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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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The boundaries of movie watching

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 03 May 2018, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.19.25-32) We have to be very careful when it comes to sense enjoyment. Even though it is allowed, it must…

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Super-human

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 January 2018, New Govardhana, Australia, SB 1.2.15) It is extremely nice to explore Krsna because he is a personality who constantly moves between being very human-like…

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The spiritual world is here!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 December 2017, Gold Coast, Australia, Bhagavad-gita 8.20) There is another world than the one we live in. It is transcendental and is not subjected to the…

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Protecting ourselves

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 11 April 2018, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.16.26 – 30) We really have to take responsibility for our own Krsna consciousness; to make arrangements for…

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Succeeding in surrender

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 March 2018, Durban, South Africa, Sunday Feast Lecture) Comment: The process of surrender is meant to be dynamic and continuous. To accept favourable things and reject…

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Mercy office

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 October 2017, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.3.17) Question: What is the highest act we may perform to attract the mercy of Radharani? To serve Lord Nityananda.…

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An inconceivable society

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 28 December 2017, New Govardhana, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.10-12) We live in a society that is based on passion and ignorance. This is all we know; nothing…

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Follow the leader

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 15 September 2015, Durban, South Africa, Kirtan at NJP) Kirtan means that we have to listen. Just like in chanting japa, in kirtan there is also inattentive…

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Knowledge for the entire world

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 10 February 2013, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 9.1.34) It is very interesting how Vrindavan is the abode which can offer pure devotional service. Both qualitatively and quantitatively,…

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My service

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 October 2015, Chowpatty, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.69.41) Only in Vrndavana is Krsna fully manifesting his pure transcendental nature which is based only on loving exchange and…

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Tell me something good

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 July 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Spirit Matters Program) If we are very tolerant, patient and positive, I think that we can deal with a lot.…

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Special instructions

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 06 April 2015, Durban, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Lecture: What is devotional service) Having a spiritual master is not a casual thing! One should really dedicate himself…

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The prayers of Prahlad

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 May 2015, Simhachalam, Germany, Nrsimha Caturdasi Morning Lecture) om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah When Srila Prabhupada was lecturing on the appearance day…

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Fulfilling the purpose of Bhagavad-gita

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 December 2017, Sydney, Australia, Bhagavad-gita 1.1) Dhrtarastra was blind; not just physically blind but also spiritually blind. This is because he did not understand the goal…

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Special mercy

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 December 2017, Govinda Valley, Australia, Initiation Lecture) The essence of the process that we are following in this movement is the chanting of the holy name.…

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Spontaneous devotional service

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 January 2018, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.23-24) Our first Ratha Yatra in Jaipur was a humble attempt. The devotees had just recently opened a small little…

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Planting pearls

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 December 2017, Govinda Valley, Australia, Initiation Lecture) We should understand that we are always accepted by Krsna through the prayer of our spiritual master. Therefore, we…

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Combatting anxiety

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 December 2017, Sydney, Australia, Bhagavad-gita 1.1) It is said in the scriptures that when we have a goal which is other than satisfying the senses of…

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Your mercy case

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 October 2017, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.3.17) I have a disciple who always signs their letters with ‘your mercy case’ instead of the usual ‘your servant’.…

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Embracing restrictions

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 January 2018, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.23-24) The human form of life is very different from the animal form of life. In the human form, we…

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Such a vision

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 November 2017, Mayapur, India, Nectar of Devotion Seminar) “The places in the eighty-four square mile district of Mathura are so beautifully situated on the banks of…

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Our natural position

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 October 2017, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.3.17) We are currently living in an age where everyone is over-educated and has a degree that is not going…

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Are you convinced!?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 21 Dec 2010, Cape Town, South Africa, Lecture) Conviction cannot be based on intellectual understanding. Are we convinced that Krsna consciousness is true? Yes, I am because…

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A lifelong commitment

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 December 2017, Govinda Valley, Australia, Initiation Lecture)  At initiation, one makes a lifelong commitment. But so many things happen over time and there are not always…

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A story from the Ramayana

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 April 2011, Radhadesh, Belgium, Vyasa Puja Lecture) Just now I came from South Africa and my spiritual master was also there and I met him. He…

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A humble beginning

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 October 2017, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.3.17) As eternal servants of Krsna, our natural position is to render service. Our happiness lies not in any other…

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The reawakening

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 December 2017, Govinda Valley, Australia, Initiation Lecture) Krsna has a deep personal relationship with every living entity and he is conscious of every thought the every…

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A friendly movement

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 October 2017, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.3.17) ISKCON has to be a very friendly movement. A very accommodating movement that is ready to give everyone a…

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A vaisnava’s security is his goodwill!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 01 April 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, Evening Lecture) We may think, “What about my security? I need some security; like a little money in the bank, a credit card maybe.…

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The holy dhamas

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 November 2017, Mayapur, India, Nectar of Devotion Seminar) In the Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 13, we are talking about residing in Mathura dhama or Mathura mandala which refers to…

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Second chances

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 October 2017, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.3.17) When someone is caught stealing red-handed and you talk about it, “That person is not honest because he is a…

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There is no other way…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 January 2018, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.17-21) Comment: When I am deeply suffering, there is no desire to serve because the pain is overwhelming… Yes, when…

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Devotees like the Lord

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 17 August 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.4.5-6) We read about Vasudeva Datta who was such a great devotee. He wanted to deliver the entire universe by…

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The movement of nectar bhaktas

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 March 2016, New Jagannath Puri, Durban, South Africa, Gaura Purnima Evening Lecture) Before the Ratha Yatra performed, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu engaged in the pastime of the cleansing…

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Powerful vows

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 January 2018, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.17-21) It is not so easy to say no to sinful things consistently; not so easy. It is not so…

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Sheltered from maya

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 January 2018, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.17-21) No one is so powerful that he is not influenced by maya, the illusory energy. Even Lord Brahma can…

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Heroes and heroines

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 January 2018, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.17-21) I was reading in the Uddhava Gita where there is a whole list of qualities given. One quality given…

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A day for Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, December 2011, Pretoria, South Africa, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu explained to Sanatana Goswami that we must follow in the footsteps of the eternal residents of Vrindavan.…

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Devotional service is key

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 September 2017, Flacq, Mauritius, Lecture) The mind fluctuates but we cannot do anything about that but everything is overcome by devotional service. Some people say that…

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The ecstasy of love of God

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 September 2017, Flacq, Mauritius, Lecture) The Panca Tattva descended to this world. They broke the lock of the storehouse of love of God and they were…

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Touched by mercy

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 August 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.4.5-6) This Iskcon movement is a treasure box. It is sort of like a gift packet; a big gift packet…

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Developing qualities of the mode of goodness

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 September 2017, Flacq, Mauritius, Lecture) Before the Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannatha, his temple is cleaned – Gundica Marjana. Caitanya Mahaprabhu would clean Lord Jagannatha’s temple…

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The right time to pray…

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(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 –…

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Spiritual advancement

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(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…

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Captured by Krsna

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(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…

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