Editor's Message
Dear Readers,

In this edition of our monthly magazine, our theme is 'Every Activity is for the Pleasure of God.'  In the first article, we explore the importance of dedicating every action of ours to God. Further, from Maharajji's lecture, we will understand that we should abandon the desire for material pleasures and liberation. We will also share with you news updates and glimpses of recently concluded Swamiji's Gujarat and Indore Tour, 2015-16.   To help with hair loss, we introduce you to some asans and pranayam. Finally, don't miss our BM contributions, CKC winners announcement, and bhog recipe.

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In This Issue
जग सुख क्षणिक मना, हरि सुख भूमा अपना |

jaga sukha kṣhaṇika manā,
 hari sukha bhoomā apanā   
O mind! The pleasures of this world are fleeting whereas the infinite bliss of Shyamsundar is meant for us, the divine souls.
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Every Activity is for the Pleasure of God
The following article is an excerpt from Swamiji's lecture on Narad Bhakti Darshan, a scripture brimming with the sweetness and bliss of devotion in which Sage Narad reveals the knowledge of 'Bhakti.'  The lecture videos are also available on YouTube. To watch, visit: https://goo.gl/CpFZKg

Many a time, people have the concept that spirituality is something that you do in the temple for half an hour, and that it has got no relevance to their daily life. So, they will do puja in the temple for half an hour, and when they come out, they start shouting at everybody! Their thinking is, "That's OK, I can do that because I'm now outside the temple, so I can do as I please!"

Their thinking in this manner is not the actual concept of true spirituality! Spirituality should be reflected in everything that we do and it involves changing our complete life! That is what Shree Krishna has asked us to do!

yad karoshya dashnasi, yad juvoseeta dasyaha,
yad tapasyasi kaunteya, tad purushvama dharpanam

Shree Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita tells Arjuna, "Arjun, whatever you do, you must do it as an offering unto me!"

Let us say that when you have to eat, how is it possible to eat in the spirit of offering? It is simple! Offer the food to Shree Krishna, and request Him to eat the food first, and then after that you eat the food as His remnants, as His Prasad! Or else, another way of doing it will be, you think this way - "In order to Love and serve Shree Krishna, I have to make sure that my body remains healthy, and therefore I have to eat what is good for the body! Eat in that spirit!"

In this mindset, you are eating only for the pleasure of God!

Similarly, when you are going to sleep, don't sleep thinking, "Oh how joyful sleeping is!" Offer even your sleep to God, thinking, "Well, let me have a good night's sleep so I will wake up fresh early in the morning, and then I will be able to do my bhakti in the form of sadhana and seva.  If I don't sleep well, then tomorrow morning my devotion will be disturbed!"

Or else, think this way, "O Shree Krishna, I am going to sleep now. Please come in my dream and give me your darshan."   

Thinking in this manner when going to sleep, you have connected God with that activity.

Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says that even when you have to scratch your body due to itchiness, don't scratch for your pleasure. Bring God even into that by just thinking, Shree Krishna is standing there, he is laughing at me, and you think, "Alright, My Lord, you continue laughing, I will keep scratching for your pleasure!"

In other words, somehow or other we have connected God to our every activity.

Swami Vivekananda had said, "No work is secular! All work is devotion and worship!"

No work is Secular - You see, the Bhagavad Gita does not say, "Give up your profession!" So, whatever profession you are in, you just keep doing it, but change the consciousness - start doing it for the pleasure of God!  

For example, if one is a businessman, it is in his nature to do business, his gunas actually determine the profession that he is comfortable in. Someone else could be comfortable in the financial management of an organization. If we tell this finance manager, "Alright now! Please take sannyas! Renounce everything and go and live in the ashram, chant 'Radhey Radhey' and do spiritual service all day long!" He will feel that this will be the worst kind of torture for him!

So, Shree Krishna says, "You keep working in accordance with your gunas, however, you must offer the results of that work to God!"

So, if one is a businessman, there is no harm in making profit, but it is important that the person thinks in this spirit, "After using the money for whatever my basic necessities are, I will serve God with the rest of my earnings!"

Historically, there have been numerous great Kings, who ruled over their kingdom, but they ruled in this spirit, "Let me rule my kingdom in such a manner, that all my subjects get an equal opportunity to perfect their lives in attaining their Love for God!"

