Editor's Message

Dear Readers,

In this edition of our magazine, our theme is 'This should be your only desire in bhakti.'  In the first article, we will find out what our desire should be in bhakti. Further, from Maharajji's lecture, we will understand the meaning of exclusive or undivided devotion.  We will also share with you news updates and glimpses of Swamiji's house visits.   In addition to this, we will explore the medicinal benefits of including ginger in our everyday food. Finally, don't miss our BM contributions and bhog recipe.

Best Wishes,
Editor's Desk
In This Issue
निज सुख तजि दे मना, श्याम सुख हित भजना
nija sukha taji de manā,  
śhyām sukha hita bhajanā
However, one must exercise caution that in every devotional service rendered, one's pleasure is not the goal.  Rather, one should perform it solely for Shyamsundar's happiness.   
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This Should Be Your Only Desire in Bhakti
Although the Acharyas declare that bhakti is very easy to practice, there is one point at which it becomes extremely difficult. Aspirants start off with great enthusiasm but find themselves struggling hard at this one point. What is it?

The desire for self-happiness.  For countless lifetimes, the soul has desired to either 'take and take' or 'give and take'. But the only formula for progressing on the path of divine love is to 'give and give' without expecting anything in return. This is the first lesson of bhakti and must be stamped in our minds.

For people who have not yet experienced the bliss of God, it is easier to change and develop selflessness at early stages of bhakti. At later stages if somebody's formula is to 'take and take', that person is unable to develop selflessness. That is the reason why great yogis and munis do austerities for ages because they had developed sanskars of selfishness.

Naradji, in the Narad Bhakti Darshan states that bhakti is free from desires. But this is where most people are stuck. They go to the temples, mosques, churches, and gurudwaras, not for bhakti but to seek boons for material well-being.  If we wish to receive divine love from God, we have to stop begging for the worldly happiness. In fact, we have to even stop asking for mukti or liberation.

Due to the lack of knowledge, people pray to God, "Hey bhagavan, mujhe tar do, meri mukti ho jae." "Oh Lord! Please grant me liberation." They don't understand that this desire for liberation is also the desire for self-happiness.
Somebody asks for worldly happiness so that his misery of poverty can end.  It is a material desire to end the suffering of poverty. Likewise, somebody asks for liberation so that all his miseries in the world can end. The motivation of both the people remain the same - to end their miseries. Both the desires are selfish.

Therefore, the desire for mukti is totally against the concept of bhakti and the bhakti acharayas have condemned it extremely strongly.

Swarga Apavarga, Narakeshvapi Tulyad Darshana!

Maharaj Chitraketu in the Bhagawat, says, "Swarg, Narak and Mukti, they are all equal!" Why? Because pure love for God is not present in any of these!

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, "Moksha Vanchat Kaitav Pradhan!" The desire for moksh is a blemish on the path of Divine Love Bhakti, because it is 'self-seeking'.
Hence, on the path of bhakti, we don't desire worldly happiness or even liberation.  We only desire one thing - Shree Krishna's happiness.  In other words, our only desire on this path should be to please Him, i.e. to give Him Happiness.

People start wondering that if they desire only Shree Krishna'a happiness, what will happen to their own happiness. The fact is that when we give happiness to Shree Krishna, He will multiply it manifold and give the happiness back to us. This happiness that he gives us, is the happiness of Divine Love and is the sweetest of all!

It is so sweet that Brahmaji desired to become a blade of grass in the land of Vrindavan to relish it and Uddhavji actually became a blade of grass!

This philosophy has practical application in our everyday lives. People wonder if they will have to renounce the world to practice bhakti. The answer is no, you will only have to learn to desire the right thing. Earlier, whatever you did was for a personal desire to earn wealth, respect, fame, etc. Now on the path of bhakti, whatever you do, it should be to simply please the Lord.

Therefore, to engage in Bhakti does not mean that you should become like a stone and sit down. Arjun was a warrior, before he heard the Bhagavad Gita, and after he heard the Bhagavad Gita, he was still a warrior. He was the best warrior on the battlefield. The difference however was that earlier he was fighting out of his own greed to be the King of Hastinapur, but later on, he was fighting for the glory and pleasure of the Lord!

So, when we desire to serve God with everything, our desires become perfectly oriented, and we experience the highest bliss, which is the bliss of the soul.
Exclusive Devotion

Exclusive devotion means to love just one - God and nobody else. We have learnt earlier that there are three eternal truths: God, Soul and Maya (an eternal, cosmic and lifeless power of God). If a soul does not love God, then which 'other' entity does he love? It has to be people or objects under the influence of Maya, since there is no fourth entity or realm for the soul to love. Souls who have not attained God as well as all other inanimate (material) objects are classified as mayic.

If an individual's mind is attached to anyone or anything other than God,
then he will not be called as an 'Ananya' follower. Loving God alone is what ananyata means.  Consider the honest and truthful Harishchandra. He never lied throughout his life. Hence, he was honored with the name, 'Satya' Harishchandra. If he had lied just once, then his honesty could be questioned. In the same way, even if we have 0.1% attachment (of the mind) for any person or material object, our devotion to God will not be exclusive or single minded.

We have only one mind and that should be focused on the divine, and subjects related to the divine only. There should be no place for anything or anyone else related to the mayic modes of sattva, rajas, or tamas. If we detach ourselves from all of these three, then our devotion will be exclusive and will be considered as 'single minded devotion' or 'Ananya'.

Our heart is the temple of God and only He must reside in it. Observe the temples in every city. We place God's idol in the centre and that place is revered as highly sacred. The priest ensures that the surroundings are very clean and tidy. Compare that to the temple in our hearts. We want God to reside along with dirty mayic personalities. God says "Who is this?" We reply, "This is my father, mother and son" God says, "No. If you want them, then I will not come inside. I will stay in your heart only if you keep mayic things away."

The reason why we have not attained God till now is that we have not tried
to practice 'ananya bhakti'. We keep telling God that He is also ours, whereas he expects exclusive devotion. We shed tears for God and Guru, but we also shed tears while bidding goodbye to the newly wed daughter at home. We shed tears when our children die. This proves that we are attached to and love people other than God.

This material world is made of Maya and this body is also material. This material world is made to sustain our material body. For the eternal soul, devotion to God and Guru is essential. Eyes have vision and ears are made for listening. If we attempt to hear with our eyes, it is foolish and an impossible task. Similarly, happiness of the soul is not in this material world which is a source of darkness, whereas God is the source of light.  Darkness and light cannot co-exist.

We are attached to this world because we have forgotten our real identity. We are eternal souls and souls are servants of God. Just like a machine in a car's engine. If a single wire is not in its place or the battery fails, the car stops working. Similarly, if our mind gets attached to this material world even for a second then we will not achieve our goal.

Let us use another example. Our mind is like a dirty cloth that has accumulated filth since innumerable lifetimes. Our aim is to wash it and make it completely dirt free. If we wash it with fresh, dirt free water, it will become clean.  But, if we wash it with dirty water, the cloth will become dirtier. What do we mean by 'clean' or 'dirty' water? All m
ayic objects are considered dirty in the divine realm. Only elements related to God are considered clean.  Primarily, God and Guru are the purest and divine personalities.

Hence, God asks us to be 'Ananya'. To love God and God alone is what 'Ananya' means.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.   

News & Updates

Swamiji's program in Chalfont, PA was the last program of his US Tour 2016.  All the other programs and retreats this year were a stupendous success with thousands of people participating from different parts of USA. Each year Swamiji travels extensively to spread the knowledge of divine love and selfless service to God. People who listen to him and internalize his teachings experience a completely new life.   

Swamiji is conducting house satsangs in the last leg of his US Tour.  He visited MD, CT, NJ, Tampa, Jacksonville.

Swamiji visited Orlando, FL, after a gap of five years. He did a two-day program at the Ma Durga Temple. He will visit Orlando again next year for a longer program.
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For Swamiji's upcoming program, please click here

Swamiji's India Tour, 2016 

Oct 29th to Nov 9th 


Nov 10th to 15th  

Banara, Orissa 

Nov 16th to 18th  


Nov 19th & 20th  


Nov 21st & 22nd 


Nov 23rd & 24th   

Banara, Orissa 

Nov 25th & 26th 

Karanjia, Orissa 

Nov 27th & 28th   

Rairangpur, Orissa   

For details, click here

Wellness for Life
Health Benefits of Ginger 
In Ayurveda, Ginger is widely used for its huge therapeutic and medicinal properties. A very popular Indian super spice, one of the healthiest and is loaded with bioactive compounds, which is very healthy for body and brain. For long it is known to treat various gastrointestinal ailments, sinus problems and morning sickness, nausea, flatulence, gas, common cold and even cancer. Whether used as fresh slice, dried or powdered, juice or oil, it is best home remedy with immense nutrients.
Ginger helps Fights Cancer 
Ginger contains gingerol a bioactive compound which is responsible for its medicinal properties and is also known to heal cancer. Research has proven that ginger literally obliterates ovarian cancer by making the cells kill and attack each other.

Ginger treats chronic indigestion 
Dyspepsia or chronic indigestion characterized by recurrent pain and discomfort in the upper stomach is naturally treated by consistent dose of ginger. Long hours of being empty stomach is a major cause of indigestion. Simply including ginger in everyday meal works wonders for the digestive system.

