• "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.

31/10/06

Bala Gopala's Darsan

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

rāmo dāśarathī rāmo
bhṛgu-vaṁsa-samudbhavaḥ
ātmārāmo jita-krodha-
moho mohāndha-bha?janaḥ

He is Rāma (rāma), the son of Daśaratha (dāśarathi), and born in the Bhṛgu dynasty (bhṛgu-vaṁsa-samudbhava). He is filled with spiritual bliss (ātmārāma). He has conquered illusion and anger (jita-krodha-moha). He has broken the blindness of material illusions (mohāndha-bha?jana).

- Sri Gopala-sahasra-nama - Text 19

29/10/06

Bala Gopala's Darsan

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

vṛndā-patiḥ kośa-nidhiḥ
koka-śoka-vināśakaḥ
candrā-patiś candra-patiś
caṇḍa-kodaṇḍa-bha?janaḥ

He is the master of Vṛndā-devī (vṛndā-pati) and He is a great treasury of transcendental opulences (kośa-nidhi). He destroys the koka birds' grief (koka-śoka-vināśaka). He is the master of Candrāvalī (candrā-pati), the master of the moon (candra-pati), and the breaker of the great bow (caṇḍa-kodaṇḍa-bha?jana).

- Sri Gopala-sahasra-nama - Text 18

27/10/06

How To Acquire Spiritual Knowledge

Categories: Readings

"I was very glad to learn that you are following our four principle rules, therefore your picking up of the process of acquiring spiritual knowledge from Bhagavad-gita is very nice. In the Bhagavad-gita it is said that one should "prostrate oneself at the feet of the wise, rendering him all forms of service & question him with a guileless heart again & again", is the only means to attain spiritual knowledge. "

- Letter to Bhakta Aatie - October 28, 1967

26/10/06

Jaya Giriraja!

Categories: Inspirational

25/10/06

Giriraja Maharaha ki jaya!

Categories: Inspirational

18/10/06

"Take advantage of these books."

"You should read all this. You don't read. In the first volume of Bhagavata these things are explained. But I don't think you read all these things. Do you read? So if you don't read, then you will feel restless: "Oh, let me go from Japan to India, from India to Japan." You are restless because you don't read. I am laboring so hard for you, but you don't take advantage.

Don't take advantage of eating and sleeping. Take advantage of these books.

Then your life will be successful. My duty -- I have given you so valuable things, day and night trying to convince you, each word to word. And if you don't take advantage of this, then what can I do for you?"

- Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.9.14 Class -- Melbourne, April 13, 1972

17/10/06

Bala Gopala's Darsan

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

rādhāliṅgana-sammoho
rādhā-nartana-kautukaḥ
rādhā-sa?jāta-samprītī
rādhā-kāma-phala-pradaḥ

He is enchanted by Rādhā's embraces (rādhāliṅgana-sammoha). He is eager to dance with Rādhā (rādhā-nartana-kautuka). He is delighted by Rādhā (rādhā-sa?jāta-samprītī). He fulfills Rādhā's desires (rādhā-kāma-phala-prada).

- Sri Gopala-sahasra-nama - Text 17

16/10/06

The Bliss Of Chanting

?The Holy Name showers liguid nectar on my heart and drowns me in the ocean of divine love of Godhead. One who chants with a pure heart experiences how divine bliss enters his heart and makes it soar with sublime delight. This is the essential nature of the Holy Name. By the influence of the transcendental vibration of the Holy Name, the whole universe becomes mad with ecstasy as everyone relishes the mellows of the Holy Name. Who can describe the peerless glory of Lord Krsna?s Holy Name, which delights the heart and is like waves of nectar always lovingly tasted by the tongue? O perfect and complete Holy Name of Lord Krsna, You are the embodiment of delightful and intense spiritual bliss, and You are a festival of happiness for Gokula. I bow before You again and again.?

- Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura

15/10/06

Bala Gopala's Darsan

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

rādhā-rati-sukhopeto
rādhā-mohana-tat-paraḥ
rādhā-vaśī-karo rādhā-
hṛdayāmbhoja-ṣaṭpadaḥ

He enjoys pastimes with Rādhā (rādhā-rati-sukhopeta). He is enchanted by Rādhā (rādhā-mohana-tat-para). He has Rādhā under His control (rādhā-vaśī-kara). He is a bee attracted to the lotus of Śrī Rādhā's heart (rādhā- hṛdayāmbhoja-ṣaṭpada).

- Sri Gopala-sahasra-nama - Text 16

14/10/06

Pleasing Prabhuada Is Where The Shakti Comes From ...

