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.

Hari Bhakti Vilas by Srila Sanatana Goswami
December 28, 2011

Summary: Sadhana after bathing. A question is sometimes raised regarding the bonafide nature of people who are often or always not taking bath before sadhana. The standard rule is to always take bath before these practices. Exceptional circumstances circumstances may arise, to be sure; but they should not be the rule, or one's common practice. Below are the sastric pramanas for the standard practices of Gaudiya Vaisnavas in this regard.

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asnatastu puman narho
japadi havanadisu

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September 24, 2011

Attached: Caturmasya.pdf I was recently asked a question about what dairy products can be taken during the Caturmasya Milk Fast, if any.

The attached file is from three sources regarding Caturmasya fasting standards, sent to me by the NY Temple President Ramabhadra Prabhu.

Note what it says within the text - * "Milk fast means refrain from drinking milk. Milk sweets, milk by-products are ok."

This text may be useful for future reference.

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December 29, 2010

During our Puri Yatra, we visited Sveta Ganga and the House of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya. Both places are intimately connected with Gangamata Goswamini, who was a female initiating guru within our disciplic line. Haridas Pandit was her spiritual master. One of the chief persons within Vrndavan to order Krishna das Kaviraja Goswami to write Caitanya Caritamrta was the same Haridas Pandit. In Caitanya Caritamrta there are several verses describing the character of Haridas Pandit (Caitanya caritamrta Adi Lila Ch 8). One of his character traits was his absolute aversion to fault-finding.

Maharaja Ambarisha is a picture of steadiness even amidst seeming reversals
December 16, 2010

Summary: While we certainly must attend to illness, fire, accidents, circumstances which are causing impediments to our service, etc -- we must not become obsessed with the situation. There is a time and place for simply accepting these things as providential.

Reading Material

TRANSLATION "My dear King, do not be agitated and anxious because your sacrifices have not been properly executed due to providential impediments. Kindly take my words with great respect. We should always remember that if something happens by providential arrangement, we should not be very sorry. The more we try to rectify such reversals, the more we enter into the darkest region of materialistic thought."

Taking shelter of the Holy Name
September 28, 2010

Summary: Both of the attached documents came to me unsought; two different devotees had noted these references in the course of their reading and found them to be particularly inspiring, so they shared them with me. In turn, I wanted to share them with others as well. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur (SBSST) shows cent-percent consistency in his vision as to how a vaisnava is to conduct himself, when encoutering the shortcomings and weaknesses -- perceived and/or real -- within another vaisnava. The contrasting position is when the Personality of Kali's influence is unchecked.

Jananivas prabhu serves the deities intimately
August 2, 2010

Summary: Only with very intimate devotees will the Deity interact in such a manner as took place between Pundarika Vidyanidhi and Lord Jagannath. A very similar exchange recently took place between Jananivasa Prabhu in Mayapur and the Lord Jagannath Deities. It is a most intimate loving exchange! {For the contemporary context: see below.}

April 22, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.10.16

prasada-sikhararudhah

kuru-naryo didrksaya

vavrsuh kusumaih krsnam

prema-vrida-smiteksanah

The Lord is pleased with pure love of His devotee
October 30, 2009

Krishna is only pleased with love
Reading Assignment
After receiving initiation at Gaya from Srila Iswara Puri, Sri Gaurasundar, the son of Mother Sachi, returned to Nadiya with a happy heart. One day, Vishwambhar gave transcendental knowledge to some pure brahmin boys of Nabadwip who were his students. Lord Gaura Hari said: pana eka satya vastu - krsnera carana sei vidya - yathe hari-bhaktira laksana
You should study only the one truth - Krishna's feet. One who knows that truth has the ornament of devotion for the Lord. (Text 11)
The sastras describe that anything other than this is ignorance. Do not study anything other than devotion to Sri Sri Radha-Krishna! (Text 12)

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August 14, 2009

On Janmastami day, in anticipation of the appearance of Lord Krishna, it is nice to meditate upon the prayers offered by the demigods just prior to Krishna's appearance while still in the womb of Devaki. I gave the Janmastami talk on this verse below, inspired both by the poetry of the Bhagavatam (read the sanskrit of this verse!), as well as its message. Self-honesty and truthfulness are essential to advance in Krishna consciousness. I gave a whole seminar on this topic at Christmas time 2008 to the Soul Connection youth group in Chicago. That seminar should be available online, and the Janmastami lecture should be online soon.

Reading Assignment

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.2.26

Beautiful Bhagavatam
July 23, 2009

Summary: The text below was sent to me as an appreciation of the superlative nature of Srimad Bhagavatam, directly expressed within the king of sattvic Puranas, namely the Padma Purana. Moreover, I often speak of the beautiful poetry of the Bhagavatam, and how the message of the Bhagavatam responates resounding messages like a grand symphony. Both are touched upon here, so I thought to share this with you, just as it was shared with me.

Reading Assignment