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The Bhagavata and Bhaktivinoda
September 15, 2016 – 12:30 am | 86 Comments
The Bhagavata and Bhaktivinoda

Bhaktivinoda sought to revive and continue that tradition of enlightened reform exemplified by Caitanya, whose message of bhakti to Krishna challenged caste barriers and brought the Bhagavatam forward as the “ripened fruit of the tree of Vedic knowledge.”

Srila Jiva Goswami
September 12, 2016 – 12:33 am | 5 Comments
Srila Jiva Goswami

He has said, “So that no one makes any offence at the supremely glorious, supramundane feet of my Gurus, and so that everyone understands the greatness of my Gurus, first of all I have had to raise my head.”

Her Divine Appearance
September 8, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Her Divine Appearance

She first opened Her eyes and saw Krsna. This is lila: eternal incidents, events, repeated in a particular way a like drama.

Labor of Love
September 5, 2016 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Labor of Love

The idea that I shall have to labor to live is very dishonorable. The ancient scholars searched for a position where we can live without labor.

The Glory of Krishna’s Birth
August 25, 2016 – 12:30 am | 11 Comments
The Glory of Krishna’s Birth

The graceful Yasoda, austere by nature, began to develop the signs of pregnancy. Her appetite became marked by intense hankering for varieties of milk sweets, and her natural gravity gave way to whimsy.

Awakening Lila in the Heart
August 22, 2016 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
Awakening Lila in the Heart

Study Srimad Bhagavatam, the Tenth Canto especially, under good guidance, then gradually the lila will awaken in your heart.

Haladhara and His Horn
August 18, 2016 – 12:30 am | 7 Comments
Haladhara and His Horn

With his buffalo horn, he leads the world of divine service and with his plow he prepares the field of our heart where the seed of that seva is first planted.

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.

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.