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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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STRICTNESS but not FANATISM

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 December 2010, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 7.8.34) Let us be devotees but let us not punish ourselves, “I am a failure, I am not…

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Find the devotee

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 October 2013, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.2-7) We should never think that somebody is not a devotee. We should think that everyone is a devotee! The…

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Diversity with a common goal

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, May 2011, Radhadesh, Belgium, Lecture) Our ISKCON movement is growing every day, and not growing only in numbers but it is also growing in complexity! In the…

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Quite a story

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 November 2017, Mayapur, India, Russian Lecture, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.6.10) Srila Prabhupada makes the point that Krsna is more eager for us to go back to Godhead…

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Early rising for quality chanting

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2005, Durban, South Africa, Lecture) We must chant our sixteen rounds early in the morning and not spread it throughout the day. This is the spirit! There…

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Fulfilling Srila Prabhupada’s desires

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, May 2011, Radhadesh, Belgium, Lecture) Srila Prabhupada emphasised book distribution and that emphasis will never go away no matter what we do! There was a time when…

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Death at any moment

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 09 October 2017, Canberra, Australia, Evening Lecture, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.27.27) In many ways, old age is a blessing. For a vaisnava, it is a great blessing. Why…

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Follow in the footsteps

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 September 2017, Mauritius, Arrival Lecture) We have to take inspiration from our previous acaryas. Advaita Acarya was around 85 years old when he was given the…

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Lessons on life

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 03 September 2016, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.25) In this chapter, the passing away of Bhismadev, in the purport to this verse there is a…

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Krsna’s protection

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 February 2013, London, England, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.5.13) Krsna personally takes charge of the life of his devotee. Srila Madhvacarya mentioned that when a devotee says, “Krsna,…

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Prabhupada’s prayer for us

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 September 2017, Mauritius, Arrival Lecture) We tend to put the spiritual master on a scale to see how much weight he has. In our minds, we…

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A worthy representative

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 September 2017, Mauritius, Arrival Lecture) In the spiritual world, devotees also offer aarti when greeting various personalities. This tradition manifested on this planet and in Mauritius…

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A month for making special endeavour

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 11 October 2011, Melbourne, Australia, Home Program) The pastime of binding of Krsna is interesting. We remember that Yasoda was trying to tie up Krsna and each…

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Kartik – for the busy people!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 October 2009, Phoenix, South Africa, Kartik Lecture) In 1986, I was very involved in the construction of Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi in Mayapur. There was NO LIMIT…

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Attraction, Attraction

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 22 December 2011, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 7.14.3-4) Affection and relationships should be there in our life but of course, they should not lead to…

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Taking shelter of Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2011, New Ekachakra, Slovakia, Lecture) One can never take Krsna for granted. One should never think, “I’ve done so much service… so much! You know in my…

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Good leadership

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, January 2012, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.9) I visited a temple during my travels last year. For quite a number of years, that temple was emptying out.…

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Different but the same

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 August 2012, Stockholm, Sweden, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.3-4) Every devotee is an individual. We are not all stereotypes – all walking the same and all saying Hare…

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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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