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On Sep 27, 2014 His Divine Grace Vaisesika Dasa Prabhu talked about:
- Principles for refining one’s worship
- Daily rituals that strengthen one’s connection to Krishna
- Treasured mantras that delight the heart and mind and attract one back to Godhead
The supporting material can be downloaded from below:
Using the formula from Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.8, His Grace Vasisesika Dasa describes how the qualities of Leadership can be achieved by being affectionate to and serving the spiritual master in an unmotivated manner. The spiritual master’s heart will melt and all the secrets come pouring out. Qualities emerge from one who is chanting Hare Krsna in the association of devotees. When one practices unmotivated devotional service one develops the good qualities of the demigods. Devotional service is marked by appreciating the service of others. Leaders have this affectionate capacity and appreciation. The talk covers more characteristics of a Leader.
Below, you can find the video.
Perspective of First World Realities
His Holiness Devamrta Swami Maharaja talks about outreach to the first world countries, especially in the cities and how to realize, accept and address today’s crises in Krishna Consciousness. He covers how our temples should be better setup to make it easy to grow in Bhakti, and distribute Bhakti to a wider population. He emphasizes on the need to revive Prabhupada’s vision on Farm where there is a symbiotic relationship between temple and farms, and the need to have devotee leaders at all levels.
Power of Prayer
Atheists think that a prayer to God is a sheer imagination. But for centuries, thousands of sincere practitioners have accumulated definite evidence of the positive results of prayer.The Vedas are filled with narrations of the great souls who have taught us the process of praying. We cannot certainly imitate them, but we can study these prayers and enter into the spirit of their devotion. The path of perfection is to follow in the footsteps of these great souls.True prayer is not a mechanical recitation but the sincere cry of the contrite heart. Can we perfect our lives by sincerely calling out for the mercy of the Lord? Yes, Vandanam (offering prayers) is a very potent process to attain love and devotion for God.
A seminar outline about namabhasa, the first rays of light from the holy name; how the living entity becomes covered by anarthas; and how one can clear the mist of ignorance, letting in the full light of the holy name.
This gives a list of useful documents related to Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.
Chapter a Day
Begin the discipline of chanting one chapter of Bhagavad-gita daily. It will take only ten to twelve minutes daily, but will bring you immense spiritual benefit. The Bhagavad-gita emanates from the lotus mouth of the Supreme Lord and His words are identical with Him. Chant a chapter of Bhagavad-gita a day and feel for yourself a revival of your loving relationship with Krishna, your best friend. The experience is direct. It will nourish and expand every aspect of your spiritual practice.
Ever feel distracted or overwhelmed when it comes to reading Srila Prabhupada’s books? After all, we are all so busy these days; and there are just so many books: Srimad-Bhagavatam, Caitanya-Caritamrta, Nectar of Devotion, Bhagavad-Gita, Nectar of Instruction . . . Learn a few tips that will help you to better focus while reading and to dive deep within the subject matter while doing so.
Page by Page
An at-a-glance chart that will enthuse your daily reading of scripture by showing you how many pages you need to read each day to complete each one of Srila Prabhupada’s books within a set time period.
ISV Sadhana Card
A downloadable chart where you can measure your daily spiritual practices like chanting japa, reading, waking up for Brahma muhurta, etc.
On Learning Verses
Srila Prabhupada mentioned in a Srimad Bhagavatam class that the process of advancement in spiritual life is to chant very perfectly, nicely, and to meditate on all the verses. To get all the verses from the authoritative scriptures by heart, and chant, and offer prayer to the Lord is vandanam. If you want to know more from senior devotees on how to memorize the verses, and the benefits of doing so, then this is the document for you.
Includes links to standard prayers and slokas from SriIsopanishad, Brahma Samhita, Padma Purana.