Recovering from the arrogance of modern civilization

We are an arrogant bunch, no doubt. But we have been brought to our knees by this insignificant little virus. While we’re on our knees, here’s something useful we can do…

Modern civilization is arrogant beyond bounds. We think we can do whatever we want with impunity, thinking ourselves the be-all and end-all, the crown jewel of the Universe. We think that the Universe came out of nothing, that there is no Supreme Soul in control, that everything happens randomly. We mistake lust for love, and we are, in general, fools.

As I write this, around the world, everything is gradually shutting down, airports, railways stations, educational institutions, businesses, restaurants, cinemas, people are terrified. A single throat-clearing cough sends people scurrying for safety. A single sneeze caused by a particle of dust is enough to put one in quarantine.

World leaders have gone into hiding. The rich and the powerful have practically disappeared from society, leaving the hoi polloi to bear the brunt of this virus crisis.

And yet, this is the civilization that talks about immortality and how humans will live forever one day. This is the civilization that foolishly talks about “colonizing” other planets. This is the civilization that believes that we are capable of anything we want. And this is the very same civilization cowering from a tiny microscopic organism that’s travelling the world, piggybacked off us.

Yes, it is true that human life is the crown jewel of 8.4M species in the material manifestation. Yes, you read that right. Eight Million, Four Hundred Thousand species. Of these, Four Hundred Thousand Species are human.

The key difference between the various species, apart from all the wondrous physical and biological features, is actually consciousness. A plant is conscious, an insect is more so, a fish, animal, primate, human, all gradually getting more well-endowed in terms of consciousness.

When it comes to humans, we have a very finely honed sense of consciousness, with a key ability that is not to be found in another 8 Million species – the ability to inquire into the Supreme Absolute Truth.

However, leaving aside the main purpose of human life, we have degenerated into all sorts of abominable behaviour.

श्री भगवानुवाच
काम एष क्रोध एष रजोगुणसमुद्भ‍वः ।
महाशनो महापाप्मा विद्ध्येनमिह वैरिणम् ॥ ३७ ॥

śrī-bhagavān uvāca
kāma eṣa krodha eṣa
mahāśano mahā-pāpmā
viddhy enam iha vairiṇam

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: It is lust only, Arjuna, which is born of contact with the material mode of passion and later transformed into wrath, and which is the all-devouring sinful enemy of this world.

You might be forgiven for thinking that the Coronavirus pandemic caused by COVID-19 is the main enemy of this world. It is not. In fact, the COVID-19 is simply a symptom of this degraded consciousness.

It is our degraded consciousness that is the real enemy of this world. Time to turn the tide!

Time to reverse this manifestation of our own lust and anger, envy, greed, illusion, madness, caused by that one problem, a degradation of our consciousness from the divine to the mundane.

This inquiry is the beginning of the Vedānta-sūtras, wherein it is said, athāto brahma-jijñāsā: one should inquire into the Supreme. And the Supreme is defined in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam as janmādy asya yato ’nvayād itarataś ca, or, “The origin of everything is the Supreme Brahman.” Therefore the origin of lust is also in the Supreme. If, therefore, lust is transformed into love for the Supreme, or transformed into Kṛṣṇa consciousness – or, in other words, desiring everything for Kṛṣṇa – then both lust and wrath can be spiritualized. Hanumān, the great servitor of Lord Rāma, exhibited his wrath by burning the golden city of Rāvaṇa, but by doing so he became the greatest devotee of the Lord. Here also, in Bhagavad-gītā, the Lord induces Arjuna to engage his wrath upon his enemies for the satisfaction of the Lord. Therefore, lust and wrath, when they are employed in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, become our friends instead of our enemies.

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,

May we wake up and see where our arrogance has once more brought us. While we are on our knees would be a good time to look back upon our Best Friend and Well-Wisher.

Rama. Krishna. Allah. Jehovah. Yahweh. Adonai. Rahman. Rahim. Buddha.

Call upon these names with love and see for yourself how it transforms the consciousness of the world, starting with yourself.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Wake up sleeping soul.

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?

