• When we feel bothered too much about things in life it gives us stress and we somehow fall into depression. In those moments of life we should completely surrender ourselves to Krshna. Those are the moments in which we need to strengthen our faith and realise that all the things in the material world is unreal n temporary. As the worries have come , they will fade away too. Krshna will never let his devotees cry . But it can only happen so if we let krshna reside in our lives , in our hearts. Keep krshna in the centre of life n chant his name with full faith n devotion...Automatically we will
    forget about our distress n thus will be relieved from depression. Chanting is a medicine to the soul. So take it once/twice/ thrice a day and be happy.... Hare krshna
  • Hare Krishna Prabhu,

    Desi cow gomutra ark is known to be bringing positive energy to make spiritual progress alongwith curing physical illness. Now a days our devotees are manufacturing desi cow gomutra ark - easily available in Iskcon temple stores. It costs about Rs.50 to 100 per bottle depending on the place. It helps devotees as well as Karmis. So take gomutra ark regularly for 3 months and you will start seeing the results in a months time.

    Dosage : 1 cap (of the bottle) with two caps warm water empty stomach - morning and evening. Gomutra is tikshn (strong) so you may feel some discomforts for few days but it will settle down. It increase pitta in the body so to balance it have Aloe Vera juice 30 ml in the morning empty stomach.

    Hare Krishna,

    Vasudev (Panchgavya Practitioner)

  • saranagati is ucchatama bhakti,when one surrender oneself completely understanding the truth that HE is supreme,he is master of all planets ,galaxies ,universes and even your body ,mind,ego and intelligence .if one surrender this manner then why the mind will think of past, present,future what happening to you at this moment,why you cant just surrender unto him and relax and in return what he will only ask you is to love him him he will take care of you ,and will preserve what you have ,and will give you what u need.remember i quote what u need,not what you want.krishna loves you and will love you .surrender all your faults,karma,your problems,your frustrations ,ur sadness,your happyness to his lotus feet ,talk to him like a human when you are alone with your problems,pray for yourself like a slave should pray to master,request like a frnd should request,ask like a brother should ask,sometime demand like a lover should krishna he will take away all your pain and all will take you at the end.

    suno suno nityananda,suno haridas.

    amar aggai guru hoyia koroho prokas.

    darhea darhea giyea koro ai bhikka,

    bolo krishna,bhojo krishna,koro krishna shiksha.

    nitai gour premanandea hari bol.

    sri sri gour gouranga giridhiri,bansidhari,doyal prahu,bishwambhar,nimai,shyamsundar,modonmohon,mayapur chandra,chakra nayan ,nilachal swami,laxmipathi,narahari,purusottom ,adi purus are joi hok.



  • hare krishna..

    to overcome depression there are two ways. one is the bad way and another is the good way, and many opt the bad way in minutes,because it has no constraints,but what people dont know is by opting the bad way they will reach no were instead they will get into problems still.the bad way are like get addicted to alcohol and the drug stuff or by playing cards and so many  unparliamentary  habits.

    coming to the other is the good way which is the god's way. here the person will gain the confidence on himself as well as on his life which make his inner vision more legible and clear.

    by tagging up ourselves to krishna consciousness is a biggest miracle that happens in our life. depression comes in one's life just beacause he/she would have lost something which cant be regained (hopefully, im defining rite).so this is the reason our elders have given us vedas,shruthis,smruthis,granthas,kavya kathas and bhashyams.when someone or we ourselves are in depression ,first thing should be done is that ,we should never ever lose hope and remember the ramayanam once,think about the difficulties of rama and seetha devi once.once for all if we cum to know about those difficulties our duffering a very less, as rama and seetha made their ways to get out of difficulty as they never got into depression ,as they boosted up their confindence levels and made their mind and heart strong.

    second , we should always have that in our mind that god is the ultimate not the depression or the problem wat we are facing.say to your heart that " your god is bigger than ur problem, so need to hit ur head  for all those petty things ".try to learn the essence of bagavdgita which is saver of all the reason for our depression.

    be good do good and tell the truth that is enough to not get into any sought problems as well as depresions

    =============================hare krishna======================================================

  • l read mohini ji's article its very practical and acceptable. Very nice be positive thankyou.
  • Dealing with Depression

    Self-Help and Coping Tips to Overcome Depression

    Dealing with Depression

    Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn’t quick or easy, it’s far from impossible. You can’t just will yourself to “snap out of it,” but you do have some control—even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. The key is to start small and build from there. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day.

    The road to depression recovery

    Recovering from depression requires action, but taking action when you’re depressed is hard. In fact, just thinking about the things you should do to feel better, like going for a walk or spending time with friends, can be exhausting.

    It’s the Catch-22 of depression recovery: The things that help the most are the things that are the most difficult to do. There’s a difference, however, between something that's difficult and something that's impossible.

    Start small and stay focused

    The key to depression recovery is to start with a few small goals and slowly build from there. Draw upon whatever resources you have. You may not have much energy, but you probably have enough to take a short walk around the block or pick up the phone to call a loved one.

