A Monthly e-Magazine by 

Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas

Issue: 16   

April 2016


In This Issue
यत्तुकामेप्सुना कर्म साहङ्कारेण वा पुन: |
क्रियते बहुलायासं तद्राजसमुदाहृतम् || 24||

yat tu kāmepsunā karma sāhankāreṇa vā punaḥ
kriyate bahulāyāsaṁ tad rājasam udāhṛitam

Action that is prompted by selfish desire, enacted with pride, and full of stress, is in the nature of passion.                           (Bhagavad Gita 18.24)
From the Editor's Desk
Our theme for the April 2016 newsletter is The Cycle of Worldly Attachment and Desire.  Materialistic or worldly attachment and desire are the instigators of all evil that plague our mind.  As Swami Mukundananda ji says, the desire for worldly fulfillment is endless and a mental trap that impedes spiritual progress.  If our desires are fulfilled, it leads to greed but if left unfulfilled, it leads to anger.  Anger in turn leads to disillusionment, a disease of the intellect.  The ultimate outcome is the lack of mind control.

Contrary to this destructive cycle, a more constructive approach is where the mind is attached to God instead of worldly desires.  Attachment to God cleans the heart and allows us to rethink our priorities in life, that is, karmayog or union with God through actions.  Dedicate each action to God whether it is mowing your lawn, writing a report or helping your child.  The ultimate outcome is love for God for His sake and formation of vivek or discrimination between real (e.g., soul) and unreal (e.g., body).

The other features in this newsletter focus on the outcome of controlling or indulging in constructive versus destructive desires.  The Bhakti Ras story shows how Tulsidasji instantly transferred his attachment and desire from his wife to Lord Ram.  Overcoming maya is a one-time job but an ongoing process.  In Inspirations for Living, we share a story about how change in fate changes a person's desire.  We then share a story of Krishna and Arjun to inspire our Bal-Mukunds.  In the Wellness for Life feature, we share the steps for performing Paschimottanasana.  Finally, we share the various exciting community events to uplift yourself and others.
Bhakti Ras
Overcoming Worldly Desires: A Lesson from Saint Tulsidasji's Life 
One of the remarkable events associated with the month of April is the birthday celebration of Lord Ram (Ramnavmi) and Rambhakta Hanuman.  A reference to Lord Ram results in a glorious tribute to his ardent devotee, Goswami Tulsidas, the author of many beautiful scriptures including Ram Charit Manas, Tulsi Ramayan, Gitavali etc.  He is believed to be the incarnation of Rishi Valmiki on account of his writings and his life of austerity.     
How Tulsidasji's life changed completely from a married man with intense attachment for his wife to an austere saint with total detachment to worldly elements is remarkable.  One day, Tulsidasji's wife, Buddhimati, went to visit her father's house.  Tulsidas was so attached to his wife that he could not stay without her even for a day.  He rushed to his father-in-law's house to see his wife.  He had to cross the river Yamuna to get to the other end.  As legend has it, he was so eager to see his wife that his deep desire overtook his intellect.  He held a dead body floating on the surface of the river thinking that is was a log of wood that would help him to get to the other end.  When he got to the house, he did not want his parents-in-law to wake up in the middle of the night so he decided to climb up the wall with the support of a rope hanging from the window his wife's room.  Actually it was a snake but in his mode of passion, Tulsidas was unable to discriminate in the dark night.  When he finally climbed up and jumped from the window to his wife's room, she was ashamed at the extent of his attachment to her.  In a fit of rage she said, "This body of mine to which you are so physically attracted, is made of nothing but filthy flesh and bones.  If you had even half the intensity of attachment for God as you have for my body, you would have attained eternal bliss."

Buddhimati's piercing words shook Tulsidas to his core and in an instant, his intellect transformed from a state of attachment and passion to vairagya or total detachment to worldly pursuits.  He begged forgiveness from his wife and left immediately to pursue higher level spiritual goals.  It is in this state of viveka (equilibrium), vairagya (detachment) and vichara (contemplation) that Saint Tulsidas achieved the heights of spirituality that he is known for even in this day and age.  Clearly, this transformation was also through the grace of Lord Ram and Saint Tulsidas spent the rest of his life creating literary works in the glory of his Lord.  
Inspirations for Living
Gratitude or Desire?       

One beautiful spring afternoon, a man was taking a walk in a community park.  He was absorbing the beauty of the flowers and butterflies and appreciating how fortunate he was to be able to experience such natural beauty.  When he was done walking, he ambled towards his parked car - a beautiful convertible with leather seats and plush interior.  He noticed a poor beggar sitting on the sidewalk by the parked car.  The beggar sat there with his head lowered, singing a stuti in Sanskrit, asking the Lord for his grace.  The wealthy man heard his voice and with a lot compassion said, "How did you get to this state?  Anyone who knows Sanskrit must have been educated."  The beggar said, Yes, I am educated but have been jobless for a very long time.  None of my job applications have been accepted brining me to this point of homelessness.  You appear to be very wealthy so if you give me a job, I could stop begging and use my knowledge and skills."

The wealthy man smiled and said, "Alright, I will help you.  I will do better than just giving you a job.  I will make you my partner on a new business."  The beggar was stunned and could not believe his ears.  He just stared at the man and asked, "What do you mean, Sir?"  The man said, "I own an apple orchard.  You can sell the apples in local outlets.  I will pay the rent for the stalls and cost of transporting boxes of apples to the stores.  At the end of each month, we will share the profit."  The beggar, still in disbelief was overwhelmed with emotion and profusely thanked the man by folding his hands in reverence and crying with joy.  He then thought that he would probably get less than half the profit by asked, "Sir, how will we divide the profit?  What percentage will I keep?"  The man smiled and said, "You can give me 10% and you can keep 90%."  Seeing the total disbelief on the beggar's face, the man said, "I am already wealthy and do not need more but do need to do good for the society."
The beggar worked very hard day and night to sell the apples and live up to the expectations of his benefactor.  On the first day, he sold many boxes of apples and was so thankful and fortunate to have such a kind business partner.  At the end of the month, when he started counting the money, he was thrilled to see that it was beyond his expectation.  He was very pleased that all his hard work had paid off.  Then he started day-dreaming about how he would spend the 90% of the profit to improve his life.  His thoughts gradually moved from gratitude to greed.  He felt that he had done all the hard work and he should not have to give even 10% of the profits to his partner.  Very quickly he was overcome with all kinds of kleshas (afflictions).

Samarpan readers, how would you help the former beggar to feel gratitude instead of greed?  Please contact us at to share your thoughts.  We would love to hear from you.
Bal-Mukund: Playground for Vedic Wisdom 
Compassion for Others Attracts God's Grace
One day Krishna and Arjun were taking a walk when they came across an old man who was begging for alms.  Arjun felt a lot of compassion after seeing his condition.  He gave the beggar a bag of gold coins.  The old man was overjoyed and thinking about how his life would change.  As he was walking through the forest to return home, he was robbed by a thief.  He cursed his fate and the next day started begging again.

Once again Arjun and Krishna saw the beggar while walking and heard his unfortunate story.  Arjun once again took pity and gave him a large diamond.  The
man took it to his hut, hid it in an old mutka (earthen pot) which had been unused for many years in order to keep it safe and then went to sleep.  The next morning before the beggawo  ke up, his wife went to fetch water from the river and on her way back, she slipped and her mutka (earthen pot) shattered to pieces.  She immediately remembered the other mutka at home and took it to fill it with water.  As soon as she dipped the pot into the river, the diamond slipped out and fell into the river.  When she returned home the beggar was desperately searching the house for the mutka when his wife walking into the hut.  He saw it in his wife's hands and asked her if she removed the diamond before filling it with water.  The wife was shocked and they both felt dejected at their fate.  Once again he went off to beg on the streets.

Arjun and Krishna saw the beggar for the third time and when Arjun heard of the unfortunate incident, he said to Krishna, "I don't think this man is destined to be blessed, I don't think I can help him anymore."  Krishna then gave two pennies to the beggar and the old man accepted and walked away.  Arjun asked Krishna, "My Lord, if gold coins and diamond could not change his condition, how will two pennies be helpful?"  Krishna smiled and replied, "let's see what happens."

