Without Him I had passed about 45 years of my age, I was about 45 years old then. And streaks of grey hair were coming out. So I was trying to press them very hard not to look, but could not be pressed long, you know. They were increasing. So I thought this is time now that I should come to my senses
We began to hear how Maharaj met Srila Prabhupada and invited His Divine Grace for presiding a function in Gujarati community in London. Srila Prabhupada laid condition that "Nobody should be on the stage, except me and my Krishna." Now we shall hear more nectar from Maharaj.
Once it so happened that when we were in London, I was the President of our community in London. So we had a function you know so we went to Srila Prabhupad. We heard that some Bengali sannyasi has come to London and he is organizing some program you know, some Hare Krishna movement. So we thought, Bengali are nice. So we went there. He was sitting in the room you know and we wanted to invite him for the community program.
So we were at one end of Malabar Hill, that marine drive and other end Gandhiji was staying. So I heard that he was having daily prayer, so I thought that definitely I should get something from him. So we used to walk, at that time hardly the fare in bus was 2 annas, but we did not have even 2 annas with us.
It so happened that my mother always used to force me to offer everything to the Lord. So one day my father bought a new dhoti for me. And I thought that I will go to my mother and show the dhoti to her. She will be pleased you know. So I went running home and I showed dhoti to her.
Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always insisted that we should always say "Krishna willing" whenever we talk of any action/service which we plan to do in future. Else whatever we say is always bound to fail. Everything happens as per Krishna's sweet will.
This is concluding part of the series of offering titled, 'Glories of Purushottama'. We saw in the previous offerings the various meaning of the word Purushottama. The Lord states that one who understands the Supreme Lord as Purushottama will worship the Lord in all possible ways (sarva bhaavena).
One should submissively hear from Bhagavad-Gita that these living entities are always subordinate to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Anyone who is able to understand this, according to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, knows the purpose of the Vedas.
In Mahabharata Udyoga parva we find that when Lord Krishna came as ambassador asking back the land for the Pandavas, there was lot of discussion in the Kaurava camp how to handle this visit. After the discussion was over and everyone left to their palaces, Dhrtarashtra asked Sanjaya to give meanings for the various names of the Lord.
is all pervading and also eternally situated in the spiritual world which is far beyond the darkness of this material creation and He is also free from all ignorance. The material world is inherently dark and hence needs sun, moon for illumination but the spiritual world is full of light.
We saw how the Lord is willing to descend in various incarnations to elevate us spiritually. Though He is the Supreme Person and Ultimate controller, He descends as Archa murti (His most merciful manifestation)...
Uttama (top class person) is a person who always works for benefit of others even if it needs to lower one's own position. And the Supreme Lord is designated by the term Purushottama because He descends into this material world...
Srila Prabhupada nicely states in the purport of the verse 15.17 of the Bhagavad Gita, "He is therefore the greatest of personalities... The living entities, either in the conditioned state or in the liberated state, cannot surpass in quantity the inconceivable potencies of the Supreme Personality of Godhead..
Once Indra's charioteer and friend Maathali was in the search of a right match for his daughter Gunakesi. So he searched all the 3 worlds along with Narada Maharishi and finally decided upon Sumukha, the prince of snakes as the bridegroom.
"There are two classes of beings, the fallible and the infallible. In the material world every living entity is fallible, and in the spiritual world every living entity is called infallible. Besides these two, there is the greatest living personality, the Supreme Soul, the imperishable Lord Himself, who has entered the three worlds and is maintaining them."
Though the entire Gita is held to be a sacred scripture, this chapter by itself is a separate scripture by means of glorification. This is because the entire essence of the Gita has been briefly stated here in this chapter. Not only the purport of the Gita, but also the entire import of the Vedas has been given in this chapter in summary. Whoever knows it, is the knower of the Vedas.
In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 chapter 5, while beginning to analyse the root cause for Vyasadev's despondency, Sri Narada Munu says in verse 3 and 4. So we find Narada Muni appreciating this quality of Vyasadev.
It is true that one should know the difference between good and evil and one is to seek good and shun evil, but this knowledge should seek into every thought and influence every act in our life. Then indeed knowledge become virtue.
The transcendental form of the Lord installed in a temple is not different from the Lord personally. Such a form of the Lord is called arca-vigraha, or arca incarnation, and is expanded by the Lord by His internal potency...
By the grace of the Lord the pure devotee cannot be in the darkness of ignorance. Therefore, it is necessary that we must always be in the sight of Lord Krishna so that we can see both ourselves and the Lord with His different energies.
We have to remember that we are very envious of each other. We may see each other, smile at each other, talk to each other, but in the heart of hearts, we hate each other and most probably we hate the Supreme Person.
The bride's father respected the young brilliant scholar and his frankness, humility and honesty. But he was apprehensive of getting his daughter married to him. But the girl said: "I am willing to abide by all the conditions."
In the forests, bamboo catches fire due to friction between the trees caused by the wind. Likewise when the rulers were 'parivrtaa', proud of our prowess, military strength etc, Lord smashes Their pride simply by creating hostility between them.
Even after attaining perfection in devotional service, saintly devotees like Narada muni, Prabhupada etc. were constantly absorbed in Bhagavatam. In the middle of all the problems in Juhu temple construction, Prabhupada was reading Srimad Bhagavatam and preparing for the class.