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How to offer food to Krishna?

hare krishna madhudvisa ji….

one of the most important article, many people dont know the proper procedure of offering even if they are cooking for krishna with love and i am one of them.

i want to ask if i am cooking for krishna so that the prasadam would be sufficient for, say 4-5 member, after offering to krishna in krishna’s plate/bowl/glass and then mix it with the utensil on which I have cooked, will it convert the whole food items that i prepared in to prasadam?

i am vey poor at cooking and i never used to like cooking but recently started cooking for krishna without onion and garlic, so that krishna’s prasadam shall have some impact on my family as they are not krishna conscious nor m i. but i am interested.

» Posted By Sonika On March 14, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

The Real Goal of Yoga

hare krishna madhudvisa ji…

presently i have so much of free time in office, i guess by lord krishna’s arrangment,that whole day in office i utilise my time reading bhagawat gita and now finished 1st canto of srimad-bhagwatam from your website only.

madhudvisa ji after reading 1st canto few questions had arisen in my mind which is not relevant to this article.

when narada ji was explaining to vyasa deva about his previous birth and activities, was it during last kaliyuga (i.e, before satya yuga). as he told after the death of his mother, he roamed whole world, crossed metropolis, towns, mining lands etc. also he told after getting spiritual body, during annihilation he with other sages along with brahma and whole creation entered into garbodhakasyi visnu and all slept for some years and again menifested. I wonder when narada was the son of maid servant, was that yuga kali yuga? as cycle of yuga repeats. this is not first kali yuga right?

hare krishna….

» Posted By Sonika On March 6, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

Meditational Yoga — The Prerequisites

Hare krishna Madhudvisa ji

bhakti yoga is the most easiest and important way to know krishna backed up with knowledge. even lord krishna admits that in BG. i dont know why people get attracted by so called yoga and meditation classes, it is so time consuming. though chanting is also time consuming but atleast you can walk and see nature, sky ,plants, trees, sun, birds while chanting and appreciate lords creation.

there are many people who in full mood join such classes but later they give up. even a year back i used to do such things…as i dint know anything about BG, prabhupada and chaitanya mahaprabhu.

I would admit that bhakti yoga is the most interesting path because you know for whom you are doing. i have just started my journey towards krishna conscious. One thing is for sure though i have stoped doing yoga/meditation but now no one can stop me chanting on beads, no one can take BG from me, and no one can persuade me by their own theory so called mayavadi that there is no god but some formless supreme energy is there.

during starting time, my family forbiden me to chant on beads and to read BG at this age , family friends told me not to read BG which is by prabhupada and gave me sugestion – ‘dont be too much into god, even we pray god but we are not addicted, so you should be like us’. as if these people are doing great favour on krishna by remembering him for a minute out of 24hrs. they all laughed at me in a joking manner, i too laughed with them but knew that whatever they r saying are completely wrong and dont have to argue with them.

now at home no one says me anything even if i chant and read BG. because they are now used to that and sometimes jokingly my brothers greet me “hare krishna”. but atleast they uttering krishna’s name, now they also put chandan tikka sometimes.

i am growing day by day towards krishna consciousness, i was so shy to chant on beads in public place but now i chant i dont know from where this confidence came. and i am not going to stop that. 🙂

» Posted By Sonika On March 3, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

The Mind Can Be Our Friend or Our Enemy

Hare krishna Madhudvisa ji…

some how i manage to chant 16 rounds, sometimes more during travelling to office as i travell 5-6 hrs a day. but i want to chant during morning morning time as concentration would be more, but i always get defeated by my mind during morning time, i strugle very hard to get up even at 6 and sleep more than 6 hrs. taking shower right after waking up i find the only solution. but i read somewhere we should not pluck tulsi when it is dark.
i want to know from you, can we pluck tulsi and flowers before sunrise , so that i can directly pray (as i generally offer tulsi and flowers) during early morning time and my sleep also would go off.

hare krishna

» Posted By sonika On February 26, 2013 @ 6:21 am

The Peace Formula

Hare krishna Madhudvisa ji…

Your articles are directly coming to my mail… but the recent comments, also the reply to my comments are not coming in my mail, it used to come 1 mnth back.

