Thyself – Bhagavad Gita

At that time, they think that their real dharma is to maintain the body and serve the body, but this is a temporary situation and is not the eternal dharma of the soul. We have forgotten that. Therefore, Kṛṣṇa gave His svarūpa-śakti through singing this gītā, liberating the living entities from false ego and understanding. By endeavoring to follow this Bhagavad-gītā; the teachings of Kṛṣṇa, one can be liberated from all false attachment and illusion in this world. One will become established in that dharma, form and nature of the soul. Kṛṣṇa instructed Arjuna, “Becoming established in knowledge of the soul, follow your duty and fight. Their bodies will be destroyed, but not their souls. You have no fault. I am instructing you to do this.” When a person who has knowledge of the soul performs his duty, he cannot be affected by sin. On the other hand, if one does not follow his duty, then sin will come to him…

VAISNAVAS NEVER ACCEPT THIS BLAMING AND FAULT FINDING

If a person brings a pile of fresh stool to another person and requests him to accept it then he will be entirely uninterested and disgusted. But if that stool was brought to pigs and piglets then they would be very happy. Now think about this. Are we pigs and piglets? Are we dogs and hogs? Or are we humans, men, and women? Are you a gentleman? If you are a gentleman, then why do you accept any other person’s faults or the complaints of a faultfinder? This is offered to you on a plate. Oh, how sweet and tasteful! Now, when this is offered to me, I quickly take it and immediately distribute it to others. I will be an agent of this.

Soul Food – Bhagavad Gita

The soul has no birth or death and can never be destroyed. The dharma of the body should not be considered that of the soul, and the food of the body should not be considered food for the soul. The suffering of the body is not the suffering of the soul. Also, following the dharma of the body or maintaining the body is not helpful to the soul. Materially-minded people think that worship of the body is the same as worship of the soul. Krishna has therefore manifested this Bhagavad-gita to instruct people on the truth of the soul. Inside the gita, God invested all His potency. He gave svarupa-sakti, wanting to bring the living entities self-conception up from the nature of the body to that of the soul. This is called gita, meaning the manifestation of svarupa-sakti. By doing kirtana of this Gita, one will achieve liberation from the material world with its attachments and conceptions. One will get liberation from all these temporary things. Therefore Krishna gave all the sakti through His song of the gita. By this method, he brought Arjuna out of the contamination of maya…

Engineering Your Inner Self – Issue 01

For the pleasure of the dear devotees of Sri Gauranga, we are offering this newsletter, “Engineering the Inner Self” as our humble effort for the service of the Vaisnava community. Our savants of yore and modern have encouraged us to undertake this work, keeping in mind the large masses of intelligent, educated men and women who have lost the roots of our culture, and do not ‘belong’ now to this or that ‘school’, but have open minds, and want to be educated about this great wisdom. But in the contemporary world, dry, abstract considerations, which benefit no one, but are treated as luxuries in frozen traditions, confined to closed circles, are totally out of fashion. In this regard, we endeavor to present the noonday brightness of the ancient Vedic seers’ genius. With throbbing hearts, they bequeathed to us an inexhaustible fund of intuitive insights through an oral tradition, in a symbolic language pregnant with multiple waves of meanings, which only the equipped minds can discern in a simple way, leaving aside any zeal for exhibitionism…

Indestructible Truth – Bhagavad Gita

The dharma of the body; rules and regulations of the body is on one side, and on the other there are the rules and regulations of the soul and its dharma. That which is truth cannot be destroyed, and that which is temporary is naturally destroyed. It cannot be protected. If one tries to protect the body by keeping it in a safe box, a deep freezer or in the best hospital with the best doctors and surgeons to protect it, the body will not last. Kṛṣṇa instructs Arjuna, “The dharma of the body is not the dharma of the soul. The body has many fires and desires, but none are the desires of the soul. The soul is another thing. Therefore, don’t follow the nature and urges of the body – follow the soul…”

WHO IS A SADHU?

Who is a sādhu? Sādhnoti sādhayati ca kṛṣṇa-prema iti sādhu—that person who himself is performing sādhana-bhajana to awaken kṛṣṇa-prema and who helps engage others in this type of sādhana-bhajana as well, is a sādhu.
The sādhus do bhajana and engage others in sādhana and bhajana also. This is their specialty.
When the sādhu sees a person running for māyā, he catches that person and says, “No! Stop running. Come back. Do bhajana!” This is their nature. They are very strange. They never help anyone jump into māyā. They will bring them back. The seed of bhakti will automatically be planted in sat-saṅga. They can plant this seed anywhere they desire.

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…”

IS SRILA PRABHUPADA A COWHERD BOY? – (Sakhya-Rasa)

The ISKCON leaders once asked Śrīla Gurudeva: “Please tell us what rasa Śrīla Prabhupāda was in and, if we are qualified to hear, please disclose his spiritual identity.” Hesitant to speak about this, Gurudeva said, “I fear you may misuse or misrepresent what I say.”...

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.