• Positive thoughts are like a turbo engine under your feet pushing you towards Krishna.

  • If you ingest resentment, then you feed on revenge. If you ingest fear, then you feed on hesitation.

  • If you want to be Krsna conscious, nothing will stop you. If you don’t want to be Krsna conscious, nothing can help you.

  • If everyone focuses on the faults of others rather than focus on their own faults, nothing improves.

  • Krsna will help us to the degree we have the intention, and make the effort, to improve.

  • Association with devotees is essential for becoming Krsna conscious. Therefore, not getting along well with devotees will pose a huge problem for our spiritual advancement.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Founder-Acarya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness

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  • Responsibility

    Is Forgiveness Possible Before We Are Pure? The Golden Avatara in this age of Kali, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, asked us to do kirtana (chant the holy names of God) in a humble state of mind with the tolerance and forgiveness of a tree. This instruction was not meant for the realized souls for they were […]

  • Is there Anyone to Forgive?

    Today a friend of mine wrote and asked me, “Isn’t gratitude the best way to forgive?” This is true if you are grateful that the person who hurt you is a messenger of your karma and is helping you learn valuable lessons for your spiritual purification and advancement. But that realization may not be possible […]

  • The Compassion Exercise

    The Compassion Exercise Instructions: Pick a person who has hurt you and run the following five steps on them.. Step 1 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life.” Step 2 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this […]

  • Radharani and Forgiveness

    Lord Indra was worried Maharaja Prthu might steal away some of his power and prestige, so  he stole one of the horses for the sacrifice that Prthu was doing,and when he realized he had done wrong, he took shelter of Lord Visnu who then told Prthu to forgive Indra, which he did. So even the […]

  • Paradoxical Commandments

    Paradoxical Commandments By Kent Keith People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway If you are honest and frank, people may cheat […]

  • Forgiveness Challenges You

    We get stuck with forgiving when looking for logical reasons to forgive. We often say “I can’t forgive” or “I don’t know how to forgive” because we are looking for a good reason to forgive. The problem is you may never find a “good” reason. Forgiveness challenges us to be compassionate, to offer kindness to […]

  • What Forgiveness Is and Is Not

    Forgiveness is: • Giving up all hope for a better past • Giving up the resentment to which you are entitled • Returning unkind acts with kindness • Taking responsibility for how you feel • Healing your wounds • A trainable skill that everyone can learn and practice • Living in the present instead of […]

  • More Quotes On Forgiveness

    Forgiving releases you from the punishment of a self-made prison where you are both the inmate and the jailer. (Sidney and Suzanne Simon) Release them and you will be released. (Josif Tson) The hatred you’re carrying is a live coal in your heart – far more damaging to yourself than to them.   (Lawana Blackwell) Resentment […]

  • Stories Of Forgiveness – 4

    I found this amazing story and wanted to share it with you. On March 23, 1995, my 17-year-old daughter, Nicole, opened the door of her father’s house to a 16-year-old young man named LeVaughn whom she knew. LeVaughn came into the house and they began to argue over drugs. LeVaughn picked up the butcher knife […]

  • The Need For Forgiveness In The World

    The more I do the workshops, the more I see how needed and beneficial forgiveness is for ourselves, for relationships, for minimizing conflict at home and in the workplace, and for dealing with all the bigotry, hatred and prejudice in the world. Ours is a culture of “If I am wronged, I get back.” Most […]

  • Forgiveness is not Logical

    We get stuck with forgiving when looking for logical reasons to forgive. We often say, “I can’t forgive” or “I don’t know how to forgive” because we are looking for a good reason to forgive. The problem is that we may never find a good reason. Forgiveness challenges us to be compassionate, to offer kindness […]

  • Hard Hearted

    To advance in spritiual life the heart must become soft. Fault finding, holding grudges, being jealous of others, etc. makes the heart hard. In the Vedas it is said that a person advanced in spiritual consciousness has a heart soft like gold and such a soft heart can easily melt in love of God.

