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  • Madan Mohan "If you want to please me, DISTRIBUTE MY BOOKS"- Srila Prabhupada How many people would like to take part in the book distribution exercise to be held on July 30 on this website? For more details visit the the post written by me on July 9th. Let the transcendental battle of book distribution begin once again, here at Krishnaconnect . Any suggestions are appreciated. Hare Krishna
    July 16, 2017

  • Roger Rodpush Roger Rodpush Roger Rodpush shared a post. From Govinda Dasadasa CONCH - [SHANKHA] Conch is known as shankha in Sanskrit. Shankha in Sanskrit means “Conch holding sacred water”... Continue Reading Govinda Dasadasa shared a post to the group: Ritvik Acarya Sampradaya Association RASA. From Govinda Dasadasa CONCH-[SHANKHA] Conch is known as shankha in Sanskrit. Shankha in Sanskrit means “Conch holding sacred water” The conch Shell is a major Hindu article of prayer, used 'as a trumpet and in order to get rid of negative energy and evil spirits. The shankha is mudra is also used during various tantric rituals and meditation. The sound from the conch is associated with the sacred syllable ‘Om’ which is believed to be the first sound of creation. The Shankha or conch marks the beginning of any good work. The sound of the conch is believed to the purest form of sound which ushers in freshness and new hope.The Shankha or conch is believed to have originated from the churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan. There are two types of Shankhs – The left handed conch shell and the right handed conch shell. Left Handed Conch Shell: Shankhas which towards left (when you hold with head towards yourself) are called Vamavarti Shankhs. These are mostly ‘Blowing’ shankhs and come in various sizes and shapes. There are some Vamavarti Shankhs, which are non blowing. These are the ones where there is no opening on top. Blowing Shankh is an art and can be learned with bit of practice. It is considered very sacred to keep this at home and to blow these during daily Pooja. Shankha is usually associated with Lord Vishnu. A conch is one of the five principal weapons of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu’s conch is known as the ‘Panchjanya’ which is believed to be the most powerful among the conch shells. It is said to contain the five elements i.e water, fire, earth, sky and air. Shankha is also associated with the God of Wealth, Kubera. The right handed conch shell is kept at home by many people because it is said to bring wealth and prosperity. Right Handed conch Shell: Shankas which open towards right (when you hold with head towards yourself) are called right handed conch shell or Dakshinavarti Shankhas. is considered auspicious and is also known as Valampiri Shankha or Lakshmi Shankha. It comes in various sizes. Big ones are generally used for Abhishekam in temples or for big occasions. In Vedas there are five shankhas used at the time of worship/prayer ,namely Padmabhargav, Pancha Janya, Dhawalya, Kambhoj and Amburaj. In Bhagavat Gita Lord Krishna was possessing Pancha Janya Shankha during Mahabharata. The Pandavas were carrying the conches ie Yudhisthira carried-the shankha by name Ananta Vijaya, , Bhima carried Poundra , Arjuna-Devadutta , Nakula- Sugosha, and Sahadeva-Manipushpaka Shankhas. Significance Of Shankha शङ्खं चन्द्रार्क दैवत्यं मध्ये वरुण दैवतम् । पृष्ठे प्रजापति विद्यात् अग्रे गङ्गा सरस्वती ॥ Shankham chandraka daivatyam madhyevarunadaivatam prshte prajapatir vidyat agre ganga saraswati Meaning: In Shankha (Conch) abides the Chandra (Moon) and Arka (Sun) Devatas, and in its middle the Varuna Devata, On its back abides Prajapati and on its front Ganga and Saraswati; त्वं पुरा सागरोत्पन्नः विष्णुना विधृतः करे । पूजितः सर्व देवैश्च पाञ्चजन्य नमोऽस्तु ते ॥ Tvam pura sagarotpannah; Vishnuna vidhrtah kare, poojitah sarva devaischa panchajanya namostute. Meaning: In former times You rose from the Sea and was held by Vishnu in His Hand, You are worshipped by all the Devas; Salutations to Panchajanya, त्रैलोक्ये यानि तीर्थानि वासुदेवस्य च आज्ञया । शङ्खे तिष्ठन्ति विप्रेन्द्र तस्माच्छङ्खं प्रपूजयेत् ॥ Trailokye yani teerthani Vasudevasya chajnaya, shankhe tishtanti viprendra, tasmat shankaham prapoojayet. Meaning: Whatever Tirthas (Sacred Waters of Pilgrimages) are there in the Three Worlds, by the command of Vasudeva, … they abide inside the Shankha (Conch), O best of Wise men; Therefore Shankha is to be Worshipped, पाञ्चजन्याय विद्महे पवमानाय धीमहि । तन्नः शङ्खः प्रचोदयात् ॥ Panjajanyaya vidmahe, pavamanayadheemahi, tannah shankah prachodayat. Meaning: Om, Let us contemplate on Panchajanya (Shankha of Sri Krishna) and meditate on Pavamana, May that Shankha (i.e. Sound of Shankha) awaken our Consciousness, A Shankha or conch shell is a symbol of purity. Hence a conch shell is kept in every Hindu household with great care. It is placed on a clean red cloth or on a silver or clay pot. People usually keep water in the conch which is sprinkled while performing the puja rituals. Shankha is believed to hold the cosmic energy within itself which gets emanated when it is blown. Leaving aside the mythology part, even if you hold the Shankha near your ear, you can hear a humming sound of ocean in it. This is actually a natural vibration or cosmic energy of Earth which gets magnified on entering the conch shell. Pics of right-handed and left-handed conches are given herein. https://rodpush.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/conch-shankha-conch-is-known-as-shankha-in-sanskrit-shankha-in-sanskrit-means-conch-holding-sacred-water/ 1 Comment4 Shares 1Viraj Sharma Like Show more reactions Comment Share 8/1/18 2 Photos - View album Shared publicly Add a comment...
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  • Madhudvisa dasa We now have KrishnaConnect apps for both android and iOS You can get the android app at google play store and the iOS app in the AppStore. It is free and makes posting to krishnaconnect.com much easier.
    Apr 3

