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 […]

Habits: Form Good Ones and Break The Bad Ones

18 May , 2014  

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Habits are our patterns of thinking,ways of doing this,our fears and beliefs. Our habits define us. Our habits can make or break us! The aspiration to grow is there within all of us. However just the aspiration and the hardwork alone is not enough as our habits need some tweaking. Learn the art and science of […]

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 […]

Take Care of Yourself

18 May , 2014  

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  Uncared health issues of the body, mind and soul can hold you back from growing to your full spiritual glory. Add to that the many demands that are there on the women of today that can create stress. Learning how to take care of ourselves can transform us from our ailing condition to a […]

Experience Happiness by Detachment

18 May , 2014  

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In  Srimad Bhagavatam 11.9 ” Detachment From All that is Material” the Avadhuta Brahmin speaks at length about how one can detach oneself from all that is material so that one can endeavor towards the highest perfection of life. He begins with what he learns from the hawk. SB 11.9.1: The saintly brahmana said: Everyone considers certain […]

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 […]

Lessons from the Python

18 May , 2014  

In the 11th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam the Avadhuta Brahmana was asked by Maharaj Yadu to explain the reason for his great internal happiness and ecstasy. He responds by saying that he has taken shelter of the 24 gurus. One of those Gurus is the python and the Avadhuta Brahmana shares different lessons that a […]