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To chant RAM or RAMA, that is the question.

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Chant RAM or RAMA?

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Pusta Krsna das

“As Srila Prabhupada’s secretary and more than once in any case, I sat before Srila Prabhupada chanting my japa. Sometimes we hear people, and myself, saying “Hare Ram, Hare Ram, Ram Ram Hare Hare”. Srila Prabhupada would stop me and (more than once) say to me: “Chant the entire mantra” and he would proceed to do so. It is Ra-ma.
(As told by Pusta Krishna das ACBSP)

 

As Pusta Krishna Prabhu witnessed Srila Prabhupada’s correction, in our chanting  we want to please the spiritual master and chant the mantra correctly.

Another important point to consider in deciding if we should chant Ram or Rama is if in our chanting we do not say the whole RAMA but just say RAM without the last “A” sound then it will not be a 32 syllable mantra.

Throughout the vedas the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra is referred to as the 32 syllable mantra.

Here are a few references:

 

The Ananta-samhita states:

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Happy Janmastami and Prabhupada’s appearance day! Official new website launch, offering to Prabhupada.

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Krishnapath Newsletter

Happy Janmastami / Prabhupada’s appearance day!

The all new Krishna Path website is officially launched today as an offering to Srila Prabhupada!

 

Prabhupada getting garlanded by child

Dear Krishna path family, we are so happy to tell you that after months of work the new website is finally ready and officially launch today in celebration of Sri Krishna Janmastami, and as an offering to the lotus feet of our master Srila Prabhupada.

If you have not visited Krishna Path in the last few month let this newsletter be your official welcome invitation to explore all the new features. For those of you that are regular visitors we thank you for bearing with us throughout the last few months of dealing with broken links and files that would not download correctly as we did our programing and reprograming on the back end of the site to make it wonderful for you. Thanks for bearing with us as we update and improve everything.

Now that this task of redesigning the website to give you, the beloved family of Krishna Path, a more pleasurable, more user friendly experience, is complete, we are hard at work on adding more and more free downloadable content.

For all you high tech devotees that use smart phones to surf the internet you will find that Krishnapath.org is now fully responsive/smartphone compatible. :)

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Elevation to Krsna Consciousness AudioBook Now Ready for Free Download













Elevation to Krsna Consciousness

 

Elevation to Krsna Consciousness AudioBook Now Ready for Free Download on Krishna Path!

We are very pleased to announce that the original and authorized 1973 edition Audio Book is now complete and ready for free download on the Elevation to Krsna Consciousness book page!

Or you can directly download it here:

Chapter ONE  –  Elevation to Krsna Consciousness

Chapter TWO  –  Elevation to Krsna Consciousness

Chapter THREE  –  Elevation to Krsna Consciousness

Chapter FOUR  –  Elevation to Krsna Consciousness

Chapter FIVE  –  Elevation to Krsna Consciousness

Chapter SIX  –  Elevation to Krsna Consciousness













Prabhupada Quotes Part Two
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How to Study Prabhupada’s Books?

A very sincere devotee recently wrote To Krishna Path with an intelligent question about the best way of how to study Prabhupada’s books. We were very happy to hear from such a sincere devotee so we are including his email and our reply to him here for the benefit of us all.

The email we received:

Hare Krsna

I greatly appreciate your site, it has so much information and resources.

I have a question that I was hoping you could help me with. I have read on various sites about the concerns many have with certain things relating to the GBC and ISKCON. Bhaktivedanta College is offering an ISKCON Disciple course that they say is highly recommended for potential devotees and aspiring initiates. I have been thinking of taking it but am uncertain as to whether or not I should because of what I have read about to the original ISKCON and to Srila Prabhupada’s writings as well. I read His writings, chant, observe the 4 regulative principles and read The Bhagavad-Gita. My question is, do you think the course is something you would recommend to others?

I ask because I always want to do the right thing as it relates to Krsna.

With Respect

[Name removed]

 

Krishna Path’s Reply

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Prabhupada Quotes Part One













SP-Tilak

Often times we hear how devotees feel that our advanced philosophy and books have to be logically and socially acceptable to non-devotees and mundane professors, scholars and grammarians.

Well recently we have come across a few quotes where Srila Prabhupada has said otherwise. As we all know often times Srila Prabhupada would simply say “kick on their face with boot”. So we would like to share these things with you for your own deliberation.

We have also added some other quotes that are very interesting.

Please enjoy these nectar quotes from our master Srila Prabhupada.

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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare  ॐ हरे कृष्णा हरे कृष्णा कृष्णा कृष्णा हरे हरे। हरे रामा हरे रामा रामा रामा हरे हरे॥ ॐ