• "Here in this world there are thousands of newspapers and magazines reporting the stale, repetitious happenings of this limited space. So for reporting the news of the unlimited spiritual realm, concerning the eternal, ever-fresh Supreme Personality of Godhead, we could publish a newspaper at every second, what to speak of daily."
    - Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
Bala Gopala's Mrdanga : An insignificant attempt (by an insignificant entity) to render service to this instruction.


The Mayavadi Blues

Categories: Humour, Podcasts

This is a song by a different Ekendra das. You can download the mp3 or, if you have broadband, listen to it here (5.2MB ) :

Once upon a time, I elected myself king
Told my pizza chef, "make me one with everything"
then I went out shoppin' didn't buy nothin' at all
I couldn't tell a t-shirt from a cotton ball
bought a ticket to Topeka but I landed in Duluth.
"All things bein' equal," I wish it was the truth


I got the Mayavadi Blues
Yeah, the Mayavadi Blues
You know that I feel like I'm gonna merge
Yeah, it's all one now, baby
The subject and the object are one and the same.

Well, they sent me off to college, but it was all in vain.
I asked the teacher, "what is knowledge?"
He told me that there ain't no knower, no knowin', no thing bein' known
I said, "thanks a lot for nothin' I shoulda just stayed home"
That night, instead of string beans, Mama fed us dirt
She said, "It all comes from the same place, eat your dinner, it won't hurt."


My baby said she loved me She called me "honey child"
Then I found out I was just another station on her dial
She said, "It ain't nothin' personal. Nothin' ever is.
I just gotta keep on movin', gotta follow my bliss."
I said, "I'm shavin' my head, I might as well become a monk,
if all I'm gonna get from you is that Mayavadi junk."


So if you're feelin' upset and your feet can't find the ground
Gettin' treated like an object? Gettin' the runaround?
Well, you ain't the only one- I been there and I'll attest
It ain't no fun bein' an impersonalist
'Cause if everything is illusion, then I'm only pretend
This ain't no song and there ain't no end to my Mayavadi Blues


Giridhari Gopala

Categories: Podcasts

This is a traditional glorification of Gopala. Can you hear how this genre of music conveys devotional subtlety? Compare that to contemporary fare and its pretty clear how these arts are on the brink of extinction.

Giridhari Gopala - [download] - 3MB


Japa Therapy Podcast

Categories: Podcasts

Need to troubleshoot your chanting? This is the best Japa Reform class I've ever heard. Its by HG Bhurijana Prabhu given recently in Melbourne. I chanted along with the devotees in the recording and it was helpful. Hopefully I'll keep this inspiration for a while to keep attentive to my rounds.

Japa Therapy [download] 13.8MB


The Relationship Between Preaching And Serving

Categories: Podcasts

Please listen to this class by HG Saunaka Rishi Prabhu:

[download] 16MB


He Govinda, He Gopala

Categories: Podcasts

Here is a nice contemporary bhajan by His Holiness Bir Krishna das Goswami.

He Govinda, He Gopala - [download] - 6MB


Update of Gopala's RSS Feed

Categories: Podcasts

This is a message for the technologically afflicted:

Gopala's RSS feed has changed to:


as this is the only way to get the podcasts to work.

please update your readers and aggregators and whatnot.


Classic Photo

Categories: Humour, Podcasts

Here's a shot of Kurma Prabhu getting hauled off the streets of Melbourne in the earlier days of the Hare Krishna movement. Classic photo isn't it? 4 cops and one sandal missing. I believe the whole incident worked in our favour in terms of generating publicity and sympathy from the clergy.

This picture goes well with this classic Australian number by Matt Taylor. Enjoy! :) [download]

Gopala's Podcasts Have Begun

Categories: Podcasts

Here's a traditional glorification of Gopala by HH Lokanatha Swami: [ download ] 160kbps - 8.65MB

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare