2019.61-71 Old City Hall, Vaishnava Sanga, Janmashtami, Trinity Bellwoods, Cabbagetown, Travel - 2019 Summer Sankirtan Adventures. Krishna is Adventure. When you go out on Sankirtan, your life becomes an adventure too! Sankirtan is life. Live it!
If Krishna is self satisfied, then how can Radharani satisfy Krishna? - Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is self-satisfied. So how can Srimati Radharani's touch satisfy Krishna? How can any devotee's service satisfy someone who is already self-satisfied? Why words like "lust" used in connection with Krishna?
What does it mean “uttama sloka vartaya”? What is Sloka? - What is the meaning of "uttama-sloka-vartaya"? What does "sloka" mean?
Bhakti Philosophy for the mind and Krishna’s Pastimes for the Heart? - How does Bhakti/Devotional Service deal with the intellectual / logical / analytical side of us as well as the emotional/feeling side of us? Does catering to one mean neglecting the other?
Are there millions of souls living in my body? - How many souls live in a body? For example, there are millions of sperm in an average healthy man's body, do they all contain souls? If there are millions of souls but only one or two get a chance then what happens to all the others?
Supreme Conviction and Supreme Reciprocation – a Poem by Saritha Devi - A poem written by a devotee for Bhakta Prahlada & Lord Narasimha
Is there Sex in the Spiritual world? - Is there sex in the spiritual world? Everyone in the spiritual realm is just perfect, so do they get attracted to each other and have sex?
What does it mean to ignore your mind? - What does it mean to "ignore the mind"? Is this even possible? Why would I do that? And how can it be done?
Is Vedic geography and Cosmology limited to India alone? - Do the Vedic texts only refer to India? Is the Vedic view that the earth is flat? What is the truth here?
Who or what is Vishnu Tattva? - Who or what is Vishnu Tattva? Since Lord Shiva is an expansion of Lord Vishnu, is Lord Shiva also Vishnu Tattva?
How Popular is Krishna? - Krishna is mentioned as the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. So why is it that apparently more people worship Ganesha, Hanuman, Lakshmi, Shiva, etc. than Krishna?
What should we pray to God for? - What should we pray to God for? Bread? Comfort? What is the best prayer to offer to God?
How to go deep into meditation - How to go deep into meditation? How to overcome the tyranny of the mind? What can we do to improve the quality of our meditation?
Understanding Lord Rama - Why was He exiled for 14 years? Why did Lord Rama act the way He did? Why did He kill Vali like a hunter kills a wild animal? Why did Lord Rama send Sita to the forest?
Marriage and Celibacy - What is Celibacy? Is it mutually exclusive with Marriage? What is Celibacy in Marriage? Is there something higher than sex pleasure?
Did we or did we not land on the Moon? - Some say humans landed on the moon, saw that it was a barren world, collected some rocks, took some pictures and videos, and then returned. But Srila Prabhupada, a spiritually enlightened person says that this was a collosal hoax... and he is no conspiracy theorist? How to understand this?
What is the relationship between the Mind and Intelligence? - What is the difference between mind and intelligence? What is the relationship? Does the mind live in the brain?
How To Get Association Of Devotees If They Are Far - How to get association of devotees when living far from a temple?
Coming out of our comfort zone to advance spiritually? - How can we come out of our comfort zone? What does it mean? How can we make rapid spiritual advancement by coming out of our comfort zone?
How to feel the need to get serious about spiritual life? - How to avoid getting distracted from the spiritual journey? How to develop the desire to get serious? How to do what I know is the right thing to do?
Are there many Gods? Who is Krishna? Who is Vishnu? Who is Shiva? And who are the others? - How are they all related? Who should we worship?
Understanding the Vedas - How can one get a basic understanding of the Vedas?
How to practically cook and offer food to Krishna? - For a working family, how to arrange for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as Krishna Prasadam? How to do this practically?