Hare krishna

» Posted By Sonika On February 19, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

The Best Welfare Work

Hare krishna Madhudvisa ji…..

as a beginner in krishna consciousness, it is a bit difficult to understand the actual message, the meaning of krishna consciousness without any guidance. for example to understand what action and inaction is, what actual social service is? what is the actual service to the society you made it very clear to me.

When i used to put gopi-chandan tilak, my brother used to scold me asked me to stop… i ignored today is the time that he also puts chandan tilak whenever he goes out but not always…

once i gave orange to my brother which i had first offered to krishna, after having that he continuously started going loo and started vomiting many times. I started teasing him as he had been partying over night, so prasadam is making his tummy clear. though i was not sure its because of prasadam or coincident.

Just sharing my experience , as i dont find anyone around me who is interested in talking about krishna.

Hare krishna…:)

» Posted By sonika On February 17, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

What is Action and what is Inaction?

Hare krishna Madhudvisa ji….

there are many verses in Gita which I am not able to actually understand it properly. And this verse was one of them. other than this I find starting verses of chapter 13 and 15 very tough. looking forward for more mails. Thank you so much for making me clear this verse.

Hare krishna.

» Posted By sonika On February 9, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

Prasadam — What is it and why we should not eat anything else.

hare krishna madhudvisa ji…

OM TAT SAT represent supreme lord krishna this what i have understood reading bhagavat gita. I generally offer food or water, flower to krishna by chanting hare krishna maha mantra and say some line in general sentence (esp. when alone as it takes time) and i also include OM TAT SAT. in public place , when there are many people around me i just chant maha mantra and say om tat sat (does not take much time). Is it correct way? will krishna take my offerings? please clear it to me.. have i really understood the word OM TAT SAT and its usage.

hare krishna

» Posted By sonika On February 7, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

The Importance of Sense Control in Spiritual Life

Hare krishna Madhudvisa dasa ji,

very nice article…. such articles helps me a lot.. be i know i am a kind of person who get distracted very fast…. and daily dosage of krishna reading Gita, your articles motivates me…..

I am very new to all this things thus pls help me wid my silly ques., i would like to ask what do you mean by this “the offensless chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare”.

what is this offensless chating?

and i have always noticed that every one recommends 16 rounds of the maha-mantra. what is this 16 rounds? does it mean chanting 108 times the mantra in a 16 round per day? m confused

» Posted By Sonika On January 9, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

Hare Krishna prabhu ji,

Thanks for your enlightening letter on “The Importance of Sense Control in Spiritual Life”, but I’ve one question. My father has expired one month back and my mother who is a very religious person has lost all her faith in God. She used to be busy regularly in her pooja for hours and visit temples regularly, but now the situation of house is very disturbed. Even if i chant Bhagwat Gita As Is, to calm her down she doesn’t take interest. My father was a doctor and a very gentle and loving person and even we are not able to come out of it.These questions constantly arise where he’ll be now? Could we be able to see him ever.
Please help , waiting for your reply
Hare Krishna,

» Posted By Sonika On October 25, 2012 @ 5:02 am

The Mystery of Deity Worship

Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa ji,
Thankyou for enlightening us and telling the importance of deity worship.

» Posted By Sonika On October 22, 2012 @ 4:51 am

The Spiritual World — And how to get there

hare krishna………

i used to be in a confusing state before reading bhagavat gita, now its no longer… even now some doubts come but get vanished when i turn back to gita. I have finished reading gita, second revision is going on, side by side i have gita in mp3 i keep listening it…. its been more than 10 times i listened it. still everytime i listen i feel each verse new to me.. giving more meaning …i feel very good whenever i listen… as if hearing for the first time… sometimes i feel sleepy when i listen while traveling.. 🙂

» Posted By Sonika On December 24, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

