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.

Cultivating the mood of ‘helplessness’

Cultivating the mood of ‘helplessness’

Chanting is most effective when performed in the mood of ‘helplessness’. Usually when we perform any activity in life, we are deeply driven by the consciousness that ‘I am the doer’ or ‘I can figure out how to get this done correctly’. We work hard, and mobilize all resources at our disposal to get the perfect result. However while chanting this formula fails to get us the desired result.

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Food habits influence our consciousness

Food habits influence our consciousness

Radhanath Swami explains that we can tell a person’s consciousness by what they eat and how they eat. There are people in mode of ignorance who like to eat stale food or food that’s product of bloodshed, murder and horrible suffering. Then there is food in the mode of passion, which is very hot and stimulating to the senses and the mind.

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Krishna yoga – a hobby or a serious commitment?

Krishna yoga – a hobby or a serious commitment?

A friend told me that his wife’s hobby is cooking. I thought he must be very happy to have such a wife for he may get good Prasadam, spiritualized food at home. However he revealed to me that when they are hungry they often go out for lunch and dinner. This is because she doesn’t cook the staple diet at home but constantly experiments and learns the intricacies of cooking at different cooking classes.

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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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When a mouse becomes a tiger

When a mouse becomes a tiger

Radhanath Swami has often narrated this story to highlight how we progress in spiritual life only due to the mercy of devotees and Krishna. Initially we are infants and tiny like a mouse, in spiritual life. However over a period of time we progress and become like tigers; we grow and influence many others in their spiritual progress. However, if we do not consciously cultivate the mood of being dependent on God for our services, over a period of time we forget the grace of Lord upon us.

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Becoming an expert gardener

Becoming an expert gardener

Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who inaugurated the Chanting movement five hundred years ago, compared a Hare Krishna yogi to a gardener.
Love for Krishna is compared to a beautiful plant that grows when the seed of devotional service is planted in the heart by genuine devotees of Krishna.

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