Today's Quote

The Land of Prema

Vraja is the land of prema. The prema present in Vraja is impossible in Mathurā. Kṛṣṇa will not see those in Mathurā like they are His beloveds. He will see they are sisters, relatives, or the wives of others. He will never see them as beloveds. He will view them with maryādā—regulative principles. But in Vraja, Kṛṣṇa’s vision is that of parakīya-bhāva, paramour love...

Bhakti Quotes

IT WOULD BE BETTER TO BE BLIND

Come with me at once. Come on. Don't delay; otherwise Krishna will go away. I know that the fruit of these eyes is only one. Only one. And what is that? To have a darshana of Krishna. Only this. If you do not have the darshana of Krishna, your eyes are useless. Useless. It would be better to be blind. There is only one fruit of these eyes - to have the darshana of Krishna...

TO HAVE A DARSANA OF KRISHNA

The gopis began to speak among themselves: O sakhis! We think that for those who have eyes, there is but one thing which is a suitable object of vision. Success of the eyes lies in beholding this object alone; we know of no other. And what is that most precious object of attainment for the eyes? It is the vision of the two sons of Maharaja Nanda...

Events

News Compilation – Radhe Kunj Seva in the Corona Crisis

Many poor villagers don't have access to food now, and so we have vastly increased our prasadam production and distribution, including sending it to villagers in the different areas of Vraja. We are also daily feeding the Mathura-Vrindavan Police force that is out on duty in the streets. All by the mercy of Vrndavanesvari Srimati Radharani, and Her dear Srila Gurudeva and Prabhuji! In this video, you can see a compilation of clips from various news agencies that have come in the last several days to film in Sri Radhe Kunj, Bhakta Bandhav Vrindavan...

METHOD TO ESCAPE THE DANGERS OF THE CORONA VIRUS

When you do that completely in alignment with the heart or the moods and desires of the liberated soul, someone who is transcendental, who saw the Lord himself - a real genuine Guru, then, by becoming Gurudevatatma, one at heart with that genuine Sri Guru, then you cross all kinds of fear, you cross over material existence itself...

Articles

To regard oneself as a guru of Vaiṣṇavas is an impediment to one’s humility. Those who do not listen to the instructions of Śikṣāṣṭaka set forth by Śrī Gaurasundara, who are forgetful of their actual spiritual identity, who are greedy for prestige and material gain and who are thus anxious to obtain the status of Vaiṣṇava or guru to satisfy their senses, can never chant the holy name of the Lord. A disciple who has faith in the kīrtana performances of such persons also cannot obtain qualification for hearing the holy name...
The guru instructed his disciple, “You should continue being the gatekeeper for another six months, but you should offer everything that comes to me and I will offer to Bhagavān. Then you will be protected from the effects of the honor of others.” Six months later, he was tṛṇād-api-sunīcena and amāninā mānadena as the result; he offered respect to everyone without expecting their respects in return. Then kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ, one is able to chant the holy name continuously. If one thinks himself to be a great scholar or ācārya, and does not offer respect to others, then kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ is not possible. Only when the sādhaka is tṛṇād-api-sunīcena, taror-api-sahiṣṇunā, and amāninā mānadena, is it possible to perform kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ...
After taking some breakfast from their mothers, they leave for the forest and remain there until around three o’clock in the afternoon, when they return home. They stay with Kṛṣṇa in the forests and gardens everyday for approximately six hours. They have great fun with Kṛṣṇa, but also, endure many difficult and dangerous circumstances. Many demons attack them in the forest. The sakhās have deep faith in Kṛṣṇa, so they never fear anything. For example, they did not get disturbed when they went inside the mouth of Aghasura...

Gurudeva Katha

Real Kirtan – 01 June 1997 New Braja

“I want a very beautiful new wife, Hare Krsna Hare,” don’t do it, otherwise Krsna will give this and He will fly away, at once He will fly away. He can give all these things very quickly, very quickly, but He will have to think for longer whether My Krsna prema should be given to that person or not, but He will give these things very quickly. You can see that so many persons, even living in temples, being pujaris and these things, they are worshipping Krsna, chanting, remembering, but they are thinking about how to fulfill their desires, and at once Krsna gives all these things and they become householders, even sannyasis, so don’t want these things. What we have, be satisfied with that...

A Guru Only Sees Gurus – France 28 June 1997

A guru never makes a disciple, but to whomever he touches that person becomes like a guru. I honor you like pure devotees, that is why I came. Before sleeping I should take darsana and then I will go from here. I am requesting Navadvipa Prabhu that he should tell us the sum and substance of whether a person is rich or poor, old or young, whether he is sick or not, whether he is pure or impure, whether he is characterless or character full, can he receive bhakti. Bhakti does not depend on this. If there is sraddha, then the entire world, even creepers, animals, wretched persons, high persons—all are qualified for bhakti and bhakti makes them so pure...

Book excerpts

Upadesamrta Verse 1: Six Urges Unfavourable to Bhakti

(1) by the urge to speak or the use of words that create distress for others; (2) by the agitation of the mind or the innumerable desires and plans fabricated within the mind; (3) by anger or the use of harsh words; (4) by the vehemence of the tongue or the greed to relish six kinds of taste, namely sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, salty and astringent; (5) by the urge of the belly or the drive to eat more than necessary; and...

The Gopis’ Prayers and How to Become Like the Gopis – Rasa-pancadhyayi

BE LIKE THE GOPIS The Gopis told Krsna, "Oh Krsna, we are not like this." The Gopis knew everything. They were sages in their past...

Part Three: Parental Affection for His Disciples: Ananga Mohan

Parental affection for his disciples In 1946, to observe the month-long Kartika urja-vrata niyama-seva, our most worshipful Srila Gurudeva performed brhat (great) parikrama and panca-kosi...
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