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SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
Daily Quotations from
Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja
Source of Inspiration: Daily Quotations from Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja
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Source of Inspiration:
Daily Quotations from Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja
Manifested by the causeless mercy of
nitya-līlā-praviṣṭa-om-viṣṇupada paramārādhyatama rūpānuga-ācārya-varya bhakta-bāndhava
Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja
Best amongst the 11th generation of descendants
in the bhāgavata-paramparā from Śrī Kṛṣṇa-Caitanya Mahāprabhu
and foremost bestower of vraja-bhakti in the modern age.
Presented on this holy Disappearance day of Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī (January 12, 2016)
“I do not want any devotee taking the renounced order to fall down. I want that, until their death, they should be very strong and preach our mission—even after I leave. They should never be weak. Guru never dies. I want that after I leave, our mission should go on; our preaching should be continued.”
Ś*r*ī Ś*r*ī*mad Bhaktived*ā*nta N*ā*r*ā*ya*ṇ*a Gosv*ā*m*ī Mah*ā*r*āja: March 14, 2003 Navadvī*pa
We live in such a busy world. Our information-nerve highways are like rush hour in LA—all the time. Hari-kathā is also described to be unlimited—hari-ananta hari-kathā-ananta—just like Lord Hari Himself. Those who are immersed in the ever-flowing stream of hari-kathā can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the constant flow of nectar. We hear so much, on so many topics, how much can we absorb? And what about the devotees who love Śrīla Gurudeva’s hari-kathā but just don’t have enough time to read it all? To put it into context, we’ve already transcribed more than 2,000 lectures. At roughly ten pages each that’s 20,000 pages! Granted, it’s not all published yet, but still, we’re just getting started.
So, at Bhaktabandhav we’ve come up with a solution. We know that hari-kathā is medicine for the ailing soul and nectar for the purified. And its our service to provide hari-kathā to everyone according to their needs, great or small. That’s why we’ve made a daily calendar quotation book, to go along with all Śrīla Gurudeva’s books, transcriptions, audio, and video files.
The idea of the quotation book is to enrich each day with a therapeutic dose of Gurudeva’s hari-kathā. Powered by the idea that when we wake up in the morning, or when we take a lunch break, or before going to sleep, we could read and meditate on an inspirational quote from Śrīla Gurudeva that he spoke on that same calendar day! We’ve therefore compiled this quote book, first of a proposed series, and present it to the devotee community. We hope it receives a warm welcome into their gadgets, homes, and hearts.
Praying for the mercy of Guru and Vaiṣṇavas,
Rasik Mohan Dāsa
Bhaktabandhav Śrī Rādhe kuñja, Vṛndāvana-dhāma
12 January 2016, (Disappearance day of Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī and Jagadīśa Pandit)
The following is a compilation of quotations of Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja (Śrīla Gurudeva). Śrīla Gurudeva began his first world tour in 1996 and traveled the globe each year until his divine departure in 2010. Prior to 1996 he preached extensively in Mathurā, India. He traveled and preached in other parts of India, but his headquarters were in Mathurā and he chose to develop a strong base there. Whenever he returned from his world tours he was warmly welcomed back to Keśavajī Gauḍīya Maṭha in Mathurā.
The endeavor to compile this daily quotation book began on the auspicious day of Akṣaya Tṛtiyā 2014 (Friday, May 02, 2014). It’s been stated in scriptures and confirmed by vaiṣṇavas that Akṣaya Tṛtiyā is an auspicious day to began new projects. Therefore, we pray that this work will surely be successful; particularly if Hari, Guru, and Vaiṣṇavas find it befitting of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava sampradāya.
In future editions of this book, we will provide audio files for each date to accompany the current presentation.
Aspiring to serve Śrī Hari, Guru and Vaiṣṇavas,
ॐ Portions of the text were taken from the hari-kathā newsletters and . Special thanks to the Hari-Kathā team.
ॐ All remaining quotations were found on the audio file archive of . Special thanks to Isa dāsa prabhu for maintaining this invaluable archive.
