Etiquettes in front of Deity

There are many offenses one can commit while serving the Lord, and these are described in the Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu, Hari-bhakti-vilāsa and other books. According to the rules and regulations, no one should accept obeisances in the temple of the Lord before the Deity. Nor is it proper for a devotee to offer obeisances and touch the […]

Interpretation is not an Evidence.

Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī has noted (in his book Sarva-saṁvādinī) that although there are ten kinds of evidence-direct perception, the Vedic version, historical reference, hypothesis, and so on-and although they are all generally accepted as evidence, the person presenting a hypothesis, reading the Vedic version, perceiving or interpreting by his experience is certain to be imperfect […]

Why one should fast on Ekadashi.

  In the Bhakti-sandarbha, by Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī, there is a quotation from the Skanda Purāṇa admonishing that a person who eats grains on Ekādaśī becomes a murderer of his mother, father, brother and spiritual master, and even if he is elevated to a Vaikuṇṭha planet, he falls down. On Ekādaśī, everything is cooked for […]

Reason Behind Emotions.

  The qualities of material nature can associate in three different stages, namely as the cause of happiness, the cause of distress and the cause of illusion. The quality of goodness is the cause of material happiness, the quality of passion is the cause of material distress, and the quality of ignorance is the cause […]

Narayana in His Four Forms.

Vāsudeva is worshiped within the heart by meditation because He is the predominating Deity of the heart.   Saṅkarṣaṇa, the second expansion, is Vāsudeva’s personal expansion for pastimes, and since He is the reservoir of all living entities, He is sometimes called jīva. The beauty of Saṅkarṣaṇa is more than that of innumerable full moons […]

Dazzling Effulgence.

  Generally, in the Upaniṣads the Supreme Absolute Truth is described in an impersonal way, but the personal aspect of the Absolute Truth is mentioned in the Īśopaniṣad, where, after a description of the all-pervading “hiraṇmayena pātreṇa”, “O my Lord, sustainer of all that lives, Your real face is covered by Your dazzling effulgence. Kindly […]

Urged by the Tongue.

Among the senses, the tongue is the most formidable enemy of the conditioned soul. Urged by the tongue, one commits many sinful activities. Although Kṛṣṇa has given human beings nice food, people still commit sins by killing poor animals for the satisfaction of the tongue. Not being able to control the tongue, the conditioned soul […]

Higher Education is not meant for Everyone.

  Schooling is meant especially for brāhmaṇas; previously there was no question of schooling for kṣatriyas, vaiśyas or śūdras. Kṣatriyas used to learn the technology of warfare, and vaiśyas learned business from their fathers or other businessmen; they were not meant to study the Vedas. At present, however, everyone goes to school, and everyone is […]

Embassy of Vaikunta.

This temple is spiritual in nature. It is actually Vaikuṇṭha. It is not that temple is either in India or Los Angeles. We should not think like that. It is Vaikuṇṭha. Because every one in temple are every second in remembrance of god or Kṛṣṇa. Therefore it is not India or Los Angeles or even […]

Eyes of bird are sharper than Man.

Every living entity has got a particular type of power. Just like a small bird can immediately fly in the sky. And although we are very intelligent beings and scientific than birds, we cannot fly in the sky without machine. But a small bird will immediately fly. That is his power- prabhavaḥ. We must admit […]