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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

Saying ‘No’ for a bigger ‘Yes’

Saying ‘No’ for a bigger ‘Yes’ »

Saying ‘No’ to the pleasures of this world is one sure way to be an effective leader. How does this principle work? Most

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

The four keys of spiritual gardening

The four keys of spiritual gardening »

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu compared a sadhaka, or a spiritual practitioner to a gardener.

Just as a gardener waters and protects the plants to ensure

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)

Learning determination from a bird

Learning determination from a bird »

Krishna consciousness gives one the best possible experience of spiritual happiness. However it’s naive to assume that there would be no challenges or

Attitude v/s Power- what’s more important?

Attitude v/s Power- what’s more important? »

What’s more important; having power and control, and attaining perfection or having the right attitude? In fact having the right attitude is in

Give up broken glass for a priceless diamond

Give up broken glass for a priceless diamond »

“Because of my state of complete foolishness and paucity of pious activities, although the Lord offered me His personal service, I wanted material

From faith to determination

From faith to determination »

“One should engage oneself in the practice of yoga with determination and faith and not be deviated from the path. One should abandon,

Facing the Final Exam of Death

Facing the Final Exam of Death »

While reading the first canto of Srimad Bhagavatam today I felt very nourished and also sheltered.Srila Prabhupada has put his heart and soul

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.

Perseverance Pays; So Stay Focussed

Perseverance Pays; So Stay Focussed »

“Those who are on this path are resolute in purpose, and their aim is one. O beloved child of the Kurus, the intelligence

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

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