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Origin of Love

January 7, 2013
Origin of Love

People are very attracted to achieve spiritual knowledge but the purpose of knowledge culminates in love. We are all looking for spiritual satisfaction but unless our service to the Lord is unconditional and uninterrupted it will not bring real satisfa…

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The Art of Tolerance

January 4, 2013
The Art of Tolerance

One of the themes in the Bhagavad-gita is how to be tolerant, and in verse 2.70 the key to success is given by Krishna Himself. “A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires, that enter like rivers into the ocean which is ever being filled but is always still, can alone achieve peace and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.” Bhagavad-gita is describing a person who is in an elevated state. The ocean, because of its vast depth, is not disturbed by the changes that may take place surrounding it. Everyone is looking for peace and satisfaction. If we do not find satisfaction within ourselves then we are very affected by the circumstances surrounding us. The key to real peace is within not without.  People’s hearts are lonely and unfulfilled. This poverty of the heart translates into physical, emotional and social poverty within the world. Inner peace is the substance of satisfaction because satisfaction is of the heart, not the mind or the senses. They are always changing according to the circumstances we are in. Satisfaction comes from fulfillment which comes when the principles in our life are in harmony with the needs of the soul. Those principles are to live with integrity, good character, morality and ethics.  What is the nature of the soul? To love, to have the equal vision of compassion, to express our love, values and devotion to God and all living beings. In that life there is happiness …

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Spiritual Life is Like Being a Gardener

December 30, 2012
Spiritual Life is Like Being a Gardener

Spiritual life, Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has explained, is like taking the occupation of a gardener. You have a field, you plant the seeds, you protect the seeds, you water the seeds, and naturally the flowers will grow. The gardener cannot force…

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Spiritual Lessons From Salt

December 29, 2012

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Listen to the audio clip above wherein Radhanath Swami speaks about the spiritual lessons that could be learnt from salt. Radhanath Swami says, “A quality of salt is that it does so much for a particular food preparation, but always…

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On Controlling the Mind

December 28, 2012
On Controlling the Mind

In the Vedic civilization one is trained early on in life to train the mind, as the mind by nature is very flickering and easily disturbed. The mind wants to wander according to the dictations of the senses as that is the nature of a conditioned soul. So how to curb that propensity and direct the mind in such a way that it will elevate us rather than degrade us? The mind must be controlled with the intelligence as the intelligence has the important function of giving the mind proper information to make the right choices.  Because what life really is, from the time of birth to the time of death, is a series of momentary choices. And according to the choices we make we will either be elevated or degraded. Every choice we make will either karmically bind us or  bring us closer to God. So this is what training the mind is all about. The function of the mind is contemplation and  what we contemplate is going to determine the direction of our entire life. Therefore, if we have the proper intelligence we will be able to keep bringing our mind back to the right contemplation and the right activity. Controlling the mind is one of the most difficult things a person has to do, but on the path of Bhakti one is able to do this by keeping one’s mind always fixed on a higher taste. Even though we may not experience this higher taste in the …

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The Greatest Need in the World

December 27, 2012
The Greatest Need in the World

The Bhagavad-gita teaches, whatever your way of life may be, whether it is a businessman or a lawyer or a doctor, or house-wife or a student, it is not that you necessarily must give up your responsibilities in this world, because there is a need for all these various professions for human society to function. But the greatest need is that the people who are engaging in these activities are doing it with an understanding of truth; because truth awakens love, compassion, mercy and selfless service to all others. That is the greatest need in this world. There is not enough love, compassion or truth in this world. If that was then everything else would be provided. All shortages are due to greed and envy. That is correct if you examine the situation of our planet today. So therefore to perform your duty in the state of divine consciousness – the consciousness of love which is within you. That is a great gift that is available in your life.  We are not concerned with converting a person from one religion to another, we are simply concerned with enlightening persons to truly take advantage of the opportunity at hand to realize the universal principle of truth and love that is within their own heart. – Radhanath Swami        