Deepak A, 25th March 2016

Hare Krishna devotees

Please accept my humble obeisances
All Glories to Srila Gurudeva
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada

Am not a devotee! But i believe god is there in all things.I fear for him.

I always will be correct to my conscience and do things right.

But i have did some things wrong suddenly i feel like am away from god and he is angry on me for deeds i did.

Please tell me what Lord Krishna say about committing sin and how to come out from that.

I want to be pure as god both in deeds and heart .

Please help me!!!

your humble servant
Deepak Appu

Sridhar Das, 25th March 2016

Hare Krishna Deepak!

Please accept my humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Gurudeva!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Many answers that shall fully clarify all your doubts are coming up. I however just wanted to state:

I’m sure our understanding of God is that Krishna is the Supreme Person–ality of Godhead, who is one without a second, the rest being his servants/representatives.

We must try to confirm our understanding/sentiments from Vedas to assure we’re understanding correct which you’ve done sincerely.

When we read Bhagavad Gita with the mood of a devoted learner, an aspiring devotee, we will understand what is right, what is wrong, what Krishna wants, what pleases Him, what displeases Him.

When you feel Lord’s anger for you, I wish to correct that this is Krishna’s actual nature confirmed from His statements:

samo ‘haḿ sarva-bhūteṣu

na me dveṣyo ‘sti na priyaḥ

ye bhajanti tu māḿ bhaktyā

mayi te teṣu cāpy aham

I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all. But whoever renders service unto Me in devotion is a friend, is in Me, and I am also a friend to him.(BG 9.29).

The solution to sins is:

sarva-dharmān parityajya

mām ekaḿ śaraṇaḿ vraja

ahaḿ tvāḿ sarva-pāpebhyo

mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ

Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear. (18.66)

And if one simply accepts that I’m a servant of God or Krishna and I must obediently serve Him then whether one be the most sinful person addicted to most sinful activities but if He accepts this truth, Krishna guarantees to not only forgive their sins but even remove them and liberate the person like a caring father. For such a soul Krishna says:

api cet su-durācāro

bhajate mām ananya-bhāk

sādhur eva sa mantavyaḥ

samyag vyavasito hi saḥ

“Even if one commits the most abominable action, if he is engaged in devotional service he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated in his determination.” (BG 9.30)

When we serve the Lord and His devotees, automatically their godly qualities descend upon us if they’re pleased.

So the conclusion is to engage in some devotional service to Krishna in association of His devotees and all your problems (not current but complete lifetime) shall be solved.

Thank you for the nice question.

your servant
Shridhar Das

Bhakta Sunil, 27th March 2016

Hare Krishna Deepak bhai,

Please accept my humble respects,
All Glories to Vaishnavas,

If one does something wrong and feel away from God, it indicates that one has to purify oneself to prevent mistakes and misdeeds which can prick the conscience,

As long one has impurities in heart, one is forced to act in a way depending on the modes of material nature which one has acquired from one’s past desires and actions,

“Bhagavad Gita As It Is” Chapter 3 Verse 5 helps us to understand this point, as follows :

Translation :

Everyone is forced to act helplessly according to the qualities he has acquired from the modes of material nature; therefore no one can refrain from doing something, not even for a moment.

Purport :

It is not a question of embodied life, but it is the nature of the soul to be always active. Without the presence of the spirit soul, the material body cannot move. The body is only a dead vehicle to be worked by the spirit soul, which is always active and cannot stop even for a moment. As such, the spirit soul has to be engaged in the good work of Krishna consciousness, otherwise it will be engaged in occupations dictated by the illusory energy. In contact with material energy, the spirit soul acquires material modes, and to purify the soul from such affinities it is necessary to engage in the prescribed duties enjoined in the sastras. But if the soul is engaged in his natural function of Krishna consciousness, whatever he is able to do is good for him. The Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.5.17) affirms this:

tyaktva sva-dharmam caranambujam harer
bhajann apakvo ’tha patet tato yadi
yatra kva vabhadram abhud amusya kim
ko vartha apto ’bhajatam sva-dharmatah

“If someone takes to Krishna consciousness, even though he may not follow the prescribed duties in the sastras or execute the devotional service properly, and even though he may fall down from the standard, there is no loss or evil for him. But if he carries out all the injunctions for purification in the sastras, what does it avail him if he is not Krishna conscious?” So the purificatory process is necessary for reaching this point of Krishna consciousness. Therefore, sannyasa, or any purificatory process, is to help reach the ultimate goal of becoming Krishna conscious, without which everything is considered a failure.

