Sound incarnation of Krsna enters into the heart of a self-realized devotee
December 1, 2006

Summary: Below is a quote from Srimad-Bhagavatam which I find very inspirational. It's application is perfectly appropriate with chanting Hare Krishna, as well as hearing Srimad-Bhagavatam. One devotee, hearing me lecture on this verse, became inspired to draw the painting which you find in the attached file. I will be providing gift copies of the lecture which prompted the painting at my Vyasa Puja, along with a few other things. Otherwise it can be downloaded from caitanya.com.

Application: Try meditating upon the message and spirit of this verse while chanting, or while reading Srimad-Bhagavatam. It is very powerful, as well as very beautiful.

Reading Assignment

a) Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.8.4-5

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!

Beautiful Bhagavatam
July 23, 2009

Summary: The text below was sent to me as an appreciation of the superlative nature of Srimad Bhagavatam, directly expressed within the king of sattvic Puranas, namely the Padma Purana. Moreover, I often speak of the beautiful poetry of the Bhagavatam, and how the message of the Bhagavatam responates resounding messages like a grand symphony. Both are touched upon here, so I thought to share this with you, just as it was shared with me.

Reading Assignment

From Mahabharat
January 6, 2012

Summary: During a fight which Duryodhana had with a Gandharva, Arjuna rescued him. A promise was made by Duryodhana, and Arjuna offered his reply. [See attached file.]

Later the promise made by Duryodhana was taken by Arjuna: "Please give me the five arrows which Bhisma has just given you to hold for him." These five arrows were to be used to kill the Pandavas during the next day's battle!

 

Hanuman.JPG
June 27, 2013

 As the Pandavas made their way from one holy tÄ«rtha to another, they finally came to Badrikashrama in the Himalayan Mountains. It was a very scenic spot that could hardly be described in words.

Srila Prabhupada

Summary: "Modernity" is a view of the world which values rational thought ("speculative reasoning") above descending knowledge or any other source of wisdom. Modernity has encroached upon the thresholds of the teachings of ancient Vedic wisdom as much as it has penetrated into and transformed beyond recognition much of Christianity and other major world religions. Persons who adhere to Modernity characterize specific sections of our vaisnava or Vedic teachings as something which they do not like or else which they understand as "ancient" and thus irrelevant for modern times, which now requires something different. Not so, according to Srila Prabhupada!