कायेन वाचा मनसेन्द्रियैर्वा बुद्ध्यात्मना वानुसृतस्वभावात्
करोति यद्यत्सकलं परस्मै नारायणायेति समर्पयेत्तत् ॥
kāyena vācā manasendriyair vā buddhyātmanā
karoti yad yat sakalaṁ parasmai nārāyaṇāyeti
(Shreemad Bhagavatam 11.2.36)
"Whatever one does
with body, words, mind, senses, and intellect, in accordance with one's
individual nature, should be offered to the Supreme Lord Narayan."
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Dear RKT Family,
Happy 3rd Temple Anniversary!
the grace of God and the exceptional guidance of H. H. Swami
Mukundananda ji, our Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas, worldwide
headquarters of JKYog, has become a cultural hub of rich Indian culture
within a short span of three years. The temple provides devotees of all
ages with a wholesome environment, where there are innumerable
opportunities to learn, grow, and evolve.
temple offers spiritual programs, health seminars, yoga sessions,
medical clinics and much more, both in house and online. Furthermore,
the temple provides numerous opportunities to touch the lives of those
in great need. The spirit of seva (service) is the heart and soul of
Radha Krishna Temple.
We sincerely commend each and every one of you for
supporting the temple! Let us continue to foster the environment for
devotion, education, culture, arts, and sadhana, and dedicate our every
act to God. "When works are dedicated and mentally delivered to God, it
is called arpaṇam. Such an attitude metamorphoses the mundane
activities of material life into divine service of God," elucidates H.
H. Swami Mukundananda ji.
Dedicate All Your God-Given Abilities to the Lord
works mean nothing if not done from a humble heart devoted to God. We
get closest to the Supreme Lord when we forget ourselves and go to work
in his name. Shree Krishna compassionately instructs how we can engage
in devotion every moment of our life:
यत्करोषि यदश्नासि यज्जुहोषि ददासि यत् |
यत्तपस्यसि कौन्तेय तत्कुरुष्व मदर्पणम् ||
yat karoṣhi yad aśhnāsi yaj juhoṣhi dadāsi yat |
yat tapasyasi kaunteya tat kuruṣhva mad-arpaṇam ||
(Bhagavad Gita 9.27)
"Whatever you do,
whatever you eat, whatever you offer as oblation to the sacred fire,
whatever you bestow as a gift, and whatever austerities you perform, O
son of Kunti, do them as an offering to Me."
When we dedicate
every activity to the Lord, making him our supreme goal, our conscious
will be always absorbed in him. Keeping our mind yoked to God in this
manner, while going about our daily activities is a powerful technique
to achieve happiness and fulfilment. Eric Henry Liddell, an outstanding
runner once said, "I believe God made me for a purpose, and when I run, I
feel His pleasure." When we see our work as a dedication to God, the
work becomes a joy to perform for the pleasure of God. So, dedicate your
every activity to him, as Saint Kabir stated in his couplet:
jahañ chalooñ karooñ parikramā, jo karooñ so sevā
jaba sovooñ karooñ daṇḍavat, jānooñ deva na doojā
"Wherever I walk, I
feel I am circumambulating the Lord's temple; whatever I do, I see it
as service to God. When I go to sleep, I meditate on the sentiment
that I am offering obeisance to God. In this way, I remain ever
united with Him."
God has shaped us for a
purpose, so we can make the most of our abilities and talents he has
bestowed upon us. The best way to express our love and devotion to God
is to dedicate what he has given us. Be it
teaching, writing, photography, decorating, videography, painting,
gardening, cooking, singing, dancing, etc. - opportunities abound in
every corner to glorify the Supreme Lord.
Therefore, let your
heart be open to prayer through each and every activity you do, as Swami
Vivekananda declared, "no work is secular. Everything is devotion and
Week Long Online Celebrations for
Guru Purnima & Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas Anniversary
& Radha Krishna Temple Invites you to Week long Online Celebrations
on account of Guru Purnima and Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas
Save Your Date - Sun, July 5 to Sat, July 11, 2020
Weeklong Devotion & Festivities:
- Guru Poojan
- Shree Maharajji's Abhishek
- MahaBhog for Guru Poornima
- 24 hour Akhand Kirtan
- Daily Satsang & Kirtan
- Swamiji's Live Lecture
- Maharajji's Lectures
Bhagavad Gita Sessions
to offer your heartfelt sevas
JKYog Spiritual Retreat & Hindu Family Camp
Krishna Temple of Dallas is excited to launch the much awaited Hindu
family camp from August 4th to August 10th in the presence of H.H. Swami
Date: Aug 4th to 10th, 2020
Venue: Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas
Bal Mukund Online Summer Camps from Jul 13th-Jul 24th
Children are benefitting immensely from the online Bal Mukund summer camps!
Through instruction in
languages, art and Vedic Wisdom they get an opportunity to express their
innate creativity and stay connected to their roots.
Wellness for Life - Visualize Your Relationship with Your Guru
As we celebrate Guru Purnima, here is a meditation to visualize a loving moment you're your Gurudev.
is evening time and you are getting ready to fix a light dinner. You
pull out some ingredients from the kitchen pantry and the refrigerator
when you hear the front door bell ring. You are not expecting anyone and
wonder who might be at the front door. You peek through the peephole
and to your amazement, you see your Gurudev and your friend who drove
him to your house. You immediately open the door and see his smiling
face. You are shaking in disbelief and blinking to make sure you are not
dreaming. You break out of your reverie and touch your Gurudev's feet
and invite him to come inside and sit on the main sofa in your living
room. You call out to your other family members and they run into the
living room, touch his feet and share their wonderful surprise. You also
greet your friend.
Gurudev sits down on the sofa and says that he was passing by the
neighborhood and decided to visit you. Tears roll down your eyes in
sheer bliss and disbelief. You
down on the floor at your Gurudev's feet and then remember basic
hospitality. You quickly get up and get some water for him and your
friend. Your Gurudev accepts the glass of water, drinks it and asks you
to sit down. He talks to your family and inquires about everyone's
health and wellbeing.
You feel compelled to do some seva but are not sure of what or how. You request your Gurudev to stay for dinner.
says that they need to leave shortly but will eat some fruit. You and
your spouse run to the kitchen while your kids talk to your Gurudev. You
feel fortunate that you have fresh fruits like mangoes, oranges,
bananas, and blueberries. You lovingly peel and cut the fruit into small
pieces that can be easily pierced with a fork. You put all the fruits
in a nice serving late and garnish with finely chopped mint leaves. You
take the fruits and a couple of smaller plates and forks on a tray. Your
Gurudev asks your child to bring small plates for everyone. You serve
fruits to your Gurudev and your friend with love and devotion. You offer
another helping but he politely declines. You still cannot believe your
eyes and continue to express your deepest gratitude to your Gurudev for
gracing you with this opportunity for seva.
your Gurudev gets up and is ready to leave. Your spouse goes inside the
bedroom and returns with an envelope with dakshina and humbly offers it
to Gurudev. He accepts it out of love for your devotion. You profusely
thank him again for his love and grace and also thank your friend for
bringing him home. You make a commitment to intensify your sevas and
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