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Approaching the Holy Names

Approaching the Holy Names

When we call upon Krishna’s names, it is the most accessible and powerful way of remembering Krishna, especially if we are attentive. Krishna tells us in Gita that he reveals himself to us according to the sincerity of our surrender. In the same way, according to the sincerity in which we call out or cry out Krishna’s names, Krishna will reveal himself. He is always non different from his .

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Japa – A cry for affection

Japa – A cry for affection

Seated in an auto-rickshaw that had found the red light at a busy city intersection, what else could I expect but black smoke? Destiny, however, surprised me with a little sweet encounter.
I spotted a street urchin who darted from vehicle to vehicle, begging. Moments later she reached me, her expression pleading for charity. I deftly reached my handbag’s front pocket to pull out the box in which I always carry cookies for such occasions.

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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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Watch out for the watch

Watch out for the watch

Chanting japa session is after all the exclusive time of the soul with Krishna. It’s the time when we can depend on Krishna and promise Him that whatever we are doing or are planning to do is for His exclusive pleasure. Radhanath Swami offers a sobering thought,
“ In whatever we do in our lives, we’ve to use our God given intelligence to analyse, what I speak, what I do, what I think, is it perpetuating my material enjoyment or is it purifying me; is it taking me further away from God or is it bringing me closer to Him”

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