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Just Another Planet


A Renunciant’s Vision By Srila Jiva Goswami dasa Hello, again, Dear Reader! Please accept my worthless obeisances at your lotus feet. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Let’s play “Guess the Vaisnava.” I’ll give you clues, along with a few […]

Do Not Let Go Lightly


By Srila Jiva Goswami dasa When one lives at the Temple, there is no reason to leave. When one leaves, it is apparently harder to return than it was to live there. One visits, one promises him or herself and others, one may even hang on for some months in a drive and struggle to […]

Silent Thunder


By Srila Jiva Goswami dasa A few months after taking Second Initiation, I was very earnestly and regularly chanting Gayatri. I did not yet feel any particular impact, as I did by chanting Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Still, I knew that chanting on […]

A Sampling of Deliberate Misunderstandings


By Srila Jiva Goswami dasa Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare! For Mother Rupa! In the Temple, as a fresh Bhakta in an older body, over-reading under experienced yours truly sometimes did unusual, but well intentioned things. “I should make obeisances to the Mothers!” I […]

Please May I Have Another


By Srila Jiva Goswami dasa My dear Eyes and Ears; Please accept my worthless obeisances at your lotus feet. I was (am) one of those guys who read too much of what I can. It wasn’t until 1998 that I realized why I’d never heard anyone say, “Par-a-dijim.” (Paradigm) Having bumped into “The Bhagavada Gita […]

Krsna on the Boardwalk at Agni Dhama


Srila Jiva Goswami dasa Brave little Agni Dhama! That diminutive house was divided into four apartments. There were two downstairs with a shared bath between them, and two upstairs with a similar arrangement. Three families lived there, and I had a single front room with a desk as my only furniture. Dear Reader, I’ve never […]

Non View from a Foxhole


By Srila Jiva Goswami dasa Did you ever meet someone who claimed to have not heard of “Devotees,” or the Krsna Consciousness Movement, or ISKCON? It seems hard to believe, but having been in that very position, I know that it is strangely very possible to not have heard of The Devotees. Here let me […]

A Truth About Transcendentalism


Wise Guys and Everything Else by Srila Jiva Goswami dasa As a resident of Old New Vrindabana, I used to like to make Devotees laugh. I’d think up one liners and rim shots all the time, and when the opportunity arose, I’d go ahead with the humor. This is a little vignette for your amusement […]

What’s Love Got to Do with it


By Srila Jiva Goswami dasa Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare! Dear Reader, a few names are not given in order to protect the innocent. In the mid nineties, I had been coming in to the Temple for the Morning Program every day for about […]

Crush My Head


Be Careful What You Wish For By Srila Jiva Goswami dasa Radhanatha Maharaja was getting his car gassed up down at the Bahulabhana lower parking terrace. We had a pump down there, next to the Free Store. I was standing around with a bunch of Devotees. Everyone was in awe of Radhanatha Prabhu and the […]