1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Three Basic Views of the World

    There are three basic views of the world we live in. One is the very materialistic view wherein people see this world as the only real reality. Another is that world is an entirely an illusion, and the third is the best of view, that the world is the sacred property of God. It is real but it is temporary in its manifestations. Now the conception that the world is the only true reality leaves one with the consciousness that it really doesn’t matter what we do as long as we...
  7. Reasons to Continue our Spiritual Practice

    There is a beautiful story in the Srimad Bhagavatam about Mahadev, Lord Shiva. Once upon a time when the devas and the asuras were churning the ocean of milk for nectar, massive quantities of poison came out. They were seeking nectar, but sometimes when we want nectar, first we have to remove all the poison. That’s kind of the way our sadhana is, our spiritual practice. The real nectar of prema, or love – love for God and love for all beings – is within us. Our spiritual practice is...
  8. On Gossip

    People like to hear about other people’s problems. It’s fun for some. That’s the reason why some of the most popular magazines in the world just focus on scandals. Recently, a champion golfer got into some scandal. It’s like a rule in this world—that such news must be known to everyone, that such news must be the event on every television and news channel. That scandal was all that the people were talking about, for weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks. Ironically, nobody cared that much when he won a golf game. But when he...
  9. Radharani – the Supreme Abode of Love

    Krishna is the vishaya vigraha, that means he is the supreme object of love. Sri Radha is asraya vigraha, the supreme abode of love – the supreme lover. Every living being is the part and parcel of Krishna and similarly the inherit potential, the essence of every soul is prema – to love Krishna. All love for Krishna, within everyone, is part and parcel of Sri Radha’s love. Krishna tells that he is conquered by the love of his devotee. Why is he conquered by each and every devotee who...
  10. “Srila Prabhupada Lived With the Spirit of the Lord’s Compassion Shining Through His Heart”

    “Srila Prabhupada lived with the spirit of the Lord’s compassion shining through his heart. Through his example he showed how to live as a true well wisher and friend of every living being. The genuine essence of all spiritual teachings can be understood by observing his qualities, hearing his words and reading his books.” – Radhanath Swami Read about Srila Prabhupada’s life here.