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Realizations of the rich and famous –part one

Realizations of the rich and famous –part one »

Devahuti said: “I am very sick of the disturbance caused by my material senses, for because of this sense disturbance, my Lord, I

Reincarnation – fact or fiction?

Reincarnation – fact or fiction? »

Some years ago, during the third session –Who am I? The science of the soul- of our Journey of Self Discovery course at

Relief in summer

Relief in summer »

As the scorching heat of summer leaves us exhausted, I look up at the clouds early morning. A couple of weeks to go

No time to chant Hare Krishna? – Part two

No time to chant Hare Krishna? – Part two »

(continued from previous article…)

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

A lesson from Ramayana Part 1

A lesson from Ramayana Part 1 »

We are constantly attacked by the three modes of material nature. These are called goodness (Sattva), Passion (Rajas) and Ignorance (Tamas).

The epic

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

A Hare Krishna in the Stock Market

A Hare Krishna in the Stock Market »

By Ananda Vrindavana Dasa (As told to Vraja Bihari Dasa)

I was born in December 1962 to a well-to-do Gujarati family in Mumbai.

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

Does anyone love me?

Does anyone love me? »

“O lotus-eyed Lord, as baby birds that have not yet developed their wings always look for their mother to return and feed them,

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

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

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

Vedic culture in Russia- part two- Beware of Lust

Vedic culture in Russia- part two- Beware of Lust »

Continued from Vedic Culture in Russia Part -1 ‘I am a Musalmaan’ 

Beware of Lust!!

The magic of Saintly Association

The magic of Saintly Association »

One of the greatest challenges for the Hare Krishna chanters is the uncontrolled mind. Practitioners struggle with the myriad desires of the

Removing the poison of Envy

Removing the poison of Envy »

The greatest obstacles on the path of spirituality are caused not by the external challenges posed by the world, but by our

Love- the highest form of fearlessness

Love- the highest form of fearlessness »

A significant, perceivable benefit of chanting Hare Krishna is that the process fills our heart with the quality of fearlessness. The Vedic

Human Being- Rational or Animal?

Human Being- Rational or Animal? »

We often say that human being is a ‘rational animal’.  If you take away the ‘rational’ part, the human is simply an

God- great or sweet?

God- great or sweet? »

The Hare Krishna yogi initially focusses on God’s greatness; however to sustain a life of chanting, he/she also explores the irresistible sweetness

Chasing the illusion; losing the precious

Chasing the illusion; losing the precious »

While chanting Hare Krishna, a spiritualist also examines his own heart; is his or her lifestyle healthy for spiritual practises or are

The Miracle of Tulasi Devi

The Miracle of Tulasi Devi »

A young Russian devotee finds shelter and guidance under Krishna’s special devotee plant. Our cultural upbringing can greatly influence us in how

Recharging the batteries

Recharging the batteries »

Celibates at Radhanath Swami’s Radha Gopinath ashram have a day packed with services; many of these services have deadlines and quality control

Western views of celibacy

Western views of celibacy »

While reading ‘Clerical Celibacy: The Heritage’ by William E. Phillips, I noted with interest that the Vedic culture had influenced Western thought

Press the ‘pause’ button

Press the ‘pause’ button »

“There is more to life than increasing its speed”- Mohandas Gandhi

As the machine of our body and mind produces ‘results’, meets ‘deadlines’ ,

The Miracle of Redwood Trees

The Miracle of Redwood Trees »

A spiritualist faces constant challenges; the circumstances around and within are constantly distracting us from our goal. Therefore on the path of

Radhanath Swami at his Poetic Best

Radhanath Swami at his Poetic Best »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) would often be lonely but used this opportunity to connect to God through prayer and meditation. I liked

Living in harmony with mother Earth

Living in harmony with mother Earth »

Near McLeod Ganja, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) lived in a cave. Richard had the company of a spider and he remembered how

Selfless service attracts all

Selfless service attracts all »

In the company of Dalai Lama, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) felt reverential and also felt like being with an intimate friend. The

Intelligent use of Time

Intelligent use of Time »

After a month long fasting on Ganges Richard (now Radhanath Swami) rejoiced at the prospect of eating some peanuts. However a huge

Are austerities needed in spiritual life?

Are austerities needed in spiritual life? »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was intrigued by the Naga Babas; their austerities and rigorous life of denial was for real. They were

Charmed by a mysterious person

Charmed by a mysterious person »

At Connaught Circus, on a sidewalk, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) saw prints of various Indian gods stacked up. For about an hour

Is the God of all religions same?

Is the God of all religions same? »

At Rome Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had a candid talk with a monk from the Franciscan order. Richard questioned him about the

Challenging the idea of detachment

Challenging the idea of detachment »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had once judged Srila Prabhupada’s western disciples for carrying cameras and tape recorders, thinking it strange that sadhus

Zakir Naik’s Lies and the Vedic Truth

Zakir Naik’s Lies and the Vedic Truth »

Zakir Naik quotes Yajur veda (32.3) to prove that God doesn’t have a form. Whether God has a form or not according

The Bizarre World of Sex and Death

The Bizarre World of Sex and Death »

“I waste every day in useless, insignificant work…..and I waste every night, controlled by sleep. And in every twenty four

Facing Misery with an Internal Anchor

Facing Misery with an Internal Anchor »

“The saintly brahmana said: Everyone considers certain things within the material world to be most dear to him, and because of

Neem Karoli Baba and Baba Ram Dass

Neem Karoli Baba and Baba Ram Dass »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) met an extraordinary saint, Neem Karoli Baba, in Vrindavan. The Baba was affectionately addressed as ‘Maharaji’ by his

Becoming trustworthy

Becoming trustworthy »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) learnt an important lesson while staying at Bon Maharaj’s ashram. One devotee Jagannath requested Richard to take a

Curing black magic spells

Curing black magic spells »

At Janakpur, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) met Vasudev, a handsome sadhu in his early thirties. Vasudeva had the manners of an aristocrat

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