A Monthly e-Magazine by 

Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas

Issue: 18   

June 2016
In This Issue
दैवी ह्येषा गुणमयी मम माया दुरत्यया |
मामेव ये प्रपद्यन्ते मायामेतां तरन्ति ते || 14||

daivī hyeṣhā guṇa-mayī mama māyā duratyayā
mām eva ye prapadyante māyām etāṁ taranti te (Bhagavad Gita 7:14)

My divine energy Maya, consisting of the three modes of nature, is very difficult to overcome. But those who surrender unto me cross over it easily. 

From the Editor's Desk

There are at least a couple of reasons to appreciate the month of June.  The Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas celebrated the International Yoga Day on June 18th by hosting Dallas YogaFest, an all-day event to promote well-being of the body, mind, and soul.  On June 19th, everyone celebrated Father's Day to appreciate the earthly and heavenly father for all the beautiful gifts of life.  Thus, this month's newsletter focuses on these celebrations and on the theme Understanding Maya.  

In Bhakti Ras, we attempt to understand the meaning of maya knowing full well that we cannot overcome maya without the grace of God and Guru.  In Inspirations for Living, we share a story about how Kabirdas ji's total surrender to God pulled him and his wife out of a precarious situation.  For our Bal-Mukunds we share a short poem to celebrate Father's Day.  In the Wellness for Life, we share four ways for weight control.  Finally, we share the various exciting community events to uplift yourself and others.

Bhakti Ras
What is Maya?

Taken literally, maya is thought to be an illusion that makes us believe in the reality or truth as perceived through our physical senses.
Swami Mukundananda ji says that maya is not an illusion but the energy of God as our scriptures declare.  It can be found in any direction where the mind wanders because the mind is made of maya.  He says that maya is evident through three qualities of one's mind - Tamo guna (mode of ignorance), Rajo guna (mode of passion), and Sattva guna (mode of goodness).  At any given moment in time, the guna that is most prevalent is determined by the existing mental state.  If we are in a state of devotion and inner peace, at that moment in time we will be able to conquer the various types of kleshas.  However, this state is usually short-lived because in the material world, we are confronted with situations that ignite the modes of ignorance and passion, for example, responding to those who criticize us or hurting someone w
  ho appears to harm our children. 

Swamiji further says that maya exists in order to challenge the soul and lead it towards the path of perfection, slowly, steadily, and determinedly.  It presents us with challenges
that will eventually cut the thick layers of ego and intellectual arrogance and allow us to become humble.  Maya is the sheath that covers the soul so human beings are prevented from experiencing divine love until the soul reaches the level of perfection through complete surrender to God alone. 

Understanding and controlling maya is impossible without the guidance of a God-realized saint or Guru.  We all need intensive coaching and practice to achieve the level of perfection which is a pre-requisite for God to slash the layers of maya and enable us to experience divine love.  Our own efforts to conquer maya will not suffice; so let's turn to our divine father to grace us with the courage and strength needed to pursue the path of devotion for ultimate yog or union with God.
Inspirations for Living
Kabirji's Surrender to the Will of God  

Saint Kabirdas is known for many righteous qualities including his devoted service to unannounced visitors and guests at his house.  Under the most challenging conditions, he and his wife made sure that guests always had food to eat and a place to rest when travelling from one place to another.  More often than not, they went hungry but their guests always were cared for with love and dedication.

One night, several ascetics came to his house and said that they had not eaten all day and were very hungry.  Kabirji's wife, Loi, said that there was no food since they had fed any remaining left-overs to visitors who came earlier in the evening.  He asked Loi to go to the different stores in the market and ask the storekeepers to give food items on credit.  She went and asked so many merchants but none would oblige knowing their state of poverty. Finally, a young merchant made a conditional agreement to lend food.

The merchant told Loi to return to his shop at night when all others were asleep.  His intentions were despicable.  Loi took the food items, went home, cooked and fed the ascetics.  Then she told Kabirji about her conditional agreement with the food merchant.  Kabirji said that God had created this situation so if this was his wish, they would fulfill it; if this was not what God wanted he would pull them out of it.  Kabirji told Loi that he would escort her to the merchant's house as it was dark and raining heavily.

After getting to the merchant's house, Loi went inside while Kabirji waited outside.  The merchant was surprised to see her and asked how come she was dry even though it was raining heavily outside.  Loi said, "My husband carried me on his back to keep me dry because I was coming to see you."  The merchant was shocked and stepped outside to see which husband would bring his wife to another man.  When he saw Kabirji, he immediately recognized him and filled with a deep sense of shame, begged for forgiveness.  Kabirji thought, "So this was your leela, Lord?"

By surrendering to the will of the higher father and wanting nothing against the desire of his Lord, Kabirji and his wife were pulled out of a precarious situation.
Bal-Mukund: Playground for Vedic Wisdom 
If Everyone Had a Father Like You 
If every child had a father like you,
       who was like an anchor in a wild and stormy sea,   
      children would laugh more, share more and feel less blue.    
If every child had a father like you,
     who worked hard to be more understanding,

    children would feel more content, cry less and feel less anxious.

If every child had a father like you,
          who worked hard to teach and do good things,
  children would feel more secure, love more and be less 
Wellness for Life 
Four Steps to Weight Loss in Summer

Seventy percent of our body is made up of water. Drink 8-10 glasses of water to detoxify the body and prevent excess calorie consumption.

Eat plenty of fiber (apples, avacado, almonds, bananas, beans, broccoli, corn, nuts, pears, strawberry) to prevent constipation.

Restrict salt consumption to prevent high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases through low consumption of processed foods.

Decrease trans fats (vegetable-based oils) and saturated fats (baked foods) but increase Omega-3 and unsaturated fats (avacado, nuts) for good heart health.

Community Events 2016
Bal-Mukund Varshik Utsav

Frisco's Bal-Mukund Varshik Utsav 2016 was one of the most memorable of all celebrations.  The organization of cultural activities was flawless as was the stage decoration.  The organizers used their technical skills to live stream the event so those who were unable to be physically present were able to view it live from their own homes.  Please read the detailed description of this event at the temple's website at  The Radha Krishna Temple congratulates Frisco Bal-Mukund for such an outstanding performance and for instilling the Vedic philosophy and values in the young children.

Dallas YogaFest

The Dallas YogaFest on June 18, 2016 in honor of the International Yoga Day, was a huge success.  From 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, this free event was jam-packed with enthusiastic participants of all ages and experience levels enjoyed, learned, and appreciated the wonderful sessions for the improvement of the body, mind and soul.  For pictures and participant experiences go to the Dallas YogaFest website (

Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas

Presents Life Transformation Program

Grow from Within to Succeed in Life
July 23-29 
Comfort Inn
Shrimad Bhagavat Mahapuran
Aug 13-19
Trails of Frisco Golf Club

Registration @

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.

For local satsang information or [email protected].

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 


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