Spiritual Shelter

During my daily japa meditation there is a beginning phase when I'm thinking _about_ taking shelter of the holy names, and then there is _actually_ taking shelter of the holy names. 

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Jaya Go Mata!

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Previous Acaryas appearance and disappearance days
(Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Srila Gaura Kisora Dasa Babaji)
(fast till noon)
Rama Navami: Appearance of Lord Sri Ramacandra
(fast till sunset)
Nrsimha Caturdasi: Appearance of Lord Nrsimhadeva(fast till dusk)
Lord Balarama — Appearance(fast till noon)
Sri Krsna Janmastami: Appearance of Lord Sri Krsna(fast till midnight)
Radhastami: Appearance of Srimati Radharani(fast till noon)
Sri Vamana Dvadasi: Appearance of Lord Vamanadeva(fast till noon)
Sri Advaita Acarya — Appearance(fast till noon)
Varaha Dvadasi: Appearance of Lord Varahadeva(fast till noon)
Nityananda Trayodasi: Appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu(fast till noon)
Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu — Appearance
*** Gaura Purnima ***
(fast till moonrise)

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Prabhupada Memories - DVD 27 - Shyamasundara Dasa.

Praise God Srila Prabhupada

Baba Balmukund: I’ve seen many sadhus and great saints in this Gita Bhavan. I saw Srila Prabhupada also in the same place. I was very much impressed by Srila Prabhupada and his preaching. It was because Prabhupada had revealed the reality about bhakti because he was a pure bhakta that he could change the people of the West and give them another dress, he could give them another diet, and he could entirely change their culture and give them true bhakti. And this was the greatest thing Prabhupada has done. Let the world say as it likes, but he has done a marvelous thing regarding Lord Krishna’s bhakti. What Swami Vivekananda, Swami Ramtirtha and others could not do, Srila Prabhupada has done. It is a marvelous thing. —SRILA PRABHUPADA-LILAMRTA

How I came to Krishna consciousness - His Holiness Badrinarayan Dasa Gos...

Book Distribution Mentality

A friend recently asked me what my attitude is towards the people to whom I distribute Srila Prabhupada's books. I explained the attitude that I have developed as a process. Anyone can follow this simple formula.
    First, I think that because conditioned souls are lost, they are looking for happiness while following a path that will guarantee their distress. Anyone who helps them by providing them with a clue about the right direction is their benefactor. I am approaching them with not just a clue, but a transcendental literature that is itself a doorway to eternal happiness. All the answers to how to avoid distress and gain eternal happiness are within the pages of the sastra in my hand. In this way I cultivate the feeling that I am the best friend of the person I am approaching.
      How do you feel toward your best friends? And if you see one of them in difficulty, how do you feel and act when you approach them? This meditation awakens compassion. The more compassion is felt in the heart, the more one is drawn into preaching.
    But one must see through the eye of sastra, because the conditioned souls may not present an outward appearance of suffering. By awakening one's own Krsna consciousness, one comes to realize the hellish experience of the conditioned souls, and how their predicament is a state of constant suffering and anxiety, which they are attempting to deny and run from at every moment. It is a most pitiable condition; not at all what Sri Krsna had in mind when He expanded Himself into these, His precious parts and parcels. His plan was for them to experience ever expanding bliss in His direct association. Instead they are worried about the economy, and their health, their children's health, and on and on. The worries and anxieties are unlimited.
    When one is firmly convinced that the only solution to these problems is Krsna consciousness, then he or she begins looking, consciously and unconsciously, for opportunities to preach and distribute books, and to facilitate both.