As the old man walked home cursing his fate, he saw that a fisherman had just caught a fish and it was struggling to get off the hook.  He took pity on the fish and thought to himself, "These two pennies cannot bring me food anyway, let me at least save the life of this creature."  So he bought the fish and was about to throw it back in the river when he saw that the fish was breathless because of an obstruction in its mouth.  The beggar put his hand in the mouth of the fish to pull out the obstructing object.  To his surprise, it was the same diamond that Arjun had given to him previously that had fallen into the river while his wife was fetching water.  He was overjoyed and started shouting "Look what I found! Look what I found!"

At this very moment, the thief who had robbed his gold coins in the fore
  st was passing by and heard the beggar yelling.  The thief recognized the old man and thought that he too had recognized him and was therefore shouting with joy.  Fearing that the old beggar would report him to the king to be punished, he ran to the beggar, pleaded for his forgiveness and returned the bag of gold coins he had stolen.  The beggar was ecstatic with the turn of events and went straight to Arjun and Krishna to thank them for their generosity.

Afterwards Arjun asked Krishna, "My Lord, how is it that my gold coins and diamond did not have the desired result but your meager two pennies reversed his fate?  Krishna replied, "When you gave the beggar the gold and diamond, he was only thinking of himself and his needs, but when he received two pennies, his detachment to something of less value made him pay more attention to the needs of another creature. Therefore I took care of his n
eeds. The truth is, Arjun, when you think of the pain and needs of others and work to help them for their sake, you are doing God's work and hence God Himself takes care of you."

So, my Bal-Mukund friends, all the good things you do are not in vain.  They are recorded on God's log and when the time is right, you get rewarded for your good de
eds.  As Swamiji teaches us, we should concentrate on the actions (karma) alone and not worry about or desire for the outcomes.
Wellness for Life 
Make Yoga a Lifestyle Choice for Mental Wellbeing       

Paschimottan Asan
In this day and age of competitive pursuits and materialistic ambitions, we are all engulfed with deadlines and multiple tasks to be completed each hour.  Such a lifestyle results in stress, anxiety and physical and mental heal issues.  One way to simultaneously attack such problems is to make yoga an integral part of the lifestyle.   

We share with you the steps for performing the Paschimottanasana (paschim (पश्चिम) means west or back side of the body; uttana (उत्तान) means stretch or extend; and asana (आसन) means posture).

Steps for Performing the Paschimottanasana
  • Perform all the actions with focus on the movements and its purpose.
  • First, sit down on the yoga mat and stretch your legs.  Place the palms on your respective knees.
  • Next, bend your front body forward to clasp the toes between the thumb and fingers without bending knees.
  • Take a deep breath and exhale slowly.  While exhaling, lower your head and try to rest the head on both knees.
  • Then bend your arms and touch the floor with your elbows; keep for few seconds.
  • Finally, exhale slowly and return to your starting posture.

Benefits of this Asana
  • Performing it consistently can help to calm the mind by acting as a de-stressor.
  • It decreases the fat in the abdomen area if done regularly.
  • It stretches the spine and brings flexibility to the muscles.
  • Finally, it relieves problems associated with constipation and digestion.
If you would like to learn various yogasanas and meditation techniques, please read the detailed description of the Dallas Yogafest below.
Celebrate Yoga & Holistic Health
A whole day filled with hands-on and interactive opportunities in over 10,000 sq.ft. venue!
Saturday, June 18th 2016
Venue: Comfort Inn & Suites, 700 Central Parkway East
Plano, TX 75074

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Community Events of the
Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas

On the glorious evening of March 5, 2016, devotees of Radha Krishna Temple assembled together to celebrate Mahashivratri and offered their prayers to Lord Shiv. Devotees ardently listened to a short but enlightening video lecture of Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, which explained how Lord Shiv and Lord Krishna are the different forms of the same almighty all-powerful Lord.  Read More...

