“Regarding your question: ‘What does it mean, we are all originally Krsna conscious entities? We are always with Krsna. Where is Krsna not present? So how can you say that we were before? You are always with Krsna and when we forget this fact we are far, far away from Him. In the Isopanisad it is clearly stated that: tad dire tad vantike. ‘He is very far away, but He is very near as well.’ (Isopanisad, Mantra Five). So this forgetfulness is our fall-down. It can take place at any moment, and we can counteract this forgetfulness immediately by rising to the platform of Krsna consciousness.”
(SPL to Upendra, 13th July, 1970)
“We are all originally situated on the platform of Krsna consciousnessin our eternal personal relationship of love of Krsna. But due to forgetfulness we become familiar with the material world or maya. As soon as one chants the Hare Krsna mantra with sincerity and without offense (you know there are ten kinds of offense to the holy name which we are to avoid very, very carefully) his original Krsna consciousness is immediately revived. Krsna consciousness means to be always remembering Krsna in some way or other, just like we are immediately thinking of Krsna when we chant His Name, Krsna, and we are always thinking how we can do something nice to pleaseKrsna with some service or other, or we are reading literature about Krsna or speaking about Krsna. In this way we are always remembering Krsna and that is our natural conscious state.
So naturally everything about Krsna is originally known to us all and as soon as we begin to associate with the devotees of the Lord and chant His holy name, this memory gradually becomes stronger as weremember our constitutional position of always serving Krsna in different ways. The first step, as you have noted is that the dirty things which are clouding our spiritual senses must be cleansed by the sankirtana process. So Krsna consciousness is a purifying process. If you follow the regulations of our Society very strictly you will quickly become completely purified and this achieve the highest perfection of life, Krsna consciousness or love of God.”
(SPL to Sriman Stan, 17th November, 1970)
Lord Caitanya says that "Every one of you become the spiritual master, every one of you. Why one, two? Every one of you." "Oh, spiritual master is very difficult job." No. No difficult job. Caitanya Maha... Amara ajnaya: "Just try to carry out My order. That's all. Then you become spiritual master." And if you interpolate, if you put something nonsense, rubbish, to show your so-called rascal's education, then it is spoiled. Immediately spoiled. And if you present as it is, then it is pure. amara ajnaya guru hana tara' ei desa
yare dekha, tare kaha ‘krsna'-upadesa
[Cc. Madhya 7.128]…
"The Krishna Consciousness movement can solve all the problems of life, all the problems in the world. Social, political, philosophical, religious, economic—everything can be solved by Krishna consciousness. It is very scientific and authorized. It is not a mental concoction or a sentimental movement. It is a most scientific movement. If you are sober, if you are actually reasonable, you'll understand that this Krishna consciousness movement is the most sublime movement for the welfare of the whole human society. If we are actually anxious for peace and tranquility in society, then we must be very serious about understanding Krishna consciousness."
Excerpt from a lecture by Srila Prabhupada (Founder - Acharya, ISKCON)
"Each and every living entity is originally attached to a particular type of transcendental service, because he is eternally the servitor of the Lord". - Srimad Bhagavatam 3.9.11, purport
"A person in ignorance of the principles of religion—who, therefore, does nothing in the matter of religion—is far better than a person who misguides others in the name of religion without reference to the factual religious principles of devotional service". - Srimad Bhagavatam 3.9.10, purport
PRABHUPADA: If you create an artificial God, it is better that He is dead so that He cannot inflict more injuries.
SRILA PRABHUPADA: Still fight must go on. Fight cannot be stopped. So fight like brave soldiers, Kṛṣṇa will help you. Don't make any compromise . .....Devotee: The outcome of the battle is already decided. Just like in Bhagavad-gītā, we've already won. We just have to keep, keep fighting. Prabhupāda: They are now feeling the pressure of the opposite party. So fight is fight. When there is fight, my Guru Mahārāja used to say, "Some of our soldiers will die. It doesn't matter." You don't expect that not a single soldier of your party will not die. No, some of them will die. Still fight must go on. Fight cannot be stopped. So fight like brave soldiers, Kṛṣṇa will help you. Don't make any compromise." Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation February 3, 1977, Bhuvanesvara:
"You are also one of the members of the GBC, so you can think over very deeply how to save the situation. It is a fact however that the GREAT SINISTER MOVEMENT is WITHIN our Society. I have not heard anything from Krsna das or Syamasundara., so all of you may try to save the Society from this dangerous position." Prabhupada´s letter to Hamsadutta. 2 september 1970 .
Rasa are of different variety. 1) raudra (anger), (2) adbhuta (wonder), (3) srngära (conjugal love), (4) häsya (comedy), (5) vira (chivalry), (6) dayä (mercy), (7) däsya (servitorship), (8) sakhya (fraternity), (9) bhayänaka (horror), (10) bibhatsa (shock), (11) sänta (neutrality), (12) vätsalya (parenthood). The sum total of all these rasas is called affection or love.
" serving the Absolute is the eternal function of the soul, and the only virtue." SBSST
"Look at the beauty of Vrindavana forest!
Touching each other with moving hands of splendid twigs and buds, gazing at each other with anjana-anointed eyes of flowers embraced by black bees, and the glory of their crowns moving to and fro, the trees and vines sweetly talk with maddened cuckoos' words like a treasury of honey."
Krishna will deliver.
We are HERE in Maya, because we wished to be here.
It is our choice to serve Krishna, or serve ourselves.
Best to know that serving Krishna IS serving oneself !
