Krishna Yoga

Making the right choice

Making the right choice

One of the common challenges to confront while chanting is to try and bring the wandering mind back to the Holy Names of Krishna. Many chanters express helplessness in dealing with the mind; they feel it’s virtually impossible to pull the mind back while chanting. However it’s possible for the mind to be attentive during the Hare Krishna yoga sessions, but the secret lies in following two simple but effective steps.

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The magic talisman of tolerance

The magic talisman of tolerance

Radhanath Swami gives a brilliant example to explain the need of cultivating certain desirable qualities that can help us access the deep, lasting benefits of chanting Hare Krishna. Just as we protect ourselves from unseasonal rains, cyclones and earthquakes by building good shelters, similarly we need to systematically cultivate divine qualities that give us protection during the storms of strife, doubts, and dissension.

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Case Study 4 – Making a choice

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Case Study 4 – Making a choice

Jay and Rakesh are new members of the Hare Krishna chanters club (HCC) in your college. The club members meet every week and discuss issues relating to the philosophy and practise of the Hare Krishna yoga. Jay is excited about his new discovery of Hare Krishna. He gets many of his new friends for the weekly meetings, and is convinced this is the best meditation path amongst the myriad spiritual practises in India.

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Overcoming quarrel and hypocrisy

Overcoming quarrel and hypocrisy

Radhanath Swami warns a chanter of Hare Krishna to be careful to not become a victim of the same materialistic tendencies that characterize the human society in general. To prevent such anomalies in spiritual circles, Radhanath Swami offers a time tested, practical solution- chanting of Krishna’s names in kirtana or congregational chanting of the Holy Names, in unison. During this collective chanting exercise, the members sing and dance to the different enchanting melodies of Hare Krishna.

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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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Cultivating faith while working hard

Cultivating faith while working hard

Radhanath Swami cautions that it’s not that because we depend completely on Krishna, we do nothing. He gives the example of Arjuna, a warrior devotee who worked hard in the war, but depended on Krishna for the result. Lord Krishna advised him, “You’re a fighter, fight with faith in Me. Do not be attached to victory or defeat, loss or gain, attainment or loss.

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