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March 2023

Welcome to the March 2023 issue!

Welcome to the March 2023 issue!


भक्त्या मामभिजानाति यावान्यश्चास्मि तत्त्वत: |
ततो मां तत्त्वतो ज्ञात्वा विशते तदनन्तरम् ||

bhaktyā mām abhijānāti yāvān yaśh chāsmi tattvataḥ
tato māṁ tattvato jñātvā viśhate tad-anantaram

“Only by loving devotion to Me does one come to know who I am in Truth. Then, having come to know Me, My devotee enters into full consciousness of Me.”

(Bhagavad Gita 18.55)
From the Editor's Desk

Our scriptures proclaim that when the mind is in union with God, the soul experiences the indescribable and transcendental bliss beyond the bounds of the senses of knowledge and perception. Therefore, it is the state of the mind that determines the state of an individual’s consciousness. Then, how do we cultivate a pure mind that is constantly in union with God? What spiritual practices elevate the consciousness, thereby transforming the human life into a divine existence? Read on for an answer…

Bhakti Ras
Living in Union with God

The Sanskrit word yog (योग) means:

    1. Union with God
    2. System that unites the soul with God

In other words, both the spiritual journey and the goal of human life is yog. So, when one treads on the spiritual path endeavoring through the system of yog, it results in a God-conscious life. Such enlightened individuals are invariably absorbed in God and engaged in His devotion. They are situated in the highest level of yog.

When We Surrender our Intellect to God, We Live in Him

This is an assurance that Shree Krishna gave to Arjun. Our scriptures are replete with such exalted devotees who lived in Him. Bhishma Pitamah, for example, was one such elevated soul. An episode in the Mahābhārat reveals that he was in constant and conscious communion with Shree Krishna, thereby living in the Lord.

After the Kurukshetra war ended, Yudhishthir was crowned as the king. One morning, Yudhishthir went for Shree Krishna’s darshan. Observing that the Lord was in deep meditation,Yudhishthir offered his obeisance and waited.

When the Lord came out of His meditation, Yudhishthir asked inquisitively, “O Lord, you are the Yogibhir Dhyaanagamyam (i.e., one who is attainable through devotional meditation). How come You are meditating? May I know who the object of Your meditation was?”

With a gentle smile, Shree Krishna answered:

शरतल्पगतो भीष्मः शाम्यन्निव हुताशनः ।
मां ध्याति पुरुषव्याघ्रस्ततो मे तदग्तं मनः ।।

śharatalpagato bhīṣhmah shāmyanniv hutāshanah
Mām dhyāti puruṣhavyāghrastato me tadagtam manah

“Bhishma Pitamah, lying down on the bed of arrows, is meditating upon Me. Hence, he attracted My mind.”


We struggle and coax the mind to fix itself on the Lord while going about our mundane activities. Whereas Bhishma Pitamah, lying on his deathbed of piercing arrows, was deeply engrossed in the alluring form of the Lord that was etched in his heart. He could recall the enchanting form of Shree Krishna on the battlefield, His lotus face glowing with beads of sweat, His flowing hair covered with the red dust raised by the hoofs of horses.

Only those who have been liberated from all material illusions can attain Bhishma Pitamah’s state of mind. To rise to this state, the very first step is to fix the mind on God and surrender the intellect to Him. The intellect analyzes and decides, and the mind creates thoughts in accordance with the intellect’s decisions.

“Surrendering the intellect means to think in accordance with the knowledge received from God via the medium of the scriptures and the Guru,” explains Swami Mukundananda.

To be in communion with God, tethering the mind to Him is a perfect spiritual practice. However, immediately after embarking on the spiritual path, it is an arduous task for a novice to achieve this perfection. How then, do we enshrine Him in our hearts?

Practice Remembering God

When we continuously endeavor to remember God with devotion, we can achieve the divine union. God descends in the world to give a basis for devotion, revealing His divine forms, names, virtues, pastimes, abodes, and associates. Each time the mind wanders to the worldly objects, we must fetch it back and engage it in God with determination.

With conviction, we have to repeatedly remind ourselves about the ephemerality of this world and the eternality of our relationship with God.

Despite our fervent efforts, success doesn’t come swiftly, as we easily get consumed by the worldly works. However, we don’t have to lose heart, as we can gradually achieve our goal by working for God.

Glorify God through Work

The God-realized souls perform all types of work within this world with this distinct thought:

करोति यद् यत् सकलं परस्मै नारायणायेति समर्पयेत्तत्

karoti yad yat sakalaṁ parasmai nārāyaṇāyeti samarpayetat

“This is for the pleasure of Lord Nārāyaṇa.”

