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    One Day in Vrindavan

    An exchange of transcendental love The atmosphere of the supreme spiritual abode of Krishna. Goloka Vrindavana is brimming with transcendental love of the Lord. In that entrancing realm the Lord reciprocates in diverse relationships of deep intimacy with His innumerable devotees. In the spiritual sky resplendent with the Brahman effulgence(Brahma Jyoti) float countless spiritual planets. Of all these glowing planets Goloka Vrindavana is the topmost. In a conversation in New York, Srila Prabhupada teaches about this abode. “Let’s take a circle to represent the entirety of the two worlds (material and spiritual). I say a “circle,” but it is limitless. The circle is the Brahmajyoti effulgence. Within this great circle,…

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    Equanimity in Success & Failure

    Managing the two sides of life effectively Yoga is a powerful state of existence that anyone can potentially attain. It is a matter of learning the principles, adopting the practices, elevating the goal of life and consciously applying the principles. One adept at conducting his thoughts and actions by realised yogic understanding experiences a freedom that cannot be curtailed by persons and worldly circumstances. Such resilient freedom is the source of real peace and happiness. Yogic principles are taught in Vedic scriptures. The most important book on this subject is the Bhagavad-Gita. Lord Krishna, the supreme authority, the source of everything Himself delineates the essence of Yogic living. It is…

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    Why Krishna Married 16108 Queens

    Understanding from Srimad Bhagavatam Many times due to insufficient knowledge people decry Krishna marrying 16108 queens. It seems as though Krishna were fulfilling an insatiable appetite for women. However scriptures, great sages and demigods glorify these pastimes of Lord  Krishna. Proper understanding about the marriage pastimes of Lord Krishna can be gained by learning from the Srimad-Bhagavatam in which the great sage Shukadeva Goswami has narrated these pastimes. In marrying 16108 queens, Lord Krishna exhibited His immeasurable opulence. Lord Krishna is the original Supreme Personality of Godhead, Absolute Truth. To marry so many queens and maintain them in great opulence keeping them fully satisfied is nothing wonderful for Him. No…

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    Ekadasi – The Divine Purpose

    The day of Ekadasi is considered very auspicious. It is a day of fasting. It is meant for practicing austerities for a divine purpose. The spell of material identity conditions us to a limited conception of life circumscribed by birth and death and replete with interminable problems. The wise humans recognise this constricted state and contemplate freedom. If such thoughtful persons encounter the teachings of Lord Chaitanya through a bonaifed Guru in His lineage, then a path of blissful austerity that leads to the highest dimension of blissful spiritual existence opens up before them. “The specific significance of these incarnations is that to prosecute their ways of self-realization is simply…

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    Pleasing Everyone and Being Pleased with Everyone

    Recently in the news, there was the story of a nine-year-old girl, Melody Sabnani, who donated 100,000 Rupees to the Indian Prime Minister for his ‘Clean Ganga’ initiative. There was also the news of Sri Manoj Bhargava, owner of a billion-dollar turnover company, who pledged 99% of his net worth for the well being of the worlds’ less fortunate. These are just a couple of the heart-warming stories of sacrifice and charity we hear from time to time. It is interesting to understand why such stories stir our feelings. The answer lies deep within us. It has to do with who we really are. As spirit souls, happiness is our…

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    Self Image for a Yogi

    How the correct idea of the self is critical for a Yogi Yoga is the prime purpose of human existence and self-image should be understood clearly by the yogi   We all live in a world which the scriptures reveal is largely an illusion. The hopes of happiness and the pangs of distress are both products of illusory impressions. In this scenario of powerful duality, the proper notion of the self is one of the most critical factors in realising Truth by spiritual advancement. Without realised understanding of our spiritual identity, we only foster the false self-image of the body that the illusory energy imposes. When harbouring the false bodily…

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    Ramanavami: Expression of a Divine Hope

    Ramanavami: Expression of a Divine Hope Lord Rama the Supreme Lord incarnated as an ideal king    An ideal kingdom is established on the basis of a spiritual understanding of life. By the knowledge imparted in the Vedas and presented in unsurpassable summary in the Bhagavad-Gita, the living being is understood to be a spiritual spark that inhabits a body constituted of matter. For the soul, a material body is a cloak of suffering. Forced to undergo the tribulations of birth, old age, disease and death, the body constantly challenges the state of peacefulness and well being of the living entity. Hence it is necessary for the soul in material existence to…

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    Sri Rama Navami

    Sri Rama Navami When Rama advented the Demigods appeared as Monkeys with invincible powers Lord Rama, the Absolute Truth Himself, appeared on earth in the Treta yuga in response to prayers of the demigods for His descent to annihilate the powerful demon Ravana. He appeared with His plenary expansions and their expansions. He appeared in the dynasty in which Maharaja Khatwanga, a great Vaishnava, had previously taken birth. His father Dasharatha was the grandson of Maharaja Raghu because of whom Lord Rama’s dynasty is called Raghuvamsha. Being bereft of children through any of his three wives, Dasharatha was very concerned as to who would take over the reigns of his kingdom…

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    Lord Chaitanya: Giver Of The Ultimate Benediction

    Lord Chaitanya is Krishna Himself. He appeared 530 years ago in the holy land of Mayapur in Navadvip, West Bengal. He is the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. 500 years ago, it was the period of ascendency of the Mughals. Muslims, who made several attempts to efface the ancient Vedic spiritual culture of India with their own, ruled the land. Imposing oppressive laws on the population, they wished to coerce the locals to give up their spiritual traditions. The ancient Vedic varnashrama system, had knowledgeable Brahmanas advising powerful Kshatriyas who protected the Vedic principles in society. By the degrading influence of the age of Kali, both these classes…

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    Celebrating Gaura Purnima

    Following a genuine spiritual path is absolutely essential for every human being. This is because the consciousness in the human form has been lent the power to question reality and probe deeper meanings. Yet, this is an age when exploring the spiritual dimension seems to be accorded little priority. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna Himself, who came to deliver the greatest spiritual benefit to the most spiritually bereft. Knowing the souls of Kali Yuga to be weak and incapable of the severe penances and austerities needed to quell the overwhelming urges of illusion, Lord Chaitanya gave them the simple, but all-powerful process of Harinama Sankirtana – the congregational chanting of…