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On the Lotus of the Heart
April 12, 2018 – 12:33 am | 14 Comments
On the Lotus of the Heart

Seeing Krishna within the heart requires eyes anointed with divine love (prema), for wherever there is prema, God is present. The two are one and different at the same time.

The Cost of Our Journey
April 9, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
The Cost of Our Journey

The real sadhu is a concrete thing to us. Everything is almost abstract, but a sadhu is a concrete thing. In his heart we shall find the existence and feelings surcharged with God consciousness, that is something which is tangible.

Love and Power
March 29, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Love and Power

Sri Krishna is the original form of Bhagavan. The practical proof of this is that He deals with His associates with love, not authority. This makes Him more powerful than all other forms of Bhagavan.

Rama Lila: From Vishnu toward Krishna
March 22, 2018 – 12:33 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.

Visistadvaita of Sri Ramanujacharya
March 19, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Visistadvaita of Sri Ramanujacharya

In Ramanuja’s view, a special relationship exists between Brahman, the jivas, and the world. He calls this relationship aprthak-siddhi, or inseparability. With this term Ramanuja seeks to logically explain the identity and difference of Brahman.

On Hearing and Reflection
March 15, 2018 – 12:33 am | One Comment
On Hearing and Reflection

Even after an aspirant to spiritual life has attained the company of devotees and hears the Bhagavatam in their association, he must still be careful to hear it in the proper manner. Otherwise he will not get the full result of this powerful devotional activity.

Progressing Toward Fulfillment of the Heart
March 5, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Progressing Toward Fulfillment of the Heart

First we must eliminate this mortal existence. Then, we must satisfy our reason, our consciousness. And finally, we must satisfy our heart. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu says that the heart is the most important thing within us.

The Compassion of Sri Caitanya
March 1, 2018 – 12:33 am | 42 Comments
The Compassion of Sri Caitanya

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has shown by his own example how compassionate love for all animation arising in the context of the culture of uttama-bhakti precedes the attainment of bhakti-rasa.

Slow and Steady
February 26, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Slow and Steady

Our attitude will be humble, and if we think that we are being done wrong, still we shall take to patience. Amani: under no circumstances shall we work for our own position and prestige. That should not be our aim.

On the Theory of Evolution
February 19, 2018 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
On the Theory of Evolution

TheBhagavata has a different language than science. It has a different audience than science and it has a different purpose. The purpose of the Bhagavata is not to explain creation without God. Nor is it interested in explaining evolution just for the sake of it. Its intention is to show that Krsna is the source and regulator of everything.

The Progression of Scriptural Understanding
February 15, 2018 – 12:33 am | 5 Comments
The Progression of Scriptural Understanding

By drawing philosophical lessons from the lila and learning to apply them in spiritual practice, one begins to find their way onto the canvas on which the art of Krishna lila is drawn.