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Summary: Spiritual leadership means to ardently follow Krishna's indications for us re. how we can please Him; guru, shastra and sadhu are the conveyors of His indications and instructions. Spiritual leadership entails recognizing our tiny position, powerless without the Supreme Powerful mercifully bestowing both some service upon us, along with the means to execute it. Can we, conditions souls, rise above the platform of material conditioning, to become perfected souls? Srila Prabhupada clearly says "Yes!" By spiritual leadership, or by placing Krishna as our leader who we commit ourselves to follow, we can become "perfect, although we are imperfect" (conditioned).

Choosing to serve Radha & Krsna with love

Summary: Last week our discussion topic was centered on the importance of bringing the mind to Krishna, as an essential co-function with restraint of the senses, in whatever austerities (tapasya) we may perform. This week I would like to extend this same discussion into the realm of consciousness. The purpose is to examine what is happening on a fundamental level, when both components of tapasya are properly performed. The basic idea is that the material elements (mind, senses, intelligence, contaminated consciousness) are all becoming purified when both parts of tapasya are performed, AND the soul itself will again come in contact with Krishna, the source of both. I will explain.

Serving Radha & Krsna with love

Summary: atmendriya-priti-vanchatare bali `kama' krsnendriya-priti-iccha dhare `prema' nama

"The desire to gratify one's own senses is kama [lust], but the desire to please the senses of Lord Krishna is prema [love]." (Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 4.165)

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Summary: While recently visiting in Alachua I gave Srimad Bhagavatam class on the above verses, and a very lively question and answer session ensued, based upon the following question(s). "Where to draw the line between sufficient and appropriate compassion vs. being overly compassionate?" -OR- "If we saw a drowning baby deer, should we save the deer understanding it to be our duty to somehow help to 'raise the deer from the material platform to the spiritual platform; otherwise at any moment our spiritual advancement may be spoiled"?

The best practice of yoga in this age is Krsna consciousness

Summary In last week's presentation on the 5 suggestions given by Ramananda Roy to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, in response to Mahaprabhu's question "What is the ultimate goal of life, and how to attain it?," the verse which Mahaprabhu honored as the answer He was willing to accept was Srimad Bhagavatam 10.14.3. This verse calls for an abandonment of mental speculation and its fruit. We find a tendency amongst those who are on the path of devotion to sometimes search for, or even grasp hold of, some hidden "secret solution" to our material entanglement problem and the consequent sufferings that arise due to material contact. In Srila Prabhupada's translation of Bhagavad Gita 6.22, he specifically addresses this tendancy.