forever.'" Today's Smart Quote is from the Science of Self Realization, Chapter Five, in the section entitled, "Practicing Yoga in the Modern Age" . . . Maharaja Yudhishthira...
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"No one knows where compassion should be applied. Compassion for the dress of a drowning man is senseless. A man fallen in the ocean of nescience cannot be saved simply by rescuing his outward dress--the gross material body." Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.1: TRANSLATION Sanjaya said: Seeing Arjuna full of compassion, his mind depressed, his eyes full...
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" . . Without religious principles what is the difference between a dog and a man? Man can understand religion, but a dog cannot. That is the difference. So if human society remains on the level of dogs and cats, how can you expect a peaceful society? If you bring a dozen dogs and put them together in a room, will it be possible to keep them peaceful? Similarly, if human society is filled...
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In Hawaii, clear turquoise waves lapped at my knees while a multicolored sea turtle gently fed near my feet. It's the allure of water that draws people to that peaceful, beautiful spot, like so many places people go to relax and rejuvenate. Several months later in London, across two oceans from Hawaii, friends took me for exercise in an indoor heated pool. Although the sports club lacked...
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A four-part talk on the history of Krishna’s appearance, given in the actual place where Krishna appeared on Earth, Vrindavan, India, by Radhanath Swami. Recorded at Gokula Mahavan, the site of some of Krishna's earliest childhood pastimes. (**NOTE: If the audio player isn't visible immediately, refresh the page.) Part One: The Importance of Hearing Krishna's Pastimes Considering our...
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JanmāṣhṭamīLord Śrī Krishna’s Appearance Day Lectureby His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda London, August 21, 1973 Prabhupāda: (chants maṅgalācaraṇa prayers) His Excellency, the High Commissioner; ladies and gentlemen, I thank you very much for your coming here and participating in this ceremony, Janmā...
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Krishna and Balarama In honor of Balarama Jayanti (the appearance day of Lord Balarama) Harinama Chintamani Dasi narrates the pastime of Balarama visiting Vrindavan, from Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead written by Srila Prabhupada.
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On a field near Govardhana Hill, in the twilight, the demon Arishtasura had assumed the form of a bull and, at King Kamsa’s order, had tried to kill Lord Krishna. Instead, the Lord had slain him. Just prior to his attack, Krishna had been chatting with His girlfriends, the gopis of Vrindavana, who had become quite frightened by the demon’s angry bellowing. Krishna strolled over to them, expecting...
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Krishna, the Supreme Person, expands Himself into many other forms of God in order to enjoy transcendental pastimes and to create and oversee the material world. Balarama is Krishna's first expansion, who often appears as Krishna's brother. Through Balarama come countless other avatars, forms of God. Here, Harinama Dasi narrates "The Glories of Lord Balarama"— the Introduction to Chaitanya...
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Harinama dasi reads The advent of Krishna from the Krishna Book—a summary of the Tenth Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam which describes the activities of Krishna Himself. Duration: 25 min. More: Harinam Cintamani dasi narrates several of Lord Krishna's pastimes. Advent of Lord Krishna How Krishna came to wear peacock feathers upon His head The Qualities of Lord Krishna Lord Krishnas'...
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In former times Lord Krishna would personally participate in the cosmic struggle between good and evil. What can He do in these days of moral ambiguity? These days most people think it simple-minded to see the world as an arena where the forces of good contest the forces of evil. We no longer view things in black and white but shades of grey; we have become used to moral ambiguity, and for good...
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Prabhupada on Janmashtami Recorded lectures with full transcriptions of Srila Prabhupada speaking on Janmashtami, Krishna's appearance anniversary, in: London, August 21, 1973 Montreal, 1968 Hamburg, September 4, 1969 Reading from his book Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead The Advent of Lord Krishna: The Birth of Lord Krishna: Read along on Vedabase.com "Now He Has...
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The following conversation between His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and David Lawrence, a British schoolteacher, took place in August 1973 during an early morning walk in London. David Lawrence: In the Srimad-Bhagavatam there seems to be a great deal of … demonology, if you like. Now, I confess this raises problems for me. Are the references to, say, the demoness Putana...
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If God is inconceivable, as the scriptures state, can we really know anything about Him? Sri Ishopanishad states that Krishna is simultaneously very far away and very close. The Vedic scriptures encourage us: The best way to know Krishna and bring Him closer is to hear about Him. As we open any book about Krishna, we’ll immediately feel the richness of the clear and scientific knowledge it...
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The Lila of the Bewilderment of Brahma Those who, even while remaining situated in their established social positions, throw away the process of speculative knowledge and with their body, words and mind offer all respects to descriptions of your personality and activities, dedicating their lives to these narrations, which are sung by you personally and by your pure devotees, certainly conquer...
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The seemingly ordinary activities of Lord Chaitanya as a child are entirely transcendental. Who would have thought that a child at play could topple the bastions of monism and pantheism? One day shortly after He learned to walk Lord Chaitanya was playing with other small neighborhood children when His mother, Srimati Sacidevi, brought Him a dish filled with rice and sweets. After asking her child...
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.center { text-align:center; } This song describes Krishna's early childhood pastime of running from His mother when she tried to punish Him for stealing butter from the gopis, the cowherd women of Vrindavan. For this special month of Karttika, devotees around the world sing these prayers every day. Each verse describes various exceptional qualities or features of Krishna. Sing along with...
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From Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.11.16-17, Purport, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada: "Baladeva [Balarama]: He is the divine son of Vasudeva by his wife Rohini. He is also known as Rohini-nandana, the beloved son of Rohini. He was also entrusted to Nanda Maharaja along with His mother, Rohini, when Vasudeva embraced imprisonment by mutual agreement with Kamsa. So Nanda Maharaja is...
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Amala Bhakta Dasa narrates Krishna's birth in prison and subsequent jailbreak from the book "Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead," complete with theme music and a video photo montage. note: these videos may contain pop-up ads that we didn't create and neither do we endorse.
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Amala Bhakta Dasa narrates this history from the book, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in which Krishna shows one of His friends how much He appreciates even the most insignificant gift. note: these videos may contain pop-up ads that Krishna.com did not create and neither do we endorse.
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Amala Bhakta Dasa narrates this history from the book, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in which Krishna rescues a damsel in distress with all the bravado and flair you might expect from the Supreme Personality of Godhead. note: these videos may contain pop-up ads that Krishna.com did not create and neither do we endorse.