It is said that the mind is the cause of suffering and happiness. The mind absorbed on mundane objects leads to suffering, whereas the same mind engaged in Krishna consciousness leads one to happiness.

"Meditations on Krishna" is an invitation from Srila Romapada Swami to direct our mind's thinking, feeling and willing capacities to various aspects of Krishna consciousness. Each meditation includes some reading material, a short essay based on the material followed by questions, tailored to help us understand and apply the principles of Krishna consciousness.

Narada Muni
February 9, 2012

Q. When an empowered jiva, such as Narada Muni, appears, is his body made of matter, as ours is, or does he appear in a form of eternity, knowledge, and bliss?

A. Both are possible.

If by empowered jivas we understand completely realized devotees, Jiva Goswami in Bhakti-sandarbha 187 describes such maha-bhagavatas as belonging of three types, with only one of them, termed by him prapta-bhagavata-parsada-deha (literally "one who has obtained a body of the Lord's confidant or personal associate"), having a completely transcendental body.

Bhisma's disappearance
January 31, 2012

Reading Assignment Bhismadeva, when he was lying on his arrow bed before passing away, Lord Krishna, accompanied with the Pandavas, came to see him. Ordinarily, Bhismadeva was a worshipper of Lord Visnu, but he knew also that Krishna is the same Lord Visnu. When Krishna came to see Bhismadeva on his death bed, Bhismadeva remembered Krishna in His fighting feature at the battlefield of Kuruksetra. Bhismadeva wanted to see Krishna angry, he knew that Krishna was very kind upon him, but to make a front he displayed a chivalrous mood, pretending to kill Arjuna, although he knew it very well that no power in the world could kill Arjuna while he was shielded by Krishna Himself as his charioteer. Yet he tried to agitate the mind of Krishna, but Arjuna he almost killed.

Srila Prabhupada exemplified caring for devotees
January 15, 2012

At times, there may appear a tendency to neglect those who do not insist on their basic needs.

Reading Assignment:

Here, Bali Maharaja surrenders to the Lord despite getting cursed by his Spiritual Master
January 11, 2012

Summary: What follows is the story of Prsadhra's being cursed by his spiritual master Vasistha. In spite of having a guru who "was not free from tamo-guna" and who cursed him to take another birth (and that that birth would be as a sudra), nevertheless Prsadhra "returned home, back to Godhead," due to his proper attitude as a disciple as well as a worshiper of the Supreme Lord. Having a guru less than the ideal (and even having been cursed by guru!) did not keep him from becoming self-realized and attaining the Supreme destination. Thus, a disciple is never at a loss if he/she follows the true Vaisnava ways.

From Mahabharat
January 6, 2012

Summary: During a fight which Duryodhana had with a Gandharva, Arjuna rescued him. A promise was made by Duryodhana, and Arjuna offered his reply. [See attached file.]

Later the promise made by Duryodhana was taken by Arjuna: "Please give me the five arrows which Bhisma has just given you to hold for him." These five arrows were to be used to kill the Pandavas during the next day's battle!

 

Duryodhan's malice towards Vidura
January 5, 2012

Reading Assignment: Krishna's Peace Mission
Mahabharata by Krishna Dharma

Scene: Krishna has arrived in Hastinapur, on a mission to offer peace to the Kurus.

After consoling Queen Kunti, Krishna went to the palace of Duryodhana. Duryodhana came down from his elevated seat and welcomed Krishna warmly. He showed him to a large throne covered with exquisite silk carpet and soft white cushions. When Krishna was seated, the Kuru prince personally worshipped him and offered him the traditional gift of a cow. His brothers, along with the other Kings, also came and worshipped Krishna.