Thursday, June 30, 2016

Disapperance Of Srivas Pandit -Vishwarup Prabhu ISKCON Chowpatty

2016 06 30 SB 10 83 24 Disapperance Of Srivas Pandit -Vishwarup Prabhu ISKCON Chowpatty SB 10.83.24 matsyābhāsaṁ jale vīkṣya  jñātvā ca tad-avasthitim pārtho yatto ’sṛjad bāṇaṁ  nācchinat paspṛśe param Word for word: matsya — of the fish; ābhāsam — the reflection; jale — in the water; vīkṣya — looking at; jñātvā — knowing; ca — and; tat — its; avasthitim — location; pārthaḥ — Arjuna; yattaḥ — taking careful aim; asṛjat — shot; bāṇam — the arrow; na acchinat — he did not pierce it; paspṛśe — he touched it; param — only. Translation: Then Arjuna looked at the reflection of the fish in the water and determined its position. When he carefully shot his arrow at it, however, he did not pierce the target but merely grazed it. Purport: According to the explanation of Śrīla Śrīdhara Svāmī, Arjuna was more expert a marksman than the other kings, but his physical strength was not adequate to the task of shooting it with perfect accuracy.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

News - 500th Anniversary of Chida Dahi Festival 2016, ISKCON Panihati serves 20,000 pilgrims

The annual Panihati Chida Dahi Mahotsav (yogurt and chipped rice festival) or the famous Dandamahotsav is celebrated on the 13th day of bright moon in the month of Jyestha (May-June). This festival was first celebrated by Srila Raghunath Das Goswami (Son of a wealthy landlord of Adi-Saptagram) on the orders of Lord Nityananda Prabhu (Incarnation of Lord Balaram) in the year 1516 on the same day. For More News Click Here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhtmKWc6vRTCTrOmuJqS5oqMFZ4-hkJ9Y

The Conditioned Elephant

Once a man visited an elephant sanctuary. As he was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped.Confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg.No chains, no cages.It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.“Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them.As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away.They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”The man was amazed.These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.Like the elephants,We in this material world are conditioned souls also.From ages we are suffering in, from one body to another and like the small elephants we also believed we cannot break free.But now when we have got this human form of life, we are like those big grown up elephants still tied up with the small ropes of past conditionings of our material existence.But similar to those elephants we can also break free from this bondage of birth, old age & diseases by simply realizing the fact that we may feel we are happy in this tied up life but at the end of the day we all are miserable & locked up.So to get free from this bondage we just have to realize our situation & take shelter of realized devotees of the lord, read the scriptures & chant the holy names of the lord.And just by practicing this we can break free & give up the struggles in our lives. #sjoshi

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Why do we worship God?

Question: Why do we worship God? Radhanath Swami: This is a very important question. Unless we ask this essential ‘why’, we will never have the conviction and faith to do it with the proper spirit. Everyone is looking for happiness. For example, when a mosquito bites you, he doesn’t do it to give you malaria; he just wants to drink your blood, because that gives him happiness. Similarly, all the amazing things that people do in society today, it is all in pursuance of happiness. But what is real happiness? Before we can understand what is real pleasure we have to understand who’s trying to enjoy. The person trying to enjoy is different from this body. If the body is compared to a vehicle, the person who’s trying to enjoy, the soul, can be compared to the driver in the vehicle. The vehicle requires certain maintenance; it requires food in the form of petrol, it requires certain types of maintenance in the form of oil. But the driver in the automobile has a different need. Drinking petrol and that oil will not give him pleasure; rather it will ruin his health. Similarly, this body and this mind have certain needs: food, sleep, shelter, and various other facilities. But what are the needs of the soul? Human society today has practically forgotten the needs of the soul. Therefore, however much you get you can’t be happy; it ultimately brings about frustration. The soul is spiritual. The soul is part of God. The nature of the soul is to serve God and to love God through all actions, words and thoughts. That gives real pleasure and real nourishment for the soul. So if you want your happiness based on truth, you must worship God in every act of life. We worship God because it is the truth, it is our essence, it is our nature, and forgetfulness of that nature is the root cause of all the problems in this world. - HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj #sjoshi

Monday, June 27, 2016

Two Principles Of Marriage

Across all religions there is a universal concept that when a man and woman marry with proper attitude they become one body. After marriage they start living for a common purpose – to serve God together. The first principle they follow is – “I will do anything to protect you and you will do anything to protect me. We are there for each other and whatever the difficulties we may face we will be faithful to each other, till death separates us.” This devotion to each other is the common principle of marriage. Secondly – “For raising children we will tolerate any differences between us for the sake of giving the children the best possible upbringing. Whether it’s a fight or cold war, children can feel the vibrations and its ruins them within. So in a marriage we have to give up our egos and our preferences because we share one principle – the welfare of our children. And all these activities become transcendental when it is done in the service of God. Because the children are God’s children and our bodies are God’s bodies we should not misuse them. Marriage is a divine relationship because we are responsible to God on behalf of each other; this is oneness in a marriage”. – HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj #sjoshi

Two Principles Of Marriage

Across all religions there is a universal concept that when a man and woman marry with proper attitude they become one body. After marriage they start living for a common purpose – to serve God together. The first principle they follow is – “I will do anything to protect you and you will do anything to protect me. We are there for each other and whatever the difficulties we may face we will be faithful to each other, till death separates us.” This devotion to each other is the common principle of marriage. Secondly – “For raising children we will tolerate any differences between us for the sake of giving the children the best possible upbringing. Whether it’s a fight or cold war, children can feel the vibrations and its ruins them within. So in a marriage we have to give up our egos and our preferences because we share one principle – the welfare of our children. And all these activities become transcendental when it is done in the service of God. Because the children are God’s children and our bodies are God’s bodies we should not misuse them. Marriage is a divine relationship because we are responsible to God on behalf of each other; this is oneness in a marriage”. – HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj #sjoshi

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016

What Makes Us Act selfishly?

Question: The caring attitude is pleasing to everyone, but generally the default attitude in this world is one always thinks selfishly. So is it an inbuilt script of the mind that makes one think selfishly? Radhanath Swami: The false ego misconceives: “I am this body, I am this mind, I am the controller, I am the proprietor, and I am the selfish enjoyer.” This is foundational to all material complications. It impels us to put ourselves above others and act selfishly. And when we continue to act in that way it becomes a habit. According to how we habituate ourselves, by making those wrong choices, we become more and more engrained in that way of thinking. That is the way any habit works. For example, if you smoke a lot of cigarettes you become addicted, and the more you smoke the more you become addicted. The habit becomes a craving, and then it is very difficult to do anything without feeding your habit. When you are in the middle of it, you cannot really understand the effect of what you are doing because you are so much a slave of the habit. So that is exactly the way the ego works. Our selfishness, our arrogance, our greed, our selfish passions, our anger, and our envy – as we make choices to feed these habits, they become stronger and stronger and stronger. But when we associate with saintly people we began to understand what we really want in life and what our condition is. And then we will take the medicine and the way of life by which we can become liberated from these habits of egotism. Chanting of the Holy Names is the simple medicine that will cure one from all the symptoms of ego, ignorance and selfishness.- HH Radhanath Swami. #sjoshi

Friday, June 24, 2016

A True Devotee

The fruit of spiritual knowledge is to become humble and serve the Lord and His devotees. Although very elaborately and very philosophically mentioned in the scriptures, the essence of the highest knowledge in all creation is very simple. A true devotee is one who never finds faults in others. The scriptures do not say that one who is very learned, or one who is very austere, is a good devotee. One who is a humble servant of the Lord will never find faults in others. On the other hand, he will always see a positive opportunity to bring others up in spiritual consciousness. He is so humble and soft that he doesn’t feel he is entitled to find fault in others. This is one of the essential symptoms of one who has changed his heart, and one who is actually tasting the higher principle of glorifying the Lord. - HH Radhanath Swami #sjoshi

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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