A Monthly e-Magazine by
Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas
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मनः प्रसादः सौम्यत्वं मौनमात्मविनिग्रहः |
भावसंशुद्धिरित्येतत्तपो मानसमुच्यते ||१६||
"Serenity of thought, gentleness, silence, self-control, purity of purpose - all these are declared as austerity of the mind."
Bhagavad Gita, chapter 17, verse 16
|From the Editor's Desk|
do we make a New Year resolution? To set a goal. Why do we set a goal?
To change the current state we are in. And why do we want to change
whatever predicament we are in? Because we are not happy with it. There,
the answer is simple, yet profound.
of whatever resolution we make, our goal is to be happy. However, for
some of us, it takes a lifetime or may be even more, to realize that the
true happiness we are seeking can be derived only in loving the Supreme
Lord selflessly, like a fruit seller loved baby Shree Krishna (Bhakti
Ras column.) And to elevate ourselves to attain that unlimited happiness
and joy, we need to make Him our ultimate goal (Inspiration for Living
column) and learn to give, "for it is in giving that we receive"
This month, we share a few thoughts on
setting goals that uplift us.
Radha Krishna Temple Update
underground utilities - water, storm and sewer lines at the temple
site are substantially in place. Gas and electric conduit
lines are also substantially complete. The main focus of the recent
phase of construction has been site grading work. Fine
grading means that all of the ground surface areas of the site must
be brought to the proper elevations.
mark out points all over the site, which indicate the proper level
at which the ground needs to be at a particular location.
When surveying work is complete, there are well over a hundred
stakes and markings across the property indicating elevations,
curves and contour lines, and other items such as where light poles
will be installed in the parking areas.
the right contours and grading of the property is a tedious
job. However, even more tedious work is done by excavators
who must accurately shape the contour of the property according to
the plans. This shaping is done down to inches and parts of
inches by operators of very large equipment, who move the earth and
work to achieve that precision.
The excavators are like sculptors chiseling here and adding there until
they reach the final form ready for concrete contractors to get to
work. They are aided by surveying tools such as laser levels
and engineering grading rods which help them check their work.
Soon, concrete work will begin, bringing shape to the parking
areas and entrance and finally the building foundation.
Please stay tuned to the temple website for continued updates.
Love Transforms a handful of Grains into Jewels
As Bal Krishna grew into a toddler, stories of his divine leelas spread far and wide and everyone wanted to have His darshan.
A lady fruit seller heard the village people recount their experiences
of how they could not get Krishna's image out of their mind after having
seen Him, even if only one time. The fruit seller's desire to meet
Krishna became very intense and she made up her mind to go to Vrindavan.
She packed a basketful of sweet and juicy fruits and started her
journey daydreaming about Krishna's divine darshan.
the fruit seller entered Vrindavan, she started calling out, "Juicy
fruits for sale! Who wants mangoes, bananas and sweet guavas?" As she
got close to Krishna's home, she shouted out even louder in the hope of
attracting Krishna's attention. However, her mind was so engrossed in
Krishna that instead of naming the fruits she was selling, she started
saying, "Govind, Damodar, Madhaveti!" She kept calling out to Krishna
for a couple of days but did not have His darshan. By the third
day, her desperation had increased and she longed to see Krishna so
much that she made up her mind that she would not leave until she had
finally on the third day, when she called out, "Govind, Damodar," Lord
Krishna, who was sitting on his mother's lap and playing with her,
jumped off her lap and ran outside. He knew that the fruit seller would
want something in exchange for the fruits. So He grabbed a handful of
some grains in both hands and ran toward the fruit seller. While
running, most of the grains fell out of His hands and by the time He got
to the fruit seller, there were hardly any left in His hands. He gave
the grains to the lady and told her to give him the fruits in
fruit seller was so mesmerized by Krishna's image, she became
speechless and barely heard His words, "Here, take these grains and give
me the fruit." When she came around, the fruit seller told Krishna,
"There is nothing in your hands. What will you give me in return for the
fruits?" Krishna stood there just looking at her. The fruit seller
looked at the bewilderment and adorable innocence on His face the said,
"If you sit on my lap and call me 'Mother,' I will give you all the
fruits in this basket." Krishna showed His leela by jumping on
to her lap and asking, "Mother, will you give me the fruits now?" The
fruit seller choked with emotions of maternal love, wonder, and the
bliss of making physical contact with the Lord. She cried and told
Krishna that He could have all the fruits and saw Him run back inside
the house with a handful of mangoes and whatever else He could carry.
