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.

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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Hard work or hardly working?

Hard work or hardly working?

Some spiritual practitioners complain that despite many years of practising the Hare Krishna yoga, the chant seems to be a drag. They wonder why there is no taste in the process. Radhanath Swami reveals the cause of this phenomenon to be lack of hard work. He cites the Bhagavad Gita where Lord Krishna tells his student Arjuna that He reciprocates with different people the way they approach Him. If someone approaches Him sincerely, endeavouring to attract the Lord’s grace..

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Seeing light or serving God?

Seeing light or serving God?

While performing the Hare Krishna meditation what are the different spiritual visions one could experience? Once Radhanath Swami’s guru, Srila Prabhupada was told by a young lady student that as she performed the meditation of chanting Hare Krishna, she saw a red light that filled her vision and consciousness. Srila Prabhupada wasn’t impressed and calmly said that if she continued the practise, the light would go away. Following his guru’s footsteps, Radhanath Swami too promises that the Hare Krishna meditation would fetch far more benefits than the …

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