Tuesday 29 November 2016

What are the graces of the Lord?

What are the graces of the Lord? It is stated here that the graces of the Lord are abhaya, free from fearfulness. In the material world, if someone accumulates a million dollars, he is always full of fear because he is always thinking, "What if the money is lost?" But the benediction of the Lord, bhagavat-prasāda, is never to be lost.
 It is simply to be enjoyed. There is no question of loss. One simply gains and enjoys gaining. Bhagavad-gītā also confirms this: when one achieves the grace of the Lord, the result is that sarva-duḥkhāni, all distresses, are destroyed. When situated in the transcendental position, one is freed from the two kinds of material diseases—hankering and lamentation. 
This is also stated in Bhagavad-gītā. After devotional life begins, we can achieve the full result of love of Godhead. Love of Kṛṣṇa is the highest perfection of bhagavat-prasāda, or divine mercy. This transcendental achievement is so greatly valuable that no material happiness can compare to it. 
Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī said that if one achieves the grace of Lord Caitanya he becomes so great that he does not care a fig even for the demigods, he thinks of monism as hellish, and for him the perfection of controlling the senses is as easy as anything. Heavenly pleasures become to him no more than stories.

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.23.7

Saturday 26 November 2016

If you want very quickly recognition by Kṛṣṇa, go on preaching Kṛṣṇa consciousness.

It is said in the Bhagavad-gītā, ya imaṁ paramaṁ guhyaṁ mad-bhakteṣv abhidhāsyati: "Anyone who is engaged in preaching this confidential science of Bhagavad-gītā," na ca tasmād manuṣyeṣu kaścid me priya-kṛttamaḥ, "nobody is dearer to Me than he is." 

So if you want very quickly recognition by Kṛṣṇa, go on preaching Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Even if it imperfectly done, but because you are sincere in your capa..., whatever capacity you have got, if you preach, then Kṛṣṇa will be very much pleased. 

I have seen practically. In my Guru Mahārāja's day there was a paper, Dainika Nadiyā Prakāsh. It was being published daily, a piece of paper, just like I was publishing Back to Godhead. And if a small brahmacārī would go to Navadvīpa and would sell a few copies, one paisa a copy, that would be taken as a great preaching by Guru Mahārāja: "Oh, you have sold five copies? Very good." Because people are so reluctant—they are not at all interested in Kṛṣṇa consciousness—therefore we become very much engladdened when we see that some of our books and literatures are sold. They will read and be benefited.

 Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.9.44 -- Delhi, March 26, 1976

Thursday 24 November 2016

Culmination of the knowledge of Bhagavad-gītā is God realization

The culmination of the knowledge of Bhagavad-gītā is God realization, and when one attains this stage of God realization, he naturally, voluntarily becomes a devotee of the Lord to render Him loving transcendental service. This devotional service to the Lord is always based on love of God and is distinct from the nature of routine service as prescribed in karma-yoga, jñāna-yoga or dhyāna-yoga. In the Bhagavad-gītā there are different instructions for such men of different categories, and there are various descriptions for varṇāśrama-dharma, sannyāsa-dharma, yati-dharma, the renounced order of life, controlling the senses, meditation, perfection of mystic powers, etc., but one who fully surrenders unto the Lord to render service unto Him, out of spontaneous love for Him, factually assimilates the essence of all knowledge described in the Vedas. 

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.4.16

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Real science is in the Bhagavad-gītā

Dr. Singh: The scientists have no information that there is evolution up or down from the human platform.

Śrīla Prabhupāda: Therefore I say they are rascals. They have no knowledge, yet they still claim to be scientists. Real science is in the Bhagavad-gītā, where Kṛṣṇa says, yānti deva-vratā devān pitṝn yānti pitṛ-vratāḥ (Bg. 9.25). This means that whatever one worships in this life will determine the type of body he gets in his next life. But if one worships Kṛṣṇa, he ends the process of transmigration entirely. Yaṁ prāpya na nivartante tad dhāma: "When one goes to that supreme abode of Mine, he never returns [to this material world of birth and death]." (Bg. 8.21) Promotion to the spiritual world (saṁsiddhiṁ paramām) is the ultimate perfection of human life. Read Bhagavad-gītā; everything is there. But the scientists have no idea of this perfection; they do not even believe in the existence of the living entity apart from the gross body.

 Morning Walk:May 13, 1973

Saturday 19 November 2016

Bhagavad-gītā is meant for terminating all different types of miseries

The Bhagavad-gītā begins with the problems of life by discriminating the soul from the elements of matter and proves by all reason and argument that the soul is indestructible in all circumstances and that the outer covering of matter, the body and the mind, change for another term of material existence which is full of miseries. The Bhagavad-gītā is therefore meant for terminating all different types of miseries, and Arjuna took shelter of this great knowledge, which had been imparted to him during the Kurukṣetra battle.

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.15.27

Wednesday 16 November 2016

"There must be some father"

Prabhupāda: Never be. You hear from God; then you have got perfect knowledge. And if you want to become scientist more than God, then you'll never know it. But their real propaganda is "There is no God." That is their real propaganda.

Svarūpa Dāmodara: That is the root cause of this illusion.

Prabhupāda: Yes. They want to prove "There is no God. Everything is science." However rascaldom it may be, "It is everything." But we are preaching about God. How we can tolerate? We must expose them. That is our business.

Mr. Boyd: There's a saying that's printed on a piece of stationery I get from one of my supply houses of a particular piece of equipment this man designs and sells. And on the bottom he indicates, "Somebody has to lead."

Prabhupāda: Yes. So this is a commonsense philosophy, that the earth is there, everything is coming out of earth. As mother is giving birth to so many children, similarly the earth is giving birth to so many children. So the children are there, the mother is there, and where is the father? But these rascals, they say "Without father." Is it possible for the mother to give children without father?

Mr. Boyd: Not legally. (laughter)

Prabhupāda: Legally or illegally, there must be some father.
Mr. Boyd: I realize that.

Prabhupāda: Illegally or legally, without connection with the father there is no question of children.

Evening Darśana -- July 8, 1976, Washington, D.C.

Monday 14 November 2016

Vṛndāvana Trip 2016

In the Samadhi Temple of Srila Prabhupada-ISKCON Vridavana

Darshan of deities at ISKCON Vrindavana

Sankirtan at Radha Raman Ji 

Samadhi Temple of Srila Gopal Bhatt Goswami

Radha Gokulanand Temple and Samadhi temple of Loknath Goswami

Sankirtan again at Radha-Gopinath Temple

The beautiful Keshi Ghat

Devotees enjoying the boat ride in the holy Yamuna

Some Group clicks on the banks of holy Yamuna

Happily returning from the banks of Yamuna doing sankirtan

Sanket Devi Temple-One of the associates of Vrinda Devi

Krishna Kund

At Nandgoan, going to Nand BabaTemple

Paawan Sarovar
where Yashoda maiyaa used to bathe little Krishna , Prayag Raj used to himself come here to get purified.  Lord Chaitanya also took bath here when He visited and then He went to Nanda Bhavan.

Vrinda Kunda

Manasi Ganga

Getting ready for Goverdhan Parikrama
......and here begins the Goverdhan Parikrama

Through the hills and streets of villages around Goverdhan Hill

At Radha Kunda and Shyam Kund

The sitting place of Jahnava Mata at Radha Kund -Wife of  Nityanand Prabhu

Finally at Kusum Sarovar to end the Goverdhan Parikrama