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“I Will Give You Power and Inspiration”

Mahāprabhu instructed, “Tell whomever you meet the instructions of Kṛṣṇa. On my order, become guru and deliver everyone you meet.” If anyone said, “I am not qualified,” Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu replied, “No, on My order, if you follow My instructions, I will give you power and inspiration. You will not fall down into the waves of sense gratification.” If one has sādhu-saṅga, if one is under the guidance of a sādhu, he will have some realization of kṛṣṇa-bhakti and his life is successful. On the other hand, without having qualified association and guidance, one lives like an animal...

Bhakti Quotes

No Hopelessness!

There should be no hopelessness. This sense of hopelessness is the cause of downfall. If gurudeva chastises us, we should simply think how to please him more -- not that we become hopeless. For some period of time my Gurudeva appeared to be not satisfied with anything...

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The Powers of an Ekadasi Family

One can practice the sixty-four kinds of bhakti on Ekadasi day, thinking, "I will take leave from my office and worldly affairs, in the morning performing arati and until the night not engaging in any worldly activities, not taking any grains, and always reading and hearing Bhagavatam." Certainly he will gain from this...

Articles

...Now, we will hear more about the glories of Paurnamasi, and about her nature. Then, respect for her will come to us, and we can pray to her lotus-feet for service and relationship with the Vrajavasis. Paurnamasi grants all perfection. When you wake in the morning, you should pray to Paurnamasi. Every day when Gurudeva woke, he would pray...
Where does the day pass by? Time is only running. In your mind, go to Giriraja Govardhana, offer pranama and bhoga, perform parikrama, offer obeisance, take prasadam and share it with others. What do you have to spend? The only thing you need is a little time to engage your mind. If you do not give this time to yourself, then the day is passing, the years are passing, and your life will pass by uselessly...
...During the time of sadhana, it is difficult to protect oneself in this environment, and it is difficult to keep our desire one-pointed in the service of Radha and Krsna. What should we do? Do not think of ordinary people because this will divide your heart. Instead, remember Vraja-dhama and the Vrajavasis, and seriously follow bhakti. The hearts of the Vrajavasis are very soft, and they will melt when they see your endeavor. Then, the flow of their hearts will come into your heart...

Gurudeva Katha

The Bona Fide Process of Siddha Pranali

They misunderstood Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's teachings. According to their conception of siddha-deha, Gaudiya bhajana meant traveling to Vrndavana, living there, and having children with other's wives. They considered that by doing this they had become gopis. "Come on, come on," their guru would say to them. "I'm giving you siddha-deha and siddha-pranali..."

How To Be Free from Anger and Resentment

"O Prabhu, I am so guilty, I am worthless, I am stupid, and I am more of a nonsense than Jagai and Madhai. I am more nonsense than the worms in stool. You are merciful, so merciful, that You have invested Your whole power in Your name — and I can chant that name. I will very quickly be free of these impurities, and I will be able to have Your service. By having done this, You are creating the process by which I can very soon reach You and serve You..."

Book excerpts

Rādhā-tattva

Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya then said, “I have thus briefly explained the fundamentals of Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s original form. Now please hear as I give a brief description of Śrī Rādhā. Śrī Kṛṣṇa has unlimited potencies, of which three are prominent. These are the spiritual potency (cit-śakti), the material potency (māyā-śakti), and the marginal potency ( jīva-śakti), which is otherwise known as the living entities. These are also known respectively as the internal potency (antaraṅgā-śakti), the external potency (bahiraṅgā-śakti), and the marginal potency (taṭasthā-śakti); but the internal potency, or svarūpa-śakti, predominates...

Observing fasting (upavasa) on Sri Radhastami

Sri Radhastami has a special significance in the society of Sri Gaudiya Vaisnavas, and they honour this day very deeply. Srimati Radhika is Krsna’s most complete sakti. She is Herself Isvari and all other saktis manifest from Her. For this reason, some people want to regard Radhastami as a jayanti and observe fasting without water, as they do on Krsna-janmastami. In reality, though, even though Hari-bhakti-vilasa refers to the Sri Radhastami tithi as a vrata, it does not prescribe any fasting for this day. Thus the sahajiya sampradaya, which observes fasting on this day, is actually exhibiting excessive devotion (ati-bhakti ) towards Sri Radharani...
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