1. On Greed

      Wherever we see the greed for wealth, gold, power, prestige, name or fame – consequently we see a rise in hate, envy, fighting and war. Greed is a source of misery because it never gets satisfied. Its demand increases more and more, despite of our efforts to pacify it. It is compared to feeding a blazing fire, no matter how much amount of fuel you put in, the fuel gets consumed in seconds. It always ends in dissatisfaction. The harder you try to satisfy this enemy of greed, the...
  2. “The Journey Within” Wins the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal

    On April 7, 2017, during a gala dinner ceremony in Portland, Oregon, the Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA) announced that Radhanath Swami’s Book, The Journey Within: Exploring the Path of Bhakti: A Contemporary Guide to Yoga’s Ancient Wisdom, had won the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for the category “Body, Mind & Spirit”.  The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, which include fifty-five categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers.   The ceremony marked the 29th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards, which are...
  3. How to Give up Bad Habits

    Question: I have heard that Bhakti Yoga helps us to give up bad habits. But how exactly does it work? Radhanath Swami: My dear god brother, Shyamsundar, he is an example of how bhakti can transform a heart, to help us give up very difficult habits. In 1967, Srila Prabhupada asked Shyamsundar to carve the deities of Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra from the little model that they had. He was in his room working, very, very hard. One day, Srila Prabhupada came into the room to examine how the...
  4. How to Connect to the Divine?

    Question: It is said that God is present everywhere. But I don’t perceive his presence anywhere. Can you explain? Radhanath Swami: To connect to the Divine presence of God within ourselves and within everything that exists cannot be done with our senses, no matter what microscopes or telescopes we use, no matter how many degrees we have or how many books we memorize. Our sciences may be very helpful in dealing with the temporary problems of this material world, but to actually connect to the Divine—according to all of the...
  5. The Great Gift of Chanting the Holy Names

    Illusion is to see things separate from God. So to see the sacredness in everything is to realize or understand that everything has a relationship with God. Illusion is when we don’t see anythings eternal connection to its divine source. So when we understand our eternal nature and everything is connected and emanating from God, then we can actually see things in truth. Misconception of appearances due to illusion is the cause of so much suffering and conflict. The knowledge of the relationship between the soul and God, soul and...