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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

Returning Home to Freedom

Returning Home to Freedom »

A ten-year-old wonders, “Will Krishna recognize us when we return to Him?”

“Oh, these ropes of desires are strange indeed! A person tightly

Srila Prabhupada – an epitome of ‘Never say die’ attitude

Srila Prabhupada – an epitome of ‘Never say die’ attitude »

Srila Prabhupada was determined to spread the teachings of Krishna consciousness even as his business collapsed, first in Allahabad, and then in Bombay,

God’s Birth-Ordinary or Divine?

God’s Birth-Ordinary or Divine? »

On September 5th we are celebrating Krishna Janmashtami festival, the day the Lord appeared on this planet five thousand years ago.

Many refuse

Meet God’s elder brother

Meet God’s elder brother »

Balaram is the older brother of Krishna. Bala means strength, and Rama signifies pleasure. Balarama gives us the spiritual strength to say ‘No’

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

Developing Fearlessness- Prerana Youth Festival

Developing Fearlessness- Prerana Youth Festival »

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

Thinking beyond ourselves

Thinking beyond ourselves »

A devout man dreamt that God always accompanied him in his life. He saw two pair of footprints and felt solaced that God

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

Power of bad association

Power of bad association »

“A man only learns in two ways; one by reading and the other by association of smarter people”– Will Rogers (American humorist- 1879-1935)

Do scriptures promote a negative view of this world?

Do scriptures promote a negative view of this world? »

“Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable”

Finley Peter Dunne (American humorist and writer, 1867-1936)

No!

But the Bhagavad Gita says

Four R’s- the symptoms of a fall down

Four R’s- the symptoms of a fall down »

Krishna consciousness is attractive, yet one needs to be attentive in his or her practises. Otherwise a life centred on sense gratification lures

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

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

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

The emergency of Krishna consciousness

The emergency of Krishna consciousness »

Tsunamis, Earthquakes and on the domestic front, a loved one leaving you is all potentially possible. Pain and distress cannot be avoided in

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

Four theories on God’s existence – part two

Four theories on God’s existence – part two »

Continued from the previous post…….

Taking responsibility for our suffering

The Vedic understanding of evil, which many like Kushner are unaware of, places

Four theories on God’s existence – Part 1

Four theories on God’s existence – Part 1 »

There are shocking contrasts in this world; the reality of some swimming in opulence is incongruent with many others drowning in deprivation. No

Need of association

Need of association »

Sometimes people think they could practise Krishna consciousness alone, far away from the association of devotees. This is a utopian idea as without

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?

Bhakti Yoga- a path of sentiments or a sentimental path?

Bhakti Yoga- a path of sentiments or a sentimental path? »

Aren’t people who practise Bhakti Yoga emotional; they cry for God and approach Him with vague, childish feelings? So is this a path

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

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

Are Hare Krishna’s wild rats?

Are Hare Krishna’s wild rats? »

A friend quipped, “You Hare Krishna’s are amazing; you guys are always happy, and I guess that’s because you are a hedgehog!”

I

God’s gift to us on His Birthday

God’s gift to us on His Birthday »

In Vedic culture, it’s the birthday child who gives gifts! Why? It’s an expression of humility, and the receiver of the gift showers

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

Spiritual lessons from Indian Politics?

Spiritual lessons from Indian Politics? »

As the Delhi election results are out, media is serving out lots of analysis on what went wrong or right for whom? Everyone’s

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

What pleases the Lord?

What pleases the Lord? »

As the incarnation of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Lord teaches us the cardinal virtue of humility- of respecting others and not expecting any

Trapped in the forest of material world

Trapped in the forest of material world »

In the fifth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, Jada Bharat explains the plight of a living entity trapped in this material world.

He explains

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