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  • To Be Nice Is Not To Be Naive

    Ultimately, the difference between being nice and being naive boils down to adherence to dharma.

  • Like an Uprooted Tree

    A poem by Ananda Vrindavan Dasi. 

  • A Good Call

    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.

  • Book Review - Babhru Dasa, Divine Intoxication: The Life and Love of Srila Akincana Krishna Dasa Babaji Maharaja

    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.

  • How Words Shape Our World

    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.

  • 5 Things to do Everyday for Happiness

    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.

  • The Essence of Commitment Is Recommitment

    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.

  • Dancing With God

    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.  

  • “These Golden Days”

    “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.

  • Getting Beyond Envy

    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.

  • Complaining Is No One’s Birthright

    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?”

  • Why We Hide

    Although “we desperately seek and desire profound connections, we are terrified of being rejected and isolated”

  • How to Derive Maximum Pleasure from Our Senses

    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.

  • Meeting Our Emotions

    Sometimes, in the interests of spiritual development, practitioners avoid, suppress, or disconnect from their feelings viewing them as taboo.

  • Bonds of Brotherhood

    “Did some gypsies really save your life?” my driver, Prema-vilas dasa, asked me as the light turned green.

  • Connecting

    At a recent meditation retreat, I learned two very helpful concepts - “it’s about connection, not concentration” and “be a receiver, not an achiever”. 

  • Seven Caring Habits

    Establishing and maintaining heart-connecting relationships with devotees of Krishna is fundamental for our spiritual growth and self-realization.

  • In The Storm

    There are times in our lives when the cloudburst lets loose and we are thrown into intense situations. Emotions are fierce and there is no visibility, no answer, and no clear direction. 

  • Find Your Own Story

    The world is like a mega-theater where multiple stories are being enacted. Herein, we can enact a grand story, provided we understand ourselves.

  • Why Follow Caturmasya?

    “The real purpose behind the vow taken during these four months is to minimize the quantity of sense gratification. This is not very difficult.”-  Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya Lila 4.169, Purport 

  • Are We In Control Of Our Senses?

    The material energy binds us in this material world by our senses. The more we try hard to enjoy here our senses becomes wild and strong.  And instead of we being in control of our senses our uncontrolled senses take control of our lives.

  • Mind Your Mind Before Minding Anyone Else’s Mind

    When someone’s misbehavior irritates us, we may tell them off: “Why are you letting your mind take you for a ride?”

  • Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura – The Saviour of the Disciplic Succession

    It is the 19th century, the British have already colonized India and western influence has already started taking its shape in Bengal. The British along with Bhadralok (the members of social elite) have already belittled Hinduism and Gaudiya Vaishnavism was no exception. In this period of chaos a great personality - Kedarnath Dutta - took birth amongst the Bhadralok.

  • Six Easy Ways to Love

    Love is a small word with a big promise. In a spiritual practice like Krishna Bhakti, the intent is to awaken love - our original pure love between us and our source of life, Krishna, as well as our natural love for everything connected to Him. 

  • Poem: The Wisdom and Love of a Mother

    Priyavrata Das' mother was the mother of three devotees. She always supported their children on their paths. She passed away on June 19th, 2019.