What is the lifestyle conducive for Hare Krishna yoga?

The practise of meditation is not an isolated activity. It syncs with our daily lifestyle. Radhanath Swami observes that if we light fire and also pour water on it, it would be a non-starter. Likewise, as we light our consciousness with the spark of spirituality, we should be careful to avoid dousing it with an unhealthy lifestyle. The section examines favourable and discouraging factors in the practise of mantra meditation.
The subtler influences in our lives also affect our spiritual practises. The need to cultivate right attitudes like humility, forgiveness, and gratitude will be dealt with in this section.

The hunger for Krishna

The hunger for Krishna

I recently heard the story of one lady from Ukraine, Kirtida mataji who struggled to practise and preach Krishna Consciousness while her husband was tormented by the KGB under the former USSR regime. He was imprisoned and persecuted by the former communist government, while she determinedly raised her three tiny children, and also fearlessly preached the message of Bhagavad Gita. She and many devotees .

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Pleasing God by glorifying His devotees

Pleasing God by glorifying His devotees

The Lord promises in the Gita that one who always thinks of Him, worships Him and offers his homage unto Him will easily please Him and come to Him without fail (Bhagavad Gita 9.34). He promises this to Arjuna because he is the Lord’s dear friend (Bhagavad Gita 4.3). And anyone who loves His devotees and takes joy in glorifying them more than anyone else is also loved by Krishna; this is the Lord’s .

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Not Bad, Not Mad, but Sick

Not Bad, Not Mad, but Sick

“An alcoholic is not a bad man, not a mad man, but a sick man”. This statement reverberated in my mind as I listened to the speech delivered by a Christian priest at an Alcoholic Anonymous. Thinking deeply, I concluded that it is true; not only for the alcoholics, but for the entire human society today. Practically everyone within this society is sick. The media screams out substantial evidences .

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Chasing the illusion; losing the precious

Chasing the illusion; losing the precious

While chanting Hare Krishna, a spiritualist also examines his own heart; is his or her lifestyle healthy for spiritual practises or are we attempting to secure things that have no substance in reality, and as a result lose the precious gifts that we already have. The classic example of this is Daksha, an extra ordinary, charismatic leader of the universe. The fourth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam describes .

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What’s your motive?

What’s your motive?

The lifestyle of a Hare Krishna chanter plays a critical role in developing taste in chanting. We’ve heard of “Work is worship”, and we often work hard in expectation of better results. But there’s more to it; if work alone is worship, even the thieves ….

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The Essence of Devotional Service

The Essence of Devotional Service

Radhanath swami beautifully elaborates this principle, “If we try doing our service with honesty, sincerity and faith, we will receive God’s mercy. Success and failure is in Krishna’s hands. He is the doer and He knows exactly how to reward us by giving success or ….

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