Srila Prabhupada

Summary: The teaching which our acarya's have given us is very clear. In line with the initial message of Bhagavad-gita, the main place of repose for one's compassion is upon the soul. Deliverance of the soul from illusion coincides with deliverance of that soul from birth and death. In an age when charity and philanthropy towards the needs of the body is the vogue for religions...perhaps, for some, the standard of worth and value of any religion...a transcendental teaching is not often well understood. In a grossly distorted picture of "value on the bodily platform", just see what the discussion in #1 discloses!

Krsna displayed His Supreme opulence by His Universal form to Arjuna

Reading assignment:

a) Letter to Bhumata dasi, March 10, 1973

Duality in this realm, Diversity in the Spiritual Realm "...devotees do not suffer from skin disease, black or white or brown or red or whatever. In the material world black and white are opposites, but spiritually black and white are varieties. That is the proper vision.

b) Discussion about Guru Maharaji -- August 13, 1973, Paris

Prabhupada: So what is the evidence that he is God? Anyone can say, "I am God." Then, anyone will be accepted as God?

Hamsaduta: Well, I think they take it just on the strength of this, whatever it is, experiences that they have. When they become initiated, they get some kind of experience. So...

Prabhupada: What is that experience?

Srila Haridas Thakur in Lord Caitanya's company

Summary: The following section is taken from Chapter 16 of Adi-kanda of Caitanya Bhagavat, translated by Kusakratha Prabhu. It discloses *unique* direct teachings of Haridas Thakur to conditioned souls. It also discloses 1st class "interfaith dialogue", presented by our Nama-acarya Haridas Thakur. Dive deeply!

Reading Assignment

Narada shows mercy to Nalakuvara and Manigriva
August 14, 2012

Reading Assignment

How can one actually see the Lord?  The cause must be found. If one proposes that the Lord's mercy is the first cause, it can only be considered a secondary cause.  That mercy is not bestowed independently by the Lord to material persons suffering unlimitedly in samsara.  That is impossible.

Supreme Lord in His absolutely mysterious form as Lord Caitanya with His associates

Summary: This weeks reading assignment is from the introductory section of Sri Caitanya Caritamrta, in which Krishna das Kaviraj Goswami is outlining the mystery of the Pancatattva: how the Supreme Lord is simultaneously manifested in multiple personified features of the Supreme, who all engage in passtimes together in joyous love and devotion. While everything about the Absolute Truth is very deep and mysterious, the covered incarnation of the Lord as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is absolutely and totally mysterious!