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.

Loud Chanting is superior
August 9, 2007

Summary: I recently had a discussion with a very serious devotee of Krishna who has great appreciation for Srila Prabhupada, and who has a long-term practice of chanting within his mind; he maintains this practice because he is convinced that this type of chanting is more effective than chanting aloud, although he greatly respects the process of chanting God's names aloud as we do in ISKCON. This discussion prompted me to gather some of the prominent scriptural quotes which address this specific topic.

Srila Prabhupada
July 24, 2007

Summary: "One should be a lamb at home and a lion in the chase." This is a phrase which Srila Prabhupada sometimes used to epitomize the character of a vaisnava. [Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.12.22] Unfortunately, Srila Prabhupada regretfully remarked that the devotees were often behaving in reverse, or "a lion in the home and a lamb in the chase", i.e. being more kind, tolerant, etc in dealings with others than one was with fellow devotees!

Service to Guru leads to service to Krishna
July 18, 2007

Summary: The 3 gunas are sometimes compared to 3 ropes, twisted together to make one very strong rope, a rope that binds the conditioned living being to material existence. BHAGAVAD-GITA Ch 14 describes the effect of the 3 modes, but it also describes how the modes can STOP acting: when one undeviatingly engages in devotional service unto Krishna, avyabhicari-bhakti (BHAGAVAD-GITA 14.26; see below). Srimad-Bhagavatam also addresses this, both in Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.19 http://vedabase.net/Srimad-Bhagavatam/1/2/19/en and in the verse Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.15.25 below.

A transformed Mrigari is compassionate towards every living entity
July 6, 2007

Summary: Recently we held a Retreat in Gita Nagari on the topic of "Vaisnava Compassion". Going deeply into the mood of core vaisnava qualities is a very powerful experience! Some became so inspired that currently there is a Yatra being conducted in India amongst a number of devotees, who are continuing on with this same theme. Below you will find two scriptural references which express the imperative requirement of a vaisnava to become compassionate. The recordings from the seminars on Compassion from the Gita Nagari Retreat should be available online.

Reading Assignment a) Srimad Bhagvatam 4.29.1b, b) Moral instruction: Three unbearable things in the world

a) Srimad Bhagvatam 4.29.1b

Lord Chaitanya in Sadbhuja form
June 28, 2007

Summary: One of the most well-known verses from scripture which discloses the identity of Lord Caitanya as the Supreme Personality of Godhead is Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.5.32. Here is the verse:

Krsna-varnam tvisa Krsnam

sangopangastra-parsadam

yajnaih sankirtana-prayair

yajanti hi su-medhasah

TRANSLATION In the age of Kali, intelligent persons perform congregational chanting to worship the incarnation of Godhead who constantly sings the names of Krsna. Although His complexion is not blackish, He is Krsna Himself. He is accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons and confidential companions.

Srila Prabhupada
June 25, 2007

Note the sequence of some events in Srila Prabhupada's lila, Feb 1977. Amazing determination!

Reading Assignment

a) TKG's Diary: Prabhupada's Final Days - chapter 1

Unfinchingly following the Spiritual Master for the Ultimate good
May 24, 2007

Summary: By the mercy of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, the message of this very simple story is nicely rendered.

Reading Assignment a) A Wise Old Monkey

There is no impurity, contamination and imperfection in Lord's pastimes
April 1, 2007

Summary: During the recent observance of Ramanavami, many discussions arose related to "apparent errors" of Sita, Rama, Laksmana, Kaikeyi, etc. Speculations abound as to "Why" different events in Rama's lila took place in the manner they did, especially when it appears that some flagrant mistake has been made by divine omniscient pure beings.

Banyan tree of this material world is a pale reflection of the Reality
February 11, 2007

Summary: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura was called 'a vaikuntha man'. He loved the spiritual world, and sternly cautioned all thoughtful men to NOT accept the pale worldly reflection to be the Reality. His examples in this excerpt below are vivid, his application of the principles which these examples expose is forceful, and his compelling conclusions are NOT how ordinary pious souls view the world. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura insisted on exposing illusion, simply for the sake of inviting others to consider and experience the Reality. The message is "there is an alternative to illusion." Please consider yourself invited!

Reading Assignment

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur
January 22, 2007

Summary: In 1871, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur was first given a post in the British government in Puri. In his own words, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur received immense inspiration in his spiritual pursuits. During that first year in Puri, two very beautiful poems of two opposite colors yet bearing a very similar title came from his pen, on the topic of the qualities of a saragrahi vaisnava.

Reading Assignment

a) On Haridas Samadhi [A Saragrahi Vaishnava]