Quotations that move me

Same old thing or variety?

Same old thing or variety?

Material same old thing In reference to material life, Prabhupada instructs us: “You put any eatable either in the gold pot or in the iron pot: the taste is the same. ..The taste of these sense enjoyable things are the same everywhere.” Material life may seem to be full of variety, but is it really? Everything is just protons, neutrons, and electrons… not much variety, really! Prabhupada’s instruction reminds us of the...

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Lips and Laughter

Lips and Laughter

Many religions describe God as powerful, angry, even jealous. The Vedic literature describes God as Kṛṣṇa, called Viṣṇu in his majestic feature. Certainly Kṛṣṇa has emotions beyond ordinary human range. What is particularly spiritually potent, however, is to meditate on Him in His mood of smiling and laughing. He laughs, lovingly, at the foolishness of materialists who challenge and try to kill Him, much like parents laugh with affection at a...

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Kṛṣṇa is mine and I am His

Kṛṣṇa is mine and I am His

SB 6.16.41 Being full of contradictions, all forms of religion but bhāgavata-dharma work under conceptions of fruitive results and distinctions of “you and I” and “yours and mine.” The followers of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam have no such consciousness. They are all Kṛṣṇa conscious, thinking that they are Kṛṣṇa’s and Kṛṣṇa is theirs. There are other, low-class religious systems, which are contemplated for the killing of...

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association with saints

association with saints

Sometimes we may think that all we need in order to fully benefit from saintly company is to be present among enlightened souls in physical proximity. We may even think that simply following the instruction in the Bhagavad-gita to serve and ask questions is sufficient. However, in this quote we learn that the saints only give their full blessing when we approach with sincere humility.   “One should approach a Kṛṣṇa conscious person...

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Opposite results

Opposite results

Satrājit kept the jewel in his house because it gave wealth. Keeping the jewel in the house to avoid destruction brought all destruction. Listen! His brother was killed in the forest and he was killed in his house. One can clearly understand that all things not favorable to Kṛṣṇa are destroyed.” –Gopala campu

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Holy Name or Material Alphabet?

Holy Name or Material Alphabet?

“The letters of the holy name have so much spiritual potency that they act even when uttered improperly. PURPORT Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura states that the word vyavahita (“improperly uttered”) is not used here to refer to the mundane vibration of the letters of the alphabet. Such negligent utterance for the sense gratification of materialistic persons is not a vibration of transcendental sound. Utterance of the holy name while one...

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