Regarding your asking about freedom from sins, please read the Question-Answer taken from daily “Thought for the Day” emails , dated 7th June 2015 :

Question: Freedom from My Many Sins?

I am 23 years old. Now when I look back I can recollect many sins which I have done. The reason that I was not aware until now that this was sinful is due to my own karma from my previous birth. So even though I did not have the knowledge of right and wrong, I am solely responsible for this because it was my choice to be in ignorance. If in this birth I do good, is it possible that I may get spiritual knowledge in my next birth?

What is initiation? What is the complete process for getting initiated?

Can we live a grihastha (married) life after getting initiated?

Your reader

Answer: Surrender to Krishna Frees You from All Karma

There is no need to wait until your next birth to get spiritual knowledge and live a pure life. You can be born again right through the process known as initiation. In this way you will qualify to enter the eternal abode of Lord Sri Krishna at the time of death.

Initiation is when you take a vow to strictly follow the principles of Krishna consciousness for your entire life. This means that you agree to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day on japa mala beads and that you also agree to strictly avoid illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication, and gambling for your entire life. At the time of initiation you also accept a highly advanced devotee who is fixed in Krishna consciousness as your spiritual master and you agree to always abide by whatever instructions he gives you. By becoming initiated and keeping your vow, you are a fully surrendered devotee of Krishna. The spiritual master and Krishna free you from the reactions from all of your previous sinful activities for millions of lifetimes in this material world. Initiation is essential for one who wants to attain genuine happiness.

Srila Prabhupada emphasizes the importance of initiation in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 10.2.18:

“Unless one is initiated by the right person, who always carries within his heart the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one cannot acquire the power to carry the Supreme Godhead within the core of one’s own heart.”

He also writes in his purport to Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya Lila, 24. 331:

“As far as the time of diksha (initiation) is concerned, everything depends on the position of the guru. As soon as a bonafide guru is received by chance or by a program, one should immediately take the opportunity to receive initiation.”

Regarding your question about married (grihastha) life, many of our disciples are married and are progressing very nicely in Krishna consciousness. This option remains open to you. If you like, you can marry a nice Krishna conscious girl who is already a dedicated member our Krishna consciousness movement and raise children in Krishna consciousness.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Hope this helps,


Bhakta Sunil

Shyamapriya devi dasi, 30th March 2016

Hare Krishna

Actually, you are a devotee! We all are devotees. Even the trees, animals, birds, every living entity. However, we all are in a state of forgetfulness, just like a man who has lost his memory has difficulty to identify himself and where he belongs to. Then with the help of a doctor the patient is made to remember his past life (i.e. his real life) with the help of pictures, videos,etc. Slowly the patient recovers. But this is a very crude example to make us understand of our actual position.

A mango will be called a mango, whether it is at an unriped stage or at a completely ripened, sweet nectarean stage. Just like an unriped mango also has to work its way towards that ripened stage, we all devotees, slowly and slowly have to work on removing those layers and layers, heaps and heaps of dust (ignorance) covering our hearts under the expert guidance of a doctor i.e. a spiritual master to come to that mature, pure devotee stage. So if you haven’t found a doctor yet, this is a very good time to find one (from the wonderful list of spiritual masters in ISKCON and one of them, as you know, is our Srila Gurudeva) and start working your way to becoming completely pure as your wonderful desire is to be.

Sridhar Prabhu has already given well researched answer to your question.

But if you still feel to enquire further, our many experts on board are always there to help you.

Shyamapriya devi dasi

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Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 01st April 2016

Dear Deepak,

Hare Krishna!

The scriptural references you have, and also encouragement from the devotees.