Study Shows People Who Sleep 8 Hours Die Sooner than those who Sleep Less

anyy activity that pushes me towards krishna consciousnes. i would accept it without giving second thought…. i have a full desire to become krishna conscious…. and m on the way….but. i have very little resource and knowledge …

» Posted By sonika On December 23, 2012 @ 6:42 am

The Spirit of Bhagavad Gita

hare krishna prabhuji dantavat pranam,

please accept my humble obeisances, all glories to srila prabhupad.

my unfortunate day started with the arrival of my parents i am struggling very hard with my bhakti… just praying krishna to give me strength…. Prabhu ji i want to know in what category are these people who worship krishna, knows his pastimes, studied all vedic literature (BG, BHAG, chaitanya charitramirt etc) , bhagwat gita’s tough sanskrit verses is just in their tongue but waiting to complete thier responsiblity, waiting to get more old, addicted to tea and cigerate, fish…they dont do mala….(sometimes they utter the maha mantra though) ..sometimes use abusive languages… srila prabhupad mentioned three type of people- devotees, innocent and demons…. one can preach innocent but not demon. i wonder the type of devotee i explained above falls into which category.?
because this is what the scene in my home….. they dont like prabhupad, they dont appreciate me doing mala (though m never going to leave it), they say i have become terrorist, (as I refuse to budge from my lifestyle and don’t pay attention to their suggestion of leaving all this and enjoy life) … as terrorist brain wash the innocent people to attack in some place…. similarly this hare krishna people (iskcon people) brainwash the young generation……. and all rules regulations followed in iskcon just manufactured by prabhupad but they dont know that i became small devotee of krishna… by simply reading prabhupad’s Bhagwat gita as it is without associating with with any devotee or by visiting temple. though now i visit temple sometimes and associate with devotees. Parents just start critising me, my bhakti life style and prabhupad since the time I reach home from office till they go to bed for sleep. With patience I just keep listening and sing hare Krishna from inside sometimes it becomes hard to tolerate comments on srila prabhupad as I consider him as my spiritual master and believe Krishna only sent him to me… and he does not speak himself from his behalf he always quote vedic literatures. Unfortunately my parents not understanding my spiritual activities.

also i want to ask in BG as krishna promises in chapter 4 whoever knows his appearance and his transcendental qualities will attain his abode and will not come back to this material world. now i am not critizing my family just want to ask that my father he knows qualities, activities of krsna… everything he knows as he studied literatures but i actually find lack of bhakti in him ( as per what i have understood what actually bhakti is by reading prabhupad books).. he is against any guru including prabhupad, he says the literature is only guru, books will guide us towards godhead, but not by merely reading prabhupad books and do hare krishna hare krishna.
so tell me merely knowing krishna’s pastimes can we attain him as he told in BG chapter 4? One last question I started doing 1-2 rounds of mala each on behalf of my mom and dad after finishing my 16 rounds, so can one do mala on behalf of others, as I badly want my parents to love Krishna apart from just appreciating him being a god, I want their future to be bright. i just pray to krishna to give me strength , I want to be his gud devotee want to serve him and prabhupad and i shall never leave his lotus feet ….

Hare krishna

» Posted By Sonika On October 1, 2013 @ 1:22 am

hare krsna prabhu.. PAMHO, AGTSP

Since feb…. my progress towards KC has increased, still long way to go…. by krsna’s arrangement progress became faster without hurdle as parents went to native place so they could not stop me, though my family incessantly telling to leave this drama…they say now limit is crossing do puja-path, chanting whatever but stop doing ekadashi & preparing bhog as they will not be able to leave non veg items, onion, garlic, tea all this. …as parents were away since march i started learning cooking and prepare bhog.. and started doing ekadashi. but my service to krsna and prabhupada in offering the food is not perfect. my kitchen is not proper… my brothers cook chicken very often and dont hv sense of cleanliness…but i try my best when i cook for krsna..i clean everything even stoves i hav bought separate kadai for making only veg items..but not at the stage where i can change all utensils in ktichen and making it perfect ,i am the youngest one in home.. no one listens to me and no one is devotee. as far as cleanliness is concerned while cooking bhog i try my best but i know this is not perfect but i cook out of love, i dont cook for myself or for any other. wat do u sugest , apart from little imperfection in kitchen should i continue preparing bhog.