Parvati Devi dasi, TP, SPI
The Devotees’ Only Cherishable Hope
All the scriptures loudly sing that the form of divinity, the personality of Godhead, is the actual object of worship. Other than Him, no one can be worthy of the word ārādhya (the object of loving adoration). Due to being covered by ignorance for the time being, we have given up our loving quest to find Him and have cheated ourselves out of attaining love for Him. The very moment that we became covered by ignorance, anarthas* emerged, which led us to mistakenly perceive Him, the Supreme Lord, as some other entity. Our ultimate goal is to attain artha (meaningfulness), the antithesis of which lays in anarthas. If we do not take up a service attitude and pursue those goals, or perfections, available to us, which are most meaningful to us and dear to our hearts, and if we do not gain an understanding of the principles of service, then, swayed by our own arrogance and ego, we shall end up serving something other than He who is truly meant to be served. - SBSST
The gist of the advice given in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu by Srila Rupa Gosvami is as follows: “We are to associate with those superior to us but in the same line of Krsna consciousness. They carry the same conception of the spiritual Truth, but they are superior to me. If I engage myself even as a sweeper in that camp, it will be highly valuable for my future spiritual life.” Srila Sridhara Goswami
"Sri Sri RadhaVallabha Ki Jaya ! Srimati RadhaRani Ki Jaya.
he krsna karuna-sindho
radha-kanta namo ‘stu te
O my dear Krsna, You are the friend of the distressed and the source of creation. You are the master of the gopis and the lover of Radharani. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.
I offer my respects to Radharani, whose bodily complexion is like molten gold and who is the Queen of Vrndavana. You are the daughter of King Vrsabhanu, and You are very dear to Lord Krsna."
Bhaktivinoda Thakura: Sri Krishna-samhita:
"The provisional character of scriptural texts is evident, but the authors of the scriptures do not explicitly indicate this because those qualified to discard the scriptural bindings naturally become independent of scripture with the help of the hidden indications of the scriptural authors and also by their own purified knowledge.
Such persons carry on sinless activities with the help of their own intellect as well as by the advice of the scriptures. In that stage the scriptures do not have any binding power over them, but only serve as their guides.
On the other hand, those who are unable to understand their own spiritual path for want of self-evident knowledge may not be able to ascertain their duties and so may fall into misery due to sensuality; for such people the scriptural rules are imperative.
Such persons should not know that there is any way for them apart from the bindings of the scriptures. When they become authorized due to their advancement, they will be able to know this secret by the suggestions of the scriptures.
Srila Prabhupada; "As it is said that one who drinks the water of the Ganges, he also gets salvation, then what to speak of Bhagavad-gita? Bhagavad-gita is the nectar in the whole Mahabharata, and is spoken by Visnu. Lord Krsna is the original Visnu. Visnu-vaktrad vinihsrtam. It is coming out of the mouth of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And gangodakam, the Ganges is said to be emanated from the lotus feet of the Lord, and Bhagavad-gita is emanated from the mouth of the Lord. Of course, there is no difference between the mouth and the feet of the Supreme Lord. Still, from neutral position we can study that Bhagavad-gita is even more important than the Ganges water.
sarvopanisado gavo dogdha gopala-nandana partho vatsah su-dhir bhokta dugdham gitamrtam mahat
Just… This Gitopanisad is just like a cow, and the Lord is famous as cow boy, and He was milking this cow. Sarvopanisado. And it is the essence of all Upanisads and represented as the cow. And the Lord being expert cow boy, He is milking the cow. And partho vatsah. And Arjuna is just like the calf. And su-dhir bhokta. And learned scholars and pure devotees, they are to take this milk. Su-dhir bhokta dugdham gitamrtam mahat. The nectar, the milk of Bhagavad-gita, is meant for learned devotees."
"ekam sastram devaki-putra-gitam eko devo devaki-putra ev eko mantras tasya namani yani karmapy ekam tasya devasya seva
Now the world should learn from the Bhagavad-gita, the lesson. Evam sastram devaki-putra-gitam. There is one scripture only, one common scripture for the whole world, for the people of the whole world, and that is this Bhagavad-gita. Devo devaki-putra eva. And there is one God for the whole world, is Sri Krsna. And eko mantras tasya namani. And one hymn, mantra, one hymn only, one prayer, or one hymn, is to chant His name, Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Eko mantras tasya namani yani karmapy ekam tasya devasya seva. And there is one work only, that is to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead. If one learns from Bhagavad-gita, then the people are very much anxious to have one religion, one God, one scripture, and one business or one activity of life. This is summarized in the Bhagavad-gita. That one, one God, is Krsna. Krsna is not sectarian God."
verse 11 of Sri Isopanisad explains,
“Only one who can learn the process of nescience and that of transcendental knowledge side by side can transcend the influence of repeated birth and death and enjoy the full blessings of immortality.”
An old Sufi tradition advises to speak only after our words have managed to pass through four gates. At the first gate, we ask ourselves, "Are these words true?" If so, we let them pass on; if not, back they go. At the second gate we ask; "Are they necessary?" At the third gate we ask; "Are they beneficial?" and at the fourth gate, we ask, "Are they kind?" If the answer to any of these is no, then what you are about to say should be left unsaid.
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"United Nations is trying to come to Oneness, ONENESS of all Nation, they have no acheived it, but instead they are increasing their plans..." Srila Prabhupada, Columbus, Ohio, May 12, 1969
" The Great Sinister Movement has come to be within our ISKCON Hare Krishna Movement..." SP paraphrased
In a July 9, 1971 letter to Umapati Das, Srila Prabhupada wrote:
"GBC members are simply to see that things are going on. Other centers have got president, secretary, etc. and they are managing separately. That is the formula. So how is it that the GBC are the final authority? They are simply to examine that things are going on nicely, that is all."
