Unfinchingly following the Spiritual Master for the Ultimate good
May 24, 2007

Summary: By the mercy of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, the message of this very simple story is nicely rendered.

Reading Assignment a) A Wise Old Monkey

Service to Guru leads to service to Krishna
July 18, 2007

Summary: The 3 gunas are sometimes compared to 3 ropes, twisted together to make one very strong rope, a rope that binds the conditioned living being to material existence. BHAGAVAD-GITA Ch 14 describes the effect of the 3 modes, but it also describes how the modes can STOP acting: when one undeviatingly engages in devotional service unto Krishna, avyabhicari-bhakti (BHAGAVAD-GITA 14.26; see below). Srimad-Bhagavatam also addresses this, both in Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.19 http://vedabase.net/Srimad-Bhagavatam/1/2/19/en and in the verse Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.15.25 below.

Messages of transcendence are non-different from the Lord Himself

Summary: The focus within this week's reading assignment is upon the word shruta-iksita, or how the process of hearing leads to seeing the Lord. To receive the full beneficial effect of sadhana bhakti, there must be a strong and sincere desire to experience one's relationship with the Lord, which is progressively awakened by the hearing process itself; the degree of purification one experiences from hearing and daily sadhana is certainly a function of one's ardent and genuine desire to serve the Lord favorably, ie. *desiring HIS pleasure through our activities*, and thereby becoming eligible to enter into our relationship with Him. Attaining favorable service to the Lord starts with how we address ourselves to the hearing process.

Caitanya Caritamrta describes faith

Summary: The theme of the role *faith* for one who is advancing on the path of bhakti was the theme of a recent Yatra in Udupi, which a number of devotees recently took part in. Below are some quotes which expand upon this same theme. The message is absolutely clear: faith is the unflinching confidence that upon attaining one thing --- Krsna-bhakti --- one is provided with all other desirable achievements. Absolute faith, unflinching faith, rests in Krsna-bhakti only. Faith in any other result or any other process will be unavoidably transient and ultimately disappointing. Attaining this faith rests upon guru-kripa, which includes very careful guidance and training.