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The words of Kadamba Kanana Swami transcribed from classes, seminars and other speaking engagements transformed into articles that quote & highlight interesting and inspiring bits of spiritual knowledge and realizations from the sastra and his personal life.

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Seeing Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31 October 2018, Murwillumbah, Australia, Home Program Lecture) Everybody close your eyes and take a deep breath – breath in and then breath out. Now, in your…

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Higher taste

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 27 June 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.13.17) Some people say that the greatest enjoyment in the material world is sex. Well, we can also say that…

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The reality of cultural imbalance

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31 March 2018, Durban, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Human Relationships Lecture) Human relationships in this modern world are scary. There is so much fear whether a relationship…

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Being bound by love

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 8 April 2019, Amritsar, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.37) Devotional service binds us to Krsna in responsibility. The first time we do little seva, we gradually start to…

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Krsna’s beautiful nature

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 8 April 2019, Amritsar, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.37) Krsna’s beauty is not only external. His beauty is not only in His form and in His lotus eyes…

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Strange things happen when you fly!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 21 September 2012, Durban, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 11.31.22-23) Krsna is like the sun – the sun that appears in this world, the sun that rises and the…

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Guru or Krsna?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 8 April 2019, Amritsar, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.37) Question: Whose mercy is more important, Guru or Krsna? There is no difference between the mercy of Guru and…

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Satisfaction as an austerity

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 October 2018, Camp de Masque, Mauritius, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1) In the Bhagavad-Gita, it is mentioned that there is the austerity of the body, austerity of the…

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Look a little deeper

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 August 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Bhagavad-gita 13.3) Everyone is trying to be happy in the material world. Real happiness however is found on a deeper level. Now,…

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A spiritual influence

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 17 July 2019, Bhaktivedanta Manor, United Kingdom, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.45) Bhismadeva was not only a pure devotee, but very much a self-reliant devotee. He was a devotee…

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Happiness means full freedom

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 8 April 2019, Amritsar, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.37) Full happiness means full freedom. As long as we are not fully happy, we are chained, we are trapped…

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Decisions, decisions!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 October 2018, Camp de Masque, Mauritius, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1) People have so many, so many practical questions for me. Someone comes and asks, “Shall I get…

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Loneliness is Maya

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 October 2018, Camp de Masque, Mauritius, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1) We see that the residents of Vrndavana may forget Krsna’s divine nature, but they never forget Krsna…

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Why did Krsna appear?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2 September 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Janmashtami Lecture) There are various answers in various scriptures to this question. In the Bhagavad-gita, we have the verse: paritrāṇāya sādhūnāḿ vināśāya…

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Never forget Krsna

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Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 October 2018, Camp de Masque, Mauritius, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1) Even Mother Yashoda could occasionally, for some moments, understand that Krsna was the Supreme Lord. But then,…

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The supreme servant

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 August 2016, Zadar, Croatia, Balarama Jayanti Lecture) Balarama is the elder brother of Krsna and also the direct expansion of Krsna. He is non-different from Krsna.…

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No happiness outside Vrndavana

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 September 2012, Pretoria, South Africa, Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya-Lila 13.1-8) Ratha Yatra is a festival of ecstasy because Lord Caitanya knew very well that Krsna cannot be…

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Bed of arrows

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Bhaktivedanta Manor, United Kingdom, 17 July 2019, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.45) Bhismadeva was lying on a bed of arrows. I do not know if you ever had any…

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Flood the entire world!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 February 2013, Prague, Czech Republic, Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila 1.2) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had one desire. He had a desire to flood the entire world with…

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His loving mercy

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 February 2019, New York, United States of America, Bhagavad-gita 7.7) In the tenth chapter of Bhagavad-gita, ahaà sarvasya prabhavo mattaù sarvaà pravartate (Bhagavad-gita 10.8), we can…

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True brotherhood

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 September 2014, Scottburgh, South Africa, Youth Programme) Question: So how can we, the youth of the world, take on this great ideal where we say, “We…

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A gradual progress

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 March 2012, Prague, Czech Republic, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.9.8) Question: When it comes to stumbling blocks in spiritual progress, with things like lust, pride and disturbances of…

