Today's Quote

In the Kingdom of Devotion

Oh brother, in the kingdom of devotion you have to surrender yourself fully. That disciple who is unable to do so will not be able to attain Bhagavān’s mercy. Being very careful, follow the instructions of guru and tread the path of devotion. Follow his practices and precepts. Don’t see any shortcoming in guru. You can examine the guru before accepting him; however, after accepting the guru, you must try to practice devotion by understanding his moods and desires. One who does so is a disciple. He who cannot follow his guru is not a disciple.

Bhakti Quotes

I Was Glad To Hear

"I was glad to hear… that you refused to set me in the N.Y. Times columns along with the other so called Swamis or yogis. We have a distinct position that we are neither cheated nor cheaters. We are the genuine representative of Krishna who is the friend of all living creatures. We must play our part independently only on faith in Krishna and His bona fide representatives… Lord Caitanya wanted that the message should be distributed in every village and town of the globe. Let us do this service as far as possible in all seriousness. We can not make any compromise with anyone for cheap popularity."

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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

Gautama Rsi was such a great sage and Ahalya had no real fault, it was a mistake. Indra was such a wicked man. He thought Gautama will become the king of heaven and defeat him. Demigods like this will come to serve Guru to try and destroy him. In those days there were no clocks or alarms, the birds woke them. In Vraja we see the peacocks will call in the early morning, and in other places chickens will do it...
There was no necessity to perform praise or stutis (prayers) because Krsna cannot stay away from someone who is lamenting in extreme separation for Him, and who has great eagerness to offer themselves at His lotus feet. But if one does not have this mood and wants to conquer or control Krsna then the Lord will be very far away. Krsna can only be conquered by pure love and devotion as exhibited here by the Gopis...
If this rasa - transcendental nectar, is achieved, then all material rasa will have no worth to us. We will have no tension and our vairagya will be real and not any type of show. We see people  go to the beauty parlor and dress very opulently, but how long will this last? How long will the makeup stay on? However much makeup we put on in this world, or if we change our self to a man or change our self to a woman, or become a husband or a mother, this is all a drama for only 2 or 3 days. There is no value to this kind drama or theater...

Gurudeva Katha

Questions & Answers – 03 July 1996

Kṛṣṇa Consciousness means to know all these things, and once you are realized all your questions will be answered in a moment. No doubt will arise, automatically they will subside. Now the potentialities and potencies of our soul are in a seed like latent position. Just like a seed of a mango has all the constituents of a tree like a root, sprouts, leaves, branches, the trunk, the number of leaves that will appear and disappear, the number of mangoes, the longevity of the tree and so on, all of these factors are present in the seed of the mango as a potentiality...

Gaurangera-duti-pada – 02 July 1996

I was explaining ‘Gaurangera duti-pada, jāra dhana sampada.’ Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svamiji has explained this song of Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura. I have explained in the morning—je gaurāṅgera nāma loya, tā’ra hoya premodoya, tāre mui jāi bolihārī. If anyone takes shelter at the lotus feet of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then he can know bhakti, bhakti-rasa and what is bhakti-rasa-sāra, I have explained this in the morning...

Book excerpts

Part 4: His Pure Character. A hint of his internal identity.

It was around that same time that I inquired from him in private, “Did your gurudeva reveal the identity of the siddha-deha of any of his disciples?” Solemnly, Śrīla Gurudeva replied, “He has certainly done so. Śrīla Prabhupāda has given the identity of the siddha-deha and instructions in the method of bhajana (bhajana-praṇālī) to some of his qualified disciples; otherwise the śrī rūpānuga line would come to an end. He also mercifully gave this praṇālī to me...”

Inauguration of Sri Vasudeva Gaudiya Matha in Vasugrama, Assam

After preaching suddha-bhakti for some days in Goloka-ganja, Srila Acaryadeva came to Vasugrama with his followers. There Sri Vasudeva Gaudiya Matha was established on the land given by Sri Parvati Babu by the extraordinary endeavour of Sri Visvarupa Brahmacari (BA), the headmaster of the local high school. After seeing Sri Visvarupa Prabhu’s unwearying service endeavours and enthusiasm during the establishment of the matha, Srila Acaryadeva appointed him the matha president...
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