Are You a “Religious” Devotee, or a Sadhaka (spiritual practitioner)?

Banyan tree

In my question which forms the title of this blog, I am using the word “religious” to indicate a person who is only a "part time devotee", or whose practice of Krishna consciousness is sort of on the back burner—only one of many interests. It is important to think about this for both a new person just beginning their spiritual life in relationship to Krishna and for those who have been involved with bhakti or Krishna consciousness for many years, or even decades.

Ratha Yatra 2011, Sydney Style, with HH Kadamba Kanana Swami

Last year the Ratha Yatra wove its way, like a garland of spiritual devotion, through the heart of Sydney.

This year, on 19 March, 2011, we aim to do the same with HH Kadamba Kanana Swami to lead the way.

Being Present in the Moment—Rather than Thinking of the Future Part 2

The mad dash

In this part of our series about being in the present, I wanted to share some thoughts I had over the two days I spoke of in my previous blog—going to the clinic and running errands. Before I do, I wanted to clarify what could be confusing. It might seem that what I spoke of before were two contradictory perspectives. One, of offering our day and its activities to Krishna and being fully present, and two, keeping a detached, observers eye, in order to learn what the day and the people we meet or see might teach us.

ISKCON Prison Ministry Gives Inmates the Key to Freedom

Originally published by ISKCON NEWS at:

Article writtten by : Madhava Smullen

Bhakti-lata Dasi is typing away busily at her laptop, absorbed in composing one of the 15 to 40 letters she writes to inmates at prisons across the US every month. But she looks up, smiling, happy to talk to ISKCON News about the service she’s been dedicating the bulk of her time to in the past two years.

Her office is a cosy room at the back of her Alachua, Florida home, dedicated solely to ISKCON Prison Ministry, an organization established in the USA in 1988 to bring Krishna consciousness to those who need it most.

Being Present in the Moment—Rather than Thinking of the Future Part 1

maddening crowds

So many themes repeat themselves in my awareness. We have theory (jnana) and realized wisdom (vijnana) and we need to continually revisit philosophical points till they are assimilated and become part of our identity. Since I live in partial seclusion in the country, away from the busy-ness of urban areas, when I do go to the “big city” with its thronging crowds, I notice things that I might otherwise be desensitized by. Human beings tend to become used to their surroundings, and hardly notice them—especially in our harried, overachiever society, in which we often have ten thoughts going on while we walk to our car, or carry out the duties of our household.

Texas Faith 29: What religion stories should the media focus on?

Dallas Morning News,

Each week we will post a question to a panel of about two dozen clergy, laity and theologians, all of whom are based in Texas or are from Texas. They will chime in with their responses to the question of the week. And you, readers, will be able to respond to their answers through the comment box.

Even a Bad Road is Capable of Improvement and Conversion into a Good One

Bad Road

Time flies when you are having fun is the saying. Or we could say that times flies when we are happy doing what we love; the hours and days seem to fly by. From another angle just being busy for whatever reason can make the time go faster, as does a variety of activities. I am saying this because I never finished part two from last week’s blog on success. Not that anyone noticed—but I did. My excuse—if I need one—is that I am going through the last touches on a book of my blogs. I have an editor doing the final editing, and a graphics artist designing the front and back covers, who will then do the page layout.

ISKCON Member Opens Council Briefing With Sanskrit Verse

Subway Japa

Currently in New York with my wife and kids visiting family. Riding

not so latest twitter updates – The Veronicas, Little Krishna, Ch 15, Keshi, SB install, babies and more

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