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The Simple Process of Bhakti Yoga Under Srila Prabhupada’s Guidance

Dear Madhudvisa dasa,

First of all, the new design and layout of the site is very pleasing to the eyes. It augurs well on a tablet too.

I browse through the topics in this site and found your reply to the questions in the comments very interesting and helpful.

If you may please, I have just one to ask you. I have asked this to devotees of the local Hare Krishna Temple, but I have got very esoteric replies. In the sense, I find them not practical.

I am an IT business professional in a big corporation in the US. I am married and have a 4 month old son. My wife is not much of a reader of Srila Prabhupada’s writing.

I am striving to chant 16 rounds, read at least half an hour of Srila Prabhupada’s books and listen to his lectures and other devotees.

My Problem is this:
Srila Prabhupada says, that one must devote all his energy in the service of the Lord. One must in is his action remember, dedicate and surrender his action to Krishna. But I want to know, how is that possible in my workplace, where I am engaged in business transaction that has nothing to with ‘service to Krishna or Srila Prabhupada’? How is that possible at home, where I have to engage with my wife and relatives in chores that has nothing to do with service to Lord Krishna. That includes going out for groceries, movies, dining, and gossiping and familial gathering.
The above article says, “ always think of Krishna”. But how do I do that when my mental faculties are for example, number crunching product sales report? Yes I can do that, when there are no deadlines hovering on my mind, but there are no such days for working people like myself. When there is nothing on my mind, I think about the pastimes of Krishna. But that is it. I do not do anything, no action, just thinking. I wish, I could somehow, have the knowledge to dedicate my every endeavor to Him. This will motivate me to do my best too.

When I speak to devotes, their replies include the following:
1. Donate your salary to the temple since money is the fruit of my efforts at work
2. Change your job
3. Preach to people around you and in the office
4. Make a software for Krishna’s service.

There must be a way, where whatever I am doing, I could dove-tail my consciousness in His service. That even includes sitting in office meeting. But how do I do it. How do I dedicate my every activity even though they aren’t the same as the ones of a temple devotee, to Krishna?
Could you suggest?
Could you please find some references where Srila Prabhupada has instructed on this matter so that I authenticate it?

It will help a great deal,

» Posted By Dwayne On August 30, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

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» Posted By Dwayne On March 9, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

ISKCON: Salaries for Sadhus?

Hare Krishna Prabhu,

My query is answered. I will continuing working for the temple and be diligent in using Krishna’s money received as salary. If the Lord so wishes and i am not working in the temple, then wherever i am , i would offer the fruits of that work for Krishna’s service. That should be my endeavor.

Thank you for your patience and help prabhu.

Many thanks and regards,

» Posted By Dwayne On January 29, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

PS: Let me add, i am not a saffron clad devotee or ghrihsta. I was interviewed for the job at hand. Is it okay to salary from the temple?

» Posted By Dwayne On January 9, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

Dear Prabhu,

I work in one of the ISKCON temples as an employee in the accounts department. I do get monthly salary and pay my taxes too. Would you say, i shouldn’t be taking a salary from the temple. If not, how would you think i could support myself and family?
In that case are temple devotees to be trained for such works?

Please throw some light. This question has been haunting me for some while now. Please kindly reply.


» Posted By Dwayne On January 9, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

“I am not this Body.” Easy to say…

Dear madhudvisa-dasa,

Greetings To you.

Earlier You said, That one cannot give up the desire to eat tasty food, But one can purify the desire by offering the food to Lord Krishna.

I have Two Questions.

1. If I want to taste a palpable dish, that desire first originates in my mind. But i then realize, the only way it would be right, is to offer that food first to Lord krishna. So, whilst i prepare the food I SO DESIRE to eat , my mind laments that i am indulging in a hogwash self deluding exercise; that IT IS ME WHO WANTS TO EAT IT AT FIRST PLACE, i am actually at the end of it preparing the food for myself since the ORIGINAL DESIRE AROSE IN MY MIND, I AM WAITING when it will touch my tongue, all i care is WHEN will i have it; Krishna is just a ‘sanctifying excuse’ to saTisfy the spirtual in me. Though, it is said, one should do for ‘krishna’s pleasure’, here, i know i am ultimately preparing this food, because I WANT TO EAT IT, and Krishna is a stop-over.
What is your view on this? I hope, i have been able to portray it correctly. I mean, It is ultimately MY DESIRE to have that food, and i just cannot wait its preparation and its aroma, and it touching my tastebuds. Lord krishna is a ‘purity seal’ to satisfy my spiritual side and obligations. I am making the dish at the FIRST PLACE, BECAUSE I NEED IT because i cannot live without it, and Offering to krishna comes as a COSNEQUENCE of it, as routine secondary. This makes me feel guilty, and not genuine in my endeavours in offering the food. 🙁

2. What prayers are to be said while offering food to Lord Krishna. What is the way, to offer the food to Lord krishna. Is there a mantra, or special prayer?

