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  • Sarnaduti Brahma dravya-yajñās tapo-yajñā yoga-yajñās tathāpare svādhyāya-jñāna-yajñāś ca yatayaḥ saṁśita-vratāḥ SYNONYMS dravya-yajñāḥ—sacrificing one's possessions; tapo-yajñāḥ—sacrifice in austerities; yoga-yajñāḥ—sacrifice in eightfold mysticism; tathā—thus; apare—others; svādhyāya—sacrifice in the study of the Vedas; jñāna-yajñāḥ—sacrifice in advancement of transcendental knowledge; ca—also; yatayaḥ—enlightened; saṁśita—taken to strict; vratāḥ-vows. TRANSLATION There are others who, enlightened by sacrificing their material possessions in severe austerities, take strict vows and practice the yoga of eightfold mysticism, and others study the Vedas for the advancement of transcendental knowledge. PURPORT These sacrifices may be fitted into various divisions. There are persons who are sacrificing their possessions in the form of various kinds of charities. In India, the rich mercantile community or princely orders open various kinds of charitable institutions like dharmaśālā, anna-kṣetra, atithi-śālā, anathalaya, vidyāpīṭha, etc. In other countries, too, there are many hospitals, old age homes and similar charitable foundations meant for distributing food, education and medical treatment free to the poor. All these charitable activities are called dravyamaya-yajña. There are others who, for higher elevation in life or for promotion to higher planets within the universe, voluntarily accept many kinds of austerities such as candrāyana and cāturmāsya. These processes entail severe vows for conducting life under certain rigid rules. For example, under the cāturmāsya vow the candidate does not shave for four months during the year (July to October), he does not eat certain foods, does not eat twice in a day and does not leave home. Such sacrifice of the comforts of life is called tapomaya-yajña. There are still others who engage themselves in different kinds of mystic yogas like the Patañjali system (for merging into the existence of the Absolute), or haṭha-yoga or aṣṭāṅga-yoga (for particular perfections). And some travel to all the sanctified places of pilgrimage. All these practices are called yoga-yajña, sacrifice for a certain type of perfection in the material world. There are others who engage themselves in the studies of different Vedic literatures, specifically the Upaniṣads and Vedānta-sūtras, or the sāṅkhya philosophy. All of these are called svādhyāya-yajña, or engagement in the sacrifice of studies. All these yogīs are faithfully engaged in different types of sacrifice and are seeking a higher status of life. Kṛṣṇa consciousness, is, however, different from these because it is the direct service of the Supreme Lord. Kṛṣṇa consciousness cannot be attained by any one of the above-mentioned types of sacrifices but can be attained only by the mercy of the Lord and His bona fide devotee. Therefore, Kṛṣṇa consciousness is transcendental. (Bhagavad-gita As It Is - Chapter 4: Transcendental Knowledge - Text 28 - His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada) http://prabhupadabooks.com/bg/4/28
    May 1, 2015

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  • Jigish Vaidya While reading Srila Prabhupad’s writings I came across a very touching illustration showing how Krishna consciousness empowers and protects true devotees against all odds. The story was about Maharaja (king) Ambarisha who underwent wrath of one of the most powerful sages of all times named Durvasa Muni and remained unscathed from the potentially dire consequences. Durvasa Muni once became angry on Ambarisha because he refused to eat with Durvasa due to his fasting in the devotion of Lord Krishna. King Ambarisha silently tolerated all the sage’s injustices and emerged victorious. The king was able to control his senses because of these qualifications mentioned in Shrimad Bhawatam. King Ambarisha fixed his mind on the lotus feet of Lord Krishna, engaged his words in describing the abode of the Lord, his hands in cleansing the temple of the Lord, his ears in hearing the pastimes of the Lord, his eyes in seeing the form of the Lord, his body in touching the body of the devotee, his nostrils in smelling the flavor of the flowers offered to the lotus feet of the Lord, his tongue in tasting the tulasi leaves offered to Him, his legs in travelling to the holy place where his temple is situated, his head in offering the obeisances unto the Lord, and his desires in fulfilling the desire of the Lord. These qualifications made him capable of emerging from his much stronger opponent sage Durvasa. We can learn more about this episode in Shrimad Bhawatam canto 9, chapter 4. Hare Krishna!
    September 22, 2017