ॐ Rasik Mohan dāsa
ॐ Devānanda dāsa
In service of our Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava sampradāya:
nitya-līlā-praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇupāda Śrīla Jagannātha dāsa Babaji Mahārāja
nitya-līlā-praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇupāda Śrīla Saccidānanda Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura
nitya-līlā-praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇupāda Śrīla Gaurakiśora Dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja
nitya-līlā-praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇupāda Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Prabhupāda
nitya-līlā-praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇupāda Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja
nitya-līlā-praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇupāda Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Gosvāmī Mahārāja
nitya-līlā-praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇupāda Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja
nitya-līlā-praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇupāda Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja
If someone is a pure devotee or a rasika-vaiṣṇava then, without question, ever-flowing glories of the Lord will emanate from his lips. And if anyone bathes in that stream of sacred words glorifying the Lord, he will forget about what to eat and when to sleep, and he will have no fear of death. Rather you will find him weeping and calling out, “How can I meet Kṛṣṇa!”
January 01, 1999 Murwillumbah
If you had $100 in your pocket and you misplaced it, then you would look for it here and there and everywhere. And if you wanted to buy something from a shop and you reached for your wallet but it was missing, then you would say, “Oh, where is it? Where has it gone? Have I left it here or there? Where?” You then become so worried and restless. But you are not being restless for your bhajana.
January 02, 1999 Murwillumbah
Kṛṣṇa is like the sun and devotees are like lotus flowers. If a lotus flower is in water then the sun helps it to blossom; but if there is no water then the sun burns the flower. So, guru is like water. If guru is not there, then you will be burned by all your worship of Kṛṣṇa—there will be no fruit.
January 03, 1999 Murwillumbah
If your son is dead and you call him, will he come? So, this body is not the self—you should understand. And there is the soul and Supersoul in this body. You should try to know that relation and you should do [
__]of Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Lord. You should realize that you are not the body. The body is a bag of urine, stool, and blood.
January 04, 2008 Auckland
What is bhakti? Bhakti is the goal of our life. Bhakti is of two kinds: vaidhī and rāgānugā. Rāgānuga-bhakti is our goal and in this goal we want rādhā-dāsyam.
January 05, 2010 Pietermaritzburg
Those who are indifferent to us, to Kṛṣṇa, to hari-kathā, service of Vaiṣṇavas, association of devotees—they are self-killers—worse than hunters. Don’t give up. If you are lusty—if you are anything from A to Z—don’t give up Vaiṣṇava association.
January 06, 2001 Maui
If you want to catch someone, then you need to run faster than that person. Yaśodā Mātā caught Kṛṣṇa, but Brahmā cannot catch Kṛṣṇa—even with the speed of the mind. How could Yaśodā Mātā catch Kṛṣṇa? Kṛṣṇa has love and affection for all souls and especially for His associates. If the love and affection of Yaśodā Mātā is equal to that which He has for her, then she could not have caught Him. The love of mother Yaśodā is thus more than even Kṛṣṇa’s love to His mother.
January 07, 2001 Maui
There are many symptoms of guru. Vyasadeva wrote what he saw in samādhi. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is samādhi language. If a guru knows all the Indian scriptures and he can remove the doubts of his disciples, and he has some realization of God, Kṛṣṇa, and especially is detached from this world—then he is called a guru. If anyone has taken shelter of a guru like this, he must be liberated one day; but he must be careful of the ten kinds of offenses.
January 08, 2010 Durban
Devotee: When we are practicing, doubts are coming. Is it that we are not sincere, those who are practicing? Or is it a lack of advancement in the practitioner?
Śrīla Gurudeva: You are not hearing in the proper way; anarthas have not gone fully.
Devotee: Because of our nature, will we only achieve a certain level? Or will we advance from one level to the next level?
Śrīla Gurudeva: By hearing, qualification comes and greed will come. Though a person may be bad—that in him so many anarthas are there, bad character even—but by hearing, like Bilvamaṅgala, you will have some greed to serve. Then your taste will be to hear those who are following like that, or those who are expert. By hearing, gradually it will come.
