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Secrets of Meditation

Secrets of Meditation »

We had been to an industrial town for conducting seminars for senior managers of different companies. Although we had been away from our

The ‘SALT’ in our spiritual diet

The ‘SALT’ in our spiritual diet »

“The food has no salt”, Satish feebly protested. Priya winced her face, and rushed with a bowl of salt.

Satish never thanked his

How to save your spiritual relationship?

How to save your spiritual relationship? »

“It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without heart”– Mahatma Gandhi

If your life gets busy and

Desire management through Prayer sessions

Desire management through Prayer sessions »

“Prayer is not asking; it’s a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It’s better in prayer to

Happiness lies beyond the self!

Happiness lies beyond the self! »

Most people suffer because they are trapped by their own self-interest. At one end of life’s spectrum we have people who think only

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to please the Lord

How to please the Lord »

Prahalad Maharaj’s prayers are very instructive; they also reveal his deep humility and love for the Lord. Besides, we learn how we

Become a master first

Become a master first »

Our philosophy is to selflessly serve all; become the ‘servant of servant’ of God, Krishna. However I am now beginning to realize

Desire- the master technique

Desire- the master technique »

Today I read many beautiful quotes of Srila Prabhupada on chanting. I wish I could remember them often, especially during my chanting session.

Mental peace through Journal writing

Mental peace through Journal writing »

Try this experiment now, and then read further:

Resolve to ‘just write’ for the next 10 minutes. Set the watch and start.

Change the language from ‘I should do’ to ‘I want to do’

Change the language from ‘I should do’ to ‘I want to do’ »

“Thus I have explained to you knowledge still more confidential. Deliberate on this fully, and then do what you wish to do.”

Remembering a song two decades later

Remembering a song two decades later »

“I have brought medicine to awaken every living being from perpetual sleep. Please receive the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Krishna

Offering prayers during the month of Kartik

Offering prayers during the month of Kartik »

“To they who worship Krishna in Vrindavan, the Lord gives them their original spiritual forms. The perfect atonement to purify the sins

When our ‘failure’ is a success

When our ‘failure’ is a success »

We are afraid to make chanting our number one priority in life because of the fear of failure.

Chanting Hare Krishna can

Alone but not lonely

Alone but not lonely »

“I couldn’t understand the difference between friends and enemies. My friend was shocked to hear that I was moving go the Bowery, but

Learning to Pray

Learning to Pray »

I resolved to spend at least ten minutes with Krishna. My mind, as usual raced through myriad topics, and screamed and tried