The Yoga of Love

And we awaken to experience that love; we experience Krishna; we experience the whole creation as Krishna’s world; and we experience every living being as Krishna’s beloved. This the Gita tells as the perfection of yoga, the yoga of love within all of us.” – Radhanath Swami Sri Radha is …

The importance of being thoughtful

One time, a simple elderly man came into a shop. And the merchant was selling him some grains and the merchant asked the man, “Why is your head shaven? You come here every day. You never shave your head. Why are you wearing dark clothes today?” And the old man, …

Our ‘reality’ is based on our conditioning

“Reality is according to our conditioning, according to our egoistic development in life.” – Radhanath Swami Just like I know one person and a relative; they love frogs. And my elder brother loves snakes. He has pet snakes in his house. Hare Krishna! He used to let them just crawl …

Is our perception of reality influenced by propaganda?

Prabhupada gives an example of a young man and he had a whole group of friends around him; and they wanted to disturb his mind. So, they all met without him and said, “Let us really make him in anxiety and let us all have a conspiracy. Whenever we meet him we say, ‘Ah! You have become a ghost!’” .So, they all agreed.

What conquers the Lord?

Haridas Thakur, when he was approached, he was actually arrested and brought before the king. The king has whole militaries. And the Kazi was there. They asked Haridas, “We will give you two choices. Just stop this chanting of Krishna’s names, or at least stop telling others about it. And …

Material and spiritual attachments

“When we love those who love the Lord, the Lord reveals his love to us. Krishna sends his loving devotees to this world, so that we can transfer our attachment.”- Radhanath Swami Shivananda Sen, he was taking all the 200-300 devotees from Bengal to Puri. They were walking so many …

Result of attachment to devotees

“In Vrindavan, there were great illustrations of the power of being attached to Krishna’s devotees.”- Radhanath Swami One example was Aghasura. He was the younger brother of Putna and Bakasura, who were both killed by Krishna. So he was very vengeful. He had to get revenge. He had so much …

What will please Krishna

“Even accepting anxiety to please Krishna is a higher platform than just trying to find peace for yourself.”- Radhanath Swami Here in Vrindavan, we were discussing yesterday, what a struggle it was for a handful of western people to build this temple. The early seventies, India was not near as …

Perfection of detachment

“The nature of the soul is to be detached from all selfish, egoistic material desires. On the path of Bhakti, the perfection of detachment is complete attachment.”- Radhanath Swami. Simple detachment from the selfish urges of the mind and senses can bring shanti, or peace. But the soul is thirsting …