Illuminations on Bhakti

Clean the Mirror of Your Heart

Seven benedictions of chanting the holy names of the Lord are mentioned in the first verse of the Siksastakam prayers. The first benediction is ceto-darpana-marjanamceto means mind; darpana means mirror and marjanam means to cleanse. So, the chanting of the Holy Name cleanses the mirror of the mind. When looking at a mirror that is full of dirt, you are unable to clearly perceive the object that is being reflected, because of the dirt. But as the mirror becomes cleansed, the reflective power returns and what you see outside is what is inside. So that is when the mind becomes pure. The original mind is naturally pure. It is defined…

ISKCON Prison Ministry

As prison minister for ISKCON HH Candramauli Swami is actively involved in prison preaching programs and guiding prisoners interested in Krishna consciousness.

Find out more information about the ISKCON Prison Ministry at www.iskconprisonministry.org.

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Daily Drops of Nectar

Srila Prabhupada gives the method by which we can express our love for Krishna. Chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and spread its glories everywhere.

— HH Candramauli Swami

Active Meditations

The Way of the Material Mind

Most of the people try to derive pleasure by indulging in gossiping about other people, but lets see what Socrates says about this: In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about your friend?” “Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test*.” “Triple filter?” “That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and…

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
Founder-Ācārya of ISKCON

Srila Prabhupada Said

One who seeks pleasure externally, he is materialist, and one who seeks pleasure internally, he is spiritualist.

— Los Angeles, February 8, 1969