• Sri Gurvastakam

    Sri Gurvastakam

    I want to give an explanation of Sri Guru – what are the symptoms of a bona fide guru – and to show you examples that have been given in the epics [Vedic scriptures]. You can apply this to your own guru. Our Sri Guru is akhanda-guru-tattva, Sri Baladeva Prabhu or Sri Nityananda Prabhu, so all teachings should be applied to him and to others who are following this... Read More
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  • Our Master - His Life

    A most endearing hallmark of his preaching was the heart-stealing affection he showed to all. As an uttama-bhāgavata, he entered the deepest recesses of the heart to give the unmistakable reassurance that he is one's eternal well-wisher. The depth of his affection is a tangible reality for all who have experienced it, and this in itself bears subjective testimony to the fact that he was a true emissary of the Supreme Lord.

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  • Namah

    As long as Śrīla Gurudeva, the beloved of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, is physically manifest, it is wise to render intimate service to him, and thereby attain perfection. But if we are not able to attain perfection because we have failed to develop attachment to him, attachment wherein we consider him to be the lord of our heart; if we have failed to serve him by giving him our full heart in complete sincerity and selflessness, then we have certainly been deprived...

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  • The Most Compassionate

    Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is certainly more intelligent than each and every one of us, and He knows how to make the fallen souls of Kali-yuga best understand His high-level teachings. Indeed, His teachings are comprehensible by all. Still, our misfortune prevails. First, we do not accept His teachings. Second, to impress others with our prowess we mix something of our own with them...

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Rays of The Harmonist

  • A genuine guru never hankers for profit, adoration, or prestige
  • The differences between karma, jñāna, and other pursuits
  • Material Advancement Through Kīrtana - Part 2

tn srila bv vamanaby Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja

If I think ‘I am a Vaiṣṇava’, I will never stop hankering for pratiṣṭhā (prestige). That desire for prestige will soil my heart and I will be set on the path to hell ...

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tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

If one stops committing offenses and truly desires to accept the holy name of Śrī Hari, then by chanting constantly, one’s offenses will dissipate. ...

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tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

 Kṛṣṇa-kīrtana is not to be performed only through melodious musical tunes, chimes, and so on. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has not asked us to be proficient in high-class musical performances or to become well practiced in the airs of expert musicians....

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Featured: Madhurya-kadambini

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In order to reveal to the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava society the intrinsic nature of pure devotion (śuddha-bhakti), the sequence of its appearance, bhakti’s self-manifesting nature and her unfathomable glories, he who is most worshipful and the best among the rasika Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava ācāryas, Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura, has composed this unparalleled, sacred volume entitled Mādhurya-kādambinī. Śrīla Cakravartī Ṭhākura is one of the prominent and effulgent pillars in the line of the śrī rūpānuga Vaiṣṇava ācāryas, or spiritual preceptors in the line of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī.

It is only by tasting the rasa of the ocean of His sweet pastimes that the topics described in this Mādhurya-kādambinī are realized. By regularly putting into practice, with devotion, the topics in this book, the sādhaka- bhakta can easily traverse the various obstacles to bhajana, such as aparādha and the desire for wealth, worship and prestige, and achieve prema. In this way, by relishing the mādhurya of Bhagavān, his life is forever blessed and fulfilled. Of this there is no doubt.

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tn gurudeva for caturmasyaWe cordially invite you to join us for a 7-day most inspirational pilgrimage to the nine islands of Sri Navadvipa dham, West Bengal, in the company of blissful devotees from all over the world.

tn bathingToday I want to discuss the subject of Tenth Canto Srimad-Bhagavatam. There has been some confusion in this regard. A preacher from India came and told something that we don't agree with. What he told is not written anywhere in sastra. I think that you should wash away your doubts and be clear about this...

tn srila jiva gosvamiAll jivas (spirit souls) have a special relationship with Sri Krsna. Some are related with Him in the mood of friendship. Others have a relationship in the mood that "Krsna is my son," and that is called parental mood (vatsalya). Moreover, some have the mood that "Krsna is my beloved." All jivas have their own original, eternal relationship with Krsna...

tn gurudeva roseI have previously explained about the duties of disciples. I explained that guru-nishta is the backbone of bhakti. Without guru-nishta, no one can have any kind of devotion. One may have taken initiation, but if there is no nishta, he is inferior to a person who has not taken initiation and has not had a fire sacrifice, but is actually following guru. I have seen and realized this...

tn Vamana MaharajaVamana Maharaja is very grave and quiet, and there is another special quality that he possesses: I have seen many people, myself included, who give explanations from the scriptures and enjoy taking praise from others for it. But having known Vamana Maharaja for almost fifty years, I have never seen him do this, not even by accident. He is also very tolerant...

tn Gurudeva ausome'Man mana bhava’ means, ‘Give your mind to Me; absorb your mind in Me.’ Our commentators have given an example. In Vraja, a young cowherd girl was newly married and had come to Nandagaon. She has heard a great deal about Krsna and His wonderful pastimes, but she had not yet seen Him. She wanted to see Him up close...

tn 64You will hear their katha, and you will follow them. Then you will come at the time of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and others. Then, gradually, you will come to Mahaprabhu. In this way, when you will reach up to Mahaprabhu, you will have svarupa-siddhi...

tn Gurudeva seriousBy the causeless mercy of our beloved Srila Gurudevas, nitya-lila om visnupada astottara sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja and nitya-lila om visnupada astottara sata Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja, Srila Prabhupada, we are very happy to announce that the Pure Bhakti Academy Seminars will take place again, in Sri Jagannath Puri Dham from Sunday 10 February till Friday 1 March 2019.

tn lecture20031031a smThe program began with traditional and ancient songs sung by the Nandagaon and Varsana panditas. After that the various representatives of each village performed the puspa abhiseka ("bathing" with a shower of flowers) of Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. All the heads of the various communities representatives threw flowers on Srila Maharaja's divine body and honored him by placing garlands on him. Svami Shamaji, the head of the World Religions Parliament, gave Srila Maharaja an upper cloth, a special cloth for the Yuga Acarya. A certificate was then presented to Srila Maharaja by Deepak Raja Bhatta, who is the head of Vrajacarya Pith.

Srila PrabhupadaTry to follow the teachings and actions of Srila Svami Maharaja – not following blindly and not imitating. Simply copying will not do. We should try to deeply follow his siddhanta, behavior and moods.  ....

tn Gurudev and Vaman GosvamiAccording to the degree of love and affection towards someone, one will experience that much separation for a person. The gopis had so much affection for Sri Krsna, and that is why they felt so much separation when He went to Mathura. We have read about the various stages of their separation in the Srimad-Bhagavatam and other scriptures...

tn gdandtmIn Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu asked Srila Raya Ramananda: duhkha-madhye kona duhkha haya gurutara? krsna-bhakta-viraha vina duhkha nahi dekhi para ["Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu asked, 'Of all kinds of distress, what is the most painful?'Sri Ramananda Raya replied, 'Apart from separation from the devotee of Krsna, I know of no unbearable unhappiness....

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