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By Mahatma das

I happily and enthusiastically welcome the holy names every japa session. I easily chant my prescribed number of rounds with focus and attention. When I chant, I chant. I get to chant, I want to chant, and I love to chant. I treat the maha-mantra as Radha and Krsna, fully present in sound. I receive and feel Krsna's presence, mercy and love in His holy names. I chant in full awareness that the holy name is my greatest treasure.

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June 25, 2014 -- 3,322 views
By Mahatma das

Prabhupada says that generally divorce is the woman's fault. Chastity is one of a woman's most important virtues, so husband and wife should not divorce. The premise of my article ‘Husband as Guru’ was that men are rarely entirely innocent. Some said this contradicts Prabhupada. I still stand by my statement. Yet, I do not agree I have contradicted Prabhupada, for by saying "generally," Prabhupada doesn't deny that men can have their share of responsibility in a divorce.

June 17, 2014 -- 3,509 views
By Mahatma das

The Nectar of Devotion asks us to be patient, or dhairyat (verse 3). And Prabhupada talks much about the necessity of patience to be successful. Who must we be patient with? This verse is referring to being patient with ourselves. Why? Because we often fail, and if we give up, we lose. Prabhupada said that if we lose enthusiasm, everything is finished. So self-hate can cause one to lose patience with oneself and thus feel like giving up. We need to patience with ourselves to remain ...

June 17, 2014 -- 2,372 views
By Mahatma das

I welcome the opposition and the opportunity to discuss issues of male/female relationships because in Iskcon, our marriage tract record is not good and if our discussion can help improve our marriages, then such discussion is welcome. So I am glad to have raised a few eyebrows and that I thus received the opportunity to address, in depth, the roles of men and women and their effects on marriage.

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June 17, 2014 -- 3,469 views
By Mahatma das

This article outlines one of the foundational points for a new workshop I recently developed called the Re-Creation Workshop. The workshops deals with understanding our psychological conditioning from the Vedantic perspective and using the knowledge to live in alignment with our ideals

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January 12, 2013 -- 3,192 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma das

Recently I was at a program in Tennessee in which a devotee said that environment is more powerful than willpower. He later told me how his environment at work was not at all conducive for Krsna conscious. He felt he could be Krsna conscious at home, but not at work.

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May 12, 2008 -- 4,197 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma das

If you are like me – or for that matter everyone I’ve ever met - you resist negative things. When others tell you what they don’t like about you, point out a mistake you made, criticize you, etc., you probably get defensive.

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April 25, 2008 -- 3,565 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma das

If the world is not Krsna conscious, we need to look at ourselves. Whenever devotees made excuses and told Prabhupada that people were not receptive or that they were difficult to preach to, Prabhupada always said that the problem was not with the people they were preaching to; the problem was with us.

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April 5, 2008 -- 4,537 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma das

Since the new year is around the corner, it’s natural to talk about new year’s resolutions. You might be thinking about doing something you’ve put off or making some changes for the new year.

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December 31, 2007 -- 3,945 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma Das

If I wrote a newsletter telling you how to double your money in ten days, would you be interested? Of course you would. Well if I knew how I’d tell you. But I don’t, so sorry. But I can tell you something better. I can tell you how to double your blessings in ten days. Are you as interested?

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December 19, 2007 -- 3,618 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma das

Fault finding can be so addicting that some people have to get their daily fix. And it's easily available everywhere. You can get a fix from all kinds of radio talk shows, news magazines, comedians, and TV shows (fault finding sells).

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November 23, 2007 -- 6,159 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma Das

I admit it. I’m addicted. But it’s not my fault. Really, I am innocent. I was simply asked to co-facilitate some japa retreats and workshops and I innocently accepted. And now I’ve become a japa retreat addict. I drop whatever I am doing and go to the next retreat or workshop.

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October 5, 2007 -- 5,456 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma Das

Bad habits don’t die easily. Prabhupada said chanting produces more chanting. But the question is what kind of “more chanting” does it produce? My experience is that bad chanting produces more bad chanting. And if the bad chanting goes on long enough, it pretty much becomes a habit.

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September 2, 2007 -- 4,012 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma Das

What is falldown? Breaking the four regulative principles or giving up devotional service is generally referred to as falldown. Although this is the main focus of this article, the principles I discuss relate to positively dealing with any kind of setback in spiritual life.

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August 9, 2007 -- 5,473 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma Das

In this article I focus on how our degree of commitment to our vows and promises is affected by what we believe is possible for us. I also look at how beliefs affect us in general.

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June 16, 2007 -- 4,327 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma Das

Imagine this scene: After millions of lifetimes you finally make it back to the spiritual world. As you approach the gates of Goloka you are asked to wait because Krsna wants to come and personally greet you. You are getting more excited at every moment...

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May 5, 2007 -- 5,362 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma Das

"Nish, nish, ram, ram, nish, nish, ram, ram." Prabhupada once imitated how we sometimes chant without focus, without concentration, without proper pronunciation – how we chant when we don’t feel like chanting.

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January 8, 2007 -- 5,841 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma Das

The following is an excerpt from an unfinished book about my life in Krsna consciousness. It details the history of how big book distribution began in Iskcon, a history which has not been chronicled in any Iskcon publications. The scene takes place in Vancouver, Canada, November of 1971

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November 27, 2006 -- 5,197 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma Das

I had built up such resentment inside me that I had become reluctant to give myself fully to Iskcon. I lacked the enthusiasm I used to have. I was more cautious. I was becoming more concerned about my well being than Iskcon’s. I moved more to the sidelines. I was being held back by a lot of pain, hurt, frustration and anger. I was afraid to step too far forward again. I had enough.

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July 3, 2006 -- 4,706 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma Das

1.Preaching without trying to understand people's needs and interests 2. Continuing to speak without determining if people are understanding or accepting what you are saying 3. Not paying attention when people talk 4. Interrupting people when they talk

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June 29, 2006 -- 4,104 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma Das

To not manage through a temple board i.e. to think you know everything and don't need input from others or to cancel or not hold meetings because you don't believe in or like meetings.

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June 23, 2006 -- 4,638 views
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