• Biography,  Philosophy

    Haridasa Thakura: Inspiring Chanter

    Haridasa Thakur (born 1451) was a prominent Vaishnava Acharya of the Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya known for being a great preacher who served Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in establishing His Sankirtana movement. Born into a Muslim family, He was an ardent devotee of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He was a contemporary of Srila Advaita Acharya and used to associate with him at Shantipura intimately. His integrity and unflinching faith in the face of extreme adversity are extolled in Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Antya lila. He is primarily famous for his dedication to constantly chanting the names of Lord Krishna. Haridasa Thakura and Advaita Acharya, two senior and well-respected religious personalities of Gaudiya Vaishnavism in…

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    Ekadashi,  Philosophy

    Mohini Ekadashi

    The glories of Mohini Ekadashi are narrated in the Kurma Purana in a conversation between Maharaja Yudhishthira and Lord Krishna. Yudhisthira Maharaja enquired from Lord Krishna. He said, “O Janardana! What is the name of the Ekadashi that occurs during the bright fortnight (sukla paksha) of the month of Vaisakha (April-May)? What is the process for observing it? Kindly narrate to me.” The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna replied, “Oh blessed son of Dharma, I shall now describe to you what Vasishtha Muni once told Lord Ramachandra. Please hear attentively. “Lord Ramachandra asked Vasishtha Muni, ‘O great sage, I would like to hear about the best of all…

  • Philosophy

    Practicing Yoga In The Present Age

    Today many people are interested in Yoga. To most, yoga is a form of exercise or some sitting postures for keeping the body fit. The real purpose of Yoga, however, is to connect the minute soul to the Supersoul. Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the ultimate object of yoga. Hence one of Kṛṣṇa’s names is yogeśvara, the master of yoga. In India, those who are serious about practicing yoga go to a secluded place in the Himalayas where in solitude, they follow a very restrictive process for eating and sleeping. Their strict rules and regulations include brahmacharya or celibacy. Scriptures say, yoga indriya-saṁyama, which means…

  • Philosophy

    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…