Krishna is not some mean-bully-in-the-sky type personality.
Krishna is your best friend and supreme well-wisher.

If Krishna gives you correction, it will be in the mood of a loving parent who gives some punishment to a child, not some vindictive revenge-seeker-mentality.

Anyways, you know that what you did was not right, so you are feeling some remorse and guilt, but use this to go closer to Krishna by taking up some activity that will reduce the chance of you performing similar actions again.
Guilt is useless, but if we leverage remorse to lead us in the right direction, then that is ideal. Doing something practical that uplifts our consciousness is the key:

kecit kevalayā bhaktyā
aghaṁ dhunvanti kārtsnyena
 nīhāram iva bhāskaraḥ

Only a rare person who has adopted complete, unalloyed devotional service to Kṛṣṇa can uproot the weeds of sinful actions with no possibility that they will revive. He can do this simply by discharging devotional service, just as the sun can immediately dissipate fog by its rays. SB 6.1.15

This is the final answer of Sukadeva Goswami to the question of Maharaja Parikshit which was as follows:

kvacin nivartate ’bhadrāt
 kvacic carati tat punaḥ
prāyaścittam atho ’pārthaṁ
 manye kuñjara-śaucavat

Sometimes one who is very alert so as not to commit sinful acts is victimized by sinful life again. I therefore consider this process of repeated sinning and atoning to be useless. It is like the bathing of an elephant, for an elephant cleanses itself by taking a full bath, but then throws dust over its head and body as soon as it returns to the land. SB 6.1.10.

The verses from SB 6.1.10 to SB 6.1.15 are a wonderful exchange. Please consider reading at

Have you carefully read any of the books of Srila Prabhupada, even if it is a small book? Have you tried chanting Hare Krishna? Have you rendered any practical devotional service to the devotees?

Mahabhagavat Das

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 glories to Srila Gurudeva and Srimati Gurumataji,

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

For this age only Sankirtana Yajna is recommended. For doing the yajnas that were recommended in other ages, neither do we have that much of life span, nor physical strength and not enough resources. That is why other yajnas are not recommended.

your Servant

Sridhar Das, 06th June 2015

Hare Krishna Deepak,

My humble obeisances to you,
All Glories to Srila Gurudeva and Srimati Gurumata!
All Glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada!

You have correctly read that Sankirtan Yajna is the recommended Yajna for this age as confirmed below:

kṛte yad dhyāyato viṣṇuṁ
 tretāyāṁ yajato makhaiḥ
dvāpare paricaryāyāṁ
 kalau tad dhari-kīrtanāt

“Whatever result was obtained in Satya-yuga by meditating on Viṣṇu, in Tretā-yuga by performing sacrifices, and in Dvāpara-yuga by serving the Lord’s lotus feet can be obtained in Kali-yuga simply by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra.” (SB 12.3.52)

It can be performed by anyone irrespective of any past qualifications, irrespective of family backgrounds and can be chanted anytime and any place (we don’t carry beads in the bathroom though).

your servant
Sridhar Das

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Anger and Thoughts

With a sudden surge of anger, things go completely wrong… and sometimes thoughts just get into the mind and they keep on going in circles – how to get back on track?

Rathin Mandal, 30th May 2013

Hare Krishna,

Please accept my humble obeisances,
All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Gurumataji,
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

There are sometimes situation when there is a sudden surge of anger. And in that condition things go completely wrong.
Or there are circumstances when some thoughts just get into mind and they keep on going in circle and circle. And it becomes difficult to get them out of mind.

If I understand these correctly, these are only sign of mode of ignorance.
How should one control this kind of material mood swing.

your Servant
Sanil Kumar, 30th May 2013

Hare Krishna Prabhuji,
Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Gurudeva

Yes Prabhuji, It is due to lack of knowledge.  This is what I understood from the following verse.

BG 4.36
api ced asi päpebhyaù
sarvebhyaù päpa-kåt-tamaù
sarvaà jïäna-plavenaiva
våjinaà santariñyasi

Even if you are considered to be the most sinful of all sinners, when you are situated in the boat of transcendental knowledge you will be able to cross over the ocean of miseries.


Proper understanding of one’s constitutional position in relationship to Krishna is so nice that it can at once lift one from the struggle for existence which goes on in the ocean of nescience. This material world is sometimes regarded as an ocean of nescience and sometimes as a blazing forest. In the ocean, however expert a swimmer one may be, the struggle for existence is very severe. If someone comes forward and lifts the struggling swimmer from the ocean, he is the greatest savior. Perfect knowledge, received from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the path of liberation. The boat of Krishna consciousness is very simple, but at the same time the most sublime.

In a recent Thought of the day, Srila Gurudeva was answering to a question that – let these kind of thoughts and worries come and go, we need not bother much, we must continue our Krishna Conscious activities without hindrance.

your servant
Sanil kumar
Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 31st May 2013

Srila Gurudeva answered this question on a lecture available on the CD, I think question was asked by Bhakta Virendra and the answer is very nice. Check out Lecture number 25 on the CD 🙂 If someone does not have the CD, then let us know, we will figure out a way to get the CD to you., it has 30 wonderful lectures.

Generally, try to get into spiritual vibration, that is the only solution to get out of the rut of material vibration… like read, chant, hear someone else read, read together, listen to a class, something of that kind helps.

Mahabhagavat Das
Bhakta Sunil, 02nd June 2013

Hare Krishna to all!

Dear Rathin Prabhu

I have been reading your posts since many days
You have shared a lot of nectar of transcendental knowledge here

So this question is an opportunity to associate with you

Q.) There are sometimes situation when there is a sudden surge of anger. And in that condition things go completely wrong.
Anger cannot be totally stopped but controlled and utilized in service of Lord Krishna as Hanuman did for “Lord Krishna’s avtaar as
Lord Rama”.  As a spontaneous reaction in heat of situation , with agitation of mind anger comes out but if it is for wrong reasons and not controlled then one feels consciousness has got degraded and dejected which I guess is what you imply by “And in that condition things go completely wrong.”

But as one advances in devotional practice and learns from senior and pure devotees one better reacts to anger provoking situations. I understand it requires and demands lot of self-determination but”Perseverance furthers”.

If anger is not required one curls in with the emotions of anger and mind comes out of topic of anger. One can chant intensely the mahamantra and with each moment the anger heat dips and dips until after some time you feel peaceful and relaxed. So the situation acts as an opportunity to chant the mahamantra and one furthers in self-cleansing process.

The processes of trying divert mind from topic of anger to chanting helps not only to control anger but also helps to improve chanting. Thus one gets double benefit.

If one does not further react to the provoking situation then gradually but surely one gets over the state of mind.

Incorrect anger can be said to be an occasional show of worldiness. But it is said that if one is on the right path then an occasional show of worldliness is forgiven and one gradually but surely reaches pure devotional stage

This process as mentioned is for anger when it should be avoided.

But if anger is for correct reason and can be utilized in service of Lord then with anger one serves the Lord as when getting angry
towards one who blasphemes Lord or His Devotees

Q.) Or there are circumstances when some thoughts just get into mind and they keep on going in circle and circle. And it becomes difficult to get them out of mind.
Few days earlier a similar topic with it’s answer has been discussed in Ultimate Self-Realization E-mail Course as copied and pasted below.
I understand that one should not react to negative thoughts and with time the thoughts automatically go away

Answers by Citing the Vedic Version:
Question: How to Conquer Mental Distractions?

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Thank you for opening my eyes through your Ultimate Self Realization Course with the dailythoughts and questions and answers. I really need your help to progress in Krishna consciousness, which I am very determined about.

I am chanting about 6 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha mantra every morning, have started offering food to Krishna, reading Srila Prabhupada’s books almost every night, listening to your lectures CD, associating with devotees, thinking of Krishna as much as possible during the day, etc. But still at times (sometimes even during chanting), some really sinful thoughts/unwanted fears or distractions come to my mind which I immediately realize as bad and try to stop and instead focus my mind on the maha mantra or Radha Shyamasundar’s form. Please advise me how I can overcome these miserable mental distractions. Should I just ignore the nonsensicalthoughts every time they come up, avoid contemplating them and beg Krishna’s mercy every time that happens?  How to get free from them?

