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Radhanath Swami is a Vaishnava sanyassi (a monk in a Krishna-bhakti lineage) and teacher of the devotional path of Bhakti-yoga. He is author of The Journey Home, a memoir of his search for spiritual truth. His teachings draw from the sacred texts of India such as The Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Ramayana, and aim to reveal the practical application of the sacred traditions, while focusing on the shared essence which unites apparently disparate religious or spiritual paths. Born Rich ...
 
Radhanath Swami is a Vaishnava sannyasin (a monk in a Krishna-bhakti lineage) and a teacher of the devotional path of Bhakti-yoga. He is author of The Journey Home, a memoir of his search for spiritual truth, and the New York Times bestseller The Journey Within. His teachings draw from the sacred texts of India such as The Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Ramayana, and aim to reveal the practical application of the sacred traditions while focusing on the shared essence which unites appa ...
 
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“When we really hide our butter very well and Krishna doesn’t find it, he makes it known to us. He will pinch our little baby children and make them cry or sometimes he will go into our temple room and pass urine.” Now for some of you, you may be thinking, “this is the Absolute Truth? this is God? this is Allah? this is the Lord of Ibrahim, Isaac a…
 
But this type of happiness takes time because the real happiness that we are trying to achieve through the process of Krishna consciousness comes through purification of the heart and it takes time “cheto darpan maarjanam” for the dust and dirt accumulated for the millions of births to be cleansed. But we have faith and we preserve that faith and k…
 
But actually, Prahlad Maharaj explains, “It is like trying to relieve an itch, by scratching”. We have a very bad itching, rash and it terrible pain. And the mind says, “if you just scratch it, it will feel better.” Prahlad Maharaj explains that when you scratch, it actually feels better, while you are scratching, not really better but it is some i…
 
When Murari gupta revealed his heart in this way, wanting nothing but the opportunity to serve the Lord. dukhalayam asasvatam This material world is full of challenges, full of sufferings. There is always people like Ravana, big ones and little ones. Hanuman didn’t ask that the obstacles be removed, he didn’t ask that envious people be removed from…
 
Lord Chaitanya expressed in many ways to many of his devotees his indebtedness for their service. I would like to speak very briefly about one such devotee of the Lord. Vashughosh in one beautiful song, he sings about how Lord Chaitanya, the son of Sachidevi and Jagannath Mishra is Lord Jagannath himself. He had appeared as Ram to subdue Ravana, he…
 
Ravana is a son of Vishrava, who is a respectable brahmana, give him the dignity, the integrity of a proper last rite. And Vibhisana personally with his heart and soul performed the last rite for Ravana. Sita was retured to Ram, for the sake of the world, Her chastity was tested and she revealed for all times, absolute purity of Her devotion to Sri…
 
Lord Jesus Christ, what they did to him? They blasphemed him, they insulted him. They said “You call yourself the King of the Jews. Here, have a crown.” They made a crown out of sharp thorns, they pushed it on his head and pierced his skin and cause blood to flow all over his face. Then they spit on him, right in his face, they shoved him to the gr…
 
But Lord Chaitanya, He said “No. no no. Don't think like that. He's actually my friend. He's helping me become a good sanyasi. He is my guru’s God brother. So, he should be respected. If he says I eat too much, that means I eat too much. So from this day on, I will only have one handful of steamed rice, boiled rice. Nothing else.” And then even aft…
 
As Nations continue to address global challenges of environmental sustainability, the Government of Iceland and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), along with partners in all continents are organizing the global "Faith For Nature: Multi-Faith Action" Conference in Skalholt, Iceland from 5-8 October 2020. HH Radhanath Swami spoke in this conf…
 
The most universal principle of dharma is the value and the character of a compassionate lifestyle. That's something all spirituality has in common to seek, to live in a spirit of compassion, in the vedic literatures there's a beautiful statement ‘sarve sukhini bhavantu’ that the whole purpose of dharma or religion is to be in a mood where our pray…
 
After seeing that, I went into the Ganga. It was so nice to get out of the heat and I was so enthusiastic, I may never come to Prayag in my life again. I want to stay in this river and get purified as long as I can and I swam all the way across to the other side. There was nobody there. When I got to the other side, I crawled out onto the bank, it …
 
When a vaishnava sees another devotee getting special mercy of the lord, when a devotee sees another vaishnava being specially empowered and specially endowed with bhakti, that is his greatest pleasure. Of course, when we have material consciousness, when we see someone else getting special favour of the lord, we become envious. We think, “Why him?…
 
Then little Parasara spoke. He said “Sir, A person who has knowledge, real knowledge sees the presence of God in everyone's heart. Such a person is like a tree with good fruit. If a tree has a lot of good fruit, the tree bows down. If free has a tree has no fruits, it doesn't bow down to anyone. If you don't have respect for others, if you are not …
 
That’s why Srila Prabhupad writes pure devotional service is very rare. He quotes Rupa Goswami ‘manushyanam sashastreshu kachid yatati sidhyaye’ very rare. But then Prabhupad quotes Sanatan Goswami and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu that ‘if one is sincere and serious, he puts a list of three things and obviously, Krishna easily gives pure devotional service…
 