January 09, 2008 Auckland
(Regarding Śrīla Svāmī Prabhupāda) He began to hear hari-kathā and he took initiation in 1922. Then he was reading Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and saw a śloka: if anyone takes shelter of Kṛṣṇa and chants, remembers, and hears the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa very soon—very soon—at once—takes away all the wealth and reputation, and he becomes like a street beggar, always chanting
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
January 10, 1999 Fiji
Parā-bhakti is the continuous, uninterrupted flow of activities performed by our body, mind, words, and bhāvas which are executed only for the benefit of Kṛṣṇa. Such activities are not disturbed or covered by jñāna and karma and are performed under the guidance of guru-tattva. If there is a lack of the above symptoms in a devotee’s activities, but bhakti is there to a small degree, we can still call it bhakti—but not parā-bhakti.
January 11, 2003 Hilo
What is vyāsa? If a line is drawn from any point of a circle, it touches the middle point and crosses to the other side of the circle—that is called vyāsa. So, vyāsa means one who preaches all over the world. He preaches that we are part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa, eternal servants of Kṛṣṇa, but that we have forgotten this. Vyāsāsana is a seat for one who preaches everywhere in the world that we are eternal servants of Kṛṣṇa and we have now forgotten Him—and that is why His illusory māyā has forcefully thrown us into this world.
January 12, 2010 Brazil
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura has said that to chant Kṛṣṇa’s name, to chant the mahamantra, is non-different from taking darśana of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. You need not worry about when darśana will come. Try to take darśana of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa, Mahāprabhu, and Nityānanda Prabhu in Their names. The holy name is more powerful and merciful than even Kṛṣṇa Himself. So why worry? We worry because we have no faith.
January 13, 2001 Singapore
Without bhakti we cannot be liberated. But what is that bhakti-yoga? Love and affection, to the extreme point, for the Supreme Controller. Service without any worldly gain.
sa vai puṁsāṁ paro dharmo
yato bhaktir adhokṣaje
The supreme occupation (dharma) for all humanity is that by which people can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self.
But Rūpa Gosvāmī has learned from Caitanya Mahāprabhu, who is Kṛṣṇa and Rādhikā combined, and he made a very beautiful definition of bhakti. You should all try to hear its meaning, know its meaning, and engage yourself in that kind of bhakti.
ānukūlena kṛṣṇānu-śīlanaṁ bhaktir uttamā
Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Madhya 19.167)
When first-class devotional service develops, one must be devoid of all material desires, knowledge obtained by monistic philosophy, and fruitive action. The devotee must constantly serve Kṛṣṇa favorably, as Kṛṣṇa desires.
January 14, 2007 Kona
I want a revolution like this: we should come to the real path, in the real sense. Kṛṣṇa will arrange for someone to come after me; and after that anyone else will come, and this will not be ruined. The world will be ruined, but this line is eternal. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has said that this line is eternal. Someone from any group will come.
January 15, 2000 Australia
How does śraddhā begin? In sādhu-saṅga. We are eternal servants of Kṛṣṇa. Don’t have any world desires. Don’t engage yourself in sense gratification. Kṛṣṇa is so powerful. You will be happy if you practice any of the 64 limbs of bhakti; but you cannot be happy by collecting money. Money cannot give you happiness and calm and peace in your life. You should carefully hear and try to keep all these teachings in your heart and practice like Jīva Gosvāmī.
January 16, 2002 Hawaii
Anyone who lives in Vṛndāvana, all the sādhakas like the Six Gosvāmīs and anyone in their line, those who live in Vraja and do bhajana day and night, and those who don’t worship Kṛṣṇa, rather they worship Rāma or Nṛsiṁhadeva and other manifestations of Godhead, they should always be honored. And of the brāhmaṇas who are not one-pointed to Kṛṣṇa but worship Durgā, Kali, Rāma, Śaṅkara, and Gaṇeśa—they should be properly honored. Don’t disrespect them.
January 17, 1998 Murwillumbah
Don’t disregard anyone, even if they don’t have bhakti. You cannot associate with them—but don’t dishonor them. In your family, if someone is not doing bhajana, you should not make a problem for them. Don’t always disregard them. You should not tell hari-kathā to them, but your behavior should be very sweet.
January 18, 1998 Murwillumbah
In sādhu-saṅga we will inspire each other to speak about the sweet pastimes of Kṛṣṇa. All scriptures promote the fact of sādhu-saṅga. In a moment we can be changed. Our cruelty, our duplicity, our quarrels—all problems will be solved or go away forever. Do sāṣṭānga-praṇāma to the place where hari-kathā is happening. If a qualified devotee is giving class then we should give praṇāma to him, to those who are managing the program, to hari-kathā itself, as well as to the audience. How? By tongue, mind, body. Do praṇāma to all.
January 19, 2001 Murwillumbah
Rūpa-Sanātana and all other saints used to weep bitterly and cry out like this: “Oh, Kṛṣṇa! Where are You? Oh, Śrīmatī Rādhikā! Where are You? Oh, Lalitā! Where are you? I’m going to give up my life! Please be merciful to me.” Sometimes they were rendered unconsciousness and Śrīmatī Rādhikā would come and say, “What are you doing?” I want that you all should be like that. Don’t quarrel among yourselves—for any reason. If you are all like this, then how could you quarrel?
January 20, 2001 Murwillumbah
The bona fide guru does not consider that his disciples are his property. He does not think, “They are my property.” Nowadays I see this going on. So-called gurus think that their disciples are their property, so they accept all their offerings and fall down. A real guru never thinks like that.
January 21, 2004 Hilo
We are all sleeping—somewhat less or more. We are all sleeping. And the worldly persons—totally sleeping—like hogs and pigs. They have no sense at all. So, jīva jāgo! What are you doing in this world? Sense gratification? Collecting money? With children and wife? So much attachment—but no attachment to Kṛṣṇa. Even guru comes, devotees come, Kṛṣṇa comes and they say, “Don’t sleep in this māyā.” But we are thinking that māyā, this witch, is my best bosom friend. When we are entangled, really this is a witch. Be very careful. Don’t go towards that. Don’t proceed. At once you should wake up. And that is why Caitanya Mahāprabhu says, “Jīva jāgo, jīva jāgo!”
January 22, 2001 Murwillumbah
When I leave, don’t be weak. I have come to remind you of all these things.
January 23, 2005 Hawaii
We should try to know the desires of Śrī Guru. One who understands guru’s desires—both internally and externally—is called a sevaka, a true servant. One who is not a sevaka may receive an order from guru, but he has difficulty obeying.
January 24, 2001 Murwillumbah
I want that, after my departure, they should not be weak. I request all devotees to come to the local center. Some think that they should not go to the center. “Perhaps if Guru Mahārāja is there—but otherwise I don’t need to go.” This is nonsense. If you don’t come on a regular basis and hear hari-kathā and stay in sādhu-saṅga, then you will soon become weak.
Our first, last, and most prominent duty is that we should always remember that we are eternal servants of the Supreme Lord—part and parcel of the Lord. We have forgotten this and that is why we are in this endless chain of sorrow and suffering.
January 25, 2001 Murwillumbah
You should take all these things very seriously. You are fortunate that we have come from India to remind you of all these things. We should try to go deep. What you can do tomorrow—you should do today. And that which you can do today—do at this very moment. No one knows what may happen. There are about more than 400 plane crashes every year. We don’t know when an accident will happen. In this human life you should realize who you are.
January 26, 2001 Brisbane
For those who are wanting so many worldly things, for those who are niṣkāma, for those who want one-pointed bhakti of Kṛṣṇa—for all—there is one process: bhakti—to love Kṛṣṇa one-pointedly. Situate yourself in one of the rāsas and chant the holy names and hear pastimes of Kṛṣṇa.
You should know that now you are children—some are older and some are younger. For all—old age is chasing after. All combined effort cannot stop it and one day death will come—for sure. What to do? You cannot take a single farthing with you. What have you collected? You cannot take even a needle or thread, or even a single hair. What you have collected is useless.
January 27, 2001 Brisbane
This human life is a gift from the Supreme Personality of Godhead to realize who we are. This world is like a prison. If anyone is in prison and if he wants to be happy—he is foolish. Jail has not been created to allow us to be happy. We are like refugees. We will have to give up this place. Our eternal abode is in Goloka Vṛndāvana. We are not inhabitants of this place. Those who want to be happy in this world are foolish.
January 28, 2002 Auckland
Rādhikā’s love is so high that even Kṛṣṇa cannot understand it. Kṛṣṇa can see Rādhikā, but He cannot understand Her bhāva. This bhakti is in the heart of Rādhikā but where is the last fraction of bhakti? That is called śraddhā. It is the last fraction. Uttamā-bhakti, prema-bhakti, and the topmost is madanākhya-mahā-bhāva—but the last fraction is śraddhā. What is that śraddhā? If I am doing kṛṣṇa-bhakti then all of my desires are fulfilled. Keep this barometer in your heart: do I have śraddhā or not?
January 29, 2003 San Francisco
We have heard that God is love and love is God. Without love and affection we cannot exist. We should know something. If God is love and love is God, then who is God, really? Love? A sentiment of the mind? A calculation of the mind only? Or the possessor? Or any person? Or only like a mood in which men have created Him by their minds? Or is there really no God? We should know the real truth. What is the meaning of God?
G—the Generator of the whole world
O—the Operator—managing everything
January 30, 2001 Perth
Mahā-Viṣṇu, also known as Karaṇodakaśayī Viṣṇu, needs only to wish that prakṛti (the material energy) will create, and by this she begins to act. But both must be present: puruṣa and prakṛti—the Supreme Controller and His material energy. Alone, prakṛti cannot perform any function. It is only by the wish of Karaṇodakaśayī Viṣṇu that prakṛti begins to mix the elements in their appropriate proportions. Then, from her, unlimited universes manifest.
January 31, 2001 Perth
The surrendered soul never seeks any bad things in anyone. Never. He always looks inside his heart and asks, “What is bad in me?” And he wants to uproot all these evil things from his heart. He never thinks, “Oh, he is bad and he is good.”
February 01, 1999 Melbourne
If anyone is lucky enough to have the association of a nirāga bhakta, nirāga Gurudeva, nirāga Vaiṣṇava sāṅga—then his devotional activities will be permanent and gradually they will develop. And if they have any questions, Gurudeva will remove the doubts. And by his life, disciples will learn Vaiṣṇava etiquette. They will make no offenses and gradually all kinds of anarthas will be removed and they will not fall down.
February 02, 1998 Purī
[Śrīla Gurudeva narrated the story of the boatman who rowed all night and in the morning realized he was in the same place because he forgot to pull up the anchor.]
No aim. No object. No goal. We must have a goal. And there should not be worldly attachment. This is called “anchor.” If you are attached to worldly things, anything, even your dog, which is the opposite of God, this is an anchor. You should not be attached to dogs. You can still fulfill your duties to family—as if they are servants to Kṛṣṇa—but don’t be attached. We must know our goal and take up this anchor—and very soon you will reach your goal.
February 03 1999, Melbourne
[Śrīla Gurudeva speaking on the topic of Ekādaśī—a fortnightly day of fasting and increased devotion:]
We should not engage the 11 senses or organs of the body in anything other than Kṛṣṇa. All senses should be engaged in serving the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Don’t engage in worldly talking and sense gratification. By observing Ekādaśī, gradually all kinds of diseases will go away. All kinds of urges of the tongue, along with other sensual lust, will gradually go away and gradually you will have attachment to Kṛṣṇa and to His associates. Ekādaśī is the mother of bhakti. If you are observing the real process of Ekādaśī, then bhakti must come.
February 04, 2001 Bali
Even if you don’t know what is fire, if you put your hand in fire it will burn your hands. Similarly, the names of Kṛṣṇa are so powerful that—even by not knowing anything—if you chant, very much power will come and you will be liberated from this world.
If you don’t believe me then you can practice. I am responsible for this. If anyone is chanting for only 10 days—Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa…—they must change and so many good qualities will come and they will be happy. If not, then I am responsible.
February 05, 2001 Bali
Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī is the embodiment of vairāgya. What is vairāgya? He was absorbed totally in kṛṣṇa-prema and then automatically he forgot the whole world and its associated sense enjoyment. That is vairāgya. And he said that vairāgya should not be like monkeys. So, you should remember: “I should try to follow Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī.”
February 06, 2003 Orlando
Prahlāda Mahārāja and Nārada Ṛṣi and others have given us the defining characteristics of prema. In Kṛṣṇa so much attachment—as if He is mine. He is my friend; He is my son; He is my most beloved. This mamatā should be there—then it can be called prema. Otherwise not. When, by the influence of ruci, one thinks: “I want to serve Kṛṣṇa as though He is my son or as though He is my most beloved. I want to serve Him in this way.” When that mamatā becomes so deep—more profound than a worldly father or mother or anyone—when this rati is so thick—then it may be called prema.
February 07, 2003 Coral Springs
An ācārya’s duty on his birthday: an ācārya should worship his Gurudeva and the whole paramparā, Vaiṣṇavas, and all others. So, whatever you have given to me, it is not to me. What are you giving? You are giving a flower. And I am placing it at the lotus feet of my Gurudeva. So, false ego should not come like: “I am guru.” I want to be saved from this false ego. I want to be guru-sevaka. What I have—I have only by guru-sevā. I gave my whole heart and everything else to the lotus feet of my Gurudeva. If you also surrender to your Gurudeva then you will be like that. No learning is needed. You should have strong faith. Don’t be bewildered.
February 08, 2005 Hilo
What is the duty of a pure disciple towards his god-brothers, Gurudeva, and superiors? Should he criticize others or not? And should he be humble or not? We should not criticize anyone. Always be humble and try to respect both superiors and inferiors.
You have been hearing about Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. If anyone will utter or hear even one verse, half of a verse, half of a half of one verse, one word or even one letter of a verse, he may attain kṛṣṇa-prema. He will come in the process to attain pure bhakti.
First, you will attain sādhana-bhakti, then gradually bhāva-bhakti, and at last prema-bhakti. At that time you will go directly to Goloka Vṛndāvana and serve the Divine Couple Śrī Śrī Radha-Krsna, in the line of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. Try to read, utter, and hear hari-kathā, especially from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.
February 9, 2005 Hilo
I want to engage you again in your Gurudeva’s service. You should not be weak. Don’t waste your time in only maintaining your life. Try to develop the stated aim and object of your life. That same aim which Caitanya Mahāprabhu came to preach and which Rūpa Gosvāmī explained in his books. Don’t be engaged only in maintaining your life—thinking about plans here and there. What you are planning? Try to realize this: what is the goal of life which your Gurudeva came to give? You should try to develop this thing. No one knows when we will die. So, at once stop giving importance to maintenance. All creatures of this world are maintaining themselves. If you are not trying then even, by the results of your past activities, it will come.
February 10, 2005 Hilo
You should know that the backbone of kṛṣṇa-bhakti is guru-niṣṭhā—unalloyed faith in Śrī Guru. If one has no guru-niṣṭhā, he has no bhakti at all. In the Indian tradition, in Vedic culture, from ancient times up to now, it was essential to accept a bona fide guru. Nowadays, however, the Western breeze is also coming towards India, and thus India is rejecting all these principles. We are especially rejecting guru. Instead we think, “What is Gurudeva? Gurudeva is nothing. There is no need of Gurudeva.”
If you want to be happy you should accept a highly qualified guru and Guru-paramparā. If you do not do so, you will have to experience the miseries of old age and death. When you die, whatever you have collected in your life cannot be taken with you. Always remember that death is sure. No one can save you from death. What, then, will become of these palatial buildings and the many other things you have collected? Try to understand this. By guru-bhakti our lives will be changed and we will be happy forever.
February 11, 2001 Singapore
Don’t criticize any Vaiṣṇava: whether right or wrong. No need at all because you cannot control them. Don’t do. Try to control your mind. And try to give proper respect to proper Vaiṣṇavas according to their stages. If you have no taste in chanting, remembering, hearing, forcibly you should do again and again. You should chant the names and remember the pastimes regarding that name. And you should stay in Vṛndāvana under the guidance of a pure Vaiṣṇava.
We can see in Śrī Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī’s life that what was unfavorable for bhakti he very strongly rejected and what was favorable he very strongly accepted. Always chanting and remembering, while being in Vṛndāvana. You should try to follow. That is why we are giving you all these things.
February 12, 2004 Brisbane
Even those persons who have no relation with transcendental devotion and transcendental moods, whether in India or elsewhere, worship Tulasī. For instance, in America people are planting Tulasī everywhere—in their gardens, rooftops, and so on. They have discovered that if Tulasī is planted somewhere, then, by her influence, any dangerous germs in that vicinity are automatically killed. Also, by wearing Tulasī beads around the neck, blood pressure is automatically controlled. Nowadays there is no medicine for cancer. However, they are now researching and finding out that if one takes Tulasī with Ganges water, and touches it to a śālagrāma-śilā, it manifests a potency that can reduce the effects of cancer. In fact, it has even been stated in scripture that all types of diseases can be eradicated just by the aroma of Tulasī.
Not only that, even on the subtle platform so much benefit can be derived by wearing Tulasī. For instance, one may have many problems that would normally cause so much mental agitation. However, by the potency and grace of Tulasī-devī, these problems become inconsequential.
February 13, 2002 Murwillumbah
Although śāstra has said viśrambheṇa guroḥ sevā—one must serve the guru with a sense of intimacy—you may commit some offenses if you attempt this at your stage. When you come to the level of spontaneous devotional service, then you can do viśrambheṇa guroḥ sevā. Otherwise, you will have to show Gurudeva respect, awe, and reverence.
February 14, 2002 Murwillumbah
You should chant and the responsibility is on me if you are not happy. So, chant, but by the process that I am telling you about—then you must be happy. God is one and all the living entities are all souls. The relation between the Supersoul and the individual soul is called prema. Caitanya Mahāprabhu has come to give this prema to the whole world. We have forgotten, and that is why we are suffering so much. And we will have to suffer. So, try to chant more, to be attracted, and to associate more so that in this life you should give up all these things and be happy forever.
February 15, 2002 Murwillumbah
We have come from taṭastha-śakti, from a manifestation of Baladeva Prabhu called Kāraṇodakaśāyī Viṣṇu, who is situated on the marginal line, in the Kāraṇābdhi (Causal Ocean). The jīvas are coming from this Casual Ocean. The jīva did not fall to this world from Goloka Vṛndāvana, nor from Vaikuṇṭha. They are coming from the marginal line, from the glance of Kāraṇodakaśāyī Viṣṇu.
Among them, some are liberated. If they look towards Vaikuṇṭha, at once they will go there—without delay. And those who look towards this world will come here. Why? Because jīvas are independent. Kṛṣṇa has made them independent. And this independence of the jīvas that Kṛṣṇa has given is like a precious jewel, and the jīvas can use it properly or misuse it. If they are using it well, they will quickly go towards Vaikuṇṭha; and if they misuse it they will have to suffer.
The jīva has got some independence to go here or there. This is not the fault of Kṛṣṇa, but rather it is their independence to look here and there. If they look towards Vaikuṇṭha or Goloka Vṛndāvana, Yogamāyā will at once help them and they will go there. On the other hand, those who look towards the material world will be attracted by Mahāmāyā. This is not Kṛṣṇa’s fault at all.
You cannot understand this in your present stage, but when you come in our stage, then you can realize a little. Now you should chant, follow your guru, and follow all these principles.
February 16, 2002 Murwillumbah
Let us begin from guru service, obeying Gurudeva. If Gurudeva is bona fide, we should not consider whether or not his order is good or bad. I have nothing to worry about. I need only to carry the order of my Gurudeva because I know that what he is saying is true to the highest extent. Don’t think whether it is wrong or right. He will give us bhakti in this birth and in the following births. He will always come and help. If anyone takes his shelter, he never gives up on that person. He never takes his anarthas or very general mistakes—always excusing him. So, it may be so many births, yet he will help. This is a very great hope for us. We may give up on him—but he will never give up on us. First, prema-bhakti will come by serving and every anartha and offense will go away.
First, our offenses should go away and then prema-bhakti will come? This is absurd. If bhakti is not there and you are trying to get rid of your offenses, in thousands and thousands of births you cannot do. So, we must try to serve Gurudeva and to have bhakti and they will go automatically. Don’t try to give up offenses and to control your mind and all these things. It will come automatically if you are serving fully your Gurudeva.
February 17, 1997 Australia
Note down these principles in your heart and on your paper, and, when needed, you can boldly say, “This is our philosophy.”
Svayaṁ Bhagavān Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has given instructions on ten types of tattva to the faithful jīvas. Of these, the first is the principle of evidence (pramāṇa-tattva), and the remaining nine are prameya-tattva the subject which is established by pramāṇa-tattva.