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Rescue the Consciousness

December 23, 2012
Rescue the Consciousness

The cause of problems is when the consciousness is degraded, as then everything becomes degraded. Because the situation of the world is a reflection of the state of the consciousness of humanity, when our hearts are polluted we pollute everything aroun…

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From Ritual to Spiritual

December 21, 2012
From Ritual to Spiritual

A ritual is a formula which is meant to dovetail our consciousness to the supreme consciousness of God. The whole purpose of a spiritual ritual is transformation of the heart – from selfish passions to a spirit of selfless service to others, from arrogance to humility and from envy to having the power to appreciate others. If this transformation doesn’t take place in our heart, to create good character, personal integrity and ultimately love for God, then these rituals are all a waste of time. The value of a ritual is to the extent we please God. Its not the ritual but the content of what our consciousness puts into that ritual. The real essence of all spiritual practices is to purify our heart and awaken the innate love of God. If our rituals are performed with that aim in mind, that ritual, like a vehicle, will help to transport our consciousness to the supreme destination. There is the analogy of a package. If you give a gift which has beautiful decorations outside but a horrible gift inside, the one who receives it will not be happy. The content of the package is all important. So our motivation for doing the ritual is all important, otherwise its just a ritual. So if we have the proper motivation to perform the ritual then it will have a tremendous substance. What is that substance? We access the empowerment and the mercy of the Lord. Thus by giving our heart to the Lord …

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The Purpose of Life

December 20, 2012
The Purpose of Life

The fundamental need of every living being is to love and to be loved. Without that nothng really can satisfy the heart. Objects can satisfy the senses of the body. Various emotional gratifications can satisfy the mind. But the heart is yearning, longing to love and to be loved. In the Brahma Sutra it says “Anandamayo’bhyasat”, which means that the inherit nature of every living being is that we are seeking pleasure. It is something we all have in common. Even the little ant that is crawling on the floor is seeking pleasure in a particle of sugar. The procreation of all living beings is based on that longing for pleasure. But only love can give pleasure to the heart. And we can see, for example, in a child – if a child is given a beautiful home, wonderful toys and games, but that child does not feel loved, the child will feel insecure, unstable and unsatisfied. It is our nature. whether we are black or white, red or yellow in color. Whether we are American or Russian, Indian or Pakistani, Palestinian or Israeli. Whether we are young or old, rich or poor. Whatever our particular designation may be in this world our inherit need is to express and feel love for someone else and to be loved by someone else. Why is it that we all have that in common? According to the Srimad Bhagavatam it is because it is the inherit nature of the soul.The soul is part …

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On the Holy Place of Sri Mayapur

December 18, 2012
On the Holy Place of Sri Mayapur

Radhanath Swami along with a group of 5000, primarily from the congregation of the Radha Gopinath Temple in Mumbai, recently gathered in the holy place of Mayapur, West Bengal, India from November 13th – 24th for a pilgrimage. In the inaugural address Radhanath Swami spoke of the importance of Mayapur and why, of all places in the world, it is the International Headquarters of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness. “It is a mystery for many people – why of everywhere in this world did Srila Prabhupada decided to make Mayapur the international headquarters of ISKCON. We have a presence on all the continents and thus he could have chosen a place in America or Europe. From a rationalistic perspective it doesn’t make sense at all, particularly when Srila Prabhupada taught his disciples, “Utility is the principle.” “We had a magnificent building on the island of Manhattan in NYC. We had beautiful church in LA, a wonderful large building in Chicago, and another in London, one of the most important influential cities on the planet. We had a center not only downtown near the British Museum, but we had a beautiful mansion with an estate – a wonderful property gifted by George Harrison. We had a large church in Montreal, Canada, and a wonderful temple in Paris; all these are prime locations globally. Then why did Prabhupada choose to make his international headquarters a place where there was no electricity, no plumbing, no telephones, and to get there it took hours …

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Radhanath Swami’s Kirtan in London
Radhanath Swami’s Kirtan in London


Hare Krishna Mahamantra sung by HH Radhanath Swami during his visit to London.