“GBC men should not dictate very much, simply supervise and see that the
standards are maintained.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, February 14th, 1972)
“What will happen when I am not here, shall everything be spoiled by GBC? So for the time being, let the GBC activities be suspended until I thoroughly revise the whole procedure.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, April 11th, 1972)
“I made the GBC to give me relief, but if you do like this, then where is the relief. It is anxiety for me. This is the difficulty, that as soon as one gets power, he becomes whimsical and spoils everything.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, September 12th, 1974 )
“I am training some of my experienced disciples how to manage after my departure. So if instead of taking the training, if in my lifetime you people say I am the Lord of all I survey, that is dangerous conspiracy.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, October 8th, 1974)
“But the difficulty is that our GBC men are falling victim to maya. Today I trust this GBC and tomorrow he will fall down. That is the difficulty. If the GBC men are so flickering then what to speak of the others. Unless this problem is solved whatever we may resolve it will not be very useful. “
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, December 16th, 1974)
“The GBC should all be the instructor (siksa) gurus. I am the initiator (diksa) guru, and you should be the instructor guru by teaching what I am teaching and doing what I am doing. This is not a title, but you must actually come to this platform. This I want.”(Srila Prabhupada Letter, August 4th, 1975)
“The GBC (Governing Body Commission) has been established by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to represent Him in carrying out the responsibility of managing the International Society for Krishna Consciousness of which He is the Founder-Acarya and supreme authority. The GBC accepts as its life and soul His divine instructions and recognizes that it is completely dependent on His mercy in all respects. The GBC has no other function or purpose other than to execute the instructions so kindly given by His Divine Grace and preserve and spread his Teachings to the world in their pure form.”;(GBC Resolution No.1, 1975)
“Now has the GBC become more than Guru Maharaja? As if simply GBC is meant for looking after pounds, shilling, pence. The GBC does not look after spiritual life. That is a defect.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, November 10th, 1975)
"It is now evident that some of our top men are very much ambitious and there has been so many fall-downs.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, January 27th, 1975)
"Our mission is to serve bhakta-visesa and live with devotees. Not that you take the place of the guru. That is nonsense, very dangerous. Then everything will be spoiled. As soon as you become ambitious to take the place of guru—gurusu nara-matih. That is the material disease.”( Srila Prabhupada Conversation, April 20th, 1977)
"We must not rest until we have fully implemented a NEW WORLD KC ORDER ! " Jayapataka Swami, GBC letterhead sent to all GBC, Sept. 5, 1985.
Secondary or Indirect Rasas; Comedy, Compassion, Anger, Chivalry, Dread, Astonishment, Ghastliness. "The secondary rasas appear and then disappear after enhancing the flavors of the five primary rasas, and are; laughing, having wonderful visions, feeling anger and experiencing ghastliness and devastation". TLC, Ch 1.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura;
To the Saragrahi Vaishnava, the temple has such thrilling charms which the ordinary Rationalist can never understand. We do not mean to say that Reason is a foolish principle. On the contrary we do not find better admirers of Reason than our humble selves. We hold that man's superiority amongst all created beings consist in man's possessing the noble gift of Reason.
What we maintain in this, that independent of this noble principle there is another higher gift in man which goes by the name of Love. Reason helps Love to maintain its proper bounds in the Spiritual world. Love often tends to degrade itself by exercising its functions on objects other than God and converts itself into lust for woman, wine, meat and gold. Here Reason advises her to rise higher till she reaches her proper sphere above. Thus we find that the object of Reason is to help Love and not to create it. Reason may be properly styled as the servant of Love and must always be subject to her in all her hopes, aspirations and holy works.
The Rationalist on the contrary considers Reason as all in all. This is degradation of humanity. The progressive Rationalist, on the other hand, believes in the principle of love, but attempts to make her the maid-servant of Reason. This is another error. He makes spiritual love sometimes a prisoner in the Jails of Reason. Love wants to soar on her spiritual wings to a realm where the Jailer (Reason) cannot go and the latter is sure to tie up her wings for fear lest she goes to an unworthy place. Love utters sounds of a spiritual character peculiar to herself, but Reason, having no previous experience of it, mistakes it for a disease and administers medicines for her cure. Thus it is that the natural strength of the Queen of our Soul is crippled by artificial administrations of the dry principle of Reason and she rests in us as if a bird taken in a cage.
O Lord of lords, O master, please grant us pure devotional service at Your lotus feet, life after life. SB 12.13.22
There are abhideyas or processes to achieve our goal of establishing our sambhanda, realtionship, with Krsna, that we should adopt for the purpose of achieving our objectives. That is the meaning, and there are many
abhidheyas. They are classified by some authorities into sixty-four categories; by some, into nine categories; and by others, five. Though there are a multitude of courses that we may adopt by means of which we can love the All-love, the Absolute, these methods are classified into sixty-four, nine or five categories. Of the sixty-four categories, five are principal and it is with those five categories that we are to deal. These are:
smaraṇa (hearing, chanting and remembering the topics of
aṅghri-sevanam (serving the lotus feet) of Śrī Hari
mathurā-vāsa (residence in Śrī Mathurā-dhāma)
sat-saṅga (association with saints)
śrī harināma saṅkīrtana (congregational chanting of the holy names)
The Gaudiya, Volume 28, Number 7
Rays of The Harmonist team
From Sri Brihad-Bhagavatamirta
"The Nectar of the Supreme Personality of Godhead"
of Srila Sanatana Gosvami
1 Glory to He who is a great ocean of many sweetnesses, who is scented with the fragrance of youth, and who, in the form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, descended (to this world) to give pure love for His own lotus feet and to personally taste the perfect eternal love felt by the gopis.
2 Glory to the gopis headed by Srimati Radharani, who are famous as the beloveds of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the sweetness of whose intimate relationship with Lord Hari no one will ever have the slightest power to describe.
