A Monthly e-Magazine by 

Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas

Issue: 15  

March 2016


In This Issue
उद्धरेदात्मनात्मानं नात्मानमवसादयेत् |
आत्मैव ह्यात्मनो बन्धुरात्मैव रिपुरात्मन: ||

uddhared ātmanātmānaṁ nātmānam avasādayet 
ātmaiva hyātmano bandhur ātmaiva ripur ātmanaḥ

"Elevate yourself through the power of your mind, and not degrade yourself, for the mind can be the friend and also the enemy of the self."                                    (Bhagavad Gita 6:5)
From the Editor's Desk
All of us love to experience peace and calm. We constantly seek favorable circumstances that would lead to peace and tranquility of the mind.  However, "understand that internal peace is never a product of external circumstances.  It is a product of purified senses, mind, and intellect," says Swami Mukundananda ji.

Read on to find out how to purify the mind and embark on the journey of peace.
Bhakti Ras
The Only Source of Peace
Towards the end of Dwapar yug, Krishna Dwipayan, who is an incarnation of God, classified the Veda. Hence, this great sage is known as Veda Vyas. He knew that the general masses in the Kali yug would not have the memory capacity to hear the sacred knowledge, and transmit it verbally to the posterity. Hence, he classified and wrote down the Vedic knowledge. Then, for the welfare of the less intelligent people, out of his compassion, he wrote Mahabharat, Vedant Darshan, and eighteen puranas. In spite of composing all these works, he was crestfallen, as his works seemed to be futile. Although he clearly explained the karm-dharm in detail, no one would pay head to his instructions. Therefore, sitting on the shores of Sarasvati River one day, he pondered:

किम् वा भागवता धर्मा न प्रायेण निरूपिताह: 
प्रियाह् परमहंसानाम् त एव ह्यच्युतप्रियाह: 
kiṁ vā bhāgavatā dharmā na prāyeṇa niroopitāḥ 
priyāḥ paramahaṁsānāṁ ta eva hy acyutapriyāḥ 
(Shrimad Bhagavatam 1.4.31) 
"I am discontented because I did not enumerate the devotional services to the Lord, the services that are dear to the ascetics and to the infallible Lord."

While he was reflecting on how his works were inadequate, as he did not delineate bhagavat dharm, sage Narad appeared. When Veda Vyas expressed his dissatisfaction, sage Narad advised, "O Vyas Maharshi, the different types of sadhana you have explained in your scriptures are not enough to purify one's mind or cleanse the heart. So, compose a scripture that glorifies the Supreme Lord." Following the instructions of sage Narad, Veda Vyas returned to his ashram and sat down in meditation, with his mind completely immersed in Shree Krishna. The result was Shrimad Bhagavatam Puran that restored his peace of mind, and which teaches us how the mind transforms when imbued with thoughts of Shree Krishna.

Therefore, to attain and enjoy peace eternally, we have to absorb our mind in God. Devotion to God alone can cleanse our mind that is smeared by arishadvarg - lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride, and envy - for many life times. As Tulasidas states in the Ramayan:

प्रेम भगति जल बिनु रघुराई, अभिअन्तर मल कबहुन जाई 
prema bhagati jala binu raghurāī, abhiantara mala kabahuñ jāī 
"Without devotion to God, the dirt of the mind will not be washed away." 
Inspirations for Living
If We Cleanse Our Mind, His Peace Dwells in Our Heart      

In Bhagavad Gita, Shree Krishna repeatedly proclaims that many attained His divine love and peace, being fully absorbed in Him and purified in His knowledge. One of the outstanding examples from our scriptures is Hanuman.

During Shree Ram pattabhishekam (coronation ceremony,) while honoring everyone with gifts, Shree Ram gave Sita a pearl necklace along with apparels and other ornaments, Sugreeva a golden garland studded with gems, Angadha, the son of Vali a precious armlet.  He did not reward Hanuman with anything, as He knew that no gift would match the eternal love and service of Hanuman. Noticing this, Mother Sita took out her pearl necklace, and affectionately presented it to Hanuman.

Hanuman received the pearl necklace with great reverence and utmost joy. He sat at Shree Rama's feet, pulled out the pearls one by one from the necklace, bit it into half, looked keenly inside each pearl, and tossed it aside. Surprised at his behavior, Mother Sita gently inquired, "Dear Hanuman, why are you pulling the pearl necklace apart?"

With a disappointed look on his face, Hanuman replied, "Sita Maa, before I wear it around my neck, I wanted to see whether my beloved Ram was in there, but I couldn't find Him in any of the pearls." Listening to this, a few courtiers questioned him about how he could wear his body that does not contain Shree Ram. Hanuman immediately tore open his chest to reveal Shree Ram and Mother Sita residing in his heart! Moved by Hanuman's love and devotion, Shree Ram embraced His devotee and said, "I will always remain deeply indebted to you."

Now, how do we follow the path of Hanuman and purify the mind so that our body becomes a temple and our heart a pedestal for His love and peace?  There are innumerable ways; our scriptures prescribe the navada bhakti (nine-fold-devotion) - sravanam, kirtanam, smaranam, pada sevanam, archanam, vandanam, dasyam, sakhya, and atma nivedanam. Of all these methods, smaranam - constantly remembering God and discerning Him everywhere - works like a charm.

