HH Bhakti Prabhava Swami

SLOKA
karmano hy api boddhavyam
boddhavyam ca vikarmanah
akarmanas ca boddhavyam
gahana karmano gatih

TRANSLATION
The intricacies of action are very hard to understand. Therefore one should know properly what action is, what forbidden action is, and what inaction is.

If one is serious about liberation from material bondage, one has to understand the distinctions between action, inaction and unauthorized actions. One has to apply oneself to such an analysis of action, reaction and perverted actions because it is a very difficult subject matter. To understand Kṛṣṇa consciousness and action according to the modes, one has to learn one's relationship with the Supreme; i.e., one who has learned perfectly knows that every living entity is the eternal servitor of the Lord and that consequently one has to act in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. The entire Bhagavad-gītā isdirected toward this conclusion. Any other conclusions, against this consciousness and its attendant reactions, are vikarmas, or prohibitive actions. To understand all this one has to associate with authorities in Kṛṣṇa consciousness and learn the secret from them; this is as good as learning from the Lord directly. Otherwise, even the most intelligent person will be bewildered.

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Mantra – Gifts and Cuisine Croydon Shop

Mantra officially opened in the Whitgift Centre on the 13th October 2016. It is located in a shared spaced called #popup Croydon near Superdrug & Starbucks

The Stall is open from 10:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday and will be available up to Christmas.

We currently have available everything you need to start or improve your bhakti-yoga and mantra meditation. 

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HH Subhag Swami Maharaj

His Holiness Subhag Swami was born on 21st December, 1940 in the aristocratic Talukdar family of Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He went to London to pursue higher studies in Engineering. During the course of his studies in London, in 1970, he met His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami  in London itself. From then on Bhaktivedanta Swami, better known as Srila Prabhupada, personally trained him for a period of seven years in the scientific understanding of Vedic Culture which aims at enlightening the general mass, especially the student community and the scholarly minded intellectuals about ‘the Ultimate Reality’ and ‘the meaning and purpose of the human form of life. He was formally initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1971.

Based in Mayapur for 34 years, he served the mission in different ways. Having been appointed as the chairman of ‘Bhaktivedanta Swami Charitable Trust’, he looked after the renovation and maintainance of many pastime places of  Lord Chaitanya and His associates all over Navadwipa Mandal. Also he organized the famous ‘Chida-dahi festival of Panihatti’ annually for Iskcon devotees. He also continued his travelling preaching around different continents of the world especially Bangladesh, Australia, Singapore, America etc.

Srila Prabhupada gave His Holiness specific services of translating Gaudiya Vaishnava scriptures & Prabhupada’s books. Also Srila Prabhupada ordered him to preach Krishna Consciousness all over the world. His Holiness has translated some Vaishnava Scriptures from Sanskrit and Bengali into English. Also he has translated Srila Prabhupada’s books from English into Bengali including Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Teachings of Lord Kapila, Prayers to Queen Kunti, Easy Journey to Other Planets, Matchless Gifts, Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Isopanishad, Nectar of Instruction and On the way to Krishna. Some of his other translated Vaishnava scriptures are Prema Pradipa, Advaita Prakasha, Ananda Vrndavana Campu, Chaitanya Mangal etc.

H.H Subhag Swami, a meek and humble personality is well appreciated for his scholarly aptitude and command over English, Bengali and Sanskrit languages. His natural ability to mingle well with the young and the old alike mixes well with his unassuming character. For the last four decades, he has been active in interacting with students and scholars from the scientific front as well as from the religious quarters. He is, at present, a guide as well as a personal mentor to hundreds of dedicated students all over the world.

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HG Vaiyasaki Prabhu

ISKCON South London was fortunate to have the association of HG Vaiyasaki Prabhu

Though born in London, England, Vaiyasaki Das came of age in Winnipeg, Canada. After many years in the music business – and a personal search for the divine — he is now one of the premier singers on the kirtan circuit. Starting out as a rock and blues guitarist with a penchant for singing, his taste for Indian culture came at an early age. 
 
By 1970, he found himself back in London and enamored by Krishna devotion. Soon, in 1973, he was committed to the path of devotion, or bhakti-yoga, and, just two years later, he received formal initiation from His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami.
 
On his Guru’s request he journeyed to India in 1975, both for personal purification and to proclaim the renaissance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's bhakti movement. He travelled the entire subcontinent, and Southeast Asia, serving the mission of bhakti-yoga.
 
By 1978, he arrived in Bangladesh, where he imbibed the culture through his pores, becoming fluent in Bengali and learning the ways of the local people. On a boat trip down the Meghna River, he chanced upon a local kirtan band on their way to a festival. Deciding to follow these happy minstrels and their soulful kirtan music, he would also attend that same festival, changing his life forever. It was there that he discovered the ancient Bengali art of raga-kirtan, which touched his soul in the deepest possible way. Never before had he heard such angelic singing, and he resolved to use his own considerable vocal talents to spread this technique around the world. He returned to London with his own style of kirtan, a blend of ancient Bengali and modern contemporary music.
 