3 Glory to Lord Hari who, seeing the very sweet love His dear devotees bear for Him, eagerly descended (to this world) in the form of a devotee, who is now splendid as gold, who is dressed as a sannyasi, who is the son of Srimati Saci-devi, and who bears the name Sri Krsna Caitanya.
4 Glory to Goddess Mathura, the best and most beautiful of cities, dear to Lord Krsna, beautified with His birth-pastime, the place where His pastimes are narrated eternally, the place that, because it removes all sins and grants liberation and devotional service, is eternally glorified in this world.
5 Glory, glory to Vrndavana forest, the place dearer to Lord Krsna than the transcendental realm of Vaikuntha, the place where Lord Krsna eternally protects the surabhi cows, and where, sweetly playing the flute, He arouses the pure love of the gopis in the arena of the rasa dance.
6 Glory to the Yamuna River, which is the daughter of the sun-god, the sister of Yamaraja, the friend of Mathura, superior to Ganges, and very dear to Lord Krsna, and which flows with what seems to be water but is actually the nectar of the lotus flower of Lord Krsna's feet.
7 Glory to Govardhana Hill, the king of mountains, the hill the gopis declared was the best servant of Lord Hari, the hill personally worshipped by Lord Krsna when He stopped the Indra-yajna, the hill that for seven days rested on Lord Krsna's lotus hand.
8 Glory, glory to devotional service in pure love for Krsna. Rejected by the devotees, finally understanding the confidential secret of all Vedic knowledge, and abandoning all trust in mantra chanting, Vedic sacrifices, and severe austerity, liberation now worships the feet of devotional service. Liberation now yearns to take shelter of the feet of devotion.
9 All glories, all glories, to the all-blissful holy name of Sri Krsna, which causes the devotee to give up all conventional religious duties, meditation, and worship. When somehow or other uttered even once by a living entity, the holy name awards him liberation. The holy name of Krsna is the highest nectar. It is my very life and my only treasure.*
10 Obeisances to boundlessly merciful Lord Sri Krsnacandra who, appearing as Sri Caitanya, distributed the nectar of pure love of God in the age of Kali.
11 This book is bhakti literatures' essence, which was revealed by the Lord who is dear to the heart.
Note: The Lord who is dear to the heart is Nanda's son, who plays the flute and whose handsome form gracefully bends in three places. By his mercy He appeared in the heart and revealed the truth of devotional service.
Another interpretation is "Caitanyadeve" is "Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu" and "rupa" is "Srila Rupa Gosvami". Then the phrase becomes: "which was revealed by Srila Rupa Gosvami, who is dear to Lord Caitanyadeva."
12 May the saintly devotees hear this confidential book, the Bhagavatamrta (the nectar of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His devotees), which Jaimini Rsi affectionately spoke to Maharaja Janamejaya.
13 Hearing the wonderful story of Mahabharata from Jaimini, the king of sages, and becoming very eager to hear more, Maharaja Janamejaya, the son of Maharaja Pariksit, asked:
14 Sri Janamejaya said: O brahmana, the sweet nectar I found in your narration of Mahabharata I did not find in Vaisampayana's version. Please now sweetly finish that story.
15-17 Sri Jaimini said: Of Sri Pariksit, who was the best of kings, and who by Sukadeva's instructions had become free of all fears, wise in all spiritual knowledge, and plunged in love for Sri Krsna, and who at that moment was about to ascend to his desired destination (in the spiritual world), his mother, Uttara, who was a great devotee of Lord Krsna, who was flooded with love, and who was first distressed, and then, encouraged by her son, had become cheerful, asked:
19 Sri Jaimini said: Maharaja Pariksit, who was both affectionate to his mother and eager to repeat the very wonderful nectar history of Lord Govinda he had heard, respectfully said:
20 Maharaja Pariksit said: Mother, although at this time I wished to follow a vow of silence, the sweetness of your question makes me eager to speak.
21-3 Bowing down, by my guru Srila Sukadeva Gosvami's mercy, to the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead, who gave life to both you and your son, by the power of his mercy I will speak the beautiful Bhagavatamrta, the nectar of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His devotees, which the great devotees extracted with great effort, which is the great conclusion of the assembly of sages, and which is a great secret. Please listen with great attention.
24-5 Once, during the month of Magha, at Prayaga, the best of holy places, many great sages bathed in the morning, happily sat down near the Deity of Lord Madhava and, thinking how to attain spiritual success, praised each other, saying "You are dear to Lord Krsna."
26 O mother, then a great brahmana devotee of the Lord came there to Dasasvamedha-tirtha.
27 A wealthy landowner, he and his associates had come to feed the brahmanas.
28 That great soul performed his morning duties, set aside a large area, and brought many wonderful things.
29 He quickly fashioned a charming courtyard, set up many open tents, and anointed the ground with his own hand.
30 Then he placed Lord Krsna, in His Salagrama-sila form, on a beautiful golden throne. Filled with happiness, and carefully following the proper rituals, he devotedly worshipped the Deity.
31 He offered delicious foods, costly garments and many other valuables to Lord Hari. Then he celebrated a great festival wherein he himself danced to the accompaniment of singing instrumental music.
32 Then he bowed down to offer respects to the brahmanas, who could eloquently speak on the Vedas, Puranas, and other scriptures. He bowed down to the sannyasis, householders, and brahmacaris.
33 Then with sweet words and polite behaviour he pleased the many Vaisnavas, who were always eager to taste the bliss of chanting Lord Krsna's glories.
34 He placed on his head the water that had washed their feet. He worshipped them by giving them the food and valuables that had been offered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
35 Then he respectfully fed the poor and the outcastes, and he satisfied even the dogs, jackals, birds, and insects.
36 When everyone was satisfied in this way the saintly persons requested that he also eat. He and his associates then happily ate the remnants of the nectarean feast.
