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2013

 

19 January 2013
Pray and Practise
"There are twenty-four hours in a day—how many hours are you busy eating, sleeping, enjoying, and how many hours are you busy serving? You must give more time to service. Your mind, your heart must think about the Lord, about Gurudev's service."
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24 February 2013
Sri Guru: Medium and Shelter
"Do you know why you take initiation? Many scriptures describe the Guru in many ways. There are different kinds of activities and different kinds of expressions, just as there are different kinds of devotees and different kinds of expressions."
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Recognising Guru: What Is Your Obstacle?
"Brother, you see Bhakti Vinod Thakur as your father, but I see him as my spiritual master. That is the difference. What you see is a father (baba), and that is the obstacle (badha) that prevents you from getting Radharani (Radha)."
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Chastity and Service Attachment
Why are we not prospering in our spiritual life? How to understand what is service, and what is service attachment? Several educational pastimes of Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj and Srila Gurudev, Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaj.
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Come What May
"So many obstacle will come, but our life is service to the Lord, our heart is service to the Lord, and we are grateful for anything that happens."
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At a Crossroads
Guidance for those who are uncertain about their life situation and those facing an important choice in their life: to join the temple or remain a householder?
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Correction: Try and Pray
How to help others in their service, when you know they are doing something wrong, without hurting their feelings and discouraging them? Is there anything that can secure your life in Krishna consciousness?
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12 March 2013
Seize the Day
"Khatvanga Maharaj is fortunate, he knew his life was only forty-eight minutes more, but we do not know if our lifetime is even one or two minutes more. By the mercy of the Lord, by the mercy of the Guru, we got this human body, but what have we got it for?"
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Blessed and Blissful Service Life
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is telling the devotees what their life should be like after initiation, what they should do and should not do: "Follow these things and you will get the result and go forward quickly."
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28 March 2013
Setting on the Right Track (1)
Lecture delivered at Sri Jagannath Mishra's Anandotsav in 2013: "We can realise it ourselves: how much can we proceed in our spiritual life and why did we come to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math? Again and again we do Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, but how much can we use ourselves for the service to the Guru, Vaishnavs, and Bhagavan?"
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Setting on the Right Track (2)
Lecture delivered at Sri Jagannath Mishra's Anandotsav in 2013, part two: "I am praying to you all that you do not forget your service to your Guru, to the Vaishnavs, Bhagavan. I am bowing at your lotus feet: if you serve my Guru, I will serve you my whole life; if you serve my Guru, I will sacrifice my life to serve you."
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5 April 2013
Chanting: Any Place
"One day Mahaprabhu went to the bathroom with His tongue stuck out between His teeth...."
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Mahaprabhu Enters Sri Puri Dham
"Atharnala is the place through which Mahaprabhu first entered Puri after He took sannyas. Engrossed in the thoughts about Lord Jagannath, Mahaprabhu began to run from there. He was actually walking, but walking so fast that the devotees had to run to follow Him."
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Rescuing Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya
"You know that Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya was a big scholar, a big pandit—but at first he did not get mercy from the Lord: "Those who have got mercy from the Lord can understand Him."
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Gundicha Marjan: "Let Jagannath Come to My House"
"Another meaning of Gundicha marjan is cleaning the heart, and Mahaprabhu Himself was showing how to do it. At first He swept, then poured water and then with His own cloth, uttariya, He washed the temple. He was showing how thoroughly you must clean your heart..."
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Raghav's Bags
"In Mahaprabhu's times, Damayanti, the sister of Raghav Pandit, would make so much food for Mahaprabhu during the whole year, and at the Ratha Yatra time, on the Gundicha marjan day, they would bring bags full of food for Mahaprabhu."
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Anything for Guru's Service
You can do anything for the service to your Guru, but for your own self you cannot do any sinful work; but we do just the opposite: for our own happiness we are not afraid to do any sinful work, and we are always afraid to do something for Gurudev.
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At Ramananda Ray's Garden
"Pradyumna Misra came to Mahaprabhu and asked, 'Prabhu, can You speak some Krishna-katha?' Mahaprabhu replied, 'I do not know so much, but Ramananda Ray knows more than Me...'"
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6 April 2013
Srila Jagadananda Pandit's Irresistible Service
"Jagadananda Prabhu is the dearmost, most intimate associate of Mahaprabhu. They have known each other from childhood, and Jagadananda Prabhu has some right over Mahaprabhu because through his service he has captured Mahaprabhu's heart..."
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Misconception and Misbehaviour
Two educational Pastimes of Mahaprabhu with Brahmananda Bharati and Ramachandra Puri that took place in Sri Jagannath Puri Dham.
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First Visit to Sri Puri Dham
