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Rama Lila: From Vishnu toward Krishna
April 14, 2016 – 12:26 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.

The Rasika Vaishnava
April 7, 2016 – 12:33 am | 3 Comments
The Rasika Vaishnava

From simple remembrance of Krishna (smaranam), the practitioner moves to consciously removing any other thoughts, practicing concentration (dharanam), and then meditating (dhyanam).

Pride is the Opposite of Love
March 31, 2016 – 12:33 am | 14 Comments
Pride is the Opposite of Love

In perfect devotion, action is done only for the pleasure of God, as exemplified best by the supreme spiritualists—the gopis.

Entering Gaura-lila
March 24, 2016 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
Entering Gaura-lila

The many lilas of Radha-Krishna are comparable to rivers flowing in all directions, but the fountain from which they flow is the lila of Sri Gauranga. And only by being admitted into the latter can we ever enter the Vraja-lila.

Recognizing Sri Guru
March 21, 2016 – 12:33 am | 47 Comments
Recognizing Sri Guru

When one is intimately connected with the thread of divine love that the guru comes to impart to us, one will accept it, wherever it comes from.

A Self-Giving Attitude is Our Friend
March 17, 2016 – 12:33 am | One Comment
A Self-Giving Attitude is Our Friend

Only by self-surrender, self-giving will you have such high quality of devotion. So, a serving, a self-giving attitude is our friend.

Navadvipa: The Best Place in All the Universes
March 14, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Navadvipa: The Best Place in All the Universes

Navadvipa-dhama is not an ordinary or general place. It is the most superior place.

Navadvipa and the Parikrama of the Vaisnavas
March 10, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Navadvipa and the Parikrama of the Vaisnavas

The nine islands of Navadvipa correspond to the nine processes of bhakti. All of them taken together promote our understanding as to what is devotion proper.

Lord Siva: The Glance of Love
March 7, 2016 – 12:33 am | 9 Comments
Lord Siva: The Glance of Love

We should have proper conception of, and proper regard for Lord Siva: vaisnavanam yatha sambhu. Mahaprabhu entered all the temples of Lord Siva with this in mind, that Siva is a great Vaisnava.

I Want to Take Him Back
March 3, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
I Want to Take Him Back

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s expression of seeing Mahaprabhu at that time is, “I want to take Mahaprabhu back to Mayapura.”

Keep Your Practice and Realizations Secret
February 29, 2016 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
Keep Your Practice and Realizations Secret

Why should one’s mantra, guru, deity and mala be kept secret?