On Our Way Home

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Ordinarily the mind controls our senses and the soul is lying in a dormant condition. The soul has delegated its power of transacting with the external world to the mind, and the mind has five ministers to help in the administration of the phenomenal world. But the mind is a not a dutiful agent of the soul. It always tries to injure the interest of the soul....

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Who is The Topmost Object of Service?

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Śrī guru is not mortal. He is an eternal, immortal being. Śrī guru is eternal, service to him is eternal, and his servants are all eternal; therefore so much hope and shelter exists for us. There is nothing such as death for us....

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The Fountainhead of All Things Can Set You Free

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

There is no other alternative for getting rid of our measuring temperament. We are now equipped with senses that are incapable of leading us to the Truth. We are liable to be deluded by the influence of māyā, and māyā is but a trap. If we want to avoid that trap, we are to submit to Him unconditionally. So prapatti, which means full submission, is the essential thing....

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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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