Fuel Wood – Bhagavad Gita

Arjuna says, “How can I give up this lamentation? I do not understand. My senses are controlling me, so please give me shelter Prabhu. I see that even if I attain everything, I will not be able to be happy. I performed so much austerity and training and I engaged in combat with such great personalities as Lord Śiva and Indra, but this illusory attachment, moha is a great enemy and I cannot defeat it.” When this moha comes, it is a very dangerous moment for people. People cannot conquer it. Arjuna is such a great fighter and personality, but by meeting with his so-called family and blood relatives, he became attached to them and could not overcome his moha. Arjuna previously had a relationship with Kṛṣṇa as a dear friend, therefore he could come back to Him. Now he says, “I am your disciple, no longer your friend. Please help me and kill this enemy of my anarthas…”

Assigning the Goal – New Braja 26 June 1996

So first we should try to know what our sadhya is. What do we want? If you want fruit then if you go to the car shop you won’t be able to get an orange. If you want cloth but you go to the fruit market you won’t find any garments there. So we should decide what our sadhya is. What do we want? We want Krishna. What Krishna? Dvarakadish Krishna? What do you want? Mathuradesh Krishna? Or Ramacandra? Or Krishna in Vaikuntha? We don’t know anything so we should do sadhu-sanga and realize what we want and then we will decide what our sadhana is.

Good Advice – Bhagavad Gita

Dhṛtarāṣṭra now saw that Arjuna had become renounced at heart. He thought, “Now my sons will get the kingdom without any opposition.” He became very glad at heart. Sanjaya referred to Kṛṣṇa as Madhusudana, because he had killed the Madhu demon. Kṛṣṇa is therefore referred to herein as Madhusudana to imply that He will destroy the lamentation, sorrow and bad attachment Arjuna is suffering from. Arjuna was weak and uncontrolled as if attacked and defeated by demons. On one side there are demons, and on the other side there are devotees, associates of God. How then can one understand who is a demon and who is a saint? By associating with whom does one slip a way from God and devotion? This implies that I have been arrested by demons and their demonic tendencies. Arjuna had already some relationship with Kṛṣṇa, therefore he prayed to Him…

A true practitioner of bhakti will respect everyone

Having a straw between his teeth, Śrīla Narottama Ṭhākura prays, “Ha Kiśora! Ha Kiśorī! I hope my service continuously runs. Please accept my service. I have been serving many people since millions of lives. But they were never pleased by my services. I have never attained liberation or relief by serving them. Although I continuously served them, they rejected me. Everyone kicked me away. Today, I am serving the gopīs of Gokula under Your guidance. Please accept my service! I hope to never be distance from you.”
Līlā-śakti will cleanse us thoroughly during the time of sādhana. Externally, a sādhaka will engage himself in śravaṇa-kīrtana. But, he will be very greedy for vraja-bhāva on the inside. He will have a relation with Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s followers. His heart will be very clean.

Remedy – Bhagavad Gita

When the conditioned souls have lost everything and are in the most dire condition, Kṛṣṇa helps them by sharing His six opulences. If His devotees are very poor and suffering, Kṛṣṇa will give wealth. Then they think, “Oh God is helping me.” If they are weak or devoid of any strength, God will give the power to come back to Him. If no one respects or likes them, God will make them famous. God will give a portion of His glory and make whoever He so desires glorious. Then people will respect that person and he will think, “I now am a great personality.” God may give śrī; beauty, meaning all good qualities. God also gives spiritual knowledge to defeat everything mundane. Then one will understand what is good and bad for him. If God doesn’t give strength, energy and good intelligence then one will never understand that what he has done is bad for him. If God bestows spiritual knowledge, one will understand what is bad and will not act wrongly or go to wrong places…

CAN YOU FOLLOW THE RULES AND REGULATIONS – Of Bhakti For Your Entire Life?

The sādhaka should promise to himself that he will follow the rules and regulations of bhakti his entire life. When he serves Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa with his spiritual body, he will find himself drowning in the moods of the Vraja-devīs. The power of the holy dhāma and the nirguṇa devotees is inconceivable. By staying with the followers of the Vraja-devīs, their service tendency will come gradually.

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