"This temple was made by the mercy of Gurudev, although it is a very small temple, but it is very nice and sweet. I came to Puri first time through service—without service Gurudev would not have sent me here and I would not come myself."
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Burning Your Bridges
"Maya always creates attachment. You have had this attachment to the family life not only in this birth, but for many lives, and that attachment is so strong that when you now want to leave it, the attachment does not want to leave you. Attachment is a kind of disease."
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Transform Your Life
"Even if you stay in your house you can still practise properly. Last words of Gurudev were, 'Wherever you stay, you must maintain your spiritual life.' How should you maintain it? I will tell you now."
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Rejected and Dejected?
Time to change the perspective: "If you can see your bad qualities yourself, that is a good symptom. If we think we are pure and great Vaishnavs, it is a big problem. You have heard about Indra and Brahma, haven't you? There is also a story about Satyakam and Jabala..."
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9 April 2013
Abhidheya: the Main Practice
"Why do we do kirtan? Why do we do service? We must understand it, then we will get happiness through our service."
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11 April 2013
Happy Birthday
"On your birthday you can ask the Lord, ask Gurudev only, 'Prabhu, please engage me more and more in serving You. I am a fallen soul, I have no quality or qualification, but You can engage me.' This is the way to celebrate a birthday—by doing Guru-puja..."
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Selfless Dedication
"We are all here serving Chaitanya Saraswat Math, and we must not see our own interest so much. We must not take from Gurudev, we must only want to give something to Gurudev, then we will be able to serve our Gurudev's mission and also get the real result."
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Henpecked and Kicked
"I am not against married life, but I am against this stroin life. When a brahmachari gets married and becomes a servant of his wife, it is very bad."
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16 April 2013
Be Conscious
There are things we do unconsciously, there are things that we regard as unconscious, but it is never too late to change.
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Festival: Vision and Focus
"Gurudev's disappearance festival means Vaishnav seva. Vaishnav is the main focus for us. Appearance and disappearance look different, but following Vaishnavs' vision we think that on these two tithis Gurudev always takes worships from us."
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Madhukori Bhiksa
"To do madhukori means like bees that go flower to flower and collect nectar drop by drop, the sadhus go begging for the service to the Lord—not for their own pleasure. They collect a handful at a time and give what they collect for the service to their Guru."
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16 April 2013 & 27 March 2016
Weaknesses
"If in this life you think, 'This is my house, I will not leave this house,' then next birth you will become a lizard. Attachment is a very dangerous thing. The kind of attachment you have for your family life should come for your Guru, the Vaishnavs, and Bhagavan."
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22 April 2013
Service in Separation
"If you follow your Guru's instruction, if you fulfil his desire, even after his disappearance, if you always think what will make him happy, then you will get his association, you will feel joy..."
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Sleeping Habit
"To maintain the brahmacharya life, you must wake up for mangal arati—then your sannyas, your brahmacharya will last longer... If at your young age you sleep for 10-12 hours, it is very bad for your future."
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Spare Yourself
"Computer eats your brain. Gurudev told this to me. Devotees also want to engage me in computers, but I do not want to. Sometimes they give me a smartphone, but they do not understand why I do not take it."
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27 April 2013
Crazy Inside Out
"(1) She wanted something very much and because she could not get it she became crazy. But I am surprised—nobody becomes crazy because they want Krishna! (2) Those who say there is a difference between householders, brahmacharis, sannyasis, will go to hell."
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Devotion: Transformation of Heart
"Even if you are a householder, you can practise—if you maintain your svadharma, without markata-vairagya, phalgu-vairagya, without looking at others' wives, then you can stay in your house and maintain your life properly, then such life is also good for you."
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30 April 2013 (1)
Mission of Chaitanya Saraswat Math
"Devotees of Chaitanya Saraswat Math come to remind you that you are a servant of the Lord. Here, we chant the maha-mantra and do service, and when we do something, we do not do it for our own enjoyment—we do everything for the satisfaction of the Lord."
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Devotees' Love
"In this age, people live in family life, they love each other, but in this world when somebody loves somebody, it is for their own selfish interest, but Mahaprabhu's interest, Mahaprabhu's love and affection is not like that."
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Brain Treatment
"Actually this body is not only for eating, sleeping, and enjoying. We enjoyed in our previous lives, but it is like a mad man who is walking in the street searching for some dirty paper. If you give the man some dirty paper, it cannot give any benefit to him."
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Sanatan-Dharma: Universal Religion
"Everything in this world is born and exists for the service to the Lord, and the sanatan-dharma (your religion) is to use everything for the service to the Lord. It is not only my religion, or your religion—everybody's religion should be one."
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Cheating Yourself Out of Happiness
"There are so many religions in this world, but Srimad Bhagavatam says it is all cheating. Why is it cheating? ...Ultimately, it will depend upon your faith—if you have 20% faith, that is the kind of happiness you will get."
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Mahaprabhu's Humility, Tolerance, and Honour to Others
"For our benefit, Krishna taught Arjuna many things in Srimad Bhagavad-gita, but then the Lord Himself comes as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and shows Himself how to practise that. This is the main attraction for us."
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When One Feels Hopeless
"What is there to be hopeless about? You must think that when maya attacks you it is not maya's fault, it is your own fault. Why does maya attack you? Because you are not following properly."
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29 May 2013
Pratistha: Self-Destruction
"If you want to get mercy from Gauranga, mercy from Gurudev, mercy from Krishna, it is not necessary to want to be a guru or to have any big position—through just some little service you can be a great devotee or go to your real destination."
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Service Anxiety
"Sometimes we are afraid of the Lord, but you should not be afraid of Him. When we have a family, a husband, children, etc. we take care of them as our own family, so a devotee also takes care of Krishna as a member of his family."
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Surrender: "You Are Not Independent"
"What does surrender mean? We say we have surrendered, or we are surrendering, we have renounced everything, but it may be false renunciation, false surrender. The main thing about surrender is not to follow your mind, but to follow your Gurudev's instruction."
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Beyond Material Environment
"They talk about pollution, about environment, saving the nature, saving health, but this is not high thinking. If we preach to them, if we tell them something about the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and Mahaprabhu's conception, they will easily understand that they are actually wasting their time..."
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Clear Your Mind
"Lord Nrisinghadev wants to give you what you want, and we are foolish, but Prahlad Maharaj is not foolish: he did not ask for anything. Your Gurudev's hand is already on your head—you have got his mercy, you always have his shelter; but now you are drying up..."
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31 May 2013
Monkey's Life
"Brahmacharis live in a temple, but sometimes because of the illusory environment or their bad karma, or because they do not practise properly, they leave the temple and go to family life, and I can tell you what kind of 'happiness' they get in family life."
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Our Plight and Path
"We become blind by getting some material things and cannot see which way is good, which way is bad, but if by some sukriti we can find a sadhu, the sadhu can break that bondage of the illusory environment, then we will get the nirmal dham."
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Ignorance Is Bliss?
"We do not want to learn, we do not want to follow our Guru. If we actually wanted to follow Gurudev's instruction, Mahaprabhu's instruction, we could easily get the result. There is one story about two very naughty brothers, Lalu and Kalu..."
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Possessiveness or Chastity?
"'It is my service,' 'It is his service,' 'It is my things,' 'It is your things.' When such mentality comes to us, it is foolishness, it is ignorance. We must understand clearly that it is not like this."
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No Pain, No Gain
"...Suddenly, the jar began to speak, 'Hey! Where are you going? I know you are getting some austerity, you are very disturbed because your Guru is giving you so much service, but you listen to my story first.'"
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Guru-World: Apply Judgement
There are many kinds of guru in this world. Who is a Guru? There are many religions in this world. What is a religion? If you apply some judgement you can understand what is real.
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23 June 2013
In the Face of Austerity
"Some problem will come through your service—if everything always goes smooth it is not service. If your boat is going in the same direction as the current, your boat will go easily, but if the current is going in the opposite direction, then you will have to row hard."
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Enthusiasm for Service: the Yajna-Patnis
"One of the qualities that are favourable to devotion is enthusiasm. 'Oh, when will the day come? When will the day come? When will I do my service? When will I go to the temple?'—this kind of enthusiasm, utsaha, is necessary to have."
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Lured and Lashed
"If you enter the illusory environment, you become attacked by it and cannot run away from there—you get beaten so much but cannot run away; but the Guru can break the illusory environment and let us see the chinmaya dham, transcendental abode."
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Enthusiasm for Service: Jar, Stool, Banana Skin
"Why do we not get energy? Why do we not get happiness through our service? Because we have some material desire inside—desire for something else. This material desire is like stool, discard it and you will get happiness."
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Brahmachari's Plight
"Actually I feel hopeless about brahmacharis because I am always unhappy with their service. These are very hard and painful words for me to say, but what can I do? I have to say it because it is the truth..."
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Service: Faith and Surrender
"If somebody has Gurudev's photo, the Deities' photo in their house, they can worship themselves—their house becomes a temple. Even though they cannot come to the temple, they should cook for the Deities and take prasad. Not all devotees may be doing it, but it is necessary."
