July 12, 2016
Swami NIkhilanand
In the last artcle, Shree Krishna states that He states that both He and Arjun have had unlimited janm. Let us dwell on this a bit more.Every soul has had unlimited janmAs we learned in the second chapter, souls are eternal. They have existed for as long as God has existed. The third entity – maya – is also eternal. Thus, God, the souls and maya have been here forever. Maya continues to cycle through its two phases of existence – srishti ( ...
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July 5, 2016
Swami NIkhilanand
At the beginning of the fourth chapter, Shree Krishna tells Arjun that He had given this same knowledge of the Gita to Vivaswan at the beginning of the current manvantar. Hearing this, Arjun expresses surprise that Shree Krishna could have done that, because the beginning of the manvantar was over 120 million years ago, and he knows Shree Krishna to be existing right now. So how is it possible?In response, Shree Krishna explains the secret of His ...
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June 27, 2016
Swami NIkhilanand
Continuing from our previous discussion on joining the mind with God in the article ‘Meditation: Helpful technique to establish the mind in God:Part I’, we now will share the most effective way of doing this.The most effective way of attaching the mind to GodThe most effective way of joining our mind with God, and thus activating His grace, is by practicing roop dhyan.  Roop dhyan means visualizing the form of Shree Krishna, or meditating on ...
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June 7, 2016
Swami NIkhilanand
In the previous two articles, Swamiji explained how to overcome the effect of desire and anger on your mind so that one can resist the harmful impulses that they generate.  However, that alone is not enough.  We should also strive to reduce the desires and anger from the inside.  If we could reduce or even eliminate them internally, then we would never be in danger of being impelled to do wrong things under their influence.  This would, howev ...
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May 26, 2016
Young, American, Hindu
Like most young Hindus in America, I often have to explain parts of my culture and faith to others. Indians may be a majority minority in this country, but information regarding our religion, Sanatan Dharm, is riddled with misconceptions, flawed descriptions, or just outright lies. For the most part, this process is easy for me. Having grown up in a Hindu family, being a regular attendee at my Hindu temple, I can present a fair and accurate ima ...
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April 26, 2016
Swami NIkhilanand
At the end of the third chapter, Arjun asks Shree Krishna a very practical question.  He wants to know why it is that we do wrong things, even when we know it is wrong.  What force is it that compels us to knowingly do wrong, almost against our will (chapter 3, verse 36)?Shree Krishna answers that kam (desire) is the cause of our sinful actions (chapter 3, verse 37).  How does desire cause us to do wrong things, seemingly against our will? He ...
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April 23, 2016
Young, American, Hindu
 When I started writing this blog, I was 21 years old. It doesn’t seem that long ago – after all, five years is no great span of time. But a lot has changed in five years. I have a master’s degree now. I work a nine-to-five job. I have car payments, professional development events, and my hair, once a long, voluminous ponytail, is cropped, thinning, and dry.After all, the title of this blog is “Young, American, Hindu,” and while I ...
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February 19, 2016
Swami NIkhilanand
 Shree Krishna provided three main explanations or reasons to Arjun to fight the war.  He started with the "Sankhya" explanation, telling Arjun that his true self is the soul, which is eternal and indestructible.  Death is only the end of the physical body - the soul goes on to another birth.  Thus, he should not fear that anyone is going to be killed in the imminent battle - he should do what is right regardless of the possibility of phy ...
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