  • Roger Rodpush Roger Rodpush Rare Photos of Srila Prabhupada 2,195 views Lilavilasini devi dasi Published on Oct 15, 2009 song from the CD union.. by RAsa kim waters https://www.youtube.com/embed/F_lgp8uQ6v8 <iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/F_lgp8uQ6v8" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Category - Travel & Events License - Standard YouTube License
    Feb 11

  • jegajothy vythilingam Wearing of neck beads. How many lines of neck beads must one wear? Are there any guidelines or rules of the number of lines one must wear for the different categories of vaishnavs, eg those not initiated yet, or those who just joined KC, etc. Also if say one wears 3 lines of the neck beads, must these lines be separate of each other, that each line is formed individually.  OR can one form one long line and then circle the neck 3 times to form 3 lines of these beads round the neck?  I have to look for new neck beads to replace the old ones that got cut by accident during a haircut, thus my inquiry.  Earlier I had 3 separate lines of beads for my neck beads.  But recently I saw a dandavat stringing his, all into one, and then making 3 rounds round his neck.  Hare Krishna
    September 1, 2016

  • Hrishikesh Nath "I thank you very much for your sincere appreciation, and for your feelings of imperfectness. The more you think as imperfect, the more you make actual progress in Krishna Consciousness. This hankering after perfection is seen in even the most perfect devotees. So we should never think of being perfect at any stage. Actually, Krishna Consciousness is unlimited, because Krishna is unlimited, so we do not know at which point the perfection is there. Even Krishna Himself thinks that he is imperfect to understand Radharani's feelings of devotion; and to understand the devotional feelings of Radharani, He became Lord Caitanya, to worship Krishna in the feelings of Radharani." (Prabhupada letter to Hamsaduta -- Los Angeles 17 February, 1968)
    Feb 17

  • Vishvesh Oswal NAIVEDYAM: WILL GOD EAT OUR OFFERINGS? Here is a very good explanation about Neivedyam to God. Will God come and eat our offerings?Many of us could not get proper explanation from our elders.An attempt is made here. A Guru-Shishya conversation: The sishya who doesn't believe in God, asked his Guru thus: "Does God accept our 'neivedhyam'(offerings)? If God eats away the 'prasadham' then from where can we distribute it to others? Does God really consume the 'prasadham', Guruji?" The Guru did not say anything. Instead, asked the student to prepare for classes. That day, the Guru was teaching his class about the 'upanishads'. He taught them the 'mantra': "poornamadham, poornamidham, ......poornasya poornaadaaya...." and explained that: 'every thing came out from "Poorna or Totality." (of ishavasya upanishad). Later, everyone was instructed to practice the mantra by-heart. So all the boys started praciting. After a while, the Guru came back and asked that very student who had raised his doubt about Neivedyam to recite the mantra without seeing the book, which he did. Now the Guru gave a smile and asked this particular shishya who didn't believe in God: 'Did you really memorize everything as it is in the book? The shishya said: "yes Guruji, I've recited whatever is written as in the book. The Guru asked: "If you have taken every word into your mind then how come the words are still there in the book? He then explained: "The words in your mind are in the SOOKSHMA STHITI (unseen form). The words in the book are there in the STOOLASTHITI (seen). God too is in the 'sooksma sthiti'. The offering made to Him is done in 'stoola sthiti'. Thus, God takes the food in 'sookshmam', in sookshma stithi. Hence the food doesn't become any less in quantity. While GOD takes it in the "sookshma sthiti", we take it as 'prasadam' in 'sthoola sthiti'. Hearing this the sishya felt guilty for his disbelief in God and surrendered himself to his GURU.
    October 22, 2016

  • Aman Pandey "The faintest glimmering of the real knowledge of the Absolute has sufficient power to change radically and for good the whole of our mental and physical constitution and this glimmering is incapable of being totally extinguished except in extraordinarily unfortunate cases." ~ Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura https://krishna.org/initiation-into-spiritual-life/
    Jan 17

  • 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

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