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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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Devotional service is key

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 September 2017, Flacq, Mauritius, Lecture) The mind fluctuates but we cannot do anything about that but everything is overcome by devotional service. Some people say that…

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The ecstasy of love of God

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 September 2017, Flacq, Mauritius, Lecture) The Panca Tattva descended to this world. They broke the lock of the storehouse of love of God and they were…

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Touched by mercy

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 August 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.4.5-6) This Iskcon movement is a treasure box. It is sort of like a gift packet; a big gift packet…

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Developing qualities of the mode of goodness

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 September 2017, Flacq, Mauritius, Lecture) Before the Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannatha, his temple is cleaned – Gundica Marjana. Caitanya Mahaprabhu would clean Lord Jagannatha’s temple…

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The right time to pray…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 June 2013, Vrindavan, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.16.34) Ultimately, the mercy of Mahaprabhu is what we are hoping for but only after we have given our everything –…

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Spiritual advancement

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 September 2017, Petite Riviere, Mauritius, Lecture) Some people say, “After 36 years that I have been chanting, I can see no result!” Do not worry, one…

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Captured by Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 September 2017, Petite Riviere, Mauritius, Lecture) Srila Rupa Goswami said, “Do not go to Kesi Ghat if you have material desires.” But when Krsna plays his…

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Removing fear and attachment

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 September 2017, Petite Riviere, Mauritius, Lecture) All our material activities, our karma, leave many impressions on our mind. All our actions in all our past lives…

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The maha mantra

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 September 2017, Petite Riviere, Mauritius, Lecture) The chanting of the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra is very interesting because we are giving and receiving while chanting. We…

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High aspirations

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 August 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.4.5-6) I am remembering a lecture by Srila Prabhupada where he said, “There is a need to be hundred percent…

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Invest in your spiritual life

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 April 2015, Durban, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Lecture: The secret of spiritual advancement) If we do not have a connection with Srimad Bhagavatam, then spiritual life…

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Toughen up

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 April 2015, Durban, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Lecture: The secret of spiritual advancement) Krsna is our solution. Krsna will fulfil our desires. Everything we need, we…

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The Bhagavatam is the book of this movement!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 August 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja Evening Lecture) Sometimes there are devotees, that when you ask them, “What have you read?”, they say, “Oh,…

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My right or My duty?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 07 October 2017, Canberra, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.27.25) I was reading a book about human rights where it said that in Vedic culture, there is no such thing…

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Service matters

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 December 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 9.19.26)  We are not being judged by material qualifications, let that be. Do not get worried about that. If…

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Trusting with intelligence

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 November 2017, Mayapur, India, Nectar of Devotion Seminar) We all feel friendship in our relationship with Krsna where we feel great trust that Krsna will always…

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The glory of deity worship

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 August 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.4.5-6) Another point that I find is very nice in the purport of Gajendra, the elephant, is how Srila Prabhupada…

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Attracting the mercy of the Lord

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 August 2017, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.4.5-6) In the pastime of Gajendra, the elephant, (Srimad Bhagavatam, canto 8, chapters 2-4) the first significant point is that…

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Being merciful to others

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 November 2017, Mayapur, India, Russian Morning Class, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.6.10) In the Bhagavad-gita (7.4), we find a list of material elements: earth, water, fire, air, ether,…

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The conundrum of being charitable

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 07 October 2017, Canberra, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.27.25) The essence of spiritual life is simple – to render devotional service to Krsna. This does not require very…

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Empowered

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 January 2018, Murwillumbah, Australia, House Programme) It is said that the pastimes of Lord Caitanya are like the sky and different birds are flying on different…

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Live and let live

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 07 October 2017, Canberra, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.27.25) As ISKCON devotees, we are not meant to be fundamentalists! It takes great intelligence to apply the scriptures therefore…

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Reaching out

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2017, Cape Town, South Africa, Evening Class) There are many people out there hankering for something spiritual, looking for some deeper meaning to life. Just one…

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All sorts

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2017, Cape Town, South Africa, Evening Class) I remember going door-to-door on book distribution and it was all okay until I came to this one house.…

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There are techniques

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2017, Cape Town, South Africa, Evening Class) There are techniques to book distribution. Vaisesika Prabhu is not only a leading distributor in our society but Vaisesika…

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Planting the seed

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2017, Cape Town, South Africa, Evening Class) There are always people who will say no to a book today. In their mind, they had to make the…

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The power of one book

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2017, Cape Town, South Africa, Evening Class) We do not know the power of what one book will do. The Bhagavad-gita made me a devotee! It…

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The personal touch

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2017, Cape Town, South Africa, Evening Class) It is not just about the number of books that you distribute because if you sell someone a book…

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Change someone’s life

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2017, Cape Town, South Africa, Evening Class) When we present books to people, we change them. Someone may say, “No, not interested.” We can reply, “No,…

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The beginning…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2017, Cape Town, South Africa, Evening Class) Printing books certainly is our family business. There is no doubt about that. Although the early days of ISKCON…

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Humility and Love of God

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Untitled Lecture) The quality of humility and the quality of being able to develop love of God come together. It is not possible to develop love of…

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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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