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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 October 2015, Chowpatty, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.69.41) Only in Vrndavana is Krsna fully manifesting his pure transcendental nature which is based only on loving exchange and…

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Spontaneous devotional service

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 January 2018, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.12.23-24) Our first Ratha Yatra in Jaipur was a humble attempt. The devotees had just recently opened a small little…

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Second chances

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 October 2017, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.3.17) When someone is caught stealing red-handed and you talk about it, “That person is not honest because he is a…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Keep the fire going…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 July 2010, Japa Talks) The current temple of Lord Jagannatha in Puri is 800 years old and during that time, the fire in the kitchen of…

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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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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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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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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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No more suffering

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 January 2005) We must develop the spirit of compassion. Compassion, in a sense, is natural because we ourselves are experiencing suffering in this world and we…

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MY service

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 December 2016, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.26.41) Our favourite song which we chant so happily, “Sarīra abidyā-jāl, joḍendriya tāhe kāl, jīve phele viṣaya-sāgore, tā’ra madhye jihwā…

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Time for Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 December 2016, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.26.41) One may want family life but how can you have a good family life without Krsna. Family life without…

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New beginnings!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, July 2007, Phoenix, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Lecture) Sometimes we get so disturbed by the past that the clock stops, “On 12 December 1937, I …” and…

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Many issues, One solution

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 09 December 2011, Durban, South Africa, Morning Lecture) Piety has diminished many generations ago. But the mercy of Lord Caitanya that has come into the sinful life…

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Eternal wealth

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 03 December 2016, Melbourne, Australia, Bhagavad-gita 10.10) People are striving for wealth; they try to make material progress. This is not easy because we are not in…

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Inspiration to serve

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 25 November 2007, Mayapur, India, Lecture) It is one thing to take up devotional service but it is another thing to become absorbed in devotional service. Many…

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Elusive Krsna

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 September 2016, Midrand, South Africa, Sunday Feast Lecture, Bhagavad-gita 9.9) brahmāṇḍa bhramite kona bhāgyavān jīva guru-kṛṣṇa-prasāde pāya bhakti-latā-bīja (CC Madhya 19.151) Life after life, we are…

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The basics of spiritual life

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 March 2016, Durban, South Africa, Sunday Program Lecture) Question: Swamiji, can you please give me some basics on spiritual life? Serve the devotees! That’s the basics.…

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Improving our spiritual life

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 10 April 2016, Durban, South Africa, Sunday Program Lecture) Let us dedicate our whole life to Krsna. Let us gradually get rid of interruptions. It is said…

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Assist me whether I am here or not…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 April 2016, Radhadesh, Belgium, Vyasa Puja Address) I thank all the vaisnavas for their prayers. So many prayers. I will tell you the truth, my astrology…

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Lessons from Coimbatore: Part 4

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, May 2016, Coimbatore, India, Hospital Conversations) The spiritual world is where we should be. Residents of the spiritual world descend to the material world to preach. As…

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Yours forever!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 15 January 2015, Soho Temple, England, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.77.33-37) I was reading a verse where it says, “Not by any means nor by any weapon, can one…

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Let’s get serious

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 01 December 2014, Mayapur, India, Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture 6.1.50) Question: You have said that we are on our own and it is up to us to go…

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Transformation

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 October 2015, Chowpatty, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.69.41) We are currently serving in the material world and using the paraphernalia of the material world in the service…

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Only love can set you free

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 September 2015, Durban, South Africa, BYS Retreat, Lecture at the Goshala) Who is free? You are free when you love what you do. You are not…

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Too slow and steady?

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 (Kadamba Kanana Swami, 28 December 2013, Mayapur, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.10.24) One small anecdote comes to mind about Srila Prabhupada. It was late in the evening and Srila Prabhupada sat…

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We are in this together…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 April 2012, Radhadesh, Belgium, Lecture) This morning, I opened my lecture with the topic of sex life because we have these material bodies. Prabhupada said in the Srimad…

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When rendering service

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 December 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, Evening Lecture) Question: In terms of rendering service, in everything you do, do you do it with the understanding that…

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Is there anything better than serving Krsna?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, December 2014, Mayapur, India, Nectar of Devotion Seminar, Part 2a) In the Srimad Bhagavatam (3.29.12-13), Srila Kapiladev, while instructing his mother, has given the following characteristics of…

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Just one little life?

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 07 July 2014, Serbia, Summer Camp, Caitanya Candramrta Seminar Part 1) Sri Caitanya-candramrta by Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Chapter 1, Verse 5: “For those who have attained the merciful…

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Planting the seed

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Transcribed by Kristin (Kadamba Kanana Swami, 09 May 2014, Bhaktivedanta Manor, England, Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.23.3-6) Devotional service never goes in vain even though a person may not have piety and even…

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Cry until you are dry…

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, July 2011, Fruska Goranga, Serbia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.16) Question: How to deal with the notorious false ego? You can buy a self-help sociology book. It is useful…

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The greatest gift

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 January 2013, Durban, South Africa, Lecture) Devotional service is given to us by devotees. You cannot take devotional service. It is a gift. And because that…

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Service – our saving grace!

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When we are going through some very difficult situation in the material world, then we can really remember- This is not very nice place – and we become fixed to going back to Godhead.“Yes, I am ready, I really want that now.” But one can only susta…

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Finding the nectar

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 October 2013, Melbourne, Australia, Lecture) Success in spiritual life depends on how much faith you can develop in Srila Prabhupada. That is really what it means –…

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A glorious destination

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.20.13) It is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, ‘One who does good will never be overcome by evil.’ That is a…

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