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Radhanath Swami is a Vaishnava sanyassi (a monk in a Krishna-bhakti lineage) and teacher of the devotional path of Bhakti-yoga. He is author of The Journey Home, a memoir of his search for spiritual truth. His teachings draw from the sacred texts of India such as The Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Ramayana, and aim to reveal the practical application of the sacred traditions, while focusing on the shared essence which unites apparently disparate religious or spiritual paths. Born Rich ...
 
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Maya means energy. Maya means the energy of God. And Maya is categorized, sometimes in two ways: categorized as Maha-Maya, and Yoga-Maya. It's the same energy. This whole material world is God's energy. All the manifestations within this energy are under the influence of time, therefore, they're temporary. And they're under the influence of the thr…
 
There are limitless reasons we can justify not chanting Hare Krishna, going off on our own, trying to find something easier to do, complaining because the situation just isn't what we want it to be. But if we want to actually make real spiritual advancement, if we want to really show gratitude, ‘How could I best assist my guru, my gurus in assistin…
 
Srila Prabhupada performed so many austerities for us. And all of his followers have performed so many austerities to assist him. And for the next generation, what pleases all the representatives of Srila Prabhupada is to perform austerities. The austerity of our sadhana, the austerity of our cooperation, the austerity of following these regulative…
 
Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami explains that there are three very powerful substances that awaken love of God within the heart. He calls them Mahabala, great power - The dust of the feet of a devotee, the water that has washed the feet of a devotee and the crumbs of foodstuff that is left on the plates of a devotee, maha-prasad remnants. He said, "We m…
 
Why people are killing themselves. And it's once they become addicted, it's so very, very hard to give it up. It's unnatural. I don't think there has ever been a person alive, who light the first cigarette that they smoked. It's horrible. Due to social pressure, they try, they start coughing, it tastes miserable, the body is having violent reaction…
 
Krishna brought that cowherd boy to his own house and shared prasad with him. The perfection of His love, is he feels pain of separation, to see any one of his children suffering in forgetfulness of him. However small and insignificant we may think we are, Krishna is feeling separation from us. But he will not interfere with our freewill because lo…
 
To attract our hearts to his love, to his past times, to reestablish the true principles of religion, love and devotion to the supreme and compassion to all living beings, that is religion, that is the constitutional nature of the soul. When love of God is directed toward others in this world, it manifests as compassion; to annihilate a religion an…
 
prāpañcikatayā buddhyā hari-sambandhi-vastunaḥmumukṣubhiḥ parityāgo vairāgyaṁ phalgu kathyateRupa Goswami in Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu says ‘what is real renunciation?’ It is to utilize everything for the service of the Lord without false ego, without selfishness. And if something that appears to be material, that could be utilized in the service of …
 
I began to reflect, ‘This is the power of habit. Good people, caring people are indulging in activities that's causing bloodshed, murder, killing, pain to innocent life loving animals who are people also. Why? Because of habit. Years later, when I came back to America, I was explaining to people, my relatives, my friends, “don't you see the connect…
 
And a saintly person will pity such an ignorant although the world is bowing at their feet as being great, yes? So, what I'm saying is, that we need food to have strength, and that strength will give us the proper perception. And what is the food we need? Offering prayers, chanting God's names, hearing the truth, associating with saintly persons, d…
 
Today, Diwali is the actual day when this lila, Damodar bandhan took place. Actually, after Krishna was untied and was reunited with mother Yashoda more intimately than ever, the Gopis from that day on, they would love to call Krishna, Damodar, one who is bound by the waist by the rope of your mother’s love. Satyavrat Muni in Damodar-Ashtakam, offe…
 
He was seeing these two devas, they were so arrogant, they were so disrespectful. They were destroying their own possibilities. Narada Muni felt especially compassionate toward them. And he told them, “Because you are so much infatuated by all your powers and wealth, and beauty, and you think yourself better than everyone.” The quality of the great…
 
When Krishna sees that for his pleasure, we are not being discouraged by success or failure, honor or dishonor, pleasure or pain, happiness or distress, health or disease, victory or defeat. Devotional service is ahaituky apratihatā; it is unconditional by these things. As long as there is selfishness or arrogance in what we do, then we become very…
 
According to the Upanishads, the Absolute Truth can never be caught by anyone. Either the incredible discrimination and knowledge developed by Jnanis, or the incredible sense control, mind control or the Mystic Siddhis of Yogis, who could catch the Absolute Truth? But Yashoda Mayi she was running after him, and as she was running, flowers malati fl…
 
