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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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False Identity

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 July 2012, Radhadesh, Belgium, Summer Festival Q&A) We have a family, we have a language, we have a culture and so on, and it seems like…

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Faith in the transcendental sound

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 June 2022, London, United Kingdom, Zoom Disciples Meeting) We are all very fortunate, whether we are present in person or whether we are present through electronic…

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There is hope!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 5 May 2019, Melbourne, Australia, Bhakti Vriksha Talk) The acaryas were so absorbed in chanting that they did not want to do anything else. When Gaura Kishor…

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The unknown

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2 February 2020, London, United Kingdom, Bhagavad Gita 9.22) We have information on the surface – Google. But if you get information from the Guru instead of…

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Minimising the reality

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 5 September 2021, Goloka Dhama, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.1.18) We are just having fun, that is what life is all about. We do not suffer and if…

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Digital Detox

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 July 2021, Radhadesh, Belgium, General Lecture) Do you also have one? Are you also connected with one of those things that just eats up your time?…

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The danger of false pride

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 5 November 2021, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.25.19) There is one thing that The Supreme Personality cannot tolerate, and that is pride. It is false pride. Whenever…

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On a higher level

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 November 2021, Goloka Dhama, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.2.40) Srila Prabhupada stated that -“Learning from the life of Ajamila, we should vow with determination to do what is necessary to…

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Shelter to unlimited living beings

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 5 November 2021, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.25.19) How did all these cows, cowherd boys, cowherd men and cowherd women fit under Govardhana Hill? How? The answer…

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Relationship with Vrndavana

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 4 February 2022, Radhadesh, Belgium, Zoom Disciple Meeting) We are building a relationship with Vrndavana, and as we know, Vrndavana is all about devotional service. Whether you…

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It’s all about the cows

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 5 November 2021, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.25.19) So Vrndavana is just covered by cows. When you came to Vrndavana at the time of Krsna, you would…

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Close to Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 17 November 2018, Prema-Sarovara, Vrndavana, India, Parikrama 2018 Lecture) Krsna is suhrt. He is our dear-most friend. Prabhupada said that Krsna is our best friend and the…

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What did Srila Prabhupada want?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 May 2021, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.27) What did it mean when Srila Prabhupada said that ISKCON cannot be destroyed from the outside, but only from…

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We are the chosen ones!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2 December 2021, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.27) All the abilities and gifts we have, come from the Supreme Lord. He gives and He takes – that…

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Miracles come from Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2 December 2021, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.27) It is the constitutional position of the living entity to be a servant of Krsna. Therefore, this means that…

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Worshipping the Vaisnavas

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 November 2018, Madhuvana, Vrndavana, India, Parikrama 2018 Lecture) All the wealth we can accrue from a whole lifetime of service is insignificant compared to the blessings…

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Family of Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 November 2018, Kusuma Sarovara, Govardhana, India, Parikrama 2018 Lecture) Krsna’s plan unfolds in our life and we have to allow it to do so. Over time,…

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Emotions in bhakti

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 17 November 2018, Prema-Sarovara, Vrndavana, India, Parikrama 2018 Lecture) The word bhakti can be translated to devotion, devotional service. Bhaja is the root form of bhakti. Bhaja…

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Wear it like a jewel

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 17 November 2018, Ter Kadamba, Vrndavana, India, Parikrama 2018 Lecture) There are many limbs of devotional service, 64 to be precise. By engaging in these 64 aspects,…

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Diminishing lust for improved chanting

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 22 November 2018, Surabhi-Kunda, Govardhana, India, Parikrama 2018 Lecture) Our chanting is not based on a technique. I read a book that described that certain types of…

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Uplifting ourselves

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 6 July 2021, Goloka Dhama, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.1.18) Purification is a realistic element of life. A lot people nowadays go into some therapy with an idea…

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Midlife crisis

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 6 July 2021, Goloka Dhama, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.1.18) “Don’t let any opportunities go by! What if you are missing out in life? You may never get…

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Fulfilling a quota

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 May 2021, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.27) Sometimes we see that on the ocean there is a big disaster. There is an oil tank that has…

