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Check Your Desires

In Srimad Bhagvatam 1.2.6 Sri Suta Goswami answers the first question of the sages of Naimisharanya. The sages had asked him to summarize the whole range of revealed scriptures and present the most essential part so that fallen people or the people in general might easily take it up. sa vai pumsaam paro dharmo / yato bhaktir adhokshaje ahaituky apratihataa / yayaatma supraseedati “The supreme occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self.“ This is a very important verse as it teaches us, how the devotional service should be carried out and with what mood and attitude. Yes, Just superficially carrying out devotional service without having “bhaav” in it or loving feelings in it is as futile as preparing a meal without salt. Will a ... Read More »

Eagerness of tongue and speech

Today I would like to share most important aspect of life of a devotee, fighting in materialistic world to sustain his devotion. We must have ourselves witnessed many incidents wherein our tongue was out of control. It is considered equally offensive when one speaks right things at wrong time and Wrong things at right time. Many a times one just cannot control his tongue. Actually what is gossipping ? In Sanskrit its called gramya katha. Gossiping is nothing but two people speaking ill about third person. How does small things in material world take form of big issue? In material world why is there enmity in two people as soon as they come very close to each other? Why have Sanskrit proverb named “atiparichayastav avajnyaa” came into picture? Why do people get hurt from close ones more than the people who don’t really mean anything to them ? A study ... Read More »

Bhoga or Prasadam ?

An opulence of an individual is not measured by how many houses one has, how many cars one has, or by the count of family members and friends one has. It simply depends on how satisfied we are with whatever the Lord has blessed us with. But unfortunately most of the times we keep craving for things which we don’t have and miss out to be happy and thankful for whatever we are blessed with. Our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj used to tell us, “If Krishna is not giving us something, then we don’t want it.” This should be our attitude. In Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 8 Chapter 19 verse 24,  Lord Vamanadev while explaining to Bali Maharaj why he did not ask for more than 3 paces of land, very nicely says yadrcchayopapannena / santushto vartate sukham naasantushtas tribhir lokair / ajitaatmopasaaditaih “One should be satisfied with whatever he ... Read More »

Don’t Nourish Your Impious Desires

It is very important in spiritual life that we should not be misdirected especially stray away from spiritual master’s instructions. The basic tendency of the conditioned soul is to enjoy and have sense gratification which we have already experienced for so many lives. As our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, Although we have gone atleast once through the 84 lacs speices of life, still the irony is that neither we understand them nor we realize them. We still falsely believe that this is the only life for us. Srila Prabhupada in his wonderful purport explains the secret of success of spiritual life in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.8 – “The secret of success in spiritual life is in satisfying the spiritual master and thereby getting his sincere blessings.” It is essential, therefore, that a disciple be very much obedient and submissive to the bona fide spiritual master. The reason for ... Read More »

How To Satisfy Krishna

Satisfy-Krishna

Today I was listening to a Bhagavatam class given by H.H. Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaja in Shree Shree Radha NeelMadhava dhama on 9 Dec 2008. While speaking to a grihastha devotee, Maharaja said, “Ashram doesn’t matter really, whatever ashram we are, we have to remember Krishna’s words.” caatur-varnyam mayaa srstam guna-karma-vibhaagasah tasya kartaaram api maam viddhy akartaaram avyayam “According to the three modes of material nature and the work associated with them, the four divisions of human society are created by Me. And although I am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the nondoer, being unchangeable. ” There is nothing wrong in changing the ashramas. But whichever ashram we are in, we should follow Krishna’s words. Hari-toshanam should be in our sight always. Satisfaction of Krishna is possible only by three things – Please remember this verse from Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.31.19 dayayaa sarva-bhutesu santustyaa ... Read More »

Constant Engagement of Our Senses for Krishna

Constant Engagement of Our Senses for Krishna Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva. In Bhagavad Gita verse 8.5, Lord Krishna declares to Arjuna anta-kaale ca maam eva / smaran muktvaa kalevaram yah prayaati sa mad-bhaavam / yaati naasty atra samshayah “And whoever, at the end of his life, quits his body, remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt.” We might wonder what will happen if we remember something else. Lord clarifies our doubts in next verse as follows yam yam vaapi smaran bhaavam / tyajaty ante kalevaram tam tam evaiti kaunteya / sadaa tad-bhaava-bhaavita h “Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, O son of Kunti, that state he will attain without fail.” There is a proverb that whatever we make as habit since we are in the ... Read More »

Plan-Making For More Suffering

Plan-Making For More Suffering Srila Prabhupada is showing us how the material intelligence is misused for more and more suffering in his lecture on 12/17/76 in Hyderabad on Bhagavad-gita 3.25: saktah karmany avidvamso yatha kurvanti bharata kuryad vidvams tathasaktas cikirsur loka-sangraham There are two classes of men: vidvan – learned, and the fools – not learned, known as the fool. Human being, they are, of course, very intelligent than the animals. But amongst themselves there are more intelligent, less intelligent. On the whole, they are more intelligent than the animals. So far intelligence is concerned, in the matter of considering eating, sleeping, sex, and defense, that is equal either in the animal or in the human being. It doesn’t require any education. Even the dog knows how to use sex life. It doesn’t require a Freud’s philosophy. But the rascal human society, they are thinking that “Here is a big philosopher. He is ... Read More »