n the material pleasure, if I see you happy, I am unhappy; If I see you unhappy, I become happy. This is nature. I may say otherwise, but material nature is, if one is put into difficulty, then I become very happy, and if I am happy, others become envious. This is material pleasure. Whereas spiritual pleasure means that when one sees Krishna is happy, a devotee is happy, the other devotee becomes happier.
For our own good and the well-being of future generation, we need to perform our prescribed duties nicely and earn Lakshmi by honest and sincere endeavours. Since this world is full of miseries and there is danger at every step, no matter how much ever parents endeavour, it is not possible to simply present a rosy life for the children.
Srila Vyasadev by his personal example has shown us the importance of studying and hearing Srimad Bhagavatam again and again and also to share it with younger generation. After studying or hearing it once, we should not become complacent thinking that we have completed studying or hearing it. There is no end for studying or hearing about the unlimited Supreme Lord.
If the Lord can be pleased simply by our singing of the verses in the proper lyric, which our beloved Maharaj has taught us with care and love, why do we not try this? Let us carry on the legend of learning the lyrics handed over to us by our beloved Guru Maharaj for the pleasure of the Supreme Lord.
We do not believe in Krishna’s adjustment. We are always trying to adjust with our wife, children, husband, relatives, office, boss and so on but ultimately we find that nothing is adjusted. The best thing is to leave everything up to Krishna who is the best adjustor and engage in His devotionals service
The first thing the living entity requires is kindness and concern for their material welfare. The moment we call Maharaj or we have darshan of him in person, Maharaj so lovingly inquires about everyone in the family, about our health and material welfare. This soothes the heart of the living entity.
When we approach the Supreme Lord or the spiritual master, we should be prepared to follow the instructions. When we go to the Lord or spiritual master, we should not go with our own decisions. Many times we decide everything within our hearts, and then we approach the spiritual master. Our objective is not to take the advice, but rather to force him to agree to our propositions.
Unfortunately, this spiritual education is completely absent from modern human civilization. No one understands his real self-interest, which lies with the spirit soul, not with the material body. Education means spiritual education. To work hard in the bodily conception of life, without spiritual education, is to live like an animal.
Since the Lord is Absolute and therefore anything done on behalf of Him with love and devotion (without any motivation) also becomes absolute. So devotional service is absolute and servitor is absolute. That is why Lord says even little bit of devotional service can save us from the great danger.
Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
We have been meditating on glorifying the Lord in the offerings titled, "108 Ways of Glorifying the Lord". In the previous offering, we saw that the Lord has inconceivable potencies; some of them are listed below -
We find many mailboxes on the street and if we post our letters in one of these mailboxes they will naturally reach the destination. But any unauthorized mailbox will not work in the same way. Similarly the Lord has an authorized representation in the Deity form (archa-vigraha). The Lord accepts service through the deity form. In this way He is near in the form of archa-vigraha
Those who are free in this world, they are fortunate. Otherwise who will get money in this world as well as the time? Very few living entities will get. Krishna is favouring you by doing these things. So living entities like us should increase the awareness of Krishna.
Those who have taken up this process for so many years must show that this life-style has been very beneficial for them. Then only the faith on the ordinary mass will increase. Otherwise seeing your madness, ordinary mass will lose the faith. Don't commit this suicide.
Till we are alive, we will lose this or lose that. So many things can happen. But spiritually thinking this reality, we should be ready for these things. No moroseness. The more we lose our things unexpectedly, the more wakeful situation must be there. By these incidents, our awareness of the spiritual progress must increase and not decrease.
Day by day the seriousness of the spiritual matters must increase. On the contrary, we are seeing that as the time goes on, we are less serious. That is pitiable. We are thinking, "I have attended so many mangala-aratis. Now forget about it." No forgetting about it. Day by day, your sincerity must increase.
If you keep on depending on others, then you cannot progress. We have dig into our own heels. Seva should go on and along with that daily we need to study Srila Prabhupada's scriptures. Srila Prabhupada always says that "unless you read my books 2 hours a day, you will leave Krishna consciousness and go away."
We don't know what will happen next moment. In false hope, we waste whatever valuable time we have at our disposal. This is really suicidal. Because we sit to discuss Bhagavatam, these things have to be correctly understood. Day by day unfortunately the struggle for existence is increasing and this is all anti-spiritual. The spiritual activities are decreasing.
Death in the form of hunter can come and attack us any time. Unless we take shelter of Holy names, scriptural study and service to Vaishnavas right from the beginning of life, we will not be able to remember the Lord at the last moments.
We promise to do a lot of things in our lives, but aren't able to fulfill all of them. But, the Lord fulfils all His promises and doesn't fail on any. He goes to the extent of even fulfilling the promises made by His devotees.
In the material world one will be only thinking of how to retaliate and thereby thinking of enemy's welfare is nowhere near as it does not pertain to "my" welfare. We are struggling in this material world because from time immemorial we never had an inkling of "vivgna-cetaah" as envisaged by the Lord. Since we wanted to enjoy independent of the Lord we are in this material world. It is now a long sojourn to get back to the situation wherein we can begin thinking of the welfare of others.
Nothing belongs to us in this material world is clear from the fact that once the spirit soul leaves the body, it cannot take anything with it. Despite knowing this fact we cling on to whatever we can and even desire for things that don't belong to us.
Srila Prabhupada points out that our mood should be to follow the authority and not to keep up our vows. We are secure as long as we follow authority even if we are not able to keep up our vows at times.
Krishna gives evidence of how one can please the Supreme Lord simply by addressing Him, 'He Krishna! He Govinda!' The maha-mantra (Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare) is also simply an address to the Lord and His energy. So to anyone who is constantly engaged in addressing the Lord and His energy, we can imagine how much the Supreme Lord is obliged. It is impossible for the Lord to ever forget such a devotee.
We want quick results. We do not want to tolerate adverse circumstances. We take up devotional service and in exchange of devotional service we expect that things should always remain comfortable. The result is that expectation kills devotional service.
By Lord Caitanya’s mercy we have been given all concessions possible for this age, so at least we should always remember that neglect of our prescribed duties in devotional service will not make us successful in the mission we have undertaken. It is our duty to follow in the footsteps of Dhruva Maharaja, for he was very determined. We should also be determined to finish our duties in executing devotional service in this life; we should not wait for another life to finish our job."
When the source is perfectly complete, then the result will also be perfectly complete. Since the Lord is perfect and complete, His creation is also perfect and complete. Srila Prabhupada also gives us the example of how sun is giving heat, light and energy for millions of years, still it is full of heat and in spite of taking so much energy from the sun, it is still full of light and energy.
Just as a bee is always interested in the honey in the flower and does not consider the thorns and colors, highly qualified persons, who are uncommon, accept only the good qualities of others, not considering their bad qualities, whereas the common man can judge what are good qualities and what are bad qualities.
We are a group who just follows the amala. Thats why our faces are glowing. This is because there is no mala vibration here. Whatever shanti we achieve here, we cannot buy it in the market. Shanti cannot be bought. Please come to the senses. Don't leave this amala purana and run behing scratch.
Always remember that unless the tongue is under control, we are going to suffer. We very well know, that tongue speaks always. Vibration is very easy. We have the experience also, that once we have spoken something, once the word comes out, it can never be swallowed back. So the sane person thinks million times before he speaks, and insane person speaks first and then thinks over.
Once we understand that we are insignificant souls dependent on the Supreme Lord, we become humble and weightless, and once we become humble and weightless, our performance of devotional service is embellished with two wonderful qualities which can also be seen in the atoms