Aruna Gandhi is a practicing Krishna devotee at the ISKCON Sydney temple. Her well prepared temple classes dotted with Indian classical singing of select verses from the scriptures, is much loved by all. She spends a lot of time researching her presentation of the ancient classical texts, which results in the listener being able to understand the imports correctly and straight to the heart. We hope you find her podcasts life changing.
Qualities of the Mahatma
Themed on the Bhagavad Gita verse 9.14, this episode reflects on the sublime qualities of the mahatmas or the great souls who are constantly engaged in serving Lord Krishna with love and devotion. Along with beautiful prayers from Srimad Bhagavatam and a song by Sri Narottam Das Thakur, let us look at various examples of exalted souls who can inspire us on our path of bhakti.
The Sun and the Glowworm
This episode takes us through a beautiful lila (pastime) from Canto 10 of Srimad Bhagavatam, where Lord Brahma steals the calves and cowherd boys and tries to show his mystic power, only to be bewildered himself! Inspired by a beautiful verse from Srimad Bhagavatam 10.13.45, let us meditate on some of the wonderful features and qualities of Lord Sri Krishna and simply revel in His pastimes and glory...as we bow down to His superior power...
The Only Desire
Inspired by many beautiful verses from Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita and Chaitanya Charitamrita, this episode explores the topic of 'Desire'. Let us see how we can focus and set a goal for our spiritual life, dovetail and harmonise our desires with that of Lord Krishna, qualify ourselves and ultimately go back home - Back to Godhead! Along with songs by Vaishnava acharyas, may we be inspired to offer our love and devotion to the sweet Lord Krishna in the temple of our heart...
Damodar is caught!
In canto 11 of Srimad Bhagavatam, Lord Krishna speaks to his dear friend Uddhava, giving the essence of all his teachings. Drawing inspiration from the verse SB 11.14.20, this episode features a narration of the Damodar Lila, where little Krishna is won over by the pure love of mother Yashoda. This episode is a special offering during the auspicious month of Kartik, which is a very special time to increase one's devotional service and spiritual practice.
Prayers by Demigods
In Canto 10 of Srimad Bhagavatam, there is a beautiful description, where the demigods headed by Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva offer their prayers to welcome Lord Krishna in the womb of mother Devaki, just before the Lord appears on this earth. Inspired by the verse SB 10.2.25, let us meditate on the supremacy of Lord Krishna and on the wonderful qualities of great personalities such as Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Narad Muni who bowed down to the Lord and chanted His glories. This episode is a gift for Sri Sri Radha Gopinath (Their Lordships of ISKCON Sydney temple) and all the devotees for the auspicious day of Sri Krishna Janmashtami!!
The Path of Surrender
This episode takes us through the path of taking shelter and ultimately surrendering to the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. Drawing inspiration from Bhagavad Gita verse 18.66 let us see what unfolds from the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam. Along with some inspiring songs by Vaishnava acharyas, this episode aims to allure one's mind and heart to the lotus feet of Sri Krishna