tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Our best friends are the servants of God with whom we ally. Yet I shall also speak about service to Hari with such friends of mine who possess lesser power to understand and have thus taken up the duties of kṣatriyasvaiśyas and śudras – if they are not antagonistic. ...

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

The worship of mūrtis of God prepared from imagination may be called idolatry, but God’s sat-cid-ānanda body is not such a thing. His body and soul are not different from each other. ...

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

In this mundane plane, pūjā is often performed with an eye on personal gain – we desire something in return for our reverential act. ...

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

Rather than listening to Bhāgavata discourses spoken by liberated paramahaṁsa Vaiṣṇavas, those who make a fuss of listening to the Bhāgavatam from professional orators or others whose discourses are full of tendencies that are harmful to the culture of true well-being, do so for sensuous gratification through poetic, literary, grammatical and other such false appreciations. ...

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

It is, as it were, as a hand attached to the body of God, who is all existence, all intelligence, all bliss. With His hand, God rubs His own feet. The hand of God is His own limb. In this case God is serving Himself. God Himself appears as the Guru in order to teach how to serve Himself. ...

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

He who wants to be employed in the service of God should never cast a covetous eye on any worldly object.  Through vision of the partial appearances of the external, physical world, the vision of God is shut out. ...

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

It is our duty to determine who is guru and who is of no-consequence (laghu). He alone is guru who serves that complete substantive entity – the only object of worship for all persons of any consequence (gurus). ...

tn srila bhakitsiddhantaby Śrīla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda

The name of the Personality of Godhead is Viṣṇu. The personal face is designated ‘[Param] Brahman’ in Sanskrit, to denote ‘magnanimous’, ‘large’, ‘big’ and so on, and represents the macrocosmic view. ...

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