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Sri Upadesamrta: Verse 8, Part 2

May 7th, 2013 | by Harmonist staff

When one is exclusively devoted and unconscious of the environment, then one may go on with his smarana within. But this is not at all possible for the beginners


Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Eight, Part One

March 21st, 2013 | by Harmonist staff

\"There are many conceptions of religion in the world, but we do not find any conception where twenty-four hours a day can be devoted to the service of the Supreme. Not only Sunday, not only twice in the day, not only thrice in the day, but every hour and second devoted in the service of the Supreme Entity with nothing left behind. This sort of service is only possible in Gaudiya Vaishnavism\"


Sanga: Prasadam is Bhakti

March 3rd, 2013 | by Harmonist staff

The sruti says that food is Brahman; food is rasa. Feeding people with this in mind will make the giver one with Brahman as well. It will enable all those involved to taste rasa—dynamic love of God


Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Seven

January 17th, 2013 | by Harmonist staff

When we take the holy name at the beginning, we think it is our duty to count so many rounds. Sometimes it is painful. But when we get a taste for the holy name, then the inner tendency excites us to take the holy name more and more


Sanga: Varnasrama, Bhakti, and Vaishnavi Gurus

December 27th, 2012 | by Harmonist staff

\"One who receives Vaishnava initiation is glorious. Such devotees are not bound by varnasrama considerations. To think that they are is to embrace a form of bhakti that is covered by consideration of the karma marga. This is not uttama bhakti as taught by Srila Rupa Goswamipada. \"


Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Six

December 10th, 2012 | by Harmonist staff

Don’t criticize. Don’t be hungry to find the faults in others. But if someone finds fault in you, then you may consult a senior Vaisnava, “There have been some complaints against me. Whether or not they are valid, I don’t know. Please, can you help me to understand my defects?” Such an enquiry has no envy, no spirit of competition; it is devoid of mischievous motives underground


Sanga: B. R. Sridhara Deva Goswami and the Maha-Mandala

November 30th, 2012 | by Harmonist staff

\"When I asked Srila Sridhara Maharaja for some seva, he said to me, \'Swami Maharaja (Srila Prabhupada) has given you everything; go and start a preaching mission on his behalf and I will be in the background to help you.\' \"


Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Five, Part Two

September 9th, 2012 | by Harmonist staff

We are wandering, uncared for in eternal time and to get the slightest connection of a pure sadhu is most valuable, even it may be a little. That association will aggrandize itself; it will gradually develop and take me forcibly forward


Sri Upadesamrta: Verse Five, Part One

August 3rd, 2012 | by Harmonist staff

\"I am going home. It is very sweet. Now I am wondering in a foreign land that is nonsympathetic, but I am really going to my home, under the holy feet of the Lord. All my well-wishers are there.” With this spirit we shall chant the holy name


Sri Upadesamrta: Text Four, Part Two

May 31st, 2012 | by Harmonist staff

The word prasada means anugraha, kindness or grace. Whatever service I do, I expect nothing in return. And what I get is his grace – a free transaction.


Sri Upadesamrta: Text Four, Part One

May 2nd, 2012 | by Harmonist staff

One will suffer if he collects another’s energy for his own selfish purpose, but if he can utilize the energy of someone for the service of Krishna then there is no apprehension of being contaminated by that energy.


Sri Upadesamrta: Text Three, Part Two

April 4th, 2012 | by Harmonist staff

We should not imitate the Vaishnavas but rather we should follow. Not anukarana (imitation) but anusarana. Anusarana means to follow in the footsteps. We must understand the difference. Anusarana means sincerity and anukarana is only for pratistha



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