The Nature of the Guileless Servant of Sri Guru

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

He knows nothing but śrī guru. Under all circumstances – while he is sleeping or dreaming or eating or engaged in bhajana – he is always thinking of śrī gurudeva, taking his guidance and following in his footsteps. He knows that śrī gurudeva, who is very dear to Śrī Kṛṣṇa, is completely independent and is īśvara-vastu – an entity non-different from the Supreme Controller, Śrī Bhagavān....

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The Genuine Commentary on The Source of Religion

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

The author of the aphorisms detected within himself an apprehension that such insinuations might arise, so he undertook the task of furnishing a true interpretation that might check the potential exploiters, reveal their ridiculousness, and thus prevent them from diverting the people from the Absolute Truth....

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Preach the Truth Without Fear of Death

tn nrsmighadeva1by disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada

Prahlada’s only ‘fault’ was that he began preaching about the Absolute Truth. If, in preaching the Truth, even a father can become the enemy of his own son, is there anything surprising if those who are adverse to the Absolute Truth and prone to selfishness deem the expounders of Reality their enemies?...

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When Will I Realize that The Holy Name is Directly Krsna?

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

While regularly chanting the holy name, His form, qualities and pastimes shall be naturally realized... One need not endeavour to artificially remember them... For those who chant the holy names the egoistic gross and subtle bodies are removed and their eternal constitutional form is awakened. And śrī nāma alone awakens one’s eternal constitutional activities, thereby causing attraction to Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s transcendental pastimes... “Service to the holy name” includes any essential activities the practitioner must perform – such as maintaining the body – in order to continue chanting the holy names...

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Predominating and Predominated Entities

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Savants of different ages and different countries have formulated many scholastic views in their efforts to answer, according to their whims, the great epistemological and cosmological questions. But these views have very little value when realization of the Absolute begins to play within the soul of the unalloyed servant...

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Have I Made a Mistake?

tn dayitamadhavaby Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Dayita Mādhava Gosvāmī Mahārāja

Sometimes I even think it would be best for me to abandon the shelter of a gurudeva as controlling as mine altogether, and to accept the mantra elsewhere, from someone who doesn’t demand that I pay attention to all the rules and regulations. Thus, I occasionally contemplate severing my ties with the Gauḍīya Maṭha completely. What stops me, however, is the thought that if people were to find out that I had broken my connection with Śrī Guru, it could jeopardise my prestige and position...

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Harikatha Away from Saints

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhanta by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Our taste for hearing harikatha and our inclination to serve Śrī Hari shall itself separate us from unfavourable association. And if we constantly beseech śrī guru and Gaurāṇga for their mercy while we read and discuss the spiritual books and periodicals of our great ācāryas, then we can achieve the same benefit we would achieve by listening to harikathā directly from the mouths of the devotees....

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Those Who Should Not Live in the Maṭha

tn srila bhakitsiddhanta thumbby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

If all those who are only interested in eating and in sensual pleasure, but who have taken shelter of the facility of the maṭha, were asked to leave, one after the other, it would reduce the expenses for the maṭha and minimize other worldly troubles...

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The Glories of Śrīla Gurudeva’s Disappearance Pastime

tn srila bv narayana The spirit of this editorial is taken from the harikathā of
Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja


Throughout his departure pastime, his sole desire and plan was to bestow mercy upon all who somehow or other took shelter of him. His departure was timed according to his will and plan, just like that of Grandsire Bhisma, and this plan was fully approved and accepted by his guru-varga....

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Begging for Forgiveness

tn srila bv vamanaŚrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja

Therefore I am telling you clearly: although you are trying to discover that I have some deep crack in the reservoir of my affection for you, in fact, I have always been and will always be beyond such a possibility. For me, my affection for you in the present is as it was before, and thus it will always remain in the future...

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Phenomenal Dissociation

tn srila bhakitsiddhanta thumbby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

When we keep eternal, blissful knowledge (sat-cit-ananda) in the forefront of our perception, dissociation from undesirable things will serve a great purpose if we can trace out their ultimate connection with the Absolute, if we can see their apparent source as irrelevant, and simply welcome them with the consideration that they are solely related to eternity...

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Parthiva niti and Hari-seva - Mundane Morality and Service to the Supreme Lord

tn srila bhakitsiddhanta thumbby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Who could be more unfortunate than I am?! I am a fool, for I gave up real wealth [Vaiṣṇava association] and, with great regard for the whimsical disorderliness of the living entities of this material world, who are suffering from the three-fold miseries, I became extremely inclined to earn their recognition...

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