"I am very sorry to hear Kirtanananda, without doing anything practical, changes his ideas constantly. He was first man in our society to take the robes shave cleanly, & take flag & now he is changing his position. You have asked me to tell you whether you are right or carry one by the following the foolish advice of Kirtanananda, & I say straight that Kirtanananda is wrong and you are right when you say that the movement will come to nothing if I am not satisfied with your actions."

also ...

"You have written to say that a devotee can do anything for Lord Krishna; this is right provided such action is sanctioned directly by Krishna or his Bonafide representative. The idea of film making is very good & any propaganda medium can be utilized for Krishna Consciousness. In future if you get opportunity we can produce many films of life of Lord Caitanya, scenes from Bhagavad-gita & Srimad-Bhagavatam."

- Letter to Damodara das - October 13, 1967

11/10/06

Hari-Katha and Kartika

Categories: Readings, Inspirational

from Hari-bhakti-vilasa, by Srila Sanatana Gosvami

Moreover, for those who hear Visnu-katha in this month, each half verse or quarter of verse yields the fruits of donating one hundred cows; indeed, O great sage, all other duties should be given up in favor of hearing scriptures from holy men. Be it for spiritual benefit or with other expectations, by engaging in Hari-katha one uplifts hundreds of his family?s generations.

A person will burn all sinful reactions and gain the fruit of ten thousand sacrifices for each day of Kartika spent in the delight of the scriptures. In fact, Madhusudana is not as pleased by sacrifices or by charity of cows and elephants as He is pleased by discourses from the scriptures during Kartika.

O eminent sage, by hearing Hari-katha one can transcend the distress accumulated in millions of births. By regularly trying to read Srimad Bhagavatam during this month one gains the benefit of reading all eighteen Puranas. (75-81) Furthermore, during Kartika a man should cultivate supreme devotion by living among Vaisnavas, at the cost of giving up acts of piety and other prescribed duties. (82)

(Skanda Purana, dialogue between Brahma and Narada)

10/10/06

"When you actually see God, you cannot see anything except God."

Viṣṇujana: Lord Jesus Christ said that if you would see God, your eye must be single. Was he referring to that same statement that love of God is that single eye?

Prabhupāda: That means your one eye will be lost? What do you mean by that?

Viṣṇujana: Just he stated it that...

Prabhupāda: No, what do you understand by that? Your eyes will be single, is that the...? Then what do you mean? What do you understand by this statement?

Viṣṇujana: I understand that your attention would be one-pointed on God.

Prabhupāda: That's it! That's it. When you actually see God, you cannot see anything except God. That is God-seeing. That is stated in Caitanya-caritāmṛta, sthavor jaṅgam dekhe na dekhe tava mūrti. A highly-elevated devotee, first-class devotee, he sees trees or the animals are moving, nonmoving, so many varieties, but he does not see their form. Everywhere he sees Kṛṣṇa. That is a fact.

Kṛṣṇa says that sarva-yoniṣu kaunteya sambhavanti mūrtayayaḥ yaḥ [Bg. 14.4]. There are millions of varieties of forms of life, but I am the seed-giving father. So a devotee sees, "Oh, here is a son of Kṛṣṇa. Here is a son of Kṛṣṇa. Here is a son of Kṛṣṇa. Here is a son of Kṛṣṇa." So if you love somebody, as soon as you see his son, you immediately remember who's son he is. Therefore he sees the tree but immediately remembers, "Oh, it is Kṛṣṇa's." He sees a dog; he immediately sees Kṛṣṇa, "Oh, he is Kṛṣṇa's." He sees a watch; he immediately sees, "It is Kṛṣṇa's." Therefore he is single-eyed, Kṛṣṇa. That's all. He has no other, any other vision. Everything Kṛṣṇa's. Therefore he wants to take everything towards Kṛṣṇa, "Please come to Kṛṣṇa consciousness. You are missing. You are Kṛṣṇa's. Why you are identifying with this nonsense? Why you are thinking American, American, Indian, or this or that? You are Kṛṣṇa's. Come to Kṛṣṇa."

This is our propaganda. We want to give eyes to the people. They are blind and their leaders are blind. Andhā yathāndhair upanīyamānas na te viduḥ svārtha-gatiṁ hi viṣṇoḥ [SB 7.5.31]. They do not know what is their ultimate goal of life, this Kṛṣṇa, God. So what Lord Jesus Christ says, it is right. So have saṅkīrtana.

An Interesting Letter From Srila Prabhupada ....

October 9, 1968

Seattle, Washington

My Dear Satsvarupa,

Please accept by blessings. I have received your letter without date, stating about the situation in Boston.

On the statement of your letter, I can understand that it is a political situation. Of course, although everything includes in Krishna Consciousness, we do not wish to take part directly in controversial politics. We can take part in politics only which is sanctioned by Krishna. This political struggle by the students is different thing. It is reaction of the karma. Because both the opposing parties namely, the students who have taken shelter in the churches, and the government force, which is coming to arrest them, both of them are on the same category, because when there will be question of meat eating, or supporting the slaughterhouse, both of them will agree.

So the present situation is reaction of man's sinful activities. We, specially recommend to restrain from four kinds of primary sinful activities, namely, illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating, and gambling. But all these fighting people, they are cent per cent addicted to all these habits. So if they are serious of mitigating the unpalatable situation of the society, they must agree to accept Krishna Consciousness, otherwise, there is no possibility of peace in the world.

Anyway the situation in Boston as you have described is not very much favorable for preaching our Krishna Consciousness, but if there is possibility of selling our Back To Godheads, that is very nice. You can take advantage.

So far my going to Boston, unless the students agree to hear patiently for some time, Bhagavad-gita, Teachings of Lord Caitanya, the casual lectures will not be very much beneficial. So they are not very much interested, otherwise they would have come to our classes. But I told you previously that I am prepared to go provided they pay the expenses. But I think that is also not possible. So why should you take the risk? Of getting me there and with great difficulty you shall maintain my expenses, I think it is not very much favorable, so we shall see later on what is to be done; for the time being let it be dropped.

Students' prayers 24 hours a day to listen to the political talks and desiring the war should stop is useless. God cannot be their order supplier. First of all they act sinfully, and when there is reaction of war, pestilence, famine, and so many other nature's disturbances, they pray to God for stopping them. This is not possible. Just like a criminal first of all commits theft, burglary and debauchery, and when he is captured, by the police force, if he prays to the government to stop, that is not possible.

So they are engaged in all sinful activities, and by natures' law, there must be reaction. I am encouraging now cow killing or animal killing, and when by nature's law, the turn comes upon me to be killed, if I pray I want to stop it, how it can be stopped? So their process is not very genuine. They want to make God as order supplier. So God is not order supplier. He is order giver. He orders everyone to surrender unto Him, and the fools and rascals who do not surrender unto Him, they want to order God in the form of so-called prayer, that He should ask material nature to stop her legal activities. That is not possible.

So the situation is not very favorable, but if somebody agrees to hear Bhagavad-gita and the Teachings of Lord Caitanya, continually for some time, even they do not pay me anything, I am prepared to go and lecture. But not to take part in some political agitation. So I was awaiting your letter if I was to go to Boston, now I shall prepare my next program. I think for going to Los Angeles. And my going to Europe is not yet fixed up.

Regarding Jadurani: I am very glad that you are taking all precaution, and all care for the poor girl, whose health is very deteriorated, and you first of all see that she is quite strong enough, she has improved in health, then there is question of Krishna Conscious baby. Otherwise, forget, better you and Jadurani become Krishna Conscious children directly, than producing Krishna Conscious baby at the present moment.

Hope this will find you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

09/10/06

Bala Gopala's Darsan

Categories: Bala Gopala's Darsan

varaṁ deva mokṣaṁ na mokṣāvadhiṁ vā
na canyaṁ vṛṇe 'haṁ vareṣād apīha
idaṁ te vapur nātha gopāla-bālaṁ
sadā me manasy āvirāstāṁ kim anyaiḥ

O Lord, although You are able to give all kinds of benedictions, I do not pray to You for the boon of impersonal liberation, nor the highest liberation of eternal life in Vaikuṇṭha, nor any other boon [which may be obtained by executing the nine processes of bhakti ]. O Lord, I simply wish that this form of Yours as Bāla Gopāla in Vṛndāvana may ever be manifest in my heart, for what is the use to me of any other boon besides this?

- Śrī Dāmodarāṣṭaka Verse 4

Why Study?

?So nana-śāstra-vicaraṇaika-nipunau. So we have to study the Vedic literature very carefully, following the footsteps of Gosvāmīs. Not only chanting. This is also required, kṛṣṇot-kīrtana-gāna. But this is meant, if you simply go on chanting without reading books, that is also good. Especially in this age, because nobody has got power to study books. Education is very less, so still, one who is able, they should consider all this. We have given in English translation. So many important books, you study, and chant this Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra like this, and that is the following the footsteps of Gosvāmīs.

Ācāryopāsanā. We have to worship the ācāryas. That is recommended in the Bhagavad-gītā, for making advancement in spiritual life, ācāryopāsanā. So this is ācāryopāsanā, by reading their books, nana-śāstra-vicaraṇaika-nipunau sad-dharma-samsthapakau. Why studying so many books? For the sake of establishing real religious life. Sad-dharma.?

- Lecture - San Francisco, June 28, 1971

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