Today Vaiyasaki Das is a much sought-after performer, conducting workshops, doing concerts, and leading yoga festivals and retreats worldwide. Sharing his heart through music and chanting is the basis of his life. He has delighted audiences and taught Bhakti-yoga in 64 countries with people from all walks of life and cultures, and performs his music with a mission to uplift the consciousness of the planet.
 

9th October Class

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 4: Transcendental Knowledge: Text 11

SLOKA

ye yatha mam prapadyante
tams tathaiva bhajamy aham
mama vartmanuvartante
manusyah partha sarvasah

TRANSLATION

All of them-as they surrender unto Me-I reward accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Pṛthā.
PURPORT
Eveyone is searching for Kṛṣṇa in the different aspects of His manifestations. Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is partially realized in His impersonal brahmajyoti effulgence and as the all-pervading Supersoul dwelling within everything, including the particles of atoms. But Kṛṣṇa is only fully realized by His pure devotees. Consequently, Kṛṣṇa is the object of everyone's realization, and thus anyone and everyone is satisfied according to one's desire to have Him. In the transcendental world also, Kṛṣṇa reciprocates with His pure devotees in the transcendental attitude, just as the devotee wants Him. One devotee may want Kṛṣṇa as supreme master, another as his personal friend, another as his son, and still another as his lover. Kṛṣṇa rewards all the devotees equally, according to their different intensities of love for Him. In the material world, the same reciprocations of feelings are there, and they are equally exchanged by the Lord with the different types of worshipers. The pure devotees both here and in the transcendental abode associate with Him in person and are able to render personal service to the Lord and thus derive transcendental bliss in His loving service. As for those who are impersonalists and who want to commit spiritual suicide by annihilating the individual existence of the living entity, Kṛṣṇa helps also by absorbing them into His effulgence. Such impersonalists do not agree to accept the eternal, blissful Personality of Godhead; consequently they cannot relish the bliss of transcendental personal service to the Lord, having extinguished their individuality. Some of them, who are not situated even in the impersonal existence, return to this material field to exhibit their dormant desires for activities. They are not admitted in the spiritual planets, but they are again given a chance to act on the material planets. For those who are fruitive workers, the Lord awards the desired results of their prescribed duties, as the yajñeśvara; and those who are yogīs seeking mystic powers are awarded such powers. In other words, everyone is dependant for success upon His mercy alone, and all kinds of spiritual processes are but different degrees of success on the same path. Unless, therefore, one comes to the highest perfection of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, all attempts remain imperfect, as is stated in the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam:

akāmaḥ sarva-kāmo vā mokṣa-kāma udāradhīḥ
tīvreṇa bhakti-yogena yajeta puruṣaṁ param

"Whether one is without desire [the condition of the devotees], or is desirous of all fruitive results, or is after liberation, one should with all efforts try to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead for complete perfection, culminating in Kṛṣṇa consciousness." (Bhāg.2.3.10)

10th October Class

Strategies in Krishna Consciousness

11th October Class

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 4: Transcendental Knowledge: Text 34

SLOKA

tad viddhi pranipatena
pariprasnena sevaya
upadeksyanti te jnanam
jnaninas tattva-darsinah

 

TRANSLATION

Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.
PURPORT
The path of spiritual realization is undoubtedly difficult. The Lord therefore advises us to approach a bona fide spiritual master in the line of disciplic succession from the Lord Himself. No one can be a bona fidespiritual master without following this principle of disciplic succession. The Lord is the original spiritual master, and a person in the disciplic succession can convey the message of the Lord as it is to his disciple. No one can be spiritually realized by manufacturing his own process, as is the fashion of the foolish pretenders. The Bhāgavatam says:dharmaṁ hi sākṣād-bhagavat-praṇītam-the path of religion is directly enunciated by the Lord. Therefore, mental speculation or dry arguments cannot help one progress in spiritual life. One has to approach a bona fide spiritual master to receive the knowledge. Such a spiritual master should be accepted in full surrender, and one should serve the spiritual master like a menial servant, without false prestige. Satisfaction of the self-realized spiritual master is the secret of advancement in spiritual life. Inquiries and submission constitute the proper combination for spiritual understanding. Unless there is submission and service, inquiries from the learned spiritual master will not be effective. One must be able to pass the test of the spiritual master, and when he sees the genuine desire of the disciple, he automatically blesses the disciple with genuine spiritual understanding. In this verse, both blind following and absurd inquiries are condemned. One should not only hear submissively from the spiritual master; but one must also get a clear understanding from him, in submission and service and inquiries. A bona fide spiritual master is by nature very kind toward the disciple. Therefore when the student is submissive and is always ready to render service, the reciprocation of knowledge and inquiries becomes perfect.

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Kartik Month

The month long Kartik festival starts on the 16th of October 2016 and runs for four weeks till 14th of November 2016.

During this time pilgrims come from far and wide to offer a candle to Mother Yasoda and Lord Krishna. The importance of this month is described extensively in the scriptures, especially in Srila Rupa Goswami’s Mathura Mahatmya

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