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Editor's Message 
Dear Readers,

In this edition of our magazine, our theme is 'How Can We Attain True Happiness in the Age of Kaliyug.'  In the first article, we explore the knowledge which will lead to true happiness in this age. Further, from Maharajji's lecture, we will understand that how we should control the mind with the intellect.  We will also share with you news updates and glimpses of recently concluded 2016 Fresno Retreat with Swamiji.   To help with weight loss, we introduce you to some asans. Finally, don't miss our BM contributions and bhog recipe.

Best Wishes,
Editor's Desk
In This Issue
जग सुख झूठा है मना, हरि में ही सुख अपना |

jaga sukha jhoo hai manā
 hari meṅ hī sukha apanā 
The pleasures of this world are false (being both fleeting and limited).  The pleasure which we are seeking (which is both infinite and eternal) is to be found in Shyamsundar alone.
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How Can We Attain True Happiness in the Age of Kaliyug
The Śhrīmad Bhagavatam begins with great sages asking Sutji Maharaj, "What is the ultimate good fortune and how is it attained?" 

Before Sutji Maharaj could begin answering, the Sages asked again, "The age of Kaliyug is approaching.  People in this age will have a weak memory and limited intellect. Please give us that knowledge which will lead to true happiness but at the same time, it must be possible for the souls of Kaliyug to practice.

Sutji Maharaj answered, "Listen carefully!  The souls in Kaliyug should practice devotion to Shree Krishna, do it continuously and selflessly."

These are the three conditions for attaining the goal of true happiness as stated in the Śhrīmad Bhāgavatam.  Let's discuss the first point in more detail.  We do practice devotion to Shree Krishna but alongside, we also do devotion of other devas, humans and even spirits and ancestors!  That is not correct. Devotion to Shree Krishna must be focused, selfless, eternal and ceaseless.  These are the conditions.

Parikshit asked in Śhrīmad Bhāgavatam (1.19.38), "I have only seven days before I die.  What can I do to attain my goal in such a short time? There are so many paths to follow, what should I do?"

Sukhdev Paramahans replied (2.1.5), "Do three things.  First, listen to a God-realized Saint's lecture."  If you listen to random pundits you will get lost.  They have incomplete knowledge and they will mislead you.  They will ask you to do so many japas, march around on pilgrimages, do so many pujas, read so many books and so on.  This is what the entire world is doing - devotion with the senses. 

They teach doing devotion with the senses and that does not transform the mind. Even if you practice devotion for four hours but do not shed any tears in longing for God; then you are just cheating your own soul! So, listen to a God-realized Saint who will give you true knowledge.

Next is kirtans (chanting) which we all do.  Everyone can be seen chanting but there is one big mistake that we all make.  We chant the names of God with our senses but forget to meditate on him.  Remembrance of God comes first, even before you say the names of God.  Remembering is so important that even if you don't say Ram or Shyam even once, you can still attain God if your mind is attached to him.  God does not see the devotion of the senses, he sees the devotion of the mind.

Brahmaji states the three kinds of devotion in Bhāgavatam (2.2.36):  Hearing, Chanting and Remembering.  Veda Vyas says that even hearing and chanting are external, just do one thing - remember God. 

But then you will wonder, "We have never seen God.  How do we remember Him?"

You don't need to see God to remember him.  God is so merciful that He will accept whatever form we make up in our minds.  Aghasura attained God's abode when God killed him.  Parikshit asked, "How did such a demon attain God's abode?  He was going to eat Shree Krishna's friends."

Sukhdev explained, "When a form of God made in man's material mind can lead to God-realization, will the one in whose mouth God Himself entered not attain God's abode?"

So make any form of God in your mind that you like and God will accept it as his own and give you the Divine results.  When God will finally appear in front of you, he will come in his original form and not your imagined one.  So don't worry, just make any form as you like.

Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says we should just meditate on the form of God in the mind, at all times and places.  There is no need to bathe and wash each time. Meditate even in the latrine and bathroom!  Constantly think of God. Just as you love your mother, father, and children everywhere and at all times! In your free time, shed tears and increase your eagerness to meet God.  Don't ask Him for anything.  If you must ask, ask only for His Love and His Vision.  Nothing else!

Such practice will purify the mind.  Then the Guru will make our mind divine and give us that divine love and God realization.  This disease of maya - lust, anger, greed, attachment, the three gunas, etc. - will all end.  We will attain God's abode, a divine body and His divine knowledge and most importantly - divine bliss forever.
Control the Mind with the Intellect

The mind is merely a servant of the intellect. It simply does what the intellect tells it to do. We must learn to control the mind with the intellect that God has given to us.

Even a little child controls his mind with his intellect. When he goes to school and sees hot jalebis (an Indian sweet) being made in a sweet shop on the way, his mouth starts watering. He wishes to eat the sweets, but has no money with him. He thinks to himself, "Go ahead! Steal the jalebis." Then he thinks, "No, No! If I am caught, I will get a be
ating. Just keep going to school." The child looks longingly at the jalebis, and yet keeps walking. What has he done? He has controlled his mind. The mind could have instructed the hand, "Hey! Pick up the jalebis, but it could not order the hand against the decision of the intellect. 

All day long, you do many tasks against the desires of your mind - as a mere act, a show or drama. You welcome someone who comes to your house, though from within, you don't desire to receive him. It can be said that ninety nine percent of your works are done merely because you have to, and not because you want to. Since the mind is your servant, it does what the intellect instructs it to do; it cannot revolt against the intellect. This intellect is a great power that God has given us, and we must use it to control the mind. But we accept defeat before the urges of the mind. We do what the mind wishes, instead of following the orders of our intellect. We must make the intellect govern the mind, and not allow the mind to govern the intellect.

Now let's talk about the intellect. In every lifetime, our faulty intellect has prevented us from associating with saints. Our pride comes in between and we think, "I am a B.A.; I am an M.A.; I have a Ph.D. My hair did not turn white in the hot Sun; it has turned gr
ey from a long life of experience. How can I blindly accept Tulsidas and Soordas as saints?" Our intellect always questioned the actions of saints, "Why does he wear these clothes?  Why does he sit like this? Why does he stand like this? Why does he talk like this?" We always did the same in all the lifetimes.  We even criticized God, then why would we spare the saints?

The scriptures, God and the saints unanimously state that when God bestows his Grace, He takes away our material possessions.

taṁbhraṁśhayāmi sampadbhyo yasya chechchhāmyanugraham 
yasyāhamanugṛihyāmi hariṣhyetaddhana śhanaiḥ (Shrimad Bhagavatam 10.27.16)

But, we do not accept this truth. We think, "This cannot be. The one whom God graces becomes a billionaire. If he is childless, God gives him a child. If he doesn't have a mother, God provides him with a mother. If he is fatherless, God gives him a legal guardian." In other words, our personal philosophy is that when God or the saints grace us, they give us worldly possessions. But, the statement of God and the saints is the opposite of this. So, conflict arises between our intellect and God's words. The intellect says, "I don't accept this point. The Vedas and Bhagavatam may say it, but I cannot agree." There is not one among you who would say on receiving an insult, "This is good for me." On becoming ill, losing wealth or on the death of loved one, who would say, "This is the grace of God." Does anyone of you have the courage to say this? 

Your faulty intellect does not allow you to associate with the Saint. It clashes with the principles of the scriptures, God and the saints. So, then how are we associating with the Saints? Association means accepting their words fully from within. If the Guru scolds you, how m any of you feel, "Look at the grace I have received today. My guru has personally scolded me." Sit by yourself and reflect on this. What is the state of your intellect? You do not feel fortunate on being scolded by your guru; on the contrary, your mood gets spoilt. You may not say this on his face, but from within you become extremely annoyed. "He scolded me in front of everyone. I would not have minded if he had scolded me in private." How dear respect is to you! You desire respect despite the fact that you are a slave of lust, anger, greed, attachment and ignorance. Yet, you are not prepared to be reproached for these even by your guru. This is the condition of your intellect!

This means your intellect is not associating with the saint. Once it surrenders, the mind will follow automatically. So, you must attach the intellect to the instructio
ns of the guru, and upon receiving them, be overwhelmed with gratitude. You should realize his grace in his every instruction. Not when he praises you; when he criticizes you, insults you, scolds you, or reveals your faults, you should feel overjoyed from within. If you can think in this manner, it means that you are surrendering the intellect, and now your destination is certain. When this golden day arrives, your work will be done. Until you accept this from within, you are only fooling yourself by thinking that you are surrendered to God and the guru. 

News & Updates

Fresno Retreat with Swamiji
The Retreat at Fresno was a highly motivating and a wonderful spiritual experience for everyone. Devotees enjoyed singing the sweet name of Radhey Govind, with arms outstretched and hearts filled with devotion.  They had a blast chanting the Lord's name and meditating in the midst of nature, surrounded by lush greenery and accompanied by peacocks! Everyone indulged in a variety of soul-nourishing activities for the whole family, including a joyful Ram Navmi celebration, an entertaining Bhajan and Dance Competition, enlightening Q&A sessions with Swamiji, and Parikrama and guided meditation by Swamiji.

This is what the devotees had to say:

Swami ji is so peaceful and energetic which made all lectures interesting. I will follow the examples given in the lectures to help in daily activities. It was also cool how swami ji answered most of the questions and how he interacted with everybody.
Lipika Chatur, CA

Swamiji reminded me the purpose of human life and taught me how to do Roopa Dhyan.
Pritha Rao, Illinois
Click here for photos and videos of the retreat.        

Swamiji successfully completed his enlightening discourses on the topic, "Shrimad Bhagavat Mahapuran" at Richmond Hill, NY, which was a tremendous success.  Click here for photos and videos of the program.  
Celebrate Yoga & Holistic Health
A whole day filled with hands-on and interactive opportunities in over 10,000 sq.ft. venue!
Saturday, June 18th 2016
Venue: Comfort Inn & Suites, 700 Central Parkway East
Plano, TX 75074

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Swamiji's USA Tour, 2016 

June 11th to 17th  

Middletown, CT 

June 19th to 24th 

Bridgewater, NJ 

June 21st to July 1st 

Burtonsville, MD  

July 7th to 13th 

Cary, NC 

July 15th to 17th 

Retreat - Wyomissi
ng, PA 

July 23rd to 29th   

Plano, TX 

July 30th to Aug 5th 

Glen Allen, VA 

August 6th to 12th  

Kansas, KS  

For details, click here

Yoga for Weight Loss
Our hectic lifestyle and workloads do not let us live in a healthy way. The craving for junk food and stress filled environment gives us an unhealthy body. The risk of diseases and ill health increases with the fat accumulation in our body.  A fitness routine and a good diet will help to reduce these risks. Yoga asanas for weight loss is an effective method by which one can reduce weight, control the body and mind.  Losing weight and staying in shape will also build self-esteem and reduce the stress levels.  Here are some yoga poses that you can try at home for weight loss.

Naukasan (Boat Pose)

Lie flat on your back with both your leg together and touch the outer sides of the thighs with your palms, i.e. Simple Supine Pose.  Keep your toes together and place the palms lightly on the thighs. While inhaling (Radhey), slowly raise your legs, arms, trunk, and head off the floor.  Without any strain, balance your body on the buttocks and fix the eyes on the toes. In the final position, ensure that your head, hands, and toes stay at the same level, with both the legs and arms locked.  Remain in this pose for 15-20 seconds with normal breathing.  While exhaling (Krishna), slowly return to the base position by lowering the head, body, and legs to the floor and the hands on the thighs.  Repeat this asan twice.  Lastly, come to Shavasan and relax.

