Illuminations on Bhakti

A Prayer of Freedom

om namo bhagavate narasimhaya namas tejas-tejase avir-avirbhava vajra-nakha vajra-damshtra karmashayan randhaya randhaya tamo grasa grasa om svaha abhayam abhayam atmani bhuyishtha om ksraum “I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Nrisimhadeva, the source of all power. O my Lord who possesses nails and teeth just like thunderbolts, kindly vanquish our demon-like desires for fruitive activity in this material world. Please appear in our hearts and drive away our ignorance so that by Your mercy we may become fearless in the struggle for existence in this material world.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 5.18.8) This is a very powerful and beautiful heartfelt prayer by Prahlada Maharaja. It is the prayer of completely being…

ISKCON Prison Ministry

As prison minister for ISKCON HH Candramauli Swami is actively involved in prison preaching programs and guiding prisoners interested in Krishna consciousness.

Find out more information about the ISKCON Prison Ministry at www.iskconprisonministry.org.

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Daily Drops of Nectar

Humility is not about externals – it is an internal consciousness. The devotee thinks: “I am dependent on the mercy of the Lord, I am the servant of the Lord, and by serving the Lord and praying for His mercy I can advance in spiritual life. I don’t think myself great because greatness is something that is relegated to the Supreme Great.”

— HH Candramauli Swami

Active Meditations

The Way of the Material Mind

Most of the people try to derive pleasure by indulging in gossiping about other people, but lets see what Socrates says about this: In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about your friend?” “Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test*.” “Triple filter?” “That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and…

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
Founder-Ācārya of ISKCON

Srila Prabhupada Said

One who seeks pleasure externally, he is materialist, and one who seeks pleasure internally, he is spiritualist.

— Los Angeles, February 8, 1969