Category: Journal

Samadhi Diary

Samadhi Diary

This book is a diary that I kept during August- September 1993 while I was feeling an unmistakable pull to become more focused in my relationship with Srila Prabhupada and more tangibly directed by him. The nature of diaries is that they are bound by what we have to say at a particular moment. We don’t go back and change them later. Sometimes the expression is feeble, perhaps not even wholly Krsna conscious, but it’s a flowing out, the inhalation and exhalation of life as we are living it at any specific time…

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Last Days of the Year

Last Days of the Year

During the 1994 Karttika season I was in Mayapur, India participating in a parikrama and series of lectures with Bhakti-caru Maharaja and a group of devotees. I found it a rewarding experience, but as our time together came to an end, I began to look forward to finding more alone time to write. As Karttika ended, Madhumangala and I decided to return to Ireland and…

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Book 1 Journal and Poems

Book 1 Journal and Poems

As the title suggests, this work combines features of a daily chronicle with those of a collection of poems. There are advantages to be gained from each medium. To keep a journal is particularly suitable for helping a devotee state his own realizations and deal with his anarthas. Srila Prabhupada described this kind of writing in a lecture he gave in Los Angeles in 1970…

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Book 2 Journal and Poems

Book 2 Journal and Poems

THE ABSOLUTE CRITERIA for success in any endeavor is whether Lord Krsna is pleased by what you do. If the Supreme Personality of Godhead is satisfied by your work, then it is successful; and if He is not pleased, then you have failed. The SrimadBhagavatam states this criteria as follows

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Book 3 Journal and Poems

Book 3 Journal and Poems

I begin with a proposed schedule: build up health at Glta- nagan for the month of January, then resume duties and go to Potomac; by mid-February we should be off to India—first Vrndavana, and then Mayapur.
My recovery of weight and strength is going slowly, and even today headache pains and exhaustion came after attempting a few exercises…

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A Visit to Jagannath Puri

A Visit to Jagannath Puri

An overwhelming majority of people see Lord Krsna in a relative way. Even if they acknowledge that Krsna is God, they perceive that there are many versions of God from many different cultures. For most earthlings, their cultural upbringing tells them practically nothing of Sri Krsna. For a preacher raised in the West, speaking to nondevotees, it’s hard to just ignore all this and assume that you are talking to people who accept Krsna as the summum bonum…

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