The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami


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  1. Bhakti-yogis Do Not Recommend Trying to Extinguish Material Desires

    The soul’s natural propensity is to love God. That love is the natural energy that is always emanating from the soul. But when that loving energy is misdirected, not in the service of the Lord but in forgetfulness of the Lord, then that love is transformed into kama or lust. It is the same energy. Therefore to dovetail all of our desires in the service of Krishna is to awaken our original love within our heart. The impersonalists school of philosophers say that we should extinguish all of our desires....
  2. The Spiritual Principle

    It is described that the mercy of Krishna is like the Sun. The Sun does not discriminate, whether you are from this family or that family, this nationality or that nationality. The Sun rises for our benefit, giving itself to everyone. But if you hide in a cave that is your own misfortune. And those representing the Lord, they are like mirrors of the Sun of Krishna’s mercy. They are reflecting the divine mercy of the Lord in all directions to anyone who is simply accepting it. And what is...
  3. Love is Not to Want Peace, but Service.

    Love is not to want peace but service. To want service is a selfless motivation. Our nature is to love and serve eternally. The need of the soul is love not peace. Peace is a neutral state where there are no problems. It is not positive. Just like when two countries are fighting and they want peace. Peace means they are just not fighting anymore. But the soul is dynamic and part of Krishna. The soul’s nature is to love. Nitya siddha krishna prema…So when they say om shanti shanti...
  4. Just the Motive Itself is Our Success

    A core theme of the Bhagavad-gita is that in our words, thoughts, and especially our actions, we should be content with our intent and doing the best we can. From a spiritual perspective that is the success. If we are really doing the right thing in the right way, that is going to nourish ourselves and help others with the right purpose. This in itself is our success. The results we have no control over, but we do have control over the choices we make and the intentions that we have. So,...

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