Mukunda Goswami

Mukunda Goswami, a founding member of ISKCON, and a devoted disciple of Srila Prabhupada, has been serving for fifty eight years. His unwavering dedication to the Hare Krishna movement initially showed through establishing centres in San Francisco and London in the 1960s. Throughout the years, he served in various capacities within the movement, including management and preaching roles. 

Embracing the ‘sannyas’ order in the 1980s, he continued his missionary work, settling in New Zealand in 2001 to focus on writing, notably penning his memoirs of Srila Prabhupada and contributing articles on Krishna Consciousness and environmentalism. For the past two decades, he has resided in Australasia, particularly New Govardhana, in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales Australia, inspiring devotees with teachings and daily practices reminiscent of Srila Prabhupada’s strong routines. His life epitomizes commitment to his spiritual master and the Hare Krishna movement, serving as an inspiration for devotees worldwide.

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Daily Thoughts

Kirtana is Greater

The Vaikuntha-dutas said, “We consider chanting to be alone the most excellent form of bhakti, better than remembering, which appears only in one’s own turbulent heart. For chanting harnesses not only the faculty of speech, which it engages directly, but also the mind and sense of hearing. And chanting helps not only the person practicing it but others as well.” (Brhad-bhagavatamrta, Part II, Chapter 3, Text 148)

Enemies

Srila Prabhupada often said that being Krsna conscious is being at war with maya. He was prone to say that people only gave us donations because they thought we were poor beggars and deserved something. He was always aware that people were against the Krsna consciousness movement and plotting to harm or erase it. In a way, that’s the whole history of Krsna consciousness on earth, trying to establish a Krsna consciousness “beach head” in an envious, materialistic world. It reminds me of a saying supposedly attributed to Maria Callas, the well-known singer: “When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I’m slipping.”

Air Is An Element

Although it is mostly clear and we walk in it and see through it every day, air is an element composed of gases, molecules and atoms. It’s also mentioned in the Gita as the element known as vayuh (7.4). Air is subtle and heavy and forms foam in water, which makes it both dry and wet at the same time. Understanding more about it has enabled human beings to fly. And air “conditioning” is something some people in hot climates say they can’t live without.

Liberality of Vaisnavism

These days political leaders often talk of “rights” – rights of children, rights of gays, rights of the economically challenged, and rights of many other social groupings. Prabhupada sometimes quotes Chanakya Pandit’s atmavat sarva-bhuteshu: that one should see all living beings on the same level as oneself.

What We Believe

In one of my first attempts at writing, I dashed out eight points I thought might be useful for a pamphlet in London. During his 1969 visit, my attempt came into Srila Prabhupada’ hands. He asked us to translate it, make many copies, and to distribute it. The title was “KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS: What We Believe.” We made many copies and distributed it on the streets of London. It went like this: 1. The Absolute Truth is contained in all the great Scriptures of the world: the Bible, the Koran, Torah, etc. However, the oldest known Revealed Scriptures in existence are the Vedic literatures, most notably the BHAGAVA GITA, which is the literal record of God’s actual words. 2. God, or KRISHNA is eternal, all-knowing, omnipresent, all-powerful and all-attractive, the seed-giving Father of man and all living entities. He is the sustaining energy of all life, nature and the cosmic situation. 3. Man is actually NOT his body, but eternal spirit soul, part and parcel of God, and therefore eternal. 4. That “all men are brothers” can be practiced only when we realize God as our common ultimate Father. 5. All our actions should be performed as a sacrifice to the Supreme Lord…“all that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities you may perform, should be done as an offering unto Me.” (Bhagavad Gita IX, 27) 6. The food that sustains us should always be offered to the Lord before eating. In this way He becomes part of the Offering, and such eating purifies us. 7. We can, by sincere cultivation of bona fide spiritual science, attain to the state of pure, unending blissful consciousness, free from anxieties in this very lifetime! And the proof is in the practice. 8. The recommended means of attaining the mature stage of “Love of God” in the present age of Kali, or quarrel, is to chant the Holy Name of the Lord. Any Name of God will do, but the ecstatic method, the easiest method, for most people, is to chant the Hare Krishna mantra: HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE SRI SRI RADHA KRISHNA TEMPLE 7, Bury Place London W.C.1 (near British Museum) 01-242-0394 You are cordially invited to come and participate in our vegetarian feasts, daily, with special feasts every Sunday. Services: 12.00 noon, 4:30p.m., 8.40p.m. SPECIAL SUNDAY FEAST: 4.00 p.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME! PLEASE COME!

Love of God overtakes all

Love of God overtakes all (The following article was posted in the “Meditations” column of the Hindustan Times, one of India’s largest English language daily newspapers, on 9 March 2004.) MANY TEENAGERS are nihilistic. They think the end of history coincided exactly with their arrival on earth. Similarly, once sensual attraction makes itself known, life before romance is is dead. No school, college or university can teach the subject. How do you teach someone to be madly in love? The 16th century Vaishnava intellectual, Rupa Goswami, wrote that attraction to God should flow as naturally as rivers surge to the sea, and be as spontaneous as teenage feelings, or youth awakened to new dimensions at puberty. His writing was as much a prayer as a concept. A prayer because what is natural to the transcendentalist is unnatural to the worldly-minded. The fashion is to ‘get back to basics’. There’s a notion that technology is unnatural and transforming us into cyborgs. To offset this tendency, the thinking goes, we have to revert back to nature, get back our roots, be true to our instincts, the more animal-like the better. Rupa’s prayer is to return to basics, but not merely to sensuality or the unpredictable vicissitudes of our natures. He teaches that the existence of God and His intervening invisible hand is the most basic and natural of all phenomena. We have developed an abnormality, a lack of belonging to our roots, but eternal broadband doesn’t hang up. God stays connected. The writer is emeritus member of the ISKCON governing body commission.

Every Sloka is a Song

Song is still important. In a sense, song is the poetry of the age. Songs, usually the latest “hits” are constantly on people’s minds, lips, and vocal chords. Dismen and iPods, with attendant earphones, are commonplace, even among telephone repairmen at work. It’s important to remember that every sloka is a song, a mantra, a melody, a poem. A sloka decorates the minds of those addicted to Krsna.

Gain the World, but Lose the Soul

In Bhagavad-gita As It Is (2.40), Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport, “Or, as the Christians say, `What profiteth a man if he gain the whole world, yet suffers the loss of the eternal soul ?” The original quote in one translation of Mathew 16:25-26 is written like this: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

Tables and Chairs, Forks and Spoons

That Krsna is “hard as thunderbolt and soft as a rose” was evidenced by Srila Prabhupada’s uncompromising and sometimes lion-like philosophical stance, and his loving, caring attitude towards all living beings.

Define God

In Los Angeles, Srila Prabhupada warns devotees that his and ISKCON’s definition of God should be characterized as THE definition, not A definition ACCORDING to certain sastras or Vedic writings. (December 13, 1973).

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