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Extract from a lecture given by HH Lokanath Swami:

“One devotee was explaining when I was a bhakta, I remember this example from that time, he was Achyutananda Swami. He said, “Okay, take off in an airplane at noon time and then let your plane fly the westward direction with a speed of, say, a thousand miles per hour approximately – what would be the experience?” The sun would be just above the head, above that aircraft, because the earth is also making circles around its axis and its circumference is some 25,000 miles around. So your plane is going approximately a thousand miles per hour, so if you take off at midday, wherever you go, the sun would be just above there, so what? Then the remaining example or the explanation is that if we are always chanting Hare Krishna, then Krishna who is like a sun – chanting Hare Krishna or studying Bhagavatam or honoring prasadam or taking darshanam of beautiful Radha Madan Mohan, engaged in devotional service of the Lord – then the sun will be always shining upon you. The Lord will act as a sun and you will never ever be in darkness. Like that person flying in the aircraft, he always will be on the light side, never on the other side, the dark side.”

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An extract from a lecture given by HH Lokanath Swami:

“Yesterday some devotee was comparing kirtan to japa saying that, “Japa is monotonous; same thing goes over and over again, one may have disinterest. It may be mechanical etc”. …

If your mind is going elsewhere then you have another exercise to do… Drag it back, bring it back. Take the help of intelligence. Who is superior to the mind? Intelligence is superior to the mind. So where is mind going, whether it is going to the right place or wrong place or is it timely for the mind to go… Who will decide all this? Intelligence decides. Power of discrimination is with intelligence. Mind doesn’t have its own philosophy. Mind is just floating. Just like child. While walking, passing by the shop, the child cries… daddy, daddy… I want that. Mind is like that. Daddy tries to convince… no no… Take this lollipop and then the child runs for that. Just a moment ago the child was crying for something else and now drops that and runs for something else and then something else. There is nothing fixed about the mind. Hence you could change the mind. Mind you could change. Train the mind. Shape up the mind. So there is a scope. Knowing that there is scope for changing the mind, it is possible to changing the habits of mind. Mind doesn’t have its own philosophy. Superior to mind is intelligence. …

We have to have intelligence and exercise it, use that intelligence for improving our chanting. So you prove you that you are intelligent by using the intelligence. So your two hours, the 16 rounds – this is the time for you to use intelligence. Otherwise it is just sleeping business because intelligence is not being exercised. If intelligence is at job, alert sharp intelligence, immediately you will be able to tell: oh you are sleeping, you are doing this, your mind is going away … you will watch and point out and come up with rectification measure.”

If you want to read more on this topic please visit the Lokanath Swami’s Chant for Change initiative.

 

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Urmila dd. 20

 

We happily want to announce that this Sunday (April 27) HG Srimati Urmila dd is giving Sunday class in Brussels’s bhakti yoga center. She is a disciple of HDG Srila Prabhupada. Don’t miss a chance to hear a wonderful class and come on time! The topic will be “Our longing for reciprocation”.

13.30 bhajans
14.00 Class by HG Srimati Urmila dd
15.00 Arati
15.30 Vegetarian dinner together

 

Urmila devi dasi’s service in ISKCON has included work as a book distributor, assistant secretary for the BBT, pujari, temple cook, actress, writer and editor. Her primary work has been in the area of education. She has spent a total of five years running and teaching in a pre-school, mostly under the guidance of Jyotirmayi devi dasi. In 1982-83 in Detroit, Michigan, she and her husband started a primary school which gradually grew to include secondary students. Her Grace became one of the academic and sadhanna teachers. She soon became the principal of the school that they ran for eight years. The family moved to North Carolina in late 1990. Her Grace then started another primary and secondary school, where she worked as the principal and main teacher. In 1984 she worked on a history textbook with Drista dasa, and soon afterwards finished writing and compiling Vaikuntha Children, a guidebook for education in ISKCON. Urmila devi dasi helped start the Grhastha Vision Team which is coordinating courses and materials to strengthen marriage and the family in ISKCON North America. She is also a member of the Sastric Advisory Council to the GBC. For 10 years she was a member of ISKCON’s international board of education, and for 7 years was vice-chairman of the North American board. Urmila devi dasi continues to develop and teach local, national and international seminars for trainers, educators, and managers which she has done for over two decades. She has developed and taught numerous courses for primary, secondary, college, and adult learners in a wide variety of spiritual and practical subjects. She is also a feature writer and associate editor for Back to Godhead magazine. She is currently writing and coordinating the development of a Krishna conscious academic curriculum.

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