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 Cardinal Virtue – Disciple and Discipline

The Cardinal Virtue – Disciple and Discipline

The Holy Names of Krishna are revealed to one who practises spiritual life seriously. And serious Spiritual life begins with the shelter of a bonafide spiritual master, guru. Lord Krishna explains in the Bhagavad Gita, Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and….

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Radhanath Swami on Seva

Radhanath Swami on Seva

For the Hare Krishna mantra to have full effect, one should develop seva bhava, a genuine desire to serve the Lord and all living entities who are His parts and parcels. During the recent pilgrimage to Mayapur, Radhanath Swami gave a complete understanding of what this seva is.

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The safe anchor

The safe anchor

One of Radhanath Swami’s good friends, Hayagriva dasa was a spiritual seeker who came in contact with Srila Prabhupada and assisted him in various services. However due to the power of the illusory energy, he got distracted and left the association, and engaged in many non-spiritual activities.

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Removing loneliness from the heart

Removing loneliness from the heart

The attentive chanting of Hare Krishna fills the heart with deep inner contentment and happiness. The scriptures reveal that the sound vibration of the Hare Krishna mantra is transcendental and raises our consciousness from the material to the spiritual. For example one of the common challenges that I confront while counselling people is the deep inner sense of insecurity that many feel even amidst the hustle bustle of their lives. The days are packed with things to do, people to meet and targets to achieve, yet a lurking loneliness builds in the heart of men and women. Why does this happen and how does chanting Hare Krishna address this?

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Desire: A refreshing experience

Desire: A refreshing experience

Imagine diving into a cool pond on a scorching day; a one word description for this experience would be ‘refreshing’. That’s attentive chanting; if we can struggle joyfully to listen to the Holy Names of Krishna, and offer prayers to the Lord, practising Krishna yoga becomes a refreshing experience.
How can we transform our chanting into a refreshing activity? Often chanters struggle with their endlessly wandering mind and are unable to either listen to the Holy Names or develop a prayerful mood.

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Following rules to develop love

Following rules to develop love

Chanting Hare Krishna is a petition to the Lord. ‘Petition’ refers to a formal request made to some authority. While chanting Hare Krishna, the devotee makes a request to the Supreme Lord to engage him in the Lord’s service. Since at the present moment we lack the spontaneous loving feelings towards God, we aspire to develop this stage by regulated chanting.

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