I am completely dependent on your mercy. Please help me and bless me.

Your undeserving servant,
Answer: Ignore Them Like an Unwanted Guest

Don’t be disturbed by the sinful thoughts by thinking and/or feeling that you must act on them. Just as they came flowing into your mind unimpeded, you should allow them maintain their flowing momentum and unimpededly flow out of your mind, just as by ignoring an unwanted guest he will eventually go away.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Hope this helps

Rathin Mandal, 04th June 2013

Hare Krishna,

Please accept my humble obeisances,
All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Gurumataji,
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you very much Sanil Prabhu, Sunil Prabhu and Mahabhagavat Prabhu for guidance. It do happens that I end up doing things incorrectly.

Sanil Prabhu and Sunil Prabhu I have often seen you referring wonderfully with the quote from Gurudeva. How do you do that? I am so sinful that I do not even remember what was yesterday’s quote.

Mahabhagavat Prabhu, I am surely hear lecture 25 again and present my understanding.

your servant

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How to avoid unkind words on getting into an argument

Sunil,27th December 2011

Please accept my humble obeisances

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada

I request you to answer this question :

If a person gets into an arguement and there is rush of adrenaline and therefore there is chance of talking wrongly and rudely or mentally hurting then how can one on the spot as an emergency measure prevent such wrong or unkind words?



Mahabhagavat Das SDA,28th December 2011

Dear Bhakta Sunil,

Hare Krishna!

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Gurudeva.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Very nice question, very practical also. It shows that you are really trying your best.

This question is very similar to the question asked by Sri Arjuna to Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna asked:

arjuna uvāca

atha kena prayukto ‘yaḿ

pāpaḿ carati pūruṣaḥ

anicchann api vārṣṇeya

balād iva niyojitaḥ

“Arjuna said: O descendant of Vṛṣṇi, by what is one impelled to sinful acts, even unwillingly, as if engaged by force?” BG 3.36.

And Krishna answers:

śrī-bhagavān uvāca

kāma eṣa krodha eṣa


mahāśano mahā-pāpmā

viddhy enam iha vairiṇam

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: It is lust only, Arjuna, which is born of contact with the material mode of passion and later transformed into wrath, and which is the all-devouring sinful enemy of this world.” BG 3.37

So, note that the key point is that lust comes in contact with material mode of passion, which gets transformed to anger.

Lust means the desire to enjoy our own senses separately from Krishna

In another instance, Arjuna asked:

cañcalaḿ hi manaḥ kṛṣṇa

pramāthi balavad dṛḍham

tasyāhaḿ nigrahaḿ manye

vāyor iva su-duṣkaram

“For the mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krishna, and to subdue it, I think, is more difficult than controlling the wind.” BG 6.34

Krishna answers this question as follows:

śrī-bhagavān uvāca

asaḿśayaḿ mahā-bāho

mano durnigrahaḿ calam

abhyāsena tu kaunteya

vairāgyeṇa ca gṛhyate

“Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa said: O mighty-armed son of Kuntī, it is undoubtedly very difficult to curb the restless mind, but it is possible by suitable practice and by detachment.” BG 6.35

Note that in this verse, Krishna stresses practice, and detachment.

So now, you have, in your question, already recognized that it is the head-rush of the adrenaline, not you, not the spirit soul, but the modes of material nature acting. So, congratulations, the first steps have already been taken by you.

How to overcome these effects though? By taking only Krishna Prasadam (controls the tongue – if we eat food cooked by materialists, then automatically we become lusty for sense gratification – this release of anger is also a form of sense gratification especially if not in connection with devotional service), strictly following the regulative principles (practice, detachment), and by chanting one’s minimum 16 rounds (sadhana, practice) before any other interaction of the day – in other words, please beg the spiritual master for mercy, and by chanting Hare Krishna, beg Sri Sri Radha and Krishna for Their mercy.

