"Anyone whose work is not meant to elevate him to religious life, anyone whose religious ritualistic performances do not raise him to renunciation, and anyone situated in renunciation that does not lead him to devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, must be considered dead, although he is breathing."
"Simply by giving aural reception to this Vedic literature, the feeling for loving devotional service to Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, sprouts up at once to extinguish the fire of lamentation, illusion and fearfulness."
"As for detachment from children, wife and home, it is not meant that one should have no feeling for these. They are natural objects of affection, but when they are not favorable to spiritual progress, then one should not be attached to them.
"First of all we need to understand that these pastimes of the Lord are completely enacted on the spiritual level. Since it is on the spiritual level, it is free from inebrieties and hence completely free from any reaction.
The brahmana said: "These people are not the cause of my happiness and distress. Neither are the demigods, my own body, the planets, my past work, or time. Rather, it is the mind alone that causes happiness and distress and perpetuates the rotation of material life." - SB 11.23.42.
Associating with devotees and serving them is one of the topmost necessity for advancement in devotional service. We may do this even without understanding the significance, but we will still reap the benefit of our service.
"Simply by giving aural reception to this Vedic literature, the feeling for loving devotional service to Lord Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, sprouts up at once to extinguish the fire of lamentation, illusion and fearfulness."
A farmer came into town and asked the owner of a restaurant if he could use a million frog legs.The restaurant owner was shocked and asked the man where he could get so many frog legs! The farmer replied, "There is a pond near my house that is full of frogs--millions of them. They croak all during the night and are about to drive me crazy!"
"I can find no means to drive away this grief which is drying up my senses. I will not be able to dispel it even if I win a prosperous, unrivaled kingdom on earth with sovereignty like the demigods in heaven."
We are all in search of a guide all the time. From guide, the word, ‘guidance’ comes. Every living entity young or old, is in need of guidance. The Supreme guide is the Lord Himself. It is declared in the scriptures, ‘Krishnam vande jagadgurum’. He is already situated in our hearts as Chaitya guru.
"O best among the brahmaṇas, those who are spiritual masters are very kind to the needy. They are always kind to their followers, disciples and sons, and without being asked by them, the spiritual master describes all that is knowledge."
On the most auspicious occasion of the advent of Srimad Bhagavad Gita which is celebrated as Gita Jayanthi, we will all be reciting the whole Bhagavad Gita. To understand the value of the recitation of the transcendental sound vibration of Bhagavad Gita,
How much ever we chant, how much ever we repeatedly study Bhagavat-gita, Bhagavatam etc, the basic concept that "We are not this body" does not sink in our hearts. And that becomes the root cause of all our maladies.
"The manifestation of unadulterated devotional service is exhibited when one’s mind is at once attracted to hearing the transcendental name and qualities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is residing in everyone’s heart. Just as the water of the Ganges flows naturally down towards the ocean, such devotional ecstasy, uninterrupted by any material condition, flows towards the Supreme Lord."