HOW TO LIVE AND SERVE IN THE DHAMA

Many people think they have no qualification to follow the rāgānugā-bhaktas or to even hear their teachings. This is like a meat-eater saying he cannot give up flesh and become a vegetarian because he will not have any strength. Or it is like a drug addict saying he cannot give up his addiction because it will drive him mad. We should not be afraid of giving up a lower path for a higher one. Some initial difficulty may be there, but in time, we will feel hundreds of times better than we did under the grip of our vices. Before the awakening of divine love, we are all under the spell of māyā. We are intoxicated by the illusions of material life. To become free of this, we must follow the footsteps of the rāgānugā-bhaktas on the rāga-mārga path.

DON’T BE ARRESTED BY HEALTH, WEALTH AND HOME

Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says, “May I not distance myself from bhajana for even one minute. Then who will protect me from Māyā-devī? Therefore, bhajana is my life and soul.” The desire for sense gratification is very dangerous. We should give up this desire at once; or else, we will become greatly disturbed. Mahārṣi Gautama taught everyone this. Bhajana gives us life. We are dead if we don’t perform bhajana.

GURUDEVA DEFENDS PRABHUPADA & ISKCON

Upon his return to Mathurā, Śrīla Gurudeva told the congregation of Mathurā-vāsīs about his travels and experiences in the West. Śrīla Gurudeva said: “Everywhere I went, people welcomed me and were eager to hear hari-kathā; but also some people were opposed. When I...

“Rasik Mohan Das and the Bhaktabandhav team are doing an invaluable service publishing the hari-katha of Sripada Premananda Prabhu, Srila Gurudeva B.V. Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, and the books of the acaryas. Books like Sri Guru Darsana, Krsna-karnamrta, Radha-rasa-sudha-nidhi, and so on, provide a wealth of information and purification: these volumes make one feel as though they are in Gurudeva’s presence, imbibing pure bhakti as only he could provide it.”

— Steven J. Rosen, Satyaraja Dasa (acbsp), author of 30 books on Gaudiya Vaishnavism, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies, and associate editor of Back to Godhead

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