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Sure Is Only Death
"Krishna will protect you, Krishna will save you. If you are meant to die, you can go to even a rathole and die there. Nobody can protect themselves, you know that."
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Q&A: Friendship, Offences, Chastity, Dependence
His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj is answering devotees' questions: Is friendship possible? Why do we lose enthusiasm? How does affection come? How to please Gurudev? How to preach to new people on the street? How to awake chastity and surrender?
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My Only Shelter
"I will serve those who take shelter of Nitai-Chaitanya, who serve Nitai-Chaitanya. I do not have any quality or qualification to serve Nitai-Chaitanya, but I will serve those who are serving Nitai-Chaitanya!"
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24 June 2013
Firm and Fearless
"When we go along the current it is not necessary to do much hard labour; but when the current is going against us, then we have to labour hard. We must practise hard for our spiritual life."
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Do Not Waste Your Time
"When you come to Gurudev and practise under his guidance, you should think that having finished your 84 lakhs of lives you do not have to return there."
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Practise and Believe
"If you remove material desires from your heart, you will get great happiness through that. If we practise, we will be able to believe, but our problem is that if we do not see something we do not believe in it."
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The Calamity Within
"You will face so much austerity in your spiritual life, but please do not leave Krishna consciousness. You want to get the Supreme Personality but how much patience do you have? How much quality do you have? How much of your ego can you leave?"
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Sincere Campaign
"You are chanting the Holy Name yourself and you should engage others in chanting: you must tell others about it. It may give them some austerity to hear it and they may not want to hear it, but tell them again and again—try and try, again and again."
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30 June 2013
Floating On the Surface
"We just come and stay in Sridhar Maharaj's temple, Gurudev's temple and do not know any conception. We float on the surface, following the desires that enter our mind—we do not go deep; but we must understand what Sridhar Maharaj made this temple for."
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1 July 2013
Reforming Lifestyle
"It is necessary to be strict because he does not know what will be good for him. I also do not know what will be good for me—my Gurudev knows it, and my Gurudev gives me inspiration every day. But if he does not follow his Gurudev's instruction..."
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17 July 2013
Regulated Life
"We are blinded by the illusory dust. How will we then see the transcendental abode? Those who eat regularly, who work regularly, who sleep regularly, can practise properly. Regular sleeping, regular prasadam is also part of service. If you cannot do it, you will not be able to practise."
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Lord Jagannath: Discovery
"The Lord did not give any direction, so King Indradyumna had to find out himself where the Lord was. All he knew was that the Lord was there and was waiting for him."
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Lord Jagannath: Deity appearance
"Kind Indradyumna built the Jagannath temple and thought, 'Where is the Lord?! The Lord said, "I will come," but He is not coming!'"
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19 July 2013
Austerity: Part of Service
"Krishna always tests His devotees—He tests them to see, 'How much tolerance, how much patience do they have? How much can they sacrifice for Me? If they get austerity, will they leave Me or not?' He wants to clean us..."
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Core Qualities of Disciple
"Disciple has to be always surrendered, this is first of all, and the second main quality is faith—it is necessary to have both surrender and strongest faith. If I fully surrender to my Guru, then faith will come automatically..."
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Our Mantra, Our Japa
"The main thing is that through service you must be able to always remember your Guru, remember the Lord. That is your main mantram—always think about your Guru, think about your Gurudev's service."
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Heart to Heart
"Heart to heart connection with Guru and Krishna comes through service: through pleasing your Guru, through making your Guru happy, that connection is transferred to your heart. This transcendental power comes from above automatically."
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Srivas Pandit's Devotion
"Srivas Pandit: 'You can get a son, a daughter, a father, a mother in every birth, but you will not get the Lord in every birth Lord. This life is very important, you can get the Lord in this life, then why should I misuse it? Why should I not use this opportunity?'"
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Internal Dissatisfaction
"If somebody has ego, they cannot find any fault in themselves. If we follow Gurudev's instruction clearly, we can easily find out whether we are going in the right or wrong direction. 'I am not practising properly, I am doing wrong,' this kind of feeling will always knock in you."
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The Wheel of Time
"One day this whole world will also be demolished. After that, Krishna will be again alone. He will make Brahma, and Brahma will again create this environment. Everything will appear again..."
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Balaram's Position in Kuruksetra Lila
"There are so many big stories in Mahabharat—it describes the fighting and so many other things—but if you read it you will see much contradiction about spiritual life."
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Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices
"We follow viddhi-marga (we worship the Lord and Guru), that is why we follow Ekadasi. Also, because Mahaprabhu told to do so. We are devotees of Mahaprabhu, so we follow whatever Mahaprabhu tells us to do."
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22 July 2013 (Sri Guru Purnima day)
Sri Guru-Tattva: The Captain of Your Boat
"If you serve your Guru properly, if you have devotion to the Guru, then you will be able to remove the bondage with the modes of material nature, and through that relationship with your Guru you can get service to the Lord and finally reach your destination."
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28 July 2013
Protect Your Service
"You must understand what is necessary in your spiritual life and proceed with the proper practice, then, as Gurudev said, you can stay anywhere and you will be able to maintain your spiritual life perfectly."
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Healthy Practice
Why are there still miseries in a practitioner's life despite the fact they practise spiritual life? Is the medicine different for each person? How to get determination to do service?
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29 July 2013
The Wealth of Service Happiness
"If somebody has got seva-sukha-sampada, the wealth of the happiness of service, it will remove all kinds of illusory environment in their heart, but it is necessary to do service with full-hearted attachment. You must understand what service is."
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Looking for Advice?
"The mind does not know what is the right way and what is the wrong way. We cannot control our mind, but the Guru, Vaishnavs, Bhagavan can, so the intelligent men will always take good association and will always leave bad association."
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Cut No Slack
"Ego can take everything away—it can remove your service, it can take Krishna away. We think we have been initiated for many years but still have not reached our destination, we do not feel so much enthusiasm for service and begin to slacken. This is very bad for us."
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Step Forward
"Krishna is always waiting for our service, but the main thing that we must understand is that we must not only say we are disciples of Mahaprabhu—you will get the result when you follow His instruction, follow His advice."
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Eating Out
"One time, soon after I joined the temple, I asked Gurudev why we must avoid the outside food—like, if you go to some restaurant, there is some vegetarian food, why must we avoid it? And I heard the answer from Gurudev..."
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Perfect Resolve
"Enjoyment will never go away from you, but what will go away? Krishna consciousness—the most important thing. You will never get this opportunity again. That is why it is necessary to understand what this life is for, what Krishna consciousness is, and that is why good association is so necessary."
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Relief and Relish
What is it that can give you an extraordinary relief and what is it that you can relish in this very lifetime? "Our time is always going, our life is always passing, but you will not get this kind of opportunity again."
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Devotional Take on Naughty Neighbours
"If your neighbours are not good, you can pray to Krishna, to the Lord. Also, if you have power to preach, then through your association the neighbours will become good. Otherwise pray. I am not joking..."
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4 August 2013
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: Gate to Bhakti-Jagat
"The day after tomorrow is the disappearance festival of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. What did he make Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math for? What simple and sweet things did he give us for our spiritual life? It is necessary to understand this."
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Die To Live
"It means a surrendered mood. You must think, 'I have joined Krishna consciousness, and it is my life, this is what I am alive for, this is what I got this human body for.' Everything in this world is for the service to Krishna, and we must do everything for Him."
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Advantage of Adversity
"When some problem comes in your service, at that time more feelings, more desire and strength will come to you for your service, and you can reach your own destination quicker."
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5 August 2013
Will You Forget It Too?
"'Do not forget me, do not cheat me. You have promised me you would do Hari-bhajan, and that is why I have entered into a relationship with you.' Still, you forget it... You must understand what real bhajan is..."
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Faith: Internal Substance
"Faith means anugatya and saranagati. We need to get some proper advice because our mind is blind and always disturbed. Always sing, 'When will Nityananda Prabhu give His mercy? When will all these material things be removed from my heart!?'"
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Bhakti-Yoga: Our Right and Duty
"We spend all day and night in the search of some food, we work the whole day just for food and some comfort in life, but we neither understand nor try to understand what our real problem is..."
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Devotion Comes From the Heart
"The main thing is that devotion comes from the heart, it is not necessary to show anything. Devotional feelings come in the heart, you cannot understand such feelings..."
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Prasad and Service
"When you cook something, when you want to use something for the service, you must offer it to the Deities. It is a necessary process. You must remember also about Nama-aparadh and Vaishnav-aparadh, they are the worst."
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10 August 2013
What Will Your Parrot Say?
On the importance of good association. Tell me who your friends are, and I'll tell you who you are: "When I went to Russia with Gurudev in 2000, I remember one lecture that Gurudev gave there. He told one story from Narada-pancha-ratra..."