    Take things one day at a time and reward yourself for each accomplishment. The steps may seem small, but they’ll quickly add up. And for all the energy you put into your depression recovery, you’ll get back much more in return.

    Depression self-help tip 1: Cultivate supportive relationships

    Getting the support you need plays a big role in lifting the fog of depression and keeping it away. On your own, it can be difficult to maintain perspective and sustain the effort required to beat depression, but the very nature of depression makes it difficult to reach out for help. While isolation and loneliness can trigger or worsen depression, maintaining emotionally close relationships can be instrumental in overcoming it.

    The thought of reaching out to even close family members and friends can seem overwhelming. You may feel ashamed, too exhausted to talk, or guilty for neglecting the relationship. Remind yourself that this is the depression talking. Reaching out is not a sign of weakness and it won’t mean you’re a burden to others. Your loved ones care about you and want to help. And remember, it’s never too late to build new friendships and improve your support network.

    • Turn to friends and family members who make you feel loved and cared for. Spend time talking and listening face-to-face with trusted people and share what you’re going through. The people you talk to don’t have to be able to fix you; they just need to be good listeners. Ask for the help and support you need. You may have retreated from your most treasured relationships, but emotional connection can get you through this tough time.
    • Try to keep up with social activities even if you don’t feel like it. Often when you’re depressed, it feels more comfortable to retreat into your shell, but being around other people will make you feel less depressed.
    • Join a support group for depression. Being with others dealing with depression can go a long way in reducing your sense of isolation. You can also encourage each other, give and receive advice on how to cope, and share your experiences.

    10 tips for reaching out and building relationships

    1. Talk to one person about your feelings
    2. Help someone else by volunteering
    3. Have lunch with a friend
    4. Ask a loved one to check in with you regularly
    5. Accompany someone to the movies, a concert, or a small get-together
    6. Call or email an old friend
    7. Go for a walk with a workout buddy
    8. Schedule a weekly dinner date
    9. Meet new people by taking a class or joining a club
    10. Confide in a clergy member, teacher, or sports coach

    Depression self-help tip 2: Get moving


    When you’re depressed, just getting out of bed can seem like a daunting task, let alone exercising. But exercise is a powerful tool for dealing with depression. In fact, major studies show that regular exercise can be as effective as antidepressant medication at increasing energy levels and decreasing feelings of fatigue.

    Evidence suggests that physical activity triggers new cell growth in the brain, increases mood-enhancing neurotransmitters and endorphins, reduces stress, and relieves muscle tension—all things that can have a positive effect on depression.

    While the most benefits come from exercising 30 minutes or more per day, you can start small. Short, 10-minute bursts of activity can have a positive effect on your mood. You don’t need to train at the gym, sweat buckets, or run mile after mile, either. Even very small activities that get your arms and legs moving can add up over the course of a day. Try incorporating walking, running, swimming, dancing or another rhythmic exercise—that requires moving both your arms and legs—into your daily routine. The key is to pick an activity you enjoy, so you’re more likely to stick with it. Even very small activities can add up over the course of a day. Here are a few easy ways to get moving:

    • Put on some music and dance around
    • Take your dog for a walk
    • Use the stairs rather than an elevator
    • Park your car in the farthest spot in the lot
    • Pair up with an exercise partner

    Exercise as an antidepressant

    The following exercise tips offer a powerful prescription for boosting mood:

    • Exercise now… and again. A 10-minute walk can improve your mood for two hours. The key to sustaining mood benefits is to exercise regularly.
    • Choose activities that are moderately intense. Aerobic exercise undoubtedly has mental health benefits, but you don't need to sweat strenuously to see results.
    • Find exercises that are continuous and rhythmic (rather than intermittent).Walking, swimming, dancing, yoga, and cycling or stationery biking are good choices.
    • Add a mind-body element. Activities such as yoga and tai chi rest your mind and increase your energy. You can also add a meditative element to walking or swimming by repeating a mantra (a word or phrase) as you move.
    • Start slowly, and don't overdo it. More isn't better. Athletes who over train find their moods drop rather than lift.


    Depression self-help tip 3: Challenge negative thinking

    Depression puts a negative spin on everything, including the way you see yourself, the situations you encounter, and your expectations for the future.

    But you can’t break out of this pessimistic mind frame by “just thinking positive.” Happy thoughts or wishful thinking won’t cut it. Rather, the trick is to replace negative thoughts with more balanced thoughts.

    Ways to challenge negative thinking:

    • Think outside yourself. Ask yourself if you’d say what you’re thinking about yourself to someone else. If not, stop being so hard on yourself. Think about less harsh statements that offer more realistic descriptions.
    • Allow yourself to be less than perfect. Many depressed people are perfectionists, holding themselves to impossibly high standards and then beating themselves up when they fail to meet them. Battle this source of self-imposed stress by challenging your negative ways of thinking
    • Socialize with positive people. Notice how people who always look on the bright side deal with challenges, even minor ones, like not being able to find a parking space. Then consider how you would react in the same situation. Even if you have to pretend, try to adopt their optimism and persistence in the face of difficulty.
    • Keep a "negative thought log." Whenever you experience a negative thought, jot down the thought and what triggered it in a notebook. Review your log when you’re in a good mood. Consider if the negativity was truly warranted. Ask yourself if there’s another way to view the situation. For example, let’s say your boyfriend was short with you and you automatically assumed that the relationship was in trouble. It's possible, though, he’s just having a bad day.

