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Initiations in Durban, March 4, Chatsworth, South Africa

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May 052019
 

 

Initiation Ceremony by HH Giriraj Swami

Posted by ISKCON Durban on Saturday, May 4, 2019

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On Sri Gadadhara Pandita’s appearance day, via Skype, Giriraj Swami officially connected seven disciples with Srila Prabhupada and the parampara: Anil Basdew became Ananda Krishna dasa, Clive Jugathpal became Krishna Kishore dasa, Leeann Govindsamy became Lila Manjari dasi, Mayawatee Sewjathan became Madhumati dasi, Pranesa Sewpershad became Pradhana Gopika dasi, Reena Sewpershad became Radhika Kishori dasi, and Sheena Basdew became Shobha Radha dasi. Please bless them and support them in their efforts in Krishna consciousness.

Sri Rama-navami, April 13, Houston

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Apr 172019
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.7.23-25.

“Ravana wanted to steal the property of the Lord and enjoy it for himself. We, in our own ways, may have that same inclination—to be the proprietors, the enjoyers, and the controllers. The materialistic mind and false ego put us in competition with the Supreme Lord. And it is a great process to become free from the sense of false proprietorship.”

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The Criteria for Spiritual Success, April 12, Bhakti Urban Farm, Houston

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Apr 162019
 


“Jatayu was really no match for Ravana. But still, out of duty and love, he fought Ravana and was defeated. Later, when Lord Ramachandra was traveling through the forest looking for Sita, He came upon Jatayu, who explained exactly what he had seen. Lord Ramachandra was so pleased with Jatayu that He embraced him and told him He loved him like His own father. Jatayu died in the Lord’s arms, and Lord then performed the funeral ceremony for him just like a dutiful son. Srila Prabhupada used this story to illustrate the point that if we give our lives to the service of the Lord, even if the opposing elements are too powerful for us to be victorious externally, the Lord will be pleased and we will be successful.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.7.23 (Right-click to download)

Sunday Festival Talk, April 7, Dallas

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Apr 092019
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Bhagavad-gita 3.10.

“After reading, discussing, and considering, the conclusion is that we should engage in sankirtana-yajna. That will enable us to live happily in this life and to go back home, back to Godhead at the end of this life. We should all chant as much as possible—Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Srila Prabhupada said that anyone can chant. ‘Even a child can take part in the chanting and dancing.’ ”

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Living Happily in This Life and the Next, April 3, Darshan Room, Dallas

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Apr 082019
 

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Bhagavad-gita 3.10.

“The Lord created this material world to enable the conditioned souls to learn how to perform yajñas (sacrifices) for the satisfaction of Visnu, so that while in the material world they can live very comfortably without anxiety, and after finishing the present material body they can enter into the kingdom of God. That is the whole program for the conditioned soul. By performance of yajña, the conditioned souls gradually become Krsna conscious and become godly in all respects. In the Age of Kali, the sankirtana-yajña (the chanting of the names of God) is recommended by the Vedic scriptures, and this transcendental system was introduced by Lord Caitanya for the deliverance of all men in this age. Sankirtana-yajña and Krsna consciousness go well together.” (Gita 3.10 purport)

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Sunday Festival Talk, March 31, Dallas

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Apr 052019
 

“The residents of Vrindavan, including Srimati Radharani, decided to go to Kurukshetra to see Krishna. Krishna, or Jagannatha, with His sister, Subhadra, and brother, Balarama, went from Dvaraka to Kurukshetra on a chariot. At Kurukshetra, the residents of Vrindavan met them and they were filled with ecstatic love to see Krishna again after a long separation. But Srimati Radharani felt that She could not enjoy serving Krishna the same way at Kurukshetra as She did in Vrindavan. In Kurukshetra Krishna was dressed as a royal prince, there was the clatter of chariots, there were horses and elephants, whereas Vrindavan is a very sweet pastoral place. So Radharani’s mood was, ‘I am the same Radharani, and you are the same Krishna, but We cannot relish our time together in this opulent realm of Kurukshetra, so please come back to Vrindavan.’ The internal spiritual mood of the devotees while pulling the chariot with ropes is that they are bringing Krishna back to Vrindavan.”

Sunday Festival Talk