Questions On Nature Of Soul, and should we accept everything we hear? - What is the home of the soul? Why does it need to have a form? What is the evidence for the information we get from the scriptures?
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven - What does it mean to say "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."?
Finally Kicked the Tea and Coffee Habit! - Tea and Coffee are injurious to health. Anything with caffeine is actually in the same category. and anything with caffeine is in the same category. Here is how to kick the nasty habit!
What is Self Realization and how to achieve it? - Tapas Chakraborty, 20 September 2019 Hare Krishna Q. What is Self Realisation and how to achieve the same? How Self Realisation is related to absolute perfection in the path of spiritual journey for transcendental knowledge, hence blessed by infinite peace ecstasy and wisdom? Request the enlightened group members who have achieved the state to express … Continue reading "What is Self Realization and how to achieve it?"
Is there life on the Moon? - IS there life on the Moon? The Vedic scriptures talk about the Moon as a heavenly realm with celestial beings and soma drink, etc., we have had so many missions, why did they not find anyone there?
What is the position of the Impersonalist in the spiritual world? - What is the position of the impersonalist in the material world? Is their position impermanent? Why can they not enter the spiritual world?
Do we need to perform various Pujas and Kriyas? - Is it necessary to perform the various ritualistic performances of sacrifice mentioned in the Vedas?
How To Control the Mind? - How can one control the mind? A perennial question that was asked even 5,000 years ago. Those answers are still relevant! Would you like to learn more?
Eating or Drinking water in front of the Deity - Is it OK to eat or drink water in front of the Deity?
Online Bhagavad-Gita course - Are there online resources to learn the Bhagavad Gita?
Where can I hear “Bhagavad-Gita As It Is”? - Where can classes on the Bhagavad Gita be found online?
Why can we not offer meat, fish, and eggs to God? - In the Bhagavad Gita, only leaves, flowers, fruits, and water are mentioned - so why do we offer other things like roots and stems and beans and nuts? Why not offer meat, fish, and eggs to Krishna then?
Householder life and Spiritual Perfection - How to harmonize spiritual life and household duties?
What to do about unknowingly committed sins? - What do do about unknowingly committed sins?
How to chant early in the morning? - How to get chanting early in the morning?
How to be detached without being callous? - Spiritual Knowledge often stresses Detachment. How can a Mother be detached from her children? Is there something wrong with this instruction? What is the proper understanding?
Studying the Vedas - Do you want to study the Vedas? Do you want to get a firm understanding of the essence of all Vedic wisdom?
I live far from others – how may I advance? - I live very far... how to learn, how do I advance?
What does a foetus feel in the womb? - What does a foetus in the womb feel? Are the descriptions in the Scripture confirmed by Science?
What is the colour of God - In some traditions, God could be seen as nameless, formless... How could God be lacking in something at all? The Vedic scriptures provide very detailed information about God, for example, "Krishna" means "The all-attractive one". What is the colour of Krishna? One colour or many colours?
Importance of Ramayan in the Hare Krishna movement - What is the Importance of the Ramayana to the Hare Krishnas? To the Christians? To the Muslims? To the Sikhs? The Jains? The Buddhists? The Atheists?
Seeing Krishna face to face sounds like a strange idea! - Here we are in the material world... the promise is that we will see Krishna face to face when we are spiritually perfect. How to trust that? How to overcome the doubts of the mind?
When did the Kali Yuga start? - When exactly did the current age we live in, kaliyuga, the age of quarrel and hypocrisy begin?
How Krishna reveals Himself - How Krishna reveals Himself! Get out of your Comfort Zone! Or at least expand it. Learn to get comfortable outside your comfort zone...
Coming out of our comfort zone for Krishna’s mercy - What is it about leaving our comfort zone? What does it entail? Why is it so rewarding?
Difference between a pure devotee and a sincere devotee. - Who is a pure devotee? And who is a sincere devotee? What is the difference between the two?
