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    Saurabh Pandey visits Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir

    Sri Saurabh Pandey is a well-known actor and is famous for playing the role of Lord Sri Krishna in the TV serial “Surya Putra Karna”. Sri Saurabh with his family members visited Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir on 9 December 2017 and had darshan of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Vrindavanchandra and Srila Prabhupada. He said the ambiance of Sridham Vrindavan and Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir pulls him to visit the temple, again and again, all the way from Mumbai. He conveyed his best wishes for the construction of the temple.

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    Deceit in the Realm of Conviction

    Everyone lives by convictions. A belief system of right and wrong prevails in every society of humans. Usually not expressly stated , rules of proper conduct guide the actions of most. Principles like honesty, respect, gratitude, and politeness are instilled from the very childhood. Most people oblivious to the notion of transcendence cannot exceed the mundane in deciding propriety. Given the choice of building a temple or offering food in charity they would decidedly choose the latter. Spiritual identity and the treacherous journey out of the dense forest of materialistic bondage is inconsequential to most as Maya predominates every direction of thought with powerful but false material convictions. The consequence of…

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    Krishna’s Divinity

    Krishna Declares His Activities Divine In the Bhagavad-Gita Lord Krishna describes His birth and actives as divine. janma karma ca me divyam evaṁ yo vetti tattvataḥ tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti mām eti so ‘rjuna “One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.” Bhagavad-Gita As It Is  (1972 Edition) 4.9. He declares that recognising the divinity of His birth and activities enables us to become free of the cycle of repeated birth and death. The Process of Understanding Krishna Understanding Krishna is not an intellectual exercise. Rather it…

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    Our Giving Nature

    As spirit souls we have an eternal nature that is constitutionally blissful. It’s composed of divine feelings. The reassurance of eternity imbues these feelings. Hence there is never a fear of loss or termination. These feelings are a result of an eternal relationship with Krishna. The desire to please Krishna with loving service drives the spirit soul. It’s his selfless giving that is his supreme bliss. It’s spontaneous. It’s not pretence or imposed due to circumstances. The Infinitely sensitive Lord reciprocates intimately with the devotee, responding perfectly to his every need. The soul is dependent on the Lord even in serving Him. The association with the Lord is very rich.…

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    Govardhana Lila: An Instruction

    Krishna had detected that the king of heaven, god of rain, Indra was overcome with pride of his exalted position. Krishna wanted to cut down his conceit and teach humanity a valuable lesson in the process. When the denizens of Vrindavan under the stewardship of Maharaja Nanda prepared to perform their annual sacrifice to Indra for obtaining sufficient rainfall for their agriculture, Krishna deliberately undermined Indra’s position before the Vrajavasis and induced them to perform a grand puja for Govardhana hill instead. Infuriated, Indra showered catastrophic rainfall on Vrindavan and in the midst of the devastation, the inhabitants of Vrindavan helplessly called out to Krishna. Krishna told His beloved devotees…

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    Rasa Lila: Transcendental Love

    Rasa Lila is not Mundane Lust Krishna is Bhagavan, the Supreme Person. When He incarnates on earth, all His activities are conducted by His yogamaya potency. He never comes in contact with mahamaya. We, who are residents of a material planet, are controlled by mahamaya. Our bodies and minds are both products of mahamaya. Beginning with identity, our thoughts and motivations are all false. We are not these bodies, but within them we are souls. Identifying with the body and the material world, our consciousness becomes absorbed within the material frame of reference. All our thoughts and aspirations in that state are tainted by transitory paradigms.In the sway of lust,…

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    Is The Gita a Book of Violence?

    Spoken on a battlefield, the Bhagavad-Gita enunciates transcendental principles so vital that the Lord wanted them established even at the cost of a great war! In the Bhagavad-Gita, chapter 13, verse 8, Lord Krishna enunciates ahimsa or non-violence as an item of knowledge. Yet, in the Gita, the Lord is inciting Arjuna to war! Is there a contradiction in the Lord’s teachings? Dharma To understand this, we should recognise an important aspect of living – Dharma. It is higher principles of living that differentiate human society from the animal. Principles though vital to humanity are to be followed willingly. One of the meanings of Dharma is the code of conduct…

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    “Bhisma”, “Krishna” and “Draupadi” lend support for Chandrodaya Mandir

    Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, Vrindavan Wednesday, March 23, 2016 The celebration of Gaura Purnima at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir was inspiring and invigorating for all the devotees who participated in it. The stars of the serial Mahabharat lent a special charm to the festival with their presence and participation. Bhishma proclaimed, “After experiencing this wonderful festival and seeing the massive construction going on at the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, I feel this will be greatest temple of Lord Krishna for a long time to come!” Krishna said, “This festival has charged all the visitors with a great spirit of devotion. This temple will play an important role in making the future of the…

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    Lord Chaitanya: Giver Of The Ultimate Benediction

    Lord Chaitanya is Krishna Himself. He appeared 530 years ago in the holy land of Mayapur in Navadvip, West Bengal. He is the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. 500 years ago, it was the period of ascendency of the Mughals. Muslims, who made several attempts to efface the ancient Vedic spiritual culture of India with their own, ruled the land. Imposing oppressive laws on the population, they wished to coerce the locals to give up their spiritual traditions. The ancient Vedic varnashrama system, had knowledgeable Brahmanas advising powerful Kshatriyas who protected the Vedic principles in society. By the degrading influence of the age of Kali, both these classes…

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    “Krishna” Becomes a ‘Well Wisher’

    “Krishna” Agrees to Become a Well-Wisher of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir Recently Sri Saurabh Jain, the well-known actor who played the role of Lord Krishna in the popular TV series ‘Mahabharat’ aired on Star Plus, accepted the invitation to become a ‘Well-Wisher’ for the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir. Mahabharat is an award-winning Hindi serial that was dubbed in many Indian languages like Bengali, Marathi, Oriya, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. It was even telecast in Indonesia -dubbed in Indonesian- where it became very popular. Designated Well-Wishers of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir are eminent personalities in arts, science & technology, entertainment, judiciary, education, culture, health and other fields of public life in society, who decide…