Editor's Message
Dear Readers,

JKYog is delighted to bring you our Dusshera edition, where our theme is 'The Two Kinds of Worlds.'  In the first article, we explore the two kinds of worlds - the inner world and the external world.  Our second article is, 'The external world is perfect.'  Further, from Maharajji's lecture, we will understand that whether it is a sage, an ascetic, a yogi, a Saint, or even God, everyone has to leave the world at the appointed time.  Also, we will share with you news updates and glimpses of recently concluded Swamiji's USA Tour, 2015.   To help relieve your headache, we introduce you to some asans and pranayam. Finally, don't miss our BM contributions, and bhog recipe.

Best Wishes,
Editor's Desk
In This Issue
झूठा जग नाता सपना, साँचो नाता हरि से मना |

jhooṭhā  jaga nātā sapanā,
sāṅcho nātā hari se manā  
All worldly relationships are false, as in a dream.  O mind! Your only true relationship  is with Shyamsundar.
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jai rāghavendra sarakāra kī, jai sītā sukumāra kī 
All glories to the Supreme Lord Ram, and to the gentle princess Sita.

jai rāma lakṣhmaṇa jānakī,
jai sudhā roopa rasa khāna kī

All glories to Ram, Lakshman, and Janaki, the treasure-house of infinite nectar, beauty and bliss.

jai jai jai rajā rāma kī,
 jai prema roopa rasa khāna kī 

All glories to our king Ram, the infinite reservoir of love, beauty and bliss.

jai rāghavendra darabāra kī,
jai jai jai pavana kumāra kī

All glories to the court of Shree Ram (where grace is distributed freely), and to Pavan Kumar (Hanuman). 
The Two Kinds of Worlds 
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. 

Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychology, had introduced the concept of subconscious. Interestingly, this concept is already found in Vedic literature and is there since thousands of years. The Maitreyyupanishat says that there is a world inside us.

chitmeva hi sansārastatprayatnena śhoghayet

The inner world within us is exceedingly big.  It is so big that even the external world that we see, is nothing in comparison to it.  We come in contact with our internal world when we are asleep.  Recall how in the dream state we hear, touch, see and smell things.  How do we manage to do these things when our knowledge and working senses are under the comforter?  The eyes are closed while sleeping which means we are obviously not seeing the external world.  There is a world other than the world that we see when we are awake.   This other world is our inner world and it is extraordinarily fascinating.  In the inner world, we sometimes go all the way to Hong Kong, Singapore, to the moon, we meet God or we even meet demons.

You may find it interesting that even somebody who is blind from birth can see dreams.  So how does a blind person see dreams?  What people with sight see in their dreams are the things they have seen or thought during the waking state.  When they sleep, those thoughts or resolves are disjointed and rejoined in a jumbled manner and that becomes the dream.   For example, a person sees a bird flying and he thinks what a thrilling experience it would be to become a bird and fly.   He sees the bird and makes the resolve.   Now in the dream state, possibly these two resolves will be joined. So, he may not become a bird but he will start flying in his human state and that becomes his dream.  Now, why does that happen?

In the dream state, the intellect is sleeping but the mind is still active. That is the sleep state. Throughout the day the body tires, but that is not enough to fall asleep.  It is when the intellect is tired, that one falls asleep.  When we sleep, the intellect falls asleep but the mind remains awake.  Therefore, all these thoughts that exist in the inner world start joining without rationality.  Hence, an intelligent person doesn't give much importance to dreams.  One in a million maybe a divine dream inspired by God, but the other 9,99,999 are merely the creations of an irrational mind.  Now people with sight dream in accordance with what they have seen in the waking state, but how does a person who is blind from birth see dreams?

They see dreams because the inner world of a human continues from past lives. We all know that when a person dies, his or her soul leaves the body and the gross body is left behind.  However, the soul does not leave alone; it is accompanied by the subtle body consisting of the mind, intellect, and ego. Therefore, our mind is not from just one lifetime, it contains impressions from countless past lifetimes and these impressions form the basis of dreams for people who are blind from birth.  That is the inner world.

Simply put, the external world is one for everyone. If there is the hall of Durga Mandir, it is the same for all the people.  But the internal world is different for everyone.  One person associates the temple with peace, one person associates it with devotion, one with faith and a young teenager who is forced there by his parents associates it with a torcher chamber that is terribly boring.  So, our inner world is our own creation and the external world is not our creation, it is the creation of God.
The External world is perfect

Brilliance of God manifests in the world all around us.  Tiniest of atoms to the largest of galaxies, each creation of God is a reflection of the perfection with which He has created this world.  In fact, the Vedas say that the world is a veritable form of God. They even go on to state that God himself becomes the world.  Just as a spider takes the web out from itself-it does not make the web with any external material-similarly God does not use any external material for the creation of the world; he becomes the world himself through his energies.  So, there is no question of God's creation being flawed; the world is perfect.

However, when we see the world stricken with wars, natural calamities, and so much chaos, we wonder "is it true that the world is perfect?  If so what really is that perfection?"  The answer is that God has created this world perfectly for the evolution of our soul.  The soul is on a journey and this journey did not begin upon birth, nor is it going to end upon death.  It's a journey that is continuing from infinite lifetimes.   We are all in this journey - evolving, learning, and developing.  The difficulties and hardships existing here are also a part of the perfection.  They are perfectly placed there for a purpose.

Now if the world is perfect, why do we experience such imperfect experiences?   Living in this world, why do we constantly experience tension, fear, anxiety, and stress?  The reason for such experiences in this perfect world of God is our own mind or what we call the inner world.  Our experience of the external world is filtered through the perceptions of our mind.  Hence, it is the mind that creates perceptions of anxiety, fear, stress, and every other kind of human emotion.

When we experience distress we immediately look for defects in the external world.  Our intellect tells our problems are in the external world, but the Vedas tell the problem is in our own mind.  Our first and foremost focus should always be to correct our own mind; to cleanse and purify our inner world.  Those souls who purified their mind experience the bliss of God in every atom of his creation.  Hence, Lord Shiv told Parvati: "Uma if a fortunate soul is able to finish blemishes of desire, anger, and pride, that fortunate soul sees the form of God in every atom of creation."

The wise sages who have purified their inner worlds through the process of bhakti see the external world as a veritable form of God and hence experience infinite bliss.   In fact, everlasting peace can become a practical reality for anyone who engages in bhakti to God.  By attaching the mind to all-pure God, the mind gradually becomes purified and experiences its much-cherished ideal of peace and bliss.
Everyone has to Leave the World  

Whether it is a sage, an ascetic, a yogi, a Saint or even God, everyone has to leave the world at the appointed time.  The world may say that so-and-so died of heart attack, or cancer, but the fact is that his time to die had arrived.  Even God does not stay a moment longer than the scheduled period of His descension.  Then how can anyone else stay beyond his appointed time?  You may have heard of an incident in Ayodhya in this context.  Yamraj came to Lord Ram to tell Him that the period of His descension was over.  When Yamraj comes to God and the Saints, he places his head at their feet and says, "I have come to inform you that the period of Your descension is complete.  You may choose to stay or leave.  I am merely fulfilling my duty."  He cannot force them to leave as he does with others.  Yet, the supremely independent Ram did not stay a moment longer than His planned 11,000 years.  At the exact time, to the second, He left the world.  And this is true for every descension of God, and every Saint, whether it be Tulsidas, Surdas, Meera,orKabir.  Seeing that even God, who is the lawmaker Himself, does not violate this rule, then why should the Saints, who are His servants break the law?

When we say we do not wish to die, it can be for two possible reasons.  One reason is that we are too attached to the world-to wealth, home, father, mother, wife, son-and still wish to enjoy them, and so do not wish to leave.  On the other hand, elevated aspirants have a sensible reason for not wanting to die.  They think, "I have not attained God as yet.  If I had some more time, I could achieve my goal."  They want more time, just like students who become very happy when given a few extra days to study for exams.  But, God and Saints have nothing to attain.  They leave at the appropriate time, without any reluctance.

There is an incident about Ramakrishna Paramhans.  He developed throat cancer.  Everyone knew that the Saint's death was imminent.  He was famous in Kolkata and all over Bengal as a Saint who had transformed many lives.  So, people went to him and said, "You have attained perfection.  To rid yourself of cancer is child's play for you.  Just ask God to cure you, and your cancer will disappear."  Ramakrishna Paramhans replied strictly, "Should I divert my mind from God to worrying about cancer?  Besides, how can I ask God to do such dirty work for me?  I have loved God only with the desire to serve Him.  I cannot engage in such pettiness and ask for His help just for the sake of this wretched body.  Moreover, even if I am cured, I will still have to leave my body at the appointed time."

So, Ramakrishna Paramhans said, "Everyone has to leave at the scheduled time.  I have no objection to this hole in my throat.  This body has nine holes anyway-the eyes, nose, ears, mouth, etc.  So what if there is one more!  It would be very wrong to bother the Divine Mother over it."  Thus, asking God for worldly favours is the greatest folly.

News & Updates

Swamiji's humanitarian work in the service of the people around the world was commended by the Mayor of Oak Brook, IL, in his proclamation. He presented Swamiji with a key to the village.

JKYog New York organized a gala Diwali Dinner in the divine presence of Swamiji. The highlights of the evening included haunting devotional songs by the Angels Caribbean Band, Karnatic Dance performance, a divine message from Swamiji, and mouthwatering Caribbean and Indian cuisine. The proceeds from the program will support health care and education for the underprivileged in rural India.  See pictures

Swamiji began his revisit tour of all the JKYog centers in US with one or two day program in every city.  The devotees were delighted to have him back in their midst before he leaves for India in October end.
  See pictures 

Swamiji's India Tour, 2015

Oct 22nd to 24th


Nov 5th to 8th


Nov 15th to 20th

Banara, Cuttack, Odisha

Nov 27th to  Dec 1st

Vrindavan Dham

Oct 25th to Nov 3rd

Bhakti  Dham, Mangarh

Nov 10th to 14th


Nov 21st to 26th

Bhakti Dham, Mangarh

Dec 4th to Dec 21st

Banara, Cuttack, Odisha

For details, click here

Yoga to Help Relieve Headache
Whether from dehydration, stress, tension, a hangover, or anything else, headaches can really put a dampener on anyone's day. With the ability to help relieve tension, boost circulation, and calm the mind, yoga can be a powerful natural remedy for headaches. If you're feeling a headache coming on -- or just need a little stress relief -- try these yoga poses and pranayama.

