The First Condition

The first condition is that worldly desires should not be there—this is the first condition. Secondly, a relationship with Kṛṣṇa should be there. No offenses should exist. Any kind of offenses—or anarthas —should not be there. Most importantly, there should be a relation with Kṛṣṇa. Then, when we chant, ceto darpaṇa mārjanam will take place, otherwise not. The heart will not be vast to accommodate loving sentiments for Śrī Rādhā Kṛṣṇa. But (1) if the practitioner has been initiated by any bona fide guru and (2) the guru has really accepted the disciple and (3) given a relation between the jīva and Kṛṣṇa, and (4) he is somewhat realizing his relationship with Kṛṣṇa, (5) chanting without any offenses, (6) no anarthas and worldly requirements are there, then (7) ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanam will manifest.

ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanaṁ bhava-mahā-dāvāgni-nirvāpaṇaṁ
śreyaḥ-kairava-candrikā-vitaraṇaṁ vidyā-vadhū-jīvanam
ānandāmbudhi-vardhanaṁ prati-padaṁ pūrṇāmṛtāsvādanaṁ
sarvātma-snapanaṁ paraṁ vijayate Śrī-Kṛṣṇa-saṅkīrtanam
Śikṣāṣṭakam 1

July 21, 1996 Boven-Leeuwen, Netherlands

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Śrī Guru is not an ordinary mortal. If someone who does not know how to swim goes to help another drowning person, then they will only drown together. If one is not qualified to help, then one will be pulled down and defeated by the soul drowning in material life. Śrī Guru means he who brings others out of the darkness of illusion into the light of truth. If one acts as guru without qualification, he will be pulled into darkness as well, this is not helping anyone. This is also cruelty. If you do not help others, or if you are pulled down by them, both are problems. If you do everything for God’s pleasure, this will be real help for all souls. If we go for any personal help, then people will steal and enjoy us. Śrīla Gurudeva guides the soul into a pure loving relation with Kṛṣṇa. Any personal help is not good; no one is our relative if we are not related to Kṛṣṇa. If one is related to Kṛṣṇa then all souls are one’s relatives. A guru will thus have neutrality. He is the servant of Kṛṣṇa, and comes to this world to help the conditioned souls. Gurudeva is internally engaged in service to Kṛṣṇa, but those with no transcendental vision will not be able to see this. Therefore, guru practically shows by example and teaches others how to serve Kṛṣṇa. Such a guru is called ācārya, or a spiritual preceptor.


They will do anything they can to try and stop you from renouncing the world and surrendering to Śrī Hari. They try to steal your heart, to either destroy your spiritual life by force, or by their mundane love. Therefore, there is no need to be overly compassionate. You should have a hard heart. You should only be related to those who can help you advance in bhakti.Don’t foster relationships with those who are your enemies in the path of bhakti.


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The Topmost Love – San Francisco 05 1996 July

You must know that Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s love and affection is the topmost among all the gopīs. We cannot imagine Her love and affection. The nature of the soul is also to have love and affection for Kṛṣṇa, though it is not as ‘vibhu’ (great) as that of Śrīmatī Rādhikā and the gopīs, since we are not the bodily expansions of Kṛṣṇa or Śrīmatī Rādhikā. We are separated part and parcels of Kṛṣṇa. So our love and affection is also of a part and parcel nature. So we should give our hearts to Kṛṣṇa. We should not be pleased to live in this world and collect many things; after all we will have to leave everything behind. Where to go we don’t know. So we should try more and more to develop our love and affection for Kṛṣṇa from śraddhā to niṣṭhā, ruci, āsakti, bhāva, prema, sneha, māna, praṇaya, rāga, and anurāga, following the footsteps of the gopīs. This is the only requirement. The only way to fulfill our deepest desires is to follow the footsteps of the gopīs. If you want liberation, you can exercise your mental faculties and arrive at the conception, “I am Brahmā.” This is the process to achieve the goal of liberation. Or if you want to serve Śrī Nārāyaṇa then you can practice the limbs of vaidhī-bhakti. If you want to go higher than that, than you can serve Śrī Rukmiṇī, Satyabhāmā and Dvārkādhīśa, and you can serve Śrī Jagannātha, Baladeva, and Subhadrā in Śrī Jagannātha Purī. If you want to be a sakhā (friend) of Kṛṣṇa, then you can follow Śrīdāma, Subala, Madhumaṅgala, and the other sakhās. If you want to serve Kṛṣṇa as a parent, then you should follow in the footsteps of Śrī Nanda and Yaśodā. If you want to have the love and affection of the gopīs, then follow their footsteps and then you can have it. We will explain more on another day.

The 8 Symptoms of Sri Guru – 25 Feb 1997 Bali

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