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Why and how to perform the Shradh Ceremony?

Why and how to perform the Shradh Ceremony?

In Srimad Bhagvatam, it is mentioned that "Devarṣi-bhūtāpta-nṛṇāṁ pitṝṇāṁ na kiṅkaro nāyam ṛṇī ca rājan sarvātmanā yaḥ śaraṇaṁ śaraṇyaṁ gato mukundaṁ parihṛtya kartam" (SB 11.5.41) Every human being is obliged and has an obligation? We are under whose obligation?...

Should we ever correct a Vaishnava ?

Should we ever correct a Vaishnava ?

We can only correct a Vaishnava,  if he is surrendered to us, otherwise, we may incur a Vaishnava Aparadha or we may get into a Vaisanava Aparadha. The line is if he is surrendered, if he is ready to listen to us, ready to obey us. ‘Tad viddhi praṇipātena paripraśnena...

First Step Towards Advancement..

First Step Towards Advancement..

Preparing for initiation means taking spiritual life seriously and when one is convinced that this material world has nothing to offer, it is just for the body. Material world is going to offer everything for the body but not for the soul. Then what about the soul ?...

Krishna doesn’t keep, He only gives !!

Krishna doesn’t keep, He only gives !!

Do not think that Krishna will give us less than what we give Him. If we take 1 step towards Krishna, then He will take 10 steps towards us.  Krishna's most important Dharma is that He is Bhakta Vatsal, He is Kripalu, He is Karuna Sindhu, Krishna gives us more than...

Mother’s Day !!

Mother’s Day !!

Our real mother is of course Krishna and we must thank Him today. "aham sarvasya prabhavo mattah sarvam pravartate iti matva bhajante mam budha bhava-samanvitah" [Bg. 10.8] Everything is produced from Krishna, Krishna is the source of everything and that is why He is...

Become a Prasaditarian !!

Become a Prasaditarian !!

You are what you eat.. Suppose we don't eat anything for 1 month, what will happen? Our body will shrink and probably die also, so our body is made up of what we eat. The dearmost thing to us is our body and we put garbage in it. Is it a good idea? No, there is a...

First Quantity Then Quality !!

First Quantity Then Quality !!

If we chant attentively, then we will be able to relish the transcendental love of Krishna, that transcendental mellow. Just like if we are a very big businessman, having zillions of dollars worth factory somewhere and it is burned to ashes, somebody calls us and...

The Ultimate Goal Of Life !!

The Ultimate Goal Of Life !!

Srila Prabhupada makes it very simple to understand, He says "If you serve dog, then the dog will love you. If you serve God, then God will love you." To attain the ultimate goal of life i.e to reawaken our pure love for Krishna, the technique is very simple, just...

How to embrace Sadhna? 

How to embrace Sadhna? 

Srila Prabhupada always said that in order to have a fixed, nice sadhna, we have to become Serious and Sincere, along with these two, Service and Surrender. If you are very Serious and Sincere about performing sadhna, then you will be getting up very early, may...

Book Distribution

Book Distribution

The easiest way to preach about Krishna is by distributing literature about Krishna that is written by Srila Prabhupada in a simple, understandable language which can touch the heart of all the living entities. He is a pure devotee and he wrote his books in a pure way...

How to deal with Envy ?

How to deal with Envy ?

One thing we have to get rid of is envy. "Kama krishna-karam-arpane, krodha bhaktadvesijane" If somebody is envious of Krishna or His devotees, then we can exhibit anger. We can use our anger like Hanuman, who set Lanka on fire. Arjuna, who fought on the whole...

Meaning of Mahamantra

Meaning of Mahamantra

There are many explanations of the Mahamantra by our different acharyas, Shat Goswamis, Jiva Goswami, Rupa Sanatan Goswami and Bhaktivinod Thakur, so many. But we are very well versed with the explanation of Srila Prabhupada's explanation to Hare Krishna Mahamantra,...

How to give up Anarthas?

How to give up Anarthas?

First of all we have to become very very intelligent. Buddhi means intelligence, intelligence is discrimination, discriminating faculty which discriminates right vs wrong. Drinking liquor or drinking milk, mother’s milk and cow’s milk. So drinking, both are drinking...

Power of Co-Operation

Power of Co-Operation

Cooperation means we should cooperate with each other to achieve something. So, what is that we want to achieve? Very obvious, that we want to achieve Krsna, His love. In order to do that we need cooperation because “Sampradaya-vihina ye mantras te nisphala matah”...

What is Faith ?

What is Faith ?

The very definition of faith is that one who has strong belief, firm belief on the words of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. Meaning, one who has full faith that whatever Krsna is speaking in Bhagavad Gita, that is the absolute truth, nothing but...

Offer with love or follow the rules?

Offer with love or follow the rules?

Krishna answers this in a particular verse- "patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami prayatatmanah" He says you have to offer me love and devotion, that love and devotion, if it is not there in your heart right away, then...

Developing loving reciprocation with Krishna

Developing loving reciprocation with Krishna

Because everything belongs to Him. So 'Tera tujhko arpan, kya laage mera'. It becomes the exchange of love. The article you offer that belongs to Krishna, back to Him, Srila Prabhupada says that reciprocation becomes medium of exchange of love between you and Krishna....

