Krishna yoga – a hobby or a serious commitment?

Krishna yoga – a hobby or a serious commitment?

A friend told me that his wife’s hobby is cooking. I thought he must be very happy to have such a wife for he may get good Prasadam, spiritualized food at home. However he revealed to me that when they are hungry they often go out for lunch and dinner. This is because she doesn’t cook the staple diet at home but constantly experiments and learns the intricacies of cooking at different cooking classes.

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Radhanath swami – Settling the agitated lake of mind

Radhanath swami – Settling the agitated lake of mind

Radhanath Swami advises us to ignore the mind while chanting Hare Krishna, lest it deludes us and distracts us from the path of spiritual progress:

“In life, some of the most dangerous enemies cannot be seen, we don’t even know they are there; we may even consider them as our friends. That is the way the mind works.”

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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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Taking shelter or Trying to control? – Part 1

Taking shelter or Trying to control? – Part 1

Radhanath swami explains – One reason why our japa goes through a ritualistic phase is the deep rooted tendency in our hearts of wanting to be in control of things. This is merely a reflection of our propensity to be the enjoyer, the root cause of suffering in this material world. Let us briefly understand how this tendency to control manifests in our daily life of chanting?

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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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Case Study 8 – Chanting – “Sweet or a bitter experience?”

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Case Study 8  – Chanting – “Sweet or a bitter experience?”

Pareshan is troubled by his inability to chant attentively. He feels frustrated as the chanting session leaves him tired and dry. He’s heard in classes that the Holy Names of Krishna is sweeter than the sweetest. However practically speaking, he finds the chanting a bitter experience. While chanting he wishes he was doing something more fruitful and productive. Rather than feeling spiritual bliss, he feels relief on completing his daily quota of ten rounds. He asks you how come if the scriptures describe the Holy Names as sweet, he feels restless and unhappy while chanting. Why he can’t experience the sweetness of the Holy Names like other seasoned practitioners.

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