As soon as there is grabbing tendency, the thing which you grab, does not accompany you, you have to hand it over to somebody else, but karma will accompany you and you have to suffer for the karma and the result is, you have to come here again and again and experience all the miseries of birth, death, disease and old age and all types of dukhas.
As soon as you recognise the presence of anti-material particle, our faith in the scriptures multiplies by millions of times. As it is, we don't believe about these things. Recent example is we don't believe in Ramayan. We regarded Ramayan as myth. Myth means concocted ideas. But recently NASA proved that it is correct. You must have seen those pictures of Ram sethu.
Before Sukadev Goswami arrived, Parikshit Maharaj came to know of his impending death. As soon as he gets the news, he leaves everything and goes to the bank of the Ganges and therein, immediately, the news spread all over the universe.
We may be on death-bed. Even when we are thinking our body is going away, the soul does not suffer anything. Once we understand this, then it is very easy to forego the material possessions. Anyway the whole thing will vanish, you cannot hang on to them for long.
In the Vedic scriptures, it is clearly mentioned, that for the soul, there is no birth, there is no death, there is no decay, there is no change, nothing is there, because the anti-material particle goes from the body. The body may annihilate, but the anti-material particle goes away.
Maharaj Parikshit feels unhappy because he has committed some sinful act. And this is the position of every living entity. The name Parikshit itself suggests that we are all Parikshit. Pari-iikshit, we see the things internally and pari-iikshit means to examine.
If a devotee sincerely surrenders, the Lord, as the Supersoul in everyone's heart, immediately understands this. Thus even though, externally, a devotee may not render full service, if he is internally sincere and serious the Lord welcomes his service nonetheless. Thus the Lord is known as bhaava-graahi janaardana because He takes the essence of one's devotional mentality."
Despite all these sincere attempts, Srila Prabhupada could not go to Japan in May 1961. One of the important lessons we can learn from all these attempts of His Divine Grace, how we need to sincerely and enthusiastically make our best endeavours to serve. And leave the rest in hands of Supreme Lord.
"The king or the executive head of a state, the father and the school teacher are all considered to be natural leaders of the innocent people in general. All such natural leaders have a great responsibility to their dependents; therefore they must be conversant with standard books of moral and spiritual codes."
The two main instructions of his dear spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhantha Saraswati Maharaj was to print books and to preach the mission of Lord Caitanya to people outside of India as well.
Srila Prabhupada has mentioned in this letter as to how one of the letters which the Japanese people had mailed to him was missing as he was on tour. We can see how even in his early years of sannyasa in India, Srila Prabhupada was continuously travelling and preaching in different places like Cuttack, Delhi etc.
Srila Prabhupada did not just stop after writing to Indian government. His Divine Grace left no stone unturned, tried out every possible opportunity which could help him start his mission of preaching Krishna consciousness world-wide.
I am therefore very much anxious to attend the Congress although I have no means to go there. They are also very much anxious to get me there and if I say that I cannot attend the congress for want of means then I think it will be an insult to my country.
While the Indian leaders are giving more importance on the material construction of the human body, enlightened people of other countries are thinking of the Human Spirit. People of other countries who have already tested the bitterness of materialism, are now seeking something else other than matter.
Few days ago we came across a set of inspiring letters by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada - revealing to us more and more, his glorious sacrifices, patience, tolerance, determination, faith and dependence on Supreme Lord, his eagerness to take any kind of risk for the pleasure of Supreme Lord.
Ambarish Maharaj always engaged his senses in service of the Lord. Even when he was king, and in grhastha ashrama - he was doing all his duties nicely, remembering the Supreme Lord. But still as a ideal king, he took to the order of vanaprastha to dedicate more time in serving Supreme Lord.
In the pastime of Ambarish Maharaja and Durvasa Muni, we find that when Durvasa Muni went all the way to Brahmaloka, Kailash and Vaikuntha, Ambarish Maharaj waited for him, fasting for one whole year - maintaining himself just by drinking water.
For a great soul like Vasudeva, there is nothing considered to be painful in the course of discharging one’s duty. A learned person like Vasudeva carries out his duties without hesitation. On the other hand, a demon like Kamsa never hesitates in committing any abominable action
There is a proverb in Tamil that even a broken needle, will not accompany us in our last journey. So what to speak of wealth earned by dishonest means. Kapila Muni therefore is saying that no matter how much ever wealth one procures by dishonest means, when one dies, he alone goes to hell
People eating meat cannot simply claim that since they were not engaged personally in cutting the animal, they are free from sin. The person who kills the animal, the person who sells it, the person who buys it, the person who cooks it and the person who eats it, all are partakers of the sinful reaction of killing the animal.
In Third Canto Chapter 30 of Srimad Bhagavatam, Lord Kapila dev describes the adverse effects fruitive activities in this material world and these are wonderful lessons for us to meditate. Honest means of endeavor is very much essential for procuring money for one's maintenance.
When Lord Sri Krishna appears in the womb of Devaki, the demigods invisibly enter the prison where Devaki and Vasudev are present and they begin to offer wonderful prayers glorifying the Lord and His pure devotees. The pure devotees of the Lord take complete shelter of the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord.
Offering obeisances to the Supreme Lord and to the devotees of the Lord is an important limb of Bhakti or devotional service. The first thing we are expected to do upon having darshan of the Lord or His pure devotees is to offer pranams.
In Srila Prabupada Lilamrita, it is said that, "the purification of one's chanting hari-nama means as soon as you chant the holy name (nama) of Krishna, you will see the form (rupa) of Krishna, realize the qualities (guna) of Krishna, remember the pastimes (lila) of Krishna.
Lord Krishna concludes the sixth chapter of Bhagavad Gita by stating that the culmination of all yogas lies in bhakti yoga, the rendering of devotional service unto Krishna. Actually all the yogas described in Bhagavad Gita end on the same note, Krishna is the ultimate destination for all yoga systems.
After ten thousand years of meditating on the lotus feet of the Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead appeared before Kardama Muni. We have to see how practical it is for us living in Kali yuga to realize the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
For those who are eager to engage in Lord's service, the Lord gives them the inspiration to serve by His loving glance and also constantly nourishes that desire by His loving smile to nicely execute the service.
In the Brahma vimohana lila, when Brahmaji returned after a year to see how Krishna was passing His time without the gopas and calves, he was shocked to see Krishna playing with the same gopas and calves. While he was bewildered by that vision, all the gopas and calves transformed into Vishnu murtis - with bluish complexion and yellow garments.
Those people who do not have Krishna in their lives - in the form of Names, His form etc - they are all inauspicious. They will be drinking tea and making paav bhaaji. Their perspiration might also get mixed in the paav bhaaji ! Please..anywhere food prepared outside should be completely avoided.
If we ignore the chanting, then we are destroyed. It may appear that we are doing so many activities, but it is lifeless activities. The common man does not chant. They should see from your figure, that you are attached to chanting. Otherwise we are killing the people also. If we are not serious about these things.