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Secret Way to Attain Krishna

In Bhagavad Gita verse 9.34, Lord Krishna says man-manaa bhaava mad-bhakto / mad-yaaji maam namaskuru  maam evaishyasi yuktvaivam / aatmaanam mat-paraayanaha “Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, become My devotee, offer obeisances to Me and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.“ Through this verse Lord Krishna has revealed the method of attaining Him, in a crystal clear manner. But many a times, we complicate the method because we are not able to control our mind and keep asking for mercy of Krishna over and over again. If we don’t follow the instructions of Krishna and His representatives then no one else can save us. It is because of Srila Prabhupada’s mercy that we are in touch with his books which is enabling us to remember and connect to the Vedic life which our ancestors followed. If not for His Divine Grace’s ... Read More »

Glorification of Lord Balaram

This mail is a humble effort to glorify Lord Balarama by meditating on the lessons to be learnt from the pastime of Lord meeting Romaharshana. The place named Naimisharanya still exists in India, and in ancient times it was especially used for the meetings of great sages and saintly persons with the aim of understanding spiritual life and self-realization. When Lord Balarama visited that place there was a great sacrifice being performed by a great assembly of transcendentalists. Such meetings were planned to last thousands of years. When Lord Balarama arrived, all the participants in the meeting—great sages, ascetics, Brahmanas and learned scholars—immediately arose from their seats and welcomed Him with great honor and respect. Some offered Him respects by standing up and then paying obeisances and those who were elderly great sages and Brahmanas offered Him blessings after standing up. After this, Lord Balarama was offered a suitable seat, ... Read More »

Maturity in Devotional Service – 3

The following is the continuation of the transcription of the astounding lecture delivered by our Guru Maharaj H H Mahavishnu Goswami on 27th Jan 2009 in Rajkot on the verse 2.6.37. This is the concluding part of the transcription of this pravacan. naaham na yuyam yad-rtaam gatim vidur na vaamadevah kim utaapare suraah tan-maayayaa mohita-buddhayas tv idam vinirmitam caatma-samam vicaksmahe “Since neither Lord Siva nor you nor I could ascertain the limits of spiritual happiness, how can other demigods know it? And because all of us are bewildered by the illusory external energy of the Supreme Lord, we can see only this manifested cosmos according to our individual ability.” Maharaj is continuing on the important point of how devotees should courageously tolerate the miseries that keep happening in our life. There is a nice slokha from Bhagavatam - girayo varsha dhaaraabhir hanyamaanaa na vivyatuh. The cliff is there. Thunder storms are ... Read More »

Maturity in Devotional Service – 2

The following is the continuation of the transcription of an astounding lecture delivered by our Guru Maharaj H H Mahavishnu Goswami on 27th Jan 2009 in Rajkot on the verse 2.6.37. This verse is spoken by Brahma to Narada Muni. In this lecture, Maharaj was explaining on the subject of Maturity in Devotional Service. naaham na yuyam yad-rtaam gatim vidur na vaamadevah kim utaapare suraah tan-maayayaa mohita-buddhayas tv idam vinirmitam caatma-samam vicaksmahe “Since neither Lord Siva nor you nor I could ascertain the limits of spiritual happiness, how can other demigods know it? And because all of us are bewildered by the illusory external energy of the Supreme Lord, we can see only this manifested cosmos according to our individual ability.” We should do nityam bhagavata sevaya. Regularly we must do study. Other (medical) treatments are not required. This is maturity. Again we have to make allowance for this. We are ... Read More »

Maturity in Devotional Service – 1

The following is a transcription of an astounding lecture delivered by our Guru Maharaj H H Mahavishnu Goswami on 27th Jan 2009 in Rajkot on the verse 2.6.37. The central theme of this discourse is ‘Maturity in Devotional Service’. naaham na yuyam yad-rtaam gatim vidur na vaamadevah kim utaapare suraah tan-maayayaa mohita-buddhayas tv idam vinirmitam caatma-samam vicaksmahe “Since neither Lord Siva nor you nor I could ascertain the limits of spiritual happiness, how can other demigods know it? And because all of us are bewildered by the illusory external energy of the Supreme Lord, we can see only this manifested cosmos according to our individual ability.” Maturity is very important in devotional service. Unless you attain maturity the propagation of Krishna consciousness is not very easily possible. The father or grandfather can guide the children or grandchildren because they are mature. If they are not mature even grandchildren will not respect them. Mature ... Read More »

Do Not be Callous about Bad-Habits

The proverb “Practice makes it perfect”, holds true for all habits – be it good or bad. So it is very important that we have a constant check on ourselves, on whatever things we see, hear and do in our day to day lives. Bad habits in particular enter very stealthily into our life and before we even realise the impact, they sometimes just become a part of our life and we become so addicted to it that later it becomes very difficult to give it up. Bad habits are like cancer. If detected at early stage, it is easy to get rid of them. If we detect them only at later stage, then by that time, they would have completely ruined our life. Looking at the degraded state of life that is existing now, our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj used to tell us how he ... Read More »

Nothing Remains Unachieved

The below Srimad Bhagavatam verse 3.13.49, is a beautiful verse from the king of scriptures and it gives us lot of inspiration in continuing with our devotional service. This verse is spoken by the sage Maitreya to Vidura, when Vidura enquires eagerly about the pastimes of Lord Varaha. tasmin prasanne sakalaashishaam prabhau kim durlabham taabhir alam lavaatmabhih ananya drshtyaa bhajataam guhaashayah svayam vidhatte sva-gatim parah paraam “Nothing remains unachieved when the Supreme Personality of Godhead is pleased with someone. By transcendental achievement one understands everything else to be insignificant. One who engages in transcendental loving service is elevated to the highest perfectional stage by the Lord Himself, who is seated in everyone’s heart.” In the above verse, the words prasanne, lavaatmabhih and anaya drshtyaa are worth meditating. 1.prasanne – Being pleased: The phrase “Nothing remains unachieved” is backed up only when “Supreme Personality of Godhead is pleased.” The entire essence ... Read More »

Be Gentle – 3

Krishna is described in three ways and here we will see Prabhuji’s explanation on the second point of nivrtta-guna-vrttaye. 2. Nivrtta-guna-vrttaye – Krishna has nothing to do with the material modes: In Srimad Bhagavatam 6.4.29, Shri Daksha prays very hard to Krishna. He says very nicely yad yan niruktam vacasaa nirupitam dhiyaakshabhir vaa manasota yasya maa bhut svarupam guna-rupam hi tat tat sa vai gunaapaaya-visarga-lakshanah “Anything expressed by material vibrations, anything ascertained by material intelligence and anything experienced by the material senses or concocted within the material mind is but an effect of the modes of material nature and therefore has nothing to do with the real nature of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Supreme Lord is beyond the creation of this material world, for He is the source of the material qualities and creation. As the cause of all causes, He exists before the creation and after the creation. I ... Read More »

Be Gentle – 2

If you put aside your material wealth and you accept that material wealth can never conquer Krishna, the value of Krishna increases in our lives. If we understand that it does not matter what we are giving Krishna but it matters, how we are giving it to Krishna, then the value of Krishna increases. So namah akinchana vittaaya is obeisances that we are paying to the lotus feet of Lord Krishna to make us remember that it is not material acquisitions that will bring us Krishna. The only thing that will give us Krishna is pure devotional service that Rukmini mata displayed. That is the source of attraction. That is how Krishna’s value in our life will increase. In our lives, we place so much priority for so many things. When we plan our day, reading Bhagavatam becomes last. Very often, Maharaj said, we plan our day in such a way that ... Read More »

Be Gentle – 1

The following is a humble effort to transcribe the Srimad Bhagavatam class delivered by HG Devakinandan prabhuji, our beloved God brother from Singapore on 29th April 2011, in Abudhabi on the following verse from Kunti Mata’s prayers SB 1.8.27 namo ‘kincana-vittaaya / nivrtta-guna-vrttaye aatmaaraamaaya shaantaaya / kaivalya-pataye namah “My obeisances are unto You, who are the property of the materially impoverished. You have nothing to do with the actions and reactions of the material modes of nature. You are self-satisfied, and therefore You are the most gentle and are master of the monists.” Krishna is described in three ways in this verse. 1. Akincana vittaaya – He is the property of those who are materially impoverished. 2. Nivrtta guna vrttaye – He has nothing to do with the material modes of nature. 3. Atmaraamaya shaantaaya – He is self-satisfied and most gentle. These are the points we must remember about ... Read More »