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  • Anil Talekar Hare krishna, I want to connect with ISKCON.Currently i am living in pune,India.Is any devotee here in pune to contact?
    April 3, 2017

  • Suraj Chavan I need help!!
    October 1, 2018

  • Joe Milosch Hare Krishna! I'm a vanaprastha, looking for a group of elderly Krishna Conscious people who live in a rural monastic setting. I'm 68, and never go to doctors. I have been diligently reading the Srimad Bhagavatam( about half way thru), and came to a clarification of my position in this world. I thought I was a sannyasa, but I'm actually a vanaprastha. I have baggage. To quote the SB: " Everyone should therefore seek the shelter of the Supreme Soul, the source of all living entities. No one should waste his time in the so-called happiness of materialistic household life. In the Vedic civilization, this type of crippled life is allowed only until one's fiftieth year, when one must give up family life and enter either the order of vanaprastha (inde pendent retired life for cultivation of spiritual knowledge) or sannyasa (the renounced order, in which one completely takes shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead)" So, I am engaged in an independent retired life for the cultivation of spiritual knowledge. My current place is pretty good, I have electricity, internet access, a place to garden, and no car. I go to town maybe 4 times a year. The only people around are not Krishna Conscious, and the so-called Christian conscious people are meat-eaters, drunks, and rat-racers. I won't bore you you with any more details. I can help with the bills, help maintain 1 common truck, and do electrical work. I prefer to be alone more than being in a group. I take care of myself. So.... anyone know of such a rural monastic order or a remote farm family who would accept another member in a separate cabin? I don't need to leave where I'm currently at, but as I look around, and as inevitable death draws closer and closer, I would prefer to be living near, and helping believers in Krishna. My money and time is wasted here with the non-believers. I always wanted to live on a sustainable ox-powered farm, which was Prabhupada's dream. I absolutely hate cars, to the point where I curse drivers as they pollute my air with fumes, so car-lovers need not respond. Excess car use has destroyed this world, polluting it and causing wars for oil, and a persistent rat-race. I don't know where else to post my request, so please advise me if there is a better forum. If anyone is interested, email zzmiloschxx@gmail.com. Thanks You, Hare Krishna.
    September 26, 2018

  • Sashi Sadhaki Hare Krishna! AGTSP! I have a question. A few years ago there was a DVD set called "Memories of Aindra" honouring Aindra Prabhu. I am having a hard finding it anywhere on the internet. Does anyone here know anything about this? Any info will be helpful. Thank you in advance...
    September 17, 2018

  • hemant choudhary hello jai radhaashtmi
    September 16, 2018

  • 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

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