Only Divine Blessings Can Bring Us to the Highest Plane

By Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Trivikrama Gosvāmī Mahārāja

So, that qualification can neither be attained, nor understood by fallen souls, who are still bound. As long as we are bound we cannot understand it. And not only that, however free from bondage we may be, we still cannot understand it unless and until She and Her followers, the sakhīs, bless us....

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The well-wisher of the Fallen

by Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Trivikrama Gosvami Maharaja

One day, the exceptionally kind and compassionate Sri Narada Gosvami was walking through the forest on his way to Prayaga. He planned to bathe there, in the confluence of the three sacred rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati. Along the way he saw a deer lying on the forest floor. The deer was writhing in agony, for it had been pierced by an arrow and its legs broken. This sight struck Narada’s heart with intense pangs of grief....

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Who is a Vaiṣṇava?

by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

The servants of Śrīla Gurudeva are Vaiṣṇavas. Only those who have taken shelter of the lotus feet of a bona-fide guru by accepting initiation (dīkṣā) from him are Vaiṣṇavas. One’s guru-bhakti is the gauge for determining the level of his kṛṣṇa-bhakti, or his vaiṣṇavatā (his standing as a Vaiṣṇava)....

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Vaisnava-ninda

by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

With the wisdom that Sri Krsna resides in the heart of all jivas, one should honour every living being. A deeper respect should naturally be shown to the religious jiva, and, beyond this, it is imperative to feel even deeper honour for the brahmana-jiva and the vaisnava-praya jiva. But above all, it is enjoined that one must worship and serve the lotus feet of a vaisnava-jiva....

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Selected Nectarean Advice

by Sri Srimad Bhakti Srirupa Siddhanti Gosvami Maharaja

The baddha-jiva is extremely insignificant; it is impossible for him to realise the magnitude of Sri Guru....

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Śrī Hari, Guru, and Vaiṣṇavas are Moved by Our Emotions

By Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja

Your weeping is so overwhelming that it has rent everyone’s heart. In your letter, you referred to yourself as my ‘fallen daughter’. In the shower of your tears, even the heart of a stone-hearted person like me is torn asunder. Śrī Bhagavān shall fulfil your heart’s desires....

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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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