Bhakti Goals

21 Oct , 2014  

Reaching-Goals

The following is a list of daily, weekly, monthly and annual practices that constitute a progressive life of bhakti. These guidelines are designed to be sustainable and manageable for those embarking on their spiritual journey. We have advised, for instance, that a minimum of four rounds of the maha-mantra is a solid commitment that will […]

Ambassador of Goodwill

21 Oct , 2014  

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The world faces a long list of pressing problems: the time bomb of environmental issues, territorial conflicts, struggling economies, natural disasters, rising crime and widespread poverty. On an individual level, stress, depression and suicide rates are also rising. It’s a bleak picture. For devotees of Krishna, turning a blind eye to the pain of others […]

Setup an Altar

17 Sep , 2014  

Setup an Altar

Setting up an altar at home means receiving the Lord and His pure devotees as your most honored guests. In the Padma Purana Lord Krishna says, “I am not in Vaikuntha [the spiritual world], nor in the hearts of the yogis. I stay where my devotees glorify my activities.” This means we all have the opportunity […]

Bhakti Glossary

25 Aug , 2014  

And we are building this as we go to help you familiarize yourselves with some Bhakti words and Bhakti people!   Pandavas In the Mahabharata, a Hindu epic text, the Pandava (also Pandawa) are the five acknowledged sons of Pandu, by his two wives Kunti andMadri. Their names are Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva. All five brothers were married to the same woman, Draupadi. (Each brother also had multiple other […]

Sakhi Sanga

5 Jul , 2014  

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Bhakti is about developing a relationship with Krsna and His devotees. A very important component of that is the deepening of relationships between those practicing bhakti together. As Rupa Goswami has mentioned in the Nectar of Instruction   “Offering gifts in charity, accepting charitable gifts, revealing one’s mind in confidence, inquiring confidentially, accepting prasāda and […]

God is My Anchor

18 May , 2014  

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  Gajendra’s story from the 8th canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam about how he feels the presence of Krishna in the most difficult and dangerous moment of his life is something for us find hope and inspiration from. How he anchors himself in that relationship and gains immunity from the pain felt while still being […]

False Shelters are Obstacles in our Bhakti Journey

18 May , 2014  

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  From the Prayers by Queen Kunti in Srimad Bhagavatam we find the following verse 1.8.26: janmaiśvarya-śruta-śrībhir  edhamāna-madaḥ pumān naivārhaty abhidhātuṁ vai  tvām akiñcana-gocaram Translation:  My Lord, Your Lordship can easily be approached, but only by those who are materially exhausted. One who is on the path of [material] progress, trying to improve himself with […]

Who is Krsna?

18 May , 2014  

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When we say “Krishna,” we’re talking about God. Many people—especially outside of India have never heard of Krishna before. They may think Krishna is a “different God” from the one they worship. But there is only one Supreme Person, and Krishna is one of His names. The name Krishna literally means “all-attractive.” So, not only is […]

What is the Bhagavad Gita?

14 May , 2014  

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The Bhagavad-gita (“Song of God”) is a conversation between the military commander Arjuna and his friend and charioteer Krishna, before the onset of the historic Battle of Kurukshetra. Topics they discuss include the immortality of the self, the ultimate goal of life, the perfection ofyoga, and the original relationship between the self and the Supreme Self. The Gita appears as […]

Intermediate Bhakti Practice

12 May , 2014  

Congratulations on following the beginner level so well. Your hunger for further growth is propelling you further. Find below a more committed Daily Bhakti Program for your further progress Chant 8 to 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra deeply with proper attention to hearing the Mantra Eat a Diet of Karma Free Food Read […]