Television – A poem by Ronald dhal

Television – A poem by Ronald dhal

The most important thing we’ve learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set —
Or better still, just don’t install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we’ve been,
We’ve watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone’s place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they’re hypnotised by it,
Until they’re absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.

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Katie’s awesome tattoo!

Today I was at a university distributing Srila Prabhupada’s wonderful transcendental books doing my little part to help others to realize that they are not the body but an eternal soul. Then I happened to meet Katie (The young lady in the above picture) who after looking at the books enthusiastically told me “Yeah, I already have all those books”. She then, with a big smile, explained to me that her boyfriend had already got books from me over a year ago, and they have been reading them together ever since.

So we started talking and I noticed on her chest some tattooed words that where half covered by her shirt and I asked her what her tattoo says. She told me it says

“You do not have a soul, you are a soul, you have a body”

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Pearls of Instruction
by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

The Pearls of Instruction
by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

1. We are put to test and trial in this world. Only those who attend the kirtana of the devotees can succeed.

2. Every spot on earth where discourses on God are held is a place of pilgrimage.

3. Possession of objects not related to Krsna is our main malady.

4. Let me not desire anything but the highest good for my worst enemies.

5. As dalliance with the body in luxury increases, so wanes the spirit of service of the Lord.

6. Those favored by God find their paths set by thorns.

7. There is no peace or happiness in our worldly life. Circumstances create turmoil and annoyance.

8. Chant the mahamantra loudly and with attachment. This will drive away inertia, worldly evils and pests.

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Srila Prabhupada says in his Srimad Bhagavatam – 4.21.33:

The question may be raised that since the Lord is supposed to be worshiped by great demigods like Lord Brahma, Lord Siva and others, how can an ordinary human being on this planet serve Him? This is clearly explained by Prthu Maharaja by the use of the word yathadhikara, “according to one’s ability.” If one sincerely executes his occupational duty, that will be sufficient. One does not need to become like Lord Brahma, Lord Siva, Indra, Lord Caitanya or Ramanujacarya, whose capabilities are certainly far above ours. Even a sudra, who is in the lowest stage of life according to the material qualities, can achieve the same success. Anyone can become successful in devotional service provided he displays no duplicity. It is explained here that one must be very frank and open-minded (amayinah). To be situated in a lower status of life is not a disqualification for success in devotional service. The only qualification is that whether one is a brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya or sudra, he must be open, frank and free from reservations.

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The Teachings of Lord Chaitanya – original edition of 1968

Prahlada Nrsimha das – We are very honored to now for the first time ever make available a digital edition of the original Teachings Of  Lord Chaitanya, for free download, on our free ebooks page.

Srila Prabhupada’s original 1968 Teachings of Lord Caitanya (a treatise on factual spiritual life)

This is the first time it has been available in digitized format to anyone, ever! In regard to the 1974 second edition of Teachings of Lord Chaitanya, in 1967 (when this 1968 first edition was going into print) Srila Prabhupada has clearly said: “I do not want that Teachings of Lord Chaitanya should be edited again”  See below.

“I have already written to Rayrama about Teachings of Lord Chaitanya, that there is no need of editing the final manuscript. But let us prepare for its printing. He had some correspondence with Dai Nippon Printing Company of Tokyo, and our Dwarkadish did all the negotiations. Please contact him immediately and ask him to send me the correspondence he had with the printing company.
I also do not like too much editorial work. This too much editorial work on Geetopanishad has created some misunderstanding between the members of the editorial staff. Anyway, in the future one man should edit it, and that will be sufficient for our printing. And I do not want that Teachings of Lord Chaitanya should be edited again and typed again and time wasted in that way. I have also informed Rayrama of this, and you can also inform him like this. The book should be printed immediately, without any waste of time. That is my desire.”
Srila Prabhupada’s letter to Satsvarupa, December 23, 1967

Hare Krishna!

Download the original authorized 1968 edition of Teachings of Lord Chaitanya in PDF format.

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