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Why materialistic persons are referred as bahirmukha?

The word bahirmukha refers to a person who is very busy tasting material enjoyment. Such a person always poses himself as an enjoyer of the external energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Being attracted by external opulence, the nondevotee always forgets his intimate relationship with Kṛṣṇa. Such a person does not like the idea […]

What is Jiva Himsa?

The word jīva-hiṁsā (envy of other living entities) actually means stopping the preaching of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Preaching work is described as paropakāra, welfare activity for others. Those who are ignorant of the benefits of devotional service must be educated by preaching. If one stops preaching and simply sits down in a solitary place, he is […]

Elephant bath in religious life

Modernized material benefits are like the dust of material contamination. When this dust is agitated by the whirlwind of fruitive activity, it overcomes the heart. Thus the mirror of the heart is covered with dust. There are many desires for performing auspicious and inauspicious activities, but people do not know how life after life they […]

Story of the cleansing of Gundhicha Temple by Lord Chaitanya & His devotees

When these three people came before the Lord, He begged them for permission to wash the temple known as Gundhicha. The Gundhicha temple is situated two miles northeast of the Jagannātha temple. At the time of the Ratha-yātrā festival, Lord Jagannātha goes to the Gundhicha temple from His original temple and stays there for one week. […]

Secret of effulgence in devotees

King Pratāparudra said, “Upon seeing all these devotees, I am very much astonished, for I have never seen such an effulgence. Indeed, their effulgence is like the brilliance of a million suns. Nor have I ever heard the Lord’s names chanted so melodiously. Such are the symptoms of pure devotees when they are chanting. All […]

How to surrender to God?

This is the process of surrender. As Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura sings:mānasa, deha, geha, yo kichu moraarpiluṅ tuyā pade nanda-kiśora!(Śaraṇāgati)When one surrenders unto the lotus feet of the Lord, he does so with everything in his possession-his house, his body, his mind and whatever else he possesses. If there is any obstruction to this surrendering process, […]

Why do devotees travel to places of Pilgrimage?

“Saints of your caliber are themselves places of pilgrimage. Because of their purity, they are constant companions of the Lord, and therefore they can purify even the places of pilgrimage.” This verse, spoken by Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira to Vidura in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.13.10), is also quoted in the Ādi-līlā (1.63). A Vaiṣṇava travels to places of pilgrimage […]

Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya

The word “Tattvavādī” refers to the followers of Śrīla Madhvācārya. To distinguish his disciplic succession from the Māyāvādī followers of Śaṅkarācārya, Śrīla Madhvācārya named his party the Tattvavādīs. Impersonal monists are always attacked by these Tattvavādīs, who attempt to defeat their philosophy of impersonalism. Generally, they establish the supremacy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. […]

Why everybody cannot see God?

In the Bhagavad-gītā (7.25) Lord Kṛṣṇa states: “I am never manifest to the foolish and unintelligent. For them I am covered by My internal potency [yogamāyā], and so they do not know Me, who am unborn and infallible.” The Lord always reserves the right of not being exposed to everyone. The devotees, however, are always […]

Of all kinds of distress what is the most painful?

Concerning this, the Lord states in the Vedic literature: mām anārādhya duḥkhārtaḥ kuṭumbāsakta-mānasaḥ sat-saṅga-rahito martyo vṛddha-sevā-paricyutaḥ “A person who does not worship Me, who is unduly attached to family and who does not stick to devotional service must be considered a most unhappy person. Similarly, one who does not associate with Vaiṣṇavas, or who does […]