Similarly, if you have children, you should cultivate desire to help them make their lives perfect, bearing in mind that "They are not my children, they are actually God's children' but I have been given the responsibility of taking care of them in this life. Therefore, it is my duty to also give them the opportunity to make their lives perfect!"

The test, however, is whether you are doing your duty as a parent for God's pleasure or for your own pleasure! The real test is, if the result is not according to what you think should happen, you do not feel disturbed or disappointed by it! If you do feel disturbed, then it is proof that you are doing it for yourself! If you are doing it for God, then there is no disturbance. You should think, "I have put in my best effort, and this is the result - so I will accept it as God's wish for it to be so! I leave it to Him!"There are two kinds of worlds - the inner world and the external world. The external world as we all know is made of earth, water, fire, air, and space; it is the combination of these five gross elements and the other subtle elements.  However, there is an internal world as well. 
Abandon the Desire for Material Pleasures and Liberation

There are three entities in existence: Individual soul, God and Maya. We  are  individual  souls.  We  are  ignorant;  we  suffer  from  sorrows and are dissatisfied.     God is  Blissful, omniscient, and complete.  Maya   is the   third   entity;   it   is   devoid   of   life   and consciousness. The  world  has  been  created  for  the  sake  of  the physical  body.  The  individual  being  has  a  choice.  It  can  worship either  God  or  the  world.If  we  worship  the  world,  it  is  called bhukti (indulging in  material  pleasures).  If  we  worship  God,  it  is  called bhakti (devotion). The  third  possibility  is  for  the  individual  soul  to merge  into Brahman,  and  this  is  called mukti (liberation).  That's  it. There  is  no  other choice. Besides  the  individual  soul,  there  is  God and  there  is   Maya. By  going  towards  God  one  can  attain  either mukti (liberation)  or bhakti (devotion).  By  going  towards  the  world we can attain only one aim, and that is bhukti.

What  does  the  word bhukti mean?  In  simple  terms, bhukti means material pleasures of the physical body. We possess five organs of perception: eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin. Related to these five senses  of  perception  there  are  five  desires:  to  see,  hear,  smell, taste,  and  touch.  We  can  never  have  a  sixth  desire.  Our  body  is made of the five gross elements, and as such the five sense objects are made of the five elements. The world is also made of the same five  elements:  ether,  air,  fire,  water,  and  earth.  The  object  of  the  five senses  is  the  world  in  its  totality.  The  pleasures  of  the  sense-objects  are  collectively  known  as bhukti. In bhukti there  is  no concern  whatsoever  with  the  soul.  There  are  only  two;  the  enjoyer and  the  enjoyed.  The  ignorant  ones,  who  accept  themselves  to  be the  body,  run  after  sense  pleasures. The happiness  in  the  celestial  abodes  is  millions times greater than worldly happiness, but it also has no concern with the soul. It  is  also classified as bhukti.

This is what the Gita says:
ābrahma bhuvanāllokaḥ

We come to the world and leave from here; we come and go again and  again.  The  ones  who  are  running  after bhukti have  only  three works to perform:

punarapi jananaṁ punarapi maraṇaṁ punarapi jananī jaṭhare
hayanaṁiha sansāre khalu dustāre kṛipayā pāre pāhi murāre

They  take  birth,  they  die,  and  then  they  hang  upside  down  in  the womb of a mother.  Then they are reborn only to die again.  All this goes on because we have accepted ourselves to be the body.  This is the mistake we make.  Instead of being situated in our true nature as the eternal soul, we accept ourselves to be the body.

All the pleasures of the senses, extending up to those found in Brahma-lok (the highest celestial abode) are collectively known as bhukti.  And then there is mukti, i.e., liberation.  Liberation is a big thing.  After attaining liberation we are no longer subjected to the pain of worldly suffering. We attain permanent relief from coming and going to and from this world. Liberation means permanent release.  When the individual soul merges into Brahman, he attains permanent relief from material misery and eternal happiness.  Now, the duality comes to an end and he becomes united with Brahman.

There are three classes of bhukti (material enjoyment), and they all culminate in sorrow and suffering.  The three classes are dharma (performing one's worldly duties), arth (accumulation of wealth) and kām (fulfillment of material desires).  In liberation, however, one attains eternal happiness.  Yet, the one who desires bhukti and the one who desires mukti are both foolish. Why foolish? Scriptures have called bhukti and mukti witches.  The scriptures say:     

bhukti mukti spṛihā yāvat piśhāchi hṛidi vartate
tāvad bhakti sukhasyātra kathamabhyudayo bhavet  
(Bhakti Rasamrit Sindhu)

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says:
agyāna tamera nāma kahiya kaitava
dharm, arth, kām, mokṣha, ādi sab

"Dharma (virtuous deeds), Arth (wealth), Kām (desire), and Moksh (liberation) are all very deceiving."  
tār madhye mokṣha vāñchhā kaitava pradhān 

"And out of these four, liberation is the most dangerous."  What are you saying?  Liberation means freedom from the bondage of Maya.  Yes, that's true. But, liberation is of many kinds.  Those who seek ekatva mukti merge into the formless Brahman aspect of God. So, they are deprived of the supreme bliss of divine love, which requires remaining separate from God, and engaging in his devotion.  Those who attain liberation is forever deprived of the devotional nectar. This is why they are unfortunate.

Bhukti and mukti are both deceptions. Even amongst these two, mukti is the greatest deception.  This is why devotee saints have criticized liberation.  The reason is that as long as we are absorbed in bhukti, we have a chance of meeting a saint, who will tell us about devotion. Then if we obey the saint and practice devotion to God, we can receive the nectar of devotion for eternity in the abode of God.  But, if we attain ekatva mukti, the liberation that gyanis strive for, we will merge forever into Brahman and never return to the material world.

na sa punarāvartate, na sa punarāvartate

The Vedas say that after attaining liberation, the individual soul no longer returns to the world.  So, we will remain merged with Brahman forever, and never have the chance of tasting the bliss of divine love. 

News & Updates


Banara Retreat and Jagadguruttam Divas Celebrations

Grand celebrations were held in Banara, Odisha on the occasion of Jagadguruttam Divas. A week long sadhana shibir (retreat) with more than a thousand devotees was already underway in JKU and everybody was looking forward to the celebrations. Swamiji performed Shree Maharajji's Abhishek and a special Dawat was also organised.

As a part of the celebrations, devotees performed Maha Aarti for their beloved Spiritual Master. Click here for picture and videos of the retreat.
Swamiji's Gujarat Tour

Swami Mukundananda as a part of his India tour spent 12 days travelling in different parts of Gujarat.  In a very short span of time he visited Vapi, Baroda, Anand, Palanpur and Patan.  Wherever Swamiji arrived during his Gujarat tour, the devotees welcomed him with great joy and eagerness.

This time Swamiji conducted a week long Bhagavat Saptah in Patan.  The program began with a grand procession of the Srimad Bhagavatam.  As per the local traditions, devotees performed poojan of the 'Bhagavat Puran Granth' and carried it with grand celebrations to the program venue.

The lecture series was then concluded with a return pothi yatra, where the Shreemad Bhagavatam was taken back from the venue in a procession. As a part of the Bhagavat Katha Saptha, Ram Janma Utsav, appearance of Lord Krishna, and Giri Goverdan Utsav were celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm.

Devotees were sad that the joyous program had come to an end. Swamiji did an extended program in Patan after a long gap of twelve years. In 2004, he had conducted a twenty-four day program here and established the Radha Krishna Satsang Mandal, which is continuing till today, and through which dozens of devotees have transformed their lives.    
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Swamiji's Indore Tour

The Management Marshals Group, Lions Club International and the Radha Krishna Satsang Samiti, Indore jointly organized Swamiji's program at the Pritam Lal Dua Hall. The participants were thrilled to learn the art of working with spiritual consciousness, which was so vividly explained by Swamiji. The discourse was followed by an enthusiastic session of questions and answers. Swamiji's logical and crystal clear explanations won the hearts of the audience, who clapped repeatedly to show their appreciation for every point that was explained.  Click here
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Swamiji's India Tour

Feb 7th to 11th 

Patel Nagar, Delhi 

Feb 12th 

Ashok Vihar, Dehi 

Feb 13th to 19th  

Vikas Puri, Delhi 

Feb 20th


Feb 26th to 28th 


March 1st to 2nd  

Jajpur, Odisha 

March 3rd 

Dhenkanal, Odisha 

March 5th to 8th 

Banara, Odisha 

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Yoga to Prevent Hair Loss
Now a days, hair problem is a common issue. Stress, hormonal disorders, diseases, genetic problems, poor eating habits, nutritional deficiencies, diseases are often the causes for hair loss. Doing yoga and meditation to restrict hair-loss will not only give you healthy hair, but also benefit your whole system. It will improve your all round health physically and mentally also. Yoga will help enhance circulation of blood in the scalp, improve digestion and reduce anxiety and stress too.  Here are some yoga poses that you can try at home to protect your hair.

