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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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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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The world is oversexed

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 07 March 2017, London, United Kingdom, King’s College Programme Lecture, Sex Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll) When I was a teenager, I moved to Amsterdam which is…

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Here and now…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, February 2013, Vrindavan, India, Lecture) We are not just hearing the Caitanya Caritamrta, we are not just reading the Caitanya Caritamrta, we are living the Caitanya Caritamrta right…

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It’s Caitanya yuga!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 28 February 2013, Vrindavan, India, Caitanya Caritamrta, Seminar 1) What yuga are we living in? Kali yuga? What yuga? CAITANYA YUGA! This yuga is no longer Kali yuga.…

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In kali yuga, we do not curse

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 January 2017, Sydney, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 9.13.4) In kali yuga, we do not curse. This is not our business. In the Vedic times, cursing and counter…

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Bhakti-tirtha Swami

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 27 June 2016, Radhadesh, Belgium, BTS Memorial Evening) Even before coming to Krsna consciousness, Bhakti-tirtha Swami was not an ordinary person. Even before coming to Krsna consciousness…

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Knowledge vs determination

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 September 2014, Durban, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.10.4) We are all in a material situation and I sum it up as, “Sometimes you are on top…

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Karmic conviction

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 October 2014, Sydney, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 7.4.43) It is a blessing to have some good karma. It is a blessing to be detached. It saves one…

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No material fix…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 11 February 2009, Srimad Bhagavatam 11.6.11) Some people think that this world is a gift from Krsna to us, “Krsna was so kind that he made this…

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Pious activities

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 January 2017, Sydney, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 9.13.5) Caitanya Caritamrta gives the three categories of pious activities. There is karma unmukhi sukriti, moksha unmukhi sukriti and bhakti unmukhi…

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Are you ecstatic?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 April 2013, Stockholm, Sweden, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.17.1) Although it is mentioned that harer nāma harer nāma, harer nāmaiva kevalam, kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva, nāsty eva…

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Loving exchanges

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 November 2012) Tamal Krsna Maharaj used to keep this picture in his house in Vrindavan. Prabhupada is so blissful in this picture that Tamal Krsna Maharaj…

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Following in the footsteps…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 September 2009, Pretoria, South Africa, Lecture) Through saintly persons we ourselves get courage and determination. Alone we don’t get it. Therefore in spiritual life, when alone…

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Pure goodness

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 March 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Bhagavad-gita 7.24) It is not possible to have a pure and noble character unless one is a spiritually realised person. It is not…

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Dreaming of Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 September 2016, Midrand, South Africa, Bhagavad-gita 9.9) Question: When Krsna appears in a devotee’s dream, does it have any spiritual significance? Yes, of course, it does.…

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Offerings to the spiritual master

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 October 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa, Nama Hatta Lecture, Bhagavad-gita 9.10) Even on the strength of good karma, one cannot maintain high standards. It is not possible…

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Lord Nityananda – The most merciful

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 February 2016, Durban, South Africa, Nityananda’s Appearance Day Lecture) Caitanya Caritamrta describes how the happiness of Lord Nityananda is so overwhelming and so intoxicating that he…

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Jaya Nityananda Rama!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 February 2003) The lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are essential. Without the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, one cannot ever get the mercy of Radha and…

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The Ramayana

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 09 October 2009, Durban, South Africa, Ramayana Lecture) This evening, our meditation is on Lord Ramachandra, who appeared one million years ago and yet is still such…

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Attracting mercy

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 August 2009) What benefit will renunciation alone give us? Simply by fasting, simply by giving up the world will we get the mercy of Krsna? No!…

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Advaita Acharya – Part 2

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 November 2008, India, Lecture at Mamgachi) namo brahmanya-devaya, go brahmana-hitaya ca, jagad-dhitaya krishnaya, govindaya namo namah As Advaita Acharya continued his worship, he chanted this verse. Advaita Acharya fell prostrate before the Lord, seeking shelter…

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Advaita Acharya – Part 1

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 November 2008, India, Lecture at Mamgachi) We will just read something from the Caitanya Bhagavata. Srila Prabhupada said that the nature of scripture is that it…

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The unspoken vow

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, April 2008, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Lecture) I would say that in our Hare Krsna Movement, one of the great causes of devotees becoming dry in their spiritual practices…

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Dare to doubt?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 October 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa, Nama Hatta Lecture, Bhagavad-gita 9.10) In Srimad Bhagavatam, in the discussions with Kapila Muni, it is said that doubt is a…

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The spiritual dimension

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 September 2016, Durban, South Africa, Nama-hatta Lecture) The temple is the home of Krsna! It is also the Holy Dhama and the spiritual world. The scriptures…

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Rising above

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Untitled Lecture) In the age of kali, the general populace consists of two kinds of people – animals and hypocrites. Animals that are the blatantly degraded ones…

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The Holy Name

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 15 July 2009, Japa Talks) In many years of chanting, not every day was an optimal one. I have chanted when I was tired, when I was…

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Sixteen on the go…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2009, Melbourne, Australia, Lecture) The best way to chant is to chant at the same time every day. The best is to chant sixteen rounds in…

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I’m from Vrindavan actually!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2008, Newcastle, South Africa, Lecture) My life took many unexpected turns. I made plans but I could not fulfill many of them and I had to face…

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