hare krsna

» Posted By sonika On August 19, 2013 @ 12:01 am

hare krishna achyut rao…..

i dont know how to express… whatever you wrote is absolutely correct….i have to take first step and prove to be a sincere and good daughter 🙂 , .. i pray lord krishna gives me intelligent and forgives my silly mistakes .

hare krishna

» Posted By Sonika On February 5, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

Hare krishna Madhudvisa ji…….

whatever you wrote that it is krishna’s mercy and using free time towards him is completely correct prabhu. as once i was also in the same condition, got angry with krishna for a while because i was fool asking for material things, like jobs all these. when i started reading Gita in that free time, i just stoped asking all material things. now when i got job I have to strugle with my busy time table to pray to lord daily and chant.

The whole point is its krishna’s arrangment as we are his nice children but forgot our father.

hare krishna 🙂

» Posted By Sonika On February 5, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

hare krishna achyut rao

thank you for sharing your experience. yes your experience might help others and it helps me too. i am not a devotee of krishna, as i am not yet qualified but i wish to. and iam also in the same league of krishna consciousness. i pray krishna gives me strength and intelligent so that i can conquer all kinds of negative feeling inside me.

hare krishna

» Posted By sonika On February 1, 2013 @ 4:50 am

Hare krishna Madhudvisa dasa ji…

with the help of your website, your association and by the grace of lord krishna i am able to do 16 rounds a day. it was a bit difficult starting 2-3 days. as i read all your articles also all the comments i get energize.

i want to ask you as you generally suggest that we can chant while walking. can i chant with japa beads at the same time doing houshold chores like sweeping with othr hand?

as my mother scolds when she gets up and see the room as it is. she tells if i got up early atleast i should sweep the room.

i found it helps me also as generally morning when i chant 2nd round i start feel sleepy.

hare krishna… 🙂

» Posted By sonika On January 27, 2013 @ 10:34 am

Hare krishna ishan das ji….

I am surely going to buy it. any thing for krishna. sometimes while chanting my mind say -why u wasting time, go watch movie, listen songs, have fun. then question arises in my mind – who is more important- shah rukh or krishna, watching tv or krishna. and obviously the answer is krishna only.
i guess lord krishna only questions me whenever my mind says to have fun as he is always in our heart and it directs all wandering souls as he stated in gita. but sometimes i avoid his signals and feel guilty later.

on sunday i bought japa beads for me thinking i would get up at 5 am and chant.
on monday i believe lord krishna woke me up (as i woke up without alarm) also at 5. but my laziness in this winter season forced me to sleep again in warm and cozy quilt. that day i woke up at 7 later i felt very much guilty.

since that day i have been getting up at 5 and chanting on japa beads and would give my best.
iam very much new to krishna consciousness even i haven’t started journey yet. i hope lord krishna would give me strngth if i able to impress him :).

such articles and websites helps new comers. I am expressing all this because i dont have anyone to talk to such things, coz i cant share all this either with family or friends, they would think i am in wrong path.

because i have seen many people, once i had believed it also, that path towards god or krishna consciousness is for old people , this young age is to enjoy, have fun and at the end go towards god.

hare krishna…. 🙂

» Posted By Sonika On January 24, 2013 @ 11:10 am

hare krishna prabhu ji….

i am sorry for asking too many questions… anyways … prabhu ji i am very much fond of chandan that devotees put on their forehead even our community people also put on special occation as i am from NE india. Recently i gathered courage to put the chandan even outside home also, while going to office (as i used to put at home only), it is okay right puting the chandan with casuals like jeans, (as i generally wear it)?

my office people are shocked, but i feel it looks good on me 🙂

hare krishna….

» Posted By Sonika On January 24, 2013 @ 6:49 am

i always speak to krishna… sometimes walking, sometimes sitting… sometimes in mind… sometimes loudly when m alone…. so when i am talking to him looking at the wallpaper of beautifull krishna in my laptop, does he listening what i am saying, what i am speaking to him?

two days back i bought japa beads…. sometimes while chanting i dont notice and i cross over the 109 bead(which means krishna’s head some devotee toldme) is it offensive and i have to do that round again?

» Posted By Sonika On January 23, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

HARE KRISHNA madhudvisa dasa ji…

i would like to ask…. is there anything that we should touch and read bhagavat-gita after bath, i mean when we are clean. As i always carry bhagavat-gita as it is by prabhupada in my bag and in office or while traveling whenever i feel like i read it. Someone told me we should respect gita very much and should be kept in sacred place (like in temple at home) and should cover it with clean cloth all that.

» Posted By sonika On January 18, 2013 @ 6:17 am

Hare krishna manoj

Even I had recently seen mahabharat by BR chopra and i was so adicted that i completed the whole series in just two days…. and this was the first time that i was impressed by lord krishna and came to know he is lord of lords….. now i am in love with krishna.

after seeing mahabharat i used to do research a lot regarding god, religion…as i had very less knowledge and still i have.. and i understood the more you read articles of commentaries regarding religion or whatever the more you will get confused … my confusion got vanished when i finished reading bhagavat gita.

I believe ppl fight regarding which is best religion or best god they are fools and by fighting or forcing others in the name of god they did not understand god itself i believe they are equal to athiest and by doing that they are hurting lord itself.

» Posted By sonika On December 29, 2012 @ 7:02 am

Hare krishna

thank you so much Madhudvisa dasa ji for the article. I really liked it and i am writing this comment because i want to interact with the devotees of lord krishna, but i never got such chance.

I would like to share some thing with you Please read it and would love if you reply also.

1 year back I was a normal girl, normal like others. I was not athiest but I knew there is something called god who is superior. but what is god, who is god. what is this something when i recall god. i used to pray but dint know that to whom i was praying actually. Now i have a answer the “lord krishna” .

and who gave me this answer ….??? itself lord krishna, this what i bilieve.

1 year back I just used to pray to god for personal things like i want this , i want that at the same time i also prayed for self realization for me…. without knowing properly what the meaning of self realization…

now i understand praying for things which give me pleasure at the same time praying for self realization is contradictory. i guess i am correct because this is what i understood by reading “Bhagavad Gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada”

I feel myself very much blessed that with the help of lord krishna mercy, I got to know about GITA about god. I have Bhagavad Gita- As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and i feel that this book has been gifted by lord krishna to me, so that i could understand him… because since childhood i always wanted to read, hear more about god but never got chance. i considered lord krishna as normal as human, i used to think because he is extraordinary human that is why people worship him.i was such a fool. but no one was there to tell me that -girl you are completly wrong.

now why i am saying that lord krishna gifted me bhagavad gita because I found this wonderful book from the mandir of my hostel room one year back in a brand new condition. I dint know who left the book, anyways i started reading it and praying daily morning, before leaving hostel i decided to take the book.

so it was because of lord krishna’s love for me that my love for lord krishna introduced.

I consider myself very fortunate for getting this article in mail. I want to ask you – tell me the means so that i can become krishna conscious. I read Gita daily, I chant harekrishna mantra all the time whenever my mind is free from work, i dont count how many times i chant, but i chant even before sleeping.

is it OK to chant hare krishna mantra in mind?

also i have noticed while chanting hare krishna, often it happens though i chant in mind but i will be thinking something else for eg. regarding my office work, on many things mind wanders while chanting only.

Sorry for the long comment, If you find anything offensive please excuse because i consider myself an ignorant, less inteligent and a very small devotee of lord krishna and i want to grow more towards krishna consciousness. and would say that general mass of people doesnot appreciate such things, I read Gita alone so that i dont get noticed at home because these are the sudden change in me. loads to write, loads to express and hear from you about lord krishna. anyways..

love for you and my father, my friend , my mentor lord krishna

» Posted By Sonika On December 14, 2012 @ 11:54 am

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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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