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Cast Off Prejudice
"In India, people always look at your caste, they differentiate between brahmins, ksatriyas, vaisyas, and sudras. They are proud and criticise, 'Oh, I am a sannyasi, you are just a householder.' Gurudev told once a story showing that it is not good to do like this..."
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One-Way Ticket to the World of Faith
"You have taken initiation and have already got the passport, but now you need to get the visa. The kind of visa you will get depends upon your service—whether you get a tourist visa, a working visa, a permanent visa, or a business visa, depends upon your service..."
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18 August 2013, and 9 August 2003
Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu
"He is actually an associate of Mahaprabhu. Before that, in Dvapara yuga, he was an associate of Krishna, and Krishna Himself sent him to teach us, the fallen souls. On his disappearance day we can ask him for some mercy so that we can continue our service to the Lord."
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At Gauri Das Pandit's House
"Gauri Das Pandit was a grihastha devotee who lived in Kalna. His brother was the father of Jahnava and Vasudha. Once, Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu came to Kalna by boat and decided to visit Gauri Das Pandit's house..."
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18 August 2013
(Speaking online to the devotees in San Jose)
Observing Ekadasi
"Mahaprabhu told everybody how to observe Ekadasi, and our Guru-varga also follow it. We must understand how to follow the Ekadasi day. Why do you leave your food? Not to please yourself, but to please the Lord."
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Scale Your Service: Disease or Devotion?
"Once Gurudev told a story to the devotees. A high caste brahmin went to the market to buy some fish. When he came to the market, he saw a lady selling fish and asked her to weigh a big fish for him..."
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Ekadasi: Make Your Guru Happy
"Mahaprabhu told us to follow the Ekadasi vrata and we follow it to please our Guru, to please our Guru-varga, and make Mahaprabhu happy."
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Appearance of Lord Jagannath
"Previously, Jagannath, Baladev, Subhadra were one Vishnu-murti, and His name was Nil-Madhav. He was served about a hundred kilometres away from Puri by one savar named Vishvavasu..."
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Nectar of Devotion
"We do not want to do Hari-bhajan—we do not want to worship, we do not want to serve—but Gurudev forcefully takes us, gives us proper adjustment, proper nourishment and engages us in service! Such is his power."
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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
"It is better if you stay far and worship Me from far. You can worship My vigraha, then, through separation, you will feel even happier."
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6 September 2013
Games of Maya Devi
"Maya always searches for a chance to attack you, and if she gets an opportunity, you can be easily converted by the illusory environment."
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7 September 2013
Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami's Miracle
"You have heard about the Deity of Sri Radha-Raman in Vrindavan. When Gopal Bhatta Goswami lived in Vrindavan, he every day worshipped twelve pieces of Govardhan sila..."
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10 September 2013
Detained by Karma
"Some darkness can come to the devotees' hearts, but the Lord says, 'I personally come to their heart and give some exalted knowledge by which that darkness is removed from their hearts.'"
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Power of Proper Practice
"If you can continuously practise every day, then you can be perfect, but if you do not practise, everything will be damaged and rust will come... Can you show me anyone who has been doing sravan and kirtan continuously and fell down?"
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Tama-Sanga
"It is very sad to see what people are doing with their life time. They think this is the highest lifestyle, but it is the same as a dog's lifestyle!"
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12 September 2013 (Sri Lalita-saptami, morning class)
Sri Lalita Devi: Prema-Guru
The Appearance Day of she who manages the Pastimes of Sri Radha Krishna, who is able to teach Srimati Radhika, who is able to intensify the feelings of the Divine Couple, and without whose mercy we shall never be able to reach Krishna.
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12 September 2013 (Sri Lalita-saptami, evening class)
Approaching, Not Encroaching
"You cannot get the darshan of Radharani, you cannot get the mercy of Radharani just by going to Vrindavan. You do not have to go and stay in Vrindavan—wherever you stay, you can serve the Lord, you can engage in His service and worship." How?
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"Save Me, Enlist Me!"
"When will Nityananda give me some mercy and my material desires become removed from my heart?... We do not have any quality, qualification, or anything else, but on the appearance day of Sri Lalita Devi we can pray to her that she may take us into her circle and give some us service..."
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15 September 2017 (speaking online with devotees in Hungary)
Keep Connection
"Gurudev, great Vaishnavs can only give us some connection with our Lord, other than that we have to do everything ourselves—we have to proceed on, we have to move forward, practise, etc."
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Beyond Emotions
Question: "Sometimes I feel that emotions can cheat us and take us away from Krishna. I do not know what is the proper way to approach my emotions during practising..."
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Dedication to Sadhana
"What we need is Krishnendriya tarpan (doing everything for the Lord), not nijendriya tarpan (doing something for my own self). This is called service. Everything can be practising life, everything can be sadhana."
