• "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.

26/12/06

The World Cherishes Duplicity

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"The worldly people generally cherish doubleness of heart or duplicity, speaking out one thing abroad and concealing a different thing inside. And the funny part of it is that they are anxious to present this doubleness of their heart to the public as liberality or the virtue of conciliation. These double-tongued men give to the creeds of persons, who are candid and do not adopt duplicity themselves, the designations of sectarianism, bigotry, etc. but we should only associate with those who are candid, and not with the others."

--Sri Caitanya's teachings, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaj chapter 5, p 211

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.

18/09/06

Worldliness Means Dupliciousness

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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura wrote in Shri Chaitanya's Teachings (pgs. 22-23):

"Worldly people possess a double nature. They express one kind of sentiment but internally cherish a different purpose. Moreover they want to advertise this duplicity as a mark of liberalism or love of harmony. Those who are unwilling to show any duplicity, wish to be frank and straightforward, or in other words exercise unambiguously the function of the soul; such really sincere persons are called sectarian and orthodox by those who practise duplicity."

"We will cultivate the society only of those who are straightforward.We will not keep company with anyone who is not so. We must by all means avoid bad company. We are advised to keep at a distance of a hundred cubits from animals of the horned species. We should observe similar caution in regard to all insincere persons."

16/09/06

Sankirtana Movement Not Exclusive To Our Planet

In Sri Sri Radha Ballabha?s Temple in Melbourne Srila Prabhupada had finished his lecture in the evening and asked, ?Are there any questions??

One of the devotees asked, ?Is Lord Chaitanya?s Sankirtan movement going on only on this planet??

Srila Prabhupada relied, ?Lord Chaitanya?s Movement is going on on every planet in this universe.?

02/09/06

'As It Is' Miracle

?If we present things as they are,? he says, ?they will be accepted.? People are saying that Prabhupada is performing miracles, but he says that the miracle is in presenting things as they are.

- Hayagriva dasa, quoting Srila Prabhupada in BTG #53, 1973

18/08/06

Keep Faith - Lord Caitanya's Prophecy Will Not Go In Vain

“Very soon the unparalleled path of hari-nama-sankirtana will be propagated all over the world. Already we are seeing the symptoms. Already many Christians have tasted the nectar of divine love of the holy name and are dancing with karatalas [hand cymbals] and mrdungas [drums]. By the super-excellence of Lord Krsna’s holy name and the grace of pure devotees, our consciousness gets purified. When I see these signs, my hopes of seeing Lord Caitanya’s aforesaid prophecy being fulfilled are quickened, and that time has arrived. Although there is still no pure society of Vaishnavas to be had, yet Lord Caitanya’s prophetic words will in a few days come true, I am sure. Why not? Nothing is absolutely pure in the beginning. From imperfection, purity will come about.”

- Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

16/08/06

A Little Devotional Service Is A Million Times More Valuable Than Mundane Charity

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“The neophyte Vaishnava devotees’ ringing the bell even once during worship of the Deity of the Supreme Lord is a million times more valuable, spiritually and otherwise, than the charitable fruitive workers building many hospitals, feeding thousands of the poor, or building homes, or even the empirical philosophers’ Vedic studies, meditation, austerities, and penances.”

- Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura (as quoted in 'Renunciation Through Wisdom')

07/08/06

Keep In Touch With Krishna No Matter What

"Regarding your business and spiritual practices, I give you special permission as follows: You find out of 24 hours at least one hour conveniently for chanting Hare Krishna with great attention, either by the deities or any place, without being disturbed by anyone else. Now the other 23 hours what ever you do always try to think of Krishna. That will keep you intact with Krishna."

When you do business, you should do it business-like, but at the same time think of Krishna, seeking His protection. The living example are the gopis. They were householders, wives with children and many family duties. Still, they practiced Krishna consciousness in such a way that they did not forget Krishna, even for a second. While moping the floor, feeding the baby, cooking, milking the cow, talking with friends, they were always thinking of Krishna. So this is the highest ideal of Krishna consciousness, and we should try to follow in their foot steps.

Everyone has to adjust things in his particular way, but I again repeat that at least one hour should be spent on chanting on the beads."

Letter to Gargamuni Oct '69

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