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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 days of austerity

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2011, Berlin, Germany, Lecture) In the earlier days of ISKCON, austerity was a big thing. It was considered spiritual, the more austere the more spiritual – the…

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Unique individuals

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 03 March 2013, Vrindavan, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.27.10) There are letters where Srila Prabhupada writes, “Krsna has sent me many spiritual masters in the form of my…

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Initiation

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 15 September 2012, Pretoria, South Africa, Initiation Lecture) If we want to summarise the Bhagavad-gita in one sentence then it is, ‘We are an eternal spirit soul…

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Kirtan 101

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 January 2014, Mayapur, India, Lecture: Kirtan Academy 1) I would like to say something about kirtan since I like kirtan. There are different sides to it.…

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It is possible to say NO to illicit sex!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31 August 2017, Durban, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.10.26) Once Brahmananda Prabhu was speaking to Srila Prabhupada about his university days. Brahmananda had written in an essay…

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Radhastami is coming

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 September 2012, Durban, South Africa, Radhastami Lecture) If we want some deeper understanding of the aim of life, it is possible by the mercy of Srimati Radharani,…

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A divine appearance

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 September 2012, Durban, South Africa, Radhastami Lecture) Just as Krsna’s appearance was not ordinary, in the same way, Srimati Radharani’s appearance was also not ordinary. One day,…

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The most outstanding of the gopis

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 September 2012, Durban, South Africa, Radhastami Lecture) Krsna says in Bhagavad-gita (4.11), ye yatha mam prapadyante tams tathaiva bhajamy aham, ‘As you surrender unto Me, I will reward…

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No more agitation!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 15 January 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture) As long as we are too preoccupied in dealing with what is happening to ourselves, “My situation, my desires,…

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The strings attached

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 August 2012, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.29.55) There is a price to pay for everything in this material world. You get nothing for nothing! Everything has…

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Inspired preaching

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2003, Lecture) There are no limits to HOW we can preach but we must know that when we preach in the spirit of being compassionate, trying to…

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Be a vaisnava first

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 28 April 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 7.15.50) I had a disciple who was living in a small flat – just a one room studio with a…

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Meditation on Lord Balarama – Part 2

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 10 August 2014, Czech, Balarama’s Appearance Day, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.1.8) Brahmananda Prabhu told us how the deities in Vrindavan were installed. He said that if you look…

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Meditation on Lord Balarama – Part 1

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 August 2016, Zadar, Croatia, Balarama’s Appearance Day Lecture) In the spiritual world, people have bodies made of spirit. There is no war and no problems. Everyone…

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Czech Summer Camp 2017

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Written by Sesa Das As the evening of Friday, the 30th June approached, HH Kadamba Kanana Swami landed in the Czech Republic & he wasn’t alone! Nandagopa das from Mafikeng,…

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That which really counts

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.20.12) Many artists are only recognised for their greatness once they are dead but Beethoven was famous during his life…

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Eagerness to worship

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, May 2017, UK Retreat, Wales, Srimad Bhagavatam 11.7.59) Srila Prabhupada said that the highest placed vaisnava in West Bengal was Tarun Kanti Ghosh. He was elected as…

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The whole truth and nothing but the truth

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 August 2012, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.29.56) Intellectual philosophers are trying to figure out the absolute truth but by the dint of intelligence, one cannot even…

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Devotional service is a natural activity

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, August 2010, New Radha Kunda, Sweden, Lecture) Devotional service is so powerful that it will always have an effect. Therefore, gradually devotional service will take over our…

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‘Death be not proud’

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 27 June 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.1.3) We must come to the stage of being fearless of death. We will become truly fearless of death…

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Transcend

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 May 2012, Sydney, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.11.14) Sometimes in the course of life, in the course of duty, while interacting with the world, we have to…

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Great personalities inspire

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 September 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture) Gajendra (the elephant in Srimad Bhagavatam, Chapter 8) realised that this material world in itself has no…

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A holy transformation

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 31 July 2005) The scripture says that if you chant the Holy Name of the Lord even once, you will be purified from more sinful activities than…

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Kindness

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 April 2010, Radhadesh, Belgium, Lecture) Another quality that I would like to see in individuals is kindness. Kindness is so important! We want to be on…

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A life of freedom

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, June 2011, Helsinki, Finland, Lecture) We should appreciate why Krsna consciousness is the best. We have to be thoroughly convinced that our life is much better than…

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A lifetime in preparation

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 June 2012, Leicester, England, Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya-Lila 7.21) I remember the very first social development conference in ISKCON, which was very interesting because all the ashrams…

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People of character

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 April 2010, Radhadesh, Belgium, Lecture) If I think of what I would desire to achieve, it is to become a strong individual – strong in integrity,…

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Why Krsna?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, October 2011, Melbourne, Australia, Lecture) Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva can give so many benedictions but they cannot give what Lord Vishnu can give, which is liberation…

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Vows for our protection

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, August 2010, Leipzig, Germany, Initiation Lecture) Initiation is very important and of great help in our spiritual life. Within Iskcon, Srila Prabhupada formalised this process of initiation…

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Think about it

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2011, Govinda Valley, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.25.27) As the years go by in the Hare Krsna Movement, sometimes we are surprised at how some devotees become entangled…

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True friendship

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 28 May 2017, Holy Name Festival, Slovenia, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.2.7) I like one of the plays done by the Germans. In the play, there is a wife…

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Commitment first

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 March 2017, United Kingdom, Pandava Sena Event – The Real Adventure) Continued from No compromise on one’s commitment to pure devotional service Question: The basis of relationships…

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Become a believer

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa, Youth Group Lecture) Srila Prabhupada described how one corner of the spiritual world becomes covered, just as how a corner of the sky becomes…

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Just add Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa, Youth Group Lecture) Srila Prabhupada said 5+5 = 10, 2+2 = 4 but everything + Krsna is Vrindavan. So this formula is very…

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Escape the illusion

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 July 2012, Modra, Slovakia, Lecture) In so many ways, maya (the illusory energy) is infiltrating our lives. Maya is everywhere. They say maya is a witch. For the male,…

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The rarity of a brahmana

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 February 2010, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 7.4.12) Austerity is the wealth of the brahmanas. Great sages like Bhrgu had attained higher planetary systems above…

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The self-realised soul

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 June 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Bhagavad-gita Lecture) The 5th Chapter of Bhagavad-gita gives us a metaphor of the lotus flower that sits on water but…

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Glorious devotees

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 March 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.6) When the disciples of Prabhupada saw him lying on his bed, in his final days, they said, ‘How…

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Contemplate first …

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 April 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 7.15.68) The teachings of Srila Prabhupada, his books and his lectures, are like our anchor. We also get more information…

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On the altar

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 April 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 7.15.68) Worshiping the deity is a way to regulate our lives but this is not the real thing about worshiping…

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No perfect match

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 March 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.6) Pure devotees of the Lord are only interested in satisfying the senses of the Supreme Lord, hṛṣīkeṇa…

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Like master, like servant!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 March 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Bhagavad-gita 7.24) In everything in our life, if we see the connection with the Supreme and we see, “I didn’t make this world. I…

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Give up suffering!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 June 2014, Stockholm, Sweden, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.14) We are not against material desires – no problem at all! Material enjoyment and material desires are no problem…

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