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

George Harrison #2

George Harrison had a friendly relationship with Srila Prabhupada, who once said, “He is a nice boy. I can see it in his face.” Srila Prabhupada even sang a song once to George, John and Yoko. When George asked about the Rupa Goswami statement that he wished for millions of ears and millions of tongues so that he could better appreciate the sound of Krishna, Who danced on his tongue when he sang His names, Srila Prabhupada had Pradyumna immediately produce the mantra in Bengali and English on cassette and he handed George the tape.

Moon and Stars

We’re taught that all stars are suns, and that the moon is a satellite of the earth. But Srila Prabhupada talks about the moon and stars in a different perspective, e.g., “Just like in the sky, there is one moon only and there are millions of stars. They’re useless. What is the value of the millions of stars? But one moon, oh, dissipate the whole darkness of night.” (From a New York lecture on November 29, 1973)

Tea and Combat Parties

Although many think that Darwinian evolution and God are compatible, most theoretical scientists, and especially science instructors, feel that teaching what is not explicable in scientific terms is a step backward for the human race. Hence the academic battle lines are drawn. The struggle is likely to reach the US Supreme Court once again.

Flattery Flee From Me

Another gem from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s Last Will and Testament is this: “A flatterer can never become a guru or a preacher.”

Dogs

Srila Prabhupada showed both disdain and love for animals. The love was shown by his affirmation of the Gita verse (5.18) that says a sage sees no difference between a Brahmana and a dog. The disdain was shown by Srila Prabhupada’s frequent reminder that dogs couldn’t understand philosophy, and that they would never voluntarily attend meetings about Krsna consciousness.

Wake Up Little Jiva

The verse in Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 22.107 reads, nitya-siddha krsna-prema ‘sadhya’ kabhu naya, sravanadi-suddha-citte karaye udaya. “Pure love for Krsna is eternally established in the hearts of the living entities. It is not something to be gained from another source. When the heart is purified by hearing and chanting, this love naturally awakens. This is a wake up call to preaching Krishna consciousness. It is actually in everyone and merely has to be found, or brought out. Srila Prabhupada is reputed to have once said that there are devotees on every street corner and that our task, as devotees, is simply to find them.

Invisible Atoms

In science classes it was never explained to us why nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen and other gas molecules and atoms were transparent. The same atomic “building blocks” — neutrons, protons, and other, supposedly present subatomic particles — are unseen. Why are atoms invisible, and why is air transparent?

“We’re Going to Mars”

In the face of a new proclamation by US President George Bush, that his country will “go to Mars” (apparently having abandoned the Moon excursions), Srila Prabhupada often appealed to the public, that the US could have used the money more humanely to irrigate deserts and thus feed millions of people. On a morning walk he said: “You cannot do anything. Water is here, so much water. Why don’t you make this sand fertile by bringing this water? Fertilization made by supplying water in the desert. So here is water, here is desert. Why don’t you do it? You cannot do anything. They are going to the moon planet, the dusty planet, to make it fertilized. Why don’t you do here? Sahara desert, Arabian desert, or Rajasthan desert. And the sea water is there. Bring it, and make it fertile, fertilize.”

The Modes of Nature

The ‘mysterious’ modes of nature are not always clearly distinguishable from one another. One reason why is that they are almost always intertwined. For example, the mode of goodness is always contaminated because there is a constant onslaught by the modes of passion and ignorance. Metaphorically the modes or “gunas” are compared to strands that make up a rope. The solution is to ‘rise above these modes’ as Lord Krsna implores us: “The Vedas deal mainly with the subject of the three modes of material nature. O Arjuna, become transcendental to these three modes. Be free from all dualities and from all anxieties for gain and safety, and be established in the self.” (2.45) and “One who engages in full devotional service, unfailing in all circumstances, at once transcends the modes of material nature and thus comes to the level of Brahman.” (14.26).

Good, clean fun

The serious business of having fun can be perceived in the intentions of the Disney empire to open more theme parks in Europe, India, and Hong Kong.

Books

Miracle on Second Avenue

Inside the Hare Krishna Movement

Spirit Matters

Spirit Matters