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The right time to pray…

By KKSBlog on Feb 11, 2018 03:53 pm

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 June 2013, Vrindavan, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.16.34)

Ultimately, the mercy of Mahaprabhu is what we are hoping for but only after we have given our everything – NOT BEFORE and NOT while lying on our back saying, "Oh, I really hope for the mercy of Mahaprabhu." Not like that but instead, after we have given our everything and we have reached our limits by trying hard and when we reached our limit, that is when we start praying! When we have tried everything to conquer the unconquerable Krsna then miracles can happen by mercy.

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Spiritual advancement

By KKSBlog on Feb 09, 2018 12:00 pm

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 September 2017, Petite Riviere, Mauritius, Lecture)

Some people say, "After 36 years that I have been chanting, I can see no result!"

Do not worry, one day we will all realise that making spiritual advancement is not easy. It takes time. It is a slow process. We make spiritual advancement but we do not see it. One may have no taste for chanting but if one day, it is forbidden to chant; we still cannot stop it. It is not possible. That is how it is. It is deeper that we think it is. At the end of life, all that counts is spiritual advancement. All material things become insignificant.

In South Africa, Syamalal Prabhu, a Prabhupada disciple left his body as he was suffering from a brain tumour. He forgot everything except Srila Prabhupada and the sannyasis. He remembered that he was born in Navadwip and followed all the traditions of Navadwip. He used to say that Srila Prabhupada wants sweets and told the same stories again and again. That was an incredible blessing that took from him away from all undesirable things. He was just left with Srila Prabhupada. That is wonderful. That is the essence of our being. And it does not stop there. The Maha Mantra enters the heart and awakes our sleeping consciousness. Chanting is very powerful!

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Captured by Krsna

By KKSBlog on Feb 07, 2018 12:00 pm

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 September 2017, Petite Riviere, Mauritius, Lecture)

Srila Rupa Goswami said, "Do not go to Kesi Ghat if you have material desires." But when Krsna plays his flute in Vrindavan how can one not go. We should all go to Vrindavan. Srila Prabhupada used to tell the story of the thief in a village…

Krsna is unlimitedly beautiful. One of His flutes is called sammohini, the bewildering flute. Krsna is always dressed beautifully and on His chest He has a big Kastubha jewel. Once a thief heard about that and he thought that his life would be made if he would have that jewel. He fantasised about stealing that jewel from Krsna. He searched for Krsna everywhere near Govardhan. He walked near Govardhan every day and then one day he saw Krsna covered with jewels. He said to Krsna, "Come on now! Give me all your jewels!" Krsna refused, he said, "Mother Yashoda will be angry if I give you my jewels." Still the thief insisted that Krsna should give him all the jewels. Then finally Krsna gave him all His jewels and all desires that the thief had were fulfilled and he said to Krsna, "Would it be alright if I decorate you with these jewels!" When Krsna returned home, Mother Yashoda looked at him and said, "I did not dress you like that." Krsna replied, "It was my devotee who did!"

Krsna does not look at what we give but He looks at what we are holding back.

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Removing fear and attachment

By KKSBlog on Feb 06, 2018 12:00 pm

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 September 2017, Petite Riviere, Mauritius, Lecture)

All our material activities, our karma, leave many impressions on our mind. All our actions in all our past lives have left impressions on our mind. All these impressions are still in our subconscious and they still affect us. It is just like eating sugarcane. We chew and remove all the juice but still, we keep on chewing – chewing the chewed. Like that, we have so many desires. Again and again the same desires. Even something that we may not like, still we will accept it out of fear of losing that also. All fears and attachment are removed by chanting the holy name. We just have to be attached to the holy name and Krsna.

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The maha mantra

By KKSBlog on Feb 05, 2018 12:00 pm

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 September 2017, Petite Riviere, Mauritius, Lecture)

The chanting of the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra is very interesting because we are giving and receiving while chanting. We are giving our ears and tongue; and we are receiving darshan, mercy and attention of Krsna. We are making an offering and Krsna is accepting.

