Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

Reading Assignment

Bhaktisiddhantha Saraswati Thakur Quotes. Inspirational!

a) from lecture 1926

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati said: "If I seek the path leading to the ultimate good, I must ignore the countless voices of popular wisdom and listen to that of the realised souls."

b) "Associates of Sri Caitanya" by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati

Gopa Kumar describes Vaikunthaloka

Summary: During this past weekend a number of devotees participated in a Retreat at our Gita Nagari farm, part of which was hearing from "Sri Brhat-bhagavatamrta" by Sanatana Goswami. Gopa Kumara had entered into Vaikuntha on a Vaikuntha airship, by the blessings of Lord Siva and others, and was relating his experiences there to another. The splendor of the Vaikuntha realm was so amazing to Gopa Kumara, who explained that even metaphors indicating it's magnificence were grossly inadequate. He explains in Chapter 4 Text 51: "Except by direct experience, no one can rightly understand Vaikuntha. No more than this can I accurately describe.

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Just after the 12 years of exile of the Pandavas was completed, they were considering where to spend the remaining 1 year incognito. While still in the forest, a brahmana came to them and reported that the sticks which he used for igniting his sacrificial fire had somehow gotten entangled in the antlers of a deer, and the sticks were now gone. The sage asked the Pandavas to see if they could possibly return the sticks. In a search for that deer, a very unusual event took place. They could not find the deer, but instead became overwhelmed with thirst (much like what happened to Maharaja Pariksit).