Who is Srila Rupa Gosvami?

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhanta by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

The extent to which I am deprived of the lotus feet of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, my accomplishment in service is lacking. Only those in exclusive subservience to Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī are the rightful owners of absolute wealth. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī is the epitome of kṛṣṇānuśīlanam....

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Are Tests Really Just a Form of Compassion?

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhanta by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

We deprive ourselves for hundreds and hundreds of lifetimes by busying ourselves in acquiring temporary things. There are countless examples of people bravely overcoming severe obstacles and even sacrificing their lives for petty mundane things. In light of this, can not intelligent persons – those with the extreme fortune of being devotees – dedicate their brief lifetime, bravely overcoming any number of problems, to serve that Supreme Lord, who was the Absolute Truth before time began, who is the Absolute Truth in the present, and who will be the Absolute Truth for all eternity?...

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Arjuna versus Ekalavya

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhanta by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Sacrificing himself to the desire of his guru was in no way his exclusive aim. Some argue that, in the end, Ekalavya made no objection to the strict instruction of his guru, and in fact, executed his order with joy. However, by reflecting upon this matter with gravity and a little subtlety, we can see that even in this instance, rather than actually valuing transcendental devotion to his guru, Ekalavya considered mundane ethics to be of utmost importance....

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The Highest Process of Love is Hidden within Bhagavad-gītā

tn srivp_kesava by Śrīla Bhakti Prajṅāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja

An intelligent lover who is adored by many will speak to a gathering in a general way about affectionately serving him. But when his beloved is also present, in the midst of general topics, he will hint to her in a hidden way about how to please him in a special way. Ordinary people, in this scenario, would be unable to understand such hints, but those who are extraordinarily dear to him would certainly be able to comprehend them....

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Continuously Hear About Rasa-lila

tn srila_bv_narayana by Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

A sober person who, with full faith, continuously hears or describes Bhagavan Sri Krsna’s transcendental rasa-lila with the damsels of Vraja will first attain para-bhakti for the lotus feet of Bhagavan. Thereafter, he will quickly conquer his senses and become forever free from the disease of the heart – worldly lust....

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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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