  • Dealing with Anger

    By Arcana Siddhi The Core of Anger In 1976 I had my first boil. Beneath my skin emerged a red swollen protrusion about an inch in diameter. The inflamed mound soon had a snowcap as the infection made its way to the top. Eventually it erupted through the skin and the infection came gushing out […]

  • Srila Prabhupada Quotes on Forgiveness

    Forgiveness is Pleasing to Krsna The duty of a brahmana is to culture the quality of forgiveness, which is illuminating like the sun. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, is pleased with those who are forgiving. (SB 9.15.40) The Lord is very satisfied with His devotee when the devotee greets other people with tolerance, mercy, […]

  • Forgiveness is Illogical

    Many people tell me they are trying to forgive but can’t. This often means they are looking for logical reasons to forgive. Forgiveness is often illogical and unnatural because you are confronted with forgiving an unforgiveable act. Forgiveness happens when you elevate your consciousness above hate, anger, resentment and blame. If you remain on these […]

  • Forgiveness Means A Soft Heart

    Love is a much more pleasant emotion than hate. If we get a taste for love, we will give up our taste for hate. If we allow ourselves to appreciate someone we hate, it will transform our life. Forgiveness takes place when there is a change in our heart. If we only understand forgiveness in […]

  • Forgiveness Affirmations

    I openly recognize and accept my I am grateful for this situation. I embrace the difficulties I need for my growth and purification. I positively respond to the events in my life. I accept that no one can hurt me unless I allow them to. I connect with my compassionate side as I empathize with […]

  • How to know you have totally forgiven

    Have You Forgiven? Below is a checklist to help you determine whether or not you are practicing a life of forgiveness, and thus what you may still need to work on. Go over this checklist as many times as needed for any person you have issues with. On a scale of 0 to 10, with […]

  • Your Story

    A baby lion was raised by a family of sheep. When he grew older they sent him away because he was different. A man found him lamenting because he was faced with a life alone. The man asked why are you so depressed and the lion told him of his plight. The man said you […]

  • Forgiveness Studies

    In his book, “The Forgiving Self,” clinical psychologist Robert Karen describes case histories of patients whose lives have benefited by forgiving, and offers practical advice on how to bring yourself to forgive. Similar insights come from another clinical psychologist, Everett Worthington, Jr., author of “Five Steps to Forgiveness: The Art and Science of Forgiving.” Worthington, […]

  • Beliefs About Forgiveness

    Beliefs About Forgiveness On a scale of 0 to 10, 0 indicating you totally disagree and 10 indicating you totally agree, please rate the following statements. What was done was so hurtful and destructive that it is unforgiveable. What was done was so hurtful and destructive that it’s wrong to forgive. Only minor offences should […]

  • Forgiveness is the Cure for Victimhood

    Forgiveness is one of the greatest cures for victimhood. Unfortunately, not being a victim is uncomfortable for some people. It’s easy to see why a person who wants to remain a victim can’t forgive others- then they would have to give up their victimhood. We should be glad the abuse is over. Are we really […]

  • Brahmanas and Forgiving

    “O great hero,” he said, “you have unnecessarily killed the king, who is supposed to be the embodiment of all the demigods. Thus you have committed a sin. We brahmanas are worshipable by others only due to our quality of forgiveness. It is through this quality of forgiveness that Lord Brahma has achieved the post […]

  • Stories Of Forgiveness – 2

    A young man was once flirting with a girl in a bar. He began touching her and this so enraged the girl that she pulled out a knife. Moments later she had stabbed him to death. She spent the rest of her life in jail miserably living with the guilt of having killing someone who […]

  • You Create Your Own Hell

    You create your own hell, and then you burn in it. My spiritual master sometimes uses the expression “hellish mentality. Yet, he doesn’t differentiate a “hellish mentality” from “dwelling in hell.” We are impacted by every one of our thoughts. If the thoughts are hellish, we are in hell. Hell is the absence of God. […]

