How is Hare Krishna meditation an open secret?

Radhanth swami in this section examines the common Misconceptions related to Bhakti Yoga that prevents us from accessing the rich benefits of the practise.
Since the Hare Krishna meditation externally appears to be an effortless exercise, one may be misled to believe he or she doesn’t have to work hard. Radhanath Swami often says that the practise of Hare Krishna yoga may appear to be easy, but it’s simultaneously sublime. Hence the efforts need to be sincere. To the extent we pursue the path diligently, the rewards can be immense. The section addresses our need to work hard in the practise of Bhakti Yoga.

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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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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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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Hare Krishna – Simplistic or Practical

Hare Krishna – Simplistic or Practical

Radhanath Swami offers a brilliant analysis on the working of Hare Krishna yoga. “The Hare Krishna meditation is simultaneously simple and difficult. The principle is simple- to chant and hear the Names of God and offer our love to Him. However the application is difficult because the practise requires us to be humble to accept the path sincerely without duplicity and pride.” To the extent a practitioner is receptive to the simple message of Hare Krishna yoga he experiences tangible benefits in quick time. On the other hand those who prefer to speculate for hours and doubt the efficacy of the Holy Names, struggle to discover taste and bliss, even as they chant occasionally. The path requires us to invest our faith in the mood of a simple, innocent child.

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Enthusiasm melts God’s heart

Enthusiasm melts God’s heart

Enthusiasm is the key to find spiritual joy while chanting. A mechanical approach to Bhakti Yoga involves simply the external fingering of beads, and a ritualistic murmuring of the Holy Names. This makes spirituality in general a dry affair and the process of chanting Hare Krishna, in particular, appears dull and boring. Enthusiasm breaks the jinx of listless and unemotional endeavours, and makes spiritual life refreshing.

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