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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.

Stay!

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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.

I Just Had an Idea!

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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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Playing mantra melodies with kantele

In October I visited my family in Finland and took this video clip of my youngest sister Kaisu in her room. She is sitting in front of the altar she made for her Gaura-Nitai Deities that you can also see in the video – They are right next to my Deities (on the right) that travelled with me to Finland and back.

Kaisu is really good with kantele, an ancient Finnish instrument, and she plays here some ancient Indian ragas, or melodies. The first melody is typically used for chanting the prayers to the spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, and the following raga is for singing the Hare Krishna mantra. Enjoy!

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