Sarvangasan (Shoulder Stand Pose)

Lie flat on your back with both your legs together and touch the outer sides of the thighs with your palms, i.e. Simple Supine Pose.  While inhaling (Radhey), gently raise both legs together.  While exhaling (Krishna), taking support of the arms and elbows, raise your lower back; ensure your legs remain perpendicular to the ground at 90 degrees.  Place your elbows firmly on the ground and support the back with both hands.  Now try to lower your feet towards your head until the legs get parallel to the floor; inhaling (Radhey), raise your back; then shift your supportive hands to the middle spine to support the back; then raise your legs and lower trunk vertically.  As you exhale (Krishna), make both-the trunk and legs-erect by stretching your back, settling chin in the suprasternal hollow.  In the final position, the body-weight is on
the neck, head, and the arms. Stay effortlessly for as long as possible with normal breathing. Gradually reverse the order, and return to the initial phase. Eventually, come into Shavasan and relax the whole body.

People with high blood pressure, glaucoma, hernia, cervical spondylitis, slipped-disc, heart problems, weak eye vessels, impure blood, thrombosis, kidney problems, active menstrual cycle, and pregnancy should not include this asan in their exercise. Also, people suffering from neck injuries should not do it without the counsel and guidelines of a Yog expert.

Pada Hastasan (Hand to Foot Pose)   
Procedure:  To perform this yoga pose, stand straight.  While exhaling (Krishna), bend forward from your waist to touch the knees with the forehead.  Then, place your hands flat on the floor on either side of your feet, locking the knees.  If you cannot bend completely, or are uncomfortable bend your knees a little. Stay in this pose till you are comfortable. and slowly return back to the standing position.

Kapalbhati Pranayam

Kapalbhati pranayam is most effective in Vajrasan. However, if you cannot conveniently adopt that posture, you may sit in any other meditative posture.

Procedure:  Sit in any meditative pose, with the spine and head erect. Relax your shoulders.  Bring your hands to Brahma Mudra, i.e. clench your fists and place them side-by-side above the navel. The little finger side of the hands should be toward the navel. The folded fingers of both hands should be adjacent to each other.  First inhale (Radhey) slowly and then exhale (Krishna) forcefully by contracting your abdomen.  Allow the abdominal muscles to relax; thereby, the breath will naturally flow into the lungs. In this pranayam, effort is not used for inhalation; it occurs naturally.

Kapalbhati, it is important to note that the breathing should be performed with the use of the stomach; there should not be any use of the chest and the shoulders.  While practicing this, one should be aware of the contraction and especially, the relaxing expansion of the abdominal muscles to allow the air in.  This completes one cycle; practice 60 cycles. This makes one chakra. In the beginning you may get tired after 10 to 15 cycles. Over a few weeks, you will be able to reach one chakra.  With a regular practice, you can go up to five chakras, with short breaks in between.

Timing: The exhalation is done in 1/4th of a second. The inhalation is done in 3/4th of a second.  So, one cycle of Kapalbhati Pranayam is completed in one second. In this way, one chakra takes 60 seconds.  Beginners may find this strenuous. In that case, they may complete one cycle of Kapalbhati in two or three seconds.