(Śhreemad Bhāgavatam 11.2.36)

Identifying ourselves as the body is in our material consciousness. We regard ourselves as the doer of all work. We tend to forget that it’s the God-given energy which enables this body to pursue and accomplish the worldly works, ensuing pride of doership or proprietorship.

To lead a God-conscious life, along with the ceremonial offerings of fruit, flowers, etc., we must dedicate all works with loving attachment to God, instructs Sage Narad:

नारदस्तु तदर्पिताखिलाचारता तद्विस्मरणे परमव्याकुलतेति ।।

nāradastu tadarpitā khilāchāratā tadvismaraṇe paramavyākulateti

“Devotion means offering your every activity to God, and feeling intense separation if ever you lose remembrance of Him.”

(Nārad Bhakti Darśhan, Sūtra 19)

Customarily, people misconstrue that remembrance of God and offerings to Him should be made only in a temple or in the home-shrine. On the other hand, the enlightened souls dedicate each and every work to God to fix their minds on Him in all circumstances. When we perform all our mundane activities – ablutions, eating, drinking, walking, talking, attending to family members, or going about worldly business – with the intention of glorifying God, the temporal activities blossom into divine service of God. So, let us live in His consciousness by worshiping Him with every skill or talent that He has bestowed on us.

However, all the three ways (mentioned above) to live in union with God require a purified and resolute intellect. For those who have not yet arrived at that stage, there is an easier option.

Offer God the Fruit of Every Effort

When we perform all actions in a selfless manner, offering the rewards to God, we begin to live in His presence. This state of living, as the scriptures and saints have declared, is bhakti.  The Sanskrit word bhakti is derived from the root bhaj, which means to love and serve. Therefore, our real constitutional position is of an eternal servant of God. That is why, upon his arrival in Lanka, Hanuman announced, “Dasoham Kosalendraya – I am the servant of Lord Ram.”

Every soul is an eternal servant of the Supreme Lord. Therefore, the fruits of all our actions are not for our gratification; those belong to God. Hence, after listening to Shree Krishna’s instruction: सर्वेषु कालेषु मामनुस्मर युध्य च | sarveṣhu kāleṣhu mām anusmara yudhya cha (Bhagavad Gita 8.7) or “Always remember Me and also do your duty of fighting the war,” Arjun changed his consciousness. Earlier, his intention was to fight for victory, kingdom, and happiness. Later, his mind detached from the results and did his work was an act of devotion to Shree Krishna.

Peace will immediately follow when we renounce the fruits of our efforts to God, as it will help to remove worldliness from the mind and purify the intellect. Then, with that purified intellect, we will move to the higher levels of consciousness naturally, consistently, and blissfully.

Bal-Mukund: Playground for Vedic Wisdom
God Protects True Devotees

Hiranyaksh was an evil and greedy demon. People were so terrified of him that Lord Vishnu descended on earth just to kill him. His older brother, Hiranyakashipu, was enraged and filled with hatred for God. He vowed to take revenge. He performed austerities to receive a special boon of immortality from Brahma ji, the creator of the universe. Brahma ji could not grace him immortality however he blessed Hiranyakashipu with a boon by which he would not die during the day or night, neither on land or in the sky, nor by a man or beast, nor by any weapons.

Hiranyakashipu then returned home and was delighted to meet his child, Prahlad. He requested his Guru’s children, Shand and Amark, to teach Prahlad the knowledge of cunningness and cleverness, which would benefit him as a future demon king. They took him away for fifteen days and brought him back when they felt he was ready. Delighted to see Prahlad again, Hiranyakashipu put him in his lap and inquired what he had learned. Prahlad answered that he had learned the nine-fold devotion to God. Hearing Prahlad speak of Lord Vishnu, Hiranyakashipu threw him aside in anger. He gave Shand and Amark one more chance to teach Prahlad properly to stop him from praying to God. Prahlad was taken back to the school.

In school, Prahlad did not care about what he was taught and simply chanted the name of God. One day when the teachers were out, Prahlad was approached by other children to play. He refused to play with them unless they played the game he had learned, which was praising God. The children agreed and ended up learning kirtan (i.e., singing devotional songs) from Prahlad. Shand and Amark returned and saw all the children doing kirtan. They decided to report him to Hiranyakashipu immediately. Hiranyakashipu was upset by this and ordered to have Prahlad killed. The servants tried to kill him in different ways but all attempts failed. They gave up and brought Prahlad back to Hiranyakashipu.

