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Dependent on Lord
February 18, 2006

"Krsna says, 'I am the swift deliverer from the ocean of birth and death for those who execute their activities in devotional service.' Because Krsna does the delivering, that's a different dependency than the dependency of someone who is thinking 'If I do this and I do this and I do this, then I'm secure.' They're not thinking, 'I'm depending on Krsna'. They're thinking, 'Im depending on this, that, and the other thing' -- some activity, not the quality of their devotion and dependency on God."

February 15, 2006

Suta Goswami has the answer to the purpose of the Lord's appearance. The reason he knows that purpose is because he heard the discussion previously between Sukadeva Goswami and Maharaja Pariksit. "All blessings upon you", the sages therefore say to Suta Goswami. They're recognizing that Suta Goswami is already filled with all blessings because of his understanding of this subject matter. This theme will keep reappearing in both the questions as well as the answers, namely that one who has heard spiritual messages properly is in a most fortunate, benedicted, or blessed situation. Just by giving their association, they in turn can similarly bestow the same blessing or gift upon others. Only one who has received can in turn give to others.

-- Srila Romapada Swami, 1/12/89 NY


Q: "Maharaja, you said that we're here for a very long time. So, even though our nature is marginal, does it mean that when we choose against Krsna it's very difficult to... that we'll stay here forever, or we'll stay here until we happen to meet a devotee? Or is there [a time line set up for us and we just have to follow it]?"

A: "It's variable. It's not etched in stone; [it's not that] we just have to follow our time the bell rings and we go back to the spiritual world. It's a function of consciousness, not a function of a pre-existing plan. The function of consciousness means the instruction is there, and now we have to embrace it. Embracing the instruction of Krsna, so that we can embrace Krsna." .


"Balarama's regard or mood in relation to Krsna is servitude. In all cases, without exception, Balarama is in the mood of servitude. In fact, because Balarama is the first expansion of Krsna, then we can say that from Balarama that all other expansions come. The first Sankarsana, and then the catur-vyuha, and Lord Narayana, then the second catur-vyuha, then the purusa-avataras, all living entities and all empowerments that go to those living entities, and the issuing forth of the material creation from the body of Maha-Visnu, all expansions flow from Balarama.


"This [initiation] ceremony is not just some pageantry. It signifies freeing one from one's previous misdeeds, by this event of submission to guru and the holy name. But that ongoing ridding of one's heart of the seed-like conditions is the vigilant duty of the disciple. Therefore, in an ongoing way, to very carefully guard against the ten offenses while chanting the holy name is imperative, in order to actually experience the real success of chanting.


".....What is our qualification to carry Krsna's mercy? The idea of carrying the quality of mercy of Krsna is that we have been given the instruction to take this message of devotion and share it with others. Just give that impelling encouragement to others. Then one is connected to Krsna. By distributing Krsna's mercy, one receives Krsna's mercy. Even if you have Krsna's mercy to give, if you don't give it, you'll feel without it." .

-- Srila Romapada Swami 3/26/00, Chicago


"How does one get the favor of the Supreme Lord?Favor of the Supreme Lord means that He is particularly kindly disposed... A personality who was particularly bestowed some mercy because of his nice qualities was Narada. In his former life as the son of a maidservant, he received the association of the sages, or the bhakti-vedantas, while they were in residence at the inn where he and his mother were residing. He had the opportunity to serve those bhaktivedantas, and through that service rendered, the way that Narada conducted himself, they were pleased with him.

Devotional service

By the descending process of mercy, some attachment to serving Krsna comes. We develop a little attachment to serve Krsna; what follows behind that is: 'As I come before Krsna, how can I develop the quality that the Lord is pleased?


"It starts with hearing and chanting. If you really, really, really, REALLY want to be in Krsna-centeredness when you're in [your place of work or field of activity] you'll chant like you've never chanted before, every morning, that particular morning. Try it. 'My dear Lord Krsna, TODAY, not some time in the future, TODAY I want to be conscious of You throughout the day while [I'm performing my activities], and I've been instructed that calling with great feeling upon Your holy name... Because otherwise it's not possible.

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"Austerity is there in life as long as we have a body. Just existing in this world is an austerity. There are inconveniences just to sustain this body, just to drag on. Krsna says in Bhagavad-gita: yat karosi yad asnasi yaj juhosi dadasi yat yat tapasyasi kaunteya... Whatever austerities you perform, whatever acts you do, whatever charity that you give away should be done for Me. So this observing of Ekadasi is a very, very special day to awaken our inclination to do things for Krsna, to do whatever we do, for Krsna. This is a recommendation for everyone who wants to advance in Krsna consciousness.