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Servant consciousness- the hope for mankind

Servant consciousness- the hope for mankind »

Duryodhana was given good counsel by the most influential and wisest men on the planet, namely Bhishma, Vidura, Yudhistir and even Krishna himself.

Rewards of chanting Hare Krishna

Rewards of chanting Hare Krishna »

Today I chanted extra japa and felt nourished. However a painful realization dawned on me that I may not really want what the

A Monk on the Battlefield

A Monk on the Battlefield »

We were a batch of fifteen who joined as monks in the Mumbai monastery in 1999, the same year when India fought hard

Kirtan ecstasy – utopia or reality?

Kirtan ecstasy – utopia or reality? »

Have you felt bored chanting Hare Krishna but are afraid to confess? Do you find Hare Krishna kirtans and the melodies too long

The ‘No’s’ and ‘Yes’ of Bhakti Yoga

The ‘No’s’ and ‘Yes’ of Bhakti Yoga »

When we are new in Krishna consciousness we are encouraged to somehow connect to Krishna. “You don’t have to give up anything, just

Freedom from the Mind’s tyranny

Freedom from the Mind’s tyranny »

“For man, mind is the cause of bondage and mind is the cause of liberation. Mind absorbed in sense objects is the cause

God hears our love call; but do we hear His…?

God hears our love call; but do we hear His…? »

Krishna certainly reciprocates with His devotees. Especially those who serve Him selflessly, desiring nothing material in return become an object of His personal

Are we competing with or cooperating with Krishna

Are we competing with or cooperating with Krishna »

Paundraka was a small time king who began to nurse the thoughts that he was the real Krishna and the Krishna of Dwarka

The prayer essential- ‘If you desire’

The prayer essential- ‘If you desire’ »

When I joined the ashram, we would have periodic exams from the Bhagavad Gita. Coming from an academic and highly competitive background, I

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)