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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 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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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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Austerity as a stepping stone

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2008, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Lecture) Austerity in itself is not a limb of bhakti. Bhakti has sixty-four limbs; this means that there are sixty-four types of activities which…

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Choose your suffering

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 October 2013, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.2-7) Through celibacy alone, can we get love of God? You can be celibate for a hundred lifetimes, do you…

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Can’t get no satisfaction?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 April 2014, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.4.49-50) I like in the Bhagavad-gita that when austerity is mentioned – there is the austerity of the body, austerity…

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Rain of mercy

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 April 2014, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.4.49-50) We must, somehow or other, connect to Krsna and that changes everything. We had this one kirtan, a Ratha…

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The capacity for austerity

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 June 2013, Vrndavan, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.16.34) Often, when I read the Srimad Bhagavatam, I think of Bhismadeva with the hundreds of arrows that pierced his…

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Deeply rooted

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 02 July 2013, Vrndavan, India, Bhagavad-gita 14.22 – 25) Devotional service itself is the means to become absorbed. So, Gaudiya vaisnavas do not need to spend so…