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Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Eight, Part One
March 21, 2013 – 8:58 pm | One Comment
Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Eight, Part One

“There are many conceptions of religion in the world, but we do not find any conception where twenty-four hours a day can be devoted to the service of the Supreme. Not only Sunday, not only twice in the day, not only thrice in the day, but every hour and second devoted in the service of the Supreme Entity with nothing left behind. This sort of service is only possible in Gaudiya Vaishnavism”

Sanga: Prasadam is Bhakti
March 3, 2013 – 8:30 pm | 24 Comments
Sanga: Prasadam is Bhakti

The sruti says that food is Brahman; food is rasa. Feeding people with this in mind will make the giver one with Brahman as well. It will enable all those involved to taste rasa—dynamic love of God.

Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Seven
January 17, 2013 – 10:03 am | 2 Comments
Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Seven

When we take the holy name at the beginning, we think it is our duty to count so many rounds. Sometimes it is painful. But when we get a taste for the holy name, then the inner tendency excites us to take the holy name more and more…

Sanga: Varnasrama, Bhakti, and Vaishnavi Gurus
December 27, 2012 – 5:37 pm | 15 Comments
Sanga: Varnasrama, Bhakti, and Vaishnavi Gurus

“One who receives Vaishnava initiation is glorious. Such devotees are not bound by varnasrama considerations. To think that they are is to embrace a form of bhakti that is covered by consideration of the karma marga. This is not uttama bhakti as taught by Srila Rupa Goswamipada. “

Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Six
December 10, 2012 – 1:17 pm | No Comment
Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Six

Don’t criticize. Don’t be hungry to find the faults in others. But if someone finds fault in you, then you may consult a senior Vaisnava, “There have been some complaints against me. Whether or not they are valid, I don’t know. Please, can you help me to understand my defects?” Such an enquiry has no envy, no spirit of competition; it is devoid of mischievous motives underground.

Sanga: B. R. Sridhara Deva Goswami and the Maha-Mandala
November 30, 2012 – 4:22 pm | 3 Comments
Sanga: B. R. Sridhara Deva Goswami and the Maha-Mandala

“When I asked Srila Sridhara Maharaja for some seva, he said to me, ‘Swami Maharaja (Srila Prabhupada) has given you everything; go and start a preaching mission on his behalf and I will be in the background to help you.’ “

Sanga: Sakhya or Madhurya
September 25, 2012 – 8:33 pm | 39 Comments
Sanga: Sakhya or Madhurya

Despite the objective superiority of gopi-bhava, the venerable Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami makes it clear the best rasa is the one that is subjectively best for each devotee.

Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Five, Part Two
September 9, 2012 – 2:56 pm | 2 Comments
Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Five, Part Two

We are wandering, uncared for in eternal time and to get the slightest connection of a pure sadhu is most valuable, even it may be a little. That association will aggrandize itself; it will gradually develop and take me forcibly forward.

Sanga: On the Lotus of the Heart
September 3, 2012 – 7:18 pm | 14 Comments
Sanga: On the Lotus of the Heart

Seeing Krishna within the heart requires eyes anointed with divine love (prema), for wherever there is prema, God is present. The two are one and different at the same time.

Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Five, Part One
August 3, 2012 – 9:40 pm | 5 Comments
Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Five, Part One

“I am going home. It is very sweet. Now I am wondering in a foreign land that is nonsympathetic, but I am really going to my home, under the holy feet of the Lord. All my well-wishers are there.” With this spirit we shall chant the holy name.

Sri Upadesamrta: Text Four, Part Two
May 31, 2012 – 6:22 pm | 2 Comments
Sri Upadesamrta: Text Four, Part Two

The word prasada means anugraha, kindness or grace. Whatever service I do, I expect nothing in return. And what I get is his grace – a free transaction.