Contraindications: People with high blood pressure, heart problems, spinal problems, epilepsy, hernia, gastric ulcer, slipped-disc, and cervical spondylitis should not do this pranayam. It is also prohibited during menstrual periods and advanced stages of pregnancy. 
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Diwali Mela by Bal-Mukund NC Center

It was joyful seeing almost all 40 BM families on Saturday morning on Nov 14th to celebrate Diwali Mela in Bal-Mukund
NC! All had an enjoyable mela. We had about 100 people attend this event which was a nice rewarding experience for all volunteers. It
was such a delight to see not only our Bal-Mukunds enjoying the spread of 12 games & jeopardy  but the parents having a blast solving puzzles ,  trying out some games and enjoying Bal-Mukunds play musical chairs ! We had 12+ Ramayan-theme based games , like Locating Hanuman's Gada with blind-fold, Ravan-Alley ,Ramayan wheel of fortune, Bhaiya Dhooj Car Race,   Musical Chairs, Sack Race to the Sun, etc    going on simultaneously ! Balmukunds also enjoyed the Jeopardy game designed on questions from Balmukund syllabus categories like Yoga Poses , Kripalu Values, Mahabharata, Gods, Dashavtar. There were also stalls of Rangoli Paintings, Face paintings & Mehendi paitnings too.We were delighted to recognize the efforts of our students with Awards for 1) Winners of Jeopardy , 2) Lucky Raffle winners - 3) Game of "Locating Hanuman's Gada " , 4) Ganesha Coloring Contest

Republic Day Celebration by Bal-Mukund CT children

The atmosphere was pure enthusiasm, splashed with saffron, green and white! Balloons, streamers and Bal Mukund Volunteers welcomed children in fancy dress with their supportive families for the celebration of recent learning.
The festival opened with Bal Mukund kids, seated in neat rows, calm and focused, ready to delight all by demonstrating their knowledge and presentation skills. Children took their well-practiced meditation poses and began the program by chanting several shlokas, nicely "in sync," which brought everyone into reverence and focus. Next came the Hindi language class groups who performed traditional songs with movements. Then came fancy dress competition and presentations by individual children grouped in three segments by age.  The younger group chose to portray India's wealth of wise leaders. Dressed to convince us of their 'identity', each speaker educated the audience and recited famous lines (all memorized by heart!) Next came the segment of older children, who had studied and prepared poster-reports about 'treasures' of India, such as geographic features, history and religious sites.  And finally, the eldest children presented posters and speeches on topics related to 'India and the world' which they had also researched. Prizes were awarded, and the and  leader of the , chosen by audience "Popular Choice Vote!" In the 'grand finale' combined Bal Mukund kids' patriotism, studies and musical talents, as they led the National Anthem of India  The entire group: Bal Mukund children, volunteers and the large audience of families, sang in unity!

Swamiji's Birthday Celebration

Bal-Mukund centers across the globe joined hands to wish Swamiji a wonderful Birthday. All are thoroughly enjoying the sessions, be it  the students attending the Bal-Mukund class or the Volunteers teaching the class. This is completely evident from their smiling and enthusiastic faces. The parents and in fact the entire family are benefiting from this beautifully program! They are thankful to Swamiji for designing this great program and making it simple and easy to inculcate Vedic values in the family.
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Group 8 - 11

1st Prize Winner

Ria Patel

2nd Prize Winner

Rachana Tanksali

3rd Prize Winner

Shyam  Sivasubramaniam

Group 12 - 15

1st Prize Winner

Saloni Agrawal

2nd Prize Winner

Sonakshi Bhatia

3rd Prize Winner

Ashlita Lodha

Bhog Recipe

Cabbage and red pepper with flax seeds 
  • Cabbage - half head, julienned
  • Red bell pepper - 1, julienned
  • Flax seed powder - 4 teaspoons
  • Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves - 6-7
  • Dried red chilly - coarsely ground, 1/2 teaspoon
    Asafoedita - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Urad & Chana dal mix - 1 tablespoon
  • Place wok on high heat
  • Add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • Add mustard seeds.  Once mustard seed start sputtering add curry leaves, dried red chilly flakes, asafoedita and urad/chana dal mix.  Keep stirring the wok.
  • Wait 10-15 secs then add cabbage and red bell pepper.  Also, add flax seed powder.  Add 1 teaspoon salt and toss to mix in the wok.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cover the vegetables.  Cover the wok.  After 4 mins remove cover and toss vegetables.  Cover again and let cook for another 3 mins.
  • Remove cover and increase heat to high.  Toss vegetables and cook for another min.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss vegetables. Add flax seed powder and mix well.
Potential Health Benefits: 
Cancer prevention, lower blood cholesterol, lower blood sugar, weight management, eye health.
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