Living a Life of Prayer By Radhanath Swami

The following is an excerpt from a class given by Radhanath Swami during the Vrindavan Yatra of 2011:

We are here in Vrindavan because of blessings and grace and we want to express our gratitude through sincere, diligent prayers with a desire to serve with love.

Srila Prabhupada taught us Bhakti in not just a theoretical way, but in a very practical way. Every moment of our lives we have an opportunity to live by that prayer. We can do so by sincerely chanting the holy names, serving the Vaishnavas, spreading this glorious mission, reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, discussing these subjects with each other, worshiping the deities or even sweeping the floor or cooking.

Every moment is an opportunity to practically express our gratitude and that is how we make spiritual progress.

Srila Prabhupada invited devotees from all over the world to come to Mayapur and Sri Vrindavan dham to associate with one another, absorb the infinitely merciful environment of bhakti that permeated these holy places and to utilize every moment to hear, chant and to serve.

Every moment of life is precious. To be in Vrindavan in the month of Kartik with thousands of devotees, is supremely precious and any service we do with sincere devotion, Sri Vrindavan dham will reciprocate with us. In this eternal abode of Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar, every speck is a chintamni gem and every tree is a kalpavriksha tree. Here the presence and mercy of all great acharyas is forever manifesting into the hearts of each and every one of us, whoever we are.

Lord Krishna does not see our material qualifications or disqualifications, He does not see whether we are big or small, whether we are famous or nothing at all, whether people like us or hate us. Lord Krishna just sees the sincerity of our hearts and our will to serve and to chant the holy names.

– Radhanath Swami