“Although Krishna is independent of everyone, out of His causeless mercy He is dependent upon Garga Rishi for religious instruction; for learning the military art He is dependent upon Satyaki; and for good counsel He is dependent upon His friend, Uddhava.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 24)
Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. At least that is the claim of the acharyas, the teachers who lead by example. They don’t come upon the knowledge through some magical, mystical experience. There is connection with a chain of instructors. That succession is known as parampara, and it is only bona fide when the first person, the origination point, is the Supreme Lord Himself.
One component of being the Almighty is having complete independence. Not relying on anyone. Not having to bend to anyone’s will. No forced submission. Everyone else has some sort of…
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“Since the present civilization is not very congenial to the living entities, Krishna consciousness is recommended. Through Krishna consciousness, society will develop the mode of goodness. When the mode of goodness is developed, people will see things as they are. In the mode of ignorance, people are just like animals and cannot see things clearly. In the mode of ignorance, for example, they do not see that by killing one animal they are taking a chance of being killed by the same animal in the next life.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 14.17 Purport)
In one of the more famous lines from a Presidential debate, a candidate asked the people watching at home if they were better off today than they were four years ago. This was an obvious question to ask from a challenger attempting to shed light on the poor record of the…
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“The pure devotees are always hankering after the lotus feet of the Lord. The lotus has a kind of honey which is transcendentally relished by the devotees. They are like the bees who are always after the honey.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.11.26 Purport)
You don’t have to see the whole thing. The entire image, from top to bottom, is not required for meditation to be done properly. Dhyana is important, even outside of the realm of yoga. If you’re writing a book, will you be able to get it done if people keep interrupting you? If you’re driving on the road, is it a good idea to keep looking down at your smartphone?
Proper dhyana should be on something tangible; then it qualifies as yoga. Meditating on a tree may help to keep clear of certain bad behaviors, but in the long…
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“This dhira-prashanta trait of Krishna was exhibited in His dealings with the Pandavas. On account of the Pandavas’ faithful devotion to the Lord, He agreed to become their charioteer, their advisor, their friend, their messenger and sometimes their bodyguard. Such is an example of the result of devotional service towards Vishnu.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 23)
The Sanskrit word Bhagavan refers to someone who is fortunate in an unlimited way. Nothing is lacking, either. In sports we see that certain players are better suited for certain roles. One is fast and agile, while another is intelligent and strong. Rare it is to find someone who can do everything.
That is limited to the realm of sports competition, but imagine someone who is not lacking any feature. They can give a dissertation on the highest philosophy at one moment and build a motorcycle…
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“The promise of Krishna that His devotees are never vanquished had also previously been admitted by Indra when he was defeated in the Govardhana-lila. When Krishna stopped the villagers of Braja (Vrindavana) from worshiping Indra, Indra became angry and therefore inundated Vrindavana with continuous rain. Krishna, however, protected all of the citizens and animals of Vrindavana by lifting Govardhana Hill, which served as an umbrella.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 21)
Friend1: I think every religion has some sort of promise for protection.
Friend1: The basic one is being saved from going to hell. Get on our list. Attend this gathering on a regular basis. Confess your sins. Proclaim your love for the savior.
Friend2: Then you won’t suffer eternal damnation.
Friend1: Yeah. I mean, you have to admit, it’s a good way to increase attendance.
Friend2: Sure. I mean, do
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“Regarding His moral principles, it is stated in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam that Krishna is ruling over Vrindavana as death personified to the thieves, as pleasing bliss to the pious, as the most beautiful Cupid to the young girls and as the most munificent personality to the poor men.” (The Nectar of Devotion, Ch 21)
The less intelligent would tell you that Shri Krishna is not very moral. Their best evidence is a painting, which depicts a series of pairs consisting of a young girl and Krishna dancing under the brightest moon of the year, Sharada Purnima. How can such a scene represent morality? Isn’t it against religious principles to associate with others in this way, to give in to the urges of illicit sex?
As Krishna Himself explains in the Bhagavad-gita, every person is rewarded accordingly in their dealings with Him. Every…
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“O sober Vidura, King Indra, his honor having been insulted, poured water incessantly on Vrindavana, and thus the inhabitants of Vraja, the land of cows, were greatly distressed. But the compassionate Lord Krishna saved them from danger with His pastime umbrella, the Govardhana Hill.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 3.2.33)
Goswami Tulsidas says that even a successful effort is useless if there is no protection afterwards. Imagine working so hard to purchase a brand new car. It was something you wanted for a long time. On the first day, after making the full payment, you drive it recklessly and get into an accident. There is no insurance in this hypothetical situation.
From the total loss of the vehicle the effort that went into purchasing was nullified. For such reasons insurance policies exist. Home, auto, boat, renter’s, life – the idea is to protect those things which…
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“This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 4.2)
“Don’t waste so much time describing God, the Almighty, the Divine, Bhagavan, whatever you want to call Him. You write and write, lecture and lecture, teach and teach, but this is not how people will learn. They have to experience at the individual level. You can’t bring that experience to them. There is only one way to know something. Let the Almighty be revealed from within.”
This is one argument made against the kirtanam and shravanam processes of bhakti-yoga, where a person sings about and describes God, while another group attentively listens. The knowledge isn’t made up. It…
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