Real way to get rid of our pride

Real way to get rid of our pride

So best way is to think that "I am not this material body and that I am spirit soul and me, spirit soul, wants to serve Krishna. " So diffuse your false ego, that diffusion is into "Jiwera Swaroop Hoye Krsnera Nitya Dasa". That I am an insignificant, small ,little...

How can we control our mind

How can we control our mind

It is very very very difficult. I would advice you to chant Hare Krishna mantra even without your mind. Arjuna says vayor iva su-duskaram Krishna says can you control the wind? Wind is blowing, hurricane, tornado? Can you control Tornado? vayor iva su-duskaram It is...

भक्ति में भाव का महत्त्व

भक्ति में भाव का महत्त्व

भाव हो या न हो, भाव से ही माला करनी चाहिए । लेकिन हमेशा तो वह भाव रहता नहीं है ,न आता है हमेशा। अगर आए तो बहुत अच्छा है । यही हम चाहते है कि नाम-जप के बाद हम रसास्वादन कर सकें, भाव। हमें भाव भक्ति चाहिए और बाद में प्रेम भक्ति। तो वो भाव भक्ति होगी साधना भक्ति । तीन...

Guilt of not serving Krsna properly

Guilt of not serving Krsna properly

How to overcome the guilt of not serving Krsna properly? Nothing is more purifying than the holyname so you have to purify your external and internal senses, so just remember, meditate on holyname and Krishna then you will be perfectly purified, internally and...

Thoughts of transcendental person

Thoughts of transcendental person

If a person is transcendental then what type of thoughts he should have to remain transcendental? If a person is transcendental then he will very easily understand what’s spiritual life, Who Am I and Who is God and I’m spirit soul, part and parcel of that God so...

How to serve Krishna

How to serve Krishna

It is very easy to find this out. There are millions of ways. Every single living entity has one to one relationship with Krishna and in that one to one relationship you can serve him. A famous example we have is Hanuman. He went to Lanka and Ravana put fire to his...

How can we make the society Krishna Conscious?

How can we make the society Krishna Conscious?

The easiest and the topmost method is to distribute books. Prabhupada says – “What will half an hour lecture do?” But if you can put this literature on the lap of the conditioned living entity, human beings, then these books will act like time bomb. The time bomb...

Surrender to Krishna

Surrender to Krishna

Bhaktivinoda Thakura describes 6 kinds of surrender, he says - "anukulyasya sankalpah pratikulyasya vajranam raksisyatiti visvaso goptrtve varanam tatha atma-niksepa - karpanye sad-vidha saranagati. " There are 6 kinds of saranagati. "anukulyasya sankalpah", whatever...

How to live with Karmis and stay Krishna Conscious

How to live with Karmis and stay Krishna Conscious

Because you’re living with Karmis who are not Krishna Conscious you will have to elevate yourself very high, which is not easy but if you can do it then bliss is waiting for you, if you cannot do it then anxiety is waiting for you. So what is this elevating yourself?...

Good Community

Good Community

Good community means solid goal and a solid leader. Goal is not to make gold, money, a comfortable life or honey. Nothing else than Krsna, that is the goal. We have our common leader and our leader is Krsna, our leader is Prabhupada, and then people stop at...

Relation between one soul and other

Relation between one soul and other

It is stated by Srila Rupa Goswami in Ujjvala Nilamani and Bhakri Rasamrita Sindhu and all his literatures ofcourse that one living entity is supposed to love other living entity more than himself, not only that but He says that one living entity must trust other...

Krsna Consciousness in Children

Krsna Consciousness in Children

Actually, with children it is very easy because they are children, their minds are fresh, they are not so much conditioned, they have not so many bad habits. Just like Prabhupada says, “If the tree is in beginning stage, you can bend it the way you like, you can...

How can we best serve other devotees?

How can we best serve other devotees?

How can we best serve other devotees? It is very easy if you want to serve. First of all, you want to serve, that’s the idea and if you’re fixed that I want to serve then sincerity and seriousness to serve, you should be dead serious, “I want to serve devotees,” dead...

How important food is in yoga system?

How important food is in yoga system?

It is very important. You also say that "you're what you eat", so if you eat chicken legs then your body will become of chicken and cells of your body will become of chicken legs, yellow meat, red meat, most of the time rotten meat. They rot meat in order to make it...

How can we be equal ?

How can we be equal ?

We have to first understand that there is one common father to all living entities, that is Krishna. And Krishna resides in the heart of all living beings. So those devotees of the Lord who have trained themselves to see Krishna everywhere, can see everybody on an...

Simplicity in Krishna Consciousness

Simplicity in Krishna Consciousness

Srila Prabhupada's most important slogan is 'Simple Living and High Thinking', so the simpler you live, the more peaceful, blissful and happy you will become. The more complication you bring in your life, you may screw yourself up. So for that reason, we should live...

Why should I go to temple?

Why should I go to temple?

Why go to temple when I’ve deities at home, I can worship at home? Why go to pub? Bottle is at home, wine is at home, everything at home, cheaper at home, everything at home, why go to pub? Why? Because there we have association of other drunkards and we would learn...

Krishna’s Mercy

Krishna’s Mercy

Krishna is merciful to every living entity but we have to attract his attention, that is what it means- surrendering, praying. The best prayer in the whole Vedic literature is chanting the holy name, Hare Krishna hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare...

How we can enhance the quality of japa?

How we can enhance the quality of japa?

Quality means one has to endeavor to bring out the best. One has to endeavor then quality can come. Otherwise, if you don’t need quality then you don’t have to give lot of efforts. Quality means you’ve to give time, you’ve to give lot of efforts. So, how we can bring...

Accidental Fall down

Accidental Fall down

Accidental fall down means that you're yourself somewhere, out there doing sankirtan or whatever activity you’re doing and you get attracted to drink say, coca cola and somebody offers you and you say, "Okay, I'm all by myself and here is a person and I see Krishna...

सबसे बड़ा दुख क्या है?

सबसे बड़ा दुख क्या है?

हमारी कई-कई उत्क्रांती हुई तब हम कृष्ण भक्त बने, कितना कड़ा दुख झेलकर हम भक्त बने। ऐसा क्यों? क्योंकि वैष्णव खाली कृष्ण की सेवा करते है और गुरु की सेवा करते है, अगर वो गुरु वैष्णव है तो, और उनमें भी कई कई वैष्णव, कई कई प्रकार की उपासना करते है। तो, खाली कृष्ण की सेवा...

Choosing Spiritual Master!

Choosing Spiritual Master!

Is it possible to choose a spiritual master without him letting know? Yes, but if you let him know then immediately the process will start, loving relationship between Guru and disciple, blessings, taking care, teaching and preaching, the relationship starts. So, even...

How to get back on track from falldown?

How to get back on track from falldown?

Krishna says at many places that my devotees may have some temporary fall down but they must be considered sadhus because in due course of time they come back on track. “Api cet su duracharo,  bhajate maam anaya-bhaak saadhur eva sa mantavayah samyag vyavasito hi sah....

Process of Krishna Consciousness

Process of Krishna Consciousness

What is the process of coming to Krishna consciousness? Somebody must have done some kind of piety in previous life or this life doesn’t matter. That piety in connection to devotion to Krishna or it can be in connection with swargs.  Somebody wants to go to Swarga and...

How can one practice yoga?

How can one practice yoga?

All yoga culminates in Bhakti yoga. In other words, the goal of all yoga is to bring us to the point of Bhakti yoga, very simple. So in order to execute Bhakti yoga, it is stated that "yada vineyetam chitam", 'chitam' the mind and 'vineyetam', particularly discipline....

Krishna’s Assurance

Krishna’s Assurance

Krishna,  whenever He speaks in Bhagwad Gita, He speaks with total confidence and most of the time, He is giving assurance to devotees that " I am there, just next to you or within you and you don't have to worry about anything except cent percent surrendering onto...

Krishna Conscious without Initiation

Krishna Conscious without Initiation

Yes, it is possible to become Krishna Conscious without Initiation, but initiation means help. If you don’t know your way then you may go to a different track and maybe you get lost but initiation means you get a help. One who is experienced, he is going to hold your hand and write a contract that if you follow me then I’ll take you back home, back to Godhead.

How to remain Krishna Conscious

How to remain Krishna Conscious

How to stay in Krishna Consciousness while preaching to non-devotees. To stay in Krishna Consciousness while preaching to non-devotees, it is important that you carefully give them association and not get their association So, how to stay in Krishna Consciousness to...

Success in Brahmachari life

Success in Brahmachari life

There is no difficulty in Brahmachari life if you have staunch faith in the process, in Bhakti, in association of devotees, in serving Lord, serving Guru and serving Sadhus. Srila Prabhupada says that if you can do your laundry and he said that if you can control...

Our Foremost Problem

Our Foremost Problem

Yoga must be practiced with strong determination and without deviation. Two things are required in order to achieve success in Bhakti Yoga: ‘निश्चय’, strong determination and निर्वीन चेतस:, without deviation. ‘ Utsaahat nischyaaat dhairyaata tatatakarmapravartanaat...

Right Place For Chanting

Right Place For Chanting

No matter wherever you are, that place will influence you. Suppose you are in a brothel or a slaughter house, they are shooting cows and cutting cows, certainly the place will influence you, it is in mode of ignorance. And suppose you are in a very solitary place and...

Cause of Devotion to Krishna

Cause of Devotion to Krishna

Cause of Devotion to Krishna In all the scriptures, it is very empathetically stated that the cause of Bhakti is to contact a devotee of Lord Sri Krishna, one who has devotion to Krsna. So, somehow or another a living entity comes in contact with or in association...

How to Fix Up Mind

How to Fix Up Mind

How to Control the Controller of Body - Mind Before understanding how to fix up our mind, we should understand what the mind is. Our senses, when they contact the object of senses from that thoughts are produced. The eyes watch whatever is coming on the TV, even some...

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