• Sri Gurvastakam

    Sri Gurvastakam

    I want to give an explanation of Sri Guru – what are the symptoms of a bona fide guru – and to show you examples that have been given in the epics [Vedic scriptures]. You can apply this to your own guru. Our Sri Guru is akhanda-guru-tattva, Sri Baladeva Prabhu or Sri Nityananda Prabhu, so all teachings should be applied to him and to others who are following this... Read More
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  • Our Master - His Life

    A most endearing hallmark of his preaching was the heart-stealing affection he showed to all. As an uttama-bhāgavata, he entered the deepest recesses of the heart to give the unmistakable reassurance that he is one's eternal well-wisher. The depth of his affection is a tangible reality for all who have experienced it, and this in itself bears subjective testimony to the fact that he was a true emissary of the Supreme Lord.

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  • Namah

    As long as Śrīla Gurudeva, the beloved of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, is physically manifest, it is wise to render intimate service to him, and thereby attain perfection. But if we are not able to attain perfection because we have failed to develop attachment to him, attachment wherein we consider him to be the lord of our heart; if we have failed to serve him by giving him our full heart in complete sincerity and selflessness, then we have certainly been deprived...

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  • The Most Compassionate

    Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is certainly more intelligent than each and every one of us, and He knows how to make the fallen souls of Kali-yuga best understand His high-level teachings. Indeed, His teachings are comprehensible by all. Still, our misfortune prevails. First, we do not accept His teachings. Second, to impress others with our prowess we mix something of our own with them...

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Rays of The Harmonist

  • Chanting the Names of God and See Him With Eyes of Love
  • No Worldly Matter Should Engage My Thought
  • Men act like infants

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

If a man desires to see God’s form, or beauty, he should know that it is not visible to the material eye. Form or beauty that can be perceived by the material sense of vision is an object of enjoyment. But it is God, Kṛṣṇa, who is the enjoyer and not an object of enjoyment...

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tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

The devotee says, “God may either accept my service or reject it, but I must serve Him.” This is bhakti...

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tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Those who want to remove their desires by means of enjoyment hanker for emancipation. But the devotees of God hanker neither for enjoyment nor for emancipation. When, because of a lack of exact knowledge about the truth, we rely only on relative knowledge, our desires are not removed therewith, and all of our acts evaporate like camphor...

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Featured: The Butter Thief

butter thief

This small book, “The Butter Thief,” is a summary study of one of the most remarkable and illuminating pastimes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This pastime is found in the venerable Bhāgavata Purāṇa, considered by self-realized authorities and scholars as the ripened fruit of the vast tree of Vedic literature.



Changing money in India is not too difficult and can be done safely at the right place.


There are some money changers in Navadvipa. I've read that their rates are a little less than Kolkata.  You can also change at the Kolkata or Delhi Airports. You will need to change some money at the State Bank of India counter (24 hours) located just behind the customs "Green Channel". They will give you a computerized exchange encashment receipt. Keep the encashment receipt so you can buy a train ticket or change your excess rupees back when you leave.


You can change your money at the airport at Thomas Cook or the bank just outside the customns in the arrival hall. There are places that change foreign currency in Paharganj, and you can change US dollars and UK Pounds notes or Traveller's cheques in Vrindavan, (if you want to buy a lot of stuff in Loi Bazaar before you come back, it would be more convenient to change the money there) but if you have Euros, Shekels, or anything else, change it here at the airport.

NOTE: Try to get some small rupee notes. The bank will want to load you up with 1000 and 500 Rupee notes (less counting for them!) but those are hard to use unless you are making a big purchase. Hundred Rupee notes are better, and some fifty rupee notes mixed in will be helpful. This request sometimes falls on deaf ears as several times I have had them give me all big notes anyway. Take as many notes as you want in hundreds and give it back to them and ask firmly "Can I have that in HUNDREDS PLEASE".

You can get a little better rate for Traveller's cheques. Be sure to keep the receipts separate from the Traveller's cheques. See the section above on Traveller's cheques before buying any.

It is not too difficult to get change at a shop for a hundred or fifty rupee note. Also be careful not to accept any torn notes as change or notes which are repaired with a cellotape. Politely hand it back and ask for another note. No one will want them when you try to spend them. The State Bank of India will take a torn note and exchange it, but there is always a line and it's not worth the hassle. There is a man near Holi Gate in Mathura who will charge you a few rupees to change a bad note for a good note.

You may discover that the notes are stapled together into bundles of a hundred notes with huge brass staples. You can break open the bundle by flipping down about half way down the stack, (making a "V", with the stapled part at the bottom) then pulling the stacks apart hard with both hands. Alternatively, this is also one of the many uses of the Swiss Army Knife. Work the knife blade or screwdriver under the top of the staple and twist it to pry the staple out.

The hotel or DTP prepaid taxi booth (more about that later) can easily deal with a Rs. 500 note. The taxi to Mathura/Vrindavan may have trouble making change. If you get stuck, there is also a Thomas Cook office at the airport, but sometimes they are not there, and their rates are not as good.

Take a moment to figure out what you're going to do next. There's nobody breathing down your neck or ogling your wad of notes right now. (Be very careful about this in other places!)

I would suggest keeping most of your money in reach, but out of sight, in your money belt or waistpack in the compartment nearest to your body. If that's not practical due to bulk, keep it in a secure compartment in your hand luggage. The same goes for your wallet, plane ticket, and passport. Put the money you know you'll be needing soon in the outermost waistpack pocket or in your shirt pocket. What you want to avoid at all times is flashing a lot of cash. Generally, I keep at most Rs 100 in my waistpack outer pocket (including small bills and coins). That way when you go to pay for something and everybody looks to see how much you've got (I guarantee they will), you won't attract attention.