January 8, 2014

"When you start chanting without offense, you will be convinced that all perfection comes from chanting the holy name."

Source: Patramrta by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, Instructions for the chanters of the holy names and worshipers. (Sridama Mayapura, Nadia, 429 Gaura era)

March 21, 2010

VEDIC THOUGHT

"If you cannot purify yourself by any endeavor whatsoever, then just go sit with the Vaisnavas and you will achieve all auspiciousness.".

-- Sri Ramanujacarya, Quoted in Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Bhaktyaloka

September 9, 2011

Baladev Vidyabhusana's commentary on Bhagavad Gita 10.11 explains Krsna’s reply to Arjuna's tacit question about how a living entity who has been covered by ignorance since time immemorial can attain true enlightenment.

Commentary -

July 16, 2013

When will Nityananda Prabhu be merciful to me and deliver me from the enchantment [maya] of the sense objects? When will he give me the shade of his lotus feet and the right to enter the market place [nama-hatta] of the Holy Name?

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

July 1, 2010

"Krsna-bhakti is the only way to deracinate miseries from the world. You are working only for the good of the body and treating the symptoms, not the original disease. Your patchwork schemes of various social, economic, and political ideologies are like blowing on a boil, which gives but a momentary
and false sense of assuagement. The real cure is to lance the boil and squeeze out the pus. Similarly, the pus of material attachment must be excised by the sharp words of the expert devotee, the only genuine well-wisher of human society."

- Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Excerpt from Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava titled 'Blowing on a Boil'

[Deracinate = to terminate at that root]
[Assuagement = calming, soothing, mollifying]

May 3, 2014

"Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati revealed that hari-katha is the svarupa-sakti of hari-nama: just as Krishna is properly worshiped not alone but with His svarupa-sakti Sri Radha, recitation of hari-nama is incomplete and improper unless accompanied by hearing hari-katha.”

(Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava)