• 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

  • Men act like infants
  • The Ultimate Goal of Life
  • Do Vedic Brāhmaṇas Know the Truth? Part 2 of 2

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Those who want to remove their desires by means of enjoyment hanker for emancipation. But the devotees of God hanker neither for enjoyment nor for emancipation. When, because of a lack of exact knowledge about the truth, we rely only on relative knowledge, our desires are not removed therewith, and all of our acts evaporate like camphor...

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tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Men become confused about the spiritual deity they worship in the midst of their attempts to acquire the three main objects of human pursuit (tri-varga). These three are dharma, or virtue; artha, or wealth; and kāma, or desire...

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tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

The many neighbours of Śrī Advaita Ācārya were high class brāhmaṇas. But among them, he could not find one single brāhmaṇato whom he might offer the śrāddha-pātra – the oblation meant for his ancestors...

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Featured: Sri Radha-krsna-ganoddesa-dipika

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In this book Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī has given a brief yet vital description of the names, forms, qualities and different services of Śrī Rādhā’s and Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s cherished companions. Such a comprehensive description of Śrī Kṛṣṇa and His companions is not found in any other single scripture.

 

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If you have arrived at an odd hour there are many hotels in Kolkata. You can pre-book a hotel room by phone before you come to India. The phone numbers of decent hotels are in the India travel guides some of which can be found on the Travel Planning page. There is an economical airport hotel if you don't want to venture into the city. The Airport Plaza Hotel (Tarun Sengupta Sariani, Number One Airport Gate) has basic rooms that start at Rs 250 for a double room. There are rickshaws that will take you there for about Rs. 10. Ask for "Airport Plaza Hotel, pas may Ek Nambar Gate". The Sudder Street and Chowringhee Road area is the tourist hotel area of Kolkata. The Salvation Army Guest House (2 Sudder Street, Phone 245-0599), have doubles with private bath from Rs 200 to Rs 700. The Hotel Maria (5/1 Sudder Street, Phone 245-0860) have single and double rooms with private bath for Rs 200/250. The Capital Guest House (11B Chowringhee Lane, Phone 245-0598) has doubles with private bath for Rs 300 to 350. If you get really stuck and can't find a room, try the YMCA (25 Chowringhee Rd, Phone 249-2192) It's a massive old place, and there are many stairs to climb, which is not a lot of fun if you have much luggage. It is also not a great value at Rs. 500 for a double, but if the other places are filled up, this place will probably have a room. It's the only place on this list that I have personally stayed. Meals are supposed to be included, but it's not veg. Tell them you won't be eating there and they'll knock something off the bill.
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