Difference between Vedanta and Sankhya - What is Sankhya, and what is Vedanta?
Science vs Scriptures - Is it science vs. scripture? Could ancient scripture be so advanced that modern science cannot yet understand it?
The Dark Well of the Material World - Material existence is compared to a dark well... why such a dark analogy? Well read on!
Celibacy – what is it exactly? - What is celibacy? Why is it important? Is it possible to be happily married and celibate?
Prayer not answered - A person faithful to God will sometimes pray, and sometimes that prayer may not be answered in the way we expect. What gives?
Fight for justice or tolerate? - When faced with injustice, should we fight or tolerate?
What is the Vedic Significance of New Years’ eve? - Bhakta Sunil, 9th January 2017 Hare Krishna Is there a significance of staying awake till midnight of 31st December , as i understand that this is factually English new year?so is it necessary to stay awake till midnight of 31st December? Regards, Sunil Deepak,9th Jan 2017 As far as i understand there is no significance … Continue reading "What is the Vedic Significance of New Years’ eve?"
Is Krishna Govardhana or Meru? One or the other, or both? - Krishna says He is Meru. Krishna also says He is Govardhan? And in some places it is mentioned that Govardhan is a devotee of Krishna. How is all this possible?
Sri Guru and Gauranga – what does this mean? - If you have ever been to a Hare Krishna program, there is this time when one person begins to chant some prayers, and everyone else drops to the floor and offers obeisances periodically saying "jay", "jay". This can be confusing to someone who doesn't know what's going on, this article describes what they are doing... quite profound.
Who was “Asita” from the Gita? - Who was the "Asita" mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita 10.12-13?
Are Krishna and Rama mentioned in the Vedas? - Are Krishna and Rama even mentioned in the Vedas? Is this worship of Rama and Krishna somehow new and concocted by modern religious teachers? What about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu? Is this just a case of a man masquerading as God?
The Hare Krishnas are not pessimistic, optimistic, or realistic – we are simply joyful! - Are the Hare Krishnas pessmistic? Are they realistic? Why do they keep talking about death and the futility of the material pursuit? Could it be, could they be, simply... joyful?
Bible and Bhagavad-gita - A discussion on the similarities and differences between the Bhagavad Gita and the Holy Bible...
God and The Absolute Truth - Who is God? What is the Absolute Truth? Does all God do is work to keep us all in line? What gives?
Ikigai – What keeps you going in Krishna Consciousness? - What is your ikigai, your raison-de-etre, your reason for being? Especially when you are following a spiritual path, why are you on the path? Why are you (trying to be) in Krishna Consciousness?
What is the difference between occupational duty and prescribed duty? - What is the duty of a human being? What is prescribed? What about our ability? How to ensure that we can do what's most important, what's most urgent, and what's most urgent and important? How to prioritize?
How do I become pure and sinless? - How do I become pure and sinless? Do I fear God? What do I do to be pure and sinless? How do I avoid doing things that are sinful?
The Best Sacrifice / Yajna for this age - Deepak, 26th May 2015 Hare Krishna to all Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to GuruDev. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada. My question is :- which Yajnas should be perform in this Kaliyug and how to perform it Hare Krishna Rathin Mandal, 27th May 2015 Hare Krishna Deepak, Please accept my humble obeisances, All … Continue reading "The Best Sacrifice / Yajna for this age"
Chanting Consciously or Attentively - Vandana Neeraye, 28th May 2015 Hare Krishna Please accept my humble obeisance All Glories to Shrila Prabupada All Glories to Shrila Gurudev and Guru mataji Hare Krishna i know that when we chat it has to be without any offenses. But what does it mean to chant attentively or consciously. Thank you your servant, Vandana … Continue reading "Chanting Consciously or Attentively"
Lottery Tickets, Lucky Draws, Gambling, Casinos, etc. - Jaanvi, 28th September 2014 Dear All, Could you please tell me if buying Lottery ticket which is mostly available everywhere organized by charitable company considered suitable and acceptable to purchase? The purpose may be as an activity, or desire of winning the draw so as to make money with luck. Hare Krsna. Srivatsa Das SDA, … Continue reading "Lottery Tickets, Lucky Draws, Gambling, Casinos, etc."