  • Compassion Cures Resentment

    A devotee of the Lord does not want to see another person suffer. He feels he has no right to judge or inflict pain on anyone. When this humility mixes with compassion, feeling for the suffering of others, forgiveness arises. In the tradition of bhakti (devotion), humility, forgiveness and compassion are inherent within bhakti. This […]

  • No one to Blame

    Is it not hypocrisy to honor Lord Krsna, Lord Buddha, Lord Jesus or other great spiritual teachers for bringing us the gift of understanding that life is suffering, or to honor God for teaching us lessons through suffering, and then blame our “offender” who brings us the same gift as a life lesson? Is one […]

  • Stories Of Forgiveness – 3

    A Yogi (a renowned seeker of spirituality) was having a bath on the edge of a flooded river. Because of the flood one scorpion happened to float by him. Seeing that the scorpion might die, the Yogi picked him up in his hand to take him out of the water. But immediately the scorpion bit […]

  • Stories Of Forgiveness – 1

    A six year old girl in New Orleans was the first black student to attend a mixed school after apartheid. The white people were so disturbed that a black girl was going to a school that was formerly all white, that she had to be escorted by Federal Marshals. The white students boycotted the school […]

  • Forgiveness and the Heart

    In my forgiveness seminars, one thing consistently stands out: when a person’s heart opens, they forgive. When the heart is softened one does not want to cause pain to another. Since resentment is about getting back at someone for the wrongs they have done, a softened heart is the antidote to resentment. Through pranayama, chanting, […]

Grhastha Ashram

  • More Questions to ask a Potential Spouse

    What do you need to know before deciding on a spouse? Many times devotees wonder what questions to ask their prospective spouses in order to determine if they are compatible enough to consider marriage. Traditionally, parents found a spouse for their children, because they could best understand the nature of their children and the compatibility […]

  • Do’s and Don’ts for Women

    Do’s Show affection. Give warm hugs. Be supportive. Provide emotional support Speak kindly in a soft manner. Acknowledge our needs. Listen to what we say. Create a sense of togetherness. Admit your mistakes. Apologize when you make a mistake or are wrong. Communicate well with us (good verbal communication). Spend more time with the family. […]

  • Questions to Ask a Potential Spouse

    Questions to Ask a Potential Spouse By Mahatma das What follows are what I believe to be the some of the more important questions to ask one another. It’s important to be thoroughly honest about who you are and your aspirations. In other words, when you like someone, you may say anything to please them […]

  • The Marriage Manual – Principles that Create a healthy marriage

    The Marriage Manual Principles that Create a healthy marriage By Mahatma Das What follows are the main principles I teach in my marriage workshop entitled Sacred Union, The laws of relationship. Following these principles can help a bad marriage become good, a good marriage become better, and turn around a marriage that seems doomed to […]

  • For Guys Only

    We Can Fix Anything For Guys Only, Ladies DO NOT Read by Partha dasa Guys like to fix things. It’s in our genes. Man the tool maker!  Here in Saranagati Village, something is always breaking down; the water system, the road grader, rotor tillers, tractors, cars, you name it. If a car breaks down, every […]

  • What to look for in a husband

    Girls Beware If a man is serious about marrying, i.e. he doesn’t want a girlfriend but wants a wife – which is the proper way to see a woman – know that it takes much time to know if a man and woman should marry. If he is basing his attraction primarily the fact that […]

  • Strong Marriages Have 6 Vital Ingredients

    Good communication starts with open and respectful listening. This doesn’t mean we have to agree with what we hear, but that we listen with a mood to understand and validate. We listen with both intellect (for the content) and with heart (for the feelings). This receptive attitude builds a loving and trusting relationship. Respect should […]

  • Signs of Abusive Relationships

    The following items are symptoms that may indicate abuse. In themselves they do not signify abuse, but they should raise concern: Your partner has a history of abuse. You tend to give more than you receive in the relationship; you perceive that your relationship is not reciprocal. You think your spouse or partner has much […]

  • Children of Divorced Parents

    Research has revealed the following outcomes for children of divorced parents: * Children whose parents have divorced are increasingly the victims of abuse. They exhibit more health, behavioural, and emotional problems, are involved more frequently in crime and drug abuse, and have higher rates of suicide. * Children of divorced parents perform more poorly in […]

  • You Are Responsible for a Bad or Good Marriage

    The only way YOU can change your marriage is to change yourself. You’ve got to become the man or woman that anyone would want to be married to. You have to learn what a man/woman wants in a marriage AND how to implement relationship habits so that you can offer it CONSISTENTLY. Are you thinking, […]

  • Pre – Marital Questions

    What is your concept of marriage? Have you been married before? What are you expectations of marriage? Why have you chosen me as a potential spouse? What is your understanding of a Krsna Conscious marriage? What is your understanding of the role of the husband? What is your understanding/desire for the role of your wife? […]

  • Do’s and Don’ts for Men

    Do’s Love Show affection. Give warm hugs. Give compliments and small gifts. Be supportive. Provide emotional support (This came up a lot). Acknowledge our needs Be sweet. Be sensitive. Be understanding. Be tolerant. Be appreciative of what I do. Communication Listen to what we say. Communicate with us (good verbal communication). Don’t be in denial […]

  • Signs of an unqualified spouse

    According to The Don’t Marry a Jerk Paradigm, the following four areas need to be in balance. You should find the following qualities in the other person in equal amount. If one is high but the other is low, you will have problems. You can trust the person. The person is committed to you or […]

  • How Women Can Treat Men

    How Women Can Treat Men We, as women, can be patient when men talk with us, give them time and space to express themselves and understand that they don’t communicate like our female friends. Bantering with girlfriends and talking over one another is common behavior when we gather together, but a man’s sharing is a […]

  • Danger Signs in Marriage

    Danger Signs in Marriage One should not be alarmed by detecting some of the signs listed below. However, it is important to notice and acknowledge these problems, and to take suitable action before they become serious. Preferably talk with your spouse about these challenges and, and if necessary seek help from others. The couple has […]

  • Husband Serves

    Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.14.19 O respectful one, a wife is so helpful that she is called the better half of a man’s body because of her sharing in all auspicious activities. A man can move without anxiety entrusting all responsibilities to his wife. PURPORT By the Vedic injunction, the wife is accepted as the better half […]

  • What to look for in a potential spouse

    The Seven Qualities to look in for a Spouse Free from Addictions: Avoid persons who have ex-cessive attachment to drugs, alcohol, food, sex, computer games or television. Such ad-dictions often overshadow re-lationships with family mem-bers, friends and the Lord. Al-though counseling and spiritual practice can help addicts, it is risky to start a relation-ship with […]

Blog

  • Anger

    What is the cause of our anger? Anger has nothing to do with external situations or people’s behavior. It may seem that these cause us to become angry, but nothing can cause something to come out of us if it doesn’t already exist within us. In other words, it’s not out there; it’s inside of us. […]

  • Conditioning and Determination

    In remaining determined there are different factors that can affect us. Let’s first look at a big one: creating the proper environment in your life to support your determination. If I am determined to not eat sweets, but I stock my house full of sweets, that will likely work against me. Rather, I would do better […]

  • You’ve Got to be Out of Your Mind to Chant

    When someone does or says something crazy, we might say, “He must be out of his mind.” To chant well we shouldn’t be crazy but we should be out of our mind. Why? Prabhupada said we don’t need the mind to chant. Feeling is a function of the heart, not the mind. Feeling is what keeps […]

