1. Memorial For HG Shyam Vallabha Das

    On February 27 Shyam Vallabha Das (Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi), a disciple of Radhanath Swami and a highly respected and sought after Ayurvedic doctor, passed away at the Govardhan Eco Village outside of Mumbai. Dr. Sham Vallabha was loved and trusted not only amongst the devotee community in Mumbai, where he was from, but by so many others around the world who benefited from his service. 

On March 12th, 2018 a memorial ceremony was held at the Radha Gopinath Temple in Mumbai. In the video above Radhanath Swami shares his appreciation...
  2. Wearing the Talisman of Humility & Tolerance

    Just as we protect ourselves from unseasonal rains and earthquakes by building good, strong shelters, similarly we need to systematically cultivate the divine qualities that give us protection during the storms of strife and doubts. We build a safe haven before the storm; we cultivate humility and tolerance to face the negative stimulants. Srila Prabhupada often said, “One’s greatness is estimated by one’s ability to tolerate provoking situations.” In an age when relationships are strained over minor misunderstandings and we dispute over trifles, how can we cultivate tolerance? While in...
  3. On Desire

    The whole reason why there is suffering in this world is selfishness. We are so much concerned with ‘me’ or ‘mine.’ It is the anchor that keeps us in this world birth after birth. Even if we are chanting the holy name and reading the Bhagavatam we may still have materialistic desires. Why? Does the process work? Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaja was asked the same question. He told the story of the marriage party. A newly married couple had to take an overnight boat ride and it was already dark. The...
  4. Understanding Meditation

    There are different forms of meditation in every religious tradition and practically in every denomination of each religious tradition. In order for any of them to be effective, what is most important is our sincerity and the willingness to really absorb ourselves in that particular process. Some meditate on a silent mantra, some on a particular form, some on a particular prayer, some on a virtue, some on the breath, some on the different sensations of the body and some on the name of God, which is considered very divine and holy. All these meditations...
  5. The Use & Misuse of Religion

    Question: Religion is the source of so much strife in our world, perhaps because of the fact that it is misused. I would like to get your perspective on that. Radhanath Swami: My guru Srila Prabhupada said, “Philosophy without good character is practically useless.” The whole purpose of religion is to help us in transcending the arrogant ego. The ego creates such a void in the heart. If we have a full heart we don’t crave to feel superior to anybody. One who really considers oneself the servant of everyone...
  6. Radhanath Swami Speaks at Techfest, Mumbai

    On December 31st, 2017 Radhanath Swami spoke on ‘A scientific Case Study of Spiritual and Religious Faith’ at Techfest, the annual science and technology festival hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. Techfest is Asia’s largest tech festival with an attendance of approximately 160,000. Over 3000 colleges from around the world participate. Radhanath Swami emphasized the need of spirituality to engineer our inner selves. “When people neglect this inner cultivation, there is every danger of destructive use of science and technology.” “He left the packed audience completely inspired...
  7. Radhanath Swami Keynote Speaker at Hindu & Ecology Conference, Govardhan Ecovillage, India

    Govardhan Ecovillage hosted a 4-day conference, Hinduism and Ecology: Towards a Sustainable Future, from 11th to 14th of December 2017. The conference was jointly organized by Yale University, Govardhan Eco Village, Bhaktivedanta Vidyapith, and Maharashtra Tourism, and brought together leading faculty from prominent American universities and Hindu leaders from around the world, who extensively explored Vedic solutions to the ecological crisis. Over thirty academic scholars participated, including Harry Blair, John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker from Yale University, David Haberman from Indiana University, Srivatsa Goswami, leading academic scholar from Radha...
  8. Radhanath Swami Speaks at Governor’s Bungalow, Pondicherry

    Radhanath Swami was invited by the Honorable Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry Mrs. Kiran Bedi to speak at her official residence Raj Nivas on 23rd December 2017. He spoke from his book The Journey Home, and the talk culminated with the launch of his second book The Journey Within. Radhanath Swami’s talk was part of Raj Nivas Lecture Series, an initiative by the Governor “to engage citizens of Pondicherry on thought leadership through a series of interactive sessions by eminent speakers from the fields of history, art, leadership, literature, management, science,...
  9. Radhanath Swami’s Pilgrimage to Mayapur 2017

    Over 6000 devotees from 34 countries joined Radhanath Swami on a pilgrimage to Mayapur, birthplace of the mystic avatar Sri Chaitanya, from 19th to 27th October. Everyday thousands of pilgrims would rise early to take a delicious breakfast, and then divide into eight groups to visit various holy places. The parties traveled, some by boat through the Ganges, some by foot to close by places, and others by buses. It was beautiful seeing thousands of people singing together on fleets of simple traditional Indian boats, eager to see, eager to...
  10. Radhanath Swami Speaks on Gita Jayanti, at the Bhakti Center, New York City

      On November 29, 2017, Radhanath Swami spoke at Bhakti Center, New York City, about the wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita on the day of Gita Jayanti. Below are exerts from his talk. Today is Gita Jayanti, the day the Bhagavad-gita was spoken which is about 700 verses within a great literature called the Mahabharata which is approximately 100,000 verses. Bhagavad-gita is the very essence of the Mahabharata and is in fact the very essence of all the great Vedic literatures. It is spoken in such a way that it is...