When a mouse becomes a tiger

When a mouse becomes a tiger

Radhanath Swami has often narrated this story to highlight how we progress in spiritual life only due to the mercy of devotees and Krishna. Initially we are infants and tiny like a mouse, in spiritual life. However over a period of time we progress and become like tigers; we grow and influence many others in their spiritual progress. However, if we do not consciously cultivate the mood of being dependent on God for our services, over a period of time we forget the grace of Lord upon us.

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Intent reveals the content – Radhanath swami

Intent reveals the content – Radhanath swami

Radhanath Swami often quotes the Bhagavad Gita where Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that He rewards people according to the way they approach Him. If we are sincere and prayerful while chanting, a whole new world of spirituality opens up for us. “It’s not our scholarship or memorization of scriptures that reveals God to us. Our love, humility, devotion and surrender reveals the Truth to us”, says Radhanath Swami. “The devotional intent reveals the spiritual content.”

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Three questions to ask during chanting

Three questions to ask during chanting

Radhanath swami explains a culture of scriptural study helps us provide our intelligence with the ammunition to fight the disloyal mind. During chanting, as the mind wanders, we can pull it back to the sound of the Holy Names by internally connecting to the sound of scriptures. The Vedic scriptures are the sound representation of God, and they contain many verses extolling the glories of Holy Names.

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More opportunities to serve

More opportunities to serve

Radhanath Swami says, “A devotee doesn’t think that a beggar is begging, and I am giving. His mood is I am begging for service, and this person appearing as a beggar is giving me an opportunity to serve.” This is deep spirituality and offers a paradigm shift to those immersed in the consciousness that they are the benefactors of those whom they seek to favour and help.

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Becoming an expert gardener

Becoming an expert gardener

Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who inaugurated the Chanting movement five hundred years ago, compared a Hare Krishna yogi to a gardener.
Love for Krishna is compared to a beautiful plant that grows when the seed of devotional service is planted in the heart by genuine devotees of Krishna.

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Case Study 6 – Does chanting make things worse?

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Case Study 6 – Does chanting make things worse?

Anupam is confused about the practise of Hare Krishna yoga. He’s been hearing in classes and reading in books, ‘chant Hare Krishna and be happy’. He expected to be happy since he began chanting four rounds daily. Two months later he perceived not much difference, neither in his level of happiness nor his own spiritual progress. Still he decided to increase his daily chanting to eight rounds. Now after another two months of chanting eight rounds daily, he feels not only has he made no progress, his earlier bad habits are resurfacing in his consciousness.

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