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Topic: Janmashtami

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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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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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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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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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“Our dear Lord, You have appeared in Your original unalloyed form, the eternal form of goodness, for the welfare of all living entities within this material world. Taking advantage of Your appearance, all of them can now very easily understand the nature and form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead:” —Srimad-Bhagavatam, Tenth Canto, Chapter Two The Supreme Lord is not formless or impersonal....
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Reasonable people demand reasons: "Why did the chicken cross the road? Why is the sky blue? Why is there air?" Our questioning spirit manifests early: Time for bed, honey. Why? It's eight o'clock. Why do I have to go to bed at eight o'clock? Because I said so. Why? Because I'm your mother. Why? Because I gave birth to you. Why? Time for bed, honey. Why? Why does Krishna appear here? The "whys"...
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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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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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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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For convenience and to suggest a celebration, we sometimes say that Janmastami is Krishna’s birthday, since anyone we know of on Earth, either past or present, is apparently “born” into this world. However, this is not an accurate description for Krishna (who we understand as the original feature of God), or for any of God’s other incarnations. Why? There is no “birth” or “death” for God,...
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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...