Articles in philosophy
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.
From simple remembrance of Krishna (smaranam), the practitioner moves to consciously removing any other thoughts, practicing concentration (dharanam), and then meditating (dhyanam).
In perfect devotion, action is done only for the pleasure of God, as exemplified best by the supreme spiritualists—the gopis.
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.
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.
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-dhama is not an ordinary or general place. It is the most superior place.
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.
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.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s expression of seeing Mahaprabhu at that time is, “I want to take Mahaprabhu back to Mayapura.”
Why should one’s mantra, guru, deity and mala be kept secret?