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How do we rediscover taste?

How do we rediscover taste? »

“Living beings who are entangled in the complicated meshes of birth and death can be freed immediately by even unconsciously chanting the holy

Does Krishna care for us?

Does Krishna care for us? »

When life treats us harshly, and sufferings lash at us unabatedly, we wonder, “Does God really love me? Does He even know my

Celebrate Krishna’s Gifts

Celebrate Krishna’s Gifts »

“I had no shoes and I complained until I met a man who had no feet” – Wally Lamb (American novelist)

“I am

No time to chant Hare Krishna? – Part two

No time to chant Hare Krishna? – Part two »

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Given the modern ‘no time’ disease, it seems we are trapped; can we not practise Bhakti Yoga at all.

No time to chant Hare Krishna? – Part one

No time to chant Hare Krishna? – Part one »

“I am really very busy; I have no time to chant and practise Bhakti Yoga. What to do?”

Are we busier than Arjuna?

The Monkey and the Crocodile

The Monkey and the Crocodile »

A friend expressed pain at his struggles in office. “I am determined to remain loyal to my family values; I swear to remain

Lesson from Ramayana Part 2

Lesson from Ramayana Part 2 »

Narada muni, the devout and mystic sage, set out to help the vicious hunter. As he walked through the dangerous forest, his heart

Life- a mistake or blessing?

Life- a mistake or blessing? »

Recently a friend realized that years ago he had done serious mistakes in his relationships with his family, but now it’s too late

Get attached to wife or God?

Get attached to wife or God? »

“What’s wrong if I am attached to my friends, family or the stock market”?

All of them are influenced by time. And if

Chant Hare Krishna and be… ‘Present’

Chant Hare Krishna and be… ‘Present’ »

One of the common challenges facing devotees who chant Hare Krishna daily is the ‘wandering mind’. Devotees regret they fall asleep while chanting

Carry the magic Japa ROD

Carry the magic Japa ROD »

If I honestly examine my daily chanting over the last one year, I can see that my best Japa happened when I carried

Spiritual life- A razor’s edge

Spiritual life- A razor’s edge »

Spiritual path, especially the path of renunciation, is like walking on a razor’s edge. A slight inattention and you could bleed. Lack of

Don’t trust the mind

Don’t trust the mind »

A few days ago while chanting my japa my mind urged me to take a small break, make important phone calls, and get

How God feels when we struggle

How God feels when we struggle »

As we struggle in our practise of Krishna consciousness, we’d be immensely benefitted if we express our heartfelt gratitude to God.

But have

The helpline when mind abuses

The helpline when mind abuses »

“For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so,

Is Krishna consciousness vague or definite?

Is Krishna consciousness vague or definite? »

“Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.” (Bhagavad Gita 9.14)

The Pleasure Secrets

The Pleasure Secrets »

We secretly wish we could experience unending pleasures. Especially in the midst of pain caused by our mind, we hanker for relief and

Fight the Philosophy, Love the Person

Fight the Philosophy, Love the Person »

Few days back Govinda Prabhu returned from his two week trip, and he recalled with happiness, his interactions with Mr. Anand Neelkanthan, an

Tongue – the Cause of Laziness?

Tongue – the Cause of Laziness? »

I struggled to remain awake during the morning Srimad Bhagavatam class. As Radha Gopinath Prabhu spoke from the beautiful love letter of Rukmini

The Silent Reassurance

The Silent Reassurance »

Few weeks back was appearance & disappearance  day of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur & Srila Haridas Thakur. Both are exalted, stalwart Vaishnava acharyas

Making the best of the month of Kartik

Making the best of the month of Kartik »

This is the month of devotion and prayers; this is the most special month of Kartik, when Krishna performed delightful and amazing pastimes

Helpless but not hopeless

Helpless but not hopeless »

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope” – Martin Luther King (Jr)

Practising Krishna consciousness helps you become ‘helpless’, yet

Mind Management – Enthusiasm Comes Before Taste

Mind Management – Enthusiasm Comes Before Taste »

It’s so difficult to write although I am aware of the thereupatic benefits of journal writing.

Nothing is easy in this world; that’s

Learning to walk in Spiritual life

Learning to walk in Spiritual life »

The path of Bhakti calls upon sincere practitioners to take shelter of god through chanting of the Holy Names. To some this appears

From the temporary to eternal

From the temporary to eternal »

Adults may mock at little children playing with toys. A grown up man may dismiss the childish proclivities-“these are temporary toys after all”-while

Make Married Life Spiritual

Make Married Life Spiritual »

To get married is easy, to stay married to the same person is difficult and to stay happily married to the same person

The Magic of Vrindavan

The Magic of Vrindavan »

“As all surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Prtha”. (Bhagavad Gita 4.11)

Calamities improve spiritual digestion

Calamities improve spiritual digestion »

To be able to digest spiritual subject matters and chant the Holy Names of the Lord with attention and devotion, we need to

The safe anchor

The safe anchor »

If you enjoy swimming in an ocean, you would sometimes face huge waves, and as you swim high on them, you enjoy the

Devotee v/s device- whose association do you seek?

Devotee v/s device- whose association do you seek? »

At modern times we have some very powerful distractions that take us away from the association of devotees. Earlier we could sit for

Can external achievement give inner fulfilment?

Can external achievement give inner fulfilment? »

No!

This is one of the biggest illusions that humanity has been chasing since millenniums. People diligently strive for possessions, positions and popularity

Deity worship- what’s in it for me?

Deity worship- what’s in it for me? »

Deity worship has immense benefits for a devotee struggling to practise Krishna Consciousness.

The distractions and temptations are many, and so are the

An error of judgement

An error of judgement »

‘We judge often, and love seldom’, I saw this quote outside a temple as we drove back after our weekly outreach programme. The

Krishna’s birth- lesson in selfless service

Krishna’s birth- lesson in selfless service »

Devaki and Vasudeva, the parents of Krishna exemplify love, sacrifice and selfless service. On the wedding day of Devaki, It was foretold

Significance of Krishna Janmashtami

Significance of Krishna Janmashtami »

Krishna took birth at midnight, the darkest hour, to fill our lives with the transcendental light of divinity.  There were also huge

Going beyond a devotee’s externals

Going beyond a devotee’s externals »

Recently I heard of a young devotee-who I knew and disliked for some unknown reason-dying in a ghastly accident. As he was

The hunger for Krishna

The hunger for Krishna »

I recently heard the story of one lady from Ukraine, Kirtidamataji who struggled to practise and preach Krishna Consciousness while her husband was

The Hare Krishna revolution

The Hare Krishna revolution »

Srila Prabhupada’s kirtans at the Washington square park and the Tompkins square park in 1966 created history. Never before Srila Prabhupada did the

The challenge of insecurity

The challenge of insecurity »

When our two brahmacharis, Guru GaurangaPrabhu and ChaitanyaAnandaPrabhu left for Newyork yesterday evening, different emotions began to churn in my heart. I felt

Is peace possible?

Is peace possible? »

Today, during my walk at the pre-dawn hours, I saw a security guard of an ATM centre hurl choicest abuses at a rag

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