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Immediately blessed

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 May 2021, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.27) We see that by the mercy of the Lord, Hiranyaksa left his body and was greatly blessed. By the…

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Planting the seeds of bhakti

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 10 August 2014, Nove Sady, Czech Republic, Balarama Jayanti Lecture) Lord Balarama carries the plough and Lord Krsna carries a flute. It is said that Balarama is…

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Who can harm ISKCON?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 May 2021, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.27) India is full of village things. We are not sure where it all comes from. Some things may have…

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Make some sacrifice for Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 15 July 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday Feast Lecture) Everyone is making sacrifices for material benefit. But those are the sacrifices that we need to gradually…

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Truly extraordinary!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 May 2021, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.27) One of Prabhupada’s intimate followers after Prabhupada’s departure had a period where it was difficult to connect. For many…

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Especially sent to help Prabhupada

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(Kadamba Kanana, Swami, 25 June 2021, Split, Croatia, Zoom Meeting) Tamal Krishna Goswami was such a brilliant person. He had a sharp brain and he was just such a general.…

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Half-baked surrender

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 May 2021, Simachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.27) Somehow, we are struggling to surrender in this movement. And in the end, for our half-baked surrender which was…

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Back to basics

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 May 2021, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.27) Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura makes one statement which is a statement that should not be taken cheaply. He says…

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Blessings of the entire parampara

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 August 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Initiation Ceremony Lecture) With the Mangalacarana prayers, we have invoked the blessings of the entire parampara, coming down from Lord Krsna and…

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Giving disciples a vision

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 April 2020, Durban, South Africa, Vyasa-Puja Lecture) In my youth, I came to Krsna consciousness and I had lots of energy and I used it all…

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A great source of bliss

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 April 2020, Durban, South Africa, Vyasa Puja Lecture) I appreciate the chanting of sixteen rounds. It is the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu that comes through…

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Finding happiness amidst struggles

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 22 November 2020, Simhachalam, Germany, Caitanya Caritamrta 9.36) It is that pure devotional service that can completely satisfy the heart. Therefore, it is attractive. And therefore, the…

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Flooding with mercy

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 April 2020, Durban, South Africa, Vyasa Puja Lecture) Srila Prabhupada would describe how sometimes during the rainy season in Mayapur, the Ganga is flooding its banks…

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The goal of life

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 April 2020, Durban, South Africa, Vyasa Puja Lecture) I have had the fortune of staying in Vrndavana. There were prices of austerities to pay undoubtedly. I…

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Every vaisnava is precious

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 April 2020, Durban, South Africa, Vyasa Puja lecture) From doing things for Krsna to looking after people who were doing things for Krsna to looking after…

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Branch of the Caitanya Tree

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 22 November 2020, Simhachalam, Germany, Caitanya Caritamrta 9.36) Prabhupada explains that ISKCON is a branch of the Caitanya Tree, of that wish-fulfilling desire tree. So, in this…

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My first encountering of the Holy Name

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 August 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Initiation Ceremony Lecture) When I first encountered the Holy Name, it was in a musical situation. There was a workshop in Amsterdam, some…

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Karma – An old-fashioned suitcase

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 22 November 2020, Simhachalam, Germany, Caitanya Caritamrta Adi-Lila 9.36) It is said that there are six whips in the material energy – birth, disease, death, hunger, thirst…

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Forgetfulness & Remembrance

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 August 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Janmashtami Lecture) It is said that the spiritual world is the tripad vibhuti (three-quarters of the manifestation) and the material world is…

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Chanting through remembrance

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 August 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Janmashtami Lecture) The reason why we chant without taste or without being attentive is because we are chanting without remembrance of Krsna.…

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Learning to give

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 November 2018, Adi-Badarinatha, India, Parikrama 2018 Lecture) In the Age of Kali, it is not going to be that beautiful. It is not possible to just…

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Guaranteed to go back home

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 August 2020, Radhadesh, Belgium, Initiation Ceremony Lecture) By taking initiation, there are such powerful blessings which are passed, that practically our journey back to the spiritual…

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