    Types of negative thinking that add to depression

    All-or-nothing thinking – Looking at things in black-or-white categories, with no middle ground (“If I fall short of perfection, I’m a total failure.”)

    Overgeneralization – Generalizing from a single negative experience, expecting it to hold true forever (“I can’t do anything right.”)

    The mental filter – Ignoring positive events and focusing on the negative. Noticing the one thing that went wrong, rather than all the things that went right.

    Diminishing the positive – Coming up with reasons why positive events don’t count (“She said she had a good time on our date, but I think she was just being nice.”)

    Jumping to conclusions – Making negative interpretations without actual evidence. You act like a mind reader (“He must think I’m pathetic”) or a fortune teller (“I’ll be stuck in this dead end job forever.”)

    Emotional reasoning – Believing that the way you feel reflects reality (“I feel like such a loser. I really am no good!”)

    ‘Shoulds’ and ‘should-nots’ – Holding yourself to a strict list of what you should and shouldn’t do, and beating yourself up if you don’t live up to your rules.

    Labeling – Labeling yourself based on mistakes and perceived shortcomings (“I’m a failure; an idiot; a loser.”)

    Depression self-help tip 4: Do things that make you feel good

    Woman with dog

    In order to overcome depression, you have to do things that relax and energize you. This includes following a healthy lifestyle, learning how to better manage stress, setting limits on what you’re able to do, adopting healthy habits, and scheduling fun activities into your day.

    Aim for eight hours of sleep. Depression typically involves sleep problems. Whether you’re sleeping too little or too much, your mood suffers. Get on a better sleep schedule by learning healthy health habits.

    Expose yourself to a little sunlight every day. Lack of sunlight can make depression worse. Make sure you’re getting enough. Take a short walk outdoors, have your coffee outside, enjoy an al fresco meal, people-watch on a park bench, or sit out in the garden. Aim for at least 15 minutes of sunlight a day to boost your mood. If you live somewhere with little winter sunshine, try using a light therapy box.

    Practice relaxation techniques. A daily relaxation practice can help relieve symptoms of depression, reduce stress, and boost feelings of joy and well-being. Try yoga, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or meditation.

    Care for a pet. While nothing can replace the human connection, pets can bring joy and companionship into your life and help you feel less isolated. Caring for a pet can also get you outside of yourself and give you a sense of being needed—both powerful antidotes to depression.

    Do things you enjoy (or used to)

    While you can’t force yourself to have fun or experience pleasure, you can choose to do things that youused to enjoy. Pick up a former hobby or a sport you used to like. Express yourself creatively through music, art, or writing. Go out with friends. Take a day trip to a museum, the mountains, or the ballpark.

    Push yourself to do things, even when you don’t feel like it. You might be surprised at how much better you feel once you’re out in the world. Even if your depression doesn’t lift immediately, you’ll gradually feel more upbeat and energetic as you make time for fun activities.

    Develop a wellness toolbox

    Come up with a list of things that you can do for a quick mood boost. Include any strategies, activities, or skills that have helped in the past. The more “tools” for coping with depression, the better. Try and implement a few of these ideas each day, even if you’re feeling good.

    • Spend some time in nature
    • List what you like about yourself
    • Read a good book
    • Watch a funny movie or TV show
    • Take a long, hot bath
    • Take care of a few small tasks
    • Play with a pet
    • Talk to friends or family face-to-face
    • Listen to music
    • Do something spontaneous 

  • Depression can be cured by removing from the mind the root cause of it. If we do that we may take out as well the illusions or false ego that have accumulated in the mind from the time we cease to be like children. Krishna who is the cause of our remembrance is actually the only one who can remove them by letting us forget.
  • Hare Krishna!

    Please Accept My Humble Obeisances.

    Kindly read the following article in which I have shared my personal realisations and outlined the steps to overcome this:

    How to Overcome Depression By H.G. Mathura Vasi Devi Dasi

    Practically implementing this would surely eliminate your sufferings and assist you to look at life in a positive, stronger and spiritually uplifting manner where there would be no place for any suffering or misery.

    Your Servant,

    Mathura Vasi Devi Dasi.

    • I have heard of a few devotees who are charting 16 rounds a day and are doing their very best to become Krishna Conscious. Unfortunately, some of those few devotees are also suffering from depression. I wonder what would be best for them to try next? As for myself, I feel much more happier when I do chant. One of my passions in life is going out on Harinama. When I am out on Harinama my problems seem to disappear. I am having too much fun on Harinama to even think about my job.

  • Great resource, Prabhu, thanks for sharing!

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