Quotes on Illusion and Enlightenment

“As sunlight maintains the entire universe, so the light of the soul maintains this material body. As soon as the spirit soul is out of this material body, the body begins to decompose; therefore it is the spirit soul which maintains this body. The body itself is unimportant.” Bhagavad-gita As It Is, purport to 2.18

“Illusioned by the material energy, people are so engrossed in subject matter for sense gratification that they have very little time to understand the question of self-understanding, even though it is a fact that without this self-understanding all activities result in ultimate defeat in the struggle for existence. Perhaps one has no idea that one must think of the soul, and also make a solution of the material miseries.” Bhagavad-gita As It Is, purport to 2.29

“A sleeping person imagines an alternative reality for himself and, seeing himself as having various names and forms, forgets his waking identity, which is distinct from the dream. Similarly, the senses of one whose consciousness is bewildered by illusion perceive only the names and forms of material objects. Thus such a person loses his memory and cannot know You.” Srimad-Bhagavatam, 10.84.24-25

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A dog learns the Krishna greeting

And your dog can too! In the process, you’ll learn it as well. And at least your pet can learn the physical gesture accompanied with the greeting. The actual joyful exclamation of “haribol” may or may not happen.

Krishna devotees often say haribol instead of ‘hello’ or ‘bye’. This is an age-old tradition actually. Hari is a name of Krishna which means ‘a thief’ – Krishna lovingly steals the hearts of His devotees. Bol means ‘sing’. So, haribol = sing the name of Hari.

Let’s go through a few basic tricks first, demonstrated by my sister Kaisu and her dog Sara.


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Srila Prabhupada on the Meaning of Hare Krishna

Rama and Krishna are names of God, and Hare is the energy of God. So when we chant the maha-mantra, we address God together with His energy. This energy is of two kinds, the spiritual and the material. At present we are in the clutches of the material energy. Therefore we pray to Krishna that He may kindly deliver us from the service of the material energy and accept us into the service of the spiritual energy. That is our whole philosophy. Hare Krishna means, “O energy of God, O God [Krishna], please engage me in Your service.” It is our nature to render service. Somehow or other we have come to the service of material things, but when this service is transformed into the service of the spiritual energy, then our life is perfect.

From the Science of Self-Realization, available for free download on our Books page.

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The Science of Knowing Who You Are

Atma refers to the body, the mind as well as the soul. Atma can also refer to the Supreme Soul, or Paramatma. Paramatma is an expansion of Krishna that lives in the hearts of all living entities, giving knowledge, memory and forgetfulness to the individual soul as they desire and deserve, according to their karma.

I remember being 15 years old, lying on the rocks in a forest at night and staring at the stars, wondering. “Who am I? Where have I come from? Have I always existed or did I start existing at some point? What is this ‘I’, a combination of my body and mind, or something more? Am I a spiritual being or is it just my imagination? What does spiritual mean?”

Let me share with you a little bit of what I have discovered about my self on my journey on the Krishna path.

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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare  ॐ हरे कृष्णा हरे कृष्णा कृष्णा कृष्णा हरे हरे। हरे रामा हरे रामा रामा रामा हरे हरे॥ ॐ