  • Mahesh J C Hare Krishna! One of the ISKCON devotees who was initiated by Srila Prabhupada writes:- Can We Be Worse Now Than Before We Joined? Vengeance, envy, anger,and discord are often higher within religious groups than elsewhere (“We have enough religion to hate, but not enough to love”). We need to be careful about this in Iskcon. Recently I came across this quote. "Religious people often become self-righteous, judgmental, resentful, condemning, etc. as they see more faults in man than other's see. Psychologists have noted that piety can easily become an unhealthy form of neurosis rather than a healthy form of religion." As devotees, we are given standards to follow, standards which can backfire by becoming a criterion upon which we judge others. This will make us more judgmental, critical and sarcastic than before we joined Iskcon. Of course, if we are advancing properly we will become more introspective about our own need to improve. But the judgment of others often happens before the introspection kicks in. Many devotees also deal with a greater sense of failure/guilt because we have extremely high principles to live up to. This can breed jealousy and envy towards those who we perceive are doing better than us. It also can cause us to feel disgusted towards those we perceive are not trying to follow Krsna consciousness well. We are supposed to serve those who have realized the truth and help those who are struggling, but those who do better than we, can easily become causes for envy and those who do not do as well can become causes for our judgments, ridicule or condemnation. Added to the above is the fact that we are emotionally invested in Iskcon and when we see situations we feel are not in line with Prabhupada's desires, we can become spiteful towards the culprits, the devotees we believe are responsible for those sub-standards. This often results in critical or hurtful statements towards leaders, and/or divisiveness. It can also put a disciple in an awkward position when his guru makes such statements. It is not impossible to create a temple in which we do more judging, condemning, and dividing than encouraging, accepting and supporting. This is not only sad but a huge failure. Added to the list of potential religious pitfalls is fanaticism which then breeds intolerance. When this fanaticism reaches the level of "I only follow, serve, honor my guru," we have degraded ourselves to the level of neophytes in which discord is inevitable. We have been plagued by this to varying degrees, in the name of guru bhakti, since Prabhupada's departure. When philosophy is put in the hands of preachers who spend more time dwelling on other's defects than their own, or who are willing to step on other's toes to serve their guru and Krsna, then we create a movement in which there are far more distrust and separation than the love and trust Prabhupada implored us to imbibe in our dealings. Prabhupada's example was of acceptance, of building a house in which all could feel welcome, encouraged, and above all fully accepted with all our faults. Unless we follow this example, we run the risk of creating a movement which, along with spreading Krsna Consciousness, is spreading something toxic, and thus a movement in which good meaning people join and can soon become more critical, judgmental, resentful, guilt-ridden - or even depressed - than before because they are not finding acceptance and encouragement for who they are. Many have left Iskcon because of this. This is sad - and bad. Of course, to root out this kind of negativity we must start with ourselves. Accept, appreciate, and encourage others. If something is wrong, correct with a heart to help, not condemn. Inspire more than criticize. Many times Prabhupada said "Love and trust." I think we need a lot more of this. Hare Krishna!
    July 4, 2016

  • Bhupen Kumar Acharya Who and How can be a bonafide spiritual master for me Online.
    March 14, 2017

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