In Vrindavan, there are many temples and they, their tradition is all the festivals of the whole year can be celebrated during Purshottam month and its non-different than that day. So, in one temple they just choose any day of Purshottam masa and say we are going to celebrate Janmasahtami again and its considered to be the day of Janmasahtami, the …
 
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said “’sādhu-saṅga', 'sādhu-saṅga'—sarva-śāstre kaya lava-mātra sādhu-saṅge sarva-siddhi haya” that even a moment's association with a sadhu, a saintly person can transform our life and what is that association, satsang? It's hearing. When we come before a saintly person we hear. This is a principle. In the Bible when Jesus wou…
 
Yes, it is true, in giving we do receive. During this time of Bhadra-Purnima the blessing that Sukhdeva Goswami has given, the blessing that Srila Prabhupada and all of our acharyas, Sri Sri Radha Govinda Dev and Mahaprabhu and the Panchatatva, they will shower, shower and shower blessings and grace individually and collectively on each of us in ou…
 
On the Library Party that was started by his Holiness Satswarup Gosvami maharaja and many of the most exalted devotees of ISKCON were on that library party. One in particular was his Holiness Bhakti Tirthi Swami maharaja. During Prabhupada's time his name was Ganashyam prabhu. And he was whether in America going to Europe and then during communist …
 
This Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Lord Chaitanya, He proclaimed it is the ‘amala puranam,’ it is ‘the pure essence of all the Vedic literatures.’ And Krishna's incarnation in this age of kali as the Shrimad-Bhagavatam is being celebrated in the form of this Bhadra – Purnima. It is really a time to celebrate the coming of Shrimad-Bhagavatam and how important…
 
When Srila Prabhupada was in on the Jaladuta, he boarded in Calcutta and in cochin just about the time of his 69th birthday, the Shrimad-Bhagavatams were sent and put on the ship and when Srila Prabhupada saw the boxes of Shrimad Bhagavatam boarding the ship in Cochin, he understood Krishna is with him in such a special way and after all of the tri…
 
So, during the ceremony, Srila Keshav Maharaj gave his sanyas initiation talk and then he does something that was very unprecedented. He asked one of the people who is going to be initiated, Bhaktivedanta Prabhu, He said “now you give a lecture.” There was no invitations sent out because it was very certainly decision when the sanyas initiation wou…
 
Today is the appearance day of one of the great Acharayas of our disciplic succession, ‘Srila Thakur Bhakti Vinod.’ And if we read the songs of Sri Bhakti Vinod Thakur or we study his autobiography or his writings, the amazing discovery that we will find is how he always presents himself and thinks of himself as the most ordinary common person. Not…
 
Krishna Consciousness is not so cheap. But ofcourse in Kaliyuga even the most priceless things are taken very cheaply. But they gave real dignity to the priceless value of Krishna Consciousness. And they extracted from all the great Vedic literatures the essence, which is pure, unalloyed, unmotivated loving service to Radha and Krsna in Vrindavan a…
 
So, in Vrindavan people are humble. They're crying out “Jai Sri Radhe! Radhe! Radhe!” or “Hare Krishna.” They are crying out “Oh mother Radha! Please be merciful to me.” One great resident of Vrindavan, from about 400 years ago is Narottam Das Thakur and he prayed ‘ha ha prabhu nanda-suta, vrsabhanu-suta-juta, koruna karoho ei-baro’ that he is pray…
 
The world is filled with problems and that’s just the nature of the material existence is that there will always be problems. janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi- duhkha-dosanudarsanam There is a problem of suffering, there is a problem of depression, there is a problem poverty, there is a problem of health issues and pandemics and epidemics and there is probl…
 
The eternal soul is a part of the supreme soul or God. And to know oneself is the beginning of the great journey of the Bhagavat Gita and this is a universal truth. In the bible, Lord Jesus, he said “what profit if a person, if they gain the whole world but they forget, they lose their own eternal soul?” This is a universal principle to understand …
 
Raghunathdasa Goswami, he writes that ‘Krishna enjoys much more than even the greatest, most proficient scholars of Vedanta, who are chanting Vedic hymns, he enjoys more when the old Vrajavasi women chastise him.’ Why? Because it’s with such intimacy, they are not thinking of him as God. But the residence of Vrindavana they have already fully, tota…
 
The cowherd boys, they don't see Krishna as god. They see Krishna as Krishna and they just love him because he is Krishna. It describes in Srimad-Bhagavatam that Krishna sees peacocks, they are singing, they are dancing and one of the boys imitates a peacock, just to make Krishna happy and he starts dancing and moving and making sounds like a peaco…
 
In the spiritual world of Goloka, He is simply giving pleasure to his devotees. It is just madhurya dham, the sweetest love. Krishna’s greatest power is his beauty - the name Krishna means all attractive, supremely attractive. In Vrindavan, there’s a very famous story on bank of Yamuna – Kama Dev, Cupid - this powerful energy personified, who keeps…
 
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