Article in La Presse, Daily Newspaper (Montreal, Canada)

7th of March 2009

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

La mélodie est envoûtante et se réverbère dans le long tunnel qui mène à la sortie du métro Snowdon. Guitare, mini-cymbales, tambour s’unissent en une mélopée dont le rythme s’accélère graduellement, comme un coeur sous pression. Lorsqu’elle atteint son paroxysme, la musique cesse brusquement. Buruji Dasa et Harikhata Dasa ont fini de réciter le mantra qui purifiera l’âme des passants du métro.

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The Association Of Pure Devotees

“Association with a devotee, the mercy of Kṛṣṇa, and the nature of devotional service help one to give up all undesirable association and gradually attain elevation to the platform of love of Godhead.”

This verse refers to the association of pure devotees, the mercy of Kṛṣṇa and the rendering of devotional service. All these help one give up the association of nondevotees and the material opulence awarded by the external energy, māyā. A pure devotee is never attracted by material opulence, for he understands that wasting time to acquire material opulence is a misuse of the gift of human life. In Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam it is said, śrama eva hi kevalam (SB 1.2.8). In the eyes of a devotee, politicians, social workers, philanthropists, philosophers and humanitarians are simply wasting their time, for human society is not freed from the cycle of birth and death by their activity and propaganda. These so-called philanthropists, politicians and philosophers have no knowledge because they do not know that there is life after death. Understanding that there is life after death is the beginning of spiritual knowledge. A person can understand himself and what he is simply by understanding the first lessons of the Bhagavad-gītā (2.13):

dehino ‘smin yathā dehe kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā
tathā dehāntara-prāptir dhīras tatra na muhyati

“As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.”

Not knowing the real science of life, a foolish person engages in the temporary activities of this life and thus becomes further entangled in the cycle of birth and death. He always desires material opulence, which can be attained by karma, jñāna and yoga. But when one is actually elevated to the devotional platform, he gives up all these desires. This is called anyābhilāṣitā-śūnya. Then one becomes a pure devotee.

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

CC Madhya 24.104, Translation and Purport.

Krsna The Reservoir Of Pleasure

Kṛṣṇa—this sound is transcendental. Kṛṣṇa means the highest pleasure. All of us, every living being, seeks pleasure. But we do not know how to seek pleasure perfectly. With a materialistic concept of life, we are frustrated at every step in satisfying our pleasure because we have no information regarding the real level on which to have real pleasure.

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What Is Mantra Meditation?

Mantra is a repetitive sound that focuses your mind in a particular direction. for example, you are taking a long trip and you have many things to pack. “don’t forget the keys” – you say to yourself on and on while you are grabbing different other things to take with you on the plane. This is a mantra. In Sanskrit the word mantra can be divided into two: man-which refers to the mind and tra-which means to deliver. shortly it can be translated as “freeing yourself from your mind”. Keep Reading

Krishna’s Service Must Be Executed

So as far as possible I am taking care of my health, but Krishna’s service must be executed, even at the risk of life. A living entity gets millions of opportunities to get a type of body, but hardly he gets opportunity to serve Krishna. The service of Krishna must be executed at all risks…

Letter to Madhusudana, Los Angeles, 24 January, 1968

By His Divine Grace A. C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Real Unity Is In Advancing Kṛṣṇa Consciousness

Bhāgavata: About attraction and aversion… There’s…

Prabhupāda: Hm? Attraction?

Bhāgavata: …a point about attraction and aversion, that there’s a complaint that sometimes there’s too much aversion on the part of the brahmacārīs. But isn’t that not a quality, to a point a brahmacārī should have a healthy contempt for sense gratification? Keep Reading

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