(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 October 2006, Cape Town, South Africa, Initiation lecture) The first and foremost process in our Krsna consciousness is the chanting of the holy name of the Lord. Therefore at the time of initiation, we speak of the ten offences which are listed in the Padma Purana. These must be avoided in [...]
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 October 2006, Cape Town, South Africa, Initiation lecture) When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was in Jagannatha Puri, the vaisnavas from Navadwip went to see him and they asked him what one’s essential duty in life was. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said that the essential duties in one’s life are vaisnava sevanam and nirantar krsna nama-sankirtan. He [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 March 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.6) Pure devotees of the Lord are only interested in satisfying the senses of the Supreme Lord, hṛṣīkeṇa hṛṣīkeśa-sevanaṁ bhaktir ucyate (Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.1.2). They are not concerned with the material world because they appreciate that in the material world, everything is only temporary and [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 March 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.6) When the disciples of Prabhupada saw him lying on his bed, in his final days, they said ‘Oh, how can such a terrible condition happen now? How can this happen?’ Prabhupada said, ‘Don’t think it will not happen to you, it will.’ This is [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 March 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.6) Bhakti Tirtha Maharaja, in his span of 55 years has shown us a life of dedication. The more we trace it back - at the end he stood out so effulgent to all. The more you trace out the earlier life, then you [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 June 2012, Cape Town, South Africa) It is a very complex world and some people think that the world came about by chance. Charles Darwin was thinking like that. But Charles Darwin had ideas that life was evolving from very primitive forms to very complex forms. At first, he thought that [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 27 December 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.6.39) One living being is food for another. So that is a very brutal design, basically intense! And you may think, as a human being, you are not subjected to it in the same way as animals are, like a bird when it drinks water. [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31 December 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.7.4) Srila Prabhupada was in Japan and he went to Dai Nippon which was a printing company and they had so many dealings. Prabhupada used to go with Tamal Krsna Maharaja. The Dai Nippon representatives would offer a price, then Tamal Krsna Maharaja would argue with [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31 December 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.7.4) We should care about devotees. It is difficult but we want to look after devotees. When it comes to saving people from material suffering, that is not our first objective. But we are not against feeding poor and starving people because no one [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31 December 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.7.4) There is a story which describes a man who got hit by a vehicle. It was a mini-bus with twenty-five people in the bus and due to the impact, his head rolled-off! Somehow such things happen karmically. In his last life, he was a [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 June 2012, Cape Town, South Africa) I saw a mathematician, Stephan Unwin, who wrote a book. He was a professional consultant for insurance companies and a big name in that world. His business was risk calculation. In his whole life, he did nothing else but mathematical chance calculations. So he wrote a [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 December 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday Feast Lecture) Srila Prabhupada many times addressed mayavadi impersonalists because as soon as you go shopping in the marketplace of spirituality all around the world, here it is again, “It’s all one.” But actually, it is not all one! In one way, yes it [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 28 December 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Srila Prabhupada Evening) One picture that I like very much is that famous picture of Prabhupada in Tompkins Square Park, under the tree. It is black and white, and Prabhupada is sitting there in a majestic way, under that well known tree and different people are [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 June 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Bhagavad-gita Chapter 5) Yeah, it says something like that in the Bhagavad-gita (5.18) ‘paṇḍitāḥ sama-darśinaḥ. One should see all as equal. One should see all living beings as souls, no matter what body they have. But we have the tendency to see others as [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 June 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Bhagavad-gita Chapter 5) So what’s wrong with stress, a little stress? If there is no stress, or if you don’t stress yourself a bit then life gets really boring. If you never stress yourself, you have everything, very peaceful, everything is calm and relaxed. You [...]
Audio recordings Please find below, the remaining lectures and bhajans by Kadamba Kanana Swami while he was in Cape Town. On Thursday (28 December), an evening program was held in glorification of Srila Prabhupada. Maharaja told pastimes based on famous pictures of Srila Prabhupada. Bhakti Caitanya Swami and Medhavi Prabhu (ACBSP) were present and they shared [...]
Ratha Yatra 29 December 2012 There are many Ratha Yatra festivals in South Africa throughout the year. However, the one in Cape Town is unique due to its cosmopolitan appeal. Since its inception in 2006, the festival has been held in various locations around the city. But this year, to ensure maximum exposure and crowd [...]
Could it be Maharaja’s love for the devotees in Cape Town or perhaps the enthusiasm with which the devotees receive him here that since his arrival, he has temporarily suspended his strict resting schedule and committed to doing programs almost daily. Maharaja travelled from Durban to Cape Town on Saturday (22 December). He did a [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 February 2010, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 7.4.12) Austerity is the wealth of the brahmanas. Great sages like Bhrgu had attained higher planetary systems above the heavenly planets. They were very powerful by dint of their austerity and everyone within the universe was under the control of these great sages. [...]
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 21 November 2012, Cape Town, South Africa) In the Hare Krsnna movement, when we speak about mercy, we are certainly not speaking about grace only…mercy only. It’s not that someone has died for us and suffered for our sins and now all [...]
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