• 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

  • Chanting the Names of God and See Him With Eyes of Love
  • No Worldly Matter Should Engage My Thought
  • Men act like infants

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

If a man desires to see God’s form, or beauty, he should know that it is not visible to the material eye. Form or beauty that can be perceived by the material sense of vision is an object of enjoyment. But it is God, Kṛṣṇa, who is the enjoyer and not an object of enjoyment...

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tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

The devotee says, “God may either accept my service or reject it, but I must serve Him.” This is bhakti...

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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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Featured: The Butter Thief

butter thief

This small book, “The Butter Thief,” is a summary study of one of the most remarkable and illuminating pastimes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This pastime is found in the venerable Bhāgavata Purāṇa, considered by self-realized authorities and scholars as the ripened fruit of the vast tree of Vedic literature.



With all rickshaws, you fix the price before you get in which generally involves some bargaining. Tell them where you want to go and ask how much. The Hindi word for "How much" is "Kit-na?" As in "Alka Hotel, P-Block, Connaught Place, Kit-na?" (well, that's not quite right, in proper Hindi, it's "is ki kimat kya ha?" but "Kit-na" works fine). Being a tourist you will always pay more, but should not pay outrageously more. You're expected to haggle a little bit using the strategy described above. Knowing the going rate is key. Sometimes (not often) the rickshaw wallah will actually quote the going rate, in which case there's no need to haggle, jump in and say "chalo bhai!" (which can mean "Get Lost", but in this case means "Lets get going!")

Knowing the Hindi numbers from one to fifty (or having the Rough Guide Hindi-Urdu Phrase book open) is handy too, though all the Delhi auto rickshaw wallahs are used to dealing with tourists and speak English well.

Depending on the time of day, all you have to do to get an auto rickshaw is to stand out in the main bazaar for a minute until an empty one comes along and flag him down. There is an unofficial auto rickshaw stand near the vegetable market at Nehru Bazaar which is a five minute walk. Take a right into the main bazaar and the vegetable market will be on the left where a main road intersects the bazaar.

Alternatively, you can take a left and walk to the end of the bazaar where it intersects with Chelmsford Road. There are DTP prepaid booths at popular places around Delhi. Palika bazaar in Connaught Place has one, as do the railway stations. There is a DTP pre-paid stand is in the fore court parking lot (car park) on the left, near Chelmsford Road. Unless you're really into it, it's not really worth it for such a short trip. The standard DTP fare from Paharganj to Connaught place is Rs. 20, but you'll never find anyone who'll take that little, they want to go longer distances so they can make more money. Find an auto rickshaw on Chelmsford Road and expect to pay Rs. 30 or up to Rs. 50 to Connaught place if there are no other auto rickshaws around or certainly no more than that if there are lots of auto rickshaws around.
Auto rickshaw drivers may want to take you shopping (to shops where they get a commission). You can say "Nay" to them too.

Bike rickshaws would like your business, but they are useless because they are banned from Connaught Place.