Review: Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics

September 2nd, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in news | writing - (Comments Off)

That the cow is holy in Hinduism is a trite truism, but how did she attain that position, and what does holding her sacred mean in terms of animal ethics? What happens when we consider bovines as subjects in their own right? These are some of the questions that Krishna Kshetra Swami explores in Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics (Palgrave McMillan 2020).
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Field Notes Issue #16 – August 17th, 2020

August 17th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in from field | news - (Comments Off)

The appearance of the Lord… This day is more than auspicious. The word ‘appearance’, at least in English, can sometimes mean something that is less real. Krishna’s appearance is however more real than anything. Let’s start with Krishna’s disappearance. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam, First Canto, we meet Krishna, but as He is just preparing to leave the world. Then we hear about devotees lamenting about it. After that another eight cantoes come, preparing for Krishna’s appearance. These eight cantoes narrate about the appearances of many avataras of the Lord.
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Srila Prabhupada Vyasa puja offering

August 13th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in news | writing - (Comments Off)

Offering prostrate obeisance to you, Srila Prabhupada, my eternal guide, preceptor and master, I offer also these heartfelt words on the occasion of your appearance celebration as Sri Vyasadeva’s very dear spiritual descendent and representative.
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Co-authors: Tamal Krishna Goswami, University of Cambridge and
Kenneth Valpey (Krishna Kshetra Swami), University of Oxford

[Presented by Tamal Krishna Goswami in a panel of the American Academy of Religion meeting in Denver USA, 2001]

Since the demise of its charismatic founder in 1977, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has faced a growing institutional disaffection among its initiated membership. In outreach, if results are judged quantitatively, a slackening of missionary fervor has failed to attract new recruits to replenish the diminishing ranks of its full-time members. An official survey conducted in 1998 has found ISKCON’s underlying problems to be largely sociological.1 Rarely is the theology deemed suspect. It is regarded as sacrosanct, as if to tamper with it is to court disaster.

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Best therapy to try during lockdown

May 25th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in news - (Comments Off)

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Sri Sri Radharasabihari Goshala at ISKCON Nilachal Dham

May 19th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in news - (Comments Off)

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Field Notes Issue #10 – February 15th, 2020

February 15th, 2020 | Posted by ww-seva2 in field notes | news - (Comments Off)

“O son of Bharata, according to one’s existence under the various modes of nature, one evolves a particular kind of faith. The living being is said to be of a particular faith according to the modes he has acquired.”

Srila Prabhupada’s purport elaborates on this subject of three modes of nature and how we all are carried by them, because all aspects of our lives are connected with the modes of nature and so also our faith. The word sraddha-mayo… maya here means “consisting of” or, as Srila Prabhupada translates it, “full of” or in other words, everyone is full of faith. What does it mean? It means that also the atheist is full of faith. The atheist’s faith is that there is no God. If everyone is full of faith—and we see all kinds of different sorts of faith—then what does that mean? What are some implications?
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Field Notes Issue #8 – December 6th, 2019

December 6th, 2019 | Posted by ww-seva2 in field notes | news - (Comments Off)

Memories of Srila Prabhupada

I had been traveling with Ghanasyama Prabhu (now Bhakti Tirtha Swami) in East Germany (DDR) and Austria, assisting him in his work with the “Library Party” of distributing sets of books to libraries and colleges by acting as a translator into German. We had just completed four weeks of travel and returned to Schloss Rettershof, exhausted from a long drive from Austria. As soon as we arrived, devotees told us that Srila Prabhupada is in London! Such a surprise, since we had been hearing of his failing health, and that he was remaining in Vrindavan, inviting senior disciples to come there and be with him. Hearing of Srila Prabhupada’s presence in London, without the slightest hesitation Ghanasyama Prabhu and I immediately jumped back in the car, forgetting our tiredness, and drove to London.
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