Hiranyakashipu then asked Prahlad to show where God could be found. Prahlad pointed in all four directions and replied that God was everywhere, in Hiranyakashipu, in himself, in the blade of grass and in the stone pillar. Hiranyakashipu hit a nearby stone pillar because he could not see God. At that moment, God manifested through the stone pillar as Lord Narsimha, in the form of a half-man and half-lion. Lord Narsimha furiously took Hiranyakashipu in his lap and killed him.

Practical wisdom:
  • We recently celebrated the festival of Holi to remember how God protected Prahlad. Let us aim to learn from Prahlad’s devotion, make knowing God our goal and learn to be in union with God.
  • There were multiple attempts to kill Prahlad but he remained untouched. Just like Prahlad, God will protect us if we have faith and seek His shelter.
  • Prahlad faced struggles even though he was a great devotee. Accept and face struggles with faith in God.

Youth Insights
Divine Connections: Exploring Ways for Youth to Connect with God

Are you seeking ways to deepen your spiritual journey and connect with the divine? As a young person in today's fast-paced and chaotic world, finding ways to connect with God may seem challenging, but it's not impossible. Luckily, there are many ways to establish a connection with the divine that can provide unique benefits and opportunities for growth.


Prayer is one of the most powerful ways to connect with God. Whether we prefer reciting traditional prayers or creating our own, prayer can help us feel more connected to the divine and cultivate a deeper sense of peace and gratitude in your daily life. Why not join a Sunday Satsang at the Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas? The exhilarating journey of spirituality awaits us.

Study of Sacred Texts

Reading and studying sacred texts is another effective way to deepen our spiritual connection. Taking time out to reflect on these texts can help us to gain new insights and perspectives on our faith. Consider attending classes offered at the temple such as Bal Mukund, Youth programs, and Bhagavad Gita class to help deepen our faith.

Participate in Spiritual Retreats

Attending spiritual programs and retreats can also be a powerful way to connect with God. JKYog conducts several spiritual retreats throughout the year with the global spiritual leader Swami Mukundanand. Being surrounded by others who share our faith can help us to feel more connected to the divine and gain new insights into our spiritual journey.

Volunteer for JKYog/Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas

Volunteering and serving others is another powerful way to connect with God. Join service-oriented programs like Little Hands Big Hearts, KAKE, or SPARK to give back to our community. Serving others can help us to feel more connected to the divine and cultivate a deeper sense of compassion and kindness in our daily life.

Engage in Spiritual Practices

Finally, engaging in spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, or mindfulness can help us to connect with our inner self and tap into the divine potential within us. These practices can help us to cultivate a deeper sense of peace, presence, and mindfulness in our daily life, allowing us to connect with God in a more profound and meaningful way. The yoga classes offered by JKYog can help us to experience this transformation within ourselves.

Connect the Mind to God

However, maintaining focus on the divine during devotion is essential to truly connect with God. We must try to avoid the temptation to let our thoughts wander to other topics or distractions. To truly connect with God, it is necessary to develop a strong sense of mindfulness and discipline, which can help to keep the mind centered and focused on the divine. With time and practice, one can learn to quiet the mind and enter a state of deep contemplation, allowing us to experience a profound sense of spiritual connection and growth. There are many YouTube playlists and guided meditations by Swamiji that can help us connect with God and start our spiritual journey.

In conclusion, the path to connect with God is unique and deeply personal, and there are many ways to do so. Whether it's through prayer, reading sacred texts, participating in spiritual retreats, volunteering, or engaging in spiritual practices, each offers unique benefits and opportunities for growth. Let us embrace our curiosity, stay open-minded, and trust that the divine is always with us, guiding us on your path. Don't wait to start the journey to connect with God today.

Holistic Health Titbits

Importance of Health on the Spiritual Journey

It is rare to receive the gift of a human life. The true purpose of human life is God-realization or to be in union with God. To reach the goal of God-realization, we can engage in spiritual practice, engage in seva, attend Satsang and participate in retreats. With a healthy body all things are possible. However, even minor health issues can limit us from all these activities. We all have had the experience of losing time from work due to an ailment. Minor issues like colds, muscle aches, seasonal allergies and lethargy can bring us to a standstill. More serious health issues can affect what we can accomplish even more.

Having good health is of the utmost importance, but we may not realize this until we lose it. Our body is the means for doing good work. In order to do good work, we need good health. We can promote good health by following a few things:

Daily Checklist of Healthy Habits:
  • Did I choose a positive mindset at the start of the day and maintain it throughout?
  • Did I do some form of exercise for at least 30-minutes if not more?
  • Did I take time out for asanas, pranayam, and meditation?
  • Did I eat a healthy and balanced diet for any meal or snack?
  • If I answered “No” on any item, here is what I will do to ensure I follow healthy habits to live my life in union with God: ______________________________.

