• "Here in this world there are thousands of newspapers and magazines reporting the stale, repetitious happenings of this limited space. So for reporting the news of the unlimited spiritual realm, concerning the eternal, ever-fresh Supreme Personality of Godhead, we could publish a newspaper at every second, what to speak of daily."
    - Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
Bala Gopala's Mrdanga : An insignificant attempt (by an insignificant entity) to render service to this instruction.


8 Types Of Prajapla

Categories: Quotes

From Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Piyusa-varsini commentary on Sri Upedeshamrta.

Prajalpa which spoils bhakti is categorized by Bhaktivinoda Thakura into the following 8 categories:

(1) Useless talks

(not about Lord Hari)

(2) Arguments

(godless quarrels like nyaya & vaisesika not based on the Vedas)

(3) Gossip

(talking about other people to establish one’s reputation)

(4) Debates

(desire for conquest)

(5) Fault-finding in others

(imposing one’s bad habits on others)

(6) Speaking falsehoods

(because of one’s self-interest)

(7)Blaspheming devotees

(the worst)

(8) Worldly talk

(devoid of God consciousness)


Bala Gopala's Darsan

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

śivaḥ śivatamo bhettā

He is the Lord who broke the city of thousand-eyed Indra (sahasrākṣa-purī-bhettā), the killer of the great Marici (mahā-mārici-nāśana(, auspicious (śiva), most auspicious (śivatama), the great destroyer (bhettā), and worshiped by powerful enemies (balārāti-prāpūjaka).

- Sri Gopala-sahasra-nama - Text 11


Krishna's Name = 3,000 of Vishnu's Name (In Terms Of Pious Credit)

Categories: Sastra

In the Brihad-Vishnu-Sahasranam-Stotra in the Uttara-khanda of the Padma Purana (72.335) we find the following words that were spoken by Lord Shiva to his wife, Durga Devi:

rama rameti rameti
rame rame manorame
sahasra-namabhis tulyam
rama-nama varanane

"O Varanana, I chant the holy name of Rama, Rama, Rama and thus enjoy this beautiful sound. This holy name of Ramacandra is equal to one thousand holy names of Lord Vishnu."

In the Laghu-bhagavamrita (1.5.354) by Srila Rupa Goswami we find the following verse quoted from the Brahmanda Purana:

sahasra-namnam punyanam
trir-avrttya tu yat phalam
ekavrttya tu krsnasya
namaikam tat prayacchati

"The pious results derived from chanting the thousand holy names of Vishnu three times can be attained by only one utterance of the holy name of Krishna."


Upadesavali “Essential Instructions”

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by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada

1.Those who don't perform Hari-bhajana are ignorant and murderers of their own souls.

2.The acceptance of Sri Harinama and direct realization of Bhagavan are one and the same.

3.We are not the doers of good or bad deeds, nor are we scholars or illiterate – carrying the shoes of Hari's pure devotees as our duty, we are initiates into the mantra “kirtaniyah sada hari”.

4.Preaching without proper conduct falls within the category of karma – mundane activity. Without criticizing the nature of others, one should correct one's self – this is my personal instruction.

5.If we desire to follow an auspicious course in life then, disregarding the theories of even countless people, we should hear instructions only from a transcendental source.

6.Life as an animal, bird, insect, or any other of the countless thousands of species is acceptable, but taking shelter of deceit is thoroughly improper. Only an honest person possesses real auspicious.

7.Simple-heartedness is synonymous with Vaisnavism. Servants of paramahamsa Vaisnavas should be simple hearted, a quality which makes them the topmost brahmanas.

8.Helping to draw conditioned souls away from their perverted attachment to the material energy is the greatest compassion. If even one soul is rescued from Mahamaya's fortress, that compassionate act is infinitely more benevolent than the construction of unlimited hospitals.

9.We will not remain in this world for long. By profusely performing Hari-kirtana, upon relinquishing these material bodies we will experience the ultimate reward of embodied life.

10.Krishna's darsana can only be attained through the medium of the ear as one hears Hari-katha from pure Vaishnavas; there is no other way.

11.We should understand that the loud calling out of Sri Krishna's name is bhakti.

12.By sincerely endeavoring to chant harinama without offenses and remaining fixed in chanting constantly, one's offenses will fade and pure harinama will arise on the tongue.


Steps to Control the Mind

Categories: Sastra

(Thanks to Aniruddha Prabhu for posting these.)

Six rules offered by Sanatana Goswami for those who wish to reform their chanting. From The Gayatri Book by Sacinandana Swami.

manaḥ-saṁskāraṇaṁ śaucaṁ
maunaṁ mantrātha-cintanam
avyagratvam anirveda

In order to perfect one's japa, one needs to cultivate the following qualities.

1. manaḥ-saṁskāraṇaṁ - the ability to control one's mind
2. śaucaṁ - internal and external purity
3. mauna - the ability to be silent
4. mantra-artha-cintana - the ability to contemplate the meaning of the mantra
5. a-vyagratva - patience
6. a-nirveda - steadfastness

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare