The bhakti-yogī constantly sees Śyāmasundara — beautiful Lord Kṛṣṇa with His blackish bodily hue. Because the King of the elephants, Gajendra, thought himself an ordinary animal, he thought himself unfit to see the Lord. In his humility, he thought that he could not practice yoga. In other words, how can those who are like animals in the bodily concept of life, and who have no purity of consciousness, practice yoga?
The impersonalists cannot imagine or even perceive that the Supreme Brahman is thus all-pervading, and therefore they conclude that there is no possibility of His personal form. Herein lies the mystery of His transcendental knowledge. This mystery is transcendental love of Godhead, and one who is surcharged with such transcendental love of Godhead can without difficulty see the Personality of Godhead in every atom and every movable or immovable object.
We identify ourselves with the body and bodily relations and wish all of them to be eternal. But reality is that everything is destroyed with time. Whether we like it or not, everything material, comes to an end. It is said, "as sure as death" - So, those who are born have to die. We keep running after material happiness although it is declared by Krishna that this place is duḥkhālayam aśāśvatam. - full of miseries and temporary.
The Deity is Kṛṣṇa. Don't think otherwise. Kṛṣṇa has agreed to be dressed by you. If you think of Kṛṣṇa, about His virāḍ-rūpa, you will fail to bring dress for that virāḍ. His head is on the sky; His another leg is on the Pātāla. That is also true. But you cannot conceive of Kṛṣṇa in His virāḍ-rūpa and at the same time dress Him and give Him something to eat. That is not possible.
Unalloyed devotees, who have no desire other than to serve the Lord, worship Him in full surrender and always hear and chant about His activities, which are most wonderful and auspicious. Thus they always merge in an ocean of transcendental bliss. Such devotees never ask the Lord for any benediction.
I am the lord of everything. I am the enjoyer. I am perfect, powerful and happy. I am the richest man, surrounded by aristocratic relatives. There is none so powerful and happy as I am. I shall perform sacrifices, I shall give some charity, and thus I shall rejoice.” In this way, such persons are deluded by ignorance
Since an animal such as me has surrendered unto You, who are supremely liberated, certainly You will release me from this dangerous position. Indeed, being extremely merciful, You incessantly try to deliver me.
To perform fire sacrifices, great sages previously did not ignite a fire directly; the fire would be invoked from araṇi wood. Similarly, all living entities are covered by the modes of material nature, and the fire of knowledge can be ignited only by the Supreme Personality of Godhead when one takes Him within one’s heart.
O my Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, will I again be able to be a servant of Your eternal servants who find shelter only at Your lotus feet? O Lord of my life, may I again become their servant so that my mind may always think of Your transcendental attributes, my words always glorify those attributes, and my body always engage in the loving service of Your Lordship?
Small lamps may be agitated by a slight breeze, but the greatest lamp or the greatest illuminating source, the sun, is never moved, even by the greatest hurricane. One’s greatness has to be estimated by one’s ability to tolerate provoking situations.
When we experience uncontaminated happiness as a result of our pure devotion, we will be happy even when those who hate us achieve success or happiness in their life. That happiness has no comparison in this world.
If one's desire is to see the Supreme Lord, then they will no longer get entangled or interested in petty fights or misunderstanding. Their only focus is to do those things that would pleae Supreme Lord. So they are friendly to all and treat everyone equally.
When a person is Kṛṣṇa conscious, he continuously hears about Kṛṣṇa, thinks about Him, worships Him and serves Him as a devotee. If he remains in Kṛṣṇa consciousness in this way, the darkness of māyā certainly will not be able to touch him.
The thread is not visible in the pearl necklace. But without the thread, necklace is not possible. Likewise we cannot see Krishna because of our limited senses and imperfections, but we can very well realise that everything rests on Him
Every devotee should practice in order to chant some mantra perfectly so that even though he may be imperfect in spiritual consciousness in this life, in his next life he will not forget Kṛṣṇa consciousness, even if he becomes an animal.
Everyone should fear death because everyone is caught by the crocodile of eternal time and may die at any moment. The best course, therefore, is to seek shelter of Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and be saved from the struggle for existence in this material world, in which one repeatedly takes birth and dies.
The man himself, the individual himself or herself, he is the impediment to himself or herself. Nobody is the reason. Really if we deeply think, we are at mistake and Bhāgavatam says, "if there is any difficulty, blame yourself so that matter ends." But we don’t want to blame ourselves, we blame others. So blaming and counter blaming goes on. Nobody wants to blame himself or herself. This is very clear and that’s why the material difficulties linger on, they will never end for us. Our life is full of distress