There was milk, that Padmagandha lotus milk that I was talking about. There was a little pot, and she was preparing something for Krishna with that. It began to boil over. According to some of our acharyas, it is explained the reason it boiled over is because the milk is conscious. Everything in the spiritual world is fully conscious. And the milk …
 
In Vrindavan, Yoga Maya makes everyone dance according to Krishna's will. Everyone is simply an instrument to increase the sweetness of the love between Radha and Krishna. Chandravali prayed that “if you leave us Radharani no one will survive in Vrindavan and Krishna will never come back. Please do not die.”…
 
In all of the wonderful incarnations of the supreme Lord, the principal incarnations, we find that Balaram is present as Narayana. Balaram appears as Sankarsana, Sesanaga, he becomes the Lord’s bed. Laxmi is massaging His feet and Balaram is His bed, His resting place. In the avatar of Sri Ramachandra, Balaramji appears as His younger brother, Laxm…
 
Does she need our hadful of water? We are taking from her, and its insignificant. But when we offer it to her with love, Ganga Devi, the preciding deity of the river, she considers that handful of water more valuable than all the water she has, because it’s a reciprocation of Love.Radhanath Swami
 
And at this particular time, I'm personally meditating on how His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaj was very much following in the footsteps of Ishwara Puri. Bhakti Charu Maharaj, he was born and raised in an aristocratic family in Kolkata, was very highly educated, eloquent in every way. But the perfection of his life, he has always considered w…
 
Sometimes Bhakti Charu Maharaj, on a personal level would share with me that we were soul brothers. In a way because at exactly the time, same time in 1970, I was leaving the West travelling overland to India to look for spiritual life. And Bhakti Charu Maharaj was traveling west for the same purpose. And of course, I don't remember or recall that …
 
Lord Chaitanya, pretending he didn't know who the king was, he embraced him, again and again. He wept tears on the king, and he cried out, “You are the most munificent, you are the most munificent.” And then, he revealed, he revealed his divine opulence to King Pratap Rudra, he revealed his true identity as Krishna. He awakened in full King Pratap …
 
When Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was feeling the ecstasy of separation from Jagannath, he could come here every year and here the deity of Lord four-armed, Narayan, Lord Chaitanya came in the mood of Srimati Radharani, Lord Chaitanya would see Krishna himself, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in his supreme ecstasies of separation, he would lay on the s…
 
I was left with nothing. And I was thinking, “Ok, what am I supposed to learn from this?” And I got a wonderful lesson, as the Bible says, seek and you shall find. I was thinking that compared to the incredible wealth that I gained, sitting on that rock, learning from Mother Ganga every day, all the wealth and power and prestige of this world is li…
 
I also saw a Mother Ganga because it was a very, very rapid place, and the waves were going very fast, and it was so beautiful. I was thinking, just seeing her current is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life. It's a work of art. But at every moment, it's changing. It's never the same. It's always different water, it's always a differe…
 
My first day, I sat in meditation and prayer for several hours. And then a holy man wearing robes with long gray beard and hair, came out of the forest and was walking in my direction. His robes were flapping in the breeze for Mother Ganga. He walked right up to me. I stood up to greet him, his first words, he said, “You do not know who I am. But I…
 
Now, for those of you who know, the social dynamics of the jungle, there is a historical hatred between Tiger and Deer. It's worse than anything you could imagine. You know, we think we have problems with Palestinians and Israelis and there's so many problems between people and religions, problems between people with races, even in our own families…
 
It’s ekadasi so… it’s pandava nirjal ekadasi. Previously it was the standard that people would, practically all devotees would not eat or drink anything on ekadasi. That was the standard. No eating, no drinking. Even many would not sleep. No eating, sleeping, drinking, they would just chant all night long. They would chant and read all day and chan…
 
This chanting is like the filtering of water. When you filter dirty water, it simply brings it back to its original natural state. This chanting, cleanses our minds, cleanses our hearts, and restores its original, sacred, blissful condition. Ananda, we are naturally happy people. It's totally unnatural, foreign and artificial for the soul to be an …
 
The things that disturb us so much, we don't even remember in a day or two, to keep our mind focused, what is real love? What is our real potential to love? How we can connect to that love and share that love, whether on politics, or business, or industry, or engineering, whether we're artists, or an agriculture or teachers, or monks, the important…
 