Rang-Birangi Phoolon ki Holi  
The Radha Krishna Temple celebrated the grand Rang-Birangi Phoolon ki Holi on March 27, 2016! The venue came alive, as over five hundred enthusiastic participants partook in humble prayers and soulful rendition of Braj-style Holi kirtans and various cultural performances by the children and youth. The zenith was a divine speech by Swamiji where he explained the significance of Holi and explained how to overcome Maya - tamas, rajas, and satva (ignorance, passion, and goodness) by immersing our mind in the color of devotion!
Upcoming Community Events 2016
Dallas Yogafest
Be a part  of International  Yoga Day at the Dallas YogaFest, a world-wide celebration of yoga, where the ancient science meets modern day challenges to the body and mind.  Dallas YogaFest will be one stop place to  fulfill your need for knowledge and practice on healthy living!  Be it yoga, meditation and pranayama sessions, informational sessions on holistic living, or meeting vendors who will be there to  sell great healthy products - we have it all in one place!  Join us on June 18, 2016 ( at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 700 Central Parkway East, Plano, Texas 75074, U.S

Some Benefits of Practicing Yoga

Improves flexibility 
Improves bone health and joints 
Reduces weight and maintains metabolism 
Lowers blood sugar 
Helps control the blood pressure 
Boosts the immunity 
Improved respiration, energy and vitality 
Calms the mind to help you focus 
Other Ongoing Community Events
For the benefit of the community, the Radha Krishna Temple provides abundant opportunities to volunteer and participate in various events. Read the benefits of each of these activities and related sewas for your body, mind and soul.
Weekly Satsangs 
These satsangs engulf a person in the ocean of bhakti through a combination of prayer, chanting soulful bhajans and kirtans, viewing a video lecture by Swamiji or Maharajji, followed by aarti and prasad dinner.  Once a month we also recite Vishnu Sahasranama.  God's names are no different from Himself.  Every name in Vishnu Sahasranama (thousand names of Vishnu) is a drop of nectar.  Whether we chant it or hear it, it gives an immense sense of peace and indescribable solace.

If you are interested, you can participate in this activity as a satsangee, learning and passing forward your learning to others in the community.  Additionally you can host Satsangs at your house.  Hosting Satsangs is very exhilarating because it brings the vibrations of group chanting to our home.  The effects of the positive energy last for a long time.  It is a great honor to host devotees in our home.  Days before the Satsang, the mind gets absorbed in the event planning such as altar decorations, food planning and other logistics.  This is a very positive goal as it takes our mind away from worldly issues and focuses on all things divine.

You can also participate in singing bhajans and/or playing accompanying instruments at Satsangs.  When we learn to sing a bhajan or play an instrument specifically for Satsangs, we spend many hours practicing and absorbing the mind in the service and names of God.  If we did not involve ourselves in this sewa we would be filling our minds with worldly thoughts.  This is a great way to build a strong faith based relationship with the dear Lord.  Sing for the love and devotion of the Lord, not for personal acclaim or prominence.  This is true bliss!

For local satsang information or

Toastmasters Gavel Club for Youth
Robert Moment said "Public speaking skills are an essential key to achieving career advancement and success."  Effective communication builds confidence and leadership skills.  This is even more important especially for today's youth who aspire to be the leaders of tomorrow.

The Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas has launched the Toastmaster Gavel Club for aspiring youths who are looking to become the cream of the crop in their future endeavors!  Participating in this club will help to take the panic out of public speaking as well as help become a fluent speaker.  We invite youth between the ages 10-18 years to join the club.

- Toastmasters Gavel Senior Club for high school students 
- Toastmasters Gavel Junior Club for middle school students

These meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.  Check for details on our website at:

Bhagavad Gita
Study Group

Thru: Teleconference
On: 2nd & 4th Wed
8:30 to 9:30 PM 

 Details & Registration 

Free Community
Yoga Classes

At: 1292 Bossy Boots Dr.
Allen, TX 75013
On: Sat, 9:30 to 4:45 AM

 Details & Registration 

Vishnu Sahashra
Naam Chanting

At: 4020 Sendero Trail
Plano, TX 75024
On: 1st Sat, 3 to 4 PM

 Details & Registration 


'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).