Pure devotee of the Lord

Summary: Srila Prabhupada gives an interesting glimpse into who he considered a pure devotee, at least in some of his written texts directly from his books, despite the somewhat popular notion of identifying a pure devotee necessarily with being a mahabhagavata-vaisnava.

Reading Assignment a) Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 15.106, b) Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 7.51, and c) Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 7.52

a) Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 15.106

prabhu kahe,--"yanra mukhe suni eka-bara

Krsna-nama, sei pujya,--srestha sabakara'''

TRANSLATION Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu replied, "Whoever chants the holy name of Krsna just once is worshipable and is the topmost human being."

Bhisma's disappearance
January 31, 2012

Reading Assignment Bhismadeva, when he was lying on his arrow bed before passing away, Lord Krishna, accompanied with the Pandavas, came to see him. Ordinarily, Bhismadeva was a worshipper of Lord Visnu, but he knew also that Krishna is the same Lord Visnu. When Krishna came to see Bhismadeva on his death bed, Bhismadeva remembered Krishna in His fighting feature at the battlefield of Kuruksetra. Bhismadeva wanted to see Krishna angry, he knew that Krishna was very kind upon him, but to make a front he displayed a chivalrous mood, pretending to kill Arjuna, although he knew it very well that no power in the world could kill Arjuna while he was shielded by Krishna Himself as his charioteer. Yet he tried to agitate the mind of Krishna, but Arjuna he almost killed.

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.

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

Summary: Kindly enjoy the divine association of Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura, by reading from a compilation of his various writings, put together and published under the direction of his divine son, Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, which were gleaned from the vast writings of his divine father. There are two categories of topics that have been selected for this week's readings, both of which should be quite relevant to all of you, namely instructions for householders and instructions re. Vaishnavas.

Questions:

Srila Prabhupada

Summary: We all face disturbances. How to address ourselves to those causes of disturbances without reducing our concentration upon that which is non-material, or Krishna? The process of surrender is necessary! We need not rely simply upon our material faculties; alone they will not provide the needed shelter. We must remain humble before our Master and all his wonderful devotees, and then move forward to serve with all the sincerity we can muster.

Reading Assignment Misc Quotes from Srila Prabhupada

Devotee: Srila Prabhupada, is it true that our advancement in devotional services is influenced a lot by our past karma, by how many sinful activities we have committed?