O demigods, fulfilling one’s own interests is so important that one may even have to make a truce with one’s enemies. For the sake of one’s self-interest, one has to act according to the logic of the snake and the mouse.
Whenever anyone came asking for charity or food to the miser’s house, the miser would not even speak anything but would just extend his hands and point his finger to the opposite house, where the generous man was always giving.
It was summer after the examinations and summer holidays was there. And I don't know how but somehow or the other I used to get up very early in the morning. And I couldn't leave my bag. So I was covering my head, Ram, Ram, Ram, Ram. I was very afraid you know. That fear gave me very nice devotion to Ram. And to my surprise I passed. So, this is not the crude example but somehow or the other a child gets this from the family traditions.
If you become careless in your activities then you are not a devotee. That is the main thing. Don't be careless in your daily activities. Every activity should be immaculate, that is our perfection really.
You get up early in the morning, before you come to Mangala Arati your clothes must be, must be on the string. That is Bhagavad Gita, that is devotional service. If you are lazy in that then you, however you try to chant, however you try to read Bhagvatam, you will not understand anything because you are not careful.
You know if there is a magnet in the middle of the room, the iron pieces may be under the harmonium or under the cupboard or may be lying somewhere. They all are attracted to the magnet because magnet is very powerful.
There is no other order from the spiritual master except to perform the sincere devotional service. So, if you don't perform that sincere devotional service, that is disobedience to the Spiritual master and the parampara and whatever it is. So this is only one order from Spiritual master.
The prayer to the ornaments and carriers of the Lord is not false, for they are as good as the Lord. Since the Lord is all-pervasive, He exists in everything, and everything exists in Him. Therefore even worship of the Lord’s weapons or ornaments has the same potency as worship of the Lord.
The ornaments, flowers, clothing and all the other decorations on the transcendental body of the Personality of Godhead are identical with the body of the Lord. None of them are made of material ingredients; otherwise there would be no chance of their decorating the body of the Lord.
Usually when we see such a bright object, its brightness covers the brightness of other things around it. But here we see that Arjuna states that he is able to see the Lord’s form with many crowns (ornament) and weapons. This means that the effulgence of the Lord’s ornaments actually matches with the effulgence of the Lord’s form and that’s why Arjuna was able to see them very clearly..
If the momentary contact of the Lord’s form can make Puatana’s stinking material body fragrant, we can imagine how much fragrant will be the Lord’s transcendental ornaments which are by nature spiritual and always contact with His form. So they are transcendentally fragrant.
Even in the case of rich persons who possess lot of assets in the form of gold, platinum and jewellery, the jewels are removed. In rare cases, the body is burnt with minimum jewels and the people in crematorium take it. And even if they don’t take it, the jewels just burn with the body and the person who left the body cannot take any jewels with him/her even if they own kilos of jewellery during their life.
He [the Lord] was only thumb high, but He was all transcendental. He had a very beautiful, blackish, infallible body, and He wore a dress of lightning yellow and a helmet of blazing gold. Thus He was seen by the child. The Lord was enriched with four hands, earrings of molten gold and eyes blood red with fury.
People while going for long drive in the car and tours, have the habit of stopping at scenic view points and enjoy the nature. Enjoying and appreciating the beauty of nature is also appreciation of the Lord’s beauty but in an indirect way. But one who is directly attracted by the Lord’s beauty, sees all the beauty of this world as reflection of God’s beauty.
People who had multiple heads like Ravana and great yogis who can expand into multiple forms could decorate themselves with more than one crown/earrings at a time. But even those people cannot adorn themselves with countless varieties of ornaments.
People select and buy jewels suited to their personality. But the Lord’s transcendental form can accommodate unlimited variety of ornaments and all will perfectly suit Him. Not only all kinds of ornaments will suit Him, but the Lord's form will enhance the beauty of all those ornaments.
The beauty of material nature is due to His personal beauty, yet He is always magnificently dressed and ornamented to prove His transcendental variegatedness, which is so important in the advancement of spiritual knowledge.
The more the mind is peaceful, the diseases will not touch you. And even if the diseases come, it only touches the body and never the soul. Out of ignorance we think that soul is affected. But soul never suffers.
I have never seen them spending a single penny here are there, nonsensically. They may spend for useful purpose otherwise never. This is how we should allow the Vedic culture to control us. Otherwise we will be controlled by Maya. And Maya's control means no control. That is Maya's control.
Atleast for our own health we should have Kṛṣṇa, if not for anything else. Why are we not chanting? I don't know. Why are we hesitating? That I don't know. But even then, we hesitate so much you know, so much. And even now we are doing, but I think more than 75% people they just have different mottos.
Statue stands. That's it. But murtis, they are transcendental form of the Lord and are carved according to scriptures. Even Muslim carvers are there. They study Narada pancharatra and according to that description they carve the murti.