Year 2 Special Editions

  • Eulogy to Śrī Gaṅgā-devī

    By Śrīla Saccidānanda Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura

    Had these authors instead prescribed life’s injunctions and laws on the grounds of the dry, lifeless soil of mundane science, then the religious moods of India, it seems, could never have spread throughout the world to the extent they have...

  • 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....

  • 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.”...

  • 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....

  • Selected Nectarean Advice

    Srila Bhaktisvarupa Siddhanti Maharaja

    by Sri Srimad Bhakti Srirupa Siddhanti Gosvami Maharaja

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

  • Śrī Bhagavān is not for the Weak-hearted

    By Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja

    But cowards manipulate religion with false interpretations, proclaiming “all are correct, all are correct,” and thus reveal the feebleness of their conception of bhajana. You must rigorously protest against these spurious assertions. If necessary, I am personally ready to discuss this in an open forum....

  • 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....

  • Śrī Vyāsa-pūjā

    By Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja

    Then, in recent times, from the same stage in Śrīdhāma Māyāpura, our Paramagurudeva, paramahaṁsa parivrājakācārya oṁ viṣṇupāda Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja, preached the message of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam throughout the entire world, demonstrating the perfect ideal of śrī vyāsa-pūjā....

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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....