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Lord Krishna describes the nature of mahatmas in Bhagavad Gita verse 9.13 as follows. mahaatmaanas tu maam paartha / daivim prakrtim aashritaah bhajanty ananya-manaso / jnaatvaa bhutaadim avyayam “O son of Prthaa, those who are not deluded, the great souls, are under the protection of the divine nature. They are fully engaged in devotional service because they know Me as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, original and inexhaustible.“ As stated by Srila Prabhupada “The first sign of the mahaatma is that he is already situated in the divine nature. He is not under the control of material nature. One can become free from the control of material nature as soon as he surrenders his soul to the Supreme Personality of Godhead..They are always engaged in the unswerving service of the Lord in Krishna consciousness“. The process of self-realization and the path home, back to Godhead, means surrendering to the bonafide ... Read More »

Symbol of Tolerance

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 6.9.6, Sukadeva Goswami while describing about the appearance of the demon Vrttrasura says to Maharaj Parikshit brahma-hatyaam anjalinaa / jagraaha yad apeeshvarah sam vatsaraante tad agham / bhutaanaam sa vishuddhaye bhumy-ambu-druma-yoshidbhyash / caturdhaa vyabhajad dharih “Although Indra was so powerful that he could neutralize the sinful reactions for killing a brahmana, he repentantly accepted the burden of these reactions with folded hands. He suffered for one year, and then to purify himself he distributed the reactions for this sinful killing among the earth, water, trees and women.“ It is understood here , that Indra could distribute his sinful reactions, to earth, water, trees and women, since all these are a symbol of tolerance. Only because they have the capacity to tolerate silently, they were distributed with this high responsibility of neutralizing for mistakes not committed by them. In this regard, 11th canto 7th chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam ... Read More »

Cooperating to Please Krishna

The sons of King Praacinabarhi were known as the Pracetas. They underwent severe austerities within the seawater to carry out the order of their father to increase progeny. On the way they met Lord Shiva who mercifully taught them the prayers to please the Supreme Personality of Godhead. By chanting and repeating the mantras given by Lord Shiva, they were able to satisfy Lord Vishnu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and also get His darshan. This beautiful verse from Srimad Bhagavatam (4.30.8) is a reminder for all of us as to how we can please the Lord by cooperation. It nicely highlights, about what we are actually lacking in. shri-bhagavaan uvaaca varam vrneedhvam bhadram vo / yuyam me nrpa nandanaah sauhaardenaa prthag dharmaas / tushto ‘ham sauhrdena vah “The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear sons of the King, I am very much pleased by the friendly relationships among ... Read More »

The Real Hero

On the auspicious occasion of the appearance of Vamanadeva, H.G. Sajjanapriya Krishna Prabhuji took a very nice class on the pastime of Lord Vamanadeva referring to the following verse from Srimad Bhagavatam 8.22.35 rakshishye sarvato ’ham tvaam / saanugam saparicchadam sadaa sannihitam veera / tatra maam drakshyate bhavaan “O great hero, I shall always be with you and give you protection in all respects along with your associates and paraphernalia. Moreover, you will always be able to see Me there.“ This is the verse spoken by Lord Vamanadeva to Bali Maharaj after Bali Maharaj was arrested by the rope of Varuna, as he was unable to fulfill his promise to the Lord to give in charity the three paces of land begged by the Lord. Even after he was arrested, Bali Maharaj very much felt that he could not fulfill his promise and he spoke very humbly expressing that he ... Read More »

Weaver’s Gold Coin

Recently, I came across a nice story about a poor weaver living in a village. He was good at the skill of weaving nice clothes. Seeing his work, a very rich merchant gave him a couple of orders to weave for his daughter’s wedding. The weaver spent most of the time working on it and at the end, he presented it to the rich merchant. The rich merchant had promised a gold coin for the work but seeing the output, he was extremely pleased and presented two gold coins instead of one. The weaver was happy and gave the two gold coins to his wife. The wife advised him to sell one gold coin and purchase more material for his business and being a smart wife she advised him to save the extra gold coin for a rainy day. The weaver accepted her plan and decided to hide the gold ... Read More »

Meditate on the Supreme Lord – 2

This is in continuation of the previous offering transcribing the speech delivered by our beloved Guru Maharaj on Bhagavad Gita verse 8.9. The first three qualities were discussed in the previous offering and Maharaj’s speech on the other qualities of the Lord is transcribed herewith. kavim puraanam anushaasitaaram / anor aneeyamsam anusmared yah sarvasya dhaataaram acintya-rupam / aaditya-varnam tamasah parastaat “One should meditate upon the Supreme Person as the one who knows everything, as He who is the oldest, who is the controller, who is smaller than the smallest, who is the maintainer of everything, who is beyond all material conception, who is inconceivable, and who is always a person. He is luminous like the sun, and He is transcendental, beyond this material nature.“ 4. anoh aniyaamsam – one who is smaller than the smallest: Srila Prabhupada always gives the example that the material scientists can manufacture the aeroplane. Our Lord is ... Read More »

Meditate on the Supreme Lord – 1

It is a real treat and pleasure to listen to the singing of the verses by our beloved Guru Maharaj who sings them in complete devotion, purity and relish. Before Maharaj starts speaking on the verse for the day, he always sings a few slokas from Srimad Bhagavad Gita or Srimad Bhagavatam or some vedic literature and explains the same. One of Maharaj’s favorite verses is the Bhagavad gita verse 8.9 kavim puraanam anushaasitaaram / anor aneeyamsam anusmared yah sarvasya dhaataaram acintya-rupam / aaditya-varnam tamasah parastaat “One should meditate upon the Supreme Person as the one who knows everything, as He who is the oldest, who is the controller, who is smaller than the smallest, who is the maintainer of everything, who is beyond all material conception, who is inconceivable, and who is always a person. He is luminous like the sun, and He is transcendental, beyond this material nature.” ... Read More »

Everything is Possible

In Abu dhabi, by the blessings of our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj, Srila Prabhupada and the Supreme Lord, the rath yatra of Their Lordships Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra Mayi was celebrated in a very grand manner on February 11 2011 and the whole program was dedicated in memory of our beloved spiritual master. When I was talking to HG Narahari prabhu about the grand rath yatra festival, he shared with me a wonderful verse from the Vedas glorifying the form of Lord Jagannatha and the verse is ado yad-daaru plavate sindhoh paare apurusham tadaarabhasva durhano tena gaccha parastaram “The Supreme Person manifests Himself in the form of a wooden deity floating in the ocean at a far off place; it is a divine form and not made by any human being (apurusham) and by offering worship to this wooden image, O who is unconquerable King, ... Read More »

The Culture of Gratitude – 6

In the last offerings we saw that Prabhuji explained about 1. The abominable condition of the child in the womb 2. The child is able to continue existing in that condition because of the causeless mercy of the Lord. 3. The starting point of spiritual life begins with one word and it is gratitude. 4. From acceptance of all the situations in our life, comes the gift of tolerance. We accept the situations because that is what we deserve. 5. Krishna is Deena naatha. 6. The Culture of Gratitude – Prabhuji explained that realising the causeless mercy of Krishna, we should behave in the way the child is saying in the womb, that is he is expressing his gratitude and this begins with seeing the hand of Krishna in all the situations and always uttering the words “Thank you” and “sorry”. Also from Pancatantra story we understood that ungrateful persons ... Read More »

The Culture of Gratitude – 5

In the last offerings we saw that Prabhuji explained about 1. The abominable condition of the child in the womb 2. The child is able to continue existing in that condition because of the causeless mercy of the Lord. 3. The starting point of spiritual life begins with one word and it is gratitude. 4. From acceptance of all the situations in our life, comes the gift of tolerance. We accept the situations because that is what we deserve. 5. Krishna is Deena naatha. 6. The Culture of Gratitude – Prabhuji explained that realising the causeless mercy of Krishna, we should behave in the way the child is saying in the womb, that is he is expressing his gratitude and this begins with seeing the hand of Krishna in all the situations and always uttering the words “Thank you” and “sorry”. Then he told a story narrated by our beloved ... Read More »