Offerrings from the 2011 Disappearance Day edition of Rays of The Harmonist

tn srila_bv_narayana In glorification of Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

How selfless and detached a Vaisnava was pujyapada Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja! Just by my thinking of this my eyes fill with tears. Now, [at the time of writing this,] eight to nine months have passed since he entered the eternal pastimes of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda, but memories of him are fresh in my mind....

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Everyone Should Be Selfish About Their Eternal Welfare

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhanta by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Everyone ought to be concerned about and seek out their eternal welfare. Everyone should be selfish in this matter, but most people in this world are engaged in activities that bring about the opposite result. Children busy themselves in playing, the youth in family life, and the old in constantly protecting their property and in taking care of their body. This indicates indifference towards one’s true purpose. Hence, due to the desire to accumulate material gain, the people of this world remain indifferent to their own eternal gain. How unfortunate!...

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Guru, Grace and Endeavour

tn srila_bv_vamana by Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Vaman Gosvami Maharaja

"...It speaks from within the heart, it situates itself on the tip of the tongue, and it dances in the form of sound vibration." ...That Sri Nama enters the heart through the pathway of the ears and raises a clamour there. Amid that, the consciousness becomes agitated and manifests the desire to obtain a vision of Sri Krsnacandra...

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When the Transcendental Sound Makes His Appearance

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhanta by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

When the Transcendental Sound makes His appearance, we must not adopt a challenging mood and suppose that it also has a material face. The two types of sound – the transcendent and the mundane – are quite distinct from one another...The Transcendental Sound relates strictly to the Absolute, so when we determine our true self, we shall comprehend the Absolute. Any distortion in our conception will prevent us from approaching the Absolute...

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Renunciation Is a Matter of Heart

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhanta by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Make no mistake, the sole purpose of this human form of life, a life that offers the supreme goal, is to perform hari-kīrtana. To lead a perpetually idle life on the pretext of performing bhajana in solitude, to beckon meaningless poverty on the pretext of being niṣkiñcana, or to cause obstacles in the process of hari-kīrtana is never desirable....

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Our Highest Duty

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhanta by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

What is essentially required, therefore, is for me to dedicate all of my efforts to understanding that I am an eternal servant of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Without the association of devotees, and without surrendering to the lotus feet of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, it is impossible for someone to know himself solely by his own intelligence...

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Bhagavānera Kathā Part 3 -- The Message of Godhead


tn bv_swamiby Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja

In order to deliver the jīvas tormented by Kali, the Vaiṣṇavas... make arrangements to establish their... their relationship with Bhagavān. Whatever means Gaurasundara Śrī Caitanyadeva, the Saviour of the fallen has prescribed, seeing the jīva’s miserable condition, that alone is the injunction of the śāstras for all common people...

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Prajāpati Brahmā, Indra and Virocana


tn srila_bv_vamanaby 

Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja

There is no miserliness in Sri Guru and Vaiṣṇavas’ distribution of mercy. Different results are reaped according to the qualification of the recipients. By taking shelter of the same guru, one person can become acquainted with kṛṣṇa-tattva, whereas another can demolish the conclusions of bhakti...

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The Soul is Called to Chant the Name

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhanta by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

The true self, or unalloyed soul, should adopt a policy of not interfering with either the mind or body. If we can thus isolate the actual position of the soul, we will find that we are relieved of all mundane anxieties in the form of matter or in the subtle form of intelligence. Leaving these aside, the true function of the soul is to take the name of Kṛṣṇa, for Kṛṣṇa is the fullest representation of the Transcendent Absolute and the ever-existing Divinity...

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Accepting Disciples – Becoming a Disciple

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhanta by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

In fact, it is imperative to truly realize that in every situation, I am being impelled to act by the Supreme Lord. I have not accepted anyone as my disciple. All those whom you consider to be my disciples are actually my guruvarga....

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Sri Gauranga Samaja - The Society of Sri Gauranga

tn srila_bhaktivinoda by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

...A society of Sri Gauranga that does not accommodate all types of Vaisnavas will be short lived... A society founded with visuddha-vaisnavas...is to be regarded as the true Sri Gauranga Samaja... Until those who have an inclination for bhajana become...immersed in...bhajana they can engage in activities to advance their worldly life. However, if they do not get the association of Vaisnavas who are immersed in the bliss of bhajana, they will become completely materialistic within no time. For such people, it is nothing but self-deception to establish and promote themselves as representing the society of Sri Gauranga....

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Upamanyu – The Ideal Guru-sevaka

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhanta by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

An intelligent person knows to follow the orders and teachings (vāṇī) of great personalities. By this alone, all of his most cherished spiritual desires are fulfilled. None but those who perform service to śrī guru with this mentality can pass even the most difficult test the world puts them through....

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