Active Meditations

The Way of the Material Mind

25th February 2016 • Active Meditations

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…


“How Can I Serve You?”

27th January 2016 • Active Meditations

This topic is fundamental to everything we do in devotional service. Understanding this principle requires each of us to know clearly that as living beings our nature and our happiness in achieving that nature rests on the principles of service. When we say service as an activity, we mean service…


Nothing In This Place Is Perfect

30th November 2015 • Active Meditations

Once upon a time there was a very simple lady who really wanted to live with Krishna. It’s not that she clearly understood or knew anything of Him. It’s just that she found most people and things in this world far from perfect and had fixed her mind on the…


Doctor, I Have a Problem

29th October 2015 • Active Meditations

Once upon a time a very vivacious teenage girl idolized her father. Not only was he a very loving, sensitive and protective father, guide and friend; he was also an authentic Prabhupada disciple who had imbibed many of the most endearing and special qualities of his Guru Maharaja. The girl…


"Institution" Is Not a Bad or Nasty Word

8th October 2015 • Active Meditations

Once upon a time there was a devotee who was born and raised within the ISKCON institution. She remembered very vividly how her father would dutifully attend the temple program, often give erudite _Srimad-Bhagavatam_ classes and every night beat her mother. She hated him for that and had refused to…


Krishna Is Polishing His Gems

16th September 2015 • Active Meditations

Once upon a time there lived a very beautiful and lovable blue boy who delighted in grazing his cows in the forest and playing there with his dear friends. While in the forest, He would often find very precious but unpolished gems. Aware of their preciousness and inherent beauty, He…


Please Ask the Gardener

27th August 2015 • Active Meditations

Once upon a time, a very erudite and cultured _sannyasi_ disciple of a very reputed Gaudiya Vaisnava guru came to spend the month of Karttika with his Guru Maharaja. It was a very rare and cherished opportunity, and the disciple was very much looking forward to receiving personal guidance from…


Iron In Fire

24th July 2015 • Active Meditations

Once upon a time a laborer decided that he needed to find a less strenuous way to earn his living. He’d been carrying bricks and cement bags for more than twenty years and the body was really beginning to complain. He explored the different options available for self-employment and decided…


Why Can't You Do It? It's Such a Simple Thing!

2nd June 2015 • Active Meditations

Once upon a time there was a very talented and intelligent devotee who excelled at everything she did. She was very people-friendly and a very successful preacher and teacher. Everyone in the community not only respected her, but loved her. She had only one fault, and it was very prominent…


High Fences Make Good Neighbours

23rd April 2015 • Active Meditations

Once upon a time a very simple hearted _brahmana_ lived in his little two bedroom house with his Gopalji, and daily gave either a Mahabharata or Ramayana discourse in his front garden. The next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who was very pious and supportive of the _brahmana_'s activities…