Put yourself in the shoes of the person you are asking or seeking help

I’ve written or called hundreds of people during my career who have never written back or returned my call. I’ve learned that people are often overwhelmed and overcommitted, and therefore unable or unwilling to help me. Instead of feeling defeated, I try to focus instead on how grateful I am that many other people have […]

God helps those who help themselves, says Lord Krishna

Krishna says that He provides for His devotees by giving them what they lack and preserving what they have. People are very fond of saying that God helps those who help themselves, but they do not understand that helping yourself means putting yourself under Krishna’s protection. If one thinks, “Oh, I can help myself. I […]

Keeping in constant touch with Krishna

Even after the destruction of this body, consciousness is not destroyed. Rather, consciousness is transferred to another type of body and again makes us aware of the material conception of life. That is also described in the Bhagavad-gita. At the time of death, if our consciousness is pure, we can be sure that our next […]

Srimad-Bhagavatam: The Transcendental literature

Religion includes four primary subjects, namely pious activities, economic development, satisfaction of the senses, and finally liberation from material bondage. Irreligious life is a barbarous condition. Indeed, human life begins when religion begins. Eating, sleeping, fearing, and mating are the four principles of animal life. These are common both to animals and to human beings. […]

Hoping against Hope, Srimad Bhagavatham Quotes on Greed & Greediness

Durashaya means which cannot be fulfilled. You can hope something but it will never be fulfilled. Persons who are trying to become happy by adjustment of this material energy, they do not know that happiness cannot be achieved without approaching God. Everyone is thinking, “I must first of all see my own interest.” But first […]

What are the Vedas?

What are the Vedas? The Sanskrit verbal root of Veda can be interpreted variously, but the purport is finally one. Veda means knowledge. Any knowledge you accept is Veda, for the teachings of the Vedas are the original knowledge. In the conditioned state, our knowledge is subjected to many deficiencies. The difference between a conditioned […]

Easy Vs Difficult as per Krishna Consciousness

Here is a list of Easy Vs Difficult things as per Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON & Hare Krishna Movement)… Easy is to judge the mistakes of others Difficult is to recognize our own mistakes Easy is to talk without thinking Difficult is to refrain the tongue Easy is to hurt someone Difficult is to heal the […]

The beginning of Spiritual Knowledge

Everyone is hankering for happiness because by nature we are happy: anandamayo ‘bhyasat (Vedanta-sutra 1.1.12). As spirit souls we are naturally happy, blissful. But we are suffering because we have been covered by five gross material elements — earth, water, fire, air, and ether — and three subtle material elements — mind, intelligence, and false […]

Forgive yourself, you are a human

“To err is human, to forgive divine.” You might as well insert the word “yourself” into this all-so-true observation about being human. Let’s face it. We are human, and to be human means you’re going to make errors, at least some of the time. You’re going to make plenty of mistakes, mess up from time […]

P.U.S.H. = Pray Until Something Happens

A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with bright light and the Savior appeared. The Lord told the man He had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the […]

There is no miracle in Krishna Consciousness

One man went out of his village, and after ten years, he came back, advertised himself that “I have become successful in yoga practice.” So naturally villagers surrounded him. “Oh, what yoga practice you have learned?” “I can walk on the water.” “Oh?” So the arrangement was that he’ll cross the river, walking on the […]

Two Wolves Within Us, a Moral Story

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.” “One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” “The other is Good. […]

Listen to the criticism and get the details, How to be a Perfect Human being

When someone criticizes you, instead of attacking the other person(s) for their words and building a hostile atmosphere try to calm it down. Try to remain level-headed, open and figure out how this can help you. Even when someone blurts out something not too constructive like “Your work/blog/product stinks!” you might want to ask a […]

Being Immortal

Matter changes in six phases: birth, growth, maintenance, production of by-products, dwindling, and death. But the life within matter, the spirit soul, is eternal; it goes through no such changes. Life appears to be developing and decaying, but actually it is simply passing through each of these six phases until the material body can no […]

Be Spiritual, Not Religious : Spiritual notes from ISKCON

“Be spiritual not religious”, it is a spiritual quote and the notes from ISKCON for all the devotees of God. Spirit is undying (eternal), internal and God’s fingerprint. Religion is temporary, external and man’s concoction. The Vedas teach “Sanatan Dharma” which eclipses religion and can restore the eternal soul to its pure original condition. The […]

The Choice is Yours

Lord Krishna preaching Bhagavad Gita

When we speak of Krishna, we mean God. Everyone has some vague idea of God, but no clear idea. Therefore God descends to show what He is. If we speculate on God, someone will think one thing, and another person will think another. This is the result of speculation. But if God Himself comes and […]

Power of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra

The following story illustrates how the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, although seemingly an ordinary sound, is not the same as other sounds. Out of His love for us, God manifests Himself as His holy name. The Padma Purana declares: abhinnatvam nama naminoh “There is no difference between the name of God and God Himself.” So the […]

Is there any real joyfulness? Joyfulness is an illusion in this material world

People think, “I can enjoy this material world very nicely. Everyone is having such a good time. There is no reason I can’t enjoy myself as much as they.” This idea is illusion because there is no real enjoyment in the material world. We may be very good-looking, famous, well educated, wealthy and powerful, and […]

Identity Crisis in Today’s world, Identity is a product of illusion

Everyone is seeking a common factor they can share with others of a similar mindset and in this way experience a sense of identity. The inherent problem in today’s modern society is that our identities are being defined by the body and mind. We live in a culture where our identity is established by the […]

Quest for Happiness

Suppose a man is thrown into the ocean. He may be an expert swimmer, but he cannot be happy in the ocean because he is out of his natural condition of life. The only way he will become happy is if someone picks him up from the ocean and places him on the land. So […]