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ISKCON is an acronym that stands for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. We are an active community in the Washington, DC area. This is where you can hear music, lectures, narrations, talks, and seminars from our temple. ISKCON was founded by the exceptional Indian gentleman A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The Hare Krishna movement is part of his ongoing mission to present Gaudia Vaishnavism to the world. We hope that you enjoy these audio recordings.
 
Insightful lectures by His Holiness Romapada Swami on the principles, practice and realization of Krishna Consciousness (Bhakti Yoga), to enrich and perfect your spiritual practice. Visit the website www.romapadaswami.com for older talks, weekly meditations and other material to inspire your practice. Hare Krishna!
 
A series of lectures given by Dulal Chandra dasa on devotional service as presented in Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam with emphasis on the practice of bhakti yoga. These lectures present knowledge of Krishna Consciousness as taught by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and his illustrious followers, the six goswamis. Dulal Chandra dasa is a direct disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Although I lack any personal qualification to lecture on the lofty subject of self rea ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
A series of lectures given by Dulal Chandra dasa on devotional service as presented on Sadhus, Bhagavatam, and more with emphasis on the practice of bhakti yoga. These lectures present knowledge of Krishna Consciousness as taught by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and his illustrious followers, the six goswamis. Dulal Chandra dasa is a direct disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Although I lack any personal qualification to lecture on the lofty subject of self realizatio ...
 
A series of lectures given by Dulal Chandra dasa on devotional service as presented in Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam with emphasis on the practice of bhakti yoga. These lectures present knowledge of Krishna Consciousness as taught by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and his illustrious followers, the six goswamis. Dulal Chandra dasa is a direct disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Although I lack any personal qualification to lecture on the lofty subject of self rea ...
 
A series of lectures given by Dulal Chandra dasa on devotional service as presented in Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam with emphasis on the practice of bhakti yoga. These lectures present knowledge of Krishna Consciousness as taught by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and his illustrious followers, the six goswamis. Dulal Chandra dasa is a direct disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Although I lack any personal qualification to lecture on the lofty subject of self rea ...
 
A series of lectures given by Dulal Chandra dasa on devotional service as presented on Sadhus, Bhagavatam, and more with emphasis on the practice of bhakti yoga. These lectures present knowledge of Krishna Consciousness as taught by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and his illustrious followers, the six goswamis. Dulal Chandra dasa is a direct disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Although I lack any personal qualification to lecture on the lofty subject of self realizatio ...
 
A series of lectures given by Dulal Chandra dasa on devotional service as presented on Sadhus, Bhagavatam, and more with emphasis on the practice of bhakti yoga. These lectures present knowledge of Krishna Consciousness as taught by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and his illustrious followers, the six goswamis. Dulal Chandra dasa is a direct disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Although I lack any personal qualification to lecture on the lofty subject of self realizatio ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
It is difficult to find someone from the West that both understands and can elegantly express the theory behind an Eastern mystical tradition. It is even more difficult to find a modern mystic. In Swami Tripurari we have both: a traditional mystic who can articulate the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition. A compelling speaker, to hear him and be in his presence is itself a spiritual experience. Swami Tripurari met his initiating guru, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in t ...
 
Mananat-trayate iti Mantrah. Mantra means anything which protects you when you remember it constantly, think about it constantly and recollect it and recite it. Hence the supreme god also has the name Mantra. Listen to talks about Hinduism - The sanatana dharma , about pages from Puranas, upanishads and mantra shastras and everything that protects us when we think about it, discuss about it and and learn about it
 
~60 min class time with Pastor Kevin Wright discussing the History of the Church within the context of the history of the world. Listen as they discuss how the Church developed and how it affected the world in the process (and how it was affected by the world in return). Make connections on how history repeats itself -- how we can learn from that, and how we tend to make the same mistakes people made in the past. This series was originally presented with PowerPoint slide shows. Unfortunately ...
 
