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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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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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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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 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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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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Unalloyed Theism

by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada

The pressure of our need for happiness obliges us to rationally reflect upon the merits and demerits of our situation. In such rational reflection we take notice that all phenomenal representations can be traced to some original source...

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Sannyasa-garb Won't Make It Easier

by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada

It is essential to have full confidence in Bhagavan. It is equally essential to have similar firm determination to perform hari-bhajana, the process of devotional service. I must receive His grace. I must not go astray. I must always go on chanting His name. God will undoubtedly help me if I am bona fide...

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The Nature of True Devotees

by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada

...Devotion to God is attained by associating with those who serve both Him and His devotees. They have made service to God the very essence of their life. They have made the narrations of the names, appearance, attributes and sports of God the mainstay of their existence and they are always engaged in discoursing about them...

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By what means can we gain the courage for self-surrender?

by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada

...A person who always remains busy with his own happiness and freedom, leaving aside service to Hari, guru and Vaisnavas, will never be the recipient of any service from others, despite his desire for it. Instead, he will be neglected and disliked by all. On the other hand, millions upon millions of people, and even Mahaprabhu Himself, will be ready to serve that person who...

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