18 Sri Uttara said: Son, as nectar was taken from the ocean of milk, please extract for me the essence of Sukadeva's teachings.
38-40 Then he put the Lord to rest and was about to go home when Sri Narada, who is always eager to serve the Lord, and who had been observing all his actions from far away, suddenly stood up in the assembly of sages, again and again said, "This person is very dear to Lord Maha-Visnu", quickly went to the brahmana and, proclaiming to the world that this person is the object of Sri Krsna's great mercy, said:
41 Sri Narada said: O king of brahmanas, Lord Krsna is very merciful to you. I have seen how in this sacred place you (have given) your money, property, generosity, and power.
42 The learned brahmana then said to sage Narada: It is not true. My lord, what signs of Lord Krsna's mercy do you see in me?
43 I am insignificant. Who am I? How much can I give in charity? What power do I have? Where is my devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead?
44 In the south is a great king in whose country are many temples of the Lord. This king is the real object of Lord Krsna's mercy.
45 Sustained by eating food offered to Lord Krsna, many sannyasis, pilgrims, and others comfortably travel through his country.
46 Near the royal palace is a deity of the Lord. It is as if the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, whose spiritual form is eternal and full of knowledge and bliss, has, out of His great kindness, personally come there, and is deliberately standing still without moving even slightly.
47 In that place is always a newer and newer festival where are every moment many newer and newer valuable presentations are made to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
48 He respectfully feeds all the residents of his kingdom, as well as many visitors from foreign lands, with prasadam offered to Lord Visnu.
49-50 Because they are very eager to see the Deity of the lotus-eyed Supreme Personality of Godhead, because they are filled with happiness by tasting the remnants of food offered to the Deity, and because in this place they may meet many saintly persons, many devotees of Lord Visnu come from foreign lands and permanently reside in his country.
51 The king worships the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the brahmanas, and he has given his country to them as their property. For this reason, in his country there is no calamity, no suffering, and no fear.
52 In his country the ground produces crops even without being plowed. The rain falls as much as one could desire, and excellent fruit, roots, and garments are very easy to obtain.
53 Righteously engaged in their various occupational duties, and completely devoted to Lord Krsna, all the people of his country are very happy. They all follow their king as if they were his sons and daughters.
54 Prideless, and always humbly engaged in the service of the Lord, he pleases everyone. He is very dear to the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead.
55-6 In the presence of the Deity regularly chanting the Lord's holy names with his brothers, wives, children, grandchildren, servants, government ministers, priests, and other associates, and in that sankirtana personally dancing, singing transcendental songs, and playing musical instruments, he always brings great happiness to the Lord.
37 Then he approached Lord Krsna, and with folded hands offered the fruits of all his actions to the Lord.
57 A host of good qualities follow his great devotion to Lord Krsna. How many of them can I enumerate? Of how many of them am I aware?
58 Sri Pariksit said: Then Narada went to see that great king. As he was travelling in that king's country he noticed that the people were intently and happily engaged in the worship of the Supreme Lord.
59 Happily playing his vina, Narada entered the palace and could see the king there. Impelled by the brahmana's words, Narada approached him and said:
60 Sri Narada said: You have great royal power, saintly subjects, a host of good qualities, piety, wealth, learning and devotion to the Lord. You are certainly the object of Lord Krsna's mercy.
61 Sri Pariksit said: Narada Muni, the best of Vaisnavas, played his vina and glorified the king's good qualities in song. Narada embraced the king again and again.
62 His head bowed down with embarrassment to hear so much praise of himself, the humble king worshipped the great sage Narada and then spoke the following words:
63-4 Devarsi Narada, my life is short. My power is very circumscribed, I have very little to give in charity. I am not independent. I am governed by fear. I remain under the dominion of the three-fold miseries. Why, without considering all these points, do you consider me, who am so unqualified, to be the object of Lord Krsna's mercy?
65 The demigods have effulgent and very powerful bodies. They are always worshipped by human beings. They are the actual object of Lord Visnu's mercy.
66 The demigods are sinless. They are situated in the mode of goodness. They never suffer. They are always happy. They are completely independent. They have the power to fulfill all the desires of their devotees.
67 Whenever they wish they can drink nectar that satisfies all their hunger and thirst and frees them from old-age, disease, death and all distress.
68 My lord, by the power of their great good fortune these demigods reside in Svargaloka. The human beings who reside in Bharata-varsa may enter that Svarga realm only by performing many pious deeds.
69 The most important of these demigods is Maharaja Indra. He has the power to reward or punish. It is he who nourishes the world with rain.
70 For 71 yugas he is the master of the three planetary systems. If a human king performs 100 asvamedha-yajnas he will not obtain such a post.
71 His horse is Uccahisrava, his great elephant Airavata, his cow Kamadhuk, and his garden the Nandana.
72 In the Nandana garden are parijatas and many other flowers that fulfill all desires, and there are also many kalpa-druma trees and kalpa-lata vines that also fulfill all desires.
73 A single flower from that garden fulfils all desires. Indra's abode is filled with very wonderful singing, dancing, instrumental music, colourful garments, delicious food, and a host of other opulences and pleasures.
74 Ah! What more can I say about his good fortune? The Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Visnu became his younger brother Vamana.
75 Lord Vamana brings Indra great happiness. Lord Vamana protects Indra from all calamities. Lord Vamana personally accepts the opulent worship Indra offers. You know all this. What more need I say?