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High aspirations

By KKSBlog on Feb 04, 2018 01:46 pm

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 August 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.4.5-6)

I am remembering a lecture by Srila Prabhupada where he said, "There is a need to be hundred percent pure. We have to become cent per cent pure!" And the devotees were becoming a little anxious, a heavy mood began to affect the audience. They began to think, "Since Prabhupada has said cent per cent pure, we will never make it. There is no hope for us then."  So the mood became a little serious. Then Prabhupada said, "Okay, ninety percent will do…" then he said, "Seventy percent but no less!" and he walked away.

 

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Invest in your spiritual life

By KKSBlog on Jan 31, 2018 05:00 pm

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 April 2015, Durban, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Lecture: The secret of spiritual advancement)

If we do not have a connection with Srimad Bhagavatam, then spiritual life becomes dry! Chanting becomes difficult and then the four regulative principles become very narrow and gradually with time, we start craving for more space. Even though we have all the knowledge, even though we have been enlivened in Krsna consciousness and even though we have been so surrendered, at one point it will become too narrow! So the Bhagavatam is very important because it is the science that explains everything about Krsna and through Bhagavatam, we connect with Krsna. It keeps us focused on seeing who Krsna is, where Krsna is and how everything connects with Krsna… It is essential! For our faith to grow, we need to invest.

When you enter into a new job, in the beginning, you have to learn everything and then after a while, when you have been working for a number of years, then you are totally expert. You can do it real quick. So it gets easier over time. As you get into a routine, it gets easier. But spiritual life is the opposite. In a material situation, as you get more expert, you have to invest less but not in spiritual life.

In spiritual life, as time passes, we have to invest more and if we do not invest more, our faith will dry up! What was enough yesterday, is not enough anymore. You know, may be last year we did all these things and it was enough to keep us enthused but now, we do the same things but we are not feeling enthused because we have not invested more. We have to invest more; that is the way of spiritual life!

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Toughen up

By KKSBlog on Jan 30, 2018 06:00 am

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 April 2015, Durban, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Lecture: The secret of spiritual advancement)

Krsna is our solution. Krsna will fulfil our desires. Everything we need, we find it in Krsna and if destiny does not go our way, "My dream, it didn't work out. Everything, it all collapsed!" It is all right, accept Krsna's will and somehow or other, tolerate it. If it is difficult, then know, "Krsna wants me to bear this difficulty and this will make me strong." We know that if life was so soft and if life was so easy what we would become…

Once, I was on a train. I had to carry a suitcase of cash in India so I traveled by train in a first class, air-conditioned compartment. It was more expensive that flying so nobody goes there. In that compartment, you have a button at your seat and when you press it, a servant comes running. There was another man in the compartment and this man, his finger was like always on the button and the servant would come and the man would ask, "Do you have a cushion?" And the servant would go bring a cushion and then the man would ring the bell again and ask for another cushion! In the end, he had like twenty cushions! He was sitting propped up with many cushions. This man was very fat also so I was looking at him and wondering if he had any bones. More and more, I began to think that if you get too many cushions in life, you become like a jelly-fish! You become like very soft and weak when life is too cushy! You have to fight a little bit.

You know, with children also, if you shelter them too much then they don't learn to deal with life and they become very helpless. So, come on, grow up and deal with the world; make the best of it; and what you cannot control, tolerate! That is life! So, we cannot shelter people too much and we cannot shelter ourselves too much. It is simple, when difficulties come, we accept. We try to make the best of it and for the rest… accept! This is Krsna consciousness, this faith that our happiness lies with Krsna. When I am faithful to what Krsna wants with my life then it will work and when I go for other things, it will not work! Then one can overcome personal weaknesses and one can get strength.

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The Bhagavatam is the book of this movement!
My right or My duty?
Service matters
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The welfare of all the people of this world
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