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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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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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.
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Amala bhakta Dasa narrates this history from the book, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in which Krishna saves His father from being devoured by a huge snake. The snake, it turns out, was a highly conscious being who had been cursed to become a snake. Not your average father-swallowing snake, and not an average story. note: these videos may contain pop-up ads that Krishna.com did not...
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Amala Bhakta Dasa narrates this history from the book Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead by Srila Prabhupada. Krishna deals very severely with those who would pollute His hometown, as Kaliya—a poisonous water serpent living in the Yamnua River in Vrindavan—was doing. 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 Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Krishna's mother, Yashoda, was angry with Him and tried to tie Him up. No one can tie God up, but she was finally able to do so because He let her do it, because He knew that she genuinely cared about His welfare. note: these videos may contain pop-up ads that Krishna.com did not create and neither do we...
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Amala Bhakta Dasa narrates this history from Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in which Krishna holds up a mountain for a week with the pinky finger of His left hand. He does things like that occasionally, just to remind us that He is, in fact, the Supreme Person. 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 Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. During His pastimes on earth, Krishna once fought with Banasura. "Bana" means "arrows," and "asura" means "demon." Banasura had a thousand arms. We don't know how this is anatomically possible, but we can imagine he was able to shoot many arrows simultaneously. Anyway, this is why Krishna fought with him,...
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Amala Bhakta Dasa narrates one of Krishna's childhood pastimes; killing the demon Trinavarta, who thought he was so smart that he could transform himself into a tornado, carry Krishna away, and kill Him. From the book, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Narration comes complete with theme music and a video photo montage. note: these videos may contain pop-up ads that we didn't create...