If we have unity, we can create unity. If our mind is in conflict, if our mind is not balanced with our body, and with the needs of the soul, then there is a fundamental disunity in our life. And when there are so many dysfunctional people, they may be simple people in the streets, they may be big, big politicians, big, big industrialists, but if t…
 
That the process of Krishna consciousness begins when we associate with sincere devotees of the Lord, when we hear them speak. An ordinary person who speaks Krishna katha, cannot have any potency in his words to awaken your dormant love for Krishna. Nor can impersonal philosophers. Only a genuine vaishnava, who was humbly endeavouring to be the ser…
 
This experience made me contemplate how it's so easy for us to focus on our differences. But what this leper woman taught me is if we look deeper into our own selves, into the world and into others, we will find that beyond the differences in nationality and religion, in gender, in appearance, in race, in health or disease, there's something essent…
 
In the world we live in today's, people have been so distracted from a meaningful, purposeful or happy life. Because there's so much propaganda that success comes from the quantity of what you have, your money, your power, your fame, your knowledge in regard to intellectualization and in the pursuit of quantity people forget that there cannot be ha…
 
Life is like a rainbow, a multi-colored, multi-splendared thing in which the joy of sunshine and the tears of rainfall are reflected equally. When we see the whole picture of the sky with the rainbow, we can appreciate it. Similarly, the real joy of life is not simply when everything goes our way because things will, no matter what we do no matter …
 
As I was sitting on the bank, I thought that this river has been flowing throughout our history. She was flowing here when Alexander the great came to India, through the centuries of the Mogul empire, through the British empire, through all the changes of after Indian’s independence, everything's changing around but she just keeps flowing to the se…
 
They worshipped the deities in the way they worshipped the devotees. There was not a differentiation. In India sometimes people who are senior or people who are Pujaris, develop a certain type of pride that they have a special service and certainly, Pankajanghri Prabhu and Jananivas Prabhus had the most special service of the senior most pujaris: p…
 
When I arrived in Mayapur, every evening, I was staying in the Lotus building Jananivas Prabhu would come and bring me Maha Prasad cookies and milk and we would sit and talk for about an hour, about Srila Prabhupad, about Mayapur Dham, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu pastimes with his devotees, it was just wonderful. And this was a highlight of the whole …
 
Sometimes when people ask me, “what does it mean to be humble? because there's so much arrogance in the world today.” One explanation of humility is just to be honest. ‘I am completely dependent on so many gifts that are coming from God and from so many gifts that are coming from God through so many people and so many wonderful gifts of nature and …
 
There are so many problems both in the way humans are living with such enmity toward each other, such enmity toward other living beings, slaughter houses, cruelty has. It's considered normal in Kaliyuga. It is due to pollution within the in ecology of human hearts. When through yoga, through the practice of our spiritual path, we clean the ecology …
 
I've been in this little body of mine for 64 years; I've never seen any of these things give any sustainable happiness to anyone. And according to the scriptures that is a correct analysis. What are we looking for? We're so distracted, bombarded by these weapons of mass distraction constantly. So many promises if you have this, you'll be happy; if …
 
Jamuna has descended from Goloka Vrndavana in to this world, especially to assist in the loving pastimes of Radha and Krishna and specially to bestow pure love of Krishna upon everyone. When we approach Jamuna devi, we should first before touching her waters, we should sincerely bow down our heads to the ground and then we should sprinkle three dro…
 
In fact, anything great, is difficult, cheap things come easily. If you want a cheap relationship, then everything will be easy. But when it becomes difficult, then the relationship is broken. But if we really want our relationship to have deep substance, deep meaning and deep fulfillment, difficulties have to be endured. And how do we do that? Fro…
 
You are feeding the poor. By watering the root of the tree, everyone is nourished. So, everyone's very quick to criticize as soon as you do something for Krishna. But if you do something for your own sense gratification, everyone just accepts that this is normal life, this is expected, this is how you should live. So, Polimara Swami, he is a very s…
 
When he is pleased with us, he can endow us with the powers. But if we become proud, if we think it is my power, if we start to try to enjoy the glory which comes, through whatever Krishna has given us, then Krishna who is independent may anytime by his mercy withdraw it and even if we are a greatest tapasvi, he can make it so that we cannot even c…
 
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