  • Installing Love

    Tech Support: Yes, how can I help you? Customer: Well, after much consideration, I’ve decided to install Love. Can you guide me through the process? Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed? Customer: Well, I’m not very technical, but I think I’m ready. What do I do first? Tech Support: […]

  • Noticing Krsna

    A construction supervisor, working on the sixth floor of a building, calls a worker on the ground floor. Because of the construction noise, the worker doesn’t hear his supervisor. To draw his attention, the supervisor throws a dollar bill at the worker. It falls right in front of him. He picks it up and puts […]

  • Responsibility

    A devotee once told me that her husband had taken money from their joint account, ran off with it, and left her with nothing. This woman was asked by a counselor to tell the same story again, but this time to tell it from the viewpoint that she was responsible for what happened. By telling […]

  • Death Of A Loved One

    When we lose a loved one, it’s common to question how Krsna could have allowed this to happen. We may think it doesn’t seem right or we don’t deserve it. This can even create resentment, subtly or grossly,  towards Krsna. Srila  Prabhupada was asked why Krsna created a world in which there is suffering. He […]

  • No One Can Help You

    In the book My Glorious Master, Bhurijan Prabhu writes, “A devotee asked Prabhupada for help, saying that he was not able to follow the four rules. Prabhupada looked sternly at him, ‘If you do not follow the regulative principles, then no one can help you’.” The platform from which help comes is following the principles and […]

  • Japa – Building Your Foundation

    Rate how your japa has been in the recent past on a scale of 1 to 10. Consider what you can do to improve, and start to implement these ideas. Regularly monitor the quality of your japa by considering what is going well, what isn’t going well, and how you can improve. Little improvements over […]

  • Your Consciousness Affects Matter, People, and the World

    What you think not only affects you, it affects those around you. It can even affect those not in your immediate presence. Your consciousness also affects matter. Did you know that a scientific experiment is affected by the person observing the experiment? Srila Prabhupada said the world would become Krsna conscious if one percent of the […]

  • A Real Man

    If your wife or husband says that I don’t like something that you do, if you’re smart you will listen carefully. It is the principle of a good relationship: you want to make the other person happy. (And by the way, your spouse provides your personalized marriage manual when he or she tells you what […]

  • Let Krsna Pull You Away From Maya

    Krsna helps us to the degree we have the intention, and make the effort,  to improve. Certainly no problem of ours is too great for Him to solve. We just need to be willing to let Him solve it. One of the offences to the holy name is to maintain material attachments. The holy name […]

  • Japa Samskaras

    We want to build positive japa samskaras (habits) through regular good japa practices. Once we develop positive japa habits, our japa will naturally be good – the way we always chant japa. However, if we don’t correct bad japa practices and replace them with good habits, bad japa will be our default setting. First you […]

  • 12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening

    Another list of spiritual symptoms without mentioning God. Amazing! And they are very ambiguous. This is due to the fact that these so-called spiritual teachers are not following a bona fide guru. They have omitted God from their spiritual teachings. Truly Kali-yuga in full swing. Krsna, save this world! Here is how we would use […]

  • Start It Yesterday

    If you wait to feel like acting before doing something that’s important, that’s not intelligent. You might end up waiting for a few thousands more lifetimes before you finally get around to doing it. You just need to act. When do you need to act? I hear you say, “Okay, I’ll do it tomorrow.” In America when […]

  • We Cause Our Own Suffering

    “Who do you think you are to treat me this way?” I haven’t read that sloka in our books, have you? But this sloka I have read, “Whatever is coming to me is only a fraction of what I deserve.” How come we miss this point and spend useless energy battling others in our mind, […]

  • Cooperation is Higher Than Integrity

    Today I heard a wonderful story. A devotee wrote Prabhupada because his disagreed with the tactics devotees were using to raise donations, tactics supported by the Temple President. He expressed his specific concerns in his letter to Prabhupada. In Prabhupada’s reply, he did not address the issue. He did not say he favored one idea […]

  • What About Our Past?