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Care for Service
"People do not understand what is service, what is the relation with the Deities. You have some relation with your family, with your mother, father, children, etc., and this same kind of relation should come to you towards the Lord."
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Second Initiation
"Actually, in this age of Kali the Holy Name is the best. Even millions of millions of yajna (sacrifices), yoga, asan cannot equal to the Holy Name. The Holy Name is the best practice for this age of Kali. So, what is the second initiation necessary for?"
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1 October 2013
Watch Out for Dacoits
"Devotion can be stolen. You can be robbed at any time by some dacoits... When there is a danger of dacoits, it is necessary to have some protection. Devotion also needs protection."
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Preaching Tactics
"When Mahaprabhu preached, He converted the biggest men. Two kinds of preaching are necessary—on the one hand preaching to the big fallen souls, and on the other hand, to the big famous men who control others. Do you know the story of Alexander the Great?"
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Guru's Department
"If you go to the Lord, Krishna may not be able to it, but the Guru can give you what Krishna cannot do. If Krishna cannot save you, the Guru can save you. That is the power of the Guru."
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Key Virtues
"If you go to the Lord, Krishna may not be able to it, but the Guru can give you what Krishna cannot do. If Krishna cannot save you, the Guru can save you. That is the power of the Guru."
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2 October 2013
Not So Fast!
"We want to leave the material world, but you have had a relation with it since millions of millions of years ago, it is always inside you to your bone. It is not easy to leave material things, material ego, you must understand the situation you are in."
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At Srivas Pandit's House
Not only the Lord is always present there, but He personally takes care of His great devotee's needs, but "our eyes are blind by the dust of the material world, so how can we see the supra-mundane things?"
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Revolt!—and Surrender
"If you can do both, sravan-kirtan and service, then nothing will be able to remove you from your spiritual life. You must try very hard. The life of a brahmachari is an austere life, but if you can tolerate it, it will be very good for you."
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6 October 2013 (Sri Vyasa Puja Day)
Sri Vyasa Puja Day: My Mood and Request
"Every day is a service day for me, but today is the day when I must serve devotees more. I do not know how much I can surrender, but Gurudev made me his dog, and that is why I am serving as his dog—I am still serving and protecting the temple as a dog..."
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Sri Vyasa Puja Day: Appreciating Mercy
"You have already got it from Gurudev. We have lost our address and Krishna sent Gurudev to take us to our address. So, we already understand what is our real home. Always be successful in your spiritual life, always proceed in your spiritual life."
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Sri Vyasa Puja Day: My Only Prayer
"I am very happy to see you all. You are celebrating this festival, but actually for me this day is not a day to take puja from others, but today is the day when I must give puja to all the devotees..."
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9 October 2013
Chaste and Selfless
"If you have attachment to service for your own happiness, not for the happiness of your Guru—if your own happiness means more to you than the happiness of your Guru—then it is a problem."
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11 October 2013
Stuck
"We must clean ourselves through sravan, kirtan, Hari-katha, otherwise no matter how much we labour, the result will not come."
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14 October 2013 (speaking to devotees in Colombia)
My Joy and Happiness
"It is my great happiness that you come to the centre every day, make programmes and preach. It gives me joy and happiness to see that so many devotees are there. I know that if I can serve you and make you happy, then I will also make my Guru happy."
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Actions Speak Louder Than Words
"If you serve your Guru with full surrender, practising sravanam, kirtanam, etc., then you have nothing to worry about. I can tell you one story, it explains what faith is very nicely... It is necessary to be a sincere seeker, to have chastity for your spiritual life."
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Entering Exclusive Devotional Mood
"To err is human—there is always something wrong and some correction is necessary. Sometimes you wonder whether what you are doing is good or done properly, but the main thing is that you must follow the instruction of your Guru. Do not think about the result."
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14 October 2013 (evening class)
Good Association: Root of Devotion
"Good association always brings good activities, good and fresh mind. A sadhu, a Guru can do anything—they can even turn a bad person into a good person, into a good devotee. Through good association your mind will become clean, you will become soft-hearted."
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Honouring Maha-Prasad
"Prasad has so much power... Always take prasad—being vegetarian cannot make you a pure devotee, only prasad can make you a good, pure devotee. And you do not only take prasad, but you must honour maha-prasad."
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25 October 2013
Saltamami
"If you lose your capital every day, you will eventually have a zero balance, and the next day it will be -1, then -2—then it will be lost for your life. You have got some sukriti, that is all right, but every day you must earn more through your service."
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ON THIS PAGE:

