1. From Illusion to Reality

    The difference between material and spiritual life is our perception. How we see the reality around us. According to our conditionings, the species of life we are in, the various designations we have identified with, our desires and our ego, everything is being filtered and creates a perception. A simple analogy. If you wear rose colored glasses everything looks rosy. So we, the soul, are perceiving life through the ego, then the intelligence, then the mind and the five senses. So what is real? Spiritual life is not about interpreting...
  2. What is the Purpose of Temples?

    Question: What is the purpose of temples? Radhanath Swami: A temple is a place where people are in a selfless spirit of compassion and love, and are truly worshipping God and surrendering their hearts to him. A temple is a place that transforms your life, by illuminating you and bringing you to higher states of consciousness and higher states of living. Temples are not just places where you give donations, see the deities and say a prayer. It’s pious to go to a temple and give a donation and walk...
  3. The Nature of Difficulties

    Question: Even if we look in the right direction and do the right things, why some difficulties still come? Radhanath Swami: If you are in the ocean, even if you swim correctly, do you still get wet? Yes, because you are in water. So, the nature of this world is there will be difficulties. No matter what right or wrong we do there will be difficulties. If we are going in the wrong direction, the difficulties will be perpetuated, complicated and worsened for the future. If we’re going in the...
  4. Tuning Into Grace

    Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda descended into this world to teach us that the power of illusion is inconceivable, but by the grace of the Lord we can overcome all obstacles. The three modes are impossible to cross over but one who takes shelter of Krishna can easily cross beyond it. How is that? When we take shelter of the Lord we attract the grace of the Lord. The path of Bhakti is to access that grace. By our desire to serve and please the Lord, our humility and devotion,...
  5. Govardhan Eco Village Receives UNWTO Award For Innovation

    On January 18th, 2017, Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) was granted the Global Award for Excellence in Innovation, representing the project Eco-tourism as a Catalyst for Rural Development, at the UNWTO Awards 2017 in Madrid, Spain. Gauranga Das, GEV Co-President, was in Madrid to receive the Award. The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. The organization is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable...
  6. Los Angeles Times Interviews Radhanath Swami on How to Cultivate Compassion in the Workplace

    On December 14th The Los Angeles Times published a short interview with Radhanath Swami conducted by Kavita Daswani. The Article was entitled “How to Cultivate Compassion in the Workplace”. The contents of that interview are below. The original articla can be viewed at lattimes.com. The irony is not lost on Radhanath Swami that he speaks to international financiers but hasn’t had a bank account in 40 years. “I last signed a check in 1969,” said the author and spiritual figure. “And here are these business people asking me to teach them. I...
  7. The New App Rise by Radhanath Swami

    Rise brings its users short bursts of wake-up wisdom from the comfort of their phones. It has simple, uncomplicated spiritual tools specific for everyone’s needs. If you’re stressed, search through the videos on stress. If you’re looking for advice on relationships, search through the videos on relationships. And if you’re looking to realize your inner self, the app may even have something for that too. It’s a practical, accessible approach to spirituality created for the modern world, which is why it all fits into everyone’s mobile. Rise was inspired by...
  8. Radhanath Swami Speaks on ‘Redefining Happiness’ in Salt Lake City

    On September 23rd, 2016 Radhanath Swami spoke to a packed house at the Nancy Tessman Auditorium in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah on the message “Redefining Happiness”. George Pratt, a well known local Attorney coordinated the event and gave the opening address. Caru Das, president of the Utah Krishna Temple gave the introduction. After an enchanting kirtan led by Jai Krishna & his band, Radhantha Swami signed copies of  “The Journey Within”. Visitors which included dignitaries from all walks of life, like Dr. Dinesh Patel, a venture capitalist; Mrs. Pamela Atkinson, advisor to the...
  9. Radhanath Swami Addresses Corporate Leaders at the Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai

    Artha Forum, a not-for-profit initiative that aims to bring the relevance of ancient wisdom to modern business, organised the event “Business With a Purpose” on 17th November 2016 at Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai. Over 400 corporate heads and entrepreneurs attended. Radhanath Swami was invited to be the keynote speaker. Others who spoke on the occasion were leaders from business and government administration: Ashishkumar Chauhan, the head of Bombay Stock Exchange, one of the leading stock exchanges in the world; Praveen Pardeshi, the principal secretary to the chief minister of Maharashtra...
  10. Installation Ceremony of Sri Caitanya Deity at Govardhan Eco Village

    On November 14th, 2016 Radhanath Swami visited Govardhan Eco Village outside of Mumbai, India, for the welcoming ceremony, (prana pratista) of the form of Sri Chaitanya, to the Eco Village’s temple. Govardhan Eco Village is a model farm community and retreat center, inspired by Radhanath Swami in the service of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s vision, highlighting the need to live in harmony with ourselves, nature and the sacred. Sri Chaitanya now accompanies Sri Sri Radha Vrindavanbihari on the main altar. The ceremony was held on the auspicious day of Kartik Purnima – the day Sri Chaitanya, the...