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Trust God and distrust the mind »

One of the major stumbling blocks for a Bhakti Yogi has been to contend with the restless mind.  Few teachers openly discuss this

Hard work or hardly working? »

Some spiritual practitioners complain that despite many years of practising the Hare Krishna yoga, the chant seems to be a drag.  They wonder

Culture of service and appreciation »

Chanting Hare Krishna is not an isolated activity. Just like a person may be administered the best medicine during sickness, still his complete

Purifying effect of Sound Vibration »

The Hare Krishna yoga can be performed in two ways; an individual exercise of soft chanting or the group effort of loud singing

Rewards in seeking shelter »

Once when a student asked me if it helps write letters to God, I said, “Of course it does”. He then enquired, “Do

Be there to catch God »

Chanting Hare Krishna yields best results when performed in the early hours of the day. The wee hours of morning fill the atmosphere

Seeing light or serving God? »

While performing the Hare Krishna meditation what are the different spiritual visions one could experience?  Once Radhanath Swami’s guru, Srila Prabhupada was told

Yogi, mind your mind »

The Hare Krishna meditation helps the Bhakti Yogi see his own mind. As we sit down to chant, the devotee offers prayers to

The Breath of Bhakti Yoga

The Breath of Bhakti Yoga »

Our spiritual practices can become dry and mechanical if we omit the essential ingredient.

During my travels I sometimes meet people who

An Appointment with Mr.D

An Appointment with Mr.D »

Death is inevitable, but are we prepared for it?  Learn the art of cheerfully facing this most unexpected event of our life. Recently

An Appointment With Mr. Death

An Appointment With Mr. Death »

For the one appointment no one can cancel, it pays to be prepared.

Recently a college friend of mine was

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

Copying with Envy

Copying with Envy »

Identifying and overcoming the root cause of our material existence.

‘Neighbour’s envy, owner’s pride,’ Growing up in an age when television

Is Hinduism Casteist

Is Hinduism Casteist »

A perspective on the old allegation against Hinduism.

Recently my attention was drawn to a political contro versy in South India. A few

The Empty Envelope

The Empty Envelope »

Making sense of Vedic Rituals

Are traditional rituals mere acts of blind faith, or are there scientific reasons behind following them?

Padayatra

Padayatra »

Bhakta Prabhajan, part of His Holiness Lokanatha Swami Maharaja’s padayatra, recollects this once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is not a fairy tale but a true account.

Penny Wise Pound Foolish

Penny Wise Pound Foolish »

We seek objects to make a successful living but foolishly let life slip away Recently I met some old friends I grew

Movie Spells

Movie Spells »

A Reality Check Saying “no” to negative influences and “yes” to spiritual experiences.

“Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information

Search for Happiness – Part-2

Search for Happiness – Part-2 »

Humans and animals is happiness the same for them?

How are Humans Special?

How are humans different from animals? One may imagine that

Search for Happiness – Part-1

Search for Happiness – Part-1 »

Real happiness is more than the happiness enjoyed by animals.

This is the first in a series of

Search for Happiness – Part-3

Search for Happiness – Part-3 »

Modern man is proud of his technological achievements, but a closer look into his life reveals that he is more miserable than

What’s your motive?

What’s your motive? »

The lifestyle of a Hare Krishna chanter plays a critical role in developing taste in chanting.

We’ve heard of “Work is worship”, and

Encouraging others

Encouraging others »

 “Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.” – Helen Keller

Recently my guru Radhanath Swami

Meeting the emotional needs

Meeting the emotional needs »

Celibates living in an ashram could find life more stressful and challenging than those of men and women living outside and working

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

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