Attachment with this world is the root cause of our mind getting dirty. This world is in the realm of Maya (material energy) that consists of three modes - sattva, rajas, and tamas (goodness, passion, and ignorance.) When we attach our mind to any material object or person, these three modes affect our mind. Instead, if we endeavor to attach our mind in the all-pure God, who is gunateet (beyond the three modes of material nature), our mind becomes pure and calm. Hence, the Ramayan states:

सब कै ममता ताग बटोरी, मम पद मनहि बान्ध बरि डोरी
saba kai mamatā tāga baṭorī, mama pada manahi bāñdha bari ḍorī
"Cut all the strings of worldly attachment of your mind; make a rope of these strings, and tie it at the lotus feet of God."

To help us tie our mind to Him and attain peace, He has descended in many splendid forms and performed delightful pastimes. Therefore, to pacify and stabilize our mind, we have to constantly detach it from the world, and attach it to the names, forms, virtues, pastimes, abodes, and associates of the sweet Lord.
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Bal-Mukund: Playground for Vedic Wisdom 
Knowledge -> Faith -> Love -> Peace
Pankaj, a youth who lived In Mathura, almost every other day approached a sadhu (a holy person) in Shree Krishna Janmabhoomi temple, and requested, "Babaji, can you please instruct me a mantra, which will bestow peace when I meditate?" After many such requests, the sadhu one day asked Pankaj to come early next morning to learn the mantra. The next day before the break of the dawn, he went to the sadhu enthusiastically. The sadhu said, "My child, this is the most sacred and purifying mantra," and he leaned forward and whispered in Pankaj's ear, "Hare Ram Hare Ram, Ram Ram Hare Hare, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare!"

All the enthusiasm of Pankaj evaporated, and he said, "Babaji, I thought you will give me a secret mantra of the highest order. I already know this mantra, all my family members chant this at home every day, so does every one in the temple all the time. It's even written almost on every wall and tree trunk in Mathura." The sadhu, with a smile, took out a dust-covered stone from the old rag tied around his waist, and giving it to Pankaj said, "My child, I want to sell it to whom so ever gives us the highest price. Go, try find out the value of this stone."

Pankaj took the stone straight to the grocer, from whom his family usually bought groceries. The grocer said it was a fake colored stone, and he can give a coconut for it in return. From there, Pankaj went to a goldsmith, and the goldsmith said he would pay him fifty rupees, as he can break the stone and set the pieces in earrings. Pankaj decided to go back to the sadhu to let him know the value of the stone, and began walking towards the temple. On his way, he met his longtime friend, a jeweler back in town. The jeweler friend looked at it, and said, "Pankaj, this is a very valuable gem; I can pay you ten thousand rupees." It suddenly dawned upon Pankaj that the stone might be a precious one, and so he took it to a gemologist in the neighboring city, Agra. Pankaj stood there in disbelief when the gemologist examined the stone, and looking suspiciously at Pankaj, said, "Where did you get this? It is a rare, priceless, antique gem that belongs to fifth or sixth century BC."

Pankaj went back to the sadhu at a lightning speed and said,"Babaji, you are so naïve; the stone is invaluable. You had it with you all these years, but you didn't know the real value of it."
"So didn't you, my child," said the sadhu with a placid smile, and continued, "Everyone who looked at this stone appraised it based on their knowledge. Only the gemologist knew its quality and true value. Similarly, to know the value and greatness of this mantra, you need knowledge, and God reveals that knowledge through a guru. That knowledge will lead to faith and then to love for God. That's when either this mantra or any other fetches peace, when you meditate with its help after knowing its import."

Upcoming Community Events 2016
The Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas is very proud to announce several very interesting upcoming programs.  Please mark your calendars and save these dates. For the benefit of the community, The Radha Krishna temple provides abundant opportunities to volunteer and participate in various events.

Holi Ke Rang Radha Krishna Ke Sang
Vasant (spring season) is fast approaching, and the breathtaking and exhilarating early spring blooms of North Texas will soon burst forth.  Spring, the ṛitu rāja (the king of seasons) is an illustration of God's magnificence.  Holi is the very first festival that gives us an opportunity to celebrate His opulence and the advent of spring.  At the Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas, we are ushering in spring with soft flower petals, rich cultural programs, Swami Mukundananda ji's lecture, and Braj-style kirtans on March 27, 2016.  Please come join us for this lovely and divine experience.

For more details and to RSVP for this free community event, go to:
Other Ongoing Community Events
For the benefit of the community, The Radha Krishna temple provides abundant opportunities to volunteer and participate in various events.

Weekly Satsangs

These satsangs truly propel one in the ocean of bhakti through a combination of prayer, singing bhajans/kirtans, viewing a video lecture, and followed by arati, and Prasad.    

For local satsang information visit: or [email protected].

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

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Vishnu Sahashra
Naam Chanting

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

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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
Roop Dhyan Meditation - Ease Your Mind on God's Strength        
Meditation has innumerable benefits. One of those is its effect on physical health. Most ailments have their roots in the mind. When one harbors hatred, envy, anxiety, tension, fear, etc., it disturbs the mental sheath (one of the five sheaths in the body.) This disturbance is then passed on to the pranic sheath, which then manifests in the physical sheath of the body as disease. Meditation on God heals the various ailments of the mind, resulting in the enhancement of vital energy and the improvement of physical health.

"Mind is the life and soul of the meditation," says Swami Mukundanand ji. Therefore, while meditating, we need to take our mind to God's splendid forms, glorious names, sublime virtues, delightful pastimes, magnificent abodes, or His benevolent saints.

To learn the method of how to practice Roop Dhyan meditation, see Roop Dhyan Meditation, or register for the free weekly yoga classes that the Radha Krishna Temple offers to the community.