The Attitude of a Servant: Being the Seen, not the Seer

tn_srivp_kesava by Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja

Unless a Vaiṣṇava bestows his mercy upon us and reveals his svarūpa, there is no possibility of us knowing and understanding him. When the Vaiṣṇava mercifully reveals his svarūpa, the jīva remembers his previous mundane, sensual, worldly perception of that Vaiṣṇava and he naturally feels a deep anguish in his heart....

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The Disposition of a Śuddha-bhakta

tn_srila_bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

It is essential that we exclusively serve that God-loving guru (bhagavat-bhakta guru) who is engaged in the service of Bhagavān twenty-four hours a day. And along with our service to śrī guru, it is necessary and beneficial for us to serve those Vaiṣṇavas who have guru-niṣṭhā – that is, unshakable faith in śrī guru and determined steadfastness in serving him. But it will be of no use to serve numerous others on the assumption that they, too, are lovers of God....

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Conceiving of Caste Distinctions in Vaiṣṇavas – Vaiṣṇave Jāti-buddhi

tn_srila_bhaktivinodaby Śrīla Saccidānanda Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura

One who, by some good fortune, develops faith or confidence in exclusive devotional service to Śrī Bhagavān is indeed an absolute spiritualist. Neither his caste nor the duties and codes of conduct prescribed for him according to his varṇa play any role in his spiritual practices. Anyone who, absorbed in hypocrisy and faultfinding, busies himself declaring that a genuine spiritualist took birth in a low class family is extremely sinful....

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Submit to Me – The Source of All Existence

Srila Bhaktisiddanta Sarasvati Thakuraby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

The Lord says, “If you take the initiative to concoct your own path, then you are liable to receive instructions from sources that will prove to be ineffective in the long run, for I am immanent in the universe and there is no possibility of avoiding Me. I am the source of all existence, I am full of knowledge, and I am endowed with the infinity of bliss.”...

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Sevā

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

If one has no desire at all to serve śrī guru and Śrī Kṛṣṇa, then where is the question of that desire increasing any further? If our consciousness (citta-vṛtti) remains absorbed in the lotus feet of śrī guru, then no matter where we live, our impulse to serve will swell. Otherwise, the inclination to gratify our senses and the urge to enter into mundane life will be all that swells in us....

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Sad-guna and Bhakti – Good Qualities and Devotion

by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Learned sages have described the meaning of auspiciousness as love for the entire creation, caring affection for all living entities, saintly character, happiness, and other such qualities. The person in whom bhakti has arisen gives affection to the whole world and becomes the object of attachment for everyone in the world. He effortlessly becomes the recipient of all saintly qualities and attains all types of pure happiness and auspiciousness....

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We are not the Substance – We are Potency

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

That enjoying mood is but bait and a trap and will not lead us to the Absolute. Determining the true self will lead us there. We should first realize this: we are in need of receiving the divine boon, our own boon, of the self. As we are now in the human frame, we have the opportunity to know the fact of transcendence....

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The Moment We Forget Sri Guru is the Moment We Forget Our True Self

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Therefore, I say, those who wish to attain the lotus feet of Bhagavān, who want true peace and who want deliverance from material existence, will make serving śrī guru their life and soul, they will ceaselessly engage in that service and they will endeavour to please him even at the cost of their own life....

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The Enlightening Potency of Words

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

It is the enlightening potency of words which alone is able to destroy all those obstacles. Therefore, only when the deluding potency of words born of the ephemeral nature is resolved into the enlightening function do words prevent the individual soul from becoming severed from non-dual knowledge (advaya-jñāna), that is, from the Supreme True Entity....

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The Glories of Sri Purusottama Month

by Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Since life in this world is temporary, it is not proper to spend any part of one’s life meaninglessly. It is imperative for the jiva to remain continuously engaged in hari-bhajana at every moment....

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Is Bhagavān Subordinate to His Bhakta?

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

In reality, it is impossible to serve effectively unless one is directly cognizant of the emotions deep within the heart of the person being served. Sometimes, the topmost servants may wait for the orders of their master, but other times, aware of the inner feelings of their worshipful lord, they may serve him without being ordered....

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The Science of the Attractive Reality

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

We are now interested in the acquisition of all kinds of worldly facilities. We find it useful to study those sciences that deal with the objects we wish to acquire. But we need not remain confined to such investigation. We are fit to be attracted, also, by the science of supra-mundane reality. We are attracted by One who is existence, knowledge and bliss. He attracts us in different degrees, for He has given us the fitness to be attracted in different measures....

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