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Q: This is my junior year in high school and like most kids in school, this has been my hardest year. The following question keeps coming back to me.
I work hard and I don't get the results that I want. Do I beat myself up for it and get the results I want for the next time or do I just leave it up to fate? Or for example do I plan that I want to do certain things so I get into the college of my desire or do I just leave it up to fate or Krishna's mercy? Because I have noticed that when I don't pay attention to the results I have no motivation to achieve and work hard.

 

Q: Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 9 describes the life of King Sudyumna, son of Manu, who changed into a woman after entering the forest of Lord Shiva. Why did this great soul with transcendental consciousness appear to have forgotten his former position, and behave like a woman attracted to a man? Did he forget everything, due to Maya – or did he remember, yet accepted his karma and engaged in the responsibility of woman? How should I understand this story?.

 

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October 24, 2016

The month of Damodara is very special in our Vaisnava practice. This Kartik month is so special that any spiritual activity performed in this month is increased in spiritual value many times. Srila Rupa Goswami in his book, Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu has described the importance of the month of Damodara. 

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October 17, 2016

There is only one thing in the heart and the mind of Srimati Radharani, and that is serving and pleasing Krsna. Because of this unequaled love that Radha has for Krsna, Radha steals the heart and the mind of Krsna. When we say "Radha" in the vocative form, it becomes "Radhe". Similarly, "Hara" in the vocative form becomes "Hare". "Hara" is the internal potency of the Lord, who is none other than Radha. While chanting our maha-mantra, we pray, “O Supreme Goddess Radha, You who steal the heart of Krsna, please engage me in the service of the Supreme Lord, Krsna”.

Seattle_Japa_Retreat_2011_5
October 17, 2016

There is only one thing in the heart and the mind of Srimati Radharani, and that is serving and pleasing Krsna. Because of this unequaled love that Radha has for Krsna, Radha steals the heart and the mind of Krsna. When we say "Radha" in the vocative form, it becomes "Radhe". Similarly, "Hara" in the vocative form becomes "Hare". "Hara" is the internal potency of the Lord, who is none other than Radha. While chanting our maha-mantra, we pray, “O Supreme Goddess Radha, You who steal the heart of Krsna, please engage me in the service of the Supreme Lord, Krsna”.

Seattle_Japa_Retreat_2011_5
October 17, 2016

There is only one thing in the heart and the mind of Srimati Radharani, and that is serving and pleasing Krsna. Because of this unequaled love that Radha has for Krsna, Radha steals the heart and the mind of Krsna. When we say "Radha" in the vocative form, it becomes "Radhe". Similarly, "Hara" in the vocative form becomes "Hare". "Hara" is the internal potency of the Lord, who is none other than Radha. While chanting our maha-mantra, we pray, “O Supreme Goddess Radha, You who steal the heart of Krsna, please engage me in the service of the Supreme Lord, Krsna”.

HH Romapada Swami during Puri Yatra Dec 2010
October 10, 2016

Faith is something that is inherent or intrinsic to the soul. Bhaktivinoda Thakura reasons in his writings that the life of faith is enthusiasm. By that he means that if someone says they have faith in God but they do not act on that faith, then it is meaningless. Those are just some words that have no impact, effect, or meaning.

Q: In the end of Srila Prabhupada's Purport to S.B. 2.5.11 he says "the sun is the creation of the brahmajyoti, and the brahmajyoti is the effulgence ofthe Lord". Can you help me better understand how the material sun relates tothe spiritual light of the brahmajyoti? Srila Prabhupada is stating that the sun is a creation of the brahmajyoti.

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September 19, 2016

Krsna is standing before Kuntī, and she is saying, "You are Adhokṣaja." Ajñādhokṣajam avyayam, avyayamappears in 

Q: I have been serving in a temple for last 4 years, later on due to financial reasons I moved out to work. My age is 29. By the grace of Guru and Krishna, my sadhana is reasonably strong, nor do I have a great struggle in controlling my senses. But now coming to major decision in life, I want seek clarity for which Ashram to enter? As i have seen pros and cons of both the Ashram. How to move in any ashram with strong faith? I also I have a desire to serve as a pujari in a temple with full commitment although I am not yet second initiated. Would like to seek you suggestion to serve Srila Prabhupada and our Parampara with more Heart.