“Just as good deeds give people whatever their mind desires, so God will deliver to the people through the king’s protecting his vow.” (Janaki Mangala, 68) asa sukṛtī naranāhu jo mana abhilāṣihi | so puraihiṃ jagadīsa paraja pana rākhihi ||… Read More ›

Living Well

“Just as a tree starts to blossom during the proper season, so the doer of sinful deeds inevitably reaps the horrible fruit of their actions at the appropriate time.” (Lord Rama speaking to Khara, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 29.8) “How… Read More ›

The Determining Factor

“It is certainly the mind that is instrumental in causing the senses to act in ways that lead to either auspicious or inauspicious conditions. And my mind right now is positively situated.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 11.41) mano hi… Read More ›

Assessing Sin

“Though all of these unsuspecting wives of Ravana were seen by me, my mind has not been disturbed even a little.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 11.40) kāmam dṛṣṭvā mayā sarvā viśvastā rāvaṇa striyaḥ || na tu me manasaḥ kimcid… Read More ›

Always the Best Policy

“In my present form I will not be able to enter the city of the Rakshasas, which is protected by cruel and powerful Rakshasas.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.33) anena rūpeṇa mayā na śakyā rakśasāṃ purī | praveṣṭuṃ rākśasairguptā… Read More ›

Blistered Earth

“Then, that most powerful and brave monkey, like the smooth water roamed with ease across the grass that had the hue of a vaidurya stone. That sagacious monkey, like an agitated lion swept aside many deer and other animals, scared… Read More ›

Sin and Piety

“The activities or desires that relatively help a soul attain his constitutional position are called piety. The opposite are called sin. Since devotional service to Krishna is one’s constitutional position, when one cultivates this service, then nescience, which is the… Read More ›

The Object of Morality

“O best among men, after fixing your intelligence in transcendental knowledge, do you follow completely the course of action decided by your mind. Being engaged in activities guided by intelligence [buddhya-yukta], those possessing great wisdom can decipher between auspicious and… Read More ›


“…but in this world, I will not bring about disgrace on myself.” (Sita Devi speaking to Ravana, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 56.22) Download this episode (right click and save) One of the nice perks of becoming a pure devotee of… Read More ›