Today's Quote

Whatever Is Your Mood—Only That Will Manifest

...Whatever is your mood—only that will manifest. It will not come artificially. So, when we are covered with māyā, even hearing of these topics has some effect. If we cover fire, even then the heat will come up. Why? There is fire, so from fire, heat is coming. One is conditioned, but māyā is going on somewhat, all the offenses are going on, even then something will come. That is the thing.

Bhakti Quotes

I DON’T KNOW IF I AM ABLE TO WRITE IT

Now Sri Jayadeva Gosvami will begin describing the Vasanta-rasa: "My heart is palpitating, for I desire to write such a thing which in this life I have not written before, and which is not mentioned anywhere: that Krsna will fall at the feet of Radhika. We know it well, but Krsna is the Supreme Controller, the cause of all causes, and the original bhagavat-avatara. That He falls at the feet of His own potency who is the form of His dasi" I don't know if this is proper, but my heart is saying that without Krsna putting His head at Her feet, She will not be appeased! I don't know if I am able to write it"...

Events

Guru Purnima

Your Cāturmāsya-vrata will be successful when you adopt the vow not to accept any food other than the mahā-prasāda of the bhaktas. When you are thus determined, your character will be purified. You will no longer want to go to the cinema and play on a laptop. Your mind will not automatically run to the internet. This is the power of the pure devotees’ remnants. Nārada was a small child but by the mercy of the mahā-bhāgavata ṛṣis he became determined to also become a fully devoted servant of Bhagavān.

Sayana Ekadasi

Sastra has many quotations that glorify the specialty of Sayana Ekadasi. During these four months, some devotees adopt mauna-vrata; they adopt the vow of silence. They completely stop talking to people. They start manasi-seva; their internal services to their Lordships. Every day, they arrange a nice seat, water, and abhiseka for Hari. They offer delightful bhoga for Hari every day and distribute His remnants. Newer and newer performances and festivals are arranged for Krishna...

Articles

...Only one who is equal to his self-realized Guru can understand how deep he is. A kanistha-adhikari, neophyte, and a madhyama-adhikari, middle class devotee, cannot guess how deep are his feelings – what are the fathomless moods of krsna-prema and radha-prema in his heart. Without being an uttama-adhikari, a topmost pure devotee, one cannot understand...
...On the evening of the princess’s marriage, many people came for the feast and celebration. So many preparations were cooked, and everything was presented in many bowls and plates to the guests. They made many drinks, sweets and different dishes. When all the guests sat down to eat, they looked down at their plates and saw everything was sand and bits of stone...
Śrī Rūpa Mañjarī, Śrī Rati Mañjarī, Lavaṅga Mañjarī, Mañjūlalī-māñjarī, and Śrī Rasa Mañjarī eagerly and lovingly serve Śrīmatī Rādhārānī, supplying Her musk and various other articles. Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura prays, “When will I serve Śrī Rādhā-Mādhava with these nitya-siddha-mañjarīs?” Many devotees serve Rādhā-Mādhava and there are also many devotees who serve in sakhya- and vātsalya-rasa. But the prema-sevā rendered under the guidance of the mañjarīs is especially pleasing to Rādhā-Mādhava...

Gurudeva Katha

Who is son? Who is father?

...Vyāsadeva followed his dear son, and called out, “O son, O son!” but Śukadeva did not reply to his father. The trees around him as a pratidhvany echoed, “Who is son? Who is father? Who is mother? Who is husband? Who is wife? Kṛṣṇa is only father, He is everything, and all other relationships are enactments of His illusory māyā. Such relations are not true”...

“Our sakhī cannot live without this parrot!”

...The gopīs’ say, “I believed Kṛṣṇa and I fell for His charming ploy. So no one else should be cheated by Kṛṣṇa; that dhūrta (cheater).” So Kṛṣṇa cheated this parrot, and He was giving so much honor and affection to the parrot. In the meantime, two girls came running from Varsānā; they were Lalitā and Viśākhā. They told Kṛṣṇa “Oh, Vrajendra-nandana return our parrot, it is very much loved and held dear by our sakhī (Śrīmatī Rādhikā). Our sakhī cannot live without this parrot, so return the parrot at once!”...

Book excerpts

Preaching Sanatana-dharma in Assam

...Srila Guru Maharaja stayed there for some days and extensively preached sanatana-dharma. Every day he lectured on the Eleventh Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam at the Sanskrit school run by the local king. The principal of the school came there regularly to hear Bhagavatam, along with other teachers and many students. The minister Bahadura of Gauripura state and many officials came as well. After that...

Preaching suddha-bhakti in Caubis Pargana and Medinipura

...Apasampradaya doctrines are opposed to the scriptures and are filled with faulty conclusions. Pure Vaisnavas are the gurus of the four varnas. Unfortunately, the modern class of so-called Vaisnavas is full of bad qualities and is a degraded apasampradaya. One cannot gain any benefit by following it. Vaisnavas must perform the topmost bhakti to Visnu and must follow the rules of proper Vaisnava conduct and etiquette...
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