Chaos and Crisis in Washington DC 

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By Anuttama Dasa Communications Director International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) January 7, 2021   Lord Krishna explains in the sacred text, Bhagavad-Gita, “Whatever action a great man performs, others will follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.” Yesterday in Washington, D.C., we saw the truth of this statement, and the terrible impact of the misguided thoughts, words, and actions of an influential and powerful man.  Yet, each of us is great in our own fashion. We too, each of us, big and small, impact the world. We have that power. Congressional leaders were …

Village Festival in Krishna Valley – the most exciting open-air festival in an ecovillage

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The Village Festival „Búcsú” of Krishna Valley is the most colorful open-air festival of Hungary which lasts three full days. Krishna Valley in Somogy county is one of the largest ecovillages in Europe with its 286 hectares of land. It has a cow protection centre, organic vegetable gardens, an ecology training path, botanical gardens, a Vedic elementary school, a bee farm, and, being a spiritual centre, it has many holy places and a wonderful temple in its centre which is the heart of Krishna Valley.  The Village Festival at Krishna Valley, the „Búcsú”, is an annual opportunity for the visitors …

When God’s wife is angry

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Memories of a South-Indian pilgrimage The long-expected day came and we left for the wonderful India. It was January in Hungary. The usually freezing weather could not rule our mood. We could tolerate it easily because we knew that in South-India January is much different: it is joyful with bright sunshine, palm trees and singing birds. And why were we leaving for South-India on this day? Why were we curious of the southern states or more exactly Tirupati amongst thousands of nice areas of hundreds and hundreds traditions? In the South the Hindu culture or the continuity of Vedic traditions …

The Appearance of the Holy Name

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In western language, ‘mantra’ is a borrowed word of Sanskrit origin. One of its several meanings is ‘a series of sacred sounds’, which is a means, and the goal, of meditation. Mantra meditation represents the Vedic principle of cultivating knowledge, according to which only the complete harmony of theory and practice can be considered real knowledge. The mahā-mantra is the most perfect of the millions of bona-fide mantras, by which absolute knowledge can be acquired in this age. The following article describes the appearance of themahā-mantra in our present age. The mahā-mantra is a garland made of the holy names …

On the Way to Heaven

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An incredible journey in the Himalayas  He expected the peace of mind and spiritual strength from this journey, but the heart wrenching pain also urged him to do austerities. He was preparing for a journey to the four most sacred places in the Himalayas: the Char Dhama pilgrimage. There are places on this planet where Heaven and Earth are touching: these sacred places are also like that: Yamunotri can help the pilgrim to gain access to the realm of the Sun god,  Gangotri to Brahmaloka, Kedarnath to the abode of Śiva, Badrināth to the spiritual realm of Lord Viṣṇu. Our …

How One Sadhu Changed the World

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In 1965, fifty years ago, an elderly Indian gentleman boarded a steamship in Calcutta. He was a saffron-robed sadhu – a holy man – bound for America, a place he had never visited before, and a place where he had no friends. Almost 70, he had spent the last eight years in the medieval town of Vrindavan, the home of Lord Krishna. In the last years of his life he wanted to give his spiritual message to the world, but at such an advanced age in a foreign country, and with no support, what could he do? How many would listen to …

I’ll become a woman and raise children

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If I get a woman’s body in my next life, my parents should raise me according to the instructions of the Vedic scriptures to become a chaste woman who is always satisfied with her circumstances. My mother will teach and show me what fidelity, chastity, service attitude, nice and decent behaviour mean. She will warn me when she thinks I behave like a female tiger – I do not want to become a woman who tries to perfect herself by breaking one man’s heart after another’s and even enjoys it. After my childhood I would like to get marry with …

The fundamentals of raising a child

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Srila Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami was the principal of the Vedic school (gurukula) in Mayapur, India for many years. The following are excerpts from a series of lectures he gave in Krishna Valley, Somogyvámos. 1. Child raising begins well before the actual birth of a child. Before becoming a parent, one should first become a mature personality. Choosing the proper wife or husband is also essential; the marrying couple must share the same values. We have to pay attention to the proper training of boys and girls before marriage. For the boys, this means they have to learn to control …

The Real Purpose of Life

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28 February 1972 Śrīla Prabhupāda The purpose of this movement is especially meant for making human life, reaching the real goal. Bob: The real goal? Prabhupāda: The real goal of life. Bob: Is the real goal of life to know God? Prabhupāda: Yes. Bob: So that is the real goal, to know God. Prabhupāda: Yes. Go back to home, back to Godhead. That is the real goal of life. Just like the water coming from the sea as cloud falls down as rain and the actual goal is to flow down the river and again go to the sea. So …

The Mystical Path of Self-realization

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He who is regulated in his habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all material pains by practicing the yoga system. Bhagavad-g¦t§ 6.17 The fast-paced style of our everyday lives provides little or no opportunity to maintain physical and mental health and inner peace. More and more people now question whether the speed and fast-living that we are so accustomed to can lead us in the right direction, or whether our attitude towards the environment—considering it an object to be used and abused and discarded thoughtlessly—is conducive to creating a better world? These are the considerations of a …

Secrets to Family Health

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A wholesome breakfast is the basis of healthy and harmonious family life, in the same way as spices and herbs are the key to tasty and delicious food. Wondering how to impress the whole family with your cooking? If the time and place are right, as well as the circumstances, the meal can make everyone feel happy at the family table. Healthy Body or Healthy Mind: Which Comes First? In the rush of everyday life, it is often difficult to find a stable pillar in our lives, a haven of refuge amidst the rolling waves. The hurry, the stress, erratic …

7 Golden Rules of a Successful Life

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A successful life has its golden rules which are based on the most fundamental laws of nature and existence. We may turn to the latest bestsellers, but if we want to be successful, it is best to follow ancient wisdoms that have been around and effective for thousands of years.   It is the nature of all people to strive for happiness. Success may be of several kinds: material, carreer, or related to self-realisation, but the aim is the same: to feel more, better and happier.   Go your own way! Even if you perform someone else’s duty perfectly, if …

Budapest Temple Sunday Programme

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Every week in Budapest: 1039 (Csillaghegy) Lehel utca 15-17. Occasionally in Eger, Debrecen, Szombathely, Pécs and other towns– please find information on the webpage. Krishna Valley, Sunday early morning –  lecture from Caitanya Caritamrta with option for lunch (lacto-vegetarian delicacies) at midday. Please confirm before travelling!!! www.krisnavolgy.hu Budapest Temple Sunday Programme: 14:00 Meditation music (bhajana). Talented musicians are welcome to join in. 15:00 Lecture on Krishna Conscious life-style, philosophy and culture with a question and answer session at the end. 16:00 Traditional worship with chanting and dancing (kīrtana). Men and ladies dance separately following very simple steps. 16:30 Vegan feast …

Happy People in India

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I am lying in a half-open cottage in Kerala, one of the most beautiful places in India. It is April, and I am staying in the sprawling tropical land, in the cover of palm trees, at the shore of the ocean. As it should be in God’s own country, the month of Venus greets us with a pleasantly hot glance. April is watching the heavenly scene with hazy but hot eyes, though not weeping. As cool clouds come from the ocean, and they soothe the passion of April and chase the clouds if its tears towards the nearby mountains. In …

Consciousness and Existence

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  “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain According to materialistic thinking, existence determines consciousness. Modern science says that we are nothing more that chemical elements. By certain combinations of those elements we are able to experience our own existence. The famous philosopher Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am,” meaning that the experience of his thoughts and consciousness is evidence of his existence. In other words, the use of our consciousness is the consequence of our existence, or our consciousness is determined by …