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Nama-Kirtana: The Essence of the Bhagavata
May 21, 2018 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
Nama-Kirtana: The Essence of the Bhagavata

In bhakti-yoga such absorption in Krishna is best attained by the practice of nama-kirtan. Nama-kirtan is thus the essence of the teachings of the Bhagavatam best exemplified by the spontaneous nama-kirtan of eternal residents of Sri Vrindavana.

The Compassion of Bhagavan
May 10, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
The Compassion of Bhagavan

Although Bhagavan has no personal experience of material suffering, he nonetheless has abstract knowledge of it. However, this abstract knowledge of material suffering does not drive his life and provides only a secondary, indirect impetus for his compassion. His life is driven by his love for his devotees, who are either entirely under the same internal sakti that governs his emotional life (in the case of nitya-siddhas) or gradually coming under its influence through their sadhana (in the case of sadhana-siddhas). In other words, Bhagavan is driven by bhakti.

Prahlada-Nrsingha and Raganuga-bhakti
April 26, 2018 – 12:33 am | 43 Comments
Prahlada-Nrsingha and Raganuga-bhakti

Bhaktivinoda Thakura initiated Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura with a Nrsingha mantra, and Bhaktisiddhanta in turn gave this mantra to some of his disciples. However, Nrsinghadeva is not a raga-marga deity.

Know Thyself
April 19, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Know Thyself

Know thyself. This is a concrete thing. This is not concoction, not imagination, not indulgence in mere philosophy. This is the dire necessity: how to live and how to dismiss mortality.

The Appearance of Sri Gadadhara Pandita
April 15, 2018 – 12:33 am | 4 Comments
The Appearance of Sri Gadadhara Pandita

“…may I be blessed with the grace of Gadadhara Pandita, the master of the Bhagavatam from whom Mahaprabhu listens to the Bhagavatam. I invoke his mercy.”

On the Lotus of the Heart
April 12, 2018 – 12:33 am | 14 Comments
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.

The Cost of Our Journey
April 9, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
The Cost of Our Journey

The real sadhu is a concrete thing to us. Everything is almost abstract, but a sadhu is a concrete thing. In his heart we shall find the existence and feelings surcharged with God consciousness, that is something which is tangible.

Love and Power
March 29, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Love and Power

Sri Krishna is the original form of Bhagavan. The practical proof of this is that He deals with His associates with love, not authority. This makes Him more powerful than all other forms of Bhagavan.

Rama Lila: From Vishnu toward Krishna
March 22, 2018 – 12:33 am | 12 Comments
Rama Lila: From Vishnu toward Krishna

Rama lila draws us beyond Vaikuntha by speaking to us of the possibility of sakhya, vatsalya, and madhurya even while it does not afford us those opportunities itself. In this way it indirectly points to Krishna lila.

Visistadvaita of Sri Ramanujacharya
March 19, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Visistadvaita of Sri Ramanujacharya

In Ramanuja’s view, a special relationship exists between Brahman, the jivas, and the world. He calls this relationship aprthak-siddhi, or inseparability. With this term Ramanuja seeks to logically explain the identity and difference of Brahman.

On Hearing and Reflection
March 15, 2018 – 12:33 am | One Comment
On Hearing and Reflection

Even after an aspirant to spiritual life has attained the company of devotees and hears the Bhagavatam in their association, he must still be careful to hear it in the proper manner. Otherwise he will not get the full result of this powerful devotional activity.