|Inspiring and Instructional Essays about Different Topics by Sacinandana Swami|
| The Bell of Eagerness|
Sound the bell of eagerness – and...
| The Mercy of Lord Nityananda|
The definition of a saint is that he freely gives his mercy to everyone...
| When God Laughs|
I am sitting before my blank 2012 calendar. For me, unplanned time holds a special charm...
| Sound Advice in Difficult Times|
"Oh, this is too unsettling I just can’t stand the pressure anymore." S/He stood in the room and tried to calm down the mind...
| It’s All About Krishna!!! – Sacinandana Swami’s concluding words at the Govardhan Retreat 2011 – A Summary|
This has been the 11th Govardhan Retreat and ending it is like coming to the end of a journey...
| The One Thing that Changes Everything – A New Year’s Message|
What if there was one thing that could change everything for the better – one thing that could call things such as happiness or perfection into existence like a magical wand? What could it be – and where could one get it?
| Teacher Typhoid|
My to-do list falls to the side – my plans are burnt...
| Finding one’s own true path – even in the midst of difficulties|
One of the most difficult tasks life places before us is finding our true path, our authentic way, the one essential thing that gives meaning to everything else...
| With More Strength than a Million Suns ....|
A New Year’s Message of Hope
| Never Exhausted|
When I visited Srila Prabhupada in his room in Germany in 1974, he gave me several personal instructions, one of which was to become a water-carrier.
| Gathering Gems|
Peak Experiences and Lessons Learned During My Japa Retreat in America (Elkins Estate, PA)
| The Divine Encounter|
For your personal advancement I would like to suggest a powerful meditation with which you can establish a conscious connection with Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. In this world there are many things that divert us from our relationship with God – things that focus us on other relationships with other people, our job, society, our dreams, etc....
| Spiritual Surgery and Krishna’s Promise|
„You can’t postpone it any longer,“ said the surgeon. „We have to do it now.“ “Okay,” I answered, “when is now?” “As soon as you can be in the operation theater! See you, I am making the necessary preparations now,” replied my doctor.
| Gaura Purnima Message|
Once Srimati Radharani woke up with a start. She was next to Sri Krishna on the flower bedecked pastimes bed - and looked with deep questioning eyes into His eyes: "O My beloved," She asked, "I dreamt of someone extraordinarily....
| How to Turn Inner Pain into Great Gain: Change Your Perspective|
We have all observed, either through our own experiences or through conversations with others, that the pain arising from disappointment in interpersonal relationships distracts the mind like no other feeling. Even the feeling of being in love does not occupy our thoughts as much as the feeling of being slighted by another person!
| No Fear|
Once Srila Prabhupada was asked what he felt when he chanted. He said, “I feel no fear.” Inspired by my master’s words this poem came to me...
| New Year’s Message from Sacinandana Swami|
The lives of everyone in the global community have been moving faster over the past so many years. Gone are the days of peaceful contemplation. Instead, the average person’s life is filled with small and large projects, most of them unessential. We’re flooded with information, news, conversation, jobs, activities, commitments, duties, relationships, meetings, travel, and we have too much access to the internet.
| A Heart Full of Krishna|
It was early morning. The sun had just started to rise and pour its golden rays over the shoulders of the silent mountains. I was sitting on my bed chanting when suddenly I disconnected from the beautiful scene before me and entered an even more beautiful scene – the scene within the heart. I could clearly see that I was an eternal soul...
| The Lives of Rupa and Sanatana Gosvami: Sanatana Gosvami|
Srila Sanatana Goswami was the eldest of the six Goswamis in Vrindavan. Along with his younger brother Rupa, he is considered one of the authorative scholar-devotees entrusted by Sri Chaitanya to formulate the theology of pure bhakti.
| The Lives of Rupa and Sanantana Gosvamis - Rupa Gosvami|
Srila Rupa Goswami was one of the principal followers of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and is considered as the perhaps most outstanding of the famous Six Gosvamis in Vrndavana.
| Glories of Jagannatha Puri Dhama|
Some of you are contemplating to also visit Jagannath Puri. Wonderful! Here is short glorification of Puri - where the Lord Purusottama (the best of all persons) resides in this form of Jagannatha.
When I was a child my friends often called me by the affectionate nickname, “Moonchild.” It meant they thought I was somewhat “different.” When I grew up, I found they were right, but not quite in the way they imagined.
| The Wonder That Is Vraja, 2003|
By Krishna’s mercy we have just returned from a three-week tour through Vraja, the abode of Lord Krishna. We started our journey at Sridhama Radhakunda then proceeded to lectures at the Govardhan retreat and afterward spent time in holy places such as Suryakunda and Kadamba Khandi hidden throughout the Govardhan area. Finally we visited Vrndavan town. Our hearts are still filled with gratitude.
| Don’t Trust Me|
I think You know that I love only You, although I pretend to love other people and things. I think You know that when I am sad it’s because I feel separated from You, although if I am asked I would give other reasons.
| The Sammata Meditation|
Today I would like to share with you a personal, three-step meditation that helps me to make direct contact with the Lord even in the midst of a hectic life, and feel peace and energy.
| Teacher Pain|
When we carefully study what drives people to spiritual life, we often find a surprising correlation between pain and misery and a rise in spiritual earnestness. Pain pushes us to seek relief beyond the body and mind. Pain and disappointment knock on the closed doors of a superficial life and call us to open ourselves to the Lord in full surrender.
| Becoming Mature in Krishna Consciousness|
It’s time to become mature—high time. All around us the signs are clear, crystal clear. The winter of Kali-yuga is increasing its intensity. If we do not become mature soon, our life will freeze on the banyan tree of this world. What exactly does it mean to become mature?
| The Robber Govardhana - Of the Desire to Meet Krsna|
Once there was a chief robber in northern India who had many children. One of his sons was named after the sacred mountain Govardhana. Govardhana was a master pickpocket, and time and again he mugged passersby. One day his father gave him a warning: “Never go to a place where they talk about Krishna!”
| Feeling Separation from Krishna: Sri Siksastaka, Verse 7|
For devotees of Krishna the world feels empty in the absence of their beloved Lord. In affairs of love there is no substitute for the beloved – no other person, toy, or material object, can replace one’s beloved. Without Krishna the world seems like a playroom filled with meaningless toys ...
| Krishna’s Protection in Times of Misery|
"All the troubles encountered in your devotional service are great causes of happiness, for in your devotional service joy and sorrow are equally great riches, both destroy the misery of ignorance."