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Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas

               Issue: 34

               September 2019
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योगिनामपि सर्वेषां मद्गतेनान्तरात्मना |
श्रद्धावान्भजते यो मां स मे युक्ततमो मत: ||

yoginām api sarveṣhāṁ mad-gatenāntar-ātmanā
śhraddhāvān bhajate yo māṁ sa me yuktatamo mataḥ
(Bhagavad Gita 6.47)

"Of all yogis, those whose minds are always absorbed in Me, and who engage in devotion to Me with great faith, them I consider to be the highest of all."
From the Editor's Desk
Dear Devotees, 

Devotion to the Supreme Lord is so potent that it can reform even the vilest sinner. Valmiki, who couldn't even enunciate "," was reformed and transformed into a legendary saint due to his bhakti. Such is the greatness of the path of devotion! So, let's understand what true devotion means.
Bhakti Ras 
The Infinite Potency of Bhakti (Devotion)
Shree Krishna declares that the bhakti yogi is the highest, superior to even the best aṣhṭāṅg yogi and haṭha yogi. That is because bhakti, or divine love, is the highest power of God. It is such a power that binds God and makes him a slave of his devotee. 
Hence, he reveals in the Bhagavatam:

अहं भक्त पराधीनो ह्यस्वतन्त्र इव द्विज
साधुभिर्ग्रस्तहृदयो भक्तैर्भक्तजनप्रिय: ||
ahaṁ bhakta-parādhīno hyasvatantra iva dvija
sādhubhir grasta-hṛidayo bhaktair bhakta-jana-priyaḥ 
(Śreemad Bhāgavatam 9.4.63)
"Although I am supremely independent, yet I become enslaved by my devotees. They conquer my heart. What to speak of my devotees, even the devotees of my devotees are very dear to me." The bhakti yogi possesses the power of divine love and is dearest to God. Thus, he is considered to be the highest of all yogis.  Such an instance of a devotee was Mother Yashoda. Not only did she have the power to address the Supreme Lord as 'lala,' but she bound him to a wooden mortar with a rope. Who can tie the almighty Lord who is capable of running faster than the wind and is stronger than Indra's thunderbolt? And yet, the Lord allowed himself to be enslaved by Yashoda's love.

The Sanskrit word bhakti is derived from the verb root bhaj, which means 'to serve.' It is a far more significant word for devotion than 'worship,' which means 'to adore.' Those who not merely adore him, but also serve him with loving devotion are true devotees. They are thus established in the natural position of the soul, as the servant of God. Hence, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu stated:

jīver svaroop hay kṛiṣhṇer nitya dās
"We are the eternal servants of Shree Krishna." A true devotee is the one  who has learned to sacrifice his happiness for the Lord's happiness. In doing so, one has mastered the three tenets of bhakti: ananyata (no other), nishkamta (selflessness), and nirantarta (constant remembrance). And it is only when one has perfected these three tenets that God gets bound by the selfless, unconditional love of such a devotee.

Thus, bhakti is śhreekṛiṣhnākarṣhiṇī, which means it enslaves Shree Krishna.
Wellness for Life

Swami Mukundananda ji always asks us to embed devotion in all activities of life including yoga and meditation. He teaches us to making the physical actions of yoga into a spiritual activity by adding the name of God when we breathe in and out during yoga and pranayama. Here are the steps for Dhanurasana. This asana helps to keep a steady mind by relieving stress and anxiety.
  • Lie down flat on your stomach. Bend both your knees and lift them upwards.
  • Then hold your left ankle with the left hand and the right ankle with the right hand. 
  • If this is difficult, then spread out your knees a little bit to make this easier.
  • Take a deep inhaling breath by saying "Radhey" and gently pull the ankles up by lifting the knees above the floor. At the same time, raise the chest and head upward and draw it backwards.
  • Slowly release your breath saying "Shyam" or "Krishna" as we make the pose stable.
  • Make sure that the abdomen bears the whole body weight on the floor. You can raise the body higher by separating the knees and arching the back as far as possible.
  • Stay in this pose for 15-20 seconds with normal breathing, then slowly bring the knees down to the floor, release your ankles, and bring your arms back to the side.
Dhanurasana has many other benefits including curing respiratory problems like asthma, improving digestion, curing constipation, strengthening the back and abdominal muscles, improving functioning of the pancreas, and supporting overall health by facilitating weight loss.
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