Monthly Archives: January, 2017

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Dare to doubt?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 October 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa, Nama Hatta Lecture, Bhagavad-gita 9.10) In Srimad Bhagavatam, in the discussions with Kapila Muni, it is said that doubt is a…

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Simple extravagance

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 15 February 2009) In Vrindavan, at one point I was the Temple President. It was a very big temple so I never had a peaceful moment! Prabhupada…

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The spiritual dimension

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 September 2016, Durban, South Africa, Nama-hatta Lecture) The temple is the home of Krsna! It is also the Holy Dhama and the spiritual world. The scriptures…

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Rising above

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Untitled Lecture) In the age of kali, the general populace consists of two kinds of people – animals and hypocrites. Animals that are the blatantly degraded ones…

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The Holy Name

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 15 July 2009, Japa Talks) In many years of chanting, not every day was an optimal one. I have chanted when I was tired, when I was…

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Sixteen on the go…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2009, Melbourne, Australia, Lecture) The best way to chant is to chant at the same time every day. The best is to chant sixteen rounds in…

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I’m from Vrindavan actually!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2008, Newcastle, South Africa, Lecture) My life took many unexpected turns. I made plans but I could not fulfill many of them and I had to face…

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Getting round to reading

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 October 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa, Nama Hatta Lecture, Bhagavad-gita 9.10) Prabhupada wrote so many books and some people never read much more than a Whatsapp message!…

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Krsna first

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Untitled Lecture) Sometimes, we get so caught up in external practices that we are still not remembering Krsna – we wear tilak for years, we hear and chant for…

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Meeting Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 17 June 2009, Japa Talks)  “This chanting should go on. Instead of meetings, resolutions, dissolutions, revolutions and then no solutions, there should be chanting.” His Divine Grace…

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Perfect arrangements

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Untitled Lecture) Krsna knows what is best for us! Thus a devotee who is intelligent will rely on Krsna. If one desires a wife then Krsna will…

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Eager for mercy

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 07 December 2016, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.26.46) In deity worship, everything is prescribed from beginning to end e.g. one cannot chastise someone in front of the…

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Divine interventions

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31 August 2010, Zagreb, Croatia, Lecture) How can we face things all alone in this world!? But one who is with Krsna is never alone. When we…

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To give but not to over endeavour…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2009, Melbourne, Australia, Lecture) There is one thing I want to say about charity – vaisnava charity is not about giving donations here and there because when…

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MY service

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 December 2016, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.26.41) Our favourite song which we chant so happily, “Sarīra abidyā-jāl, joḍendriya tāhe kāl, jīve phele viṣaya-sāgore, tā’ra madhye jihwā…

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Still catching flies?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 June 1999) Once in India, I saw a serious drawing. It was a drawing of a frog and this particular frog was in somewhat of a…

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Time for Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 December 2016, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.26.41) One may want family life but how can you have a good family life without Krsna. Family life without…

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Just in case we might forget

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2009, Durban, South Africa, Lecture) There was a Mr Gupta who lived in Indore in India and he had a shop selling truck parts and the whole…

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Sixteen – a blessed number!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 November 2016, Vrindavan, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.18.1-8) In an initiation ceremony, we receive the maha-mantra. So it is like those birthdays where you get a big…

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The disciple

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Untitled Lecture) When I approached my spiritual master for initiation, he said, “Hmmm, as good as God, are you prepared to accept that?” And I thought, “Umm, well,…

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New beginnings!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, July 2007, Phoenix, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Lecture) Sometimes we get so disturbed by the past that the clock stops, “On 12 December 1937, I …” and…

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Eager for blessings

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 November 2016, Vrindavan, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.18.1-8) Just before I came to present this class, I met Gurukripa Prabhu who said, “I am going to listen…