1. Pramāṇa: The teachings of the Vedas received through Guru-paramparā are known as āmnāya. The infallible evidence of the Vedas, of the smṛti-śāstras headed by the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, as well as evidence such as direct sense perception (pratyakña), that concur with the guidance of the Vedas, are all accepted as pramāṇa (evidence). This pramāṇa establishes the following prameyas (fundamental truths):
2. Hari is the Supreme Truth.
3. He is sarva-śaktimān—possessor of all potencies.
4. He is akhila-rasāmṛta-sindhu—the ocean of all nectarean transcendental mellows.
5. There are two kinds of jīvas—namely mukta and baddha (liberated and conditioned)—and they are His separated expansions (vibhinnāṁśa-tattva).
6. The conditioned souls are under the control of māyā.
7. The mukta-jivas are liberated from the influence of māyā.
8. Everything in existence, whether conscious or unconscious, is a manifestation of Śrī Hari and is simultaneously and inconceivably one with Him and different from Him.
9. Bhakti is the only sādhana (means to attain the goal).
10. Love for Kṛṣṇa (prema) is the only objective (sādhya).
February 18, 2002 Murwillumbah
You should know that we are all eternal servants of Kṛṣṇa. Those who are chanting and remembering or not, those who accept or do not accept Kṛṣṇa, all the creepers and trees, all the worms and insects, animals and birds and humans, all living entities are eternal servants of Kṛṣṇa. If you are healthy and wealthy now, and have all the paraphernalia to be happy, still no one can help you. After some time you will be old. Your beauty will be transferred to ugliness. Your hair will be white. You will be so weak that you cannot walk yourself; you will have to take the help of a stick. And at the time of death, what you are now collecting, even a hair, you cannot take. So, remember this, your father, mother, uncle, wealth, reputation, position—none can help you.
February 19, 1999 Netherlands
Those who do not honor Vaiṣṇavas—or even those who are not actually devotees but who want to be devotees, like oil makers and betel nut makers—they are all śūdras, they have no right to read Vedas, Upaniṣad, or vedānta; but Lord Nityānanda Prabhu said, “They are most qualified to chant the holy name and to have kṛṣṇa-prema.” To whomever He saw He gave initiation with the mahāmantra:
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
To very fallen and inauspicious persons, Nityānanda Prabhu embraced them and inspired them all to chant.
We should know that we are all in Mahāprabhu’s family. Those who have not been initiated, but they are chanting the holy name—they should be taken as in the family of Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
Don’t disrespect any Vaiṣṇava. This is the essence of Lord Nityānanda’s teachings. Always try to honor Vaiṣṇavas according to their respective stages. Otherwise, only showing like a bottle and speaking to others will not do. We should try to follow outwardly and inwardly Nityānanda Prabhu.
February 20, 1997 Australia (Nityānanda trayodaśī)
If one is not serving his Gurudeva, if he does not have strong belief in his Gurudeva, and if he is not following his line of thought, such a person must be a sahajiyā. This is taking place nowadays. We are preaching and therefore they are somewhat stopped, but I do not know what will happen after I leave this world. A very dangerous stage is coming.
You should offer praṇāma to such pastimes and try to practice bhakti-yoga, as our predecessor ācāryas have taught us. Gradually begin from the root of the tree, then be qualified to climb, and then reach the top. Then you can take the fruits. Otherwise, you will have nothing but these bogus ideas. Try to follow Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Saravastī Prabhupāda, our Gurudeva, Śrīla Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja, and Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja. Otherwise, you will also be like those misdirected persons and you will also go to hell.
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This is an annual daily quotation book of words from Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja (Śrīla Gurudeva), a foremost saintly leader of spiritual devotion in the generation of descendants in the disciplic lineage from Śrī Kṛṣṇa-Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Śrīla Gurudeva traveled and spread the message of pure love throughout India for 60 years and expanded his mission throughout the world for the last 14 years of his manifestation on this planet. This book is a compilation of what he said on a particular day and where he was on that day. This book serves many purposes: (1) a daily inspirational reader, (2) an introduction to Śrīla Gurudeva, (3) a resource of Śrīla Gurudeva’s travels, (4) a portal into further investigation into the spiritual path revealed herein.