from Garga Samhita
Text 10 rathārūḍhas tato ‘krūraḥ kṣaṇān nanda-puraṁ gataḥ ghoseṣu sa-balaṁ kṛṣṇaṁ āgacchantaṁ dadarśa ha
Riding on his chariot, in a moment Akrūra entered Nanda’s village and saw Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma approaching him.
Texts 11 and 12 devau purāṇau puruṣau pareśau padmekṣaṇau śyāmala-gaura-varṇau yathendranīla-dhvaja-vajra-śailau samāśritau tau pathi rāma-kṛṣṇau
bālārka-maulī vasanaṁ taḍid-dyutī varṣāśaran-megha-rucaṁ dadhānau dṛṣṭvā sa tūrṇaṁ sva-rathād gato ‘dhao tayor nato bhakti-yutaḥ papāta
Seeing on the pathway the two ancient Supreme Persons, Their eyes lotus flowers, Their complexions fair and dark like a sapphire flag and a diamond mountain, wearing crowns like the rising sun . . . → Read More: Akrura Enters Vrindavan
Today I noticed how prasadam was tasty to the tongue, (happiness), while shortly thereafter, while working outside, felt lots of ants biting my foot skin! Dozens! And quite painful. This is material life. There is (happiness), pleasan nerve ending tinglings, and pain, due to unpleasant skin sensations. All skin sensations of the external bag of skin and bones, having not much to do with my eternal soul.
We deserve better happiness. Not flowers mixed with thorns. Happiness beyond body and mind is our birthright. It is who we really are. Bhagavad-gita, spoken by the demanding Lord Sri Krishna encourages us . . . → Read More: We Need Not Accept Thorny Rose Happiness…
Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvāca 13 –
One evening, while seated in his garden, Śrīla Prabhupāda sat with his back very straight and his eyes widened.
“Govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi,” he chanted. “This is our pride. We are servants to the most regal person, Kṛṣṇa. Everyone is a servant, but our pride is that we are servants to Kṛṣṇa. Govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi.” more> http://vedabase.com/en/spu/13
. . . → Read More: Proud to be Servants of Krishna
The Bhagavad-gita and other scriptures speak about the quality of personality, the quality of character being extremely important, with regard to yoga practice and self-realization.
I know this well in my own life. We learn from the saints how our minds are covered to one degree or the other, with layers of past thinking patterns, modes of feeling, attitudes, etc.
These layers can be helpful to spiritual love and God consciousness or not. In many case they are not favorable. The lustfulness for fleshly pleasures, selfish tendencies manifesting in lack of concern for others, laziness, etc. All of this can . . . → Read More: World War III Inside Our Hearts
1. Sanaka-kumāra and the sages gaze at Him and speak many prayers. Brahmā and the demigods meditate on Him but cannot attain Him. Śiva, garbed only by the four directions, wanders about, his five mouths singing His glories.
2. The water that has washed His feet, water that purifies the three worlds, rests as the ornament on Śiva’s matted locks. Surrounded by His associates, He, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, descended to this world in Nadīyā-pura, in Śacī’s house.
3. Please gaze at Śacī’s son. To the dull and lifeless fallen souls He revealed nāma-sa/nkīrtana, the chanting of the holy . . . → Read More: Poem about Lord Chaitanya – from Close Associate
The venerable Vaisnav Saint Srila Bhaktivinode pointed out that atheism and agnosticism don’t really exist. Rather, these moods arise in the hearts of human beings who are too much over-ridden with enviousness, anger, lustfullness and other base qualities.
Despite truckloads of evidence, a certain type of character is required to appreciate and realize Divinity. Consider how people sometimes pray to God for the perfect husband or wife. Yet when told God can, or has Feminine Companions, they will totally deny the possibilty. If that isn’t weird, I don’t know what is!
Why? Often it is due to plain old Envy. . . . → Read More: No Such Thing as Atheism – Really!
We are all creatures of material nature. In the Bhagavad-gītā it is said that the Lord Himself is the seed-giving father and material nature is the mother of all living beings in all shapes. Thus mother material nature has enough foodstuff both for animals and for men, by the grace of the Father Almighty, Śrī Kṛṣṇa.
The human being is the elder brother of all other living beings. He is endowed with intelligence more powerful than animals for realizing the course of nature and the indications of the Almighty Father. Human civilizations should depend on the production of . . . → Read More: Divine Consciousness and Happiness
Not sure how often I’ll write. Greatly inspired by His Holiness Satsvarupa das Goswami. He is a prolific devotional writer and unusually open and honest.
Yesterday was Halloween, didn’t have candy for the kids. Unusual oversight. Not a biggie Like devotees of both ages past and present I struggle here and there to “stay on track”.
I didn’t come from a religious background. I never thought of a personal God before meet ing devotees. It’s been a serious path of self-transformation. I’ve discovered that the Lord most certainly exists and is present. What stands between is the . . . → Read More: First Entry November 2011
Hare Krishna! Hare Krishna!
Glories to Gulabjumons, Sweet Rice, Pakoras and Chutney, Dahl and Rice offered to Sri Radha-Govinda, Jagannath-Baladeva-Subhadra!
Srila Prabhupada saved me and so many others from horribly sinful meat-eating. Saved us from the gross physical urges of our depraved minds, with Prasadam.
“Honor Prasadam and be happy” Srila Prabhupada would say with relish.
And he relished Prasadam too.
Thank you Srila Prabhupada!
“…The tendency to glorify others or hear others must be turned to the real object of glorification-the Supreme Being. And that will bring happiness….” SB 1.2.15