Lie flat on your back with both your legs together and touch the outer sides of the thighs with your palms  Place both arms by the sides of the thighs with the palms flat on the floor.  While inhaling (Radhey), raise your legs till they come into a vertical position.  While exhaling (Krishna), slowly raise the buttocks, letting the legs go over the head, and then lower the toes to the floor-a bit away from your head.  Either interlock the fingers or keep the palms on the floor, behind your shoulders and facing downward.  Straighten your arms firmly for support; straighten the legs and try to push the buttocks as much forward as possible.  Remain in this posture for as long as you are comfortable with normal breathing.  While returning to the central position, again inhale (Radhey); then slowly lower the buttocks to the floor, bringing the legs to vertical position; while exhaling (Krishna), lower the legs down to the floor.  This finishes one round; do two more rounds.  Finally, come into Shavasan.

Persons with high blood pressure, hernia, arthritis of the neck, spinal problems like cervical spondylitis, and slipped-disc should not do this asan.

Shashankasan (The Moon Pose)  
Procedure: Sit down with your legs outstretched and joined together in front; keeping the back erect, place your palms on the floor behind the buttocks, with the fingers pointing backward, i.e. Dandasan.  Slowly come into Vajrasan and rest your palms on the thighs.  Inhale (Radhey); raise your arms up above the head; straighten the trunk, head, and arms; turn the palms forward.  Now, while exhaling (Krishna), gently lean forward from the hips until the hands and forehead reach the floor.  Slightly flex your elbows and let them rest on the floor so that the whole body rests completely. Be in this posture for as long as possible with slow and even breathing.  Ultimately, come back to the base position.

Contraindication: People with high blood pressure and slipped-disc should not do this asan.

Ujjayi Pranayam

Procedure:  Sit in any meditative position with the spine, neck, and head straight. Now, relax your shoulders and place the hands in any mudra on the knees.  Then, close both eyes and relax the entire body.  Concentrate on the nostrils, feel the air going in and coming out through the nostrils. After 2-3 normal breaths, shift your concentration to the throat. Then, inhaling (Radhey) deeply and slowly through either of the two nostrils, contract the throat as if you are breathing through a narrow pipe (in the throat).  Due to the constriction of the respiratory passage, the incoming breath will produce a soft sound like "urrmh," as if you are snorting. It may be a low sound, and though it should be audible to you, someone sitting a few feet away from you may not be able to hear it. Then close one of the nostrils with your thumb and exhale (Krishna) completely through the other. You may use either of the nostrils for exhalation, but alternatively.  The time for inhalation and exhalation should always be the same. This is one cycle of Ujjayi Pranayam; repeat up to 15-20 cycles.

Contraindications: People who are introvert should not do this pranayam. Heart patients should not strain themselves and should practice one round of Jai Radhey Pranayam between two rounds of Ujjayi Pranayam.

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It was a festive month for Bal-Mukunds, loaded with merriments as the Young Bal-Mukunds celebrated the birthday of Lord Krishna and Lord Ganesh!! Most of the centers celebrated Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaturti!!! Bal-Mukunds learned about these festivals, the significance of it and the way it is celebrated. They also got to practically celebrate the festival. Few centers made nice Bal-Krishna picture frames, beautiful clay statues of Bal-Ganesh and celebrated their Happy Birthday with cake, bright balloons and songs! The kids also got to rock baby Krishna in the Jhoola!!

Singapore Bal-Mukunds presented a cultural program to a wide audience on the occasion of Janmashtami, They recited slokas, danced to Krishna bhajans and enacted beautiful leelas of Lord Krishna!!!Not to mention the wonderful Janmashtami celebrations!!!

Kids had a wonderful time at the Texas retreat conducted in Dallas during Labor day weekend!!! Kids got to make beautiful crafts, learn bhajans, learn about the distinction between soul and the body through an interactive game and listen to great Krishna stories at the retreat. All the kids got an opportunity to interact with Swamiji and show what they learned during the retreat. They also got to ask questions and get clarifications from Swamiji. For the Janmashtami celebration at the retreat, enthusiastic kids exhibited their talent in the Kids Talent show!!! It was a wonderful event and both the kids and the older participants thoroughly enjoyed it!!

Bhog Recipe

Date Nut Cake
  • 16-18 dates pitted
  • 3/4 milk
  •  2-3 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour(or use whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Walnuts as desired
Soak 14 chopped dates or so in milk for 3-4 hrs. Then grind to fine paste..Add oil, brown sugar and the flour. Chop rest of the dates and walnuts and mix in batter. Mix well.

Bake for 45-50 mins at 350 degrees.  Offer as bhog and enjoy!
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