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.

July 14, 2008

The following is a quote from Sri Vedanta Deshika (1268-1387) of the Sri Sampradaya. This writing appears in the Sishyakrityadhikara section of the Srimad Rahasyatrayasara, one of his most important works. This piece is about the qualities required of the good disciple.

Reading assignment

a) Srimad Rahasyatrayasara by Sri Vedanta Deshika

Six Essential Qualifications for a Good Disciple

1. The disciple should have the highest devotion for his guru.

2. The wise disciple spreads the good name and fame of his guru to others.

3. The good disciple takes care of the guru's property and his possessions.

4. The good disciple protects his guru's teachings with a view to transferring them to a worthy disciple of his own.

Our fractured efforts.JPG
July 8, 2008

Due to our coming to this material world, we are all faced with unwanted problems. Knowing this fact, Srila Prabhupada provided us with many explicit instructions how to address our circumstantial problems from the spiritual platform. Here are some of those instructions.

Reading assignment

The Lord performs varieties of functions from His various limbs
June 29, 2008

In Sri Brahma-samhita, within the purport to text 32 (where it specifically deals with the subject of Krsna's interchangeable senses) it is quite clear that perfected jivas have a spiritual body with interchangeable senses as does the Lord.

Reading assignment

Sri Brahma-Samhita 5.32 purport:

Lord Brahma's Darshan
June 18, 2008

Below are some very beautiful descriptions of Lord Brahma's darshan of the Supreme Lord, followed by Srila Prabhupada's most poetic characterization of the sublime nature of bhakti, relating with the Lord in pure devotional love. These are real meditations!!

Reading assignment

a) Translations of Srimad Bhagavatam 3.8.20-27; b) Purport of Srimad Bhagavatam 3.8.27; c) Purport of Srimad Bhagavatam 3.8.26; d) Purport of Srimad Bhagavatam 3.8.26

a) Translations of Srimad Bhagavatam 3.8.20-27

Srila Prabhupada
June 9, 2008

Srila Prabhupada requested all of us in ISKCON to keep the preaching going that he began. He made specific reference to the Indian Railway motto: "Keep the wheels turning" - posted in the offices - so that everyone would feel responsible to keep the trains running nicely. In the same way, he alluded, everyone in ISKCON should feel responsible to keep the preaching going.

Reading assignment

One specific reference was to sannyasis, as described in Hari-sauri's diary:

Srila Prabhupada a perfect leader
June 1, 2008

Summary:  During the Festival of Inspiration Peter Burwash presented a number of very inspirational quotes from Srila Prabhupada in the course of his talk, but he was moving so swiftly that it was hard to capture in notes the exact quotes. I later requested him to provide me with the exact quotes he used; below are the Prabhupada quotes that I requested.

Inspiration becomes lasting when applied. See if one of the quotes below PARTICULARLY resonates with you. Then try to apply it over time. I especially like the very last one on this list [much like #5, and "Understand the potential that others have."]

Reading assignment

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur
June 29, 2008

Summary: Devotees often find themselves immersed in conflict with other devotees and thus see their progress in Krishna Consciousness impeded, retarded, or worse. Offenses against devotees is an offense against the Holy Name. We must try to focus on chanting the holy name and on not committing offenses against any living entities, especially against devotees. What follows are two relevant texts which discuss this point.

Reading assignment 1) Harinama Cintamani, Chapter 4; 2) Sri Caitanya Siksamrta, sixth Rainfall, second Shower, translated by Bhanu Swami

1) Harinama Cintamani, Chapter 4

Distributing mercy of Krishna
April 15, 2008

Here are some words of instruction from Srila Prabhupada guiding his followers to the message and mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Reading assignment:

a) Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.4.44, b) Caitanya Caritamrta Antya lila 3.51-52, c) Srimad Bhagavatam 4.29.1b, and d) Bhagavad Gita 18.68-69

a) Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.4.44

An Associated Counterpart of the Supreme Lord
April 2, 2008

Reading assignment

(From Sri Sajjana Toshani)

The Sanskrit word "guru" ordinarily means "heavy", as opposed to "laghu", meaning "light". In its technical and etymological sense, the meaning of the term is, "One who by his super-human (atimartya) personality, as well as by the light of the transcendent force of his devout character, dispels the dark ignorance of the human heart and instills himself into the lives of those who unconditionally and sincerely surrender themselves to his divine feet." Such is the great personality, the highest ideal that bears the appellation of guru in the sastras. Hence the sruti says:

tad-vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet

Krishna's omniscience and His apparent bewilderment
February 15, 2008

In Bhagavad Gita 4.9 Krishna teaches us that we can enter the kingdom of God and never return here to this temporal realm if we simply understand the transcendental nature of Krishna's appearance and activities.