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Making Tolerance a happy experience

Making Tolerance a happy experience »

One of the important qualities that an apprentice monk (also known as brahmachari) needs to cultivate is the quality of tolerance. The ether

Making best use of a bad bargain

Making best use of a bad bargain »

I am most often hard pressed for time. There are many things to be done and it seems I don’t have much

Selfless Sacrifice of three sons

Selfless Sacrifice of three sons »

Braja Raja Priya is a thirty year old celibate monk in our ashram. His older and younger brothers are also celibate monks

Majestic himalayas the shelter for a seeker

Majestic himalayas the shelter for a seeker »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

Inspirations 
from 
‘The
 Journey 
Home ‐ 
Autobiography
 of 
an 
American
 Swami’

Richard’s

An emblem of simplicity

An emblem of simplicity »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

Inspirations 
from 
‘The
 Journey 
Home ‐ 
Autobiography
 of 
an 
American
 Swami’

Richard

Violence in a peace conference overcoming fault finding

Violence in a peace conference overcoming fault finding »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

Inspirations 
from 
‘The
 Journey 
Home ‐ 
Autobiography
 of 
an 
American
Swami’

Richard savoured

Thou shalt not kill!

Thou shalt not kill! »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 2

Inspirations 
from 
‘The
 Journey 
Home ‐ 
Autobiography
 of 
an 
American
Swami’

On entering

Praying to accept God’s plan

Praying to accept God’s plan »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Richard and Gary surrendered their lives to the will of God. Not

Fighting a losing battle

Fighting a losing battle »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Although Richard was losing all interest with the counterculture movement, he still

From substance abuse to a life of substance

From substance abuse to a life of substance »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Radhanath Swami, as a nineteen-year-old Richard, followed his heart’s calling. In London,

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

Going beyond the pleasures of this world

Going beyond the pleasures of this world »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

A spiritual quest almost ended even before it began. On the first night

Learning to tolerate and sacrifice

Learning to tolerate and sacrifice »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Richard (now Radhanath Swami) wore his hair long, not as a fashion, but

Symptoms of spiritual seeker

Symptoms of spiritual seeker »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Richie (now Radhanath Swami) had habits that were unconventional by middle class American

Deep and spiritual impressions of family

Deep and spiritual impressions of family »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Lesson from Chapter 1

Radhanath Swami’s parents Gerald and Idelle Slavin expressed their faith in God through

Spontaneous attraction for Prayer

Spontaneous attraction for Prayer »

Meditations on The Journey Home – Chapter 1: Journey to the East

Childhood is the most impressionable age, and exposure to incidents of

Variety adds spice to ashram life

Variety adds spice to ashram life »

Since childhood I had been fascinated by the Indian cricket team; not so much for their sporting skills as much for their

Evolution of spiritual leadership-From Enjoyment to Sacrifice

Evolution of spiritual leadership-From Enjoyment to Sacrifice »

A leader has to give up to go up; and then he has to give up even more to stay up”-

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

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