    What about our past? How do we deal with it? What is important is the direction we are facing, not the direction we have come from. However, when we look at our past it can be an impetus to move forward if we feel ashamed for what we have done and remember the pain that such activities […]

  • Go Cold Turkey

    Attachments come from conditioning (habit) and the best way to break a bad habit is to stop indulging in it. Once an alcoholic gets off alcohol, he is told never to take one drop of alcohol again for the rest of his life. He shouldn’t get near alcohol, look at it, think about it, etc. […]

  • About Criticism

    We critisize others more often than we think. Make a mental note of how often you find fault with others and why you do it (both with devotees and nondevotees). See if you can go a day, a week, a month, or more without saying anything bad about anyone. (Calling a thief a thief is […]

  • Feeling Bad

    To feel bad that you are not more Krsna conscious is good if the focus is on Krsna. To feel bad that you are not more Krsna conscious is bad if the focus is on how bad you feel (i.e. the focus is on you). The former is transcendental and the latter is in the mode of […]

  • Coming Closer To Krsna

    Realizations come in proportion to our need for them. In other words, when we desire to go further in Krsna consciousness, we need more knowledge, deeper insight, a new attitude, greater determination, or more faith. It is by having a strong desire to move a little closer to Krsna that He gives us what’s needed […]

  • About Being Present to the Holy Names

    Being present means to feel what you are feeling, see what you are seeing, hear what you are hearing, and taste what you are tasting. In other words, your mind is not somewhere else during these experiences. If your mind is not present you lose the actual experience you should be having, to one degree […]

Letter Excerpts

  • Abusive Husbands

    In this letter H G Mahatma Prabhu replies to a devotee who had an abusive husband and it was becoming difficult for her to tolerate the whims and abuses of her husband and was trying to seek advise. I am sorry to hear about the way your husband treats you. Whenever I hear of such […]

  • Get Off the Couch

    A letter to a devotee battling with a lack of will power.. how you feel is a perfect set up for failure. you are too negative to succeed. the only one who fails is the one who gives up. sounds like you have lost hope. never give up. you create your reality. do you realize […]

  • Cause of our anger

    Here H G Mahatma Prabhu very scrutinizingly teaches a devotee the cause of the anger and how to extinguish it. It may seem that external situations cause us to become angry, but no situation or person can cause something to come out of us that doesn’t exist within us. Anger is not out there; it’s […]

  • Anger Control

    In this letter H G Mahatma Prabhu replies to a devotee who is inquisitive as to how to understand and control anger. Anger is a secondary emotion. There is something deeper that causes your anger. In other words, your anger is a by-product of another emotion. What do you think is the cause of your […]

  • 16 Rounds

    In this letter H G Mahatma Prabhu replies to a devotee who explains that it is sometimes difficult to chant 16 rounds a day because she is a stay home mother with a young child. It’s a matter of making a resolve to do 16 rounds and then adjusting your life to support that resolve. […]

  • About Motivation

    Guru is our shelter, our guide, and our friend. His instructions are our power. His instructions are like the wind, but your sails must be open to receive the wind. He doesn’t open your sails for you. Self reliance and dependence go together as do wind and sails. Guru is not a crutch, but someone […]

  • React to Anger

    In this letter H G Mahatma Prabhu replies to a devotee who wanted to know how to react when one gets angry? The dilemma for this devotee was to how to behave when others are seen not to behave properly although there is an intellectual understanding to not get angry and to tolerate. H G […]

  • Anger towards children

    H G Mahatma Prabhu here writes to a devotee how to deal with children when they don’t listen and what to do when that might makes us angry.. Nothing can make you angry if you don’t allow it. Don’t teach your children to respond to situations with anger; teach them to respond with kindness, understanding […]

  • Bumps in the road

    Here, H G Mahatma Prabhu advises to a devotee who found that life was full of challenges and that too tough ones. What you are experiencing are bumps in the road. Please tolerate them and use this time as an opportunity to become stronger and more Krsna conscious. We need these challenges to grow. My […]

  • Determination

    Devotee: As you said in your mail that greatest inspiration comes from service in connection with guru and Krsna! So honestly, I myself have been looking for that! So what’s your instruction for me? Mahatma Prabhu: First you need to search your heart to find out what you really connect with, what you really like […]

  • Face Yourself

    This is a short response given by H G Mahatma Prabhu to a devotee who wanted to know how to deal and balance the wanted and unwanted in one’s life. The truth always lies somewhere in the middle. When you find yourself being too one sided, understand that you may be blocking out a part […]

  • Baby Steps

    Here H G Mahatma Prabhu very kindly acknowledges, converses, and encourages a devotee who was upset with the way life was for that devotee.. Devotee: Hare Krsna Mahatma Prabhuji, due to personal reasons I was upset and impulsively wrote you the last message. Mahatma Prabhu: Yes, it did seem you were upset. Devotee: I was […]

My Poems

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6

    Chapter 6 Bhagavad Gita 1)To be a renunciate and a true yogi    Give up your desires and simply work for Me 2) For yoga is the same as renunciation    It means giving up sense gratification 5) Deliver yourself with the help of the mind    Make it your friend or it will degrade […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 1

    Chapter 1 Bhagavad Gita  Dhrtarastra said At holy Kuruksetra desiring to fight And ready with all their military might What did my sons and the sons Pandu do? Please tell me Sanjaya, it was seen by you Sanjaya said Seeing the army of the Pandu’s creation Arranged in fine military formation Duryodhan went to his […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9

    Chapter 9 Bhagavad Gita Because you are never envious of Me I shall impart this most secret wisdom to thee Knowing which you shall be relieved From birth, death, old age and disease Of all education, this knowledge is king The most secret of all secrets, the purest thing And because it gives direct self […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3

    Chapter 2 Bhagavad Gita Arjuna still doubting, eyes brimming with tears Inquired from Lord Krsna regarding his fears How could I kill or even dishonor Men I should worship like Bhisma and Drona? The lot of a beggar would be better for me Than to profit from killing those before me I cannot decide what […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16

    Chapter 16 Bhagavad Gita Fearlessness, living life in purity To cultivate spiritual knowledge, charity 4) Pride, conceit, anger, and of course arrogance    As well as harshness and total ignorance    Are the qualities belonging to ungodly men    Born with this nature, O Arjuna, My friend 5) Divine qualities open liberation’s door    Ungodly […]

  • I Am – From the Bhagavad Gita

    I AM (From the Bhagavad Gita ) 1) I am the source of all that is here I am the One who makes it disappear. There is nothing beyond Me, I’m the head – All rests upon Me like pearls rest on a thread. 2)The taste of water, the life of all that lives, The […]

  • My Conversation With Krsna

    I called up Krsna the other day because I was having a really hard time. There were so many things going wrong and I couldn’t understand why. So I said, “Krsna, you love me, right? “And feelingly He said, “Of course. I love you unconditionally.” So I questioned how you can love someone and at […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4

    Chapter 4 Bhagavad Gita 1) This knowledge was received by a succession    Of master to disciple by aural reception 2) The saintly kings also knew it in that way    But the line was broken and is lost today 3) I am telling you that very science again    Because you are my devotee […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2

    Chapter 2 Bhagavad Gita Arjuna still doubting, eyes brimming with tears Inquired from Lord Krsna regarding his fears How could I kill or even dishonor Men I should worship like Bhisma and Drona? The lot of a beggar would be better for me Than to profit from killing those before me I cannot decide what […]

  • Maya

    Maya Mistress of Illusion Based on Srila Prabhupada’s Teachings She is the mistress of all material things We think we’re free but she is pulling the strings She makes you laugh, she’ll make you cry, She’ll make you think you’ll never die. She makes you great, she makes you small, She takes you up and […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7

    Chapter 7 Bhagavad Gita   Practice devotion with attachment to Me And You can know Me in full, undoubtedly Out of many thousands of perfected men Hardly ones truly knows Me as I am I am the source of all that is here I am the one who makes it disappear. There’s is nothing beyond […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12

     Chapter 12 Bhagavad Gita Arjuna asked 1. I want to know which is the best of these two Those always engaged in service to You Or those who worship the impersonal Brahman The unmanifested unknowable One Lord Krsna said 2. One who is fixed on my Personality And is always engaged in worshiping Me With […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15

    Chapter 15 Bhagavad Gita There is a tree whose roots grow upward and strong    Its branches grow down, its leaves are Vedic songs These branches are the material modes three    One who knows the Vedas is the knower of this tree No one can understand where this tree ends    Where its foundation […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 14

    Chapter 14 Bhagavad Gita Again I shall explain this wisdom supreme    Of all kinds of knowledge, this is the cream    Fixed in this knowledge one can surely attain    A nature like Mine, and never take birth again O Arjuna, of all species of life      I’m the seed giving father, nature’s my […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10

    Chapter 10 Bhagavad Gita   Lord Krsna said:   O mighty armed Arjuna, just listen again I shall speak further because you are my friend From this knowledge there is much to be gained It is better than what I have already explained   The demigods and sages don’t know my course For in every […]

  • Like A Lotus Flower

    Like A Lotus Flower Based on Analogies Found in Srila Prabhupada’s Books Comparing Krsna to a Lotus Flower Intro – Lotus One Your face is beautiful Like a lotus flower Your eyes are wide Just like a lotus petal Your lips are red Like a lotus flower And Your smile is pleasing Like a young […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11

    Chapter 11 Bhagavad Gita   Arjuna said: By hearing the words that you’ve given so far My illusion is gone, I see You as You are But there is something I would like to see Please show me Your form that pervades all that be Lord Krsna said: Behold, Arjuna, My great opulence Many thousands […]

  • I Was Shocked

    I Was Shocked Adpated from a Chirstian poem By Mahatma Das I was shocked, confused, bewildered As I entered Goloka’s door; Not by the beauty of it all, Nor the light or its decor.   But it was the devotees in Goloka That I was amazed to see; I knew them all on the earth […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 8

    Chapter 8 Bhagavad Gita One who quits his body thinking of Me No doubt attains my nature eternally What one remembers during his last breath One will certainly attain after death Always think of Me in this form that you see At the same time carry out your (prescribed) duty With your mind and intelligence […]

  • Ramayana

    Ramyana in Poetry -By Mahatma Das It was the night before the coronation, Prince Ram to be crowned Ayodhya’s king, Amidst the joy and celebration Ram’s father, Dasaratha, met his favorite queen. He found Kaikeya lying on the ground Overwhelmed by agonizing grief. He asked her the cause of her trouble And how he could […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13

    Chapter 13 Bhagavad Gita   Arjuna said: Krsna, I want to learn all there is to know    What is nature, God, the body, the soul? Lord Krsna said Arjuna, the body is called the field    And the soul, the knower, does its knowledge wield I’m also the knower in everyone you see    […]

  • Bhagavad Gita Chapter 5

    Chapter 5 Bhagavad Gita Arjuna said: 1) Should I renounce work or work in devotion Which of these two brings the greater promotion? Lord Krsna replied: 2) Liberation can be had either way    But work in devotion is better I say 6) Unless all work is devoted to Me    Detachment alone cannot make […]

  • Kitchri and Gumpsha

    Kitchri and Gumpsha Verse 1 I’m was flying high on Krsna And everything was fine But somewhere along the way Ambition entered my mind So I climbed up the ladder And struggled to the top But after I got there I found it’s not what I want   Chorus So give me kitchri and gumpsha Six […]

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