Today's Quote

What is the meaning of this verse?

"O my Lord, my master, I am wandering throughout this material world as a result of my fruitive activities. Therefore I seek friendship only in the association of Your pious and enlightened devotees. My attachment to my body, wife, children, and home is continuing by the spell of Your external energy, but I wish to be attached to them no longer. Let my mind, my consciousness, and everything I have, be attached only to You..."

Bhakti Quotes

Mahamaya and Yogamaya

The internal energy of Godhead is different. That is also explained in the Bhagavad-gita—there is another permanent energy of Godhead that is never destroyed, even after the annihilation of the whole cosmic manifestation. That internal energy is different from mahamaya and she is called yogamaya...

Events

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Kumbha Mela – Book Distribution

This year Kumbha Mela is happening in Vrindavan. Usually Kumbha Mela happens every 12 years mainly in Prayag, where Yamuna, Ganga and Sarasvati merge and people gather there to take bath in the holy rivers. The main activity in Kumbha Mela is the pilgrimage, to come to the holy place, and to bathe in the holy river. Mela means festival, and Kumbh means a pot. The main theme in Kumbha Mela is getting the pot of nectar.

Papamocani Ekadasi

How can we become pure and how can our behavior be pleasing to Syamasundara and not just a drama? Our eternal svarupa does not change, but our temporary nature and principles are always changing. We follow the mind, whose business is to accept and reject ideas constantly, and we do asat-sanga. Therefore, Ekadasi-devi requests us today to take shelter of Yamuna-devi—then we will be purified. Thus Ekadasi-devi is called Papamocani...

Articles

Today is the first day of Kesava-vrata. In all the sastras, the glories of Kesava-vrata have been stated everywhere. You will definitely get benefit by following this vrata. And also, this is the absolute truth; it is not ordinary speculation or imagination. It is not the upasana (worship) of Kali, Durga, Candi, or Bhairavi Devi. This vrata is not for the business of the body. It is for the well being of the soul. How can the soul receive a relationship with all the previous Acaryas and Guruvarga? Therefore, today we will do sankalpa for this vrata.
Our lives are not meant to be spent like animals. Our goal for this life should be to establish a strong relationship with Guru-pāda-padma. In order to achieve this goal, it is imperative that we seriously follow bhakti’s rules and vratas. Even if we are week, we must try sincerely. Hari, Guru, and Vaiṣṇavas will give strength and will patiently help those who endeavor to follow. If we are careless in this life then we will remain in the cycle of birth, death, and suffering...
The Vrajavasis reside in Vraja-bhumi. However, their hearts are always with Krsna. Krsna is very clever. He takes this wealth of the Vrajavasis hearts and offers it all to Giriraja Govardhana. He has a deep desire to serve the Vrajavasis, so Krsna gives him a very good opportunity. Giriraja Govardhana is in eternal Vraja-mandala and is served by personalities of all rasas...

Acarya Katha

Is There any Difference between Iskcon and Gaudiya Matha?

“The Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is started for this purpose, so that hundreds of ISKCON centers may give people a chance to hear and chant, to accept the spiritual master and to disassociate themselves from persons who are materially interested, for in this way one can make solid advancement in going back home, back to Godhead...”

Srila Gurudeva Speaks on Vyasa-puja – 08 Feb 1997

Nowadays I am seeing that gurus sit on a golden throne and think, “I am Krsna myself.” They collect all the honor for themselves, and they think that there must be any good Vyasa-puja book for themselves, otherwise Vyasa-puja is not there. They want that all glorify them, whether they are good or bad, whether they are bona fide guru or not. This is not Vyasa-puja...

Book excerpts

ṢAṢṬHA-YĀMA-SĀDHANA. Sāyaṁ-kālīya-bhajana. Bhāva. Verses 1 – 5

...Nāma-gāne sadā ruci – To constantly chant the name of Hari with the faith that śrī-nāma-bhajana is the topmost form of bhajana, is called nāma-gāne sadā ruci, taste in chanting the holy name. To have a taste for the holy name is the key to obtaining the ultimate auspiciousness...

PAṢCAMA-YĀMA-SĀDHANA. Aparāhna-kālīya-bhajana. Kṛṣṇa-āsakti. Verses 21, 22

It is improper for a sādhaka-bhakta to imitate the behaviour of pure devotees. Once, my gurudeva, then Śrī Vinoda-bihārī Brahmacārī, and his godbrother Śrī Narahari Prabhu went to Śrī Vaṁśīdāsa Bābājī’s bhajana-kuṭī to take his darśana. Bābājī had offered tea and was distributing it...
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