• Our Master - His Life

    A most endearing hallmark of his preaching was the heart-stealing affection he showed to all. As an uttama-bhāgavata, he entered the deepest recesses of the heart to give the unmistakable reassurance that he is one's eternal well-wisher. The depth of his affection is a tangible reality for all who have experienced it, and this in itself bears subjective testimony to the fact that he was a true emissary of the Supreme Lord.

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  • Namah

    As long as Śrīla Gurudeva, the beloved of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, is physically manifest, it is wise to render intimate service to him, and thereby attain perfection. But if we are not able to attain perfection because we have failed to develop attachment to him, attachment wherein we consider him to be the lord of our heart; if we have failed to serve him by giving him our full heart in complete sincerity and selflessness, then we have certainly been deprived...

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  • The Most Compassionate

    Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is certainly more intelligent than each and every one of us, and He knows how to make the fallen souls of Kali-yuga best understand His high-level teachings. Indeed, His teachings are comprehensible by all. Still, our misfortune prevails. First, we do not accept His teachings. Second, to impress others with our prowess we mix something of our own with them...

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  • Sri Gurvastakam

    Sri Gurvastakam

    I want to give an explanation of Sri Guru – what are the symptoms of a bona fide guru – and to show you examples that have been given in the epics [Vedic scriptures]. You can apply this to your own guru. Our Sri Guru is akhanda-guru-tattva, Sri Baladeva Prabhu or Sri Nityananda Prabhu, so all teachings should be applied to him and to others who are following this... Read More
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Rays of The Harmonist

  • What Śrī Caitanya Meant by Theism
  • Call Out, Weeping
  • "Serving" Jīvas

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta 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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tn srila bv narayanaby Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Māhārāja

❝In happiness and distress, in dissent and calamity, in every situation, we have to call out, weeping, to Śrī Gurudeva, Śrī Gauracandra and Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa at every moment. If we are calling out to them sincerely, they will surely bestow their mercy.  However, we face obstacles in our calling out.❞ ..

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tn srila bv vamana thumbby Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Māhārāja

❝The terms jīva-sevā (service to other entities) and jīva-prema (eternal love for other entities) are fictions, contrary to conclusive truth, and are illogical. One will never attain the result of service to Śrī Bhagavān by serving the conditioned souls’ gross senses and becoming a regular purveyor of their bodily and mental demands. One can never attain a transcendental life of service by serving that which is inert or loving the illusory objects produced by māyā.❞ ...

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In recent years there have been several devotees who have needed expensive medical care due to accident or illness which would have been covered by this type of insurance. The US State Department highly recommends travelers to obtain this type of insurance, which includes coverage for air ambulance back to their home country, regardless of their foreign destination.

There are different sources for Travel Insurance cover. Your travel agent can give you the details of the plan they offer. If you have a membership to an Auto Club (AAA, CAA, AA) you may find a cheap rate with them. In the UK the supermarket chain ASDA offers discounted Travel Insurance.  AThe coverage includes emergency medical expense coverage, personal accident insurance, trip cancellation coverage, loss of money, loss of passport, loss of luggage, theft, personal liability, and legal expenses. Here is a link to a site that compares travel insurance plans.

This type of coverage also comes in two categories, one where you are reimbursed, and one where the insurance pays immediately. In the case of an unexpected major hospitalisation, you may have to pay quite a lot up front with the former type of coverage.

Though I've never had this type of coverage, I can definitely see the value in it for covering health emergencies which your normal health insurance will probably not cover, and would recommend it. That said, most tickets to India can be changed to another date in case you are too ill to return on the scheduled date though it will require a letter from a doctor for the airline to waive the change fee. Also, the liability coverage is not really applicable to India (you won't be driving a car, and won't need liability insurance).

The cost varies. There are also multi-trip policies. I was quoted £33 for a single one month trip, £55 for one person, full year multi trip coverage.

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