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.

A transformed Mrigari is compassionate towards other living entities
January 2, 2009

The theme expanded upon during one of the Gita Nagari retreats was Vaisnava Compassion. A little refresher on that topic is found in the quote which you find below from Srila Thakur Bhaktivinode. A detail about the book Sri Caitanya-Siksamrta is noteworthy. To honor his father Srila Thakur Bhaktivinode, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur gathered notable quotes from his father's writings and published them in one volume, and called it Amrta Vani. This is one of those quotes.

In turn, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur elaborated upon these same messages, and in turn we can *clearly* see how Srila Prabhupada's teachings are 100% in resonance with his guru's and parama-guru's teachings. This is how parampara maintains siddhanta over generations.

Lord Caitanya
January 2, 2009

While conducting the Mayapur Yatra we visited the HQers of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur's preaching mission, which included his main temple Sri Sri Gadharvika Giridhari. While circumabulating around the deities one sees on the 4 corners outside the mandir itself, along the parikrama marg, the murtis of the 4 vaisnava acaryas of the 4 bonafide disciplic successions (as decribed in Padma Purana.)

Even a reflection of devotional service is powerful as is seen in Ajamila's pastime
December 8, 2008

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I gave an extensive seminar on Harinama Cintamini. The central topic was how to improve and get the full effect of chanting Harinama. One chapter discusses Namabhasa, a stage of chanting that is less than pure and perfect, and how to go beyond it. There are different categories of Namabhasa, but they amount to the same: a glimmer, or a mere reflection of the Holy Name. Below is a description of Bhakti-abhasa. How powerful! What to speak of Suddha-bhakti!

Intimate relationship between the Supreme Lord and His pure devotee like Maharaja Ambarisha
November 11, 2008

Summary: This very famous verse is spoken by Lord Visnu to Durvasa Muni, who was pleading with Him to remove the influence of the Sudarshan Chakra, in hot pursuit of Durvasa for his offense to Ambarisa Maharaja. It reveals the intensity of love the Lord has for his pure devotee. Srila Prabhupada's purport is followed by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur's comments on this verse.

Reading Assignment

Srimad Bhagavatam 9.4.68

Krishna directs creation
October 27, 2008

Why must there be material nature? Because of the criminal tendancy of some souls, the rebellious souls.

Reading assignment

From a lecture by Srila Prabhupada on Bhagavad-gita 2.30 - London, August 31, 1973

Taking shelter of the Holy Name
October 9, 2008

I will be conducting a seminar during the Thanksgiving holiday in Seattle on the topic of Harinama Cintamani by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur. The subject covers the essential range of Nama-tattva, or the truths about the chanting of the Holy Name as spoken by Haridas Thakur to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in a question/answer format. The same teachings are covered almost point-by-point in Jaiva Dharma [Chapters 23-25], a novel also written by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, expressed in a slightly different way. Both books can be found in Vedabase. The section below is a discussion on the distinction between the secondary and the primary names of the Lord.

Supreme Lord personally protects His devotees as in Prahlad Maharaja's pastime
September 25, 2008

Not only does Krishna see that His devotee is cared for and provided for, but he does this directly, personally. That is our Supreme Father! When pure unmotived service exists on the part of the servitor, there are neither demands from the servant OR the master, although it may appear to be so. [Krishna demands surrender Bhagavad Gita: 18.66, and we make requests in our prayers and in our hearts.]

Krishna is the source of all incarnations
September 12, 2008

I was visiting a college town, where a person in the audience asked a classic question: "Why do we consider Krishna to be the source of all incarnations when it clearly states in Srimad Bhagavatam that Krishna is the 20th incarnation of Vishnu?" You may all have been asked this question at some point in time. One answer is found in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 2.67-90. The entire section can be read from this file.

You will also find there the dialogue between Lord Caitanya and Venkata Bhatta on this topic. Madhya 9.111-161. Very important!!

Reading Assignment

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 2.67-90 Adi 2.67

Krsna's birth.JPG
August 17, 2008

Prior to Krishna's appearance, there were six sons of Devaki who were killed by Kamsa. Who were these six sons, and how did they become so unfortunate that they would be killed by Kamsa just after their birth? In the introduction to Chapter 1 of Canto 10, Srila Prabhupada writes:

Karma.JPG
August 5, 2008

Reading assignment

a) THE DEATH OF GAUTAMI'S SON OR "WHO IS REALLY TO BLAME?" (Adapted from Mahabharata, Anushasana-parva, Chapter One; Taken from Bindu Magazine)

[Here, Bhishma responds to a question from Yudhisthir Maharaja.]

Since you are dependent on God, destiny, and time, why do you consider yourself to be the cause of your actions? There is an ancient story in this connection about a conversation between Mrityu (personified death), Kala (personified time), the sagacious lady Gautami, a hunter, and a snake.