BY HIS DIVINE GRACE A. C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA
My advice to you under the circumstances is that at least for one hour you must all go to have sankirtana outside on the streets or in the park. That is your life and soul, first business. The next business is completing the chanting of 16 rounds every day. The next business is your editing. And if you find extra time then you can attend the temple ceremonies. Otherwise you can stop these activities. But outdoor kirtana, your editing work, and chanting of 16 rounds must be done. Outdoor kirtana must be done, even at the cost of suspending all editorial work. That is your first and foremost business. Temple worship is not so important. If need be, the whole temple can be locked. But the outdoor kirtana cannot be stopped.
(Letter to Rayarama, 17 May 1969)
The cycle of four ages -- Satya, Treta, Dvapara and Kali -- continues perpetually among living beings on this earth, repeating the same general sequence of events.
My dear King Pariksit, all these kings I have described, as well as all other human beings, come to this earth and stake their claims, but ultimately they all must give up this world and meet their destruction.
Even though a person's body may now have the designation "king," in the end its name will be "worms," "stool" or "ashes." What can a person who injures other living beings for the sake of his body know about his own self-interest, since his activities are simply leading him to hell?
[The materialistic king thinks:] "This unbounded earth was held by my predecessors and is now under my sovereignty. How can I arrange for it to remain in the hands of my sons, grandsons and other descendants?"
Although the foolish accept the body made of earth, water and fire as "me" and this earth as "mine," in every case they have ultimately abandoned both their body and the earth and passed away into oblivion.
My dear King Pariksit, all these kings who tried to enjoy the earth by their strength were reduced by the force of time to nothing more than historical accounts."
Prabhupada: Who thinks we are Krsna? We do not think. We do not think like that.
Devotee: Belong to Krsna.
Devotee (2): We are Krsna's.
Prabhupada: We are servants of Krsna. We are Krsna's. Just like you are son of your father, similarly, we are servants of Krsna. We are not Krsna. Who says that we are Krsna? We do not say. We are servants of Krsna.
Prabhupada: [break] ... and chant Hare Krsna. Where is the difficulty? This is the short cut. This is the shortest cut.
'"So, my dear boys and girls, about six years ago I came to your country single-handed, with this pair of cymbals. Now you are so many chanting Hare Krishna. That is my success. It was the prediction of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu: prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama, sarvatra pracara hoibe mora noma. Lord Caitanya desired that 'In all the towns—in as many towns and villages as there are on the surface of the globe—My name will be broadcast.' He is Krishna Himself—svayam krsna, krsna caitanya-namine — simply changing His name as Krishna Caitanya. So His prediction will never go in vain. That's a fact. So my plan was that T shall go to America... If I can convince the younger generation of America, they will take it up.' If you kindly take this Krishna consciousness movement seriously, your country will be saved, and the whole world will be saved." - (Lecture, May 18,1972, Los Angeles)
Thank you very much!
Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati; 422.How does a genuine disciple think?(p.338)
For the genuine devotee of a spiritual master, the genuine disciple, the spiritual master is his entire life, his ideal. His vow is to serve the spiritual master, and though he adores both Krishna and the spiritual master equally, he gives special preference to his spiritual master.
7 May, 1975
Letter to Lalita Priya devi
"We should follow in the footsteps of Lord Caitanya and the six Goswamis of Vrndavana.
They were always serving Krishna in the mood of separation. They never said that "now I have seen Krishna" or "last night I danced with Krishna" - no. They were crying where is Krishna, and they were always searching after Him, wondering when they would finally be able to see Him.
We should also desire intensely to see and be with Krishna, but first thing is to become purified through devotional service.
It is not possible otherwise. So, keep on helping me to spread this Krishna Consciousness movement, following the rules and regulations very carefully,
and your life will be perfected and you will see Krishna."
courtesy Nityananda Rama Prabhu, acbssp
Prabhupada remarked after receiving his permanent visa to the USA, "If your government knew what I was coming to do they would never have given the visa." (paraphrased)
In grateful service, Vaiyasaki Das
"Pamho Tamohara Prabhu, agtACBSP!
Thank you for keeping me engaged in this wonderful krsna katha which is our best medicine to overcome the material disease. This (above) is a proper article prabhu, because HDG Gour Govinda Maharajah used to say that this mood of separation is the last limit of bhakti, called bhakti naipunya.
HE say: but when there is separation it is very acute,very painful burning like poison. two opposites are there poison is there and nectar is there.....outside burning but inside immense pleasure..... like the karmi they are feeling separation from material enjoyment therefore the blazing fire is finished them to ash. But the fire of Krsna consciuosness burn everything including the desire for enjoyment, one cannot understand how krsna is eternally brahamacari. HE has more then sixteen thousand wives in Dvaraka and produced so many sons. HE is a great grhastha,is HE a brahmacari ? SRILA GAURA GOVINDA MAHARAJ used to say this as the most deep point of our kc philosophy.
We have not love for SRI KRSNA yet because if we had that we were already all dead, like maharaj ugrasena, HE fell flat to the ground dead when HE heard that SRI KRSNA left the planet. Like all the members of the yadu dynasty, they could not live without the separation of SRI YADUNANDANAji.
All the brahma gaudiya vaisnava sampradaya acharyas done the spiritual revolution by saving a lot of fallen souls by this mood of separation from SRI KRSNA in vani seva, because all the vapu forms that we are using at the moment are all temporary, but the vani seva is eternal. In this immense pleasure coming from vipralambha rasambhode service in separation from our lost spiritual bodies, thank you for your sat-sanga" agtys ys
a.c seva das haribol
Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Thank you for all the nectar, Prabhus! Along the same line: Śvetāśvatara
tasyaite kathitā hy
"Unto those great souls who have implicit faith in both the Lord and the spiritual master, all the imports of Vedic knowledge are automatically revealed."