      Pada Sanchalanasan (Cycling)   
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.  Straighten your arms and place them by the sides of the body, with the palms flat on the floor.  Slowly fold the legs and raising the them into the air, begin cycling, making perfect vertical circles with both the feet-one by one.  Inhale (Radhey) when you straighten the leg; exhale (Krishna) when you flex the knee and bring your thigh closer to the chest.  Repeat 20 times clockwise and counterclockwise.  Finally, come to Shavasan and relax.

  • Those with a recent history of an abdominal operation, or back problems should not do this asan.
  • As it creates tremendous pressure in the stomach, it should not be practiced by the patients with the heart ailments and blood pressure.
  • Also, women at second or third trimester of pregnancy should not attempt this pose.
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SANSKRITHI '16 - The Cultural Extravaganza

SANSKRITHI '16 - The Cultural Extravaganza  was a grand success.  Bal Mukund kids performed "Unity in Diversity" in the Sanskrithi Cultural Extravaganza. They represented the diverse cultures of the different states of India including Kashmir, Punjab, Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and more. It was choreographed by Malhar group. Sanskrithi echoed with the melodious voice of talented singers in the group and Solo singing contestant. Children also participated in the solo and Group dance.  Click here for photos. 

Frisco Bal-Mukund Varshik Utsav 2016

Congratulations to Frisco Bal-Mukund on completing the year 2015-2016 s
uccessfully, and for instilling nobleness in the young minds of the community. The Varshik Utsav included breathtaking musical plays on the life of Mother Anasuya, birth of Lord Dattatreya, Shree Ram Darbar, Lord Hanuman's devotion to Lord Ram, and awe-inspiring stories from Mahabharat. They displayed their Hindi conversation skills in a very engaging Hindi skit. Kids also presented soulful bhajans and demonstrated many yogasans and pranayam with ease!  Click here for photos.


Bhog Recipe

Jalapeno Cheese Bread  
Preparation Time: 
  • Mixing and Rolling Time: 20 minutes
  • Rising Time: 2.5 hours
  • Baking Time: 40-50 minutes
Servings: 2 loafs approximately 9x5 inches

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast (less than a  ¼-ounce package)
  • 13/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon warm water (105-115° F)
  • cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2  teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  •  3 tablespoons chopped fresh jalapeno, including seeds and ribs, plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh jalapeno, without seeds and ribs (from 3 medium total)
  • 5 ounces coarsely grated extra-sharp vegetarian Cheddar cheese
  • 1 ounces finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  •  2 9x5 inch loaf pans or a baking tray with aluminum foil
  • Stir together yeast and 1 tablespoon warm water in a small bowl; let mixture stand for about 5 minutes
  • Mix together flour, salt, oil, yeast mixture, and remaining 13/4 cups warm water in bowl of mixer at low speed until a soft dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high and beat 3 minutes more. Add jalapeno, Cheddar, and Parmigiano-Reggiano and mix until combined
  • Scrape dough down side of bowl (all around) into center, then sprinkle lightly with flour. Cover bowl with a clean kitchen towel (not terry cloth) until doubled in bulk, 2 to 2½ hours
  • Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and gently form into a roughly I l - by 8-inch rectangle with floured hands
  • Divide dough into half to make 2 loafs
  • Fold each dough in thirds (like a letter) pressing along seam of each fold to seal
  • Put dough, seam side down, in 2 oiled 9- by 5-inch loaf pan or place it on a baking pan with foil.  Make sure to oil the foil so that it does not stick to it
  • Cover pan with same clean kitchen towel and leave dough for 15 minutes
  • Pull oven rack in middle position, preheat oven to 400° F
  • Bake until bread is golden and sounds hollow when tapped on bottom, approximately 40-50 minutes (depends on oven).  Keep checking  
  • Run a knife around edge of pan 10 loosen loaf, then remove from pan to test for doneness
  • Return bread (not in pan) to oven and turn on its side, then bake for 10 more minutes until crust is crisp.
  • Cool completely on a rack, about 1 hour
Please Note:
You can substitute the all-purpose flour entirely with whole-wheat to make the bread healthier.  
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