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Special mercy

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 December 2017, Govinda Valley, Australia, Initiation Lecture) The essence of the process that we are following in this movement is the chanting of the holy name.…

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A lifelong commitment

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 December 2017, Govinda Valley, Australia, Initiation Lecture)  At initiation, one makes a lifelong commitment. But so many things happen over time and there are not always…

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Initiation

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 15 September 2012, Pretoria, South Africa, Initiation Lecture) If we want to summarise the Bhagavad-gita in one sentence then it is, ‘We are an eternal spirit soul…

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Vows for our protection

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, August 2010, Leipzig, Germany, Initiation Lecture) Initiation is very important and of great help in our spiritual life. Within Iskcon, Srila Prabhupada formalised this process of initiation…

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Sixteen – a blessed number!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 November 2016, Vrindavan, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.18.1-8) In an initiation ceremony, we receive the maha-mantra. So it is like those birthdays where you get a big…

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Pleased in the heart

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 September 2015, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Initiation Lecture) We need the blessings of the spiritual master. It is said that we should try to please the spiritual master.…

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No ordinary name!

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 05 September 2015, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Initiation Lecture) When we get initiated and we get a new name, at first it is a shock. In my case, it…

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Rama Naumi, 2015

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Kadamba Kanana Swami arrived in Johannesburg on the eve of Rama Naumi (27 March). That evening, he attended a nama hatta program in the suburb of Benoni. This preaching initiative…

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The path less traveled

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 26 December 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, Initiation Lecture) I like to compare the taking of the initiation vows to a situation where the candidates are sitting…

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Some good advice

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 April 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, Rama Naumi Initiation Lecture) Initiation is not only about the ceremony but afterwards, success in spiritual life always depends on…

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The greatest thing

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 20 April 2014, Durban, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Initiation Lecture) In the Bhagavad-gita (7.19), we have that verse: bahūnāḿ janmanām ante jñānavān māḿ prapadyate vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti…

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Taking shelter

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 8 September 2013, Lenasia, South Africa, Sunday Feast Lecture) When should a person approach a spiritual master for initiation into Krsna consciousness? One must first get situated…

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When Krsna smiles

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 September 2013, Durban, South Africa, Initiation Lecture) Transcribed by Radhadyuti dd  In the Caitanya Caritamrta, it is stated that if one commits the ten offences then…

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Still there

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 July 2013, Fruska Gouranga, Serbia, Initiation lecture) Life shakes us sometimes but our guru is still there – still there, doing the same thing. He is…

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A prayer from the spiritual master

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 July 2013, Fruska Gouranga, Serbia, Initiation lecture) We have received the (holy) name a long time ago, right? The maha mantra has been with us for…

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Don’t keep out the anchor

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 October 2006, Cape Town, South Africa, Initiation lecture) The first and foremost process in our Krsna consciousness is the chanting of the holy name of the…

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Following in the footsteps

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 October 2006, Cape Town, South Africa, Initiation lecture) When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was in Jagannatha Puri, the vaisnavas from Navadwip went to see him and they asked him…

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Accepting Krsna’s plan

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 1 October 2006, Cape Town, South Africa, Initiation lecture) Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur said that in Krsna consciousness, one must be prepared to change his life and…

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Those three words

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 February 2013, Leicester, England, Initiation lecture, Bhagavad-gita 4.37)         The relationship between guru and disciple is not one of just master and servant because there is also firm friendship. It…

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Eagerness for initiation

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 6 January 2013, Lenasia, South Africa, Sunday Feast Lecture) And they say, “Yeah, I want to be (initiated). You know, I’m trying… but the relationship with my…

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Vrndavana Report – part III

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By Rukmini devi dasi Entering the circle of initiation On Sunday, 4 November, an initiation ceremony was held in Srila Prabhupada’s samadhi which is situated right next to the Krsna-Balarama…

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Three New Brahmacaris

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Recently I gave saffron cloth to three devotees Markandeya, Jananivasa(kks) and Nityananda. A brahmacari should live under the care of the guru, he should not have a private situation. Brahmacari gurukule vasan danta guror hitam. He should study the scriptures,…