Citi-Sakti Devi Dasi
"So we should associate by vibration, and not by the physical presence. That is real association.". Srila Prabhupada lecture, Srimad Bhagavatam, August 18, 1968
Real association means hearing the teachings of the spiritual master, not physically associating with him. Srila Prabhupada speaks about some of his god brothers, who had extensive physical association with Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, but have become USELESS due to their NOT following the orders of their spiritual master:
"So far as personal association with Guru is concerned, I was only with Guru Maharaj 4 or 5 times, but I have never left his association, not even for a moment. Because I am following his instruction, I have never felt any separation. There are some of my God brothers here in India, who had constant personal association with Guru Maharaja, but who are neglecting his orders. This is just like the bug who is sitting on the lap of the king. He may be very puffed up by his position but all he can succeed in doing is biting the king. Personal association is not so important as association through serving."
"I went to your country for spreading this information of Krishna Consciousness and you are helping me in my mission, although I am not physically present there but spiritually I am always with you." - Srila Prabhupada letter to Nandarani, Krishna Devi and Subala, October 3, 1967
The real blessings of Srila Prabhupada can be obtained by hearing his teachings, reading his books, hearing his audio lectures, and so on. There were many people who may have had Srila Prabhupada’s physical association, but the real connection with Srila Prabhupada comes when one hears his teachings by reading his books hearing his audio lectures. To judge one’s relationship with Srila Prabhupada on the basis of how much or how little physical association they may have had with him is a material conception. A spiritual conception of the relationship with Srila Prabhupada is judged by how deeply one has imbibed his teachings within one’s heart. - Kanhaiya prabhu. 2012.
"I am always with you. Never mind if I am physically absent."
- Srila Prabhupada letter to Jayananda, September 16, 1969
"So far as your question about controversy amongst the disciples . . . that is a fact. But this controversy is not material. Just like in a national program, different political parties are sometimes in conflict and make propaganda against each other, but their central point is always service to the country. Similarly, amongst the disciples . . . there may be some controversy, but the central point is how to preach the mission of His Divine Grace. If the central point is fixed up then there is no harm in such controversy. Every individual being must have his opinion; that is the significance of individuality, but all such differences of opinions must coincide in Krishna. In the battlefield of Kuruksetra were Arjuna and Bhisma who were fighting with one another, and because Krishna was on the side of Arjuna, sometimes Bhisma pierced the body of Krishna also with arrows. But still they remained the greatest devotees of the Lord.'"
(Srila Prabhupada's Letter to Mandali Bhadra, July 28, 1969)
From now on unless I order you do something change or in addition, go on with the usual standard way..."
You are not expected to do it all or understand much at first. In the long run, we hope you will in fact renounce all personal claims to the world and surrender your life word deeds and everything you possess in His service, as according to your heart's understanding of Srila Prabhupada's directions to you. That is pure devotional service, so the standards are the world's highest in that sense. But there is otherwise no material qualifications for developing love of Godhead! Any and all have this right and inherent capacity. We the disciples have done so, have committed to the group of devotees eternally serving Godhead under the directions of Srila Prabhupada. So it is not a cheap internet site thing. But as you take, it is up to you, take more or less, we are giving it freely. Srila Prabhupada uses the example of an electric current; the current is there, but the electric light bulbs use according to their capacity. - your servant tdv
From Srila Prabhupada’s June 22, 1972 letter to Hamsaduta
“So especially you must encourage the students to read our books throughout the day as much as possible, and give them all good advice how to understand the books, and inspire them to study the things from every point of view. In this way, by constantly engaging our tongues in the service of the Lord, either by discussing His philosophy or by chanting Hare Krishna, the truth is that Krishna Himself will reveal Himself to us and we shall understand how to do everything properly.
Now we have got so many students and so many temples but I am fearful that if we expand too much in this way that we shall become weakened and gradually the whole thing will become lost. Just like milk. We may thin it more and more with water for cheating the customer, but in the end it will cease to be any longer milk.
Better to boil the milk now very vigorously and make it thick and sweet, that is the best process. So let us concentrate on training our devotees very thoroughly in the knowledge of Krishna Consciousness from our books, from tapes, by discussing always, and in so many ways instruct them in the right propositions.”
"Lord Ṛṣabhadeva told His sons: My dear boys, of all the living entities who have accepted material bodies in this world, one who has been awarded this human form should not work hard day and night simply for sense gratification, which is available even for dogs and hogs that eat stool. One should engage in penance and austerity to attain the divine position of devotional service. By such activity, one’s heart is purified, and when one attains this position, he attains eternal, blissful life, which is transcendental to material happiness and which continues forever."
"Bala Krsna !, Bhaja Krsna !, Lala Krsna Nama !
Krsna Mata, Krsna Pita, Krsna dharma prana."
These are the first words used in Harinam sankirtana of Mahaprabhu, by Lord Nityananada and Srila Haridasa Thakura, whom were sent door to door in Navadvipa.
Who is Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī?
Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī is an eternal associate of Bhagavān. He is the spiritual master of the whole world (jagad-guru) and the emperor among the devotees. In śrī kṛṣṇa-līlā, he is the maidservant of Śrīmatī Rādhikā named Śrī Rūpa Mañjarī. Śrī Rūpa Prabhu is an intimate associate of Śrī Gaurāṅga.
His existence does not stem from jīva-tattva (the existential principle of the atomic living soul), but from svarūpa-śakti-tattva (the existential principle of the supreme, internal potency of reality), which is the master of jīva-tattva. He is the beloved associate of Śrī Rādhā, the daughter of Vṛṣabhānu Mahārāja.
Srila Prabhupada Lecture
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.15
“Advancement means… But we don’t change our Vedic knowledge. We do not say, “Now, Kṛṣṇa, five thousand years ago, said like this. Now we are advanced. We change this line.” Of course, others are doing. In the scriptures… Just like the Christians, they are changing the words. But you cannot do that. Then where is the authority? If you change the word of the scripture, then where is the authority of the scripture? Just like in lawbooks, there is some law made already. Whimsically you cannot, I mean to say, erase the words and put something that “It should be changed like this.” That will not be accepted. Law, if there is change… Actually, there is no change. There cannot be change. Real law means there is no change. Just like day and night, it is coming. The fortnight, the dark period and the light period, it is coming for millions and millions and time immemorial. The same law is going, going on. You cannot change. So as soon as you change, that means it is imperfect. You change.
So Vedic laws are not like that. You cannot change. Five thousand years ago Kṛṣṇa said, sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja: [Bg. 18.66] “You give up all other religious principles. Simply surrender unto Me.” We are preaching the same thing. No change. No change. There is no possibility of change. Then how Kṛṣṇa is authority? So change means imperfect knowledge."
idam bhagavatam nama
cakara bhagavan rishih
dhanyam svasty-ayanam mahat
“This Srimad Bhagavatam is the literary incarnation of God, and it is compiled by Srila Vyasadeva, the incarnation of God. It is meant for the ultimate good of all people, and it is all-successful, all blissful and all-perfect.”
Wow, I feel enveloped by Krishna devotion on your site. I love it. I will definitely take time out to go there often.
I am so inspired by your effort there. I will definitely go there for the nectar.
Sincerely your servant, Sacisuta Dasa
RRdasa's comment; "This site is supremely great. Krsna`s blessings is with this site. Haribol."
"AGTSP. One day Prabhu and I were talking about Krsna consciousness networks on the internet, so he said that he saw a network with lots of people and over a hundred groups, but very little action, but your network has just just a few groups but very inspiring and the blogs are packed with knowledge and spiritual food for thought. So I told him that I heard about it sometime ago but did not check it out. So I had a look recently and I was amazed at what I saw. I agree with him. This site has everything. It is marvellous. Thank You Tamoharadasa Prabhu. Srila Prabhupada and Krsna will be very pleased with you. Take care. Hare Krsna."
Hare Krsna! Now, I have an idea of where you come from prabhu. I fell in love with the temple and the devotees this week. Something incredible happened to me this week : I understand pure devotional service. Now, I can picture myself in a temple for life.. I am forever grateful to you for showing me this. Please accept my humble and respectful obeisances prabhuji. Haribol!
ganges ca, yamuna caiva, godaveri, sarasvati
narmade, sindhu, kaveri, gallesmin sinnidim kuru
Everyone please chant Hare Krsna
Sri Krsna Gopala
Namo Namo, Tulasi Krsna preyasi, Namo Namo !
(7): No, but do we offer the prayer first to Śiva...?
Prabhupāda: That you do. There is no harm. Lord Śiva is also called Mahādeva. Amongst the demigods, he is the chief. So if you worship Lord Śiva... We also worship Śiva. It is not that we disrespect Śiva. We offer our utmost respect to Lord Śiva. But that does not mean that he is the Supreme Lord.
There is no harm. There is no harm. But you should understand what is Śiva and what is Viṣṇu. If you offer first prayer to Lord Śiva, there is no harm. It is good. He is... Vaiṣṇavānāṁ yathā śambhuḥ. He is our spiritual master. He is Vaiṣṇava. Why not offer first respect to him? But if you take Lord Śiva as the Supreme, that is insult.
Srila Prabhupada is describing that when the Kazi tried to stop the Sankirtan Movement, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu organized a protest march on the Kazi, rallying hundreds of thousands of people to come and put pressure on the Kazi because he was doing the wrong thing by mistreating the Vaisnavas who were on sankirtan. Srila Prabhupada says:
"This incident shows clearly that the Lord was not a so-called timid Vaisnava. A Vaisnava is a fearless devotee of the Lord, and for the right cause he can take any step suitable for the purpose. Arjuna was also a Vaisnava devotee of Lord Krsna, and he fought valiantly for the satisfaction of the Lord. Similarly, Vajrangaji, or Hanuman, was also a devotee of Lord Rama, and he gave lessons to the nondevotee party of Ravana. The principles of Vaisnavism are to satisfy the Lord by all means. A Vaisnava is by nature a nonviolent, peaceful living being, and he has all the good qualities of God, but when the nondevotee blasphemes the Lord or His devotee, the Vaisnava never tolerates such impudency."
In his purport to Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 17.141, Srila Prabhupada further states:
"In the present day also, people all over the world may join together in the Krsna consciousness movement and protest against the present degraded governments of the world's godless societies, which are based on all kinds of sinful activities. Srimad-Bhagavatam states that in the Age of Kali, thieves, rogues and fourth-class people who have neither education nor culture capture the seats of governments to exploit the citizens. This is a symptom of Kali-yuga that has already appeared. People cannot feel secure about their lives and property, yet the so-called governments continue, and government ministers get fat salaries, although they are unable to do anything good for society. The only remedy for such conditions is to enhance the sankirtana movement under the banner of Krsna consciousness and protest against the sinful activities of all the world's governments.
The Krsna consciousness movement is not a sentimental religious movement; it is a movement for the reformation of all the anomalies of human society. If people take to it seriously, discharging this duty scientifically, as ordered by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the world will see peace and prosperity instead of being confused and hopeless under useless governments. There are always rogues and thieves in human society, and as soon as a weak government is unable to execute its duties, these rogues and thieves come out to do their business. Thus the entire society becomes a hell unfit for gentlemen to live in. There is an immediate need for a good government -- a government by the people, with Krsna consciousness. Unless the masses of people become Krsna conscious, they cannot be good men. The Krsna consciousness movement that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu started by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra still has its potency. Therefore people should understand it seriously and scientifically and spread it all over the world."