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

Abortion is Profitable

According to the Website “Refdesk” there are currently 400,000 frozen human embryos in Medlabs in the USA. According to the original source [unnamed], “a large proportion will never be needed.” The booming fertility industry says it wants “only the best.”

Malls Aplenty

By the year 2006, 245 new malls are expected to be operational in India, which heralds the growth of its middle class as a great boon. It’s said that poverty brings out the worst in people, but the reverse is just as true. Some middle way is needed, so perhaps this middle class can find it.

Floating Water?

At any one time thousands, maybe millions, or billions of tons of water are floating just above us, above the earth in the form of clouds. This defies gravity because water ALWAYS descends. And yet there it is: floating in the sky above. This mystic phenomenon is evidence of God.

“Stunning Scenery” and Krishna

Sometimes when observing the beauty of nature I’m reminded of what Srila Prabhupada wrote in Srimad Bhagavatam about what one should really see in nature: “What they call beautiful nature is but His smile.” (1.11.26/purport)

Krishna Consciousness Begins at Childhood

Prahalada Maharaja is often quoted as saying (Srimad Bhagavatam 7.6.1): One who is sufficiently intelligent should use the human form of body from the very beginning of life-in other words, from the tender age of childhood-to practice the activities of devotional service, giving up all other engagements. The human body is most rarely achieved, and although temporary like other bodies, it is meaningful because in human life one can perform devotional service. Even a slight amount of sincere devotional service can give one complete perfection. In the purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.12.30, Srila Prabhupada quotes Jiva Gosvami as saying “every child, if given an impression of the Lord from his very childhood, certainly becomes a great devotee of the Lord like Maharaja Pariksit. This intimates the importance of raising and training children to be God-consciousness from the very beginning of their birth. In this same purport, Srila Prabhupada also discusses his own personal experience of worshipping and familiarizing himself with Krsna Forms in his childhood. He credits his father, a “pure devotee,” for training him in the early part of his life.

Weather

Blue skies and clear weather can be compared to purity, and overcast or cloudy skies can be compared to polluted consciousness. Through a cloudless sky one can see millions of miles. Through clear consciousness, one can see reality far more clearly.

What is light?

In physical science classes we learned that white light contains all color and that black is absence of color. In Krsna consciousness philosophy we learn that white light comes from Krsna and that darkness is maya, a shadow that represents the turning away from Krsna.

The Spiritual World

One of the many superior qualities of the spiritual world is that janma, mrtyu, vyadhi, and jara are absent. Fortunately in Krsna consciousness, the spiritual world is described in all its glory, and it becomes not just a place of immortality, but a place where dynamic love takes place. One of the many verses that corroborates this is Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi-lila, 4.131, which reads: “All glories to Radha’s love for Krsna, the enemy of the demon Mura! Although it is all-pervading, it tends to increase at every moment. Although it is important, it is devoid of pride. And although it is pure, it is always beset with duplicity.”

The Insect and the King

Once, in India, Srila Prabhupada was confronted with a question about the tradition of women sitting at the rear. He addressed the woman’s concern by telling her the story of the bug and the king. The story, according to the Prabhupada Meditations Calendar, goes like this: “A king is sitting on the throne and there is a bug. The bug and the king, they are on the same throne, but the bug and the king, much difference. Sitting on the same throne does not mean that they have become equal. Why? Due to the constitutional position. The bug’s constitutional position is to bite only, and the king’s position is to rule. Although they are on the same level, the difference is great gulf of difference. Similarly, God and living entity may sit down together, may talk together, they like together, eat together, but that difference will be there.” (From a class given by Srila Prabhupada on Bhagavad-gita 4.5, Montreal, January 10,1968).

Success story

Success stories (the American Horatio Alger story is well known in the USA) or ‘rags to riches’ sagas are popular, largely because people think they can be rich and famous, win the lottery, succeed at gambling, and so on. But Srila Prabhupada’s story is a unique one. He DID make it from ‘rags to riches,’ but what’s different is that anyone, by his or her sincerity, can participate in the freedom and greatness Srila Prabhupada had. Anyone can become a pure devotee of the Lord by sincerely associating with Srila Prabhupada through his teachings, his movement and his devotees.

Books

Miracle on Second Avenue

Inside the Hare Krishna Movement

Spirit Matters

Spirit Matters