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Purchased by love

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 June 2019, New York, United States of America, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.20) Duryodhana was working very hard to win people over to his side and he was…

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A lesson from Mr. Bean

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 February 2019, New York, United States of America, Bhagavad-gita 7.7) Do you ever watch Mr. Bean? Well, there is one episode that I like where he…

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Acceptance of our destiny

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 February 2019, New York, United States of America, Bhagavad-gita 7.7) It is said that when it comes to the material energy, Krsna is not directly controlling…

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Turning crows into swans

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 June 2019, New York, United States of America, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.20) Just like Srila Prahbupada comments on the verse. pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi grāmasarvatra pracāra haibe…

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Suffering – A bitter medicine

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 February 2019, New York, United States of America, Bhagavad-gita 7.7) How can we look at Krsna and see Him as the well-wisher of all living beings…

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Nothing is higher than love

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 March 2014, Melbourne, Australia, Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila 13.80) Krsna shows that ultimately, higher even than dharma (duty), is the love that exists between Krsna and…

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Divine blessings

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 April 2019, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 9.15.31) The German writer Goethe, who is like the German equivalent of Shakespeare, came up with an interesting point. He…

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Cultivating through generosity

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31 December 2018, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.25.21) When Srila Prabhupada started the Sunday love feast, there were about fifteen preparations where each one was outstanding. There…

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A movement based on sincere efforts

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31 December 2018, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.25.21) Woody Allen once said, “You can go to a church, a temple or a mosque but that does not…

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Surviving hardships

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 February 2019, New York, United States of America, Bhagavad-gita 7.7) We are experiencing how everything in this world goes through six transformations. Everything comes into being,…

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Economics of Mayapur

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31 December 2018, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.25.21) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is mahā-vadānyāya – He is most magnanimous. Devotees are also magnanimous where they will give gifts and receive…

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Krsna is everywhere!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 February 2019, New York, United States of America, Bhagavad-gita 7.7) We can see how everything is connected with Krsna. We can see that Krsna is the…

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An auspicious appearance

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 8 March 2019, Durban, South Africa, Kendra nama-hatta) The Lord is one without a second. He is inconceivable and He takes unlimited forms. Of all these forms,…

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Taste of Love

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31 December 2018, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.25.21) After taking sannyasa, Lord Caitanya, by a trick of Lord Nityananda, met all the devotees from Bengal, including Mother Saci.…

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Conquering in relationships

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31 December 2018, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.25.21) We have to conquer in relationships. We can never take them for granted and we can never think, “Now…

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The man on the moon

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Vrindavan India 4 April 2019, SB 8.17.25-27) They did not go to the moon. Although I was there in front of the television and we saw it,…

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Our integrity is simply the Bhagavatam

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Vrindavan India 4 April 2019, SB 8.17.25-27) So why should everyone just accept all these far out stories from the Srimad Bhagavatam? It is true that some are…

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Be an instrument

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Kadamba Kanana Swami, Vrindavan India 4 April 2019, SB 8.17.25-27) Ekalavya, on his own, was trying to perfect the way of archery and appeared to be even better than Arjuna.…

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Complete Happiness

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Durban, South Africa, 8 March 2019, Kendra Namahatta In Navadvipa, before taking sannyasa, Lord Caitanya was known by two names, either Nimai or Visvambhara. Visvambhara was His former…

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The Six Waves of Time – part 3

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Vrindavan India 4 April 2019, SB 8.17.25-27) The development of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness is very interesting. Srila Prabhupada at an old age was very…

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The Six Waves of Time – part 2

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Vrindavan India 4 April 2019, SB 8.17.25-27) In the Eleventh Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam there is a chapter entitled the Bhumi Gita – the song of the earth. The earth…

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The Six Waves of Time –part 1

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Vrindavan India 4 April 2019, SB 8.17.25-27) So the Lord is described as kāla-srota – waves of time. It is very interesting these waves of time. We see how…

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The Marketplace of the Holy Name

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Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 March 2019, Durban, South Africa, Lotus Park Nama Hatta) What is namahatta other than the marketplace of the holy name? Bhaktivinoda Thakura wrote this book where he explains…

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