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Swimming Against the Current

The parents are always worried about the younger generation, particularly considering the kali yuga atmosphere prevailing everywhere. At a certain stage, the children have to leave the protective shelter of their parents, either for their studies or employment etc. At that point it is very important that the younger generation remember the following wonderful instructions given by our beloved Guru Maharaj, in reply to a question by a devotee in Singapore. It also makes us understand the sincere, pure and unmotivated mood with which a preacher should be preaching the message of Krishna. “Everybody is not attracted to Krishna. Majority of people are attracted to sense gratificatory activities. Everybody is nearly attracted to the main market, video shops, brothels and restaurants and what not. Singapore is very famous for that and all cities are competing with each other in supplying sense gratification. This is the real fact. So that is ... Read More »

This Is How We Should Preach

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The following is what I have written down from a short, but most valuable instructive class with His Holiness Mahavishnu Gosvami Maharaja, on the Srimad Bhagavatam 6.1.15, given in London, July 9,2008. kecit kevalayaa bhaktyaa vaasudeva-paraayanaah agham dhunvanti kaartsnyena nihaaram iva bhaaskarah kecit — some people; kevalayaa bhaktyaa — by executing unalloyed devotional service; vaasudeva — to Lord Krsna, the all-pervading Supreme Personality of Godhead; paraayanaah — completely attached (only to such service, without dependence on austerity, penance, cultivation of knowledge or pious activities); agham — all kinds of sinful reactions; dhunvanti-destroy; kaartsnyena — completely (with no possibility that sinful desires will revive); nihaaram — fog; iva — like; bhaaskarah — the sun. “Only a rare person who has adopted complete, unalloyed devotional service to Krsna can uproot the weeds of sinful actions with no possibility that they will revive. He can do this simply by discharging devotional service, just ... Read More »

Understand and Preach

Understand and Preach Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva. Below mail is a partial transcription of Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj Gurudev on verses from second chapter of Seventh Canto, in Sydney on 2nd April 97. Our heartfelt thanks to our godbrother HG Ananthavijay Prabhuji from Minneapolis for sharing this transcription with us. After singing ‘jaya radha-madhava‘ and then the pranams mantras, Maharaj says, ‘So we are continuing seventh canto chapter two – “Hiranyakashipu king of the demons” and we are looking to two verses today, twenty five and twenty six. om namo bhagavate vaasudevaaya (thrice—devotees respond) (chants word by word with devotees repeating) -(SB -7.2.25-26) esha aatma-viparyaaso / hy alinge linga-bhaavanaa esha priyaapriyair yogo / viyogah karma-samsrtih sambhavaś ca vinaashash ca / shokash ca vividhah smrtah avivekas ca cintaa ca / ... Read More »

Just Do It

Just Do It (Compiled from notes on lectures of H. H. Mahavishnu Goswami) The following is a transcription of the speech give by our beloved Guru Maharaja in Singapore in the ‘Bhaktavatsala youth class’ program, on the following verse from Srimad Bhagavatam 3.29.11-12: mad-guna-sruti-maatrena mayi sarva-guhaasaye mano-gatir avicchinnaa yathaa gangaambhaso ‘mbudhau laksanam bhakti-yogasya nirgunasya hy udaahrtam ahaituky avyavahitaa yaa bhaktih purusottame “The manifestation of unadulterated devotional service is exhibited when one’s mind is at once attracted to hearing the transcendental name and qualities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is residing in everyone’s heart. Just as the water of the Ganges flows naturally down towards the ocean, such devotional ecstasy, uninterrupted by any material condition, flows towards the Supreme Lord.” Maharaja was lucidly explaining the point on the natural flow of Ganges water towards the ocean. The Ganges water has got only one goal of existence and that is ... Read More »