Krishna Yoga

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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Radhanath swami – Rejecting or accepting Material skills

Radhanath swami – Rejecting or accepting Material skills

Radhanath Swami often compares academic education with a tool that can be either used for a constructive or destructive purpose depending on whose hand it is in. For example a knife is neither good nor bad. If it’s in the hand of a surgeon, it can help in the surgery and give life. If however the knife is in the hands of a criminal, it can be used for murder. The knife isn’t bad per se; it all depends on who uses it and for what purpose.

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Radhanath swami – Going deeper through internal changes

Radhanath swami – Going deeper through internal changes

The scriptures reveal a true chanter of the Holy Names of Krishna to be humble, tolerant and forgiving. The effective chanting of Hare Krishna requires us to offer respect to all others and expect none in return. Radhanath Swami elucidates, “ When we lead our lives centred on the principles of morality, integrity and servitude, then the Holy Names will bring our consciousness deeper and deeper into understanding our own spiritual essence, and our relationship with God, the all beautiful.”

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Radhanath swami – “When we blame god”

Radhanath swami – “When we blame god”

Radhanath Swami says blaming God for our weak resolve is unacceptable. At the same time sometimes when our chanting is good we are tempted to take credit for our good chanting and feel we are special. However no sooner we feel we are good in chanting, the Holy Names withdraw the grace and we realize once again that chanting is beyond me. Radhanath Swami offers a nice meditation that we can practise during success in chanting, “We can’t do anything without God’s help.We cannot see or even breathe without God’s help. So how could we take credit for what we do?”

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Case Study 7 – Loud or silent chanting?

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Case Study 7 – Loud or silent chanting?

Ian has experimented with many spiritual paths and his quest for the truth is still on. Recently he began chanting Hare Krishna after reading some literature extolling the glories of the path of Bhakti Yoga. Ian is happy chanting and now he’s also associating with few regular Hare Krishna chanters.
One doubt however plagues Ian’s mind; his experience with almost all the spiritual organizations that he’d been to before encountering Hare Krishna was of silent meditation.

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Radhanath swami on “Love or Peace”

Radhanath swami on “Love or Peace”

Radhanath Swami being a staunch Bhakti Yoga practitioner since the last four decades confesses that he discovered a sacred teaching from his guru, Srila Prabhupada, who revealed that the soul’s real need and perfection is to go beyond the neutral condition of peace. “We do not care for peace; we want love” says Radhanath Swami.

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