Rshabhadev instructs his sons

Summary: These most powerful instructions are being offered by an incarnation of the Lord, Lord Rshabdev, to his 100 sons, headed by Bharat Maharaja. Some sons are being prepared as become qualified kings to rule the world, while others became mahabhagavatas, and others became highly qualified sannyasis. Universally, regardless of ashram, progressive human life is marked by one's becoming accomplished in overcoming the bondage of material desires and the whole range of fruitive work connected to those desires. Gradually, beyond becoming agreeable to these principles, or intellectually accepting them, progressive life requires successful application of them within one's daily life.

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.

Krishna in Mahabharat
February 12, 2008

Summary

Application of one's life energy to fulfill the desire of Krishna,by the grace of guru, is our means of  spiritual elevation and is a manifestation of our love for Krishna.

"Bringing our aspirations and convictions into the world of action" is the contemporary phrase.

Srila Prabhupada comments that if we strive to always consider the ways and means of expanding the flow of Lord Caitanya's mercy, there is no better way of controling the mind!

Below is a passage from Mahabharata, in which Krishna confirms the importance of acting with sincere effort to fulfill a spiritual mission in life.

Narada Muni simply desires deliverance of others

Summary: In the Sixth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, we find several narrations where contrasting exchanges between outstanding performers of fruitive activities according to Vedic codes and outstanding devotees of the Lord are narrated. Here the expert producer of progeny, Prajapati Daksa, is exhibiting his abilities on the one hand, and his blindness due to attachement and pride on the other. Narada remains transcendental in all circumstances, simply desiring to see the deliverance of others --- even the attached, even at great personal risk.

Questions:

1) What was it that Daksa failed to understand about Narada's instructions to his many sons? Why?

2) Under what circumstances would Daksa's objections have been justified?

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

Summary: Within the writings of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, we find a very suitable style which he used to address the audience of his times, one that is quite effective for that of our times, as well: humble persuasion, invoking a most reasonable presentation of the science of how to live one's life spiritually. While Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur presents scriptural support for each of the declarations he makes, his preaching style mainly rests upon convincing his reader of his conclusions by the sharp logic and reasonable statements that he makes. Reason, not dogma, prevails. This week's reading assignment exhibits this particular style of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, while addressing the topic of niyamas which correspond to different principles of spiritual elevation.

Lord Caitanya and His associates

Summary: Text 128 is the very famous verse in which Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructs EVERYONE to become guru, in a standard way. yare dekha, tare kaha `Krishna'-upadesa amara ajnaya guru hana tara' ei desa "yare dekha" means "whomever you meet". "amara ajnaya" means "under My order". "guru hana" means "becoming a spiritual master" "tara' ei desa" means 'deliver this country". Kurma was successful and wealthy, but unattached, especially after receiving Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's association. Householders can [and SHOULD!] perform the function of guru while staying in this unattached mood, within their current ashram situation, by taking the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu very seriously and personally.