The mystery of Sri Hanuman - Premananda das, 30th September 2015 Hare Krishna Devotees Please accept my humble obeisance All Glories to Srila Prabhupada As Sri Hanuman served Lord Rama in treta yuga.Is he both a jiva and shiva tattva or only jiva tattva constitutionally? Could we call Sri Hanuman as jiva tattva (living entity) and being son of Shiva also … Continue reading "The mystery of Sri Hanuman"
What are the Upanishads and the Puranas? - Premananda das, 25th September 2015 Hare Krishna Devotees Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Gurudeva All Glories to Srila Prabhupada While reading in Isopanishad introduction I came across 4 words namely Puranas , Mahabharata, 4 Vedas and Upanishads. Could you please help understand what are Upanishads and Puranas? your servant Premananda das … Continue reading "What are the Upanishads and the Puranas?"
Love and devotion! - Yamini Narang, 25/07/2015 Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances All glories to Srila prabhupada What is difference between love and devotion? your servant, Yamuna dd Bhakta Sunil, 27/07/2015 Hare Krishna Please accept my humble respects All Glories to Srila Prabhupada — We all want love and to be loved. This is the most natural … Continue reading "Love and devotion!"
Misery begins when we endeavor for happiness… How? - Rao, 31st August 2015 Hare Krishna Dear Devotees! Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to your devotional service! Please help me to understand this quote with examples: “misery begins when we endeavor for happiness” . your servant, Rao nuria.k, 31st August 2015 Hare … Continue reading "Misery begins when we endeavor for happiness… How?"
How to Manage Work Life without compromising principles - Harish V Menon, 15th January 2015 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Gurudev and Srimati Gurumata. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Request your guidance in managing work life. We work with various types of people with different mentalities. When working with colleagues who are having selfish intentions, back biting attitudes … Continue reading "How to Manage Work Life without compromising principles"
Why take shelter of a Spiritual Master - Jaanvi, 19th January 2015 Dear all, Many people in this world have no spiritual master, but are following all the good qualities of human being, moreover, helping needy people, social service, etc. Also, visiting temple and listening to spiritual talks. Now, where will they go after leaving this material body? Sincerely, Jaanvi Priya Sutradhar, … Continue reading "Why take shelter of a Spiritual Master"
Why do breakups happen? - Jaanvi, 12th January 2015 Dear All, Hare Krsna In the recent times, there have been many breaking up of family relationships, such as mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, husband and wife, parent and children, etc. Now, are these happenings due to past karmic reactions, or other reasons?? Sincerely, Jaanvi Lalit, 12th January 2015 Hare krishna! I … Continue reading "Why do breakups happen?"
Why are Intoxicated People Happy? - Jaanvi, 06 February 2015 Dear all, Hare Krsna There are many people who like indulging in alcohol and have a very strong and healthy body as well as being happy. And then, there are those who do not consume alcohol and have a weak body. Now, could you tell me how to understand this difference? … Continue reading "Why are Intoxicated People Happy?"
How to convince someone that materialistic life is futile - Jaanvi, 27th February 2015 Dear all, Hare Krsna How could one convince anyone who is materially involved and see materialistic lifestyle as very normal due to the external atmosphere where most people from all the culture are very material and living life to the fullest in the material sense? Sincerely, Jaanvi Premananda das, 28th … Continue reading "How to convince someone that materialistic life is futile"
Why do Horrible Incidents happen? - Jaanvi, 15th January 2015 Dear All, Hare Krsna In this material world, there are so many horrible incidents happening everywhere such as innocent people being killed either by personal family or outside situation? Now, since God is in every living being’s heart then how come he allows this to happen? Sincerely, Jaanvi Rupa Manjari … Continue reading "Why do Horrible Incidents happen?"
“Real Life” past the present one? - Jaanvi, 21st December 2014 Dear all, Hare Krsna What to tell to people who are living the present life with complete material enjoyment, and do not see the need to change to spiritual path? They believe only in present life and even if after life all will be forgotten so they do not care? Sincerely, … Continue reading "“Real Life” past the present one?"
Practise before you preach? - Jaanvi, 30th December 2014 Dear all, Hare Krsna Could you tell me if it is alright or correct to advise other people about spiritual path? Even though, one may not be a pure or perfect devotee and may have many faults. Sincerely, Jaanvi Bhakta Sunil, 31st December 2014 Mataji Hare Krishna You can tell … Continue reading "Practise before you preach?"
How can we be detached from the fruits of our actions - Vishal Puri, 13th March 2015 Hare Krishna Devotees, Dandavats Pranam. Can devotees help me explain the sloka 2.47 “You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing … Continue reading "How can we be detached from the fruits of our actions"
How can we love someone we dislike? - Yamini Narang, 20 December 2014 Hare Krishna devotees, Please accept my humble obeisances.. All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Srimati Mataji…. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.. How can we love or like someone we dislike? your servant, Yamini Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 24 December 2014 Dear Mother Yamini, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to … Continue reading "How can we love someone we dislike?"
What to do with money found - Jaanvi, 29th December 2014 Dear all, HARE KRSNA Could you tell me if someone finds a big sum of money on the road, he has no idea who it belongs to. Is it correct to keep it for own use. Will this create any karmic action? Or maybe, this could be due to his past … Continue reading "What to do with money found"
Is Lord Jesus Christ an incarnation of Krishna? - Bhakta Sunil, 28th December 2014 Hare Krishna everyone Please accept my humble respects All Glories to Srila Prabhupada! Have a Krishna Conscious Christmas! Please tell whether Lord Jesus Christ is an incarnation in the mood of Son of Lord Krishna? like Lord Gauranga is incarnation in mood of devotee Or Is Lord Jesus Christ a … Continue reading "Is Lord Jesus Christ an incarnation of Krishna?"
Why does talk about religion make some people uncomfortable - Bhakta Sunil, 14th April 2014 Hare Krishna everyone! Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada Why do some persons avoid talking about religion? or try to keep the topic ‘private’? regards, sunil Sudeep Manchanda, 16th April 2014 Hare Krishna, I feel that people in general have started relating ‘religion’ with a set … Continue reading "Why does talk about religion make some people uncomfortable"
How to get free of miseries given by our own mind? - Bhakta Shashank, 10th May 2014 Hare Krishna Dear Devotees, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Gurudev and Srimati Gurumata. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Devotees. How to get rid of the miseries given by our own mind? your servant, Bhakta shashank. Guru Vandana devi dasi, 12th May 2014 Hare … Continue reading "How to get free of miseries given by our own mind?"
Celestial years and Earthly years - Rahul Mangla, 29th January 2014 Dear devotees, Hare Krishna!! Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Gurudev & Srimati Gurumata! All Glories to Srila Prabhupad! 1. Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.6 purport: It is stated in the Brahma-samhita that Lord Brahma was initiated into the eighteen-letter Krsna mantra, which is generally accepted by all the … Continue reading "Celestial years and Earthly years"
The Absolute Truth – how simultaneously one and different - Geetha, 05 March 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Prabhupad, I am not able to understand clearly “The Absolute Truth” is one and different. Please help me to understand it better. Thank you, your servant, Geetha Rathin Mandal, 05 March 2013 Hare Krishna Mataji, Please accept my humble obeisances, … Continue reading "The Absolute Truth – how simultaneously one and different"
About Lord Shiva - Manmohan, 06 March 2013 Hare Krsna All glories to Srila Prabhupad All glories to Srila Gurudev and Gurumata I know that Lord Shiva is not an ordinary demigod but I want to know what is Shiva Tattva and whether Lord Shiva is also immortal…. ys, Manmohan SUPARTHA RUDRA, 07 March 2013 Hare Krishna, Please find the following … Continue reading "About Lord Shiva"
How did we fall into the material world? - Rathin Mandal, 14th May 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Gurumataji, All glories to Srila Prabhupada. We say that modes of material nature is there only in the material world, But when we decided to enjoy separately from Krishna, look for our identity separate of Krishna and … Continue reading "How did we fall into the material world?"
Pray to Lord Krishna or others? - Meenakshi, 03 April 2013 Hare Krishna, Please accept my humble obeisances All glories to Sarila Prabhupada, After reading Gita I came to know that Lord Krishna is Supreme. Prior to that i used to worship Lord Shiva and Maa Durga. Now I am confused, I feel guilty if I stop worshiping Lord Shiva and Maa … Continue reading "Pray to Lord Krishna or others?"
Why Lord Shiva – Topmost Vaishnava – is not being worshiped by us? - Harish V Menon, 18th March 2013 Hare Krishna! Please kindly accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Gurudeva. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to devotees. I have a doubt which I wish to ask. Please forgive me if my question is inappropriate. While we acknowledge Lord Shiva as a devotee of Lord … Continue reading "Why Lord Shiva – Topmost Vaishnava – is not being worshiped by us?"
Chanting mainly because of anxiety- reducing effect? - Bhakta Sunil, 14th March 2013 Hare Krishna Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada I have experienced that chanting on japa mala helps quieten mind and reduce anxieties and negative thoughts I would like to know is it correct if one develops addiction to chanting mainly because of anxiety-reducing-effect of chanting Regards, … Continue reading "Chanting mainly because of anxiety- reducing effect?"
What is the significance of Diwali Festival in Devotional Practice? - Bhakta Sunil, 02 November 2013 Hare Krishna Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada Please tell , What is the significance of Diwali Festival in Devotional Practice? I understand that Diwali Festival is celebrated as Lakshmi Puja. But is the festival a Vaisnava Festival? Also the festival is Lord Rama’s pastimes , … Continue reading "What is the significance of Diwali Festival in Devotional Practice?"
Is Krishna an expansion of Lord Vishnu? - B.shahvir balaporia, 12th November 2013 Hare Krishna! Pardon me for my dearth of knowledge in putting forth this question. I just needed to understand whether lord Vishnu is the plenary expansion of Lord Krishna or is it the other way round? I ask this since, as per popular Hindu belief, Lord Krishna is considered to … Continue reading "Is Krishna an expansion of Lord Vishnu?"
Why are there no temples dedicated solely to Arjuna? - While there are so many temples dedicated to Hanuman, who is a servitor of Rama, why are there no temples dedicated to Arjuna who is so close to Krishna?
Varieties of Determination - KV Rao, 6th January 2014 Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to your devotional service! I got following doubt while reading New Year greetings saying determination, resolution, vow etc. What is the use and result of determination in the mode of … Continue reading "Varieties of Determination"
Fake Spiritual Masters - B.Shahvir Balaporia, 12th November 2013 Hare Krishna! What if, in an extremely unfortunate case, an aspirant follows a spiritual master for most of his life, but who later turns out to be a fraud! How can the disciple recover from such an unfortunate situation. What would be the role or intention of God in such … Continue reading "Fake Spiritual Masters"
Reconciling Advaita Philosophy with Krishna consciousness - Bhakta Sunil change, 2nd January 2014 Hare Krishna everyone Please accept my humble obeisances All Glories to Srila Prabhupada When I tried to tell a person about Krishna Consciousness , he mentioned that he follows Advaita Philosophy If I remember correctly , I read in Srila Prabhupada’s book that there is actually no conflict between … Continue reading "Reconciling Advaita Philosophy with Krishna consciousness"