18.38 – Discover the right way to enjoy our right to enjoyment
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We all feel that enjoyment is our right. And Gita wisdom declares that we are right. But it cautions us against assuming that this right makes any and every form of enjoyment right. To understand, let’s compare enjoyment with eating. We all have a right to eating. But does that make eating anything and everything […]

How can devotees engage in charity so that they will not become bound in karma?
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From Trivikrama P Does that mean prabhu that If devotees were to do charity, then that good karma will not bind them? Since you suggested that devotees should do acts of charity(wherever possible, spiritual or material), does it mean that the charity done by devotees will not bind them? I once heard in H.H. Radhanath […]

During their spiritual advancement, do devotees see the Supersoul in their heart? How?
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From: Rahul While reading Bhagavad Gita I came across verse 13.25 and the translation is as follows “Some percieve the Supersoul within themselves through meditation others through the cultivation of knowledge and still others through working without fruitive desires.” How can a devotee percieve the supreme soul which is present within his body.I can understand […]

A child is born not just through the genitals but through the heart
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The heart is situated within the chest, and although instrumentally the son is born with the aid of the genitals, he is actually born from within the heart. According to the heart’s situation, the semen takes the form of a body. Therefore according to the Vedic system, when one begets a child his heart should […]

08.15 – We can’t change the nature of nature, but we can change the nature of desire
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“And they lived happily ever after.” This is the common end of most novels and movies. That is the dream of all of us, isn’t it? Puzzlingly, the Bhagavad-gita seems to puncture our dreams. It declares (08.15: duhkhalayam ashasvatam) the world has two essential characteristics that are the polar opposites of the “happily ever after” […]

If devotees don’t help the needy because of fear of being bound by good karma, aren’t they sacrificing basic humanity for spirituality?
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From Sushant:     Today, in my college, a handicapped child came in search of help with his father.He sits in a wheel chair and he said that he needed an amount of 2 lakh rupees to continue his medical treatment which his father could not afford himself alone.He expressed that he wants to go […]

Spiritual irresponsibility plunges us into an ocean of reproachment
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The father, spiritual master or husband must be able to release the dependent from repeated birth and death. If he cannot do this, he plunges himself into the ocean of reproachment for his unlawful activities. Everyone should be very responsible and take charge of his dependents just as a spiritual master takes charge of his […]

15.15 – Krishna’s inner presence is to coach us, not catch us
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“Krishna is present in my heart. That means he has the best vantage point to catch all the wrongs that I do.” If such fears bother us, that’s usually because we have mistakenly divorced Krishna’s inner presence from his overall purpose. Such a mistake may happen because we may carry into our devotional life past […]

Is the Buddha mentioned in the Bhagavatam different from the historical Buddha?
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From Hari Katha P: Thank you for your nice reply but some where I feel the answer is still missed that whether Lord Buddha’s mention was prophecy or history. In this regard, I have done little research and found that According to Srila Jiva goswami- the present known Buddha is not the same Lord Buddha […]

Go beyond piety to spirituality to gain liberation
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Generally people think that one should act very piously in order to be relieved from misery, but this is not a fact. Even though one engages in pious activity and speculation. he is nonetheless defeated. His only aim should be emancipation from the clutches of maya and all material activities. Speculative knowledge and pious activity […]

09.13 – Krishna is not only the anchor to which we connect, but also the anchor by which we connect
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A boat in an ocean keeps bobbing due to the unending waves. To stay steady, it needs an anchor. Similarly, the waves of unending dualities – heat and cold; pleasure and pain; honor and dishonor – keep our mind perpetually restless. To steady it, we need an anchor. The best anchor is Krishna. To understand […]

Do we have to first purify our mind and then our intelligence and then our existence?
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From: Mounika wherever our intention is there then our attention goes there right? That means senses goes to sense objects then we get Desires ( here mind comes into picture? or Intelligence comes into picture?) Thoughts( Thinking feeling Willing)? words & actions? Prabhuji , could you please explain above terminology ?? How do they come […]

When we fall in our devotional standards, we feel guilty and become discouraged. How should we go ahead at such times?
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Answer Summary: Real guilt comes between us and the things that take us away from Krishna, not between us and Krishna. If guilt stops or slows us in taking shelter of Krishna, then we should recognize it to be pseudo-guilt, the temptation for self-centeredness masquerading as guilt. By firmly rejecting pseudo-guilt, we can regain our […]

11.32 – Time makes the unpalatable unavoidable; Krishna makes the unavoidable palatable
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Tick, tick, tick. The ticking clock, or in this digital age the changing figures on a timer, are a common icon of the passage of time. Whatever be the way we measure time, the fact remains that time is passing away constantly, relentlessly, irreversibly. The passage of time forces us to undergo things that we […]