The Krishna Magic — Yamuna Devi’s Experience of Krishna Consciousness

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Jan 262013

Yamuna-devi Harmonium, George Kartals

I just posted a wonderful talk by Yamuna-devi, “Adventures in Krishna consciousness—Chanting the Holy Name,” on Dandavats ( And if you wish to learn more about—and from—this extraordinary devotee and disciple of Srila Prabhupada’s, you may visit the beautiful new website Unalloyed: The Yamuna Devi Legacy Project ( There is so much of the “Krishna magic” to be experienced.

—Giriraj Swami

The Saga of the Opening of the Juhu Temple, January 14, New Dwaraka, Los Angeles

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Jan 182013

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.21 and narrated some fascinating stories related to the struggles and triumphs in developing the temple at Hare Krishna Land, Juhu Beach, Bombay.

“In the effort to get the land and build the temple for Sri Sri Radha-Rasabihari, Srila Prabhupada vividly demonstrated the qualities of a sadhu, or saintly person, as described in Srimad-Bhagavatam (3.25.21):

titiksavah karunikah
suhrdah sarva-dehinam
ajata-satravah santah
sadhavah sadhu-bhusanah

‘The symptoms of a sadhu are that he is tolerant, merciful, and friendly to all living entities. He has no enemies, he is peaceful, he abides by the scriptures, and all his characteristics are sublime.’ 

“It is a spiritual principle that you develop the qualities of the persons you serve. It is stated in Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.2.16):

susrushoh sraddadhanasya
syan mahat-sevaya viprah

‘O twice-born sages, by serving those devotees who are completely freed from all vice, great service is done. By such service, one gains affinity for hearing the messages of Vasudeva.’

“Srila Prabhupada had all saintly qualities — he was tolerant, merciful, friendly to all living entities, and peaceful. He exemplified these qualities. And he instructed us to develop them, to manifest them, too. It may take time;  it may not happen all of a sudden. But by serving a sadhu like Srila Prabhupada — and that possibility is always open to any of us at any time — we develop these qualities and  a taste for hearing about and rendering service to Sri Krishna.”

See the video here:

We All Are Here Because of Srila Prabhupada, Radha Raman Vedic Temple, January 13, Placentia, California

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Jan 172013

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.4.18 on Sunday evening.

“The man of the house was saying, ‘You can be Vaishnavas, and Vaishnavas are higher than brahmansbut you are not brahmans. To be a brahman you have to take birth in a brahman family.’ So my godbrother Achyutananda said to the man, ‘What is more powerful — one’s sinful actions and reactions or Lord Krishna’s holy name?’ The man had to admit that the holy name was more powerful. Then Achyutananda said, ‘That means that the holy name can eradicate all of a persons sinful reactions and thus that whatever body he has received according to his karma is changed.’

“The same fact is corroborated in the third canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, where it is stated that those who are engaged in chanting the holy name of the Lord are understood to have already taken bath in all the sacred rivers and performed all ritual ceremonies and that they are immediately eligible to perform Vedic sacrifices.

aho bata sva-paco ’to gariyan
yaj-jihvagre vartate nama tubhyam
tepus tapas te juhuvuh sasnur arya
brahmanucur nama grnanti ye te

‘Oh, how glorious are they whose tongues are chanting Your holy name! Even if born in the families of dog-eaters, such persons are worshipable. Persons who chant the holy name of Your Lordship must have executed all kinds of austerities and fire sacrifices and achieved all the good manners of the Aryans. To be chanting the holy name of Your Lordship, they must have bathed at holy places of pilgrimage, studied the Vedas, and fulfilled everything required.’ (SB 3.33.7)

yat-prahvanad yat-smaranad api kvacit
svado ’pi sadyah savanaya kalpate
kutah punas te bhagavan nu darsanat

‘To say nothing of the spiritual advancement of persons who see the Supreme Person face to face, even a person born in a family of dog-eaters immediately becomes eligible to perform Vedic sacrifices if he once utters the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead or chants about Him, hears about His pastimes, offers Him obeisances, or even remembers Him.’ (SB 3.33.6)

“Only a brahman can perform Vedic sacrifices, so when Srimad-Bhagavatam says that  he is immediately eligible, it means that he doesn’t have to wait to take birth again in a brahman family; he is already a brahman  — and a Vaishnava.”