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Once in Mathurā in 1957

Svāmījī told me when we were sitting together in Mathurā in 1957, “When I was initiated by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda, a śloka came to my mind...

Bhakti Quotes

VISHRAMBHENA SEVA MEANS TO PERFORM THE APPROPRIATE SERVICES WITHOUT BEING ORDERED TO DO SO

...So, vishrambhena guru seva means performing the appropriate services without being ordered to. The disciple will take all the orders of his guru on his head. And then, jnane prayasa udapasya namanta eva...

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

When external meeting with the beloved is not realized, then external vipralambha arises. Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami begins to weep as he uttered this prayer, remembering previous pastimes of his service to Srimati Radhika. This is called vipralambha...
The mukta-mahapurusa, or liberated, self-realized soul, sees that the soul in this world is serving Krsna, but we see that we are conditioned souls. No definitive mundane words can be used to actually explain jiva-tattva, because it is beyond siddhanta. In other words, the form of the soul is beyond our comprehension...
...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...

Gurudeva Katha

You Should be Surrendered to Gurudeva

...who is a strong reservoir of love for Kṛṣṇa. In the sea, an anchor holds a boat still, similarly, by the anchor of our devotion to Gurudeva, we will remain fixed in devotion. So, the āśraya, the abode of love is Gurudeva. If we will offer anything to him, whether we are a realized soul or not, our offering will be accepted by the disciplic order...

For Whom Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is?

...By the grace of Nārada Ṛṣi, Vyāsadeva realized all truths and saw what he had realized as direct (pratyakṣa). He then wrote Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, but for whom? For those who are against Kṛṣṇa, and come to this prison-like world which is controlled by māyā. For such conditioned souls, Vyāsadeva manifested Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Bhāgavatam is not a mere book; it is the embodiment of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa Themselves. Vyāsadeva preached Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam for the benefit of all conditioned souls...

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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