Slow and steady wins the race! Only $12,000 $5,221 more is needed to keep alive and vibrant for the next six months. A big THANK YOU to those who've contributed to our Fall Fundraiser so far. If everyone gave a few dollars (say, between five and fifty) we could get rid of this banner and go back to doing what we love most: helping people all over the Internet discover Krishna. If you give $25 or more, we'll email you a gift of the Bhagavad-gita audio book. How about that? Click here to donate.

To advance in spiritual life, what things should I avoid? What basic qualities should I try to cultivate?

Srimad-Bhagavatam lists four qualities essential for spiritual growth (from First Canto, Chapter 17, Verse 24).

  • mercy
  • cleanliness
  • self-discipline
  • truthfulness

Anyone who cultivates these qualities and sincerely chants Krishna’s names can make rapid spiritual progress.

Here are four activities that slow down spiritual progress:

  • eating meat, fish, or eggs (destroys mercy)
  • sex outside scriptural regulations (destroys cleanliness)
  • intoxication (destroys self-discipline)
  • gambling (destroys truthfulness)

At first, these things may seem difficult to give up, but the spiritual satisfaction one gets from practicing Bhakti yoga makes it easy to live without them. Keeping company with fellow practitioners also helps one to gain strength and determination.