She sat there in total disbelief wondering whether what just happened
was true. She felt as if nothing else mattered in life after receiving
the intangible gift from the Lord in exchange for some tangible fruits.
some time she got up to go home and when she lifted her basket, it felt
much heavier even though it was empty. She peeked into the basket and
to her amazement, she saw that it was filled with jewels. She started
crying once again while visualizing Krishna sitting in her lap calling
her "mother" as she experienced the bliss of divine love. All the jewels
in the basket meant nothing when compared to the grace of God.
the fruit seller, if sincere devotees want nothing more than to see and
make contact with the Lord, Krishna does appear and bestow His
grace. As Swami Mukundananda suggests, we must first prepare the
vessel by engaging in Sadhan bhakti to become worthy of
receiving the grace of God. Therefore, let us resolve to purify
our mind, body and soul by following some basic principles designed to
Inspirations for Living
An Ultimate Resolution We Need to Make
Every New Year's eve, we tell ourselves that we need to make this one
little change to develop equanimity of mind and evolve into a better
person. Our goal could be to overcome anger, let go our pride, give up
envy, restrain from fault-finding, or to be patient; the list is
read self-help books or online articles and come up with the best
regimen to keep our New Year resolution to achieve our goal. While some
of us try to calm ourselves with physical exercise, a few may resort to
music and fine arts, while others get involved in voluntary work. All
these methods do help us attain inner peace, but it is short-lived. By
engaging in these activities, we are merely treating the symptoms of our
undesirable maladies - kama (desire or lust), krodha (anger), lobha
(greed), moha (delusion), mada (arrogance), and matsarya (jealousy).
Since we only treat the symptoms, the afflictions creep back.
how do we protect ourselves from these undesirable inner enemies?
There is a simple, tried, and true method for eradicating these
ailments. "The most powerful way of purifying the heart is to keep the
mind in God and increase the desire to serve Him," said Jagadguru Shree
Kripaluji Maharaj. Our love and desire for Him is the only medicine
that can alleviate the pain and suffering, and help conquer the enemies.
Hence, our ultimate resolution needs to be to perform constant Sadhana
or spiritual practice. The fable of a wise mongoose drives the point
once lived a baby mongoose in a forest. Every time the baby mongoose
came out of his burrow in search of food, a huge snake that lived nearby
would try to sting the mongoose and chase him away. Since it was
becoming hard for the baby mongoose to find any food, one day instead of
running back into his hole and hide, he started fighting with the
snake. During the fight, every time the snake stung him, the baby
mongoose would run to a close-by tree, dig a hole near the tree roots,
chew the root, and come back to continue his fight with the snake.
Finally, after a long fight, when the serpent spent all his venom, the
mongoose, who had developed the immunity by chewing the medicinal roots
of the tree, bit the huge serpent and triumphed over him.
we can slowly develop immunity and eradicate all our undesirable traits
and attain equanimity of mind by doing Sadhana. When we realize that
He is the ultimate goal, our mind develops devotional qualities and
slowly the undesired traits fade away. When we fall in love with Him,
His elixir of love purifies our heart. So, as Maharaj ji has repeatedly
said, let us seek the ultimate and highest goal, which is: जगत ते मन को हटा कर, लगा हरि में प्यारे |
Jagat te man ko hata kar, laga Hari mem pyare
Dear one! Detach the mind from the world and attach it to God.
(Sadhana Bhakti Tatva - 23 )
When we make Him as our goal, all other goals fall into place.
Bal-Mukund: Playground for Vedic Wisdom
A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed
is a story of three very good friends who lived in a jungle and had
sworn to love and protect each other. These friends, a deer, crow and a
mouse, were very different from each other but bound by a commitment to
friendship. They did a lot of things together including playing,
searching for food, eating their meals, and taking turns sleeping at
night to look out for and protect each other. Their friendship had
A turtle, who wanted to have some friends, approached them and asked if
he could join their group. He said that he was afraid of being alone in
the jungle because of the hunters. The turtle expressed his commitment
to the friendship. The three friends agreed to let the turtle join their
group and told him about the importance of helping each other should
any of them be hurt by the hunter or other predators.
day when the four friends were strolling through the jungle, they saw a
hunter and started to execute their escape plan. The deer sprinted as
fast as he could while the crow flew high into the trees and the mouse
darted into a hole. The hunter felt sorry to see the deer escape but saw
the turtle crawl toward the bushes. The turtle's movements were slow
and he got caught into the hunter's net.
the hunter was leaving the jungle, the turtle's three friends came out
of their hiding place and thought about a plan to save their friend. So
as per their plan, the crow flew high into the sky, saw the hunter walk
by the river bank, and cawed loudly to alert the deer. On cue, the deer
quickly but quietly loped ahead and lay down on the hunter's path as if
dead. When the hunter approached the path and saw the deer lying on the
ground and was so happy that he put the turtle down and ran toward the
deer. During this time the mouse nibbled through the net and set the
turtle free. The turtle then hurriedly crawled away into the river
water. As the hunter got closer to the deer, suddenly the deer sprang up
to his feet and darted away in the jungle. Before the hunter could
figure out anything, the deer and the turtle had both disappeared into
their hiding places, leaving behind the nibbled net. The four animals
proved that friends in need are friends indeed.
hunter was certain that this turn of events occurred because God was
protecting both animals. He knew that today was not his day so he left
the jungle. The four friends celebrated their victory, their commitment
to each other's safety, and lived happily ever after.
you value true friendship? If yes, make a resolution to always help a
friend in need without expecting anything in return. Like the fruit
seller and the four friends whose stories you read above, make a resolve
to try your best to do good things for others and God will protect you
Community Event Updates
Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas is more than just a temple under
construction. It is a thread that binds the local community, providing
inspiration and support to members through various activities for the
benefit of the body, mind, and soul.
also offers abundant opportunities to volunteer and participate in
various events to uplift oneself and others. Do you have special talents
like writing, singing, engaging in discourse or any other? Think of the
Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas as the avenue for expressing your
talents. We do not need to wait for the construction to be completed to
increase our involvement in various activities.
weekly satsangs and chanting groups to yoga classes and intellectual
discourse, the Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas is already becoming known
for its voluntary activities for the benefit the community. Please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how to engage.
Vishnu Sahashrnam Chanting
information regarding each event, time, location and schedule,
please check out the Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas website
Little Hands Big Hearts
Festive Fun & Unique Learning Opportunity- All for a Good Cause
The Radha Krishna Temple volunteers old and young alike, recently had several fun and one-of-a-kind opportunity to get involved in community service to help homeless children of Dallas.
spread some holiday cheer during two festive holiday events hosted by
Taj Grocers by offering face painting to each child that made a donation
to the Little Hands Big Hearts collection drive. A few
hundred people attended each of the events, and children eagerly lined
up all evening to have their faces painted. Children were not only
enthusiastic about face painting, but children and parents alike
experienced the joys of h
elping children in need. This infectious spirit of giving resulted in
over a truckload of essential children's items collected during those
two events alone.
Additionally, temple youth had a special service and educational opportunity to visit Captain
Hope's Kids, a non-profit organization that supports 46 organizations
and agencies that help DFW area homeless children, tour the facility and
interview the Executive Director. Not only did this activity instill
the value of helping those in need, but by gaining insight into the
plight of these disadvantaged children, they also experienced the lesson
a ray of hope and sunshine into the lives of these children by dropping
an item or 2 or more in one of the big bright yellow donation boxes
located at businesses near you.
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a ray of hope and sunshine into the lives of these children by
dropping an item or 2 or more in one of the big bright yellow donation
boxes located at
businesses near you.
Please visit www.radhakrishnatemple.net/little-hands-big-hearts
for a list of essential items accepted towards donations
and to find a drop-off location near you, or if you wish
to volunteer, please contact us at email@example.com
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'Dollar A Day' - Pledge Continuous Support!
Donate a Dollar a Day towards the building and upkeep of the Radha Krishna temple! By donating just $1 everyday,
you'll help this noble cause!
How many of us have the opportunity and are fortunate enough to build a house for God?
Set up monthly contributions through credit card/debit card by calling: 860-605-3685 or by visiting temple website at Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas (click).
Wellness for Life
My New Year Resolution
The start of each New Year brings a lot of hope and opportunity to do things to make a difference in our lives and of
those around us. We aspire to inculcate good habits to be more
productive at work and more effectual at home and in the society. As
each of us thinks about various ways to make 2015 a more significant
year, let us reflect on what it means to make a difference.
a difference in our own and someone else's life is not rocket science;
it is about reflecting on what part of our life we want to change to be a
better person or how we want others to remember us. Can we make
resolutions that will benefit us and others around us?
should be practical and doable, otherwise they will not last beyond the
first week of a New Year. One way to think about resolutions is create
one for each aspect of life that matters to us, i.e., the home and
family, work, society, and self. What do we want to change?
Here are some examples and practical strategies for keeping our resolutions.
Home & Family
I will spend at least one hour daily with my family doing things that they enjoy.
Incorporate the time slot in your schedule book for a reminder. Do not cancel.
I will dedicate time daily on activities that matter and stay away from toxic situations.
Intersperse easy and challenging activities to prevent boredom and exhaustion. Stick to plan.
I will engage in an activity each week to uplift myself and others (e.g., seva, yoga, satsangs).
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