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Be Like Water
August 16, 2018 – 12:33 am | 7 Comments
Be Like Water

Every day we should be living for movement on the inner landscape; every day, practice in such a way that you are more eager for spiritual progress. Then you will be able to gravitate towards the essence, the heart of the whole thing: to be a devotee of Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

What Is Jnana?
August 13, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
What Is Jnana?

Atma, by its proximity, infuses consciousness into the citta, the mind, which comes in contact with sense organs, which in turn contact the sense objects.

Following in the Footsteps
July 26, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Following in the Footsteps

Instead of a footprint of exploitation, the guide leaves a trail of divine service, that we may follow in the footsteps and find our way home.

We Recognize a Sadhu by Sukrti
July 23, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
We Recognize a Sadhu by Sukrti

“But from the association of the real devotee comes devotion, bhaktis tu bhagavad-bhakta-sangena parijayate and sat-sanga prapyate pumbhih, sukrtaih purwa- sancitaih (Brhan-naradiya Purana) — one can come to a proper guide, a sadhu, as a result of his previous activity.”

Speech of the Spirit
July 19, 2018 – 12:33 am | 5 Comments
Speech of the Spirit

In our quest to commune with God, what will be the language of our communication?

The Bhagavata
July 12, 2018 – 12:33 am | 14 Comments
The Bhagavata

A student is to read the facts with a view to create, and not with the object of fruitless retention. Students, like satellites, should reflect whatever light they receive from authors.

Gundica Marjanam
July 9, 2018 – 12:33 am | 7 Comments
Gundica Marjanam

Just as Mahaprabhu is himself Jagannatha but nonetheless took the position of cleaning the temple, similarly it is said that when one begins to chant Krishna nama, Krishna goes into their heart and takes the role of the sweeper, removing the dirt that prevents him from residing there at all times.

Actual Service
July 2, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Actual Service

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura extols the supreme position of Guru-Vaishava-anugatya.
Actual service to Krishna (Krishna-seva) happens only through the service of Krishna’s devotees; guru and Vaishnava. Sahajiyas are not able to understand this. They think, “One who worships …

A Living Sadhu
June 25, 2018 – 12:33 am | One Comment
A Living Sadhu

This is not a new thing. This is our vaisnava procedure. But you should see him. Can you see Bhaktivinode Thakur? Can you see Jiva Goswami ?

Sastriya Sadhu-sanga
June 11, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Sastriya Sadhu-sanga

Although such sadhu-sanga is extremely rare, it is not completely unattainable for one who prays for it without duplicity, with sincerity, and with the knowledge that it is very difficult to receive the association of a sadhu in this world of asadhus (non-devotees).

Form, Spirit, and Sadhu-Sanga
June 7, 2018 – 12:33 am | 9 Comments
Form, Spirit, and Sadhu-Sanga

Formalism may be favorable for devotion, but not always. The spirit is all-important, even when crossing every formality. What is required of us is our absolute attraction for service.