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.

Lord Rama worships Lord Siva

Summary: There are many cogent responses to the question arising from the Ramayana lila of Lord Rama's worshiping Lord Siva before proceeding to Lanka. Here is one presented by our great acarya, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada.

Reading Assignment

Purport to Sri Caitanya-bhagavata, antya 2.399 by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada.

Haridas Thakur's mercy

Summary: The highlight of this section is summarized in the last purport of this reading assignment: the sign of a real spiritual master is that he transforms the hearts of those who take shelter of him. He changes their character. This is a very demanding service. To *not* be prepared and qualified to do so is a disservice.


Once Bhimasena, the younger brother of Maharaja Yudhisthira, asked the great sage Srila Vyasadeva, the grandfather of the Pandavas, if it is possible to return to the spiritual world without having observed all the rules and regulations of the Ekadasi fasts. Bhimasena said, " O greatly intelligent grandfather, my brother Yudhisthira, my dear mother Kunti, and my beloved wife Draupadi, as well as Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva, fast completely on Ekadasi and strictly follow all the rules and regulations of that sacred day. Being very religious, they always tell me that I should also fast on that day. But, O grandfather, I tell them that I cannot live without eating, because hunger is unbearable to me. I give widely in charity and worship Sri Kesava properly, but I cannot fast on Ekadasi.

Sri Sri Radha Damodar

Summary: Some nice thoughts about the month of Kartika.

Reading Assignment

a) HARI BHAKTI VILASA 16/36 from SKANDA PURANA

kartika khalu vai masam sarva masesu ca uttamam

punyanam paramam punyam pavananam ca pavanam

The month of Kartika is the topmost of all other months. It is the most meritorious and purified of all other pure months.

b) HARI BHAKTI VILASA 16/39,40 from SKANDA PURANA

na kartika samo maso na krtena samam yugam

na veda sadrsam na tirtha gangaya samam

kartikah pravaro maso vaisnavanam priyah sada

kartikam skalam yastu bhaktya sevate vaisnavah

Radha kund & Syama kund at Govardhan
December 10, 2007

Summary: Since I have returned from Vrndavan, I have been engaged in speaking about Govardhan Hill and Radha Kund + Syama Kund at public programs. This absorption has inspired me to share something very nice. Within the attached file is a small portion of a book written by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur, which discloses the splendor of Vraja. The final portion focuses upon the splendor of Govardhana Hill and Radha Kund. At the very beginning of the attached file is a verse from Srimad Bhagavatam in which Uddhava is declaring that "Krishna is so attractive, that he enhances the beauty of ornaments, or He is the ornament of ornaments!" Or, in other words, one my say "Why is Vraja so opulent and filled with splendor?

Krishna the Supreme refuge
December 5, 2007

Summary: While in Vrndavan for our Yatra, we visited Chir Ghat, the place where Krishna stole the garments of the gopis. It is a very sublime place, as is the lila performed by Krishna there. After extracting total surrender from the young gopis, Krishna promised them: "O saintly girls, I understand that your real motive in this austerity has been to worship Me. That intent of yours is approved of by Me, and indeed it must come to pass." The young girls ardently wanted Krishna as their husband, and so He promised to fulfill their desire. In fact he did so, both by way of His rasa-lila, and by way of marrying their expansions in Dwaraka. See the following text from Srila Sanatana Goswami's Brhad-bhagavatamrta for evidence.

Damodar being chased by Mother Yasoda
November 10, 2007

Summary: This Meditation is taken from Sanatana Goswami's Dig-Darsini-Tika - Bengali translation by Tridandi Swami Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Maharaja. Rendered into English by Dasaratha Suta dasa and Vaiyasaki dasa Adhikari, and taken from the book "Radha Damodara Lila" by Vaiyasaki das. The color highlights are mine. Srila Prabhupada's sannyasa guru was BP Kesava Maharaja.

Originally from the Padma Purana, Sri Damodarastakam is recited during a conversation between Narada Muni and Saunaka Rsi. They are prayers recited by Satyavrata Muni. There are eight prayers, an in the attached file are the first two Slokas with commentary by Sanatana Goswami.

Lord Shiva accepts Ganga on his head.JPG
October 3, 2007

Summary: The glories of Mother Ganges, as found in the Padma Purana (from Bindu Magazine).

Reading Assignment TWO FROGS VISIT THE GANGA (Adapted from the Padma Purana, canto 7, chapter 9)

Radha.JPG
September 21, 2007

Summary: Here are some very simple and relevant instructions on how we, as Gaudiya Vaisnavas, are to appreciate and approach Radharani.

Reading Assignment a) APPROACH KRISHNA THROUGH RADHA

(Srila Prabhupada's Lecture on the occasion of Radharani's appearance day. London. 5 September1973)

Turning our attention to the Supreme, in full devotion
September 14, 2007

Summary: Srila Jiva Goswami states in his Bhakti Sandarbha that if we can understand how we got into this material world, then it will become very easy to retrace our steps and enter onto our path back to Godhead. Within the following purport we find Srila Prabhupada revealing the root cause of our entering material existence, which in turn is the fountainhead of all our problems once within material existence.

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.4-5 is the reference mentioned in the first paragraph of the purport: Vyasa's realization of the external energy of the Supreme Lord being under His control, and in turn how the living entities are controlled by His external energy.