what to expect

  • begins with kirtan (traditional devotional music)
  • approx. 150 guests
  • devotional atmosphere of the center’s Radha Krishna temple
  • exceptional guest speaker

rns bio w100

Radhanath Swami is a Vaishnava sanyassin (a monk in a Krishna-bhakti lineage) and teacher of the devotional path of Bhakti-yoga. He is author of The Journey Home, a memoir of his search for spiritual truth. His teachings draw from the sacred texts of India such as The Bhagavad-gitaSrimad Bhagavatam, and Ramayana, and aim to reveal the practical application of the sacred traditions, while focusing on the shared essence which unites apparently disparate religious or spiritual paths.

HUMILITY, TOLERANCE & RESPECT

Exploring the 3rd of SRI CHAITANYA’S 8 instructions for bhakti-yoga with RADHANATH SWAMI

with Radhanath Swami

date – tuesday. august 30
time – 6:30-8:30pm
location – the bhakti center / temple room 3e
admission – free of charge

Radhanath Swami returns to The Bhakti Center to discuss a verse which has served as a guiding principle in his life and teachings, drawing from Sri Chaitanya’s Sri Siksastakam (8 Instructions). The eight Sanskrit verses of Sri Siksastakam are believed to be the only verses left personally written by Sri Chaitanya. They contain the essence of all teachings on Bhakti yoga.

The third verse is regarded as particularly important and is seen as a guide in how to cultivate a state of mind suitable for devotional contemplation and meditation.

trinad api sunicena

taror api sahinuna
amanena manadena
kirtaniya sada hari

“One who thinks himself lower than grass, who is more tolerant than a tree, and who does not expect personal honor but is always prepared to give respect to others can very easily always chant the holy name of the Lord.”

The great bhakti saint Krishna dasa Kaviraja Gosvami, advised everyone to keep this verse always strung about his neck.

Radhanath Swami speaks of this 3rd verse as the cardinal principle of Sri Chaitanya’s movement. “This is our aspiration. We must enter into the higher realms of consciousness. We should develop this consciousness as our goal in life – to be more humble than a blade of grass, more tolerant than a tree, to be ready to offer all respects to others, to expect no respect for one self. In this way, with a clean and sincere heart, chant the holy name of Krishna constantly. This is our aspiration.”

Join us Tuesday night with an open heart, and prepare yourself for a life-changing evening.