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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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Balarama – The Big Brother

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 10 August 2014, Nove Sady, Czech Republic, Balarama Purnima Lecture) Simply put, the chanting of the Hare Krsna mahamantra is our main interest. In the Holy Name,…

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Everything is resting on Balarama

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 November 2018, Talavana, India, Kartik Parikrama Lecture) Lord Balarama carries a plough, used to prepare the ground for planting. Balarama is actually the one who prepares…

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Philosophy is our anchor

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 November 2019, Brisbane, Australia, Sunday Feast Lecture) Just like children only want to eat sweets, we only want kirtan. But we must not forget about the…

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The mad elephant offence

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 June 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture: Disrespecting Vaisnavas) If one commits an offence, one has the duty to denounce that immediately; to denounce the offender.…

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We are not God!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 June 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture: Mayavada Part 2) We are not at length going to study the Mayavada philosophy or the Buddhist philosophy because…

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Sharing the fruits

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 May 2020, Durban, South Africa, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture) It is our mission to share the fruits of love of God with everyone – in the form…

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Increasing the glories

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 June 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture) I do not usually cover the topic of disrespecting vaishnavas, as in one sense, it is a distasteful topic.…

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Real chanting begins after 16 rounds

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 9 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.6) At the time of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, he would say that anyone who does not chant 64 rounds, is…

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Enlivening the great souls

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 May 2020, Durban, South Africa, Caitanya Caritamrta Lecture) sarvopaniṣado gāvodogdhā gopāla-nandanaḥpārtho vatsaḥ su-dhīr bhoktādugdhaṁ gītāmṛtaṁ mahat(Gītā-māhātmya 6, cited in Bhagavad-gita, Introduction) It is said that there is…

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Krsna giveth and Krsna taketh away

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 October 2018, Camp de Masque, Mauritius, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1) We have these ‘noise boys’, who are playing all their instruments in the kirtan very energetically. But…

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The nature of this transcendental culture

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 6 December 2019, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.7.20) The higher planetary systems have heavenly planets where one can enjoy, but above these celestial planets are…

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Perceiving Krsna through chanting

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2 December 2019, Canberra, Australia, Home Program Lecture) Krsna is everywhere because He is all-pervading. Not only is the brahmajyoti (effulgence) of Krsna present everywhere, on which…

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Swallowing the bitter pill

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 (Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2 February 2020, London, United Kingdom, Bhagavad-gita 9.22) Krsna consciousness is not a dreamy state of mind. Krsna consciousness is about realism. It is about actually seeing…

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The more we give, the more we gain

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 (Kadamba Kanana Swami, 7 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Home Program Lecture) We may recall that Ramanuja Acarya’s spiritual master sent him to study under a great self-realised sage, and after…

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Developing strength in chanting

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 August 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Janmashtami Lecture) When we feel that we have no taste for chanting and when we think to ourselves, “Oh I have no…

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The current of bhakti

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 September 2017, Phoenix, Mauritius, Sri Sri Golokananda Temple Lecture) If you go to Mayapur and you go on the side of the Ganga to take a…

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Carve out time for Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 December 2019, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.20) We see that brahmanas in Vedic culture would refuse to simply take up a job. They just lived from…

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A lesson from the sunrise

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 September 2017, Phoenix, Mauritius, Sri Sri Golokananda Temple Lecture) Haridasa Thakura said that if the holy name is being chanted purely when the cleansing has been…

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Separation of Sita from Rama

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 April 2008, Bhaktivedanta Manor, United Kingdom, Rama Navami Lecture) Lord Ramachandra’s attachment to Sitadevi was not one that could be compared to an ordinary husband’s attachment…

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The importance of hearing

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 9 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.6) Srila Prabhupada makes an important point that hearing and explaining the scriptures is more important than reading them. Why…

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Live a little simpler

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 December 2019, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.20) All day, we are talking about money. At work, money is the centre. That is what it is basically…

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Freedom from the grip of kali

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 9 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.6) We may think that we are free because we are making our own choices according to our own liking.…

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Don’t miss the boat!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 April 2012, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya-Lila 200-250) Devotees who are always hesitating in completing the sixteen rounds of chanting the Hare Krsna mahamantra may say,…

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The most important day of the year

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 March 2020, Washington DC, United States of America, Sunday Feast Lecture) The darkness of kali yuga is everywhere around us, but it is also within us.…

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The bhakti movement

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 7 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Home Program Lecture) We must understand that we all depend on the sankirtana movement; we all depend on the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.…

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Experiencing a breakthrough

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 June 2015, Gita Nagari, United States of America, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.25.8) At the time of initiation, even if the vows are taken sincerely, how deep is…

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The greatest mantra

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 7 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.4) There are so many mantras out there? Why is the Hare Krsna mahamantra considered to be the most powerful…

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Crossing the desert of austerity

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 28 May 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.11.25) There is an oasis in the middle of a desert, and in this oasis, there are many people living.…

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The Supreme Truth can lie!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 7 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.4) Question: The Supreme Lord is quoted as paraṁ satyam (the Supreme Truth). But then we see Krsna saying to…

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Krsna – The Ultimate Chess Player

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 28 May 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.11.25) It is important to always turn to Krsna and remember that Krsna will decide. Krsna has His plan. We…

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Living for a divine purpose

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 June 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Bhagavad-gita 5.8-9) To be a well wisher of others, one could say: “Well, from now on, I’ll give something to every…

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Krsna will win!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 May 2019, Melbourne, Australia, Bhakti Vriksha Program) Krsna is so attractive, yet our material desires constantly bounce back up like a ball in water. We push…

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Karma – an interesting cocktail

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2 June 2012, Birmingham, England, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.13.5) Imagine if someone would remember that he was a meat-eater in his previous birth, and yet he did not…

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Srimad Bhagavatam is the essence

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 7 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.4) It was right there in the centre of the universe where the Srimad Bhagavatam was spoken. In this way,…

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A resolution to surrender now!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 28 May 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.11.25) We have to bring some goodness in our life and we have to invest in the mornings. Rise early…

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Source of all opportunities

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 28 May 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.11.25) Krsna is described as the source of all opportunities. This is a fact. Krsna says: sarvasya caham hrdi sannvistho…

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Show people happiness

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 8 April 2019, Amritsar, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.37) Prabhupada told us the story of the old Bengali lady, who while on her death bed, is being forced…

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From lust to love

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 8 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Govinda’s Program Lecture) The material world is dominated by lust. That is what this world is all about; lust somehow or another…

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Overcoming our lower nature

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 May 2019, Melbourne, Australia, Bhakti Vriksha Program) By surrendering to a pure devotee, we are actually experiencing freedom. The pure devotee sets us free from our…

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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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