Pain maybe inevitable, but suffering is optional

Earlier this year, one of our very dear God-brothers who visited this temple, His Holiness Sridhar Swami Maharaja, departed from this world. He had a very difficult disease and physically he suffered for many years. But, do you know what his name was, amongst those you knew him? ‘The Jolly …

When hell became heaven for me

I was telling the story sometime back, when I was in a train in India. It was very crowded and it was a third class train. This was in the 1970. The capacity said something like 60 people and there were probably 300 people in that train. It was during …

Association is Contagious

Srila Prabhupada had a great positive attitude due to faith in Krishna and his desire to show compassion to others. We have an example of a person who was an instrument of Srila Prabhupada’s enthusiastic positive attitude. His name is Shyamsundar Prabhu. Please listen to this story. He was a …

Knowledge can transform the way we live

This is a story that illuminated my heart with an understanding of how much knowledge can transform the way we live. At one time I was living in Nepal. I was in a place called Bodhanath. It was a forest with many fields around, and I was sitting, meditating under …

Three basic views of this world

There are three basic views of the world we live. One is the very materialistic view wherein people see the world as the only real reality. Other is a Mayavad view, that the world is an illusion. And the third is the Vaishnav view that the world is the sacred …

Hungry Heart of a Child

  Not long ago I was in Chicago. The son of a person I know took me into his beautiful home. He had a basement and he must have had about twenty thousand dollars’ worth of toys and all sorts of computerised games for his son. Probably as big as …

The Calendar is warning us

Calendar warns us of death, because time passes imperceptibly. It’s very difficult to see day by day how time is affecting our lives. After years we see changes; we see we are growing or we are wrinkling, ageing. Gradually, in a very invisible way time consumes us and symptoms come, …