1. On Extended Family

    To the extent we develop broader and broader vision and appreciation of who our family is, to that extent we can actually experience the reality of who we are. Under the misconception we are material bodies only, we have a very small family. And even within those families there are so many things to disagree and fight about. The bodies are just temporary vehicles for the eternal soul. On the spiritual platform we understand our relationship with Krishna. He is the father and mother of every living being and in...
  2. Love is in the Details

    Bhakti is about detail, little things. Big things are wonderful, but even more wonderful are the little things within the big things. And if you don’t have a big thing, equally wonderful is the little things. The culture of bhakti is something very deep. In the Bhaktivedanta Hospital the big things are the machines and the surgeries going on. But when someone comes around and offers charnamrta or Jagannath’s chariot comes around, its the small detail that changes people’s heart. Devotees kindness, a few words from the spiritual care department...
  3. Our Love & Prayers For The People of Paris

    Terrorism is born of false ego. Strife and friction are caused when we understand only the letter of the religious law but ignore the spirit behind it. Unity and brotherhood of mankind can happen when we transcend the external differences and focus on the spiritual essence of all great traditions. The essence of every religion is sincerity in cleansing our own hearts, and cultivating humility by honouring every living entity as a child of God. We must educate the youth about these universal principles which teach us to love God...
  4. The Need for Daily Spiritual Nourishment

    In order for a person to do their work in this world you have to eat, otherwise you will be weak and not be able to do anything. Food is nourishment for this physical body. Emotionally, for people to be strong, they need to feel appreciated and encouraged – it gives us emotional strength to carry on. Spiritually, we also have to be strong. The food grains that give strength spiritually to maintain that sincere and devoted disposition while we are trying to do the needful in this world is...
  5. Characteristic of Compassion

    The fundamental need of all of us is love. Every living being is looking for pleasure—from the insignificant insect to the kings and prime ministers. Everyone is seeking pleasure, but there is only one pleasure that can reach the heart, and that is the pleasure of experiencing the heart’s need to give love and receive love. The pleasures of sensual experience, fame, acquisition of wealth, etc. can reach the mind and the senses, but they don’t really touch the heart. What if you were the proprietor of everything on earth...
  6. How to Keep the Mind Steady

    Question: I wanted to know how to keep the mind steady; usually we have contradictory ideas and thoughts going on in the mind. Radhanath Swami: The nature of the mind is like that of a monkey, it jumps from branch to branch. It goes to one branch, then to the next branch, then to the branch next to that, then again to the first branch – 2nd, 4th, 10th, 1st, 9th, 3rd. It’s the way the mind works. But when you give the monkey a nice ripe banana, it’s happy....
  7. Means for Developing love for God

    In the great religions of the world there are many processes or disciplines to help allow the light of love to shine from our hearts, to help purify our hearts from all of the unwanted qualities which are like the cloud covering the sun-like soul. According to the Srimad Bhagavatam the most highly recommended means of developing our love for God is vibrating the pure sound of God’s name. In each and every name of God, God has invested all of His power, all of His potencies. Simply by chanting God’s Name, our hearts become purified. What you associate with,...
  8. On the Art of Giving

    Question: While traveling by trains I see many children begging. They seem hungry and I can’t bear the sight. When they ask for money, one side of me says I shouldn’t give them the money, for they might give it to people who’ll misuse it. My other side says that I should. What should I do? Radhanath Swami: Real joy comes through service – through serving without expecting anything material in return. When we do something and we get something in return, it gives satisfaction to the mind and to...
  9. Srila Prabhupada’s Appearance Day 2015

    “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  
  10. On Silence

    We may be silent with our mouth, but what’s happening in our mind? So many voices, so many things. Real silence is when the mind is quiet. Scriptures describe silence in different ways. One is material silence. When we are chanting God’s name, when we’re speaking about God, when we’re speaking for the benefit of others, we’re not speaking things that bind us to material existence. Therefore that is also considered as silence; we’re not gossiping, we’re not fault finding, we’re not talking just about political matters. Silence means no...