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Although gurus are not God, neither are they to be considered as merely atomic souls bound in the net of material illusion. Gurus are servants of God as are all souls, yet they are servants who have realized the truth of their eternal servanthood.
We all want everlasting joy, but we are looking in different places for it. The joy we find in this world is fleeting at best. The search for joy is, in reality, the search for self.
All of the major traditions of Eastern spirituality and many traditions of the West tell us in so many words that our present individual identity is based on material misidentification and is thereby false. What they do not tell us is that we have an individual identity to realize in transcendence once we have dissolved the false ego.
Always pray for the mercy of Krsna, the guru, and the Vaishnavas. Remember that progress in devotion depends on progress in humility–that is the art of sadhana.
With illuminations from Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Deva Goswami.
The limitations of worldly love are not found in prema. Worldly love does not involve the soul proper, nor are one’s material senses and mind ever satisfied by it.
As knowledge of one’s svarupa manifests, one passes from the final stage of sadhana-bhakti into bhava-bhakti.
The highest knowledge that is mature devotion to Krishna is a manifestation of Krishna’s svarupa-sakti.
Although God is not responsible for the suffering of material existence, only he can bring an end to it.
Nama-sankirtana cleanses the mirror of our awareness in a way that involves using our head (su-medhasa) to soften our heart.
In the form of Krishna kirtana, Krishna nama is both high, being one with God, and highly accessible at the same time.