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.

Servitude- the most natural position

Servitude- the most natural position

Have you ever offered your seat on a train to an old man or a pregnant woman? Have you ever helped a blind man cross the street? How did you feel when you rendered any kind of selfless service, without expecting anything in return? Most people would confess that the happiness experienced was special; a lightening of the heart. It’s as if some unknown burden has been removed from the heart.

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The magic talisman of tolerance

The magic talisman of tolerance

Radhanath Swami gives a brilliant example to explain the need of cultivating certain desirable qualities that can help us access the deep, lasting benefits of chanting Hare Krishna. Just as we protect ourselves from unseasonal rains, cyclones and earthquakes by building good shelters, similarly we need to systematically cultivate divine qualities that give us protection during the storms of strife, doubts, and dissension.

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Regulating the tongue’s vibration

Regulating the tongue’s vibration

Radhanath Swami has often alarmed us about the dangers of prajalpa. He appeals that in the initial stages of our spiritual life we do not have spontaneous taste for chanting. Therefore we must perform some austerities to acquire this taste. One of the austerities is to restrain the tongue from engaging in criticism of other sincere spiritual practitioners. The tongue has two functions; to taste and vibrate. Both the functions have to be regulated by the practitioner.

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Culture of service and appreciation

Culture of service and appreciation

Chanting Hare Krishna is not an isolated activity. Just like a person may be administered the best medicine during sickness, still his complete recovery from the illness depends on the diet that he takes. If he is careful about the diet, his quick recovery is granted. On the other hand if he takes the medicines regularly but his diet is erratic and he ingests forbidden foodstuffs, his recovery is delayed…

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Be there to catch God..

Be there to catch God..

Chanting Hare Krishna yields best results when performed in the early hours of the day. The wee hours of morning fill the atmosphere with sattva, the energy of ‘goodness’. You would notice most spiritualists perform their major practises just as the sun arrives on the eastern horizon. While the rest of the world is in deep slumber, a spiritualist is alert to catch these vibrations of ‘sattva’. It is during this period that in traditional Vedic temples, the conventional Bhakti Yoga centres…

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