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  • Hrishikesh Nath Hare Krishna! I have a question. What is considered more sinful? To commit a sin without knowing, that it is a sin or to commit a sin after knowing everything about it? Or is it the same?
    Oct 17

  • 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...
    Aug 1

  • Vikas Gupta Hare Krishna Guruji, This is Vikas. I am writing to you after a long time. I got associated with you in 2009 through an email from your newsletter. At that time I used to receive email from this email id - madhudvisa@gmail.com. I have emailed my queries on the same email. I am writing to to seek your guidance regarding an important matter. I am planning to take sannayasa and live as a sannyasi. I am a 33 year old bachelor with no family responsibilities. I looking for a spiritual guru so that I can start this process. I am visiting Mathura and Vrindavan on 6,7 and 8 of November 2018..that is next month. I would like to seek your advice regarding this. Since you have been twice initiated by Swami Prabhupada himself, any guidance from you will certainly bring me closer to Lord Krishna. If you are willing to guide me, please let me know how to contact you. Hare Krishna
    Oct 13

  • Aman Pandey "The materialistic way of pious activities like charity is recommended in the smṛti-śāstras as quoted by Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura. Money given in charity to a suitable person is guaranteed bank balance in the next life. Such charity is recommended to be given to a brāhmaṇa. If the money is given in charity to a non-brāhmaṇa (without brahminical qualification) the money is returned in the next life in the same proportion. If it is given in charity to a half-educated brāhmaṇa, even then the money is returned double. If the money is given in charity to a learned and fully qualified brāhmaṇa, the money is returned a hundred and a thousand times, and if the money is given to a veda-pāraga (one who has factually realized the path of the Vedas), it is returned by unlimited multiplication. The ultimate end of Vedic knowledge is realization of the Personality of Godhead, Lord Kṛṣṇa, as stated in the Bhagavad-gītā (vedaiś ca sarvair aham eva vedyaḥ [Bg. 15.15]). There is a guarantee of money's being returned if given in charity, regardless of the proportion. Similarly, a moment passed in the association of a pure devotee by hearing and chanting the transcendental messages of the Lord is a perfect guarantee for eternal life, for returning home, back to Godhead. Mad-dhāma gatvā punar janma na vidyate. In other words, a devotee of the Lord is guaranteed eternal life. A devotee's old age or disease in the present life is but an impetus to such guaranteed eternal life." ~ Purport, SB 2.3.17 All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
    May 24

  • 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

  • Reena Menon Srila Prabhupada: So in considering all angles of vision, this Aśvatthāmā was not a brāhmaṇa. Therefore Kṛṣṇa personally advised him, mā enaṁ pārtha arhasi trātum: "Don't excuse him. Kill him, this brahma-bandhu. He has done wrong, now he deserves to be killed." It is clearly said. So does it mean that Kṛṣṇa is advising brahma-hatyā? No. Kṛṣṇa cannot do that. He is the teacher, world teacher. How He can advise somebody, especially His friend Arjuna? Bhakto 'si priyo 'si me (BG 4.3). Can you advise anything adversely to your friend? To your son? No. I must give very good advice. So Kṛṣṇa is advising Arjuna, "Don't excuse this rascal brahma-bandhu. Don't excuse." This is Kṛṣṇa's advice. But it does not mean that we can do anything and everything under the pretext of Kṛṣṇa's advice. You must be first of all a confidential friend or servant of Kṛṣṇa. You must receive direct order from Kṛṣṇa. Then you can do it. Otherwise not. Otherwise not. Under the pretext that "Kṛṣṇa said," "My spiritual master has said," "Prabhupāda has said," we manufacture something. Don't do that. Unless you are directly ordered, you cannot do at least such things as to chastise a brahma-bandhu. This should not be done. Here is direct order. [Lecture on Smd.Bhagavatam-1.7.34-35-Vrndavana, Sep.28, 1976]
    Oct 3

  • vanshika bhatia Hare Krsna new sign ups!!! Welcome to Krishna connect, hope you have a krishna conscious time here, please prefer joining vaisnava events and reading about the vaisnava acharyas and festivals! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar! Hare Krsna!
    December 27, 2017

  • 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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    Apr 3

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