How to Become Qualified to See God?
Many a times we come across people who challenge us by asking, If God exists then why can’t we see him? But there are so many things in this world which we can’t see but we believe in its existence.
The Creator’s Cruelty and the Saints’ Selflessness
This morning I watched the sunrise and marveled. What a blessing to see it and experience awe. It should be a daily tonic - to stand and soak it in, this moment of majestic movement. One could call it living yoga, feeling deeply connected to the source of light, and life, for this small world.
What Makes Us Resilient, or Weak?
The more we help others overcome worldly illusions by equipping them with spiritual insights and practices, the more we become spiritually absorbed ourselves and go beyond worldly illusions.
A Final Lesson
What makes some people resilient and some people weak? It’s primarily because of the way they look at things, especially when they go wrong.
Giriraj’s Radical Love
Every single day, without fail, he cooks three huge meals, goes out onto the streets, and personally feeds the mendicants. “This is the happiness of my life” he said, “there is nothing else of value.”
Winning the War Against Temptation
Krishna took on giant form and ate all the offerings – and called for more. Feeling a little anxious, the farmers brought whatever else they could. More, he called. More! And once we have given everything, and God asks for yet more, then what happens? Are we left broken and alone, with nothing?
Spiritual Reflections on ‘Joker’, A Movie about Fallible Soldiers
Those who relapse aren’t always witless or will-less, they are often weapon-less.
To Be Nice Is Not To Be Naive
Lacking atma-tattva, or spiritual knowledge, we forget that the "soldiers" who are supposed to protect us - the government, our family, and the society - are fallible, and we rely on them excessively.
Like an Uprooted Tree
Ultimately, the difference between being nice and being naive boils down to adherence to dharma.
A Good Call
A poem by Ananda Vrindavan Dasi.
Book Review - Babhru Dasa, Divine Intoxication: The Life and Love of Srila Akincana Krishna Dasa Babaji Maharaja
I want to help. Still, I know my limitations when it comes to rescuing people. So I tell them the only thing I know to be true.
How Words Shape Our World
A spiritual tradition is known by its luminaries. When one looks at a tradition in the abstract, much is missed, but if you look at the lives of people who live it on a daily basis, you see what the tradition is really all about.
5 Things to do Everyday for Happiness
The bullets fired from the most sophisticated weapon may harm a person physically but the harsh words said to others torn apart a person emotionally.
The Essence of Commitment Is Recommitment
The ancient teachings of the Vedas say there are 5 things humans can do everyday to be happy. We would say that these are directly connected to an effective spiritual practice.
Dancing With God
Why do we deviate? Because our mind is restless. We become committed when we learn to maintain focus in spite of our mind, not because our mind maintains focus.
“These Golden Days”
What a relief to know that the very same Lord living within our own heart is simultaneously moving in the hearts of all others, guiding, comforting and attracting us all to his eternal dance.
Getting Beyond Envy
“Forty-six festivals, one after another,” I thought. “And with Woodstock in the middle. No wonder I’m exhausted.” But there was no time to dwell on the tiredness of my body. Hundreds of excited people were already taking their seats on the benches in front of our stage.
Complaining Is No One’s Birthright
One of the greatest problems of materialistic society is the tendency to compare yourself with others. What is envy? It means to feel a slight pleasure when you see others suffering.
Why We Hide
Some people are chronic complainers who justify their negativity, irritability and disagreeability self-righteously, “Can’t you see how many things have gone wrong in my life? What else do you expect from me?”
How to Derive Maximum Pleasure from Our Senses
Although “we desperately seek and desire profound connections, we are terrified of being rejected and isolated”
Meeting Our Emotions
Our senses, which are mostly uncontrolled, are compared to deadly serpents. Just as a bite of a snake kills a person similarly the wild senses many a times drive a person crazy to the extent that the person destroys himself.
Bonds of Brotherhood
Sometimes, in the interests of spiritual development, practitioners avoid, suppress, or disconnect from their feelings viewing them as taboo.
“Did some gypsies really save your life?” my driver, Prema-vilas dasa, asked me as the light turned green.
Seven Caring Habits
At a recent meditation retreat, I learned two very helpful concepts - “it’s about connection, not concentration” and “be a receiver, not an achiever”.
Establishing and maintaining heart-connecting relationships with devotees of Krishna is fundamental for our spiritual growth and self-realization.