My heart is really dancing in real ecstasy to read that you are all managing Krsna temple programme in Dhotis and tilaks etc. Please always try to be very punctual and serious in conducting the whole programme. With all these activities genuinely conducted my long cherished dreams seem to take definite shape.
When the plant of devotional service sprouts up from the seed of devotion, it begins to grow freely. When it is full grown, it surpasses the length and breadth of this universe and enters into the transcendental atmosphere, where everything is bathed in the effulgence of the brahmajyoti.
Living in a society surrounded by material pleasures, a thought came on me "Am I really Krishna conscious?" It is said that the happiness of material enjoyment generally drags one to the lowest grade of life, namely degradation to animal life, because of unrestricted sense enjoyment.
One should always remember that one'a activities and desires are not independent. In other words, the devotee should feel completely dependent on Krsna and thus he should act and think as Krsna desires.
You can serve by using your intelligence. I went through your notes on B.G verses. You have nearly covered all important points. At the moment, please concentrate on your studies. But soon Sri Krsna will give you sufficient time to update your notes, by supplementing with B.G verses you have referred to and relevant verses and stories from S.B regarding the same subject.
My dear Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, because of my association with material desires, one after another, I was gradually falling into a blind well full of snakes, following the general populace. But your servant Narada Muni kindly accepted me as his disciple and instructed me how to achieve this transcendental position. Therefore, my first duty is to serve him. How could I leave his service?
My dear lord ,You manifest Your different energies in countless forms :as living entities born from wombs, from eggs and from perspiration; as plants and trees that grow out of the earth; as all living entities ,both moving and standing,including the demigods, the learned sages and pitas; as outer space,as the higher planets,as the planet earth with it's hills,rivers ,seas ,oceans and islands.
Gurudev remarked in Vrndavana that the true test of whether we have ingested the true purports of Srila Prabhupada in Srimad Bhagavatam is how we apply the verses and their purports to our daily lives - especially in moments of reversals, adversities and difficulties.
To my limited understanding a person who is soft hearted is compassionate and whenever someone tries to hurt him he forgives that person. And he also forgets it. So his heart is free. As Maharaj used to say that our heart must be vacant to receive self knowledge. So Arjuna's heart is free(of ill-feelings like envy, hatred etc).That is why he is fit to receive self knowledge.
It is stated herein that the governmental power of society in the Kali-yuga will be passed over to the uncultured, godless laborer classes of men, and thus the nrdevas (or the ministers of the government) will be the vrshalas, or the uncultured lower-class men of society.
It is a natural psychology in every individual case that a person likes to hear and enjoy his personal glories enumerated by others. That is a natural instinct, and the Lord, being also an individual personality like others, is not an exception to this psychology because psychological characteristics visible in the individual souls are but reflections of the same psychology in the Absolute Lord
The Lord, situated in the hearts of all living entities, directs their senses. But He directs in terms of the surrender of the living entity, and in the case of a pure devotee He directly controls the senses.
Because of the night's darkness, everyone is afraid of rogues and thieves, especially in great cities. People are often afraid to go out on the streets, and we understand that even in a great city like New York people do not like to go out at night.
Again, offering obeisances unto all you brahmanas, I pray that if I should again take my birth in the material world I will have complete attachment to the unlimited Lord Krsna, association with His devotees and friendly relations with all living beings."
Just like in normal arithmetic, if we make any mistake in the beginning itself, then the same mistake will be carried out till the answer. Even if we take enough care, we will never get correct answer. Similarly if we do not understand the ABC of spiritual life that we are not this body, we are spirit we can not achieve perfection.
Who is this mother Yashoda ?! Our Lord is so powerful! The wind blows out of fear of Him! Death personified is afraid of Him! And she is fearlessly chasing Him ? We don't have the authority to stay on her head. We should fall at her feet and pay our obeisances!". Thinking this way, the flowers on mother Yashoda's head started falling down to the ground.
Diwali has more than one significance. As most of us are aware that this is the day when Lord Ramachandra was crowned as the King after His return from the 14 years of exile. May be not many of us are aware that this is the
same day where the Lord performed His sweetest of pastimes-breaking the butter-pots and performing His childhood pastime as Lord Damodara!
Every second of human life is important, an enlightened man should be very careful to utilize time very cautiously. One second of human life wasted in the vain research of planning for happiness in the material world can never be replaced, even if one spends millions of coins of gold.
In the military rank the order of the captain or the commander is there. The soldier has to execute it. Never mind whether it is pious or impious. It doesn't matter. He has to act simply. Then he becomes a, real soldier. If he acts in that way, he gets remuneration, he gets reward, he gets title, he gets honor. He doesn't care. The commander asks him, "Just go and kill the enemy." He goes and kills. He gets reward. But killing, do you mean to say one gets reward? No. For the duty discharged.