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The difference between human beings and nonhuman beings is that a human is supposed to act according to the direction of the Vedas. Unfortunately, men manufacture their own ways of acting, without reference to the Vedas. Therefore all of them commit sinful actions and are punishable.By Hare Krishna Melbourne
 
A conditioned soul thinks that he is working stealthily and that no one can see his sinful activities, but we can understand from the śāstras that there are many witnesses, including the sun, fire, sky, air, moon, demigods, evening, day, night, directions, water, land and the Supersoul Himself, who sits with the individual soul within his heart. Wh…
 
The members of modern civilization manufacture defective religious principles through speculative concoction. This is not dharma. They do not know what is dharma and what is adharma. Therefore, as stated in the beginning of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, dharmaḥ projjhita-kaitavo ’tra: dharma not supported by the Vedas is rejected from śrīmad-bhāgavata-dharma.…
 
Human beings, who are advanced in consciousness, are responsible, but not all of them are punishable. Those engaged in advanced pious activities are beyond punishment. Only those who engage in sinful activities are punishable. Therefore the Viṣṇudūtas particularly inquired about who is punishable and why Yamarāja has been designated to discriminate…
 
One who represents someone else must fully know that person’s mission. The devotees in the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement must therefore be fully aware of the mission of Kṛṣṇa and Lord Caitanya; otherwise they will be considered foolish. All devotees, especially preachers, must know the philosophy of Kṛṣṇa consciousness so as not to be embarrassed an…
 
The residents of Vaikuṇṭha, who are decorated with garlands and yellow silken garments, have four arms holding various weapons. Thus they conspicuously resemble Lord Viṣṇu. They have the same bodily features as Nārāyaṇa because they have attained the liberation of sārūpya, but they nevertheless act as servants. All the residents of Vaikuṇṭhaloka kn…
 
Listen to a class given by Adikarta dasa on text 42 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November 30, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) and His devot…
 
Listen to a class given by Tamohara dasa on text 41 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November 29, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) and His devot…
 
Listen to a class given by Puskara dasa on text 178-180 of Sri Caitanya Caritamrta, Madhya-Lila, chapter 19, entitled "Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Instructs Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī", given on November 27, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. Sri Caitanya Caritamrta is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the glorious birth a…
 
Listen to a class given by Nadnini Kisori devi dasi on text 41 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November 26, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) an…
 
Listen to a class given by HG Malati devi dais on text 39-40 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November 25, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) and …
 
Since the Yamadūtas are servants of Yamarāja, who is also one of the siddha-sattamas, they knew that a siddha-sattama is above the demigods and sub-demigods and, indeed, above all the living entities within this material world. The Yamadūtas therefore inquired why the Viṣṇudūtas were present where a sinful man was going to die.…
 
According to the sinful activities of Ajāmila, he was within the jurisdiction of Yamarāja, the supreme judge appointed to consider the sins of the living entities. When forbidden to touch Ajāmila, the order carriers of Yamarāja were surprised because they had never been hindered in the execution of their duty by anyone within the three worlds.…
 
**RESCHEDULED - NEW DATE ANNOUNCED** In this last interview on this topic, Swami B. P. Padmanabha presents his comments on this controversial topic in the context of Sundar Gopal prabhu's presentation from September 18th, 2021. **Note the earlier start time due to time zone differences**By Namarasa das
 
Born in New Jersey, USA, in 1947, H.H. Candramauli Swami came in contact with the ISKCON in Denver, Colorado, at the age of 24. In 1973 he began practicing Krishna Consciousness in New York City and shortly thereafter began serving at the New Vrindavan farm community in West Virginia. Join us as he details his spiritual journey, and all the realiza…
 
“The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone’s heart, O Arjuna, and is directing the wanderings of all living entities, who are seated as on a machine, made of the material energy.” Yantra means a machine, such as an automobile. The driver of the machine of the body is the individual soul, who is also its director or proprietor, but the supreme propri…
 
Hari-kīrtana is actually meant to glorify the holy name, form, pastimes and qualities of the Lord. Ajāmila, however, did not glorify the form, qualities or paraphernalia of the Lord; he simply chanted the holy name. Nevertheless, that chanting was sufficient to cleanse him of all sinful activities. As soon as the Viṣṇudūtas heard their master’s nam…
 
A person who performs sinful activities performs them with his body, mind and words. Therefore three order carriers from Yamarāja came to take Ajāmila to Yamarāja’s abode. Fortunately, even though he was referring to his son, Ajāmila chanted the four syllables of the hari-nāma Nārāyaṇa, and therefore the order carriers of Nārāyaṇa, the Viṣṇudūtas, …
 
