• "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.


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Ajna Tahal

Categories: Inspirational

?Patrolling On the Lord's Command?
by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

nadiya-godrume nityananda mahajana
patiyache nam-hatta jivera karana

In the land of Nadiya, on the island of Godruma, the magnanimous Lord Nityananda has opened up the Marketplace of the Holy Name, meant for the deliverance of all fallen souls.

(sraddhavan jan he, sraddhavan jan he)
prabhura ajnay, bhai, magi ei bhiksa
bolo `krsna,' bhajo krsna, koro krsna-siksa

O men of faith! O men of faith! By the order of Lord Gauranga, O brothers, I beg this one request: Chant "Krsna!", worship Krsna, and follow Krsna's instructions.

aparadha-sunya ho'ye loho krsna-nam
krsna mata, krsna pita, krsna dhana-pran

Being careful to remain free of offenses, just take the holy name of Krsna. Krsna is your mother, Krsna is your father, and Krsna is the treasure of your life.

krsnaera samsara koro chadi' anacar
jive doya, krsna-nam -- sarva-dharma-sar

Giving up all improper behavior, carry on your worldly duties only in relation to Krsna. The showing of compassion to all fallen souls by loudly chanting the holy name of Krsna is the essence of all forms of religion.


Who Is Devoted To Who?

Categories: Inspirational

samo 'haṁ sarva-bhūteṣu
na me dveṣyo 'sti na priyaḥ
ye bhajanti tu māṁ bhaktyā
mayi te teṣu cāpy aham
[Bg. 9.29]

The Lord says that "I am... Although I am equal to everyone..." God is nobody's enemy and nobody's special friend, just like the king, the government, nobody's enemy, nobody's friend. As you act, so you get result. Similarly, for common man, there is no special favor from God. Ye tu bhajanti māṁ bhaktyā. Ye tu. This tu means "but." Here is a word, but. But means just like we sometimes say that "I am such and such, but..." "But" means there is something special. So this word is used here, tu. Tu means "but." What is that "but?" Ye tu bhajanti māṁ prītyā: "Anyone who is engaged in devotional service of Me, so for him I have got special attention." Ye tu mām..., ye bhajanti tu māṁ bhaktyā mayi te teṣu cāpy aham: "As he is always, constantly engaged in My service, similarly, I am also engaged always in his service," the Lord says.

Here one passage is quoted by a great commentator, Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa, that bhagavān bhakta-bhaktimān. Just like we become devoted, similarly, God also becomes devoted to us. You don't think that one-sided devotion. No. Just like love is never one-sided. Love is reciprocation, reciprocation. Similarly, although God is great, He becomes a devotee of the devotee. He takes pleasure in that way. It is clearly stated that "I also try to devote Myself for his service." As we take pleasure in serving God, similarly, God also takes pleasure by serving the devotee. That is reciprocation.

- Bhagavad-gita Lecture 9.29-32 - New York, December 20, 1966


Education = Congregational Empowerment

Categories: Inspirational

"Leaders and managers must understand how to help develop, nurture and empower our congregation members. More and more of ISKCON?s members are congregational members. Everywhere in the world our congregation and the potential for increasing our congregation is very great. In order to maximize the opportunities to understand Lord Nityananda?s and Prabhupada?s vision of spreading Krishna consciousness in every corner of the world, we must engage many more people to make progress in their own spiritual life. The type of work that is being done to nurture youth, the grihastha ashram, the congregational preaching in the communities that surround our temples, and the work we do in various educational programs are keys to the future success of our movement. Without making congregational development a top priority, we will not be able to take full advantage of the mercy that Lord Caitanya is giving us. The most important service is to preach to the devotees and help cultivate Krishna consciousness in the hearts of all the living beings who approach Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya?s movement."

- Anuttama Dasa


Jaya Giriraja!

Categories: Inspirational


Giriraja Maharaha ki jaya!

Categories: Inspirational


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


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)

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