Despite the topmost importance of health are we regularly making healthy choices? The consequences of neglecting our health can be drastic. Towards the end of middle age, a variety of diseases like hypertension, diabetes, backaches, or cardiac issues can crop up. Then when old age approaches and the body is further challenged with multiple afflictions, the realization dawns that disregarding health was a big mistake.

So, now is the time to instill healthy habits for well-being and longevity so that we can progress on our spiritual journey to be in union with God. For more information about healthy habits please refer to Science of Healthy Diet and Golden Rules for Living Your Best Life, both by Swami Mukundananda.

References to Books by Swami Mukundananda on the topic:

  1. Golden Rules for Living Your Best Life
  2. Science of Healthy Diet
  3. Yoga for the Body, Mind & Soul
Reflection Questions for Discussion
Bhakti Ras
  • Remembering God constantly and surrendering the intellect to Him is a highly elevated state. What are some practical ways to start remembering God while we work?
  • Are you already practicing some ways to remember God throughout the day? If yes, please share with us what and how the practices are working for you?
God Protects True Devotees
  • Have you wondered why Lord Vishnu emerged from the pillar to kill Hiranyakashipu when Prahalad said that the Lord was everywhere? 
  • Will the Lord also manifest to protect us when we yell for help? 
Exploring Ways for Youth to Connect with God
  • God’s grace will descend on you when you engage in devotional practice. Did you know that God is waiting for you to love Him? 
  • Controlling the mind is the most critical aspect of spirituality. Did you know that when you start engaging in spiritual practice, your mind's wanderings will slowly wane away, and your concentration will improve?
Importance of Health in the Spiritual Journey
  • If spirituality and devotion lead to God-realization, have you wondered why it is essential to have a healthy body? 
  • What will happen to our embodied mind and soul if we become physically or mentally ill?
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Upcoming Events

There are several examples of great individuals who stand as role models for following the path of devotion, and ultimately become one with the Almighty. No other experience is as blissful and blessed as the experience of being in union with God. With Hanuman Jayanti and Sita Navami fast approaching, the Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas happily welcomes everyone to participate in the celebrations of Hanuman Jayanti and Sita Navami.

Save the Date for two upcoming festivals in April 2023!

Hanuman Jayanti

मनोजवं मारुततुल्यवेगं
जितेन्द्रियं बुद्धिमतां वरिष्ठ ।

वातात्मजं वानरयूथमुख्यं
श्रीरामदूतं शरणं प्रपद्ये ।I

Mano-Javam Maaruta-Tulya-Vegam
Jitendriyam Buddhi-Mataam Varissttham |

Vaata-Atmajam Vaanara-Yuutha-Mukhyam
Shriiraama-Duutam Sharannam Prapadye |I

I take refuge of Hanuman and bow to him, who is the emissary of Ram. He is as swift as thoughts and equal to the wind god in speed. He keeps his senses under control and is honored for his excellent intelligence. He is the son of the wind god and the leader of the monkey army.


The Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas is all set to celebrate the birthday of Lord Hanuman on April 6, 2023. Lord Hanuman, the greatest devotee of Lord Ram, has a pivotal role in the great epic Ramayana. He is the epitome of strength, intelligence, devotion and God-consciousness. 

Stay tuned for details of Hanuman Jayanthi at Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas


Sita Navami

It is truly an auspicious and devotional experience to celebrate and worship the divinity, purity and virtuousness of Maa Sita, the Mother of the Universe and the eternal Shakti-swaroop of Lord Ram.

जानकि त्वां नमस्यामि सर्वपापप्रणाशिनीम्।
नमामि विश्वजननींम रामचन्द्रेष्ट वल्लभाम
सितां सर्वानवाड्यांगीम भजामि सततं हृदा

Janaki twam namasyami Sarva Paapa Pranashaneem
Namami Vishva-Jananeem, Raamchandreshta-Vallabham
Sitam Sarvan-Vadyaangeem Bhajami Satatam Hrdaa

O Devi Janaki! I offer my respectful obeisance to you. You are the destroyer of all sins. O Sita, the dearest consort of Lord Ram! You are the divine Mother of the Universe, whose beauty cannot be expressed in words. I always worship you in my heart. 

Join us at the Radha Krishna Temple to celebrate Sita Jayanti to seek her divine blessings.

Sita Navami will be celebrated at the Radha Krishna Temple on April 28, 2023.

Stay tuned for details at Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas.