Javala and Satyakama

Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja

Javala was a widow. She had one young son named Satyakama. One day, Satyakama approached her and said, “Mother, I want to adopt a vow of sacred celibacy and take up residence in the school of my guru. But to do so, I must know my family lineage.”...

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The One Absolute - Part II

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Our consciousness possesses a two-fold potentiality. It becomes cognizant of material categories, but it is open to the influence of the spiritual as distinguished from the mundane. Lord Caitanya is our only support and the source of our animation. He is the only object of our worship. As a matter of fact, every activity of ours owes its possibility and existence to His initiative and works as a natural result of His own activities....

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The Means of Attaining Welfare When Sādhu-saṅga is Far Away

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

If we live in this world in the midst of the discussion and message of the transcendental world, our reflections on that message will keep us aloof from worldly pain. No matter where you find yourself, that divine harikathā will never abandon you. To be sure, you will even remember Bhagavān and comprehend the topic of bhakti within all the things of this world...

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Ārohavāda – The Ascending Process

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Only when someone realizes the insignificance of his own ability to support himself, the worthlessness of his proud self-conception and the ineffectiveness of his own endeavours, can he surrender himself and accept the path of receiving help from above (avarohavada)...

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Is Human Misery a Pastime of God?

By Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja

On many occasions, we, too, come across this question, which is ever stirring in the human mind, “Why did God create so much misery in this world? Is it all His pastime?” The truth, though, is quite different from what this question implies....

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The One Absolute

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

But just as in this world, the perverted reflection of the transcendental plane, we find that a single man considers himself to be the father of one person, the son of another and the physician of someone else, in the transcendental realm, also, we find that the same, one Absolute appears in manifold aspects....

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Śrī Bhagavān is not for the Weak-hearted

By Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja

But cowards manipulate religion with false interpretations, proclaiming “all are correct, all are correct,” and thus reveal the feebleness of their conception of bhajana. You must rigorously protest against these spurious assertions. If necessary, I am personally ready to discuss this in an open forum....

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Śrī Kṛṣṇa Does not Deny Anyone

By Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Śrī Kṛṣṇa personally always wants His devotees to accept Him in the mode of consort-hood – indeed, He admits every servant of His who has truly got the capacity to approach Him in any of these most exalted moods and positions – and yet...

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Eulogy to Śrī Gaṅgā-devī

By Śrīla Saccidānanda Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura

Had these authors instead prescribed life’s injunctions and laws on the grounds of the dry, lifeless soil of mundane science, then the religious moods of India, it seems, could never have spread throughout the world to the extent they have...

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How will we Attain Kṛṣṇa-prema?

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

The living entity is not created; rather he is an eternal entity. Nor is the living soul inert, rather he is conscious. The independence that a living entity possesses has not been granted by anyone. Independence is innate in his existence and he only experiences distress due to misusing his independence...

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Why are we not realizing Bhagavān?

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Service to the devotees promises more than service to the Lord Himself. The association of the bhaktas is even more beneficial than the association of the Lord. The living place of the bhakta, the abode of śrīla gurudeva, is more favourable for śuddha-bhajana (pure, loving devotional service) than the abode of the Lord.

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What Śrī Caitanya Meant by Theism

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

The Supreme Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya has asked all sections of the people of this world not to tamper with or mutilate the Absolute Truth with their crippled attempts to regulate Him, but rather to approach Him with an absolutely clean and sincere heart, in which His own feature will be revealed...

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