Today's Quote

A Morning Walk

...If a person wearing red (saffron) cloth commits any sin, he will easily be caught. It is for this reason that our ācāryas have given red cloth. Many kinds of persons can dress in white, but if one engages in nonsense while wearing this red cloth, at once he will be caught. Geru raṅga (saffron color) contains something mysterious. It gives something to the body that makes the wearer better able to resist kāma (lust); that is why it has been given. But nowadays geru is not real geru; we use artificial color...

Bhakti Quotes

Spiritual Invasion

If a general plans to invade another country, he must first chalk out his strategy of attack in a broad way. When he goes to practically execute his plan, so many obstacles appear, and he has to solve them and march on. If one plans to travel, first he conceives of the whole plan in a nutshell: "From this foreign land, I will retum home by this route." But to carry out the plan in practice, so many details are necessary. First it is chalked out in a rough plan, and then he must practically do so many things. First he must hire a taxi, then he has to go to the airport to purchase a ticket for the plane-in this way, so many details are required. So, from partial knowledge, we have to develop final knowledge. This detailed knowledge is known as siksa...



Kumbha Mela – Book Distribution

This year Kumbha Mela is happening in Vrindavan. Usually Kumbha Mela happens every 12 years mainly in Prayag, where Yamuna, Ganga and Sarasvati merge and people gather there to take bath in the holy rivers. The main activity in Kumbha Mela is the pilgrimage, to come to the holy place, and to bathe in the holy river. Mela means festival, and Kumbh means a pot. The main theme in Kumbha Mela is getting the pot of nectar.

Sayana Ekadasi

...We should desire to have some respect for this holy day. Otherwise, if you don’t respect the appearance of Ekadasi-devi, don’t engage in her worship, and don’t offer any paraphernalia to her, then by these actions you are disobeying, neglecting, and avoiding her. This can only mean that you don’t like Ekadasi-devi, and are far away, running hither and tither from this most auspicious day. After hearing these glories of Ekadasi-devi, if a desire to follow this day manifests in your heart, then this is called respect and faith...


Later, when Gopāla came to Vṛndāvana, he always remembered Mahāprabhu’s words and thus chanted harināma in a loud voice and performed saṅkīrtana. One time, Gopāla became absorbed in bhāva while doing saṅkīrtana and remembering Caitanya Mahāprabhu. That night, Mahāprabhu Himself came to Vṛndāvana and manifested as Rādhā-ramaṇa...
Mahāprabhu and Haridāsa Ṭhākura engage in beautiful kīrtana in this work known as Harināma cintāmaṇi. What is jīva-śakti? What is māyā-śakti? What is antaraṅga-śakti? What is bahiraṅga-śakti? How does Bhagavān come to the jīvas in this world. Everything is discussed here in this grantha...
...This festival is famous all over the world and indeed, all over the universe. Even Brahma, Siva, and all the demigods, gandharvas, kinnaras, raksasas, naras, and vanaras come and participate in this festival. All over Vraja this festival is celebrated and prasadam is distributed, as well as all over the universe, in the abodes of the demigods, and in Goloka, Vaikuntha, and the other spiritual realms, this festival of Krsna coming to Varsana is celebrated. This is Vrsabhanu Maharaja’s festival and Radharani’s festival...

Acarya Katha

Is There any Difference between Iskcon and Gaudiya Matha?

“The Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is started for this purpose, so that hundreds of ISKCON centers may give people a chance to hear and chant, to accept the spiritual master and to disassociate themselves from persons who are materially interested, for in this way one can make solid advancement in going back home, back to Godhead...”

Srila Gurudeva Speaks on Vyasa-puja – 08 Feb 1997

Nowadays I am seeing that gurus sit on a golden throne and think, “I am Krsna myself.” They collect all the honor for themselves, and they think that there must be any good Vyasa-puja book for themselves, otherwise Vyasa-puja is not there. They want that all glorify them, whether they are good or bad, whether they are bona fide guru or not. This is not Vyasa-puja...

Book excerpts

Śrī Brahma-saṁhitā. Verse 25

...According to the Third Canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Brahmājī heard the sixteenth and twenty-first consonants of the alphabet, namely ta and pa, combined to make the word tapa. Upon hearing this, he began to meditate on Bhagavān with one-pointed attention. At that time, by the mercy of Bhagavān, he heard the supreme monarch of mantras, the kṛṣṇa-mantra, spoken by the transcendental Sarasvatī. Goddess Sarasvatī said, “O Brahmā, perform austerity by repeating this mantra with the utmost diligence. Thus all your heart’s desires will be fulfilled.”

Śrī Brahma-saṁhitā. Verse 24

Why did Divya Sarasvatī give this rare and precious kṛṣṇa-mantra to Brahmājī so easily? It was only possible by the mercy of Bhagavān. And why was such unexpected mercy suddenly available? It should be understood that Brahmājī had worshiped Bhagavān in his previous life. This mercy of Bhagavān is being described in this verse. Everything else described here is self-evident...

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