Ginger soothes Irritable Bowel Syndrome 
Ginger taken in any form, whether adding ginger root in your cooking or ginger tea or taking ginger supplements all have a very soothing effect on the digestive system and calms irritable bowels.

Weight Loss 
Ginger facilitates weight loss by stimulating appetite. Ginger stimulates and regulates a sluggish digestive system by producing enough digestive juice which helps the food to digest better. Undigested food in the stomach leaves it fermented in the digestive tract and adds to weight gain.

Treats Motion Sickness 
Ginger is the most effective natural remedy for nausea and motion sickness. It nips the symptoms in the bud by containing dizziness and vomiting. It so effective when used as a deterrent to motion sickness when on the water that it has even been shown to outdo OTC medications like Dramamine. It knocks out all of the accompanying symptoms of motion sickness dizziness, nausea, cold sweats, or worse, puking.

Ginger gives instant relief to pregnant women suffering from nausea or bouts of morning sickness and contains their urge for vomiting.

Natural Antacid 
Ginger is a natural antacid and a natural remedy for gas, flatulence or bloated stomach. All you need to do is to include ginger in any form in your everyday meal.

Relieves Muscular pain 
Ginger is also known as a natural pain reliever. Its anti-inflammatory property prevents degeneration of the joints in the body and lessens pain by working at the hormonal level.

Treats Cold 
Ginger is an effective and proven herb to treat cold, cough and sinuses replacing the need for any antibiotic. An active ingredient in ginger helps unclog and clear the mucus clearing the throat and chest. Ginger has a slightly pungent taste which can be tempered by adding raw honey to ginger juice and warm water.

Freshens Your Breath 
Ginger acts as a natural mouth freshener. If taken after a meal it cleanses the palate and makes the breath fresh. It naturally flushes out and cleanses the toxins from the mouth and takes away the bad breath.

Ginger Builds Immunity 
The natural anti-biotic properties of ginger acts as a natural remedy for a plethora of ailments and helps strengthens immunity in the body making you less prone to infections and helps you stay healthy. The bottom line is include ginger in your everyday food and keep disease at bay.   
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Janmashtami Celebration
Our Janmashtami program turned out to be a real celebration of Krishna 's love and magic. The guests really enjoyed themselves  and expressed interest in joining similar events in the future. It was encouraging to know that the guests both young and older appreciated the performance by the Bal-Mukunds.

This is the second year that we have done a Janmashtami program as we felt it will give our children an opportunity to experience stage performance and to learn song, dances and plays centred on devotion to Radha Krishna as a way to experience the joy and love of celebrating Janmashtami. This was also to publicize for our Bal-Mukund program.

The BM children's performance was well received  and it was a joy to see our children perform with confidence after all the hard practices and of course, their parents treasure these moments and feel proud of their children's efforts. Children too enjoyed performing and gained in confidence and talent. They had put together three Krishna Leelas, Makkan Chor, Krishna is teased and Krishna eats Dirt. The dance to the popular song 'Woh Krisna Hai' was  captivating and the girls really enjoyed dancing this. Parents had put in much effort to get their children beautifully dressed up for the occasion which all added to the joy and celebratory atmosphere.

The Braj costume parade and talent competition was another big draw and it was heart warming to see the enthusiastic participation here as many parents had enrolled their children in this and were very keen to be part of Krishna's birthday celebration and for their children to showcase their costumes and talents with Krishna devotion as focus. The audience really seemed to enjoy this segment as well as the children were adorable and it was very interesting how Krishna devotees came to share their varied talents and celebrate Krishna devotion. There was even the Gita chanting champions who participated and enthralled everyone with their splendid chanting and sharing beautiful verses from the Gita. Indeed, this aspect of the celebration is very special for all to enjoy and live the spirit of Janmastami!!

The performance by the  external artists was also a big draw and really added to the love, beauty and magic of Krishna, the flutist playing beautiful songs about Krishna and the dance recital about naughty Kanna!

We also had a little craft corner where children enjoyed making Raksha Bandan.


Bhog Recipe

Mango Lassi Homemade Popsicles   
  • 2 loafs approximately 9x5 inches
  • 1 1/3 cup THICK Greek Yogurt
  • 11.3 ounce can Mango Concentrate
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios

  • Pour all the ingredients, minus the pistachios, into a blender. Cover and blend until mostly smooth. Pour into 12 - 3 ounce popsicle molds, or small paper cups.
  • Freeze for one hour. Then push a popsicle stick into the center of each pop, sprinkle with pistachios, and press gently.
  • Place back in the freezer until solid. To loosen, place the mold up-side-down under warm running tap water.
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