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Who lifted Girirāja Govardhana?

Who lifted Girirāja Govardhana: Kṛṣṇa or His śakti? Externally, it seems that Kṛṣṇa lifted Girirāja, but Kṛṣṇa did not lift him. He lifted Girirāja by the little finger of His left hand. His śakti is on the left side. Therefore, Śrīmatī Rādhikā is the most worshipable deity of millions of Ramā-devīs, Umā, and Indrāṇī-devī. The possessor of potency cannot exist without His potency. Hence, śakti must also be there. When the śakti of Kṛṣṇa is in an un-manifested state, then She will remain in the heart of Kṛṣṇa. But when the śakti of Kṛṣṇa assumes a form, then what is this form called? This śakti is called Rādhājī.

Bhakti Quotes

Bhakti is Service Free of Material Designations

...So similarly, when we become free from the designation of this material body and we come to the pure stage of original, spiritual senses, that senses when applied to the service of the supreme master of senses, God, that is called bhakti. Yato bhaktir adhokṣaje. So, if we actually want peace or happiness, yayātmā suprasīdati, without any designation, then that peace and happiness can be achieved. Otherwise it is not possible. So long we remain designated, it is not possible to come to that stage of pure, unalloyed devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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Indira Ekadasi

Ekadasi is so powerful. If we do vrata, japa, or niyama, there is no guaranty when we will get the fruit. But, Ekadasi herself gives us the fruit of following her, and there is no need to wait for a long time. If one properly follows Ekadasi, then simply by remembering the name of Ekadasi-devi, Madhava becomes pleased. Today, the name of the Ekadasi is Indira Ekadasi...

Articles

When 99.9% of people come to Guru what do they bring? They bring their faults and complaints and all their bad things. They think about others and want to show Guru that 'I am so great and everyone else is bad.' They come to Guru offering all these gifts of complaints, fault-findings and bad things that they have collected...
So now we have become students. It does not mean that in one day we can become teachers. Are we ‘students’ or ‘stupid’? We are like very foolish children, and we should not consider ourselves to be great and wise elders. We have come to this world to be students and to learn how to enter the spiritual world and live there with the associates of God. To enter that world we must first become qualified and matured...
The prominent gopis began to think and serve Krsna through their bhava (loving mood) and glances. They were so immersed in ananda-rasa, because of touching Krsna in their hearts. The daksina-nayikas, those who were in a rightest submissive mood - came to Krsna and were holding His hands and serving Him in various ways. Those who were in vamya-bhava (contrary or bold mood) were looking at Krsna in a contrary way. Those who were in neutral mood served and engaged with Him in these different ways. Some of the Vraja-sundaris - beautiful gopis - took the tambula pan that He had chewed and began to take that. Some Gopis sat at His feet and placed His feet on their breasts.

Gurudeva Katha

Classification of Anarthas – San Francisco 05 July 1996

One should be very careful to not pray like this. These things will come of their own accord based on the impressions of your past lives, so don’t be worried for these desires. These desires are anarthas and problems, which hinder our progress towards attaining pure bhakti. I have briefly explained during our morning walk the difference between sins and offenses. Sin is related to body and mind but an offense is very much related to the soul...

Breaking down the Wall of Opulence – 03 July 1996

Hanumānji cannot embrace Śrī Rāmacandraji. He cannot kiss Śrī Rāmacandraji, but the servants of Vraja can kiss and embrace Kṛṣṇa. Even in their service there is a wall of opulence. Therefore, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu wanted to break this wall down and show that when two hearts meet even a lean and thin paper like wall must be conspicuous by its absence. In dāsya-rasa there is a high wall of opulence, the Prabhu and the dāsa cannot sit on the same seat.

Book excerpts

Śrī Gurudeva on the svarūpa of the jīva

since the jīva is a transformation of taṭasthā-śakti, his svarūpa should also be taṭasthā: ‘guru-kṛṣṇa-prasāde pāya bhakti-latā-bīja – by the mercy of guru and Kṛṣṇa the living being receives the seed of the bhakti creeper’ (Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 19.151). From this point of view it seems that the jīva is constitutionally an infinitesimal particle of consciousness who obtains the bhakti-latā-bīja by the mercy of guru and Kṛṣṇa...

Discussion with the Communist Jyoti Bābū

One day Śrī Gurudeva was taking us with him to the house of a faithful devotee when he encountered Jyoti Bābū with some of his followers. Jyoti Bābū, who later became the chief minister of Bengal, was at that time the main chairman of the Communist party of Bengal. As a leader of the opposition party, he had come to investigate the condition of the flooded land in the border region...
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