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Chasing the illusion; losing the precious

Chasing the illusion; losing the precious

While chanting Hare Krishna, a spiritualist also examines his own heart; is his or her lifestyle healthy for spiritual practises or are we attempting to secure things that have no substance in reality, and as a result lose the precious gifts that we already have. The classic example of this is Daksha, an extra ordinary, charismatic leader of the universe. The fourth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam describes .

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Taking shelter or trying to control ? – Part 2

Taking shelter or trying to control ? – Part 2

We were travelling by car to Jagganath Puri from a remote village in Orissa. It was a five hour drive through uneven and bumpy roads. We left early in the morning and I learnt that the driver hadn’t slept the previous night. Besides, he was driving really fast at 60-80 km/hr. I was seated in the front seat next to him and picked up my bead bag to chant all my 16 rounds. I was aware of his condition and feared he might doze off while driving. This means a sure accident which could be fatal.

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Radhanath swami -Transcending illusions

Radhanath swami -Transcending illusions

Radhanath Swami explains the illusion beautifully, “This world is real and you are real. Anything that emanates from God is real because God is real. You are an eternal soul, but when you identify yourself with the matter of this world, that is an illusion. When you think your happiness is to enjoy matter that is an illusion. That is the source of all bondage. But when we see matter and think of how to use it in God’s service, that is knowledge.”

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The ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’s of maya

The ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’s of maya

Maya offers gross sense pleasures as a threatening distraction for a new Bhakti Yogi. Saying ‘no’ to these temptations, a Hare Krishna yogi may successfully ward off the challenge. However, as he advances to a higher level in his spiritual pursuits, a chanter faces newer and harder tests. Radhanath Swami warns that maya’s arsenal is huge; for seasoned chanters, she has the subtler weapons of the desire for prestige, honour and respect, in her armoury.

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