Will this guarantee that you won’t lose it? Does the fast-moving ceiling fan stop moving immediately after you switch it off? Does it not rotate a few more times? So in this way, if you are strict about Sadhana and following a Krishna conscious lifestyle, then the modes of material nature will have less and less of a grip on you, and eventually, if you just simply follow the process, you will become a pure devotee, guaranteed. I have my spiritual master’s word on this.

Try this sincerely.

Your servant,

Mahabhagavat Das

Tushar Vora,29th December 2011

Wonderful answer! Mahabhagavat Prabhu

I wish I could express like you.

Haripriya,29th December 2011

Hare Krsna devotees,

In this connection, I just want to share a quote from His Holiness Bhakthi Thirta Swami Maharaj which might often help at heated situations.

“Not forgiving someone is like holding a bunch of hot coals in your hand and waiting for an oppportunity to throw it at that person, but look how you burnt your own hand in that process” -Bhakthi Thirta Swami

Your servant,

Haripriya S

Premal,28th December 2011

Hare Krishna Prabhuji

All glories to Swami Prabhupada

Please accept my humble obeisances

Prabhuji a devotee of Radha Krishna loves Never Hates.

So unpleaseant and rude words may be spoken to the body but never Soul and Supersoul residing in the region of heart.

Ys servant


Tirtharaja Dasa,29th December 2011

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Angry and hurting words spew out of an injured ego. Once we get into an ego trip we assume the role of isvara and do not want to be questioned or challenged in any aspect. Ignorance is also another contributer and contemplating these thoughts, words and being attached to them sets the stage for their propagation. So please prabhu just take to this process of sankirtan yajna and surrender to a bonafide spiritual master and you shall be home and dry. The most practical way though is to pause take a several deep breaths while chanting the maha mantra. Thus our mind will be engaged into the maha mantra gear before we open a foul mouth like Shishupal.

Your Servant,

Tirtharaja Dasa.

Priyesh Shah,29th December 2011

Hare Krishna,

Please Accept My Humble Obeisances,

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada,

This is a little story that I had once heard and tends to help me sometimes:

There was once a boy who had a very bad temper and would get angry at almost anything. His father didn’t know how to solve the problem. Once he gave the boy a wooden plank, hammer and some nails. He asked him to hammer the nails into the plank every time he got angry, and so he did that. Eventually, he realised that it is better to not get angry than to put a nail through the plank every time. Then his father asked him to remove one nail for everyday he did not get angry. When all the nails had come out, the father told him that every time some one gets angry, it is as good as putting a nail through the other persons heart, and those wounds can not be healed easily just like the way the nails have left the holes in the plank even after removing them. As a friend once told me that the words are like arrows, and once released, cannot be taken back.

My brother has a very high temper and he was also warned by Bhanu Swami Maharaj to keep the anger under control, otherwise he can hurt someone with it. With practice, he managed to get it under control and anytime he gets angry, he just tries to stay quiet and tries to remember Krishna instead. We should always try and remember that the Lord resides in every one’s heart as the Supersoul, and in this way, with Lord’s Mercy, we can curb the anger.

I hope this helps in any way,

Your Servant,


Sunil,29th December 2011

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and to all Members

All members please accept my humble obeisances

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada

Thanks a lot for so many answers and thoughts that could be used to avoid unkind words on getting into an arguement

I am 100 % sure that your answers and thoughts will help me



Ayappan R,29th December 2011

Please accept my humble obeisances

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada

When in anger take an extra second. The intensity drops multiple times every second. Avoiding a second of anger saves years of sorrow.

Also think of this – when you are in anger thousands of poisonous chemicals are generated within the body. Recipe for disaster!

If one can, be happy when someone makes (tries to – no one can make you angry without your permission) you angry, because our prarabdha karma is getting consumed.

Anger can also be made into a positive energy with a little prayer for the other person to make him more sane. If we reach this stage , its a wow moment of life.

Wishing u all a great 2012.


Ayappan Ramamurthy

Harish,30th December

Thanks Prabhu ji for such an awesome and inspiring answer


Tushar Vora,29th December 2011

Chant the Mahamantra!

(Conversation compiled by Sunil Vaswani)

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