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 (Devotional Service). part 7.


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kṛṣṇa-bhakti — abhidheya, sarva-śāstre kaya
ataeva muni-gaṇa kariyāche niścaya

A human being’s activities should be centered only on devotional service to Lord Kṛṣṇa. That is the verdict of all Vedic literatures, and all saintly people have firmly concluded this. (CC-2:22:5).
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B H A K T I (Devotional Service). part 6.


p231In many places devotional service has been compared to a creeper.
One has to sow the seed of the devotional creeper, bhakti-latā, within his heart.
As he regularly hears and chants, the seed will fructify and gradually grow
into a mature plant and then produce the fruit of devotional service,
namely love of Godhead, which the gardener (mālā-kāra)
can then enjoy without impediments. (Sri Caitanya Caritamrta).
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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 3.


“atyāhāraḥ prayāsaś ca
prajalpo niyamāgrahaḥ
jana-sańgaś ca laulyaḿ ca
ṣaḍbhir bhaktir vinaśyati”

One’s devotional service is spoiled when one becomes too entangled in the following six activities:
(1) eating more than necessary or collecting more funds than required;
(2) overendeavoring for mundane things that are very difficult to obtain;
(3) talking unnecessarily about mundane subject matters;
(4) Practicing the scriptural rules and regulations only for the sake of following them
and not for the sake of spiritual advancement,
or rejecting the rules and regulations of the scriptures
and working independently or whimsically;
(5) associating with worldly-minded persons
who are not interested in Kṛṣṇa consciousness; and
(6) being greedy for mundane achievements.
(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 -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 Congregational Chanting


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In this age, the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord is the prescribed method for waking up. The ways and means are most scientifically presented by Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, and intelligent persons may take advantage of His teachings in order to bring about real peace and prosperity.
(Srimad Bhagavatam–1:1:4–purport). 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 11


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The Meaning Of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra

By Shrila Jiva Goswami.

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 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 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 6.


FROM JAIVA DHARMA BY SRILA BHAKTIVINODA THAKURA.

Vijaya: Please make us understand all these offenses by explaining each sloka completely.

Babaji: The first sloka describes two offenses. It is a great offense to blaspheme, censure, or disrespect bhaktas who have completely given up materially motivated practices such as karma, dharma, jnana,yoga and tapasya, and who with an exclusive mood of devotion, have taken shelter of Bhagavan’s sri-nama. Sri-Hari-Nama Prabhu cannot tolerate blasphemy of those who preach the factual glories of sri-namain this world. One should not blaspheme those bhaktas who are one-pointedly devoted to sri-nama. Instead, one should accept them as the best of saintly persons. One should remain and perform nama-kirtana in their association. One will certainly attain the mercy of sri-nama quickly by doing so. 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 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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Chanting The Holy Name Of Lord Krishna – Part 1.



Simply by chanting Hare Krishna
one can be freed from all undesirable habits.
Chanting Hare Krishna with strong attachment
one achieves the fruit of love of God very soon.

By chanting Hare Krishna we are engaging in the devotional service,
the divine service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Krishna.

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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

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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