If you practice in your life, while you are human being, you, if you utilize your life in that way, then at the end, when you give up this body, you go back to Godhead for eternal life, eternal bliss, eternal knowledge, and live happily, without any material miseries.
The last punch she gave from SB 1.9.22 is a trademark punch by Srila Prabhupada. It reminded me of a very interesting comparison that Srila Prabhupada gave once between the examples of Cat-Kitten and the Monkey/baby monkey to explain the subtle difference in consciousness between the yogis and the bhaktas.
all living entities including devotees indulge in many abominable activities to obtain fame, power, riches, followers etc. This happens due to the unlimited desires in our mind that are manifested due to its being in contact with the material nature.
We all know how important is the quality 'tolerance' for the advancement in our spiritual life. I recently heard a wonderful explanation of this character in a lecture by H H Mahavishnu Goswami maharaj
The occupation may be one he is born to in society or it may have been forced on him by circumstances or he may have taken it by choice but what really matters is the spirit of sinceriety and faithfulness with which he does his life's work. Vyasa Bhagavan emphasises this great truth
Nrsimha-Prahlad Carita is one of the most powerful, potent and pleasing pastime in Srimad Bhagavatam. There are so many intricate transcendental points in the pastime that gets revealed to us, as we go deeper and deeper into the ocean of nectar
So a devotee does not display any gimmicks or exhibits material powers to conquer people. He conquers and transforms them by his mercy and compassion. And this is the greatest and unique quality of a pure devotee.
"It is said, tirthi-kurvanti tirthani. A tirtha, or holy place, is a place where great saintly personalities visit or reside. Although the holy places were already places of pilgrimage, they were all purified by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's visit.
we in the material world, are leading a life of revolt against the Supreme Personality of Godhead, trying to maintain the status quo by keeping pace with relatives and friends forgetting that our real status quo is to be the eternal servant of Krishna
"We have to unfold Srila Prabhupada to this world!". Srila Prabhupada's lectures, books, conversations, letters and all of his dealings are so nectarian that we can talk forever about them. In every action he was very personal in his attitude
Question: Why devotees are very light and soft-hearted ?
Answer: Water is so light and soft. The lotus flower is floating in water. So it must be lighter than water. In that lotus flower, Mother Lakshmi is seated. Imagine how ligher She should be ? And Mother Lakshmi is seated in the heart of the Supreme Lord Hari. Imagine how soft His heart should be ? And the all merciful Lord is situated in the heart of pure devotees. How light and soft their heart must be ?
we are trying to satisfy our senses in so many ways, all our lives. But when we are dying, these senses can do nothing to save us. So what do we gain by satisfying them ? If we do not realize this point, then we will be utterly wasting our time in satisfying the unwanted desires of our minds and senses and we will have to feel embarrassed at some point in our lives.
During my recent conversation with Maharaj, Maharaj gave me nice instructions on how the material energy will try to disturb us, but we should keep our sAdhana steady and thereby make progress in our devotional life and become transcendental to all such material pangs.
How one can always think of the Lord in regard to His fame,fame,quality,etc. if one is embarrassed by thoughts of family affairs?. He gives some very practical examples like everyone in material world is full of thoughts of how to maintain his family, protect his wealth, how to keep pace with friends and relatives etc.
The lion is very fearsome for other animals, but its cubs are not at all afraid of the lion. The water of the sea is certainly dreadful for all living entities on the land, but within the sea even the small fish is unafraid. Why? Because the small fish has taken shelter of the big ocean.
Here the word "krpanah vatsala" is very significant. Though the Lord appears fearful, He is merciful to everyone including the miserly persons who're bereft of interest in spiritual life. In this great avatar, He tore the demon into pieces and He protected prahlad