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Jaya Rupa! Jaya Radhe!
August 15, 2016 – 12:33 am | 10 Comments
Jaya Rupa! Jaya Radhe!

If one attaches oneself to Radha as her assistant and intimate friend, the intimacy that she experiences with Krishna becomes the experience of oneself, a handmaiden who is wholly identified with Sri Radha in service to her.

Reason and Love
August 8, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Reason and Love

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.

Gundica Marjanam
July 4, 2016 – 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.

The Highest Quality of Surrender
June 30, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
The Highest Quality of Surrender

Surrender is surrender: no withdrawal is possible. It is very unhappy if we are to retreat after surrender. It is a most unhappy thing.

Is Surrender a Bad Word?
June 20, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Is Surrender a Bad Word?

Both prapatti and surrender have the exact same meaning. They both describe the act of giving oneself over or to or “under” the control of another party. However, according to the culture in which that word is used and one’s personal experience with authority in life, surrender will conjure up one of two images or meanings.

Prahlada-Nrsingha and Raganuga-bhakti
May 18, 2016 – 12:33 am | 42 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.

Loving to Exist, Existing to Love
May 9, 2016 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
Loving to Exist, Existing to Love

Monists love to exist whereas Vaishnavas exist to love.

Gadadhara, Radharani, and Rukmini
May 6, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Gadadhara, Radharani, and Rukmini

Gadadhara Pandita, Radharani, was emptied. His everything is drawn from him, and he holds a shadowlike position in Gaura-lila.

Searching the Solution
May 2, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Searching the Solution

It is possible–there is the central truth. If we know that, everything is known. If we get that, everything is got.

Sri Balarama Rasayatra
April 21, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Sri Balarama Rasayatra

Balarama’s confidential talks with Krishna’s gopis made Krishna fully manifest in the hearts and minds of the gopis. In this exchange, Balarama has the mood of a servitor of Krishna. He is fully representing Krishna with no desire to enjoy Radha’s group for himself in any way.

Pure Flow
April 18, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Pure Flow

Sravana and kirtana should be a constant thing, a rolling business. This is more fruitful: a rolling business, to take and give, take and give, to be a mediator.