tn srila bv vamana thumbby Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja

When Śrī Gurupādpadma was residing at the establishment of his guru – Śrīla Prabhupāda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura – (guru-graha), several heretics also lived there. As guru-bhogīs they enjoyed the facilities provided by their guru [Śrīla Prabhupāda], and as guru-tyāgīs they did not pay heed to the life and precepts of their śrī guru. ...

tn srila bv narayanaby Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Māhārāja

Whenever he would see me, he would shower me with an affection that had a simple, natural intimacy (laukika-sadbandhuvat). As much as possible, he did not like dealings that were filled with giving him honour (maryādā). ...

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

All persons are accustomed to worship the beautiful feet of God. But the conception that God is to supply our comforts and conveniences in exchange for worship is worthy of a shop-keeper. ...

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

From the teachings of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, we learn the definition of the topmost form of pure, motiveless bhakti: such bhakti is performed so that it is conducive to Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s well-being. ...

tn srila bv narayanaby Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Māhārāja

Once my most worshipable guru-pādapadma, aṣṭottara-śata-śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja, accompanied by five or six sannyāsīs and ten to twelve brahmacārīs, arrived at Śrī Gaura-vāṇī-vinoda Āśrama in Subhāṣpallī, Khaḍagpura [West Bengal]. ...

tn srila bv vamanaby Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja

Even if you have nothing, no wealth, no education or intelligence, as long as you have your mind and your life, it will do [to allow you to serve]. The inclination to serve (sevā-vṛtti) does not depend on an exchange of any material object. ...

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Do not slacken your endeavours to chant the holy names just because material thoughts arise in your mind while you are chanting. ... 

tn srila bv narayanaby Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Māhārāja

You are supremely fortunate, and therefore, you receive ample opportunity to hear hari-kathā in sat-saṅga everywhere. But you are not satisfied with that. There is a reason for this: without a heartrending longing, one cannot progress on the path of bhakti. ...

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

It is first of all necessary to sit at the lotus feet of śrī guru and obey his commands. It is recognized that to obtain the capacity for all kinds of work or knowledge, or to fulfillany desires unrelated to Kṛṣṇa that can be fulfilled in this world – one must submit to a teacher. ...

tn srila bv narayanaby Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Māhārāja

Śrīla Viśvanatha Cakravartī Ṭhākura and other commentators have stated that only Yogamāyā born from the womb of Yaśodā is Kṛṣṇa’s anujā.  ...

tn srila bv narayanaby Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Māhārāja

The first lesson is that bhajana can be performed in both stages: householder and renounced, but it is very essential that one has access to sādhu-saṅga. In either situation, one cannot perform bhajana without sādhu-saṅga. ...

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

We should have firm faith in the Divinity. We are absolute infinitesimals, and we require association with the Absolute. If we express diffidence in doing so, we are likely to be entangled with the ephemeral matters of this world. ... 

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