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Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma das

Can a person with low self-esteem be spiritually advanced? Can a person with healthy self-esteem not be spiritually advanced? Is there an absolute correlation between the two? Yes, to the first two questions. But if one has low self-esteem, it can be an impediment because of the need to pull others down. Of course, high self-esteem doesn't guarantee spiritual advancement, but generally such persons have an easier time confronting and dealing with their faults. I find that many of the devotee’s problems come from not loving themselves, that is they neglect their sadhana ...

Aug 20, 2017 -- 1,781 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma das

Many times Srila Prabhupada said "Love and trust." I think we need a lot more of this. Vengeance, envy, anger,and discord are often higher within religious groups than elsewhere (“We have enough religion to hate, but not enough to love”). We need to be careful about this in Iskcon. Recently I came across this quote. "Religious people often become self righteous, judgmental, resentful, condemning, etc. as they see more faults in man than other's see. Psychologists have noted that piety can easi...

Jul 30, 2017 -- 12,286 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. Give Me Some Respect. Dale Carnegie said the desire to be appreciated is one of our greatest needs. It seems to me like it’s right up there with eating, sleeping mating and defending. Tell someone how great they are and even if they know you are exaggerating, they’ll still eat it up. We are hungry for appreciation and respect. Lord Caitanya ...

Jul 20, 2017 -- 6,948 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma das

Appreciation only costs you a few words, but what it buys is priceless. When Dale Carnegie said to be appreciated is the greatest human need, those who paid attention found appreciation one of the greatest motivating forces known to man. Years of research has taught us this important lesson: if you don't pay people enough that they feel secure in life, you will get a small percentage of their creative abilities because they are worried about their future. So, it would seem logical that if those people were paid enough, you would tap into their full creative potential. Th...

Apr 15, 2017 -- 2,333 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma Das

The Soul is Made of Faith. In this article I use the word belief as “a feeling of certainty about what something means.” I discuss how this feeling of certainty affects the way you look at things, and the way you look at things affects your actions. Therefore, in this sense things are less the way they are and more the way we are. Belief is fundamental to consciousness. In Chapter 17 verse 3 of the Gita, Krsna says the atma is made of faith. If someone doesn’t believe that the atma is made of faith, it just means they have faith (th...

Mar 15, 2017 -- 7,055 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma das

Fault finding is natural for the conditioned soul. We don't have to learn how to do it or take training to get better at it. In fact, for many people it is an addiction which gives them some form of perverted pleasure. We could call this the Ramacandra Puri complex. Ramachandra Puri was a contemporary of Lord Caitanya. He had an intense need to fault find. He took delight in finding faults in others, even where there were no faults. Fault finding was his life and soul. Fault finding can be so addicting that some people have to get their dai...

Feb 28, 2017 -- 10,222 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma das

Let’s start with the good news: we can be Krsna conscious anywhere. And here’s the bad news: there really isn’t an ideal environment for being Krsna consciousness. I hear you saying, “How can you say that?” What about the temple, what about Vrndavana and Mayapura, what about a Rathayatra Festival?” Yes, those would seem to be ideal environments for developing Krsna consciousness. But let me ask you a question: Does everyone who goes to Vrndavana, or a temple, or to a Rathayatra become Krsna conscious? Most people do, but on...

Feb 23, 2017 -- 7,442 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma Das

1. When taking over a position, department, project, preaching center, temple, etc., to immediately begin making drastic changes. 2. To play favorites or to speak against or criticize certain sections of devotees. 3. To do or say anything that will instill a lack of trust in a devotee's spiritual master. 4. To not give devotees facility to offer suggestions and ideas, voice opinions, or express observations in a way that will be given attention and be responded to. 5. To expect devotees to be enthusiastic about a service that you either do not encourage or facilitate. ...

Jan 24, 2017 -- 8,170 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. The Holy Name is the Most Valuable Possession I Have Without the holy name I would practically have no spiritual life, no real happiness, no intimacy with Krsna, no peace of mind, and no ability to control my senses. M...

Jan 1, 2016 -- 7,016 views
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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Jun 25, 2014 -- 4,381 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.

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Jun 17, 2014 -- 5,607 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 encouraged to go on enthusiastically with our bhakti. Sometimes devotees lack en...

Jun 17, 2014 -- 4,547 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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Jun 17, 2014 -- 5,607 views
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