The Different Levels of Perception

According to the Vedic system there are five ways of acquiring knowledge. The first is ‘pratyaksha’ which means through direct perception of the mind and senses. But that is very faulty! Another is ‘paroksha,’ which means indirect knowledge, receiving and understanding from higher authorities who know more than us. The …

Fear and the way out

“This world is a place of fear. The most prominent expenditures within society today, all over the planet, are based on fear.” – Radhanath Swami. People put a lot of time, energy and money into building hospitals and buying medicines. It is all based on fear of disease, fear of …

Uprooting the weeds of bad habits

Addictions are very deep; they are like weeds. If you cut a weed it just grows right back. If you cut it again, it grows back again. The more you cut it, the more it grows. And if you don’t cut it, it will strangle the flower of your consciousness. …

Habits cover our logic and intelligence

Today people use their free-will to condition themselves to such dangerous habits. They are not only illegal, but even though they are so dangerous to the mind, body and soul, they are utterly socially acceptable. Let us take smoking cigarettes for instance. First of all, just a couple of years …

My first day in India

When I first came to India, I was about 19 years old. I am just now remembering my first day in this great country. In the evening I was walking down the street in old Delhi, chandani chowk area and one very polite gentleman approached me on the street and asked me, …

We always have the free-will, power to choose!

We are all spirit souls and part of God, according to Gita, and Krishna is svarat which means he is completely independent. As parts of the supreme Lord, we also have independence. People can take away your money, material nature can take away your health, time will take away your …

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 …