Please do reply and Help,
Appreciate much your time and Guidance,


» Posted By Dwayne On August 30, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

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  1. Govind says:

    Hare krishna Prabhuji.,Dandvat Pranaam
    May i know about the author of the book”Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita As It Is” named mukund das prabhu.Had he any personal association with Srila Prabhupada.

    • This book is a compilation of direct quotes from Srila Prabhupada speaking about his own life. The author is Srila Prabhuapda, all Mukunda did was compile the quotes and he did a good job of it. He wrote a bit of rubbish on the last 2 pages but apart from that he did not write a single word in the book. It is a collection of Prabhupada quotes and the author of this book is Srila Prabhuapda.

  2. Vamshi says:

    Prabhu Madhudvisa Dasa.Is Jagannath Krishna himself or is just an expansion of Krishna like Vishnu,Rama etc.In Iskcon lectures I heard that Jagannath is Krishna himself,they have proved this by saying a story from Skanda purana.Is this true or Iskcon lectures are just bogus?I found no video Prabhupad talking aboyt Lord Jagannath.Oh Prabhu kindly answer my doubts.Hare Krishna

    • Yes. Lord Jagannatah is Krishna Himself. It is Jagannatha [Krishna] Balarama and Krishna’s sister Subhadra.

      So Jagannatha is deity form of Krishna. He is representation of Krishna with His brother Balarama and sister Subhadra,

      It is deity manifestation of Krishna, Balarama and Lady Subhadra,

  3. tanu says:

    Jai Govind

    I request you clear my doubts.I understand the complexities of life processes,cellular mechanisms and other natural phenomenon cannot be explained solely by reasoning and scientific theories as somewhere or other our knowledge is limited.I am a science student nd nature lover.After reading the article posted by you regarding the concept of the origin of life,a question arisen in my mind that krishna is all powerful,then, why he designed this universe in this complicated way?,why life originated? why he made all that dna etc matter space?what is his true nature? why are we given these bodies these reasoning abilities?why krishna waited for billions of years and made us take birth here?why prakrati and purush got seperated? who were those dinosaurs etc for souls are eternal were those dinosaurs primitive and other organisms we only? are there any planet lest earth having life?why will happen atlast for we are ultimately destined to reach our eternal govind? why doesn’t he appears now and clear all these doubts for one thing is sure that if even he messages in some ways we will submit to him?why krishna is so naughty why has he made everything complicated?I know these are childlish questions but still worthy to be answered…..

    I am a krishana devotee.I feel as if there is pure love for him deep in my heart.But at the same time I do believe in science.Sometimes i find myself stuck in between science emotions belief and devotion.I want to understand my Govind,I want to understand myself.

    I request my friends to please give answer to these questions.I hope i will get atleast answers of a few questions as i found this site quite appealing.

    Radhe krishna

    • Hare Krishna Jai Govind

      To clear your doubts you have to become Krishna conscious. Because unless you become Krishna conscious you will not be able to understand what Krishna consciousness is and you will remain continually bewildered.

      All these questions are irrelevant. You seem to accept that Govinda exists, that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Now you have to just surrender to the idea that you are His servant. And then you need to find out practically how you can engage in the service of Krishna. And to find out how to do this you need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. And in the process of becoming Krishna conscious all your other questions will automatically be answered.

      The scientists can not understand anything. They only have very fragmental information about everything they study. The information we can gather through our material senses is very limited. There are so many things we can not perceive through our material senses. So they can not understand what they can not perceive.

      So instead of just speculating all these questions and being bewildered like this it is better to just admit that in our conditioned state with our very limited mind and our material senses we can not hope to understand Krishna or even this material world which is created ultimately by Krishna.

      The way to understand these things is to become Krishna conscious. We can not understand without becoming Krishna conscious.

      So you have to learn how to become Krishna conscious… That is the answer to all your questions. And Krishna consciousness is a science and that science is very elaborately presented in the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

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