Bhakti Yoga

Purpose of Spirituality

Spiritual advancement is not meant for magic shows and jugglery but for crossing the material world and being transferred to the spiritual world. Pāraṁ paraṁ jigamiṣoḥ means desiring to go to the other side of the material world. There is a river called Vaitaraṇī, and on one side of this river is the material world, […]

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, […]

Qualities of an advanced person

As stated in the Bhagavad-gītā (5.18):“The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brāhmaṇa, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater [outcaste].”Those who are highly advanced in spiritual understanding do not care about a person’s material condition. A spiritually advanced person sees the spiritual identity […]

Out of all liberated person, who is the greatest?

In Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (6.14.5), it is said: muktānām api siddhānāṁ nārāyaṇa-parāyaṇaḥ su-durlabhaḥ praśāntātmā kotiṣv api mahā-mune “O great sage, of the many millions of liberated persons and of the millions who have attained perfection, he who is a devotee of Lord Nārāyaṇa is very, very rare. Indeed, he is the most perfect and peaceful person.” Ref>> […]

Who is the greatest capitalist?

Everyone in this material world is attempting to acquire riches to satisfy the senses. Actually no one cares for anything other than acquiring material possessions and maintaining them. The wealthy are generally accepted as the most important personalities in this material world, but when we compare a material man of wealth to one wealthy in […]

What is the greatest reputation for a living entity?

The greatest reputation a living being can have is to be a devotee of Kṛṣṇa and to act in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. In the material world everyone is trying to be famous by accumulating a large bank balance or material opulence. There is a steady competition among karmīs attempting to advance in a wealthy society. The […]

Are you a Gopi in Vrindavan?

Some material sahajiyās who cannot actually understand the pastimes of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa manufacture their own life-styles without referring to authority. Such sahajiyās are called sakhī-bhekī, and sometimes they are called gaura-nāgarī. They believe that the material body, which is fit to be eaten by jackals and dogs, is enjoyable for Kṛṣṇa. Consequently they artificially […]

Is a devotee low caste or higher caste?

In the Bhagavad-gītā (9.32) the Lord says: “O son of Pṛthā, those who take shelter in Me, though they be of lower birth-women, vaiśyas (merchants), as well as śūdras (workers)-can attain the supreme destination.” The word pāpa-yonayaḥ means “born of lower-caste women.” The vaiśyas are merchants, and the śūdras or workers are servants. According to […]

Am I a First class devotee?

One who surrenders to Him and is ready to follow Him with heart and soul does not need to change his location. Nor is it necessary for one to change status. One may remain a householder, a medical practitioner, an engineer or whatever. It doesn’t matter. One only has to follow the instruction of Śrī […]

Is it advisable to leave one’s family?

Many people come and inquire whether they have to give up family life to join the Society, but that is not our mission. One can remain comfortably in his residence. We simply request everyone to chant the mahā-mantra: Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. If […]