JANUARY
Pray and Practise

FEBRUARY
Sri Guru: Medium and Shelter
Recognising Guru: Chastity and Service Attachment
Come What May
At a Crossroads
Correction: Try and Pray

MARCH
Seize the Day
Blessed and Blissful Service Life
Setting on the Right Track (1)
Setting on the Right Track (2)

APRIL
Chanting: Any Place
Mahaprabhu Enters Sri Puri Dham
Rescuing Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya
Gundicha Marjan: "Let Jagannath Come to My House"
Raghav's Bags
Anything for Guru's Service
At Ramananda Ray's Garden
Srila Jagadananda Pandit's Irresistible Service
Misconception and Misbehaviour
First Visit to Sri Puri Dham
Burning Your Bridges
Transform Your Life
Rejected and Dejected?
Happy Birthday
Selfless Dedication
Henpecked and Kicked
Abhidheya: the Main Practice
Be Conscious
Festival: Vision and Focus
Weaknesses
Madhukori Bhiksa
Service in Separation
Sleeping Habit
Spare Yourself
Crazy Inside Out
Devotion: Transformation of Heart
Mission of Chaitanya Saraswat Math
Devotees' Love
Brain Treatment
Sanatan-Dharma: Universal Religion
Cheating Yourself Out of Happiness
Mahaprabhu's Humility, Tolerance, and Honour to Others
When One Feels Hopeless

MAY
Pratistha: Self-Destruction
Service Anxiety
Surrender: "You Are Not Independent"
Beyond Material Environment
Clear Your Mind
Monkey's Life
Our Plight and Path
Ignorance Is Bliss?
Possessiveness or Chastity?
No Pain, No Gain
Guru-World: Apply Judgement

JUNE
In the Face of Austerity
Enthusiasm for Service: the Yajna-Patnis
Lured and Lashed
Enthusiasm for Service: Jar, Stool, Banana Skin
Brahmachari's Plight
Service: Faith and Surrender
Sure Is Only Death
Q&A: Friendship, Offences, Chastity, Dependence
My Only Shelter
Firm and Fearless
Do Not Waste Your Time
Practise and Believe
The Calamity Within
Sincere Campaign
Floating On the Surface

JULY
Reforming Lifestyle
Regulated Life
Lord Jagannath: Discovery
Lord Jagannath: Deity appearance
Austerity: Part of Service
Core Qualities of Disciple
Our Mantra, Our Japa
Heart to Heart
Srivas Pandit's Devotion
Internal Dissatisfaction
The Wheel of Time
Balaram's Position in Kuruksetra Lila
Ekadasi Tithi: One of the Practices
Sri Guru-Tattva: The Captain of Your Boat
Protect Your Service
Healthy Practice
The Wealth of Service Happiness
Looking for Advice?
Cut No Slack
Step Forward
Eating Out
Perfect Resolve
Relief and Relish
Devotional Take on Naughty Neighbours

AUGUST
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: Gate to Bhakti-Jagat
Die To Live
Advantage of Adversity
Will You Forget It Too?
Faith: Internal Substance
Bhakti-Yoga: Our Right and Duty
Devotion Comes From the Heart
Prasad and Service
What Will Your Parrot Say?
Cast Off Prejudice
One-Way Ticket to the World of Faith
Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu
At Gauri Das Pandit's House
Observing Ekadasi
Scale Your Service: Disease or Devotion?
Ekadasi: Make Your Guru Happy
Appearance of Lord Jagannath
Nectar of Devotion
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

SEPTEMBER
Games of Maya Devi
Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami's Miracle
Detained by Karma
Power of Proper Practice
Tama-Sanga
Sri Lalita Devi: Prema-Guru
Approaching, Not Encroaching
"Save Me, Enlist Me!"
Keep Connection
Beyond Emotions
Dedication to Sadhana
Care for Service
Second Initiation

OCTOBER
Watch Out for Dacoits
Preaching Tactics
Guru's Department
Key Virtues
Not So Fast!
At Srivas Pandit's House
Revolt!—and Surrender
Sri Vyasa Puja Day: My Mood and Request
Sri Vyasa Puja Day: Appreciating Mercy
Sri Vyasa Puja Day: My Only Prayer
Chaste and Selfless
Stuck
My Joy and Happiness
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Entering Exclusive Devotional Mood
Good Association: Root of Devotion
Honouring Maha-Prasad
Saltamami

 


 

Sincere Campaign
'You are chanting the Holy Name yourself and you should engage others in chanting: you must tell others about it. It may give them some austerity to hear it and they may not want to hear it, but tell them again and again—try and try, again and again.'

 

Namo namah tulasi maharani
'O Tulasi, you shower mercy upon one who offers you incense, lamps, foods, worship, and flowers.'
নমো নমঃ তুলসী মহারাণি

Sometimes some bondage, some problem may come in our spiritual life, but it is Krishna
testing us: how much love and affection do we have for our Guru, for the Lord?

"HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS | HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS"