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Of Devotion & Devotional Service - What is the difference between devotion and devotional service? Is it possible to perform devotional service without devotion? Is it possible to have devotion without performing devotional service?
How much sin does Chanting Hare Krishna eliminate, and Why is material advancement a disqualification? - How powerful is the chanting of Hare Krishna? And why is advancement in material progress a disqualification? After all the whole world is trying to advance materially? And hardly anyone chants Hare Krishna?
Where can I find some great spiritual audio? - Want to listen to some great spiritual audio? Look no further!
What is the difference between a Brahmavadi and Mayavadi? - What is the difference between a Brahmavaadi and a Mayavadi? Is one better than the other? Should we interact with one but leave the other alone? How to know which is which?
Old City Hall, Toronto 2020.31-43 Downtown Toronto Harinam, Street Distribution, Work Sankirtan, Temple Distribution, Work & Professional Outreach. Online - It is marathon month! Sharing Sankirtan stories from 2020 with you... it was another memorable time, and right now, its another memorable time. I feel fortunate to be able to go out, and to share with you. Thank you for your kind support!
Old City Hall, Toronto 2020.21-30 Sankirtan Adventures – Old City Hall, Online Sankirtan, and Chinese Old Age Home - December is celebrated as marathon month all over the world, where the followers of Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada go out to distribute spiritual literature profusely... this is from 2020. But I'm out again in 2022, and it feels like it all happened yesterday. Please help us by going out, or supporting those who are out, in harsh weather, to benefit the world by adding more spirituality to the collective consciousness of the world. Thank you!
Did Arjuna always know that Krishna is actually the Supreme Personality of Godhead? - Arjuna addressed Krishna as Madhusudana in BG 1.35, before Krishan revealed Himself as The Supreme Personality of Godhead. So how did Arjuna know that Krishna was Hayagriva before?
Did Arjuna disobey Krishna’s orders in regards to Ashwatthama? - Ashwatthama murdered little children in their sleep. Krishna ordered him killed. But Arjuna spared his life. So did Arjuna disobey Krishna?
Why not eat flesh, if vegetables have life too? - If vegetables have life and vegetarians eat them, then what's the harm in eating flesh of birds and animals?
No reason for hopelessness, despair, and negativity - Sometimes there is hopelessness, despair, negativity in our life. Sometimes we don't understand what's going on and why. But spiritual life is a scientific process. A scientific process produces a repeatable results each time. So, always remember Krishna (GOD) and never forget Krishna (GOD). But how practically?
Sankirtan Adventures – Old City Hall, Guelph, Online, Janmashtami - Sankirtan during the Pandemic, a look back at 2020...
How George Harrison found complete satisfaction - Why can we not find satisfaction? A poor person, middle class person, and rich person all are dissatisfied. Even the richest person sometimes wants a carefree life of the poor... how to get satisfaction in life?
Sankirtan Adventures 2019.77-78 MARATHON! Old City Hall, New Ocean Supermarket - What is it that makes Srila Prabhupada book marathon so enlivening, so energizing, so inspiring and empowering? Here are some Sankirtan stories!
Why do I fail in my studies even though I work so hard? - Some students work so hard, but they don't achieve success? Why is it that hard work alone is not an indicator of success?
What is the final destination of the Yogi who sees the Supersoul? - If the goal of the Yogi is to see the Supersoul, then how can they end up at the Impersonal Effulgence instead? Is it possible to attain perfection with devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead?
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?
Lord Vishnu 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?
prayer - what should we ask for? 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?
A young monk discusses spirituality 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?
Bhagavad Gita As It Is 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?
Bhagavad Gita As It Is 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?
Prasadam - Sattvik food lovingly offered to Krishna 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?
Pure Vedic Knowledge in Disciplic Succession 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?
Sri Madhvacharya 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!
M 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?"
Krishna Lifts Govardhan 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 Sri Gaura Nitai 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.
Bhagavad Gita As It Is 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"
dice 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"
Pure Vedic Knowledge in Disciplic Succession 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?"
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