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Three Basic ‘C’s of Community Leadership

Three Basic ‘C’s of Community Leadership »

– Developing care, commitment, and clarity

 “Everyone may appreciate a beautiful building, but the structural engineer

Happiness in the brahmachari ashram

Happiness in the brahmachari ashram »

Today morning Pitambar dasa, a 42 year old resident of our ashram and an old friend of mine was enthusiastically serving prasadam, breakfast,

The joy of no sex

The joy of no sex »

“You must be crazy”, yelled the manager on hearing that we practise celibacy and live in a monastery. I was presenting spiritual

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’ ,

Are you ready to pay the price?

Are you ready to pay the price? »

“I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (legendary American Basketball player)

Selfless Service- The Secret of Happiness

Selfless Service- The Secret of Happiness »

We may chant Hare Krishna for many years, and put on the robes of renounced monks, and still be far away from

London 2012 Olympics-winning gold or losing a diamond?

London 2012 Olympics-winning gold or losing a diamond? »

“I don’t care to be remembered as a man who scored six goals in a game. I want to be remembered as a

Indian cricket-lessons in Leadership legacy

Indian cricket-lessons in Leadership legacy »

“The non-permanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They

The Celibacy Inspiration at Udupi »

For inspiration and break, many brahmachari monks visit Udupi, a holy town in the state of Karnataka, the Southern part of India, where

Beware of Lust- Part Four »

Srimad Bhagavatam warns us emphatically to contend with the force of lust. One cannot neglect the problem of lust; one has to be

Beware of Lust- Part Three »

The purpose of human intelligence as compared to that of animals is to help us understand that the goal of life is Krishna

Beware of Lust- Part Two »

In the Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna calls lust as an insatiable and all devouring enemy of the practising spiritualist. An enemy is generally

Beware of Lust- Part One »

The formidable enemy of any spiritualist in general and particularly of a brahmachari (celibate) is the phenomenon of Lust. Lust is characterized by

Servant- Our Real Designation

Servant- Our Real Designation »

A few brahmacharis from our Mumbai ashram recently went on a piligrimage to the temple town of Guruvayoor, in the state of

The Celibacy Inspiration at Udupi »

For inspiration and break, many brahmachari monks visit Udupi, a holy town in the state of Karnataka, the Southern part of India, where

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

The saffron brigade

The saffron brigade »

A celibate monk in the Vedic culture accepts the saffron colour as his dress code. For millennia, saffron colour in the pan

Why renunciants are needed in society? »

In the Vedic culture, the spirit of renunciation, not for the sake of renunciation but in a spirit of compassion, is encouraged. Therefore

An Encounter With Mr. Death »

Suresh didn’t realize the water was deep; even as he went in, Vasudev asked him if he knew swimming. Hurriedly he said ‘yes’

Discovering the joy of stress

Discovering the joy of stress »

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Smith

A leader is a ‘transition person’- Part II

A leader is a ‘transition person’- Part II »

In the early 1980’s, on the request of his friends and colleagues, Bhakti Tirtha Swami based himself in Africa to manage the few

A leader is a ‘transition person’- Part I

A leader is a ‘transition person’- Part I »

We live at a time when the world is surcharged with tremendous negativity and we’ve a choice to either blame the systems and

A Leader’s Blood Group: Be Positive

A Leader’s Blood Group: Be Positive »

Have you ever been seriously nagged or irked by your family members? How do you feel when someone hurls expletives at you

Making Impossible Possible

Making Impossible Possible »

“Impossible is a word found in the dictionary of fools,” declared the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. While most popular lifestyle leaders encourage

What is ‘Spiritual’ about Leadership?

What is ‘Spiritual’ about Leadership? »

“The problem with the rat race is even if you win it, you still remain a rat” –   an American saying

Are educated Indians the enemy of India?

Are educated Indians the enemy of India? »

Indians love to criticize India and her glorious culture. Arundhati Roy, the famous Indian writer and winner of Booker prize supports independence

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

Symptoms of Real Guru

Symptoms of Real Guru »

At the massive tent at Bombay, amidst 25,000 people, Srila Prabhupada, the guru and founder of the Hare Krishna movement signaled one

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

Connecting to Krishna’s Holy Names

Connecting to Krishna’s Holy Names »

At the Bombay Hare Krishna pandal, tent, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was stunned to hear the same Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, “Hare

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

Deriving strength from Holy Names

Deriving strength from Holy Names »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) had a profound experience at the convent of Mother Theresa. Richard saw that Mother Theresa was happy washing

Beauty of religious diversity

Beauty of religious diversity »

For a spiritual novice as myself, reading the heart-touching struggle of Dalai Lama and his amazing story of exile and escape has

Resolving contradictions in scriptures

Resolving contradictions in scriptures »

On the bank of Ganges at Calcutta, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was shocked to see a goat being butchered as an offering

Overcoming Hypocrisy

Overcoming Hypocrisy »

While learning Zen Buddhism at Bodh Gaya, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was pained to witness the hypocrisy of the Zen master. While

A foreigner’s expert disguise

A foreigner’s expert disguise »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) travelled to Pashupatinath at Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. He was disappointed at not being allowed entry into the

Learning about Death

Learning about Death »

At Varanasi, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was intrigued by the way the Hindus dealt with death. Richard observed that the Hindus carry

Substance behind shallowness

Substance behind shallowness »

At Rishikesh one day, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) found himself surrounded by lepers; they pressed their stinking body that was deformed and

Disappointment at Taj Mahal

Disappointment at Taj Mahal »

India’s greatest attraction for many foreigners is the Taj Mahal, arguably the greatest symbol of love. Richard (now Radhanath Swami) however was

Happiness by connecting God

Happiness by connecting God »

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) found Mahavirdas Tat Walla Baba impressive; he was about six feet tall and his physique was powerful. He

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