All occupational engagements are to be done for ultimate liberatio
August 25, 2006

Summary: The following story, adapted from the thirteenth chapter of the Nrsimha Purana, illustrates the negative effects of pride, and the power of a chaste lady. (Adaptation by Madhavananda das, Bhubanesvar.) The notes at the end need to be considered carefully. Essential in the teachings of Srimad-Bhagavatam is this: the process of bhakti is so powerful that it's performance carries one beyond the obligations of worldly religious duty, and it yields all the fruits of ALL high-grade activities, including pious activities, etc. However, the consciousness behind the performance of bhakti determines the degree to which one receives this benediction.

April 22, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.10.16


kuru-naryo didrksaya

vavrsuh kusumaih krsnam


Srila Prabhupada exemplified caring for devotees
January 15, 2012

At times, there may appear a tendency to neglect those who do not insist on their basic needs.

Reading Assignment:

January 8, 2013

Reading Assignment Mahabharata by K.M.Ganguli
Vana Parva, Chapter 231

Vaisampayana said, "After those brahmanas and the illustrious sons of Pandu took their seats, Draupadi and Satyabhama entered the hermitage. With joyful hearts the two ladies laughed merrily and comfortably seated themselves. O king, those ladies, who always spoke sweetly to each other, having met after a long time, began to speak about various delightful topics arising from the histories of the Kurus and the Yadus. In private, the slender-waisted Satyabhama, the favorite wife of Krishna and daughter of Satrajit, asked Draupadi these questions.

Taking shelter of a pure devotee

Summary: Srimad Bhagavatam 11.5.41 is a very important verse; it is quoted twice in Bhagavad-gita purports and a total of 59 times in Srila Prabhupada's teachings. This verse was explained in great detail in the second lecture I heard Srila Prabhupada give, so it has special meaning for me. We require the instructions of a pure devotee to enable us to understand fully the purport of the transcendental literature, Srimad-Bhagavatam. Renunciation alone does not entitle us to spiritual attainment; in fact, although it may make one extrodinarily powerful, our hearts may easily become contaminated by pride due to possessing the quality of renunciation, as much as possessing wealth, knowledge, beauty or any other opulence can also make us proud.