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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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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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Keep on reading!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 June 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 25.265 – 267) The Srimad Bhagavatam gives us full descriptions of Krsna’s appearance, of Krsna’s character and of his…

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We are for Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 April 2013, Korsnas, Stockholm, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.17.1) In one of the early Back to Godhead magazines, there was a cover with a butcher slaughtering an animal…

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The secret mantra

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 April 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 7.15.68) The sound of Krsna’s flute was heard by Lord Brahma and then, the sound of that flute came out…

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The old broken car of material existence

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 June 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 25.265 – 267) So a question was asked about lamentation and if it is due to material identification. Well, lamentation…

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What if …

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 June 2014, Stockholm, Sweden, Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 22.75) Sometimes small things can make such a big difference. When it does not happen, that can also make a…

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No loss in devotional service

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2005, Lecture) Sometimes there are tests and we do not pass them. It means that we did not do our homework! Before a test, if you did…

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The happy vaisnava

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 June 2014, Stockholm, Sweden, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.5.14) I used to think, before I came to Krsna consciousness, that now I would join a movement of very…

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Krsna has given us a million chances

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 April 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 7.15.68) Srila Prabhupada explained that this material world is just a tiny little corner of the spiritual sky and that…

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Vyasa-puja Lecture: This is what I desire

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 April 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Vyasa-puja Lecture) oṁ ajñāna-timirāndhasya jñānāñjana-śalākayā cakṣur unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ My spiritual master always chastised me or he used to chastise…

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No worries, mate!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 01 October 2013, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.1) Many things are considered justified in the name of sankirtan. You know, in the name of sankirtan, you can do…

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To be satisfied

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 May 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.1.8) The Bhagavad-gita says that there is austerity of the body, austerity of speech and austerity of the mind. One…

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LOVE-and-PEACE and the RASCAL!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 December 2011, Cape Town, South Africa, Lecture) When we come to the spiritual platform, we think life is only love and only peace, that there is…

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“My devotee will never perish!”

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, April 2011, Durban, South Africa, Lecture) In the association of vaisnavas, especially advanced vaisnavas, we become uplifted beyond our normal limitations of holding onto material security. We…

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Say YES to devotional service!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 September 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Lecture) Every day we remind ourselves of Krsna’s eternal activities because we know that it will capture our mind. At…

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Hopelessly addicted

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 September 2012, Kirtana Mela, Germany, CC Antya Lila 3.52) What unknown nectar will the day bring us today? As our faith in Krsna grows then we…

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Hear this!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 03 October 2012, Sydney, Australia, Bhagavad-gita class) Srila Prabhupada says that hearing is most important: sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam… (SB 7.5.23-24) There are nine processes of…

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When chanting becomes fun

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 June 2009, Japa Talks) The importance of attentive chanting is stressed again and again. There are many things one can do to improve one’s performance –…

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Prayers to Nrsimhadev

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 May 2015, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.8) Lord Nrsimhadev is vigna vinasa – the destroyer of all the obstacles on the devotional path. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura…

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Share the mercy

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, November 2014, Mayapur, India, Youth Class Lecture)  Without mercy, we will die. There is no doubt about it. Without mercy, we will not survive in spiritual life. …

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Destiny in our own hands

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, October 2011, Melbourne, Australia, Lecture) Srila Prabhupada was the best spiritual master. What better spiritual master could one possibly think of!? He was the best but still…

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The final say

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, October 2014, Mayapur, India, Siksastakam Seminar: Verses 1&2, Part 1) Question: Maharaj, you were explaining how each acharya practices the jewel of transcendental knowledge he receives from the…

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Cryptic clues

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 June 2012, Leicester, England, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.7) I got one of those sweatshirts with a hoodie and it said BBT. It was not from the Bhaktivedanta…

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To never take birth again

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2010, Durban South Africa, Lecture) We must always take shelter of our spiritual master. This is very important. We must take shelter again and again otherwise…

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The time is NOW!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 January 2010, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 7.3.33) In spite of all our transcendental knowledge still, we are running out of time. Everyone gets caught…

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Small steps to success

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, April 2012, Radhadesh, Belgium, Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya Lila 200-250) In spiritual life, we are all facing challenges. We are aiming at a very high goal but we…

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The transcendental dimension

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 June 2009, Japa Talks) In spiritual life there is always the transcendental dimension – the dimension of auspiciousness, of purification, of eternal benefit and of getting…

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The Supremely loving one

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2009, South Africa, Untitled Lecture) How is it that the all good, all merciful and kind Supreme Personality of Godhead who is just full of love, who…

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Who were we in our past life?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2010, Radhadesh, Belgium, Lecture) Who were we in our past life? Ever thought about that. Maybe we were already devotees in our last life and blew it up…

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Love-under-construction

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2015, Cape Town, South Africa, Lecture) You cannot just love like that. At first, love is in practice. We can say, love-under-construction just as in work-in-progress. So…

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Update: 24 March 2017

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Kadamba Kanana Swami is in the Ayurvedic Hospital receiving treatment to build up his immune system. It is not anything more sinister than that. As we mentioned before, while in…

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It starts at home

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 July 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 15.14) The pious activities of one soul do not just benefit that soul but they benefit others…

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“Which service is the best?”

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 July 2016, Villa Vrindavan, Italy, Sravanam Kirtanam Festival) kaler doṣa-nidhe rājann asti hy eko mahān guṇaḥ kīrtanād eva kṛṣṇasya mukta-saṅgaḥ paraṁ vrajet (Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 12.3.51) Kali yuga is an ocean of faults but there is ONE good quality…

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As explained in the Brhad Bhagavatamrta…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 March 2017, London, United Kingdom, Soho Sunday Feast, Srimad Bhagavatam 9.5) Everything within the universe is going on according to the arrangement of the Supreme Lord…

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