The Supreme Personality of Godhead is kind to the conditioned soul. Although this man completely forgot Nārāyaṇa, he was calling his child, saying, “Nārāyaṇa, please come eat this food. Nārāyaṇa, please come drink this milk.” Somehow or other, therefore, he was attached to the name Nārāyaṇa. This is called ajñāta-sukṛti. Although calling for his so…
 
Listen to a class given by Gadadhara Pandit dasa dasa on text 38 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November 24, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) …
 
Listen to a class given by HG Maliti devi dasi on text 35 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November 23, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) and His…
 
Listen to a class given by Chaturatma dasa on text 34 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November 22, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) and His dev…
 
Listen to a class given by Pran Govinda dasa on text 175-177 of Sri Caitanya Caritamrta, Madhya-Lila, chapter 19, entitled "Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Instructs Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī", given on November 20, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. Sri Caitanya Caritamrta is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the glorious bi…
 
Listen to a class given by Puskara dasa on text 33 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November 19, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) and His devote…
 
Listen to a class given by Trivikram dasa on text 32 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November 18, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) and His devo…
 
Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī has therefore declared that if one’s mind is somehow or other attracted by the holy name of Kṛṣṇa (tasmāt kenāpy upāyena manaḥ kṛṣṇe niveśayet), one is on the path of liberation. It is customary in Hindu society for parents to give their children names like Kṛṣṇadāsa, Govinda dāsa, Nārāyaṇa dāsa and Vṛndāvana dāsa. Thus they chan…
 
Durga chandrakala stuti is a hymn composed by Appayya deekshita the great shaiva and scholar of Vedas Puranas and mantra shastras who lived in Tamil nadu in the fifteenth century (1520–1593 CE) In this hymn various glories of the mother goddess durgā from Vedas and various puranas are summarized. The hymn comprises of eighteen shloka, the first shl…
 
The process of chanting the holy name of the Lord is always superbly effective, but it is especially effective in this Age of Kali. Its practical effectiveness will now be explained by Śukadeva Gosvāmī through the history of Ajāmila, who was freed from the hands of the Yamadūtas simply because of chanting the holy name of Nārāyaṇa. Parīkṣit Mahārāj…
 
The sinful actions of one who has surrendered unto Kṛṣṇa are compared to a snake with its poison fangs removed (protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate). Such a snake is no longer to be feared. Of course, one should not commit sinful activities on the strength of having surrendered to Kṛṣṇa. However, even if one who has surrendered to Kṛṣṇa happens to do something s…
 
To take advantage of the methods of atonement, one must be at least somewhat devoted; otherwise there is no chance of one’s being purified. It is clear from this verse that even those who take advantage of karma-kāṇḍa and jñāna-kāṇḍa, but are not at least slightly devoted cannot be purified simply by following these other paths. The word prāyaścitt…
 
One should not think that the person who takes to bhakti is one who cannot perform the ritualistic ceremonies recommended in the karma-kāṇḍa section of the Vedas or is not sufficiently educated to speculate on spiritual subjects. Māyāvādīs generally allege that the bhakti path is for women and illiterates. This is a groundless accusation. The bhakt…
 
Listen to a class given by Sukhada devi dasi on text 29-31 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November 17, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) and Hi…
 
Listen to a class given by Dharmaraja Dev dasa dasa on text 28 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November 16, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) an…
 
Listen to a class given by Pran Goivinda dasa on text 26-27 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November 15, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) and H…
 
Listen to a class given by Puskara dasa on text 168-174 of Sri Caitanya Caritamrta, Madhya-Lila, chapter 19, entitled "Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Instructs Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī", given on November 13, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. Sri Caitanya Caritamrta is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the glorious birth a…
 
Listen to a class given by Adikarta dasa on text 17-25 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November12, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) and His dev…
 
Listen to a class given by Sri Vrndavana devi dasi on text 24 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), canto 1, chapter 17, entitled "Punishment and Reward of Kali" given on November 11, 2021 at the Hare Krishna temple in Alachua, Florida. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is a sacred Vaishnava text from India that narrates the history of God (Krishna) and…
 
One must render service to a Vaiṣṇava in order to get freed from sinful reactions, revive one’s original Kṛṣṇa consciousness and be trained in how to love Kṛṣṇa. This is the result of mahātma-sevā. Of course, if one engages in the service of a pure devotee, the reactions of one’s sinful life are vanquished automatically. Devotional service is neces…
 
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