Different Types of Bhakti.

In the Caitanya-caritāmṛta three kinds of devotional service are described-namely, bhakti (ordinary devotional service), śuddha-bhakti (pure devotional service) and viddha-bhakti (mixed devotional service).   When devotional service is executed with some material purpose, involving fruitive activities, mental speculations or mystic yoga, it is called mixed or adulterated devotional service. Besides bhakti-yoga, the Bhagavad-gītā also describes […]

One Day of Lord Brahma.

We know that there are four ages [yugas], namely Satya, Tretā, Dvāpara and Kali. These four together comprise one divya-yuga. Seventy-one divya-yugas constitute one manv-antara.   There are fourteen manv-antaras in one day of Brahmā. A manv-antara is the period controlled by one Manu. The reign of fourteen Manus equals the length of one day […]

Ten subject matters of Srimad Bhagavatam.

   The verses from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (2.10.1-2) list the ten subject matters dealt with in the text of the Bhāgavatam. Of these, the tenth is the substance, and the other nine are categories derived from the substance. These ten subjects are listed as follows:   (1) Sarga-the first creation by Viṣṇu, the bringing forth of the […]

Explanation of word ‘Bhagavan’.

The Personality of Godhead, being full of all conceivable and inconceivable potencies, is the absolute Supreme Whole. Impersonal Brahman is a partial manifestation of the Absolute Truth realized in the absence of such complete potencies. The first syllable of the word bhagavān is bha, which means “sustainer” and “protector.” The next letter, ga, means “leader,” […]

Glories of Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura.

  A great Vaiṣṇava sannyāsī named Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura, known as Līlāśuka, intensely desired to enter into the eternal pastimes of the Lord, and he lived at Vṛndāvana for seven hundred years in the vicinity of Brahma-kuṇḍa, a still-existing bathing tank in Vṛndāvana. The history of Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura is given in a book called Śrī Vallabha-digvijaya. […]

Who has the right to speak on God ?

One should not associate with professional Bhāgavatam reciters. A professional Bhāgavatam reciter is one who is not in the disciplic succession or one who has no taste for bhakti-yoga. Simply on the strength of grammatical knowledge and word jugglery, professional reciters maintain their bodies and their desires for sense gratification by reading Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. One should […]

The Birth of Lord Krishna.

Once the world was overburdened by the unnecessary defense force of different kings, who were actually demons but were posing themselves as the royal order. At that time, the whole world became perturbed, and the predominating deity of this earth, known as Bhumi assumed the shape of a cow and presented herself before Lord Brahma […]

Lord Rama & Lord Krishna.

Maharaja Dasarath, although he was a great devotee of the Lord, but because he was a Ksatriya king, keeping one’s promise is inevitable for him. He preferred to banish Ramacandra on the request of his wife on the principle of keeping his promise. In higher states of spiritual life, one can break even promises also, […]

Business with Businessmen.

  Regarding the question, ‘Should the devotee always speak the truth to everyone in all circumstances?’. The answer is yes, one should always speak the truth, but qualified devotee will be able to speak the truth always very palatable to everyone so that it will sound pleasing even to his enemy, that is the art of […]

I am a Great Scholar.

    In Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (7.13.8) it is said, granthān naivābhyased bahūn na vyākhyām upayuñjīta: “One should not read many books, nor should one try to make a profession of reciting many books, especially if one is a devotee.” One must give up the ambition to be a learned scholar and in this way earn a […]