This month, 'Sumiran' is picking up 'Fluctuating play of the gunas' as the topic of the month.  In this issue, we will also be presenting articles on 'The constant play of fluctuating gunas', 'The simple formula to deal with people'. Readers will also find Bal-Mukund contributions, News & Updates, and Bhog Recipe. 


तजि छल छंद मना, कामना रहित भजना

taji chhala chhanda manā, kāmanā rahita bhajanā

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says, "Abandon all pretense and deceit, O mind and engage yourself in devotion devoid of desires." 

The constant play of fluctuating gunas
Do you commonly experience that your mood fluctuates throughout the day?  You feel that at one point you were sincerely working hard to complete an office project and sometime later you wanted to do it faster and better than your colleague at any cost.  But at the end of the day, you felt awfully upset and envious because in stead of you, your colleague received all the appreciation for his project. 

Such is the nature of the world; it is constantly fluctuating.   This fluctuation can be explained in a simple and logical manner. The human mind is governed by the predominance of the three gunas.  These gunas are inherent to material energy and anyone under the influence of material energy is bound to be dominated by either of the gunas.  The three gunas are sattvic guna, rajasic guna and tamasic guna.  At any given point in time, our mind is dominated by any one of the gunas.

It is interesting to observe how our temperament changes as the guna that governs our mind also changes.  When the sattvic mode governs the mind, we feel calm, serene, friendly, and peaceful.  When the rajasic mode prevails, we become passionate, ambitious and desirous of pleasure of the senses.  When the tamasic mode predominates, we become lazy, resentful, and violent.  Since these gunas fluctuate constantly, every individual has varying temperaments throughout the day. 

Another fact about the gunas is that there is no guarantee about which guna will predominate at any given time of the day.  Normally, the atmosphere or environment that we stay in most of the time, determines which guna will predominate and which two will become subordinate.  There is one more important point to reflect upon.  Due to lack of sattvic qualities and thoughts, it is only when we are exposed to a sattvic environment in abundance that we are occasionally dominated by this mode.  On the other hand, because there is abundance of rajasic environment around us, we are easily overpowered by this guna even with the slightest association.  The tamasic guna is the most powerful guna of all.  When somebody condemns us, our spontaneous reaction is to lash back at that person.  It shows how easily we are overpowered by tamasic guna. In this manner, all of us experience a constant play of the fluctuating gunas.

These constantly changing gunas are so overpowering that it is not even possible to have steady feelings and faith in God and Guru.  Although Saints and God are beyond these three gunas, they appear to us to be endowed with these temperaments because our own perception is colored by these gunas.  It is only when the spiritual aspirants persistently practice to take their mind toward God, who is beyond the three gunas of material nature, that their mind becomes purified.  The material mind of sadhaks also oscillates amidst the three gunas, however, they practice to push the mind and intellect to harbour feelings of love and service to God and Guru at all times.  This way, they gradually overcome the fluctuating play of the gunas and gain control of their mind.
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It is interesting to observe how our temperament changes as the guna that governs our mind also changes.  When the sattvic mode governs the mind, we feel calm, serene, friendly, and peaceful.  When the rajasic mode prevails, we become passionate, ambitious and desirous of pleasure of the senses.  When the tamasic mode predominates, we become lazy, resentful, and violent.  Since these gunas fluctuate constantly, every individual has varying temperaments throughout the day.   
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The simple formula to deal with people   
The entire material world and all the people under the influence of material energy are naturally endowed with the three gunas- sattvic, rajas and tamas.  The difference of the gunas and their constant fluctuation accounts for people's divergent ideas, interests, desires and tastes.  And in simple words, strife happens when thoughts and opinions diverge.   This strife exists everywhere - between husband & wife, father & son, brother & sister, friend & companion, boss & subordinate, etc.  Congruence can happen between two people only when they have the same gunas.  However, since everyone's gunas are fluctuating, it is unreasonable to expect that the gunas of different people will match.

Even when the gunas match, the intensity of the gunas may differ in each person, hence harmony still may not exist.  Most arguments between people are a result of difference of the degree of the intensity of gunas in each individual.  Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says, "The reason for our anxiety is that we have unreasonable expectations.  We want others to always think in the same manner as we do.  And when this does not happen, we get disturbed.     Instead, if you could realize the fluctuating situation of gunas all the time, you would be surprised if even one person remained favourable to you for even a day.  However, our understanding is the reverse.  When a person is less favourable towards us we are surprised.  The fact is that no one in the world is favourable or unfavourable to anyone".

We must remember and implement this simple philosophy in o
ur lives if we wish to live peacefully and unperturbed by other people's behaviour.  Friendship between people exists as long as their gunas are in harmony.  The moment the gunas are opposed to each other, there is a strife between people.  We are always struggling in the world to make people favourable towards us.  We make futile efforts in the office, at home, and in social gatherings to turn people's behaviour positively towards us.  If we can remember that each and every person is compulsively dominated by the constantly fluctuating gunas, we will stop being hurt by another person's behaviour. 

The world will continue its work under the influence of Maya, as is its nature.  We should not bother about it. Instead, we should increase our understanding of the world and learn to insulate ourselves from the fluctuating moods of others. This way we will find it much easier to deal with people and at the same time focus on our spiritual advancement.

News & Updates

Bhakti Yog Sadhana Shibir in Birgunj, Nepal 

A three-day Bhakti Yog Sadhana Shibir was conducted under Swamiji's guidance at Radha Kunj Dham in the commercial capital of Nepal, Birgunj. On the last day (10th March) of 3-day Bhakti Yoga Sadhana Shibir in Birgunj, Swamiji led a Nagar Sankirtan program. 

7-Day Lecture program in Kathmandu, Nepal 

Swamiji's 7-day lecture on Shreemad Bhagavat Mahapuran was held in Banakali - Shree Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Ms. Radha Gyawali- Minister of Energy welcomed Swamiji to Nepal on behalf of the Government of Nepal. The program was a grand success with over 2000 people attending the lecture everyday. 

Holi Celebration at Radha Krishna Temple Site

Crowds of people from all over DFW area flocked to the site where the new Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas is currently under construction for the temple's first Holi Hangama celebration. Dozens of temple volunteers cheerily welcomed arriving visitors and made the event run smoothly. The festivities began with beautiful kirtan, a Holi keynote address by Swami Mukundananda, followed by music and dancing with DJ Manesh, creating an indescribable atmosphere where everyone threw vibrant colors at their friends, family and even those whom they just met. Delicious Indian food, freshly made popcorn, mehndi and a Braj-style parikrama enhanced the revelry. Children experienced a fun-filled day jumping in the bounce house, playing carnival games for prizes and entertained by a clown.

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The Goal of Human Life

by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj 


Every individual performs various actions every moment with a single purpose. It may appear strange but it is true. Some do good deeds and some perform bad ones. In reality, everyone performs actions that give them happiness.   


Like an evil person finds happiness in harming others, a Saint performs actions for the welfare of others which give him happiness. The motive behind achieving wealth, health, wife, son, fame, beauty is one - HAPPINESS. This proves that without any teaching or training every individual wants happiness and nobody wants sorrow, grief or pain because:


ānando brahmeti vyajānāt (ved)

 Happiness, bliss, peace are other names or synonyms for God.  Now arises a question. What is  the relationship between our desire for happiness and God being bliss personified?  Yes, there is a relation.

īśhvar  ańśh jīv avināśhī (rāmāyaṇ)

 The relation is that every individual soul is an eternal part of God, and God is bliss personified. Therefore being an eternal part of him, every individual soul naturally seeks happiness.  No soul can ever wish for sorrow.

 Since infinite lifetimes, all of us are searching happiness in this material world, but according to    our scriptures (Vedas) and our personal experiences, there is no doubt that worldly happiness is short lived. It is finite and illusive. When we eat a rasgulla (an Indian sweet) for the first time, we experience great pleasure. But if someone asks us to keep eating the same sweet, we feel like vomiting. So if there is pleasure in rasgulla or any such object, then we should experience this pleasure for ever. But this is not the case. Why don't we derive constant happiness from that object? In the same manner, the pleasure from wealth, spouse, children, food, etc., keeps on fluctuating and finally comes to an end.
 So why haven't we attained true happiness till now? Because we have not understood, realized and decided the true nature of happiness. Where is that kind of happiness? How can we attain it? Surprisingly, despite our continuous efforts to achieve happiness, we have not understood what and where we will get this happiness. Happiness is that which is unlimited, ever increasing and ever lasting. Sorrow cannot overcome it, like darkness cannot overcome light.  So where is this kind of happiness? The answer to this question can be categorized into two areas (which are intensely debated) - materialism and spirituality. According to materialism, there is no entity or authority called God and one will get happiness through material objects. Whereas, according to spirituality, only God is bliss and by attaining God we can be happy for eternity. There is no other way to the attainment of happiness and removal of pain and suffering.                                      
raso vai saḥ

The Vedas declares that even the most intellectual cannot comprehend God because he is beyond our material senses and by the grace of God even a fool can know God. Thus, every individual seeks happiness and since God is bliss, everyone is a seeker of God. Every person will work continuously till he attains true happiness and peace. The materialists deny the existence of God, but they can only claim that there is no entity called God if according to the scriptures, we do not attain God even after surrendering to a Guru and performing devotion.
 The conclusion is that we must believe in the existence of God. But a question arises: what is our purpose of worshipping him? Yes, there is a purpose. We are all selfish in nature, and whoever satisfies our self-interests, we get attached to that person. We all long for unlimited, everlasting happiness and that happiness is only in God. All our self-interests will be fulfilled by worshipping God, and without understanding him we cannot attain true happiness. Therefore, having a human body, if we do not understand God, that will be our greatest mistake. We would have to suffer in the cycle of 8.4 million species of life, because only in the human form, we can attain God and acquire the knowledge of God, our ultimate goal of divine bliss.  


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The joy and enthusiasm of introducing Bal-Mukunds to the jubilant festival of Holi hasn't diminished even though a cold wave has been sweeping through the US! If water couldn't be splashed they made it with dry gulal, but celebrating it was a must! Children at our International centers of Dubai and Singapore used beautiful fragrant flower petals as gulal and offered them to Radha and Krishna! Various centers spent joyous hours explaining the meaning of Holi and the reasons this festival is celebrated with so much fervor and enthusiasm. A few centers will celebrate Holi on a large scale as part of their Parent Information & Celebration Session! Warmer temperatures and sun kissed skies will allow Bal-Mukunds to experience the exuberance of Holi and revel in its  unparalleled colors of entertainment!

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Bhog Recipe


1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 cup rice
1 cup split Mung Beans (preferably soaked for 2-3 hrs)
1 tsp EV Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
Vegetables - grated carrots, peas and beans
1 tsp Cumin and Mustard Seeds
1 tsp Fennel powder
1 ˝ tsp Coriander powder
˝ tsp Turmeric powder
˝ tsp Asafoetida powder
1-2 tsp Red Chilli powder (optional)
2-3 tbsp chopped Cilantro
1 tsp freshly squeezed Lime/Lemon Juice
Salt to taste
approx. 2-4 cups of Water
Pressure cook the rice, quinoa and mung beans together.  In a small pan, heat the oil add the cumin mustard seeds until they sputter.  Add the vegetables and sautee.  Add the rest of the spices and combine with the grains.  Enjoy warm with pickle!
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