B H A K T I (Devotional Service). part 8.


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In the Padma Purāṇa there is a statement of submission in feeling by devotees
praying to the Lord: “My Lord, I know that young girls have natural affection
for young boys, and that young boys have natural affection for young girls.
I am praying at Your lotus feet that my mind may become attracted unto You in the same spontaneous way.”
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B H A K T I (Devtional Service). part 5.


The attitude of the disciple should be to satisfy the bona fide spiritual master.
Then it will be very easy for him to understand spiritual knowledge.
This is confirmed in the Vedas, and Rūpa Gosvāmī will further explain
that for a person who has unflinching faith in God and the spiritual master,
everything becomes revealed very easily. (The Nectar of Devotion). More

B H A K T I (Devtional Service). part 4.


Śuddha-bhakti, the activity of the soul proper, in other words, engagement in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, is performed in a liberated condition.
(The Nectar of Instruction). More

B H A K T I (Devotional Service). part 2.


“sā tv asmin parama-prema-rūpā”

(Devotional service manifests as the most elevated, pure love for God.
(Sri Narada Bhakti Sutra). More

B H A K T I (Devotional Service). part 1.


There are six characteristics of pure devotional service, which are as follows:

(1) Pure devotional service brings immediate relief from all kinds of material distress.
(2) Pure devotional service is the beginning of all auspiciousness.
(3) Pure devotional service automatically puts one in transcendental pleasure.
(4) Pure devotional service is rarely achieved.
(5) Those in pure devotional service deride even the conception of liberation.
(6) Pure devotional service is the only means to attract Kṛṣṇa.
(The Nectar of Devotion). More

The Glories of Bhakti


Anything that changes is called temporary. We should know that beyond these temporary senses are our permanent senses, which are now covered by the material body. The permanent senses, being contaminated by matter, are not acting properly. Bhakti, therefore, involves freeing the senses from this contamination.

We have our eyes, but without the light of the sun our eyes are of no value. Similarly, without the light of Lord Krishna, or without the grace of the spiritual master, we cannot see things as they are. More

The Significance Of Chanting The Holy Name Of The Lord Without Offenses – Part -3


As for being freed from all sinful reactions by chanting the holy name of Kṛṣṇa only once, one must chant the holy name without committing any offenses. Then chanting one name is sufficient to rescue a living being from all sinful reactions. Such a person who chants the holy name of the Lord offenselessly is very important and woshipable. Indeed, the nine devotional processes, beginning with śravaṇa and kīrtana, can all be attained at once if one simply chants the holy name of the Lord offenselessly.
(Sri Caitanya Caritamrta—–2:15:107—–purport). More

The Significance Of Chanting The Holy Name Of The Lord Without Offenses – Part -2


The simple process of offenselessly chanting and hearing the holy name of the Lord will gradually promote one very soon to the stage of emancipation. There are three stages in chanting the holy name of the Lord. The first stage is the offensive chanting of the holy name, and the second is the reflective stage of chanting the holy name. The third stage is the offenseless chanting of the holy name of the Lord. In the second stage only, the stage of reflection, between the offensive and offenseless stages, one automatically attains the stage of emancipation. And in the offenseless stage, one actually enters into the kingdom of God, although physically he may apparently be within the material world. To attain the offenseless stage, one must be on guard in the following manner.
When we speak of hearing and chanting, it means that not only should one chant and hear of the holy name of the Lord as Rāma, Kṛṣṇa (or systematically the sixteen names Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare), but one should also read and hear the Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in the association of devotees.
(Srimad Bhagavatam—–2:2:30—–purport). More

The Significance Of Chanting The Holy Name Of The Lord Without Offenses – Part -1‏


When Lord Caitanya was born during the lunar eclipse, all India was roaring with the holy sound of Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. These sixteen names of the Lord are mentioned in many Purāṇas and Upaniṣads, and they are described as the Tāraka-brahma nāma of this age. It is recommended in the śāstras that offenseless chanting of these holy names of the Lord can deliver a fallen soul from material bondage. There are innumerable names of the Lord both in India and outside, and all of them are equally good because all of them indicate the Supreme Personality of Godhead. But because these sixteen are especially recommended for this age, people should take advantage of them and follow the path of the great ācāryas who attained success by practicing the rules of the śāstras (revealed scriptures).
(Srimad Bhagavatam—–introduction). More

The Importance Of Chanting 16 Rounds Of The Hare Krishna Mantra‏


As far as our ISKCON movement is concerned, we simply ask that one observe the four prohibitive rules, chant sixteen rounds and, instead of indulging in luxurious eating for the tongue, simply accept prasāda offered to the Lord. This does not mean that with our fasting the Lord should also fast. The Lord should be given foodstuff which is as nice as possible. But we should not make it a point to satisfy our own tongues. As far as possible we should accept simple foodstuff, just to keep the body and soul together to execute devotional service.
(Srimad Bhagavatam–4:8:72–purport). More

Chanting The Holy Name Of Lord Krishna – Part 12


One morning after bathing in the Ganges, Nimai Pandit (Lord Caitanya), sat down to teach Sanskrit to His students. Completely absorbed in Krishna, Nimai Pandit chanted the holy name of Krishna and nothing else. His students could
not understand His mood. Nimai Pandit told them that Krishna is the essential lesson of everything. He further said that all Sanskrit sutras, aphorisms and commentaries actually describe the glories of the holy name of Krishna. In Shri
Caitanya Bhagavata, Madhya Khanda Chapter one, texts 148 to 168, it is stated:-

148. The Lord said, “The holy names of Krishna are eternal Truth. All scriptures explain Krishna and nothing else.” More

Chanting The Holy Name Of Lord Krishna – Part 10


The Meaning Of The Hare Krishna Mahamantra

BY Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

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HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE.

Chanting the Hare Krishna mantra will give one full benefit if one knows and understands the meanings. The meanings of the Hare Krishna mantra varies according to the different levels of spiritual consciousness. More

Chanting The Holy Name Of Lord Krishna – Part 9


In the Padma Purana, it is stated, ” Even if in the beginning one chants the holy name with offenses, one will become free from such offenses by chanting again and again.” More

Chanting The Holy Name Of Lord Krishna – Part 8


Sri Nama Mahatmya: The Glories of the holy name by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura.

krsna-nama dhare kato bal
bisaya-basananale, mora citta sada jwale,
rabi-tapta maru-bhumi-sam
karna-randhra-patha diya, hrdi majhe pravesiya,
barisoya sudha anupam More

Chanting The Holy Name Of Lord Krishna – Part 7


It is stated in Srila Rupa Goswami`s Krsna Namastakam, ” O holy name, the tips
of the toes of your lotus feet are eternally worshipped by the glowing effulgence of the Upanisads, the crest jewels of the Vedas. You are eternally adored and chanted by great liberated souls like Sri Narada and Srila Sukadeva Goswami. O Harinama, clearing myself of all offenses, I take complete shelter of You.” More

Chanting The Holy Name Of Lord Krishna – Part 5



There are no hard and fast rules for chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

One can chant anywhere, anytime, in any situation.

In fact, the Caitanya-caritamrta (Antya-lila, 20.18) describes that chanting the holy name at any time or place, even during sleep or while eating, brings one all perfection. However, there are different stages of chanting. More

Chanting The Holy Name Of Lord Krishna – Part 4


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By constant chanting, then one can come to realize Parabrahman (the Supreme Brahman), or the Absolute Truth.

Any person, under any circumstances, can reach an elevated state of consciousness by properly hearing the Bhagavad-gītā, and then, by constantly chanting the name of God, he can win God over.

One can constantly chant any name of the Lord at any time, and at stage of life, and thereby constantly associate with Him. More

Chanting The Holy Name Of Lord Krishna – Part 3



Mantra: “man” means “mind” and “tra” means “to deliver”.Thus a mantra is a transcendental sound vibration with potency to liberate the mind from material conditioning.
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Chanting The Holy Name Of Lord Krishna – Part 2


‘eka’ kṛṣṇa-nāme kare sarva-pāpa nāśa
premera kāraṇa bhakti karena prakāśa

Simply chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra without offenses vanquishes all sinful activities. Thus pure devotional service, which is the cause of love of Godhead, becomes manifest. (CC- 1:8:26).
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Lord Sri Krishna Is The Supreme Controller


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“Kṛṣṇa, who is known as Govinda, is the supreme controller. He has an eternal, blissful, spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin, for He is the prime cause of all causes.”
(Srimad Bhagavatam——6:1:41——purport).

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The Source of Brahman


Just as the sun is a localized planet with the sunshine expanding unlimitedly from that source, so the Absolute Truth is the Supreme Personality of Godhead with His effulgence of energy, Brahman, expanding unlimitedly. From that Brahman energy the creation appears, just as a cloud appears in sunshine. From the cloud comes rain, from the rain comes vegetation, and from the vegetation come fruits and flowers, which are the basis of subsistence for many other forms of life. Similarly, the effulgent bodily luster of the Supreme Lord is the cause of the creation of infinite universes. The Brahman effulgence is impersonal, but the cause of that energy is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. From Him, in His abode, the Vaikuṇṭhas, this brahmajyoti emanates. He is never impersonal. Since impersonalists cannot understand the source of the Brahman energy, they mistakenly choose to think this impersonal Brahman the ultimate or absolute goal. But as stated in the Upaniṣads, one has to penetrate the impersonal effulgence to see the face of the Supreme Lord. If one desires to reach the source of the sunshine, he has to travel through the sunshine to reach the sun and then meet the predominating deity there. The Absolute Truth is the Supreme Person, Bhagavān.
(Sri Caitanya Caritamrta——1:1:53——-purport).

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The Bliss Of Brahman


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Lord Viṣṇu‘s impersonal aspect is known as Brahman. So when the jīva soul, a product of Lord Viṣṇu’s superior, spiritual energy, attains sāyujya-mukti, or liberation by merging with Brahman, it is not at all surprising. The energetic principle always enjoys the prerogative of enfolding within itself His own energy, but that does not destroy the energy’s eternal individuality. The impersonalists, desiring to merge with Brahman and knowing that it is feasible, still experience intense suffering in their effort to reach brahmānanda, “the bliss of Brahman.” More

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DEVELOPING GENUINE LOVE ?‏


The ultimate result of devotional service is to develop genuine love for the Supreme Personality. Love is a word which is often used in relation with man and woman. And love is the only word that can be properly used to indicate the relation between Lord Kṛṣṇa and the living entities. The living entities are mentioned as prakṛti in the Bhagavad-gītā, and in Sanskrit prakṛti is a feminine object. The Lord is always described as the parama-puruṣa, or the supreme male personality. Thus the affection between the Lord and the living entities is something like that between the male and the female. Therefore the term love of Godhead is quite appropriate.
(Srimad Bhagavatam——1:7:7——purport).

The spiritual situation, however, is completely different. A bona fide lover of God could never forget Him, even in exchange for everything else. The devotee of the Lord cannot be happy in any circumstance without the Lord. In the absence of the Lord the devotee associates with Him by remembering His separation, and because the Lord is absolute, the devotee’s feeling of separation is transcendentally more relishable than direct contact. This is possible only when we develop genuine love for Him. In that state the devotee is always with the Lord by feelings of separation, which become more acute and intolerable in suitable circumstances. The mild wind reminded the gopīs of the association of the Lord, and they felt separation from Him acutely.
(Light of the Bhagavata).

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For the intelligent person, it is essential to be in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, engaged in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, in order to achieve a permanent, blissful abode for eternal happiness. The process of achieving such a marvelous result is very easy and can be attempted even by the poorest of the poor, without any kind of qualification. The only qualification required in this connection is to be a pure devotee of the Lord. It does not matter what one is or where one is situated. The process is so easy that even a leaf or a little water or fruit can be offered to the Supreme Lord in genuine love and the Lord will be pleased to accept it. No one, therefore, can be barred from Kṛṣṇa consciousness, because it is so easy and universal. Who is such a fool that he does not want to be Kṛṣṇa conscious by this simple method and thus attain the highest perfectional life of eternity, bliss and knowledge? Kṛṣṇa wants only loving service and nothing more. Kṛṣṇa accepts even a little flower from His pure devotee.
(Bhagavad-Gita——9:26——purport).

 

The Lord is the absolute form of eternity, bliss and knowledge. As such, transcendental loving service to the Lord in one of the five principal relations, namely śānta, dāsya, sakhya, vātsalya and mādhurya, i.e., neutrality, servitorship, fraternity, filial affection and conjugal love, is graciously accepted by the Lord when offered to the Lord in genuine love and affection. Śrī Bhīṣmadeva is a great devotee of the Lord in the relation of servitorship. Thus his throwing of sharp arrows at the transcendental body of the Lord is as good as the worship of another devotee who throws soft roses upon Him.
(Srimad Bhagavatam——1:9:34——purport).

Demons sometimes declare to a devotee that they cannot accept the existence of God because they cannot see Him. But what the demon does not know is stated by the Lord Himself in Bhagavad-gītā (7.25): nāhaṁ prakāśaḥ sarvasya yogamāyā-samāvṛtaḥ. “I am never manifest to the foolish and unintelligent. For them I am covered by yogamāyā.” The Lord is open to being seen by devotees, but nondevotees cannot see Him. The qualification for seeing God is stated in Brahma-saṁhitā (5.38): premāñjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena santaḥ sadaiva hṛdayeṣu vilokayanti. A devotee who has developed a genuine love for Kṛṣṇa can always see Him everywhere, whereas a demon, not having a clear understanding of the Supreme Lord, cannot see Him. When Hiraṇyakaśipu was threatening to kill Prahlāda Mahārāja, Prahlāda certainly saw the column standing before him and his father, and he saw that the Lord was present in the pillar to encourage him not to fear his demoniac father’s words. The Lord was present to protect him. Hiraṇyakaśipu marked Prahlāda’s observation and asked him, “Where is your God?” Prahlāda Mahārāja replied, “He is everywhere.” Then Hiraṇyakaśipu asked, “Why is He not in this pillar before me?” Thus in all circumstances the devotee can always see the Supreme Lord, whereas the nondevotee cannot.
(Srimad Bhagavatam——7:8:12——purport).

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is so kind to the conditioned souls that if they call upon Him by speaking His holy name, even unintentionally or unwillingly, the Lord is inclined to destroy innumerable sinful reactions in their hearts. Therefore, when a devotee who has taken shelter of the Lord’s lotus feet chants the holy name of Kṛṣṇa with genuine love, the Supreme Personality of Godhead can never give up the heart of such a devotee. One who has thus captured the Supreme Lord within his heart is to be known as bhāgavata-pradhāna, the most exalted devotee of the Lord.
(Srimad Bhagavatam——11:2:55——-translation).

Krishna Conscious discussion “CONJUGAL LOVE.‏”


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As soon as one becomes a devotee of the Lord, he also has a direct relationship with the Lord. That is a very elaborate subject matter, but briefly it can be stated that a devotee is in a relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead in one of five different ways:
1. One may be a devotee in a passive state;
2. One may be a devotee in an active state;
3. One may be a devotee as a friend;
4. One may be a devotee as a parent;
5. One may be a devotee as a conjugal lover.
Arjuna was in a relationship with the Lord as friend. Of course there is a gulf of difference between this friendship and the friendship found in the material world. This is transcendental friendship, which cannot be had by everyone.
(Bhagavad-Gita——introduction).

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